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"What I want people to take away from my art now more than ever is the importance of connection, empathy and understanding of 'the other.'"

- Rosemarie Romero

[Rumble]  Has Our Region Failed Young Professionals?
Jacob Ogles, jacob.ogles@srqme.com

Raucous rhetoric and amiable jabs marked the Tuesday launch of a new debate series hosted by SRQ Media Group, where two teams debated the question “Has our region failed our young professionals?” The SB2 Rumble, promised as an intellectual bloodsport, turned the Powel Crosley Estate into an academic wrestling ring before onlookers weighed in on who made the best case in the modified Oxford-style debate. 

Criminal defense attorney Jacob Grollman, of Glen and Hibbert, who led the team arguing the region has failed young professionals, argued that regional failures extended much further. “We continue to discuss this problem but nobody offers any solution,” he argued. He noted home prices since the recession have skyrocketed up to $242,000 even though average annual wages here run around $28,000, or $2,000 less than the national average. Jag Grewal, a broker with Ian Black Real Estate, added that county leaders failed to attract North American Roofing for petty reasons, giving up a chance for high-paying jobs. And Raymmar Tirado, chief disruption officer for Clear Idea Labs, suggested the exodus of Sarasota-trained college grads to other areas showed how badly the region has abandoned the needs of millennials. “All you have to do is ask a young person,” Tirado said. “They do not get involved because it is not advantageous to be involved."

But Frank Maggio, of Centennial Bank, suggested infrastructure has been in place for 15 years that empowers professionals, but that it’s on young people to become more engaged. “The community is doing what it can to attract and engage young professionals,” he said. “There are many of us that are actually doing something and influencing things.” Doug Grosso, a broker associate with Dwell Real Estate, said many millennials are living in the area—in their parents’ homes—and noted that the Sarasota-Bradenton market lags behind only Orlando and Dallas in terms of business development and job growth. Candice McElyea, owner of ThreeSixOh PR, noted many successful professionals today grew up in the region and chose to stay here because of the opportunities and quality of life. “The people I went to school with, everybody made a name for themselves,” she said.

This debate format allowed for a winner to be declared, based not just on the opinion of those in the room but on how opinion changed from before the event started until all discussion concluded. Who won the day? It seems, according to the Rumble crowd, the region HAS failed young professionals. The term arguing that motion moved a net 11 percent of the crowd to their side, while the team arguing against moved only a net 3 percent. But all agreed the question should be how to get to a point the question doesn’t reasonably get asked in the future. 

Photo by Wyatt Kostygan: Raymmar Tirado argues why young people have been failed.

[Exhibition]  Ringling Underground Brings Nail Art Installations
Philip Lederer, Phil.Lederer@srqme.com

The Ringling Museum of Art continues its millennial-focused Ringling Underground series this Thursday, inviting all comers (but particularly the younger community) out to the Ringling Courtyard for an evening of art, music and cultural camaraderie and a one-night presentation of Action in the Manicure: Works by Nail Pop LLC & Porn Nails. Stationed among the statues and greenery and under the shadow of David, conceptual nail artists Rosemarie Romero of Porn Nail$ Salon and Erin Hart of Nail Pop LLC transform the grounds for a socially-conscious art installation celebrating female empowerment and hyper-feminine aesthetic. Romero took a moment with SRQ to explain her approach.

Far from the subdued greys and greens of the Ringling Courtyard on a typical day, visitors to the Porn Nail$ Salon will be instantly bombarded by Romero’s aesthetic, from the purposefully kitschy and candy-colored mobile nail salon bedecked in pink sequins to the ostentatious flower arrangements, Santeria candles and flocks of pink flamingoes. Adopting the character of the classically flamboyant and chatty nail tech—complete with purple wig—Romero greets each visitor and welcomes them to the salon, where they can get anything from a simple manicure to one of her more extravagant adornments. The price? A meaningful conversation on love, sex, work or dreams—peppered with juicy gossip.

But it’s not just for show or a good laugh, though it’s certainly supposed to be an enjoyable time, but rather an effort to bridge divides. “I use Porn Nail$ as an opportunity to create meaningful social encounters & cultural exchanges by transporting this Hyper-kitsch, colorful experience to different/ unconventional situations, social contexts, and diverse audiences,” says Romero. “Porn Nail$ is usually situated in a place of chaos, and allows visitors a safe space of relaxation, conversation, friendship, and intimacy. Instantly, guests share personal stories about their lives, and express their fears, hopes and aspirations as they receive their colorful manicure. As a nail technician, I function like a psychoanalyst while the patron free-associates and work through topics and feelings on their minds.” And though they begin as strangers, the physical connection built by constant casual touch involved in a manicure creates an intimacy, even if just for a moment.

And while Porn Nail$ is overtly an exercise in female empowerment (“It allows them a space that celebrates female pleasure, creative self-expression, and self-reflection through camp-humor and bright colors.”), the message is actually much broader. “Porn Nail$ is an empowering exercise for women, cis-men, and LGBTQI community in that it promotes the message of love, empathy, friendship, and the celebration of diversity,” says Romero. “What I want people to take away from my art now more than ever is the importance of connection, empathy and understanding of 'the other.’”

Ringling Underground and Action in the Manicure: Works by Nail Pop LLC & Porn Nail$ is this Thursday, March 2, from 8pm to 11pm. 

Pictured: Rosemarie Romero. Photo courtesy of the Ringling Museum.

[Good Bite]  The Not-So-Lazy Lobster
Kendall Sompolski

The Lazy Lobster of Longboat Key is certainly not lackadaisical when it comes to whipping up some of the most succulent seafood in the area. With an enormous selection of speciality seafood dishes, it’s no wonder reservations made in advance come highly recommended. The Swordfish Delaney is a staff favorite at the Lazy Lobster—the center-cut, pan-seared swordfish gets topped with an abundance of spinach and gorgonzola, grain mustard beurre blanc and then served atop a feta-scallion mash. The little dish is packed with a surprising mega-medley of complimenting flavors that make all the difference in this chef-inspired creation.  

The Lazy Lobster, 5350 Gulf of Mexico Dr., 941-383-0440.

[Synergy]  Patterson Foundation Catalyzes $400,000 for NetHope

The Patterson Foundation provided a $200,000 matching gift to strengthen its international partner NetHope’s mission to install additional Wi-Fi hotspots in refugee camps throughout Greece, Serbia and Slovenia—catalyzing a $400,000 total investment for the expanded effort. The NetHope-led Syrian Refugee Connectivity Alliance has brought Wi-Fi to approximately 500,000 people in 76 camps since October 2015, in close collaboration with the UN Refugee Agency (UNHCR) and its Connectivity for Refugees dedicated program. The NetHope-led Syrian Refugee Connectivity Alliance works to provide Wi-Fi connectivity and technical support for refugees, aid workers and other camp support staff. Refugees depend on Internet access in their settlements to communicate with family and friends, seek asylum, learn new languages, gather news and stay connected to the outside world. The Patterson Foundation contributed $393,000 total to NetHope’s effort in 2016 through the $200,000 match and a previous gift of $193,000 in catalytic funding. 

The Patterson Foundation

[Recognition]  Moseley Selected to Attend "Barron's" Summit

Susan Moseley, founder and CEO of Moseley Investment Management, Inc. has been honored by the prestigious weekly financial and business publication Barron’s to attend the intimate and invitation-only Top Independent Advisors Summit. The summit is for the nation's top independent financial advisors to network and collaborate on best practices for managing investments and clients in the ever changing market. Barron’s will be hosting at The Ritz Carlton on March 22–24 in Orlando. 

Moseley Investment Management, Inc.

[Hires]  Lummert-Helmer Tapped to Lead New Goodwill Location

For the past seven years, Shannon Lummert-Helmer has led the team at the Honore Goodwill retail location in Sarasota to unprecedented success. Since taking the helm, her team has grown from 60 to more than 90 team members, has become the top revenue generator for all Goodwill stores in Florida and ranks fifth in the nation out of approximately 2,800 stores. Next week, she will bid her team farewell and take charge at a new Goodwill store location at 3501 Cortez Rd. W in Bradenton. The store is scheduled to open in April. 

Goodwill Manasota

[Inside The Issue]  Chill in the Garden

David W. Young views the world through emerald-tinged lenses—with a life dedicated to making the area a little greener, the Naples native has beautified many of Sarasota's most iconic residences. Find out what makes him tick (think craft beer and mullet brekkies) in this month's In Brief, Chill in the Garden.  

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[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]  PERFORMANCE: Big Fish , February 15 – March 5

This fairytale musical is adventurous, romantic, and remarkably hip for any audience. Based on the 1998 book and the 2003 Tim Burton film, the show revolves around the relationship between a traveling salesman Edward Bloom and his estranged adult son, Will, who is looking to connect with the truths behind his father's tall tales. www.theplayers.org

The Players Theatre of Sarasota, 838 N. Taiami Trl., Sarasota

[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

[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

[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]  MUSIC: Faithfully French Choral Gems , March 5, 7pm

Conducted by artistic director Joseph Holt, Sarasota’s professional chorus performs Duruflé’s Requiem and Poulenc’s Gloria, with guest organist Stephen Hamilton and soloists Jenny Kim-Godfrey, soprano, Amy Jo Connours, mezzo soprano and David Davani, baritone. Tickets and more info at www.gloriamusicae.org

First Church, 104 S. Pineapple Ave., Sarasota

[SOON]  SPORTS: Archie Griffin Celebrity Golf Classic , March 6 – March 7, 12:00pm-9:00pm 8:00am-5pm

Golf and mingle with two–time Heisman Trophy winner, Archie Griffin and a star–studded field of celebrity friends at the Archie Griffin Celebrity Golf Classic on March 6 and 7 at The Concession Golf Club. All proceeds will benefit The Boys & Girls Clubs of Sarasota County.

The Concession Golf Club, 7700 Lindrick Ln. Bradenton, FL 34202

[SOON]  THEATER: God of Carnage , March 8 – March 19

Directed by Elliot Raines This play focuses on a playground altercation between 11-year-old boys who bring together two sets of Brooklyn parents for a meeting to resolve the matter. At first, diplomatic niceties are observed, but as the meeting progresses, and the rum flows, tensions emerge and the gloves come off, leaving the couples with more than just their liberal principles in tatters. Single tickets are $18 per person. For more information and to purchase tickets please visit http://www.theplayers.org/shows/backstage-at-the-players/G

The Players Theatre of Sarasota, 838 N. Tamiami Trl., Sarasota

[SOON]  GALLERY: The "Light Chasers" - Plein Air Painters of the Suncoast , March 8, 9-11am

100 talented artists will be setting up their easels at the Farm House Market. Follow the red balloons and watch their works on canvas turn into masterpieces, which will be judged and awarded. Each painting will be available for purchase. 

Phillippi Estate Park, 5500 S. Tamiami Trl., Sarasota

[SOON]  THEATER: God of Carnage , March 8 – March 19

A playground altercation between 11-year-old boys bring together two sets of Brooklyn parents for a meeting to resolve the matter. Directed by Elliott Raines, tickets are $18. 

The Players Centre for Performing Arts, 838 N Tamiami Trail

[SOON]  BUSINESS: Modern Home Magazine Symposium , March 9, 5:30pm-7:30pm

Join SRQ MEDIA for the Modern Home Magazine Symposium on Thursday, March 9 from 5:30-7:30pm at SRQ Studios. Hear about the inspiration behind some of Sarasota's most iconic home designs.

$5 cover includes one glass of wine or beer and light bites. Please RSVP to rsvp@srqme.com.

SRQ Studios , 331 S Pineapple Ave, Sarasota, FL 34236

[SOON]  THEATER: LipSchtick: One is a crowd , March 10, 7:30pm

LipSchtick is a one-man quick-change show, in which David Scarbie Mitchell evolves through seven characters and eleven costume changes without EVER leaving the stage. The audience sees the whole process, which is fast-paced, set to music and sometimes hysterically “out of control. For more information and to purchase tickets please visit http://www.theplayers.org/shows/snap/

The Players Theatre of Sarasota, 838 N. Tamiami Trl., Sarasota

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