Friday, June 18, 2010

Weekend arts picks: June 18-22

Vanille‭ ‬(2010‭)‬,‭ ‬by Marcus Bickler,‭ ‬of‭ ‬Tamarac.

Art:‭ ‬Painters,‭ ‬sculptors,‭ ‬photographers and other artists in this state look forward every year to the All Florida Juried Competition and Exhibition,‭ ‬and next week,‭ ‬the‭ ‬59th edition of this oldest such Florida contest opens at the Boca Raton Museum of Art‭ ‬for a run of seven weeks.

This year,‭ ‬almost‭ ‬1,400‭ ‬entries were received for the contest,‭ ‬which was judged by New York-based curator Linda Norden,‭ ‬whose CV includes stints at Bard College,‭ ‬the City University of New York‭’‬s James Gallery and Harvard‭’‬s Fogg Art Museum.‭ ‬Norden chose‭ ‬91‭ ‬artworks by‭ ‬80‭ ‬artists for the exhibition,‭ ‬which opens Tuesday and runs through Aug.‭ ‬8‭ ‬at the museum in Mizner Park.‭

Cypress Harvest‭ (‬2008‭)‬,‭ ‬by Allison Parssi,‭ ‬of Wellington.

Opening along with the juried show is the biennial Boca Raton Museum Artists‭’‬ Guild exhibition,‭ ‬which will feature work by‭ ‬50‭ ‬professional artists who are members of the guild.‭ ‬Paper sculptor Francene Levinson won first place in the exhibition,‭ ‬which was judged by Carol Damian,‭ ‬curator of the Frost Museum of Art at Miami‭’‬s Florida International University.

Admission to the museum is‭ ‬$8‭ ‬for adults,‭ ‬$6‭ ‬for seniors,‭ ‬and‭ ‬$4‭ ‬for students.‭ ‬Hours are Tuesday through Friday from‭ ‬10‭ ‬a.m.‭ ‬to‭ ‬5‭ ‬p.m.,‭ ‬and Saturday and Sunday from noon to‭ ‬5‭ ‬p.m.‭ ‬For more information,‭ ‬call‭ ‬392-2500‭ ‬or visit‭ ‬www.bocamuseum.org.

A scene from Toy Story‭ ‬3.

Film:‭ ‬By the time a movie franchise is on its third installment,‭ ‬the creativity and quality have usually disappeared.‭ ‬But Pixar Animation,‭ ‬which is generally resistant to sequel-itis,‭ ‬waited until it had a strong script and a reason to make‭ ‬Toy Story‭ ‬3‭, and the difference in their approach is evident throughout the funny,‭ ‬yet dramatic,‭ ‬exhilarating and occasionally tear-jerking computerized tale of growing up and moving on.‭ ‬You see,‭ ‬Andy,‭ ‬the owner of Buzz Lightyear,‭ ‬Woody the Cowboy and all the other playthings,‭ ‬is now old enough to head to college,‭ ‬and his toys become endangered when they are accidentally sent to a day care center where the tots manhandle them badly.‭ ‬OK,‭ ‬you’re right,‭ ‬they have to band together to make their great escape,‭ ‬but the way it is done‭ ‬– in relatively subtle‭ ‬3-D‭ ‬– has to be seen.‭ ‬It’s early,‭ ‬but it looks like the animated feature Oscar has just been won in a lock.‭ ‬At area theaters now.

The cast of And the Tony Goes To‭…

Theater:‭ ‬Florida Atlantic University’s Festival Rep is a local summer tradition‭ ‬that can be erratic,‭ ‬but usually features some emerging talent worth watching and professional guest performers like Bruce Linser,‭ ‬who are always assets.‭ ‬This season’s menu will feature Shakespeare’s audience-friendly comedy‭ ‬A Midsummer Night’s Dream‭ (‬opening next weekend‭)‬,‭ ‬Donald Margulies‭’‬ less-well-known comedy adventure‭ ‬Shipwrecked,‭ ‬and it kicks off this Saturday with‭ ‬And the Tony Goes To‭…‬, a revue of songs from Tony Award-winning shows,‭ ‬from‭ ‬1947‭’‬s‭ ‬Kiss Me, Kate to‭ ‬2009‭’‬s‭ ‬Billy Elliot.‭ ‬The rep runs through July‭ ‬25.‭ ‬Call‭ (‬800‭) ‬564-9539‭ ‬for tickets and info.‭

Cellist Iris van Eck and pianist Misha Dacic.

Music:‭ ‬The Chameleon Musicians series at Fort Lauderdale‭’‬s Leiser Opera Center has been going for eight seasons now,‭ ‬and now it‭’‬s starting to branch out into the summer.‭ ‬Founder Iris van Eck,‭ ‬a Dutch-born cellist,‭ ‬offers a Chameleon‭ ‬recital on Monday night at the Broward Center for the Arts‭’‬ Abdo New River Room.‭ ‬Joined by Serbian-born pianist Misha Dacic,‭ ‬van Eck will present an all-Chopin concert in honor of the Polish composer‭’‬s‭ ‬200th birthday.

On the program are the‭ ‬Introduction and Polonaise Brillante,‭ ‬Op.‭ ‬3,‭ ‬the great Cello Sonata,‭ ‬Op.‭ ‬65,‭ ‬and the‭ ‬Grand Duo Concertant,‭ ‬written by Chopin and his French cellist friend,‭ ‬Auguste Franchomme,‭ ‬on themes from Meyerbeer‭’‬s opera‭ ‬Robert le Diable,‭ ‬which at the time‭ (‬1832‭) ‬was a popular sensation.‭

The concert is set for‭ ‬7‭ ‬p.m.‭ ‬Monday in the Broward Center‭’‬s Abdo New River Room.‭ ‬Tickets are‭ ‬$30,‭ ‬and can be had by calling‭ ‬954-462-0222‭ ‬or visiting‭ ‬www.browardcenter.org.

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