Madonna’s Second Date in Israel

Madonna will resume her international Sweet & Sticky Tour in London on the 4th of July. The tour will end in Israel. After the September 1, 2009, concert in Tel Aviv quickly sold out, a second performance date was added for September 2, 2009. It has been 16 years since the pop diva last performed in Israel, although she has been a visitor to the country a couple of times since then.

While in Israel, Madonna plans to go to the Wailing Wall with her children, including her newly adopted Malawi daughter Mercy, age 3 or 4, and adopted Malawi son David Banda, 3.

The Israeli tabloid Yedioth Ahronoth reports that Madonna’s friend Justin Timberlake will be joining her in Israel. The two share an enthusiasm for Kabbalah. Mr. Timberlake has been studying the esoteric Jewish mysticism at the London Center with Madonna.

There have been no announced plans that Mr. Timberlake will perform on the Sweet & Sticky Tour, but it is rumored that there may be some onstage surprises.


Hollywood Walk of Fame 2010

The Hollywood Chamber of Commerce released the names of the 28 celebrities who will be honored with a pink terrazzo five-pointed star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame in 2010, the Walk’s 50th anniversary.

The 2010 Hollywood Walk of Fame recipients are:

  • Motion Pictures:
    James Cameron, Russell Crowe, John Cusack, Colin Firth, Gale Anne Hurd, Alan Menken, Randy Newman, Adam Sandler, Emma Thompson and Mark Wahlberg
  • Television:
    Chris Berman, Jon Cryer, Peter Graves, Jimmy Kimmel, Julia Louis-Dreyfus, Bill Maher, and Sam Waterston
  • Recording:
    Bryan Adams, The Funk Brothers, Alan Jackson, Chaka Khan, Van Morrison, Marco Antonio Solis, Ringo Starr, ZZ Top and posthumously Roy Orbison
  • Live Performance/Theatre:
    Andrea Bocelli and Cirque Du Soleil/Guy Laliberte

Andrea Bocelli & Gianluca Ginoble

He is being called “the new Andrea Bocelli,” and if you watch a couple of the performance videos on YouTube of 14-year old singing prodigy Gianluca Ginoble performing in Ti Lascio Una Canzone, you will know why.

The video below shows Andrea Bocelli addressing a very surprised and emotional Gianluca Ginoble. If, like mine, your understanding of Italian is very limited, you can still appreciate the moment.

See Also:
The New Italian Trio, Leaving Us a Song [Art2u: Art Right; June 19, 2009]

The New Italian Trio, Leaving Us a Song

A friend recently shared this video on Facebook. This trio of tenors, Ignazio Boschetto, 14, Gianluca Ginoble, 14, and Piero Barone, 15, perform O Sole Mio in Italy’s talent show, Ti Lascio Una Canzone. They will amaze you:

The young man in the middle, Gianluca Ginoble, was the winner of the 2009 talent show. Not surprisingly, he is being compared to il maestro Andrea Bocelli.

Israeli or Palestinian?

Do you know the difference between an Israeli and a Palestinian?

That’s not a joke and there is no punch line. It’s a question raised by Swiss photographer Olivier Suter in his project Enemies.

Last March while on a trip to Israel and the Palestinian territories, Mr. Suter asked Palestinians for photographs that he could use to compare with photographs of Israelis. He then published the eight photos he received in an ad in the Israeli newspaper Haaretz, with the words “Wanted: people who look alike.” There was no mention in the ad that the people in the pictures were Arabs.

enemies_275x170The photograph on the left shows five-year old Adam Shurati, who lives in Bet Hanina, a Palestinian suburb of Jerusalem. On the right is an Israeli, Hadas Maor, in a photograph taken many years ago when she was six years old.

Hadas’ father Yehuda said, “Ben-Gurion was right when he said ‘The Palestinians are not our cousins, they’re our brothers. Turns out, they could be twins.”

Adam’s mother Nancy was surprised but happy about the resemblance between the children. But, she says, Adam is not too pleased that he looks like a girl.

See Also:
Can you tell the difference between an Israeli and a Palestinian? [Haaretz; May 30, 2009]

Mona Lisa Revealed

An exhibit entitled Joconde: From the Mona Lisa to the Nude Gioconda is on display from June 14 through September 30, 2009, at the Museo Ideale Leonardo Da Vinci in Vinci, Italy, Leonardo’s birthplace. It features 5,000 paintings, sculpture and new media created over the past 500 years, inspired by Leonardo’s immortal portrait of Mona Lisa.

One of the paintings was recently discovered behind the paneled wall of a private library, where it was hidden for nearly a century. It is a portrait of a naked Mona Lisa, and was once owned by Napoleon Bonaparte’s uncle, the French ambassador to the Vatican, Cardinal Joseph Fesch.

Stupid Cellphone Tricks

TrixCell, established in 2007, is the first company to introduce the concept of mobile magic. The company was founded by its Chief Executive Officer, Shlomi Grandes, who is a lawyer and media producer, and Menny Lindenfeld, TrixCell’s Chief Creative Officer, who is an artist, graphic designer and magician. The company develops magic trick applications for your cellphone. They are currently marketing six products:

  • Spoon!
  • Pyro
  • digiWallet
  • Ticker
  • 3Cups
  • CardOmen

The mobile phone tricks were developed under the direction of Mr. Lindenfeld, who called upon the expertise of “Shadow Magicians,” who are some of the biggest names in the Magician world, but whose identities are a closely kept secret.

Developing the applications was a challenge. “The first issue required a strong learning curve on our part since we needed to make sure the applications worked on all levels of phones – smartphones, java phones, etc.,” Mr. Grandes said. “We also wanted to make sure we were compatible with phones sold in the Far East, where we believed the applications would be very popular.”

This video shows a demonstration of Spoon!

TrixCell is based in Tel Aviv, Israel. The applications are available for purchase on line and through many cell phone companies.

See Also:
Turning your cell phone into a magic show [Israel21c; June 15, 2009]