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Russian Art Today – A Summer Group Show

Opening reception: August 1st. Featuring works of Aleksandr Kosenkov, Aleksey Korotenko, Anastasia Bazanova, Dina Bogusonova, Galina Khailu, Olga Bueva, Ruben Monakhov, Valery Valran “Russian Art Today: A Summer Group Show” curated by Laurie Sanderson.
Aleksandr Kosenkov “Sailors smoked cigarettes on the deck”. 2011


The Essence: A Yiddish Theatre Dim Sum

Jam to Soviet Yiddish Rock! See what happens when you sin with a shiksa! Hear Einstein’s theory debated by imbeciles! Yiddish theatre from High Art to Low Crap. No language skills needed. Guaranteed nostalgia-free. Special Guest Appearance by Jesus Christ. Featuring Lewis Rickman and Yelena Shmulenson.
Allen Lewis Rickman and Yelena Shmulenson — better known as the shtetl couple from the Coen brothers’ Oscar-nominated A Serious Man — will be performing in The Essence: A Yiddish Theatre Dim Sum at this year’s New York International Fringe Festival.
The play, whose cast also includes Broadway veteran Steve Sterner, is an irreverent introduction to all things Yiddish, including theatre, hucksterism, immigration, eccentricities of the language, and the Yiddish New Testament. “This is not a show for senior citizens,” said Rickman, who also wrote and directed. “Our best audiences have been college students, especially gentile ones, who don’t know the language at all. They don’t need to – we use supertitles to translate the Yiddish sections. People who love very traditional Yiddish theatre, on the other hand… they’re not as pleased.” Zalmen Mlotek, artistic director of the 97-year-old Folksbiene Yiddish Theater, evidently agrees; he said older people have been “quite shocked” by the play.
Beyond their work for the Coen brothers, Rickman and Shmulenson are familiar from other appearances on film and television; he, from his work in Barry Levinson’s Emmy-winning You Don’t Know Jack and his recurring role on Boardwalk Empire (Broadway-goers also saw him in last season’s Relatively Speaking); she, from her work in The Good Shepherd and on ABC’s Life On Mars. (She will also be joining the “Boardwalk Empire club”, appearing in Season 3.) Sterner, also the show’s musical director, appeared on Broadway in Oh, Brother and The Sheik Of Avenue B, and is perhaps New York’s best-known silent film accompanist.
Originally presented in 2007 by New York’s New Yiddish Rep, where it played to sold-out houses, The Essence has also been performed at midtown’s CUNY Grad Center, in Amherst, Massachusetts, and in Stockholm, Sweden. The published version of the play appeared in the anthology Yiddishkeit (Abrams 2011, edited by the late Harvey Pekar), where it was very well received.


Litvakus and Raya Brass Band

Klezmer & Balkan team up and hit the famed stage of the Joe’s Pub. Litvakus band led by Dmitri Zisl Slepovitch performs traditional pieces of the Lithuanian and Belarusian Jewish community, as well as Zisl’s original compositions, creating a bridge between the old-time North-Eastern European shtetls and the present-day New York’s folk, klezmer, and theater scene.
“Dmitri Slepovich’s trilling clarinet makes for irresistible dancing music.” -Forward
Raya Brass Band does it on the dance floor, mashing up the music of Eastern Europe with American dance grooves. Featuring odd meters, unusual scales and a fine helping of gorgeous Balkan and Romany (Gypsy) melodies played on reeds, trumpet, accordion, tuba and drums, Raya Brass Band brings the East European get-down wherever it goes.
“…There’s been a buzz about this band lately and it’s well-deserved…These guys took [the party] up a notch.” -Lucid Culture

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Ljova and the Kontaband

At the helm of his swinging Kontraband is Russian-born violist-composer Lev “Ljova” Zhurbin who employs skills honed alongside Yo-Yo Ma, the Kronos Quartet and Osvaldo Golijov in his arrangements and original compositions, evoking rustic dances and cinematic vistas by turns. Their music is smartly original, steeped in tradition while moving those traditions forward.
LJOVA AND THE KONTRABAND is: Ljova, viola; Inna Barmash, vocal; Patrick Farrell, accordion; Mike Savino, bass; Mathias Kunzli, percussion.
Tickets: $25 for the first three rows, $20, $17 for members of Shorefront Y, seniors, and students.


Jenya Spektor

My work is part social statement, part satire and all about just trying to make sense of the crazy, mixed up world around me. If you like it, let me know. If not, same.
My inspirations come from everywhere and everything around me: the streets where I live, the people I meet, the books I read, the movies I see. Mostly, though, I’m influenced by current events and the news of the day. So a lot of my toys reflect the seedier side of social and political issues, like corrupt politicians, school violence, financial greed…
I’m not trying to make political statements with my work; I don’t take sides. I’m just expressing the world as I see it, warts and all.
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Petroushka on the Hudson

The Russian Children’s Welfare Society cordially invites you to a Yacht Cruise around Manhattan “9th Petroushka on the Hudson”
Friday, September 14th, 2012, World Yacht’s “Princess” at Pier 81
6:30 pm Boarding
7:00 pm Sailing
11:00 pm Docking
Open Bar, Seated Buffet Dinner and Dancing
Gentlemen: Jackets and Tie
Ladies: Cocktail Dresses


Aleksandr Kazarnovsky (Israel) reading

при содействии Нью-Йоркского отделения Американской Ассоциации евреев из бывшего СССР состоится встреча с израильским писателем и публицистом Александром Казарновским, лауреатом премии «Олива Иерусалима» за 2005 год, и автором нескольких остросюжетных романов о жизни на израильских поселениях, на тему: «Иудея и Самария – там, где клином сошелся свет». Писатель представит свой новый роман «Четыре крыла земли», который посвящен борьбе еврейского народа за свою землю и поднимает вопросы о сущности еврейства и роли еврейского народа в мировой истории. По отзывам читателей, «книга интересная, актуальная и очень нужная». Желающие смогут её приобрести. Александр ознакомит слушателей с различными аспектами поселенческого движения и с удовольствием ответит на вопросы слушателей. Вход свободный.

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Generation R hosts Rooftop Party with ROMASHKA

Generation R hosts a night under the stars with Romashka!
For the seventh consecutive year, lead singer Inna Barmash brings her sizzlin’ hot Gypsy band to the JCC roof for Generation R’s annual “tusofka under the stars”. Don’t miss the live eight-piece band with a surprise opening set, cocktails, jamming and more. Dance the night away when the sun sets as the band ratches up the Balkan beat under the starlit Manhattan skyline.
Purchase tickets online or by calling the JCC Box office at (646) 505-5708
Generously sponsored, in part, by Genesis Philanthropy Group

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2012 ING New York City Marathon

Russian Children’s Welfare Society is proud to have been selected as one of the ING NYC Marathon’s 2012 Community Charities. RCWS’ partnership with ING makes it eligible for 5 entry spots to the marathon and offers the unique opportunity for the runners to add meaning to their miles by fundraising on behalf of Russian children.
This is the third year RCWS will be participating in the ING NYC Marathon.
Running the ING New York City Marathon for the RCWS Team offers a unique opportunity to realize a personal goal, while raising vital funds and awareness about the most vulnerable children in Russia.
RCWS has 5 entry spots. Each of our entry spots entitles the runner to special events, pre- and post-race party, food and beverages, training and preparation tips, transportation, medical support, hydration and fueling stations, entertainment, fundraising support, and individualized fundraising pages on our website.
If you are interested in participating, please contact Russian Children’s Welfare Society.

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Leonid Soroka (Israel) reading

В субботу, 28 июля в 5 pm у нас гость из Израиля, член Союза писателей Израиля, член Пен-клуба Леонид Сорока – поэт, детский писатель, журналист.
Будут представлены книги для детей «Про мышонка Шона, про амстердамского кота Тома и про разное другое», «Азбука на базаре», книги лирики «За Стеною Плача» и «Галилейский круг».
Ироническая поэзия.