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"My approach is always how can we make this fit the story, how do we make sure it's done safely, then how do we make this look real."

- Paul Nicholas, Actor and Director

-Arts of the Round Table, as seen in SRQ's March 2021 edition. Click the photo for the full article.
[New Work]  Florida Studio Theatre's Paul Nicholas and the Art of the Slap
Andrew Fabian, andrew.fabian@srqme.com

At Florida Studio Theatre, the machine of theatre hums back to life a year after an existential crisis named 2020.

In-person productions continue to trickle onto the calendar, a youth Spring Break program begins next week and the theatre also welcomed the addition of a new associate artist with a unique skillset, Paul Nicholas. Nicholas’ resume includes appearances on both television and stage, with notable cameos on Law & Order and roles in everything from Othello to the FST premiere of Honor Killing in 2018. He earned an MFA from the Academy for Classical Acting, part of George Washington University’s Shakespeare Theatre Company, and studied under Brad Waller, who taught Nicholas various tricks of the fight choreography trade that’s a part of his long list of skills.

Nicholas is a member of The Society of American Fight Directors, working closely with productions to stage the flow and energy of a scripted fight. That experience helps Nicholas imbue a fight scene with precision that ensures the actors remain safe without breaking the viewers’ suspension of disbelief. “Fight choreography is like a microcosm of theatre,” says Nicholas, “it’s about trying to make something look completely authentic even though we all know it’s completely fake.”

But of all the on-stage tussles Nicholas has choreographed over the years, the art of the slap has provided some of the most interesting and challenging experiences. Beyond the need to find an angle that disguises the distance between the hand of the striker and the face of the victim, Nicholas also has to help coordinate the timing of the off-stage clap that corresponds with the strike. “Slaps are very difficult to stage without giving it away,” says Nicholas. They also seem to be the bit of stagecraft that actors can be too eager to cut corners on.

“I’ve had actors say, ‘go ahead and hit me for real, I don’t mind,’” says Nicholas, who learned very quickly that the scenario never ends well. Friendships have been ruined, injuries incurred and audiences taken a little too far beyond the desired “gasp.” “My approach is always how can we make this fit the story, how do we make sure it’s done safely, then how do we make this look real,” he says.

As for Nicholas’s upcoming work with FST, he looks forward to settling into his new Sarasota home, staging a slap or two and helping FST continue building momentum into the post-COVID future. “I was already impressed with FST as a guest,” he says, “but now that I’m here seeing it from the inside, if there’s a better run theatre out there I haven’t seen it.” 

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[New Show]  Van Wezel Education Department Presents TheaterWorkUSA Dog Man: The Musical

The Van Wezel Performing Arts Hall’s Education and Community Engagement department announces the upcoming Virtual Schooltime production, TheaterWorksUSA’s Dog Man: The Musical.  Dog Man: The Musical will stream on-demand from March 13-April 2. Just in time for Spring Break, the virtual show is a perfect opportunity for family fun with free corresponding craft kits available at all Sarasota and Manatee County libraries while supplies last. To pick up your Dog Man Activity Kits, visit Sarasota County Libraries and Manatee County Libraries starting March 13. 

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[Competition ]  Student Film Festival Parallel Universes Now Accepting Submissions

The Sarasota Film Festival organizes great film contests for students every year, like Hollywood Nights, the Reeltalk PSA competition, or the Instafilm Contest. But Parallel Universes is different in that it concerns itself with a recent experience all of us lived through and is open to filmmakers both local and international. Paul Ratner, Managing Director, SFF said, “The inspiration for Parallel Universes came from the experience of the pandemic where we’ve all had to adjust our normal routines and live in some ways as if we were in a parallel universe. But we also wanted young filmmakers an opportunity to be creative and so decided to ask for stories that either reflect life under the pandemic or life in a sci-fi parallel universes. We think that this way we could get a really unique range of films and emotional responses.” Deadline to enter is April 1st.  

For questions, please email us at e​ ducation@sarasotafilmfestival.com.

Click here to submit your film today.

[New Show]  Van Wezel Announces Bay Music Live Starring Rebel Heart

The Van Wezel Performing Arts Hall announces Bay Music Live! On Saturday, April 3, 2021, Rebel Heart will return to the Van Wezel for this socially distanced, outdoor show on the lawn and terrace. The event kicks off at 6pm with music starting promptly at 6:30pm. Tickets go on sale today at 10am Lawn spaces on the grass accommodating up to 4 guests are $70.  

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[New Show]  Ring Sarasota's Highways & Byways Performance Heads to Siesta Key

After two successful performances this season, Ring Sarasota is headed to St. Boniface Church on Siesta Key for their third performance of Highways & Byways on Sunday, March 21 at 6pm.  

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[Virtual Show]  Art Center Sarasota's New (Virtual) Exhibitions

Art Center Sarasota’s 2021 exhibition season continues with four exhibits, March 18-April 16. “Micro & Macro: Work by Savannah Magnolia” features large paintings and a site-specific work that explore the inner workings of the body. “Spotlight:  Work from the Personal Collection of SARTQ Artists” features work by members of this esteemed artist group. “Small Works From the Great Monthly Pottery Trading Club” features work in clay and “Revealed” is open, juried exhibition of work in all media. All exhibits are available to view online. Personalized docent-led Zoom tours are also available upon request; please call for reservations; small groups are encouraged.  

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[Annoucement]  Renoir in Sarasota at Chasen Galleries

Now on display in our Sarasota gallery is a rare original painting by French Impressionist Pierre-Auguste Renoir. Best known for portraiture, figurative work, and his series of voluptuous bathing women, Pierre-Auguste Renoir was among the first group of French Impressionist painters. Renoir was celebrated in the early 20th century as one of the greatest modern French painters. 

Email andrew@chasengalleries.com to schedule a viewing.

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[Season Update]  The Hermitage Artist Retreat's Season Continues with Pulitzer Prize-Winning Composer, Acclaimed Authors, Critics and More

The Hermitage’s busy season continues with a variety of in-person and virtual programs featuring Hermitage artists-in-residence who present performances and conversations about their works-in-progress and offer insight into their creative process. Registration is required for each event—and is now available on the Hermitage website at HermitageArtistRetreat.org. 

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[Schedule Update]  Florida Studio Theatre Extends Original Musical Revue, "Three Pianos"

Due to audience demand, Florida Studio Theatre (FST) announces the extension of Three Pianos, an all-new musical revue celebrating the musical pioneers who refused to fit the mold of “rock star” and forged their own paths in the industry. Created by Rebecca Hopkins, Richard Hopkins, and Sarah Durham, Three Pianos will now play from Wednesday, March 31 to Sunday, May 2, 2021, in FST’s Gompertz Theatre for socially-distanced, limited capacity audiences. 

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[Schedule Update]  Florida Studio Theatre Extends "Vintage POP!" For a Second Time

Florida Studio Theatre (FST) announces the second extension of Vintage POP!, a never-before-seen musical revue exploring the transformation of popular music from the 1920s to the 1980s. Created by Summer Cabaret favorite Carole J. Bufford, Vintage POP! will now play from Wednesday, March 24 to Sunday, May 2, 2021, in FST’s Keating Theatre for socially-distanced, limited capacity audiences.  

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[Free Event]  Sarasota Film Festival Presents Movies for Sarasota At The Park

SFF is putting on great new, family-friendly (& free) event  together with Mote Marine this month. March 27th at 7:30pm, they will be hosting a free, outdoor screening of "Finding Nemo" for Sarasota residents to enjoy at The Ken Thompson Park.  

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[New Show]  Artist Series Concerts of Sarasota Presents Ventures in Brass

 Artist Series Concerts of Sarasota presents Ventures in Brass, with the Venice Symphony Brass Quintet, Sunday, March 28 at 3:00pm outdoors at Nathan Benderson Park, 5851 Nathan Benderson Circle, Sarasota. Tickets are $35 and are available online. 

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[New Show]  PREVAIL! A Circus Benefit Show

Incredible artists, many from Cirque du Soleil, join The Circus Arts Conservatory for a dazzling display of world class artistry.  March 12, 13 & 14th. Adhering to all social distancing protocols and masks are required. Proceeds support CAC outreach programs that serve students in classrooms, seniors in assisted living communities and aspiring artists training and performing in the Circus Arts. Digital show available. 

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[Schedule Change]  Van Wezel Announces Changes to 2020-2021 Season

The Van Wezel Performing Arts Hall announces the following changes to the 2020-2021 season:

  • Paul Anka – Greatest Hits: His Way on March 17, 2021 has been rescheduledto February 20, 2022.
  • One Night of Queen on May 15, 2021 has been rescheduled to May 7, 2022. 

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[SOON]  GALLERY: Florida CraftArt: Members' Show: Contemporary Craft at its Finest , January 29 – March 20, 6pm

Members’ Show: Contemporary Craft at its Finest is a juried exhibition of original art showcasing the best of handcrafted work by Florida CraftArt members. Forty-six artists created 79 pieces from intricate jewelry to glass sculptures. Visitors will have the opportunity to virtually meet the artists and the show’s judge Susana Weymouth at the virtual opening reception on Friday, January 29 at 6 p.m. The Zoom link is https://us02web.zoom.us/j/82206474125. The show runs through March 20 when the People’s Choice Award will be presented at the closing reception. People can vote for their favorite work of art in the Florida CraftArt Exhibition Gallery.

[SOON]  GALLERY: Ringling College: A Few of Our Favorite Things , January 11 – March 27, 9am-3pm

Now in its 12th year, the Ringling College glass sculpture exhibition from the Richard and Barbara Basch Collection presents A Few of Our Favorite Things from January 11 through March 27 at the Richard and Barbara Basch Gallery in the Larry R. Thompson Academic Center. This exhibition features some of the most exceptional examples of art glass and brilliant one-of-a-kind commissions by the greatest masters of the medium from around the world. It highlights the Basch Collection of more than 300 works of art glass by iconic artists, including Giampaolo Amoruso, Martin Blank, Latchezar Boyadjiev, Peter Bremers, Lucio Bubacco, Dale Chihuly, Laura di Santillana, Laura Donefer, Robin Grebe, Colin Heaney, Shin-ichi Higuchi, Richard Royal, Lino Tagliapietra, and Bertil Vallien. Appointments are required to view this exhibition. Admission to this exhibition is free and open to the public. Gallery Hours are Monday through Friday from 9am to 3pm.

[SOON]  FILM: Virtual: 2021 Jewish Film Festival of Sarasota-Manatee , February 1 – March 25

As we enter the festival’s 12th year, we are especially proud to present a premier line-up of 21 remarkable and diverse films that will impact, provoke, and move you. They are documentaries, narratives, tragedies and comedies, mysteries and love stories. Most have won awards and will have special meaning to our community of viewers. All films are being held virtually. During this time of COVID we want to extend our heartfelt thanks to all of our Sponsors for their continued support of the Jewish Film Festival. In doing so, you are fulfilling our Federation’s mission and the tenet of Tikkun Olam – repairing the world, ultimately, helping to provide our community much needed enjoyment. The Jewish Film Festival is one of many programs also sponsored by The Jewish Federation of Sarasota-Manatee. The yearly Film Festival that attracts so many movie-goers, both Jewish and non-Jewish, is all about strengthening Jewish life in Sarasota-Manatee. We hope you will leave energized, inspired and moved by the rich traditions and culture of Judaism found in movies celebrated around the world. See you at the movies.

[SOON]  SEMINAR: Virtual: Ringling College: Disney Fine Artist Alumnus Tim Rogerson , February 10 – March 12, 5:30pm-6:30pm

Madeby Gallery hosting Disney Fine Artist - Ringling College of Art and Design Alumnus Tim Rogerson and the original Tinker Bell Margaret Kerry. Zoom Virtual Opening Reception on Wednesday, February 10 from 5:30pm to 6:30pm. Margaret, a Sarasota resident, will be sharing her amazing journey of how Walt chose her to be the original Tinker bell model for the Disney Animators’ in her book, "Tinker Bell Talks." Tim will be taking us on a tour of his magical Disney artwork. Originals, giclees and prints will be available for purchase. Tim has created exclusively for the show, his newest original of Tinker Bell, titled "Pixie Pose." The show runs from February 10 through Friday, March 12.

[SOON]  PERFORMANCE: Westcoast Black Theatre Troupe: Light Up The Night , February 12 – March 14, 7:30pm

Light Up The Night, WBTT’s outdoor concert series that launched in October, is back by popular demand. This 90-minute concert features WBTT’s beloved live band and some of your favorite WBTT singers who will take you back to the 1970s with R&B classics including "Reach Out, I'll Be There," "Signed, Sealed, Delivered (I'm Yours)," "Love Train," "Superstition," "Let's Get It On," I Want You Back," "Brick House," "September" and many more. Light Up The Night features a live band led by Resident Music Director (and bass player) James “Jay” Dodge II, accompanying a variety of popular WBTT artists – including favorites like Raleigh Mosely, Henry Washington and more. Joining Dodge in the band are Todd Bellamy, piano, Brennan Stylez on auxiliary keys, Brad Foutch, guitar, and Etienne “EJ” Porter, drums. Performances run Thursday, February 12, 2021 – Sunday, March 14, 2021 at 7:30pm on the WBTT Campus at 1012 North Orange Avenue, we will be using our specially set up outdoor performance area that includes our courtyard and parking lot. Seating is available for up to 84 people in separate 2-person 6 ft circles.

[SOON]  PERFORMANCE: Virtual: Westcoast Black Theatre Troupe: Jazzlinks , February 16 – March 12

For the sixth year, Westcoast Black Theatre Troupe – in collaboration with The Jazz Club of Sarasota and the Sarasota County Schools – will help history to come alive for area students. Jazzlinks is an integrated arts experience to help illustrate, through music and theatre, the contributions of African Americans in U.S. history. Due to the coronavirus, WBTT will present Jazzlinks virtually this year, streaming the songs and stories of the Harlem Renaissance into high school classrooms from February 16 through March 12. The presentation will feature musical performances by WBTT artists and interactive discussions with cast members and students about the historical and cultural contributions of African Americans. This year’s installment of Jazzlinks is one of the programs supported by a 2020 Gulf Coast Community Foundation Arts Appreciation Grant to WBTT. At press time, Jazzlinks is slated to perform for more than 1,500 students. The presentation will be via Zoom and interactive, incorporating video from a previous Jazzlinks production with added commentary from artists Syreeta S. Banks, Brian L. Boyd, Brentney Stephens and Donovan Whitney. The subject matter will focus on the Harlem Renaissance. WBTT founder and artistic director Nate Jacobs worked with staff members Travis Ray, Michael Mendez and Adrienne Pitts on the script and creating related program materials. Jacobs directs and Ray is the coordinator. Teachers can sign up for Jazzlinks through the “EdExplore” website (edexploresrq.com).

[SOON]  GRAB BAG: Art Center Sarasota: Plein Air Painting Class , February 17 – March 24, 1pm-4pm

Plein Air Painting Class with Joseph Melancon will take place offsite at outdoor locations on Wednesdays from February 17 through March 24 from 1pm to 4pm. Join Joseph in painting outdoors at various locations around Sarasota. Among other things, you’ll paint trees, water and beaches as well as structures and boats with distant and close up views. Learn methods and techniques to produce exciting paintings. You can eliminate unnecessary detail while being more spontaneous and painterly! He will emphasize keeping everything simple including brushes, limited colors, and easels. Joseph will be available to give you each individual guidance as your paintings develop. You will see how you can alter the composition of the scene to create a better relationship of the parts. He encourages risk taking and boldness in painting. With opaque paints you can easily make changes if things don’t work out as planned. Each outing will start with a demonstration of how to choose a view and block in the scene. This will establish the basic composition of shapes and values without thinking in terms of final colors. He’ll show you how you can mix color and apply it in a loose bold style with various types of brushes. You can get to the next level using your own style. Joseph will supply maps for the various locations around town, all easy to get to. We’ll have big fun and stay as safe as possible by being outdoors, masking up and socially distancing.

[SOON]  GRAB BAG: Virtual: Art Center Sarasota: Exploring Watercolor Class , February 19 – March 26, 9:30am-12:30pm

Exploring Watercolor Class with Gail White on Fridays February 19 through March 26 from 9:30am to 12:30pm. This class is friendly and supportive, and offers guided instruction and demonstrations. The lessons include: design aspects of planning a composition, use of photo references and live setups, watercolor techniques and discussion of color usage and properties of various pigments. This is an online course. When you register (and are paid in full), a Zoom link will be emailed to you. If your teacher has additional handouts, those will also be emailed to you.

[SOON]  MUSIC: Virtual: Sarasota Concert Association: Musically Speaking , February 25 – March 25, 7pm

The Sarasota Concert Association (SCA) today announced “Musically Speaking,” a free, three-concert virtual series featuring preeminent classical musicians in unique performances, highlighted by informal conversations with the artists. World-acclaimed pianists Garrick Ohlsson and Kirill Gerstein launch the series with a duo piano performance and conversation on Thursday, February 25, at 7pm. Violinist Samantha Bennett and percussionist George Nickson will share their unique artistry on Thursday, March 11, at 7pm. The world-renowned chamber orchestra, Academy of St. Martin in the Fields, concludes the series on Thursday, March 25, at 7pm. Conducting the conversations with the artists is Charles Turon, a musician, educator, and SCA board member. The series is free, but registration is required. Each link will be viewable for seven days.

[SOON]  GALLERY: Art Uptown Gallery: Lyrical Bronze by James Gabbert , February 27 – March 26, Gallery hours.

James Gabbert, Art Uptown’s March solo artist, presents a series of lyrical, flowing, bronze sculptures that reinterpret the human figure and nearly defy gravity.  The sculptures’ sinuous forms and rich tones cut through space, inviting the viewer to explore every expression.  As the artist explains, “I strive to have each sculpture be beautiful from every angle.  As I see it, sculpture is really four-dimensional.  By walking around the form, the dimension of time transforms the piece with each new view.” James continues to ground his work in the examination of the human figure, which is relatable to everyone. However, his imagination moves the figure into complex visual and spatial situations, often connecting the forms with natural forces. The relationship and tension between the two, captured in bronze, provides a powerful aesthetic experience. James says, “I create my art to lift and enlighten the spirit, to touch the heart, to awaken the intellect. I intend for my art to be provocative, that is, to provoke the mind, heart or spirit to experience something new or rekindle something forgotten.” Explore James Gabbert’s bronze collection at Art Uptown, located at 1367 Main Street, open Monday through Friday, 11am to 5pm, Saturday, 11am to 3pm and Sunday, noon to 5pm.  Meet the artist during Saturday gallery hours on February 27 and March 6. Private appointments can be arranged by calling 914.955.5409. The gallery continues its commitment to visitor and staff safety by the use of masks, sanitizer, frequent cleaning and social distancing. Starting in March, we will be open from 10am to 3pm on Saturdays.

[SOON]  PERFORMANCE: Virtual: Van Wezel: Rhythm of the Dance , March 1 – March 31

Brimming with pulsating rhythms, pure energy and melodic music, the National Dance Company of Ireland’s Rhythm of the Dance show has reached 50 countries with over seven million fans for over 20 years. Fans around the world are enjoying 2,000 years and more of dance, music, songs and culture from pre-Celtic times to modern day sounds, all compacted into a two-hour concert. It’s full of flailing feet and fiddles, futuristic dances, eye-catching lighting and costumes and sensational sound effects, and is now hailed as one of the top three Irish step dance shows in the world. Streaming on demand from Monday, March 1 through Wednesday, March 31. Tickets are $20.

[SOON]  FILM: Finding Nemo Outdoor Film Screening , March 27, 7:30pm-9:30pm

Join the Sarasota Film Festival for a fun free family screening of Finding Nemo as part of its "Movies for Sarasota" program at Ken Thompson Park on Saturday, March 27 from 7:30pm to 9:30pm. The screening will be outside, following Covid-safety procedures including social distancing. Please bring a blanket, chair or something to sit on.

[SOON]  SEMINAR: Virtual Talk: Van Wezel: The Lion King , March 11 – March 14

Meet the original Broadway stars of "The Lion King." Your purchase includes access to view the Video On Demand from 12am PST on March 11 through 11:59pm PST on March 14. Featuring (from the Original Broadway Cast): Heather Headley (Nala), Max Casella (Timon), Tom Alan Robbins (Pumbaa), Geoff Hoyle (Zazu) plus Bradley Gibson (current Simba). The Broadway Cast Reunion Series gives audiences a chance to do what they may never have done before: visit “backstage” with the cast and hear personal, hilarious, unscripted stories and gossip – as the casts really let their hair down. Viewers can even ask questions via the chat feature.

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