Arts

Arts and culture

Jessica Meszaros, WGCU-FM

The Laboratory Theater of Florida ends it’s run of the 2014 Tony-nominated Broadway play “Mothers and Sons,” by Terrence McNally, this weekend.  The production tells the story of a woman who visits her late son’s former partner. Her son died from AIDS decades ago. The play’s broader themes of forgiveness and reconciliation are universal, but the backdrop of the fight for LGBT acceptance and the AIDS crisis hit close to home in Florida which the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention ranks number one in the nation when it comes to new rates of HIV infection.  Local experts led an interactive audience ‘talk back’ after the Jan. 12 performance.


This month’s Versed in Florida is with Lola Haskins of Gainesville. Her work has appeared in The Atlantic, The Christian Science Monitor, and The London Review of Books. She has published 14 collections.  They include a CD of poems with cello, poetry about inland Florida, a poetry advice book, fables about women whose names begin with the letter A and a book about Florida cemeteries. She and WGCU’s Amy Tardif talk about those cemeteries as well as her poem “Prayer for the Everglades” today. 

Julie Glenn

A group of Tibetan Buddhist Monks spent a week at Florida Southwestern College in Fort Myers recently as part of the “Mystical Arts of Tibet” tour. The purpose was to share the art and philosophy of their ancient order as they tour the country over the course of a year. They painstakingly constructed a sand mandala, a geometric design, one grain of colorful sand at a time. Then in a traditional ceremony they destroyed their work.

This month’s Versed in Florida is with Lola Haskins. Her work has appeared in The Atlantic, The Christian Science Monitor, and The London Review of Books. She’s won numerous poetry prizes, was included in Billy Collins’ 180 project and was featured by Ted Kooser and Garrison Keillor. She has published 14 collections, recorded a CD of poems with cello, appeared in multimedia pieces at the Hippodrome State Theater in Gainesville and wrote numerous other poems blended with voice and music. She and WGCU’s Amy Tardif talk about those kinds of pieces and more today. 

Sanibel Island Writers Conference Presents Nathan Hill

Nov 4, 2016

Most writers labor years without even getting published but a local presenter at the Sanibel Island Writer’s Conference this weekend has hit the jackpot with his psycho-drama.  

Naples writer Nathan Hill’s first book The Nix is not only selling globally with translations in 22 languages, but he said Warner Brother’s Television has picked it up and Oscar Winner Meryl Streep is producing and starring in the film.

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