You’ve got this week covered. But how about next week? Why not stay ahead of the game and mark down the cool events and things to do in Israel coming up in the near future before they’re sold out. From free art exhibitions to spending your shekels at unique markets and craft fairs that span the country, get out those daytimers and start planning because our editors have recommendations for everything. You won’t regret it. After all, we’re here to keep you in the know and away from the “FOMO.”
What's on next week
The weekly blues jam at the King George establishment, Bootleg, is BYOB: bring your own band, but no need to 'bring your own booze'. The top blues jam in Tel Aviv continues to live up to its reputation, Sunday after Sunday. Bootleg is a great place to enjoy muddy waters and all you can drink booze at the beginning of the work week, while listening to the Blues&Booz House band. Make sure to sign up for the jam that follows by messaging the Blues&Booz facebook page or at the actual jam itself until 00:30 once you've built up enough liquid confidence to test out those new riffs on a twelve-bar blues .
Rami Be’er takes the audience on a wild, sensory journey through the art of movement as dancers exist in a space of constant change; brief moments of convergence – a glance or a touch – are followed by empty space, bursts of color trigger a whiff of remembrance in time, and landscapes both solidify and fracture the dreamlike atmosphere in this apocalyptic performance.
From her early acting career in the Australian soap opera Neighbours to claiming international singer-songwriter fame in the late 90s with her famous hit "Torn", Natalie Imbruglia has managed to sell millions of copies of her albums. She even collaborated with Coldplay's front man, Chris Martin, on her album Come to life and is now gracing Tel Aviv with her presence this March for what is bound to be an incredible performance.
“Tel-Aviv Improv Workshop” creates a comfortable environment where every level of comedian—from new comer to veteran—can assemble to improve their improv. Each week, a different member of the community hosts a themed workshop in Dubnov Garden. The hands on workshops encourage participants to take part in as many skits as possible, forcing them to step out of their comfort zones and tap into their creativity.
Upon moving to New York in 1992, Israeli native Avishai quickly shone under international spotlights, pushing the boundaries of conventional jazz and earning global recognition. Though instrumentally, he identifies as a bassist, Avishai’s contagious stage presence and voice continue to capture audiences worldwide. The legendary Israeli jazz bassist is taking a break from his long international tour to visit the country where it all began. Before heading back out for Europe, Avishai has set up four unique performances in each of Israel's Zappas, starting with Tel Aviv and ending in Herzliya. It would be a shame to miss the unpredictably loveable musician and his performance titled "Avishai Cohen Jazz Free" this month.
On top of being a funky underground bar off of the beaten – Carmel Market – path, every Tuesday, The Space is transforming into an out-of-this-world Jazz club. Witness Gil Livni jam out on his guitar alongside Amit Friedman on the sax, or sip mojitos and enjoy the Brazilian beats made by Salit Lahav on the flute and Oded Aloni on pandero. Each week brings a new understanding to the word 'jazz', from contemporary to bebop to the indefinable. Enjoy some midweek musoc to get you through to Thursday – because after a night of delicious drinks at dirt cheap prices, you may miss Wednesday all together.
After an extended hiatus, the Yellow Submarine has re-welcomed their famous weekly free Jazz show. Every Wednesday, the best musicians from Israel and abroad come to Jerusalem's No. 1 Jazz club for an exciting performance...and it's free! Come enjoy this year's lineup of young promising talents, world music groups, guest ensembles and the best of Israeli Jazz. With names like Yogev Shitrit, Mosaico, Rotem Sivan and more, we challenge you to find a reason not to swing by the Yellow Submarine this Wednesday.
Museon’s cinema-project aims to balance forgotten masterpieces with new cinematic trends through unorthodox genres like cine-music, world animation and secret screenings. This February, fall in love with Russia’s independent film industry in one of Ha-Teiva’s two screenings: Year of Literature, a full-length documentary of a struggling writer awaiting the impending destruction of his home, and Birmingham Ornament II, a research project striving to erase the boundaries between contemporary art and cinema—with English subtitles.
“I scream, you scream, we all scream for ice cream.” Pop into Arte Glideria and treat yourself to this Sicilian slice of heaven on Nachalat Binyamin. Arte Glideria’s staff are wonderfully friendly, and, if you can catch them at the right moment, are keen to show you their “laboratory”” at the back of the shop where they concoct their signature flavors. Staff picks are “Marco’s cake,” a creamy base topped with fruit coulis and rich almond crumble, their Mojito Granita, made in true Sicilian fashion by reducing the temperature of the ingredients to produce a snow-like texture, plus an array of vegan water-based flavors.
The Mayumana performing-arts company, which has become one of Israel’s leading cultural exporters, joins forces with Irish dance sensation Spirit of the Dance. The show marries different worlds and cultures, with an intriguing dialogue between the members of both companies.
In 'Regarding Africa', the exhibition’s curator, Ruth Direktor, brings a striking, direct glimpse into the power of African creativity when defining themselves, with moments of joy, ensuring that even art novices will leave the exhibition with a lasting impression. For those more familiar with Afro-Futurism, Direktor has brought the genre closer to home, featuring works created in Israel. These reflections on Little Africa, composed of a growing community of immigrant workers and asylum seekers from Africa, in south Tel Aviv, express the merging of African and Israeli cultures.
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.
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.
Sharabani’s new work, which he calls a “Smart Exhibition,” is comprised of imagery projections against a very large wall at the museum and includes computer renderings and 3D environments which are also be translated to VR. The name of the exhibition comes from the computer command that sorts digital icons and allows the artist to create chaotic simulations. Clicking on the button creates a new structural order which is the basis of his creation. The magical digital button is the dream of every person who strives for order, simple solutions, and an external intervention that will organize the chaos.
The Spanish romantic master Francisco Goya has found his way into the Israel Museum in Jerusalem. The artist focuses on the contrasting roles of night and day—nighttime calls for monsters that threaten to engulf the world, until dawn breaks and banishes them. The exhibition features ten of his oil paintings, including “The Parasol,” “Flight of Witches,” and “The Straw Manikin” which have traveled far and wide from the Prado Museum in Madrid. Also on display are etchings from various stages of his artistic life. The exhibition marks thirty years of diplomatic relations between Israel and Spain.
No matter how old, when we hear the word ‘doll’, we automatically travel back to the times of ridiculously disproportionate blonde plastic Barbies and rows of glassy eyed Alexanders perched on shelves too high to reach. ‘Dolls Art’ strives to throw these normative associations right out the window. For the third year in a row, the contemporary doll art and figurative sculpture exhibit at the Old Jaffa Museum will showcase wild and wonderful dolls handmade from a range of mediums and materials that blend traditional craftwork with visual artistry.
Hartung explores the potential of the moving image. He deconstructs and analyzes cultural narratives through collage, assemblage and cinematic tricks. Hartung’s main motivation in this series is his interest in demons, which represent a self-contradiction and a dimorphic appearance. Lilith is one of these characters, as she plays many different roles: in the sages of the Mishna and the Talmud and in the Zohar she is described as a demon, and according to late Jewish mythology she is Adam’s first wife. Today, many see her as a feminist symbol.
Carnival, circus, comedic. These are the best words to describe the humorous – sometimes grotesque – style of painter, Yair Garbuz. 'I am Painters' showcases Garbuz' works from the past five years, narrowing in on the integral part of his artistic style: humor. In the current exhibition, he tackles this theme from two different directions: visual and linguistic. Garbuz disguises himself in other painters, imitating modern artists from the Western world such as the iconic Edward Hopper, Franz Kline, Mark Rothko, and Elizabeth Peyton. The brilliant artist manages to maintain integrity while referencing a diverse range of painting styles that span hundreds of years and thousands of kilometers.