Friday, April 8, 2011

Weekend arts picks: April 8-12

The Arrival‭ (‬2008‭)‬,‭ ‬by Jose Alvarez.

Art:‭ ‬The Norton Museum of Art has opened an exhibit of contemporary art featuring works by artists whose perception of the world around is refracted in unusual but precise ways.‭ ‬Altered States,‭ ‬which opened Saturday and runs through July‭ ‬17,‭ ‬shows work by four artists‭ – ‬Jose Alvarez,‭ ‬Yayoi Kusama,‭ ‬Fred Tomaselli and Leo Villareal‭ – ‬who express this through painting,‭ ‬collages and light installments.

New York-born Alvarez,‭ ‬whose work is simultaneously on display at Palm Beach’s Gavlak Gallery,‭ ‬is also well-known for his years of performance art in which he‭ “‬channeled‭” ‬a‭ ‬2,000-year-old shaman called Carlos.‭ ‬Japan’s Kusama decorates her paintings with what she calls‭ “‬infinity nets,‭” ‬which reflect years of hallucinations that featured similar patterns.

Fear of Death‭ (‬2008‭)‬,‭ ‬by Yayoi Kusama.

Tomaselli,‭ ‬a Los Angeles native,‭ ‬uses materials such as pills and plants in his collage-paintings,‭ ‬and Albuquerque-born Villareal employs his own software and programmed LEDs to make his distinctive light installations.‭ ‬Curated by the Norton’s Cheryl Brutvan,‭ ‬the exhibit offers viewers a chance to move away from representational art for a kind of creation in which the toggle switch of reality gets a serious jiggle.

The Norton is open from‭ ‬10‭ ‬a.m.‭ ‬to‭ ‬5‭ ‬p.m.‭ ‬Tuesday,‭ ‬Wednesday,‭ ‬Friday and Saturday,‭ ‬10‭ ‬a.m.‭ ‬to‭ ‬9‭ ‬p.m.‭ ‬Thursday,‭ ‬and‭ ‬11‭ ‬a.m.‭ ‬to‭ ‬5‭ ‬p.m.‭ ‬Sunday.‭ ‬Admission is‭ ‬$12‭; ‬call‭ ‬832-5196‭ ‬or visit‭ ‬

Saiorse Ronan in Hanna.

Film:‭ ‬It was only a matter of time before the movies figured out a way to eliminate the narrative and replace it with two hours of chase scenes.‭ ‬In the case of‭ ‬Hanna,‭ ‬a stylish example of pure kinetic energy,‭ ‬Saoirse Ronan‭ (‬Atonement‭) ‬is a teenage killing machine and Cate Blanchett is the icy cool pursuer who is not opposed to using all lethal means to get her prey.‭ ‬Credit director Joe Wright‭ (‬Ronan’s‭ ‬Atonement helmer‭) ‬with the arty editing and global location sites.‭ ‬It is not until three-quarters through the film that we learn why Hanna is such a cold-blooded creature and why she is being sought,‭ ‬but by that time,‭ ‬motives and back story have been trumped by the dizzying pace and sinister mood.‭ ‬Opening in area theaters.‭

Clockwise from top left:‭ ‬Michael Serratore,‭ ‬Nick Santa Maria,
‭ ‬Kim Ostrenko and Kim Cozort in God of Carnage.‭

Theater:‭ ‬Picture playwright Yasmina Reza’s‭ ‬Art‭ ‬on steroids and you have a sense of the dark,‭ ‬manic comedy of her newer work of bad manners,‭ ‬God of Carnage,‭ ‬beginning previews at the Caldwell Theatre in Boca Raton on Sunday.‭ ‬In it,‭ ‬two well-heeled,‭ ‬civilized Brooklyn couples meet to discuss an act of playground violence between their‭ ‬11-year-old sons and,‭ ‬before long,‭ ‬they are acting even more childishly than their offspring.‭ ‬Kenneth Kay guides a cast that includes two of the area’s appealing Kims‭ ‬--‭ ‬Cozort and Ostrenko‭ ‬--‭ ‬and two out-of-state actors‭ ‬--‭ ‬Nick Santa Maria and Michael Serratore‭ ‬--‭ ‬in this choreographed exercise in mayhem.‭ ‬For tickets,‭ ‬call‭ ‬(561‭) ‬241-7432.‭

Soyeon Lee.

Music:‭ ‬The Boca Raton Symphonia closes its fifth season this weekend with the young South Korean pianist Soyeon Lee in the Concerto No.‭ ‬23‭ (‬in A,‭ ‬K.‭ ‬488‭) ‬of Mozart in a concert conducted by guest director David Commanday.‭ ‬The founder of the Peoria,‭ ‬Ill.-based Heartland Festival Orchestra will keep the focus on the key of A major with the Mendelssohn Fourth Symphony‭ (‬No.‭ ‬4,‭ ‬Op.‭ ‬90,‭ ‬Italian‭)‬,‭ ‬and also pay tribute to the world of film,‭ ‬with Aaron Copland’s‭ ‬Music for Movies.‭ ‬Copland assembled the suite in‭ ‬1943‭ ‬from three of his scores:‭ ‬Of Mice and Men,‭ ‬The City and‭ ‬Our Town.‭ ‬The concert starts at‭ ‬3‭ ‬p.m.‭ ‬Sunday at the Roberts Theater on the campus of St.‭ ‬Andrew’s School in Boca Raton.‭ ‬For tickets,‭ ‬call‭ ‬376-3848‭ ‬or visit‭ ‬

Michael Mizrahi.

The world of classical music is in a state of ferment these days,‭ ‬and one of the best reasons is the number of young composers who are out writing things in a way free of the academic restrictions of the recent past.‭ ‬The music of two young Americans,‭ ‬Judd Greenstein and Missy Mazzoli,‭ ‬will be featured on a concert Tuesday night by pianist Michael Mizrahi,‭ ‬a professor at the Lawrence University conservatory in Appleton,‭ ‬Wis.‭ ‬Mizrahi,‭ ‬who co-founded New York’s NOW Ensemble with Greenstein and others,‭ ‬will play Greenstein’s First Ballade and Mazzoli’s‭ ‬Isabelle Eberhardt Dreams of Pianos.‭ ‬Mizrahi also will play the Beethoven‭ ‬32‭ ‬Variations in C minor,‭ ‬Schumann’s beautiful‭ ‬Arabeske‭ ‬(Op.‭ ‬18‭)‬,‭ ‬the late Sonata in A‭ (‬D.‭ ‬959‭) ‬of Schubert,‭ ‬and the Ballade No.‭ ‬1‭ (‬in G minor,‭ ‬Op.‭ ‬23‭) ‬of Chopin.‭ ‬Tickets for the‭ ‬7:30‭ ‬p.m.‭ ‬concert Tuesday at the Kravis Center’s Rinker Playhouse are‭ ‬$30.‭ ‬Call‭ ‬832-7469‭ ‬or visit‭ ‬

Baritone Joseph Lattanzi,‭ ‬seen here competing in the‭
‬2010‭ ‬Palm Beach Opera Grand Finals,‭ ‬will be in the contest again this year.

This Sunday,‭ ‬13‭ ‬young opera singers will take the stage at the Kravis Center for the Grand Finals of the Palm Beach Opera’s annual Vocal Competition.‭ ‬This event is one of the most enjoyable of the season,‭ ‬with a parade of fresh talent and the atmosphere of a competition‭ – ‬American Idol-style,‭ ‬too,‭ ‬with audience members texting their votes for favorites at the end of the show.‭ ‬The finalists,‭ ‬announced earlier today,‭ ‬are:

Advanced division‭ (‬ages‭ ‬24-30‭)‬:‭ ‬R.‭ ‬Kenneth Stavert,‭ ‬baritone‭ (‬Fullerton,‭ ‬Calif.‭); ‬Margaret Mezzacappa,‭ ‬mezzo-soprano‭ (‬Euclid,‭ ‬Ohio‭); ‬Suzanne Vinnik,‭ ‬soprano‭ (‬Las Vegas‭); ‬John Holiday,‭ ‬countertenor‭ (‬Rosenberg,‭ ‬Texas‭); ‬Jeanine De Bique,‭ ‬soprano‭ (‬Trinidad and Tobago‭); ‬Joo Won Kang,‭ ‬baritone‭ (‬Seoul,‭ ‬South Korea‭); ‬Laura Wilde,‭ ‬mezzo-soprano‭ (‬Watertown,‭ ‬S.D.‭)

Junior division‭ (‬ages‭ ‬18-23‭)‬:‭ ‬Brandon Cedel,‭ ‬bass-baritone‭ (‬Hershey,‭ ‬Pa.‭); ‬Joseph Lattanzi,‭ ‬baritone‭ (‬Mableton,‭ ‬Ga.‭); ‬Emmett O’Hanlon,‭ ‬baritone‭ (‬Manhasset,‭ ‬N.Y.‭); ‬Danielle Adams,‭ ‬soprano‭ (‬Cincinnati‭); ‬Marco Stafani,‭ ‬tenor‭ (‬Pleasanton,‭ ‬Calif.‭); ‬Betsy Diaz,‭ ‬soprano‭ (‬Miami‭)‬.
Tickets for the‭ ‬3‭ ‬p.m.‭ ‬concert Sunday at the Kravis Center’s Dreyfoos Hall start at‭ ‬$20.‭ ‬Call‭ ‬833-7888‭ ‬or visit

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