Out and About: Top 10 things to do

Popular Israeli hip-hop group Hadag Nahash will perform a special concert in conjunction the with Revolution Orchestra and soprano Efrat Ashkenazi.

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December 9, 2011 09:54
Hadag Nachash

Hadag Nachash 521. (photo credit: Courtesy)

 
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FILM

1. MONEYBALL

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Billy Beane (Brad Pitt), general manager of the Oakland A’s, one day has an epiphany: Baseball’s conventional wisdom is all wrong. Faced with a tight budget, Beane must reinvent his team by outsmarting the richer ball clubs. Also starring Jonah Hill, Philip Seymour Hoffman, Robin Wright and Chris Pratt.

At selected cinemas throughout the country.

THEATER

2. TWIN DILEMMAS IN SONG

Beit Lessin Theater presents Blood Brothers, the award-winning British musical by Willy Russell about twins separated at birth. One destined for prosperity and the good life, the other to the drudgery of Liverpool’s chronic poverty and unemployment, their life paths nonetheless cross early on. The musical spotlights class, identity and nature versus nurture. In Hebrew.

Tonight, 8:30, 101 Dizengoff Street, (03) 524-1333 or www.lessin.co.il

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3. DREAM A LITTLE DREAM

TNT Britain and ADG Europe present their acclaimed version of the Bard’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream. This Dream will be marked by clear storytelling, gripping action and visual imagery all complemented by a live score sung and played by the performers. Paul Stebbings directs; Paul Flash composed the score. This is the same team that brought Othello and King Lear successfully to the stage and toured worldwide. In English.

Tuesday and Wednesday, 8:30 p.m., Jerusalem Theater, www.bimot.co.il

DANCE

4. LOST IN TRANSLATION

Kolben Dance presents Babel, a new show inspired by the biblical story of the Tower of Babel and its application to the current social upheaval in Israel. The piece deals from a very personal point of view with some of the subjects that this story conjures up. The desire to touch the sky, to resemble God and His angels and the fear of falling and failing. The piece, like the tower, is constructed from small building stones that keep appearing and disappearing, leading to the inevitable collapse, or deconstruction of the tower and of the piece itself.

Saturday, 8:30 p.m., Jerusalem Theater, www.jerusalem-theatre.co.il

MUSIC

5. LIKE FATHER, LIKE SON

Canadian singer/songwriter Adam Cohen is following in the footsteps of his father Leonard by coming to perform in Israel. The younger Cohen (aged 39) is bringing his band and a suitcase of songs to the Barby Club on the heels of the release of his third album, Like a Man (his second was sung in French). He released his first album in 1998 and his second album in 2004. That same year, he formed a band called Low Millions, which achieved some indie success with its album Ex-Girlfriends.

Tuesday, 10 p.m., www.barby.co.il

6. RAPPERS’ DELIGHT

Popular Israeli hip-hop group Hadag Nahash blends Western pop music with ethnic tunes to create a unique sound tapestry, somewhere between funk and world music. Known for hits such as “The Sticker Song,” catch these talented musicians as they perform a special concert in conjunction the with Revolution Orchestra and soprano Efrat Ashkenazi.

Monday, 9 p.m., TAPAC, www.israelopera.co.il

EXHIBIT

7. FACES AND SECRETS

A new exhibition displaying 20 paintings, all portraits painted by Reuven Rubin in Romania and later in Israel, has opened at the Rubin Museum. Some of the sitters are unknown. Other sitters were personally connected to Rubin, such as his mother, his first love in Romania (displayed here for the first time), and two portraits of his wife, Esther (who died last year, a few months short of her 100th birthday).

Ongoing at the Rubin Museum, 14 Bialik Street, Tel Aviv. Tel. (03) 525-5961

MIXED BAG

8. FOOD, GLORIOUS FOOD

The Tower of David Museum invites you to participate in “Eating in Jerusalem” during the three weeks of Hamshushalayim. Renowned Jerusalem chefs and culinary experts will engage in food and cooking from biblical times to contemporary Jerusalem cuisine. This is combined with a tour of the Old City markets, mixing in stories and spicy aromas from David Street, the Old City Bazaar and ending at a street in the Cardo that was a Roman Byzantine shopping area some 2,000 years ago.

Tomorrow and next Friday, 10 a.m. and 1 p.m., www.jerusalem.muni.il

FESTIVAL

9. HAIFA FUN

The Holiday of Holidays Festival continues every Thursday through Saturday until the end of the month. Taking place in Haifa’s mixed Arab-Jewish Wadi Nisnas neighborhood, the festival celebrates the good relations that exist among the various religious groups in the area. On offer are photography and video exhibits, an arts, crafts and food fair, ethnic and liturgical music performances, Christmas parades and much more.

visit
www.haifahag.co.il for further details.

UPCOMING MUSIC
10. OI VEY!

The London-based band Oi Va Voi brings a modern twist to traditional Jewish music. Sophie Solomon and her friends Nik Ammar, Leo Bryant, Josh Breslaw, Steve Levi and Lemez Lovaz make up one of the funkiest, boldest and most creative Jewish bands on the scene today. Their mix of modern dance music, traditional Jewish tunes and world music has garnered much acclaim. Catch them as they perform at Tel Aviv’s Barby Club.

Next Friday, 10 p.m., www.barby.co.il

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