Arts on the Horizon

| February 1, 2014

By Jaye Clements

Something new at the Ringling

Every Friday and Saturday, 10:30am to noon – Garden tours at the Bayfront Gardens.  A guided tour of the incredible grounds at the Ringling!  You’ll learn about their interesting living collections.  Wear comfortable shoes, the tour covers about a mile! $20 (Weather permitting)

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February 1, 6:30pm – The Opera Gala 2014: A Masked Ball at The Hyatt Regency

Black Tie Attire/Masks encouraged!  The annual Opera Gala celebrates the beginning of Sarasota Opera’s Winter Festival.  The event will include a cocktail hour, silent auction, and a delightful four course dinner.  $250

Enjoy a special performance by Sarasota Opera Principal Artists and dance to music by 42nd Street Big Band.  This season’s fundraiser will be an awesome celebration!  Call (941) 366-8450 ext. 402.  The Hyatt is at: 1000 Boulevard of the Arts, Sarasota.

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February 1, 12pm to 4 p.m.  7th Annual Grand Ovation at Lakewood Ranch  

Enjoy this family friendly street festival with local talent including musicians, singers, dancers and drama groups with 3 live performance stages.  Visit the unique shops and restaurants. Free!  Lakewood Main Street, LWR. ……………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………

February 1 – The Sarasota Ballet presents Program 4 | Balanchine, Tuckett & Ashton at FSU Center for the Performing Arts. www.sarasotaballet.org

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Feb 1 & 2 – 5th Annual Sarasota Masters Art Festival – 10am to 5pm. on Palm Ave.

The art festival is a high quality show with skilled artists.  Historic Downtown Sarasota will be filled with white tents and plenty of color!   One of the artists is Nicholas Toth from Tarpon Springs.  He creates copper diving helmets.  The helmets were used to dive for sponges many years ago in Tarpon Springs.  He learned this skill from his grandfather who arrived in Tarpon in 1913.  Today, Nicolas makes these unique pieces into works of art!

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February 2, 2pm – Sarasota Ski-A-Rees Water Ski Show – Free! Every Sun until May 4. Ken Thompson Park City Island behind Mote Marine Aquarium

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February 1 & 6, 8, 8pm – Last Lists of My Mad Mother  & February 2 & 9, 2pm Players Theatre

A touching and humorous look at the toll Alzheimer’s disease takes.  The Players Theatre is presenting a new theatre experience, backstage. The Backstage Series is a show with minimal sets and costumes, offering performances in an intimate setting.$15 

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February 4 to 8pm – Complexions at the Van Wezelphoto1

Complexions redefines dance.  Two of the great artistic directors, Dwight Rhoden and Desmond Richardson bring together a lifelong appreciation of the art.  Beautiful dancers will reinvent dance in a delightful piece with music ranging from gospel to classical to rock.

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February 4, 11, 18, 25 at 2pm to 4pm – Royal Afternoon Tea time! at Powel Crosley Estate.

Tea and a light savory menu will be served in the exclusive upstairs living area, overlooking the bay, at the Crosley mansion. 8374 N. Tamiami Trail, Sarasota. $32. Reservations required (941) 225-9122 Simply Gourmet Caterers  http://www.simplygourmetcaterers.com/royal_tea.html

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February 4, 5pm Meet the Artists of Il trovatore – $15  Il trovatore by Giuseppe Verdi – shows: Feb. 8, 12, 16, 22, 25 & 27.

Verdi’s drama tells the story of a quest for love, a soldier and a Gypsy’s quest for revenge. Featuring some Opera favorites set in 1853.
Feb. 17 & 24, 10:30am – Opera House Tour!  Sarasota Opera House 61 N. Pineapple Avenue, Sarasota,  (941) 328-1300  www.sarasotaopera.org

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February 5 through April 5 – Daddy Long Legs at the Florida Studio Theatre

A musical set in the early 1900s, in New England.  It’s a story of a young girl named Jerusha Abbott.  She’s a brave young orphan, who dreams of a better life.   An anonymous benefactor sends Jerusha to a prominent college, where she begins an exciting journey.  Jerusha overcomes her challenging past to fall in love and experience true happiness. $19 to $42. In the Gompertz Theatre.  The Green Room will be open for pre-show dining!  Reservations required for dinner.  (941) 366-9000http://www.floridastudiotheatre.org/show_shows.php?id=405

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February 6,7,8,9, 11am to 9pm. 30th Annual Greek Glendi 

An authentic cultural experience, with Arts & Crafts!  Amazing authentic Greek food!  Greek Dancers and so much more!  Join in on the fun!  St. Barbara’s Greek Orthodox Church – 7671 North Lockwood Ridge Road (Sunday until 8pm.) Admission is $4. Free 12 & under. Parking is free! There will be Shuttles available one mile north at Trinity Church for overflow parking. http://bradentonorthodox.com/

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February 9, 2pm – The 2014 Joy of Jazz concert series 

 


at Centennial Park in downtown Venice.  The Venturas will be playing. Free.  Donations will be accepted to support the Jazz Club’s scholarship fund.  Bring a lawn chair or blanket. visit
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February 11, 5pm Meet the Artists of The Barber of SevilleThe Barber of Seville – shows: Feb. 15, 18, 20, 23, 26, 28 – $19 to $120

Determined to win the heart of the beautiful Rosina with charm and wit, rather than money, Count Almaviva recruits the help of Figaro, the barber of Seville, to steal her away from Dr. Bartolo.  The Barber of Seville is one of the most beloved comedic works in the operatic repertory.  www.sarasotaopera.org

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February 15 & 16, 10am to 5pm – 26th Annual Downtown Sarasota Art & Craft Festival 

on Main St. in Downtown Sarasota… fine & contemporary crafts by more than 100 national artisans. 2014SarasotaFestival – Free Admission.

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February 16, 7pm Masters of Illusion

 

Live! at the Van Wezel.  Masters of Illusion Live is a spectacular magical performance!

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February 17, 8pm – The Hit Men at the Van Wezelphoto2

The original performers from Frankie Valli and the Four Seasons & Tommy James and the Shondells.  Amazing musicians with big hits from the 60’s, 70’s & 80’s.

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February 20, 5pm to 8pm – soulRcoaster

plays with high energy and a diverse array of genres, it’s sure to be a fun night!  Bayfront Gardens at the Ringling! Included with Art after 5 Admission. $10.  http://www.ringling.org/

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photo3February 20, 2pm – Man of La Mancha at the Van Wezel.

One of the most loved musicals of a generation. The production brings to life adventure in an epic tale, which celebrates the triumph of the human spirit!

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February 22, 10am to 4pm – 7th Annual Southwest Florida Heritage Festival – at Crowley Museum & Nature Park.

Free Admission. There is a parking fee of $3.00 to benefit the Sarasota Military Academy.  Civil War acts, weavers, blacksmithing, horse trail rides, games and music.  You’ll fall in love with the area and the beautiful nature walks!  Crowley’s regular hours: Thursday thru Sunday – 10am to Sunset.  16405 Myakka Road, Sarasota.  http://crowleyfl.org/

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February 23 through March 1 – 34th Annual Sarasota Jazz Festival

This year’s lineup includes jazz greats: vocalist Alexis Cole; the world-renowned pianist and composer Dick Hyman; acclaimed saxophonist and clarinetist Ken Peplowski; TheAnderson Brothers, and saxophonists: Wynton Marsalis, Wycliffe Gordon, Jimmy Heath and Michael Feinstein; the Charlie Bertini Quintet, with outstanding trumpeter Charlie Bertini and more.  

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A free youth clinic will be held at Riverview High School.  The clinic will be led by Charlie Bertini and Jeff Phillips on February 25th at 3pm. 

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 February 25, 5pm – Meet the Artists of The Flying Dutchman at the Sarasota Opera House.

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February 27, 8pm – The Moscow Festival Ballet: Don Quixote at the Van Wezel                                                                 

Nobleman Don Quixote de la Mancha pours over his books and tales of distant knighthood. Soon he believes he’s called to knightly deeds as the valiant and eccentric Don Quixote. He and his comic sidekick-squire, Sancho Panza, lead the cast of from Cervantes’ novel through this classic ballet love story.
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 February 27, 5 to 7pm – Ringling in Bloom at the Ringling Museum of Art! $10.  http://www.ringling.org/

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Feb 28, 8pm – Rhythm of the Dance at the Van Wezel

Since the creation of Rhythm of the Dance, it has consistently toured internationally, achieving greater critical acclaim year after year with a wonderful, gifted young cast of dancers, musicians, and Irish tenors. The performance is sure to be spectacular! http://www.vanwezel.org/

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Valentine’s Day on Siesta Key

February 14, 6pm – “Say I do again”

A wedding vow renewal at Siesta Key Beach, Valentine’s Day!

An annual Valentine’s Day event.  Renew your vows at the best beach!  Stay & enjoy the beautiful sunset!  Register at parksonline.scgov.net or call 941-861-9930.  Registration ends Monday, Feb. 10.  (no on-site registration.)  The cost is $5 per couple.  Music will entertain at 4:45pm.  Couples will receive a certificate & refreshments.

Siesta Key Valentine Stroll

From 4:30 to 8:30 on Valentine’s Day – Stroll SK Village with live music and some Valentine’s Day fun!  Participating merchants will be giving candy kisses! (Merchants participating will have red & pink balloons outside their business) Face painting & flowers will be available.  Free Trolley service from SK public beach parking lot to the village.www.siestakeyvillage.org

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