Out and About: Top 10 things to do

By COMPILED BY SHAWN RODGERS
May 6, 2011 08:42

British indie veterans Mojave 3 will bring their pop/country/folk dreamscapes to Israel for the first time for a show at Tel Aviv’s Barby Club.

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Mojave 3

mojave 3 311. (photo credit: Courtesy)

 FILM

1. THOR

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Exiled to Earth after his arrogance fans the flames of an ancient conflict, The Mighty Thor (Chris Hemsworth) of Asgard discovers the meaning of humility when a powerful old foe dispatches a destructive force to crush humanity.

Anthony Hopkins, Natalie Portman, Stellan Skarsgard and Tadanobu Asano co-star in a comic-book adventure from acclaimed director Kenneth Branagh.

At selected cinemas throughout the country.

MUSIC

2. MIDDLE EAST BLUES

One of Israel’s most respected musicians, Ehud Banai was one of the first artists to attempt to incorporate traditional Middle Eastern motifs into Western- style rock music. Now catch him as he performs songs from his most recent album, Drops of the Night, as well as hits from previous albums at Herzliya’s Zappa Club. NIS 150.

Tonight, 8:30, Rehov Medinat Hayehudim 85, (03) 767-4646

3. MOJAVE MOJO

British indie veterans Mojave 3 will bring their pop/country/folk dreamscapes to Israel for the first time for a show at Tel Aviv’s Barby Club this week. Recording for cutting edge label 4AD records since 1998, the original trio, expanded over time to a quartet and beyond, have been favorably compared to alt-country staples like The Cowboy Junkies and Mazzy Star, with songwriter Neil Halstead’s tune conjuring up visionaries like Neil Young and Nick Drake.
NIS 179/199.

Saturday, 9 p.m., Rehov Kibbutz Galuyot 52, (03) 518-8123.

EXHIBITION

4. BIBLICAL PROPORTIONS

The international artist Manel Alvarez is considered to be one of the most prominent artists of the new generation of Spanish sculptors.

Alvarez’s works, which are made of solid and noble materials such as stone, iron and wood, are an accurate representation of the heroes, stories and symbols of the Bible he has chosen to sculpt. ‘Inspired’ is an unparalleled art exhibition – the first of its kind in Israel on such a large scale – with statues weighing up to 30 tons and towering up to 10.5 meters high. The exhibition graces the museum’s entrance plaza, where the monumental sculpture The Tower of Babel stands, the entrance hall, the mosaic court, and the museum’s biblical garden.

Ongoing at The Bible Lands Museum, www.blmj.org

MIXED BAG

5. GROWING UP WITH THE STATE

Summer of Aviya is a poignant tale based on the autobiography of Gila Almagor. It is the story of one summer in the life of 10-yearold Aviya, the daughter of a Holocaust survivor, during the first years of Israel’s independence.

In order to celebrate the 25th anniversary of this unique and courageous memoir, the Performing Arts Center in Yavne presents a special performance starring Almagor in her original role. In Hebrew.

Wednesday, 7:30 p.m., (08) 932-0000

6. FLOWER POWER

Tel Aviv’s Meir Park ushers in summer with a flower market running this and every Friday in May.

The event will feature over 40 flower stalls as well as workshops and games to keep the kids entertained, a coffee shop, a juice bar and much more.

Tomorrow, 9 a.m., 35 King George Street.

7. THE LEGEND LIVES ON

The Israel Sinfonietta, under conductor Karin Ben-Josef, presents “Psalm Night,” a tribute to Leah Goldberg, marking the centenary of the poet’s birth. Performing some of her most beloved poems as well as describing her life history will be artists such as Yoni Rechter, Matti Caspi and Yehudit Ravitz. In Hebrew.

Tonight, 8:30, Beersheba Municipal Conservatory, 12 Hameshahrer, (08) 626-6422

8. MORE FUN, LESS GELT

In celebration of Yom Ha’atzmaut, entrance to the Israel Museum is free for the whole family. Other museums and many malls are also offering special activities and shows for kids during the day.

Many of these are free.

JAZZ

9.RED ALERT

Joshua Redman is one of the most acclaimed and charismatic jazz artists to have emerged in the 1990s. In addition to his own projects, Redman has been heard with an array of musicians including Dave Brubeck, Chick Corea, Lionel Hampton, Quincy Jones and Branford Marsalis. Catch the famous saxophonist as he performs two shows with his quartet James Farm at Tel Aviv’s Reading 3.

Runs May 14 and 15, 10 p.m., www.plug.org.il

MIXED BAG

10. LIFE THROUGH A KEYHOLE

The fifth annual Batim Mibifnim (Houses from Within) event takes place in Tel Aviv. The two-day festival aims to give people an insider’s look at some of the architectural gems in the metropolis, offering over 80 free tours in the space of 48 hours. There are walks through the labyrinthine underground passages in the Dizengoff Center and through-the-keyhole tours of leading designers’ and architects’ private homes.

Runs May 20 and 21, www.batim-il.org


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