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“Girl Groups: The ‘60s Explosion” at the Westcoast Black Theatre Troupe was my favorite show of the season and one of the company’s best performances. This show has everything Sarasota audiences love about WBTT. Artistic Director Nate Jacobs regularly designs shows that reintroduce some of the greatest songs ever written, interpreted by Broadway caliber performers for the WBTT’s loyal and adoring audiences.…Continue
Added by Bonnie Greenball Silvestri on March 18, 2017 at 4:30pm — No Comments
It helps to have friends in high places; and Iain Webb and Margaret Barbieri have ably used their considerable ballet pedigrees to great effect in the Sarasota Ballet decade of Webb. The company scored another major coup this past weekend as the first United States company to perform “Scenes de Ballet” by choreographer Sir Frederick Ashton and was joined by the larger than life ballet star Marcelo Gomes, principal of the American Ballet Theatre. The “Tribute to Ashton” event was everything I…Continue
Added by Bonnie Greenball Silvestri on March 16, 2017 at 8:30pm — No Comments
Theater is a place of refuge; and Asolo Repertory Theatre’s Artistic Director Michael Donald Edward’s decision to develop a Washington Trilogy in the early weeks of a new administration is nothing short of brilliant. “The Great Society” was a cautionary tale; “The Originalist” was a peace offering extolling the search for common political ground; and “Born Yesterday” is a clarion call to energize citizens to reassert the founding principals of democracy.
Don’t get me wrong,…Continue
Added by Bonnie Greenball Silvestri on February 20, 2017 at 9:30pm — No Comments
In these heady times where the Constitution is on everyone’s minds and lips, it was an unexpected pleasure to watch “The Originalist,” a play about famed and recently deceased Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia, which premiered at Asolo Repertory Theatre on inauguration day.
Scalia’s death last year has thrown the Supreme Court into the forefront of political discourse. “The Originalist,” written by John Strand, premiered in Washington, D.C. while he was still alive. Edward…Continue
Added by Bonnie Greenball Silvestri on January 30, 2017 at 8:15pm — No Comments
Nearly every time I see the Sarasota Ballet these days, I think to myself, they have reached an entirely different level and they have outdone themselves! In fact, this weekend’s performance of the powerful line up of choreographers Ashton, Graziano, and Tuckett was transcendent; and there are three remaining shows (tonight, tomorrow afternoon, and tomorrow night).
I was eagerly anticipating “Changing Light” by Will Tuckett, which I first saw in 2013, my…Continue
Added by Bonnie Greenball Silvestri on January 29, 2017 at 3:30pm — No Comments
Added by Michael W. Silvestri on January 20, 2017 at 4:59pm — No Comments
ON JANUARY 19TH, 2017 AT 5:30PM IN EACH TIME ZONE ACROSS THE COUNTRY WE WILL GATHER OUTSIDE OF THEATERS TO CREATE A "LIGHT" FOR DARK TIMES AHEAD, AND TO MAKE, OR RENEW, A PLEDGE TO STAND FOR AND PROTECT THE VALUES OF INCLUSION, PARTICIPATION, AND COMPASSION FOR…Continue
Added by Michael W. Silvestri on January 19, 2017 at 11:23am — No Comments
At a time when our nation is riveted to partisan politics, it is refreshing to take a page out of history with the Asolo Repertory Theatre’s “The Great Society.” Last year, the Asolo began our journey with President Lyndon Baines Johnson with the fabulous production “All the Way.” That production introduced us to the intriguing tête a tête between Martin Luther King Jr. and LBJ. In the “The Great Society” the two continued their dance - each one needing each other, slightly loathing each…Continue
Added by Bonnie Greenball Silvestri on January 17, 2017 at 8:30pm — No Comments
Running Now through February 18, 2017
It’s the Depression era and an impoverished black family argues over an heirloom piano that their enslaved grandfather carved with figures representing their rich history. Should they honor their past by…
Added by Michael W. Silvestri on January 16, 2017 at 11:57am — No Comments
The Great Society
By Robert Schenkkan
Directed by Nicole A. Watson…
Added by Michael W. Silvestri on January 13, 2017 at 7:53am — No Comments
I have been eagerly anticipating the opening night of “George Balanchine’s Jewels” when all three pieces, “Emeralds,” “Rubies,” and “Diamonds” would be performed on one night; and the Sarasota Ballet delivered in spades.
Added by Bonnie Greenball Silvestri on December 17, 2016 at 9:00pm — No Comments
The Sarasota Ballet started off the season with a wonderful opener, “Walsh, Tudor, Graziano, and Layton.” To honor Iain Webb's 10th season with the Sarasota Ballet, the company restaged the classic “Wolfgang for Webb,” choreographed by Dominic Walsh. This was the first piece Webb commissioned for the Sarasota Ballet, so it was a fitting beginning to his decade celebration. This relatively exotic piece began with a diaphanous tarp covering the stage and our beloved dancers lifting…Continue
Added by Bonnie Greenball Silvestri on November 1, 2016 at 9:01pm — No Comments
Ease on down the road to check out “The Wiz” at the Westcoast Black Theatre Company through November 20, 2016. This timeless classic about Dorothy, a young woman searching for her way back home, is a tale of friendship, acceptance, and growing up. Dorothy, played with youthful exuberance by the radiant Khadijah Rolle, meets a cast of quirky characters on her journey. Rolle carries the show beautifully and is the moral compass at the center. As the cast swirls around…Continue
Added by Bonnie Greenball Silvestri on November 1, 2016 at 8:00pm — No Comments
Added by Shefqet Avdush Emini on September 12, 2016 at 6:02am — No Comments
2017 Art Demonstrations at Island Gallery West
Weekly Art Demonstrations are offered at Island Gallery West from January 7 through mid March 2017. The free events are open to the public and are held on Saturday mornings from 10:30 a.m. to Noon at the gallery located at 5368 Gulf Dr. (S & S Shopping Plaza, Trolley Stop 15), Holmes Beach, FL. Seating is first come, first served. Please visit…
Added by Marlane Wurzbach on September 1, 2016 at 9:00am — No Comments
As our country is embroiled in a political battle where so much is at stake, there is a place of sanctuary in Sarasota at the Westcoast Black Theatre Troupe’s current production of “How I Got Over: a Tribute to Mahalia Jackson,” created and directed by WBTT’s artistic director Nate Jacobs. I am already a huge fan of WBTT, particularly the musical productions, and “How I Got Over” is among the very best of WBTT’s work.
Added by Bonnie Greenball Silvestri on July 27, 2016 at 4:00pm — No Comments
|2016-2017 Featured Artist Exhibits at Island Gallery West
Please join us for fine art, fun, food and refreshments at our monthly open house ArtWak receptions during the winter/spring season. Many of our member artists attend and look forward to meeting you.
July 2016 Patrick O’Neill (acrylics) "America the Beautiful"
Aug. 2016 Maria Sine (acrylics)…
Added by Marlane Wurzbach on July 19, 2016 at 9:16am — No Comments
Applications are currently being accepted and the forms can be found at the desk inside the gallery or on the website at www.islandgallerywest.com. For additional information, please call Island Gallery West, 941-778-6648 or Carole Dougherty, 941-722-2314.
Island Gallery West, located at 5368 Gulf Dr., Holmes Beach, FL, is an artists' co-op of approximately 27 local artists offering a rich variety of art including…Continue
Added by Marlane Wurzbach on July 19, 2016 at 9:11am — No Comments
“Hetty Feather” is a unique and perfectly British production, adapted from the best-selling book by Jacqueline Wilson, about an impish and courageous orphan who is determined to rise above her tragic circumstances through the power of her imagination.
Frequently, Hetty (played by the indomitable Chloe Mantripp) calls upon herself or other characters to “picture it” and take a journey of their minds to where they need to be. With a relatively sparse set and characters who play…Continue
Added by Bonnie Greenball Silvestri on June 11, 2016 at 6:30pm — No Comments
The show is at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday through May 19; 8 p.m. May 20; 2 and 8 p.m. May 21; and 2 and 7:30 p.m. May 22 in the Straz Center's Morsani Hall. $45-$95. (813) 229-7827. http://www.strazcenter.org/…Continue
Added by Michael W. Silvestri on May 15, 2016 at 9:36am — No Comments