Scene & Heard 1.20.10
Posted January 20, 2010 at 9:00 am
by Heidi Kurpiela« back to blog main page
+ Werner Herzog breaks in new Ringling film lab
As if bringing renowned German filmmaker Werner Herzog to Sarasota wasn’t thrilling enough, Ringling College of Art and Design announced last week that it’s launching a filmmaking laboratory, in which key players from the film industry will work directly with students in Ringling’s digital filmmaking program.
“We’re bringing the most competent writers, directors, producers and financiers to interact with students,” said Ringling President Dr. Larry Thompson. “It’s very unique and, as far as we know, not being done at any other college or film school.”
The three-year-old digital filmmaking program is kicking off its first lab assignment with Herzog, whose 1997 documentary, “Little Dieter Needs to Fly,” inspired the new Christian Bale movie “Rescue Dawn.”
“I must confess, I’m still a man of celluloid, but making films boils down to pretty much the same thing — it’s like making babies,” said the 67-year-old Herzog, who shot his first film at the age of 19.
+ Joan of Arc is this season’s opera darling
An androgynous French warrior/saint is generating buzz for one Sarasota arts organization. The National Endowment for the Arts awarded Sarasota Opera $17,500 last month to present a new production of “Giovanna d’Arco” (Joan of Arc) in March.
The four-act opera, written by Giuseppe Verdi, is the 26th work in Sarasota Opera’s Verdi Cycle. A relatively obscure production, “Giovanna d’Arco” should be a rare treat for Sarasota opera-lovers tired of the same old Verdi.
+ WCBTT season rocks another ‘supreme’ start
After much hype and a rocking 10th anniversary celebration in October, The West Coast Black Theatre Troupe is back. The troupe will kick off its 2010 season at 8 p.m. Friday, Jan. 22, with its crowd-pleasing “Motown ’60s Revue” at Art Center Sarasota.
If you’ve not seen WCBTT’s pint-sized breakout star, singer Chris Eisenberg, sing Michael Jackson’s lead on “I Want You Back” and “ABC,” then you’re sorely missing out. The show runs through Sunday, Feb. 7. For tickets, call 366-1505.
+ REAL(ist) painters dish about the creative process
The Selby Gallery played host to a dozen artists Jan. 15 at a lecture panel at Michael’s On East to mark the opening of its REAL(ists) exhibition, up now through Feb. 16, on the Ringling College of Art and Design campus (see page 7).
Among the invitees were husband-and-wife painters Raphaella Spence and Roberto Bernardi. The photorealists, who both have pieces in the show, brought along their five-month-old daughter, Halle, who will no doubt inherit her parents’ artistic prowess and adventuresome spirits. Spence, commissioned in 2007 to paint an aerial view of downtown Sarasota, once buzzed around the city in a door-less helicopter with Bernardi hanging onto the back of her pants.
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PHOTO GALLERY: Arts at the Ranch Fine Art Festival
Main Street at Lakewood Ranch transformed into an art gallery March 15-16, as art enthusiasts came together at the 14th Art at the Ranch Fine Art Festival. Attendees met regional, national and international award-winning artists, and shopped for photographs, paintings, sculptures and other artwork over the weekend.
PHOTO GALLERY: Irish Celtic Festival
East County residents converged for a green, white and orange kind-of day March 15. The Lakewood Ranch Communities Activities Corp. (CAC) hosted its fourth Celtic Irish Festival, for individuals wanting to get in touch with their inner-Irish. Kilts and Irish dancers filled the grounds of the Central Park, as dogs in Irish-themed outfits and their owners, who sported matching attire in most cases, paraded around the venue. The day kicked off with a 5K run, followed by the Lucky Dog Parade and various other entertainment peppered throughout the day.
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.
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