1. Watch Rush transform
Set against the backdrop of European art auctions, The Best Offer, the new film by Cinema Paradiso director Giuseppe Tornatore, boasts a magnetic performance by Geoffrey Rush as an eccentric art auctioneer whose life is changed when a potential client is revealed to be even more isolated than he is. With Jim Sturgess and Donald Sutherland.
2. A cinematic state of MIND
The States of Mind Film Festival, in collaboration with leading diplomatic, cultural and educational institutions in the US, celebrates independent American films in Israel. Don’t miss the opportunity to see films that will never reach our cinemas, such as the opening film What Maisie Knew.
Sunday to Wednesday, Lev Cinema, Tel Aviv, www.statesofmind.org
3. Enjoy the competition
Six choreographers will compete for cash prizes and audience recognition in the 17th edition of Shades of Dance at the Suzanne Dellal Center in Tel Aviv. The festival will kick off with an evening dedicated to The Rite of Spring. Hillel Kogan will perform his own take on the ballet, followed by an improvisation session danced by 11 performers.
August 28-31. For more information, visit www.suzannedellal.org.il.
4. Catch the heat
Dancer-choreographer Ido Tadmor premieres a new work, Rust, an Israeli-Polish co-production with Polish dancer Elwira Piorun, as part of the Hot Dance Festival.
Tuesday at 9 p.m., Suzanne Dellal Center, Tel Aviv.
5. Listen to the organ
British organist Tristan Mitchard will join Israeli soprano Tal Katzir in an organ music marathon at the Augusta Victoria Church in Jerusalem. With the Jerusalem Festival Orchestra and conductor Vladimir Bershevitz.
Saturday at noon. For more details and tickets, call (02) 535-6954.
6. Get ready
The Haifa Museum of Art celebrates 100 years of the Ready-Made art movement with a special tribute group exhibition inspired by Marcel Duchamp’s first readymade piece presented in 1913 in Paris. Some 36 leading Israeli contemporary artists are participating in the exhibition.
Opens Saturday at 8 p.m. Haifa Museum of Art, 26 Shabtai Levy, (04) 911-5990, www.hma.org.il.
7. Be realistic
A new hyper-realism art exhibition, “Reality,” is on display in Haifa. The group exhibition from the extensive collection of Dubi Schiff presents works by 20 leading Israeli realist and figurative artists. Opens today at 7 p.m. Grand Art Gallery, Grand Kanyion, Haifa. Until November 30. (04) 812-1111.
8. Cycle a toy
A new exhibition is opening at the Old Jaffa Museum of Antiquities. “Toy Cycle: Toys in surprising combinations,” brings an international social-recycling enterprise called Ocean Soles from Africa, with toys made from flip-flops found in the ocean, alongside works by Israeli artists, recycling workshops and new ideas for toys by design students September 2 to December 31 at 10 Mifratz Shlomo promenade, Jaffa. www.toycycle.co.il. Open Tuesday to Thursday 10 to 5; Friday 10 to 2; Saturday 10 to 6; holidays 10 to 8. Closed holiday eves.
9. Save the Date After dazzling audiences around the globe, The Aluminum Show returns to Israel for four performances. The unique and energetic experience for the whole family, which combines dance, acrobatics and a lot of humor, debuted at the Israel Festival in 2003 and soon gained worldwide recognition. The show gives new meaning to recovered industrial materials as the cast performs with them and interacts with the audience.
September 19 at 8:30 p.m. at the Jerusalem Theater (*6226). September 21 at 8:30 p.m. at the Beersheba Arts Center (*8949). September 22 at 8:30 p.m. at the Kiryat Motzkin Theater, (04) 838- 4777. September 24 at 8:30 p.m. at the Tel Aviv Gesher Theater, (03) 515-7000.
10. Listen to Lanyi
In advance of his appearance in Paris on September 7 at the Eglise Saint Merri, Jerusalem-born pianist-violinistcomposer Ariel Lanyi will give a piano recital in Jerusalem. On the program: Haydn, Chopin, Bartok and Brahms.
September 1 at 7 p.m. Navon Hall, Jerusalem Academy of Music, Givat Ram campus. Free admission.