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New York-based Israeli jazz trumpeter Avishai Cohen will perform in Tel Aviv.

November 13, 2013 09:44
Gravity, starring Sandra Bullock and George Clooney

Gravity, starring Sandra Bullock and George Clooney. (photo credit: Courtesy)


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Out of this world

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In Gravity, Dr. Ryan Stone (Sandra Bullock) is a medical engineer on her first space shuttle mission. Her commander is veteran astronaut Matt Kowalsky (George Clooney), helming his last flight before retirement. Then, on a routine spacewalk, disaster strikes – the shuttle is destroyed, leaving Ryan and Matt stranded in deep space with no link to Earth and no hope of rescue. The must-see movie of the year.


Top of the lake

The New York-based Cedar Lake Contemporary Ballet returns to Israel as part of the Dance in the Mishkan series. Cedar Lake has been recognized for its exceptionally talented dancers and its emphasis on cultivating collaborations with the world’s most sought-after choreographers. The company will present three works: Violet Kid, Tuplet and Necessity, Again.

November 20-23, Opera House, Tel Aviv.
For more details and tickets, call (03) 692- 7777 or go to www.israel-opera.co.il.


Local Ta

The third annual International Showcase Festival takes place in Jerusalem (Courtesy)

The third annual International Showcase Festival takes place at the Yellow Submarine in Jerusalem and at the Zone in Tel Aviv this weekend. The roster includes leaders on the local jazz scene.

Until Saturday. For more information: (02) 679-4040 and www.yellowsubmarine.org.il

Young and Talented

Italian maestro Andrea Battistoni makes his Israeli debut conducting the Israel Philharmonic Orchestra, with Ray Chen as soloist. Programs feature Mozart’s Violin Concerto No. 3, Bruch’s Violin Concerto No. 1, Tchaikovsky’s Symphony No. 2 and other works.

Until Monday. For more details: www.ipo.co.il

Following the Blue line

Chicago musician Bernard Allison, son of blues legend Luther Allison, is in Israel for three concerts. The composer, singer and guitarist uses the same sixstring guitar his father played. He will perform with local ensemble The Blues Rebels.

Friday at 8 p.m. at Hemdat Yamim; Saturday at 5:30 p.m. and 8:45 p.m. at Zappa Club Tel Aviv. For tickets, call (03) 762-6666.www.zappa-club.co.il

Psalms and such

The New Israeli Vocal Ensemble will kickstart its new season of concerts with four performances of the Cantate Dominum Canticum Novum Vocal Experience program.
It comprises psalms and other Old Testament texts put to music by the likes of Bach, Brahms, Heinrich Schütz and Mendelssohn, as well as some contemporary pieces.

November 21 at 8:30 p.m. at the Einan Auditorium in Modi’in; November 26 at 8:30 p.m. at the Performing Arts Center in Ra’anana; November 20 at noon at St. John Church in Haifa; and December 1 at 8:30 p.m. at the Tel Aviv Museum of Art. For tickets and more information: (08) 973-7333 (Modi’in); (09) 746-4036 (Ra’anana); (04) 836-3804 (Haifa); (03) 607-7020 (Tel Aviv)

Verdi and friends

Six Israeli Opera soloists will performe composer’s best-loved works (Courtesy)

On Tuesday, the Zappa Club in Tel Aviv will offer the public some operatic entertainment based on the Happy Birthday, Verdi program of arias taken from some of the composer’s best-loved works, performed by six Israeli Opera soloists. The evening will be presented by Israeli Opera artistic coordinator Michael Ajzenstadt. The singers will be accompanied by Eitan Schmeisser on piano.

Doors open at 8:15 p.m. The show starts at 10 p.m. For tickets and more information: *9080 and www.zappa-club.co.il

Cohen on his own

The latest release by the three Cohens, Tightrope, came out last month (Courtesy)

New York-based Israeli jazz trumpeter Avishai Cohen (right) will perform in Tel Aviv. Based in New York since the mid-1990s, Cohen has put out half a dozen albums as leader, plus four with his siblings – soprano saxophonist Yuval (left) and tenor saxophonist and clarinet player Anat (middle). The latest release by the three Cohens, Tightrope, came out last month.

Wednesday at 10 p.m. Bar Passage, 94 Allenby Street, Tel Aviv. For tickets and more information: 054-583-8708


Connecting with kids

The “Hit’habarnu” (We Have Connected) show opened at the Children’s Museum in Holon last week. It is an interactive exhibition, housed in the museum’s At Eye Level experiential center for the plastic arts, theater and music. The show offers children aged four to eight an opportunity to get a tactile handle on a range of objects collected by artists and assembled to produce works of art. The exhibition includes creations by David Shamai, Drora Domini, Yoav Shavit and Irit Hemo.

For tickets and more information: (03) 650-3000 and www.childrensmuseum.org.il


Large scale

Installation by Joana Vasconcelos (Courtesy)

An impressive new installation by leading Portuguese artist Joana Vasconcelos, Lusitana, is a good reason to visit the Tel Aviv Museum of Art this week. This unique work, which reflects the artist’s idiosyncratic style, is composed of soft textiles and ornaments that originated in Israel and Portugal. It was created within a dialogue with the unusual geometry of the 27-meter-high twisted atrium of the building, which refracts natural light into the museum’s various levels.

Ongoing at the Herta and Paul Amir wing of the Tel Aviv Museum of Art

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