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Carlos Santana to perform in Jerusalem
Following a string of concert cancellations by foreign musicians in the wake of Israel's war with Hizbullah, platinum-selling guitarist Carlos Santana has become the first high-profile performer to announce a new show in the Jewish state.
Yediot Aharonot reported over the weekend that the 10-time Grammy winner is scheduled to perform in Jerusalem next spring as part of Bridges of Music, an international project created to advance peace and understanding in conflict zones around the world. Previous Bridges of Music concerts have taken place in Indonesia, Cuba and Ireland.
Santana will be one of some 45 musicians scheduled to perform in the week-long event, with other performers to include Israelis, Americans and artists from the Muslim world. The Jerusalem Fund and the Foreign Ministry will sponsor the event, Yediot Aharonot reported.
Born in Mexico in 1947, Santana has sold 90 million records worldwide. The "Smooth" singer has done promotional work for a number of other non-profit organizations during his long career, including Greenpeace, Amnesty International, Doctors Without Borders and the Simon Wiesenthal Center's Museum of Tolerance. - Nathan Burstein
Portman poses in Hepburn's black dress
Audrey Hepburn has a clone: Natalie Portman. The Jerusalem-born Portman, wearing the iconic black column dress worn by Hepburn in 1961's Breakfast at Tiffany's, graces the cover of the upcoming issue of Harper's Bazaar.
A smiling Portman - often called the modern-day Hepburn - channels the spritely Holly Golightly by showing off the back of the dress.
One of three versions made for the 1961 movie, the dress will be sold to the highest bidder on December 5 at Christie's auction house in London. Proceeds from the dress will go to the City of Joy Aid charity, which provides aid to India's poor. The sale is expected to fetch up to $130,000.
Portman, who studied at Hebrew University in the fall of 2004, was anxious about wearing it. "I did feel very elegant suddenly," the 25-year-old actress tells the magazine. "I mean, you can't possibly measure up to Audrey Hepburn; there's no comparison. But the elegance that she exuded was transmitted to the dress, you know, the feeling, the emotion of it."- AP
Icon Fest kicks off in Tel Aviv
The Tel Aviv Cinematheque plays host to the 10th annual Icon Festival, a science fiction and fantasy celebration starting today and running nearly 24 hours a day through Saturday. Sponsored by the Tel Aviv municipality and the city's Cinematheque, the festival will feature a variety of scientific and literary lectures and panel discussions, with an array of activities designed for longtime science fiction fans and newcomers alike. The festival will include screenings of science fiction and fantasy films, and events devoted to graphic novels, science fiction television programs and role-playing games. Festival organizers will give prizes in two fields at the end of Icon: the Geffen Awards for the best science fiction and fantasy literature published in Hebrew during the past year, and Icon Awards for the best films screened during the festival. - Nathan Burstein
Fawcett remains positive despite cancer
Farrah Fawcett, recently found to have cancer, said Friday she is maintaining a positive attitude and expects to recover completely. "I am determined to bite the bullet and fight the fight while going through the next six weeks of cutting edge, state-of-the-art treatment," the 59-year-old actress said in a statement. "I should be able to return to my life as it was before."
Her publicist, Mike Pingel, didn't reveal what kind of cancer Fawcett has but said it was recently diagnosed and involves a fast-growing tumor.
The actress, who appeared with her former Charlie's Angels co-stars at an Emmy tribute in August to the late TV producer Aaron Spelling, said she has been overwhelmed by the "outpouring of concern, love, prayers and compassion" she has received from people around the world. "I deeply believe in one's own positive will to overcome even the most daunting challenges," she said. - AP