Jerusalem's top events for the week of March 27thIt's an exciting week of overlapping festivals in Jerusalem: The Old City Music Festival, which features open air performances, participatory drum circles and musical parades, kicks off next Monday, followed by the Jerusalem Arts Festival the next day, offering dozens of high end performances around the city at reduced prices. In addition, Beit Avi Chai's Wine Festival, which begins next Wednesday, promises to be informative as well as lots of fun. And that's not all - the city is hopping as always with shows, exhibits, lecures and more - read on for this weeks top picks!
Chava Alberstein in Jerusalem
What: Legendary Israeli singer Chava Alberstein kicks off her summer tour, stopping in Jerusalem for a concert this Thursday night. The new show features songs from her latest album, "Welcome," as well as older favorite hits. Alberstein will appear on stage with her familiar crew of musicians. Click here for direct online ticket orders!
When: Thursday March 27th at 20:30
Sufi Themed Drawings
What: Professor Rachel Milstein delivers a lecture (in Hebrew) at the Museum of Islamic Art on Thursday night on drawings depicting the biography of the mystical poet Jalal A-din Rumi, the story of Joseph and Zuliha by the poet Jami, and some visual representations of imagery in the Sufi tradition.
When: Thursday March 27th at 19:00
Last call for hidden city tours
What: The Tower of David Museum reveals hidden corners of the city in its winter tour series. At the last tour in the series is this Friday, discover the new findings in the dry moat of the Citadel at the Tower of David. Visit the Ottoman jail and the Kishle to discover findings from all the eras in Jerusalem's history.
When: Friday March 28th at 10:00
Avishai Borovsky at Khanale
What: Singer, songwriter and pianist Avishai Borovsky plays an acoustic show at Khanale this Sunday night. Borovsky began playing piano at a young age and has appeared throughout the years in Israel and around the world both solo and as part of ensembles. His musical influences include Israeli-Jewish, classical, jazz and ethnic.
When: Saturday night March 29 at 22:00
Old City Music Festival
What: The annual Old City Music Festival will take place in various locations in the Old City from March 31-April 3 between 18:00-23:00.This international music festival takes its creative inspiration from the four quarters of the old city, which houses four religions and four musical styles that unite in one city.
When: March 31-April 3 from 18:00-23:00
Hebrew Jazz: Journey to Antarctica
What: This Monday, Corrine Elal takes the stage at this week's installment of Beit Avi Chai's "Hebrew Jazz: Leading Jazz Ensembles Connecting with Israeli Music." The freedom and rhythm of Coreen Elal’s music invites refreshing, liberating arrangements with much improvisation. Elal is joined by an ensemble of top class jazz musicians.
When: Monday March 31 at 21:00
Three Spoons of Sugar at Nocturno
What: Nocturno's spring "Live Music on Wednesday Nights" series continues next Wednesday with a live show by the “Three Spoons of Sugar” ensemble. Three Jerusalem friends, three Jerusalem guitars, and one long childhood friendship led to the formation of the “Three Spoons of Sugar” ensemble, who now embark on their first tour.
When: Wednesday April 2 at 21:00
Jerusalem Arts Festival: MakheLadino
What: MakheLadino, a traditional performance incorporating the musical flavor of the heritage of the speakers and lovers of the Ladino language, will take place at the Gerard Bechar Center next Wednesday night as part of the Jerusalem Arts Festival.
When: Wednesday April 2 at 20:30
Wine Festival at Beit Avi Chai
What: Get a head start on those four cups of wine at Beit Avi Chai's pre-Passover Wine Festival, next Wednesday and Thursday. The festival features two days of celebrations during which you will be able to taste, learn, laugh, sing and also buy this “red red stuff”!
When: Wednesday-Thursday, April 2-3, from 18:00-23:00
Touro is a new, trendy restaurant located near the Old City in Mishkenot Sha'ananim. The restaurant's namesake, Yehuda Tura, was an American Jewish businessman and philanthropist who donated money to Montefiore, enabling him to build the Mishkenot Sha'ananim neighborhood. The restaurant overlooks the picturesque view of the windmill, the new journalists club and Montefiore vineyard visitor's center. Touro offers a Mediterranean, kosher meat menu designed by renowned chef Benny Ashkenazi, featuring dishes such as fish tartar, hijaki noodles, mushrooms and Jerusalem artichoke borekas, grilled artichokes, sea fish fillet with cream of eggplant over chickpeas, onions, artichokes, onions, and more, fish "chreimeh", duck confit, seven hour shpundra with root vegetables, Chef's Jerusalem grill, and many other irresistible choices.
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