1. FILM
JOIN THE HUNT


Kathryn Bigelow’s riveting film Zero Dark Thirty is a chronicle of the decade-long hunt for al-Qaida terrorist leader Osama bin Laden after the September 11, 2001, attacks and his death at the hands of Navy SEAL Team 6 in May 2011. Starring Jessica Chastain, Joel Edgerton and Chris Pratt.



2. OPERA
DISCOVER ‘IVONE’


A Israeli original opera in Hebrew will premiere this weekend at the unlikely venue of the central bus station in Tel Aviv. Ivone, by Gilad Philip Ben-David, is set in Berlin in 2009, where a secondgeneration religious Israeli young man meets the beautiful Ivone, who lures him into a world of violence and eroticism.

Friday at 9 p.m. and Saturday at noon, central bus station, Tel Aviv, NIS 80. Tickets must be purchased in advance. (03) 681-9289/294.


3.
HAVE A HAUNTING EXPERIENCE


Celebrating Benjamin Britten’s centennial, the Israeli Opera’s next production, in English, is the composer’s opera The Turn of the Screw, based on the novella by Henry James. This 20th-century English opera premiered on September 14, 1954, and was described as one of the most dramatically appealing English operas. The story revolves around a young governess who battles ghosts in an old English mansion in an attempt to protect two young children.

February 12 to 22 at the Opera House, Tel Aviv, (03) 692-777, www.israelopera.co.il

4.
LOVE THOSE ARIAS


Well-known romantic arias from popular operas will be performed by solo singers of Eterna Opera, the Jerusalem Chamber Opera as part of the Art Rainbow project.

Saturday, 12:30 p.m. at the Beit Jamal Monastery. NIS 60 (NIS 50 for residents of the area. Free for children under 10). For tickets, call 054-474-4799.

5. MUSIC
HEAD FOR THE METROPOLIS


The Third Metropolis, a group of talented performers, will premiere in Tel Aviv at the Zappa Club with guest singer Micha Shitrit. The stellar ensemble includes Efrat Gosh, Dana Adini, Zlil Danin and Barak Gabizon. The production, which began as a recorded project by Ofer Meiri, has already spawned two successful CDs and is now returning with a third album. Songs from all three albums will be performed in the concert.

Wednesday at 10 p.m. at Zappa Club Tel Aviv. NIS 99. Call *9080. Saturday at 9 p.m. at Beit Shmuel, Jerusalem

6.
SING ALONG


Zimrat Ha’aretz, an association devoted to the preservation of Israeli songs, celebrates its fifth anniversary with a series of sing-along evenings saluting the fathers of Israeli song, combining old and new. Based on the audience joining in the singing with leading hosts, guest singers and musicians, the series opens with Gila Hassid, Uzi Rosenblat and Esther Rada.

7. EXHIBITIONS
HONOR THE KING

”Herod the Great, the King’s Final Journey” is the world’s first exhibition about the life and legacy of the controversial King Herod. Featuring rare archeological finds, the display includes the monumental burial chamber discovered in 2007. Guided tours are offered in English and Hebrew.

Opens Tuesday at the Israel Museum, Jerusalem

8. MIXED
HELP FIGHT BREAST CANCER


The Hamashbir Latzarchan chain is holding the annual Fight Breast Cancer event Red Lipstick Day, during which red lipsticks will be sold for NIS 15. All the proceeds will be donated to the Israel Cancer Association’s project Look Better, Feel Better, inspired by a similar event held annually at Harrods of London.

Sunday till next Saturday at all Hamashbir stores.


9.
DISCOVER THE MAGIC OF THAILAND


Sixteen dancers and nine musicians will be making their way to Jerusalem and Tel Aviv to present traditional Thai music and dance in a show that has wowed audiences around the world. Performing the ancient Khon style originating in 1400, the show incorporates singing, dance, theater acrobatics and instrumental music.

February 27 at 5:30 p.m. and 8 p.m. at Habimah Theater, Tel Aviv, 072-222-2515. February 28 at the Gerard Behar Center, Jerusalem at 8:30 p.m. (02) 625-1139.

10.
GET INTO THE GROOVE


Acclaimed bass player Avishai Cohen joins drummer Jorge Rossi for four concerts with pianist Nitay Hershkovitz.

February 28 at Zappa Club Jerusalem. March 1, 2 and 3 at Zappa Club Tel Aviv. For tickets, call *9080 or go to www.zappa-club.co.il