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"The Origin of Time" by Frank Bibbins is on display through April 25, at Art Uptown.
"The Origin of Time" by Frank Bibbins is on display through April 25, at Art Uptown.
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From: Blue Rooster, 1525 Fourth St.

When: From 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Sundays

What is it? Every week live traditional and contemporary spirituals accompany a buffet of more than 20 Southern-comfort menu items. $24.95 for adults; $12 for children 12 and under; free for children 5 and under.

What makes it special? Favorites include farm-raised catfish dusted in corn meal seasoning; thick-cut fried green tomatoes in buttermilk lime dressing; deviled eggs made with Duke’s Mayonnaise and Creole mustard; classic fried chicken and a piece of moist chocolate cake for dessert.

Best paired with: A “Hail Mary.” This is Blue Rooster’s house bloody Mary complete with a jumbo shrimp wrapped around pickled okra and a bacon stir stick.

On display: From March 29 through April 25 at Art Uptown, 1367 Main St.

Size and Medium: 20 inches by 25.5 inches. Photography.

Inspiration: “The image is an artistic interpretation of what space-time may have looked like less than one nanosecond after the Big Bang, when the universe was very rapidly expanding. ‘The Origin of Time’ is one of a series of images in a show at the Art Uptown Gallery titled ‘Where Time Goes.’ The image was created by visually displaying a set of repeating computer-generated fractal equations of differing size and color. Since this is the only fractal image in the show, the method has opened a new means of expression for me that I expect to use in the future.”

Role: Jean in “Quartet” at Glenridge Performing Arts Center, 7333 Scotland Way from March 27 through April 2. Tickets are $15.

When and what was the last production you were in before this? “Disenchanted,” “Drowsy Chaperone” and “Oliver” before I developed lung cancer in 2012 and 2013

What’s it like acting with your husband? It’s the most comfortable I am with any actor. We’ve done a number of shows together… that’s how I met him ... The rest was history and that was 54 years ago.

Describe “Quartet” in one sentence: It’s how the arrival of a diva (I’m the diva) disrupts the placid often boring life of the other residents of this retirement home — all opera singers and orchestral musicians.

If you could get stuck in a retirement home with just three other people, who would they be? I would love to have Harry Truman, Bill Clinton and Nelson Rockefeller.

What’s the worst part about aging? I have just gone through hell the past six months: radiation, chemotherapy, even more chemotherapy and I’ll probably face even more. It doesn’t help the aging process. It accelerates it … I’m fighting the effects of cancer and aging at the same time. I’d rather do one at a time.

What’s the best part? Getting to know more and more people. And learning things that you didn’t know before because you’ve had a little more time.

Why should people come see “Quartet?” It’s an entertaining, amusing and touching show. And the theater at Glenridge is just so comfortable. The acoustics are fabulous. It’s a lovely intimate house.


Thursday, March 27
Spring Dance Performance
7 p.m. at Booker VPA
Runs through Saturday. Call 355-2967.

Indigo Girls with Symphony Orchestra
8 p.m. at Van Wezel Performing Arts Hall
Call 953-3368.

8 p.m. at Glenridge Performing Arts Center
Runs through April 2.
Tickets $20. Call 552-5325.

Friday, March 28
Iconcept 6
Benefiting Art Center Sarasota
6 p.m. at Sarasota Municipal Auditorium
Tickets $125. Call 365-2032.

Pops Series: ‘Satchmo, Fats & The Duke.’ Sarasota Orchestra
8 p.m. at Van Wezel Performing Arts Hall
Runs through Saturday.
Tickets $32 to $69. Call 953-3434.

Saturday, March 29
2014 Scholarship Competition for Piano
Artist Series Concerts of Sarasota
7:30 p.m. at Neel Performing Arts Center
Free. Call 306-1202.

Sunday, March 30
Embracing Our Differences
At Sarasota’s Bayfront Park and Bradenton Riverwalk
Runs through June 1. Free. Call 404-5710.

Unplugged New Play Festival
Asolo Repertory Theatre
7 p.m. at Asolo Rep rehearsal hall
Call 351-8000.

Monday, March 31
Open Rehearsal
La Musica International Chamber Music Festival
9:30 a.m. at Sanier Pavillion at New College of Florida
Runs through April 15
Tickets $15 to $75. Call 366-8450, Ext. 3.

Season Celebration on Stage
6:30 p.m. at Asolo Repertory Theatre. Tickets $250. Call 351-9010, Ext. 4712.

Tuesday, April 1
‘In Tribute.’ Chroma Quartet
5:30 p.m. First Church of Sarasota
Tickets $10. Call 955-0935.

Keyboard Conversations with Jeffrey Siegel
The Jewish Federation of Sarasota-Manatee
8 p.m. at the Beatrice Friedman Theater.
Tickets $36. Call 552-6301.

Wednesday, April 2
‘4000 Miles’ (Preview)
8 p.m. at Asolo Repertory Theatre
Runs through April 17.
Tickets $15 to $45. Call 351-8000.

‘Bring it On: The Musical’
8 p.m. at Van Wezel Performing Arts Hall. Call 953-3368.

La Musica International Chamber Music Festival Concert 1
8 p.m. at Sarasota Opera House
Tickets $40 to $175.
Call 366-8450, Ext. 3.


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