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In the film Emperor, as the Japanese surrender at the end of WWII General Bonner Fellers (Matthew Fox) is tasked with deciding if Emperor Hirohito will be hanged as a war criminal. Influencing his ruling is his quest to find Aya, an exchange student he had met years earlier in the US. With Tommy Lee Jones as General Douglas MacArthur.
Down the rabbit hole
Catch the end of the Hanukka children’s specials at Habimah Theater. Alice Y Circus in Wonderland is a virtuoso circus-theater created by Uri Vidlavsky after the famous tale. Kids and grownups will enjoy the acrobatics, music and colorful play.
Today at 10 a.m., 12:30, 4 and 6:15 p.m. Saturday at 10:30 a.m. and 12:30 p.m. at Habimah Theater, Tel Aviv, www.tkts.co.il
This year’s winter edition of the Jacob’s Ladder Festival opens today at Nof Ginossar with a varied program that includes accordionist, fiddler and vocalist Phil Underwood, fiddler-vocalist Charlie Skelton, and guitaristvocalist Peter Dunhill as the Creole Brothers; a tribute to Leonard Cohen with Sivan Talmor and Gal Nisman (pictured); and the La Basta Trio.
For tickets and more information: (04) 685-0403 and www.jlfestival.com
Actors from the Budapest Operetta Theatre, singers from the Budapest Operetta and the Ra’anana Symphonette Orchestra join forces for a nine-performance run of The Csardas Princess. It is an operetta in three acts, with music by Hungarian Jewish composer Emmerich Kalman and libretto by Leo Stein and Béla Jenbach. Boisterous and highly colorful, the operetta has been providing audiences the world over with captivating entertainment for an entire century.
December 12 to 19 at the Opera House, Tel Aviv, (03) 692-7777, www.israel-opera.co.il
Jazz saxophonist Eli Degibri will launch his latest album, Twelve, at a concert at the Zappa Club in Tel Aviv. He will accompanied by teenage pianist Gadi Lehavi and drummer Ofri Nehemya, as well as bass player Barak Mori. Twelve is Degibri’s sixth release since his 2003 debut In the Beginning and his first since he returned to Israel after a decade and a half based in New York.
December 14. For tickets and more information: *9080 and www.zappa-club.co.il
Celebrating 40 years of the Jerusalem Music Center, the Young Israel Philharmonic Orchestra hosts four alumni in a special concert: conductor Daniel Cohen, violinist Ittai Shapira, cellist Zvi Plesser and pianist Itamar Golan. The program includes Rossini’s Overture to The Barber of Seville and Tchaikovsky’s 1812 Festival Overture.
Tomorrow at 11 a.m. at the Mann Auditorium, Tel Aviv, 1-700-703-030. Saturday at 9 p.m. at the Jerusalem Theater, (02) 560-5755.
This year’s International Exposure Festival is particularly jam-packed. Over a five-day period, performances will take place at the Suzanne Dellal Center in Tel Aviv and the newly renovated Mahsan 2 in the Jaffa Port. This is a chance to see all the performances that emerged in the past year.
Until December 8, www.suzannedellal.org.il
Before going on an international tour, Yossi Berg and Oded Graf Dance Theater premiere their new full-length evening Bodyland, with a cast of five male dancers from France, Denmark, Germany and Israel.
Tonight and tomorrow at Mahsan 2, Jaffa Port, Tel Aviv. For tickets, call (03) 902-1563.
The Lohamei Hagetaot Museum in the Galilee has opened a new exhibition called “My Childhood Started Here.”
It examines what happened to Jewish children in Europe at the end of World War II. The exhibition incorporates personal testimonies and the trials and tribulations the children endured after surviving the death camps and other hardships. Visitors can also view the “Avremeleh Hayeled Mishama” (Avremeleh, the Child from There) exhibition.
For more information: (04) 995-8044/6 and www.gfh.org.il
Local Testimony 2013
The 10th annual “Local Testimony” photojournalism exhibition opens on Tuesday at the Eretz Israel Museum in Tel Aviv. The exhibition features the year’s best documentary and press photos from Israel and the Palestinian Authority selected by an independent jury. This year, in celebration of a decade of activity, notable photographs from previous “Local Testimony” exhibitions will also be presented, as well as several special events.
For more information: www.edutmekomit.