Friday, January 28, 2011

Weekend arts picks: Jan. 28-30

Bust of an Angel‭ (‬c.‭ ‬1304‭)‬,‭ ‬by Giotto di Bondone.‭
(‬Courtesy The Reverenda Fabbrica of St.‭ ‬Peter,‭ ‬Vatican City State‭)


Art:‭ ‬As it did a few years back,‭ ‬the Fort Lauderdale Museum of Art is host this weekend to a major show of‭ ‬Catholic artwork,‭ ‬this one called‭ ‬Vatican Splendors:‭ ‬A Journey Through Faith and Art.‭ ‬Fort Lauderdale is one of only three cities nationwide to host the exhibit,‭ ‬which contains about‭ ‬200‭ ‬pieces of art and sacred objects from the home of the papacy,‭ ‬and publicists say many of them have never left the Vatican before.‭ ‬Included are pieces by Michelangelo,‭ ‬Giotto and Bernini,‭ ‬along with artwork from the‭ ‬1st century and various saint relics that have been venerated by centuries of worshippers.‭ ‬It promises to be a popular show,‭ ‬and those who saw the earlier Vatican show are likely to want to see this one as well.‭ ‬The show opens Saturday and runs through April‭ ‬24.‭ ‬Gallery hours are‭ ‬11‭ ‬a.m.‭ ‬to‭ ‬6‭ ‬p.m.‭ ‬daily except for Thursdays,‭ ‬when the gallery is open until‭ ‬8‭ ‬p.m.‭ ‬Tickets are‭ ‬$20‭ ‬for adults,‭ ‬$17‭ ‬for seniors and‭ ‬$13‭ ‬for children,‭ ‬and are available at Ticketmaster,‭ ‬www.vaticansplendors.com,‭ ‬or by phone at‭ ‬1-877-282-8422.

Paul Giamatti and Dustin Hoffman in Barney‭’‬s Version.

Film:‭ ‬There are few movies stars more unlikely than nebbishy Paul Giamatti,‭ ‬who was so good in‭ ‬American Splendor‭ ‬and‭ ‬Sideways,‭ ‬but has never been better than he is in‭ ‬Barney’s Version,‭ ‬based on the final novel of Mordecai Richler‭ (‬The Apprenticeship of Duddy Kravitz‭)‬.‭ ‬Giamatti just won a Golden Globe for best comedy performance of the year,‭ ‬but‭ ‬Barney’s Version is hardly a comedy.‭ ‬He plays a self-centered scalawag who manages to marry three women in quick succession,‭ ‬even meeting and starting to pursue his third wife at his wedding to his second wife.‭ ‬Dustin Hoffman plays Barney’s dad,‭ ‬ever ready to dispense worthless advice.‭ ‬The final reel turns dramatic and dark,‭ ‬when Giamatti particularly impresses.‭ ‬Snubbed by the Oscars for everything but a Best Makeup nomination,‭ ‬this is a film you will not soon forget.‭ ‬At area theaters now. -- H. Erstein

Tom Creatore,‭ ‬Renata Eastlick and Matthew Korinko
in Kiss of the Spider Woman.


Theater:‭ ‬West Boca’s Slow Burn Theatre Company‭ ‬dives back into its mission focus of dark,‭ ‬rarely produced musicals with the‭ ‬1993‭ ‬John Kander-Fred Ebb Tony Award-winning‭ ‬Kiss of the Spider Woman.‭ ‬This tale‭ (‬from a novel by Argentina’s Manuel Puig‭) ‬of two unlikely prison cellmates‭ ‬--‭ ‬a gay window dresser,‭ ‬Molina,‭ ‬and a macho political activist,‭ ‬Valentin‭ ‬--‭ ‬is an unexpected source of a musical,‭ ‬but Molina allows the two of them to escape their squalid conditions,‭ ‬in their minds at least,‭ ‬by reciting the plots of his favorite movies.‭ ‬This allows the songwriters the opportunity for some splashy production numbers,‭ ‬featuring Renata Eastlick,‭ ‬who was such a standout in Slow Burn’s‭ ‬Rocky Horror Show.‭ ‬Opening Friday night and running through Feb.‭ ‬6.‭ ‬Call‭ (‬866‭) ‬811-4111‭ ‬for tickets.‭

Composer Chiaya Hsu.

Music:‭ ‬This weekend,‭ ‬Lynn University‭’‬s New Music Festival wraps with two concerts by the‭ ‬Lynn Philharmonia,‭ ‬conducted by the eminent composer and educator Gunther Schuller.‭ ‬His music has been featured all week as part of the festival,‭ ‬but the big event this weekend is the world premiere of a piece chosen from Lynn‭’‬s call for scores.‭ ‬The winner is Chiaya Hsu,‭ ‬a Taiwan-born composer whose education is all-American:‭ ‬Curtis,‭ ‬Yale and Duke,‭ ‬where she earned her doctorate.‭ ‬The piece,‭ ‬called‭ ‬Mountain Song‭ (‬Shan Ko‭)‬,‭ ‬is on the program along with the Brahms Third Symphony‭ (‬in F,‭ ‬Op.‭ ‬90‭)‬,‭ ‬and the Piano Concerto No.‭ ‬1‭ (‬in C minor,‭ ‬Op.‭ ‬35‭) ‬of Shostakovich.‭ ‬The soloists‭ ‬in the Shostakovich‭ ‬will be pianist Lisa Leonard,‭ ‬the festival‭’‬s founder,‭ ‬and her husband,‭ ‬trumpeter Marc Reese.‭ ‬The concerts are set for‭ ‬7:30‭ ‬p.m.‭ ‬Saturday and‭ ‬4‭ ‬p.m.‭ ‬Sunday at the Wold Center for the Performing Arts on the Lynn campus in Boca Raton.‭ ‬Tickets are‭ ‬$35-$50.‭ ‬Call‭ ‬237-7705‭ ‬or visit‭ ‬www.lynn.edu/tickets.

The Fry Street Quartet.

On Sunday afternoon,‭ ‬the chamber music series at the Society of the Four Arts continues with an appearance by the Fry Street Quartet,‭ ‬founded in Chicago in‭ ‬1997‭ ‬and now in residence at Utah State University in Logan,‭ ‬Utah.‭ ‬The Fry Street‭ ‬has performed the complete Beethoven cycle of all‭ ‬16‭ ‬of the master‭’‬s quartets,‭ ‬and this program will feature two of them:‭ ‬The very first,‭ ‬the No.‭ ‬1‭ ‬in F of the Op.‭ ‬18‭ ‬collection,‭ ‬and No.‭ ‬14‭ (‬in C-sharp minor,‭ ‬Op.‭ ‬131‭)‬,‭ ‬one of the greatest works for string quartet anyone ever wrote.‭ ‬“The scale of the architecture is vast,‭ ‬and there is a giant arc that umbrellas the piece,‭”‬ second violinist Rebecca McFaul wrote in an e-mail message.‭ “‬Inside it,‭ ‬however,‭ ‬the attention to motivic development,‭ ‬harmonic travel,‭ ‬and the intricate weave of the voicing takes constant and vigilant attention from the performers.‭ ‬That makes the dialogue between the parts spark and come to life.‭”‬ Also on the program is the Barber String Quartet‭ (‬in B minor,‭ ‬Op.‭ ‬11‭)‬,‭ ‬which gives audiences a chance to hear the‭ ‬Adagio for Strings‭ ‬in its original incarnation‭ ‬as the slow‭ ‬movement of this quartet.‭ ‬The concert is set for‭ ‬3‭ ‬p.m.‭ ‬Sunday at the society‭’‬s Gubelmann Auditorium on Palm Beach.‭ ‬Tickets:‭ ‬$15.‭ ‬Cal‭ ‬655-7226‭ ‬or visit‭ ‬www.fourarts.org.

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