What to Do Today: Purim Lecture, Ann Pancake, ‘Chang,’ Victor Wooten

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1) SOUNDS OF PURIM
In conjunction with the Magnes museum’s opening exhibition Case Study No. 3 | Sound Objects, which looks at the role of sound-emitting objects during synagogue rituals, “Purim: A Diaspora Story in Jewish Art and Folklore,” a lecture by Hebrew University of Journalism professor Shalom Sabar, will discuss the meaning and relevance of Purim through the material objects that have come to represent it. At Magnes Collection of Jewish Art and Life; 5:30 p.m.-7:30 p.m., free.

2) BELOW THE STRIP MINE
Ann Pancake’s debut novel, Strange as This Weather Has Been, which depicts a family whose lives are devastated by a mountaintop-removal strip mine in West Virginia, was called “ambitious,” “powerful,” and “haunting” by The New York Times. Hear Pancake discuss her 2007 book, which was based on interviews and real events, at Revolution Books; 7 p.m., free.

Mountaintop-removal mining.
  • Mountaintop-removal mining.

3) BEFORE ‘KING KONG’
Cameramen Merian C. Cooper and Ernest Schoedsack were fascinated by all things unknown and dangerous. Their intrigue took them to Thailand, where they filmed Chang, a silent documentary (with some staged scenes) about a farming family struggling to live at the edge of the jungle. Said to feature over four hundred elephants, tigers, and pythons, Chang ultimately inspired the duo to make its next project: King Kong. See this 1927 classic at PFA, as part of its On Location in Silent Cinema series. 7 p.m., $9.50.

5) AMAZING BASS
Bassist, composer, and Grammy Award-winner Victor Wooten graces Oakland with his presence tonight at tomorrow, at Yoshi’s. 8 & 10 p.m., $30.


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