Arts in Brief: March 16

Local metal band to host G&R guitarist; Sixties rockers Caravan to play TA; Children’s theater fest line-up announced.

Theater.311 (photo credit: Nathan Brusovany)
(photo credit: Nathan Brusovany)
Local metal band to host G&R guitarist
To commemorate Holocaust Remembrance Day, local metal band Salem will be hosting a special performance of Kadish, their 1994 album in honor of Holocaust victims on May 6 at Reading 3. Appearing with the veteran band which formed in 1985 and is Israel’s most well-known metal band, will be special guest, Ron “Bumblefoot” Thal, guitarist for Guns & Roses.
Upon hearing Kadish for the first time, Thal, born Ronald Jay Blumenthal said, “This is the most true-toart doom metal album I’ve ever heard, completely capturing the horror of mankind’s utmost vulnerability to evil and self-destruction. Being someone who lost family to the Nazis in Poland, this album tore straight to my soul.”
The album, which has sold 80,000 copies, is being rereleased by the band this year.
• David Brinn
Sixties rockers Caravan to play TA
Caravan, one of the quintessential cult British progressive rock bands of the late 1960s will be heading our way for a show on May 7 at Reading 3 in Tel Aviv.
Formed in the Canterbury area, the band, like contemporaries The Soft Machine and Gong, blended psychedelic rock and jazz to become touring favorites in through the early 1970s. While they never enjoyed any hit singles, their cult status was insured by its 1971 album In the Land of Grey and Pink. The band, led by founding member Pye Hastings, will be touring in honor of the 40th anniversary of the album’s release.
• David Brinn
Children’s theater fest line-up announced
Six premieres, a salute to Leah Goldberg, street theater and guests from abroad are among the attractions at the 21st Haifa International Children's Theater Festival during Hol HaMoed Pessah from April 20 – 22 at the Haifa Municipal Theater.
The six competition plays include Mud Child (ages 3 – 9) by Shirli Goldstein told with the help of mud-puppets, and adapted from an African folk tale about a little boy who won't stop crying; Treasure Mountain (4 – 10) by Hadass Kreidelmann-Gilboa tell the story of a kingdom, a threatening mountain and a wise lady; Click to the Heart (3 – 13) in which a little girl enters a remarkable virtual world is by Yuval Berger and Let's Move (7 – 13) by Gideon Raz-Issa and Sharon Borstein in which a lonely boy finds consolation and salvation in music.
There are 13 guest productions, and three in Arabic, as well as three from abroad: The Ugly Duckling told through puppets, The Japanese Garden, an interactive multimedia presentation – both from Italy, and Papyrus from Spain that creates a paper world.
The festival honors the centennial of Goldberg's birth via the opening concert From Leah with Love and a series of free events outside, such as a dance presentation based on A Room to Let, or a visual theater version of In the Land of China.
• Helen Kaye