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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, MASH star and author Alan Alda, 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

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.

Alon Shaya: Creole Cocktails & Cookbooks

shaya-webSaturday, March 24
7:30 pm cocktail hour | 8:30 pm chef talk
$15-35 (bundled tickets w/cookbook or talk-only tickets available)
Book sales and signing

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

Meet James Beard Award-winning chef and rising star Alon Shaya, whose New Orleans restaurants – combining Israeli traditions with creole ingredients – have been hailed as the country’s best and most innovative (Bon Appetit, Food and Wine, Esquire magazines). He will talk about his debut cookbook, AN ODYSSEY OF FOOD, MY JOURNEY BACK TO ISRAEL. All tickets include a drink ticket – choose from an Alon Shaya signature cocktail (21+ w/ID) or non-alcoholic option. Bundled tickets include talk and discounted book – individual books day of show are retail price ($35.)

High Noon Tea & Cookbook Talk with Nigella Lawson

Wednesday, April 25 
11 am VIP tea
noon chef talk
$75 VIP ticket (includes high tea with Nigella Lawson, signed cookbook*, and best-of-house reserved seating)
$45 general admission (includes talk and cookbook*)

Home cooks and fans of ABC’s THE TASTE will delight as we welcome British cookbook author, cultural icon, and TV personality Nigella Lawson for a lunchtime event in celebration of her new cookbook, AT MY TABLE. A lucky few can purchase VIP tickets and join Nigella in our Kesher Community Garden (weather permitting; or our theater reception space) for a private signing and catered high tea featuring light lunch bites and specialty teas from local Sholom Tea Company. Cultural conversationalist Warren Etheredge moderates.

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.

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