Israeli singer/songwriter Shalom Hanoch.
(photo credit: ORIT PNINI)
1. DEALING WITH THE UNBEARABLE
The film Collateral Beauty follows a man who deals with his daughter’s death by writing letters to Time, Death and Love. His co-workers then pay actors to play those roles to save their company and their own future.
With Will Smith, Kate Winslet, Keira Knightley, Helen Mirren, Edward Norton.
2. LOVE IN SPACE
In the sci-fi film Passengers, Jim and Aurora are part of a routine passenger flight through space to a new home. Sleeping in suspended animation, the two are awakened 90 years too early when the ship malfunctions. As they face living the rest of their lives on board the spaceship, they begin to fall for each other until they discover that the aircraft is in grave danger. With the lives of 5,000 sleeping passengers at stake, only the pair can save them.
With Jennifer Lawrence, Chris Pratt, Michael Sheen
3. A GRAND FINALE
The last concert of the Israeli Philharmonic Orchestra’s 80th anniversary celebrations is conducted by Israeli protégé conductor and pianist Lahav Shani, with solo pianist Yuja Wang and trumpeter Yigal Meltzer. On the program: Mozart’s overture to the opera The Magic Flute and his Concerto for Two Pianos; Shostakovich’s Concerto No. 1 for Piano and Trumpet; and Ravel’s Daphnis et Chloé, Suite No. 2.
December 31 at 8 p.m. at The Charles Bronfman Auditorium (Heichal Hatarbut) in Tel Aviv
4. ROCKING THE NEW YEAR
Israeli singer/songwriter Shalom Hanoch is holding his traditional New Year’s Eve Rock Concert at Zappa Herzliya. Participating in the concert are his long-time pianist Moshe Levy, as well as Ronnie Peterson, Ziv Harpaz, Barak Kerem, Tal Aviram and Yossi Fein.
December 31. Doors open 9:30 p.m., show starts at 10:30 p.m.
5. PLAYING THE HARP
British conductor James Judd leads the Israel Symphony Orchestra Rishon Lezion’s next concert. Harpist Yuying Chen from China performs Handel’s Harp Concerto Op. 4 No. 6. Also on the program: Strauss’s Metamorphosen for 23 Solo Strings; Debussy’s Danses Sacrée et Profane; and Vaughan Williams’s Symphony No. 5.
January 4 at 8 p.m. at the Tel Aviv Performing Arts Center (The Opera House)
6. AN EXHILARATING EXTRAVAGANZA
The legendary Shaolin Warriors return to Israel, punching, kicking and tumbling in a spectacular, dynamic production. Featuring rarely seen Buddhist meditation alongside deadly martial arts prowess, the breathtaking extravaganza starring 20 kung fu masters follows the journey from a child’s initiation into the monastery to achieving full-fledged warrior status through diligent training and study.January 16 to 21 at the Suzanne Dellal Center, Tel Aviv
7. WINDOW ON THE WORLD
The International Photojournalism Exhibition World Press Photo and the Israeli Local Testimony 2016 are both on display at the Eretz Israel Museum. Dozens of photographers from Israel and abroad participate in the exhibition, displaying a sequence of events in selected photographs taken over the past year. The photos refer to themes such as war and peace, politics and society, art and culture, nature and the environment, sports, portraits and multimedia presentations. Curator: Prof. Micha Kirshner.Until January 28 at the Eretz Israel Museum, Ramat Aviv
8. NEW PERSPECTIVES
A new exhibition at the Design Museum focuses on eyeglasses. Throughout their evolution, glasses have taken on thousands of different shapes, forms, sizes and styles. The exhibition displays 400 rare items from esteemed collector Claude Samuel to examine in detail the changes from different perspectives, such as cultural, fashion, medical, scientific, material and technological.Design Museum, Holon
9. CATCH THE ‘VIRUS’
The dance piece Naharin’s Virus is an adaptation of Offending the Audience, a play by Austrian playwright, author and poet Peter Handke, considered one of the most important post-modern writers since Beckett. Handke’s works have often been compared to those of Kafka. Offending the Audience aims to leave the audience feeling ill at ease yet intrigued and wanting more. Ohad Naharin and 16 of the Batsheva’s Young Ensemble dancers have adopted the same goal.January 11 to 14 at 9 p.m. at the Suzanne Dellal Center, Tel Aviv
10. FROM NEW ORLEANS TO TEL AVIV
The winter edition of the Tel Aviv Blues Festival is an opportunity to experience the magic and warmth of acoustic blues, from the fields of Mississippi to the alleys of New Orleans and back home to Tel Aviv. Grammy-winning guitarist Alvin Youngblood will open the festival with a performance at the Barby Club. Other shows will take place in numerous clubs and bars around Tel Aviv.
January 11 to 14. For more information, go to http:// www.kvish61.org.