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Hutzot Hayotzer 2014: Tav Cafe Trapeze Act

Posted by Avital Pinnick on August 31, 2014

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The trapeze act is part of the standard repertoire of the Tav Cafe but it’s always enjoyable. The last time I was here, I was seated almost directly below the trapeze, almost impossible to photograph or video. This time I was in a much better position, at a table in the center of the cafe. If you get there early enough (around 7:15) and can choose your seat, try to snag a place in front of the stage. The floor section with tables is for paying guests (a beer will last you a long time if it doesn’t get knocked over by a juggler). The seats on the outside are for people who don’t want to order anything to eat or drink.

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Hutzot Hayotzer 2014: Balancing at the Tav Cafe

Posted by Avital Pinnick on August 31, 2014

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The Tav Cafe show doesn’t change a lot from year to year but it’s still enjoyable. This woman is balancing on ordinary bottles, set into a wooden base on a table.

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In the photo below, she steps from a steel cylinder to an ordinary glass bottle.

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Now on one hand….

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Hutzot Hayotzer 2014: Mexican Beadwork

Posted by Avital Pinnick on August 28, 2014

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I love the bright colours of Mexican beadwork. I didn’t buy anything this year, though. The prices were somewhat higher and the designs were more mundane. Last year, there were a couple stunning necklaces that I photographed and then kicked myself for not buying on the spot. I bought one of the floral necklaces last year and I hang it on the wall.

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Hutzot Hayotzer 2014: Eli Avisera and the Wood Craft Center

Posted by Avital Pinnick on August 28, 2014

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Eli Avisera was back this year, giving wood-working demonstrations. He founded the Wood Craft Center in 1988 and gives courses. One of my coworkers took a course from him and enjoyed it very much. I’m always fascinated by how he can take a block of wood and turn it into a gorgeous box within minutes. His work is magical (check out the video below).

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The wood is poplar.

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Hutzot Hayotzer 2014: Eviatar Banai

Posted by Avital Pinnick on August 15, 2014

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One aspect of Hutzot Hayotzer (Jerusalem International Arts & Crafts Fair) that we always look forward to is the concerts. For 65 NIS (less than $20), it’s a bargain (if you don’t want to hear the concert you can buy a cheaper ticket for 50 NIS). The last evening we went (Aug. 11), I wasn’t able to visit the craft stalls at because we went to two performances: Tav Cafe, followed by Eviatar Banai. Eviatar Banai is a 41-year-old hozer betshuvah (returnee to Judaism) with a clear tenor voice and a soft rock/ballad style. He belongs to the Banai family,  which has produced a large number of Israeli performers.

The concert was sold out, another reason to buy or pick up your tickets early. Mayor Nir Barkat, in his opening remarks, said that each night of Hutzot Hayotzer was dedicated to a different division of the IDF. (We were wondering why the Armored Corp insignia was displayed on the screen before the concert.) He was followed by a high-ranking officer from the Armored Corp, who gave a short speech about how life has to go on (that division lost a lot of soldiers in Gaza) and we have to keep singing.

I made a short video of one of songs near the end. Around the 45-second mark, he segues from rock to a hassidic nigun and lots of people got up to dance. It was good to forget the war for a while.

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Hutzot Hayotzer 2014: Flamenco Natural

Posted by Avital Pinnick on August 14, 2014

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Flamenco Natural, led by Sharon Saguy, appeared on the small stage of Hutzot Hayotzer (Jerusalem International Arts & Crafts Festival), May 11, 2014. Flamenco is quite popular in Israel. If I were tall, skinny, and blessed with excellent coordination, I’d sign up for classes immediately. <sigh!> Flamenco is beautiful to watch and tricky to photograph without a tripod.

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Hutzot HaYotzer 2012 (Arts & Crafts Fair) – Israeli Pavilion

Posted by Avital Pinnick on September 6, 2012

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I just realised that I never posted the photos I took at the pavilion of Israeli artists at Hutzot HaYotzer (International Arts & Crafts Fair held every August in Jerusalem). The handbags above are made from plastic wrappers that have been cut into oblongs, folded into continuous chains, and eventually stitched together to make fairly durable bags. These colourful bags are made by Natella. I’ve been working on one at home for ages (here’s a good tutorial). Maybe I should take a hint from Natella and either use bigger pieces or make smaller bags! I’m sure I have enough chains to make at least a glasses case and my family would appreciate not seeing bits of plastic around the house.

Am I the only one who finds miniature food irresistible? Apparently not! These beautifully detailed pieces are by Sweet Art Miniatures.

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Unfortunately, I don’t think I recorded the name of the artist who made this lovely chuppah wedding card from cut paper. They were priced so reasonably that they must be laser-cut, not hand-cut.

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Lampshades and hearts made from ribbon.

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Lighting fixtures with doilies

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Mira Raman’s unmistakable acrylic paintings.

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Ceramic dishes that look like lettuce leaves. These were on a windowsill in the Bezalel Art School pavilion. I didn’t see anything that I was interested in buying but these dishes were fun to photograph.

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Video: Hutzot haYotzer 2012, Tav Cafe

Posted by Avital Pinnick on August 26, 2012

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“Tav” means a compartment or cubicle. The Tav Café is literally a cube surrounded on all sides by stages, with a band in one corner, on the second level. I had a seat at the edge, in a corner, so that’s why the angle is the same for all photos and the video. If I’d gotten up to move around someone else would have snagged my seat.

The aerial acrobat in the photo above was less than ten feet above me. I’ve photographed aerial acts before but this is the first time I’ve had to use the wide end of my telephoto! Trying to shoot someone  moving very fast in the dark is always a challenge. I have to crank up the ISO and resign myself to the fact that the photo isn’t going to be tack sharp, although this shot didn’t turn out too badly. Her face is reasonably sharp, even if the angle is a little unflattering (nostrils are rarely a girl’s best feature). Her right leg is sharp, with only a little motion blur in the left leg and the rope. This was cropped so that she would stand out better against the black sky and because I shot with a very wide angle while she was moving around, so that I would have a chance of getting her framed without cutting off a foot.

The performances are a mixture of dance, acting, acrobatics, outlandish costumes. Since this is the second year that I’ve watched the performance I’ve been able to identify some of the regulars. You really need to watch the video to get a sense of the performance, though. One tip: seats are limited and the “real” performance starts after dark (8:10 this year), so grab a seat early. If you’re with kids they might get a bit restless waiting for half an hour. You can sit on the outside for free but the table seats are for people ordering food and drinks.

This talented woman sings, acts, and plays the guitar.

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I’m wondering whether this glass ball juggler was the same guy I photographed at Balabasta last year, with a shorter haircut. Here’s a better shot of his face. Or maybe balancing glass balls on the back of one’s hands is a trend. In the video a musician with a bowed instrument is accompanying him. I think I’ve identified the instrument. It appears to be a Swedish nyckelharpa. (Here’s a link to a video of a solo nyckelharpa played by a master. One of the reasons I like blogging is because it gives me an excuse to look up info on new instruments, objects, artwork, etc.)

Glass Ball Juggler

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Tower of nested plastic water bottles balanced on the chin.

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Video: Hutzot haYotzer 2012, Eastern European Dance

Posted by Avital Pinnick on August 24, 2012

 

I was impressed by the intricate steps done with groups of three. That was new to me, but I’m not a folk dance maven.

I have no idea which country this dance troupe is from because I couldn’t see a sign. There might have been one but the little square was so crowded that I only managed to stand in one corner, with the speakers partially blocking the view.

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Hutzot haYotzer – International Arts & Crafts Fair

Posted by Avital Pinnick on August 24, 2012

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These photos are from the International Pavilion at this year’s Hutzot haYotzer/International Arts & Crafts Fair, held Aug. 6-18, 2012. These colourful corn dolls are from Mexico. They’re made from brightly dyed husks of ears of corn and tied together (the piece of paper says “tiras,” the Hebrew word for corn; I’m glad someone wrote it in English to clarify matters 🙂 ). These are the most exuberant examples of corn dolls I’ve ever seen. The same booth had boxes covered with coloured string, also from Mexico. Although the process is a bit messy, this would be a nice recycling project for kids.

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This year I went twice to Hutzot haYotzer — once with a friend whose husband wasn’t interested in attending (Baruch had just returned from abroad) and the second time with Baruch. Both evenings I spent more time at performances than at the crafts stalls. For the first time I found the crafts a bit disappointing. I always head for the International Pavilion first. This year there seemed to be fewer folk arts and more “designer” crafts (the vivid foam rubber animals from Argentina were cute but not what I was looking for).

There were also fewer artists from abroad. In the Romanian booth a couple women were embroidering and decorating eggs (they were painting directly on the egg, not making resist-dyed pysanky like the ones on the towel, but pysanka-making isn’t a very portable craft).

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The bread underneath the towel is an elaborately braided heart. I’m not sure what it’s significance is. Wedding bread?

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Young woman playing pan pipes. I was pleased with how this portrait shot turned out, considering how quickly it was taken. She had turned her face to a 3/4 angle and was looking up and the microphone wasn’t in front of her. Also, I think that most musicians, especially wind and brass players, look better when they’re posing with their instrument than when playing.

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Chinese calligraphers

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Molas (fairly good quality — fine stitching and neatly worked) cut up and made into absurd little boots and shoes.

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Woman at the Ghana booth. Not a great photo of her but the best one I could get of her wonderful dress.

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The dancers were quite good but the stage was almost inaccessible because of the crowds and staircase along one side. And whose bright idea was it to put enormous speakers at the same level as the stage, on the left front corner?

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