Friday, May 28, 2010

Weekend arts picks: May 28-June 2

Lee Byung-Hun in The Good,‭ ‬the Bad,‭ ‬the Weird.

Film:‭ ‬Even art houses have to compete with the action movies that major studios churn out in the summertime,‭ ‬so that probably explains the arrival of‭ ‬The Good,‭ ‬the Bad,‭ ‬the Weird,‭ ‬a rock-‭’‬em,‭ ‬sock-‭’‬em Korean western from director Ji-woon Kim,‭ ‬a master of camerawork and production excess.‭ ‬Set in Japanese-occupied Manchuria in the‭ ‬1930s,‭ ‬the movie concerns a treasure that is stolen and re-stolen and the subsequent chase for the booty.‭ ‬Ji-woon displays an affection for the old‭ “‬spaghetti westerns‭” ‬of Clint Eastwood’s early career,‭ ‬but ups the violence quotient as if he were also emulating Quentin Tarantino.‭ ‬On now at Mos’Art Theatre in Lake Park and Emerging Cinemas in Lake Worth.‭ – ‬H.‭ ‬Erstein

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

Theater:‭ ‬It’s not easy staying ahead of reality when you are writing a fictional tale of Florida politics.‭ ‬Christopher Demos-Brown’s‭ ‬When the Sun Shone Brighter,‭ ‬a‭ ‬yarn about an ambitious Miami-Dade mayor preparing to run for an open U.S.‭ ‬Senate seat,‭ ‬despite being a closeted gay man and a Cuban-American with a politically toxic past,‭ ‬seems ripped from the headlines,‭ ‬though it actually precedes its non-fiction parallels.‭ ‬In Florida Stage’s final production in Manalapan prior to its move to the Kravis Center,‭ ‬director Lou Tyrrell demonstrates with this world premiere why the company is moving as well towards national recognition.‭ ‬Continuing through June‭ ‬20.‭ ‬Call‭ (‬561‭) ‬585-3433‭ ‬for reservations.‭ – ‬H.‭ ‬Erstein

Cellist Anna Litvinenko.

Music:‭ ‬Tonight in Coral Gables,‭ ‬fans of the cello have a chance to hear a recital by a very young area musician who has been getting national and international exposure for the past three or four years,‭ ‬including an appearance on the From the Top radio program.‭ ‬Anna Litvinenko is only‭ ‬16,‭ ‬but she‭’‬s played such milestones of the repertoire as the Dvořák Cello Concerto with the Miami Symphony.‭ ‬Tonight,‭ ‬Litvinenko plays the Shostakovich Cello Sonata,‭ ‬a contemporary masterpiece,‭ ‬along with a suite by the Catalan cellist Gaspar Cassadó,‭ ‬the prelude from the Cello Concerto of Eduard Lalo,‭ ‬and the deathless‭ ‬Elegie of Gabriel Fauré.‭ ‬The Uruguayan-born pianist Ciro Fodere,‭ ‬piano professor at the New World School of the Arts,‭ ‬accompanies.‭ ‬Free admission‭; ‬call‭ ‬305-444-6176‭ ‬for more information.‭ ‬– G.‭ ‬Stepanich‭

Imogen Heap.

The English songwriter and one-woman band Imogen Heap broke through to wider fame a few years ago when the chorus of her song‭ ‬Hide and Seek was used as the backdrop to a key scene in an episode of‭ ‬The O.C.‭ ‬Her most recent disc,‭ ‬Ellipse,‭ ‬released in‭ ‬2009,‭ ‬was nominated for two Grammy Awards,‭ ‬and next week Heap will be in Miami Beach for a stop on the tour in support of that record.‭ ‬She‭’‬s one of the more able users of technology as part of her art,‭ ‬and doubtless she will have a long,‭ ‬multifaceted career ahead of her.‭ ‬Heap‭’‬s concert‭ ‬at the Fillmore‭’‬s Jackie Gleason Theater is set for‭ ‬8‭ ‬p.m.‭ ‬Wednesday.‭ ‬Tickets are‭ ‬$27.75‭ ‬and are available through‭ ‬– G.‭ ‬Stepanich

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