FILMOne of Allen's BestWoody Allen trades New York City for San Francisco in his new heart-breaking comedy-drama Blue Jasmine. Cate Blanchett stars as a troubled former Manhattanite who moves to The City by the Bay to live with her sister after her wealthy husband (Alec Baldwin) divorces her. Louis C.K. and Bobby Cannavale co-star.Women's PowerA decade of women’s movies is being celebrated at the 10th International Women’s Film Festival. The festival, which opened this week in Rehovot, continues with a series of special programs from tomorrow through Tuesday at the Tel Aviv Cinematheque. The work of female directors in Israel will be shown as part of the festival.For tickets and more details about the films and special programs, go to www.iwff.net.MUSIC The Female VoiceThe title of this year’s Oud Festival (October 31 to November 9) is “Center Stage Women Artists and Performers.” Concerts will be held at various Jerusalem venues, such as the Jerusalem Theater, Beit Shmuel and Confederation House, and one free show will take place at The First Station. The festival opens with Greek singer Katerina Papadopoulu, followed by Haya Samir, the Quartetoukan foursome and celebrated singer Lubna Salameh and award-winning Turkish vocalist and MP Sabahat Akkiraz, who will close the festival at the Jerusalem Theater.For more information about the Oud Festival: (02) 623-7000; *6226; and www.confederationhouse.org.
Timeless Love StoryLeonard Bernstein’s timeless adaptation of the Romeo and Juliet saga, West Side Story, comes to the Israeli Opera at the end of this month. The vivacious production will be performed by a young international cast, using the original production staging by Jerome Robbins.For dates and more information, go to www.israel-opera.co.il / Eng or call (03) 692-7777.A discovered GemThe Jerusalem Baroque Orchestra will perform the world premiere of a forgotten piece by Purcell, a suite of which only a part has been preserved. Composer Alon Schab completed the suite according to the style of Purcell’s Ayres for the Theatre. It will be performed for the first time in 330 years with Dido and Aeneas. David Shemer conducts.Wednesday at 8 p.m. at the Krieger Hall, Haifa; Thursday at 8 p.m. at the Israel Conservatory, Tel Aviv; November 2 at 8 p.m. at the Jerusalem YMCA (as part of the Vocal Fantasy Festival; (02) 671-5888).Swedish JazzRobert Lighthouse will be jamming it up across the country this week. The 49-year-old bluesman will perform free shows at the Mike’s Place branches in Eilat (tonight at 10) and Jerusalem (tomorrow night at 10), as well as give a master class and take part in a jam session at Mike’s Place in Herzliya onSaturday (starts 8 p.m.).For more information: www.mikesplacebars.comGreat CelloCellist Gavriel Lipkind will perform with the Rishon Lezion Symphony, as well as open the orchestra’s recital series and tour Israel with chamber programs. He will play Tchaikovsky’s Variations on a Rococo Theme and Bruch’s Kol Nidrei with the Rishon Symphony under British conductor James Judd.Saturday and Tuesday in Rishon Lezion; Sunday in Rehovot; Wednesday at the Opera House in Tel Aviv.THEATERDramatic conflictJohn Pielmeier’s award-winning drama Agnes of God, performed by The Haifa English Theatre, opens tonight at 33 Hatzionut Street, Haifa. In the play, a court-appointed psychiatrist (Bertha Cafrey) and the Mother Superior (Ruth Willner) struggle with moral conflict during the investigation of the case of Agnes (Tova Giventer), a young novice nun who mysteriously becomes pregnant.Other performances include Saturday and Monday at 5:30 p.m. October 31 and November 2 at 8:30 p.m. Tickets are available at the door for all performances. (04) 872-7940.MIXED BAG Jerusalem KnightsThe annual Knights Festival in Jerusalem opens on October 31 and will continue for four consecutive Thursdays. One of the highlights of this year’s festival is the performance of the amazing Gravita acrobats, who fly over the crowd performing from a crane to the sounds of live drumming.Free. Jaffa Gate from 6 to 11 p.m. on all the festival’s evenings.ART Ceramics in Space“Space Positions, Ceramic Design,” the new exhibition at the Benyamini Gallery in Tel Aviv, explores the work of leading designers and artists in the field of functional ceramics. The exhibition looks into the reinterpretation of the ceramic object as it is placed in space, opening discussions about the sculptural aspects of the object, including the narrative, the production, the form and the cultural connotations. The focus of the exhibition highlights the conflict between the sculptural and the functional and the positioning of the object in a space.Beit Benyamini, 17 Ha’amal Street, Tel Aviv, (03) 518-2257, www.benyaminiceramics.org.