CHICAGO – When faced with adversity, the best way around it is to somehow break into song. That is the feeling behind the Brown Paper Box Co.’s “Positively Present: An Uplifting Cabaret,” running April 7th and 8th at Mary’s Attic in Chicago’s Andersonville neighborhood. The event features company member Kristi Szczepanek as host, and presents song stylings by other company members, including Anna Schutz, plus some special guests. For details and ticket information, click here.
Film News: Spertus Institute’s Sunday Cinema Series Concludes on Feb. 19, 2017
CHICAGO – The Spertus Institute, Chicago’s leading center for Jewish learning and leadership, concludes a two-month film series at their downtown location, featuring a documentary entitled “Torah Treasures and Curious Trash,” preceded by the short film “Hannah Cohen’s First Communion.” The screenings begin at 2pm within the Institute’s Feinberg Theater, located at 610 S. Michigan Avenue in Chicago…click here for more details.
Feature Documentary at the 2017 Spertus Institute’s Sunday Cinema Series on February 19th
Photo credit: Spertus Institute
“Torah Treasures and Curious Trash” follows an 87 year-old artist in Jerusalem named Jo Milgrom, who scavenges dumpsters for usable junk media, and then combines these finds with the worn-out ritual objects from synagogues and funeral homes. She juxtaposes the sacred and the mundane, and challenges religious establishment by using the artwork as commentary on the Jewish faith. The short film, “Hannah Cohen’s First Communion,” set in Ireland, involves a seven year-old girl who desires to participate in the Catholic sacrament of first holy communion. There is only one problem…she’s Jewish. The universal desire to fit in is explored in this audience favorite.