Archive for March, 2011


Ringling Names Steven High as New Director

After an extended search, Ringling names new director Steven High, Ringling’s new executive director. The search took a little longer than expected, and required some gentle arm-twisting.  But the extra effort was worth it, say Ringling Museum of Art officials,who are confident they have  found the right leader to bring the institution to even greater […]


The Other Guy in Five Guys; Laura Bush Opens 2012 Town Hall

Westcoast Black Theatre Troupe’s Mikeyy Mendez. In the Westcoast  Black Theatre Troupe  musical Five Guys Named Moe, the young actor playing the one guy not named Moe is getting lots of attention. Nineteen-year-old Mikeyy Mendez  gives a charismatic performance as the lovesick Nomax, who, after a night of drinking, gets romantic advice from five smooth […]


Crucible Composer Thrills Sarasota Opera Audience

Pulitzer Prize-winning composer Robert Ward. Because the Sarasota Opera specializes in works from the 18th and 19th centuries, “Meet the Composer“ sessions are few and far between. Verdi and Puccini just aren’t that available. So it was a big deal recently when a living composer – and a Pulitzer Prize-winner, no less  – strode into […]


RIAF and Asolo Unveil Compelling Programming

Mikhail vs. Michael? Maybe not, but both announced exciting Sarasota arts lineups this past weekend. You could call it Mikhail versus Michael. OK, it wasn’t really a competition, but Mikhail Baryshnikov and Michael Edwards were both in the spotlight recently as they announced exciting performances that Sarasota audiences will enjoy next fall and in 2012. […]