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The Hermitage Artist Retreat Announces Artists in Conversation: “Identity in Art”
In a collaboration between the Hermitage Artist Retreat and Art Center Sarasota, three acclaimed visual artists and Hermitage Fellows from across the United States — textile artist Diedrick Brackens, interdisciplinary artist Autumn Knight, and figurative artist Robert Pruitt — offer an intimate and candid discussion about their creative process in “Identity in Art,” an artists-in-conversation program on Friday, August 6, 6:30pm, at the Hermitage Artist Retreat, 6660 Manasota Key Road, Englewood. The discussion will be followed by a Q&A with the audience.
“We are excited to welcome these three brilliant artists to the Gulf Coast, and to collaborate with Art Center Sarasota for this summer program,” says Hermitage Artistic Director and CEO Andy Sandberg. “We have no doubt audiences will be inspired as they hear from three visionary and forward-thinking artists about their practice, their process, and their influences.”
This event will be the first in a series of collaborative programs between the Hermitage Artist Retreat and Art Center Sarasota in the 2021-2022 season. This event will be held on the Hermitage campus, with future events taking place at Art Center Sarasota. Registration is required at HermitageArtistRetreat.org. (Free with a $5 per person registration fee.)
Elks’ Country & Western Night
Englewood Elks Lodge 2378, 401 N. Indiana Avenue, invites the public to their new weekly Friday evening of dining with entertainment: Country & Western Night featuring “Country State of Mind”, Nashville recording artist Johnny Lee Howard. He will perform during dinner hours, 5 to 7pm. Menu options are 1/2 rack of ribs, French fries, cole slaw & baked beans for $10.95+tax or all you can eat fried fish, French fries and cole slaw for $9.95+tax. For more information, call the Lodge, 9am to noon, Monday-Thursday at 474•1404. Please note that the Elks is closed during the first two weeks of August.
Come to the Cabaret!
Pinky’s Cabaret at Venice Theatre is now open for your musical entertainment. All tickets are priced at $25 for the different cabaret shows scheduled through Sunday, August 8. To see the entertainment line-up and order tickets, go to venicetheatre.org. Venice Theatre is located at 140 Tampa Avenue West, Venice. Phone: 488•1115.
“Music Elevating the Soul”
Join two of the nation’s leading and most versatile musicians, celebrated pianist and composer Courtney Bryan and renowned harpist Ashley Jackson, as they present “Music Elevating the Soul” on the beach at the Hermitage Artist Retreat on Friday, July 30, 6:30pm. These two musicians will share their original work and speak about their creative process. For more information or to register for this event ($5 per adult; children and students under 18 are free), visit HermitageArtistRetreat.org. The Hermitage Artist Retreat is located at 6660 Manasota Key Road.
The Music of Frank Sinatra
The Englewood Elks Lodge #2378, 401 N. Indiana Avenue, invites the public to join them for dancing, comedy, and dinner along with the music of Frank Sinatra on Saturday, July 31. Dinner at 5:30pm, Show 7pm. Dinner choices: Beef Stroganoff with egg noodles, jumbo shrimp with rice, Dijon Herb Crusted Pork Loin with mashed potatoes & veggies, and cheesecake with fresh berries for dessert. Dinner & show $25. For reservations, call 307•3942.
Women of Comedy III
Lemon Bay Playhouse (LBP) presents “Women of Comedy III: Third Time’s a Charmer” on Saturday, August 7. Due to popular demand, a 7:30pm performance has been added in addition to the 2pm show. Hosted by Kathy McSteen, laugh with these four funny ladies. Leslie Norris offers an intriguing look at marriage, motherhood and trying to balance it all while maintaining your sanity. She has appeared in 30+ TV appearances. Michelle Krajecki’s comedy centers on her mid-western, middle class, and middle child views. She believes most comedy comes from imperfect people living in an imperfect world. Tara Zimmerman has made her husband of 30 years and others laugh in commercial and private venues around SW Florida. Host Kathy McSteen caught the comedy bug at age 65 and ever since, she has infected area audiences with laughter. She is a three-time Visani First Comic Standing finalist. Tickets are $23. Buy tickets online at www.lemonbayplayhouse.com. LBP is located at 96 W. Dearborn Street.
Charlotte Idol Auditions
Will you be the next Charlotte Idol? The Charlotte Idol singing competition is back supported by Premier Sponsor Euro-Wall. Audition Night will be virtual and livestreamed on Facebook and YouTube on Friday, August 13 at 6pm. Singers that qualify will have the opportunity to compete on Finals Night for a chance to win cash prizes!! Will you be the next Charlotte Idol? Singers can register for $20 by emailing CharlotteIdolHC@gmail.com. There are only 40 audition spots available so make sure you register today! All proceeds from this event will benefit the Charlotte County Homeless Coalition’s programs and services. For information on sponsorship opportunities, contact Darcy Woods at Darcy.Woods@CChomelesscoalition.org or by calling 627•4313, ext. 134.
Bluegrass Bash The next Heartland Bluegrass Bash concert features three top Bluegrass bands, “Southwind,” “Heartland Jam Band” and “Highway 41 South” on Saturday, July 24, starting at 1pm. Expect lots of bluegrass jamming and parking lot picking throughout the weekend. Saturday features a Beginning Bluegrass jam with a moderator to help beginners at 10am. You are welcome to bring your stringed instrument and join in. The jams start at noon on Friday, July 23. These weekend events are held at Craig’s RV Resort, 7895 NE Cubitis Avenue, (off US 17 North,) Arcadia. Campsites available for the weekend. Concert is free for members of Heartland Bluegrass Association; non-members $7. Bring your own seating. For more information, call 467•2051 or visit www.heartlandbluegrass.org.
“Once Upon a Mattress” Students in the Summer Musical Experience at Venice Theatre will be performing “Once Upon a Mattress” Friday, July 30 through Sunday, August 1. In this musical version of “The Princess and the Pea,” Princess Winnifred is an awkward, brash girl competing for the hand of Prince Dauntless, whose domineering queen mother has declared he must marry a “true” princess before anyone else in the kingdom can marry. Performances are 7:30pm Friday with shows Saturday and Sunday at 2pm and 7:30pm. Tickets are $18 adult, $15 college, and $12 youth. Masks are required. Purchase tickets online at www.venicetheatre.org or by calling 488•1115. Venice Theatre is located at 140 Tampa Avenue West, Venice.
Women of Comedy III
Lemon Bay Playhouse (LBP) presents “Women of Comedy III: Third Time’s a Charmer” on Saturday, August 7 at 2pm. Hosted by Kathy McSteen, laugh with these four funny ladies. Leslie Norris offers an intriguing look at marriage, motherhood and trying to balance it all while maintaining your sanity. She has appeared in 30+ TV appearances. Michelle Krajecki’s comedy centers on her mid-western, middle class, and middle child views. She believes most comedy comes from imperfect people living in an imperfect world. Tara Zimmerman has made her husband of 30 years and others laugh in commercial and private venues around SW Florida. Host Kathy McSteen caught the comedy bug at age 65 and ever since, she has infected area audiences with laughter. She is a three-time Visani First Comic Standing finalist. Tickets are $23. Buy tickets online at www.lemonbayplayhouse.com. If the 2pm show is sold out, a 7:30pm show will be added. LBP is located at 96 W. Dearborn Street.
Selby Gardens Annual Glass Exhibit
Marie Selby Botanical Gardens (Selby Gardens) and the Duncan McClellan Gallery (DMG) in St. Petersburg present the fourth annual summer glass show, “In Dialogue with Nature: Glass in the Gardens,” July 10 to September 26 at Selby Gardens’ Downtown Sarasota campus, 1534 Mound Street, Sarasota. “We are thrilled to welcome Duncan McClellan and his studio artists back to Selby Gardens this summer,” says Selby Gardens’ President & CEO Jennifer Rominiecki. “Viewing glass in a garden setting provides a unique backdrop and provides our visitors with another way to experience the Gardens.” The exhibition will feature nature-inspired glass work created exclusively by Duncan McClellan which will be displayed in the Tropical Conservatory against a backdrop of lush flowers and plants and in the Koi Pond. Botanically themed glassworks will be for sale with a portion of the proceeds benefiting Selby Gardens’ mission. Visit www.selby.org for more information and online ticket purchase.
Punta Gorda Symphony 21/22 Season
Punta Gorda Symphony returns to the stage for the 2021/22 season. It has been confirmed that the Symphony’s home venue at Charlotte Performing Arts Center is returning to normal operations (no masks nor enforced social distancing.) The concert season begins November 21 and runs through April 24. Subscription renewals begin in August. For updates, visit www.pgsymphony.org or on Facebook.
Sarasota Artist Series 2021/22
The Artist Series Concerts of Sarasota celebrates its 26th season with a return to a full concert schedule featuring a variety of exceptional musical experiences from emerging and established classical, jazz and pops artists. The season boasts 27 performances at seven venues throughout Sarasota and Venice. The programs cover a diverse range of musical offerings, including classical recitals, pops, jazz, chamber soirées, and luncheon and dinner concerts. Also, performances return to Temple Sinai and for its luncheon, dinner, and soirée series concerts. Discounted advance ticket and series subscription sales for the 2021-22 season are open now through July 31 by mail and by phone. Single tickets and series subscriptions will be available online or by phone beginning August 1. More information is available at www.ArtistSeriesConcerts.org or by calling 306•1202, Monday-Friday, 10am-4pm.
Siesta Key Crystal Classic Returns
After making the difficult decision to cancel last year’s festival due to COVID-19, the Siesta Key Chamber is excited to announce the dates for the 2021 festival. This November 12-15, twenty-four premier master sand sculptors will be competing for First Place on Siesta Beach. The Siesta Key Crystal Classic is a visual and cultural arts festival. In only 24 sculpting hours, (spanning the four-day event), the master sculptors create sand masterpieces and transform Siesta Beach into an amazing outdoor art gallery. And it’s more than just sand...the festival also features live music throughout the event along with a large village of shopping and food and drink vendors. Other activities include the popular three-day “Quick Sand” competition, sand sculpting lessons and an amateur sculpting competition. A full live music line up will be announced in October. For more information about Siesta Key Crystal Classic, contact the Siesta Key Chamber of Commerce at 349•3800; email email@example.com or visit www.siestakeycrystalclassic.com.
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