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Learning the dialects of Irish and the American south in Tel Aviv; appreciating the talents of young Anglo artists and writers.

Steve Klein
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YALL COME ON DOWN TO THE STAGE: The English-language performing arts community, The Stage, is offering a master class called “Dialects 101” in Tel Aviv this Monday. New York-based actor and teacher Adam Lubitz will run the evening, an interactive workshop teaching the dialects of Irish and the American south. “We will play with the sound-changes, cadences, and tone of these manners of speech and learn a bit about how they developed,” according to organizers. Lubitz teaches dialects at the New York Conservatory of Dramatic Arts. “We’ve never had anyone teach that,” Maya Hagoel, The Stage’s executive director, told Haaretz yesterday about the concept. She added Lubitz said he “reached out to us” after hearing about The Stage. Space is limited, and signup is required. For more info, visit http://www.thestagetlv.com.

PRIZED YOUNG ARTISTS AND WRITERS: The Association of Americans and Canadians in Israel is now exhibiting the winners of its annual “With Brush and Pen” competition for young artists at the Glassman Family Center in Jerusalem. First-place prizes (by age) went to Talya Merentz (14-18), Gavriel Blendis (10-13) and Netzach Yisrael Waldman (7-9) in the painting category; David Iluz in collage; Ayah Al Jaber in woodcuts/clay monoprints; and Naomi Goldstein (14-18), Ori Alkoby (10-13) and Eitan Fishman (7-9) in sculpture. The winners of the writing competition were Leah Newfield (7-9), Valeria Shraer (10-13) and Naomi Goldstein (14-18). Special committee prizes went to Esti Spierer, Hadar Peretz and Yaakov Klein. The exhibit runs through June 15. Former AACI president Gordon Sugarman sponsors the event in memory of his wife Betsy. For info, visit www.aaci.org.il.

AMERICA’S FUNNIEST ARE BACK: Comedy for Koby is back for its Spring 2015 tour. This time, Avi Liberman, the L.A. comedian who has organized the show since 2003, has brought along colleagues Modi, Joe Matarese and Brian Kiley. Modi was voted one of New York City’s “Top 10 Comedians” by Hollywood Reporter. Both Matarese and Kiley, an Emmy-winning writer, have performed on The Late Show with David Letterman and Comedy Central. The tour starts in Ra’anana on Monday, goes through Modi’in, Beit Shemesh, Zichron Yaakov, Gush Etzion and Jerusalem, and closes in Tel Aviv June 2. It benefits the Koby Mandell Foundation, named for the American-Israeli boy murdered in 2001, that helps bereaved families heal from terror and other tragedies. For tickets, go to www.comedyforkoby.com.

Rank and File was compiled by Steven Klein. Have an idea about an item for Rank and File? E-mail us at: column@haaretz.co.il

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