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Meat Market Gallery: Named after his wife, Gerald Wartofsky‘s exhibit “Karin” draws inspiration from her childhood dolls and her dance choreography. Her childhood, though, was in WWII Vienna, and Wartofsky’s works incorporate characters that are more Golem than anything with a cute dress and curls. Reception is tonight, 5/4, from 6 to 8:30 p.m.

Sixth & I Historic Synagogue: The reception has passed, but keep the new exhibit on your radar. “Roman Vishniac‘s Berlin” features photographs of everyday life in 1930s Berlin and documents Jewish communities on the eve of war. In these photos, discovered only after his death, Vishniac captures warmth and sadness with an even hand and reverence.