Out and About: Top 10 things to do

The Verdi celebrations of the Israeli Opera will come to their peak this week with the new production of La Traviata.

By JERUSALEM POST STAFF
May 9, 2013 15:07
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‘La Traviata,’ presented by the Israeli Opera

‘La Traviata,’ presented by the Israeli Opera. (photo credit: Courtesy)

FILM

LOOK BEYOND CONVENTIONS

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Two Mothers, an Australian movie based on a novella by British author Doris Lessing, is a gripping tale of unconventional and passionate affairs embarked upon by two lifelong friends, Lil and Roz, who fall in love with each other’s sons. Starring Naomi Watts, Robin Wright and Ben Mendelsohn.

At cinemas around the country.


FESTIVAL

QUOTE A POET

The 16th annual Poetry Festival in Metulla will take place this year during Shavuot, bringing to the quiet northern pastoral town dozens of poetry readings, concerts, screenings and other family events. Among the major events are a musical tribute to Haim Guri on his 90th birthday; Etti Ankri (pictured) with a tribute to Yehuda Halevi; and Shalom Hanoch in a special tribute to the great Yiddish poet Abraham Sutzkever.

Monday-Thursday in Metullla. Most events are free. For information, go to www.confederationhouse.org/festival/israelipoets-festival

OPERA

FOLLOW THE TOUR

Soprano Enas Massalha will take listeners through her musical world in a performance at the Museum of Islamic Art tomorrow at noon. The Arab opera singer will be accompanied by pianist Yael Karret.

The concert is part of a tour of the museum that starts at 11 a.m.

Museum of Islamic Art , 2 Hapalmah Street, Jerusalem, (02) 566-1291, www.islamicart.co.il.

SMELL THE CAMELLIAS

The Verdi celebrations of the Israeli Opera will come to their peak this week with the new production of La Traviata, one of the composer’s most popular operas, which has been performed in Israel close to 100 times. IO artistic director David Stern will conduct a cast of international and local soloists. There will be 13 performances starting May 12. Sung in Italian with Hebrew and English surtitles.

For tickets, call (03) 692-7777 or visit www.israel-opera.co.il.

DANCE

TAKE YOUR PICK

As part of Tel Aviv Dance 2013, the Suzanne Dellal Center premieres a mixed program featuring three works by four emerging choreographers – Idan Forges, Nadav Zelner, Zvika Iskiyas and Shiri Capuano Quantz. Each choreographer was given a cast of handpicked dancers and several months’ time in the studio.

Wednesday and Thursday in Tel Aviv. For more information, visit www.suzannedellal.org.il.


MUSIC

GO FOR BAROQUE

The biannual music festival in Abu Ghosh returns during Shavuot with a host of concerts in the large Kiryat Ye’arim church and more intimate concerts at the Crypta Church in the village. Among the highlights of the festival are Dutch countertenor Maarten Engeltjes, with the Barrocade Ensemble and Israel Golani in a program of Baroque music (Tuesday at 3 p.m. and Wednesday at 6:30 p.m.). The Quinta Prophets vocal ensemble from Basel will perform a program of madrigals and psalms on Saturday, May 18, at 3 p.m.

MIXED

RESPECT OUR PLANET

The ecological Kibbutz Kramim, a unique phenomenon in Israel, invites visitors to learn more about their way of life and enjoy a host of musical shows, workshops, alternative health treatments 1 and a farmers' market. Tomorrow from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. The kibbutz is located in the northern Negev, 5 km. north of Beersheba.

For more information, go to mamalakehila.co.il.

SHAVUOT

GO TO HEVEL MODI’IN

Shavuot is one of those holidays when Israel is inundated with festivals and family-oriented activities everywhere you go.

Hevel Modi’in and its environs will host many holiday events from today until next Saturday, such as harvest celebrations, dairy farm workshops, wine tastings and bus tours between sites.

For a full program of the White Festival of Hevel Modi’in, go to www.thm.org.il or call (03) 972-8999.

DANCE

GET  INTO THE RHYTHM

The New York-based Harlem Ballet Theater returns to Israel as part of the company’s never-ending world tour.

The Harlem Ballet performs a repertoire of classical and contemporary ballet, mixed with its unique Afro-Caribbean rhythm. The dancers and teachers of the company will also give master classes in various places around the country.

Performances on May 30 at 8 p.m. On May 31 at 1 and 9:30 p.m. On June 1 at 9 p.m., and on June 2 at 8 p.m. The Israeli Opera House, Tel Aviv, (03) 692-7777.

COMEDY

LAUGH YOUR HEART OUT

Wayne Federman (pictured) will be one of the highlights of the Comedy for Koby annual tour. Other comics on the tour are Ralph, Dennis and Avi Liberman (Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson).

May 22-29. For exact dates and tickets, go to www.comedyforkoby.com or call 052-798-5200.


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