Torah, Torah, Torah!

There are plenty of movements out there inviting lapsed, laissez-faire and staunchly secular Jews back into the fold, but perhaps one of the most engagingly persuasive is Storahtelling, the brainchild of Amichai Lau-Lavie, the descendent of a long line of rabbis dating back to the eleventh century and a man who's part mystic and part actor, a Judaic Pied Piper who spins gold out of the inherent drama of biblical legends and scripture.

Currently an artist-in-residence at the University of Denver's Center for Jewish Studies, Lau-Lavie will kick off Shema: What Jewish Culture Sounds Like, a year-long CJS-sponsored series dealing with oral traditions in Jewish culture, with The Last Temptation of Moses: A Night of Sacred Story, a unique and convincing theatrical collage of storytelling and music. Catch the performance tonight at 8 p.m. at the Laboratory of Art and Ideas at Belmar, 404 South Upham Street in Lakewood; admission prices range from $5 to $15. For tickets and information, call 303-934-1777.
Sat., Oct. 6, 8 p.m., 2007

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