Shorts: The Arts

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Rabin musical opens in Israel

jerusalem (jta) | A musical about the life of Yitzhak Rabin has opened in Tel Aviv.

This week’s debut of “He Who Dreamed,” attended by relatives of the slain Israeli prime minister, received mixed reviews. Yediot Achronot called it “insufferable kitsch,” but Ma’ariv argued that the musical gave a fair portrayal of Rabin’s life.

With the 10th anniversary of Rabin’s assassination coming up in November, a slew of commemorative events is planned.

Professor to address peace-art link

What would have happened if Picasso had painted “Guernica” before the atomic bombs fell?

Inspired by that question, Jewish educator and artist Richard Kamler, chair of the visual arts department at the University of San Francisco, has embarked on a project of international scope, addressing the role of art in the post-9/11 world.

He is working with colleagues to have representatives from the 191 countries in the United Nations gather at its General Assembly for a special session devoted to peace and art.

Kamler will discuss this initiative as well as some of his past work 4 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 11, at the Jewish Community Center of San Francisco, 3200 California St., S.F. Free.

Brubeck’s new work, ‘Commandments,’took him 60 years to finish

new york (ap) | Dave Brubeck can finally cross something off that’s been on his to-do list for nearly 60 years: The legendary jazz pianist will unveil a new six-minute choral work called “The Commandments” Sept. 14 at Lincoln Center’s Frederick P. Rose Hall, as part of the second annual Jewish Music Heritage Festival in New York.

“It has taken me almost 60 years finally to compose something I wanted to write when I was a young soldier in Europe,” the 84-year-old Brubeck said in a statement.

“The Commandments,” to be sung by the 90-member Providence Singers, follows the 10 biblical decrees. The pianist says the inspiration came during World War II when he saw most of the commandments broken.

Brubeck spent four years in the Army after graduating college in 1942. His long career includes the classic album, “Time Out,” which featured the surprise hit “Take Five.”

French-Israeli film wins top prize at festival in Copenhagen

jerusalem (jps) | “Live and Become,” the story of an Ethiopian child who is sent to Israel passing as a Jew in order to survive a famine, won the Best Film Award at the Copenhagen International Film Festival last week.

The film, a French-Israeli production and one of 10 European works in competition, also won the festival’s Golden Swan Award for Best Screenplay.

“I dedicate this film to all those who are suffering from hunger, and my thoughts are with them,” said Romanian-born director Radu Mihaileanu, as he received the awards at a ceremony in the Danish capital.

“Live and Become” is based on Israeli’s Operation Moses, under which thousands of Jewish refugees were evacuated from Ethiopia during that country’s 1984 famine and resettled in Israel.

The festival, which was being held for the third time, drew more than 20,000 viewers with a selection of 111 films screened over 11 days, according to organizers.