Scene & Heard by Heidi Kurpiela

Scene & Heard

Find out what's "scene" and heard in Sarasota's arts and entertainment world.

by Heidi Kurpiela

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Scene & Heard 05.20.10

Sybarite5 brings rock to Holley Hall; Sarasota Opera shows off makeover; and Vinyl Music Fest announces headliners.

Scene & Heard 05.13.10

Sarasota’s MJ auditions for ‘America’s Got Talent’; Jacobs in drag leaves audiences howling for more; White’s skit spoofs Sarasota; and Dance-centered musical opens to nostalgic crowd.

Scene & Heard 05.06.10

Rock and roll chamber musicians plan show; Ringling student nabs glass-school scholarship; Stolen lizards remain M.I.A. for Gecko Fest gala; and TV executive brings insight to Ringling College.

Scene & Heard 04.22.10

‘Deadly Closure’ lures hometown crowd; Tribute a success despite volcanic drama; Cult following turns out for Highwaymen; and hot tickets.

Scene & Heard 04.15.10

Doc rock fires up the Sarasota Fringe Film Festival and ‘The Best of Ringling’ illustrates provocation can be fun.

Scene & Heard 04.08.10

Albright’s ‘Process’ exhibit held up in U.S. Customs; Venice Theatre’s ‘foxy’ Gawne still has the moves; Orchid scandal exposed at Sarasota Fringe Film Fest; and hot tickets.

Scene & Heard 04.01.10

Sarasota’s movie-making potential continues to rise and Sarasota Ballet cleans out closet, unveils new season.

Scene & Heard 03.25.10

‘High School Musical’ actress shines at premiere; WBTT belts out birthday encore at ’40s music revue; Developer turns to fiction in tough economic times; and hot tickets.

Scene & Heard 03.18.10

SMOA piggybacks on painter’s popularity; ‘Caddyshack’ painting ready for its big reveal; Local arts organizations rally for Haiti relief; and hot tickets.

Scene & Heard 03.11.10

Oscar-nominated writer/director to visit Ringling; Youth jazz musicians groove just like old souls; Sarasota Internet-o-holics go gaga for Google; Feed us your tips on good eats, treats and top chefs; and hot tickets.

About Heidi Kurpiela

I’m Heidi Kurpiela, The Observer’s A&E Editor. Here are a few things you should know about me before you read my blog: I’m a lousy singer and an OK dancer. I was once cast as a townsperson in my high school’s musical production of “Cinderella,” in which I delivered one line with great success. Other than superb impersonation skills, my flair for entertainment is limited to playing the clarinet and telling stories.

I grew up in rural Western New York; where my pastimes included 4- wheeling, snowmobiling, camping and playing hide-and-go seek in the cornfields behind my house. I graduated from Buffalo State College in 2004 with a bachelor’s degree in journalism and a minor in art history.

I live in a 1940s bungalow in St. Petersburg with my husband Joe and our asthmatic pug, Cubbie.

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