1. ON THIN ICE
The film I, Tonya tells the story of talented figure skater Tonya Harding, who was the first American woman to complete a triple axel jump in a competition. In 1994, her world came crashing down when her ex-husband conspired to injure fellow Olympic hopeful Nancy Kerrigan in a poorly conceived attack that forced the young skater to withdraw from the national championship. Harding’s life and legacy instantly became tarnished, as she was forever associated with one of the most infamous scandals in sports history. With Margot Robbie, Sebastian Stan, Allison Janney.
2. THE NEW FAMILY
Tim Robbins and Holly Hunter star in the new dark comedy-drama TV series Here and Now, created by Emmy winner Alan Ball (Six Feet Under, True Blood). The first 10-episode season focuses on a contemporary multi-racial family, made up of a husband, a wife, three adopted children from Somalia, Vietnam and Colombia, and one biological child, who find their bonds tested.
The series begins airing on February 12 on HBO
3. PLAYING PSALMS
The Nigun Yerushalayim ensemble sets out on a musical journey inspired by the Book of Psalms. The ensemble juxtaposes traditional melodies created in the various diasporas and new melodies composed by the ensemble’s musicians. The performance moves between Shirat Hama’aneh of Sephardi synagogues, melodies of longing from Eastern Europe and new Israeli music. Hillel Mali, flute; Moshe Shalev, santur, tar; Ilan Keinan, guitar; Yigal Harush, kamanja, nai; Yoni Sharon, percussion.
February 8 at 8:30 p.m., Confederation House, Jerusalem
4. ROCK AROUND THE WINTER CLOCK
Jerusalem’s annual Sha’on Horef festival (Winter Noise) is a colorful, lively celebration of modern Israeli culture.
Setting the stage for 200 artists, poets, musicians and dancers, the festival lights up the city during the coldest month of the year. The festival will take place every Monday evening throughout the month of February, each time in a different area of the city. Events are held in various bars, cafes, bookstores, clothing shops and galleries, as well as on several streets themselves.
For information about the festival and specific events: http://www.young-city.co.il
5. CHAMBER MUSIC CONCERT
The Israel Camerata Orchestra places Pergolesi’s Stabat Mater at the center of its next concert. British conductor Paul Goodwin will lead the concert series, with soloists soprano Keren Motseri and British countertenor Rupert Enticknap. Also on the program: Corelli’s Concerto Grosso No. 3 in C Minor Op. 6; Scarlatti’s Salve Regina; Mozart’s Exsultate Jubilate.
February 3 at 9 p.m. and February 4 at 8 p.m., Tel Aviv Museum of Art; February 6 at 8 p.m., Jerusalem Theatre; February 8 at 8:30 p.m., Savyon Culture House. For tickets, call 1-700-552-000.
6. DIAL B FOR BONOBO
Grammy nominee Bonobo (DJ, musician Simon Green) will give a concert in Tel Aviv. Bonobo entered the music scene with his debut album Animal Magic. Greene, who plays a variety of instruments, has been known to have samplings and refreshing influences from the jazz and world music regions. His second album, Dial M for Monkey, was released in 2003. Since 2010, he has been performing with a large ensemble accompanied by singers and musicians.
February 21, Pavilion 2, Exhibition Gardens, Tel Aviv
7. A MIXED REPERTOIRE
The Georgian State Ballet arrives with its artistic director prima ballerina Nina Ananiashvili, who was prima ballerina at the Bolshoi, The American Ballet ABT and the Royal Ballet of London. The company’s repertoire includes classical and neoclassical works, as well as contemporary dance creations by renowned choreographers.
February 20, Performing Arts Center, Beersheba; February 21 to 24, Herzliya Performing Arts Center; February 26, Jerusalem Theatre; February 27, Haifa Auditorium
8. SOUND DIRECTIONS
Double Operation is an installation-performance created by Itzik Giuli and Ido Feder, in conjunction with artist Lee Nevo and illumination artist Yoav Barel. The dance piece draws inspiration from the way the physical body of sound artists is present when they use it to produce music.
February 2 at 9:30 p.m.; February 3 at 9:30 p.m.; February 6 and 7 at 8 p.m., Mendel Cultural Center, 1 Hatkuma St., Jaffa
9. FAIRYTALE OPERA
The Jerusalem Academy of Music and Dance, together with the Jerusalem Opera, present composer Engelbert Humperdinck’s opera Hansel and Gretel, directed by Ari Teperberg. Omer Arieli conducts the Ashdod Symphony Orchestra. The solos are sung by students of the academy and the Jerusalem Opera.
February 20 and 21 at 8:30 p.m., Beit Shmuel, 6 Eliahu Shema St., Jerusalem. For tickets, call Bimot at *6226.
10. SCIENCE AND SPIRITUALITY
Mentor and author Gregg Braden will host a fivehour event in Tel Aviv. Braden is internationally renowned as a pioneer in bridging science, spirituality and human potential. His discoveries have led to 12 award-winning books, published in more than 40 languages. The event is in English.
March 9 from 9:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m., Habima Theater, Rovina Hall, Tel Aviv.
Info: www.eventim.co.il/ greggbraden