Friday, June 3, 2011

Weekend arts picks June 3-7

A‭ ‬photo taken in Jackson,‭ ‬Mont.,‭
‬from Alan Winslow and Morrigan McCarthy‭’‬s Project Tandem.

Art:‭ ‬Two photographers‭ ‬– Alan Winslow and Morrigan McCarthy‭ ‬– traveled‭ ‬11,000‭ ‬miles by bicycle across the United States‭ ‬beginning in‭ ‬2008‭ ‬to gather opinions about the environment,‭ ‬get to know their fellow Americans,‭ ‬and,‭ ‬of course,‭ ‬take pictures of them.

They put together a show of this work‭ (‬Project Tandem‭)‬ that‭’‬s now touring the country,and through June‭ ‬18,‭ ‬their impressions can be seen at the Palm Beach Photographic Centre‭ (‬as well as‭ ‬on the Project Tandem Website‭. ‬On the site,‭ ‬McCarthy can be heard talking a little more about the‭ ‬intent of the effort,‭ ‬which takes into account the way technology has shrunk the globe,‭ ‬but not necessarily increased understanding.

This is an earnest,‭ ‬well-crafted effort,‭ ‬judging by the photos on the site,‭ ‬and it‭’‬s the kind of thing that‭’‬s always heartening to see:‭ ‬Artists,‭ ‬engaged in the work and the message,‭ ‬redeeming the days in order to track it down.‭ ‬Hours at the Photo Centre‭ (‬415‭ ‬Clematis St.,‭ ‬West Palm‭) ‬are‭ ‬10‭ ‬a.m.‭ ‬to‭ ‬7‭ ‬p.m.‭ ‬Monday through Thursday,‭ ‬10‭ ‬a.m.‭ ‬to‭ ‬5‭ ‬p.m.‭ ‬Friday and Saturday,‭ ‬and‭ ‬1‭ ‬p.m.‭ ‬to‭ ‬5‭ ‬p.m.‭ ‬Sunday.‭ ‬Call‭ ‬253-2600‭ ‬or visit‭ ‬ or‭ ‬ for more information.‭

Peter Stormare in Small Town Murder Songs.

Film:‭ ‬Full of atmosphere and texture,‭ ‬the low-budget Canadian drama Small Town Murder Songs is set in an Ontario Mennonite farming community where police chief Peter Stormare tries to keep the peace.‭ ‬But he has a history of violence,‭ ‬which surfaces again when the dead body of a young girl is found by a lake.‭ ‬Stormare‭’‬s investigation is tainted by his own motives,‭ ‬as he tries to incriminate a white-trash loner that no one would miss.‭ ‬Director-writer Ed Gass-Donnelly unfolds his tale with wily care,‭ ‬placing the focus more on character development than plot turns.‭ ‬He also has a good touch with actors,‭ ‬including prominent support from Martha‭ ‬Plimpton and the police chief‭’‬s girlfriend.‭ ‬Opening today at Mos‭’‬Art Theatre in Lake Park and Living Room Theatres in Boca Raton.

Eric Mendenhall and Elizabeth Birkenmeier
in The Cha-Cha of‭ ‬a Camel Spider.

Theater:‭ ‬This is the final weekend for Florida Stage‭’‬s stunning close to its first season at the Kravis Center,‭ ‬the enigmatically titled The Cha-Cha of a Camel Spider by one of the company‭’‬s most frequently produced writers,‭ ‬Carter W.‭ ‬Lewis.‭ ‬Only Lewis would think to construct a play out of his anger‭ ‬over our country‭’‬s increasing reliance on private mercenary armies and his new-found fascination with slam poetry.‭ ‬The play begins with a mother and daughter breaking into the offices of a Blackwater-like corporation to find out more about the death of their husband/father from‭ “‬friendly fire.‭”‬ It goes to a surreal spot that is intentionally open-ended and up for interpretation.‭ ‬Lou Tyrrell directs a terrific cast headed by Antonio Amadeo as a Muslim cab driver who might already be dead and Elizabeth Birkenmeier as a recent college grad who majored in spoken word poetry,‭ ‬a not very lucrative field that manages to come in handy.‭ ‬Through Sunday at the Kravis Center‭’‬s Rinker Playhouse in West Palm Beach.‭ ‬Call‭ ‬(561‭) ‬585-3433‭ ‬for reservations.

Patrick Clifford.

Music:‭ ‬Although the level of arts activity drops off after season,‭ ‬fans of chamber music find that the hot months offer a couple back-to-back series.‭

The first one begins next Tuesday with the four-part‭ ‬Stringendo School for Strings faculty concerts on the campus of Palm Beach Atlantic University in West Palm Beach.‭ ‬The brainchild of PBAU violin professor Patrick Clifford and his wife Belen,‭ ‬the Stringendo School has for more than a decade provided a four-week intensive summer camp for violinists,‭ ‬violists,‭ ‬and cellists.

As in past years,‭ ‬Stringendo is able to bring aboard accomplished players from major and regional orchestras to supplement the in-house team‭; ‬visiting faculty this year include players from the Atlanta and Cleveland orchestras as well as the Naples Philharmonic.‭ ‬Tuesday night,‭ ‬the faculty concert features two fine players from the New England Conservatory:‭ ‬Violinist James Buswell and cellist Carol Ou.‭ ‬Buswell will play the Partita No.‭ ‬2‭ ‬in‭ ‬D minor of J.S.‭ ‬Bach and Ou will follow with the Suite No.‭ ‬6‭ ‬for solo cello,‭ ‬after which the husband-and-wife team will join for the Double Chaconne of American composer Richard Toensing.

All four concerts‭ ‬– which will include Schubert‭’‬s Trout Quintet as well as the Brahms First Piano Quartet and the Piano Quintet‭ ‬– begin at‭ ‬7‭ ‬p.m.‭ ‬on successive Tuesdays starting June‭ ‬7.‭ ‬Tickets are‭ ‬$15.‭ ‬Call‭ ‬803-2970‭ ‬or send an e-mail to‭ ‬

Gustavo Dudamel.

The Los Angeles Philharmonic,‭ ‬following in the steps of the Metropolitan Opera‭’‬s runaway HD simulcast success,‭ ‬offers a live concert in movie theaters Sunday afternoon across the country.

Conductor Gustavo Dudamel will lead the orchestra in an all-Brahms afternoon,‭ ‬beginning with the Double Concerto‭ (‬in A minor,‭ ‬Op.‭ ‬102‭)‬,‭ ‬with violinist Renaud Capucon and cellist brother Gautier as soloists,‭ ‬and ending with the Fourth Symphony‭ (‬in E minor,‭ ‬Op.‭ ‬98)‬.‭ ‬It‭’‬s the third and final concert the Angelenos have presented in NCM Fathom theaters‭ (‬the other two were in January and March‭)‬,‭ ‬which include Regal,‭ ‬AMC and Cinemark houses.

Reception of the concerts has been good and getting better,‭ ‬according to officials from the orchestra and from NCM Fathom,‭ ‬and part of that is surely because of Dudamel,‭ ‬a Venezuelan who is widely seen as just what the world of orchestral conducting needed at this time.‭ ‬The simulcast,‭ ‬broadcast live from the futuristic Disney Concert Hall‭ (‬designed by Frank Gehry‭)‬,‭ ‬begins at‭ ‬5‭ ‬p.m.‭ ‬and is hosted by John Lithgow.

The concert can be seen at Delray Beach‭ ‬18‭; ‬Cinemark Palace‭ ‬20‭ ‬and Shadowood‭ ‬16‭ ‬in Boca Raton‭; ‬Royal Palm Stadium‭ ‬18‭ ‬in Royal Palm Beach‭; ‬Jupiter‭ ‬18‭ ‬Cinemas in Jupiter‭; ‬Downtown at the Gardens Cinema‭ ‬16‭ ‬in Palm Beach Gardens‭; ‬and Port St.‭ ‬Lucie‭ ‬14‭ ‬in Port St.‭ ‬Lucie.‭ ‬Depending on the theater,‭ ‬tickets range from‭ ‬$12‭ ‬to‭ ‬$20,‭ ‬with occasional discounts for students and seniors.

Jeanne Tarrant.

Meanwhile,‭ ‬flutist Jeanne Tarrant joins with pianist Fedora Horowitz for a Sunday afternoon of music at St.‭ ‬Paul‭’‬s Episcopal Church in Delray Beach.‭

Tarrant,‭ ‬a Florida Philharmonic veteran who now plays with the Boca Raton Symphonia,‭ ‬is a fine player with several well-received recordings to her credit‭; ‬her virtually all-French program Sunday includes the Poulenc Flute Sonata and a sonatina by Henri Dutilleux,‭ ‬pieces by Faure,‭ ‬Debussy,‭ ‬Bizet,‭ ‬Saint-Saens and the once-familiar Benjamin Godard.‭

She also plans to play the‭ ‬Cantabile and Presto by the Romanian composer George Enescu,‭ ‬who lived much of his life in France,‭ ‬and was buried in Paris upon his death in‭ ‬1955.‭ ‬Horowitz,‭ ‬a graduate of the National Conservatory in the Romanian capital of Bucharest,‭ ‬will play a movement from Enescu‭’‬s Second Suite‭ (‬in D,‭ ‬Op.‭ ‬10‭)‬.

Tickets are‭ ‬$15-$18‭ ‬for the‭ ‬4‭ ‬p.m.‭ ‬concert.‭ ‬Call‭ ‬278-6003‭ ‬for more information.

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