KlezCalifornia This March

Afternoon of Song and Dance

Nigunim Concert 3/26/11
Saturday, March 26, 4:00pm, Afternoon of Song and Dance,
presented by the Nigunim Chorus.
Nigunim Chorus performance: A tribute to singer/songwriter Debbie Friedman, and other gems in Yiddish, Ladino and Hebrew.
· Spring-time Sing-Along: Old favorites and a few less-familiar songs, with lyrics provided.
· Klezmer and Israeli dancing: Easy-to-follow circle and line dances led by dance leader Bruce Bierman.

· After the show, walk to Saul’s Deli for a free dessert with purchase of an entree and presentation of a ticket to the Afternoon of Song and Dance.
At JCC East Bay. Tickets: $10 at the door. Co-sponsored by KlezCalifornia. More info: 510.528.8872, mail[at]nigunim.org, www.nigunim.org.

Beyond the Pale in Berkeley and San Francisco
Beyond the Pale
Saturday, March 26, 8:00pm & Sunday, March 27, 9:00pm.

For more than a decade, Toronto’s Beyond the Pale has been making its distinctive brand of boundary-busting Euro-folk fusion. Mixing Klezmer, Balkan, and Romanian styles with an eclectic range of North American influences, the band members’ diverse musical and cultural backgrounds intersect in a shared impulse to push the boundaries of contemporary acoustic roots music into new realms.

Beyond the Pale has performed at festivals, theatres, and clubs across Canada, the U.S., and Europe, including New York’s famed Carnegie Hall, and the Jewish Culture Festival in Krakow, Poland. The group is in the Bay Area on the way to its first tour to Australia.

Two performances, both co-sponsored by KlezCalifornia:

Saturday, March 26, 8:00pm, At Subterranean Arthouse, Berkeley. $15 suggested donation. No-one turned away. Tickets at brownpapertickets.com/event/158450. More info: subterraneanarthouse.org.

Sunday, March 27, 9:00pm. At Amnesia Bar, San Francisco. Tickets: $10. More info:
amnesiathebar.com, 415.970.0012.

Triangle Shirtwaist Factory Fire Commemoration

Triangle demonstration
Sunday, March 27, 1:00-3:00pm,
Triangle Shirtwaist Factory Fire: A Centennial Commemoration in Words and Music.

In this program commemorating the fire’s centennial, Judy Baston will explore the Jewish responses to the tragedy, and Sonoma State University Professor Elaine Leeder will discuss the dramatic life of Rose Pesotta and the influence of other Jewish women, such as Rose Schneiderman, in the labor movement. Jill Tallmer will lead the audience in Yiddish labor songs of the era, including Dos Lid Funem Trayengl-Fayer (Ballad of the Triangle Fire) and Arbeter-Froyen (Working Women).

At BJE Jewish Community Library, San Francisco. Co-sponsored by KlezCalifornia. No charge. More info: www.bjesf.org/adults_events.htm, 415.567.3327.

Klezmer Brunch with The Gonifs
Sunday, March 27, 1:00-3:00pm, Klezmer Brunch with The Gonifs.

Reservations are recommended to hear The Gonifs (Jeanette Lewicki, Peter Jaques, Daniel Fabricant, Darren Johnston) play rocking klezmer music & Yiddish songs about love, justice and potatoes.

At Porto Franco Art Parlor, an intimate, all-ages space in San Francisco. Second floor; no elevator. Admission and vegan/vegetarian food for sliding scale donation, $0-$100. Tickets: portofrancoart.com. If you want to attend but are not able to pay, drop a message to sergei[at]portofrancorecords.com. More info: madamlewicki.com.