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Art Spiegelman: Jews ‘N Comix

When David Stern, the Director of the Harvard Center for Jewish Studies (and Harry Starr Professor of Classical and Modern Jewish and Hebrew Literature there) told me they were bringing Art Spiegelman to Harvard and that JArts might be a great partner for the event, I became excited. After all, I grew up reading comics, …

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Our Can’t-Miss Staff-picked Highlights of the Fall!

OUR CAN’T MISS STAFF-PICK HIGHLIGHTS OF THE FALL By Joey Baron   Your postman will be delivering your JArts™ Fall season brochure copy right after Labor Day. Which makes this a prime time for people to ask me, as JArts™ Artistic Director, which events personally excite me. This fall, what really excites me is how …

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Passover/Seder Symbols

Blog post #4 in the documentation of Pathways to Freedom, a forthcoming public art project by London-based artist Julia Vogl. By Julia Vogl Passover and the Seder are rife with symbolism. How do you choose which ones to use to shape a visual public art experience? To rise to this challenge I have been unpacking …

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Paper Cut: Stories Through Puppetry

Israeli puppet master Yael Rasooly’s puppets are no muppets – as she says, her works are “as sweet  as saccharine and cruel as a Grimm fairy tale.” While you may be familiar with adult puppet shows like  Avenue Q, Yael’s original one-woman theatrical performance in  Paper Cut  is a departure – a masterful creation of a retro …

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Martha Graham Cracker: Things Aren’t Always What They Seem

Click-clacking her way to Boston next week is Philadelphia’s favorite cabaret performer and self-proclaimed “World’s Hairiest Drag Queen”, Martha Graham Cracker. Described by Philadelphia Magazine as a “defiantly unmown lawn of a man in a blond pixie wig and a blue dress,” Martha surprisingly came to our attention not from her trademark spookable mug, but from …

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What I Learned About Freedom

Blog post #3 in the documentation of Pathways to Freedom, a forthcoming public art project by London-based artist Julia Vogl. By Julia Vogl   It was a pleasure to present my work and meet with so many people across Boston last month. Not only did I learn a great deal about the concept of Freedom …

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The Ball Shem Tov’s Occasional Guide to Jewish Life: Lag B’Omer

Our resident expert (??) on Jewish life, ritual and smoked meat is our Communications Director Jim Ball (aka The Ball Shem Tov), who will occasionally answer questions and give advice to our readers. (Full disclosure: he does not have rabbinic smichah, but he has read a lot of books). Our Topic: How does one deal …

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Building a Social Tablecloth

Blog post #2 in the documentation of Freedom and Exile, a forthcoming public art project by London-based artist Julia Vogl. By Julia Vogl At the end of April, I will be in Boston presenting some of my work and those I meet will have the opportunity to engage in a new social sculpture I am …

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Memory Unearthed: More Than Holocaust Remembrance

The show invites us to be a little more human. A little more connected. – Adam Strom When Adam Strom, Director of Scholarship and Innovation at Facing History and Ourselves, said this at the opening of Memory Unearthed: The Lodz Ghetto Photographs of Henryk Ross, it set the tone for the first exhibit of its kind …

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How My Friend’s Dad Went from a Polish Ghetto to the MFA

As you may have heard, the MFA is bringing an incredibly powerful exhibit of photographs to Boston- Memory Unearthed: Photography from the Lodz Ghetto.  The story seems unbelievable, like an old Hollywood war movie script. The photographs were taken secretly by a Jewish photographer, Henryk Ross, chosen by the Nazis to record ghetto life for …

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