February 1, 2007 Volume 3 Issue 2



Adventures of Huckleberry Finn by Mark Twain ($4.95 )
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You don't know about me, without you've read a book by the name of The Adventures of Tom Sawyer, but that ain't no matter. The book was made by Mr. Mark Twain, and he told the truth, mainly. There was things he stretched, but mainly he told the truth."

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Fruit Tramps: Documentary Photography by Herman LeRoy Emmet
Anita S. Wooten Gallery at VCC East Campus

East Coast
Best Little Whorehouse in Texas
Where: The Little Theatre of New Smyrna Beach

Gulf Coast
32nd Annual International Miniature Art Society Exhibition
The Leepa-Rattner Museum of Art

North Central
Stephen Foster Folk Culture Center State Park

The Walter O. Evans Collection of African American Art
The Cummer Museum of Art & Gardens

Dance Repertory Theatre
Nancy Smith Fichter Dance Theatre, FSU

Apalachicola River: An American Treasure

Southeast & Keys
Southern Crossings II
Where: The Gallery at Eissey Campus

The British Invasion
FST’s Goldstein Cabaret

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Museum Reciprocity Month Coming in February; Sixteen Miami-Dade Museums to Participate
MIAMI - Join the Historical Museum of Southern Florida and you will join fifteen other museums in the Miami-Dade County area as part of the newly developed Museum Reciprocity Month, to be launched this month. Initiated by The Wolfsonian-FIU, the program will kick off with a party at The Raleigh Hotel on February 8. The goal of Museum Reciprocity Month is simple: join one museum, and you will have the ability to enjoy them all, during the month of February. Membership at any of the participating museums listed below grants the member a free pass for any of the other museums. Whether a person has been a longtime museum supporter or has just signed up, the program enables everyone to museum-hop and experience the Miami cultural scene. The month will be marked by a wide range of members-only programs at each institution, including exhibition openings, cocktail hours, family days, and educational lectures. Participating institutions include: Art Center/South Florida; Bass Museum of Art; The Patricia and Phillip Frost Art Museum/Florida International University; Haitian Heritage Museum; Historical Museum of Southern Florida; The Jewish Museum of Florida; Lowe Art Museum/University of Miami; Miami Art Museum, Miami Children’s Museum; Miami Museum of Science and Planetarium; Museum of Contemporary Art; Vizcaya Museum and Gardens; and The Wolfsonian-FIU.
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Orlando Opera Gears Up For 50th Anniversary Celebration!
ORLANDO – It’s an achievement ready to be added to Orlando’s history books while setting the stage for future vibrancy for the arts and cultural scene in Central Florida. Orlando Opera announces its 50th Anniversary celebration, a new design for its website, and an exciting new logo! Orlando Opera’s history includes a humble beginning as a project of the Junior League of Greater Orlando when in 1958 it hosted the first Opera Gala at the Orlando Municipal Auditorium. Over the years the company has brought in such notables as Plácido Domingo, Beverly Sills, Luciano Pavarotti, Jessye Norman, and Cecilia Bartoli to thrill local audiences with their talents. In March of 1979, Orlando Opera became a professional opera company upon its entrance into OPERA America, the service organization of full professional opera companies. It is currently a $2.7 million company with performances and education programs that reach over 125,000 people throughout the state of Florida.

The Cummer Museum of Art & Gardens Announces $1 Million Gift
JACKSONVILLE – The Cummer Museum of Art & Gardens announces a $1 million gift from J. Wayne and Delores Barr Weaver to establish an endowment fund for the Weaver Academy of Art at The Cummer, a newly created program for socially and economically disadvantaged children. “We are proud to acknowledge the Cummer Museum of Art & Gardens as a wonderful Jacksonville resource through our most recent gift,” said Delores Barr Weaver. “This endowment will ensure that underserved children and public schools in Duval County will benefit from the Weaver Academy of Art at The Cummer program in perpetuity.” The Weaver Academy of Art at The Cummer will include continuing art education for teachers, annual tours of The Cummer, outreach visits to selected schools by Cummer staff and vouchers for free visits to the museum for participating children and their families. This multi-faceted program targets children in Duval County elementary schools who are not currently served by Art Connections, The Cummer’s education center, or the county’s art tours program.

Leesburg Center for the Arts Announces Official Poster Artwork for the 30th Annual Leesburg Fine Art Festival
LEESBURG - "The Mote Morris House" in pastels, by artist Katherine Cook, has been chosen as the official poster artwork for the 30th Annual Leesburg Fine Art Festival. Kathy is known to many as the founder of the Leesburg Center for the Arts, but she is also an accomplished artist with this being her 3rd commissioned piece for festival posters in Leesburg. She created the original "Meet Me Downtown" work for the 25th Annual Leesburg Fine Art Festival. She is also the artist who painted the 2007 Leesburg Mardi Gras poster art, commissioned by the Leesburg Partnership.
An artist, a teacher, and a visionary, Kathy Cook has revived a new interest in the arts in the City of Leesburg over the past 7 years. It is only fitting that her vision of the Mote Morris House, one of the icons of Historic Downtown Leesburg, be the centerpiece of this anniversary show during Leesburg's Sesquicentennial Celebration.

Caldwell Theatre Company Receives Million Dollar Pledge From Henrietta, Countess de Hoernle
BOCA RATON – Countess Henrietta de Hoernle has made a pledge of $1 million toward the construction of a new home for Caldwell Theatre Company. The pledge will be the pace-setting gift of a $7 million capital campaign that will soon be launched to complete financing of the Theater just north of its present location. The Countess de Hoernle’s commitment was solidified this past month with her payment of more than half the pledge during her visit to the construction site. The facility is expected to open later in 2007. Clive Cholerton, Chair of Caldwell Theater Company’s Board of Trustees, will lead the campaign. Joining him on the campaign committee are Helen Ballerano and Randy James. The committee is in process of formation. The Countess, who refers to Caldwell Theatre Company as “The pride of Boca Raton,” has been a long-time friend of the Theater. She asked that all friends of Caldwell Theatre Company, as well as lovers of theater in south Palm Beach County, use the campaign as an opportunity to make gifts in honor of family and friends. Caldwell Theatre Company will name the new facility The Count de Hoernle Theatre, in honor of the Countess’ late husband Adolph. Michael Hall, one of Caldwell’s founders and its Artistic Director for the past 32 years, said, “this campaign, energized by the magnificent gift of the Countess, will assure that Caldwell Theatre Company will remain an integral and powerful force in the artistic life of the community.” When completed in Fall of 2007, the new Caldwell Theatre Company will be the anchor of North Boca Village Center, a thriving mixed-use lifestyle development that includes housing, restaurants and shopping venues.

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