Arts in Brief: May 9

Coen brothers to accept prize at TAU; Redman brings James Farm to TA; Enrique Iglesias show rescheduled.

May 8, 2011 22:38
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Coen brothers to accept prize at TAU

The multi-Oscar-winning brother film directing team, Joel and Ethan Coen, will be in Israel on May 15 to accept the Dan David Prize, an award of $1 million.

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They will give a press conference, attend the award ceremony and hold a symposium at Tel Aviv University.

The Dan David Prize is an international enterprise, endowed by the Dan David Foundation and headquartered at Tel Aviv University. The prizes are intended to encourage innovation and are given for three “dimensions”: past, present and future. The Coens have been awarded it in the present dimension, for enriching and influencing life today through their films. Dan David Prize winners must give 10 percent of their award to graduate students in their field.

The Coen brothers’ most recent film is True Grit, starring Jeff Bridges, and they won Best Picture and Best Director Oscars for their 2007 film, No Country for Old Men. They also directed the cult hit, The Big Lebowski, and the acclaimed films Fargo, Blood Simple, and Raising Arizona.

• Hannah Brown

Redman brings James Farm to TA

Award-winning American jazz saxophonist Joshua Redman is bringing his latest project to Israel next week – a quartet collective called James Farm.

The band begins a world tour with two nights at the Reading 3 in Tel Aviv on May 14 and 15, followed by performances throughout Europe before returning to the US to play this summer at the Newport and Monterey Jazz Festivals.

Joining Redman, who has performed with world class musicians like Chick Corea, McCoy Tyner and Pat Metheny will be pianist Aaron Parks, bassist Matt Penman and drummer Eric Harland.

James Farm’s debut album was released last week and was called by the New York Times “a model of dazzling proficiency.”

All About Jazz wrote that “James Farm’s eponymous debut not only confirms the group’s egalitarian nature, but positions this über-quartet of established and rising stars as a clear force with which to be reckoned.”

• David Brinn

Enrique Iglesias show rescheduled

The date for the Israeli debut of Latin singing sensation Enrique Iglesias has been changed due to conflicts in his schedule, the show’s representatives announced last week.

Originally scheduled for May 31, the show will now take place two days later, on June 1 at the Nokia Arena in Tel Aviv.

The 35-year-old son of Julio Iglesias is one of the most popular singers in the world, with dozens of Spanish and English hits to his credit. Last week, Iglesias walked away with nine awards at the Billboard Latin Music Awards.

• David Brinn

Paul McCartney to wed for third time LOS ANGELES (Reuters) – Paul McCartney is set to wed for the third time after proposing to his New York businesswoman girlfriend of four years, Nancy Shevell.

The London-based spokesman for the former Beatle confirmed on Friday that McCartney and Shevell were engaged, but declined to give further details.

Shevell, 51, who is divorced, and the notoriously private McCartney, 68, are reported to have begun dating about four years ago, following the Fab Four singer’s bitter split with second wife, Heather Mills.

American celebrity magazine Us Weekly reported on Friday that the “Can’t Buy Me Love” singer popped the question last weekend “during a romantic candlelit dinner for two.”

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