Jen Chapin Trio
The critically acclaimed Jen Chapin Trio will appear in Oakland, CA, this coming Friday, September 30, in a benefit house concert for the Jenin Freedom Theatre, the West Bank cultural center under attack by Israeli occupation forces since one of its founders, Julian Mer Khamis, was assassinated in April.
The event, which is sponsored by the International Solidarity Movement, the Free Palestine Movement, the Middle East Children's Alliance, and Jewish Voice for Peace as well as The Friends of the Jenin Freedom Theatre, will begin at 7 p.m. at a private home in the Oakland hills; the address will be provided upon purchase of tickets, which are available here at $20 each.
As regular readers of Mondoweiss probably know, the Freedom Theatre was co-founded in 2006 by Mer Khamis, a prominent actor, director, filmmaker, and political activist of both Jewish-Israeli and Palestinian-Arab descent. Located in the Jenin Refugee Camp in the northern West Bank, it offers Palestinian children, youth and young adults the chance to express themselves through the arts, particularly drama and multimedia, with the goal of helping them, in the words of the theatre's website, "to develop the skills, self-knowledge and confidence which can empower them to challenge present realities and to speak out in their own society and beyond." Since Mer Khamis was assassinated outside the theatre in April of this year, it has been subjected to several middle-of-the-night raids by Israeli forces, and numerous Palestinians who work with it have been harassed, beaten, and arrested - see, for example, here, here, and here.
Jen Chapin is the daughter of the late singer/songwriter Harry Chapin, and an activist in her own right. According to her website, she performs "urban folk soul story songs that search for community and shared meaning, powered by the funk and improvisation of the city." Accompanying her in the trio are Stephan Crump on acoustic bass and Jamie Fox on electric guitar. For more information about the concert, email firstname.lastname@example.org.