Scene & Heard 04.15.10
Posted April 14, 2010 at 7:00 am
by Heidi Kurpiela« back to blog main page
+ Doc rock fires up the Sarasota Fringe Film Festival
In light of recent drama over health-care reform, there’s something oddly refreshing about watching doctors belt out hard-rock hits by The Black Crowes, Mötley Crüe and Black Sabbath.
Whether they’re venting or fulfilling some Ozzy Osbourne fantasy, the doctor/musicians of Sarasota’s Dr. Feelgood band successfully gave edge and oomph to the Sarasota Fringe Film Festival’s opening night party Wednesday, April 7, at Main Street Plaza.
Fronted by singer Twinkle, the band not only took center stage during the pre-show concert, they were the subjects of the festival’s opening-night film, “Dr. Idol … Rx Music,” directed by festival founder Patrick Nagle and filmmaker Shawn McCarty.
Inspired by last year’s Dr. Idol contest in which local doctors showcased their musical talents to raise funds for the Ear Research Foundation, the film featured cardiologist Dr. Jerold Saef, Sarasota County Medical Examiner Dr. Russ Vega, ear surgeon Dr. Herbert Silverstein and last year’s Idol winner, the harmonica-playing Dr. Bob Koser, a 25-year family physician in Bradenton.
Below: Fringe Film Festival founder Patrick Nagle with artist Frank Colson, who designed the festival’s Colson Award for exemplary filmmaking.
+ ‘The Best of Ringling’ illustrates provocation can be fun
All season, the Selby Gallery hosts impressive and high-profile art exhibitions, yet it’s the “Best of Ringling” juried student show that generates the biggest crowd every year.
The well-attended show proves that provocative art is interesting, and nothing says provocative like the student body at Ringling College of Art and Design.
From digital media major Brian Harries’ “Thug Life” board game inspired by the Milton Bradley classic, “Life,” to illustration major Matt Buck’s oil painting of a severed head on a cake plate, “The Best of Ringling,” the show covers it all –– fine art, photography, animation, illustration, interior design, game design, you name it.
The show has grown so large and competitive (between 500 and 600 pieces were hung this year) that the college has had to spread it out among three additional galleries –– Crossley, Basch and the Willis A. Smith exhibition hall.
The show runs through April 26. According to Selby Gallery Director Kevin Dean, it draws nearly 1,000 people every year on opening night.
Below: “St. Vincent,” acrylic on board, by illustration student Arbel M. Cohen.
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PHOTO GALLERY: B.D. Gullett Elementary Walk-a-thon
B.D. Gullett Elementary students ran for more than just spending an hour outside of the classroom March 14. The walkers, joggers and runners raised dollars for their school’s technology and other resource needs. Their two-weeks worth of efforts commenced with the schools Walk-a-thon. Incentives for the students to raise as much money as possible, included an Amazon Kindle Fire, bounce house parties for classes, and the grand prize — watching school faculty members ride around on scooters, with dyed hair.
Commission to discuss St. Armands event moratorium
On Monday, the Sarasota City Commission will discuss the possible extension of a moratorium on special events in St. Armands Circle Park during the height of tourist season.
PHOTO GALLERY: Republican Club of Longboat Key Luncheon
On March 14, the Republican Club of Longboat Key hosted its monthly luncheon at the Harbourside Dining Room. The Honorable Larry Eger, Public Defender for the 12th Judicial Circuit, and Dr. Jim Whitman, Director of Psychiatric Services at the Manatee County Jail, spoke to attendees.
Road closures scheduled for Sarasota Half Marathon
On Sunday morning, runners will take over city streets for the Sarasota Half Marathon, causing temporary lane closures along the race’s route.
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