Friday, September 10, 2010

Weekend arts picks: Sept. 10-14

Untitled‭ ‬4,‭ ‬by Jessie Rebik.

Art:‭ ‬Five female artists explore the human figure in an upcoming exhibition called the‭ ‬Figuratively Speaking‭ ‬Invitational at The Art Gallery on the Eissey Campus of Palm Beach State College in Palm Beach Gardens,‭ ‬and there’s‭ ‬much more to it than is first apparent.‭ ‬The artwork consists of classical-styled paintings,‭ ‬modeled and molded ceramics,‭ ‬drawings and video,‭ ‬beautifully handled in technique and execution.‭ ‬But the underlying concepts delve into genetic engineering,‭ ‬gender and psychological states,‭ ‬philosophy and the human struggle.‭

The award-winning artists in the invitational have some impressive credentials.‭ ‬For instance,‭ ‬Angela DiCosola is a professor of ceramics at Florida Atlantic University and Jessie Rebik is an assistant professor of art at Clark University in Dubuque,‭ ‬Iowa.‭ ‬Moira Holohan,‭ ‬whose video art is displayed,‭ ‬has exhibited at the Museum of Contemporary Art in Miami and earned her master of fine arts from Hunter College.‭ ‬Tere Pastoriza,‭ ‬a Cuban-born artist,‭ ‬lives and works in Miami.‭ ‬Brazilian native Rebeca Gilling,‭ ‬who creates human and animal hybrids from clay,‭ ‬set out originally to be a veterinarian,‭ ‬until she took an elective in ceramics,‭ ‬received a master of fine arts from Miami International University of Art and Design. ‭

Forget Me Not,‭ ‬by Rebeca Gilling.

The‭ ‬exhibit opens Tuesday,‭ ‬Sept.‭ ‬14,‭ ‬from‭ ‬5‭ ‬to‭ ‬8‭ ‬p.m.,‭ ‬offers an opportunity to meet these fascinating artists and purchase and collect their work.‭ ‬The exhibition runs through October‭ ‬8‭ ‬at The Art Gallery at Palm Beach State College’s Eissey Campus located in the BB building,‭ ‬3160‭ ‬PGA Blvd.‭ ‬Gallery hours are Mon.,‭ ‬Wed.,‭ ‬Thurs.‭ ‬and Fri.,‭ ‬from‭ ‬9‭ ‬a.m.‭ ‬to‭ ‬5‭ ‬p.m.‭ ‬and Tuesdays from‭ ‬9‭ ‬a.m.‭ ‬to‭ ‬8‭ ‬p.m.‭ ‬For more information call Karla Walter,‭ ‬art gallery specialist,‭ ‬at‭ (‬561‭) ‬207-5015,‭ ‬or visit‭ ‬ -- K. Deits

Vincent Lindon and Sandrine Kiberlain in Mademoiselle Chambon.

Film:‭ ‬In so many formulaic movies,‭ ‬a couple meets and by the second scene they are in bed together.‭ ‬Nothing wrong with that,‭ ‬mind you,‭ ‬but the French film‭ ‬Mademoiselle Chambon‭ ‬takes the opposite tack and the results are so refreshing.‭ ‬In it,‭ ‬a family man meets his young son’s teacher,‭ ‬is charmed by her and her violin playing,‭ ‬which opens up unexpected feelings in him.‭ ‬Although the two of them are clearly attracted to each other,‭ ‬they spend most of the rest of the movie trying not to have an affair.‭ ‬Exquisitely acted by Sandrine Kiberlain and Vincent Lindon,‭ ‬they convey such emotions,‭ ‬unexpressed and buried just below the surface.‭ ‬Not much happens,‭ ‬and yet everything happens.‭ ‬Do not wait until Hollywood remakes‭ ‬Mademoiselle Chambon and coarsens it.‭ ‬Opening today at area theaters. - H. Erstein

Erik Fabregat,‭ ‬Antonio Amadeo and Christian Rockwell
in Totally Hollywood‭ (‬Abridged‭)‬.

Theater:‭ ‬Not all the drama happens on the stage.‭ ‬Consider the case of area actor Erik Fabregat,‭ ‬who was driving home from Plantation’s Mosaic Theater after the single preview of‭ ‬Completely Hollywood‭ (‬Abridged‭)‬,‭ ‬a send-up of the movie industry by Reed Martin and Austin Tichener,‭ ‬the wiseacres who previously gave us‭ ‬The Complete Works of William Shakespeare‭ (‬Abridged‭)‬.‭ ‬Fabregat was involved in a car crash‭ ‬--‭ ‬not his fault‭ ‬--‭ ‬that landed him in the emergency room,‭ ‬getting off easy with cuts,‭ ‬scrapes,‭ ‬bruises and a lot of pain.‭ ‬Still,‭ ‬without an understudy,‭ ‬he is determined to perform tonight and the rest of the weekend.‭ ‬Hope they can throw in a few ad libs to explain away his bandages.‭ ‬Call‭ (‬954‭) ‬57-STAGE for tickets. - H. Erstein

The Pacifica Quartet.

Music:‭ ‬ One of the special‭ ‬glories‭ ‬of the classical‭ ‬music‭ ‬season in South Florida is its wealth of chamber music.‭ ‬Big orchestras and‭ ‬soloists are plentiful in some years,‭ ‬scarce in others,‭ ‬but there‭’‬s always a plenitude of good chamber‭ ‬groups.

One of the best of the current crop of string quartets‭ ‬is the Pacifica Quartet,‭ ‬which sounds like a West Coast group but actually is based at the University of Illinois in the east-central part of the Prairie State.‭ ‬It‭’‬s particularly well-known these days for its advocacy of the complete string quartets‭ (‬five in all‭) ‬of‭ ‬Elliot Carter,‭ ‬the veteran American composer who turns‭ ‬102‭ ‬later this year.

The‭ ‬Sunday Afternoons of Music series in Miami closes its current season with a special Saturday night‭ ‬appearance‭ ‬by the Pacifica at the University of Miami‭’‬s Gusman Hall in Coral Gables.‭ ‬That‭’‬s a good venue for this group,‭ ‬and‭ ‬it will be performing music of Schumann‭ (‬Quartet No.‭ ‬1‭ ‬in A minor,‭ ‬Op.‭ ‬41,‭ ‬No.‭ ‬1‭)‬,‭ ‬Beethoven‭ (‬Quartet No.‭ ‬9‭ ‬in C,‭ ‬Op.‭ ‬59,‭ ‬No.‭ ‬3‭)‬,‭ ‬and the Third Quartet‭ (‬in F,‭ ‬Op.‭ ‬73‭) ‬of Dmitri Shostakovich.‭ ‬It promises to be a fine program,‭ ‬especially ending as it does with the lickety-split finale of the Beethoven,‭ ‬which quartets like to play as fast as they can.‭ ‬The concert starts at‭ ‬7:30‭ ‬p.m.‭ ‬Saturday,‭ ‬and tickets range from‭ ‬$10-$35.‭ ‬For more information,‭ ‬call‭ ‬305-271-7150‭ ‬or visit‭ ‬ - G. Stepanich

John Mayer.

His‭ ‬outsized romantic life‭ ‬has taken more of‭ ‬the‭ ‬attention over the past couple years,‭ ‬and‭ ‬that‭’‬s regrettable,‭ ‬because the guitarist/songwriter John‭ ‬Mayer at his best is a deft writer of catchy melodies and intelligent lyrics.‭ ‬He‭’‬s also been a restless experimenter,‭ ‬shifting direction‭ ‬and‭ ‬trying new things,‭ ‬and that helps make him a musician worth following.

He‭’‬s on tour this month,‭ ‬and he stops at the Cruzan tomorrow night for a concert that no doubt will feature some of his latest work.‭ ‬The concert begins at‭ ‬7‭ ‬p.m.,‭ ‬and tickets are‭ ‬$48.10-$84.50‭; ‬they‭’‬re available through Live Nation/Ticketmaster.‭

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