Arts on the Horizon!

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By Jaye Clements

Are you ready for a fun filled season of the arts?  Well, look no more, Sarasota has a myriad of options!

November 1 to Jan 3 – Out of Bounds Match Up returns to the Florida Studio Theatre… Saturdays at 7:30 pm. Two teams take the stage in Bowne’s Lab to compete for the most laughs. Taking audience ideas, the FST Improv actors will turn suggestions into amusing routines. The audience will determine who wins this battle of wits.  Tickets $15. Box office: 941-366-9000.

November 1 to 14 RAP-Punzel by Beth Duda & Adam Ratner in the Keating Theatre at the Floridarap Punzel Studio Theatre – A children’s outreach program catering to elementary age children.  Purchase tickets by calling Patrick A. Jackson at 941-366-9797. Tickets are $6. Mon – Fri. 9:45, 11 & 12:15.  In this adaptation of a classic tale, Punzel uses her love of language and rhyme to overcome her fears. This comedy will be sure to entertain students, as Punzel meets challenges on her road to becoming RAP-Punzel.

November 1, 8pm – Capitol Steps at the Van Wezel

November 1 to Dec 18 – Louis Cabot Photography at the Longboat Key Center for the Arts.  In the Cultural Media Room.  The 6th Annual Ageless Creativity is on exhibition, Illuminated Courage.  The Longboat Key Luminaries recognize artist’s skills who choose art as an important part of their lives, while maintaining a strong connection to the LBK area. (in the Durant Gallery)  The Longboat Key Center for the Arts is a division of Ringling College and offers quality arts based educational & cultural programs. Through classes, workshops, exhibitions and events they inspire, enrich and engage the community in the arts, culture & creativity.  941-383-2345.

November 2, 11 to 1pm – Historical 2-hour LaBarge Cruise with a continental breakfast.  Historian John McCarthy will detail some of Sarasota’s past as you cruise the bay… This is a fundraiser for the maintenance of the Bidwell-Wood House (1882) and the Crocker Memorial Church (1901) located at Pioneer Park.  Reservations a must.  Tickets $40. VIP $50.  Contact the Historical Society of Sarasota County 941-364-9076

November 2, 5, 11, 13, 15 – Pagliacci at the Sarasota Opera House – An opera in 2 acts – music Ruggera Leoncavallo, for performance times go to:
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November 4 to 23 – The Water Engine at the Asolo

November 5, 8pm Susan Boyle at the Van Wezel

November 6, 8pm to 11pm. Ringling Underground. A series of interactive pop culture features an eclectic mix of local and regional live music. Check out up-and-coming artists displaying their work in the Museum of Art Courtyard. Some galleries will be open so you can meet the masters. $10/Adults or FREE with valid Student ID.

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November 7 at 8pm Nov 8 at 8pm & Nov 9 at 2:30pm. Sarasota Orchestra presents “Framed” Masterworks 1 at the Van Wezel, Anu Tali, music director & Alexander Toradze, piano.

November 12, 8pm – Phillip Phillip’s at the Van Wezel

chalk festivalNovember 13, 6:30 to 9:30 – Opening Gala for the Chalk Festival Venice, FL – at the Venice Community Center.  Meet the artists!  Guests are encouraged to wear faux feathers, fins, and masks to reflect the theme, Extinct and Endangered Species.  Ticket are $25 (limited tickets) – also on November 5 from 9am to 5pm there will be a mask making class “Get Your Hands Dirty” at the Venice Art Center.  Masks will be used at the Gala & Chalk Festival.

Nov 14 to Nov 17 8:00am – 6:00pm The 7th Annual Chalk Festival on the Island of Venice – the theme this year is Extinct and Endangered Species.  This year the festival is celebrating the creatures and animals we share our beautiful planet with, and raising awareness about those animals we’re in danger of losing and those we have already lost.  The artists will use the theme of ‘Extinct and Endangered Species’ as inspiration for the colorful, interactive pieces they create. You can ask them about their artwork, they enjoy interacting with festival-goers!

The 3D Pavement Art and large interactive 3D street paintings will be at the Venice Airport Festival Grounds – (Fairgrounds) Airport Avenue (east end), Venice, Florida 34285 & also at the Venice Cultural Campus – 326 Nokomis Ave S, Venice, FL 34285.

The Chalk Festival 2014 is a nonprofit community arts event. Artists from around the world travel to create masterpieces using chalk as their medium and the road surface as their canvas.  Enjoy watching the process unfold as world renowned artists create their masterpieces.  The festival is made possible by sponsors, contributions and volunteers.  Donations accepted & appreciated!

Each chalk work takes 3-7 days to complete, depending on the size and complexity of the design. The largest 3D Street Painting in the USA will be created at the Venice Airport Fairgrounds and will be open for viewing, and interactive photos.  November 14-17, 2014.  The artists will try to break the Guinness World record for largest pavement art, it will be an underwater scene of extinct and endangered species.  The Chalk masterpiece will be created by over 50 local and international artists and include 18,900 sq. ft., that will measure, 42’ x 450 feet!

Gala goers will have the opportunity to have their face or body painted as an extinct or endangered species.  A limited number of appointments will be scheduled.

November 16 there will be a closing party for the Chalk Festival from 6pm to 9pm

November 14 to 18, 10 am to 5:30pm Siesta Key Crystal Classic Mater Sand Sculpting Competition.  Master Sand sculptors compete for top spot as they create sand art on Siesta Key beach.  Thousands of people attend throughout the competition viewing massive sand sculptures on gorgeous SK beach.  Admission is $6. Children under 4 are free.  Proceeds will benefit Mote Marine Laboratory’s Sea Turtle Research and Conservation programs.

November 15, 11am to 7pm – Venice Blues Festival – at Maxine Barritt Park, Venice.Blues Festival

Venice Main Street along with The Suncoast Blues Society present the 2nd Annual Venice Blues Festival.  The festival is located just south of Venice Pier and Sharky’s near Brohard Beach and Paw Park.  This year’s headliner is blues legend, Mac Arnold, born in South Carolina.  His career has spanned 40 years, he spent time playing in Chicago, where he perfected his blues skills.  He’s played with all the greats, James Brown, Otis Spann, B.B. King and Otis Redding.  He was a member of the Muddy Waters Band in the 60’s and also recorded with John Lee Hooker.  He also produced Soul Train in LA.  At age 72, Mac Arnold, is still very active in the Blues community.  Also performing is blues guitar master, Joe Moss from Chicago, with his powerful voice and amazing blues guitar skills.  Kat Riggins is a great blues & soul singer from the east coast of Florida.  Blues guitar player RJ Howson, will amaze you with his awesome guitar style, he’s been playing for nearly 30 years.  Our local favorite, Twinkle and Rock Soul radio, will also be on hand.  They just released a new CD and will play songs from the new release. The Florida Blues Brothers will be making appearances all day and will MC the event. The event has been sponsored by local businesses and breweries.  Proceeds of this event will help Venice Schools acquire student instruments…

12:00-1:00pm RJ Howson

1:15-2:15pm Twinkle and Rock Soul Radio

2:30-3:30pm Kat Riggins

4-5pm Joe Moss

5:30pm-7pm Mac Arnold

November 15 at 7pm & 16 at 1:30pm – The Hobbit – at the Sarasota Opera House – Youth Opera production – J.R.R. Tolkien’s classic story comes to life as a comfort-loving hobbit is unwillingly dragged into a quest to steal a dragon’s gold.

November 16, 7pm Wanda Skyes at the Van Wezel

November 19, 8pm Mannheim Steamroller Christmas at the Van Wezel – by Chip Davis

November 20, 21 at 7pm – Songs of War I Have Seen at Holley Hall

November 20, 7:30pm Celtic Thunder Symphony at the Van Wezel

November 21, 8pm – So You Think You Can Dance at the Van Wezel – Top 10 finalists performing the season’s most popular routines.

November 21, 7:30 & 22, 2pm & 7:30 – The Sarasota Ballet presents Balanchine, Tuckett & Bruce at the Sarasota Opera House.

November 22, 28, 29 – 11 am Kids Komedy Club at the Florida Studio Theatre.  Rated ‘K’ for all ages! Performances in the Goldstein Cabaret – the kids will perform comedy and improvisation.  Tickets are $6 and can be purchased at the box office 941-366-9000

November 23, 4pm – Gloria Musicae – at the Sarasota Opera House.

November 23, 7pm – Melissa Etheridge at the Van Wezel

November 28 at 8pm David Koz & Friends – Christmas Tour at the Van Wezel

November 29, 8pm – Kenny Rogers at the Van Wezel with guest Linda Davis

November 30, 7pm – Camelot at the Van Wezel



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