BOOKS: The 44th Annual Leah Cohen Festival of Jewish Books and Authors Still a cornerstone of JAAMM, this is where it all started. Visit the book sale in the JCC's Boettcher Lobby from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Mondays through Thursdays, 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Fridays and 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. Sundays, beginning Sunday, to peruse an amazing selection books for all ages and tastes. Following are a few picks from the literary component:
Daniel Levin, The Last Ember Levin has popularly perfected the art of the archaeological thriller, in his book the Last Ember, the protagonists hunt down a 2,000-year-old religious artifact under a veil of intrigue, conspiracy and politics. Here the best-selling author speak at 7 p.m. November 14. Phillips Social Hall, $6 to $8.Carol Leifer, When You Lie About Your Age, The Terrorists Win Leifer, who might be best known as a former writer for Seinfeld and Saturday Night Live (some say she also inspired the Seinfeld character, Elaine), won't be able to help from being funny during this book discussion/standup routine showcasing her autobiography in essay form. 7 p.m. November 11 in the Shwayder Theatre, $20. Louisa Shafia, Lucid Food: Cooking for an Eco-Conscious Life A perfect example of an event anyone - and particularly modern foodies - can enjoy, this book luncheon features dishes from Shafia's ethical and sustainable dishes . And you'll get both good eats and food for thought from her book, Lucid Food, which offers not only recipes, but advice on shopping and living in a new age. Noon, November 12, Phillips Social Hall, $20 includes lunch. Please RSVP by November 8.
Yale Strom, David Tarras: The King of Klezmer Strom, an award-winning musician/author/filmmaker, discusses the life of David Tarras, a 20th-century musical genius often called the "Benny Goodman of Klezmer." A good opportunity to explore a delightful, unique and self-sufficient musical form. 4:30 p.m. November 14, Phillips Social Hall, $6 to $8.FILM: The Klezmatics: On Holy Ground Yet another dip in the melting pot of klezmer, this 2009 documentary by Erik Greenberg Anjou follows one the genre's major modern interpreters, the Klezmatics, over a period of three years, during which they tour the U.S., as well as Poland, Berlin and Israel. This screening is being billed as a kickoff for the Mizel's annual Denver Jewish Film Festival in February, meaning attendees will most likely get a scoop on what's to come; a dessert reception follows the film. 6:30 p.m. November 14, Shwayder Theater, $10 to $12. MUSIC: The Jerusalem Quartet This award-winning international ensemble will perform works by Mozart, Kopytman and Brahms to kick off the JAAMM Festival in classic style tomorrow night, followed by a kosher dessert reception. 8 p.m. October 30, Temple Emanuel, 51 Grape Street, $25 to $40.
David Broza Broza, a renowned and multilingual Israeli guitarist/singer/songwriter will perform solo, swinging from flamenco to finger picking while fusing the cultures of Israel, England and Spain. According to buzz, this is the fest's don't-miss. 8 p.m. November 6, Newman Center, University of Denver, 2344 East Iliff Avenue, $27.50 to $47.50. Call 303-871-7720.Paul Shapiro's Ribs and Brisket Revue If you like music and just wanna have fun, woodwind player and composer Paul Shapiro is your kind of guy. Shapiro and his six-piece Yiddish swing band will satisfy both joneses in one night. 7 p.m. November 13, Shwayder Theatre. $18. The fest also includes ongoing performances of The Chosen, based on the book by Chaim Potok; JAAMM Festival continues through November 14. Call 303-316-6360.