One of the biggest Bradenton stories in recent months has been the DaVinci Machines Exhibition. The ambitious display of hand-crafted re-creations of DaVinci inventions has been bringing visitors to town from all over Florida, and its run at the Bradenton Municipal Auditorium has been extended several times.
Curator Mark Rodgers has developed a multi-media presentation, sort of a spin-off from the exhibition, and local audiences are responding enthusiastically to that as well.
Rodgers will bring that presentation, titled "DaVinci and Michelangelo: Side by Side," back to the Manatee Performing Arts Center on Friday and Saturday, He has previously presented it there and at the Van Wezel Performing Arts Hall in Sarasota.
The presentation compares the works of the two quintessential Renaissance men. It uses images and animations of artwork, paintings, sculptures and machines, and Rodgers talks about how DaVinci and Michelangelo struggled to co-exist with each other and disputed issues still relevant today.
DaVinci and Michelangelo were rivals, maybe even enemies, Rodgers said.
This will be the last chance for local audiences to catch the show before it goes on the road. It starts a national tour in next month. But it's slated to come back for a Van Wezel performance in February.
Details: 7:30 p.m. July 18-19, Manatee Performing Arts Center, 502 Third Ave. W., Bradenton. Tickets: $34-$39. Information: 941-748-5875, discovermichaelangelo.com.
-- Marty Clear