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
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
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.
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
All the cuts on the album were written by
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
The show starts at 9:30 p.m.
For more information:
www.yellowsubmarine.org.il • Barry Davis Israelis wow Brazilians with ‘Donna
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.
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.
Funds for the trip came from the festival, the Israeli foreign office
and donations. • Jerusalem Post Staff Ron Arad installation at Israel Museum
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.
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
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
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