Dozens of writers, filmmakers, artists and musicians are converging at the 35th Annual Jewish Book & Arts Fair. Among the festivals highlights is a concert by the Crossroads Ensemble, a group founded by Juancho Herrera of Caracas and Mattan Klein of Jerusalem. The two fuse Latin, Jewish, Brazilian, jazz, funk and even Latino elements in their music. Several films will be screened during the festival, including Dina Zvi-Rikliss Three Mothers, the story of triplets Rose, Yasmine and Flora. One is sexy, wild and selfish; one is pretty and devoted to her family; and one is plain, smart and practical. When a decades-old family secret is revealed, each sister must confront the resentment and confusion they feel.
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Today you can hear Nathan Englander read from his book The Ministry of Special Cases, which discusses the fate of Argentinean Jews during that countrys so called Dirty War. Pick up a fair schedule for details on these and dozens more events. Times vary. Through November 11. Jewish Community Center, 5601 South Braeswood. For tickets and information, call 713-729-3200 or visit www.jcchouston.org. Prices vary; series ticket $50 to $70.
Oct. 28-Nov. 11, 2007