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At the Skirball

MAR/APR 2017

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Mar/Apr 2017 at the Skirball WHAT’S INSIDE, FROM A TO Z Audrey’s Museum Store 3, 26 Calendar 16–17 Classes 18–19 Exhibitions 6–9, 20–21 Family Programs 4–5, 20–25 Festival 4–5 Film 13–15 Food 12–13 Gallery Tours and Happenings 9

Involvement Opportunities 30 Membership 27–29 Noah’s Ark at the Skirball 20–21 President’s Greeting 2 Ticket Information 31 Visitor Information 3 Words and Ideas 10–13 Zeidler’s Café 3

Members: Look for the M for special Member benefits!

President’s Greeting At the Skirball Cultural Center we have a special love of festivals. It is a love deeply rooted in Jewish history and tradition. “You shall rejoice in your festival,” says the biblical text, “you, your sons and daughters, the stranger, the orphan and the widow.” All are included—or maybe a more important way of saying this: none are excluded. Each human being is precious. The joys of life, whenever we can celebrate them, are meant to be shared by all. We as Americans and we as Jews cherish a vision of community and hope. At the Skirball, we seek to embrace and sustain that vision, in large ways and small. We welcome our visitors to engage with us. We respect their humanity and their dignity. We turn no one away. We rejoice in our festivals, and we rejoice in each other. It is an ancient tradition, and at the Skirball we renew it every day. We also look for opportunities to create new traditions of celebration, and one of our most popular is pictured on the cover of this issue: the Skirball Puppet Festival. For six years now, we have welcomed more than 1,000 children, parents, and grandparents for a wondrous day of creativity and imagination.  Come join us for the festival, and share with us in celebration and inspiration.  As always at the Skirball, we welcome you!   

Uri D. Herscher Founding President and CEO Skirball Cultural Center

OUR MISSION The Skirball Cultural Center is a place of meeting guided by the Jewish tradition of welcoming the stranger and inspired by the American democratic ideals of freedom and equality. We welcome people of all communities and generations to participate in cultural experiences that celebrate discovery and hope, foster human connections, and call upon us to help build a more just society.

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visitor information

Plan Your Visit LO C A TI O N A N D P A RK IN G Skirball Cultural Center 2701 N. Sepulveda Blvd. Los Angeles, CA 90049 (310) 440-4500 • skirball.org FREE on-site parking Street parking is strictly prohibited at all times. Handicapped parking is available.

GALLER I ES MUSEUM HOURS Tuesday–Friday, 12:00–5:00 p.m.* Saturday–Sunday, 10:00 a.m.–5:00 p.m. Last entry to Noah’s Ark is at 4:00 p.m. Last entry to other Museum galleries is at 4:30 p.m. Closed Mondays and holidays, including April 11 in observance of Passover *Special for spring break! The Skirball Museum galleries (including Noah’s Ark at the Skirball), the Family Art Studio, and Dig It! Archaeology Adventures will open at 10:00 a.m. on Thursday, April 13. MUSEUM ADMISSION All exhibitions are included with Museum admission. $12 General • $9 Seniors, Full-Time Students, and Children over 12 • $7 Children 2–12 M FREE to Members and Children under 2 • FREE to all on Thursdays NOTE: ADVANCE TICKETS TO NOAH’S ARK ARE HIGHLY RECOMMENDED ON WEEKENDS AND DURING SCHOOL BREAKS, INCLUDING FOR MEMBERS. TICKETS ON FREE THURSDAYS ARE FIRST-COME, FIRST-SERVED ONLY (NO ADVANCE TICKETS), SUBJECT TO AVAILABILITY.

SH O PPI N G A N D D ININ G AUDREY’S MUSEUM STORE Tuesday–Friday, 11:30 a.m.–5:00 p.m. • Saturday–Sunday, 10:00 a.m.–5:00 p.m. Closed Mondays and holidays, including April 11 (310) 440-4505 • skirball.org/shop Audrey’s Museum Store features carefully selected merchandise such as exhibition-related souvenirs, jewelry, contemporary and traditional Judaica, art, books, educational toys, and more. Proceeds help support the Skirball’s educational and cultural programming. See p. 26 for great gift ideas for Passover. ZEIDLER’S CAFÉ Tuesday–Saturday, 11:30 a.m.–3:30 p.m. • Sundays, 11:00 a.m.–3:30 p.m. Closed Mondays and holidays, including April 11 (310) 440-4515 Enjoy harissa-roasted salmon, orecchiette pasta with asparagus and pistachio pesto, and other delicious entrées at Zeidler’s Café, which will be offering Passover-inspired lunch items April 12–18. Or pick up a grab-and-go meal from Zeidler’s Cart, open Tuesday–Saturday, 11:30 a.m.–4:30 p.m., and Sundays, 11:00 a.m.–4:30 p.m.

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chapter festival title Sunday, April 30 10:00 a.m.–4:00 p.m. All ages Children must be accompanied by an adult $12 General $9 Seniors, Full-Time Students, and Children over 12 $7 Children 2–12 M FREE to Members and Children under 2

SKIRBALL PUPPET FESTIVAL A Celebration for All Celebrate the art of puppetry and the power of stories at the Skirball’s annual Puppet Festival, featuring new and classic tales told with a delightful array of puppets, live music, and art making! This campus-wide, daylong festival brings together talented puppeteers and artists, working in a range of cultural and artistic styles—from shadow puppets to giant pageant puppets. A day of imaginative storytelling is sure to amaze visitors ages 2 to 102. Don’t miss the special participatory festival finale performed by Noah’s Ark storytellers and puppeteers! THE SKIRBALL PUPPET FESTIVAL IS MADE POSSIBLE IN PART BY GENEROUS SUPPORT FROM:

Advance tickets recommended

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Included with Museum admission Tickets available at the door Paul Simon by Nick Elgar

PAUL SIMON Words & Music Making its only West Coast stop at the Skirball, Paul Simon: Words & Music—a traveling exhibition organized by the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum—illustrates how the legendary artist’s music has reflected social and cultural ideals. Based on exclusive interviews with the artist, the show will walk visitors through Paul Simon’s life and music and illuminate his creative process. On view will be instruments, records, sheet music, handwritten lyrics, photography, costumes, and stage maquettes, as well as listening stations and performance footage spanning Simon’s six-decade career. Exclusively for the Los Angeles presentation, Paul Simon: Words & Music will include additional artifacts from Simon’s private archive and a newly created music lab developed by the Skirball in cooperation with Roland Corporation U.S. PAUL SIMON: WORDS & MUSIC WAS ORGANIZED BY THE ROCK AND ROLL HALL OF FAME AND MUSEUM, CLEVELAND, OHIO. THE EXHIBITION AND ITS RELATED EDUCATIONAL PROGRAMS AT THE SKIRBALL CULTURAL CENTER ARE MADE POSSIBLE IN PART BY LEAD SUPPORT FROM THE FOLLOWING DONORS:

The Material World Foundation

Steve Tisch

ALONG WITH GENEROUS SUPPORT FROM THE FOLLOWING DONORS:

Sandy and Hank Abouaf Bloomberg Philanthropies Stephanie and Harold Bronson Fischer Family Foundation Gang, Tyre, Ramer & Brown Charitable Foundation David Geffen Foundation Karsh Family Foundation Linda and Michael Keston Suzanne and Dave Larky Skirball Volunteer Service Council Sony Music’s Legacy Recordings

MEDIA SPONSORS:

AL S O O F INT E RE S T Tuesdays May 9–June 13 1:00–3:00 p.m.

THE DECADE OF THE SINGER-SONGWRITER This adult education class examines the careers of Paul Simon and other legendary musicians of the 1970s, as well as the excitement, excesses, and tragedies of the decade. See p. 18 for pricing and details.

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exhibition Through March 12

Included with Museum admission Tickets available at the door

Left to right: Roy Lichtenstein, Reflections on Minerva, from the Reflections series, 1990. Printed by Tyler Graphics Ltd., Mount Kisco, New York. Collection of the Jordan Schnitzer Family Foundation; Roy Lichtenstein, Reflections on Crash, from the Reflections series, 1990. Printed by Tyler Graphics Ltd., Mount Kisco, New York. Collection of Jordan D. Schnitzer (HIPM). All artwork © Estate of Roy Lichtenstein.

POP FOR THE PEOPLE Roy Lichtenstein in L.A. Final weeks! Don’t miss your last chance to view more than seventy works by the Pop Art master Roy Lichtenstein (1923–1997). Pop for the People: Roy Lichtenstein in L.A. explores how the artist, buoyed by a renaissance in printmaking, broadened the scope of fine art by inviting new and more diverse audiences to recognize the world around them in his work. Spanning four decades, the works on display range from the iconic Sunrise and Shipboard Girl to paper plates, clothing, and shopping bags. Visitors are also invited to step inside a three-dimensional reimagination of Roy Lichtenstein’s Bedroom at Arles, based on Vincent van Gogh’s series of the same name. This immersive, one-of-a-kind installation urges visitors to not just look at the art, but inhabit it. POP FOR THE PEOPLE: ROY LICHTENSTEIN IN L.A. AND ITS RELATED PROGRAMS AT THE SKIRBALL CULTURAL CENTER ARE MADE POSSIBLE IN PART BY SUPPORT FROM:

Muriel and Philip Berman Foundation The Broad Art Foundation Lori and Scott Cooper

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Linda and Michael Keston Eugene and Ruth Roberts


Included with Museum admission Tickets available at the door

VISIONS AND VALUES Jewish Life from Antiquity to America

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Explore 4,000 years of Jewish experience through the permanent exhibition Visions and Values: Jewish Life from Antiquity to America, displaying objects from the Skirball’s expansive collection of Judaica.

Ruth Weisberg, The Game, 1942. Print. HUCSM 66.2627.

G AL L E RY T O U RS AN D H APPEN IN GS Gallery tours and happenings are included with Museum admission; no reservations. For tours, meet docents in the lobby. Wednesday, March 8 2:00–3:00 p.m.

COLLECTION POP-UP: WOMEN ARTISTS In honor of International Women’s Day, stop by the entrance to Visions and Values to view rarely displayed objects from the Skirball collection that were created by women, including paintings, textiles, and ceramics.

Thursday–Sunday 2:00 p.m.

VISIONS AND VALUES: COLLECTION HIGHLIGHTS During this docent-led tour, discover rare objects in the Skirball collection that tell the story of Jewish life from antiquity to America.

Tuesday–Friday 1:00 and 2:30 p.m. Saturday–Sunday 11:00 a.m., 1:00 p.m., and 2:30 p.m. through March 12

POP FOR THE PEOPLE: ROY LICHTENSTEIN IN L.A. Explore the cutting-edge images of Roy Lichtenstein’s Pop Art prints through this docent-led tour. Discover how Lichtenstein’s style and technique helped to redefine the midcentury understanding of fine art.

Sign up for a private, docent-led tour for groups of 10 or more. For scheduling and pricing, call (310) 440-4534 or visit skirball.org/ private-tours.

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Alyesha Wise

Aman Batra

S P O K E N W O RD Friday, March 3 8:00 p.m. $15 General

M $12 Members

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MARCH FORTH! A Spoken Word Celebration of Female Empowerment This Women’s History Month, come to the Skirball for its second annual celebration of women who march forth! In the face of adversity, these women find their voices, inspiring diverse communities to work together for a more just, inclusive, and equitable society. This year’s program features dynamic performances from some of the finest female spoken word artists and musicians in California. Featured performers include: • Alyesha Wise (2014 Hollywood Grand Slam Champion and two-time finalist at Women of the World Poetry Slam) • Aman Batra (2016 Hollywood Slam Team Member at Da Poetry Lounge) • Chingona Fire (a Latina feminist poetry collective featuring Yesika Salgado and Angela Aguirre) • Terisa Siagatonu (granted a Champion of Change Award by President Obama in 2012) • Sariyah Idan (New York–bred and Los Angeles–based singer songwriter, who combines jazz, folk, hip-hop, soul, dub, reggae, and klezmer) Presented cabaret-style with cocktails and snacks available for purchase.

Chingona Fire

Terisa Siagatonu

Sariyah Idan

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Wednesday, March 15 8:00 p.m. FREE Reservations recommended

MOHSIN HAMID—EXIT WEST Mohsin Hamid, the critically acclaimed author of The Reluctant Fundamentalist, visits the Skirball to discuss his latest novel, Exit West, praised by the BBC as “raw, poetic, and frighteningly prescient.” This urgent love story, set in an unnamed country teetering on the brink of civil war, follows two young people in a furtive love affair. As the violence in the country escalates, the two protagonists must leave their homeland for an alien and uncertain future. Named one of the most anticipated books of this year by Time, New York Times, and Washington Post, Exit West is profoundly intimate and powerfully inventive, both completely of our time and for all time.

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Books available for purchase. A Q&A and book signing follow the program. Thursday, April 20 8:00 p.m. FREE Reservations recommended

“[Fishman] has the rare gift of startling us with a foreign culture and simultaneously making it feel like home.” —New York Times

BORIS FISHMAN— DON’T LET MY BABY DO RODEO In his latest novel, Boris Fishman, the Jewish, Belarus-born author of the critically admired award winner A Replacement Life, turns to a different kind of story—an evocative, nuanced portrait of marriage and family centered on Jewish immigrants from the former Soviet Union. Listen as Fishman, in conversation with Andrew Horwitz (Skirball Vice President and Director of Programs), discusses this tale of a woman reckoning with what she’s given up and with who she is. Presented cabaret-style with cocktails and snacks available for purchase. Books also available for purchase. A Q&A and book signing follow the program.

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KOSHER/SOUL Black and Jewish Foodways In these two programs, Michael W. Twitty, the acclaimed African American Jewish food writer, culinary historian, and TED Fellow, explores race, culture, food, faith, and history through what he calls “Kosher/Soul.” Thursday, April 13 2:00 p.m. FREE Reservations recommended

Thursday, April 13 8:00 p.m. $20 General

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$10 Full-Time Students

DISCOVERING KOSHER/SOUL The intersections between heritage, faith, and family in both the African and Jewish diasporas have inspired thousands of African American Jews to foster rich material, social, and spiritual lives that interweave these cultural identities and histories. In this afternoon talk, Michael W. Twitty shares his personal journey and discusses the experience of being both African American and Jewish. KOSHER/SOUL IN THE KITCHEN Featuring a Tasting of Michael W. Twitty’s Recipes Map the historical and cultural connections between the African and Jewish diasporas through food. In this talk and cooking demonstration, Michael W. Twitty explores the ways African Americans and Jews have used food to reconcile otherness and oppression, illuminating the global stories offered by diasporic foodways. Inspired by the Passover Seder, Twitty will prepare a sampling of recipes from his forthcoming cookbook, The Cooking Gene: A Journey through African-American Culinary History in the Old South.

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Thursday, April 6 2:00 p.m. FREE Reservations recommended

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M O RE F O R F O O DIE S JOAN NATHAN—KING SOLOMON’S TABLE Driven by a passion for discovery, King Solomon is said to have sent ships around the world, initiating a mass cross-pollination of culinary cultures that still bears fruit today. With King Solomon’s appetites in mind, Joan Nathan—the much-loved James Beard Award winner—gathers more than 170 recipes that span the millennia in this cookbook. In anticipation of Passover, discover the diverse cuisines of the global Jewish diaspora at this talk. Books available for purchase. A Q&A and book signing follow the program.

F IL M Sunday, March 26 2:00 p.m. $10 General $6 Full-Time Students M FREE to Members “This lively and engaged documentary lives up to its name.” —Los Angeles Times

STREIT’S: MATZO AND THE AMERICAN DREAM In New York’s Lower East Side, four tenement buildings have housed the Streit’s Matzo factory since 1925. Over five generations, the Streit’s family business has held firmly to tradition, but even they are not immune to the forces that challenge small businesses everywhere. Feast your eyes on this inspiring documentary as it traces the history of Streit’s from the 1920s to today. Directed by Michael Levine. (2016, 75 min. No MPAA rating.)

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chapter title film Cameraperson

Tuesday, March 21 7:30 p.m. FREE Reservations recommended

Sunday, April 9 2:00 p.m. $10 General

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$6 Full-Time Students

CAMERAPERSON FREE community screening! Witness the tapestry of footage— from a boxing match in Brooklyn, to a Nigerian midwife’s daily routine, to an intimate family moment at home—captured over the twenty-five-year career of documentary cinematographer Kirsten Johnson. This moving documentary, directed by Johnson, explores the connections between filmmakers and their subjects, the tensions between objectivity and intervention of the camera, and the complex relationship between unfiltered reality and crafted narrative. (2016, 102 min. No MPAA rating. In English, Bosnian, Arabic, Dari, Hausa, and Fur with English subtitles.) A REVOLUTION IN FOUR SEASONS In this documentary, Emna and Jawhara, two politically opposed women, are both fighting to shape their lives and the political future of Tunisia. During Tunisia’s post-revolution years, journalist Emna imagines a country governed by free speech and without the corruption of the former regime, whereas Jawhara envisions a Tunisia guided by Islamic principles. Still, both must navigate the treatment of women in Tunisia, balancing their political roles in public with marriage and motherhood at home. Directed by Jessie Deeter. (2016, 90 min. No MPAA rating. In English, French, and Arabic with English subtitles.)

A Revolution in Four Seasons

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CINEMA TUESDAYS Come to the Skirball for FREE Tuesday afternoon screenings which showcase the diverse human stories in the world around us.

Morris from America

Tuesday, March 7 1:30 p.m.

MORRIS FROM AMERICA In this coming-of-age comedy-drama, thirteen-year-old Morris (Markees Christmas) moves to Heidelberg, Germany, with his widower father (Craig Robinson). Immersing himself in hip-hop music, Morris learns to deal with culture shock. Written and directed by Chad Hartigan. (USA/Germany, 2016, 90 min. Rated R. In English and German with English subtitles.)

Caramel

Tuesday, March 14 1:30 p.m.

CARAMEL A Beirut beauty salon serves as a microcosm of modern social relationships in this romantic comedy. Over the course of a typical day at the salon, the intimate conversations between five women reveal their personal and professional struggles. Directed by Nadine Labaki. (France/Lebanon, 2007, 95 min. Rated PG. In Arabic and French with English subtitles.) S K I R B A L L

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MARCH 3 FRIDAY 8:00 p.m. WORDS AND IDEAS March Forth!—p. 10 7 TUESDAY 1:30 p.m. FILM Morris from America—p. 15 8 WEDNESDAY 2:00 p.m. GALLERY HAPPENING Collection Pop-Up: Women Artists—p. 9 12 SUNDAY EXHIBITION Pop for the People: Roy Lichtenstein in L.A. closes—p. 8 14 TUESDAY 1:30 p.m. FILM Caramel—p. 15 15 WEDNESDAY 8:00 p.m. WORDS AND IDEAS Mohsin Hamid—p. 11 18 SATURDAY 6:00 p.m. FAMILY PROGRAM Noah’s Ark after Dark: A Skirball Family Sleepover—p. 22 21 TUESDAY 7:30 p.m. FILM Cameraperson—p. 14 26 SUNDAY

10:30 a.m. FAMILY PROGRAM Skirball Playdate: Let’s Build It—p. 23

2:00 p.m. FILM Streit’s: Matzo and the American Dream—p. 13

ONGOING PROGRAMS Gallery Tours see p. 9

Adult Education Classes see pp. 18–19

Family Programs Family Art Studio, Dig It!, and Hands on History see pp. 24–25

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APRIL 6 THURSDAY 2:00 p.m. FOOD Joan Nathan—p. 13 9 SUNDAY 10:30 a.m. FAMILY PROGRAM Skirball Playdate: Puppet Play—p. 23 2:00 p.m. FILM A Revolution in Four Seasons—p. 14 11 TUESDAY The Skirball will be closed in observance of Passover. 13 THURSDAY The Skirball will open at 10:00 a.m.

2:00 p.m. WORDS AND IDEAS Discovering Kosher/Soul—p. 12

8:00 p.m. FOOD Kosher/Soul in the Kitchen—p. 12

20 THURSDAY 8:00 p.m. WORDS AND IDEAS Boris Fishman—p. 11 26 WEDNESDAY 12:00–5:00 p.m. M MEMBERS-ONLY PREVIEW Paul Simon: Words & Music—p. 27 27 THURSDAY EXHIBITION Paul Simon: Words & Music opens—pp. 6–7 30 SUNDAY 10:00 a.m.–4:00 p.m. FESTIVAL Skirball Puppet Festival—pp. 4–5

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ADULT EDUCATION AT THE SKIRBALL This spring, stimulate your senses with a class on art, music, or food. Wednesdays April 19–May 24 10:30 a.m.–12:00 p.m. 6 sessions $150 General

M $120 Members John Everett Millais, The Ransom, English, 1860–1862. Oil on canvas, 129.5 × 114.3 cm, 72.PA.13. The J. Paul Getty Museum, Los Angeles.

Tuesdays May 9–June 13 1:00–3:00 p.m. 6 sessions $150 General

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ARTISTS AND THEIR MODELS Who were the real-life women and men who posed for artists and inspired them to create their greatest works? In this lecture class, uncover the relationships between artists and their muses: the dancers of Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec’s Moulin Rouge, the sitters of Vincent van Gogh, the passionate creatures of the British Pre-Raphaelites, and more. Then consider how contemporary painters, such as Tamara de Lempicka, Alice Neel, Lucian Freud, and Kehinde Wiley, approach the artist-model relationship. Instructor: John Paul Thornton is the author of the book Art and Courage: Stories to Inspire the Artist-Warrior Within. He has worked with the United Nations Foundation and the National Endowment for the Arts. THE DECADE OF THE SINGER-SONGWRITER While the 1970s are often remembered as the decade of disco music, the disco craze didn’t take hold until the end of the 1970s. Throughout the decade, singer-songwriters dominated the music charts. Paul Simon, Carole King, James Taylor, Joni Mitchell, Neil Young, Elton John, and Billy Joel are just some of the brilliant artists who emerged as superstars, selling records at a pace never before imaginable. In this class, examine the careers of these legendary musicians, as well as the excitement, excesses, and tragedies of the 1970s. Instructor: Steve Barri is a composer, lyricist, music industry executive, and musical theater enthusiast. He has worked for Dunhill Records, Warner Bros., and Motown Records.

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classes Wednesdays March 29, April 19, May 17 7:30–9:30 p.m. 3 sessions $125 General

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FLAVORS OF AFRICA Take a culinary journey through Africa and explore the cultures and cuisines of Sudan, Tunisia, and Ethiopia. These three chefs add a uniquely Southern California flair to African flavors. Savor all three of these mouthwatering sessions: • March 29: Sudan—Amin Musa (Ihsan’s Falafel) prepares Sudanese-style fava bean stew and dandelion salad. At various farmers markets in L.A., Musa adds a personal twist to healthy vegan dishes from Sudan. • April 19: Tunisia—Orly Olivier (Petit Takett) prepares Tunisian couscous (pictured above). Since 2012, Olivier has studied her Tunisian Jewish cultural roots through Petit Takett, a food and entertaining project fondly named after her grandmother’s bygone restaurant in Tunisia, Takett’s. • May 17: Ethiopia—Nesanet Abegaze (Azla Vegan) prepares Ethiopian injera bread. In the summer of 2013, Abegaze joined forces with her mother, Azla Mekonene, to fulfill their dream of opening Azla, an Ethiopian restaurant in South Los Angeles. Speakers subject to change. Facilitator: Lara Rabinovitch, PhD, is a specialist in food culture and history. She recently served as the consulting producer for City of Gold, the documentary about food writer Jonathan Gold. She has also written for the Los Angeles Times, VICE, Lucky Peach, and other outlets. She co-edited the book Choosing Yiddish: New Frontiers of Language and Culture and is teaching Jewish history at Occidental College. REGISTER NOW: (877) SCC-4TIX, skirball.org, or on site, except where noted. See p. 31 for details. No online service charges! S K I R B A L L

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Ongoing All ages Children must be accompanied by an adult Included with Museum admission Note: All Noah’s Ark ticketholders are assigned an entry time permitting up to ninety minutes in the galleries. Last entry at 4:00 p.m.

NOAH’S ARK AT THE SKIRBALL

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Spark creativity and curiosity with a voyage aboard Noah’s Ark! Occupying an 8,000-square-foot gallery, Noah’s Ark is inspired by the ancient flood story, which parallels stories from cultures around the world. In an artistically inventive and awe-inspiring setting, visitors of all generations learn the values of collaboration and caretaking through music, hands-on exhibits, puppet encounters, and more. Special for spring break! On Thursday, April 13, Noah’s Ark will open at 10:00 a.m.

Minimum adult/child ratio: 1/4

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chapter title M O RE AB O ARD T H E AR K Take part in communal activities aimed at improving our world. In March, hear stories in English and Spanish and create your own stories through imaginative role play, props, and costumes with community partner First 5 LA. In April, create cards of kindness for members of LA Family Housing, which provides housing, health visits, and meals for families, adults, and veterans in need. See skirball.org/ noahs-ark for specific dates. Toddler Tuesday Sing-Along—Every Tuesday, from 1:05 to 1:25 p.m., join our educators for circle time and singing with your little one. Story Time at Noah’s Ark—Every Wednesday, at 2:30 p.m., listen as flood stories from cultures around the world are brought to life through the timeless tradition of oral storytelling. The Whole World Is a Narrow Bridge: Movement through the Ark— Every Friday, at 2:30 p.m., experience an interactive physical interpretation of the Noah’s Ark story through dance. Programs subject to change or cancellation.

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F A M IL Y S L E E P O V E R Begins Saturday, March 18 6:00 p.m. Ends Sunday, March 19 9:00 a.m. Ages 6 and up Children must be accompanied by an adult and vice versa $55 General Adult or Child M $45 Member Adult or Child

NOAH’S ARK AFTER DARK A Skirball Family Sleepover Pack your PJs and your favorite stuffed animal, and spend the night aboard Noah’s Ark. During this animal-themed adventure, families cozy up to the Noah’s Ark animals, play games, tell stories, and build empathy. With special guests Sew Cranky, make your stuffed animal a handcrafted sleeping bag (see example below) on handcrank sewing machines, dating from the late 1800s to the 1950s. This program includes a delicious dinner and loads of nighttime fun.

Limited space Advance registration required

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Ages 3½–5 Per class: $15 General for Adult/Child pair M $10 Family Members and above for Adult/Child pair

Skirball Playdates are interactive single-morning workshops specially designed for young children. Families work together to make art, explore the campus, and more. The fee is for one child and one adult. Each child must be accompanied by an adult. Fees apply for additional children or adults. Due to limited space, advance tickets recommended.

Sunday, March 26 10:30 a.m.–12:00 p.m.

SKIRBALL PLAYDATE: LET’S BUILD IT Calling all junior architects! Take an adventure around the Skirball campus to learn more about how architects create spaces for us to gather, learn, and have fun together. Then experiment with hands-on building activities.

Sunday, April 9 10:30 a.m.–12:00 p.m.

SKIRBALL PLAYDATE: PUPPET PLAY Let your imagination run wild! Create your own puppets and tell stories in this playful, interactive morning workshop. Then enjoy special appearances by Noah’s Ark puppets and puppeteers.

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F U N F O R T HE W HO LE FAMILY Sunday, April 30 10:00 a.m.–4:00 p.m.

SKIRBALL PUPPET FESTIVAL A Celebration for All The Skirball’s annual celebration of the art of puppetry features live music, art making, and new and classic tales told through a range of puppetry styles that represent diverse cultural and artistic traditions. See pp. 4–5 for pricing and details.

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O N G O IN G P RO G RA MS The Family Art Studio and Dig It! are included with Museum admission; no reservations. Drop by anytime during Museum hours; last entry at 4:30 p.m. All ages welcome, but children must be accompanied by an adult. Regular schedule: Saturdays and Sundays except April 30 Special spring schedule: Tuesday–Sunday April 4–16 except April 11 Also open at 10:00 a.m. on Thursday, April 13!

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FAMILY ART STUDIO Enjoy one-of-a-kind art projects themed around Skirball exhibitions. Projects reinforce the values of collaboration, community, and caring for the world around us and ignite the imaginations of family members of any age! In March, welcome spring by making Sun Catchers of Hope, inspired by the stories of hope and new beginnings in Visions and Values. In April, get ready for the annual Puppet Festival by creating a Playful Puppet out of recycled and repurposed materials. What story will your puppet tell?


Also open at 10:00 a.m. on Thursday, April 13!

DIG IT! Archaeology Adventures Calling all aspiring archaeologists to the Skirball’s dig site! Sift and sort through the sand to uncover ancient artifacts. With the help of the archaeological staff, examine your findings in an outdoor field laboratory and piece together the story of an ancient Iron Age town. Discover what we have in common with people who lived centuries ago. Dig activities may be moved indoors due to weather. M O RE T O D IG

Sundays 2:00–4:00 p.m. except April 30 Included with Museum admission

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HANDS ON HISTORY Get a real feel for the ancient world! Be on the lookout for a portable touch-cart that will pop up in Skirball spaces on Sundays. Visitors of all ages are invited to touch actual ancient artifacts and discover the many things that connect us to the past.

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AUDREY’S MUSEUM STORE Choose from an array of innovative Passover items and more. Hours: Tuesday–Friday, 11:30 a.m.–5:00 p.m.; Saturday–Sunday, 10:00 a.m.–5:00 p.m. Visit skirball.org/shop to browse online! P E RF E CT FO R P ASSOV ER MIRIAM’S CUP At the Seder table, fill this cup with water from Miriam’s Well, so that women, as keepers of tradition, may continue to draw from the strength and wisdom of their heritage. M Member price: $216.00 Non-Member price: $240.00

PHARAOH-PRINT DISH TOWEL Retell the Passover story with this graphic dish towel—a great talking point at the Seder table! Make it a set with a matching apron. Also available in teal. M Member price: $18.00 Non-Member price: $20.00

TEN PLAGUE FOAM GLASSES Bring your Seder to life! Reenact the story of the Exodus with this playful set of foam glasses. Each pair depicts one of the ten plagues. M Member price: $12.60 Non-Member price: $14.00

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membership news M E M B E RS - O NL Y E X H IB ITION PR EV IEW Wednesday, April 26 12:00−5:00 p.m. M FREE and open to Members only Reservations required for tours Tours limited to two spaces per Membership Paul Simon (2000) by Lynne Goldsmith, courtesy of Paul Simon Archive

PAUL SIMON: WORDS & MUSIC Members, be among the first to view the new exhibition Paul Simon: Words & Music (see pp. 6–7), which opens to the public on April 27. Featuring instruments, records, sheet music, handwritten lyrics, photography, costumes, and stage maquettes, as well as listening stations and performance footage spanning Simon’s six-decade career, the exhibition walks visitors through Simon’s life and music and illuminates his creative process. Explore the gallery by yourself or take advantage of select curator-led tours. Hear expert insights—Tour the exhibition with Skirball curator Erin Clancey to learn more about this legendary musician. Select from one of two tour start times: 12:30 or 2:30 p.m. Explore at your own pace—No reservations are required for self-guided viewing of the exhibition. Stop by anytime during the hours of 12:00 and 5:00 p.m. BUY/RESERVE NOW: (877) SCC-4TIX, skirball.org, or on site, except where noted. See p. 31 for details. No online service charges! Questions? E-mail membership@ skirball.org S K I R B A L L

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M E M BE R P RO M O T IO N S MEMBERS-ONLY MUSEUM STORE VOUCHER Join or renew at the Family level to receive a $10 voucher to use in Audrey’s Museum Store or the Noah’s Ark Store. Join or renew at the Family Plus level or higher to receive a $20 voucher. Act quickly to pick up Pop for the People–related merchandise (pictured above) from Audrey’s before the exhibition closes. OFFER VALID THROUGH JUNE 30, 2017. REDEMPTION VALID THROUGH DECEMBER 31, 2017. JOIN ON SITE TO RECEIVE YOUR VOUCHER AT THE MEMBERSHIP DESK. ALL OTHERS WILL BE SENT A VOUCHER TO REDEEM ON SITE. NOT VALID ONLINE. MINIMUM PURCHASE MUST BE $3 ABOVE VOUCHER VALUE. NO CASH BACK. FOR GIFT MEMBERSHIPS, THE VOUCHER WILL BE SENT TO YOUR GIFT RECIPIENT UNLESS PURCHASED ON SITE.

FREE TO MEMBERS Don’t miss the screening of Streit’s: Matzo and the American Dream on March 26 (see p. 13 for details). M E M B E R S T O RY After attending several programs and exhibitions that celebrate the cultural diversity of our society, we finally became proud members of the Skirball. This institution provides a nice range of programming, from fun and engaging activities for our little one, to thoughtprovoking and entertaining events for my husband and me. —Keren Ness, Skirball Member Share your story! Tell us what you love most about being a Skirball Member. E-mail us at membership@skirball.org or post to our Facebook page!

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SIGNATURE Mail or fax to: Membership Dept., Skirball Cultural Center, 2701 N. Sepulveda Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90049-6833. Fax (310) 440-4595. Questions? Call Membership at (310) 440-4599. Membership office hours are Monday–Friday, 8:00 a.m.–5:00 p.m. For information and/or to join online: skirball.org. Please allow four weeks for delivery of your new membership card. Thank you! S K I R B A L L

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get involved chapter title At a school performance, the L.A. ensemble Versa-Style explores history and social justice through hip-hop and Afro-Latin dance

SU PPO R T THE S K IRB AL L Every donation to the Skirball Cultural Center helps to support our vital school and community education programs, outstanding exhibitions, and lively public programs. The Skirball welcomes donations of cash, securities, and gift annuities. To donate online or for more information about supporting the Skirball, visit skirball.org or call (310) 440-4579. VO LU N TEE R O PPO RT U NIT IE S Volunteer at the Skirball! Create connections, serve your community, and support an institution that provides educational programs for Los Angeles and beyond. Teen volunteers are welcome! For more information about volunteering, call (310) 440-4640.­­­ PR IVA TE EV ENTS The Skirball is an award-winning place of celebration! For information about hosting your personal or corporate event at the Skirball, visit skirball.org (click on “Plan an Event”) or call (310) 440-4529. Your event at the Skirball helps support an institution devoted to enriching the community. STAY C O N N ECTED

CREDITS: COVER: SKIRBALL PUPPET FESTIVAL BY BEBE JACOBS 2–3 URI D. HERSCHER © 2013 LORETTA AYEROFF; SKIRBALL PUPPET FESTIVAL BY BEBE JACOBS 4–5 SKIRBALL PUPPET FESTIVAL BY BEBE JACOBS 8–9 POP FOR THE PEOPLE GALLERY VIEW BY TIMOTHY NORRIS 10–11 SARIYAH IDAN BY LISHA RIABININA; MOHSIN HAMID © JILLIAN EDELSTEIN; BORIS FISHMAN BY STEPHANIE KALTSAS 12–13 JOAN NATHAN BY GABRIELA HERMAN; STREIT’S: MATZO AND THE AMERICAN DREAM, COURTESY OF MENEMSHA FILMS 14–15 CAMERAPERSON, DIRECTED BY KIRSTEN JOHNSON, PHOTO BY LYNSEY ADDARIO; A REVOLUTION IN FOUR SEASONS, COURTESY OF WOMEN MAKE MOVIES; MORRIS FROM AMERICA (2014), © A24, COURTESY OF A24/PHOTOFEST; CARAMEL (2007), © ROADSIDE ATTRACTIONS, COURTESY OF ROADSIDE ATTRACTIONS/PHOTOFEST 16–17 SKIRBALL CAMPUS BY TIMOTHY NORRIS 18–19 JONI MITCHELL, COURTESY OF PHOTOFEST; TUNISIAN COUSCOUS, COURTESY OF PETIT TAKETT 20–21 NOAH’S ARK BY MERCIE GHIMIRE; NOAH’S ARK KIWI BY JOHN ELDER 22–23 NOAH’S AFTER DARK BY TIMOTHY NORRIS; SKIRBALL PLAYDATE BY VIVIAN YU 24–25 FAMILY ART STUDIO BY DANIELLE KLEBANOW; PLAYFUL PUPPET BY BEBE JACOBS; DIG IT! BY MERCIE GHIMIRE 28–29 AUDREY’S MUSEUM STORE DISPLAY BY STEVE COHN 30–31 GET INVOLVED BY TIMOTHY NORRIS © 2017 SKIRBALL CULTURAL CENTER

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Except where noted throughout this publication, advance tickets to all exhibitions except Noah’s Ark at the Skirball are available at the door on the day of visit only. Advance tickets to Noah’s Ark and most public programs, as well as registration for classes, are available by the following methods:

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ON SITE—Purchase advance tickets to Noah’s Ark and other programs and register for classes in person at the Skirball admissions desk: Tuesday–Friday, 12:00–4:30 p.m., and Saturday–Sunday, 10:00 a.m.–4:30 p.m. No service charges apply. For evening programs, tickets are available at Will Call one hour before the program’s start time, subject to availability. ONLINE—Order tickets or register for classes online at skirball.org. Online service charges no longer apply! Note: If you are using Internet Explorer, please ensure that you are in Compatibility Mode. PHONE—Charge by phone by calling (877) SCC-4TIX or (310) 440-4500 (press 2) Monday–Friday, 8:00 a.m.–5:00 p.m. Service charges may apply. MEMBERS-ONLY TIP—On March 1, 2016, the Skirball launched a new online system. When you first use this system and are ready to place tickets into your cart, click on the sign-in link at the top of the page. Enter the e-mail address associated with your membership, then click on the “Forgot your password?” link to create a new password. If you do not know which e-mail address is associated with your membership or if you recently joined on site, contact membership@skirball.org and a Skirball representative will get back to you. Thank you for your patience! T ICK ETI N G PO L ICI E S Except for adult education classes (see next paragraph): All sales are final • No refunds or exchanges Adult education class fees must be paid prior to the first session, and are fully refundable only if you cancel your registration at least twenty-four hours prior to the first session. Adult education classes may be canceled due to insufficient enrollment. Call (310) 440-4651 for updates. Member discounted rates for adult education classes are limited to two Members per membership. No late seating for performances, readings, lectures, or film screenings. Please arrive in time to claim your tickets and take your seats before the program begins. After the published start time, unclaimed seats may be sold. All unclaimed reserved tickets for FREE programs may be released fifteen minutes before the event’s scheduled start time and made available to other patrons. Arrive early to prevent the loss of your reservation. To ensure a safe and pleasant visitor experience, all Noah’s Ark ticketholders are assigned an entry time permitting up to ninety minutes in the galleries. The minimum adult/child ratio for Noah’s Ark ticketholders is 1/4. This policy will be enforced at the admissions desk when you claim your timed-entry tickets. There is no need to reserve advance Noah’s Ark tickets for children under 2. Toddler tickets will be distributed at the admissions desk when you claim the rest of your party’s advance tickets. Tickets to Noah’s Ark on FREE Thursdays are first come, first-served only (no advance tickets), subject to availability. S K I R B A L L

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