Written by: [25 Nov 2014 ]
Contemporary Dance and Peanut Butter Sandwiches

It’s hard to go wrong with a peanut butter sandwich, almost anyone can make one, there’s not a lot of uncertainty about it. Peanut butter is usually involved. On the eating side of the equation, it’s very straightforward: either you like ‘em or you don’t. Now, don’t be offended when I say that classical ballet is a lot like a peanut butter sandwich: practitioners run the gamut from sorry to superlative, but the audience has a good idea of what to expect. Classical dance and other forms such as jazz …

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Written by: [22 Nov 2014 ]
Sun Tailor – This Light Album Launch at the Barby

A bit breathless, I made my way through the crowds of people last Saturday night at the Barby for the launch of Sun Tailor’s new album: This Light. There was no way around it, I was either going to have to miss the show altogether or come late, so I tried to get there as fast as I could.
“I’m not here for beauty,” Sun Tailor’s words pierced the darkness, and I was immersed in the mysterious atmosphere of the song Honorable Man. Sun Tailor creates a strong emotional presence with …

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Written by: [21 Nov 2014 ]
Irish Film Week 2014

Director Seán Ó Cualáin explores the power of an image in the documentary Men at Lunch. The photo of construction workers on a lunch break became a meme before the concept was invented, yet few are aware of its origins, and not much is known about these men. Through close examination of the photo Ó Cualáin tracks the men in the mythic image, some all the way to Ireland. Men at Lunch is just one of the films featured in Irish Film Week, taking place from November 24 – 30, …

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Written by: [19 Nov 2014 ]
The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 1

Context is everything, and The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 1 opens in Israel just as we are once more reminded that war and violence are in our lives, whether we want it or not. This film goes darker and more somber than the preceding two films, which not only suits my mood, but goes a long way to resolving some issues I had with the first two films. I find myself recommending this film for some surprising reasons.
Background (feel free to skip down)
Suzanne Collins’ hugely successful YA science fiction trilogy: …

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Written by: [18 Nov 2014 ]
Levontin 7 Jazz Festival

Israeli jazz is everywhere, lucky for us, some really cool musicians will all be in Tel Aviv this coming week! Levontin 7 will be hosting a festival of Israeli jazz from November 23 – 25, 2014.

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Written by: [18 Nov 2014 ]
International Showcase for Israeli Music – Friday at the Zone

The International Music Showcase is coming to Tel Aviv on Friday! Bringing together Israeli musicians with some of the most influential figures of the international music industry, it’s a great opportunity to hear Israeli bands back to back – admission FREE!