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There's a lot of Jewish things happening in Albuquerque and beyond, a lot of things to plan for, a lot of things not to miss.


 Albuquerque JCC Visiting Author Series  

Molly Antopol @ Albuquerque JCC @ Wed 22 October 2014 @ 7:30 pm  

What It Is: A great series of talks and book readings with world-famous Jewish authors!   

Tales from Tel Aviv to the Upper West Side, Belarus and beyond, Molly Antopol’s debut collection of short stories depicts sympathetic characters struggling for footing in an uncertain world. These provocative and haunting stories are intimate depictions of the lives of Old-World and New-World Jews. Antopol, professor at Stanford, recently won the National Book Foundations “5 Under 35”.  

Registration: $10 Advance. $15 Door. Click here to register. 

Albuquerque JCC Visiting Author Series   

Nicole Mones @ Albuquerque JCC @ Thu 23 October 2014 @ 7:30 pm 

What It Is: A great series of talks and book readings with world-famous Jewish authors!   

NPR’s Alan Cheuse calls Nicole Mones’ novel, “historical fiction at its best.”  This page-turner revealsthe saga of African-American jazzmen living in Shanghai in the 1930s, until the Japanese bombing of Shanghai and the outbreak of World War II. Meanwhile, in Vienna, Chinese Consul Ho Feng-Shan falsifies thousands of visas, enabling Jewish families to escape. Based on true stories, Night in Shanghai is an entertaining look at a time largely forgotten. The presentation will include period slides and music. 

Registration: $10 Advance. $15 Door. Click here to register. 

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Gail Sheehy @ Albuquerque JCC @ Sun 26 October 2014 @ 3:00 pm  

What It Is: A great series of talks and book readings with world-famous Jewish authors!   

Gail Sheehy, legendary author of the worldwide bestseller, Passages, turns the lens on her own passages in this gutsy memoir. In Daring, we follow Sheehy as she overcomes the ‘pink ghetto’ of newspapers -  “women’s pages” - to conquer the gritty “man’s world” of New Journalism. Writing for New York Magazine and others, Sheehy walked city streets with hookers to expose violent prostitution, marched with protesters in Northern Ireland, and interviewed Egypt’s president Anwar Sadat after he was targeted for assassination. An amazing life told in person by the woman who is living it! 

Registration: $10 Advance. $15 Door. Click here to register. 

Albuquerque JCC Visiting Author Series   

Juliana Maio @ Albuquerque JCC @ Wed 29 October 2014 @ 11:30 am

What It Is: A great series of talks and book readings with world-famous Jewish authors!  

It’s 1941 in wartime Egypt, and Cairo is playing host to a stream of refugees, spies and soldiers from around the world. Jewish / Egyptian-born author Juliana Maio’s enthralling historical novel sets a love story against the backdrop of a threatened Jewish community with the rise of the Muslim Brotherhood. Passion, espionage, and  shifting alliances converge in a time and place that sowed much of the turbulence in today’s Middle East, which Maio will also address. Video clips and photos will be shown.

Registration: Luncheon. $25 Advance Only. Click here to register. 

Gaon Books' Writers Workshop 

Workshop on Narrative Writing @ Mabel Dodge Luhan House, Taos @ Mon-Thu 27-30 October 2014 

What It Is: Be inspired to be your best by an Award Winning Workshop Team in this Historic House that has inspired writers from D.H. Lawrence to Willa Cather, Carl Jung, and Margaret Sanger among others and artists from Georgia O'Keefe to Ansel Adams, Martha Graham and Dennis Hopper. It is an American treasure with an important role in American writing and the arts.

Telling Your Story. How do you effectively narrate the story you have to tell? You might be writing fiction, historical fiction, memoir, family history, or narrative non-fiction, and we will guide you to the best writing practices on how to narrate your story and engage the reader to stay with you until you complete it. 

We will read the best narratives in various styles of contemporary literature and see what makes them work. You will come away a better writer and narrator.

Gaon Writers Workshop

The Workshop. The Workshop includes daily writing workshop sessions, workshop materials, individual coaching on your manuscript, and time to socialize with other authors and reflect/work on your writing project. When you register, we will send an initial set of materials, and we will give you the final workshop materials in Taos.

This workshop/retreat will include time for writing, reading work, and book discussions. Unstructured time will be available for individual writing and reading, rest, and a chance to explore Taos. 

This workshop will be an inspiring combination of creativity and writing skills mixed with the beauty of the Rockies in October. You will make friends and contacts in the world of writing who will be a part of your future.

This is a workshop/retreat, and you will have time for work and retreat fun. We will review manuscripts and recommend venues to pursue for publication.  

As you register, we request that you send your name and contact information to Gaon Books, plus a statement of where you are in the writing process and what you would like to achieve in the workshop. 

Camino Real Productions Presents  

26 Miles @ National Hispanic Cultural Center @ Fri 07 November through Sun 23 November 2014

followed by two additional weekends of performances in Santa Fe at Teatro Paraguas  

26 Miles

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Camino Real Productions, LLC is an Albuquerque-based theatrical and radio theatre production company founded by Linda López McAlister in 2006.  It is one of the theatre companies in residence at the National Hispanic Cultural Center, a division of the Department of Cultural Affairs, dedicated to the promotion and preservation of Hispanic art and culture at the local, state, national, and international levels.  

What It Is: Camino Real Productions, LLC and Albuquerque's National Hispanic Cultural Center are honored to present this captivating play by Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright Quiara Alegría Hudes.

Beatriz and Olivia are another pair of seekers seduced by the prospect of a getaway. Their midnight departure may start out as a desperate move by Beatriz to remove Olivia, her 15-year-old-daughter, from the care of her conflicted father and his indifferent new wife. It may give Beatriz a break from her philandering husband, Manuel. 

By the end of the charming, spunky and ultimately heart-rending play, however, the car trip from Paoli, PA, to Yellowstone Park is transformative and restorative for both mother and daughter.

Hudes was born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, to a Jewish father and a Puerto Rican mother. They raised her in West Philadelphia, where she began composing music and writing.

She also studied at the Mary Louise Curtis Branch of Settlement Music School, taking piano lessons with Dolly Krasnopolsky. 

She has stated that although she is of "Puerto Rican and Jewish blood", she was "raised by two Puerto Rican parents". Her step-father was a Puerto Rican entrepreneur. 

She graduated from Central High School. She studied music composition at Yale University, where she earned her BA, and playwriting at Brown University, earning an MFA.

Kristallnacht Remembrance

Kristallnacht Remembrance @ Congregation Albert @ Sun 09 November 2014 @ 2:00 pm

Kristallnacht Remembrance

What It Is: The Holocaust and Intolerance Museum of New Mexico invites you to remember Kristallnacht, "The Night of Broken Glass", which took place on November 9 and 10, 1938. 

Lecia Brooks leads the Southern Poverty Law Center’s outreach efforts on key initiatives and social justice issues. As outreach director, she frequently gives presentations around the country to promote tolerance and diversity. She also serves as director of the Civil Rights Memorial Center in Montgomery, Ala., an interpretive center designed to provide visitors to the Civil Rights Memorial with a deeper understanding of the civil rights movement. She joined the SPLC staff in 2004 as director of Mix It Up at Lunch Day, a Teaching Tolerance program designed to help break down racial, cultural and social barriers in schools. Previously, she worked for 12 years in a number of capacities for the National Conference for Community and Justice in its Los Angeles office. She is a graduate of Loyola Marymount University.

Santa Fe Jewish Film Festival 

New York Triptych: Three Films By or About New Yorkers @ Santa Fe @ Sat-Sun 8-9 November 2014

What It Is: The fifth season of the Santa Fe Jewish Film Festival gets underway the weekend of November 8 and 9 with a “New York Triptych”, three films by or about New Yorkers.

Be among the first New Mexicans to see “Regarding Susan Sontag”, a film that won Special Jury Mention at this year’s Tribeca Film Festival. Come early and enjoy a special Dessert Reception before the film.

Next is one of the most unique juried architectural competitions ever created and the subject of “Sukkah City”. We’ll have an exhibit of drawings of selected submissions. 

Top it all off with a DJ Pizza Party followed by a documentary about one of the best songwriters of early rock and roll, “AKA Doc Pomus”.

Tickets: Click here for tickets. 

BODYTRAFFIC @ Keshet Presents Dance Performance & Workshops 

BODYTRAFFIC @ Keshet Center for the Arts @ Tue 11 November 2014 @ 7:00 pm 

What It Is: Keshet Center for the Arts (KCA) will host BODYTRAFFIC, a nonprofit repertory dance company that lives, breathes, and thrives in Los Angeles.

BODYTRAFFIC will conduct open Countertechnique Master Classes on Tuesday November 11 and Wednesday November 12.

On Tuesday evening at 7:00 pm, BODYTRAFFIC will present a public performance including: And at midnight, the green bride floated through the village square by Barak Marshall; “Untitled, a new work by Victor Quijada; and o2Joy by Richard Siegal, Founder and Artistic Director of The Bakery Paris– Berlin. 

Choreographer Barak Marshall explains, "And at midnight, the green bride floated through the village square... is based in part on a true story about a family of eight sisters and one brother who were neighbors of my mother’s family in Aden, Yemen. The house they lived in became known as “The Burning House” because of the fighting, screaming and cursing that was heard from it at all hours of the day and night. It is a morality tale filled with dark humor that tells the story of how jealousy doomed all  nine of the family’s children to a life filled with rage, unhappiness, and loneliness. The soundtrack is comprised primarily of Jewish love songs and hymns from the Yiddish, Ladino and Yemenite traditions.”

Untitled was commissioned through a National Dance Project production grant. Victor Quijada’s work is known for eloquently re-imagining, de-constructing, applying choreographic principles to hip-hop ideology, and examining humanity through a unique fusion of aesthetics.

An exuberant homage to American jazz standards, set to music by Ella Fitzgerald, Billie Holiday, Glenn Miller, and The Oscar Peterson Trio, o2Joy is, as its title suggests, an expression of sheer joy through music and movement.

Tickets: $20 General. $15 Students & Seniors. Click here to purchase tickets.  

New Mexico Jewish Historical Society Presents 

New Mexico Jewish Historical Society 2014 Fall Conference @ Albuquerque JCC @ Sat-Sun 15-16 November 2014

NMJHS Fall Conference

What It Is: The New Mexico Jewish Historical Society's annual Fall Conference. 

This year's theme is "The Jews of Albuquerque: Building Businesses and a Community." The conference will feature discussions of merchant families who emigrated to Albuquerque and environs 1930 - 1950.

Keynote speaker, Yiddish scholar and historian Harvey Buchalter investigates “Why Albuquerque?” examining the migration of urban American and European Jews who put down roots in the desert southwest. 

Subsequently, a panel of descendants of these original merchant families will discuss their family businesses and reminisce about growing up in Albuquerque. Another panel of descendants will focus on Jewish Indian arts merchants of the era. Cocktail reception, silent auction, dinner and entertainment will follow.

Sunday’s program will include brunch, a film of Jewish merchant settlement in the West, wrap-up discussion and a Downtown walking tour led by author Sharon Niederman. The tour will end at the New Mexico Holocaust and Intolerance Museum with Dr Noel Harvey Pugach’s presentation on Holocaust survivors rescued by New Mexicans. 

Registration: To register, please contact (505) 348-4471.
Until October 10, members $85; non-members $125. After October 10, members $125, non-members $145.
Lodging available at $79 per night at Hilton Garden Inn, 5320 San Antonio Blvd NE; (505) 314-0800.

Nutcracker On The Rocks!   

Shira Greenberg's NOTR @ National Hispanic Cultural Center @ Fri 05 through Sun 07 December 2014 

Nutcracker On The Rocks

What It Is: In Keshet Dance Company’s 18th Annual Nutcracker on the Rocks, traditional meets contemporary for an exciting and magical holiday event.

Opening with the traditional Tchaikovsky Overture and closing with his dramatic Pas de Deux, the classic tale is re-imagined with a production filled with rock and roll hits by Aretha Franklin, The Rolling Stones, Janis Joplin and many more.  Modern dance styles infused with Swing, African, and Hip Hop propel the dancers as they amp up the energy and excitement. 

And of course, no modern retelling of the Nutcracker can be complete without the thrill of a roaring Harley Davidson rolling onto the stage during the opening act.  

Tickets: Click here for tickets. 

Benefit for Albuquerque JCC & Jewish Federation of New Mexico

An Evening with Kinky Friedman @ Albuquerque JCC  @ Sat 06 December 2014 @ 7:30 pm

Kinky Friedman

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Legendary humorist, writer, and musician Kinky Freidman will deliver an evening of song, social commentary, and irreverence at the Jewish Community Center of Greater Albuquerque on Saturday December 6, 2014 at 7:30 pm.    

All proceeds from this event will benefit the JCC's Jewish Arts and Culture program and the Jewish Federation's 2015 Annual Campaign.

Described as a cross between Mark Twain, Groucho Marx, and Johnny Cash, in the early 1970's Friedman achieved international notoriety with his band, Kinky Friedman & the Texas Jewboys, which resulted in an invitation to the Grand Ole Opry.  

Meanwhile, his songs  "Ride 'em Jewboy"; "They Ain't Making Jews like Jesus Anymore"; "Shield Of Abraham"; and "Something's Wrong With The Beaver" and his now-classic albums - Sold American, Lasso from El Paso, and Old Testaments & New Revelations - mixed biting satire with knowing empathy on such issues as the Holocaust, anti-Semitism, and the other side of the American dream. In 1999, Willie Nelson, Tom Waits, and Lyle Lovett covered his music for  the tribute album Pearls in the Snow: The Songs of Kinky Friedman

As an author, Friedman has written for Rolling Stone and Texas Monthly magazines and, most famously, has become a writer of unique and outrageous mystery novels such as Greenwich Killing Time, A Case of Lone Star, and The Mile High Club, which feature a Jewish country singer turned private eye named Kinky Friedman. 

This event will also include a live auction of Kinky Friedman memorabilia. For more information call (505) 821-3214. 

Albuquerque JCC 2014 Chanukah Fest 

Chanukah Fest @ Embassy Suites @ Sun 14 December 2014 @ 12:00 Noon ~ 4:00 pm

JCC Chanukah Fest

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