1 FILM UNDER THE SPOTLIGHT
Spotlight tells the true story of how The Boston Globe uncovered the massive scandal of child molestation and coverup within the local Catholic Archdiocese, shaking the Catholic Church to its core.
With Mark Ruffalo, Michael Keaton, Rachel McAdams, Stanley Tucci.
2 CLASSICAL MAESTRO MAGIC
The Elma Arts Complex Hotel in Zichron Ya’acov is hosting a three-day international festival celebrating the 260th anniversary of the birth of Mozart. There will be solo recitals, vocal programs, chamber music performances, dance workshops and lectures. Opening the festival is a concert featuring Mozart’s well-known Coronation Mass. Other highlights include a performance of his opera The Magic Flute, as well as a performance of his cantata “Davide Penitente.”
Thursday through Saturday. Info and tickets: www.elma-hotel.com.
3 ART ROSEN’S COLORFUL PERSONAS
Israeli-American artist Roee Rosen presents another installment of Justine Frank, his imaginary Belgian-Jewish artist and writer who has become something of a cult hero in Israeli art. Active since the 1980s, Rosen has exhibited worldwide using media such as painting, video, installation, multimedia, artist books and writing. The works examine major themes in contemporary art and present works by other figures – Justine Frank and Maxim Komar-Mishkin – created by Rosen, as well as a virtual journey through Eva Braun’s eyes.
Ongoing, Tel Aviv Museum of Art. Info: www.tamuseum.org.il
4 SPIRIT AND FORM
Israeli artist Hagit Lalo studied art in the US in the 1950s. She embraced American Abstract Expressionism and sought to pour out her thoughts and feelings through the interaction of shapes, lines and colors.
Featuring a first-time display of the Israel Museum’s collection of her drawings alongside selected oil paintings, the exhibition inaugurates a gallery space named after Lalo, who died in 1961 at age 30.
Ongoing, the Israel Museum, Jerusalem.
5 MUSIC RASTA RAP
Grammy-winning Jamaican singer and rapper Sean Paul returns to Israel to perform in Tel Aviv. He has collaborated with many well-known artists such as Beyoncé, Rihanna and Enrique Iglesias.
Saturday, 7 p.m., Menora Mivtachim Arena, Tel Aviv. Info and tickets: seanpaul.co.il
6 DANCE STEPPING UP
Batsheva Ensemble, the younger wing of the larger Batsheva Dance Company, is performing Decadance, a retrospective compilation of work from 20 years of artistic director Ohad Naharin’s career. In the piece, Naharin reconstructs his oeuvre by taking sections of existing works and reorganizing them into a fresh new theatrical experience. With a soundtrack that ranges from Vivaldi to Dean Martin, this dynamic showcase of dance features heart-rending intimate moments and exhilarating full company pieces.
Wednesday through next Friday, Suzanne Dellal Center, Tel Aviv. Info: www.batsheva.co.il
7 TO THE POINTE AND BEYOND
As the most long-standing dance company in The Netherlands, Scapino Ballet Rotterdam is at the forefront of Holland’s internationally renowned dance culture.
Scapino returns to Israel to perform four exciting works: the title piece, The Great Bean, by the company’s artistic director Ed Wubbe; and three short works – Exquisite by Felix Landerer; Firebird by Marco Goecke to music by Igor Stravinsky; and a world premiere by Wubbe.
Tuesday through next Friday, Herzliya Performing Arts Center. Tickets and info: 1-700-702-929; www.hoh-herzliya.co.il
8 THEATER THE STERN GROUP
The Ghosts of Mizrachi Bet Street is a new play in English by Zev Golan, co-directed by Leah Stoller and S. Kim Glassman. The romantic drama opens in 1942 with British detectives closing in on Avraham Stern, founder of the Lehi underground. Stern and his wife, Roni, juggle their love for each other with Stern’s commitment to fight the British. Starring Hollywood’s Steven Schub (of the TV series 24) and Ayala Shiftan.
Tonight, Wednesday and next Thursday at 8 p.m. (on Wed also at 6 p.m.) at the Jerusalem Theater. For tickets, call (02) 560-5755.
9 SPORTS EYE OF THE TIGER
The Israman competition is one of the most demanding tests of human strength. This year’s competition will feature a 3.8-km. swim, a 180-km. bike ride and a 42-km. run in the mountains around Eilat. Athletes may also participate in the Half Israman competition, which consists of a 1.9- km. swim, a 91-km. bike ride and a 21-km. run.
Meet next Friday, 6:15 a.m., at the Royal Beach Hotel in Eilat. Info: www.israman.co.il
10 FESTIVALS SOUNDS TO SAVOR IN EILAT
The 11th annual Eilat Chamber Music Festival, one of Israel’s leading international festivals, attracts audiences from all over the country and around the world. This year, the festival brings leading soloists and international premieres in a celebration of cuttingedge performances of chamber and orchestral music, jazz and world music, as well as dance, theater and multimedia.
Some of the highlighted artists include Canadian jazz trumpeter Jens Lindemann, Spanish flamenco dancer Pastora Galvan and French accordionist, vocalist and composer Vincent Peirani.
February 1 through 6, Dan Hotel, Eilat. Tickets and info: www.eilatfest.com