FILM

1. THE SKIN I LIVE IN

Ever since his wife was burned in a car crash, Dr. Robert Ledgard, an eminent plastic surgeon, has been interested in creating a new skin with which he could have saved her. After 12 years, he manages to cultivate a skin that is a real shield against every assault. Starring Antonio Banderas and Elena Anaya. Directed by Pedro Almodóvar.

At selected cinemas throughout the country.

FESTIVALS

2. YAVNE GOES FESTIVE

The first New Vintage interdisciplinary international arts festival gets under way in Yavne during Hol Hamoed Succot. The festival is geared to works by young and/or adventurous artists from here and abroad who like to push the envelope. Visitors include mime artist Daniel Zafrani from France with his program Mime Daniel as well as Slovenia’s Liud Group, a street theater company, with The Invasion, about a bunch of ETs from various planets.

Runs Sunday through Tuesday, www.yavnecity.co.il

3. RETURN OF RENAISSANCE

The 19th Renaissance Festival returns to the picturesque Yehiam Fortress with music and dance from the renaissance, or close to it.

The major shows in the fortress gallery in the evening are a performance by singer Chava Alberstein, Folk Baroque performed by the Baroquada Ensemble on period instruments they built themselves, and KeyButzit, a spirited medley for the whole family performed by the Kibbutz Dance Company. Free stuff, nature walks and much more.

Runs Monday through Tuesday, www.lagalil.com

4. THE HILLS ARE ALIVE

Just in time for Succot comes the 39th Abu Ghosh Vocal Music Festival in the scenic village on the hill near Jerusalem. With some 700 musicians – choirs, soloists, orchestras and ensembles – the festival’s formula mixes classical staples with more consumer-oriented material, and culls works from around the world. The highlights include requiems by Mozart and Faure as well as music by Scott Joplin and George Gershwin.

Runs Wednesday through October 22, www.agfestival.co.il

5. SUCCOT FOR SCI-FI LOVERS

The Tel Aviv Cinematheque plays host to the 15th annual Icon Festival, a science fiction and fantasy celebration.

Sponsored by the Tel Aviv Municipality and the city’s Cinematheque, the festival will feature a variety of scientific and literary lectures and panel discussions, with an array of activities designed for longtime science fiction fans and newcomers alike. The festival will include screenings of science fiction and fantasy films including the Sundance Film Festival winner Another Earth (pictured).

Runs Saturday through October 27, www.icon.org.il

MIXED BAG

6. LET YOUR FEET DO THE WALKING

Join over 70,000 people as they take part in the annual Jerusalem March this Tuesday.

Besides groups which represent public bodies and businesses, etc, there will be groups from the IDF, security personnel, EMS personnel, flag carriers, and dancers. There will be a 12-km. option beginning at Ammunition Hill and a 6- km. option beginning in Armon Hanatziv.

See www.jerusalem.muni.il for further details

KIDS

7. DREAM WEAVER

Hahalom Hu Tzayar Gadol (The Dream is a Great Painter) is a performance based on Lea Goldberg’s children’s poetry.

Choreographed by Noa Dar and performed by the acclaimed Noa Dar Dance Group of Holon, the show tells the story of a boy who is left at home and dreams about a magic hat that he will take with him wherever he goes.

Saturday, 11:30 a.m., Suzanne Dellal Center, Tel Aviv

MUSIC

8. GYPSY MELANGE

The 12-member Romanian gypsy ensemble Fanfare Ciocarlia play traditional, energetic Roma music spiced with Turkish and Macedonian influences. It has been featured on the soundtrack of Emir Kusturica films such as Black Cat, White Cat. Ranging in age from 29 to 64, the group comes from a small village on the eastern Romanian-Moldovan border. Catch this unique band as it turns up the heat at Tel Aviv’s Reading 3. NIS 229.

Monday, 10 p.m., www.brass-productions.com

9. SPLISH SPLASH

Explore the Tower of David Citadel from top to bottom, from the towers to the water cisterns, and discover the water ceremonies that took place in during Second Temple Period in Jerusalem during Succot, meet pilgrims to Jerusalem from bygone times, participate in art and craft workshops, play giant size board games and see the Train Theater production of The Private Collection.

Sunday, Monday and Tuesday, 10:30 a.m.to 4 p.m., www.towerofdavid.org.il 8 9 8 Romanian Gypsy ensemble Fanfare Ciocarlia

UPCOMING MUSIC

10. WHO’S GOT THE LOOK

Roxette, Sweden’s biggest musical export after ABBA, will be making its Israel debut next week. Boasting hits like “The Look,” “Listen to Your Heart” and “It Must Have Been Love,” the phenomenally popular ’80s-’90s pop-rock duo consisting of Marie Fredriksson and Per Gessle has sold over 75 million albums worldwide, but the gravy train began to dry up in the mid-1990s and the duo went on to solo projects.

Steps toward a reunion began in 2009 and become full blown last year. The duo issued a new album in March, Charm School, and soon after, began their world tour.

October 22, 9 p.m., Tel Aviv Exhibition Grounds, www.shuki.co.il

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