Out and About: Top 10 things to do

Over 11,000 people have already registered to take part in the races of the Tel Aviv Marathon.

Tel Aviv Marathon, Yarkon Park 370 (photo credit: Courtesy)
Tel Aviv Marathon, Yarkon Park 370
(photo credit: Courtesy)
1. FILM
THE HUNGER GAMES
Based on the best-selling young-adult novel by author Suzanne Collins, The Hunger Games tells the dark tale of a 16- year-old girl named Katniss Everdeen (Jennifer Lawrence), who is selected to compete in a vicious televised tournament in which 24 teenagers from a post-apocalyptic society fight to the death for the entertainment of the masses.
At selected cinemas throughout the country.
2. THEATER
FACING THE PAST
Flora’s Dance is billed as adult puppet theater and at its heart is the story of an abusive marriage, a dark tale, tenderly and sometimes powerfully performed. Flora is an old-woman puppet skillfully manipulated by three actress/puppeteers: Yifat Weiner, Moriah Ben-Avot and Orit Leibowitz-Novitch. Every year Flora comes to tend her husband’s grave. As she carefully cleans the grave of a year’s debris, she recalls the past on Ya’ara Zadok’s set of the grave and a rose-petal-strewn surrounding.
Tonight, 8:30, www.tzavta.co.il

3. MUSIC
ALL ABOUT ALON
With his rough-hewn, acoustic-based, country-flavored English-language songs, Geva Alon, the former leader of alternative rockers The Flying Baby, has established himself as one of Israel’s most accomplished singer-songwriters. Catch Alon as he performs his many hits, as well as selected songs from his new album, In the Morning Light. NIS 80/90.
Tonight, 9:30, Barby Club, Tel Aviv, (03) 518-8123.
4. DANCE
MOVING LEGENDS
Ohad Naharin’s Tabula Rasa was originally created in 1986 for the Pittsburgh Ballet (US). Ten dancers perform to the music by Estonian composer Arvo Pärt. In Israel the piece was first presented in 1987, and has not been staged since 2004. Suzanne Dellal presents an opportunity to meet the dancers of the Batsheva Ensemble performing a Naharin classic. The evening will also include Lost Cause, a new creation by Sharon Eyal and Gai Bachar for the ensemble.
Runs today through April 23, Suzanne Dellal Center, Tel Aviv, www.batsheva.co.il
5. KIDS
RETURNING TO EGYPT
The Bible Lands Museum is offering a special Passover day camp in which kids can explore and solve the myths of Ancient Egypt. Discover the pyramids’ mazes, Pharaoh’s sorcerers and their spells, cook Egyptian food, prepare Egyptian bricks and bake matzot. In Hebrew.
Runs today through April 5, 8:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m., (02) 561-1066.
6. EXHIBITION
NAP TIME
The Israel Museum presents “Good Night,” a new exhibit examining the transition from day to night and the universal experience of falling asleep. The exhibition peeks into the bedroom, exploring the different stages of sleep and the imagery associated with it, while also looking outdoors, illustrating the changes taking place at night in nature. Highlighting works of contemporary art, the exhibition also includes activity corners and features objects from diverse times and cultures, attesting to the timelessness of the subject.
Ongoing, www.english.imjnet.org.il
7. ART
BY DESIGN
This Saturday night marks the opening of Holon Design Week 2012. The public can get a sneak peek at this year’s six new design exhibitions. These include works by Israel Prize-winning designer Dan Reisinger, Nir and Adi Rabin with their design studio “DVIVO” and the Theater Gallery exhibition entitled “Street Language.”
Saturday, 7 p.m., also runs April 8 through 11, at galleries throughout Holon, www.holon.muni.il
8. SPORT
RUNNING IN PLACE
Over 11,000 people have already registered to take part in the races of the Tel Aviv Marathon. The run will start and end at a historic spot: the Charles Clore Park on the beach of Tel Aviv, where the city was founded on April 11, 1909. So with a choice of a 42-kilometer, 10-km., and a possible 5-km. route, it’s your chance to run a ring around the White City.
Tomorrow, 6:30 a.m., Charles Clore Park, Tel Aviv.
9. OPERA
RETURN OF THE BUTTERFLY
Puccini’s ever-popular Madame Butterfly returns to the Israeli Opera in a production staged by innovative Polish director Mariusz Trelinski. Butterfly is the tragic tale of Cio Cio San (sopranos Ira Bertman, Wioletta Chodowicz) who gives her heart to Pinkerton (tenors Zoran Todorovich, Sergey Semishkur), an American naval officer. She is ultimately abandoned by him and commits seppuku, or ritual suicide. The conductors are Luciano di Martino and Yishai Steckler.
Runs April 11 through 27, www.israelopera.co.il
10. FESTIVAL
STAGE ONE
During Passover, Beit Avi Chai is devoting three days to the very best of Jerusalem English-language theater, shining a spotlight on this thriving urban subculture, while offering a unique perspective on issues of identity and culture from both local and international perspectives. Highlights include excerpts from a musical based on S.N. Behrman’s play Jacobowsky and the Colonel, as well as Hahafuch – comedy sketch and improv show. In Hebrew.
Runs April 8 through 10, www.bac.org.il.