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Opening Nights dance card fills up this week with The Trocks, ‘Pirates,’ and Black Violin

The artistry is in full tilt this month for Opening Nights at Florida State University. First up this week is the all-male Les Ballets Trockadero De Monte Carlo, known as The Trocks. The group performed in Tallahassee for Opening Nights in 2015 with a program that lovingly skewered and mercilessly lampooned classical ballet.

Things to Do: Take in Unity Concert, Kristin Chenoweth, bagpipes and Children’s Day

Opening Nights presents Emmy and Tony award-winning actress and singer Kristin Chenoweth performing songs from her album “The Art of Elegance,” a collection of American Songbook classics, Broadway and well-known standards, at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday in Ruby Diamond Concert Hall.

Best Bets: Catch a concert with Third Eye Blind or Sister Hazel

As part of Opening Nights at Florida State University, Sister Hazel will be bringing its energetic show featuring new music and chart-topping hits to Ruby Diamond Concert Hall Tuesday, Nov. 19. Hailing from Gainesville, Sister Hazel’s has been called “one of the Top 100 Most Influential Independent Performers of the last 15 years” by Performing […]

Shana Tucker visits Pineview Elementary School

Cellist, singer, songwriter, storyteller, Shana Tucker is a woman of many talents. In fact, she’s had to invent new words to encompass it all. She recently visited with students at Pineview Elementary School and offered a “SongStories” “informance” highlighting her self-described musical genre “ChamberSoul.”

Best Bets: ‘Fiddlin’ film, Scottish song, Middle Eastern Film and August Wilson play

Scotland’s Outer Hebrides islands — also known as the Western Isles — are famous for the Harris tweed woven on the island of the same name, gorgeous beaches, prehistoric standing stones, coastal crofting villages where time seems to have stopped and for the Gaelic music that seems to seep up from the rocky, windswept landscape. […]

Hiplet Ballerinas plié their way into hearts of Leon County students

What happens when hip hop meets ballet? You get the Hiplet Ballerinas. The Chicago-based troupe performed Thursday evening at the Ruby Diamond Concert Hall as part of the Florida State University Opening Nights in Class series. But before the ballerinas’ energetic entrance on stage that evening, they took time to do a midday show for […]

AT&T donates $10,000 to Opening Nights at Florida State University for cultural arts programming in high schools

AT&T is donating $10,000 to Opening Nights at Florida State University to help provide enhanced cultural arts programming for Leon County high school students. With AT&T’s support, Opening Nights is bringing artists from two different continents to Tallahassee as part of its “Opening Nights in Class” initiative. Singer-songwriter Graeme James of New Zealand will perform […]