Friday, October 22, 2010

Weekend arts picks: Oct. 22-24

/Sledding in Central Park‭ (‬1912‭)‬,‭ ‬by William Glackens.

Art:‭ ‬The Museum of Art Fort Lauderdale received a major bequest almost‭ ‬20‭ ‬years ago from Ira Glackens,‭ ‬who at his death in‭ ‬1991‭ ‬left the‭ ‬estate of his father,‭ ‬William Glackens,‭ ‬to the museum.‭ ‬This has‭ ‬formed the basis of a major collection of work by a group of American painters known as The Eight,‭ ‬who in addition to Glackens‭ ‬includes‭ ‬George Luks,‭ ‬Maurice Prendergast and Robert Henri.‭ ‬Like American composers who were working at the same time‭ ‬– the‭ ‬early‭ ‬20th century‭ ‬– they‭ ‬produced important work that made a strong contribution to the art of their country,‭ ‬yet they are‭ ‬too little known to‭ ‬the general public.‭ ‬Last week,‭ ‬the museum brought new focus to the work‭ ‬of Glackens and his colleagues in an exhibit called An Intimate Look at William Glackens and‭ ‬the Eight that runs through Jan.‭ ‬9.‭ ‬It provides a good‭ ‬opportunity‭ ‬to immerse yourself in this‭ ‬period of American art history,‭ ‬which somehow seems more poignant every time elections roll‭ ‬around.‭ ‬Admission to the museum is‭ ‬$10‭; ‬it‭’‬s open daily from‭ ‬11‭ ‬a.m.‭ ‬to‭ ‬5‭ ‬p.m.,‭ ‬longer‭ ‬on Thursdays when it‭’‬s open until‭ ‬8‭ ‬p.m.,‭ ‬and closed on Mondays.‭ ‬Call‭ ‬954-525-5500‭ ‬for more information.

Dennis Creaghan and Erik Fabregat in A Behanding in Spokane.

Theater:‭ ‬The grisly theatrical sensibilities of GableStage artistic director Joe Adler and the twisted,‭ ‬darkly comic tales of Irish playwright Martin McDonagh are a terrific match,‭ ‬as Adler previously proved with‭ ‬The Pillowman and‭ ‬The Lieutenant of Inishmore.‭ ‬He dips into that macabre well once again with the writer’s most recent Broadway script,‭ ‬A Behanding in Spokane,‭ ‬the only play of his to date that is set in the United States.‭ ‬And you thought the Irish were weird‭? ‬The sublime Dennis Creaghan plays a justifiably miffed guy whose hand was severed decades earlier and ever since he has been roaming the land in search of his hand.‭ ‬Currently holed up in a seedy Washington state hotel,‭ ‬he is confronted by a pair of grifters who insist that they possess his hand.‭ ‬Opens Saturday evening at the Biltmore Hotel in Coral Gables.‭ ‬Call‭ (‬305‭) ‬445-1119. -- H. Erstein

Hilary Swank and Sam Rockwell in Conviction.

Film:‭ ‬Lawyers are an easy target of derision,‭ ‬but you will be rooting for Betty Ann Waters‭ (‬two-time Oscar winner Hilary Swank‭)‬,‭ ‬a high school dropout who is determined to earn a law degree,‭ ‬for the sole reason to exonerate her irresponsible brother Kenny‭ (‬Sam Rockwell‭)‬,‭ ‬who she is convinced has been wrongly convicted of murder.‭ ‬Conviction is based on a true story,‭ ‬and if it veers from the facts‭ ‬--‭ ‬which is likely‭ ‬--‭ ‬you will not want to know where.‭ ‬Director Tony Goldwyn gets us on Betty Ann’s side with ease,‭ ‬as he relates her relentless quest without any filmmaking flourishes,‭ ‬letting the story do all the work.‭ ‬Well,‭ ‬Swank’s dogged performance helps,‭ ‬and look for some solid scene-stealing by Juliette Lewis and the crafty Melissa‭ ‬Leo.‭ ‬Opening in area theaters‭ ‬Friday.


Sergei Taneyev‭ (‬1856-1915‭)‬.

Music:‭ ‬Iris van Eck has been running her Chameleon series at Fort Lauderdale‭’‬s Josephine Leiser Opera Center for eight seasons now,‭ ‬and to start its ninth this weekend,‭ ‬the cellist joins the Amernet Quartet for two string quintets:‭ ‬one by Schubert and the other by‭ ‬the‭ ‬Russian composer Sergei Taneyev,‭ ‬who studied with Tchaikovsky.‭ ‬ Schubert‭’‬s is‭ ‬the sublime Quintet in C‭ (‬D.‭ ‬956‭)‬,‭ ‬with its great slow movement,‭ ‬but poor Taneyev has been overlooked for decades by performers and audiences‭ ‬alike,‭ ‬and he was a rewarding composer who deserves more frequent outings.‭ ‬Here‭’‬s your chance to hear what you‭’‬ve been missing as the musicians tackle Taneyev‭’‬s String Quintet No.‭ ‬1‭ (‬in G,‭ ‬Op.‭ ‬14‭)‬.‭ ‬3‭ ‬p.m.‭ ‬Sunday.‭ ‬Tickets:‭ ‬$35,‭ ‬and‭ ‬there‭’‬s always a nice reception nosh‭ ‬for everyone‭ ‬afterward.‭ ‬Call‭ ‬954-761-3435‭ ‬or visit‭ ‬www.chameleonmusicians.org.

Arturo Sandoval.

‭ ‬Carlos Rafael Rivera just moved back to Miami after years in Southern California,‭ ‬where he earned a master‭’‬s and doctorate in composition at USC‭’‬s Thornton School and began writing works that showcase his‭ ‬instrument‭ ‬– the‭ ‬guitar‭ ‬– and that‭ ‬take advantage of different rhythms and‭ ‬folk sounds from around the world:‭ ‬pieces such as a four-part‭ ‬orchestral‭ ‬essay called‭ ‬Popul-Vuh,‭ ‬based on the Mayan creation myth of that name.‭ ‬On Sunday,‭ ‬his new trumpet concerto,‭ ‬called‭ ‬Concierto de Miami,‭ ‬gets its world premiere at the Adrienne Arsht Center‭’‬s Knight Concert Hall with the great Cuban jazz master Arturo Sandoval as soloist‭ (‬interestingly enough,‭ ‬Sandoval is a new resident of Los Angeles,‭ ‬having lived in Miami for‭ ‬years‭)‬.‭ ‬Eduardo Marturet leads the Miami Symphony Orchestra,‭ ‬and also will‭ ‬conduct‭ ‬Ravel‭’‬s‭ ‬Bolero and the Seventh Symphony‭ (‬in A,‭ ‬Op.‭ ‬92‭) ‬of Beethoven.‭ ‬Tickets:‭ ‬$24-$154.‭ ‬Call‭ ‬305-949-7622‭ ‬or visit‭ ‬www.arshtcenter.org.

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