A new format of four year-round long weekend arts and culture mini-festivals will be introduced in the Tampa Bay area.
The mini-fests will replace the annual Jewish Film Festival and the Festival of Books and Talks, both of which were held primarily for limited periods in spring and autumn. In addition to live author events and award-winning films, the mini festivals are expanded to include concerts, art exhibitions, culinary experiences and theater performances – all with a Jewish perspective.
The Tampa JCCs and Federation is the primary sponsor of the new Jewish Arts & Culture Mini-Fests, while the Jewish Federation of Florida’s Gulf Coast remains co-sponsor of the Tampa Bay Jewish Film Festival portion.
The first mini festival will take place from September 15th to 18th. Three other mini festivals will take place from December 15th to 18th; 23-26 February; and April 27-30.
Three other mini festivals will take place from December 15th to 18th; 23-26 February; and April 27-30.
Most events are held at the JCC on the Cohn Campus and the Bryan Glazer Family JCC, with some held at various other locations in the Tampa Bay area. All events are public.
“We felt this was the perfect time to introduce an amazing new format for our community in Tampa Bay. Art lovers can immerse themselves in four weekends of film, literature, music and more,” said Brandy Gold, Tampa JCCs and Federation Arts and Culture Director. “There will be single tickets as well as all-access pass packages available for whatever arts you want to explore.”
All individual movie tickets are $12 and admission to other events varies. To purchase individual or patron ticket packages or for more information, visit www.JewishTampa.com/ACMiniFest
The line-up of the first arts and culture mini-festival is:
Thursday 15 September
Red Carpet Event: opening Night Celebration – 6 p.m. at the Bryan Glazer Family JCC.
Single ticket price is $54 which includes cocktails, appetizers, music, a jewelry raffle and the Thursday night movie ticket. Walk the red carpet into a festive celebration.
MOVIE: Taking leave, Mister Haffman – 7:30 p.m. at the Bryan Glazer Family JCC. The film will also be screened at the AMC Woodlands Theaters in Oldsmar on Friday September 16th.
It’s Paris 1942. Francois Mercier is an ordinary man who only aspires to raise a family with the woman he loves, Blanche. He is also employed by a talented jeweler, Herr Haffmann. With the German occupation looming, the two men have no choice but to reach an agreement whose consequences will shatter the fates of these three characters. The film is in French with English subtitles.
THEATRE: Broadway Bound by Neil Simon – 7 p.m., J Stage Theater at the JCC on the Cohn campus. Single tickets are $20.
The two-act dramatic comedy follows two brothers – the good-humoured, lovable Eugene and Business like Stanley – who struggle to break into comedy writing as their parents’ relationship falls apart. Broadway Bound is the third play after Simon’s Eugene trilogy “Brighton Beach Memoirs” and “Biloxi Blues.” The play is professionally directed by Vivid Theater Productions.
Broadway Bound will also be performed on Saturday night September 17th and twice on Sunday September 18th.
Friday 16 September
BOOK/AUTHORS: author Having lunch With Lisa barr Woman on Fire: A novel – Lunch at the Brio Italian Grille in the International Plaza. Reservations are required. The single ticket price is $36.
Barr is a well-known author of bestselling and award-winning thrillers (The Unbreakables and Fugitive Colors). In this novel, an ambitious journalist becomes embroiled in an international art scandal centered on Nazi-looted artworks and a showdown between passion and ownership. Actress Sharon Stone is set to produce and star in the film adaptation. Barr will be autographing her books at the end of the luncheon program.
Movie: Taking leave, Mister Haffman – 3pm at AMC Woodlands, Oldsmar. (previously described)
THEATRE: Broadway Bound by Neil Simon – 8 p.m., J Stage Theater at the JCC on the Cohn campus. Single tickets are $20. (previously described)
Book/Authors: Coffee & conversation With local author deb carson, become Flo – 11am Bryan Glazer Family JCC. Single tickets are $10.
Carson’s book is a largely true story of an orthodox Jewish boy who runs away from home and joins the Ringling Bros. Barnum & Bailey Circus. The boy is Carson’s uncle. Carson’s digging into her uncle’s story reveals buried family secrets. Carson will be autographing and selling her books at the end of the program.
MUSIC : musical family concert With doc rock tape – 3 pm. at the Bryan Glazer Family JCC. Local musicians playing classic rock ‘n roll with a family vibe. Craft stations will be set up and family-oriented perks will be available for purchase. Free.
THEATRE: Broadway Bound by Neil Simon – 1:00 p.m. and 6:00 p.m., J Stage Theater at the JCC on the Cohn campus. Single tickets are $20. (previously described)
CULINARY ARTS: sushi manufacturing class With favor sampling LEDs through cook kenny – 1:00-2:30 p.m. at Bryan Glazer Family JCC. Single tickets $36.
Learn how to make sushi from a professional chef while enjoying samples of your work and accompanying sake.
MOVIE: Poorly Nazi, Good Nazi- – 6pm, showing at both AMC Woodlands, Oldsmar and Bryan Glazer Family JCC.
He is best known as the Nazi officer who saves “The Pianist” – Wladyslaw Szpilman – in Roman Polanski’s film, but his German hometown still refuses to recognize him as a hero. Seventy years after the end of World War II, a group of local residents are calling for the local school to commemorate Nazi officer Wilm Hosenfeld, and the response has been stormy.
Meanwhile, Hosenfeld’s grandchildren discover their grandfather’s secret diaries and learn that he saved more than 60 lives alongside “The Pianist”.
ART: exhibition from Local Artist Elisheva avivi, Throughout the weekend, Avivi’s art will be on display and pieces will be available for purchase at all Minifest events at the Bryan Glazer Family JCC.
Avivi has blended her love of face and body painting for children and the young at heart with her vibrant paintings, drawings and 2D artworks. Her work includes themes of playfulness, humanity and a wide range of emotions and colors. Avivi relocated to Tampa from Israel three years ago.
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Along with the associations, the films are sponsored in part by the Florida Department of State, Division of Arts and Culture, the Florida Council on Arts and Culture, and the National Endowment for the Arts, Hillsborough County, with support from David and Sara Scher.
The book and author events are sponsored by the Gemünder Family Foundation and supported by the Manners Family and the Jewish Book Council.
The Doc Rock Band Music Concert and Elisheva Avivi Art Exhibit is presented in partnership with the Tampa PJ Library and the Jewish Fertility Foundation.
For more information about the Arts & Culture Mini-Fests, contact Brandy Gold at (813) 769-4725 or [email protected]