top things to do 10 out & about 1 FILMS THE THREAT OF VIOLENCE The film A Most Violent Year tells the story of an ambitious immigrant and his wife in New York in the winter of 1981. While he tries to stay true to his moral compass, the decay, corruption and rampart violence in the city threaten to destroy the man’s family and business. With Oscar Isaac, Jessica Chastain.
2 TELEVISION CRIME ABOVE THE SURFACE In the new drama series American Crime, a terrible crime committed against a war veteran and his wife sets a police investigation closing in on four suspects, creating shock waves through the community and stirring tensions along ethnic and racial lines. With Timothy Hutton, Felicity Huffman.
Begins Thursday (April 2) at 9:15 p.m. on HOT Plus and HOT VOD.
3 MUSIC STRING AWAY This Friday, the Amaryllis Quartet from Germany performs Schubert’s String Quartet No. 9 in G minor; Debussy’s String Quartet in G minor, Op.10; and Schumann’s String Quartet No. 1 in A minor, Op.41 No.1.
Friday at 11:30 a.m. at the Israel Conservatory of Music in Tel Aviv. For tickets, call (03) 546-6228.
4 BETWEEN PAST AND FUTURE Aviv Gedj and Mark Eliyahu have released an album that expresses their perceptions of the space between tradition and progress and between contemporary Judaism and being Israeli. The fruits of their journey are shared on stage in an acoustic duet between piano and kamanja, guitar and saz, new and old.
Tonight at 8:30 at Confederation House, Jerusalem. For tickets, call (02) 624-5206 ext. 4 and 5.
5 THE RUSSIAN JOHN LENNON Andrey Makarevich will perform in Israel for the first time with his new concert Yiddish Jazz, which includes songs in Yiddish, Russian and English. Nicknamed “the Russian John Lennon,” he founded the Time Machine band in the 1970s and is considered a mega star by Russian speakers worldwide.
Saturday 8:30 p.m., Rapaport Center Auditorium, Haifa; Sunday 8 p.m., Gesher Theater, Tel Aviv; Tuesday 8 p.m., Ashdod Center for Stage Arts; Wednesday 8 p.m., Beersheba Center for Stage Arts. For tickets and more information, call *3221; 072-275-3221.
6 DANCE SPRING IN THE AIR For spring, the Jerusalem Dance Faculty has prepared a special performance showcasing works by prominent Israeli choreographers and selections from the 36th Gertrud Kraus Choreography Contest.
The performance will take the viewer through a dance and musical journey that depicts the wonderful chaos of life in Jerusalem, Israel and the world during the 21st century. There will also be fashion displays and original costumes that were designed in an elaborate joint project between the Dance Faculty and the Department of Design and Fashion of Bezalel.
Sunday at 8 p.m. at the Gerard Behar Center, 11 Bezalel St., Jerusalem. For tickets, call (02) 675-9910.
7 ART HERE AND NOW On the occasion of the 50th anniversary of diplomatic relations between Germany and Israel, key works from the Julia Stoschek Collection will be presented at the Tel Aviv Museum of Art.
The exhibition constitutes the largest display of time-based media works in Israel. The collection centers contemporaneity as an active engagement with the here and now.
Opens Monday at 8 p.m. at the Tel Aviv Museum of Art. Until August 29. For more information, call (03) 607-7019.
8 MIXED BAG TALKING PASSOVER Just prior to Passover, this lecture focuses on going over the Haggada and celebrating the Seder with children.
Prof. Avigdor Shanan, Aggada and Midrash researcher, along with storyteller Sarit Zussman, will talk about the Seder and the various parts and roles of the Haggada. They will also encourage questions and provide original ideas for gathering the whole family on Seder night, remembering the story of the Exodus from Egypt. In Hebrew.
Monday at 7 p.m. at Beit Avi Chai, 44 King George Street, Jerusalem. For tickets, call (02) 621-5300.
9 CHILDREN PAPER ART The Old Jaffa Museum is hosting a contemporary paper exhibition, featuring more than 30 artists from around the world. Curated by artist Paul Jackson.
The exhibition examines three paper techniques: wrinkling, folding and cutting.
Participants will learn the limitless art possibilities through the three techniques in various workshop sessions.
On the night of the exhibition opening, Dr. Tumu Sun from Japan will present the Paper Dance, a repertoire created especially for the exhibition.
Opens Tuesday at the Old Jaffa Museum.
Until August 30. For more information, call (03) 681-3624.
UPCOMING MUSIC 10 YEARNING LOVE Singer Engelbert Humperdinck is coming to Israel for two concerts in June at the Mann Auditorium in Tel Aviv.
Humperdinck has become a legend in the international music industry over the past 40 years. His performances are renowned worldwide for giving the audience a nostalgic, emotional, romantic experience. His songs express love and eternal yearning. At his concerts here, the audience can expect to enjoy some of his many hits, such as “(Please) Release Me,” “Spanish Eyes,” “Can’t Take My Eyes Off You” and “Quando, Quando, Quando.”
June 2 and 3 at the Mann Auditorium, Tel Aviv. For tickets, call *8780; www.leaan.co.il.