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SoulRcoaster takes the stage at Van Wezel’s FridayFest
On August 22 at 5 p.m., for the third installment of the Van Wezel‘s Friday Fest Series, SoulRcoaster covers a diverse array of genres appealing to even the most discriminating taste! From Etta to Gaga, classic rock to Motown, jazz, ballads, disco and even a little country, SoulRcoaster will engage you, entertain you and take you on a ride.
Bring your blankets or lawn chairs, take in the music and the sunset, and enjoy food and beverage from local vendors. FridayFest takes place in rain or shine. In the event of inclement weather, the Festival will move indoors to the Grand Foyer of the Van Wezel Performing Arts Hall. Bringing in food and drink from outside the Fest is prohibited; coolers and weapons of any kind are also prohibited.
2014 Hermitage Prize awarded at Aspen Music Festival and School
The Hermitage Artist Retreat, along with its partner the Aspen Music Festival and School, is proud to announce that Thomas Kotcheff was just presented with the 2014 Hermitage Prize. The award is given annually to a composition student participating in the summer program at the Susan and Ford Schumann Center for Composition Studies with the American Academy of Conducting at Aspen.
The Prize consists of a six-week Hermitage residency and a $1,000 stipend to cover travel and food expenses. Kotcheff was selected from among his peers by Robert Spano, music director, Alan Fletcher, president and CEO and composers-in-residence Sydney Hodkinson, Steven Stucky and George Tsontakis.
“We are so proud to have the Hermitage Prize as part of the Aspen Music Festival and School,” remarked Bruce Rodgers, Hermitage Executive Director. “These ‘students’ are already on their way to impressive careers with a multitude of recognized work under their belts. They will be the Robert Spanos, Sydney Hodkinsons, Steven Stuckys and George Tsontakis’ of tomorrow. It’s very exciting and rewarding to have them with us at this juncture.”
Theatre Odyssey announces Third Annual Student Ten-Minute Playwriting Festival
Theatre Odyssey has announced that it will present its Third Annual Student Ten-Minute Playwriting Festival on January 16, 2015 at 7:30 p.m. at the David S. and Ann V. Howard Studio Theatre, State College of Florida, Bradenton campus.
The student festival is managed similarly to Theatre Odyssey’s Annual Ten-Minute Play Festival. Theatre Odyssey identifies three qualified readers to select the plays, and then produces the selected plays for an audience including three capable and known theater professionals as judges of the works. Students must be Gulf Coast-area Florida residents and in grades nine through 12, or home-schooled equivalent, during the 2014-15 school year to be eligible. The winning play, and often a runner-up, is selected. The festival-winning playwright receives a cash prize, and the play is presented again at the Ten-Minute Play Festival. Theatre Odyssey publishes the play in its anthology of produced plays.
Flying a Sign, an exhibition of photographs by Sally Pettibon, will appear at the Two Columns Gallery in downtown Sarasota through August 29, with the opening on August 22 from 6 to 8 p.m.
Pettibon collected and photographed signs from people soliciting money from the roadside in Florida and around the U.S. Pettibon has collected the signs for three years and her interest in the project stemmed from noticing a man with a sign made in a unique style.
Presented as a form of vernacular art, the signs calculated to garner a response from the viewer. Seen in the gallery context, the signs mimic other roadside marketing strategies employed by more commercial businesses.
The show of photographs presents the signs as objects in a new context, not to judge the people holding the signs but to examine their message and methods.
Pettibon is an internationally exhibited photographic artist who has been a full time faculty member at Ringling College of Art and Design since 2003.
The Arts and Cultural Alliance of Sarasota County is now accepting applications for individuals interested in serving on the panel for Sarasota County’s Tourist Development Cultural/Arts grants program. TDC/A grants are administered by the Arts and Cultural Alliance, and approximately $1.5 million is distributed annually through the TDC/A grant program to Sarasota County arts and cultural organizations who meet the criteria for artistic excellence and tourism appeal.
Grant panelists must live in Sarasota County and should have a broad range of expertise and experience in the arts and/or management such as visual arts, performing arts, arts and cultural administration, business, finance, marketing or tourism.
Elvis: That’s The Way It Is
August 22 at 6 p.m.
After a decade on hiatus while making movies, Elvis Presley is back for a show-stopping concert in Vegas and he’s got a fancy new jumpsuit to mark the occasion. Follow Elvis throughout the rehearsal process as he prepares for his big return to the stage. Includes performances of more than 25 classic hits including “Love Me Tender,” “All Shook Up” and “Suspicious Minds.” Learn More!
Witness the Future of Professional Ballet
Sarasota Opera House
August 23 at 5 p.m.
Students of The Carreῆo – Barbieri Festival, along with special guest artists will bring to life excerpts from Don Quixote and Sir Frederick Ashton’s Les Rendezvous and Faҫade. Featuring Flamenco and a Contemporary piece choreographed by LaMichael Leonard from Bill T. Jones / Arnie Zane Dance Company. For tickets contact the Sarasota Ballet Box Office.Learn More!
August 27 at 5 p.m. to 7 p.m.
This mini art expo hosted by West Coast Women will have many of the arts organizations present including The Sarasota Ballet, Sarasota Orchestra, Sarasot Operea, Westcoast Black Theatre Troupe, Asolo, FST and many more. Also, enjoy complimentary light bites. Cash bar available. No tickets needed! Please bring school supplies for Mothers Helping Mothers to be eligible for a door prize. Learn More!