Out and About: Top 10 things to do

From movies to museums, the Maccabiah games to wine tastings, we have your list of what's hot this weekend.

The 16th International Puppet Theater and Film Festival (photo credit: Courtesy)
The 16th International Puppet Theater and Film Festival
(photo credit: Courtesy)
FILM See the seamy side of Bangkok
In Only God Forgives, Julian (Ryan Gosling), a drug smuggler thriving in Bangkok’s criminal underworld, sees his life get even more complicated when his mother compels him to find and kill whoever is responsible for his brother’s recent death. With Kristin Scott Thomas and Vithaya Pansringarm.
Don’t believe everything you see
The Israel Museum, Jerusalem, invites audiences to take part in an evening of tricks, optical illusions and shows in the fields of cinema, photography, movement, music and nature in conjunction with the “ArTricks” exhibition in the Youth Wing. Experience the special effects in movies, enjoy a pantomime performance, try your hand at painting in motion and more.
Tuesday from 5 to 9 p.m. Museum admission fee; free entrance for children.Remember Mamilla
Acclaimed photographer Miri Davidovitz presents an exhibition of haunting black-andwhite prints, a testament to Jerusalem’s Mamilla Quarter, built near Jaffa Gate at the end of the 19th century. It later became a Jewish-Arab commercial center and today is one of the capital’s upscale, renovated neighborhoods.
Ongoing at the Eretz Israel Museum in Tel Aviv. www.eretzmuseum.org.il.CHILDREN Pick a puppet
The 16th annual International Puppet Theater and Film Festival in Holon continues, so you can still enjoy some of the highlights and free activities for the whole family. The festival, which takes place at the Puppet Theater Center and Museum, also has two productions for adults. During the festival, the museum will be open free of charge.
Until Saturday in Holon.
Meet the protégés
The Young Philharmonic Orchestra of the Jerusalem Music Center will perform its summer concert under the baton of Johannes Wildner. On the program is Mahler’s Symphony No. 5.
Today at 8:30 p.m. at the Smolarsh Auditorium in Tel Aviv. Call 1-700-703-030. July 26 at noon at the Jerusalem Theater, (02) 560-5755.
Feel young and free in Jerusalem
Indie City Live Festival at the Russian Compound in Jerusalem presents two days filled with a cornucopia of talents, including songsters LFNT, singer Esther Rada, The Apples, Boom Pam and more.
Today and tomorrow in various locations in the city center. Thursday from 7 p.m. and Friday from 2 p.m. Free entry. www.young-city.co.il.
DANCE Celebrate the centennial
The Israel Symphony Orchestra, together with The Israel Ballet, celebrates 100 years of Stravinsky’s iconic composition The Rite of Spring. Also on the program are Borodin’s Polovtsian Dances from Prince Igor and Chopin-Glazunov’s Les Sylphides.Sunday at 8 p.m. at the Opera House in Tel Aviv. For tickets, call (03) 948-4840.Experience zero gravity
British-based choreographer Yael Flexer celebrates 20 years of her company, bringing to Israel her new work Weightless, a co-production of her troupe with Nick Sandiland (video), Wendy Huston (text) and Karni Postel (live music).
Saturday at 9:30 p.m. at the Canada Center in Morasha, 22 Shivtei Yisrael Street, Jerusalem. Sunday at 8 p.m. at the Suzanne Dellal Center in Tel Aviv. For tickets, e-mail [email protected] or visit www.suzannedellal.org.il.
Bid farewell to the Maccabiah
Infected Mushroom, Balkan Beat Box, TYP, Reef Cohen, Ofer Nissim and other stars will all join forces at the closing event of the 19th Maccabiah. The multimedia spectacular, performed on a 60-meter long stage, promises to close the games with a bang.
Tuesday at 8:30 p.m. at Teddy Stadium, Jerusalem. For tickets, go to http://bimot.co.il or call *6226.
Drink up in Jerusalem
A celebration of wine tasting from Israel’s leading wineries, to the sound of live music, will take place in the enchanted atmosphere of the Art Garden of the Israel Museum.August 5 – 8 from 7 p.m. –11 p.m. Tickets on sale on the museum website and by phone at (02) 625-9703.
For another heady celebration, visit the Beer Festival in the nation’s capital. Live shows and all the beer you can drink.
August 7 and 8 in Independence Park, Jerusalem. For more information: www.jerusalembeer.com.