Wednesday, June 30, 2010
There are simply not enough night time hours to explore all that will be happening on Thursday's White Night ("Layla Lavan) in Tel Aviv. You may recall that UNESCO declared Tel Aviv as the “White City” in 2003 and ever since, Tel Aviv has had an annual White Night celebration. As the saying in Hebrew goes “Seeba l’Mesiba” – a reason for a party!
Most events are free or almost free and open to the public at large. Be prepared to roam the streets early into the morning as stores, museums, theaters, clubs, galleries and restaurants stay open until you can’t keep your eyes open any longer. There are literally hundreds of events to choose from.
This will also give you a chance to use the new Kav Layla late night bus service! (Information: 03-639-4444)
Here’s a sampling of what to do and where:
50 Bauhaus buildings lit up on Rothschild Blvd.
Magician Hezi Dean will suspend himself between the roofs of the Azrieli Towers (yes, the same Hezi Dean that spent way too much time in a giant ice cube a few months ago)
Tribute to Rabbi Shlomo Carlbach with Yehuda Katz at the Brodet Center.
Jazz on Ben Gurion Blvd.
100% Paris in Tel Aviv - 30 works of French Video Artists to be screened along Rothschild Blvd.
The Israeli Opera – A celebration of popular arias and songs from musicals….starting at midnight!
Gidi Gov at Sunrise – The Tsuk Beach from 3:00 – 5:00 (AM)
Of course you’ll need to eat along the way and many restaurants are offering special menus at White Night prices (88NIS/158NIS). Restaurants include:
Max Brenner on Rothschild
Avant Garde on Ha Barzel St.
Chef Nir Zuk’s Jaffa Bar
Nana Bar in Neve Tzedek
For a map of events check out the White Night map (Hebrew only)
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Tuesday, June 22, 2010
Founded in 2008 by entrepreneur Shai Agassi, A Better Place is the world's leading provider of electrical vehicle services. Although the electric car won't be available in Israel until 2011 the company has started to build the infrastructure needed to service consumers once the cars are on the road.
Since February 2010 the public has been able to learn hands on about the electric cars that will be sold in Israel and other countries such as Denmark, Japan, and Australia. The company is currently servicing battery switchable taxis in Tokyo.
The cars are 100% electrical although the electricity in Israel is not 100% clean. It's a start though.The Better Place Center is located at the Pil Glilot junction about 10 minutes north of Tel Aviv. Make sure to bring a valid driver's license to you can test drive an electric car. The tour lasts about 90 minutes and is free.
Tours are offered in English but must be arranged in advance via e mail or phone: 073-7777222
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Thursday, June 17, 2010
Friday's Beer Market is the first event of its kind in Israel. Ha Tachana is hosting 20 private breweries who will introduce their unique beers to the public.
All beers are "blue and white" (produced in Israel) and made with love and pride. The market opens at noon and entrance is free.
Don't forget that the Orbanic organic food market is also at Ha Tachana between 8:00 - 14:00. Also at HaTachana until the 1st of July is the exhibit: "How To Illustrate in Four Languages" . The exhibit features the work of students of "illustrating for children" from around the world.
Thursday, June 10, 2010
Trends in Israel seem to originate in Tel Aviv and with opening of the new Le Palais Des Thes shop at the corner of Dizengoff and Gordon a new trend has begun.
Charles Peguine, the owner of the Tel Aviv store is a self described “teaophile”. At this morning’s official opening he introduced François-Xavier Delmas the founder of the Palais Des Thes company. Both Charles and Francois-Xavier explained how their passion for tea led them to the tea business. Charles disclosed that he drinks about 10 cups of tea each day.
The shop is beautifully designed and the displays of both teas and accessories were clearly well thought out. Over 200 teas from around the world are sold in the shop. With the next shipment to Israel “rare and ephemeral” teas will also be available - the “grand cru” of a tea lover’s world.
As for the teas themselves - Fleur de Geisha was served cold this morning and was quite refreshing. Le Palais Des Thes has a very good English website with “bios” of each of the teas offered.
The Peguine family (Charles, Rachel and their daughter Sarah) welcome you to visit the shop to learn more about tea and of course to taste.
Prices for teas range from 23 NIS -300 NIS per hundred grams.
Le Palais Des Thes
Dizengoff 131 (at Gordon)
Sunday – Thursday 10:00 a.m. – 20:00
Fridays - 9:00 a.m. – 15:00
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Sunday, June 6, 2010
UK-based indie rock band Klaxons and popular audio-visual performers Gorillaz Sound System have canceled their performance at the PicNic Festival in Tel Aviv on Saturday.
The Pixies just announced that they are also cancelling their June 9th concert in Ganei Yehoshua. Ticket holders will receive refunds at the Castel Ticket office starting Monday morning. The show producers received the following message from the band's management: "The decision was not takeneasily, and clearly the Israeli fans were waiting for us to visit the the country for a long time. We apologize deeply to the fans , but events beyond our control worked against us. We can only hope for better days , where can we finally see the the long awaited visit the Pixies in Israel." Hmmmmm.
Let's hold our collective breaths - Elton John is coming on the 17th and Rod Stewart on the 20th.
Wednesday, June 2, 2010
The Hebrew Book Week (June 2nd – 12th) originated in 1926 as a “one day event” taking place on Rothschild boulevard in Tel Aviv . The founder of Masada Press, Bracha Peli, launched the first Book Day in 1926, offering books at a discount. Since 1961, the event has become a 10 day affair with all of Israel’s book publishers offering great deals on books. In Tel Aviv the fair is held in Kikar Rabin – check here for hours and events.
The most exciting news from this year’s Shavua Hasefer is the introduction of the "evrit"…the Hebrew electronic book reader. Akin to the Kindle and the Ipad the evrit can be previewed and purchased at 23 Steimatzky stores throughout Israel or through the "evrit" website.
The new evrit Hebrew e reader
Buyers in the first 2 months will receive a 400 NIS credit towards book purchases. Books run between 40-60 NIS. For 1,399 (about $370) the reader weighs just 240 grams, has a 6 inch screen and can hold about 2,000 books. Currentlly, 200 books can be downloaded from the "evrit" estore via WIFI with the plan to have 1,000 titles available by the end of the year.