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"Who doesn't love a good villain?"

- Tracy Calla, Selby Gardens

[Science]  Revenge of the Plants
Philip Lederer, Phil.Lederer@srqme.com

A self-professed “big ol’ plant nerd,” even Tracy Calla, school and family programs manager at Marie Selby Botanical Gardens, admits plants can be a “hard sell.” Whereas animals of all sorts garner excitement as everything from cuddly to creepy, plants struggle to be noticed, too often dismissed as a passive backdrop to the antics of the animal kingdom. But in the Savage Garden, the plants strike back, ensnaring insects, small animals and the imaginations of Selby Gardens’ visitors alike. “When kids see the Venus flytrap snap around a bug,” Calla says, “they jump back and gasp, and want to know more.”

As Selby Gardens’ newest permanent addition, the Savage Garden capitalizes on this curiosity, bringing a whole host of carnivorous plants from their previous home in the Tampa Museum of Science and Industry. Located in the back of the Ann Goldstein Children’s Rainforest Garden, past the looming rock faces and thatch-roof huts, under the guard of a prowling jaguar, visitors will find these new arrivals, from native bladderworts and butterworts to pitcher plants, sundews and even non-native Venus flytraps. These are “gateway plants,” says Calla, that tickle the imagination and draw newcomers immediately into a plant world that’s much more complex and active than may appear on the surface. “It's that kind of charisma that makes this new display an awesome addition to the Gardens,” she says.

Of course, one of the main draws for children and parents alike remains learning about all the different ways plants can trap their prey. From snaptraps and adhesive traps to pitfalls and the bladderwort’s super-fast suction traps, it’s “total mad science,” says Calla, but there’s good reason pitcher plants have trumpet-shaped leaves and butterworts feel greasy, and helpful displays explain why. “They’re weird-looking, villainous con men of the plant world,” Calla says. “And who doesn’t love a good villain?” 

[ShopTalk]  Stay Practical, Polished & Protected
Jordan Glover, jordang@srqme.com

“Let your mess be your message” goes a­ mantra that deeply resonates with Stefani Schuetz, skin cancer survivor as well as CEO and co-founder of Tri Sirena Athletic Apparel. Having overcome stage 2 melanoma alongside her husband and accompanying co-founder Dr. Christian Schuetz, Stefani built a platform on which she not only shares her story, but also provides fellow athletes with the protective sports gear they may have never known they needed.

Avid triathlete and fitness junkie, 25-year-old Stefani never thought she would have developed cancer at such a young age. So following her recovery, training for a triathlon and struggling to find proper clothing to shield her skin from the sun’s harmful rays, she designed her own line of fashionable tops, bottoms, swimsuits, gloves, hats and more, all fabricated with UPF—ultraviolet protection factor. The company launched April of 2017, first primarily with triathlon-specific attire, then expanding to a variety of run, bike and swim-friendly items. While predominantly an online store, Stefani and the Tri Sirena team travel across the country, from Kona, HI, to Lake Placid, NY, making appearances and hosting events at Iron Man races to showcase their products. This Sunday, June 24, the Tri Sirena team will set up shop at 7:30am at the Siesta Key Beach Pavilion for the Siesta Key Sirens Women Triathlon.

“Our mission is to educate people, making sure that they are aware of how common and serious skin cancer is,” Stefani said. “It’s so important to take care of your skin at a young age to prevent something like this from happening to you.” Customers can anticipate hot new items such as SPF leggings in the future. 

Photo of Pink Pedal Pusher, Tropic Like It's Hot and Purple Reign Tri Sets provided by Tri Sirena

Tri Sirena

[Crow's Nest]  Deconstructed Party
Brittany Mattie, brittany.mattie@srqme.com

We hope you’re craving seafood and Italian tonight, because you can have both with the Open-Faced Seafood Ravioli, aka party on a plate. Crow’s Nest collided an ever-popular pasta dish with all your favorite shellfishes so you get the best of both worlds in one order of saucey goodness. The Open-Faced Seafood Ravioli starts off with a big ol’ sheet of sundried tomato pasta ostensibly laid open to show off the mass amount of Gulf shrimp, Georges Bank sea scallops and jumbo lump crab dogpiling on top of it. Also mixed in are sauteed spinach, fresh ricotta and shaved mozzarella—covered in a chunky marinara sauce and served with a toasted garlic crostini sidekick. Enjoy the views of this deconstructed dish, along with the prime views of South Jetty from Crow’s Nest’s waterfront dining room. A pinot noir goes along nicely with this red dish, such as Foxen ‘15 from Santa Maria Valley or the King Estate ‘15 from Oregon. These wines and so many more can be found on Crow’s Nest extensive Cellar Wine List. Bon Appetit!

Crow's Nest is a member of Nosh, SRQ Magazine's content marketing program for local restaurants.


Photo by Wyatt Kostygan.

Crow's Nest Restaurant and Marina, $28, 1968 Tarpon Center Dr., Venice, 941-484-9551.

[Theater]  Lowry Leaves Sarasota Opera, Heading to Arizona Opera

Sarasota Opera has announced the departure of Director of Audience Development Sam Lowry, who has served as the opera’s public relations representative for several years. Lowry will be heading to the Arizona Opera, where he will take on a new role as the company’s associate director of development. Lowry also founded Sarasota’s Da Capo Society, an organization of young opera enthusiasts and supporters. Sarasota Opera is currently undertaking a search for a replacement. 

Sarasota Opera

[Opening]  Florida Railroam Museum To Open Parrish Station

On Thursday, July 19, the Florida Railroad Museum (FRRM) will hold a ground breaking ceremony for its new Parrish Station. The event begins at 9am and will last until 9:30am. The ground breaking will be at the FRRM in Parrish at 12210 83rd Street E, Parrish. The Parrish station will have a ticket office, sales area, real train cars and memorabilia, restrooms and a 5,000-square-foot freight room. Passengers will have a covered waiting area while waiting for the train and when disembarking. The entire building when completed will be over 20,000 square feet. The Florida Railroad Museum was founded in 1982 as the Florida Gulf Coast Railroad Museum after seven founding members donated $100 each to incorporate and open a checking account. From 1982 to present, many train cars, cabooses, an ex-fruit growers express refrigerated car, a stainless steel baggage car plus others have been donated, purchased and traded. 

Florida Railroad Museum

[Real Estate]  Neal Communities Names Koops Area Sales Manager

Neal Communities recently added MaryAnn Koops to its Lakewood Ranch-based team as an area sales manager. A seasoned professional, Koops possesses over 30 years of practical experience in all aspects of new home construction, marketing, management and sales. In her new role, she will manage and build the homebuilder’s southwest Florida team to achieve optimum sales goals and further influence the market. Prior to joining Neal Communities, she served as a sales trainer for another builder before being promoted to an area sales manager. During her 15-year tenure, Koops trained over 100 new employees on various sales tactics, and was awarded Employee of the Year in 2003 and 2004. She has also worked as a new home sales consultant, Internet home consultant and general sales manager for several homebuilders locally. 

Neal Communities

[TODAY]  HEALTH: Yoga Nights: 108 Sun Salutations Summer Solstice , June 21, 6:30pm-8:30pm

Enjoy this special yoga session on the Ca' d'Zan Terrace. One hundred and eight sun salutations are traditionally practiced at the change of the seasons. Participants are invited to arrive early and enjoy the Museum of Art and Circus Museum during Art After 5. Ashley Stewart, a Yoga Alliance self-empowerment yoga teacher, energy worker, holistic health coach and Lululemon Ambassador, will lead the 108 sun salutations. 

Ca' d'Zan Terrace

John and Mable Ringling Museum of Art, 5401 Bay Shore Rd, Sarasota, FL 34243

[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]  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]  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

[SOON]  SCIENCE AND NATURE: Kayak Trip from Little Sarasota Bay to Palmer Point Beach , June 30, 8:30am-11:30am

Join John Sarkozy, as he shows you the natural beauty of Little Sarasota Bay. All kayak equipment will be supplied to you and is included in the cost of the trip, which is $20 for ALS members and $25 for non-members. A short training session will be given before the trip for those who wish to take it. Take a break on the “crown jewel” of local beaches and take a swim or a walk before paddling back to the mainland.

American Littoral Society

[SOON]  FILM: Films on the Fairway , June 30, 7pm

The Palms Golf Club and the Sarasota Film Festival are teaming up for Films on the Fairway. Throughout the summer, you will be able to enjoy a film, food and fun on the gorgeous greens of the Palms Golf Club. In their upcoming screening, the golf club will show Indiana Jones and the Raiders of the Lost Ark, the 1981 Steven Spielberg classic starring Harrison Ford. Tickets can be bought in advance or purchased at the door. Premium tickets are also available on a limited first come-first serve basis. For $27.50, enjoy dinner, a beverage of choice, a golf cart with preferred viewing, unlimited popcorn and waitress service! Reservations must be made and paid in prior to June 23rd, 2018.

The Palms Golf Club, 1990 S Beneva Rd., Sarasota, FL 34232

[SOON]  SCIENCE AND NATURE: Kayak Trip from Caspersen Beach to Lemon Bay , July 1, 8:30am-11:30am

Enjoy quiet water, open-seated kayaking and exploration from Casperson Beach to Lemon Bay. All kayak equipment will be provided and is included in the cost of the trip, which is $20 for ALS members and $25 for non-members.

American Littoral Society

[SOON]  FESTIVAL: 4th of July Fireworks Spectacular , July 4, 4:30pm-10:00pm

Join Marina Jack for their annual Fourth of July Fireworks Spectacular on Independence Day between 11:00 am-10:00pm. Indulge in the decadent menus from the Dining Room, Blue Sunshine Patio Bar & Grill and Deep Six Lounge & Piano Bar all while enjoying the magnificent display of lights in the sky. Marina Jack II will host a three-hour cruise featuring a buffet, live music and premier viewing of the fireworks display.

Marina Jack's, 2 Marina Plaza, Sarasota, FL 34236

[SOON]  SCIENCE AND NATURE: Kayak Trip from Little Sarasota Bay to Palmer Point Beach , July 4, 8:30am-11:30am

Join John Sarkozy, as he shows you the natural beauty of Little Sarasota Bay. All kayak equipment will be supplied to you and is included in the cost of the trip, which is $20 for ALS members and $25 for non-members. A short training session will be given before the trip for those who wish to take it. Take a break on the “crown jewel” of local beaches and take a swim or a walk before paddling back to the mainland.

American Littoral Society

[SOON]  SCIENCE AND NATURE: Kayak Trip From Curry Creek to Nokomis , July 7, 8:30am-11:30am

Enjoy the great outdoors with a kayak paddle led by John Sarkozy, through Nokomis and the Curry Creek Preserve. All kayak equipment will be provided and is included in the cost of the trip, which $20 for ALS members and $25 for non-members. Bring drinking water, suncreen and your sense of adventure. 

American Littoral Society

[SOON]  THEATER: What the Butler Saw , July 10 – July 29

Wild, risqué, and ferociously funny, Joe Orton’s classic farce takes aim at everything from sex to psychiatry. In an exclusive, private mental health clinic, Dr. Prentice is attempting to seduce his prospective secretary when his wife walks in, interrupting his sordid intentions and kicking off a maniacal tour de force involving a state inspector, bellboys, slamming doors, and, above all, Orton’s wicked wit and breakneck dialogue. 

Asolo Repertory Theatre, 5555 North Tamiami Trl., Sarasota

[SOON]  SCIENCE AND NATURE: Kayak Trip From Snook Haven Down The Myakka River , July 10, 8:30am-11:30am

Take a kayak trip led by John Sarkozy from the wild and scenic Myakka River, and travel downstream from Snook Haven. All kayak equipment will be provided and is included in the cost of the trip, which is $20 per person for ALS members and $25 for non-members. For those who want it, there will be a short training session given before launch.

American Littoral Society

[SOON]  MUSIC: Tops from Flops , July 11 – July 22

A musical review of America’s most treasured musical theater songs that came from some of Broadways biggest fiascos.  Enjoy an evening of great and enduring all-time hits from composers like:  George M. Cohan, Irving Berlin, Cole Porter and many more!  An exuberant tour through the last 75 years of Broadways musical giants all spawned from Broadways biggest flops.

Players Centre for Performing Arts, 838 North Tamiami Tr., Sarasota.

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