Scene & Heard by Heidi Kurpiela

Scene & Heard 1.20.10

Posted January 20, 2010 at 9:00 am

by Heidi Kurpiela

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+ 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.

Contact Heidi Kurpiela at hkurpiela@yourobserver.com.
 

 

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