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posted 14 May 2006 12:38 PM      Profile for Michelle   Author's Homepage     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
It was my good fortune right around the time of deep-winter-Manufacturing Consent depression, to go out for breakfast at Toronto's Free Times Café. The regular weekend event features a traditional Jewish brunch and, often, a not-so-traditional all-female klezmer band called Pomegranate. People come and stuff themselves with latkes and blintzes and pickled herring and listen to five feisty fiddling women remake cultural connections and challenge conventional thought.

Reena Katz, newly 30 on the day I saw her perform, is the one who does the shtick. She banters with the audience, asks them if they are in a carb coma from the food, introduces the songs (some traditional arrangements of classic klezmer, and some seriously campy ones — Hava Nagila meets John Waters) and casually calls for a just peace for Palestine while kibitzing about queerness.

The more conservative in the crowd seem to experience an emotional rollercoaster, one minute dancing in their seats, the next stiff-spined and irritated, then throwing their arms in the air again.

Lisa Rundle

(I really enjoyed this article, Lisa. )

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