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"We hope this will really bring Cortez together."

- Chef Gerard Jesse, Seafood Shack

[Government]  Connecting the Homeless to Social Services

A focus on assistance has led to an increase in the number of chronically homeless individuals using social services to get off the street, but officials acknowledge the problem remains complex. “We’ve gone from somewhat of a disjointed approach to more of a regional approach,” Sarasota City Manager Tom Barwin says.

Sarasota city commissioners on Monday heard an update on the performance of Homeless Outreach Teams, or HOT teams, made up of police officers and case managers in the city. They have helped in moving more homeless individuals from camps and cars into shelters, which in turn leads to getting transients into a system with the end goal of permanent housing. Kevin Stiff, coordinator for homelessness response in the city, said the goal these days is to “educate, encourage, then enforce” in that order, meaning the goal should be to inform homeless individuals of available services before jailing them for vagrancy or other related crimes.

That can prove difficult. City Commissioner Shelli Freeland Eddie shared an anecdote of a homeless person near her office who she tried to connect with a HOT team, but the first thing that happened when the individual was introduced to police was that law enforcement turned up an outstanding warrant for public urination and took the person to jail. “That sends a message, and people will not accept help from well-intentioned law enforcement,” she said. “Now I don’t refer.”

Stiff acknowledged that police have an obligation to follow through on warrants, and many chronically homeless may have legal issues that must be dealt with before other services get rendered.

But Ed DeMarco, CEO for the Suncoast Coalition to End Homelessness, says there are other access points to the social services network, and that individuals in that circumstance could also be sent to the Salvation Army or another provider. From there, case workers may be able to provide legal service and help deal with outstanding problems like warrants in a way that’s less abrupt.

HOT teams did bring 486 clients to some 20 reserved “HOT beds” at the Salvation Army over the course of 2017, and about 30 percent of those individuals got placed into permanent housing, with another 9 percent reaching some other “positive outcome,” such as moving back in with family or friends.

In total, officials say street homelessness now is down about 18 percent, in the city and regionally. DeMarco says that may seem like a small improvement, but numbers have stayed relatively flat in the last four or five years, a period during which city and county officials have tried to tackle homelessness in a conscious way. 

[Community]  Going Through Customs in Cortez: Passports and Tapas
Philip Lederer, Phil.Lederer@srqme.com

Whether by land or sea, foodies and fun-seekers set a course for Cortez Village and Seafood Shack this weekend, as the community launches its Cortez Passport Program today at the Florida Maritime Museum and the restaurant prepares to unveil a special World Oceans Day celebration and kick off its “Rock the Docks” summer music series this Saturday.

A community-wide endeavor, the Cortez Passport Program unites 27 Cortez Village businesses and nonprofits in an initiative to encourage locals and visitors to explore all the area has to offer. Through the creation of a 30-page, pocket-sized “passport,” which contains information about participating locations and their offerings, the program hopes to transform its bearers into “Cortez Explorers,” earning stamps as they visit each stop. When an explorer collects 12 stamps, they can stop by the Florida Maritime Museum for a Cortez Explorer t-shirt keepsake. I am terrifically excited for the debut of the Cortez Passport,” says Seafood Shack’s Liza Kubik, “which will turn visitors to our historic village into Cortez Explorers. This cooperative neighborhood initiative brings together a diverse group in a common effort.” The official launch takes place today at the Coastal Community Celebration at the Florida Maritime Museum. Passports are free.

But while the Passport Program will be around for the foreseeable future, Seafood Shack’s Sustainable Seafood Tapas plates give diners only three days to try out the latest creations from Chef Gerard Jesse. Debuting on World Oceans Day, June 8, the plates will be available through June 10. Including a range of seafood, from Gulf Shrimp and Blue Crab Croquettes with Creole Mustard to French Escargot or Cajun-Style Boiled Louisiana Crawfish, Smoked New Zealand Green Lip Mussels or Gulf Mahi Mahi fish spread, every item on these sharable plates has been fished sustainably and harvested responsibly, certified by the Monterey Bay Aquarium Seafood Watch program. Designed for two, Jesse hopes diners will not only enjoy the flavors, but perhaps talk a bit about what’s on their plate and why.

This Saturday also marks the beginning of Seafood Shack’s “Rock the Docks” summer music series, with performance by Trevor Bystrom and a visit from the Heineken Light Boat. Bystrom plays from 3pm to 6pm, and diners get a sneak peek at the new Summer Happy Hour offerings. And between the passport, the neighborhood celebrations and regular live music on the weekends, Jesse takes a rising-tide-lifts-all-boats mentality, looking for others to join in. “We hope this will really bring Cortez together,” he says. 

Pictured: Tapas plate from Seafood Shack, available June 8–10. Photo courtesy of Seafood Shack.

[ShopTalk]  Apricot & Lime Breed Fruitful New Market
Jordan Glover, jordang@srqme.com

Like the first steps through a whimsical portal, find yourself entranced by the vivid hues and embellishments in all directions, from radiant mosaics and ornaments to brilliant clocks and statues, that carry you through a seemingly endless array of creativity and artistry. Warehouse turned curio emporium, dubbed Bazaar on Apricot & Lime, opened its doors May 3 with the ever-so-warm-and-bubbly founder Judy Alexander welcoming crafty locals and tourists upon arrival, her passion for local craftsmanship exuding as she shares with them upcoming events and raffles while introducing them to the fresh scene. 

The Bazaar runs from 9am to 2pm every Thursday, Friday and Saturday year-round, with live music starting at noon. More than 20 regional vendors sell a wide variety of merchandise, making the market a one-stop shop for decorative art, handmade gifts, baked goods, clothing, jewelry, one-of-a-kind collectibles and more. Have your chakras and tarot cards read by the masterminds of Life in Fantasia, rummage through retro goodies provided by Blue Cat Vintage or pick out an amusing pet portrait from Karma Saw That.With this quantity of merchants comes a diversity of style that caters to virtually all tastes; a booth of beachy décor and seashell-adorned light fixtures might be followed by a booth of holistic crystals and essential oils, and then quirky doormats and handcrafted candles at the next. A tea room and cocktail station allow those wishing to take a break between shopping sprees to kick back, relax and enjoy some of the exquisite flavors our community has to offer. 

Pictured: "Charmingly Creepy" leather bookmarks made by Life In Fantasia

The Bazaar On Apricot & Lime, 821 Apricot Ave., Sarasota, 941-343-2712

[Ophelia's On The Bay]  The Hawaiian Hookup
Brittany Mattie, brittany.mattie@srqme.com

Ever been to the Pacific-blue waters of Hawaii? If you’ve eaten at Ophelia’s On The Bay, your taste buds sure have. From sea-to-table, much of the fish on the oceanic-centric menu is flown in fresh every day from the far-flung island state. Chef Daniel Olsen’s close relations with three fish companies on the Big Island allow him to provide the freshest seafood possible for this side of the U.S. “I get phone calls in the morning here, which is super early morning there. They tell me what they just bought in auction—tuna size, tuna quality and prices,” describes Olsen. From there, Chef places his order, and the companies ship out all the product overnight in state-of-the-art-packaging, which maintains cool refrigerated temperatures. By early the next morning, it's getting prepped for the day’s dining provisions at Marker 48 on Little Sarasota Bay.

Hula your way onto the waterfront patio for a prolific Mahi Mahi dish—baked in an ambrosial coconut and macadamia crumb crust and accompanied by a tropical fruit jam, served with fried sweet plantains and sriracha potatoes. Our relationships with major wholesale fish and seafood distributors in Hawaii are crucial to our efforts in fresh product procurement,” says Olsen. “Cutting out the middle man and working directly with the Hawaiian distributors gives us a competitive edge on prices, fresh auction quality and worldwide reach to access global fisheries.” Mahalo, Chef Olsen for bringing the spirit of Aloha to Sarasota.

Ophelia’s On The Bay is a member of Nosh, the SRQ Magazine content marketing program for local restaurants. 

Photo of Tataki Loin of Yellowfin Tuna by Wyatt Kostygan.

Ophelia's On The Bay is accessible by land or via water (Marker 48) 9105 Midnight Pass Rd., Sarasota, 941-349-2212.

[Architecture]  Halflants + Pichette Wins Big at Gulf Coast AIA Design Awards

Halflants + Pichette Architects were awarded five American Institute of Architects design awards at the biannual Gulf Coast AIA competition. The award recipients were announced at the Design & Honor Dinner at the Hyatt Regency. A jury of well-established architects out of Charleston, NC were asked to review seventy-five blind submissions. Twenty-one area design firms submitted projects completed within the past five years. Halflants + Pichette Architects alone secured almost half of the awards, including two Awards of Excellence and all residential awards. The five awarded projects consist of the interior renovation of a large condominium on Siesta Key, the design of an art center in Manatee County, as well as design-build residences on Anna Maria, along Philippi Creek, and in Venice. All winning projects will be on display at the Center for Architecture on Orange Avenue through the month of June.  

Halflants + Pichette Architects

[Philanthropy]  The Exchange to Award $250,000 to Local Arts, Students

The Exchange (formerly the Woman’s Exchange) will award $250,000 to 19 regionally based arts and cultural organizations and 22 students at an invitation-only event at The Exchange today. The organizational grants are for specific projects and outreach programs, including performances, exhibitions, education initiatives and special series. The Exchange’s board bases its granting decisions on the long-term stability and financial health of the organizations, the program’s overall appeal to the public and the educational impact these programs will have on area students. Individual scholarships are awarded based on grade point average, the individual’s artistic goals and achievements, and letters of recommendation. The monies used for these grants and scholarships were earned entirely through the organization’s 15,000-square-foot consignment boutique in downtown Sarasota. Grant recipients include Arts and Cultural Alliance of Sarasota County, Asolo Theatre, Key Chorale, Sarasota Ballet, Selby Gardens and more. For a full list of recipients, visit the website below. 

Exchange 2018-19 Grant Recipients

[Philanthropy]  Manatee Community Foundation Awards $200,000+ in Grants

Manatee Community Foundation recently awarded $223,200 in grants to local nonprofits through a competitive grant process and through generous donors and giving circles that supported requests for funding. This year’s grants process emphasized the importance of organizations clearly articulating the expected human gain instead of activity-based work. Key areas of investment this year were fostercare, grade-level reading, health, arts, animal welfare and environment. Grants awarded to organizations will help fund a variety of initiatives such as, funding for summer activities provided to Manatee County foster children through Children’s Guardian Fund Inc., support to provide a summer program for children living in the Pride Park neighborhood through Manatee YMCA, and funds to provide field trips to the Felts Audubon Preserve for 3rd Grade students in Manatee County Title 1 Schools through Manatee County Audubon Society. 

Manatee Community Foundation

[TODAY]  GALLERY: Warhol: Flowers In the Factory , February 11 – June 30

This exhibition showcases the surprising and little examined, role of nature in Warhol’s art and life. The spectacular 15-acre tropical setting of Marie Selby Botanical Gardens on Sarasota Bay will provide a matchless context for examining Warhol’s fascination with the natural world in this focused, immersive exhibition. It is curated by Carol Ockman, Ph.D., curator-at-large of Marie Selby Botanical Gardens and the Robert Sterling Clark Professor of Art History at Williams College

Marie Selby Botanical Gardens, 811 South Palm Ave., Sarasota.

[TODAY]  MUSIC: Sarasota Music Festival , June 4 – June 23

Classical musicians from around the world converge for three weeks of breathtaking concerts, featuring artists such as Vijay Venkatesh and Robert Sirota.

Sarasota Orchestra, Beatrice Friedman Symphony Center, 709 North Tamiami Trl., Sarasota

[TODAY]  PERFORMANCE: Jungle Book , June 6 – June 24

Join Mowgli, Baloo and friends when Asolo Rep presents the world premiere of Jungle Book from the creators of the hit show Twenty Thousand Leagues Under the Sea. Using the same jaw-dropping multi-media theatrical approach, Jungle Book re-imagines Rudyard Kipling’s classic stories through modern eyes to transport audiences to the world’s jungles. Family Day is June 16; Family Package pricing starts at just $15 per ticket when one person in the party is 18 or younger.

Asolo Repertory Theatre , 5555 N Tamiami Trail, Sarasota, FL 34243

[SOON]  SEMINAR: Sarasota Design Conference , June 8 – June 10

The biennial conference has a 30-year history of featuring speakers on the cutting edge of the profession from the U.S. and abroad. This year's theme, Designing for Change, focuses on how architects are responding to changes in climate, agriculture, society transporation and technology. There will be six speaker presentations, a panel discussion, architecture tours and a workshop titled Salty Urbanism, where participants will increase their knowledge on flooding and building resilient environments. A free presentation of the workshop results will be held Sunday, June 10, at 12:45.

Hyatt Regency Sarasota, 1000 Blvd of the Arts, Sarasota.

[SOON]  THEATER: Incognito , June 8 – July 8

In a cerebral journey through neuroscience, amnesia, and the theft of Albert Einstein’s brain, playwright Nick Payne investigates the nature of identity in a series of mysterious and touching interwoven tales.

Urbanite Theatre, 1487 2nd St., Sarasota

[SOON]  GALLERY: Floridian Artists Exhibition , June 8 – June 30

As the warm summer heat sets in, 530 Burns Gallery is pleased to highlight artists who hail from Florida. Summertime and sunshine always bring inspiration, and each artist uses his or her diverse style to create innovative and original art works. Featured artists include Gary Borse, Linda Richichi, Katie Cassidy, Todd Andrew Babb, Randy Colbath and Bettina Sego.

530 Burns Gallery, 530 Burns Ct., Sarasota

[SOON]  FOOD: Bordeaux Wine Tasting Set , June 9, 6:30pm

The 2014 and 2015 highly-anticipated vintages of Bordeaux available through Michael’s Wine Cellar will officially debut, hosted by Michael’s Wine Cellar Co-Proprietor Michael Klauber immediately following Klauber’s return from a Gulf Coast Connoisseur Club wine-buying journey through Bordeaux, France. Admission is $50 per person, with each guest receiving a $25 retail voucher for purchases of $50 or more to be utilized the evening of the tasting for the purchase of featured Bordeaux wines. Advanced reservations are required. Admission includes hors d'oeuvres and tastes of more than 20 Bordeaux wines.

Michael's On East, 1212 South East Ave., Sarasota.

[SOON]  MUSIC: Latin Jazz with the Viva Cal Sextet , June 9, 8pm

Come enjoy Latin Jazz with the Viva Cal Sextet, featuring an All Star cast of musicians including Jose Antonio Lao on Timbales, Michelle Salazar on Bass, Hector Mayoral on Vocals, Bongos, Bell and Chekere, Alexis Montalvo on Piano, Cole Hazlitt on Vibraphone, Frankie Pineiro on elongated bongos.  Band leader Frankie Pineiro has long been a fixture of the Tampa Bay Jazz community. 

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

[SOON]  DANCE: Countertechnique Workshop with Kira Blazek Ziaii , June 11 – June 13, 9:30am-11:30am

American performer, choreographer and educator Kira Blazek Ziaii will provide tools for the body and mind to deal with the demanding dance practice of the 21st century. Within a clear structure of exercises, the class thoroughly prepares the body for rehearsal and performance, enabling dancers to move bigger, more fluidly and more spatially, while becoming stronger and more flexible.

Sarasota Contemporary Dance Home Studio, 1400 Boulevard of the Arts Ste. 300, Sarasota.

[SOON]  THEATER: Carole's Kings , June 12 – July 15

Be transported back in time with Carole's Kings, an all-male Carole King tribute that mixes fabulous music with clever writing by The Second City, the legendary home of sketch comedy and improv. With a cast fresh from Broadway, Carole’s Kings will have you singing and dancing along to “The Locomotion,” “You've Got a Friend,” and “I Feel the Earth Move.” Jam-packed with humor, this salute to Carole King will take you back to when she was the queen of the airwaves.

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

[SOON]  PERFORMANCE: Summer Circus Spectacular , June 12 – July 28

The 2018 Circus Spectacular will amaze and dazzle you. Join the performers for an hour of incredible family fun at affordable prices. Presented in collaboration with The Circus Arts Conservatory of Sarasota, this onstage exhibition of circus artistry provides delightful summer entertainment for “children of all ages.”

Historic Asolo Theatre, 5401 Bay Shore Rd., Sarasota

[SOON]  DANCE: Behind the Curtain with Kira Blazek Ziaii , June 15, 3pm

Come out and enjoy an open rehearsal with Choreographer Kira Blazek Ziaii and Sarasota Contemporary Dance dancers followed by a Q&A session.

Sarasota Contemporary Dance Home Studio, 1400 Boulevard of the Arts Ste. 300, Sarasota.

[SOON]  DANCE: Physical Theater Workshop with Kwesi Johnson , June 18 – June 22, 9:30am-11:30am

Artistic Director of Kompany Malakhi in the United Kingdom, Kewsi Johnson will show dancers his passion for creating imaginative and inspiring narratives that often hold a message. He specializes in fusing dance styles such as UK Jazz dance, contemporary, Funk styles, and Breakin', with physical theatre and the unexpected to create a style that is incomparable. The workshop equips you with the skills to transform and reinterpret image, spoken and written language into 'physical theatre.'

Sarasota Contemporary Dance Home Studio, 1400 Boulevard of the Arts Ste. 300, Sarasota.

[SOON]  SPORTS: Bradentucky Bombers Take On Gold Coast Derby Grrls , June 19, 5pm

The Bradentucky Bombers will compete during their first official season as an Apprenticeship League with the Women's Flat Track Derby Association (WFTDA), an international governing body for the sport of women's flat track roller derby. Their relocation to the Ellenton Ice & Sports Complex gives them the opportunity to extend their promotional reach to their local tri-city community. Doors to the game will open at 4:30pm. Tickets are $10 presale, $12 at the door, $6 for kids 6-12 and free for kids 5 and under. Stay for a Meet & Greet with the Bombers, and an after party at Darwin Brewing Company and Taproom.


Ellenton Ice & Sports Complex, 5309 29th St. E., Ellenton.

[SOON]  FESTIVAL: Friday Fest: Jah Movement , June 22, 5:00pm

Opening the Van Wezel Performing Arts Hall’s Friday Fest summertime concert series is reggae band Jah Movement. Fronted by hometown hero and vocalist extraordinaire Shantel Norman, Jah Movement plays top 40, Funk, Soul, R&B and Calypso Dance music. Winners of Creative Loafing’s 2016 ‘Best Local Reggae Band’ in the Tampa Bay Area and recent 2nd place winners of Sarasota Herald-Tribune’s Best Local Entertainment for 2017, Jah Movement is made up of some of the best musicians in the South West Florida Region. Each of the four events will feature food trucks, beverage vendors and more – it’s the perfect spot to enjoy a summer sunset over Sarasota Bay. Don’t miss out - “The Movement” is sure to get you dancing!

Van Wezel Performing Arts Hall, 777 N Tamiami Trail, Sarasota, FL 34236

[SOON]  DANCE: Behind the Curtain with Kwesi Johnson , June 22, 3pm

Come out and enjoy an open rehearsal with choreographer Kwesi Johnson and Sarasota Contemporary Dance dancers, followed by a Q&A session.

Sarasota Contemporary Dance Home Studio, 1400 Boulevard of the Arts Ste. 300, Sarasota.

[SOON]  THEATER: The Lion King Jr. , June 22 – June 23

The African savannah comes to life with Simba and Nala, Pumbaa and Timon, Mufasa and Scar, and more unforgettable characters as they journey from Pride Rock to the jungle and back again in this inspiring, coming-of-age story. This vibrant tale has captivated worldwide audiences. With Sir Elton John's music, dazzling costumes and extraordinary talent, this is a show not to be missed.

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

[SOON]  SPORTS: HotelPlanner Sarasota Powerboat Grand Prix , June 23 – July 4

The 34th Annual Sarasota Powerboat Grand Prix, offers events for the entire family to enjoy.  Powerboat racing will take place off Lido Beach on July 1 broadcasted by CBS Sports, with boats racing at speeds over 100 MPH. Other Festival events include a Golf Classic, Car Show, Kickoff Party, Racer Autograph Signing, A Fan Festival, Downtown Block Party, Motorcycle Charity Ride and much more. The Sarasota Powerboat Grand Prix is produced by, and benefits, Suncoast Charities for Children supporting local children and adults with special needs.

[SOON]  THEATER: Murder for Two , June 27 – July 29

Officer Marcus Moscowicz is a small town policeman who dreams of becoming a detective. When shots ring out at the surprise birthday party of great American novelist Arthur Whitney, and Whitney ends up dead, Marcus sees an opportunity to prove his sleuthing skills. With only a short time to solve the case, he has to find out, “whodunit?” In a witty musical homage to classic murder mysteries, Murder for Two is the perfect blend of music, mayhem, and murder.


Florida Studio Theatre, 1241 North Palm Ave., Sarasota

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