Last night's PresenTense event, PresenText, the Art of New Jewish Media, rocked NYU's Bronfman Center with over 150 people braving the cold to experience bold new art pieces of graphic design, photography and mixed media. If you missed it and want to be on the list for future events, email me at esther at presentensemagazine.org, or stay tuned to this space, where events will appear in the sidebar and as featured posts. (Next event: February 12, 7pm--PresenTense lecture/discussion group led by me on the subject of "Zionism and Me," loosely based on the article I contributed to Issue One and delving into my personal relationship with Zionism.) The Facebook page for this event is here.
On Sunday January 28th, from 11:45 am to 6:00 pm at the Makor Steinhardt Center, young artists will present their work in the 8th Annual Marathon-Metropoly: A One-Day Multimedia Arts Festival; a "marathon" of great art, theater, music, video and dance, including a staged reading of my friend Marc Goldsmith's one-act play, Miami Twilight (at noon and 3:30pm). It's a very funny play (and runs about 45 minutes long), so if you're in NYC and want to check it out, go ahead and tell Marc that you heard about it from me. Tickets are $15 and the day's program runs 11:45am to 6pm. For a full schedule of the day's events, go to www.makor.org and click on Makor Gallery. Tickets available at the door, at www.makor.org or 212.415.5500.
And just because the Jewish Film Festival is over doesn't mean you're out of luck when it comes to Jewish film. On Monday night, try the JCC with their showing of King of Beggars, an Israeli film (promoted as "one of Israel's biggest and most lucrative film
productions in decades") based on a character created by the Yiddish writer Mendele Mocher Sforim and starring Shahar Sorek (famous in Israel from the Melrose Placey-type show Ramat Aviv Gimmel). Shahar's doing a Q&A after the film. Buy tickets here.
And feel free to come to Long Beach and meet him in person--Shahar will be joining us at the Jewlicious at the Beach 3.0 Festival and Conference March 9-11... not sure if he'll be with us for Shabbat, but his participation will definitely allow us to interact with him and ask him all about being a big star in Israel, coming from a both secular and religious family, and what it takes to get a movie made in Israel and exported to the US. Facebook group for Jewlicious is now at over 800 people--get your tickets soon! (Tickets for students are on pre-sale now, with others to follow in February...)
Join us. Golem, Rav Shmuel and his band, Jerusalem indie band Miss Flag, Speakers including the writers of "When Do We Eat?", creators of young magazine empires, Jewish robots, and singles columnists from NYC. Resistance is futile.