Preview: The Washington Jewish Music Festival
Shauna Alexander | Apr 29, 2013 | 2:00PM |

The rich diversity of Jewish music comes to life for music lovers at this year’s 14th annual Washington Jewish Music Festival. Bluegrass, jazz, gospel, classical, a cappella, punk and show tunes are just some of the music styles festival goers can explore. Today, the Washington D.C. Jewish Community Center announced details of its signature celebration of Jewish music from around the world, which will take place April 28 – May 11 at venues across the metro area. (via)

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Friday 03/10
Caroline Rhea from The Caroline Rhea Show and Biggest Loser LIVE at Arlington Drafthouse @ Arlington Cinema & Drafthouse
$25 / $25
Caroline Rhea, stand-up comedian and actress, brings a fresh, smart and spontaneous approach to all of her work. In 1989, Caroline ventured to New York to start her career in stand-up comedy. She studied in the stand-up program at the New School of Social Research and trained at the comedy club, Catch a Rising Star. With nightly gigs at New York's venerable clubs, Caroline's status quickly grew and she became an integral part of the city's comedy scene. Her career was further boosted by numerous appearances on "MTV's Half-Hour Comedy Hour," "Comic Strip Live" and "Caroline's Comedy Hour." For the last seventeen years, Caroline has continued to perform to sold-out audiences in top comedy clubs all over the country and in Canada. Her feature credits include, "The Perfect Man," with Heather Locklear, a supporting role in "Man on the Moon," the story of the late comedian Andy Kaufman, co-starring Jim Carrey, "Christmas With the Kranks," opposite Tim Allen and Jamie Lee Curtis, and the wrestling film, "Ready to Rumble," opposite Oliver Platt, David Arquette and Scott Caan. Caroline's television career has taken off since she first starred as Aunt Hilda on The WB's sitcom "Sabrina, The Teenage Witch." She will next be seen in Lifetime's made for television movie "Fat Like Me," airing on January 8th, 2007. She was last seen in a one hour stand up special, part of Bravo's "Funny Girls," entitled "Rhea's Anatomy," which aired on Halloween 2006. Other credits include; host of "The Caroline Rhea Show," regular guest on Whoopi Goldberg's "Hollywood Squares," Drew's girlfriend on "The Drew Carey Show," the made for television movie "Mom's Got a Date with a Vampire," "Pride and Joy" on NBC, Host of NBC's "The Biggest Loser", Comedy Central's "Pulp Comic," "Comic Relief 8" and "HBO's One Night Stand 2005." She also appeared in the pilot of HBO's "Curb Your Enthusiasm," written byLarry David. A Montreal native, Caroline currently resides in New York and Los Angeles.
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While the full schedule for the festival is awesome and totally worth checking out, we went ahead and decided to highlight some “BYT RECOMMENDED” picks for you and yours throughout the festival.  We’ve got everything from traditional, to weird, to GAY(!) and back again.  It’s going to be an excellent festival.  Tickets for all shows can be purchased here and if you’re curious to hear more, the WJMF put together a great Spotify playlist for your enjoyment.


Mika Karni and Kol Dodi

Wednesday, May 1, 8:00 pm @ Sixth and I
Led by Israel’s acclaimed female vocalist Mika Karni, this ensemble of Israeli, Moroccan, Yemenite and Ethiopian musicians and singers combines traditional Jewish melodies with African rhythms and a dash of folk.

The Maccabeats

Thursday, May 2, 7:00 pm @ Jewish Primary Day School of the Nation’s Capital

With over 10 million YouTube views and numerous television appearances, the Maccabeats aren’t your average college a cappella group. Think Glee only with 500% MORE RACHEL BERRY.

Sarah Aroeste and Daniel Kahn & the Painted Bird

Thursday, May 2, 7:30 pm @ Artisphere

The outsized sensuous sounds of the Sephardic tradition meet their match in the raucous balladeer-ing of Eastern Europe.

WJMF in the Park

Sunday, May 5, 11:00 am-3:00 pm @ Stead Park (1625 P Street, NW)

A day of free concerts with games and fun for all ages! Featuring performances from children’s music sensation Robbie Schaefer (of Eddie From Ohio), footstomping bluegrass fusion group Margot Leverett and the Klezmer Mountain Boys and biblical bubblegum pop duo Stereo Sinai.

Frank London’s Klezmer Brass All-Stars’ Klezmer-Bhangra Extravaganza featuring Deep Singh

Tuesday, May 7, 7:30pm @ DCJCC (1529 16th Street NW)

Indian and Jewish music collide! Trumpeter Frank London of the Klezmatics joins master percussionist Deep Singh to present a new look at old traditions.

The Big Broadway Sing-Along!

Wednesday, May 8, 7:30 pm @ DCJCC (1529 16th Street NW)

Belt like Barbra! Sing along to your favorite show tunes from Jewish Broadway (aka Broadway)–everyone from Rodgers and Hammerstein and the Gershwins to Kander and Ebb, Schwartz, Sondeheim and more.