Friday, July 16, 2010

Weekend arts picks: July 16-20

Blue Boy,‭ ‬by Tammy Marinuzzi.

Art:‭ ‬Work in ceramics by a group of artists who all have connections to the University of Florida opens today at West Palm Beach‭’‬s Armory Art Center and runs through Aug.‭ ‬28.‭ ‬The‭ ‬13‭ ‬artists,‭ ‬assembled under the rubric Motley Moxie,‭ ‬shared the same‭ ‬working‭ ‬environment or instructors at UF,‭ ‬but have widely varied approaches to clay.‭ ‬The artists,‭ ‬in alphabetical order,‭ ‬are Pavel Amromin,‭ ‬Renee Audette,‭ ‬Andrew Cho,‭ ‬Lynn Duryea,‭ ‬Magda Gluszek,‭ ‬Yumiko Goto,‭ ‬Holly Hanassian,‭ ‬Tammy Marinuzzi,‭ ‬Conner McKissack,‭ ‬Beau Raymond,‭ ‬Jeremy Randall,‭ ‬Shawn Rommevaux and Alyssa Welch.

Homeward Bound,‭ ‬by Pavel Amromin.

The‭ ‬opening reception begins at‭ ‬6‭ ‬p.m.‭ ‬today and runs through‭ ‬8‭ ‬p.m.‭ ‬Admission is‭ ‬$5,‭ ‬or free for Armory members.‭ ‬The‭ ‬center gallery is open from‭ ‬10‭ ‬a.m.‭ ‬to‭ ‬4‭ ‬p.m.‭ ‬Mondays‭ ‬through‭ ‬Fridays,‭ ‬and from‭ ‬10‭ ‬a.m.‭ ‬to‭ ‬2‭ ‬p.m.‭ ‬Saturdays.‭ ‬Call‭ ‬832-1776‭ ‬for more information,‭ ‬or visit‭ ‬www.armoryart.org.

Ellen Page and Leonardo DiCaprio in Inception.

Film:‭ ‬Most special-effects action thrillers ask us to leave our brains at the door and be satisfied watching the computer-generated eye candy.‭ ‬Then there is‭ ‬Inception,‭ ‬the marvel of a thinking person’s puzzle movie that takes some work to keep up with,‭ ‬but pays off in very satisfying ways.‭ ‬It stars Leonardo DiCaprio as a master extractor,‭ ‬a guy adept at cracking into the dreams of others and stealing their ideas for profit.‭ ‬Now in his last job before he hopes to retire‭ ‬--‭ ‬uh-oh‭ ‬--‭ ‬he is asked to do the opposite,‭ ‬to burrow into a corporate executive’s mind and plant a destructive idea.

The film takes place inside dreams,‭ ‬with a dream’s lack of logic or gravity,‭ ‬and there are levels and layers to these dreams to keep moviegoers further off-balance.‭ ‬Inception is the brain child of director-writer Christopher Nolan‭ (‬The Dark Knight‭)‬,‭ ‬who moves up even higher in the Hollywood pecking order. -- H. Erstein

Felicia Fields in the Chicago-area production of Low Down Dirty Blues.

Theater:‭ ‬The big event this weekend,‭ ‬theatrically speaking,‭ ‬is the debut of Florida Stage’s new home,‭ ‬a drastically reconfigured Rinker Playhouse within West Palm Beach’s Kravis Center.‭ ‬The space has been turned into a thrust stage theater,‭ ‬by placing the action on the floor and surrounding it with seats on three sides.‭ ‬The company may have lost a little of the intimacy it had in Manalapan,‭ ‬but it gains in stage height and depth,‭ ‬which will pay dividends in scenic and lighting possibilities.

The inaugural production is‭ ‬Low Down Dirty Blues,‭ ‬Randal Myler and Dan Wheetman’s revue of the sassy,‭ ‬double entendre-laden blues songs rolled out in an after-hours Chicago club.‭ ‬It premiered recently at Northlight Theatre in Skokie,‭ ‬Ill.,‭ ‬where the local critics raved about the four-member cast. Florida Stage’s box office phone number remains the same,‭ (‬561‭) ‬585-3433.‭ ‬– H.‭ ‬Erstein

Mezzo-soprano Irene Roberts.

Music:‭ ‬The Palm Beach Opera offers a preview Tuesday‭ ‬night‭ ‬of the coming season with an event at the Harriet Himmel Theater in CityPlace featuring‭ ‬soprano‭ ‬Wendy Jones,‭ ‬mezzo Irene Roberts and‭ ‬baritone Graham Fandrei.‭ ‬The singers,‭ ‬accompanied by‭ ‬pianist‭ ‬Bruce Stasyna,‭ ‬will perform selections from‭ ‬the‭ ‬four operas taking the stage for the‭ ‬2010-11‭ ‬season:‭ ‬Verdi‭’‬s‭ ‬Nabucco,‭ ‬Gluck‭’‬s‭ ‬Orfeo ed Euridice,‭ ‬Mozart‭’‬s‭ ‬Così fan Tutte,‭ ‬and Puccini‭’‬s‭ ‬Tosca.‭ ‬The concert is preceded by‭ ‬a mixer at City Cellar and followed by a‭ ‬$125-per-ticket dinner‭ (‬reservations due today‭) ‬with the artists at Pistache,‭ ‬the French brasserie on Clematis Street.‭

Jones was recently seen as‭ ‬a fine Lady Billows in the company‭’‬s workshop production of Britten‭’‬s‭ ‬Albert Herring,‭ ‬and Roberts,‭ ‬who sang Emilia in Verdi‭’‬s‭ ‬Otello and Mercédès in Bizet‭’‬s‭ ‬Carmen last season,‭ ‬won‭ ‬second‭ ‬prize in the recent Palm Beach Opera vocal competition with a performance of the aria‭ ‬Nobles seigneurs,‭ ‬salut‭!‬ from Meyerbeer‭’‬s‭ ‬Les Huguenots.‭ ‬Both‭ ‬are former members of the Young Artists program,‭ ‬and‭ ‬Fandrei,‭ ‬a well-known South Florida baritone,‭ ‬will be singing in Florida Grand Opera‭’‬s upcoming production of‭ ‬Cyrano,‭ ‬a new opera‭ (‬2007‭) ‬by American composer David DiChiera.‭ ‬The concert,‭ ‬which is sponsored by Kretzer Piano‭’‬s Music of the Mind series,‭ ‬begins at‭ ‬7‭ ‬p.m.‭ ‬Tuesday at the Harriet.‭ ‬Tickets are‭ ‬$10,‭ ‬and proceeds go to benefit the company‭’‬s‭ ‬education programs.‭ ‬For tickets or more information,‭ ‬call‭ ‬833-7888‭ ‬or visit‭ ‬www.pbopera.org.‭ ‬– G.‭ ‬Stepanich


Louis-Nicolas Clérambault‭ (‬1676-1749‭)‬.

King Louis XIV had a lofty sense of style,‭ ‬and he drew some of the finest artists in France to his court during his reign,‭ ‬which at‭ ‬72‭ ‬years was the longest of all European kings and queens.‭ ‬Last night,‭ ‬Seraphic Fire‭’‬s summer concert series continued‭ ‬with‭ ‬the first night of‭ ‬The Court of the Sun King,‭ ‬an‭ ‬evening of music by two of‭ ‬the best-known composers of Louis‭’‬ time.‭ ‬Sopranos Kathryn Mueller‭ (‬a fine soloist in a Bach cantata earlier this year‭) ‬and Rebecca Durren are joined by Seraphic Fire founder Patrick Dupré Quigley at the keyboard for‭ ‬sacred‭ ‬music by François Couperin and Louis-Nicolas Clérambault.‭ ‬Featured‭ ‬are four motets by Clérambault for the king,‭ ‬the Virgin Mary,‭ ‬Christmas Day and Mardi Gras,‭ ‬and three surviving‭ ‬Leçons‭ ‬de Ténèbre‭ ‬of Couperin.‭

This is exquisite,‭ ‬absorbing‭ ‬music,‭ ‬and marks another notable concert in what has been an exceptional season and off-season of Baroque music.‭ ‬Tonight‭’‬s concert begins at‭ ‬7:30‭ ‬p.m.‭ ‬at‭ ‬First United Methodist Church in Coral Gables.‭ ‬Saturday,‭ ‬it can be heard at All Saints Episcopal in Fort Lauderdale beginning at‭ ‬8‭ ‬p.m.,‭ ‬and at‭ ‬4‭ ‬p.m.‭ ‬Sunday the program is presented for the final time at Miami Beach Community Church.‭ ‬Tickets are‭ ‬$30‭; ‬call‭ ‬305-285-9060‭ ‬or visit‭ ‬www.seraphicfire.org.‭ ‬– G.‭ ‬Stepanich

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