2017-06-15 / Arts & Entertainment News


Southwind Bluegrass Band will perform at Fishville’s first “Picnic in Paradise.” 
COURTESY PHOTOS Southwind Bluegrass Band will perform at Fishville’s first “Picnic in Paradise.” COURTESY PHOTOS Art exhibition entries being accepted

The prospectus for the 11th Biennial National Art Exhibition is now available at the Visual Arts Center, 210 Maud St., Punta Gorda, or online at www.VisualArtCenter.org.

Entries continue now through midnight on Dec. 10. All entries must be entered digitally via Juried Art Services at www.juriedartservices.com. Use of JAS is free for applicants.

Total prize money is more than $7,000, with the work winning Best of Show taking home $2,000.

Fun painting class offered

Down to Earth Apparel & Gifts, 2792 Tamiami Trail, Port Charlotte, will have a painting class at 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Friday, June 16.

African drum and dance workshops presented

The cast of Westcoast Black Theatre Troupe’s “Broadway in Black.” The cast of Westcoast Black Theatre Troupe’s “Broadway in Black.” Dance Etc., 3372 N. Access Road, Englewood, will present Dr. Djo Bi — a world-renowned African drum master from the Ivory Coast and the developer of the Topalon technique — on Saturday, June 17.

The drum class is at 11 a.m., and will review basic, intermediate and advanced drum techniques, along with some Ivory Coast rhythms. There will be a short break followed by the African dance class at 1 p.m. Classes are for all levels.

The cost is $20 per person per class. To register, call Linda at 460-8072.

Friday Fest heats up this summer

With summer just around the corner, it’s time to announce Friday Fest ’17, the free outdoor summertime concert series, at the Van Wezel Performing Arts Hall, 777 N. Tamiami Trail, Sarasota. The family friendly party of the summer will take place from 5 to 9 p.m. on select Friday nights on the Bayfront Lawn of the Van Wezel, and will feature some of Sarasota’s top musical talent.

Opening up Friday Fest ’17 are blues aficionados Doug Deming & The Jewel Tones on Friday, June 16. Detroit native Doug Deming, now hailing from Florida’s Gulf Coast, has garnered widespread attention for his deft guitar work and memorable songwriting with nods from legends in Louisiana swamp and urban Chicago blues. Mr. Deming leaves his own mark, whether swingin’ on the big jazz box or playing straight-up blues on the solid body Fender guitar. Leading his band, The Jewel Tones, Mr. Deming continues to bring noteworthy traditional and original roots music to his audiences.

Grab your blankets or lawn chair, take in the music along with the beautiful Sarasota sunset and enjoy food and beverage from local vendors. Friday Fest ’17 will take place rain or shine and, in the event of inclement weather, will be moved indoors to the Grand Foyer or Main Stage of the Van Wezel Performing Arts Hall. Outside food and drink are prohibited; coolers and large umbrellas are also prohibited.

For more information, visit www.Van- Wezel.org or call 953-3368.

Fishville begins picnic event

In cooperation with the Merchants Association, Fishermen’s Village, 1200 W. Retta Esplanade, Punta Gorda, announces its inaugural “Picnic in Paradise” event from noon to 4 p.m. Saturday, June 17.

This family friendly event celebrates summertime fun food favorites, games and prizes, and lots of music. Activities include bluegrass and folk music throughout the day. Performers include Southwind Bluegrass Band, Kindred Spirit, Florida Mountain Men and Bugtussle Ramblers. Also on hand will be Jeff the Juggler (balloon creations, magic show, juggling) and Finest Face Painting by MaryRose.

Admission and parking are free. For details, visit www.fishville.com.

Open mic comedy night held

Everyone is welcome to take the stage at the second Open Mic Night at the Langdon Playhouse Comedy Diner on Saturday, June 17. Musicians, singers, actors, dancers, writers, poets, comedians, magicians, acrobats, jugglers, sword swallowers — all are invited to come out and share their talents before a live audience.

Sign-ups begin at 7 p.m., and the show starts at 7:30 p.m. There’s no charge for audience members and participants. Beer, wine, soft drinks, water and snacks will be available for purchase.

“Don’t be afraid to come out and show off,” said Tyler Colfer, a stand-up comedian, actor and DJ who is hosting the event. “It’s not a competition, just a fun time we can all share together.”

The Comedy Diner is located inside the Charlotte Players’ Langdon Playhouse, 1182 Market Circle, Port Charlotte. For directions or more information, call 255-1022.

Wine glass painting class on tap

Art by the Glass is back to host another evening of painting with a beach-themed wine glass paint night from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Wednesday, June 21, at Scotty’s Brewhouse inside Fishermen’s Village, 1200 W. Retta Esplanade, Punta Gorda.

The fee of $35 includes two wine glasses and complimentary drink. No experience necessary. Seating is limited, so you must reserve your spot by Sunday, June 18. To register, call 621-8329.

“Broadway in Black” premieres at Westcoast Black Theatre

Westcoast Black Theatre Troupe presents its 2017 summer show, “Broadway in Black,” from June 21 to July 23. During this world-premiere musical revue — created and adapted by WBTT founder and artistic director Nate Jacobs — the Troupe will salute Broadway musicals with songs that span decades and a wide variety of musical styles but should appeal to audiences of all ages. The production will feature favorite songs from award-winning shows and breakthrough roles that helped launch the careers of such black artists as Melba Moore, Ben Vereen, Jennifer Holliday and Nell Carter.

Performances are at 8 p.m. Tuesday- Saturday, with 2 p.m. matinees on Saturday and Sunday, at the WBTT theater, 1646 10th Way, Sarasota. Tickets are $39.50 for adults and $22 for students and active military with valid ID. Call the box office at 366-1505 or visit www.westcoastblacktheatre.org.

Fine Arts Festival has mural competition

The Visual Arts Center’s Fine Arts Festival 2017 offers an Inspired by Picasso Mural Competition. Submit a drawing, painting or image you would like to paint for the FAF 2017. Final work will be completed on a 7-foot-by-10-foot board (in three panels) provided by the VAC. Final work can be a copy of a Picasso masterpiece or an original work inspired by Picasso. The FAF committee will select the winning mural idea. Submission are due by June 30. Submissions should include artist’s name and contact information, along with title of work. ¦

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