Thursday, February 12, 2009

Weekend arts picks: Feb. 12-15

Jake Ehrenreich.

The multi-talented, ingratiating Jake Ehrenreich has returned to West Palm Beach’s Cuillo Centre for another winter season of his nostalgic one-man show, A Jew Grows in Brooklyn. He draws on his memories of his East Flatbush neighborhood in the 1960s in an evening that is part stand-up comedy, part musical and part tribute to his family — both Holocaust survivors and victims. Ehrenreich comes from the tradition of show business performers who will knock themselves out to entertain, and he has a built-in appeal, even if you are not Jewish and have never been to Brooklyn. Through April 5 at the Cuillo Centre for the Arts, (561) 835-9226. — H. Erstein

Roses on a Palette (c. 1883), by Martin Johnson Heade.
In the Questroyal booth at the Palm Beach Jewelry, Art and Antique Show.

Art: Celebrating its sixth year, the Palm Beach Jewelry, Art and Antique show opens to the public Saturday and runs through Tuesday. It features more than 200 exhibitors at the Palm Beach County Convention Center in West Palm Beach. A private preview Friday night to benefit the Palm Beach County Historical Society opens at 5:30 p.m. and runs until 10 p.m. For tickets to that event ($175 each), call Paula Martin at 832-4164, ext. 103. The regular show runs from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. each day except Tuesday, when it closes at 6 p.m. Tickets: $15. For more information, call 822-5440 or visit the Website.

Also this weekend, the ArtiGras Fine Arts Festival -- now in its 24th year and billed as one of the top 50 such festivals in the United States -- returns to the Abacoa Town Center in Jupiter from Saturday through Monday. With more 300 artists presenting their works, it's an excellent opportunity to personally meet them and add to your collection. ArtiGras also includes live entertainment, a celebrity art auction and children's activities. One-day tickets are $6, and a three-day pass is just $12. For more information, visit the Website or call the Northern Palm Beach County Chamber of Commerce at 748-3945. -- K. Deits

Seraphic Fire, the Miami-based chamber choir.

Music: If you can take a long lunch hour today, catch Seraphic Fire at the Harriet Himmel Theater in CityPlace, where the Miami-based chamber choir will present Ikon, music from the Russian Orthodox tradition. This exceptional group of vocalists presents concerts remarkable for their beauty and diversity, thanks to the programming wizardry of director Patrick Dupre Quigley. The concert begins at 1 p.m. today, but if you can't make it, you can catch the choir three more times: at 7:30 p.m. at First United Methodist in Coral Gables, 8 p.m. Saturday at All Saints Episcopal in Fort Lauderdale, and at 4 p.m. Sunday at the Miami Beach Community Church. Tickets: $30. Call 305-476-0620 or visit the Website.

If you're more interested in solo musicians, Lynn University offers pianist Robert McDonald, who was a pianist for violinist Isaac Stern, on Saturday evening in a recital that includes music by Schumann (the Fantasy , Op. 17) and a fine rarity, the Five Pieces, Op. 59, of the great Danish composer Carl Nielsen. 7:30 p.m. Saturday at Lynn's Amarnick-Goldstein Concert Hall. Tickets: $25. Call 237-9000.

Or if the violin is what you want to hear over Valentine's Day weekend, Robert Davidovici of Florida International University takes the solo spotlight Sunday at St. Paul's Episcopal in Delray Beach with the monumental D minor Partita (the one with the Chaconne) of J.S. Bach, Ysaye (Third Sonata), Orlando Garcia (imagenes sonoros congelados) and Frederick Kaufman (Feedback). 3 p.m. at St. Paul's. Tickets: $15-$18. Call 278-6003. -- G. Stepanich

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