The 11th Annual Neustadt JAAMM Festival, a celebration of Jewish arts, authors, movies and music, will be presented at Denver’s Mizel Arts and Culture Center at the Staenberg-Loup Jewish Community Center starting October 4th and running through November 18th, 2018. Tickets are available online at and at the box office at 303-316-6360, located at the Mizel Arts and Culture Center at 350 S. Dahlia Street in Denver.

This year’s JAAMM Festival offers a diverse array of cultural events for families, young people and adults. Highlights include a family concert by Jewish rock singer, Rick Recht, a keynote presentation by Coloradoan, Bryan Fogel, winner of the 2018 Academy Award for Best Documentary for “Icarus” (a compelling look at doping in professional sports), and a concert by Grammy nominated clarinetist David Krakauer and South African-born pianist, Kathleen Tagg in “Voyages,” a journey across cultures. Other notable events include presentations/lectures by celebrated authors such as Mike Reiss, the longest writer on the television show, “The Simpsons,” who wrote the book Springfield Confidential, a humorous look at the making of the 30-year old hit show. There will also be a lecture by author/CNN commentator and viral TED Talk sensation, Sally Kohn. The festival is also hosting shows produced by Denver arts organizations: Wonderbound Dance Company and two fully-staged plays presented by Theatre Or and Cherry Creek Theatre Company.

The JAAMM Festival is presented in part by: The Piñon Trail Foundation, The Rose Community Foundation, and the Bonfils-Stanton Foundation. Ongoing operation support is provided by the Scientific and Cultural Facilities District (SCFD). The Mizel Arts and Culture Center is located at the Staenberg-Loup Jewish Community Center at 350 S. Dahlia Street, Denver, CO 80246.

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Schedule of Events

JAAMM Opening Night – Thursday, October 4th, 2018 at 7:30pm – Bryan Fogel (Keynote Presentation 
- Filmmaker) “Icarus” – 2018 Academy Award winner for Best Documentary
Saturday, October 6th at 7:30pm – “Itzhak” (movie)
Sunday, October 7th at 2pm – Rick Recht (music)
Sunday, October 7th at 6:30pm – “Body and Soul: An American Bridge” (movie)
Tuesday, October 9th at 6:30pm – Jonathan Weisman “(((Semitism)))” (author)
Wednesday, October 10th at 6:30pm – Sally Kohn “The Opposite of Hate” (author)
Thursday, October 11th at 6:30pm – Osnat Fox – Israeli Graffiti (author)
Saturday, October 13th at 7:30pm – Michelle Azar “From Baghdad to Brooklyn” (theatre)
Sunday, October 14th at 6:30pm – David Krakauer & Kathleen Tagg present Voyages (music)
Tuesday, October 16th at 6:30pm – Rachel Kadish “The Weight of Ink” (author)
Wednesday, October 17th at 6:30pm – Jessica Cohen – Lecture (author)
Thursday, October 18th at 7:30pm – Sean Altman’s JEWMONGOUS (music)
Thursday, October 18th – Sunday, November 11th – Cherry Creek Theatre presents “My Name is Asher Lev” in the Pluss Theatre at Mizel Arts and Culture Center (theatre)
Saturday, October 20th at 7pm – “Icarus” (movie) at Sie Film Center
Sunday, October 21st at 6:30pm – “One Last Bedtime Story, Chapter 1: Language” (movie)
Saturday, November 3rd at 7:30pm – “Disobedience” (movie) at the Alamo Drafthouse Cinema – Sloan’s Lake location
Sunday, November 4th at 6:30pm – Alon Shaya, “Shaya – An Odyssey of Food” at Safta Restaurant (author)
Sunday, November 4th from 9am – 4pm – Annual Full-Day Jewish Genealogy Seminar
Monday, November 5th at 6:30pm – Mike Reiss “Springfield Confidential” (author)
Wednesday, November 7th at 7:30pm – Daniel Kahn and the Painted Bird (music)
Sunday, November 11th at 4pm – Fred Marcus Memorial Holocaust Lecture (author)
Monday, November 12th at 6:30pm – “Let’s Dance!” (movie)
Thursday, November 15th through Sunday, November 18th – Wonderbound Dance Company 
presents Wonderlab (dance)