Arts & Entertainment
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on Nov. 19 and The
Art) exhibit will display works in fiber,
Sound of Music on
ceramic, jewelry and design.
Nov. 26 (call 734-453-
The exhibit is sponsored by the
"Plymouth Remembers: Voices of the
0870 to confirm titles
Association of Israel's Decorative Arts
ticipates at 8 p.m.
Holocaust" is the theme of a collabora-
and show times), while
(AIDA), a U.S.-based nonprofit organiza-
Gai I Zimmerman
tive effort of Plymouth cultural organi-
the Plymouth District
tion co-founded in 2003 by husband-
18, when it per-
zations during the month of November.
Library will offer two
and-wife teams Andrea and Charles
All the events commemorate the tragedy
forms "Music of
showings of the Emmy
Bronfman and Doug and Dale Anderson.
of the Holocaust while celebrating the
Remembrance a concert at Northville
Award-winning documentary Nicholas
AIDA has introduced the U.S. and Europe
triumph of the human spirit through the
High School. The program includes
Winton: The Power of Good, at 1 p.m. to more than 40 Israeli decorative artists
art it inspired.
works by Nazi-banned com-
Saturday, Nov. 4, and 7 p.m. Wednesday,
and helped establish them at galleries in
poser Felix Mendelssohn;
Nov. 29 (call 734-453-0750).
First, the Plymouth
Community Arts Council
Shostakovich's Babi Yar,
In addition, the library will provide
Among those artists is Israeli jewelry
with a male chorus under the reading lists for children, teens and
will exhibit the mixed-
designer Shay Lahover, who is represent-
media photographs of
direction of Benjamin Cohen; adults.
ed by Birmingham's Yaw Gallery, one of
and excerpts from John
Miriam Brysk, a hidden-
the 99 international galleries
Williams' Schindler's List
Windy City Art
child Holocaust survivor
and dealers that will be rep-
and resident of Ann Arbor.
for Violin and Orchestra.
resented at SOFA.
Tickets are $18-$20. Call the
A special exhibit at this
Her series "In a Confined
The AIDA artists' works
PSO at (734) 451-2112.
year's SOFA Chicago will
will be presented in the
Silence" tells of the suffer-
The Plymouth Historical
showcase the work of 12
ing of her Jewish subjects
AIDA booth, Special Exhibit
Museum presents a panel
decorative artists from
and her attempt to restore
One, at SOFA Chicago 11
discussion of Holocaust sur-
Israel whose work comes
a.m.-8 p.m. Friday and
to them their dignity as
vivors 7 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. directly from the front
Saturday and noon-6 p.m.
Nov 10-12, in
The exhibit runs Nov.
on Navy Pier.
4-28, and there will be
The Stones Weep.
under the duress of being from the Yaw Gallery.
an artist's reception 1-3
lic is welcome. Contact the
For more information on
museum at (734) 455-8940.
confined in bomb shel-
SOFA, call (800) 563-7632 or
p.m. Sunday, Nov. 5, where
Finally, the Penn Theatre will screen
go to www.sofaexpo.com .
the artist's new book, a memoir titled
films in conjunction with this project,
Titled "Progressions," the SOFA
Amidst the Shadows of Trees, will be
Casablanca on Nov. 12, Schindler's List (Sculptural Objects and Functional
available. For more information, call
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Special to the Jewish News
There's a ton of material already out
on Sacha Baron Cohen's new Borat
film (see this week's JN story on
page 53), but here are a few more
Cohen's Borat, a journalist from the
central Asian country of Kazakhstan
who tours America in the movie,
is a good-natured man whose anti-
Semitism is mindless; the character's
anti-Semitism is that of an ignorant
fool — not a true hater — and his
remarks expose the absurdity of anti-
Borat's "silly anti-Semitism" is
expressed in a comment Cohen made
at a news conference about the film,
while still in the character of Borat: "I
would like to meet the fearless anti-
Jew warrior, Melvin Gibson. We agree
with his comments that the Jews
started all wars. We also have proof
that they were responsible for killing
off all the dinosaurs. And Hurricane
Katrina — they did it."
On the down side, the Borat char-
acter's ignorance about the United
Bart Makes A Golem
For the last 17 years, The Simpsons
cartoon series has had a Halloween
show called "The Treehouse of
Horror." This year's episode, airing 8
p.m. Sunday, Nov. 5, on FOX-2, fea-
tures a Jewish-themed
segment, "You Gotta
Know How to Golem."
A golem is a mythical
monster from medieval
Jewish folklore. It may
have been the model for
many later fictional manmade mon-
sters, including Frankenstein.
In the segment, Bart Simpson brings
to life a golem and forces him to carry
out Bart's evil plans. The golem is
voiced by Jewish actor Richard Lewis.
Eventually, the golem stops doing bad
things. Bart, Lisa and Marge Simpson
then create a female monster, voiced
by Fran Drescher, that captures the
November 2 a 2006
real nation of Kazakhstan and its small
Jewish population. The people of that
former Soviet republic, half of whom
are Muslim, do have a right to be
upset about being depicted as boorish
anti-Semites by Cohen.
A British paper interviewed the
chief rabbi of Kazakhstan and the
-Israeli ambassador to the oil-rich
country. The rabbi said, "For us Jews,
it hurts twice because Kazakhstan
people saved hundreds of thousands
of Jews from Russia, Poland, Ukraine
and Europe during World War II. Stalin
sent the Jews here when he exiled
them from Georgia in cattle trucks.
When they arrived they said they were
lucky. There is an expression in Russia:
'Beat a Jew and you will save Russia.'
You don't hear that here."
The ambassador added, "If you want
to look for anti-Semitism in the world,
it's not hard to find. But this is one
of the only places on earth where it
The Jewish Journal of Greater Los
Angeles reports that one film cur-
rently in theaters and receiving Oscar
buzz is Catch a
Fire, a thriller
set in South
Africa about an
of bombing the
oil refinery where
he works. He
cized and terror-
ized into action. The film is based on
the true-life story of black freedom
fighter Patrick Chamusso.
The film's screenwriter is Shawn
Slovo, whose parents — Joe Slovo, a
Jewish escapee from the pogroms of
Lithuania, and Ruth First, the daugh-