February 1, 2006 Volume 2 Issue 2



Pride and Prejudice
by Jane Austen

This timeless satire on English manners traces the fortunes and foibles of a family of marriageable young women and their suitors. In early nineteenth-century England, a spirited young woman copes with the suit of a snobbish gentleman as well as the romantic entanglements of her four sisters.

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Read reviews of The Orlando-UCF Shakespeare Festival’s The Imaginery Invalid; The Good Woman of Setzuan, an UCF theater production; and The Art of the Motorcycle, an Orlando Museum of Art exhibition.
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A Closer Look: Art and Museums
: The Harn Museum of Art

A Floating World: Japanese Prints from the Collection
: Boca Raton Museum of Art

A Passion for Plants: Two Artist's Views
: Harry P. Leu Gardens, Garden House

Black Maps - David Maisel
: Southeast Museum of Photography

Brooklyn Boy
: Florida Studio Theatre

Chad Harmon
n: Centre Gallery, USF

Cirque du Soleil - VAREKAI
: Bicentennial Park, Miami

Clyde Butcher Art Plus Gallery Exhibit
: Art Plus Gallery, Coral Gables

Disney's Beauty and the Beast
: News-Journal Center, Daytona Beach

Eluster Richardson: New Struggles & Triumphs
: Gadsden Arts Center, Quincy

Cameo Exhibitions: FAB Fest (Future Artists of the Beaches)
: The Cummer Museum of Art & Gardens

FLORIDA'S HIGHWAYMEN: Legendary Landscapes
: Orange County Regional History Center

Fran Burrill and Michael Davis Joint Exhibit
: Presseller Gallery, Punta Gorda

"Great and Small", oil paintings by Aleta Crawford
: Gainesville Artisans' Guild Gallery

Hand of God
: Studio Theatre, West Palm Beach

How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying
: Naples Dinner Theatre

In the Mood - a 1940s Musical Revue
: The Lyric Theatre, Stuart

Ink & Blood: Sacred Treasures of the Bible
: Florida International Museum

Ken Hoffman: 'Fins, Furs and Feathers'
: SCC Sanford/Lake Mary Campus Fine Art Gallery

King Tut
: Museum of Art, Ft. Lauderdale

Middle Passage: White Ships / Black Cargo
: The Florida Holocaust Museum

Miz Marilyn Performance and Art Exhibit
: SFCC Black Box Theatre

Mount Dora Art Festival
: Mount Dora

One Planet - One People: David l. Mason Children's Art Museum
: Dunedin Fine Art Center

Piano Men
: Florida Studio Theatre

Pollock To Pop: America's Brush With Dali
: Salvador Dalí Museum

Rodolphe Planchais
: Damien B. Contemporary Art Center, Miami

Second Stage Production
: Flagler College

Sweet Charity
: The IceHouse Theatre, Mt. Dora

The Contact of 2 Skins - New Works by Sculptor Mark Anderson
: Manatee Community College Bradenton

The Decorative Home: The Arts & Crafts Movement in America, 1900 - 1915
: Leepa-Rattner Museum of Art

Thomas H. Jacobsen Gallery of American Art
: The Cummer Museum of Art & Gardens

Sculpture Key West
: Fort Zachary Taylor Historic State Park, Key West

Waking Dreams: Art of the Pre-Raphaelites from the Delaware Art Museum
: Ringling Museum of Art

What Do You See? What Do You Hear?
: Women's Center of Jacksonville

: Miracle Theatre, Coral Gables

Opera Through the Looking Glass
: Dr. Phillips Performing Arts Center, Orlando

Tap Dogs
: Curtis M. Phillips Center for the Performing Arts

: PBCC Eissey Campus Theatre

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50,000 Fete Mozart's 250th Birthday
VIENNA -- Tens of thousands of music lovers braved the freezing cold to kick off this year's 250th anniversary celebration of the birth of Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart with three days of festivities. Organizers announced Monday that some 50,000 people took part in 100 activities -- including outdoor concerts -- starting Friday (January 27) in Salzburg, where the composer was born two-and-a-half centuries earlier, and in Vienna, where he died in 1791.

Center for arts, Florida style?
ORLANDO -- An architect who says he's concerned about "the soul and the spirit" of the city has been selected to design a performing-arts center for downtown Orlando. At a news conference, leaders of the Orlando Performing Arts Center intend to announce their choice of Barton Myers Associates as architect and the New York firm Ehrenkrantz Eckstut & Kuhn Architects as the proposed project's master planner. Myers -- a Los Angeles-based architect who has designed performing-arts centers in Newark, N.J.; Portland, Ore.; and Cerritos, Calif. -- is known as an architect who avoids designing flashy structures that stand out from the landscape, such as Frank Gehry's Walt Disney Concert Hall in Los Angeles. Instead, Myers wants his work to fit in with -- and add to -- the cityscape around it.

Orlando Museum of Art Open on Mondays for First Time Ever During
ORLANDO -- Because of The Art of the Motorcycle exhibition's considerable appeal to residents and tourists, the Orlando Museum of Art (OMA) is open to the general public on Mondays from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., January 22-July 23, 2006, for the first time in its 82-year history. In addition, the OMA is open late on Fridays until 8 p.m. Enjoy Happy Hour on Friday nights starting at 5 p.m.

Dramaworks is Proud to be Recipient of Sixteen 2005 Carbonell Award Nominations
WEST PALM BEACH -- West Palm Beach’s only resident professional theatre, Palm Beach Dramaworks announced they are the recipient of sixteen 2005 Carbonell Award Nominations—the most nominations bestowed to any one theatre in Palm Beach County and the third most nominated in the region this season. Carbonell Awards honor excellence in theater in Palm Beach, Broward and Miami Dade Counties. Dramaworks nominations include: six nominations for Berlin to Broadway with Kurt Weill, A Musical Voyage, its summer musical revue showcasing the songs of the acclaimed composer; five nominations for That Championship Season, a Pulitzer-Prize winner about the reunion of former high school basketball stars; three nominations for 'night Mother, a Pulitzer-Prize winner about a mother's attempt to prevent her daughter from committing suicide; and 1 each for Edward Albee’s Seascape and Terrence McNally’s Lips Together, Teeth Apart.

Miami Performing Arts Center's Grand Opening Produced by Grammy Award Winner Emilio Estefan
MIAMI -- Grammy Award-winning Miami resident Emilio Estefan will be executive producer of a star-studded celebration on October 5, 2006 that will launch Miami Performing Arts Center’s highly anticipated, four-day Grand Opening. International superstar Gloria Estefan will take center stage (along with other celebrities to be announced shortly) for an all-star musical tribute to Miami that will highlight the many world-renowned artists who have played a major role in transforming the city into an arts and entertainment mecca. The remainder of the Center’s Grand Opening festivities, which will include more performances, parties, a gala, and many community events throughout October 6, 7, and 8, will be announced in the coming months.

Grand Opening of the Lester and Sonia Mandell Studio Theater
ORLANDO -- The Orlando-UCF Shakespeare Festival is proud to announce the grand opening of the Lester and Sonia Mandell Studio Theater. Beginning February 8th, this will be the third theater inside the Lowndes Shakespeare Center housing Shakespeare, classic, comedy, contemporary and children’s professional productions. The Mandell Studio Theater boasts the first flexible seating configuration in the Shakespeare Center. Its 2,500 square feet of space can accommodate up to 150 in comfortable stadium seating. The stage measures 20’ x 33’ and the backstage area contains dressing rooms, a green room and private restrooms. The first event to occur in this space will be Savages, a PlayFest!

QUINCY, FL -- The Gadsden Arts Center has its new School Tours program up and running, featuring tours of the Center's exhibitions of fine art in its galleries on Quincy's Courthouse Square and also offering "Tours to Schools," bringing art to students' classrooms. For both types of tours, materials are customized for each group of students through close work between the classroom teacher and the docent, and materials can be developed to reinforce specific FCAT skills. For example, students might read about an artist - Eluster Richardson - and an historical event - Civil War and Reconstruction - before the tour. They would then discuss the exhibition of Eluster Richardson's drawings and paintings that depict African American life from reconstruction to the mid-Twentieth Century, from tobacco picking to ballet. Finally, students would write a passage or story, or create a painting of their own, reinforcing new facts and concepts, applying new vocabulary and ideas. The possibilities are endless and the learning is fun.


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