Out and About: Top 10 things to do

By COMPILED BY SHAWN RODGERS
May 13, 2011 08:33

The smoke is gonna rise again over Israeli waters as legendary English rock band Deep Purple makes its way over for a concert.




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FILM

1. SOMETHING BORROWED

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Screenwriter Jennie Snyder Urman adapts author Emily Giffin’s freshman novel to the screen with this romantic drama directed by Luke Greenfield. Darcy (Kate Hudson) is best friends with Rachel (Ginnifer Goodwin), a successful New York City attorney. When Rachel forms a romantic connection with Darcy’s fiancé, the fragile threads that connect the trio are tested.

At selected cinemas throughout the country.

MUSIC

2. LOCAL BRASS

Be it at street parties, parades, clubs or other venues, Israeli brass band Marsh Dondurma has made its mark almost everywhere. Formed just four years ago, the band is a community of 15 musicians, combining brass, reed and percussion instruments. They combine traditional ethnic music from around the world with original tunes, expanding these influences toward jazz and funk. Catch them as they perform at Tel Aviv’s Levontin 7, promoting their latest album Shchuna (Neighborhood). NIS 50.

Tonight, 11, Rehov Levontin 7, Tel Aviv. (03) 560-5084

3. PURPLE REIGN

The smoke is gonna rise again over Israeli waters as legendary English rock band Deep Purple makes its way over here. Since the 1960s the band has sold more than 100 million records worldwide. Its last album, Rapture of the Deep, was released five years ago to rave reviews by top international music magazines. Join lead singer Ian Gillan, guitarists Steve Morse and Roger Glover, as well as drummer Ian Paice as they belt out many of their greatest hits and more at Caesarea’s Amphitheater.

Saturday, 9 p.m., www.tkts.co.il

KIDS

4. TALK TO THE ANIMALS

The exciting and funny story of the childhood of French composer Charles Camille Saint-Saens is explored by Nitza Shaul in the latest installment of her “Enchanted Sounds” series. He was only five years old when he gave his first public piano performance. One of Saint-Saens’s most well known compositions, The Carnival of the Animals, was originally written to make fun of some of his friends. The show, which is run in conjunction with the Israel Opera, combines dancing, singing and acting. NIS 85.

Runs Tuesday through Thursday, 5 p.m.and 6:30 p.m., Tel Aviv’s Opera House, www.israel-opera.co.il

FESTIVAL

5. SPRING IS IN THE AIR

The International Spring Festival in Rishon Lezion celebrates its 12th anniversary with a variety of performing arts shows from all over the world. Highlights include Mazowsze (pictured), the national song and dance ensemble of Poland, popular French-Israeli singer-songwriter Keren Ann as well as local Gypsy jazz ensemble Swing de Gitanes.

Runs today through May 21, www.springfestival.co.il

6. WHAT’S ON YOUR MIND

The first event of its kind in Israel, the interdisciplinary Philosophy Festival at Jerusalem’s Mishkenot Sha’ananim, brings together individuals who have made a major contribution about how we think about the world, human existence and its meaning: philosophers, academics, musicians, writers, journalists, theorists, leading clergy, theologians, scientists, biologists, economists and others, leaders in their fields, from Israel and worldwide. The festival is the opening event of the Cultural Season in Jerusalem. In English.

Runs Wednesday through next Friday, philosophy.mouse.co.il/en

CLASSICAL

7. TINKLING THE IVORIES

As prestigious musical events go, the Arthur Rubinstein Piano Competition is up there with the best the world has to offer.

This year, the 13th annual contest attracted applications from no fewer than 173 pianists from around the globe, aged 18 to 32, with 37 making it to the knock-out stages in Israel. The 37 pianists, including nine women, come from such diverse countries as Russia, New Zealand, Morocco, Greece, China, the Ukraine and Korea, with Michael Buchman, Boris Gittelberg and Barnika Glicksman representing Israel.

Runs through till May 26, for tickets, call (03) 604-5000 or go to www.TKTS.co.il. For more info about the competition: www.arims.org.il

SPORT

8. SADDLE UP


Israel’s best amateur riders compete for the top 100 rankings in the country in the annual National Show Jumping Championship. While the horses and their riders are testing their skills, spectators can participate in music workshops and children can ride ponies.

Tomorrow through Saturday, 10 a.m. to 7 p.m., Ramat Gan Stadium, www.soosim.org.il

UPCOMING MIXED BAG

LONE SOLDIERS WALK

More than 1,500 people are expected to participate in the annual community- sponsored walk in aid of Habayit Shel Benji, the home for lone soldiers set up in memory of Benji Hillman, who was killed in action in Lebanon in July 2006. Walkers can choose from a rural route of 3 km., 6 km. or 10 km.

All walkers receive a T-shirt and hat. NIS 100 donation/sponsorship.

Next Friday, 8 a.m., Ra’anana Park Amphitheater car park, www.benjihillman.org.

CLIMBING THE LADDER

On the shores of Lake Kinneret, the air will once again be filled with music as the annual Jacob’s Ladder Festival kicks off for the 35th year. The weekend festival features the regular mix of Celtic, country, folk and bluegrass vibes. As usual, most of the acts are local, with some special overseas guests including Dutch Bluesman Hans Theessink (pictured) and singer/songwriter Ben Sands. Storytelling sessions, an open stage, tai chi, dance workshops, children’s activities and a crafts fair will all be among the Ladder’s offerings.

Next Thursday through Saturday. www.jlfestival.com for further details.


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