Archive for April, 2011


At Only 14, Matthew Gumley is Already a Broadway Veteran

Matthew Gumley Asolo Rep board member Len Gumley brought his grand-nephew, Matthew Gumley, to see a performance of Deathtrap over the weekend.  But not because he hoped to spark Matthew’s interest in theater. At the tender age of 14, Matthew is already a Broadway veteran, having appeared in the musicals Beauty and the Beast, Mary […]


A Conversation with Geena Davis at SFF

Geena Davis Some stars at the Sarasota Film Festival give their fans a quick wave on the red carpet,  make a few remarks at an awards ceremony, and then retreat to the green room or the VIP Lounge. But that sure wasn’t the case with actress Geena Davis, who charmed audiences at a Friday luncheon […]


Arts News Around Town

La Musica is celebrating its 25th anniversary this year. La Musica Celebrates 25th Season With Flair It doesn’t get the attention that its younger, glitzier sibling, the Sarasota Film Festival, receives. But the La Musica International Chamber Music Festival is drawing large, enthusiastic audiences this week, thanks to some red-carpet worthy performances by its European […]


Playing Tourist in Sarasota; A Farewell to Leif Bjaland

Ricardo Graziano as the title role in Sarasota Ballet‘s Prodigal Son. Photo by Frank Atura. I spent last weekend in a tropical resort with a bustling downtown and a vibrant arts community. OK, I actually stayed in Sarasota. But I saw the city though the fresh eyes of a visitor, as I took my cousins […]