1. GAME OVER
Aaron Sorkin’s film Molly’s Game is based on the true story of Molly Bloom, a beautiful young Olympic-class skier who ran the world’s most exclusive high-stakes poker game for a decade in LA and New York before being arrested in the middle of the night by 17 FBI agents in 2013. The poker players included Hollywood royalty, sports stars, business titans and finally, unbeknown to her, the Russian mob. With Jessica Chastain, Idris Elba, Kevin Costner.
2. A MOTHER’S AGONY
The Golden Globes-winning film Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri, is the heartbreaking story of a mother who decides to make a bold move after months have passed without the culprit in her daughter’s murder being found. She paints three signs leading into her town with a controversial message directed at the town’s revered chief of police. With Frances McDormand, Woody Harrelson, Sam Rockwell, Peter Dinklage.3. KEEP IT DOWN
A collaboration between Vertigo Dance Company and The Revolution Orchestra gave birth to a new version of Noa Wertheim’s acclaimed dance piece White Noise that was presented a decade ago. White Noise 2018 questions the way we live, think and explore the tension between the noise around us and our longing for internal tranquility. Music by Bagno; conductor Roy Oppenheim; music director Zohar Sharon.January 19 at 1 p.m.; January 20 at 9 p.m., Opera House, Tel Aviv
4. DIVERSE DUET
Choreographer Yasmeen Godder presents her seminal work from 2003, Two Playful Pink, in honor of The Louise Bourgeois exhibition “Twosome” at the Tel Aviv Museum of Art. In the dance piece, two women respond to the constant gaze that inspects them. Inspired by surreal imagery and pop energy, the three different sections present different aspects of the female body and psyche. Performed by Francesca Foscarini and Dor Frank.January 20 at 8:30 p.m. The exhibition will be open to the public from 7:30 p.m. Tel Aviv Museum of Art, Asia Hall.
5. ITALIAN CONCERT
Rani Calderon, musical director of the Lorraine National Opera House in Nancy, France, and renowned Italian clarinetist Giampiero Sobrino will be the guests of the Israel Symphony Orchestra Rishon LeZion in a concert titled Italy and Fate. On the program: Beethoven’s Coriolan Overture, Op. 62; Donizetti’s Concertino for Clarinet and Orchestra in B Flat; Bassi’s Concert Fantasia on themes from Verdi’s Rigoletto for Clarinet and Orchestra, arr: Federico Cherchi; and Tchaikovsky’s Symphony No. 4 in F Minor, Op. 36.January 21 at 8 p.m. at the Opera House, Tel Aviv; January 23 at 8 p.m. at Beit Ha’am, Rehovot; January 25 at 8 p.m. and January 27 at 8:30 p.m. at Heichal Meir Nitzan, Rishon Lezion. For tickets, call (03) 948-4840.
6. LOVE AND MARRIAGE
The Habima Theater performs Eduardo De Filippo’s Filumena Marturano in Jerusalem this week. The play is a witty comedy by the renowned 20th-century Italian playwright. In the play, Filumena is shocked to discover that her lover, who rescued her from a life of prostitution 25 years earlier, wants to marry a beautiful young wealthy woman. She doesn’t lose her wits and pretends to be dying. On her “death bed,” she asks to marry him, and he falls for it. In Hebrew with Hebrew and English surtitles.
January 20 at 8:30 p.m., Jerusalem Theater
7. ‘GREASE’ IS STILL THE WORD
Directly from London’s West End, the original production of the musical Grease comes to Tel Aviv for nine performances, bringing back the rollicking tales of Rydell High School. The production, in English, includes a cast of 60 actors, dancers and singers, as well as a live orchestra. Starring accomplished British performers Tom Parker as Danny and Danielle Hope as Sandy.Starts January 23, Menorah Mivtachim Arena, Tel Aviv. For tickets, call *2207 or got to http://www.greasethemusical.co.uk.
8. FOR LOVERS OF ART
In his first exhibition in Israel, renowned Austrian artist Martin C. Herbst presents works from his leading series “Spheres” and “Hidden Treasures.” Herbst says that his art deals mainly with the history of painting and does not follow current trends. “My art is accessible to everyone, but you have to love art in order to love my art,” he says.Zemack Contemporary Art, 68 Hey B’Iyar, Tel Aviv
9. A RUSSIAN TRIBUTE
The Israel Chamber Orchestra performs a concert dedicated to the members of the Red Army Choir who died in a plane crash in 2016. The program includes Russian folk songs, coupled with works by Tchaikovsky and Brahms. The orchestra, conducted by Ariel Zuckermann, is joined by bass singer Denis Sedov (pictured), alto Noa Frenkel and male singers from the Gary Bertini Choir.January 29 at 8:30 p.m., Zafon Theater, Kiryat Haim; January 30 at 8:30 p.m., Heichal Hatarbut, Ariel; January 31 at 7 p.m. & February 1 at 8 p.m., Tel Aviv Museum of Art; February 4 at 8 p.m., YMCA, Jerusalem
10. SOUTHERN EXPOSURE
The Eilat Chamber Music Festival, one of the country’s largest classical music events, attracts world-renowned musicians and ensembles, who gather to perform chamber and orchestral concerts, opera, dance and gypsy music. This year’s roster includes Ensemble Pygmalion (pictured), the Hermès Quartet, The Busch Piano Trio, Daniel Ciobanu, Mark Padmore.The festival will take place February 7 to 10 at the Dan Hotel Eilat. For information and reservations, call *9066 or go to http://www.eilat-festival.co.il/en/program.
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