Scene from the film 'Last Flag Flying'.
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1. A RITE OF PASSAGE
2. COWBOYS AND ANDROIDS
Richard Linklater’s new film Last Flag Flying is about the somber reunion of three Vietnam War veterans. Thirty years after serving together, Larry “Doc” Shepherd, Sal Nealon and the Rev. Richard Mueller reunite for a different type of mission: to bury Doc’s son, a young Marine killed in Iraq.
Forgoing burial at Arlington National Cemetery, Doc and his buddies take the casket on a bittersweet trip up the coast to New Hampshire. Along the way, the three men find themselves reminiscing and coming to terms with their shared memories of a war that continues to shape their lives. With Steve Carell, Bryan Cranston, Laurence Fishburne.
HBO’s Emmy-winning sci-fi TV series Westworld returns for a second season. Westworld’s first season was filmed long before the Me Too movement came to prominence, but star Evan Rachel Wood sees parallels between activist victims of sexual misconduct and the abused android hosts rising up against authority in the sci-fi drama. “Season 2 is very much about the uprising and the reckoning and … the phoenix rising from the ashes,” she said. “To have that mirror what’s been going on is really weird.”The series begins airing in Israel on April 23 on HOT VOD and HOT HBO.
3. ECHOES OF TIME AND SPACE
The Inbal Pinto & Avshalom Pollak Dance Company presents a new piece called Fugue. The reflective work is about a revived past, lost worlds, shadows and figures taking shape, memories that reverberate like a distant inner voice. Pinto, in collaboration with musician Maya Belsitzman, examines periods of time and their location in space, creating a rich array of colors, sensations and sounds.April 14 at 5 p.m. & 9 p.m.; April 15 at 9 p.m.; May 2 & 3 at 9 p.m., Suzanne Dellal Center, Tel Aviv 4. MOVING MUSIC
Conductor Andres Mustonen will lead a concert of Dvorak’s Requiem, a moving musical piece that is not often performed. With the Rishon LeZion Symphony Orchestra; the Jerusalem Academy Choir, led by Stanley Sperber; the Emek Hefer Choir, led by Shimon Levtov; soprano Alla Vasilevitsky; mezzo-soprano Monika-Evelin Liiv; tenor Oliver Kuusik; and bass Priit Volmar.April 14 at 9 p.m., Performing Arts Center, Rishon Lezion; April 15 at 8 p.m., Beit Ha’am, Rehovot; April 16 at 8 p.m., Opera House, Tel Aviv 5. ISRAEL’S YOUNG MUSICIANS
The Jerusalem Symphony Orchestra presents a concert in celebration of Israel’s 70th anniversary, conducted by Frédéric Chaslin. With young soloists violinist Michael Shaham, violist Noga Shaham and pianist Tom Borrow. On the program: a medley of Israeli songs arranged by Yaron Gottfried; Chopin’s Piano Concerto No. 1; Mozart’s Sinfonia Concertante for Violin, Viola and Orchestra K. 364; and Beethoven’s Symphony No. 5.April 18 at 9:30 p.m., Jerusalem Theatre 6. REVOLUTIONS AND MUSICIANS
Now in its sixth year, the annual Independence Day event at the Tower of David Museum will host an evening of music, parties and discussions that focus on local revolutions. On the main stage, singer Ehud Banai will perform, followed by Jerusalem’s Michal Lotan and DJ Netta Zeevi, who will keep the party going until the wee hours. In the other sections of the museum, the discussions and encounters will take place.
April 18. Doors open at 8:30 p.m.7. FROM RUSSIA WITH TCHAIKOVSKY
The Russian Ballet Theatre of St. Petersburg returns to Israel in honor of the 70th anniversary of the State of Israel, performing two of Tchaikovsky’s masterpieces – Swan Lake and The Nutcracker, choreographed by Marius Petipa and Lev Ivanov. The Russian Ballet Theatre was established in 1990 in St. Petersburg by a group of professional soloists and ballet dancers from the renowned Mariinsky Theater, who developed what is now known as the St. Petersburg style.April 20 to 22 at 9 p.m., Opera House, Tel Aviv 8. CINEMA ITALIAN STYLE
The Italian Film Festival, Cinema Italia, comes to the cinematheques next week, with eight new films and five classics. The opening film, Love and Bullets, directed by the Manetti Brothers, is a musical Mafia film that won the David di Donatello Award, the Italian Oscar. It tells of the underworld of Naples and brings even the cruelest Mafioso to the dance floor.April 21 to 28 at the Jerusalem, Tel Aviv and Haifa cinematheques 9. UNBRIDLED ANGER
Habima Theater performs Michael Kohlhaas, a play based on a novel by Heinrich von Kleist about a German horse dealer whose pedigree horses are unlawfully confiscated by a local nobleman. Driven by a sense of justice, Kohlhaas tries his utmost to redress the misdeed, but to no avail. He responds to this failure by setting out on a vengeful rampage against the aristocrat who wronged him and the country that ignored his plight.
April 28 at 9 p.m., Jerusalem Theatre. This performance has English surtitles.10. INSANELY SUCCESSFUL
British band Jamiroquai will perform in Tel Aviv next month. Jamiroquai was one of the most prominent bands in the 1990s, with acid-jazz sounds and popular hits such as “Virtual Insanity,” “Cosmic Girl,” “Alright,” and “Space Cowboy.” The group has released eight studio albums, the most recent being 2017’s Automaton. Last year the band began its world tour.May 2, Zappa Club, Tel Aviv