Out & About

The Jerusalem Post's Arts editor lists his top 10 things to do this week.

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November 22, 2010 12:07
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1. FILM: UNSTOPPABLE
Oscar-winner Denzel Washington and Star Trek’s Chris Pine team with action maestro Tony Scott in this nonstop thriller. A massive unmanned locomotive, nicknamed “The Beast” and loaded with toxic cargo, roars through the countryside, vaporizing anything put in front of it. A veteran engineer (Washington) and a young conductor (Pine), aboard another train in the runaway’s path, devise an incredible plan to try and stop it.
At selected cinemas throughout the country.

2. MUSIC: IT’S ALL GREEK TO ME
Combining Balkan, Jewish and Mediterranean beats – with a special emphasis on Greek music, mustaches and lounge jackets – Boom Pam is celebrating the release of its latest album at Tel Aviv’s Levontin 7 club tonight. The group takes its name from a song it covered – “Boom Pam,” a Greek hit here performed by Greek immigrant Aris San. Boom Pam’s onstage act is a self-described “alcohol-soaked wedding party,” according to the band’s website. NIS 50/60.

Tonight, 11 p.m., (03) 560-5084.

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3. LEAVE IT TO LEV
Amir Lev is one of the most unusual singer-songwriters in Israel. His identifying mark is his deep voice, often compared to that of Leonard Cohen. Lev is also known for his extraordinary guitar playing. Over the years, he has worked with some of the biggest names in Israel, including Shlomo Artzi, Berry Saharof and Evyatar Banai. Join this talented musician as he performs from his recently released new album It’s All Here at Jerusalem’s Yellow Submarine.

Saturday, 10 p.m., Rehov Harechavim 13, (02) 679-4040.

4. WE CAN ONLY IMAGINE
This year marks the 30th anniversary of John Lennon’s death as well as his 70th birthday. A number of top Israeli musicians will be performing a tribute concert to Lennon at Tel Aviv’s Mann Auditorium this week. Artists include Aviv Geffen, Shlomi Shaban, Corinne Bailey Rae, Shlomo Gronich, Dana Berger (pictured) and many more.

Monday, 7:30 p.m., Mann Auditorium, Tel Aviv, (03) 557- 6000


5. THEATER: OPPOSITES ATTRACT
Merkaz Hamagshimim Hadassah’s Center Stage Theater presents its production of Neil Simon’s hit Broadway play Barefoot In The Park. The play follows the lives of newlyweds Paul and Corie Bratter as they adjust to married life in a tiny Greenwich Village apartment. Paul is a buttoned-down, straight-arrow lawyer who’s wound a little too tight, while Corie is an effervescent free spirit who won’t let anything disturb her romantic bliss. Directed by Rafi Poch and Jeremy Man Saltan. In English. NIS 60.

Runs tonight through November 25, 7a Rehov Dor Dor VeDorshav, German Colony, Jerusalem, www.themerkaz.org.il

6. THE JOYS OF CRAZINESS
The Beersheba Theater presents One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest, a Hebrew adaptation of Dale Wasserman’s stage version of Ken Kesey’s best-selling 1962 novel. Upon arrival at a mental institution, a brash rebel rallies the patients together to take on the oppressive Nurse Ratched, a woman more a dictator than a nurse. Directed by Kfir Azulai.

Monday, 8:30 p.m., Jerusalem Theater, Rehov Marcus 20, (02) 560-5755.

7. MIXED BAG: STAMPING GROUND
The Israeli Philately Association and the Israel Mail Stamp Service present the Jerusalem 2010 International Stamp Exhibition. Special emphasis will be given to historical Israeli stamps, such as those used by merchants during the Ottoman rule, as well as examples from the emergency mail service employed during Israel’s War of Independence. Visitors will have the opportunity to be photographed and order a sheet of “My Stamps” with their photograph next to an Israeli flag on a stamp as well as pictures of Jerusalem landscapes. There will also be stamp workshops and stamp trading for children. Admission is free.

Runs Sunday through next Thursday, 12 noon to 8 p.m., Binyenei Ha’uma, Jerusalem, www.iccjer.co.il

8. DANCE: SHHHH...
Independent choreographer and dancer Arkadi Zaides is one of the more active fringe creators on the local dance scene and is often involved in multi-disciplinary productions and collaborations. His latest work, Quiet, deals with the tension between Arabs and Jews in Israel.

Wednesday, 8:30 p.m., The Lab, Derech Hebron 28, Jerusalem, (02) 629-2000.

9. FESTIVAL TINKLING THE IVORIES
The Tel Aviv Piano Festival returns for its 12th year with 37 performances at the Suzanne Dellal Center and Beit Lessin.

The theme of the festival is the unique “Piano Hosts” aspect, in which some of the top local musicians are paired in creative matchups to perform their work in a piano-based setting. In duos, Moshe Peretz will host Ohad Hitman, the late Uzi’s nephew, Dikla pairs up with Dana Berger, and Danny Sanderson puts down the guitar to accompany himself on piano.

Runs today through Sunday, full details can be found at http://www.mouse.co.il

10. UPCOMING DANCE RAISING THE CURTAIN
In this year’s Curtain Up dance festival there are four curtains premiering 11 new works by up and coming young Israeli choreographers. Each “curtain” is mentored, respectively, by Tamar Borer, Ronit Ziv, Renana Raz and Shar Azimi, each of whom got their own career boost from the festival in years past. Some of the works are Ofra Idell’s “Horsetail,” which talks about the rules for successful couplehood, as well as “Rashomon” from Shlomi Frige which deals with the variables of truth.

Runs November 28 through December 4, www.suzannedellal.org.il

November 18, 2010 5 weekend out & about COMPILED BY SHAWN RODGERS arts@jpost.com


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