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IPO honors Mussorgsky with a perfect performance of a Russian original

The evening continued with four poems by Arseny Golenishchev-Kutuzov as set to music by Mussorgsky and sung in the original Russian by mezzo-soprano Ekaterina Gubanova.

Keren Ann celebrates 20 years of music

The concerts will take place on February 26 at Hezekiah’s Cave in Jerusalem, February 27 the Alma Arts Center in Zichron Ya’acov, and February 28 at Zucker Hall in Tel Aviv.

By JERUSALEM POST STAFF
17/02/2020
Mark Rashkow takes a final blues bow in Tel Aviv

If the name does not immediately set some bells apealin’ perhaps mention of the likes of Michael Jackson, blues icon Muddy Waters and Jimi Hendrix drummer Buddy Miles might do the business.

17/02/2020
Margot Robbie shines as Harley Quinn in 'Birds of Prey'

In addition to a take on feminism, the story also translates well to being an overall focus on being an outsider.

Israeli Opera to host Placido Domingo singing competition in Tel Aviv

Founded in 1993 by the famed international tenor, Operalia aims to discover the youngest and most promising opera singers and help them launch their international careers.

By JERUSALEM POST STAFF
16/02/2020
Director Steven Spielberg poses at the premiere of the HBO documentary film 'Spielberg' in Los Angel
Stephen Spielberg gets rights to novel on Israeli-Palestinian conflict

The novel, which tells the story of how the fathers turned their grief into activism, has been named a most anticipated book of 2020 by The New York Times.

By MARCY OSTER/JTA
14/02/2020
'Family Guy,' 'Mrs. Maisel' star Alex Borstein to perform cabaret

A little music, a little comedy and a lot of dirty words

By JERUSALEM POST STAFF
13/02/2020
Jah Wobble’s crooked route from punk to jazz

What are the chances of a lad from the East End of London getting into such an expansive breadth of sounds, rhythms and textures, as well as artistic avenues?

13/02/2020
Conquering China with bright sweetness: The art of Tzvika Horesh

Artist and designer Tzvika Horesh designed an Israeli education center in China, now he means to introduce the Middle Kingdom to his neo-pop artworks.

ADRABA BOOKSTORE: High-brow, yet fun.
Jerusalem book store Adraba Books celebrates 10 years

Adraba doesn’t try to compete with the big chain retailers, but simply features a dazzling selection of books on virtually every subject, most of which can’t be found anyplace else in Israel

SHOSHANA STERNBUCH’S aptly titled abstract painting Maze of Dream with Color.
A look at creative efforts of members the ultra-Orthodox community

“This is about a neighborhood just a few minutes away from here, but how much does the regular secular Israeli know about them other than the demonstrations and bad stuff that gets into the media?”

13/02/2020
XYNISTERI: OLD Vine vineyard in Cyprus owned by Zambartas Winerie
Wine talk: The Eastern Mediterranean pioneers

The whole Eastern Mediterranean is now geared to growing and producing wine with individuality and quality, in a way unthought-of before.

Shani Sadicario
Good food vibrations

Spanish-speaking online influencers spent a week soaking in the famous Jerusalem gastronomy, including a guided tour of the Old City and Mahaneh Yehuda market, with the goal of discovering some of what Israel, and the Israeli people, have to offer.

By HARRY BROWN
13/02/2020
Gal Gadot slips into 'Hebrew in Entertainment Weekly' interview

Gadot reprises her role as Wonder Woman in the upcoming film "Wonder Woman 1984," which will be released worldwide on June 5.

DINOSAUR JR.
Dinosaur Jr. to join Nick Cave in Tel Aviv

The show will take place June 17 at Bloomfield Stadium in Tel Aviv.

By JERUSALEM POST STAFF
13/02/2020
Home-cured herring also known as Seliodka pod Shuboi ("herring in a fur coat") or Shuba ("fur coat")
Russian comfort food is making a comeback in Israel

“Russian food is entering the mainstream slowly,” Gitcelter said. “Young people of other backgrounds are beginning to eat it. It’s an attraction. It’s different.”

By RACHEL RINGLER/JTA
13/02/2020
Dutch violinist and composer André Rieu returns to Israel

The show will take place on Wednesday, November 4, at the Menorah Mivtahim Arena.

By JERUSALEM POST STAFF
12/02/2020
The amazing directors behind ‘The Specials’

All the actors playing autistic people in The Specials really do have autism, except for one character who causes himself significant harm by head banging.

Israeli futurist creates paean to Valentine’s Day in Times Square

Heart Squared is the brainchild of a dynamic team of futurists, architects and designers that stars Israeli-born Rachely Rotem

By MARIA LISELLA
13/02/2020
Order in chaos: Chaim Soutine  at Ein Harod
Order in chaos: Chaim Soutine French Russian Painter

Atar was so smitten with Soutine’s works that on his return to his kibbutz, Ein Harod, in pre-state Israel in 1937, he initiated a building that was to become the Mishkan Museum of Art

By MORDECHAI BECK
11/02/2020
The writer’s latest book, Growing Up
Rabbi Abraham J. Twerski's new book: Growing Up

The book encourages assertiveness (but not chutzpah)

By RABBI ABRAHAM J.TWERSKI
11/02/2020
The inside stories of three Holocaust-related musicals

The audience – with an average age older than the original material – warmly received Eyal Sherf and keyboard accompanist Alon Aviv, applauding them after each of their dozen numbers

By RICH BROWNSTEIN
11/02/2020
Sergei Polunin returns as Rasputin in ballet production

The performance will take place May 7 at the Caesarea Amphitheater.

By JERUSALEM POST STAFF
11/02/2020
Arkady Duchin’s sweet and sour music

The timing first three shows means there will be a romantic, Valentine’s Day sentiment running through the first three concerts.

11/02/2020
Shark #24 at great white hotspot named after Kobe Bryant

A great white off the coast of Guadalupe Island was spotted in a regular gathering spot for the breed and, as he was recorded as #24 in the MCSI database, was named after the basketball legend.

By JERUSALEM POST STAFF
11/02/2020
Natalie Portman wears a Dior cape embroidered with names of women directors who were not nominated
Natalie Portman wears names of female directors not nominated for Oscars

"I wanted to recognize the women who were not recognized for their incredible work this year in my subtle way."

11/02/2020
Robin Sharma
Business guru Robin Sharma heads to Israel

In Israel, The Monk Who Sold His Ferrari is the country’s fifth best-selling book.

By JERUSALEM POST STAFF
11/02/2020
A SCENE from ‘Rising.’
Two new Israeli teen series from Nutz Productions in the pipeline

Sky tells the story of a smart and assertive alien girl named Sky whose spaceship crashes in a small town on earth.

cover - Oscars 2020
Plenty nachas at Jewish Oscars

Actor Joaquin Phoenix eulogized his late brother, River, in his Best Actor Oscar acceptance speech for his role in Joker.

FROM LEFT, Itzik Suari, Oranit Zinger and Dov Kotler.
The Lounge

Senior members of the Audi Community Business Forum gathered at Cinema City Glilot to view a screening of the movie, The Collini Case.

By MICHAL GALANTI
10/02/2020
President Rivlin on Amos Oz: What would you say about our situation?

Israeli author Amos Oz passed away a year ago.

By JERUSALEM POST STAFF
09/02/2020
Moonshine: A throwback with a modern touch.
Moonshine gets listeners lightheaded

"It's important for us to build a base here. It’s where we live and where we want to be.”

08/02/2020
JARED MICHAUD and Miri Fraenkel portray Jamie and Kathy, whose relationship soars and then crashes s
J-Town Playhouse brings the curtain down on their decade-long run at AACI

The musical production 'The Last Five Years' will be the group's final performance in their iconic venue.

By YAKIR FELDMAN
07/02/2020
EILAT CARMI and Merav Hyman, Israel Trail: The Parade, 2018, multichannel video installation.
Israel Museum celebrates a decade of supporting local artists collection

Opening later this month, some of the works will be on display at the Israel Museum as part of the 'Shutters and Stairs: Elements of Modern Architecture in Contemporary Art' exhibition.

Dressed for a Dance in the Snow, By Monika Zgustova
Book review: Dressed for a Dance in the Snow

A complex story of suffering and hope from women who survived Siberian imprisonment

By PAMELA S. NADELL
07/02/2020
Improbable Jewish-German Film Festival publishes book celebrating 25 years

Maoz opens up about how this film was inspired by the hour in which he thought (incorrectly) that his daughter had been aboard a bus that was blown up by a suicide bomber in Tel Aviv.

My Word: Emojis, signs and mixed messages

Will emojis take us back to the days of cavemen’s drawings? This is where the new “dodo” or “mammoth” emojis might come in useful.

Olga Kisseleva's art exhibition Trees Talking combines art and science

“Trees speak the same language,” she notes, “which is different from humans.”

07/02/2020
Valentine's Day- perfect gifts for her, (or to indulge yourself)

Yes, we know that we have Tu Be’Av, but it is in the middle of the summer – and why not celebrate love twice a year?

By NERIA BARR
09/02/2020
The Wanderers’ nuanced performances

We meet ultra-Orthodox couple Esther (Tali Osadchy) and Shmuli (Henry David) just after their arranged marriage.

By HELEN KAYE
05/02/2020
The bat who fought the emperor - The Art of Keren Gueller

In her new Petah Tikva exhibition, Keren Gueller shows how the Allies attempted to bring Imperial Japan to its knees using bats.

Oscars 2020: Who gets your vote?

With the Oscars just around the corner, which nominee should get a much-converted award?

05/02/2020
Pane e Vino
Fine dining in Yehud

Pane e Vino excels in the categories of food, wine and service.

By BUZZY GORDON
04/02/2020
Juliane Banse's moving song will evoke audience emotions

German opera singer graces the YMCA in Jerusalem for its 2020 Winter Mini Festival

04/02/2020
'Suspended': Finding refuge outside 45th floor

How do you represent 45 stories up in a small theater space?

By HELEN KAYE
04/02/2020
The Jerusalem Opera will perform 'L’Elisir D’Amore'

The plot of L’Elisir D’Amore revolves around peasant Nemorino, who falls in love with Adina, set in a 19th-century Italian village in summer.

By JERUSALEM POST STAFF
04/02/2020
‘Gently’ – a humdinger and something to think about

The singing by both principals and the group called Liberation is top-notch

By HELEN KAYE
03/02/2020
J.Lo uses Israeli group’s version of 'Let’s Get Loud' at the Super Bowl

Lopez, who performed along with her daughter, Emme Maribel Muniz, and fellow pop diva, Shakira, visited Israel with her family and her fiance, Alex Rodriguez, in August.

Robyn Hitchcock shines in Tel Aviv

Hitchcock reminisces about spending time as a kibbutz volunteer and missing a visit to the kibbutz by Bob Dylan

03/02/2020
Adam Sandler triumphs in 'Uncut Gems'

A movie so compelling that it gets you to empathize with even worst of gamblers.

Red Hot Chili Pepper returning to Israel
Red Hot Chili Peppers returning to Israel

Famed California rockers to headline Funkyard Tel Aviv Festival in June.

03/02/2020
Israel's SodaStream returning to Super Bowl

SodaStream commercial starring Bill Nye to appear just before Super Bowl half time

By CELIA JEAN
03/02/2020
Director Ram Loevy looks back, and ahead

Loevy's first feature film, The Dead of Jaffa, will open in theaters throughout Israel on January 30

Jerry Seinfeld writing new book tracing 45 years of his stand-up routines

Simon & Schuster said the as-yet untitled book will be out in early October.

By MARC BRODSKY/JTA
01/02/2020
The Plot Against America by Philip Roth
Jews under attack in first trailer for HBO's 'The Plot Against America'

In the novel’s alternate history, Charles Lindbergh, the aviator-turned-antisemitic-populist, becomes president and stokes anti-Jewish fear throughout the US.

By GABE FRIEDMAN/JTA
01/02/2020
PRESIDENT REUVEN RIVLIN wears a black kippah at the Bundestag.
A symbolic act of defiance

Movers and shakers in Israeli society.

THE CITY comes alive, and alight.
Shaon Horef - Jerusalem's outdoor winter festival

The festival traditionally hosts shows, across a broad spectrum of artistic disciplines, with the February 10 batch located within the Koresh-Shushan-Shlomzion Hamalka quarter.

30/01/2020
A COLLECTION of Jewish silver amulets sporting Hebrew text from Iran and Jerusalem, circa 1900. Both
The treasures of Israel - ethnic jewelry on the rise

“Jews came from all over the world to this little tiny dot on the map. With every aliyah, we have a wave of that culture bringing their items. We have a huge, huge variety of items," said Orman.

By Rivkah Lambert Adler
30/01/2020
‘THE TURNING’
The Turning - Gothic The Turning - Gothic horror to savor

uncovering dark, violent secrets through a new spin on on The Turn of the Screw

By KATIE WALSH
30/01/2020
Rosario Giuliani
Jazz artist's Rosario Giuliani upcoming show to pay homage to Duke Ellington

The 53-year-old Italian saxophonist will play five shows here alongside compatriot pianist Dado Moroni

30/01/2020
Danish choreographer and performer  Mette Ingvartsen comes to Israel for the first time
Nudist Danish choreographer and performer Mette Ingvartsen comes to Israel

In her solo as well as in her group works, Ingvartsen often employs nudity as in invitation to the audience to contend with their humanity, with the politics of the body and with the vulnerabilities

By ORI J. LENKINSKI
30/01/2020
Guy Ritchie is back, though not better than ever,  with ‘The Gentlemen’
Guy Ritchie's The Gentlemen - A parade of neatly tailored men’s fashion

As a men’s fashion showcase, it’s exemplary.

By JUSTIN CHANG
30/01/2020
BERNIE SANDERS and Larry David appear together on NBC’s ‘Today’ show, earlier this month.
Bernie lookalikes – here’s your chance to play Sanders in upcoming biopic

If you’re a loud, opinionated older man with a Brooklyn accent, then Hollywood is calling – for you to play Bernie Sanders in an upcoming biopic.

SHULI RAND: It is my life story
Rand from the inside

The venerable Breslov hassid musician-actor Shuli Rand returns with more musical story telling

29/01/2020
RIKI METZ in art class.
Art photographer speaks the language of flowers... and nine others, too

“I had learned Hebrew through the Israeli consulate at the ORT, so I could read and write and bumble along well enough to buy things and get places.”

Gal Gadot to present Oscar for a second time

Other Jewish presenters this year include Timothée Chalamet, the star of such films as Call Me By Your Name and Little Women, and Julia Louis-Dreyfus, best known for Veep and Seinfeld.

THE FLU was my cherry on top of an already unpalatable series of unfortunate events.
This Normal Life: Foiled by the flu

It was the flu that finally broke me.

31/01/2020
kli bereshit
Darom Adom rolls out the red carpet

How to enjoy the attractions in the south of the country.

By MEITAL SHARABI
31/01/2020
THE OPERA TEL AVIV pool beckons.
Hospitality at the Herbert Samuel hotel chain

“Our hotels are situated in the best locations in Israel,” says Balbus. “The Opera Tel Aviv, for example, is just 20 steps away from the beach.

By ALAN ROSENBAUM
30/01/2020
Yonnie Dror (right) in concert with Knesiyat Hasechel, Caesarea Amphitheater, June 2018
Wind instruments – like an addiction

An interview with Yonnie Dror, master of wind instruments.

By BASIA MONKA
01/02/2020
illustrative
How to have a happy family

Buchatsky says that 80% of his book is based on his own experiences as a father.

By ILANA SHTOTLAND
31/01/2020
Will the curtain fall on Habimah?
Will the curtain fall on Habimah?

After decades of ignoring financial problems, the theater is fighting to remain open. Changing views about corporate reorganizations may help.

A SCENE from ‘The Barber of Seville.’
‘Barber of Seville’ cuts into town

We all know the story, right? Right.

By HELEN KAYE
28/01/2020
IN THE CZECH film ‘The Painted Bird,’ Petr Kotlar plays a Jewish boy wandering through a desolate po
Why is Holocaust the filmmakers’ beacon? - analysis

Holocaust pictures would always be made, just as in the olden days Hollywood churned out cowboys vs Indians sagas.

By TOM TUGEND
28/01/2020
Nadaf, 65, (center) remembers the hard life her father had farming their land when she was a child a
New Gardening method takes root in Baka al-Gharbiya

Hydroponic gardening uses no soil, instead growing plants in a solution of water and nutrients

By JUDITH SUDILOVSKY
28/01/2020
Richard Wagner (1813-83) in 1871
Richard Wagner's troublesome history in Israel

Many Israelis have a problem with Richard Wagner an unlikeable man, with his despicable views, a user and betrayer of women, wrote some of the world’s most divine music

By JANE BIRAN
28/01/2020
A SCENE FROM ‘Rapture, Blister, Burn.’
A happy life – in theory

Ra’anana’s Center Stage presents ‘Rapture, Blister, Burn’

By ARLINE BROWN
27/01/2020
Israeli Alma Har’el wins Director’s Guild award

Sam Mendes won the top prize for direction of a feature film, for his World War I epic, 1917.

FROM LEFT, Julian Pacheco Tinoco, Samy Katsav and Juan Orlando Hernández
The Lounge

An offshore patrol vessel built by Israel Shipyards, that was recently purchased by the Honduran Navy, was officially featured in the Central American country.

By MICHAL GALANTI
27/01/2020
Alma Har’el first Israeli,first woman, to win key Directors Guild Award

Har’el used her win for the critically acclaimed coming-of-age drama written by and starring Shia LaBeouf to make a passionate plea for women directors who lost their health insurance.

Weeping in coal - the feminist art of Hannan Abu-Hussein

Hannan Abu-Hussein explores such loaded issues as violence against women and the complexities of Arab-Israeli relations in ‘My Body-Soul-Honor-Property,’ currently at the Givat Haviva Art Gallery.

Bar Refaeli calls on followers to vaccinate their kids.
Bar Refaeli names her first son David

The couple celebrated the baby’s bris at their home with close friends and immediate family.

By CNAAN LIPHSHIZ/JTA
25/01/2020
Fran Drescher doesn’t mind being single, she has a ‘friend with benefits’

“It’s delightful and delicious but I’ve got a big life,” she said.

By CNAAN LIPHSHIZ/JTA
25/01/2020
The week in pictures

Jerusalem Post readers send us their snaps and shots from the week.

By JERUSALEM POST STAFF
25/01/2020
Cafe Europa
A new lunch in town: Cafe Europa

Cafe Europa introduces lunch, discontinues pinchos and aperitivo

By BUZZY GORDON
24/01/2020
FROM LEFT: Cast members Victoria Gershkovich, Miriam Metzinger, Gavriel Weinberg and Daniel Fliegler
‘Of Thee I Sing’ injects humor into politics

Gershwin music and Marx Brothers comedy resonate and amuse on a stage near you

By YAKIR FELDMAN
23/01/2020
FATIMA ABU ROOMI wages her feminist battles from within the community.
New art exhibit focuses on the life of women in religious societies

The exhibition title, “Trespassing,” spells out much of the guiding intent behind the show.

23/01/2020
Singing my way into old age

Though I’ve always loved to sing, I was a secret singer for most of my life.

By CAROL UNGAR
25/01/2020
ZABŁUDÓW SYNAGOGUE, Poland, 1895.
Reviving a lost world: Bible stories wrapped into today

All conscious Jews share the one great tragedy that befell our people in Europe, the Shoah – the catastrophe – in English, the Holocaust.

Eran Tzur reflects on life in the public eye and ‘The Beast Within’

Jewish wisdom and culture remain an important source of inspiration for Tzur. “I am an atheist but have musician friends in Jerusalem who combine religious life with creativity."

23/01/2020
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