Scene & Heard
Find out what's "scene" and heard in Sarasota's arts and entertainment world.
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The story behind our SEASON photo shoot; Orchestra maestro has middle-school flashback; Van Wezel spoils ‘Mamma Mia’s’ youngest fans; and If you can only make two shows this week ...
Toronto ballet star gets a hometown welcome; Sarasota music school rocks onward and upward; and The Fine Arts Society savors a taste of s/ART/q.
Pastel painter searches for a good Sarasota garden; and Sarasota Opera plans to stir the pot in 2011.
Lido Beach scene an asset to Hallmark e-cards; Can the Eroica Trio make chamber music sexy?; Wine connoisseur hopes to toast to a new TV show; and Hermitage shares famous composers with Sarasota.
The Players Theatre rearranges some furniture; Sarasota Elf gets serious and starts whispering; and Woody Allen’s banjoist drums up local ties.
Jazz Juvies receive anonymous donations; Sarasota Ballet revives Carnaby Street chic; Pink flamingos collect dust as construction delays; and 'Galileo' gamble pays off for Asolo Rep Theatre.
Werner Herzog breaks in new Ringling film lab; Joan of Arc is this season’s opera darling; WCBTT season rocks another ‘supreme’ start; and more!
'Design Star' Jason Champion spotted at IKEA; Van Wezel celebration hits the sweet spot; Riverview freshman’s rock fantasy comes true; and much more.
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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The 9th annual Grand Ovation returned Jan. 31 to Lakewood Ranch Main Street, with live performances by local dancers, actors and other artists.
PHOTO GALLERY: Boys & Girls Club Steak & Burger
Guests donned their best buckles and cowboy hats for the Boys & Girls Club event Steak & Burger to celebrate the Youth of the Year Friday, Jan. 30 at the Lee Wetherington location.
PHOTO GALLERY: Football Frenzy
Children at the Tabernacle Christian School dressed in their favorite team’s garb and headed to a grassy field Jan. 30 for the school’s annual Football Frenzy and Bible Trivia event.
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31 Opera Gala
31 An Evening of Music and Magic, with tenor Joey SPinella and his groundbreaking show, illusionAria
7:30 pm - 6:00 am
31 Artist Series Concerts of Sarasota presents Adrian Anantawan, Violin and Amy Yang, Piano
31 WSLR Benifit Concert with The Banditos band