(photo credit: TINO VACCA)
1. FILM: SUPERHERO FACE-OFF
2. MUSIC: MASHINA MADNESS
In Marvel’s latest superhero adventure Captain America: Civil War, political interference in the Avengers’ activities causes a rift between former allies Captain America and Iron Man. Starring Chris Evans, Robert Downey Jr., Scarlett Johansson and Martin Freeman.
Three decades ago, the international rock world may have had U2, Queen and R.E.M., but we had our very own Mashina.
Together with singer/songwriter Ehud Banai, Mashina guitarist Shlomi Bracha co-wrote the song “Rakevet Laila Lekahir” (Night Train to Cairo). This helped Mashina break out of obscurity and into the charts. Catch Israel’s all-time top rock band as it performs many of its hits, from its early days playing gigs at the Tel Aviv hot spots of the ’80s and ’90s, such as Penguin and the Dan Cinema, through to its stadium-playing days.Tonight, 7:30 p.m., Zappa Shuni Amphitheater. For tickets: www.mashina.co.il3. CLASSICAL: CHAGALL’S MUSICAL WORLD
The Ashdod Symphony Orchestra and pianist Irena Friedland present an evening titled Music and Color, looking at how music influenced the paintings of Marc Chagall. The concert includes pieces by Mozart, Brahms, Prokofiev, hassidic melodies as well as excerpts from Fiddler on the Roof. Conducted by Ruben Moses.Monday, 8 p.m., Monart Center for the Arts, Ashdod. www.ashdodsymphony.com
4. EXHIBIT: THROUGH THE LENS
This year’s International Photography Festival at Jaffa Port will be focused on the environment, community and art, showcasing around 200 photographers with exhibitions of their photographic work, and film screening events.Runs through May 7. For more info: http:// photographyfestival.co.il 5. ART: A MEMORY OF LIGHT
On show at the Tel Aviv Museum of Art is the multimedia exhibition Counterlight by artist Maya Zack. The exhibition revolves around a video journey into the mind and soul of modern-postmodern era poet Paul Celan, accompanied by installations, drawings and computergenerated images.Until August. For more info: www.tamu seum.org.il 6. DANCE: DANCING GIANTS
Batsheva Dance Company presents two works, Yag by Ohad Naharin and Adam (pictured) by up-and-coming independent choreographer Roy Assaf. His body of work, which has been presented in festivals and theaters throughout the country, includes the duet Six Years Later, the trio The Hill, and group pieces Girls and Boys.April 30 through May 3, Suzanne Dellal Center, Tel Aviv. For tickets: https://batsheva.co.il 7. THEATER: WRITTEN IN THE STARS
As part of AACI’s Holocaust Remembrance Day commemoration, J-Town Playhouse will be performing Lois Lowry’s awardwinning Number the Stars. As the Germans begin their campaign to “relocate” all Denmark’s Jews, Annemarie Johansen’s family takes in Annemarie’s best friend, Ellen Rosen, and conceals her as part of the family. Directed by Raphael Poch.
May 4, starting with ceremony at 7 p.m.; May 5 at 5:30 and 8:30 p.m. For more info and tickets: (02) 566-1181 or www.aaci.org.il 8. MUSIC: THE LANGUAGE OF LOVE
Spanish balladeer Julio Iglesias returns to Israel to perform at Tel Aviv’s Menora Mivtachim Arena. Iglesias has sold over 300 million records in 14 languages, and he can still can make an audience swoon. Some of his greatest hits are “Moonlight Lady,” “Crazy” and “All of You,” a duet with Diana Ross.May 7, 9 p.m. For tickets: eventful.com
9. FESTIVAL: WHAT’S UP, DOCAVIV?
The 18th edition of Docaviv, the Tel Aviv International Documentary Film Festival, is set to take place at the Tel Aviv Cinematheque from May 19 to 28.
The festival will open with Israeli director Roman Shumunov’s debut documentary Babylon Dreamers (pictured).
A number of films in the International Competition focus on topics such as international terrorism and the refugee crisis. Master classes will be led by international filmmakers, as well as professional forums and discussions about current events.
For more info: www.docaviv.co.il 10. FESTIVAL CLIMBING THE LADDER
On the shores of Lake Kinneret, the annual Jacob’s Ladder Festival kicks off for the 40th year, featuring Celtic, country, folk and bluegrass vibes. As usual, most acts are local, with some overseas guests including Spuyten Duyvil, a sixpiece amped-up Americana band from New York and British singer/songwriter Jason Feddy (pictured). Storytelling sessions, an open stage, tai chi, dance workshops, children’s activities and a crafts fair will all be part of the Ladder’s offerings.Runs May 19 through 21. For more info and tickets: www.jlfestival.com