Friday, October 1, 2010

Weekend arts picks: Oct.1-3

Kodi Smit-McPhee and Chloe Moretz in Let Me In.

Film:‭ ‬I am no fan of vampire movies,‭ ‬particularly the‭ ‬Twilight series,‭ ‬with its two-dimensional,‭ ‬catatonic acting.‭ ‬But two years ago,‭ ‬a subdued,‭ ‬suspenseful Swedish film,‭ ‬Let the Right One In,‭ ‬put a new twist on the undead genre with its tale of a‭ ‬12-year-old boy who is befriended by a seemingly young vampire who moves into his neighborhood.‭ ‬Now comes Matt Reeves‭’ (‬Cloverfield‭) ‬remake,‭ ‬Let Me In,‭ ‬transferred to New Mexico in the Reagan‭ ’‬80s,‭ ‬and as close to the original film as the title is.‭ ‬Ignore the TV ads,‭ ‬which pump up the gore and special effects.‭ ‬Reeves keeps the focus on the characters and the pressures on Owen‭ (‬Kodi Smit-McPhee‭)‬,‭ ‬who is hassled by bullies and mystified by this girl he has met,‭ ‬just like every other‭ ‬12-year-old.‭ ‬At area theaters beginning today.‭ ‬– H.‭ ‬Erstein

Theater:‭ ‬In‭ ‬1971,‭ ‬composer-lyricist Stephen Sondheim was on a creative roll in his collaborations with director Hal Prince,‭ ‬allowing himself to think big,‭ ‬creating an original musical with a huge cast,‭ ‬Follies,‭ ‬the story of former chorus girls from the fictional Weisman Follies,‭ ‬now at middle age and reunited by the imminent razing of the theater where they once performed.‭ ‬Because of the show's size and degree of difficulty,‭ ‬it is rarely produced,‭ ‬but that does not stop the Caldwell Theatre and its enthusiastic artistic director,‭ ‬Clive Cholerton,‭ ‬from mounting a concert version for four performances only this weekend,‭ ‬today‭ ‬through Sunday. Such members of the Caldwell's informal musical rep company as Wayne LeGette,‭ ‬Melissa Minyard and Laura Hodos are joined by newcomer Stephen G.‭ ‬Anthony as the show's four principals.‭ ‬Just to hear the score‭ ‬--‭ ‬which includes such cabaret classics as‭ ‬Broadway Baby,‭ ‬I'm Still Here‭ ‬and‭ ‬Losing My Mind‭ ‬-- is reason enough to seek this concert out.‭ ‬Call‭ (‬561‭) ‬241-7432‭ ‬or‭ (‬877‭) ‬245-7432‭ ‬for tickets. ‭– ‬H.‭ ‬Erstein


Music:‭ ‬It‭’‬s a classic rock weekend starting tonight with a return appearance at the Hard Rock Live in Hollywood of Crosby,‭ ‬Stills and Nash.‭ ‬Possessors of a great catalog of intelligent,‭ ‬beautifully harmonized songs,‭ ‬all three men‭ ‬– now in their‭ ‬60s‭ ‬– are accomplished songwriters as well as persuasive singers,‭ ‬and their music evokes a very different time in American popular music,‭ ‬when its folk roots were much more apparent.‭ ‬CSN appears tonight beginning at‭ ‬8‭; ‬tickets are‭ ‬$40-100‭; ‬call‭ ‬800-745-3000‭ ‬or visit

On Saturday,‭ ‬it‭’‬s a visit from Canada‭’‬s most successful prog-rock band,‭ ‬Rush.‭ ‬Revered beginning in the‭ ‬1970s for their rhythmically and melodically intricate songs,‭ ‬impressive musicianship,‭ ‬and geeky subject matter,‭ ‬they stood out on the radio of the day perhaps most for lead singer Geddy Lee‭’‬s unmistakable voice.‭ ‬They‭’‬ve been playing together for more than‭ ‬40‭ ‬years,‭ ‬and they‭’‬ve got a new album in the works coming out next year.‭ ‬They‭’‬re at the Cruzan‭ ‬Amphitheatre in West Palm Beach at‭ ‬7:30‭ ‬p.m.‭ ‬Saturday‭; ‬tickets are‭ ‬$47.10-$143.50,‭ ‬and are available through Ticketmaster or Live Nation.

Sergei Rachmaninov‭ (‬1873-1943‭)‬.

Miami‭’‬s Seraphic Fire concert choir begins its ninth season this week fresh off the fuel from rocket-like ride up the iTunes charts with its recording of the Monteverdi Vespers of‭ ‬1610.‭ ‬Tonight through Sunday,‭ ‬Patrick Dupre Quigley leads his group in another Vespers:‭ ‬the‭ ‬All-Night Vigil‭ (‬Vsenoshchnoye bdeniye‭) ‬,‭ ‬Op.‭ ‬37,‭ ‬of Rachmaninov,‭ ‬written in‭ ‬1915.‭ ‬It‭’‬s a setting of the vigil texts that precede the major feasts of the Orthodox Church,‭ ‬and it‭’‬s considered the composer‭’‬s finest choral work.‭ ‬It‭’‬s‭ ‬ravishingly beautiful,‭ ‬and while Rachmaninov‭’‬s motivation in writing it was as much patriotic as it was religious,‭ ‬there‭’‬s no mistaking the intense emotion behind the music.‭ ‬7:30‭ ‬p.m.‭ ‬today at First United Methodist of Coral Gables‭; ‬8‭ ‬p.m.‭ ‬Saturday at All‭ ‬Saints Episcopal in Fort Lauderdale‭; ‬4‭ ‬p.m.‭ ‬Sunday at Miami Beach Community Church,‭ ‬Miami Beach.‭ ‬Tickets:‭ ‬$35.‭ ‬For more information,‭ ‬call‭ ‬305-285-9060.

A painting of pink potted plants by Mahlon Cline.

Art:‭ ‬Mahlon Cline left the New York advertising world behind in‭ ‬1972‭ ‬to retire to South Florida and pursue a second career as a painter and art teacher.‭ ‬He worked with numerous artists until his death at‭ ‬94‭ ‬in‭ ‬2000,‭ ‬and enjoyed successful exhibits locally and in New York of his gentle Impressionist style.

Cline left an endowment to the Lighthouse ArtCenter in Tequesta,‭ ‬and the center is currently showing the first retrospective of the artist‭’‬s work in‭ ‬10‭ ‬years.‭ ‬These are pretty paintings of mainstream subjects‭ (‬many of which are for sale‭)‬,‭ ‬and they fit well in the tradition of such paintings‭ ‬as well as evoke some of the light and color of South Florida.‭ ‬The Cline exhibition and sale,‭ ‬which opened Sept.‭ ‬21,‭ ‬runs through Nov.‭ ‬2.‭ ‬Hours:‭ ‬10‭ ‬a.m.‭ ‬to‭ ‬4‭ ‬p.m.‭ ‬Mondays through Fridays,‭ ‬10‭ ‬a.m.‭ ‬to‭ ‬2‭ ‬p.m.‭ ‬Saturdays,‭ ‬at ArtCenter in Gallery Square North,‭ ‬Tequesta.‭ ‬Admission is‭ ‬$5‭ ‬for non-members,‭ ‬free on Saturdays.‭ ‬Call‭ ‬746-3101‭ ‬for more information.‭

An upstream scene painted by Mahlon Cline.‭

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