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Out and about: Top 10 things to do
By JERUSALEM POST STAFF
14/02/2013
Ice City Jerusalem is back and better than ever, this year with an Asian-inspired theme.
 
1. FILM
HAIL THE HUMAN SPIRIT




Set against the backdrop of 19th-century France, Les Misérables tells an enthralling story of broken dreams and unrequited love, passion, sacrifice and redemption. Hugh Jackman plays Jean Valjean, hunted for decades by the ruthless policeman Javert, played by Russell Crowe. When Valjean agrees to take care of factory worker Fantine’s (Anne Hathaway in an award-winning performance) young daughter, Cosette, their lives change forever. The adaptation of the stage sensation is directed by Academy Award winner Tom Hooper. At theaters around the country.

2. EXHIBITIONS
DISCOVER THE QUEEN OF SHEBA’S COUNTRY

 “Ethiopia – Land of Wonders,” a new exhibition at the Eretz Israel Museum, tells the story of the African nation that started with the Queen of Sheba, through art, illustrated manuscripts, religious artifacts, clothing, photographs, films and more.

February 15 to June 10 at 2 Haim Levanon Street, Ramat Aviv, www.eretzmuseum.org.il.

3. MIXED BAG
ENJOY THE ICE


Ice City Jerusalem returns, this time with an Asian-inspired theme. The event promises to be larger and more exciting than last year, offering an ice sculpture compound, a skating rink and a dazzling hourlong ice show with Chinese dancers and acrobats. There will also be huge ice slides, an ice maze, rain forests, snowstorms and much more.

February 20 to April 30 at the old railway station compound in Jerusalem.

4.
EAT YOUR FILL DOWN SOUTH


Country Food at Mateh Yehuda, the authentic ethnic festival, returns for the next four weekends, offering a host of food-related events. These include homecooked meals in private homes, specials at local restaurants, visits and tastings at local wineries and breweries, cooking workshops, tours, markets and nature hikes.

To register for one of the tours, go to www.eventi.co.il. For a full program, go to www.m-yehuda.org.il or call *8108.

5. MUSIC
LISTEN TO GYPSY MUSIC


Music inspired by the Gypsy culture is the theme of the Bama Orchestra’s upcoming concerts. Yael Zvi will sing Gypsy songs, as well as arias from Carmen; the Chochorelia ensemble will play music from films; and the orchestra will play pieces by composers such as Brahms and Goran Bregovic. With Roni Porat as host and conductor.

Saturday at 11 a.m. and 12:30 p.m. at the Tel Aviv Museum of Art, (03) 607-7020.

6.
REMEMBER OL’ BLUE EYES


Rabbi Yisrael Lutnick returns to Jerusalem with his Frankly, Sinatra evening. The Broadway Rabbi and his group will rediscover the life and music of Ol’ Blue Eyes.

Saturday, 8:30 p.m. at the Khan Theater (small hall), Jerusalem. NIS 80/70

7. ART
VIEW URBAN ART IN HAIFA


The Spaces Below and the Spaces Above art event will take place in the Turkish Market area in Haifa’s lower city, which will become an alternative urban art area. Taking place in commercial spaces temporarily repurposed for the installation of art projects, the event will feature a variety of artworks in different disciplines, such as installation, performance and video. This venture seeks to contribute to the restoration of the area through cultural activity and facilitate the laying of foundations for interaction between Haifa’s lower city and its upper city.

Opening event today from 4 to 10 p.m. Until February 21.

8.
GET TO KNOW NEW GENRES


Clipa Aduma 6, an international festival of visual theater and performance art, opens on February 22, presenting premieres of visual theater and performances from Israel and abroad. The festival aims to bring in less-known theatrical genres and leading international performance artists, such as groups from Australia, Greece, Germany and France. There will also be two workshops.

February 22– March 5, Clipa Theater, 38 Harakevet St., Tel Aviv. For tickets, call (03) 687-9219 or go to www.aduma.co.il.


9.
HAVE FUN WITH THE KIDS


The Yaron Yerushalmi Festival of Children’s Theater returns to the Suzanne Dellal Center for Purim between February 23-25. The Orna Porat Theater brings 13 productions that will be performed throughout the three-day festival, including three premieres: In Bialik’s Garden, based on poems by the national children’s poet; A Party at the Mouse’s Kindergarten with Israel Gurion; and The Princess and the Pea, a play about sensitivity and acceptance.

For a full program and tickets, go to www.porat-theater.co.il or call (03) 511-1444.

10.
JOIN THE PARADE


The theme of this year’s Holon Adloyada, the country’s largest Purim parade, is Toy Symphony, presenting huge active installations of toy trains composed of 20,000 flowers, Pinocchio and more. In the spirit of the last elections, there will also be replicas of politicians playing on a huge chessboard. An estimated 4,500 participants, including acrobats, street artists, bands and dancers, will be parading.

February 24 in Holon at noon.


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