Friday, May 14, 2010

Weekend arts picks: May 14-16

Jamey Sheridan and Steve Buscemi in‭ ‬Handsome Harry.

Film:‭ ‬The big noise this weekend comes from Ridley Scott’s‭ ‬Robin Hood,‭ ‬a far better movie than we expected,‭ ‬but if you are in the mood for something smaller and more low-key,‭ ‬head to Emerging Cinemas in Lake Worth or Mos’Art Theatre in Lake Park to see‭ ‬Handsome Harry,‭ ‬a drama about looking back over one’s life,‭ ‬about regrets,‭ ‬guilt,‭ ‬making amends and redemption.‭ ‬Directed in an understated fashion by Bette Gordon,‭ ‬it stars the reliable Jamey Sheridan‭ (‬Law‭ & ‬Order:‭ ‬Criminal Intent‭) ‬as an electrician on the verge of retiring,‭ ‬who gets a call from an old Navy buddy‭ (‬Steve Buscemi‭)‬.‭ ‬He extracts a deathbed promise from Harry to hit the road and visit their long-out-of-touch Navy cronies,‭ ‬to reconstruct a dark,‭ ‬brutal event from their past.‭ ‬Giving first-rate support are John Savage,‭ ‬Aidan Quinn and Titus Welliver,‭ ‬in an affecting film that will stick in your memory for a long time to come.‭

John Hererra and Dan Domingues in‭ ‬When the Sun Shone Brighter.

Theater:‭ ‬Miami attorney and budding playwright Christopher Demos-Brown reaches back to his city’s recent violent past of warring Cuban-Americans and their views of Fidel Castro in his world premiere political drama,‭ ‬When the Sun Shone Brighter,‭ ‬about an ambitious Miami-Dade County mayor who is running for an open U.S.‭ ‬Senate seat,‭ ‬despite the skeletons in his closet.‭ ‬Lou Tyrrell directs a cast that includes former Tony Award nominee John Herrerra.‭ ‬If there are misty eyes at Florida Stage these days,‭ ‬that is because Demos-Brown’s play represents the company’s final production in Manalapan before it moves to the Kravis Center this summer.‭ ‬Opening Friday,‭ ‬running through June‭ ‬20.‭ ‬Call‭ (‬561‭) ‬585-3433‭ ‬or‭ (‬800‭) ‬514-3837.‭ ‬Tickets:‭ ‬$45-$48.‭ -- H. Erstein

Pianist Sofiya Uryvayeva.

Music:‭ ‬Although Tchaikovsky’s First Piano Concerto and a couple selections from his cycle The Seasons are well-known,‭ ‬much rarer is the Russian composer’s only mature piano sonata‭ (‬in G,‭ ‬Op.‭ ‬78‭)‬.‭ ‬Critics have been generally unkind to it,‭ ‬but it’s full of color and strong melody,‭ ‬and well worth hearing.‭ ‬Tchaikovsky’s countrywoman,‭ ‬pianist Sofiya Uryvayeva,‭ ‬champions the piece Sunday afternoon at the Steinway Gallery in Boca Raton on a program that also includes another chance to hear a rare piano event:‭ ‬all four of the Ballades of Frederic Chopin.‭ ‬Uryvayeva takes the stage at‭ ‬5‭ ‬p.m.‭ ‬Sunday at the gallery on Federal Highway,‭ ‬across the street from the Caldwell Theatre.‭ ‬Tickets:‭ ‬$20‭ ‬in advance,‭ ‬$25‭ ‬at the door.‭ ‬Call‭ ‬929-6633‭ ‬or visit‭ ‬

If you missed local clarinetist Paul Green’s performance a season or so ago of Bartók’s‭ ‬Contrasts,‭ ‬you can hear it again Sunday at St.‭ ‬Paul’s in Delray when Green,‭ ‬joined by violist Michael Klotz and the fine pianist Jennifer Snyder team up for this work,‭ ‬written for Benny Goodman in‭ ‬1938.‭ ‬Also on the program are the‭ ‬Fairy Tales of Schumann‭ (‬Op.‭ ‬132‭)‬,‭ ‬Three Pieces‭ (‬Op.‭ ‬83‭) ‬by Max Bruch,‭ ‬and the so-called‭ ‬Kegelstatt Trio of Mozart‭ (‬in E-flat,‭ ‬K.‭ ‬498‭)‬.‭ ‬4‭ ‬p.m.‭ ‬Sunday,‭ ‬St.‭ ‬Paul’s Episcopal Church,‭ ‬Delray Beach.‭ ‬Tickets:‭ ‬$15-$18.‭ ‬Call‭ ‬278-6003‭ ‬or visit‭ ‬

Kendall Gladen as Carmen.

Your last chance to see Florida Grand Opera’s rethought,‭ ‬flamenco-filled version of Bizet’s‭ ‬Carmen comes Saturday night at the Broward Center for the Performing Arts.‭ ‬Renaud Doucet and André Barbe spent time in Andalucia soaking up local color before coming up with their version of‭ ‬Carmen,‭ ‬which has done very well for the company in Miami.‭ ‬Kendall Gladen stars as Carmen,‭ ‬Adam Diegel is Don José,‭ ‬Miami native Elaine Alvarez is Micaëla,‭ ‬and Mark Walters is Escamillo,‭ ‬all singing under the baton of veteran FGO conductor Willie Anthony Waters.‭ ‬8‭ ‬p.m.‭ ‬Saturday at the Broward Center,‭ ‬Fort Lauderdale.‭ ‬The show’s sold out,‭ ‬but you might get lucky if there are returns.‭ ‬Call‭ ‬305-741-1010‭ ‬or visit‭ ‬

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