What next? The Olympia Performing Arts Center is born

Published Dec. 29, 2009 A&E The story: The historic Olympia Theater in Palmetto reopens after decades as the Olympia Performing Arts Center. What next? The Olympia Performing Arts Center didn’t exactly have the wildly successful first six months it was expecting. They tried to start strong with a solid lineup of plays and musical acts, but they couldn’t […]

Immaculate Perception: On the Sarasota set of movie director John Pocino’s latest labor of love

  Published Dec. 21, 2009 John Pocino, left, shooting a scene from Perception Beautiful people gather on the dance floor at Ceviche, dressed to the nines and shaking their hips to the Latin guitar stylings of Lotus Fire. The scene looks much like a usual Saturday night at the popular downtown Sarasota night spot, except the […]

As the Sarasota Film Society celebrates two decades of its popular annual film festival, Cine-World, we take a look at three of this weekend’s big features

Published Nov. 3, 2009 A still from Delta Rising, which will be screened at Burns Court Cinemas at 5:45 p.m. Sun., Nov. 8 Cine-World Film Festival Burns Court Cinemas: 506 Burns Lane, Sarasota, 1-10 p.m. Nov. 6-12; Lakewood Ranch Cinemas, 10715 Rodeo Drive, Lakewood Ranch, 7:45-10 p.m. Nov. 7-12; 955-3456 or filmsociety.org. The Sarasota Film Festival has […]

True Hollywood Screen Test gives me a shot at acting in front of the green screen

                                Published Sept. 16, 2009 True Hollywood Screen Test is upping their game with the Gulf Coast Talent & Film Expo at the Manatee County Convention Center this Saturday, September 19. I decided to test my skills in their home-made audition […]

Star search: True Hollywood Screen Test ups its game with its first green-screen talent exposition

Published Sept. 14, 2009 Gulf Coast Talent & Film Expo Manatee Convention Center, 1 Haben Blvd., Palmetto, 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Sat., Sept. 19, 920-4371 orwww.truehollywoodscreentest.net, free When Creative Loafing covered a budding company called True Hollywood Screen Test 14 months ago, the operation was basically two brothers, Mark and Brian Ibasfalean, filming amateur auditions out of […]

Burns Court Cinemas hosts a touching documentary about the early days of the Allman Brothers Band this Friday

Jul. 27, 2009 Southern rock was born at 2321 Vineville Ave. in Macon, Ga. Affectionately dubbed “The Big House,” this three-story Grand Tudor home was where the Allman Brothers Band developed the sound that came to represent a region. From January 1970 to January 1973, this is where Duane and Gregg Allman, Berry Oakley, Dickey […]