A blitz of buzz-worthy events. An awesome arts, theater, music and movie scene. Coworkers I admire and enjoy being around.
I’m thrilled to be back in the features department at the Bradenton Herald.
It’s where I spent 2004 through 2006. I’ve had some notable journalistic adventures during my four-year absence from Manatee County. But the Bradenton-Sarasota region feels like where I belong — especially at this winning publication, now, with so many exciting events taking place in the region.
My Herald homecoming took place earlier this month and I’ve been hopping ever since. Had the pleasure of reporting on events ranging from The Ringling International Arts Festival in Sarasota to the Hunsader Pumpkin Festival in East Manatee.
Interviewed Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright Nilo Cruz immediately after attending the world premiere of his provocative new drama “Hurricane.” Witnessed spectacular performances by Sarasota Ballet and Dance Fuzion. Relished the Manatee Players’ resplendent staging of Stephen Sondheim’s masterful musical “Sunday in the Park with George.” Spoke, finally, with a Flying Wallenda. Had fun with the No. 10 in honor of 10/10/2010.
Yeah, my first few weeks back have been a joyous, rewarding blur.
Perhaps you saw some of these stories in print, at Bradenton.com, or on my blog, also called Buzz Worthy which is updated daily at Bradenton.com/blogs.
Surveying next month’s calendar, I’m also keen about Taste of Manatee, the Sarasota Film Society’s Cine-World Film Festival and the likely Broadway-bound “Bonnie & Clyde” musical opening at the Asolo Repertory Theatre. Same goes for the 20th (!) Annual Sarasota Blues Festival on Nov. 6. Genre-defying sensation Troy “Trombone Shorty” Andrews should enthrall attendees with his highly addictive hybrid of rock, funk, hip-hop, jazz and celebratory Crescent City soul. Since 2007, I’ve seen him blow people away in Tampa, St. Petersburg and at the New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival. Look for my interview with Andrews to run in advance of his Sarasota-Manatee debut.
As for this column, it will be used as a platform to expound on my daily blog posts as well as opine on local and national arts and entertainment developments. Special occasions might even call for a good, old-fashioned rant.
Wade Tatangelo, features writer/columnist, can be reached at 941-745-7057 and follow him on twitter @accentbradenton. Visit his blog, Buzz Worthy, at bradenton.com/blogs.