(photo credit: Bettina Stoess)
1. LOOK FOR THE ‘SILVER LININGS’
Silver Linings Playbook is a romantic comedy-drama adapted from a novel by Matthew Quick about Pat Solitano, a former teacher who, after a stint in a mental institution, moves back in with his parents and tries to reconcile with his exwife.
Things get more challenging when he meets a mysterious girl with problems of her own. Starring Bradley Cooper, Jennifer Lawrence and Robert De Niro. At cinemas around the country.JAZZ
2. EXPLORE THE ORIGIN OF THE BLUES
KM Williams, one of the few bluesmen who manage to marry the raw approach from the Deep South with the electrically enhanced approach that hails from Chicago, offers local blues devotees an opportunity to groove to his captivating vocal and instrumental offerings this week.January 10 at the Barby Club in Tel Aviv; January 11 at the Yellow Submarine in Jerusalem; and January 12 at Levontin 7 in Tel Aviv. For more information: (03) 518- 8123 and www.barby.co.il; (02) 679-4040 and www.yellowsubmarine.org.il; and (03) 560-5084 and www.levontin7.com
3. BE A FRANCKOPHILE
Jewish jazz pianist Franck Amsallem gives a much-awaited performance in Jerusalem, under the auspices of the Romain Gary French Institute.
Amsallem’s repertoire includes many original pieces written for various ensembles both classical and jazz.
Sunday at 8:30 p.m. at the Gerard Behar Center. For more information: (02) 624- 3156 and www.ccfgary-jerusalem.org.il
4. REMEMBER NEW ORLEANS
The next installment of the Hot Jazz series is a tribute to Sidney Bechet and the New Orleans music, with American Evan Christopher on clarinet, local percussionist Shay Zelman and the Swing de Gitanes trio.Saturday at 9 p.m. in Rehovot, (08) 931-7165; Monday at 9 p.m. at Jerusalem’s Gerard Behar Center, (02) 623-7000; Wednesday at 10 p.m. at Zappa Club Herzliya, 1-700-500-039; next Thursday at 9 p.m. and January 11 at 9:30 p.m. at the Tel Aviv Museum (03) 573-3001; and January 12 at Haifa’s Beit Khoushy at 9 p.m. (04) 822-7850.CLASSICAL
5. EMBRACE THE ‘SEASONS’
Renowned American violinist cum conductor Robert McDuffie leads the Israel Chamber Orchestra in an interesting program that he performs worldwide – Vivaldi’s classic Four Seasons, followed by Philip Glass’s American Four Seasons. Tonight at Recanati Hall of the Tel Aviv Museum of Art.For reservations: (03) 518-8845.DANCE
6. FEEL THE HEAT
Dafy Altabeb created the dance piece Heat Sensitive for the Naples Opera House director who visited Israel in 2011 and was excited by her previous work. The hour long Heat Sensitive, created together with Moshe Nini, is based on Italian operas and was first staged at a Naples dance festival.Tonight at 8 and tomorrow at 8:30 p.m. at Tmuna Theater, 8 Shonzino Street, Tel Aviv. For tickets, call (03) 561-1211 (Moshe Nini)
7. CELEBRATE VERDI’S BIRTHDAY
Giuseppe Verdi’s opera Luisa Miller (1849) is making its local debut on the Israeli Opera stage, the first of three Verdi productions to commemorate the 200th anniversary of the composer’s birth. Directed by the Berlin Opera’s Gerlinde Pelkowski, who is also making her Israeli debut. The conductor is Daniel Oren.
Tonight until January 19, Opera House, Tel AvivKIDS
8. TURN AROUND
A little boy loved wearing his pants back to front. Everybody said it was unacceptable, but he managed to turn them around and save the world. The Bama group presents a lovely danceplay for children four and up.
Sunday at 5 p.m.
at the Einav Center, Tel Aviv, Gan Ha’ir.
For tickets, call (03) 604-5000.JAZZ
Jewish Russian pianist Daniel Kramer combines classical music with jazz improvisation in his concerts. He will join forces with jazz saxophonist Robert Anchipolovsky, bassist Simon Starr and drummer Gasper Bertoncelj for the Jazz Ring concert.
January 12 at 1 p.m. at the Latrun Monastery. For more information: (02) 535-6954
10. BOOK A CHAMBER
This year marks the 15th anniversary of Isrotel’s Chamber Music Festival, organized together with the Israel Chamber Orchestra. The festival’s rich and varied program is directed by maestro Roberto Paternostro, with leading international conductors and solo musicians.January 30 to February 3, Royal Beach Hotel, Eilat. For a full program and reservations: 1-800-800--808 or www.isrotel.co.il