Bounty for a Feast
As we prepare to celebrate Thanksgiving, the Ringling Museum offers examples of the kinds of food others have feasted on during times of prosperity. Frans Snyders’ Still Life with Dead Game is an enormous picture (almost nine feet wide) by an artist that Peter Paul Rubens enlisted to paint many of the animals and fruits in his own large compositions. The scale of canvas impresses us, as does the veracity of its detail. The freshly killed trophies of the hunt—boar, deer, hares, peacocks, pheasants and swan—do not look arranged so much as casually deposited outside a kitchen to await preparation for a feast.
Although his specimens look beautiful, Snyders reminds us what has occurred to bring these animals and birds together. The boar’s leg is mangled as if he had been caught in a trap or attacked by dogs. The long, elegant neck of the swan and the stunning display of peacock and pheasant feathers have been compressed by the weight of death. In contrast, the grapes, pears, apples and plums look fresh.
In addition to the “kill,” Snyders has included a cooked lobster, vegetables and fruit. To animate this still life painting, the artist has included a cat lurking under the table. While there is balance and order, it appears that the boar could slip off the deer at any moment, and the swan might slide off the pile of carcasses as well. Time is of the essence. Quick, to the kitchen before everything spoils.
Still Life with Game can be seen in Gallery 12 of the Ringling Museum, which is open Thanksgiving Day.—Mark Ormond
The American Craft Council show returns for the holidays.
Everything is unique and one-of-a-kind at the ACC show, and each piece speaks of the individual passion and talent of its creator. Weavers, sculptors, carvers, glass blowers—all types of artisans are represented here (200 or more in all), and that diversity also means that something in the show should appeal to every browser and buyer. And, of course, it’s the perfect time for holiday gift buying, even if the gift is for yourself.
Hours for the show are 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Friday, Dec. 1 and Saturday, Dec. 2, and 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. the closing day, Sunday, Dec. 3. Adult admission for one day is $10 ($16 for a two-day pass). ACC members and children 12 and under are admitted free. For directions to the convention center, log on to www.sbicc.net.
Selby Gallery. Part II of the Annual Ringling School Faculty Exhibition closes Nov. 4; the complementary school staff exhibition closes Nov. 3. Opening with a reception at 5 p.m. Nov. 10, to run through Dec. 9: Printmaking, Past and Present, with works by members of the Society of American Graphic Artists in Gallery I and prints by modern and Old Masters, dating back to Dürer and Rembrandt, from the collection of Western Illinois University and local collections in Gallery II. 359-7563.
Palm Avenue Gallery Walk. This month’s stroll is set from 6 to 9 p.m. Nov. 3 along the avenue. 955-1315.
Galleria Silecchia. Opening Nov. 3: Fabulous Grind, original mixed media, paintings and sculpture by
Dabbert Gallery. Contemporary Figures, an exhibition of figurative work from classical to expressionistic, opens with a reception at 6 p.m. Nov. 3 and continues through the month. 955-1315.
McCurdy’s Comedy Theatre. McCurdy’s lineup this month includes Paul Mercurio, Nov. 8–12; Gilbert Gottfried, Nov. 17–19; and Julie Scoggins, Nov. 29 through Dec. 3. 925-FUNY (3869).
Paula Poundstone. Comedian Poundstone entertains at 8 p.m. Nov. 5 at the Van Wezel, with special guest Chris Bliss. 953-3368.
Cine-World Film Festival. The Sarasota Film Society’s annual fix for foreign film junkies runs Nov. 3–12 at
Wait Wait … Don’t Tell Me! The panelists of the popular NPR show visit the Van Wezel in a show that will be taped for broadcast. At 8 p.m. Nov. 2. 953-3368.
Classic Antique Car Show. A chance to see original, pristine automobiles, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Nov. 4 at St. Armands Circle Park. 388-1554.
Ninth Annual Great Teddy Bear Run. This charity event, sponsored by the Sarasota Harley Owners Group (HOG) chapter, benefits Kids by the Sea, serving children with cancer in our area. A Nov. 12 parade full of bikes with stuffed animals ends at the Sarasota Fairgrounds, where a party ensues. For ticket info call 951-7005 or (800) 237-9400 ext. 7005.
Heritage Holidays at Historic Spanish Point. Traditional holiday decorations and living history dramas are part of the attraction here, from Nov. 24 through Dec. 10. 966-5214.
*UPDATED* Holidays at the Crosley Festival of Trees celebrates its 10th anniversary this year with a festival of Christmas trees at the Powel Crosley Estate from Nov. 29-Dec. 7. Admission is $7 for adults, $3 for children ages 5-12 and free for children under five. 722-3244.
Triple Threat. The triplets here are the bands Black Hawk, Little Texas and Restless Heart, all in concert starting at 8 p.m. Nov. 4 at the Van Wezel. 953-3368.
Jazz at the Ranch. Mick MacArthur, Jeff Lorber and Marion Meadows combine talents starting at 11 a.m. Nov. 5 at the Sarasota Polo Club, Lakewood Ranch, in a Jazz Club of Sarasota event. 366-1552.
Munchtime Musicales. Pianist Robert MacDonald performs in this month’s musicale, free and open to the public at noon Nov. 8 in David Cohen Hall at the
Trisha Yearwood. Country star Yearwood performs at 8 p.m. Nov. 10 at the Van Wezel. 953-3368.
Jazz Club of
Up Close, Informal, On Stage. Soprano Julie Makerov and baritone Michael Corvino, with pianist Kristin Conn, perform some of their favorite songs and arias in this Sarasota Opera concert, at 8 p.m. Nov. 11 in Felding Hall. 366-8450.
Pops Extras! Joe Bruno’s Dixieland Hot Dots perform at 5:30 p.m. Nov. 12 at the
Artist Series of
Valerie Snead: The Streisand Songbook. Cabaret artist Snead brings out the best of Babs, Nov. 13 and 14 at Venice Little Theatre. 488-1115.
The Temps and Tops. That Motown magic returns with some of its best-known practitioners, at 8 p.m. Nov. 15 at the Van Wezel. 953-3368.
Cocktails at the Cà d’Zan. The band G-Force provides the music for this month’s Third Thursday, from 6 to 9 p.m. Nov. 16. Cash bar available. 359-5700.
Mozart Festival Opera: Don Giovanni. Amadeus’ masterpiece about the wicked Latin lover Don Juan takes to the stage once more at 8 p.m. Nov. 16 at the Van Wezel. 953-3368.
The Eric Watters Show. A variety show starring
Pink Floyd Experience. Revisit the sounds of Dark Side of the Moon, The Wall and other Pink Floyd hits during this tribute concert performance, at 8 p.m. Nov. 20 at the Van Wezel. 953-3368.
Smooth Jazz on St. Armands: Fourth Friday with Style. Mike MacArthur is featured jazz artist this month, from 6 to 9 p.m. Nov. 24 at St. Armands Circle Park. 388-1554.
The Smothers Brothers/Judy Collins. Tom, Dick and Judy bring back memories of the ’60s, ’70s, etc., while making a few more, at 8 p.m. Nov. 24 at the Van Wezel. 953-3368.
First Step of
Forum Truth for a Change. November offers several speaker events. First up: A Washington Week Panel debates Election 2006—Is Red Turning Blue?, Nov. 1, with Jack Nelson, Al Hunt, Doyle McManus and Alexis Simendinger (at the
Lecture/Book Signing. Author Jeffrey Goldberg (Prisoners) is guest author for the American Jewish Committee, 7:30 p.m. Nov. 20 at Temple Beth Sholom. 365-4955.
smARTalk. The Sarasota County Arts Council presents an evening discussion, Nov. 30 at a time and location TBA. 365-5118.
Red, Hot and Cole. This musical revue saluting the late, great Cole Porter ends its run Nov. 5 at the Players of Sarasota. 365-2494.
The Full Monty. The show about men finding their self-esteem through full frontal nudity ends its run at the Golden Apple Dinner Theatre Nov. 12. 366-5454.
Fire on the Mountain. Randal Myler and Dan Wheetman’s musical about Appalachian coal miners continues through Dec. 1 at Florida Studio Theatre. 366-9000.
Over the Rainbow. Songwriter Harold Arlen is saluted, through Jan. 6 at Florida Studio Theatre’s Goldstein Cabaret. 366-9000.
The Parisian Woman. A 19th-century French play by Henri Becque about a young woman, her husband and, of course, her lover, presented Nov. 1–19 in an FSU Asolo Conservatory production at the Historic Asolo Theater in the
Romance. Despite the title, you shouldn’t expect any sort of traditionally romantic material in this David Mamet farce, which involves a courtroom and a defendant who holds the key to peace in the
Soul Sisters. Westcoast Black Theatre Troupe joins forces with Sarasota Jewish Theater to present this play about two women, one black and one Jewish, whose lives become intertwined in the struggle for rights and justice. Running on the Flanzer Jewish Community Center’s stage Nov. 7–19. 378-5568 ext. 231.
Gypsy. Mama Rose and her girls struggle in show business, in a story leading to the stripper stardom of Gypsy Rose Lee. The Jule Styne-Stephen Sondheim-Arthur Laurent musical is onstage Nov. 7–26 at Venice Little Theatre. 488-1115.
The Odd Couple. You get both versions of the Neil Simon classic about slob vs. neatnik (the male and the female ones) on alternating evenings Nov. 9–26 at the Manatee Players Riverfront Theatre. 748-5875.
Amadeus. The Asolo Repertory Theatre season opens with a production of the Peter Shaffer drama pitting the genius Mozart against self-proclaimed mediocrity Antonio Salieri, onstage Nov. 10 through March 7. 351-8000.
Bingo. The Golden Apple Dinner Theatre becomes a bingo hall for this new musical about three regulars who won’t let a bad storm deter them from filling out their cards. Onstage Nov. 14 through Dec. 2; returning in January. 366-5454.
Dirty Rotten Scoundrels. The musical version of the twice-told film tale about a pair of con men who squabble over territory, onstage Nov. 14–19 at the Tampa Bay Performing Arts Center. (800) 955-1045.
Hairspray. It’s back to
Jesus Christ Superstar. The Andrew Lloyd Webber-Tim Rice rock musical that originated the genre returns, with Ted Neeley once more playing the role of Jesus and Living Colour’s Corey Glover his Judas, Nov. 25 and 26 at the Van Wezel. 953-3368.
The Plexiglass Slipper. Asolo goers who remember the musical Das Barbecu from a decade or so ago may scramble to see this new show by the same composer (Scott Warrender) and lyricist (Jim Luigs), which offers a new comedic take on the classic Cinderella story. Onstage Nov. 25 through Jan. 4 at the Asolo Repertory Theatre. 351-8000.
The Sound of Music. The Von Trapps once more triumph over the Nazis with the help of nuns in this Rodgers and Hammerstein classic, onstage Nov. 30 through Dec. 10 at the Players of Sarasota. 365-2494.
Breaking Legs. Tom Dulack’s comedy about a playwright so desperate for an “angel” he ends up in bed with the Mafia, onstage Nov. 30 through Dec. 10 at the Island Players. 778-5755.