Friday, June 10, 2011

Weekend arts picks: June 10-15

Nick Thurston and Geoffrey Wigdor in White Irish Drinkers.

Film:‭ ‬Writer-director John Gray‭ (‬credited with creating TV‭’‬s‭ ‬Ghost Whisperer‭) ‬grew up in Brooklyn and his latest feature film,‭ ‬White Irish Drinkers,‭ ‬feels like it has autobiographical elements in‭ ‬its coming-of-age tale of a young,‭ ‬sensitive artist trying hard not to sucked into the world of crime of his older,‭ ‬desperate brother.‭ ‬Nick Thurston impresses as Brian,‭ ‬who chooses instead to work at the local movie house where the Rolling Stones are slated to put in a guest appearance and Brian‭’‬s brother Danny is planning to rob the box office.‭ ‬Despite the plot cobbled from familiar parts,‭ ‬Gray manages to inject a few worthy surprises and some authentic-sounding dialogue and period atmosphere.‭ ‬Opening Friday at Mos‭’‬Art Theatre in Lake Park.

Kati Brazda and Barbara Bradshaw in The Beauty Queen of Leenane.

Theater:‭ ‬The local theater scene is winding down for the summer,‭ ‬but you can still catch Palm Beach Dramaworks‭’‬ first rate season-ender,‭ ‬Martin McDonagh‭’‬s‭ ‬The Beauty Queen of Leenane,‭ ‬a gorgeously twisted,‭ ‬dark comedy about a no-longer-young Irish lass who reaches out for what may be her last chance at happiness and her sour mother,‭ ‬who is desperate to thwart her.‭ ‬Artistic director William Hayes demonstrates why his company continues to grow,‭ ‬even in hard economic times.‭ ‬Of course,‭ ‬it helps when you‭’‬ve got the good taste to cast Kati Brazda as lovelorn Maureen and the wily Barbara Bradshaw as her mum.‭ ‬Through June‭ ‬19.‭ ‬Call‭ ‬(561‭) ‬514-4042‭ ‬for tickets.‭

George Clooney‭’‬s costume from Batman.

Art: Summer has always been a time for movie blockbusters,‭ ‬and this weekend at the Norton Museum,‭ ‬the art powers that be have recognized that with a fun exhibit called‭ ‬Out of This World:‭ ‬Extraordinary Costumes from Film and Television.‭ ‬More than‭ ‬30‭ ‬costumes,‭ ‬including Jim Carrey‭’‬s Riddler getup from‭ ‬Batman and Arnold Schwarzenegger‭’‬s leather jacket from‭ ‬Terminator,‭ ‬are on display through Sept.‭ ‬4‭ ‬in a show that pays tribute to‭ ‬the power of costume to make the magic of film,‭ ‬on small and big screens.‭

The Norton also has extended the run of From A to Z,‭ ‬a collection of‭ ‬26‭ ‬photos alphabetically arranged by photographer name,‭ ‬and featuring in which the‭ ‬26‭ ‬pictures are grouped according to each photographer name in the alphabet,‭ ‬from Ansel Adams to George Zimbel.‭ ‬It had been scheduled to close Thursday,‭ ‬but now will remain open until Oct.‭ ‬16.‭ ‬Tickets for the shows are‭ ‬$12‭; ‬hours for the West Palm Beach museum are from‭ ‬10‭ ‬a.m.‭ ‬to‭ ‬5‭ ‬ p.m.‭ ‬Tuesday through Saturday,‭ ‬and‭ ‬1‭ ‬p.m.‭ ‬to‭ ‬5‭ ‬p.m.‭ ‬Sunday.‭ ‬Call‭ ‬832-5196‭ ‬for more information or visit

Sofiya Uryvayeva.

Music:‭ ‬The‭ ‬young Ukrainian-born pianist Sofiya Uryvayeva has become something of an audience favorite at the concerts of the Piano Lovers series at Boca Raton‭’‬s Steinway Gallery.‭ ‬This Saturday night,‭ ‬she returns to the room for a concert featuring all‭ ‬24‭ ‬of the‭ ‬Etudes from Opp.‭ ‬10‭ ‬and‭ ‬25‭ ‬of Frederic Chopin,‭ ‬pieces unique for their status as artworks and teaching pieces.‭

There are numerous videos of Uryayeva on YouTube playing some of the Etudes,‭ ‬the Ballades,‭ ‬and pieces by Messiaen and the Polish composer Gerard Drozd.‭ ‬Here‭’‬s one of her playing the Etude in B minor,‭ ‬Op.‭ ‬25,‭ ‬No.‭ ‬10,‭ ‬which is murderously difficult and tiring in the outer sections and calls for a rare sort of tenderness and taste in the middle. ‬‭ ‬The Etudes were written beginning in‭ ‬1829,‭ ‬when Chopin was only‭ ‬19‭ ‬years old and in that first flush of exceptional composition that included the two piano concertos.‭ ‬They are a remarkable exploration of everything the modern piano could do in its day,‭ ‬and to hear them all at once is to get a glimpse of the range of Chopin‭’‬s art.‭ ‬Uryvayeva takes the stage at‭ ‬7‭ ‬p.m.‭ ‬Saturday at the gallery on Federal Highway.‭ ‬Tickets are‭ ‬$20‭ ‬in advance and‭ ‬$25‭ ‬at the door.‭ ‬Call‭ ‬929-6633‭ ‬or visit‭ ‬

Def Leppard.

Next week,‭ ‬two pop bands whose heydays were back in the‭ ‬1970s and‭ ‬1980s team for a concert at the Cruzan Amphitheatre.‭ ‬The first is the English pop-metal band Def Leppard,‭ ‬who had several monster hits including Photograph,‭ ‬Pour Some Sugar On Me,‭ ‬Pyromania and Foolin‭’‬.‭ ‬The band retains a strong following,‭ ‬and at its best,‭ ‬they produced catchy radio-friendly pop that had enough of an edge to make it dangerous enough for its fans.‭

Def Leppard will be joined by Heart,‭ ‬one of the first truly successful female-led rock bands,‭ ‬and unusual because its leads‭ ‬– sisters Ann and Nancy Wilson‭ ‬– were such able songwriters.‭ ‬Their list of classic songs includes‭ ‬Barracuda,‭ ‬Magic Man,‭ ‬Crazy on You‭ ‬and‭ ‬Tell It Like It Is,‭ ‬and the band has returned to the studio with new songs more reminiscent of that style than the AOR pop it pursued in the‭ ‬1990s.‭ ‬The concert is set for‭ ‬7:30‭ ‬p.m.‭ ‬Wednesday.‭ ‬Tickets range from‭ ‬$25-$125.‭ ‬Call‭ ‬800-745-3000‭ ‬or visit or‭ ‬

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