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SRQ DAILY Feb 24, 2017

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Friday Weekend Edition

"I buy and sell and play with toys every single day."

- Bruce Zalkin, Toy Scout

[Gallery]  Peter Max Brings New Show to State of the Arts Gallery
Philip Lederer, Phil.Lederer@srqme.com

Pop art icon Peter Max will be in Sarasota this weekend for the opening of a newly curated retrospective exhibit at State of the Arts Gallery. Entitled The Art of Peter Max, the show hangs for only three days in State of the Arts’ Gallery C, with two appearances by the artist scheduled for Friday and Saturday.

Painting prolifically since his appearance on the arts scene in the 60s and 70s, translating the Summer of Love and psychedelia into his signature illustrative style, all bright primary colors and thick lines. Over the ensuing half century, Max rose to prominence alongside figures like Jackson Pollock and Robert Rauschenberg, has painted for five presidents and been the official artist of global events ranging from the Olympics to the World Cup. He was tapped to In this current exhibit, Max present work from this time, as well as a new series of homages to the Old Masters.

Set to a Woodstock-inspired soundtrack, the walls of Gallery C are packed with more than 100 paintings from Max’s career. The subject matter ranges from pop art iconography—Marilyn Monroe, Elvis, a collage of 60s musicians from The Rolling Stones to Frank Zappa—to a solid display of Americana in countless US flags and portraits of the Statue of Liberty and the classic “LOVE” in acid-trip bubble letters. Through it all, Max retains his bold and distinct palette. Along one wall, his most recent work sees the artist offering his own take on some of the most famous paintings by artists such as Van Gogh, Renoir and Dali.

But for his decades of success, including producing work for the cover of TIME magazine, Max remains seemingly indifferent towards ideas of fame and immune to navel-gazing, reluctant to over-examine himself or his art. “I just love painting,” he says. “I don’t paint for any other reason except I love to paint. I love the moment.”

The Art of Peter Max opens tonight at 6pm at State of the Arts Gallery with a reception with the artist. The exhibit hangs through the weekend with a second appearance by the artist from noon to 2pm on Saturday. All work is for sale. 

Pictured: "Cosmic Runner" by Peter Max. Photo courtesy of the artist.

[Community]  The Toy Scout Comes To Bradenton
Philip Lederer, Phil.Lederer@srqme.com

When Bruce Zalkin was 13 years old, his father took him to a train show. He was given $50 and told he could buy whatever he wanted. He decided on a set of 50 lead figurines for $1 a piece. Packing up his purchase, another dealer at the show spied a particular figurine on top and offered the younger Zalkin $50 for the single item. Zalkin took the deal and on that day the Toy Scout was born. Today, just a wee bit older and wiser (and a Sarasota resident), Zalkin makes his living traveling the country in search of rare toys and collectibles, buying and selling amongst a community of collectors, dealers and people just looking to clear the attic. And through this Sunday, the Toy Scout has set up shop in Bradenton for the Sarasota-Bradenton Antique Toy & Doll Buying Show.

Hosted by the Holiday Inn off Lena Road in Bradenton, the Antique Toy & Doll Buying Show is an opportunity for any and all residents of the area to bring toys or dolls they believe may have worth as collectibles, antiques or rarities to be appraised and possibly purchased by Zalkin. A casual affair open as much to spectators as those seriously looking to sell, it’s part Antiques Roadshow and part American Pickers. “If those two had a baby,” Zalkin says, “that’s what we do.”

But though antique is in the name, old doesn’t necessarily mean valuable. Like all markets, it ultimately comes down to demand. “It’s not necessarily age, which is what people think,” says Zalkin. Some cast-iron toys from the 1920s may fetch only $10–$30, but Star Wars figurines in the original packaging can be worth several thousand. “It’s a generational thing,” explains Zalkin, and the people paying top dollar for Star Wars merchandise are the ones who grew up with the franchise and now have serious spending money. “They’re buying back their childhood,” he says. And forget the Beanie Babies, he warns, which amounted to little for than an overproduced and short-lived fad.

Currently running at the Holiday Inn at 5464 Lena Rd., Bradenton, the Sarasota-Bradenton Antique Toy & Doll Buying Show is open from 9:30am–5pm February 23–25 and 9:30am–4pm on February 26. 

Pictured: Antique toys and dolls purchased by Zalkin. Photo courtesy of Bruce Zalkin.

[Good Bite]  Lucky Fish
Kendall Sompolski

Your friendly neighborhood fish house, the Lucky Pelican, is back at it again serving up New England-inspired seafood dishes. The panko-roasted haddock dinner special is no different from the rest of the extensive, mouthwatering selection of fish dishes—in fact, it may be the best on the menu. The sweet and flaky haddock gets covered in a crispy citrus-spiced panko crust, while tomatoes, fresh fragrant basil and capers blend beautifully in a savory cream sauce. Along the rim of the plate, bistro potatoes and seasonal veggies just add to the medley of classic flavors. The perfectly prepared large portion of haddock will leave you dreaming about this dish for days.  

Lucky Pelican Bistro, 6239 Lake Osprey Dr., Lakewood Ranch, 941-907-0589.

[Recipe]  Laissez les bons temps rouler!
Aviel Kanter, aviel.kanter@srqme.com

A few weeks ago, Allen from Yummie's Donuts dropped off a box of powdered-sugar dusted morsels—needless to say, they were gone in mere moments. But, alas, these were no ordinary doughnuts. Called pączki, the Polish treats sell by the thousands on Fat Tuesday, also known as Pączki Day, and for good reason—crispy, fluffy and filled with ooey gooey sweet jelly filling, the use of extra eggs make these brioche-esque golden pockets something to celebrate. Run to Yummie's before they sell out for the big day next week. 

Recipe via Serious Eats.

Ingredients: 2 cups whole milk; 4 ½ tsp. instant yeast (2 standard sized envelopes); ½ cup plus 1 Tblsp. sugar; 5 cups all purpose flour; 4 egg yolks plus one whole egg; 1 tsp. salt; 1 tsp. vanilla extract; ¼ cup unsalted butter, melted; 2 qt. canola oil for frying; 1½ cups of your favorite preserves; 1 cup powdered sugar for dusting.

In a small saucepan, heat milk to between 110 an 115°F. Pour warmed milk into a large bowl or the bowl of a stand mixer. Dissolve yeast in milk. Add one tablespoon sugar and two cups of flour. Mix until consistency of pancake batter then cover with plastic wrap and place in a warm spot to allow yeast to activate. Let rest for 30 minutes or until starter is very bubbly. In a medium bowl combine egg and yolks. Whisk until light and frothy, about four minutes. Whisk in ½ cup sugar, salt and vanilla. Slowly stir cooled melted butter into yeast starter until combined. Then slowly incorporate egg mixture until just combined. Fit mixer with dough hook. Stir in flour, working ½ a cup in at a time until a soft dough comes together. Note: this dough is very sticky. Spray a large bowl with cooking spray and transfer dough to bowl. Cover tightly with plastic wrap and set in a warm place to rise until double in size. About an hour. Turn out dough on a very generously floured surface. Dust surface of dough with flour then punch down dough to about half an inch high. Using a floured two- or three-inch biscuit cutter, cut out doughnuts. Carefully transfer doughnut rounds to parchment lined baking sheets. Cover sheets with a clean dish towel and set in a warm place to rise until doubled in size, about 30 minutes. Pour canola oil into a large Dutch oven to a depth of 2 inches. Heat oil to 360°F. Once oil reaches the proper temperature use a heat resistant spatula or shallow strainer to carefully drop doughnuts in, one at a time, cooking a maximum of three at once. Cook doughnuts until a warm, deep brown on one side, then using heat resistance tongs turn the doughnut and cook the other side until it reaches the same degree of doneness. Remove from oil letting any excess oil drain off then transfer to a wire rack for cooling. Test your first doughnut to make sure that the insides are completely cooked, if not adjust your cooking time accordingly. Let doughnut cool. Prepare a wide and shallow bowl with powdered sugar. Fill your pastry bag with your favorite preserves and fit the bag with a filling tip. Pipe filling into pączki then dip each side in powdered sugar until covered. 

Yummie's Donuts & BBQ, 2001 South Tamiami Trl., Venice, 941-493-7170.

[Hires]  Habitat for Humanity Sarasota Announces New Board Chair

Renee Snyder, Executive Director of Habitat for Humanity Sarasota, introduces the new board chair as John R. Peshkin, founder and managing partner at Vanguard Land, a private real estate investment group. The firm is focused on the acquisition and development of residential and commercial properties throughout Florida. Peshkin has served on Habitat Sarasota’s board of directors for six years. Three other individuals have joined Habitat for Humanity Sarasota Board of Directors, including: Carolyn Mason, a long-time Sarasota resident and former County Commissioner, Bonnie Dezii, the assistant vice president of claims for the Florida region at FCCI Insurance Group, Inc. and Michael Bruno, a realtor with Michael Saunders & Company and Habitat Sarasota volunteer for the past 13 years.


Habitat for Humanity Sarasota

[Hires]  Loveland Village Welcomes Two to Team

The Loveland Village, a nonprofit that provides educational, vocational and residential programs for individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities, recently welcomed Rebecca Cross as its marketing manager and Kellye Jacob in the newly created position of database manager. Cross possesses over 15 years of experience in nonprofit management, development and marketing. In her new role, she will be responsible for creating, implementing and measuring the success of the marketing, communications and public relations programs and facilitate internal and external communications with all stakeholders. Cross is a graduate of the 2016 class of Leadership Englewood and currently serves on the board of directors of Elevating Englewood Florida, Inc. Jacob is a results-oriented administrative professional with a strong customer service background. As the database manager, Jacob will be responsible for working with the development staff to create, update and maintain a management system. 

Loveland Village

[Hires]  Daisy Vulovich Named Dean of SCF Lakewood Ranch

State College of Florida, Manatee-Sarasota (SCF) has named Daisy Vulovich its dean for SCF Lakewood Ranch. Vulovich, who took over the dean position in July, has been with the college since 2001 when she began as an executive director. During her time in that position, enrollment topped 13,000 in non-credit courses, the Professional Development Center in Bradenton was designed and opened, the Traffic Safety Institute expanded its operations in Downtown Sarasota and she led the college’s campus expansion efforts with the design, opening and daily operation of the Center for Innovation and Technology at Lakewood Ranch in 2003. During her time as associate vice president, the college received awards from local chambers as well as regional economic development organizations for community responsiveness, customer service and economic development. For the past three years she has also provided direction for SCF’s Career and Technical Education academic programs, working to grow the region’s continuing workforce education efforts and to develop new certificate and associate in science degree programs in professional and technical areas. As dean, Vulovich will continue to promote lifelong learning and workforce development in our region and continue to build partnerships in the community.



State College of Florida, Manatee-Sarasota (SCF)

[TODAY]  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

[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

[TODAY]  THEATER: Clever Little Lies , December 14 – March 4

Clever Little Lies by Joe DiPietro is an edgy yet hilarious show that challenges our beliefs about the sanctity of marriage. Most suitable for college aged students and adults, this play will be held in the Keating Theatre. Subscriptions and single tickets are available online or by calling the FST box office. 

Florida Studio Theatre, 1241 North Palm Avenue

[TODAY]  PERFORMANCE: Velvet Caravan , February 24, 8pm

Velvet Caravan is an unorthodox, high-energy, acoustic-based quintet of guitar, violin, stand-up bass, percussion and keyboards (including accordion) that weaves together Latin and gypsy music into acoustic swing jazz. This envelope-pushing group is just as successful at dazzling jaded cocktail drinkers as they are at commanding the rapt attention of serious music aficionados in whisper-quiet recital environments. Gypsy-Tonk-Latin-Swing Band, Southern-Gypsy-Tonk-Latin-Swing Band, or simply “European Redneck Music with a Classical Influence,” as the band declares, you’re bound to enjoy the show! Tickets start at $27.50 

The Glenridge Performing Arts Center , 7333 Scotland Way, Sarasota 34238

[TODAY]  GALA: createSRQ Gala, An Evening of Excellence Evolved , February 24

The culmination of the high school arts competition and show, the createSRQ Gala is the signature fundraising event for the Education Foundation of Sarasota County. The recent evolution includes a traveling art show and mobile auction of student artworks. Overlooking Sarasota Bay, the evening consists of dinner, dancing and a short live auction that pairs the student artwork with experiences such as tickets to the Broadway Show Hamilton and a trip to Napa Valley. The attire is cocktail and, due to the mobile bidding, smart phones are an encouraged accessory. Tickets can be purchased online at $250 per person.

Michael's On the Bay at Selby Gardens, 811 S Palm Ave., Sarasota

[TODAY]  MUSIC: Beth McKee and her Funky Time Band , February 24, 8pm

A Mississippi native, Beth McKee offers fiery-sweet songs of tenacity and purpose, sung to a deep southern groove. The resulting sound is a composite of the places she’s called home; Mississippi, Texas, Louisiana and Florida. The Funky Time band consists of Beth McKee (vocals, piano & accordion), Juan Perez (drummer/percussionist), Gerry Wilhelm (bass), and Grant Peyton (guitar). Tickets: $12 in advance $15 door. Food provided by Carr’s Corner Café. www.fogartyville.org

Fogartyville Community Media and Arts Center, 525 Kumquat Ct., Sarasota

[WEEKEND]  SCIENCE AND NATURE: KidSpace every Saturday , February 11 – March 25, 10:15-11am

KidSpace is a new program for elementary school students who want to explore everything everything there is to know about space and become masters of the universe. We will unleash the awsome power of the Bishop Planetarium. There will be a new series each quater, which will allow students to explore different aspects of the topic each month, including identifing a new constellation. Tickets are $5 for non-members and $3 for members. Register online or get tickets at the Museum's front desk.

South Florida Museum , 201 W. 10th St., Bradenton

[WEEKEND]  GALA: Big Top Gala , February 25, 6:00pm-11:00pm

Come one, come all and join the American Cancer Society at the Big Top Gala- Circus of Yesteryear at Feld Entertainment. This one-of-a-kind evening features live circus performances, exquisite dining, live band, dancing, a spectacular auction and much more. With your support, the American Cancer Society saves lives by helping people stay well and get well, by finding cures, and by fighting back against cancer.

Feld Entertainment Studios, 800 Feld Way, Palmetto, Florida 34221

[WEEKEND]  GALA: Annual Masquerade Ball , February 25, 6:00pm-11:00pm

Groove in the cool ’70s club scene and dress in your glam best for the Boys & Girls Club’s 6th Annual Masquerade Ball: Disco Fever Saturday Night Glam. Get ready to party during an unforgettable evening of dining, dancing, friends, and fun.

Plantation Golf & Country Club, 500 Rockley Blvd., Venice, FL 34293

[WEEKEND]  BUSINESS: Eight Over Eighty , February 26, 10:00am-2:00pm

As the only event of its kind in this area, Eight Over 80 is a unique celebration that recognizes seven individuals and one couple, all octogenarians or better, who have demonstrated a legacy of leadership and community enrichment in the Sarasota-Manatee community. Enjoy a scrumptious brunch at Michaels on East and lively entertainment as Aviva: A Campus for Senior Life celebrates eight honorees for their outstanding community achievements.

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

[SOON]  MUSIC: Les Paul and Mary Ford Tribute Show , February 26, 7pm

Through the power of stories and song, Tom and Sandy capture the magic of two musicians who sold more than six million records in 1951, including sixteen Top 10 hits. This tribute to Les Paul and Mary Ford will inspire and delight fans of all ages. Food provided by Davinci’s Coffee & Gelato. Tickets are $10 in advance and $12 at the door. www.fogartyville.org

Fogartyville Community Media and Arts Center, 525 Kumquat Ct., Sarasota

[SOON]  BUSINESS: SB2: RUMBLE , February 28, 5:30pm-7:00pm

Has Our Region Failed Our Young Professionals?
Prepare to have your preconceptions challenged when the rhetoricians take the stage at SRQ’s SB2 Rumbles!

Join us in the Powel Crosley Mansion for lively debates on issues that some consider “too hot to handle” where our modified Oxford-style debate gives us civil discourse designed to sway though both factual information and rhetorical skill. Attendees are asked their position on the topic of the day before and after the debate-the success of the participants being judged on those they sway from their initial positions. SRQ launched SB2 to bring together our two sister-counties with collaborative programming-now, with our Rumbles we will inspire a return to respectful disagreement, an admiration of the art of rhetoric and a reminder that we should always challenge our own preconceptions in the face of overwhelming evidence.

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

[SOON]  SEMINAR: Meet the Artists of "Dialogues of the Carmelites" , February 28, 5pm

Sarasota Opera’s artistic director Victor DeRenzi interviews the singers and artistic staff responsible for bringing the new production of Poulenc’s “Dialogues of the Carmelites” to the Sarasota Opera stage. Sarasota. More info at www.sarasotaopera.org.

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

[SOON]  GALA: Mardi Gras Gala , February 28

Goodwill Manasota invites you to the most anticipates event of the season, the Mardi Gras Gala. Guests dress in beads and masks, enjoy amazing Cajun food such as shrimp etoufee, crab cakes, jambalaya, New Orleans-style drinks with open bar, fabulous silent and live auction items, live music and dancing. 

Michael's On East , 1212 S East Ave, Sarasota, FL 34239

[SOON]  MUSIC: Rejoicing in Ravel II with David Davani, baritone and Joseph Holt, piano , March 3, 12pm

Baritone David Davani, a semi-finalist in Artist Series Concerts’ 2016 National Competition for Voice, performs with Joseph Holt. More info at NPCSarasota.com.

Northminister Presbyterian Church , 3131 E. 61st St., Sarasota

[SOON]  MUSIC: The Outside Track , March 3, 8pm

Hailing from Scotland, Ireland, Cape Breton and Vancouver, this five member band is united by a love of traditional music and a commitment to creating new music on its foundation. Using fiddle, accordion, harp, guitar, flute, step-dance and vocals these five virtuosos blend boundless energy with unmistakable joie de vivre. Each player within The Outside Track is a master of their chosen instrument with the band stacking up an impressive amount of international awards. Tickets are $15 dollars in advance and $20 day of the show.

Fogartyville Community Media and Arts Center, 525 Kumquat Ct., Sarasota

[SOON]  PERFORMANCE: Poulenc's "Dialogues of the Carmelites" , March 4 – March 12

Set during the French Revolution’s infamous "Reign of Terror," the opera follows the story of Blanche de la Force as she dedicates her life to God’s service by joining a Carmelite order. As the story unfolds, the revolution threatens to destroy all that’s most sacred to the nuns. Blanche’s journey will lead her to learn the true meaning of faith. March 4, 7, 15 and 24, 7:30 p.m. and March 12 and 18, 1:30 p.m. Tickets and info at www.sarasotaopera.org.

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

[SOON]  GALLERY: Remembering Warhol: 30 Years Ago , March 3 – April 1, 5:30-8:00pm

Thirty Years Ago exhibits a collection of historic photographs of Pop artist Andy Warhol’s 1987 Memorial service at St. Patrick’s Cathedral, captured by photographer Christophe von Hohenberg on assignment for Vanity Fair. The archival photographs and silver gelatin prints are exhibited with corresponding celebrity remembrances and anecdotes that von Hohenberg collected from the attendees. The exhibition open with a reception on March 3 and runs through April 1, culminating with a special event that evening on the 30th anniversary of the Warhol's memorial service. 

Alfstad & Contemporary , 1419 5th St., Sarasota

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