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Show-business legend Barbra Streisand will perform for the first time ever in Israel this summer. She’s booked to give two concerts in Tel Aviv’s Bloomfield Stadium, June 20 and 22.

Streisand is also expected to appear for a private performance at the annual Presidential Conference in Jerusalem in honour of President Shimon Peres’ 90th birthday two days prior to her concert.

The American singer-actor has sold a cumulative total of 140 million records worldwide and won eight Grammy Awards, five Emmy Awards and two Academy Awards.

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Lenka Lichtenberg Concert: Musician Lenka Lichtenberg celebrates the release of her new CD Embrace with a CD launch concert featuring Lichtenberg with her group Fray and additional musicians. Glenn Gould Studio, 250 Front St. W. April 28, 8 p.m. $25, $15 for seniors and students. 416-872-4255, www.cbc.ca/glenngould

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Writing Workshops: Author Benjamin Hackman leads two writing workshops at the Miles Nadal Jewish Community Centre. The Art and Craft of Poetry runs Thursdays from April 18 to June 27, 7 to 9 p.m. The Art and Craft of Short Fiction runs Sundays, April 21, to June 23, 6:45 to 8:45 p.m. Each course is $235. 416-924-6211, ext. 154, sharonis@mnjcc.org

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Names in the News: Montreal writer Dana Szeflan Bell has recently published Danusia: The Story of a Child Survivor. Beginning from the age of two, Bell survived a wartime ordeal of being deported in a cattle car to a remote slave labour camp in northern Russia. Enhancing her memory with knowledge gained from copious research, she describes the abuse and hunger she suffered along with hundreds of thousands of others who were subjected to similar treatment.

 Yad Vashem recently asked Bell to participate in a ceremony that will honour Holocaust survivors in Ottawa on April 23. A book launch takes place in Montreal on April 29.  

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Names in the News II: Acting Up Stage Company presents Falsettos, a play about the birth of a non-traditional family in 1979. The cast includes 11-year-old actor Michael Levinson, who has already had much experience over the past few years in both theatre and television. Acting Up’s executive producer is Mitchell Marcus. 

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Concert for Heart and Stroke Foundation: Hit That Jive Jack is a concert-cabaret being staged to raise funds for the Heart and Stroke Foundation. The event features Kelly Holliff hosting, singing, telling stories and inviting well-known theatrical performers to sing with her. Last year’s concert sold more than 300 tickets and raised $12,000. Capital Theatre, 2492 Yonge St. Sunday, April 28, 8 to 11 p.m. www.hitthatjivejack.com

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Arts in Brief

• There are still several days of programming left in this year’s Toronto Jewish Film Festival, which finished on April 21. www.tjff.com

 • The Israeli movie Ha’lehaka (The Troupe) is being screened in celebration of Yom Ha’atzmaut in an Israeli Movie Night and Sing-along. Miles Nadal JCC, Saturday, April 20, 7:30 p.m. $5 at the door.

• Film critic Adam Nayman continues his series on the Coen brothers with a session titled “Political Science: Barton Fink and Burn After Reading.” Miles Nadal JCC, Monday, April 22, 7 to 9 p.m. $12, students $6. 416-924-6211, ext. 606, film@mnjcc.org

• Active Seniors & Boomers presents Osnat Lipa talking about influential Jewish artists. Miles Nadal JCC, April 23 and 30, 1:30 p.m. Cost $15.

• Arthur Schnitzler’s “sex-drenched shocker,” adapted for modern audiences by Jason Sherman, is currently on stage at Soulpepper. Visit the website www.soulpepper.ca for showtimes and tickets.

• Newly released tickets for $100 are now available for Koffler Rocks!, a fundraising concert featuring Randy Bachman and special guests, hosted by writer-raconteur Michael Wex. Funds to benefit the Koffler Centre of the Arts. Artscape Wychwood Barns, 601 Christie St. Thursday, May 2, reception 6:30 p.m., performance 8:30 p.m. www.kofflerarts.org

 • The Isrock Festival presents a taste of Israel in Toronto with a concert by the hip-hop ensemble Hadag Nahash, as well as performances by Mashina and Yael Deckelbaum. Sound Academy, 11 Polson St. Sunday, April 28, doors open 7 p.m. for 8 p.m. concert. VIP $180, general $65, student $55. Presented by the Motek Cultural Initiative, motektoronto.com 

• Eye On Arts has received late word that first-time Israeli author Ayelet Tsabari, whose new book is The Best Place on Earth, was a featured artist at the recently concluded Spur Festival of Politics, Art and Ideas, which ran in mid-month in Toronto, and which is scheduled for Winnipeg in late April and in Vancouver in mid-June. The Toronto Spur Festival also featured New Yorker senior writer Hendrik Hertzberg and playwright Hannah Moscovitch.

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