Out & About: Top 10 things to do

Celebrating its seventh year, the Jerusalem Beer Festival event will feature more than 100 types of beer from Israel and worldwide.

By COMPILED BY SHAWN RODGERS
August 19, 2011 12:48
Jerusalem Beer Festival

Jerusalem Beer Festival 311. (photo credit: Courtesy)

FILM

1. RISE OF THE PLANET OF THE APES

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Director Rupert Wyatt takes the helm for this Planet of the Apes prequel centering on genetically engineered chimp Caesar (Andy Serkis), who was created in a San Francisco lab by an ambitious scientist (James Franco) and uses his powerful intellect to lead an ape uprising against all humankind.

At selected cinemas throughout the country.

MUSIC

2. YEAH, YEAH, YEAH

The tribute to the Fab Four performed by the Magical Mystery Tour has been running for more than nine years throughout Israel. The band can perform the full range of The Beatles discography live onstage, including the most complex and challenging songs that The Beatles recorded in the studios but never performed for an audience.



From the early days of their appearance on The Ed Sullivan Show in 1964 through the Sgt. Pepper era and on to the Abbey Road years, MMT’s performance captures it all flawlessly. NIS 50/60.

Thursday, 10:30,Tmuna Theater, 8 Soncino Street, Tel Aviv. (03) 562-9462


3. TIME OF THE ZOMBIES

One of the most acclaimed British bands of the 1960s will be making its Israeli debut when The Zombies appear Tuesday at Reading 3 in Tel Aviv. The Zombies feature the original one-two punch of singer Colin Blunstone and keyboardist/arranger Rod Argent, who created such hits as “She’s Not There,” “Tell Her No” and “Time of the Season.”

Their 1968 album Odessey and Oracle is ranked No. 80 on Rolling Stone magazine’s list of the 500 Greatest Albums of All Time and has been cited as an influence on latter- day alternative artists such as Beck, Belle and Sebastian and Elliott Smith.

Tuesday, 8:30 p.m. Reading 3, Tel Aviv. www.reading3.co.il.

FESTIVAL

4. FILMS FOR KIDS

Parents can enjoy a little breather as the fourth annual Jerusalem International Children’s Film Festival takes place at the Jerusalem Cinematheque. During these three days, more than 30 films (some of them shorts) will be screened. The festival will open with the American comedy Zookeeper (pictured) starring Kevin James.

All movies in the festival will be dubbed in Hebrew or subtitled. Workshops teaching the basics of film production, along with other topics, are also planned for children of all ages.

Runs Monday through next Thursday, www.jer-cin.org.il or (02) 565-4356.

5. HIGH AS A KITE

Colorful kites of all sizes and styles will be on display as hundreds turn out to try their hand at making them fly at the Israel Museum’s 26th annual kite-flying festival. The festival includes workshops, as well as a special presentation on kites from around the world. Suitable for the whole family.

Tuesday, 10:30 a.m. to 7 p.m., Israel Museum, Jerusalem

6. SWING TIME DOWN SOUTH

In Israel’s southernmost city, it’s that time of year again. As the heat of summer reaches its peak, the port of Eilat is gearing up for its annual injection of jazz at next week’s Red Sea Jazz Festival.

No fewer than 70 foreign artists and 100 local musicians will grace the Eilat Port venue’s four stages. This includes some of the biggest names on the global jazz scene, such as Grammy Award-winning Puerto Ricanborn pianist-vocalist Eddie Palmieri (pictured) and American pianist Jason Moran.

Runs Sunday through Wednesday.
www.redseajazzeilat.com

7. THE STARS COME OUT IN ARAD

This year, the Arad festival offers a wide range of musical and other entertainment for all ages and varying tastes. This year’s lineup includes the likes of veteran pop-rockers Danny Sanderson and Mickey Gavrielov, as well as hip-hop group Hadag Nahash. The festival also offers out-of-towners a chance to enjoy some of the pristine natural attractions and historic sites, such as Masada and Tel Arad.

The town’s Artists’ Quarter also has some intriguing museums and galleries, and wine-tasting sessions will be offered at nearby wineries.

Runs Tuesday through next Thursday.
www.arad.muni.il

MIXED BAG

8. AS THE SUN GOES DOWN

The Jerusalem Theater hosts its fifth annual End of the Summer Celebration in its outdoor plaza. Highlights include the play Miracles and Wonders (an adaptation of the Lea Goldberg work); and the musical quintet Mother Theresa will appear with a performance of Dr. Seuss, along with breakdancers, a rhythmic quartet and satirical street theater.

There will also be an except from the dance piece Wrapped by Inbal Pinto and Avshalom Pollack.

Runs Tuesday through next Thursday.
www.jerusalem-theatre.co.il

KIDS

9. SERIOUS MONKEY BUSINESS

Looking for a place for the family to monkey around? The Israel Monkey Park at Kfar Daniel in the Ben-Shemen Forest is hosting special activities for the summer holidays. The park is home to some 250 monkeys comprising 20 species.

Admission includes entry to the new water park and sports challenge areas.

Besides strolling among the primates, visitors can take in a Tarzan treehouse, bang on a giant tom-tom and participate in workshops.

The park can be reached from highways 1 and 6 and is open daily from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. (08) 928-5888.

UPCOMING FESTIVAL

10. BEER, GLORIOUS BEER

The Jerusalem Beer Festival is a one-of-a-kind, experience-filled event. Celebrating its seventh year, the event will feature more than 100 types of beer from Israel and worldwide. For two nights, the Old Train Station in the center of the capital will turn into a giant bar with live performances by various artists, street happenings, cultural events and many more attractions. The festival will also highlight some premium breweries, boutique breweries and homemade beer, offering rare flavors such as honey, coffee, caramel and various herbs. Free for early arrivals until 6:30 p.m.

Runs August 31 through September 1.
www.jerusalembeer.com


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