“Aviva” is a uniquely sexy dancing in the streets, sheets and bars impressionistic take on a movie romance, set in a New York world of gender-fluid and frequently fully unclothed bodies. Director Boaz Yakin’s (“A Price Above Rubies”) dreamy new film, with choreography from former member of Israeli dance company Batsheva Dance Company and co-star Bobbi Jene Smith, tells a story that is timeless, universal and yet up-to-the-moment. — The film streams June 12-19, row8.com/movie-details/89419722_jcc, for $11.99. A virtual Q+A with the filmmakers is June 18, 8:30-9:30 p.m., eventbrite.com/e/aviva-qa-tickets-106986816448?aff=Email611, and is free.
‘UNORTHODOX’: DEBORAH FELDMAN AND SHIRA HAAS
You met her as Esty in the breakout Netflix series “Unorthodox,” or perhaps in her best-selling memoir of the same title. But Deborah Feldman has built a full life as a writer since she left the Satmar community in Brooklyn. Join Feldman to hear about how she’s navigated the “outside” world and redefined her sense of self and her relationship to Judaism. She will be joined by Shira Haas, who portrayed Esty in “Unorthodox.” — Monday, June 15, 11-12:30 p.m., Virtual Streicker, temple-emanu-el-streicker-center-classes.ticketleap.com/unorthodox-deborah-feldman-and-shira-haas/dates/Jun-15-2020_at_1100AM. Free.
REOPENING THE NYC RESTAURANT WORLD
Chef Marcus Samuelsson is known for his connection to the traditional Jewish foods he grew up with as well as his celebrated Harlem restaurant Red Rooster, which remained open to first responders and locals throughout New York on Pause. In this online conversation he speaks with Eater editor-in-chief Amanda Kludt about where we go from here to revive New York’s vibrant dining culture after the pandemic shutdown. — Monday, June 15, 5:45 p.m., 92Y, 92y.org/event/marcus-samuelsson-and-amanda-kludt. $10.
VIRTUAL BLOOMSDAY ON BROADWAY
Stephen Colbert, Brian Cox, Hugh Dancy, Claire Danes, Kate Mulgrew, Cynthia Nixon, Fiona Shaw, Dan Stevens and more come together virtually for the 39th annual Bloomsday on Broadway, celebrating James Joyce’s brilliant masterpiece “Ulysses” and its hero, Leopold Bloom. Throughout the day actors, authors and musicians will drop in with music and readings from one of the greatest literary works in history. — Tuesday, June 16, beginning at 8 a.m., Symphony Space, Bloomsday on Broadway with Symphony Space and Irish Arts Center, symphonyspace.org/events/virtual-bloomsday-on-broadway.
DIRECTLY FROM FRANCE: RABBI DELPHINE HORVILLEUR IN CONVERSATION WITH RABBI PETER RUBENSTEIN
Join Rabbi Peter Rubinstein and Rabbi Delphine Horvilleur, writer and co-leader of the Liberal Jewish Movement of France, for a conversation on “Being Jewish in France Today: The Challenge of Antisemitism and the Promise of the Republican Spirit.” This event is part of the series “France and Judaism: 2,000 Years of Intertwined History” in partnership with the Consulate General of France in New York, World Jewish Congress and le musée d’art et d’histoire du Judaisme (mahJ) in Paris. — Wednesday, June 17, 2 p.m., 92Y, 92y.org/archives/delphine-horvilleur-and-peter-rubinstein.
DAVID LITT IN CONVERSATION WITH ILANA GLAZER
What exactly does our current system of government look like? How do we restore our representative democracy? And how can we truly understand what’s happened to our country without wanting to crawl under a rock? That’s what former Barack Obama speech and comedy writer David Litt sets out to answer in “Democracy in One Book or Less: How It Works, Why It Doesn’t, and Why Fixing It Is Easier Than You Think.” He’ll appear in an online discussion about the new book with comedian Ilana Glazer, sponsored by the Washington, D.C., synagogue and arts venue, Sixth & I. — Wednesday, June 17, 7 p.m., sixthandi.org/event/david-litt-democracy-in-one-book-or-less/. $10 for ticket; $34 for ticket/book; free for those in need.
VOS-VER-VU: THE GREAT YIDDISH THEATRE QUIZ
At the Passover seder, you ask four questions. At Vos-Ver-Vu, Yiddish theatre personality Mikhl Yashinsky will ask you dozens, and offer some laughs and music, too. Play against fans from around the world on Zoom as Mikhl poses a range of trivia puzzlers related to drama, film, music and New York City. Limited to 100 participants. Grand Prize: A special requested song performed by Zalmen Mlotek for Thursday Living Room Concert. Second Prize: A cameo appearance on Motl Didner’s 15-Minute Yiddish (more or less). Third Prize: A free copy of “Fiddler on the Roof in Yiddish” cast album. — Wednesday, June 17, 7:30 p.m., Folksbiene!LIVE, nytf.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_QJZa9ep_S7WiUwpH4qA70w.
A CONVERSATION WITH TONY KUSHNER
One of America’s most celebrated dramatists, Tony Kushner chronicled our last plague in “Angels in America”; the complicated dance between a Jewish family and its African-American housekeeper in “Caroline, or Change”; and our 16th president for Steven Spielberg’s “Lincoln.” In a conversation with Rabbi Sharon Kleinbaum, Kushner will discuss his life, his work, his commitment to Jewish ethics, his tangles with some in the Jewish community about Israel and how familiar his “Angel” might find today’s America. — Thursday, June 18, 6-7:30 p.m., Virtual Streicker, temple-emanu-el-streicker-center-classes.ticketleap.com/a-conversation/dates/Jun-18-2020_at_0600PM. Free.
‘BULLY. COWARD. VICTIM. THE STORY OF ROY COHN’
Filmmaker Ivy Meeropol, granddaughter of Julius and Ethel Rosenberg, takes an unflinching look at the life and death of infamous attorney Roy Cohn, who first gained prominence by prosecuting the Rosenbergs in what came to be known as the “atomic spies” case. The documentary draws on extensive, newly unearthed archival material to present the most revealing examination of Cohn to date. — Premieres Friday, June 19, 8 p.m., HBO Go and HBO Now, hbo.com/documentaries/bully-coward-victim-the-story-of-roy-cohn.
VIRTUAL SCREENING AND Q&A: ‘PICTURE OF HIS LIFE’
Amos Nachoum is one of the greatest underwater photographers of all time. He swam with crocodiles and killer whales, anacondas and great white sharks, but one major predator has always eluded him, the polar bear. In Yonatan Nir and Dani Menkin’s 2019 documentary film, Nachoum contemplates his long and painful journey, having served in an elite commando unit and witnessed the horrors of war; but where others find fear, he finds redemption. — Streaming Friday, June 19-Thursday, June 25, 9 a.m.-11:30 p.m. The virtual Q&A with Menkin and Nachoum is Tuesday, June 23, 8 p.m., Marlene Meyerson JCC Manhattan, jccmanhattan.org. Free.
‘UNCOMMON’ EXCERPTS AND OTHERS
Scenes and excerpts from the life and work of Tony Award and Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright Wendy Wasserstein, ranging from her well-known comedies (“The Heidi Chronicles,” “The Sisters Rosensweig”) to her insightful lesser-known essays. A preshow conversation features Julie Salamon, author of “Wendy and the Lost Boys: The Uncommon Life of Wendy Wasserstein.” — Saturday, June 20, 7:30 p.m., Hangar Theatre Company, hangartheatre.org/event/wendy/. $20 ($10 for students with promo code LEARN).
SONGS OF DAVID
The Mlotek Family presents a Father’s Day concert featuring original compositions and adaptations of traditional tunes by David Feinberg zt’l in honor of his shloshim. — Sunday, June 21, 8-10 p.m., Avram Mlotek, facebook.com/events/1402386819931508/.