Out and About: Top 10 things to do 218317

This week sees the return of The Congos, a band that has been known mostly for its album Heart of the Congos, released in 1977.

Roots Reggae 311 (photo credit: courtesy)
Roots Reggae 311
(photo credit: courtesy)
The budding romance between a rising US congressman and a gifted ballet dancer is unexpectedly complicated by otherworldly forces seeking to drive them apart by altering the very fabric of reality in this highconcept sci-fi thriller based on a story by famed author Philip K. Dick. Starring Matt Damon, Emily Blunt, Anthony Mackie and Terence Stamp.
At selected cinemas throughout the country.
The Israeli Gypsy Jazz Ensemble, Swing de Gitanes, has been active for the last four years with more than 250 successful performances.
Join them as they perform the remarkable and unique tunes of Django Reinhardt. Between the songs, the remarkable life story of Reinhardt (the two-fingered guitarist who is considered the founder of the style) is integrated with funny anecdotes about his versatile personality and even a Jewish connection. NIS 60/70.
Tonight, 8, Felicja Blumenthal Center, Rehov Bialik 26, Tel Aviv, (03) 620-1185
Take six clowns, a fistful of imagination, a dollop of gibberish and a slice or two of creative daftness and you have Rajat Kapoor’s interpretation of Shakespeare’s Hamlet. It’s part of the first Celebrating India in Israel Festival that also brings dance, music, literature, food, Bollywood and the visual arts. Another highlight will be The Sound of the Bamboo Flute, played by master musician Hari Prasad Chaurasia.
Not least Words on Water is a day-long literary symposium for Israeli and Indian authors at Mishkenot Sha’ananim in Jerusalem, featuring among the rest, Ambassador Navtej Sarna, a noted author as well as a diplomat.
Runs through till May 25, www.celebratingindiainisrael.com
This week sees the return of The Congos, a band that has been known mostly for its album Heart of the Congos, released in 1977. With their 2005 album, Give Them the Rights, the Congos marked a decided return to their roots with a strong showing of the spiritual Rastafarian lyrics for which the original duo, 59-year-olds Cedric Myton and Roy Johnson, were known. Catch these rasta rebels as they jam the night away at Tel Aviv’s Barby Club. NIS 180/200.
Tuesday, 8:30 p.m., www.shuki.co.il
Jerusalem’s Way Off Theater presents its rendition of the Broadway classic The Miracle Worker. Written by William Gibson, it tells the story of Anne Sullivan’s struggle to teach the blind and deaf Helen Keller how to communicate. This year marks the 50th anniversary of this passionate and moving portrayal of a teacher’s devotion to her pupil. Directed by Sara Halevi. In English. NIS 60.
Wednesday, 8 p.m., Rehov Pierre Koenig 37, Talpiot, Jerusalem, www.merkazedna.com
The Open Museum of Photography presents “A Look Inside,” a special exhibit showcasing two less well-known bodies of work by renowned Israeli journalistic photographer Micha Bar- Am. The exhibit features his nuclear family and two families from Peki’in, photographed in the 1950s.
Ongoing at Open Museum of Photography, Industrial Park, Tel Hai, (04) 681-6705 or www.michabaram.com
Silvia Duran is a national treasure who has been called “the high priestess of Israeli flamenco” and “lady of the hands.”
Over the past 30 years she has pioneered, nurtured and cultivated Spanish dance in Israel.
A fantastic performer and loved teacher, she is credited with raising a generation of Flamenco dancers. Join Duran and her Flamenco company as they performs a series of fiery pieces in the intimacy of their dance studio.
Tonight, 8:30 and 10, Rehov Ben-Yehuda 53,Tel Aviv, (03) 523-1453.
To celebrate International Migration Day, The Beit Guvrin National Park has organized a Bird Migration Festival with activities for the whole family. Meet migrating birds, learn about the dangers they face on their journey and take part in hands-on ringing demonstration and bird identification workshops in the field. Other activities include games, crafts, nature walks and movies.
Saturday, 11 a.m.- 3 p.m., www.parks.org.il
The Jerusalem Studio School is bringing together all levels of aspiring painters to take part in the 12th Annual Jerusalem Landscape Painting Marathon. In addition to the rigorous daily painting schedule, the marathon includes individual and group critiques and extensive slide lectures by guest artist in residence, Kurt Knobelsdorf.
Events are open to the public at no charge.
Runs May 15 through 26, www.jssart.com.
The Tel Aviv Cinematheque hosts the 13th DocAviv International Documentary Film Festival. There are movies on every subject and for every taste from countries all over the globe, including Brazil and China. Special programs include a retrospective of South Korean documentaries as well as meetings with documentary directors and producers from Israel and abroad.
Runs Thursday through May 15, www.docaviv.co.il.