The play is called The Miser, but it's actually not about Jews
If you believe the political rhetoric on either side of the divide back in America, no matter what happens and who gets elected, this week marks the end of humanity as we know it. So before John McCain or Barack Obama takes the prize and the planet Earth winks out of existence, try to have a little pre-apocalyptic fun in the Holy City, as only Jerusalemite can tell you how:
Friday is Halloween, but you'd never know. Celebrate the lack of candy-grubbing children by heading to Uganda to see one of the best-named bands in Israel: Haya Miller and the Compromises.
Or you can spend the day combing Musrara with everyone's favorite '70s-vintage Brown Power activists, the Israeli Black Panther Party.
Theoretically, the world should have ended by Wednesday, but if by some miracle the firmament still stands, do not miss your chance to see beloved Israeli actor/musician Yehoram Gaon perform at the Jerusalem Theatre.
Or, if you don't appreciate the old-school (what's wrong with you?), try young popper Shlomi Mandel on for size at the Yellow Sub.
Enjoy your last week on this mortal coil, y'all! If our roundup isn't enough, don't forget that you can always check out the events for the entire week in our Events section.
See Giselle. See Giselle haunt. Haunt, Giselle, haunt.
Hey there Jerusalemites. We've all successfully made it through another non-stop month of holidays, so get out there and take down your beautiful, elaborately decorated sukkah before your neighbors complain. Once that's out of the way, you deserve to ease yourself back into the grueling non-holiday schedule with a bit of local entertainment - and once again, we're here for you:
Wine! Art! Fire dancers! Marsh Dondurma! Credit card olim! It all comes together Tuesday at the annual Emek Refaim Street Fair.
On Wednesday, Binyanei HaUma will host the Moscow City Ballet, currently touring Israel with its production of Giselle. Don't get too excited - it's not the Bolshoi Ballet, after all - but it's bolshoi enough for our little desert capital.
And as always, you can dig deeper into Jerusalem culture with this coming week's full complement of events. Have a good week!
Last chance for non-hummus-related fun in Abu Ghosh
Okay, yeah, we've been throwing a lot of events at you lately. We can't help it - Jerusalem is just exploding with stuff to do. Be grateful. But to avoid beating a dead horse, this week's events roundup will focus only on post-Sukkot events. If you're looking for something to do during the remaining days of Chol HaMoed, well, we wrote about it last week.
On Tuesday, when Sukkot is gone, the lulav is wilting and the etrog is actually turning yellow, you can get over your post-holiday blues by dancing your go-go boots off at the Jewish Music Marathon at Beit Avi Chai. You'll have even more fun when you remember that all those Diasporaniks still can't flick a light switch.
Everybody loves plays about the sensitive relationship that blossoms between a race-murder-accused skinhead and his Jewish lawyer. So why not see Skinhead at the Ma'abada on Wednesday?
Rea Mochiach and Yali Sobol. Between them, they've got a well-regarded novel and well-regarded collaborations with the likes of David Byrne and Gogol Bordello. So hustle over to the Yellow Submarine to catch their act.
We'll be back on our normal events schedule next week. Until then, make the most of your remaining holiday days, and try not to dwell on the fact that we won't have another proper holiday until 2009's traditional Purim riots (Chanukah doesn't really count).
You can buy an etrog this week, but people might get mad if you cut it in half
Hey, we'll be the first to admit it: this time of the year is not the best time to be out and about in the city. Sure, the weather's great, but with all these Days of Awe getting in the way, cultural life has slowed way down from its summer festival peak. The Chol HaMoed Sukkot rush is on the horizon, of course, but until then, you'll have to content yourself with a more pared down week in the Holy City:
Wednesday and Thursday are taken up by the preparation for and observance of Yom Kippur. Nothing opens up until Thursday night, and while cultural venues are closed, you can break your fast at one of many restaurants that open up in the city center.
Once Yom Kippur checks out, you can get into the Sukkot spirit on Friday by attending the surprisingly boisterous sale of the Four Species vital to the holiday, taking place next to the Machane Yehuda market.
Marching bands in Jerusalem? How did they ever get in?
You've made it through Rosh Hashanah. Welcome to the Days of Awe. Can you feel the awe? It's everywhere. Traditionally, the week between Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur is when God makes his final decision regarding each person's fate for the next year, so for this week in Jerusalem, make sure you're on your best behavior. As always, we're here to help:
What's the next best thing to a marching band in New Orleans? Well, probably not a marching band in Jerusalem, but it'll do anyway. Catch Marsh Dondurma tonight at the Yellow Sub.
While the human race waits impatiently for the Starchild and the Afronauts to return to claim the pyramids, you can stave off your funk jones tomorrow night at the Ma'abada with Jewfro collective Funkenstein.
Apples, honey, good times: the New Year approaches
Are you feeling duly penitent? Did you say sorry like we told you to? Good! With that ritual chest-beating out of the way, you've earned a bit of fun in these few remaining days before fall holiday season officially kicks off with Rosh Hashana this Monday. And as usual, we have the good leads:
It might help your Rosh Hashana penitence to remind yourself how insignificant you are in the cosmic scheme of things, and for that, there's nothing better than stargazing at the Hebrew University tonight.
Don't feel like paying 500 NIS to hear Paul McCartney spend 20 endless minutes going "na-na-na-nananana"? Then just swing by Stardust tonight for a night of Beatles nostalgia at a much friendlier price.
The Front Stage series of outdoor concerts light up Jerusalem for the last time (this year) tomorrow, with much rootickal riddims inna Zion.
Let your kids clamber about the alleyways of Yemin Moshe to the sounds of singing and stories Saturday as "Where Is Mrs. Gabbai?" runs once again.
Are you a Christian? Are you feeling a little left out by all this Jewish and Muslim holiday bustle? Don't worry: you've still got the Feast of the Cross to look forward to, and Beit Shmuel is going on a Saturday church tour in its honor.
Jews symbolically cast away their sins on Rosh Hashana by throwing bread into water in a ceremony called Tashlikh - but with no real flowing water in the city, Jerusalemites have to get creative. See the city's tashlikh solutions in a Beit Shmuel tour on Tuesday.
And of course, the end of a holiday calls for only one kind of celebration: a Big Tisch. Join Moshe Lahav at the Yellow Submarine on Wednesday night.
Expect things to start picking up once the crush of holidays passes, and in the meantime, don't forget to check out the complete listings for the week in our Events section. And don't miss our special holiday content in the coming days and weeks. Shanah tovah!
Image courtesy of stu_spivack from Flickr under a Creative Commons License.
Are you ready for Rosh Hashana? No? Good. Because there's still a whole lot of cultural entertainment to take in before it's time to get serious before the man upstairs. Start planning your week now:
Iran may like to hint that it has its finger on the big red button, but that shouldn't keep you from enjoying all the non-radioactive substances Persian culture has to offer. Head to Beit Avi Chai's Persian party tonight for an evening of music, food and cheery optimism.
Plumb the depths of the Kidron Valley this week in Jerusalem
Less than three weeks until the High Holidays begin, and the city is all aflutter with the activity of hundreds of thousands of people preparing for the most enjoyable holiday since... uh... Purim? But just because everyone's busy doesn't mean there isn't plenty to do this week:
And once the aforementioned kids are safely tucked in, have some more adult fun at the Yellow Submarine with Aya Korem - the pop singer behind the immortal line, "Yonatan Shapira, make me babies."
A lot is going on religiously in Jerusalem lately - Ramadan for Muslims and Elul for Jews. Find out what makes the faiths tick by joining Beit Shmuel Friday on an English-language walking tour of religion in Jerusalem.
Special-needs children know how to take a pretty compelling photograph - see for yourself Friday at the newly-opened Children's Photography Exhibit at the Naggar School in Musrara.
Walk through the valley of the shadow of death (in a sense) with the Jerusalem Municipality on Shabbat as an expert guide takes a group on a free English-language tour of the Kidron Valley.
Canaanites get the blues too - hear the proof at "Canaanite Blues," a Saturday night Beit Shmuel concert covering Levantine shepherd, cowboy and farmer folk songs. Just like Willie Nelson, only with more glottal stops.
Thank God for those Mormons - without Brigham Young's concerts, Jerusalem would be totally dead on Sunday. This week, see the Gropius Ensemble play Bach, Debussy and some originals, all for free.
Nobody does self-flagellation like the aesthetes of Israeli theater. The politically charged Holy Ground, a localization of an Algerian play, is running at the Khan. Catch it Sunday night.
Even if you're from that country where they don't play football "soccer", now that you're in the wider world, there's no excuse for you not to put down a pint and let out your inner hooligan Monday night when HaTaklit broadcasts the Tottenham match.
Speaking of theater aesthetes, if you fancy yourself one, don't miss out on the opportunity to audition Tuesday evening for the Merkaz's English-language staging of the one, the only Rent!
And to atone for that audition, join the Tower of David Museum Tuesday on a nighttime tour of the Old City that ties the city's holy sites to the slichot, special prayers of penitence sung by Jews during the month of Elul.
Like wine? Like art? Then join the good people at the Merkaz Wednesday for an up-close encounter with the artists of Chutzot HaYotzer, with lectures, discounted art prices and wine - all in English.
All gussied up for My Sweet Husband and My Dear Wife
Welcome to September, kids. You can't wear white anymore, but you can make yourself feel better about the arbitrary sartorial cruelties of the approaching fall by reminding yourself that September is one of the best months to be in Jerusalem. The weather begins to ease off a little, and with both the Jewish High Holidays and the Muslim holy month of Ramadan taking place at the same time this year, the entire city takes on a buzz of impending celebration. So join in by taking in all Jerusalem has to offer this week:
It may not quite feel like it yet, but summer is winding down. And with festival season ending and the nonstop fall blowout of Jewish holidays still a month off, the late-summer doldrums have descended on the Holy City. But even during these languorous days, Jerusalem still offers plenty of ways to keep yourself entertained:
Tonight is your last chance to give a toast to Jerusalem at the Beer Festival. By Friday, all the beer vendors will be gone, and it'll be nothing but Goldstar and Tuborg 'til next summer.
Even the Municipality is on the end-of-summer tip, and they've organized a free outdoor concert to commemorate it tonight in Independence Park. Sagol 59, HaYehudim and other big names will perform.
Of all man's institutions, none is as ripe for parody as marriage. Nikolai Gogol knew it, and so does the Khan Theater, currently staging a Hebrew adaptation of his famous comedy Marriage. See it Monday night.
Let the Israel Museum mess with your head a little Tuesday by checking out Secrets and Ties, an avant-garde exhibit slapped together from the museum's deep archives.