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Minsk hosts Chagall exhibit on loan from J'lem

An exhibit featuring 89 works of Jewish surrealist Marc Chagall opened last week in the National Museum of Minsk, in Belarus. The choice of the paintings was a jointly curated Israeli-Belarus cooperation. Curator Ronit Sorek told Haaretz her Belarusian counterpart wished to stress Chagall's deep connection to the Russian language and culture, and especially to his hometown of Vitebsk, in Belarus, of which he once wrote: "I did not live with you, but I didn't have one single painting that didn't breathe with your spirit and reflection." (Eli Armon Azoulai )

Alanis Morissette's Dec. 3 show sold out

Canadian superstar Alanis Morissette's show in Israel is already sold out. Morissette will perform in Tel Aviv on December 3rd, completing her latest tour to promote her eighth album, "Havoc and Bright Lights," released last August. This will be Morissette's third visit to Israel, but the first since 2000. Morissette's 1995 album "Jagged Little Pill," was a worldwide mega-hit. Natan Goshen will open for Morissette at the Nokia Arena. (Uri Zer Aviv )

A.B. Yehoshua lands Medicis Award

A.B. Yehoshua is the winner of the Prix Medicis literary award for his 2011 novel, "Hesed Sephardi," ("Spanish Grace" ). This is the second year in a row that an Israeli novel has won the award for non-French authors, after David Grossman's "To The End of the Land." David Shachar and Aharon Appelfeld are also past winners of the French prize, awarded since 1958. (Itamar Zohar )

Danish film 'Hunted' to open Arava fest

Danish director Thomas Wittenberg's "Hunted" will open the "Films in the Arava" festival, after premiering at the latest Cannes festival. The new festival, held at Tzukim the Arava, will begin on December 6 and will feature open-air screenings of foreign and Israeli films, including two children animation features, one by an Israeli director Yevgeni Roman. The festival is an extension of the Haifa Film Festival, and is co-produced with Golden Cinema Productions and the Central Arava Regional Council. (Nirit Anderman )