Top 10 things to do: Step right up

The Greatest Showman (photo credit: Courtesy)
The Greatest Showman
(photo credit: Courtesy)
Inspired by the imagination of P.T. Barnum, the film The Greatest Showman is an original musical that celebrates the birth of show business and tells of a visionary who rose from nothing to create a spectacle that became a worldwide sensation. With Hugh Jackman, Zac Efron, Michelle Williams, Zendaya.
Moving Communities is a conference celebrating three years of dance classes at the Yasmeen Godder Studio in Jaffa that brought together dance professionals and people living with Parkinson’s disease. The conference invites participants to re-examine and experience anew the connection between thought and movement, dance and well-being, and art as a transformative force in the community. It will focus on various ways of teaching dance to people with Parkinson’s, as well as on the exploration of new initiatives that connect creativity, body and community. Some of the lectures will be in English. Free admission. The conference takes place on January 18 and 19 at the Mandel Cultural Center, 2 Hatchiya Street, Jaffa. For reservations and information, write to guy@yasmeengodder. com.
White Noise by Vertigo Dance Company (YouTube/Dorit Talpaz)
The Israeli Opera commemorates the 100th anniversary of Leonard Bernstein’s birth with a concert featuring two of his most powerful liturgical pieces – the Chichester Psalms and the Jeremiah Symphony, with a little Bach in between. Yaron Gottfried will conduct the Jerusalem Symphony Orchestra, the Jerusalem Academy Chamber Choir and the Udiana Choir. With sopranos Tali Ketzef and Daniela Skorka; mezzo-sopranos Nitzan Alon and Zlata Kershberg; tenor Eitan Drori; baritone Oded Reich; and boy soprano Omri Aizenbud.
January 16 at 8 p.m., Opera House, Tel Aviv
The Israeli Opera presents new performances for children, such as Alice in Wonderland, adapted by David Sebba. In this colorful opera, young Alice encounters the fantastical creatures of Wonderland, such as the Cheshire Cat, the Mad Hatter and the Queen who doesn’t like to lose. In Hebrew. Suitable for children aged 4 to 9.
January 1 at 11 a.m., Opera House (small hall), Tel Aviv. For information and tickets, call
The Suzanne Dellal Center presents a new week-long dance event called Dream Drum Dance, which brings together ethnic music and contemporary dance. Ethnic music group Kalimba will perform with local choreographers and dancers, who chose the musical pieces and created dance works to go with them. Kalimba’s musical directors Yaniv and Assaf Shemesh say that the musical instruments they use, such as the Aboriginal didgeridoo and the Caribbean steelpan, create sounds that imitate nature.
January 28 to February 3, Suzanne Dellal Center, Tel Aviv. For information and tickets, call (03) 510-5656.
The Vertigo dance company and The Revolution Orchestra present a renewal of Noa Wertheim’s iconic dance piece White Noise, with music by Ran Bagno, played on stage by The Revolution Orchestra, conducted by Roy Oppenheim. This unique collaboration gave birth to a new version of the acclaimed creation that was presented a decade ago. White Noise 2018 questions the way we live, think and explore the tension between the noise around us and our longing for internal tranquility.
January 19 at 1 p.m. and January 20 at 9 p.m., Opera House, Tel Aviv
Jim Jefferies returns to Israel with The Unusual Punishment Tour, a new show with new material. Jefferies entertains audiences worldwide with his controversial, thought-provoking comedy. Last summer he released Freedumb, his fifth major stand-up special in seven years. The special was his second to air on Netflix, following Jim Jefferies: BARE, in which he delivered his iconic routine on gun control in the US.
Jim Jefferies with his newspaper on fire.
Jim Jefferies with his newspaper on fire.
January 16 at 9 p.m. and 11:59 p.m., Menorah Mivtachim Arena, Tel Aviv
Wine Week is a new initiative that aims to promote Israeli wine culture. It will open with the annual Sommelier exhibition at the Charles Bronfman Auditorium in Tel Aviv, which will be open to the public (January 15 and 16 from 6:30 p.m.). During the following week there will be numerous wine tastings in wine shops around the country and special promotion prices. On January 19 there will be free tours and wine-tastings in wineries around the country.
For a complete list of events and tours:
Through a series of large-scale paintings, the art exhibition “Zoya Cherkassky, Pravda” traces the artist’s migration from the Ukraine to Israel. With skill, bluntness and humor, Cherkassky exposes the complex absorption of Jews from the former Soviet Union and examines stereotypes about Russians held by native Israelis and vice versa. Alongside her paintings, several of her early drawings are on display, allowing visitors to view the impressions of a 14-year-old immigrant, recorded as she experienced them.
Israel Museum, Jerusalem
The English-language theater group LOGON presents The Music Man, the Meredith Willson Broadway musical that won a Tony in 1957, featuring songs such as “76 Trombones” and “Til There Was You.” The LOGON cast, directed by Ya’acov Amsellem, consists of 37 actors and singers, including 13 children. Starring Michael Herman and White Feather Netzer. The show will be performed in English with Hebrew surtitles.
‘The Music Man’ opens February 14 in Beersheba, with nine performances across the country. All performances start at 6:30 p.m. For more information, call the LOGON hotline: (08) 641-4081.