Best bets for Chutzpah! 2013—kvetching, kibbutzing and klezmer

Three Hysterical Broads Chutzpah! Festival

Three Hysterical Broads. Photo courtesy Chutzpah! Festival

Every year the Chutzpah! Festival presents the best in Jewish music, dance and theatre. More than just featuring the best, though, the festival also presents cutting-edge work most of us wouldn’t see anywhere else.

The Chutzpah! Festival 2013 is no exception. We’ve checked out the lineup and have these suggestions, including three professional kvetchers, a silent movie and even some Nudity!

Three Hysterical Broads Off Their Medication (Canadian premiere)—Three professional kvetchers give a master-class in overshare. The threee “broads” have impressive comedy pedigrees, so hopefully this show will be more Sarah Silverman than Joy Behar. Gold is the creator of critically-acclaimed off-Broadway shows The Judy Show, My Life as a Sitcom and 25 Questions for a Jewish Mother. Eagle regularly opens for comedian Bill Maher and has performed on The Late, Late Show with Craig Ferguson, Comedy Central and Comics Unleashed. Kahaney’s credits include appearances on The Late, Late Show with Craig Ferguson, Later with Carson Daly and The Late Show with David Letterman. She is also the creator of The J.A.P. Show: Princes of Comedy, a sold-out hit at the 2009 Chutzpah! Festival.

Feb. 9 at 7 p.m. and Feb. 10 at 2 p.m.
Norman & Annette Rothstein Theatre at the JCC, 950 West 41st Ave.
Tickets: Adults $27, Seniors $23, Students $18 (+HST and nominal service charge)

Yemen Blues—Returning after a sold-out Chutzpah! show in 2011, Yemen Blues uses oud, gimbri, strings and percussion for a genre-blending sound. The ensemble has been described as a “21st century brew of Yeminite-Jewish song and poetry, West African and American grooves, blues and funk” and “the most exciting new world music act out of Israel.” Ravid Kahalani, frontman of this genre-blending ensemble, has collaborated with Hasidic hip-hop star Matisyahu (on the latter’s song “King Crown of Judah”). Word up: Yemen Blues shows have a habit of turning into dance parties.

March 2 at 8 p.m.
Venue, 881 Granville Street
Tickets: Adults $30, Seniors / Students $25 (must be 19+) (+HST and nominal service charge)

Yemen Blues (preview):

SHOFAR and the Olga Mieleszczuk Ensemble—This double bill features two Polish acts. SHOFAR’s repertoire features a broad spectrum of music inspired by the discovery of a collection of Hasidic songs by Moshe Bieregowski (1892-1961) who researched Jewish music in Ukraine, Poland and Moldova. The trio features three leading Polish musicians, including Mikoťaj Trzaska (saxophone, bass clarinet), Raphael Rogiński (electric guitar) and Macio Moretti (drums). Olga Mieleszczuk, meanwhile, is a singer, accordion player and researcher of Eastern European musical folklore. Her work has focussed on Jewish music of Ashkenazi roots, particularly from the borderlands of Poland (Galitzia, Polesye) and is inspired by the musical repertoire of Mariam Nirenberg, a Jewish folk singer born in the borderland region of Poland.

Olga Mieleszczuk photo

Olga Mieleszczuk. Photo courtesy Chutzpah! Festival.

SHOFAR and the Olga Mieleszczuk Ensemble
Feb. 25 at 7:30 p.m .- POST SHOW TALKBACK
Norman & Annette Rothstein Theatre at the JCC, 950 West 41 St. Ave.
Tickets: Adults $27, Seniors $23, Students $18

The Yellow Ticket—The 1918 silent film was the first to explore anti-Semitism in Imperial Russia. This live, multimedia concert features violinist and The Klezmatics co-founder Alicia Svigals’ original score with violin and vocals by  Svigals as well as live piano by Canadian virtuoso Marilyn Lerner. The 2013 Chutzpah! Festival is one of five New Jewish Culture Network presenters being supported by the Foundation of Jewish Culture for this inaugural North American tour of The Yellow Ticket.

Feb. 17 at 2 p.m.
Norman & Annette Rothstein Theatre at the JCC, 950 West 41st Ave.
Tickets: Adults $27, Seniors $23, Students $18 (+HST and nominal service charge)

Sidra Bell Dance New York + LEVYdance—As part of this West Coast/East Coast bill, New York’s Sidra Bell Dance presents Nudity, described as “innovative, provocative and kinetic work that evinces a love affair with formalism, utility, focus, rigor, and regimen.” The other dance company on the bill, San Francisco-based LEVYdance, has been called “thoughtful, provocative…profoundly interesting” by the Washington Post.

Rebecca Margolick and Austin Sidra Bell Dance

Rebecca Margolick and Austin of Sidra Bell Dance. Photo courtesy Chutzpah! Festival.

Feb. 16 and 18 at 8 p.m., Feb. 17 at 7 p.m.
Norman & Annette Rothstein Theatre at the JCC, 950 West 41st Ave.
Tickets: Adults $27, Seniors $23, Students $18 (+ HST and nominal service charge)

Tickets for all shows can be purchased online at chutzpahfestival.com and ticketstonight.ca and by phone at the Chutzpah! Box Office: 604-257-5145 or Tickets Tonight: 604-684-2787.

 

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  1. It was a really good event, to bad that I was not there!

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