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Asolo's The Great Society is a poignant and important history lesson

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…


Added by Bonnie Greenball Silvestri on January 17, 2017 at 8:30pm — No Comments

August Wilson’s The Piano Lesson at the Westcoast Black Theatre Troupe

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

Opening Night Tonight at the Asolo Repertory Theatre!

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

"Jewels" - a perfect gift for the holiday season!

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 Grand Tour through a Decade with Iain Webb

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…


Added by Bonnie Greenball Silvestri on November 1, 2016 at 9:01pm — No Comments

Ease on Down the Road to Check Out the New Production of "The Wiz"

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…


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 Free Saturday Morning Art Demo Schedule Announced! Mark Your Calendars!

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

Check out the emotional and joyful production "How I Got Over" at the Westcoast Black Theatre Troupe

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

Island Gallery West's Monthly Featured Artist Calendar for Fall/Winter 2016 & Spring 2017

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

Island Gallery West, 26 Yr. Old Artists' Co-op, is Currently Accepting Applications for Membership

Applications are currently being accepted and the forms can be found at the desk inside the gallery or on the website at 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…


Added by Marlane Wurzbach on July 19, 2016 at 9:11am — No Comments

Float to the Asolo for British production "Hetty Feather" here until June 26th

“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…


Added by Bonnie Greenball Silvestri on June 11, 2016 at 6:30pm — No Comments

If/Then at the Straz!

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.…


Added by Michael W. Silvestri on May 15, 2016 at 9:36am — No Comments

Style Magazine features's Bonnie Silvestri!

Read the entire article here:

Style Magazine- May 2016:…


Added by Michael W. Silvestri on May 3, 2016 at 10:00am — No Comments

Ashton and Balanchine - a pair for the ages

Sarasota Ballet knocked it out of the park again with its evening with Ashton and Balanchine. The Sir Frederick Ashton piece, “Enigma Variations,” debuting stateside, captured a classic setting in the late 19th century with some of the most elegant performances we have seen all season.…


Added by Bonnie Greenball Silvestri on April 17, 2016 at 9:33pm — No Comments

"The Sam Cooke Story" is a brilliant production about a singularly gifted artist

“The Sam Cooke Story” featured an incredible artist whose life was cut short under very suspicious circumstances. In a remarkable performance, Cecil E. Washington, Jr. was transcendent as Cooke, singing some of the most beautiful songs ever written and performed by a singular musician. Washington’s voice seemed to be touched by divinity with his dulcet tones and charismatic stage presence, he was perfectly cast as the prodigiously talented Cooke.…


Added by Bonnie Greenball Silvestri on March 29, 2016 at 6:00pm — No Comments

Asolo Rep Serves Up a Pleasurable and Thought-Provoking Evening with "Guess Who's Coming to Dinner"

by Bonnie Beth Silvestri

“Guess Who’s Coming to Dinner,” now playing at Asolo Repertory Theatre is a perfect bookend to “West Side Story,” the tragic tale of star-crossed lovers of different racial backgrounds that opened the 2015-2016 season. In “Guess Who,” set at roughly the same time, a young nurse, Joanna Drayton (Ally Farzetta) brings a charismatic and accomplished doctor John Prentice (A.K. Murtadha) home from her travels to Hawaii to meet her parents Christina and Matt…


Added by Bonnie Greenball Silvestri on March 20, 2016 at 11:00am — No Comments

"Ah, Wilderness" is playing at the Asolo Rep through April 10, 2016!

“Ah, Wilderness” is a perfectly cast and performed tableau of life at the turn of the century when an upper middle-class, intellectual family, the Millers, come together for a long weekend to celebrate the country’s founding on the Fourth of July. This piece of Americana is lovely and insightful even if a bit twee when viewed in the context of some of the heavier-hitting material in the American Character series at Asolo Repertory.



Added by Bonnie Greenball Silvestri on February 20, 2016 at 12:00pm — No Comments

Still time to see uproariously funny "Living on Love" at Asolo Repertory

Among the best shows this season is the uproariously funny “Living on Love” – a delightful tonic (there are even still a few seats available for Valentine’s Day) about big egos, young romance, and everlasting love. Vito (Karl Hamilton) and Raquel (Rebecca Caine) De Angelis are immensely popular and charismatic performers who each hire a scribe to ghostwrite their personal memoirs. Vito is known simply as “maestro” and Raquel is fittingly called “diva,” and everything about them is…


Added by Bonnie Greenball Silvestri on February 13, 2016 at 8:00pm — No Comments

January 22 ,23 24, 2016: The Sarasota Native American Indian Festival

The Sarasota Fairgrounds, 3000 Ringling Blvd, on Friday 9-5, Saturday 10-6, and Sunday 10-5.

Come join us and experience the culture and artistry of the of the Native American people at the Sarasota Native American Indian Festival. Enjoy finding authentic, handmade,…


Added by Michael W. Silvestri on January 17, 2016 at 9:56am — No Comments

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