Friday, July 30, 2010

Weekend arts picks: July 30-Aug. 5

Julie Kent and Marcelo Gomes.

Dance:‭ ‬Julie Kent,‭ ‬long a principal dancer with the American Ballet Theatre,‭ ‬takes the title role tonight and through the weekend in‭ ‬Giselle,‭ ‬with the Boca Ballet Theatre at Florida Atlantic University‭’‬s University Theatre.‭ ‬Kent,‭ ‬one of the best-known ballerinas of her generation,‭ ‬partners with another ABT standout,‭ ‬Marcelo Gomes,‭ ‬for these three performances of the beloved‭ ‬1841‭ ‬ballet scored by‭ ‬French composer‭ ‬Adolphe Adam.‭ ‬It‭’‬s a story of selfless love,‭ ‬as a poor village girl who falls in love with an unattainable man,‭ ‬then dies,‭ ‬comes from beyond the grave to save him from a certain death by dancing at the hands of the‭ ‬Willis,‭ ‬spirits of girls who have died before their wedding day.‭ ‬This is one of the staples of the repertoire,‭ ‬with charming,‭ ‬elegant music,‭ ‬a dramatic story,‭ ‬and the kind of dance that epitomizes what classical ballet is all about.‭ ‬The shows‭ (‬with recorded music‭) ‬begin at‭ ‬7‭ ‬p.m.‭ ‬today,‭ ‬8‭ ‬p.m.‭ ‬Saturday,‭ ‬and‭ ‬2‭ ‬p.m.‭ ‬Sunday.‭ ‬Call‭ ‬995-0709‭ ‬or visit‭ ‬www.bocaballet.org.‭ ‬– G.‭ ‬Stepanich

Dave Matthews in concert at the Cruzan in August‭ ‬2009.‭
(‬Photo by Thom Smith/Palm Beach ArtsPaper file‭)

Music:‭ ‬The South African-born singer-songwriter Dave Matthews and his band return to the Cruzan Amphitheatre for two shows,‭ ‬tonight and tomorrow‭ (‬Saturday night‭’‬s show is sold out,‭ ‬according to the band‭)‬.‭ ‬Matthews‭’‬ politically conscious‭ ‬jam-band style‭ ‬has won him a devoted core of followers,‭ ‬and he‭’‬ll be joined at the Cruzan by the festival favorites Gov‭’‬t Mule,‭ ‬the Allman Brothers Band offspring featuring Warren Haynes.‭ ‬The concerts,‭ ‬if you can get in,‭ ‬start at‭ ‬7‭ ‬p.m.‭ ‬Tickets are‭ ‬$40-$75,‭ ‬and are available through Live Nation.‭

Then on Sunday at the Cruzan,‭ ‬it‭’‬s a visit from two of the rock titans of the‭ ‬1970s:‭ ‬guitarist Carlos Santana and keyboardist Steve Winwood.‭ ‬This is a classic Boomer show,‭ ‬and while there will no doubt be much new music from these busy artists,‭ ‬lots of the crowd will have come to hear‭ ‬Black Magic Woman and‭ ‬Gimme Some Lovin‭’‬,‭ ‬among other favorites from these performers‭’‬ large catalogs.‭ ‬The show starts at‭ ‬7:30‭ ‬p.m.‭ ‬Sunday‭; ‬tickets are‭ ‬$25.50-$125.50‭ ‬and are available through Live Nation.

Gaetano Donizetti (1797-1848).

It‭’‬s the final weekend of the Palm Beach Chamber Music Festival,‭ ‬and the musicians will end their‭ ‬19th season with a world premiere and several of the rarities for which this concert series has become known.‭ ‬Composer Clark McAlister,‭ ‬who has produced each of the festival‭’‬s six CDs,‭ ‬offers‭ ‬Odyssey,‭ ‬a work for flute,‭ ‬clarinet and bassoon written in honor of the series‭’‬ three founders:‭ ‬Karen Dixon,‭ ‬Michael Forte and Michael Ellert.‭ ‬Also on the program are pieces by Donizetti,‭ ‬known primarily for his operas but also a prolific chamber composer earlier in his career‭ (‬a Trio for flute,‭ ‬bassoon and piano‭)‬,‭ ‬France‭’‬s‭ ‬Albert Roussel‭ (‬a Duo for bassoon and double bass‭)‬,‭ the German-born‬American composer Ingolf Dahl‭ (‬Concerto a tre for clarinet,‭ ‬violin and cello‭)‬,‭ ‬and the beautiful String Quintet in G,‭ ‬Op.‭ ‬77,‭ ‬of Antonin Dvořák.‭ ‬The concerts are set for‭ ‬8‭ ‬p.m.‭ ‬tonight at Palm Beach Atlantic University‭’‬s Persson Hall‭; ‬2‭ ‬p.m.‭ ‬Sunday at the Crest Theatre in Delray Beach,‭ ‬and‭ ‬8‭ ‬p.m.‭ ‬Monday at the Eissey Campus Theatre at Palm Beach State College in Palm Beach Gardens.‭ ‬Call‭ ‬800-330-6874‭ ‬or visit‭ ‬www.pbcmf.org.‭ ‬– G.‭ ‬Stepanich

Jennifer Lawrence in‭ ‬Winter’s Bone.

Film:‭ ‬For those who appreciate the excitement of a breakout performance,‭ ‬see the new independent film‭ ‬Winter’s Bone and be stunned by the emergence of young Jennifer Lawrence.‭ ‬This impressive young actress plays a teenager trying to hold onto her homestead in backwoods Missouri,‭ ‬threatened with foreclosure by the disappearance of her deadbeat,‭ ‬drug dealer dad.‭ ‬So she heads off on an odyssey in the Ozarks to find him and,‭ ‬of course,‭ ‬encounters more than she bargained for.‭ ‬The film,‭ ‬a sensation at Sundance,‭ ‬is directed and co-written by Debra Granik,‭ ‬who made a similarly bleak feature called‭ ‬Down to the Bone a few years ago.‭ ‬The release of‭ ‬Winter’s Bone‭ ‬in the summer is more than a little puzzling,‭ ‬but do not let that stop you from seeking out this small,‭ ‬low-budget gem.‭ ‬At area theaters beginning this weekend.‭ – ‬H.‭ ‬Erstein

Felicia P. Fields and Mississippi Charles Bevel in Low Down Dirty Blues.

Theater:‭ ‬Sometimes a show’s cast is powerful enough to overcome the material’s shortcomings.‭ ‬The new musical revue‭ ‬Low Down Dirty Blues at Florida Stage’s new digs at the Kravis Center in West Palm Beach is a dramatically lazy songfest,‭ ‬but its four-member company of performers is so entertaining,‭ ‬you will be willing to overlook the evening’s shapelessness.‭ ‬Instead,‭ ‬go and enjoy Sandra Reaves-Phillips,‭ ‬Mississippi Charles Bevel,‭ ‬Felicia P.‭ ‬Fields and Gregory Porter,‭ ‬four Chicago area fixtures who know their way around the blues and each get time in the spotlight to prove it.‭ ‬The show is not ideally suited for the Rinker Playhouse’s new thrust stage configuration,‭ ‬but with the expert sound design by Victoria DeIorio,‭ ‬the vocalists and band are a fine aural blend.‭ ‬Continuing through Sept.‭ ‬5.‭ ‬Call‭ (‬561‭) ‬585-3433‭ ‬for tickets.‭ – ‬H.‭ ‬Erstein‭

From left:‭ ‬Hanna Thaw,‭ ‬Kendall Clark,‭ ‬Carolina Chavez,‭
‬Julia Harvey and Maria Olea.
‭ (‬Photo by Kelli Marin‭)


Art:‭ ‬Next week,‭ ‬the Norton Museum of Art offers an exhibit of works by American artists such as Winslow Homer and Rockwell Kent from‭ ‬the‭ ‬West Palm Beach museum‭’‬s collections.‭ ‬The show,‭ ‬called‭ ‬American Masters:‭ ‬Prints and Drawings From the Norton Museum of Art‭ ‬Collection,‭ ‬runs from‭ ‬Thursday,‭ ‬Aug.‭ ‬5,‭ ‬to Oct.‭ ‬1o,‭ ‬and was curated by the museum‭’‬s five‭ ‬summer interns.‭ ‬Those of us‭ ‬who‭’‬ve worked in companies that employ interns on a regular basis‭ ‬always‭ ‬look forward to the‭ ‬summer‭ ‬and‭ ‬collaborating with enthusiastic young people who‭ ‬so willingly and eagerly shoulder some of the burdens of‭ ‬the‭ ‬permanent staff.‭ ‬No doubt the Norton feels the same way about its quintet of helping hands,‭ ‬all‭ ‬of them young women from Palm Beach County,‭ ‬two of whom are still in high school‭ ‬and‭ ‬the‭ ‬others‭ ‬students at Florida State,‭ ‬the University of Florida and Dartmouth.‭ ‬Go see the show,‭ ‬which features‭ ‬13‭ ‬works on paper from the‭ ‬19th and‭ ‬20th centuries,‭ ‬as a way of honoring the interns in your own office,‭ ‬or as a tribute to the days when you yourself were a member of this honorable company of summer laborers.‭ ‬– G.‭ ‬Stepanich


In the Swamp (1917), by Charles Burchfield,
from the upcoming Norton exhibit.

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