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"We're hoping we can get some European distribution."

- David Brain, Passerine
 

[Music]  Passerine Kicks Off International Tour at Fogartyville
Philip Lederer, Phil.Lederer@srqme.com

Since 2009, folks in Sarasota and Bradenton have enjoyed the musical stylings of local folk/Americana band Passerine, but now the band takes its sound across the Atlantic for its first international tour. Hopping on a plane come Monday, the musicians of Passerine will play at venues all across Germany, but not before the traditional tour kick-off at Fogartyville Community Media and Arts Center this Saturday, July 29, at 8pm.

With their third CD releasing in June 2016, Passerine has been looking for opportunities in Europe, says David Brain, who plays dobro in the band, alongside Carmela Pedicini on guitar, Doug Conroy on bass, Sara Stovall on violin and all three singing. Opportunity came knocking when Passerine caught the attention of Songs and Whispers, which offered the band a spot touring Germany through the month of August. Joining three other acts—one from the UK, one from Australia and a third from the US—Passerine will play anywhere from 20 to 25 shows in that month, at venues ranging from radio stations and bars and clubs to folk festivals and a resort on the North Sea.

Wrangling up a European publicist, the band has been pushing its CD for radio time there as well, looking to show Songs and Whispers, which also handles distribution, that Passerine is a good bet. “We’re really doing the whole thing,” says Brain. “We’re hoping we can get some European distribution.”

But before setting off for international acclaim, Passerine will take a moment to celebrate with the fans and family at Fogartyville for a kick-off performance…and a little fundraising. The band will have to pay its own way on tour—travel included—and one more push from the fanbase goes a long way. But for the price of admission, fans get two hours of music with Passerine onstage and some special German fare, whipped up and provided by Richard’s Food Truck in honor of the upcoming tour.

The question remains: Do German audiences have a hankering for American folk music? Brain finds solace in the fact that other Florida acts, such as Tom Shed, have found great success in Germany. “Apparently, yes,” he says with a bit of a laugh. “But I guess we’ll find out.”

Passerine performs at Fogartyville Community Media and Arts Center this Saturday, July 29, at 8pm. Tickets are $10 in advance or $15 at the door. 

Pictured, from left: Sara Stovall, David Brain, Carmela Pedicini and Doug Conroy of Passerine. Photo by April Doner.

[Good Bite]  All The Best Parts
Philip Lederer, Phil.Lederer@srqme.com

“The grouper artichoke gratin starts with the whole fish,” says Pier 22' Executive Chef Greg Campbell, and he means the whole fish. Whereas some restaurants will filet the fish and be done with it, having already retrieved the biggest and easiest slabs of meat, Campbell wants to use the whole grouper, including the cheeks and the meat behind the gills. “All the best parts,” he says, “that usually get thrown away.” Taking the fileted fish to the oven, the residual meat is baked and pulled off, where it can be used akin to crabmeat. From a 30lb grouper, says Campbell, this process can yield an addition seven to eight pounds of quality meat. Mixing the grouper with chopped artichokes, cream cheese, parmesan cheese, a special blend of house seasonings and then baking it all under a little bread crumb crust, Pier 22’s housemade pita bread provides the perfect vehicle from dish to mouth. 

Photo by Phil Lederer.

Pier 22, 1200 1st Ave. W, Bradenton, 941-748-8087.

[Exec Moves]  GCCF Hires Johnston, Promotes Deming and Furo

Gulf Coast Community Foundation has hired Jennifer Johnston as its senior community investment officer. In this role, Johnston is responsible for developing and managing strategic initiatives and grant programs that address regional priorities and will result in improved public policies in the Gulf Coast region. Additionally, Gulf Coast promoted longtime staff members Wendy Deming to chief operating officer and Erica Furo to knowledge management officer. Johnston previously served as director of partnership development with Alpha House of Tampa, strengthening services for pregnant and parenting women experiencing homelessness in Hillsborough County. She also was a regional director for the Alliance for a Healthier Generation, creating healthier school environments for students and staff across the country. Deming, who had served as Gulf Coast’s chief of staff for 15 years before her promotion to Chief Operating Officer, is also the foundation’s corporate secretary. Her leadership responsibilities include liaison to the Gulf Coast Board of Directors, advisor on regulatory matters and governance, human resources manager and operations officer. Furo has worked in several roles at Gulf Coast over more than 15 years. In her new role, she oversees internal and external information systems to help the foundation more effectively do its philanthropic work.  

Gulf Coast Community Foundation

[Exec Moves]  Johnson Elected to FlaSEIA Board of Directors

Bill Johnson, president of local solar contractor Brilliant Harvest, has been elected to the Florida Solar Energy Industries Association (FlaSEIA) 2017-2019 board of directors. Since its founding in 1977, FlaSEIA has been dedicated to protecting and promoting the interests of the solar energy industry in Florida. This longevity, along with stringent contractor licensure and system certification standards, is in part responsible for consumer confidence in Florida's solar industry. Upholding the highest ethical standards, its professional members exemplify quality, safety and performance. Johnson founded Brilliant Harvest in 2009; since then, the company has designed, developed, constructed and operated photovoltaic systems for commercial and residential clients from Tampa to Port Charlotte. With its headquarters in Sarasota, Brilliant Harvest is state-certified and committed to helping southwest and central Florida harness the power of the sun. 

Florida Solar Energy Industries Association

[Exec Moves]  Brooke Chase Places Norman with Canyon Creek

Executive search firm Brooke Chase Associates has announced the successful placement of Jeff Norman as Dealer Sales Manager with Canyon Creek Cabinets, is a leading manufacturer of affordable, custom frameless and framed style cabinetry. Norman will be responsible for the development and execution of dealer channel strategic sales plans and activities to maximize profits, growth, utilization of manufacturing capacity and operational efficiency. Norman will also foster relationships across strategic dealer accounts and prospects to drive business opportunities. With an extensive background in the cabinetry industry, Norman most recently held the position of territory sales manager with Masterbrand Cabinet. 

Brooke Chase Associates



[TODAY]  DANCE: Behind The Curtain With SCD , July 26 – July 27

See the rehearsal process up close as you watch Sarasota Contemporary Dance dancers work with 12th Season Guest Artists! Both viewing opportunities will be at New College of Florida College Hall and admission is $10.

New College of Florida, New College of Florida, Sarasota, FL 34234

[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]  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: 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]  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]  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

[SOON]  THEATER: Michelle & David Pruyn present A Tribute to the Carpenters , July 29 – July 30

This gifted husband and wife duo will serenade you with all of The Carpenters’ hits along with a top-notch five-piece band.

Pinkerton, 140 Tampa Ave. W., Venice

[SOON]  DANCE: In the Round , July 29, 2:00pm to 7:00pm

An intimate performance produced and presented by Sarasota Contemporary Dance company members joined by four selected choreographers from the summer dance intensive. 

New College of Florida, Black Box Theater , 5850 General Dougher Pl., Sarasota

[SOON]  THEATER: The Players New Play Series , July 31 – August 4, 7:30pm

Witness the birth of a brand new play as regional playwrights compete each night to have their play produced at The Players the following season. Each night a new play just waiting to be born! Now held at the new Arnold Aimonsen Players Studio! 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

[SOON]  THEATER: Doublewide , August 2 – August 20

Jim Starkey’s American Dream is a modest one: to replace the family’s doublewide trailer with a comfy house his daughter can inherit. Forces and desires beyond his control, though, may shape his family’s aspirations. Doublewide is a heartfelt and resonant comedy about a blue-collar family’s elusive dreams, and just how far they will go to hold on to them… and to each other. For more information and to purchase tickets please visit www.floridastudiotheatre.org

Florida Studio Theatre , 1241 North palm Ave., Sarasota

[SOON]  THEATER: Eli Schildkraut presents Songs You’ve Never Heard Before (And Maybe Some You Have) , August 3 – August 6

Combining his passion for musical theatre and his love of introducing people to new music, student music director Eli Schildkraut and his talented friends return to Venice Theatre’s Cabaret Festival with an evening of somewhat obscure songs from the musical theatre repertoire. Equal parts entertaining and insightful, Songs You’ve Never Heard Before (And Maybe Some You Have) is sure to have you leaving the theatre with a smile on your face and a couple of new tunes in your head.

Pinkerton, 140 Tampa Ave. W., Venice

[SOON]  PERFORMANCE: Pilgrims , August 4 – September 10

On a ship to colonize a newly discovered planet, a soldier and a teenage girl find themselves quarantined in one of the ship’s cabins with only an outdated robot and each other for company. When they’re no longer able to create fantasies to escape their past lives, the two cabin-mates are forced to explore their own traumatic histories in order to connect and survive. For more information please visit www.urbanitetheatre.com for show times and tickets. 

Urbanite Theatre , 1487 Second Street, Sarasota

[SOON]  THEATER: Sinning Sirens , August 4 – August 5

Check out the hottest local burlesque troupe featuring the Sirens you love – RubyyJean Siren, Karma Kandlewick, and Ginger Holliday. Also introducing Chief Peach, the Sirens’ fun loving drag king! And who could forget about Toez, the adorably creepy tapping clown? Join Venice Theatre for a night of beautiful ladies and live vocals that will make you want to come back for more.

Pinkerton, 140 Tampa Ave. W., Venice

[SOON]  THEATER: National Theatre Live, Amadeus , August 4, 6:30pm

Awestruck by his genius, court composer Antonio Salieri has the power to promote Mozart's talent or destroy his name. Seized by obsessive jealousy he begins a war with Mozart, with music and, ultimately, with God. Lucian Msamati plays Salieri in Peter Shaffer’s iconic play, broadcast live from the National Theatre, and with live orchestral accompaniment by Southbank Sinfonia.

Historic Asolo Theater, 5401 Bay Shore Rd., Sarasota

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