Expect The Unexpected at Limmud

When LimmudFest returns to New Orleans March 16–18, attendees can expect the unexpected. LimmudFest 2018 will feature over 100 presentations across 10 learning tracks, with speakers ranging from a burlesque performer to a Beatles expert to a culinary queen. Local personalities Trixie Minx, Bruce Spizer and Poppy Tooker will entertain as well as inform.

Trixie Minx will present “Under the Big Top: Jews in the Circus, Burlesque, and the Variety Arts.” At the forefront of the New Orleans Burlesque Revival, Minx is a leader in the preservation and innovation of the art of tease. As a performer she is best known for incorporating comedy into her classic style of dance. She is also recognized as a premiere burlesque producer with four New Orleans–based shows (Fleur de Tease, Burgundy Burlesque, Burlesque Ballroom, Bourbon Boylesque) and she has lectured on the history of burlesque at Tulane University and the Louisiana State Museum. In addition to her contributions to the art and culture of New Orleans, Minx also proudly works with the New Orleans Musicians Clinic as an advocate for affordable performer healthcare.

Bruce Spizer will give a multi-media presentation, “The Beatles and Sgt. Pepper (and the Group’s Little Known Jewish Connections)”. Spizer is considered one of the world’s leading experts on the Beatles. Spizer has written nine critically acclaimed books on the Beatles, including his latest, The Beatles and Sgt. Pepper: A Fan’s Perspective. He has appeared on numerous local, national and international television and radio programs as a Beatles expert and serves as a consultant to Capitol Records and Apple Corps, Ltd., on Beatles projects. Spizer has been a guest speaker at numerous Beatles conventions in the U.S. and U.K., and at the Grammy Museum and the Rock ’N’ Roll Hall of Fame & Museum.

Poppy Tooker, who calls herself a cultural ambassador and culinary activist, will speak on “Keeping Kosher in a Creole and Cajun World.” Tooker is a native New Orleanian who has spent her life immersed in the vibrant colors and flavors of her state.  Host of the weekly, NPR-affiliated radio show, Louisiana Eats!Tooker also provides weekly restaurant commentary on the PBS show, Steppin’ Out, seen on WYES-TV. She is the author of four cookbooks, including Tujague’s Restaurant Cookbook – Creole Recipes and Lore in the Grand New Orleans Tradition, which came out in 2015. Her new book, The Pascal’s Manale Cookbook, will be published in the fall of 2018.

These presenters and many more are included in one admission price at LimmudFest, a weekend festival of Big Tent Jewish arts, culture, spirituality and learning that is locally planned and run by a community of volunteers. With a lineup of quality children’s programming, parents can learn for themselves and be confident that their children will also experience the magic of LimmudFest. 

This year, LimmudFest’s celebration of learning, community, and culture includes a Shabbaton at Congregation Gates of Prayer on Friday and Saturday, and more learning and cultural programs at the newly expanded Uptown Jewish Community Center on Saturday night and Sunday. Register now!