November events: Kay Kipling's guide to the month's best cultural and special events.ART
Ringling Museum of Art. On view through Nov. 4: Thomas Chimes and the Art of Painting. Continuing through Dec. 31 is Cuba Avant-Garde: Contemporary Cuban Art Cuban art is a diverse cultural blend of African, European and North American visual design reflecting the diverse demographic of the island. Cuban artists embraced European modernism and the early part of the 20th century saw a growth in Cuban vanguardism movements, these from the Farber Collection, works in various media by 42 Cuban-born artists; and through Jan. 6, Los Caprichos, etchings by Francisco Goya. And showing through Jan. 10 are photographs celebrating Cuba's natural landscape by renowned local photographer Clyde Butcher Clyde Butcher (b. 1942) is an American photographer, best known for wilderness photography of the Florida landscape. Background
Born in Kansas City, Missouri in 1942, Butcher led a nomadic lifestyle with his parents until attending California Polytechnic University in . 359-5700.
Selby Gallery. Continuing here through Nov. 11 is Part II of the annual Ringling College faculty exhibition; it's followed by The Image and the Word, showcasing found object pieces by Sarasota artist Gwen Fryer in Gallery I and minimalist paintings and poetry by the late Bruce Rosen in Gallery II. Opens with a reception at 5 p.m. Nov. 16 and runs through Dec. 14. 359-7563.
Venice Art Center. On view at this gallery through Nov. 20 is an exhibition of Women Contemporary Artists, followed by an abstract exhibition opening Nov. 30 and running through Dec. 28. 485-7136.
Longboat Key Center for the Arts. Through Nov. 26, the Glen Gallery here presents Images in Color, Light and Movement, featuring works from the Suncoast Glass Guild. Also this month: in the Durante Gallery, opening with a reception Nov. 2, the National League of American Pen Women, followed by A New York New York, state, United States
New York, Middle Atlantic state of the United States. It is bordered by Vermont, Massachusetts, Connecticut, and the Atlantic Ocean (E), New Jersey and Pennsylvania (S), Lakes Erie and Ontario and the Canadian province of State of Mind, a show of new sculptures and paintings by Jack Dowd, Nov. 27 through Dec. 8. Also, in the Members Exhibit and Gift Gallery, art and jewelry on sale Nov. 28 through Feb. 17. 383-2345.
Selby Gardens' Museum of Botany and the Arts. Continuing on view here through Nov. 26 is Intimate Views of Nature, artworks by painter Jon C. Stout. 366-5731.
Tampa Museum of Art The Tampa Museum of Art is located in downtown Tampa, Florida. The museum exhibits 20th-century fine art, as well as Greek, Roman, and Etruscan antiquities. A large outdoor sculpture garden has also been added. The museum can be rented for parties with up to 600 guests. . Continuing through Dec. 16: Latino Voices from the Permanent Collection and Frida Kahlo Frida Kahlo(July 6, 1907 – July 13, 1954) was a Mexican painter, who has achieved great international popularity. She painted using vibrant colors in a style that was influenced by indigenous cultures of Mexico as well as European influences that include : Images of an Icon. (813) 274-8130.
Museum of Fine Arts Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, chartered and incorporated (1870) after a decision by the Boston Athenaeum, Harvard, and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology to pool their collections of art objects and house them in adequate public galleries. . Remaining on view at this St. Petersburg museum through Jan. 6 is Poetry of the Commonplace: A Selection of Latin American Photographs, featuring works by Manuel Carillo, Mariana Yampolsky and Graciela Iturbide Graciela Iturbide (born 1942 in Mexico City) is a Mexican photographer. Biography
Graciela Iturbide married the architect Manuel Rocha Diaz in 1962. She had three children from this marriage. , among others. Also on view, through Feb. 24, is Sacred India, Sacred Tibet, presenting religious art from the 11th to 19th centuries. ((727) 896-2667.
Salvador Dali Noun 1. Salvador Dali - surrealist Spanish painter (1904-1989)
Dali Museum. Running through January at this St. Petersburg museum: Biblia Sacra sa·cra
Plural of sacrum. Part II, Dali paintings based on the Latin Vulgate Vulgate (vŭl`gāt) [Lat. Vulgata editio=common edition], most ancient extant version of the whole Christian Bible. Its name derives from a 13th-century reference to it as the "editio vulgata. Bible. Also on view: video projections by Catalan artist Mabel Palacin. (727) 823-3767.
Greene Contemporary. Opening with a reception Nov. 2 to run through Dec. 1 at this Pineapple Avenue gallery is a show featuring new paintings by Paul Lorenz. 365-9406.
Palm Avenue First Friday First Friday is a city-wide public event that occurs on the first Friday of every month. The events may take on many purposes, including art gallery openings and social networking. Walk. Open art galleries, music and more, from 6 to 9 p.m. Nov. 2 along the avenue. 365-5200.
Galleria Silecchia. On view here Nov. 2-20 are blown-glass vessels by Duncan McClellan; you can also see, Nov. 2-30, sepia-toned photographs by Michael Kahn Michael Kahn is the name of:
Dabbert Gallery. This months exhibit, Destinations, Land, Sea & Cityscapes, features artwork by Tom Swimm, Brian Sage, Craig Rubadoux, Kathleen Carrillo, David Bottini and Allan Teger and runs through Nov. 30. 955-1315.
Avenida de Colores. Celebrating a 400-year-old type of performance art, Burns Square presents its first "Avenida de Colores" chalk festival, from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Nov. 10 and 11. The weekend, which benefits the Sarasota Film Society/Burns Court Cinema, includes indoor and outdoor films, live music, and 50 or so large temporary chalk artworks. 955-5133.
Sarasota Season of Sculpture. The fourth season of monumental sculptures by artists from Florida, throughout the United States United States, officially United States of America, republic (2005 est. pop. 295,734,000), 3,539,227 sq mi (9,166,598 sq km), North America. The United States is the world's third largest country in population and the fourth largest country in area. and elsewhere debuts along the bayfront near Marina Jack, starting Nov. 11 and running through May 26. 366-7767 or 953-4515.
Art Center Sarasota. On view Nov. 13 through Dec. 29 are the following shows: Twelve Inch by Twelve Inch, a juried membership exhibition focused on works one square foot in size; figure sculpture by Rukiya; and contemporary arts, crafts and holiday gifts in the center's holiday boutique. 365-2032.
Sonnet Gallery. The Towles Court gallery presents works by its artists, including Adrian Serrano This page is under construction.
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American Craft Council Show. The ACC's Sarasota show returns for the 13th year, offering works in the media of clothing, jewelry, furniture, glass, ceramics, fiber and more by 200 of the nation's premier jury-selected artists, Nov. 30, Dec. 1 and Dec. 2 at the Sarasota Bradenton International Convention Center. New this year: Crafts4Kids, items designed especially for children, and live performances by the Florida West Coast Symphony's Brass Quintet, 11 a.m. Dec. 1, and its Wind Quintet, at 12:30 p.m. that same day. Tickets are $12 per person, with a two-day pass available for $18; kids 12 and under free. For more information call (800) 836-3470 or go to www.craftcouncil.org.
Tom Chapin. Popular singer/storyteller Chapin is slated to appear in a Saturday Morning for Kids show, at 10:30 a.m. Nov. 10 at the Van Wezel. 953-3368.
McCurdy's Comedy Theatre. Ty Bar-nett, first runner-up on Last Comic Standing Last Comic Standing is an American reality television talent show that premiered in 2003. The objective of the program is to select a comedian from a group, who will receive a development contract with the NBC television network and a special first to air on the cable-TV , entertains Nov. 1-4 at the comedy club, followed by Rich Guzzi (Nov. 7-11), Al Romas (Nov. 14-15), David Alan Grier David Alan Grier (born June 30, 1955) is an American actor and comedian known for his work on the sketch comedy television show In Living Color. Biography
Early life (Nov. 16-18) and Al Ernst (Nov. 28-30). 925-3869.
Ballet Folklorico de Mexico Ballet Folklorico de Mexico is a folkloric ballet ensemble in Mexico City. For five decades it has presented dances in costumes that reflect the traditional culture of Mexico. The ensemble has appeared under the name, Ballet Folklorico de Mexico de Amalia Hernandez. . Experience the native dances of Mexico with this long-established company, at 8 p.m. Nov. 13 at the Van Wezel. 953-3368.
Tango Buenos Aires. The company's new production, "The Four Seasons," features the choreography of Lidia Segni in tangos both sensuous and passionate, at 8 p.m. Nov. 19 at the Van Wezel. 953-3368.
Georgian State Dance Company. Under the direction of Tengiz Sukhishvili, the dance troupe performs a wide range of Georgian folk dances, at 8 p.m. Nov. 25 at the Van Wezel. 953-3368.
Sarasota Ballet of Florida. The company, under new artistic director Iain Webb, presents Balanchine's Allegro Bril-lante and Sir Frederick Ashton's The Two Pigeons, at 8 p.m. Nov. 30, and 2 and 8 p.m. Dec. 1 at the Van Wezel. 351-8000.
Historic Asolo Theater Film Series. Revel in the comic genius of the Marx Brothers in showings of some of their classic films, starting with 1929's The Cocoanuts (set during the Florida land boom), at 3 and 7 p.m. Nov. 5; A Night at the Opera, 7 p.m. Nov. 12; Horse Feathers, 7 p.m. Nov. 19; and Duck Soup, 7 p.m. Nov. 26; all at the Historic Asolo Theater. 360-7399.
Cine-World Film Festival. So many movies, so little time ... make the most of it at the annual Cine-World fest at Burns Court Cinemas, where up to 50 feature films from around the world will be screened Nov. 9-18. Call 364-8662 or go to filmsociety.org for schedule details.
Sarasota Reading Festival. The 10th annual festival promises to bring a celebration of the joys of reading, with author readings and panel discussions, children's events and performances scheduled from 9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Nov. 3 at Five Points Park. Among the writers set at press time: CNN CNN
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Sarasota International Design Summit. "Designing for Life" is the theme of the second summit, hosted by the Ringling College of Art and Design Ringling College of Art and Design is a private, four-year accredited college located in Sarasota, Florida. The Ringling School offers BFA degrees in Computer Animation, Graphic and Interactive Communication, Fine Art, Illustration, Interior Design, and Photography and Digital Nov. 5-7 at the Ritz-Carlton, Sarasota and the Ringling campus. The summit will feature keynote speakers including chefs, editors, creative directors and others; parties, exhibits and more; for full info go to www.sarasotadesignsummit.com.
Great Teddy Bear Run. The 10th annual event to benefit KIDS by the Sea, helping families with kids afflicted af·flict
tr.v. af·flict·ed, af·flict·ing, af·flicts
To inflict grievous physical or mental suffering on.
[Middle English afflighten, from afflight, by cancer. Bikers head from University Center to the Sarasota County Fairgrounds n. pl. 1. same as fairground. for a party, bike show, music, rodeo, food and more; admission $10. 927-7020 or 951-7005.
Efest. The third annual festival celebrating green living takes place Nov. 17 at the Sarasota Polo Club at Lakewood Ranch and offers exhibits, live entertainment, a children's activities area and much more; call 924-9065 or go to efest.us.
Heritage Holidays at Historic Spanish Point. Victorian-era decorations, special tours and living history drama performances enliven en·liv·en
tr.v. en·liv·ened, en·liv·en·ing, en·liv·ens
To make lively or spirited; animate.
en·liven·er n. the historic site this time of year, starting Nov. 23 and continuing through Dec. 31. For performance times, call 966-5214 or go to historicspanishpoint.org.
Wall Street Live. Investment and political luminaries including Steve Forbes, Ned David and Louis Navellier will converge on the Hyatt Sarasota starting at 8 a.m. Nov. 30 for a daylong event for investors that also benefits Caring for Children Charities/Florida Winefest & Auction. For ticket info call (800) 970-4355 or visit wallstreetlive.net.
Florida West Coast Symphony Great Escapes. "Once Upon a Time" is the theme for this month's first pops concerts at Holley Hall, Nov. 1, 2 and 3, offering Ravel's Mother Goose Suite, themes from Raiders of the Lost Ark and more. Later this month, look for "Music from the Big Screen," Nov. 28 through Dec. 1, which includes selections from Gone With the Wind, Chicago and Schindler's List. 953-3434.
Sarasota Blues Festival. The 17th annual fest takes place Nov. 3 at Ed Smith Stadium with headliner Buddy Guy, Mighty Lester, Oteil & the Peacemakers This article is about the pacifist organization. For other meanings, see Peacemaker (disambiguation).
Peacemakers was an American pacifist organization. , 13-year-old prodigy Conrad Oberg and many more performers scheduled. Gates open at 11 a.m.; music starts at noon; for tickets go to any Ticketmaster location, Rossiter's Harley Davidson, the Five O'Clock Club, or check out sarasotabluesfest.com.
Jazz at the Ranch. A day full of jazz, from 11:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Nov. 4 at Lakewood Ranch's Polo Grounds, courtesy of the Jazz Club of Sarasota. 366-1552.
Sarasota Pops Orchestra. "Musical Magic" is the theme for the orchestra's concert of perennial favorites, including Disney selections. At 3 p.m. Nov. 4 at Church of the Palms. 926-POPS (7677).
The Art of the Recital. Artist Series of Sarasota artistic director Lee Dougherty Ross and soprano Michelle Giglio join forces in a song-filled lecture-demonstration at 11 a.m. Nov. 6 at the Historic Asolo Theater. 360-7399.
Florida West Coast Symphony Masterworks. Violinist Rachel Lee joins the orchestra to perform Mendelssohn's Violin Concerto in E Minor, Op. 64, at 8 p.m. Nov. 8 and 10 at Van Wezel, 8 p.m. Nov. 9 at Neel Performing Arts Center A performing arts center, often abbreviated PAC, is a multi-use performance space that can be adapted for use by various types of the performing arts, including dance, music and theatre. , and 2:30 p.m. Nov. 11 at the Van Wezel. 953-3434.
Venice Symphony. The symphony offers Music Outside the Box, at 4 p.m. Nov. 11 at Jacaranda jacaranda (jăk'ərăn`də): see bignonia.
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Cocktails at the Ca d'Zan. The Dr. Dave Band entertains, with refreshments available, from 6 to 9 p.m. Nov. 15 on the Ringling grounds. 359-5700.
Marvin Hamlisch. Composer-performer Hamlisch (The Sting, The Way We Were) guests once more at the Van Wezel, at 8 p.m. Nov. 15. 953-3368.
Key Chorale chorale (kōrăl`, –räl`), any of the traditional hymns of the German Protestant Church. The form was developed after the Reformation to replace the plainsong of the earlier service and as a means of congregational participation in . The choral ensemble performs music by Billings, Copland and Ives in a concert billed as "Hear America Sing," at 7:30 p.m. Nov. 16 at St. Thomas More Catholic Church. 921-4845.
Yamato, Japanese Drummers. Feel the pulse of the traditional Wadaiko drums, at 8 p.m. Nov. 16 at the Van Wezel. 953-3368.
New Music New College. The contemporary music series presented by New College of Florida Distinguishing academic features
Four core principles form the base of New College's academic philosophy: (1) each student is responsible in the last analysis for his or her own education, (2) the best education demands a joint search for learning by exciting teachers and able offers two performances this month: A Night at the "Opera" with Stuart Saunders Smith Stuart Saunders Smith (b. Portland, Maine, United States, 1948) is an American composer, percussionist, and poet. His wife is the percussionist and music publisher Sylvia Smith. His works are published by Smith Publications. References
Florida West Coast Symphony Chamber Afternoon. The mixed ensembles of the orchestra perform works by Telemann, Handel, C.P.E. Bach and J.S. Bach, at 4 p.m. Nov. 18 at Holley Hall. 953-3434.
St. Thomas More Catholic Church Concert Series. Duo pianists Rose-n-Rood (Henry Rose and Kathryn Rood rood (rd), crucifix mounted above the entrance to the chancel and flanked by large figures of the Virgin and St. ) perform together at 4 p.m. Nov. 18 at the church. For ticket info call 923-1691.
3 Mo' Divas. Three female stars (TBA TBA
See: To be announced at press time) cross eight musical styles and 400 years of music in this show conceived by Marion J. Caffey (Three Mo' Tenors), at 8 p.m. Nov. 18 at the Van Wezel. 953-3368.
Perlman Music Program The Perlman Music Program was founded by Itzhak Perlman and his wife, Toby, in 1995. The program is headquartered in Shelter Island, New York. It offers exceptionally talented young string players, aged 12 to 18, a six-week summer residential courses in solo performance, chamber Young Artist Recital Series. Violinist Arnaud Sussman performs the first of this series' concerts, at 8 p.m. Nov. 19 at Selby Auditorium, University of South Florida Sarasota-Manatee
Make 'Em Laugh: The Music of Classic Comedies. A lecture-demonstration with June LeBell, at 11 a.m. Nov. 20 in the Historic Asolo Theater. 360-7399.
Artist Series of Sarasota. Sisters and pianists Michelle and Christine Naughton perform in a program including works by Milhaud, Brahms and Haydn at 7:30 p.m. Nov. 25 and 27 at the Historic Asolo. 360-7399.
Anuna: Celtic Origins. The Irish choir, familiar to many from its Riverdance days, presents a new show harking back through centuries of Irish music, at 8 p.m. Nov. 26 at Van Wezel. 953-3368.
Manasota SOLVE Maternity Homes Golf Tournament. This tourney takes place Nov. 3 at Tara Golf and Country Club. 748-0094.
Boys & Girls Club Tennis Tournament. The racquets racquets, game played by two or four persons on a court 60 by 30 ft (18.3 m by 9.1 m); it is surrounded by three walls 30 ft (9.1 m) high and a backwall 15 ft (4.6 m) high. The ball, 1 in. (2.54 cm) in diameter, is made of polyethylene with an adhesive tape cover. are revving up Nov. 9-11 at the Longboat Key Club and Resort; entry fee is $75 per person. 366-3911 ext. 126.
InStride Equine-Assisted Therapy. The Absolute Aluminum golf tourney takes place Nov. 10 at Lake Venice Golf Club; entry fee is $65. 412-9333.
Sarasota Sports Foundation Celebrity Golf Classic. The third annual event starts at 10:30 a.m. Nov. 17 at the Longboat Key Club and Resort. 927-0559.
Grand Slam Winners Classic. All-day tennis Dec. 1 at the Colony Beach & Tennis Resort, followed by a Tennis Ball, to benefit Wellness Community programs. For info on registering, contact Janet Hunter at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Power of Women. Next up in this series, at 4 p.m. Nov. 15 at New College of Florida, the spotlight is on Women in Law & Finance. 487-4674.
Jekyll & Hyde: The Musical. Good and evil duke it out in this Robert Louis Stevenson tale, through Nov. 4 at the Players Theatre. 365-2494.
A Tale of Two Cities A Tale of Two Cities (1859) is the second historical novel by Charles Dickens. The plot centres on the years leading up to the French Revolution and culminates in the Jacobin Reign of Terror. . The new musical adaptation of Dickens' classic continues through Nov. 18 at the Asolo Repertory Theatre. 351-8000.
Laughter on the 23rd Floor Laughter on the 23rd Floor is a play by Neil Simon.
Inspired by Simon's early career experience as a junior jokesmith (along with his brother Danny, Larry Gelbart, Mel Brooks, and Carl Reiner) for Your Show of Shows . Neil Simon's affectionate look back at the writers' room of a 1950s television comedy hit very much like Sid Caesar's Your Show of Shows continues through Nov. 18 at the Golden Apple Dinner Theatre. 366-5454.
Murder by Poe. Horror, mystery and spine-tingling chills courtesy of master Edgar Allan Poe, in this seven-story compilation running through Nov. 18 in an FSU/Asolo Conservatory production in the Historic Asolo Theater. 351-8000.
Altar Boyz. The musical comedy about a very clean-cut boy group, continuing through Dec. 1 on Florida Studio Theatre's mainstage. 366-9000.
Misery. The stage version of part-time Sarasota resident Stephen King's chiller chill·er
1. One that chills.
2. A frightening story, especially one involving violence, evil, or the supernatural; a thriller.
1. about an injured novelist and his deranged de·range
tr.v. de·ranged, de·rang·ing, de·rang·es
1. To disturb the order or arrangement of.
2. To upset the normal condition or functioning of.
3. To disturb mentally; make insane. No. 1 fan continues through Dec. 16 at the Asolo Rep. 351-8000.
Harry Who? The Lullaby of Broadway. A revue saluting music master Harry Warren, running through Jan. 5 in FST's Goldstein Cabaret. 366-9000.
Kimberly Akimbo. David Lindsay-Abaire's play about a 16-year-old with a disease that ages her at a much faster rate than her peers runs Nov. 1-18 at Venice Little Theatre's Stage II. 488-1115.
Swing! It Don't Mean a Thing unless you Caravan to the Manatee Players Riverfront Theatre, where I'll Be Seeing You at this musical dedicated to 1940s swing. Get the picture? Runs Nov. 1-18. 748-5875.
Letters Home. A play based on the real letters of soldiers serving in Iraq and Afghanistan, presented at 5 p.m. Nov. 4 at the Van Wezel. 953-3368.
Little Shop of Horrors. That gigantic plant, Audrey II, is hungry for audience members in the Howard Ashman-Alan Menken musical, Nov. 6-25 at Venice Little Theatre. 488-1115.
Can-Can. The Cole Porter musical focused around that scandalous dance runs Nov. 20 through Jan. 6 at the Golden Apple. 366-5454.
Peter Pan. The high-flying musical about the boy who wouldn't grow up entertains at 8 p.m. Nov. 23, 2 and 8 p.m. Nov. 24 at the Van Wezel. 953-3368.
Forever Plaid. The ever popular clean-cut musical foursome returns to the stage in Venice Little Theatre's cabaret, Nov. 27 through Dec. 29. 488-1115.
An Evening with Groucho. Actor Frank Ferrante reprises REPRISES. The deductions and payments out of lands, annuities, and the like, are called reprises, because they are taken back; when we speak of the clear yearly value of an estate, we say it is worth so much a year ultra reprises, besides all reprises.
2. his popular one-man show as the legendary Groucho Marx, Nov. 28 through Dec. 2 at the Historic Asolo. 360-7399.
42nd Street. Those tapping feet are over at the Players Theatre in a production of the quintessential backstage musical, Nov. 29 through Dec. 9. 365-2494.
Greetings. Tom Dudzick's popular play about one family's unusual holiday visitation runs Nov. 29 through Dec. 9 at the Island Players. 778-5755.
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ISLAND WATCHING Jose Bedia's large painting from 2002, La isla espera una senal (The Island Waits for a Signal), is one of the highlights of the current exhibition at the Ringling Museum, Cuban Art from the Farber Collection, organized by the Harn Museum in Gainesville, Fla. Bedia escaped Castro's control many years ago, and this work reveals the artist's commentary on his homeland. Bedia's color combination of blue and brown is simple and yet seductive and compelling. Cuba, seen from a passing ship today, is in reality lush and deeply forested with green, but Bedia pictures a land that's barren, with only a few trees. His Cuba floats in the sea like an odd sphinx sphinx (sfĭngks), mythical beast of ancient Egypt, frequently symbolizing the pharaoh as an incarnation of the sun god Ra. The sphinx was represented in sculpture usually in a recumbent position with the head of a man and the body of a lion, smoking a cigar. For exiles, Fidel Castro has become the island. We see a lone figure swimming toward us and are reminded that many Cubans who've left since 1959 have hoped every single day to return.--Mark Ormond