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"Like all nonprofits, we belong to the community."

- Bruce Rodgers, Hermitage Artist Retreat

[Performance]  Hermitage Brings Artists to the Beach this Friday
Philip Lederer, Phil.Lederer@srqme.com

Just arriving yesterday, the latest residents at the Hermitage Artist Retreat are wasting no time in getting to know the community, scheduling a free community event this Friday, Oct. 13, at 6pm at Hermitage Artist Retreat beach. Playwright/director Lisa Peterson and writer/actor Denis O’Hare, regular collaborators and award-winning artists in their own right, will share readings of their work, followed by an informal conversation with attendees. “Superstars-in-residence abound at the Hermitage,” says Bruce Rodgers, executive director for the artist retreat, “and these two artists are no exception.”

Known for his work on the stage and screen, O’Hare has performed both on and off Broadway, been a regular on American Horror Story for the last five years and appeared in hit shows like The Good Wife and True Blood, in addition to appearing in every Law and Order series. His first screenplay, The Parting Glass, has been filmed and produced, and is expecting an imminent release. As a director, Peterson’s credits include Earnest Shackleton Loves Me, We’re Gonna Be Alright and It Can’t Happen Here, and world premieres from prominent American writers such as Tony Kushner and Beth Henley. As collaborators, Peterson and O'Hare wrote The Good Book and An Iliad, which won an Obie Award, a Lortel Award and a Drama Desk nomination. Currently, the pair has been working on a new commission for the McCarter Theatre in Princeton, NJ, called The Song of Rome.

At Friday’s reading, attendees may even get an early glimpse at The Song of Rome, though that’s ultimately up to the artists and Rodgers can’t say for sure. Either way, they’ll get an inside look at work at various stages of development and production, bringing with it an opportunity for insight into the artists’ process as well. As for the artists, they get honest feedback and “it’s a win-win for everybody,” says Rodgers. And after the reading, both Peterson and O’Hare will stick around for an informal Q&A and conversation about their individual and collaborative processes, as well as topics such as the role of improvisation and foundational literature.

The event is free, but reservations are requested. Especially seeing as the weather forecast for Friday means the reading could likely be moved indoors. And while the beach has supported as many as 450 people for events like this, the indoor backup location can only hold about 150, as much as Rodgers would like to include more. “Like all nonprofits, we belong to the community,” he says. “We belong to them, and we have an obligation to somehow share what it is they’re supporting. They deserve to share in the benefit.”

Reservations can be requested by calling 941-475-2098, ext. 8. 

Pictured: Lisa Peterson and Denis O'Hare. Photos courtesy of Hermitage Artist Retreat.

[Education]  State of Jobs Conference Demystifies Career Search
Andrew Fabian

In an effort to introduce parents and teenagers to the confounding world of college and career paths, Sarasota’s annual State of Jobs Conference serves to delineate and demystify the sometimes-vague connection between the way an education can provide employable skills for the modern workforce. First began by the Young Professionals Group and now a regional event organized by CareerSource Suncoast, the yearly seminar/job fair hopes to inform and hopefully excite attendees about the limitless possibilities of the 21st century career landscape, rather than leaving teenage students to grapple with their post-high school lives unprepared. And just yesterday, CareerSource welcomed crowds of these students and their parents to the latest State of Jobs Conference at Robarts Arena.

The morning sessions ran from 8am to 2pm and primarily for students, who numbered over 800 in this fourth year, after the first-time inclusion of Manatee County schools. “We want students to start thinking about their future now,” says Chris Laney, director of education and community investment with CareerSource Suncoast. His hope is that the sophomores in attendance can “explore some of their options earlier,” he says, so that by the time they graduate they have a plan. Six possible career tracks were given special attention this year, including healthcare, information technology, hospitality/tourism and arts/culture.

The exploration is thorough, as it features talks given by 75 speakers, many of them industry leaders in the private sector, in addition to admissions counselors from the 18 schools represented from around the state. Variety was key, with speakers coming from disparate organizations such as the Baltimore Orioles, Wells Fargo and Johns Hopkins All Children’s Hospital, with plenty of local representation from arts organizations like Florida Studio Theatre and the Arts and Cultural Alliance of Sarasota County, as well as schools like New College of Florida and Keiser University. The program’s success is in the pudding, as many former attendees have gone on to have careers directly boosted by the networking opportunities available at the seminars. Ranging from engineering and IT talks to healthcare and humanities information sessions, students get the kind of trustworthy behind-the-scenes tips that can help clarify their interests and channel their strengths into a viable, productive living.  

[SRQ Story Project Partner Spotlight ]  United Way Fights Poverty with Taxes

Nearly 20% of all Floridians who qualify for the EITC (Earned Income Tax Credit) federal credit don’t know to apply for it on their tax return. It’s a startling figure given the EITC is one of the most effective anti-poverty tools enacted, often returning thousands of dollars to low-to-moderate income households.

This past tax season, Suncoast’s VITA program in Sarasota/Desoto grew 8% over the prior year, exceptional considering VITA programs across the country experienced a decline. In Sarasota/Desoto nearly 2,000 tax returns were prepared, resulting in an estimated $384,000 in preparation fee savings and $2.4 million in tax refunds for Sarasota residents, including over $800,000 in Earned Income Tax Credits.  These are funds that go directly into the pockets of local, hard-working families who need it most and provide a boost to the local economy.

This is one of the primary reasons United Way Suncoast organizes and funds the VITA (Volunteer Income Tax Assistance) program in our community. Through VITA, hundreds of volunteers, from retirees to student, and homemakers to professionals, receive free training and IRS certification to prepare tax returns to help some of our most vulnerable citizens. 

VITA volunteers are being sought now and VITA tax sites will open in January for individuals earning less than $66,000 annually.  VITA is a key pillar in United Way Suncoast’s mission to fight for the education and financial stability of every person in our community. 

United Way Suncoast

[Opening]  Sabrosa Kitchen and Bar Opens Thursday

Breakfast and lunch hot spot Word of Mouth in downtown Sarasota will open as a new Latin American street food restaurant called Sabrosa Kitchen and Bar on Oct. 12, under the leadership of culinary artist and owner Shannon Lugannani. Sabrosa, which means “tasty” in Spanish, will serve breakfast offerings including chorizo hash, huevos benedictos and huevos divorciados. The lunch menu boasts antojitos or “little cravings,” such as street tacos with chicken, pork, beef, Portobello mushrooms, chorizo and fish fillings. The dinner menu offers a full selection of street food dishes. The restaurant’s full bar will serve a variety of drinks, including signature agave-inspired cocktails and 12 craft beers on tap. Sabrosa is located at 711 South Osprey Ave., Sarasota.  

Sabrosa Kitchen and Bar

[Exec Moves]  WWSB Names Moldovan Director of Sales

WWSB, Sarasota's ABC affiliate, has announced Matt Moldovan as director of sales for the station and its digital operations. Moldovan will guide ABC7's sales vision and strategy, and work across the Raycom Media Sarasota operation to identify and develop new business opportunities. Prior to joining WWSB, Moldovan held key sales management roles as local sales manager in Charlotte, NC for the NBC affiliate WCNC, as well as the ABC Affiliate WSOC. He also served as Senior Account Executive at the ABC Affiliate in Atlanta, GA, WSB-TV. He started his broadcast television carrier as an Account Executive at the NBC affiliate WXIA in Atlanta, GA. 

WWSB My Suncoast

[Recognition]  Hermitage Fellow Wins Avery Fisher Award

The Hermitage Artist Retreat has announced that flutist/composer and Hermitage Fellow Claire Chase has received the 2017 Avery Fisher Prize at Lincoln Center. This prestigious award is part of the Avery Fisher Artist Program. It was established for solo instrumentalists who have demonstrated outstanding achievement and excellence in music. Since 2004, chamber ensembles have also been considered. There is no age limit, but recipients must be U.S. citizens or permanent U.S. residents. A marble plaque in David Geffen Hall (formerly Avery Fisher Hall) at Lincoln Center commemorates all who have received the prize, which includes a monetary award of $100,000. Among the winners are Cellist Yo-Yo Ma, Pianist Andre Watts and Violinist Joshua Bell, Claire Chase is the first flutist to receive the prize.  

Hermitage Artist Retreat

[Expansion]  RE/MAX Platinum Realty Opens West Villages Office

RE/MAX Platinum Realty has opened an office in the West Villages community at 19503 South West Villages Parkway, Venice. West Villages of North Port, Venice and Englewood is a new 10,000-acre, master-planned community in south Sarasota County. The new 1,200-square-foot office enables prospective homebuyers to meet onsite with RE/MAX Platinum Realty agents, tour the community and learn about the new-home opportunities offered by top homebuilders. 

RE/MAX Platinum Realty

[TODAY]  BUSINESS: 2018 Best of SRQ Local Competition , February 12

The 10th annual “Best of SRQ Local” Readers’ Competition is officially open! It is time to sound the alarm, rally the troops, take to social media and VOTE for your favorite Sarasota establishments and causes to be recognized in one of our most popular editions of the year.

Readers can vote on local eats, shopping, arts, luminaries and hotspots culminating in the compendium published in the April 2018 edition of SRQ Magazine. We hope you’ll share your favorite local experiences—from stellar sushi, most memorable on-stage productions to best happy hour.

SRQ Magazine

[TODAY]  BUSINESS: Grid Un-locked , September 25 – October 30, 6:00-7:00pm

Join The Chamber, in partnership with Gulf Coast Community Foundation and SRQ Media, as we explore the facts, plans, and future of mobility and transportation in the Sarasota region. This six-week series will cover everything from traffic basics and land use impacts, to traffic studies and roadway improvement plans, and will wrap-up with a look at creative solutions. This session will be an introduction to automobile congestion, peak hours, and peak season and will cover local and national facts plus information on peer communities. Demian Miller, Principal at Tindale Oliver will be the featured speaker for this weeks’ event. Each event in the series is $10 and will be hosted at The Francis.  Click here for more info.

The Francis, Downtown Sarasota, 1289 N. Palm Avenue, Sarasota, FL 34236

[SOON]  GALA: 12th Annual Key To The Cure , October 12, 5:30-9:00pm

This year marks the 12th Anniversary that Saks Fifth Avenue is partnering with Sarasota Memorial Healthcare Foundation to present Key to the Cure! To date, this event has raised more than $1,300,000 to further breast, ovarian, uterine, cervical cancer research and related projects in the Sarasota/Manatee community. This year's "Party with a Purpose" event will feature food, beverages, entertainment, shopping and an exclusive "chance drawing" that is sure to engage, excite and empower!


Saks Fifth Avenue, 120 University Town Center Drive Sarasota, Florida 34243

[SOON]  THEATER: Anna in the Tropics , October 12 – October 29, 8pm

Go back in time to a Cuban-American cigar factory in 1929 Florida. Lectors are employed to educate and entertain the workers, and when a new one comes to a certain factor and reads aloud from Anna Karenina, he influences the lives of his listeners. 

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

[SOON]  DANCE: SCD + Piazzolla , October 12 – October 15

Sarasota Contemporary Dance will kick off their 12th season with a highly anticipated collaboration between renowned harpist, Ann Hobson Pilot and Violinist, Tai Murray inspired by and to the music of Astor Pantaleon Piazzolla. SCD + Piazzolla will present a unique musical and choreographic spin on this famous artist, which promises to keep romance alive through a hot contemporary production. 

Jane B Cook Theatre FSU Center for the Performing Arts, 5555 N. Tamiami Trail, Sarasota FL

[SOON]  MUSIC: Sarah Mac Band , October 14, 8pm

Sarah Mac Band has been called the "Next Big Thing in Florida." Musicians Sarah Mac, Claire Swindell, and Charlie Vanture make up the twelve year old trio. The group create original music that blends the styles of all three artists.

Fogartyville Community Media & Arts Center, 525 Kumquat Ct., Sarasota

[SOON]  THEATER: Remembering Red: A Tribute to Red Skelton , October 14, 2pm, 8pm

Take a trip down memory lane and reminisce Red Skelton. Brian Hoffman portrays the man and some of his popular characters in a spot-on depiction. Meet characters from Gertrude and Heathcliffe, Clem Kadiddlehopper and Freddy the Freeloader and bust you gut from laughter. Arrive early to enjoy a half hour pre-show video with celebrities from the screen in the 50s to 70s. 

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

[SOON]  PERFORMANCE: Mission: Wildlife , October 15, 2pm

Catch Wildlife Ambassador Julie Scardina and her troupe of rescue animals on the big stage. Audience participation is heavily featured and encouraged in this performance for people of all ages. Learn more about flora and fauna from across the world. Tickets are $27, $30 or $37, depending on seating.

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

[SOON]  SCIENCE AND NATURE: The Orchid Show , October 18 – November 22, 10am to 5pm

This year's Orchid Show will showcase spectacular flowers from across the world. The event will combine a display of plants in the Tropical Conservatory and additional treasures from search collections in the Museum of Botany & the Arts. Each part of the show will also include the science behind orchids and their relationship to earth, air, fire, and water.

Selby Gardens, 900 S. Palm Avenue, Sarasota

[SOON]  FESTIVAL: Ringling International Arts Festival , October 18 – October 21

For ardent aficionados of adventurous art, the 2017 Ringling International Arts Festival (RIAF) presents a dynamic array of ingenious and inventive contemporary performance. With music ranging from the folkloric to the avant-garde, dance that explores the comedy and pathos of 21st-century life, and theatrical narratives both intimate and massive in scope and in scale, this is your opportunity to explore the unexpected and expect the unexplored. With affordably priced performances you can enjoy the entire day. Lunch and dinner are available on-site. Members save 10% on all tickets and Non-Members save 10% when purchasing 4+ RIAF productions. Tickets may be purchased online, in person or by calling. Come, be amazed, and take part in the adventure!

The Ringling Museum, 5401 Bay Shore Rd, Sarasota, FL 34243

[SOON]  BUSINESS: 22nd Annual Share the Light Luncheon , October 19, 11:30am

Join Second Chance Last Opportunity for the 22nd Annual Share the Light Luncheon on October 19 at Michael’s on East. Emceed by Bobeth Yates of ABC7 and Justin Mosely of The Suncoast News Network, the event will honor Lee-En Chung, P.E., LEED AP, Founder and Construction Consulting Engineer and Valerie Powell-Stafford, FACHE, CEO at Englewood Community Hospital. Standard tickets are $65/person or $520 for a table of eight. 

Michaelís on East, 1212 S East Ave, Sarasota, FL 34239

[SOON]  GALA: 2nd Annual Womenís Sports Museum Gala, "A Celebration of Women in Sports" , October 20, 6:30pm

Join the Women’s Sports Museum for their Second Annual Gala, “A Celebration of Women in Sports” on October 20. Trailblazers from the world of sports will be honored at this year’s gala, including sports broadcast journalist Lesley Visser, mountain biker and extreme athlete Rebecca Rusch and groundbreaking equestrian Donna Cheek. This year, the event moves to Michael’s on the Bay at Selby Gardens. The museum will present two scholarships to Sarasota County female student athletes. Sponsorships, in-kind donations and contributions are also being accepted, with all proceeds benefiting the nonprofit foundation’s efforts to build the nation’s first standalone museum dedicated to women in sports right here in Sarasota.


Michaelís on the Bay at Selby Gardens, 811 S Palm Ave, Sarasota, FL 34236

[SOON]  FESTIVAL: Night of Fish, Fun and Fright , October 20, 6:00pm

Buoys and ghouls of all ages are invited to dress up in costume for a Night of Fish, Fun and Fright at Mote Marine Laboratory and Aquarium. Unearth shark teeth in Coffin Creek, enjoy deep sea delights in the Diner of the Dead and take part in Mad Science experiments and activities. Don’t miss Mote’s signature underwater pumpkin carving in their spooktacular shark habitats and enjoy entertainment from students at EveryOneRocks.

Mote Marine Laboratory and Aquarium , 1600 Ken Thompson Pkwy, Sarasota, FL 34236

[SOON]  MUSIC: The Woodwork , October 20, 8pm

Formed in March of 2016, the indie band has shown mastery in their music and performances. Their music is an almalgam of genres, with a blend of folk and jazz music coupled with hints of Latin jazz and fingerstyle guitar. 

Fogartyville Community Media & Arts Center, 525 Kumquat Ct., Sarasota

[SOON]  BUSINESS: Grand Reopening , October 20 – October 21, 10am to 4:30pm

The reopening of one of downtown Sarasota's bookstores is welcoming all to attend for festivities, prizes and refreshments to commemorate the event. The bookstore houses a wide collection of gently used books of all genres, as well as some rare and collectible finds. Aside from literature, antique and modern jewelry will be sold.

Friends of the Selby Public Library Bookstore, 1331 1st St., Sarasota

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