Arts and culture

Matthew Smith

A University of Michigan professor has come to Florida Gulf Coast University to showcase his work in the third annual Crossroads: Art and Science Residency and Exhibition. His exhibition, “Telemetry,” combines the subjects through black-and-white pieces he creates by folding paper.

This month’s Versed in Florida is with poet Kelly Canaday of Naples. She’s a student at Florida Gulf Coast University where she’s majoring in English and minoring in Creative Writing. She’s also co-president of FGCU’s Creative Writing Club. She says the desire to hone her writing skills is largely what prompted her to begin attending college at the age of 16.

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.