Friday, March 18, 2011

Weekend arts picks: March 18-20

From the Black Lagoon‭ (‬1954‭)‬,‭ ‬by George Zimbel.

Art:‭ ‬Here’s one way of tying together a lot of disparate work:‭ ‬the alphabet.

Tomorrow,‭ ‬the Norton Museum of Art opens From A to Z:‭ ‬26‭ ‬Great Photographs from the Norton Collection,‭ ‬which is exactly what it sounds like‭ – ‬a group of photos arranged by photographer’s names from A to Z.‭ ‬The‭ “‬X‭” ‬photographer is Chinese-born Xiaoze Xie,‭ ‬and the‭ “‬Z‭” ‬photographer in this exhibit is George Zimbel,‭ ‬82,‭ ‬whose most famous shot is one of Marilyn Monroe,‭ ‬skirts billowing above the subway grate.‭ ‬Other photographers represented in the exhibit include Ansel Adams and Edward Weston,‭ ‬as well as the French photographer Valérie Belin.‭

The show also includes‭ ‬American Gothic‭ (‬1942‭)‬,‭ ‬by Gordon Parks,‭ ‬an iconic photo of Farm Security Administration chairwoman Ella Watson,‭ ‬and other photographs that document important events in American history.‭ ‬The exhibit was curated by Charles Stainback from the Norton’s collection of more than‭ ‬3,000‭ ‬photographs.

The exhibit opens Saturday and runs through June‭ ‬17.‭ ‬Hours are‭ ‬10‭ ‬a.m.‭ ‬to‭ ‬5‭ ‬p.m.‭ ‬Tuesday through Saturday,‭ ‬except for Thursday,‭ ‬when closing is at‭ ‬9‭ ‬p.m.‭; ‬the museum also is open from‭ ‬11‭ ‬a.m.‭ ‬to‭ ‬5‭ ‬p.m.‭ ‬Sundays.‭ ‬Admission is‭ ‬$12‭ ‬for adults.‭ ‬Call‭ ‬832-5196‭ ‬for more information.‭

Alex Shaffer and Paul Giamatti in Win Win.

Film:‭ ‬While the‭ ‬16th annual Palm Beach International Film Festival may not be as sweet as its longevity suggests,‭ ‬it does open on Wednesday,‭ ‬March‭ ‬23,‭ ‬with a winner of a film,‭ ‬Win Win,‭ ‬the third and most assured feature from actor-turned-screenwriter/director Tom McCarthy‭ (‬The Station Agent,‭ ‬The Visitor‭)‬.‭ ‬It stars doughy Everyman Paul Giamatti as a sad sack New Jersey lawyer,‭ ‬barely keeping his practice afloat,‭ ‬who compromises his ethics with a client drifting into dementia‭ (‬Burt Young‭)‬,‭ ‬to help his cash flow.‭ ‬And it looks for a while that he may just luck out,‭ ‬when the client’s grandson arrives and he turns out to be a first-rate wrestler,‭ ‬who helps Giamatti’s high school squad break its losing streak.‭ ‬McCarthy has a great eye for casting,‭ ‬and he populates the supporting roles with such first-rate talent as Amy Ryan,‭ ‬Bobby Cannavale and Melanie Lynskey.‭ ‬For scheduling information on the festival,‭ ‬go to‭ ‬www.pbifilmfest.org.‭

Mia Estadella plays Lucy in You’re a Good Man,‭ ‬Charlie Brown.‭

Theater:‭ ‬Entr’Acte Theatrix,‭ ‬the professional offshoot of Palm Beach Principal Players,‭ ‬follows up its earlier productions of Hair and Cabaret,‭ ‬inaugurating a black box performance space within the former International Museum of Cartoon Art with You’re a Good Man,‭ ‬Charlie Brown,‭ ‬the Peanuts musical,‭ ‬this weekend and next.‭ ‬The show choice may be less‭ “‬edgy‭” ‬than the company’s previous choices,‭ ‬but director-choreographer Kimberly Dawn Smith expects to add relevance to the audience-friendly show by emphasizing its‭ “‬anti-bullying‭” ‬message,‭ ‬Charlie’s low-esteem,‭ ‬Lucy’s bossy behavior and Pig Pen’s hygiene woes.‭ ‬Call‭ ‬(877‭) ‬877-7677‭ ‬for tickets.

Scenes from the Passion of the Christ‭ (‬1470-1‭)‬,‭ ‬by Hans Memling.‭

Music:‭ ‬One of the major landmarks of the current season occurs tonight and through Sunday with a performance by Seraphic Fire of the‭ ‬St.‭ ‬John Passion of J.S.‭ ‬Bach.‭

Bach‭ ‬apparently wrote five settings of the Passion during his‭ ‬27‭ ‬years of service for St.‭ ‬Thomas‭’ ‬Church in Leipzig.‭ ‬Only two have survived‭ – ‬the‭ ‬St.‭ ‬Matthew and the‭ ‬St.‭ ‬John‭ – ‬and while the St.‭ ‬Matthew is generally considered one of his greatest works,‭ ‬the‭ ‬St.‭ ‬John is more dramatic in some ways,‭ ‬and closer to opera‭ (‬the tenor aria,‭ ‬Ach,‭ ‬mein Sinn,‭ ‬for example,‭ ‬and the chorus‭ ‬Wir durfen niemand Todten‭)‬.‭

Seraphic Fire will perform the work with its Firebird Chamber Orchestra,‭ ‬all under the direction of‭ ‬Patrick Dupre Quigley,‭ ‬and given this group’s general excellence,‭ ‬it’s likely to be a memorable and‭ ‬satisfying performance.‭ ‬The‭ ‬St.‭ ‬John Passion will be given three times,‭ ‬once tonight at‭ ‬7:30‭ ‬and again at‭ ‬4‭ ‬p.m.‭ ‬Sunday at All Saints Episcopal Church in Fort Lauderdale,‭ ‬and at‭ ‬8‭ ‬p.m.‭ ‬Saturday at Trinity Cathedral in‭ ‬Miami.‭ ‬Tickets range from‭ ‬$50-$60,‭ ‬depending on the venue.‭ ‬For more information,‭ ‬call‭ ‬305-285-9060.

Yoonjung Han.

The South Korean-born pianist Yoonjung Han has a busy year ahead,‭ ‬with performances next month at the Bergamo Festival in Italy and a performance of the Beethoven Fourth Concerto with the Berlin Philharmonic in November.

Han,‭ ‬who studied at Julliard and Curtis and is currently pursuing a doctorate at SUNY-Stony Brook,‭ ‬performed last night on the Piano Lovers series and offers another concert Saturday night as part of the Sylvia Parker series at the Unitarian Universalist Fellowship of Boca Raton.‭ ‬Han will play the Bach Partita No.‭ ‬1‭ (‬in B-flat,‭ ‬BWV‭ ‬825‭)‬,‭ ‬the Haydn Sonata No.‭ ‬52‭ (‬in E-flat,‭ ‬Hob.‭ ‬XVI:‭ ‬52‭)‬,‭ ‬Liszt’s‭ ‬La Campanella and Mephisto Waltz No.‭ ‬1,‭ ‬and two pieces from Granados‭’ ‬Goyescas:‭ ‬Los requiebros and‭ ‬El amor y la muerte.‭

Han,‭ ‬who’s‭ ‬26,‭ ‬is appearing under the auspices of the London-based Keyboard Charitable Trust,‭ ‬which helps fund the careers of rising young musicians.‭ ‬Judging by her work on her YouTube channel‭,‭ ‬she already is quite a fine pianist,‭ ‬and her concert offers a chance for fans of the piano literature to catch someone who should have a long and distinguished career.‭ ‬She performs at‭ ‬8‭ ‬p.m.‭ ‬Saturday at the Unitarian Fellowship,‭ ‬which is at‭ ‬2601‭ ‬St.‭ ‬Andrews Blvd.‭ ‬in Boca Raton.‭ ‬Tickets are‭ ‬$18‭ ‬in advance and‭ ‬$20‭ ‬at the door.‭ ‬Call‭ ‬451-4212‭ ‬for more information.‭

Ludwig Mueller.

The Boca Symphonia sees the return this weekend of Philippe Entremont,‭ ‬who will take a seat at the piano along with violinist Ludwig Mueller and cellist Christopher Pantillon for the Beethoven Triple Concerto‭ (‬in C,‭ ‬Op.‭ ‬56‭)‬.‭ ‬Entremont is a big fan of this work,‭ ‬and it doesn’t get as many hearings as it should‭ (‬one of the last locally was several years ago at the Four Arts‭)‬.‭

Also on the program is one of several arrangements the violist and conductor Rudolf Barshai fashioned from the music of his countryman Dmitri Shostakovich:‭ ‬the Chamber Symphony‭ (‬Op.‭ ‬73a‭) ‬based on the String Quartet No.‭ ‬3‭ (‬in F,‭ ‬Op.‭ ‬73‭)‬.‭ ‬In addition,‭ ‬Entremont has programmed the Sextet from Richard Strauss‭’ ‬opera‭ ‬Capriccio.‭ ‬The concert begins at‭ ‬3‭ ‬p.m.‭ ‬Sunday at the Roberts Theater,‭ ‬St.‭ ‬Andrew’s School,‭ ‬Boca Raton.‭

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