Seven Day of Opening Nights

Plan your cultural calendar with this easy guide to Seven Days of Opening Nights

Now in its 12th year, Seven Days of Opening Nights brings music, theater, dance, visual art, film and literature to the Tallahassee community. Because renovations continue at Florida State University’s Ruby Diamond Auditorium, the events again will be held in venues around town. With a nod to tough economic times, the majority of tickets are in the $20–$40 range. Here’s a quick look at what Seven Days has to offer in 2010, featuring commentary from Seven Days director Steve MacQueen.

‘In the Company of Angels’
Friday, Feb. 12  |  7–9 p.m.
A rare exhibit of Tiffany stained glass from artist Louis Comfort Tiffany. The stained glass pieces depict the angels found in the Book of Revelations in the Bible. FSU Museum of Fine Arts. FREE

The Taj Mahal Trio
Saturday, Feb. 13  |  8 p.m.
A master of roots music for more than four decades, Taj Mahal mixes the sound of Africa and All-American blues to create toe-tappable musical works of art. Lee Hall, Florida A&M University. $20–$50, $10 students

Geoffrey Gilmore, ‘A Movie You Haven’t Seen III’
Sunday, Feb. 14  |  8 p.m.
For the third time, the former director of the Sundance Film festival, now chief creative officer for Tribeca Enterprises, brings an independent film to Tallahassee for an advance screening — but you won’t know what it is until he gets here. “You just have to trust him and go in with an open mind,” MacQueen says. FSU Student Life Cinema. SOLD OUT

Vienna Boys Choir
Monday, Feb. 15  |  8 p.m.
This group of youthful choristers was created in 1498, and its members have been performing publicly in their trademark sailor suits for more than 90 years. Their repertoire includes classical and opera music, but don’t be surprised if you hear Beatles or Madonna tunes sung in those angelic voices. Bradfordville First Baptist Church. $30–$45, $10 students

Rennie Harris Puremovement
Tuesday and Wednesday, Feb. 16–17  |  8 p.m.
Hip-hop dance gets off the street and into the theater for a high-energy performance with stunning moves. “YouTube him and it’ll blow your mind,” MacQueen says. Smith-Fichter Dance Theatre, FSU. $30–$40, $10 students

Mike Daisey
Thursday, Feb. 18  |  8 p.m.
While he’s a hysterically funny monologist, Daisey manages to explore deep themes in his storytelling sets. Turner Auditorium, Tallahassee Community College. $20–$30, $10 students

Los Angeles Guitar Quartet
Friday, Feb. 19  |  8 p.m.
This fascinating group has bedazzled audiences with classical standards while also interpreting the sounds of music from around the world through the guitar. Turner Auditorium, TCC. $30–$40, $10 students

Saturday Matinee of the Arts
Saturday, Feb. 20  |  10 a.m.–4 p.m.
This all-ages event is filled with art and musical performances. Folk artist O.L. Samuels, known for his fantastical animal sculptures — and his stories that go along with them — will also be there. Tallahassee Museum. FREE

Richard Stoltzman & Trio Solis
Saturday, Feb. 20  |  2 p.m.
Called the greatest clarinet player of the century, Stoltzman will perform with Trio Solis, a Tallahassee-based group of FSU faculty. Opperman Music Hall, FSU. $30–$40, $10 students

Marcus Roberts Septet
Saturday, Feb. 20  |  7 p.m., 9:30 p.m.
Roberts brings a reinterpretation of his jazz-blues suite, “Deep in the Shed,” to Tallahassee after appearances in New York and Chicago. “One of my heroes, a genius,” MacQueen says of the multitalented pianist and FSU faculty member. Turner Auditorium, TCC. $25–$35, $10 students
Richard Stoltzman & Trio Solis
Sunday, Feb. 21  |  2 p.m.
A reprise of the Feb. 20 event, this afternoon performance is a tribute to the late Margo Bindhardt, an arts patron who was instrumental in creating the Seven Days festival and whose extended family owned Pebble Hill. Pebble Hill Plantation, Thomasville, Ga. SOLD OUT

Eileen Ivers, ‘Beyond the Bog Road’
Sunday, Feb. 21  |  8 p.m.
One of the original fiddlers in “Riverdance,” this Celtic songbird on strings has toured the world. The Moon. $25–$50, $10 students

Margaret Atwood
Monday, Feb. 22  |  8 p.m.
Rare is the writer whose work is acclaimed by the public, critics and academia, but Atwood has been embraced by all three for her richly written, provocative novels, including “The Handmaid’s Tale” and 2009’s “The Year of the Flood.” Fallon Theater, FSU. SOLD OUT

For ticket and location information for Seven Days of Opening Nights, visit or the Fine Arts Ticket Office Web site at Students attending high schools and colleges in the area are eligible for $10 student tickets but must present a valid student ID when picking up the tickets.

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