Cultural Scene

Sarasota & Her Islands anchor what has long been called Florida's Cultural Coast.

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Theo Wujcik continues investigating popular culture in new works displayed in a solo show titled The Previously Unseen opening at Selby Gallery on the campus of Ringling College of Art and Design. The gallery welcomes the public to attend the opening reception 5-7pm Friday, October 25, 2013.

Wujcik will give an artist’s talk and preview at 7pm Thursday, October 24, and a Director’s Tour takes place at 11:30am Monday, October 28. The exhibit continues through December 11. All events are FREE and open to the public. Selby Gallery is located on the Ringling College of Art and Design campus, one-half block east of 2700 N. Tamiami Trail on Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Way in Sarasota, Florida USA.

After a career as a professor of art at the

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The first FREE opportunity to see The Ringling’s new “Icons of Style” exhibition happens tomorrow (Monday, October 7, 2013). Every Monday, the Museum of Art, including special exhibition galleries (but not the circus museums or Ca d’Zan), open free to the public as a legacy gift from museum founder John Ringling.

The show includes 132 items that curator Lauren Whitley, Curator of Textiles and Fashion Arts, Museum of Fine Arts Boston chose from their collection. In addition to gorgeous evening gowns, there are beautifully fashioned men’s suits, fashion sketches, swatches of fabric and other materials as well as references to famous fashionistas.

“I didn’t even look at the info card. I could tell that was Elizabeth Taylor,” a woman said about a

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Recycled or repurposed materials alter ideas about costuming as illustrated by the Art of the Costume “Reinvented” at State College of Florida SCF) Fine Art Gallery through Wednesday, October 16.

The designers hail from almost a dozen local performing arts companies, and they present fabulously beautiful creations made from a crazy assortment of objects. Macaroni hair, garbage-bag skirts, pool-noodle sleeves, Gummy Bear jewels and postage-stamp bodices hint at the variety of trash-to-treasure ideas on display.

Watch Ken Erickson fashion his Renaissance and Elizabethan outfits on YouTube. He has great ideas that you can co-opt for your Halloween costume. You have a few weeks to bring your version to trick or treat.

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For art’s sake, bring your empty and most colorful cereal boxes, office supply boxes, shoe boxes, liquor boxes to Sarasota High School, 1001 S. Tamiami Trail, Sarasota. Here are the drop-off times: 11am-2pm October 19, November 9 and December 14.

Your brightly printed cardboard trash will make a splash onto a site-specific art installation that artist Lisa Hoke will create early next year. The artist transforms trash to colorful art at major museums, and now she will work her wizardry in Sarasota. Her new installation will grow inside the historic high school, the future home of Sarasota Museum of Art (SMOA) as part of the ARTmuse program.

“It’s most important that the boxes be colorful, not ripped or crinkled. No plastic,” said Wendy Surkis, president

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The FSU/Asolo Conservatory for Actor Training eases Sarasota in the cultural direction with Oleanna, a FREE admission two-character play, at 8pm Monday, September 30, 2013. Seating is first come, first served at Asolo Repertory Theatre, 5555 N Tamiami Trail.

Written by David Mamet, this one-night-only production explores the power hierarchy between a university professor and his student. The play stars Allie Henkel and Matthew Olson. Students of the FSU/Asolo Conservatory for Actor Training present, produce, act and direct in this production.

I hope that you attended Celebrate Sarasota Performing Arts Festival last weekend at Sarasota Opera House. Artist Series Concerts of Sarasota organized and presented the two full-length performances. The

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I ran across this photo showing Lido Key toward the end of the 1940s. The vintage postcard illustrates so much that has changed in 60-plus years.

The card features Lido Casino designed by renowned architect Ralph Twitchell in Art Deco style. Ornamentation included cast concrete seahorses, tropical murals and glass blocks. Formally opened in 1940, the building was destroyed and replaced in 1969.

Some joys don't change. We still walk from St Armands Circle to Lido Beach for brilliant sunsets and a chance at spying the green flash just before the sun drowns in the Gulf of Mexico. The little cottages are mostly gone, replaced by condominium complexes along Ben Franklin Drive and mansions along Sarasota Bay, but the park purchased by the city from

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Sarasota Magazine’s Heat Index feature gave full-page treatment to the neon Flamingo Colony Motel sign that used to glow in the dark on Sarasota’s North Trail. The vintage sign lives on in Marty Treu’s book Signs, Streets and Storefronts: A History of Architecture and Graphics along America’s Commercial Corridors.

Learning that Treu, an architect, lived in Sarasota 30 years ago and helped us legislate protection for vintage signs, I started thinking about my favorite signs. It feels good to pull these graphics from the recesses of my mind and take note again.

The Gulf Beach Resort Motel sign gave me my first introduction to Sarasota more than 20 years ago. Converted to a condo motel in the late 1970s, this 1950s-era retreat on Lido beach has added

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Do you keep one eye trained on the Rosemary District hoping that the eclectic neighborhood will bloom again? This area showed so much promise as a developing arts district before the Great Recession dealt its blows.

And maybe, like me, you’ve wondered about the Alfstad& Productions whose intriguing website promises to create "a quality ‘White Cube’ multi-purpose exhibition space that will become the contemporary art destination of choice."  

Now it looks like Alfstad& Productions and its team, which includes artists and crafts people, at least three of whom are graduates of Ringling College of Art and Design, are poised to breathe new life into this historic and well-located Sarasota neighborhood located just north of downtown.


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Sarasota makes a great place for Boomer retirees, points out USA Today (September 9, 2013). After decades in the suburbs, Baby Boomers are moving to cities where they may safely walk to shopping, dining and events.

I encourage my clients to click on the WalkScore® feature associated with the listings shown on my website to see how friendly a neighborhood is for walkabouts. Many of my clients find that a walkable neighborhood contributes health, environmental, and economic benefits. For example, One Hundred Central in Downtown Sarasota boasts a WalkScore® of 94.

Downtown Sarasota appeals to Boomers seeking small-town ambiance yet big-city amenities. Located at the center of Florida’s cultural coast, the city center boasts excellent restaurants,

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Join the crowd at Lakewood Ranch tomorrow afternoon to watch American Idol film singer/songwriter Sam Woolf, who is a contestant on the popular television show.

Woolf describes his music as acoustic/folk/rock “with a little pop.” The 17 year old musician has performed at the Sarasota Chalk Festival, Bradenton Riverwalk and other venues.

The American Idol crew plans to shoot video 2-4pm Friday, September 6 at MacAllisters Grill & Tavern, 8110 Lakewood Main Street.

Photo taken at MacAllisters Grill & Tavern on Lakewood Ranch by Louis Wery

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