ALL-STAR LINEUP: Comedy for Koby, the tour benefiting the Koby Mandell Foundation, returns December 10-17 with a new crop of performers who’ve never been to Israel before. “I know I always say I’m excited about the particular group of comics I’m bringing, but in this case, probably a little more than normal,” Avi Liberman, the L.A.-based entertainer who organizes the tour, told Haaretz. “When I’d tell other comics the lineup is Andy Pitz, Mike Vecchione and Godfrey, they’d respond with the ‘Geez, that’s a strong show.’” Pitz has done stand-up on several late night shows. Vecchione is a People’s Choice Award winner at the New York Comedy Festival. Godfrey appears regularly on cable comedy shows and scripted series. The tour opens in Haifa and runs through Ra’anana, Beit Shemesh, Gush Etzion, Modi’in and Tel Aviv. All proceeds support the foundation’s work with bereaved children and families. For tickets, call (054) 659-7796.
CULTURE CLASH: The Israel Association of Writers in English is hosting a poetry evening with a twist – the debut of Lois Michal Unger’s one-act play “Apple on a Stick” in Ramat Gan next Thursday. “For a long time I wanted to do something different instead of reading a poem, and in my old notebooks I found a play I wrote in 1976,” Unger, who hails from New York City, told Haaretz. “So I updated it and we’re doing it.” She said the story about an encounter between a woman from the city and a country girl who gets pregnant at 14 explores “the difference between people who live a simple life and people who are ambitious, something I’ve dealt with much of my life.” The play, featuring Karen Alkalay Gut, Celia Merlin, and Julie Schreiber Yosefyan, will be followed by a discussion with the playwright and an open mic session. For details, call Celia at (054) 486-8698.
POETRY IN NETANYA: Voices Israel is officially launching its 45th Anthology at Netanya’s Stage Bar Karaoke this Sunday. “It gets bigger and better every year,” Wendy Blumfield told Haaretz. “Many of the poets who contributed to the anthology will be at the event reading their own poetry. Some of those from overseas will be read by proxy.” She noted that the first few poems are dedicated to Zev Davis, a longtime Voices Israel member originally from Detroit, who died earlier this year. His widow, Miriam Davis, also contributed a poem in his memory. Not only was he an active member, but “I think he wrote a poem every day,” added the London-born Blumfield. RSVP to Linda Suchy at (054) 497-8812.
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