Friday, December 31, 2010

Weekend arts picks: Dec. 31, 2010-Jan. 2, 2011

Jacquy Pfeiffer in Kings of Pastry.

Film:‭ ‬We know,‭ ‬we know,‭ ‬one of your New Year’s resolutions is to lose some weight,‭ ‬and viewing the high-calorie baked goods in the tasty new documentary‭ ‬Kings of Pastry is not going to help matters.‭ ‬Still,‭ ‬treat yourself to this affectionate confection by co-directors D.A.‭ ‬Pennebaker and Chris Hegedus‭ (‬The War Room,‭ ‬Moon Over Broadway‭)‬,‭ ‬chronicling the three-day Meilleurs‭ ‬Ouvriers de France competition to crown‭ ‬the best pastry craftsman in a nation that knows a few things about crumpets,‭ ‬crusts and cream filling.‭ ‬The drama is almost as high as the cholesterol count,‭ ‬as the film follows Jacquy Pfeiffer,‭ ‬who founded The French Pastry School in Chicago,‭ ‬as he returns to his native land to vie with‭ ‬15‭ ‬of France’s top pastry chefs for the title.‭ ‬This week at Living Room Theaters on the FAU campus in Boca Raton.

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

Theater:‭ ‬Did you hear the one about the artificially inseminated lesbian mom and the Orthodox Jewish‭ ‬lactation consultant‭? ‬Of course,‭ ‬there is a natural tension between the two of them in the odd-couple comedy‭ ‬Goldie,‭ ‬Max‭ & ‬Milk by Karen Hartman,‭ ‬but over time they rub off on each other and even teach one another a thing or two.‭ ‬Florida Stage is giving the play‭ ‬--‭ ‬an audience favorite from the‭ ‬2010‭ ‬1st Stage Festival‭ ‬--‭ ‬its world premiere,‭ ‬gently directed by Margaret D.‭ ‬Ledford,‭ ‬with a crafty cast led by Erin Joy Schmidt,‭ ‬Deborah L.‭ ‬Sherman and newcomer Sarah Lord.‭ ‬At the Kravis Center’s Rinker Playhouse through Jan.‭ ‬16.‭ ‬Call‭ (‬561‭) ‬585-3433. -- H. Erstein

Inside the Sphinx,‭ ‬by Gerri Aurre.‭ ‬At Contempo.

Art:‭ ‬Two exhibits open this coming week in the northern part of the county:‭ ‬Contempo,‭ ‬at the Lighthouse ArtCenter in Tequesta,‭ ‬an exhibit of contemporary works juried by the Vero Beach Museum of Art‭ (‬Jan.‭ ‬6-Feb.‭ ‬10‭)‬,‭ ‬and the biennial faculty art show at Palm Beach State‭’‬s Eissey Campus in Palm Beach Gardens.

Contempo features works that were completed within the last two years,‭ ‬and is being shown at the same time as‭ ‬ArtyBras,‭ ‬a collection of art bras created to raise money for breast cancer awareness.‭ ‬The opening reception is planned for‭ ‬5:30-7:30‭ ‬p.m.‭ ‬Thursday,‭ ‬Jan.‭ ‬13.‭ ‬Admission is‭ ‬$5‭ ‬for visitors‭; ‬free for members.‭ ‬Call‭ ‬746-3101‭ ‬for more information.

A ceramic by‭ ‬Victoria Rose Martin.‭ ‬
At the Palm Beach State faculty exhibition.


‭ ‬The faculty exhibit,‭ ‬which opens Jan.‭ ‬5‭ ‬and runs through Feb.‭ ‬4,‭ ‬features artists from the Palm Beach State campuses in Boca Raton,‭ ‬Palm Beach Gardens and Lake Worth.‭ ‬It consists of work by‭ ‬17‭ ‬artists including Victoria Rose Martin,‭ ‬Dennis Tishkowsky,‭ ‬Sherry Stephens and Nazare Feliciano.‭ ‬The opening reception is set for‭ ‬5:00-8:00‭ ‬p.m.‭ ‬Tuesday,‭ ‬Jan.‭ ‬11,‭ ‬in the BB Building on the Eissey Campus.‭ ‬Gallery hours are‭ ‬9‭ ‬a.m.‭ ‬to‭ ‬5‭ ‬p.m.‭ ‬Monday through Friday,‭ ‬except for Tuesday,‭ ‬when the gallery is open until‭ ‬8‭ ‬p.m.‭ ‬Admission is free‭; ‬call‭ ‬207-5015.

Anton Arensky‭ (‬1861-1906‭)‬.

Music:‭ ‬The Delray String Quartet has expanded its reach again this year,‭ ‬and the second seasonal program will be going on the‭ ‬road to the Trinity-by-the-Cove Episcopal Church in Naples as of Jan.‭ ‬16.‭ ‬But the first time to hear it is Sunday afternoon in the quartet‭’‬s home base at the Colony Hotel in Delray Beach,‭ ‬where the foursome will tackle the Shostakovich Quartet No.‭ ‬7‭ (‬in F-sharp minor,‭ ‬Op.‭ ‬108‭)‬,‭ ‬the Beethoven Quartet No.‭ ‬6‭ (‬in B-flat,‭ ‬Op.‭ ‬18,‭ ‬No.‭ ‬6‭) ‬and the standard-arrangement version of the Second Quartet of Anton Arensky‭ (‬in A minor,‭ ‬Op.‭ ‬35a‭)‬,‭ ‬originally written for violin,‭ ‬viola and two cellos.‭ ‬

The Arensky is a deeply‭ ‬beautiful work,‭ ‬far too rarely played in either version,‭ ‬and it‭’‬s an inspired choice to go along with the Shostakovich quartet.‭ ‬Both are memorials:‭ ‬Arensky‭’‬s was composed in‭ ‬1895‭ ‬as a memorial for his mentor,‭ ‬Tchaikovsky,‭ ‬while Shostakovich composed his in‭ ‬1960‭ ‬as a memorial to his first wife,‭ ‬Nina.‭ ‬The Beethoven quartet is a splendid piece as well,‭ ‬and wraps up the collection of the six Op.‭ ‬18‭ ‬quartets that marked the composer as someone who would bring something new to the Haydn-Mozart string quartet approach.‭ ‬The concert begins at‭ ‬4‭ ‬p.m.‭ ‬Sunday at the Colony‭’‬s music room.‭ ‬Tickets are‭ ‬$35‭; ‬call‭ ‬213-4138‭ ‬or visit‭ ‬www.delraystringquartet.com.

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