Out and About: Top 10 things to do

From puppets to ceramics, Brad Pitt to flamenco dance, we've got your list of what's hot this weekend.

Brad Pitt in 'World War Z' (photo credit: Courtesy)
Brad Pitt in 'World War Z'
(photo credit: Courtesy)
Enter the War Zone

World War Z is a 3D horror film about a United Nations employee Gerry Lane (Brad Pitt) who traverses the world in a race against time to stop the zombie pandemic that is toppling armies and governments and threatening to destroy humanity itself. With Mireille Enos, Daniella Kertesz and David Morse.
See the Imprint
The Seventh Biennale for Israeli Ceramics opened at the Eretz Israel Museum in Ramat Aviv this week. Imprinting on Clay – Cultural Memory in Israeli Ceramic Art focuses on a wide range of cultural, social and political issues, as well as matters of a tactile and aesthetic nature.
For more information about Imprinting on Clay – Cultural Memory in Israeli Ceramic Art: (03) 641-5244 and www.eretzmuseum.org.il.
Explore Other Cultures
Vibrant oil paintings, African fabric, collages and hanging paper sculptures are on display at Tanya Fredman’s solo exhibition at PICO Jerusalem titled “Into the Light.” Fredman explores cross-culture connections, drawing from her experience of volunteering in Rwanda.
PICO Jerusalem, 2 Poalei Tzedek Street, 4th floor (corner of Pierre Koenig) Talpiot, Jerusalem. Exhibition closes September 30. www.TanyaFredman.com.
Cross the Border
In a new exhibition at the Benyamini Contemporary Ceramics Center, artist Rina Peleg crosses the border of traditional pottery in her show “Comiceramics, The Flintstones against the Powerpuff Girls.”

Contemporary Ceramics Center, 17 Ha’amal Street, Tel Aviv, (03) 518-2257, www.benyaminiceramics.org.

Focus on Flamenco
The annual Madridanza festival kicks off at the Suzanne Dellal Center in Tel Aviv this week, bringing the best and brightest Spanish performances to Israeli audiences. There will be three major productions in the festival: Titanium by flamenco bad boys Rojas and Rodriguez; The Way to Sing Flamenco by lawyer turned singer Maria Toledo; and Adali by Spanish dance company Aida Gomez, which will close the festival on July 21 and 22.
For more information, visit www.suzannedellal.org.il.
Attend a Class
Keshet Eilon’s 23rd summer master course for string players opens on July 21 at Kibbutz Eilon in the western Galilee. The master course offers young musicians lessons by the world’s finest teachers and artists, as well as performance in evening concerts at the kibbutz. Most of the activities are open to the public. Some are free, and others cost a small fee.
For more information and detailed schedule of the Keshet Eilon activities, visit www.keshetei.org.il or call (04) 985-8191; (04) 985-8131.
Indulge Your Inner Child
The ninth International Children’s Film Festival takes place this week at the Tel Aviv Cinematheque, focusing this year on films based on books, Asian films and Swedish author Astrid Lindgren. The festival also features films made by children, films for toddlers, workshops and many Israeli premieres.


Get Into the Spirit
The Lo Bashamaim (not in the sky) festival takes place this week at the Tel Hai College Upper Galilee, featuring talks, classes, movie screenings and live shows, all dealing with Jewish spirituality. The Shem Tov Levy ensemble will open the festival Sunday night with a concert at the historic Tel Hai courtyard at 8:30 p.m. A hassidic evening will follow on Monday at Kfar Blum.
For tickets and more information, call (04) 681-6570.
Make Contact
Spend the night at the museum at this year’s Contact Point event at the Israel Museum, Jerusalem. For the fourth year, artists in a wide range of media engage with artworks throughout the campus, creating singular “contact points” with the museum, its artworks and the audience.
July 25 from 8 p.m. to 3 a.m. NIS 60/NIS 40 for students, seniors and children. Free for museum members.
Play with Puppets
The 22nd edition of the Train Theater Puppet Festival will take place at the beginning of August in Jerusalem, offering a rich and varied program for the whole family, such as intriguing foreign productions like the Thai puppet theater and numerous shows for adults.
For more information, go to www.traintheater.co.il/puppets_festival/english. For tickets, call *6226, (02) 623-7000.