Summer Events

By staff July 1, 2007


Galleria Silecchia. Continuing on view at the Palm Avenue gallery through July 5 are works by mixed media painter Cary Henrie. Opening July 6 to run through Aug. 2: an exhibition of abstract paintings and sculpture in aluminum by Paul Tamanian, followed by a show highlighting the blown glass forms of Hiroshi Yamano, Aug. 3 through Sept. 6. And then comes a show with Colombian oil painter Homero Aguilar, Sept. 7 through Oct. 4. 365-7414.

Tampa Museum of Art. Eberhard Havekost 1999-2006: Paintings from the Rubell Family Collection and Memorials of Identity: New Media from the Rubell Family Collection remain on view through July 8. You can also see works by “outsider” artist Purvis Young at TMA through July 22. Opening July 21 to run through Sept. 23 is Color: Ten African-American Artists, while the National Sculpture Society annual award exhibition opens the same date but runs through Sept. 30. And The Big Picture: 2006 Photographer Laureate Steven Gregory features digital images capturing the city of Tampa, July 28 through Oct. 7. (813) 274-8130.

Museum of Fine Arts. On the Road: Photographs Across America, and Florida Collects Folk Art continue here through July 8, as does an exhibition of 20th-century North Carolina pottery. (727) 896-2667.

State of the Arts Gallery. The Writing on the Wall, artists’ statements and commentary in the form of art and flags, continues here throughout the month. 955-2787.

Art Center Sarasota. Continuing here through Aug. 4, an open exhibition in both the Main and Member Galleries, and an Easter Seals juried show in the Front Gallery. 365-2032.

Venice Art Center. A quilt exhibition continues here through Aug. 10. 485-7136.

Ringling Museum of Art. On view in the new Ulla R. and Arthur F. Searing Wing through Aug. 12: In Our Time: The World as Seen by Magnum Photographers. Landscapes from the Age of Impressionism, featuring some 40 paintings from the Brooklyn Museum of Art, continues here through Sept. 16. Opening Sept. 30 to run through Jan. 4 is Francisco Goya: Los Caprichos, a series of etchings by the great Spanish artist dealing with such themes as the Spanish Inquisition, witchcraft and the corruption of the Catholic church of the time. And continuing in one of the museum’s “pocket exhibitions” through July 29 is Canaletto Paired: 18th-Century Venetian View Painting. 359-5700.

Selby Gallery. Opening July 6 to run through Aug. 8 is the show John Howey, Architect, featuring models and drawings for his projects, shown in a recent book about his work; also for those dates, an exhibition of designs for the new Sarasota Museum of Art from the ADP Group. Those shows are followed by a retrospective featuring the works of David Byrd and a Social Issues in Graphic Design show, both running Aug. 17 through Sept. 19. The Ringling School faculty exhibition, Part I, opens Sept. 28. 359-7563.

Dabbert Gallery. The gallery offers a Summer Showcase featuring works by Yuqi Wang, Craig Rubadoux, Barbara Krupp, Robert Baxter, Ben Stahl, Eric Boyer, Daniel Bilodeau and others, through Sept. 30. 955-1315.

Salvador Dali Museum. In St. Petersburg, this museum presents Dali in Focus, July 13 through January 2008, a collection of the artist’s oils, watercolors and drawings. Also on view, through Aug. 19, Dali’s Biblia Sacra, illustrations related to the Bible; Part II of this exhibit runs Aug. 24 through January 2008. And Traces, displaying works by Catalan videographer Mabel Palacín, opens Sept. 29. (727) 823-3767.


McCurdy’s Comedy Theatre. Comic Ralphie May entertains July 19-22. 925-3869.


South Florida Museum. Pirates! Florida’s East Coast Pirates and Scoundrels, Scalawags and Treasure! continue on view at the Bradenton museum through Aug. 19. Tales of real-life pirates are told, and there will also be Gasparilla Fest memorabilia and pirate paintings by Sarasota artist Don Maitz. 746-4131.

Fourth of July Family Celebration. The birthday of our country is marked with events downtown courtesy of the Downtown Merchants Association, as well as a planned pops concert at the Van Wezel and, at dusk, fireworks over the bay at Sarasota Bayfront Park. For information call 928-9002.

*UPDATED* Wine Dinner Events at Bijou Cafe. The Bijou Cafe will host five wine dinners for the 2007 season, beginning with a Bastille Day celebration on July 14 that features French wines from Champagne, Burgundy, Rhone and Provence. For more information, call (941) 366-8111.

St. Armands Boat Show. Check out the big boats, July 7 and 8 on the circle. 388-1554.


Oldies Concert. Opening act The Boyds, followed by Bandana featuring Tony “Butch” Gerace, formerly of Sam the Sham and the Pharaohs, at 8 p.m. July 14 at Venice Little Theatre. 488-1115.

Friday Fests on the Bay. Live music and refreshments on the Van Wezel bayfront, from 5 to 9 p.m. July 20 (the Robert Harris Group), Aug. 17 (Suzette Jennings & Moodswings) and Sept. 21 (Project SRQ). 953-3368.

Cocktails at the Cà d’Zan. Refreshments and live entertainment on the grounds of the Ringling property, from 6 to 9 p.m. July 19 and Aug. 16. 359-5700.

Florida West Coast Symphony Chamber Music. With a theme of “Forbidden Music,” the symphony explores The Power to Inspire (Sept. 13), The Power to Endure (Sept. 20) and the Power to Survive (Sept. 27). All performances are at 7:30 p.m. at Holley Hall, and works by Schubert, Schonberg, Weill and Beethoven are included. 953-3434.

Florida Brass Quintet. The symphony’s brass ensemble performs pieces by J.S. Bach and Gershwin, among others, in a Chamber Afternoon concert at 4 pm. Sept. 16 at Holley Hall. 953-3434.

Florida String Quartet. The quartet plays Mozart’s “Dissonant” Quartet, Shostakovich’s Quartet No. 8 and Mendelssohn’s Quartet in A Minor, at 4 p.m. Sept. 23 at Holley Hall. 953-3434.

New Artists Piano Quartet. Pieces by Mahler, Martinu and Faure are set for this ensemble’s performances at 4 p.m. Sept. 30 at Holley Hall. 953-3434.

*UPDATED* Jazz Brasil. The Haroldo Mauro Trio and Brazilian band O Som Do Jazz are special guests for Jazz Brasil at the Historic Asolo Theatre at 8 p.m. on Friday, July 27. Admission starts at $20. For more information, call 360-7399.


Sarasota Reds. The Florida State League team continues to play home games at Ed Smith Stadium all this summer, through Sept. 2. For a full schedule call 954-4464 or visit

Suncoast Offshore Grand Prix. The festival winds up its summer run with the really big boat race (from New Pass to Big Pass, best viewing from Lido Beach), in two heats at 11 a.m. and 1 p.m. on July 1. An awards ceremony is set for 5 p.m. at the Van Wezel. 371-8820 ext. 1800.


The All Night Strut. Musical memories of the 1930s and ‘40s are showcased in this revue, ending its run on the Florida Studio Theatre mainstage July 1. 366-9000.

A Doll’s House. Echoes of Ibsen’s masterpiece about that famous housewife, Nora, continue to reverberate onstage and off; see the original, in an adaptation by Frank McGuinness, through July 15 in a Banyan Theater Company production at the Cook Theatre. 358-5330.

Johnny Guitar. A family-friendly musical version of the Western melodrama that starred Joan Crawford, onstage through Sept. 2 at the Golden Apple Dinner Theatre. 366-5454.

The Play’s the Thing. The Players of Sarasota’s annual playreading festival takes place July 9-14, with readings of new works by local and national playwrights scheduled for 7:30 p.m. each evening. 365-2494.

Venice Little Theatre Summer Rep Series. Four plays are presented in rotation July 10-22, including Wonder of the World, Beast on the Moon, Polish Joke and Don Juan in Chicago. For specific dates and times, call 488-1115 or go to

Enigma Variations. The meeting between a Nobel Prize-winning author and a journalist, on a remote island in the Norwegian Sea, is the catalyst for revelations about relationships, July 10 through Aug. 5 in a Banyan Theater Company offering, again at the Cook. 358-5330.

The Lady With All the Answers. That lady would be none other than Ann Landers, aka Eppie Lederer, who’s profiled in this one-woman play starring Carolyn Michel. Onstage at Florida Studio Theatre July 11-29. 366-9000.

A Grand Night for Singing. A Venice Little Theatre cabaret show spotlighting the works of Rodgers and Hammerstein, Aug. 3-26. 488-1115.

Rabbit Hole. David Lindsay Abaire’s Pulitzer Prize winner about a family trying to fight their way back to the light after a shattering loss closes out Florida Studio Theatre’s summer season, running Aug. 8-26. 366-9000.

Faith Healer. Brian Friel’s play about a charismatic Irishman peddling miracles, his long-suffering wife, and his devoted manager takes to the stage Aug. 9-26 as the Banyan’s final summer play at the Cook Theatre. 358-5330.

Oklahoma! The wind is sweepin’ down the plain at the Manatee Players Riverfront Theatre, as the season begins with this Rodgers and Hammerstein perennial pleaser. Playing Aug. 30 through Sept. 16. 748-5875.

Big Bang. A spoofy musical about a show attempting to cover the history of the world, running Sept. 7-23 as a Venice Little Theatre cabaret production. 488-1115.

Fame Forever. Remember the kids from Fame, the musical about New York’s High School of Performing Arts? Want to know what happened to them 30 years later? Then you’ll want to see this musical sequel, onstage Sept. 27 through Oct. 7 at the Players of Sarasota. 365-2494.

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