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FST’s Fall Children’s show, RAP-Punzel, debuts
Florida Studio Theatre’s 2014-2015 Fall Children’s Show is a delightful twist on a classic tale, RAP-Punzel, by Beth Duda and Adam Ratner. In this adaptation, Punzel uses her love of language and rhyme to overcome her fears and fully realize her authentic self. This humorous and touching tale of self-actualization will have you and your students tapping your toes and rooting for Punzel as she encounters challenges on her road to becoming RAP-Punzel.
Single tickets are $6 and can be purchased by contacting Patrick A. Jackson, WRITE A PLAY Coordinator, at (941) 366-9797.
Two Columns Gallery is pleased to present ‘Placebo’ an exhibition featuring photographs from Photography and Digital Imaging seniors Kelly Machado, Mirella Martinez, Rob Fehere, Ferenc Belaznay, Abril Sicarios and Jose Zavarse. The opening reception will be held Sept. 19 at 6 p.m. and the exhibit runs through Sept. 26.
Two Columns Gallery provides a public exhibition space for students to participate in the professional practice of creating, curating and installing dynamic innovative works of art that serve to engage the community through exhibitions and site-specific artworks. The space acts as a catalyst for learning about contemporary art and theory as well as demonstrating new experimental approaches in the expansion of art.
Gotta Van Productions to announce solo performance festival
Ann Morrison (Artistic Director), David A. Coyle (Managing Director), and Blake Walton (Associate Artistic Director) have recently incorporated the nonprofit Gotta Van Productions, Inc., which was initially created to produce solo plays by Morrison and Walton in both Sarasota and New York City.
Gotta Van’s vision states: “We believe in affordable theatre (in traditional and non-traditional spaces) that supports diversity, collaboration, and the transformative power of intimate theatre for both artists and audiences.”
This fall and winter, Gotta Van is producing three solo plays as part of the Fifth Annual United Solo Festival in New York City. It will soon announce a multi-weekend solo performance festival in Sarasota, to take place in early 2015.
The Grant Policy Committee will meet on Sept. 22, 2014 from 1 to 3 p.m. in the downstairs conference room of the Arts and Humanities Building located at 1226 Tamiami Trail in Sarasota to consider recommendations for guideline changes to the FY 1016 grant cycle of the Tourist Development Cultural/Arts Program.
The Manatee Players’ production of the comedy classic Morning’s at Seven by Paul Osborn has opened in the intimate Bradenton Kiwanis Theater at the Manatee Performing Arts Center and runs through Oct. 5.
Aaronetta and Ida Gibbs have lived next door to each other most of their lives and along with Esther, all of the Gibb sisters are an open book to each. Husbands not included. Into the fray comes Myrtle Brown, perpetually engaged to Ida’s son Homer. But Homer can’t seem to pop the question. Taking matters into her own hands, Myrtle finally gets a proposal by compelling Homer to fly the nest. Sort of. This perennially charming portrait of small town America fifty plus years ago was revived on Broadway in 1980 and in 2002 to critical acclaim.
Nominations are now open for the
Annual Arts Celebration!
On Oct. 20, join the Arts and Cultural Alliance in celebrating those that keep the arts community thriving! The event will be held at the Van Wezel Performing Arts Hall with performances from the Sarasota Orchestra, The Sarasota Ballet and the West Coast Black Theatre Troupe.
Do you know someone that lives and breathes the arts in Sarasota? Let us know if they should be a recipient of one of our prestigious awards:
Individuals whose leadership in the creation of the arts has had an impact on the community.
Individuals who have shown excellance in the management of arts organizations.
Individuals who have committed leadership and financial support to the arts.
Individuals who have committed time and talent to the arts.
Outstanding media coverage that perpetuates the visibility of the arts in our community.
The Nancy Roucher Arts Education Award Excellance in the field of arts education.
It’s Friday Night, Towles Court Art Walk
Sept. 19 at 6 p.m.
All galleries, restaurants and businesses are open for the Live from Downtown – It’s Friday Night, Towles Court Art Walk, every third Friday from 6 – 10 pm. You will find various styles and mediums of art in a unique and beautiful setting. Bloc 10 will be performing. Learn More!
Thelonious Monk: Straight, No Chaser
Sept. 19 at 6 p.m.
From his childhood in New York City’s San Juan Hill, Thelonious Monk grew up to become one of the most innovative jazz pianists of all time. Monk ushered in the bebop era of the 1940s and influenced such contemporary greats as Charlie Parker and Dizzy Gillespie. Concert footage and Interviews shed light on the character of the jazz giant. Music performance by Intuit. Realize Bradenton and the South Florida Museum have joined forces for a great new series of evening programs called “Music & Movies,” featuring live musical performances followed by films about some of your favorite musicians! Learn More!
Forgartyville Community Media and Arts Center
Sept. 20 at 5 p.m.
Hailing from Gainesville, FL, Big Shoals has staked their claim as a serious band with a range that goes from a loud roar to a beautiful whisper. With thought provoking lyrics and songs that stick in your mind and hold on for days, the crowd always walks away wanting more. Songwriter Michael Claytor will open the show.