Wednesday, March 31, 2010

Tickets for Smackdown!

Wrestling fans, here's something for you to feast off of: WWE Smackdown. The wrestling extravaganza takes place 6:45 p.m. June 8 at the St. Pete Times Forum in Tampa. Tickets go on sale at 10 a.m. April 3.

This is your chance to see some of wrestling's best superstars, such as Chris Jericho, Undertaker, Batista, Edge, Red Mysterio, CM Punk, Kane, John Morrison, R-Truth, Drew McIntyre, Matt Hardy, Cryme Tyme, Michelle McCool, Mickie James and more.

Tickets: $20-$75

For more info, call Ticketmaster at 1-800-745-3000 or the forum at (813) 301-2500.

Monday, March 29, 2010

REVIEW: "Joseph and the Technicolor Dreamcoat"

Audiences will get a kick out of the Manatee Players’ “Joseph and the Technicolor Dreamcoat” — a witty Andrew Lloyd Webber musical that’s guaranteed to entertain.

The lively cast is a treat to watch as they dance and sing up a storm.

Directed and choreographed by Dewayne Barrett, “Joseph and the Technicolor Dreamcoat” takes you on the Biblical adventure of Joseph (Tom Westlake). Joseph is the favored son of Jacob, and comes from a family of 11 brothers who are jealous of him. So jealous, in fact, that they sell him into slavery. Taken to Egypt, Joseph goes through several ordeals, including getting thrown in jail. But all the while, good favor seems to shine down on him — especially with his ability to interpret dreams.

But in Webber’s musical world and a few extra modern touches from Barrett, this familiar tale is told with twist. There’s an assortment of music, from country to pop; a narrator (Channing Weir); a colorful children’s choir and things such as Biblical characters sporting sunglasses, tennis shoes and hippie fashions.

In word, this show is fun.

Westlake has the nice, strong voice that’s required for Joseph and plays his role with the innocence needed for the character. Weir is standout as the narrator. Her stunning voice shows a range of delicacy and power that gives the production flair. Speaking of flair, an ambitious children’s choir provided plenty of that during the opening night performance. Almost every choir member was full of energy and a delight to watch — particularly young Amanda Lade, who poured her shining spirit into literally each and every song.

Another standout was Mark Netherly, who was quite entertaining as the Pharaoh with an Elvis vibe.

Joseph’s brothers also presented a wide range of talents through song and great dance moves. When it came to dance, Ryan Hart, who played Napthali, and Calvin Farlas, who played young Benjamin, wowed the audience with their footwork. Taso Zouroudis, as Dan; Eldred Brown as Ruben and the rest of the brothers delivered great vocals in numbers such as “Go Go Go Joseph,” “Canaan Days” and “Benjamin Calypso.”

There were times in the first act, though, when it was a little hard to hear the actors over the music. Though this was remedied by the end of Act I. And while the first part of this fast-paced show was performed solidly, Act II had more charm.

Georgina Willmott, provided stunning, authentic-looking costumes while William Booth provided a nice and simplistic set design for the performance.

Enjoyable all around, audiences will adore “Joseph and the Technicolor Dreamcoat.”

- January Holmes

Thursday, March 25, 2010

Orchestra maps season of mystery

When Leif Bjaland starts talking music, you can bet the conversation will take on an alluring melody of its own.

Bjaland is the artistic director of the Sarasota Orchestra. When I chatted with him for a story about the organization’s season announcement last week, he had me intrigued by some of next year’s highlights.

There’s live music from Alfred Hitchcock films that will be presented with footage from Hitchcock thrillers. There’s also the “Invention of the American Sound” program, which will present how Irving Berlin, George Gershwin and Aaron Copland came to create the nation’s trademark sound.

But last week’s story didn’t tell you about another interesting season twist.

Found out this mysterious musical twist in my column in the Bradenton Herald Sunday.

- January Holmes

Tuesday, March 23, 2010

Local talent stars in new indie film

It's a beautiful thing when local talent and local film mix.

Bradenton resident Danielle White, 18, will be featured in an upcoming film titled "Beautiful Noise," which is currently in pre-production.

The local indie film is a music drama that has White starring as Dez, a free-spirited singer who is on a mission to find Noah (Jay White), an aging 1960s pop/rock star down on his luck. She wants to get his permission to re-record his "lost album."

Working together on the project, the pair fall in love. Their unexpected romance hits various bumps and surprises as it blooms.

The film also has more than 20 original songs with a track from singer Joni Mitchell.

This isn't White's first and only gig. She's been featured on the TV talent show "American Juniors" as well as "An American Idol Christmas," Entertainment Tonight" and "Extra."

She's joined by a talented cast and crew that span from Hollywood to the Suncoast, said Steve Tatone of the Sarasota-based Midnight Pass Productions.

"Their singing and acting skills are phenomenal," he said.

No date has been set for a release. Filming begins this summer in Bradenton, Sarasota and Myakka, Tatone said.

A few distributors have already expressed interest in the film, which is being financed by local investors, Tatone said. Once filming is complete, his production company will submit "Beautiful Noise" to various film festivals - including the mother of all film festivals. That's right: Sundance.

For more information or investment opportunities, visit

Thursday, March 18, 2010

Anna Maria's cultural connection

With Realize Bradenton in the headlines recently about aiming to make downtown Bradenton a vibrant hot spot, “Cultural Destination” seem to be the latest buzzwords.

In fact, it’s a contagious phrase — in a good way.

I recently had the opportunity to meet a group trying to make a difference for Anna Maria Island — Cultural Connections. It’s mission: promoting the island’s appealing cultural attributes.

Those attributes are more than the white sand beaches that lure thousands of visitors each year. One can only sit on the beach so long before wondering what other things are hidden in this tropical paradise.

That’s where Cultural Connections comes in.

Find out what I learned from the group in my column in this Sunday's Bradenton Herald.

- January Holmes

Tuesday, March 16, 2010

Geckofest 2010 Scavenger Hunt!

Geckos, geckos here and there.

Geckos, geckos everywhere.

But can you spot the right ones that will lead to a special prize? Here are details below:

Download the gecko trail map from or pick one up at local cultural centers including ArtCenter Manatee (209 Ninth Street West, Bradenton), the South Florida Museum (201 Tenth Street West, Bradenton) and the Manatee County Cultural Alliance (926 Twelfth Street West, Bradenton).

Using the following five clues, find the matching geckos, take a picture of yourself in front of each one and submit the pictures with their name and location to the South Florida Museum, 201 10th St.. W, Bradenton. Include your name, address, phone number and e-mail address. Entry deadline is 4:30 p.m., Wednesday, March 31. One entry per person and winners will be selected at random from the correct entries. Entry forms are available at and the downtown arts organizations.

Scavenger hunt clues:

1. I have something in common with the Bradenton Water Tower

2. Sometimes know as Peter Parker, you will marvel at my ability
to stick to the side of a building

3. Lying in the sun lights me up!

4. I’m the fastest gecko on wheels

5. Come ride with me on “Old Cabbage Head”

Good luck! You have until 4:30 p.m. March 31. Prizes have been donated by the Pittsburgh Pirates, South Florida Museum, Manatee Players and other Bradenton GeckoFest sponsors.

Friday, March 12, 2010

Unplugged, Asolo's new play festival opens

March 14 begins something new at the Asolo Repertory Theatre - a new play reading series called "Unplugged - Theatre in the Raw." The event is through April 3. Of the new plays presented will be a piece by Greenfield Prize winner Craig Lucas. Lucas is the first to receive the new award, which is presented in conjunction with the Hermitage Artist Retreat.

Also, look for two developmental workshops and three separate readings.

Out of the plays offered, one play might be chosen for a full production run during Asolo Rep's next season. We'll keep you posted on that.

Be aware that most of the plays presented during the festival will contain adult content and strong language - stuff that's not for the kiddies. Other than that, enjoy!

Here's what's in store:

MARCH 14 at 7p.m. READING in the main rehearsal hall $5
HOW TO PRAY by Michelle Carter
A young single woman makes the decision as to whether or not she should keep the child she is carrying while getting advice from her lover, priest, dog, cat and transgender best friend.

MARCH 16 at 2p.m. READING in the main rehearsal hall $5
THE INNOCENTS by Steven Drukman
Two best friends struggle to have a baby until two very sexy young men enter the picture!

MARCH 17 at 8p.m. READING in the main rehearsal hall $5
HIGHER by Carey Perloff
A couple, both architects, find themselves vying for the same prize in this thrilling work by the artistic director of San Francisco’s American Conservatory Theatre.

MARCH 26 & 27 at 8p.m. STAGED READING with moderated talkback in the Cook Theatre $10
FIZZ by Rogelio Martinez
A play about outsiders, the American capitalist system and the recipe for New Coke.
MARCH 27 at 2p.m. STAGED PRODUCTION in the Cook Theatre $5 students/$7 adults
LEND US YOUR VOICE an encore performance of original ensemble works, devised by area high school students from community interviews as source material. This play is appropriate for young audiences.

APRIL 2 at 8p.m. STAGED READING with moderated talkback in the Cook Theatre $10
APRIL 3 at 2p.m. STAGED READING with moderated talkback in the Cook Theatre $10
LOVE & IRONY by Craig Lucas
A new play from Greenfield Prize-winning, internationally renowned playwright Craig Lucas.

APRIL 3 in the Mezzanine lobby immediately following the 2 p.m. reading and talkback
Greenfield Prize Play Celebration and Closing Reception
The closing reception is valued at $15 and only available as part of the All-Access Pass.

All-Access passes are $45. Mini pass is $20 and includes a table reading and two staged readings. Plays run $5-$10 a day. For more info: 351-8000. The event will be held at the FSU Center for the Performing Arts, 5555 N. Tamiami Trail, Sarasota.

Other theater fare:

Aside from the festival, check out the theater's next free Late Night Series Event at 2 p.m. March 13 and 8 p.m. March 14 in the Cook Theatre. FSU/Asolo Conservatory for Actor Training students will present "The Shawl" by David Mamet.

Details of "The Shawl":
A One Act Play in Four Acts
A grieving daughter’s desperate search for answers leads her to seek the help of a self- professed medium in Mamet’s lyrical exploration of chance, fate and the power of spiritual knowledge.

Wednesday, March 10, 2010

Men and merriment - for a good cause

It's that time again - the second annual Divos show. The talents of local actors, dancers and performers compete for your vote during this festive funraiser at the Manatee Players March 14.

Here are details from Players' marketing director Denny Miller:

As we all know, no mere man could ever aspire to the same level of adoration as our beloved divas, but we feel that a tiny fun-raiser evening should be made available to feature a few of those idols who have achieved a certain "out of the ordinary" status - these guys have class!

Scheduled to perform are Dan Yonko, Mark Mercado, Dewayne Barrett, Berry Ayers, Mike Kent, Rodd Dyer, Tom Westlake, Mike Nolan, Derek Wallace, Michael DeMocko, Michael Jorgensen, Marc Lalosh and defending Divo Travis Rogers.

Your $1 votes will not only help the theater, but will decide who will succeed Travis Rogers
as our “Divo Grandé 2010," so dust off your checkbook and get your tickets for this evening of merriment today!

Don’t miss this off-the-cuff evening of live entertainment and support the Manatee Players!

The evening of merriment, hosted by Marianne Barnebey, is Sunday March 14 at 7 p.m. at the Manatee Players, 102 Old Main Street in downtown Bradenton.

Tickets are $20 for adults and $10 for Students and are now on sale at the box office by calling 941-748-5875 or online at

Your ticket price includes a “Tailgate Buffet” with the cast during which time they will shamelessly beg for votes!

Monday, March 8, 2010

Asolo Rep's new season announcement

Asolo Repertory Theatre Company announced exciting news for its 2010-2011 season, which includes staging another Broadway-bound musical called "Bonnie & Clyde." Read details on the new musical in Tuesday's Bradenton Herald.

In the meantime, here's what's on in store for next season:

Asolo's NEW STAGES program presents "Antigone Now" by Melissa Cooper
Preview October 4; Opening Night October 9, 2010, in the Cook Theatre
Touring dates and locations to be announced.

"Bonnie & Clyde" Book by Ivan Menchell, Music by Frank Wildhorn, Lyrics by Don Black
Everybody had a dream. They had a plan.
Bonnie and Clyde’s riveting adventures are brought to the stage in this vibrant and stylish new musical from the composer of Jekyll and Hyde, The Scarlet Pimpernel, Svengali and Wonderland! This seductive and cinematic new musical examines how a troubled Texas teen and a love-sick waitress became America's most infamous couple, with a thrilling new score that combines rockabilly, blues and gospel music. This is a pre-Broadway engagement.
In the Mertz Theatre
Previews November 12 &13
Performances November 14 -- 18

"La Bete (The Beast)" by David Hirson
In the Mertz Theatre
January 7–February 24, 2011
This sharply funny comedy follows a 17th century acting troupe whose financier/patron forces them to add an actor to their ensemble – the street-performer Valere. Trouble soon follows when the troupe’s cultured leader hates the new actor. But Valere soon charms the troupe, and the audience, with his impressive and highly entertaining antics. Find out who wins in this laugh-a-minute, award-winning play. Winner of an Outer Critics Circle Award and Olivier Award.

"Twelve Angry Men"
by Reginald Rose
In the Mertz Theatre
January 14–March 31, 2011
Drama Desk Award winning and Tony Award nominated drama
A gripping contemporary classic about a young man on trial for allegedly murdering his father, but one lone juror among the twelve is not convinced the boy is guilty. As he examines all the possibilities of what might have happened the night of the murder, his open-minded outlook convinces the other jurors there is a possibility of innocence after all. This engrossing courtroom drama will keep you on edge to its final moments.

"Boeing Boeing" by Marc Camoletti translated by Beverley Cross
In the Mertz Theatre
January 21– April 23, 2011
A stylish knee-slapping romp through the age of glamorous, jet-setting air travel. The debonair Bernard, an architect living in Paris, is juggling relationships with three vivacious flight attendants – each of whom believes she is his only girl. All goes well until his friend Robert arrives for a visit, and the airlines decide to change their schedules! Chaos and fun take off as Bernard’s clever plans unravel. High flying fun! Boeing Boeing recently enjoyed a successful Broadway revival with 279 performances.

"Deathtrap" by Ira Levin
In the Mertz Theatre
March 11–May 14, 2011
Sidney Bruhl was once a celebrated playwright famous for his intricate thrillers. Now slightly past his prime, he enlists an ambitious younger writer, Clifford, to help him pen his deadliest tale yet. But as Clifford secretly begins writing his own version of Sidney’s life story, and the quirky psychic next door begins to have real premonitions of murder, events quickly spiral out of control – who will survive? This is the most successful and popular whodunit in history!

"Las Meninas (The Waiting Women)" by Lynn Nottage
In the Mertz Theatre
March 18–May 15, 2011
A story of an unlikely friendship, and an even unlikelier romance, unfolds in the royal court of 17th century France. Queen Marie-Therese longs for the love and attention of her husband, King Louis XIV, but when she receives a mysterious package from a relative containing an African man named Nabo, her entire world changes. Nabo becomes the Queen’s close companion, but their relationship puts their lives, and the life of their child, in peril. From the Pulitzer Prize-winning and internationally renowned African American writer Lynn Nottage.

Asolo Rep UNPLUGGED 2011
Asolo Rep’s new play festival returns, with readings planned for April 5, 7, 9, and 10
Full details, titles and final dates will be confirmed later this year.

WORLD PREMIER NEW PLAY: Join us as we explore a ground-breaking piece of new American theatre in the greater depth of a full production, presented in the Cook Theatre from April 15 through May 14, 2011. (This will be chosen from this year's Unplugged play festival series - a new festival at Asolo Rep. The event begins Sunday).

"George Gershwin Alone" by Hershey Felder
In the Mertz Theatre May 19–June 5, 2011

Followed by a special one-week run of Felder’s smash hit, "Beethoven as I Knew Him" from June 7-12, 2011

FSU/Asolo Conservatory for Actor Training

"Two Gentlemen of Verona" by William Shakespeare, directed by Greg Leaming. What’s more important – love or friendship? In a world full of adolescent angst and hormones, the outcome is inevitable! A bright sparkling comedy about romance, passion, music and fickleness of youth. A contemporary look at Shakespeare by the entire second year conservatory class. October 26 through November 14.

"reasons to be pretty" by Neil LaBute, directed by Barbara Redmond. A passing comment about a female coworker’s pretty face threatens to unravel the relationships between four friends. A scathing, dark comedy about our culture’s fixation on surface beauty, by the author of Fat Pig. January 4 through January 23.

"The lady from the Sea" by Henrik Ibsen, directed by Andrei Malaev-Babel. Obsession, passion and guilt overpower the spirit of Ellida Wangel and she struggles to choose between a mysterious stranger and her husband in this fascinating play of the greatest writers of the modern age. Feb 22 through March 13.

by Moliere, directed by guest artist Wes Granthom. The classic comedy of religious hypocrisy, by one of the world’s great comic playwrights. Orgon falls under the power of the dark and lascivious religious leader Tartuffe, and his family goes to outrageous lengths to show him the truth about this treacherous zealot! A classic French comedy performed in the Historic Asolo Theatre. April 12 through May 1.

For more information or tickets, call 351-8000.

Friday, March 5, 2010

When student arts funding hit a wall

Sometimes, being a drama student can be no fun.

When you have to cancel a production because there’s no funding, it’s disheartening.

That was the case at Bayshore High School recently. The drama department cancelled its spring production, “A Pirates Life for Me,” because arts funding for the school has basically dried up thanks to a formidable foe — the lackluster economy.

Brendan Murphy, the school’s drama teacher, phoned me with the news, and told me how bad the department was struggling. But he is determined to have a show of some sort go on.

His remedy?

Find out in my column on Sunday, in the A&E section of the Bradenton Herald.

- January Holmes

American Stage's new season includes "Rent"

This week, American Stage Theatre Company announced its lineup for the 2010-2011 season. What especially caught my eye was the company's plans for its annual "American Stage in the Park." It will perform the hit Broadway musical "Rent."

I'm excited!

Here's the rest of the 2010-2011 season:

"THE MYSTERY OF IRMA VEP" by Charles Ludlam
Previews September 15 and 16, Opens September 17, Closes October 10

"A really good laugh. The story has to be seen to be believed." -N.Y Post

Charles Ludlam’s Obie-winning comedy is a hilarious Gothic spoof that satirizes everything from Alfred Hitchcock’s “Rebecca” to Victorian melodrama and the movie “The Mummy's Curse”. It’s also a quick-change marathon in which two actors play a dozen roles: English newlyweds, a mysterious maid, a sympathetic werewolf, a vampire and an Egyptian princess brought back to life. But just who was (or is) Irma Vep?

"OPUS" by Michael Hollinger
Previews November 3 and 4, Opens November 5, Closes November 28

"Sex, drugs and chamber music! An absorbing new play, marked with a nuanced intelligence in its depiction of the complex relationship between musicians' lives and their art." —NY Times

After firing one of their founding members due to his erratic behavior, a world-class string quartet takes a chance on a gifted, but relatively inexperienced, young woman. With only a few days to rehearse a grueling Beethoven masterpiece, the four struggle to prepare their highest-profile performance ever—a televised ceremony at the White House. Their rehearsal room becomes a pressure-cooker as passions rise, personalities clash and the players are forced to confront the ephemeral nature of their life's work. Winner of the Barrymore Award for Outstanding New Play and a Steinberg New Play Citation from the American Theatre Critics Association.

August Wilson’s First Play
Previews January 19 and 20, Opens January 21, Closes February 13

"Brilliant and explosive! Dramatically riveting." –Time Magazine

It's Chicago, 1927, and a group of black musicians gather in a rundown recording studio to make one of the earliest blues recordings. While the white agent and studio boss wait angrily for blues star Ma Rainey to show up, the four musicians in her band practice, bicker, tell stories and dream. In his first play to reach New York, August Wilson issues an unforgettable challenge to America. Mature subject matter and language.

by three-time Pulitzer Prize winning playwright Edward Albee
Previews March 9 and 10, Opens March 11, Closes April 3

"A scorching, scalding, revealing and completely engrossing drama."
-Women's Daily

One of the landmark plays of the twentieth century, Edward Albee’s masterpiece tells the story of George and Martha, an aging history professor and his razor-tongued wife who have returned home from another tedious faculty event at a small New England college. But the night is far from over. Martha has invited a young professor and his mousey wife for late-night cocktails and parlor conversation. Pleasantries dissolve as the liquor flows, and the party devolves into an escalating war of words between George and Martha. The unsuspecting guests are soon drawn into the volcanic battle, exposing secrets within their own marriage. By dawn, no one remains unscathed. Winner of the 1963 Tony Award and New York Drama Critics' Circle Award for “Best Play”. Mature subject matter and language.

26th Annual American Stage in the Park
"RENT" by Jonathan Larson
Previews April 13 and 14, Gala opening April 15, Closes May 8

Based loosely on Puccini's opera, La Bohème, RENT follows a year (incase you didn’t know, that would be 525,600 minutes), in the lives of seven friends living the disappearing Bohemian lifestyle in New York's East Village. AIDS, with both its physical and emotional complications, pervade the lives of Roger, Mimi, Tom and Angel; Maureen deals with her chronic infidelity through performance art; her partner, Joanne, wonders if their relationship is worth the trouble; Benjamin has sold out his free living ideals in exchange for a hefty income and is on the outs with his former friends; and Mark, an aspiring filmmaker, feels like an outsider to life in general, always behind the camera recording the events but never playing a part. Winner of the 1996 Pulitzer Prize.

Previews June 1 and 2, Opens June 3, Closes June 26

"A very sweet, extraordinarily funny, romantic and ribald comedy." —NY Post

In a walk-up apartment on New York’s West Side, Frankie, a waitress, and Johnny, a short-order cook, make love. Then, what could easily become a one-night stand between co-workers, takes a romantic detour when Johnny, a compulsive talker, convinces Frankie that he may love her. And so, in a long night’s journey into day, two very ordinary people, both disappointed by life, entertain the courageous and terrifying notion of love at middle age. FRANKIE AND JOHNNY is a bittersweet comedy by an American master playwright brave enough to contemplate the miracles that happen between two people watching TV and eating ice cream. Mature subject matter, language and brief nudity.

"A STEADY RAIN" by Keith Huff
Previews July 20 and 21, Opens July 22, Closes August 14

"Enough fiery, superbly rendered, often deeply poetic speeches, enough mood shifts, enough emotional cataclysms and action-packed storytelling to keep this hallucinatory roller-coaster ride in exciting motion.” -Variety

One night on a routine call, two Chicago cops begin a journey over three harrowing days that will change their lives forever. Joey and Denny are longtime partners and best friends. They are also men with flaws. Joey is single, a recovering alcoholic and lonely. Denny is married with children, but there are clearly secrets. What begins as a domestic disturbance call snowballs into an avalanche and the friends are eventually forced to offer their differing accounts of what happened. A STEADY RAIN is the investigation where the audience becomes the jury and Joey and Denny’s lives become changed forever. Mature subject matter and language.

Mainstage performances and ticket prices are as follows:
Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday evening curtain is 7:30 p.m.
Friday and Saturday evening curtain is 8 p.m.
Saturday and Sunday matinee curtain is 3 p.m.

Tickets prices are $29-$50 depending on date and time of performance.
Students Rush tickets are $10, 30 minutes prior to curtain.

Subscription prices range from $120 to $329 and can be purchased at
727-823-PLAY or

American Stage Theatre Company at the Raymond James Theater is located at 163 3rd Street North in the heart of downtown St. Petersburg, Florida.

Mad Men award buzz

Bradenton resident Peter Bentley recently won a Cinema Audio Society Award for his sound mixing work on AMC's "Mad Men." The award was for the episode "Guy Walks into an Advertising Agency.”

As a production mixer for the show, Bentley shares the honor with sound mixers Todd Orr and Ken Teaney. The award was presented Feb. 27 in Los Angeles.

In other pursuits, Bentley has directed his own cooking travel adventure DVD series called "Culinary Horizon." The first DVD in the series, released last year, featured Thailand. His newest DVD features the cuisines and culture of Tuscany.

- January Holmes

Thursday, March 4, 2010

Record label seeks young talent for CD

Illumina Records seeks young talent from Bradenton to appear on a national release of a CD that will bring awareness to the dangers of drunk driving. The music will help the mission of the Kids Saving Kids campaign.

Only 30 artists will be chosen nationally.

To be considered, you must be 18 years or younger and have at least one recorded original song to submit. Music submissions can be in a MP3 or WAV format. E-mail them to: No fees are necessary.

The CD will be released nationally and can be downloaded for free. This is the first time free digital downloads will be used to raise drunk driving awareness. According to Illumina Records, which has been involved in drunk driving prevention for five years, drunk driving is the No. 1 killer of young American music fans.

Find out more about Kids Saving Kids at

- January Holmes

Wednesday, March 3, 2010

Pirates Night: Village of the Arts

With Spring training games underway at McKechnie Field , the Village of the Arts invites you to visit its are shops after the game from 3:30 to 7:30 p.m. March 6 and 19. With more than 40 galleries, boutiques and cafes, area residents can shop, eat and drink. Stop by the Village welcome center, 926 12th Street W., Bradenton for discount coupons.
- January Holmes