Friday, June 11, 2010
Weekend arts picks: June 11-13
Stage: There’s a new theater company in the area, Entr’Acte Theatrix, a professional offshoot of the 10-year-old Palm Beach Principal Players, which hangs out its shingle for the first time with a worthy production of Hair, the “tribal love-rock musical” from 1968, the previous time we were mired in a protracted, unsinkable war. The youthful cast fills out the hippie garb well, except for the finale of the first act, when they doff their duds with an infectious innocence. The score’s nostalgic string of counterculture anthems is still welcome, while the storyline was never the show’s strong suit. But director-choreographer K.D. Smith does wonders with building the sketchy story into an appealing series of visual stage images. At the Caldwell Theatre in Boca Raton (561-241-7432) this weekend, before moving to Palm Beach Gardens High School through June 20. – H. Erstein
Film: That noise you hear this weekend is coming from The A-Team, a loud, clumsy feature version of the ‘80s television series. The quiet sleeper release you should see instead is Solitary Man, a remarkable dark comedy about a divorced, disgraced car dealer and full-time philanderer caught in a personal and professional downward spiral. Douglas gives a terrific, vanity-free performance, and he is surrounded by a first-rate cast, including Susan Sarandon as his ex-wife, Danny DeVito as a generous buddy from his past and Mary-Louise Parker as his current girlfriend, whose college-age daughter he escorts to a college interview and then sleeps with. Opening locally this weekend. – H. Erstein
Music: Jazz trumpeter Nicholas Payton has been playing professionally since age 11, and 25 years later he has a Grammy Award and nine albums to his credit, as well as a long list of collaborations with jazz’s leading luminaries. He’s been touring Europe and Israel in the past couple months, and on Saturday he returns to the States for a night with his quintet at the Miniaci Performing Arts Center on the campus of Nova Southeastern University in Davie. The concert starts at 8 p.m., and tickets are $35. For more information, call 954-462-0222 (Broward Center) or visit www.browardcenter.org.
The Cruzan Amphitheatre is moving into high gear this coming summer, with visits from Sting on July 2, the newly reconstituted Lilith Fair on Aug. 10, and appearances by Dave Matthews, Jack Johnson, Carlos Santana, Steve Winwood, Creed, John Mayer and Brad Paisley, among others. This Saturday night, it’s a night with the veteran country songwriting duo of Kix Brooks and Ronnie Dunn, retiring as a team in August after 20 years on the road and in the studio, but playing songs such as Cowgirls Don’t Cry on what is billed as their Last Rodeo tour. 7:30 p.m. Saturday; tickets are $29.25-$69.25 and are available through www.livenation.com.
Seraphic Fire, the Miami-based concert choir, has enjoyed sellout crowds over the years with its annual concerts of music from the gospel tradition, and this year, the choir is doing its latest version – called It Is Well With My Soul – five times. The concerts began Wednesday, and continue tonight through Sunday, with performances Friday in Coral Gables, Saturday night in Fort Lauderdale, and Sunday in Miami Beach. There’s nothing quite like hearing this group of professional singers who tackle composers such as Monteverdi, Lassus and Palestrina as a matter of course turn their attention to 19th-century devotional pieces such as In the Sweet By and By – and make them sound just as lovely. 7:30 tonight 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. Tickets: $35. Call (888) 544-FIRE (3473) for more information. – G. Stepanich