Wednesday, November 26, 2008

Weekend arts picks

Theater: The world premiere of William Mastrosimone’s Dirty Business, a none-too-veiled fictional version of the political and private life of Sen. John F. Kennedy, ends its run at Manalapan’s Florida Stage this weekend. It deserves to be seen, if only for Gordon McConnell’s performance as charming mobster Sam Giancana. Tickets are $42-$45, available by calling (561) 585-3433. — H. Erstein

Film: Jamie Bell, introduced to film audiences in the title role of Billy Elliot, has grown into an accomplished actor, as evidenced by Mister Foe, a low-budget tale of an emotionally conflicted lad coming of age in Edinburgh, finding first love and first career in the hotel world. Plays Friday through Sunday at Emerging Cinemas, 709 Lake Ave., Lake Worth, the area’s best independent art house. Call the hot line, (561) 296-9382 for show times. — H. Erstein

Chameleon Musicians: For five years the fine Netherlands-born cellist Iris van Eck has been running a good string chamber music series at the Leiser Opera Center in the arts district of downtown Fort Lauderdale. Her new season opens at 3 p.m. Sunday with string trios by Beethoven and Schubert and the great E-flat Piano Quartet of Robert Schumann (with pianist Misha Dacic, a frequent guest), but the cognoscenti will be listening for van Eck to perform one of the three solo cello suites by Max Reger (all of which she'll record in the coming months). Tickets are $30, half that if you're a student. Call 954-761-3435 for more information or visit — G. Stepanich

Masterworks Chorus of the Palm Beaches: It's an all-Bach program for this large (80 voices) professional-and-amateur chorus, now in its 30th season under the direction of the veteran conductor and organist Jack Jones. The Magnificat is paired with the well-known Cantata No. 140, Sleepers, Awake, with four soloists and a full orchestra, in a concert at 5 p.m. Sunday at St. Edward's Catholic Church on Palm Beach. Tickets are $20 and can be had by calling 561-845-9696. — G. Stepanich

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