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SRQ Daily Jul 21, 2017

Friday Weekend Edition

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"There's a need to speak about the catastrophes ongoing in our world. It's all too easy not to say anything."

- Jana Millstone, artist
 

[Gallery]  "Fire" Rises at Art Center Sarasota
Philip Lederer, Phil.Lederer@srqme.com

The galleries at Art Center Sarasota are full to bursting with work from all across the state for this year’s Florida’s Finest juried exhibition. Receiving more than 400 submissions from Florida artists and displaying a record 260 throughout the four galleries, the exhibition offers a curated cross section of work being done in the increasingly active Florida scene. “We’re witnessing a blossoming of the visual arts in Florida,” says Florida’s Finest juror R. Lynn Whitelaw, the founding director and curator at the Leepa-Rattner Museum of Art. “This exhibition clearly demonstrates the variety of talents our state is home to.”

From photography to painting, collage to mixed media, the range of media on display rivals the geographical spread, with a strong showing from the sculptural arts, including a geometrically maddening contribution from Zach Gilliland and an alligator named Vinnie, crafted from palm fronds by David Skaggs. But it was Sarasota’s own Jana Millstone who came down with the top prize for a politically charged piece entitled Fire.

Created from acrylic on wood panel, the piece is one in an ongoing series Millstone calls Veil, focusing on women living under the domination of fundamentalist or oppressive regimes. The women of Fire, covered head to toe in seemingly religious garb, all face away from the viewer, as if fleeing, the central recessed figure further increasing the distance between audience and subject. Silkscreened over the top, an original poem by Millstone decries the cycles of fear and hate that suffocate and trap their victims. “They haunt me,” Millstone says of her continual subjects, simultaneously literal and totemic. “I can’t seem to shed myself of them.”

“Astounded” at winning the competition, Millstone admits to initial trepidation at sharing her work. “It could be misinterpreted as an indictment against religion,” she says, “but it’s not.” Though inspired by reading about atrocities committed by the Taliban, the indictment is of a general nature and condemnation of dogmas that would hold women down worldwide. The research side can be “miserable,” says Millstone. “But it’s something I can’t turn a blind eye to. It’s happening in our world now.”

Currently on display at Art Center Sarasota, Florida’s Finest runs through August 11. 

Pictured: "Fire" by Jana Millstone. Image courtesy of Art Center Sarasota.

[Good Bite]  Cool and Tangy
Shelby Schwartz, shelbys@srqme.com

Churning out homemade creations, Settimi’s Gelato offers a cool and refreshing respite from the summer heat, especially the lemoncello. Resembling creamy lemonade, the lemoncello has a tangy citric taste, giving all the biting and mouth-puckering sensation of lemon but instantly softening it to a delicious tease with the velvety texture of gelato. Sourcing flavors locally and from across the pond, the gelato geniuses at Settimi’s say it all comes down to a strong backbone of fresh whole milk, a boost of non-fat dry milk and some sweet, sweet sugar, for frozen goodness that packs strong flavor into each scoop. Perfect for an afternoon snack or a delicious dessert, Settimi’s gelato satisfies any summertime cool-off craving. Other flavors offered include raspberry, nocciola (hazelnut), stracciatella (milk-based with chocolate shavings), cappuccino, almond chocolate and much more.  

Photo by Shelby Schwartz.

Settimi's Gelato, 367 B St. Armands Circle, Sarasota, 941-388-4485.

[Exec Moves]  Wilson Reappointed to Florida Bar

Williams Parker attorney Michael J. Wilson has been reappointed to serve as a director of the Tax Section of the Florida Bar for the 2017-2018 term, a position he has held for the past five years. He was also appointed to the section’s Finance Committee. Wilson, a member of Williams Parker’s management committee and the firm's treasurer, practices tax, corporate and business law handling sophisticated tax planning and tax controversy matters and advising clients on their most significant business transactions. He serves as outside general counsel to businesses of all sizes in many industries. He is certified as a tax specialist by the Florida Bar and handles federal, state and international tax planning matters. Wilson also represents clients during the tax audit process, before the Internal Revenue Service Appeals Office and before the Internal Revenue Service National Office, in requests for rulings and technical advice, before the Florida Department of Revenue in audits, appeals and ruling requests and before the United States Tax Court and the Congressional Joint Committee on Taxation. He also advises clients on sales, acquisitions, mergers, joint ventures, private equity and venture capital investments, capital raising transactions, tax-exempt bond financings, credit facilities, business succession, corporate governance and other business and commercial transactions. 

Williams Parker

[Exec Moves]  Alexander Transitions to FST Associate Director At Large

Florida Studio Theatre has announces that longtime associate director, Kate Alexander, will transition to the role of associate director at large. Alexander has been an artist with the company for more than 30 years, and an executive leader and board member for more than 20 years. Alexander will continue to direct and/or act in five to six productions on FST’s Mainstage, Children’s and Stage III programs. As a founder of FST’s children’s education program, she will continue to provide artistic consultation to program development. She will also continue to guide the FST Forums. Alexander will be stepping off the FST Board of Trustees and will step away from day-to-day operations. 

Florida Studio Theatre



"Jade Sea" by Maro Lorimer. Art Uptown Gallery.

[SB2 ]  "There is a sea of almost 84,000 non-profit organizations in Florida seeking funds from foundations, government and other non-profit funders."

The Francis was full of motivating people, compelling discussions and local professionals eager to learn yesterday at the conclusion of SRQ MEDIA’s 2016-2017 SB2 breakfast symposium series with GOOD HAND Building Capacity in our Independent Sector. Keynote speaker, David Odahowski of the Edyth Bush Charitable Foundation and panelists Roxie Jerde of the Community Foundation of Sarasota County, Stacey Corley of the Ringling College of Art and Design, Veronica Brandon Miller of the Goodwill Manasota Foundation, Susie Bowie of the Manatee Community Foundation and Heidi Brown from JFCS of the Suncoast dove into non-profit fundraising, innovation, mission alignment and most importantly, return on donor investment. Thank you to our keynote speaker, panelists, event sponsor Cool Today and series sponsors CS&L, Sarasota Bradenton International Airport and the Resort at Longboat Key Club and all who attended yesterday’s spirited event. 

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[TODAY]  FESTIVAL: Kettle of Fish at the Van Wezel , July 21, 9am-5pm

Kettle of Fish, one of the hottest live acts in Southwest Florida, play festival music that features blues, soul and funk with the energy of rock ‘n roll. Making classics new again and their originals sound like classics, from blues to bluegrass and from Hank Williams Jr. to Jimi Hendrix, Kettle of Fish promises a night of good times and good music.

Van Wezel Performing Arts Hall, 777 North Tamiami Trl., Sarasota

[TODAY]  DANCE: Timeline , July 20 – July 21

Join SCD for the debut of a new solo danced by Stephanie Bastos, who performs with the aid of a prosthetic leg. The riveting work is based on Stephanie Bastos’ life and will kick off the SCD summer performance series.

New College of Florida, Black Box Theatre (Hamilton Center), 5850 General Dougher Place, Sarasota

[TODAY]  PERFORMANCE: Shrek the Musical , July 21 – July 22

Based on the Oscar-Winning DreamWorks Animation film and fantastic Broadway musical. It’s a “big bright beautiful world” as everyone’s favorite ogre, Shrek leads a cast of fairytale misfits on an adventure to rescue a princess and find true acceptance. Part romance and part twisted fairy tale, Shrek the Musical is a hilarious show with a powerful message for the whole family.

Manatee Performing Arts Center , 502 Third Ave. W., Bradenton

[TODAY]  THEATER: Michelle Kasanofsky presents To All the Men I've Loved Before , July 20 – July 21

Kasanofsky will serenade audiences with her favorites from male composers and songs about men and relationships like “Fever,” and “The Lady is a Tramp.” Featuring her dad and son.

Venice Theatre, 140 Tampa Ave. W., Venice

[WEEKEND]  THEATER: The Marvelous Wonderettes , July 12 – July 23, 7:30pm and 2pm

This smash Off-Broadway hit whisks you away to the 1958 Springfield High Prom where four girls with hopes and dreams serenade you with over 30 classics from the 1950s and 1960s. Single tickets are $18.

The Players Centre for Performing Arts, 838 N Tamiami Tr., Sarasota

[WEEKEND]  THEATER: Nick Drivas presents Love at First Sight , July 22 – July 23

Join Nick Drivas as he shares memorable stories from his life, ranging from his first car to his first love, while performing Great American Songbook favorites like “Come Fly With Me,” “The Lady is a Tramp,” and “The Way You Look Tonight” during this fun and reminiscent journey called that will have audiences smiling for the entire ride.

Pinkerton, 140 Tampa Ave. W., Venice

[WEEKEND]  THEATER: Broadway in Black , June 21 – July 23

This summer, the West Coast Black Theatre Troupe salutes Broadway with an original revue by Nate Jacobs. Sing along with your favorite songs from award- winning shows and breakthrough roles that helped launch the careers of such Black artists as Melba Moore in Purlie, Ben Vereen in Pippin, Jennifer Holliday in Dreamgirls, and Nell Carter in Ain't Misbehavin'. It's Broadway, WBTT syle...electrifying! 

Westcoast Black Theatre Troupe , 1343 Main St. Suite 402 Sarasota

[WEEKEND]  THEATER: Dorian and The Furniture , July 23, 8pm

Now a staple of the Summer Cabaret Festival, Venice Theatre's resident sound designer and technician is back for a night of his favorite mellow rock tunes.

Pinkerton, 140 Tampa Ave. W., Venice

[SOON]  MUSEUM: Conversation-The Age of Bronze: Past and Present , July 25, 10:30am

The ability to cast tools, weapons and works of art in bronze was so important to the development of civilization that we refer to an entire era as The Bronze Age. Explore the processes used to create works in the collection and the methods of casting developed in different cultures. Less formal that a lecture presentation, Conversations are designed to be programs where staff and guests can share research projects or topics of special interest. All Conversations take place in the Chao Lecture Hall in the Center for Asian Art.

Museum of Art Chao Lecture Hall, 5401 Bay Shore Rd., Sarasota

[SOON]  BUSINESS: Chamber University: SEO Basics - Get Found Online (with Shana Tibi) , July 25, 3:30pm - 5pm

Learn expert tips from First Page Advantage's Shana Tibi on how to "be the answer for a Google search." Bring your laptop, as hands-on instruction will be provided on how to stand out online above competitors. Complementary for Chamber Members; $10 for non-members.

The Greater Sarasota Chamber of Commerce , 1945 Fruitville Rd., Sarasota

[SOON]  GRAB BAG: Art Making , July 27

Drop by the Children’s Welcome Center in the Visitors Pavilion which has been transformed into an art studio for the evening. Instructors will teach you how to become comfortable will many different materials that artists use. This event is free and all ages are encouraged to participate. For more information please visit www.ringling.org

The Ringling, 5401 Bayshore Rd., Sarasota

[SOON]  THEATER: Liz Pascoe-Broome & Friends present Not My Type , July 27 – July 28

Liz and her cast of talented singers – including David Walker, Dorian Boyd, Charlotte Crowley, Jamie Lee Butrum,and Brian Craft – will perform songs by iconic musical theatre characters that they will never get to play because they are the wrong “type.” With Eli Schildkraut on piano, Not My Type will feature songs from a variety of great musicals like: Little Shop of Horrors, Book of Mormon: The Musical, Jesus Christ Superstar, and many many more!

Pinkerton, 140 Tampa Ave. W., Venice

[SOON]  GALLERY: Painting Children's Portraits , July 28 – July 30

Often without much experience, students contend with washed-out or chalky flesh tones when painting portraits, In this seminar, learn how to capture a likeness, as well as the vibrant tones of a young person's skin tone. 

Southern Atelier, 7226 21st St. E., Sarasota

[SOON]  THEATER: Zombie Prom , July 28 – August 12

Set in the atomic 1950s at Enrico Fermi High, where a zany, tyrannical principal lays down the law, a pretty senior has fallen for the class bad boy. Family pressure forces her to end the romance, and he charges off on his motorcycle to the nuclear waste dump. He returns a glowing zombie still determined to take her to the prom. Directed by Brad Wages.

Venice Theater , 140 W. Tampa Ave., Venice

[SOON]  DANCE: Sarasota Ballet Presents: International Intensive Summer Showcase , July 28 – July 29

The Sarasota Ballet’s International Intensive Summer Showcase will feature students from across the world performing works by some of the big names in dance, including Sir Matthew Bourne, Marius Petipa and Antony Tudor! These pre-professional students have spent the 5 weeks leading up to the performances working with an incredible faculty featuring guest teachers from The Royal Ballet, Matthew Bourne’s New Adventures and Elmhurst Ballet School. Join Sarasota Ballet for spectacular performances July 28 and 29 at the FSU Center for the Performing Arts. Tickets are available on their website or by calling the box office at 941-359-0099.

FSU Center for Performing Arts, 5555 North Tamiami Trail Sarasota, FL 34243

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