Worth a Look: Jewish Film Fest, swing dance party and more

This week's A&E highlights

This week, dust off your dancing shoes for a night of swing at the Bing, catch the SF Jewish Film Festival on the Midpeninsula and more.


SF Jewish Film Fest

The reconstruction of a Polish synagogue. The rise and fall of Cannon Films. A bail bonds agent turned found-object artist. What do these stories have in common? They're all the subjects of films featured in this year's San Francisco Jewish Film Festival. Between Saturday, July 25 and Thursday, July 30, SFJFF comes to CinéArts at Palo Alto Square, 3000 El Camino Real.

The opening night film, "Raise the Roof," follows a Massachusetts-based nonprofit as it embarks on a project to restore the elaborate roof and painted ceiling of the Gwozdziec synagogue, a life-changing endeavor that spans more than 10 years and involves more than 300 workers. The film's directors and subjects will attend the screening. Also playing in Palo Alto will be "The Go-Go Boys: The Inside Story of Cannon Films," a documentary about two Israeli-born cousins who founded the iconic film company and whose conflicts eventually led to its collapse. For a complete list of films and for tickets, go to sfjff.org/2015/schedule or call 415-621-0523.


Lavay Smith

For classic jazz and blues of the 1940s and '50s, it doesn't get better than Lavay Smith and Her Red Hot Skillet Lickers. The band hosts a swing dance party in the Bing Atrium, 327 Lasuen St., Stanford, on Saturday, July 25 with a lesson at 7 p.m. followed by live music and dancing. It's free to listen; admission to the dance floor is $30. Go to live.stanford.edu or call 650-724-2464.


Andile Dyalvane

Calling all potters and clay appreciators: Now through Aug. 2, South African ceramic artist and designer Andile Dyalvane will be in residence at the Palo Alto Art Center, 1313 Newell Road. Visit him in the studio or sign up for his Friday, July 24 workshop, held from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Go to cityofpaloalto.org or call 650-329-2366.



They're back! Legendary '90s jam band Phish plays Mountain View's Shoreline Amphitheatre, 1 Amphitheatre Parkway, this Friday, July 24, at 7:30 p.m. Tickets start at $69. Go to theshorelineamphitheatre.com.


'Killing Pretty'

Author of the New York Times-bestselling Sandman Slim series, Richard Kadrey will appear at Melo Park's Kepler's Books, 1010 El Camino Real, on Tuesday, July 28 at 7:30 p.m.to share his latest installment: "Killing Pretty." Go to keplers.com or call 650-324-4321.


Ballroom at Cubberley

Fancy yourself a smooth mover? Got two left feet? Either way, you're welcome at the Wednesday, Friday and Saturday night dances held at Palo Alto's Cubberley Pavilion, 4000 Middlefield Road. This Friday, July 24, it's country two-step; Saturday, July 25 is West Coast swing. Beginner and intermediate lessons both nights start at 8 p.m.; dancing runs from about 9 p.m. to midnight. Adult admission is $9. Go to cubberleyballroom.com/calendar.

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