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Happenings: February



Happenings at The Ringling – February 2013

Art After 5 every Thursday!  The Museum of Art and Circus Museums are open LATE (until 8:00pm).  Admission is discounted to $10 for adults after 4:30pm.  It’s a great way to explore special exhibitions like R. Luke DuBois – Now, Picturing Japan, the Kotler Glass Collection, Unfamiliar Realities, Optical Impulses, Wild West, and Conserved.

Bayfront Gardens Tours also continue on Fridays and Saturdays throughout February. 

1 SAT                    

7:30pm Artist Series Concerts of Sarasota: Ritz Chamber Players – boasting some of the world’s preeminent musicians spanning the African diaspora, The Ritz Chamber Players brings a fresh, new energy to classical music. Its members perform with prestigious organizations including the New York Philharmonic, Boston Symphony, Chicago Symphony, Pittsburgh Symphony, Philadelphia Orchestra and the London Symphony.  

2 SUN                   

7:30pm Artist Series Concerts of Sarasota: Ritz Chamber Players

3 MON                  

7:00pm Monday Night Movies return!  This series theme is ‘Small Stars on the Big Screen,’ highlighting children as movie stars.  First up in this series is Boys Town, the 1938 classic starring Spencer Tracy and an incorrigible young Mickey Rooney.

5 WED  

Conserved opens --, this exhibition examines the life of a circus poster. Printed and posted to announce the coming of the circus, for some posters, a second life began after the circus left town. Fans would pull the colorful advertising from windows and walls, storing them for years before the posters found their way to the Museum. Cleaning, backing and, occasionally restoration have given these lithographs a new life as documentation of circus history.


7:30pm  nowHERE | New Stages: Lostwax Multimedia Dance, Particular – On view in the Museum of Art is R. Luke DuBois – Now, but you can see the artist’s vision come to life onstage in the Historic Asolo Theater.  Luke worked with dance choreographer Jamie Jewitt to create graphic projections in sync with the dancers’ movements.  Human grace and movement blends with technology in this must-see performance.

8:00pm The Ringling Underground – exercise your mind with this series of interactive pop culture featuring an eclectic mix of local and regional live music.  Check out up-and-coming artists displaying their work in the Museum of Art Courtyard.  We’ll even leave the lights on in the galleries so you can meet some of the masters late-night.


10:00am The Literati: “The Scent of Scandal”— this meeting of The Ringling Art Library’s book club will discuss Craig Pittman’s 2012 book which details the controversy surrounding the Marie Selby Botanical Gardens’ most (in)famous orchid.

7:30pm nowHERE | New Stages: Lostwax Multimedia Dance, Particular


7:30pm nowHERE | New Stages: Lostwax Multimedia Dance, Particular

10 MON               

7:00pm Monday Night Movie: The Bad Seed – the 1956 film adaptation of the Broadway play which stunned audiences with this astonishingly realistic portrait of an 8-year-old murderess.

11 TUE

10:30am nowHERE | Collecting Recollections: Annie Solomon Remembers a Colony of Artists --  the Collecting Recollections series explores Sarasota’s cultural history through one-hour interviews in the Historic Asolo Theater which are recorded for The Ringling Archives.  This session features Annie Solomon, who settled in Sarasota in 1946 with her husband (artist Syd Solomon), whose work was the first by a contemporary artist to be shown by The Ringling.


5:00pm Courtyard Swing – introducing a new evening series at The Ringling which is sure to delight!  The Museum of Art Courtyard will swing with big band sound during Art After 5. Come soak up the jazz vibe while listening to contemporary sounds in the beautiful Museum of Art Courtyard.  The Ken Loomer Big Band will play the music of the Swing Era.  Cash bar and bites available.

6:00pm Gallery Walk & Talk: Picturing Japan – explore Picturing Japan with curators as your guides to hear their insight into some of the people and places depicted in this intriguing exhibition.  Free with Art After 5 admission!

7:00pm nowHERE | Conversation on Process: Inside the Artist Mind of Fay Ku – hear firsthand from this fascinating Hermitage Artist, Fay Ku, who describes her mind as ‘associative.’  That means current events remind her of historical or mythical ones, which she then relates artistically to ideas in language, science, and stories.

15 SAT

8:30am Yoga on the Terrace – Jessica May of Three-in-One Yoga in Bradenton leads this month’s inspiring bayfront yoga session suitable for all levels of Yoga practice.  Arrive early for this popular program to get a good spot!  PS… it’s FREE J

10:30am ViewPoint + Conversation with a Collector:  Breaking the Ceiling: Contemporary Sculpture in Glass – James Yood of the School of the Art Institute of Chicago will share the long, distinguished history of glass and how artists have reframed that largely functional history into a celebration of glass as sculpture. Then, following James Yood’s Viewpoint will be a Conversation with Collectors Nancy & Philip Kotler to celebrate the current exhibition of the Kotler's collection.

10:30am ROAR! Ringling Order of Art Readers -- By popular demand, this story-time with Museum curators and staff is now a year-round offering.  Your wee ones will listen to an art-inspired children’s book then complete a craft.  Registration required via email to

17 MON

7:00pm Monday Night Movie: To Kill a Mockingbird – this 1962 classic won 3 Oscars for its depiction of Depression-era life in a small Southern town.  Mary Badham plays 6-year-old Scout whose father is a wise, quiet attorney defending a poor black man accused of rape.  

18 TUE

10:30am Conversations with a Curator -- learn what goes on behind the closed doors of a Museum...  research, registration and so much more!  


5:00pm Ringling by the Bay: soulRcoaster – from rock to Motown, jazz to disco, soulRcoaster will take you on a musical ride as the sun sets on the Ca’ d’Zan Terrace.  Cash bar and bites available.

7:30pm nowHERE | New Stages: ETHEL with guest Robert Mirabal, Music of the Sun – in concert with innovative string quartet ETHEL, Native American musician and storyteller Robert Mirabal creates musical textures that evoke images of a rising sun.  There’s a cool local element also, as these artists will be joined onstage by a chorus from New Music New College .

21 FRI

7:30pm nowHERE | New Stages: ETHEL with guest Robert Mirabal, Music of the Sun

22 SAT

10:00am Inside the Vault: The Garden as Botanical Museum -- Inside the Vault is a quarterly lecture series that explores the significance of The Ringling Art Library’s unique collections. This lecture will give a brief history of gardens, featuring an in-depth look into our rare book collection, and followed by a reception for the Friends of The Ringling Art Library group.

2:00pm nowHERE | New Stages: ETHEL with guest Robert Mirabal, Music of the Sun

7:30pm nowHERE | New Stages: ETHEL with guest Robert Mirabal, Music of the Sun

24 MON

7:00pm Monday Night Movie: The Champ – Jon Voight plays the "Champ," a good-natured ex-boxer with a small son (Ricky Schroder).  His ex-wife Faye Dunaway reenters their life to seek custody of the boy, which causes Voight to attempt a boxing comeback.

25 TUE

10:30am nowHERE | Collecting Recollections: Elizabeth Lindsay Remembers -- As a long-time resident of Sarasota, Elizabeth Lindsay is a distinguished community leader who has witnessed firsthand Sarasota’s growth from an emerging artist colony in the ‘50s to the cultural Mecca of the present.  Her one-hour interview onstage in the Historic Asolo Theater will be recorded for The Ringling Archives.


6:30pm nowHERE | Gallery Performance: Lesley Flanigan and R. Luke DuBois -- DuBois will mix Lesley Flanigan’s voice during a live performance of the audio and visual program Bioluminescence. This is the first in a series of three gallery performances by Luke during Art After Five.  Listen to some of Lesley’s work here

5:00pm Ringling in Bloom | Designer Preview -- the opening night to Ringling in Bloom is a unique opportunity to chat with floral designers whose arrangements are on display in the Museum of Art about their floral interpretation, choice of flowers and materials, and what inspired them. Cocktails and delightful bites available for purchase.

28 FRI

2:00 pm Ringling in Bloom | Flower Arranging Workshop: Florida Friendly!  -- work with showstoppers like bird of paradise and ginger as well as some amazing sub-tropical foliage. Learn the basics of floral design as well as some of the tips that the pros use.

11:00 am Ringling in Bloom | Bayfront Gardens Walk & Talk: Growing Roses in Florida -- growing roses was challenging in Mable Ringling’s day. Today, scientific advances have made it easier, but it still takes some special know-how.  Get that know-how from The Ringling staff members who care for Florida’s oldest continuous public rose garden.