WONDER OF THE FALLS
When I worked at the Corcoran Gallery of Art, we curators agreed that if we could only save one painting in a fire, it would be Frederic Edwin Church’s painting of Niagara Falls. Of course, Niagara is so big three people would be needed to carry it out the door. William Wilson Corcoran, who founded his Washington museum, paid more than $25,000 in 1870 for this over three-feet-high, seven- feet-wide painting.
Church was the leader of the Hudson River School of artists, who focused their attention on the beauty of the American landscape. With his brushwork, Church created a sensuous surface of remarkable color and light. The rainbow appears evanescent, as if might disappear at any moment. Gazing at the falls intently, we think we can actually hear the water rushing by. And the viewpoint is such that one might worry about the danger of falling in. The view of the falls is from the American side, and it was (and for some still is) considered one of the wonders of the North American continent. Americans were proud of the falls in the mid-19th century, and Europeans clamored to visit it. I guarantee that present-day citizens will be equally awestruck and reverential when Niagara goes on view at the Ringling Museum, Feb. 3 through March 29.—Mark Ormond
Art Center Sarasota. On view through Feb. 3: a Save Our Sarasota juried members show in the Main Gallery; Diversity, a curated exhibition, in the Front Gallery. Opening Feb. 13 to run through March 10: Abstracts, a juried members show in the Main Gallery; and Artistic Couples, in the Front Gallery. 365-2032.
*UPDATED* Burke & Company Antiques. Opening Feb. 2, Lee Grant’s exhibition of his latest oil paintings. The works will remain on view at Burke & Company Monday-Saturday, 10 a.m.-5 p.m.
State of the Arts Gallery. The Art of Romance, including some figurative nudes, is on view this month. 955-2787.
Palm Avenue Gallery Walk. Stroll the artsy avenue from 6 to 9 p.m. Feb. 2. 955-1315.
Dabbert Gallery. Recent Works by longtime
Imperial Fine Art. The
Galleria Silecchia. Opening Feb. 2 to run through Feb. 28: a show of works by photographer Michael Kahn, sculptor-painter Leo E. Osborne, mixed media painter Cary Henrie and oil painter Glenn Harrington. 365-7414.
Art Uptown. Painter Cecile Moran has a solo art show at the
Selby Gallery. The gallery brings back some of the artists featured over the past two decades in Solos: 20th Anniversary Exhibitions, Feb. 9 through March 7. 359-7563.
Sharp-Stevens Gallery. The
Tour of Artisans’ Homes and Studios. Art Center Sarasota presents the Tour of Artisans’ Homes and Studios Friday, Feb. 2, and Saturday, Feb. 3, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. each day. Tickets, $20. For more information, call 365-2032 or visit www.artsarasota.org.
Tom Chapin. Singer-songwriter Chapin entertains kids and their parents, at 10:30 a.m. Feb. 17 at Van Wezel. 953-3368.
McCurdy’s Comedy Theatre. Scheduled for this month at press time: Caroline Rhea, performing Feb. 16-18. 925-3869.
Tango Pasion. Sample the passionate flavor of the Argentine dance, courtesy of a company of 26 singers, dancers and musicians. At 8 p.m. Feb. 1 at the Van Wezel. 953-3368.
Les Ballets Trockadero. Look on the lighter side of dance with the Trocks, bringing their unique blend of classical technique and campy performance once more to the Van Wezel, at 8 p.m. Feb. 26. 953-3368.
Monday Night Movies at the Ringling. The series of documentary and art films continues through March 26 in the Historic Asolo Theater. 360-7399.
Films for Your Heart. Four movies that emphasize the positive are shown in this daylong event at the Players of Sarasota. 365-2494.
Through Women’s Eyes: Eighth Annual Women’s International Film Festival. Documentaries and short films by women filmmakers from around the globe, presented Feb. 23 and 24 at the
ASID Showhouse. Continuing on view through Feb. 18, at
Big Cat Habitat. Offering wildlife demonstrations involving trainers and their exotic cats, bears and native animals, at 1:30 p.m. each Saturday and Sunday this month. 371-6377.
Symphony Designer Showcase. A
Ferraris on the Circle. More than 50 of the snazzy cars compete for Best of Show at 10 a.m. on Feb. 10 at St. Armands Circle Park. 388-1554.
Children First Celebration. Several events this month to benefit children and families, including An Evening of Comedy Feb. 22 at McCurdy’s Comedy Theatre; a golf tournament Feb. 23 at Pelican Pointe Golf & Country Club; a kid’s comedy show Feb. 25; and a miniature golf outing that same day. For complete details call 953-3877.
*UPDATED* Pancreatic Cancer Symposium. The Pancreatic Cancer Action Network (PanCAN) will host a free one-day patient symposium on pancreatic cancer on Saturday, Feb. 17, from 8:30 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. at the H. Lee Moffitt Cancer Center in Tampa. To register online or for more information, visit www.pancan.org or call (877) 272-6226.
Pug Parade. The 10th annual parade, to benefit the Humane Society of Sarasota County, takes place Feb. 24 at the
Parade of Homes. Tour more than 100 new models courtesy of the Home Builders Associations of Sarasota and Manatee, Feb. 24 through March 11. For complete details, go to www.paradeofhomesinfo.com.
Madama Butterfly. Puccini’s timeless tragedy about a geisha abandoned by her faithless American lover is brought to life Feb. 1, 4, 7, 10, 14, 18, 23 and 25 at the Sarasota Opera House. 366-8450.
Halka. This seldom-seen Polish opera by Stanislaw Moniuszko opens Feb. 3 at the Sarasota Opera House, with additional performances Feb. 6, 8, 11, 16, 21 and 24. 366-8450.
American String Quartet. Musicians from La Musica perform chamber works, Feb. 3 at the Historic Asolo Theater. 360-7399.
Kusun Ensemble. This troupe of singers, dancers and musicians from
Pops Orchestra. Harv and Trish Wileman offer love songs for the season, plus selections from A Chorus Line and the first movement of Beethoven’s Symphony No. 8. At 3 p.m. Feb. 11 at Church of the Palms. 351-8000.
Gloria Musicae. The choral ensemble presents Music of War and Peace, spotlighting Vaughan Williams’ Dona Nobis Pacem, in concert at 4 p.m. Feb. 11 at Holley Hall. Also this month, a concert at 3 p.m. Feb. 25 at Epiphany Cathedral in
Munchtime Musicale. Enjoy some romantic music with
Cocktails at the Cà d’Zan. Music and refreshments, from 6 to 9 p.m. Feb. 15 on the Ringling grounds. 359-5700.
A Tribute to Ella Fitzgerald. Christopher Riddle leads his father Nelson’s orchestra in a salute to the First Lady of Song, featuring vocalist Kirsten Gustafson, at 2 p.m. Feb. 16 at the Van Wezel.
Attila. As part of its ongoing Verdi cycle, the Sarasota Opera presents the maestro’s early work about the horrific Hun, who in this version is subdued by a fiery maiden. Opening Feb. 17, with additional performances Feb. 20, 22, 25 and 28 this month at the Opera House. 366-8450.
Jacobites Pipe & Drum Band. A Pops Extra performance, at 4 p.m. Feb. 18 at the Historic Asolo Theater. 360-7399.
Takacs String Quartet. The quartet performs at 8 p.m. Feb. 18 at the Van Wezel, in a Sarasota Concert Association presentation. Call 955-0040 to see if any tickets are available.
Kristin Lee. Young violinist Lee performs at 8 p.m. Feb. 19 in a Van Wezel/Perlman Music Program offering at the Asolo’s Mertz Theatre. 953-3368.
Liza Minnelli. Leaving her well-publicized legal and marital woes behind her, Minnelli returns to the Van Wezel to do what she does best: sing. At 8 p.m. Feb. 22. 953-3368.
Smooth Jazz on St. Armands: Fourth Friday with Style. Musician Allon Sams performs this month, from 6 to 9 p.m. Feb. 23 on St. Armands. 388-1554.
Kris Kristofferson and Rosanne Cash. These two country music stars take to the Van Wezel stage with songs from their latest recordings, at 8 p.m. Feb. 23. 953-3368.
The Jazz Singers. Tierney Sutton and Carol Welsman perform with their trios in a Jazz Club of Sarasota event, at 2 p.m. Feb. 25 at Van Wezel. 953-3368.
Melissa Manchester. Songstress
Frank Almond/William Wolfram. Violinist Almond and pianist Wolfram perform in an Artist Series of Sarasota concert, Feb. 25 and 27 at the Historic Asolo Theater. 360-7399.
Sarasota Institute of Lifetime Learning (SILL). This month: Music Mondays runs Feb. 5, 12, 19 and 26; Contemporary Issues delves into politics, press and more, Feb. 6, 13, 20 and 27; International Issues I touches on Darfur, global competition for energy and more, Feb. 7, 14, 21 and 28; International Issues II looks at the Middle East, South America and other parts of the world, Feb. 1, 8, 15 and 22; and Arts and Humanities presents topics from contemporary Chinese art to the Freedom Riders of the 1960s, Feb. 2, 9, 16 and 23. All at the Players of Sarasota (except for Music Mondays at Holley Hall); contemporary and international issues are also explored in a series at the
Books & Coffee. This month’s Friends of Selby Public Library program examines John Updike’s The Terrorists, which is reviewed by Dr. Emanuel Tanay at 10:30 a.m. Feb. 13. 365-5228.
An Evening With…A speaker TBA. Feb. 14 at the Historic Asolo Theater. 360-7399.
Kay Kipling reviews local productions in her blog, On Stage, on our Web site, sarasotamagazine.com.
Golda’s Balcony. The one-woman show based on the life of the late Israeli Prime Minister, closing Feb. 3 at Florida Studio Theatre. 366-9000.
Bedroom Farce. This Alan Ayckbourn comedy ends its run Feb. 4 at Venice Little Theatre. 488-1115.
Smell of the Kill. Likewise winding up its run, Michele Lowe’s comedic look at three desperate housewives closes Feb. 4 at the Island Players. 778-5755.
Into the Woods. Stephen Sondheim’s fractured fairy tale musical continues through Feb. 11 at Venice Little Theatre’s Stage II. 488-1115.
The Lieutenant of Inishmore. A savagely funny and bloody piece by Martin McDonagh, about some murderous Irish political terrorists, continuing through Feb. 16 at FST’s Stage III. 366-9000.
Bingo. See if your card’s a winner in this (somewhat) interactive musical about aficionados of the game, continuing through Feb. 25 at the Golden Apple Dinner Theatre. 366-5454.
Amadeus. Bryan Torfeh and Colby Chambers shine as rival composers Salieri and Mozart in Peter Shaffer’s play, continuing through March 7 at the Asolo Repertory Theatre. 351-8000.
The British Invasion. Musical memories from those early ‘60s days, continuing through March 24 at Florida Studio Theatre’s cabaret. 366-9000.
One on One. Actor Robert Mansell continues his portrayals of a variety of personalities and characters on Monday evenings this month at the Golden Apple Dinner Theatre. 366-5454.
Expecting Isabel. A play by Lisa Loomer about the travails of a couple desperately seeking a baby, running through April 25 at the Asolo Rep.
Dirty Rotten Scoundrels. The Broadway musical hit brings together two con men and their often all-too-willing dupes, running Feb. 6–11 at the Van Wezel. 953-3368.
Heaven Can Wait. Booker High’s theater students present this romantic comedy about a dead fighter returned to earth in another man’s body, Feb. 7–10 at Booker’s Visual and Performing Arts Center. 355-2967.
Permanent Collection. A play by Thomas Gibbons that raises issues familiar to those who’ve followed the saga of the Barnes Collection—i.e., who owns the art? Running Feb. 7 through April 6 on Florida Studio Theatre’s mainstage. 366-9000.
Fences. August Wilson’s drama about an African-American garbage collector with shattered dreams is presented in a Westcoast Black Theatre Troupe production at the Historic Asolo Theater, Feb. 8–17. 360-7399.
A Few Good Men. Before TV’s West Wing and Studio 60 on the Sunset Strip, Aaron Sorkin wrote this judicial drama about a pair of Marines on trial, examining issues of duty, loyalty and honor. It’s onstage Feb. 9 through May 5 at the Asolo Rep. 351-8000.
A Noel Coward Evening. Courtesy of actor Gary Briggle and the Artist Series of Sarasota, Feb. 11 and 13 at the Historic Asolo Theater. 360-7399.
Golf, the Musical. A breezy look at the grand old game, running Feb. 13 through March 11 in Venice Little Theatre’s Stage II space. 488-1115.
Big River. The Manatee Players present the Roger Miller musical based on Twain’s Huckleberry Finn adventures, Feb. 15 through March 4, in a production designed for both hearing and hearing-impaired audiences. 748-5875.
The Bacchae. The FSU/Asolo Conservatory’s second-year students tackle Euripides in an ancient story of power and religion, onstage Feb. 18 through March 18 at the Cook Theatre. 351-8000.
Riverdance. Can’t you hear those dancing feet…Irish-style, in the ever popular phenomenon, onstage Feb. 20 and 21 at the Van Wezel. 953-3368.
The Full Monty. They’re taking it all off in this musical about some out-of-work guys who find a new way assert themselves, running Feb. 20 through March 18 at Venice Little Theatre. 488-1115.
Wicked. The Broadway hit telling the other side of the whole Oz story runs Feb. 21 through March 11 at the
The Robber Bridegroom. Playwright Alfred Uhry helped fashion this musical, based on a Eudora Welty story, about a gentleman robber, the girl he loves, and some strange turns of fate, running Feb. 22 through March 4 at the Players of Sarasota. 365-2494.
Carnival. The musical about young orphan Lili, whose conversations with the carnival puppets make her a star attraction, runs Feb. 27 through April 22 at the Golden Apple. 366-5454.
Mark Twain Tonight. Hal Holbrook presents his enduring one-man show about
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