The University of Denver's Center for Judaic Studies continues its year-long series, Shema: What Jewish Culture Sounds Like, this week with a full platter of events, concerts and lectures featuring the Iranian Jewish cantor and ethnomusicologist Galeet Dardashti. A musician and expert on Sephardi and Middle-Eastern Jewish music a singular genre with roots as old as civilization and modern incarnations from around the world Dardashti will put all pedantics aside tonight to simply show and tell, with help from her band, Divahn, an all-woman ensemble given to tuneful explorations of Hebrew, Judeo-Spanish, Arabic, Persian and Aramaic traditions, using percussion and a variety of new and old instruments, including guitar, violin, cello, tablas and more.
Dardashti and Divahn perform at 7:30 p.m. at the Oriental Theater, 4335 West 44th Avenue and don't go expecting a sedate evening: These ladies kick it. For tickets, $18, go to www.orientaltheater.com or call 1-800-838-3006; for information about other scheduled events with Dardashti, visit www.du.edu/cjs.
Sat., Feb. 16, 7:30 p.m., 2008