Saturday, August 8, 2015


photo by Anya Roz
In case the photo doesn't say it all, my dear friend and brilliant genius creator-man Frank London (that's him, on the plate above) wants y'all to know about this little piece of world debut art he's throwing down this Thursday in the East Village:

Salomé: Woman of Valor
Refracted in fragments of fact, re-flective factions of fiction in friction
re-taled in the toiling, tilled in the tolling, styled in the telling, Detailing, tallying – 
through history, mystery, herstory, errstory,
a mythistory to be endlessly re-told.
Poet/spoken word performer Adeena Karasick and trumpeter/composer Frank London present Salomé: Woman of Valor, their radical re-telling of the story of Salomé. This multi-disciplinary performance re-visions Salomé through a feminist Jewish perspective and translates the story not only as a narrative of violence and desire, but of scapegoating and our contemporary preoccupation with erotic and aesthetic transgression, occupying a space of otherness and desire.
The creative team for Salomé: Woman of Valor includes:
- visual landscape artist Paul Clay, who is both VJ for Basement Bhangra and the set designer of the Broadway show, RENT.  
-  super virtuosic creative musicians, percussionist Deep Singh and keyboardist Shai Bachar, performing the Jewish/Arabic/Bhangra/Free Jazz/trance score with trumpeter London.
- dancer Roni Yaari, creator of Inner Spirit Dance, practitioner of all styles of belly dance from classical, modern, Arabic, Indian and beyond. 

Thursday, Aug 13, 2015
DROM 85 Ave. A, New York
7:15 pm Doors open at 6:30. $15.00 

Memorial for the Night of the Murdered Poets -- August 11

From the Congress for Jewish Culture:

Please join us on Tuesday, August 11th at 6:30 PM for a special program honoring the Yiddish artists and writers murdered in the Soviet Union on August 12, 1952. The date has become known as the "Night of the Murdered Poets". Among others, David Bergelson, David Hofshteyn, Perets Markish, Itsik Fefer, Leyb Kvitko, and Benjamin Zuskin were executed on that date in the Lubyanka Prison in Moscow. 
This year we will feature Ala Zuskin Perelman - daughter of Benjamin Zuskin, principal actor in GOSET (the Moscow State Yiddish Theater) - who will share memories of her father and read from her recent biography of him, The Travels of Benjamin Zuskin.  Ms. Perelman will be available to sign copies of the book after the event.
Dr. Jonathan Brent of the YIVO will greet the audience. Professor Tom Bird of Queens College, CUNY, will deliver opening remarks. Shane Baker of the CJC will chair. In the musical program, Yelena Shmulenson, well-known Yiddish actress and singer. 
The Congress for Jewish Culture has organized the program together with the YIVO, the Jewish Labor Committee and the Workmen's Circle.

Tuesday, August 11th from 6:30 PM to 8 PM at the Center for Jewish History 15 West 16th Street (between 5th and 6th Avenues) Admission freeReserve your seat here


To give you a taste of the poets we will be honoring, please watch Shane Baker performing Peretz Markish's Brokhshtiker