Arts & Entertainment
The Manta Market is open on Saturday, February 20 and Saturday, March 6 from 9 am to 2 pm in the parking lot at Lemon Bay High School, 2201 Placida Road. You can browse fine arts, crafts, artisanal foods and much more from a large variety of vendors. Convenient parking and restrooms are available. More information is available at Facebook MantaMarket.
SILL Upcoming Programs
SILL (Sarasota Institute of Lifetime Learning) continues its programming this season using a virtual platform. Upcoming free discussions in the hard-hitting “Global Issues” series with acclaimed experts are “Lessons from the Global Pandemic: The U.S. Can’t Make its Own Generic Medicine” with Rosemary Gibson on Tuesday, February 23rd at 10:30 am. On Thursday, February 25, Dr. Aron Troen will discuss “Food Security: Bringing Science and Politics to the Table” at 10:30 am. “The United States Under Electronic Siege: Are We Losing the War?” with Suzanne Spaulding is Tuesday, March 2 at 10:30am. “Music Mondays” presents violinists Jennifer and Christopher Takeda, one of the musical power couples in the Sarasota area, on Monday, February 22nd at 10:30 am. Bick Hyman and Bobby White, piano and tenor, are featured at 10:30 am, Monday, March 1st. To learn more about these programs and to register, visit sillsarasota.org or call 365•6404.
Performing Arts Diversity Discussion
The Suncoast Black Arts Collaborative, a nonprofit organization that promotes using the unifying power of the arts to nurture inclusion and diversity across the regional arts and cultural landscape, presents “Diversity, Equity & Inclusion in the Performing Arts,” part of its free Arts & Racial Justice Panel series, Monday, March 1, 5-6:30 pm, via the Zoom webinar platform. Panel members in this event are Murray Chase, Michael Donald Edwards, Richard Hopkins, Julie Leach, and Daniel Bernard Roumain. The moderator for the discussion is Georgia Court, the owner of Bookstore1Sarasota, and a former journalist, author, educator, and proprietor of a public relations company. The event is free, but registration is required at www.suncoastblackartscollaborative.org by Friday, February 26.
Hermitage Artist Retreat Events
Friday, February 19, 5 pm: “Blank Slate: Pushing Boundaries” at the Hermitage Beach, 6660 Manasota Key Road. Performer, musician and comedian Morgan Bassichis and multidisciplinary artist, choreographer and performer Richard Kennedy will offer insight into their unique worlds of crative, avant-garde and unfiltered performance. Registration required at HermitageArtistRetreat.org.
Wednesday, February 24, 6 pm: “Hermitage Sunsets @ Selby Gardens” continues with cellist Dorothy Lawson (in collaboration with Selby Gardens’ “Lichtenstein Nights”). Acclaimed cellist, member of ETHEL (string quartet,) and Hermitage Fellow Dorothy Lawson will share her music as part of this special “Lichtenstein Nights” evening. Selby Gardens is at 1534 Mound St, Sarasota. This program will also be offered on Wednesday, March 3, 6 pm, at the Historic Spanish Point, 337 N. Tamiami Trail, Osprey. Ticket prices and registration can be found at HermitageArtistRetreat.org.
Friday, March 5, 4 pm: “Voicing Empathy” & “Slush Pile to Publication” is an afternoon writing workshop with Hermitage Fellows Sam Max (playwright,) Sarah Gorham (poet & essayist) and Jeffrey Skinner (poet.) It will be held beside the banyan tree on the Hermitage lawn at 6660 Manasota Key Road. Sam Max will offer a workshop for writers & non-writers alike. Sarah Gorham and Jeffrey Skinner, co-founders of literary press Sarabande Books, will offer a behind the scenes look into what it takes to get a literary work published. Cost is $5 per person and registration is required at HermitageArtistRetreat.org.
Entertainment at the Elks
The Englewood Elks invite you to attend one of their upcoming musical tribute shows. Eagles fans will love the Eagles Tribute on Saturday, February 27. American Made – Blues Bros. will be on Saturday, March 6. The season ends with an ABBA Tribute on Saturday, March 20 (tickets available Monday, March 1.) Show tickets are $27 per person. Doors open at 5 pm with dinner available 5:30 to 7 pm. Show time is 7:30 pm. Tickets may be purchased at the Lodge weekdays, 9am to noon. The Lodge is located at 410 N. Indiana Avenue.
A Call to Artists
It’s time for new artwork to be displayed at Englewood’s Sculpture Garden. The Englewood CRA is soliciting original artwork to be displayed in the Art Scape Sculpture Garden, located in the 400 block of West Green Street. Several pieces of artwork will be selected and displayed in the sculpture garden for a period of three years. A $500 honorarium will be awarded to each artist whose artwork is selected. Guidelines and application forms can be found on the Sarasota County Englewood CRA homepage – www.scgov.net/cra. For more information or to become an ArtScape sponsor, please contact Diane Davidson at 223•2208 or the CRA at 473•0795 or email email@example.com.
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