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1. THE MAGIC OF BELLE ISLE
Rob Reiner directed this moving film about a wheelchair- bound author (Morgan Freeman) who moves to a rural town, where he befriends a single mother and her three kids, who help reignite his passion for writing. With Virginia Madsen and Madeline Carroll. Around the country.MUSIC
2. PIANO IN THE DESERT
The annual Tel Hai International Piano Master Classes return, and music lovers are invited to enjoy three weeks of piano recitals with the best teachers and most promising pianists from around the world. The project, founded by Marina Bonderenko and under the auspices of Yefim Bronfman, takes place at Ben- Gurion University in Sde Boker from August 5 to 22. Concerts and recitals are free.For more information and tickets, go to www.masterclasses.org.il or call (09) 958- 8468. For information about places to stay, call (08) 653-2016.
The Moonlight Festival in the Desert opens tonight at Ramat Hanegev, near Sde Boker.
Opening concert tonight at 10, with Matti Caspi and Ricki Gal. Tomorrow’s concert features Idan Raichel and his Project. Other activities include free yoga classes and an activity-laden free children’s compound.For tickets and places to stay, call (08) 866- 3300 or (08) 653-5777 or go to www.sheffa.co.il
. There will be free transportation from Tel Aviv and Beersheba.
4. FESTIVAL CRAFTY BUSINESS
The annual Jerusalem international arts and crafts festival Hutzot Hayotzer is back, replete with daily concerts at the Sultan’s Pool, scores of exhibitions, stalls, children’s activities and artisans from Israel and around the world. The Yellow Submarine club holds concerts on a stage in the exhibition compound in what has become a tradition, offering a host of world music and jazz concerts every evening between 8 and 10.From Monday. For more information, tickets and complete program, go to www.jerusalem.muni.il/yotzer/2012/home.asp
The Balabasta event in Jerusalem’s Mahaneh Yehuda market transforms the marketplace into a cultural center for a few hours, with musical acts, art, light installations and other performances.August 5, 12 and 19 from 5 to 11 p.m. Free entrance.
6. TESTING, TESTING
The ninth Testing Tools festival for alternative arts at Sheinkin Park in the heart of Tel Aviv returns from Tuesday to Thursday. More than 100 performers, including musicians, actors and dancers, will take part in the event that will include 25 theatrical premieres and 30 art pieces. The festival, hosted by the Tel Aviv Municipality, aims to encourage upcoming young artists who work in a variety of disciplines and expose their work to the public. This year the theme is The Process, presenting works that stand alone and interact with other works as well, to create a new unity that is larger than the sum of its parts.Tickets for the performances NIS 15-25.(03) 528-8827/9 www.tel-aviv.gov.il DANCE
7. THE BUTTERFLY EFFECT
Tiempo de Mariposa is a flamenco performance and much more. It is the tale of a woman who has lost the meaning of life and moves between her need to be loved and the need to find her passion. The 12 Ramangar performers – dancers, guitarists, singers and other musicians – will sweep the audience away in a passionate flamenco performance as part of the Hot Dance Festival and the Karmiel Festival.Tonight at the Arts Center in Beersheba at 7 p.m. Tuesday in Karmiel at 7 p.m. And on August 16 and 17 at the Suzanne Dellal Center in Tel Aviv.UPCOMING:EXHIBITION
8. OF WINE AND DOLLS
The annual Haifa Doll Exhibition focuses this year on the theme of “wine makes the heart rejoice.” The exhibition at Beit Hecht showcases hundreds of handmade dolls fashioned from different materials in various techniques by dollmakers from across the country. In addition to the exhibition, there will be free family activities during the days of the festival.August 16-19, Beit Hecht, 142 Hanassi Avenue, NIS 20. Entrance is free up to age 18. (04) 836-2667 www.haifacity.com MUSIC
9. INDIE SPECIAL
The Walkmen, one of the most important indie-rock bands from New York, will give one concert in Tel Aviv on August 14. Founded in 2000, the band is considered one of the hottest tickets in its field today. It will be coming here as part of its world tour, and fans of the genre should not miss an opportunity to see it.August 14, Barby Club, Tel Aviv. Doors open at 9:30 p.m; concert begins at 11 p.m. For reduced tickets, go to www.facebook.com/PlugProductionGenerator or to www.barby.co.ilFILM
10. SPECTATOR FESTIVAL For the first time in Israel, the Haifa Cinematheque will host the Sportfilm Festival, a festival of documentaries and feature films about different aspects of the world of sports. There will also be a panel discussion with sports stars, lectures and more. A film about the legendary coach of Real Madrid, José Mourinho, will be screened at the opening evening, following a star-studded panel discussion.August 15 to 18, Haifa Cinematheque, Carmel Center, 142 Hanassi Avenue, (04) 835-3529, www.sportfilm.org.il