Showtime: Frankly musical

Frankly Sinatra promises far more than just a pleasant evening’s entertainment.

Band instruments (photo credit: Wikicommons)
Band instruments
(photo credit: Wikicommons)
Frankly musical
This Wednesday (8:30 p.m.) Yisrael Lutnick, a.k.a. The Broadway Rabbi, will pay tribute to legendary performer Frank Sinatra with a program of some of Ol’ Blue Eyes’s best-loved numbers at a concert at the Felicja Blumental Music Center in Tel Aviv.
The Frankly Sinatra show will also provide the audience with a wider picture of the man behind the celebrated voice, as Lutnick relates engaging stories, seasoned with humor and poignant facts, about the kid who grew up in a tough neighborhood on Hoboken, New Jersey, and became the world’s most popular crooner. There will also be some intriguing tidbits about Sinatra’s relationship with Jews and a look into where the singer took a wrong turn or two.
Frankly Sinatra promises far more than just a pleasant evening’s entertainment.For tickets and more information: (03) 620-1185 or
Tel Aviv hosts fifth annual PechaKucha arts event
The first PechaKucha Night took place in Tokyo in February 2003 as an event for young, unsung designers to meet, mingle, cross-fertilize and present their creations to the public. It has since become a global phenomenon which now takes place in close to 600 cities around the world.
Tel Aviv joined the PechaKucha circuit five years ago, when Anat Safran brought the concept to Israel after spending time in Japan and was joined by Itai Moutner in getting the local version up and running. The fifth Israeli PechaKucha event will take place at Hangar 11, at the Tel Aviv Port. There will be two showings, at 7:30 and 10:15 p.m.
Although PechaKucha Nights are fundamentally informal, the event is based on a strictly regimented format whereby nine creative professionals from a wide range of disciplines – including design, architecture, photography, painting and music – share their work with the audience. Each artist presents 20 slides for 20 seconds each, with a total presentation time of six minutes and 40 seconds. The works and ideas can be intricately crafted items or off-the-cuff efforts, such as holiday snaps. The bottom line is that the presentation items mean a lot to the artist and members of the public are, of course, free to respond as they wish.
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Animation shorts
The fourth annual MaraToon competition will take place at the Holon Cinematheque from December 5 to 15. The event is open to animators from the age of 16, of all professional standings, who will submit animation shorts lasting between 30 and 60 seconds.
The contest is supported by the Yehoshua Rabinovich Foundation for the Arts’ Cinema Project, the French Institute, the Flix website and Adobe Israel Ltd.
The creators of the winning animation short will win a trip to the renowned Annecy International Animated Film Festival in France and some cutting-edge Adobe design software. There will also be a cash prize of NIS 2,000 for the best script.
The finalists will be presented at a gala event at the cinematheque on December 15.
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Portuguese singer opens new Opera House series
This year’s World Music series at the Opera House in Tel Aviv will kick off with a concert by celebrated Portuguese vocalist Sara Tavares on December 7 (10 p.m.).
Series artistic director and internationally acclaimed performer Idan Raichel asked Tavares to perform here after catching her act at a festival in Poland.
Born in Lisbon, Portugal, Tavares is of Cape Verdean descent and is heavily influenced by the sounds of the Atlantic Ocean island. Her work also incorporates a wide range of other cultural influences, including African and North American genres, and she sings in Portuguese-based creole languages and English.
Tavares has released three albums to date and has won worldwide acclaim for her performance of “God Help the Outcasts” for the Disney movie The Hunchback of Notre Dame, which won a Disney award for the best version of the original song. She is also the recipient of a Portuguese Golden Globe for Best Portuguese Singer.
For tickets and more information: (03) 692-7777 or
Deep photography
The Janco Dada Museum in Ein Hod is hosting a retrospective exhibition of works by iconic multidisciplinary artist Avraham Eilat, called Depth of the Surface.
The show covers Eilat’s works from the end of the 1970s until the present, primarily featuring Eilat’s photographic creations. The exhibits include works that incorporate conceptual elements, with plastic and other components, documentary photography and what Eilat calls “metaphorical photographs.” Some of the prints were shown in Australia and the US, where Eilat lived in the early 1990s, and they differ starkly from his local work.
For more information: (04)984- 2350 and