My Top Picks for the Weekend

My Top Picks For The Weekend

This weekend I’m not going to be in Jerusalem. I’m going to be in Eyn Harod. Other people call it nature. I call it, the middle of nowhere – but, unfortunately, I am not in charge of family reunions. If I were, there’d be a lot less hiking and a lot more Mozart.

But just because I have to suffer doesn’t mean you should be left without weekend recommendations!

So here are my top  8:

1) White Night at Beit Avichai, Thursday, July 6, 8:30 pm to 5 am: Whether you’re looking for a lecture on Hebrew literature, an interactive creative writing session, a rock concert, an indie concert, stand-up comedy, or a conversation with a Steve Jobs impersonator, this all-night events series has it all.

2) Yehuda Poliker and Riki Gal at the Israel Museum, Thursday, July 6, 8:30 pm to 10:30 pm: When you have to Israeli music icons performing at  the Israel Museum, it’s really hard to imagine how it could not be wonderful.

3) Book Launch at the Jerusalem Print Workshop, Friday, July 7, 10:00 am to 1:00 pm: Arik Kilemnik is the founder of the Jerusalem Print Workshop, which is unique for training artists from Jerusalem and around the world in a wide array of printing techniques. Come to the Workshop for the launch of a book of Arik’s artwork.

4) Fashionista at Beit Alliance, Friday, July 7, 10:00 am to 5:30 pm: Part boutique street fair, part neighborhood bloc party, this event promises to provide fun and fashion for the whole family.

5) The Front Stage at Ben Yehuda Street, Friday, July 7, 4 pm to 6:30 pm: This free street party, open to anyone over 18 with valid ID, brings together Israeli and Brazilian psy-trance music for a mystical dance experience.

6) Concert at Hamiffal, Saturday, July 8, 9 pm to 11:30 pm: Gadi Ronen, whose recently released first album received rave reviews from Maariv and Ha’aretz, joins with Yankele Rotblit for a virtuoso performance party.

7) Apo & The Apostles at the Armenian Quarter, Saturday, July 8, 9 pm to 12 am: One of the great things about Jerusalem is its diversity, which is on full display with this Armenian rock band, which will be followed with an after-party by a prominent DJ from the city’s Armenian community.

8) The Portnoy Brothers at the Yellow Submarine, Saturday, July 8, 9:30 pm to 11:30 pm: I might be a bit biased, because I was actually at one of the band-member’s weddings (he married my second cousin), but this  sweet band will charm you and demonstrate some of the cultural gifts that English-speaking residents have to offer Israel (again, not that I’m biased in any way) –plus, the Yellow Submarine is always worth a visit.

So, those are my top picks for this weekend. You know what I do not recommend? Going to Eyn Harod.