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Thou Shalt go to Jewlicious

Speilberg does the right thing

genocide_olympics2.pngSpielberg has pulled out of the Chinese Olympics to protest the lack of progress on Darfur. Variety reports:

I find that my conscience will not allow me to continue with business as usual,” Spielberg said. “At this point, my time and energy must be spent not on Olympic ceremonies but doing all I can to help bring an end to the unspeakable crimes against humanity that continue to be committed in Darfur….

“Sudan’s government bears the bulk of the responsibility for these ongoing crimes, but the international community, and particularly China, should be doing more to end the continuing suffering there,” Spielberg said in his statement. “China’s economic, military and diplomatic ties to the government of Sudan continue to provide it with the opportunity and obligation to press for change.”

hat tip to kubrickfan

Jewlicious Festival is going to be huge

poster  Jewlicious Festival is a gathering of the Tribe, a celebration of Jewnity, an innovative conference, an inspiring Shabbat experience, an event unlike any other weekend in Jewish history.

Jewlicious Festival is a mind-expanding Jewish culture fun fest! — Tahli Miller, wife of Matisyahu and JF presenter.

Jewlicious Festival is 54 hours of programming, 500+ participants, 50+ colleges and universities, dozens of volunteers, 6000 cups of coffee, hundreds of challahs, famous Jewish musicians, hot Jewish writers, Henna artists, American Apparel t-shirts, acoustic jams, crazy games, sleepover, yoga and much much more.

Learn more: www.jewliciousfestivals.com or www.jewlicious.com

Tickets are limited, so don’t delay! Tickets on sale now are early discount ticket prices that will expire on or around Jan. 31 and all include a free t-shirt.

$36 – Student Ticket – early discount, includes free t-shirt
$60 – General Ticket – early discount, includes free t-shirt
$180 – Sponsor Ticket – help Jewlicious Festival with sponsor level ticket, includes 2 t-shirts and extra concert tickets.

Sundance

sundanceThe streets are lined with Escalade limos. We had to come up here to see what all the fuss was about. It definitely exceeded our expectations. Lexus has a lounge. So does Kenneth Cole. And Stella Artois has a great location, but none of the crowds that were attempting to get into the Heineken / Fred Segal lounge down Main Street. The line for Heineken went down the block. The Delta 360’s line spilled over the sidewalk, the barriers, the maze of ropes, and had stopped traffic. There is tons of traffic. Gypsy limos empty like clown cars. How do they all get into that car?
You need tags, passes, or the right tattoo to enter hip parties, unless people recognize you. They say there are movies to see also.Regardless of what Robert Redford says, it appears that the real reason so many people are here is not for the movies. Rather it is to grab gifts, to see and be seen. Oh, and promote JF4.0. Of course this is precisely why we are here in Sundance to promote Jewlicious Festival. Well, and to be seen -we are not sure by who yet.
And for the parties. At midnight the place was still crawling. Ok. I confess this Rabbi was not invited to any parties, and I certainly am not the kind of Rabbi to crash parties at midnight in Sundance. Crash a bar-mitzvah, a wedding, a bris – for sure – even a funeral. It is just not my style to demand entrance using my Rabbinic privileges or my Jewlicious flyers.We were stopped in front of the Fuze lounge, and there was this gigantic figure that stepped out of an long white limo, with a bunch of other tall folks, and they glided through the lines into the party. Turns out it was a professional basketball player and a gaggle of models.But it is not as much fun to see my fur hat as it is to see the hat of the guy who has an entire fox on his head. In reply to our question, “did you make that hat?” He replied, “Yes from my dog.” All the photos are from Rachel, who was doing duty as our own paparazzi.

We handed out cards for Jewlicious Festival 4.0, which is just around the corner. The buzz was clearly there – and it is only a matter of time before the deities of Sundance decide that we should hold Jewlicious concurrently with Sundance, and then we can turn them down, because we are not into commercialism that much.   We are pure and righteous.

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