Idan Raichel’s new album goes double platinum

Idan Raichel’s new album, “Quarter to Six,” has earned double platinum status, having sold 60,000 discs, not including digital sales. The album reached gold status, 15,000 copies, only a few days after it came out three months ago. Meanwhile, singer Avraham Tal has earned gold status for his album “Shoshana” three months after it came out, while his previous album, “Lights,” has just gone double platinum. “The wonder is that I sit in a studio and write songs, and a little later, lots of people are dancing and singing to them and the songs become theirs and inspire me to keep creating,” Tal said. ‏(Ben Shalev‏)

IBA spokeswoman complains about management to state comptroller

Israel Broadcasting Authority spokeswoman Linda Bar has complained to the State Comptroller’s Office over what she says are continued attempts by management to sabotage her status because she wouldn’t cooperate with unacceptable actions by the authority’s CEO, Amir Gilat. Bar wrote that Gilat has been reorganizing her department behind her back and slandering her work so he can fire her. Things worsened after Channel 1 journalist Moshe Nestelbaum came under internal investigation for sexual harassment and Bar was a witness against him, she said. The State Comptroller’s Office said it was investigating the complaint and has asked Gilat for his response. ‏(Gili Izikovich‏)

Cinematheques to feature films by Taviani brothers

The Jerusalem, Tel Aviv and Haifa cinematheques will show a selection of films by Italian directors Paolo and Vittorio Taviani in honor of the upcoming screening in Israel of their latest film, “Caesar Must Die.” The film won the Golden Bear Award at the Berlin Film Festival last year. The Taviani brothers, who both co-write and co-direct their films, stress the theme of the struggle against oppression and social injustice by both the individual and the collective. Among the films on offer will be “Allonsanfan” ‏(1973‏), “Padre Padrone” ‏(1977‏), “La Notte di San Lorenzo” ‏(1982‏) and “Fiorile” ‏(1993‏). ‏(Nirit Anderman‏)

Tel Aviv’s Dolphinarium to be razed and replaced with promenade

The Dolphinarium, one of Tel Aviv’s best-known white elephants, is to be demolished, and a public promenade will be built in its place. The construction rights for the complex will be relocated to the other side of Herbert Samuel Street, where a 50,000 square meter hotel and residential complex, consisting of two 28-story buildings, will be built. The Dolphinarium, designed by architect Nahum Zolotov, contains an aquarium, performance space, shops and restaurants. On opening in 1981, it was billed as “Israel’s Disneyland.” But its popularity faded quickly, and the complex was abandoned completely after a suicide bombing in 2001. ‏(Keshet Rosenblum‏)

Hebrew translation of Allen Ginsberg’s play ‘Kaddish’ to be reissued

A nearly forgotten translation of a play by Beat writer Allen Ginsberg − “Kaddish,” in a translation by poet David Avidan − is to be published by Dahak. Ginsberg’s poem of the same name, which was published in 1961 and translated into Hebrew by Natan Zach, is better known. The play is to be distributed in August to independent bookstores only, but it will be available at the Little Prince Bookstore in Tel Aviv beginning next week. Ginsberg adapted his poem into a play, which was first staged at the Brooklyn Academy of Music in 1971. Avidan’s translation was published in 1976 in the Hebrew journal “Prosa.” The translated play was put on at Habima Theater that same year. ‏(Maya Sela‏)