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Patti LaBelle, Jay Leno, Itzhak Perlman to headline Opening Nights 2021-22 season

Despite the pandemic, Opening Nights managed to pull off 14 shows in its 2020-21 season. True, they didn’t have the grandeur of a packed house in Ruby Diamond Concert Hall, but a 386-seat socially distant floor plan at The Moon suited those adventurous artists and attendees just fine. After all, these were events. Live events!

Boys & Girls Club tours Aero-Propulsion, Mechatronics and Energy Building

Skye Bess is a budding scientist. “I think I have an idea of what I want to do. I want to test theories basically.” She’s been with the Boys and Girls Club for five months. Five months with an organization she said has helped her tremendously. “When I first started going there I was shy. […]

Leon County Schools visual arts teacher receives Opening Nights at Florida State Arts Advocate Award

Opening Nights at Florida State University has selected Sally Ash, a visual arts teacher at Woodville School, as its 2021 Arts Advocate Award recipient. This award recognizes a professional educator who demonstrates exemplary work with the arts by leveraging local arts resources. “Ms. Ash is most deserving of the 2021 Arts Advocate Award,” said Michael […]

Tallahassee physicians, Billy Dean will perform together at The Moon

When singer/songwriter Billy Dean returned to Florida after kicking around Nashville for 35 years to be near his 92-year-old mother, he immediately set about finding her a doctor. Dr. Hugh VanLandingham wasn’t accepting new patients, but Dean thought he might make an exception. The two men have Gadsden County roots — and music — in […]

Michael Rosato at the College of Entrepreneurship

Michael Rosato, the 2021 LeMoyne Arts Chain of Parks artist and muralist, met with FSU students from the College of Entrepreneurship in downtown Tallahassee for a lecture on the entrepreneurial side of being an artist. During this lecture and discussion, Rosato hosted a creative conversation that explores the modern artist’s journey through an ever-evolving industry. […]

Harriet Tubman mural artist Michael Rosato will discuss power of public art

Opening Nights at Florida State University will present Michael Rosato, the 2021 Chain of Parks Art Festival Presenting Artist, at 6:30 p.m. Thursday, April 15, at The Moon. The event will be held in person and virtually. Rosato will discuss the transformative power of public art and how murals and the arts are powerful tools […]

Opening Nights provides virtual boost to 16,000 students

A global pandemic has not hampered Opening Nights at Florida State University’s ability to provide students impactful educational programs. The university-based performing arts presenter adjusted by offering its Opening Nights in Class programming virtually rather than in person. “The pandemic has required us to make adjustments to our in-class educational offerings,” said Michael Blachly, Opening […]