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"He's not so literalistic that he'll criticize the Chinese government or call out Western imperialism. He's raising questions about how power and the formulation of history intersect, and how people's life experiences differ from the historical narrative."

- Curator Rhiannon Paget on Sun Xun.
 

[Film]  Analog and Digital Unite in Sun Xun’s Time Spy
Andrew Fabian

For some, the analog and the digital exist in separate boxes. Analog denotes outmoded, painstaking and inflexible, qualities that run contrary to the speed and ease of creating in the digital realm. For Sun Xun, the world-renowned mixed-media artist from China, the analog and the digital are equally useful tools to be employed in pursuit of a desired effect. In Time Spy, Xun’s experimental film exhibited at The Ringling’s Asian Art gallery, he has managed to chisel away at the line between analog and digital to create a piece that is bold, bursting with life and unlike anything ever produced for the screen.

Trained in printmaking at the China Academy of Art, his work favors a more utilitarian, graphical aesthetic. His approach to film was also dictated in large part by circumstance. Unable to afford a camera while at the Academy, he chose to make his early films with a combination of hand-drawn animations and, in later projects like Time Spy, with woodcuts. “What gives him his individual style,” says curator Rhiannon Paget, “is a combination of his particular set of experiences.” The use of woodcuts gives this animated film the look of frenetic, stop-motion stamps, and in spite of the meticulous process of creating individual frames, the film bursts with movement.

The film lacks an obvious narrative, relying instead on surreal imagery to give viewers the impression that the fantastical often lurks just beneath or beside the real. Birds and tigers take flight, cogs and machinery churn, men in suits seem to pontificate on a world they appear to control—these all contribute to a message on power that is more meditative than moralistic. “He’s not so literalistic that he’ll criticize the Chinese government or call out Western imperialism,” says Paget, “he’s raising questions about how power and the formulation of history intersect, and how people’s lived experiences differ from the historical narrative.” As if to mirror this theme of subjective reality, the film requires the use of old-school 3D glasses, another filter through which reality is distorted. 

This mind-activating exhibit features a collection of woodcuts used in the film as well as a few of Xun’s ink illustrations. It runs through February 16th. 

Photo courtesy of Sean Kelly, New York

[Cameo]  Author Boyd Varty Speaks at Safari Sarasota
Wes Roberts

“The tracks of the lions led along the bank and then they turned and cut down into the river. In that moment I could feel myself more in the feeling than in the rational expression of it. I was totally in tune with those animals. Now, along the upper bank the terrain is fairly open, as you cut down into the river it gets thick and reeded. There are tunnels where hippos have made their way to the central channel of the river. Down there it’s dark and it’s scary and you can’t hear anything and you might find a sleeping buffalo, and there are lions in there. And we all paused, and we looked at each other.”

The audience in the Ringling College auditorium is utterly silent with rapt attention. The storyteller, Boyd Varty, author of “The Lion Tracker’s Guide to Life”, has spent almost half an hour taking his audience on a detail-rich journey into the South African bush veldt on his family’s land, the Londolozi Game Reserve. We’ve learned how to tell from a lion’s paw prints if it is fat and happy, or being cautious and careful. And we are hearing now how Varty’s life-long love of the African wilds has informed the way he sees all of life’s challenges. At this point in the story, he and his fellow trackers are hot on the trail of a pride of four lions, a male and three females. To continue the track, they will have to follow the trail into the lions’ territory.

“I’ve come to believe that anyone who decides to make big change in their life-you're going to arrive at this moment," says Varty. "You're going to ask yourself, how committed am I really? How much do I really want to do this? Because it’s going to scare you.”

Varty is in Sarasota to share his passion for the animals of his native South Africa, and to raise money for the The All Heart Fund and The Good Work Foundation of South Africa, a charity that brings modern educational opportunities to rural, South African students with limited access to schooling otherwise. Five schools are already up and running, and there are more to come. 

It’s a local, tragic story that brought this great cause to life. In 2011, a young Sarasota girl named Leanna Knopik traveled with her family to the Londolozi Game Reserve owned by the Varty family. Leanna fell in love with the place and the people, telling her parents she wanted to return someday as a volunteer. Unfortunately, less than a year later, while traveling between her home in Florida and a church mission camp in West Virginia, she contracted a rare viral infection that attacked her heart. Leanna would eventually succumb to the terrible illness, but her parents, Beth and Steve Knopik have made sure that her dream of bringing help to rural communities in South Africa is still being realized to this day.

Michael Klauber, of Michael’s On East, has been instrumental in supporting the cause, organizing a three day fundraising effort called Safari Sarasota that included speaking engagements with Varty and an interactive dinner at Michael’s On East yesterday and a “bush dinner” under the stars at Selby Gardens and more this coming weekend.

If you want to learn more, get involved, catch the end of Varty’s Sarasota tour, or consider taking a safari yourself, a good place to start is https://bestfood.com/safari-sarasota 

Pictured: Boyd Varty speaking at the Ringling College of Art and Design

[Grant]  The Ringling Receives $50,000 Arts Appreciation Grant from Gulf Coast Community Foundation

Gulf Coast Community Foundation has awarded a $50,000 Arts Appreciation Grant to The Ringling to support the museum's Art of Our Time initiative during the 2019-2020 season. The foundation's Arts Appreciation Grants provide unrestricted funding to cornerstone arts and cultural organizations in the region to help them pursue their artistic missions. Sine its launch in 2011, The Ringling's Art of Our Time initiative has played a vital role in an international network of living artists whose work moves beyond traditional practices into visual and performative art. Gulf Coast Comunity Foundation has been a committed sponsor to the Art of Our Time initiative, supporting visual arts exhibitions, Ringling International Arts Festival and New Stages performing arts series. 

[ShopTalk]  Boutiques & Bubbles
Brittany Mattie, brittany.mattie@srqme.com

Shopping, prosecco and treats—not sure what else you need for a Sunday funday. Discover Sarasota Tours will launch a delightful new tour dubbed Boutiques & Bubbles every Sunday, starting October 27. That means, grabbing your girlfriends and jumping on board the iconic trolley (yes, it is air-conditioned) for a personal shopping and escorted cruise around downtown. Trolley-goers will enjoy an entertaining, interactive neighborhood tour, guided by Discover Sarasota Tours owner Tammy Hauser, who happens to also be a certified shopping expertt. Boutiques & Bubbles visits three local retailers offering clothing, purses and gifts, including the Vintage Sarasota gift shop. Attendees will also gain access to special discounts, as well as complimentary wine, or bubbly, and treats at each boutique. 

The first Boutiques & Bubbles Tour will run from October 27, 1pm-3pm. Tickets are $35 per person + tax and fees. Must be 21+ to attend. Private groups start at 10+ passengers. For more information, email tammy@discoversarasotatours.com or call 941-260-9818. 

Book Discover Sarasota Tour here.

[Staffing]  New Chief Medical Officer Announced for Doctors Hospital

Michael Schandorf-Lartey, MD, MMM, FACP, SFHM is the new Chief Medical Officer for Doctors Hospital of Sarasota. Dr. Schanford-Lartey replaced Thomas Trincetto, MD, who recently retired. Dr. Schandorf-Lartey has been an internal medicine hospitalist for nearly 16 years and has been at Doctors Hospital for 12 years. During this time, he has also been involved in several leadership roles including Chief of Medicine, President-Elect and President of the Medical Staff. Dr. Shandorf-Lartey is fro Ghana, West Africa. He completed his medical traiing at the University of Ghana Medical School. He worked as a general practitioner in various rural and urban hospitals in Ghana before completing his internal medicine residency training at St. Agnes Hospital in Baltimore, Maryland, where was he was Associate Chief Resident. 

[Performance]  Artist Series Concerts of Sarasota Presents Young Concert Artists International Star

The first American in three decades and youngest musician ever to win First Prize at the International Tchaikovsky Competition (considered by many to be the “Olympics of classical music”) in the Cello Division, Zlatomir Fung is poised to become one of the preeminent cellists of our time. In a first for Sarasota, Fung and pianist Angie Zhang pay homage to Beethoven’s 250th birthday with two distinct programs covering the composer’s complete works for cello and piano. Artist Series Concerts of Sarasota presents cellist Fung, the first of three rising young stars coming from Young Concert Artists International. As a chamber musician, Fung performs around the world, opening this season with IMS Prussia Cove on tour to London’s Wigmore Hall, Cornwall, Cambridge, West Sussex, and Somerset. He closes the season at Dresdner Musikfestspiele. His April recital in New York at the Morgan Library made the New York Times "10 Months of Classical Concerts You Won't Want to Miss!" 

“Zlatomir Fung is an astoundingly gifted young cellist and is already being hailed by many as the next Yo-Yo Ma,” says Joseph Holt, Director of Artist Programs for Artist Series Concerts. “This is a real coup for us, and for Sarasota, to have Zlatomir and Angie here from Young Concert Artists International performing the complete body of Beethoven’s works for cello and piano. This is truly a one-of-a-kind opportunity to hear a rare, challenging and transcendent program performed by a young musician on the cusp of major stardom.”

The two performances, sponsored by Artist Series Concerts FRIENDS, take place on November 2, 7:30pm and November 3, 3pm at the Historic Asolo Theater, 5401 Bay Shore Rd., Sarasota. Tickets are $25 - $45. Those interested in purchasing tickets for both performances can call 941-306-1202 to receive a 15% package discount.            

           

Photo courtesy of Artists Series Concerts

Tickets sold here.

[Performance]  Geico Skytypers Air Show Team To Perform at the Florida International Air Show

The GEICO Skytypers Air Show Team, the leading vintage airshow performance squadron, will be performing at the Florida International Air Show. The team’s six WWII-era aircraft will perform a dynamic 18-minute, low-level precision-flying demonstration. “We are excited to reveal this season’s 20-maneuver demonstration,” said Larry Arken, squadron commander and team flight lead. “Airshow attendees will see first-hand what these ‘warbirds’ are made of.”

The GEICO Skytypers “skytype” by creating giant messages in the sky with five aircraft flying in a tight, line-abreast formation. The planes skytype by coordinating dot matrix-style messages with environmentally friendly puffs of white smoke. A computer located in the lead aircraft sends radio signals to the other planes and their white puffs of smoke create the “skytyped” messages that are often as tall as the Empire State Building and seen from a 15-mile radius.

Friday - Sunday, November 1-3 at the Punta Gorda Airport, Challenger Blvd., Punta Gorda, 33982. 

Photo courtesy of The GEICO Skytypers Air Show Team

Florida International Air Show

[Music]  The Rock N' Roll Dream Tour Comes to Van Wezel Featuring Iconic Hologram Musicians

Making its Sarasota debut, The Rock ‘N’ Roll Dream Tour comes to the Van Wezel this November—starring Grammy Award winners and Rock & Roll Hall of Famers, Roy Orbison and Buddy Holly. Accompanied by a live band and back-up singers in this cutting-edge, multi-media holographic performance with remastered audio, the duo will transport the audience back in time for an evening of their greatest hits. BASE Hologram brings two of the greatest song catalogues in music history to life in this immersive experience. Orbison and Holly’s holograms interact with the audience and the musicians on stage using innovative digital and laser technology in this groundbreaking live concert event, featuring hit favorites such as “Peggy Sue,” “Not Fade Away,” “That’ll Be the Day,” “Cryin’,” “Only the Lonely” and “You Got It.” 

“Buddy and Roy were Texans who shared a mutual respect and admiration for each other’s creative musical genius and brilliant songwriting abilities," said Maria Elena Holly, Buddy Holly’s wife. "Their longtime fans and a new generation of fans will now have the opportunity to see these great legends perform together in a unique setting, showcasing two of the finest, most influential and beloved artists in music history."

The show is Monday, November 4 at 8 pm. Tickets are $66-$99. Purchase at VanWezel.org, the Box Office or by calling 941-953-3368. This performance is sponsored by Wilde Lexus Sarasota. Pre-show dining is available at Mattison’s Bayside located in the Van Wezel Performing Arts Hall. 

Photo courtesy of BASE Hologram.



[ITB]  Photos from Modern Education Symposium Now Available on ClickSRQ

This Wednesday, October 23, 2019 SRQ MEDIA hosted the Modern Education Symposium, which explored local private and charter schools in Sarasota and Manatee Counties. Representatives from The Out-Of-Door AcademyNewGate SchoolSt. Martha Catholic SchoolSarasota Christian School, The Pinnacle Academy and Island Village Montessori School engaged in a lively moderated panel discussion that covered topics ranging from curriculum and educational programming to guidance for parents on how to choose the school that is best for their child.

A thank you to our fantastic Modern Education Symposium panelists for their insightful contributions to the conversation and to Mattison's for catering the evening! 

Photos are available here

[SOON]  FILM: Sun Xun: Time Spy , August 11 – February 16

A mesmerizing 3D animated film by Chinese painter and draughtsman, Sun Xun incorporates traditional techniques including ink painting, charcoal drawing and woodblock printing. He uses analog and digital technologies to explore pressing concerns of the time.

The Ringling, 5401 Bay Shore Road

[SOON]  SCIENCE AND NATURE: The Orchid Show , October 12 – December 1, 10am-5pm

Blossoms of Asia combines a dazzling display of living orchids in the Tropical Conservatory with an elegant exhibition of orchid treasures from Selby Gardens’ bibliographic and preserved collections in the Museum of Botany and the Arts. The magnificent orchids in the Tropical Conservatory will include Asian specimens from Selby’s living plant collection. The display will reference traditional Japanese garden design and horticultural practices, including ikebana (the art of flower arrangement) and bonsai (the creation of miniaturized trees), in order to evoke a sense of Asia in the heart of Sarasota.

Marie Selby Botanical Gardens, 900 S Palm Ave, Sarasota, FL 34236

[SOON]  DANCE: Graziano, Retrospective , October 25 – October 27, 7:30pm evening performances and 2pm matinees

The Sarasota Ballet’s first program of the Season, titled Graziano, Retrospective, serves as a tribute to Principal Dancer and Resident Choreographer Ricardo Graziano’s tenth year with the company by featuring three of his choreographic works. Opening the program, Shostakovich Suite is his most traditionally classical ballet; premiered in 2011 and set to movements from Dmitri Shostakovich’s “Suite for Jazz Orchestra No. 2” and “Ballet Suite No. 2”, Shostakovich Suite is an eight-scene ballet demonstrating the aptitude of the company dancers whom Graziano has grown to know so well over the past decade. Graziano’s 2015 work, En las Calles de Murcia, not seen since its world premiere, returns to the stage; the choreography was inspired by the city of Murcia in southeastern Spain as well as the music of early eighteenth-century guitarist and composer Santiago de Murcia, bringing a distinctive vibrancy to the dance. The program closes with Graziano’s critically lauded In a State of Weightlessness; since its August 2015 world premiere at the Jacob’s Pillow Dance Festival in Becket, MA, the production, set to Philip Glass’s “Tirol Concerto for Piano and Orchestra”, explores concepts of lightness in motion while generating its own ethereal sort of emotional gravity. 

FSU Center for the Performing Arts, 5555 N. Tamiami Trail, Sarasota

[SOON]  SEMINAR: Never Fly Solo , October 25, 11:30am

Designing Women Boutique presents the author of "Never Fly Solo," Waldo Waldman. A member of the prestigious Speaker Hall of Fame, Waldo Waldman is a motivational speaker that leverages his real world military, sales and business experience into a transformational program that empowers leaders to take action and produce results. This Hall of Fame Keynote Speaker, New York Times Bestselling Author, Executive Coach and Decorated Combat Fighter Pilot puts you right on the flight line and in the cockpit to experience how high performance teams really function under pressure. Every motivational keynote and analogy is based on real world jet fighter combat and training missions. Whether veteran, military personnel, corporate executive, grandparent, parent or child, experience the transformational power of becoming a Wingman when you attend this event. A portion of the proceeds will benefit the Sarasota Military Academy and the local Disabled American Veterans Chapter. The event will start at 11:30am at Michael's on East on October 25.

Michael's on East, 1212 S East Ave, Sarasota, FL 34239

[SOON]  GRAB BAG: 22nd Annual Cortez Nautical Flea Market , October 26, 8am to 1pm

The Florida Maritime Museum (FMM) is hosting its 22nd Annual Cortez Nautical Flea Market on Saturday, October 26, 2019 from 8am to 1pm. If you love boats, swoon at the sight of an anchor, taste the salt of the sea in your dreams then this event is for you. Searching for deals amongst the piles of new, used and eclectic maritime treasures has never been so much fun. Examples of vendors are used and new fishing supplies, power boat equipment, diving gear and sailing gear. Items will be available for sale and trade so bring your whole family and enjoy some live music by Treble Hook while mingling with other “salty dogs”. Live music will take place from 10am to 1pm. If you’re interested in being a vendor, there is a $25 fee (until October 12)* and space is very limited. Dig out or dust off all that old boat stuff and bring it on down, but make sure to reserve early.

The Florida Maritime Museum (FMM), 4415 119th Street West, Cortez, FL 34215

[SOON]  GRAB BAG: Big Cat Habitat's Kid-Friendly Wild-O-Ween , October 26 – October 27, Noon to 4pm

Big Cat Habitat and Gulf Coast Sanctuary is hosting a kid friendly Wild-O-Ween Halloween weekend Oct. 26 and 27, including contests, wild animal encounter shows, face painting and trick-or-treating throughout the Habitat. The events will be held during normal daily admission times, 12 to 4 p.m., for the regular admission prices of $18 for adults and $8 for children. Special events include costume and mummy wrapping contests, rubber duckies, pony rides and wild animal encounter shows. Children also can participate in pumpkin bowling and watch the big cats and bears go wild over their fall enrichment treats. Refreshments are available and parking is free. The arena schedule includes a 1 pm reptile review show, 1:30 pm mummy-wrapping contest, 2 pm wild animal encounters show and 3 pm kids costume contest.

Big Cat Habitat, 7101 Palmer Blvd., Sarasota

[SOON]  FOOD: 20th Annual Morton's Firehouse Chili Cook-Off , October 27, 2-5pm

Join us in front of Morton’s Gourmet Market on Sunday, October 27 from 2-5 pm for the chili event of the year. Aspiring chefs from more than 15 local firehouses as well as Sarasota Police and County Sheriff Deputies will compete for the title of “Best Firehouse Chili.” Attendees may sample all entries and vote for their favorite for only $10. Celebrity judges and live entertainment will help make this event one of Sarasota’s best. All proceeds go to The Sarasota Firefighters’ Benevolent Fund. Find more information at mortonsmarket.com or sffbf.org. Tickets may be purchased the day of the event or in advance at Morton’s Gourmet Market.

Morton's Gourmet Market, 1924 South Osprey Avenue, between Arlington and Hyde Park Streets

[SOON]  FESTIVAL: Noche Latina , October 27, 4:30pm

UnidosNow's signature fundraising event, Noche Latina 2019, is happening on October 27th at 4:30 p.m. on the rooftop of the Westcoast Black Theatre Troupe, to benefit UnidosNow programs for our students and families. Come enjoy food from Latino and other restaurants in Sarasota and Manatee: Darwin Evolutionary Cuisine, Huanchaco Grill, Tableseide Restaurant Group, and Poblanos Mexican Grill. This year Renesito will attend Noche Latina. Tickets are now on sale for $80 at unidosnow.org/noche-latina.

Westcoast Black Theatre Troupe, 1012 N Orange Ave, Sarasota, FL 34236

[SOON]  BUSINESS: BeingWE: The Superwoman Badge , October 29, 5:30pm-7:30pm

Women are natural-born leaders. Yet, many feel overwhelmed by attempting to juggle life’s demands and have it all—home, family and career. How to balance work and home life? The Women’s Resource Center will explore these issues with BeingWE (Being Women Empowered), a guided conversation series for women by women, created by Keren Lifrak, an area-based entrepreneur and real estate professional. The series launches with three sessions: The Superwoman Badge, October 29th, Women Balancing Business & Life: Creating What’s Possible Against All Odds, December 3rd and Follow Your Bliss: How Our Brains Are Uniquely Wired to Take Action, January 23rd. Each session is 4:30-7:30 p.m., and all genders are welcome to participate.  

Women's Resource Center, 340 S Tuttle Ave, Sarasota, FL 34237

[SOON]  SEMINAR: Boomer Conference, 2019 , November 1, 8:30am to 1:30pm

Retirement. What a concept! And what a challenge. Even those who have prepared financially might not be psychologically ready. Who are you when you’re not working? What do you do with all that free time? What do you want to do with the rest your life? Boomers across America are facing these questions. Osher Lifelong Learning Institute at Ringling College (OLLI at Ringling College) will address these concerns with the fourth annual Boomer Conference. The event features speakers and networking sessions offering useful strategies on retirement’s social, financial, and practical implications. Keynote speaker Marianne Oehser, a certified retirement coach and author of “Your Happiness Portfolio for Retirement: It's Not About the Money,” will challenge audiences to rethink their retirement expectations. The fee is $39.95, which includes lunch, with a $5 certificate toward OLLI membership for each registrant.

Ringling College Museum Campus, 1001 S. Tamiami Trail, Sarasota

[SOON]  FOOD: Sunset at Phillippi Estate Park Farm to Fork Dinner , November 3, 5-9pm

Join Chef Paul Mattison for a unique 4-course Farm to Fork Dinner overlooking the beautiful Phillippi River, featuring vendors from the Phillippi Farmerhouse Market. Each course will be paired with wine. Guests will enjoy live music by Romy Hernandez and artwork by the Light Chasers, plein air painters of the Suncoast, who will exhibiting and selling their original paintings and will donate 30% of all sales to the renovation of the Historic Keith Farmhouse. Please join us for sunset and an evening to remember! In case of inclement weather, the farm-to-fork dinner will move inside the Edson Keith Mansion. Tickets are $100 per person and includes tax and gratuity. Reservations are required and available for purchase at mattisons.com or by calling Mattison’s Forty-One at (941) 921.3400.

Philllippi Estate Park, 5500 S. Tamiami Trail, Sarasota, FL 34231

[SOON]  FOOD: Caregivers Comfort Socializing Lunch , November 4, 10am-11:30am

Julie Cook Downing, President of Caregivers' Comfort Creations, LLC and Doctors Hospital Caregiver Support Group Facilitator, hosts a monthly lunch at The Rosemary restaurant. This event provides caregivers some time to relax, enjoy themselves and eat super delicious food with others sharing similar situations. The lunch takes place from 12:15pm-1:45pm. For lunch details, contact Julie at caregivercomfort@aol.com.

The Rosemary, 411 North Orange Avenue

[SOON]  PERFORMANCE: Casa Patas Flamenco: Raiz de 4 , November 6 – November 7, 7:30pm

Curated by the Casa Patas Flamenco Foundation, Raíz de 4 honors the art of Flamenco by delving into its most primitive roots, evoking the convergence of cultures and the folklore of Spain. The purest styles of flamenco, some of which are: romances (ballads), martinetes, fandangos and soleares are brought into the forefront in a performance made up of a cast of distinguished dance and musical artists. Song (cante), dance (baile), guitar (guitarra), and percussion (percusión) seamlessly convey a genuine love for this art form and take the audience on an intensely authentic and unswerving journey of sensations, and emotions.

Historic Asolo Theater, 5401 Bay Shore Rd, Sarasota, FL 34243

[SOON]  SPORTS: 16th Annual Memorial Golf Tournament , November 9, 7:30am

Golf one of the country’s finest courses while supporting children, teens and young adults in grief. Before you tee off, a delicious breakfast will be generously provided by Station 400. Enjoy food and fun on the course, and then come back to the clubhouse for cigars and whiskey. All food and drink for the entire day is included in your golf registration. 

Legacy Golf Club At Lakewood Ranch, 8255 Legacy Blvd, Bradenton, FL 34202

[SOON]  THEATER: Antigone by Sophocles , October 30 – November 17, 7:30pm/8pm

The FSU/Asolo Conservatory begins a new season with the classic Greek drama, Antigone, by Sophocles. Director of the Conservatory and the show, Greg Leaming, will put a modern spin on this ancient tale of right versus wrong. In the aftermath of a bloody war, Thebes celebrates victory while Antigone mourns the loss of both her brothers in battle. When King Creon refuses one of the two brothers all rites of burial, the young girl is left facing an awful choice. One of the great classics of Greek drama that speaks as powerfully today as it did when first performed - when faced with the conflict between law and personal morality, what is the right choice?

Cook Theatre, 5555 N. Tamiami Trail, Sarasota

[SOON]  FILM: Gazebo Starlight Cinema Series , November 1

Join the Gazebo Starlight Cinema series with this month’s movie: The Peanuts Movie. With a screen stretched around the Gazebo pillars and family flicks back-projected from within, what better place than the facing grassy knoll to relax in a beach chair or curl up on a blanket? Bring the whole family to kick off your weekend while enjoying the park! Support local Venice Avenue businesses by bringing snacks, dinner, ice cream (or gelato!) to enjoy during the movie.

Downtown Venice Centennial Park, 200 West Venice Ave.

[SOON]  FILM: National Theatre Live A Midsummer Night's Dream , October 25, 1pm and 6:30pm

A feuding fairy King and Queen of the forest cross paths with four runaway lovers and a troupe of actors trying to rehearse a play. As their dispute grows, the magical royal couple meddle with mortal lives leading to love triangles, mistaken identities and transformations… with hilarious, but dark consequences. Shakespeare’s most famous romantic comedy will be captured live from the Bridge Theatre in London. Gwendoline Christie (Game of Thrones), Oliver Chris (Green Wing, NT Live: Young Marx), David Moorst (NT Live: Allelujah!) and Hammed Animashaun (The Barber Shop Chronicles) lead the cast as Titania, Oberon, Puck and Bottom. Directed by Nicholas Hytner, this production of A Midsummer Night’s Dream will build on the success of his immersive staging of Julius Caesar (NT Live 2018). The Bridge Theatre will become a forest – a dream world of flying fairies, contagious fogs and moonlight revels, surrounded by a roving audience following the action on foot.

Historic Asolo Theatre, 5401 Bay Shore Road

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