November is a busy month at the Art Center of Citrus County, with the month kicking off with a witty and funny mystery play and a new art show kicking off tonight and a demonstration and workshop on making sculpture from paper coming up a week from next Tuesday.

“The Game’s Afoot” is a mystery play with shades of Sherlock Holmes that also has lots of comedic lines. It opens tonight, Nov. 1, for a three-weekend run at the Art Center Theatre on the Art Center campus at 2644 N. Annapolis Ave. in Citrus Hills.

The play is set in 1936 on the Connecticut estate of William Gillette, an actor who wrote a play about Sherlock Holmes in 1899 and starred in it for years as Holmes. Gillette is credited with introducing the image of Holmes in the deerstalker cap, and of introducing the bent pipe pictured with Holmes instead of the straight pipe in the stories of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, creator of the Holmes character.

Trying to uncover who tried to kill him two weeks earlier,

Gillette has invited friends and a famous theater critic in an effort to uncover the would-be killer, but things go terribly wrong before the play reaches an unexpected conclusion.

Also tonight, the second judged exhibit of the fall season will open with a reception at 6:30 p.m. in the A&E building on the Art Center campus. Artists entering the exhibition will drop their work off Wednesday, Nov. 27, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Winners of awards for entries in the show will be announced during the reception. The show will feature artwork in oils and acrylic paint, watercolor, graphics, mixed media and photography.

On Tuesday, Nov. 12, the monthly Lunch and Learn will feature a presentation on designing and creating sculptures from cut and folded paper. The program begins at 1 p.m. with a light lunch followed by a demonstration/workshop on

creating paper sculptures.

The cost of the lunch and workshop is $5 for Art Center members and $10 for nonmembers. Details of the workshop and information on supplies is available on the Art Center website at

Sharon Harris is an artist, art teacher, play director, actor, former president of the Art Center and current president of the Ocala Art Group and public relations director of Acrylic Painters USA.

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