Rank and File: Local Poetry in English

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LOCAL POETRY IN ENGLISH: Two English language poets with different backgrounds will present new works at The Little Prince in Tel Aviv tomorrow night. Karen Alkalay-Gut, an extensively published poet since her arrival in Israel in 1972, is celebrating her latest work, “The Encantadas: Evolution and Emotion,” with stunning pictures and poems about the Galapagos Islands. Rachel Heimowitz, an emerging poet, is launching her first book of poetry, “What the Light Reveals,” published in the United States. Born and raised in the U.S.,
Heimowitz told Haaretz this week she came to Israel for her junior year abroad from Sarah Lawrence College and never moved back, getting married and raising six children. Returning to poetry in 2010, she said she said her love of Israel infuses every poem, though it is not always the subject. The event begins
at 7:30 P.M. with a chance to meet the poets.

INFORMED VOTING: With the Knesset election approaching, English-speaking
immigrant assistance organizations are organizing panels to assist potential voters in making informed decisions. Two groups — Kol Oleh and the English Speaking Residents Association in collaboration with the Israel-British Commonwealth Association — are hosting political forums next week. Through Kol Oleh, voters can meet candidates including Habayit Hayehudi’s Ronen  Shoval, Kulanu’s Shai Babad, Likud’s Tzipi Hotovely, Meretz’s Mossi Raz, Yesh Atid’s Ronen Hoffman and Yisrael Beytenu’s Ashley Perry on Sunday. RSVP
through their Facebook page. Leah Zinder will moderate Wednesday’s panel, which includes Maryland native Dov Lipman (Yesh Atid,) Ayelet Nachmias Verbin (Zionist Union) and Zeev Schwartz (Habayit Hayehudi) in Ra’anana. For more info, call (052) 545-5634.

ENJOY AN ENGLISH MUSICAL: The veteran English-speaking musical theater  company LOGON is staging the Broadway musical “Fiddler on the Roof” throughout the country, starting on Thursday with a performance in Be’er Sheva.
Based on the stories of Shalom Aleichem, “Fiddler” has been one of the most
popular musicals ever since it debuted on Broadway 50 years ago. Eric Isaacson plays the role of Tevye, the impoverished milkman who faces the challenges of changing times in his family and village in the Pale of Settlement.Tevye’s wife Golda is played by another LOGON veteran, Patrice Perez. LOGON will take the show on the road to Kfar Sava, Netanya, Modi’in, Rehovot, Nesher and  Jerusalem, closing March 19. Go to http://www.negevlightopera.com/current-show/ to find a show near you.

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