By Jaye Clements
It’s August and the kids are getting ready to head back to school… If you are looking for some last minute summer fun, take a look at our upcoming events. Lots of freebies this month!
August 1 – 6pm to 9pm. “Live from Downtown – It’s Friday Nights!” Street performers in downtown SRQ – Main Street at 5 Points Park & Palm Avenue. Every Friday night.
August 1 – 6pm to 9pm. “Music on Main Street” in Lakewood Ranch. Live entertainment! There’ll be face painting, balloon twister and more, near the fountain. Bring your own chairs, no coolers. Dogs are welcome on a leash. Beer & Wine available for purchase. Lakewood Ranch is located off University Parkway east of I-75.
Aug 1 & 2 – The Sty of the Blind Pig at the Banyan Theatre. This real life drama takes place on the south side of Chicago, during the 50’s. For times/tickets go to: http://www.banyantheatercompany.com/
Aug 1 to Aug 8 – Selby Galleries I & II: Performance of the Visual: The Return of Frank Rampolla at Ringling College of Art & Design. Free! Open 10am to 5pm. 2700 N. Tamiami Tr. http://www.ringling.edu/index.php?id=88&ext=
Aug 1 to Aug 24 – 2nd Annual Summer Cabaret at the Venice Theatre. So many different shows to choose from! They’ll be something for everyone. Take a show in this month at this charming little theatre. http://venicestage.com/2nd-annual-summer-cabaret-festival-2/
Aug 1 to Aug 24 – “Science and the Spectator” at the Ringling Museum – This exhibit includes human and animal works on paper, as well as balloon flight.
Aug 1 through Sept 8 – “Curiosity” at the Ringling Museum – A group of lithographs that illustrate the importance of secondary attractions to the advertising of American traveling shows.
Throughout August until Dec 7 – Danny Lyon’s iconic book The Bikeriders at the Ringling. It is a photo-documentary of Postwar America. Lyon, began riding with and photographing motorcyclists in Chicago at races and “scrambles.” during college. He joined the Chicago Outlaws motorcycle club and began traveling and documenting biker’s cruising the Midwest for two years, providing an insider’s perspective of life on the road. The Bikeriders portfolio was published in 1968.
Aug 1 to Dec 7 – Bandits, Beauties and Beggars: The Etchings of Salvator Rosa on exhibit at the Ringling Museum. Salvator Rosa’s Baroque landscapes have captivated audiences since the seventeenth century. www.Ringling.org
Aug 5 to 31 – “Somewhere over the Rose” at Florida Studio Theatre. You’ll enjoy the music of two legendary women, Judy Garland and Bette Midler, featuring songs like “Singin’ in the Rain,” “Wind beneath My Wings,” and “From a Distance.” http://www.floridastudiotheatre.org/
Aug 8 – 7pm – Koko Ray performing at Centennial Park in downtown Venice, at the Gazebo. Bring your chair or blanket. Free admission.
Aug 14 – 5pm – Art & a Movie at the Ringling – How do they know it’s authentic?
Museum tour and film discussions, sharing an insider’s view of art authentication. Who the #$&% Is Jackson Pollock? A Documentary Feature, Picturehouse. Allow 30/40 minutes to explore a behind-the-scenes tour prior to the film. Post-screening discussion is approximately 10/20 minutes. Pick up your movie ticket and tour guide at the Admissions counter beginning at 5:00 pm. Film begins at 6:30 pm. Film is 74 minutes. (PG-13)
August 15 – 6 to 9pm. “Live from Downtown Sarasota, It’s Friday Night!” at Towles Court (Adams & Washington area) Local entertainers, musicians and street performances.
Aug 21 – 5pm – “Traveling with Masterpieces” at the Ringling. Museum tour followed by a film and film discussion. Art handlers and couriers travel with priceless art from museum to museum. They will share their tales of taking a masterpiece on tour. Plus, Bean, the film.
Mr. Bean travels to America when he is given the responsibility of bringing a highly valuable painting to a LA museum. Allow 30/40 minutes to explore a behind-the-scenes tour prior to the film. Post-screening discussion lasts approximately 10/20 minutes. Admission begins at 5:00 pm. Film begins at 6:30 pm – 89 mins, (PG -13)
August 22 – 5pm. “Friday Fest” at the Van Wezel with SoulRcoaster. Free live music. Bring your chair or blanket, food and drinks are available for purchase (sorry, you
may not bring in your own). On beautiful Sarasota’s bay front at the Van Wezel 777 N. Tamiami Tr. http://www.vanwezel.org/
August 22 – 7pm. Free Friday Night Free Music with Ishmael Katz Friends at the Gazebo in Centennial Park, downtown Venice. Bring your chair or blanket.
Aug 30 – 2pm – Conversation and a Movie: The Rising Tide – at the Ringling Museum. Contemporary Chinese art is extremely popular. This film, The Rising Tide, looks at the emerging post-Mao art scene in China through the works of several prominent artists, some are featured in the exhibition, Seeing the Unseen. This documentary, explores China’s works by talented photographers and videographers. If you have an interest in art, you’ll enjoy this film!