Punk rock in holy city: The punk-rock musical Spring Awakening is coming to Jerusalem on Wednesday in a lively Starcatcher Theater Company production, running through April 2. The Broadway musical portrays young German teenagers in the 1890s who have to come to terms with their newfound emotions and urges in an extremely strict, sexually oppressive society, according to organizers. If many in the Jerusalem audience havent heard of Spring Awakening before its not surprising, explained Yaeli Greenblatt, the shows director and choreographer. Edgy shows like this rarely make it to the city. Richie Mann, who plays Otto, told Haaretz that the cast, a mix of native Israelis and immigrants, includes Dor Attias, Maya Cohen, Ayelet Kagan and Coren Feldman. There will be one showing in Tel Aviv on March 21. For tickets, call (02) 623-0002.
Running with a purpose: The Jerusalem Marathon, which gets underway next Friday, has become a magnet for fundraisers as have many races worldwide. Team Crossroads, which supports at-risk English-speaking youth in Jerusalem, will be there with a delegation of 200 staffers, teens and community members. Crossroads director Robbie Sasson told Haaretz that Crossroads staff every night of the week run the marathon over Jerusalem, looking for teens at risk to help them, AACIs Team Shira, led by Jerusalem president David London, will run on behalf of the Shira Pransky Project that helps English speakers navigate the healthcare system. Avi Maderer will do the 10k run to support his sons school for children with Down Syndrome. Learn more about these projects respectively at www.run4crossroads.com, www.shirapranskyproject.org and http://www.run4shalva.org/my/avim1234.
Altering technophobes: For people born before the computer age, shopping online can be a daunting challenge. For those who struggle, ESRA, the English Speaking Residents Association, has invited Leslie Rose of HelpDesk50plus to discuss how to safely shop on the Web, at Beit Ariela in Tel Aviv on March 20. Rose, who is originally from Birmingham, England and came to Israel in 1983, told Haaretz that after working many years as an export/import buyer he decided to change direction. Now, he uses his technical knowhow to help English-speakers over 50 control their smart phones, computers and tablets. He added, It combines something I enjoy doing – presentation with a social content, giving back to the community. RSVP to (09) 748-2957.
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