Saturday, November 13, 2010

Weekend arts picks: Nov. 13-14

Jane‭’‬s Book of Fighting‭ (‬1985‭)‬,‭ ‬by Raymond Pettibon.

Art:‭ ‬The art of Raymond Pettibon is intimately tied to the punk culture of California,‭ ‬which perhaps isn‭’‬t surprising considering that his brother,‭ ‬Greg Ginn,‭ ‬founded Black Flag.‭ ‬This weekend at Florida Atlantic University,‭ ‬the college hosts‭ ‬Raymond Pettibon:‭ ‬The Punk Years‭ ‬1978-86,‭ ‬featuring drawings and designs done for Black Flag and other bands including Sonic Youth and the Dead Kennedys.‭ ‬There‭’‬s something about the pre-computer cartoon style of Pettibon‭’‬s work that conjures up the old days of‭ ‬cutting-edge rock,‭ ‬when art like this could be found on every college kiosk.‭

Black Flag:‭ ‬Slip It In‭ (‬1984‭)‬,‭ ‬by Raymond Pettibon.

The exhibit,‭ ‬which opens today,‭ ‬contains more than‭ ‬200‭ ‬pieces of art and will last through Jan.‭ ‬22‭ ‬in the Schmidt Gallery on FAU‭’‬s Boca Raton campus.‭ ‬Admission is free,‭ ‬and the gallery is open from‭ ‬1‭ ‬to‭ ‬4‭ ‬p.m.‭ ‬Tuesday through Friday,‭ ‬and‭ ‬1‭ ‬to‭ ‬5‭ ‬p.m.‭ ‬Saturday.‭ ‬For more information,‭ ‬call‭ ‬297-2595‭ ‬or visit

Le‭ ‬Violon D‭’‬Ingres‭ (‬1924‭)‬,‭ ‬by Man Ray.

When Man Ray moved‭ ‬from Los Angeles‭ ‬back to France in‭ ‬1951,‭ ‬where he‭ ‬had worked for years and‭ ‬spent the last‭ ‬25‭ ‬years of his life,‭ ‬he was reportedly disappointed that‭ ‬his fellow‭ ‬Americans were interested only in his photography,‭ ‬not‭ ‬his painting.‭ ‬His work on canvas remains little-known‭ ‬today,‭ ‬but the Philadelphia-born artist‭’‬s photos have become iconic,‭ ‬and today,‭ ‬the Palm Beach Photographic Centre‭ ‬opens an exhibit of some of his best-known images in a show that will run through the end of this year.‭

The‭ ‬Man Ray Legacy opens with a reception from‭ ‬5:30‭ ‬to‭ ‬7‭ ‬p.m.‭ ‬today at the Photographic Centre,‭ ‬which is at‭ ‬415‭ ‬Clematis St.‭ ‬Regular hours in the city center complex are from‭ ‬10‭ ‬a.m.‭ ‬to‭ ‬7‭ ‬p.m.‭ ‬Monday through Thursday,‭ ‬10‭ ‬a.m.‭ ‬to‭ ‬5‭ ‬p.m.‭ ‬Friday and Saturday,‭ ‬and‭ ‬1‭ ‬p.m.‭ ‬to‭ ‬5‭ ‬p.m.‭ ‬Sunday.‭ ‬For more information,‭ ‬call‭ ‬253-28000‭ ‬or visit

Sean Penn and Naomi Watts in Fair Game.

Film:‭ ‬ It has been hard to miss former President George W.‭ ‬Bush around the dial hawking his new memoirs.‭ ‬But even if he weren’t so busy,‭ ‬it seems unlikely he would be in line waiting to see‭ ‬Fair Game.‭ ‬Still,‭ ‬it is worth everyone else seeing for its clear-eyed look at recent history,‭ ‬specifically the case of ex-ambassador Joe Wilson,‭ ‬who very publicly refuted the notion that Iraq had weapons of mass destruction‭ ‬--‭ ‬the rationale for our going to war‭ ‬--‭ ‬and for his candor,‭ ‬the White‭ ‬House‭ ‬endangered his wife,‭ ‬CIA agent Valerie Plame,‭ ‬by outing her.‭ ‬Sean Penn and Naomi Watts play the couple convincingly,‭ ‬under the direction of Doug Limon,‭ ‬who gives this story the‭ ‬Bourne Identity jittery camera look.‭ ‬In area theaters this weekend.‭ – ‬H.‭ ‬Erstein

Albert Blaise Cattafi and Holly Shunkey in Vices:‭ ‬A Love Story.

Theater:‭ ‬It is a relief to report that my enthusiasm for the quirky dance musical‭ ‬Vices:‭ ‬A Love Story,‭ ‬which premiered at the Caldwell Theatre in Boca Raton in July of‭ ‬2009,‭ ‬was not a hallucination.‭ ‬Back for an encore run,‭ ‬with several new cast members and some tightening by director Clive Cholerton and choreographer AC Cuilla,‭ ‬it again shows itself to be an innovative,‭ ‬sensuous show about a couple who meet,‭ ‬go to bed,‭ ‬then introduce themselves by mentioning their many bad habits.‭ ‬Carbonell winner Holly Shunkey and newcomer Albert Blaise Cattafi are stunning,‭ ‬contorting themselves in ways you would not think their bodies could bend.‭ ‬Continuing through Dec.‭ ‬12.‭ ‬Call‭ (‬561‭) ‬241-7432.‭ – ‬H.‭ ‬Erstein

Lise Lindstrom as Turandot.‭
(‬Photo by Gaston de Cardenas‭)

Music:‭ ‬The area‭’‬s opera season opens‭ ‬tonight with the first production from Florida Grand Opera,‭ ‬Puccini‭’‬s‭ ‬Turandot.

Puccini died in‭ ‬1924‭ ‬with the last pages of this opera,‭ ‬a story of cruelty and love set in a mythical ancient China,‭ ‬incomplete‭; ‬they had to be finished by composer Franco Alfano for the premiere in‭ ‬1926.‭ ‬It is nonetheless a great opera,‭ ‬and best-known to the world for the tenor aria that begins the third act:‭ ‬Nessun dorma‭ (‬None shall sleep‭)‬,‭ ‬indelibly associated these days with the late Luciano Pavarotti.

The California-born soprano Lise Lindstrom stars as Princess Turandot,‭ ‬and tenor Frank Porretta is Calaf,‭ ‬the exiled Tartar prince who tries to win the heart of the princess.‭ ‬Turandot tests each suitor with three riddles,‭ ‬and unsuccessful aspirants get their heads chopped off,‭ ‬but Calaf wants to try anyway.

Also in the cast is the Cuban-American soprano Elizabeth Caballero as Liu,‭ ‬the slave girl who loves Calaf from afar.‭ ‬The staging is by Bliss Hebert,‭ ‬who‭’‬s refurbishing his original‭ ‬1981‭ ‬production for its final appearance here‭ (‬it‭’‬s been sold to the Dallas Opera‭)‬,‭ ‬and the conductor is Ramón Tebar,‭ ‬who this season formally takes over the reins of the Palm Beach Symphony.

‭FGO presents‭ ‬Turandot at the Ziff Ballet Opera House in Miami beginning at‭ ‬7‭ ‬p.m.‭ ‬today‭; ‬subsequent performances are set for‭ ‬8‭ ‬p.m.‭ ‬Nov.‭ ‬16,‭ ‬19,‭ ‬24,‭ ‬and‭ ‬27,‭ ‬and for‭ ‬2‭ ‬p.m.‭ ‬Nov.‭ ‬21.‭ ‬The show moves to the Broward Center in Fort Lauderdale for two performances at‭ ‬8‭ ‬p.m.‭ ‬Dec.‭ ‬2‭ ‬and‭ ‬4.‭ ‬Tickets range from‭ ‬$19‭ ‬to‭ ‬$175.‭ ‬Call‭ ‬800-741-1010‭ ‬or visit‭ ‬

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