Friday, November 5, 2010

Weekend arts picks: Nov. 5-7

A scene from A Film Unfinished.

Film: Among the many atrocities attributable to the Nazis is the masterful way they churned out propaganda films during World War II. A new inside look at their disinformation machine is found in A Film Unfinished, a documentary by Yael Hersonski that sifts through existing footage of the Third Reich’s depiction of the Jewish ghetto, contrasting the well-off and the destitute. But as this eye-opening doc reveals, based on a newly discovered reel, the footage is all staged and manipulated. There are so many compelling stories about the Holocaust, and now A Film Unfinished takes its place among them. Opening this weekend at area theaters. – H. Erstein

A scene from Twelve Angry Men.

Theater: Assured direction by two-time Tony Award winner Frank Galati and a first-rate ensemble of actors dust the cobwebs off of Reginald Rose’s jury room drama, Twelve Angry Men, looking at the contentious process of arriving at a unanimous decision in a first-degree murder case in the 1950s. Audiences will be drawn into the fray, fueled by the jurors’ anger and prejudices, as we become a silent 13th juror. First written for the “golden age of television,” then adapted to the silver screen in 1957, the stage version has lost none of its theatrical crispness, or at least it seems that way at the Maltz Jupiter Theatre. Through Nov. 14. Call (561) 575-2223 or (800) 445-1666. – H. Erstein

Tao Lin. (Photo by Marion Patterson)

Music: After an engagingly rough-and-ready performance of Mahler’s Fifth to open the season, the conservatory students at Lynn University join forces this weekend with pianist Tao Lin for music of Mozart. Lin, a reliable, non-flashy player, solos with the Lynn Philharmonia in the Concerto No. 25 (in C, K. 503), written in late 1786, the year of Le Nozze de Figaro. Also on the program are the overture to Glinka’s opera Ruslan and Ludmila, and the Symphony No. 2 (in D, Op. 36), of Jean Sibelius. This is Sibelius’ most popular symphony, and it has bigness and warmth, plus the attractive melodies, for which audiences admire this composer. 7:30 p.m. Saturday and 4 p.m. Sunday, Wold Performing Arts Center, on the Lynn campus in Boca Raton. Tickets: $35-$50. Call 237-9000 or visit www.lynn.edu/tickets.

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