Contemporary Jewish Museum
For all its contributions to literature, the Beat generation of artists is above all known for its lifestyle–the addled, erotic, for-the-moment mania that blasted the foundations of conservative 1950s America and paved the way for full-fledged counterculture movements in cities like San Francisco and New York.
Unless your start-up circuit has rendered you jaded to ping pong, you'll be overjoyed by this memo: the Contemporary Jewish Museum, honoring a sport dominated by Jewish players in the 30s and 40s, is offering free table tennis, starting this Thursday to anyone brave enough to pick up a paddle and unleash their inner Forrest Gump.
From April 7th through May 10th, the CJM invites both amateurs and pros alike to try their hand at the table before taking a gander at the museum's latest exhibits Charlotte Salomon: Life? or Theatre? and the sound installation by locals Ken Goldberg and Gil Gershoni, Are We There Yet? 5000 Years of Answering Questions with Questions. And until May 10th, the price of admission to the museum itself is a mere $5.
We at 7x7 have celebrated many a power couple, as there's no shortage of them here in the Bay Area. Now, just in time for Valentine's Day, the Contemporary Jewish Museum is doing the same. Inspired by the husband-wife duo who created ubiquitous childhood nostalgia meme Curious George, Margret and H.A. Rey, the museum is highlighting successful, entrepreneurial couples to spark curiosity in love birds around town.
With holiday events popping up every week of December, it's hard to keep on top of it all. Here, just a few more cool things going on that you shouldn't miss.
Dreidel Spin Off at the Contemporary Jewish Museum
Tonight, on the second night of Hanukkah, the 2009 Major League Dreidel Spinagogue Champion will host a a spin off at the Contemporary Jewish Museum as part of a special Hanukkah edition of RitLab. Despite the obvious disadvantage of not being Jewish, John Heywood eked out victory with an impressive 16-second spin last year. The title is now up for Jews and gentiles alike. Plus, there will be artisanal chocolate-making and sampling of fair-trade Hanukkah gelt. As Major League Dreidel says, "No Gelt, No Glory!" $5; 12/2, 6 - 8 p.m., Contemporary Jewish Museum, 736 Mission St., thecjm.org
Tarot cards, palm readings, crystal balls—if the otherwordly has always gotten you going, live out your fantasy at tomorrow night's FREE event as part of the Maira Kalman exhibit at the Contemporary Jewish Museum.
Bay Area author Daniel Handler (aka Lemony Snicket) will enchant with his magical accordian while renowned perfumer Yosh Han follows your nose. Come with questions about love, money or creativity and schedule a one-on-one scent reading where Han will offer intuitive insight about your personality.
The sacred word -- its ancient and contemporary visions, handwritten and digital -- is the fascinating focal point of “As It Is Written: Project 304,805” now on exhibit at the Contemporary Jewish Museum.
Even if you’re unfamiliar with the history, ritual, and tradition embedded in the most holy object in Judaism, you’ll find yourself enthralled by the project. The CJM has undertaken the major endeavor of commissioning the creation of a new Torah and, in the process, revealing the ordinarily private work of a soferet, a professionally trained female scribe, as she writes out the text over the course of a year. It’s the first public institution of its kind to unveil this unchanged process.
The tizzy last week over Obama's back-to-school address should remind those who live in liberal bastions that censorship is alive and well. Banned Books Week, which begins on September 26, is another reminder. So maybe that’s the perfect week to visit the Contemporary Jewish Museum’s retrospective of the work of Maurice Sendak.
Just in time for the highly anticipated Where the Wild Things Are movie (an indie love fest of the highest degree - screenplay by Dave Eggers, directed by Spike Jonze and featuring music from Karen O and Arcarde Fire) comes "There’s a Mystery There: Sendak on Sendak" at the Jewish Museum.
Three years and 303 photographs later, artist Susan Hiller completed her journey through Germany with the sole purpose of recording all street signs that used the prefix Juden (Jew) in their names. From a desolate snow-covered road to graffiti-tagged city storefront, Hiller documents the past presence of a people and a culture through geographical markers. All in existence prior to WWII, these street names mark neighborhoods where Jews lived either by force or choice. Some were changed during the Nazi cleanse initiative and were later restored in a denazification process.