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SRQ Daily Dec 19, 2014

Friday Weekend Edition

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Friday Weekend Edition

"By transporting people to a happier time or place (or season), the arts just prove how invaluable they are."

- Jeffrey Kin, The Players

[Theater]  The Season On Stage
Philip Lederer, Phil.Lederer@srqme.com

It’s the final weekend before Christmas rolls around and across the Suncoast local theaters are spreading the spirit. Venice Theatre, The Players, Westcoast Black Theatre Troupe and the Van Wezel all have seasonal programming on stage, full of wintry backdrops and festive cheer, so with family in town and friends off work, it’s prime time to take advantage.

A Christmas Story: The Musical has been on The Players’ stage since Dec. 3 and closes this Sunday, Dec. 21. Based on the classic film and given the Broadway treatment, Judah Woomert stars as Ralphie Parker, leading the cast through this humorous and wholesome tale about family, holiday stress and a special Red Rider BB gun. “In a town where there are very few changes in ‘seasons,’ offering an escape to a ‘winter wonderland’ is more vital than ever,” said Players Theatre Artistic Director Jeffrey Kin. “By transporting people to a happier time or place (or season), the arts just prove how invaluable they are.”

Venice Theatre continues a 15-year tradition, bringing the classic A Christmas Carol to the stage for one weekend only, ending Dec. 21. “A number of residents have relatives visiting and are looking to enjoy holiday entertainment,” said Murray Chase, executive/artistic director for Venice Theatre. “[Charles] Dickens’ message was one of charity and goodwill. People can enjoy and relate to the story even if they do not celebrate the Christian holiday.”

Nate Jacobs, artistic director for Westcoast Black Theatre Troupe, is currently directing Black Nativity, Langston Hughes’ Nativity reimagining, also ending its run this Sunday. “We wanted to present something that would add joy and inspiration to the holiday season while staying true to our mission of promoting and celebrating the African American experience,” said Jacobs. Incorporating gospel classics, spirituals, blues and even some Christmas carols, WBTT calls Black Nativity the “African-American Christmas card to the nation.”

And for one night only, the Nebraska Theatre Caravan will be in town, bringing its original adaptation of A Christmas Carol to the stage at the Van Wezel Performing Arts Hall at 7pm on Dec. 21. 

[Daily Shop]  Last Call for Holiday Cheer
Anna Rachel Rich, annar@srqmediagroup.com

Shimmy your way to the top of the gift-giving totem with gifts ranging from GPS watches to smartphone-charging clutches. Because spreading holiday cheer is more fun when you give this season's latest gear.

Still looking for one last shopping trip before the holidays? Make sure to grab SRQ's Holiday Gift Guide for 2014, in the December issue on stands now. 


[Newcomers]  Ivan Gould, Coldwell Banker Commercial
Ben Reece, benr@srqmediagroup.com

Moved From: I am originally from the United Kingdom. My Profession There:  I was, until I moved, turning $120,000 per annum into $5.2 million per annum profit over five years as CEO of Buckinghamshire Building Society. Friday Nights There: We have a Samoyed dog - a white Siberian Husky - so any free time we were usually walking him.

Why I moved: We had the option to continue with the dreariness of the U.K. weather or move to paradise – not a difficult decision! Now I Am: I have joined Coldwell Banker Commercial NRT, handling the sale, purchase and leasing of commercial properties in the Sarasota and surrounding areas. Friday Nights Now: Volunteering at a local soup kitchens—at least, when we can get on the waiting list!

First Impressions:  One of the things that struck us about Sarasota is the great sense of support for those less well off in the community. Biggest Potential Community Mistake:  There does seem to be some negative press about those who are homeless in Sarasota, and perhaps we should try to become a little more understanding. My Vision: I am looking forward to developing contacts in the greater Sarasota area to become a successful capitalist here! 

[Exec Move]  Conservation Foundation Announces New Officers

Conservation Foundation of the Gulf Coast announces its Board of Trustees for the 2014-2015 fiscal year. Officers elected are: Ann J. Charters, chairman; Eileen Scudder-Zimmermann, vice-chairman; Daniel DeLeo, treasurer; and Mickey Davis, secretary. Other Trustees include: Harold J. Johnson; Rob Patten; Peter B. Scanlan; Christopher R. Sforzo; and James Westman. 

Conservation Foundation of the Gulf Coast

[Recognition]  Weiss Recognized For Pediatrics

Weiss Pediatric Care was awarded a certificate for Outstanding Contributions to the Florida Pediatric Medical Home Demonstration Projecton Dec. 6 at the final Learning Session held in Orlando on Dec. 5-6.  Kerri Bonich, Weiss Pediatric Care team member, also received recognition for her participation as a Parent Partner in the project. Certificates were presented by Dr. Lisa Cosgrove on behalf of The American Academy of Pediatrics and the Florida Medical Home Demonstration Project Expert Group.  

Weiss Pediatric Care

[Expansion]  Shumaker Loop and Kendrick Offer Data Breach Practice

Responding to a new Florida statute creating complex rules for companies who experience a data breach, the Sarasota office of Shumaker, Loop and Kendrick has formed a new practice group dedicated to helping businesses respond quickly and properly when customer information is compromised. In today’s increasingly hostile cyber environment, the seven-member team will advise clients as to the best practices to prevent, respond and control electronic data breaches, and will handle any legal disputes that may arise. Furthermore, Shumaker, Loop and Kendrick will coordinate forensic specialists to investigate, contain and recover lost data, if necessary. 

Shumaker Loop & Kendrick

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