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
It's that time of year again – when Israel's leading musicians and bands bring the local masses to Tel Aviv's Hangar 11 for an amazing lineup of crowd-pleasing concerts. Aviv Gefen, one of Israel's biggest rock stars and a judge for the Israeli version of 'The Voice', will be kicking off this year's festival with a throwback concert dedicated to his second album, 'Cloudy Now'. And what better sponsor than Israel's top-selling local beer, Goldstar? So swing by the Port, grab a cold beer and enjoy the great music that Israel has to offer.
Rooftop Hop - Jerusalem Swing and Blues is a nonprofit organization offering swing dancing lessons to the public. Under the direction of Shikma Zaarur, Itai Rosenfeld Cohen and Lihi Karni (teacher at the Media Hop swing community in Tel Aviv), you'll Lindy Hop, jive and high five your way into the 1920s for a night of hip-swinging fun. So bring a date or come meet your soul mate on the rooftop of the Prizma Center this Sunday. Don't forget comfy shoes!
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 .
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.
“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.
Conducted by Daniele Callegari, The Israeli Opera Chorus will fill Tel Aviv's performance halls with vocal embellishments and entrancing solos. The story of Lucia di Lammermoor follows the strained love of Lucia for Edgardo because of an arranged marriage by her brother, which she turns into a "feast of murder and a mad scene."
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.
Yaakov Elad ventured into the Jaffa neighborhood of Ajami with an open mind and an open lens. His goal was to capture the jumbled neighborhood in an attempt to understand and hopefully bridge the disparities that exist there. This photography exhibit in the Eretz Israel Museum plays with light sources, displaying Elad’s findings in regards to the binaries of Ajami. For instance, an image of ugly plastic chairs and shutters appears next to a photograph of a stylized staircase. Yaakov Elad looks at the neighborhood at eye level. He sees the full spectrum among the spots of light and darkness, and at the same time follows his own face as photographer.
With such a politically, religiously, and socio-economically complex country, Israel is a photojournalist's dream. Local Testimony is the International and Israeli Photojournalism Exhibition to view. The exhibition runs from December through to the end of January and includes a selection of World Press Photo photojournalism as well as top local photojournalism. The project takes photographers from both Israel and abroad as they capture a sequence of events in selected photographs taken over the period of one year (2016). War, peace, politics, society, art, culture, nature, sports, portraits and multimedia presentations – thanks to curator Prof. Micha Kirshner, this year's range of creativity is mesmerizing.
“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.
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.
When it comes to the world of Electronic music, Shtuby is at the top of the list. Add influences from funk, jazz and groove to their electronic vibes and there's no telling where the hypnotizing beats will take you. Shtuby – along with his bandmates – keeps fans on their toes with his 'modular concerts' bringing together funky instruments like theremin, ewi, clarinet, synths, percussion, drums, flute, bass and spoken word poetry to top it off. The creative genius produces his music in real time, so every show is a new and exciting experience you won't want to miss.
This event’s popularity can be explained by the range of options tailoring to every runner, including a big 30k, a half marathon, 10k runs and walks, a short 2k run and a family race. Throw in Masada and the scenic Dead Sea coastal view in the background and the Ein Gedi organizers dare you to come up with a valid excuse not to join in on the fun.
From December 20 until the end of April, the Design Museum Holon shifts the spotlight to an object that we are all familiar with and most of us encounter at some point in our daily lives: eyeglasses. The essential accessory is one of the most important inventions in human history. Throughout its evolution, though function has remained stable, eyeglasses have taken on thousands of different shapes, forms, sizes, and styles. “Overview” borrows 400 rare items from esteemed collector Claude Samuel to examine in detail the changes from different perspectives: cultural, fashion, medical, scientific, material, technological, and so forth in Israel’s most fashionable museum.