Unity, com­mu­nity, Iggy — not to men­tion Les­lie Jones

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Four months ago, on April 20, the Jewish Mu­seum of Florida-FIU on Mi­ami Beach opened a sur­vey of works from more than 30 artists from 1940 to the present that stare into the face of in­hu­man­ity.

Ti­tled “Evil: A Mat­ter of In­tent,” the col­lec­tion of mixed-me­dia paint­ings, works on pa­per, pho­tog­ra­phy and sculp­tural pieces of­fered an un­spar­ing look at the hor­ror of the Holo­caust and the lynch­ings and sub­ju­ga­tion in the seg­re­gated South.

A cen­ter­piece of the ex­hibit, of­fered in a for­mer syn­a­gogue that housed Mi­ami Beach’s first Jewish con­gre­ga­tion, was the in­stal­la­tion of a 1940s KKK King Klea­gle robe and hat (from the mu­seum’s per­ma­nent col­lec­tion).

If the open­ing-night viewer could be com­forted by the sense that these were dis­plays of an Get daily up­dates on South Florida en­ter­tain­ment and things to do at South Florida.com and on Twit­ter at @Ben Cran­dell anachro­nis­tic im­moral­ity, that is no longer pos­si­ble.

But there is an­other theme at work in this ex­hibit: Our ca­pac­ity to unite against a com­mon en­emy to de­feat evil. It is al­luded to in sev­eral works, but most di­rectly and pow­er­fully in “Thou Shalt Not Stand Idly By,” a litho­graph from 1965 by Ben Shahn that de­picts a white hand reach­ing out to raise a black hand.

An ac­com­pa­ny­ing cap­tion reads, “Holo­caust sur­vivor Elie Wiesel once as­serted that the en­tire eth­i­cal teach­ings of the He­brew Bible could be con­densed into one sen­tence: an ex­cerpt from Leviti­cus 19:16, ‘Thou shalt not stand idly by while your neigh­bor’s blood is shed.’ ”

“Evil: A Mat­ter of In­tent” is on dis­play at the Jewish Mu­seum of Florida-FIU through Oct. 1. The mu­seum is open 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Tues­daySun­day. Ad­mis­sion: $6, $5 se­niors/stu­dents, free on Satur­day. Visit: JMOF.FIU.edu.

Bat­tioke is back

For­mer Mi­ami Heat star Shane Bat­tier’s karaoke-themed char­ity event Bat­tioke 2017 will take place Sept. 14 at Mi­ami’s en­er­getic Ball & Chain. The an­nual fundraiser brings many South Florida sports stars and per­son­al­i­ties to­gether for a night of awe­some and aw­ful singing to ben­e­fit the Bat­tier Take Charge Foun­da­tion, a non­profit or­ga­ni­za­tion es­tab­lished by Bat­tier and wife Heidi to fund col­lege schol­ar­ships and ed­u­ca­tional op­por­tu­ni­ties for un­der­priv­i­leged youth. In the past eight years, Bat­tioke has raised more than $1 mil­lion, thanks to “singers” who have in­cluded Dwyane Wade, LeBron James, Chris Bosh, Pat Ri­ley, Udo­nis Haslem, Jon Secada, Jimmy Buf­fet, Gabrielle Union and Ken Jeong. Tick­ets to the 21-and-older event, spon­sored by BBVA Com­pass, South­ern Glazer’s Wine & Spir­its, Car­ni­val Cruise Line and the Mi­ami Heat Char­i­ta­ble Fund, cost $100. Visit TakeChargeFoun­da­tion.org.


“Thou Shalt Not Stand Idly By,” by Ben Shahn, is part of “Evil: A Mat­ter of In­tent.”

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