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SRQ DAILY Apr 12, 2017

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"I am excited to premiere my series "Sugar" at the Sunscreen Film Festival, and to return to Florida to premiere the series where I produced it with Ringling College and Semkhor Networks."

- Dylan McDermott, actor

[Film]  Gulf Coast Movies Headline Sunscreen Fest
Jacob Ogles, jacob.ogles@srqme.com

Gulf Coast films will screen in many of the key spots of the Sunscreen Film Festival in St. Petersburg later this month. Sugar, a film series from actor-director Dylan McDermott, made in conjunction with a team of filmmakers at Ringling College of Art and Design, will be shown as a Spotlight selection at the festival, while Albion: The Enchanted Stallion, a film written and directed by Bradenton filmmaker Castille Landon, will serve as the festival’s Closing Night Film.

“I am excited to premiere my series Sugar at the Sunscreen Film Festival, and to return to Florida to premiere the series where I produced it with Ringling College and Semkhor Networks,” says McDermott, who will attend the festival with Sugar and with Opening Night film Blind, a Michael Mailer-directed drama starring Alec Baldwin, Demi Moore and McDermott.

Albion was a movie filmed partly in Bradenton as well as in Eastern Europe. Landon, a successful actress from the area who has also starred in independent films like Paradise, FL, and directed such talent as Burt Reynolds in And Then There Was Light in Palmetto. Albion was shot primarily in Bulgaria and stars such talent as Jennifer Morrison, Debra Messing and John Cleese. “The film is a fantasy film in the vein of The Wizard of Oz meets Game of Thrones, but for the entire family. It’s a story featuring a strong, young female lead and involves horses,” Landon told SRQ during filming.

In honor of the impending closure of the Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus, the festival will also host a Retrospective Screening of Cecile B. DeMille’s The Greatest Show On Earth, which was filmed in Sarasota at the winter headquarters for the circus and went on to win the Academy Award for Best Picture in 1953.

The Sunscreen Film Festival runs from April 27–30 in St. Petersburg. 

[Good Bite]  Five-O Donut Co. Set to Open
Aviel Kanter, aviel.kanter@srqme.com

Sarasotans sure do love their doughnuts, from cake-style at La Dona to classics at Gold Star and the epic rounds at the Amish Baking Company. But Chef Christine Nordstrom of Sift Bakehouse has something extra special up her sleeve, and plans to unveil her new venture, Five-O Donut Co. in the next two to three weeks. Located next to a bail bondsman and mere steps away from the Sarasota Police Department, Nordstrom says the name and the logo (an old-timey policeman sporting a donut, billy club and a smile) are meant to be fun and tongue-in-cheek, and even checked with many of her law-enforcement friends to make sure it was kosher—all came back with a laugh. The focus will be on yeast doughnuts (think Krispy Kreme) and filled O's (think hand-made peanut butter cream), and five specialty styles will be on display: yeast, cake, cruller, brioche and croissant. Stay tuned for options such as the Mallomar and the Cereal Cruller, all rolled, proofed, fried and iced by a professional doughnut maker from Ohio tapped by Nordstom—doors should be open to civilians and law enforcers alike in a few weeks.  

Chef Christine Nordstrom

[Hires]  Gulf Coast Elects New Board Members

Gulf Coast Community Foundation’s Board of Directors recently elected Anne Essner, Tracy Knight and Susan Sofia as members of the board. Each was elected to a three-year term that began in March. Essner is an active volunteer for Mote Marine Laboratory and the Sarasota Orchestra. She also is currently a board member of the Sarasota Architectural Foundation and Sarasota County Rowing Club. She is a graduate of Skidmore College and Columbia University, and previously worked in the publishing and pharmaceutical industries. Knight is an entrepreneur and the founder and managing director of Knight Marketing, a marketing and advertising company that specializes in healthcare, tourism, real estate and nonprofits. Knight was recently appointed by Florida Governor Rick Scott to serve on the District Board of Trustees for State College of Florida, and she also has served as a board member with Venice Theatre and Venice MainStreet, among other local organizations. Sofia has volunteered her time and experience extensively in Sarasota and the Columbus, OH, area. She currently serves on the boards of the Sarasota Orchestra and the Young Presidents’ Organization Florida Sun Coast Gold Chapter. She is past chair of the Ohio Arts Council Board and a past member of the Capitol Square Review and Advisory Board and the Governor’s Residence and Heritage Garden foundation board, among other organizations. 

Gulf Coast Community Foundation

[Expansion]  Goodwill Manasota to Open Cortez Location

On April 13, Goodwill Manasota will open its Cortez location, its newest retail store in Manatee County. Located at 3465 Cortez Road West in Bradenton, the store will offer 17,300 square feet of retail space, 11,300 square feet of production space and a community room for nonprofits and community partners to use at no charge for meetings, programs and educational offerings. Goodwill’s location at 5512 Manatee Avenue W. is temporarily closed while the décor is updated and inventory is brought in—the facility will become an art and bookstore, with opening slated for June. Goodwill executives are confident the Cortez location will provide not just a better shopping experience—it has nearly 9,500 more square feet of retail space than the Manatee Avenue location and a more efficient space for production—but also a significantly greater economic impact. Last year, the Manatee Avenue location brought in $1.2 million; the Cortez store is expected to generate $3 million in revenue annually. The architect is David Bishop, vice president of Ugarte & Associates, Inc. Construction was handled by NDC Construction Company. 

Goodwill Manasota

[Exec Moves]  Governor Scott Reappoints Polk

Williams Parker attorney Bonnie Lee Polk has been reappointed by Florida Governor Rick Scott to the Twelfth Circuit Judicial Nominating Commission. Judicial Nominating Commissions are responsible for selecting nominees to fill judicial vacancies within the Florida court system. Polk is a litigation attorney. She focuses on clients involved in probate and trust disputes, representing trustees, personal representatives, beneficiaries and interested third parties in trust proceedings, will contests and other fiduciary litigation. She also represents clients involved in corporate and real estate disputes. Polk currently serves as president of the Judge John M. Scheb American Inn of Court and is a board member of Cenacle Legal Services, a nonprofit organization that provides pro bono legal services to low-income members of the local community. 

Williams Parker

[Inside The Issue]  In Pursuit of Lost Peanuts

Take a rambling trip with writer Phil Lederer as he traverses the area in search of boiled peanuts. As last vestiges of Old Florida, the search seems almost futile—from Bowlee's Creek to Myakka, we almost lose hope. At the last moment, the light is revealed...where you ask? Read In Pursuit of Lost Peanuts to find out.  

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[TODAY]  THEATER: Bo-Nita , March 31 – April 30, Wed-Sat 8pm; Sun 2pm

You could say that life gets a little weird for precocious 13-year-old Bo-Nita when she winds up with a dead ex-stepfather on her bedroom floor. With humor, pathos and a dash of Midwestern magical realism, this wild one-woman, seven-character adventure follows a mother and daughter’s elaborate plan to try to hold their dysfunctional family together. Tickets range from $5-$28.

Urbanite Theatre, 1487 Second Street Sarasota, FL 34236

[TODAY]  MUSIC: Jazz at Two - Bruce Wallace Quartet , April 12, 2pm

Special WEDNESDAY Jazz at Two with Bruce Wallace, bass; Marty Morrell, vibes; Richard "Stretch" Bruyn, piano; Ron Gregg, drums. Concert will feature a tribute by Marty Morell, a member of the Bill Evans Trio for seven years, to vibist Milt Jackson. For more information please visit www.jazzclubsarasota.org/calendar-of-events

Unitarian Universalist Church of Sarasota, 3975 Fruitville Rd., Sarasota

[TODAY]  GALLERY: Andrea Dasha Reich: Off The Wall and Marsha Owett: Fifty Shades of Red , April 7 – May 26

Alfstad& Contemporary's 4th season comes to a close featuring solo exhibitions with abstract artist Andrea Dasha Reich’s “Off the Wall” and New York-based photographer Marsha Owett’s “Fifty Shades of Red,” presenting their newest work. Explosively colorful and ingeniously designed specifically for Off the Wall, Dasha Reich has created a unique line of latex ArtWear, necklaces and bracelets on display. In Owett’s show, flowers act as surrogates for the body shot close-up against her flesh. The results are softly shaped images, a surprising sensuality.

Alfstad& Contemporary, 1419 5th St., Sarasota

[SOON]  MUSIC: Renesito , April 14, 6-8pm

Benefitting Royal Pet Rescue. Renesito compositions denote a broad conception of the sound of the Cuban Tres, in which he uses expressive resources of classical music, jazz and world music. Its roots lead him to recreate and develop melodies, rhythms, styles and rhythms of the Trova, the Changüí Nengón, the Conga, Rumba and Son Santiago, making a kind of journey through the different playing styles of the eastern country, mixed with the urban concept of Arsenio Rodríguez and Child River. For more information please visit www.realizebradenton.com

Bradenton Riverwalk , 452 W. 3rd. Ave., Bradenton

[SOON]  GRAB BAG: Jungle Trails and Bunny Tails , April 14, 10am–5pm

Be on the lookout for the Easter Bunny at Sarasota Jungle Gardens. 40,000 candy-filled eggs will be brought to the gardens. The egg hunt will begin at 11am, 12:20pm, and 2pm. Guests are asked to bring their own baskets and exciting activities will take place after the hunt. As always, guests will be able to enjoy up-close interactions with animals and nature. This is an event that you will not want to miss! For more information please visit www.sarasotajunglegardens.com

Sarasota Jungle Gardens, 3701 Bay Shore Rd., Sarasota

[SOON]  BUSINESS: Relay For Life , April 15 – April 24

The American Cancer Society’s Relay For Life movement is the world’s largest fundraising event to fight every cancer in every community. Each year, more than 4 million Relay For Life participants around the world rally communities to celebrate those who have battled cancer, remember loved ones lost and take action to fight back. Relay For Life events are community gatherings where teams and individuals camp out at a school, park, or fairground and take turns walking or running around a track or path. The Relay For Life movement fuels the mission of the American Cancer Society, an organization that touches the lives of so many.

[SOON]  MUSIC: Radio Theater Live , April 17 – April 28

Return to the days of live radio theater as Powel and Gwendolyn Crosley host an evening of Radio Theater to promote their new radio station and the dramatic stories that they will be sending out over the airwaves. Music, mystery, and good old-fashioned promotion makes solid entertainment.

The Powel Crosley Estate, 8374 N. Tamiami Trail, Sarasota, FL 34243

[SOON]  SCIENCE AND NATURE: Suncoast Climate Change Symposium , April 18, 5–7:30pm

Dr. Harold Wanless, a scientist at the University of Miami, will be at University of South Florida Sarasota-Manatee to explain why sea levels are rising in Florida, and why our beaches are eroding so quickly. USFSM students will then show self produced videos with the theme "What does climate change mean to our generation?" Tickets are $15 for the general public and free for students with RSVP. For tickets, visit www.usfbdhclimatechange.com.

University of South Florida Sarasota-Manatee, 8350 North Tamiami Trl., Sarasota

[SOON]  BUSINESS: Stir it Up , April 19

Join the Friendship Centers in Sarasota for an evening of speed dating for 55+ singles. Enjoy beer, wine, treats, traditional speed dating and activities to help break the ice. The DJ will get you in the dancing mood after the speed dating too so tell your single buddies and gal pals to call and reserve your spot today.

The Friendship Centers in Sarasota, 1888 Brother Geenen Way, Sarasota, FL 34236

[SOON]  BUSINESS: Blue Ties and Butterflies , April 19, 6:00-9:00pm

Join the Child Protection Center at Michael’s on East for their  5th annual Blue Ties & Butterflies, an evening that lifts the veil of child abuse and make a difference in the lives of children and families in our community. This event is designed to build awareness about CPC’s mission in prevention, intervention and treatment of child abuse.

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

[SOON]  MUSIC: Ari and the Albils , April 21, 6-8pm

Benefitting Moonracer No Kill Animal Rescue. Ari and the Alibis infuse funk, jazz, and samba with blues, soul, and rock to create a memorable ear-catching sound. In 2016, they were nominated for best local band in Tampa Bay, and Ari for best Jazz vocalist. They also received Grammy nods in two categories: Best Rock Song (Dirty Little Secret) and Best Rock Performance (Dirty Little Secret and Bon Appetit). Ari and the Alibis played at the Bradenton Blues Festival “Appetizer” Concert in 2016. For more information please visit www.realizebradenton.com

Bradenton Riverwalk , 452 W. 3rd. Ave., Bradenton

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