Cultural Arts

Your hub for all things cultural at the JCC!

 

Welcome to the JCC’s Cultural Arts page

Here you’ll find information on upcoming events, previous events, and other useful announcements. We are currently only offering programs online, but we look forward to seeing you in person in the future.

These last few months have been challenging, but we are working hard to continue to offer you world-class at-home programming including discussions with renowned authors, famous actors, international scholars, film directors and producers, and so much more. However, we need your help to keep this programming accessible.  Please consider making a donation to the JCC’s Cultural Arts Fund to help us continue to offer programming at little or no cost to the community. You can also support our programming by shopping at our online book store. We receive 30% of your purchase amount, so feel free to get gifty.

Thank you for being part of the family and enjoy the show!

Jaemi B. Loeb
Senior Director of Cultural Arts
JCC of Metro Detroit

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Upcoming events:

 

July 24 – Aug. 7

Lenore Marwil Detroit Jewish Film Festival and Detroit Film Theatre Present:

Virtual Film Screening: The Tobacconist

Purchase Tickets

Tickets: $5 per person

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About the film

Franz journeys to Vienna to apprentice at a tobacco shop, where he befriends regular customer Sigmund Freud. As the Nazis occupy Vienna, political and social conditions worsen drastically and Franz, the girl he loves, and Freud are swept into the maelstrom. Based on the international bestselling novel by Robert Seethaler. Winner of the Civis European Cinema Prize. Note: Includes sexual content and nudity. Language: German, English subtitles

 

Monday, Aug. 3 @ 7pm EST

SAJE (Seminars for Adult Jewish Enrichment) and Detroit Jewish Book Fair Present:

Yiddish Magic, Yiddish Power

Featuring:

Arun Viswanath, translator of Harry Potter into Yiddish and

Ilan Stavans, editor of How Yiddish Changed America and How America Changed Yiddish

Watch Live

After the talk, join our friends at the Sholem Aleichem Institute of Michigan for a virtual schmooze. Click here to register for the Zoom schmooze.

 

Click here to pre-order the next printing of Harry Potter un der filosofisher shteyn

About Arun Viswanath

Arun “Arele” Schaechter Viswanath grew up in Teaneck, New Jersey in a Yiddish- and Tamil-speaking home. “Harry Potter” is his first foray into literary translation, previously having translated letters and historical documents. Arun enjoys bouldering, playing board games, and learning new languages and instruments. He resides with his wife Tali in New York, where he works in analytics at a tech company.

 

Click here to purchase How Yiddish Changed America

About Ilan Stavans

Ilan Stavans is the Publisher of Restless Books and the Lewis-Sebring Professor of Humanities, Latin American and Latino Culture at Amherst College. His books include On Borrowed Words, Spanglish, Dictionary Days, The Disappearance, and A Critic’s Journey. He has edited The Norton Anthology of Latino Literature, the three-volume set Isaac Bashevis Singer: Collected Stories, The Poetry of Pablo Neruda, among dozens of other volumes. He is the recipient of numerous awards and honors, including a Guggenheim Fellowship, Chile’s Presidential Medal, the International Latino Book Award, and the Jewish Book Award. Stavans’s work, translated into twenty languages, has been adapted to the stage and screen. A cofounder of the Great Books Summer Program at Amherst, Stanford, Chicago, Oxford, and Dublin, he is the host of the NPR podcast “In Contrast.”

 

Thursday, Aug. 13 @ 7pm EST

Conversations: Bringing the World into your Living Room

Vol. 2: Kathryn Calley Galitz

Watch Live

Join host Allen Maniker, professional dancer and neurosurgeon, as he interviews Kathryn Calley Galitz, art historian, author, and curator at the Metropolitan Museum of Art.

About Guest Kathryn Calley Galitz

Kathryn Calley Galitz is a scholar of late eighteenth- and nineteenth-century French art. At The Metropolitan Museum of Art, Galitz has organized international exhibitions on artists including Chassériau, Girodet, and Turner, and she was a member of the curatorial team awarded Best Historical Show 2008 by the International Association of Art Critics for Gustave Courbet. Her book The Metropolitan Museum of Art: Masterpiece Paintings (Skira Rizzoli, 2016) explores 5,000 years of painting and features some of The Met’s most important works. She received her Ph.D. in art history from the Institute of Fine Arts, New York University, and earned her M.A. from Williams College and B.A. from Smith College.

About Host Allen Maniker

Allen Maniker, M.D. is a graduate of the Juilliard School with a BFA in dance. He went on to perform with Bat Dor of Israel, The Joyce Trisler Danscompany, The Sophie Maslow Dance Company, a guest season with the Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater, and several other New York contemporary dance companies. After finishing his performing career, he went on to obtain an M.D. degree from Wayne State University School of Medicine in Detroit Michigan, his hometown. He recently retired as Chairman of Neurosurgery at Mount Sinai Beth Israel and Professor of Neurosurgery at the Mount Sinai School of Medicine. He currently works as a docent at the Metropolitan Museum of Art and he is on the Board of the Martha Hill Dance Fund as well as Chairman of the Board of the Steps Beyond Foundation.

 

Thursday, Aug. 27 @ 7pm EST

Conversations: Bringing the World into your Living Room

Vol. 3: Carolyn Dorfman

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Join host Allen Maniker, professional dancer and neurosurgeon, as he interviews Carolyn Dorfman, Detroiter, choreographer and founding Artistic Director of Carolyn Dorfman Dance.

About Guest Carolyn Dorfman

CAROLYN DORFMAN, choreographer and founding Artistic Director Carolyn Dorfman Dance (CDD) is known as a creator of evocative dances that reflect her concerns about the human condition.  Born and raised in the Detroit area, she is a multi-award-winning artist and civic leader that creates “worlds” into which the audience can enter. Hailed as the consummate storyteller, Dorfman, a child of Holocaust survivors, has also created a celebrated body of work that honors her Jewish legacy, its trials and triumphs, its treasured uniqueness and, most importantly, its universal connections. Her interdisciplinary and intercultural approach on the stage and in the community explores the rich tapestry of human experience, tradition and stories.  Touring nationally and internationally, her 10-member, multi-ethnic company, appears at major theaters, festivals, universities and non-traditional performance venues.  Entering its 39th season, DEPTH (Dance that Empowers People To be more Human) is at the heart of the company’s artistic and educational programming. Through that lens, CDD presents immersive performance and teaching residencies that take the company into diverse communities to share art and process that can build cross-cultural understanding.  A former Assistant Professor of Dance at Centenary College, Dorfman is a master teacher and guest artist/lecturer at major universities, pre-professional and professional training programs across the U.S. and abroad.  In November 2017, she was the featured cover story in the Dance Teacher Magazine entitled “Making Dance a Dialogue”.  Across New Jersey, New York City, the country and the globe, Carolyn Dorfman and Company see dance as a vehicle for positive social action and change.  Multiple tours to Poland and Bosnia and Herzegovina have been supported by The Trust for Mutual Understanding, U.S. Arts International and the U.S. State Department, all valuing the art and programming that builds human connection and community

About Host Allen Maniker

Allen Maniker, M.D. is a graduate of the Juilliard School with a BFA in dance. He went on to perform with Bat Dor of Israel, The Joyce Trisler Danscompany, The Sophie Maslow Dance Company, a guest season with the Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater, and several other New York contemporary dance companies. After finishing his performing career, he went on to obtain an M.D. degree from Wayne State University School of Medicine in Detroit Michigan, his hometown. He recently retired as Chairman of Neurosurgery at Mount Sinai Beth Israel and Professor of Neurosurgery at the Mount Sinai School of Medicine. He currently works as a docent at the Metropolitan Museum of Art and he is on the Board of the Martha Hill Dance Fund as well as Chairman of the Board of the Steps Beyond Foundation.

 

Thursday, Sept. 10 @ 7pm EST

Conversations: Bringing the World into your Living Room

Vol. 4: Alicia Graf Mack

Watch Live

Join host Allen Maniker, professional dancer and neurosurgeon, as he interviews Alicia Graf Mack, Dean and Director of the Juilliard Dance Division.

About Guest Alicia Graf Mack

Alicia Graf Mack enjoyed a distinguished career as a leading dancer of Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater. She has also been a principal dancer with Dance Theatre of Harlem and Complexions Contemporary Ballet, and she has danced as a guest performer with Alonzo King’s LINES Ballet, Beyoncé, John Legend, Andre 3000, and Alicia Keys. Graf Mack graduated magna cum laude with honors in history from Columbia University and holds an MA in nonprofit management from Washington University in St. Louis. In 2007, Smithsonian magazine named her an American Innovator of the Arts and Sciences. She is a recipient of the Columbia University Medal of Excellence, an award given each year to an alumnus who has demonstrated excellence in their field of work. In 2008, she delivered the keynote address to the graduates of Columbia University’s School of General Studies. As a dance educator, Graf Mack most recently taught as an adjunct faculty member at the University of Houston and was a visiting assistant professor at Webster University. She is a co-founder of D(n)A Arts Collective, an initiative created to enrich the lives of young dancers through master classes and intensives. She began her inaugural season as Dean and Director of the Juilliard Dance Division in the fall of 2018.

About Host Allen Maniker

Allen Maniker, M.D. is a graduate of the Juilliard School with a BFA in dance. He went on to perform with Bat Dor of Israel, The Joyce Trisler Danscompany, The Sophie Maslow Dance Company, a guest season with the Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater, and several other New York contemporary dance companies. After finishing his performing career, he went on to obtain an M.D. degree from Wayne State University School of Medicine in Detroit Michigan, his hometown. He recently retired as Chairman of Neurosurgery at Mount Sinai Beth Israel and Professor of Neurosurgery at the Mount Sinai School of Medicine. He currently works as a docent at the Metropolitan Museum of Art and he is on the Board of the Martha Hill Dance Fund as well as Chairman of the Board of the Steps Beyond Foundation.

 

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