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SRQ DAILY Oct 15, 2021

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"Seeing requires that you actually engage with what you're looking at, because that's when the magical details come out."

- Emory Conetta, Sarasota Art Museum Assistant Curator

-In an industrial playground, a band of local artists build a community of collaboration at SPAACES. Read more from the October edition of SRQ Magazine
[Diversity]  Panel Discussion Yields Fruitful Dialogue on Diversity in Higher Education
Andrew Fabian, andrew.fabian@srqme.com

The first step in any recovery process is to admit to a problem. To that end, last week’s panel discussion hosted at Florida Studio Theatre and produced by Suncoast Black Arts Collaborative (SBAC) gave an assemblage of students and school leadership an opportunity to reflect on where the region stands in its pursuit of greater equity in higher education, particularly as it relates to the arts. And for many in the panel, the event served as an opportunity to admit that the road to equity is winding.

Comprised of four students, four school presidents and four school administrators, “The Black Experience in the Arts in Higher Education'' panel discussion was led by Dr. Denise Davis-Cotton, program director for USF Sarasota-Manatee’s PAInT program, which champions the integration of arts in educational curriculums. Dr. Davis-Cotton’s questions centered on some of the obstacles to better equity and also gave many, especially the students, an opportunity to speak to their own experiences as Black students in the arts.

Some of the evening's most impactful moments came from the college presidents who were present. Dr. Larry Thompson of Ringling College shared some of the success his school has found in championing diversity with its galleries and exhibitions programming, but he was also candid in sharing some stark statistics about his school’s diversity. “We simply do not have as diverse a student body as I would like to see,” he says, “roughly 18% of our student body are people of color and only 3% are Black.” He cited cost as a major contributing factor and spoke about some of the plans currently in place to help alleviate that obstacle for students of color.

“I was very proud of the honesty I saw on stage,” says SBAC founder Michele Des Verney Redwine. “That kind of honesty can be problematic sometimes, but I always tell school leaders to stand tall and do what you need to do.” 

But for Redwine, the evening was not without its surprises, even as someone who has spent an entire career trying to lift disadvantaged populations. “I was a little shocked to learn that USF [Sarasota-Manatee] has no board members of color,” says Redwine, “but, again, I was proud of Dr. Holbrook for being willing to be so honest and that she saw it as a problem.”

Still, when it comes to diversity, Redwine hopes the panel discussion leads to more than just talk. “I’ve been at this for a long time, and I know firsthand that change takes work,” Redwine says, “but I’m very optimistic based on what I heard from everyone on stage that there’s real commitment.” And much of that commitment will be ushered in by SBAC. Beginning next year, the organization will begin a strategic partnership with the Gulf Coast Community Foundation to implement some of what Redwine calls her “Syllabus of Color.” “I’m at a point in my life where I’m looking for real, lasting change,” she says, “and I think with events like this or with our ‘Visions in Black’ exhibition at Art Center next year, I’m seeing that change happen.”

Strategic partnership for future community conversations / panels 2022 is with The Community Foundation of Sarasota County.  The 2021 panels have been sponsored by the CFSC. The Gulf Coast Foundation sponsored the 2022 VISIONS IN BLACK exhibition. The Charles and Margery Barancik Foundation sponsored the SYLLABUS of COLOR project. 

Pictured: Michele Des Verney Redwine shares some closing remarks at last week's diversity panel discussion

[New Exhibit]  The Unsung Explorations Of David Budd
Philip Lederer, Phil.Lederer@srqme.com

In 1951, a young man named David Budd saw a video of Jackson Pollock in action and it changed the trajectory of his life forever. An interior design graduate from the Ringling College of Art, Budd dove headfirst into the world of abstract painting. And he was good at it. At least, people like Syd Solomon said so. And within three years, Budd was up in New York City, painting and drinking with the likes of Willem De Kooning, Lee Krasner and even Pollock himself, holding his own and developing what would become his signature style. Still, years later, when the art history books were written and the new pantheon installed, Budd’s name was frequently, and conspicuously, absent.

With its latest exhibition, David Budd: Motion Within Stillness, Sarasota Art Museum celebrates the materiality of the medium and gives audiences the chance to really see, not just look at, the work of an artist too often left out of the conversation. “This was definitely overdue,” says Sarasota Art Museum Assistant Curator Emory Conetta.

Featuring 16 large-scale paintings from Ringling College’s collection, some of which haven’t been seen in decades, the exhibition highlights Budd’s exploration of paint as a medium—an exploration one could argue bordered on obsessive. Toiling in isolation, Budd would spend days mixing his paints to get not just the preferred hue but the perfect texture and viscosity. Then, with his concoction complete, the exploration would pivot to something formal, with the artist laying the paint on thick in his signature palette knife technique, pushing the physicality of the medium into something even sculptural. “He gave everything to every painting,” Conetta says. “It was a total commitment to the process.”

Minimalist and monochrome, the results reward the lingering eye and the patient viewer. What seems pure black at first glance reveals sneaking subtleties in the hue’s construction, purples and greens. The myriad marks, like fugitive thumbprints in icing, leave clear tracks of the artist’s path, begging to be reverse-engineered and decoded. “There’s so much nuance in one painting, in the texture and the surface,” says Conetta. “It’s like a little treasure hunt.” 

(She offers a tip to those looking for gold: examine the borders and sides of Budd’s paintings for a glimpse of how the artist used undercoats to achieve his aim.)

Hard to categorize, Budd’s work differed from both the first and second generations of abstract expressionists, not quite fitting in with either and somewhat falling through the cracks of art history as “this odd character somewhere in between,” says Conetta. But she hopes that exhibitions like this can help give the artist his proper due. “The most important thing is seeing the work,” she says, noting the all-important difference between seeing and merely looking. “Seeing requires that you actually engage with what you’re looking at.”

“Because that’s when the magical details come out.”

David Budd: Motion Within Stillness is currently on display at Sarasota Art Museum. 

Pictured: A selection of David Budd's "Thirty-Six Views of Mount Atlantis" series on display at Sarasota Art Museum. Photo: Rich Schineller.

[Performance]  Classical WSMR to Broadcast Past Productions of Sarasota Opera

Six popular Sarasota Opera past productions will be broadcast on Classical WSMR radio beginning Saturday, October 23rdat 1pm Eastern Time: Verdi’s Otello (2012), D’Albert’s Tiefland (2018) on October 30th, Puccini’s La bohème (2020) on November 6th, Montemezzi’s The Love of Three Kings (L’amore dei tre rei) (2017) on November 13th, Verdi’s Rigoletto (2019) on November 20th, and Rimsky-Korsakov’s The Golden Cockerel (2015) on November 27th. The broadcasts will be hosted by WSMR Music Director and Host Russell Gant and introduced by Sarasota Opera Artistic Director Victor DeRenzi and General Director Richard Russell. Listeners can tune-in to Classical WSMR at 89.1 and 103.9 on the radio, listen online at WSMR.org, or through the WUSF Public Media app.

Sarasota Opera’s Fall Season on stage begins on Friday, October 29 with Gioachino Rossini’s The Silken Ladder (La scala di seta), a 90-minute romantic comedy, with six performances through November 13, 2021. For more information, visit SarasotaOpera.org, contact the Sarasota Opera Box Office at (941) 328-1300, or visit in person at 61 N. Pineapple Avenue, Sarasota. 

[Festival Performer]  Acclaimed ETHEL Cellist Dorothy Lawson to Headline 2021 Artful Lobster

The Hermitage Artist Retreat announced today that Dorothy Lawson, a Hermitage Fellow, acclaimed cellist and artistic director of the genre-bending string quartet ETHEL, will headline the Hermitage Artist Retreat’s signature fall fundraising event, “The Artful Lobster: An Outdoor Celebration!” on November 13 from 11:30am - 2pm at the Hermitage campus on Manasota Key (Sarasota County). A Juilliard-trained cellist and composer, Lawson is a founding member and artistic director of ETHEL, one of America's most adventurous string quartets. She has performed with the Orpheus Chamber Orchestra, the White Oak Dance Project, Philharmonia Virtuosi, the American Symphony Orchestra, the Toronto Symphony Orchestra, and numerous new music ensembles.

Now in its 13th year, the Artful Lobster raises valuable funds for the Hermitage’s nationally renowned artist residency program, supporting the creative process of artists from around the world in the fields of music, theater, visual art, literature, and more. This popular event takes place outdoors beneath a large tent on the Hermitage’s beachfront campus. Though this year’s Artful Lobster is now sold out, waitlist inquiries can be made by contacting Amy Wallace at (941) 475-2098, Ext. 2. More information can be found at HermitageArtistRetreat.org/ArtfulLobster2021. 

Pictured: Dorothy Lawson performing as part of 'Hermitage Sunsets @ Selby Gardens' series.

[Grant]  Asolo Rep Awarded 2021-2022 Arts Appreciation Grant from Gulf Coast Community Foundation

Asolo Repertory Theatre has received a $70,000 Arts Appreciation Grant from Gulf Coast Community Foundation that will be used to support the 2021-2022 season. In addition to the season sponsorship, Gulf Coast’s contribution supports a Platinum-level Sponsorship for Asolo Rep’s 2022 Annual Gala, the Starry Night Dinner Series, and the IllumiNation digital program. “The Gulf Coast Community Foundation’s continued support for Asolo Rep empowers our return to excellence – not only on stage, but in our community engagement programs as well,” said Asolo Rep Managing Director Linda DiGabriele. In addition to the theatrical season sponsorship, Gulf Coast’s funds will support related community engagement programs.

The season kicks off in November with the tribal love-rock musical Hair. Next up will be Thornton Wilder’s classic Our Town, the new comedy Grand Horizons by Bess Wohl, and The Great Leap by Lauren Yee.  

[Science + Education]  Moffitt Cancer Center and Ringling College Present New Developments Using Virtual Reality and Gamification in MRI-guided Radiation Therapy

Ringling College of Art and Design and Moffitt Cancer Center presented an update on new developments from their collaborative INDEX Virtual Reality project to enhance the cancer patient experience and improve the accuracy of MRI-guided Radiation Therapy (MRgRT). The Moffitt/Ringling College partnership began in 2019 to explore the creation of meaningful digital technologies to help decrease stress and enhance understanding for newly diagnosed patients during their journey, and discover new ways in which to train and coach patients through diagnosis and treatment. 

“Patient stress levels at the time of a cancer diagnosis are very high, and core to addressing some of that stress is reducing fear of the unknown. In my practice, we need to deliver highly precise treatment so patient cooperation is essential. To be able to deliver immersive content through VR headsets can serve to alleviate some of that stress by allowing a new patient to virtually walk-through the experience before beginning their treatment,” said program visionary Sarah Hoffe, M.D., Moffitt Cancer Center’s section head of Gastrointestinal Radiation Oncology. “This summer we explored using gamification and virtual reality to improve patient relaxation and stillness while undergoing tightly-focused and targeted MRgRT,” continued Dr. Hoffe. “We started exploring how to train patients to control their breathing with Ringling College VR Interim Department Head Morgan Woolverton, VR Faculty Marty Murphy, VR Program Advisor Jeff Hazelton, and the VR Program student chosen for this application development, senior Joseph Janssen. We collaborated on this project with many faculty and staff at Moffitt as well, including Ted Schilowitz who is a member of our national Board of Advisors and also a futurist at Paramount Pictures in Hollywood and our physicist Kujtim Latifi PhD.”

“Based on the success of our first project together, the future of our Moffitt/Ringling collaboration is bright,” said Dr. Hoffe. “Being able to collaborate with some of the most innovative VR faculty and students in the world opens up many exciting new possibilities for improving the patient experience. We look forward to continuing this exploration of the intersection of VR with the cancer patient journey and hope to expand this work further so that our patients can virtually receive care before they do so in real life. We believe by offering them a virtual journey first we can decrease their fear and anxiety and ensure they are optimally prepared for their treatment experience.” 

Video still courtesy of The Ringling College and Moffitt Cancer Center

[Athleisure]  Debbie Dannheisser Threads Celebrates National Legging Day

Debbie Dannheisser Threads is gearing up for International Legging Day on October 18. Although it’s a year-round staple, on this special day everyone can enjoy a special discount of 20%. “Over time, breathable materials, textures, designs and prints ushered in the undeniable era of leggings. Now, modern-day leggings are feats of engineering designed to enhance your workout,” said Debbie Dannheisser, owner of Debbie Dannheisser Threads. “While they continue to be a gym essential, legging styles are now so versatile that they’re widely acceptable to wear as pants. In a wide range of looks, comfortable leggings offer something for everyone.”

As a well-known designer, artist and philanthropist, Debbie is passionate about her line of women's clothing and making a difference in the community. That's why one evening each month will be designated to provide sales proceeds in support of a designated local charity.  “Debbie Dannheisser Threads & Art on Main” is located in the offices of Dannheisser Law 1834 Main St, Sarasota and is open every Wednesday 10am- 3pm, by appointment only. 

For more information on Debbie Dannheisser Threads & Art on Main, please visit debbiedannheisserthreads.com or call 941-350-8839. 

Photo courtesy of the artist/designer

[SOON]  GRAB BAG: Hermitage Artist Retreat: Body Language: An Exploration of Movement and Poetry with Jules Downum and Pedro Serrano , October 15, 6pm

Dancer, choreographer, and producer Jules Downum facilitates a “Dance 101” workshop on the Hermitage Great Lawn. No prior experience needed as you start to learn the language of movement through common footwork patterns and dance vocabulary. The use of language will also be explored on the page and out loud by internationally celebrated bilingual poet and Guggenheim Fellow Pedro Serrano, who shares works in both English and Spanish. Attendees are encouraged to dress comfortably for some voluntary, light movement participation. Friday, October 15, 6pm, at the Hermitage, 6660 Manasota Key Road, Englewood.

[SOON]  PERFORMANCE: McCurdy's Comedy Theatre & Humor Institute: Carlos Mencia , October 15 – October 16, 6:30pm and 8:50pm

Carlos Mencia will perform on Friday, October 15 at 6:30pm, Friday, October 15 at 8:50pm, Saturday, October 16 at 6:30pm, and Saturday, October 16 at 8:50pm. Rated AS. Tickets are $37. “Mind of Mencia” debuted on Comedy Central + became one of the strongest shows in the network’s history. Most recently, Mencia has gone back to his comedic roots, performing at a number of comedy venues – allowing him to share his newest material with a more intimate audience. His current tour, called the “C 4 Urself Tour.”

[SOON]  FESTIVAL: Sarasota Rocktoberfest , October 15 – October 17, 4pm-10pm, 11am-10pm, and 11am-6pm

October 15-17, 2021, Paragon Festivals with the Downtown Sarasota Enrichment Association bring an authentic 3-Day Oktoberfest experience coupled with fantastic live musical performances to downtown Sarasota in JD Hamel Park. Admission to this family-friendly event is free. Festivalgoers will find a wide variety of food plus a German feast fit for King Ludwig himself! Dine on German foods like Schweinshaxe (roasted ham hock), Steckerlfisch (grilled fish on a stick), Wurstl (Sausages), Brezen (pretzels, Knodel (potato or flour dumplings), Kasespatzel (cheese noodles), sweet mustards, sauerkraut, red cabbage and more. Between performances shop the Marketplace of arts, crafts and select fine products and services. Rocktoberfest will take place on Friday 4pm-10pm, Saturday 11am-10pm, and Sunday 11am-6pm.

[SOON]  GRAB BAG: Arts Advocates Luncheon: Sarasota African American Cultural Coalition, Inc. , October 15, 11am

Vickie Oldham, president, and CEO of the Sarasota African American Cultural Arts Center and History Museum, knows how to create a story and how to tell it. A native of Sarasota, she had a senior-level position at Albany State University before returning to Sarasota in 2016 to develop a project about the history of Sarasota’s African American community. The result was Newtown Alive, an exciting heritage tourism program that has developed historic markers, trolley tours, a book, a mobile app, a podcast, and a traveling exhibition. This work has evolved into the creation of the Sarasota African American Cultural Arts Center and History Museum, which celebrates and preserves the history of Sarasota’s Black community. This program will be held at Bird Key Yacht Club. Reservations are due October 15. They will begin check-in at 11am; lunch will be served at 11:30am and the program will start immediately after lunch. The cost includes lunch and the program.

[SOON]  DANCE: The Ringling: Noche Cubana Dance Party with Cimafunk , October 15, 7pm

By far one of the most exciting new faces in the Latin music space, Cimafunk defies classification on a funk pilgrimage in search of a new musical miscegenation of Black music. Singer, composer and producer, the young Cuban sensation offers a bold mix of funk with popular and traditional Cuban music and African rhythms, which is currently revolutionizing the island’s music scene. Our party line up includes sizzling Latin sounds of DJ Edgaro, an a Salsa dance lesson with DK Dance. Delicious Cuban food from local restaurants, Cuban cocktails and good, funky vibes in the Ringling Courtyard on October 15 at 7pm. Singer, composer and producer, the young Cuban sensation offers a bold mix of funk with Cuban music and African rhythms, which is currently revolutionizing the island’s music scene. Cimafunk is a cimarron* and believes in nothing but the power of the groove and the cathartic communion of dancing bodies. A renaissance man, conscious of his roots and musical ancestry, Cimafunk’s music looks firmly into the future.

[SOON]  GALLERY: Ringling College Galleries + Exhibitions: POW! The Comic Art of Mike Zeck from the Costas Collection , October 18 – March 25, 9am-3pm

After attending Ringling College in the late 60s, Zeck made a name for himself illustrating the horror stories of Charlton Comics before turning his talents in both illustration and storytelling into one of the most successful careers of The Bronze Age of comic books. His talents served him well for both Marvel and DC. Zeck is credited with creating the alternative black costume for Spider-Man that would eventually become the character Venom, and his work on Kraven’s Last Hunt is considered one of the best stories in the Spider-Man canon. In the DC universe, he helped modernize Batman into the flawed and dark knight he would become in the modern era. With “POW!,” Ringling College Galleries has compiled the best of The Costas Collection, featuring over 60 original illustrations of Zeck’s most iconic storylines and covers. This exhibition will be on view from October 18, 2021 – March 25, 2022. In-person viewings are free and open to the public Monday-Friday, 9am-3pm at The Lois and David Stulberg Gallery is located inside the Richard and Barbara Basch Visual Arts Center on campus at Ringling College of Art and Design at 1188 Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Way.

[SOON]  MUSIC: Virtual: Key Chorale: Shout Glory! A Gospel Revival , October 18 – December 1, Varies.

The first of three Key Chorale Digital “At Home” Concert Series, Season 37 will take place from October 18 at 8am to December 1 at 5pm. Key Chorale is back to celebrate togetherness through the powerful legacy of African American spirituals and Gospel music in a feel-good concert experience sure to set your toes tapping, your hands clapping, and your spirit soaring. Joined by the energetic pulse of The Stephen Lynerd Group and the soulful sounds of the Hammond B-3 organ, this opening concert is full of upbeat, joyful music sure to raise the roof.

[SOON]  SEMINAR: Virtual: CWC-FPRA: Demystifying the Leaf: Selling the Vision of Medical Cannabis in Florida , October 19, 12pm

During this month’s professional development program, the Central West Coast Chapter of theFlorida Public Relations Association (CWC-FPRA) will present “Demystifying the Leaf: Selling the Vision of Medical Cannabis in Florida” on October 19, 2021, at noon via Zoom. The event will feature Todd Beckwith, the director of corporate affairs at AltMed Enterprises. Not long ago, the founders of MÜV Medical Cannabis Dispensary had to convince state leaders that they even were a legitimate business. Fast forward to 2021 and MÜV has been named the Large Business of the Year by the Greater Sarasota Chamber of Commerce. During his presentation, Beckwith will explain how strategic communications and earned media successfully shifted mindsets of the business community, as well as the general public, within a few short years. Tickets for the program are $10/FPRA members and $15/guests. To register, visit cwcfpra.com/events. This event is sponsored by MüV and Next-Mark.

[SOON]  GALLERY: Sarasota Art Museum: Samo Davis: Happiness in ROYGBIV , May 29 – October 31, Museum hours.

Samo Davis: Happiness in ROYGBIV from May 29 to October 31. Happiness in ROYGBIV is a vibrant sculptural installation that features a colorful and effervescent tree composed of found objects from the artist’s home, intending to spark joy within the difficult times of the last year.

[SOON]  PERFORMANCE: Florida Studio Theatre: Jukebox Saturday Night , September 7 – October 31

FST’s 2021 Summer Cabaret Series concludes with an all-new show from Sarasota’s favorite swing-era territory band, The Swingaroos. A jazzy new music revue, Jukebox Saturday Night features some of The Jukebox’s greatest hits: “Get Your Kicks On Route 66,” “Heart and Soul,” and “There’s No Business Like Show Business.” Jukebox Saturday Night will play in FST’s Bowne’s Lab beginning Tuesday, September 7 and will play through October 31. Countless musical genres emerged during the first half of the 20th Century, and there was only one place you could find them all: The Jukebox. In this jazzy music revue, The Swingaroos put a dynamic twist on the Jukebox’s greatest hits, including “Get Your Kicks On Route 66,” “Heart and Soul,” and “There’s No Business Like Show Business.” Tickets are no longer available for this show.

[SOON]  GRAB BAG: Selby Gardens: Introduction to Watercolor - October , October 4 – October 18, 10:30am-2:30pm

Love art but don’t know where to start? Learn the basics of watercolor with step-by-step instruction in mixing colors, creating a palette, beginner brush techniques, and much more. This class is perfect for aspiring artists who do not have any prior experience but have a passion for painting. Open to students of all ages. Introduction to Watercolor will take place on Mondays, from 10:30am to 2:30pm on October 4, 11, 18. Members are $160 and Non-members are $180. Class Size is 12 Students and the Instructor is Carolyn Merenda.

[SOON]  PERFORMANCE: Westcoast Black Theatre Troupe: Eubie! , October 6 – November 21

Opening the season is “Eubie!” a toe-tapping revue of Eubie Blake songs that stormed Broadway in the 1970s and was nominated for three Tony Awards. Blake's infectious style is evoked in over 20 wonderful songs, including the classic "I'm Just Wild about Harry." With its sizzling score and energetic dance numbers, "Eubie!" is a crowd-pleasing salute to a Black Broadway pioneer. It's also one of the first shows staged by WBTT in its 22-year history – back by popular demand! Jim Weaver will direct. Runs from October 6 to November 21, 2021. Ticket sales are scheduled to begin in the late summer. Call the Box Office at 941-366-1505 or visit westcoastblacktheatre.org.

[SOON]  GRAB BAG: Florida Winefest Online Auction , October 10 – October 24

The Florida Winefest & Auction is back this fall. Sandy Loevner, Florida Winefest Board of Directors Chairman is excited that, although the in-person events are not able to take place, an online auction will still be possible to help raise funds for multiple local children’s charities the event benefits. The online auction will take place October 10 - October 24 and will feature an array of items including exclusive, one-of-a-kind items such as vacations, unique collector’s items, wine packages, dinners with celebrity chefs, trips and resort experiences, exotic treasures, art, jewelry, and a few surprises including a chance to ride on a float in the Mardi Gras parade in New Orleans. Register for the auction by October 9th to be automatically entered to win an exquisite and exclusive bottle of wine valued at $200. Register at https://floridawinefest.org/auction/

[SOON]  PERFORMANCE: Sarasota High School Theatre: The Lion, The Witch and The Wardrobe , October 13 – October 15

Sarasota High School Theatre’s The Lion, The Witch and The Wardrobe will show October 13-15, 2021. This dramatization of C.S. Lewis' classic work faithfully recreates the magic and mystery of Aslan, the great lion, his struggle with the White Witch, and the adventures of four children who inadvertently wander from an old wardrobe into the exciting, never-to-be-forgotten Narnia. This story of love, faith, courage and giving, with its triumph of good over evil, is a true celebration of life. 

[SOON]  DANCE: Sarasota Ballet: Program 1 - New World , October 22 – October 24, 7:30pm and 2pm

Program 1 – New World opens The Sarasota Ballet Season with a revisit to Martha Graham’s Appalachian Spring, a vibrant tribute to pioneer life and a hallmark display of Americana. Set to a score commissioned by Graham from Aaron Copland, this bucolic tale of a 19th century Pennsylvania farmhouse weaves four characters’ narratives together to face uncharted obstacles. Appalachian Spring is joined by an exciting World Premiere by Resident Choreographer Ricardo Graziano. This will mark his first new choreographed work since the January 2019 premiere of Amorosa and, paired with Graham’s iconic work, opens this important Season with a sense of optimism, hope, and excitement for the future. New World will take place on October 22 2021 at 7:30pm, October 23 2021 at 2pm and 7:30pm, and October 24 2021 at 2pm and 7:30pm at FSU Center for the Performing Arts, 5555 North Tamiami Trail.

[SOON]  PERFORMANCE: The Players Centre: The Legend of Sleepy Hollow , October 22 – October 30, 6pm, 4pm, and 5:30pm

The Players Centre for Performing Arts is thrilled to celebrate our 5th annual production of The Legend of Sleepy Hollow at the Sarasota Polo Club. This year, for the first time, The Players Centre is proud to introduce the Headless Horseman to South County at Selby Botanical Garden’s Historic Spanish Point. This family-friendly, yet spooky, and always festive play is based on Washington Irving's classic tale about Ichabod Crane, the object of his affection Katrina, his rival Brom Bones, and of course, one of the most famous ghosts in American Folklore, the Headless Horseman. The show runs an hour in totality and is suitable for audiences of all ages. Sarasota Polo Club shows have been known to sell out, so reserve your tickets early. The Players Centre is excited to be bringing this holiday production to an even wider audience and to be pairing with such esteemed cultural organizations to showcase the talent and beauty of our entire community. Show dates are Oct. 22 at 6pm, Oct. 23 at 4pm and 6pm at the Sarasota Polo Club, 8201 Polo Club Lane. Rain dates are Sunday, October 24, October 29 and 30 at 5:30pm at the Guptil House at Historic Spanish Point, 337 N Tamiami Trail, Osprey. Students $10, Adults $20, and Family 4-packs $50. Please bring your own chairs and/or blankets, none will be provided, this is an outdoor event. All seating will be socially distanced. Masks are recommended for those that are unvaccinated.

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