Revisiting The Six-Day War, And More To Read, Watch, And Do This Weekend

If you’re not spending the weekend clearing your house of chametz in preparation for Passover, have we got ideas for you!

In New York City, spend your Sunday at the 92nd Street Y’s symposium on the 50th anniversary of the Six-Day War. The day’s last session, a discussion of the war’s long-term impact on the Middle East, will be moderated by Forward Editor-in-Chief Jane Eisner.

That afternoon will also see the Museum of Jewish Heritage host an advance screening of “NOVA: Holocaust Escape Tunnel,” followed by a conversation with archaeologist Richard Freund and NOVA Senior Executive Producer Paula S. Apsell. And, if you’re in a theatrical mood, find your way to a preview of the Sam Gold-directed “A Doll’s House, Part 2” or the Annie Baker-penned “The Antipodes.”

In Chicago, catch Billy Crystal at the Chicago Theatre. Another good bet: The Atar Trio, an Israeli chamber music ensemble, performing “Legends of Jewish Music” at the Spertus Institute.

In Washington, D.C., the final weekend of the North Virginia Jewish Film Festival brings an assortment of promising picks, from the documentary “Norman Lear: Just Another Version of You” to the dramatic narrative “AKA Nadia.” Make time on Sunday, as well, for Alon Goldstein and Fine Arts Quartet’s performance of two Mozart piano concertos in arrangements by Ignaz Lachner.

In Los Angeles, don’t miss Art Garfunkel’s Sunday concert at the Fred Kavli Theatre. “Fun Home,” the musical adaptation of Alison Bechdel’s graphic memoir with a book and lyrics by Lisa Kron, will also be a safe bet; it’s currently playing at the Center Theatre Group.

If you’re looking for a great read, prepare for the late-April premiere of the TV adaptation of Neil Gaiman’s “American Gods” by reading the book. (Astonishing suggestion, we know.) And take some time to absorb two reflections on the past: Michael Chabon’s remarks on nostalgia from this year’s National Jewish Book Awards, published in The New Yorker, and S.I. Rosenbaum’s profile of “Groundhog Day” screenwriter Danny Rubin, who recently wrote the book for the film’s musical adaptation, for Vulture. The latter features a photoshoot with Rubin and a human-sized groundhog. It’s not to be missed.


Talya Zax

Talya Zax

Talya Zax is the Forward’s deputy culture editor. Contact her at or on Twitter, @TalyaZax.

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