What exactly is "Hava Nagila"? Is it a dance? A type of food? Or how about a celebration song? We'll give you a few points if you guessed the latter. "Hava Nagila," which means "Let us rejoice," is a traditional Jewish folk song in Hebrew that is notoriously played at Jewish weddings and bar mitzvahs. It's also a worldwide hit among various artists including Bob Dylan, Elvis and Regina Spektor.
But what really is the true meaning behind this party song? Director Roberta Grossman answers this very question in her latest film, "Hava Nagila (The Movie)". Grossman uses the song as a springboard to explore Jewish history and the cross-cultural connections that can be achieved through music.
The movie premieres at West End Cinema (2301 M St. NW) and the Avalon Theatre (5612 Connecticut Ave. NW) on Friday evening (Shabbat, ironic, we know). Visit havanagilamovie.com to find out more.
Comedic trio Amos Vernon, Mike Lane and Nunzio Randazzo know how to put on a good show. For the past three years, they've perfected their act at venues in New York City, colleges and several festivals throughout the country. Many have said that their sharp, satirical and often surreal brand of sketch comedy has been the key to their success, which is why they proudly won the 2010 Creek Sketch Invitational and have been the official selection at the Chicago Sketchfest, the New York City Sketch Festival and many others.
They're currently stationed at the Upright Citizens Brigade Theatre in New York City performing their show, "Boat: Comedic Sketches," but they're taking a break and visiting the Arlington Cinema N Drafthouse (2903 Columbia Pike) on Friday at 7:30 p.m. Tickets are $20, and doors open at 6:15 p.m.
ROBBIE IN VIRGINIA
So many amazing musicians are swinging by D.C. this summer, and we couldn't be happier about it. Why not kick off your weekend with American folk-rocker, singer and guitarist Robbie Schaefer? He is returning to the the Barns at Wolf Trap (1635 Trap Road, Vienna) on Friday evening for a one-of-a-kind solo performance. He is a member of the Virginia-based band Eddie From Ohio, which has received critical acclaim over the years. The band has released nine albums and has been named Best Contemporary Folk Group an impressive six times by the Washington Area Music Association. As a solo artist, Schaefer's produced two albums, one of which is actually for children and families.
This show will also feature Boston-based folk singer Jake Armerding. Tickets are $20 at wolftrap.org. The show starts at 8 p.m.