Written by: [7 Feb 2016 ]

Brooklyn is a delicate, sensitive film, a gentle ode to expats, suffused with 50s nostalgia and working girl chic. Nick Hornby’s adaptation of Colm Tóibín’s eponymous novel, directed by John Crowley, eschews grand drama in favor of exploring the smaller stories of the heart. Saoirse Ronan shines as Eilis (pronounced Aylish) Lacey, who leaves behind her widowed mother and older sister Rose in Enniscorthy, Ireland, to seek out a new life in Brooklyn.
As immigrant stories go, this one is a best-case scenario: the wise and capable Rose has secured papers …

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Written by: [6 Feb 2016 ]
Falling for Mark Morris

Experiencing the Mark Morris Dance Group in their Tel Aviv performances this past week, has brought me as close as I may ever be to knowing what it would be like to have Synesthesia, a neurological phenomenon in which the stimulation of one sense leads to the involuntary experience of another – like seeing colors when hearing sounds. All the elements of the performance work together, a complex design that converges in an experience of beauty. Image, sound, and movement merge in harmonious compositions suffused with joyous vivacity. The dancers …

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Written by: [27 Jan 2016 ]
Adrian Belew Power Trio @The Barby

Adrian Belew, a multi-instrumentalist and innovative guitarist, best known for his unique guitar sound and his work as guitarist, co-writer, and lead vocalist for the progressive rock band King Crimson, will be coming to Israel for a one-night-only performance at the Barby in Tel Aviv on Wednesday, February 3, 2016. The Adrian Belew Power Trio has been touring and performing for the past decade, with Belew on guitar and vocals, Julie Slick on bass, and Tobias Ralph on drums.

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Written by: [26 Jan 2016 ]
Lurrie Bell @The Barby

Chicago Blues guitarist Lurrie Bell will be coming to Israel for a special one-night-only performance on January 30, 2016 at the Barby in Tel Aviv.  It promises to be a great night for serious blues lovers, accompanying Lurrie Bell will be the Israeli blues band Full Trunk, and opening the show will be the Blues & Booz band, featuring Gal de Paz.
Enjoy the title track from Lurrie Bell’s 2013 album: Blues in My Soul

The blues are in his soul – Lurrie Bell was born into music. The son of blues …

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Written by: [25 Jan 2016 ]
Mark Morris Dance Group – Free Workshop

Dance for PD, a free movement class for people with Parkinson’s and their families, friends and care partners will be presented by the Mark Morris Dance Group, The Israeli Opera, and Rafi Ben-Jacob in association with Israel Parkinson Association and Brooklyn Parkinson Group on Thursday, February 4, 2016 from 13:00 – 14:30 at the Tel Aviv Performing Arts Center. The class is also appropriate for older individuals, or those with mobility impairments – no prior dance experience necessary!
The class is offered free of charge, and it is a wonderful opportunity to …

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Written by: [25 Jan 2016 ]
Mark Morris Dance Group

The Mark Morris Dance Group makes a welcome return to Israel from February 2 – 6, 2016 with a diverse program that spans a range of the choreographer’s works from the 1990s to a new work that premiered in June 2015.
Mark Morris is known for his choreography, excellent dancers, and the musicality of his works. All Mark Morris Dance Group performances are accompanied by live music, a memorable experience for dance and music lovers. I had the pleasure of interviewing Mark Morris before his company’s performance in Israel in 2009, and …