Press Release

The J Announces New Season of Arts & Culture
More than 25 Live Events beginning August 2017
Tuesday, August 15, 2017
by mgroogan

 The J Announces New Season of Arts & Culture

Houston, TX – Evelyn Rubenstein JCC of Houston announces an exciting and fresh new season of arts and culture that includes live theatre productions, a film festival, book fair, music concerts and art exhibits. More than 25 live events have been finalized for the J’s Season which runs August 2017 through May 2018.

The season kicked off August 20, 2017 with a live music concert, One Voice, One Vibe, One Community focusing on the decimating floods of greater Meyerland—the heart of Houston’s Jewish community. The J became the hub for relief efforts. One Voice, One Vibe, Our Community captured a renewed sense of pride and excitement about the community and its viability. The concert featured original music by former Houstonian, Dr. Desmond Ikegwuonu, text was written by community member Ellen Leventhal and artistic director Marc Garvin.

Musical highlights of the Arts and Culture Season at the J include David Krohn, Bernstein: A Life of Music on September 10, 2017 at 4:00 p.m. Krohn returns to the Kaplan Theatre Stage for a retrospective of Bernstein’s life featuring his classical selections, art song and musicals. The J’s concert is one of many Bernstein events in Houston, including Houston Grand Opera’s production of West Side Story. And Tavche Gravche on November 11, 2017 at 8:00 p.m. Tavche Gravche merges haunting Macedonian and Mediterranean melodies, both traditional and original, with dynamic improvisational elements, all the while maintaining the explosive danceable rhythms and energy of Balkan music.

“When we curate each season, we're always looking to introduce Houston audiences to new and innovative artists and programs,” said Assistant Executive Director Marilyn Hassid. “We work hard to stay on top of what's new, what topics are trending, and who are the emerging artists and authors whose names we might not know now, but who we will for sure know in the future. That's what makes our programs fresh, interesting, and impactful.”

The stars will open and close the Ann and Stephen Kaufman Jewish Book & Arts Festival October 28 – November 12, 2017.  Stephen Tobolowsky will open the Festival to talk about his new book, My Adventures with God and the festival closes with Steve Dorff, I Wrote That One, Too: A Life in Songwriting from Willie to Whitney. The festival is not just for book lovers, the two week events includes films, theatre, concerts and Oliver Lapin Family Day.

An exciting season of live theatre includes productions of Lucky Penny, Laughter on the 23rd Floor written by Neil Simon on October 21 and 22 and the Jewish Plays Project October–December 2017. A revolution is underway in Jewish culture. In music, in books, in film, artists are creating amazing new pathways to Jewish identity. Based in New York City, the Jewish Plays Project (JPP) believes that it is time for theater to join the movement by putting bold, progressive Jewish conversations on world stages.

Make plans now to be part of the exciting new season of arts and culture at the J. Tickets or passes can be purchased at Find us on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter.

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