Out and About: Top 10 things to do

Shades of Dance (Gvanim Bemahol) is back for the 18th time since its first performances in Ramle in 1984.

Shades of Dance 311 (photo credit: Courtesy)
Shades of Dance 311
(photo credit: Courtesy)
Based on the bestselling novel, The Help stars Emma Stone as Skeeter, Academy Awardnominated Viola Davis as Aibileen and Octavia Spencer as Minny – three very different, extraordinary women in Mississippi during the 1960s, who build an unlikely friendship around a secret writing project that breaks societal rules and puts them all at risk.
At selected cinemas throughout the country.
The Khan Theater presents a Hebrew adaptation of Anton Chekhov’s The Cherry Orchard.
The last of the Russian author’s four great plays, The Cherry Orchard tells the story of a provincial landowning family whose extravagance and mismanagement force them to sell their property to cover their debts. It is also a powerful love story and, even more, a metaphor for the passing of the old order.
Tonight, 8:30, 2 David Remez Square, Jerusalem. (02) 671-8281
After two wildly successful shows in Tel Aviv and Binyamina in 2008, as well as a guest appearance on TV’s Dancing with the Stars, the Australian soft rock icons Air Supply are coming back with a vengeance. Led by the longtime team of Graham Russell and Russell Hitchcock, the band known for such romantic hits as “All Out of Love” and “Making Love Out of Nothing at All” is slated for four shows this week: the Ra’anana Amphitheater tonight; the Kiryat Motzkin Amphitheater on Saturday; Sultan’s Pool in Jerusalem on Monday; and Habimah Theater in Tel Aviv on Tuesday.
Be it at street parties, parades, clubs or other venues, Israeli brass band Marsh Dondurma has made its mark almost everywhere.
Formed four years ago, the band is a community of 15 musicians, combining brass, reed and percussion instruments.
They combine traditional ethnic music from around the world with original tunes, expanding these influences toward jazz and funk. Catch them as they perform at Jerusalem’s Beit Avi Chai, together with New York-based klezmer trumpeter Frank London.
Tonight, 8:30, 44 King George Avenue, Jerusalem. (02) 621-5300.
Indie rock legend Robyn Hitchcock will be making his debut in Israel with two solo shows at the Ozen Bar in Tel Aviv this week. Coming to prominence in the late 1970s as a member of the cult punk/pop band The Soft Boys, Hitchcock blossomed in the 1980s as solo artist and leader of his band The Egyptians, becoming a college rock radio favorite with his quirky style that encompassed psychedelia, acoustic folk and power pop and drawing comparisons to everyone from John Lennon and Syd Barrett to Bob Dylan.

Friday and Saturday, 8:30 p.m., 48 King George Street, Tel Aviv. (03) 621-5208
A festive pre- High Holy Days cantorial concert takes place in the courtyard of the Tower of David Museum. This year’s concert pays tribute to cantor Moshe Gentshof. Some of his recordings have become classics and are frequently performed by modern cantors.
Featuring pianist Raymond Goldstein and flutist Michael Lockin. NIS 80.
Tuesday, 8 p.m., Jaffa Gate, Jerusalem. (02) 626-5331.
Starting with the spectacular night view from the top of the Phasael Tower that overlooks the Temple Mount and the Old City, this special Slihot tour is accompanied by relevant texts and study of the concepts that stand at the core of the month of forgiveness and atonement. The tour continues into the Jewish Quarter and will conclude at the Western Wall Plaza for the Slihot service.

Ongoing through September. For bookings and info, call David Gal-Or at 054- 240-6657.

Shades of Dance (Gvanim Bemahol) is back for the 18th time since its first performances in Ramle in 1984. Now, as then, Shades provides an opportunity for young dance-makers to showcase their art on a professional stage. This year, 16 works were selected from among the 90 or so projects submitted.
Some of the young choreographers include Idan Yoav, Liran Levine and Amit Zamir.
Runs today through Saturday, Suzanne Dellal Center, Tel Aviv.
This Tuesday, the Israel Museum offers a double dose of great activities for the cultured among us. First up is a special 24-hour screening of Christian Marclay’s visual exhibit The Clock from Tuesday at 4 p.m. to Wednesday at 4 p.m. Then at 8 p.m. is a special encounter in conjunction with the Four Seasons exhibition, with chef and researcher of food culture Shmil Holland and exhibition curator Shlomit Steinberg, who will discuss the connection between the seasons and the culinary traditions of previous generations.
Israel Museum, Jerusalem. (02) 670-8811.
The Israel Ballet’s production of Giselle comes to the Jerusalem Theater for one night only. St.
Petersburg soloist Natalia Toriashvili dances the lead role in this romantic tragedy, which has been a classical ballet staple for more than 150 years. It tells the story of Giselle, a pretty village girl whose heart is captivated and then broken by the empty promises of the handsome Prince Albrecht.
September 17 at 8:30 p.m., Jerusalem Theater. www.jerusalem-theatre.co.il