Wednesday, May 2, 2012

Summer Preview

This blog is from Gabriel Sanders, our director of Public Programs, who apparently will not be spending his summer in the Hamptons. In an age of October snowstorms and unusually early springs, it’s tough to know what to do with old sayings like “April showers bring May flowers.” Be that as it may, the Museum’s May-June calendar is certainly in full bloom. Tonight, May 2, NYU historian Edward Berenson will be discussing his new book, The Statue of Liberty: A Transatlantic Story—in a room overlooking Lady Liberty herself. On May 6, the PEN World Voices Festival returns to the Museum with an all-star panel of writers (Michael Cunningham, Deborah Eisenberg, Daniel Kehlmann, and Edmund White) to discuss the late Gregor von Rezzori’s Bukovina Trilogy.
On May 9, we’ll be celebrating Chutzpah Fest—a showcase of up-and-coming Jewish musical talent— with Golden Bloom, Yael Kraus, and Zack Borer. On Mother’s Day, May 13, we’ll be bringing together some of the biggest names in food writing—including Top Chef’s Gail Simmons, Melissa Clark of The New York Times, and GQ’s Alan Richman—to discuss home cooking and Jewish mothers in a program titled “Like Mama Used to Make.” On May 16, to mark the Israel’s 64th birthday—and the 65th anniversary of the sailing of the Exodus—we’ll be screening the classic 1960 film with Paul Newman and Eva Marie Saint. Leon Uris biographer Ira Nadel will be on hand to offer introductory remarks. As we prepare for the London Olympics, we look back to what is no doubt one of the saddest chapters in Olympic history: the 1972 Munich games. On May 23, historian David Clay Large will join us for discussion of the ill-fated games and their legacy. On June 10, the Museum will welcome historian Marni Davis, author of the new book Jews and Booze: Becoming American in the Age of Prohibition. A post-discussion tasting will be sponsored by Hudson Whiskey. On June 11, in what promises to be one of our year’s highpoints, the Knickerbocker Chamber Orchestra will be here to perform a World Premiere of their setting of Emma Lazarus’ “New Colossus.” To round out the program, the Orchestra will perform music that Lazarus loved coupled with the poetry it inspired. On June 17, Father’s Day, three longtime New York Times sportswriters, Robert Lipsyte, Ira Berkow, and Gerald Eskenazi, will come together to discuss what it was like being Jewish in press box. And finally, on Wednesdays from June 27 through August 8—with the exception of July 4—we’ll give our screen over to comic master Mel Brooks. Among the pictures were planning to screen—for free!—are Young Frankenstein, Blazing Saddles, High Anxiety, and History of the World, Part I.

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