Friday, February 4, 2011

Weekend arts picks: Feb. 5-7

Imagining Elvis as My Daddy‭ (‬2010‭)‬,‭ ‬by Kathy Yancey.

Art:‭ ‬Just installed at the Florida Atlantic University Galleries is the third iteration of SouthXeast:‭ ‬Contemporary Southeastern Art,‭ ‬a triennial show of works by artists from Southeastern states.‭ ‬This year’s exhibit,‭ ‬chosen from among more than‭ ‬200‭ ‬artists by curators and gallery owners from throughout the Southeast,‭ ‬features the work of more than‭ ‬13‭ ‬artists from seven states.

Four artists are from Georgia,‭ ‬three from Florida,‭ ‬and two from Tennessee,‭ ‬and one each come from Alabama,‭ ‬Louisiana,‭ ‬South Carolina and Mississippi.‭ ‬It’s an interesting sample of work,‭ ‬and some of it reflects often-explored Southern themes.‭ ‬But what’s most notable about the images supplied to the press are their variety,‭ ‬from wooden installations to oil panels,‭ ‬audio CDs to stoneware.‭

The exhibit is being show in two of the galleries on the FAU campus in Boca Raton‭; ‬it runs through March‭ ‬5‭ ‬at the Ritter Art Gallery,‭ ‬and through April‭ ‬9‭ ‬at the Schmidt Gallery,‭ ‬where it opens Saturday.‭ ‬Admission is free‭; ‬the galleries are open from‭ ‬1‭ ‬p.m.‭ ‬to‭ ‬4‭ ‬p.m.‭ ‬Tuesdays through Fridays,‭ ‬and‭ ‬1‭ ‬p.m.‭ ‬to‭ ‬5‭ ‬p.m.‭ ‬Saturday.‭ ‬Call‭ ‬297-2661‭ ‬or visit‭ ‬ for more information.

Sally Hawkins in Made in Dagenham.

Film:‭ ‬For those of you who recall fondly‭ ‬1979‭’‬s‭ ‬Norma Rae,‭ ‬the union organizing movie that brought Sally Field her first Oscar,‭ ‬it is bound to spring to mind when viewing the lighter-toned,‭ ‬but equally earnest‭ ‬Made in Dagenham.‭ ‬Playing at the Mos’Art Theatre this week,‭ ‬it chronicles the effort of a similar group of labor underdogs,‭ ‬woman machinists at the Ford Motor factory in England in the‭ ‬1960s.‭ ‬Sally Hawkins‭ (‬an Oscar nominee last year for‭ ‬Happy-Go-Lucky‭) ‬stars as the new shop steward who leads a protest when it‭ ‬is learned that the women are doing the same work,‭ ‬but for a lot less play.‭ ‬Director Nigel Cole‭ (‬Calendar Girls‭) ‬steers the movie with relative restraint,‭ ‬towards a conclusion that is genuinely uplifting.‭ – ‬H.‭ ‬Erstein

Andrew Rosendorf,‭ ‬Carter W.‭ ‬Lewis and Christopher Demos-Brown‭
‬at the‭ ‬New Works Festival last year.‭ 

Theater:‭ ‬For the fifth straight year,‭ ‬Florida Stage is trawling publicly for plays to produce,‭ ‬by giving seven untested scripts a hearing in its‭ ‬1st Stage New Works Festival.‭ ‬Of those seven plays seeking slots in the West Palm Beach company’s mainstage line-up in future seasons,‭ ‬most come from playwrights whose work has been seen previously at Florida Stage.‭ ‬For example,‭ ‬still to come this weekend are readings by Carter W.‭ ‬Lewis‭ (‬Storytelling Ability of a Boy‭)‬,‭ ‬Andrew Rosendorf‭ (‬Cane‭) ‬and Israel Horvitz‭ (‬Sins of the Mother‭)‬.‭ ‬The new Horovitz play,‭ ‬Beverley,‭ ‬to be read Saturday evening at‭ ‬8‭ ‬p.m.,‭ ‬features two-time Tony Award winner Frances Sternhagen in its cast.‭ ‬Call‭ (‬561‭) ‬585-3433‭ ‬for information or to purchase tickets.‭ -- H. Erstein

Leonard Bernstein.‭
(‬Photo by Paul de Hueck/Leonard Bernstein Office‭)

Music:‭ ‬Leonard Bernstein wrote two operas‭ (‬three if you count‭ ‬Candide‭)‬,‭ ‬and they’re both about the same suburban family.‭ ‬Trouble in Tahiti,‭ ‬which premiered at Brandeis in‭ ‬1952,‭ ‬is the story of the unhappy marriage of Sam and Dinah,‭ ‬and its sequel,‭ ‬A Quiet Place‭ (‬1983‭) ‬takes up the story‭ ‬30‭ ‬years later,‭ ‬with family complications.‭ ‬Saturday night,‭ ‬Palm Beach Opera presents its second Opera in One Hour presentations with‭ ‬Trouble in Tahiti,‭ ‬a marvelous little opera with a wonderful set piece for Dinah,‭ ‬a mezzo role,‭ ‬and catchy tunes amid all the then-fashionable angularity of the rest of the score.‭ ‬Brandy Lynn Hawkins sings Dinah to guest baritone Michael Mayes’s Sam,‭ ‬while the three-member chorus includes Greta Ball,‭ ‬R.‭ ‬Kenneth Stavert and Evanivaldo Correa.‭ ‬Admission is free to the show,‭ ‬which bows at‭ ‬9‭ ‬p.m.‭ ‬Saturday at the Harriet Himmel Theater in CityPlace.‭ ‬Call‭ ‬833-7888‭ ‬or visit‭ ‬ for more information.‭

Gareth Johnson.

The violinist Gareth Johnson has fashioned a high profile for himself locally,‭ ‬and he’s been busy raising it in other places nationwide,‭ ‬performing with the Seattle,‭ ‬Detroit,‭ ‬St.‭ ‬Louis and other orchestras.‭ ‬Now‭ ‬25,‭ ‬the Wellington man is working on his career after finishing master’s studies last year at Lynn University.‭ ‬On Sunday,‭ ‬he’ll appear with Lynn pianist Tao Lin in a program of violin showpieces in the St.‭ ‬Paul’s Episcopal Church music series.‭ ‬On the bill are the‭ ‬Zigeunerweisen and‭ ‬Zapateado of Sarasate,‭ ‬Ravel’s‭ ‬Tzigane,‭ ‬Chausson’s‭ ‬Poeme,‭ ‬and Massenet’s‭ ‬Meditation‭ (‬from his opera‭ ‬Thais‭)‬.‭ ‬The concert begins at‭ ‬3‭ ‬p.m.‭ ‬at the church on Swinton Avenue off downtown Delray Beach.‭ ‬Tickets are‭ ‬$15-$18‭; ‬call‭ ‬278-6003‭ ‬for more information or visit‭ ‬

The Harry Allen Quartet.

The tenor saxophonist Harry Allen is one of the most highly regarded jazz musicians today,‭ ‬a veteran composer and performer who has about‭ ‬30‭ ‬recordings to his credit and plenty of praise from his peers‭ (‬including guitarist John Pizzarelli,‭ ‬who arrives in town next week for a series of gigs with the Palm Beach Pops‭)‬.‭ ‬On Monday,‭ ‬Allen and his quartet play the Four Seasons Resort on Palm Beach as part of the Jazz Arts Music Society’s new Living Room Series.‭

Allen’s work has often been compared to that of Stan Getz and Lester Young,‭ ‬and there’s something about his fat,‭ ‬velvety sound when he plays a ballad that recalls the best lyrical players of the past.‭ ‬Allen takes the stage at‭ ‬8‭ ‬p.m.‭ ‬Monday at the resort‭ (‬2800‭ ‬S.‭ ‬Ocean Blvd.‭)‬.‭ ‬Tickets are‭ ‬$35,‭ ‬$25‭ ‬for JAMS members.‭ ‬Call‭ ‬877-722-2820‭ ‬to order tickets.‭

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