The Watchlist: Week of Oct. 18, 2012



Family Pictures

Oct. 20 from 5 to 7 p.m. marks the opening reception for “Generation to Generation,” the new exhibition at University of the Arts. The show celebrates the work of the father-son duo of the late Isa and Ivan Barnett. Barnett père was a renowned artist during the last century whose work appeared in numerous media, including The Saturday Evening Post, National Geographic, Reader’s Digest, Life and American Heritage. In addition to featuring the art of both men, the show is given an intimate quality thanks to archival photos and writings gathered by Ivan that help to tell their intimate father-son story. For more information, go to www.uarts. edu; 215-717-6030.

Immigration Dramatization

Performances of A Stoop on Orchard Street will be taking place at the Dell Theater at the National Museum of American Jewish History. Often referred to as “The Day After Fiddler on the Roof Ended,” the play is a musical that follows the fictional Lomansky family as they create a life for themselves on the Lower East Side in 1910. Performances run Wednesday through Sunday, in an open-ended run. For more information, go to or call 215-220-2361.

By the Booker

Howard Jacobson, winner of the Man Booker Prize for his book, The Finkler Question, which explored human existence through the lens of contemporary Judaism, returns to Phila­delphia to give a talk at the Free Library of Philadelphia’s Central Library on Oct. 24 at 7:30 p.m. Jacobson will discuss his latest work, Zoo Time, which looks at how a jaded novelist in search of new material takes an attraction to his alluring, angry mother-in-law to another level. For more information, go to or call 215-567-4341.

Simply the Fest

Philadelphia becomes the center of the movie universe from Oct. 18 to 28, as the 2012 Phila­delphia Film Festival takes over screens across the region. Can’t-miss films include Aliyah, a French film about a man who turns to dealing drugs in an effort to join his brother in Tel Aviv; Yossi, an Israeli film that is a sequel to the landmark 2002 film Yossi and Jagger, about the struggles of a closeted gay man who winds up traveling through southern Israel with a group of soldiers; and Jacob Rosenberg’s documentary, Waiting for Lightning, about one skateboarder’s quest to construct a ramp and jump over the Great Wall of China. For more information or to buy tickets, go to www.filma­ or call 267-239-2941. 

In Concert

Israel’s own composer/performer, Rami Kleinstein, will make a live appearance at Main Line Reform Temple on Oct. 27 at 8:00 p.m. (doors open at 7:30). Kleinstein, who is perhaps best known for his collaborations with his then-wife, the Israeli vocalist Rita, has also written for Bob Dylan and was a judge on The Voice Israel. For tickets, go to www. or call 1-740-538-0704

Simply the Fest, Part II

The Philadelphia Jewish Film Festival kicks off its 32nd season on Nov. 3. The two-week extravaganza includes some of  the best Jewish independent films from around the world. To view the entire roster of movies and locations, including the opening night film, France’s The Day I Saw Your Heart, and the United States entry, Downtown Crossing, or to purchase tickets, go to cfm or call 215-545-4400.


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