Friday, June 11, 2010

Weekend arts picks: June 11-13

The Entr’Acte Theatrix cast of‭ ‬Hair.

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

Michael Douglas and Susan Sarandon in‭ ‬Solitary Man.

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

Nicholas Payton.

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 ‬

Ronnie Dunn and Kix Brooks.

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 ‬‭

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

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