SRQ Daily Mar 17, 2017
Friday Weekend Edition
"There is so much respect for architecture here, and the exposure of students to this community was a fantastic idea."
Found in almost every home in America, the unfortunate remain barren metal. Others crowd with photos and family notes, report cards and grocery lists, knick-knacks, souvenirs and memories—the protected detritus of family life suspended by arrays of magnets—layer upon layer constructing a sum greater than its parts. But despite its iconic nature, the refrigerator door never really got its due as a medium for storytelling, instead becoming a punch line and its unexplored and chaotic beauty dismissed as accident. But with the latest exhibition at Center for Architecture Sarasota (CFAS), Human Tales on Refrigerator Doors, Sweet Sparkman Architects and the master students of UF CityLab-Sarasota finally give the refrigerator door the spotlight it deserves.
The show returns from its world premiere at the 15th International Architecture Exhibition, or 2016 Biennale Architettura, in Venice, Italy. Sweet Sparkman was invited to participate again after a successful showing in 2012, and reached out to the students of CityLab with the opportunity. Three volunteered to participate—Christopher Fadely, Olivia Craig, and Karl Bernhard—in addition to one Ringling College student and CityLab Program Director Martin Gold. Architects and designers from around the world responded to the 2016 Biennale theme (“Success stories worthy to be told and exemplary cases worthy to share where architecture did, is and will make a difference.”), and here in Sarasota the folks at Sweet Sparkman and CityLab-Sarasota went hunting for some vintage refrigerators.
“Refrigerator doors were used not only for the presentation of individual stories, but were used in response to a medium that people are familiar with,” says Christopher Fadely, a masters student with CityLab-Sarasota who designed a door for the exhibition. “It is an American tradition that refrigerator doors are used within a family to pin up important achievements or tack on magnets of pictures of important people and places.” In that way, the audience builds an instant connection borne of familiarity and nostalgia that brings intimacy to the work, as though peering into the life of another. “It takes the ordinary and makes it a little bit extraordinary,” says Gold.
Featuring seven doors in the show, the architects and students celebrated not only the natural geography of Florida, but the architectural history and traditions singular to the area, including the success of the CityLab project itself in placing aspiring architectural students into the built environment to work with seasoned professionals. “My message to convey was that Sarasota is an up-and-coming community,” says Fadely. “There is so much respect for the profession of architecture here and the exposure of students to the community was a fantastic idea.” Affixing everything from books, Florida oranges, gemstones and cigarillos to the doors, the students make their own statements about what foundation this up-and-coming community rises from.
“The students embraced the call,” says Gold. And the opportunity presented by Sweet Sparkman was no small offer. “It’s such a fantastic opportunity,” he says of his students’ participation in the Biennale. “For architects, travel is the best form of education.” And through the students’ investigation into the history of architecture in the community, he hopes the audience will come away with a little more appreciation of the wonders around them. “I hope they’ll think about this community in a different way,” Gold says. “We take what we do locally in Sarasota for granted.”
Human Tales from Refrigerator Doors opens March 21 at the Center for Architecture on Orange Avenue and runs through April 28. There will be an opening reception on the evening of March 23. On April 18, CFAS will host a round table discussion about the exhibition in Venice, with Jerry Sparkman and Todd Sweet of Sweet Sparkman Architects, the three CityLab students and Gold.
Pictured: Refrigerator doors repurposed by CityLab students. Photo courtesy of CFAS.
Morton's coconut macaroons prove that you don't have to be big and flashy to be scrumptious. These aren't your Bubbe's packaged coconut treats reserved for Jewish high holidays—instead, the macaroons found behind the bakery counter at Morton's find harmony in a flaky, crunchy, meringue outer layer that conceals the sticky coconut crème/vanilla batter within. Light and airy, these bad boys are hard to resist (in both the plain and choco-covered iterations), not to mention gluten-free—so delish, they'll make even the staunchest gentile swoon.
Trust Pacific Rim to help warm the belly during these freaky cold days with its Hot Lava roll, an ode to the power of Sriracha. Practice your sushi-rolling skills while cozying up with the heat on and pair with a warm green tea or hot toddy to keep the fire burning.
Ingredients: 2 pieces of cream cheese (cut into long rectangles); 1 crab stick (tear in half); scallion; seaweed sheet; sushi rice; sesame seeds; mayo; Sriracha sauce; eel sauce.
Lay seaweed paper on flat surface. Apply rice to cover paper sprinkle with sesame seeds. Flip over, lay cream cheese and crab lengthwise and use bamboo mat to roll up tightly. Slice into 6 pieces and arrange in oven safe dish. For the topping, mix scallops and crabstick with the special sauce (equal parts mayo, Sriracha and eel sayce) and cook 3-5 minutes in 450 degree oven. Spoon the cooked topping on the sushi pieces and garnish with scallions.
Photo courtesy of Pacific Rim.
Sarasota County's new open-air circulator, Siesta Key Breeze, begins rolling Monday, March 20, providing visitors and residents with free transportation service on Siesta Key. To celebrate the launch of Sarasota County Area Transit's six-month-long pilot project, the county is hosting a ribbon-cutting ceremony 10am on Monday at Siesta Key Village gazebo near 5211 Ocean Blvd. The community is invited to attend the ceremony, then hop aboard the Breeze to visit Siesta Beach. The Breeze service is intended to help reduce traffic congestion and parking concerns on Siesta Key. It will replace Route 10, circulating every 20 minutes on the key during peak periods and every 30 minutes during non-peak times. The Breeze will run from 8am to midnight seven days a week, including holidays.
The Patterson Foundation and its partners will put Sarasota’s work around aging issues in the national spotlight March 20–24 as more than 3,000 experts convene in Chicago for the 2017 Aging in America Conference, the largest multidisciplinary conference covering issues of aging and quality of life for older adults. The following initiatives will be highlighted during three conference sessions: Age-Friendly Sarasota is an initiative connecting government, businesses, organizations and people to build a community for all ages. Partners include AARP Florida, Florida Department of Elder Affairs, Florida Policy Exchange Center on Aging at the University of South Florida, Sarasota County Government and the University of South Florida Sarasota-Manatee. Margin & Mission Ignition is led by the consultants at No Margin, No Mission, a social enterprise and national consulting firm engaged by the Patterson Foundation, this session will share how nonprofits focused on older adults can develop and implement earned-income opportunities to support their missions.
Steven Cover will join the City of Sarasota as the new planning director on Wednesday, April 12. Cover's appointment follows an extensive hiring process involving a national search and community input. A seasoned urban planning and community development professional, Cover is relocating to Sarasota from Arlington County, VA where he is the Director of Community Planning, Housing and Development. During his distinguished career, he has served in senior leadership planning positions in Atlanta and Madison, Wisconsin with a strategic focus on long range comprehensive planning, zoning code development, economic development and transportation. In Madison, he developed the city's first Transportation Master Plan, which emphasized multi-modal alternatives. His vast experience extends into envisioning and implementing housing initiatives and CDBG (Community Development Block Grant) programs. A former principal at an urban planning firm, Cover uniquely understands the inner workings of both the private and public sectors and the benefits of collaboration and building relationships between the two. In Atlanta, his private sector team secured top honors in an international architecture competition to design the National Center for Civil and Human Rights.
Jerry Eckert and Rich Mac Donald on drums with Bruce Wallace on Bass. For more information please visit www.jazzclubofsarasota/calendar-of-events
Unitarian Universalist Church of Sarasota, 3975 Fruitville Rd., Sarasota
Anne Freeney dubbed the "minister of culture" to the movements for economic, social justice and human rights; her critically acclaimed recordings are widely available. Her anthem "Have You Been to Jail for Justice?" is being performed by activists everywhere, including Peter, Paul and Mary. Award-winning singer/songwriter, performer, satirist multi-instrumentalist and entertainer Eric Schwartz (aka Eric “Red” Schwartz) has been playing music and comedy venues nationally for fifteen years. Eric’s songs go from the political to the profane, sometimes both. Tickets are $12 in advance and $15 at the door. www.fogartyville.org
Fogartyville Community Media and Arts Center, 525 Kumquat Ct., Sarasota
To restore the Keith Mansion, be sure to wear and bring some green, as donations for the mansion restoration project will be greatly accepted. A percentage of all proceeds from the Light Chasers Art Show sales will be going towards restoration funds. Come mingle with artists from throughout the week as you enjoy refreshments, music and, the gorgeous ambience of the Keith Mansion. Do not miss your opportunity to view wonderful landscapes, rending the Paint Sarasota Paint Out March 18th and 19th.
Phillippi Estate Park, 5500 S. Tamiami Trl., Sarasota
Fire up your rocket and join the Ringling College of Art and Design for the cosmic annual scholarship fundraiser, An Evening at the Avant Garde that benefits Ringling College students, the brightest stars in the galaxy. Rescue Will Robinson from ever-present danger. Show Darth Vader he’s not your father. Zoom around the Skypad with Jane Jetson. Fly beyond infinity as Buzz Lightyear. Whether you love imagining interplanetary adventures or prefer gazing through a telescope from Earth, your space–themed costume is sure to electrify the crowd at Avant–Garde.
Ringling College Campus, 2700 N. Tamiami Trail Sarasota, FL 34234
New York-based French singer Violette and the seven-piece La Vie en Rose Band are a delightful marriage of French chanson and Golden Age swing, performing a repertoire of timeless American standards and French jazz, with a special tribute to Edith Piaf. Tickets and more info at www.artistseriesconcerts.org
Venice Preforming Arts Center, 1 Indian Way, Venice
The Kingston Trio always provides a wonderful trip through a musical genre that is adored by millions. You’ll be sure to enjoy their beautiful harmonies, simple-yet-meaningful songs, and top-notch musicianship. Tickets are $54. For more information please visit https://venicestage.com/portfolio/the-kingston-trio/
Venice Theatre, 140 W. Tampa Ave., Venice
Dr. Matthew Edlund will lead the discussion on recovery by talking about physical, social, spiritual and mental health balance. Dr. Edlund is a Board certified physician in both psychiatry and sleep disorder. He is a published author and contributing writer for Psychology Today, Huffington Post and MSNBC news. The panelists will share their experiences as an individual living with mental illness and a family member who will share perspectives on recovery. Diane A. McKay, Psy.D. and Director of Behavioral Health at LECOM will moderate the panel. Reservations are recommended by March 12 by calling 941-376-9261 or email at email@example.com. Donations will be gratefully accepted. A light buffet breakfast is included.
Temple Emanu-El, 151 McIntosh Rd., Sarasota
The complex issue of global warming has heated up in recent years as the public seeks clarity. While some contend we’re creating a problem where none exists, others believe we’re ignoring a calamity that will destroy us. Princeton’s Professor Michael Oppenheimer will lead an enlightening exploration from the scientists’ perspective, providing the facts we need to make our opinions informed. Tickets are $10 in advance and $15 the day of the event. www.fogartyville.org
Unitarian Universalist Church of Sarasota, 3975 Fruitville Rd., Sarasota
The Women’s Resource Center of Sarasota is hosting their annual Renaissance Legacy Luncheon at Michael’s on East on March 21. Join them in honoring Betty Schoenbaum who has contributed to the Women’s Resource Center’s Legacy Scholarship for the past 30 years and celebrate the expansion of WRC resources and services through the 2017 merger between the Manatee County and Sarasota County centers.
Michael’s on East , 1212 S East Ave. Sarasota, FL 34239
Join the Sarasota World Affairs Council for the next installment of their 2016–2017 lecture series, featuring John Cassara, Federal Government Intelligence and Law Enforcement Officer who is considered an expert in anti-money laundering and terrorist financing, particularly in the Middle East. Cassara will describe how the money trail links terrorists in a documented web of complicity, giving authorities the information needed to neutralize terrorist networks. Each SWAC lecture is followed by a member's wine and cheese reception on Sarasota Bay where attendees speak face–to–face to those working directly in the field of international affairs.
Sainer Auditorium, New College of Florida, 5800 Bay Shore Rd. Sarasota, FL 34243
Offering a sumptuous menu of European specialties sure to please the palate, the evening will also feature live entertainment and silent and live auctions. Tickets and info at www.sarasotagardenclub.org.
Sarasota Garden Club, 1131 Boulevard of the Arts, Sarasota
The story involves an ordinary city teen transplanted into a conservative small town where dancing is forbidden and rock and roll is demonized. With original songs by Kenny Loggins,Tom Snow, Dean Pitchford, Eric Carmen, Sammy Hagar and Jim Steinmen, this show is a multiple Tony Award winner. For more information and to purchase tickets please visit http://www.theplayers.org/shows/2016-2017-broadway-series/
The Players Theatre of Sarasota, 838 N. Tamiami Trl., Sarasota
Shop for jewelry, designer clothing, art, collectibles, furniture, housewares and more. Proceeds benefit the Sarasota Orchestra and its Youth Orchestra program. March 23, 3:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m., March 24 – 26, 10 :00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. More info at www.SOFriends.org/Paris.
Sarasota-Bradenton Commerce Center, 7246 E. 16th St., Bradenton
Created by famed dance company Pilobolus, Shadowland By Pilobolus tells the story of a teenage girl, longing for independence, who sleeps, only to wake to something incredible lurking behind her bedroom wall – her shadow. Legendary modern dance is combined with high–energy, fast–paced multimedia, merging front-of-screen choreography with projected images to create a narrative with the fluid logic of a dream, powered by the grace of an acrobatic dance, which evinces surprise and joyous delight in a way that is uniquely Pilobolus.
Van Wezel Performing Arts Hall, 777 N Tamiami Trail Sarasota, FL 34236
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