Arts & Culture

Writing a Life Story with Esther Altshul Helfgott

Writing a Life Story with Esther Altshul Helfgott

  Sunday, November 9 at 2 p.m. Poetry Local author Esther Altshul Helfgott, Ph.D., will lead an afternoon of poetry and reflection. Helfgott will read from her most recent works, “Dear Alzheimer’s: A Caregiver’s Diary & Poems” (2013) and “Listening to Mozart: Poems of Alzheimer’s” (2014). A longtime literary activist, 2010 Jack Straw poet, and(…)

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Kisses to the Children

Kisses to the Children

  Monday, November 10 at 7 p.m. Film Five Greek-Jewish children, who were saved by Christian families during the German occupation, “hidden children” who lived in total silence, tell their stories. Offering a glimpse into the past, “Kisses to the Children” depicts the life of Greek Jewish communities before the war, complemented with rare images of(…)

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Lazer Lloyd

Lazer Lloyd

  Saturday, November 15 at 8 p.m. Concert Known as Israel’s “king of the blues,” American-born Lazer Lloyd croons soulfully about those classic blues topics and about his own spiritual journey and life, which led him to Israel 20 years ago. Influenced by blues, southern rock, and gospel, Lazer Lloyd grew up listening to B.B.(…)

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The Touré-Raichel Collective

The Touré-Raichel Collective

Saturday, November 15 at 8 p.m. Concert Dreadlocked Israeli superstar Idan Raichel returns to Seattle with his latest experiment, collaboration with Malian guitar virtuoso Vieux Farka Touré. The duo took their improvised recording sessions and created a masterpiece of an album, The Tel Aviv Sessions, which shot to the top of the world music charts.(…)

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Music of Remembrance: Fall concert will be a night transfigured

Music of Remembrance: Fall concert will be a night transfigured

By Peter A. Klein, Special to The Jewish Sound It may surprise some to see the words “Schoenberg” and “Romantic” in the same sentence, but it’s not a misprint. Before he invented the modernist 12-tone method of composition, the Vienna-born composer Arnold Schoenberg (1874-1951) was steeped in the late Romanticism of Wagner, Strauss and Mahler.(…)

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Painting the Torah

Painting the Torah

By Emily K. Alhadeff, Associate Editor, The Jewish Sound How do you see Torah? That’s the question Nancy Current and Jeremy Alk will be asking upon the launch of their new class, “The Genesis of Creativity: Using Visual Midrash to Capture the Jewish Imagination.” It’s not exactly a new question. Biblically inspired art is millennia(…)

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In Sleep The World Is Yours

In Sleep The World Is Yours

Saturday, October 11 at 2 p.m. Concert Music of Remembrance opens its tenth Sparks of Glory concerts-with-commentary season with Lori Laitman’s 2013 song cycle “In Sleep the World Is Yours,” inspired by the poetry of Selma Meerbaum-Eisinger. Selma died in a Ukrainian labor camp in 1942 at the age of 18, but her powerful poetry(…)

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By Emily K. Alhadeff, Associate Editor, The Jewish Sound Art Spiegelman has a hard time explaining his new production. It’s “somewhere between intellectual vaudeville” and “a lecture run amok” inspired by woodcut novels, the musical genius of Phillip Johnston, and an opportunity to use the Sydney Opera House. Whatever it’s about, he said, “your brain(…)

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The High Holy Days — A time for endings and beginnings

The High Holy Days — A time for endings and beginnings

Rita Frischer Special to The Jewish Sound As the leaves turn, we turn — from summer’s indulgences to the crisp demands of fall as school resumes and our work schedules intensify. At the same time, Judaism asks us to turn inward as well. We practice teshuvah, returning to our best selves and repenting our mistakes,(…)

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The Boys in the Boat: A big hurrah for our hometown heroes

The Boys in the Boat: A big hurrah for our hometown heroes

By Joel Magalnick, Editor, The Jewish Sound For those of us that live in or grew up in Seattle, “The Boys in the Boat” (Viking Penguin, paper) is even more special than the tens of thousands of readers that last year made this book a silent bestseller, inspiring its paperback release earlier this summer. That(…)

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A scattered community united by SPARK

A scattered community united by SPARK

By Dikla Tuchman, Jewish Sound Correspondent On Sunday, August 31, South Seattle’s newly formed Eruv Cooperative hosted SPARK, an outdoor Jewish music festival in Seward Park. Hundreds of community members and Jewish music appreciators piled into Seward Park Amphitheater to enjoy artists like singer-songwriter Ari Lesser, local Seattle-based recording artist Nissim, and headlining popular Israeli-American(…)

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Books for fall: Good reads for when the nights get longer

Books for fall: Good reads for when the nights get longer

By Diana Brement, JewishSound Columnist Holocaust Sometimes the idea behind a book is as successful as the book itself, but sometimes the idea is more interesting than the end result. The story behind Dan J. Puckett’s “In the Shadow of Hitler: Alabama’s Jews, the Second World War, and the Holocaust” (Alabama, cloth, $44.95), falls into(…)

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