Scene & Heard
Find out what's "scene" and heard in Sarasota's arts and entertainment world.
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Sybarite5 brings rock to Holley Hall; Sarasota Opera shows off makeover; and Vinyl Music Fest announces headliners.
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.
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.
‘Deadly Closure’ lures hometown crowd; Tribute a success despite volcanic drama; Cult following turns out for Highwaymen; and hot tickets.
Doc rock fires up the Sarasota Fringe Film Festival and ‘The Best of Ringling’ illustrates provocation can be fun.
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.
Sarasota’s movie-making potential continues to rise and Sarasota Ballet cleans out closet, unveils new season.
‘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.
SMOA piggybacks on painter’s popularity; ‘Caddyshack’ painting ready for its big reveal; Local arts organizations rally for Haiti relief; and hot tickets.
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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