Arts in Brief: June 9

Zombie scare in Tel Aviv; Rickie Lee Jones to join Dylan; Channel 1 airs new fashion series.

The Zombies 311 (photo credit: Courtesy)
The Zombies 311
(photo credit: Courtesy)
Zombie scare in Tel Aviv
One of the most acclaimed British bands of the 1960s will be making their Israeli debut this summer, when The Zombies appear on August 23 at Reading 3 in Tel Aviv.
Unlike some relics of the past in which there’s only a tenuous connection with the fabled name and the actual musicians on the stage, The Zombies feature the original one-two punch of singer Colin Blunstone and keyboardist/arranger Rod Argent who created such hits as “She’s Not There,” ”Tell Her No,” and “Time of the Season.”

Their commercially unsuccessful 1968 album Odessey and Oracle, is ranked No. 80 on Rolling Stone magazine’s list of the 500 Greatest Albums of All Time, and has been cited as an influence on latter day alternative artists like Beck, Belle and Sebastian and Elliott Smith.
In the 1970s, when the initial incarnation of the band broke up, Argent achieved more success with his own band Argent and their hit “Hold Your Head Up” and “God Gave Rock & Roll to You.”
David Brinn
Rickie Lee Jones to join Dylan
It might not be the Rolling Thunder Review, but Bob Dylan’s June 20 show at Ramat Gan Stadium is beginning to fill up with special guests. First, Rickie Lee Jones, the veteran, American jazzy singer/songwriter and a favorite of local audiences on her many visits here, was added to the bill, performing her own set as well as joining Dylan for some duets. Then on Monday, local rock sensation Assaf Avidan and the Mojos were announced as the show’s opening act.
Avidan is one of the country’s most creative and electric performers, and will very well give the audience of Dylan fans a glimpse of what seeing the master in his 1966 prime might have been like.
The concert is slated to begin at 8:15 p.m. on the dot, with the gates opening at 3:30 in the afternoon.
David Brinn
Channel 1 airs new fashion series
A new documentary series on Channel 1, Fashion Decree (Tzav Ofna) begins tonight at 9:30. Hosted by actress Keren Mor, it looks at the impact of fashion on Israeli reality, and examines the history of the local fashion industry, going back to the pre-state period.
It’s a departure for Channel 1, which tends to focus on weightier subjects in its documentaries, and a treat for the rest of us. The five-part series was created by Naftali Glicksburg and his team.
Hannah Brown