DAVID BROZA WITH TRIO HAVANA
Israeli singer-songwriter David Broza, Israeli-American flutist Itai Kriss and the NY-based Cuban Trio Havana come together in an exotic confluence of cultures. Singing in Hebrew, Spanish, English and Arabic, Broza performs a uniquely Cuban interpretation of his repertoire. Trio Havana is led by Kriss, whom DownBeat hailed for his “tangy, exotic flavor” and “soaring technique and phrasing that is both aggressive and pastoral.” — Sunday, Aug. 12, 8 p.m., City Winery, 155 Varick St., (212) 608-0555, citywinery.com.
LOVE IS TOLERANCE
If ever a word was in short supply these days, with nationalism raging everywhere, it’s tolerance. Shot in the U.S., Europe, Jerusalem, the West Bank and elsewhere in the Mideast, this film promoting coexistence and respect is based on the 2017 book “Love is Tolerance – Tolerance is Love” by Hubertus Hoffmann, a German entrepreneur and founder of the Human Codes of Tolerance and Respect Project. It features exclusive interviews about transcending differences with Nobel Peace Prize laureates including the Dalai Lama, Malala Yousafzai, Lech Walesa and Shimon Peres, as well as notable peace activists from across the globe. — Through Thursday, Aug. 16, Cinema Village, 22 E. 12th St., (212) 924-3363, cinemavillage.com.
“You’ve got to suffer if you want to sing the blues,” David Bromberg sang in his debut 1972 recording, and it’s a lyric that says something about the Jewish experience. The great rootsy guitarist, like other Tribe-mates Bob Dylan, Mike Bloomfield and Al Kooper, was deeply touched by the blues, especially Rev. Gary Davis. In talking about Davis’ “I Am the Light of this World,” Jefferson Airplane guitarist Jorma Kaukonen (who’s half-Jewish) told JTA: “This is [something] that David Bromberg and I have talked about — and we wonder half-jokingly — why so many of us guys who are Jewish folk guitar players do so many songs that are from a Christian tradition. … But there is something about spiritual songs that without focusing on the things that make them denominational, I find very uplifting.” Expect uplift and downhome-ness. — Aug. 19, 8 p.m., City Winery, 155 Varick St., (212) 608-0555, citywinery.com.
SHALOM/SHOLEM THE YIDDISH MARK TWAIN
Screenwriter and actor Bob Spiotto offers a smorgasbord of stories featuring Sholem Aleichem’s precarious balance of humor, horror and pathos, as well as words of wisdom from Tevye, the milkman. — Wednesday, Aug. 22, 6:30 p.m., Museum of Jewish Heritage, 36 Battery Place, (646) 437-4202, mjhnyc.org.
MIDDLE EASTERN MIX FEST
From an Israeli household with a rebellious pro-Palestinian teenager to a long queue at an Israeli checkpoint, “Scenes from 70 Years” tells the story of ordinary Palestinians and Israelis. Written by Hannah Khalil and directed by Pirronne Yousefzadeh. — Friday, Aug. 10, 3-5 p.m., Atlantic Theater Company Linda Gross Theater, 336 W. 20th St., (212) 691-5919, atlantictheater.org.
ISAAC MIZRAHI: MODERATE TO SEVERE
The fashion industry’s high-low icon (“Unzipped,” “Project Runway”) and best-selling author has a new gig. The Times hailed Mizrahi as “a founding father of a genre that fuses performance art, music and stand-up comedy.” Joined by his band of jazz musicians, Mizrahi will tell ribald stories and perform classics by Charles Aznavour, Blondie and Cole Porter. — Friday, Aug. 10, 8 p.m., City Winery, 155 Varick St., (212) 608-0555, citywinery.com
MY LIFE ON A DIET
Renée Taylor, the Emmy-winning writer and actress best known for her role as Fran Fine’s (“The Nanny”) food-obsessed mother, tells about her highs and lows, both in life and on the scale, as well as weight loss tips from Hollywood legends. — Through Sunday, Aug. 19, Theatre at St. Clement’s, 423 W. 46th St., (212) 239-6200, MyLifeOnADietPlay.com.
TEVYE SERVED RAW
Find out what happens to the beloved characters in “Fiddler on the Roof” after the musical ends. Includes adaptations of creator Sholem Aleichem’s Tevye stories, scenes from his long-unseen Yiddish stage version and three of his newly adapted stories. — Through Aug. 14, Playroom Theatre, 151 W. 46th St., tevyeservedraw.com, (800) 838-3006.
Israeli-born vocalist Tamuz Nissim has plenty of chops and plenty of range. Her new recording, “Echo of a Heartbeat” (Street of Stars), features Harvey Swartz, pianist James Weidman and guitarist George Nazos. It’s a heady mix of swing and sultry. — Saturday, Aug.12, 6 p.m., Cornelia Street Café, 29 Cornelia St., (212) 989-9319, corneliastreetcafe.com. $10 cover plus $10 minimum.
GILAD HEKSELMAN/CECILE MCLORIN SALVANT DUO
The clear-toned Israeli-born jazz guitarist teams with the noted jazz vocalist, who took first prize in the career-launching Thelonious Monk International Jazz Competition in 2010. Expect deep interplay and flat-out swinging from two terrific musicians. — Saturday, Aug. 11, 8:30 and 10 p.m., Cornelia Street Café, 29 Cornelia St., (212) 989-9319, corneliastreetcafe.com.
Brooklyn-born but a nomad at heart, Dahlia Dumont traveled the world from an early age, absorbing cultural and musical influences on her path. Her project, dubbed “The Blue Dahlia,” mixes Tex-Mex accordion with klezmer violin, old-time French swing, reggae and ska. Think of her as the klezmer Piaf. — Saturday, Aug. 11, 8 p.m., Barbès, 376 Ninth St., (347) 422-0248, barbesbrooklyn.com.. $10.
NOAM WIESENBERG QUARTET
Israeli-American bassist-composer Noam Wiesenberg performs originals from his debut album, “Roads Diverge.” “His upright bass holds down the desirable amount of esprit to make each listening experience a gratifying, fun ride” (JazzTrail). — Monday, Aug. 13, 8 and 9:30 p.m., Cornelia Street Café, 29 Cornelia St., (212) 989-9319, corneliastreetcafe.com.
JAZZ TRIPLE BILL
Singer-songwriter Joanna Sternberg plays solo material from her first and upcoming second record (8 p.m.) followed by the Israeli-American group Kadawa, presenting new material from their upcoming album (9 p.m.). Vocalist Gaya Feldheim Schorr closes out the evening with a project reimagining the songs of Connie Converse, a singer-songwriter active in the ’50s who mysteriously disappeared (10 p.m.). — Tuesday, Aug. 14, 8-11 p.m., Threes Brewing, 333 Douglass St., Brooklyn, (718) 522-2110, threesbrewing.com
Following a screening, Oscar-winning actor Ben Kingsley and director Chris Weitz discuss “Operation Finale,” the new film about how the Mossad tracked and captured Nazi mastermind Adolf Eichmann. Moderated by Thane Rosenbaum. — Tuesday, Aug. 14, 7 p.m., 92nd Street Y, 1395 Lexington Ave., 92y.org. Sold out; waiting list available.
Based on Philip Roth’s first novella, this 1969 film tells the story of Neil Klugman (Richard Benjamin), a young librarian in Newark, who has eyes for Brenda Patimkin (Ali MacGraw), a beautiful Radcliffe student who lives in the suburbs. An iconic tale of Jewish assimilation. Part of the Philip Roth Tribute Marathon. — Friday, Aug. 17, 3 p.m., Marlene Meyerson JCC Manhattan, 334 Amsterdam Ave., (646) 505-4444, jccmanhattan.org.
In 1940, when photographer Henryk Ross, who died in 1991, was confined to the Lodz Ghetto in Poland, he was put to work by the Nazi regime as a bureaucratic photographer. “Memory Unearthed: The Lodz Ghetto Photographs of Henryk Ross” presents more than 200 of his photographs, supplemented by artifacts and testimony and presented in the context of Lodz Ghetto history. — This long-running show closes Aug. 19, Museum of Jewish Heritage, 36 Battery Place, (646) 437-4202, mjhnyc.org.
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