Friday, December 17, 2010

Weekend arts picks: Dec. 17-19

Mark Wahlberg‭ (‬back to camera‭)‬,‭ ‬Christian Bale
and Melissa Leo in The Fighter.

Film:‭ ‬There have been plenty of fact-based boxing movies and most get trapped on the ropes with sports clichés.‭ ‬But David O.‭ ‬Russell’s The Fighter is as much about‭ “‬Irish‭” ‬Micky Ward’s wildly dysfunctional family as it is about the fight game.‭ ‬Mark Wahlberg plays Ward well enough and it certainly isn’t his fault that he is outclassed by the brilliant Christian Bale as his crackhead,‭ ‬brain-addled brother Dicky,‭ ‬a over-the-hill boxer who devotes himself‭ ‬--‭ ‬at least when he is sober‭ ‬--‭ ‬to being Micky’s trainer.‭ ‬Also stealing every scene she is in is the great Melissa Leo as Micky’s manager-mom,‭ ‬and even Amy Adams is first-rate in an image-changing role as his blue-collar,‭ ‬bartender girlfriend.‭ ‬Look for this one to be showered with Oscar nominations.‭ ‬Opening this weekend at area theaters. -- H. Erstein

Erin Joy Schmidt and Deborah Sherman in Goldie,‭ ‬Max‭ & ‬Milk.

Theater:‭ ‬Karen Hartman’s comedy of opposites,‭ ‬Goldie,‭ ‬Max‭ & ‬Milk,‭ ‬is the tale of a single,‭ ‬unemployed,‭ ‬lesbian who has just given birth and is essentially clueless about how to nurse and raise a newborn child.‭ ‬So she calls on a lactation consultant,‭ ‬and an Orthodox Jewish woman named Goldie shows up at Max’s Brooklyn apartment,‭ ‬completely against Max’s sexual orientation,‭ ‬but obligated to assist her anyway.‭ ‬The play was a hit with the audience at this year’s‭ ‬1st Stage Festival of New Works and seems likely to be again with the return of cast members Erin Joy Schmidt,‭ ‬Deborah Sherman and David Hemphill.‭ ‬Opening this weekend at Florida Stage’s new home at the Kravis Center.‭ ‬Call‭ (‬561‭) ‬582-7503‭ ‬for tickets. -- H. Erstein


Justin Dello Joio.

Music:‭ ‬The Dello Joio family says it has been making music for seven generations,‭ ‬and this weekend at the Kravis Center,‭ ‬there‭’‬s a world premiere from Justin Dello Joio in the form of a two-movement cello work dedicated in part to the memory of his father,‭ ‬the eminent composer Norman Dello Joio.‭ ‬Due per Due‭ (‬Two for Two‭) ‬will be played by Carter Brey,‭ ‬longtime principal cellist at the New York Philharmonic,‭ ‬and pianist Christopher O‭’‬Riley,‭ ‬best-known for his radio work as the genial host of‭ ‬From the Top.‭ ‬Also on the program are works by Bach‭ (‬the Gamba Sonata in G minor,‭ ‬BWV‭ ‬1029‭) ‬and Grieg‭ (‬the Cello Sonata in A minor,‭ ‬Op.‭ ‬36‭)‬.‭ ‬Justin Dello Joio‭’‬s work,‭ ‬to judge by the sound samples on his Website,‭ ‬is more modernistic than that of his father,‭ ‬and it has an aggressive energy all its own.‭ ‬Brey and O‭’‬Riley perform at‭ ‬8‭ ‬p.m.‭ ‬Friday at the Kravis Center.‭ ‬Tickets start at‭ ‬$20.‭ ‬Call‭ ‬832-7469‭ ‬or visit‭ ‬www.kravis.org.

Elmar Oliveira.

The American violinist Elmar Oliveira,‭ ‬who recently joined the Lynn University faculty,‭ ‬is now appearing more often in local concert appearances,‭ ‬which gives audiences a chance to hear this Tchaikovsky gold medalist in recital and with orchestra.‭ ‬Most recently,‭ ‬he gave a big,‭ ‬powerful reading of the Mendelssohn concerto with the Lynn Philharmonia,‭ ‬and this weekend at the University of Miami‭’‬s Gusman Hall,‭ ‬he‭’‬s on the‭ ‬program of the Sunday Afternoons of Music.‭ ‬Oliveira,‭ ‬joined by pianist Robert Koenig,‭ ‬will play music by Walton‭ (‬Violin Sonata‭)‬,‭ ‬Beethoven‭ (‬the‭ ‬Kreutzer‭ ‬Sonata,‭ ‬Op.‭ ‬47‭) ‬and Handel‭ (‬Sonata No.‭ ‬6‭ ‬in E‭)‬,‭ ‬which begins at‭ ‬4‭ ‬p.m.‭ ‬Sunday.‭ ‬Tickets are‭ ‬$35.‭ ‬Call‭ ‬305-271-1750‭ ‬or visit‭ ‬www.sundaymusicals.org.

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