Itzhak Perlman and Cantor Yitzchok Meir Helfgot will get rock star treatment when they play the Hollywood Bowl. But how will the lyrics get shown on the Jumbotron?
Greg Wall, who spent three years making music a staple at an East Village congregation, has a new pulpit. He’s taking his bebop brand of Judaism to Westport, Conn.
Judith Malina will not go gentle into that good night. The fiery 86-year-old director of the Living Theatre is losing both her apartment and the Lower East Side home of the world renowned theater troupe she co-founded 66 years ago. Later this week Malina will move into an elder care facility in New Jersey, but she’s vowing to commute into Manhattan a few times a week and work with the company that has championed her unapologetic anarchist-utopian vision.
A grad student hitchhiking to ‘anywhere’ winds up taking a wrong turn in Belgium and is busted for smuggling Barbie dolls. If it sounds like ‘This American Life,’ it should.
Those of you who are up on your 1960s counter-culture know that the Yippies were formed, for the most part, by a group of Jewish troublemakers from Manhattan’s Lower East Side. Some of those mischievous Yidden are no longer with us: Abbie Hoffman committed suicide in 1989, Jerry Rubin got hit by a car in 1994 and Stew Albert died of cancer in 2006. But Bob Fass is alive and well and living on Staten Island. Nearly a half-century after starting his late night radio program on WBAI-FM, Fass is still on the air keeping the movement alive.
Few outside the world of cantorial music know the name Yitzchak Meir Helfgot. But when Itzhak Perlman listens to the cantor’s tenor, he gets goosebumps.
The National Endowment for the Arts announced today that klezmer clarinetist Andy Statman is among the recipients of its 2012 National Heritage Fellowships. The Brooklyn-based musician will be awarded the nation’s highest honor in folk and traditional arts during a ceremony in the fall.
Larry Josephson’s first foray into the world of performance is titled “An Inconvenient Jew: My Life In Radio.” And the public radio legend promises that tonight’s monologue at the Cornelia Street Cafe in Greenwich Village won’t be his last stab at public performance.
In this Forward podcast go behind the scenes at Avatar Studios, as Itzhak Perlman and Cantor Yitzchok Meir Helfgot record a new album of cantorial and Yiddish music.
Photo by Mark Berney