Friday, May 21, 2010

Weekend arts picks: May 21-23

Starlight Blossom,‭ ‬by Elle Schorr,‭ ‬at‭ ‬the‭ ‬Ross Gallery of Art.

Art:‭ ‬West Palm Beach‭’‬s newest art gallery debuts tonight‭ ‬as Guy Chaifetz‭ ‬transforms part of the building that houses The Edit Centre,‭ ‬his video editing and‭ ‬duplication service,‭ ‬into Ross Gallery of Art.‭ ‬Painting,‭ ‬sculptures and photographs will be featured by recognized artists such as Dennis Aufiery,‭ ‬Devlynne Dawn,‭ ‬Elodia Fanjul,‭ ‬TD Gillispie,‭ ‬Gail Gold,‭ ‬Jackie Gorissen,‭ ‬Richard Hager,‭ ‬Melodie Janis,‭ ‬Karen‭ ‬Knight,‭ ‬Regina Latella,‭ ‬Ann Lawtey,‭ ‬Natalie Levine,‭ ‬Pamela Melvin,‭ ‬Nini Motta,‭ ‬Sandy Meyer,‭ ‬Deborah Neuhaus,‭ ‬Leena Pilcher,‭ ‬Joseph Pilcher,‭ ‬Bill Sabino,‭ ‬Elle Schorr,‭ ‬Robert Vail and George Wells. The‭ ‬opening is from‭ ‬5:30‭ ‬p.m.‭ ‬to‭ ‬9:30‭ ‬p.m.‭ ‬today‭ ‬at‭ ‬2900‭ ‬S.‭ ‬Dixie Highway,‭ ‬three blocks south of Belvedere Road.‭ ‬For more information,‭ ‬call‭ (‬561‭) ‬659-8361.‭

A print by Isabel Gouveia,‭ ‬at the Armory Art Center.

Also opening tonight are two shows at the Armory Arts Center:‭ ‬the annual‭ ‬Palm Beach County Schools‭ ‬K-12‭ ‬Exhibition and the‭ ‬Fibers and Printmaking Studio Exhibition. It’s refreshing and inspiring to see how imaginative and talented the students are from the area schools,‭ ‬as well as interesting to see how children’s motor skills,‭ ‬thought processes and creativity evolves through the grades.‭ ‬Armory‭ ‬instructors Marsha Christo,‭ ‬Isabel Gouveia and Leora Klaymer Stewart display their fiber and print works,‭ ‬along with visiting‭ ‬master Artists Anna Tomczak and their students.‭ ‬The opening reception admission is free to Armory members and‭ ‬$5‭ ‬for nonmembers.‭ ‬For more information,‭ ‬call‭ (‬561‭) ‬832-1776,‭ ‬or visit‭ ‬‭

A raku-fired ceramic teapot‭ ‬with a‭ ‬found-wood handle
by Marcia DiSylvester,‭ ‬at the Clay Glass Metal Stone Gallery.

Also‭ ‬opening‭ ‬tonight is a peace-themed exhibition recalling the‭ ‬1960s at the Clay Glass Metal Stone Gallery,‭ ‬a‭ ‬28-artist co-op at‭ ‬605‭ ‬Lake Ave.‭ ‬For‭ ‬more‭ ‬information,‭ ‬call‭ ‬561-588-8344‭ ‬or visit‭ ‬‭ ‬– K.‭ ‬Deits

Pouya Hosseini,‭ ‬Arash Farazmand,‭ ‬Ashkan Koshanejad‭
and‭ ‬Negar Shaghaghi‭ ‬in‭ ‬No One Knows About Persian Cats.

Film:‭ ‬Chances are most moviegoers will head to‭ ‬Shrek Forever After this weekend to see a newly plumped Puss-in-Boots,‭ ‬but the feline that deserves your attention is a powerful Iranian film,‭ ‬No One Knows About Persian Cats.‭ ‬Written and directed by Bahman Ghobadi‭ (‬A Time for Drunken Horses‭)‬,‭ ‬it is the saga of two Iranian rock musicians,‭ ‬newly released from prison,‭ ‬who prowl the underground music scene at their peril,‭ ‬since making music is outlawed in the repressive fundamentalist state.‭ ‬Their eye-opening journey throughout the city eventually gains a new goal when they learn of a possible gig for them in London,‭ ‬if they can secure black market passports.‭ ‬Playing this week at Emerging Cinemas in Lake Worth and Mos’art Theatre in Lake Park.

Theater:‭ ‬Give Caldwell Theatre artistic director Clive Cholerton credit for initiating a musical theater concert series geared to the shows he wants his audience to hear and enjoy,‭ ‬even if he cannot afford to produce them fully.‭ ‬And then give him credit for focusing on the works of the brilliant composer-lyricist Stephen Sondheim‭ ‬--‭ ‬Sunday in the Park with George last fall and‭ ‬Into the Woods this weekend,‭ ‬Friday through Sunday.‭ ‬With playwright James Lapine,‭ ‬he interwove several familiar Grimm’s fairy tales and one of their own devising,‭ ‬into a complex narrative about being careful what you wish for and the importance of community in times of crisis.

All of South Florida’s finest singing performers clamor to do Sondheim,‭ ‬so Cholerton had little trouble assembling a cast that includes Wayne LeGette,‭ ‬Melissa Minyard,‭ ‬Jim Ballard,‭ ‬Beth Dimon and many others.‭ ‬Call‭ (‬561‭) ‬241-7432‭ ‬or‭ (‬877‭) ‬245-7432‭ ‬for reservations.

Quiz extended:‭ ‬We’ve had few takers for our Sondheim quiz,‭ ‬so we’re trying again.‭ ‬We're new at this and we didn't realize that offering a prize of South Florida tickets would so tick off our readers in Sweden‭ (‬land of‭ ‬A Little Night Music‭)‬.‭ ‬So we are extending the deadline through Sunday morning,‭ ‬offering an Amazon gift card‭ ‬of‭ ‬$25‭ ‬if you cannot make the Caldwell show and‭ – ‬hint‭ ‬--‭ ‬at this point,‭ ‬it‭ ‬would not take a lot of correct answers to win.‭ ‬– H.‭ ‬Erstein

Franz Schubert‭ (‬1797-1828‭)‬.

Music:‭ ‬Franz Schubert contributed masterworks to virtually every genre of music during his brief‭ ‬31‭ ‬years on earth,‭ ‬and that includes sacred pieces.‭ ‬He wrote seven masses,‭ ‬several of them in the‭ ‬missa brevis short format.‭ ‬That includes his shortest mass,‭ ‬the Mass in G,‭ ‬D.‭ ‬167,‭ ‬which dates from‭ ‬1815.‭ ‬It’s a lovely work,‭ ‬ideally suited for devotional purposes in the parish church in the Viennese suburbs for which Schubert wrote it.

This Sunday,‭ ‬the St.‭ ‬Peter’s Catholic Church parish choir in Jupiter presents this mass in a concert beginning at‭ ‬2:30‭ ‬p.m.‭ ‬at the church.‭ ‬It may not be a professional choir,‭ ‬but it’s exactly the kind of ensemble for which Schubert originally wrote this beautiful little piece.‭ ‬Admission is free‭; ‬call‭ ‬575-0837‭ ‬for more information.‭ – ‬G.‭ ‬Stepanich

The Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater.

Dance:‭ ‬Aficionados of the Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater will want to make the trip to Miami this weekend to see the Ailey troupe pay tribute to Judith Jamison,‭ ‬who has led the pioneering company for‭ ‬20‭ ‬years and is stepping down next year.‭ ‬Her successor,‭ ‬Robert Battle,‭ ‬grew up in Liberty City,‭ ‬so this is a homecoming for him as the company revisits some of the most memorable pieces from the‭ ‬20‭ ‬years of Jamison’s stewardship‭ (‬she took over after Ailey died of AIDS in‭ ‬1989‭)‬.

On the programs this weekend are emblematic dances such as‭ ‬Revelations,‭ ‬Uptown,‭ ‬Suite Otis,‭ ‬and‭ ‬Hymn.‭ ‬Performances are set for‭ ‬2‭ ‬p.m.‭ ‬and‭ ‬8‭ ‬p.m.‭ ‬Saturday,‭ ‬and‭ ‬2‭ ‬p.m.‭ ‬Sunday at the Ziff Ballet Opera House on the campus of the Adrienne Arsht Center in downtown Miami.‭ ‬Tickets:‭ ‬$25-$120.‭ ‬Call‭ ‬305-949-6722‭ ‬or visit‭ ‬

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