Take a Bow!

Posted on April 13th, 2018 by

This month’s edition of Performance Counts is brought to you through the joint efforts of our Visitor Services Coordinator Paige Woodhouse and our Interim Program Manager Lindsey Davis.

~Marvin

The Jewish Museum of Maryland has sounded a bit different over the past couple of months.

Usually one of the quieter Lloyd Street neighbors, our lobby echoed with the sounds of Punk Rock, Sephardic Ladino fusion, and Hollywood legends. From February 11-March 25th, 10 full days and 16 different programs brought 393 visitors in to the Museum specifically to attend JMM Live! Our JMM Live! series included three films, nine musical events, two author talks, and three theater performances. The turnout was outstanding – and nearly 20% of event attendees were new visitors to the Museum.

Our guests came from all over – Maryland, Delaware, Virginia, Pennsylvania, and Kansas City, Missouri. And if we’re going to mention distance, we must also mention our Q&A Skype with South Korea!

JMM Live! also saw quite a bit of “repeat business.” Miriam Winder Kelly was our #1 audience member, attending seven separate programs!

But she had some competition, with 3 “runners up” each attending five different programs, and 2 more folks attending four programs each!

The JMM Live! series was, above all else, full of surprises and new experiences.

Never before have we played Yiddish punk rock videos on our projector, or had first-hand accounts told from the stage about Jazz clubs and the Jewish Mafia. We welcomed the tales of Gershwin and Hammerstein, listened to one-woman plays, and heard true stories from our living history characters. We even held a few dance parties in our library as our little ones not only listened but danced to – and made – their own music.

Our performers were gracious, talented, and warmed by the reception they received from our audience members.

From all of us at the JMM, we’re grateful for your willingness to participate differently, help us express ourselves creatively, and your ability to be challenged intellectually through new stories and new methods of storytelling. As the curtain closes on JMM Live!, we hope each of you takes a bow – we couldn’t have done it without you.

~Lindsey & Paige

(And in case you were wondering, our screening of Bombshell: The Hedy Lamarr Story wins the prize for most popular program – we sold out not once, but TWICE, sharing the experience with 160 people between the two showings!)

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The Making of JMM Live!

Posted on February 16th, 2018 by

Trillion is on family leave for a few months, but before she left the building she shared the story of the “making of JMM Live!” for this month’s JMM Insights!  To read more posts from Trillion, click here.


It all began with a gap.  The National Archives could lend us the Iraqi Jewish Heritage exhibit until mid-January but couldn’t send us the Amending America exhibit until early April.  That was a long span of time for our Samson, Rossetta and Sadie B. Feldman Gallery to be dark.

During 2017 we discussed various ways to bridge the gap, including several smaller exhibits.

(We actually ended up with two:  Beyond Duty: Diplomats Recognized as Righteous Among the Nations, which opened at the beginning of this month, and the My Family Story student-curated projects from March 11th.)

I suggested we try something a little different. In my role as programs manager I am frequently contacted by speakers, performers, authors and many more asking for the opportunity to present at the JMM. Normally our program calendar is so busy with exhibit-related events that I can only take one or two of these requests per year, however, it occurred to me that with an open calendar perhaps we could make something of this opportunity.

I proposed a series of live events at the museum that celebrate all aspects of American Jewish performing and literary arts; this became the inspiration for JMM Live! 

I have spent the last several months working on finding a wonderful selection of programs, including author talks, musical performances, movies and theater. The topics we will explore vary from the expected, like Jewish Broadway, to the more surprising, like Jewish Punk Music. The series is designed to suit the whole family, in addition to our regular programs we also have two live festivals for kids, the first on March 4th celebrating Purim and the second on March 25th celebrating Passover.

Daveed Korup and Miss Spice will entertain kids of all ages with their concerts!

One of the most important things when planning this series was to include our very own Living History characters. Over the past few years we have developed several characters, we are very pleased to feature two of our characters as part of this series, Henrietta Szold performed by Natalie Pilcher on March 18th and Ida Rehr performed by Katherine Lyons on February 25th.

The stories of Henrietta and Ida are truly brought to life by these talented actresses!

The series has also been a lovely opportunity to work again with some wonderful partners plus build some new relationships. We are very pleased to welcome back the Global Theatre Project for a performance of Stories From the Fringe on Wednesday, March 21st. On Thursday, March 15th I am really excited about the program we will be presenting in partnership with Fells Point Corner Theater, a special preview of the theaters upcoming show Gertrude Stein and a Companion. 

The series started this Sunday with a dedication to Yiddish music with Hazzan Sara Geller of B’nai Shalom Olney, part performance, part talk and part sing-along!

There really will be something for everyone!

The series runs from February 11th until March 25th and features fourteen different performances. In my absence Lindsey Davis will be managing these programs – you can reach her at ldavis@jewishmuseummd.org but she’ll also have proxy to my e-mails.

If you can’t join us this Sunday please take a few minutes to review the full program of events here. If you see a program (or several) that appeals, reserve your tickets today – the most popular programs are selling fast!

Now is also the perfect time to become a JMM member– with all these programs you’re sure to be a repeat visitor this winter. Museum Membership includes FREE admission to the Museum every day we’re open, and to all our public programs! (Plus members get a 10% discount at Esther’s Place, the JMM gift shop.)

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Groundhog Predicts Seven More Weeks of Programs!

Posted on February 2nd, 2018 by

Museum Matters: February 2018

February 11 – March 25, 2018

Rumor has it that Punxsutawney Phil is expanding his repertoire beyond weather forecasting. Perhaps he’ll come out of the shadows to say something tomorrow about “edutainment” opportunities ahead. If he does, we feel certain that he’ll mention JMM Live! – a sure cure for your winter blues, no matter how long we are stuck in the cold.

Our programs of music, theater, film (with live director conversations) and author talks kicks off on Feb. 11th with Cantor Geller’s Yiddish Sing-A-Long and continues through March 25. It includes encounters with Jewish punk rock, Gertrude Stein and Henrietta Szold. Sorry Phil, no groundhogs, but we do have a “monkey,” a new documentary about the Jewish refugee couple who created Curious George.

We developed the concept for JMM Live! last summer when we “knew” that our Feldman Gallery would be dark in February and March as we transitioned between exhibits. But at the last minute, the Embassy of Israel offered us Beyond Duty, a panel exhibit on the diplomats from around the globe who struggled to save Jewish lives during the Holocaust. So if you’re looking for something new to do on a dreary day in February come see the light and the lively at the Jewish Museum of Maryland.

~Marvin


Upcoming programs
All programs take place at the Jewish Museum of Maryland unless otherwise noted. Please contact our Programs Manager at tattwood@jewishmuseummd.org / 443-873-5177 with any questions or for more information.

FEBRUARY & MARCH

Kicks Off February 11th!

Over the course of six weeks, our lobby will be transformed into a theatre as we host staged readings, living history dramatic shows, musical performances, movies and author talks that explore a variety of topics and genres – from Yiddish Theatre to punk – and are designed to appeal to visitors of all ages and backgrounds.

You can view all the programs in the JMM Live! series HERE.

FEBRUARY

02.11.2018

“Lomer Alle Zingen” Let’s Sing:
An Afternoon of Yiddish Song
Sunday, February 11th, 3:00pm
Presenter: Hazzan Sara Geller, B’nai Shalom of Olney
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02.15.2018

Bombshell: The Hedy Lamarr Story
Thursday, February 15th, 7:00pm
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02.18.2018

Phoebe and Eubie: The Odd Couple
Sunday, February 18th, 1:00pm
Speaker: Hugh Wyatt, author
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02.25.2018

Ida Rehr
February 25 at 1 pm
Performer: Katherine Lyons
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02.25.2018

Maryland Premiere
Monkey Business:
The Adventures of Curious George’s Creators!

February 25 at 5 pm
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MARCH

03.04.2018

Hava Nashira: Songs and Stories
March 4 at 10 am – perfect for ages 5 and under!
March 4 at 11am – perfect for ages 8 and under!
Performer: Daveed Korup, musician and storyteller
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03.04.2018

Oy Oy Oy Gevalt! Jews and Punk
March 4 at 3 pm
Speaker: Michael Croland, author
Performer: Na Nach Oi! (featuring Yishai Romanoff)
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04.11.2018

A Night of Musical Theatre:
How Jewish composers impacted Broadway
March 11 at 5 pm
Performer: Sarah Baumgarten
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04.15.2018

Gertrude Stein and a Companion at the JMM
March 15 at 7 pm
In partnership with Fells Point Corner Theatre
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>>View the full JMM calendar of events here.<<

Also of Interest
The JMM is pleased to share our campus with B’nai Israel Congregation. For additional information about B’nai Israel events and services for Shabbat, please visit bnaiisraelcongregation.org.  For more of this month’s events from BIYA, please visit biyabaltimore.org or check out BIYA on Facebook.

Esther’s Place

It’s Super “Bowl” weekend and we’ve got the perfect bowl for every home! From kitschy to elegant to avant-garde, stop in to Esther’s Place and find your favorite.

Ongoing at the JMM

Exhibits

Exhibits on display include Beyond Duty: Diplomats Recognized as Righteous Among the Nations (opening Sunday, Feb. 4th), Voices of Lombard Street: A Century of Change in East Baltimore, and The Synagogue Speaks.

Hours and Tour Times

Combination tours of the 1845 Lloyd Street Synagogue and the 1876 Synagogue Building now home to B’nai Israel are offered: Sunday through Thursday at 11:00am, 1:00pm and 2:00pm.

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