Rank and File / A Chance to See a Classic Israeli Comedy

Blaumilch Canal screening at cinematheque Tuesday; English-language writers’ workshop to open; lecture series in English opens in Herzliya.


Still funny after all these years: One of the movies that has defined Israeli cinema, “Blaumilch Canal” is a classic comedy from 1969 that depicts the madness of bureaucracy in the Jewish State. Yet, the film about an escaped psychiatric inpatient who steals a jackhammer and opens up Allenby Street remains relevant as Tel Aviv deals with the chaos of building its new light-rail network. Young professionals in Tel Aviv can see this film, written and directed by the legendary writer Ephraim Kishon, with English subtitles, on Tuesday, under the auspices of the Tel Aviv Arts Council, the Tel Aviv Cinematheque and the Tel Aviv-Jaffa municipality.

The screening will be followed by a Q&A session in English with Kishon’s son, Rafi Kishon.

For more information, go to telavivarts.com.

Writers’ workshop: Jerusalem’s David Yellin Academic College of Education is offering a one-semester creative writing course in English, that begins on Monday, October 19, with a free introductory class. Award-winning author Janice Weizman, who will be teaching the course together with poet and journalist Joanna Chen, told Haaretz on Wednesday that the course, called “Writing the Self,” will focus on writing in three genres — fiction, nonfiction and poetry.

“We’re going to do several things looking at literature as writers, what we can learn from a published work, doing exercises and getting feedback in a supportive environment,” the Toronto native and Ilanot Review editor said.

She stressed that the course is open to writers of all levels. Chen, who hails from Leeds, is also a columnist for the Los Angeles Review of Books.

For more information or to register, call Janice at (054) 246-3041 or email Joanna at joannachen1@gmail.com.

Informal education: A few years ago, a group of English-speakers in Herzliya Pituah felt there was very little in terms of lectures in the area that were given in English, according to Austen Science, a local resident. Now in its third year, the “informal ad hoc committee of five people” has assembled a 27-part weekly lecture, Science, who hails from Newcastle upon Tyne, told Haaretz on Wednesday. Thursday's opening lecture with Danny Tirza was fully booked, but space remains for upcoming lectures - all on Thursdays - with Harry Amdurer, a prolific speaker from Manchester, on the Big Bang and creation; piano virtuoso Roi Alon on George Gershwin, and former MK Dov Lipman on religion and state.

For more info, call Austen at (054) 761-2306 or Werner Bachman at (054) 456-0303.

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