Veteran American pianist and composer Burt Bacharach will perform in Israel for the first time this summer.
Bacharach, who will celebrate his 85th birthday next month, will give one concert at the Zappa Shuni Amphitheater in the town of Binyamina on July 2.
Throughout his long career, Bacharach created some of the greatest pop classics of all times, including “What the World Needs Now is Love,” “I Say a Little Prayer,” “Magic Moments,” “Walk on By” and many others. He also won three Academy Awards in the music categories and a Grammy.
The concert ticket prices will range between NIS 299-449 (about $82-124), depending on the seat location.
Bacharach composed many of his famous songs to the lyrics of Hal David, his writing partner who died last year. Bacharach worked with many famous artists, including Dionne Warwick, Neil Diamond, Dusty Springfield and Tom Jones, and wrote many musicals and soundtracks for films which became classics, like “Alfie” and “What’s New, Pussycat?”
The younger generation got to know him as a guest star in the Austin Power movies, and he also appeared as a celebrity performer and guest vocal coach for contestants on the television musical reality show, “American Idol.”
Despite his advanced age, Bacharach is currently on a concert tour around the world. After several gigs in the United States, he is performing in South America this month and will travel to Europe in June.
Comedian and actor Andy Dick has been cast for a role in the American remake of Israeli sitcom “Life Isn’t Everything.”
The pilot episode of the multi-camera comedy series, which will be called “Divorce: A Love Story,” will be shot this weekend. The show will be produced by ABC Studios, Sony Pictures Television, Israeli producer Noa Tishby and Reshet, the Israeli company behind the format.
Dick first became known to the public eye in the early 1990s on “The Ben Stiller Show” on the Fox Network. Since then, he appeared on David Letterman’s show on CBS and starred on his own program, “The Andy Dick Show,” on MTV for three seasons. He is currently a contestant on “Dancing with the Stars.”
Dick, 47, who will play the role portrayed by actor Motti Katz in the Israeli version, will be joining a cast which already includes actors Jason Jones, Andrea Anders and Adam Goldberg.
The new series, based on the successful Israeli format which aired on Channel 2 for nine seasons, follows a couple which discovers it cannot function together or apart after getting divorced.
The series was initially sold to CBS about a year ago, but after the network decided to drop it, it was purchased by ABC. Daniel Lappin, who created the Israeli series, will write the American version as well alongside “Friends” writer Mike Sikowitz.
Chef Asaf Granit of Machneyuda (Photo: Tom Lahat)
A culinary celebration will be held in Los Angeles on the State of Israel’s 65th Independence Day. The local consulate has decided to divert from the tradition of a holiday reception, and instead offer pro-Israel celebrities in the West Coast of the United States a taste of Israeli wine and gourmet food.
Israel’s consul-general in Los Angeles, David Siegel, has invited the chefs of Jerusalem’s famous Machneyuda restaurant – Asaf Granit and Uri Navon – to cooperate with well-known chefs in LA and present the culinary prosperity in the Israeli kitchen.
The chefs will offer a menu consisting of Machneyuda’s best dishes, replacing the fresh produce of Jerusalem’s Mahane Yehuda Market with that of Santa Monica Farmers’ Market.
“In Hollywood there are two options: Either talking about the conflict, and you can talk to yourself about that, or working on issues they are interested in, like television and productions in Israel which we are trying to promote, and bringing food and wine made in Israel to Hollywood,” explained Consul-General Siegel.
“We engage in exposing the different angles of Israel – from high-tech to the industry, to art, cinema and culinary culture.”
As part of the celebrations, the two Israeli chefs will be the guests of Nobu Malibu, which is part of a chain of restaurants co-founded by actor Robert De Niro and Israeli film producer Meir Teper.
The restaurant, which hosts top Hollywood stars, is located on the Malibu beach and has become the meeting place for the likes of Steven Spielberg and David Geffen.
Stoudemire will serve as an assistant coach for the Canadian men’s basketball team in the Maccabiah Games in Israel this summer.
The competition will be held for two weeks in mid-July.
“From a pure basketball perspective, to have someone who’s competed at the highest level of basketball with us is invaluable,” said Alex Brainis, the head of the Canadian delegation for the Maccabiah Games.
Stoudemire is currently rehabbing a knee injury and hopes to be back during the postseason.
The Knicks forward has been active off the court during his rehabilitation. He plans to unveil a documentary titled “Amar’e Stoudemire: In The Moment” on April 19.
Stoudemire is also no stranger to Israel.
While Israel has been making headlines for the regular flow of “A List” musicians to perform in the Jewish state recently, a rock star of another kind is expected to land at Ben-Gurion Airport this June.
British theoretical physicist Stephen Hawking will be in Israel this summer to participate in the fifth President’s Conference, “Facing Tomorrow.”
The wheelchair-bound Hawking, who has had Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS) – also referred to Lou Gehrig’s disease – for decades, will be making his first sojourn to Israel since his 2006 visit, when he was invited by the British Embassy to tour and meet with local scientists.
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