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Woodstock revival returns to J’lem
After last summer’s successful inauguration
of an annual Woodstock revival show at Jerusalem’s Kraft Family Stadium, the
next installment honoring the counterculture rock festival that took place 41
years ago is going down on August 5.
“The festival was such a success
last year that everyone begged us to do it again,” remarked Steve Leibowitz,
President of the AFI (American Football in Israel) and director of the Kraft
stadium, which is hosting the six-hour show to benefit the football
This year’s line-up of artists playing Woodstock-era favorites
includes Yael Dekelbaum from Habanot Nechama (daughter of late Taverners
guitarist David Dekelbaum) paying tribute to Janis Joplin, Tree honoring The
Who, Bob Dylan’s by Daniel Dor, Simon & Garfunkel’s favorites with Larry
& Mindy Fogel, and Clare Diane, a recent new immigrant from California, and
her band, Graffiti, rocking out with Led Zeppelin.
Last year’s standout
performers, Lazer Lloyd and Yood, will return with their tribute to Jimi Hendrix
(with or without a feedback-drenched “Hatikva”), and another favorite from last
year, Chicago bluesman Mark Rashkow, will offer a medley of ’60s favorites,
including Santana, The Rolling Stones and Joe Cocker.
Along with booths
and activities for the whole family, the show will also feature the
participation of Abigail Yasgur, Max Yasgur’s niece, who has recently
co-authored a children’s book about the Woodstock story called Max said Yes!
about how her uncle agreed to host Woodstock in 1969 on his farm in
Bethel.• David Brinn
Briza Festival celebrates 19 years
An all-star cast
will be on hand to celebrate the 19th annual Briza Festival taking place August
23- 26 at the Ashkelon Amphitheater. Shlomo Artzi, Mosh Ben-Ari and Koby Peretz
will lead the fourstage lineup of music and comedy stars, including Ishtar
Alabina, Adir Miller, Useless ID, Yirmy Kaplan, and Eli and Mariano, and over a
dozen other performers.• David Brinn ‘Cherry Orchard’ opens Khan season
Chekhov’s The Cherry Orchard
, directed by Khan artistic director Micki Gurevitz
and with Liora Rivlin as the feckless Ranevskaya opens the 2010-11 season at the
Jerusalem Khan. The last of Chekhov’s four great plays, Cherry Orchard
story of a provincial land-owning family whose extravagance and mismanagement
force them to sell their property to cover their debts. It is also a powerful
lovestory and even more, a metaphor for the passing of the old order.
season’s other new productions are Shakespeare’s light-hearted XII Night
(October 12); the very political Eating (November 3), by Ya’akov
retells the story of Naboth’s vineyard; Brian Friel’s Molly Sweeney
which asks what is sight; and either Sophocles’s Oedipus Rex
or The Banquet
based on the famous dialogue by Plato – a play that will be written by
Gurevitz as he works with the cast. • Helen Kaye