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"Nothing makes you want to cut a record like finishing a record."

- Josh Scheible, Physical Plant

[Music]  Local Musicians Release Debut Album at JDub's Brewing
Philip Lederer, Phil.Lederer@srqme.com

If you follow the local music scene in Sarasota, then you’ve heard the name Physical Plant. And if you follow the band Physical Plant, then you’ve heard they’re working on an album. Likely, you’ve heard that for two years now. But the long wait is finally over and the band will release its full-length album debut this Saturday, Jan. 6, at 6pm, with a free outdoor concert and CD release party at JDub’s Brewing Company. “It’s our Chinese Democracy,” jokes founding vocalist/guitarist Josh Scheible, invoking the long-awaited sixth album from the boys of Guns N’ Roses. But, for Physical Plant, this is just the beginning.

Entitled What’s Laid Down and comprising 12 tracks of material from the band’s early days, the long-gestating album has weathered a lot in the years intervening, including the departure of one of Physical Plant's three founding members, Lake Elrod, who left the country for graduate studies. But the largest delay came from the band’s “rampant perfectionism” in production and constant editing, to the point of second-guessing. “When you don’t have an outside editor to hold you back,” says Scheible, “you just keep making changes.” Now, finally satisfied, the album stands as the final word on the band’s “New College era,” and the last of the unreleased material from that period.

And the community has come out to celebrate, with JDub’s not only hosting the band’s release party and concert this Saturday, but brewing up a special beer for the occasion, called Fizzical Plant. Artist friend and former Ringling College student Matt Decker supplied the album art, taking a break from designing concert posters for the likes of Tame Impala and The Flaming Lips, not to mention his work with Dead and Company. Up on stage, local concertgoers will recognize the musicians of The Beat Down, as well as those of the Lesa Silvermore band. And, of course, Physical Plant will take the stage themselves, playing some of their old work, but largely new material from the current lineup. “You can never stop bands from wanting to play their new material all the time,” laughs Scheible. “Even to the chagrin of the people listening.”

But the album release serves not only as a celebration of the music of the band’s early days, but a “turning point” for the current band—Scheible, fellow founding member Caegan Quimby, longtime bassist Dave Baker and, the most recent addition, drummer Ryan McCarthy. “Now we can focus exclusively on brand new stuff since Ryan’s been with us,” says Scheible. “And Ryan is real hot right now and the chemistry is there with the band.” With enough material for a second album at least as long as What’s Laid Down, Scheible plans to get back into the studio for sessions this year. “Nothing makes you want to cut a record like finishing a record,” he says. “It’s Sysiphean.”

The Physical Plant concert and CD release party for What’s Laid Down begins this Saturday, Jan. 6, at JDub’s Brewing Company at 6pm. The event is free, family-friendly and open to the public, but CDs and other merchandise will be available for purchase. Fans who cannot attend can also find the album online through Spotify, iTunes, Bandcamp and SoundCloud. 

Pictured, from left: Dave Baker, Caegan Quimby, Ryan McCarthy and Josh Scheible of Physical Plant commune with the Disco Egg. Photo by Shane Donglasan.

[SRQ Story Project Partner Spotlight ]  Why The Y?

The Sarasota YMCA has been listening and responding to our community’s most critical needs for over 70 years. From early learning to diabetes prevention, youth sports and swim lessons to after school care, mentoring and counseling to summer camp, and a youth shelter to foster care and adoptions, the Y continues to affect lasting change in Sarasota.

By building a culture of philanthropy to meet community needs, the Y is also on the forefront of preventing chronic disease through several programs: Diabetes Prevention (a small group for adults at high risk for developing type 2 diabetes), LIVESTRONG at the YMCA (a 12-week initiative for people affected by cancer), Biggest Winner (helping people to develop healthy habits and work with a nutritionist), and Pedaling for Parkinson’s (a cycling class to increase motor skills).

The Y’s Annual Caring Campaign allows us to realize initiatives such as: providing shelter and basic needs to ten homeless youth ($5,000); the gift of discovery and exploration for a child at summer camp ($500); and providing seniors with access to aquatics, exercise and socialization ($250).

As a nonprofit organization serving over 50,000 people annually, the Y never turns anyone away due to their inability to pay. We’re for Youth Development, Healthy Living and Social Responsibility. To learn more about Y programs and services visit sarasotaymca.org.   

Sarasota YMCA

[Expansion]  LECOM Welcomes Ninth Cohort of Masters Students

Dr. Timothy Novak, director of Lake Erie College of Medicine (LECOM) Masters in Health Services Administration (MHSA) program has announced that 40 new graduate students are enrolled to begin their online classes, starting this month, marking sizable growth since the program's inception. Students begin their MHSA study with a four-day on-campus orientation either January 4-7, in Erie, PA, or January 11-14, in Bradenton, FL. The inaugural MHSA class began in January 2014 with 11 students. Enrollment included dual-enrolled students from all three of LECOM’s professional programs and practicing hospital administrators, physicians, pharmacists, dentists and medical practice administrators. The MHSA program has since added new elective concentration pathways, including Long-term Care Administration for those seeking Nursing Home Administrator licenses and Executive Nurse Management. MHSA delivers 98 percent of the curriculum through a Web-based distance-education platform, and degree completion is in 18 months for January cohorts and 24 months for June cohorts. 

LECOM Masters in Health Services Administration

[Exec Moves]  Brooke Chase Places Jarvis with Hydro Systems

Brooke Chase Associates, Inc., a premier executive search firm specializing in the recruitment of executive management professionals within the building materials and kitchen/bath industries, has announced the successful placement of Patrick Jarvis as Vice President Sales and Marketing with Hydro Systems. Jarvis will be responsible for the development of the sales staff and business opportunities to progressively expand Hydro Systems market share in all product categories. He will serve as a hands-on leader to inspire, motivate and lead the sales organization. With an extensive background in commercial plumbing sales at Rothenberger USA and Kohler, Jarvis was most recently Vice President Sales and Marketing with Dornbracht America, where he developed a rebate sales program and developed sales plans, strategies and forecasts. For more than 40 years, Hydro Systems has been manufacturing a full line of high quality bathtubs and accessories. 

Brooke Chase Associates

[Community]  CONA Community Meeting to Discuss Controversy at Benderson Park

This coming Monday, January 8, 2018 the Sarasota County Council of Neighborhood Associations (CONA) has invited the public for a community dialogue led by local community organizer Pat Rounds and architect Bill Zoller regarding the rowing facilities at Nathan Benderson Park and concerns about public funding and structuring of tourism-related public-private partnerships. Invitees for the panel include Stephen Rodriguez of the Suncoast Aquatic Nature Center Association (SANCA), Fredrick Piccolo of the Nathan Benderson Park Foundation and Dennis Maley of the Bradenton Times. Focusing on concerns about the park, the discussion will include the grand vision, priorities, realities and how this partnership will be able to fulfill its costly commitments. A Q&A will follow. 

CONA Sarasota

[Best Of SRQ Local]  Cast Your Vote For Best Place to Paddleboard!

In Southwest Florida, most days are perfect for paddleboarding on the bay or through South Creek at Oscar Scherer Park. Where’s your Best Place to Paddleboard? Tell us in this year’s Best of SRQ Local Competition!  

Vote Here!

[TODAY]  MUSEUM: Aftermath: The Fallout of War - America and the Middle East , October 8 – January 21

Active in the US and Middle East, the artists in the exhibition depict the conditions and people caught in the crossfire of wars in Iraq, Afghanistan, Syria, Lebanon, Libya, Palestine, and Israel from a variety of perspectives. The artists included are Lynsey Addario, Jananne Al-Ani, Jennifer Karady, Gloriann Liu, Rania Matar, Eman Mohammed, Farah Nosh, Suzanne Opton, Michal Rovner, Stephen Dupont, Ben Lowy and Simon Norfolk.

John and Mable Ringling Museum of Art, 5401 Bay Shore Rd., Sarasota

[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

[TODAY]  GALLERY: Sea Debris - Awareness Through Art , December 9 – June 15, 10am to 5pm

Artwork made of marine debris including Greta the Great White Shark and Natasha the Turtle will arrive to Mote Marine this winter. This exhibit will bring awareness to the 4.4 pounds on average of trash genereated by each American daily. These larger-than-life sculptures are entirely made from plastic and other debris gathered from the Oregon Coast.

Mote Marine, 600 Ken Thompson Pkwy., Sarasota

[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]  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: 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: 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]  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]  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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