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1. FILMS: THE FORCE RETURNS
Thirty years after defeating the Galactic Empire, Han Solo and his allies face a new threat from the evil Kylo Ren and his army of Stormtroopers in Star Wars: The Force Awakens.
With Harrison Ford, Adam Driver, Mark Hamill, Carrie Fisher. Directed by J.J. Abrams.
2. MUSIC: SHAPE UP WITH SHAPPLIN
Multi-talented French soprano Emma Shapplin will perform two concerts in Tel Aviv. Shapplin has evolved through many styles and recently created her own unique style of music that is a combination of opera and modern trance or pop music. Her first album, Carmine Meo, was sung in Latin and Old Italian, while her second, Etterna, was performed in 17th-century Italian. One of her hit songs, “Discovering Yourself,” is in English.
Shapplin’s latest album, Dust of a Dandy, incorporates electro-rock-pop.Wednesday and Thursday at 8:30 p.m. at the Charles Bronfman Auditorium in Tel Aviv. For tickets: www.viagogo.com/ Emma-Shapplin 3. MUSIC: WIELDING THE BATON
The Israel Philharmonic Orchestra hosts a series of concerts with Israeli conductor Ilan Volkov. Curator of the Tectonics music festival, Volkov made his debut with the Iceland Symphony Orchestra in 2003 and took on the post of music director and chief conductor in 2011.
He is a frequent guest conductor with orchestras around the world, and his recordings have won critical acclaim and prestigious awards. Concert highlights include Shostakovich’s Suite on Verses of Michelangelo and Mahler’s Symphony No. 6.Today through Saturday at the Charles Bronfman Auditorium in Tel Aviv. For more info and tickets: www.ipo.co.il, *37664. COMEDY
: STAND UP FOR SEINFELD
Famed American comedian Jerry Seinfeld will perform four shows in Tel Aviv. A longtime favorite in Israel via his mega-popular TV series Seinfeld, he most recently visited Israel in 2007 to promote his film The Bee Movie. Mark Schiff, a veteran club comic and one of Seinfeld’s oldest friends, will open the shows.Saturday and Sunday at 5 p.m. and 8:30 p.m. at the Mivtahim Menorah Arena in Tel Aviv. For tickets: www.leaan.co.il5. EXHIBITIONS
: REMEMBERING RESISTANCE
An exhibition about The White Rose anti-Nazi resistance group in Germany is on display at the Ghetto Fighters House Museum at Kibbutz Lohamei Hagetaot in the Galilee. Formed in 1942 by University of Munich students, The White Rose spearheaded a nine-month anonymous leaflet and graffiti campaign calling for active opposition to Hitler’s regime. Seven members of the group were executed in 1943, and many others were imprisoned.
Ongoing at Ghetto Fighters House Museum. For more information: www.gfh.org.il. 6. EXHIBITIONS: FUN AND FANTASTICAL
Design Museum Holon, celebrating its fifth anniversary, is hosting “Funtastico,” an exhibition of works by Spanish designer Jaime Hayon. Known for his playful approach to design, Hayon has created everything from a collection of mirrors shaped like ping-pong bats to tables formed from concrete cartoon monkeys. Time magazine recently listed him as one of the 100 most relevant creators of our times.
Ongoing at Design Museum Holon. For more information: www.dmh.org.il 7. MIXED BAG
: CHRISTMAS FUN IN JAFFA
The Old Jaffa Port is hosting its first Christmas market. A spectacular Christmas tree, beautiful lights and snow cannons are just a few of the holiday traditions that will set the mood for this winter festival. The market will feature dozens of stalls packed with fresh local produce such as olive oil and fruits and vegetables straight from the farms, unique delicacies from various cooks and chefs and holiday goods for all faiths.
Ongoing until January. Wednesday and Thursday 3 p.m. to 11 p.m. Friday and Saturday 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. For more info: www.facebook.com/JAFFA-Christmas-Market-2015 8. MIXED BAG
: THE KNIGHTS’ KINGDOM
Take a multi-sensory journey to the past, into the Knights’ Halls and the Crusader fortress in Acre. Films projected on the walls of the citadel tell the story of the Crusades. Visit the Crusader street, which features artisans of the period such as blacksmiths, glassblowers and weavers. At night, you can take part in a Crusader feast with dance, music and singing. To end the evening, there is a tournament of knights and jousts on horseback.
Every Tuesday and Thursday. For more info: www.akko.org.il
: WINTER WONDERLAND
Magic, music, humor and thrills are just a few of the ingredients in The Winter Spectacular Show at Cinema City in Jerusalem. Highlights include part of a musical adaptation of the animated Walt Disney hit Frozen with its original soundtrack; Israeli magician Shay Nassi; and the Jerusalem Academy of Music and Dance. The show is hosted by French-Israeli actress and singer Orly Solomon.Wednesday at 8:30 p.m. and next Thursday at 3 p.m. and 9 p.m. For more info and tickets: www.centurymax-studios.com. 10. UPCOMING OPERA: A TALE OF LOVE AND HATE
Daniel Oren, master of fusing rigor and passion, conducts Il Trovatore, Verdi’s powerful tragedy of love, jealousy and revenge. Michal Znaniecki directs the international cast, with soprano Svetla Vasileva as Leonora and tenor Gustavo Porta as Manrico, her beloved.December 31 to January 16 at the Opera House in Tel Aviv. For more info and tickets: www.israel-opera.co.il