Friday, April 22, 2011

Weekend arts picks: April 22-24

Jason Edelstein and Rick Pena in Blood Brothers.

Theater:‭ ‬In only two seasons,‭ ‬Boca Raton’s Slow Burn Theatre Company has forged a reputation for producing edgy musicals outside the mainstream.‭ ‬The show that got its co-founders,‭ ‬Matthew Korinko and Patrick Fitzwater,‭ ‬interested in creating and running their own troupe is‭ ‬Blood Brothers,‭ ‬the cult hit that opened in London in‭ ‬1988‭ ‬and is still running there.‭ ‬OK,‭ ‬so maybe‭ “‬cult‭” ‬doesn’t really describe it correctly.‭ ‬The show,‭ ‬based loosely on Alexandre Dumas’s‭ ‬The Corsican Brothers,‭ ‬concerns the twin sons of an impoverished Liverpool woman who reluctantly gives away one of her babies to the affluent lady she works for,‭ ‬setting in motion a melodrama about the effects of privilege and environment.‭ ‬Slow Burn chose to wait to present‭ ‬Blood Brothers until it felt it had amassed sufficient talent and audience and that time is now.‭ ‬The production opens next Friday,‭ ‬April‭ ‬29,‭ ‬and runs through May‭ ‬8.‭ ‬For tickets,‭ ‬call‭ ‬(866‭) ‬811-4111.‭ – ‬H.‭ ‬Erstein

Bill Cunningham at work.

Film:‭ ‬Like most first-rate documentaries,‭ ‬Bill Cunningham New York puts the spotlight on a fascinating subject and gets us wondering why we knew so little about him previously.‭ ‬In this case,‭ ‬it is the‭ ‬82-year-old‭ ‬New York Times photographer whose column,‭ ‬On the Street,‭ ‬in the Sunday Styles section,‭ ‬focuses on ordinary people who dress with flair.‭ ‬Cunningham also covers the society party beat,‭ ‬but as he notes he has no interest in celebrity,‭ ‬only clothes.‭ ‬He lives a solitary life in a closet-sided studio apartment at Carnegie Hall,‭ ‬where he faces imminent eviction‭ ‬--‭ ‬the film’s only nod to suspense.‭ ‬Cunningham is a genuine throwback to the old journalism,‭ ‬and watching this portrait will probably have you yearning for those bygone days.‭ ‬ Opening today at Emerging Cinemas and Living Room Theaters.‭ – ‬H.‭ ‬Erstein

Bob Crawford, Scott Avett and Seth Avett, of The Avett Brothers.

Music:‭ ‬To compare the lineups from last year’s SunFest and the one that opens on West Palm Beach’s waterfront Wednesday is to be astounded at the enormous improvement in depth,‭ ‬breadth and relevance in this year’s roster of more than‭ ‬50‭ ‬bands.‭ ‬In addition to risings stars such as Cee Lo Green,‭ ‬the Avett Brothers,‭ ‬MGMT and Brooke Fraser,‭ ‬the lineup also includes titans of an earlier day such as Jeff Beck,‭ ‬Styx and Gregg Allman.‭ ‬Also appearing are‭ ‘‬90s darlings Toad the Wet Sprocket,‭ ‬who have contributed durable songs to the catalog,‭ ‬and there’s even an appearance that harks back to the beginnings of‭ ‬20th-century American popular music with the Preservation Hall Jazz Band of New Orleans.‭ ‬It’s a remarkable collection of artists,‭ ‬and one likely to draw everyone from true fans to casual listeners,‭ ‬one temporary nation under a groove.‭ ‬SunFest runs through May‭ ‬1.‭ ‬Hours are from‭ ‬5-10‭ ‬p.m.‭ ‬Wednesday,‭ ‬5-11‭ ‬p.m.‭ ‬Thursday and Friday,‭ ‬noon to‭ ‬11‭ ‬p.m.,‭ ‬Saturday,‭ ‬and noon to‭ ‬9‭ ‬p.m.‭ ‬Sunday.‭ ‬Call‭ ‬800-786-3378,‭ ‬visit‭ ‬www.sunfest.com or your local Publix supermarket,‭ ‬or visit the SunFest store‭ ‬at‭ ‬525‭ ‬Clematis St.‭ ‬Tickets range from‭ ‬$30-$60.

Assaff Weisman.

Pianist Assaff Weisman is busy these days not just with his teaching in the Evening Division of The Juilliard School,‭ ‬but co-directing the Israeli Chamber Project,‭ ‬a group of young Israeli musicians who perform throughout the Jewish state and across this country.‭ ‬Weisman has appeared several times in Abram Kreeger’s Piano Lovers series,‭ ‬and tonight he returns for a‭ ‬program of music by Haydn‭ (‬the Sonata No.‭ ‬49‭)‬,‭ ‬Debussy‭ (‬Estampes‭)‬,‭ ‬Brahms‭ (‬Variations on a Theme by Handel‭) ‬and Liszt‭ (‬the three‭ ‬Petrarch Sonnets‭)‬.‭ ‬He’s a fine player,‭ ‬with an elegant,‭ ‬polished touch,‭ ‬and this end-of-season recital will be a good way to reconnect with a program of core repertory and observe the Liszt bicentenary.‭ ‬Tickets for Weisman’s‭ ‬7‭ ‬p.m.‭ ‬concert at the Steinway Gallery in Boca Raton are‭ ‬$20‭ ‬in advance and‭ ‬$25‭ ‬at the door.‭ ‬Call‭ ‬929-6633‭ ‬or visit‭ ‬www.pianolovers.org for more information.

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