Shorts: The Arts

Kurt Weill Festival film change announced

The previously scheduled Oct. 17 showing of the 1995 film “September Songs,” part of the Kurt Weill Festival at the Jewish Community Center of San Francisco, has been canceled. It will be replaced by a screening of the 1931 film version of Weill’s “The Threepenny Opera,” directed by G.W. Pabst.

The film stars Lotta Lenya as Jenny, the role that made her famous. The screening is co-sponsored by the San Francisco Jewish Film Festival.

The screening takes place 7 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 17 at the JCCSF’s Kanbar Hall, 3200 California St., S.F. The event is free, but reservations are required. Call (415) 292-1233 or visit

Spielberg to host premiere in Ukraine

los angeles | Steven Spielberg and Victor Pinchuk will host the Kiev, Ukraine, premiere of “Spell Your Name,” a documentary film about the Holocaust directed by Sergey Bukovsky, on Wednesday, Oct. 18.

The film, produced by the USC Shoah Foundation Institute for Visual History and Education with support from Pinchuk, is a collection of Ukrainian survivors’ testimonies.

Spielberg, who established the Shoah Foundation in 1994, is co-executive producer of the film with Pinchuk.

Class looks at great U.S. Jewish novelists

A six-week class exploring the work of the great 20th-century Jewish American writers is coming to Concord.

Co-sponsored by Scholar-OLLI (Osher Life Long Learning Institute) and Lehrhaus Judaica, the class examines the writing of Bernard Malamud, Cynthia Ozick, Isaac Bashevis Singer, Philip Roth and Allegra Goodman. The instructor is writer, editor and teacher Elaine Starkman.

The class takes place from 10:30 a.m. to noon on consecutive Tuesdays, starting Oct. 17, and will be held at Cal State Concord, 4700 Ygnacio Valley Road, Concord. Enrollment is $60-$80. For further information, call Lehrhaus Judaica at (510) 845-6420.

S.F. Jewish film fest accepting entries

Budding Spielbergs, take note. The San Francisco Jewish Film Festival is now accepting entries for its 27th annual festival, to be held next summer.

Festival organizers seek short and feature-length dramatic, documentary, experimental and animated works about Jewish history, culture and identity. Acceptable preview formats include VHS and DVD. Rough cuts of near-completed films are also acceptable.

The deadline for all entries is Feb. 14. Entry forms can be found online at There is a $20 entry fee. For further information, call (415) 621-0556.