Tuesday, April 23

Same great festival, different date

by Lev Rothenberg

Celebrating the Fourth of July in January?

For some, having the renowned Ann Katz Festival of Books and Arts in May instead of the fall is like having the Fourth of July in January. But do not be confused. 

May 6-9 is the Ann Katz Festival of Books and Arts, 2nd edition – something new and special.

Hurricane Sandy put a bit of a damper on the original festival last November, grounding the planes that were to bring two of our most popular authors.

Not to be deterred, we made room in our schedule and now are bringing both authors to Indianapolis in May, along with a great film and a discussion with its producer.

Oh, and we’ve thrown in a chance to win a $2,000 diamond ring set.

Here is the lineup:

Monday, May 6: David Javerbaum, the irreverent, satirical, 12-time Emmy-winning comedy writer and author of The Last Testament, A Memoir by GOD.

Wednesday, May 8: Alicia Oltuski, author of Precious Objects:  A Story of Diamonds, Family and A Way of Life.

Thursday, May 9: Besa, The Promise, a Heartland Truly Moving Pictures award-winning film that bridges generations and religions, uniting fathers and sons, Muslims and Jews. A discussion with Bill Morgan, the film’s producer, follows the show.

All programs begin at 7 p.m. Everyone is welcome. 

Registration is $8/$5 JCC members and can be purchased at www.jccindy.org, by calling 251-9467, at a membership desk or at the door.

Lest we forget, the opportunity to win a $2,000 diamond ring set is thanks to a donation by Aronstam Jewelers! Oltuski will draw the winning raffle ticket on May 8. Tickets can be purchased in advance at the JCC or with at the door (cash only) the night of the event.

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