HERMITAGE ARTIST RETREAT EVENTS
The Hermitage Artist Retreat’s busy season continues with a variety of programs featuring Hermitage artists-in-residence who present performances and conversations about their works-in-progress and offer insight into their creative process. All live events will be held outdoors, and capacity will be limited to accommodate safe social distancing. Masks are requested and strongly encouraged for all live programs. To accommodate capacity restrictions, social-distancing measures, and virtual licensing costs, a $5 per person registration fee will be added for most events. Early reservations are recommended. Registration is required for each event, and is now available on the Hermitage website at HermitageArtistRetreat.org. The Hermitage is located at 6660 Manasota Key Road.
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.
Friday, March 12, 5:30pm - “Between Two Worlds” with Hermitage Fellows Gowre Savoor and Monica Youn. Visual artist Gowri Savoor discusses the importance of mapping systems within her work, and will facilitate an interactive, communal mapping experience that aims to connect people in this challenging time of physical distancing. Poet Monica Youn will read from her manuscript in progress, which includes poems on the theme of “deracination”–to form a racial identity based on other people’s stereotypes, rather than from any central core of authenticity.
Friday, March 19, 5:30pm - “The Great American Mime” with Hermitage Fellow Bill Bowers. Celebrated mime, actor and educator Bill Bowers will make the ancient art form of mime accessible to a contemporary audience. This Hermitage Fellow and “speaking mime” deftly intersperses narrative with stunning visual portraits.
Friday, April 2, 5:30pm - “Transformations in Music & Words” with Hermitage Fellows Henry Clarke and Denise Dillenbeck. Music can transform a single life and literature can transform a whole culture. Violinist Denise Dillenbeck will share musical samples as she reads from her memoir, How Beethoven Saved Me, exploring the relevance of classical music and its power to transform a life. Henry Clarke will read from his latest work, as he challenges us to explore how writing helps us to record, interpret, and shape our culture and society.
Entertainment at the Elks
The Englewood Elks invites you to attend one of their upcoming musical tribute shows. 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. Showtime is 7:30 pm. Tickets may be purchased at the Lodge weekdays, 9am to noon. The Lodge is located at 410 N. Indiana Avenue.
Adult Intro to Art
If you have always wanted to try different art forms but didn’t know where to start, this Mixed Media Series with Kristen Marino will give you the chance to use a variety of materials and learn art concepts and techniques. Classes are held weekly outdoors at The Dearborn Center, 501 W. Dearborn Street. Each class session features a different method and may be taken individually or sign up for all of them. For more information, class fee and registration, visit https://liferealized.org.
Neil Simon’s Proposals
Charlotte Players presents Proposals Thursday, March 11 through Sunday, March 28. This Neil Simon classic delightfully recalls the last time the Hines family gathered in the summer of 1953 in the Poconos. Burt Hines is convalescing from a second heart attack and eagerly awaits the arrival of the ex-wife he still loves. Daughter Josie has just broken her engagement. Clemma, the black housekeeper at the center of the action, casts an astute eye on the complications while faced with her own unresolved past. Curtain time is 7:30pm for evening performances and 2pm for the Sunday matinee. Langdon Playhouse is located at 1182 Market St., Pt. Charlotte. Tickets are $22 adult; student $11. Tickets may be purchased at www.charlotteplayers.org. Phone: 255•1022.
Coronation: Mozart & Haydn
Key Chorale presents Coronation: Mozart & Haydn, two timeless masterpieces by classical music’s original trailblazers who changed the course of music. Acclaimed soprano Suzanne Karpov will make her Key Chorale debut, joining the Key Chorale Chamber Singers and orchestra. Mozart’s Coronation Mass gained its nickname when it was conducted by Antonio Salieri for the coronation of Leopold II as King of Bohemia. Haydn wrote his Lord Nelson Mass, originally titled a Mass in Troubled Times, as Napoleon’s army marched toward Vienna. Soprano Suzanne Karpov will be joined by baritone Jamal Sarikoki, tenor Matt Morgan and Mezzo Soprano Amy Connours, led by conductor Joseph Caulkins. Tickets to watch the 75-minute online streaming video are $30 per household; patrons will receive a viewing link that can be activated any time during the streaming run, March 5–28. To purchase, go to keychorale.org.
Winter Fine Arts Festival
The second annual Lakewood Ranch Winter Fine Arts Festival takes place on Saturday & Sunday, March 13-14 in downtown Lakewood Ranch. Browse this new palette of exquisite, original, handmade art in this outdoor gallery of exceptional artwork. Hours are 10am to 5pm both days. Free admission. Masks required. For questions, call Paragon Festivals at 487•8061.
“Rise Up” with Choral Artists
Choral Artists of Sarasota’s 42nd season, entitled “Rise Up!,” continues virtually with “You’ll Never Walk Alone,” which features uplifting songs from Broadway musicals. This uplifting Broadway revue features selections from Les Misérables, Carousel, A Chorus Line, Sound of Music, Man of La Mancha, and Sweet Charity—characters that inspire us through their perseverance. Guest soloist for this performance is renowned Broadway star Ann Morrison. With the Choral Artists Chamber Chorus; Michael Stewart, piano; and Joseph Holt, piano and conductor. Filmed onsite at Selby Gardens, this virtual concert will be available on demand March 18-April 15; tickets are $15. The “Concert Insight” for this concert is streamed Thursday, March 11 at 10am. For more information and to purchase tickets, visit www.ChoralArtistsSarasota.org or call 387•4900.
Punta Gorda Craft Festival
The fifth annual Punta Gorda Sullivan Street Craft Festival is set for Sat-Sun, March 13-14 at 331 Sullivan Street in Punta Gorda. Hours both days are 10am to 5pm. Artists from across the country will be exhibiting in this outdoor crafts festival. Free admission. Tents will be socially distanced, hand sanitizing stations available and masks are encouraged. For questions, call 561•746•6615.
Learning the Ropes
As an adult, are you interested in learning acting skills, improv, scene study or monologue writing? Would your kids or grandkids like to try acting while having fun? Registration is now open for the next semester of classes at Venice Theatre (VT.) The new semester starts Monday, March 15 with classes for all ages from five to 105 in different aspects of theatre training. All classes are virtual at this time. To learn more and register, go to www.venicetheatre.org. For questions, call 486•8679 or email email@example.com.
Rotary Fine Arts Festival
Mark your calendar so you don’t miss the Rotary Fine Arts Festival the last weekend in March. Come down to West Dearborn Street and browse all artwork on display during the Rotary Fine Arts Festival set for Saturday & Sunday, March 27 & 28, 10am to 4pm. You will find masterpieces and stunning artwork to take home or give as a gift. Experience Florida culture with fine art, music and great food.
Interactive Theatrical Experience
Urbanite Theatre presents Safe House by Brendan Ragan through April 4 - an entertainment experience designed specifically for the pandemic! After leaving his cybersecurity job at a powerful corporation, Fletcher and his wife Ava have gone into hiding, along with their damning company secrets. When Ava mysteriously disappears, Fletcher turns to a stranger to help find her: You. In this fully immersive and interactive experience, step inside Fletcher’s secretive safehouse and navigate his cryptic digital clues to uncover the truth. Safe House is walk-through, interactive story that can be enjoyed by a maximum of four patrons at a time. Each experience is about 35 minutes long, but every viewing will vary as there are multiple endings, depending on your choices. Urbanite Theatre is located at 1487 Second Street, Sarasota. Tickets range from $5 to $25, depending on age. For tickets and more information, visit www.urbanitetheatre.com. For questions, call 321•1397 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
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