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SMITH Live: “Six Words on the Jewish Life”—Sept. 21, NYC

Sunday, September 18th, 2011

By Larry Smith

“Found Jewish princess. Good-bye succulent pork.”
“More Philip Roth than David Lee.”
“He’s a doctor and he’s single.”
“Jewish dad, Wiccan mom, so f**ked.”
“Didn’t get Seinfeld ’til met in-laws.”
“Moved to Israel. Rest is history.”

On September 21, 2011, SMITH, along with Tablet Magazine, and Reboot present, “Oy! Only Six? Why Not More?” A Six-Word Story Show on the Jewish Life at the 92YTribeca, 7pm, 200 Hudson St. in downtown NYC.

From identity and mother issues, from unfettered love of kugel to inner conflict over Israel, and the sheer joy of discussing and debating… everything, the Jewish life is a rich and storied one for Jews and non-Jews alike. The night starts at 6 p.m. with a Happy Hour at 92YTribeca’s beautiful bar, where you can meet other six-lovers over drink specials. At 7 p.m., the show begins: six performers, six minutes or less each to tell their backstory behind the six words. The evening ends with audience participation Six-Word Slam: you’re invited to share your own six words on the Jewish life or any part of your life at all.

Get advance, discounted tickets at the 92YTribeca event page, and tickets will also be available at the door.

Featured storytellers include:
Walter Mosley, the author of more than 34 critically acclaimed books, including the bestselling mystery series featuring Easy Rawlins. Mosley is the winner of an O. Henry Award, a Grammy, and PEN America’s Lifetime Achievement Award.
Nick Blaemire, a performer and songwriter who wrote the music and lyrics for the one-night Broadway sensation Glory Days and can be seen on Showtime’s The Big C.
Lance Rubin, an actor/writer who has appeared Off-Broadway in Bloodsong of Love andThings To Ruin. He’s currently co-star/co-writer of The Lance and Ray Show and has appeared in NBC’s Mercy and The Music Never Stopped.
Deborah Copaken Kogan, author of Shutterbabe, the bestselling memoir of her years as a war photographer, now being made into a mini-series on the Sundance Channel. Her next novel, The Red Book, is out in spring 2012.
Rachel Sklar, a founding editor of, former media editor of the Huffington Post and founder of the advocacy sites Change The Ratio, which promotes visibility, access and opportunity for women in new media and tech; and, which promotes social microgiving.
Lynn Harris, author of the satirical novel, Death By Chick Lit, and co-creator of the award-winning website She’s currently communications strategist for the global human rights organization Breakthrough (
Anthony Giglio, aka “The Wine Wise Guy,” a journalist, sommelier, and author of several books, including Food & Wine Magazine’s Wine Guide, as well as Cocktails in New York.
Zev Borow, former writer/producer of Chuck, who is currently writing a pilot for Starz, Sex, Drugs & Rock n’ Roll.

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