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Grease’ star Jeff Conaway dies at 60 LOS ANGELES (Reuters) – Actor Jeff Conaway,
best known for his roles in the movie Grease and the 1970s TV series Taxi, died
on Friday at the aged of 60, his manager said.
Conaway, who had a history
of addictions to drug, alcohol and prescription painkillers, was hospitalized
two weeks ago after being found unconscious in his Los Angeles area
At the time, he was also suffering from pneumonia and sepsis and
was recovering from a recent back surgery.
Those factors, coupled with
the effects of long-term addiction, meant he never regained
The actor's manager Phil Brock said his family took him
off life support on Thursday and he died on Friday morning, surrounded by his
sisters, nieces and nephews.
Conaway found fame when he starred as the
wise-cracking teen Kenickie in the 1978 film musical Grease, alongside John
Travolta and Olivia Newton-John. He also became a television regular for playing
Wheeler, a cab driver, on the hit comedy Taxi.
Conaway's problems with
addiction were documented in 2008 when he appeared on the TV series Celebrity
Sarah Silverman to perform in Tel Aviv
Sassy American comedian and
actress Sarah Silverman will do her standup act next month in Tel Aviv at the
Wohl Amphitheater on June 25. The popular, irreverent comic will be in Israel to
participate in the Presidents Conference taking place June 21-23 at Binyanei
Silverman, known for her salty routines and her 2005 film Jesus is
Magic, also hosted a popular TV series – The Sarah Silverman Show – for three
years. She often touches on her Judaism and being Jewish in the US in her
• David Brinn CSNY tribute band to rock Jerusalem
only homegrown Crosby, Stills, Nash and Young tribute band, Long Time Gone, has
transformed from a strictly acoustic affair into a full-blown electric rave
Formed several years ago by American immigrant Eliyahu Sidikman, and
featuring father and son team Steve and Zvi Rodan on bass and drums
respectively, the six-piece band will be giving one of their first ‘electric’
concerts on June 1 at the Yellow Submarine in Jerusalem.
As an acoustic
trio on songs like “Suite: Judy Blue Eyes” and “Helpless,” Long Time Gone nailed
the iconic group’s harmonies and vibe to perfection. Chances are they’ll do
wonders with the sinewy guitar jams on “Carry On,” “Ohio” as well as choice
offerings from the band’s ‘cousins’ like Buffalo Springfield and The Byrds.
David Brinn TA to host World Dance Festival
World Dance 2011 takes place at the
Wohl Amphitheater in Tel Aviv’s Ganei Yehoshua from July 11 – 30 with local
dance companies as well as visitors from Spain, France, and the US.
Israel Ballet will present the full length Don Quixote – a treat for classical
ballet fans, who can also enjoy a return visit by an octet of dancers from the
New York City Ballet with George Balanchine’s Who Cares?as well as duets from
perennial favorites such as The Sleeping Beauty.
Jacoby & Pronk are
Drew Jacoby and Rubinald Pronk, a couple of classically trained super-dancers
who have drawn superlatives from critics. They will dance three duets, sharing
the stage with Barak Marshall’s dancers doing excerpts from Rooster and dancers
from Suzanne Dellal’s The Project.
Other events include a Spanish Gala
and MadriDanca, featuring both local and visiting flamenco artists, as well as
Choreographical Effect with dancers from the Paris Opera Ballet.
• Helen Kaye