Tuesday, February 28, 2017


Vertigo Dance Company's new production was an entertaining exhibition of grace and athleticism, but without the program notes I would not have recognized that the lines of sand on the ground must represent separation of one person from the group or the outer from the inner. Even with the sparse notes I could not see how most of the dance related to relating. Still, I enjoyed watching.

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Monday, February 27, 2017


The Confederation House is a good lace to find eastern music. Last Thursday we went to a concert in which a Mroccan old player wh o studied with an Iraqi master played that graceful instruument with his ensemble f accordionist, two percussionists, bass fiddler and kanonist. Wonderful.

Beit HaConfederatsia also holds a vegetarian restaurant (no fish) with vegan dishes marked.

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Monday, February 20, 2017


Any new building that rises more than three stories (or is it three?) above the ground has to include an elevator. The government provides incentives to add elevators to existing buildings. Almost all mulrtistory residential buildings are condos (although often the apartments are rented out), and the house committee has to arrange the retrofit. Even more difficult is placing the elevator shaft.

Jerusalem is home to lots of old people. We see them walking with their caretakers, canes, and walkers. They must have a hard time with the stairs home.

Starwells are too narrow to contain the tiny elevators that rise between stairs in European buildings. Owners are reluctant to have an elevator close off windows or shroten balonies.

But here and there you can see a tower, perhaps at a corner, of an older building. The style of the stonework facing indicates that this is an add-on.

In 2006 we lived in a building with an added elevator, buit it went only to the apartment that occupied the entire top floor. Thatflat's owners had paid the families below them to allow them to add the elevator. I'd guess those lower families could now pay the upper dwellers to add entries on the 2nd amd third )counting American) floors. There'd be no advantage to the ground floor flat, though.

The entrance to that building was tenn stairs or so above the street, so even with the elevator, the housing was not handicapped-accessible.

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Thursday, February 16, 2017

David D'or and Sassi Keshet

DavidD'or (family from Lybia) and Sassi Kesshet (family from Poland) entertained us Monday evenig at a concert of rather denatured western and eastern Jewish songs. At first, the Sherover Auditorium's sound system distorted D'or's lovely voice, but after a while (perhaps when D'or left the stage for a while he was talking with the sound crew) the reproduction wasbetter. David D'or sounded better last month in the Rivka Crown auditorium. I'd love to hear him in his countertenor range without any amlification.

The familiear and new-to-me songs were mixed with stand-up comedy bits -- much of which was non-PC.

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Monday, February 13, 2017

Hebrew Music Museum

The Hebrew Music Museum is new and wonderful.

Entry is on Yoel Moshe Salomen, the narrow pedestrian street off Kikar Tsion, which used to be restaurant row and is still worth a walk down. The museum is part of the developing Kikar HaMusika complex.

It is larger than I expected. Although some exhibits do discuss ties to Jewish music, the museum is really about musical instruments, particularly from eastern lands. Your ticket gets you earphones and a tablet. Get the tablet's camera to catch each exhibit's barcode label. You'll see info. Click on the arrow and you'll hear the instrument.

The museum includes an impressive VR of the second temple.

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Sunday, February 12, 2017

Armenian Music

How many people will come to a concert of Armenian music? asked a relative who wondered why I was coing so early to be sure to get a good seat. For this concert, every chair in the room, on the bottom floor of the Mayer Museum for Islamic Art, was full, people sat on the stairs, and at least two people sat on the floor. We were not disappointed.

The four musicians were not Armenian. the ensemble plays music from various cultures in the area using local instruments, fiddles played with slack bows, wooden flutes, exotic drums. The vocalist sang with great beauty and depth, and yet in the folk tradition. I doubt she makes a living doing this. I am surprised there are so many lovely voices are there that this one is not famous.

I seem to remember the museum formerly being called something like, "Art of Islamic Areas," which makes more sense, as Armenia became Christian about 1700 years ago and stayed that way.

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Thursday, February 09, 2017

Through the Wall

Rama Burshtein, who created the excellent film "To Fiil the Void," has now made a good film called "Through the Wall." It is fun, a romantic comedy of sorts. I'm told the kharedim can authorize a wedding very quickly, though the time it takes to get his family to the wedding hall would still be awfully short for getting everything agreed.

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Thursday, February 02, 2017

Intimate Grammar

At Beit Avi Chai we saw the movie of David Grossman's book "Intimate Grammar," followed by a short, not terribly informative, lecture. Now I'll look for the book to find out things like whether the family's refrigerator is as prominant as in the film.

The municipality's strike are over, although all the mayor got in return was a meeting with the Prime Minister. When garbage is usually collected several times a week, a pause in collection quickly causes piles of garbage bags and bits and pieces.

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