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Arts on the Horizon

By Jaye Clementsphoto1

January 1 to May 30 – Sarasota’s Season of Sculpture at Bay Island Park – Season VII– A number of beautiful pieces line the Sarasota Bayfront. Talk a stroll along the sidewalk to view these large works of art!  Eight regional, national and international renowned artists and eighteen sculptures are on display at the intersection of 41 and John Ringling Causeway, along the sidewalk. (North and south of Marina Jack).  It’s free to the public!  A smaller exhibition will be on display by the Sarasota Herald-Tribune building on Main St. in downtown Sarasota.

 Free public art is extraordinary!  Unlike art in a museum, this special exhibit offers the opportunity to view the sculptures on a beautiful landscape, adding a unique viewpoint by the Sarasota Bay.  This exceptional area provides a stunning backdrop to these sculptures that adds a whole new dynamic to each piece. It also provides a great spot for a Kodak moment and an enjoyable walk along the bay.  Bringing art to the street makes it available to everyone!

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Boaz Vaadia, Bluestone Slate

The 3D art sculptures are made by a range of talents, from masters to new artists, using a variety of styles, state-of-the-art techniques and materials, including bronze, steel, stone, clay, concrete and wood.  The artists of Season VII present an exciting range of artistic and abstract pieces based on their diverse influences.  Included are: Heinz Aeschlimann, Hans Van de Bovenkamp, Robert Chambers, Richard Herzog, Linda Howard, Jun Kaneko, Jae Hyo Lee, and Boaz Vaadia.  This year’s presentation is sure to inspire and delight, stimulate and provoke, and develop a greater appreciation of art in our community…

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Jan 1 to Feb 22 – Thurgood at the Florida Studio Theatre.

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Florida Studio Theatre – Montae Russell as Thurgood in Pittsburg Public Theater’s production of Thurgood. Photo by Michael Henninger.

The play is based on the life of Justice Thurgood Marshall.  From childhood in the back alleys of Baltimore, to the US Supreme Court, Justice Marshall overcame many adversities on his impressive journey. Thurgood is a humorous and uplifting portrait of a true American hero.  http://www.floridastudiotheatre.org/show_shows.php?id=404

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BB King at the Van Wezel

January 4 at 8pm – BB King at the Van Wezel Performing Arts Hall – “King of Blues” returns to Sarasota.  B.B. King has inspired many for over 60 years.  He boasts over 50 albums and has made a significant contribution to the music scene throughout his life.
Van Wezel Performing Arts Hall – vanwezel.org or 941.953.3368

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January 4 at 5pm – Celebration Concert – presented by the Perlman Music Program Suncoast.

Sarasota Opera House – http://www.sarasotaopera.org/index.aspx

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January 9 to 12 – Thunder by the Bay – Sarasota Rocks with Live Music & Motorcycles in downtown Sarasota. Thunder by the Bay

January 9 “Kick Start Party” – Whiskey, Wine, and Cigar Tasting at Louie’s Modern – Francis Ballroom 6:30 to 10:30pm – open bar – tickets are $100.

January 10 from 7pm to midnight “Born to Be Wild” Kickoff Party at the Hyatt Regency.
Kettle of Fish and a Harley-Davidson Fashion Show
$20 ($15 for Veterans – Must Show Military ID)
Dress is Biker Casual

January 11 “Downtown Festival” Main Street / Downtown Sarasota
10am to 11pm – Free Admission
1pm – 2:30pm Whiskey Blind
3pm – 4:30pm Twinkle & Rock Soul Radio
5pm – 6:30pm Sean Chambers
7pm – 8:30pm Matt Facciolla Band
9pm – Foghat

“Light Up The Night” LED Bike Show
$10.  Registration 6:00 pm – 7:30pm / Trophies at 9pm / South Palm Avenue

January 12 – Legacy of Valor Motorcycle Ride – Dedicated to Veterans

Finz Finds “Cruise for Cash” – $4,000 In Cash Prizes
$10 Per Hand/3 for $20
(10) $100 Winners, (5) $200 Winners, (2) $500 Winners, (1) $1,000 Winner
Registration 9am to 11am O’Leary’s Tiki Bar and Grill – 5 Bayfront Dr. Sarasota, 34236

9am – CMA Faith Riders #594 – Blessing of the Bikes

“Downtown Festival” Main Street

11am to 6pm – Free Admission
Schedule:
12:30pm – 2pm Selwyn Birchwood
2:30pm – 4pm Jasmine Cain
4:30pm – The Outlaws

14 Class Bike Show – South Palm Avenue in Downtown Sarasota
Registration Sunday 10:30am – 1:30pm – $15
Best of Show Trophy & Most Patriotic Theme Trophy – Winners announced at 4pm

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January 10 at 7:30 – The Jazz club of Sarasota presents – An Evening of Swinging Jazz with The International Jazz Trio & guest Harry Allen at Holley Hall.
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January 10, 11 & 12 Sarasota Orchestra – Superb, Sublime, Splendid – at the Van Wezel – for tickets & pricing: http://www.sarasotaorchestra.org/index.php/concerts/superb-sublime-splendid

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Jan 12 at 1pm – The Polo Club in Sarasota

Join the Asolo Repertory Theatre for a tailgating contest.
Season tailgate members and the public are invited to participate by decorating their tailgating spot, by dressing up or decorating the tables.  Wear your red, white & blue!
Categories to be judged:
Best Patriotic Tailgate Spot
Best American Dish
Best American Dessert

 

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January 15 – Munchtime Musicales – Jerry Eckert Jazz Trio, Jazz performances are at noon at the Beatrice Friedman Symphony Center, 709 N. Tamiami Trail.  The series is free. For more information call 941-351-7467 or visit www.scasarasota.org

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January 18 & 19 – Sarasota Fine Arts Festival
Saturday, 10am to 6pm & Sunday, 10am to 5pm – 555 S. Gulfstream Ave.
http://www.paragonartevents.com/sarasota/index.html

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Jan 19 – Free Jazz Concerts in Venice!

The Jazz Club of Sarasota presents free outdoor jazz concerts in Venice.  Joy of Jazz is a series of afternoon concerts for the whole family at the Centennial Park in Venice, made possible by a grant from The Gulf Coast Community Foundation.

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January 24 to 27 – The 7th Annual Forks & Corks Food & Wine Festival
Presented by the Sarasota Manatee Originals.
Forks & Corks features wine and food tastings, seminars and food demonstrations.
The grand tasting at the Van Wezel was sold out in 8 minutes, but there are food & wine tastings going on around town – check them at: http://www.dineoriginal.com/forksandcorks/
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Jan 24 at 8pm – The Sarasota Orchestra celebrates its 65th year!Broadway Bound
Broadway musicals.  1949’s South Pacific and Cole Porter’s Kiss Me Kate, the Sarasota Orchestra and three Broadway vocalists present award-winning music from Westside Story, Sound of Music and Cabaret.  Contemporary favorites include Phantom of the Opera, Les Miserables, Beauty and the Beast and Jekyll & Hyde. Tickets are $32 to $69.  www.sarasotaorchestra.org/index.php/concerts/broadway-bound
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January 25 & 26 – 11th Annual St. Armands Circle Art Festival – 10 am to 5 pm

www.artfestival.com

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