Thought you’d sneak in a relaxing week? Well, think again. Israel’s got loads of culture-packed activities this week, and we’ve rounded up the best of the best. From new art exhibitions and restaurant openings, to the hottest musicians both visiting and local and secret speakeasies off the beaten path, you’ll be crawling to work come Sunday. See how many things to do in Israel over the next seven days you can check off your bucket list. After all, YOIO — “you only Israel once.”
What's on this week
Igor Kolb is a phenomenal dancer who presents a unique dance technique. He moves between classical and modern dance, playing with the tension between passion and restraint, elegance and elevation, with dramatic undertones that make his performances unforgettable. The connection between Igor Kolb and Yulia Makhalina, one of the leading dancers in the world, creates an extremely powerful show.
This June, The Israeli Opera is taking the beloved fairy tale of evil stepsisters, magic slippers and horse-drawn pumpkin carriages and giving it a little operatic twist. Gioacchino Rossini's take on Cinderella replaces the story's fairy Godmother with a charming magician, a must-see for the entire family. Part of the Israeli Opera’s children’s opera hour.
The nationwide leading trend to pop-up these past few years is not what one would think. It's not the newest cultural cuisine or the coolest kicks. No, Israel has been struck with the most entertaining, exhilarating trend of all: escape rooms.
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.
The Canadian actor, rapper, writer, comedian, producer, director, talk show host, and media personality is making his way over to the Holy Land as a part of his European Comedy Road Trip 2017. Famous for his unique brand of comedy - especially in his hilariously unpredictable "The Tom Green Show" - Green is taking a stab at Israeli audiences, in both Tel Aviv and Herzliya.
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.
Genius of 'Genesis': an interview with Michel Platnic, artist of the newest exhibition at Gordon Gallery
Another month, another fantastic international exhibition at the New Gordon Gallery. We asked Michel Platnic, the electrical-engineer-turned-artist, about his truly special multimedia project entitled ‘Genesis.'
Tel Aviv's weekly blues jam 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. Pasaz 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 .
“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.
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.