The latest word on Henry Rollins

Straight from playing for the troops in Iraq, Rollins makes a return visit to Israel

Say what you will about Henry Rollins, the man is nothing if not prolific. From the time he entered the public eye in the mid-Eighties as lead singer of the hugely influential American punk band Black Flag, to his ongoing presence as a spoken-word artist, radio personality, publisher and more, Rollins has relentlessly chronicled our age from a wry, clever perspective. Click for upcoming events calendar! Explaining once in an interview that he made the switch from music to spoken-word performance because it enabled him to "talk for 20 minutes about the Trans-Siberian railroad," Rollins has traveled the world with his solo monologue, which is often wickedly funny. He has visited Israel many times and, despite his outspoken criticism of the war in Iraq and the policies of President Bush, has visited troops in the Persian Gulf on USO tours. Indeed, he arrives here this week after just such a whirlwind engagement, so he is sure, as always, to have special insight into the current state of affairs. Thursday at 9 p.m. at the Gerard Behar Center in Jerusalem; Friday January 12 at 2 p.m. at the Eretz Yisrael Museum, Rehov Levanon 2, Ramat Aviv; and Saturday, January 13 at 9 p.m. at the same location. Tickets: (02) 623-7000; (02) 622-2333; or (03) 604-5000.