Friday, September 24, 2010

Weekend arts picks: Sept. 24-26

City Milk,‭ ‬by JoAnn Nava.

Art:
‭ ‬This weekend,‭ ‬the historic African-American neighborhood on Fort Lauderdale‭’‬s Sistrunk Boulevard is the site of the Midtown Urban Arts Show,‭ ‬part of a nonprofit effort to support revitalization of the Sistrunk corridor,‭ ‬named for the pioneering black physician who tended to its residents in the early‭ ‬20th century.‭ ‬Restoration projects have been ongoing for many years in the neighborhood,‭ ‬and have included such signal moments as the opening of a major Broward County library‭ ‬branch.‭ ‬Until Oct.‭ ‬15,‭ ‬the new Midtown Commerce Center building will host the art show,‭ ‬which features work by Purvis Young,‭ ‬the folk-art painter of Overtown who died earlier this year.‭ ‬Also in the show are pieces by artists such as George Gadson,‭ ‬Elayna‭ ‬Toby Singer,‭ ‬Gary Moore and JoAnn Nava.‭ ‬The gallery is open from‭ ‬6‭ ‬p.m.‭ ‬to‭ ‬9‭ ‬p.m.‭ ‬Thursdays and Fridays,‭ ‬and‭ ‬10‭ ‬a.m.‭ ‬to‭ ‬5‭ ‬p.m.‭ ‬Saturdays.‭ ‬For more information,‭ ‬visit‭ ‬www.creativepulse.com.

Patricia Clarkson in Cairo Time.

Film:‭ ‬Some films are character-driven and others are location-dependent.‭ ‬A prime example of the latter is the atmospheric‭ ‬Cairo Time,‭ ‬the tale of a magazine editor‭ (‬the incomparable Patricia Clarkson‭) ‬whose husband has been detained on assignment,‭ ‬leaving her on her own in the Egyptian capital,‭ ‬escorted by a local colleague of her husband’s Cairo,‭ ‬in all its exotic,‭ ‬chaotic,‭ ‬steamy extremes,‭ ‬is really the star of the film,‭ ‬much as Toyko was in‭ ‬Lost in Translation or Venice in‭ ‬Summertime.‭ ‬Director Ruba Nadda uses impressive control throughout,‭ ‬barely suggesting the possibility between Clarkson and Alexander Siddig as her tentative guide.‭ ‬Playing at Mos’Art Theatre in Lake Park and Emerging Cinemas in Lake Worth.‭ – ‬H.‭ ‬Erstein

A scene from Broward Stage Door’s Mack and Mabel.

Theater:‭ ‬This is the final weekend to catch Broward Stage Door’s impressive mounting of Jerry Herman’s‭ ‬Mack and Mabel,‭ ‬the somewhat fictionalized account of silent movie mogul‭ ‬Mack Sennett and his leading lady/muse Mabel Normand in the early days of Hollywood.‭ ‬The show has never been commercially successful‭ ‬because of its sketchy script,‭ ‬but it contains what is arguably Herman’s best score,‭ ‬with some first-rate,‭ ‬dark-toned ballads.‭ ‬Director Michael Leeds works at bolstering the story,‭ ‬while Chrissi Ardito supplies the dance steps and Shane Tanner as Sennett carries the show on his back.‭ ‬Through Sunday only in Coral Springs.‭ ‬Call‭ (‬954‭) ‬344-7765‭ ‬for tickets.‭ – ‬H.‭ ‬Erstein

Robert DeMaine.

Music:‭ ‬The Detroit Symphony‭’‬s principal cellist,‭ ‬Robert DeMaine,‭ ‬who last season in Boca Raton gave a two-recital traversal of the complete Beethoven cello sonatas and associated works,‭ ‬returns tomorrow night with a wide-ranging program of music accompanied by‭ ‬the pianist in that Beethoven program,‭ ‬Heather Coltman.‭ ‬DeMaine,‭ ‬also an accomplished composer of music for his instrument,‭ ‬will play the Mendelssohn Sonata No.‭ ‬2‭ (‬in D,‭ ‬Op.‭ ‬58‭)‬,‭ ‬an arrangement of the Violin Sonata of Cesar Franck,‭ ‬and the G major Viola da Gamba Sonata‭ (‬BWV‭ ‬1027‭) ‬of J.S.‭ ‬Bach.‭ ‬Also on the program is the‭ ‬Six Studies in English Folk Song,‭ ‬written in‭ ‬1926‭ ‬by Ralph Vaughan Williams.‭ ‬DeMaine and Coltman will perform at‭ ‬7:30‭ ‬p.m.‭ ‬Saturday at the University Theatre at Florida Atlantic University.‭ ‬Suggested donation is‭ ‬$10‭; ‬call‭ ‬561-297-3820‭ ‬or visit‭ ‬www.fau.edu/music.


Daniel Bernard Roumain.

Daniel Bernard Roumain grew up in Margate as the son of Haitian immigrants and early on demonstrated exceptional talent as a violinist.‭ ‬Today he‭’‬s a cutting-edge classical crossover artist whose music and musicianship are very much at home in a multiplicity of genres.‭ ‬His newest work,‭ ‬Dancers,‭ ‬Dreamers and Presidents,‭ ‬was inspired by an October‭ ‬2007‭ ‬moment on Ellen DeGeneres‭’‬ talk show in which then-Sen.‭ ‬Barack Obama and DeGeneres danced briefly together.‭ ‬Roumain‭’‬s three-movement tone poem gets its world premiere tomorrow night at the Lincoln Theatre in Miami Beach in a pre-season concert by the New World Symphony.‭ ‬Alasdair Neale,‭ ‬the orchestra‭’‬s principal guest conductor,‭ ‬also will conduct two works by Beethoven:‭ ‬the‭ ‬Leonore Overture No.‭ ‬3,‭ ‬and the Fifth Symphony‭ (‬in C minor,‭ ‬Op.‭ ‬67‭)‬.‭ ‬ The concert will be repeated Sunday at‭ ‬3‭ ‬p.m.‭ ‬Tickets are free,‭ ‬but have been snatched‭ ‬up‭; ‬still,‭ ‬orchestra officials advise you can still get in if you line up and wait for no-shows.‭ ‬For more information,‭ ‬call‭ ‬305-673-3331‭ ‬or visit‭ ‬www.nws.edu.

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