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Saturday, March 17
 

8:30pm

Live Concert
Distant Cousins, the folk/pop trio from Los Angeles,  has been lighting up audiences nationwide with their energized performances and winning over screen audiences with their music featured in films, commercials (Macy’s), and television shows. A reviewer recently wrote, “It’s quite rare to find a band who deliver nothing but positivity and happiness through their music, but Distant Cousins certainly do.”

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Distant Cousins

Distant Cousins, the folk/pop trio from Los Angeles consisting of Duvid Swirsky ("Moshav"), Dov Rosenblatt ("Blue Fringe," "The Wellspring"), and Ami Kozak (producer), has been lighting up audiences nationwide with their energized performances and winning over screen audiences with... Read More →


Saturday March 17, 2018 8:30pm - 9:45pm
Mintz Auditorium, JCC

8:30pm

Shalom Y’All: A Documentary on Southern Jewish Life
Traveling in a vintage Cadillac, filmmaker Brian Bain, a third-generation Jew from New Orleans, sets out on a 4,200-mile road trip though the American South and chronicles it in his 2003 documentary, Shalom Y’All. Traveling through Delta flatlands, small towns in Mississippi, suburban subdivisions, Texas ranches, and sprawling Sunbelt metropolises, he uncovers the unique and diverse history of Southern Jews. Shalom Y'all is peopled with interesting characters, including a hoop-skirted tour guide at a plantation; a Golden Gloves boxing champion from Savannah who learned how to box by literally fighting his way to get to synagogue; an African American-Jewish police chief; a kosher butcher; and musician provocateurs Kinky Friedman and the Texas Jewboys. ...

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avatar for Brian Bain

Brian Bain

Born and raised in New Orleans, Brian Bain recently traveled through Louisiana shooting a campaign for the Louisiana Board of Tourism.  Bain’s film credits include the critically acclaimed documentary and regional Emmy-winning short, "Simon," as part of Tribe TV. His credits also... Read More →


Saturday March 17, 2018 8:30pm - 10:00pm
Grant Board Room, JCC

9:45pm

Rebbetzin Disco
And you shall love your God with all your heart & soul, blues, funk, hip-hop, R&B, rock, indie disco, reggae, euro-pop… Standing still, or swaying, is not an option. The Rebbetzin Disco led by DJ Jaq Nicholls will stir up your body and your soul, sending you to seventh heaven!

Speakers
avatar for Jacqueline Nicholls

Jacqueline Nicholls

Jacqueline Nicholls is a London-based visual artist and Jewish educator. She uses her art to engage with traditional Jewish ideas in untraditional ways. In her ongoing drawing project, Draw Yomi, Jacqueline is drawing the Talmud, following the daf yomi schedule. She co-ordinates Arts... Read More →


Saturday March 17, 2018 9:45pm - 10:30pm
Grant Board Room, JCC
 
Sunday, March 18
 

9:00am

What Is Jewish Art?
What is Jewish art?  What is the effect of an artist’s Jewishness on his or her art? Is there a difference between Jewish art and non-Jewish art? What effect does the Second Commandment have on Jewish art and Jewish artists?  Please come join us for the conversation.

Speakers
avatar for Dashka Roth

Dashka Roth

Dashka Roth began apprenticing in a small jewelry-making shop in 1970, after graduating from Boston University with a degree in Philosophy. Later she studied at Rhode Island School of Design and then worked as a jewelry designer in Providence and in Los Angeles, where she became certified... Read More →


Sunday March 18, 2018 9:00am - 10:00am
Room 202a, JCC

11:30am

The Cool Jews of the Smithsonian's American Cool Exhibit
The French invented chic; Americans created cool. To call someone cool bestows upon them the supreme compliment of American culture. In 2014, the National Portrait Gallery of the Smithsonian presented American Cool, an acclaimed popular culture and photograph exhibit featuring one hundred icons and one hundred photographs. The curators defined an icon of cool as an artistic rebel who had a transformative impact on a generation and an artistic field through creative production, a signature style, and a radically new persona. Of the hundred icons – such as James Dean, Miles Davis, Patti Smith, and Jay-Z – eight were Jewish-Americans, including Bob Dylan, Lou Reed, Susan Sontag, and Jon Stewart. Curator Joel Dinerstein will discuss the history of the word and concept of cool going back to the 1940s and each of the eight Jewish-Americans who made the list.

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avatar for Joel Dinerstein

Joel Dinerstein

Joel Dinerstein is the author of four books on race, cool, music, and American culture, including The Origins of Cool in Postwar America (2017), Coach: A Study of NY Cool (Rizzoli 2016), and a cultural history of big-band jazz, Swinging the Machine: Modernity, Technology, and African-American... Read More →


Sunday March 18, 2018 11:30am - 12:30pm
Grant Board Room, JCC

1:30pm

Jerusalem Dreams
Artist Jacqueline Nicholls will describe her Jerusalem Dreams art installation that explores the many versions of a heavenly Jerusalem. It ties together the threads of connection between William Blake/Hubert Parry’s "Jerusalem," the Jewish longing for “Next Year In Jerusalem” and the Balfour Declaration.

Speakers
avatar for Jacqueline Nicholls

Jacqueline Nicholls

Jacqueline Nicholls is a London-based visual artist and Jewish educator. She uses her art to engage with traditional Jewish ideas in untraditional ways. In her ongoing drawing project, Draw Yomi, Jacqueline is drawing the Talmud, following the daf yomi schedule. She co-ordinates Arts... Read More →


Sunday March 18, 2018 1:30pm - 2:30pm
Library, JCC

4:00pm

Oy Vay! Ole!: Jewish Traces in Flamenco
Flamenco, a rich, layered music and dance form, draws its haunting melodies, deep song, and intricate dance style from the struggles of the Gitano (Romani) people of Southern Spain. Yet similar to the history of jazz here in New Orleans, Flamenco's richness was born through the unique intercultural exchanges of the peoples of Andalusia who lived alongside the Gypsies and shared in the sorrows of marginalization and persecution at thehands of the Spanish Empire. A Jewish influence in Flamenco is widely accepted, but its precise traces in the music are uncertain because of the expulsion of1492 and the mysteries of the lives and traditions of the Conversos. Thus a discussion of Flamenco's connections to Jewish life is the stuff of both academic debate and artistic legend. Complementing this exploration will be a demonstration of the specific palos (song styles) with Jewish origins, connecting us to an ancient Jewish past that, while silenced by political repression, has lived on through music and dance.

Speakers
avatar for Kevin Coleman

Kevin Coleman

Kevin Coleman is an accomplished flamenco guitarist.
avatar for Joseph Darensbourg

Joseph Darensbourg

Joseph Darensbourg is an accomplished singer and musician based out of his native New Orleans.  A multigenerational New Orleanian, Joseph sings low tenor and performs Classical Arabic, Turkish, Bulgarian, Sephardic, and Flamenco music and, true to his roots, Louisiana Creole.  Joseph... Read More →
avatar for Daniella Santoro

Daniella Santoro

Daniella Santoro is a student, dancer, and devotee of the art of Flamenco dance, song, and cultural history. For the past seven years, she has performed flamenco in various locations in New Orleans with the locally based company, Micaela y Fiesta Flamenca. Her training in flamenco... Read More →


Sunday March 18, 2018 4:00pm - 5:00pm
Mintz Auditorium, JCC

4:00pm

Under the Big Top: Jews in the Circus, Burlesque, and the Variety Arts
Celebrated performer/producers Liza Rose & Trixie Minx are partnering to share the stories of Jewish circus and burlesque performers from the early 1900s to today. Providing a unique perspective these ladies will cover the history of circus/burlesque both on stage & behind the scenes. The session will include a brief demonstration followed by a Q&A for those interested in learning more.



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avatar for Trixie Minx

Trixie Minx

At the forefront of the New Orleans Burlesque Revival, Trixie Minx is a leader in the preservation & innovation of the art of tease. As a performer she is best known for incorporating comedy into her classic style of dance. She is also recognized as a premiere burlesque producer with... Read More →
avatar for Liza Rose

Liza Rose

Liza Rose has been called "The Grande Dame of New Orleans Circus," but her career began far outside the Crescent City. Highlights include being a featured soloist in Mezzo Lunatico for Teatro ZinZanni, performing with the Aerialistas, collaborating with cellist Zoe Keating, choreographing... Read More →


Sunday March 18, 2018 4:00pm - 5:00pm
Grant Board Room, JCC