Among actors "break a leg" means "good luck," but dancers aren't in the habit of saying the same just before they go on stage. For Lisa Giobbi, however, breaking a bone was a bit of a godsend. While performing during a televised dress rehearsal with the modern dance company Momix, she broke a bone in her foot. Because she knew the recovery process would take a while, she called on her previous experience as a circus aerialist and began choreographing routines for herself and a partner that combined trapeze stunts and dance theater. In Falling Angel, for example, she and associate choreographer Timothy Harling, another Momix veteran, hang high above the stage and perform an erotic ballet of caressing and cradling. The Lisa Giobbi Movement Theater, created in 1991 as a result of that broken foot, will perform excerpts from Angel and other works (some of which contain partial nudity) during 8 p.m. shows today and Saturday at the Kravis Center For the Performing Arts, 701 Okeechobee Blvd., West Palm Beach. Tickets cost $25. Call 561-832-7469 or 800-572-8471.
As Jews, Alisa Lebow and Cynthia Madansky were already members of an often disparaged minority group. As lesbians, the two filmmakers were facing a double whammy of potential discrimination. And regardless of what others might feel about them, the pair, who met and fell in love at a Passover Seder, had to balance their strong religious beliefs with their sexual orientation. In their autobiographical documentary, Treyf, which takes its name from the Yiddish term for "not kosher," they explore those issues in a witty, personal style, with camera operators following them on a trip from New York City to Israel and back. Following a screening of the film December 17 at the Ninth Annual Palm Beach Jewish Film Festival, the codirectors will talk about their work and how they've come to terms with their beliefs. The festival, which begins today and runs through December 20, features 19 movies from 11 countries. Films ($5 for matinees, $7 for evening showings) screen at the Carefree Theatre, 2000 S. Dixie Hwy., West Palm Beach. Call 561-833-7305. See "Film" listings for the schedule.
It's tough to imagine Ebenezer Scrooge singing at all, but in American Family Theater's musical production of A Christmas Carol, he does just that, and his debut, "Bah Humbug," is an appropriate one. Later on -- after the ghosts have spooked him with flashbacks of his miserable life and possible future -- he belts out the uplifting "Imagination." In this version of the classic Dickens tale, long-suffering Bob Cratchit, his kids Ellie and Tiny Tim, and the Christmas spirits -- past, present, and future -- all take vocal turns. The show will be presented at 2:30 p.m. today at the Hollywood Central Performing Arts Center (1770 Monroe St., Hollywood) as part of the Broadway For Kids program. Tickets cost $8. Call 954-921-3404.
In his instrumental version of "Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas," jazz saxophonist Dave Koz replaces the lyrics with breathy musical notes. A piano softly chimes out the church-bell introduction, and lush background orchestration lends an air of grandeur to the song. Then, halfway into the song, Koz ditches the languid, legato phrasing for spunky sax runs, adding a jazz flair. Soon enough, though, he's back on track, musically wishing listeners happy holidays. And during tonight's Smooth Jazz Christmas concert at the Pompano Beach Amphitheatre (18th Avenue and NE Sixth Street, Pompano Beach) he'll be joined by fellow musicians David Benoit, Brenda Russell, and Peter White. Showtime is 7:30 p.m. Tickets cost $21 and $27.50. Call 954-946-2402.
He ain't Pavarotti -- yet. But tenor Richard Leech is already highly regarded, and he was tapped to fill in for the 63-year-old opera sensation after Pavarotti pulled out of gigs with the New York Metropolitan Opera last summer. Leech stood in as painter Cavaradossi for three performances of Puccini's Tosca. This week he's singing the lead role as another artist in another Puccini opera as the Palm Beach Opera opens its 36th season with La Boheme. Leech plays Rodolfo, a poet in the tragic tale about a group of struggling bohemian artists in 1830s Paris. Performances continue through Tuesday at the Kravis Center For the Performing Arts, 701 Okeechobee Blvd., West Palm Beach. Today's performance takes place at 1:30 p.m. Ticket prices range from $10 to $130. Call 561-832-7469. See "Stage" listings for details on other performances.