Local Spotlight Festival – Venice Performing Arts Center
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1 Indian Avenue Venice, FL 34285 | (941) 218-3779 | Directions

A Limited number of festival passes are available! Hurry and reserve yours before they’re gone.

Dates: June 13 – August 10


Straw Rockets with Engineering for Kids – June 13

Join us for an exciting afternoon of Straw Rockets with Engineering for kids! Opening up our Local Spotlight Festival, this interactive experience is a great way to spend the afternoon with your kids!  Educational and fun, this event will let you child explore their creativity and engineering skills in a hands on environment.

During this event your children will learn about the engineering for kids after school program, getting a chance to try it out before deciding if they would like to sign up for a full session in the fall!


Circus Art Exhibit Grand Opening! – June 15

The city of Venice has a deep and rich history with the circus.  Join us for an evening celebrating that history.  Including a speaker knowledgeable on the history of circus, and featuring artwork from VHS Art students that celebrates this history, this evening will be a great time to meet the artists and enjoy refreshments.


Dick Hamilton Jazz Quartet – June 22

The Dick Hamilton Jazz Quartet will serenade audiences with their jazz music on June 22nd! Featuring Bass, Drums, Guitar, Keyboard, and Horns; for an exciting evening of Jazz! Hamilton moved to Florida after an impressive 45-year career as a studio musician, composer and arranger in L.A. He has put together a stellar line up and program to keep south county swinging this summer.


Paris: The Luminous Years with Baila Miller – June 27

In the early 20th century, Paris became the Magnetic Center for the Arts. It was a laboratory of experiments and innovation. It produced extraordinary artists, musicians, sculptors, and writers who lead the way to Modernism. Picasso and Braque created an enviable storm with their Cubist Art. In literature, “The Lost Generation” made up of Gertrude Stein, Ernest Hemingway, F. Scott Fitzgerald and others revolutionized literature by using a “Stream of Conciseness” style of writing. The Ballets Russes’ principle figures, Sergei Diaghilev, Vaslav Nijinsky and Igor Stravinsky, developed exciting ideas for the Theater World.


Mote Marine: Mammals – July 11

On July 11th we celebrate one of the biggest assets to our community- the Mote Marine Laboratory and Aquarium.  Join us to discuss Mote, Mammals, and More!


1848 European Revolutions, Nationalism, & Folk Music with Baila Miller – July 18

Musical nationalism refers to the use of musical ideas or motifs that are identified with a specific country, region, or ethnicity. As a musical movement, Nationalism emerged in the mid-19th century in connection with political independence movements which placed an emphasis on national folk songs and folk dances to give people pride in their unique culture. The secondary effects of this endeavor were the development of tourist industries and a strong sense of community.


Patricia Dean Trio: Patricia Plus Two – July 20

Featuring the wonderfully swinging voice of Patricia Dean with Dave Trefethen on guitar and Don Mopsick on double bass.This instrumentation recalls the great 1962, “Sarah plus 2” featured Sarah Vaughan with Barney Kessell on guitar and Joe Comfort on double bass.Patricia Dean, with Dave Trefethen on guitar, and Don Mopsick on double bass, pay tribute to that remarkable recording.


Enchanting Tales of a Harp Hero – July 25

Let’s go on a musical journey with Tasha the Happening Harp Hero. We will discover together all the sounds that a harp can make from thunder to a rainstorm across the desert. This journey is with  the audience and Tasha together finding their way. Audience participation is a must as you help Tasha make choices on her journey in both the harp as a sound effects expert as well as an incredible storyteller!  We will all discover how mesmerizing the harp can be especially when movement,song and storytelling are present.


The Art of Flight: Karen Chandler featuring the music of Jane Ira Bloom – July 27

The Opening of the exhibit The Art of Flight will take you on a journey like no other.  Featuring work from both the NASA art program and the Air Force Art Program in the late 80’s and early 90’s, Artist Karen Chandler joins us to tell about her experience with both programs, her work, and the magnificent places where they are displayed.


Madame Butterfly: Art Nouveau, Adventure, & Arrogance With Baila Miller – August 1

The opera, Madama Butterfly, written by Giacomo Puccini in 1904, is a tragic opera that has proven to be a perennial favorite the world over. It is a given that the love story of a worldly Officer–an opportunist and a cad and a young, innocent girl breaks your heart in all the right places, BUT have you ever wondered why his name is Benjamin Franklin Pinkerton as opposed to Joe Smith or Mike Jones? Consider another thing, “WHY would an American Officer and a Japanese Girl, living in a traditional Edo house, be singing in Italian?” Curiouser and curiouser!


Women of Comedy – August 8

5 Women, 5 stories, 5 comedic points of view.  Featuring Lynn Lane, Kathy McSteen, Terri Headley, Tay Tufenkjian & Sanja Gray this night will have us all laughing at the twists and turns through out life.


Dave Morgan Jazz Trio – August 10

Local Jazz Musician Dave Morgan joins us on his vibraphone.  Accompanied by a bass and drums, this trio brings a unique twist to jazz classics. Dave decided early on that he wanted to breakout on his own and focus on the music of his heart. He wanted to sing tunes that he felt personally drawn to, and he wanted to study vibraphone seriously in order to have another musical voice. He has performed with the Bluefield State Big Band and been on the road with the Russ Morgan, Frankie Lester, and the Don Edwards Orchestras. He has performed extensively at jazz festivals with his own group. This concert is a special treat for those who appreciate a truly fine jazz vibraphonist.