Art-i-facts Summer (May-Aug) 2018

Pick up a print copy of Art-i-facts at the Central Florida Visitor’s Center on Hwy 27 in Davenport, or at Polk Museum of Art in Lakeland, RP Funding Center, Lake Wales Arts Center, Theatre Winter Haven, Public Libraries, Chambers of Commerce and various arts and cultural venues around Polk County. Enjoy the on-screen edition of […]

Ryan White, author – Jimmy Buffett: A Good Life All the Way

Singer-songwriter Jimmy Buffett scuffed around New Orleans, washed out of the Nashville scene, and found refuge among the artists, shrimpers, and genuine characters at the end of the road in Key West. Music critic Ryan White describes how Buffett found his voice and eventually brought to life the song that would launch Parrot Head nation: […]

“Building An Icon: The Way We Worked on the Singing Tower”

Bok Tower Gardens celebrates the city’s centennial anniversary, in partnership with the Lake Wales Museum and Cultural Center, Florida’s Natural Grove House and the Lake Wales Public Library. The exhibit includes never before seen educational and historical materials about the craftsmanship and construction of Florida’s original attraction and iconic Singing Tower Carillon. The exhibit opens July 14, 2017 and […]

The Way We Worked

The Smithsonian traveling exhibit: “The Way We Worked” explores how work shaped America and will be on exhibit in the Polk County History Center from July 1 – August 12, 2017.    

Let It Be – A Celebration of the Beatles Music

Direct from London’s West End and Broadway, the show that has been seen by over 2 million people worldwide is introducing a brand new show for the 2016 touring season! Relive the past from Ed Sullivan to Abbey Road, and imagine the reunion that never was. Enter a time capsule and turn back the clock […]

The Original Stars of American Bandstand Featuring Shirley Alston Reeves, Johnny Tillotson, Brian Hyland, Chris Montez, Merrilee Rush

In 1959 one man had an idea…Hire some buses, load up the brightest stars and a generation’s greatest sounds and take the show on the road.  Now The Original Stars of American Bandstand are back on the bus.  These are the artists and this is the music that defined a generation.  It will be a […]

Presley Perkins and Cash: A Night to Remember

“Presley, Perkins, Lewis & Cash: A Night to Remember” pays tribute to and celebrates the legendary Sun Records recording artists Elvis Presley, Carl Perkins, Jerry Lee Lewis & Johnny Cash.  The audience will get the feeling they’re a witness to a rock and roll royalty jam session with the music and talent that has stood […]

Sha Na Na

Rock & Roll doo-wop legends, SHA NA NA combined their love for the classics of rock & roll with a dynamic theatrical approach as fellow college students at Columbia University in New York in 1969. They appeared just before Jimi Hendrix forty-five years ago at The Woodstock Festival in their eighth professional gig (of course […]

Susan MacManus: “Florida 2016!”

On the eve of the 2016 election, well-known political observer, and Distinguished Professor of Administration and Political Science at the University of South Florida, Susan MacManus addresses questions about Florida’s role in what has already proven to be an unconventional and lively political process. Florida Lecture Series. This one is in Branscomb Auditorium, unlike most which are in the […]

Learn the Secrets of Antique Heart Cypress

Part of the Lunch & Learn series. Takes place in the Alexander Discovery Center. Learn more and RSVP for the class on the Bok Tower Gardens website.

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