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It’s getting closer to holiday time, cooler weather prevails now and some fascinating things are happening around the Volusia County area. For example, who would have thought of making books into interesting sculptures? The artists featuring their works at the Museum of Arts and Sciences did and you can see the results. Another art festival? Yes, and another opportunity to grab those unique and beautiful Christmas gifts. Add in a food truck rally, a seafood festival and a basketball tournament, and you’ve got a full and entertaining week.
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In a truly creative exhibition, the Museum of Arts & Sciences is featuring an exhibit that uses books as sculptures. Some of Florida’s best contemporary artists are included in the exhibit that is billed as a “celebration of books, literature, fine arts and creativity.” It started Nov. 13 and will continue through Jan. 16.
The Museum of Arts and Sciences is at 352 S. Nova Road, Daytona Beach. For information on this or any other exhibit, call 386-255-0285 or go to moas.org.
This is the second annual art festival in partnership with Gallery500, and it’s a juried festival that is free to attend. More than 100 artists and craft artisans are included, along with live entertainment, a student art exhibit, a Kidszone and artist talks.
The event, starts Saturday and is scheduled for 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday at One Daytona, 1 Daytona Blvd., Daytona Beach. For information, call 386-267-0016 or visit OneDaytona.com
Next Friday night is the night for this family-friendly event presented by the Riverfront Shops of Daytona Beach. From 5-9 p.m. on Nov. 19, Magnolia Avenue will be closed to traffic from Beach Street to Palmetto Avenue to allow for the food trucks and live music.
For information on the Food Truck Rally, visit riverfrontshopsofdaytona.com/.
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If seafood is what you’ve been craving, then the Annual Ormond Beach Riverfest Seafood Festival, a free two-day celebration of seafood, boats, music and more, is where you need to go. Held at The Casements and Rockefeller Gardens, the festival will feature live music all day, food, draft beer and vendors. Times are 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, Nov. 20-21.
The Rockefeller Gardens are at 25 Riverside Drive, Ormond Beach. For information, call 386-492-2938 or go to ormondbeachmainstreet.com/riverfest/.
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It’s basketball season, and the 2021 Sunshine Slam at the Ocean Center will take place on Saturday and Sunday,Nov. 20-21. The eight teams included are Utah, Boston College, Rhode Island, Tulsa, the U.S. Air Force, Holy Cross, Bryant and Bethune-Cookman. The action starts at noon both days.
The Ocean Center is at 101 N. Atlantic Ave., Daytona Beach. For information, visit sunshineslam.com.
This article originally appeared on The Daytona Beach News-Journal: Things to do in Volusia County: sculptures, an art festival, food trucks.
The opening of a contemporary art museum intended to match the likes of London’s Tate Modern and New York’s Museum of Modern Art has caused tension between Hong Kong cultural officials and artists, amid censorship fears stemming from a China-imposed national security law. The multi-billion dollar M+ features contemporary work from leading Chinese, Asian, and Western artists including paintings, ceramics, videos, and installations from the likes of China's Zhang Xiaogang and Britain's Antony Gormley.But the imposition of a sweeping national security law by China last year on its once freest city is casting a pall over the museum's opening, as curators and artists struggle to find a balance between artistic expression and political censorship. Earlier this year, pro-Beijing politicians and media outlets criticized certain works in the M+ for breaching the national security law and inciting "hatred" against China. One of the works being a photograph by Chinese dissident artist Ai Weiwei, giving the middle finger in Beijing's Tiananmen Square. Henry Tang is the head of the West Kowloon Cultural District, a new cultural hub that includes the M+. Tang stressed all exhibits must "comply" with the national security law and that certain works in their collection, including Ai's contested photograph, wouldn't be displayed: "In the past there were some controversies regarding whether some exhibits might be in violation of law. So therefore I want to emphasize that point first. In order to lay the foundation, that the opening of M+ does not mean that artistic expression is above the law. It is not." Weiwei himself is critical of the implications on artistic expression these blurred lines may cause: "The situation now (has) completely changed under the national security law. The museum is under – clearly under censorship." "When you have a museum which cannot – or (is) incapable to defend its own integrity about freedom of speech, then that raises a question. And certainly, the museum cannot perform well in terms of contemporary culture. Because the very important character of contemporary art is in questioning authority."
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