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Mike Reiss, Springfield Confidential, Jokes, Secrets and Outright Lies from a Lifetime or writing for the Simpsons

Jewish Authors and Ideas Series 

In his freewheeling, irreverent comic style, Reiss reflects on his lifetime inside The Simpsons—a personal highlights reel of his achievements, observations, and favorite stories. He shares stories, scandals, and gossip about working with America’s most iconic cartoon family ever. He explains how the episodes are created, and provides an inside look at the show’s writers, animators, actors and celebrity guests. And he answers a range of questions from Simpsons fans and die-hards and reminisces about the making of perennially favorite episodes.

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The Cut Presents: Mary Poppins Jr.

Based on one of the most popular Disney movies of all time and the Broadway musical that played for over 2,500 performances and received multiple Olivier and Tony Awards nominations, Disney and Cameron Mackintosh’s Mary Poppins is capturing hearts in a whole new way: as a practically perfect Broadway Junior musical!

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An Act of Defiance
Directed by Jean van de Velde
Run time: 2h 4m
In this riveting historical drama, 10 political activists (including Nelson Mandela and his inner circle of Black and Jewish supporters) face a possible death sentence for conspiracy to commit sabotage after they are arrested by the apartheid South African government during a raid in the town of Rivonia during the summer of 1963. Bram Fischer (exceptionally played by Peter Paul Muller), a sympathetic lawyer, risks his career and freedom to defend these men, attempting to hide the fact that he, too, frequently convened on the farm where they were arrested.

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Trio Umami

Conservatory Chamber Music Concert Series

Three of the greatest composers of the Romantic period are featured in this concert by Trio Umami. Acclaimed young artists from The Juliard School: Tal First, Tomsen Su and Ilya Laskin bring to brilliant life works by Ludwig von Beethoven, Cesar Franck and Robert Schumann.

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Jamie Bernstein, Famous Father Girl, a Memoir of Growing up Bernstein

Jewish Authors and Ideas Series

Jamie Bernstein is a writer, broadcaster, concert narrator, and filmmaker (her documentary Crescendo: The Power of Music is now available on Netflix). She is the oldest daughter of revered composer/conductor Leonard Bernstein and offers a rare look at her father on the centennial of his birth in her deeply intimate and evocative FAMOUS FATHER GIRL: A Memoir of Growing Up Bernstein (Harper / June 12, 2018).

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The Landon Piano Quintet
Shepherd School of Music of Rice University, Houston, TX

Conservatory Chamber Music Concert Series

From its inception in 1974, the Shepherd School has emphasized orchestral, chamber music, and opera as the central elements of its performing curriculum. The Shepherd School is widely considered as one of the greatest music schools in the US.

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Martin Fletcher, Promised Land

Jewish Authors and Ideas Series

PROMISED LAND, A sweeping family saga set against the founding of Israel, begins when one brother is sent west to America to escape the Nazis and the other is sent east to the death camps. They reunite in the nascent Jewish state, where one becomes a successful businessman and the other, a top Mossad agent. As their new homeland faces extraordinary obstacles, the brothers’ intrigues and jealousies threaten to tear their lives apart.

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Ariel Burger, Witness, Lesson’s Learned from Elie Wiesel’s Classroom

Jewish Authors and Ideas Series

Ariel Burger first met Elie Wiesel at age fifteen; he became his student in his 20s, and his teaching assistant in his 30s. WITNESS: Lessons from Elie Wiesel’s Classroom chronicles the intimate conversations between these two men over decades, as Burger sought counsel on matters of intellect, spirituality, and faith, while navigating his own personal journey from boyhood to manhood, from student and assistant to rabbi and, in time, teacher.

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The Amazing Maze of Sound

Authors and Concerts for Children & Families

Join JCC MetroWest as we celebrate Israel’s 71st anniversary! Two of Israel’s leading contemporary musicians will perform well known songs, soundtracks and original pieces in a unique adaptation that will display their unique approach to sound and give our audience a glance into the music makin process, experiencing sound in a fresh, fun way.

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Stuart E. Eizenstat, President Carter, The White House Years

Jewish Authors and Ideas Series

In PRESIDENT CARTER: The White House Years, Stuart E. Eizenstat presents a comprehensive history of the Carter Administration, demonstrating that Carter was the most impactful, consequential modern-era one-term U.S. President. Eizenstat documents Carter’s many lasting accomplishments
which continue to shape American politics at home and abroad.

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The Mount Vernon Virtuosi String Orchestra

Conservatory Chamber Music Concert Series

The Mount Vernon Virtuosi Chamber Orchestra Concerts Peabody Conservatory cello faculty artist, Amit Peled, has established the Mount Vernon Virtusi Chamber Orchestra to nurture, train and support local graduate music students as well as to give them a platform to continue their musical journey while preparing for professional orchestra auditions.

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