1. Film: SUMMER FUN
Chef (2014) – Refusing to compromise his artistic integrity chef Carl Casper quits his job at a prominent Los Angeles restaurant and teams up with his ex-wife, his friend and his son to launch a food truck in Miami. With Jon Favreau (who also wrote and directed), John Leguizamo, Robert Downey Jr. and Scarlett Johansson.
2. Festival: LA TRAVIATA AT MASADA
The Israeli Opera’s annual festival at the foot of Masada returns and this year it will be an all-new and ravishing production of Verdi’s most popular opera La Traviata that will come alive in the middle of the Judean Desert with maestro Daniel Oren conducting and a cast of international soloists.
June 12, 14, 16 and 17 at 9:30 p.m. Sung in Italian with English surtitles. A one-time concert of the Israel Philharmonic Orchestra playing Beethoven’s symphonies Nos. 1 and 9 will take place at the same site June 15. For tickets and information go to www.opera-masada.com or call *6226.
3. Festival: LIGHT IN THE CITY
The sixth International Festival of Light in Jerusalem’s Old City starts Wednesday. The festival’s program includes many light shows, three-dimensional artistic displays and huge video projections on landmark Old City buildings, as well as activities for the whole family.
Until June 19, daily except Friday, from 8 to 11 p.m.
4. Art: AN UNSTABLE WORLD
Unstable Places, a new exhibition at the Israel Museum in Jerusalem, examines the political, existential and psychological instability of today’s world. The exhibition presents a selection of works by some of today’s most innovative and talented contemporary artists.
5. Art: CONTROVERSIAL ISSUES The new exhibition at the Jerusalem Artists House, No-Man’s-Land – seeks to penetrate the depths of irresolvable situations or forbidden territories, exploring different aspects such as recklessness, abandonment and loss of control. The desire to penetrate and probe limits and borders finds a unique expression in each of the works.
Free entrance, Saturday 12 noon.
6. Art: EXHIBITION SILK SCREEN
Unfolding Worlds: Japanese Screens from the Gitter-Yelen Collection are presented for the first time in Israel. A total of 18 exquisite handcrafted Japanese screens illustrate the richness of Japanese art.
At the Israel Museum in the capital, from Saturday through November.
7. Music: BEAT BONANZA
The forthcoming tremolo jazz concert (Tuesday at the Jerusalem Theater), as part of the Israel Festival, will get you moving. The backbone of the star-studded show is the Tremolo Ensemble who, as the evening progresses, will be joined by a stellar roll call of top performers.
For tickets and more information: *6226, (02) 623-7000 and http://israel-festival.org/English.
8. Music: BEETHOVEN’S BEST A Beethoven Quartet Cycle Marathon will be performed by The American String Quartet: Peter Winograd and Laurie Carney, violins, Daniel Avshalomov, viola and Wolfram Koessel, cello. In the program string quartets Nos. 3, 16 and 8.
June 14 at 9 p.m. at the Tel Aviv Museum of Art (NIS 95 to NIS 135).
9. Dance: A CLASSIC Last chance to see Ohad Naharin’s intimate piece Mamutot (“Mammoths”), which has become a classic of modern dance performed around the globe. It will be performed by the Batsheva Dance Company tonight at 9, tomorrow at 2 p.m. and Saturday at 7 and 9 p.m., at the Suzanne Dellal Center in Tel Aviv. For tickets call: (03) 510-5656.
10. Dance: FAIRYTALE EVENT French choreographer Thierry Malandain and his troupe perform his acclaimed Cinderella ballet as part of the Israel Festival dance program and the Babel project for youth. Malandain has successfully developed a language striving for harmony between modern and classical, history and today’s world.
The performance will be followed by a magical banquet.
June 12 at 7 p.m. at the Jerusalem Theater.