A&E Picks and Highlights


A&E Picks and Highlights


Date: February 12, 2014
by: Mallory Gnaegy | A&E Editor


Medium and size: Watercolor on rice paper and epoxy; 36 inches by 36 inches

On Display:
In “Field of the Heart” through March 1, at Allyn Gallup Contemporary Art, 1288 N. Palm Ave.

Inspiration: “When I do the first layer, I look at it and somehow conceive what the next layer of colors will be that will go up against it. There’s an interaction that happens between that layer and the next, and you’re always seeing the colors being added. You keep reacting to what has been done … There’s a place called the Heart Math Institute. They are studying heart waves and the neural cells in hearts. One thing that happens with a heart, entrainment, happens initially with a baby in the womb when the heart becomes entrained to the mother’s (or their two wave frequencies lock together to make one waveform) … They studied different kinds of entrainment, and when two different people meet, hearts can actually entrain … This idea became kind of an interesting metaphor for the way in which these layers of marks spawned something in me (how I became entrained to them) … When you work as an artist the way I do, a lot of the work is intuitive as to why you decide to add a color, and I’ve been trying to locate ways to understand that.”

Upcoming Performance: Count Almaviva in “The Barber of Seville,” which opens Feb. 15 and runs through March 21.

Seoul, Korea

If you could be anything other than a musician:
A sommelier. I’m a certified sommelier by the Court of Master Sommeliers and when I am not singing, I work as a sommelier at a fine-dining restaurant in New York City with a two Michelin star rating.

What’s your least favorite sound:
A sound of a piece of metal being scratched on a concrete floor.

What song always gets stuck in your head: “Always Look on the Bright Side of Life” by Monty Python.
If you could sing any role what would it be?: I loved singing the Duke of Mantua in “Rigoletto” back in the fall of 2013 at Sarasota Opera. I would always love singing any Bel Canto parts, as the style of the repertoire fits my personal artistry quite well.

Where: Café L’Europe, 431 St. Armands Circle

What: Featured in the three-course Valentine’s Dinner for two, which costs $159.95 as well as a similar option for $69.95 per couple. Includes choice of appetizer, entrée, dessert and a bottle of wine.

What else:
From 6:30 to 9:30 p.m. Sarah Combs will perform romantic love songs.

Best Paired With: One of the three options on the special menu: Raymond “ R” Chardonnay, L de Lyeth Cabernet or Roederer Estate Champagne


Thursday, Feb. 13
12th annual Art Exhibit and Sale
South Gate Community Center
10 a.m. at The Fabulous Arts Boutique
Runs through Saturday.
Free. Visit fabsarasota.com

Inside the Artist Mind of Fay Ku
Hermitage Artist Retreat/ The Ringling
7 p.m. at Historic Asolo Theater.
Free to members and same-day ticket holders, $5 others.
Call 360-7399.

Great Escapes Series: ‘Heart to Hart’
Sarasota Orchestra
7:30 p.m. at Holley Hall. 5:30 p.m. Friday, 8 p.m. Saturday
Tickets $29 to $49. Call 953-3434.

‘Shrek: The Musical’
Manatee Players
7:30 p.m. at Manatee Performing Arts Center.
Runs through March 2.
Tickets $24 to $34. Call 749-1111.

‘Sordid Lives’
7:30 p.m. at The Players Theatre.
Runs through Feb. 23.
Tickets $25 to $30. Call 365-2494.

Irish Rovers
8 p.m. at Van Wezel Performing Arts Hall
Tickets $30 to $50. Call 953-3368.

Friday, Feb. 14
Valentine’s Dinner Dance
The Jazz Club of Sarasota
6:30 p.m. at Bobby Jones Golf Club
Call 366-1552.

Tony Bennett
8 p.m. at Van Wezel Performing Arts Hall
Tickets $81 to $126. Call 953-3368.

Saturday, Feb. 15
26th annual Downtown Sarasota Festival of the Arts
Downtown Sarasota Alliance
10 a.m. at Main Street
Free. Call 746-6615.

Luncheon with Charlayne Hunter-Gault
Noon at Florida Studio Theatre
Tickets $25. Call 366-9000.

‘Handel and Haydn Rediscovered’
Key Chorale
2:30 p.m. at First Church
Tickets $20 to $35. Call 921-4845.

‘The Barber of Seville’ by Gioachino Rossini
Sarasota Opera
8 p.m. at Sarasota Opera House
Runs through March 21
Tickets $19 to $120. Call 328-1300.

Lewis Black
8 p.m. at Van Wezel Performing Arts Hall
Tickets $44.50 to $74.50. Call 953-3368.

Sunday, Feb. 16
Clark Wilson accompanying silent film ‘Girl Shy’
Manasota Theatre Organ Society
2:30 p.m. at Grace Church
Tickets $15 to $18. Call 379-6301.

Masters of Illusion – Live!
7 p.m. at Van Wezel Performing Arts Hall
Tickets $35 to $45. Call 953-3368.

Mary Wilson and Jason Ferrante
Artist Series Concerts of Sarasota
7:30 p.m. at Beatrice Friedman Symphony Center
Tickets $35 to $45. Call 306-1202.

‘Belles Sing the Blues’
Belle Canto. 8 p.m. at The Glenridge Performing Arts Center
Tickets $20. Call 552-5325.

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