South Florida Museum Weekly News: Upcoming events, programs and more, September 17, 2014

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Tickets are Going FAST!
This Friday, Sept. 19

7 pm – Thelonious Monk: Straight, No Chaser
with Live Music at 6 pm
The South Florida Museum is pleased to present Film Fridays, our exciting film program presenting the best movies you’ve (n)ever seen – most Fridays at 6 pm. Don’t forget to join us early for our selection of beer, wine, soft drinks and snacks available for purchase. Please note: the theater may be cold, sweaters or jackets are recommended. 


Enjoy watching your favorite American musicians on the big screen in these intriguing and insightful documentaries that will have your toes tapping and fingers snapping! Everyone from Elvis to Neil Young to the Ramones are featured in these rollicking portraits of American musical excellence.  Join us early for LIVE MUSIC presented in partnership with Realize Bradenton, the Bradenton Downtown Development Authority, and the Del Couch Music Education Foundation.



Museum Members – $3

Non-Members – $5

Paid reservations are required; please RSVP by clicking here or call us at 941-746-4131, ext. 17. 

Please arrive promptly: Pre-purchased program seats will be held until 5 minutes prior to program start time ONLY, at which time they may be released for re-sale.


Live Music will begin at 6 pm. 


This week’s film starting at 7 pm: 

Thelonious Monk: Straight, No Chaser – (1988) Rated PG-13, 90 minutes.

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.


Join us for our next series, “Science on the Big Screen,” most Fridays at 6 pm from October 3 through December 19. Join us for these fascinating, fun and fantastical movies presenting the best of science on the silver screen. From documentaries to superhero flicks, these films interpret and imagine science innovations of yesterday, today and tomorrow.



For full detailed listings and reservations, click here.

Sponsored in part by

Sponsored in part by the State of Florida, Department of State, Division of Cultural Affairs and the Florida Council on Arts and Culture. 


2014 Snooty’s Gala
“Shaken, Not Stirred”

For more information, contact Laurie Voight at 941-746-4131, ext. 17 or by email at [email protected].


Presenting Sponsor:


Silver Sponsors:



Jeanie & Sandy Kirkpatrick




Bronze Sponsors:


Ed & Barbara Jennings

NDC Construction

Pittsburgh Pirates / Bradenton Marauders


Table Sponsors:

Randy Allen, Financial Advisor at Focus Wealth Strategies, LLC
Barnes Walker, Goethe, Hoonhout, and Perron, Chartered

Blalock Walters, P.A.
BMO Harris Bank
C1 Bank
Center Montessori
Esposito Law Group, P.A.
Florida Power & Light
Green Hamrick Quinlan & Schermer, P.A.
Hancock Bank

Harrison & Kirkland, P.A.
Law Offices of David W. Wilcox
Manatee Community Foundation
Manson Roofing
Persson & Cohen, P.A.

Retina Treatment Center
SCR Precision Tube Bending, Inc.
Sharkslayer Academy and Sharkslayer Fishing Charters
SunTrust Bank
The Mall at University Town Center
Jim & Lori Toomey
Wells Fargo


2014 Gala Committee

Chair: Barbara Jennings

Vice Chair: Dawn Allen

Catherine Bartz, Pam Blalock, Kathy Breiter, Jaymie Carter, Amy Fleece, COL James A. Fraley, Jr., Scarlett Guy, Niki Hackney, LeMoyne Johnson, Jeanie Kirkpatrick, Deanna Levengood, Eloise Lisch, Julie Manson, Dawn Mishler, Susan Rubino, Heather Sniffen, Sharon Thomas, Connie Wagner, Susan Wilcox


For more information, visit the 2014 Snooty’s Gala webpage by clicking here or call Laurie Voight at 941-746-4131, ext. 17.


Special Museum Programs Coming Soon


The South Florida Museum presents

Dr. Geek’s Science Fair

Saturday, September 27, 10 am – 7 pm


Come experience man’s technology of past, present and future! A unique blend of science and fiction, this event combines a classic sci-fi convention with a science fair. Travel back in time in H.G. Wells’
Time Machine to explore technology of the past, then tour the futuristic technology with exhibitors such as NASA, the Ghostbusters of Winter Haven and D&B Comics. Interact with panelists about cool topics in science and technology today – and what they see coming out of students and innovators into the future. Students ages 6-16 will have the chance to compete in the first inaugural Geek Games which blend fundamental STEM principles with the creativity of art and literature. The Museum is proud to take advantage of the Doctor Geek’s Science Fair to partner with Bright House Networks, who will be launching its own competition – “Bright Ideas STEM from Today’s Youth,” a multi-state competition where high school students show how STEM – that’s science, technology, engineering and math – can bring their idea to life! There will also be a special performance by Steampunk / Dr. Who themed rock group The Ken Spivey Band! Doctor Geek’s Science Fair is a distinctive one day expo that combines a classic science fiction convention with a science fair.


Who is Doctor Geek? Dr. Scott Viguié is a modern day Renaissance man. Holding two doctorates, he is an attorney, archaeologist, author and actor. Scott fulfilled his passion for educating others, and particularly rekindling an interest in the sciences, by creating Doctor Geek’s Laboratory of Applied Geekdom, an audio edutainment show dedicated to STEM outreach. The show combines science and fiction to educate and inspire others to help bring about the world of tomorrow today. One of Scott’s greatest joys in life is showing people that they, too, can achieve their dreams and build a better future. As he likes to say, “Nothing is impossible, just highly improbable.” To learn more, visit Doctor Geek’s Laboratory of Applied Geekdom online by clicking here.

Priority-ONE All Access Pass:
$10 advance tickets / $8 Museum Members ($15 at the door, if available)

General Admission (door sales, day of the event):

 $10 (does not guarantee Planetarium presentations and panels)

 Click Here to Purchase your Priority-ONE all access pass!

Click here for more information about Doctor Geek’s Science Fair

Family Night at the Museum presents
“National Fossil Day”

Saturday, October 4, 10 am – 8 pm


(Please Note: National Fossil Day takes place on October 15, 2014 – however, the Museum is celebrating the event on Saturday, October 4 during our monthly Family Night.)

National Fossil Day is a celebration organized by the National Park Service to promote public awareness and stewardship of fossils, as well as to foster a greater appreciation of their scientific and educational values. The South Florida Museum is excited to be a host institution this year and to partner with local and state agencies, organizations and clubs. Guests can come and meet real paleontologists and geologists who work every day to uncover the secrets fossils reveal about our ancient Earth.
Programs will include:
  • Speaker panels and exhibitors throughout the day.
  • Special Screening of Sea Monsters: A Prehistoric Adventure at 4:15 pm in the Bishop Planetarium (a National Geographic film, unrated family friendly, 40 min).
  • Junior Paleontologist Badge Program presented by the De Soto National Memorial Park Rangers.
  • Outdoor Fossil dig for kids sponsored by Mosaic.
  • Fossil Exhibitions from the Florida Museum of Natural History, Florida Paleontological Society, Florida Fossil Hunters, the Southwest Florida Fossil Society and many others.
  • Specific program schedule TBA – Check our website here for more details.
Museum admission will be half price ALL DAY on Saturday, 
October 4 to celebrate this nationwide event. 
Adults – $9, Seniors (65+) – $8, Children (4-12) – $7.
(Museum Members and Children 3 & under are always FREE.)
(Reservations are not necessary.)

Please call Samantha Sprague at 941-746-4131, ext. 31 or email [email protected] for more information about these upcoming events. 


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In This Issue:
Film Fridays – Get Your Tickets Soon!
Snooty’s Gala 2014 Save the Date
Save the Date – Special Programs
Exciting New Ways to Support the Museum
Program Calendar
Museum Event Rentals
Snooty Cam
Museum Hours
Museum Affiliations

Three Exciting New Ways to Support the Museum! 

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Events & Programs Calendar
Click here to view our upcoming calendar of events and programs. Call 941-746-4131, ext. 17 for more information.
Upcoming Programs:


Wednesday, September 24

Join us for our exciting live star talk, Stelliferous Live with Jeff Rodgers, Director of the Bishop Planetarium. Each month, we’ll take a look at the upcoming month’s night skies, then enjoy a discussion about current events in astronomy. Past topics include the Higgs Boson, the search for extrasolar planets and the future of space exploration. $2 for Museum Members, $4 for Non-members. Click here to purchase tickets or call 941-746-4131, ext. 17. 


Click here for a full schedule of public program events and for more information or call 941-746-4131, ext. 17 for info or to RSVP for any program.

The Festive Season is Fast Approaching – Have You Found a Venue for Your Holiday Soiree or Office Party Yet?
Are you looking for a location to host a party or event? The South Florida Museum offers a unique combination of aesthetic and practical amenities sure to make any event a memorable occasion. Contact our Facility Rental department today to learn about the options for your office or family holiday party – or any other event you’d like to make extra special at the Museum! We have spaces to fit most sizes of groups.

Click here for details or contact Laurie Voight at [email protected] or 941-746-4131, ext. 17.

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Watch Snooty via the Snooty Cam

Check on wild manatees released from the South Florida Museum and other rehabilitation facilities at

Hours and Info
Current Museum Hours:
Tuesday through Saturday:
10 am to 5 pm
Sunday: Noon to 5 pm
 (Closed Mondays until January)
2014 Admission Prices:

Adults – $18
Seniors (65+) – $16
Children (4-12) – $14
Children 3 and under – Free with paying adult
Museum Members – Free
(click here for details)
Active Military / Florida Teachers – Free with proper ID
Combo Tickets are also available for the South Florida Museum and the Da Vinci Machines Exhibition, click here for more information.

For more info, call 941-746-4131, ext. 0 or visit

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2014 Certificate of Excellence Winner
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South Florida Museum Memberships and Affiliations:
Staff List – 
Click name to email or call us at 
(941) 746-4131
Brynne Anne Besio 

CEO, ext. 18
Jack Balkan
Facility Director, ext. 26

Marilyn Margold

Director of Living Collections, ext. 20


Jeff Rodgers

Planetarium/Education Director, ext. 22


Martha Wells

Development Director, ext. 35

Matt Woodside

Director of Exhibitions and Chief Curator, ext. 37


Tiffany Birakis

Assistant Curator of Exhibitions & Collections, ext. 16


Ellen Ferraro

Visitor Services Manager, ext. 28 

Susan McCarthy

Program Coordinator, ext. 13


Scott Odell

Maintenance Technician, ext. 50

Annual Fund Manager, ext. 11
Development Researcher, ext. 51
Jessica Schubick
Communications Manager, ext. 14


Curator of Education, ext. 31
Administrative and Development Coordinator, ext. 17
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