Tel Aviv Diary May 4-8, 2017 - Karen Alkalay-Gut

Tel -Aviv Diary - May 4-8, 2017 - Karen Alkalay-Gut

May 4, 2017

Keeping my fingers crossed that Trump with make a "deal," but little hope. Keeping my fingers crossed that there will be enough water for all of us this summer in a year of drought. Keeping my fingers crossed that Iran is being kept in check... wait - how many fingers do i have to cross? and how come i'm using a totally christian concept of crossing fingers? how desperate am I?

Went to see the place in Herzlia where I'm giving a lecture on Wednesday on Bob Dylan's concept of love in his songs, Beit Kenan. It is a wonderful cozy place with great up-to-date equipment and I hope I don't have the same fashla I had on Sunday at the university where all the equipment failed and my whole lecture was based on visuals.

This Sunday Panic Ensemble is doing a video to raise money for our third disk - i really hope we get ourselves the needed cash to finish this disk and get it to our label in time. Money is not easy to come by in the music business these days. I'll let you know where to send it. I know you want to hear the true stories of Bathsheba, Avishag, Rebecca, Jezebel and the like. What they have to say about their part in the drama.

May 5, 2017

The website is giving me a few problems lately. the technical difficulties make me lose my focus. I forget about Tel Aviv and write about me.

May 6, 2017

What do you do on the Sabbath? We went to the Rosenberg gallery to see Zoya Chernievsky's exhibit with Vera Herst. it was about the monetary success of the Soviet Union in the 20th century. Paintings of plenty in Russian shops and on the tables.

It was truly a surprise exhibit. Zoya's paintings are all over the place, including the walls outside city hall, but they usually show the complexity of life in Israel and in this exhibit i don't see the complexity, only the irony between the title and the content and the reality.

May 8, 2017

Panic Ensemble is doing a restart on Headstart. We filmed this morning all morning and someone will whittle it down to 2 minutes. In Levontin 7, we were met at the door, the usual cat greeted us, but there was no one to turn on the lights. Then we couldnt figure out exactly what we were doing. It took a while to get going, but despite the drawbacks it is clear that this group is worth investing in. the music and the people are incredible.

And Levontin is such a great neighborhood.

What do political results mean? The replacement of Khaled Mashal with Yisrael Haneiya - is it good for us or bad for us? Suddenly on my phone there is a red alert for a rocket in the south. What happened? What does it mean? I know nothing.

What will happen with the French elections today? I suspect Macron will win but with a smaller margin than was thought. But everything raises my blood pressure.


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