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Marilyn Monroe's own words light up Asolo Rep Mainstage in award-winning play

Marilyn Monroe's own words light up Asolo Rep Mainstage in award-winning play

Sarasota, Florida – From June 18–July 10, 2011 Asolo Rep proudly presents the award-winning one-woman play with music, MARILYN:  FOREVER BLONDE that has been hailed by Lee Hartgrave of the San Francisco Online Daily News as “one of the greatest performances of the modern stage!”

In its first year of production MARILYN:  FOREVER BLONDE has won a dozen major awards including “Best Special Theatrical Event of the Year,”  “Best Leading Actress in a Play,” and “One of the Year’s Top Ten Productions.”  Playing across the United States from Hollywood to Boston critics have raved at Sunny Thompson’s compelling and nuanced performance.”

The Edge Weekly in Boston said, “Sunny Thompson IS Marilyn Monroe in a performance that is funny, touching, endearing and totally Marilyn.”

Oldies concert coming to Venice Theatre

Oldies concert coming to Venice Theatre

On Saturday, June 18, 2011, the “Gotta Luv It” band will make their Venice Theatre debut on the theatre’s MainStage. The group of four professional musicians promises “good clean fun for everyone” with dance hits from the ‘50s, ‘60s and ‘70s. Their Venice Theatre show will highlight their repertoire of “doo-wop” harmony classics. The concert is at 8 p.m. and tickets are $23. They are on sale now at the theatre’s box office, by phone at (941) 488-1115 or online at www.venicestage.com.

The “Gotta Luv It” band features Joe Sardo on lead vocals and guitar, Bob Stout on rhythm guitar, Russ Bracco on drums and Joel Shindler on bass. Like so many Florida residents, the band members hail from all over the United States. Each of them has decades of performance experience, but the quartet is still fresh, having been together for just over a year.  They love getting the crowd involved and play songs that folks can recognize, sing and dance to.

Venice Theatre and Loveland Center are bringing back DISCO!

Venice Theatre and Loveland Center are bringing back DISCO!

Venice, FL -- Students of The Loveland Center will stage four performances of “Disco Nights”, on Venice Theatre’s MainStage June 2 - 5.

This theme of this year’s Follies is “Disco Nights”.  Written by Ronald Krine Myroup, “Disco Nights” is a musical revue about the residents of an apartment building across the street from “Paradise”, the biggest disco in “Funky Town”.

Ray Goins, the show’s music director says, “It's an homage to the music and fashion of the 1970s. They even got me in sequins!” The revue opens with the Disco hit “Stayin’ Alive” and closes with “We are Family”.

Venice High senior wins Congressional Art Competition

Venice High senior wins Congressional Art Competition

Sarasota County – Congressman Vern Buchanan has announced the winners of the 2011 High School Congressional Arts Competition.  The first-place winner of the annual competition was Angela Gonzales of Osprey.               

Buchanan announced the winners last week at the John and Mable Ringling Museum of Art.  

“I am very impressed by the exceptional talent of every student who submitted artwork as part of the competition,” said Buchanan.  “I look forward to seeing the winner’s art placed on display in the nation’s Capitol.”

Sarasota art experts to discuss future of arts education May 12th

Sarasota art experts to discuss future of arts education May 12th

Sarasota, Florida - A panel of experts will discuss the future of arts education from 5:30-7 p.m., Thursday, May 12, at Art Center Sarasota. Early arrival is suggested in order to view the current exhibit of art from north county public school students of all ages.

The event is hosted by Art Center Sarasota and the Institute for Public Policy and Leadership at the University of South Florida Sarasota-Manatee. Admission is $5 for Art Center Sarasota members and $8 for non-members.

The panelists will be Debra Markley, chairwoman of the Art Department at Sarasota High School; Nancy Roucher, arts educator and chairwoman of the Arts Education Task Force of the Community/Schools Partnership for the Arts; and Thomas Crisp, assistant professor in the College of Education at USF Sarasota-Manatee.

Venice foundation gives $30,000 grant to Sarasota Opera

Venice foundation gives $30,000 grant to Sarasota Opera

Sarasota County, FL -- Sarasota Opera announced last week that they were the fortunate recipient of a $30,000 grant from the Gulf Coast Community Foundation of Venice

The specific purpose of the grant is to expand a pilot touring program in line with the Sarasota Opera’s mission to reach out beyond Sarasota County and introduce opera to new people in new locations while, simultaneously, generating new revenue and increasing Sarasota Opera’s subscriber base. 

Funds will specifically be used for extended artist and technical staff contract hours, transportation expenses, costs of additional administrative support in Naples, and marketing. 

Austin Vickrey Quartet to perform at "Jazz at Two" concert

Austin Vickrey Quartet to perform at "Jazz at Two" concert

Sarasota, FL -- The Jazz Club of Sarasota presents The Austin Vickrey Quartet as part of its “Jazz at 2” concert series on Friday, May 13.

The Austin Vickrey Quartet includes Austin Vickrey on saxophone; Kym Purling on piano; Mark Neuenschwander on bass; and Mark Feinman on drums. The group will play originals compositions by Vickrey, as well as selections from Cole Porter, Charlie Parker, Duke Ellington and others.

Austin Vickrey, saxophonist, composer, and arranger, is quickly becoming one of the most in-demand musicians in the Tampa Bay area.