Out and About: Top 10 things to do for Rosh Hashana

Catch Israel’s all-time top rock band Mashina as it rocks Tel Aviv’s Barby Club.

Mashina 311 (photo credit: Courtesy)
Mashina 311
(photo credit: Courtesy)
Writer/director Gary McKendry’s globe-trotting action thriller follows the adventures of an ex-special ops agent (Jason Statham) as he emerges from retirement to track down his missing mentor (Robert De Niro). But accomplishing that goal won’t be easy because a master killer (Clive Owen) has dispatched a trio of fierce assassins to exterminate the hard-boiled former agent by any means necessary.

At selected cinemas throughout the country.

In time for Rosh Hashana, Beit Lehem Haglilit offers a variety of activities for kids revolving around the world of bees. Highlights include meeting beekeepers, a costume station that lets kids dress up as bees, and visiting the beehives, where children can learn how bees make honey and even have a taste.
Runs Thursday through Saturday, www.derech-hatavlinim.co.il NEW YEAR KITES In honor of Rosh Hashana, the public is invited to Apollonia National Park to make and decorate kites representing hopes and wishes for the new year. There will be a communal kite-flying session over the park. Those who already own kites can bring their own.

Tomorrow through Saturday, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., Apollonia National Park, Herzliya.

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The popular Opera Hour for Kids series features special productions of opera classics performed in Hebrew by young members of the Opera Studio, accompanied by Israel Opera pianists. One of the productions is Mozart’s The Magic Flute, a fantasy tale of a prince who is given a magic flute to aid him in his quest to save the queen’s daughter.
Tuesday and Wednesday, 5 p.m., www.israel-opera.co.il
Every Thursday throughout October, the Tower of David Museum invites the whole family to take part in a humorous interactive tour inspired by cartoons of the city of Jerusalem. What does the mayor of Jerusalem look like in caricature? How do artists playfully portray the buildings, the characters and visitors of Jerusalem? One is also required to solve riddles, compete in missions, play huge funny memory games and listen to Jerusalem stories. In Hebrew.
Thursdays at 5 p.m., (02) 626-5333 or www.towerofdavid.org.il
Two decades ago, the international rock world may have had U2, Queen and R.E.M., but we had our own Mashina. Together with singer/songwriter Ehud Banai, Mashina guitarist Shlomi Bracha co-wrote the song “Rakevet Laila Lekahir” (Night Train to Cairo). This helped Mashina break out of obscurity and on to the charts. Since then, Banai and Mashina have collaborated on various projects. Now catch Israel’s all-time top rock band as it rocks Tel Aviv’s Barby Club. NIS 120/145.

Saturday at 10 p.m., 52 Kibbutz Galuyot Street. barby.co.il
Jerusalem’s Way Off Theater presents its rendition of the Broadway classic The Miracle Worker. Written by William Gibson, it tells the story of Anne Sullivan’s struggle to teach the blind and deaf Helen Keller how to communicate. This year marks the 50th anniversary of this passionate and moving portrayal of a teacher’s devotion to her student. Directed by Sara Halevi. In English. NIS 60.
Monday, 8 p.m., 37 Pierre Koenig Street, Talpiot, Jerusalem, www.merkazedna.com-

Now in its 11th year, the Muses on Succot festival in Shoham offers a wide range of entertainment and activities for participants of all ages.
One can choose from dance shows, opera, community singing and theater to a variety of workshops. The idea behind the festival derives from the ushpizin custom of welcoming guests into the succa, with each tabernacle based on a different area of the arts. The guest list includes Etti Ankri, Dana Berger and Beatles cover band Magical Mystery Tour. Admission is free.
October 17 and 18 at Hevel Park, Shoham. See www.shoham.muni.il.
A mixture of dance, theater and workshops makes up the eighth annual Sounds of Childhood Festival over hol hamoed Succot in Holon. Highlights include The Songs of Childhood – a trip through children’s Hebrew songs over the decades with the talents of such entertainers as Harel Skaat, Dafna Dekel and Hani Nahmias. Other programs include The Enchanted Hat – a musical theater piece based on poems by Lea Goldberg, as well as the premiere of The Jungle Book, the Holon Mediatheque’s new production of the Kipling classic.

Runs October 16 through 18, Holon Theater, 11 Kugel Street, (03) 502-3000
The Tamar Festival, one of the premier music festivals the country has to offer, takes place over hol hamoed Succot.
Now in its 11th year, it is pulling out all the stops with a stellar line-up. Throughout various locations along the Dead Sea, there will be performances by such well-known artists as Alma Zohar, Ehud Banai, Infected Mushroom (pictured) and Mosh Ben-Ari.

Runs October 15 through 19, www.tamarfestival.com
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