Friday, January 7, 2011

Weekend arts picks: Jan. 7-9

A section from Idiotheim‭ (‬2010‭)‬,‭ ‬by Chris Vicini.

Art:‭ ‬Elwa Productions,‭ ‬a New York-based contemporary art company with roots in West Palm Beach,‭ ‬returns to the city tonight to open‭ ‬A Connection That Binds,‭ ‬a show featuring work by Swedish sculptor Chris Vicini and‭ ‬American painter Devin Powers,‭ ‬at Elayne and Marvin Mordes‭’‬ Whitespace gallery on Australian Avenue.

‭ ‬Vicini is noted for his extravagant porcelain creatures,‭ ‬which are nevertheless delicately modeled,‭ ‬and his work will take up an entire wall in the White Box area of Whitespace,‭ ‬which is in the Mordes‭’‬ lakefront home.‭ ‬Powers‭’‬ focus is on geometric shapes,‭ ‬and include installations as well as paintings.‭

One Should Tell the Truth,‭ ‬Not Speak at Length‭ (‬2009‭)‬,‭ ‬by Devin Powers.

The‭ ‬opening reception for the show is from‭ ‬7‭ ‬p.m.‭ ‬to‭ ‬10‭ ‬p.m.‭ ‬today at Whitespace,‭ ‬which is at‭ ‬2805‭ ‬N.‭ ‬Australian Ave.‭ ‬Tickets are‭ ‬$7.‭ ‬The show will be on view on alternate Saturday mornings from‭ ‬10‭ ‬a.m.‭ ‬to noon,‭ ‬Jan.‭ ‬22,‭ ‬Feb.‭ ‬5,‭ ‬Feb.‭ ‬19,‭ ‬Feb.‭ ‬26‭ ‬and March‭ ‬12.‭ ‬Admission is‭ ‬$12.‭ ‬Call‭ ‬842-4131‭ ‬or visit‭ ‬www.whitespacecollection.com.

Kevin Spacey,‭ ‬center,‭ ‬in‭ ‬Casino Jack.‭

Film:‭ ‬Curiously,‭ ‬this has been a big year at the movies for convicted lobbyist Jack Abramoff.‭ ‬First came an exhaustive documentary of his rise to power as a Washington influence peddler and his subsequent downward spiral.‭ ‬Now,‭ ‬opening this weekend is a feature film,‭ ‬Casino Jack,‭ ‬which covers similar ground,‭ ‬but is transformed by a galvanizing performance by the smarmy Kevin Spacey.‭ ‬If you go,‭ ‬do not go late,‭ ‬because the film opens with a great mood-setter of Abramoff brushing his teeth and giving himself a profane pep talk in the bathroom mirror.‭ ‬If the film had any traction at the box office,‭ ‬Spacey might be up again for an Oscar.‭ ‬In area theaters beginning this weekend.

Gregg Weiner,‭ ‬Karen Stephens and Brian D.‭ ‬Coats in‭ Clybourne Park.‭

Theater:‭ ‬The Caldwell Theatre’s Clive Cholerton continues to find provocative new works for his Boca Raton playhouse,‭ ‬like Bruce Norris’s acclaimed,‭ ‬edgy comedy,‭ ‬Clybourne Park.‭ ‬Theater fans may recognize the title as the fictional Chicago neighborhood of Lorraine Hansberry’s groundbreaking‭ ‬1959‭ ‬civil rights drama,‭ ‬which Norris turns inside out,‭ ‬showing us the previously unseen sellers of the house that the African-American Younger family is trying to get into.‭ ‬Then,‭ ‬in the second act,‭ ‬the play leaps forward‭ ‬50‭ ‬years,‭ ‬to a time when the neighborhood has run downhill and a white couple tries to buy the home and re-gentrify the area.‭ ‬Expect pointed satire and some bad-taste racial jokes.‭ ‬Opening‭ ‬tonight.‭ ‬Tickets‭ ‬range‭ ‬from‭ ‬$25‭ ‬to‭ ‬$75.‭ ‬Call‭ (‬561‭) ‬241-7432.‭

Brandy Lynn Hawkins.

Music:‭ ‬The Palm Beach Opera opens its new season of Opera in One Hour performances tonight at CityPlace‭’‬s Harriet Himmel Theater with an abridged version of Handel‭’‬s‭ ‬Ariodante,‭ ‬first performed in‭ ‬1735.‭ ‬It‭’‬s a story of true love thwarted through deception,‭ ‬then regained at the end,‭ ‬though not without a dead body.‭ ‬Mezzo Brandy Lynn Hawkins sings the trouser role of Prince Ariodante,‭ ‬with soprano Greta Ball as Ariodante‭’‬s betrothed,‭ ‬Ginevra.‭ ‬Soprano Alison Bates is Dalinda,‭ ‬a lady of the court,‭ ‬and baritone Kenneth Stavert sings Polinesso,‭ ‬the Duke of Albany,‭ ‬who causes all the trouble.‭ ‬These mini-performances offer audiences a chance to check out the members of the Young Artists program and see interestingly staged‭ ‬versions of repertoire in a stripped-down setting‭ (‬last year‭’‬s‭ ‬Cosi fan Tutte in a Starbucks,‭ ‬and‭ an ‬Orfeo ed Euridice that began with couples watching an art-house showing of‭ ‬City Lights‭)‬.‭ ‬And if you can‭’‬t make it,‭ ‬the show,‭ ‬which begins at‭ ‬9‭ ‬p.m.‭ ‬and ends about an hour later,‭ ‬is streamed live on the Web.‭ ‬Admission is free.‭ ‬Call‭ ‬833-7888‭ ‬for more information.

Stewart Robertson.

The Atlantic Classical Orchestra has been performing since‭ ‬1991‭ ‬on the Treasure Coast,‭ ‬and this afternoon and tonight in Stuart,‭ ‬the group offers an all-English program under the guidance of conductor Stewart Robertson.‭ ‬On the program are a suite from Purcell‭’‬s‭ ‬Abdelazer,‭ ‬the‭ ‬Introduction and Allegro of Edward Elgar,‭ ‬three‭ ‬Nocturnes by Richard Rodney Bennett,‭ ‬and the Sinfonietta of E.‭ ‬J.‭ ‬Moeran.‭ ‬Robertson,‭ ‬who‭’‬s also well-known hereabouts for his decade of work at Florida Grand Opera,‭ ‬has been leading the ACO since‭ ‬2005,‭ ‬and is an assiduous pursuer of good but unfamiliar repertoire,‭ ‬and the Moeran in particular offers a chance to hear a composer whose work is too little-known on this side of the Atlantic.‭ ‬The concerts begin at‭ ‬4‭ ‬p.m.‭ ‬and‭ ‬8‭ ‬p.m.‭ ‬today at the Lyric Theatre in downtown Stuart.‭ ‬Tickets are‭ ‬$40‭ ‬for the‭ ‬4‭ ‬p.m.‭ ‬show and‭ ‬$45‭ ‬for the‭ ‬8‭ ‬p.m.‭ ‬show.‭ ‬For more information,‭ ‬call‭ ‬772-460-0850‭ ‬or visit‭ ‬www.acomusic.org.

The Enso Quartet:‭ ‬Maureen Nelson,‭ ‬Melissa Reardon,‭
‬Richard Belcher and John Marcus.


Tuesday:‭ ‬The Enso Quartet opens the music series at the Flagler Museum on Tuesday night with music by Beethoven‭ (‬No.‭ ‬8‭ ‬in E minor,‭ ‬Op.‭ ‬59,‭ ‬No.‭ ‬2‭)‬,‭ ‬the Second Quartet of Shostakovich‭ (‬in A,‭ ‬Op.‭ ‬68‭)‬,‭ ‬and the‭ ‬Six Bagatelles‭ (‬Op.‭ ‬9‭) ‬of Anton Webern.‭ ‬Also planned is the set of‭ ‬Five Pieces,‭ ‬written in‭ ‬1923‭ ‬by Erwin Schulhoff,‭ ‬a Czech composer now best-known as one of the several fine composers lost to the Nazi regime:‭ ‬he died in‭ ‬1942,‭ ‬of tuberculosis,‭ ‬in a Bavarian concentration camp.‭ ‬Tickets for the concert are‭ ‬$60,‭ ‬and can be had by calling the museum at‭ ‬655-2833‭ ‬or visiting‭ ‬www.flagler.us.

‬The Links:‭ ‬Joshua Roman,‭ ‬Yuki Numata,‭ ‬and Bill Kalinkos.

Wednesday:‭ ‬Also getting under way this coming week is the Classical Café series at Stage West at the Duncan Theatre on the campus of Palm Beach State College in Lake Worth.‭ ‬First up is The Links,‭ ‬a new trio featuring violinist Yuki Numata,‭ ‬who appeared last season in a fine recital in the Duncan series.‭ ‬The group‭ ‬– which includes cellist Joshua Roman and clarinetist Bill Kalinkos‭ ‬– will play the Ravel Sonata for Violin and Cello as well as Ingolf Dahl‭’‬s‭ ‬Concerto a Tre,‭ ‬as well as five contemporary pieces by American composers David Stock‭ (‬Night‭)‬,‭ ‬Derek Bermel‭ (‬Coming Together‭)‬,‭ ‬Matthew Schreibies‭ (‬Noticing‭)‬,‭ ‬John Orfe‭ (‬Barcarolle‭) ‬and the Canadian Sydney Hodkinson‭ (‬Rogatio Gravis‭)‬.‭ ‬The group also will play an Orfe arrangement of a lovely,‭ ‬mournful piano prelude‭ (‬Op.‭ ‬103,‭ ‬No.‭ ‬6‭)‬,‭ ‬by Gabriel Fauré.‭ ‬Tickets for the‭ ‬3‭ ‬p.m.‭ ‬concert in Stage West are‭ ‬$25.‭ ‬Call‭ ‬868-3309‭ ‬or visit‭ ‬www.duncantheatre.org.

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