Premiere of a unique collaboration — Evan Eisenberg‘s new novel,
Mary Christ, set to Alicia Svigals‘ music and performed live
Monday, June 25 at 8 pm, at Ansche Chesed, 251 W. 100th St. (at West
End Ave). On the roof if weather allows, indoors otherwise.
Suggested contribution: $5.
A presentation of the Scribblers on the Roof series at Ansche
Evan Eisenberg (The Recording Angel, The Ecology of Eden) will read
selections from Mary Christ, a recently completed anti-historical
novel, accompanied by klezmer fiddler Alicia Svigals. He may also
read a couple of his humor pieces from Time, The New Yorker, The
Atlantic, Slate, or the New York Times. Also reading will be
Elizabeth Frank, author of the novel Cheat and Charmer and winner
of the Pulitzer Prize for her biography of the poet Louise Bogan.
Alicia Svigals is the world’s leading klezmer fiddler and a
co-founder of the Grammy-winning Klezmatics, with whom she performed
for seventeen years. She has played with and written for violinist
Itzhak Perlman, the Kronos Quartet, playwrights Tony Kushner and
Eve Ensler, the late poet Allen Ginsburg, Robert Plant and Jimmy
Page of Led Zeppelin, singer/songwriter Debbie Friedman, Hasidic
superstars Avraham Fried and Lipa Shmelzer, and many others. She has
appeared on David Letterman, MTV, Good Morning America, PBS’ Great
Performances, on NPR’s Prairie Home Companion, Weekend Edition and
New Sounds, and on the soundtrack for the L-Word. She also has a
busy party band, sought after for weddings and bar/bat mitzvahs.
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