Out and About: Top 10 things to do

Mayumana storms the stage with its spectacular show Momentum.

By COMPILED BY SHAWN RODGERS
July 15, 2011 12:33
4 minute read.
Mayumana

Mayumana 311. (photo credit: Courtesy)

1. FILM

BEGINNERS

From writer/director Mike Mills comes Beginners, a comedy/drama that imaginatively explores the hilarity, confusion and surprises of love through the evolving consciousness of Oliver (Ewan McGregor). Oliver meets the irreverent and unpredictable Anna (Melanie Laurent) only months after his father, Hal (Christopher Plummer), died.

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At selected cinemas throughout the country.

2. THEATER

VERONA REVISITED


The Cameri Theater pops open the Shakespearean soap opera of love, murder and family drama as it presents its critically acclaimed production of the Bard’s classic family feud Romeo and Juliet.

Directed by Noam Shmuel, the pair of star-crossed lovers are played by Dan Shapira and Nelly Tagar. In Hebrew with English surtitles.

Saturday and Sunday, 9 p.m., www.cameri.co.il

3.FESTIVAL

PEACE, LOVE AND ROCK ’N’ ROLL

If you missed the legendary Woodstock Festival at Max Yasgur’s Farm in August 1969, here’s your chance to capture the Summer of Love – without the rain and mud. The Woodstock Revival in Jerusalem will feature tributes to legendary acts, former and current hippies and all kinds of music lovers. Highlights include Yael Dekelbaum singing Janis Joplin, as well as Tree’s tribute to the Grateful Dead.

Tonight, 5 to 11 p.m., Kraft Stadium, (02) 623-6443 or www.woodstockrevival.com

4.MUSIC

ROCKING THE WORLD

Since 1999, Israeli group Rockfour has been prominent on the US indie music scene, with several successful tours and performances, including a supporting slot for the Dave Matthews Band. Critically, the band has also been lauded in the US, with features in Rolling Stone and Q magazines, Entertainment Weekly and a spot on National Public Radio’s All Things Considered.

Catch these ambassadors of rock as they strut their stuff at Kibbutz Dan’s Mushroom Club. NIS 50/55.

Tonight, 9, Kibbutz Dan, near Kiryat Shmona, (04) 695-1579

5. OY VEY

Unlike many contemporary klezmer bands that incorporate influences such as drum ’n’ bass, avant-garde and bluegrass, Oy Division focuses on a pure roots klezmer sound from old Europe. The group consists of vocalist/accordionist Assaf Talmudi, his brother Eyal (who also plays with Balkan Beat Box) on clarinet, singer/percussionist Noam Inbar, violinist Gershon Leizersohn and acoustic bassist Avichai Tuchman. Join these talented musicians as they groove on down with master accordionist Emil Aybinder at Jerusalem’s Tower of David Museum. NIS 80.

Tomorrow, 4 p.m., www.towerofdavid.org.il

6. SPECIAL EVENT

GAINING MOMENTUM

Mayumana storms the stage with its spectacular show Momentum. Mayumana, comparable to the New York group STOMP, is made up of nine nimble performers who put on an energetic show of rhythm, music, dance, theatrics and humor as they use everyday objects to liven up the stage. Time, space, synchronicity and live music are the main ingredients of Momentum.

Runs throughout July, Mayumana House, Tel Aviv, (03) 681-1787 or www.mayumana.com.

7. DANCE

BUENOS AIRES BEGUILERS

Twenty-one dancers, singers and musicians, including choreographer, director and premier dancer Gustavo Russ, will bring Russ’s newest opus, Tango Seduction, to Israel for a week-long tour throughout the country.

The show combines three genres: classical ballet, modern dance and, of course, the ultra-sexy tango. The first part of Tango Seduction, set in the early 1920s in a Buenos Aires bar, is intended to take the audience on a short journey through the various eras of tango.

Runs today through Tuesday, www.tangoseduction.com

8. PULLING THE STRINGS

Choreographer Nadine Bommer’s American Movie is structured like a double bill. In the first act, the participants are dressed like stuffed dolls and use mechanical, fragmented moves. They simulate, in their own quirky, spasmodic style, the movie-going experience. In the second act, people come to see a film, and their action interprets the conduct of the marionettes.

Wednesday, 9 p.m., Suzanne Dellal Center, Tel Aviv 8

UPCOMING

9. MUSIC

THE SOUNDS OF SIMON

Since 1965, Paul Simon has captivated the music world with his unique blend of rock, folk, bluegrass and even South African tribal sounds. A 12-time Grammy Award winner, Simon is a member of the Rock ’n’ Roll Hall of Fame and was named one of Time magazine’s “100 People Who Shape Our World” in 2006. The legendary American singer-songwriter is returning to Israel for the first time since 1983 to perform hits from his latest album, So Beautiful or So What, as well as a few old favorites.

Next Thursday, 8:30 p.m., Ramat Gan Stadium, Tel Aviv, www.tickets.leaan.co.il

10. FESTIVAL

LIFE ON A STRING

Puppets from all over the world will be pulled out of toy chests, stages and theaters for the 14th annual Puppet Theater and Movie Festival in Holon. Highlights include Metamorphosis by Icelandic puppet master Brend Ogrodnik. The Orna Porat Theater presents Little Mozart, based on a true story from the life of the composer. Children’s workshops and exhibits are also on offer.

Runs next Thursday through July 30, Center for Puppet Theater, Holon


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