Scene & Heard by Heidi Kurpiela

Scene & Heard 04.15.10

Posted April 14, 2010 at 7:00 am

by Heidi Kurpiela

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+ 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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