Jerusalem's top events for the week of April 3rdSpring has sprung, Passover preparation around the city is in full swing, and Jerusalem is in full bloom with another great week of events all around town. The Old City Music Festival ends tonight with some wonderful musical performances including an exciting Flamenco dance show at the Tower of David Museum. The second and final day of Beit Avi Chai's pre-Passover Wine Festival promises to be informative and fun. Next week, the Jerusalem Arts Festival continues with a performance of The Nutcracker at the Gerard Bechar Center. Want to know more? Read on for all of this week's top picks!
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, on April 2-3. 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: April 2-3 from 18:00-23:00
Old City Music: Remangar Flamenco
What: The Remangar Flamenco group performs "Flamenco Vivo" at the Tower of David Museum this Thursday night as part of the annual Old City Music Festival. Singers, guitarists and dancers will perform the best of their dance and song repertoire – all live music in the “flamenco puro” style.
When: Thursday April 3 at 20:00 and 21:15
Tomorrow and tomorrow and tomorrow
What: Shakespeare faithfuls whose Hebrew is up to par won't want to miss the Incubator Theater's production of Macbeth this Saturday night. The new Hebrew adaptation of Shakespeare's classic was translated by the six actors in the production. The tragedy tells the tale of a Scottish war hero who murders the king and becomes a cruel dictator.
When: Saturday April 5 at 21:30
Avi Vaknin at Khanale
What: Khanal'e hosts nightly live shows and jam sessions, with a focus on giving exposure to the next generation of local musicians. On Saturday night, Avi Vaknin sings personal songs from the urban and inner landscape of his life, from the well-received album “Kikar Ha-Avudim” and his new album "The First Light."
When: Saturday night April 5 at 22:00
The Nutcracker at the Gerard Bechar Center
What: As part of the Jerusalem Arts Festival, the Allegra Dance Company and the Jerusalem Dance Theater perform the classic family ballet The Nutcracker at the Gerard Bechar Center on Sunday evening. A wonderful, magical adventure with imaginary creatures told through the medium of ballet and classical music.
When: Sunday April 6 at 18:00
Longing for a Hug at Ammunition Hill
What: Longing for a Hug: a new exhibit at Ammunition Hill is an unprecedented project initiated and organized by the One Family Organization, which gives light to the stories of family members of victims of terror. Thirty five artists participated in the project to commemorate the children’s stories through works of art now displayed in the exhibit.
When: Open throughout the month of April during the site's opening hours
Doc and the Holy Smokes at Nocturno
What: Nocturno's spring "Live Music on Wednesday Nights" series continues next Wednesday with a live show by Doc and the Holy Smokes Trio. The unique cover show features songs from the 60s through the 90s in a variety of styles performed by “Doc” Norman Cohen with his new acoustic ensemble “Holy Smokes Trio."
When: Wednesday April 9 at 21:00
Science and technology at the mall
What: Looking for a fun and educational way to entertain your older kids on break next week? Science and Technology chain ORT invites you to "ORT Street Labs": a celebration of science and technology/), next Tuesday and Wednesday at the Jerusalem Mall (Malcha)-Mall/), featuring an exhibit of projects and family activities and workshops.
When: Tuesday and Wednesday April 8-9
Black Bar 'n' Burger comes packed with a pretty bold claim for a chain in a country not known for burgers: "the best burger in town. Any town." The Jerusalem branch of Israeli chef Tzachi Buchester's ever expanding national chain of burger joints, the kosher Black Bar 'n' Burger occupies prime real estate on Shlomtzion HaMalka Street, done up in primal reds and blacks with one of those cool neon-lit bars along one wall. It stays open late. It's got tasty, boozy Kastel (among others) on tap. Its menu betrays a waggish pop culture sensibility: burgers get names like "Twiggy" (160 grams of beef), "Schwarzenegger" (220 grams), "Yokozuna" (330 grams), "Norma Jean" (ground entrecote), "Brigitte Bardot" (veggie) and "Popeye" (take a guess). There's a cool Pulp Fiction diner scene appeal to it all, although it ain't quite your standard diner burger. Potential toppings (no cheese, of course) include the standard-for-Israel (fried egg), the standard-for-anywhere (sauteed mushrooms), and the eyebrow-raising (a mix of pineapple, parsley, green onion and hot peppers). And plenty more. Non-burger entrees include everything from hot wings and nachos to steaks and corned beef. In the end, it's mountains of tasty beef and diner-style comfort food with an international twist, open late with a well-stocked bar, so if you've worked up a good hunger bar-hopping in the Shlomtzion area, Black Bar 'n' Burger is the burger bar for you.
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