Thursday, March 12, 2009

Weekend arts picks: March 12-17

Figure Study (24 by 36 inches), a drawing
by Oakland Park artist Grant Strawcutter.

Pictures to peep by: This weekend at the Bruce Webber and Meyerhoefer galleries, both in Lake Worth, it's an exhibition of exhibitionism, as viewers are invited to take a look at nudes and erotica from classic pinups and sculpture to new work by several South Florida artists.

“The work ranges from classic pencil sketches to color photography with embellishment,” said Peter Meyerhoefer, curator of his On the Side gallery's event, titled Peep Show. “There are many people that appreciate the nude figure. Some people find it offensive and others wonder what the fuss is about. Some of the work is edgy, but none are pornographic."

At the Webber Gallery's exhibit, titled Get Nude in Lake Worth, Sixties pinup girls and paintings on black velvet are among the items on display. “It is interesting to see how we have loved the figure over the years and how times have changed and not changed,” Meyerhoefer added.

Peep Show features the works of Robert Felthaus, Tom Foral, Teresa Korber, Gregory Little, Kurt Merkel, Glen Mitchell, Grant Strawcutter and James Wallace. Meet the artists at the opening reception from 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. Saturday at the gallery, which is at 11 North K St. in downtown Lake Worth. The Webber Gallery is at 705 Lucerne Ave. in Lake Worth. -- K. Deits

Jodi Langel as Eva Peron in Evita.

Theater: The bane of critics but the darling of audiences, bombastic composer Andrew Lloyd Webber has at least one solid, dramatic show to his credit and it is Evita, the biography of Argentine Eva Peron, who slept her way to power, becoming the idol of the impoverished masses. With cunning lyrics by Tim Rice, this all-sung musical is hardly the celebration of Eva, but takes a jaundiced look at her career through the eyes of an enigmatic character named Che.

Jodi Langel, a veteran of two previous productions of Evita, dons the iconic white gown and belts out Don’t Cry For Me, Argentina, beginning Tuesday at the Maltz Jupiter Theatre, continuing through April 5. Call (561) 575-2223 for tickets.

Jeanne Moreau and Hippolyte Girardot
in One Day You'll Understand.

Film: Israeli director Amos Gitai goes French with his newest film, One Day You’ll Understand, but his subject is the Holocaust and its continuing ramifications and reverberations.

A businessman grew up a Catholic, but with his curiosity whetted by the broadcast trial of Gestapo leader Klaus Barbie, he investigates his own past, uncovering a secret -- OK, you’ll probably guess it ahead of time -- long held by his wily mother (the legendary Jeanne Moreau). The film is understated, but its cumulative impact is powerful. Opening locally Friday. -- H. Erstein

A page from the finale of Beethoven's Ninth Symphony.

Music: The third annual Festival of the Arts Boca finishes up this weekend with the Ninth Symphony of Beethoven, conducted by Itzhak Perlman, who will lead the Russian National Orchestra, the Master Chorale of South Florida and four soloists --- soprano Layla Claire, mezzo Kelley O'Connor, tenor John Tessier and bass Kyle Ketelsen-- in this 1824 work, which is as much a cultural touchstone as it is a piece of music. That's at 7 p.m. Sunday, but there are three other events before that:

Tonight, Perlman and the Klezmer All-Stars play the traditional folk music of the Jews of Eastern Europe in a program called In the Fiddler's House (7 p.m.), while on Friday, conductor Alondra de la Parra leads the RNO in music more or less from the Americas, including Gershwin (Rhapsody in Blue, with pianist Ana Karina Alamo), Getty (the Plump Jack Overture), and Dvorak (the New World Symphony). Violinist Joshua Bell will make a brief appearance in the Introduction and Rondo Capriccioso of Camille Saint-Saens, and cellist Nina Kotova will play the same composer's First Cello Concerto (in A minor, Op. 33). Friday's concert starts at 7:30 pm.

And on Saturday, the Boca fest ups the Chautauqua factor with a literary panel from Florida Atlantic University featuring Emanuele Pettener, Andrew Furman and Jason Schwartz. There's no charge for this 2 p.m. event. Tickets for the concerts tonight and Friday range from $50 to $125, and tickets for the Ninth, which was almost sold out last week, range from $75 to $250. For more information, call 866-571-2787. -- G. Stepanich

Boston Pops: Keith Lockhart leads the nation’s pre-eminent pops orchestra in music from film and Broadway, joined by singers Marin Mazzie and Jason Danieley. Two shows Sunday at the Kravis Center, at 2 p.m. and 8 p.m. Tickets: $20-$150 (Kravis). Call 832-7469 or visit -- G. Stepanich

Karol Szymanowski (1882-1937).

Vistula Quartet: A young quartet from Poland – violinists Zofia Wojniakiewicz and Oriana Bogdanowicz, violist Maria Dutka and cellist Piotr Gluszynski -- makes its Florida debut in the Kravis Center’s Young Artists Series on Monday. Here's a chance to hear a piece by one of Poland's most important but sadly underrated composers, Karol Szymanowski, when the Vistula plays his String Quartet No. 2, Op. 56. Also on the program are the Mozart Dissonant Quartet (in C, K. 465) and the F minor Quartet (Op. 80) of Mendelssohn. 7:30 p.m. Monday at Kravis' Rinker Playhouse. Tickets: $30. Call 832-7469 or visit -- G. Stepanich

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