New York City ballet dancer Nina (Natalie Portman) enters into an
intense battle of wills with a talented and ambitious new arrival (Mila Kunis)
who seems intent on edging her out of the spotlight in this supernatural-
flavored psychological thriller from director Darren Aronofsky.
selected cinemas throughout the country.
2. MIXED BAG
ITS BURNS NIGHT
celebrate the birthday of Scotland’s national poet, Robert Burns, with the best
of Scottish cuisine, music, songs and whiskey at the Scots Hotel in Tiberias.
The evening will be hosted by Tal Hutiner, Johnnie Walker’s ambassador in
Israel. Following a roast beef dinner with traditional haggis, will be
performances by Tal Korenberg on five recorders, accompanied by the Bodhran
Tonight, Rehov G’dud Barak 1, Tiberias, (04) 671-0710 or
3. SCREEN GEMS
The Tel Aviv Cinematheque is hosting a two-day
screenwriters summit throughout in which famed screenwriting gurus Syd Field,
Linda Seger, Michael Hauge and John Truby will provide an in-depth understanding
of screenwriting that is ideal for filmmakers, TV writers, directors and
creative executives. The four will each teach half-day classes followed by a
half-hour Q&A session. In English.
Runs Sunday through Monday,
4. SPOTLIGHT ON IRAN
The Bible Lands Museum
hosts a fascinating program on Iran entitled “From Cyrus the Great to
Ahmadinejad – A Persian Tragedy.” Presented by journalists and travelers
who will share their personal stories, impressions and experiences, the lectures
will shed light on the contemporary reality in each country. A brief
gallery tour will be held prior to each lecture. In Hebrew.NIS 55.
Friday, 10 a.m., Bible Lands Museum, Jerusalem. (02) 561-1066.
DECKING IT OUT
Singer/actress Yael Deckelbaum has adapted her rich, alto voice
to a blues/country style, which has lent itself to many songs originally sung by
Joni Mitchell and Joan Baez as well as jazz/soul numbers from the likes of
Aretha Franklin and Billie Holiday. However, her favorite is Janis Joplin, and
she never gives a performance without including at least one Joplin song. Catch
Deckelbaum as she performs some original material, as well as many popular
folk/country songs.NIS 60. Tonight, 8:30, The Third Ear, 48 King George
Street, Tel Aviv, (03) 621-5220.
THE CHERRY ORCHARD BLOOMS ON
Khan Theater presents a Hebrew adaptation of Anton Chekhov’s The Cherry Orchard.
The last of Chekhov’s four great plays, The Cherry Orchard tells the story of a
provincial land-owning family whose extravagance and mismanagement force them to
sell their property to cover their debts. It is also a powerful love story and
even more, a metaphor for the passing of the old order.Tonight, 5 and
8:30, Kikar David Remez 2, Jerusalem. (02) 671-8281.
7. BY THE SKIN OF YOUR
Merkaz Hamagshimim’s Center Stage Theater presents its rendition of
Thornton Wilder’s Pulitzer Prize-winning classic The Skin of Our Teeth. The play
follows the often funny and occasionally tragic circumstances of the Antrobus
family, who have learned to persevere and even thrive through any number of
natural and personal crises, including war, flood, disease, and even a plague of
locusts.Starts tonight and runs through February 10, Rehov Dor Dor
Vedorshav 7, Jerusalem, (02) 561-9165.
8. A DOODLE DOO
Acclaimed Israeli choreographer Barak Marshall will stage a repeat
performance of his highly successful dance-theater piece Rooster. Consisting of
11 dancers, the work is comprised of several overlapping stories drawn from the
myths and stories of the Middle East.Next Sunday, 6 p.m. and 8 p.m.,
Suzanne Dellal Center, Rehov Yehieli 5, Tel Aviv, (03) 510-5656.
HITTING THE HIGH NOTES
The Israel Opera presents its production of Gaetano
Donizetti’s La Fille du Regiment. This lighthearted gem is about an
orphan girl who is adopted by a whole regiment of Napoleon’s army (meaning that
anyone who wants to marry her must get the regiment’s consent). It
combines sparkling comedy with spectacular vocal writing – not only for the
soprano (Hila Baggio) but also for the tenor (Robert McPherson) who, in one
legendary passage, must produce nine high Cs in quick
succession. Surtitles in English and Hebrew.Runs next Tuesday
through February 19, www.israelopera.co.il
raspy voice and Billie Holiday style, Grammy Award-winning soul and funk diva
Macy Gray returns to Israel for the fourth time. Gray will be appearing
at Reading 3 in Tel Aviv for two shows as part of a European tour in support of
her latest album The Sellout.
February 11 and 12, www.reading3.co.il.