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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 Until 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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New Sounds: Purim Noisemakers by Yaacov Kaufman

To pay homage to Purim tradition, the Israel Museum is shining the spotlight on the grogger: a handheld musical noisemaker that is rattled whenever Haman’s name is mentioned in the Book of Esther. From traditional instruments to the most vibrantly colors and awkwardly shaped, industrial designer Yaacov Kaufman’s impressive collection of 150 groggers is sure to paste a smile on everyone’s face.  

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The Israel Museum , Neve Sha'anan Until Thursday March 30 2017
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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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Until Sun Apr 30
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Faust

Stefano Poda takes Goethe's story of an ageing scholar who signs a deal with the devil and elevates it to incredible Operatic heights in collaboration with conductor Dan Ettinger and the Israeli Opera. From bold costume design to the striking circular set piece taking up the majority of the stage down to the special lighting in the finale, everything about Faust is showstopping. Check out our exclusive interview with director Stefano Poda for a sneak peak of the performance.

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Until Friday March 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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Blues&Booz

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 .

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Bootleg , Tel Aviv City Center Until Sunday April 23 2017
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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 March 28 2017 - Tuesday April 4 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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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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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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