Friday, October 8, 2010

Weekend arts picks: Oct. 8-11

John Leonard Thompson and Kim Cozort in Candida.

Theater:‭ ‬Palm Beach Dramaworks opens its new season by continuing to take the high road,‭ ‬giving its audience‭ “‬theater to think about,‭” ‬the triangular comedy‭ ‬Candida by the all-too-rarely produced in South Florida George Bernard Shaw.‭ ‬Kim Cozort stars in the title role,‭ ‬the wife of a‭ “‬moralist and windbag‭” ‬reverend,‭ ‬who attracts the romantic attentions of a young,‭ ‬blithering poet.‭ ‬So she has to choose between her comfortable,‭ ‬if unexciting life with Rev.‭ ‬Morell‭ (‬John Leonard Thompson,‭ ‬who was so magnetic in last season’s American Buffalo‭) ‬and the passionate,‭ ‬flighty Marchbanks‭ (‬Will Connolly‭)‬.‭ ‬That is the crux of the matter,‭ ‬but Shaw being Shaw,‭ ‬he slips in some tangential philosophizing along the way.‭ ‬Opening Friday evening,‭ ‬playing through Nov.‭ ‬21.‭ ‬Call‭ (‬561‭) ‬514-4042‭ ‬for tickets.


Carey Mulligan,‭ ‬Keira Knightley and Andrew Garfield in Never Let Me Go.

Film:‭ ‬The best science fiction is a reflection of current society’s concerns,‭ ‬like novelist Kazuo Ishiguro’s‭ ‬Never Let Me Go,‭ ‬adapted into an intelligent,‭ ‬if a bit credibility-stretching,‭ ‬tale of three young Brits who have been raised in a remote school with minimal contact with the outside world.‭ ‬In fact,‭ ‬as we soon learn,‭ ‬they are human clones,‭ ‬brought into the world specifically to have their organs harvested for the medical needs of others.‭ ‬Needless to say,‭ ‬their life expectancy is brief.‭ ‬The film is slowly-paced and emotionally muted,‭ ‬but the performances of Carey Mulligan,‭ ‬Andrew Garfield and Keira Knightley carry the story,‭ ‬particularly as it turns towards a downbeat love story.‭ ‬The direction by Mark Romanek is skilled and restrained,‭ ‬impressive when you consider that his previous major credit was One Hour Photo.‭ ‬This one is not going to be for mainstream tastes,‭ ‬but fans of the book are unlikely to be disappointed.‭ ‬In area theaters. -- H. Erstein

A soundsuit by Nick Cave.
(Photo by James Prinz)

Art:‭ ‬The American sculptor Nick Cave has long been interested in the fiber arts,‭ ‬which he teaches at the Art Institute of Chicago.‭ ‬On Saturday,‭ ‬the Norton Museum of Art offers about‭ ‬40‭ ‬of Cave‭’‬s remarkable‭ “‬soundsuits‭”‬ in an exhibition that is open until Jan.‭ ‬9.‭ ‬Nick Cave:‭ ‬Meet Me at the Center of the Earth is a multimedia exhibit that also features videos of the soundsuits in action.‭ ‬The museum is open from‭ ‬10‭ ‬a.m.‭ ‬to‭ ‬5‭ ‬p.m.‭ ‬Tuesday through Saturday,‭ ‬and‭ ‬1‭ ‬p.m.‭ ‬to‭ ‬5‭ ‬p.m.‭ ‬Sunday.‭ ‬Admission is‭ ‬$12.‭ ‬Call‭ ‬832-5196‭ ‬or visit‭ ‬www.norton.org.

Finlandia‭ (‬1987‭)‬,‭ ‬by Valerio Adami.

The Boca Raton Museum of Art reopens Tuesday after months of renovation with three exhibits:‭ ‬Valerio Adami,‭ ‬featuring‭ ‬23‭ ‬paintings from the Italian pop artist‭’‬s career‭; ‬Robert Cottingham:‭ ‬Twenty Ways to See a Star,‭ ‬offering‭ ‬20‭ ‬paintings by the American photorealist‭; ‬Romanticism to Modernism:‭ ‬Graphic Masterpieces from Piranesi to Picasso,‭ ‬three centuries of fine prints by master artists‭ (‬all through Jan.‭ ‬9‭)‬; and‭ ‬Latin American Art from the Museum‭’‬s Collection,‭ ‬20‭ ‬works by important‭ ‬20th-century artists including Franceso Zuniga‭ (‬through May‭ ‬1‭)‬. Call‭ ‬392-2500‭ ‬or visit‭ ‬www.bocamuseum.org for more information.

Addison Mizner.

The Flagler Museum opens its first exhibition of the season Tuesday with Mizner Mediterranean:‭ ‬The Origins of Palm Beach Style.‭ ‬It's a look‭ ‬at drawings,‭ ‬photographs,‭ ‬ceramics and metalwork connected to the work of legendary South Florida architect Addison Mizner.‭ ‬Open through Jan.‭ ‬2.‭ ‬For more information,‭ ‬call‭ ‬561-655-2833‭ ‬or visit‭ ‬www.flaglermuseum.us.


Molly,‭ ‬by Deb LaFogg-Docherty.

And on Thursday,‭ ‬ailurophiles everywhere will want to head to the Cornell Museum of Art at Old School Square in Delray Beach for The Cat‭’‬s Meow,‭ ‬an exhibit‭ (‬lasting through Feb.‭ ‬27‭) ‬of fine art photography and paintings of those beloved furry friends,‭ ‬the domestic cat.‭ ‬Call‭ ‬243-7922‭ ‬or visit‭ ‬www.oldschool.org for more information.‭

Gustav Mahler‭ (‬1860-1911‭)‬.

Music:‭ ‬The coming year marks the‭ ‬100th anniversary of the death of Gustav Mahler,‭ ‬who was just‭ ‬50‭ ‬when he succumbed to endocarditis.‭ ‬He‭’‬d just finished a couple important years as head of the New York Philharmonic and was looking forward to several more when his heart disease caught up to him.‭ ‬This weekend,‭ ‬Lynn University‭’‬s Conservatory of Music opens the new Wold Center of the Arts on the school‭’‬s Boca Raton campus with a real milestone,‭ ‬as the student orchestra gathers to play two performances of Mahler‭’‬s Fifth Symphony,‭ ‬celebrated for its famous‭ ‬Adagietto movement,‭ ‬which Mahler wrote as a love letter to his wife Alma.‭ ‬And that‭’‬s not all:‭ ‬the orchestra will also accompany violinist Elmar Oliveira,‭ ‬now a Lynn faculty member,‭ ‬in the Mendelssohn Violin Concerto‭ (‬in E minor,‭ ‬Op.‭ ‬64‭)‬,‭ ‬and all of it preceded by the‭ ‬Richard Strauss celebratory brass quintet miniature,‭ ‬Feirlicher Einzug der Ritter des Johanniterordens‭ (‬Solemn Entrance of the Knights of St.‭ ‬John‭)‬,‭ ‬written in‭ ‬1909.‭ ‬Albert-George Schram conducts this concert,‭ ‬which marks a new stage in the life of Lynn‭’‬s conservatory and in the concert life of Palm Beach County in general.‭ ‬7:30‭ ‬p.m.‭ ‬Saturday,‭ ‬and‭ ‬3‭ ‬p.m.‭ ‬Sunday.‭ ‬Tickets‭; ‬$35-$50‭; ‬call‭ ‬237-9000‭ ‬or visit‭ ‬www.lynn.edu/tickets.

Other classical events:‭ ‬The‭ ‬South Florida Symphony with‭ ‬Chee-Yun,‭ ‬violinist,‭ ‬at the Lincoln Theatre,‭ ‬Miami Beach‭ (‬8‭ ‬p.m.‭ ‬Saturday‭); ‬the piano team of‭ ‬Duo Turgeon at Florida Atlantic University‭ (‬7:30‭ ‬p.m.‭ ‬Saturday‭); ‬and pianist‭ ‬Valentina Lisitsa‭ ‬at the Boca Steinway Gallery‭ (‬5‭ ‬p.m.‭ ‬Sunday‭)‬.

50‭ ‬Cent.

Rapper‭ ‬50‭ ‬Cent is the special guest this Saturday in Boca Raton for Think Pink Rocks,‭ ‬a concert to benefit breast cancer charities.‭ ‬Also on the program are contemporary stars such as Flo Rida,‭ ‬Shontelle,‭ ‬Melanie Fiona,‭ ‬Asher Roth and Ray J.‭ ‬Breast cancer awareness has become a much more prominent part of the charitable landscape,‭ ‬and this concert is likely to draw plenty of interest and money for the cause.‭ ‬7‭ ‬p.m.,‭ ‬Mizner Park Amphitheatre.‭ ‬Tickets:‭ ‬$40.‭ ‬Call‭ ‬1-888-711-9399‭ ‬or visit www.thinkpinkrocks.com.

Other pop events:‭ ‬Singer-songwriter‭ ‬Sara Bareilles‭ (‬Love Song‭) ‬at Revolution Live in Fort Lauderdale‭ (‬6:30‭ ‬p.m.‭ ‬Monday‭); ‬The Eagles,‭ ‬scheduled for tonight at the BankAtlantic Sunrise Center,‭ ‬have postponed their appearance to Wednesday,‭ ‬Oct.‭ ‬27,‭ ‬because Don Henley is ill.‭

Cinderella‭ (‬1863‭)‬,‭ ‬by Edward Burne-Jones.

Dance:‭ ‬Sergei Prokofiev tried hardest of all to be a composer for the stage,‭ ‬particularly after his tragic and ill-advised return to the Soviet Union.‭ ‬But the ballet scores he wrote there are among his finest works,‭ ‬and on Saturday,‭ ‬the Palm Beach Gardens-based Florida Classical Ballet Theatre presents two performances of‭ ‬Cinderella,‭ ‬Prokofiev‭’‬s setting of the famous Mother Goose story.‭ ‬Colleen Smith‭’‬s company offers precision and charm in abundance,‭ ‬and this is likely to be an attractive start to the dance season.‭ ‬2‭ ‬p.m.‭ ‬and‭ ‬7:30‭ ‬p.m.‭ ‬at the Eissey Campus Theatre in Palm Beach Gardens.‭ ‬Tickets:‭ ‬$22-$32.‭ ‬Call‭ ‬207-5900‭ ‬or visit‭ ‬www.fcbt.org.

Other dance events:‭ ‬Vladimir Issaev‭’‬s North Miami Beach company,‭ ‬Arts Ballet Theatre of Florida,‭ ‬mounts Stravinsky‭’‬s‭ ‬Petrouchka at the Broward Center‭ (‬3‭ ‬p.m.‭ ‬Sunday‭)‬.

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