Wednesday, January 21, 2009

Weekend arts picks, Jan. 22-25

Antelope Canyon, a 30- x 36-inch
archival photograph taken by Kevin Boldenow

in May 2008 at Page, Ariz.

Photographer benefits Cancer Alliance: From 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. Thursday, Mos’Art Gallery at 700 Park Ave. in Lake Park presents Visual Poetry, a show to benefit The Cancer Alliance. The show features the infrared landscape photography of Kevin Boldenow, recipient of the 2004 South Florida Cultural Consortium Fellowship Grant. Boldenow also teaches photography at the Lighthouse Center for the Arts in Tequesta. “I want people to feel as if they are a part of the image," he says. "We are a part of nature and coexist with every living thing on this planet. Harming nature inflicts damage on all of us and does away with a piece of our soul.” To make reservations for the event, call (561) 296-1407. — K. Deits

Sophie Milman: In her adoptive Canada, this Russian-born vocalist is a jazz sensation. She won a 2008 Juno Award for her album Make Someone Happy, which includes songs from It Might As Well Be Spring to (It's Not Easy) Bein' Green. At 8 p.m. Thursday at the Eissey Campus Theatre on the campus of Palm Beach Community College in Palm Beach Gardens. Tickets: $15-$72. Call 712-5201 or visit www.jcconline.org. -- G. Stepanich

Norma: Vincenzo Bellini's 1831 opera about the Druid priestess in ancient Gaul who has chastity and jealousy issues -- as well as Casta Diva, one of the greatest of all bel canto arias -- opens Friday as the second of Palm Beach Opera's four productions. With Elizabeth Blancke-Biggs (at right, Friday, Sunday) and Jennifer Check (Saturday, Monday) as Norma, and Renzo Zulian (Friday, Sunday) and Alan Glassman (Saturday, Monday) as Pollione. 7:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday, 2 p.m. Sunday and Monday, at the Kravis Center, West Palm Beach. Tickets: $23-$175. Call 833-7888 (PB Opera) or 832-7469 (Kravis). -- G. Stepanich

Theater: The Caldwell Theatre might have made a strategic mistake by being so eager to produce Peter Morgan’s fascinating verbal slugfest, Frost/Nixon, because it competes with the Oscar-nominated movie version now at your local multiplex. Still, nothing quite compares with the live experience, even if you will find yourself watching the closed-circuit projections of the debates between the British talk show host and the resigned, but not remorseful former president much of the time. In Michael Hall’s take on the play, Frost truly is Nixon’s equal, thanks to a sly performance by Wynn Harmon as the TV personality seemingly out of his league. Continuing through Feb. 8 in Boca Raton. Call (561) 241-7432 for tickets. -- H. Erstein

Benicio Del Toro in a scene from Che.

Film: Director Steven Soderbergh can churn out commercial movies, like his slick Ocean’s Eleven, Twelve, Thirteen series, but his heart is in independent art films, like his ambitious, epic biography of revolutionary Ernesto Guevara, Che. It follows his rebellious ambitions, picking up long after his political awakening detailed in Walter Salles’s Motorcycle Diaries, and taking him from his rise to power with Fidel Castro in Cuba to his defeat in Bolivia. In all, the film runs over four-and-a-half hours, divided into two parts, with Benicio Del Toro a riveting presence in the title role. Before it gets relegated to the small screen, see it this week at Lake Worth’s Emerging Cinemas, with both segments playing in rotation. Opening Friday.
- H. Erstein

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