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SRQ Daily Aug 10, 2018

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"The experience of sound is directly linked to the experience of vision."

- Ezra Masch, artist
 

[Gallery]  Masch Transforms the Monda for "Volumes"
Philip Lederer, Phil.Lederer@srqme.com

In the beginning there was only darkness. Then Ezra struck his drum, and from the center of space blossomed a bright and terrible light, radiating outwards to envelop the blackness in a cascade of brilliance. The louder he played, the brighter the lights, and from the inky pitch appeared the forms and faces of the people, smiling and watching the world around them explode into existence. Welcome to Volumes, the latest immersive audio/visual installation from the artist Ezra Masch, opening this Sunday at the Ringling Museum in the Monda Gallery.

And for this, Masch’s fourth installation in seven years exploring the connections between sight and sound, the Monda Gallery is transformed. Walls, ceiling and columns painted black, the doors darkened by heavy curtains, the gallery becomes a void—or, to an artist like Masch, a blank canvas. At one end of the room lies a minimalist drum kit—bass drum, floor tom, snare, hi-hat and crash cymbal—where visiting percussionists will sit and play. Throughout the rest of the space, arranged in a geometric scheme like a carefully plotted forest, 41 site-specific columns of wire and light stretch from floor to ceiling, waiting to be activated by the coming performance.

Each column holds five lights at different heights, with each height corresponding to an individual drum, based on pitch. For example, striking the bass drum will cause the bottom light of the center column to illuminate. From there, it becomes a matter of volume, with the louder the strike of the drum, the brighter the light and the farther the gesture radiates out from the center, as successive columns illuminate. The result is something akin to a fleeting sculpture of light, and a reflection of the person behind the percussion. Audiences are encouraged to wander amongst the light, to sit and lay down and let the experience wash over them. “You feel the space come alive,” says Ringling curator Sonja Shea, “and almost see what the drummer is feeling.”

Not the typical exhibition, Volumes will only be open for select times throughout the day—from 11am to noon and from 3pm to 4pm, Tuesday through Sunday—when one of the nearly 60 participating drummers will be performing. And for Masch, letting go of his creation and watching other percussionists make the space their own becomes the most rewarding part. “The drummer is really connected to the space, to the gallery,” he says. “I think of the gallery as an extension of the instrument.” And while most sit down at a drumset and think of beats, Volumes tends to make its participants view the instrument in a different way. “What’s most interesting is when people play shapes and textures,” says Masch.

Opening Sunday in the Monda Gallery, Volumes will be installed through September 9. Special performances are scheduled for August 16, 24, 30 and September 6, when internationally renowned percussionists will visit and put their own spin on the installation. Guests include Taylor Gordon, Brian Blade, Greg Fox and Antonio Sanchez. 

[Government]  City of Sarasota Testing Wayfinding Kiosks

The City of Sarasota is testing a new digital kiosk that would allow residents and visitors downtown to browse local amenities and find their way around. The kiosk is now operational downtown at the northwest corner of North Lemon Avenue and Main Street, outside Mattison’s City Grille. It features two-sided LCD displays that are optimized for the environment and weather conditions. Users can view videos, pull up an interactive map of restaurants and businesses, take a selfie, access the City’s website and more. The test kiosk features a demo version of content from other cities but would be programmed to highlight Sarasota locations and amenities in the future. Representatives from the vendor will be present at the kiosk from 10am to 4pm today to answer questions and gather feedback from users, and it will remain on display at this location through next Wednesday. Users can also enter their feedback directly at the kiosk or online. The City is evaluating the digital kiosks as part of its existing wayfinding project and may permanently install them at this and other locations. 

City of Sarasota Kiosk Program

[Government]  Sheriff Knight Announces 12 Deputies, 11 School Guardians

Sarasota County Sheriff Tom Knight during two ceremonies inducted 12 deputies and presented certificates to 11 school guardians who volunteered to provide security on their campuses for the upcoming school year. These deputies will staff varying elementary and charter school campuses. They are sworn law enforcement members whose sole responsibility is campus security. Also recognized were the 11 school guardians who voluntarily took part in a 144-hour course offered by the sheriff’s office. The course included firearms training, crisis intervention training and active shooter scenarios. These men and women are school employees who work in non-instructional capacities. Combining the agency’s existing school resource program, new school safety deputies, volunteer guardians and deputies taken from other parts of the agency, the sheriff’s office declares that 28 campuses in unincorporated Sarasota County will be protected by the first day of school on Monday, August 13. 

Sarasota County Sheriff's Office

[Healthcare]  Newtown, SMH Gather to Honor Dr. John Chenault

Representatives of the Newtown community will gather this week at Sarasota Memorial’s Internal Medicine Practice in Newtown to honor the memory of the late John W. Chenault, MD, an orthopedic surgeon who was the first African American physician to receive practicing privileges at Sarasota Memorial Hospital in 1960, and one of the first to establish a practice serving the Newtown community. The dedication ceremony will include the unveiling and installation of his portrait, an original illustration and gift from the Ringling College of Art & Design and art student Yekaterina (Katy) Kaydash, as well as a brief history of Dr. Chenault’s contributions. Dr. Chenault was born in 1904, and among other leadership positions, served as director of the Tuskegee Institute’s Orthopedic Surgery and Polio Center; administrator of Florida A&M University Hospital; advisory board member of the American Red Cross; building fund chairman of the Old Folks Aid Home in Newtown (an assisted living and long-term care center for aging African Americans – now the J.H. Floyd Sunshine Manor retirement home); and board member of Easter Seals Southwest Florida (formerly known as Sarasota-Manatee Crippled Children’s Clinic and Happiness House). 

Sarasota Memorial Internal Medicine Practice-Newtown

[Philanthropy]  Children's Guardian Fund Receives Donation for Pilot Program

Children’s Guardian Fund recently received $10,000 from an anonymous donor to support its back-to-school shopping pilot program, which was launched to support families in the community who are taking care of children in the foster care system as relative or non-relative caregivers. The generous contribution came just in time for the influx of requests the nonprofit has received. Within 10 days of launching the program, the organization funded over 100 back-to-school requests, totaling more than $20,000. The Children’s Guardian Fund anticipates 150 more requests before the program closes for the season. The Children’s Guardian Fund is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization that immediately responds to the needs of children removed from abusive or neglectful homes. 

Children's Guardian Fund

[Healthcare]  SNAC Scholarships Address Nursing Shortage

Concerns are mounting over whether there will be enough nurses in Florida to care for the largest generation living today, retiring baby boomers. The American Nurses Association estimates that the U.S. will need to train more than a million new nurses by 2022 to care for the growing population and replace the wave of the nation’s most experienced nurses who are retiring. The situation is most alarming in Florida, where the number of residents over age 65 is twice the national average. In response to this critical and prolonged nursing shortage, the local Suncoast Nursing Action Coalition (SNAC) has announced 22 scholarship recipients who will receive $74,000 this year to help boost the local nursing workforce and nursing school faculty on the Suncoast. 

Suncoast Nursing Action Coalition



[TODAY]  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

[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]  GALLERY: Possibilities , July 19 – August 17

This members only, juried exhibition opens July 19th with an opening reception from 5:00pm to 7:00pm. Approximately 250, two- and three-dimensional works in a wide variety of media will be on display throughout all four galleries. Juror Vicki Chelf is a fine art graduate of Ringling College of Art and Design and also studied classical drawing at the Southern Atelier in Manatee County. Chelf derives much of her inspiration from spontaneous thoughts and unplanned drawings, as well as current events. 

Art Center Sarasota, 707 N Tamiami Trail, Sarasota, FL 34236

[TODAY]  BUSINESS: YP Summit: "Thrive" , August 10, 8am-12pm

The third annual Young Professionals summit is a half day conference geared toward helping local young professionals develop personally and professionally as leaders in the community. The summit will feature keynote speaker Trey Lauderdale, founder and CEO of Voalte, speaking on the work/life balance. In addition to the keynote presentation, attendees will select breakout sessions from two tracks: personal development and professional development. 

The Westin Sarasota, 100 Marina View Drive, Sarasota, FL 34236

[TODAY]  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

[TODAY]  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

[TODAY]  THEATER: The Turn of the Screw , August 7 – August 26

1840: an era charmed by superstition, madness, and the writings of Sigmund Freud led Henry James to write one of the most chilling ghost stories of all time. A young governess arrives at a seemingly idyllic country house to look after two orphaned children. But shortly after her arrival, she realizes they are not alone. She risks everything to keep the children safe, until she begins to question her sanity, and the children’s innocence.

Asolo Repertory Theatre, 5555 North Tamiami Trl., Sarasota

[TODAY]  THEATER: On Golden Pond , August 8 – August 19

This 1979 play by Ernest Thompson focuses on aging couple Ethel and Norman Thayer, who spend each summer at their home on a lake called Golden Pond. The play explores the often turbulent relationship between a daughter and her father growing up, and the difficulties faced by a couple in the twilight years of a long marriage. It is the winner of numerous Tony and Drama Desk Awards.

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

[SOON]  MUSIC: Ricky Nelson Remembered , August 18

Rock and Roll Hall-of-Famer Ricky Nelson emerged from “The Adventures of Ozzie & Harriet” to establish himself as one of the most important rock artists and influential musicians of the last 50 years, selling over 140 million recordings. The Nelson Family Legacy continues as Ricky’s twins Matthew and Gunnar Nelson present an interactive, multi-media rock & roll concert experience, taking the audience on a musical journey down memory lane. 

Sarasota Opera, 61 North Pineapple Ave, Sarasota

[SOON]  THEATER: Gilbert & Sullivan Unplugged , August 21 – September 23

Pour the pirate sherry, braid the raven hair, polish up the handle of the big brass door, and celebrate Gilbert & Sullivan’s most beloved songs. Gilbert & Sullivan Unplugged has delighted audiences across the US with lovingly loopy renditions and joyfully irreverent excerpts from HMS Pinafore, The Mikado, and The Pirates of Penzance. Last seen at New York’s 54 Below, this isn’t your grandmother’s Gilbert & Sullivan!

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

[SOON]  BUSINESS: Making Strides Kick Off Celebration , August 23, 5:30pm-7pm

Don’t miss the 2018 Making Strides Against Breast Cancer Kick off Celebration at the Ritz-Carlton Sarasota. Celebrate survivors, hear from Team Leaders and learn more about the mission of the American Cancer Society. If you have been thinking about starting a team, becoming a sponsor or you just wish to know more about the programs and services the American Cancer Society provides in our community, the Kick Off celebration is the place to start. Light refreshments will be served and complimentary valet parking is available.

Ritz-Carlton Sarasota, 1111 Ritz-Carlton Dr., Sarasota.

[SOON]  FOOD: German American Social Club Sommerfest, August 25 , August 25, 6:00 PM

This is one party you won’t want to miss! Come down and celebrate everything you love about summer at this shindig hosted by the German American Social Club of Sarasota. Enjoy friendly conversation with other Sarasota locas. Kick your feet up and relax with an ice-cold beer. Enjoy lively dancing and music provided by DJ Bustin Justin. You’re guaranteed to have a good time at this casual summer bash! Authentic, delicious German food will be provided by the Schnitzel Trailer, and proceeds will go toward benefiting students studying German both here and abroad. You can purchase tickets in advance on their website.

Music Compound, 1751 Cattlemen Road Sarasota, FL 34232

[SOON]  GALLERY: Elsewhere , August 30 – October 5

This juried exhibition opens with a reception on August 30th.

Art Center Sarasota, 707 N Tamiami Trail, Sarasota, FL 34236

[SOON]  MUSIC: Friday Fest: Dr. Dave Band , September 14, 5pm-9pm

Van Wezel Performing Arts Hall is wrapping up their Friday Fest summertime concert series this September with the Dr. Dave Band. A Bradenton favorite performing for more than a decade as a top-choice house band, this group knows how to wow a crowd with high-energy Southern Rock blended with bluegrass banjo and fiddle. During the show, don’t forget to indulge in the refreshments provided by Van Wezel, including local food trucks and popular beverage vendors. Bring a blanket, lawn chairs and settle in for a good time.

Van Wezel, 777 North Tamiami Trl., Sarasota.

[SOON]  FOOD: Dining for a Difference , September 20, 5pm-10pm

Join the Designing Daughters for Dining for a Difference, a community wide, dine out event featuring 20+ local Sarasota and Manatee County Restaurants who will donate a portion of all sales made on September 20 back to the Designing Daughters Grants Program for local Children and Family charities. Simply grab your friends, colleagues and neighbors, pick a participating restaurant and enjoy a meal. No ticket, no fancy clothes, just a night out with your favorite people.This simple act will make a huge impact for local families in need.

Multiple locations, Multiple locations

[SOON]  SEMINAR: Real Men Wear Pink Reveal Party , September 22, 5pm-7pm

Join the American Cancer Society as they reveal the 2018 Real Men Wear Pink of Sarasota–Manatee. The candidates will participate in a fashion show, hosted by the tenants of the Mall at University Town Center. Come out and see which men in our community are dedicated to raising funds and awareness to help fight breast cancer. Light refreshments will be served.

The Grand Court at The Mall at UTC, 140 University Town Center Dr., Sarasota.

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