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To celebrate Bob Dylan’s 70th birthday as well as his upcoming concert, some of Israeli’s top musicians will perform his greatest hits.

By COMPILED BY SHAWN RODGERS
May 20, 2011 08:14
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Bob Dylan

Bob Dylan 521. (photo credit: courtesy)

 
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FILM

1. PIRATES OF THE CARIBBEAN: ON STRANGER TIDES

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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 Hebrew surtitles.



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 Binyamina.

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 participated.

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 Hebrew.

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

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