(photo credit: RONEN AKERMAN)
1. HERE COMES THE HAMMER
The film Thor: Ragnarok is the 2017 sequel of Thor and Thor: The Dark World and the 17th movie in the Marvel Cinematic Universe. In the latest film, Thor finds himself in a lethal gladiatorial contest against the Hulk, his former ally. Thor must fight for survival and race against time to prevent the all-powerful Hela from destroying his home and the Asgardian civilization. With Chris Hemsworth, Tom Hiddleston, Cate Blanchett, Idris Elba, Jeff Goldblum, Mark Ruffalo, Anthony Hopkins.
2. SMALL TOWN SECRETS
The TV series The Kettering Incident has been praised as one of the best Australian television dramas in years. Set against the haunting southern Tasmanian landscape, the series tells the story of Anna Macy, a doctor who left the town of Kettering when she was 14, shortly after her best friend disappeared. Now, 15 years later, she returns to the town to find it a very different place. With Elizabeth Debicki (The Night Manager).
Airs on HOT VOD.
3. OUD NEWS
American-born Armenian oud player and composer Ara Dinkjian is the founder of the groundbreaking instrumental group Night Ark. One of the group’s tracks,“Homecoming,” was used as the theme tune for the popular 1990s Israeli satirical TV show Hahamishia Hakamerit (The Chamber Quintet).
Dinkjian is considered one of the world’s top oud players, and his compositions have been recorded in 13 languages. This weekend, he will perform with his trio as part of Jerusalem’s Oud Festival.Saturday, 9 p.m., Jerusalem Theatre. For tickets: www.confederationhouse.org
4. WHAT’S YOUR PLEASURE?
Acclaimed Canadian choreographer Marie Chouinard presents her work inspired by Hieronymus Bosch’s painting The Garden of Earthly Delights (circa 1500).
Titled Hieronymus Bosch: The Garden of Earthly Delights, Chouinard’s dance piece, which premiered in the Netherlands in 2016, is a celebration of the Dutch artist’s most famous triptych. The choreography in three parts shifts between creation and damnation as 10 dancers enter the Garden of Earthly Delights.
Monday through Wednesday, 8 p.m., Opera House, Tel Aviv. For tickets: www.israel-opera.co.il5. NO FIDDLING AROUND
German violin virtuoso David Garrett will perform a concert on November 6 at the Menora Mivtahim Arena in Tel Aviv. The 37-year-old’s individual style pays as much homage to Metallica as to Mozart. With his rock star charisma, Garrett has earned 23 gold and 16 platinum awards around the world. He also performed as an actor in the 2013 film The Devil’s Violinist.Monday, 9 p.m. For tickets: www.leaan.co.il or *8780
6. NORTHERN EXPOSURE
The five-day Galilee Docaviv 2017 Festival features more than 30 Israeli and international documentary films. Among the highlights is Jane, which examines the life of world-renowned conservationist Jane Goodall, and The Beatles docu Eight Days a Week.
There will be meetings with actors and directors; activities for the whole family; workshops such as creating comic books; lectures; local tours; and culinary delights.Tuesday through November 11 in Ma’alot Tarshiha at several locations in the city. For more info: www.docaviv.co.il
7. PARSONS PREROGATIVE
Renowned British musician and producer Alan Parsons returns to Israel to celebrate the 40th anniversary of The Alan Parsons Project’s iconic album I Robot. The Alan Parsons Project was primarily comprised of keyboardist Parsons and singer Eric Woolfson, who were the core of the band since the start in 1975, though they split up before Woolfson’s death in 2009. They are known for such hits as “Eye in the Sky” and “Old and Wise.”Thursday, 8:30 p.m., Haifa Congress Center; November 11 at 9 p.m., Menora Mivtahim Arena, Tel Aviv. For tickets: www.leaan.co.il
8. SADDLE UP
The exhibition “Shaun Gladwell: 1,000 Horses” at the Tel Aviv Museum of Art presents a series of works in various media based on photographs taken in Australia and the Negev, centering on a horse’s life cycle. Australian artist Gladwell has a long-standing interest in equine history and was inspired by events from the October 1917 Battle of Beersheba. Opens Thursday and runs until February 24.
9. TICKLING THE IVORIES
The annual Piano Festival returns to the Tel Aviv Museum of Art. The four-day festival will feature international pianists such as most Hungarian pianist Peter Bence and some of Israel’s finest musicians, such as Mooky, Ivri Lider, Rockfour, Jane Bordeaux, and Riff Cohen (pictured).
Thursday through November 11. For the full program and ticket information: www.pianofestival.co.il
10. FINDING HER OWN VOICE
Award-winning Paris-based singer, actress and daughter of the late Nina Simone, Lisa Simone will perform with her quartet at Zappa Herzliya and the Opera House in Tel Aviv on November 9 to 11 as part of the Hot Jazz series. The multi-talented Lisa was in the original touring company of Jesus Christ Superstar and the original cast of the awardwinning Broadway musical Rent. Her jazz vocal career took off in 2009. To date, she has released three solo albums.For tickets: www.hotjazz.co.il