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The Palm Beach Post from West Palm Beach, Florida · Page 46

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The Palm Beach Post c SECTION D " IN PRINT INSIDE J Books Editor Scott Eyman recommends: The gifted Stephen Fry's Making History, the story of a grad student and physicist who go back in time to make sure Adolf Hitler is never born. STYLE Designers are finding themselves in the new position of creating designs customers want. PAGE 3D Palm Beach County Living L. 'tw um 9 ma ftp MONDAY, MARCH 30, 1998 Thorn Smith Picasso play a work of art for its star SHE'S A DO-RIGHT WOMAN, a natural woman and the one and only Queen of Soul. And she's coming to South Florida to pay her R-E-S-P-E-C-Ts. 1 ' v'Cc5VL Picasso at the Lapin Agile, at the Royal Poinciana Playhouse through Sunday, is set in a Parisian barroom. Within its confines, the audience watches as Pablo Picasso and Albert Einstein envision quite humorously the course of the 20th century. Some things, however, the audience does not see. "You mean the dirty pictures!" says standup comic Paul Provenza, who's taking his third turn as the artist in the Steve Martin-penned comedy. Provenza jests a bit. When the script directs him to draw, usually on I -V." A .O 2 napkins or coasters, he really draws . . . Pi- casso sketches. I fool around with them," he said. "They take me throueh the arc of "J ' ''fcU '' - H I the play. It makes it richer for me." Other unnoticed things happen, too. When the actors are x not engaged in scripted dialog but are sup Provenza -Hi. UNA LAWSONStaff Artist ' o " V7V- .J posed to be in conversation, they really do chat about the guy in the audience who can't hear, about the last cast party, about a close friend who isn't in town. And then there's Ian Barford, the bartender always on stage, often just moving around, cleaning the bar, scribbling in a notebook. Truth is, Barford is not scribbling. "He's writing a play," Provenza said. "While the play is going on, he's actually writing a play. What a great metaphor for this play: the relativity of a play within a play." 'Rooster' ready to hit the road You can't miss Tom Bazinet's Jeep and motor home they're covered with seashells. But you had better look fast. Bazinet, better known as "The Rooster," is leaving town. Except for a stop in Houston April 18 for the Art Car Show, he'll tour the U.S. coastline for six months, collecting shells and jetsam and making a case for shoreline preservation and reclamation. His progress will be tracked on the Internet. "He's a professional beachcomber," friend and artist Alan Patrusevich said of Rooster. "He picks up shells and glass and trash and makes stuff out of it ... or throws it in the dumpster." Friends will throw a send-off party Tuesday at Flamingo Park Studios (502 Kanuga Drive, West Palm Beach). It starts at 4 p.m. with munchies and music by Jammers. Call 820-8805. Celtic indulges in island Italian At Amici: John By CHARLES PASSY O Palm Beach Post Arts Writer Hill and Sean "Puffy" Combs, is already a critic's favorite, garnering raves everywhere from Rolling Stone to USA Today. The first single, A Rose Is Still a Rose, is already a mainstay on VH1. And if you missed last month's Grammy Awards, you missed Franklin stepping in at the last minute for a sickly Luciano Pavarotti to sing his most beloved aria, Puccini's Nessun Dorma. Done Lady Soul style, natch. In a way, Franklin's rise shouldn't come as too much of a surprise. The R&B queen has always had a remarkable way of reinventing herself. As her fame died down in the early 70s, she released a powerful gospel album. After another fallow period a decade later, she crossed into pop territory with hits like Jump to It and Freeway of Love. Her ride with success has gone up and down as much as her weight. Now, she's recasting herself in a contemporary urban light. A Rose Is Still a Rose is filled with the techno grooves and sound sam- Please see FRANKUN4D "It smelled like church. It was pure and filled with life." That's how Lauryn Hill of The Fugees described the atmosphere at the recording sessions for Aretha Franklin's latest album, A Rose Is Still a Rose. But a similar sentiment could be applied to the 56-year-old Franklin, who will appear Tuesday night at the Sunrise Musical Theatre. How else to explain a singer who can . convey a whirlwind of emotion and also sound as reassuring as the next-door neighbor? A singer who can speak for entire causes civil rights, the women's movement and also tell of the simple pleasure of love. Pure and filled with life. That's Lady Soul. In case you've been asleep at the wheel of popular culture, here's the news: Franklin is hot again. The singer who broke big in the '60s with such hits as Respect, (You Make Me Feel Like) A Natural Woman and Chain of Fools is enjoying possibly the biggest resurgence in her three-decade career. Her new album, made in collaboration with such young producingsongwriting talents as "Hondo" Havlicek, Hall of Famer with the Boston Celtics. His likeness in terrazzo, with arms measuring some 50 feet, will soon grace the floor of the new athletic arena at his alma mater, Ohio State. At Galaxy Grille: hockev lecend "V. i Havlicek Mario Lemieux. At Charley's Crab: comedian Pauly Shore. T T T WANT TO JOIN THE CLUB? f I J II t -1 Li . El lies BOOR UB Elite's Book Club, that is, led by staff writer Ellie Lingner. Each month she'll select a book for you to read, then ask for feedback on the book, or a suggestion for next month's reading. Here's how it works: This month's book is Black and Blue (Random House, $23) by Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist Anna Quindlen. If you want to participate in the book club, read Black and Blue, then write, call or e-mail Ellie with your brief comments on the book and suggestions for future reading. You've got until WHO'S CHECKING OUT OF 'MELROSE PLACE1 TONIGHT? It's time for another trashy, preposterous Melrose Place season-ending cliffhanger. Want to know which of these five characters won't be getting their first, last and security deposit back? WILL IT BE... if- r ' Conniving, big-lipied vixen Taylor McBride (Lisa Rinna), who's pregnant by one of three characters. Is it her ex, Kvle? Prime-time's meanest manipulator, Amanda Woodward (Heather Locklear), who's now on marriage No. 2 to Taylor's Smarmy, suave Dr. Peter Bums (Jack Wagner), who got dumped by Amanda, but has found love with his partner's ex. Sweet big-hearted Jennifer Mancini (Alyssa Milano). who fell in love with Billy after her former lover committed suicide. Stiff, short Billy Campbell (.Andrew Shue), who is so boring you uant to commit suicide. He's in love with Jennifer, but married to Sam. who's sleeping with another. Wednesday to get in touch with Ellie. WRITE HER at Ellie's Book Club. The Palm Beach Post, P.O. Box 246. West Palm Beach. Fla. 33416-46 CALL HER at (561) 820-4511, or (561) 337-0511 in Martin and St. Lucie. The category number is 7384. You'll have two minutes to leave your message. E-MAIL HER, get more information, post your reviews and chat with others reading the book at Palm Beach Interactive: Find out on PAGE 40

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