Woody Guthrie’s Hanukkah

From Dec ’09 Spotlight: The Klezmatics (lead by Lisa Gutkin, Frank London, and Lorin Sklamberg) will be at the North Shore Center for the Performing Arts in Skokie on Saturday, Dec 19 to sing beloved songs from their 2006 CD Woody Guthrie’s Happy Joyous Hanukkah. No, famed Dust Bowl balladeer Woody Guthrie wasn’t Jewish, but when he married his second wife Marjorie, he become part of a Yiddishkeyt family.

In an interview with the Jewish Journal’s Tom Tugend in 2004, folksinger Arlo Guthrie said his Bubbe Aliza took to her new son-in-law right away: “Aliza Greenblatt was a poet and songwriter in her own right, and she immediately recognized Woody’s talent,” Guthrie said. “And with his typical thoroughness, Woody started reading every book he could find and took courses on Judaism at Brooklyn Community College.”

To order tickets, visit www.centreeast.org, or call the Box Office: (847) 673-6300.

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