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SRQ DAILY Aug 31, 2018

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"Anything is possible when you truly believe. Anything is possible when you begin to see the power in you."

- Nate Jacobs, Westcoast Black Theatre Troupe

[Theater]  Nate Jacobs and WBTT Subject of WEDU Documentary
Philip Lederer, Phil.Lederer@srqme.com

Audiences and friends of Westcoast Black Theatre Troupe might see a few more props and personnel moving about the theater if they visit in coming months, as WBTT and its founder and artistic director, Nate Jacobs, have become the subject of a new documentary project from WEDU PBS. Filming has already begun, and the documentary is scheduled to premiere December 2019.

Over the course of the next three to four months, the documentary crew will delve deep into the story behind WBTT, which next year celebrates 20 years exploring the African-American experience on stage. Conducting interviews with administration, performers and supporters will give the crew a feel for the community, and chronicling September’s Aretha Franklin tribute, Salute to the Queen, will afford a firsthand experience of the power of WBTT’s performance, but with filming beginning this past Sunday, it’s already clear that a big part of the story will be Jacobs himself, his path to WBTT and his struggle to keep that purpose alive.

A self-described “laidback little Southern guy from Florida who never thought he could make an impact on anything,” Jacobs now finds himself the heart and soul of a community institution he spearheaded through thick and thin—mostly thin—and seems to still wonder at the transformation. At one point, he was going to be a fine artist. Later, he had offers to act in New York City. Friends questioned his financial future, staying with a theater that couldn’t afford to pay a salary. “It only brought me self-satisfaction,” says Jacobs of his decision to keep building the theater he founded, “knowing that I was on my path, and I was on my journey. And I had to be content with that and be purpose-minded.”

That doesn’t mean it was easy. “I was a starving artist,” says Jacobs, who hit the pavement every season for more than a decade to find venues and raise money for costumes. “Recreating my world every year to try to be able to produce plays,” he says. “It called for every bit of me.” Now, with a theater complex and a salary and a community reputation for quality performance, Jacobs has time to look back. “It was a bare-bones, block-by-block, purpose and passion-driven journey,” he says. 

Pictured: Nate Jacobs in interview with WEDU. Photo courtesy of WBTT.

[Government]  Bayfront Plan to Land Before City Commission Thursday
Jacob Ogles, jacob.ogles@srqme.com

Sarasota City Commissioners will hold a special meeting next Thursday to hear a presentation of the Bay’s Final Master Plan. The board is expected to vote on a plan for the entire 53-acre Bayfront site’s conceptual design and to discuss and approve an implementation plan for the first phase of the project, which will involve 10 acres on the south end.

Commissioners are expected to authorize city staff to work with the Sarasota Bayfront Planning Organization on an interim agreement regarding The Bay project. 

Representatives of the Van Wezel Foundation and Van Wezel Performing Arts Hall will also be on hand to discuss a plan to develop a new performing arts center on the site. Staff plans to work with those boards on an agreement to bring back in six months that outlines planning, development, financing, governance and operation of the new venue.

The SBPO has recommended commissioners approve an interagency agreement between the city and a newly formed organization, tentatively titled The Bay Conservancy, for fundraising, implementation, governance and management of the park property.

The special meeting is scheduled for Sept. 6 from 5-8pm.  

[Government]  "No Swim" Advisory Lifted for Longboat Key Beach

The "No Swim" advisory issued Thursday, August 23, for Longboat Key Beach has been lifted. Florida Department of Health in Sarasota County officials received testing results yesterday that were at a satisfactory level, meeting both the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and state recreational water standards. Residents and visitors may return to swimming and other water sports at this beach site. The "No Swim" advisory signage will be removed; however, Red Tide advisory signage for the Karenia brevis algae bloom currently off the coastline will remain in place until conditions improve. The Florida Department of Health in Sarasota County monitors water quality weekly at 16 sites along Sarasota's 34 miles of beaches. The intent of this program is to provide county residents and visitors with accurate, up-to-date information on the water quality at our beaches. The Florida Department of Health in Sarasota County expects to have the next round of test results available on Wednesday, Sept. 5. Check the latest beach conditions at the website below. 

Florida Healthy Beaches Program

[Education]  Women's Sports Museum Accepting Scholarship Applications

Staying true to its mission to inspire girls through the power of sport, the Women’s Sports Museum is accepting applications now through September 14 for its 2018-19 Outstanding Female Athlete Scholarship. Two winners will be contacted by October 5, will be invited to attend and will be announced at the Women’s Sports Museum Gala on October 19 to receive a $2,000 college scholarship. To be considered for the Outstanding Female Athlete Scholarship, applicants must be a current high school senior in Sarasota, Manatee or Charlotte County and participate in at least one sport. Students are required to submit by deadline an application, essay and coach recommendation letter.  Submissions will be evaluated based on a range of factors, including student essay, athletic ability, demonstrated leadership and strength of character. This is the second year that the Women’s Sports Museum has offered the scholarship program. Last year, a total of $2,000 was awarded to two local athletes. 

Women's Sports Museum

[Business]  Selby Gardens Announces New Trustees, Officers

Marie Selby Botanical Gardens has appointed new members to its governing board of trustees, which guides and oversees the organization’s strategic planning and operations, and elected new officers. Joining the board under the direction of board chairman Michael J. Wilson, Esq. a tax and business attorney at Williams Parker, are Norbert P. Donelly, Marcy Klein, Cornelia Matson, Marianne D. McComb and Charlie Mueller. Each will serve a three-year term. Pauline Wamsler Joerger continues in her role as vice chair. Newly appointed officers include Katherine A. Martucci, serving as secretary, and Andrew M. Economos, Ph.D. serving as treasurer. The one-year appointments begin immediately. Returning board members are J. Allison Archbold, Esq., Jean Weidner Goldstein, Teri A Hansen, Daniel M. McDonald (STAR Leadership Program), Sharyn Weiner and Margaret Wise. Longtime trustee and member of the institution’s founding board Dr. Carlyle A. Luer, serves as Trustee Emeritus. 

Marie Selby Botanical Gardens

[Business]  KEG Promotes Bonacci, Hires Hagood and DiMercurio

Karins Engineering Group (KEG), a structural engineering firm headquartered in Sarasota, has promoted executive engineer John Bonacci and hired Thomas Hagood and Jerome DiMercurio to expand on the firm’s state-of-the-art services and standards. As the Sarasota-Manatee region develops rapidly, the firm will focus on safety, durability and environmental integrity of new and restored structures in the community. A director at KEG since 2004, Bonacci has been promoted to vice president of engineering. As a LEED-accredited professional, he will promote a higher standard of eco-friendly and sustainable standards to projects in the community through company-wide education and reinforcement. Thomas A. Hagood, Jr. joins KEG as vice president of design – business development and Jerome J. DiMercurio as the Sarasota engineering manager. 

Karins Engineering Group

[Business]  Ryntal Property Management Celebrates 10 Years

Ryntal Property Management, a leader in residential property management, has announced it has achieved a major milestone: 10 years of successful business operations.  Tom and Kathy Wagenhauser have grown the business from three properties and one employee to managing over 650 properties and 30 employees. According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, only about 30% of all small businesses ever reach the 10-year mark. And while it's an accomplishment for any company to reach the 10-year milestone, it's particularly significant for Ryntal Property Management. The company was launched in 2008 during the global financial and housing crisis. 

Ryntal Property Management

[TODAY]  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.

[TODAY]  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

[TODAY]  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]  GALLERY: Florida Watercolor Show , September 7 – October 26

Considered one of the finest watercolor shows in the country, whether one credits the local talent or local beauty, watercolorists from around the state will be showing in all three galleries of the art center, taking over the entire space for this premier exhibition.

ArtCenter Manatee, 209 9th St. W, Bradenton.

[SOON]  MUSEUM: Storytelling: French Art from the Horvitz Collection , September 9 – December 2

Explore two exhibitions selected from one of the world’s finest private collections of French art, “Imaging Text: French Drawings for Book Illustration” and “17th and 18th Century French Paintings,” from The Horvitz Collection. Features 60 drawings and 10 related prints for book illustration, created between the 16th and 19th centuries, as well as a selection of 10 paintings. Subjects range from mythological and religious scenes to more playful genre imagery.

The Ringling Museum of Art, 5401 Bay Shore Rd., Sarasota.

[SOON]  THEATER: Salute to the Queen: A Tribute to Aretha Franklin , September 11 – September 15

Nate Jacobs directs this special tribute to the life and legacy of the Queen of Soul, featuring WBTT favorites Naarai Jacobs and Teresa Stanley. The evening highlights Franklin's classic hits and musical impact, while ongoing narration spotlights her professional achiecements and lasting influence.

Westcoast Black Theatre Troupe, 1012 North Orange Ave., Sarasota.

[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]  MUSEUM: Watercolors from the Permanent Collection , September 15 – February 3

A selection of watercolors drawn from The Ringling’s permanent collections, illustrating various ways artists have used the medium. The exhibition will feature works by Edward Hopper, Charles Burchfield and Childe Hassam, among others.

The Ringling Museum of Art, 5401 Bay Shore Rd., 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]  THEATER: Annie Get Your Gun , September 20 – October 7

Sure-shootin’ Annie Oakley can win prizes with her marksmanship, but she can’t get a man…or can she? This slice of magical American musical theatre still thrills audiences with the classic tunes of the legendary Irving Berlin.

The Players Centre for Performing Arts, 838 North Tamiami Trl., Sarasota.

[SOON]  GALA: 2nd Annual Taste of New Orleans Benefit Dinner , September 22, 6pm-9pm

Truly Valued presents its 2nd Annual Taste of New Orleans Benefit Dinner, at Michaels on the Bay at Selby Gardens with speaker Captain Todd Shear of the Manatee County Sheriff's Office and a night of entertainment with NuJazz. All proceeds support Truly Valued's mission of building self-esteem, confidence and character to promote a positive self- image, positively impact educational and career aspirations and improve academic achievement in adolescent girls. Dinner is complimentary and an opportunity to make a financial gift will be extended during the event.

Michaels on the Bay at Marie Selby Botanical Gardens', 900 South Palm Ave., Sarasota.

[SOON]  FOOD: Boards for Bravery: A Charity Charcuterie Event , September 23, 4:30pm–7pm

Learn how to build the perfect charcuterie board while supporting pediatric cancer research. Inspired by Benjamin Gilkey’s love of charcuterie, admission includes wine and appetizers from Louies Modern, a handcrafted charcuterie board to take home, pairing education from local experts and the chance to create your own palette of fine meats, cheeses and delicious accoutrements, provided by local artisans. Proceeds benefit The Benjamin Gilkey Fund for Innovative Pediatric Cancer Research, which supports groundbreaking studies led by physicians at Johns Hopkins All Children’s Hospital.

Louies Modern, 1289 North Palm Ave., Sarasota.

[SOON]  PERFORMANCE: iconcept jr: The Future of Fashion , September 23, 12pm

25 designers ages 8–16 are encouraged to use repurposed/recyled materials in their creations. Most of them will also wear their outfits in the runway show, adding self-confidence and stage presence as skills gained. The participants are treated to a professional fashion photoshoot for the program guide, as well as professional hair and makeup stylists backstage to complete their look. Proceeds from the event benefit the expansion of the Art Center's youth art education programs and help students who are in need of financial assistance receive scholarships.

Art Center Sarasota, 707 North Tamiami Trl., Sarasota.

[SOON]  SEMINAR: 16th Annual Forty Carrots Free Community Speaker Event , September 25, 9am-12pm; 7pm-8:30pm

Forty Carrots Family Center's Annual Free Community Speaker Event presented in partnership with Community Foundation of Sarasota County returns for a 16th year featuring best-selling author and parenting expert, Dr. Michele Borba. She will be discussing “How to Cultivate Mentally-Healthy, Resilient, Empathetic Children (Despite a Trophy-Giving, Anxiety-Driven, Helicoptered and Bubble-Wrapped Culture)” and “UnSelfie: Why Empathetic Kids Succeed in Our All-About Me World.” In these free presentations, parents and educators will learn how to shift children's focus from I, me, and mine, to us, we and ours. With examples from years of research, Dr. Michele Borba will offer a framework that yields successful, happy kids who grow up to be kind, moral, courageous and resilient adults.

Community Foundation of Sarasota County and Riverview High School Performing Arts Center, 2635 Fruitville Rd., Sarasota; 1 Ram Way, Sarasota.

[SOON]  SEMINAR: 2nd Annual Grey Matters, A Symposium on Alzheimers Research , September 28, 11am-2pm

Don't miss out on this year's amazing Grey Matters Luncheon Symposium benefitting The Roskamp Institute. This year's Alzheimer's Disease-Research based Symposium will focus on lifestyle, wellness and healthy aging. For information or to be added to this year’s waiting list please call Megan Micale at (941) 552-9832.

Michael's on the Bay at Marie Selby Botanical Gardens, 811 South Palm Ave., Sarasota.

[SOON]  SEMINAR: Real Men Wear Pink Reveal Party , September 29, 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.

[SOON]  BUSINESS: SkillSHARE October 4 Mentoring Summit , October 4, 5-7:30pm

Made for speed, SkillSHARE is the basics of mentorship concentrated into mini-sessions that encourage honest interactions and allow for spontaneous connection. This event is a way to meet like-minded professionals, make valuable connections and get straight to your most burning questions about career and personal development. Each participant will be paired with several mentors for mini-sessions. Lasting from 10-12 minutes, each mini-session is unstructured, allowing for conversation, guidance and direction from each mentor.

SRQ Studios, 331 S Pineapple Ave, Sarasota, FL 34236

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