After a brief December break, MoVeRs events continue this weekend with a movie Saturday night and an author reading from her book on Sunday afternoon.

MoVeRs Events: Films and Authors this Weekend

After a brief December break, MoVeRs events continue beginning this weekend.

Saturday, January 9 at 7 PM is the beginning of MoVeRs at the MoViEs at the Boulder JCC with the screening of The Life and Times of Allen Ginsberg which also features a post-film discussion with director and former CU film studies professor Jerry Aronson.

Visionary, radical, spiritual seeker, renowned poet, founding member of a major literary movement, champion of gay rights, Buddhist and Jew, political activist and teacher, Allen Ginsberg led a remarkable life that challenged the very soul of America. This revealing documentary, which includes the poet’s readings of work such as his masterpiece Howl, chronicles Ginsberg’s life from his childhood days in New Jersey to his years spent at Columbia University collaborating with William Burroughs and Jack Kerouac, to his position as sage poet and teacher in Boulder.

MoVeRs at the MoViEs is a four film series presented by Menorah at the Boulder JCC that runs Saturday nights through January.  All films are $6 for Boulder JCC members, $8 for guests and free for students with student ID.

Sunday, January 10 at 3 PM welcomes author Mara Altman to the Boulder Book Store for a discussion of her new book, Thanks for Coming: One Young Woman’s Quest for An Orgasm. Both funny and touching, this memoir of a young Jewish woman’s search for an orgasm examines the elusive connections between sex and love. From sex shows to sex conventions, from a therapist’s couch to her own couch, from the bedroom to the bar, Mara Altman proves to be a guide as hilarious as she is investigative.

She will be reading from her book and in discussion with Rabbis Josh Rose and Gavriel Goldfeder. This event is presented by Soul Food and is free but please 18 and older only.

MoVeRs is a year-long series of events that examines how Jews have often been at the forefront of social, cultural and political change.  Through lectures, concerts, films, classes and performances that continue through May 2010, artists and scholars from around the world will be coming to the Boulder/Denver metro area to explore who such MoVeRs have been throughout history and what is it about Jewish culture that inspires such radicalism. To learn more and reserve your space, visit

The fifteen collaborating organizations who worked to make MoVeRs possible are Allied Jewish Federation of Colorado, ADL, Congregation Bonai Shalom, Boulder JCCHadassah, Congregation Har HaShem, Hillel – University of Colorado, Jewish Mosaic: The National Center for Sexual & Gender Diversity, Limmud Colorado, Menorah, Nevei Kodesh, Pardes LevavotProgram in Jewish Studies at the University of Colorado, Soul Food and Tuv Ha’aretz.

MoVeRs is made possible with support from Rose Community Foundation, SCFD, and the Goldberger Fund for Jewish Culture at the University of Colorado at Boulder.  For more information, visit or call 303.492.7143.

About Jamie Polliard

Assistant Director of the Program in Jewish Studies at the University of Colorado at Boulder

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