Out and About: Top 10 things to do

Two of the survivors of 1960s rock legends The Doors will be creaking their way to Tel Aviv this week for one show at Hangar 11.

By COMPILED BY SHAWN RODGERS
July 1, 2011 14:04
4 minute read.
Ray Manzarek and Robby Krieger of The Doors.

the doors. (photo credit: Courtesy)

Film

1. MIDNIGHT IN PARIS


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Owen Wilson, Marion Cotillard, Rachel McAdams, Kathy Bates and Carla Bruni star in Woody Allen’s romantic comedy about a family on a business trip in the City of Light. As a young couple engaged to be married experiences a profound transformation during their visit to Paris, an idealistic man with a romanticized view of the city finds that there’s plenty of truth to that old adage about the grass being greener on the other side.

At selected cinemas throughout the country.

FESTIVAL

2. A SLICE OF HEAVEN

The Lo Bashamayim (Not in Heaven) Festival opens Tuesday at Kibbutz Kfar Blum in Upper Galilee for three days of experiential Jewish and Israeli study accompanied by musical performances and excursions. Some of the topics to be addressed by the 70 participating rabbis, educators and artists include the 50th anniversary of the Eichmann trial, the Mussar movement and Zionism. Music lovers will have the opportunity to hear Meir Banai, Alma Zohar (pictured) and many more.

Info and tickets at www.lobashamayim.org.il.



KIDS

3. PLAYING THE FOOL

The Orna Porat Theater for Children and Youth presents Kuntz the Jester. The play revolves around Kuntz, the court jester, who is banished from the kingdom by the king, who seeks to replace him with someone younger and more talented. But Kuntz is determined to return to the kingdom. In Hebrew.

Tuesday, 5 p.m., Israel Museum, Jerusalem, (02) 670-8855


DANCE

4. MOVING LEGENDS

Commissioned by the Israel Festival, Kyr was the first dance that choreographer Ohad Naharin created after assuming the artistic directorship of Batsheva in 1990. It featured a musical collaboration between Naharin and the band Nikmat Hatraktor.

Meanwhile, Zina, which opened the Israel Festival in 1995, also left a strong impact with striking images, memorable props, and an original score composed by popular music icon Ivri Lider and Naharin. This week, Suzanne Dellal presents a revised version of Kyr/Zina, commemorating Naharin’s 20 years as artistic director of Batsheva.

Tonight, 9, Rehov Yehieli 5, Tel Aviv, (03) 510-5656.

MUSIC

5. FUNKY TOSS-UP

With its six members coming from varied musical backgrounds, Jerusalem-based band Coolooloosh produces a special sound incorporating elements of jazz, funk, soul, hip-hop, jungle and traditional Middle Eastern music. It is for the song “Fight Rebel Sun” that Coolooloosh is best known. Catch these cool hipsters as they perform at Jerusalem’s Yellow Submarine NIS 50/60.

Tonight, 10, Rehov Harechavim 13, (02) 679-4040.

6. RIDING THROUGH THE STORM

Two of the survivors of 1960s rock legends The Doors will be creaking their way to Tel Aviv this week for one show at Hangar 11. Original keyboardist Ray Manzarek – who was as responsible for the band’s iconic sound as much as late vocalist Jim Morrison – and guitarist Robby Krieger are the historic links to the original band. They’ll be joined in the Morrison role by Mark Farner, the one-time guitarist/singer with 1970s hard rockers Grand Funk Railroad.

Tuesday, 9:30 p.m., www.hadran.co.il.

OPERA

7. HITTING THE HIGH NOTES

With orchestras on summer break, music lovers can turn to the annual International Opera Workshop at the Jaffa Music Center. The workshop offers master classes led by Joan Dorneman of the Metropolitan, and young vocalists will perform arias, operas and concerts. The program consists of six concerts and seven opera productions, including La Bohème and Don Giovanni.

Runs Monday through July 30, Jaffa Music Center, Rehov She’erit Yisrael 10, Jaffa, www.hadran.co.il

MIXED BAG

8. SUMMER NIGHTS FUN

This summer, the Alrov Mamilla Mall linking old and new Jerusalem from Jaffa Gate to King David Street will be transformed into a lively, giant piazza with free street entertainment. Every Thursday evening starting from 7:30, the avenue will play host to jugglers, acrobats and street artists, as well as a colorful arts-and-crafts fair and live musical entertainment.

Ongoing till the end of August, (02) 636-0000.

9. WAYS OF THE STREET

Following in the footsteps of exhibitions displaying the hottest trends in urban centers like Barcelona, Berlin, London and Madrid, Tel Aviv hosts the eighth annual breakdancing “Battle of the Year” street party this Wednesday. Champions of the Israeli breakdance contest will charm crowds with their moves. There will also be street sports like basketball, skateboarding, biking and roller-blading. Meanwhile, alternative artists will decorate the scene with spray paint, airbrush and chalk.

Wednesday, 5 p.m., www.street-festival.co.il

10. SHUK IT UP

Following last year’s success, Jerusalem’s Mahaneh Yehuda will host once again the boisterous celebration Balabasta. The market will be transformed into a centennial carnival of sorts, complete with street performances, a collaborative wall-of-origami project, live video art projections, watermelon giveaways, chili eating contests, concerts, giant puppets, sets from DJs and bands, produce carving workshops and more. Free entrance.

The events will take place every Monday throughout July from 5 to 11 p.m.


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