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Things to do in Israel this month

Discover what’s on this month in the Holy Land as we roundup the best festivals, events, jazz jams and more

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Dig out your dancing shoes, throw on your finest classical concert-viewing attire or simply tuck in for a good night’s rest and save energy for daytime events. Either way, there’s something to do in Israel this month for every person. From outdoor festivals to indoor entertainment, Time Out’s got you covered with the hottest happenings this month. Start your month off with a bang and keep the good times rolling with our picks of the very best things to do in Israel this month.

What's on this month

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Can't wait for pride week? Check out these dangerously daring LGBTQ screenings

The pride parade may be an annual event, but gay pride happens year round. In anticipation of TLVFest, the only LGBTQ film festival in the Middle East, the people behind the cinematic magic are putting on a series of films honoring LGBTQs internationally. From newly discovering lesbians to 70-year-old drag queens, the Tel Aviv Cinematheque's March lineup is dangerously exotic, scandalously exciting and all-round beautiful.   That's Gila That's Me (Israel 2010) - Dir: Alon Weinstock © PR       This documentary screening follows the fascinating life of Gila Goldstein, Tel Aviv icon turned living legend as one of the first Israeli transgendered individuals. Gila was born male in the 50s in Haifa and she always knew she was a woman. In her 20s she moved to Tel Aviv to fulfill her dream as an exotic dancer and today, she continues to fight for social justice. Mar 9 (opening night), 21:00 - Cinematheque 3 (HEBREW WITH ENGLISH SUBTITLES) Below Her Mouth (Canada 2016) - Dir: April Mullen © PR       Who knew the country of peace and quiet could whip out one of the year's most daring and sexy dramas. This film dives into an unexpected affair that turns into a heart-stopping reality when Jasmin and Dallas meet at a party. The passionate connection leads to a fantastic romance between the two, who need to deal with the consequences. This exciting film was produced by an all-female crew and it shows in the delightfully daring final product. Mar 10, 22:00 - Cin

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By: Jennifer Greenberg
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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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Special Performance - The Sao Paulo Dance Company

The SPDC has prepared a unique programme of contemporary dance, including a special 70th birthday tribute to legendary Czech choreographer, Jiří Kylián and "Gray Skies", which imagines a less fatal ending to Romeo and Juliet.  

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Until Sun Apr 30
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Kamuyot - The Batsheva Young Ensemble

Inspired by Ohad Naharin's Mamootot and Moshe, as the Young Ensemble dancers perform at eye-level, Kamuyot challenges the dimensions of time and space onstage. Naharin provides a new portal into the imagination of children in this captivating performance.  

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Suzanne Dellal Center , Neve Tzedek Wednesday May 31 2017
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Signs - KCDC

From the digital world to icons, street signs and the likes, signs follow us everywhere. In our modern day world, we are surrounded by infinite mediums of communication. The Kibbutz Contemporary Dance Company confronts those signs that we cross paths with on a daily basis and addresses themes attached to them – themes of alienation and identity loss.    

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Until Sun Apr 30
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Celebrate International Women's Day in style with the all-female performance, "Little Black Dress"

There's nothing more culturally stimulating than viewing a theater performance in a foreign country. However, sometimes  language barriers can bog down incentive, repelling the most loyal theater buffs. U.S. born Meirav Zur recognized this issue and after making Aliyah in 1997, she decided to share her passion for English theater with Israeli audiences. In 2005, she founded English on Stage, an English-speaking traveling theater troupe producing original stage productions in Israel.

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By: Time Out Israel writers
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Tuesday Jazz in Space

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. 

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The Space , Shuk  HaCarmel Tuesday May 2 2017 - Tuesday August 29 2017
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“Tel-Aviv Improv Workshop”

“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.

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Dubnov Garden , Tel Aviv - Jaffa Tuesday May 2 2017 - Tuesday May 30 2017
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Jazz @ The Submarine

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.  

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Yellow Submarine , Jerusalem Until Wednesday July 26 2017
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Jazz nights @ Arte Glideria

“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. 

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Arte Glideria , Nachalat Binyamin Thursday April 27 2017 - Thursday May 25 2017
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Controlled chaos, 'Wild Frontiers'

“The everyday materials that we live with tell the story of who we are” – Amir H. Fallah. The artist explores the boundaries of portraiture in his newest exhibit, Wild Frontiers – this February at the New Gordon Gallery.

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By: Jennifer Greenberg
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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
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Overview – eyeglasses

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. 

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Until Sat Apr 29
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Ronen Sharabani: Snap to Grid

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.  

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The Nahum Gutman Museum of Art , Neve Tzedek Until Monday May 1 2017
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Can you survive The Ultra Challenge?

While completing Israman – Isreal's answer to the American Ironman triathlon – is more than an impressive physical feat, this winter, fitness is being pushed to even great extremes with The Ultra Challenge. It has been said that the effort required for this 'Ultimate Endurance Challenge competition' is three times the amount required for any triathlon, and for the first time, Israel plans to be graced with its presence.

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By: Time Out Israel writers
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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
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