News in Brief
Singer pushing new career button
Teapacks lead singer Kobi Oz has taken on a new challenge, and the result will be coming to the Be’er Sheva Theater. Oz’s first musical comedy, “The Flower of the Neighborhood,” will open the theater’s 40th season in November. The play, featuring music by Teapacks, tells the story of a southern Israeli town after a miracle happens there − a well full of arak appears in the yard of one Masoud Buzaglo. The play, directed by Nir Erez, will star Liraz Charhi. it is based on the 1980 film by Francois Truffaut, “The Last Metro,” set in Paris during the Nazi occupation. (Zipi Shohat)
Lenny Kravitz to perform here in Oct.
The American singer and guitarist Lenny Kravitz will give his first Israeli concert on October 6, at Tel Aviv’s Hayarkon Park. Kravitz, who can be seen in local movie theaters in the hit film “Hunger Games,” will be promoting his ninth album, “Black and White in America,” which was releasted last year. Kravitz, who has sold more than 35 million albums, won the Grammy Award for Best Male Rock Vocal Performance four years in a row, from 1999 to 2002.
(Uri Zer Aviv)
Raz, Gur Arie win culture awards
The Sports and Culture Ministry’s Curator’s Award for 2012 were awarded to Drorit Gur Arie and Guy Raz. Gur Arie, the chief curator of the Petah Tikva Museum, received a NIS 25,000 prize for her work toward reopening the museum in 2005 and making it one of the country’s leading museums of contemporary Israeli art, as well as for advancing multiculturalism. Raz, a photographer, researcher and curator of photographer, wrote a seminal book on the history of photography in Israel. He also helped to establish a photography archive at the Umm al-Fahm Art Gallery that documents the region and its inhabitants. (Camea Smith)