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SJCC Talks

Words to the Wise Series: Intriguing Authors & Conversations

The SJCC Cultural Arts Department welcomes noted speakers on a variety of topics during our season. Previous speakers include Broadway and Hollywood composer Marvin Hamlisch, former Seattle Symphony conductor Gerard Schwarz, Millie Perkins, star of George Stevens’ acclaimed 1959 film, THE DIARY OF ANNE FRANK, and many more!

Purchase tickets online or contact our box office: 206.388.0832 | M-F during regular business hours.

Upcoming Talks

A Lunchtime Event with Chef Yotam Ottolenghi & Helen Goh: 2nd Show Added! Celebrate a "Sweet" Sukkot @ the J

ottolenghi-culinary-webThursday, October 5
VIP Catered Lunch: 11 am (SOLD OUT)
Author Talk: noon – 1 pm (doors 11:15 am)
$45 general admission

We’re thrilled to announce we’ve added another Ottolenghi event in partnership with Book Larder. The first sold out in 24 hours – so get your tickets now! Join chef Yotam Ottolenghi and co-author and pastry chef, Helen Goh, in celebrating the release of their new baking book, “Sweet.” Moderated by cultural conversationalist Warren Etheredge. Every guest takes home a signed copy of “Sweet.” RSVP on Facebook

*VIP ticket includes a copy of the cookbook, a catered lunch in our garden sukkah, and private book signing with Yotam Ottolenghi and Helen Goh. Plus, best-of-house seating for the cookbook discussion event in the theater. General seating includes a signed copy of the book and general admission seating.





An Evening with Chef Yotam Ottolenghi & Helen Goh: SWEET Cookbook



Thursday, October 5
7:30 pm
The Egyptian Theatre, 805 Pine Street, Seattle
Make way on your bookshelf! Israeli-born London chef and best-selling cookbook wizard Yotam Ottolenghi has a new book on the way. SWEET is filled with indulgent delicacies and his hallmark fresh ingredients, exotic spices, and complex flavors. Moderated by Rebekah Denn of The Seattle Times. Co-presented by Book Larder.

Stephen Tobolowsky's MY ADVENTURES WITH GOD

stephen-tobolowsky-webSunday, January 7 | 4 pm
$20-35 (bundled tickets with book copy and talk-only tickets available)
Book sales and signing

The quintessential character actor Stephen Tobolowsky has appeared in more than 100 movies and 200 television shows, including unforgettable roles in MISSISSIPPI BURNING, GROUNDHOG DAY, and TV shows GLEE and Norman Lear’s recent revival of ONE DAY AT A TIME. His serial radio podcast of autobiographical stories, THE TOBLOWSKY FILES, has become a cult phenomenon and platform for his witty and introspective stories of life, love, triumph, catastrophe, and the entertainment industry. The legendary storyteller shares stories from his new book MY ADVENTURES WITH GOD. Book included with some tickets. 

Author/Journalist Bonnie Rochman: THE GENE MACHINE

gene-machine-webThursday, February 8 | 7:30 pm
$15 | $12
Book sales and signing

How is science changing reproduction and the experience of parenting? Award-winning Seattle journalist Bonnie Rochman is a former health and parenting columnist for Time Magazine. She discusses her new book THE GENE MACHINE: HOW GENETIC TECHNOLOGIES ARE CHANGING THE WAY WE HAVE KIDS—AND THE KIDS WE HAVE. with Julie Metzger, a nurse and health educator, known for her popular sex-ed class Great Conversations at Seattle Children’s Hospital. Rochman has written for The New York Times Magazine, The Boston Globe, Scientific American, and O, The Oprah Magazine. A mother of three, Rochman’s personal journey seeking Jewish genetic screening launched her interest in the subject and THE GENE MACHINE her first book, which received a starred review from Publishers Weekly and praise from The Wall Street Journal and The New York Review of Books. Books for sale/signing.

So You Want to Make a Documentary?

lisa-hurwitz-automat-webThursday, March 22 | 7 pm
Seattle Public Library – Central Branch
1000 4th Ave


Learn what it takes to make an independent documentary film from start to finish, and how a first-time Seattle filmmaker got wrapped up making one. THE AUTOMAT (in post-production) about Horn & Hardart’s cafeteria chain, where people of all races, classes, and backgrounds sat side by side, features original music by Mel Brooks and interviews with Ruth Bader Ginsburg and Colin Powell. Co-sponsored by the Seattle Jewish Film Festival and Seattle Public Library and 4Culture.

GENTLEMAN'S AGREEMENT: Hollywood's Stand Against Anti-Semitism

cecilia-peck-webSunday, May 20 | 4 pm
$15 | $12

Cecilia Peck, daughter of the film’s star, Gregory Peck, shares her father’s personal story behind making GENTLEMAN’S AGREEMENT, and his social justice calling throughout his career. Historian Claudine Stevens analyzes the impact of the groundbreaking book and movie through a riveting presentation of clips and research about novelist Laura Z. Hobson and all those involved with the film, and how it paved the way for more hard-hitting films to follow.


shaya-webDate TBD – stay tuned!
Cookbooks for sale

“Alon’s journey is as gripping and as seductive as his cooking . . . Lovely stories, terrific food.” –Yotam Ottolenghi

Meet celebrated restaurateur and James Beard Award-winning chef Alon Shaya, whose New Orleans restaurants have been hailed as the country’s most innovative and best by Bon Appetit, Food & Wine, Saveur, GQ, and Esquire magazines.

His debut cookbook, AN ODYSSEY OF FOOD, MY JOURNEY BACK TO ISRAEL will be available for purchase and signing.

Tickets on sale soon

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