1. PIRATES OF THE CARIBBEAN: ON STRANGER TIDES
Flamboyant seafarer Jack Sparrow (Johnny Depp) lands himself in a bit of a bind after being lured onto Blackbeard’s (Ian McShane) ship by enigmatic siren Angelica (Penelope Cruz), and forced to seek out the Fountain of Youth. Also starring Geoffrey Rush.
At selected cinemas throughout the country.THEATER 2. HUMANIZING THE GAZA WAR
The Cameri Theater presents Pulitzer Prizewinning author Lawrence Wright
in his one-man exploration of the conflict in Gaza, The Human Scale.
Directed by The Public Theater’s artistic director Oskar Eustis, the
play has gained critical acclaim in the US. In it Wright presents his
worldview on the Israeli-Palestinian conflict in recent years, and
explains how the parties reached the present impasse, which he argues
began with the abduction of IDF soldier Gilad Shalit. In English with
Runs today through Tuesday, www.cameri.co.il MUSIC 3. PIANO MAN
Rami Kleinstein is known as one of Israel’s greatest composers. He has
often been compared to Elton John and Billy Joel. In 1995, he was
selected as Israel Radio and Television’s Singer of the Year after his
Tapuhim Utmarim (Apples and Dates) album reached triple platinum. Catch
him as he performs many of his hits at the Shuni Amphitheater in
Tomorrow, 9 p.m., Shuni Castle, Binyamina, (04) 638-8760 4. DOING DYLAN
To celebrate Bob Dylan’s 70th birthday as well as his upcoming concert
in June, some of Israeli’s top musicians will perform both Hebrew and
English versions of some of Dylan’s greatest hits. Artists include Yuval
Banai, Yali Sobol, Noam Rotem, Shai Gabso and Tamar Eisenman.
Tuesday, 10 p.m., Barby Club, Rehov Kibbutz Galuyot 52, Tel Aviv, (03) 518-8123.FESTIVAL 5. FUN UP NORTH
Gather the family and head up to Kibbutz Kfar Blum for its Hebrew Music Weekend.
Highlights include a tribute to Mordechai Zeira as well as A special
musical performance marking the centenary of the birth of Leah Goldberg.
Saturday activities include kayaking, nature walks and a yoga workshop.
Runs today through Saturday, Pastoral Hotel, Kibbutz Kfar Blum. (04) 683-6611 or www.kfarblum-hotel.co.il.JAZZ 6. FOR ARIK
The Israel Opera presents guitarist Mordi Ferber and pianist Anat Fort
(pictured) who will perform jazz arrangements to the great songs of Arik
Einstein. Einstein’s influence has been so profound that virtually all
Israeli pop music can be traced back to musical projects in which he
He managed to infuse the new styles of rock and pop with a deep Israeli flavor.
Einstein wrote many of the songs that he performed, among them “Ani
Ve’ata” (Me and You), “Sa Le’at” (Drive Slowly), “Yoshev Al Hagader”
(Sitting on the Fence) and “Ima Sheli” (My Mother).
Tomorrow. 9:30 p.m., Tel Aviv Performing Arts Center, www.israel-opera.co.il JAZZ 7. KURT ELLING
With seven Grammy nominations already to his credit, vocalist Kurt
Elling has attained elite status in the jazz world before reaching the
age of 40. He’s been called “the most flamboyantly creative jazz singer
to emerge in the last decade” by the San Francisco Chronicle, and in
1997 Playboy magazine named him Male Jazz Vocalist of the ’90s.
Combining thought-provoking lyrics with clever arrangements, Elling has
forged a potent body of work. Catch him as he performs two shows at the
Tel Aviv and Herzliya Zappa Club.
Monday and Tuesday, 8 p.m. and 10:30 p.m., www.zappa-club.co.il TOUR 8. CAVING IN
Beit She’arim National Park offers an exciting array of one-day
archeological tours every Saturday led by experts in the field.
Highlights include digging and sifting as well as an exciting crawl
through unexcavated cave systems. Tours are conducted in English and
Every Saturday, 10:30 and 11:30 a.m.., www.parks.org.il MIXED BAG 9. KILOMETERS FOR KOBY
The Koby Mandell Foundation invites you to connect with Israel like
never before while supporting one of the country’s most important
charities. Kilometers for Koby will travel along the Israel Trail from
Galilee to Jerusalem, hiking through some of the country’s most
picturesque areas and most well-known sites.
All proceeds, raised from participants and their sponsors, will go to
better the lives of those who have been directly affected by terror
attacks and other personal tragedies.
Runs Sunday through next Thursday, www.kobymandell.org 10. WAKE UP WITH PARDES
Gear up for summer with The Pardes Institute of Jewish Studies, which is
currently running its Omer program. On offer is a wide range of
interesting weekly morning courses including hassidic and kabbalistic
insights into the Counting of the Omer as well as biblical archeology at
the Israel Museum. Classes are in English.
Runs through June 2, Rehov Pierre Koenig 29, Jerusalem, (02) 673- 5210 or www.pardes.org.il.CORRECTION
Israel’s National Show Jumping
Championship is happening this Friday and Saturday at Ramat Gan Stadium
(and not as stated last week). www.soosim.org.il