A list of upcoming events around the country.

Cameri Theater (photo credit: Lauren Izso)
Cameri Theater
(photo credit: Lauren Izso)
Kfar Blum rocks
If you’re looking to groove, rock and roll, Kfar Blum could be the joint to hit next weekend when the “Kol Haketzev Hazeh” (Sound of the Beat) program takes place at the Pastoral Hotel at the northern kibbutz, from Thursday to Saturday, as part of this year’s musical weekend series.
There is a multifaceted lineup for the three-day event, featuring musical offerings from a range of disciplines as well as an intriguing lecture. The “Israelification of Mystical Cults in Israel” address will be given by Dr. Gabi Zohar, who will examine how spiritual leaders and cult heads control the pace of life of their followers.
The musical side of the weekend will open with veteran pop pianist-accordion player and vocalist Shlomo Gronich’s confluence with the harmonica-playing Adler Trio. The pace and decibel level will pick up with the Heebie Jeebies band, which will perform hits of such leading ‘60s and ‘70s blues and rock acts as Eric Clapton, BB King, Led Zeppelin, the Rolling Stones and Creedence Clearwater Revival.
The jazz component of the program will be provided by effervescent pianist Leonid Ptashka and his trio, with Roy Young guesting on vocals.
For tickets more information: (04) 683- 6611 and
Gypsy fiddler returns Hungarian-born gypsy violinist Roby Lakatos will make a return visit to this part of the world when he gives concerts at Gesher Theater in Jaffa and Hatzafon Theater in Kiryat Haim on December 5 and 6. Lakatos will be accompanied by a five-piece support ensemble: second violin, harpsichord, piano, guitar and double bass.
Lakatos, 48, come from a family of gypsy fiddlers and began his performing career at the age of just nine. Over the last close to four decades he has performed a wide variety of compositions across the globe, including gypsy and jazz material, and classical works by Liszt and Brahms.
For tickets more information: 072- 275-3221 and (04) 862-9959 Young Philharmonic hits 40
The Young Israel Philharmonic Orchestra of the Jerusalem Music Center will mark its 40th birthday with concerts at the Mann Auditorium in Tel Aviv and at the Jerusalem Theater, on December 6 and 7 respectively.
The youngsters will be joined by a number of stellar soloists for the occasion, all of whom went through the ranks at the Jerusalem Music Center in their youth. The acclaimed alumni included cellist Zvi Plesser, violinist Itai Shapira and pianist Itamar Golan. Another music center graduate, Daniel Cohen, will conduct.
The repertoire for the concerts features the overture from Rossini’s The Barber of Seville, Beethoven’s Triple Concerto for Violin, Cello and Piano, and the opening section of Tchaikovsky’s 1812 Overture.For tickets more information: 1-700- 703-030 and (02) 560-5755
In aid of AIDS sufferers
The Israel AIDS Task Force will mark World AIDS Day with free rock concerts in Tel Aviv and Beersheba (November 30 and December 1, respectively).
The Rock4Life program features events at a number of music venues around Tel Aviv tomorrow, including at The Zone, Abraxis, Rothschild 12, Café Bialik, Shpagat and Tsuzamen, and the artist roster includes Efrat Gosh, Yermi Kaplan, Hemi Rudner, Daniel Salomon and Yael Deckelbaum. On Sunday the Ashan Hazman club in Beersheba will host a jam session with Itai Perl, Elran Dekel, Nadav Azulay and Gil Nemet.
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Yemenite women break through Zviya Barr’s new book, Pioneering Women, will be launched at the Einav Center in Tel Aviv on December 8 (7:30 p.m.). The work looks at the way Yemenite folklore is presented by the media and covers a wide range of historical documentation through the ages.
Barr, a singer and a member of the Inbal dance company, was born in Radda in Yemen and made aliya with her family, on Operation Magic Carpet, in 1950. She earned a degree in ethnomusicology and the fine arts in Los Angeles and carried out comparative research on Eastern European Jewish music and the music of Eastern Jewry. She also established a Mormon dance company in Salt Lake City.
The launch program will include a discussion by a panel featuring Prof. Noah Halperin, chairman of the Israeli Communications & Press Association and Jewish philosophy scholar Dr. Sarah Nagar, and there will be a performance by the Kanfei Yonah dance company of Ashkelon.
For tickets and more information: (03) 516-72321, (03) 516-7232 and (03) 521-7763