South Florida Museum Weekly News: Upcoming events, programs and more, Wed, Aug 20, 2014

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What Does the Staff Do While the Museum is Closed on Mondays Until January? 

Assistant Curator of Exhibitions and Collections Tiffany Birakis cleans a Museum diorama while guests are not visiting the Museum.

The South Florida Museum is closed on Mondays during the months of May, June, and August through December. While saving the Museum utilities and some staffing costs during slower months, this also allows the collections and facilities staff to carry out important cleaning and maintenance projects during normal, daytime hours without interfering with Museum visitors.

Assistant Curator of Exhibitions and Collections Tiffany Birakis has been carefully cleaning and maintaining the Museum’s permanent exhibitions. Using gloves and a mask, she delicately cleans the exhibitions of dust, foreign objects and debris and maintains their display conditions. Meanwhile, Tiffany is working to catalog and preserve the Museum’s collections, much of which is not currently on display. She has described this process in the Collections Connection blog.

Additionally, the Museum’s facilities staff uses this time for building maintenance and upgrade projects. The facilities department is currently continuing their work in replacing the traditional light bulbs which have historically been used in the Museum’s exhibition and collections spaces with LED bulbs. This change helps to protect the objects in the Museum’s collection, while also saving on energy and materials costs.

Bill Puchalski replaces LED lights in the Museum’s exhibitions.

We appreciate our patrons’ consideration of the Museum schedule and look forward to welcoming you through our doors six days a week until January! If you have any questions about Museum hours or exhibitions, please visit or call 941-746-4131, ext. 0.

This Friday, August 22
7 pm Elvis: That’s the Way It Is
with Live Musical Performance by The Wright Band 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 pmDon’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.  

“Music & Movies” – most Fridays through September 19 with music at 6 pm and screenings at 7 pm. 


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

THIS WEEK’S FILM IS SOLD OUT – Please make reservations for future weeks; 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 featuring a The Wright Band from the Del Couch Music Education Foundation.

This week’s film starting at 7 pmElvis: That’s the Way It Is – (1970) Rated PG, 97 minutes.

After a decade on hiatus while making movies, Elvis Presley is back for a show-stopping concert in Vegas – and he’s got a fancy new jumpsuit to mark the occasion. Follow Elvis throughout the rehearsal process as he prepares for his big return to the stage. Includes performances of more than 25 classic hits including “Love Me Tender,” “All Shook Up” and “Suspicious Minds.”

Remaining Films in the series:

August 29 – Neil Young: Heart of Gold (2006)

Featuring Live Music at 6 pm and the screening at 7 pm.
Click here for reservations.

Sept. 5 – Shut Up and Sing (2006)

Featuring Live Music at 6 pm and the screening at 7 pm.

Click here for reservations. 

Sept. 12 – End of the Century: The Story of the Ramones (2003)

Featuring Live Music at 6 pm and the screening at 7 pm.
Click here for reservations.

Sept. 19 – Thelonious Monk: Straight, No Chaser (1988)

Featuring Live Music at 6 pm and the screening at 7 pm.

Click here for reservations.

For full detailed listings and reservations, click here.


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

Preserving Eden: the Photography of Clyde Butcher

Exhibition Curated by the Museum Continues to Travel Nationally

Clyde Butcher in exhibit

Clyde Butcher with photographs from the exhbition.

In addition to the permanent collection of exhibits on display at the Museum and the on-going special exhibitions that the Museum hosts, the South Florida Museum is very happy to have created a traveling version of an exhibition that was developed in cooperation between the Museum and Florida photographer Clyde Butcher. Preserving Eden: Clyde Butcher’s Florida Photographs has been traveling around the state and nationally.

The exhibition is currently on view at The Ward Museum of Wildlife Art in Salsbury, Maryland where it will be on exhibit until September 28, 2014. Preserving Eden will also be at the Coral Springs Museum of Art from September 26 – November 22, 2014. It is then scheduled to appear at Marie Selby Botanical Gardens beginning in November through February of next year, and at the Museum of Florida History in Tallahassee from April through July of 2015.

Please call 941-746-4131, ext. 0 or visit for more information regarding our traveling and temporary exhibitions. 


Snooty’s Gala 2014

“Shaken, Not Stirred”

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


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In This Issue:
Museum Update
Film Fridays – SOLD OUT
Snooty’s Gala 2014 Save the Date
Program Calendar
Museum Awards
Snooty Cam
Museum Hours
Museum Affiliations

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, August 27

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.

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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South Florida Museum Memberships and Affiliations:



Staff List – 
Click name to email or call us at 
(941) 746-4131
Brynne Anne Besio 

Executive Director, 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. 29

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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