About Town: Week of October 11
Saturday, Oct. 13
Choreographer-in-residence Fréderick Gravel presents his dance Usually Beauty Fails, an irreverent work in progress, at the Segal Centre for Performing Arts at 8 p.m. There’s a warning of onstage nudity. A discussion with some of the artists follows. Reservations, 739-7944.
TALES OUT OF COURT
Ian Solloway, chair of the English-speaking section of the Montreal Bar, offers a lighthearted look at his career, at Shaare Zion Congregation at Shabbat morning services. “War Stories of a Divorce Lawyer, or How to Live Happily Ever After in the Practice of Family Law” is the title of his talk, part of the synagogue’s “Sharing Our Stories” series.
Sunday, Oct. 14
Jewish General Hospital geriatrician Dr. Paul Heilpern speaks on “Aging Well,” at a Leisure Institute luncheon, at Congregation Shaar Hashomayim at noon. Reservations, 937-9474, ext. 139.
THE MEDIA AND ISRAEL
Mark Dubowitz, executive director of the Foundation for the Washington-based Defence of Democracies and an expert on Iran, will be the guest speaker at a fundraiser for HonestReporting Canada, to be held at the home of Charlene and Reg Weiser. HRC’s Quebec director Michelle Whiteman also describes “The Media War Against Israel.” The event is being organized by the Montreal Jewish Publication Society, of which Weiser is chair. Thomas Hecht will chair the meeting, which will also launch the limited-edition handbook Mideast Deception, researched and written by Joe King. Reservations, firstname.lastname@example.org.
RANEE LEE AT SEGAL
Juno Award-winning jazz singer Ranee Lee launches the 2012-2013 Power Jazz series at the Segal Centre for Performing Arts’ Studio with a concert at 8 p.m. She’ll perform jazz standards and Broadway melodies, backed by a five-piece band. Tickets, 739-7944.
Monday, Oct. 15
ISRAEL TODAY SERIES
A five-part video lecture series from the Shalom Hartman Institute called “iEngage Israel” begins at Congregation Dorshei Emet, in collaboration with Congregation Shaare Zion, 7:30-9 p.m. Experts explore key issues in Israel today in the videos, followed by a live discussion with local religious and academic leaders. Registration, 486-9400.
ABOUT GUYS AND DOLLS
The first edition of Monday-@-McGill, a series of the Segal Centre for Performing Arts and McGill University’s Institute for the Public Life of the Arts and Ideas takes place at 5:30 p.m. at the university. Opera McGill director Patrick Hansen lectures on the Broadway musical Guys and Dolls, the Segal’s current production. Registration, email@example.com.
Temple Emanu-El-Beth Sholom commences a 10-session course in conversational modern Hebrew, 7:30-9 p.m. Registration, 937-3575.
Also, from 1-3 p.m., the Temple’s 50-plus program offers a six-part series on “Contemporary Moral Issues,” led by psychologist and ethics professor Michael Schleifer. Registration, Joyce Tobenstein, 342-1234,ext. 7318.
GOODMAN CANCER SERIES
The Rosalind and Morris Goodman Cancer Research Centre launches a free four-part lecture series with “Cancer Below the Belt: Bladder and Prostate Cancer,” at McGill University’s McIntyre medical building, 1200 Pine Ave. W., 6:30-8:30 p.m. 398-4970.
JEWISH LIFE IN GERMANY
Staff member Eddie Paul recounts his experiences as a participant in an organized trip for North American Jews to Germany this past June to sites of Jewish interest in Berlin and Dresden, 7:30 p.m. at the Jewish Public Library. Tickets, 345-6416.
At 7 p.m., the Mother-Daughter Book Discussion Group, for girls in grades 5 and up and their moms, tackle Lauren Kate’s novel Fallen. Head children’s librarian Penny Fransblow leads the discussion. Registration, 345-2627, ext. 3028.
Filmmaker Albert Nerenberg, Rabbi Chaim Steinmetz and psychiatrist Gerry Wiviott engage in a panel discussion on happiness, at the Cummings Jewish Centre for Seniors, 7 p.m. Registration, 342-1234.
The Jewish General Hospital Auxiliary holds a fundraiser for the Herzl Adolescent Health Unit at the Au Vieux Duluth restaurant, in St. Laurent, with entertainment. 340-8216.
Tuesday, Oct. 16
LIFE CYCLE IN SONG
Janie Respitz recounts the Jewish life cycle in song and stories at Beth Zion Congregation at 7:30 p.m. 489-8411, ext. 24.
A women’s Rosh Chodesh service for the month of Cheshvan takes place at Shaare Zedek Congregation at 9 a.m. Children welcome. 484-1122.
A Rosh Chodesh service is also being held at Congregation Shaar Hashomayim, Oct. 17 at 8:30 a.m. Judy, 484-7862.
Rabbi Sidney Shoham begins a four-session Bible class and discussion on contemporary issues, Beth Zion Congregation at 10 a.m. 489-8411, ext. 24.
Sebastian Barry’s On Canaan’s Side, a story of immigration to the United States, is reviewed by Larry Wellerat Temple Emanu-El-Beth Sholom at 7:30 p.m. as part of the Book Lovers’ Forum II series. Tickets, 937-3575, ext. 217.
AGING AND MEMORY
Dr. Howard Chertkow, director of the Bloomfield Centre for Research in Aging, lectures on “Aging and Memory: Working Towards a Cure,” at the Jewish General Hospital Block amphitheatre at 7 p.m. 340-8216.
The now-defunct Côte St. Luc Slo-Pitch Association holds a reunion banquet of players and officials from teams from the 1950s to 1972, 6:30 p.m. at the Aquatic and Community Centre. Organizers are former players Mish Granik and Roy Salomon. Registration, firstname.lastname@example.org.
Endre Farkas and Carolyn Marie Souaid’s videotaped performance poem Blood is Blood, a candid dramatic dialogue on their views on the Middle East conflict as, respectively, a Hungarian-born Jew and Christian of Lebanese descent will be included in the Zebra Poetry Film Festival in Berlin, Germany, Oct. 18-21. It’s nominated for the “Tolerance” prize. The two veteran educators and friends last year toured Blood is Blood in schools in Quebec, as well as in Hungary and Serbia.