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What’s Going On In NYC This Week – Online

Your guide to Jewish-y events in New York City

Vocalist Svetlana Kundish and accordionist Patrick Farrell are part of a Yiddish May Day concert on Sunday, May 3. Pattysounds.com
Vocalist Svetlana Kundish and accordionist Patrick Farrell are part of a Yiddish May Day concert on Sunday, May 3. Pattysounds.com

‘CRESCENDO’

Loosely inspired by Daniel Barenboim’s West-Eastern Divan Orchestra, this feature film directed by the Academy Award-nominated Dror Zahavi focuses on world-famous conductor Eduard Sporck (Peter Simonischek, “Toni Erdmann”), who creates an Israeli-Palestinian youth orchestra. But the young musicians from both sides are far from able to form a team, forming two parties that deeply mistrust each other, both on and off stage. — Opening May 1 at virtual theaters nationwide, menemshafilms.com/crescendo

A scene from “Cresendo.” Menemsha Films

‘THOSE WHO REMAINED’

The Hungarian film shortlisted for Best International Feature Film, 2020 Academy Awards, receives a virtual screening and live Q+A with its director, Barnabás Tóth. “Those Who Remained” reveals the healing process of Holocaust survivors through the eyes of a young girl in post-World War II Hungary. The film will be available for streaming Monday, May 4, 7 p.m.-Tuesday, May 5, 7 p.m. The Q+A is Tuesday, May 5, 5 p.m., Marlene Meyerson JCC Manhattan, eventbrite.com/e/virtual-screening-those-who-remained-tickets-104053125700?aff=weeklyfilmemail. $5.
Abigel Szoke in “Those Who Remain.” Photo by Lenke Szilagy/Menemsha Films

 

‘HEADING HOME: THE TALE OF TEAM ISRAEL’

This documentary charts the underdog journey of Israel’s national baseball team competing for the first time in the World Baseball Classic. Its lineup included several Jewish American Major League players — Ike Davis, Josh Zeid and ex-Braves catcher Ryan Lavarnway — most with a tenuous relationship to Judaism, let alone ever having set foot in Israel. — Available May 5 on DVD and Blu-ray (now available on Digital HD and Video-on-Demand), menemshafilms.com/heading-home.

‘STILLS’

Grandma Goldy has a hardware store, five children, no money and a dead husband. She also has a story about getting involved with Prohibition, rum-running and the mob, and she’s the subject of a one-woman show by LABA London Fellow Sarah Sigal. Tune in for excerpts from a developmental preview followed by a Q&A with the creative team. — Wednesday, May 6, 2 p.m., 14Y LABA Arts + Culture, 14streety.org/virtual-14y/virtual-arts-culture/. Free.

Sarah Sigal. via Twitter

RADIO THEATER

Live performances by contemporary Yiddish superstars of vintage radio plays from the Golden Age of WEVD Yiddish Radio, in Yiddish with English subtitles. Tune in to hear Leyzer Burko, Inna Barmash, Motl Didner, Lev Harvey, Dylan Seders Hoffman, Rebecca Keren, Lori Leifer, Eli Rosen and Dmitri Zisl Slepovitch with sound effects by Matt Temkin and a special appearance by Zalmen Mlotek. — Wednesday, May 6, 7:30 p.m., Folksbiene!LIVE, nytf.org/live/.

CONVERSATIONS FROM THE JERUSALEM BIENNALE: YONATAN ULLMAN

Join Ram Ozeri, founder of The Jerusalem Biennale, as he asks the world’s most creative minds about their current projects, the impact of  Covid-19 on their art and lives, and their predictions and hopes for a post-pandemic contemporary art world. This afternoon he speaks with Yonatan Ullman, an artist, lecturer, writer and independent curator based in Tel Aviv whose work has been widely shown in New York, Philadelphia, Miami, London, Berlin, Brussels and Israel. The conversation will be in English. — Thursday, May 7, 2-3 p.m., Marlene Meyerson JCC Manhattan, jccmanhattan.org/programs/live-conversations-jerusalem-biennale-yonatan-ullman. Free.
Yonatan Ullman. Via JCC Manhattan
ANNA SOLOMON: ‘THE BOOK OF V.’ W/ KATE BOLICK
Anna Solomon appears in a Zoom webinar about her kaleidoscopic new novel intertwining the lives of three women — Lily, grappling with her sexual and intellectual desires as an at-home mother preparing for Purim in 2016 Brooklyn; Vivian, who seems to be the perfect Watergate-era political wife; and Queen Esther, a fiercely independent young woman in ancient Persia — across three different centuries as their stories of sex, power and desire finally collide in the present day. “Finely written … cerebral … almost old-school in its feminist commitment.” (Kirkus) — Thursday, May 7, 7-8 p.m., Books Are Magic, facebook.com/events/157227549034113/. Free.
Anna Solomon, left, and Kate Bolick. Via Facebook

JESUS AND THE JEWS: WHY THE CONNECTION MATTERS

If Jesus was a Jew who preached about themes straight out of the Torah, why has his Jewishness been erased? Jewish feminist divinity school professor Dr. Amy-Jill Levine is on a personal quest to teach Christians how Jewish Jesus really was . . . and Jews how much we can learn about our own history from reading the New Testament/Tanakh. She will be introduced by Dr. Scott Black Johnston from Fifth Avenue Presbyterian Church and Rabbi Joshua M. Davidson, Senior Rabbi of Temple Emanu-El. — Thursday, May 7, 6:30-8 p.m., Virtual Streicker, manuelskirballnyc.ticketleap.com/jesus-and-judaism-why-the-connection-matters/. Free.
From “Jesus and the Jews.” Via Emanu-el Skirball
NICOLE KRAUSS AND ZERUYA SHALEV IN CONVERSATION WITH RANA WERBIN
Best-selling authors Nicole Krauss (USA) and Zeruya Shalev (Israel) will join Israeli writer and editor Rana Werbin for an intimate conversation between Brooklyn, Tel Aviv and Haifa. They will talk about inspiration; their writing routines in normal times and in times of turmoil; and their thoughts on the changes in the literary and material worlds that may be in store for us. The conversation will be in English. — Sunday, May 10, 10 a.m. EDT, The Jerusalem Writers Festival, http://fest.mishkenot.org.il/en/events/a/view/?ContentID=207. No registration required.
Writer and editor Rana Werbin, left, and novelists Nicole Kraus, center, and Zeruya Shalev talk about their work in these trying times from the vantage point of three different cities: Brooklyn, Tel Aviv and Haifa.
‘HERSHEY FELDER AS IRVING BERLIN’
Hershey Felder (“Pianist of Willesden Lane,” “Maestro”) performs his 2019 hit show one night only, live from Florence, Italy, in support of 59E59 Theaters. Reflecting Berlin’s journey from child immigrant to America’s most beloved songwriter, Felder brings the man behind the iconic music to life in a special performance featuring some of the composer’s most popular songs, including “Alexander’s Ragtime Band,” “Always,” “Blue Skies,” “God Bless America,” “Puttin’ on the Ritz,” “There’s No Business Like Show Business” and “White Christmas.” — Sunday, May 10, 8 p.m. EDT, 59e59.org/shows/show-detail/hershey-felder-as-irving-berlin-live-broadcast/. $50.
Hershey Felder as Irving Berlin. Hershey Felder Presents
A TRIAL FOR OUR GENERATION: HATE IN THE TIME OF PANDEMIC
The last few months have seen an alarming rise in white nationalist violence, anti-Semitic conspiracy theories, anti-Asian attacks and even plans to use the virus as a weapon. One innovative legal strategy is taking on the leadership of this violent movement with a lawsuit that holds accountable those responsible for the August 2017 Charlottesville violence. Scheduled for trial this fall, it has the potential to bankrupt and dismantle the leaders and hate groups at the center of this movement. Join leading litigator Roberta Kaplan and Integrity First for America Executive Director Amy Spitalnick for a discussion of this landmark case and the broader fight against violent extremism. — Monday, May 11, 7 p.m., 92Y, 92y.org/event/a-trial-for-our-generation. $5.
Roberta Kaplan, left and Amy Spitalnick. Via 92Y.org
ALAN ZWEIBEL AND FRIENDS: ‘LAUGH LINES’
Alan Zweibel will discuss his new memoir, “Laugh Lines,” and his life in comedy from the early days as an original “Saturday Night Live” writer to television work that includes “The Late Show With David Letterman” and “Curb Your Enthusiasm.” There is nothing we need now more than a laugh. Don’t miss it! — Wednesday, May 13, 7 p.m., 92y.org/event/alan-zweibel-and-friends. $5.
Former “SNL” writer Alan Zweibel. Via 92Y.org

‘CITIZEN 865: THE HUNT FOR HITLER’S HIDDEN SOLDIERS IN AMERICAN’

Join Pulitzer Prize-winning investigative reporter Debbie Cenziper for a live conversation and audience Q&A about her new book “Citizen 865: The Hunt for Hitler’s Hidden Soldiers in America.” This powerful, character-driven story recounts the DOJ’s decades-long search for the SS trainees who helped murder 1.7 million Polish Jews and later hid in plain sight in cities and suburbs across America. One crucial investigation was among the department’s greatest achievements, but its story has never been told. — Thursday, May 14, 2 p.m., Museum of Jewish Heritage, mjhnyc.org/events/citizen-865-the-hunt-for-hitlers-hidden-soldiers-in-america-book-talk/. Free.
Debbie Cenziper. Via Twitter

KLEZMER FIDDLE PROJECT — ‘A NIGN A DAY’

A stellar line-up of 35 klezmer string players from 12 countries — including New York City’s own Jake Shulman-Ment and Alicia Svigals — resuscitates the ancient Jewish nign tradition with melodies from Vol. 4 of Moshe Beregovski’s “Old Jewish Folk Music” collection. Every day during the lockdown a fiddler (or cellist) from the project will do a live broadcast featuring nigunim, chat and sometimes even a guest. — Through May 27, 4-4:45 p.m., facebook.com/events/536517630631547/. See the line-up at ilanacravitz.com/strings.htm. Free, but you can make a donation at https://www.gofundme.com/f/gkz5y-klezmer-fiddlers-lockdown-project?utm_medium=copy_link&utm_source=customer&utm_campaign=p_lico+share-sheet.

VIRAL: ANTISEMITISM IN FOUR MUTATIONS

Filmmaker Andrew Goldberg explores anti-Semitism’s infectious behavior as he travels through four countries to speak with victims, witnesses and anti-Semites as well as Bill Clinton, Tony Blair, Fareed Zakaria, George Will and Deborah Lipstadt. The film spotlights the American far-right, the English far-left, the Hungarian prime minister’s campaign against Jewish philanthropist George Soros and violence against Jews in France. — Premieres Tuesday, May 26, 9 p.m., on PBS.

A conspiracy theory poster featured in Andrew Goldberg’s documentary “Viral: Antisemitism in Four Mutations,” premiering May 26 on PBS. U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum

Ongoing:

ABE
Twelve-year-old Abe (Noah Schnapp) is an aspiring chef who wants his cooking to bring people together — but his half-Israeli, half-Palestinian family has never had a meal that didn’t end in a fight. Fernando Grostein Andrade’s new film, shot in Brooklyn by Blasco Giuratois (“Cinema Paradiso”), is about grappling with family, background, passions and whether even the most lovingly-cooked family dinner can heal old wounds. — Screening on multiple online platforms, bluefoxentertainment.com/films/abe.
Noah Scnhapp as Abe and Seu Jorge as his street chef mentor Chico in “Abe.”
CIRCUS OF BOOKS

For decades, a nice, straight, square Jewish couple led a double life, making ends meet as proprietors of a porn shop and epicenter for gay L.A. They didn’t tell their kids or their synagogue what they did for a living, but now they’re ready to open up, and their film director daughter documents their life and times (and some religious differences about homosexuality). The film includes interviews with Larry Flynt and gay porn superstar Jeff Stryker. — Available to download on Netflix, netflix.com/title/81011569.

Karen and Barry Mason, who ran the Circus of Books bookstore in West Hollywood.
INCITEMENT

Based on true events, acclaimed fiilmmaker Yaron Zilberman chronicles the disturbing descent of a promising law student to a delusional ultranationalist obsessed with murdering his country’s leader, Israeli Prime Minister Yitzhak Rabin.”Incitement” is an unnerving look through the eyes of a murderer who, encouraged by increasingly militant political rhetoric, silenced a powerful voice for peace. Winner, Best Picture, Ophir Awards (Israeli Oscars). — Streaming at Film Forum, filmforum.org/film/incitement. $9.99.

A scene from “Incitement,” about the assassination of Israeli Prime Minister Yitzchak Rabin. Via Filmforum.org
INDECENT

The Tony Award-winning play follows a troupe of actors, the cast members of Sholem Asch’s “God of Vengeance,” who risked their lives and careers to perform a work in which they deeply believed, at a time when art, freedom and truth were on trial. It is a serious story told with great theatricality, and joyous songs and dances. — Airing through Nov. 17, THIRTEEN Passport, https://www.pbs.org/wnet/gperf/indecent-full-episode/7823/. $5 for THIRTEEN Passport membership.

Mimi Lieber and Katrina Lenk in “Indecent.” pbs.org
RED
Experience the passion of painter Mark Rothko in this six-time Tony-winning play dramatizing Mark Rothko’s greatest challenge, creating the murals for New York’s iconic Four Seasons restaurant. Alfred Molina stars as Rothko, with Alfred Enoch as Rothko’s assistant, in a live performance from Wyndham’s Theatre in London’s West End. — Streaming through May 27, https://www.pbs.org/wnet/gperf/red-full-episode/10192/. Free.
Alfred Molina and Alfred Enoch in “Red.” pbs.org
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