Friday, July 9, 2010

Weekend arts picks: July 9-12

Noomi Rapace in The Girl Who Played With Fire.

Film:‭ ‬Those who clamored‭ ‬about‭ ‬The Twilight Saga last week‭ ‬can now take in a far better,‭ ‬darker trilogy,‭ ‬now that they have that out of their system.‭ ‬It is the Swedish mystery novels by the late Stieg Larsson,‭ ‬whose introduction on‭ ‬film was the riveting‭ ‬The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo,‭ ‬about a Goth computer hacker named Lisbeth‭ (‬the terrific,‭ ‬deadpan Noomi Rapace‭)‬,‭ ‬who teams up with a disgraced journalist to solve enigmatic crimes.‭ ‬Now comes the second installment,‭ ‬The Girl Who Played‭ ‬With Fire,‭ ‬about an attempt to expose the sex traffic industry and the two freelance magazine authors who are killed for their crusading efforts.‭ ‬This second film is more conventional than the first,‭ ‬playing like a standard crime procedural,‭ ‬albeit a kinky one.‭ ‬Still,‭ ‬Lisbeth is a fascinating character and the movie is way above par for a summer release.‭ ‬In area theaters beginning today.‭ ‬– H.‭ ‬Erstein

Gordon McConnell and Nick Duckart in Secret Order.

Theater:‭ ‬Area theater companies usually lighten up in the summer,‭ ‬grabbing a popular comedy or a musical revue.‭ ‬Not Boca Raton’s Caldwell Theatre,‭ ‬which prefers to challenge its audience a bit with a drama about a young scientist who may have discovered a cure for cancer,‭ ‬the father-figure mentor for bankrolls the effort to bring this medical breakthrough to the marketplace,‭ ‬and the issues of ethics and commerce that stand in the way of their success.

The play is Bob Clyman’s‭ ‬Secret Order,‭ ‬which came very close to opening on Broadway in‭ ‬2005,‭ ‬but has been kicking around in regional theaters since then.‭ ‬Tom Bloom,‭ ‬who was involved in the play’s earliest development almost‭ ‬15‭ ‬years ago,‭ ‬directs the Caldwell production,‭ ‬which features Nick Duckart as the naïve scientist and Gordon McConnell as the older,‭ ‬wiser lab administrator.‭ ‬Opening today and running through Aug.‭ ‬1.‭ ‬Call‭ (‬561‭) ‬241-7432‭ ‬or‭ (‬877‭) ‬245-7432‭ ‬for tickets.‭ – ‬H.‭ ‬Erstein

Composer Kenneth Frazelle,‭ ‬at Lynn in January.

Music:‭ ‬Back in January,‭ ‬composer Kenneth Frazelle was treated to a mini-festival of his music at Lynn University,‭ ‬and the closing concert,‭ ‬which included work from a wide arc of his career,‭ ‬presented music by a composer‭ ‬whose style has become more concentrated and simplified over the years,‭ ‬but which has gained in power by doing so.‭ ‬One of the pieces heard then was a world premiere,‭ ‬Gee‭’‬s Bend Pieces,‭ ‬a work for‭ ‬trumpet,‭ ‬piano and percussion inspired‭ ‬by the quilters of a rural Alabama town.‭ ‬Tonight,‭ ‬that piece will be heard again in Palm Beach‭ ‬County on the opening concert of the‭ ‬19th season of the‭ ‬Palm Beach Chamber Music Festival,‭ ‬which opens at Persson Hall on‭ ‬the‭ ‬campus of Palm Beach Atlantic University‭ ‬in West Palm Beach and runs for the next four weekends at three different venues in south,‭ ‬central and northern Palm Beach County.‭

This year,‭ ‬the festival will have concerts on Friday nights,‭ ‬Sunday afternoons and Monday nights‭ (‬instead of Saturday nights‭) ‬for four consecutive weekends ending Aug.‭ ‬2.‭ ‬Also on the‭ ‬8‭ ‬p.m.‭ ‬concert‭ ‬tonight‭ ‬are the Schubert String Trio in B-flat,‭ ‬D.‭ ‬581,‭ ‬Randall Thompson‭’‬s Suite for oboe,‭ ‬clarinet and viola,‭ ‬Handel‭’‬s‭ ‬Passacaglia,‭ ‬arranged for violin and cello by Johan Halvorsen,‭ ‬and the Nonet for string trio,‭ ‬wind quintet and bass by Bohuslav Martinů‭ (‬H.‭ ‬374‭)‬.‭ ‬The same program can be heard at‭ ‬2‭ ‬p.m.‭ ‬Sunday at the Crest Theatre in Delray Beach,‭ ‬and at‭ ‬8‭ ‬p.m.‭ ‬Monday at the Eissey Campus Theatre at Palm Beach State College in Palm Beach Gardens.‭ ‬In its nearly‭ ‬20‭ ‬years of existence,‭ ‬this festival has become one of the most durable,‭ ‬rewarding‭ ‬concert series in all of South Florida,‭ ‬and serious devotees of classical music never miss it.‭ ‬Tickets:‭ ‬$22‭; ‬call‭ ‬800-330-6874‭ ‬or visit‭ ‬‭ ‬– G.‭ ‬Stepanich

Lorenzo Turchi-Floris.

James Brooks-Bruzzese‭’‬s Symphony of the Americas plays host starting tonight to the Mont‭ ‬Blanc Chamber Orchestra of‭ ‬France,‭ ‬based in the border region of France,‭ ‬Italy and Switzerland where the big white mountain holds sway over imagination and landscape.‭ ‬Founded in‭ ‬1998‭ ‬by conductor Lorenzo Turchi-Floris,‭ ‬the group plans‭ ‬three local concerts this week before heading to Panama for a week and then returning to South Florida for seven more concerts.

On the program are Turchi-Floris‭’‬ own one-movement piano concerto,‭ ‬played by himself,‭ ‬and a variety of Baroque works‭ ‬– pieces by Corelli,‭ ‬Vivaldi and Telemann‭ ‬– showpieces‭ (‬Paganini‭’‬s‭ ‬Witches' Dance and Sarasate‭’‬s‭ ‬Introduction and Tarantella,‭ ‬played and arranged by well-known area violinist Laszlo Pap,‭ ‬and Sarasate‭’‬s‭ ‬Zigeunerweisen,‭ ‬arranged for flute by Marilyn Maingart‭)‬,‭ ‬and‭ ‬orchestral favorites by Elgar‭ (‬Serenade for Strings‭) ‬and Copland‭ ‬(Hoedown‭)‬.‭ ‬Tonight‭’‬s concert is a free‭ ‬outdoor‭ ‬performance‭ ‬beginning‭ ‬at‭ ‬7‭ ‬p.m.‭ ‬on Deerfield Beach,‭ ‬Saturday‭ ‬it begins at‭ ‬8‭ ‬p.m.‭ ‬in Fort Lauderdale‭’‬s Sunshine Cathedral,‭ ‬and at‭ ‬4‭ ‬p.m.‭ ‬Sunday,‭ ‬the orchestra can be heard at Florida Atlantic University‭’‬s University Theatre.‭ ‬For‭ ‬more‭ ‬information,‭ ‬call‭ ‬954-545-0088 or visit – G.‭ ‬Stepanich

Last Cow,‭ ‬Last Light‭ (‬2009‭)‬,‭ ‬by Margena Burnett of Ponte Vedra Beach.

Art:‭ ‬The Boca Raton‭ ‬Museum of Art announced this week that it‭ ‬will be closing its galleries for renovations‭ ‬from Aug.‭ ‬9‭ ‬to Oct.‭ ‬12‭ ‬as it prepares to mark the‭ ‬10th anniversary of its‭ ‬move‭ ‬to‭ ‬the building at Mizner Park.‭ ‬So this weekend might be a good one to see the three exhibits currently there:‭ ‬the‭ ‬59th annual All‭ ‬Florida Juried Competition‭ ‬and‭ ‬Exhibition,‭ ‬the biennial Boca Raton‭ ‬Museum‭ ‬Artists‭’‬ Guild‭ ‬exhibition,‭ ‬and a collection of‭ ‬70‭ ‬“tribal art‭”‬ works from the museum‭’‬s collections called‭ ‬African,‭ ‬Oceanic and Meso-American Treasures.‭ ‬When the‭ ‬museum reopens Oct.‭ ‬12,‭ ‬it will do so with exhibitions devoted to the work of‭ ‬Italian pop artist Valerio Adami,‭ ‬photorealist painter Robert Cottingham,‭ ‬and Romanticism to Modernism:‭ ‬Graphic Masterpieces from Piranesi to Picasso,‭ ‬a look at the‭ ‬evolution‭ ‬of the European Modernist style through graphic art.‭ ‬For more‭ ‬information,‭ ‬call‭ ‬392-2500‭ ‬or visit‭ ‬‭

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