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SRQ DAILY Jan 20, 2017

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"The work itself will say everything."

- Mr. Krisztian, artist

[Gallery]  Mr. Krisztian Debuts Solo Show At Palm Avenue Pop-Up
Philip Lederer, Phil.Lederer@srqme.com

12 Palm Avenue transforms this weekend into a modern art gallery for the debut solo exhibition of the Sarasota-based artist known only as Mr. Krisztian. Entitled Mr Krisztian: Exordium, the show opens Saturday, January 21, with an artist reception at 7pm.

Featuring near 20 paintings, many large-scale, adorning the freshly painted white walls of the dimly lit space, the work ranges from the abstract to the figurative to that magical place in between, never losing Krisztian’s distinct and dramatic flair for color. Largely eliminating the mid-tones in many of his pieces, the contrast between deep darks and blazing lights instills a sense of narrative energy to drive the eye across the canvas again and again.

Heavily textured, thick layers of accumulated paint give each painting a visible heft and a weight to match its subject, such as in the intricate and striking composition, Angelic Destruction of a Beginning. For some of his smaller works, Krisztian employs a process he will not divulge to prime his canvas and achieve that particular feel.

For Krisztian, much of the process is instinctual. With no formal training, he picked up a paintbrush at age 30 and the work began to flow out of him, first copying the works of greats like Monet and Cezanne before graduating to his own compositions. “I’ve got these images in my head and I’ve got to get them out,” he says. “I just see them all the time in my mind’s eye.” And between a full-time job and preparing for Exordium, the images have been piling up. “I haven’t touched a paintbrush in two weeks,” says Krisztian, “which is very frustrating.” With some paintings in the show taking as long as a year and a half to complete, he usually has more than one to work on.

“I call him a purist,” says Richard Pellicci, Krisztian’s representative and organizer of Exordium, “because too many people in the contemporary world are not painting—not really bringing brush to palette to canvas—and there’s always some sort of gimmick.”

Mr. Krisztian puts it a bit more succinctly: “The work itself will say everything.”

Mr. Krisztian: Exordium opens 7pm on January 21 at 12 Palm Avenue, next to Palm Avenue Fine Art, and is expected to run through the end of the month. Saturday will also feature an opening reception with the artist in attendance. 

Pictured: Selections from "Exordium." Photo by Wyatt Kostygan.

[Politics]  Gulf Coasters Trek to DC With Different Agendas
Jacob Ogles, jacob.ogles@srqme.com

When Donald Trump gets sworn in today as the nation’s 45th president, many Gulf Coast residents will be in Washington, DC to commemorate the occasion. Elected officials and political leaders who helped Trump win Florida’s electoral votes on his way to the White House made a trip to the nation’s capital to celebrate, but the swearing in also attracted those protesting the incoming administration.

For Christian Ziegler, state committeeman for the Republican Party of Sarasota, the event fulfills a lifelong dream. One of Trump’s most enthusiastic supporters in the region when many doubted the Republican’s ability to win, Ziegler says all Americans should celebrate the events of today. “It's an honor and frankly, a bucket list item to be able to attend the inauguration and watch the peaceful transition of power between two greatly different presidents,” Ziegler says. “And making this experience even more special is being able to serve as just one of 306 electors who officially cast the votes to make Mr. Trump our next president.” 

Manatee County Commissioner Vanessa Baugh, also a vocal Trump supporter, made the trip to throw her support behind Trump. “This is the first time America will have an American businessman as president and not someone with a political agenda,” says Baugh. “This is what I am excited about. If we want change in this country, we are taking a ‘huge’ step in that direction.”

But Trump remains an unacceptable choice for many. Susan Nilon, who has worked with the ACLU locally and heavily criticized the incoming president, will be a part of the Women’s March, a protest of the new administration. She has protested events in Washington before and feels the need remains greater than ever for such protests today. “Thirty years later and I am still marching on Washington to stand up for women’s rights,” Nilon says. “After watching this past election, I became enraged.  I will not sit and wait. President Trump has said and done enough to show me that he has no respect for women. I am marching to hold him accountable for his words and deeds.” 

[Good Bite]  Big Buns
Kendall Sompolski

Ginny’s & Jane E’s got big buns and they cannot lie. In need of a sweet pick-me-up to get you through the morning? Look no further than these plate-sized cinnamon rolls, so big they’re hard to miss. Served “right out of your grandma’s oven” steaming hot and topped generously with gooey, sugary frosting, these cinnamon rolls will make you feel just like a kid again. Ginny & Jane E’s has an expansive selection of baked goods including sticky buns, muffins, scones and pies, all beautifully prepared and enormous in size. Like their cinnamon rolls, Ginny & Jane E’s is pretty distinctive—just look for the most colorful building on Anna Maria. Natives and tourists alike congregate for breakfast and lunch at the brightly colored antique tables that fill the cafe, making this a true local favorite.  

Ginny's & Jane E's Cafe and Coastal Store, 9807 Gulf Dr., Anna Maria, 941-778-3170.

[Recipe]  VeganIce
SRQ Staff

As part of the LUX LIFE magazine 2017 issue's DishArt feature, we asked several local restaurants to find inspiration from art to create a like-minded dish. Here, you'll find just a taste of the plate created by the chefs at Lila. Stay tuned for the recipe in its entirety along with the stunning photographs. 

Vegan Strawberry Ice Cream

Ingredients: 2 cups strawberry, stemmed and quartered; 2 ½ cup coconut milk; ¾ cup agave nectar. 

Dissolve agave into strawberries let stand for 30 minutes. Add coconut milk. Place mixture into ice cream maker and follow directions provided by your manufacturer. Place in freezer until ready to use.  

Lila, 1576 Main St., Sarasota, 941-296-1042.

[Real Estate]  JEBCO Ventures Announces The Strand

Sarasota developer, JEBCO Ventures, Inc., announces The Strand, Sarasota’s newest waterfront condominium community. Located on Whitaker Bayou, one mile from Downtown Sarasota and one mile from the Gulf of Mexico, The Strand provides the Suncoast’s most sought-after coastal lifestyle features—proximity to downtown on the Suncoast and waterfront living with private boat slips. The Strand, located at 1889 North Tamiami Trl., comprises three buildings with 116 condominium units and 47 private boat slips. Designed in coastal contemporary style by Hoyt Architects, each unit features open spaces, breezy balconies and gourmet kitchens. Other amenities include a resort-style swimming pool, fitness center, dog park, boardwalk and a kayak/paddleboard launch area.  The project will be completed in two phases with 76 waterfront units constructed first and 40 garden/pool view units completed in the second phase. 

The Strand

[Groundbreaking]  Halfacre Construction Breaks Ground on New Utilities Building

This month, commercial construction company Halfacre Construction Company, broke ground on a new 7,200-square-foot building for the Manatee County Utilities Department in Bradenton. Slated for completion in July 2017, the building will house Manatee County's growing staff at the utilities department and several conference rooms. The structure has been designed to meet the maximum energy code in Florida, with the roof and building ready for future solar panels. Located at 4410 66th St. W, the pre-engineered metal building will be constructed with masonry, stucco, aluminum storefront windows, railings and an aluminum canopy. 

Halfacre Construction

[Recognition]  Kristin Pantone Design Awarded Best Of Houzz 2017

Kristin Pantone Design of Sarasota has won Best Of Customer Service on Houzz, the leading platform for home remodeling and design. The interior designer was chosen by the more than 40 million monthly unique users that comprise the Houzz community from among more than 1 million active home building, remodeling and design industry professionals. The Best Of Houzz is awarded annually in three categories: Design, Customer Service and Photography. Customer Service honors are based on several factors, including the number and quality of client reviews a professional received in 2016. A Best Of Houzz 2017 badge will appear on winners’ profiles, as a sign of  their commitment to excellence. These badges help homeowners identify popular and top-rated home professionals in every metro area on Houzz. 

Kristin Pantone Design

[TODAY]  PERFORMANCE: The Originalist , January 20 – March 5

Justice Antonin Scalia’s unexpected death at age 79 has thrown a wrench into the political arena, but has brought intense interest in this daring new stage play that had its world premiere at Arena Stage last spring. When a bright, liberal law school graduate embarks on a nerve-wracking clerkship with Justice Scalia, she discovers him to be both an infuriating sparring partner and unexpected mentor.

The Asolo Repertory Theatre , 5555 North Tamiami Trail Sarasota, 34243

[WEEKEND]  PERFORMANCE: Brahms: Beyond the Lullaby , January 22, 4pm

Gloria Musicae presents lilting waltzes of love and passionate gypsy songs from the pen of the symphonic master Johannes Brahms. Pianists Andrew Lapp and Joseph Holt, with the celebrated Gloria Musicae Singers, and a special appearance by baritone Luis González serving as conductor for one of the works. Tickets are $35 at the door and $30 in advance.

Faith Lutheran Church, 7750 S Beneva Rd., Sarasota

[WEEKEND]  SEMINAR: Surviving Cultural Hate: A Firsthand Account , January 22, 4–6pm

Hussein Aboubakr Mansour will speak about his time as a political prisoner in Egypt. Mansour was persecuted for his interest in Israel and study of the Hebrew language. In this presentation, he shares the story of becoming a pro-Israel advocate and his subsequent journey to the United States after surviving imprisonment, and torture and being disowned by his family. The event is free but audience members must pre-register at JFEDsrq.org/events.  

Beatrice Friedman Theater, 582 McIntosh Rd., Sarasota

[SOON]  THEATER: Brownsville Song (b-side for tray) , January 25 – March 26

Brownsville Song by Kimber Lee is an award-wining play based on real-life tragedy and loss. Its a beautiful and compelling tale that sheds light on the cycle of violence and the strength of families in Brooklyn's inner city. The play will be held at the Gompertz Theatre.

Florida Studio Theatre, 1241 North Palm Avenue

[SOON]  SEMINAR: Former Israeli Ambassador Ron Prosor , January 25, 7pm

Ambassador Ron Prosor will speak about Israel’s foreign policy and its enduring but often volatile relationship with the U.S. Proser was a Israeli diplomat, writer and columnist. He served as Israel’s 16th permanent representative to the United Nations from June 2011 to October 2015. During his tenure, he was elected to the position of vice president of the UN’s 67th General Assembly. Tickets are $15 and can be purchased at jfedsrq.org/events.

Temple Emanuel, 151 McIntosh Rd., Sarasota

[SOON]  GALA: Masquerade Ball Vernissage , January 26, 6pm

Celebrate the original works of figurative artist Teresa Oaxaca at this special exhibition opening plus masquerade ball. Free and open to the public, revelers are encouraged to don masquerade-style costumes for a magical evening of dance, costumes and original oil paintings.

Southern Atelier, 7226 21st St. East, Sarasota

[SOON]  BUSINESS: SB2 GOOD EDUCATION: Learning for a Lifetime , January 26, 7:30am–9:00am

Join us on Thursday, January 26, 2017 from 7:30-9:00am for the next installment of the 2016-17 SB2 Season on the adaptations going into innovative thinking in the K-100+ education experience with Keynote Speaker Mary Chance, President of the Consortium of Florida Education and panelists Jennifer Vigne of the Education Foundation of Sarasota County, Dr. Larry Thompson of Ringling College of Art and Design and Mireya Eavey of CareerEdge. Tickets $35/per person. Register online at www.srqsb2.com. Symposium location is at The Francis, Downtown Sarasota.

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

[SOON]  SEMINAR: Sarasota World Affairs Council January Lecture , January 26, 6:30pm

Join the Sarasota World Affairs Council for the next installment of their 2016–2017 lecture series on January 26 featuring Terry Garcia, the man responsible for the National Geographic Society Core Mission Programs that support and manage more than 400 scientific field research, conservation and exploration projects annually. Mr. Garcia will be the featured speaker during a unique and inspiring dinner event in celebration and support for the Sarasota World Affairs Council and Mote Marine Laboratory and their service to the Sarasota community. 

Mote Marine Laboratory and Aquarium , 1600 Ken Thompson Pkwy, Sarasota, FL 34236

[SOON]  GALA: A New Beginning Fashion Event , January 26, 11:30am–1:30pm

Selah Freedom presents their fourth annual A New Beginning Fashion Event from 11:30am–1:30pm at the Van Wezel Performing Arts Hall. Co–chaired by Tammy Karp and Donna Koffman, this fashion show and champagne luncheon will showcase stunning fashions from Selah Vie Boutique and Karen Roth Eco Luxe Resortwear, inspirational survivor stories and fabulous raffle prizes. Ticket and sponsorship opportunities are available. 

Van Wezel Performing Arts Hall, 777 N Tamiami Trail, Sarasota, FL 34236

[SOON]  SEMINAR: Women & Medicine , January 27, 10:30am–1:30pm

Don’t miss Sarasota Memorial Healthcare Foundation’s Women & Medicine Interactive Luncheon on January 27at Michael’s on East. This year’s program will focus on women and cardiac health, showcasing the innovative and personalized services and treatments offered at Sarasota Memorial Healthcare Systems. This event will also highlight the hospital’s rehabilitative and community programs, designed to educate and empower us to take better care of ourselves, our families and our community. After a panel discussion, guests will have an opportunity to continue the health conversation and Q & A session.

Michaels on East , 1212 S East Ave, Sarasota, FL 34239

[SOON]  THEATER: Ideation , January 27 – March 12, Wed-Sat 8pm; Sun 2pm

Aaron Loeb brings a dark comic edge to this psychological suspense thriller, in which a group of corporate consultants work together on a mysterious and ethically ambiguous project. As the lines between right and wrong are blurred, these characters must navigate cognitive dissonances and moral dilemmas to decide for themselves if everything is as it really seems. Tickets range from $5-$28.

Urbanite Theatre, 1487 Second Street Sarasota, FL 34236

[SOON]  THEATER: Next Fall , February 1 – February 12

Directed by Kathy Junkins, Next Fall portrays the ups and downs of an unlikely couple's five-year relationship with sharp humor and unflinching honesty. This play paints a beautiful and funny portrait of modern romance, asking the hard questions about commitment, love and faith. Tickets are $18. 

The Players Centre for Performing Arts, 838 N Tamiami Trail

[SOON]  FESTIVAL: Steak and Burger Celebrating Our Youth , February 3, 6:00pm

Cowboy-up and join the Boys & Girls Clubs of Sarasota County in celebrating our youth at the Steak and Burger Dinner at the Lee Wetherington Club.  Dawn your best western casual look, enjoy mouth watering food and an evening to remember. Table Sponsors start at $1,000 and individual tickets are on sale for $125.

Lee Wetherington Club, 3130 Fruitville Road, Sarasota, FL 34237

[SOON]  SEMINAR: Encore! Create Your Next Chapter with Joy & Purpose , February 3, 9:30am–3:30m

This daylong conference features powerful speakers who will shatter the myth of mid-life crisis, featuring interactive sessions conducted by life coaches and educators, testimonials by people who have successful transition stories to share and roundtable discussions. The fee is $99 and includes lunch.

State College of Florida, 7131 Professional Pkwy., Lakewood Ranch

[SOON]  PERFORMANCE: Giacomo Gates , February 4, 8pm

The ever-cool Giacomo Gates is a bigger-than-life, old school, hip jazz singer that doesn't just swing, but finds a way to use his voice with the presence of an instrumental giant on the trumpet or tenor! Gates sings vocalese that packs a wallop with a powerhouse trio backing him up. Whether its up-tempo bop, ballads or blues, Gates' intimate style, served with sheer joy, exuberance, wit and unlimited creativity, gives you the feeling he is in your living room singing just to you. Tickets start at $25. 

Glenridge Performing Arts Center , 7333 Scotland Way, Sarasota Florida

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