1. Fight for freedom
In the pre-Civil War United States, Solomon Northup, a free black man from upstate New York, is abducted and sold into slavery. Facing cruelty at the hands of a malevolent slave owner, he struggles not only to stay alive but also to retain his dignity. 12 Years a Slave is one of the sure bets for the upcoming award season.
With Chiwetel Ejiofor, Michael K. Williams, Michael Fassbender.FESTIVAL 2. The Russians are coming (back)
On January 16 to 18, Valery Gergiev, artistic director of the Mariinsky Theater of St.
Petersburg, will bring his musical forces to Eilat for the Red Sea Classic Festival. The program features two operas in concert version that have never been performed in Israel, as well as Mahler’s Symphony No. 9.
For more details, reservations and packages, visit www.redsea-classic.com.
THEATER 3. The Doctor and friends
Israel Musicals presents Seussical, based on Horton Hears a Who by Dr. Seuss.
Music by Stephen Flaherty, lyrics by Lynn Ahrens, directed by Yisrael Lutnick.Sunday at 8 p.m. and Monday at 6 p.m. at the Gerard Behar Center, Jerusalem. For more dates and information, call 077-450-6012.
MUSIC 4. A class act
The Israel Philharmonic Orchestra hosts conductor Gianandrea Noseda and violinist Julian Rachlin in the next concert of Saturday Classics. On the program: Borodin’s Prince Igor Overture; Shostakovich’s Violin Concerto No. 1 and Berlioz’s Symphonie Fantastique.
Saturday at 8:30 p.m. and Sunday at 7 p.m. at the Mann Auditorium, Tel Aviv.
For tickets, call 1-700-703-030
5. Holiday for the trees
Jerusalem-based Smart Tour is offering special two-hour Tu Bishvat tours on Segways, which will take participants through the streets of Jerusalem to see and learn about the city’s century-old trees. For ages 16 and over. NIS 195.
For more details, call (02) 648-0334.
6. Fashion forever
Second-hand clothing, a leading trend in many of the fashion capitals of the world, has reached our shores. Re:Style is a new initiative that invites local fashionistas to choose trendy items from such organizations as WIZO for NIS 50 and less. All the clothes, selected by stylists, have been washed, ironed and mended. All proceeds will be donated back to the organizations.
There will also be free talks and events.
January 13-15, from 2 p.m. to 8 p.m., Dizengoff Center, Tel Aviv. For more details and reservations, go to www.
dizengof-center.co.il 7. Medieval heroes
The first international sports tournament in Israel, Medieval Battles – World Medieval Fighting Championship, will be held on January 23 at 7 p.m. in the garden of the Haifa Convention Center. The Israeli team will be competing against representatives from seven countries as part of Duel Professional, the international tournament of medieval battles.
For tickets, go to bravo.org.il/announce/18863
8. Girl's best friend
Diamond lovers will enjoy the new exhibition at the Ramat Gan Diamond Museum.
Presented as a virtual journey, the exhibition takes visitors from the birth of a diamond deep in the earth, through all the stages until it reaches the state of an exquisite piece of jewelry.Opens today until February 28. Sunday to Thursday, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. NIS 24. For more details, call (03) 612-7581 or go to www.diamond-museum.co.il.
9. The full Monty
The 69-year-old US-based jazz pianist Monty Alexander is the star turn in the Opera Jazz series slot, which takes place at the Performing Arts Center in Tel Aviv on January 17 at 10 p.m. A good time is assured when he takes the stage along with bassist Dezron Douglas and drummer Obed Calvaire.For tickets and more information: (03) 692-7777 and www.israelopera.co.il
THEATER 10. From opera to musical
Elton John and Tim Rice’s Aida will be performed at the Beit Hillel Theater Workshop at the Hebrew University, Mount Scopus. In English, at the newly renovated Rachel Simon Hillel Theater at Beit Hillel in Jerusalem.January 29 to February 11. Tickets are on sale at Beit Hillel. Call (02) 588-3902 or email email@example.com