By Stacey Bomser
With puppet shows and pops concerts to magicians and multi-cultural celebrations, the upcoming cultural arts season in Weston promises something for everyone. The City of Weston and the organizations that sponsor art and culture events in Weston have been busy planning a selection of performances and programs sure to appeal to all ages and interests.
It all kicks off next month with the Weston Foreign Film Series. The Arts Council of Greater Weston has five fabulous films selected representing various genres and nationalities. All movies feature English subtitles. Series tickets are on sale now at the Weston Community Center and the Friends of the Weston Library Bookstore. The cost is $35 for all five films. If available, individual tickets go on sale prior to each showing for $8. Show times are the second Monday of the month, November through March, at 4:45pm and 7:30pm at the AMC Weston 8 Cinema.
The highly successful and popular WestonNights Outdoor Concert Series returns in December. A variety of musical genres will be featured with concerts scheduled for December 2nd, February 3rd and March 10th. All concerts take place on Saturday nights from 7-10pm at the event stage in Weston Regional Park. Admission is free and families are welcome. Bring your own lawn chairs and come early to get good seating, and to enjoy the food truck offerings.
While foreign films and concerts may appeal to a more mature audience, there are plenty of programs just for kids this season with free magic shows and puppet shows at the Weston Community Center. Bob Nathanson and Puppets to Go present The Tortoise and the Hare on January 20th and Little Red Riding Hood on March 3rd. Magician Gary Midnight will appear on February 24th. The magic show is appropriate for all ages, while the puppet shows are best suited for children in pre-K through second grade. Children must be accompanied by an adult. Two performances of each show are scheduled at the Weston Community Center, one at 1:30pm and the other at 3pm.
The Arts Council of Greater Weston further encourages children’s exposure to the arts through its Student Artist Showcase. Scheduled each spring at the Weston Branch Library, this popular exhibit features the impressive artwork of Weston’s most talented student artists hung in a gallery setting. Prizes are awarded to the top artists in multiple grade categories, from kindergarten through high school.
The library will host an exhibit by the Weston Art Guild starting next month. The 9th Annual Juried Art Show runs from November 2nd through December 28th. The opening reception and awards presentation will be held on November 13th from 6-7:30pm. This year’s show will include a selection of artwork by Cypress Bay High School art students. The exhibit and reception are free and open to the public. In addition, the Weston Art Guild hosts monthly meetings with art demonstrations which are open to the community.
Everyone is invited to express their inner artist at the sixth annual Celebrate the Arts Day on Sunday, January 21st (in case of rain it will be rescheduled for January 28th). It is presented by the Arts Council of Greater Weston, City of Weston and Weston Town Center, in collaboration with Young At Art Museum. This family-friendly event encourages hands-on participation with interactive activities as well as performances by high school bands, choirs and drama departments.
The Weston community is invited to watch full-length productions by these talented young thespians. The Sagemont School presents Something Wicked This Way Comes October 19-21st and again November 3-5th in the school’s Black Box theater. Cypress Bay High School has three musicals planned for this season: The Little Mermaid, Jr. will be performed February 14-16th, Rent: School Edition will be March 7-10th, and Camp Rock is scheduled for April 11-13th. Contact each school for show times and ticket information.
Select members of the Cypress Bay High School band have been invited to play with the legendary Dallas Brass when they perform on Saturday, February 24th at 7:30pm. This concert is presented by the City of Weston in cooperation with the Weston Philharmonic Society. Tickets are on sale now at the Weston Community Center for $20 for adults and $10 for students.
The Outdoor Symphony Pops Concert returns on Sunday, March 11th from 6:30-8pm. Presented by the City of Weston, Weston Town Center and the Weston Philharmonic Society, in partnership with the Arts Council of Greater Weston, this free concert will feature a selection of pops and light classics performed by the full Symphony of the Americas orchestra, under the baton of Maestro James Brooks-Bruzzese. Admission is free but seating is limited, please bring your own lawn chair.
March also marks the third annual Weston World Fest. Hosted by the Weston Arts Council and the City of Weston, this popular program celebrates the diversity of vibrant cultures in Weston. There will be country booths with cultural displays and activities, as well as on-stage performances by traditional and contemporary dancers, singers and musicians. Children are encouraged to participate in the Passport Challenge. Local restaurants will be selling samples of authentic cuisine. Weston World Fest takes place on Sunday, March 4th from 12-4pm at Weston Regional Park.
For more information on cultural events in Weston, visit the Events Calendar on the City of Weston website at www.WestonFl.org/Events or the Arts Council of Greater Weston website at www.1weston.com, where you can sign up for a monthly events e-blast.