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SRQ DAILY Oct 27, 2017

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"It's a vision that came from Bob and Beverly Koski, that we have a real campus."

- Michael Donald Edwards, Asolo Repertory Theatre

[Theater]  Asolo Rep Unveils Five-Year Plan
Philip Lederer, Phil.Lederer@srqme.com

Asolo Repertory Theatre has unveiled its plans for the future in a five-year strategic plan entitled “Staging Our Future.” With major gifts from multiple local philanthropists and community foundations, the theater looks to upgrade existing facilities and build new ones to consolidate its operations into an expanded cohesive campus, as well as spur on new play development and audience outreach. Some of the changes are already underway.

With a lead gift from Beverly Koski, Asolo Rep has already purchased properties at 7590 Commerce Court, next door to the current rehearsal and production facility on Tallevast Road, with plans to combine the two into a single state-of-the-art production center—The Robert and Beverly Koski Production Center Campus. “It’s a vision that came from Bob and Beverly Koski,” says Asolo Rep Producing Artistic Director Michael Donald Edwards. “That we have a real campus."

Together with pledged funds from the Muriel O’Neil Fund for the Performing Arts Community Foundation of Sarasota County, Asolo Rep will construct exercise and physical therapy rooms for performers, collaborative spaces for creative teams and—most importantly—two side-by-side rehearsal spaces allowing for music and staging to be prepared simultaneously. Currently, music rehearsal happens in one building and stage rehearsal in another, hampering collaboration and adding a lot of waiting to the process. “Now it can all happen at the same time,” says Edwards. “It’s a much more efficient use of everybody’s time.”

Also with funding from the Muriel O’Neil Fund, a new sound system has already been installed in the Harold and Esther Mertz Theatre, to be debuted with the season opener, Evita, on Nov. 14. For the past 12 years or so, “we’ve just done what we can,” says Edwards, resulting in a sound system built incrementally from a hodgepodge of different brands’ components—functional, but not ideal. “They’re all in the same family now,” he says, “which makes it much easier to program, and the quality of the sound is far superior.” The upgrade also gave the theater the opportunity to install its first “center cluster”—a bundle of speakers that can be lowered and raised from the ceiling.

Between the contributions to the new campus, the sound system for the Mertz and $125,000 to establish an endowment fund for the FSU/Asolo Conservatory for Actor Training Student Fellowship, the Muriel O’Neil Fund will contribute a total of $705,000 to “Staging Our Future.”

Thanks to a major gift from Herman and Sharon Frankel, Asolo Rep will also be constructing the Herman and Sharon Frankel Asolo Rep Annex to enhance operations at the theater’s home campus at FSU Center for Performing Arts. The annex will house collaborative spaces, office spaces for education and outreach, archival storage and offsite planning. And with an increase in personnel, Edwards says many will be dedicated to new play development. "We are part of the national pipeline in a way have not been able to be," he says. 

Pictured: The leaders of Asolo Repertory Theatre, the Staging Our Future Capital Campaign, The Community Foundation of Sarasota County and Beverly Koski celebrate the unveiling of Staging Our Future. Photo by Cliff Roles.

[Good Bite]  Marzi-Panacea
Dylan Howell, dylanh@srqme.com

Sweet Mom Italy puts a singular twist on the classic Cassata Siciliana, a traditional sweet popular in all areas of Sicily. This round sponge cake is softened with Cointreau and ricotta cheese with an outer dome of house-made marzipan, topped with whipped cream and garnished with with grape and orange-peels. The lime-colored marzipan gets its visually pleasing color from the pistachios’ natural hue. This sweet treat would typically have candied fruits in its moistened cake center, but Sweet Mom breaks tradition, opting for chocolate chips in its traditional creamy ricotta filling instead. With its silky taste, though the Cassata Siciliana is technically a softened cake, it could serve as an alternative to ice cream or a creamy mousse confection. And the fun shape and color of this dessert makes a small bite with a cappuccino an instagram-worthy experience.  

Photo by Dylan Howell.

Sweet Mom Italy, 1473 Main St., Sarasota, 941-952-3608.

[L. Boutique]  Plum Fun

This matching Chiara Boni set, imported straight from Italy, is beautiful business-wear designed for a lady on the go. The plum fabric combines jersey with the luxe look of crepe, making for a comfortable, yet durable set for everyday routine or special occasion. This long lasting, machine washable essential will save the trip to the laundromat for a later date. Kiss inconvenient clothing goodbye after welcoming this dynamic duo into the closet. Top $498, leggings $328. 

Photo Credit: Wyatt Kostygan

L. Boutique

[Exec Moves]  SMH Honors Docs, Appoints Leadership

Sarasota Memorial’s medical staff honored two physicians for outstanding service to the hospital and the community and installed its new leaders for 2017–2018.

Sarasota Pediatrician Dr. Katherine Keeley was awarded the health system’s 2017 Lifetime Achievement Award, while Interventional Radiologist Dr. Scott Perrin was named 2017 Physician of the Year. Both were selected by a committee of physician leaders. Over the years, Keeley has served as SMH’s chief of staff and chief of pediatrics, and helped create and strengthen SMH’s affiliation and clinical partnership with Johns Hopkins All Children’s Hospital. Perrin joined SMH’s medical staff in 2013 as part of the health system’s new partnership with Radiology Associates of Florida/Florida Interventional Specialists, and offers life-saving options for many patients whose conditions have been deemed too risky for traditional surgery.   

The SMH Medical Staff also appointed the 2017-2018 Medical Executive Committee officers: Dr. Kyle Garner was named chief of staff, serving as the top representative of Sarasota Memorial’s more than 900 medical staff members. He succeeds Dr. Scott Stevens, whose one-year term as chief of staff ends Oct. 31. Dr. Joseph Seaman was named Chief of Staff-Elect, while Dr. Jon Yenari was named secretary/ treasurer, and Dr. Karen Hamad and Dr. Jeffrey Sell were named members-at-large. 

Sarasota Memorial Hospital

[Synergy]  Duckwall Foundation Issues Fundraising Challenge

The Frank E. Duckwall Foundation has issued a challenge grant to raise money to build a Visualization Theatre classroom in the new Library & Learning Center at State College of Florida, Manatee-Sarasota (SCF). For every $1 donated to the project through March 31, 2018, the Duckwall Foundation will donate $1 up to $100,000. The donation qualifies for another match of $200,000 from the SCF Board of Trustees and the SCF Foundation’s Board of Directors, bringing the total donation to $400,000. The Visualization Theatre classroom, which can seat 40 students or visitors at a time, is designed to provide library users with a contemporary digital learning environment. It offers 270-degree immersive projection on three walls for 80-linear feet of display surface, zoned audio systems, cameras for real-time video capture and collaboration spaces. The Library & Learning Center is expected to be completed in 2018. The first installment of the grant, based on matching funds, will be distributed in March 2018. The match will apply to all new pledges, cash or securities contributions from individuals or businesses received during the challenge period. 

SCF Library & Learning Center

[SRQ Inside the Brand ]  Building of the Year is Here and We Have the Trophies to Prove It!

The November edition has made its grand debut, and with it comes SRQ Magazine’s, 2nd Annual Building of the Year Competition! As part of the celebration for this noteworthy competition, we hosted the finalists and contributors at SRQ Studios for an awards ceremony recognizing their achievements and distributed the very first copies of the November edition to the public.

 “Each year, this competition recognizes some of the most amazing local talent in design and construction along the Gulf Coast. And since our magazine is devoted to living local, it is only fitting that we celebrate and showcase some of the region’s most jaw-dropping structures,” said Wes Roberts, Executive Publisher of SRQ Magazine.

 The SRQ Building of the Year panel of judges review the submissions and score each project based on innovation, function, architecture, aesthetics, place-making and livability to name the Building of the Year Platinum, Gold and Silver award recipients to be featured in the November edition of SRQ. 

To view a gallery of photos from the Building of the Year awards ceremony, Click Here. And to view the amazing buildings and survey the incredible talent of the architects, builders and design companies in Sarasota and Bradenton, pick up your copy of the November edition of SRQ today! 

Building of the Year Photos

[TODAY]  MUSIC: Driftwood , October 27, 8pm

Creating a name for themselves with electric performances, Driftwood has been a notable group to have come out of Binghamton, New York. Their musical palette is broad, with origins in the Americana and Roots scenes. 

Fogartyville Community Media & Arts Center, 525 Kumquat Ct., Sarasota

[TODAY]  THEATER: The Rocky Horror Show , October 27 – October 31, Friday 8pm and midnight, Saturday 8pm and midnight, Tuesday 8pm

Get in the mood for Halloween with The Rocky Horror Show. Follow the story of newlyweds Brad and Janet as they seek shelter at a mysterious castle and meet the esoteric host Dr. Frank 'N' Furter and his creation Rocky. Catch the cult-classic musical and join in on the fun as an audience participant.

Venice Theatre, 140 West Tampa Ave., Venice

[WEEKEND]  THEATER: Buddy Returns , October 29 – October 30, Sunday 8pm, Monday 3pm and 8pm

See Matt McClure come to life as Buddy Holly on stage, with. Watch him perform classic songs live in concert complete with Ritchie Valens and The Big Bopper. This high energy event is complemented by an engaging performance and a stellar cast. Tickets are $30.

Venice Theatre, 140 West Tampa Ave., Venice

[SOON]  MUSIC: Dan Bern , November 1

A singer, songwriter, guitarist, novelist and painter, Dan Bern is a jack of all trades. Most notable of all is his penchant for composing, having written over one thousand songs. His albums contain songs with influences from well-known artists including Bob Dylan, Woody Guthrie, Bruce Sprinteen and Elvis Costello. 

Fogartyville Community Media & Arts Center, 525 Kumquat Ct., Sarasota

[SOON]  THEATER: Flaming Guns of The Purple Sage , November 2 – November 19, Tuesday to Saturday at 8pm; Sunday at 2pm

Jane Martin's bodacious and satirical play combines humor with horror. A rodeo competitor is facing hard financial times on her ranch where she helps injured cowboys. Find out what happens when she comes face to face with the one-eyed Black Dog, a Ukrainian biker. Tickets are $27 for adults, $17 for college students and $15 for children.

Venice Theatre, 140 West Tampa Ave., Venice

[SOON]  THEATER: Moon Over Buffalo , November 2 – November 19

In the madcap comedy tradition of Lend Me A Tenor, this theatrical farce centers on George and Charlotte Hay, fading stars of the 1950s.  On the brink of a disastrous split-up caused by George’s dalliance with a young ingénue, the nearly washed-up stage duo receive word that they might just have one last shot at stardom!

The Players Theatre, 838 N Tamiami Trl., Sarasota

[SOON]  PERFORMANCE: Flip Flops & Fashion , November 2, 11:00AM

Get ready for an easy breezy afternoon with your toes in the sand Children First’s 10th Annual Flip Flops and Fashion Luncheon. Guests will gather together at Sharky’s on the Pier under a tent on the beach to enjoy dazzling views of the Gulf and tropical fare, while supporting at-risk children and families in our community. See fashionable finds from L. Boutique, Scout & Molly's and Sun Bug modeled by Children First supporters adorable children as well. There will be a chance drawing, an opportunity to purchase orchids and many other ways to support Children First.

Sharky's on the Pier , 1600 Harbor Drive South Venice, FL 34285

[SOON]  GALLERY: Fall Wonders , November 3, 6pm to 9pm

Fall into the new season with this gallery featuring the work of many local artists. This display will celebrate the seasons arrival with special work from individuals including Barbara Krupp, James Griffin and Bill Farnsworth. The exhibit will run through November 30. 

Dabbert Gallery, 46 South Palm Ave., Sarasota

[SOON]  PERFORMANCE: La traviata , November 3 – November 21

Violetta, a famed Parisian courtesan, has lived a life of lavish parties with influential friends. She abandons it all to be with her beloved Alfredo, but when her past threatens his family’s honor, she must forsake her dream of love.
Verdi’s awe-inspiring music combined with a heart-breaking libretto has made La traviata one of the repertoire cornerstones of opera companies around the world.

Sarasota Opera , 61 N Pineapple Ave. Sarasota

[SOON]  GALLERY: Zimoun , November 3 – December 22, Opening Reception: Nov. 3, 5:308pm

The inaugural show of Alfstad&’s fifth season, the eponymously-titled exhibit features a site-specific installation, as well as two prints created by the internationally acclaimed Swiss artist. With simple and functional components, Zimoun builds architectural platforms of sound. His installations use commonplace industrial objects to explore mechanical rhythm and flow in prepared systems. The show also inaugurates Alfstad&’s new, totally reimagined artspace with an opening reception.

Alfstad& Contemporary, 1419 5th St., Sarasota

[SOON]  GRAB BAG: Rockin Lobster , November 4, 6:30PM

Watch the sun set over the Gulf of Mexico while dining on delicious Maine Lobster on the beach at Rockin’ Lobster. The rockin' fun features live music by Version 3.0, delicious food, a silent auction and exciting beach activities. Be sure to stay for the lantern release, as Children First makes a wish and release a lantern in honor of a child and family in their program.

Sharky's on the Pier , 1600 Harbor Drive South Venice, Florida

[SOON]  FOOD: Brunch on the Bay , November 5, 11:30AM

The University of South Florida Sarasota-Manatee’s signature annual event, Brunch on the Bay, will celebrate its 24th anniversary on November 5 marking over two decades of raising funds for local undergraduate scholarships. Around 18 of Sarasota and Manatee Counties’ finest restaurants and caterers will prepare some of their signature dishes for the event, held under tents on the USF Sarasota-Manatee campus. In the 23 years of Brunch on the Bay, the event has added over $1.3 million to the university endowment and generated over $1,000,000 in scholarships.

USFSM, 8350 N. Tamiami Trail Sarasota, FL 34243

[SOON]  PERFORMANCE: SWAC Speaker Series , November 6, 5:30PM

Join the Sarasota World Affairs Council for a series of high–profile foreign affairs lectures covering current international issues ranging from foreign intelligence to peace negotiations to immigration and trade. This month, National Geographic Explorer in Residence, Alizė Carrėre will highlight her experience as a culture ecologist, climate researcher and writer visiting over 37 counties to document how humans are innovating and adapting in response to climate change. Each lecture is followed by a wine and cheese reception for members.

Mildred Sainer Pavillion, 5313 Bay Shore Road Sarasota, FL 34243

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