Friday, December 10, 2010

Weekend arts picks: Dec. 10-12

Dmitri Belosselskiy as Zaccaria in Palm Beach Opera‭’‬s Nabucco.

Music:‭ ‬The Palm Beach Opera opens its‭ ‬49th season tonight with‭ ‬Nabucco,‭ ‬the opera that made Giuseppe Verdi‭’‬s career back in‭ ‬1842.‭ ‬It‭’‬s the first mounting of this opera by the company‭ ‬in‭ ‬25‭ ‬years,‭ ‬and they‭’‬ve secured a host of singers with experience at New York‭’‬s Metropolitan Opera.‭ ‬Mark Rucker and Sebastian Catana trade places as Nabucco himself,‭ ‬and Paoletta Marrocu and Csilla Boross switch off as Abigaille.‭ ‬The Ukrainian bass Dmitri Belosselskiy is Zaccaria,‭ ‬tenor Adam Diegel is Ismaele and soprano Laura Vlasak Nolan is Fenena.‭ ‬But devotees of this fine opera will be listening in particular to the chorus,‭ ‬which is so critical to the story,‭ ‬and not just for‭ ‬Va,‭ ‬pensiero,‭ ‬either.‭ ‬Performances are at‭ ‬7:30‭ ‬p.m.‭ ‬tonight and Saturday,‭ ‬and‭ ‬2‭ ‬p.m.‭ ‬Sunday and Monday,‭ ‬at the Kravis Center in West Palm Beach.‭ ‬Call‭ ‬833-7888‭ ‬or visit‭ ‬

Vanessa Perez.

A few years ago,‭ ‬the young Venezuelan pianist Vanessa Perez came to Boca Raton for a recital at the Steinway Gallery and showed herself to be a musician well worth watching.‭ ‬She returns tonight to the same venue,‭ ‬this time with music by Chopin‭ (‬12‭ ‬of the Preludes and the Scherzo No.‭ ‬2‭)‬,‭ ‬Albeniz‭ (‬selections from‭ ‬Iberia‭)‬ and the‭ ‬hair-raisingly difficult‭ ‬Ferruccio Busoni arrangement of J.S.‭ ‬Bach‭’‬s Chaconne in D minor‭ (‬BWV‭ ‬1004‭)‬,‭ ‬originally for solo violin.‭ ‬Perez takes the stage at‭ ‬7‭ ‬p.m.‭ ‬tonight at the Steinway Gallery.‭ ‬Tickets are‭ ‬$25‭ ‬at the door‭; ‬call‭ ‬929-6633‭ ‬for more information.

Rock Hudson in‭ ‬Come Back,‭ ‬Lover‭ (‬1961‭)‬,‭ ‬photo by Leo Fuchs.

Art:‭ ‬On Sunday,‭ ‬the Norton Museum of Art opens a show of images from the Golden Age of Tinseltown called Made in Hollywood:‭ ‬Photographs from the Kobal Foundation.‭ ‬It‭’‬s a show of‭ ‬94‭ ‬photos of stars such as Buster Keaton,‭ ‬James Cagney and Jean Harlow,‭ ‬among many others,‭ ‬taken by photographers such as Leo Fuchs,‭ ‬Clarence Bull and Robert Coburn.‭

There are many more images of Hollywood stars and semi-stars available today,‭ ‬not to mention reams of salacious video,‭ ‬but having these classic images alone is somehow more satisfying,‭ ‬more mysterious,‭ ‬and‭ ‬more‭ ‬tantalizingly‭ ‬inaccessible.‭ ‬The exhibit opens Sunday and runs through March‭ ‬6.‭ ‬Call‭ ‬832-5196‭ ‬or visit

James Franco in Howl.

Film:‭ ‬When last seen,‭ ‬he was pinned to a huge rock in‭ ‬127‭ ‬Hours,‭ ‬but James Franco demonstrates his versatility by assuming the mantle of boundary-pushing poet of the Beat Generation,‭ ‬Allen Ginsberg,‭ ‬in‭ ‬Howl.‭ ‬The film is named for Ginsberg’s epic poem,‭ ‬accused of being obscene,‭ ‬and the trial at which he defends his First Amendment rights forms the center of the movie.‭ ‬For a low-budget independent film,‭ ‬the cast is impressive.‭ ‬Jon Hamm and David Strathairn plays the opposing attorneys,‭ ‬with Jeff Daniels,‭ ‬Mary-Louise Parker and Treat Williams as expert witnesses.‭ ‬Howl‭ ‬is a time capsule whose language feels quaint by today’s standards,‭ ‬but the issue of constitutional rights reverberates to today.‭ ‬At Emerging Cinemas in Lake Worth and Lake Park.‭ ‬– H.‭ ‬Erstein

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

Theater:‭ ‬This is the last weekend left to see‭ ‬Vices:‭ ‬A Love Story,‭ ‬the entrancing dance musical that the Caldwell Theatre constructed and premiered a year and a half ago as Clive Cholerton was taking the reins as artistic director.‭ ‬It returns now,‭ ‬tweaked and polished and,‭ ‬no,‭ ‬our earlier enjoyment of the show was not an illusion.‭ ‬Carbonell Award winner Holly Shunkey returns as the lead dancer,‭ ‬now partnered by Albert Blaise Cattafi as the sexy couple who got to bed on first meeting,‭ ‬then get to know each other by sharing their obsessions and excesses.‭ ‬The whole,‭ ‬compact show is clever,‭ ‬but nothing tops the acrobatic choreography by A.C.‭ ‬Ciulla.‭ ‬Continuing at the Caldwell Theatre through Sunday.‭ ‬Call‭ (‬561‭) ‬241-7432‭ ‬or‭ (‬877‭) ‬245-7432‭ ‬for tickets.‭ ‬– H.‭ ‬Erstein

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