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If you’re looking for ways to get in shape and build up an appetite for Thanksgiving, may we recommend the Six-Day Sprint? From Nov. 15-20, if you want to experience even a fraction of the arts and cultural events offered in the Philadelphia area, you will need to be in constant motion. Just a sampling of what to do before Thanksgiving:
All That Jazz
The fifth annual Israeli JazzPhest gets in full swing (heh) with shows all over Philadelphia, including clarinetist Oran Etkin at Chris’s Jazz Café on Nov. 15; flutist Hadar Noiberg at Ortlieb’s on Nov. 17; and guitarist/vocalist Dida Pelled at World Café Live on Nov. 18. www.jazzphest.com
The Bank of America Festival of Arts, Books and Culture continues at the Katz JCC in Cherry Hill, N.J., with numerous events, including “An Evening with Carrie Fisher” on Nov. 15 and a local authors breakfast featuring Hollace Friedman, Rabbi Richard Address, Richard Selznick, Dave Tomar and Lisa Zeidner on Nov. 18. www.katzjcc.org; 856-424-4444.
The Philadelphia Jewish Film Festival continues its 32nd season with Downtown Express, about a Russian immigrant’s musical journey to getting a green card (Nov. 17, at the Gershman Y); Free Men, set in Nazi-occupied Paris in World War II (Nov. 18, at the Gershman); and Hava Nagila, a documentary chronicling the path of everyone’s favorite life-cycle celebration song (Nov. 18, National Museum of American Jewish History). www.gershmany.org/pjff.cfm or call 215-545-4400.
Stars of David, The Philadelphia Theatre Company’s first play of its 2012-2013 season, closes its run on Nov. 18. The world-premiere musical, based on Abigail Pogrebin’s book, Stars of David: Prominent Jews Talk About Being Jewish, features musical portrayals of Gloria Steinem, Leonard Nimoy, Ruth Bader Ginsburg and many more. www.philadelphiatheatrecompany.org or call 215-985-0420.
Bob Dylan returns to Philadelphia on Nov. 19 to play his first indoor arena concert since a 2006 show at the late, lamented Spectrum. And he’s not alone: Opening for the legendary musician is Mark Knopfler, former leader of Dire Straits and now a solo artist and soundtrack composer. www.comcasttix.com
The artistic director of the Kneisel Hall Chamber Music festival and longtime Curtis and Juilliard faculty member, pianist Seymour Lipkin, will perform a trio of Beethoven sonatas at a Philadelphia Chamber Music Society concert on Nov. 20 at the American Philosophical Society in Old City. www.pcmsconcerts.org; 215-569-8080.
Art of the Matter
The late Boris Lurie, one of the best-known practitioners of the NO!art movement, will be the subject of an exhibition at Center City’s David David Gallery, running until Dec. 12. Described by art critic Harold Rosenberg as “Pop, with venom added,” Lurie’s art still packs the power of protest. www.daviddavidgallery.com; 215-735-2922.
Continuing through Dec. 23 is Arden Theatre’s production of Freud’s Last Session. The play by Mark St. Germain imagines what a conversation between Sigmund Freud and C.S. Lewis would have been like on the eve of World War II. www.ardentheatre.org; 215-922-1122.
Performances of A Stoop on Orchard Street continue Wednesdays through Sundays at the Dell Theater at the National Museum of American Jewish History. Often referred to as “The Day After Fiddler on the Roof Ended,” the play is a musical that follows the fictional Lomansky family as they create a life for themselves on the Lower East Side in 1910. www.bigapplemusicals.org; 215-220-2361