Wednesday, December 31, 2008

Weekend Arts Picks

A village maiden falls in love with a prince
who's betrothed to someone else in 'Giselle.'

DANCE: The mid-19th century French composer Adolphe Adam is best-known in this country for two pieces: the Christmas carol O Holy Night and the score to the ballet Giselle, which premiered in 1841. Giselle is the timeless tale of a village maiden who falls for a prince-in-disguise who's betrothed to someone else. The State Ballet Theatre of Russia performs the work at 8 p.m. Friday, at the Kravis Center. Tickets are $20-$70. Call 832-7469 or visit — G. Stepanich

MUSIC: Seeing a concert at Whitehall, the Gilded Age estate of Henry Flagler, is a special experience in which the surroundings compete with the music for the title of most elegant. The Flagler Museum concert series begins Tuesday night with the Baltimore-based Poulenc Trio: Pianist Irina Lande, oboist Vladimir Lande and bassoonist Bryan Young. The program includes music by the group's namesake, Francis Poulenc, as well as Andre Previn. The concert begins at 7:30 pm Tuesday, Jan. 6. Tickets are $60. Call 655-2833. — G. Stepanich

The Kravis Center's series of Rinker Playhouse concerts featuring emerging musicians brings the pianist and tech advocate Hugh Sung to the venue with the other members of his trio, accordionist Lidia Kaminska and saxophonist Doug O'Connor. That promises a novel and fascinating mix of music, which in this case includes sonatas by the American composers Paul Creston and John Harbison, tangos by the Argentinian composer Astor Piazzolla, and an arrangement of a movement from Mozart's Sinfonia Concertante, originally for violin, viola and orchestra. The Hugh Sung Trio appears at 7:30 p.m. Monday, Jan. 5. Tickets: $30. Call 832-7469 or visit — G. Stepanich

FILM: If you were discerning, you passed on seeing Twilight, the teen romance/vampire movie, and waited for the arrival of a genuine art house film about the undead. Like Let the Right One In, a Swedish release about a young outcast who is bullied at school and befriended by a new neighbor girl who, yup, only seems to emerge after dark. From the land of Ingmar Bergman comes this moody tone poem on alienation, friendship and fang marks. Opening Friday at Emerging Cinemas in Lake Worth and playing through the week. Call (561) 296-9382 for specific show times.

THEATER: Profanely abusive and dependent on alcohol and drugs, actress Tallulah Bankhead is fertile territory for a biographical play. Give playwright Matthew Lombardo (Tea at Five) credit, though, for not making his new script, Looped, a one-woman show, for giving it a strong dramatic context — the difficult “looping” session for Bankhead’s final film, Die! Die! My Darling! — and for casting Valerie Harper as the Southern hellcat. The pre-Broadway engagement is in previews now, opens officially Jan. 7 and continues at the Cuillo Centre in West Palm Beach through Feb. 15. Call (561) 835-9226 for tickets.

FROM THE MEA CULPA DEPARTMENT: Here's a bit of year-end bad news-good news. The bad news is that in my review of The Curious Case of Benjamin Button, I misattributed the extraordinary make-up work on the film not to multiple Oscar winner Greg Cannom, but to one of his assistants. For that, I apologize to Mr. Cannom and — don't you love the flexibility of on-line papers? — the reference has already been corrected. The good news? It was Mr. Cannom who called the error to our attention, so maybe Palm Beach ArtsPaper has already become a must read for those in the know in the film industry. — H. Erstein

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