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Singer Kent ready for Israel shows
London-based American singer Stacey Kent will perform six shows September 1 to 3 at Tel Aviv's Zappa Club, where she'll be backed up by instrumentalists led by her husband, the saxophonist Jim Tomlinson.
Since moving to Britain in 1991, where she attended The Guildhall School of Music and Drama, Kent has released six albums and won a string of prizes, including a British Jazz Award. Now considered one of the jazz world's premier singers, Kent is known as one of the best contemporary interpreters of jazz ballads, and is often praised for her pristine diction and Swing-style phrasing.
Her Zappa gigs will feature standards from her albums, as well as her singular reading of traditional pop and soft rock numbers. The performances will begin at 7:15 p.m. and 10 p.m. each evening. - Barry Davis
Tel Aviv gets animated
"Comicasrallah," an animated look at Israel's fight against the forces of Hizbullah leader Hassan Nasrallah, will be among the featured events at the sixth annual Festival of Animation, Comics and Cartoons, which starts Saturday and runs through August 29 at the Tel Aviv Cinematheque.
More than 100 screenings, exhibitions and lectures are included on the festival program, which also features Assif 2006, a competition among the best of this year's Israeli short animated films. Classic movies will be screened for children during the event, highlighted by 1938's Oscar-winning Ferdinand the Bull, the beloved story of a bull who prefers smelling flowers to fighting in the bullring.
Films for an older audiences will be screened as part of a session called "The World Belongs to Seniors," while other festival events examine contributions to the field by figures as diverse as Picasso and artists at Pixar Studios, the company behind Finding Nemo. Also included on the schedule are lectures, master classes and an evening of Polish animation sponsored by the Polish embassy. - Helen Kaye
Jewish 'Baywatch' star to wed
He's best known for playing one of Pamela Anderson's love interests on Baywatch, but in real life David Charvet has announced his engagement to TV host and actress Brooke Burke. The couple announced Burke's pregnancy with their first child earlier this month.
The 34-year-old Charvet, born to a French mother and a Jewish-Tunisian father, lived in France before moving to the United States as a nine-year-old. He gained fame playing sensitive California lifeguard Matt Brody on Baywatch between 1992 and 1995, then moved to prime time soap opera Melrose Place between 1996 and 1998.
He's developed a successful recording career since releasing his first album in 1997, selling hundreds of thousands of CDs in his native France. Charvet released his latest single, "Sometimes It Rains," last month. - Nathan Burstein
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