Thursday, August 6, 2009

Weekend arts picks: August 7-9

Jazzman, by Sharon Koskoff.

Art: Watching artists create their work can be fascinating, as it allows one to enter into their world, watch their processes, and then see the images emerge from a blank canvas. This Friday night, starting at 7 p.m., 20 artists will start with a 16-inch-by-20-inch canvas and for the next 90 minutes will create their work in a variety of mediums on site at the Organic Music Café in Lake Worth.

At 8:45 p.m., an auction will begin, with bids starting at $20. It’s an opportunity to mingle with the art community of emerging and established regional artists and art lovers and buy art for your collection. The Twenty Artists/Twenty Bucks event has been organized by independent art curator and artist Talya Lerman and artist/author Sharon Koskoff.

A collage by Talya Lerman.

The café is located at 332 N. Dixie Highway in Lake Worth. For directions, call (561) 667-8775. Admission to the event is free. For more information, call Koskoff at (561) 699-7899 or Lerman at (561) 543-0219. -- K. Deits

Dance: The Palm Beach Gardens-based Florida Classical Ballet Theatre presents two performances tomorrow of Coppelia, the story of a lifelike doll with whom a village swain falls desperately in love, until his beloved figures out a way to win him back. The underrated Leo Delibes created a ballet masterwork with his delicate, charming 1870 score, and it can be seen at 2:30 and 7 p.m. Friday at the Eissey Campus Theatre on the campus of Palm Beach Community College in Palm Beach Gardens. With Lily Ojea as Swanilda, David Kiyak as Franz and Marshall Levin as Dr. Coppelius. Tickets: $20-$30; call 630-8235 or visit -- G. Stepanich

Youssou N'Dour, Senegalese superstar.

Film: Youssou N’Dour is a Senegalese singer-songwriter superstar who is still relatively unknown in this country, even though his politically tinged message poetry has already won him a Grammy Award. His songs of personal empowerment and tunes of Islamic culture are bound to become better-known now, thanks to Elizabeth Chai Vasarhelyi’s documentary on his creative struggles, Youssou N’Dour: I Bring What I Love. It follows him on his world tour, looking at the fervency of his adoring fans, with plenty of music video concert segments. At Mos’Art Theatre in Lake Park, at least through this week. - H. Erstein

Pilar Uribe, Sally Bondi and Angie Radosh
in Speaking Elephant.

Theater: Fort Lauderdale’s The Women’s Theatre Project has a very specific mission of bringing to South Florida plays by female writers that feature only roles for female actors. That eliminates plenty of scripts right off the bat, but the company is excited about presenting the world premiere of Terry Lawrence’s Speaking Elephant. It is based on the true story of two aging Asian pachyderms, living contentedly in the Detroit Zoo, who cause a stir when they are earmarked for relocation to a sanctuary in California. And yes, the elephants -- Wanda and Winky -- are female. At 505 NW 1st Ave. Fort Lauderdale, through Aug. 30. Call (954) 462-2334 for reservations. -- H. Erstein

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