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"From Shtetl to Swing" screening, Chicago, IL, Oct 23

Benefit screening—Fabienne Rousso-Lenoir in person!
2005, Fabienne Rousso-Lenoir, 58 min.
Narrated by Harvey Fierstein

Monday, October 23, 6:00 p.m.
Gene Siskel Film Center
164 North State Street
Chicago, IL

Following the screening there will be a panel discussion with director Fabienne Rousso-Lenoir. (Maxwell St. Klezmer leader Lori Lippitz will also participate.) The audience is invited to a reception, sponsored by L. Woods Tap & Pine Lodge, in the Film Center's Gallery/Café after the screening and panel discussion.

Admission is $20. Proceeds benefit the educational programs of the Gene Siskel Film Center. No blue passes valid for this screening.

Tel: 312.846.2600

Out of adversity, elegant and energetic new sounds in American black and Jewish popular music were born. Rooted in the gloomy ghettos of Eastern Europe, Jewish music underwent a transformation in twentieth century America. Jews brilliantly mixed traditions found in the synagogues, klezmer halls, and Yiddish theaters with the hot jazz and rhythms of their Harlem brothers and sisters to create a lush, extravagant new genre called swing. FROM SHTETL TO SWING is the story of how Lower East Side kids-turned-legends Irving Berlin, George Gershwin, the Marx Brothers, Artie Shaw, and numerous others forever changed the face of American popular music--from the Bowery to Tin Pan Alley to Broadway to Hollywood. Beta SP video. (Karen Cross Durham)

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