Thursday, October 15, 2009

Weekend arts picks: Oct. 15-21

Andrea McArdle.

Theater: The girl who gave the world the indelible foghorn version of Tomorrow as the star of Annie back in 1977 is a 45-year-old theater veteran now, and tonight in Jupiter she takes on the world premiere of a new musical, Love Is Love, written by Annie lyricist Martin Charnin and composer Richard Gray. Charnin also directs the show, which has been in development for a couple years and now bows at the Maltz Jupiter Theatre starting at 7:30 p.m. tonight. The show chronicles the ups and downs of love as told by five actress-singers (including another ex-Broadway veteran, Shelly Burch, and local standout Avery Sommers) playing the parts of 12 different women. It's in a limited run that ends Oct. 25. Showtimes are 7:30 p.m. Thursday and Friday, 2 p.m. and 8 p.m. Saturdays, and 2 p.m. Sundays. Tickets are $25-28. For more information, call 575-2223, ext. 0.

Human Kindness, by Tula Antikainen.

Next week, the Ann Norton Sculpture Gardens will open an exhibit of paintings by Tula Antikainen. A native of Finland who now lives in Atlantis, Antikainen studied painting in Helsinki and for the past 15 years at the Armory Art Center. Her colorful, gestural paintings explore mystical themes. The Painting of Tulu Antikainen opens Wednesday and runs through Nov. 25. The Ann Norton Sculpture Gardens, 253 Barcelona Road in West Palm Beach, is open from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., Wednesday through Sunday. For more information, call (561) 823-5328.

Artist Pamela Carman. (Photo by Katie Deits)

Tonight, the Gallery Square North at the Lighthouse Center for the Arts in Tequesta hosts its monthly reception and gallery opening, which it does each third Thursday. Today's event, called Masquerade and Mayhem, will feature artists and guests arriving in costume at the Village Art Studios (377 Tequesta Drive) and Original Elements (387 Tequesta Drive), from 5:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. The galleries opened for the first time this summer, and feature more than 40 artists and artisans working in a variety of media, including painting, photography, sculpture and jewelry. One of the artists, Pamela Carman, is pictured above and specializes in hand-painted glass tiles. For more information, contact Julie Silk Beaumont at (561) 310-8499.

Artists Sherry and Wayne Stephens. (Photo by Katie Deits)

Next Tuesday, the Gallery at the Eissey Campus of Palm Beach Community College in Palm Beach Gardens will open an exhibit that chronicles four decades of work by photography professor Sherry Stephens and her husband, painting professor Wayne Stephens. Works from 1969 to the present illustrate their mutual artists' journey through life and marriage. The exhibit runs through Nov. 25. The Gallery is located in the BB Building at the Eissey Campus, 3160 PGA Blvd., Palm Beach Gardens. Hours are Monday, Wednesday and Thursday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., Tuesday from 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. and Friday from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. For more information, visit or call (561) 207-5015. -- K. Deits

Music: Iris van Eck's Chameleon chamber music series begins its five-concert season with music for string trio on Sunday afternoon. Cellist Van Eck, joined by violinist Misha Vitenson and violist Michael Klotz, will play trios by Beethoven, Ernst von Dohnanyi, and the short-lived Czech composer Gideon Klein, deported to Auschwitz in 1944 just weeks after finishing his trio. 3 p.m. Sunday, Josephine Leiser Center, Fort Lauderdale. Tickets: $30. For more information, call 954-761-3435 or visit

Eduardo Marturet leads the Miami Symphony Orchestra.

Later that night, the Miami Symphony Orchestra welcomes rising cellist Allison Eldredge for a performance of the greatest of all cello concerti, that of Dvorak (in B minor, Op. 104). The orchestra's new conductor, Venezuelan-born Eduardo Marturet, is a well-respected veteran, and he also will lead the orchestra in the Symphony No. 9 (in E-flat, Op. 70) of Dmitri Shostakovich, and a world premiere of University of Miami student composer Andres Cresimini's La Luz y Su Desvio. Part of the 26th annual Festival Miami. 8 p.m. Sunday, Gusman Hall, University of Miami. Tickets: $15-$60. Call 305-284-4940, or visit -- G. Stepanich

Country fans might want to pay a visit to the Cruzan Amphitheatre on Saturday night for a performance by Brad Paisley, the singer-songwriter best-known for hits such as Mud on the Trees and He Didn't Have to Be. Tickets for Paisley's show, which starts at 7:30 p.m. Saturday, run from $25.50-$53.50. Call the box office at 795-8883 or visit

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