52nd JCC BOOK AND ARTS FAIR Opens 6/4

52nd JCC BOOK AND ARTS FAIR Opens 6/4The 52nd JCC Book and Arts Fair will showcase authors and presenters from Western New York and beyond, June 4-June 21, 2018.

With a line-up that offers something for everyone, the annual event will celebrate acclaimed authors, playwrights, artists and poets as well as the Tribeca Film Festival favorite, Keep the Change, a romantic comedy set in a world where no character is typical.

The Festival features two books which celebrate the History of Buffalo. Author/historian/restauranteur Mark Goldman shares a revealing story about one of Buffalo's most important industrialists in his book Albright: The Life and Times of John J. Albright. In Becoming Elmwood: Buffalo's Olmsted Parkway Neighborhood, author Clinton Brown educates and enlightens readers with the history and origins of Elmwood Village's enduring character.

Also featured is A SPECTACULAR VARIETY SHOW, starring The Twins from France and magician Todd Nelson, a family friendly event.

The Bunis Family Art Gallery, at the JCC Benderson Family Building, will feature the exhibit Art From The Heart by artists from Yad B'Yad (Hebrew for Hand in Hand) a group that provides outreach, advocacy and program support for people with disabilities. The exhibit will run May 15 - June 29, 2018.

During the month of June, books will be collected for preschool - grade 4 students attending Highgate Heights Elementary School in Buffalo, in collaboration with Buffalo Jewish Coalition for Literacy, a program of Buffalo Jewish Federation. For the past 15 years, Buffalo Jewish Coalition volunteers have been bringing donated books to students, as well as reading to and tutoring children. Collection boxes will be at or near membership services desks at both JCC buildings. (Please note, to comply with the school's preference, no holiday books will be distributed)

The JCC Book and Arts Fair is open to everyone. Most events conclude with dessert receptions as well as books sales and signings. Tickets for events requiring admission may be purchased at the door, or prior to the events at either JCC member services desk as well as www.jccbuffalo.org.

The following events will be included during this year's Book and Arts Fair:

Talking Leaves Pop-Up Book Sale

Wednesday, May 9, 2018

10am - 6pm

Location: Lobby of the JCC Benderson Family Building

Shop a huge selection of books perfect for gift giving or just for you! A portion of the sales will support the JCC Book and Arts Fair.

ALBRIGHT: The Life and Times of John J. Albright

Author: Mark Goldman

Monday, June 4, 2018

7:30 - 9:00 pm

Location: Maxine and Robert Seller Theatre, in the Benderson Family Building

Book sale/signing and reception to follow author presentation.

Tickets: $10.00/General $5.00/Student

The publication of ALBRIGHT: The Life and Times of John J. Albright celebrates Mark Goldman's 50th year as a citizen of Buffalo. A graduate of Brandeis University, Goldman earned his doctorate in history at the University of Buffalo. He is the author of City on the Edge: Buffalo, New York, 1900-Present; City on the Lake: The Challenge of Change in Buffalo, New York; and High Hopes: The Rise and Decline of Buffalo, New York, as well as Max Meets the Mayor, a Buffalo-centric children's book. To tell the compelling tale of John J. Albright, Goldman embarked upon a long and circuitous journey, from small town archives to big city libraries, tracking down Albright descendants in New York, New Jersey and Massachusetts. He discovered hundreds of never-before-seen photographs and letters. For this illustrated biography, he employed a narrative framework rooted in inquiry to sift through the many layers of mystery which have for so long shrouded this enigmatic man. The result is a revealing story of one of Buffalo's most important and least known industrialists, as well as of the turn-of-the-century city in which he lived.

Home at the End of the Day: An American Family Drama in Three Acts

Playwright: Howard Wolf

Directed by: Virginia Brannon

Starring: Richard Lambert, Joy Scime and Steve Rosenthal

Wednesday, June 6, 2018

7:30 - 9:00 pm

Location: Maxine and Robert Seller Theatre, in the Benderson Family Building

Book sale/signing and reception to follow author presentation.

Tickets: $10.00/General $5.00/Student

Home at the End of the Day includes three related one-act plays that portray the complex history of an American family in the second half of the 20th century. The three plays reenact conflicted history from the 1940s through the 1990s and give voice in both serious and comic ways to the search for reconciliation and unity against a background of loss and dissonance. The three acts recapitulate in dramatic form an emotional and psychological cycle: life, death, and rebirth. Improbable reunions and resolutions become possible in a blend of comedy, documentary realism, and fantasy. Readers and audiences in other cultures will be able to take the measure of their own family histories by contrasting them with the interactions of this play.

The Fred H. Sales Music Fund presents: A SPECTACULAR VARIETY SHOW

STARRING The Twins from France: Yaakov and Yisroel Gurion and Magician Todd Nelson

FAMILY FRIENDLY EVENT!

Sunday, June 10, 2018

2:00 - 4:00 pm

Location: Temple Beth Tzedek, 621 Getzville Rd, Amherst

General Admission: $10

Families: $60 (parents and their children)

Opening Act - Local Magician Todd Nelson

Forty minute magic and comedy show, includes magic with ropes, newspapers, lemons and more that appear, disappear, float, and end up in impossible places. The grand finale includes an audience member attempting to levitate a table in the performance area - a magical illusion that will have people marveling!

Main Act- The Twins from France

Acrobats, Yaakov and Yisroel Gurion, are twins who grew up in an Orthodox Jewish family in Paris, France. They now travel around the world amazing audiences with their performances.

Word Weavers Writing Group

Tuesday, June 12, 2018

7:30 - 9:00 pm

Location: Maxine and Robert Seller Theatre, in the JCC Benderson Family Building

Reception to follow event

Tickets: $10.00/General $5.00/Student

THE WORD WEAVERS, a program of the JCC, is a group of women who write memoirs. Together they listen, discuss, ask questions and help each other move forward on the exciting, sometimes exhausting, exploration of the writing process. This evening is an intimate invitation to share a selection of their work.

Poet: Philip Terman

"A Reading from Our Portion: New and Selected Poems"

Wednesday, June 13, 2018

7:30 - 9:00 pm

Location: Maxine and Robert Seller Theatre, in the JCC Benderson Family Building

Book sale/signing and reception to follow author presentation.

Tickets: $10.00/General $5.00/Student

Terman teaches creative writing and literature at Clarion University of Pennsylvania, where he directs the visiting writers' program and is recipient of the Kenneth Patchen Award, the Sow's Ear Chapbook Prize, and the Anna Davidson Rosenberg Award for Poetry on the Jewish Experience.

Terman is also the founder and co-director of the Chautauqua Writers' Festival, and a contributing poetry editor for the journal Chautauqua. More recently, he began The Bridge Literary and Arts Center in Franklin, PA, which sponsors workshops, events, and The Bridge Literary and Arts Journal.

His books of poetry include Our Portion: New and Selected Poems (Autumn House, 2015), The Torah Garden (Autumn House, 2011), Rabbis of the Air (Autumn House, 2007), Book of the Unbroken Days (Mammoth books, 2005) and The House of Sages (Mammoth books, 1998) and, in collaboration with the artist James Stewart and bookmaker Susan Frakes, the hand sewn book Like a Bird Entering a Window and Leaving Another Window (2015).

Author: Arlene Burrows

A Return to Chelm

Monday, June 18, 2018

7:30 - 9:00 pm

Location: Maxine and Robert Seller Theatre, in the Benderson Family Building

Book sale/signing and reception to follow author presentation.

Tickets: $10.00/General $5.00/Student

The author's paternal grandparents' families were residents of Chelm, Poland for generations. Seventy-two of them were murdered in the Holocaust. This book is a record of Burrow's journey to discover what happened to them including their journey to Israel and later, to Newark, NJ. After years of searching genealogical records and family documents, Burrows returned to Chelm in 2014, to research the archives in Poland and say kaddish at the camps. In the process, she found many remarkable stories as well as survivors and descendants around the world.

Arlene Blaier Burrows is a clinical psychologist practicing in Williamsville, New York. Formerly, she was on the faculty of SUNY at Buffalo. She has been married to her husband, Ronald, for fifty-two years, and they have three children and six grandchildren. This is her first book.

Film: Keep the Change

Presented with the Buffalo International Jewish Film Festival and Yad B' Yad

Tuesday, June 19, 2018

7:30 - 9:00 pm

Location: Maxine and Robert Seller Theatre, in the Benderson Family Building

Tickets: $10.00/General $5.00/Student

A romantic comedy set in a world where no character is typical. David is obsessed with being perceived as "normal" - thanks in part to his parents Tibor Feldman, (The Sopranos) and Jessica Walter, (Arrested Development). When David is forced to attend an autism support group, he wants nothing to do with the other members, until he meets Sarah, who exudes positivity and confidence. But when David brings Sarah home to meet his family, their romance is challenged.

Keep the Change's cast includes actors on the autism spectrum.

Director Rachel Israel; Narrative, 2017, USA, 94 min, English
New England Premiere
Trailer: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rLAwe5KRyjg

Author: Clinton Brown

Becoming Elmwood: Buffalo's Olmsted Parkway Neighborhood

Thursday, June 21, 2018

7:30 - 9:00 pm

Location: Temple Beth Zion, 805 Delaware Ave

Book sale/signing and reception to follow author presentation.

Tickets: $10.00/General $5.00/Student

Author Clinton Brown, founder of the Clinton Brown Company Architecture, a local firm specializing in historic preservation, tells the story of the Historic Elmwood District for the first time in his book Becoming Elmwood: Buffalo's Olmsted Parkway Neighborhood. The book tells of the arrival on the Niagara Frontier of Joseph Ellicott, continues with the role of Fredrick Law Olmsted in the parks and parkways, and steps into the modern era. This beautiful book educates and enlightens readers to the history and origins of Elmwood Village's enduring character.

JCC Book and Arts Fair

Tickets & Passes

Tickets and passes may be purchased at the door or in advance at either JCC member services desk or at www.jccbuffalo.org

New this year:

Flex Pass $50 - Six tickets for the price of 5! Pass may be shared.

Please note: Flex Pass and student tickets may not be used towards A SPECTACULAR VARIETY SHOW on June 10.

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