Saturday, October 30, 2010

Weekend arts picks: Oct. 30-Nov. 2

Noomi Rapace,‭ ‬center,‭ ‬
in The Girl Who Kicked the Hornet‭’‬s Nest.

Film:‭ ‬ The long waited third shoe in Stieg Larsson’s Millennium series‭ ‬--‭ ‬The Girl Who Kicked the Hornet’s Nest‭ ‬--‭ ‬has just dropped locally,‭ ‬and it snaps the trilogy back into form,‭ ‬paring down the third weighty,‭ ‬introspective novel about Goth computer hacker Lisbeth Salander‭ (‬Noomi Rapace‭) ‬and crusading journalist Mikael Blomkvist‭ (‬Michael Nyqvist‭) ‬into an involving,‭ ‬fast-paced thinking person’s action flick.‭ ‬No,‭ ‬it is not up to the intricacy or originality of the first installment,‭ ‬The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo,‭ ‬but it will suffice.‭ ‬It should certainly satisfy fans of the series,‭ ‬who wait with apprehension to see what director David Fincher does to and/or for the franchise with his Hollywood remakes,‭ ‬expected to start arriving next year.‭ ‬In area theaters.‭ – ‬H.‭ ‬Erstein

Theater:‭ ‬ There are just two weeks left to catch the remarkable Karen Stephens,‭ ‬breathing life into the one-person,‭ ‬multiple-character tour de force,‭ ‬Bridge and Tunnel,‭ ‬at the Women’s Theatre Project in Fort Lauderdale.‭ ‬Stephens shows herself to be a rubber-faced master of dialects populating a South Queens amateur poetry competition with the melting pot of personalities in Sarah Jones’s acting exercise.‭ ‬Sure,‭ ‬there are themes of how immigrants deal with the American experience,‭ ‬but you will probably come away from Bridge and Tunnel talking more about Stephens‭’ ‬performance than the play’s message.‭ ‬And you will probably come away smiling.‭ ‬Through Nov.‭ ‬7,‭ ‬Call‭ (‬866‭) ‬811-4111‭ ‬for tickets.‭ – ‬H.‭ ‬Erstein

Moon Viewing over Sarashina Rice Fields‭ ‬(1891‭)‬,
‭ ‬by Yoshu Chikanobu‭ ‬

Art:‭ ‬Toyohara‭ (‬Yoshu‭) ‬Chikanobu‭ (‬1838-1912‭) ‬was one of Japan's most popular creators of‭ ‬nishiki-e,‭ ‬or brocade prints from woodblocks,‭ ‬and his work ranged from the advocacy of late‭ ‬19th-century Western-style modernism to a nostalgia for the Edo Period.‭ ‬On Tuesday,‭ ‬the Morikami Museum and Japanese Gardens opens‭ ‬Modernity and Nostalgia,‭ ‬an overview of Chikanobu‭’‬s career featuring‭ ‬60‭ ‬single-sheet and triptych prints.‭ ‬The exhibit opened in August‭ ‬2006‭ ‬at Scripps College in Claremont,‭ ‬Calif.,‭ ‬and has just finished a stop at International Christian University in Tokyo.‭ ‬The exhibit lasts through Feb.‭ ‬20.‭ ‬The museum is open from‭ ‬10‭ ‬a.m.‭ ‬to‭ ‬5‭ ‬p.m.‭ ‬Tuesdays through Sundays.‭ ‬Tickets:‭ ‬$12,‭ ‬$11‭ ‬for seniors,‭ ‬$8‭ ‬for children and college students.‭ ‬Call‭ ‬495-0233‭ ‬or visit

Emanuel Ax.

Music:‭ ‬The American pianist Emanuel Ax is a frequent visitor to South Florida,‭ ‬and in March you can catch him in a solo recital at Stuart‭’‬s Lyric Theatre.‭ ‬But this weekend,‭ ‬he‭’‬s sitting in with the New World Symphony at the Knight Concert Hall in Miami for a reading of the Piano Concerto No.‭ ‬2‭ ‬of Brahms‭ (‬in B-flat,‭ ‬Op.‭ ‬83‭)‬.‭ ‬In recent years,‭ ‬while the piano concerti of Beethoven,‭ ‬Mozart and Chopin are steadily heard in local concerts,‭ ‬it‭’‬s been a while since one of the two big Brahms concerti has had a local hearing.‭ ‬And the Second is massive in every way:‭ ‬four movements,‭ ‬with extensive solos for horn and cello as well,‭ ‬and a gigantic piano texture that is enormously difficult to pull off.‭ ‬Trust Ax to do it,‭ ‬though.‭ ‬Also on the program is the Arnold Schoenberg arrangement of the Brahms Piano Quartet in G minor,‭ ‬Op.‭ ‬25,‭ ‬with its memorable xylophone touches.‭ ‬Michael Tilson Thomas conducts the program twice:‭ ‬8‭ ‬p.m.‭ ‬Saturday at the Knight,‭ ‬and‭ ‬2‭ ‬p.m.‭ ‬Sunday at the Lincoln Theatre on Miami Beach,‭ ‬which will mark Tilson Thomas‭’‬ last appearance in that hall before the orchestral academy‭’‬s move to its new Frank Gehry campus.‭ ‬Call‭ ‬305-673-3331‭ ‬or visit‭ ‬

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