The choreographers create a new work
The public has the opportunity to help the choreographers in the development of new works by Contemporary dance from Sarasota‘s In the round series. It allows emerging choreographers selected by the SCD artistic team and members of the company to experience a work in progress during the SCD Summer Intensive. After the performance, members of the public are invited to give their opinion. This month’s choreographers are Marisol Rosa from Bradenton, Justice Rodriguez from Miami, Dara Nicole Capley from Boston and Sea Lee from Saraota. Their work will be seen live and in person Friday at 7 pm at the SCD Studio at 1400 Boulevard of the Arts, Sarasota, Suite 300. Tickets are $ 20. A virtual presentation will be ready for home viewing at 7 p.m. Saturday. Tickets are paid for what you can and are available up to 30 minutes before show time. For more information: sarasotacontemporarydance.org/in-the-round
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Last chance for Lichtenstein at Selby
You only have until Sunday to experience the breathtaking art and nature exhibit on display at the Selby Botanic Gardens with its exhibit “Roy Lichtenstein: Monet’s Garden Goes Pop.” It features works by the pop artist who gave a unique touch to Claude Monet’s famous garden paintings. Several works by Lichtenstein are on display at the Museum of Botany and Art, and they have helped inspire horticultural staff to create plant and flower displays that reflect the works of the two artists. This is the latest edition of the Jean and Alfred Goldstein series of exhibitions, which began in 2015, with Salvador Dali, Marc Chagall, Andy Warhol and Paul Gauguin. Selby is at 1534 Mound St., Sarasota. It continues until June 27. For more information: 941-366-5731; selby.org.
A flying elephant and a music master
Watch out for the flying elephants. Or at least one special named “Dumbo” when The Ringling screens the live-action 2019 version of the Disney movie starring Colin Farrell, Michael Keaton and Danny DeVito at 1pm today in the historic Asolo Theater. On Friday at 6:30 pm, the museum will present “Listen Up: The Lives of Quincy Jones,” a documentary about the Grammy-winning multi-talented musician, songwriter, composer, arranger and producer. It features interviews with Frank Sinatra, Jesse Jackson, Ray Charles and more, as well as clips from Jones’ long and varied career. The museum is located at 5401 Bay Shore Road, Sarasota. For ticket information: ringling.org
A historic night of genius
Audiences in the Sarasota area are among the first in the country to see the new play “My Lord, What a Night”. Deborah Broovert’s play is based on an actual event – a night when singer Marian Anderson gave a concert but couldn’t find a hotel to stay due to segregation. She was assisted by Albert Einstein. The production is part of an ongoing world premiere sponsored by the National New Play Network, which coordinates theaters to stage new plays and help bring them to life. Kate Alexander is directing the FST production of the play, which premiered at the Contemporary American Theater Festival in Shepherdstown, West Virginia in 2019 and in February at Orlando Shakes. Sarasota’s production was originally scheduled for one year but has been delayed due to the coronavirus pandemic. Performances begin Wednesday at FST’s Keating Theater, 1241 N. Palm Ave., Sarasota. For more information on tickets: 941-366-9000; floridastudiotheatre.org
Visual variety at Art Center Sarasota
As people begin to gather in greater numbers, Art Center Sarasota is giving them a reason to venture out with four exhibitions on display in its galleries through July 2. paintings and graphite drawings of landscapes and creatures; “Black, White, and Everything in Between: Work by Yamel Molerio”, whose art incorporates the overlap of paper, canvas, fabric and wood; “Duality: sculpture of Dominice Gilbert”, large-scale sculptures in steel, bronze and copper; and an all-media juryed exhibit called “Process”. Art Center Sarasota is at 707 N. Tamiami Trail, Sarasota. Hours are 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday to Friday and noon to 4 p.m. on Saturday. 941-365-2032; artsarasota.org
Flash mob at the farmer’s market
Something different is going to happen at the Sarasota Farmers Market at 10 am Saturday. While shopping for vegetables and other items, you might get caught up in a flash mob. And it’s not too late to participate. Anyone can participate, but you must watch a demo video in advance. The Sarasota County Arts & Culture Alliance, Project Pride SRQ and Dr. Cole Hair Design present a group of volunteers who will spontaneously perform “This is Me” from “The Greatest Showman”. You don’t have to be a dancer to participate. The movements are generally fairly straightforward for people of all ages and experience. Just watch the video on a special “This is Me” Flash Mob page facebook.com/groups/269993831538739. Or just come watch the band play.
Music, history and laughter FST
The Florida Studio Theater is booming again with shows on three different stages. At the Gompertz Theater, Kathy Halenda is back in one of the theater’s most popular and enduring performances, “Sophie Tucker: The Last of the Hot Red Moms.” She helped create the solo show with the late playwright Jack Fournier and director Richard Hopkins in 2000 and brought it back several times. She is accompanied on stage by musical director Jim Prosser. At Court Cabaret, you can find Jason Cohen, a veteran actor / musician who has appeared in “Million Dollar Quartet”, with “Big balls of fire.” It is a musical cabaret that celebrates the music and career of Jerry Lee Lewis, a wild man on the keyboard. And at 7:30 p.m. on Saturdays, FST Improv is back with new performances of “Life’s a Beach,” which has a little fun life in Sarasota with the help of input from the audience. For tickets and more information on all upcoming shows and productions: 941-366-9000; floridastudiotheatre.org
Exploring Robert Colescott’s Work
Robert Colescott was a major figure in contemporary American art and represented the United States at the Venice Biennale in 1997. The artist, who died in 2009 after a career spanning nearly six decades, is the subject of the first complete retrospective of his work with the exhibition “Art and Race Matter: Robert Colescott’s Career. “ The exhibition, which originated at the Contemporary Arts Center in Cincinnati, is now on view through October 21 at the Sarasota Art Museum of Ringling College. It presents 54 works that span most of a career in which he has confronted issues of race, gender, identity and the realities of life in the second half of the 20th century. His works are filled with vibrant colors and images that cast a satirical look at the world and important issues. The museum is located at 1001 S. Tamiami Trail in the old Sarasota High School. Hours are 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday and Wednesday to Saturday and 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday. The museum’s Bistro restaurant also features new menu items related to the exhibit. For more information: sarasotaartmuseum.org
Ringling shines a spotlight on Asian artists
This is the final week of The Ringling’s special “Kabuki Modern” exhibition showcasing a century of artwork showcasing kabuki artists, who have long been considered superstars in Japan. It continues until Sunday. Herald-Tribune art critic Marty Fugate says the images offer “a fascinating glimpse into a genre of visual art devoted to dramatic art.” The story behind it is also dramatic. “The museum also presents”Sam Gilliam: Selections, “ featuring the work of one of our most important contemporary abstract artists, and a collection of works by Saito Kiyoshi, an important artist of 20th century Japanese printmaking. In the Community Gallery, the Sarasota Chamber of Commerce marks the centennial of Sarasota County by examining the relationship between John and Charles Ringling and the development of Sarasota. For more information on all of the museum’s programs: ringling.org
Sailor Circus goes to the movies
It might not be the same as being in the arena, but you can feel the thrills and excitement of the Sarasota Sailor Circus from the comfort of your home in the band’s spring production “A Night at the Movies “. The Hollywood-inspired showcase is available for indefinite home streaming, along with past Circus Arts Conservatory productions, including “Prevail.” Long known as the greatest ‘little’ show on Earth, Sailor Circus features young artists performing on the flying trapeze, cloudswing, freestyle skating, rolla bolla, Roman rings, wire rope and more. Digital tickets cost $ 25. For more information: 941-355-9805; circusarts.org
Jay Handelman, arts editor and theater critic, has been editor and writer at the Sarasota Herald-Tribune since 1984. Read more of his arts and entertainment stories. And please support local journalism by subscribing to the Herald-Tribune.