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April's hottest hand-picked events

Get out your smartphones and mark these events down in your calendars

© Uri Nevo

It's April. The sun is shining, the heat is still bearable, and the ocean is not quite bathtub temperature yet. While it's time to start taking advantage of the beaches in Israel on the hotter days, the mild weather gives the perfect reason to check out a new classical concert, explore a new Jewish art gallery or splurge at a pop-up food market. But, we can't forget the most important parts of April: Passover! From special events at kid-friendly museums in Israel to seders calling for desserts from the best kosher for Passover bakeries in Tel Aviv, it's time to break out the matzo and spend some good old quality time with the family. Embrace the April activities with this month's top things to do in Israel.

The best things to do in Israel in the month of April

The Belgian DJ duo Dmitri Vegas & Like Mike who took the electronic scene by storm are coming to Tel Aviv

Brothers Dmitri Vegas & Like Mike have risen to critical acclaim in a very short amount of time. And, it comes as no surprise either as this Belgian DJ duo knows how to put on a good show. They have maintained a steady upward trajectory on their path from celebrated DJs to kings of the electronic music scene.Start your Pesach off right. Don't miss their blowout performance with special guest Lost Frequencies, at Live Park in Rishon LeZion April 11th.

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By: Time Out Israel

Jessica Lang Dance

The New York-based company dedicated to creating and performing the works of Jessica Lang will immerse Israeli audiences in the beauty of movement and music this April. The revolutionary choreographer seamlessly transforms classical ballet into artful craft, taking audiences on an emotional journey through Bach, Ciupinski, Beethoven and more. The striking set and costume design elements combine with the classically-rich music to create an exquisite backdrop for the dancers. Check out our exclusive interview with Jessica Lang herself.

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Until Sun Apr 30

Naharin’s Virus

'Ohad Naharin's Virus' is an adaptation of 'Offending the Audience', a play by Austrian playwright, author and poet Peter Handke. Considered one of the most important postmodern writers since Beckett, Handke’s works have often been compared to those of Kafka. His pieces, much like Naharin's, are avant-garde, controversial, and extremely ironic and often challenge the limits of language (physical limits in Naharin's case).'Offending the Audience' is an hour-long play in which the actors shoot verbal spitfire at the audience. The play, written in 1966, aims to leave the audience feeling ill at ease, yet intrigued and wanting more. Naharin and sixteen of the Batsheva’s Young Ensemble dancers have adapted this same goal. Rather than just evoke a feeling, Naharin wants the feeling to elicit a response.

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Until Sun Apr 30
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No Place Like Home

This new exhibit at the Israel Museum takes the most common domestic objects and turns them into works of art. In No Place Like Home, the visitor is invited to reflect on the representation of the domestic realm in modern and contemporary art. As everything from spoons to bunk beds are removed from their natural household setting and re-imagined into a new artistic framework, our mundane experiences are subverted. Featuring works by artists including Marcel Duchamp, Andy Warhol, Louise Bourgeois, Ilit Azoulay and more.

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The Israel Museum , Neve Sha'anan Until Saturday July 29 2017

Tattoos: The human body as a work of art

The worldwide culture of tattooing is currently enjoying a renewed historical examination; in the wake of modernization and globalization processes a new global social approach is developing which adopts the art of tattooing and recognizes its importance and uniqueness. The exhibition deals with the history of the art of tattoo and presents the diverse contemporary artistic styles in Israel and abroad. The exhibit devotes a large section to contemporary tattoo art and to the Israeli tattoo community, as it is captured in the lens of Kaakooa Project, alongside works of additional artists and photographers in Israel and abroad.  

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Eretz Israel Museum , Tel Aviv - Jaffa Until Monday May 1 2017

A-Wa

From the first time A-Wa hit the stage a year ago, the three Yemenite girls have been dropping jaws, raising eyebrows and making people dance. From hipsters to families, from festivals to clubs, young and old, Polish, French, Israeli and all over, their grooves are contagious. If you missed them last month in Jerusalem, now’s your chance to catch them for a special performance at Tel Aviv's premier concert venue – Barby.

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Barby , Tel Aviv - Jaffa Wednesday April 26 2017
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Banksy does Bourgeoisie? The shocking truth behind the street artist's supposed exhibition in Herzliya

When the news leaked that anti-corporate, anti-commercialist, anti-identity  street artist, Banksy, was coming to Herzliya's Arena Mall, the media went wild. "Banksy is coming to Herzliya!" they wrote, each word steeped in disbelief. While he favors covertness, there are two things we do know about the street artist: 1) He is British, most likely Bristol and 2) "The Art of Banksy", his supposed upcoming exhibit in Herzliya has been curated against his will...

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By: Jennifer Greenberg

The wandering troubadour

Bob Dylan is a man of many layers. Throughout his life, he has taken on many personas: folk singer, rock star, radio personality, lover, family man, Jew, poet, painter, legend. Peeling away at those layers reveals the true depth of his personas. Here lies the mission of Amitai Achiman and Asaf Galay, exhibition curators of Forever Young – Bob Dylan at 75.

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By: Jennifer Greenberg

Edgar

Following the wild success of Not By Bread Alone, Jaffa's Nalaga'at Theater has a completely new show in store. Written and directed by Ofer Amram, Edgar also deals with issues of deafness and blindness, but this time, the story follows a man as he slowly loses his eyesight and hearing. While the world around him begins to fade, Edgar embarks on a spiritual journey to help him cope with his deepest fears of loneliness and uncover new passions, including a female suitor.  

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Nalaga’at Center , Jaffa Port Thursday April 27 2017 - Sunday May 28 2017
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