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Film based on Amos Oz novel is set in pre-state Israel

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Toronto Jewish Film Society presents The Little Traitor, an independent US-Israeli-made family drama (2007) based on the novel A Panther in the Basement by Amos Oz. The film, written and directed by Lynn Roth, is set in Palestine in 1947 and focuses on an unlikely bond between a kind British sergeant and a Jewish boy.

Starring Alfred Molina and featuring Theodore Bikel, this coming-of-age film is presented as part of Spotlight on Israeli Culture, with guest speak Prof. Kalman Weiser. Miles Nadal JCC, Al Green Theatre, Bloor and Spadina. Sunday March 23, 4 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. $15, $10; box office opens one hour before screening start time. 416-924-6211, ext. 606.

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Jews in Film: The Beth Tzedec Max and Beatrice Wolfe Library continues its series on “The Image of Jews in Film.” On March 26 the topic is “The Exciting and Provocative Cinema of Israel;” while sessions on April 2 and 9 examine how Jewish issues, societies and conflicts are portrayed in International Jewish Cinema.

Beth Tzedec Congregation, 1700 Bathurst St. Wednesdays, dessert 1:30 p.m., lecture 2 p.m. $20 for series or $10 at the door. Registration, 416-781-3514, ext. 225 or 416-781-3511. 

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Graphic Novels on Film: Graphic novels have been called “our generation’s most troublesome genre.” David Levine looks at Waltz with Bashir, American Splendor, Scott Pilgrim vs. the World, Sin City, Persepolis and other titles as he discusses the technologies and trends that gave rise to graphic novels on film in a lecture with film clips titled “Back to the Drawing Board – Graphic Novels on Film.”

 Miles Nadal JCC, Monday March 31, 7 to 9 p.m. $12, students $6. 416-924-6211, ext. 606.

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Beth Sholom Concert: Kol Isha –The Female Voice Concert features Amy Sky, Neshama Carlebach, Theresa Tova, Aviva Chernick, cantors Magda Fishman (Los Angeles), Arianne Brown (Washington) and Alisa Pomerantz (New Jersey); hosted by CTV medical correspondent Dr. Marla Shapiro in aid of breast cancer awareness. Free BRCA genetic kits available with admission. Beth Sholom Synagogue, March 27, 7:30 p.m. 416-783-6103, ext. 228; www.thefemalevoice.net

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Musical Events

• Koffler Chamber Orchestra, conducted by Jacques Israelievitch, performs From Europe to Israel, featuring the works of composers Julius Chajes, Odon Partos, Shostakovich and Tchaikovsky. Beth David Synagogue, 55 Yeomans Rd. Sunday March 23, 3 p.m. $15, $20, $25. 647-925-0643, ext. 229. 

• Wanderlust presents Canadian Jewish artists Briga, Jessica Hana Deutsch and Tamar Ilana who perform traditional and original music, including Roma, Flamenco, Celtic, Balkan, Ashkenazi and Sephardi Jewish and bluegrass. Lula Lounge, 1585 Dundas St. W. Sunday, March 30, doors open 7:30 p.m. $15, $20.

 • Orchestra Toronto presents a Light Classics “Diamonds Are Forever” concert featuring stage and screen themes by John Williams, Howard Shore, Alesandr Borodin, Leonard Bernstein and John Barry. Toronto Centre for the Arts, George Weston Recital Hall, 5040 Yonge St. April 6, 3 p.m. Pre-concert chat, 2:15 p.m. $43, $37, $19, $15. Ticketmaster, 1-855-985-2787.

• Active 55+ presents “Opera Appreciation -- Viva Puccini!” with opera educator Iain Scott. Tuesdays at 1:30 p.m. It’s Madame Butterfly on March 25, Turandot on April 1. Miles Nadal JCC. Drop-in $14. Registration, 416-924-6211, ext. 0.

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Arts in Brief

• Ventriloquist storyteller Yehudit Shier Weisberg, along with “Yossel,” performs an adaptation of the Yiddish story It Can Always Be Worse as part of the Toronto Storytelling Festival. Gladstone Hotel, Ballroom, 1214 Queen St. W. Sunday March 30, 4 to 4:30 p.m. There will be storytelling all day from 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. Tickets available at the door. Afternoon, kids free, adults $10; evening 7 to 10 p.m., $10.

 • Israeli Yiddish scholar Miriam Trinh presents two free lectures. “The Life and Work of Avrom Sutskever” (Yiddish lecture) at the Prosserman JCC, 4588 Bathurst St. on Sunday, April 6, 4 pm. “Poetry from the Ghettos and Concentration Camps” (English lecture) at the Miles Nadal JCC, Monday, April 7, 7 p.m. Co-sponsored by UJA Federation’s Committee for Yiddish.  416-635-2883, ext. 5189.

• Volcano Theatre stages a reading of Benedictus, a political thriller by Israeli playwright Motti Lerner, hosted by the Koffler Centre of the Arts; Ross Manson directs the cast of four. Artscape Youngplace, 180 Shaw St. Thursday March 20, 7:30 p.m. Free; registration required. www.kofflerarts.org, info@kofflerarts.org

• The University of Victoria has cancelled its planned production of A Twentieth Century Passion, a Holocaust memorial oratorio by A. Peter Gary, that had been slated for performance in early April.

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At the Galleries

 

 •The Rite of Return — Canadian Jewish Artists and Contemporary Poland, featuring works by photographer David Kaufman, remains on view at Beth Tzedec Congregation, 1700 Bathurst St., until April 6.  

•Israeli artist Sigalit Landau’s show, Moving to Stand Still, continues at the Koffler’s Artscape Youngplace, 180 Shaw St. until April 6. www.kofflerarts.org

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