The new commercial, launched by the Israeli government in an attempt to lure Diaspora youth – specifically North Americans and Russians- is  highly entertaining.

Kicking off @pepsi today!

Kicking off @pepsi today!

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A Domino’s commercial for Specialty Chicken celebrates innovation with the concept that “failure is an option.” Read the full article here

On Wednesday, July 16th, 2014 two giants in their respective fields, Hans Zimmer and Zubin Mehta, held court  at the Wallis Annenberg Center for the Performing Arts, where Zimmer was bestowed a lifetime achievement award by the American Friends of the Israel Philharmonic Orchestra.  Afterwards, guests were treated to dinner on the terrace by Wolfgang Puck.
Honoree Hans Zimmer and Benefit Chairman, Matti Leshem

Honoree Hans Zimmer and Benefit Chairman, Matti Leshem — at Wallis Annenberg Center for the Performing Arts.

ctress Elizabeth Chambers and actor Armie Hammer

Actress Elizabeth Chambers and actor Armie Hammer

Producer George Schlatter and Jolene Brand

Producer George Schlatter and Jolene Brand

Actress Gianna Simone

Actress Gianna Simone

Composer John Powell

Composer John Powell

Actor Michael Nouri

Actor Michael Nouri

The Israel Philharmonic - הפילהרמונית הישראלית performing at the Wallis Annenberg Center for the Performing Arts

The Israel Philharmonic – הפילהרמונית הישראלית performing at the Wallis Annenberg Center for the Performing Arts

Conductor Zubin Mehta onstage with the Israel Philharmonic Orchestra

Conductor Zubin Mehta onstage with the Israel Philharmonic Orchestra

 Conductor Zubin Mehta presents Hans Zimmer with a Lifetime Achievement Award — at Wallis Annenberg Center for the Performing Arts.


Conductor Zubin Mehta presents Hans Zimmer with a Lifetime Achievement Award — at Wallis Annenberg Center for the Performing Arts.

he post-concert dinner on the terrace at the Wallis Annenberg Center for the Performing Arts

he post-concert dinner on the terrace at the Wallis Annenberg Center for the Performing Arts

The man of the night! Hans Zimmer on the red carpet

The man of the night! Hans Zimmer on the red carpet

On Wednesday, July 16th, the American Friends of The Israel Philharmonic will bestow a Lifetime Achievement Award to legendary music composer Hans Zimmer. If you’ve watched movies in the 21st century (or the twentieth for that matter) you’ve heard his music. Even if you’re a person who doesn’t “listen” to film scores you’ve been moved by his music in such spectacular films as Man Of Steel, Gladiator, Pirates Of The Caribbean, The Dark Knight, Sherlock Holmes, The Da Vinci Code, The Lion King and the list goes on. His versatility as a composer knows no bounds and filmmakers from Chris Nolan to Guy Ritchie to Jerry Bruckheimer all call on him when they need to bring their movies to life. And that’s what film scores do. They bring movies to life.

The Israel Philharmonic Orchestra (with members hailing from over 20 countries) under the baton of Maestro Zubin Mehta (who was born in Bombay) will play a Hans Zimmer program (he’s from Germany) all to benefit the orchestra. The polyglot nature of this event is very much in keeping with the rich cultural life of Israel itself. Unlike America that is a proverbial melting pot, Israel is more like a stew, where all the different ethnicities and cultures don’t really boil down but effect each other’s tastes. You might not like a particular bite of the stew but overall it’s delicious and the exclusion of any one ingredient would detract from the whole.

The Orchestra was famously started by musicians escaping the holocaust and has grown as Israel has grown. You’d be hard pressed to find a world-class orchestra in any other country that is a mere 66 years old. The Israel Phil is the greatest non-political Ambassador for Israeli culture in the world and that’s why I support it. This is a very good time for everyone to remember that Israel is not just a place where civilians are rained upon by terrorist rockets. This will hopefully pass very quickly. It’s also an amazing country that compared to it’s tiny population disproportionately excels in technology, agriculture, innovation and culture. If you’ve been to Israel recently you’d be amazed by the music, art and culinary scenes… all vibrant and rich and multi-layered, like Israel itself. If you haven’t, go… just wait for the shelling to stop. On Wednesday night we’ll have the opportunity to see a piece of this multi-layered world as members of the philharmonic play pieces from Sherlock Holmes, The DaVinci Code, Pirates of The Carribean with a little Schubert thrown in for good measure. He’ll be in good company with Hans.

You can support the orchestra by simply signing up to the AFIPO Facebook page, following them on Twitter @amfriendsIPO, or on Instagram @amfriendsipo. For every new follower the West Coast Council will donate a dollar up to $50,000.

Hans Zimmer Honored with a Star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame on December 8, 2010On Wednesday, July 16th, the American Friends of the Israel Philharmonic Orchestra (AFIPO) will bestow their first ever Lifetime Achievement Award to the renowned Oscar-winning film composer Hans Zimmer. The evening will feature members of the Israel Philharmonic Orchestra, conducted by Maestro Zubin Mehta, in a performance of some of Zimmer’s most legendary works. Zimmer shares with AFIPO the belief that through music, cultural boundaries can be overcome and diverse audiences can be united, making him an incomparable selection for the organization’s first Lifetime Achievement Award. The event, which will be chaired by Lynn Harris and Matti Leshem, will also recognize Zimmer for his ongoing humanitarian efforts and intense commitment to fighting injustice.
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matti-leshem-first-blog-postIn 2008, Damien Hirst’s Golden Calf, a dead cow in formaldehyde, sold for $17.3 million – the most ever paid for a living British artist’s work. But on June 30th, Peter Doig’s Country Rock (Wing Mirror) is likely to shatter the new record.

If you think tracking the metrics of the most expensive work sold at auction by a living artist is an arcane (if nerdy) pastime, you’d be right. But looking at these two images side by side you are forced to wonder: how did we get from a dead cow to a pastoral landscape? Read the full article here

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