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The Sarasota Improv Festival returns
Its time again for the annual funny fest known as the Sarasota Improv Festival. The non-stop laughter returns on July 11 and 12 for two days and nights of unpredictable and hysterical comedy, with 17 of the hottest groups on the national improv scene.
Acts from Chicago, Boston, Austin, Miami, Atlanta, New York, Tampa, Orlando and everywhere in between will perform on the Florida Studio Theatre stages.
Headlining the festival is the Upright Citizen’s Brigade Touring Co. all the way from New York City.
The festival will also feature Improv workshops taught by the professional Improvisers attending the festival. This is a must-see event for anyone with a funny bone!
The Ringling presents works by Thomas Chimes from the permanent collection during an exhibition on display through Oct. 26.
The exhibition will feature an impressive 17-foot wide mural, preparatory sketches of the mural that show the artist’s working process and a selection of portraits. Many of the works that will be displayed were donated by his former wife Dawn Chimes to The Ringling in 2012.
“With Dawn Chimes’ generous gift of works by Thomas Chimes, The Ringling now holds a significant and representative collection of this important American artist’s paintings,” Matthew McLendon, Curator of Modern and Contemporary Art at The Ringling said. “The Ringling was the first museum to mount a solo exhibition of his work, and so it is fitting that this legacy has continued. “
Thomas Chimes (1921-2009) was born in Philadelphia and studied at the Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts and in the Art Students League in New York. At the latter, Chimes was mentored by Frank Vicent Du Mond, who also taught John Marin and Georgia O’Keeffe.
Knowing Me, Knowing You -The Hits of ABBA opens at The Players
Are you ready to dance in the aisles? The Players Theatre of Sarasota‘s production of its very own musical revue, Knowing Me, Knowing You The Hits of ABBAruns through July 20 and you are invited to groove along with the cast.
Knowing Me. Know You is an all singing, all dancing, all ABBA musical revue covering the best songs from Chiquitita to Winner Takes it All – Honey, Honey to Dancing Queen. Enjoy all of the super group’s hits performed LIVE on stage with fun, interactive and informational “pop ups” that expose interesting facts about the songs, the albums, the movies and even the band members themselves!
Michelle Teyke directed and choreographed the musical written by Jeffery Kin and Berry Ayers.
Art Center Sarasota presents the second annual Florida Flavor, a juried exhibition of works by Florida artists through August 15.
Florida Flavor was created as an annual exhibition to showcase the wide-ranging talents of Florida-based artists, and includes two- and three-dimensional works in a variety of media. Ruth Grimm, chief curator of the Appleton Museum of Art in Ocala, juried this year’s exhibition, which is installed in all four of the center’s galleries. According to Lisa Berger, Art Center Sarasota’s director, it’s already earned a reputation as a significant exhibition.
“This exhibition will give visitors a taste of the diverse artistic mediums and enormous talent throughout the state of Florida.” says Berger. She notes that the exhibition’s “off-season” timing will provide cultural tourists a motive to include Sarasota in their summer vacation plans. Berger adds that the exhibition’s substantial awards have attracted top artists from around the state. Florida Flavor is funded, in part, by the Sarasota County Tourist Development Tax Revenues.
Our Dancing Daughters South Florida Museum July 11 at 6 p.m. Our Dancing Daughters (1928) Not Rated, 97 minutes. Even those who may not recall the plot of this silent classic of the Jazz Age will never forget the indelible images of Joan Crawford tearing loose with one Charleston after another. During this special presentation, the films original music-only track will be replaced with live, improv musical accompaniment by Peter Tavalin.Learn More!
Sarasota Opera Guild luncheon Michaels on East July 15 at 11:30 a.m. The Sarasota Opera Guild invites the public to a luncheon with musical entertainment. Classically trained flutist Karen Romig and pianist Christopher Romig will demonstrate their exceptional talent as a duo with an entertaining program. To make resevationscall 941-378-5619. Learn More!