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Festival of Books & Arts

 

Screening | Rosenwald

Wed, Oct 19 | 6:30 pm | A Unity Project Offering

Wed, Oct 19 | 6:30 pm | A Unity Project Offering

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Rosenwald is a documentary about Chicago philanthropist and founder of Sears, Julius Rosenwald, the son of a Jewish immigrant peddler, who changed the lives of countless African Americans. His initiatives include helping build more than 5,300 schools for black students in the rural South during the Jim Crow era of the early 1900s. Inspired by the Jewish ideals of tzedakah (charity) and tikkun olam (repairing the world) and a deep concern over racial inequality in America, Julius Rosenwald gave away $62 million in his lifetime.

Among those appearing in the film are civil rights leaders Julian Bond and Congressman John Lewis, columnists Eugene Robinson and Clarence Page, Cokie Roberts, Rabbi David Saperstein, Rosenwald school alumni, writer Maya Angelou as well as film/theater director George C. Wolfe.

The JCC first screened this film to an enthusiastic audience in March. We have received so many requests to show it again that we are pleased to make it a Taste of the Ann Katz Festival of Books and Arts.

The Unity Project

The Unity Project is an ongoing community initiative whose mission is “To help build respect and understanding between various communities, especially the black community and the Jewish community through the arts and through dialogue.”

Eventbrite - Film Screening: Rosenwald

This Rosenwald screening is made possible through the generous support of Joan Dee Kahn and Ellen & Richard Shevitz
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Screening | Attucks: The School That Opened a City

Wed, Oct 26 | 7 pm | A Unity Project Offering

Wed, Oct 26 | 7 pm | A Unity Project Offering

When all-black Crispus Attucks High School was built in the 1920s, the Ku Klux Klan ran Indiana and its capital. The governor, the majority of the state legislature, the mayor and the entire School Board were Klansmen or Klan-backed. The school was designed to fail. But it did not fail. For more than 40 years, the students who came of age within the brick walls of Attucks overcame a system designed to belittle them. They became surgeons and teachers, scientists and politicians, world-class musicians and athletes. And over time, these successes and the grace that accompanied them became a grassroots agent for integration, winning over the younger generation of Indy’s white population.

It is not an easy story, but it’s a seminal element of Indiana’s journey. As part of the state’s Bicentennial commemoration, WFYI Public Media and Ted Green Films illuminate the story of Crispus Attucks and its students, including Oscar Robertson, Maj. Gen. Harry Brooks, Brig. Gen. Norris Overton, Betty Crowe, Angela Brown, David Baker, Janet Langhart-Cohen and many other Attucks graduates, as well as Gen. Colin Powell and historians James Madison and Richard Pierce.

Join us to view the film and then speak with producer Ted Green, who also produced such films as Bobby ‘Slick’ Leonard: Heart of a Hoosier, Undefeated, The Roger Brown Story and Naptown to Supercity.

The Unity Project

The Unity Project is an ongoing community initiative whose mission is “To help build respect and understanding between various communities, especially the black community and the Jewish community through the arts and through dialogue.”

Eventbrite - Film Screening: Attucks: The School That Opened a City

This Attucks screening is made possible in partnership with WFYI Public Media and Ted Green Films. Sponsored by Butler University Center for Faith and Vocation, Congregation Beth Shalom

Ann Katz Festival Book Club

Thu, Oct 27 | 1-2 pm | FREE EVENT

Thu, Oct 27 | 1-2 pm | FREE EVENT

Be part of the inaugural discussion group of our Ann Katz Festival Book Club and discuss our Community Reads book, “The Muralist” by New York Times Bestselling author B.A. Shapiro.

Then be sure to come to our special Community Reads event at the Indianapolis Art Center on Monday, Nov 7 to hear and meet the author and get your book signed. See below for information and tickets.

Eventbrite - Ann Katz Festival Book Club

Modern Girls by Jennifer S. Brown

Thu, Oct 27 | 7 pm | A Girls Night Out event

Thu, Oct 27 | 7 pm | A Girls Night Out event

The debut novel by the winner of 2005 World’s Best Short-Story Contest in the Southeast Review.

Her first novel, Modern Girls, set in 1935 in the lower east side of New York, is about a Russian-born Jewish mother and her American-born unmarried daughter. Each discovers that she is expecting, although the pregnancies are unplanned and unwanted, in this story about women’s roles, standards and choices.

In partnership with Planned Parenthood of Indiana and Kentucky (PPINK)

Eventbrite - Author: Jennifer S. Brown

Sponsored by Drs. Leigh and Jeffrey Meltzer, Temple Sisterhood of Indianapolis Hebrew Congregation

Screening | Remember

Sat, Oct 29 | 8 pm

Sat, Oct 29 | 8 pm

A revenge thriller featuring Christopher Plummer and Martin Landau.

Remember is the contemporary story of Zev, who discovers that the Nazi guard who murdered his family some 70 years ago is living in America under an assumed identity. Despite the obvious challenges, Zev sets out on a mission to deliver long-delayed justice with his own trembling hand. What follows is a remarkable cross-continent road-trip with surprising consequences.

Eventbrite - Film Screening: Remember

Sponsored by Israel Bonds

Storytime with Bubbe & Zayde

Tue, Nov 1 | Noon | FREE EVENT

Tue, Nov 1 | Noon | FREE EVENT

Join some of our dynamic community rabbis for children’s books, art, song and sweet treat – a multi-generational annual program loved by all.

Eventbrite - Storytime with Bubbe and Zayde

Storytime is made possible in partnership with PJ Library

The Bible Doesn’t Say That by Joel Hoffman

Tue, Nov 1 | 7 pm

Tue, Nov 1 | 7 pm

Acclaimed translator, Bible scholar and author Dr. Joel M. Hoffman explores what the Bible meant before it was misinterpreted over the past 2,000 years.

The Bible Doesn’t Say That (40 biblical mistranslations, misconceptions and other misunderstandings) covers morality, lifestyle, theology and biblical imagery, proving for example how the Bible doesn’t call homosexuality a sin or advocate for the one-man-one-woman model of the family.

Eventbrite - Author: Dr. Joel Hoffman

In partnership with Christian Theological Seminary. Sponsored by Indianapolis Hebrew Congregation

Parenthetical Expressions Exhibit by Phil O’Malley

Wed, Nov 2 | 5:30-7:30 pm | FREE EVENT

Wed, Nov 2 | 5:30-7:30 pm | FREE EVENT

Opening reception with light refreshments followed by artist talk.

Phil O’Malley, an Indianapolis-based professional studio artist and designer, has created two and three dimensional works in a wide array of mediums. O’Malley’s work has been displayed at Clowes Hall, Long-Sharp Gallery at the Conrad, Evan Lurie Gallery in Carmel, as well as other fine art galleries. He studied Interior Design at the Purdue School of Engineering and earned a BFA from the Herron School of Art and Design. Exhibition runs through Jan 2, 2017.

Eventbrite - Art Exhibit: Parenthetical Expressions

Simplify and The More of Less by Joshua Becker

Thu, Nov 3 | Part of our Tiny House Roadshow event

Thu, Nov 3 | Part of our Tiny House Roadshow event

The highlight of this year’s festival is an author who is a leading voice in the movement toward minimalist living.

Joshua Becker is the Wall Street Journal and USA Today best-selling author of Simplify and The More of Less. He will headline the evening of Nov 3 at the Tiny House Roadshow presented by the JCC and Tiny by Design, an event featuring more than 15 tiny houses for people to see and tour. In The More of Less, Joshua Becker, shows the beauty of minimalism isn’t in what it takes away. It’s in what it gives.

A preview of the Tiny House Roadshow featuring more than 15 tiny houses by some of the U.S.’s leading tiny house designers and builders begins at 5 pm (hors d’oeuvres provided) followed by a dinner* in Laikin Auditorium by Ivy Tech Culinary Institute students under the direction of Master Chef Jeff Bricker. Becker’s presentation in the JCC’s Laikin Auditorium is at 7:30 pm.

Eventbrite - Tiny House Roadshow Preview Party

*under Kosher supervision

Ann Katz 2016 Tiny Houses

Tiny House Roadshow at JCC

Fri, Nov 4; Sat, Nov 5 and Sun, Nov 6

Fri, Nov 4; Sat, Nov 5 and Sun, Nov 6

The JCC prides itself on providing quality, unique programming that stimulates thought and conversation about social issues. This fall, the JCC will present two interrelated programs that mark a major paradigm shift in the way growing numbers of individuals are choosing to lead their lives.

To explore the reasons given by advocates for joining the tiny house movement and to learn how it is related to the minimalist movement, on November 4, 5, and 6, the JCC is partnering with Tiny by Design to bring the Tiny House Roadshow to Indianapolis. The roadshow is the brainchild of tiny house designer and builder Dale Geist. Interest in his work has been fueled by the many programs now being seen on HGTV. A segment about Dale’s work is still being broadcast on-demand (Tiny House Hunters, season 2, episode 10). For three days, curious participants can explore some of Dale’s designs as well as a variety of other tiny houses, visit with designers and builders from throughout the U.S., and listen to and learn about the experiences of others who have already chosen this mode of living.

Fri, Nov 4  |  Noon–6 pm
Sat, Nov 5  |  10 am–6 pm
Sun, Nov 6  |  10 am–6 pm

Eventbrite - Indianapolis Tiny House Roadshow

Please note: There is a Preview Party/fundraiser for the Tiny House Roadshow featuring a dinner and presentation by Wall Street Journal and USA Today bestselling author Joshua Becker (see above). In his book, The More of Less, Becker shows that the beauty of minimalism isn’t in what it takes away, it’s in what it gives

Sponsored by The National Bank of Indianapolis

LEGO®palooza

Sun, Nov 6 | 2-4 pm | FREE EVENT

Sun, Nov 6 | 2-4 pm | FREE EVENT

A family celebration of everything LEGO® for adults and kids of all ages!

Bring the family and join us as we celebrate the wonderful world of Legos! Delve into an afternoon of Lego fun and creativity including:

  • Lego free play with both Duplo and Classic Legos
  • Lego architecture building. Work with an actual architect.
  • Watch the Lego Movie
  • Enjoy the Lego reading corner
  • Create Lego arts and crafts

Eventbrite - LEGO®palooza

LEGO®palooza is made possible in partnership with Barnes & Noble.

The Muralist by B.A. Shapiro

Mon, Nov 7 | 7 pm | Our 2016 Community Reads Author and An Ann Katz Festival Signature Event

Mon, Nov 7 | 7 pm | Our 2016 Community Reads Author and An Ann Katz Festival Signature Event

B.A. Shapiro is the author of the New York Times bestselling author The Art Forger. In her latest novel, Shapiro entwines historical and fictional characters to tell the story about a young American painter working for the Works Progress Administration who vanishes in New York City in 1940. Some 70 years later, her great-niece uncovers mysterious paintings hidden behind great works of art that may hold the answers to questions surrounding her missing aunt.

Eventbrite - Author: B A Shapiro

Community Reads event is presented by The Saturday Evening Post and in partnership with the Indianapolis Art Center. Sponsored by Laurie and Eddie Freeman

Not Just a Game by Doug Zipes

Wed, Nov 9 | 7 pm

Wed, Nov 9 | 7 pm

Not Just a Game is the riveting story of three generations of Olympic athletes as they attempt to survive monumental challenges in the shadow of Hitler and during a rebirth of Nazism. It begins in the dark days of the 1936 Berlin Olympics, carries through to the 1972 Munich Olympics where eleven Israeli athletes were murdered by Islamic terrorists and climaxes at the 2016 Olympics in Rio.

A richly crafted story of intrigue, sports, politics and love, Not Just a Game is the third page-turning novel by internationally renowned Indianapolis cardiologist Douglas P. Zipes.

Eventbrite - Author: Doug Zipes

Sponsored by Congregation Beth-El Zedeck

The Underdogs by Melissa Fay Greene

Thu, Nov 10 | 7 pm | An Ann Katz Festival Signature Event

Thu, Nov 10 | 7 pm | An Ann Katz Festival Signature Event

For dog lovers and everyone else, Melissa Fay Greene’s The Underdogs: Children, Dogs and the Power of Unconditional Love is the emotional story about the difference that dogs can make in the lives of children and adults through the stories of half a dozen families across the United States. These families, who are contending with their children’s special needs, are finding the amazing capacity of dogs to offer safe haven, friendship and fun.

Green is a current Guggenheim Fellow, a regular contributor to The New York Times Magazine and a frequent guest on NPR. This non-fiction book, The Underdogs: Children, Dogs and the Power of Unconditional Love presents stories of half a dozen families across the United States who are contending with their children’s special needs and finding the amazing capacity of dogs to offer safe haven, friendship and fun.

Special preview event from 4-6:45 pm: Come early and visit the Humane Society of Indianapolis’s family-friendly PAW (Pet Adoption Wagon) to see specially chosen dogs and cats that you may adopt.

Eventbrite - Author: Melissa Fay Greene

Presented by The Saturday Evening Post and in partnership with 4 Paws for Ability and the Humane Society of Indianapolis. Sponsored by Cindie and Charlie Harp

Heartland Award Winning Shorts

Sat, Nov 12 | 7 pm

Sat, Nov 12 | 7 pm

Be on the cutting edge of movies as you enjoy a selection of award winning shorts from the Heartland 2016 Film Festival.

Eventbrite - Film Screening: Heartland Film Award-Winning Shorts

Writing Home: Stories of American Veterans in Dance, Words and Theater

Sun, Nov 13 | 10 am & 1:30 pm | FREE EVENT

Sun, Nov 13 | 10 am & 1:30 pm | FREE EVENT

Writing Home may refer to what veterans wrote to their loved ones back home; to what one writes about the concept of home far away, what do they see and think of; to the idea of the pieces of home soldiers carry with them, perhaps their bunk or a photo or what veterans think of home upon their return.

Deep thoughts expressed in spoken word, theater and in movement by veterans, Dance Kaleidoscope, Indiana Writer’s Center and Indiana Historical Society will provide a sense of wonder, understanding and appreciation.

Eventbrite - Writing Home: Stories of American Veterans in Dance, Words and Theater

An Ann Katz Festival Signature and Spirit & Place Event. Sponsored by Penrod Society

Stir by Jessica Fechtor

Mon, Nov 14 | 7 pm

Mon, Nov 14 | 7 pm

At 28, Jessica Fechtor was a newly married grad student when she nearly died from an aneurysm while on a run. Her journey to recovery began in the kitchen as soon as she was able to stand at the stovetop and stir. There she drew strength from the restorative power of cooking. Written with intelligence, humor and warmth, Stir is a heartfelt examination of what it means to nourish and be nourished. Jessica’s story is woven through 27 recipes for dishes that comfort and delight.

Eventbrite - Author: Jessica Fechtor