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"I really tried to make the photographs as painterly as possible."

- Sue Keating, artist

[Photography]  "Cuba Stories" Opens Tonight with Limited Run
Philip Lederer, Phil.Lederer@srqme.com

Get a glimpse of the beauty of Cuba—without the cost of a plane ticket or hassle of a passport—with tonight’s opening of Cuba Stories, the debut photography exhibition from artist Sue Keating. Featuring 34 large-scale works in color and black and white, the show hangs for three days at 500 Tallevast Road, behind CopyTalk, and documents Keating’s weeklong journey through the neighborhoods of the island nation.

Growing up in Florida, with Cuba a mere 90 miles away but forbidden, the island remained a “tantalizing” dream for much of Keating’s life, until she joined a Ringling College of Art and Design “art tour” of Cuba, along with eight others and a Ringling College photography professor, Elena de la Ville. In the mornings, the group convened for conversation and artistic feedback; by night, they explored the island, with Keating going for solitary walks through the many neighborhoods and markets. An avid world traveler, she’s been kidnapped before, she says, but never felt unsafe in Cuba.

It became an opportunity for the painter to discover a knack for photography, and Keating found herself instantly enamored by the world around her, turning the camera’s lens to all manner of patterns, colors and textures. “I really tried to make the photographs as painterly as possible,” she says.

Keating avoided some things as well, and audiences will notice a marked absence of people from most images, with the artist’s eye more drawn to Cuba as a place than as a people—and definitely not as politics. As a visitor, Keating eschewed any attempts to capture “real Cuba” or “old Cuba” or “new Cuba”—or comment on any of the myriad political questions that have consumed much of the nation’s history. This past can’t be erased, but Keating approaches it from an aesthetic standpoint, where the layers of paint on a single building say as much as disparate architectural styles crumbling side-by-side in a neighborhood. “And all of that layering is peeling,” she says. “This is both visually beautiful and heart-breaking.” Like layers of time, she says, they peel back to reveal a history of occupation and perseverance. “The amount of decay is profound,” Keating says, “but the amount of artisanship that went into it is unbelievable.”

And, above it all, she says, the culture of the Caribbean shines through, in all its dazzling color and light.

Cuba Stories by Sue Keating opens tonight at 500 Tallevast Road from 5:30pm to 9pm, and then shows on Friday, July 6, and Saturday, July 7, from 11am to 2pm. RSVPs are requested at Sue@SueKeating.com. 

Pictured: "Big Red Umbrella" by Sue Keating. Photograph courtesy of the artist.

[Politics]  Goodwin Touts Statewide Leadership
Jacob Ogles, jacob.ogles@srqme.com

Jane Goodwin’s history rallying votes to promote a vision for stronger education dates back to before she ever ran for Sarasota School Board. She’s been involved now in five different campaigns supporting a tax to benefit the school district, all of which involved in successful passage of referenda. Now, she’s running for a third term on the School Board. “I have passion for this work and passion for the kids,” she says.

Over her last two terms, Goodwin says she’s advanced to leadership positions both locally and with state organizations like the Florida School Boards Association, where she chairs the Legislative Committee. She’s spoken with Tallahassee leaders extensively about better funding for the district, though that sometimes has resulted in disappointment like being forced to rollback tax levels despite growth in property values.

Amid a push in many quarters for charter school and voucher expansion, she says the school district can meet the special needs of students without taking resources away from the district. A former teacher, she’s troubled by a seeming resegregation that comes with the so-called school choice. “Look in places like Jacksonville, you see a lot of children have gone to charter and private schools, and see that children of color remain in public schools,” she says. She doesn’t want to see such a trend continue here.

With school safety at top of mind for many parents, opponents have criticized Goodwin’s support of a district police force. But she says that’s largely the result of years of discussion. Years ago, “[Sheriff] Tom Knight said I wish you had a real policing entity to talk to,” Goodwin says. “Now we do.” She dismissed suggestions new Superintendent Todd Bowden has caused rifts with the sheriff or other entities.

Goodwin faces three opponents—Pamela Gavette, Richard Linden and Justin Cody Willis—in Aug. 28 election. A runoff, if needed, is scheduled for Nov. 6. 

Picture courtesy Goodwin campaign: Goodwin files for re-election.

[Politics]  Willis Holds Major Stake in Schools Future
Jacob Ogles, jacob.ogles@srqme.com

Justin Cody Willis says he has the greatest investment in Sarasota County Schools of anyone running this year—five children enrolled in the district. From a parent point of view, he’s been upset by board disputes and poor decisions around school safety, and he’s ready to bring a change. “We need a voice of reason,” Willis says.

Security perhaps drove Willis to run more than any other issue, and he’s unhappy with the decision by the district to create its own police force instead of continuing to contract with municipal police departments and the sheriff’s office. The North Port resident says that move will also prevent important community connections between students and officers. “Right now kids get used to seeing them in school and get used to dealing with them,” he says. “Think about if you never deal with law enforcement except maybe for a negative experience with a parent.” Moreover, in the event of an active shooting, he wants campus officers to be directly connected with regional law enforcement SWAT teams and other units.

Regarding charter schools, he favors allowing locally run facilities that fill a niche the district doesn’t already serve, but he doesn’t want to see for-profit schools running with district dollars. For example, one of his children previously attended Imagine School at North Port and he pulled her, angry at the lack of accountability for administration, citing an altercation where his child got hurt and administrators did not handle the matter to his satisfaction, but he had no place to appeal the decision.

As for vouchers, he stressed the district can make vouchers work to public schools advantage. All of his children attend district schools, including one on a McKay Scholarship for Students with Disabilities.  “We saw the benefit to public schools and enrolled our son at Cranberry Elementary,” he says. “Vouchers can play an important role, especially with those in need of an individualized education."

Willis faces three opponents—Pamela Gavette, Jane Goodwin and Richard Linden—in the Aug. 28 election. A runoff, if needed, is scheduled for Nov. 6. 

Photo courtesy Willis campaign: Willis poses with his family.

[ShopTalk]  Exchange for Change
Jordan Glover, jordang@srqme.com

What’s better than hitting the jackpot during a thrifting trip, and finding modish, one-of-a-kind novelties among the endless supply of widgets and doodads? Doing so, all while supporting the local art scene. The cheerfully pink utopia of Woman’s Exchange Inc. provides consignment galore with its vast showroom of clothing, furniture, home decor and more, donating its proceeds to the Arts of Sarasota and Manatee counties as well as awarding more than $8 million in grants and scholarships.

The Exchange is unlike your run-of-the-mill consignment store. For starters, the inventory renews unlike any other. Regulars can attest to the fact that its shelves recirculate and restock on a daily basis, ensuring new merchandise at all times. Each section teems with diverse and eclectic commodity, from kitchenware sets, handcrafted incense burners and stylish room dividers, to intricate Persian rugs, vintage gowns and old books.The volunteers at The Exchange present consignors with three levels for donation opportunities. At the Platinum Level, 100% of the net proceeds of the consignor’s item will go toward the art community, and the students pursuing higher education in the arts through grants and scholarships awarded in June. At Gold Level, 50% of the item’s proceeds go directly to the consignor, with the remaining 50% applying to the grant and scholarship program. And lastly, at the Silver level, 65% of the proceeds is paid to the consignor, with the remaining 35% applying to The Exchange’s program. In addition to the marvelous assortment of goods to rummage through, customers can also look forward to perks of their own; each item in the store is given an initial price, but that price diminishes with time, approximately every 3 to 4 weeks, making habitual visits that much more enticing and worthwhile. 

The Woman's Exchange, 539 S Orange Ave, Sarasota, (941) 955-7859.

[Pier 22]  Southern Brisket Meets Asian Influence
Brittany Mattie, brittany.mattie@srqme.com

Chef Greg Campbell digs up his Georgia roots to create a smoked brisket that contrasts, yet complements the seafood dishes and sushi rolls on Pier 22’s catering menu. Stepping away from a traditional beef brisket, this creation has a teriyaki rub that marinates for 24 hours, and then gets properly smoked for an authentic southern flavor with a tangy Asian twist. The crafty handheld delights incorporate fluffy steamed bao buns and jalapeno coleslaw in a soy glaze with a 9º80º Sriracha drizzle. Chef Campbell prefers to use 9º80º Sriracha because it’s gluten-free and has no MSG or preservatives. The steamer buns are served flat as opposed to folded in half, to give it an aerial presentation—vulnerably open to a hungry fork-stabbing the moment it hits the table. Head over to Pier 22’s premier waterfront patio to see what all the hype is about—we guarantee stoke-worthy bites and libations will be waiting for your arrival.

This item is only available for catered events (offsite or at the venue). Pier 22 is a member of Nosh, SRQ Magazine’s content marketing program for local restaurants. 

Photo by Wyatt Kostygan.

Pier 22 Restaurant & Patio, 1200 1st Ave. West, Bradenton, 941-748-8087.

[Law]  Williams Parker Attorneys Named Super Lawyers, Rising Stars

Williams Parker has announced that Super Lawyers, a Thomson Reuters lawyer-rating service, has named 13 of its attorneys as 2018 Super Lawyers and three as 2018 Rising Stars. Super Lawyers is a rating service of lawyers from more than 70 practice areas who have attained a high-degree of peer recognition and professional achievement. The multi-phased selection process includes independent research, peer nominations, and peer evaluations. The following Williams Parker attorneys were named as 2018 Super Lawyers: Charles D. Bailey, III, Gail E. Farb, Jennifer Fowler-Hermes, Rose-Anne Frano, Ric Gregoria, John M. Hament, J. Michael Hartenstine, Elizabeth C. Marshall, Mark A. Schwartz, William M. Seider, Jeffrey T. Troiano, Kimberly P. Walker and Michael J. Wilson. 2018 Rising Stars are Douglas J. Elmore, James-Allen McPheeters and Elizabeth M. Stamoulis. 

Williams Parker

[Healthcare]  SOA to Celebrate 40th Anniversary

Sarasota Orthopedic Associates has announced its upcoming 40th anniversary providing orthopedic care in the community as July 13th, 2018, On this day, SOA will celebrate the milestone anniversary with staff and patients. A day of fun and festivities will be highlighted with a Super Hero theme, and the SOA staff of over 100+ strong will dress as their favorite Super Hero figures and all offices will be decorated. SOA is the exclusive orthopedic partner for Circus Arts Conservatory (CAC), who will provide entertainment at all three locations with jugglers, stilt-walkers, roller skaters, unicyclists and balloons. Over the past seven years, SOA has expanded to three locations. SOA is a full-service orthopedic center providing not only physician care for the musculoskeletal system, but also X-ray, MRI, physical therapy, occupational therapy and aquatic therapy. 

Sarasota Orthopedic Associates

[Law]  Vaughan-Birch Named to 2018 Super Lawyers

Norman Vaughan-Birch, a board-certified civil mediator and arbitrator with the full-service law firm Kirk-Pinkerton, P.A., has been selected for the 2018 Florida Super Lawyers list. Super Lawyers, part of Thomson Reuters, is a research-driven, peer-influenced rating service of outstanding lawyers from more than 70 practice areas who have attained a high degree of peer recognition and professional achievement. The Super Lawyers list recognizes no more than five percent of attorneys in each state. The annual selections are made using a patented multiphase process that includes a statewide survey of lawyers, an independent research evaluation of candidates and peer reviews by practice area. The Super Lawyers lists are published nationwide. 

Kirk Pinkerton

[TODAY]  GALLERY: "40 by 8" , June 25 – August 31

True to its name, the summer exhibit, curated by Mark Ormond, features 40 works by eight artists, including Luisa Basnuevo, Jean Blackburn, Luis Delgado, Daphne Gamble, Leslie Lerner, Melissa Meyer, Helen Shulman and Joyce Ely Walker. The gallery is open Tuesday through Saturday, noon to 5 p.m.

Allyn Gallup Contemporary Art Gallery, 1288 N Palm Ave, Sarasota, FL, 34236.

[TODAY]  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

[TODAY]  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]  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]  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.

[SOON]  THEATER: Tenth Anniversary Sarasota Improv Festival , July 12 – July 14

Troupes are coming from all over the country, from as far away as France and Spain, all ready to bring their best spontaneous hilarity to the Gulf Coast. Featuring an unprecedented THREE headliners - Baby Wants Candy (Chicago), Impro Madrid (Spain) and Impro Theatre (LA) - one for each day of the Festival. Plus, several returning favorites including North Coast (NYC), Parallelogramophonograph (Austin, TX), ImprovBoston (Boston, MA), STACKED (Chicago, IL) and Available Cupholders (Austin, TX). 

Florida Studio Theatre, 1241 North Palm Ave., Sarasota

[SOON]  SCIENCE AND NATURE: Kayak Trip from Caspersen Beach to Lemon Bay , July 15

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]  SCIENCE AND NATURE: Kayak Trip Through The Waterways of Nokomis , July 17, 8:30am-11:30am

John Sarkozy will lead a kayak expedition through the bays and canals around Nokomis, exploring the small islands, the birds and the marine life of the area. 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. A short training class will be offered before the launch, for those interested. 

American Littoral Society

[SOON]  THEATER: The Music of the Night , July 17 – August 19

The Swingaroos return to the cabaret with an all-new show—Music of the Night. Offering their swingin'est versions of songs embraced by the worlds of theatre and jazz, this hit show overflows with hits by the Gershwins, Cole Porter, Irving Berlin, Rodgers & Hart, Kander & Ebb and many more. With a touch of 30s and 40s flair and bold arrangements, The Swingaroos lend a spirited voice to the most-cherished American songs and personalities of the past century. 

Florida Studio Theatre, 1241 North Palm Ave., Sarasota

[SOON]  THEATER: The Little Mermaid , July 20 – July 21

Disney's The Little Mermaid is a stage musical based on the animated 1989 Disney film of the same name about a mermaid who dreams of the world above the sea and gives up her voice to find love. Come see the theater bring classic underwater tale alive.

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

[SOON]  SCIENCE AND NATURE: Kayak Trip From Snook Haven Down The Myakka River , July 24, 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]  BUSINESS: SB2 Luncheon: Transformation in Philanthropy , July 26, 11:00am-1:00pm

The SRQ Transformative Philanthropy luncheon and panel discussion will explore the organizations and individuals who are changing the face of the nonprofit world through innovative approaches, strategic alliances and groundbreaking initiatives that foster and employ engagement to make a difference. The luncheon will culminate with presentation of the SRQ Local Philanthropy Hero Award honoring area trailblazers whose passion and drive are benefitting nonprofit organizations along the Gulfcoast.

The Francis , 1289 N Palm Ave, Sarasota, FL 34236

[SOON]  SCIENCE AND NATURE: Kayak Trip from Little Sarasota Bay to Palmer Point Beach , July 26, 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]  PERFORMANCE: Friday Fest: Reverend Barry & the Funk, July 27 , July 27, 5:00 PM

Van Wezel Performing Arts Hall is continuing their Friday Fest summertime concert series with Reverend Barry & the Funk. Bassist and lead singer Barry Nicholson only has one goal for the band: to keep the crowd dancing all night long! The group regularly performs at nightclubs, parties, and private events around Sarasota. Michael Jackson, Stevie Wonder, and Prince are just a few of the classic artists that audiences will hear from this dynamic group. And while you’re enjoying the music, be sure to check out Van Wezel’s selection of food trucks, drink vendors, and more! This seven-piece band--including a live horn section--will make this Friday Fest the best one yet!

Bayside Lawn of Van Wezel, 777 N. Tamiami Trail Sarasota, FL 34236

[SOON]  MUSIC: 1st Annual Sun n Fun Music Festival , July 27 – July 29

This festival will rock Sarasota's residents and RVs. Bands featured include Kiss America, a slammin' Kiss cover band, the Shane Duncan Band for country music lovers, Rush Hour, an intriguing Countdown Reloaded cover band and many more. You will not want to miss this day of music, food and fun. 

Sun n Fun RV Resort, 7125 Fruitville Rd., Sarasota.

[SOON]  SCIENCE AND NATURE: Kayak Trip from Caspersen Beach to Lemon Bay , July 28, 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]  SCIENCE AND NATURE: Kayak Trip On Shakett Creek and Dona Bay , July 31, 8:30am-11:30am

Have a relaxing time paddling through Shakett Creek and Dona Bay, led by John Sarkozy. All kayak equipment will be provided and will be included in the cost of the trip, which is $20 for ALS members and $25 for non-members.  

American Littoral Society

[SOON]  THEATER: Other People's Money , August 1 – August 19

Fast-talking Wall Street shark Lawrence Garfinkle has his sights set on taking over the undervalued stock of New England Wire and Cable. It is up to Kate Sullivan, a determined big-city lawyer, to stop Larry from gutting the company. Loaded with conflict, comedy, and a touch of romance, Other People’s Money delves into the seedy and deceptive world of business.

Florida Studio Theatre, 1241 North Palm Ave., Sarasota

[SOON]  THEATER: Wakey, Wakey , August 3 – September 2

How do we confront the uncomfortable inevitability of death? Obie-award-winning playwright Will Eno chooses to celebrate life’s lingering gifts with an uplifting mix of gratitude, absurdity and humor in a profound rumination on life and humanity.

Urbanite Theatre, 1487 2nd St., Sarasota

[SOON]  GALLERY: VOLUMES , August 12 – October 9

This summer light and sound come into play with a special installation by the artist Ezra Masch. VOLUMES harnesses the speed of light to reveal the volume of sound and space. This immersive audio and visual installation will feature a 3-d grid of LED lights that will fill the interior of the Ringling’s Monda Gallery.

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

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