Friday, May 8, 2009

Weekend arts picks: May 8-10

A scene from Valentino: The Last Emperor.

Film: You do not need to be immersed in the world of haute couture to appreciate Valentino: The Last Emperor, a meticulous, prying documentary on the great Valentino Garavani, who has held his regal position at the top of the fashion designer pecking order for 45 years. Director Matt Tyrnauer takes us backstage at Valentino’s runway shows and into his personal life with longtime partner Giancarlo Giammetti, viewing scenes of the excess of a genius. Opening today at local theaters. -- H. Erstein

Trent Reznor, founder of Nine Inch Nails.

Music: In a double bill reminiscent of the glory days of the post-grunge era, Trent Reznor's Nine Inch Nails and Perry Farrell's Jane's Addiction are set to appear this evening at the Cruzan Amphiteatre outside West Palm Beach as part of a five-week tour that wraps in June. Streetsweeper guests for the show, which starts at 7 pm. Tickets run from $19-$59. Call 795-8883, or visit www.livenation.com.

Walenstein Symphony Orchestra: The Miami-based youth orchestra presents its second annual Mother’s Day Concert on Saturday evening with music of Mozart, including the Bassoon Concerto (in B-flat, K. 191), with soloist Barbara Bentley, the overture to Idomeneo (K. 366), excerpts from the German Dances (K. 586) and the immortal Symphony No. 40 (in G minor, K. 550). Jean Rudy Perrault conducts. 7: 30 pm, at the Broward Center, Fort Lauderdale. Tickets: $10-$75. Call 954-462-0222, or visit www.browardcenter.org. -- G. Stepanich


Avi Hoffman.

Theater: This is the final weekend for New Vista Theatre’s impromptu talent show and beg-a-thon called The New Vista Variety Hour (and a ½). The company is barely surviving, but it needs to honor its commitments to subscribers and it needs to get out the word that it needs some major financial assistance to return next season.

So Avi Hoffman has enlisted some of South Florida’s best performers to drop by West Boca Community High School’s auditorium and jam for 90 minutes or so in the hope that some wealthy angel, or a lot of small donors with a little extra cash, will step forward. Tickets are a “recession-friendly” $20. Call (561) 482-4144 for details. -- H. Erstein

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