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The Jerusalem Post's Israeli entertainment and culture guide for the week to come.

December 8, 2016 18:35
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'Lion' film

'Lion' film. (photo credit: PR)


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In the film Lion, five-year-old Saroo, who lives in rural India with his brother and single mother, gets separated from his brother and finds himself on a train going cross country. Arriving in Calcutta, he winds up in an orphanage, where he is adopted by a couple from Australia.

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Saroo grows up into a confident and ambitious 30-year-old Aussie. As he learns about the advent of Google Earth, he begins a difficult journey to find his family. With Dev Patel, Nicole Kidman, David Wenham.


Winner of the 2015 Rappaport Prize for an Established Israeli Artist, Yair Garbuz has mounted his third solo exhibition at the Tel Aviv Museum of Art. “Yair Garbuz: I Am Painters” features the artist’s work from the past five years.

His paintings are a comical, at times grotesque, theatrical show, perhaps even a circus or a carnival. The humor is both visual and linguistic. More than ever, the new paintings display the artist’s virtuosity and his ease with the Hebrew language and painting styles.


A new large-scale group exhibition at the Tel Aviv Museum of Art “Regarding Africa: Contemporary Art and Afro-Futurism” opens today. The exhibition presents art being made today in or about Africa, from an Afro-futurist perspective.

The various narratives range from colonialism and its ramifications to a re-examination of the African body, landscape and culture through utterances that shatter the usual distinction between truth and fiction, between myth and science, between technology and spirituality.


The Jerusalem Symphony Orchestra hosts the Tbilisi Symphonic Orchestra and the Georgian National Choir for a performance of Mozart’s masterpiece Requiem in D Minor.

Amos Talmon will conduct the concert, with Israeli soloists soprano Tali Ketzef, mezzo-soprano Shahar Lavi, tenor Eitan Drori and bass Yoram Chaiter. December 10 at 8 p.m. at The Jerusalem Theater, 1-700-704-000


Jane Monheit performs a tribute to Ella Fitzgerald. A leading female jazz vocalist, Monheit will perform songs from her latest album, Songbook Sessions: Ella Fitzgerald.

Today at 1 p.m. at the Tel Aviv Cinematheque; Saturday at 9:30 p.m. (doors open 7:45 p.m.) at Zappa Club Jerusalem.


American guitarist Al Di Meola is performing at the Tel Aviv Jazz Festival. The skilled musician, who has performed with the likes of Chick Korea, John McLaughlin and Paco De Lucia, will play music from his latest album Elysium and other pieces from his long career. With second guitarist Peo Alfonsi and accordionist Fausto Beccalossi. Today at 3 p.m. (doors open at 1 p.m.) at Zappa Club Herzliya; Saturday at 3 p.m. (doors open at 1 p.m.) and at 9:30 p.m. (doors open at 7:45 p.m.) at Zappa Club Tel Aviv.


The Israel Philharmonic Orchestra hosts two musicians in a series of unforgettable concerts. Violinist Gil Shaham and pianist Sir András Schiff perform a program that includes two of the most loved pieces of the classical repertoire – Bach’s Piano Concerto No. 7 and Brahms’s Violin Concerto in D Major. December 12 at 8 p.m. at the Haifa Auditorium; December 13 at 8 p.m. at the International Convention Center, Jerusalem; December 14 and December 17 at 8 p.m. at the Charles Bronfman Auditorium, Tel Aviv.


Following a successful launch last year, the second International Jerusalem Jazz Festival will once again fill the Israel Museum’s art galleries with the sights and sounds of top local and international jazz musicians. The festival features original compositions, artistic collaborations, pop-up performances throughout the museum and master classes, capped by jam sessions into the wee hours at the Yellow Submarine. Among the participants are Rickie Lee Jones and the Non-Standards Project; Jeff Ballard; Jason Lindner; Mark Turner; Too Many Zooz; Anat Fort; Ilan Salem; and the Avishai Cohen Quartet. December 12 through 14. Doors open at 6:30 p.m. on Wednesday and Thursday and at 10:30 a.m. on Friday. For the full program, go


The Kutiman Orchestra hosts Samantha Montgomery, aka Princess Shaw, in a concert at the Opera House. Kutiman has been extremely busy this past year with a new critically acclaimed album; the award-winning documentary Presenting Princess Shaw, about his unique musical relationship with Montgomery; a successful art exhibition; and his global Mix the City series, “Mix Hamburg.” Meanwhile, The Kutiman Orchestra continues to perform and amaze audiences with its free-form shows across Israel.

December 14 at 9 p.m. at the Opera House, Tel Aviv. For tickets, call Zappa at *9080.


Israeli and international singing star Noa will be joined on stage by Spanish star Pasión Vega. This is a unique opportunity to see and hear one of the most popular singers in Spain today. Vega’s style ranges from flamenco and tango to Spanish pop. The two singers collaborated on Vega’s latest album. In the upcoming concerts, the two vocalists will sing together and separately, performing their biggest international hits.

December 15 at 10 p.m.(doors open at 8:15 p.m.) at Zappa Herzliya; December 17 at 10 p.m.(doors open at 8:15 p.m.) at Zappa Haifa, tel: *9080.

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