Top 10 things to do: Destined for greatness

1. DESTINED FOR GREATNESS

Kin, a pulse-pounding crime thriller with a sci-fi twist, is the story of an unexpected hero destined for greatness. Chased by a vengeful criminal (James Franco), the feds and a gang of otherworldly soldiers, a recently released ex-con (Jack Reynor) and his adopted teenage brother (Myles Truitt) are forced to go on the run with a weapon of mysterious origin as their only protection.

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2. FORCE OF CIRCUMSTANCES

Peppermint is an action thriller which tells the story of young mother Riley North (Jennifer Garner) who awakens from a coma after her husband and daughter are killed in a brutal attack. When the system frustratingly shields the murderers from justice, Riley sets out to transform herself from citizen to urban guerrilla. Channeling her frustration into personal motivation, she spends years in hiding honing her mind, body and spirit to become an unstoppable force – eluding the underworld, the LAPD and the FBI – as she methodically delivers her personal brand of justice.

3. BASED ON TRUE STORIES

Season 19 (!) of Universal’s successful TV series Law & Order Special Victims Unit, starring comes to Channel 1 today (August 31) and will be broadcast every Friday at 10:30 p.m. This season many of the episodes will be based on real stories such as the Harvey Weinstein sexual abuse allegations and more.

4. DANCING ON THE ROOF

The Jerusalem Ballet celebrates its 10th anniversary with a new production of Fiddler on the Roof based on “Tevye the Dairyman” by Sholem Aleichem. This will be the world premiere of this ballet, created by choreographer Igor Menshikov (Israel-Russia) to music by George Gershwin, Leonard Bernstein, Alfred Schnittke as well as instrumental orchestral arrangements of Fiddler of the Roof. There will only be two performances, so get your tickets soon.

September 15 at 9 p.m. at Jerusalem Theater Rebecca Crown Hall and October 17 at 9 p.m. at Suzanne Dellal Center, Tel Aviv, as part of The International Season.

5. CHERISHED AND CHALLENGING

The Jerusalem International Chamber Music Festival opens this week, offering five eventful days and seven rich programs. According to artistic director and founder pianist Elena Bashkirova, each program has been devised with a particular idea in mind, balancing between familiar and well-loved works, rarely-performed masterpieces and stimulating new discoveries, both instrumental and vocal. The star-studded roster includes some of the classical world’s big names, such as Gidon Kremer and Yefim Bronfman, Laticia Honda-Rosenberg, the Modigliani Quartet and many more.

September 4-8 at YMCA Jerusalem.

6. CRAVING FOR QUIET

Vertigo Dance Company, accompanied live on stage by the Revolution Orchestra, presents White Noise 2018. A spectacular theatrical event of movement, sight and sound, the new and updated multimedia orchestral production of Noa Wertheim’s cutting-edge contemporary dance piece is a bold and revealing demonstration of life in the 21st century.

September 1-3 at 9 p.m. at Suzanne Dellal Center, Tel Aviv.

6. ARTISTS AT HOME

Chelouche Gallery presents, for the first time in Israel, a solo exhibition of the Taiwanese artist Isa Ho, an established artist in the Taiwanese art world, who has exhibited in museums of art and photography, galleries, and biennials all over the world. The exhibition will show Ho’s ‘Westbeth Project’, a five-year photography project that portrays old artists in their flats, thus blurring the line between artists and their home.

Opening today at 12 noon at Chelouche Gallery Tel Aviv.

8. DYSFUNCTIONAL FAMILIES

Avi Nesher’s new film, The Other Story, will be the opening-night movie at the 34th Haifa International Film Festival (September 22 – October 1). The film portrays characters coping with the pain of being in a dysfunctional family, and how this family handles the religious repentance of its daughter. It is a moving, human drama that mirrors the complex Israeli social reality in its darkest corners. The Haifa International Film Festival will feature over 150 movies from all over the world. The full program will be announced over the next few weeks.

For more information, go to the festival website at www.haifaff.co.il.

9. REVEALING OUR ROOTS

The Mishkan Museum of Art started out in 1937 as an “Art Corner” in a small wooden shack used at Kibbutz Ein Harod. The founder, painter Haim Atar, started collecting works that portrayed Jewish life in the shtetl as well as the pioneers’ life in the Kibbutz. Atar’s predecessors kept expanding its collection. A new exhibition that will open on September 2 will reveal the museum’s extensive collection of works by important Israeli and Jewish artists, including the likes of Chagall, Pissarro, Lieberman, Israels, Ardon and more. The exhibition will only remain open for four months.

10. COLLECTED OBJECTS

The new Alon Segev Gallery in Tel Aviv opened a solo exhibition of works by international artist Joel Morrison. Born in 1976 in Seattle, Washington, he currently lives and works in Los Angeles, California.

Inspired by iconic art movements such as Minimalism and West Coast Light and Space as well as by contemporary subculture, fashion, geopolitics and consumerist culture, Morrison’s polished and refined sculptures are conceived by collaging the waste and “un-necessities” of modern life.

Alon Segev Gallery at 7 Hamanoa Street, Tel Aviv.

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