Top 10 things to do: November 28-December 4

Art and cultural events to check out around Israel this coming week.

Carmina Burana, the Kamea Dance Troupe (photo credit: NICU CHERCIU)
Carmina Burana, the Kamea Dance Troupe
(photo credit: NICU CHERCIU)
1. FILM: Chilling but true
The film Foxcatcher tells the story of Olympic wrestler Mark Schultz (Channing Tatum) who, at the invitation of millionaire John Du Pont (Steve Carell), moves to his estate to help form a wrestling team for the 1988 Olympics. Mark sees a way to step out of the shadow of his charismatic brother, Dave (Mark Ruffalo). However, Du Pont begins to lead Mark down a dark path, causing the athlete’s self-esteem to slip.
2. ART: The night creatures
American-born Swiss graffiti artist Steven Serval presents new works – an exploration of nighttime urban characters.
Serval’s work is characterized by graceful letters with pure lines, a choice of deep and surprising colors, and very often murals with themes or illustrations that highlight his illustrative talent.
Opens on Saturday at 8 p.m. at the Zimmer Art Space at 5 Hagdud Ha’vri Street, Tel Aviv.
3. Dancing with the camera
“Out of the Circle: The Art of Dance in Israel” is a new exhibition at the Israel Museum, which celebrates the 50th anniversary of the Batsheva Dance Company and the 25th anniversary of the Suzanne Dellal Centre for Dance and Theatre.
Opens Tuesday at the Israel Museum, Jerusalem
4. MUSIC: The chamber series
The New York-based Escher String Quartet (violinists Adam Barnett-Hart and Aaron Boyd; violist Pierre Lapointe; and cellist Dane Johansen), perform with Swiss-born pianist Beatrice Berrut in the second chamber music concert of the Tel Aviv Museum. On the program are excerpts from Bach’s Art of the Fugue arranged for string quartet; Beethoven’s String Quartet No. 14 in C Sharp Minor op. 131; and Dvorák’s Piano Quintet in A Major op. 81.
Tonight at 8:30 at the Tel Aviv Museum of Art
5. Complete Beethoven
American cellist Ralph Kirshbaum will perform with Israeliborn pianist Shai Wosner for a weekend of Complete Works for Cello and Piano by Beethoven.
Friday (Part 1) at 11:30 a.m. and Saturday (Part 2) at 8:30 p.m. at the Israel Conservatory of Music Auditorium, 25 Louis Marshall Street, Tel Aviv, (03) 546-6228.
6. Jazz in context
The annual Jazz Globus Festival, which opened Wednesday night, offers a rich lineup of music in a wide range of styles, as well as an international roster of artists, with a significant contingent of homegrown talent as well. As part of the festival, American pianist Kevin Harris and US-based Peruvian drummer Jorge Perez Albela will join forces with Tal Gamlieli.
November 28 at 7:00 PM at Harmony Hall, Hillel Street, Jerusalem, For tickets and more information: (02) 621-1777.
7. DANCE: A ritual of senses
The Kamea Dance Troupe brings back its international hit Carmina Burana. Choreographer Tamir Ginz turns Carl Orff’s legendary music into a ritual of senses, love and erotica.
Sunday at 8:30 p.m. at the Beersheba Performing Arts Hall. For tickets and more information: (08) 626-6400.
8. A moving presentation
Jerusalem’s International Dance Week starts tomorrow and runs until December 3. Artists from Japan, France, Italy, Germany, Switzerland and Israel showcase their works to festival managers from around the world. The events will take place at Karnaf Hall, Beit Mazia, the Gerard Behar Center, On the Seam Museum and The First Station compound.
For a complete program and tickets, go to or call 053- 335-8210.
9. MIXED: Follow the cranes
Thousands of visitors are expected to participate in the Winter of Birds festival in the Galilee. The festival opens tomorrow with the Cranes Run. Events will continue until December 24 and will include such events as birdwatching guided tours, exhibitions and nature activities. This year, hundreds of thousands of birds are expected to land in the area on their way to Africa.
10. UPCOMING FESTIVAL: Hullegeb is back
Ethiopian superstar Alemayehu Eshete will perform on opening night of the Hullegeb Israeli-Ethiopian Arts Festival.
Eshete, who was one of the first Ethiopian musicians to adopt elements from American rock ’n’ roll and soul, became known as “the James Brown of Addis.” He will be accompanied by saxophonist and vocalist Abate Berihun. The performance features Eshete’s greatest hits, with a guest appearance by Ayala Ingedashet.
Next Thursday at 9 p.m. at the Jerusalem Theatre.