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SRQ DAILY Oct 17, 2018

Wednesday Philanthropy Edition

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Wednesday Philanthropy Edition

"I've been working on a lot of drawings, and it's really great to have a space to show them in."

- Natalie Lerner, artist

[Gallery]  Exploring All (100) Corners of Art Center Sarasota
Philip Lederer, Phil.Lederer@srqme.com

Four exhibits await the curious and adventurous at Art Center Sarasota, as all four of the institution’s galleries fill for this first show of the season. Opening this past week, the initial salvo of the season includes sculpture, sketching, prints and an all-media juried exhibition. Curated by local artists Dustin Juengel and Nathan Skiles, the shows run through November 16.

In Gallery 1, audiences will discover Atlantis, a multimedia exhibition from Miami-based artist Brookhart Jonquil. An installation artist working in glass sculpture, Jonquil sculpts as much with the light his work collects and refracts as he does the glass itself. Often incorporating steel, mirrors and cement in his work, the architectural implications come freely.

In the next room, Gallery 2, viewers may see a familiar name—Natalie Lerner. Daughter of the late celebrated artist, Leslie Lerner, Ringling College instructor and Sarasota favorite, the younger Lerner enjoys her debut exhibition at Art Center Sarasota with 100 Corners, a collection of small-scale graphite on paper drawings.

Inspiration comes in strange places, and Lerner found hers in both Stephen King and a growing collection of smudgy fingerprints in her office building. “I would watch a bunch of dirty fingerprints surrounding a seam of a door,” she says, “and it was growing and changing each day.” Throw in a bit of horror with King’s The Lonesome Death of Jordy Verrill, about a cosmic moss that spreads slow and unrelenting over the world, and Lerner found ground ripe for experimentation—a simple composition, or maybe even character, that she could rearrange 100 times. Or more.

“This weird idea popped into my head and I felt like if I drew it more and more, then maube I could understand it,” she says, “or imagine how it would move or change or get a life of its own.” And with an opening reception this Thursday, October 18, that life enters a new chapter of observation.

In Gallery 3, find the work of An Onghena, a Belgian graphic designer and visual artist whose latest show, Remodeling Graphic Habitats, creates a site-specific mural in the gallery from Onghena’s multitudinous daily prints. Curated and installed by Kurt Van Belleghem, more than 400 mimeograph and Risograph prints unite image and text in a semi-autobiographical serial.

Last but not least, New Modern in Gallery 4 sees Caui Lofgren, chair of the fine arts department at IMG Academy, serving as juror for an all-media open juried show.

All four shows run through November 16. An opening reception for 100 Corners and Remodeling Graphic Habitats will be held Thursday, October 18 at 5pm at Art Center Sarasota. 

Pictured: "100 Corners #7" by Natalie Lerner.

[GoodBite]  Meals on Wheels
Brittany Mattie, brittany.mattie@srqme.com

From the nostalgic past time of running down the street to catch the icecream man to now—somewhere in between boomed this new-age food truck phenomena—humble mobiles grander than any upscale brick & mortar restaurant. Walk right up to the makeshift counter and grab a creatively cooked meal to-go, al fresco style and at crazy affordable prices. Sarasota's welcoming food truck scene is more alive than ever with open arms, open mouths and open street lots, with so many jumping on the trendy notion with more exotic bites and worldly cuisine than ever before. SRQ’s 20th Anniversary Street Party, LA STRADA will host an entire block of traveling treats on Dolphin Avenue—full of our region’s favorite local, family-owned food trucks. Unique concepts, variety of global cuisine and fun/easy dishes to stroll the grounds of the party feasting by the fistful. Get a load of the killer lineup who want to feed you plenty at this weekend’s shin-dig:

FillaburgerGet stuffed with a twist on the classic cookout essential. Home of the decadent stuffed mac-n-cheese burger, pulled pork burger and Cali burger, you’re sure to leave full and completely satisfied.

SaraFresh—Organic cold pressed juice, superfood smoothies and juice cleanses for every lifestyle. Seasonal fruits and veggies locally-sourced from Worden Farm.

Kona IceFlavoring your own shaved ice is pretty much the best thing ever. Cool off at Kona Ice and pick as many mouth-watering flavors as you want.

Bowled LifeHealthy and nutritious choices for fueling your body with fresh superfoods. Menu options: acai bowls, pataya bowls, fruit smoothies, avocado toast, soups, salad/keto bowls.

Sweet Niche Baking Company—There is always room for dessert! Satisfy your sweet tooth with homemade cookies, gourmet cupcakes, chocolate truffles and many other craft baked goods.

Kuwai Venezuelan Street Food—Not to be missed, these Venezuelan brothers transport you to their home country with authentically delicious South American eats. Menu options: rotating arepas, catiras, papas caraca and burgers.

PB & Jelly Deli—Reinventing the childhood classic with quirky flavor combinations that are savory, sweet and remind you of home. For every meal sold, PB & Jelly Deli will give a meal away to someone in need.

Tropical Crepes & Waffles—Waffles on a stick and Bubble waffles in a variety of flavors, from sweet and savory crepes like apple cinnamon, fruit-filled ones and chocolatey delights like cookie dough blast and salted pretzel caramel.

WingWayTry some of the region’s best chicken wings, free-range chicken cooked to perfection and available in 27 creatively different flavors to choose from.

It’s going to be a helluva ride! Bring your appetite and see you there.  

Photo of Kuwai Venezuelan Street Food truck's "Blondie" arepa, courtesy of SRQ Executive Publisher, Wes Roberts.

LA STRADA tickets here. Saturday, October 20, 6pm-11pm. Dolphin St between South Orange & South Pineapple, Downtown Sarasota.

[Business]  Sarasota Chamber of Commerce Announces Board of Directors

The Greater Sarasota Chamber of Commerce (GSCC) has announced the 2018-2019 Board of Directors. These community leaders will lead, advise and chair initiatives that directly support The Greater Sarasota Chamber’s mission. John LaCivita of Willis Smith Construction will serve as chair, Paul Caragiulo of Caragiulos Italian American Restaurant will serve as chair-elect and Charlie Bailey of Williams Parker is immediate past chair. The rest of the board will include: Richard Bedford of Schroeder-Manatee Ranch; Jeff Benninghoff of WWSB ABC 7; Matt Brockway of Icard Merrill; Matt Buchanan of Sarasota Ford; Kelly Caldwell of Caldwell Trust Company; Jennifer Compton of Shumaker, Loop & Kendrick, LLP; Dr. Michael Crosby of Mote Marine Laboratory & Aquarium; Lee Delieto, Jr. of Michael Saunders & Company; Stacy Dillard-Spahn of Law Office of Robert K. Lincoln; Andy Dorr of Githler Development; Shawn Dressler of Kimley-Horn & Associates; Beth Ebersole of Kerkering, Barberio & Co.; Chris Gallagher of Hoyt Architects; Rick Halloran of Sabal Palm Bank; Teri Hansen of Charles & Margery Barancik Foundation; Peter Hayes of Tandem Construction; Joe C. Hembree of Hembree & Associates; Steven High of John & Mable Ringling Museum of Art; David Lafferty of Tidewell Hospice; Jim Ley of Hibiscus Suites; Lorrie Liang of Sarasota Memorial Health Care System; Jeff Mayers of The Resort at Longboat Key Club; Robert Meade of Doctors Hospital of Sarasota; Danielle Mikesell of PGT Innovations; Dennis Murphy of Gulfside Bank (In Organization); Dr. Donal O’Shea of New College of Florida; Mark Pritchett of Gulf Coast Community Foundation; Dr. Carol Probstfeld of State College of Florida; Michael Quillen of Gecko’s Hospitality Group.; Myron Robinson of Doctors Hospital of Sarasota; Jennifer Rominiecki of Marie Selby Botanical Gardens; David Rovine of Baltimore Orioles; Renee Ryckman of Escape Countdown; Joe C. Seidensticker of Tableseide Restaurant Group; Elizabeth Stamoulis of Williams Parker; Dr. Larry Thompson of Ringling College of Art + Design; Emily Walsh of Observer Media Group; and Dick Webb of Icard Merrill. 

The Greater Sarasota Chamber of Commerce

[Philanthropy]  Orioles Team Up With All Faiths, Mayors' Feed the Hungry to Fight Hunger

The Orioles are once again teaming up this fall with local nonprofits Mayors’ Feed the Hungry Program and All Faiths Food Bank to fight hunger in Sarasota. To support the Mayors’ Feed the Hungry Program, the Orioles will collect non-perishable food items at Ed Smith Stadium beginning on Monday, November 5, and will host the charity’s Thanksgiving Sorting Day at the ballpark on Friday, November 16. Non-perishable food items may be dropped off at Ed Smith Stadium on weekdays from 9am to 5pm. The collection station is located inside Café 54 on Euclid Avenue. Tickets are also on sale now for All Faiths Food Bank’s popular Bowls of Hope benefit, which will be held at Ed Smith Stadium on Sunday, December 2, from 11am to 2pm. Each year during Spring Training, the Orioles host a food collection drive for All Faiths Food Bank at Ed Smith Stadium, and fans attending Gulf Coast League and Fall Instructional League games also contribute. The Orioles’ support for All Faiths Food Bank and Mayors’ Feed the Hungry Program is part of Sarasota 365, a host of initiatives through which the Baltimore Orioles and OriolesREACH demonstrate the ballclub’s year-round engagement with the Greater Sarasota community. An independent analysis commissioned by Sarasota County Government concluded that the Orioles generate approximately $97 million in annual economic impact back to taxpayers and residents. 

Baltimore Orioles in Sarasota

[Business]  SRQ Airport Hosts Job Fair

The Sarasota Bradenton International Airport is hosting a Job Fair on Wednesday, October 17, 2018 from 9am to 3pm. Airport tenants representing security, food and beverage/retail concessions, airline support, janitorial/maintenance services, parking operations and other companies will be available to discuss career opportunities and accept applications. With two new airlines, 10 new routes, and six new destinations announced this year, airline traffic at SRQ is expected to increase significantly and airport tenants are looking to fill positions, including supervisory roles. The job fair will be held at Dan McClure Auditorium, 5900 Auditorium Lane, Sarasota. 

Sarasota Bradenton International Airport

[Real Estate]  Merrill Joins Shanahan Group in Downtown Sarasota

Award-winning sales associate Dawn Merrill has joined The Shanahan Group of Premier Sotheby’s International Realty’s Downtown Sarasota office. A consistent top-producer with a local homebuilder, Merrill achieved the highest sales volume for the past five years, with more than $100 million in new home sales. A 42-year Sarasota resident, she brings deep local knowledge, site development experience and 15 years of real estate sales to this new role. The Shanahan Group’s Ken Shanahan, Katina Shanahan and Bridgett Byzewski have closed $23 million in new construction sales alone in less than three years. 

Premier Sotheby's International Realty

[SRQ Events]  SRQ's La Strada Pre-Party Destination is Aloft Sarasota

It may be only Wednesday but we're already dreaming of the weekend. It's our party this Saturday, October 20, 6-11pm and you're invited!
We're excited to annouce the Official Pre-Party destination for La Strada | SRQ 20th Anniversary Street Festival is Aloft Sarasota from 3pm-6pm. Savor this scrumptious "La Strada 20" Cocktail for just $5 when you show your La Strada Tickets. End your night at Aloft Sarasota after 11pm and show your wristband for the same deal! 
Cheers to 20 years Sarasota and Bradenton! 

Purchase La Strada tickets!

[TODAY]  MUSEUM: Storytelling: French Art from the Horvitz Collection , September 9 – December 2

Explore two exhibitions selected from one of the world’s finest private collections of French art, “Imaging Text: French Drawings for Book Illustration” and “17th and 18th Century French Paintings,” from The Horvitz Collection. Features 60 drawings and 10 related prints for book illustration, created between the 16th and 19th centuries, as well as a selection of 10 paintings. Subjects range from mythological and religious scenes to more playful genre imagery.

The Ringling Museum of Art, 5401 Bay Shore Rd., Sarasota.

[TODAY]  THEATER: Raisin , October 3 – November 11

Taking place in the 1950s on the South Side of Chicago, the story revolves around a working class black family aspiring to a better life after the death of their father. Hope is sparked by the arrival of a $10,000 life insurance check. But conflicts arise when mother and son want to spend the money in different ways. 

Westcoast Black Theatre Troupe, 1012 North Orange Ave., Sarasota.

[SOON]  SEMINAR: Robert McKee: STORY , October 19 – October 21

The story-crafting maven who has taught Hollywood notables such as Peter Jackson, Geoffrey Rush and Kirk Douglas brings his famous seminar to Sarasota. An opportunity for not only professional writers, aspiring writers, producers, directors, and numerous creative individuals in many genres, but also for educational institutions, their faculty and staff, and students of all ages, in many creative disciplines. Interested parties can call the Sarasota County film commission for registration and details: (941) 309-1200 extension 104.

Ringling College Academic Center Auditorium, 2700 North Tamiami Trl., Sarasota

[SOON]  GALA: An Evening in India , October 19

The world needs saving, and Poonam Maini believes the world can do it together. Join Poonam Maini and the Share Care Global team for this second annual fundraising gala. This year’s program of focus is a girl’s home designed to help spark a change in the lives of 10 troubled youth. Participation will allow Share Care Global to encourage women and children to live their most authentic lives.

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

[SOON]  HEALTH: Making Strides Against Breast Cancer , October 20, 7am

The American Cancer Society Making Strides Against Breast Cancer Walks raise awareness and funds to help save lives from Breast Cancer. The event at Nathan Benderson Park, will raise money to fund innovative research, provide free information and support, and help people reduce their risk and find it early when it is easier to treat. From the opening ceremony to the post walk entertainment, the Making Strides event is a celebration of survivors and an opportunity to honor loved ones lost. It’s a day that won’t be forgotten and should not be missed.

Nathan Benderson Park , 5851 Nathan Benderson Circle, Sarasota, FL 34235


Join SRQ MEDIA as we celebrate 20 years of superlative 
coverage, community engagement and living hyper-local at 
LaStrada | SRQ’s 20th Anniversary Street Festival!

Dolphin Street, Downtown Sarasota, FL 34236

[SOON]  MUSIC: The Singing Harp , October 21 – October 22

Program includes Giuseppina Ciarla’s original Butterfly Invasion, Claude Debussy’s Claire de Lune, Livingstone/Evans’ Que Sera Sera and even popular hits like Sting’s Roxanne and Michael Jackson’s Billie Jean. Tickets are $48 and include food and drink.

Fischer/Weisenborne Residence

[SOON]  FESTIVAL: Wine & Stein , October 25, 6-9:30pm

Don't miss the 3rd Anual Wine & Stein Fundraiser, A Taste of Hearing. Celebrate with Hear Care Connection Sarasota and raise money to give the gift of hearing. Enjoy, Live and silent auction, live entertainment, wine, beer and hors d'oeuvres. 

Gold Coast Eagle Distributing, 7051 Wireless Ct, Sarasota, FL. 34240

[SOON]  GALA: Share the Light Luncheon , October 25, 11am

Join Second Chance Last Opportunity for the 23rd Annual Share the Light Luncheon on October 25 at Michael’s on East. The event will honor Hillary Dumbroski of Iberia Bank, Sarah Kupiec of Nathan Benderson Park and Circuit Court Judge Rochelle Curley. Standard tickets are $65/person or $520 for a table of eight.

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

[SOON]  GALA: Out of the Blue , October 25, 6pm-8:30pm

Join us for Out of the Blue, Sarasota's largest fundraiser for mental health at Sarasota Architectural Company on October 25. Enjoy fabulous food provided by premier caterer Simply Gourmet, beer donated by Gulf Coast Eagle Distributors, wine and great musical entertainment. You don't want to miss this event benefitting NAMI Sarasota County. Dress is casual or just come from work as you are and relax to the great tunes of Rallo Pucci.

Sarasota Architectural Salvage, 1093 Central Ave, Sarasota, FL 34236

[SOON]  MUSIC: Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike , October 25 – November 11

This Tony Award-winning comedy from Christopher Durang follows three siblings as they live, love and argue in their family’s home—that just happens to be located in a cherry orchard. (Yes, there are some great Chekhov moments.) Fun, smart and the Drama Desk Award winner for outstanding new play.

The Players Centre for Performing Arts, 838 North Tamiami Trl., Sarasota.

[SOON]  THEATER: The Barber of Seville , October 26 – November 11

Our favorite barber is back. Doctor Bartolo plans to marry his ward Rosina, but she has other plans for her future. Figaro, the barber, comes to the rescue and assists Rosina in sneaking, scheming, and plotting so she can marry her beloved Lindoro, who unbeknownst to her is the Count Almaviva. With a comic plot and Rossini's most recognizable melodies, The Barber of Seville is one of the most performed operas in the world.

Sarasota Opera House, 61 North Pineapple Ave., Sarasota.

[SOON]  GALLERY: National Sumi-E Society , October 30 – November 30

Celebrating the Japanese art of ink wash painting, also called Sumi-e, this exhibition brings art from around the country to Bradenton for a show dedicated to the delicacy, beauty and history of the medium. Spanning across all three galleries, this is another flagship exhibition for one of Bradenton’s leading art centers.

ArtCenter Manatee, 209 9th St. W, Bradenton.

[SOON]  MUSIC: The Little Sweep , November 3 – November 4

Sarasota Youth Opera will present a revival of our acclaimed production of Britten’s charming opera. A group of children, with the help of a kind nursery maid, work to free a young chimney sweep apprentice from his cruel master. Last seen in 2013, this enchanting work, which was written to introduce young people to opera, will be sure to delight children and adults alike. The Opera itself will be preceded by a prologue created especially for Sarasota Youth Opera by Youth Opera Music Director Jesse Martins and stage director, Martha Collins

Sarasota Opera House, 61 North Pineapple Ave., Sarasota.

[SOON]  MUSIC: Armistice: The Journey Home , November 3 – November 4

Inspired by the 100th anniversary of the end of WWI, this performance explores timeless themes of longing, loss, love, and the search for peace in the wake of catastrophe. Musical selections range from Schubert’s Der Wanderer, to Vaughan Williams’ Songs of Travel, to Ives’ They Are There.

Historic Asolo Theatre, 5401 Bay Shore Rd., Sarasota.

[SOON]  MUSIC: Ole! Popular Latin and Spanish Music , November 6

A celebration of Hispanic Heritage Month featuring popular Spanish and Latin tunes showcasing the skill of Carmen de Vicente, one of the masters of Spain’s national instrument: the challenging, centuries-old castanet. Joseph Holt joins on piano and Erol Ozsever on guitar.

Michael's On East Ballroom, 1212 South East Ave., Sarasota.

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