Friday, July 15, 2011

Weekend arts picks: July 15-21

Rob Brydon and Steve Coogan in The Trip.

Film:‭ ‬Fans of director Michael Winterbottom’s‭ ‬Tristam Shandy:‭ ‬A Cock and Bull Story are likely to get a kick out of the ad lib road comedy‭ ‬The Trip,‭ ‬for he has again enlisted the duo of Steve Coogan and Rob Brydon in a sly verbal romp.‭ ‬As in the earlier film,‭ ‬the two British actors play themselves,‭ ‬or at least a comic exaggeration of themselves,‭ ‬on assignment to find and review the best eateries in Northern England.‭ ‬So off they drive,‭ ‬amusing themselves along the way with witty banter,‭ ‬a bit of jealousy and some sublime celebrity impersonations.‭ ‬The feature film version is a re-edit of a six-part television series,‭ ‬and you can see how this material might work better on the small screen,‭ ‬but chances are you will remain amused throughout the almost two-hour ride.‭ ‬Opening this weekend at Mos’Art Theatre in Lake Park.‭

Marckenson Charles and Michael McKeever in Stuff.‭
(‬Photo by Thomas M.‭ ‬Shorrock‭)

Theater:‭ ‬The region has other playwrights,‭ ‬but none as prolific as Davie’s Michael McKeever,‭ ‬whose latest work,‭ ‬Stuff,‭ ‬about those infamous Harlem hoarders Homer and Langley Collyer,‭ ‬makes for a diverting comedy with a dark underside.‭ ‬McKeever looks beyond the brothers‭’ ‬need to collect stuff to the eccentricities of the wealthy,‭ ‬the gap between the haves and have nots in our society and the tragedy of squandered lives of promise.‭ ‬In addition to writing one of his best scripts,‭ ‬McKeever demonstrates his skill as a performer as Homer,‭ ‬the older,‭ ‬but less stable of the brothers.‭ ‬Also impressive is Angie Radosh as Momma Collyer,‭ ‬who wields a genteel,‭ ‬but iron will keeping her boys in line,‭ ‬at least while she is alive.‭ ‬Continuing in a world premiere production at the Caldwell Theatre in Boca Raton,‭ ‬through July‭ ‬31.‭ ‬Call:‭ ‬(561‭) ‬241-7432‭ ‬or‭ ‬(877‭) ‬245-7432‭ ‬for tickets.

Greta Ball.‭ (‬Photo by Brandon Demonbruen‭)

Music:‭ ‬Before‭ ‬you know it,‭ ‬the season will be here,‭ ‬and knowing that,‭ ‬the folks at Palm Beach Opera have scheduled their usual summer season preview.‭ ‬This time,‭ ‬three recent Young Artist singers‭ – ‬soprano Greta Ball,‭ ‬mezzo Irene Roberts,‭ ‬and tenor Evanivaldo Correa‭ – ‬will be on hand next Tuesday at the Harriet Himmel Theater in CityPlace with a program of selections from next season’s operas,‭ ‬as well as other pieces.‭ ‬Correa will sing‭ ‬Addio,‭ ‬fiorito asil from Puccini’s‭ ‬Madama Butterfly,‭ ‬which will open the company’s‭ ‬50th anniversary season Dec.‭ ‬16-19,‭ ‬and he will join Ball for the duet‭ ‬O nuit divine,‭ ‬from Gounod’s‭ ‬Romeo et Juliette,‭ ‬set for Feb.‭ ‬24-27.‭ ‬Ball also will sing Regnava del silenzio,‭ ‬from Donizetti’s‭ ‬Lucia di Lammermoor,‭ ‬planned for March‭ ‬23-26,‭ ‬and Ch’il bel sogno di Doretta,‭ ‬from Puccini’s‭ ‬La Rondine.‭ ‬Roberts will sing‭ ‬Que fais-tu,‭ ‬from‭ ‬Romeo,‭ ‬and the always popular‭ ‬Chacun a son gout,‭ ‬from Johann Strauss II’s operetta‭ ‬Die Fledermaus.‭ ‬Joining the three will be veteran local baritone Graham Fandrei,‭ ‬who will sing Enrico’s‭ ‬Cruda funesta amara,‭ ‬from‭ ‬Lucia.‭ ‬The concert,‭ ‬which also is a music education benefit evening,‭ ‬is set for‭ ‬7‭ ‬p.m.‭ ‬Tuesday at the Harriet.‭ ‬Tickets are‭ ‬$10‭ ‬for adults and‭ ‬$5‭ ‬for students.‭ ‬Call‭ ‬833-7888‭ ‬or visit‭ ‬ for more information.

Jason Aldean.

The country singer Jason Aldean grew up in Macon,‭ ‬Ga.,‭ ‬with his mother,‭ ‬but he spent summers in Homestead with his father.‭ ‬This Saturday,‭ ‬he returns to South Florida for a concert at the Cruzan Amphitheatre after years of major country music success,‭ ‬with songs such as She’s Country and Big Green Tractor.‭ ‬Like many of today’s country stars,‭ ‬his music has a distinctly hard-driving rock edge,‭ ‬a fertile ground for genre-mixing that is proving popular and lucrative.‭ ‬Opening for Aldean is the deep-voiced young singer-songwriter Chris Young‭ (‬Tomorrow,‭ ‬Voices‭)‬,‭ ‬nominated last year for top new vocalist by the Academy of Country Music.‭ ‬The concert starts at‭ ‬7:30‭ ‬at the Cruzan‭; ‬tickets are‭ ‬$38-$67‭ (‬after fees‭)‬,‭ ‬available through

Cornucopia‭ ‬04-Y’IV‭ (‬2004‭)‬,‭ ‬by Etsuko Tashima.
(‬Photo by Taku Saiki‭)

Coming next week to Delray Beach’s unique Morikami Museum and Japanese Gardens is a major exhibit of ceramics that has toured France,‭ ‬Sacramento,‭ ‬Calif.,‭ ‬Washington,‭ ‬D.C.,‭ ‬Denver and Dallas over the past three years.‭ ‬Soaring Voices:‭ ‬Recent Ceramics by Women from Japan features‭ ‬87‭ ‬pieces by‭ ‬25‭ ‬different artists including Etsuko Tashima‭ (‬b.‭ ‬1959‭)‬,‭ ‬who teaches at the University of Arts in her native Osaka.‭ ‬Curated to reflect the growing prominence of women artists in a traditionally male artistic culture,‭ ‬the exhibit holds works by pioneering women potters and contains work by ceramicists who look to Japan’s Noh and literary past for inspiration.‭ ‬Soaring Voices opens Thursday,‭ ‬July‭ ‬21,‭ ‬and runs through Oct.‭ ‬2‭ ‬at the Morikami,‭ ‬which is open from‭ ‬10‭ ‬a.m.‭ ‬to‭ ‬5‭ ‬p.m.‭ ‬each day except Monday.‭ ‬Admission is‭ ‬$12,‭ ‬$11‭ ‬for seniors,‭ ‬and‭ ‬$7‭ ‬for students and children ages‭ ‬6‭ ‬to‭ ‬17.‭ ‬Call‭ ‬495-0233‭ ‬or visit‭ ‬ for more information.

Bible of the White Sand‭ (‬1989‭)‬,‭ ‬by Takako Araki.‭
(‬Photo by Takashi Hakateyama‭)

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