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Agenda: Sol Lewitt and Talmudic debate in New York, Jonathan Safran Foer reinterpreted in North Carolina, Chagall in Canada, and more

Stephanie Butnick
November 18, 2011

Agenda is Tablet Magazine’s weekly listing of upcoming cultural events.

New York: The uber-hip Mondrian Soho hotel has unveiled neighborhood artist Sol Lewitt’s 1979 photographic work, On the Walls of the Lower East Side, quite literally on its Lafayette St. facade. Jenni Wolfson performs her searing one-woman show, Rash, which details her experience working for the United Nations in Rwanda, Sunday evening as part of the All for One solo theater festival (Nov. 20, 7 p.m., $20). On Monday, actress Anne Hathaway hosts the Public Theater forum titled “Does Culture Make Us Who We Are?” with New York Times columnist David Brooks as one of the panelists (Nov. 21, 8 p.m., $25). On Tuesday, McNally Jackson Books hosts writers André Aciman and Sven Sirkerts (Nov. 21, 7 p.m., free). Uptown, the 92Y holds a discussion about Jewish soldiers who fought in the Soviet Red Army in World War II, to accompany an in-house exhibit on the same topic (Nov. 22, 8:15 p.m., $29; exhibit runs through Dec. 29).

Memoirist and reporter Lucette Lagnado talks about her new book, The Arrogant Years, with writer Malachy McCourt at the Museum of Jewish Heritage in downtown Manhattan (Nov. 30, 7 p.m., $10). Next Tuesday, New York’s Asia Society puts on what is bound to be a knock-out event as part of its Great Debates series: Jewish Talmudic Debate (Nov. 29, 6 p.m., $15).

Elsewhere: In Chapel Hill, N.C., this weekend marks the final performances of the mostly omnivourous theater group The Performance Collective’s jarringly physical take on Jonathan Safran Foer’s dietary tome, Eating Animals (Nov. 18, 19, 8 p.m., $10). Los Angeles’ Skirball Cultural Center exhibits “Women Hold Up Half the Sky,” which addresses gender equality and women’s issues and was inspired by Nicholas Kristof and Sheryl WuDunn’s book, Half the Sky (through March 11, 2012, $10). Stop by Sunday to hear from Edna Adan Ismail, a Somalian activist featured in the exhibit (Nov. 19, 12:30 p.m.).

Abroad: On Sunday, the Koffler Chamber Orchestra plays the work of some of artist Marc Chagall’s favorite composers, including Mozart and Tchaikovsky, in conjunction with the very cool-looking exhibit “Chagall and the Russian Avant Garde” at the Art Gallery of Ontario (Nov. 20, 3 p.m., free with $25 museum admission; exhibit runs through Jan. 26, 2012). The UJA Federation of Greater Toronto is putting on a panel called “The Innovators: New Frontiers in the Fashion World,” featuring the co-founders of the voyeur website The Coveteur (Nov 22, 7 p.m., $30).

Vienna’s Jewish Film Festival is under way, featuring the movingly brilliant documentary ‘Til We Meet Again, one Jewish family’s modern-day journey through Austria to uncover the story of a grandmother’s 1939 flight from Vienna (Nov. 27, 12:30 p.m., $8). London’s Jewish Community Centre continues its attention-getting programming Thursday with the discussion “Would we be better off without religion?” featuring former Member of Parliament Evan Harris and playwright Diane Samuels (Nov. 24, 8 p.m. $13 in advance). On Wednesday, in Israel’s port city of Ashdod, the Jerusalem-based Bezalel Academy of Arts and Design debuts the fruits of a two-year partnership with the city in the form of a two-day exhibit, “Bezalel in Ashdod,” with live music and street entertainment (Nov. 23, 7 p.m., free).

Agenda will return Dec. 2.

Stephanie Butnick is deputy editor of Tablet Magazine and a host of the Unorthodox podcast.

Stephanie Butnick is chief strategy officer of Tablet Magazine, co-founder of Tablet Studios, and a host of the Unorthodox podcast.