Archive for the 'Calendar' Category

HAMSA fest this weekend

“This popular summer festival will again engage people of all ages to not only experience a taste of the region through art and food, but also examine and challenge beliefs about personal and cultural identity. HAMSA-Fest will [...]

TuBAv@Krem: Rosh Hashanookie

8pm Tuesday, July 31 @ Krem, 1750 N. Clark (map it)
FREE! NO COVER! $7 Martinis.  A good time will be had by all. All are welcome.

Next Friday: Shabbeach Shalom

If you’re in the hood, join us for Shabbat dinner on the shores of Lake Michigan.
6:30 drum circle and 7:30 Israeli-style dinner.  $5 donate requested.

Get Your Yiddish Here.

Every summer, the Chicago branch of YIVO (YIVO Institute for Jewish Research) mounts a Summer Festival of Yiddish Culture, and the schedule for this year is now online. I always feels its a great shadow of what it could be where there a modest investment in the programming, but its [...]

Last Itzamitzvah? for the Year

Last one the year, Leahj says. Ignore that the image says Wednesday, it takes place TONIGHT @ FIXX.
via email: “Just a quick note to say that I hope I see some of you tonight at the Fixx at 7PM.  The Fixx is at 3053 N. Sheffield Ave. in Chicago, and we will discuss ‘Judaism and [...]

Borat’s Brother composes for Kazakh

In an odd twist of events, Erran Baron Cohen, Sacha’s brother, was commissioned to compose a symphonic piece based on Kazakh folk tunes.
The commission came after someone from Kazakh saw “Borat” and loved his composition for the soudtrack so much, they rang him up. I guess they got over the initial bruises and realized [...]

CheeseCake Sameach!

( Calendar and Events and Food and religion )

Shavuot, the festival of Weeks when we celebrate reciving the gift of Torah, starts tonight at Sundown.
It traditional to eat dairy on this holiday, hence the Eli’s reference, and to stay up all night studying text. Anyways, the annual Lakeview Tikkun Leyl Shavuot All-Nighter is going on at Anshe Emet this year. [...]

Gospel in the Greater Lawndale Ghetto

There’s a long sordid history of Jews and Blacks in Chicago.  some of its good and some of it is not.  LAWNDALE is the old west-side neighborhood where from 1920-1959 or so, nearly 200,000 Jews lived within a square mile.  You can still see the old, magnificent shuls along Douglas and Independence Boulevards, along with [...]

Chabon’s Frozen Chosen

The latest from the Pulitzer-winning novelist is a “murder-mystery speculative-history Jewish-identity noir chess thriller,” in the words of Publishers Weekly. It’s a private-eye story set in a fictional community of Jewish exiles — “the frozen chosen” — displaced to a temporary settlement in Alaska by World War II.
He appears in Chicago for a NextBook program [...]

Chabad Lag B’Omer Festival in WRP

Every couple years Chabad puts on a little song and dance for Lag B’Omer. This year they are having a parade and festival, though a few years back it featued Piamenta, which was half cool.  This year its m-Generation boys choir (Miami Boys?). I personally may go to check out the BMX bike [...]

Mimaamakim: Call for Submissions

From the good folk at Mimaamakim Journal:We’re thrilled to annouce our seventh annual submissions call!! Please send us your poetry, prose, artwork, and essays.
DEADLINE: MAY 1st.  If you have submitted during our sabbatical year, you don’t need to resubmit. Just drop us an email saying you’re still interested in having your work considered.  Here’s the [...]

The Comic Passover

Andy Statman @ Martyrs

Neo-hassidish Klezmer genius Andy Statman will play a show Monday night, February 5, at Martyrs.  Its a rare Chicago performance but the sometimes klez sometime bluegrass player will be backed by a bluegrass trio so its unclear if he’ll be playing msuic from the Mountains or Moldavia…  Still should be interesting.
Post No Bills writes it [...]

Peter Himmelman @ Abbey Pub

The posterboy for 80’s Twin City Rock makes an appearance at the Abbey Pub Tuesday evening to sing, chat about Jewish life, his kids and hopefully improvise some songs on the spot.  How you spell sweetwheat?  Sponosred by Nextbook.
Before Husker Du and The Replacements made Minneapolis synonymous with 80’s rock, singer-songwriter Peter Himmelman was fronting [...]

Reader Reems Idan Raichel

Israeli world fusion composer and performers Idan Raichel, a chart topper and the love child of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs for demonstrating the country’s diversity, performs an all ages show at House of Blues this Tuesday evening.
The Consulate has been pushing it (as it does with all Teev Events… hmmm) like it is the [...]

LeeVees: Guster Goes Hanakuostic

Check. It. Out.

Click the poster for info, mp3’s and tickets!

Jewtube: Me Talky @ CSJY

( Calendar and Media )

I”ll be chatting it up at this event on Sunday…

60th Annual Latke vs. Hamentash

Its the original.  U of C.  Mandel Hall.  Tonight.
Tuesday, Novermber 21st, 7:30pm
Mandel Hall (Reynolds Club)
5706 S. University Ave., Hyde Park (Chicago)
Professor Elliot Gershon, Professor Yitzhak Melamed, and Dean Alison
Boden will consider the perennially vexing question of whether the
latke or the hamantash is the most superior Jewish holiday food. This
year marks the 60th time that some [...]

J’lem Pride Parade

( Calendar and Jewish Life and humor )

Our friend Robbie posts on his marching in the Jerusalem Pride Parade.  The comments are a bit much, but you go Robbie!  I hope its a bit like this.

Kavanah Minyan 11/10

( Calendar and religion )

The singing and potluck shabbat returns on Friday November 10 in Lakeview!  We’re in a new space this time, so we’ve got to cut attendance off at 35.  First come, first serve so holla at us to reserve your space to  We’ll get back to you with the location and what we’d like you [...]