June 5: Arts in Brief

US dance troupe Momix returns; It’s only Axl being Axl; ‘Hunger Games’ wins MTV movie awards; ‘Housewives’ star Kathryn Joosten dies.

Guns 'N Roses frontman Axl Rose_370 (photo credit: Ricardo Moraes/Reuters)
Guns 'N Roses frontman Axl Rose_370
(photo credit: Ricardo Moraes/Reuters)
US dance troupe Momix returns
Moses Pendleton’s marvelous Momix dance company returns yet again with his latest work. Botanica is based on the relations between evolution, life and the four seasons of the year. In this performance, the concept of nature is presented onstage through theater, acrobatics, pantomime, dance, music, extravagant costumes and a remarkable onstage dynamic. Together, these elements present the day-to-day and moment-to-moment transformation of life on earth. For 25 years, Momix has been celebrated for its ability to conjure up a world of surrealistic images using props, light, shadow, humor and the human body.
For more info visit www.israel-festival.org.il or www.mosespendleton.com.
• Jerusalem Post staff
It’s only Axl being Axl
If you’re planning on attending the Guns & Roses show on July 3 at Hayarkon Park, you better think twice about wearing a Slash t-shirt. According to reports in the British media, the band’s management, under the instruction of leader Axl Rose, instructed all security guards at London’s 02 Arena on May 31 to make anyone wearing a T-shirt that features Slash to remove the shirt or not be allowed in the venue.
A security guard told the New Musical Express that “We were told by the management not to allow anyone into the O2 Arena who is wearing a Slash T-shirt and we are asking anyone who is to remove it and if they refuse they will be turned away.”
Attire is only one of the issues facing G&R fans, as the band started performing at the London show over an hour later than scheduled. At the Tel Aviv show, also featuring Ugly Joe Kid and The Yehudim, some precautions are being taken to insure Rose is in a good mood and appears promptly.
The show’s promoters issued a statement announcing that they’re building a special fitness room backstage at Rose’s request, featuring advanced state-of-the-art workout machinery. In addition, the band asked for a nine-room backstage complex, with each room equipped with a bathtub stocked with various fragrant soaps. Rose’s room will include a vase filled with 12 roses – six red and six white.
There will also be separate chiropractor and massage rooms for the band. No wonder they take their time hitting the stage.
• David Brinn
‘Hunger Games’ wins MTV movie awards LOS ANGELES (Reuters) – The Hunger Games won four MTV Movie Awards on Sunday but a Twilight film picked up the best movie honor for the fourth straight year in what proved to be a tame evening at the typically outrageous awards show.
Post-apocalyptic film The Hunger Games nabbed MTV’s golden popcorn trophies for best male performance by Josh Hutcherson, best female performance by Jennifer Lawrence, best transformation by Elizabeth Banks and best fight.
The movie of the year award, voted for by fans online throughout the show, went to vampire romance The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn - Part 1, beating out The Hunger Games and Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2.
Female-led comedy Bridesmaids picked up two awards for best comedic performance by Melissa McCarthy and best gut-wrenching performance for its stomach-turning food poisoning scene, while the final installment of the Harry Potter franchise won for best cast and best hero.
The Descendants star Shailene Woodley picked up the breakthrough performance award. Spiderman actress Emma Stone was given the trailblazer trophy and Johnny Depp was honored with the generation award for a career spanning three decades.
‘Housewives’ star Kathryn Joosten dies LOS ANGELES (Reuters) – Desperate Housewives actress Kathryn Joosten, who won two Emmy awards for her supporting role as a nosy neighbor on the recently ended hit show, died of lung cancer on Saturday, her spokeswoman said. She was 72. She had battled the disease since being diagnosed in 2001.
Joosten’s gossipy character often butted heads and occasionally joined in schemes with the main female characters on the show, Susan, Lynette, Bree and Gabrielle.
Besides her role as the irritable but often kind-hearted McCluskey on Desperate Housewives – which she joined in 2005 – Joosten was known for playing the secretary to fictional US President Josiah Bartlet on The West Wing, an acclaimed drama program that ended in 2006.