Sandra Bernhard Boldly Kicks Off the Chutzpah! Festival in Vancouver

Image by BJ Graham | Via Sandra’s official website

By Rachel Rosenberg

Sandra Bernhard has definitely reached icon status in pop culture, as an actress, writer, singer and radio host. She’s also a very talented live performer, appearing in both on and off-Broadway shows, so don’t miss out on her October 31st cabaret-style show at The Vogue, 8 PM.

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Sandra Bernhard Boldly Kicks Off the Chutzpah! Festival in Vancouver

5 MUST-SEE SHOWS AT CHUTZPAH! 2016 – VANCOUVER’S JEWISH ARTS AND CULTURE FEST

Image sourced from chutzpahfestival.com

Image sourced from chutzpahfestival.com

In Yiddish, the word “chutzpah” literally means cheekiness or audacity. But in contemporary usage, the phrase  “having chutzpah” has come to mean having guts, passion and courage.

All of which will be on display at the 2016 Chutzpah! Festival, Vancouver’s annual celebration of Jewish arts and culture, this Feb. 18-March 13. Over the course of more than three weeks, dozens of events at venues across the city will showcase incredible musicians, comedians, dancers, actors and more from Vancouver and around the globe.

Here are 5 can’t-miss events at this year’s Chutzpah!:

Dance the night away with Odessa/HavanaCombine the pulsing rhythms and percussion of Cuba with the ancient musical forms and traditional instruments of Jewish cultures and you get this groundbreaking group. Cuban master pianist Hilario Duran joins award-winning trumpeter David Buchbinder, plus an all-star cast on violin, clarinet, congas and more, for a night of musical discovery. March 1 at the Norman and Annette Rothstein Theatre; $34.95

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5 MUST-SEE SHOWS AT CHUTZPAH! 2016 – VANCOUVER’S JEWISH ARTS AND CULTURE FEST

5 Can’t-Miss Events at Chutzpah! 2015 – Vancouver’s Jewish Arts and Culture Fest

Photo sourced from Chutzpah Festival 2015

Photo sourced from Chutzpah Festival 2015

Chutzpah is a Yiddish word which means, literally, cheekiness or audacity. In popular usage, however, “having chutzpah” means having guts, passion and courage – all things needed to make great art.

Plenty of which will be on offer at the 2015 Chutzpah! Festival in Vancouver, the city’s annual celebration of Jewish arts and culture. From Feb. 19-March 15, dozens of events at venues across the city will showcase incredible musicians, comedians, dancers, actors and more from Vancouver and around the globe.

Here are 5 can’t-miss events at this year’s Chutzpah!:

Get down with Zvuloon Dub SystemStraight from Israel comes one of the world’s hottest reggae bands. Blending Ethiopian jazz, ’70s funk, soul and traditional music, the eight-piece group turns out highly danceable hits in both English and Ethiopia’s Amharic language. Feb. 20 at The Imperial; $30. 

 

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5 Can’t-Miss Events at Chutzpah! 2015 – Vancouver’s Jewish Arts and Culture Fest

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!

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