The opening night program of Holocaust Education Week features Nathan Englander, author of the short story anthology What We Talk About When We Talk About Anne Frank, in conversation with Sara R. Horowitz in an event titled Culture of Memory. Royal Ontario Museum, Samuel Hall Currelly Gallery, 100 Queen’s Park, 7:30 p.m. Admission free. Register online to guarantee your seat at holocausteducationweek.com
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• Life in Stills, an award-winning Israeli documentary by Tama Tal, explores urban issues in Tel Aviv on a personal level. The Koffler Centre of the Arts screening takes place at Bloor Hot Docs Cinema, 506 Bloor St. W. Thursday, Nov. 1, 7 p.m. $12; $18 includes post-screening soirée at nearby café.
• Toronto Jewish Film Society presents Dear Mr. Waldman and I Was the Child of Holocaust Survivors. Set in 1960s Tel Aviv, Dear Mr. Waldman focuses on a Holocaust survivor mourning his entire family, and his son who tries to comfort him by convincing him that one of his late children is alive and working in the United States. An exquisite short animated film, I Was a Child of Holocaust Survivors brings Bernice Eisenstein’s acclaimed graphic novel to life; Eisenstein is a guest speaker. Miles Nadal Jewish Community Centre, Al Green Theatre, Sunday Nov. 4, 4 and 7:30 p.m. $15, $10. Seats on sale 15 minutes before each screening. Admittance restricted to persons 18+. 416-924-6211, ext. 606.
• Two films by Ron Furman – Welcome Home (50 minutes) and No Politics (10 minutes) are being shown as part of the Moving Image Film Festival; Furman will be featured in a post-screening Q&A. Annex Live, 296 Brunswick Ave., Nov. 4, 7:15 p.m. $15. For details, visit www.miffest.com
• In Never Forget to Live, director Marian Marzynski explores his wartime childhood and the experiences of other child survivors. Marzynski is a guest at the screening, presented by the Toronto Jewish Film Festival. Cineplex Odeon Sheppard Cinemas, 4861 Yonge St., at Sheppard. Monday Nov. 5, 7 p.m. Free admission but registration required at holocausteducationweek.com or 416-631-5689, ext. 5153.
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Arts in Brief
• Pianist-vocalist Fern Lindzon performs Tout Suite with Heather Segger (trombone) and Mark Segger (percussion) at the Tranzac Club, 292 Brunswick Ave. $7. Wednesday Nov. 7, 9:30 p.m.
• Barbara Klein-Muskrat, Then and Now, a collection of stories by Sharon Abron Drache, is “an outrageous satirical romp that calls to mind Philip Roth and Dorothy Parker.” The author will be present at the book launch, Miles Nadal JCC on Thursday, Nov. 15, 6:30 p.m. Free admission, everyone welcome.
• The Pride of Israel Synagogue hosts the Toronto Community Orchestra performing Music of the Masters, including a tribute to Fiddler on the Roof. Sunday, Nov. 18, 3 p.m. 59 Lissom Cres. (south of Steeles & Bathurst). $15, $10 in advance. 416-226-0111.
• Miss Caledonia, the one-woman show currently at Tarragon Theatre until Nov. 22, is directed by Aaron Willis, whose credits include 2010’s Yichud and being an assistant director at the Stratford Festival. The show begins touring in 2013.
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At the Galleries
• The Victoria Falls Series, an exhibition of the artwork of Rose Lindzon, is on view in Lindzon’s home studio, 176 Bedford Rd. Thursday Nov. 8, 5 to 9 p.m. RSVP to firstname.lastname@example.org. Visit www.roselindzon.ca
• Ottawa artist Gordon Harrison is known for his “impressionism-realism” and his uninhibited use of colour laid on with broad, loose and intense brush strokes. His landscapes have been compared to the Group of Seven yet are distinctly different. An exhibition of his Laurentian Collection opens at the Petroff Gallery, Nov. 15, 5 to 9 p.m. with the artist in attendance. Artist talk at 7 p.m. 1016 Eglinton Ave. W. www.petroffgallery.com
• Oblivion, a series of ink, gouache and collage works by National Post cartoonist Gary Clement, addresses Nabokov’s assertion that “our existence is but a brief crack of light between two eternities of darkness,” as well as Voltaire’s contention that even though “life is a shipwreck, we must not forget to sing in the lifeboats.” On view at Loop Gallery, 1273 Dundas St. W. to Nov. 18. Q&A with Clement and author Cary Fagan, Nov. 17, 3 p.m. www.loopgallery.ca
• An exhibit set up like an old-fashioned living room, complete with radio and mantelpiece, features historical details and artifacts of the Jewish community of Hamilton, Ont. Currently on view at the You Me Gallery, 70 Macklin St. N., Hamilton.