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One summer night with Keren Ann
Israeli/French singer songwriter Keren Ann (Zeidel) isn't skipping Israel on her latest concert tour. The Israeli born singer who is based largely in Paris and New York, is promoting her fifth solo album, the eponymous Keren Ann. She will make a one-night only appearance at Tel Aviv's Heichal Hatarbut on May 29.
Keren Ann last visited Israel during the Second Lebanon War to sing in support of the citizens of the North. Born in Israel to a Russian father and a Dutch/Javanese mother, she was raised in Holland before the family moved to France. She broke into the French music scene in 2000 with her album La Biographique de Luca Philipsen, and her musical talent has been compared to likes of Norah Jones, Suzanne Vega, and Joni Mitchell.
Tickets range from NIS 129-199. To order call 03-524-7373 or visit www.lean.co.il.
Miriam A. Shaviv
Hanoch Levin's 'ugly' debut at Gesher
Hanoch Levin makes his debut at the Gesher Theater with his comedy Yakish and Puptche that he also directed at the Cameri Theater in 1986. Like most of Levin's characters, Yakish (Shimon Mimran) is one of life's losers. He's not only poor, he's also ugly. When he marries Puptche (Neta Shpiegelman), who's "uglier than a crocodile," he finds himself unable to perform on his wedding night, or any night thereafter, and the rest of the play deals with the efforts of friends, neighbors and relatives to help poor Yakish get it on.
If Levin hadn't died in 1999, he'd surely have written a play for Gesher because this quintessential Israeli playwright and Gesher's very Russian artistic director, Yevgeny Arie, had become friends. Arye and Mimran adapted and jointly directed the play that opens at the Gesher Hangar in Tel Aviv on June 2.
Freebies at the Festival
As usual, there will be plenty of freebies in Jerusalem at the Israel Festival between May 24 and June 16. For instance, courtesy of the Jerusalem municipality, there will be street parties every night from May 29-31 at 9 p.m. with local DJs playing music, and movies shown on a giant screen at the Ben-Shetah pedestrian mall.
For fans, there will be light classical music played by various live combos in the Sergei Courtyard (Heleni Hamalka St.) with performances starting on May 28 at 7:45p.m. Check www.israel-festival.org.il for lectures or workshops on main events at the festival, as well as jazz at the Ma'abada theater (NIS 20). Various music genres from jazz to ethnic will be on offer at Daniel Garden in Safra Park.
Street theater events from clowning, to acrobatics to stilt-walking will take place on the plaza at the Jerusalem Theater. Free movies will also be screened showcasing the Three Tenors, Charles Aznavour and Liza Minelli.