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SRQ Daily Jul 8, 2016

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"That's the greatest compliment to me, when people get up and dance."

- John Russo, performer

[Theater]  Russo Brings The Rat Pack to Venice Theatre
Philip Lederer, Phil.Lederer@srqme.com

The 4th Annual 2016 Summer Cabaret Festival began its near month-long run last night on the Pinkerton Stage with Venice Theatre veteran Syreeta Banks belting Broadway favorites and genre-hopping from Gospel to pop to rock to jazz as she wailed through her repertoire. Banks returns tonight for a second show at 8pm before passing the festival baton to John Russo, who returns to Venice Theatre with his Rat Pack Tribute show running Sat. and Sun. “The opportunity to do cabaret is a wonderful thing,” says Russo. “It’s a more intimate space and the energy at Venice Theatre is very positive—the audiences are great.”

Regulars of the Starlite Room in Sarasota may recognize Russo from his Monday night performances at the Broadway Bar, where the singer can be found winding his way through nonstop three-hour sets of Rat Pack classics from Frank Sinatra, Dean Martin and Sammy Davis Jr. Audiences will get a “taste” at the festival, says Russo, who trimmed the show to a pair of 45-minute sets divided by a brief intermission. Saturday he’ll begin with a Sinatra set and close with Martin, he says, but Sunday, “because it’s a more mellow day, I’ll start with Dean.”

A high-energy show in the Vegas style, Russo is not an impersonator but an emulator—a performer both paying homage and seeking to recapture, not recreate. He doesn’t imitate voices and audiences won’t see him affecting famous Sinatra idiosyncrasies onstage. “I’m more concerned with the music and the songs and delivering them in the style of a Vegas performer,” he says. The audience isn’t there just to watch Russo; he’d rather they dance. “I consider that a compliment,” he says. “That’s the greatest compliment to me, when people get up and dance.”

A self-professed child of “chrome and big cars” with an affection for “a simpler time with straightforward music,” those similarly inclined can hop in Russo’s musical time machine and dance along to Rat Pack favorites such as “Summer Wind,” “Anything Goes” and “Night and Day” this Sat. Jul. 9 at 8pm and Sun. Jul. 10 at 2pm on Venice Theatre’s Pinkerton Stage.

The 2016 Summer Cabaret Festival continues the following weekend with performances from Kristofer Geddie, Robin presents Barbra & Frank @ the Movies and Dorian and the Furniture. Ticket prices and more information can be found at the Venice Theatre website below. 

Pictured: John Russo. Photo courtesy of the artist.

Venice Theatre Summer Cabaret Festival Line-up

[Good Bite]  Sweet Caffeine
Lizzy Steiner

Pastry Art’s de facto signature creation relies on a combination of just seven ingredients, including two types of chocolatemilk and white blend together in sweet harmonyspicy cinnamon chips and coffee. The Espresso Muffin, a mainstay of Pastry Art’s menu since the ‘90s, gives you your morning caffeine shot in solid form. As for that last ingredient, the baking team doesn’t simply throw in a couple of coffee beans or a dash of espresso chipsa steamy, overflowing cup of house-ground Joe adds to the mix, granting the muffin its fresh-brewed flavor. At its summit, the mountainous muffin’s bittersweet peaks receive a snowy layer of powdered sugar. The Espresso Muffin has survived three management changes and multiple menu shake-ups; current owner Chip Beeman estimates that his team serves up 50 to 60 of the chocolatey, caffeinated confections each day.  

Pictured: Pastry Art's Espresso Muffin.

Pastry Art, 1512 Main St., Sarasota, 941-955-7545.

[Recipe]  Corned Beef Hash Mango Style
Diana Morales

Chopped bits of beef and potatoes tossed with mild and savory flavors from onions, mushrooms and peppers, the Toasted Mango Cafe’s corned beef hash is a bountiful and well-balanced breakfast plate. Known to be one their most popular breakfast dishes, the chef throws in a sweet kick to your palate by adding their signature mango butter on the side.

The below recipe feeds all restaurant customers each morning. Scale down for a smaller party.

Ingredients: 10 lbs. raw brisket; 2 ½ lbs. red skin potatoes; 10 lbs. corned beef; onions; mushrooms; peppers; 2 eggs. 

Use 10 lbs. of raw brisket cut into approximately three-inch squares. Boil in water and add seasoning for about three to four hours. Drain and cool. Once it’s cooled, grind and add chopped boiled red skin potatoes. Mix well. Add onions, mushrooms, peppers and jalapenos to your liking and grill on the flat top. Top off with two eggs cooked to your desire (Toasted Mango recommends poached eggs). Add fresh fruit and a buttermilk biscuit with mango butter on the side.  

Toasted Mango Cafe, 430 North Tamiami Trl., Sarasota, 941-388-7728 or 6621 Midnight Pass Rd., Siesta Key, 941-552-6485.

[Exec Moves]  Grapevine Communications Adds 24 Clients

The area’s leading full-service advertising, marketing and public relations agency, Grapevine Communications continues its momentum of growth by adding 24 new clients to its diverse roster since the start of 2016. Some of their new clients include: Advanced Asphalt, BayView Dental, Community Haven, Gilbert Design Build, Jupiter Marine, New College of Florida and Trustworthy Home Care. 

Grapevine Communications

[Recognition]  Willis Smith Construction Awarded Contract

Willis Smith Construction has been awarded the Construction Management at Risk Contract for the South Florida Museum expansion and renovation project. The project will include the expansion of new exhibitions, programs and spaces for visitors to explore new ideas, serve new audiences and connect with the Riverwalk as an anchor in Bradenton’s reinvigorated downtown.  

Willis Smith Construction

[Hires]  Attorney Appointed Secretary of Manatee Bar

Attorney with Williams Parker firm, Jennifer Fowler-Hermes was sworn in as secretary of the Manatee County Bar Association for the 2016–2017 term. The association’s purpose is to instill in its members the principles and duties of service to the public, improve the administration of justice and advance the science of jurisprudence among its members, maintain the highest standards in the profession of law in the County of Manatee and the state of Florida and maintain and promote social and recreational gatherings to provide for a cooperative spirit among the members of the bar. 

Williams Parker

[TODAY]  THEATER: Dry Land , June 24 – July 24, Tues-Sat 8pm; Sun 2pm

Set in the girls’ locker room of a Florida high school, this portrait of an unlikely friendship follows Ester, a hopeful collegiate swimmer, and Amy, a girl in need of an ally. Traversing female sexuality, eating disorders, suicide, bullying and the political landscape of reproductive rights in America, Dry Land is a brave portrayal of the contemporary American teenager and the impossible pressures that build up at the brink of adulthood. Tickets are $5 with a valid Student ID, $20 for people under 40 with a valid ID and $28 for regular tickets.

Urbanite Theatre, 1487 Second Street Sarasota, FL 34236

[TODAY]  GALLERY: /& Editions , June 3 – July 15, Tues - Sat; 11am-5pm

Alfstad& Contemporary is hosting a final show for its third season. The show celebrates limited-edition prints done in collaboration with artists who have exhibited work with Alfstad& galleries during the past three seasons. It will showcase serigraphs, archival prints and mixed media. An opening reception will be held June 3 from 5:30-8pm.

Alfstad& Contemporary, 1419 5th Street Sarasota 34236

[TODAY]  PERFORMANCE: Summer Circus Spectacular , June 15 – July 30

Presented in collaboration with The Circus Arts Conservatory of Sarasota, The Ringling Museum is celebrating the 10th anniversary of the Summer Circus Spectacular with an hour of family fun at affordable prices. Tickets and times vary.

The Ringling Museum, 5401 Bay Shore Rd Sarasota, 34243

[TODAY]  THEATER: Zap! Bang! Pow! , June 30 – July 28, 10am; 1:30pm; 3:30pm

Zap! Bang! Pow! is the first ever FST Improv and FST Children's Theatre one-of-a-kind collaboration in which you can join the cast as they unlock imaginations in a fully improvised superhero adventure. Held at Bowne's Lab Theatre, single tickets are $10 per show.

Bowne's Lab Theatre, 1241 N Palm Ave Sarasota, 34236

[TODAY]  THEATER: The Roommate , July 6 – August 7

The regional premiere of The Roommate by Jen Silverman tells a story of two mistmatched middle-aged women, both with the overwhelming desire to reinvent their lives. Producing artistic director, Richard Hopkins describes this play as "The Odd Couple meets Pulp Fiction" without all the violence. 

Keating Theatre, 1241 N Palm Ave Sarasota, 34236

[WEEKEND]  THEATER: Guidance on Demand , July 8, 7:30pm

An immersive ritual theatre event, Kaylene McCaw takes the role of Our Lady Melody, the sacred storyteller, drawing from her journey through witchcraft, evangelical christianity, and shamanism. Tickets are $15 cash at the door. 

The Starlite Room, 1001 Cocoanut Avenue Sarasota, 34236

[WEEKEND]  THEATER: Adventures of Pericles , July 10, 1:30pm

Adventures of Pericles starring Evan Buliung is a production from the Strartford Festival. Tickets are $18 for current Sarasota Opera subscribers and $20 for single ticket buyers.

William E. Schmidt Opera Theatre, 61 N Pineapple Ave Sarasota, FL 34236

[SOON]  SCIENCE AND NATURE: Kayak Trip on the Myakka River from Snook Haven , July 12, 8:30-11:30am

This trip explores the wild and scenic Myakka River and will let you travel the portion of the river that is downstream from Snook Haven. Kayak equipment will be provided and is included in the cost of the trip. $20 for ALS members and $25 for non-members.

[SOON]  THEATER: Cyrano de Burgershack , July 13 – July 24, Wed-Sat 7:30pm; Sun 2pm

Cyrano is king of the local burger shack, but he can’t seem to win the love of his best friend, Roxanne. When Roxanne confesses her crush on the new burger flipper, Christian, Cyrano decides that playing Cupid is better than sitting out of the game. An updated, modern-day version of Edmond Rostand’s Cyrano de Bergerac, this rollicking musical features hit contemporary pop songs that will have audiences cheering. Tickets are $18.

The Players Theatre, 838 North Tamiami Trail Sarasota, FL 34236

[SOON]  THEATER: How I Got Over: A Tribute To Mahalia Jackson , July 13 – August 14, Wed-Sat 8pm; Sun 2pm

How I Got Over: A Tribute to Mahalia Jackson is an original production created by WBTT founder and artistic director Nate Jacobs who will also direct and perform. This show will feature more than 30 gospel numbers by Jackson and other gospel greats. Tickets are $35 for adults and $25 for students or active military with a valid ID.

Black Theatre Troupe, 1646 10th Way Sarasota, 34236

[SOON]  PERFORMANCE: Sarasota Improv Festival , July 14 – July 16

The 8th Annual Sarasota Improv Festival is featuring three days of non-stop comedy. Troupes from all over the country will be joining and groups such as Impro Theatre, Dad's Garage, SAK Comedy Lab and more will be seen. Single tickets will go on sale June 10.

Florida Studio Theatre, 1241 North Palm Ave Sarasota, 34236

[SOON]  GALA: Little Black Dress with Pop , July 22, 11:30am-1pm

Enjoy a good meal with great friends while watching a fashion show to rival those in Milan. Models from Junior League of Sarasota and local Girl Scouts have been working tirelessly to craft one-of-a-kind outfits using only what they find at Goodwill. Join Goodwill Manasota and show off your own little black dress embellished with your favorite pop of color. 

Michael's On East , 1212 S East Ave, Sarasota, FL 34239

[SOON]  SCIENCE AND NATURE: Snooty's 68th Birthday Bash & Wildlife Festival , July 23, 10am-2pm

Snooty, the oldest manatee in the world, is celebrating his 68th birthday by featuring a free event held in the Spanish Plaza at the South Florida Museum. Also promoting wildlife awareness, this celebration will feature children's games and art activities as well as reduced admission to the Museum, Planetarium and Aquarium all day.

South Florida Museum, 201 10th St W, Sarasota 34205

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