River folk music
Wednesday’s “Between the Tigris and the Euphrates” concert at
Ramat Gan Theater will offer an opportunity to enjoy some of the classics of
Arab musical lore. The show will be fronted by vocalist Orna Peretz, who will
perform a repertoire culled from folk music from right across the Arab world,
including Iraq, Saudi Arabia, Morocco, Tunisia and Syria.
A mother of
three, Peretz became a professional performer at a relatively late stage. She
worked as a comptroller, but in 1999 she decided on a career change, studying
acting and Arabic singing.
Peretz, who lives in Ramat Gan, will be
supported by the Mahdi Baghdadi ensemble of musicians playing Arabic
instruments, and there will be a guest appearance by Lebanese-born vocalist
Yasmin Lubnan. In addition to the musical entertainment there will be visual
enhancement courtesy of dancers, including Dorit Arobas and her group, Ella
Greenbaum, Iris Dalshad and Janette Nissim.
For tickets and more
information: (03) 578-2553/4 Shaping up for books
There will be a book
exhibition with a difference at the Succa – Green House nursery at Kfar Azar on
June 23. The “Tzura Lasefer” (shape of books) show will feature all manner of
unconventional tomes, including bathtub books floating on water, books on
wheels, squeaking books and books of the sparkling variety. The exhibition opens
at 11 a.m. and will be housed in the Ecological Photography Gallery, in a bus on
the nursery grounds.
The books come from a collection owned by
photographer and multidisciplinary artist Mikie Einhorn Nickelbaum, who
collected books with special shapes over the course of many years. The
exhibition is very much a hands-on affair, and visitors will be able to leaf
through the books while they recline on the lawn next to the gallery.
addition to the exhibition there will be a young illustrators’ workshop for
children. The participants will learn how to produce illustrations for books,
about the role of the illustration and where to get ideas from.
the exhibition is free. The workshop costs NIS 30. For more
information: (050) 527-4929 or mikieinelk@hotmail. com Sunbeat returns
The Sunbeat Festival will take place for the second year running, but at a
different location from the inaugural event. This year’s festival will be hosted
at a more expansive site at Alonim Farm near Kibbutz Alonim in the Jezreel
Valley, with an impressive lineup of acts from all over the world. The festival
will take place on three dates, with the first slot starting tomorrow at 3 p.m.
and further installments in July and September.
includes musical frontier-crossing act Zap Mama from Belgium, which incorporates
r&b, hip-hop and polyphonic music culled from Europe and Africa; Austrian
vocal beatbox act Bauchklang, whose multi-genre stretch encompasses reggae, folk
music, hip-hop, trance and drum’n’ bass; and Israeli singer-songwriter Karolina.
The live stage slots will be augmented by the efforts of DJs Ori Bankhalter and
Elsewhere on the Sunbeat Festival program you can find dance
shows, circus acts, visual art and street theater.
For tickets and more
information: (052) 778-2712, (055) 663-2290 or www.sunbeatfestival.com Gutman’s
quest for colors
A new biography about feted artist Nahum Gutman will be
officially released on Monday at 7:30 p.m. at the Nahum Gutman Museum of Art in
Neveh Tzedek in Tel Aviv. The book, called Nahum Gutman – A Quest for Colors,
was written by author-poet-lyricist Leah Naor and includes copies of Gutman’s
paintings and illustrations as well as documents pertaining to important
junctures in the celebrated artist’s life.
The event will include a panel
discussion about Gutman as well as performances of numbers from his children’s
musical, In the Land of Lobengolo King of the Zulus, by singers from the Operas
Fringe ensemble. Entry to the event is free. For more information:
(03) 516-1970 or www.gutman museum.co.il