2018-09-12 / Local News

Katz JCC’s 29th Annual Festival of Arts, Books and Culture brings TV personalities, authors, and more

DAN ABRAMS DAN ABRAMS The 29th Annual Bank of America Festival of Arts, Books and Culture at the Katz JCC, which will take place November 11-18 features an impressive lineup of authors, TV personalities, public figures and artists not to be missed. All events are open to the community and tickets are on sale as of Monday, Sept. 17.

The Festival kicks off on Sunday, Nov. 11 with an appearance by Dan Abrams, best known as the chief legal analyst for ABC News. In his latest book, “Lincoln’s Last Trial: The Murder Case that Propelled Him to the Presidency,” Abrams discusses the events that led this iconic President of the United States to a momentous milestone in his political career. In addition to discussing highlights of the book, Abrams will touch upon current event issues and his experiences as an on-air TV personality.

On Monday, Nov. 12, Broadway star and Grammy-nominated actress and singer Alexandra Silber will perform for Festivalgoers. She also possesses the talent for writing, as chronicled in her thrilling memoir, “White Hot Grief Parade,” in which she shares her personal journey of how theater and dear friends helped her accomplish fame after the tragic loss of her father.

RICHARD KIND RICHARD KIND Not to be missed on Wednesday, Nov. 14 is an appearance by Norman Eisen, a former U.S. Ambassador to Prague. In “The Last Palace: Europe’s Turbulent Century in Five Lives and One Legendary House,” he tells the story of five individuals who preceded him in his ambassadorial residence. Eisen, who has been included on the top 50 thinkers list by Politico and top 50 list of most influential and interesting American Jews by The Forward, is sure to prompt thought-provoking conversation.

TV personality and New York Times bestselling author, Brad Meltzer, known for Brad Meltzer Decoded on History Channel, will visit the Festival on Thursday, Nov. 15. He will discuss his newest mystery novel, “The Escape Artist,” which works to uncover the US Army’s most mysterious secret, a centuries-old conspiracy that traces back to the greatest escape artist of all time: Harry Houdini.

On Saturday, Nov. 17, you don’t want to miss actor Richard Kind, an accomplished stage, screen and television actor, Kind’s face and voice is known to so many. His work, includes Mad About You, Spin City, Inside Out and A Bug’s Life. Moderated by WHYY’s David Bianculli, this will be an evening of fun and laughter not to be missed.

On closing day, Sunday, Nov. 18, don’t miss a delicious morning featuring Jeff Oliver, executive producer for Food Network programs including Cutthroat Kitchen and Worst Cooks in America, who will be joined by local chef Ruth Fox. Following their speaking engagement, Oliver and Fox will judge the dishes created by JCC aspiring cooks who compete in our Best Chef of the J cooking competition.

The Festival is made possible in part due to the generous contributions and continued support of our major corporate sponsors: Bank of America, The Heart House, Townsend Press: Judith Nadell & John Langen, Care One, Platt Memorial Chapels, Classic Cake, Davis Enterprises, Healthcare Quality Strategies, Lexus of Cherry Hill, Resintech, The SHM Financial Group, the Valerie and David Gladfelter Endowment Fund of the JCF, Inc. and SJ Magazine.

Tickets will be available as of Monday, Sept. 17 at the Katz JCC in the Adult Department, online at www.katzjcc.org/abcfest, or by calling (856) 424-4444, ext. 1226 or ext. 1119. 

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