Out and About

Top 10 things to do for the week of July 18-24, 2014.

Tap Factory brings a colorful cross-section of genres from dance and percussion to theater and acrobatics (photo credit: Courtesy)
Tap Factory brings a colorful cross-section of genres from dance and percussion to theater and acrobatics
(photo credit: Courtesy)
1. Film: Mature Romance
Michael Douglas and Diane Keaton exchange quips about sex and aging in Rob Reiner’s romantic dramedy And So It Goes. The film follows Oren (Douglas), a curmudgeonly realtor who suddenly finds himself in charge of the young granddaughter he’d never met. Desperate, he turns to his neighbor (Keaton) for help, although he’s not the best at buttering her up.
2. Art: Listen to a Story
“Story Time: Or Was It?” is a new exhibition at the Helena Rubinstein Pavilion for Contemporary Art that presents seven video installations of leading international artists. The exhibition examines the medium as a contemporary version of storytelling, with a mixture of languages, images and voices.
Through November at 6 Tarsat Blvd., Tel Aviv
3. Dance: Tapping Out the Beat
The French-based Tap Factory will bring its international cast of multi-talented artists to Israel after doing the rounds of the world in recent years, appearing across Europe and South America to capacity audiences. The show incorporates a colorful cross-section of genres and skills, from dance and percussion to theater and acrobatics, all laced with a heaping helping of comedy. The five shows will take place from July 23 to 27.
For ticket information: Binyamina *9080; Haifa www.barak-tickets.co.il; Tel Aviv (03) 692-7777; Rishon Lezion (03) 948-8665; Beersheba (08) 626-6400.
4. Music: Opera Al Fresco
The Israeli Opera presents free concerts every Wednesday during the summer at the new Levant Fair compound, adjacent to the Tel Aviv Port. The next installment, “Carmen and Friends,” includes hits from Bizet’s Carmen and other Gypsy tunes.
Wednesday. Reception at 8:30 p.m. Concert starts at 9 p.m. Free. www.yaridhamizrach.co.il.
5. Winners All
The Israeli Symphony Orchestra Rishon Lezion hosts the winners of the Tel Hai International Master Classes in a concert conducted by Noam Zur. On the program are piano concertos by Mozart, Prokofiev, Scriabin and Enescu. Pianists Illya Laskin, A-Jin Soh and Masha Yulin (pictured) will perform.
Monday at 8:30 p.m. at Heichal Hatarbut, Rishon Lezion. Tel: (03) 948-4800.
6. The Young Israeli Philharmonic Orchestra
The Young Israeli Philharmonic Orchestra returns for its annual summer concert. Spanish conductor Salvador Brutons will lead a program that features favorites by Ravel, Bizet and Shostakovich.
July 24 at 8 p.m. at the Jerusalem Theatre (02) 560-5755; July 25 at noon at the Mann Auditorium, Tel Aviv, 1-700-703-030.
7. Festival: A Musical Buffet
The 30th edition of the Voice of Music Festival in Kibbutz Kfar Blum takes place this year from July 22 to 26. The program in Kfar Blum and environs is laden with musical gems from across the board, with works that span centuries and mind-sets, from Beethoven and Mozart to 20th-century Polish composer Witold Lutoslawski and a premiere of a work by Israeli composer Oded Zehavi (pictured).
In addition, there will be a panel discussion, a sing-along, a talk by entertaining conductor-lecturer Roni Porat and a concert by Yoni Rechter.
For tickets and more information: (04) 681-6640; www.kol-hamusica.org.il
8. Mixed: Join the Excavation 
Be an archeologist for a day by joining the excavations at Sussita near Lake Kinneret.
The 15th excavation season of Sussita will end on July 24, so sign up now to help the international team of professionals who dig in the site next to Kibbutz Ein Gev every year.
For details, contact Dr. Michael Eisenberg at hippos@research.haifa.ac.il
9. Kids: Clowning Around
Opera in the Circus is an original musical comedy for children about an opera singer and a circus manager who try to stage a show together.
Written and performed by soprano Ayelet Cohen and director Nora De Fez, with actor Kfir Levy and pianist Nilly Kris. NIS 40.
Sunday at 5 p.m. at Beit Tami, 16 Merkaz Ba’alei Melacha Street, Tel Aviv. (03) 528-8829.
10. Upcoming Dance: ¡Hola!
The Spanish dance festival Madridanca returns with an impressive lineup of top Spanish artists, such as flamenco dancer Manuel Liñán with his new show Sinergia (pictured) and Eduardo Guerrero in Return.
July 28 to August 1 at the Suzanne Dellal Center in Tel Aviv. For details and tickets, call (03) 510-5656 or go to www.suzannedellal.org.il