Written by: [25 Jan 2015 ]
Cameri Theatre: Hair

Let me rave about the Cameri Theatre production of Hair, because director Moshe Kepten really got it right.
Originally created in the 60s by Gerome Ragni and James Rado, Hair  broke with conventions, shocked and provoked audiences, but most of all, Hair captured the feel of a generation. It was never so much a plot-driven or character-driven work, as one that not only described but created an experience. It was as much a happening as a show. Writer James Rado is quoted in Patrick Pacheco’s LA Times article (June 17, 2001):  …

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Written by: [22 Jan 2015 ]
L’elisir d’amour at the Sultan’s Pool Jerusalem

Summer lovin’ Italian style at the Sultan’s Pool in Jerusalem, as the Israeli Opera brings Gaetano Donizetti’s L’elisir d’amore (The Elixir of Love) to Jerusalem! Directed by Omri Nitzan, this is a lively, colorful production of the comic opera, to be performed under the stars, in view of the walls of the Old City of Jerusalem. The opera will be performed with the Jerusalem Symphony Orchestra long weekend opera festival from June 24 – 28, 2015.
The amorous adventures of Adina and Nemorino may not be very politically correct, Adina scores …

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Written by: [21 Jan 2015 ]
Makom Batzameret: Doc Series on Israeli Pop

Makom Batzameret (a place at the top) is a new six part series on Israeli Pop Music, directed by Nissan Shor and produced by Anat Kendal that will premiere on IBA Channel 1 on Thursday, January 22, 2015, as well as YES HD and Hot VOD.
Pop has a curious place in culture, disdained on one hand because it is not “serious” art, it is nonetheless undeniably popular. People like pop music, a lot of people, including this writer. I don’t really believe in privileging one genre over another, and whether …

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Written by: [14 Jan 2015 ]
Kinneret People: Photographs by Naftali Oppenheim

Naftali Oppenheim (1912 – 1953) came to Israel in 1937 as a member of the Zionist youth movement HeHalutz, having participated in agriculture training to prepare him for a life of working the land. He also brought with him a camera and laboratory equipment. Oppenheim had been drawn to photography since his teens, even when economic circumstances forced him to quit high school in order to work, he took evening classes in photography. What began as a hobby was to become Oppenheim’s legacy.

During his first year in Israel, Oppenheim fell …

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Written by: [13 Jan 2015 ]
BPM College – Acoustic @Bar Giora

Singer-songwriter night at Bar Giora on Tuesday, January 20th – free admission!
BPM College will be presenting a series of acoustic music evenings at Bar Giora as an introduction to students in their singer-songwriter program. It’s a chance to get to know these emerging musicians as they take their first professional steps. The first evening will take place on Tuesday, January 20th at 19:00.  The evening will be hosted by Ido Lederman and will feature Ori Jacovchak, Eden Hermoni, Hofit Inchi, Bar Amram and Shani Hakmon with original songs. Bar Giora …

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Written by: [13 Jan 2015 ]
Another Look: The Restored European Film Project #3

Movie lovers, prepare to indulge! Another Look: The Restored European Film Project #3 will take place from January 15 – February 1, 2015 at the Tel Aviv, Haifa, and Jerusalem Cinematheques. Now in its third edition, the festival brings meticulously restored classic films from European Union countries back to theatres, offering audiences an opportunity to see not only treasures of film history, but simply excellent films that are rarely seen.
Twelve films will be shown this year, one from each participating country. The program follows two themes: City Lights and The …