James Franco stars in director Danny Boyle’s inspiring survival drama based on the incredible true
story of Aron Ralston, who became trapped alone in a Utah canyon for days after
slipping on a loose rock, and resorted to extraordinary measures in order to
make it out of his dire predicament alive.
At selected cinemas throughout
the country.MUSICBalkanic Eruption
Balkan Beat Box mixes big-beatstyle electronic rhythms and Balkan folk melodies
with lots of klezmer, jazz and rock. At the helm of the group are Ori Kaplan and
Tamir Muskat, two Israelis who have been making waves in the New York
underground indie/punk scene for many years. Catch these talented musicians as
they storm the Shuni Amphitheater stage to promote their latest album. NIS
Tonight, 8, Shuni Amphitheater, Jabotinsky Park, Binyamina; (03)
Hard rock veteran Megadeth will be making its fourth appearance in Israel this
week at the Tel Aviv Exhibition Grounds. Led by former Metallica guitarist Dave
Mustaine, Megadeth rose to international fame in the 1980s as one of the “Big
Four of Thrash,” along with Metallica, Slayer and Anthrax. It has released some
classic musical statements including the platinum-selling landmark Rust in Peace in 1990 and the Grammy nominated, multi-platinum
Countdown to Extinction in 1992. With more than 25 million albums sold worldwide
and nine Grammy nominations, it has remained one of the most successful heavy
metal bands of all time.
Saturday, 8:30 p.m., www.hadran.co.ilEXHIBITWorking Hands
The Israel Museum presents the work of the avantgarde portrait photographer
Helmar Lerski, alias Israel Schmuklerski (1871-1956).
Some 150 modern
prints from negatives in the museum collection will be on display, the majority
being unpublished photographs Lerski took in Palestine between 1932 and 1948, on
view for the first time. These images were made using Lerski’s signature
technique of lighting his subjects with mirrors to achieve dramatic results. The
images on display focus primarily on working people, and on their hands in
Ongoing at the Israel Museum, Jerusalem, (02) 670-8952.FESTIVALStage One
During Pessah, Beit Avi Chai, in collaboration with Merkaz Hamagshimim
is devoting three days to the very best of Jerusalem English-language
shining a spotlight on this thriving urban subculture while offering a
perspective on issues of identity and culture from both local and
international perspectives. Highlights include The Maccabee Queen, a
play set in the tumultuous period of the Hasmonean kingdom and S.Y.
story “The Fable of the Goat.”
Runs Wednesday through next Friday,
The annual Yemei Zemer Festival will take place at the Holon Theater on Pessah.
As usual the four day event will be chock-full of stars and intriguing projects
which stretch across a wide spectrum of genres and stylistic approaches. There
will also be salutes to some of our iconic musical figures, including a show
based on works by late legendary composer Mordechai Ze’ira.
The rest of
the festival agenda reads something like a roll call of the leading figures of
the Israeli pop and rock industry, including the likes of Ahinoam Nini, Shlomo
Gronich, Yoni Rechter, Sassi Keshet, Riki Gal, Ben Artzi, Hemi Rudner and Mika
Karni.MIXED BAGFreedom Fair
Tel Aviv’s renowned Nahlat Binyamin artsand- crafts fair celebrates the Festival
of Freedom with an impressive selection of handmade gifts, street performances,
musicians and more.
Runs tomorrow through April 25,
www.nachalat-binyamin.com.KIDSOut of Egypt
Ha-Chava in Tel Aviv, offers kids an exciting Pessah experience that combines an
ancient game of kings, the story of Pharaoh Tutankhamen, acquaints them with the
mysteries of ancient Egyptian writing and gives them hands-on experience in an
archaeological excavation camp. Besides these activities, visitors can also
enjoy a variety of other activities including a “Dubala” show – the Haggada
story as it has never been told before; and “Gepetto’s Club” – a carpentry
workshop where parents and children can build together. In Hebrew.
Wednesday through April 25, 9:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m., www.hachava.org.ilBig Top Antics
The circus is heading back to town, and this time it’s on ice. One of this
Pessah holiday’s big attractions is likely to be the Moscow Circus on Ice.
Featuring acrobats, jugglers, trapeze artists, animal performers and clowns who
fly around the rink with the greatest of ease, this classic show is constantly
touring Europe. The circus, aimed at both children and adults, will make stops
in Tel Aviv, Jerusalem and Haifa.
Starts Saturday through till April 22. www.showtickets.co.il/CircusOnIceUPCOMING DANCEBallet Meets Breakdance
Complexions is an internationally acclaimed American
dance company which combines elements from media such as film, photography,
poetry, theater and urban street dance, to create its own voice in the field of
The company was founded in 1994 by artistic directors Dwight
Rhoden and Desmond Richardson and is made up of 16 dancers, all from different
backgrounds and cultures. The music ranges from Jimi Hendrix and Prince to
Runs April 23 through 30, www. rafibenjacob. com for details.