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Eighth Annual Muse Awards

Eighth Annual Muse Awards

Performing Arts

Published 1/13/22

MUSE is back honoring local artists and celebrating our City of the Arts at the fabulous Morean Center for Clay in the Warehouse Arts District on Friday, March 4, 2022.  MUSE celebrates the diversity of all the arts and culture in St. Petersburg and pays tribute to the remarkable talent and variety that can be discovered around every corner of our amazing city.  Celebrate with all of us, as you will experience an evening of visual and performing art that will lighten your heart and lift your spirits! Our goal is to share all that art can do – communicate, inspire, connect, and deliver limitless possibilities.Gourmet delicacies and cool libations will awaken your taste buds. Music will make you tap your toes and want to dance (and so we shall!). SPAA promises some of St. Pete's finest entertainers -- present and future.  We will showcase arts in forms that will delight you with engaging displays and outstanding …

Welcome to the Future – Miami Artists Imagine the City in 2050

Welcome to the Future – Miami Artists Imagine the City in 2050

Performing Arts

Published 1/6/22

Prelude to2100, envisioned and created by Miami-based theatrical artist Susan Caraballo, Co-produced with Live Arts Miami, In collaboration with 30South Florida-based artists: theatre, music, visual and literary. Set in 2050,Miami’s Deering Estate has been converted into a safe havenfor those who have been displaced by the weather. After repairsare made again to the house from another hurricane,the estate’s residents decide to host an open house.The public is invited to visit the property and meets is residents.In this multi-dimensional, multi-disciplinary art(ful) experience called Prelude to 2100,the audience will be enveloped by an immersive experience - theatre, sound scapesand visual arts - all at the Deering Estate Feb. 4-6, 2022.Over 30 artists are participating - including Gustavo Matamoros, Sandra Portal-Andreu, Laurencia Strauss, Fereshteh Toosi, and many, many more artists- to provide an up-close and extremely personal experienceof life …

The Apollo and WNYC Announce The 16th Annual Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Day Celebration “MLK – Activism and the Arts”

The Apollo and WNYC Announce The 16th Annual Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Day Celebration “MLK – Activism and the Arts”

Performing Arts

Published 12/23/21

Returning as an in-person event, “MLK – Activism and the Arts” will this year be co-led by a roster of WNYC and WQXR hosts: Melissa Harris-Perry, host of WNYC Studios and PRX’s The Takeaway; WQXR host and author Terrance McKnight; Jami Floyd of WNYC’s Race and Justice Unit; Brian Lehrer, Host of WNYC’s Brian Lehrer Show; Alison Stewart, host of WNYC’s All of It; and Kai Wright, host of The United States of Anxiety. This year’s discussion will focus on how Dr. King leveraged the influence of artists in the civil rights movement and how that legacy of activism in the arts continues today. Focusing on the long-standing connection between activism and artistry, participants will discuss how the struggle for social justice affected icons from Nina Simone to John Legend and how they, in turn, helped drive the struggle for social justice.“MLK - Activism and The Arts” will be broadcast on WNYC and PRX’s The Takeaway on the official Dr. Martin Luther King holiday Monday, …

Bring the Magic of the Holidays into Your Living Room by Streaming "The Nutcracker" On Demand

Bring the Magic of the Holidays into Your Living Room by Streaming "The Nutcracker" On Demand

Performing Arts

Published 12/5/21

Enjoy unlimited access after purchase now through December 31, giving audiences the flexibility to enjoy the performance at their convenience. The run time of the movie without intermission is 2 hours.ON DEMAND FAQs: Q: Does The Nutcracker On Demand cost $25 per person? A: If one person purchases access and, for example, four family members watch the virtual performance on one device, there is no additional charge for the other viewers; if one person watches the virtual performance on one device, that would also cost $25.Q: Once I purchase The Nutcracker On Demand, will I own it? A: On Demand is an unlimited access rental through December 31, much like you would find on Amazon Prime or other streaming services.Q: How often can I watch it? A: Once you complete your order, you may watch as many times as you want through December 31.Q: How will I find my virtual performance once I have paid for it? A: Go to my.atlantaballet.com/account/content. You will need to …

KWANZAA: A REGENERATION CELEBRATION VIRTUAL EXPERIENCE

KWANZAA: A REGENERATION CELEBRATION VIRTUAL EXPERIENCE

Performing Arts

Published 12/2/21

For more than 15 years, the Apollo has presented an annual Kwanzaa festival performance during the seven-day celebration of African American culture. This year, Forces of Nature Dance Theatre will produce a unique digital event of dance and music honoring the seven principles of Kwanzaa, the Nguzo Saba. The event, hosted by award-winning radio host and annual Apollo Kwanzaa emcee Imhotep Gary Byrd, will be streamed on the Apollo Digital Stage. The program is pay what you wish and will be on demand through January 3.“We’re thrilled to celebrate Kwanzaa virtually and provide a space to unite our Apollo community for a time of celebration and reflection,” said Apollo Theater Executive Producer Kamilah Forbes. “We look forward to premiering new work by the internationally acclaimed and award-winning Forces of Nature, bringing an invigorating and multi-generational experience of contemporary dance to our audiences.”Bringing together dance, music, and poetry to honor the seven core …

JUST DANCE! THE POSITIVE EFFECTS OF DANCING ON THE BRAIN

JUST DANCE! THE POSITIVE EFFECTS OF DANCING ON THE BRAIN

Performing Arts

Published 11/15/21

Improved brain function is a significant advantage of dancing regularly. Recent studies on the neurological effects of dance have found evidence of links between the brain’s reward centers and its sensory and motor circuits, both of which are activated when attempting to coordinate movements with the beat of a particular song. Strengthening these neural connections results in improved memory, and can also help treat people with progressive neurological disorders, such as Parkinson’s disease and dementia.Ever wonder why professional dancers don’t get dizzy, even when rapidly spinning and twirling across the stage? It’s because years of practice have blended their cerebral and cognitive thought processes, leading to increased fluidity through improved muscle memory. Dancing regularly enables the body to suppress signals in the inner ear that gauge balance and are linked to the cerebellum. So the more one dances, the less dizzy they become as the body gets conditioned.Other …

10 REASONS TO DANCE

10 REASONS TO DANCE

Performing Arts

Published 11/1/21

But despite the visual “wow” factor, we asked ourselves why should dance be limited to a spectator sport for non-professionals who enjoy the art form? Surely there are many benefits to individual’s participating in dance, as opposed to just sitting back and watching. To this end, we’ve dusted off our pointe shoes in order to point our readers in the right direction on what experiencing dance first hand can offer.1. HEALTH & FITNESSSomething you will never experience by merely watching a dance performance, as opposed to taking a dance class or just dancing for fun, is a good old-fashioned cardiovascular workout to get the blood flowing and the calories burning. Not only will dancing help to reduce your blood pressure, lower harmful cholesterol, and increase your flexibility and muscle tone, it will also help you lose weight, making that tutu fit too, too well! Just to give you a few examples and an approximate idea of how many calories you can expect to shed in an hour, per …

Picks of the Week: Fourth of July Weekend

Picks of the Week: Fourth of July Weekend

Performing Arts

Published 7/2/21

SANDRELL RIVERS THEATER: INDEPENDENCE DAY CONCERT- SONGS OF UNITY WITH LAUREN CARTERJuly 2nd @ 8 pmJoin SRT for an Independence Day Unity Concert with vocalist Lauren Carter featuring classic songs such as What the World Needs Now, Ain’t No Mountain High Enough, With a Little Help from my Friends, This Land is Your Land, Ain’t That America and more- Lauren Carter's soulful and versatile voice lights up the Sandrell Rivers Theater in this In-Person Concert! More event details here.THE RED CURTAIN: THE ART OF FACING FEAR - THE WORLD UNITED - SHOW 2July 4th @ 10 am Live theatre performed by 25 actors from 5 continents written by Ivam Cabral and Rodolfo Garcia Valquez and Directed by Rodolfo Garcia Valquez. More event details here.DOWNTOWN HOLLYWOOD: DREAM CAR CLASSICJuly 4th @ 10 amThe Dream Car Classic presented by Cobra Joe Productions has made a great come-back to the Downtown Hollywood area. Held on the first Sunday of the month, the Dream Car Classic gives gearheads and …

St. Petersburg Arts Alliance’s Funding Futures Awards Program Enters its Fifth Year

St. Petersburg Arts Alliance’s Funding Futures Awards Program Enters its Fifth Year

Performing Arts

Published 3/2/21

These students are often faced with financial need that prevent many of them from pursuing an artistic field. St. Pete Arts Alliance’s Funding Futures Student Award Program is dedicated to helping students nurture their creative interests and develop their expressive talent by providing funding to eligible students and connecting them to local after school arts programs or summer arts camps.Last season, the Arts Alliance funded summer and fall virtual and live art camps to eleven students at organizations such as American Stage, Academy of Ballet Arts, the Y Dance Academy, private instruction and the St. Petersburg City Theater! They also funded two arts micro-camps for Nomad Art Bus. Funding Futures is designed to identify and encourage talented at-risk emerging artists, ages 10-17 in Pinellas County seeking St. Petersburg programs in the categories of dance, music, jazz, voice, theater, digital arts, photography, cinematic arts or visual arts.  The program …

Immersive Theatre Puts Everyone in the Front Row

Immersive Theatre Puts Everyone in the Front Row

Performing Arts

Published 2/6/20

Immersive productions leaves a much larger personal imprint because there are no stages and audiences can become totally immersed in the performance itself. Audience participants can choose to be masked or unmasked, and stand within a few feet of the actors. Oftentimes, in immersive shows, a single performer will pair off with a single theatregoer for an encounter. It can be a performance for an audience of one, or the theatregoer can volunteer as a character in a plot.Many times immersive theatre productions are held at site-specific locations to enable audiences to talk to the actors and interact with the surroundings. These types of productions are really far from new. In fact, in the Middle Ages most theatre presentations were site specific, immersive, and participatory.South Florida has seen the Juggerknot Theatre Company expand Miami Motel Stories into Wynwood, the multi-media Medea at MDCLiveArts and the unique and wildly popular Amparo Experience. The long popularity of …

Community vs Professional Theatre

Community vs Professional Theatre

Performing Arts

Published 2/6/20

By Larry SchwingelThe subject of community theatre versus professional theatre can stir a debate about understanding the differences, but the bottom line is that professionals get paid and amateurs do not. Earnings, skill levels and formal training are all factors in the success of professional theater. Community theatre is at a disadvantage in these areas, but it feeds into the community spirit and brings awareness to the artistic sensibilities of everyone that participates.Community TheatreCommunity theatre is comprised of a cast of volunteer actors, set designers, and crewmembers that “work” for their love of theater and stage. Collectively, they bring a unique, fresh approach. Often times, the productions are of high quality—a compliment to their passion and unbridled enthusiasm. This is the heart and foundation of community theatre. South Florida is unusual because of the intermingling in professional and granting organizations. Almost all theatres in the …

Art to Heart: Our top 10 Romantic Art Picks

Art to Heart: Our top 10 Romantic Art Picks

Performing Arts

Published 2/1/17

Most will agree that a kiss is one of the pinnacles of romance, bestowed upon that special someone and stirring a wide range of emotions. This work of art, painted by Austrian Symbolist painter Gustav Klimt between 1907 and 1908, depicts a pair of lovers entwined in a passionate embrace, draped in colorful robes, obviously influenced by contemporary Art Nouveau style. And the fact that it’s currently on display at the Österreichische Galerie Belvedere museum in the Belvedere palace, Vienna, is the perfect excuse for a romantic getaway to go see it. …

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