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SRQ DAILY Feb 7, 2018

Wednesday Philanthropy Edition

Wednesday Philanthropy Edition

"There was no one to tell us about the town we now live in."

- Rob Thierfielder, Sarasota Walking Tours

[History]  Sarasota Walking Tours Celebrate History on the Go
Philip Lederer, Phil.Lederer@srqme.com

Rob Thierfielder loves to travel. A visitor to more than 35 countries around the globe, he hops from place to place, exploring and soaking up the history. And like any traveler, Thierfielder has his rituals. “Everywhere I’ve been,” he says, “I go on a walking tour to learn about the city.” But coming down to Sarasota, Thierfielder was “blown away,” not just by the amount of history and arts and culture to be explored, but that the arts and culture capital of the Gulf Coast had no walking tour to call its own and trumpet its story. “There was no one to tell us about the town we now live in,” he says. So Thierfielder made his own—Sarasota Walking Tours.

A native of New Jersey, it may seem odd for Thierfielder to take it upon himself to tell Sarasota’s story, but the man’s a professional. A certified international tour manager, Thierfielder has led tours through New England, parts of Canada, Denver, Vegas and some of the most celebrated national parks in the United States, including Yosemite, Grand Canyon, Zion and Bryce Canyon. Now working with Visit Sarasota, he unveiled his Sarasota tour for test runs in December and they now run at least thrice weekly.

Tours begin by the Unconditional Surrender statue on the Bayfront, with Thierfielder laying out the history of the keys and the naming of Sarasota. Walking along the Bayfront, conversation turns to growth of the city and landing of Scottish colonists in 1885 (which helps explain Thierfielder’s kilt, though just a bit). Walking through Five Points—a downtown hub since 1885—Thierfielder lets participants in on the original design behind the convergence, before stopping in the Selby Library for a brief rest stop and a gander at the 3,200-gallon aquarium housed within.

Explore the theater district and the history of the Keating Building, now home to Florida Studio Theatre, and peek inside the Church of the Redeemer where original stained glass windows remain and Thierfielder recounts the story behind the church bells, sent all the way from Germany. The real estate boom of the 1920s, the Sarasota Opera House, the history of Palm Avenue—all get a moment in the sun. Stopping at the soon-to-be-open Art Ovation Hotel, Thierfielder muses on stories yet to come. “Sarasota has a very interesting past,” he says, “starting with the Calusa Indian, all the way up to this new future that hasn’t been built yet.”

Tickets for Sarasota Walking Tours are $30 per person, with tours scheduled for every Friday and Saturday at 11am and Sundays at 1pm. Off-hour tours and private tours are available upon request, so no one has to miss out on history. “All they have to do is call me,” says Thierfielder. 

Pictured: Rob Thierfielder leading the discussion (and rocking a kilt) for a group from Sarasota Walking Tours. Photo courtesy of Sarasota Walking Tours.

[Meet the ProjecTHINK Speakers]  Keynote Speaker- Nathan Schwagler Co-Director, The Dali Museum Innovation Labs

Nathan Schwagler is a founding Co-Director of The Dalí Museum Innovation Labs, where he serves as lead program designer and executive facilitator. In addition to expert-level facilitation skills across a portfolio of Creative Problem Solving methodologies, Nathan is also a certified practitioner of LEGO Serious Play, and is a certified administrator of both the Entrepreneurial Mindset Profile and the creative problem solving preference measure, FourSight (utilized by organizations including: NIKE, Pfizer, GOOGLE, Disney, HP, IBM, Kra, and L’oreal, and academic institutions including: MIT, Stanford, and Harvard). Before joining the Museum, Nathan served as the nation’s first Business School “Creative-In- Residence” at the University of South Florida, St. Petersburg, where he designed and delivered courses on Creativity and Innovation and New Venture Creation.

An invigorating morning of innovative thinking and interactive collaboration await you at SRQ MEDIA'S inaugural projecTHINK Conference hosted at the Ringling College of Art and Design's award-winning Alfred R. Goldstein Library on Saturday February 10, from 8:30am-12:00pm.

Space is limited, purchase tickets online at srqprojecthink.com.


ProjecTHINK Conference

[Community]  Pineapple Yoga Seeking Scholarship Candidates

Pineapple Yoga Studio has created a community yoga initiative aimed to serve at-risk and underserved communities in Sarasota, and is seeking candidates for specialized yoga scholarships for three of these programs. The Accessible/Addaptive Yoga Teacher Training Scholarship is a specialized yoga teacher training program aimed to offer yoga for those with/out a mental, physical, visual disability. The Prison Yoga Teacher Training Scholarship is a specialized yoga teacher training program aimed to bring the wisdom of yoga to incarcerated communities, and juveniles in particular. This program serves the Bradenton Juvenile Detention Center. And the Yoga for Recovery Y12SR Teacher Training Scholarship is a specialized yoga teacher training aimed to bring the wisdom of yoga to those struggling with addiction, alcohol moderation and sobriety. RYT200 certification or an interest in getting certified as a yoga instructor is required for all applications. 

Pineapple Yoga Studio

[Expansion]  MarineMax Launches Service Express Mobile App

Clearwater-based yacht and boat retailer MarineMax has launched its Service Express mobile app in Florida to make scheduling boat service easier. Available for both Android and iOS, the mobile app allows customers to register their boat and schedule their service in advance through their mobile devices. Service can even be performed in the boat’s current location depending on the work being completed. Routine maintenance is a requirement for factory warranties and, with factory-trained certified technicians, MarineMax is a leading resource for boat and yacht service. MarineMax Service Express app is currently available for download. 

MarineMax Service Express

[Recognition]  O'Donoghue Named Castle Connolly Medical Top Doctor

Castle Connolly Medical has selected Sarasota dermatologist Dr. J. Morgan O'Donoghue, as one of the Top Doctors in the Sarasota area for 2018. Castle Connolly Top Doctors must be nominated by fellow board-certified MDs and DOs. Of the tens of thousands of nominations the company receives each year, only a small percentage is ultimately chosen for inclusion in the list. Castle Connolly's physician-led research team narrows down the nominee's based on their medical education, training, hospital appointments, disciplinary histories and more. A staff member at Sarasota Memorial Hospital, O'Donoghue is a graduate of Georgetown University School of Medicine, completed his internship in Internal Medicine at Tulane University and went on to his residency in Dermatology and Cutaneous Surgery at Washington Hospital Center. He has had numerous scientific articles published in national peer-reviewed dermatology journals and is currently working on a book about skin cancer prevention 

O'Donoghue Dermatology

[Best Of SRQ Local]  Cast Your Vote For Best Creative Sandwich!

The sandwich is considered the king of food engineering and the most creative concoctions aren’t feats you’ll see replicated again and again.There can only be one true champion for this category, and we want to know who that is! Vote for the Best Creative Sandwich in SRQ Magazine’s Best of SRQ Local Competition today. Best of luck and may the best sandwich win! 

Vote Here!

[TODAY]  THEATER: Rhinoceros , February 7 – April 14

A biting absurdist satire from Eugene Ionesco, a seemingly normal man wakes up, goes to work, drinks too much and flirts with his coworker, when normalcy is shattered by the thundering arrival of a full-grown rhinoceros. As the townsfolk transform into horned beasts around him, this man must contemplate the temptation and tragedy of following the herd. Directed by the Tony Award-winning Frank Galati.

Asolo Repertory Theatre, 5555 North Tamiami Trl., Sarasota

[TODAY]  THEATER: Shakespeare's Greatest Hits , February 7 – June 10, Varies by day

"Brush Up Your Shakespeare" with the best of the Bard. This tongue-in-cheek musical revue is a collection of songs inspired by the world's greatest playwright. From relevant to irreverent, from soulful to sinful, from "Get Thee To A Nunnery" and "Othello's Rap" to "What A Pieve of Work is Man" and "Tonight." 

Florida Studio Theatre, 1241 N. Palm Ave., Sarasota

[SOON]  GALLERY: OPENING RECEPTION Heather Hutchison: Forever Changes , February 8, 5:30pm

This exhibition highlights Hutchison's trademark style, "more akin to the simplified beauty of James Turrell than the stark face of minimalism." (NY Arts Magazine) The comparison is important for anyone who has only experienced Hutchison’s art in reproductions. Viewers will see thin sheets of Plexiglas mounted on frames of birch plywood, their surfaces masked in duck tape or coated in beeswax. Moving closer-viewers are entranced by the rows of saturated color, glowing, inviting them to look, not at the artwork, but through it.

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

[SOON]  THEATER: Shirley Valentine , February 8 – February 18, 8pm

Shirley Valentine is a one-character play by Willy Russell. Taking the form of a monologue by a middle-aged, working-class Liverpool housewife, it focuses on her life before and after a transforming holiday abroad. 

The Players Centre of Performing Arts, 838 North Tamiami Tr., Sarasota.

[SOON]  MUSIC: Trout , February 8 – February 11

There are few chamber pieces as famous as Schubert's brilliant Trout Quintet. This infectious piece gushes with bubbly optimism and uncomplicated joy. The viola finally gets to shine in Bowen's Fantasia. The work ranges from the instrument's dark chocolatey tones to its expressive high notes. An energetic work, Penn's Capriccio for Tuba and Marimba perfectly pairs agile and percussive strokes on the marimba with the lyrical tones of the Tuba. 

Holley Hall, Beatrice Friedman Symphony Center, 709 North Tamiami Tr., Sarasota.

[SOON]  GALLERY: Expanse: Linda Richichi , February 9 – February 20

Expanse is an in-depth look into the newest oil paintings of Richichi's. The exhibition will feature her plein air paintings of Sarasota's most awe inspiring spaces. Richichi's works draw from the energy, color and spirit of the landscape. While remaining representative, these works are abstracted and the focuses shifts to her brilliant eye for color, playful brushstrokes and texture from the palette knife.

530 Burns Gallery, 530 Burns Ct., Sarasota.

[SOON]  FESTIVAL: Shivoo Havana Fashion Show , February 9, 11am-2:30pm

Get your SHIVOO on and come enjoy a boisterous celebration at the Shivoo Havana Fashion Show hosted by the Sarasota Garden Club at the Hyatt Regency Ballroom. This energetic occasion features a raffle silent auction, live Cuban music and a photo flower wall. The raffle prize includes a gardening tour for two in sunny Cuba.

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

[SOON]  SEMINAR: SRQ ProjecTHINK Conference , February 10, 8:45am-12:00pm

PROJECTHINK is the ultimate exploration into the world of innovation and creativity in learning. Designed for educators, professionals and anyone interested in thinking outside of the box, PROJECTHINK will challenge perceptions and jumpstart creative sparks, from early education to lifetime learning. How is learning adaptive? What are the new perspectives on engaging minds creatively at every age? How can organizations cultivate innovation and creativity to solve challenges? These questions and more will be explored along with cutting edge concepts and research at this year's PROJECTHINK Conference.  

Ringling College's Alfred R. Goldstein Library, 2700 Bradenton Rd, Sarasota, FL 34234

[SOON]  FESTIVAL: SRQ KidsFest , February 10, 12:00pm- 4:00pm

Launched as the brainchild of SRQ MEDIA President and CEO Lisl Liang as an experiential mosh-up of learning pathways, SRQ KidsFest deconstructs the whole mind ecosystem of creativity by curating an afternoon where curiosity, open-ended play, arts and design reign supreme. SRQ KidsFest is an experience designed to connect parents and kids with hands-on learning experiences, local engagement resources and opportunities in our region with a day teeming with exploration designed to deliver fun “a-ha” moments for the whole family.

In one afternoon program, SRQKidsFest will capture the power of imagination with interactive experiences with workshop such as letterpress, musical instruments, glass blowing, storytelling, architecture, arts and crafts and a variety of magical experiences designed to stir creativity.

Parents will be able to peruse booths showcasing the thoughtful programming, education and  family services available in our area from educational organizations to parenting resources, camps to sports and creative theatre to engineering.

Alfred R. Goldstein Library at Ringling College of Art and Design, 2700 Bradenton Rd, Sarasota, FL 34234

[SOON]  MUSIC: Thrill of a Lifetime , February 10

Share in this “Thrill of a Lifetime” for the members of the Youth Philharmonic as they perform side-by-side with the professional musicians of the Sarasota Orchestra. The first half showcases the student winners of the Edward and Ida Wilkof Young Artists Concerto Competition, performing their winning pieces with the Sarasota Orchestra. The second half of the concert features the professionals and students together.

Neel PAC, 5840 26th St. West., Bradenton.

[SOON]  MUSIC: Manon Lescaut , February 10 – March 23, 7pm

Love at first sight strikes the Cavalier Des Grieux and the enchanting Manon Lescaut. They flee to Paris, but when Des Grieux’s money runs out, Manon leaves him for a wealthy man. Yet despite the jewels and parties, Manon’s love for Des Grieux is inextinguishable and will burn them in ways they do not foresee.

Sarasota Opera House, 61 North Pineapple Ave., Sarasota.

[SOON]  MUSIC: From Dallas with Love , February 11, 3pm

Audrey Lander’s accolades are numerous enough to fill an anthology, with prominent roles in “Dallas,” “Love Boat,” “Fantasy Island,” “The Dukes of Hazard,” “MacGyver,” “Hollywood Squares,” “$100,000 Pyramid” and “Password.” Lander will be joining The Pops Orchestra to perform her favorite songs from the Great American Songbook. Witness a bonafide star and Lifetime Achievement Award winner in her element.

Riverview Performing Arts Center, 1 Ram Way, Sarasota

[SOON]  FOOD: Eight Over Eighty , February 11, 10:30 AM

Eight Over 80 brings another highly anticipated and sold-out audience to Michael’s On East. Guests will enjoy a delightful brunch (not to mention mimosas), while hearing inspiring stories from this year’s eight worthy nominees. Join the Jewish Housing Council Foundation for a positive and emotionally charged event to begin the New Year with a fresh perspective. 

The Westin Sarasota, 1175 N Gulfstream Ave, Sarasota, FL 34236.

[SOON]  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

[SOON]  GALLERY: American Watercolor Society Traveling Exhibition , February 13 – March 23

The American Watercolor Society celebrates 150 years of fine art with a traveling exhibit making a stop right in Bradenton. Featuring the work of near 150 artists, including Sarasota’s own Judy Saltzman, the show hangs in the Kellogg Gallery. In the Searle and Reid Hodges Galleries, the Florida Suncoast Watercolor Society Exhibit brings even more watercolor to a day at ArtCenter Manatee.

ArtCenter Manatee, 209 9th St. W., Bradenton

[SOON]  MUSIC: It's Been Reel , February 14 – February 17, 5:30pm, 7:30pm, and 8pm

Movies and their musical scores go hand in hand. Gone with the Wind, The King and I, and Raiders of the Lost Ark all are as memorable for their music as their lasting lines and compelling stories. We won't need a movie screen in this orchestral concert.

Holley Hall, 709 North Tamiami Trl., Sarasota

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