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"We're really eager to invite the local arts community into the hotel for anything and everything."

- Lisa DiFranza, Art Ovation Hotel

[Hospitality]  Art Ovation Hotel Looks to Live Up to the Name
Philip Lederer, Phil.Lederer@srqme.com

It’s not every day that the arts community gets excited for a new hotel in town, but the Art Ovation Hotel may be the exception. Slated for opening in early February 2018, this newest addition to the Sarasota skyline looks to marry two of Sarasota’s top industries—arts and hospitality—for a major win.

Situated on Palm Avenue, between Louies Modern and Florida Studio Theatre, the latest enterprise from the Florida developers of Prime Hospitality Group and Shaner Hotels promises 162 rooms each with modern furnishings and amenities, such as floor-to-ceiling windows and state-of-the-art technology, as well as general amenities for all guests, including a fine dining restaurant, rooftop pool and bar, a lobby bar and fitness center.

Also in each room, in addition to individually selected art and perhaps as a hint of what’s to come: a ukulele.

Not only will the Art Ovation Hotel celebrate the arts with rotating art exhibitions within the lobby (arranged by a curator on staff) and VIP packages to encourage guests to explore the local arts scene surrounding the hotel, but the hotel itself will become a nexus for creative energy. In addition to hosting an Artist in Residence to utilize the artist studio situated off the ground floor lobby, Art Ovation will host origami classes, ukulele lessons on the roof, weekly international wine and guitar pairings (Spanish wines with Spanish guitar, etc.), regular artist conversations and more. Local art organizations from Sarasota Contemporary Dance and Art Center Sarasota to the Arts and Cultural Alliance and Bookstore1Sarasota have all gotten involved, with ongoing discussions continuing with other local theaters and musical groups. Florida Studio Theatre is already on board for Saturday brunches full of improv comedy.

“We have so much planned,” says Lisa DiFranza, cultural curator for Art Ovation Hotel. “We’re really eager to invite the local arts community into the hotel for anything and everything.”

Currently finishing construction, Art Ovation Hotel will be located at 1255 North Palm Ave., Sarasota. The opening is scheduled for early February. 

Pictured: View from the roof of Art Ovation Hotel. Photo by Wyatt Kostygan.

[SRQ Story Project Partner Spotlight ]  Foster Hope-Foster or Adopt a Child

Did you know there are children right here in our community who need a place to call home? The Sarasota YMCA Safe Children Coalition (SCC) is looking for foster parents. When a child is temporarily unable to live at home due to abuse or neglect, a foster parent welcomes them into their home. Children of all ages, from birth through young adulthood need foster homes until they can safely reunite with their family or transition to adulthood. SCC provides training, licensing and financial assistance.

“They stay until their parents are stable. My job is to keep them safe until they can return home. Some stay for months, others longer,” Jackie, Foster Parent.

The Sarasota YMCA Safe Children Coalition is a collaboration between several local community partners who, together, provide a range of child welfare services to abused, neglected or abandoned children in Sarasota, Manatee and DeSoto counties.

Services include case management, foster care placements, adoptions and independent living. In addition, a clothes closet is maintained through the generosity of our community which provides children’s clothing and items when an urgent need arises.

Last year the SCC helped 2,657 children through their services. For more information on becoming a foster parent, adoption or volunteering/donating visit safechildrencoalition.org or call 1-866-661-5656.  

Sarasota YMCA

[Expansion]  Sarasota Bradenton International Airport Hosts PreCheck Enrollment

The Sarasota Bradenton International Airport (SRQ) is inviting community members and passengers to enroll in the TSA Precheck expedited screening program. This fifth temporary enrollment event will take place at SRQ from Jan. 29, 2018 thru Feb. 9, 2018. TSA Precheck is an expedited screening program that enables identified low-risk air travelers to enjoy a more efficient screening experience. For TSA Precheck travelers, there is no need to remove shoes, 3-1-1 liquids, laptops, light outerwear or belts. Today, TSA Precheck has more than 450 lanes at 180 U.S. airports. Applying for TSA Precheck through this local enrollment event is easy.  Applicants are encouraged to Pre-Enroll ahead of time by going to following website, https://www.identogo.com/precheck, and following the steps.To complete the application process, applicants will need to bring proof of identity and U.S. citizen documentation (such as a U.S. Passport or a birth certificate with a driver license). A valid U.S. passport is all you need as proof of identification. The application process is completed on site; including fingerprints for background check and collection of the $85 application fee for five years of service. 

TSA Precheck

[Government]  Manatee County Accepting Applications for Health Care Advisory Board

Manatee County is accepting applications for a mental health expert on the Manatee County Health Care Advisory Board, a volunteer group that evaluates, monitors and discusses the healthcare system in Manatee County and makes recommendations to the County Commission regarding the funding of healthcare services in Manatee County. Applicants should be knowledgeable about healthcare and willing to meet a minimum of eight times per year on the fourth Wednesday of each month from. Other meetings may be scheduled as necessary. Employees, owners or voting board members of agencies that receive funding from Manatee County Government, or individuals who contract with agencies that receive County funding are ineligible to serve on the board, with the exception of a practicing physician who may receive no more than 1 percent of their gross income from County-funded healthcare. The advisory board reviews evidence-based practices, programs and related data to enhance the long-term stability and effectiveness of the programs available to citizens of Manatee County who have no other meaningful means of access to health care. Applications are due Dec. 27 at 5pm. The application may be found at the website below. A resume or C.V. is also required for consideration for appointment to this advisory board. Please note, all information provided within applications will be made public. 

Manatee County Health Care Advisory Board Application

[Best Of SRQ Local]  Cast Your Vote For Best Local Dentist!

It can be tough to win someone’s love when you’re yanking out their molars, but Dr. Stephanie Cole’s lauded quality of care led readers to name her as the Best Dentist on the Gulf Coast. She drilled past Dr. Kevin Krause, last year’s first finalist. Dr. Si McAninch flossed in as second runner up, while Dr. Kenneth Liszewski filled in the third finalist gap. Who drill past the competition this year and be crowned king or queen of teeth. Vote now in the 2018 Best of SRQ Local competition.  

Vote Here!

[TODAY]  THEATER: The 1940's Radio Hour , December 7 – December 23

Just in time for the holiday season, comes this marvelously theatrical show! This lively and big band sounding musical delivers a delicious slice of ‘a live radio broadcast from NYC’ in December of 1942.  Enjoy the spirit of that bygone era when the world was at war and pop music meant “Strike Up the Band” and “Boogie Woogie Bugle Boy.”

The Players Theatre, 838 N Tamiami Trl., Sarasota

[TODAY]  THEATER: Once , November 8 – December 31, 2pm, 3pm, 7pm or 8pm depending on day

Once tells the heartfelt story of a Dublin street musician on the verge of hanging up his instrument when a striking woman begins to fancy his haunting love songs. As their chemistry bonds them more tightly, his music expands to new heights. Once’s first note will captivate with the connective power of music.

Florida Studio Theatre, 1241 North Palm Ave., Sarasota

[TODAY]  GALLERY: The Work of Carl Abbott , December 1 – December 31, Tuesday through Friday 12pm to 5pm; Saturday 10am to 2pm

The Center for Architecture Sarasota will be featuring a gallery of Carl Abbott's work. Appreciative of good architecture, design and urban planning, the center has been long been a supporter of the field. The exhibit will include works from Florida, Hawaii and the Dutch Antilles, with additional copies of his book available for purchase.

Center for Architecture Sarasota, 265 South Orange Ave., Sarasota

[TODAY]  THEATER: A Motown Christmas , November 29 – December 23, 6pm

In celebration of the holiday season, the Westcoast Black Theatre Troupe will be putting on their signature musical performance. The event is marked by traditional Christmas carols paired with soulful sounds from Motown legends like Marvin Gaye, Stevie Wonder and The Jackson 5.

Westcoast Black Theatre Troupe, 1646 10th Way, Sarasota

[TODAY]  GALLERY: Zimoun , November 3 – December 22, Opening Reception: Nov. 3, 5:30–8pm

The inaugural show of Alfstad&’s fifth season, the eponymously-titled exhibit features a site-specific installation, as well as two prints created by the internationally acclaimed Swiss artist. With simple and functional components, Zimoun builds architectural platforms of sound. His installations use commonplace industrial objects to explore mechanical rhythm and flow in prepared systems. The show also inaugurates Alfstad&’s new, totally reimagined artspace with an opening reception.

Alfstad& Contemporary, 1419 5th St., Sarasota

[SOON]  BUSINESS: Lights in Bloom , December 21 – December 30, 6:00PM

Marie Selby Botanical Gardens lights up the holiday season with Lights In Bloom. Over one million lights will illuminate the garden and walkways will be transformed into sensory light tunnels. Visitors will have the opportunity to stroll through magical gardens filled with beautifully lit flowers, radiant rainforest butterflies, dragonflies and more. The tropical holiday paradise includes nightly visits from Santa and his elves (before Christmas Eve), children’s arts and crafts activities and games, plus live entertainment with SoulRCoaster each evening. Grilled foods will be available for purchase from the Michael’s on East grill including a cash bar. The Selby House Cafe will also be open with its full menu. In its 14th year, Lights In Bloom has become a tradition for residents and visitors to celebrate the holiday season in Sarasota

Marie Selby Botanical Gardens , 811 S Palm Ave Sarasota, FL 34236

[SOON]  MUSIC: Perlman Music Program Winter Residency , December 21 – January 6

The Perlman Music Program’s (PMP) intensive 17-day Winter Residency offers unparalleled musical training for international students, ages 12 to 20+, who play the violin, viola, cello and bass. With a faculty led by Toby and Itzhak Perlman and comprising some of the most gifted musical talents of our time, the PMP Sarasota Winter Residency offers an artistic and personal experience that changes students' lives forever. The winter residency’s free public events include orchestra and chorus rehearsals, master classes, and works-in-progress student recitals. Question and answer sessions with the Perlmans, PMP students and faculty follow many of these events that take place in a heated, outdoor performance tent on the grounds of the USF Sarasota-Manatee campus. Each year, the winter residency culminates with the Celebration Concert with Itzhak Perlman conducting the PMP String Orchestra and Patrick Romano leading the PMP Chorus at the Sarasota Opera House. 

USF Sarasota-Manatee, 8350 N. Tamiami Trail Sarasota, FL

[SOON]  THEATER: Home for the Holidays , December 26, 8pm

The five young comedians of local group Millenial Fresh are sure to make audiences laugh in this holiday inspired sketch comedy show. Taking place at Westcoast Black Theatre, this event will be a great way to bust your gut for the holidays.

Westcoast Black Theatre , 1646 10th Way, Sarasota

[SOON]  FESTIVAL: New Years Eve Fireworks , December 31, 7:00PM

The 7th Annual New Years Eve Fireworks Celebration at Marina Jack will be bigger and better than ever. Enjoy a variety of entertainment and menu options onshore at Marina Jack along with a sparkling midnight fireworks show. Climb aboard the Marina Jack II for a four–hour celebration dinner cruise, complete with party favors, live music and fireworks on Sarasota Bay. Either way, you are sure to have a sparkling New Year! 

Marina Jack , 2 Marina Plaza Sarasota, FL 34236

[SOON]  MUSIC: An Evening in Mayberry , January 5

The Dillards are a a musical group with a history dating back to The Andy Griffith Show over 50 years ago. Join them for an evening in Mayberry, and have the opportunity to relive musical memories and meet some of the Mayberry friendly faces. Tickets are $22 in advance and $25 at the door.

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

[SOON]  MUSIC: Musical Landscapes , January 6, 7:30pm

See the world from your seat with an evening of musical panoramas. Whitacre's luminous reimagining of the River Cam, which flowed past his window at Cambridge University, features Sarasota Orchestra's own principal cellist Natalie Helm. Hailed for his "energy and enthusiasm," guest conductor Stefan Sanders dynamically guides guests on this matchless musical tour. 

Sarasota Opera House, 61 North Pineapple Ave., Sarasota

[SOON]  GALLERY: Cast, Cut and Cold - Glass , January 8 – March 24

Technically amazing and visually stunning examples of creations by more than two dozen masters of glass art including Peter Bremers, Vadlec Ciglar and Irene Frolic astound in this exhibition. Numerous examples, styles and methods of glass casting and etching are represented in this one-of-a-kind gallery.

Ringling College of Art and Design Gallery, 2700 N. Tamiami Trl., Sarasota

[SOON]  THEATER: Shakespeare in Love , January 10 – March 28

Adapted for the stage by Lee Hall, Shakespeare in Love will offer an entrancing theater production that follows the story of Will Shakespeare, a struggling playwright tormented by writer’s block. To his rescue comes the vivacious Viola, Will’s greatest admirer. But Viola has a secret and Will finds himself star cross’d.

Asolo Repertory Theatre, 5555 North Tamiami Trl., Sarasota

[SOON]  THEATER: The Mountaintop , January 10 – February 18

This performance depicts a fictionalized portrayal of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. and his last night of his life. With a theatrical imagination, the play gives viewers a window into what went on in the legendary man's life, and what his hopes, vulnerabilities and fears were.

Westcoast Black Theatre , 1646 10th Way, Sarasota

[SOON]  SEMINAR: SMARTgirl Mentorship Summit Call for Applications , January 10

SRQ MEDIA is calling for 6th, 7th & 8th grade girls to find your inner “roar” at the 2018 SMARTgirl Mentorship Summit and Luncheon on Friday, March 16, 2018 from 10:30am-1:30pm at the Hyatt Regency Sarasota.

Explore the possibilities and celebrate every girl’s potential at SMARTgirl. Participants will engage in an innovative program designed to educate middle school girls in 6th, 7th and 8th grades on career imaginings and the tools they need to succeed through mentorship, soft skills training and hands-on workshops with some of the community’s top women leaders.


Hyatt Regency Sarasota , 1000 Boulevard of the Arts, Sarasota, FL 34236

[SOON]  THEATER: Nine , January 11 – January 28, 2pm, 7:30pm or 8pm depending on day

Guido Contini is a wreck and dreading his 40th birthday, a dread that stifles the easy flow of his creative juices. He runs off to Venice in search of inspiration. In a swirl of present issues, revisiting traumatic memories and grasping at women likes straws, Contini finds himself on the verge of total annihilation.

Manatee Performing Arts Center, 502 3rd Ave. W., Bradenton

[SOON]  SEMINAR: An Evening With Audrey , January 11, 5:30-8:00pm

Audrey Hepburn (1929-1993) was one of the greatest fashion icons and screen legends in history whose innate style and kindness captivated the world. Pamela Fiori, former editor in chief of Town & Country and Travel & Leisure magazines and six-time published author, presents a portrait of a much beloved woman, award-winnng actress, devoted mother, humanist, passionate gardener and Goodwill Ambassador for UNICEF. Join SRQ MEDIA and WIB Trailblazer Honoree Pamela Fiori for an enchanting evening of sparkling cocktails, conversation and exploration into Hepburn’s luminosity through images, film and stories.

Mildred Sainer Pavilion, New College , 5313 Bay Shore Rd, Sarasota, FL 34243

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