Jazz on the Lawn Popular SW Florida group Patricia Dean & Friends will perform jazz favorites from The Great American Songbook, along with Brazilian Bossa Nova at 4pm, Saturday, December 3, on the lawn of Florida Southwestern State College, 26300 Airport Road, Punta Gorda. Cost is $30 adult and $14 youth. Ticket holders receive two free glasses of wine or beer, and bottled water and sodas will also be available at no charge. Bring a picnic for an exciting musical afternoon. Also, please bring an unwrapped toy or non-perishable food items to join the Symphony in supporting Valerie’s House and The Homeless Coalition. Purchase tickets online at www.pgsymphony.org or call 941•205•5996.
Christmas Pageant Mayhem
Charlotte Players present the hilarious Christmas classic, “The Best Christmas Pageant Ever,” Wednesday, December 7 through Sunday, December 18. A couple, struggling to put on a church Christmas pageant, is faced with casting the Herdman kids – probably the most inventively awful kids in history. You won’t believe the mayhem and fun when the Herdmans collide with the Christmas story head-on. Tickets are $25+tax and may be purchased online at www.charlotteplayers.org or calling the box office at 941•255•1022. The Langdon Playhouse is located at 1182 Market Circle, Pt. Charlotte.
Winter Art Market
Englewood Art Center invites you to join them for their Winter Art Market set for Friday & Saturday, December 9 & 10. Shop local art and artisan vendors, enjoy instructor demonstrations, hear live music by NeptunZ, and there will be fun activities for the kids. The market runs from 10am to 3pm both days. Food truck on site. The Englewood Art Center, a division of the Ringling College, is located at 350 S. McCall Road. For more information, call 941•474•5548.
Holiday Harmonies Concert
Venice Musicale’s Suncoast Duo Pianists present “Holiday Harmonies,” a four-hand piano program rich with music of the holiday season. Both sacred and secular works will help set the scene for a very happy holiday season. The concert takes place Saturday, December 10, 3 to 4:30pm, at the Jervey Venice Public Library, 300 Nokomis Avenue South, Venice. The concert is free and open to the public. Donations support the Venice Musicale Scholarship Program. For more information, visit www.venicemusicale.org.
Christmas at Creative Liberties
Creative Liberties Artist Studios and Gallery, based on a foundation of artists helping artists, is gearing up for the holidays. It all starts with a handmade winter holiday tree ornament sale featuring original work made by local artisans and local artist holiday showcase through Thursday, December 22. The Artists Holiday Market will feature unique gifts by artists and artisans on Saturday, December 10, 10am to 3pm. As part of the Market, there will also be a children’s arts & craft tent, free beer from homebrewers Ray & Patti Spicochi, and live music by David Munoz. The studio is located at 901-B Apricot Avenue, Sarasota. For more information, visit www.creativeliberties.net or call 941•799•6634.
Jingle Bell Jubilee
Experience an afternoon of soaring voices, dazzling musical arrangements, delightful humor, and fun-filled twists on Christmas favorites at the Jingle Bell Jubilee. This musical celebration of the season will be held at Grace United Methodist Church, 4100 Field Avenue E., in Venice, on Sunday, December 11 at 3pm. Featuring vocalist & pianist Brian Gurl, with vocalists Michele Pruyn and Natalie Brouwer, the band offer up a powerhouse of a show that blends both traditional and contemporary musical styles. Tickets are $20 adult; $5 student and may be purchased at the church office or at the door.
“Notes: On Writing and Music”
The Hermitage Artist Retreat ends the year 2022 on Thursday, December 15 with “Notes: On Writing and Music”, featuring Hermitage Fellows Chigozie Obioma and Levy Lorenzo, who both bring an international perspective to literature and music. Nigerian-born Chigozie Obioma, whose two novels, “The Fisherman” and “An Orchestra of Minorities,” were both shortlisted for the Booker Prize in Fiction, reads selections of his work, and discusses his creative process. He is joined by Filipino American musician, instrument designer, and returning Hermitage Fellow Levy Lorenzo, whose quirky and innovative work has been described as “a potent force on the side of exuberance, pleasure and awe of virtuosity” by The New York Times. Join these two incredible artists as the sun goes down on the Hermitage Beach, starting at 5pm. Presented in partnership with The Johann Fust Library Foundation. Registration is required at HermitageArtistRetreat.org ($5/person registration fee). The Hermitage Beach is at 6660 Manasota Key Road.
A Classical Holiday
Punta Gorda Symphony’s holiday concert features Tchaikovsky’s “Nutcracker Suite”, Rimsky-Korsakov’s “Dance of the Tumblers”, Anderson’s “Sleigh Ride”, and other holiday favorites on Sunday, December 18 at 2pm and 7:30pm. Also, please bring an unwrapped toy or non-perishable food item to the event to support Valerie’s Place and The Homeless Coalition. Ticket holders can also attend Musical Conversations with Maestro Raffaele Livio Ponti one hour prior to the concert at 1pm and 6:30pm. Tickets are $65 adult and $15 youth. Purchase tickets online at www.pgsymphony.org. The concert will take place at the Charlotte Performing Arts Center, 701 Carmalita Street, Punta Gorda or call 941•205•5996.
LBP Offers Acting Studio
A new Acting Studio is coming in January to Lemon Bay Playhouse. Nationally known for his decades-long stage and film interpretation of Mark Twain, founder Alan Kitty will offer techniques developed by Stanislavsky interpreters like Uta Hagen, Lee Strassberg protege Terry Hayden, Sanford Meisner, and Michael Chekov. The Studio’s philosophy is that not everyone can become a star on Broadway. But everyone can learn to analyze a scene, a play and a character so well that an audience will completely suspend disbelief and experience with their whole being the magic that is Theater. The classes will help students awaken and develop the innovator within each of them. Classes will be offered in a trimester format, winter, spring and fall, beginning on Tuesday, January 3, with five classes and three instructors to teach basic and advanced techniques for both high schoolers and adults. Selected students will be given the chance to join an acting company that will perform new and contemporary works (& eventually the classics) for area audiences. Register at lemonbayplayhouse.com/acting-studio.
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