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Tickets Now on Sale for 7 Days of Opening Nights!

Published September 17, 2013

 Seven Days of Opening Nights is a performing arts series with a festival that takes place each February, spotlighting Florida State University’s commitment to the arts — music, theatre, dance, visual art, film and creative writing. Now widely embraced as a high point on Tallahassee’s cultural calendar, the festival began in 1999, thanks to FSU President Sandy D’Alemberte, and was an immediate success with both the university and the Tallahassee community.

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Tere-O-Connor-Dance_supergraphic110/04  –   8:00PM  –  Nancy Smith Fichter Dance Theatre  –  $40  –  $10 students  –   Tere O’Connor has been making dances since 1982 and has created over 35 works for his company. They have performed throughout the U.S. and in Europe, South America and Canada. He has created numerous commissioned works for dance companies around the world, among these have been works for the Lyon Opera Ballet, White Oak Dance Project and solo works for Mikhail Baryshnikov and Jean Butler.

More information on Tere O’Connor’s 7 Days of Opening Nights Performance click here.

urban-bush-women-walkin-with-trane02/11  – 02/12  –  8:00PM  –  Nancy Smith Fichter Dance Theatre   –  $50 | $10 students  –  Tickets

Since Urban Bush Women burst onto the dance scene in 1984, the company has made an indelible mark on the field with works that challenge assumptions about women, people of color, body types, society, and appropriate content for the stage. The company weaves contemporary dance, music, and text with the history, culture, and spiritual traditions of African-Americans and the African Diaspora, exploring the transformation of struggle and suffering into the bittersweet joy of survival.

museum-of-fine-arts1Friday 02/14- Sunday 03/30  –  6:00PM-8:00PM  –  FSU Museum of Fine Arts  –  Free

Making Now: Open For Exchange The collaborative ensemble of Making Now creates contemporary light and magic through serious and quirky inventiveness. The tools of these 21st century artists will likely involve digital wizardry and embrace global awareness and responsible ecology. They have finely tuned senses of both humor and the absurd. Making Now will be a surprise – an indefinable exhibition bustling with movement, vivid artwork, and the incandescent glow of life. Guest Curator Carolyn Henne is Chair of the Art Department at Florida State University and Assistant Dean in the College of Fine Arts. She believes most firmly in the unexpected.

Trevor Bell: Both Sides of the Atlantic From the Space Coast of Florida to the rugged cliffs of southwestern England, Trevor Bell has been drawn to dynamic environments. Some of his keenest enthusiasms are for the pillars of light from the launches of Cape Canaveral shuttles, or the steep downward vistas at the edge of the sea in Cornwall. Mental images gathered throughout the world are armatures underlying his vibrant sculptural canvases. Much lauded in Florida, Mr. Bell has been re-discovered by the British art world since returning to England in 1996. Last year the Tate Britain added several of his paintings to their permanent collection.

1Ongoing throughout the festival.
 The inaugural 2011 Seven Days Mural Project – co-sponsored by the City of Tallahassee and the Florida State University Department of Art Education – was a roaring success. At the 2011 unveiling, Mayor John Marks said, “It represents all that is good about Tallahassee – our appreciation of the arts … and our success at working together with our local universities and students to make a meaningful difference.”


Dates (see below)  –  8:00PM  –  Richard G. Fallon Theatre   –  $20|$10 students  –  Tickets
02/14-02/16  –  02/19-02/23   –  02/26-02/28  –  03/01-03/02

Hear ye, hear ye, this campy cult-classic musical comedy “lovingly ripped off” from the renowned film Monty Python and the Holy Grail is a highly irreverent parody of the Arthurian Legend and of Broadway itself. Sure to dazzle and entertain the lords and ladies of the audience, this rollicking production is directed by Tony® nominee Malcolm Gets.