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Pessah camp for musical kids
Non-profit organization Noar Musicali, the Israeli branch of the international Jeunesses Musicales, is holding a pre-Pessah camp for children and teenagers with an interest in music. Between March 26-30 a camp session will take place at Givat Haviva in the Hadera area. Children between the ages of 9-12 and 13-16, and singers aged 12-16 are invited to take part. The Holon Israeli Stage Orchestra will kick off the session by conducting classes, and all the campers will have an opportunity to play with the orchestra in the concluding camp concert.
Noar Musicali can be a good change of pace for kids who sing/play throughout the year in a conservatory or with private tutors. The camp's atmosphere gives these children a chance to meet peers who share their interests. Early sign up costs NIS 1200. Late sign up is NIS 1500. Call 03-562-2701 for more information.
YouTube sponsors awards show
Lonelygirl15, OK Go and other YouTube sensations will get an opportunity to walk down a virtual red carpet.
The video-sharing Web site announced Monday that it will hold the first YouTube Video Awards to recognize the best-user created videos of 2006.
The nominees, picked by YouTube, are compiled in a gallery at www.youtube.com/YTAwards. YouTube community members can vote on their favorites beginning Monday and concluding on Friday. The winners, as chosen by the community, will be announced March 25. Each will be prominently featured on YouTube and receive a trophy, the design of which will be revealed later. According to comScore Media Metrix, YouTube attracted 133.5 million visitors worldwide in January.
Fiennes, Binoche join DiCaprio here
She came for work, he came for pleasure. Actors Juliette Binoche and Ralph Fiennes are making separate visits to Israel this week, celebrity news program Good Evening with Guy Pines reported Sunday. Binoche, an Academy Award winner for 1997's The English Patient, was set to arrive in the country Monday to film Disengagement, the latest movie by Israeli director and Cannes Film Festival favorite Amos Gitai (Free Zone, Kippur).
Fiennes, 44, who earned an Oscar nomination alongside Binoche in The English Patient, preceded his French counterpart by several days on a visit to his girlfriend, a 23-year-old member of Tel Aviv's Batsheva dance troupe. Previously Oscar-nominated for his work as the Nazi commandant in Schindler's List, Fiennes will return to the big screen later this year as the title character's nemesis in Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix.
The Guy Pines Web site noted that Fiennes had enjoyed a "softer landing" in Israel than the country's previous celebrity visitor, Hollywood actor Leonardo DiCaprio. In a first for local paparazzi, Pines hired a helicopter after DiCaprio's arrival in Tel Aviv last week in an unsuccessful attempt to get pictures of the Titanic star with his girlfriend, Israeli swimsuit model Bar Rafaeli.