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"I'm proud to bring my program to students at Ringling."

- Steve Michelson, documentarian

[Film]  Ringling Expands Film Collaborations
Philip Lederer, Phil.Lederer@srqme.com

When Ringling College of Art and Design partnered with Semkhor Productions to create the Digital Filmmaking Studio Lab and bring stars like Werner Herzog and Justin Long to campus, the newfound focus helped propel the college up the film school rankings. Building upon that reputation, this week Ringling and Semkhor have announced a new collaboration with the Sunscreen Film Festival in St. Petersburg (April 27–30) and a new online course on documentary filmmaking to be taught by a renowned documentarian.

“Our collaboration with Sunscreen is a timely opportunity for filmmakers, cinema lovers and Ringling College film students,” says Ringling College President Dr. Larry Thompson. The collaboration includes screening the premiere of Sugar, a web series developed by Dylan McDermott and co-produced by Ringling College and Semkhor Productions, at the festival. Shot in Sarasota, several Ringling students worked with McDermott on the production, creating the kind of mutually beneficial experience at the heart of the Studio Lab’s purpose. “Our students and facilities brought enormous value to the realization of Dylan’s creative vision,” says Thompson, “while working on Sugar provided exceptional educational and career value to our students.”

In addition to the Sugar screening, the Sunscreen Film Festival will bring a piece of its programming to Sarasota with a showing of David Novacks’ documentary, Finding Babel, in Studio A of the newly opened Ringling Studios Complex on April 30 at 5:30pm. Tickets are available via the Sunscreen Film Festival website. In exchange, Tony Stopperan of the Ringling College Studio Lab will head to St. Pete to participate in panel discussions and workshops for the festival.

As a result of the collaboration, Ringling College has also announced a new online course, Making Media That Matters, with documentarian Steve Michelson. Michelson also has two films premiering at the Sunscreen Film Festival, Nature’s Orchestra and The Burden, and the course will focus on creating cause-based media and finding distribution. “When Ringling was recognized by US News & World Report as one of the top 20 media programs in the world, all of us in the documentary world took notice,” Michelson says. “I'm proud to bring my program to students at Ringling.”

The Sunscreen Film Festival is this weekend, April 27–30, in St. Petersburg. 

[Good Bite]  Serious Cooking For Serious People
Philip Lederer, Phil.Lederer@srqme.com

Spice up suppertime with some serious flavor from Serious Foodie. Made in St. Petersburg and available on Sarasota’s Palm Avenue at As Good As It Gets, this collection of cooking and finishing sauces draws inspiration from across the globe to liven up the usual and break the monotony. The cooking sauces lean towards the spicy, with the Mexico-inspired Mirasol Mole Cooking Sauce combining the heat and fruity tang of the fresh mirasol pepper with a hint of cacao, and other combinations like Blood Orange and Aji Panca similarly balancing savory and spicy. Finishing sauces tend towards the fruity, like rich Pomegranate or Orange and Calimyrna Fig. For those unsure around the kitchen, each jar comes with a quick gourmet recipe for four on the back. Gluten-free and vegetarian, it’s also easy on the guest list. 

Pictured: Cooking and finishing sauces from Serious Foodie. Photo by Phil Lederer.

As Good As It Gets, 49 South Palm Ave., Sarasota, 941-373-1839.

[Exec Moves]  Girl Scout Council Names Servian as CEO

Girl Scouts of Gulfcoast Florida Board President Rae Dowling has announced that former City of Sarasota Mayor and Commissioner Mary Anne Servian has been named the council’s new chief executive officer, effective May 2. An area resident since 1997, Servian served as managing partner of The Servian Group from 1989–2010, as the Sarasota Ballet managing director from 2010–16 and most recently as a business broker with Murphy Financial & Business Services. Before moving to Sarasota, Servian worked in the banking industry. She is best known locally for her time on the City of Sarasota Commission from 2001–07, having served as mayor from 2005–06. The council, which serves Manatee, Sarasota, DeSoto, Highlands, Hardee, Charlotte, Lee, Hendry, Glades and Collier counties, conducted a national search to fill the position through Evergreen Executive Source. Departing CEO Sue Stewart joined the council in 2010. She will stay on until the end of May to assist with the transition. 

Girl Scouts of Gulfcoast Florida

[Recognition]  PR Professionals Honored at Image Awards

The Central West Coast Chapter of the Florida Public Relations Association (CWC-FPRA) recognized the area’s best work in public relations achievements at its Image Awards Luncheon on April 19. The local Image Awards competition is conducted annually to recognize outstanding public relations programs in the area and to encourage and promote the development of the public relations profession. Winners are recognized for their excellence in sound public relations research and planning as well as production, execution and evaluation of results, including budget. The winners of the 2017 Grand Image Awards are Mischa Kirby and Darren Erickson for Marie Selby Botanical Gardens’ "Love is in the Air" corpse plant dual bloom campaign, Habitat for Humanity Sarasota, Inc., for its annual report and Coldwell Banker NRT for its #CBGETSIT campaign. Other winners included Visit Sarasota County for its “Tourism Fights Hunger” campaign; Southwest Florida Water Management District for its Flatford Swamp Aquifer Recharge Outreach campaign; Kim Livengood of the Eclipse Agency for the International BMX SuperCross World Cup campaign and the Tervis Super Bowl Championship products campaign; Mote Marine Laboratory’s Community Relations and Communications Department for “Otters & Their Waters: Exploring a Florida Ecosystem” campaign; Suzanne Dameron, Judith Bell and Carisa Campanella for Neuro Challenge Foundation for Parkinson's “A Better Approach to Parkinson's: Transforming a Brand through Publicity” campaign; Cheray Keyes-Shima and Megan Hart of KSC Inc. for their Dealer Communications campaign; Alyssa Holcomb for Circus Arts’ 20th anniversary gala program book; Habitat for Humanity Sarasota, Inc., for the “House that Golf Built” campaign; and Mischa Kirby and Emily Lane for the Selby Gardens visitor introduction video project. 


[Inside The Issue]  Underdog Success Story

Bradenton Mayor Wayne Poston wrote his own success story, first climbing the ranks at the Bradenton Herald and then becoming a newsmaker in his own right. Find out what inspires his drive, from the strong women in his life to crafting his own recipe for a signature ossobuco in Underdog Success Story

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[TODAY]  THEATER: Boeing Boeing , April 26 – May 14

It’s the 1960s and our swingin’ Bachelor Bernard couldn’t be happier as he juggles 3 gorgeous stewardesses in his gorgeous Paris flat. His perfect world and careful planning comes to an end when his friend Robert appears and the Boeing Corporation creates a new and speedier jet. In true classic farce style, all 3 stewardesses come into town simultaneously and Bernard’s perfect life gets bumpy in this door-slamming and groovy play based on the 1965 American film starring Tony Curtis and Jerry Lewis. For more information and to purchase tickets please visit http://www.theplayers.org/shows/2016-2017-broadway-series/

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

[SOON]  SEMINAR: 2017 Hear Me Roar Leadership and Awards Luncheon , April 27, 10:30am-1:30pm

SRQ | The Magazine will host the third annual Women in Business Hear Me Roar Leadership and Awards Luncheon on Thursday, April 27, 2017 at The Francis in downtown Sarasota. We will recognize this year's nominees, our judges, keynote speaker, past Leadership Circle ambassadors and the "Hear Me Roar" Trailblazer Award recipient and announce the finalists and winners who will be inducted into this year's esteemed 2017 WIB Leadership Circle. 

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

[SOON]  MUSIC: The Glass Onion Beatles band , April 28, 6-8pm

Benefitting Friends of Manatee County Animal Services. The Glass Onion is dedicated to faithfully reproducing the songs of the Beatles. They use many of the same instruments and amplifiers that the Beatles used to create that “classic sound,” including Rickenbacker, Gibson, and Epiphone guitars, a Hofner bass, and Vox amplifiers. The Glass Onions play all the Beatles most loved classics, as well as songs rarely performed by bands. For more information please visit www.realizebradenton.com

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

[SOON]  GRAB BAG: SARTQ Print Party , April 29, 11am-7pm

Bring t-shirts, shorts, skirts, baby clothes, dog shirts… anything that you can lay flat and will absorb ink! Choose from 20 different original screen-printing designs made by 10 unique artists, as well as a special Mandeville silkscreen just for the event! Bring the kids, and have creative fun with your choices! Blank t-shirts will be available for purchase. For more information please visit https://www.facebook.com/events/399314987091010/?notif_t=plan_user_invited&notif_id=1490206860082111

Mandeville Beer Garden, 428 N. Lime Ave., Sarasota

[SOON]  BUSINESS: Pink Kitchen , April 29

Work with nationally-renowned experts in key health and lifestyle fields at the Circuelle Foundation’s Pink Kitchen at the USF Culinary Lab . Cook alongside CA Health and Longevity Institute's Paulette Lambert, RD, CDE and get educated on anti-cancer health tips and recipes. Learn about the health consequences of sleep, meditation and mindfulness from UCLA researcher Dr. Marc Milstein. Move with new exercises and information about a healthy lifestyle. Your participation benefits Circuelle Foundation’s educational programs, dedicated to educating, engaging and empowering young adults to become self-advocates for their breast health and awareness.

USF Culinary Lab, 8130 Lakewood Main St d104, Lakewood Ranch, FL 34202

[SOON]  HEALTH: Yoga and Empowerment - A Fundraising Event for Girls Inc. , April 29, 1-3pm

Join Christie Rosen, local yoga instructor, wellness coach and author of the new book empowering the Sensitive Soul for a donation based gentle yoga class and book signing event. All donations will directly support Girls Inc. Sarasota. The yoga class will take place from 1-2pm and will be suitable for all levels. Afterward there will be a book signing, time to mingle and complimentary snacks and drinks. Join us in supporting the life-changing work of Girls Inc. while also experiencing the wonderful healing benefits of yoga and relaxation. For more information please visit www.pineappleyogastudio.net

Pineapple Yoga Studio , 517 S. Pineapple Ave., Sarasota

[SOON]  GRAB BAG: Sharky's Ride the Beaches Celebrates 15 Years , April 30

Enjoy a day of motor biking through the Venice Island, The Venetian Waterway Trail, and Myakka. This year the ride will support three local charities: Team Tony, Friends of Legacy Trial, and Livestrong Foundation. Breakfast and lunch will be provided at Sharky’s. This ride is suitable for most bikes. For more information please contact Emma Kate Silvestri at emmakate.silvestri@sharkysonthepier.com or visit the Sharky’s website at www.sharkysonthepier.com

Sharky's on the Pier , 1600 South Harbor Drive, Venice

[SOON]  PERFORMANCE: A Celebration of Puerto Rico Now and Then , April 30, 7:30pm

Ancho Brother will be putting on a performance with special guests from the Cukiara Bomba Dance and Drum Group to celebrate Puetro Rico and their culture. Food will be available from Chef Richard’s Kumquat Kitchen. Tickets are $12 at the door and $15 doors at the door. For more information please visit www.wslr.org

Fogartyville Community Media and Arts Center, 525 kumquat Court, Sarasota

[SOON]  THEATER: Louie Louie and La Dolce Vida Play Reading By Frank Higgins , April 30, 3pm

A stage reading of Louie, Louie, and La Dolce. The series will take place in the Bowne’s Lab. This is a free event but reservations are required New staged readings are by The Contemporary American Playwrights. For more information please visit www.floridastudiotheatre.org

Florida Studio Theatre , 1241 N. Palm Ave., Sarasota

[SOON]  PERFORMANCE: Beatsville , May 5 – May 28

The Asolo Rep's Beatsville has its world premiere next spring, as one of the most highly anticipated new musicals of the season. It’s Greenwich Village, 1959 – the world of subterranean coffee shops, goateed artists, turtle-necked poets, and bongo-playing jazzbos. Tragically square busboy Walter Paisley wants nothing more than to be one of the beatniks, but he has no artistic talent whatsoever. When he accidentally kills a cat and hides it in a lump of clay, “Dead Cat” is declared a masterpiece, and Walter a genius.

The Asolo Repertory Theatre , 5555 North Tamiami Tr. Sarasota

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