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HAIL THE HUMAN SPIRIT
Set against the backdrop of 19th-century France, Les
Misérables tells an enthralling story of broken dreams and unrequited love,
passion, sacrifice and redemption. Hugh Jackman plays Jean Valjean,
hunted for decades by the ruthless policeman Javert, played by Russell Crowe.
When Valjean agrees to take care of factory worker Fantine’s (Anne Hathaway in
an award-winning performance) young daughter, Cosette, their lives change
forever. The adaptation of the stage sensation is directed by Academy
Award winner Tom Hooper. At theaters around the country.
DISCOVER THE QUEEN OF SHEBA’S COUNTRY
“Ethiopia – Land of Wonders,”
a new exhibition at the Eretz Israel Museum, tells the story of the African
nation that started with the Queen of Sheba, through art, illustrated
manuscripts, religious artifacts, clothing, photographs, films and
more.February 15 to June 10 at 2 Haim Levanon Street, Ramat Aviv,
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ENJOY THE ICE
Ice City Jerusalem
returns, this time with an Asian-inspired theme. The event promises to be larger
and more exciting than last year, offering an ice sculpture compound, a skating
rink and a dazzling hourlong ice show with Chinese dancers and acrobats. There
will also be huge ice slides, an ice maze, rain forests, snowstorms and much
more.February 20 to April 30 at the old railway station compound in
EAT YOUR FILL DOWN SOUTH
Country Food at Mateh Yehuda, the
authentic ethnic festival, returns for the next four weekends, offering a host
of food-related events. These include homecooked meals in private homes,
specials at local restaurants, visits and tastings at local wineries and
breweries, cooking workshops, tours, markets and nature hikes.
register for one of the tours, go to www.eventi.co.il. For a full program, go to
www.m-yehuda.org.il or call *8108.
LISTEN TO GYPSY MUSIC
inspired by the Gypsy culture is the theme of the Bama Orchestra’s upcoming
concerts. Yael Zvi will sing Gypsy songs, as well as arias from Carmen;
the Chochorelia ensemble will play music from films; and the orchestra will play
pieces by composers such as Brahms and Goran Bregovic. With Roni Porat as host
Saturday at 11 a.m. and 12:30 p.m. at the Tel Aviv Museum
of Art, (03) 607-7020.
REMEMBER OL’ BLUE EYES
Rabbi Yisrael Lutnick
returns to Jerusalem with his Frankly, Sinatra evening. The Broadway
Rabbi and his group will rediscover the life and music of Ol’ Blue
Saturday, 8:30 p.m. at the Khan Theater (small hall), Jerusalem.
VIEW URBAN ART IN HAIFA
The Spaces Below and the Spaces Above art
event will take place in the Turkish Market area in Haifa’s lower city, which
will become an alternative urban art area. Taking place in commercial spaces
temporarily repurposed for the installation of art projects, the event will
feature a variety of artworks in different disciplines, such as installation,
performance and video. This venture seeks to contribute to the restoration of
the area through cultural activity and facilitate the laying of foundations for
interaction between Haifa’s lower city and its upper city.Opening event
today from 4 to 10 p.m. Until February 21.8.
GET TO KNOW NEW GENRES
Clipa Aduma 6, an international festival of visual
theater and performance art, opens on February 22, presenting premieres of
visual theater and performances from Israel and abroad. The festival aims to
bring in less-known theatrical genres and leading international performance
artists, such as groups from Australia, Greece, Germany and France. There will
also be two workshops.
February 22– March 5, Clipa Theater, 38 Harakevet
St., Tel Aviv. For tickets, call (03) 687-9219 or go to
HAVE FUN WITH THE KIDS
The Yaron Yerushalmi Festival of
Children’s Theater returns to the Suzanne Dellal Center for Purim between
February 23-25. The Orna Porat Theater brings 13 productions that will be
performed throughout the three-day festival, including three premieres: In
Bialik’s Garden, based on poems by the national children’s poet; A Party at the
Mouse’s Kindergarten with Israel Gurion; and The Princess and the Pea, a play
about sensitivity and acceptance.For a full program and tickets, go to
www.porat-theater.co.il or call (03) 511-1444.
JOIN THE PARADE
of this year’s Holon Adloyada, the country’s largest Purim parade, is Toy
Symphony, presenting huge active installations of toy trains composed of 20,000
flowers, Pinocchio and more. In the spirit of the last elections, there will
also be replicas of politicians playing on a huge chessboard. An estimated 4,500
participants, including acrobats, street artists, bands and dancers, will be
parading.February 24 in Holon at noon.
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