Out and About: Top 10 things to do

The Compass Dance Company gives a flamenco flavor to a well-known fairy tale, and maybe it's time to discover the Black City as you've never seen it before.

The Compass Dance Company 311 (photo credit: Courtesy)
The Compass Dance Company 311
(photo credit: Courtesy)
1. CONTAGION Through varied viewpoints, Steven Soderbergh presents this look at what happens when an infectious disease threatens humanity. The ensemble cast includes Marion Cotillard, Matt Damon, Jude Law, Gwyneth Paltrow, Laurence Fishburne and Kate Winslet. At selected cinemas throughout the country.
2. THE BOYS ARE BACK IN TOWN As part of the Tel Aviv Performing Arts Center’s 2011-2012 season, Les Ballets Trockadero de Monte Carlo will make their Israeli debut this week with a five-show engagement. Founded in 1974, the Trocks, as they are affectionately known, are a group of 18 classically trained male dancers who perform parodies of traditional, well-loved ballets.While most of the excerpts in the program are in homage to seminal ballet masterpieces such as Swan Lake and Paquita, there is a tribute to the late Merce Cunningham entitled Patterns in Space thrown into the mix. Runs Tuesday through November 11,
3. WHO’S THE FAIREST OF THEM ALL? The Compas Dance Company presents a flamenco show based on the well-known fairy tale of Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs. With a variety of characters, spectacular costumes and sets and the flamenco language, the story is conveyed to the audience in an original and colorful way.
 Saturday, 11:30 a.m., Givatayim Theater, (03) 695-9536.
4. IN AWE OF AMADEUS Mostly Mozart is an exciting three-day festival of classical music that takes place in the Galilee. The concerts will be held at three historical venues – the Maronite Aramaic Church in Gush Halav, the Red Khan in Safed and the Rosh Pina Cinematheque. The program incudes Mozart’s Mass in C performed by the Israeli Chamber Orchestra, arias by Mozart, Haydn and Gluck sung by Michal Shamir, and Carlos Saura’s film I, Don Giovanni. Runs today through Saturday, For more details and reservations: 050-534-2687
5. DRUMS The first impression of Percadu is visual. Even before the first sound is heard, the percussion duo made up of Tomer Yariv and Adi Morag take on a powerful stage presence with a formidable array of drums, marimbas, vibraphones, metallophones, glockenspiel and many other sorts of sound makers decorating the set. The dynamic takes the stage as part of the annual fund-raising dinner of the ALS Association. Monday, 8 p.m., Tel Aviv Museum of Art, (03) 607- 7070.
6. MAESTRO MAGIC For more than 12 years, Nitza Shaul has been introducing children to the world of great classical composers. This month, Shaul focuses on the exciting and funny story of the childhood of little Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart who, at the age of five, had already written his first piece and at age seven had appeared before the emperor of Austria. This colorful production features singers, musicians and dancers. November 15 at 5 p.m. and 6:30 p.m., Israeli Opera House, (03) 692-7777 MUSIC
7. DOING IT HIS WAY One of the biggest teen idols of the late 1950s, successful performer, songwriter and recording artist Paul Anka returns to Israel after two sold-out shows last year. Anka began his career as a pop idol with hits like “Diana.” He also penned the lyrics for the Frank Sinatra hit “My Way.” The legendary crooner performs at Tel Aviv’s Nokia Arena.
Next Saturday, 9 p.m., www.tkts.co.il.
8. ARCHITECTURE IN JAFFA A tour of the Black City behind the White City is the fist part of a series of tours that traces the architectural development of the forgotten South of Tel Aviv-Jaffa. The tours will follow the buildings’ styles starting from the Ottoman Period until the establishment of the state. This tour will focus mainly on the Ottoman period in Jaffa. In English. NIS 40. Friday, 11 a.m. To register, call (03) 510-0337.
9. EXHIBITION THROUGH THE LOOKING GLASS “Magic Lantern” is an exhibition that includes a range of new acquisitions and recent gifts of international and Israeli contemporary art on view for the first time at the Israel Museum. The works, by such artists as Michal Helfman, Ann Veronica Janssens, Adrian Paci, Yehudit Sasportas, Hiraki Sawa and Maya Zak, deal with the theme of enchanted and metaphorical landscapes, wondrous interiors and daydreams.Opens Tuesday, Israel Museum, Jerusalem, (02) 670-8811
10. GOOD OUD TIMES The Jerusalem-based annual Oud Festival returns with one of its most ambitious programs to date. Stars of Jewish and Arab ethnic music perform alongside some of the finest guest artists from around the world. One of the main draws is acclaimed Turkish singer and saz player Aynur Dogan (pictured), who goes by the stage name of Aynur. Over the last decade, Aynur has attracted media attention for the quality of her artistic output and for the political messages she conveys through her Kurdish roots. Starts next Thursday and runs through November 19, www.confederationhouse.org.