Something out of Something

The Etgar Keret Art and Design Contest Submit!
Thanks everyone for coming!

Beautiful crowd at Powerhouse for Etgar Keret. via rachelfershleiser

Thanks everyone for coming!

Beautiful crowd at Powerhouse for Etgar Keret. via rachelfershleiser

We’re very lucky to have two pieces by artists who worked on Waltz with Bashir for our silent auction at Sunday’s event. Asaf Hanuka, an illustrator on the film, donated the numbered print on the top and David Polonsky, who was art director,  has donated an illustration from the Keret children’s book, A Moonless Night. (And that’s Andrew, doing his best Vanna.)

The Chamber Quintet. Sketches written by Etgar Keret. After their great prior success in the German athletic competition, the Israel delegation odd couple went all the way to the White House to ask Clinton for a little favor

The Chamber Quintet: Haven’t the Jewish People Suffered Enough?

With a fashionable delay of almost twenty years, I’d like to post one of the sketches I wrote  for the Israeli Chamber Quintet comedy show. It is in Hebrew (or rather poor English) but with English subtitles.

I wrote this sketch after some political comment was made by an Israeli cabinet minister, in which he denounced in advance any European criticism of Israeli policies because of the Holocaust. Both my parents, who are survivors, were very annoyed with his comment and with what they saw as a cynical exploitation of the memory of the Shoa. My late father, who was extremely agitated, lit a cigarette and said that somebody should write something about this, and that’s how this sketch was born.

What Do We Have In Our Pockets

Tamar Ettun in conversation/performance with Etgar Keret

apexart, Thursday, May 3, 18:30 

"What We Have in Our Pockets" is a participatory performance and reading revolving around a story of the same name by Etgar Keret. In celebration of Keret’s new book publication in the US, artist Tamar Ettun generated this piece, abstracting the story’s themes of confined physicality, tension and chance. 

Integrating an object, a posture, two performers and what ever you have in your pockets, the performance attempts to create a platform for chance, awkwardness and generosity. During the performance the story will be read, followed by an invitation for the audience to participate and “write” the piece as well.

Music by Yonatan Gutfeld accompanies the performance, made from a harsh dissonance that gradually resolves into the comforting sound of a consonant major 7th’ chord harmony, within a groove of found objects noise and a whistling melody. 

Performers: Nancy Sun, Ariel Meislin, Tamar Ettun

The performance will be followed by Q&A with Etgar Keret.

What Do We Have In Our Pockets

Tamar Ettun in conversation/performance with Etgar Keret

apexart, Thursday, May 3, 18:30 

"What We Have in Our Pockets" is a participatory performance and reading revolving around a story of the same name by Etgar Keret. In celebration of Keret’s new book publication in the US, artist Tamar Ettun generated this piece, abstracting the story’s themes of confined physicality, tension and chance. 

Integrating an object, a posture, two performers and what ever you have in your pockets, the performance attempts to create a platform for chance, awkwardness and generosity. During the performance the story will be read, followed by an invitation for the audience to participate and “write” the piece as well.

Music by Yonatan Gutfeld accompanies the performance, made from a harsh dissonance that gradually resolves into the comforting sound of a consonant major 7th’ chord harmony, within a groove of found objects noise and a whistling melody. 

Performers: Nancy Sun, Ariel Meislin, Tamar Ettun

The performance will be followed by Q&A with Etgar Keret.

vol1brooklyn:

Together with FSG, BOMB, and Tumblr (yes, the same Tumblr we’re tumbling this on), we’re presenting Etgar Keret at PowerHouse Arena on April 29th.
Maybe go over to Facebook and RSVP for it?

vol1brooklyn:

Together with FSG, BOMB, and Tumblr (yes, the same Tumblr we’re tumbling this on), we’re presenting Etgar Keret at PowerHouse Arena on April 29th.

Maybe go over to Facebook and RSVP for it?

We have a winner! Joshua Simpson’s photo (above) draws on Keret’s “Cheesus Christ.” Simpson writes, “The decaying sign and brazen commercialism felt right in line with the cheeseburger without the cheese and the dying man’s last words. ‘It’s embarrassing for me, and, if you don’t mind my saying so, for the whole chain.’”
Join us at the NYC launch event for Etgar Keret on April 29 from 6 – 8 p.m. at powerHouse Arena in DUMBO. This event will include a silent auction, with proceeds going to PEN American, an on-stage conversation between Keret and Paris Review editor Lorin Stein, and a brief reading (perhaps by a mystery guest, perhaps by Keret himself).  
Thank you entrants, BOMB Magazine, and Tumblr. I hope to see lots of people on April 29. If you don’t live in New York City, there are lots of stops on the tour.

We have a winner! Joshua Simpson’s photo (above) draws on Keret’s “Cheesus Christ.” Simpson writes, “The decaying sign and brazen commercialism felt right in line with the cheeseburger without the cheese and the dying man’s last words. ‘It’s embarrassing for me, and, if you don’t mind my saying so, for the whole chain.’”

Join us at the NYC launch event for Etgar Keret on April 29 from 6 – 8 p.m. at powerHouse Arena in DUMBO. This event will include a silent auction, with proceeds going to PEN American, an on-stage conversation between Keret and Paris Review editor Lorin Stein, and a brief reading (perhaps by a mystery guest, perhaps by Keret himself).  

Thank you entrants, BOMB Magazine, and Tumblr. I hope to see lots of people on April 29. If you don’t live in New York City, there are lots of stops on the tour.

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