Modern folk band Distant Cousins will open the JAAMM season with a concert on September 15
The JCC Mizel Art and Culture Center welcomes the 15e season of the Neustadt Jewish Arts, Authors, Films and Music Series (JAMAM). The series, which outgrew its footprint as a season-long festival, is now a full season running from September 2022 to April 2023. The series kicks off with a signature performance by the modern folk band distant cousins September 15 at 7:30 p.m. Other highlights include the Bookstore and Jewish Authors events from October 17 to November 3; MSNBC’s Ari Melber on October 29; The fabulous Fanny Brice on January 19; Prince Challah on March 5; JAAMM Comedy Festival on April 19 and 20; The Photography of Paul Margolis in April; and many others.
“Through the JAAMM series, we are able to bring a variety of talented speakers, authors, musicians, comedians, artists and more to the Denver community for those who are Jewish and those seeking just something fun to do,” Rich said. Cowden, Executive Director of the JCC Mizel Arts and Culture Center. “We are thrilled to offer a diverse range of talent that promise inspiring, rewarding, challenging and downright hilarious artistic experiences for people from all walks of life.”
The series includes the following highlight events, among others:
- Opening night happy hour and folk band Distant Cousins September 15 at 7:30 p.m.
- Atwood Magazine describes Distant Cousins as “…the needle in the haystack of modern folk music – bringing out something old and new through dazzling melodies and hauntingly smooth lyrics. who infuse their music with depth, flavor and a lot of character.”
- At 5:30 p.m., join the JCC for a special happy hour opening party. Happy hour tickets are $20 and include two drink tickets, pre-show snacks, and a post-show meet and greet with the band.
- Jewish bookstore and author events from October 17 to November 3
- 12 unique author events will be held in tandem with the return of the beloved Jewish Bookstore, presented in association with the Jewish Book Council and Tattered Cover Bookstore. The series includes in-person and virtual author tours, as well as in-person opportunities to browse the stacks, enjoy a cup of coffee, and connect with others in the pop-up bookstore located in the JCC Mizel lobby.
- MSNBC Ari Melber October 29 at 7:30 p.m.
- Ari Melber is an Emmy Award-winning journalist, news anchor, writer and lawyer. He anchors The Beat with Ari Melber on MSNBC and serves as the network’s chief legal correspondent, reporting on all platforms including MSNBC, NBC News, The Today Show and NBC Nightly News.
- Fabulous Fanny Brice January 19, 2023 at 7 p.m.
- If you’re looking for Broadway-style theatrical laughs and entertainment, Fanny Brice is the one delivering it — well, Fanny Brice via Kimberly Faye Greenberg. Join Fanny Brice as she takes you on an unforgettable nostalgic journey through her life and jaw-droppingly infamous relationships, as she entertains with many of her popular hits and songs inspired by her legacy, Barbra Streisand.
- Prince Challah March 5, 2023 15 hours
- Join Challah Prince, Idan Chabasov, as he leads a Purim-themed challah weaving workshop. Each participant will learn how to intricately braid their own challah bread which they can then take home, bake and enjoy!
- JAAMM Comedy Festival with The Tight Five: Original Comedy Show April 19, 2023 at 7 p.m.
- The students in our Tight Five: Stand-up Comedy class show us their acting skills in what promises to be a hilarious evening. Audiences will vote for their favorite comics of the night, and the top three will open for Avi Liberman on April 20! All proceeds from the event benefit our Wolf Theater Academy Scholarship Fund.
- JAAMM Comedy Festival with Avi Liberman April 20, 2023 at 7 p.m.
- Avi Liberman’s offbeat style has made him a favorite in comedy clubs from Los Angeles to New York. His style is a combination of life experiences and current issues told through a diverse mix of characters and voices with global expertise.
- The Photograph by Paul Margolis from April 1 to 30, 2023, with special event on April 26 at 7 p.m.
- From April 1 to 30, the work of Paul Margolis, documentary and art photographer, will be visible free of charge in the reception room of the JCC Mizel Center for Art and Culture.
- April 26 at 7:00 p.m. – Margolis will discuss his stunning black and white photographs of Jews, Christians and Muslims in Israel and give a PowerPoint talk on the work.
Season Passes, Author Event Passes and Individual Tickets are on sale now and include:
- Season Passes include one ticket to each in-person and virtual event (a total of 21 tickets) presented by the JCC Mizel Arts and Culture Center. Cost – $269.
- Author Event Passes include 12 total tickets (in-person and virtual) to be used for all Jewish Bookstore Author Events. Cost – $129.
- Individual ticket prices vary by event from $15 to $54 per ticket. See the full program of events here for the fees.
To see the full festival lineup and purchase tickets, visit www.jccdenver.org/jaamm. Customers can also email or call the JCC Mizel Arts and Culture Center box office at [email protected] or (303) 316-6360 for more information. The ticket office of the JCC Mizel Art and Culture Center will be open on Monday, Wednesday and Thursday from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. and one hour before face-to-face screenings.
ABOUT THE JCC MIZEL ARTS AND CULTURE CENTER
As one of the premier arts organizations in the Rocky Mountain region, the JCC Mizel Art and Culture Center illuminates the human experience through creative and cultural programs in the performing, visual, film, and literary arts for the Jewish community and the Denver community as a whole. The Mizel Arts and Culture Center is a Tier II member of the Science and Culture Facilities District (SCFD) and is guided by a mission that specifically focuses on arts and culture programs. A variety of festivals are offered throughout the year, including the Denver Jewish Film Festival, the JAAMM Fest (Jewish Arts, Authors, Movies and Music Fest), and the ReelAbilities Film Festival. The JCC Mizel Arts and Culture Center is located at 350 S. Dahlia Street in Denver. For more information, visit www.jccdenver.org/arts-culture or call 303-316-6360.
ABOUT THE JEWISH COMMUNITY CENTER OF STAENBERG-LOUP
Celebrating its 100e anniversary in 2022, the Staenberg Jewish Community Center – Wolf (JCC Denver) serves the Denver metropolitan area through educational, social, cultural, fitness, athletic and other programs rooted in Jewish values. The mission of JCC Denver is to create a vibrant and inclusive family and social gathering place guided by these timeless Jewish values. The five program areas of JCC Denver focus on connection, community and wellness and include: a robust fitness, sports, tennis and aquatics facility; early childhood engagement, including early learning school and a variety of programs for families; the Mizel Arts and Culture Center which offers the Festival of Jewish Arts, Authors, Films and Music (JAAMM Fest), the Denver Jewish Film Festival and the ReelAbilities Film Festival; summer camps including Ranch Camp and Camp Shai; and engagement programs for teens, young adults, seniors, and the LGBTQIA+ community. The JCC Denver is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization located at 350 S. Dahlia Street in Denver. For more information, visit www.jccdenver.orglike us on Facebook and instagram @jccdenver or call (303) 399-2660.