From Aug. 31 to Sept. 3, Bumbershoot will transform the Seattle Center into a huge city arts playground while lighting up more than 20 stages with a wide range of musicians and performing artists. Bumbershoot will bring more than 2,500 performing visual and literary artists together for four days. The following is a list of the Jewish events that will take place this year.
A scholarly Israeli musician born of Iraqi parents, Dalal plays ancient Judeo-Arabic music rarely heard in these divisive times for both cultures. Dalal is also a classically trained violinist and student of Western music, and often mixes jazz, rock and blues in his traditional songs. He will be performing as part of a world music package with Iroquois songstress Joanne Shenandoah.
Saturday, Sept. 1, 1:45–3 p.m., Tesoro Bumbrella Stage
Sunday, Sept. 2, 4:30–6:45 p.m., Opera House
New Orleans Klezmer All Stars
The music of the New Orleans Klezmer All Stars was born centuries ago on roads traveled by itinerant Jewish musicians; these days their sound travels the paths between rock clubs and festival stages. This music group unites the soulful underpinnings of klezmer new wave with the beauty and range of time-honored musical traditions.
Friday, Aug. 31, 6:45–8 p.m., Tesoro Bumbrella Stage
Although best known for his recurring role as “Narrator” at local script read-throughs, Warren Etheredge is much more than a calm voice in a cramped theater. Etheredge cut his teeth in stand-up comedy in the bright lights of his native Manhattan, where his fierce performance, biting commentary and gnashing delivery earned him the moniker “The Kosher Butcher.”
Friday, Aug. 31, 8:30–9:30 p.m., Comedy Stage
Founder of Bezalel-Levy Press, Chaim Bezalel will have a stall in the Starbucks Bookfair, where he will sell books from his catalogue. He will also appear on the Starbucks Bookfair stage to sign his books. The thrust of his work is about life in Israel and his books are filled with photos, poetry and lithographs.
Sunday, Sept. 2, 3:30–4 p.m., Starbucks Bookfair Stage
Carole Glickfield will read from her newest novel, Swimming Toward the Ocean, which chronicles the life of a Russian Jewish immigrant couple in 1953 Brooklyn. The book tells of assimilation, fidelity, marriage, culture and family life, rife with Yiddish proverbs and heavily accented English.
Saturday, Sept. 1, 6:15–7:45 p.m., Starbucks Literary Stage
Sunday, Sept. 2, 3:30–4:30 p.m., Starbucks Literary Stage
Meltzer is a scholar of 14th-century Kabbalah. His Jewish background informs all of his poetry. Poet, musician, artist and scholar, he draws deeply from sources ranging from Kabbalah and ancient texts to jazz. He has published many books of poetry and edited numerous anthologies, the most recent being No Eyes: Lester Young, Reading Jazz and Writing Jazz.
Sunday, Sept. 2, 2:30–4 p.m., Born Shoes Bagley Wright Theater
Monday, Sept. 3, noon–1:30 p.m., Born Shoes Bagley Wright Theatre