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This week in Jerusalem

by harry June 27 2008
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Carsten Daerr and band
Carsten Daerr (center): straight from the tar rooftops of Berlin

Who said Jerusalem is a lame town? Please step forward and reveal yourself. The coming week, as with all weeks, is marked by a cornucopia of culturally enriching offerings for all tastes....

  • After Shabbat, Beit Avi Chai's Saturday night concert series continues with a performance from middle-aged alternative singer-songwriter Ari Gorali, who will surely perform his edgy radio hit "Its All Honey."
  • On Sunday, the hora lives on as the Gerard Bechar center offers Israeli folk dancing for beginners and experts alike.
  • On Monday afternoon, two former Soviets, on cello and piano, perform the works of Chopin and Masana for free at Hebrew University's Mt. Scopus campus.
  • On Tuesday night, an American college (and post-college, if you ask Will Farrell) ritual called The Naked Mile comes to Hebrew U on Tuesday, including drink specials at the Reznik student nightlife hotspot.
  • On Wednesday (and every day through 19 July), photographer Arnon Toussia-Cohen's free exhibit of candid photos taken at a popular Tel Aviv train depot wrestles with issues of privacy in the contemporary age. Through these photos at the Artists' House, "the intimate is exposed and takes form," as Toussia-Cohen puts it.
  • Also on Thursday, the Old Train Station compound springs back into action with a reservations-only free performance by the Kolben Dance Company, accompanied by 18th-century Viennese waltzes played live by the Israel Camerata Orchestra.
  • That same day, Beit Avi Chai stages the finale of its series of special screenings and lectures entitled Fact and Fiction: 60 Years of Israeli Film and Filmmakers, as Yulie Cohen Gerstel presents her 2007 documentary memoir about the tensions surrounding her brother becoming charedi, My Brother.

Jerusalemite threatens to present you with another batch of recommended activities on the eve of next weekend. And don't hold back: Live a little and enjoy our Events section, searchable by neighborhood, date range and more. Additional events are being added all the time.

Courtesy photo of Carsten Daerr and band, back at home in Germany.

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