Winter Music: Charming Hostess and Book of J in December
Festivals where you get to light fires are my favorite, so I, Jewlia, am psyched this time of year.
In Berkeley, Jeremiah Lockwood and I (together known as Book of J) are workshopping New Moon Gather. From now through Spring, we will be welcoming in the new month with study, ritual and performance. It will be casual…there will be tea. You don't need to know anything particular for the study part. This month is Kislev, the month of dreams, so we will be looking at some Talmudic texts on dreams, like: "All kinds of vegetables are a good sign in a dream, except turnip-tops." BEWARE TURNIP TOPS. Cynthia will be at this show too!
In Boston, David Shneer and I are collaborating on a project about red diva Lin Jaldati. She had a fascinating life, and we will both be singing songs from her canon, which includes Yiddish anarchist faves, partisan anthems, and Hanns Eisler songs that have seeded deep in my consciousness. We will be in conversation with another scholar-artist team, and this means that me and Psoy Korolenko will finally get to sing together!
In Brooklyn, Charming Hostess reunites with Marika, which is always great. But this time it's even better, because it's a collaboration between ChoHo and an amazing string trio (Marika Hughes, Dana Lyn and Mazz Swift) who are so funky that they have even played with D'Angelo! We will be performing mostly winter women's music from the Mediterranean Rim: Medieval Greek chants for Mary, Bulgarian Sephardic songs of cooking and drinking…and a singalong Union Maid at the end.
Peace, Peace, Peace,
Jewlia Eisenberg/Charming Hostess
Thursday, December 3
Book of J
2138 Cedar Street
$10 for one or two people--bring a friend or make a friend as you walk in the door!
Monday, December 14
Back Bay Ballroom B, Sheraton Hotel
39 Dalton Street
Sunday, December 20
Charming Hostess with Strings
376 9th Street
Stay tuned for the next New Moon Gather with Book of J on January 12.