The 26th Annual Lipinsky Family San Diego Jewish Arts Festival

Presented by San Diego Repertory Theatre
Festival Artistic Director: Todd Salovey
Festival Associate Producer: Ali Viterbi

Tickets can be purchased in-person at the San Diego REP Box Office, by calling 619-544-1000, or online at the links included in the event listings below. Please be prepared to have your bags searched upon entry to all Jewish Arts Festival events.
 
 

Calendar of Events


Sunday, May 26 at 2:00 p.m. – Gourevitch & Guitarist Kolpakov
Sunday, May 26th at 2:30 p.m. – San Diego Ballet – Song of Songs
Wednesday, May 29th at 7:30 p.m. – In the Room Where It Happens
Tuesday, June 4th at 7:30 p.m. – Knockin’ on Dylan’s Door
Wednesday, June 5 at 7:00 p.m. – Sunset Concert with Soulfarm at The HIVE
Thursday, June 6th at 7:30 p.m. – In Every Generation
Tuesday, June 11th at 7:30 p.m. – A Community Unity Concert with Kohl  Esperanza
Thursday, June 13th at 7:30 p.m. – 10th Annual Women of Valor
Monday, June 17th at 7:30 p.m. – Perla Batalla Sings the Songs of Leonard Cohen
Wednesday, June 19th at 7:30 p.m. – Asimov’s Last Chapter
Sunday, June 23rd at 2:00 p.m. – 10th Annual Women of Valor
Monday, June 24 at 7:30 p.m. – Klezmer Summit: Blueish: Jews & the Blues
Thursday, July 11th at 7:30 p.m. – The Klezmer Accordion with Yale Strom & Hot Pstromi

 

Festival Locations

San Diego Repertory Theatre [The Lyceum Theatres]
79 Horton Plaza, San Diego, CA 92101

Encinitas Library
540 Cornish Drive, Encinitas, CA 92024

The HIVE @ Leichtag Commons
441 Saxony Rd, Encinitas, CA 92024

New Village Arts Theatre
2787 State Street, Carlsbad, CA 92008

Museum of Making Music, Carlsbad
5790 Armada Drive, Carlsbad, CA 92008
 

 

Event Listing

 

San Diego Ballet presents Song of Songs
Sunday, May 26th at 2:30 p.m. | On the Lyceum Stage
$22-$40 Reserved Seating

King Solomon’s timeless mystical love song is brought to life with 22 dancers and rousing jazz and klezmer music in a stunning world premiere!  San Diego Ballet is famous for their elegant sensuality and theatricality.  This new piece features original music by jazz legend Charles McPherson and Middle Eastern music by Yale Strom.  Song of Songs celebrates a poem beloved by people from all walks of life and beliefs. Song of Songs illuminates the voices of two lovers praising each other, yearning for each other and inviting each other to truly enjoy and experience. Get swept away in the lush ecstasy of timelessness!


 

IN THE ROOM WHERE IT HAPPENS
Wednesday, May 29th at 7:30 p.m. | In the Lyceum Space
$12 advance; $15 at the door (includes a pre-show dessert reception)

San Diego Jewish Teen Performance Showcase.  Talented teens from San Diego schools and beyond perform music, theatre and dance. Featuring talented performers from J*Company, San Diego Jewish Academy, Torah High School, Temple Solel’s Shoreshim & Kavannah and the Ken’s Lehatjil. A donation in recognition of the evening’s top performance will be made to the high school arts program at San Diego’s sister city, Sha'ar HaNegev.

Co-sponsored by San Diego Jewish Academy and the United Jewish Federation of San Diego

 

KNOCKIN’ ON DYLAN’S DOOR
Tuesday, June 4th at 7:30 p.m. | On the Lyceum Stage
$30 Orchestra Reserved; $20 Balcony

Bob Dylan's most transcendent songs with a Jewish twist.  From Blowin’ in the Wind and Like a Rolling Stone through Forever Young and Simple Twist of Fate, Dylan’s legendary poetry has captured and created the spirit of our times.  The songs of the 2016 Nobel Laureate for Literature are performed through a Jewish lens as Noah Solomon and Grammy award-winner C Lanzbom of Jewish jam band Soulfarm cover Dylan’s classics with special guests including Yehuda Solomon of Moshav Band and singer Sam Glaser.
 


 

IN EVERY GENERATION
Written by Ali Viterbi
Directed by Todd Salovey
Thursday, June 6th at 7:30 p.m. | In the Lyceum Space
$18 Reserved

One family. One holiday. Four millennia. The Levi-Katz family celebrates Passover again and again and again while times, locations and languages change.  Over matzah ball soup and (vegan) brisket, the family contends with questions of race, religion and inter-generational trauma. The present echoes both the past and future as the family reenacts the famous exodus traditions asking, "Why is this night different?" and "Will we ever be free?" Named one of the top Jewish plays in 2019.  This is a staged reading.


 

A COMMUNITY UNITY CONCERT WITH KOL ESPERANZA
Tuesday, June 11th at 7:30 p.m. | On the Lyceum Stage
$100 VIP, $35 Orchestra, $25 Balcony

From Israel, in this community unity concert, these three young operatic pop-trio performs a mix of Broadway hits, classical arias and inspirational Hebrew favorites.   Featuring Israeli Opera soloist, Nimrod Grinboim; Jerusalem Academy of Music graduate, Nadav Inbar; Soloist in the Israeli Air Force band, Omer Shaish; under the music direction of Tomer Adaddi, a multiple award-winning composer and producer.  An exciting pop-trio that bridges generations the world over. "Am yisrael Chai!"

Co-sponsored by Chabad of Downtown and Chabad Coronado

 

 

10TH ANNUAL WOMEN OF VALOR
Directed by Ali Viterbi
Written by Sarah Price Keating, Rebecca Myers, Leah Salovey, Todd Salovey and Ali Viterbi
Thursday, June 13th at 7:30 p.m. | In the Lyceum Space
$18 Donation (few seats remain!)

This year’s honorees: Theresa Dupuis, Barbara Fischbein, Superintendent Cindy Marten, Allison Price, Cheryl Rattner Price, Jacqui Silver and Manya Wallenfels. 10th anniversary celebration honors seven women who have made indelible contributions to our San Diego community.  With moving songs, stories and images we ask, "A woman of valor, who shall find?"

Benefiting Torah High School, Project Sarah, Chabad of Poway and The Butterfly Project

 

 

PERLA BATALLA SINGS THE SONGS OF LEONARD COHEN
Monday, June 17th at 7:30 p.m. | On the Lyceum Stage
$40 Orchestra Reserved, $30 Balcony

Following last spring’s sold-out standing ovation triumph, Perla Batalla returns with a new selection of the greatest songs of Leonard Cohen.  For years Perla toured the world with Leonard Cohen, sharing in his music, poetry and wisdom. From Suzanne through Hallelujah, this event thrills with the presence of two unparalleled artists.

“Onstage, offstage, digital or analog, I love Perla Batalla.” – Leonard Cohen

“In this show, there are times when I ask my audience to sing with me. I feel that the coming together of voices has the power to touch Leonard’s spirit and his lifelong devotion to art and the mysteries of the human heart.” – Perla Batalla


 

KLEZMER SUMMIT:
BLUEISH: JEWS AND THE BLUES

Monday, June 24 at 7:30 p.m. | On the Lyceum Stage
Featuring Yale Strom & Hot Pstromi with special guests Tomcat Courtney (guitar), Sue Palmer (piano) and Robin Henkel (dobro guitar)
$28 Orchestra, $20 Balcony

An all-star concert celebration of the intersection of Jews and Blues.

Featuring Yale Strom & Hot Pstromi with special guests blues all-stars Tomcat Courtney (guitar), Sue Palmer (Piano) and Robin Henkel (dobro guitar).  "Blueish" looks at why Jews fell in love with African American Blues.


 

North County Events

 

GOUREVITCH & GUITARIST KOLPAKOV
Sunday, May 26 at 2:00 p.m. | Encinitas Library
Free of Charge

Klezmer virtuoso clarinetist Alexander Gourevitch is joined by Latin, Flamenco and Romany guitarist Sasha Kolpakov. Both hail from third generation musical families, one klezmer and one gypsy. With Natalya Vostriakova on violin, Pavlo Getman on piano and Carlos Maria on drums, this is a thrilling performance of joyous klezmer gems. This free of charge Festival kick-off will revive your musical heart and soul.

No ticket necessary; this event is free of charge.


 

SUNSET WITH SOULFARM AT THE FARM
Wednesday, June 5 at 7:00 p.m. | The HIVE at Leichtag Commons
$12 General Admission; Under 18 free of charge

Celebrate the upcoming Festival of First Fruits with a picnic dinner and sunset concert by Soulfarm overlooking the Pacific Ocean. Featuring Grammy Award-winner, lead guitarist C Lanzbom, and guitarist and singer extraordinaire, Noah Solomon. Their world-beat original and popular Jewish songs are full of Mediterranean flavor with captivating guitar leads, dance rhythms and strong percussion breaks. Doors open at 6:00 p.m. for guests to bring a wine and picnic dinner. Concert at 7:00 p.m.
 
Co-Sponsored by The HIVE @ Leichtag Commons
 


 

ASIMOV’S LAST CHAPTER – By Herbert Siguenza

Directed by Todd Salovey
Wednesday, June 19th at 7:30 p.m. | New Village Arts
$18 Reserved Seating

Join acclaimed playwright/performer Herbert Siguenza of Culture Clash for a special sneak preview staged reading of his latest play.  It is 1992, Asimov is ill and must archive his voluminous writings before it’s too late.  He gets an unexpected visit from a beautiful, brilliant and well-wired student on assignment to preserve his legacy and perhaps save humanity as well!  This science fiction docu-comedy grooves with 1980’s funk!



 

10TH ANNIVERSARY WOMEN OF VALOR 
Directed by Ali Viterbi
Sunday, June 23rd at 2:00 p.m. | Encinitas Library
Written by Sarah Price Keating, Rebecca Myers, Leah Salovey, Todd Salovey and Ali Viterbi
Free of Charge

This year’s honorees: Theresa Dupuis, Barbara Fischbein, Superintendent Cindy Marten, Allison Price, Cheryl Rattner Price, Jacqui Silver and Manya Wallenfels. The 10th anniversary celebration honors seven women who have made indelible contributions to our San Diego community. With moving songs, stories and images we ask, "A woman of valor, who shall find?

No ticket necessary; this event is free of charge.


 

THE KLEZMER ACCORDION WITH YALE STROM & HOT PSTROMI
Thursday, July 11th at 7:30 p.m. | Museum of Making Music, Carlsbad
$30 Premium; $25 General

How accordion was featured in the music of Jews and Roma. All-star band featuring Fred Benedetti on guitar, Gunnar Briggs on bass, vocalist Elizabeth Schwartz and special guest accordionist Peter Stan. From classical to folk, to masterful improvisations by Peter Stan. Musical gems and stories of two wandering people with a world premier accordion composition by musician and historian Yale Strom. 

 

The Lyceum Galleries

May 26 - July 11

Lyceum Galleries Reception Monday, June 24th at 6:45pm

CALIFORNIA GROWN

May 26 – July 11

Judith Shufro’s artistic style is immersed in contemporary realism. Her newest series of paintings appreciates the natural beauty of California-grown things that are often taken for granted.

MY MOMENTS
 
May 26 – July 11
 
Born in Israel, artist Guri Stark moved to the United States 32 years ago. His distinctively strong and brilliant watercolors capture unique moments and convey his combined love of art and music.

 

 

Heartfelt thanks to the Lipinsky Family Foundation for their visionary support of this Festival

 

Community Partners and Co-sponsors

 

NORTH COUNTY PROGRAMS UNDERWRITER:

Leichtag Foundation

 

COMMUNITY CO-SPONSORS:

The Butterfly Project

California State University, San Marcos

Chabad of Coronado

Chabad of Downtown San Diego

CJC of the Lawrence Family JCC

Encinitas Branch - San Diego County Library

The Hive - A Leichtag Foundation Initiative

J*Company

Jewish Community Foundation

San Diego Jewish Federation of San Diego County

Ken Jewish Community

Mira Costa College

Museum of Making Music

New Village Arts Project

Sarah San Diego Ballet

San Diego Center for Jewish Culture

San Diego Jewish Academy

Seacrest Village Retirement Communities

Shmoozer’s Catering

Temple Solel

Torah High School

 

Special Thanks to the Festival Circle Donors:

Anonymous

Elaine Chortek

Harvey Neiman

Julia Ramirez Stone & Ken Stone


 

 

 
 
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