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GNOMEO AND JULIET
The greatest love story ever told, starring... garden
gnomes? Shakespeare’s revered tale gets a comical, off-the-wall makeover.
Directed by Kelly Asbury and showcasing both classic and original songs by Elton
John, the film features the voices of James McAvoy and Emily Blunt as Gnomeo and
Juliet, who have as many obstacles to overcome as their quasi namesakes when
they are caught up in a feud between neighbors.
At selected cinemas
throughout the country.
DANCING WITH MOTHER EARTH
The Liat Dror
Nir Bengal Dance Company has organized a two-day festival of dance and movement,
most of which is taking place in the open space of the desert.
choose from a variety of workshops including free dance, yoga, Pilates and even
juggling. There will also be classes and master classes with professional
dancers from the Liat Dror Dance Company, as well as special dance workshops for
children.Runs today and tomorrow, Hangar Adama, Mitzpe Ramon, (08)
659-5190 or adama.org.il MUSIC AFRICAN MAGIC
multi-instrumentalist Richard Bona will front his quintet at the Performing Arts
Center in Tel Aviv as part of Idan Raichel’s world music series. Bona is best
known for his bass guitar playing and singularly mellifluous vocals but is adept
at a wide range of instruments.
He has had eight albums released in the
last 12 years and has umpteen projects running simultaneously across the
globe.Tomorrow, 9 p.m., www.israel-opera.co.il ROCKING THE WORLD
1999, Israeli group Rockfour has been prominent on the US indie music scene,
with several successful tours and performances, including a supporting slot for
the Dave Matthews Band. Critically, the band has also been lauded in the US and
UK, with features in Rolling Stone and Q magazines, Entertainment Weekly, and a
spot on National Public Radio’s All Things Considered. Catch these ambassadors
of rock as they strut their stuff at Tel Aviv’s Barby Club. NIS
70/80.Tonight, 10, Rehov Kibbutz Galuyot 52, (03) 518-8123.
One of the most unusual modern vocal groups, The Swingle Singers is known
for innovative, jazz-inflected performances of everything from Bach keyboard
works to songs of the Beatles. Formed in Paris during the early ’60s by American
expatriate Ward Swingle, The Swingle Singers have won many Grammies including
Best Performance by a Chorus. This week, the group returns to Israel to perform
three shows throughout the country.Wednesday through next Friday,
HOW TO LIVE YOUR LIFE
This year, the
Israel Museum’s Ruth Youth Wing for Art Education is all about instructions: how
to peel a banana, how to assemble a truck, how to prepare gefilte fish. A new
family-oriented exhibition, Life: A User’s Manual, displays the works of
prominent contemporary artists from Israel and abroad alongside objects from the
Museum’s encyclopedic collections. Among the participating artists are Guy
Ben-Ner, Marcel Duchamp, Damian Ortega, Andy Warhol and Yuval
Yairi.Ongoing at the Israel Museum, Jerusalem, (02)
OPERA NOT THE NORMA
The Israeli Opera 26th season continues
with a new production of Bellini’s Norma.
One of the most important early
19thcentury composers of Italian opera, Bellini wrote Norma while dogged by fear
that there would be no theaters in which to stage it. Bellini’s fears turned out
to be unfounded. The season at La Scala opened with Norma in 1831, and the opera
has been in production ever since.
Based on a French tragedy by Alexandre
Soumet, and set in Gaul, Norma is the eponymous tale of a druid priestess who
falls in love with a Roman. Love leads – as it tends to do in opera – to rage,
jealousy and revenge.Runs today through Saturday,
www.israelopera.co.il MIXED BAG SPUDFEST
Fans of fish and chips, mashed
potatoes and any other form of spud dish might want to head off to the negev to
catch the Potato Festival which takes place at Mitzpe Gvulot, near Kibbutz
Gvulot, in the Besor Region, west of Beersheba.
Highlights include tours
of potato fields, workshops, a farmers’ market and potato- based cooked
dishes.Today through Saturday, www.habsor.co.il KIDS CIRCUS FUN
kids entertained with a visit to the Yakum Adventure Playground in what is left
of the Pessah vacation. The park’s circus-themed Pessah attractions, running
through Tuesday, include acrobatic shows, juggling workshops and performances by
Rinat Gabai of the popular Hop channel show Rinat and the Circus.At
Yakum Adventure Playground, 10 minutes north of Tel Aviv, (03) 691-2229 UPCOMING
MIXED BAG FEELING HOT HOT HOT
If you live by a Latin rhythm, be sure not to miss
out on the ninth annual International Salsa Congress in Eilat. The summit will
host thousands of professional salsa dancers from both Israel and abroad who
will perform in the Brazilian, Cuban and hip-hop subgenres of salsa dance. Among
the performers will be Israel's top salsa group, Walakata.Runs next
Thursday through Saturday, www.medsalsacongress.com