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SRQ Daily Aug 11, 2017

Friday Weekend Edition

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Friday Weekend Edition

"It's huge for the school to be featured with such a renowned company."

- Francesca MacBeth, Sarasota Cuban Ballet School

[Featured Illustration]  An Homage to Snooty
Illustration by Joel Stralnic

In this month's edition of SRQ Magazine, we paid special homage to a beloved local manatee. Snooty was featured in a Parting Shot illustration along with Pee-wee Herman in a creative montage inspired by the iconic bicycle scene from Steven Spielberg's 1982 movie E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial. Little did we know that the artwork created by Ringling College of Art and Design student and illustrator Joel Stralnic would become a bittersweet moment in light of recent news. In the spirit of celebrating all that makes our hometown wonderful, we commemorate the icons who left their special mark on the hearts of our communities, and that includes Snooty the Manatee. More than a scientific wonder, Snooty was a symbol of his city, a character all his own and a beloved member of the South Florida Museum family and beyond. A Snooty Memorial Open House will take place Sunday, Sept. 10, 2017 at the South Florida Museum from noon to 5pm, where visitors can pay their respects, create memorial projects and view a special visual tribute to Snooty in the Bishop Planetarium. Illustration by Joel Stralnic (pictured left). 

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[Theater]  Sarasota Opera, Sarasota Cuban Ballet to Collaborate
Philip Lederer, Phil.Lederer@srqme.com

Sarasota Opera injects a little Latin flair to the opera house stage this season, collaborating with the Sarasota Cuban Ballet School (SCBS) for three of the five productions in the Fall and Winter opera seasons. The Sarasota Cuban Ballet School has performed regularly on the Sarasota Opera House stage in the past few years, but this will mark the first time the institutions have collaborated on a production. “It’s huge for the school to be featured with such a renowned company,” says SCBS Administrative Director Francesca MacBeth, “to be on this stage and be seen by this audience.”

Beginning with the opera season opener, la Traviata (also marking the return of Verdi to the Sarasota Opera stage), SCBS will be making their presence known. Not only will four dancers from the school be featured as dancers (two at a time, alternating productions), but SCBS Choreographer and Master Teacher Tania Vergara will serve as choreographer for the production. Trained in Cuba and a veteran of the National Ballet School there, Vergara has won several awards for her work, including the Ibero-American Choreography Award and the National Union of Writers and Artists of Cuba Choreography Award.

In addition to serving as choreographer for la Traviata, Vergara will also serve as choreographer for Act II of Carmen, the only act containing considerable dancing. And just as portions of la Traviata revolve around the world of matadors and bullfighting, the entirety of Carmen takes place in Spain, creating an opportunity for Sarasota Opera to reach out to SCBS and bring a different approach to the stage. “The dancing in both of those shows is steeped in Latin roots,” explains Sarasota Opera Director of Audience Development Sam Lowry, “and Maestro DeRenzi recognizes the high quality of the school’s training.”

“There’s definitely going to be a Latin flavor,” says MacBeth, though, staying true to the opera, will definitely be more of the classical style than the modern. “But the classicism that our dancers are so strong in will come through,” she says. “It’s great exposure for the students and a wonderful opportunity to perform with a live orchestra and all that entails.”

Vergara will return for the final opera of the season, Tiefland, but more to help choreographing the complex movements of the principal characters, and less to choreograph dance. 

Pictured: Sarasota Cuban Ballet School dancers. Image courtesy of Soho Images.

[Good Bite]  Jambalaya Dreams
Gabrielle Holliday

Exchanging backyards for bayous, take a flavor trip down to New Orleans with Owen’s Fish Camp’s Jambalaya. Full of deep southern flavors, the massive shrimp, thick and juicy chicken, grilled andouille sausage, and rich crawfish meld together with the acidic tomatoes creating a decadent chunky broth. Served over dirty rice, which sops up the broth and adds a different texture, every bite leads to different flavor combinations of the spicy sausage and the semi-sweet shrimp. A side of chunky bread or succotash elevates the flavor profiles while cutting through the spice and richness. Leaving one full and normally with a to-go box, this jambalaya adds a spicy twist to any night.  

Photo by Gabrielle Holliday.

[Community]  YEA! Hosts Information Night for Prospective Students

The Young Entrepreneurs Academy (YEA!) is hosting an information night for prospective members of its 2018 class on August 29 at 5:30pm at the Greater Sarasota Chamber of Commerce. YEA! helps middle and high school students take their entrepreneurial skills to a new level in a seven-month academic program that gives students a project-based, hands-on, experiential education. YEA! will meet every Thursday starting in September ending in March.  Classes will meet after school at the Suncoast Technical College. Enrollment is limited. For more information on YEA!, attend the information night on August 29 or visit the website below, and download an application. 


[Recognition]  Doctors Hospital Radiology Receives Excellence Award

The Radiology Department of Doctors Hospital of Sarasota was recently awarded the Five Star Excellence Award for 2016 by Professional Research Consultants Inc., the largest private market research firm dedicated to the healthcare industry. Doctors Hospital Radiology was ranked among the top 10 percent of the more than 600 hospitals surveyed nationwide. Each year approximately 50,000 diagnostic exams and image-guided procedures are performed at Doctors Hospital. Radiologists review X-rays, ultrasounds, MRI and CT scans to help physicians diagnose their patients. Because of the quality of the imaging studies and confidence in their interpretations, Sarasota physicians who practice at the hospital ranked the department a top performer. The radiology department also boasts a highly skilled and specialized staff of technologists and RNs with most holding at least one advanced certification. The department is accredited by the American College of Radiology. 

Doctors Hospital of Sarasota

"Peace Of Our Time" by George Snyder. State of the Arts Gallery.

[TODAY]  GALLERY: Claudia Ryan Ė drawings , June 12 – August 11

Abstract drawings and prints by Claudia Ryan will be featured in the college’s new gallery at the Basch Visual Arts Center.  Ryan’s works on paper are densely layered and threaded with color, creating a map for a journey that becomes the viewer's own.

Lois & David Stulberg Gallery, 2700 N. Tamiami Tr., Sarasota

[TODAY]  GALLERY: Florida's Finest , July 6 – August 11

This juried exhibition showcases the wide-ranging talents of Florida-based artists, and includes two- and three-dimensional works in a variety of media. R. Lynn Whitelaw, the founding director and curator of the Leepa-Rattner Museum of Art at St. Petersburg College, juries this year’s exhibition to be installed in all four of the center’s galleries. 

Art Center Sarasota, 707 North Tamiami Trl., Sarasota

[TODAY]  THEATER: Donít Quit Your Day Job , August 10 – August 11

Venice Theatre’s multi-talented employees get the chance to strut their stuff on stage. From the box office and marketing to production and development, representatives from just about every department are pitching in to put on a great show. Enjoy performances from Allan Kollar, also the MC, Barbara Mullen, Brad Wages, Cara Herman, Dorian Boyd, Eric Watters, Kelly Duyn, Kim Gaesser, Kim Kollar, Laurie Colton, Lynne Buhle, Tay Tufenkjian and Tim Wisgerhoff.

Pinkerton, 140 Tampa Ave. W., Venice

[WEEKEND]  THEATER: Alana Opie presents Classic Country Cabaret , August 12 – August 13

Hot off her Venice Theatre performance in Blood Brothers, Alana presents something totally different – her “Classic Country Cabaret.” Employing her strong country vocals, her witty stories, and perhaps a few over-sized wigs and fringed dresses, she will perform songs like “Walking After Midnight,” “Stand By Your Man,” “Jolene” and “Don’t Come Home a’Drinkin,” all made famous by all the classic female country artists of the ’60s and ’70s – including Patsy Cline, Tammy Wynette, Dolly Parton, and Loretta Lynn.

Pinkerton, 140 Tampa Ave. W., Venice

[WEEKEND]  GRAB BAG: SAF Milam House Tour , August 12, 2 to 3 PM

Join SAF for an exclusive tour of architect Paul Rudolph's Milam House, a true modernist masterpiece in Ponte Vedra, Florida. Built in 1961, this was Rudolph's last Florida residence and was listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 2016.
The iconic house is built on a 200-foot oceanfront lot, on a high bluff near Jacksonville, Florida. Architectural Record's 1963 "House of the Year", the Milam House is a legendary example of the celebrated architect’s expansive vision of architecture and served as an important segue in his career. The Sarasota Bus Group will also have the opportunity to visit the William Morgan House in Atlantic Beach after the Milam tour. Internationally known modernist architect William Morgan, studied under Walter Gropius, graduated from Harvard University, worked with Paul Rudolph and was one of the best-known and most influential Jacksonville architects of all time. 

Milam House, 1033 Ponte Vedra Blvd., Ponte Vedra Beach

[WEEKEND]  SPORTS: The Second Annual Candyís Circus Run , August 12

The Second Annual Candy’s Circus Run will be held on Saturday, August 12, 2017 at the Nathan Benderson Park. Gates will open at 7:00 am for packet pick-up and limited In-Person Registration. Opening ceremonies will begin at 7:30 and races will promptly begin at 8:00 am. All of the donations go to the organization CureSearch for Children’s Cancer which is a non - profit focused on raising awareness and funds for pediatric cancer.

Nathan Benderson Park, 5851 Nathan Benderson Circle, Sarasota

[WEEKEND]  THEATER: Ann Morrison presents Annís Furniture Set , August 13, 8 pm

54 Below, Broadway, and West End star Ann Morrison brings her amazing vocal talent to the VT Summer Cabaret Festival!

Pinkerton, 140 Tampa Ave. W., Venice

[SOON]  GRAB BAG: 2017 Greater Sarasota Chamber Bowling Tournament , August 16

The 2017 Greater Sarasota Chamber Bowling Tournament welcomes bowlers of all skill levels on Wednesday, August 16, at Sarasota Lanes. Registration will begin at 5:00pm followed by the tournament starting at 5:30pm. Register early as they sold out last year and registration is set for the first 12 teams! This exciting night includes networking, 2 games of bowling & shoes, a complimentary drink ticket and food, contests and prizes, and much more! The tournament is set for teams of 5 or individuals who we'll place with 4 others, allowing bowlers of all skill levels to participate. $175 - Team of 5 (Includes 2 games, shoes, drink ticket & food), $40 - Individual Bowler (Includes 2 games, shoes, drink ticket & food), $10 - Social Attendee (Non-Bowler; Includes drink ticket & food) With pool tables, darts, arcade games, a full service bar and more, this event is open to bowlers or non-bowlers.  Sponsorships are available. For more information, please contact Brittany Lamont atblamont@sarasotachamber.com to learn more.

Sarasota Lanes, LLC , 2250 Fruitville Rd., Sarasota

[SOON]  THEATER: Syreeta Banks & Ariel Blue present Soul Sisters, a Celebration of Divas , August 17 – August 20

Take a journey through music made popular by some of the greatest soul singers like Aretha Franklin, Patti Labelle, Gladys Knight, Etta James, Natalie Cole, Billie Holliday and more. Expect a few songs by newer artists like Jennifer Hudson, Adele, and Beyoncé as well!

Pinkerton, 140 Tampa Ave. W., Venice

[SOON]  THEATER: Random Acts: Hold My Beer , August 18 – August 19

Sarasota’s Guerrilla Theatre Troupe is back to spread mayhem, laughs and decrease property values. Not for the kiddies or faint of heart. Lots of adult language, adult situations and really bad limericks! If you are easily offended…you will be.

Pinkerton, 140 Tampa Ave. W., Venice

[SOON]  THEATER: Classic Movies at the Opera House , August 18 – September 22

Sarasota Opera announces an expansion of their “HD at the Movie House” series entitled “Classic Moves at the Opera House.”. This inaugural series will consist of five movies ranging in years from 1935-1972 beginning Friday, August 18th and run through September 22nd. Sarasota Opera will join forces with The Circus Arts Conservatory on August 18th for the opening showing of Cecil B. DeMille’s “The Greatest Show on Earth” re-creating some of the circus magic that was seen around the theater at the original Sarasota premiere of the film on January 31, 1952. Tickets for this new series are only $10 and all showings will begin at 7:30pm.

Sarasota Opera House, 61 N Pineapple Ave, Sarasota, FL 34236

[SOON]  GRAB BAG: Comedy night benefits Rotary Futures College Resource Center , August 19, 5:30 Ė 10 p.m.

TheRotary Futures College Resource Center, a community-based nonprofit resource center that provides free post-secondary planning services to Venice-area students, is hostingComedy Night, its biggest fundraiser of the year. This year, the always sold-out event will feature hilarity from stand-up comedian Tim Wilkins, who has entertained millions in legendary venues ranging from Radio City Music Hall and chow halls in Afghanistan to colleges, casinos and cruise ships. An extensive silent auction will also be open.

Plantation Golf & Country Club, 500 Rockley Blvd., Venice

[SOON]  THEATER: Stephen Ditchfield presents Through the Years , August 20 – August 27

A highly accomplished bass/baritone soloist, Stephen is acclaimed for being the consummate performer, whether on stage before thousands, or in the intimate atmosphere of a cabaret. He has been entertaining and inspiring audiences for over 30 years and has recently been recognized as “one of the finest baritone voices in America today.” Join him for an afternoon of incredible variety.

Pinkerton, 140 Tampa Ave. W., Venice

[SOON]  PERFORMANCE: ROAR! The Music of the 1920s and Beyond , August 22 – September 24

Featuring classics from the Jazz Age songbook made famous by the likes of Bessie Smith, Louis Armstrong, Helen Morgan, Ruth Etting, Al Jolson, and more. Join as Carole Bufford travels back to a time where flappers, vamps and sheiks were shimmying in gin joints as a whirl of great social and political change happened all around them. For more information and to purchase tickets please visit www.floridastudiotheatre.org

Florida Studio Theatre , 1241 North Palm Ave., Sarasota

[SOON]  THEATER: Mammoth Bones , August 22 – August 27, 7:30pm and 2pm

Directed by Connie Schindewolf, this play is about Robert who is suffering from depression and anxiety. When he finds a mammoth bone in his yard, he starts to hear the sound of ancient mammoths, leaving him wondering whether he is communicating with spirits of the past or is his medication playing tricks with his mind? Single tickets are $15. 

The Players Centre for Performing Arts, 838 N Tamiami Trail

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