Ringling School's Selby Gallery continues its "Multiple Visions" series dealing with the history of art making in Sarasota, June 28-July 26 (opening reception 5-7 p.m. June 28). This show (curated by longtime Ringling instructor Moe Mitchell) centers on the work of Ringling faculty members over the school's 70-year history, including Richard Oxley, Frank Rampolla, Leslie Uguccione, Peter Roberts, Robert McFarland and the legendary George "Pappy" Saunders. For more information call 359-7563.
It's June once more, and those Sarasota Music Festival performers are tuning up over at the Florida West Coast Symphony's Holley Hall and the Sarasota Opera House. They include returning favorites Joseph Silverstein, Timothy Eddy, Ronald Leonard, Robert Levin, Susan Starr, Carol Wincenc, Neil Black and Robert Vernon, among other faculty members; and composers featured range from Debussy to Mozart to Beethoven to Dvorak to Schumann. Concerts are set for June 6, 7 and 8, 13, 14 and 15, and 20, 21 and 22, with student participant concerts June 9, 13, 15, 20 and 21 as well. For a complete schedule and ticket info, call 953-3434.
The Suncoast Offshore Grand Prix is "ready to rumble" back onto our shores, June 29-July 7. A kickoff party is set for June 29, and the fest also includes a golf tournament and fishing tournament, a bed race and parade of boats on July 4, powerboats in the Van Wezel parking lot July 5, 6 and 7, and, of course, the Grand Prix itself, roaring off at 11 a.m. July 7 in the Gulf. For complete info, call 371-2827.
Every year at this time the single ladies of the town get a little restive as they make plans (and gather funds) to bid on the eligible males taking part in the Bachelor Ball & Auction to benefit United Cerebral Palsy. Lots of tantalizing date packages are offered, and the evening is always filled with lots of, ummm-energy. The date for the auction is June 15, and cocktails start at 7 p.m. at Michael's On East, followed by all that bidding. For more info call 957-3599.
Tampa Museum of Art. "My Reality: Contemporary Art and the Culture of Japanese Animation" continues through June 23. Information: (813) 274-8130.
Venice Art Center. A Winner's Circle Invitational Show continues through June 27 here. Information: 485-7136.
Apple & Carpenter Galleries. "A Century of Timeless Reflection, American and European Artists (1850-1950)" continues on view through June 29. Information: 951-2314.
Galleria Silecchia. On view through July 31 are Zen-inspired abstract paintings by Ron Strong and ceramics by Yasuko Nakamura. Information: 365-7414.
Salvador Dali Museum. "Forms of Cubism: Sculptures and the Avant-Garde 1909--1918," offering works by Picasso, Brancusi, Braque and others, continues in St. Petersburg through Sept. 8. Information: (727) 823-3767.
Palm Avenue Gallery. On view all this month: Lucite "ice sculptures" by Leonard Cave and watercolor and mixed media works by Barbara Schicatano. Information: 953-5757.
Chasen Galleries. The works of German artist Gerhard Arnold are on view June 1-30. Information: 366-4278.
L'Attitude Gallery. On view June 1 through July 31: "Small Stuff," featuring works by jewelry artists Susie Silver, Bonnie Blandford, Janet Kingan, Diane Linscott and others. Information: 779-1600.
Art Center Sarasota. Opening June 6 to run through the month is a Juried Summer Members Show (opening reception 5 to 7 p.m. June 6), with works ranging from photographs to oils and watercolors. Information: 365-2032.
Santa Fe Trails Gallery. Gourd artist P.C. Wagman will be on hand June 7 during a show that highlights her work. Information: 954-1972.
Palm Avenue First Friday Walk. Enjoy a "Sunset Serenade" as you stroll Palm Avenue in this month's event, 6 to 9 p.m. June 7. Information: 951-2314.
Orlando Museum of Art. Opening June 8 to run through July 28: "Frank Moore: Green Thumb in a Dark Eden," paintings and works on paper that focus on the garden and the anti-garden. Information: (407) 896-4231.
Ringling Museum of Art. "An American Anthem: 300 Years of Painting from the Butler Institute of Art," presents a survey of American art from Colonial portraiture to 20th-century modernism, with stops featuring Hudson River landscapes and Western vistas along the way. Artists include Albert Bierstadt, Edward Hopper, Adolph Gottlieb and Andy Warhol. Opening June 11 to run through Aug. 14. Information: 359-5700.
Towles Court Friday Night Gallery Walk. See what Towles' artists are up to, from 6 to 10 p.m. June 21. Information: 955-0050 or 362-0960.
Selby Gardens. On view in the Selby Mansion June 3-16: The Windows Project, nature photography by fourth and fifth graders from Emma E. Booker Elementary. And by the way, dads get in free to Selby on June 16 if accompanied by a family member. Information: 366-5731.
Tim Dorsey Book Signing. Dorsey (a frequent SARASOTA contributor) is at it again in his latest ride on the wild side of Florida, "Triggerfish Twist." As the author admits, in his first book, "Florida Roadkill," he killed off way too many people. Now he needs them back, so he takes a time trip in this one that reunites the living and the soon-to-be-very-dead. Let him explain it. At 7 p.m. June 14 at Sarasota News & Books. Information: 308-7325.
St. Armands Craft Festival and Summer Sidewalk Sale. Stroll the circle and pick up some items for yourself and your home, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. June 15 and 16. Information: 388-1554.
Bloomsday. Celebrate James Joyce once more with this event offering film, food, drink, Irish music and dramatic readings from "Ulysses" by actors and playwrights who are still fascinated by this journey through Dublin and the mind of Leopold Bloom. On June 16 in downtown Sarasota; call 954-7730 or visit www.bloomsdayinsarasota.org for more info.
MusicSarasota Music Festival. With concerts June 6-21; call 953-3434 for more info.
National Youth Orchestra Festival. Once again Sarasota hosts six of the most talented youth orchestras in the nation (including kids from California, Orlando, Houston, Louisville, Omaha and Pittsburgh) for a week of intensive training and concertizing, June 23-30. Concerts open to the public will be held at both the Van Wezel and the Beatrice Friedman Symphony Center; for complete info call 953-4252.
Sarasota Red Sox. Minor league baseball throughout the summer at Ed Smith Stadium; call 365-4460 for ticket and schedule info.
Meadows Cup. The sixth annual tournament takes place at The Meadows Country Club on June 1, to raise funds for Easter Seals Southwest Florida. For more details, call 355-7637.
Fully Committed. Becky Mode's comedy about a struggling actor working as a restaurant reservations clerk ends its run on the Asolo mainstage June 9. Information: 351-8000.
Camping with Henry and Tom. Mark St. Germain's political comedy centering on a gathering of Henry Ford, Thomas Edison and Warren G. Harding. Through June 9 at St. Petersburg's American Stage. Information: (727) 823-7529.
Annie Get Your Gun. The Irving Berlin classic continues through June 30 at the Golden Apple Dinner Theatre. Information: 366-5454.
TBA. Florida Studio Theatre begins its summer season with a work not announced at press time, running June 4-22; call 366-9000 to learn more.
Lost in Yonkers. Neil Simon's Pulitzer Prize winner about two young boys, their stern grandmother, and their Aunt Bella, who hopes for romance. Onstage June 26-July 14 at the Lemon Bay Playhouse. Information: 475-6756.
The Rainmaker. You may remember the movie version of this N. Richard Nash play, with Katharine Hepburn as the lonely spinster whose life changes when charismatic huckster Burt Lancaster arrives in town. See who fills their shoes on the Players of Sarasota stage, June 27--30. Information: 365-2494.
Bye Bye Birdie. The musical about an Elvis-like singer whose departure for the Army turns a small town upside down opens July 2 on the Golden Apple stage. To run through Sept. 1. Information: 366-5454.