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SRQ Daily Dec 29, 2017

Friday Weekend Edition

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Friday Weekend Edition

"And now we welcome the new year. Full of things that have never been."

- Rainer Maria Rilke, poet

[New Year's Eve]  Planning to Party this New Year's Weekend
Philip Lederer, Phil.Lederer@srqme.com

With the New Year right around the corner, that means New Year’s Eve is even closer and time is running out to plan a weekend of optimal fun that takes advantage of all the region has to offer. And between annual celebrations and local theater productions, there’s more than enough going on this weekend to close out 2017 with a bang.

Come tonight, the official New Year’s Eve celebrations haven’t kicked off yet, but the theaters are still open. At The Players Center for Performing Arts, for one-night only, vocalist and impressionist Jimmy Mazz takes the stage for Legends and Laughter, channeling everyone from Frank Sinatra and Bobby Darin to Prince, David Bowie and Johnny Cash, not to mention Arnold Schwarzenegger and Sylvester Stallone. And over at the Van Wezel Performing Arts Hall, it’s a last chance to see the Moscow Ballet’s Great Russian Nutcracker, traveling the world on its 25th Anniversary Tour, with two performance slated. Venice Theatre opens its three-day run of The American Swing Experience, bringing local singers David and Michele James-Pruyn and a 15-piece orchestra to the stage for a salute to the Swing Era.

Florida Studio Theatre pulls out all the stops throughout the New Year weekend, running multiple shows Friday through Sunday, including the Irish musical romance Once in the Gompertz Theatre, the oddball comedy Heisenberg in the Keating Theatre, the Bobby Darin tribute Mack the Knife in the John C. Court Cabaret, the rock ‘n’ roll revue Blue Suede Shoes in the Goldstein Cabaret and the improv antics of Resolution Rewind in Bowne’s Lab Theatre. All show at least once each day, but are selling out fast.

On the educational side, at the Manatee Performing Arts Center, Mark Rodgers returns to Bradenton for another adventure back to the Renaissance with DaVinci and Michelangelo: The Titans Experience, closing Dec. 30.

Not to be forgotten, the area’s annual festivities are back in full swing, including the Downtown Sarasota Pineapple Drop. Beginning at 1pm, Downtown Sarasota’s Main Street turns into a block party with live music, food and games, all culminating in the famous midnight Pineapple Drop. And for those looking for explosions in the sky, Marina Jack’s New Year’s Eve Fireworks show returns, with special menus at the restaurant and vantage points all across the Bayfront. For those farther south, Sharkey’s on the Pier will host its annual fireworks show as well, along with live music from Chameleon. And over at Historic Spanish Point, the Starlight and Fire Family Party features all sorts of fun for the kiddies, like marshmallow roasting at the bonfire, apple cider and craft activities, as well as a “100% chance of snow.”

For perhaps the funkiest New Year’s Eve celebration, check out WSLR’s Surf Bash at Fogartyville Community Media and Arts Center, featuring live surf music from the Surf Tones. 

[Opening]  Fully Leased University Station Announces New Openings

Georgia-based commercial real estate development firm, S.J. Collins Enterprises, has fully leased University Station, a 53,746-square-foot commercial project, which will be anchored by Sarasota’s second Whole Foods Market. The grocery giant has announced that its second Sarasota store would open on Jan. 31, 2018 at 8am. Located at the southwest corner of University Parkway and Honore Avenue in Sarasota County, University Station will feature a 41,000-square-foot Whole Foods Market, a larger version of the current downtown store. The stores currently open in the center include Great Expressions Dental Centers, Greenway Dry Cleaner, Wawa, Zoë’s Kitchen and one of the largest Tesla Supercharger stations in Florida. Set to open soon are Banfield Pet Hospital, Lee Nails and Whole Foods Market. Founded in 2007, S.J. Collins Enterprises is a privately held, commercial real estate development firm that has acquired and developed more than 65 retail, mixed-use, multifamily and office projects. 

University Station Sarasota

[Philanthropy]  Urbanite Seeking Final Patrons to Reach Year-End Goal

As a goal for the year, Urbanite Theatre aimed to name 20 seats within its theater and raise a critical $10,000 by the end of this year to help provide professional artists with their deserved compensation. Thus far, 17 patrons have stepped up to support with donations and have brought the theater very close to reaching that goal. For a year-end tax-deductible gift of $500, patrons can have their name or message permanently affixed to a chair in the theater. 

Urbanite Theatre

[Community]  Venice Theatre Hosts Education Open House

For students of all ages looking for a life-changing experience or just a fun activity, Venice Theatre will hold an Education Open House on Saturday, Jan. 13, 2018 from 10:30am to noon at the theatre. The Education and Outreach Department and teaching team will be on hand to explain the different class offerings, share information about scholarships, and assist families with registration. The new semester begins Jan. 15, 2018. Class offerings are for children, teens and adults, and run six to 12 weeks. For students who are interested, but unable to commit to the whole semester, there is a new spring workshop series for adults. For the youngest students, there are creative play classes. For students in grades three through 12, Venice Theatre offers a wide variety of classes that focus on the rehearsal and performance aspects of theatre to help students ready themselves for the MainStage Class Showcase on March 17, 2018. Some classes have prerequisites. For adult students, the theatre is offering classes for both seasoned performers and those new to the theatre, including Beginning Acting, Beginning Playwriting, Theatre Appreciation and Creative Dramatics for Adults with Intellectual/Developmental Disabilities. For those who would like to register early, registration is already open for winter/spring 2018 classes at the website below. 

Venice Theatre


[TODAY]  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

[TODAY]  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

[WEEKEND]  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]  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: 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]  GALLERY: Shine the Light Opening Night Reception , January 10, 5:30pm

This three-tier, multi-media exhibition focuses on the current and historical aspects of refugee displacement, persecution and the struggles of finding home. The show features a glass installation by Laura Donefer, photo essay exhibition by Charlotte Schmitz and a short film preview by director Dave Marshall and Deborah Haber. The exhibition is curated under the direction of Deborah Haber, executive artistic director of DEEP Arts, a nonprofit arts organization whose mission focuses on the promotion of new works.

Alfstad& Contemporary, 1419 5th St., Sarasota.

[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

[SOON]  BUSINESS: Emily Larned , January 12 – March 17

This exhibition celebrates the ten-year anniversary of Impractical Labor in Service of the Speculative Arts (ILSSA), a social engaged art project founded in 2008 to investigate labor, time, and what we value. A selection from the first ten years of the project will be featured, and ILSSA co-founder Emily Larned will be in-residence in the gallery for the first two weeks of the show.

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

[SOON]  GALA: The Hospital Gala , January 13, 6:00PM

Join us for the 2018 Hospital Gala at the Rtiz Carlton to raise funds for the Sarasota Memorial Hospital's Emergency Services team. All proceeds work to ensure that our families and communities receive the best care and that the accidents or traumas people suffer from can have their urgent medical needs be addressed.

The Ritz Carlton, 1111 Ritz Carlton Drive Sarasota, Florida 34236

[SOON]  MUSIC: Fred Johnson Jazz Quartet , January 13, 8pm

Fred Johnson is an accomplished musician who has toured with the likes Aretha Franklin, Chick Corea and Miles Davis. A jazz, world music singer, and percussionist, Fred has been collaborating with Tampa Bay musicians for a series of performances with the theme of unity. Don't miss the evening of inspirational poetry, music, and art.

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

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