Cultural Scene

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Mr Red struts his aluminum latticework on Cocoanut Avenue. He's staying cool near Florida Studio Theatre in Sarasota, Florida USA.
The sculpture by David Langley of Fort Pierce is part of the City of Sarasota Public Art Collection. At 7 feet 6 inches tall x 10 feet long and 3 feet wide, Mr Red has a commanding presence in the Theater District.
Take the time to read Joan Altabe's delightful article titled "Mr Red Stands for Freedom," published in the  Sarasota Herald-Tribune (June 20, 2000).

Photo by Louis Wery
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Sarasota Mayor Shannon Snyder suggests developing the GWIZ site in concert with the nearby Quay property, according to SRQ Magazine. He wants the waterfront property on the city tax roll.

 Other commissioners see the possibility of renting to a new and similar tenant.

 GWIZ closed with a whimper on August 12. The children’s hands-on science museum limped along for the past year and has 60 days  to remove its equipment and property.

Photo by Louis Wery

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During October 2013, Sarasota Opera and Selby Public Library partner to take audiences "From Page to Stage" in a series of FREE weekly talks honoring the 200th birthdays of Giuseppe Verdi & Richard Wagner and the 100th birthday of Benjamin Britten.

Here's the schedule:

  • Wednesday, October 9 at 10:30am: Maestro Victor DeRenzi presents "Sarasota Opera’s Verdi Cycle"
  • Wednesday, October 16 at 10:30am: Maestro Victor DeRenzi moderates a film screening and discussion of Tosca’s Kiss
  • Wednesday, October 23 at 10:30am: Richard Russell presents "The Operatic World of Richard Wagner"
  • Wednesday, October 30 at 10:30am: Jesse Martins & Sam Lowry present "The Operatic World of Benjamin Britten"

All four talks take place at Selby Public

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The Ringling offers an opportunity to hear and see Tim Seibert recount his memories of life in the creative world of the Sarasota School of Architects. Maureen Zaremba, curator of educational programs, will interview Seibert on stage at the Historic Asolo Theater at 10:30am Tuesday, August 27, 2013. Museum Members and Sarasota Architectural Foundation (SAF) members admitted Free, General Public/Free with Museum admission, all others $5. Since The Ringling event is ticketed, I recommend calling 941.360.7399 for reservations. Afterward attend a book-signing reception. There are a few places available for the SAF-sponsored luncheon with Seibert at Treviso Restaurant (Advance online payment only: $25 per person).

Born in Seattle, Edward J. “Tim” Seibert

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In a bid to engage young adults, six of Sarasota's cultural institutions created a way for 21-40 year olds to enjoy the local art scene at a big discount by joining the Sarasota Culture Collective.

The $99 annual membership includes two tickets* to Asolo Repertory Theatre, FSU/Asolo Conservatory, Sarasota Ballet, Sarasota Orchestra, Sarasota Opera, The Ringling*** and the Arts & Culture Alliance. Sarasota! Sarasota Culture Collective members receive:

• FREE admission to exclusive Culture Collective events
• FREE 1-year membership to the Arts and Cultural Alliance and 2 Tickets to the Annual Awards Ceremony at the Van Wezel Performing Arts Hall
• FREE admission to The Ringling Underground events
• FREE subscription…
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Opening reception for IN / FORMED BY THE LAND - The Architecture of Carl Abbott, a retrospective of models and photographs by well known local architect, Carl Abbott, a student of Paul Rudolph at Yale University who has gone on to earn fame for his own architectural designs. 5-7pm Friday, June 29, 2012. FREE Admission. Selby Gallery, Ringling College of Art and Design, 2700 N Tamiami Trail, Sarasota, Florida 34234 USA. Info: 941.359.7563

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Sarasota Music Festival performances garner headlines most every day through the three week schedule, and last night's closing concert drew cheering ovations.

"... [A]udience revelry ... greeted the student musicians after their performance of Haydn’s Symphony No. 104 in D major, Hob. I:104 (London). The decision to have the entire orchestra stand, save the cellos, was not the sole reason this performance was so close to perfection," Gayle Williams wrote in the Sarasota Herald-Tribune, "but it did add a previously unheard vibrancy.  In Haydn’s day, standing was common practice. If this quality is the result, let all orchestras stand! Llewellyn drew out vigorous contrasts in the strings, and when given the chance, the winds soared admirably.

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While New Edzell Castle illustrates a romance of bygone days in Sarasota, visitors and residents share another kind of a love story when they join the Siesta Key Drum Circle on Sunday evenings.

Here's where you can see the weekly ebb and flow of community. For more than 15 years, drummers and dancers have mingled with locals and tourists swaying to the beat. Marguerite Barnett, MD, a Harvard-MIT trained physician who holds board certifications in Plastic and General Surgery, often creates palm-frond mandalas in the sugary sand before joining the swirl. Shawn Bowen of World Collision sets the rhythm.

How can I equate building a mansion with a weekly gathering on America's #1 beach?

I see a little of Henry David Thoreau in each impulse. As he

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