Night & Day

February 11 - 17, 1999

February 16
An anguished lover's suicide is the ultimate romantic act. So get a couple of love-blinded kids together from feuding families, factor in meddling parents, two murders, a secret marriage, and some poison, and you've got the perfect Valentine's Day story. And luckily we know the basic plot, because in Romeo and Juliet on Ice, the 30 Russian championship skaters of the St. Petersburg State Ice Ballet dispense with the flowery, poetic prose of Shakespeare's version. In fact they don't talk at all, instead conveying the tragic story with dramatic dancing on skates (including two sword fights), lavish costumes, and ornate sets. Tonight the stage will be set for the Capulet-Montague feud at the Coral Springs City Centre Theatre, 255 Coral Springs Dr., Coral Springs. Tickets cost $24.50 or $32.50. Curtain is 7:30 p.m. Call 954-344-5990.

February 17
When you stroll into the main gallery at the Museum of Art to check out the new show "Herb Ritts: Work," you're greeted by the photographer's sharp, provocative black-and-whites of the famous and infamous: Dennis Rodman showing off his tattooed bod with a devilish smirk, Madonna dressed scantily and grabbing her crotch, Nelson Mandela in distinguished repose. The 239 photographs on view compose the first major show by the fashion and fine-art photog, who started shooting in 1980 and has become renowned for his commercial work. He's shaped ad campaigns for Versace and Calvin Klein, and his are the portraits of khaki-clad kids seen in Gap print ads. Ritts is moving into directing commercials and music videos, but he has already amassed a portfolio of stunning images, divided in this show into four categories: celebrities, human form, fashion, and African. Beginning on the long, curved wall that leads into the exhibition space, very light images hang on the white wall; progressing through the gallery, the photos get darker in tone as the walls change shades from white to cream to gray to black. The shifting shades -- like Ritts' use of shadow, contrast, and composition -- are subtle yet effective. The show runs through May 2. Admission prices range from $1 to $6. The museum is located at 1 E. Las Olas Blvd., Fort Lauderdale. Call 954-525-5500.

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