July 25: Arts in Brief

Jefferson Starship to land in Tel Aviv; Friedman in ‘Sunrise’ concert; Israelis wow Brazilians with ‘Donna Flor’; Ron Arad installation at Israel Museum; Oscar-winning writer Frank Pierson dies.

July 24, 2012 22:14
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Israelis wow Brazilians with ‘Donna Flor'

Donna Flor (370). (photo credit: courtesy/pr)

Jefferson Starship to land in Tel Aviv

News that American oldies band Jefferson Starship is coming to Israel for the first time raises the question as to which Jefferson Starship it is – the late ‘60s-mid ‘70s psychedelic rocket led by Jefferson Airplane alumni Paul Kantner and Grace Slick, or the vapid pop 1980s version fronted by Mickey Thomas and Slick which was responsible for commercial hits like “We Built This City” and “Sarah.”

Thankfully, the band appearing at Reading 3 in Tel Aviv September 4 is the Kantner vehicle, albeit minus Slick, and the focus of the material is from the heyday of Haight Ashbury originals by the Airplane, like “Volunteers,” “Wooden Ships” and “White Rabbit” and from the early years of the Starship, like “Miracles” and “Count on Me.”

Joining Kantner is original Starship member David Freiberg on guitar, and Cathy Richardson taking on the female vocals.

• David Brinn

Friedman in ‘Sunrise’ concert

Amit Friedman will showcase his new debut CD, Sunrise, at the Yellow Submarine in Jerusalem on July 26.

The 31-year-old saxophonist has been a feature of the local jazz scene for some time, including as a member of Avi Lebovich’s highly popular 13-piece orchestra, and has played with numerous visiting luminaries such as New York guitarist Peter Bernstein and American reedman Grant Stewart.

For Sunrise, Friedman put together a top-drawer lineup of local jazz artists, including veteran guitarist-oud player Amos Hoffman, pianist Omri Mor, bass player Gilad Abro, drummer Amir Bresler and percussionist Rony Ivrin. The album also features singer-songwriter Tamar Eisenman and, on one number, a string quartet.

All the cuts on the album were written by Friedman.

Sunrise is a mix of straight ahead jazz, bluesy passages, some Latin references and Middle Eastern textures, with more than a nod in the direction of the Israeli Songbook.

The Jerusalem gig will feature Friedman, Hoffman, Abro and Ivrin, with Hod Moshonov on piano and Ofri Nehemia on drums.

The show starts at 9:30 p.m.

For more information: www.yellowsubmarine.org.il

• Barry Davis

Israelis wow Brazilians with ‘Donna Flor’

The authorities were so delighted with the Yoram Loewenstein Acting Studio production of Donna Flor and Her Two Husbands at the recent Blumenau Festival (5-12/7) in Blumenau, Brazil, that Donna Flor has been invited back to participate in the Student Theater Festival from October 10-12.

The story concerns sexy, pretty Dona Flor who has the best of both worlds with the ghost of hubby No.1 as her lover, and in this world, amiable, stolid hubby No. 2.

Funds for the trip came from the festival, the Israeli foreign office and donations.

• Jerusalem Post Staff

Ron Arad installation at Israel Museum

The Israel Museum, Jerusalem, and the Jerusalem Season of Culture will present Ron Arad’s monumental installation, 720° – an immersive experience that presents 360-degree screenings of films and video art – in the heart of the Museum’s Isamu Noguchi-designed Billy Rose Art Garden.

Each evening, video works and films by Mat Collishaw, Ori Gersht, Christian Marclay and David Shrigley, among many others, will be projected on 720° in an hour-long loop.

720° will be presented from August 16 through September 5, and will feature a nightly scheduled program of video projections by leading multi-media artists, together with surprise, one-time-only performances by Israeli performers and performance artists.

• Jerusalem Post Staff

Oscar-winning writer Frank Pierson dies

Frank Pierson, who won an Oscar for his screenplay for the 1975 film Dog Day Afternoon, died on Monday at age 87, representatives for the writer said.

Pierson passed away of natural causes at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles, said the Writers Guild of America, West, a group for which Pierson once served as president.

Pierson most recently co-wrote an episode of the critically acclaimed television show Mad Men that aired earlier this year, and he had roughly 20 writing credits in television and film.

But he is best known for Dog Day Afternoon, which starred Al Pacino as a man who tries to rob a bank to pay for his male lover’s sex change operation and becomes a hero to a crowd of bystanders during a standoff with police.

Pierson also directed the 1976 Barbra Streisand film A Star Is Born and several made-for-television movies.

Aside from his Oscar win for Dog Day Afternoon, Pierson also was nominated for Oscars for his writing on the 1965 Western Cat Ballou and 1967 prison drama Cool Hand Luke.

• Reuters

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