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Hanukkah begins this weekend (Yo La Tengo, Matisyahu, Sephardic Music Festival, stand up comedy & more)

Hanukkah

Happy (almost) Hanukkah! It begins tomorrow night (Saturday, 12/8) and in addition to gathering ’round the table for dreidels to play with and latkes to eat, there are plenty of events in NYC that you can attend to celebrate. Jesse Zook Mann and Evan Kleinman’s film, Punk Jews, is premiering in NYC next week, and there are a bunch of shows like the Sephardic Music Festival, Matisyahu‘s ‘Festival of Light’ show at Terminal 5, and many others. And of course Yo La Tengo play all eight nights of Hanukkah at Maxwell’s in Hoboken (12/8-15). YLT always bring out interesting guests to open these shows, but more on that soon (meanwhile leave your guesses in the comments).

In addition to the previously announced Hanukkah shows, there’s also a comedy show at UCB East on Saturday (12/8). The show is dubbed Mark Spitz’s Hanukkah Spectacularah and the event description reads:

What’s a Spectacularah? It’s like a Christmas special, but for Jews! Well, it’s not just for Jews, but it’s certainly not for Nazis . There will be characters, prizes, drinking games, and – most importantly – Jews performing stand up comedy!

The lineup includes Barry Rothbart (The Tonight Show, Conan), Josh Rabinowitz (Just For Laughs), Adam Newman (John Oliver’s NY Stand Up Show), and Adam Lowitt (Just For Laughs, John Oliver’s NY Stand Up Show, The Daily Show) and Mark Spitz is hosting. Tickets are on sale now.

Matisyahu just released a new video for his new Hanukkah song. Check that out below…


Matisyahu “Happy Hanukkah”

Matisyahu — 2012 Tour Dates
12/8 San Francisco, CA – Nob Hill Masonic Center
12/10 Atlanta, GA – Gwinnett Center for the Performing Arts
12/11 Stroudsburg, PA – Sherman Theatre
12/12 Philadelphia, PA – Electric Factory* with The Dub Trio
12/13 Washington, DC – 9:30 Club* with The Dub Trio
12/15 New York, NY – Terminal 5* with The Dub Trio
12/16 Port Chester, NY – Capitol Theatre

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