Friday, July 1, 2011

Weekend arts picks: July 1-6

J.K.‭ ‬Simmons and Lou Taylor Pucci in The Music Never Stopped.

Film:‭ ‬The British neurologist Oliver Sacks‭’‬ popular case studies have made good fodder for Hollywood‭ (‬1990‭’‬s‭ ‬Awakenings‭)‬,‭ ‬and in‭ ‬The Music Never Stopped,‭ ‬one of Sacks‭’‬ essays‭ (‬The Last Hippie‭) ‬is the source of the story.‭ ‬Gabriel‭ (‬Lou Taylor Pucci‭)‬,‭ ‬long estranged from his father‭ (‬J.K.‭ ‬Simmons,‭ ‬taking a break from all those Farmers Insurance commercials‭)‬,‭ ‬shows up in a hospital with a brain‭ ‬tumor that prevents him from forming new memories.‭ ‬With‭ ‬the help of a music therapist‭ (‬Julia Ormond,‭ ‬taking a break from‭ ‬Law‭ & ‬Order:‭ ‬CI and keeping her American accent‭)‬,‭ ‬father and son try to reestablish their relationship through‭ ‬the pop music Gabriel loves,‭ ‬especially the Grateful Dead.‭ ‬The‭ ‬film,‭ ‬directed by Jim Kohlberg‭ (‬Trumbo‭)‬,‭ ‬mines territory that would have been easily accessible to an outing on the recently deceased Hallmark Hall of Fame,‭ ‬but it does raise interesting questions about how memory works,‭ ‬and about the power of music.‭ ‬At‭ ‬Movies of Delray and Movies of Lake Worth.

Michael McKeever.

Theater:‭ ‬Before there was‭ ‬Hoarders,‭ ‬there were the Collyer brothers of New York,‭ ‬two eccentrics found dead in‭ ‬1947‭ ‬in their Harlem home,‭ ‬which was filled with decades of trash through which the men had to tunnel.‭ ‬Playwright/actor Michael McKeever turns his attention to this story for his latest comedy,‭ ‬Stuff,‭ ‬which opens‭ ‬in previews‭ ‬Wednesday at the Caldwell Theatre in Boca Raton.‭ ‬The show,‭ ‬which stars McKeever,‭ ‬Nicholas Richberg and Angie Radosh,‭ ‬runs through‭ ‬July‭ ‬31.‭ ‬Tickets range from‭ ‬$38-$50,‭ ‬performances are Wednesday through Saturday nights with Wednesday and Sunday afternoon matinees.‭ ‬Call‭ ‬241-7432‭ ‬or visit‭ ‬www.caldwelltheatre.com.

The Psychedelic Furs.

Music:‭ ‬One of the more interesting New Wave bands to come out of the early‭ ‬1980s was the Pyschedelic Furs,‭ ‬led by the unmistakable rasp of Richard Butler‭ (‬Love My Way,‭ ‬Pretty in Pink‭)‬.‭ ‬They were popular on college campuses in those days not least because that last-named song got used as the title song for a well-known John Hughes movie.‭ ‬But the Furs had good songwriting on their side,‭ ‬too,‭ ‬and nice touches of instrumental color like that‭ ‬xylophone in Love My Way.‭ ‬The band plays Fort Lauderdale‭’‬s gritty Culture Room‭ ‬tonight at‭ ‬9‭ (‬doors open at‭ ‬8‭)‬.‭ ‬Tickets are‭ ‬$25‭ ‬through Ticketmaster.com.


John Philip Sousa.‭

There‭’‬s nothing more all-American for the Fourth than celebrating it the way generations of us have by going to a concert by a wind band.‭ ‬This Fourth,‭ ‬Kyle Prescott‭’‬s Florida Wind Symphony plans a patriotic effusion at‭ ‬7:30‭ ‬on the lawn outside the University Theatre.‭ ‬That‭’‬s preceded at‭ ‬4‭ ‬p.m.‭ ‬by a showing of‭ ‬The‭ ‬1940s Radio Hour,‭ ‬a musical revue,‭ ‬inside the theater.‭ ‬Fireworks start at‭ ‬9‭ ‬p.m.,‭ ‬and being out under the stars‭ (‬bring blankets and chairs‭) ‬on this great holiday is a perfect way to think about the whole fabric of American culture.‭ ‬For more information,‭ ‬call‭ ‬393-7806.‭

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