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
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.
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.
'I, Angelina Jolie' is Mickey Yunis' vision come to life in a theater production. His interest in the global refugee problem that is more rampant now than ever has inspired him to create and direct a show that shines the spotlight on refugees and their stories. In the past, they've been left in the dark, so it's time to illuminate their internal conflict and the violence hidden within each soul.
Some call him the second coming to Oscar Peterson, others, the next McCoy Tyner. While American jazz pianist Cyrus Chestnut finds these comparisons flattering, he offers his own response: “Only McCoy Tyner can play McCoy Tyner, only Oscar Peterson can play Oscar Peterson, only Art Tatum can tell the story of Art Tatum. I am inspired by these people, but I would never try to be them.” Come see Cyrus Chestnut give his own spin to Elvis Presley classics this month across Israel. For an inside look at the man behind the magic, check out our exclusive interview.
As children, we daydream of having X-ray vision or the ability to fly – a dream that never quite goes away. Not all superheroes are the iconic invincible figures we’ve come to know and love so well though. Opening just in time for Purim, the Israeli Cartoon Museum has curated a glimpse at the other side of super-heroism that both you and your children will enjoy: the sensitive, vulnerable, human hero.
Asaf Avidan is a remarkable Israeli musician with an even more remarkable voice. The singer-songwriter has made it big both locally and abroad, which is evident in the frequency with which his top hits are featured on European radio stations. Let his voice be the last thing in your heads as you leave March behind and enter the April bloom.
Mamootot, the dance performance by Ohad Naharin that helped consolidate the language of Gaga, has been updated yet again with an entirely new cast of young dancers from the Batsheva Dance Company. While the cast may be different, the refreshing performance still promises to deliver that delicate tension between the familiar and strange. When you come to Mamootot, you are more than a spectator, you are an integral part of the performance.
Rossini's quirky Opera satirizes the influence of the newspaper on people's lives. The colorful production follows the pretentious Don Pomponio Storione in his worldwide travels to procure a husband for his daughter, placing ads in the newspapers. The wildly hilarious cast of inadequate suitors brings Rossini's melodies – performed by the Opera Royal de Wallonie, Liege – to life in a spectacular adaptation of La Gazzetta.
Last season, Beit Romano transformed into a winter wonderland with rows of vintage clothes, crafts and creations as far as the eye could see. The bohemian bar is at it again this spring with a gathering of talented artists, bakers, painters, photographers and designers of all sorts. Yes, the event pops up April 1st. No, this is no April Fool's gag.
Fresh Paint is a contemporary Art Fair that takes place every year in Tel Aviv. It’s considered to be one of the biggest, most influential annual events in the Israeli art world, with more than 30,000 visitors during the six-day fair. Many of the top galleries and main art institutions in Israel attend, including the Tel Aviv Museum of Art and the Design Museum Holon, as well as international auction houses and art institutions like Sotheby’s.
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.
David Seymour, known professionally as 'Chim,' is one of the greatest photojournalists of the early to mid twentieth century. As a pioneer of the golden age of political photojournalism, Chim married politics with photography through his portraits of leaders, artists and intellectuals. He has captured both stunning and shocking scenes from the Spanish Civil War, WWII, and the inaugural years of the State of Israel to help form a collective memory of the 20th century. Now, his work is coming to the Museum of Jewish People.
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.
It's hard to believe that 90 years have passed since the pantless honey-loving bear and his quirky cast of friends first stepped into our literary lives. British author, A. A. Milne, wrote the 'Winnie the Pooh' series for his son Christopher Robin, incorporating him and his stuffed animals into each fantastical tale. While Pooh's adventures have taken him to many places over the decades, on February 26th, he will be traveling farther and wider than ever before – to the Land of Milk and Honey. And we all know how much Pooh loves his honey.
A button can take on many functions: whether sewn safely into a blouse or discovered in a jewelry drawer, a simple decorative piece or the unassuming hero. Gilding the Lily brings tens of thousands of buttons made of all materials from private collections to the forefront.
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.