Friday, November 19, 2010

Weekend arts picks: Nov. 19-22

Bjorn Lomborg in Cool It‭!

Film:‭ ‬Somehow the matter of global warning has become a political football,‭ ‬perhaps in part because it veracity was expressed so eloquently by former Vice President Al Gore in his Oscar-winning film,‭ ‬An Inconvenient Truth.‭ ‬Now comes what is essentially a rebuttal film,‭ ‬Cool It‭!‬,‭ ‬in which Danish environmentalist Bjorn Lomborg argues that a little more rational thought and pragmatic counter-efforts are a more appropriate response to the overstated problem.‭ ‬Documentary filmmaker Ondi Timoner gives her subject plenty of screen time to make his case and answer back the vast majority of scientists who side with Gore.‭ ‬Cool It‭!‬ is not entirely persuasive,‭ ‬but it does do that rare thing at the movies these days,‭ ‬get the audience thinking.‭ ‬At area theaters. -- H. Erstein

Barbara Bradshaw and Kim Morgan Dean in Collected Stories.
(Photo by George Schiavone)

Theater:‭ ‬Playwright Donald Margulies posits a literary‭ ‬All About Eve story in his smart,‭ ‬involving‭ ‬Collected Stories,‭ ‬now getting a well-acted,‭ ‬nicely balanced production at Mosaic Theatre in Plantation.‭ ‬In it,‭ ‬a renowned,‭ ‬well-established writer of short stories gives one of her students the complex assignment of becoming her assistant.‭ ‬Soon,‭ ‬the writer shares some intimate details,‭ ‬which the young woman turns into source material for a novel.‭ ‬Issues of the nature and limits of art,‭ ‬as well as loyalty and propriety,‭ ‬surface.‭ ‬Barbara Bradshaw and Kim Morgan Dean face off in a rendering if the play that will have you arguing among yourselves on the ride home.‭ ‬Continuing through Dec.‭ ‬5.‭ ‬Call:‭ (‬954‭) ‬57-STAGE.‭ -- H. Erstein

Alexander Sitkovetsky.

Music:‭ ‬The Kronberg Academy of Germany has been‭ ‬working‭ ‬with rising violinists,‭ ‬violists‭ ‬and‭ ‬cellists‭ ‬since‭ ‬1993‭ ‬at its home in‭ ‬the‭ ‬small town of Kronberg,‭ ‬just outside Frankfurt.‭ ‬Four or five years ago,‭ ‬the academy decided to expand its reach to the United States,‭ ‬and in‭ ‬2008‭ ‬formed the American Friends of Kronberg Academy.

Its Palm‭ ‬Beach chapter is based in Boca Raton,‭ ‬where its CEO is Axel Langhorst,‭ ‬a native of Kronberg whose international‭ ‬business‭ ‬career has included executive positions‭ ‬with Nabisco.

‭ ‬“It is about nurturing the top talent,‭ ‬giving them the experience with the senior great artists,‭ ‬and passing on this knowledge to the next generation,‭”‬ Langhorst said.‭

On Monday evening,‭ ‬the young‭ ‬Russo-British violinist Alexander Sitkovetsky‭ (‬nephew of Dmitri‭) ‬appears in concert‭ ‬at the Boca Steinway Gallery,‭ ‬accompanied by the Spanish‭ ‬pianist‭ ‬Jose Menor.‭ ‬Sitkovetsky will play the Franck sonata and the Third Sonata of Grieg‭ (‬in C minor,‭ ‬Op.‭ ‬45‭)‬,‭ ‬along‭ ‬with‭ ‬two showpieces:‭ ‬The‭ ‬Devil‭’‬s Trill sonata of Tartini and the‭ ‬Zigeunerweisen of Sarasate.

‭ ‬It‭’‬s the first of six concerts the Palm Beach County chapter will present this season.‭ ‬Sitkovetsky appears again Jan.‭ ‬27‭ ‬and‭ ‬29,‭ ‬followed by two recitals Feb.‭ ‬9‭ ‬and‭ ‬10‭ ‬by the Chinese violist‭ ‬Peijun Xu.‭ ‬The Japanese cellist Dai Miyata closes out the series on March‭ ‬8.‭

The recital begins at‭ ‬7‭ ‬p.m.‭ ‬Monday and is a fundraiser for the American Friends‭ ‬of Kronberg Academy.‭ ‬Tickets range from‭ ‬$40-$60.‭ ‬Call‭ ‬283-1815‭ ‬or send an e-mail to‭ ‬info@usfriendskronbergacademy.org. -- G. Stepanich

A scene from Theme and Variations.
(Photo by Joe Gato)


Dance:‭ ‬The Miami City Ballet comes to the Kravis Center starting tonight for four performances of its Program I,‭ ‬which features Jerome Robbins‭’‬ Fanfare‭ (‬Britten‭)‬ and two‭ ‬works by George Balanchine:‭ ‬Bugaku‭ (‬Mayuzumi‭) ‬and‭ ‬Theme and Variations‭ (‬Tchaikovsky‭)‬.‭ ‬Edward Villella‭’‬s‭ ‬Miami Beach-based‭ ‬company is celebrating its‭ ‬25th anniversary this season,‭ ‬and will mark the milestone with a mounting of John Cranko‭’‬s version of Prokofiev‭’‬s‭ ‬Romeo and Juliet in Program IV.

The MCB‭ (‬whose first Palm Beach County performance was at the Duncan Theatre in‭ ‬1987‭) ‬is the only company hereabouts to perform with a live orchestra,‭ ‬the Opus One,‭ ‬which will be playing through‭ ‬2013‭ ‬with the‭ ‬company courtesy of a‭ ‬$900,000‭ ‬Knight Foundation grant.‭

Program I opens with‭ ‬Fanfare,‭ ‬which was choreographed in‭ ‬1953‭ ‬for‭ ‬Britain‭’‬s new monarch,‭ ‬Queen Elizabeth II.‭ ‬It‭’‬s set to Britten‭’‬s‭ ‬Young Person‭’‬s Guide to the Orchestra‭ (‬itself a treatment‭ ‬of music by Henry Purcell‭)‬,‭ ‬and starts‭ ‬with a‭ ‬tableau of‭ ‬ballerinas dressed in sherbet-colored tutus in a moment of stillness before they pirouette into action. Dressed as instruments in the orchestra‭ ‬--‭ ‬the woodwinds in blue,‭ ‬the string instruments in yellow,‭ ‬and the percussion in whimsical stripes and sombreros‭ ‬– Fanfare‭ ‬is lively and lighthearted and interacts in a call-and-response‭ ‬with the live orchestra.

Shows‭ ‬are set for‭ ‬8‭ ‬p.m.‭ ‬today,‭ ‬2‭ ‬p.m.‭ ‬and‭ ‬8‭ ‬p.m.‭ ‬Saturday,‭ ‬and‭ ‬1‭ ‬p.m.‭ ‬Sunday.‭ ‬Tickets are‭ ‬$19-$169.‭ ‬For more information,‭ ‬call‭ ‬877-929-7010‭ ‬or visit‭ ‬www.miamicityballet.org.‭ ‬Tickets also are‭ ‬available‭ ‬through‭ ‬the Kravis Center at‭ ‬832-7469‭ ‬or www.kravis.org.‭

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