Big Bugs

Big Bugs

Labeled “Too Big To Miss,” Orange will be buzzing this weekend with events featuring Broadway, art, and bugs. Yes, bugs.

Stark Cultural Venues will be right in the thick of things beginning Saturday, March 5, with David Rogers’ Big Bugs grand opening at Shangri La Gardens from 9 a.m. – 5 p.m.

Born in Long Island, Rogers’ exhibition is of epic proportions and his creatures are comprised of creatures handcrafted from fallen or found wood, raw branches, sustainably harvested saplings and other natural materials. Their enormous size calls attention to some of nature’s smallest and yet most important critters in the web of life. Ten gargantuan Big Bugs can be found seeking shelter in their habitats throughout the gardens, ranging from the intimidating Praying Mantis and delicate Dragonfly to the giant lumbering Ants.

While in the garden, one can Build a Bug, take a Photo Scavenger Hunt challenge, interact with live insects in the Butterfly House, pose for a silly photo at one of the Bug Boards and experience so much more by observing the surrounding nature.

Access to the David Rogers’ Big Bugs exhibition is included with the price of admission, which is $6 for adults; $5 for seniors (65 and older), students, youth (10-17); and $2 for children aged 4-9.

Shangri La is at 2111 West Park Ave.

After exploring through the gardens at Shangri La, scurry over to the Stark Museum of Art (712 Green Ave) to experience BUGS, a companion exhibition to David Rogers’ Big Bugs. BUGS is comprised of four separate mini-exhibitions that round out the entire bug experience including David Rogers Deconstructed, which is an overview of the origins and process of his artistic inspiration; Insects Deconstructed, an opportunity to learn about bugs and insects; Buggin’ Out Juried Student Art Exhibition; and Bound Bugs, insects and arachnids found in the rare natural history books from the Collection of the Stark Museum of Art.

Hours are 9 a.m. – 5 p.m.

And then at the W.H. Stark House (610 Main Ave) travel back in time to the 1920s on Saturday from 9 a.m. – 2 p.m. for “1920s Day: It’s the Bee’s Knees!” Connect the Stark House and W.H. Stark family to a decade of their history by exploring the art, culture, and economy of the 1920s with hands-on, history based activities and a specialized tour, plus get inspired with 1920s fashion and make a fascinator or a bow tie.

There will be full tours every 20 minutes, and you can join the party by learning the Charleston dance, which will be taught by local performers from Horizons Dance and Gymnastics Center.

Admission for the Stark Museum and the W.H. Stark House is $6 for adults; $5 for seniors (65 and older), students, youth (10-17); and $2 for children aged 4-9.

Top off the day Saturday, March 5, with the national tour of the new musical comedy Bullets Over Broadway at the Lutcher Theater (707 Main Ave) with two shows, one at 2 p.m. and a nightcap at 7:30 p.m. Tickets are $45-$65 and can be purchased online at, by phone at (409) 886-5535 or at the box office.

Written by Woody Allen and based on the screenplay by Allen and Douglas McGrath for the 1994 film, Bullets Over Broadway is the story of a young playwright who, in desperate need of financial backing for his next show, accepts an offer he can’t refuse from a mobster looking to please his showgirl girlfriend. This could be the start of a beautiful friendship — or a brand new musical comedy. Loaded with big laughs, colorful characters and the songs that made the ’20s roar, come see what Time magazine hailed as “Musical Theatre Gold.”

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