Tel Aviv’s Florentine Circus presents The Great American Circus.
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1. THE WHEEL OF FORTUNE
Set on Coney Island in the 1950s, Woody Allen’s film Wonder Wheel follows Ginny, a perennially disappointed housewife who sees an opportunity to change her fortunes when she falls for a handsome lifeguard. With Kate Winslett, Justin Timberlake, Jim Belushi, Juno Temple.
2. A BITE OF THE BIG APPLE
The critically acclaimed TV comedy series Broad City returns for a fourth season. Created by Abbi Jacobson and Ilana Glazer, the two star as Jewish American women in their 20s who are trying to navigate life in New York, even though their adventures always seem to lead them down bizarre paths.
Airs all week on HOT Comedy Central and HOT VOD.
3. A STUDY IN CONTRASTS
The Tel Aviv Museum of Art presents a selection of oil paintings and large-scale cinematic, figurative works by American-born, Jerusalem-based artist Pamela Levy (1949-2004). Her works are psychologically charged, saturated with tension and contrasts between fear and delight, childhood and old age, complete and ripped, violent and merciful.
Until April 7. For more info: www.tamuseum.org.il
4. CIRCUS AMERICAN STYLE
Tel Aviv’s Florentine Circus presents The Great American Circus. Consisting of 15 performers from around the world, the show combines humor, music and colorful costumes, as well as tightrope acts showcasing the Grand Canyon to the Statue of Liberty. The shows take place in the Florentine Circus’s big-top tent in Kfar Hayarok near the Ramat Hasharon Junction.
Saturday through December 26. For tickets: http:// florentinecircus.co.il
5. SPANNING THE SPECTRUM
Pianist and composer Orit Wolf, in conjunction with the Porter family, presents the second concert in the Music and Muse series. In “Making Love with Chopin,” Wolf will host pianist and master improviser Tal Zilber. In addition to playing Chopin’s waltzes, mazurkas and nocturnes, Wolf and Zilber will improvise the classics through multiple themes and styles, from bossa nova to jazz. In English.
The lecture/concert takes place Monday at 8 p.m. at the Weil Auditorium, Kfar Shmaryahu. For tickets: www.tixwise.co.il/oritwolfchopin
6. HISTORIC CENTENNIAL
Jerusalem’s Tower of David Museum presents a new exhibit “A General and a Gentleman: Allenby at the Gates of Jerusalem.” The exhibition focuses on the events that unfolded over the 9th, 10th and 11th of December 1917, including British general Edmund Allenby’s dramatic entrance to Jerusalem and his appearance before the residents of the city, which took place on the steps of the citadel of the Tower of David Museum. The exhibition features the white flag of surrender, which was improvised from torn sheets and a broomstick, with which the city’s mayor went out in search of representatives of the British army, the original keys to the city of Jerusalem and more.
Opens Monday and runs until September. For more info: www.tod.org.il/en
7. REEL LIFE
The 4th Annual Docaviv Negev Documentary Film Festival takes place this week in Yeruham. This year’s program contains an expanded selection of films, more filmmaker sessions and stage performances. One of the highlights is the Israeli premiere of Jane (pictured), Brett Morgen’s documentary about Jane Goodall, the world’s foremost expert on chimpanzees.
Wednesday through December 23. For more info: www.docaviv.co.il
8. A TASTY LOOK AT COEXISTENCE
The third annual three-day A-sham Arab Food Festival offers the public a unique array of tastings in downtown Haifa’s restaurants and pubs, culinary meet-ups, musical and dance performances, cooking and craft workshops, lectures and more from December 13 to 15, morning to night. More than 70 leading Arab and Jewish chefs will work together to give their contemporary interpretations of traditional dishes from the Levant food culture.
Wednesday through next Friday. For more info: http:// downtown.co.il
9. HOLIDAY FESTIVAL IN HAIFA
The program of this year’s Holiday of Holidays festival in Haifa takes in a wide range of events and activities mainly on Friday and Saturday throughout December, with several events on Thursdays as well. The roster features a diverse concert program of liturgical and chamber music in Haifa’s churches and halls, art shows, walking tours and many outdoor music shows, theater, an artists’ fair and children’s activities, as well as the national children’s exhibition.
For details, go to www.haifahag.com
10. WONDER OF WONDERS
Oh Wonder is a London-based alt-pop duo consisting of Josephine Vander Gucht and Anthony West. Since releasing their DIY debut album, the two have had international success with their alt-pop singles. The duo began releasing singles every month in 2014 until they had enough for their self-titled debut album released in 2015. Last month they released their second album, Ultralife, which reached eighth place on the charts in Britain.
Oh Wonder will perform on December 16 at 8:30 p.m. at the Barby Club in Tel Aviv. For tickets: www.barby.co.il