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Season Opener Announced: Mary Chapin Carpenter and Shawn Colvin

Opening Nights at Florida State University will present two iconic singer-songwriters with illustrious careers spanning decades to open the 2023-2024 season. Artists Mary Chapin Carpenter and Shawn Colvin will perform at 7:30 p.m., Oct. 1, 2023, in the Ruby Diamond Concert Hall. This announcement is one of two performances Opening Nights has revealed in advance […]

Gipsy Kings Tickets are On Sale Now!

Opening Nights at Florida State University and Leon County (Visit Tallahassee) co-present the Gipsy Kings, a world-renowned musical ensemble known for their unique fusion of flamenco, salsa and pop. The concert features Nicolas Reyes, lead singer, guitarist, songwriter and founder of the Gipsy Kings, and will take place at 7:30 p.m. Friday, Oct. 20, live […]

John Ensor Parker Visits the Jim Moran College of Entrepreneurship

The graduate students at FSU’s Jim Moran College of Entrepreneurship had the opportunity to attend an up close and personal lecture from Chain of Parks presenting artist John Ensor Parker. In addition to creating artworks, Parker is a mechanical engineer, architect and curator. He began the lecture by showing the students some of his previous […]

Celebrating Literature

In celebration of Black History Month, Opening Nights hosted numerous literary events surrounding bestselling African-American author Colson Whitehead. Opening Nights started out the literature celebration with a panel discussion about Colson Whitehead’s bestselling novel The Nickel Boys, a harrowing tale set in Tallahassee that is based on the Dozier School. This discussion was moderated by […]

Bringing Arts to the Community with Nims Day

Dr. Benny Bolden, principal of Nims Middle School, was the 2022 recipient of the Arts Advocate award. As a part of this honor, his school received an exclusive Step Afrika! performance. FSU’s Schools of Dance and Theatre instructors also provided educational programs at Nims leading up to the students’ day at FSU. “My objective for […]

Calla MacNamara Staff Spotlight

Opening Nights at Florida State University is a program dedicated to enriching the cultural life of the Tallahassee community by presenting a diverse range of world-class performances and educational opportunities. One of the key people behind the success of the program is Calla MacNamara, the Education & Engagement Manager at Opening Nights. Calla’s commitment to […]

FSU’s Opening Nights to present an array of performances in February

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. — Throughout the month of February, Opening Nights at Florida State University will present numerous performances and cultural and educational events that represent theatre, the written word, music and dance, several of which honor and celebrate black history month. “Multicultural representation is essential to our mission, and it gives us great joy to […]