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Your weekend arts forecast: A feast for the eyes (and ears)

Petersburg Museum of Fine Arts, A Feast For the Eyes: European Masterpieces From the Grasset Collection is an exhibition of 40 baroque-era oil paintings – brilliant, beautiful and lyrical works from the likes of 17th and 18th century masters van Dyck, Canaletto, Brueghel the Elder, de Velde and others.The masterworks are from the private collection of Juan Manuel Grasset, of Madrid, Spain. The 90-year-old art collector attended a media preview of the exhibition, accompanied by several members of the extended Grasset family, Thursday.His daughter Christina explained that the St. Pete visit is only the second time Grasset’s collection has gone on loan in the United States; indeed, it was previously at the San Diego Museum of Art,  in 2016.

Jan Davidsz. de Heem, Dutch, 1606-1683/4 Still Life of flowers in a glass vase in a stone niche, Oil on oak panel Christina Grasset detailed the collection’s backstory: “My father bought these paintings over the course of 50 years.I think there are four Spanish painters, but everything else is Dutch and Flemish. Or Italian.And so he would buy these paintings in London, or in Paris, and then bring them back to his home in Madrid.”Over the course of many years, she continued, “like any true collector, it’s very difficult for them to stop! They will see another painting, they fall in love, and they have to have it.
My parents have a fairly large home in Madrid, but we got to a point where the paintings were on the floor and stacked against the walls.“It took a very long time to convince him to part with the paintings, because they’re objects that he loves.

But we finally convinced him that they would be much better in a museum. And this is where the paintings look their best.”Frail and wheelchair-bound, but smiling and looking dapper nonetheless, Juan Manuel Grasset offered a quick compliment to the Museum of Fine Arts. “I think I never saw the collection as brilliantly displayed as it is here,” he said.The Grasset collection consists almost entirely of landscapes and still lifes of flowers, fruit bowls and laden banquet tables, along with other bounties. MFA Curator of Exhibitions and Collections Stanton Thomas asked Grasset about this.

“None of the grand traditions of Spanish portrait portraiture, or religious paintings or battle scenes appealed to him,” Thomas said. “He has almost no images of people.”Thomas – and others who’ve examined and thought deeply about the collection – developed a theory. “The thought is that these very beautiful, very lyrical, very escapist pictures might be a reflection of his youth, which was during a very difficult time,” the curator explained.“It was right after World War II, there wasn’t a lot around. These are kind of a reaction to the hardships of his youth.“There’s a beautiful logic to the paintings – people enjoying themselves out in the country, or beautiful flowers, or feasts. They would have been an enormous contrast to what people would have experienced in post-World War II Spain.”Juan Manuel Grasset, seated, talks with the media at the Museum of Fine Arts March 21. At far right is his daughter Christina.

Photo by Bill DeYoung.Thomas will conduct a Gallery Talk on the exhibition from 3 to 4 p.m. Sunday, March 24.A Feast For the Eyes: European Masterpieces From the Grasset Collection will remain at the museum through July 28.And now, thisOf course, the 2nd annual St.Petersburg Tiny Home Festival is Saturday and Sunday. Everything you need to know is here.Brad PaisleyNice cross-section of popular music this weekend, including country legend Clint Black (tonight at the Mahaffey), Chicago (or what’s left of the band that was once the mighty Chicago) at Ruth Eckerd Hall tonight, and yet another country star, Brad Paisley (Valspar Live! at the Osprey Driving Range in Palm Harbor Saturday – details here).The Palladium’s got the Boogie Woogie Blues Piano Stomp Saturday (here’s what we wrote about it) and country’s Mickey Gilley Sunday.

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Raise a Glass to the Arts

One way they are doing this is by having art expositions within their corridors. As its name reveals, Arts Club started this trend in “attempts to attract.As its name reveals, Arts Club started this trend in “attempts to attract more clients,” said Arts Club Promoter Manuel Laparte.
“Before the crisis, people would go out more frequently,” said Carlos Lopez, marketing coordinator and Madrileno. “However, even after this country recuperated, there was a change with how the Spanish started to spend their money when going out.” Where bars are as abundant as people’s expectations, the addition of local art expositions help set them apart from the many options Madrid city-goers have to choose from. As you enter inside Arts Club, the entrance walls are lined with mismatching seats and round, dark wooden tables.
Looking up you can catch a glance of Mexican artist Aurora Covarrubias’ latest exposition. Inspired by the fast-pace life Madrid has to offer, along with her Mexican heritage,  her pieces display bottles of tequila and mezcal.Almost every piece displays something pink, weather it be lips, a bottle, pants or even the American $100 bill, which was transformed into a long, hot pink canvas.Expositions like Covarrubias’ allow not only for her to gain publicity, but also attract more people to the venue.“Killing two birds with one stone,” said Covarrubias. Many of the night goers that stop upon Arts Club, are coming to actually see her exposition.They get this information from social media platforms such as Instagram, through hashtags.While Arts Club might have been the first venue in Madrid to start the trend of art expositions, other, smaller bars around the city have quickly caught wind of this.In Malasana, the more hipster barrio of Madrid, a few bars have also caught on to this trend. On Calle Valverde 24 lies Verbena Bar, a much more casual place of leisure, considering they also open for breakfast.
Here, 20-something hipsters of all nationalities can be observed sipping on iced lattes, freshly squeezed juice and tea.Upon walking into Verbena Bar, you can observe an illuminated, long venue.astel colored liners hang from one end of the roof to the other side. Along the cream colored walls are hundreds of watercolor paintings, original drawings and old photographs placed in mismatched frames which oddly match the mismatched furniture.While indulging in typical Spanish tapas, like tortilla and patatas bravas with a Cold Doble of Mahou, one is surrounded by the hard work of local Madrileno artists. One of many examples amongst this venue’s walls is the small square canvas, which is a copy of Frida Kahlo.The brushstrokes paint her red dress like velvet and her thick brown eyebrows seem almost life like. Other places of the moment such as La Fabrica have also taken this trend and ran with it.
Open seven days a week, this small coffee shop, no larger than 400 square meters, has begun to expose contemporary art. However, along with this, they also have a library filled with photography books.Currently, amongst the white walls of La Fabrica is Marc Chagalls contemporary exposition, on loan from the Museo Guggenheim of Bilbao, Spain. The European Vanguard exposition reveals pieces from the Interwar period, a time when Spain was going through a civil war.This contemporary exposition, is “rival of Picasso’s Guernica in the Reina Sofia, and worthy of visiting,” said Vera Mateus, visitor to La Fabrica.“Everyone has a curious side,” said Manuel Laparte.“And most importantly, the young people of Madrid want to be and feel the now.” Like previously mentioned, art expositions give a variety of venues the opportunity to expose up-and-coming artists to the public, while simultaneously allowing them to attract more customers.
It turns out that young people relate better to art while sipping on Spanish beer and gin and tonics. This is extremely important considering that in Spain, “almost half of Spanish artists do not not make it to 8,000 euros a year,” according to a Spanish study by Lamono.This exposure helps many struggling, up-and-coming artists gain publicity and recognition.However, there is another side to this coin.It also allows for art to spread in the capital of Spain, in a time where less and less young people are visiting traditional sources of art such as museums. A study conducted by La Caixa undercovered that only around only “22% of Spanish men and women between the ages of 16-29 had visited a museum.”“Just because some people don’t understand art, doesn’t mean it is irrelevant,” Aurora Covarrubias said. “The past, present and future need an outlet, in this logical world.”

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Suarez double sends Barca past Real Madrid and into Copa del Rey final

MADRID (AFP) – Luis Suarez scored twice on Wednesday as Barcelona inflicted another defeat on Real Madrid to move within touching distance of winning a record fifth consecutive Copa del Rey.
Madrid were the better side for at least half of a wild Clasico at the Santiago Bernabeu but three goals conceded in 28 chaotic, second-half minutes sent Barca through to the final with a 3-0 victory, 4-1 on aggregate.Suarez would have had a hat-trick had Raphael Varane not beaten him on the line to Ousmane Dembele s cross, Varane s own-goal coming between the Uruguayan s smart finish and a mischeivously chipped penalty.By then, Barca were coasting and after thrashing Madrid 5-1 at the Camp Nou in October, they will return for Saturday s La Liga game boasting an accumulative score of 9-2 from the clubs three meetings this season.
But this was not the humiliation of four months ago and if the result can be put to one side, Santiago Solari might take heart from the handful of golden opportunities his team wasted before their opponents began their spree.Vinicius Junior was most guilty, the 18-year-old showing his both his talent and youth in equal measure.
Gareth Bale, left on the bench again, might have wondered what he would have done with some of the chances that went begging.There was a scattering of whistles for Bale when he came on with just over 20 minutes left but there was little he could do about Barcelona quickly extending their lead from one goal to three.For Ernesto Valverde s side, an historic fifth consecutive Copa del Rey triumph is now within reach, with either Valencia or Real Betis awaiting them in the final on May 25.After beating Sevilla 4-2 on Sunday, the Catalans appear to have rediscovered their groove.
The first half was a scrap, full of heavy touches and lunging challenges with a handful of chances to counter-attack squandered by loose passes.Ivan Rakitic plunged into Casemiro and Toni Kroos charged into Lionel Messi.Vinicius offered the best moments down the left, terrorising Barca s backline but failing to find a finishing touch.He wanted a penalty for a clumsy challenge by Nelson Semedo but the contact was probably not enough, and then three chances were passed up.
First, he fired over after his opponents backed off and then was sent clear through a gap vacated by Gerard Pique, who had lost the ball upfield.A heavy touch took Vincius wide and while he squared for Karim Benzema, Marc-Andre ter Stegen made the block with his foot.Soon after, he shot high again from six yards, before beckoning the groaning crowd by swinging his arms.Barca should have capitalised on a wayward Sergio Reguilon backpass but otherwise they, and Lionel Messi, were a little flat, lacking either the precision or spark to create a clear chance.
Then, with their first one they scored. Dembele made it, drifting Dani Carvajal one way before darting the other and pulling the ball back for Suarez to squeeze inside the near post.Madrid came again. Reguilon s header drew another excellent save from Ter Stegen and Vinicius left three Barca defenders sprawled on the floor but could not complete a mesmeric run with a finish.
Bale came on but it was Barcelona that scored, twice in four minutes. Dembele again skipped in behind and passed to Suarez at the backpost, although it was Varane that got the final touch.Then Casemiro planted a clumsy foot on Suarez s ankle and the referee pointed to the spot. Messi deferred to Suarez, perhaps thinking he was on a hat-trick, and the Uruguayan coolly chipped the penalty into the corner.There was still time for Bale to break free but he curled his shot well wide. It was last of too many chances spurned.

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Arts grants going to many St. Lawrence County organizations

POTSDAM — Since 2008, SLC Arts has administered the New York State Council on the Arts (NYSCA) Decentralization Program in Jefferson, Lewis,
Lawrence counties.Statewide, this regrant program distributes $4,000,000 to individual artists, municipalities, libraries, and non-profit organizations for the purpose of funding community-based arts and cultural projects.For 2019, the tri-county region will receive over $60,000 in Decentralization funds, to offer three grant opportunities: Public Art Fellowship, Teaching Artists’ Fund, and Community Arts Grant.A list of 2019 grant recipients in St. Lawrence County is as follows.

• Public Art Fellowship — a $2,500 fellowship, available to individual artists funds the creation of new work that engages a segment of the community through a public program, such as a public exhibition or performance, and/or the inclusion of community involvement in the project’s development and creative process.Soliciting input from the local community, artist Patty VanPatten of Waddington will redesign and recreate the entryway at Madrid Waddington Central School, to commemorate the school’s past theater productions and highlight students’ artwork.Artist Sara Lynch (Potsdam) will work with students from the Canton Central School’s Technical Theater class and theater program (Canton), to design and create backdrops to be used in the school’s two theatre productions.

• Teaching Artists’ Fund– a $300-$5,000 grant, available to artists working in partnership with K-12 public schools or community organizations, to actively engage students in arts education and appreciation.Artist Patty VanPatten of Waddington will work with 8th through 12th grade students from Madrid-Waddington Central School (Madrid), to teach techniques of building and painting moveable sets and backdrops for the school’s theatrical productions.Artist Bill Newman of Canton will work with students from the Canton Central School’s Technical Theater class and theater program (Canton), to design and create backdrops to be used in the school’s two theatre productions.

• Community Arts Grant — a $300-$5,000 grant available to individual artists and organizations that create community art experiences through classes, performances, and other artist interactions. The Community Arts Grant is available to municipalities, libraries, or 501(c)3 non-profit organizations; it is also available to individual artists and arts organizations who partner with a local, fiscal sponsor 2019 Community Arts Grant recipients are:The DeKalb Historical Association (DeKalb Junction) presents its 2019 Performance Series, featuring two summer concerts that reflect community heritage and traditions.The Morristown Gateway Museum (Morristown) presents its 2019 Concert Series, a series of summer music events that feature local musicians.The Norwood Public Library presents Arts Around the World, a series of six hands-on, artist-led, children’s art classes. Each class focuses on a different culture and feature an art project from that geographical region.The Colton Historical Society (Colton) presents its Sunday Rock Legacy production of The Tavern, by George M Cohan, a staged performance that combines local history and education with live, musical theater.The Greater Massena Chamber of Commerce (Massena) presents Concerts in the Park 2019, a series of 11 family-friendly, summer concerts, featuring a line-up of popular, local performers.WPBS-TV (Watertown) presents Songs of the Season, a special holiday concert, featuring local high school select choirs from Jefferson, Lewis, and St. Lawrence Counties, to be broadcast in December 2019.The Potsdam Public Library (Potsdam) presents The Music of Culture Performance Series, a three-part series of performance and interactive workshops for children of all ages, facilitated by a local artist. Each program begins with a performance, and is followed by a hands-on learning experience for audience members.Chippewa Bay Community Club (Chippewa Bay) presents its Backyard Concert Series, a series of five summer concerts by musicians who make their home and living in the area.The Heuvelton Historical Association (Heuvelton) presents its International Concert Series, a series of three concerts, featuring Irish, Canadian and American music.

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Watch: VAR controversy boils over as Ajax have goal disallowed against Real Madrid

UEFA Champions League saw its first VAR decision in the tournament’s history turn into a controversy as Ajax had a goal disallowed in the first half in their Round of 16 first leg match against reigning champions Real Madrid on Wednesday.
By Sports Desk | Related News UEFA Champions League: Liverpools Dejan Lovren unlikely to face Bayern Munich, says Jurgen KloppSon Heung-min becoming indispensable for Tottenham Hotspur, inspiring Borussia Dortmund winAjax vs Real Madrid: Substitute Marco Asensio strikes late as Real Madrid win 2-1 in Champions League Ajaxs Nicolas Tagliafico celebrates scoring their first goal with teammates before it was disallowed after referral to VAR.
(Source: Reuters)UEFA Champions League saw its first VAR decision in the tournaments history turn into a controversy as Ajax had a goal disallowed in the first half in their Round of 16 first leg match against reigning champions Real Madrid on Wednesday.AdvertisingDuring the 38th minute of the first leg taking place at Johan Cruijff Arena in Amsterdam, Nicolás Tagliafico’s gave the underdogs lead but while the players celebrated, the headed goal was ruled out following a VAR review.Watch the disallowed goal here:First team to benefit from VAR were Real Madrid. Dubious decision #AJARMA#AjaxRealMadridpic. February 2019The referee identified that Tagliafico’s teammate Dušan Tadic was in an offside position and interfering with the goalkeeper, preventing him from playing or being able to play the ball – as the header was being made.This was in line with VAR protocol and the goal was correctly overturned and a free-kick given for offside.The referee Damir Skomina took his time to assess the footage before making the difficult decision, which was received by boos from the home crowd.
VAR in the UCL: in the 38th minute of the Ajax v Madrid first leg, Nicolás Tagliafico’s headed goal was ruled out following a VAR review. The referee identified that Tagliafico’s team-mate Dušan Tadić was in an offside position and interfering with the goalkeeper February 2019 preventing him from playing or being able to play the ball – as the header was being made.This was in line with VAR protocol and the goal was correctly overturned and a free-kick given for offside.13 February 2019Speaking to BT Sport, Madrid keeper Thibaut Courtois called it the right decision.He said, I think it was the right decision, when it happened I thought maybe offside. It was a mistake by me but I went to go and catch it and Tadic made an attempt to shoot, yet didnt touch it, and as hes offside hes offside.Because of his intention I made a quick movement and the ball bounced on my arm. It was an unlucky goal for me to concede but when I saw the screen I saw a possible offside.
I think it was the correct decision and luckily for us there was VAR because otherwise nobody would have seen it.However, the VAR decision was not welcomed by everyone.Speaking after the match, Ajax manager Erik Ten Hag said, Why was it disallowed? I heard several reasons, offside, hindering the goalkeeper. But I have not seen it.We dominated, forced many chances, but scored too little. Real never allow many possibilities.This was perhaps our best game of this season.Meanwhile, Ajax midfielder Frenkie de Jong said that such decisions easily fall in favour of big clubs.As a team we did well. Its a shame that our goal was disallowed.Maybe something like that falls easily in favour of the big club, weve also had that. But we continued well and also had our chances afterwards.
Pity that it didnt yield a better result, he said

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