Valerie Gillespie: Sax for All!

Thursday, October 24, 2019 – 7:30 p.m. Faculty Artist Series: Valerie Gillespie, saxophone  Location: Anne MacGregor Jenkins Recital Hall Free Valerie Gillespie has agreed once again to lead a performance on the Faculty Artist Series.  A saxophonist known internationally for her incredible jazz performances (solo and ensemble) and as a wonderful orchestral saxophonist with The […]


Before the Pioneers: Indians, Settlers, Slaves, and the Founding of Miami OCTOBER 24, 2019 – 7:00pm ANDREW FRANK, Professor of History, Florida State University Location: Hollis Room The North Bank of the Miami River has a rich (but often ignored) 2,000-year history of continuous human occupation, connecting the Tequesta and Seminole Indians, Spanish missionaries, African slaves and white slaveholders, Bahamian wreckers, outlaws, runaways, American soldiers, […]

Music Under the Stars

Thursday, October 10, 2019 – 7:30 p.m. FSC Symphony Band, Jo Jossim, conductor; FSC Jazz Ensemble, Jeff Benatar, director Location: L.N. Pipkin Bandshell (rain location: Branscomb Auditorium) Free Once the beautiful (and ever so slightly cooler) Florida fall season begins, we are once again offered the special treat of hearing beautiful instrumental music under the […]

“Biloxi Blues”

By Neil Simon; Directed by Mary T. Albright September 26-29; October 3-6, 2019     7:30 p.m. (Sundays at 2:30 p.m.) Location: Loca Lee Buckner Theatre Adults: $18; Students: $9 – reserved seating American playwright, screenwriter, and author Neil Simon’s Tony Award winning comedy “Biloxi Blues” is the second part of his semi-autobiographical trilogy of plays […]

 “Pierre Henri Matisse: Sparks of Creativity”

September 27 through November 1, 2019 Opening Reception: Friday, September 27 at 7:00 p.m. Location: Melvin/Burks Art Galleries Free  Like his renowned grandfather Henri before him, Pierre Henri Matisse made art — and creativity — his life’s passion. The French-born Pierre moved to Florida in the 1960s, and, before his passing in July at 91 years […]


 The Responsibility for Sustaining Our Republic under the Rule of Law SEPTEMBER 19, 2019 – 7:00PM HON. R. FRED LEWIS , Justice of the Florida Supreme Court (Ret.) Location: Branscomb Auditorium History demonstrates our society is constantly evolving. Changes and pressures often generate issues that challenge our Republic, and may even threaten the institutions designed to protect our […]

Celebrate La Francophonie Day at the Polk Museum of Art

Vive la France! Inspired by its Edgar Degas exhibition, the Polk Museum of Art will celebrate French language and Francophone culture with its La Francophonie Day Celebration from noon to 4 p.m. on March 23. The celebration pays tribute to the 300 million French speakers living on five continents, and offers a variety of themed […]

Kiss Me, Kate

 Passions run high as leading lady Lilli Vanessi and her ex-husband, actor/director Fred Graham, battle onstage and off in a production of Shakespeare’s Taming of the Shrew. With romance, comedy, sophistication, and behind-the-scenes hijinks, Tony Award winning musical Kiss Me, Kate combines the irreverent humor of two brilliant writers, Cole Porter and William Shakespeare. Musical […]

Gilbert King, Pulitzer Prize-winning Author

“Beneath a Ruthless Sun: A True Story of Violence, Race, and Justice Lost and Found.” Florida Lecture Series.

HeartMath® in the Galleries

Come learn more about how an intuitive heart guides you to Stress Free Living in the calming and inviting space of our galleries. During these quarterly sessions,  Kelly Andrews teaches basic emotional tracking techniques and simple breathing practices that will help shift your inner state to one of peace and stillness even in the midst of […]

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