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"We want to give young professionals a chance to experience arts and culture in this town at a level that will not stretch their income too much."

- Jim Shirley, Arts and Cultural Alliance of Sarasota County

[Community]  Culture Collective Announces Coming Season
Philip Lederer, Phil.Lederer@srqme.com

A philosopher once asked, “How can the laboring man find time for self culture?” In response, the Culture Collective, a program from the Arts and Cultural Alliance of Sarasota County to help engage young professionals in the arts, has announced its 2017/18 season, including performances from area arts institutions such as Florida Studio Theatre, Sarasota Opera and Westcoast Black Theatre Troupe.

Now in its fourth year at the Alliance, the Culture Collective serves to give young professionals ages 21 to 39 the opportunity to survey and sample the local arts and culture scene without breaking the bank. For a single membership fee, members of the Culture Collective receive tickets to a series of eight performances spread throughout the year and across different disciplines and organizations. In addition to what are effectively discounted tickets, members also have access to special pre- and post-performance events, ranging from mix-and-mingle cocktails with other members to behind-the-scenes tours and talks with the artists.

This year’s season begins Dec. 16 at the Van Wezel, where the Sarasota Ballet will perform John Ringling’s Circus Nutcracker, before moving on to Asolo Repertory Theatre for a Jan. 30 performance of Shakespeare in Love. On Feb. 3, the Culture Collective will go to see the Choral Artists of Sarasota and Sarasota Contemporary Dance join forces for Carmina Burana in Motion, followed by a Feb. 17 performance of Native Gardens at Florida Studio Theatre. In March, members will experience Spectropia at the Ringling Museum and Sarasota Opera’s Manon Lescaut, before closing out the season with an April performance from the Sarasota Orchestra and Westcoast Black Theatre Troupe’s Soul Man in May.

“It’s a way to not only experience the arts, but get more involved,” says Jim Shirley, executive director of the Arts and Cultural Alliance. The purpose of the Culture Collective isn’t to provide discounted tickets, but foster community and expose young professionals to the arts so that they can find what works for them and where they want to spend their time and energy in the community. “It’s important to the arts and cultural community that we get a chance to work with these future leaders,” he says. “And for them understand the importance of the arts in this community.”

Membership is still available at $125 for a single membership and $240 for dual membership. Contact the Arts and Cultural Alliance of Sarasota County or follow the link below for more information. 

Culture Collective

[Exec Moves]  Ziegler Elected Chairwoman of Sarasota School Board

Bridget Ziegler was elected to a one-year term as chairwoman of the School Board of Sarasota County on Nov. 28 by a unanimous 5-0 vote of the Board. Jane Goodwin was unanimously elected to serve as vice chair. The School Board elects a chair and vice chair annually from among its five members. Ziegler, who has served as vice chair since November 2016, succeeds Caroline Zucker as chair. Ziegler was appointed to the School Board by Gov. Rick Scott in June 2014 to fill the vacancy left by the resignation of Carol Todd. Ziegler was elected to a four-year term in November 2014. She is a vice president at Marsh & McLennan, a firm whose specialties include risk management and insurance services. 

Sarasota County School Board

[Exec Moves]  Downtown Sarasota Alliance Appoints Sylvester

The Downtown Sarasota Alliance announces the appointment of a new board member to its board of directors. Joining the Board of Directors is Holly Sylvester. Sylvester is a leasing agent and residential property specialist at Michael Saunders & Company Rental Division, and has lived in the Sarasota area since the 1970s. Sylvester will be serving as membership chair for the DSA. 

Downtown Sarasota Alliance

[Synergy]  Team Renick Merges with Keller Williams on the Water

Michael Renick, founder of Mangrove Realty and Team Renick announced a merger with Keller Williams On The Water Sarasota. Keller Williams on the Water Sarasota will establish a Keller Williams Luxury office located at 595 Bay Isles Dr., Suite 260, Longboat Key. They are in Realtor.com Top 20 national ratings, 5-star on Zillow.com and 99.9% customer satisfaction. With the merger the Keller Williams Luxury Office on Longboat Key will be in the Top 10 of units sold and volume on Longboat Key. This partnership creates an increase of 209% in market share for Keller Williams on the Water Sarasota. Team Renick includes Michael Renick, Eric Teoh, Monique Summers, Jo-Anne Yermack and Francis Perdisatt. 

Keller Williams On The Water

[Best Of SRQ Local]  Cast Your Vote For Best Local Barbecue!

Keep calm and BBQ on! Best Local Barbeque is a brand new category in our annual Best of SRQ Reader’s Competition. Click below to share your insight. There is a lot at “steak” so every vote matters! 

Vote Here!

[SRQ Gives Back Holiday Wish List]  Unwrapped Gifts for Seniors

Make the season brighter for more than 600 homebound seniors, veterans and the handicapped home alone during the holidays by donating unwrapped items to Meals on Wheels of Sarasota now through December 9, including: combs and brushes, socks, slippers, eye glasses, scarves, oral hygiene products, shower products, puzzle books, writing pads and stamps, tissues, ink pens, coloring pencils, adult coloring books, blankets, deodorant, toys and dry pet food.  

Meals on Wheels Sarasota

[SRQ Gives Back Holiday Wish List]  Friskies for Furry Friends

Cat Depot is requesting the following to help kitties during the holidays and thereafter: cans of Friskies or Fancy Feast cat food, bags of dry cat food and plastic litter boxes in either of the following sizes: 12” x 16” or 15” by 18”.  

Cat Depot

[SRQ Gives Back Holiday Wish List]  Vision Aids

Lighthouse of Manasota wishes for items to assist their low vision and blind clients as well as their instructors.  Donate the following to help clients: bus passes for SCAT and MCAT, Chrome Books, digital magnifiers, talking watches, talking GPS apps to guide users on foot or bus, iPhones, passes to museums, games for the visually impaired, refreshable braille displays, computer programs for magnification and voice reading, like JAWS by Freedom Scientific, and CCTVs used for low-vision magnification. Donate the following to help instructors: a van to use for Peepers low-vision merchandise, website programming and ad space. 

Lighthouse of Manasota

[SRQ Gives Back Holiday Wish List]  School Sports Supplies

This year Goodwill Manasota’s wish is for McKay Academy, in need of the following: seven wireless interactive projectors to use with their Smart Boards, six soccer balls with pump, two 3-in-1 soccer trainer goal rebounder and training aids, five volleyballs, a volleyball set with multiple height settings, five basketballs, a basketball hoop, ten fun hoppers, two teeter totters and a 10’ x 10’ canopy tent.  

Goodwill Manasota

[SRQ Gives Back Holiday Wish List]  Studio Necessities

Sarasota Contemporary Dance would love the following for its new studio: conference table, lobby furniture, track light fixtures, microwave, half-size refrigerator, coffee maker, movable storage shelves, costume hanging rack, landline phone, printer/scanner, studio sound and lighting equipment, terrace furniture, yoga mats, portable ballet barres, mirrors, a black curtain, office chairs, projector and video camera. 

Sarasota Contemporary Dance

[TODAY]  MUSIC: Blue Suede Shoes , November 29 – April 1, Varies by day

In the 1950s, Rock 'N' Roll took America by storm. With roots in rhythm and blues, country western, swing and do-wop, this new sound would forever change the world of music. From the father of Rock 'N' Roll, Chuck Berry, to The King himself, Elvis Presley, this revue celebrates the birth of rock and roll.

Florida Studio Theatre, 1241 N. Palm Ave., Sarasota

[TODAY]  THEATER: A Motown Christmas , November 29 – December 23, 6pm

In celebration of the holiday season, the Westcoast Black Theatre Troupe will be putting on their signature musical performance. The event is marked by traditional Christmas carols paired with soulful sounds from Motown legends like Marvin Gaye, Stevie Wonder and The Jackson 5.

Westcoast Black Theatre Troupe, 1646 10th Way, Sarasota

[SOON]  THEATER: Annie , November 30 – December 17, 2pm, 7:30pm, or 8pm

Rewatch the classic American musical where a little orphan girl takes the stage by storm. See the child heroine work her magic onstage and enjoy the performance live. Tickets are $27, $30 or $37, depending on seating.

Manatee Performing Arts Center, 502 Third Avenue W., Bradenton

[SOON]  DANCE: Voices of SCD , November 30 – December 3

Their annual spectacle is a hallmark of the company’s approach to dance: full of physicality, thought, and delight. Original and adventurous, the works presented are choreographed by company members and emerging choreographers from around the country.

Jane B Cook Theatre, FSU Center for the Performing Arts, 5555 N. Tamiami Trl., Sarasota

[SOON]  BUSINESS: SB2 Luncheon: Philanthropic Agenda , November 30, 11:00am-1:00pm

Join SRQ Magazine for the launch of 2017-2018 SB2: Luncheon Symposium season on Thursday, November 30, 2017 from 11:00am-1:00pm at The Francis, Downtown Sarasota. The Philanthropic Agenda luncheon and panel discussion will explore the dynamic and ever changing world of non-profits. What’s trending, who’s innovating, why are donor-advised funds growing so rapidly and what exactly are donors looking for? The luncheon will culminate with presentation of the SRQ Gives Good Innovation in Philanthropy Award honoring community leaders in the nonprofit sector who are contributing to our region’s philanthropic strength with their forward-thinking initiatives and perspectives. Special guest panelists include: John Annis of The Community Foundation of Sarasota County, Carol Butera from the William G. and Marie Selby Foundation, Mark Prichett of the Gulf Coast Community Foundation and Martha Wells of the Southwest Florida Planned Giving Council. Moderated by SRQ MEDIA Executive Publisher Wes Roberts. Tickets are $45/per person and includes a delicious lunch provided by The Francis. Reserve your spot online at SRQSB2.COM.

The Francis , 1289 N Palm Ave, Sarasota, FL 34236

[SOON]  THEATER: Flowers for Algernon , November 30 – December 17, 2pm, 7:30pm or 8pm depending on day

When a laboratory experiment successfully increases the intelligence of a mouse, Charlie Gordon, a spirited autistic man, volunteers as the first subject for human trials. The play grapples with society’s less-than-ideal treatment of mental illness, the ethics of human experimentation and the difficulty faced in accepting and loving ourselves.

Manatee Performing Arts Center, 502 3rd Ave. W., Bradenton

[SOON]  PERFORMANCE: Metropolitan , December 1 – December 2, 2pm and 7:30pm

This three-part production includes a performance of company favorite Sir Frederick Ashton’s enigmatic ballet Illuminations—one of only two ballets Ashton choreographed for the New York City Ballet—as well as the world premiere of new choreography from American Ballet Theatre’s Marcelo Gomes, in his first collaboration with Sarasota Ballet. 

Sarasota Ballet, 5555 North Tamiami Trl., Sarasota

[SOON]  FESTIVAL: Bradenton Bluesfest Weekend , December 1 – December 3

The Bradenton Blues Festival Weekend kicks off on Friday, Dec. 1, 2017, with a free “Blues Appetizer” Concert, brought to you by Mojoe Productions, Inc. The Bradenton Blues Festival, presented by BMO Harris Bank, is on Saturday, Dec. 2, 2017, with an outstanding lineup of talented blues musicians on the big stage. In addition to amazing music, our award-winning annual festival features local craft beer, delicious specialty food vendors, and more. The festivities continue with blues after-parties all evening long. The weekend wraps up with a tasty and soulful Bradenton Blues Brunch prepared by award-winning Chef Paul Mattison on Sunday, Dec. 3, 2017. The Blues Brunch is presented by Urology Partners. Come and experience the blues in Bradenton!

Riverwalk Amphitheater, 452 3rd Ave. W., Bradenton

[SOON]  HEALTH: Jingle & Jog 5k , December 2, 7am

The Jingle & Jog 5k, a Sarasota classic, returns for its 20th anniversary. From humble beginnings in 1997 with a little over 200 runners, the Jingle & Jog 5k has welcomed over 6,500 finishers over the past two decades. Support raised by the event benefits the mission of The Haven, an established non-profit with a 60-year legacy of providing programs and services for children and adults with disabilities in Sarasota-Manatee.

The Haven, 4405 Desoto Rd., Sarasota

[SOON]  GALA: Designing Women Boutique 15th Annual Gala , December 3

December 3 when Designing Women's Boutique presents “Jazzy Night”, their 15th annual fundraising gala that will be held at Michael’s On the Bay in beautiful Marie Selby Botanical Gardens. Each year the gala keeps receiving more notoriety largely due to the positive feedback, growing number of attendees and funds raised for grants. This highly anticipated event will include live jazz-inspired entertainment, an auction, and a photo booth, etc. The evening begins at 5:30pm with cocktails and hors d’oeurves overlooking the stunning Sarasota Bay, followed by dinner at Michael’s On the Bay. One of the most decorated parts of the evening will be the variety of live talent that will be performing which includes The West Coast Black Theatre Troop, Broadway and television actress Savannah Wise and John Rinell with a four to five piece accompaniment. All proceeds from the event will go towards funding Designing Women’s grant program that benefits local arts and human services organizations. Tickets are $250 and may be purchased online at www.DesigningWomenSRQ.org.

Michaelís On the Bay at Marie Selby Botanical Gardens, 811 S Palm Ave., Sarasota

[SOON]  GALA: Women's Day , December 4, 11am

Meet two-time gold medalist Aly Raisman at this luncheon. This annual event provides women with the opportunity to come together around a theme with which they all relate. Kate Alexander of Florida Studio Theatre will moderate discussion with Raisman. Tickets are $80, plus a $100 gift to the Federation's development efforts. 

Michael's on East, 1212 South East Ave., Sarasota

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