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When Walter Black (Mel Gibson) finds himself stuck in a downward spiral, the chance discovery of a beat-up beaver hand puppet offers him a unique opportunity to pull himself back from the brink. By using The Beaver to speak with others, Walter develops the abilities to express the suppressed feelings that were slowly eating him away from the inside.
Rolling Stone magazine asked its readers to “get past your feelings for the troubled Gibson” and go to this film in which he gives a “high-wire performance of the highest caliber.”
Directed by Jodie Foster. At selected cinemas throughout the country.FESTIVAL 2. COMING TOGETHER
This week’s three-day Beatles fest in Holon promises interesting Fab Four factoids and nonstop covers by local musicians. The festival kicks off with a free show by the Magical Mystery Tour, a spectacular Beatles cover band. This is followed by a tribute to George Harrison on the 10th anniversary of his death, featuring songs performed by Alma Zohar, Yair Dallal and others. Other events include Beatles in Colors, in which various adaptations of the band’s songs are played in different ethnic styles and genres, a Beatles musical and a swinging ’60s party.Runs today through Saturday, Rehov Givat Hatahmoshet 21, Holon. (03) 550-0012.MIXED BAG 3. CITY CELEBRATIONS
The Student Union, in cooperation with the Young People’s Authority of Jerusalem is putting up a huge production with events all over downtown Jerusalem, starting at 9 p.m. and lasting until sunrise for Students’ Day 2011.
The main event is a concert in Sacher Park featuring a host of Israeli musicians including Balkan Beat Box (pictured), Berry Sakharof and Hayehudim.Tuesday, www.aguda.org.il.MUSIC 4. HURRICANE HIROMI BLOWS IN
Twenty-eight-yearold dynamic Japanese- American jazz pianist and composer Hiromi Uehara, who appeared at 2005’s Eilat Red Sea Jazz Festival to rave reviews, returns to Israel for a show in Jerusalem with her band Sonicbloom.
Promoting her latest album A Place To Be, Hiromi’s sound ranges from J.S. Bach to Sly and the Family Stone.Tuesday, 9 p.m., Jerusalem Theater, www.israel-festival.org.il DANCE 5. BEST OF CANADA
For the past 40 years, Les Ballets Jazz De Montreal has prevailed as the most eclectic and accessible dance company in Canada. During the course of four decades, the troupe has reined in wildly talented choreographers from around the world to contribute to their vast repertory.
The company, now known as BJM Danse, will offer dance lovers in Haifa, Beersheba and Tel Aviv an opportunity to take in their newest bill of work. The program is comprised of three pieces, “Zip Zap Zoom” and “Locked Up Laura” by Annabelle Lopez Ochoa and “Les Chambres Des Jacques” by Aszure Barton.June 3 at the Beersheba Performing Arts Center, June 4 at the Haifa Auditorium, and June 5-7 at the Tel Aviv Performing Arts Center. For more information, visit www.bjmdanse.ca.CLASSICAL 6. GYPSY KINGS
The New Vocal Ensemble and its musical director Yuval Ben- Ozer present an evening dedicated to classical compositions inspired by Gypsy music.
Johannes Brahms: Zigeunerlieder; Antonin Dvorak: 9 Moravian Duets; Robert Schumann: 3 Gedichte, Zigeunerleben; Bela Bartok: Four Slovak Folksongs; Zoltan Kodaly: Kaelo Dances and Turot eszik a cigany. With Hungarian Gabor Hollerung conducting, this should be a delightful evening for vocal music lovers.Monday, 8 p.m., Mishkenot Sha’ananim, Jerusalem, (02) 624-1041,Tuesday, 8:30 p.m., Einan Hall, Modi’in, (08) 373-7333; Thursday, 8:30 p.m., Tel Aviv Museum, (03) 607-7020.EXHIBITION 7. MADE BY ENNION
The Israel Museum in Jerusalem presents a new installation of ancient glass treasures from the Shlomo Moussaieff Collection.
This is a small but outstanding group of first-century CE mold-blown glass vessels, including a number of pieces that rank among the highest achievements in glass working of all time. The exhibition sheds light on the story of Ennion, a master glassworker who was the first to put his name on his art. Ancient glass bearing the name of the artist is exceedingly rare, and never before have so many examples been gathered in a single display. The majority of these treasures are on loan from the rich collection of Shlomo Moussaieff and are exhibited to the public for the first time.Opening Tuesday, May 31. On view through April 15 in the Bronfman Archeology Wing.FESTIVAL 8. THE HILLS ARE ALIVE
Just in time for Shavuot comes the 39th Abu Ghosh Vocal Music Festival in the scenic village on the hill near Jerusalem. With some 700 musicians – choirs, soloists, orchestras and ensembles – the festival’s formula mixes classical staples with more consumer-oriented material, and culls works from around the world.
Highlights include Avishai Cohen, the best of Nathan Alterman and Mozart’s soaring Mass in C minor.Runs June 7 through 11, www.agfestival.co.il.MIXED BAG 9. EILAT ON ICE
As the temperatures rise and summer vacation nears, the all new WOW show in Eilat is drawing more and more attention. This year Isrotel produced a Vegas-like show on ice, with acclaimed ice skating artists from the US and Austria, alongside 30 virtuoso Chinese acrobats. Director Hanoch Rosen picked extremely talented artists and combined video and light effects, fantastic stage sets, imaginative costumes and musical hits to create an enchanted evening that is full of unbelievable stunts as well as beautiful, moving moments.
For the whole family.
Daily, except Sundays, at 8:30 p.m.Ongoing. NIS 120, special price for Isrotel guests NIS 85 and senior citizens NIS 95.Reservations (08) 638-6701.10. NEED FOR SPEED
The Red Bull Soapbox Race is coming to Israel and what better setting could there be than Tel Aviv? Not to be confused with your typical soapbox derby, Red Bull Soapbox is an international race with its own set of rules. Fifty teams of up to four people are allowed to sketch and build their entirely human-powered (no external energy sources allowed!).Next Friday, www.redbull.co.il