Urban scrawl

Urbanica, the summer outdoor art event, is back. As of this week Rehov Shoshan, a usually rather dingy and neglected little street near Kikar Safra, will turn into an open space gallery, displaying pieces depicting urban art. A group of artists – painters, sculptors and multimedia creators – have answered the call from the municipal arts department to participate in the project. The event includes art, beer and live music.

On thin ice

Is city council member Elisha Peleg on his way to the opposition? Not so fast. Peleg, a very active member of the tender committee in the municipality, refused to approve a business proposal from two companies that offered advertising, marketing and PR, claiming that both had been employed by Mayor Nir Barkat’s party during his election campaign. As a result, at the last council meeting the mayor announced that he was considering relieving Peleg of his portfolios.

A veteran in local politics and an attorney, Peleg said it was illegal to do so unless he was fired from the coalition first. So far, all’s well that ends well: Peleg is still in the coalition (until the next incident, he promised), and calm has been restored to city council meetings.

Be our guests

Creators at Mishkenot, a project aimed to host celebrated artists and creative personalities from abroad, starts this week with five invited guests. On Monday, an exhibition of photographs by Shelley Jordan will be launched by Jerusalem Foundation (to which Mishkenot belongs) president Ruth Cheshin and Mayor Nir Barkat.

The guests will stay for a month at Mishkenot Sha’ananim, learn about Jerusalem and its people, as well as give lectures, workshops and performances and meet with the public. The five honored invitees are photographer Shelley Jordon, dancer Reggie Wilson, urban planner Joshua Sirefman and husband-and-wife novelists Jonathan Safran Foer and Nicole Krauss.

Guardian of the City

At the same city council meeting, at least one proposal received general approval. To mark the 18th anniversary of the Bible Lands Museum and to pay homage to its founder Batya Borowski on her 80th birthday, the city conferred upon her the honor of Guardian of the City, a title that is not bestowed very often. Barkat announced the decision at the special gala dinner held in the museum’s gardens earlier this week.

New rule for Old City

As of next week, entrance to the Old City will be prohibited to cars from 9 a.m to 6 p.m. daily, except for residents and commercial vehicles. Following a decision by the municipality and the police, the new rule is designed to preserve the special character of the Old City and to stem the traffic jams on the narrow streets.

Visitors are invited to park – at low prices – in one of the nearby parking facilities (the train station, Mamilla or Karta) or to use bus No. 38. The 38 bus will now be offering a reduced fare.
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