Worth the Drive

These Sarasota Performances are Worth the Drive

Travel up the road for these compelling performances in Sarasota.

11/12/2018 By Kay Kipling

Meet the Conductor

Venice Symphony’s New Conductor Troy Quinn Takes the Baton

In Quinn’s world, works by film composers like John Williams or Danny Elfman and even a pop hit like Queen’s “Bohemian Rhapsody” mingle with more traditional programming, such as Beethoven’s Fifth Symphony.

11/12/2018 Photography by Kay Kipling

Concert Planner

Venice Symphony Announces 2018-2019 Season

For its 45th annual season, the symphony will present seven concerts.

05/08/2018 By Pam Daniel

8 Great

8 Great: Art Spaces

The Venice area is a haven for visual artistry.

03/02/2018 By Su Bryon

Private Lives

Meet Venice Symphony Concertmaster Marcus Ratzenboeck

It’s full circle for new Venice Symphony concertmaster Marcus Ratzenboeck.

01/01/2018 By Ilene Denton

Season Preview

Your Guide to Venice 2017-18 Arts and Entertainment

Our must-see shows of the 2017-18 arts and entertainment season.

10/25/2017 By Kay Kipling

Season Preview

Banjos by the Water Keeps Music by the Myakka River

For 30 years or so, the Gulf Coast Banjo Society has been adding to the ambiance of Snook Haven.

10/25/2017 By Kay Kipling

Season Preview

Manasota Key’s Restored Palm House Hosts Artistic Explorations

Since 2015, the Hermitage has had a second, lesser-known space for many of those visiting artists to present lectures, salons and workshops free and open to the public.

10/25/2017 By Ilene Denton

Preview

Venice Symphony: Finding Maestro!

The orchestra's 2017-18 season will feature seven conductors vying for the music director position.

06/13/2017 By Kay Kipling

Preview

Jazz Legend Dick Hyman Leads 2017 Sarasota Jazz Festival

The Venice-based pianist will both perform and be honored, as well as celebrate his 90th birthday.

03/01/2017 By Kay Kipling

Preview

Venice Theatre's 2017-18 Season Celebrates American Experience

Productions range from Steinbeck to Shakespeare and beyond.

02/23/2017 By Kay Kipling Photography by Rhonda Sudik

Review

Venice Theatre's Stage II's Frost/Nixon

Peter Morgan's play about a historic set of interviews receives an intimate production.

01/20/2017 By Kay Kipling Photography by Renee McVety

Private Lives

Mary Moscatelli Leads Venice Art Center Through Hyper-Growth

The number of visitors to the Art Center has more than doubled.

01/06/2017 By Ilene Denton

My Venice

What to Do with Kids in Venice

Where do you love to take your children or grandchildren?

01/04/2017 By Pam Johnson

Flashback

Flashback: Venice Orchestra, 1926

Back in the Florida boom of the 1920s, Venice was a lively musical spot.

12/02/2016 By Kay Kipling

Natural Beauties

Clyde Butcher's New Book Celebrates Our National Parks

The new book covers more than five decades of his work at 33 national parks.

12/02/2016 By Kay Kipling

Private Lives

Meet Venice Theatre's Eric Watters

All the world’s a stage for Venice Theatre’s Eric Watters.

12/02/2016 By Ilene Denton

With a Song in Her Heart

Nella Valenti Creates a Haven for Live Music

"The Cookie Lady of Venice," a lifelong music lover, turns her restaurant into a hotspot for jazz.

12/02/2016 By David Hackett

Review

Venice Theatre's Billy Elliot The Musical

The theater tackles this challenging but potentially entertaining show.

11/11/2016 By Kay Kipling Photography by Renee McVety

Natural Beauty

Photographer Clyde Butcher Celebrates America's National Parks

A new book just out features dozens of Butcher's signature black-and-white images.

07/22/2016 By Kay Kipling