Out and About: Top 10 things to do

The Yardbirds play at the Barby Club, Tel Aviv; In D Negev Festival returns against the spectacular wilderness scenery of the Negev border at Mitzpe Gvulot.

By COMPILED BY SHAWN RODGERS
October 19, 2011 13:10
4 minute read.
The Yardbirds

The Yardbirds 311. (photo credit: Courtesy)

 
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FILM

1. THE DEBT

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In this gritty spy thriller, Helen Mirren plays a retired Mossad agent named Rachel. Once upon a time, Rachel was part of a celebrated trio of secret agents who tracked down a Nazi war criminal in East Berlin in 1966. Also starring Sam Worthington, Jessica Chastain, Jesper Christensen and Marton Csokas.

At selected cinemas throughout the country.

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2. IN FOR A SHEKEL

For the past few years, the One Shekel Festival (Festival Beshekel) has brought some of Israel’s top musicians to cities on the periphery to play for a symbolic one-shekel entrance fee. This week’s festival happens to be in Kiryat Shmona and will be preceded by a carnival which will include outdoor theatrical performances, food and souvenir tents, clowns, mimes and other street performers and activities for children.



Musical acts include Hadag Nahash, Rami Fortis and many more.

Monday, 5 p.m., www.beshekel.org.il

3. CARNIVAL TIME

Rumba and samba your thing? Tel Aviv’s Menachem Begin Park is hosting a South American carnival every Saturday, where you can dance the day away.

12 noon to 7 p.m., Habosem Street, Tel Aviv.

MUSIC

4. ANALYZING AYA

Aya Korem is considered one of the country’s most promising singer-songwriters, composing the music to her songs in addition to writing the texts. She continues to prove her songwriting ability with punchy songs about daily life, love and Israeli reality.

Catch her as she performs her many hits, as well as songs from her latest album, Le’alef et Hasusim (Taming Horses).

Tonight, 9:30 p.m., Cafe Bialik, Tel Aviv, (03) 620-0832.

5. A GREEK BEARING GIFTS

Those who love Greek music and singers can look forward to two performance of Haris Alexiou.

Considered one of the most popular singers in Greece, she has worked with major Greek songwriters and composers, has performed at top musical theaters all over the world and has received several awards. Sales of eight of her personal albums released between 1977 and 2003 have surpassed 1.5 million, the only Greek female singer to do so.

Tonight and Saturday, 8:30 p.m., Caesarea Amphitheater, www.tkts.co.il

FESTIVAL

6. MAKING THE DESERT BOOM

The In D Negev Festival returns against the spectacular wilderness scenery of the Negev border at Mitzpe Gvulot with diverse performances of the best local indie artists. The festival will host over 70 performances including Tree, Noam Rotem, Izabo and many more. The festival area includes a camping space with food and drink stalls.

Runs next Thursday through Saturday, www.indnegev.co.il

SPORT

7. GETTING IN SHAPE

The Tel Aviv Exhibition Grounds plays host to Israel’s biggest cycling, running and fitness expo. More than 100 companies, manufacturers and importers will exhibit their latest innovations in a variety of fields. Some of the events being held include a series of live performances by three extreme riding BMX World Champions, as well as fitness lessons taught by New Zealand coaching legend Les Mills.

Runs next Thursday through Saturday, www.paragon-exhibitions.com

MUSIC

8. ALL FOR YOUR LOVE

The Yardbirds, one of the seminal British Invasion bands of the 1960s, at various times included illustrious guitarists Eric Clapton, Jimmy Page and Jeff Beck among its ranks. Of course, none of those legends are with the current incarnation of the band, but original drummer Jim McCarty and rhythm guitarist/bassist Chris Dreja are, so there is justification for calling the group The Yardbirds. Among their hits in the mid-1960s were “For Your Love,” “Over Under Sideways Down” and “Heart Full of Soul.”

October 29, 9 p.m., Barby Club, Tel Aviv, www.barby.co.il

SPORT

9. RUN, TEL AVIV, RUN!

For all those sporty night owls out there, Nike is sponsoring a 10- kilometer nocturnal race that begins at Rabin Square in Tel Aviv and runs south along Ibn Gvirol Street and the center of town. Similar events will take place in 200 other cities around the world. The race will launch at 8 p.m. November 1. For more info and registration, visit www.nikerunning.co.il

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10. STEP INSIDE

Houses from Within is a two-day architecture fest in Jerusalem offering a broad range of constructed delights. Taking place all around the capital next weekend, participants are able to indulge their voyeuristic tendencies with access to private apartments, urban villas, synagogues, churches and public structures.

All will open their doors – free of charge – to give visitors a glimpse of the city’s various designs and architectural history.

Highlights include the Templer Cemetery and the Sergei Courtyard.

Runs November 4 and 5, www.batim-jerusalem.org

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