Shorts: Art

PBS Hanukkah concert special and CD due

PBS will air a new Chanukah music special, “Lights: Celebrate Hanukkah Live In Concert,” which features popular Jewish music performers. The show premieres 8 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 3, on most PBS stations. A CD of the concert is already available.

Artists featured in the concert special and CD include: the Klezmatics, Craig Taubman, Dave Koz, Cantor Alberto Mizrahi, Rabbi David Wolpe, Michelle Citrin, Joshua Nelson, actress Mare Winningham and former Wings guitarist Laurence Juber.

The “Lights: Celebrate Hanukkah Live In Concert” CD is available online at,, and other retailers.

Immigrant stories come to life in play

Firebird Dance Theater will perform “Simcha … A Celebration of Life” Dec. 7 at the Campbell Heritage Theater, 1 W. Campbell Ave.

A dance performance about Jewish American history, “Simcha” was inspired by the stories of Sholom Aleichem, with song and dance that begins in the shtetls of Eastern Europe and ends in the United States.

A portion of all proceeds will be donated to the Ben Yakir Youth Village in Israel, which works with at-risk children.

Firebird Dance Theater is a preprofessional performing dance theater. “Simcha” tickets are $20-$30. For more information or to purchase tickets, call (408) 866-2700 or visit

Latke bar, wine and surf music at party

Judd’s Hill is putting on its second annual “Hanukkah Hootenanny” Dec. 7 in Napa.

The party will feature Jewish surf music courtesy of Meshugga Beach Party, a latke bar with a variety of toppings and plenty of wines. In addition, there will be barbecued beef brisket and other Jewish-barbecue food pairings.

Judd’s Hill Winery is at 2332 Silverado Trail, Napa. The event is free for Judd’s Hill wine club members, $40 for non-members. Some of the proceeds will benefit Fair Housing Napa Valley. For tickets or more information, call (707) 255-2332 or visit

Red Hot Chachkas get symphony gig

The Red Hot Chachkas will make its symphony concert debut when the local klezmer band joins the San Francisco Symphony in the annual “Deck the Halls” concert. The performances take place at Davies Symphony Hall on Dec. 7 and 8.

The Chachkas will be featured soloists, performing an orchestrated version of the song “Little Gouda,” written by Chachkas founder and violinist Julie Egger. The band will also perform Chanukah songs and accompany guest conductor Randall Fleisher with the telling of the Chanukah story.

For additional information, call Egger at (415) 488-9125, or visit