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Happenings: January 2014

Art After 5 happens every Thursday!  The Museum of Art and Circus Museums are open LATE (until 8:00 PM). Admission is discounted to $10 for adults after 4:30 PM.  It’s a great way to explore special exhibitions currently on view, like Icons of Style, Wild West, the Kotler Glass Collection, Optical Impulses, Unfamiliar Realities, Picturing Ceylon and Picturing Japan.


New Year’s Day – Museum closed so Staff and Volunteers may enjoy the day with their families.

3  FRI                    

10:30am Bayfront Gardens Tours Begin  -- these are a premium offering available to all guests on Fridays and Saturdays. This walking tour is off-the-beaten-path (literally) and will introduce you to key specimens in The Ringling’s “living collection,” while providing some history about the development of the Estate.

Ringling Grounds and Gardens

5 SUN                   

Icons of Style closes – everyone in town has been talking about this incredible exhibition that highlights the crossroads of fashion and art.  See it before it closes!

Picturing Ceylon closes – your last chance to glimpse 19th century photography documenting the tropical paradise of Sri Lanka, the island-formerly-known-as Ceylon.

11 SAT                 

10:30am ROAR! (Ringling Order of Art Readers) – Back 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.

11 SAT                 

7:30pm Artist Series Concerts of Sarasota: Augustin Hadelich and Joyce Yang – this series presents world-class musicians in the Historic Asolo Theater.  Hadelich (violin) and Yang (piano) are young, brilliant, innovative, and maybe a little quirky (their performance is entitled “Zing Went the Strings”).

12 SUN                 

7:30pm “Zing Went the Strings” – see above

16 THUR              

5-8:00pm Ringling by the Bay – groove to the sounds of Koko Ray and the Soul Providers as the sun sets from the Ca’ d’Zan Terrace.  Cash bar and bites available.

7:00pm Conversation with the Curator: Exploring the Contemporary – go behind the scenes of NOWHERE with curators Dwight Currie and Matthew McLendon to hear their inspiration for this innovative program and why it matters to 21st century Sarasota (and you).

yoga on the terrace

18 SAT                 

8:30am Yoga on the Terrace – this program has become highly popular, so arrive early to get a good spot.  This month, Nancy Zampella of Yoga Libre will teach this FREE  beginner-friendly yoga session in the most gorgeous, serene setting in town. 

9:00am Saturday for Educators: A Circus Celebration – this program allows teachers to learn CEU credit while networking and collaborating.  This workshop will explore the roles that art, music and theater play in creating the magic of the circus, while addressing standards in language and performing arts.

10:00am Picturing Japan opens – a unique opportunity to check out photographs documenting Japan’s last years as a pre-industrialized society.  What’s even cooler than access to first-hand history is that artists of that period selectively painted these black-and-white photographs to lend a pop of color inspired by the ancient Japanese tradition of woodblock prints.


10:30am Viewpoint: A Mural of Mammoth Proportions – ever wondered about that huge mural in the Circus Museum’s Tibbals Learning Center lobby?  Hear the artist’s insight at this lecture.

21 TUE                 

10:30am Conversation with the Curator: What Mable Wore – while there’s little historical account of Mrs. Ringling, The Ringling staff has been able to paint a more complete picture of who this enigmatic woman was by using receipts, photos, and only a few articles of clothing as evidence. 

23 THUR              


7:30pm Meklit Hadero – the first stage performance of the NOWHERE experience presents Ethiopian-born, Brooklyn-bred, San Francisco resident Hadero to share her incredibly beautiful melodies, some of which were inspired by artist James Turrell.  Check out our iTunes playlist on the event page.

24 FRI                  

7:30pm Meklit Hadero – read our Preview here.

25 SAT                 

7:30pm Meklit Hadero – see above

26 SUN                 


12:00pm Forks and Corks – 1200 tickets for this event, which is produced by the Sarasota-Manatee Originals, sold out in LESS THAN 8 MINUTES.  8 minutes, or roughly how long it takes to complete an 8 Minute Ab session… although, we’d rather have vino than a 6-pack!   

Missed out on tickets?  We recommend our Wine Walk to the Ca' d'Zan (it’s in March).  All the wine + bites you can stand, minus the crowds – and the walk to Ca’ d’Zan burns calories, so you can skip those 8 Minute Abs. 

31 FRI                  

R. Luke DuBois opens – DuBois’ titles include: “American composer, performer, conceptual new media artist, programmer, record producer and pedagogue based in New York City.  What’s that mean to us?  His theory that data can be a beautiful art form is pioneering.  For The Ringling to be hosting this cutting-edge artist’s first solo museum exhibition is a major coup for this institution.  

dubois fashionably late still