1. THE FORCE IS STILL WITH US
Prepare to enter a galaxy far, far away... once again with The Last Jedi, the widely anticipated next installment of the Star Wars saga. Having taken her first steps into the Jedi world, Rey joins Luke Skywalker on an adventure with Leia, Finn and Poe that unlocks mysteries of the Force and secrets of the past. With Mark Hamill, Carrie Fisher, Daisy Ridley, Oscar Isaac, John Boyega.
2. BLOOD BROTHERS
The infamous story of two brothers who murdered their parents gets the Law & Order treatment in Law & Order True Crime: Menendez Murders. The eight-part TV miniseries retells the case of Lyle and Erik Menendez, brothers who were convicted of the 1989 murder of their wealthy parents in Beverly Hills. With Edie Falco, Josh Charles, Heather Graham.
Airs Wednesdays at 8:45 p.m. on HOT3 and HOT VOD
3. WATER UNDER THE BRIDGE
Jerusalem’s recently opened Marie Gallery presents “Streams in Time,” a series of collagraph prints by Jerusalem-based artist Hadassah Berry. The textured prints and multimedia works are arranged together to create various channels resembling reefs, rivers and topographical surfaces. Berry’s works can be viewed as a metaphor for splits in society, as well as the transience of nature and the decay of time.
Until 23 December at Marie Gallery, 12 Agrippas St., Jerusalem
4. TICKLING THE IVORIES
Israel is known for being the host of the Arthur Rubinstein International Piano Masters Competition. However, another competition for young pianists takes place annually in Ashdod, bringing musicians as young as six to the stage. The jury for the Forever Piano competition is comprised of Israel’s leading pianists and piano teachers. The participants are divided into age groups, ranging from six to 28, with each group performing on a different day. Admission is free.
Today through Wednesday, Monart Center for the Arts, 8 Derech Eretz St., Ashdod
5. REEL DEAL IN THE HOLY CITY The 19th Jerusalem Jewish Film Festival takes place at the Jerusalem Cinematheque this week, featuring the best of contemporary Jewish-themed films, documentaries, shorts and restored classics from Israel and abroad. The festival will open with Luca Guadagnino’s Call Me by Your Name (pictured), an adaptation of André Aciman’s novel about a love affair between two young Jewish men in Italy in the 1980s. Another highlight of the festival is the screening of a digitally restored version of Avi Nesher’s 1984 drama Rage and Glory.
Saturday through Thursday. For more info: www.jer-cin.org.il
6. ALL EARS
Combining a love of ambient music and old instruments,
Sleep Party People is the brainchild of Danish multi-instrumentalist Brian Batz, who has been characterized by wearing rabbit masks in his performances. In 2010, his first CD was described in the Danish media as “a hazy, dreamy and wondrous debut album.”
Monday, 8:30 p.m., Barby, Tel Aviv. For tickets: www.barby.co.il
7. CUBAN FIESTA
Experience hot rhythms, sensational salsa and fiery Cuban beats as the popular dance show Pasion de Buena Vista sambas its way into Israel for five shows from December 21 to 26. A hit across Europe, Pasion de Buena Vista features acclaimed Cuban singers José Guillermo Puebla Brizuela, Felicita-Ethel Frias-Pernia and Alfredo Montero-Mojena.
Joining them are a dance troupe fresh from Manzanillo, Cuba, under the leadership of choreographer Jose Luis Rodriguez-Pena.
For more info and tickets, visit www.buenavista.co.il or call *9080.
8. GOING BANANAS
This year’s Ta’am Kinneret Festival returns to highlight some of the culinary gems around the Sea of Galilee. The theme of this year’s festival is bananas. The three-day food fest includes a variety of events for the whole family, such as chocolate delights at the Galita Chocolate Farm, chef sessions at the Marinado restaurant next to Ein Gev, and food and films at Beit Gabriel on the southern shore of the Sea of Galilee, as well as horseback riding at Vered Hagalil and a big circus at the Kinneret Mall at Tzemach.
Thursday through next Saturday. For more info: www.facebook.com/taam.kinneret
9. MAKING AIRWAVES
The 16th edition of the annual music-based weekend series at the Pastoral Hotel in Kfar Blum kicks off this Thursday, with the Voice of Israel from Jerusalem three-dayer, which casts a nostalgic look back to the days when the national radio station ruled the media roost. The program features Israel Gurion, Hanan Yovel and Uri Harpaz, with guitarist-vocalist Asaf Amdursky. The musicians will be joined by a number of leading radio personnel such as Yoav Karkovski, Aaron Perera and Eran Litvin.
For tickets and more info: www.kfarblum-hotel.co.il
10. STAND UP FOR SEINFELD
Famed American comedian Jerry Seinfeld returns to Israel to perform two shows in one night in Tel Aviv. A longtime favorite in Israel via his mega-popular TV series Seinfeld, the comic most recently visited Israel in 2015, where he performed four sold-out shows in a row. Mark Schiff, a veteran stand-up comedian and one of Seinfeld’s oldest friends, will open the shows.
December 30 at the Menorah Mivtachim Arena in Tel Aviv. For tickets: www.leaan.co.il