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"A sensible rebate program is a valuable tool to not only attract film television and other omnimedia for production and post-production, but it is a tool our local resources, people and companies, can use to promote themselves against their own competition outside of the county."

- Jeanne Corcoran, Sarasota County Film and Entertainment Office

[Film]  Why did Ben Affleck Build Ybor City in Georgia?
Philip Lederer, Phil.Lederer@srqme.com

In theaters now, Live by Night, a crime thriller adapted from the Dennis Lehane novel of the same name, sees actor Ben Affleck taking on the role of a Boston gangster sent to Florida’s own Ybor City to manage bootlegging operations during Prohibition. But when it came time to film, Affleck, who also wrote, directed and produced Live by Night, opted to construct a new Ybor City in Georgia instead of heading 300 miles south to the real thing, citing largely economic reasons and the lack of film incentives in Florida. SRQ sat down with Jeanne Corcoran, director of the Sarasota County Film and Entertainment Office, to talk film incentives and why Sarasotans should care.

How do these tax rebates, or film incentives, work and why is Georgia looking more attractive right now? Corcoran: An incentive works differently in different states, but basically refunds back a specific portion of spending in that state. Sometimes that refund is in the form of a check, sometimes in the form of tax credits, which then have to be brokered and sold within a state against tax debt a company may owe, sometimes a combination of those things. It is now often a mandatory element that productions require to be in place before they will even consider filming in certain states or regions, countries or nations. The many competing countries, states, regions or other locales, who seriously want filming and the millions of dollars a year in direct spending it can represent, must use incentives to remain in consideration, to be compared to their competitors.

Why should Sarasotans care about film incentives, even if they're not involved in the film industry? Besides driving potentially millions of dollars of direct spending into all kinds of local companies and individuals, helping our community's economic stability and diversity, helping valuable people and businesses to stay in our community, buy homes, raise families and stay current with the technology of communications throughout the world of entertainment, it is also a clean industry—one of the few in the United States that still has a positive trade balance and generally a trade surplus. It also benefits the entire community by complementing and strengthening our legacy industries of tourism, real estate and the creative arts.

How do we change that? Support Sarasota County through the vision of its county commissioners, who recognize that a sensible rebate program is a valuable tool to not only attract film, television and other omnimedia for production and post-production, but it is a tool our local resources—people and companies—can use to promote themselves against their own competition outside of the county. 

Pictured: Ben Affleck in "Live by Night." Image courtesy of "Live by Night."

[Ryan Flies]  From the Cockpit Part 4: Sting S4
Philip Lederer, Phil.Lederer@srqme.com

In the sky! It’s a bird! It’s a plane! It’s, more specifically, US Navy Pilot Ryan Rankin in a TL-2000 Sting S4, taking his third flight for the year in his journey through the world of aviation.

A light sport aircraft built in the Czech Republic, the Sting S4 is a composite aircraft, meaning the frame and body are constructed primarily of carbon fiber instead of metal. With the freedom to craft shapes metal will not allow, the resulting plane is not only lighter but stronger as well. “This allows for more complex curves, which enhances the aerodynamics,” says Rankin. “It’s a slick aircraft.”

It’s also a very simple aircraft, he says, and “user-friendly.” Although the Sting S4 differs greatly from most of the planes Rankin has flown in the past—with one of the closest somehow being last week’s GT450, by merit of its weight—stepping into the Sting’s cockpit, the layout of the controls was almost instinctual. “There aren’t dozens of switches and different things,” he says. “You sit down and you look at the way things are laid out and it just makes sense.”

Flying again out of Jack Edwards National Airport in Gulf Shores, AL, Rankin eschews the aerobatics this time around, instead opting for a smooth cruise down the coast toward Pensacola, eventually passing over his house. “It’s a very easy airplane to fly,” he says. “Very forgiving.” Which explains why alongside Rankin rides Brody Hughes of Salt Air Aviation, where the Sting S4 serves as the primary aircraft for flight training, including in its Navy IFS program, a sort of pre-training flight school to gauge cadets’ pilot potential.

“It seems like the goal is to bring aviation closer to people and make it more accessible,” Rankin says of the Sting. “They’re a lot of fun and very low-stress aircraft. That’s what I appreciate.” And being a rather “hands-off” plane, much time is left for sightseeing out of the Sting’s massive canopy. “I’ve never flown in an aircraft with such great visibility,” says Rankin. “It was like sitting in a bubble.”

For more about this flight in Rankin’s own words and a video of the flight, follow the link below. 

Pictured: TL-2000 Sting S4. Photo courtesy of TL-Ultralight Aircraft.

Ryan Flies

[Daily Shop]  Boho Blooms
Kendall Sompolski

Next time you stroll through St. Armand’s check out Green Zebra, an organic, family owned café that serves cold-pressed juices, smoothies, salads, raw entrees, juice cleanses and desserts—all of which can be made gluten-, meat- or dairy-free. While picking up your morning Green Power smoothie or getting lunch from the raw menu, take a glance at the hand-made cross-body bags hanging on the wall. These vibrant, bohemian-inspired bags are perfect for a day spent at the beach and add a pop of color to any outfit. Not to mention that everything sold at Green Zebra is recyclable and eco-friendly (even the furniture is made of repurposed materials). Bloom with the incoming spring flora and fauna with these flower-patterned bags. 

Green Zebra Cafe, 476 John Ringling Blvd., Sarasota, 941-388-2848.

[Duval's]  French Twist
Kendall Sompolski

Quick—savor this hearty stew while it’s still chilly. The Duval's seafood bouillabaisse puts a signature twist on a French classic. Bouillabaisse, a traditional Provençal fish stew, originates from the port city of Marseille, dating back to 600 BC. Originally, it was a dish made with the leftover pieces of seafood on days when the catch was not being sold at the market. Unique in preparation method—ingredients added one at a time instead of all at once—the name stems from the French word bolhabaissa, meaning both “to boil” and “to reduce heat.”

Unlike the people of Marseilles, Duval’s keeps their fish fresh—this bountiful bowl of steaming seafood stew overflows with half of a North Atlantic cold-water lobster tail, jumbo shrimp, calamari, Prince Edward Island mussels and a fillet of fresh local Gulf fish, married in a rich roasted fennel and savory tomato broth. Served with a crisp Parmesan crostini to help soak up all the deliciousness, this bouillabaisse is one of a kind.

Duval's is a member of Nosh, the SRQ magazine content marketing program for local restaurants. 

Duval's, 1434 Main St., Sarasota, 941-312-4001.

[Real Estate]  County, Tax Collector to Break Ground on New Office

Ground will be broken Thursday on a new mid-county Tax Collector office at 6100 Sawyer Loop Rd. in Sarasota. The design and construction of the new 10,770-square-foot building is a joint effort between the Sarasota County Tax Collector, Sarasota County Public Works, Fawley Bryant Architects and Tandem Construction. The new facility will provide enhanced and more efficient services for Sarasota County residents. It will offer a full range of Tax Collector services, including the issuance of drivers' licenses, vehicle titles and registrations, and tax payment collection. The nearly 6-acre site will include a road course for drivers' license testing, allowing motorists to demonstrate their driving competence under safe and controlled conditions. The new office will also feature an after-hours payment drop-box and a drive-thru for those who are on the go. The building has been designed using sustainable building practices and materials. It will feature LED lighting, high-efficiency air conditioning, the use of environmentally sustainable materials and native plant species that will not require irrigation after establishment. The project is expected to be completed in spring of 2018. 

Sarasota County

[Opening]  Shapes Fitness for Women Sarasota Celebrates Grand Opening

Shapes Fitness For Women in Sarasota has a full day of activities planned for members and the community during their Grand Opening celebration on Monday, January 30 from 8am–8pm. Shapes is located at 5451 Fruitville Rd. in Sarasota. The ribbon cutting will take place at 1pm and the community is invited to attend. Shapes focuses 100 percent on the needs of women and works to improve the health and fitness levels of members in the communities they serve. Shapes was founded on the idea that women want to exercise in facilities that were tailored to their needs. Shapes facilities have state-of-the-art equipment, personal training, group fitness classes and small group training. The Grand Opening schedule includes sneak peeks at all the programs that Shapes has to offer including: Mother/Daughter Yoga Flow, Pump, Bop Till You Drop Eighties Dance Party and more. 

Shapes Sarasota

[Hires]  Caldwell Trust Hires Dennis Shanahan

Caldwell Trust Company has hired Dennis Shanahan as operations associate. He will assist the operations division with overall day-to-day financial transactions and also work directly with third parties—banks, brokers, depositories and fund companies—to maintain client assets. A native New Yorker, Shanahan brings a breadth of wealth advisory and private banking experience. Prior to joining Caldwell, he was in charge of overseeing day-to-day operations for a private investment advisory firm and also worked at some of the largest financial institutions on Wall Street, including Prudential, Morgan Stanley, Citigroup and US Trust. Since relocating to Sarasota in 1996, Shanahan has become known for delivering unparalleled service to high-net-worth families, nonprofit organizations and institutions. 

Caldwell Trust Company

[TODAY]  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

[TODAY]  GALLERY: "Steady Flow of Cool" and "Hollowed Truths" , January 26 – February 24

The Annual Contemporary Studio Glass Weekend in Sarasota begins with a pair of glass exhibits: Katheleen Mulcahy’s “Steady Flow of Cool” and the late Ron Desmett’s “Hollowed Truths.” The husband-and-wife team were co-founders of the Pittsburgh Glass Center and well-known for their innovative glass sculptures. The show kicks off with an opening reception on January 26 at 5:30pm.

Alfstad& Contemporary, 1419 5th St., Sarasota

[TODAY]  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

[TODAY]  GALLERY: Gaining Momentum , January 25 – February 11

madeby Gallery presents an exhibit featuring the work of Goldstein Library Muralist Julie Kanapaux. A contemporary abstract artist influenced by nature on both micro and macrocosmic scales, Kanapaux’s work is about perception and the universal connection in space. With a passion for art from an early age, Kanapaux is an Honors Graduate from Ringling College of Art and Design. Kanapaux will be at the exhibit for a Meet the Artist session at the opening from 7–8pm and again on Saturday, January 28, from noon to 2pm.

madeby Gallery, 2700 North Tamiami Trl., Sarasota

[TODAY]  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

[TODAY]  THEATER: Thrillers, Chillers and Killers , January 17 – January 29

Join the Crosely Estate for the next installment of their theatre series, Thrillers, Chillers and Killers. Murder and intrigue take center stage as your hosts from the past, Gwendolyn and Powel Crosely present an evening of three, chilling classic stories from Edgar Allen Poe, H.P. Lovecraft and Louisa May Alcott. 

Powel Crosely Estate , 8474 N Tamiami Trail, Sarasota, FL 34243

[TODAY]  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

[TODAY]  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]  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]  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]  GALLERY: Opening Reception at Stakenborg Fine Art , January 27, 6–9pm

Peruse a new show of paintings, drawings and prints by Darwin Musselman, and other recent acquisitions at the gallery. Seven new Rembrandt etchings have been added to the collection and will be on view. Recent acquisitions by the following artists will also be on display: Erte’, Man Ray, Rembrandt, Elie-Anatole Pavil, Jim Dine, Joan Miro, Salvadore Dali, and Leonetto Cappiello.

Stakenborg Fine Art, 1545 Main St., Sarasota

[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

[SOON]  SPORTS: Bradenton Area River Regatta , February 4, 8:00am-10pm

The Bradenton Area River Regatta has it all, including speed, stars, and showmanship, in a free family spectacle that will have you holding your breath through every heart pounding moment. As Manatee County’s largest spectator event, the action is riveting and the thrills nonstop as world-class performers on and off the river showcase their awe-gasping athleticism and see-it-to-believe-it championship skills.

Riverwalk Regatta, Green Bridge, Bradenton, FL 34205

[SOON]  FESTIVAL: Top Dog , February 4, 6:30-9:00pm

Join local dog lovers and their companions at The Francis for Top Dog: Carnevale Do Cani, a dog show like no other. Enter your pup in this playful competition and if you want to strut your stuff too, come dressed for to the theme and be part of the show. All Top Dog ticket purchases help support Donte’s Den and their mission to offer long term and permanent dare for dogs whose owners are unable to care for them due to illness, injury, abandonment or military deployment.

The Francis, 1289 N Palm Ave, Downtown SRQ

[SOON]  SPORTS: Sarasota Music Half Marathon , February 5, 6:30 am

Clear your schedule and start training for the Sarasota Music Half Marathon on Sunday, February 5, 2017! Whether you want to run like a Kenyan or take a leisurely stroll with your friends and enjoy the live music, this is the event for YOU! 20 bands, neighborhood cheer zones, lawn parties, cool bling and our own signature Rockin' Beer Mile are all coming to Sarasota to bring you home! You’ve never seen an event like the Sarasota Music Half Marathon. Big crowds, great bands, painted portlets and Girl Scout Cookies! A race even Mick Jagger would love.

Van Wezel , 777 N Tamiami Trail, Sarasota, FL 34236

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