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Last chance to apply for the TDC/A Panel!
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 $1.6 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.
There are a few interesting exhibits now inhabiting Art Center Sarasota through Sept. 30.
In Gallery 1 you have Organic Mechanic: Sculpture of Russ Bellamy. The sculptures make a commentary on rural Floridas agricultural industry. The forms mimic tools and farm equipment used on rural farms. Many of his sculptures incorporate kinetic components to simulate the movements of these forms. The shapes and patterns in his two dimensional work reflect the aerial views of crops.
Gallery 2 holds Back Roads to Back Homes: Photography of Eric Dusenbery. This exhibition from Cinderic Documentaries features the photo-journalism of Eric Dusenbery. This series of work presents a documentary portrait of small town and rural Florida life. Many who visit Florida think of the urban landscape, theme parks and beaches. This exhibition will shed a light on a Florida life-style with which many are unfamiliar, despite its essential role it plays in the culture and legacy of the state.
That Wasn’t Me premiers at The Players Theatre of Sarasota
The winner of the 2013 New Play Festival at The Players Theatre of Sarasota,That Wasn’t Me written by Llywelyn Jones, runs through Sunday and you don’t want to miss it.
Life-changing events hurl a mother and her son into the unexpected. High School senior, star athlete and popular, 17-year-old Billy Hayman’s actions forever change many lives most profoundly his mother’s. With pathos, humor and understanding,That Wasn’t Me brings a highly sensitive issue onto The Players Stage and explores its effects.
Two iconic female performers are remembered and honored in song and story at Florida Studio Theatres Court Cabaret. The final show in FSTs Summer Sidekicks Series, Somewhere Over the Rose: The Songs and Stories of Judy Garland and Bette Midler closes Sunday.
Paying tribute to the songs, styles, and stories of two women, this show captures all the classic spirit of Judy Garland with the fiery style of Bette Midler. Kathy Halenda returns to FST to bring a renewed existence to these legendary females. Featuring songs such as “Singin’ In The Rain,” “Wind Beneath My Wings,” and “From A Distance.”
Getting to know these two larger-than-life performers is like a balancing act. Known for her refined elegance and flawless singing voice, Judy Garland led a private life of struggle and turmoil. Continuing to deliver performances filled with bold and brassy vocal talent, Midler has led a personal life filled with family, friends, and good fortune.
Neil Young: Heart of Gold
August 29 at 6 p.m.
In the fall of 2005, Neil Young returned to the sound and style of his iconic 1972 album “Harvest with Prairie Wind.” This modern classic documentary was shot during a two-night performance by Neil Young at Nashville’s Ryman Auditorium, the original home of the Grand Ole Opry. Proving that it’s neither better to burn out nor fade away, “Neil Young: Heart of Gold” works both as a concert film and a meditation on mortality. Music Performance The Other Ryan Willis. Learn More!
Short Story Book Club led by Kate Thomas
Cock and Bull pub
August 29 at 7 p.m.
Discussion of Raymond Carver’s Cathedral, specifically the stories “Where I’m Calling From” and “Cathedral.” Kate will also take suggestions for the next few short story book club titles. Purchase of the book at Bookstore1 required for participation..Learn More!
The Gator Creek Band
Historic Spanish Point
August 30 at 7 p.m.
Historic Spanish Point hosts The Gator Creek Band out of Venice, Fl. for its last summer concert series show. The band is a full five-piece Florida country group. Learn More!
2nd Annual Labor Day Country Fest
Sept. 1 at 11 a.m. to 6 p.m.
Snook Haven will host the Second Annual Country Fest, on Labor Day. Great food and great country music from Sarasotas most popular local bands will take over the Snook Haven stage. A wide variety of country performances, ranging from old country classics to southern rock to todays popular country, makes the event perfect for country enthusiasts. Learn More!