ESCHER AT THE DALI
M.C. Escher “impossible constructions” will join the works of Salvador Dali at the Salvador Dali Museum in St. Petersburg starting Aug. 22. Escher at the Dali will feature prints, drawings, a sculpture, wood blocks, a lithograph stone and posters by Escher, known for his use of tessellation, in which shapes fit together perfectly without overlapping.
From his most recognizable works like Reptiles, Drawing Hands and Waterfall to rarely exhibited early drawings, this 135-work collection is full of visual illusions sure to both puzzle and mesmerize audiences. Also on display will be Metamorphosis, an enormous woodcut from the Dutch artist, standing 131/2 feet tall. The exhibit runs through Jan. 3. Details: www.thedali.org/exhibit/Escher/.
NEW FLORIDA RUM
St. Augustine Distillery, preparing to release its first rum, will sell bottles in a sort of trial run before it tweaks its final recipe for what it calls its flagship rum. The distillery, which already offers small-batch vodka and gin, is part of the state’s burgeoning craft-distillery industry.
Philip McDaniel, the distillery’s co-founder and CEO, says the four rums in the Discovery Series will help “‘dial-in’ the best combination of sugar sources and distillation techniques for a first-rate final rum recipe.”
The first release in the rum program will be available on Sept. 3 at the Distillery’s gift shop, with the others slated for October, November and December. The flagship rum will be released in January. Details: 904-825-4962 or staugustinedistillery.com.
Lakeridge Winery in Clermont, Florida’s biggest winery, will hold its Harvest Grape Stomp festival on Aug. 15-16, the 21st year of the festival.
The winery expects 10,000 visitors for the event, which will feature food vendors, live music, tours, tastings, plus grape stomping competitions. For these contests, each participant stomps and mashes their feet in a grape-filled barrel until a timer goes off. The competitor with the most juice at the end of the round wins a small prize. Visitors of all ages are invited to compete. Details: www.lakeridgewinery.com/Events/.
Low-cost carrier Frontier Airlines announced last week that it is launching daily nonstop service between Miami International Airport and McCarran International Airport in Las Vegas starting Oct. 25. The airline, which started flying from Miami last year, will operate the flights using an Airbus A319 with 138 seats.
— MIAMI HERALD STAFF AND WIRES