Toronto’s downtown Shaarei Tzedec Synagogue (the “Markham Street shul”) is the venue for a pre-festival event prior to the opening of Jewish Music Week, May 18 to 25.
A choral ma’ariv and sfirat HaOmer service in the shul will feature Cantor Simon Spiro and the all-male a cappella Golden Voices choir. The organizers have titled the special service “Golden Synagogues of Toronto: Recreating a Time Gone By,” and have invited the public to “experience one of the oldest Toronto synagogues as it was experienced by its original members.” 397 Markham St. Wednesday April 30, 7:30 p.m., doors open 6:30 p.m. No admission charge but pre-registration required, 416-638-4492.
Jewish Music Week features numerous concerts on various dates and venues, including many free events. There are also film screenings and lectures on musical subjects. For details, please visit www.jewishmusicweek.com
New Lindzon CD: Jazz pianist-vocalist Fern Lindzon is preparing to release a new CD Like a Circle in a Spiral, featuring her jazz quintet. The title comes from Michel Legrand’s song The Windmills of Your Mind. The CD features a repertoire from the “great American songbook,” Israel, Europe, Brazil and Canada. The launch is at the Jazz Bistro, 251 Victoria St., Thursday May 8, 8 p.m. Cover $15, $10. 416-363-5299.
Lindzon also performs the opening night concert Rhythm & Jews, for the Jewish Music Festival with David Buchbinder and klezmer band. Rex Jazz Bar, 194 Queen St. W., Sunday May 18, 7 p.m. 416-598-2475.
Imre Kertesz’s novel Fatelessness, which tells the story of a Hungarian teenage boy who survives a passage through three concentration camps, has been adapted for the stage. A 75-minute play by Andras Visky, adapted verbatim from Tim Wilkinson’s translation of the novel, was staged this month at the Here Art Center in New York, and featured actor Adam Boncz. Kertesz was the recipient of the 2002 Novel Prize in Literature.
Arts in Brief
Curtain Call Players presents The new Mel Brooks musical Young Frankenstein, a musical experience based on the movie. Miles Nadal JCC, Al Green Theatre. $26. Remaining performances April 23 to 25, 8 p.m.; 416-706-6181, www.curtaincallplayers.com
Commemorate Holocaust Remembrance Day with a presentation by local survivor George Stern, and receive a free copy of his memoir, Vanished Boyhood. Co-sponsored by the Azrieli Foundation. Miles Nadal JCC, Sunday April 27, 11 a.m. Free admission. 416-924-6211, ext. 154.
Art history teacher Osnat Lippa presents “Treasures of the Guggenheim”, a lecture on the movements of expressionism, futurism and cubism after WWI Artists include Franz Marc, Kandinsky, Chagall, Picasso, Mondrian and more, all featured in the recent AGO exhibit. Miles Nadal JCC, Tuesday April 29, 1 p.m. Drop in, $12. lisar @mnjcc.org
Author, genealogist and this columnist Bill Gladstone gives an illustrated talk on “Jews of the GTA” as part of Jewish Heritage Month. Bathurst Clark Resource Library, 900 Clark Ave. W., Vaughan. Sunday May 4, 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.
At the Galleries: Nir Bareket: My Eyes Have Seen, Celebrating 50 Years of Photography, an exhibition of Bareket photographs from the City of Toronto Archives and the Ontario Jewish Archives, opens April 26, 1 to 3 p.m. at the Market Gallery, St. Lawrence Market.
The photos of Nir Bareket reflect a range of subjects and interests including Toronto jails, theatres, the homeless and the March of the Living. A former commercial photographer in New York and Geneva, he also served as chief photographer for The Israel Museum in Jerusalem. He moved to Toronto in 1975. The exhibition runs thru July 19, 2014.