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Free Soulico CD Giveaway

KFAR IS holding a drawing to give away a free copy of Soulico's new CD, Exotic on the Speaker. Its been getting solid raves from PopMatters,… Continue

Added by KFAR Jewish Arts Center on November 2, 2009 at 4:41pm — 6 Comments

3 Critics Picks!





Its been a busy press week for KFAR. In addition to the props from WBEZ's Tony Sarabia late last week, this evening's Soulico show has been picked as the 'to do' item by the… Continue

Added by KFAR Jewish Arts Center on November 2, 2009 at 3:30pm — 1 Comment

Exotic on the Speaker



Big thanks to WBEZ - 91.5 fm's global affairs program, Worldview, and specifically music contributor Tony Sarabia and host Jerome McDonnell.



This week they featured Exotic on the Speaker, the new release on JDub Records from Tel Aviv DJ crew Soulico and their upcoming KFAR appearance at the Empty Bottle.… Continue

Added by KFAR Jewish Arts Center on October 30, 2009 at 5:11pm — No Comments

Wild Things Eat You Up

You may have heard that the beloved Maurice Sendak children's book Where the Wild Things Are (trailer after jump) has been released as a feature film directed by Spike Jonze (aka Adam Spiegel). I always loved this story, and I even once saw a live opera version with full sized Wild Things running around the stage.



There's been a lot of discussion about what the Wild Things represent- fear, love, joy- all the emotions that run amok in… Continue

Added by Scene & Heard on October 29, 2009 at 4:58pm — No Comments

Mimaamakim Journal seeks entries

Mima’amakim is an New York organization centered in poetry and art concerned drawing and commenting on the Jewish religious experience. Each year it publishes a journal of poetry, prose, and visual art, and the deadline for submissions this year is November 15.



You can submit work directly via email to… Continue

Added by Scene & Heard on October 29, 2009 at 4:36pm — No Comments

Israeli Films ALL. WEEK. LONG.

The 2009 Chicago Festival of Israeli Cinema kicks off TONIGHT and we're excited! The festival features 26 Israeli feature films, shorts, television shows and documentaries. We're particularly excited about Srugim and Zrubavel (see trailers after the jump). For tickets and the entire schedule of films (some of which have already sold out!), visit the CFIC… Continue

Added by Scene & Heard on October 29, 2009 at 4:29pm — No Comments

AJAC Exhibit in HP

"As the Spirit Moves You" is an exhibit of works by members of the American Jewish Artists Club concerning spiritual practice and mysticism. Curated by Robert Fields and showing at the Art Center of Highland Park from October 16th - November 11th.



The exhibit looks to be an interesting show- whether you live on the North Shore or not, it… Continue

Added by Scene & Heard on October 15, 2009 at 5:21pm — No Comments

Jdub adopts Jewcy





This just in: not for profit Jewish music label and event producer Jdub Records (Balkan Beat Box, Socalled, Soulico, Sway Machinery, Girls in trouble, DeLeon, ex-Matisyahu) has adopted online magazine and community Jewcy. The merger of two Jewish Emergent organizations comes in the wake of Jewcy losing funding earlier this year and after its own adoptee,… Continue

Added by Scene & Heard on October 15, 2009 at 5:00pm — No Comments

KFAR on the radio



We're please to have heard an outstanding review of Partisans and Parasites yesterday on 91.5 WBEZ's global affairs program, Worldview. Music contributor Tony Sarabia and host Jerome McDonnell spend over 10 minutes discussing Daniel Kahn and The Painted Bird, playing samples of several different songs. Listen… Continue

Added by Scene & Heard on October 15, 2009 at 4:46pm — No Comments

6 Million Germans!

That is the chorus of a raucous and politically charged song of the same name by Daniel Kahn and The Painted Bird.



We're please to share it with you as a free download here. Be sure to get your tickets to the band's appearance Saturday night at the Chopin… Continue

Added by Scene & Heard on October 15, 2009 at 4:00pm — No Comments

Baruchback Mountain

This year's Chicago International Film Festival includes a screening of Eyes Wides Shut (עיניים פקוחות‎) a 2008 film from Israel that achieved some note at the 2009 Cannes Film Festival. It is, to coin a nickname, Baruchback Mountain. A trailer follows the jump.



Description: Aaron, a married, Orthodox Jewish father of four (Zohar Strauss) falls in love with a… Continue

Added by Scene & Heard on October 8, 2009 at 5:09pm — No Comments

Chicago Festival of Israeli Cinema is coming

The 2009 Chicago Festival of Israeli Cinema is one of the most ambitious yet, with no fewer than 27 Israeli Academy and Jerusalem International Film Festival prizes among the entries. KFAR is pleased to once again sponsor and support the festival in its work to bring the best of Israel's films to Chicago screens. For more information on the festival, visit… Continue

Added by Scene & Heard on October 7, 2009 at 5:20pm — No Comments

The Painted Bird

We're thrilled to be mounting a performance by Daniel Kahn and the Painted Bird from Berlin this coming week. They are one of the most exciting New Jewish musical acts on the scene. Some of their music is up on the music player at right. Check out the event here and videos of the band, below:







performing… Continue

Added by Scene & Heard on October 7, 2009 at 5:00pm — No Comments

Be the future of Jewish culture

As the Jewish New Year begins Friday night, our culture is vibrant and alive in America. No longer relegated to bagel brunches, it is at the core of a contemporary Jewish identity being explored asserted throughout the arts; in the recording studio, on the stage, on film and the page.



KFAR Jewish Arts Center leads this Jewish cultural renaissance in Chicago, connecting artists and performers exploring their heritage through their craft to audiences thirsty for contemporary… Continue

Added by Adam Davis on September 16, 2009 at 5:21pm — No Comments

World Music Festival 2009

KFAR is pleased to work with the Chicago World Music Festival again, this time presenting the Guy Mendilow Band on September 20th at Uncommon Ground. As the Jewish New Year gets underway, join us at Uncommon Ground for this special sweat…

Added by Scene & Heard on September 16, 2009 at 5:06pm — No Comments

Coen Brothers New Jew Film

Join KFAR at a special presentation of A SERIOUS MAN, a new film by Joel & Ethan Coen, Wednesday, September 16th at 7PM at the AMC River East (322 E. Illinois, Chicago). A SERIOUS MAN explores questions of faith, familial responsibility, delinquent behavior, dental phenomena, academia, mortality and Judaism. email to RSVPChicago@43kix.com to reserve your seats. See the trailer below.



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The new film from Academy Award-winning writer/directors Joel and Ethan… Continue

Added by Scene & Heard on September 16, 2009 at 4:52pm — 1 Comment

Hal Lewis named Spertus President

In an anticipated move earlier this summer, Spertus Institute of Jewish Studies named Hal Lewis its new President, promoting Howard… Continue

Added by Scene & Heard on September 4, 2009 at 11:30am — No Comments

Stereo Sinai Profiled

Chicago's 'Biblegum Pop' Duo is getting around. Having just returned from a quick Wisconsin tour, Stereo Sinai is profiled in Chicago Jewish News.

Added by Scene & Heard on September 4, 2009 at 11:16am — No Comments

Are Tefillin the new iPod?

Probably not. But The Forward profiles Reinventing Ritual an art show of ritual objects at New York's Jewish Museum unlike any we've seen of late.



Pictured are a set of… Continue

Added by Scene & Heard on September 4, 2009 at 11:11am — No Comments

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