Out and About: Top 10 things to do

The Israeli Opera opens its new season with a production of Prince Igor by Alexander Borodin, performed by the New Opera Moscow.

The Israeli Opera (photo credit: Courtesy)
The Israeli Opera
(photo credit: Courtesy)
A family matter
Luc Besson’s star-studded crime comedy The Family tells the story of the Manzoni family, a notorious mafia clan that is relocated to Normandy, France, under the witness protection program, where fitting in soon becomes challenging, as their old habits die hard. With Robert De Niro, Michelle Pfeiffer, Dianna Agron.
ART A rare opportunity
The rare Botticelli fresco The Annunciation (1481), on loan from Uffizi Gallery in Florence, is on display at the Israel Museum, Jerusalem, for a limited time in honor of Israel’s 65th birthday. The Annunciation is a rare example of a composition in linear perspective created for a liturgical purpose.MIXED
A moving event
More than 70 artists will join forces for one evening in an art event to raise funds for the construction of a special-needs park in Ramat Hasharon.
The Artakdim event will take place in the Ramat Hasharon industrial area. Among the artists who volunteered are Sigalit Landau, graffiti artist Know-Hope (in the photo) and Boaz Arad. There will also be live music and theater performances, ad-hoc cafes and much more.
Saturday from 8:30 p.m.
Light and humanity
The Austin Ballet brings Stephen Mills’s Light/The Holocaust & Humanity Project to Israel. It is a full-length contemporary ballet and Holocaust education partnership that promotes the protection of human rights against bigotry and hate through arts, education, and public dialogue. It premiered in April 2005.
Friday at 10 p.m. and Saturday at 9 p.m., at the Suzanne Dellal Center, Tel Aviv. NIS 150-180.
A royal event
The Israeli Opera opens its new season with a production of Prince Igor by Alexander Borodin, performed by the New Opera Moscow. Dozens of singers and dancers, as well as top soloists, will perform this majestic opera for the first time in Israel. A free lecture for ticket holders will take place one hour before each performance.
The singing is in Russian, with Hebrew and English subtitles.
October 2 to 12. For tickets and more information, call (03) 692-7777 or go to www.israel-opera.co.il.Joining hands
The Weimar-Jerusalem Project Orchestra, a joint undertaking of the Weimar and Jerusalem academies, will perform within the framework of Berlin Days. The program is a story in sound, dedicated to the history of Jewish composers in Central Europe from the end of the 18th century up to the Holocaust.
Tuesday at the Tel Aviv Museum of Art at 8 p.m. call *9066; Wednesday at Rapaport Hall, Haifa at 8:30 p.m. (04 )833-8888; October 3 at the Jerusalem Theater at 8 p.m. (02) 560-5755. For more details, call 054-929-3405.Sounds of music
Mega star Shalom Hanoch will sing at the annual fund-raising event of Bekol, the organization for the hearing impaired Monday at the Reding 3 Club in the Tel Aviv Port. The doors open at 8 p.m. Concert starts at 9 p.m. For tickets: (03) 525-7001 or [email protected]All that jazz
The Ashdod annual International Super- Jazz Festival will take place this year on October 2 and 3. Musical director Leonid Patashka (pictured) will perform alongside Joe Lovano (saxophone), Anatoly Kroll (piano), American trombonist Emily Asher and the Garden Party Band and many more.
Ticket for an evening of seven performances is NIS 100. Call 050-759-8096; (08) 956-8111.
Solo Performance
The Jerusalem Soloists Orchestra will debut with two concerts, in Tel Aviv and Jerusalem. Conductor Arkady Berin and solo clarinetist Giora Feidman will perform a varied program of short pieces, including many by Israeli composers.
October 9 at the Smolarsh Auditorium at Tel Aviv University at 8:30 p.m. and October 10 at the Jerusalem Theater at 8 p.m. For tickets, call *3221; 072-027-53221.
All you need is love
The Reggae in the Desert festival returns next weekend with an abundance of performances, including Protégé from Jamaica, Mad Professor from Britain, Queen Omega (pictured) from Trinidad, Adabate from Germany and many Israeli groups and international DJs.October 4 from 4 p.m. to October 5 at 6:30 p.m. at the Khan Shayarot. Transportation will be available. For tickets and information, go to http://www.reggaedesert.co.il/