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Ringling Museum


‘Let’s Twist Again,’ Goldstein Cabaret, 7:30 p.m. ‘Smokey Joe’s Café,’ Keating Theatre, 8 p.m. Art After 5 and Ringling Underground ‘Rigoletto,’ 8 p.m.

Turrell Skyspace, Open Thursday through Sunday evenings: Nov. 8 through March 10


‘Rigoletto,’ 1:30 p.m.



Sarasota Ballet




Sarasota Orchestra


‘Let’s Twist Again,’ Goldstein Cabaret, 6 p.m. ‘Smokey Joe’s Café,’ Keating Theatre, 8 p.m. Collecting Recollections, 10:30 a.m.


‘1776’ preview, 7:30 p.m. ‘Let’s Twist Again,’ Goldstein Cabaret, 6 p.m. ‘Smokey Joe’s Café,’ Keating Theatre, 8 p.m. Collecting Recollections, 10:30 a.m.


‘1776,’ 7:30 p.m. ‘Let’s Twist Again,’ Goldstein Cabaret, 6 and 9 p.m. ‘Smokey Joe’s Café,’ Keating Theatre, 8 p.m.


‘1776,’ 7:30 p.m. ‘Let’s Twist Again,’ Goldstein Cabaret, 6 p.m. ‘Smokey Joe’s Café,’ Keating Theatre, 8 p.m.


‘Let’s Twist Again,’ 7:30 p.m. ‘Smokey Joe’s Café,’ 8 p.m. Meet the Artists: ‘Little Nemo,’ 5 p.m. Book Signing w/ J.D. McClatchy, 5 p.m. ‘Rigoletto,’ 8 p.m.


‘1776,’ preview, 8 p.m. ‘Let’s Twist Again,’ 7:30 p.m. ‘Smokey Joe’s Café,’ 8 p.m. Conversation with the Collector, 7:30 p.m.


‘1776,’ 8 p.m. ‘Let’s Twist Again,’ 7:30 p.m. ‘Smokey Joe’s Café,’ 5 and 8 p.m.


‘1776,’ 2 and 8 p.m. ‘Let’s Twist Again,’ 7:30 p.m. ‘Smokey Joe’s Café,’ 8 p.m.


‘Let’s Twist Again,’ 7:30 p.m. ‘Smokey Joe’s Café,’ 8 p.m.


‘1776,’ preview, 8 p.m. ‘Let’s Twist Again,’ 7:30 p.m. ‘Smokey Joe’s Café,’ 8 p.m. Photography on Film, 5:30 to 9 p.m. Chamber: Winds & Strings, 5:30 p.m.



‘1776,’ 8 p.m. ‘Let’s Twist Again,’ 7:30 p.m. ‘Smokey Joe’s Café,’ 8 p.m. Gallery Walk, 6 p.m.

‘Let’s Twist Again,’ 6 and 9 p.m. ‘Smokey Joe’s Café,’ 8 p.m. Palm Avenue First Friday Art Walk, 7 to 8:45 p.m.

‘Let’s Twist Again,’ 6 and 9 p.m. ‘Smokey Joe’s Café,’ 5 and 8 p.m. Coville Photography through Feb. 3 Masterworks: The Four Seasons, Van Wezel, 8 p.m.




‘1776,’ opening night, 8 p.m. Ashton, Wheeldon & Taylor, 8 p.m. ‘Let’s Twist Again,’ 6 and 9 p.m. ‘Smokey Joe’s Café,’ 8 p.m. Photography on Film, 1 to 4:30 p.m.


‘1776,’ 2 and 8 p.m. ‘Let’s Twist Again,’ 6 and 9 p.m. ‘Smokey Joe’s Café,’ 8 p.m.


‘1776,’ 2 and 8 p.m. ‘Let’s Twist Again,’ 6 and 9 p.m. ‘Smokey Joe’s Café,’ 8 p.m. Masterworks: The Planets, Neel Performing Arts Center, 8 p.m.

‘Let’s Twist Again,’ 6 and 9 p.m. ‘Smokey Joe’s Café,’ 2 and 8 p.m. Viewpoint, 10:30 a.m. ‘Rigoletto,’ 8 p.m.



‘Let’s Twist Again,’ 6 and 9 p.m. ‘Smokey Joe’s Café,’ 5 and 8 p.m. ‘Little Nemo In Slumberland,’ 5:30 p.m. Masterworks: The Four Seasons, Van Wezel, 8 p.m.

17 ‘1776,’ 2 and 8 p.m. Ashton, Wheeldon & Taylor, 2 and 8 p.m. ‘Let’s Twist Again,’ 6 and 9 p.m. ‘Smokey Joe’s Café,’ 2 and 5 p.m. Yoga on the Terrace, 10:30 a.m.


‘1776,’ 2 and 8 p.m. ‘Let’s Twist Again,’ 6 and 9 p.m. ‘Smokey Joe’s Café,’ 2 and 8 p.m.

‘1776,’ 2 and 8 p.m. Masterworks: The Planets, Van Wezel, 8 p.m.



‘Let’s Twist Again,’ 2 and 7:30 p.m. ‘Smokey Joe’s Café,’ 3 and 8 p.m.



‘Let’s Twist Again,’ 2 and 7:30 p.m. ‘Smokey Joe’s Café,’ 3 p.m. ‘Little Nemo In Slumberland,’12:30 p.m. Masterworks: The Four Seasons, Van Wezel, 2:30 p.m.

‘1776,’ 2 p.m. ‘Let’s Twist Again,’ 2 and 7:30 p.m. ‘Smokey Joe’s Café,’ 3 and 8 p.m.



‘1776,’ 2 p.m. ‘Let’s Twist Again,’ 2 and 7:30 p.m. ‘Smokey Joe’s Café,’ 3 and 8 p.m.

‘1776,’ 2 p.m. Masterworks: The Planets, Van Wezel, 2:30 p.m.

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With its 2012-13 season, Asolo Rep launches The American Character Project, an ambitious five-year initiative that presents theatrical works that explore and celebrate the extraordinary people, culture, history and experiences that make our country unique. The season opens in November in grand style with the hit musical, “1776,” directed by Tony Awardwinner Frank Galati. On Saturday, Dec. 1, Asolo Rep presents “1776” Family Day with special workshops beginning at 11 a.m. and a post-show discussion with members of the cast. Special family discount pricing available.

MAINSTAGE SEASON ‘Smokey Joe’s Café’ Music by Jerry Leiber and Mike Stoller Keating Theatre A celebration of the music of Jerry Leiber and Mike Stoller, this musical revue brings together all the hits that helped change the face of the American music scene. It features the songs: “Kansas City,” “On Broadway,” “Jailhouse Rock” and “Stand By Me,” along with stellar dance numbers and hilarious routines. Subscribe to FST’s Winter Mainstage season today — four shows for $39. Contact the box office at 366-9000 or online at

‘1776’ Music and lyrics by Sherman Edwards Book by Peter Stone Directed by Frank Galati Nov. 1 through Dec. 22 As it turns out, giving birth to the U.S. wasn’t exactly easy, but Ben Franklin, John Adams, Thomas Jefferson and other revolutionaries were determined to forge this country into being. This high-spirited musical movingly, and often hilariously, captures the great galvanizing moment in the American story: the signing of the Declaration of Independence. “1776” celebrates these proud, uncertain, charming, irritable, yet, ultimately, noble figures that created our fledgling nation, against all odds.

“A brilliant and remarkably moving work of theatrical art” — The New York Post Tickets: $26 to $75

Bojangles in “Smokey Joe’s Café”

CABARET SEASON ‘Let’s Twist Again: with the Wanderers’ Developed by Richard Hopkins and Jim Prosser, with additional assistance from Rebecca Hopkins Goldstein Cabaret The 1950s: bobby socks, hula hoops and street corner quartets. From an innocent era came stunning harmonies by young guys in matching jackets. These crooners started on the street and serenaded a generation through the ’50s and ’60s on boardwalks and rooftops. Featuring songs such as “Barbara Ann,” “Big Girls Don’t Cry,” “Rockin’ Robin” and “Do You Believe in Magic?” Subscribe to FST’s Winter Cabaret season today — three shows for $29. Contact the box office at 366-9000 or online at NEXT ACT GALA Florida Studio Theatre will celebrate the grand opening of the Gompertz Theatre and the Hegner Theatre Wing Nov. 29 with The Next Act Gala. The theme of the event is “Reflecting on Theater Past and Future” and will celebrate FST’s 38 years of contemporary work. Carol M. Poteat–Buchanan and Patricia Courtois, two of FST’s longtime supporters, will serve as co-chairs of the event. Call Steve Turrisi, development associate, for tickets and information at 366-9017, Ext. 316.

RINGLING MUSEUM OF ART The Warren J. And Margot Coville Photography Collection On display Nov. 9 through Feb. 3, 2013 Working at a time when photographs were made with silver on paper, pioneering photographers turned a new medium into an art form. They chronicled the historic moments and recorded the unforgettable sights of their times, freezing on film images that evoked shared emotions and forever imprinted themselves on our collective psyches. Now, the Ringling Museum is pleased to present work from these masters who captured the decisive moments through which we see the everchanging landscape of the 20th century. Please join us for programming related to this collection: Photography on Film: Thursday, Nov. 15, 5:30 to 9 p.m. Friday, Nov. 16 and Saturday, Nov. 17, 1 to 4:30 p.m. ViewPoint: Forming History with Thomas Southall Saturday, Nov. 3, 10:30 a.m. A Conversation with the Collector: Warren J. Coville Sunday, Nov. 4, 7:30 p.m. Gallery Walk and Talks: Close-Ups Thursday, Nov. 29, 6 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 31, 6 p.m. COLLECTING RECOLLECTIONS: Oral History at the Ringling Museum Join us as we launch an exciting new public program and also the creation of a new collection for the Ringling. Collecting Recollections brings to the stage of the Historic Asolo Theater a wide array of fascinating individuals with stories to tell — stories of their lives, stories of the museum, stories of the circus, stories of Sarasota — and more. These informal and informative one-hour interview sessions will be recorded for the Ringling Museum Archives. A Childhood on the Ringling Estate Tuesday, Nov. 6, 10:30 a.m. A conversation with Thelma Webb Wright,

daughter of Robert Webb Jr., the artist for Cà d’Zan. Documenting a Great Family Legacy Tuesday, Nov. 20, 10:30 a.m. A conversation with Patricia Ringling Buck, granddaughter of Augustus “Gus” Ringling (John Ringling’s brother). Inheriting the Ringling Imagination Tuesday, Dec. 4, 10:30 a.m. A conversation with Michael Lancaster, great-grandson of Charles and Edith Ringling.

© James Turrell “Joseph’s Coat,” 2011. Photo by Giovanni Lunardi.

JAMES TURRELL SKYSPACE: ‘Joseph’s Coat’ Open Thursday through Sunday evenings Nov. 8 through March 10, 2013 “Joseph’s Coat” is a Skyspace created by internationally renowned artist James Turrell. The permanent installation is a “gathering place” for contemplation, sustained experience and conversation. As you gaze up at the sky through the 24-foot square aperture in the ceiling, you are invited to contemplate light, perception and experience. At sunrise and sunset, a sophisticated system of LED lights is employed to change the color of the space. In doing so, the artist changes the context in which you view the sky and can radically change your perception of the color of the sky and its spatial relation to you. No matter when you enjoy the Skyspace (sunrise, sunset, during the day, rain or shine) you will have a unique experience. Yoga On The Terrace Join us on the Cà d’Zan Terrace for a complimentary early morning yoga session with instructors from Lululemon Athletica. Bring a mat, towel and water. Parking is available at the Cà d’Zan parking lot.

This is a free event. After 10 a.m., standard museum admission applies. Oct. 20; Nov. 17; and Dec. 15. Yoga on the Terrace will be canceled in the event of inclement weather. Ringling Underground Nov. 1; Feb. 7; March 7; April 4 Ringling Underground is a series of events featuring a mix of live music, art and pop culture in a block-party atmosphere. Free for college students with ID; $10 adults; included with Art After 5 admission. Public Transport: SCAT/MCAT, route 99. For more information, call 359-5700, Ext. 2806. Sponsored by Whole Foods in partnership with Sarasota YPG.

SARASOTA BALLET ASHTON, WHEELDON & TAYLOR: Sir Frederick Ashton’s ‘Symphonic Variations’ Christopher Wheeldon’s ‘There Where She Loves’ Paul Taylor’s ‘Company B’ Sarasota Opera House Friday, Nov. 16, 8 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 17, 2 and 8 p.m. Reflecting on the seasons in human relationships, the Sarasota Ballet presents a program featuring Sir Frederick Ashton’s “Symphonic Variations,” Christopher Wheeldon’s “There Where She Loves” and Paul Taylor’s “Company B.” In the carefully constructed, abstract “Symphonic Variations,” Ashton admitted, “It’s about the morning of the world,” where you find the emotional drama of human lives within changing relationships. The ballet encapsulates the essence of Ashton’s style and remains a masterpiece of neoclassical abstraction. “There Where She Loves,” set to songs by Chopin and Weill and sung in German and French by a mezzo soprano, is aptly described by Martha Ullman West in Dance magazine as an “elaborate exploration of partnering, what men do to women and how (Wheeldon) imagines they feel about it.” This ballet vividly presents vignettes of love and

Paul Taylor’s “Company B”

loss, passion and betrayal, from the female point of view. “Company B” is a seminal piece of Americana, recalling the turbulent era of the Depression at the dawn of the 1940s through the hit songs of the Andrew Sisters. Although the songs depict a nation surging with high spirits, millions of men were bidding farewell to wives or girlfriends, and many would never return from battle. The dance focuses on such poignant dualities. Tickets: $35 to $90

SARASOTA OPERA ‘Rigoletto’ Giuseppe Verdi Thursday, Nov. 1, 8 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 3, 8 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 7, 8 p.m. Monday, Nov. 12, 1:30 p.m. Verdi’s “Rigoletto” follows the story of a hunchbacked jester as he tries to shield his daughter from the evils of their world. When the licentious Duke of Mantua swindles her affection, Rigoletto is driven to plot a revenge, which ends in tragedy. Tickets: from $15 to $120 Palm Avenue First Friday Walk Friday, Nov. 2, 7 to 8:45 p.m. Join Sarasota Opera artists as they perform selections from the 2012-2013 Season at two different galleries: Art to Walk On and Galleria Silecchia. This event is free. Meet the Artists — ‘Little Nemo in Slumberland’ Wednesday, Nov. 7, 5 p.m. Get a behind-the-scenes look as you meet the creators, singers, directors and designers of the Sarasota Youth Opera world premiere of “Little Nemo in Slumberland.” Tickets: $15

“Little Nemo In Slumberland”

‘Little Nemo in Slumberland’ Music by Daron Hagen/Libretto by J.D. McClatchy Saturday, Nov. 10, 5:30 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 11, 12:30 p.m. Sarasota Youth Opera will present the world premiere of this brand-new opera. “Little Nemo in Slumberland” recounts the adventures of Nemo on his quest to save Slumberland from the evil Emperor Sol, who wants it to be bright all day and night. Come and be the first to experience this 60-minute, fully staged, fantastical quest through the imagination! Tickets: $15 to $120 Book Signing with Librettist J.D. McClatchy Wednesday, Nov. 7, 5 p.m. Bookstore1Sarasota, 1359 Main St., downtown Sarasota Meet librettist J.D. McClatchy, author of the Pulitzer Prize finalist “Hazmat” and most recently “Seven Mozart Librettos: A Verse Translation.” This event is free.


MASTER WORKS: The Four Seasons +7 Conductor and soloist: Jaime Laredo, music director, Vermont Symphony Orchestra, violinist Friday, Nov. 9, 8 p.m., Van Wezel Saturday, Nov. 10, 8 p.m., Van Wezel Sunday, Nov. 11, 2:30 p.m., Van Wezel Rossini’s Overture is the perfect opening to

this season of popular works as the piece stealthily builds to a bubbling finale. In Vivaldi’s beloved violin concerto, you will experience the birds of spring, the heat of summer, the harvest celebrations of autumn and the bitter winds of winter. As celebrated a violinist as he is a conductor, Jaime Laredo will not only take the conductor’s podium, but will also play Vivaldi’s concerto. Rejoice in the exuberant joy and sparkling humor of Beethoven’s Symphony No. 7. CHAMBER: Spotlight On Wind & Strings Thursday, Nov. 15, 5:30 p.m. Holley Hall You’ll be astounded by this showcase of wind and string instruments. David Maslanka is a modern, yet tonal, composer especially known for his pieces for wind ensembles. Our gifted Sarasota Wind Quintet will shine in this lively, playful composition that is a frisky interplay between the horn and four woodwind instruments. Bruch’s string octet features four violins, two violas, cello and the unusual addition of the double bass. This is an outstanding example of his beautiful writing for string instruments. This work is a true jewel in its depth, beauty and stately elegance.

The Sarasota Wind Quintet

MASTERWORKS: The Planets Conductor: Thomas Wilkins, music director, Omaha Symphony Friday, Nov. 30, 8 p.m. Neel Performing Arts Center Saturday, Dec. 1, 8 p.m., Van Wezel Sunday, Dec. 2, 2:30 p.m., Van Wezel Prepare for liftoff. Our “out-of-this-world”

musical odyssey begins with Mozart’s 41st and final symphony. This commanding work is a testament to Mozart’s legacy with its genius, perfection and expressiveness. It is aptly titled the Jupiter symphony as the final capstone of one of the undisputed giants of classical music. Journey through the solar system with Holst’s massive tone poem, The Planets. Conductor Thomas Wilkins -— having led a storied career spanning three decades —- is the perfect artist to lead this stellar performance.

WHERE TO BUY TICKETS: ASOLO REPERTORY THEATRE 5555 N. Tamiami Trail, Sarasota, FL 34243 351-8000 or 800-361-8388 FLORIDA STUDIO THEATRE 1241 N. Palm Ave., Sarasota, FL 34236 366-9000 RINGLING MUSEUM OF ART 5401 Bay Shore Road, Sarasota, FL 34243 359-5700 Advanced ticketing: 358-3180 SARASOTA BALLET 5555 N. Tamiami Trail, Sarasota, FL 34243 Box Office: 359-0099, Ext. 101 SARASOTA OPERA 61 N. Pineapple Ave., Sarasota, FL 34236 Box Office: 328-1300 SARASOTA ORCHESTRA Box Office — Holley Hall 709 N. Tamiami Trail, Sarasota, FL 34236 953-3434 Check box office or website for performance venues.

ON THE COVER: SARASOTA OPERA: The Opera’s 2008 production of Verdi’s “Rigoletto.” Photo by Richard Termine; Sarasota Orchestra: Guest conductor Thomas Wilkins;

SARASOTA BALLET: Rita Duclos & Ricardo Rhodes in Christopher Wheeldon’s “There Where She Loves;” ASOLO REPERTORY THEATRE: “1776” directed by Frank Galati; FLORIDA STUDIO THEATRE: Teddy Tinson, José Restrepo, Brett Rigby and Eric Collins in “Let’s Twist Again.” Photo by Maria Lyle; RINGLING MUSEUM OF ART: Walter Rosenblum (American,

1919-2006). “Hospital Workers, South Bronx, 1979.” Gift of Warren J. and Margot Coville, 2012. Collection of The John and Mable Ringling Museum of Art.


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