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Beit Lessin honors its own
At Beit Lessin’s annual Excellence Awards ceremony
last week actors Miriam Zohar and Ilan Dar, currently on stage together in Her
Last Day, each won a Life Achievement award. Playwright/director Hillel
Mittelpunkt, whose new play Maxi and Me opens shortly, won the Creativity Award.
Best Actor went to Lior Ashkenazi for his comic tour de force in Le Prenom
(First Name) currently playing at the theater, and to Michal Stammler both for
Sheindele and Glass Wall. Other prizes went to Assi Levy, Yaniv Levy and Hadas
• Jerusalem Post Staff New season at Israel Opera
Opening with a bang,
the Israel Opera inaugurates its 27th season with opera’s most famous double
bill, Mascagni’s Cavalleria Rusticana and Leoncavallo’s Pagliacci. Directed by
Giancarlo del Monaco-Zuckerman and conducted by IO music director David Stern,
Cav and Pag plays at the Tel Aviv performing Arts Center (TAPAC) from December 1
December is also Opera Month, courtesy of the IO and the Tel Aviv
municipality, with free opera events on Rothschild Blvd. on December 2,9,16 and
23, and at the new Station Plaza (down by the old railway station near the sea)
on December 10,17 and 24, featuring costumed extras and singers from the Israel
From December 1-3, in a big tent on the TAPAC plaza the
public can watch live performances of Pagliacci on a big screen, preceded by a
concert of arias by IO singers, and it’s all free.
• Jerusalem Post Staff Black
Sabbath announce new album
LOS ANGELES (Reuters) – Veteran British rock band
Black Sabbath announced on Friday they are reuniting in their original four man
line-up for their first new album in 33 years and a 2012 world
Singer Ozzy Osbourne, guitarist Tony Iommi, bass player Geezer
Butler and drummer Bill Ward told a news conference at legendary Sunset Strip
club Whisky a Go Go they would perform at the Download Festival in England in
June 2012, and then embark on a world tour.
The band, which first got
together under the Black Sabbath name in 1969, said they were working on new
material for the album, for release in the fall of 2012. There is no title as
yet but it will be produced by Rick Rubin.
The band also announced the
launch of its first official website, www.blacksabbath.com, and said it would be
making its first foray into social media via Facebook and Twitter.Oscars
bring back Billy Crystal
LOS ANGELES (Reuters) – Oscar organizers last week
brought back funnyman Billy Crystal to host the film awards after recent days of
turmoil that led to the departure of one producer and his handpicked emcee Eddie
Crystal, who has hosted the widely-watched Hollywood telecast
eight times previously, announced his new job on Twitter with a post: “Am doing
the Oscars so the young woman in the pharmacy will stop asking my name when I
pick up prescriptions. Looking forward to the show.”
follows days of drama at the academy after producer Brett Ratner last week used
a gay slur at a screening of his movie Tower Heist, which stars
He apologized publicly on Monday, but his contrition failed to
stem the firestorm. He resigned one day later.
Murphy, who had been lured
by Ratner to host the Oscar telecast, followed his boss out the door on
The academy responded by hiring A Beautiful Mind producer and
Hollywood veteran Brian Grazer to replace Ratner, leaving the choice of a host
The upcoming Oscars for the movies of 2011 will take place on
February 26, 2012.