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Weekend Events Roundup Jan. 21 to 23


The art-fair season continues from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday and Sunday with the Boca Raton Fine Art Show at Royal Palm Place, 308 S. Federal Highway, Boca Raton. Juried by art professionals, the show features renowned artists showcasing their wares in glass, clay, wood, fiber, jewelry, sculpture, painting, photography and metal. The event’s promoters promise art for all budgets, and there will be live artist demonstrations throughout the event.


Elsewhere, down at Hollywood’s Young Circle, The Art and Culture Center is hosting an opening reception for three new exhibitions from 6 to 9 p.m. Friday. The topics for two of the shows are both awesome and monumental: In one, Miami-based artist Christiaan Lopez-Miro will display his photographic “exploration” of Cassadaga, the 116-year-old spiritualist commune in Central Florida, and in the other, abstract artist Lea Nickless’ “Oil and Water” features a series of works inspired by NASA satellite imagery of the BP oil spill. Given that the gusher in the gulf is no longer the nightly-news hot topic it once was, Nickless’ show offers evidence that some of us still want to dialogue about it.

But the granddaddy of them all at the Art and Culture Center is the sprawling, fourth annual “Abracadabra” exhibit. The work of more than 100 artists, mostly from Florida, will debut a new work at the show, and each of them will then be raffled off on Feb. 18. It’s a fundraiser for the venue, so raffle tickets are $375 – in many cases, a small price to pay for an original, one-of-a-kind piece of art. And all ticket-buyers are guaranteed to walk away with something. For information, call the center at 954/921-3274.


Each season at the Kravis Center, some of the most interesting shows arrive courtesy of the touring Aquila Theatre Company, which offers both mainstream and unconventional fare for theatergoers of all persuasions. This weekend, the theater is bringing a pair of classics to West Palm Beach: William Shakespeare’s “A Midsummer Night’s Dream”and Luigi Pirandello’s “Six Characters in Search of an Author.” I highly recommend Pirandello’s existential masterpiece, one of the most acclaimed works from the Italian pioneer of the Theatre of the Absurd. The play, about six nameless people who walk onto a rehearsal for a play and demand to be written into the script, debuted in 1921 to audience shouts of “madhouse!” Needless to say, the passing of time has fared well for “Six Characters.” Tickets are $38 for both

shows. Call 561/832-7469.


A movie for our times, “The Company Men” opens Friday at a number of South Florida theaters, charting the collateral damage of corporate downsizing in the wake of the 2008 recession. When the scourge of layoffs plague both Ben Affleck’s shipping-company communications executive and, eventually, his supervisor (Tommy Lee Jones), both find the prospect of new employment to be a carrot perpetually outside their grasp. The film wears its relevance on its sleeve, but as a representative time capsule picture, “The Company Men” is artistically barren, littered with sentimental soundtrack cues and directed with all the ambition of a soap opera. Chris Cooper is excellent as always as yet another laid-off suit.

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