Spring Break is upon us and our little munchkins are looking forward to the week away from school.
I am sure by now you have your plans for the break, but how about after? When was the last time you laid out a blanket and treated yourself or your family to a relaxing live musical performance under the stars? I don’t mean a crowded music festival, but more of a serene Bluegrass-type concert. Well, you can let your troubles melt like lemon drops Saturday, April 11.
Bring your favorite lawn blankets, chairs and optional snacks as you enjoy a fusion of Bluegrass, old time and celtic music with a touch of Jewish culture. For your listening pleasure, Nefesh Mountain band, featuring power duo Doni Zasloff and Eric Lindberg, will perform at the Alper JCC. Nefesh Mountain utilizes the strengths of two-part harmony over the backings of the sound of guitar, banjo, dobro and mandolin.
Admission is just $10 per person or $36 per family (two adults plus the little ones).
There definitely will be some pleasurable harmonic tunes filling our courtyard; be ready to dance under the Miami moonlight or relax with your swaying lighters (or these days lit cell phones) in the air during this unique experience at the J.
The following day, see Doni and her band perform as her strictly-for-kids persona, Mama Doni. The Mama Doni Band performs with irrepressible zest in its high-energy, interactive family rock concerts and acoustic Shabbat experiences filled with an unexpected blend of reggae, rock, disco, Latin and klezmer all woven together with soulful energy and a hip Jewish sensibility. The Mama Doni Band was honored with a 2011 Parents Choice award for their CD, Shabbat Shaboom, and won the Simcha Award for “inspiring joy through music” at the International Jewish Music Festival in Amsterdam. Just $10 per person gets you into the children’s concert and for $2 more you can come a little early and let your childrens’ creative minds learn and construct while having fun in the interactive Andy Warhol Pop Art exhibit in our museum; of course there’s the option of doing just the Pop Art exhibit alone at $5 a person.
POP ART! The Andy Warhol Studio is an interactive exhibit coming to us straight from Warhol’s hometown thanks to the Children’s Museum of Pittsburgh. This interactive exhibit encourages children to create art in the quirky spirit of Warhol and the Pop Art movement and is composed of three parts: The Studio, The Factory and The Gallery. In The Studio, visitors can try a variety of mediums to create their masterpiece such as silk-screen printing, pattern stamping and creating objects like Warhol’s famous Brillo Boxes. The Factory has some cool costumes inspired by Warhol’s subjects that visitors can try on as they learn more about the artist through books and videos. Third, The Gallery is the spot where some examples of Andy Warhol’s iconic prints are displayed.
For information, call 305-271-9000.
Lastly, while on the topic of children’s concerts and museum exhibits for kids, I can’t sign off without making mention of our award-winning Summer Camp. This year’s theme is #CampThrowback taking our campers on a flashback through decades, and registration is open for everyone. For information, call the camp office at 305-271-9000, ext. 271, email email@example.com or log on to www.alperjcc.org. Don’t forget to follow our social media pages and like our posts.