Mellow Cello

A Bergman family feud

THU 10/13

Marianne had a feeling that paying Johan a surprise visit was a bad idea. But she just had to do it. Three decades had passed since the troubled couple in Ingmar Bergman's Scenes from a Marriage parted ways. So the famed writer/director decided to revisit their tale in 2003's Saraband.

Though Johan was living as a recluse in the Swedish countryside -- and all but had a "do not disturb" sign on his front door -- Marianne's visit wasn't what bugged Johan. It was his son, Henrik, who really irked the old man. After the death of his wife, Anna, Henrik was left to raise their 19-year-old daughter -- the beautiful but emotional Karin. Henrik forcefully teaches Karin to play the cello, hoping she'll become a soloist. Karin, however, wants to be an orchestra cellist. Although Johan disapproves of Henrik's parenting skills, the feeling is mutual; Henrik says he'd love to watch his father die a slow death. Meanwhile, Anna's rolling over in her grave. Saraband is shown Thursday through Saturday at Palm Beach Community College's Stage West Theatre (4200 Congress Ave., Lake Worth). Tickets cost $7.50 for adults and $5 for students. Call 561-868-3948. -- Jason Budjinski

Alive at 55

Broward Art Guild keeps on tickin'

SAT 10/15

A local arts organization that gains national attention must be doing some pretty impressive stuff -- even if said publicity was a cheeky bit on The Daily Show with Jon Stewart. But that's what happened when the Broward Art Guild unveiled its annual "Controversy" exhibit early this year that featured the now-infamous Alfred Phillips painting of President Bush being sodomized by an Arab sheik. Though the exhibit ruffled a few feathers -- within the guild, no less -- the organization continues to thrive as it gears up for the opening of its "55th Anniversary Exhibit" this Saturday at ArtServe (1350 E. Sunrise Blvd., Fort Lauderdale). Saturday's celebration takes place from 7 to 9 p.m. and includes food, drinks, a performance by the Delusions, and loads of artwork by guild members. And it won't cost you a single penny. The exhibit runs through November 10. Call 954-523-4824, or visit -- Jason Budjinski


BCC looks back on long career


FRI 10/14

In David Pactor's 40 years as an art teacher at Broward Community College (1962-2002), he left an indelible mark on the school. That mark is celebrated in the exhibit "David Pactor: Retrospective," which celebrates the artist's four decades' worth of paintings, drawings, sculptures, and prints. Pactor used color the way other artists use form; the shapes in his pieces -- such as the androgynous Leopard Skin Dancer (pictured) -- are created by a rich spectrum of colors and wavy lines. Pactor's world is one in which form and color often flow together in a single fluid movement. The exhibit is open now through October 26 at BBC's Central Campus (3501 SW Davie Rd., Davie), although the gallery is closed this Thursday. Call 954-201-6984. -- Jason Budjinski

Carry-on Art

WED 10/19

Handbags aren't just for women to carry around and whack an occasional male chauvinist; they also make good art. For proof, you need look no further than "Fashioning Art: Handbags by Judith Leiber," which includes more than 150 bags from the 1960s to the 1990s. The exhibit opens Wednesday and runs through December 31 at the Boca Raton Museum of Art (501 Plaza Real, Boca Raton). Call 561-392-2500. -- Jason Budjinski

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