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Barby to bring Blonde Redhead
The Italian-Japanese-American band Blonde Redhead, which was supposed to perform last August in Tel Aviv but cancelled due to the Second Lebanon War, has once again included Israel on its touring schedule.
The experimental indie rockers, who are renowned for their bittersweet melodies and textural experimentation, will play at Hangar 11 on July 5 and at the Tel Aviv Barby club on July 6. Blonde Redhead's name comes from a song by the New York based DNA group from the Eighties. Behind the name are musicians Kazu Makino and twin brothers Simone and Amadeo Pace. Their most recent album, 23, was released in April of this year. Local musicians Rockfour will open for the group at the Hangar, while Fortis will serve as the warm up act at the Barby. Tickets cost NIS 140-220 and are now on sale at all ticket agencies. - Viva Sarah Press
'NCIS' actress learns her role here
TV star Cote de Pablo, who plays the role of Mossad agent Ziva David on the hit CBS-TV show NCIS, arrived in Israel along with her younger sister on May 8 as guest of Israel's Tourism Ministry. "We wanted Ms. de Pablo to see the real Israel," says Arie Sommer, Israel's commissioner for tourism for North and South America, "so that she can further enrich her superb TV portrayal of an Israeli woman on NCIS."
NCIS regularly rates in the top-ten most-watched TV shows each week in the United States. Cote de Pablo is traveling in Israel with her sister and their itinerary will take her to Jerusalem, the Dead Sea, the Galilee and Tel Aviv. She will meet with Tourism Minister Yitzhak Aharonovich, and also with Pensioner Affairs Minister Rafi Eitan, who as chief of operations of the Shin Bet, the Israel Security Agency, was in charge of the Mossad operation that led to the capture of Nazi war criminal, Adolf Eichmann. During her visit to Israel, which ends today, de Pablo gave a press conference and make media appearances.- Jerusalem Post staff
Ben-Gurion honors Hannah Maron
Actress Hannah Maron will receive an honorary doctorate at Ben-Gurion University on May 15 within the framework of the annual BGU board of governors meeting. She receives the honor "in recognition of her status as a leading actress who won the public's heart with her winning personality and blazing talent," and that's just the introduction.
Throughout her more than 50 year stage career, Maron has always reinvented herself. She was one of the founding members of the Cameri Theater where for most of her career she was equally at home in works by local playwrights, such as Nathan Alterman's "Inn of the Spirits," or in world theater, such as Miller's "All My Sons," Schiller's "Maria Stuarda" or Shakespeare's "As You Like It". Audiences still giggle at the memory of Maron caroling "It's o-o-o-pen" in the successful Eighties TV sitcom Neighbors. And in the Nineties she was one of the founding members of the Herzliya Theater Ensemble.
Born in Germany, Maron immigrated with her family after Hitler's rise to power in 1933. During World War II she entertained the troops of the Jewish Brigade together with her first husband, the late Yosef Yadin. In 1970 she lost a leg as a result of a terrorist attack on the plane in which she was traveling, but that neither prevented her return to the stage nor a passionate adherence to peace and Arab-Jewish coexistence.
Her many prizes include the Israel Prize awarded in 1980. - Helen Kaye
'Shaker' wins culture award
The Inbal Pinto and Avshalom Pollak dance company has won the Performance Prize awarded by the minister of culture for the 2006 Pinto/Pollak joint dance work "Shaker," a poetic, somber piece that explores dependencies. The couple blazed into public consciousness in 1999 with "Oyster," and have gone on to win local and international prizes since, most notably new York's prestigious Bessie for "Wrapped" in 2000. - Jerusalem Post staff
Elie Wiesel receives Koret Prize
Elie Wiesel received the Koret Prize in San Francisco. The Nobel laureate, author and Holocaust survivor said he will give the $250,000 award to the Elie Wiesel Foundation for Humanity.
It was Wiesel's first trip to San Francisco since he was physically assaulted by a Holocaust denier in a hotel there three months ago during a peace conference. Speaking Wednesday to the press, flanked by two members of the San Francisco Police Department and four security guards, Wiesel said, "I've never felt as safe in my life."
The San Francisco-based Koret Foundation awards the prize periodically for extraordinary contributions to Jewish life and culture. Wiesel is the first person to be recognized since 2004. - JTA