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SRQ DAILY Sep 29, 2023

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Friday Weekend Edition

"This annual party gives the public a chance to interact with both art and artists."

- Julie Kanapaux, Co-Director, SARTQ Artist Collective.

[Grand Opening]  Define Art Gallery Opening On Palm
Philip Lederer, Phil.Lederer@srqme.com

After a tough summer for the Downtown Sarasota visual arts scene, with both Dabbert Gallery and Art Uptown Gallery closing down within months of each other, a new scene seems to be taking root on South Palm, where a whole cluster of new galleries is set to open in the coming months, including Burns on Palm (a relocated 530 Burns Gallery), Mara Art Studio + Gallery (relocated from Rosemary District) and the relative newcomer to the group, Define Art Gallery and Studio, which opens its doors October 3.

“Our vision is to define an art world where each piece of art speaks a story and each artwork creates emotion,” says Define owner Deena King, a mixed-media artist with a penchant for paper craft and collage. The goal is not to showcase interior design or “something that looks good over the couch,” she says, but to unite like-minded artists who are actively looking to say something with their art and speak to the times, even if only in their own weird way. In short, to create, not decorate. A tall order but one answered readily when Define put out a call to artists, and King soon found herself with 23 artistic compatriots aligned with her vision.

Those familiar with the arts scene will recognize several of Define’s member artists, including more than one refugee from the collapse of the Big Red Awning, such as found object sculptor Melanie Carlstein, fused glass artist Esther Jensen, ceramicist Joan Libby Hawk, mosaic artist Donna Grossman and painters Janet Mishner, Evelyn McCorristin Peters, and Marlane Wurzbach—all finding a new home together. Other familiar names include mixed-media sculptor Ellen Kantro and watercolorist Jill Krasner, as well as the celebrated New York City-based artist Ro Daar, whose wooden wall sculptures whorl and weave like music given form. King would love to admit more, “but we just don’t have any more wall space,” she says.

With plans for rotating monthly shows, each member artist will get a chance to shine at Define, showcasing their work in the big glass windows out front. For the gallery’s first show, opening next week and on display for the First Friday ArtWalk on October 6, much of King’s latest work will be featured, including the expressionist’s ventures into three dimensions, using found objects and extra swatches of canvas to add a layer of physicality to her mixed-media operations. Coming shows include a November exhibition highlighting Krasner and Wurzbach and a December show putting Carlstein and Peters in the spotlight.

“I just want Sarasota to know that there are a lot of artists here,” says King. “And they have a lot to offer.”

Define Gallery opens Tuesday, October 3. The First Friday ArtWalk is October 6. 

Pictured: Deena King with her work, Ocean's Edge. Photo courtesy of the artist.

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[Arts & Entertainment]  The Sound Inside at Urbanite Theatre
Dylan Campbell, dylan@srqme.com

With fall well on its way and cooler weather approaching, the arts scene in Sarasota is beginning to heat up. Performing arts institutions around the region are delving into their 2023-24 season programs and Urbanite Theatre is no exception. Urbanite opens up its 10th season with the regional premiere of the 2020 Tony-nominated play, The Sound Inside by Adam Rapp. The Sound Inside is one of four mainstage productions in Urbanite’s 2023-24 season–the play, along with three other world premieres, is a product of Urbanite’s dedication to telling new and contemporary stories. “We can take risks here at Urbanite, because we’re a smaller theater company,” says Summer Wallace, Producing Artistic Director at Urbanite. “I think it’s extremely important to continue to commission and develop new plays as well. It’s kind of what we’ve built the DNA of the company on. One of the goals that I have for Urbanite is that we’re not just known in Sarasota for doing new work, but nationally as well.”

The Sound Inside follows the fraught relationship between an isolated Yale creative writing professor, Bella Baird, and her student Christopher. “We meet Bella Baird, our primary narrator, who has essentially been living in solitude for the past two decades since her novel was published. Through Bella, we’re then introduced to Christopher who is a little bit different than her other students,” says Wallace. “They connect over their shared love for books and begin to share details about their lives with each other, and without giving the plot away, Bella makes an unexpected request to Christopher that neither knows if he can fill. The play is a mystery, it’s suspenseful–it explores unrealized dreams, loss and the limits of what one person can ask of another.”

Wallace was drawn to the play because of the playwright, Adam Rapp’s, distinctive style. “Rapp really keeps us on our toes. We’re never quite sure where this play is going–it expels the assumptions of where we think it might be going along the way,” says Wallace. “It pushes us to think about our own inner thoughts and inner life possibilities and if we should be listening to those thoughts or not."

The Sound Inside, October 20-December 3, 2023. Urbanite Theatre, 1487 2nd Street, Sarasota, 941- 321-1397. 

Pictured: Vickie Daignault who plays Bella Baird in The Sound Inside. Photo by Sorcha Augustine

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[Arts & Entertainment]  Hermitage Sunsets at Benderson Park Kicks Off 2023-2024 Season with Terry Guest and James Anthony Tyler

The Hermitage Artist Retreat announces a newly developed partnership with Nathan Benderson Park as a part of the Hermitage’s 2023-2024 season. Expanding on the success of the Hermitage programming at Selby Gardens and other venues throughout the region, the new “Hermitage Sunsets @ Benderson Park” series launches this year following a popular Hermitage program at the park last season. That event featured award-winning composer and Hermitage alumna Zoe Sarnak and an ensemble of performers who shared Sarnak’s original songs as a part of the Ruby E. Crosby Alumni Music Initiative at the Hermitage. Each program in the “Hermitage Sunsets @ Benderson Park” series will feature a celebrated Hermitage artist (or artists) to be announced. The outdoor series features performances and explorations of works-in-progress by Hermitage artists-in-residence and alumni. “Hermitage Sunsets @ Benderson Park” events are currently scheduled to take place by Benderson Lake near the Nathan Benderson Family Finish Tower (5851 Nathan Benderson Circle, Sarasota, FL 34235). The first event in this series – scheduled for Thursday, November 16th at 5pm – features two of the most innovative voices working in theater today. “Hermitage Sunsets @ Benderson Park: Theater on the Lake” showcases the talents of Hermitage Fellows Terry Guest and James Anthony Tyler. These two talents split the bill to share some of their latest work and discuss the creative process as the sun goes down over the lake. This first program in the new series is presented in partnership with Westcoast Black Theatre Troupe, Urbanite Theatre, and Nathan Benderson Park Conservancy. Admission is free, but registration is required ($5/person) at HermitageArtistRetreat.org. Confirmed 2023-2024 dates for this first official season of “Hermitage Sunsets @ Benderson Park” include: Thursday, November 16, 2023, at 5pm, Friday, February 2, 2024, at 5pm, Thursday, March 14, 2024, at 6:30pm. These outdoor events are one part of many “Hermitage North” programs, series, and collaborations planned throughout the season, spanning Sarasota County and the surrounding region. The programs feature industry-leading and award-winning playwrights, visual artists, musicians, poets, choreographers, and more — all free to the members of our community. 

PIctured: Terry Guest and Lady Jess on Hermitage Beach. Photo courtesy of The Hermitage Artist Retreat.

[Arts & Entertainment]  October Events at Creative Liberties Include Collaboration and Community

Creative Liberties Artist Studios and Gallery, based on a foundation of artists helping artists, continues its season’s offerings with an all-packed October, starting with “Collaboration and Community: Art in Common Places,” October 5-28, with an opening reception on October 5, 5-7 p.m., at 927 N. Lime Avenue, Sarasota. This exhibition is a retrospective of 34 posters and prints created by artists and poets collaborating via the local nonprofit, Art in Common Places (AICP). The opening reception will feature live poetry readings. Jackie Cutrone will read "The Rhythm of Structure" by the late John Sims; Anne Morrison will read her poem "On the Beach," Glenn Schudel will read "Process,” and artist Philomena Marano will read the poem by her collaborator, the late Maureen Seaton.  The founders of AICP, and many of its artist and poet members will be in attendance. Lite bites and refreshments will be available. 

Pictured: Creative Liberties Artists.

[Arts & Entertainment]  Sarasota Jewish Theatre Announces its 2023-2024 Season

Sarasota Jewish Theatre (SJT) is pleased to announce its 2023-2024 season. The season opens with a two-night-only special production of “Charting the Lost Continent” in October, which is followed by a one-night-only repeat of last season’s sold out musical, “Bashert – Some Things are Meant to Be,” in November. The season continues with three plays from January through May: “Fully Committed” by Becky Mode, “Better Late” by Larry Gelbart, and “The Immigrant” by Mark Harelik. The plays are presented at The Players Centre Studio 1130 at the Crossings at Siesta Key mall, 3501 S. Tamiami Trail, Sarasota. To purchase tickets and subscriptions ($18-$93), visit ThePlayers.org or call 941-365-2494. For information, visit SarasotaJewishTheatre.org. Sarasota Jewish Theatre’s 2023-2024 season is supported in part by the Falk Weinberger Family Charitable Foundation; Gulf Coast Community Foundation; Jewish Federation of Sarasota-Manatee; National Bath; Suplee Shea Cramer & Miller, PA; and Zildjian Catering. 

[Arts & Entertainment]  Abstract After Dark

Art Center Sarasota and DreamLarge proudly present a unique collaboration featuring nine talented award winners and their remarkable artwork from recent juried show, "An Abstract View." This event celebrates all forms of non-representational art, ranging from Abstract Expressionism to Cubism to Minimalism. Enjoy an evening of music, refreshments, and captivating art! The walls of DreamLarge will come alive with award-winning pieces from "An Abstract View" for an entire week, from October 2nd to October 8th. Don't miss the grand finale at the Abstract After Dark Party on Thursday, October 5th, from 8:00pm to 10:30pm. All of the incredible artworks on display will be available for purchase. 

[Arts & Entertainment]  Bach and Beer, A Perfect Combination

On October 13-15, Key Chorale Chamber Singers and Church of the Redeemer present its unique take on Oktoberfest, with a 3-day festival celebrating the music and genius of Johann Sebastian Bach. Enjoy four amazing concerts featuring the stunning virtuosity of soprano Mary Wilson, trumpeter Aaron Romm, vocalists, and chamber orchestra. Concluding with a Biergarten Experience of German food, beers from Calusa Brewing, and music from Bill Milner’s Oompah Band. Bach and Beer – a perfect combination! Featured guest artists include Aaron Romm, trumpet; Mary Wilson, soprano; Thea Lobo, Grammy-nominated mezzo-soprano; Lily Wohl, mezzo-soprano; Matt Morgan tenor; and David Tinervia, baritone. 

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[Arts & Entertainment]  Star Wars: A New Hope in Concert to Feature Iconic Score Performed Live to Film

Sarasota Orchestra will present Star Wars: A New Hope In Concert featuring a screening of the complete film with Oscar®-winning composer John Williams’ musical score performed live to film. The concert will be led by conductor Susie Seiter. Since the release of the first Star Wars movie over 45 years ago, the Star Wars saga has had a seismic impact on both cinema and culture, inspiring audiences around the world with its mythic storytelling, captivating characters, groundbreaking special effects and iconic musical scores composed by Williams. Fans will be able to experience the scope and grandeur of this beloved film in a live symphonic concert experience when Star Wars: A New Hope In Concert is presented on October 27 and 28. “The Force is strong with this one…” Set 30 years after Star Wars: The Phantom Menace, Star Wars: A New Hope, the fourth episode of the saga, returns to the desert planet of Tatooine. A young Luke Skywalker (Mark Hamill) begins to discover his destiny when, searching for a lost droid, he is saved by reclusive Jedi Obi-Wan Kenobi (Alec Guinness). A civil war rages in the galaxy, and Rebel forces struggle against the evil Galactic Empire. Luke and Obi-Wan enlist the aid of hotshot pilot, Han Solo (Harrison Ford). Joined by the quirky droid duo R2-D2 and C-3PO, the unlikely team sets out to rescue Rebel leader Princess Leia (Carrie Fisher) and make use of the stolen plans to destroy the Empire’s ultimate weapon. In a legendary confrontation, the rogue group mounts an attack against the Death Star for a climactic battle with the evil Sith Lord Darth Vader. Composer John Williams is well known for scoring all nine of the Star Wars saga films, beginning with 1977’s Star Wars: A New Hope for which he earned an Academy Award® for Best Original Score. His scores for The Empire Strikes Back, Return of the Jedi, Star Wars: The Force Awakens, Star Wars: The Last Jedi and Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker were each nominated for Best Original Score. Presentation licensed by Disney Concerts. © All rights reserved.

October 27 and 28, 7:30 pm, Van Wezel, Visit SarasotaOrchestra.org or call the Box Office at (941) 953-3434. 

[Arts & Entertainment]  ensembleNewSRQ Presents Beyond the Veil

ensembleNEWSRQ (enSRQ), the innovative chamber music ensemble, opens its eighth season with “Beyond the Veil,” an ethereal glimpse into the world beyond, with haunting works for string quartet and piano from some of the brightest new voices in music. String quartets from Nia Imani Franklin and Julia Adolphe bookend a captivating trio for violins and piano from Chris Rogerson. Philippe Manoury’s monumental “Tensio” for string quartet and live electronics transports audiences to a different world. The concert is Monday, October 23, 7:30 p.m., at First Congregational Church, 1031 S. Euclid Ave., Sarasota. Single tickets are $25. Season subscriptions for five concerts are available now for $115. For more information on ticket packages and single tickets, including student ticket pricing, visit www.EnSRQ.org. 

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[Arts & Entertainment]  SARTQ Artist Collective Teams Up with CoreSRQ for Annual Print Party

SARTQ Artist Collective will host it’s legendary annual print party at CoreSRQ’s North Branch, 1075 S Euclid Ave, Sarasota, FL 34237, on Saturday, November 4 from 11:00 am - 4:00 pm.The print party offers guests the opportunity to select from 14 different designs created specifically for this event by local artists. Attendees are encouraged to bring their own clothing items such as t-shirts, tote bags, towels, etc., any item that can lie flat under a screen and accept ink. Choose your favorite design to have printed for just $10 or pick three designs to print for $20. Blank adult t-shirts will also be available for purchase. Cash preferred, however Vemno will be accepted. This event is open to all ages and aims to be a family-friendly gathering. Throughout the day, local food trucks, including Big Blue Cheese Company and Bite Me Cookies by Cindy, will be on-site, ensuring that guests can have a bite to eat and hangout while they wait for their prints to dry. “This annual party gives the public a chance to interact with both art and artists,” Julie Kanapaux, Co-Director of SARTQ said. “The concept behind the print party is really to serve as an opportunity for the public to purchase art created right before their eyes while meeting the local artists.” SARTQ Sarasota Artist Collective aims to maintain a network of accomplished Sarasota artists, manage exhibitions and events, and collaborate with the community. Current members include Diana DeAvila, Danielle Dygert, Lori
Childers, Zachary Gilliland, Grace Howl, Julie Kanapaux, Ellen Kantro, Sarah Kraft, Dana Laag, Pamela Olin, Taylor Robenalt, Javier (Javo) Rodriguez, Emmie Wells and Sam Wuerfel. 

[Arts & Entertainment]  Billed as the Most Transformative Day in Sarasota, PINC Returns to the Sarasota Opera House on Thursday, December 7th

The PINC Experience, also known as the most transformative day in Sarasota, is returning to the Sarasota Opera House on Thursday, December 7, 2023, after a three-year hiatus. An initiative of DreamLarge and presented by All Star Children’s Foundation and Ringling College of Art & Design, PINC promises a day of intellectual indulgence, featuring a cast of thought-provoking speakers from diverse disciplines who will immerse the audience in innovation, and creativity, and leave you with a renewed sense of community. “With a new partnership with All Star Children’s Foundation, PINC has evolved to evoke a greater focus on our community’s state of mind, recognizing the collective trauma we’ve all faced in the past few years,” says Anand Pallegar, founder of DreamLarge. “As we infuse our audience with inspiring stories and brilliant minds, this renewed purpose underscores our steadfast commitment to people, ideas, nature, and now community.” The PINC Experience remains an extraordinary opportunity for those who share an unrelenting curiosity about the world around them, and we’re excited to bring world-class speakers, artists, performers, and more back to the Sarasota Opera House. Tickets go on sale October 1 and will be available at a discounted ‘early bird’ price ($275) through October 31. Following this period, tickets will be on sale at the normal price of $425. Tickets for the annual PINC Longtable, presented in partnership with the Chiles Group, “the greatest dinner party in Sarasota,” will also be available.  

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[Living Lakewood]  Pickleball Arrives
Barbie Heit, barbie.heit@srqme.com

PICKLEBALL ARRIVES | Stay Out of the Kitchen and Check Out the New Pickleball Club in Lakewood Ranch, September 2023. 

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[SOON]  GRAB BAG: Fresh Harvest Farmers Market at Wellen Park , June 25 – December 29, 9 am to 1 pm

Visit Fresh Harvest, the newly launched weekly farmers market in Downtown Wellen. Fresh Harvest offers a selection of local goods from nearly 40 local vendors. Fresh Harvest takes place every Sunday in Downtown Wellen from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Attendees can peruse different vendor booths and stock up on a variety of goods. Vendors will offer a wide variety of locally grown and produced food, including herbs, spices, cut flowers, teas, canned and preserved fruits and vegetables, syrups, baked goods, pickled foods, fresh seafood, meats, poultry, eggs, milk and prepared food and beverages. A limited selection of craft vendors also participate in the farmers market. For a listing of participating vendors and more information on Fresh Harvest Farmers Market, visit wellenpark.com/events/fresh-harvest-farmers-market. Downtown Wellen, 19745 Wellen Park Blvd., Venice.

[SOON]  GRAB BAG: Sarasota Cars and Coffee at University Town Center , March 11 – December 9, 8 a.m. to 10 a.m.

This monthly gathering of car enthusiasts brings together automobile lovers from every walk of life, not to mention a wide array of spectacular cars. Bring your own vehicle (all makes and models are welcome) to show off, or check out the hundreds of cars on display. Each month, the event sponsors a different charity, and attendees are encouraged to donate $10 to benefit the charity. The event, occuring on the second Sunday of each month, will feature live music, complimentary coffee and more. To learn more, visit facebook.com/carsandcoffee941. Sarasota Cars and Coffee, The West District at University Town Center near Ford’s Garage, 295 N. Cattlemen Rd., Sarasota.

[SOON]  MUSEUM: Our World: Worldwide Day of Play at The Bishop , September 30, 10am-3pm

Join The Bishop and participate in Our World: Worldwide Day of Play on September 30 from 10am to 3pm. As a day dedicated to experiencing joyful learning through play, this event focuses on getting kids and their families up, out and playing around. Day of Play at The Bishop is presented by Nickelodeon and the Association of Children’s Museums. For more information, visit bishopscience.org.

[SOON]  HEALTH: New Balance University 5k , September 30, 7am

Celebrate National Family Health & Fitness Day on Saturday, September 30, at 7am with
New Balance University, located at 315 N. Cattlemen Rd., Sarasota. Whether you run, walk or jog, you’re invited to our free fun run or walk. Fun for the Whole Family! Join us in a whatever you want to make it 5K-ish marked course run or walk. There will be a digital clock, the ability to demo New Balance shoes, bathrooms, water and raffle prizes. Strollers and dogs welcome. Open to all ages & ability levels-runners and walkers. RSVP at stores.newbalance.com/Universitypark.

[SOON]  SPORTS: Bradentucky Bombers Vs. River City Rat Pack , October 7, 5pm

The Bradentucky Bombers are excited to announce the next home game of 2023 on Saturday, October 7th against River City Rat Pack, a team out of Jacksonville, Florida. They will be hosting the game on Saturday, October 7th at Ellenton Ice & Sports Complex at 5:00 p.m, doors open at 4:30pm. Tickets are available! Presale-$10 online; Adults at the door-$15; Kids 6-12-$10 at the door. Kids 5 and under are free! For more information visit www.bradentuckybombers.com or the Eventbrite to purchase tickets eventbrite.com/e/bradentucky-bombers-vs-river-city-rat-pack-tickets-517783603697.

[SOON]  FOOD: Food Truck Rally , October 14 – October 15, 10am-4pm

Come hungry and enjoy tasty food on four wheels at the Fall Fete Holiday Market and Food Truck Rally. Trucks include Killiks Kitchen Food Truck, Smokin Momma Loras BBQ Mobile, Simply Greek by Wynnberry and Wow Wow Lemonade. Fall Fete Holiday Market and Food Truck Rally, Manatee County Fairgrounds. Visit http://www.fallfeteholidaymarket.com for more info.

[SOON]  GRAB BAG: The Bay Turns 1! Community Celebration , October 18 – October 22

The Bay Turns One! Community celebration provides free, exciting, and diverse programming for the entire community to enjoy. With more than 30 free events over the 5 days, there’s something for everyone, including family-fun activities, headlining musical acts by Journey former lead vocalist Steve Augeri and Sarasota’s own Westcoast Black Theatre Troupe, food and cultural festivals, a one-year community celebration party, Boo! at The Bay Halloween, dancing, nature explorations in nature and more! For more information, visit thebayturnsone.org.

[SOON]  FOOD: Siesta Key Rum Distillery Tours , September 2 – September 30, Various times

Siesta Key Rum runs free year-round tours for guests to learn the story of the craft distillery, the awards they have won and the secret to how they make their rums taste so good. During our 30-45 minute tour we will discuss the following topics: history of Siesta Key Rum, an overview of the awards our small company has won, what makes our rums taste so good, the rum-making process from mashing and fermentation to distillation, barrel aging and bottling of our rums. After the tour, we welcome you to sample a freshly made Siesta Key Rum cocktail, stock up on your favorite rums and browse our gift shop. 2212 Industrial Blvd., Sarasota.

[SOON]  FOOD: Sarasota Hooters Jeep Nights , September 16 – December 21, 6pm

Calling all Jeep Enthusiasts! The Sarasota Hooters location is hosting Jeep Night on the third Thursday of the month starting at 6pm. Hooters is giving away raffle prizes during the monthly events. The September 21 raffle prize is a Flashcal For Jeep Superchips Calibration Tool. Congratulations to Shawn Miller who won a Jeep Tow Kit during the August 17 Jeep Night. Upcoming Jeep Nights will take place on December 21. Hooters of Sarasota is located at 6507 S. Tamiami Trail in Sarasota. Visit Hooters during Jeep Night and present your Jeep key for 15% off food and non-alcoholic beverages and an entry for the giveaway. Jeep Night has become a favorite thing to do for the Sarasota community. From regular customers to Hooters Girls who own Jeeps and Jeep lovers everyone is enjoying this opportunity. For more information, visit www.HootersFlorida.com.

[SOON]  PERFORMANCE: Sights and Sounds at Waterside Place , July 28 – May 31, 6 to 9 p.m.

Head out to Waterside Place for a rocking evening as part of the Lakewood Ranch Sights and Sounds Program. Enjoy a live concert in partnership with Easterseals and EveryoneRocks, featuring artists who are rocking their spectrum. This event is free and open to the public; there is limited seating at the Plaza, but attendees are welcome to bring their own seats. Food and beverages will be available from numerous Waterside Place merchants. For more information on shows, dates, and times, visit lakewoodranch.com/sights-sounds/. Waterside Place, 1560 Lakefront Dr., Sarasota.

[SOON]  FOOD: Farmers Market at Lakewood Ranch , September 3 – September 30, 10am-2pm

Experience some of the best food and flavors of the region with more than 100, and still growing, curated vendors. The Farmers Market at Lakewood Ranch has fast become a favorite weekly tradition for people from all over the region seeking farm-fresh produce, delicious prepared foods, and specialty items and gifts. Aside from all the goodies you can shop at the Farmers Market, find your flow in a free yoga class or have the kiddos get creative during weekly-hosted workshops. 1561 Lakefront Dr., Lakewood Ranch.

[SOON]  THEATER: Rocky Horror Picture Show at Van Wezel , September 30, 8pm

The Rocky Horror Picture Show, the longest-running theatrical release in film history, celebrates its 48th Anniversary with famed actor Barry Bostwick performing at the Van Wezel Performing Arts Hall on Saturday, Sept. 30 at 8pm. The production also features the live shadow cast Hell on Heels and host Larry Viezel. Tickets are currently on sale. Limited VIP tickets are available and include a meet and greet with Barry Bostwick. VIP ticket holders will receive an autograph and get to take a photo with Barry Bostwick prior to the show. Nothing beats a Rocky Horror screening where you can jump up and dance to the time warp in this live, interactive experience. Come up to the lab and see what's on the slab! Tickets are $27-$72 and can be purchased at www.VanWezel.org, by calling the box office at 941-263-6799, or by visiting the box office Monday through Friday between 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Groups of 10 or more should contact 941-263-6726. Pre-show dining is available through Mattison’s at the Van Wezel which is located inside the theater. Reservations can be made on VanWezel.org or through the box office. www.VanWezel.org.

[SOON]  GALLERY: Collaboration and Community: Art in Common Places at Creative Liberties , October 5 – October 28, 5-7pm

Creative Liberties Artist Studios and Galleries presents Collaboration and Community: Art in Common Places, October 5-28, at 927 N. Lime Avenue location. This exhibition is a retrospective of 34 broadsides, both one-sided prints and posters, created by artists and poets collaborating via the local non-profit, Art in Common Places. An opening reception is October 5, 5-7 p.m., and will feature live poetry readings. Jackie Cutrone will read The Rhythm of Structure by the late John Sims, Anne Morrison will read her poem On the Beach and Glenn Schudel will read Process. The founders of AICP, and many of its artist and poet members will be in attendance. Lite bites and refreshments will be available. For more information, visit creativeliberties.net.

[SOON]  GALA: Oktoberfest Charity Bingo , October 5, 2-4pm
Join us for our Oktoberfest-themed Bingo event benefitting the Alzheimers Association. Enjoy a variety of local beer, bingo games, exciting prizes, themed foods and more. Inspired Living always puts on a great party so get your Oktoberfest outfit ready and RSVP today. Inspired Living Lakewood Ranch, 5424 Lena Road, Bradenton.
[SOON]  THEATER: Westcoast Black Theatre Troupe opens its 24th Season , October 11 – November 19, n/a

Westcoast Black Theatre Troupe is thrilled to open its 24th theatre season with "Once On This Island," a Tony Award-winning musical set on a Caribbean island and featuring Afro-Caribbean rhythms and instruments and spectacular costumes. The show tells the coming-of-age story of a peasant girl searching for love and her place in the world, while dealing with complicated social issues of race, class and affairs of the heart. The production runs from October 11 through November 19; individual tickets are on sale. For more information, visit westcoastblacktheatre.com.

[SOON]  GRAB BAG: Lights at Spooky Point , October 13 – October 31, 6:30pm and 7:45pm

Kicking off Friday, October 13, naturally, our popular Halloween-inspired light show is back for a second year! The show will run from October 13-31 with entry times at 6:30pm and 7:45 nightly. Don't miss the chance to see our Historic Spanish Point campus transformed into Spooky Point where you can follow an eerily lit path and encounter fantastic creations and boo-tanically-themed decorations along the way. Equal parts campy and cute, this walk-through show is fun for all ages. Food and beverages will be available for purchase. Purchasing tickets in advance is strongly encouraged, buy yours soon to secure the dates and times of your choice. To purchase tickets at the member price, you must log in to your Selby Gardens member account. For more information visit selby.org.

[SOON]  MUSEUM: Lorna Bieber, Natural World at The Ringling , May 20 – October 15, Museum hours

The Ringling presents a solo exhibition of works by Lorna Bieber in May that includes two new pieces making their debut in the Keith D. and Linda L. Monda Gallery for Contemporary Art. Her artwork first and foremost encourages us to indulge in the pleasures of looking and discovering anew the details of the visual world. Her artistic practice is grounded in appropriating, recycling, and manipulating imagery. The work reminds us of the image world that inundates our daily existence. Our experience of reality is mediated through a barrage of photographic digital images that supplants our connection to the natural world. Yet, Bieber is less interested in a critique of this condition than she is in offering her work as an antidote, a way to inspire viewers and reconnect with our shared sense of wonder. Included with museum admission. The Ringling Museum, 5401 Bay Shore Rd., Sarasota, ringling.org.

[SOON]  GALLERY: Art Center Sarasota New Exhibitions , August 24 – September 30, Gallery Hours

The 2022 through 2023 exhibition season of Art Center Sarasota concludes with four exhibits, August 24 through September 30. In The Ephemerality of Being, Lauren Mann reflects on the beauty and magic of everyday life in colored pencil drawings that are full of patterns and idiosyncrasies. Artist Iren Tete presents Systems of Entanglement is an installation of ceramic sculptures inspired by forms, materials, and thoughts that exist somewhere between reality, dream, and possibility. In SUPERPOSITIONS, Ry McCullough creates colorful works of collage, sculpture, and wall bound hybrids inspired by the traditions of still life and modernist abstraction. An Abstract View re-examines abstraction and its relevance in contemporary art and is juried by Tre Michel, co-owner of State of the Arts Gallery. The opening reception for all four exhibits is Thursday, August 24, 6 to 8 p.m. Art Center Sarasota, 707 N. Tamiami Trail, Sarasota. For information, visit www.artsarasota.org or call 941-365-2032.

[SOON]  MUSEUM: Working Conditions at The Ringling , August 26 – March 3, varied times

Explore labor through The Ringlings Working Conditions photography exhibit, running until March 3, 2024. The Industrial Revolution of the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries radically changed the nature of human labor. That era is defined by a global shift from producing goods by hand to manufacturing by machines and technologies that emphasized efficiency. Working Conditions explores the myriad ways in which photographs have communicated ideas about labor since the nineteenth century through examples from The Ringlings photography permanent collection. For more information, visit ringling.org.

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