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Festival of Books & Arts

Oct 17-Nov 12, 2018

The JCC’s 20th annual Ann Katz Festival of Books & Arts presented by the Herbert Simon Family Foundation with generous annual support from the Irwin and Ann Katz Cultural Arts and Education Endowment Fund is a three-week festival featuring local, national and international authors, films and filmmakers, performing artists and fine artists!

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The Ann Katz Festival Pass allows the holder entrance to any of the festival’s events for one low price. Without purchasing a pass, events are $10 each unless noted otherwise.

* The Festival Pass does not include admission to any Mitch Albom events.

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Author | An Evening with Mitch Albom, author of Tuesday’s with Morrie

Wed, Oct 17 | 7 pm | $30 includes book | $25 without book

Wed, Oct 17 | 7 pm | $30 includes book | $25 without book

Mitch Albom is an internationally renowned and best-selling author, journalist, screenwriter, playwright, radio and television broadcaster and musician. His books have collectively sold more than 35 million copies worldwide; have been published in forty-nine territories and in forty-five languages around the world; and have been made into Emmy Award-winning and critically-acclaimed television movies. Albom is perhaps best known for his books, Tuesday’s with Morrie and The Five People You Meet in Heaven. The latter’s sequel The Next Person You Meet in Heaven releases the week before Albom’s appearance at the festival.

At Congregation Beth-El Zedeck, 600 W 70th Street, Indianapolis, 46260

 

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Presented in partnership with Congregation Beth-El Zedeck.

Sponsored by The National Bank of Indianapolis

Speaker | Robert Siegel

Tue, Oct 23, 2018 | 7 pm | $20

Tue, Oct 23, 2018 | 7 pm | $20

Robert Siegel was co-host of NPR’s highly acclaimed All Things Considered from 1987 until January of this year. He will share his thoughts on the changes in news during that 30-year period, along with stories and an inside look at the most listened-to drive-time news radio program in the country.

Siegel will be in conversation with WFYI’s Jill Sheridan.

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Sponsored by The Penrod Society, LTD

Media sponsor WFYI

Gallery Reception | INfiber – JCC Art Gallery exhibit opening and reception

Wed, Oct 24 | 5:30 pm | Free

Wed, Oct 24 | 5:30 pm | Free

INfiber is an association of central Indiana artists seeking to interact together to produce works of individuality and aesthetic cohesiveness in the medium of fiber. INfiber’s goal is to share, educate and inspire. Join us for light refreshments and meet the artists – from novice to professional.

 

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Author | Jennifer Haupt, author of In the Shadow of 10,000 Hills

Thu, Oct 25 | 7 pm | $16 includes book | $10 without book

Thu, Oct 25 | 7 pm | $16 includes book | $10 without book

A Community Reads event. Book clubs in and around Indianapolis will be looking forward to meeting this acclaimed journalist and author after having read her novel In the Shadow of 10,000 Hills. This is a sweeping family saga spans the turmoil of Atlanta during the Civil Rights Movement through the struggle for reconciliation in post- genocide Rwanda. A native of Milwaukee, Wisconsin, Haupt has been a journalist for over 25 years, writing primarily about women prompted by their own depression and grief to reach out and help others to heal.

Haupt will be in conversation with Mike Williams of The Indianapolis Public Library.

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Play | Jubilee in the Rear View Mirror

Sun, Oct 28 | 1:30 pm and 7 pm | $15

Sun, Oct 28 | 1:30 pm and 7 pm | $15

This play, a major success in the 2017 Indy Fringe Festival, explores what happens when, during Freedom Summer (1964), a young black civil rights worker from the North shares a jail cell in rural Mississippi with a racist white man who is coming off a drunk. This comedy-drama looks at these two men of the same age at the height of the civil rights movement. This play, dedicated by the author to the civil rights individuals who risked their lives to come to the deep South to work for change, is a JCC Unity Project presentation.

The mission of The Unity Project is to build respect and understanding between various communities, especially the black and Jewish communities, through dialogue and the arts. Partners include the JCC, The Indianapolis Urban League, the Efroymson Family Fund and the Jewish Community Relations Council.

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Sponsored by Indianapolis Hebrew Congregation and Efroymson Family Fund

Reception | BJE Maurer Jewish Community Library Re-Opening Reception

Sun, Oct 28 | 3-7 pm | Free

Sun, Oct 28 | 3-7 pm | Free

The BJE Maurer Jewish Community Library is re-opening its doors and re-joining The Indianapolis Public Library (IPL) Shared System!  Join us for a reception in the foyer of the Jewish Federation of Greater Indianapolis Education Center just outside of the library. Enjoy delicious refreshments and visit the library, check out books, and spend time in the children’s corner that was renovated last spring by teens as part of J-Serve (an international day of Jewish community service.  At the reception we will honor the many volunteers who have made this re-opening possible and celebrate the values that lead us to be called the People of the Book.

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Presented by The Jewish Federation of Greater Indianapolis and the BJE Endowment Committee

Author | Angela Himsel, author of A River Could Be a Tree

Oct 29 | *NOTE TIME CHANGE * 7:30 pm | $10

Oct 29 | *NOTE TIME CHANGE * 7:30 pm | $10

Angela Himsel’ s memoir, A River Could be A Tree explores, with warmth, humor and insight, the question “How does a woman who grew up in rural Indiana as a fundamentalist Christian end up a practicing Jew in New York City?” Told with a multitude of religious and philosophical awareness, A River Could Be A Tree, traces a seemingly impossible journey of faith, family and friendship.

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Sponsored by Congregation Beth Shalom

Speaker | Izzy Ezagui, author of Disarmed: Unconventional Lessons from the World’s ONLY One-Armed Special Forces Sharpshooter

Tue, Oct 30 | 7:30 pm | $10

Tue, Oct 30 | 7:30 pm | $10

On January 8, 2009, Izzy Ezagui, an American who had enlisted in the Israel Defense Forces (IDF) at 19, lost his left arm in a mortar attack. In Disarmed: Unconventional Wisdom from the World’s Only One-Armed Special Forces Sharpshooter, Ezagui recounts with stirring honesty and wry humor, his tortuous trek through rehabilitation to, yes, re-enlistment.

Event is located at the Indianapolis Art Center, 820 East 67th Street, Indianapolis, IN 46220.

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Presented in partnership with Next Gen of the Jewish Federation of Greater Indianapolis.

Performance | Alexandra Silber

Thu, Nov 1 | 7 pm | $15

Thu, Nov 1 | 7 pm | $15

Alexandra Silber – a musical evening with Grammy-nominated international actress and singer – and author! She is the author of two remarkable books, After Anatevka – a novel inspired by “Fiddler on the Roof,” and the memoir White Hot Grief Parade, Alexandra Silber has performed on Broadway and with symphony orchestras around the globe. Along with her accompanist on piano, Silber mixes her skills together to provide a memorable evening of Broadway- style, inspiring musical talent and literary exploration.

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Sponsored by the Annual Campaign of The Jewish Federation of Greater Indianapolis

Event | STEAMapalooza

Sun, Nov 4 | 2 pm | FREE

Sun, Nov 4 | 2 pm | FREE

An interactive family celebration and exploration of STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Art and Mathematics). In the tradition of our successful Suessapalooza, Legopalooza and Superheropalooza, we will offer an afternoon of fun, interactive and educational activities for children ages 4 – 14. The Laikin Auditorium will be transformed into a STEAM laboratory with activity tables, videos and books.

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In partnership with Barnes and Noble, PJ Library and NextGen and Hasten Hebrew Accademy.

Event | Storytime with Bubbe and Zayde

Tue, Nov 6 | Noon | Free

Tue, Nov 6 | Noon | Free

A perennial favorite of many families the festival’s Storytime with Bubbe and Zayde is a multi- generational program led by some of Indianapolis’ most dynamic rabbis and seniors. To the delight of all, it features children’s books, art, song, and a sweet treat.

Presented in partnership with PJ Library

Speaker | Jenni Berebitsky – Life affirming wisdom from a very special JCC member

Wed, Nov 7 | 6:30 pm | $10

Wed, Nov 7 | 6:30 pm | $10

Married 2 1/2 years with a son 15 months old and just finishing her residency as a naturopathic physician, Jenni Kleinman Berebitsky at age 33, was diagnosed with Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS or Lou Gehrig ’s disease). In both Jenni’s book, ALS Saved My Life . . . until it didn’t and Grateful: The Jenni Berebitsky Story, the short documentary by Paul Nethercott, Jenni boldly shares what her life has been like with ALS. She takes us through the emotional realization that acceptance of the uncontrollable is the only way to keep true to spirit.

The program will include readings from the book, Paul W. Nethercott’s film Grateful: the Jenni Berebitsky Story documenting Jenni’s story, the chance to meet Jenni and have the book “signed.”

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Sponsored by Floors To Your Home

Please note: 50% of ticket sales will be donated to ALS Association Indiana chapter.

Films/Visual Arts | Norman Eisen – US Ambassador to the Czech Republic, Obama’s Ethics Czar, CNN Commentator

Thu, Nov 8 | 7 pm | $10

Thu, Nov 8 | 7 pm | $10

When Norman Eisen moved into the US ambassador’s residence in Prague, returning to the land his mother had fled after the Holocaust, he was startled to discover swastikas hidden beneath the furniture in his new home. These symbols of Nazi Germany were remnants of the residence’s forgotten history and evidence that we never live far from the past.

Weaving in the life of Eisen’s own mother to demonstrate how those without power and privilege moved through history, Eisen’s first book, The Last Palace, tells the dramatic and surprisingly cyclical tale of the triumph of liberal democracy.

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Screenings | A Selection of Award-Winning Shorts from the 2018 Heartland Film Festival

Sat, Nov 10 | 8 pm | $10

Sat, Nov 10 | 8 pm | $10

The Heartland Film Festival, Indiana’s largest film festival, has earned the special designation of being a qualifying festival for the Annual Academy Awards within the Short Films Category. In its 27-year history, Heartland has grown from a 4-day event to an 11-day celebration featuring more than 130 independent films, 150 visiting filmmakers and 280 screenings and boasts of one of the largest prize  money purses for filmmakers the world over.

This year’s Heartland Film lineup:

ZION (Best Documentary Short Film winner and Academy Award-qualifying)
Zion Clark was born without legs. His birth parents abandoned him at the hospital, he spent almost his entire adolescence in foster homes, yet he is one of the most positive young men you’ll meet. Zion began wrestling in second grade. It became a therapeutic outlet, provided a sense of family, and became the only consistent thing in his childhood.

THE BURDEN  (Best Animated Short winner)
A dark musical enacted in a modern market place, situated next to a large freeway. The employees of the various commercial venues deal with boredom and existential anxiety by performing cheerful musical turns. The apocalypse is a tempting liberator.

ABU ADNAN (Best Narrative Short winner and Academy Award-qualifying)
Sayid, a refugee doctor from Syria, has just received a Danish residence permit and is about to embark on establishing a new life in rural Denmark together with his son Adnan. At the same time as having to learn a new language, he faces the challenge of maintaining his boy’s respect in a situation where Adnan’s assimilation seems to be going somewhat faster than his own.

THE DRIVER IS RED (Audience Choice Winner- Animated Short)
Set in Argentina 1960, this true crime documentary follows the story of secret agent Zvi Aharoni as he hunted down one of the highest ranking Nazi war criminals on the run.

ALTERNATIVE MATH (Audience Choice Winner- Narrative Short)
A well-meaning math teacher finds herself trumped by a post-fact America.

THE HAPPINESS MACHINE (Audience Choice Winner- Documentary Short)
Carl grew up a sharecropper on 22 acres in rural Iowa, which he now calls The Promised Land. A philosopher, inventor, and farmer, he shares with us the deeply intricate workings of his projects, (including a full span bridge he built with his hands), how they are connected to the land which was given to him as a promise, and what he hopes to pass on to his children as the gift of place.

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Sponsored by Cohen Garelick & Glazier with support from Heartland Film

Screening | Suited – A documentary about custom suits, accepting differences and living bravely in one’s own skin

Mon, Nov 12 | 6:30 pm | Free

Mon, Nov 12 | 6:30 pm | Free

Screenings located at the IUPUI Student Center at 6:30 pm. Suited, a 2016 HBO documentary, tells the story of Bindle & Keep, a Brooklyn tailoring company that caters to a diverse LGBTQ community. Clothier duo Rae and Daniel take a holistic approach to their work, considering each client’s personal narrative, which becomes inextricable from the creation of the perfect custom-made suit. The need for well-fitting garments represents deeper issues of identity, empowerment and the importance of feeling happy in one’s body. A 2016 Sundance Film Festival Official Selection.

This screening will be followed by a panel discussion with Daniel Freidman, one of the two featured tailors in the film.

Run time: 78 minutes.

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This program is presented in partnership with the Indiana University School of Medicine.

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