Friday, February 5, 2010

Weekend arts picks: Feb. 5-10

Dovima With Elephants (1955), by Richard Avedon.
(© 2010, The Richard Avedon Foundation)

Art: On Tuesday at the Norton Museum of Art, an exhibit opens featuring the work of fashion photographer Richard Avedon (1923-2004). Avedon revolutionized the look of fashion photography, and did much to turn photographers and models into celebrities. His innovative and imaginative photographs appeared in all the major magazines, especially Vogue and Harper’s Bazaar. The exhibit features more than 130 works, including contact sheets, vintage photographs and magazine layouts. Organized by the International Center of Photography in New York, the exhibition runs through May 9. Visit for more information.

A ceramic wall piece by Joyce Brown.

Tonight at the Clay, Glass, Metal, Stone Gallery in Lake Worth, it's the opening of an exhibit featuring artists Joyce Brown, Theo Sable and Betty Wilson. Brown, whose whimsical, joyous ceramics are both sculptural and functional, is the founder of the gallery. She also is organizing a fund-raiser called Haitian Empty Vessel, in which artists will be donating 1,000 bowls to be sold, with the proceeds going to help the relief effort ongoing in Haiti after the Jan. 12 earthquake.

The gallery, which opened last many at 605 Lake Ave. in downtown Lake Worth, has 29 artists exhibiting in the space. Tonight’s opening, from 6 to 9 p.m., includes a wine tasting sponsored by artist and wine broker Barbara Eden. Regular gallery hours are Wednesday through Sunday from 1 p.m. to 9 p.m. For information, call (561) 588-8344 or visit the gallery's Website.– K. Deits

Carey Mulligan in An Education.

Despite its very favorable reviews, few people saw An Education, a small gem about a young woman who is either seduced and taken advantage of by an older man, or introduced to the world and its complexities by him. It’s all in your perspective. Anyway, since the film is now in the pool of Best Picture Oscar nominees and its breakout star, Carey Mulligan, is a Best Actress nominee, the movie has been re-released in theaters, which used to be a common marketing ploy before DVDs dominated the landscape. As good as the film is, it does not need to be seen on the big screen, but treat yourself to it anyway. You were looking for an excuse to avoid the Super Bowl, weren’t you? – H. Erstein

Theater: Beginning Thursday and running only through next weekend, the Palm Beach Shakespeare Festival reprises a British ghost story, The Woman in Black, the troupe produced in 2003. The long-running London hit involves a lawyer who hires an actor to recreate a spooky event as therapy, so the lawyer can get beyond its chilling grasp. The play depends on some theatrical trickery and lighting effects, so bringing the production outdoors to the new Seabreeze Amphitheatre in Jupiter’s Carlin Park is a risky proposition, but at least admission is free, so give it a try. Call (561) 575-7336. – H. Erstein

Palm Beach Opera’s poster for Saturday night’s Cosi fan Tutte.

Music: Palm Beach Opera is gearing up for its second staged production of the season, Mozart's Don Giovanni, later this month (Feb. 26-March 1). That's the second of the great trilogy of operas the composer wrote with librettist Lorenzo da Ponte; PBO did the first, The Marriage of Figaro last season. And on Saturday night, an abbreviated version of the third, Cosi fan Tutte, can be heard in the company's Opera in One Hour series at the Harriet Himmel Theater in CityPlace. These productions feature the members of the company's Young Artists division, accompanied by piano. Later this year, the series will include Gluck's Orfeo ed Euridice and in what has to be an unprecedented work for this company, Britten's Albert Herring. Admission is free for the 9 p.m. performance, though VIPs are asked to donate $15. Cash bar opens at 8 p.m. For more information, call 561-833-7888.

The Claremont Trio.

Two young piano trios will be making appearances in the next few days as well: The Claremont Trio, consisting of violin and cellist twin sisters Emily and Julia Bruskin and pianist Donna Kwong, come to the Society of the Four Arts at 3 p.m. Sunday for music by Beethoven (Trio No. 3 in C minor, Op. 1, No. 3) and Catalan composer Gaspar Cassadó (Trio in C major). Violist Beth Gutermann joins the group for the Piano Quartet in E-Flat, Op. 97, of Antonin Dvorak. Tickets: $10. Call 655-2776 or visit

The Amelia Trio.

And at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday in the Flagler Museum series, it's the Amelia Trio: Anthea Kreston, Jason Duckles and Rieko Azawa, performing trios by Shostakovich (No. 1 in C minor, Op. 8), Debussy (Trio in G), and Chopin (in G minor, Op. 8), the last no doubt in honor of the composer's bicentenary. 7:30 pm, Flagler Museum, Palm Beach. Tickets: $60. Call 655-2833 or visit

Cellist Sol Gabetta.

On the symphony front, the Detroit Symphony, now being led by the great American conductor Leonard Slatkin, is joined by the young Argentine cellist Sol Gabetta for the Cello Concerto (Op. 22) of Samuel Barber, whose centenary is celebrated this year. Also on the program are the Le Corsaire overture of Berlioz and the epic Symphony No. 2 (in E minor, Op. 27) of Sergei Rachmaninov. 8 p.m Wednesday at the Kravis Center. Tickets: $25-$85. Call 800-572-8471 or visit – G. Stepanich

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