GO INSIDE AND CULTURE YOURSELF
It's too damn hot at the beach, anyway
Growing up, contemporary artist Scott Ingram, known for his work on installations at the Des Moines Art Center and the High Museum of Art in Atlanta, was influenced by revered modern architects in Chicago. Ingram creates paintings, sculpture, photography and functional art, using images from postcards, color plates and books with materials such as wood, limestone and sheetrock. The Atlanta artist’s exhibition Backdoor Formalism examines art and architecture in human environments. Reception with the artist, 6 p.m. May 22, is free at the Museum of Contemporary Art Jacksonville’s UNF Gallery, Downtown. The exhibit is on display through Aug. 24. 366-6911, mocajacksonville.org.
Theatre Jacksonville concludes its 94th season with one of the world’s most beloved musicals, long overdue for a local stage production. Directed by Michael Lipp, Victor Hugo’s masterpiece is set in 19th-century France but resonates in 21st-century America more than ever because of its focus on class warfare. The redemption of convict Jean Valjean proves that no deed — good or bad, it seems — can go unpunished, and Les Mis packs an emotional punch unlike any other musical. June 6-22 (7:30 p.m. Thur., 8 p.m. Fri. and Sat., 2 p.m. Sun.) at Theatre Jacksonville, San Marco, $20-$25, 396-4425, theatrejax.com.
VENUS IN FUR
Carl Vorwerk and Amanda Morales star as Thomas and Vanda in this sexy audition-within-a-play comedy, which debuted off-Broadway in 2010 and then scored Nina Arianda a Tony in 2012. The clueless Vanda barges in hours late, but somehow convinces the dispirited New York director to let her read before delivering the performance of a lifetime. The play-within-the-play is an adaptation of Venus in Furs, the 1870 novel by Leopold von Sacher-Masoch (yes, of masochism). Meanwhile, Vanda apparently shares the name of the character for which she’s auditioning, and the mysteries and motives continue to pile up as the power struggle between director and aspiring actress play out. Daniel Austin, who drew raves for his acting in the stellar Angels in America earlier this year at Players by the Sea, makes his directorial debut. June 6-21 (8 p.m. Thur.-Sat., 2 p.m. Sun.) on PBTS’s Studio Stage, Jax Beach, $20, 249-0289, playersbythesea.org.
AJENNda Productions presents a collaboration of paintings and performance in the first of a planned series of unCoRKed events. Actor Eva Matthews performs excerpts of a memoir now being written by Jennifer Chase, visual artist Tony Wood (best known for works on the human figure) presents paintings inspired by both the performance and written work, and Southern urban folk artist Lauren Fincham joins Chase to play live music. 8 p.m. June 13 and 14 at CoRK North Gallery, 603 King St., Riverside, $10 in advance, $12 at the door, artful.ly/store/events/2806.
A cast full of fresh faces to the local theater scene brings Moisés Kaufman’s 33 Variations to life for The 5 & Dime, A Theatre Company. After being diagnosed with ALS, musicologist Katherine Brandt (Sinda Nichols) devotes her time to learning what inspired Beethoven’s late-life obsession of creating variations of the Diabelli waltz. Katherine’s focus is a sharp contrast to the philosophy of her spirited daughter Clara (Kristen Walsh), who has commitment issues in her work and romantic life. The action shifts from 2010 to Beethoven’s time, as the ailing composer (Jason Woods) deals with his deafness while writing the variations. Director Lee Hamby and production manager Zeina Salame stage the drama, shifting between the early 19th Century and present day and from New York City to Bonn to Vienna. Performances 7:30 p.m. July 18, 19, 25 and 26 and 2 p.m. July 20 and 27 at the Cummer Museum of Art & Gardens, Riverside, the5anddime.org.