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Monday, May 1 and May 8: Philadelphia Jewish Film Festival’s CineMondays spring film series

PJFF CINEMONDAYS features six new feature films (and one remarkable short) that exemplify the best in Jewish International Cinema. May 1st brings IN BETWEEN, a contemporary narrative about three women living in Tel Aviv and confronting tradition, patriarchal forces, and finding friendship in unexpected places (read an awesome Philadelphia Gay News feature by Gary Kramer about the film). Join us for a post-film Happy Hour at City Diner (521 S. Broad St.) after IN BETWEEN, where drink deals and free snacks will fuel film discussions. And Closing Night’s BIG SONIA screens at the Kimmel Center May 8th with the Oscar-nominated short film JOE’S VIOLIN. PJFF invites you to a pre-Closing Night dinner at La Viola West before BIG SONIA at the Kimmel — $55 includes a multi-course meal, tax, tip, and gratuity — RSVP HERE. Films from Israel, the U.S., Hungary, and France, featuring narratives of female empowerment, inspired perseverance, community building, and Holocaust education, will move you. Consider the CineMondays lineup by clicking HERE.

Sunday, May 7: Bella Vista Art Crawl will visit the awesome 1241 Carpenter studios

1241 CarpenterJoin Gershman Y Executive Director Maxine Gaiber for a behind-the-scenes Art Crawl of Bella Vista/South Philadelphia that features visits to artist studios, including a tour of the studio of exhibiting artist Amze Emmons, and an end reception. Previous art crawls in Old City, Rittenhouse Square, and Society Hill have been huge hits – it’s a fabulous way to spend an afternoon – talking to artists, considering a wide array of artistic works, having a sip and a nibble at the end, and creating community based on the arts. Join us for this Gershman Y favorite and RSVP TODAY!

Thursday, May 18: An Evening of Leonard Cohen honors the late great poet and musician

LeonardJoin us for an evening celebrating the artistic life of the multi-talented Leonard Cohen. This performance event will weave music, poetry, and spoken word together to create an unparalleled experience of this beloved artist. A special screening from the Philadelphia Jewish Film Festival, we’ll present LADIES AND GENTLEMEN… MR. LEONARD COHEN, a 44-minute gem from 1965 that captures Cohen’s prominence as a poet and novelist in Canada before he put out a single record. Afterwards, there will be readings of Cohen’s poetry from Philadelphia spoken word performers, light bites and libations, and performances of Leonard Cohen songs from local bands, songwriters, and singers. Sponsorship opportunities are available for this event – click HERE for more info about benefit levels or HERE to read more about the night’s lineup. Tickets are already moving so get yours TODAY!

Through August 27: Lynne Clibanoff/Amze Emmons exhibition in the Gershman Gallery

AmzeLynne Clibanoff’s cigar-box sized, beautifully finished three-dimensional rooms, often suffused with mysterious light, are paired with Amze Emmons’ magically/minimally realist images inspired by architectural illustration, cartoon language, and instruction manuals. Both are Philadelphia-based artists represented by the Dolan/Maxwell Gallery who share an interest in the depiction of space and in presenting their subjects in exquisite detail. RSVP to this FREE reception TODAY!