This week, the Mizel Center for Arts and Culture’s kicks off its interdisciplinary project “New York, New York,” which includes an exhibition, play, film series and symposium. The project was conceived as a way to pay tribute to New York in the shadow of September 11, 2001, and as a way to honor the city’s cultural contributions to Judaism, as well as its historical place as a point of entry for the nation’s immigrants.
In “Street Level: A Century of New York Street Photography,” curated by Simon Zalkind, the work of some 65 photographers is represented, including the traditional masters of the genre Ruth Orkin, Helen Levitt, Weegee, Robert Frank, William Klein, Berenice Abbott and Vivian Cherry, as well as Jeff Mermelstein’s recent images of the aftermath of the attacks on the Twin Towers.
For theater buffs, the Mizel Center presents “Lost in Yonkers,” Neil Simon’s Pulitzer Prize- and Tony Award-winning play set in 1942, about two teenagers and their quirky relatives, under the direction of Billie McBride.
Both the symposium, “Bystander: Street Photography and American Visual Culture,” and the chamber music series begin in February; the film series starts in March.
Mizel Center for Arts and Culture, 350 S. Dahlia St., Denver; exhibit through March 30, Mon.-Fri. 9 a.m.-4 p.m. and Sun. 1 p.m.-4 p.m., free; “Lost in Yonkers,” through Feb. 16, Thu. 7:30 p.m., Sat. 8 p.m., Sun. 2 p.m.; $20, $18 seniors, $15 students; festival pass $60. (303-399-2660 or www.mizelzarts.org)