June 2012 Highlights

By Kay Kipling June 1, 2012

June 2012 HighlightsArt

Ringling Museum of Art. Peter Paul Rubens: Impressions of a Master continues through June 3 in the Searing Wing. Also on view, through Oct. 14: installation artist Sanford Biggers’ Codex, featuring a constellation series based on the use of quilts by Harriet Tubman and the Underground Railroad. 359-5700.

Art Center Sarasota. The Sum of Its Parts continues through July 21, offering photographs by Chris Jordan, an open all-media exhibition, works from the ACS/Sarasota Audubon collaboration, and more. 365-2032.

Venice Art Center. The center presents a Collage & Multi Media show June 1-29; reception at 5 p.m. June 1. 485-7136.

St. Armands Circle Craft Festival. The 10th annual takes place from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. June 9 and 10 on the Circle. BTW, Venice has its own downtown fest June 16 and 17. Admission free to both. (561) 746-6615.

Selby Gallery. Modern architecture fans can view a retrospective of the career of Sarasota-based architect Carl Abbott, who studied with the late, great Paul Rudolph. It takes place June 29 through Aug. 3, with a bus tour of some of Abbott’s most prominent local projects scheduled. For more information on that, call 359-7563.



Savor Sarasota Restaurant Week. Did you know our town has the highest concentration of Zagat-rated eateries in the state? Sample a few—or more than a few—June 1-14, as some of our best offer three-course meals ($15 for lunch, $25 for dinner) during this restaurant celebration event (actually, two weeks, not one). For more info, head to

Summer Circus Spectacular. The Ringling Museum and Circus Sarasota team up once more for this show aimed at children of all ages, with performances June 19 through July 28 (no show July 4). At the Historic Asolo Theater; call 360-7399.



Artist Series Concerts of Sarasota. This year’s recital series wraps up with soprano Stella Zambalis, baritone David McFerrin and pianist Joseph Holt giving audiences an evening of Kurt Weill music, June 3 and 5 at the Historic Asolo Theater. 360-7399.

Sarasota Music Festival. The Sarasota Opera House and Holley Hall are once more alive with the sounds of talented faculty and students playing classical music, with Sarasota Music Festival concerts set for June 7 and 8, June 14 and 15, and June 21 and 22. Also featured: lectures from fest artistic director Robert Levin, master classes and more. Among the cornucopia of composers whose work will be highlighted: Schumann, Ravel, Beethoven, Borodin, Elgar, Mozart, Dvorak and Debussy. For complete schedule info, head to or call 953-3434 for tickets.

FridayFest on the Bay. The Van Wezel summer season of free outdoor concerts returns, with a line-up still TBA. First performance is June 8; call 953-3368 for more details.



Suncoast Super Boat Grand Prix. The big boats are back, with the Grand Prix race in the Gulf July 1. But first there are lots of related activities, including a kickoff party June 23, a pre-race party and fashion show, June 28, the parade of boats and downtown block party June 29, Powerboats by the Bay and much more. For complete details on the festival, which benefits Suncoast Charities for Children, call 371-8820 or go to



Jericho. Jack Canfora’s new play about New Yorkers trying to move past the 9/11 tragedy ends its run on Florida Studio Theatre’s mainstage June 3. 366-9000.

Das Barbecü. Florida Studio Theatre kicks off its summer season with this

Jim Luigs-Scott Warrender musical spoof based on, of all things, Wagner’s Ring Cycle—only it’s delivered with a country-Western flavor. Playing June 13 through July 9 in the Keating Theatre. 366-9000.

Fanny Brice, America’s Funny Girl. The life story of singer-comedienne Brice, especially as it relates to her Billy Rose years, continues through June 17 at Asolo Rep. 351-8000.

Reel Music. Hollywood movie music, from As Time Goes By to Flashdance, is recreated in this revue running through June 17 in FST’s Goldstein Cabaret. 366-9000.

Moonlight and Magnolias. Ron Hutchinson’s comic look at what happens when writer Ben Hecht, director Victor Fleming and producer David O. Selznick hole up to produce the script for film classic Gone with the Wind. Continuing through July 1 at the Golden Apple Dinner Theatre. 366-5454.

Taffetas. In the mood for some girl group harmonies circa 1950s? We’re talking the McGuire Sisters, the Chordettes, etc., with their songs interpreted by a fictional foursome making their national television debut. Onstage June 14-17 and again July 12-15 at the Players Theatre. 365-2494.

Terra Nova. This drama by Ted Tally is based on the amazing true story of the doomed South Pole exploration of Robert Scott in 1910; it takes to the stage June 21-24 and July 19-22 at the Players. 365-2494.

Love, Loss and What I Wore. Five actresses enact 28 comic/poignant vignettes related to specific and significant items of clothing in this off-Broadway hit penned by sisters Nora and Delia Ephron, running June 22 through July 15 at Asolo Rep. 351-8000.

A Lesson from Aloes. Athol Fugard’s award-winning play, set in 1963 in a white district of South Africa, opens the Banyan Theater Company’s 11th summer season, with performances June 28 through July 15 at the Cook Theatre. 358-5330.

Lettice and Lovage. A Peter Shaffer comedy that was a hit for Dame Maggie Smith, who played a tour guide at a stately (but boring) old English home who livens up history with her own wildly improbable stories. Onstage June 28 through July 1 and again July 26-29 at the Players. 365-2494.

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This article appears in the June 2012 issue of Sarasota Magazine.

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