1. THE FRAGILITY OF LOVE
In the new film La La Land, a jazz musician and an aspiring actress are drawn together by their common desire to do what they love. But as they become successful, they are faced with decisions that begin to fray the fragile fabric of their love affair, and the dreams they worked so hard to maintain in each other threaten to rip them apart. With Ryan Gosling, Emma Stone, John Legend.
Opens December 8 in cinemas around the country
2. MAKING AMENDS
In playing John Link, a recovering alcoholic prone to temper flare-ups, Mel Gibson seems to wrestle with some of his own demons in the new film Blood Father. When Gibson, portraying an ex-convict who goes on the run with his estranged daughter to escape her drug-dealing boyfriend and his vicious cartel, Link says to his daughter, “I’m sorry – I made mistakes and you suffered,” his fans may well think that he is addressing them. With Erin Moriarty, Diego Luna.
3. A CHARMED LIFE
Oscar winner Adrien Brody stars in the two-part TV miniseries Houdini, which chronicles the life of the legendary illusionist and escape artist, from poverty to worldwide fame. The miniseries follows the man behind the magic as he finds fame, engages in espionage, battles spiritualists and encounters the greatest names of the era.
December 8 and 15 at 10 p.m. on HOT Plus and HOT VOD
4. OH, LORD!
Michael Flatley’s famous Lord of the Dance is touring Israel. The new production is filled with the energy and excitement the Irish dance group is known for, with new choreographies, costumes and stunning technical effects such as video and holograms, not to mention exhilarating music.
December 5 at 6 p.m. and 9 p.m. at the Ashkelon Culture Palace; December 15 at 6 p.m. and 9 p.m. at the Culture Palace in Netanya. For more shows and details, call *2207.
5. ‘BARBER’ AT A FAST CLIP
The Jerusalem Opera, in cooperation with the Piccolo Festival (Italy), presents a new production of Rossini’s The Barber of Seville, with the Ashdod Symphony Orchestra.
This production, directed by Italian director Davide Garattini, moves the action from the 18th century to a 20th-century grocery store owned by Rosina. The interpretation incorporates various artistic languages, with an emphasis on energetic and dynamic acting, in keeping with Rossini’s fast-moving and sweeping musical score.
December 6 at 8:30 p.m. at the Ashdod Center for the Performing Arts, (08) 956-8111; December 8 and 10 at 8:30 p.m. at the Jerusalem Theatre, *6226; (02)560-5755
6. DAY AND NIGHT
“Daydreams and Nightmares,” a new exhibition at the Israel Museum, presents works by Spanish master Francisco Goya, considered one of the fathers of modern art. While day serves as the backdrop for joyful scenes, nighttime calls forth monsters that threaten to engulf the world, until dawn breaks and banishes them. The exhibition features 10 large-scale oil paintings from the Prado Museum in Madrid, on view for the first time in Israel. Also on display are Goya’s bold series of etchings created at various stages of his artistic life.
Israel Museum, Jerusalem. Opens December 10.
7. SIXTEEN STRINGS
In an evening titled “Musical Moments in Sixteen,” the internationally acclaimed Casals string quartet from Spain perform pieces by Beethoven and Brahms, as well as “musical moments” by Hungarian composer György Kurtág. Violinists Abel Tomàs and Vera Martinez; violist Jonathan Brown; and cellist Arnau Tomàs.
December 2 at 1 p.m., Elma Hall, Zichron Ya’acov
8. EXPLORE BACKSTAGE
What happens backstage at the opera before the audience members even think of getting dressed for the performance? What do the singers do? The conductor? The technical teams? How does everyone prepare for the performance? The Israeli Opera offers the public a unique opportunity to get a taste of the backstage excitement before the curtain goes up.
The 30-minute tours begin 90 minute before the performance begins. Tours in English can be booked in advance. For details, go to www.israel-opera.co.il/eng. (email: [email protected]
9. INDIE IN TEL AVIV
American singer-songwriter Ryley Walker will perform in Tel Aviv. Walker has released four albums in the past two years, bringing him into the spotlight as one of the most interesting new artists on the international indie-folk scene.
December 15 at the Barby Club, Tel Aviv. Doors open 8:30 p.m. For details and tickets: www.barby.co.il.
10. LIGHT AND GLORY
Ballet du Grand Théâtre de Genève, with artistic director Philippe Cohen, is coming to Israel. The group, considered one of the leading European dance companies today, will present pieces by two intriguing choreographers: Lux by Ken Ossola, set to Fauré’s Requiem; and Glory by Andonis Foniadakis, set to music by Handel.
December 19 to 21 at 8 p.m. at The Performing Arts Center (the Opera House), Tel Aviv