Friday, July 23, 2010

Weekend arts picks: July 24-28

Hey Monday.

Music:‭ ‬Things might be a little soggy out there thanks to Tropical Storm Bonnie,‭ ‬but as of this writing,‭ ‬the Vans Warped Tour,‭ ‬2010‭ ‬edition,‭ ‬is set to hit the Cruzan Amphitheatre‭ ‬on Saturday‭ ‬for a day of bands and extreme sports.‭ ‬The skateboard company Vans,‭ ‬which launched this festival in‭ ‬1995,‭ ‬welcomes‭ ‬72‭ ‬bands to this year‭’‬s tour,‭ ‬one of them being West Palm‭’‬s own Hey Monday.‭ ‬Lead singer Cassadee Pope,‭ ‬who‭’‬s just‭ ‬20,‭ ‬has one of those big,‭ ‬powerful,‭ ‬keening female pop voices that seem so prevalent nowadays,‭ ‬and the band has built a steady fan base since forming out of Wellington High two years ago.‭ ‬The music starts at‭ ‬12‭ ‬p.m.‭ ‬Tickets are‭ ‬$31.93‭ ‬and are available through Live Nation.‭

Weird Al Yankovic.

Or if your taste runs more to‭ ‬musical‭ ‬parody,‭ ‬you can catch Weird Al Yankovic on Saturday night at the Mizner Park Amphitheatre in Boca Raton.‭ ‬Yankovic‭ ‬has a had a successful career in a niche that‭’‬s very hard to sustain past initial novelty,‭ ‬and much of the credit‭ ‬for his longevity‭ ‬has to go to Yankovic‭’‬s basic musicianship and‭ ‬respect for the sources of his work.‭ ‬The concert starts at‭ ‬8‭ ‬p.m.‭ ‬Tickets range from‭ ‬$26.50-$46.50,‭ ‬and are available‭ ‬through‭ ‬Ticketmaster.

Earthquake‭ ‬01.12.10,‭ ‬by Philippe Dodard.

Art:‭ ‬ Haitian artist Philippe Dodard will be appearing Wednesday night as part of a new summer lecture series down at the Frost Art Museum on the campus of Florida International University in Miami.‭ ‬Dodard,‭ ‬born in‭ ‬1954,‭ ‬studied in his native country and in France,‭ ‬and produces colorful,‭ ‬intense work‭ ‬– paintings,‭ ‬drawings and sculpture‭ ‬--‭ ‬that he sees as spiritual reflections on the Caribbean and the African diaspora.‭ ‬Dodard will speak about his work during the lecture,‭ ‬which begins at‭ ‬6‭ ‬p.m.‭ ‬The event is free and open to the public.‭ ‬For more information,‭ ‬call‭ ‬305-348-2890‭ ‬or visit thefrost.fiu.edu.

A scene from The Kids Are All Right.

Film:‭ ‬Car chase‭ ‬and secret agent fans can wallow in the silliness of‭ ‬Salt‭ ‬--‭ ‬the movie,‭ ‬not the condiment‭ ‬--‭ ‬but if you want something smart about real people,‭ ‬try‭ ‬The Kids Are All Right,‭ ‬a family comedy that is genuinely funny without being jokey.‭ ‬It concerns a lesbian couple‭ (‬Annette Bening and Julianne Moore‭) ‬and their two well-adjusted teenage offspring,‭ ‬who have grown curious about the guy who donated the sperm that helped them come into the world.‭ ‬They probably should have left well enough alone,‭ ‬but meeting their biological dad,‭ ‬a footloose L.A.‭ ‬restaurateur‭ (‬Mark Ruffalo‭) ‬tests the family in unexpected ways.

Director/co-writer Lisa Choledenko‭ (‬High Art,‭ ‬Laurel Canyon‭) ‬gets some terrific performances from her cast,‭ ‬particularly Bening as the mom who is wound up too tight.‭ ‬In area theaters today.‭ – ‬H.‭ ‬Erstein‭

Barbara Bradshaw and Peter Haig in The Gin Game.

Theater:‭ ‬The official opening was postponed a week because of technical difficulties‭ ‬--‭ ‬A playing card malfunction‭ ‬--‭ ‬so Palm Beach Dramaworks unveils its summer production,‭ ‬D.L.‭ ‬Coburn’s Pulitzer Prize-winning dark comedy,‭ ‬The Gin Game,‭ ‬this weekend.‭ ‬This tale of two seniors who meet,‭ ‬spar and come to an understanding over a gin rummy grudge match at a seedy old age home never really deserved the Pulitzer,‭ ‬but it does have two terrific,‭ ‬juicy acting roles.‭ ‬There is every reason to believe area veterans Peter Haig and Barbara Bradshaw will devour them handily,‭ ‬under J.‭ ‬Barry Lewis’s direction.‭ ‬As long as the technical difficulties do not get in the way.‭ ‬Continuing through Aug.‭ ‬15.‭ ‬Call‭ (‬561‭) ‬514-4042‭ ‬for tickets.‭ ‬– H.‭ ‬Erstein

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