Thursday, June 4, 2009

Weekend arts picks: June 5-7

Whatever, by Karla Walter.

Art: The Educational Gallery Group, better known as Eg², is usually dedicated to showcasing the work of students in visual and performing arts, but for the month of June, it is featuring the work of seven local art educators who create art with clay.

Revolve: ceramic interpretations, which opens with a reception Friday from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m., was organized by Helen Otterson, director of ceramics at the Armory Art Center in West Palm Beach. Two Armory resident artists, Bethany Krull and Daniel Teran, are participating, as are Palm Beach Community College professor Nazaré Feliciano, gallery director Karla Walter and instructor Justin Lambert (who also runs Jupiter’s Live Oak Pottery). Representing Florida Atlantic University is instructor Elizabeth Coleman.

Ceramics is a highly diverse medium, and the work ranges from Otterson's biomorphic sculptural forms that represent human encounter with disease to Walter’s begging dog on a pedestal, which explores emotional connections between humans and their canine companions.

Mexican Emigrant Ballad, by Nazaré Feliciano.

Krull’s highly detailed, white sculptures of insects and other natural creatures reflect the beauty and fragility of nature, while Coleman’s sculptures are sensual. Feliciano's conceptual work depicts ritual and tradition in a non-traditional manner, such as her porcelain quilts stitched together with steel. Teran’s wheel-thrown vessels have narrative drawings interwoven with decorative elements, and Lambert’s wood-fired vessels are artistically beautiful and functional as well.

Momentary Harmony, by Helen Otterson.

The Eg² Northwood Gallery, 408 Northwood Ave. in West Palm Beach, is open to the public, and there is no charge for admission. Gallery hours are Tuesday through Friday from 4 p.m. to 9 p.m. and Saturday from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. The exhibit runs through June 30. For more information, call Helen Otterson (858) 334-3764. -- K. Deits

Maude Maggart, chanteuse.

Music: The season has ended, but the cabaret lingers on. The Royal Room at Palm Beach's Colony Hotel is scheduling acts right through the summer, and this weekend it's Maude Maggart, whom you may know better as Fiona Apple's elder sister. But Maggart and her sister come from two older generations of entertainers, and the music of the Great American Songbook is in their blood. Maggart appears two consecutive weekends -- Friday and Saturday and again June 12-13 --- at the Royal Room. Tickets are $50 with cover for the show, or $85 with dinner. Call 659-8100 or visit

Kim Morgan Dean and Marc Zeisler in Yankee Tavern.

Theater: Some of the best American dramas have been set in bars, where whiskey-soaked truths are eventually revealed. Steven Dietz’s Yankee Tavern, now getting a first-rate world premiere production at Florida Stage through June 21, but do not look for answers in this gregarious exploration of conspiracy theories and chilling paranoia. Still, this post-9/11 tale is very entertaining, even as it creeps us out, with four delicious performances by William McNulty, Antonio Amadeo, Kim Morgan Dean and Marc Zeisler. A fine end to an uneven season in Manalapan. Call (561) 585-3433 for tickets. -- H. Erstein

Red West and Souleyman Sy Savane in Goodbye Solo.

Film: Blowing Rock, N.C., is a breathtaking, mystical part of the world, but see Ramin Bahrani’s haunting independent film, Goodbye Solo, and you will never think of the place the same way again. That is the destination that a hollow-eyed old curmudgeon (Red West) asks Senegalese cab driver Solo (Souleymane Sy Savane) to take him, perhaps where he intends to end his life. Despite the potboiler premise, Bahrani turns the film into a compelling exploration of two diverse characters, without ever divulging much about either man. Opening this weekend at Regal Shadowood and Regal Delray Beach. -- H. Erstein

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