Arts and Cultural Alliance of Sarasota County, ARTbeat! 04.15.2016

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art beat April 15, 2016
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Take a ride with Driving Miss Daisy!

Westcoast Black Theatre Troupe (WBTT) presents
Driving Miss Daisy
April 16 – May 28
Performance times vary. Click
here to view shows and purchase tickets.
1646 10th Way, Sarasota

WBTT concludes its season with the comedy-drama Driving Miss Daisy. The play won a Pulitzer Prize in 1988; in 1989, it was adapted into a film that was awarded four Academy Awards, including Best Picture. Driving Miss Daisy shows what happens when you pair a feisty Jewish widow who lives by the rules of social etiquette, with a proud, hard-working African-American chauffeur, Hoke Colbur and their 25-year life-altering bond during the Civil Rights movement in Atlanta.

Tickets are $36/adults, $27/special previews on April 16, 17 and 19; $22 students or active military with valid ID. Call the box office at 941-366-1505 or go to for more info.

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TONIGHT! Opening Art Exhibit Reception at New College

New College of Florida’s Art Department presents the 2016 Senior Thesis Art Exhibition, Marginalia.
Opening Meet the Artists Reception TONIGHT from 6-8 p.m. Free and open to the public!
New College’s Isermann Gallery
Caples Fine Art Complex (behind Sainer Pavilion)
5313 Bay Shore Rd., Sarasota
Marginalia features the culmination of a yearlong intensive project undertaken by five New College studio art majors: Davin Aberle, Laura Costa, Meris Drew, Danielle Dygert, and Sara Sarmiento. This year’s featured work shares a common interest in illuminating the overlooked, while foregrounding timely topics including: the representation of LGBTQ people in popular media, the tensions and complexities of sisterhood through the lens of Homer, biculturality via the graphic novel, wonderment and melancholy in the miniature, and post-colonial identity.Exhibit is on display April 11-May 20, Mon.-Fri., 12-5 p.m.

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FREE Faces of Change Performances
by Asolo Rep


Asolo Rep presents FREE Faces of Change Performances!
April 16 at 2 p.m.
Historic Asolo Theater (Located in the Ringling Visitors Pavilion)
5401 Bay Shore Rd., Sarasota
April 18 at 7:30 p.m.
Fogartville Community Media and Arts Center
525 Kumquat Ct., Sarasota

Asolo Rep proudly presents its annual documentary theatre project, Faces of Change, which collects stories, personal experiences, and interviews from community members of diverse backgrounds, assembles an original script, and presents free readings followed by post-show discussions. This season’s Faces of Change takes its theme from the theatre’s upcoming production of Ayad Akhtar’s Pulitzer Prize-winning drama Disgraced. Readings are followed by a community conversation and reception.

All performances are FREE and open to the public, but reservations are strongly recommended. To reserve, visit the Asolo Rep Box Office at 5555 N. Tamiami Trail, Sarasota, call 941-351-8000, or visit

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Towles Court’s High School
Art Award Reception

Towles Court Art Association presents an Artists Reception – Free and open to the public!
Join Towles Court as they celebrate the yearly High School Art Award given this year to Riverview High School student, Angel Gonzalez!
Reception from 4-5 p.m. at the April Towles Court Third Friday Artwalk.

1938 Adams Lane, Sarasota

There will also be a display of a selection of Gonzalez’s work for two weeks in the Art Center building, 1938 Adams Lane, Sarasota. The juried award is presented to a graduating senior of a Sarasota County public high school near Towles Court. An honorable mention will also be given to Suncoast Polytechnical High School student Julisa Diego.

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Perlman Music Program/Suncoast

The Perlman Music Program/Suncoast presents
PMP Alumni: In Concert featuring the Ariel Quartet
April 17 at 3 p.m.
Venice Performing Arts Center
1 Indian Ave., Venice
Performance features the internationally acclaimed Ariel Quartet with music by Brahms, Schubert, and Bartok. Characterized by its youth, brilliant playing, and soulful interpretations, the Ariel Quartet has quickly earned a glowing international reputation. The Quartet was formed in Israel sixteen years ago when its members were young students, and they have been playing together ever since.Ticket $35. Click here to purchase tickets, or call the Venice Performing Arts Center at 941-480-3191 #6, or visit

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Artist Series Concerts presents
Curtis on Tour

Artist Series Concerts of Sarasota presents
Curtis on Tour
With Lauren Eberwein, Mezzo-Soprano, and Mikael Eliasen, Piano
April 15 at 7:30 p.m.
Holley Hall
Beatrice Friedman Symphony Center
709 N. Tamiami Trail, Sarasota
The program includes early Baroque arias, including, during the first set, Handel’s Ombra mai fu, Manuel de Falla’s Seven Spanish Folk Songs, and works by Brahms. The second set features songs in English, including works by Barber, Rorem, as well as ballads and cabaret pieces.Tickets available at the door. Regular ticket prices are $40 and $45, but mention the Arts and Cultural Alliance, and they’re $15!

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Jazz Club of Sarasota Concert

Jazz Club of Sarasota presents
Nate Najar Trio and James Suggs Play the Music Of Harry James

April 16 at 7:30 p.m.
Riverview Performing Arts Center
1 Ram Way, Sarasota
The Nate Najar Trio and trumpeter James Suggs perform the Music of Harry James to mark the centennial of James’s birth. Nate Najar has received international recognition as a fingerstyle guitarist, using a classical guitar to play jazz music. The musician/producer/composer regularly places at the top of jazz music charts for his artistry. James Suggs was the trumpet soloist in the world famous Glenn Miller Orchestra under the direction of Larry O’Brien, touring the U.S.Information and tickets from the Jazz Club office, 941-366-1552, and at the door before the concert. Prices are $15 for Jazz Club members and $20 for non-members.

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PoetryLife Weekend!


PoetryLife Weekend arrives April 22 and 23!

Tracy K. Smith, Pulitzer Prize in Poetry 2012 and Richard Blanco, Presidential Inaugural Poet 2013 will soon be here–yes, right here in Sarasota– at Florida Studio Theatre (FST)! All four events will feature Smith and Blanco.  Follow the links below to go directly to FST’s box office for ticket purchase.

Click here for tickets to Coffee & Conversation: Poetry as a Gateway to Reality April 22 at 2 p.m.

Click here for tickets to Young Voices Poetry Reading April 23 at 1 p.m.

Click here for tickets to Community Favorite Poem Reading April 23 at 4 p.m.

Click here for tickets to Smith & Blanco Live on Stage April 23 at 7 p.m.

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Sarasota Contemporary Dance presents Community Dance Event


Sarasota Contemporary Dance presents National Water Dance – A community dance event!
April 16 at 4 p.m.
Bradenton Riverwalk

Sarasota Contemporary Dance, along with other communities across the U.S., will be joining the National Water Dance Event with a celebration of dance alongside various bodies of water.  The live performance of National Water Dance Project 2016 (click here to learn more) is a national collaboration of dance artists working to bring pressing water issues affecting the U.S. to the forefront. Project includes students from Rowlett Arts Academy, Electa Lee Middle School, Manatee School for the Arts, New College of Florida, and adults from the SCD Red Tent Class.

RSVP for the FREE event and get directions at [email protected].

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Events & Happenings
The North Port Chorale presents its final concert of the season, April in Paris…and Maybe New York.
April 16 at 7 p.m.
North Port Performing Arts Center
6400 W. Price Blvd. on the campus of North Port High School.
Concert will have medleys from show-stopping musicals like Les Miserables, West Side Story, and other selections. Concert also includes a special patriotic medley, and several chorale soloists will also perform.Reserved tickets are $12 from the box office, open 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Mon.-Fri. at 6400 W. Price Blvd., or by calling (941) 426-8479 or (866) 406-7722. They are also available online at

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The Venice Chorale presents French Music Through the Ages
April 17 at 3 p.m.
Englewood United Methodist Church Sanctuary
700 E. Dearborn, Englewood
Free Will Offering

Concert performed by Chamber Accord featuring two of the string players, Violinist Sean O’Neil and Violist Shawn Snider, who performed in The Venice Chorale’s Masterworks concert, plus talented 12 year-old Cellist Andrew Bailey, and more!

Information at 941-474-5588 and

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Don’t miss the Alliance’s special



The Arts and Cultural Alliance offers a no-fee, one-month (or longer) juried art exhibit opportunity in the Center for Arts and Humanity located at 1226 N. Tamiami Trail, Sarasota.

Many arts organizations use the building for their offices and meetings, so there is constant foot traffic of art-savvy patrons who like to view exhibits.

Participation is limited to qualified artists who are members of the Alliance and have not exhibited at the Center for the past two years.  While there is no charge to exhibit, the Alliance does request a donation of 10% of sales made during the exhibition.

The Alliance promotes the exhibit to its membership and co-hosts a reception with the artist to introduce the exhibition to the public and friends.

To complete an exhibit application form, please click here.

Deadline for applications is May 15, 2016.

If you have questions or would like more information, please contact Betty Morris, Alliance Events and Volunteer Coordinator, at 941-809-9304 or [email protected].

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Opportunity: Become a
Patriot Plaza Guide!
The Arts and Cultural Alliance will provide two six-hour training sessions for individuals in our community who would like to become guides for Patriot Plaza at the Sarasota National Cemetery. The tours given by the guides provide details about the beautiful amphitheater and five large public artworks. The art includes brass sculptures, a mosaic mural, etched glass, marble tablets and plinths, and documentary photographs.

The themes of Patriot Plaza are: Honor Service, Inspire Patriotism, and Embrace Freedom. The training sessions will take place in the spring. In addition to the training sessions, guides are also expected to spend additional time on their own learning about the artworks, shadowing current tours, and perfecting tour presentations for adults and students.

For an application and more information, please contact Cindy Balistreri, Arts Education Manager/Patriot Plaza Tour Manager at the Arts and Cultural Alliance, 941-365-5118, x301 or [email protected].

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In This Issue
Driving Miss Daisy

TONIGHT! New College Art Exhibit Reception

Faces of Change at Asolo Rep

Towles Court Reception

Perlman Music with Ariel Quartet

Artist Series Concerts

Jazz Club of Sarasota

PoetryLife Weekend!

Sarasota Contemporary Dance

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