“While this project has been in the works for the past year, the timing feels particularly poignant. We need many more women leaders and feminist perspectives in the world right now,” says artist and Reboot Network member Tiffany Shlain, whose sculpture DENDROFEMONOLOGY: A Feminist History Tree Ring will be installed on the National Mall in Washington, D.C. presented by the National Women’s History Museum. Learn more here.
Reboot, with Detroit Public Theatre and Detroit Public Television, invites you for a pre-Halloween event to celebrate the most famous Jewish monster, the Golem, its history and contemporary lessons, at a festival of music, film, conversation and art in Detroit. This interactive experience on October 30, 2023, features Adam Mansbach, the #1 New York Times bestselling author whose latest novel The Golem of Brooklyn was just released this fall, and Dr. Justin Sledge, a Detroit-based professor of Ethics, Religion, and Social-Political Philosophy whose research has an emphasis on Jewish esotericism and the occult. In a conversation moderated by Angelique Power, president & CEO of The Skillman Foundation, the two will discuss the historical and contemporary connection between the legend of the golem and Jewish links between the supernatural, creativity and tikkun olam (repairing the world). The evening will also feature the release of Reboot’s new vinyl record The Golem and Detroit artists Oliva Guterson and Faina Lerman manifesting Jewish monsters with a live painting installation, along with a new video by Lynne Avadenka, along with film screenings, music and more. Details and tickets here. This event will be recorded and available to stream following the program. Subscribe to Reboot’s YouTube channel for updates.
In their new film, We’ve Been Here Before, Emmy-winning filmmaker Jacob Kornbluth and civil rights strategist Eric K. Ward explore the role of the punk subculture in fighting back against white nationalists and neo-Nazis. Join Reboot Ideas on Oct. 19, 2023 at the Holocaust Museum LA for a screening and conversation about the lessons they have to share about the larger struggle against hate, not just in America, but the world. Kornbluth and Ward will be joined by Molly Neuman (Downtown Music Holdings) in a conversation moderated by Jessica Yellin (News Not Noise). The short documentary by Kornbluth is a part of Reboot Studios’ latest round of funding investments. Learn more about the film here. The conversation will be available to stream following the program. Subscribe to Reboot’s YouTube channel for updates.
Mark the start of your new year with Reboot and the JCCSF Reset your system with our modern spin on a 600-year-old Rosh Hashanah ritual called tashlich. This custom of ridding ourselves of all our bad vuggum (karma) from the previous year and getting a fresh start for the new one is traditionally enacted by tossing crumbs (we now use birdseed to be more eco-conscious) into the ocean. Bring a shofar, if you have one, to blow along with some of San Francisco’s finest players from the Jazz Mafia, the Irish Pipers Band, and the Ministers of Sound of the Saint John Will-I-Am Coltrane African Orthodox Church. Saturday, Sept. 16, 2023, at Crissy Field East Beach in San Francisco – new time this year, 3 p.m.-5 p.m. Find out more here and RSVP here.
Reboot Rabbinical Educator Kendell Pinkney sat down with his friend and colleague, Tony-winning actor Ari’el Stachel to discuss the “intersections of race, mental health, and survival” from the stage of Stachel’s new show at Berkeley Rep, Out of Character. The program was held on July 12 following the performance of Out of Character at Berkeley Rep and will be available to stream shortly. Hosted by Reboot in partnership with Berkeley Rep and The Workshop with support from the Jewish Community Federation and Endowment Fund.
Photographer Gillian Laub, whose exhibition Family Matters, is currently on view at The Contemporary Jewish Museum in San Francisco, joined curator Maya Benton on March 12 to explore two decades of Laub’s work and what it means to be an artist in this moment of increasingly polarizing politics. Gillian and Maya examined what’s at stake and what we can do to ensure a thriving future for Jewish voices and perspectives. This program is supported by the Jewish Community Federation and Endowment Fund. This conversation is the first in a 2023 Reboot Ideas series of three events in the San Francisco Bay Area, supported by the Jewish Community Federation and Endowment Fund. The series, “Art as Counterpoint to Antisemitism” foregrounds the role of arts and culture as acts of resistance to a rising tide of antisemitism. Watch the event here.
Speaking about his new book The Future is Analog: How to Create a More Human World, bestselling author and journalist David Sax takes us back into the heart of our digital saturated pandemic lives, and examines the reality it unearthed, about the technological future we were promised, but ultimately failed us, and the one we actually realized we want to build. David will be in conversation with Srinivas Rao, the host and founder of the podcast, The Unmistakable Creative.
A Family Matters Reflection and Response Space
Share your family stories with us! Reboot and Silver Screen Studios are partnering with the Contemporary Jewish Museum in San Francisco around Reboot Network member Gillian Laub’s new photo exhibition Family Matters. The project offers a space for people to reflect on family – biological or chosen – and how our connections with loved ones influence our lives. You can participate in person or from afar. Find out more here and visit at the CJM until April 9, 2023.
Bestselling author Rebecca Soffer (Modern Loss) joined renowned music journalist Pete Paphides (Broken Greek) Oct. 19 for a candid, warm, and even humorous conversation exploring Rebecca’s new book, “The Modern Loss Handbook,” and the global movement to destigmatize the universal experience of grief while encouraging people to find meaning and live richly. This program united two best sellers from opposite sides of the pond to explore the common themes of loss, renewal and transformation during this high holiday season. Recording available soon. Subscribe to Reboot’s YouTube page to be notified when the video is available.
Reboot Ideas has invited our technology experts, award-winning journalist Laurie Segall, co-founder of D3, Dot Dot Dot Media and author of Special Characters, and tech entrepreneur and artist Aza Raskin, subject and architect of Netflix’s Emmy-Award winning documentary The Social Dilemma and founder of The Earth Species Project and the Center for Humane Technology, to decipher Web3, its seemingly secret corners, how it is informing and transforming our lives and how it might impact our interactions. RSVP Here.
Join Amy Spitalnick, executive director of Integrity First for America, which successfully sued the Charlottesville neo-Nazis with Ilyse Hogue, author of bestselling book The Lie That Binds, President of Purpose, former President of NARAL Pro-Choice America for “Five Years Since Charlottesville: Democracy at Stake,” August 10, 2022 at 5:00 p.m. PT // 8:00 p.m. ET. Together, they will uncover and connect the dots between the assault on our democracy and our rights, how we can fight back, and what it means to live as both Americans and Jews. RSVP for the free online program here.
Sloane Crosley’s fifth book and second novel, Cult Classic, is a mysterious comedy, bringing metaphysics, modern love and mind control to New York City’s Lower East Side. Andrew Goldberg is a writer, producer and co-creator of Netflix’s Big Mouth, which teems with hormone monsters, pre-teen angst, and Bat Mitzvah drama. These two writers (who graduated high school together) can trace their origins to the suburbs of New York and many of their stories to their suburban Jewish upbringings. The two joined Reboot Ideas for a discussion of comedy, cultural irreverence and the ways in which personal identity creeps into public art. The conversation was held in Person at The Wyman Bar at Neuehouse Bradbury in Downtown Los Angeles June 29. The recording will be available here shortly.
Song of Songs at The Fisher Center at Bard
Original Dance by Pam Tanowitz Dance, Music by David Lang
Conversation with Rabbi Kendell Pinkney
Join Reboot Sunday, July 3 at 1 p.m. ET for a special in-person performance of Pam Tanowitz Dance’s latest piece, Song of Songs at The Fisher Center at Bard in Upstate New York. Tanowitz Dance’s first formal encounter with Jewish identity within her work, Song of Songs will begin with a conversation with Rabbi Kendell Pinkney. Read more about the piece here.
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