Best Bets: Catch music and a few good stories

Novelist, essayist and cultural critic David Shields (“The Thing About Life Is That One Day You’ll Be Dead”) will share his thoughts during a talk at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday at the Florida State Alumni Center Ballroom, 1030 W. Tennessee St. Shields, whose other books include “Reality Hunger” and “I Think You’re Totally Wrong: A Quarrel,” […]

China Forbes to Undergo Rotator Cuff Surgery, Unavailable to Perform in January

Pink Martini lead singer China Forbes has just been diagnosed, by Dr. Brett Andres, an orthopedic and Fracture Specialist in Portland, Oregon, with a tear of the rotator cuff that requires urgent surgical treatment. A full recovery is expected, but the delicacy of recovery process will prohibit Ms. Forbes from traveling for solo concerts or […]

COCA on the Go: Come enjoy a ballet with live music at FSU

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (WTXL) – Another COCA On-the-Go segment, where we are highlighting arts and culture in the community. This week’s segment spotlighted the Maggie Allesee National Center for Choreography at Florida State University. The company is recognized as a major leader in the national field of dance  and provides artists in residence with access to critical resources […]

Pianist Simone Dinnerstein and dancers are ready to rock Bach at Opening Nights

Classical concert pianist Simone Dinnerstein usually has the stage to herself when she performs J.S. Bach’s immortal “Goldberg Variations” — and no one else alive can play Bach’s brilliant showpiece quite like Dinnerstein. When Dinnerstein returns to Opening Nights this weekend at Florida State, the pianist will have plenty of company onstage when she and […]

Best Bets: Get in a holiday mood with Marsalis

The man with the horn is back. Pulitzer Prize-winning jazz legend Wynton Marsalis, who is a semi-regular visitor to Tallahassee, returns for a “Big Band Holidays” show with the Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday in Ruby Diamond Concert Hall. The concert, which is part of the Opening Nights festival at Florida […]

Opening Nights and Walmart Enhance Arts Education at Local Schools

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. — Opening Nights at Florida State University and Walmart partnered to enhance arts programming for Leon and Jefferson county students through the North Florida School Tour. The “Echoes of Nature” program, sponsored by Walmart, introduced more than 1,500 students to traditional Chinese art and music. “Walmart continues to proudly sponsor Opening Nights North Florida […]