JCC of Greater New Haven presents a talk & book signing by Saul Austerlitz, author of book on “Friends” TV show, Wed., Sept. 18, at 7 PM

In September 1994, six friends sat down in their favorite coffee shop and began bantering about sex, relationships, jobs, and just about everything else. A quarter of a century later, new fans are still finding their way into the lives of Rachel, Ross, Joey, Chandler, Monica, and Phoebe, and thanks to the show’s immensely talented creators, its intimate understanding of its youthful audience, and its reign during network television’s last moment of dominance, “Friends” has become the most influential and beloved show of its era. “Friends” has never gone on a break, and this is the story of how it all happened.

Please join the JCC of Greater New Haven in welcoming author Saul Austerlitz for a discussion of his new book, “Generation FRIENDS: An Inside Look at the Show That Defined a Tele­vi­sion Era”, featuring clips from the show and a “nostalgic, fascinating, behind-the-scenes look at the blockbuster success of NBC’s Friends, including brand-new interviews with the series creators, published for the 25th anniversary of the show’s premiere.”

Austerlitz is a pop culture historian who has written for many publications (the Boston Globe, NYT Magazine, Esquire, Rolling Stone, Slate and the LA Times), as well as authoring such books as “Sitcom: A History in 24 Episodes” and “Money for Nothing: A History of the Music Video from the Beatles to the White Stripes.”

The program takes place from 7-9 PM on Wednesday, Sept. 8, at Best Video Film & Cultural Center. Advance tickets are $10 for JCC members and $15 for non-members. They are available through the JCC’s Web site.

The program is part of the JCC’s Jewish Author Series. The JCC previously presented Mike Reiss, a writer for “The Simpsons,” at Best Video Film & Cultural Center last November.

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Film Screening: “Above and Beyond,” about birth of the Israeli Air Force, on Mon., Nov. 2—RESERVATIONS HIGHLY RECOMMENDED! (Co-sponsored by Temple Beth Sholom & JCC of Greater New Haven)

Above_Beyond_flyer_WebBest Video Film & Cultural Center will screen the Nancy Spielberg documentary “Above and Beyond” on Monday, Nov. 2, at 7 PM. According to a New York Times review, “Produced by Nancy Spielberg (sister of Steven Spielberg), the documentary ‘Above and Beyond’ recounts the story of Jewish American pilots who, beginning in 1948, secretly fought for Israel in its war of independence, when the Israeli military was nascent.” The screening is co-sponsored by Temple Beth Sholom—Temple members may attend for free; admission is $7 for others—and the Jewish Community Center of Greater New Haven.

Reservations are highly recommended—it is possible that this screening will sell out.

Best Video owner Hank Paper says, “Among the many good films I saw at the Palm Springs International Film Festival, this was the best and most powerful—as incredible a story as the Israeli victory it enabled.”

In 1948, in secret and at great personal risk, a ragtag group of veteran American fighter pilots smuggled planes into Israel and piloted them in its war of Independence—turning the tide of war, embarking on personal journeys of discovery—and founding the Israeli Air Force. This is as much an American story as an Israeli one.

UPCOMING EVENTS:

• Wednesday, Oct. 28. CLASSICAL: HAVEN STRING QUARTET

• Thursday, Oct. 29. SYNTH POP/ROCK: MISSION ZERO

• Friday, Oct. 30. HALLOWEEN SILENT FILM SCREENING WITH LIVE SCORE: LIGHT UPON BLIGHT

• Monday, Nov. 2. FILM SCREENING: “ABOVE AND BEYOND”

• Wednesday, Nov. 4. OLD TIMEY/SWING: THE ZuZAZZ STRING ORKESTRA

• Thursday, Nov. 5. INDIE POP: LAMONT/PLAYFIGHT

• Friday, Nov. 6. RAGTIME/BLUES: THE RED HOTS

• Friday, Nov. 13. BRAZILIAN MUSIC: SAMBELEZA

• Wednesday, Nov. 18. FILM SCREENING: THE MANCHURIAN CANDIDATE (1962)

• Thursday, Nov. 19. DARK FOLK: ELISA FLYNN; SOUL PUNK: AN HISTORIC

• Friday, Nov. 20. SINGER-SONGWRITER: SABRINA TRUEHEART

• Sunday, Nov. 22. FILM SCREENING/BLACK LIVES MATTER BENEFIT: “ANNE BRADEN: SOUTHERN PATRIOT”

• Thursday, Dec. 3. ELECTRONIC: AVMUS

• Friday, Dec. 4. CLASSICAL: RAVENNA MICHALSEN & BETHANY WILDER

• Thursday, Dec. 10. BLUES/FOLK/COUNTRY: CODA BLUE