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SRQ DAILY Mar 2, 2018

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"We ensure all the ballets are done as originally intended."

- Iain Webb, Sarasota Ballet

[Performance]  Reverence and Reverie at the Sarasota Ballet
Philip Lederer, Phil.Lederer@srqme.com

The Sarasota Ballet opens its 2018 Spring season in stunning style tonight at the Van Wezel Performing Arts Hall with Dreams of Nature, a program featuring Shakespearean spectacle, an American premiere of a modern classic and a star-studded company both on and off the stage that belies the quiet power of this premier Sarasota cultural institution.

The night begins at 7:30pm with The Dream, Sir Frederick Ashton’s celebrated interpretation of Shakespeare’s A Midsummer Night's Dream. A breathtaking production in its own right, with sumptuous costuming and magnificent sets, Sarasota Ballet brings this weekend’s performances to another level with special appearances and contributions from historic international guests. To tackle the mighty role of Oberon, Sir Anthony Dowell, often hailed as one of Britain’s greatest male dancers and the performer upon which the role was choreographed, has been in town and working with the company. This means guiding not only Sarasota Ballet principal dancer Ricardo Rhodes in the role, but also guest dancer Friedemann Vogel, principal dancer of the Stuttgarter Ballett in Germany, and visiting Sarasota for the production. In addition, Christopher Carr, repetiteur for the Royal Ballet, where The Dream debuted in 1964 on the 400th anniversary of Shakespeare’s birth, has leant his expertise as well.

No strangers to the production, Sarasota Ballet Director Iain Webb danced the part of Oberon with Sadlers Wells Royal Ballet, where Assistant Director Margaret Barbieri performed the role of Titania. An outsider may think that would be enough to stage their own version of The Dream, without such esteemed guests, but it is key to Webb’s philosophy that ballet be performed with a rigor and dedication to the original choreography, respecting even the most minute decisions made by the creating artists. And this dedication has paid off, and continues to pay off, in an international reputation that allows for an ever-increasing repertoire here in Sarasota.

“They recognize that we ensure all the ballets are done as originally intended,” says Webb of the choreographers, trusts and foundations who own the ballets and must give permission for companies to perform them. That the Sarasota Ballet works with the likes of Dowell, former director of the Royal Ballet, and David Bintley, director of Birmingham Royal Ballet, and brings them to Sarasota “is a testament to the way our Company honors this incredible art form,” he says. And as the repertoire builds, so does the list of honored guests.

The night concludes with the American premiere of Bintley’s ‘Still Life’ at the Penguin Café. Elaborately costumed and socially conscious (and still relevant on this 30th anniversary of its debut), the ballet follows an inspired collection of endangered animals as they attempt to weather a storm at the Penguin Café.

Dreams of Nature begins its three-performance run tonight at 7:30pm at the Van Wezel Performing Arts Hall, followed by two performances on Saturday, at 2pm and 7:30pm. All performances are accompanied by the Sarasota Orchestra. 

Pictured: Ricardo Rhodes and Ivan Duarte in Sir Frederick Ashton's "The Dream." Photo by Frank Atura.

[Architecture]  2018 SRQ Home of the Year Competition Winners Revealed
Philip Lederer, Phil.Lederer@srqme.com

Designers, drafters, architects and good old fans of the built environment came out to SRQ Studios Wednesday night in a celebration of the year’s architectural accomplishments for the annual SRQ Home of the Year Competition, and to reveal this year’s winners. “We want to thank each of you for your participation in this great competition and for the exemplary work that you do. It is meaningful for the residents of our community—and it adds to the beauty right here in our own backyard,” said SRQ Publisher Wes Roberts. “The 2018 Home of the Year competition delivered some of the most stunning examples of architecture, construction, design and landscaping that we have ever seen.” With entrants submitting projects completed in the last year for consideration in any number of the contest’s nine categories, a panel of judges comprising architects working outside of the region made the final decisions.

Though the architects of Halflants + Pichette Studio for Modern Architecture and those of DSDG Architects took home perhaps the grandest prize, tying for the Platinum Award for Best Overall House in the Over $2 Million category, it was the folks of Leader Design Studio and SAWA Design Studio who left with the most trophies. Submitting two collaborative projects—the 948 Citrus Residence and the 1140 Citrus Residence—the teams garnered a total of six awards, including both the Platinum and Gold awards for Best Kitchen, barely beating out Halflants + Pichette’s five awards. And while Leader and SAWA pulled out a Platinum win for Best Overall Home Between $1-$2 Million, where Halflants + Pichette took Silver, the roles reversed in the Best Overall Home Under $1 Million category, with Halflants + Pichette pocketing another Platinum for its Venice Residence and Leader and SAWA a Silver.

Also winning two Platinum Awards, DSDG Architects shined in the Best Overall Home Over $2 Million and Best Bathroom categories for two separate projects. Perrone Construction made its presence known in the Best Overall Home Over $2 Million as well, tying with Clifford M. Scholz Architects for Gold and taking home the Silver. Solstice Planning and Architecture received much acclaim for its Treetop House, bringing minimalism, escapism and privacy to a small suburban lot with style, and winning the Platinum Award for Best Landscape Design, in addition to a Silver for Sustainability. Pulling Gold awards in both Best Overall Home Between $1-$2 Million and Sustainability, the judges admired the Higel House from Sweet Sparkman Architects, while the folks of Seibert Architects PA brought home a Platinum for Best Remodel/Renovation.

For a complete rundown of winners, winning projects and judges’ comments, pick up the March issue of SRQ magazine, on newsstands now. 

Pictured: The minds behind Leader Design Studio and SAWA Design Studio celebrate with SRQ Publisher Wes Roberts. Photo by Wyatt Kostygan.

[Education]  School Board Seeks Public Input to Name New Middle School

The School Board of Manatee County is reviewing 27 different name nominations submitted by the public for a new middle school scheduled to open in East Manatee County in August 2019. The new middle school will be located just east of Gullett Elementary School on 44th Ave. E. The name nomination process started during an “East County Middle School Community Meeting” held at Gullett on Monday, December 18, 2017. The District’s Communications, Family and Community Engagement Department then collected the name nominations from the public up until Wednesday, January 31, 2018. The School Board was presented with the list of nominated names on February 27. The Board is scheduled to narrow the list to three favorites during a School Board Workshop on March 13, where the public is invited to provide their input on the nominated names. The Board is then scheduled to select and approve the name for the new middle school during a public hearing held during a regularly scheduled Board Meeting that same evening. The suggested names can be found at the website below. 

East Manatee County Middle School Name Nominations

[Government]  Sarasota County Sheriff's Office Retires Mounted Patrol Horse

The Sarasota County Sheriff's Office has said goodbye to Justice, a Mounted Patrol horse who is retiring after 19 years of service. A 22-year-old black Percheron, Justice has been with the agency since 1998, and has worked several large events over the years, including the Republican National Convention, the Super Bowl and the Orlando Classic. Justice also assisted on many search and rescue missions and participated in various school demonstrations, summer programs and sheriff’s office events. Justice is retiring due to Degenerative Suspensory Ligament Disease. He leaves as the longest tenured Mounted Patrol horse with the sheriff’s office and will live out his days with his rider, Deputy Richard Starowesky. 

Sarasota County Sheriff's Office

[Exec Moves]  Najmolhoda Joins Sarasota Cuban Ballet School Board

The Sarasota Cuban Ballet School (SCBS) has named Theressa Najmolhoda its new board member. Najmolhoda, who leverages her thirty years of networking and leadership in luxury retail to reach out into the community, is the current vice president and general manager at Saks Fifth Avenue. Under Najmolhoda, Saks Fifth Avenue has supported 38 charities. And over the past three years, it has become a significant venue for SCBS. Najmolhoda joined the board for a term ending in September 2019. She hopes to continue to spread the word about the SCBS and use her extensive network of colleagues and clientele to search for more performance and showcase prospects. 

Sarasota Cuban Ballet School

[TODAY]  HEALTH: Strong Voices/Stroing Subjects Lunch & Lecture Series: Parental Incarceration , March 2, 11:30am

The fifth season of Project 180's explores the process and impact of prisoner reentry, for the individual, family and broader community. The first in this three-part lecture series presents internationally recognized scholar-author Dr. Joyce Arditti, professor of human development at Virginia Tech, to share her research on incarcerated citizens as parents, the vulnerabilities of the incarcerated and their families, and the public safety threats and injustices that result from the nation’s incarceration-heavy approach to punishment. Tickets are $30 at the Project 180 website.

The Francis, 1289 North Palm Ave., Sarasota.

[TODAY]  GALLERY: Craig Rubadoux: Magical, Mystical, Fantastical , March 2 – March 31

Craig Rubadoux has been described as a “Sarasota master" and his mastery of figure and form, composition and gesture are plain to see in every work. His paintings are intensely personal glimpses into particular emotions. Greatly affected by his environment and a love of nature, Rubadoux focuses on line, color, and spatial relationships. He references both surrealist automatic drawing and biomorphic figuration. His art is included in many public and private collections, including the Guggenheim Museum, the High Museum of Art, the Museum of Fine Arts, and The Ringling.

Allyn Gallup Contemporary Art, 1288 North Palm Ave., Sarasota.

[TODAY]  MUSIC: John Cowan with Darin and Brooke Aldridge , March 2, 8pm

Both highly acclaimed vocalists in their own right, Darin and Brooke Aldridge combine rich harmonies with impeccable musicianship to create the unmistakable sound that has made them one of the hottest young acts in acoustic music. John Cowan, a friend and mentor of Darin and Brooke will be performing alongside of them. Cowan is also known as the Voice of Newgrass, has been singing his heart out for thirty-seven years now, and his soaring vocals have only improved with time. 

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

[WEEKEND]  FESTIVAL: ArtSlam 2018 , March 3, 9am to 4pm

Bradenton’s Main Street becomes canvas for the city’s multitudinous scribblers, doodlers, sketchers and creatives of all stripes, as ArtSlam brings 23 teams of students and artists out onto the pavement for a day of free-wheeling expressive enterprise. Take a stroll to appreciate the art and jump right in if the inspiration strikes.

Bradenton Main Street, 400 12th St. West, Bradenton

[WEEKEND]  GALLERY: Celebrating Jewish Culture Exhibit Opening Night , March 3

Celebrating Jewish Culture seeks to showcase Jewish culture and the diversity that exists in Jewish artistic expressions. The exhibit will feature works by Nadja Marks, Ellen Goldberg Tishman, Lori Charnow, Harry Samtur, and Janet Mishner. Musical entertainment will be featured as well. 

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

[WEEKEND]  MUSIC: Norma , March 3 – March 24

The opera brings to you an enthralling tale that follows the affair between a Druid priestess and a Roman official, Norma and Pollione, in a Roman occupied Gaul. Defying her sacred vows, Norma has borne two children, but Pollione’s sights are now set on Adalgisa, a temple virgin. The scorned Norma contemplates murder, but as her heart battles between love and duty, she chooses to be cleansed by the flames of a sacrificial pyre.

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

[SOON]  SPORTS: Archie Griffin Celebrity Golf Classic , March 5 – March 6

Golfing with heart takes on a new meaning at The Concession Golf Club as two-time Heisman Trophy winner Archie Griffin partners with The Concession Charities for the 8th Archie Griffin Celebrity Golf Classic. More than 20 professional athletes are expected to attend, including current and former NFL players Eddie George, Joey Galloway, Leroy Hoard, Isaac Curtis, Will Allen, Michael Merriweather, Robert Smith, Louis Breeden and Keith Byars. Proceeds from the celebrity tournament will benefit the Boys & Girls Clubs of Sarasota County, empowering more than 7,000 youth to reach their potential as productive, caring, responsible citizens. Full event details are available online including an up-to-date list of attending celebrities and sponsorship opportunities

The Concession Golf Club , 7700 Lindrick Ln, Bradenton, FL 34202

[SOON]  SEMINAR: SRQ Magazine's Where the Votes Are—School Referendum , March 7, 7:30-9:00am

Join us for SRQ Magazine's Where the Votes Are presentation on the School Referendum on Wednesday, March 7, 2018 from 7:30am to 9:00am at the SRQ Studios. The program includes: Senior Editor Jacob Ogles' analysis of the recent School Referendum by the votes and special guests Pam Truitt and Dan DeLeo of the Citizens for Better Schools. Click here to RSVP or call Madeline Crotts at 941-365-7702 x221. Registration at 7:30am and presentation from 8am to 9am.

SRQ Studios, 331 S. Pineapple Avenue Sarasota, FL 34236

[SOON]  GALA: Cat Tails | A Night in the Garden , March 9, 6:30-9:30pm

Change the destiny of the 30,000 homeless cats and kittens in Sarasota County by joining Cat Depot for an enchanting celebration under the stars at Marie Selby Botanical Gardens. Guests will enjoy live entertainment, hand-crafted cocktails, delectable bites and delicious desserts prepared by award-winning Michael’s on East and Cat Depot’s best silent auction to date. Every ticket sold will provide much needed support and medical care for the homeless, abandoned, and injured cats and kittens the organization rescues each year.

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

[SOON]  MUSIC: Striking Strings , March 8 – March 11

This concert features the striking work of Bartók and Schumann. Bartók's final string quartet is a curious and powerful work, ranging from playfulness to melancholy. As the music succumbs to the impending end, it transforms into something majestic in its resignation. Schumann's String Quartet No. 3 features a Clara motif, as he wrote it during his first marital crisis, a domestic issue with a modern ring to it. Typical for Schumann, the finale sweeps away all that has gone before in a surge of energy with a grand conclusion. 

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

[SOON]  THEATER: 2018 Jewish Film Festival , March 8 – March 18, 10:30am to 9pm

The ninth annual event will feature films that "explore, record, and celebrate Jewish life and experience" from both the past and present. Films vary in genres from exciting fast-paced features to more serious and somber films. Enjoy great cinema for only $15.

Jewish Federation of Sarasota-Manatee, 580 McIntosh Rd., Sarasota

[SOON]  MUSIC: Best of Broadway , March 9 – March 10

Headlining a program of Broadway favorites is Tony-nominated actor Norm Lewis, recognized for his roles in Phantom of the OperaPorgy and Bess and Showboat at Lincoln Center. Also on the program is Sierra Boggess, who starred in Phantom with Lewis. The program includes music by Andrew Lloyd Webber, Rodgers and Hammerstein, Jerome Kern, Stephen Sondheim and Leonard Bernstein.

Van Wezel, 777 North Tamiami Tr., Sarasota.

[SOON]  MUSIC: Tiefland , March 10 – March 25

Marta is the unwilling mistress of awealthy landowner, Sebastiano. To ensure the poor girl will remain close, Sebastiano marries Marta off to Pedro, a shepherd on his land. Pedro falls in love with Marta. Eventually, the awful secret comes to light, but the shepherd is still willing to do whatever it takes to free his beloved from her warden.Performed by the likes of Maria Callas and Montserrat Caballé, this extraordinary example of early 20th century verismo opera is seen regularly in Germany and Austria, but there has only been one other U.S. production in a century.

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

[SOON]  FESTIVAL: Jeepin’ For Face Autism , March 11, 12:00pm-3:00pm

Face Autism, Inc. is teaming up with the Sarasota Jeep Club and Firkins Chrysler Jeep Dodge Ram by rasing funds to continue to serve the local Bradenton, Sarasota, and Venice autism communities. The event will include live music, food and performances from Dynasty Dance and Face Autism clients. All event proceeds will go directly to Face Autism.

Firkins Chrysler Jeep Dodge Ram, 2700 1st Street Bradenton, FL 34208

[SOON]  THEATER: The Kingston Trio , March 11 – March 12

Year after year of sold-out performances at VT prove that these Grammy winning legends of folk music just get better with time! The Kingston Trio always provides a wonderful trip through a musical genre that is adored by millions. You'll be sure to enjoy their beautiful harmonies, simple-yet-meaningful songs, and top-notch musicianship. The Kingston Trio: George Grove, Bill Zorn and Rick Dougherty

Venice Theatre, 140 Tampa Ave W., Venice,

[SOON]  THEATER: Roe , March 14 – April 15

Roe takes the viewer inside the personal and public battles of the two women at the heart of the landmark Supreme Court case, Roe v. Wade. Recreating the case itself, with the help of actual audio recording from the justices of the time Loomer gives nuanced and surprisingly humorous life to both sides of the contentious debate.

Asolo Repertory Theatre, 5555 North Tamiami Trl., Sarasota

[SOON]  MUSIC: The Resonant Rogues , March 15, 7pm

The Resonant Rogues is the songwriting soul child of partners Sparrow and Keith Smith. Since meeting in 2012, they have dedicated their lives to crafting and sharing their music with the world, touring extensively across the US and Europe. The Resonant Rogues are difficult to define, but easy to enjoy.

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

[SOON]  SEMINAR: The Curatorial Program: Vision, Strategy, Criteria , March 15, 6pm

There are many aspects to building a new art museum, but the most visible, of course is the curatorial program. In addition to the 15,000 sq ft of dedicated exhibition space, there are numerous Curatorial Zones on the Museum Campus where visitors will experience and engage with art. Join us for a presentation and interactive discussion about the formation of our communities' new art museum.

The Works, 891 South Tamiami Tr., Sarasota.

[SOON]  GALLERY: Mike Solomon: Native Shore , March 15 – April 14

Mike Solomon's exhibition "Native Shore" focuses on the artist's return to his native shore and hometown of Sarasota after 40 years of living away. His work is inspired by Sarasota's shoreline.  The resplendent light of the neotropics radiates from the paintings and editions, drawing viewers into vibrant aqueous colors and translucent depths, the rhythmic rise and fall of the horizon. 

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

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