Arts Listings, Jan. 15

January 15, 2014 

Mappamundi's Cabaret Warsaw project has grown to include research into the once-famous and now unknown Yiddish theater songs printed by Icik Zielonek (Itzik Zhelonek), a book and record store owner in Warsaw between the world wars.

  • Music from a lost era reclaimed

    A musical history lesson from songs of the Yiddish Jazz Age, as Jan Peppler rekindles Jewish music from a lost era.

    Here is Warsaw, Poland, between world wars--music from night clubs, kleynkunst theaters and movie houses, in the days before the shadow of Nazism threw that world into chaos.

    A former director of the Triangle Jewish Chorale, Peppler stages a revue at Beth El Synagogue.

    Peppler is a member of Mappamundi, an ensemble specializing in such music.

    In December the group issued a CD, “Cabaret Warsaw,” with a party at Carrboro’s ArtsCenter.

    Klezmer music was designed to spark dancing. In the 1920s until the late 1930s, Jewish life bloomed in Poland and Europe.

    In Berlin, jazz and art flourished until the Weimar Republic collapsed into Nazism.

    In Warsaw, the last happy years of Jewish residence were clouded by Hitler’s “Final Solution.”

    The Holocaust erased record of some Jewish songs from that era, but many survived, along with new generations keen to learn them.

    Peppler says she has unearthed rare material.

    Hear the notes of an innocent era in music, where the Modern met with Jewish folk traditions in Poland, songs to which a lost generation danced.

    Correspondent Tom Hartwell

    When: 8 p.m. Saturday

    Where: Beth El Synagogue,1004 Watts St., Durham

    Tickets: Donations welcome



HILLSBOROUGH DOWNTOWN ARTS AND CRAFTS SHOW: The Hillsborough Arts Council will accept artists’ applications with a $20 fee for the Hillsborough Downtown Arts and Crafts Show until Friday, Jan. 31. The show will be on Saturday, April 12, at the Hillsborough Visitors Center.

LUNCH BOX CONCERT SERIES: The Town of Carrboro Parks and Recreation Department will host the Lunch Box Concert Series of free shows by local bands from noon to 1 p.m. Thursdays through Feb. 27 at the Carrboro Century Center, 100 N. Greensboro St.


ARTSCENTER: Enrollment in winter art classes is open.


ALOFT CHAPEL HILL: 1001 S. Hamilton Road. Tuesdays: Bibis Ellison and Dante. W xyz bar. 8-10 p.m. 919-932-7772.

ARTSCENTER: 300-G E. Main St., Carrboro. Jan. 16: Sparky and Rhonda Rucker. Jan. 17: Frank Solivan, Dirty Kitchen. Jan. 18: Gangstagrass. Jan. 19: The Wailers. Jan. 20: Old-Time and Bluegrass Slow Jam. Jan. 23: Cahalen Morrison and Eli West, Bevel Summers. Jan. 24: Chris Brashear, Alice Gerrard, Cliff Hale, Jim Watson. Feb. 1: Grace Pettis. Feb. 2: Martha Redbone Roots Project. Feb. 8: Joe Pug. Feb. 9: David Jacobs-Strain. Feb. 21: Ennis. Feb. 22: Lucy Kaplansky. Feb. 25: Clive Carroll. Feb. 28: Alasdair Fraser, Natalie Haas. March 9: Guy Davis. March 12: Rory Block. March 13: Paul McKenna Band. March 16: The Stray Birds. March 19: Pete and Maura Kennedy. 919-929-2787,

CAT’S CRADLE: 300 E. Main St., Carrboro. Jan. 19: Reggie and the Full Effect, Dads, Pentimento. Feb. 1: Maria Taylor. March 6: Delta Rae. 919-967-9053,

CHAPEL OF THE CROSS: 304 E. Franklin St. Jan. 26: Baroque & Beyond, “Zephyr - Gentle Winds.” March 8: Cantari, “Gems from British Cathedrals.”

LOCAL 506: 506 W. Franklin St. Jan. 16: Jive Mother Mary with The Ends, Roseland. Jan. 18: The Farewell Drifters, Ellis Dyson & the Shambles. Jan. 19: Pentimento, Reggie and The Full Effect, Dads. Jan. 21: The Record, My Brother, My Sister. Jan. 25: Totally Slow, Black Market, Gainsay. Jan. 30: Nikki Hill. Feb. 8: The Backsliders. Feb. 15: Into It. Over It. 919-942-5506,

MEMORIAL HALL: 114 E. Cameron Ave. May 31: Voices, “The Genius of Mozart.” 919-843-3333,

SECOND WIND: 118 E. Main St., Carrboro. Wednesdays: Bluegrass Night. Thursdays: Twofer. Tuesdays: Big Fat Gap. Every third Friday: Skinny Bag of Sugar. Jan. 25: Swift Creek.

STEEL STRING BREWERY: 106 S. Greensboro St., Carrboro. Jan. 17: Swift Creek.

UNIVERSITY UNITED METHODIST CHURCH: 150 E. Franklin St. Jan. 25: Women’s Voices Chorus, “Songs of My Sisters.” June 8: Cantari, “Vaughan Williams and Tavener: A Cosmic Cycle of Life and Death.” July 18: Voices, “American Songs, Poems & Spirituals.”


HILLSBOROUGH ARTS COUNCIL GALLERY: 102 N. Churton St., Hillsborough. Jan. 17: Orange County Artists Guild, “RIVER.” 919-643-2500,

HILLSBOROUGH GALLERY OF ARTS: 121 N. Churton St. Jan. 17: Orange County Artists Guild, “RIVER.” 6-9 p.m. 919-732-5001,

HORACE WILLIAMS HOUSE: 610 E. Rosemary St. Feb. 2: Gail Goers, “Before Dark.” 2-4 p.m. 919-942-7818,


ARTSCENTER: 300-G E. Main St. Jan. 19: Almost Ready Staged Reading. Jan. 25: “Sacrificial Poets: Voicebox Youth Slam,” Playwrights Roundtable. Feb. 5: Tibetan Cultural Pageant. May 9-11, 15-18: “Gem of the Ocean.” 919-929-2787,

CARRBORO CENTURY CENTER: 100 N. Greenboro St. May 31: Triangle Guitar Society Benefit Concert.

CHAPEL HILL HIGH SCHOOL: 1709 High School Road. Feb. 22: Chapel Hill Dance Theater, “Peter Pan.” 919-932-2676.

DEEP DISH THEATER COMPANY: University Mall, 201 S. Estes Drive. Jan. 15-19: New Play Workshop, “Debris.” Feb. 22-March 22: “Arcadia.” May 2-24: “Life is a Dream.” 919-968-1515,

PLAYMAKERS: Center for the Dramatic Art, UNC campus. Jan. 22-Feb. 9: “Private Lives.” Feb. 26-March 16: “Love Alone.” April 2-20: “Assassins.” 919-962-PLAY,

PRC2 : Center for Dramatic Art, UNC campus. April 23-27: “Hold These Truths.” 919-962-PLAY,

SWAIN HALL: 101 E. Cameron Ave. Jan. 17-18: “Mission of a Saint.”

TOP OF THE HILL BACK BAR: 100 E. Franklin St. Tuesdays: Back Bar Comedy, 9 p.m.

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