Friday, August 20, 2010

Weekend arts picks: Aug. 20-22

Tilda Swinton as the title character in Orlando.

Film:‭ ‬Tilda Swinton broke into the‭ ‬wider consciousness back in‭ ‬1992‭ ‬with her star turn as Orlando,‭ ‬the‭ ‬androgynous hero/heroine of‭ ‬Virginia Woolf‭’‬s gender-bending novel of a Tudor-era‭ ‬Zelig who‭ ‬begins as a‭ ‬debonair‭ ‬male‭ ‬court‭ ‬poet in‭ ‬1588‭ ‬and ends up‭ ‬in‭ ‬1928‭ ‬as a married woman.‭ ‬In Sally Potter‭’‬s lovely-to-look-at film,‭ ‬Quentin Crisp makes‭ ‬a marvelous‭ ‬Queen‭ ‬Elizabeth‭ ‬I,‭ ‬and there are all kinds of nice historic-era touches,‭ ‬such as when the immortal Orlando encounters Alexander Pope,‭ ‬while a singer warbles Handel‭’‬s‭ ‬Where‭’‬er You Walk in the‭ ‬background.‭ ‬This fascinating film has been digitally remastered and returns to the big screen starting‭ ‬today at Emerging Cinemas outlets including the Mos‭’‬Art Theatre in Lake Park and the newly‭ ‬restored‭ ‬Stonzek Black Box Theater at the Lake Worth Playhouse.

Silent film star Mabel Normand‭ (‬1892-1930‭)‬.

Theater:‭ ‬Broward Stage Door in Coral Springs,‭ ‬which‭ ‬just‭ ‬finished showing‭ ‬The‭ ‬Drowsy Chaperone,‭ ‬stays in the first part of the‭ ‬20th century with Mack and Mabel,‭ ‬Jerry Herman‭’‬s‭ ‬1974‭ ‬musical about the meeting of silent-film pioneer Mack Sennett‭ (‬he of the Keystone Kops‭) ‬and Mabel Normand,‭ ‬who died young of tuberculosis.‭ ‬The‭ ‬show did not do well in its original run,‭ ‬but since has developed a cult following and been revived‭ ‬several‭ ‬times.‭ ‬Herman‭’‬s score‭ ‬contains standouts such as I Won‭’‬t Send Roses,‭ ‬in‭ ‬which‭ ‬Mack tells Mabel to keep her distance,‭ ‬although‭ ‬already it‭’‬s too late for that.‭ ‬The show opens tonight and runs through Sept.‭ ‬26.‭ ‬Tickets are‭ ‬$38‭; ‬for more‭ ‬information,‭ ‬call‭ ‬954-344-7765.

Music:‭ ‬Baroque music is again on tap for this weekend,‭ ‬with Keith Paulson-Thorp of St.‭ ‬Paul‭’‬s Episcopal in Delray Beach and his Camerata del Re taking on music from‭ ‬18th-century Spain.‭ ‬Paulson-Thorp is a scholar-musician,‭ ‬and devotees of the former organ‭ ‬series at Bethesda-by-the-Sea may recall him playing two pieces by the completely unknown Catalan composer Fransesc Civil,‭ ‬music that was heavily influenced by Wagner and beautiful nonetheless.‭ ‬Sunday afternoon,‭ ‬it‭’‬s music by‭ ‬Jose‭ ‬Herrando,‭ ‬Salvador‭ ‬Rexach,‭ ‬Juan Astorga and the Pla brothers‭ (‬Juan and José‭)‬,‭ ‬as well as a piece by Boccherini,‭ ‬an Italian who spent much time in Spain working for the archbishop of Toledo.‭ ‬Once again,‭ ‬this regular monthly St.‭ ‬Paul‭’‬s series provides a good chance to hear rare,‭ ‬worthy music and join the Camerata del Re on its voyages of discovery.‭ ‬At‭ ‬4‭ ‬p.m.‭ ‬Sunday‭; ‬tickets:‭ ‬$15-$18.

Gamera,‭ ‬about to enjoy a tasty Eiffel Tower lunch.

Art:‭ ‬It‭’‬s been a brutal summer,‭ ‬weather-wise,‭ ‬and not just here in South Florida where the heat has been so relentless for so long‭ (‬our punishment for a very cool winter,‭ ‬apparently‭)‬.‭ ‬It‭’‬s the kind of thing that raises‭ ‬dark thoughts about what‭’‬s going on with our environment,‭ ‬and that might be a good reason to wander over to the Morikami Museum this weekend‭ ‬for a visit to‭ ‬Kaiju‭! ‬Monster Invasion‭!‬ One of two‭ ‬exhibits currently at the museum of Japanese culture west of Delray Beach,‭ ‬it‭’‬s a display of more than‭ ‬100‭ ‬vintage toys‭ ‬modeled‭ ‬on creatures from the era of Japan‭’‬s big-monster movies and TV shows,‭ ‬beginning‭ ‬with‭ ‬Godzilla in‭ ‬1954.‭ ‬The‭ ‬kaiju‭ ‬– monsters‭ ‬– from‭ ‬the shows were played by actors in rubber suits,‭ ‬and while the results often were unintentionally‭ ‬hilarious,‭ ‬they came out of real fears experienced in Japan after the two nuclear attacks‭ ‬that‭ ‬ended World War II.‭ ‬The museum is open Tuesday through Sunday from‭ ‬10‭ ‬a.m.‭ ‬to‭ ‬5‭ ‬p.m.,‭ ‬and tickets range from‭ ‬$7‭ ‬to‭ ‬$12‭; ‬visit‭ ‬ for more information.

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