Friday, April 29, 2011

Weekend arts picks: April 29-May 1

Street Surfer‭ (‬1986‭)‬,‭ ‬by Robert Vickrey.

Art:‭ ‬The technique of egg tempera painting,‭ ‬perhaps most memorably wielded by artists such as Giotto,‭ ‬was eclipsed by oil painting in the‭ ‬15th century.

But egg tempera still draws creators,‭ ‬and the acknowledged modern master of this technique was the American artist Robert Vickrey,‭ ‬whose paintings of nuns,‭ ‬children,‭ ‬and long,‭ ‬dark shadows distinguished him as an artist whose aesthetic was appropriate for a time of societal unease.‭ ‬Vickrey died April‭ ‬17‭ ‬at age‭ ‬84‭ ‬in Naples,‭ ‬only nine days before a retrospective of his work was to open at the Boca Raton Museum of Art.

Robert Vickrey:‭ ‬The Magic of Realism opened Tuesday night,‭ ‬and will run until June‭ ‬19.‭ ‬The exhibit contains about‭ ‬40‭ ‬paintings that show the breadth and innovation of Vickrey’s style,‭ ‬which has something of the stillness of Edward Hopper and Giorgio di Chirico.‭ ‬Hours are‭ ‬10‭ ‬a.m.‭ ‬to‭ ‬5‭ ‬p.m.‭ ‬Tuesday through Friday,‭ ‬and noon to‭ ‬5‭ ‬p.m.‭ ‬Saturday and Sunday.‭ ‬It’s open from‭ ‬10‭ ‬a.m.‭ ‬to‭ ‬9‭ ‬p.m.‭ ‬on the first Wednesday of each month.‭ ‬Tickets are‭ ‬$8,‭ ‬$6‭ ‬for seniors,‭ ‬and‭ ‬$4‭ ‬for students with valid ID.‭ ‬Call‭ ‬392-2500‭ ‬for more information.

Markus Rygaard and William Jøhnk Nielsen in‭ ‬In A Better World.

Film:‭ ‬This year‭’‬s Oscar winner for best foreign-language film has taken a while to be distributed in the United States,‭ ‬but the wait has been worthwhile.‭ ‬It is‭ ‬In a Better World,‭ ‬directed by Susanne Bier,‭ ‬who made the original Danish version of‭ ‬Brothers‭ ‬and dabbled in the Hollywood pool with‭ ‬Things We Lost in the Fire.‭ ‬Her latest is a meditation on violence in various permutations,‭ ‬but centrally about a young boy who is new to a small Danish town,‭ ‬the misfit who befriends him and the bullies who goad them to exact revenge.‭ ‬Bier knows how to involve an audience and impart a little wisdom,‭ ‬even if it comes wrapped in melodrama.‭ ‬Opening locally today.‭ ‬– H.‭ ‬Erstein


Carolyn Defrin in The Sparrow.‭

Theater:
‭ ‬The Arsht Center deserves credit for scouting,‭ ‬finding and bringing to South Florida a remarkable piece of stagecraft from The House‭ ‬Theatre of Chicago called‭ ‬The Sparrow.‭ ‬Directed with simplicity and imagination by Nathan Allen,‭ ‬it is a fable about a small town devastated by a tragedy‭ ‬10‭ ‬years earlier when a train crashed into school bus full of kids that mysteriously drove onto the tracks.‭ ‬Now,‭ ‬the one survivor‭ (‬the wondrous Carolyn Defrin‭) ‬returns to town to finish high school and,‭ ‬unfortunately,‭ ‬remind the townsfolk of their loss.‭ ‬The production,‭ ‬part dance piece,‭ ‬part metaphysical science fiction and entirely terrific,‭ ‬has been likened to‭ ‬Carrie‭ ‬crossed with‭ ‬Mean Girls‭ ‬and‭ ‬Wicked.‭ ‬At the Arsht’s Studio Theater through Sunday only.‭ ‬– H.‭ ‬Erstein


Eglise Gutierrez.

Music:‭ ‬The Cuban-born soprano Eglise Gutierrez has been appearing in local opera productions for some time,‭ ‬and memorably so as Lucia in Florida Grand Opera’s production of Lucia di Lammermoor last season.‭

This weekend,‭ ‬she joins the Miami Symphony Orchestra for two concerts with the Master Chorale of South Florida featuring the music of Gabriel Fauré:‭ ‬His immortal Requiem‭ (‬Op.‭ ‬48‭) ‬and the hauntingly beautiful‭ ‬Pavane‭ (‬Op.‭ ‬50‭)‬.‭ ‬Gutierrez will sing a selection of arias for the concert,‭ ‬titled‭ ‬Death and Resurrection by conductor Eduardo Marturet.

The Master Chorale is making its last appearance with director Joshua Habermann,‭ ‬who is leaving to take over the chorus of the Dallas Symphony Orchestra.‭ ‬He’s done strong work with the chorale in his tenure,‭ ‬and this concert will be a good way to say farewell.

The program will be heard twice‭ – ‬at‭ ‬8‭ ‬p.m.‭ ‬Saturday at the Wertheim Center on the campus of Florida International University,‭ ‬and at‭ ‬8‭ ‬p.m.‭ ‬Sunday at Gusman Hall on the campus of the University of Miami in Coral Gables.‭ ‬Tickets for the concerts range from‭ ‬$30‭ ‬to‭ ‬$60‭; ‬call‭ ‬305-275-5666‭ ‬for more information.

Tim McGraw.

Tim McGraw has one of the most enviable records of achievement in all of contemporary country music,‭ ‬with no less than‭ ‬32‭ ‬No.‭ ‬1‭ ‬singles in the course of his career.

He’s also branched out into other kinds of stage work,‭ ‬including an appearance this season as the host of‭ ‬Saturday Night Live,‭ ‬and film work in‭ ‬Country Strong‭ (‬with Gwyneth Paltrow‭) ‬and‭ ‬The Blind Side.‭ ‬But his music remains central,‭ ‬and this weekend,‭ ‬he and his Dancehall Doctors will be appearing with Luke Bryan and The Band Perry on McGraw’s‭ ‬Emotional Traffic tour.

Tickets for the‭ ‬7‭ ‬p.m.‭ ‬show at the Cruzan Amphitheatre range from‭ ‬$25-$85,‭ ‬and are available through LiveNation or Ticketmaster.


Jeff Beck.

SunFest continues its remarkable lineup of performers this weekend with appearances tonight from Gregg Allman,‭ ‬from Toad the Wet Sprocket and Ziggy Marley on Saturday night,‭ ‬plus guitar legend Jeff Beck on Sunday night.

There are many other fine performers during the three remaining days of West Palm Beach’s biggest yearly blowout,‭ ‬and music fans who want to take in all of it will find themselves able to hear acts on the progressive scene,‭ ‬such as Circa Survive‭ (‬5:30‭ ‬tonight‭)‬,‭ ‬MGMT‭ (‬9:30‭ ‬p.m.‭ ‬Saturday‭) ‬and Sick Puppies‭ (‬3‭ ‬p.m.‭ ‬Sunday‭)‬,‭ ‬and long-established bands such as Styx‭ (‬9‭ ‬p.m.‭ ‬Saturday‭) ‬and The Preservation Hall Jazz Band‭ (‬2:15‭ ‬p.m.‭ ‬Sunday‭)‬.

Passes for SunFest range from‭ ‬$34-$66‭; ‬hours for the festival on Flagler Drive from Banyan Boulevard to Lakeview Drive run from‭ ‬5‭ ‬to‭ ‬11‭ ‬p.m.‭ ‬today,‭ ‬noon to‭ ‬11‭ ‬p.m.‭ ‬Saturday and noon to‭ ‬9‭ ‬p.m.‭ ‬Sunday.‭ ‬Call‭ ‬800-786-3378‭ ‬or visit‭ ‬www.sunfest.com.

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