Friday, December 3, 2010

Weekend arts picks: Dec. 3-5

Sara Bareilles.

Pop music:‭ ‬Fresh off‭ ‬her‭ ‬third Grammy nomination,‭ ‬announced Wednesday in Los Angeles,‭ ‬Sara Bareilles plays‭ ‬Boca Raton‭’‬s‭ ‬Mizner Park on Saturday night on a bill with‭ ‬Michael Franti and Spearhead,‭ ‬the‭ ‬always‭ ‬barefoot‭ ‬social-justice singer‭’‬s‭ ‬dub-ska outfit.‭ ‬The‭ ‬two acts are playing as part of WRMF-97.9‭ ‬FM‭’‬s annual‭ ‬No‭ ‬Sno Ball at Mizner‭’‬s Count de Hoernle Amphitheatre.‭ ‬Bareilles is touring in support of her latest disc,‭ ‬Kaleidoscope,‭ ‬which yielded the‭ ‬nominated‭ ‬single‭ ‬King of Anything,‭ ‬and Franti has become much more‭ ‬visible as a peace activist and bard of catchy tunes such as Say Hey‭ (‬I Love You‭)‬.‭ ‬ Tickets for the‭ ‬7‭ ‬p.m.‭ ‬show go for‭ ‬$52.50‭ ‬through Ticketmaster.

Meanwhile at the Cruzan Amphitheatre in West Palm Beach,‭ ‬it‭’‬s WPBZ-103.1‭ ‬FM‭’‬s‭ ‬15th annual Buzz Bake Sale,‭ ‬which by South Florida standards makes this annual all-day alt-rock fest an institution.‭ ‬Among‭ ‬the bands‭ ‬on the‭ ‬lineup Saturday are the Mighty Mighty Bosstones,‭ ‬Pepper,‭ ‬Switchfoot,‭ ‬Finger‭ ‬11,‭ ‬Sick Puppies and Chevelle.‭ ‬The music starts around‭ ‬10‭ ‬a.m.,‭ ‬and the tickets cost‭ ‬$48.10‭ ‬all‭ ‬told,‭ ‬through Ticketmaster/Live Nation.

Head of St.‭ ‬John the Baptist‭ (‬late‭ ‬15th‭ ‬century,‭ ‬English‭)‬,‭ ‬anonymous.

Art:‭ ‬Opening Saturday at the Society of the Four Arts‭ ‬on Palm Beach is Object of Devotion,‭ ‬a show featuring‭ ‬60‭ ‬alabaster‭ ‬sculptures‭ ‬and panels from‭ ‬15th-‭ ‬and‭ ‬16th-century England.‭ ‬These works,‭ ‬from London‭’‬s Victoria and Albert Museum,‭ ‬show the depth of religious feeling in working-class and aristocratic society‭; ‬these pieces,‭ ‬which show things such‭ ‬as the martyrdom of St.‭ ‬Edmund and the head of John the Baptist,‭ ‬were created for use in churches and castles,‭ ‬and also for contemplative hours in ordinary homes.‭

As always with anonymous art of this kind,‭ ‬the viewer is astonished by the exceptional detail and‭ ‬craftsmanship exhibited by artisans whose names have been lost to history.‭ ‬The exhibit runs through Jan.‭ ‬16‭ ‬in the Four Arts‭’‬ lovely little O‭’‬Keeffe‭ ‬Gallery,‭ ‬which packs in a lot of art for just‭ ‬$5‭ ‬a ticket.‭ ‬Call‭ ‬655-7226‭ ‬for more information or visit

Eliot Spitzer in Client‭ ‬9.

Film:‭ ‬The deal of the weekend is unquestionably the grand opening of Living Room Theaters,‭ ‬on the campus of Florida Atlantic University in Boca Raton.‭ ‬All movies this weekend at the four plush,‭ ‬50-seat screening rooms are at an introductory discount price of only‭ ‬$2.‭ ‬Typical of the complex’s independent film fare is‭ ‬Client‭ ‬9:‭ ‬The Rise and Fall of Eliot Spitzer,‭ ‬Alex Gibney’s exhaustive look at the crusading attorney general and his downfall due to his compulsive,‭ ‬hubristic taste in high-ticket call girls‭ – ‬uh,‭ ‬I mean escorts.‭ ‬Sex drives the story,‭ ‬but the political machinations and the efforts of his enemies to bring Spitzer down from his perch as governor proves just as interesting.‭

Carrie Santanna and Adam Simpson in‭ ‬Hate Mail.

:‭ ‬Also debuting this weekend is a new professional theater company,‭ ‬the Boca Raton Theatre Guild.‭ ‬Well,‭ ‬it is not entirely new,‭ ‬but this‭ ‬20-year-old community theater is raising the bar and going pro,‭ ‬giving them access to better actors and directors and,‭ ‬they hope,‭ ‬a larger audience.‭ ‬The troupe unveils its new status with a comedy,‭ ‬Bill Corbett and Kira Obolensky’s‭ ‬Hate Mail,‭ ‬about the stormy relationship between a wealthy Midwesterner and an arty,‭ ‬angst-ridden souvenir shop clerk,‭ ‬which begins when he writes her demanding a refund for the faulty snow globe she sold him.‭ ‬Squint and you can see a tongue-in-cheek take-off of A.R.‭ ‬Gurney’s‭ ‬Love Letters.‭ ‬Adam Simpson,‭ ‬chair of the drama department at Lynn University co-stars with his wife,‭ ‬Carrie Santanna,‭ ‬an assistant professor at Lynn.‭ ‬At the Willow Theatre in Boca’s Sugar Sand Park through Dec.‭ ‬12.‭ ‬Call‭ (‬561‭) ‬948-2601‭ ‬for tickets.

Violinist Tomas Cotik.

Classical music:‭ ‬The‭ ‬Delray Beach String Quartet has been playing the Colony Hotel in Delray since its inception seven‭ ‬years ago,‭ ‬and last year it expanded its reach into Broward and Miami-Dade counties.‭ ‬Tonight,‭ ‬the quartet opens its new season with a‭ ‬concert‭ ‬at All Saints Episcopal in Fort Lauderdale,‭ ‬where it will play regularly,‭ ‬as‭ ‬it did last year.‭ ‬The group also plays St.‭ ‬Stephen‭’‬s Episcopal in Coconut Grove as well as back home at the Colony,‭ ‬where it will perform Sunday afternoon.‭

The Delray has made another switch at‭ ‬second violin,‭ ‬replacing Megan McClendon with Tomas Cotik,‭ ‬an Argentina-born violinist who is now‭ ‬teaching‭ ‬at the University of Miami.‭ ‬On the program:‭ ‬The‭ ‬Bird‭ ‬Quartet of‭ ‬Haydn‭ (‬in C,‭ ‬Op.‭ ‬33,‭ ‬No.‭ ‬3‭)‬,‭ ‬the Second Quartet‭ (‬in A minor,‭ ‬Op.‭ ‬51,‭ ‬No.‭ ‬2‭) ‬of Brahms,‭ ‬and the Fourth Quartet of American‭ ‬composer‭ ‬Kenneth Fuchs.‭ ‬He‭’‬ll be on hand tonight in Fort Lauderdale and on Sunday afternoon in Delray Beach to talk about his piece.‭ ‬Tickets are‭ ‬$20‭ ‬for the Lauderdale and Coconut Grove‭ ‬(Dec.‭ ‬12‭) ‬performances‭; ‬it‭’‬s‭ ‬$35‭ ‬for the home crowd in Delray.‭ ‬Call‭ ‬213-4138‭ ‬or visit‭ ‬

Philippe Entremont.

The‭ ‬Boca Raton Symphonia opens its new season Sunday afternoon at the Roberts Theater on the campus of St.‭ ‬Andrew‭’‬s School with its new music director,‭ ‬Philippe Entremont.‭ ‬The‭ ‬76-year-old Frenchman is one of the‭ ‬finest pianists of his generation,‭ ‬and an expert conductor,‭ ‬too.‭ ‬He‭’‬ll solo in the Mozart Concerto No.‭ ‬20‭ (‬in D minor,‭ ‬K.‭ ‬466‭) ‬and conduct the Beethoven Fourth Symphony‭ (‬in B-flat,‭ ‬Op.‭ ‬60‭) ‬on a program that also includes the five-part character suite Souvenirs,‭ ‬written for him by Palm Beach County-reared composer Richard Danielpour.‭ ‬Both Danielpour and Entremont‭ ‬will‭ ‬be interviewed before the concert by the veteran broadcaster Martin Bookspan,‭ ‬who has a home in Aventura,‭ ‬and has agreed to lead pre-concert talks before each Boca Symphonia concert this year.‭ ‬Bookspan starts the interviews at‭ ‬1:45‭ ‬p.m.,‭ ‬and the concert begins at‭ ‬3‭ ‬p.m.‭ ‬after a half-hour pause.‭ ‬Tickets are‭ ‬$28.50-$53‭; ‬call‭ ‬376-3848‭ ‬or visit‭ ‬

Pianist‭ ‬Seba Ali.

Also,‭ ‬the Lynn Philharmonia presents two concerts of student‭ ‬concerto‭ ‬winners this weekend at its Wold Performing Arts Center.‭ ‬This year,‭ ‬the winners are‭ ‬pianists‭ ‬Seba Ali and Valeriya Polunina,‭ ‬violinist Zhen-Yang Yu,‭ ‬and clarinetist Ciprian Stancioi.‭ ‬At‭ ‬7:30‭ ‬p.m.‭ ‬Saturday,‭ ‬conductor Jon Robertson‭ ‬and the Lynn will accompany Ali‭ ‬in the‭ ‬Ravel Piano Concerto and Polunina in the Rachmaninov Concerto No.‭ ‬2‭ (‬in C minor,‭ ‬Op.‭ ‬18‭)‬.‭ ‬On‭ ‬Sunday at‭ ‬4‭ ‬p.m.,‭ ‬Stancioi solos in the‭ ‬Weber Concerto No.‭ ‬2‭ (‬in E-flat‭)‬,‭ ‬and Yu performs the Shostakovich Violin Concerto No.‭ ‬1‭ (‬in A minor,‭ ‬Op.‭ ‬77‭)‬.‭ ‬Tickets range from‭ ‬$35-$50.‭ ‬Call‭ ‬237-9000‭ ‬or visit‭ ‬

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