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art beat February 7, 2014

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Building Community for the Arts

JCSThe Arts and Cultural Alliance of Sarasota County will host a smART Talk  titled ARTS POWER: Building Community Through the Arts. The luncheon will take place at Sarasota Yacht Club on February 20, 2014 at 11:30am. Guest speaker for the event is Chicago’s Ms. Janet Carl Smith. Tickets are $45 ($35 for Alliance members) and can be purchased over the phone by calling (941) 365-5118 x304.

“Janet is a must-see speaker for anyone interested in building community through the arts,” says Jim Shirley, Executive Director. “Hailed as ‘one of Chicago’s most skilled and imaginative administrators for the arts,’ she is a dynamic leader who during her 32 years as Deputy Commissioner of Cultural Affairs for the City of Chicago, helped shape the creation of many of the great collaborations that built Chicago’s vibrant cultural community.”

Call Danae at (941) 365-5118 x304 to RSVP today!

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YouthArts Fest: Applications Due!


The fifth annual YouthArts Fest, sponsored by the Arts and Cultural Alliance, will be held on March 22 at Five Points Park in downtown Sarasota. This event is free and open to the public.

YouthArts Fest showcases over 500 students with performances on the showmobile and an extensive student art exhibit inside Selby Library. Local arts and cultural organizations will be exhibiting to offer information on the summer and after-school programs, workshops and scholarship opportunities they offer to students. YouthArts Fest will feature hands-on arts and crafts areas and plenty of kid-friendly food and drinks. This is a family affair with estimated attendance of 15,000.

Does your organization want to exhibit or volunteer? Submit your application now! Click here!

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Sarasota Opera Opens this Weekend:
Il trovatore by Giuseppe Verdi



The Sarasota Opera will open its 2014 Winter Festival Season on Saturday, February 8, 2014 marking the company’s 55th consecutive season of bringing grand opera to the Florida gulf coast. The season includes: Il trovatore by Giuseppe Verdi, The Barber of Seville by Gioachino Rossini, The Flying Dutchman by Richard Wagner, and Jerusalem by Giuseppe Verdi.

Season highlights include the return of some of Sarasota Opera’s most acclaimed productions, the Sarasota Opera premiere of Verdi’s Jerusalem as part of the ongoing Verdi Cycle, and the debut of new concerts as part of the Sarasota Opera Concert Series. Not only will Sarasota Opera be marking the company’s 55th consecutive season, it will continue the commemoration of the anniversaries of the birth of three of opera’s most significant composers through season programming: Wagner, Britten, and of course Verdi.

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Institute for the Ages hosts International Conference on Positive Aging, Feb 9-12


Ina JaffeThe Institute for the Ages will host its The International Conference on Positive Aging, February 9-12. It’s a highly interactive gathering of diverse leaders who are shaping a dynamic future for older adults throughout the world. The Institute for the Ages is co-hosting the Seventh Annual Positive Aging Conference with Fielding Graduate University in partnership with the Life Planning Network.

The dinner keynote presentation will feature headliner NPR correspondent Ina Jaffe on February 11 at the Hyatt Regency in Sarasota.

Jaffe, who was the first editor of NPR’s Weekend Edition Saturday with Scott Simon from its debut in 1985 and has reported on national issues ever since, has been covering national and global topics related to aging since 2012. Jaffe’s stories are currently broadcast on All Things Considered, Morning Edition and Weekend Edition. Jaffe will be speaking on “Continuous Inspiration.”

Jaffe joins a group of nationally recognized leaders in the positive aging arena who will be speaking at the conference. The opening keynote of the 2014 conference will be delivered by Marc Freedman, founder and CEO of, a non-profit organization working to promote “encore” careers for people who are near or over traditional retirement age.

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Reimagining at the Ice House


Georgia O’Keeffe was one of two abstract painters in America 100 years ago. She went on to create iconic landscapes of the West. Alfred Stieglitz was the first to show the art of Rodin, Picasso and Matisse in America, and he fought to have photography recognized as “artistic.”

What would these two creative originals do today with digital cameras, Photoshop, inkjet printers – and after generations of artists had followed their pioneering paths?

See how artists worldwide have reimagined these two visionaries–in painting, prints, photos, silkscreens, sculpture, installations, and video, at the Icehouse on Tenth Street. Alfstad& Productions presents Reimagining Georgia O’Keeffe and Alfred Stieglitz: 2014, February 8-16.

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Wonderstruck with Circus Sarasota


Go under the Big Top and run away with Circus Sarasota with its annual winter production! For 17 seasons, they have presented an international, all-star lineup of circus artists with an unparalleled array of thrilling acts.

This year, experience the magic February 7 through February 23 at 12th Street and Tuttle Avenue.

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Events & Happenings

Paint & Petals 2014
Florida Suncoast Watercolor Society
Sarasota Garden Club
Saturday, February 8, 10am to 4pm
The public is invited to attend this free event and enjoy art by over 20 local floral artists. Artists’ work, both original and prints, will be for sale. The day’s events include free demonstrations by floral designers and artists in an inspiring, lush garden setting. A luncheon will be made available through the efforts of the Sarasota Garden Club. Learn More!

Kenny Rogers – Kenny Loggins
Van Wezel Performing Arts Hall
February 8 and 9
The Weekend of the Kennys will kick off on Saturday with Kenny Rogers. Kenny Rogers remains one of Adult Contemporary/Country music’s biggest stars, and he was inducted into the Country Music Hall of Fame in 2013. On Sunday, Kenny Loggins brings his iconic brand of rock and roll to send you into a nostalgic headspin. Charting hits like “Celebrate Me Home,” “Whenever I Call You Friend,” “Footloose,” “Danger Zone,” Loggins has been all over the Billboard charts and continues to bring the house down. Learn More!

The Venturas: “Joy of Jazz” Concert
Jazz Club of Sarasota
Sunday, February 9, 2pm
Centennial Park in Venice
Venice’s Centennial Park swings once again with this popular series of free Sunday afternoon concerts showcasing some of the region’s top jazz artists. The group’s Joy of Jazz program will feature an assortment of standards and jump blues hits. Learn More!

Walter Cronkite is Dead by Joe Calarco
Art Center Sarasota
Sunday, February 9, 4pm
The second in Art Center Sarasota’s 2014 “Theater of the Mind” series, this staged reading of Joe Calarco’s play is about two very different women stranded in an airport. A donation of $10 is requested. Learn More!

Inside the Artist Mind of Fay Ku and Julian Grant
Art of Our Time Series
Thursday, February 13 at 7pm
The Hermitage Artist Retreat, in partnership with The Ringling and its Art of Our Time series, presents two Hermitage fellows at the Historic Asolo Theater to share their work, their process and what goes on inside their minds when creating their art. Visual Artist Fay Ku and Composer Julian Grant will present this fascinating program. Cost is FREE to museum members, same-day ticket holders and students with IDs. Others pay $5.00. Learn More!

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In This Issue

smART Talk

YouthArts Fest

Sarasota Opera

Ina Jaffe at Aging Conference

Reimagining O’Keeffe and Stieglitz

Circus Sarasota

Events and Happenings

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