HIT THE DANCE FLOORS: On Wednesday, March 19 at 10:30 p.m., four dance floors at the Jerusalem International Convention Center (Binyanei Ha'ooma) will host university students for a party and a concert of Pshutei Ha'am. Transportation will leave from the students' dorms. Tickets are NIS 50-80 and can be purchased in advance at student unions and offices: 02-6483888.
The Bezalel Academy of Arts and Design is throwing its annual Purim party at The Nation Parking Lot, in front of the High Court of Justice, on Thursday at 10:30 p.m.Three dance floors and six disc jockeys should keep students and their friends happy. Discount tickets can be purchased in advance at Bezalel or at the party from NIS 40-90.
Another Purim costume ball will be held at Talpiot's Pavilion Hall, on Thursday at 10 p.m. Tickets can be purchased in advance for NIS 40-60, or on the night for the price of NIS 100.
PARTY TIME: On Saturday night, dozens of pubs, bars and clubs are hosting musical performances, theatrical shows and stand-up acts. Among those taking part in the celebrations are: Shlomtzi, Sol, Seven, Van Gogh, Ha'Marakiya, Canaan, D. Grey, Ha'Havatzelet, Gola, Glue, Mike's Place, Blue Hole, Yankees and Dabbling.
PURIM FESTIVAL: The Ein Yael Active Museum (opposite the zoo) invites children and their parents for a Shushan Ha'Bira Purim Festival from March 21-23 (from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.). Visitors can learn about the production of perfumes, cosmetics, spices and oils in ancient times. The festival will be held on a reconstructed Roman Street, a magical historical site that takes one back 2,000 years ago.
In addition, Ein Yael Active Museum is making a valiant attempt to simulate life in ancient Eretz Israel with orchards, springs, terraces and agriculture as they might have looked. A variety of workshops is being offered, with activities that include weaving, pottery, mosaic and fresco arts, and oil production. The entrance fee to the festival and the workshops is NIS 35 per child and NIS 30 per adult. For more information, call 02-645-1866 or go to: www.einyael.com
PURIM AT THE ZOO: Nolad Likfotz, today, 12, Sun., 11 a.m. and 12. Mishloah Manot, today and Sun., 11 a.m. and 12. Crafts, today and Sun., 10 a.m.-4. Tisch Family Biblical Zoo, Malha, opening hours, today, 9 a.m.-4:30; Sat., 10 a.m.-6; Sun.-Thurs., 9 a.m.-6 & 675-0111
CELEBRATING PURIM: Performances, music, workshops, and costume competition, 10:30 a.m.-3. Entrance for children and performances free. Art workshops, noisemakers, masks, food baskets, 10:30 a.m.-2. Comic juggling performance, 11 a.m. Acrobatic break dance, 12 and 1:30. Costume competition, 2:30. Those dressed as a famous work of art can win a trip to Europe. Israel Museum, Sun.
Tel Aviv area
ADLOYADA: The traditional Adloyada parade and carnival in Holon will be held at noon, Friday, March 21. The theme this year is "60 Years in the Eyes of the Children." Participants will be able to "meet" historical figures, or rather dressed up, as such as Israel's first prime minister, David Ben-Gurion, as well as former prime ministers Golda Meir, Yitzhak Shamir and Shimon Peres. There will also be cultural characters from Israeli literature and television shows, such as Kofiko, Hasamba, Dodly and Fistuk. More than 4,000 marchers are expected participate in the event, which will also feature some 20 street performances, as well as artists, musicians, dancers and actors acquainting the audience with historical events of the State of Israel. The Adloyada will start at Rehov Sokolov, and proceed along Rehov Weizmann to City Hall.
BOOK OF ESTHER: A public reading of the Book of Esther with Tel Aviv-Jaffa's chief rabbi, Rabbi Yisrael Meir Lau, will be held on Thursday evening at 7:30 p.m. on Rothschild Avenue, between Sheinkin and Bar-Ilan streets.
CHILDREN'S OPERA HOUR: Mozart's The Magic Flute, today, 9 a.m. Hansel and Gretle, Sat., 11 a.m. Orpheus, Tues., 5. With the New Israeli Opera. Habama, Opera House, Lobby, & 692-7777, 25 NIS
BEN YEHUDA MISHTAGEYA: Masks, noisemakers, singing and dancing. Pink Station - fairies and tales. Blue Station - from the sea. Green Station - jungle adventures. Red Station - circus and fire. White and Gold Station - Megilla stories. T.A., Ben Yehuda, today, 10 a.m.-2
OTZ LI GOTZ LI - Rumpelstilskin: Grimms' fairy tale about a poor miller's daughter who weaves gold from straw with the help of a dwarf - but she has to guess his name. Cameri 1, today, 10 a.m. and 12:30; Sat., 11 a.m. and 4
THE SPIRIT OF PURIM: Activities, half-hour tours in the area, costumes. Suzanne Dellal Center, today, 10 a.m.
PURIM AT THE MUSEUM: Masks, flowers, mobiles and more. Holon, Israel Children's Museum, Mifraz Shlomo, Peres Park, today and Sat., 10 a.m.-2; Sun., 10 a.m.-4 & 1599-585858
THE SECRET GARDEN: Givatayim, Theater, today, 11 a.m.; Holon, Mediatheque, Thurs., 5:30
PUSS IN BOOTS: Familiar children×±s tale. Why does a miller×±s son need an inherited cat ×ƒGivatayim, Theater, today and Sat., 10:30 a.m. and 12
ORNA PORAT THEATER: Itamar and Rutie Too, today, 11:30 a.m. Court Jesters, today, 10 a.m. and 11:30 a.m. Moof and Morris, Sat., 11:30 a.m. Bald Land, Sat., 11:30 a.m. Suzanne Dellal Center & 510-5656
HABAMA HOLON ORCHESTRA: Family concert. The Melody That Dressed Up. Idit Schehtman, conductor, Julian Shagran, actor. T.A. Museum, Sat., 11 a.m. and 12:30
PURIMON: The Fisherman and the Goldfish, today, 11 a.m. Aya, Sun., 11 a.m. T.A., Yad Lebanim, Shein Auditorium & 604-1707
UZU AND MUZU FROM KFAR KAKARUZU: By Efraim Sidon. Givatayim, Theater, Sat., 11 a.m. and 12:30
WINNIE THE POOH AND FRIENDS In Russian. Holon, Theater, Sat., 11 a.m.
STORY HOUR: Holon, Mediatheque, Sat., 12; Mon., 5 & 502-1555. CINDERELLA - A travelling Opera by the Israel Opera. Netanya, Heichal
Hatarbut, from Sun.; NUTCRACKER SUITE -Mediatheque and Ra'anana Symphonette production. Holon, Mediatheque, Sat., 11:30 a.m. and 12:45; THE GOLDEN-HEARTED FLOWER - A boy searches for the only medicine which will cure his mother. Holon, Mediatheque, Sun., 5:30
COSTUME FESTIVAL: The northern city will celebrate Purim with a costume festival for the family at the Carmel Center's Louis Promenade on Friday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. The carnival will feature a range of entertainment options: A circus, a market, Virtual Reality, percussion instruments, and inflatable games. Jugglers, magicians and acrobats will perform for the crowd.
EXHIBITION: In the spirit of the holiday, the public is also invited to visit an international exhibition of "A Mask and a Mania" at Haifa Museum in the German Colony neighborhood. Some 120 Mexican festival masks are being displayed at the exhibition, which is schedule to run until August 2008.
Beersheba and south
CIRCUS DOROLA: Performers from all around the world including the US, Italy, Russia, China, France, Africa and Israel. Advanced technology, special effects, pyrotechnics, costumes. Beersheba, near Ben Gurion University, today, 9 a.m. and 3; Sat., 11 a.m., 3:30 and 7; Sun., 11 a.m., 3 and 6
A GREEN PURIM: Masks from recycled materials, and more. Ein Varod, today, 10 a.m.-2 & (09) 796-3154
GAN GURU AUSTRALIA: Free admission to kids dressed as Australian animals. Boomerang happening on Sat. Kibbutz Nir David, today, 9 a.m.-3; Sat., 9 a.m.-5; Sun.-Thurs., 9 a.m.-4 & (04) 648-8060
PURIM CARNIVAL: Admission free. Ashdod, Star Center, today, 11 a.m.-4;
HOT AIR BALLOON AT MINI ISRAEL: Fly in a hot air balloon above the mini park. Carnival for the whole family, attractions, prizes. Miniature city featuring over 350 exact replica models of historical, religious, archeological and modern sites. Latrun, today, 10 a.m.-4; Sat., 10 a.m.-7 & (08) 913-0010
VOTE FOR ISRAEL'S NATIONAL BIRD: The Society for the Protection of Nature in Israel is inviting the public throughout Purim to vote for Israel's national bird at seven of its bird-watching centers across the country: Jerusalem, Tel Aviv, Ashdod, Latrun, Ma'agan Michael, Hatzeva and the Hermon Field School. In each one of the centers, visitors will be able to inspect the candidates, and vote at ballot boxes. There is a participation fee of NIS 10-15 for a two-hour tour, with the profits to be invested for the benefit of Israel's bird life. The organization has also arranged a variety of tours, nature activities and adventures for Purim nationwide. For more information and registration, call 03-6388688 or go to: www.teva.org.il/leumit http://www.teva.org.il/leumit>.