Arts & Entertainment

July 11, 2024 at 12:17 p.m.

Country Gospel Concert
Terry & Debra Luna, a multi-award-winning country gospel duo from Nashville will present a free concert on Sunday, July 14, 2 to 4pm, at Indian Mound Park, 210 Winson Avenue. This is an outdoor concert and you should bring your own seating. Learn more about the Lunas at For more information, call/text Peggy at 909•938•9526.



The “Feathers and Flippers” sculpture project, the brainchild of Sydney Martin, is evolving into the “Old Englewood Village Project”. Businesses and other individuals/groups are purchasing concrete sculptures that will be decorated by Artist Colony artists and then placed along W. Dearborn Street for residents and visitors to view and take selfies. Sculpture figures include turtles, dolphins and herons. Projected installation date is December. On Sunday, July 14, sponsors and those interested in learning more can stop by the Englewood Chamber of Commerce community room (601 S. Indiana Avenue) to meet the artists in a meet-and-greet from 2 to 4pm. To learn more about this project, contact Sydney Martin at 773•983•6190 or email [email protected]. Pictured here is an example of a turtle sculpture from another town.

EPAS Announces Dates
Englewood Performing Arts Series (EPAS) has announced the dates for their upcoming season. If you enjoy EPAS concerts, save these Friday evening dates now: November 15, December 6, January 17, February 14, March 7 and March 21. The artists for each performance will be announced on Monday, July 15th. Season Passes will go on sale Thursday, August 1st, followed by Individual Concert ticket sales on Sunday, September 1st. EPAS also announced that they have created another tier for ticketing and reserved seats this year. Stay up to date by following Englewood Performing Arts Series on Facebook or on the Englewood Methodist Church website

LBP Box Office Closed
Lemon Bay Playhouse has announced their box office at 96 W. Dearborn Street will be closed during July. It will reopen on Thursday, August 1 when single tickets for the 2024/25 season go on sale. Box office hours will be Monday through Friday, 10am to 2pm, and you can reach the box office during those hours at 941•475•6756.

Summer Movie Nights
Summer Movie Nights continue at Wellen Park on Sunday evenings, starting at 5pm. Come watch a feature film on the big screen at CoolToday Park, 18800 S. West Villages Pkwy., Venice. The scheduled movie for Sunday, July 14th is “Arthur the King”, followed by “Ghostbusters: Frozen Empire” on Sunday, July 21, and “The Shallows” on Sunday, July 28. Cost is $7 for ages 10 and up, $3 for ages 4 to 9, and free for ages 3 and under. Tickets may be purchased online at or by call 941•413•5004.

Beginner Acting for Adults
Got the acting bug but don’t have any experience? “Beginning Acting for Adults” is a six-week class on Wednesdays, from 1:30 to 3:30pm, starting Wednesday, July 17th in the Raymond Center classroom of Venice Theatre, 245 N. Tamiami Trail, Venice. Find out how fun acting can be while exploring the joy of acting through exercises and games. Class cost is $180. To learn more and register, go to or call 941•486•8679.

Creative Liberties Exhibits
Creative Liberties Artist Studios and Gallery in Sarasota continues its season’s offerings with an all-packed July starting with an exhibition of works by residents of the ARCOS Apartments, 340 Central Avenue in Sarasota, Wednesday, July 17 through Saturday, August 31. Meet the artists, learn about their process, and view and purchase their art. The “Good Day, Sunshine” exhibit will be open Monday-Friday 9am to 6pm and Saturdays 10am to 5pm. An opening reception is Wednesday, July 17, 5-7pm. “Small Works: Big Impact” will be on exhibit and for sale by featured studio artists from Friday, July 12 through Saturday, September 28 at the 901B Apricot Avenue and 927 N. Lime Avenue locations. An opening reception for the exhibits will be at both locations on Thursday, July 25, 5-7 pm. Meet the artists, view and purchase art and enjoy lite bites and beverages. Hours for the Lime Avenue location are Thursday through Saturday, 10am to 3pm and Sunday to Wednesday by appointment. For more information, visit or call 941•799•6634.

Don’t miss the Summer Art Market at the Englewood Art Center (EAC) on Friday & Saturday, July 19 & 20, from 10am to 3pm. This market is a curated, boutique market that seeks to showcase original, contemporary and diverse artwork and crafts by more than 20 area artists. This is a great opportunity to shop for unique gifts for an upcoming occasion or just to buy something special for yourself. This free, family-friendly event also features instructor demonstrations, live music, food trucks and activities for the young and young at heart, including creating dragonfly magnet clips. EAC will be giving out logo-branded tote bags with vendor swag to the first 50 visitors each day. The food truck vendor on Friday will be “Outside the Lunchbox” and on Saturday “Simply Greek by Wynnberry”. “NepTunZ” will be providing music on Friday, 11am to 3pm, and “Shindig” will be performing on Saturday, 11am to 3pm. Englewood Art Center is located at 350 S. McCall Road and can be reached at 941•474•5548 or visit Pictured here is Robert Buerkle of Décor by Buerkle from a previous art market.

Florida Highwaymen Exhibit Comes to Selby Gardens
Marie Selby Botanical Garden’s summer exhibition will be “The Florida Highwaymen: Interstate Connections”. The exhibit opens on Saturday, July 20 and runs through Sunday, September 15th. Featured are the beautiful landscapes of the Sunshine State produced by the Highwaymen, a group of African American painters active in Fort Pierce on Florida’s east coast beginning in the mid-1950s. The exhibition celebrates the achievements of these talented artists, while also making connections between their remarkable story and the experience of the African American community in Sarasota in the middle decades of the 20th century. Selby Gardens is located at 1534 Mound Street in Sarasota. Non-member admission is $26 adults and $11 for ages 5 through 17. Tickets may be purchased online at or at the gardens. 

Book Clubs: Let’s Read & Discuss
The Englewood Charlotte Library Book Club invites all book readers to join them for one of the monthly book clubs that meet at the library, 3450 N. Access Road. The Third Wednesday Book Club meets, like the name suggests, on the third Wednesday of the month from 5 to 6pm. Each month is a different book that is selected from a variety of genres. The Wednesday, July 17th book club selection is “Life on the Mississippi” by Rinker Buck. “Still Life” by Louise Penny will be discussed at the Wednesday, August 21st meeting. Rather than reading a single title each month, the Hooked on Books book club chooses a theme and each reader selects a title from the theme list to read and then review their selection during the meeting. This book club meets at 10:30am on the second Thursday of each month. The theme for the Thursday, August 8th meeting is books by Australian authors. The book club, Short Texts, focuses on quick reads that are then discussed at 2pm on the first Thursday of each month. Volunteer Tammi who leads this group says that the members have found short stories are the meatiest for good discussions. The Thursday, August 1st discussion book is “The Lesson” by Toni Cade Bambara. Readers who participate in the book clubs are responsible for obtaining their copy of the book to be discussed. For more information, contact the library at 941•681•3736.

Hermitage Presents “Interrupted History”
Hermitage Fellows Jeffery Renard Allen and Yasi Alipour will present a program, “Interrupted History”, on Thursday, July 25, 6:30pm, on the Hermitage Artist Retreat beach, 6660 Manasota Key Road. In the works created by these Hermitage artists, time collapses and worlds expand; the future is present, and history is interrupted. Both work on paper to create narrative, but Jeffery Renard Allen uses letters while Yasi Alipour prefers lines and intricate patterns. Allen is an award-winning author of six books, including the critically acclaimed debut “Song of the Shank”. His latest work, “Fat Time and Other Stories”, is a collection of short works described by The New York Times as a “fierce itching dazzle”. Alipour is an Iranian artist, writer and folder, as well as a celebrated visual artist interested in paper, politics, and performance. She uses text and intricately folded pieces of paper to explore systems of math and history. In her series “As Dreams Become History”, Alipour asked Iranian friends, born after the revolution, to share secondhand memories of that decade shared by family and older friends. She paired these texts with sheets of paper printed with black ink and then folded them into geometric tessellations referencing Middle Eastern abstraction. Program fee is $5, and you can register at

Friday Night Concert
The Friday Night Concert, at Centennial Park gazebo in Venice, features Jane Bond on Friday, July 26. The free concerts are held on the second and fourth Friday evenings from 7 to 9pm. Concert attendees should bring their own seating to Centennial Park, 200 W. Venice Avenue, Venice. No alcohol permitted. For more information, go to

Bluegrass Bash
The Heartland/Southwest Florida Bluegrass Association will be hosting another great show on Saturday, July 27th at Craig’s RV Resort, 7895 NE Cubitis Avenue, Arcadia. Featured bands will be “Flat Branch” and “Flatland Bluegrass”. The show starts at 1pm with open mic/jam band, followed by “Flat Branch” at 2pm and “Flatland Bluegrass” at 3pm. Show is free for members and non-association members are welcome for a $10 donation. Camping sites are available for the weekend and there are impromptu jam sessions and parking lot picking. For questions, call Mark at 941•219•2256

LBP Auditions
Lemon Bay Playhouse (LBP) announces that auditions for their first play of the season, “Spreading It Around”, will be Sunday, July 28 and Monday, July 29 at 7pm at the playhouse, 96 W. Dearborn Street. The cast calls for three males and two females. The play will run Wednesday, September 4 through Sunday, September 22. The plot is about a wealthy widow in a retirement community who is tired of handing out money to her unappreciative children so she starts the “S.I.N. (Spending It Now) Foundation” to give to those in need. This terrifies her greedy son who tries to have her committed. Audition sides are available at

The Swindler is Returning!
Salto Entertainment has announced that Mr. Swindle’s Traveling Peculiarium will be back in Englewood with a new show, premiering in January 2025 at Pioneer Plaza, 325 W. Dearborn Street, If you are one of the few people unfamiliar with the show, Mr. Swindle’s is an extravaganza of circus acts, full of outrageous humor and spectacular acrobatic feats. The show runs Wednesday, January 8 through Sunday, January 19, with both afternoon and evening shows available. Get your tickets now during the pre-sale and save 15% (use code PRESALE). The presale price expires Tuesday, September 17th. Go to for more information and ticket purchase.