5th Annual 5 Minute Short Play Festival

Monday, May 7, 2018 at 7pm
JCC Rehearsal Room

“Brevity is the soul of wit,” according to William Shakespeare and who are we to argue? You’ll be inspired and amazed at how much creativity can be packed into 300 seconds or less in the form of ten plays performed by professional actors under the direction of D. Candis Paule. Selected from more than 80 submissions -- representing various facets of Jewish identity, culture, holidays, relationships, values and history -- this year’s plays offer something for everyone. As an audience member, you’ll have the chance to vote on your favorite and enjoy a delicious dessert reception hosted by “Straight From the Page,” a subcommittee of the CJC.

Price: $20; JCC Member Price: $16

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Mark Cantor's Giants of Jazz on Film

Wednesdays - January 24, March 7, and May 9,2018 at 7pm
David and Dorothea Garfield Theatre

With a vast archive of more than 12,000 films and clips, music maven Mark Cantor’s spectacular collection of jazz and blues performances is widely considered one of the world’s premier collections of American popular music on film. In his not-to-be-missed programs, Cantor screens rare clips and shares detailed documentation and lively commentary.

“Mark Cantor has one of the very best collections of jazz films in the world.”
– Ken Burns

Price for individual shows: $25; JCC Member Price: $20
Series price: $57; JCC Member $45
Questions: JCC Box Office (858) 362-1348

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Bird Sing a Pretty Song

Thursday, May 17, 2018 at 8pm
David & Dorothea Garfield Theatre

Don’t miss the west-coast premiere of a riveting amalgam of dance, music, and film that follows two dancers as they fight for connection in a digital age of surveillance. The three live musicians act as observers, building lush soundscapes that influence the dancers movement and accompanying projections of film. The performance seamlessly blends art forms into a cohesive, visceral experience offering a glimpse into a world of solitude, beauty and chaos.
Created during fellowships at LABA: A Laboratory for Jewish Culture in New York City and Chutzpah! Festival in Vancouver. The piece is brought to life on stage by dancers Rebecca Margolick and Chuck Wilt, guitarist/media/composer Maxx Berkowitz, guitarist/composer Jake Klar, and percussionist Bruno Esrubilsky, with film by Derrick Belcham. This tour is supported by The Canada Council for the Arts.

Price: $32; JCC Member Price: $28
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The Ancient Law (Das alte Gesetz) With Live Score Performed by Donald Sosin and Alicia Svigals

Wednesday, June 6, 2018 at 7pm
David & Dorothea Garfield Theatre

San Diego Premiere

One of the hottest tickets at the recent Berlin International Film Festival, we are honored to provide San Diegans the first opportunity to view the digitally restored version of the 1923 German classic. Making the evening even more special, the film will be accompanied with an original score by renowned pianist and composer Donald Sosin performed live along with violinist Alicia Svigals, a founder of the Grammy-winning Klezmatics. The film takes on the theme of Jewish assimilation in 19th-century Europe as it contrasts the closed world of shtetl life with liberal society. With its depiction of a cantor's son who breaks with family tradition to become an actor, this 1923 film was clearly the inspiration for the groundbreaking 1927 American film The Jazz Singer.
Director: Ewald André Dupont / Germany / 1923 / 137 min (restored version) / German and English Subtitles / Silent

Presented in partnership with the Lipinsky Family Jewish Arts Festival
Price: $20; JCC Member Price: $18
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Brian Keating - Losing the Nobel Prize: A Story of Cosmology, Ambition, and the Perils of Science’s Highest Honor

Thursday, June 7, 2018 at 7pm
Dove Library-Schulman Auditorium
Carlsbad City Library, 1775 Dove Lane, Carlsbad, CA 92011

Join UCSD astrophysicist Brian Keating to discuss his new book which tells the inside story of a quest to unlock one of cosmology’s biggest mysteries, derailed by the lure of the Nobel Prize. Keating brings to vivid life the highly competitive, take-no- prisoners, publish-or- perish world of modern science. Along the way, he provocatively argues that the Nobel Prize, instead of advancing scientific progress, may actually hamper it, encouraging speed and greed while punishing collaboration and bold innovation. Keating offers practical solutions for reforming the prize. A book signing will follow the Talk.

“Brian Keating’s riveting new book tells the inside story of the search for cosmic origins, emphasizing the influence of Nobel dreams and laying bare the question of whether the lure of grand prizes is ultimately a good thing for science.” —Brian Greene, author of The Elegant Universe

Book signing to follow.
Price: FREE
Please RSVP with link.
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Yossi Klein Halevi - Letters to My Palestinian Neighbor

Tuesday, June 12, 2018 at 11am
Dove Library-Schulman Auditorium
1775 Dove Lane, Carlsbad, CA 92011
Tuesday, June 12, 2018 at 7pm
David & Dorothea Garfield Theatre

The Jewish Book Award-winning author of Like Dreamers offers a powerful and nuanced call for reconciliation between Israelis and Palestinians in Letters to My Palestinian Neighbor. In ten provocative and moving letters, Halevi—who was born in the U.S. and emigrated to Israel in his twenties —shares his passion for his adopted homeland and why he refuses to despair of peace between Israelis and Palestinians. Through his unique prism, Halevi reveals the complex strands of faith, pride, anger, and anguish he feels as a Jew living in Israel.

Halevi is a senior fellow of the Shalom Hartman Institute in Jerusalem, where he co-directs, together with Imam Abdullah Antepli of Duke University, the Muslim Leadership Initiative.
Book signing to follow.
Price: $26 includes one copy of the book per order.
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Andy Statman Trio: An American Musical Treasure

Wednesday, June 27, 2018 at 8pm
David & Dorothea Garfield Theatre

Pre-show conversation with Andy Statman: 7:15pm

Andy Statman is universally acknowledged as one of the world’s premier mandolin and clarinet players. Performing traditional Jewish music, bluegrass, and Americana on both instruments, Statman is a master of respecting and innovating musical traditions. A GRAMMY nominee, Andy is a recipient of the NEA National Heritage Fellowship, the nation’s highest honor in the traditional arts. He has performed and recorded with an incredible range of artists including the Grateful Dead, Bob Dylan, Ricky Skaggs, Béla Fleck, David Grisman, Itzhak Perlman, Vassar Clements, and Stéphane Grappelli. Andy will be performing with his trio, Jim Whitney, bass, and Larry Eagle, drums.



“Andy Statman, clarinet and mandolin virtuoso, is an American visionary … “- The New Yorker
” … One of the most important Jewish creative artists of the postwar era.” - The Jerusalem Post

Premium Price: $48
Price: $36; JCC Member Price: $29
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Presented in partnership with the Lipinsky Family Jewish Arts Festival

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