A far out festival

'With Love for the '60s' celebrates the greats, including The Beatles, Elvis Presley, Dean Martin, Nat King Cole and Simon & Garfunkel.

60s 88 (photo credit: )
60s 88
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'With Love for the '60s' celebrates the music of that era and salutes its great musicians, including The Beatles, Elvis Presley, Dean Martin, Nat King Cole and Simon & Garfunkel. According to organizers, the event is meant to be "a return to the good ole days, if only for a weekend." Events for the festival include musical performances, a "behind the music" look into the lives of certain '60s musicians and lectures on the importance of love and the historical significance of the decade of love. The festival kicks off this Thursday at 8:30 p.m. with a special performance featuring numerous singers performing the most popular love songs from the decade. Playwright Dan Almogar, famous for his translations of many plays into Hebrew for the Israeli stage, emcees the event. Also on the same night at 9 p.m., the festival holds a tribute to Simon & Garfunkel. Artists Moni Arnon and Larry Fogel perform their most noted songs, including "Bridge Over Troubled Water" and "Sound of Silence." In addition to their music renditions, Arnon and Fogel provide a "behind the music" look at the lives of the legendary America duo. On Friday at 11 a.m. there's a lecture - the first in a two-part series - on love, couples and family in the Jewish mystical tradition of Kabbala. Later in the day, at 1:30 p.m., there's a special salute to The Beatles with music aficionado and Beatles enthusiast Yoav Kutner providing a history of the greatest pop band ever using music and video clips. Pop-rock singer and songwriter, Danny Robas kicks off Friday night's events at 9:30 p.m., with covers of popular John Lennon and Paul McCartney songs. And singer and songwriter Yehudit Ravitz performs love songs from her own vast repertoire. Saturday, the final day of the festival, begins at 11 a.m. with the second part of the lecture series. Oren Nahari, editor of Channel 1's Foreign News Desk, will lecture on the key moments and figures of the '60s, including Ché Guevara, the Vietnam War, the assasination of Martin Luther King Jr., the moon landing and Woodstock. The festival's final event at 8:30 p.m. is the blowout concert, The '60s, with covers of all the most notable '60s icons, such as Cliff Richards, Paul Anka, Neil Sadaka and Deep Purple, in addition to many of the musicians already mentioned. The festival takes place at the Herzliya Cultural Centre from February 12 to 14. For tickets call (1-700) 702-929. Readers of The Jerusalem Post can save 20% on the events featuring Yoav Kutner, Oren Nahari and The '60s on Saturday night by mentioning this fact when purchasing tickets. For more information visit hoh-herzliya.co.il (in Hebrew).