Lemon Bay Playhouse Season Cancelled
On November 8th, Bob LaSalle, the president of Lemon Bay Playhouse (LBP,) announced with great regret that due to the ever rising COVID-19 infection, the LBP Board of Trustees decided to cancel the remainder of the 2020/21 season. Those with purchased season tickets or flex passes will receive a refund unless you wish to donate the amount to the theater to help with ongoing expenses during this trying time. For those wishing to donate their season ticket pass, please email your desire to firstname.lastname@example.org. The Board added a caveat: if the situation has improved greatly in the spring, there is a possibility that a show may be mounted.
Fellowship Church Concert
Fellowship Church would like to invite the community for a free concert on Sunday, November 29 at 8:30am & 10:30am featuring Joe Mullins and The Radio Ramblers. They are a five-member team of the best and extremely talented bluegrass singers and musicians. This brilliant band has won dozens of awards including the coveted 2019 IBMA Entertainer of the Year. Come and enjoy these two great concerts, with complimentary refreshments of coffee, juice & pastries, served in the Fellowship Hospitality Café beginning at 9:30am. You can also watch online at watchFClive.com. Free childcare will be provided. For more information or directions, please call 475•7447.
For Country Music Lovers
Englewood Opry has announced their new season will start on Thursday, December 3rd in a new location. Instead of an outdoor venue at Indian Mound Park, the classic country and bluegrass music will be performed in an indoor venue at The Dearborn Center, 501 W. Dearborn Street. They have collaborated with Life Realized to bring country & bluegrass music to the west end of Dearborn Street. The concerts will be held weekly on Thursday evenings from 5:30 to 8:30pm. The house bands are still Gulf Breeze Blue Grass and Sidemen Classic Country, and they will be joined periodically by other musicians and singers. Admission is free; tips are appreciated. For more information, visit www.englewood-opry.com.
Palm Court Treasures
Artist Series Concerts of Sarasota presents Palm Court Treasures, a light-hearted musical tribute to the romance and elegance of the Edwardian era, Monday, November 23, 5:30 pm, outdoors at Historic Spanish Point, 337 N. Tamiami Trail in Osprey. Violinist Chung-Yon Hong and cellist Natalie Helm, both from the Sarasota Orchestra, join pianist Joseph Holt for an evocative program of such familiar favorites as Bach’s Air on the G String, Luigi Boccherini’s Minuet, Leon Jessel’s Parade of the Tin Soldiers, Puccini’s O mio babbino caro and many more. The performance will be followed by a complimentary dessert reception. All seating will be socially distanced, guests’ temperatures will be taken upon arrival and masks or face coverings will be required. As a further safeguard, there will be no will call and tickets must be purchased in advance. In the event of inclement weather, the concert will be moved indoors to a socially distanced space at Faith Lutheran Church, 7750 S. Beneva Road, Sarasota. Tickets are $25 and are available online at ArtistSeriesConcerts.org or by calling 306•1202, Monday–Friday, 10am to 4pm.
Hermitage Beachside Programs
The Hermitage Artist Retreat’s popular beachfront series continues with “The Making of a Musical” with composer and music director Rona Siddiqui, Monday, November 23, 5pm, and “Illuminating the Transcendent,” with composers Krists Auznieks & Robert Pound and poet Jason Schneiderman, Friday, December 4, 5pm. These outdoor, beachside events are at the Hermitage, 6660 Manasota Key Road. Admission is free but registration is required at HermitageArtistRetreat.org. Capacity will be limited to accommodate safe social distancing, so early reservations are recommended. Masks are strongly encouraged.
A Walk to Respect
The Patterson Foundation is presenting a viewing and panel discussion of Abraham Lincoln and Frederick Douglass: A Walk to Respect on Tuesday, December 1, 7 to 9pm. This one-act play taped in February 2020 in partnership with Westcoast Black Theatre Troupe is a moving production where the black abolitionist leader and former slave, Frederick Douglass, and Abraham Lincoln, 16th President of the United States of America, clashed in their ideologies regarding race, politics, and slavery. These two self-made men, at a time when the divided nation faced annihilation, faced their differences with courage and compassion, forging a friendship that helped to end the Civil War and reunite the nation. Michael Krebs as Abe Lincoln, Joel PE King as Frederick Douglass and spoken-word poet, Cedric Hameed, illustrate the importance of human connections, active listening and civil discourse. To learn more and register for this free, virtual event and panel discussion, go to https://forms.gle/13NQebmWiy12E9Na9
Behind the Notes Now Virtual
For the Punta Gorda Symphony 2020/21 season, Maestro Ponti’s popular Behind the Notes lecture series will be livestreamed online and made available free of charge. Ponti will host and interview audience-favorite guest artists and Punta Gorda Symphony musicians alike, ending with a question-and-answer session. Audiences will revisit the following artists: Friday, December 4, 4pm - Richard “Dickie” Fleisher, harpist; Friday, January 22, 4pm – David Kim, violinist; Friday, February 26, 4pm – Laurence Glazener, principal bassist; Friday, March 19, 4pm – Kenneth Fuchs, Grammy award winning composer and TBA – Terrence Wilson, pianist. Pre-registration is not required. Webinar access links are available at www.pgsymphony.org.
Peace River Art Festival
The Peace River National Art Festival will be held Saturday & Sunday December 5 & 6, 9am to 4pm, along the waterfront in Laishley Park, 100 Nesbit Street, Punta Gorda. Nearly 100 nationally recognized juried artists represent various mediums including art glass, fiber arts, jewelry, leather goods, metalwork, oil paintings, photography, pottery, stone sculptures and watercolor. There will also be live music and art demonstrations. Admission is $5 per person at the gate to support the Visual Arts Center in Punta Gorda. Learn more at www.visualartcenter.org.
Van Wezel Holiday Shows
The Van Wezel Performing Arts Hall is offering holiday virtual events. Jim Brickman: Comfort & Joy at Home streams on Thursday, December 3 at 7pm. Darlene Love: Love for the Holidays streams on Saturday, December 5 at 8pm. Dave Koz & Friends: The Greatest Hits of Christmas 2020 streams on Saturday, December 12 at 8pm. Moscow’s Ballet’s Great Russian Nutcracker Christmas streams on Saturday, December 19 at 8pm. The upcoming season’s Broadway, classical and dance shows are moving to a future season. Many virtual events and socially distanced shows, as well as Variety shows on the main stage, are on sale now for the 2020-2021 season. New LIVE Cabaret by the Bay shows will be announced shortly. To view a full listing of upcoming events and purchase tickets, visit www.VanWezel.org.
South Gulf Cove Art Show
South Gulf Cove has announced their Annual Art Show will be Sunday, December 6 from 11am to 3pm. The art show/sale features local artists and will be held in the South Gulf Cove Homeowners Pavillion, 14859 Ingraham Blvd., Pt. Charlotte. Represented media includes fine artwork in acrylics, pastels, oil, watercolors, sculptors and photography. Admission is $5. For more information, contact Rosana at 775•997•3424 or email ArtByRosana@yahoo.com.
Broadway Palm Holiday Show
The Broadway Palm Dinner Theatre in Ft. Myers presents Irving Berlin’s Holiday Inn, the Broadway musical based on the 1942 film starring Bing Crosby and Fred Astaire. The show runs through December 26. Show times are matinee lunch/shows at 11:30am and twilight/evening dinner with show at 5:30pm. Show tickets only are also available. The Broadway Palm is located at 1380 Colonial Blvd., Ft. Myers. To order tickets, go to Broadwaypalm.com or call the box office at 239•278•4422.
John Denver Tribute
Returning for their ninth appearance, The Tom Becker Band presents Back Home Again: A John Denver Tribute on Friday, January 8 at 7pm in the William H. Wakeman, III Cultural Center Theater in Port Charlotte. They have a new show for 2021, but you can still expect to hear your favorite John Denver hits. Tickets are $20 for Cultural Center members/$22 for nonmembers and can be ordered online at www.theculturalcenter.com. The Culture Center of Port Charlotte is located at 2280 Aaron Street, Port Charlotte.
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