Out and About: Top 10 things to do

The Tao Dance Theater Company of China will make its Israeli debut as part of the Tel Aviv Dance Festival.

Tao Dance Theater Company of China (photo credit: Courtesy)
Tao Dance Theater Company of China
(photo credit: Courtesy)
A motorcycle stunt driver turns to robbing banks as a way to provide for his lover and their newborn child, a decision that puts him on a collision course with an ambitious rookie cop navigating a department ruled by a corrupt detective.
Derek Cianfrance’s crime-drama The Place beyond the Pines stars Ryan Gosling, Bradley Cooper, Eva Mendes and Ray Liotta.
The biannual Abu Ghosh Vocal Music Festival offers a varied program that ranges from Monteverdi and Dvorak to Sibelius and Dylan Thomas. One of the more intriguing performances is the male vocal ensemble Profeti della Quinta (pictured) concert on Saturday.
For more information and reservations: www.agfestival.co.il
Sally-Ann Friedlander’s dance company presents an evening entitled “Double” on the Dance Tel Aviv roster. Two works will be performed – Dyo (Ink) by choreographer Dganit Shemi and Human Nature by Friedlander.
May 20 at 9 p.m. at the Yaron Yerushalmi Hall, Suzanne Dellal Center, Tel Aviv.
Two new exhibitions open at the Tower of David in Jerusalem next Thursday, both focusing on contemporary designs inspired by the Holy City.
The “Threads” contemporary fashion exhibition was inspired by the women of Jerusalem, and the “Suspicious Objects” industrial design exhibition was inspired by the city itself.
For more information: www.towerofdavid.org.il/english
The Haifa Stair Run takes place tomorrow morning, with hundreds of professional and amateur runners expected to participate in the various events, such as the Everest-like 8,800-meter climb. The 3-km. climb (between 1,075 and 1,500 stairs in different trails) will start at the lower city by the port, ascending to Gan Ha’em in the center of the Carmel.
For more details: www.haifastairs.co.il
An event in Jerusalem at Ticho House, Musical Spring in Anna’s Salon, takes place in conjunction with the closing of the exhibition “Anna’s Vienna.”
Enjoy an evening of classical and popular songs about springtime, which includes works by Schubert, Mozart, Mendelssohn and others. With soprano Shira Bitan, baritone Shachar Shamai and pianist Omri Abram.
May 22 at 8 p.m. at Beit Ticho, Jerusalem.
NIS 55 (members NIS 45). Space is limited.
For reservations, call (02) 670-8813/8913.
A piano recital with young protégé Ariel Lanyi takes place at Navon Hall of the Jerusalem Academy of Music. On the program: Beethoven’s Sonata No. 30 in E major, Op 109; Franck’s Prelude, Chorale and Fugue; and Schumann’s Davidsbündlertänze, Op 6.
May 21 at 5:30 p.m., Givat Ram Campus.
Free admission. www.arielpiano.com.
Some 23 galleries and 53 artists will be presenting in this year’s Fresh Paint art event in Tel Aviv.
The contemporary art market traditionally draws thousands who go to see and purchase art. This year there will also be a Fresh Design event, exposing new Israeli designers to the public.
May 21 to 25 at the New Logistics Center, 48 Tel Giborim Street, Tel Aviv. Tues. to Thurs. 5 p.m. to 10 p.m. Fri. 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Sat.
10 a.m. to 9 p.m. NIS 45. For more information: www.freshpaint.co.il
The Tao Dance Theater Company of China will make its Israeli debut as part of the Tel Aviv Dance Festival.
Touring the world and performing at all the major festivals, the company brings a new perspective to Chinese culture as seen by Western eyes. On the program: Weight x 3.
May 26 and 27 at 9 p.m. at the Suzanne Dellal Center, Tel Aviv.
Grammy Award winner Frankie Vasquez will join the local salsa ensemble Walakata in the Hot Jazz series, performing around the country with their concert Café Havana.
May 27 at 9 p.m. at the Gerard Behar Center, Jerusalem; May 28 at 10 p.m. at Zappa Herzliya; May 30 at 9 p.m. and May 31 at 9:30 p.m. at the Tel Aviv Museum of Art; June 1 at 9 p.m. at Beit Khoushy in Haifa. Call the venues for tickets.