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SRQ Daily Sep 23, 2016

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"We started to look at the purpose of the ambitions we have as kids and the value in maintaining those."

- Joe Granato IV, The New 8-Bit Heroes

[Film]  Documentarians Chase Childhood Dream
Philip Lederer, Phil.Lederer@srqme.com

As an eight-year old child alternately getting lost in the woods behind his house and the fantastical worlds supplied by his trusty Nintendo Entertainment System (NES), Joe Granato IV dreamed of making his own video game. He drew characters. He drew dungeons to explore. He drew the world. He even made his own soundtrack. But when Nintendo (apologetically) rejected his submission, the plans and the dream fell to the wayside, abandoned in a tool shed out back. Now, 28 years later, Granato’s vision approaches completion with this weekend’s premiere of an accompanying documentary, The New 8-Bit Heroes, chronicling the two-year and 10,000-mile journey to make a child’s dream a reality within the constraints of a 30-year old entertainment system.

Starting with “$200 and an idea,” Granato assembled a core team comprising local filmmaker and illustrator Austin McKinley and local author E.A.A. Wilson for visual and narrative support, but the question remained of whether anyone would care to play a game made for an obsolete machine or watch a film about its creation. Releasing a trailer to test the waters, the video quickly amassed more than 10,000 views. Then the Kickstarter brought in more than 150 percent of the requested funding and the project garnered a mention in USA Today and a heavy-hitter Hollywood executive producer (revealed in the film) came on board. “It became something much larger than we anticipated,” says Granato.

That was nearly two years ago, and in that time, as the game has progressed with the team slowly but surely surmounting all the constraints proposed by an outdated 8-bit system sporting exponentially less memory than today’s cheapest cell phone, Granato and McKinley have been criss-crossing the country making their documentary and interviewing everyone from video game pundits to people like David Sardy, sound engineer for Nine Inch Nails and the Red Hot Chili Peppers and composer for Hollywood films such as Zombieland and End of Watch, to iconic fantasy author Piers Anthony. And shooting thousands of hours of footage, the story that emerged became about much more than one video game.

“Looking through [the footage], a distinct story that’s very much a human story started to poke up like a fingerprint,” says Granato. “We started to look at the purpose of the ambitions we have as kids and the value in maintaining those.” And the particulars of the project lend themselves to introspection beyond the world of video gaming, he says: “Having to deal with the constraints of the NES system becomes this weird proxy, this parallel for trying to create this game within the constraints of your adult life.”

The New 8-Bit Heroes premieres this Saturday, September 24, at 8pm at Lakewood Ranch Theater. The festivities begin at 6pm, with Granato, McKinley and more in attendance to talk about the project. Attendees will also get to view and even test gameplay from the upcoming game with special levels designed to showcase mechanics, theme and art direction, as well as experiment with the tools created by the team in the building of the game. Tickets are $12 and can be purchased through the website below. 

Pictured: Joe Granato IV (left) and Austin McKinley in a still from "The New 8-Bit Heroes." Photo courtesy of Joe Granato.

The New 8-Bit Heroes

[Good Bite]  Bun in the Oven
Aviel Kanter, aviel.kanter@srqme.com

So it's the first day of fall (yesterday) and you're wondering how to treat your palate to the quintessential autumnal foodie indulgence. Good news: it's baked fresh daily and only three bucks. Even if it's 85 degrees, sun blazing as usual, the cinnamon bun from the Oasis Café begs to be heated up, served just as the icing hat begins to tip and drizzle down its hefty sides—the ultimate cold-weather treat. With gooey cinnamon sugar innards and the ideal amount of classic frosting (aka overflowing), the supersized roll easily provides enough sweet chow to fill the bellies of two lucky patrons...but no judgment if you decide to go it alone.  

The Oasis Cafe, 3542 South Osprey Ave., Sarasota, 941-957-1214.

[Recipe]  Lover's Liquor

Less acidic in taste with an overtone of berry flavors from blood orange, the Blood Orange Margarita from Tommy Bahama combines tequila, blood orange liqueur, fresh orange and lime juice for a satisfying sip ideal for fall. With a silky, smooth texture and rich voluptuous color, this cocktail is full of romance.

Ingredients: 1.5 oz. Sauza Gold tequila; 1 oz. Solerno Blood Orange Liqueur; 1 oz. scratch sour; ¼ oz blood orange puree (no dilution); ¼ oz. fresh orange juice; ¼ oz. fresh lime juice.

Pour ingredients into a mixing glass. Add ice and shake to mix. Pour into a double rocks glass. Garnish with a salted rim and a blood orange wheel or an orange twist.  

Tommy Bahama Restaurant, 300 John Ringling Blvd., 941-388-2888.

[Recognition]  Stamoulis Accepted To Leadership Program

Williams Parker attorney, Elizabeth M. Stamoulis was accepted to the Greater Sarasota Chamber of Commerce’s class of 2017 Leadership Sarasota County program. The program offers participants an opportunity to foster leadership skills and enhance awareness of the community and its needs. Stamoulis practices in the corporate and intellectual property areas of law.  

Williams Parker

[Philanthropy]  Sarasota YMCA Reorganizes Fundraising Functions

Sarasota Family YMCA, Inc. Chairman Fred Jacobs announced yesterday the Sarasota YMCA will bring fundraising and endowment functions into the Sarasota YMCA Organization. The reorganization is designed to streamline operations, capitalize on the fundraising ability of the Sarasota YMCA board and management while continuing to be responsible stewards for the contributions of donors. Previously, fundraising and endowment functions were handled exclusively by the YMCA Foundation of Sarasota, a separate corporation. 

Sarasota Family YMCA

[Philanthropy ]  Wells Fargo Donates To Habitat For Humanity

Habitat for Humanity Sarasota’s affordable housing mission received a $15,000 donation from Wells Fargo Housing Foundation. Well Fargo employees also provided 60 hours of community service at a Habitat Sarasota build site in the Newtown community on September 2016.  

Habitat for Humanity

[SB2]  "Education and training equals economic development."

Key influencers from Sarasota and Bradenton alike filled The Francis ballroom yesterday at SRQ MEDIA’s SB2: GOOD GROWTH Economic Indicators symposium. Keynote speaker, Tammie Sweet of GrowFL and panelists Joan McGill of the Economic Development Corporation of Sarasota County, Jeff Maultsby of Sarasota County, Steve Queior of the Greater Sarasota Chamber of Commerce and Peter Straw of the Sarasota Manatee Manufacturers Association engaged in a compelling discussion on the economic indicators currently leading our region’s growth and diversification. Special thank you to our keynote speaker, panelists, series sponsors CS&L, Sarasota Bradenton International Airport and The Resort at Longboat Key Club, and all who attended yesterday’s motivating event.

Visit clicksrq.com for event photos.  


[TODAY]  MUSIC: Dr. Dave Band , September 23, 5pm

Join the Van Wezel for their free outdoor concert series, Friday Fest, on September 23 with Dr. Dave Band. A Bradenton favorite performing for more than a decade as a top-choice house band, the Dr. Dave Band knows how to get the crowd on their feet cheering, dancing and singing along to their vast catalogue of Classic Rock, Country, and Blues Hits.

Van Wezel Performing Arts Hall, 777 N Tamiami Trail, Sarasota, FL 34236

[TODAY]  BUSINESS: One Year Kick Off , September 23, 10:30-11:30am

Come be a part of history at Nathan Benderson Park for the countdown to the 2017 Rowing Championship kick-off celebration. Malcom Robertson is to unveil his countdown clock sculpture that will oversee all the events taking place over the next year. Hear from local officials as well as the 2016 Rowing Gold Medalist, Amanda Polk. 

Nathan Benderson Park , 5851 Nathan Benderson Circle Sarasota

[WEEKEND]  SCIENCE AND NATURE: Rendezvous at Robinson Extension , September 24, 9am - 1pm

Join Manatee County Parks and Natural Resources Department, and the Tampa Bay Estuary Program for a celebration of National Estuaries Week, helping to plant natural grass in the Robinsons extension. Stay after the planting to learn about the estuary through fun, hands-on activities and to get a taste of the estuary by sampling local snacks. Register on the Robinsons Preserve website. 

Robinson's Preserve , 1709 99 St NW Bradenton 34209

[WEEKEND]  FESTIVAL: Day for Kids , September 24, 10:00 am–1:00 pm

The 10th annual Day for Kids is a free event where communities and families come together to honor children under a single premise: adults who spend meaningful time with kids fulfill one of the most basic needs in a child’s healthy development.  This free community event will feature fun-filled games, activities and food for the entire family to enjoy. There will also be a raffle of a vintage 1990 Corvette pace car used in the Indianapolis 500. All money raised will go back into the Club to help the kids they serve every day. This event will be held at the Gene Matthews Boys & Girls Club of North Port. 

Gene Matthews Boys & Girls Club of North Port, 6851 S Biscayne Dr, North Port, FL 34287

[WEEKEND]  HEALTH: DOH-Sarasota and Sarasota County Host Family 5K , September 24, 8am

The Florida Department of Health in Sarasota County (DOH-Sarasota) and Sarasota County Parks, Recreation and Natural Resources are hosting their second annual Free Family 5K Walk/Run event. The purpose of the event is to raise awareness about Florida's Healthiest Weight Initiative and the benefits of maintaining a healthy weight through regular physical activity. All fitness levels welcome. This free event is designed for the whole family to enjoy. No pre-registration is required.

Nokomis Beach, 100 Casey Key Road, Nokomis 34275

[WEEKEND]  HEALTH: 32nd Annual Sarasota YMCA "Original" Siesta Key Triathlon , September 24

The Sarasota YMCA’s 32nd annual Triathlon is “the original” Siesta Key Triathlon including a new .3 mile swim distance, 13 mile bike ride and 3.1 mile run.  All proceeds benefit the Sarasota YMCA National Champion Sharks Swim Team.

Siesta Key Beach , 948 Beach Road, Sarasota, FL 34242

[WEEKEND]  SPORTS: NewGate Golf Classic , September 25, 1:00 p.m.

The 1st Annual NewGate Golf Classic is teeing off at the Ritz-Carlton Member’s Golf Club®. Players will gather to enjoy a day of relaxation and golf along with the lovely amenities that make being on the green a great day of fun. Beginning with a shotgun start, participants will play at one of the most beautiful and exclusive courses in Southwest Florida. Contests will include: Million Dollar Hole-In-One; Closest to the Pin; Longest Drive; and Putting Green. Proceeds from the tournament will go to support the NewGate Annual Fund.

Ritz-Carlton Member’s Golf Club, 15150 70th Terrace E, Bradenton, FL 34202

[SOON]  FOOD: Salon Series Luncheon , September 29, 11:30am-1:30pm

Designing Women Boutique is offering an opportunity to “lunch and learn” with the next installment of their popular Salon Series. In addition to a catered boxed lunch and fabulous style show, the event will feature a mini-lecture from The Ringling’s own Ron McCarty. Curator and keeper of the Ca’ d’Zan Mansion. Preserving the Ringling legacy is his passion, and he will share knowledge of Mabel Ringling and her legacy as part of his lecture. Salon Series tickets are $20 per person and may be purchased at  www.DesigningWomenBoutique.org

Designing Women Boutique , 1226 North Tamiami Trail Sarasota 34236

[SOON]  GALLERY: Between Zero and One , September 30, 5:30-8pm

The inaugural show of its fourth season, Between Zero and One features new paintings, serigraph prints and a video animation by artist Michael Wyshock. The opening night reception will include a performance with new original music from New Orleans band SSISL. 

Alfstad & Contemporary , 1419 5th Street Sarasota 34236

[SOON]  FESTIVAL: Beer, Bands, and BBQ , October 1, 12-7 pm

The Second Annual Beer, Bands & BBQ presented by the Music Compound will be hosted at Sarasota Polo Club in Lakewood Ranch. Explore ten national and local craft beers on tap, taste delicious BBQ inspired dishes from seven local restaurants, dance to six top local bands, and enjoy the sounds from Music Compound students.

Sarasota Polo Club , 8201 Polo Club Ln, Sarasota, FL 34240

[SOON]  FESTIVAL: Wilde on the Water , October 1, 9am

The Sun Coast Jaguar Club will host the “Wilde on the Water” Jaguar Festival and Concours at St. Armands Circle. Wilde Jaguar of Sarasota, who is the presenting sponsor, will have the latest models of Jaguars on display throughout the event. Cars will be judged and trophies will be awarded in several classes. All Jaguar owners are invited to register. 

The Sun Coast Jaguar Club , St. Armands Circle, Sarasota

[SOON]  PERFORMANCE: Matt Walden "The Hometown Show" , October 1, 7:30-10pm

The Church of Bradenton welcomes Bradenton native Matt Walden back to the bay area straight off his successful summer concert tour with “The Hometown Show.” Walden brings along Bradenton natives Trevor Bystrom, and Christian rock band “Wake the Neighbors” as the openers. Come enjoy Walden’s tasteful blend of styles including alternative pop, rock, hip hop, and reggae, in this collaborative effort supporting “Rock for a Cause.” Tickets available at MattWaldenMusic.com 

The Loft , 2520 43rd Street W., Bradenton

[SOON]  FOOD: Dine to the Nines Restaurant Week , October 3 – October 9

Nearly 50 locally owned restaurants that share a passion for dining excellence and commitment to the community, have created exciting menus to present during the first annual 'Restaurant Week' in Bradenton, Anna Maria Island, Bradenton Beach, Longboat Key, Sarasota, Siesta Key and Venice. Restaurants will offer breakfast or lunch priced at $9, $19, $29 for one person and dinner at $19, $29, $39 for one person. Learn more about the participating restaurants at www.Eatlikealocal.com

Local Restaurants , The Surrounding Local Area

[SOON]  BUSINESS: Passion with a Purpose , October 5, 11:00am to 1:00pm

To Inform Families First is celebrating its 10th Anniversary, and launching their first fundraiser: Passion with a Purpose, a Fashion Show & Luncheon with Bling. It is a can't miss event on October 5th, 11am- 1pm at Michael's On East. Tickets start at $75 (per person), and sponsorship opportunities are available. Proceeds go towards helping the advocacy and education of helping families through the TIFF's Initiative.


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

[SOON]  SEMINAR: Women in a Changing World , October 7, 5:00 pm

Hosted by Women Ambassadors of the Boys and Girls Club of Sarasota, Women in a Changing World is an engaging and inspirational panel discussion featuring women from diverse backgrounds and careers. Women, especially those in school, embarking on their career paths or simply want to make a change, will benefit from hearing about empowerment and secrets of success to be shared by these trailblazing women. Hayley Weilgus of the local ABC7 affiliate will moderate the discussion. Panelists include Gail Devers, former three-time gold-medal Olympic athlete; Elinor Steele, VP Global Communications & Women's Initiatives for Tupperware; Kristi Breen, VP Disney International and Campus Recruiting; Geraldine Fabrikant, Jounalist and former senior writer at New York Times; Joan Kane, Award-winning Inupiaq American Poet. 

Asolo Repertory Theatre, 5555 N Tamiami Trl, Sarasota, Florida 34243

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