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The best things to do in the week to come.

March 18, 2015 17:48
Gregory Porter

Gregory Porter. (photo credit: PR)


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The film Samba is about an immigrant from Senegal who has been living in France for 10 years and is struggling to make a living by working in lowly jobs. Alice, on the contrary, is a senior executive who recently underwent a burn-out and is trying to get her life back on track. Both have difficulties with their particular goals until fate draws them together. With Omar Sy, Charlotte Gainsbourg, Tahar Rahim.

The Kolben Dance Group’s On the Edge is a thrilling, cheeky performance aimed at bringing the audience closer, literally, to a jubilant dance experience. The performance begins outside the theater in a unique interactive meeting experience with the audience. The basic principle inspired by the show is living on the edge, which means standing before the moment of truth – the choice of being in or out, connecting with the other, any other. Directed and choreographed by Amir Kolben.

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Saturday at 8:30 p.m. at Beit Shmuel – Merkaz Shimshon, Jerusalem. For tickets, call (02) 620-3463.

In memory of David Azrieli, the Jerusalem Symphony Orchestra will perform a concert of Leonard Bernstein’s Symphony No. 3, “Kaddish.” American conductor Steven Mercurio will lead the musical forces, along with two choirs – one of children and the other of adults. Joining Mercurio and the orchestra will be Academy Award-winning actor Richard Dreyfuss. The lyrical, lullaby-esque soprano solo will be sung by Azrieli’s daughter Sharon Azrieli Perez. As a further tribute to David Azrieli, cellist Michael Fitzpatrick will perform Bloch’s virtuoso cello concerto Schelomo.

Monday at 8 p.m. at the Jerusalem Theater. For tickets, call 1-700-704-000.

Gregory Porter, “soul poet” and Grammy winner for Best Vocal Jazz Album of 2014, is performing in Israel for the first time.

With his trademark cap and elegantly tailored suit, the 43-year-old Porter has a huge baritone voice and immense soul.

One of the hottest names on the American jazz scene, he smoothly blends jazz and soul and writes songs that touch on the personal and the political. Accompanying him will be pianist Chip Crawford, drummer Emanuel Harrold, bassist Aaron James and Lakecia Benjamin on alto sax.

Friday at 10 p.m. at the Opera House, 19 Shaul Hamelech, Tel Aviv. For tickets, call (03) 692-7777;

The Ra’anana Symphonette Orchestra presents a musical meeting between two virtuoso giants. Conductor and cellist Dmitry Yablonsky and world-renowned trumpet player Sergei Nakariakov will perform in a concert of special trumpet arrangements.

The program includes Haydn’s Cello Concerto No. 2 in D major; Mendelssohn’s Violin Concerto in D minor (transcribed for trumpet); and Beethoven’s Symphony No. 2 in D major, Op. 36.

Thursday at 8:30 p.m. at the Performing Arts Concert Hall, 2-alef Hapalmah Street, Ra’anana. For tickets, call (09) 745-7777.

Chamber music was intended to be performed in an intimate setting – that of an intimate chamber, or room. In its new series, the Israel Museum will share some of the enormous wealth of chamber music repertoire from the past. Talks in Hebrew and English will be given by some of the finest lecturers in the fields of art and culture.

Program: Love songs of Monteverdi, L. Rossi, S. Rossi, Purcell and more. With sopranos Einat Aronstein and Tal Ganor and harpsichordist David Shemer. Lecturer: curator Shlomit Steinberg.

Friday at noon at the Israel Museum, Jerusalem. For tickets and more information, call (02) 677-1300.

This exhibition features seven new series that ceramic artist Varda Yatom created in recent years. Yatom’s works reveal existential questions and forms of distress, while highlighting the unique abilities and qualities of ceramic material. Yatom’s works are created in series that are each concerned with a specific subject, but every piece is also a work in its own right. The exhibition is accompanied by a catalogue/book in Hebrew and English, with articles by Dr. Eli Bruderman, Tamar Hurvitz Livne, Ruthi Ofek, as well as a conversation with the writer Haim Be’er.

Open throughout the week. Exhibition closes in October. The Open Museum, Tefen. For further information, call (04) 910-9600.

The Design Museum Holon is celebrating its fifth anniversary with the opening of three exhibitions prior to Holon’s Design Week. The first displays models of the some of world’s leading architects, such as Philippe Starck, Zaha Hadid and Patricia Urquiola. The second features more than 300 stools designed by Ya’akov Kaufman over the past two decades. The third shows the development process of three popular local products: salt shakers, necklaces and fruit bowls.

Wednesday at the Design Museum Holon. For more information, call 073-215-1525.

The tragic end of Polish Jewry in the Holocaust has often overshadowed the light and shadows of the dynamic Jewish community in the inter-war period. By way of film, photos, posters, literature and other media, this lecture series provides some insight into the lives of Polish Jews in a turbulent era. Final session of the series by Prof. Gershon Bacon.

Wednesday at 8 p.m. at Beit Avi Chai, Jerusalem. For more information, call (02) 621-5300.

When Incubus came to Israel for the first time in 2007, its album Light Grenades topped the billboard charts, and thousands of Israeli fans almost broke down the stage at Hangar 11, which was completely sold out. Since then, the California punk-metal band has released two more albums and sold more than 25 million records worldwide.

In April it will launch its new E.P. “Trust Fall” and will perform in Israel as part of the three-day Rock in the Park event, which will feature a number of huge bands and acts (TBA).

June 9 at Amphi Park Ra’anana, 9 Yerushalayim Street. For tickets, call *2207;

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