Friday, May 7, 2010

Weekend arts picks: May 7-13

Kaitlyn O'Neill,‭ ‬Matthew Korinko,‭ ‬Philip de la Cal
and Zachary Schwartz in‭ ‬Assassins.‭
(‬Photo by Gemma Bramham‭)

Theater:‭ ‬The brilliant composer-lyricist Stephen Sondheim turned‭ ‬80‭ ‬in March,‭ ‬and did you even send him a greeting card‭? ‬Well,‭ ‬you can make up for that lapse by attending Slow Burn Theatre Company‭’‬s salute to him with its aptly chilly,‭ ‬but well-sung and edgy production of‭ ‬Assassins,‭ ‬Sondheim‭’‬s hummable exploration of those warped men and women who tried,‭ ‬and in some cases succeeded,‭ ‬to kill the president of the United States.‭ ‬Told as a musical vaudeville,‭ ‬it begins in a carnival shooting gallery and ends at the Texas School Book Depository for a loopy conspiracy theory on the Kennedy assassination.‭ ‬Through Sunday only at West Boca High School.‭ ‬Call‭ (‬954‭) ‬323-7864.‭ ‬– H.‭ ‬Erstein

Fernando Lujan in‭ ‬Nora‭’‬s Will.

Film:‭ ‬Any film that opens first in South Florida turns us instantly suspicious,‭ ‬but the Mexican film‭ ‬Nora‭’‬s Will seems to be the real deal,‭ ‬having won last year‭’‬s Mexican equivalent of the Academy Award for best picture and the Audience Award at the Miami International Film Festival.‭ ‬It is the story of how a woman,‭ ‬married for‭ ‬30‭ ‬years and then divorced,‭ ‬tries to bring her family together for her funeral.‭ ‬But having committed suicide just days‭ ‬before Passover,‭ ‬her burial has to be done quickly.‭ ‬Opening today at Movies of Delray and Movies of Lake Worth,‭ ‬as well as several venues further south.‭ ‬– H.‭ ‬Erstein

A sculpture by Nicole Gugliotti.

Art:‭ ‬This Saturday is the final public viewing day for‭ ‬Approaching Nature:‭ ‬Provoking an Abstract Reading of Nature in the Whitebox III gallery at Whitespace‭ ‬-‭ ‬The Mordes Collection.‭ ‬Curated by Kara Walker Tomé,‭ ‬this show features four artists who are inspired by nature:‭ ‬sculptors Nichole Gugliotti and Bethany Krull,‭ ‬and painters Rick Newton and Ryan Toth.‭ ‬The viewing lasts from‭ ‬10‭ ‬a.m.‭ ‬to noon Saturday‭ ‬at Whitepsace,‭ ‬2805‭ ‬N.‭ ‬Australian Ave.,‭ ‬in‭ ‬West Palm Beach.‭ ‬Tickets are‭ ‬$12‭ ‬for a visit to the private museum,‭ ‬and partial proceeds benefit the Community Foundation for Palm Beach and Martin Counties.‭ ‬For information,‭ ‬call‭ (‬561‭) ‬842-4131,‭ ‬or visit

Coming this Thursday,‭ ‬during the Norton Museum’s Art After Dark event,‭ ‬is an exhibit of works in progress sponsored by the Artists of Palm Beach County‭ (‬APBC‭) ‬organization.‭ ‬Organized by Talya Lerman and APBC,‭ ‬members of the group will share their work,‭ ‬demonstrate their techniques and do performance art.‭ ‬Terre Rybovich will show how she creates her charcoal drawings using her body to create images,‭ ‬accompanied by a live instrumental synthesizer. Steven Nussdorf‭ '‬s drawings will be accompanied by commentary‭ ‬,‭ ‬and Sharon Koskoff will give a pastel demonstration.‭ ‬ Featured photographers are Dan McGavin,‭ ‬Barry Seidman and Elle Schorr.‭ ‬Students from G-Star will also discuss their films.‭ ‬The event starts at‭ ‬5‭ ‬p.m.‭ ‬and runs through‭ ‬9‭ ‬p.m.‭ ‬It is free to members,‭ ‬$5‭ ‬for ages‭ ‬13‭ ‬to‭ ‬21,‭ ‬and‭ ‬$12‭ ‬general admission.‭ ‬--‭ ‬K.‭ ‬Deits

Music:‭ ‬Sunday is Mother‭’‬s Day,‭ ‬and if you‭’‬re in the mood for taking Mom to some chamber‭ ‬music,‭ ‬three Lynn University‭ ‬Conservatory of Music‭ ‬faculty members‭ ‬might have what you‭’‬re looking for.‭ ‬Conservatory chief Jon Robertson joins with his longtime musical partners,‭ ‬violinist Carol Cole and her husband,‭ ‬cellist David Cole,‭ ‬in music by Mendelssohn‭ (‬the Trio in D minor,‭ ‬Op.‭ ‬49‭)‬,‭ ‬Haydn and Turina.‭ ‬The Robertson-Cole Trio appears as part of the Spire Series at Pompano Beach‭’‬s First Presbyterian Church,‭ ‬better known as the Pink Church.‭ ‬The concert begins at‭ ‬4‭ ‬p.m.‭ ‬and tickets are‭ ‬$10.‭ ‬A reception follows.‭ ‬For more information,‭ ‬call‭ ‬954-941-2308‭ ‬or visit‭ ‬

Claudio Monteverdi‭ (‬1567-1643‭)‬.

Starting next Thursday,‭ ‬the Seraphic Fire concert choir makes a major‭ ‬splash with its‭ ‬performance‭ ‬of the so-called‭ ‬Vespers of‭ ‬1610,‭ ‬written by Claudio Monteverdi.‭ ‬The group did a reduced version of this work a few years back‭ (‬and performed it as part of its then-regular series in Delray Beach‭)‬,‭ ‬but this time,‭ ‬for the‭ ‬400th anniversary of the work,‭ ‬it will appear‭ ‬with‭ ‬its Firebird Chamber Orchestra‭ ‬and‭ ‬the Western Michigan University Chorale.‭ ‬Seraphic Fire has just recorded‭ ‬this work with the WMU‭ ‬group,‭ ‬and if this season‭’‬s stellar readings of Handel‭’‬s Israel in Egypt and the Bach Brandenburgs are any indication‭ (‬and‭ ‬they are‭)‬,‭ ‬this promises to be a musical highlight for South Florida that will be hard for anyone to top for some time to come.

The‭ ‬concerts begin Thursday and run‭ ‬through next Sunday:‭ ‬Thursday at‭ ‬7:30‭ ‬p.m.‭ ‬at St.‭ ‬Christopher‭’‬s-by-the-Sea in Key Biscayne‭; ‬7:30‭ ‬p.m.‭ ‬Friday at First United Methodist in Coral Gables‭; ‬8‭ ‬p.m.‭ ‬Saturday at All Saints Episcopal in Fort Lauderdale,‭ ‬and‭ ‬4‭ ‬p.m.‭ ‬Sunday at Miami Beach Community Church in‭ ‬Miami Beach.‭ ‬Tickets are‭ ‬$35.‭ ‬Call‭ ‬305-285-9060‭ ‬or visit‭ ‬‭ ‬– G.‭ ‬Stepanich

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