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SRQ Daily Oct 12, 2018

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"The problem with the tin man is that he had no heart and needed oil."

- Coco Fusco, artist

[Museum]  No Holds Barred with Coco Fusco at The Ringling
Philip Lederer, Phil.Lederer@srqme.com

Coco Fusco walks fast and she talks fast. But maybe that’s because she has a lot to do and a lot to say. There’s a “showdown” coming, she says, between the Cuban government and the independent artist communities of the island nation, with a new decree set to become law in December. “It basically criminalizes independent art activity,” Fusco says. And as a Cuban-American artist who has spent more than 30 years putting Cuba’s politics and the Castro regime under the microscope with critical writings and subversive performance, she’ll have something to say about that. But first, she visits Sarasota and the Ringling Museum for Coco Fusco: Twilight, a new video exhibition in the Monda Gallery opening this Sunday (including a world premiere), and the unveiling of a new sculpture on the museum grounds.

With Ezra Masch’s Volumes vacating the Monda, the black paint job remains, the light columns replaced by a sparse selection of black-cushioned benches. On the far wall, a great projector screen loops four of Fusco’s video projects. One is a 2011 collaboration with Cuban writer Yoani Sanchez, reflecting on the lack of Cuban activity in a time of protest that became known as the Arab Spring. Another explores the Cuban poet Herberto Padilla, imprisoned for criticizing the Castro regime, and yet another takes a closer look at a poet from the 1980s who dared question the Cuban constitution. These have all been seen before. The fourth, however, funded by the 2016 Hermitage Artist Retreat’s Greenfield Prize, makes its world premiere in the Ringling Museum.

A but of guerrilla filmmaking, Fusco herself was actually denied entry to Cuba in order to make Vivir en junio con la lengua afuera ("To Live in June with Your Tongue Hanging Out"), instead relying on her “gringos”—two blue-eyed norteamericanos—to execute her vision in her absence. Armed with video cameras and pairing up with a trio of local independent poets and actors, the filmmakers head to Cuba’s Lenin Park with an illegal poem from Reinaldo Arenas, celebrated everywhere but his home country, where his homosexuality made him an enemy of the state and his work remains forbidden. What follows is a restrained but surprisingly emotional journey, as the participants come to terms with the words for the first time on camera.

Stepping out of the darkness of the Monda Mini-Cinema, Fusco has one more piece to show Sarasota—one that speaks for itself. Entitled Tin Man of the Twenty-First Century, and made in collaboration with Chico MacMurtrie, the towering statue sees the artist placing President Donald Trump’s visage atop those metal shoulders, his hand in the signature ‘OK’ pointer and thumb pose. And though it may speak for itself, Fusco doesn’t mind putting a point on it. “The problem with the tin man is that he had no heart and needed oil,” she says.

Museum guests are encouraged to take pictures of and with the sculpture, and share their thoughts with the #TinManatTheRingling hashtag. For a special memory, inquire with museum staff about opportunities to pose with a special Russian oil can as well.

Coco Fusco: Twilight opens this Sunday and runs through February 17. 

Pictured: "Tin Man of the Twenty-First Century" by Coco Fusco. Photo by Phil Lederer.

[ShopTalk]  Food for Thought
Brittany Mattie, brittany.mattie@srqme.com

Food for thought—take a break from searching Pinterest recipes online and feast your eyes on the glossy publication full of key ingredients to a wholesome, sustainable SRQ lifestyle. Deserving of a home on your kitchen counter or coffee table, this newly published foodie manual by the Junior League of Sarasota is the epitome of locals doing local right. Inside its pages, you’ll find more than 200 tasty recipes inspired by Sarasota and our surrounding islands. Simply Sarasota: From Fresh to Fabulous heats up with a celebration of content, transforming fresh ingredients into fabulous dishes. Releasing its fourth cookbook in its collection, the organization this year emphasizes locally sourced ingredients, features many of our area’s killer farms and focuses on lighter fare with nutritional information included with each recipe. The coveted manifesto packs a punch with artful appetizers, soulful soups, savory seafood and delectable desserts—all whilst incorporating the best of the community’s crops and creativity—specially sourced and contributed by members, residents and award winning local chefs from faved Sarasota restaurants.  

The flavorful hardbound also highlights images of local destinations and recommendations on healthy activities to do in the area, which are the perfect complements to clean eating. Beyond that, are insights into how the Junior League of Sarasota has impacted the community since 1957—from building wheelchair-accessible parks to teaching families how to make easy, affordable, nutritious meals. “The Junior League of Sarasota is ecstatic to announce the launch of its new and improved cookbook that includes helpful serving tips and features spreads of Sarasota destinations and beautiful photography,” says President Amy Sankes.

Simply Sarasota: From Fresh to Fabulous can be pre-ordered now online for a discounted price before it switches over to regular order sales on October 25, when you’ll also be able to purchase the book at a name-drop-worthy list of local establishments: Blase Cafe, Bookstore 1 Sarasota, Clever Cup Coffee Shop, Doctor's Hospital Gift Shop, Garden Argosy, Hana Sushi Lounge, Marie Selby Garden Shop, Morton's Gourmet Market, The Reserve, The Sarasota Collection Home Store, Molly's! A Chic & Unique Boutique.

And in true Sarasota spirit, a launch party will take place to kick off the release of the 2018 cookbook—held at Michael’s on East Ballroom on Thursday, October 25, from 6pm to 9pm. The $50 ticket price includes hors d’oeuvres, music and chance raffle. Proceeds will ultimately allow the Junior League of Sarasota to support community efforts throughout the rest of the year. Purchase your Launch Party tickets here. 

Junior League of Sarasota estore

[Education]  Ringling College Wins Big at International Animation Contest

Competing against 219 teams from 49 schools (that's 1095 students) representing nine countries (Australia, Brazil, Canada, Mexico, USA, Thailand, Czech Republic, Germany and the UK), Ringling College of Art and Design students took the top three places in the 24 Hours International Animation Challenge. Now in its 16th year, the contest for students challenges its participants to create a 30-second film based on a given theme in a designated 24-hour period. This year, the films had to depict a strong point of view educating an audience about the need to have empathy and to animate an experience that will help convey to the audience what it is really like to speak their truth. Teams work from their home school and submit a YouTube link of their films before the deadline. They are then are judged by industry artists. First place went to Haeri Cho, Jerry Jaimes, Beatriz Correia Lima, Ioana Oprescu and Jingyun Zhou for their film, Hibaji, second place went to Zac Miller, Doug Alberts, Noah Selbitschka, Lauren Cash and Zach Hartman for their film, Bring the Glue, and third place went to Livia Lenhoff, Zoë Miolla, Paul Detling, Andrés Guerrero (CA) and Mitchell Blass for The Ani-Mates

See the winning films.

[Festival]  First Annual World Lemur Festival Comes to Sarasota

The Lemur Conservation Foundation (LCF) and Ringling College of Art and Design are partnering up this weekend for the first annual World Lemur Festival, a collaboration to raise awareness of the worsening plight of lemurs in Madagascar. Held from 11am to 3pm this Saturday in the Arthur R. Goldstein Library, there will be fun and educational games for families, a costume contest, a juried exhibition of lemur-inspired art from students at Ringling College, New College, State College of Florida Manatee-Sarasota and more, a film screening of the documentary Madagascar: The Land Where Evolution Ran Wild. Dr. Alison Grand, executive director of the Lemur Conservation Foundation, and Dr. Erik Patel, LCF conservation and research director, will deliver a talk called “The Art and Science of Saving Lemurs.” This event is free and open to the public. 

Lemur Conservation Foundation

[Education]  Chappell Receives Teacher Leader Training Scholarship

Tatum Ridge Elementary School has announced that Rachel Chappell has received a Teacher Leader Training Scholarship from the Reading Recovery Council of North America (RRCNA). Chappell will be attending National Louis University for a year of full-time studies focusing on how best to help first graders who are struggling with beginning reading and writing. The studies are part of a training program that will qualify Chappell to be a Reading Recovery teacher leader. Teacher Leader Training Scholarships are awarded to school districts that have demonstrated a commitment to Reading Recovery and have selected a suitable teacher leader candidate for the program. The scholarships provide support for the initial training of teacher leaders, which consists of full-time study at Reading Recovery training centers in the United States and Canada. Six $15,000 scholarships were awarded to train teacher leaders during the 2018-19 training year. Sarasota County Schools has been a Reading Recovery site for four years and has 34 Reading Recovery teachers in 23 elementary schools. 

Reading Recovery Council of North America

[Law]  Mahoney Joins Fergeson Skipper

Sarasota law firm Fergeson Skipper has announced Declan P. Mahoney as its newest litigation associate attorney. Mahoney comes to Fergeson Skipper from a South Florida law firm where he served as an associate specializing in commercial litigation, real estate disputes and commercial transactions. He graduated magna cum laude from University of Miami School of Law in Coral Gables and earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in Politics from Lake Forest College in Lake Forest, IL. Mahoney is an active member of The Florida Bar and the Sarasota County Bar Association. In addition to being a seasoned litigator who has represented businesses, banks and individuals, he brings extensive experience in real estate law including mortgages, construction agreements, leases and closing arrangements. 

Fergeson Skipper

[Business]  All Faiths' Livingston Selected for Disaster Task Force

All Faiths Food Bank’s Chief of Operations, John Livingston was recently selected to participate in Feeding America’s Disaster Task Force, a new initiative involving food bank experts, FEMA, USDA and other federal partners. The task force will serve to recommend consistent expectations and improve disaster efforts and support for the 200 food banks that are part of Feeding America’s network. All Faiths Food Bank is one of the lead emergency response organizations in Sarasota and the State of Florida and supports disaster relief efforts through membership in Voluntary Organizations Active in Disaster, Sarasota County Community Organizations Active in Disaster, Florida Emergency Preparedness Association, Sarasota County Emergency Operations Center and Feeding Florida Disaster Strike Team. Last year, Livingston played a key role in local and state relief efforts for Hurricane Irma. Last month, he was deployed to North Carolina for two weeks to lead operations following Hurricane Florence. Currently, he is supporting response activities following Hurricane Michael. 

All Faiths Food Bank

[Inside the Brand]  SRQ Magazine's 2018-2019 Seasonal Guide to Arts + Culture

SRQ Magazine is proud to present the 2018-19 Season Culture Primer, the premier index of community arts and culture for the coming year! Culture Primer is tucked into your October 2018 edition and designed as a gorgeous removable guide to the cultural must-do’s in the area. 

Full edition online here!

[Upcoming Marketing]  25 Days of Christmas, Digital Holiday Shopping Program

Participate in this year’s 25 Days of Christmas digital holiday shopping program featuring 25 featured gifts this holiday season through SRQ’s digital and SRQ DAILY platforms. Contact Ashley Ryan Cannon at 941-365-7702 x211 or growmybusiness@srqme.com to secure your spot today. 

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[TODAY]  FESTIVAL: 8th Annual Gulf Coast Open , October 12 – October 13, 5pm

Brought to you by NBOA Marine Insurance and Sara Bay Marina, the Gulf Coast Open is celebrating its 8th annual King Mackerel Fishing Tournament this Fall. Their dedicated staff, many of whom are avid boaters and anglers themselves, are excited to team up with The Seafood Shack (in Cortez, FL) to host another fun-filled event benefiting the Make-a-Wish Foundation of Southern Florida

The Seafood Shack Marina, Bar & Grill, 4110 127th St W, Cortez, FL 34215

[TODAY]  GALLERY: Cycle One: Lerner, Jounquil, Onghena , October 11 – November 16

The first exhibition of Brooklyn-based artist Natalie Lerner, daughter of Leslie Lerner, features a series of intimately scaled etchings and graphite on paper drawings. Miami-based installation artist Brookhart Jounquil brings his mesmerizing and illusory glass- and light-based sculpture. An Onghena, brings her diaristic take on traditional and contemporary printmaking to create a series of daily prints.

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

[TODAY]  DANCE: SCD + NOW Ensemble , October 11 – October 14

Sarasota Contemporary Dance kicks off the season with their live music and dance collaboration, "SCD + NOW Ensemble." NOW Ensemble is a dynamic group dedicated to making new chamber music for the 21st century. This evening-length performance, led by Mark Dancigers (Composer) and Leymis Bolaños Wilmott (Choreographer), will feature a world premiere composition and choreographic work inspired by Joan of Arc and, by popular demand, a restaging of "Dreamfall," co-choreographed by longtime company dancer, Xiao-Xuan Dancigers.

Jane B Cook Theatre - FSU Center for the Performing Arts, 5555 N. Tamiami Trail, Sarasota

[SOON]  FESTIVAL: Pirates in Paradise , October 13, 9am-4pm

Aargh!  Listen up, Matey!  Don’t miss the 80th Annual Flower Show presented by the Scallywags of the Sarasota Garden Club. Enjoy a fun flower show both inside and out as you view the creative and beautiful floral designs, the lush and diverse horticulture and the stunning photography. While enjoying the flower show, be sure to stroll through the acre-plus of botanical gardens, a real Pirates Treasure you won’t want to miss. Avast ye! You ain’t done yet! Don’t miss the Annual Plant Sale & Gardenfest in conjunction with the Flower Show with a variety of plants and flowers propagated by club members priced typically lower than retail.

Sarasota Garden Club , 1131 Blvd of the Arts, Sarasota, FL 34236

[SOON]  MUSEUM: Coco Fusco: Twilight , October 14 – February 17

A solo exhibition presenting recent video projects by internationally acclaimed writer and interdisciplinary artist Coco Fusco. Works explore the current political and social climate in Cuba as the Revolution enters its twilight years. Fusco will be premiering her lasted video project currently in production. This newest project, made possible by her 2016 Greenfield commission at the Hermitage Artist Retreat, is a short video-essay on contemporary Cuba that reflects on the anxieties emerging as the country faces an uncertain future. Fusco will also be unveiling a new sculpture on The Ringling’s grounds.

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

[SOON]  BUSINESS: SWAC Lecture , October 15, 6:30pm

Join the Sarasota World Affairs Council for the first program in its 2018-19 lecture seriesFrom PIGS to Hot Spot:  How Portugal Is Engineering the Great Comeback Story of Post-Crisis Europe, featuring Dr. Michael Baum,Director of the Study in Portugal Network and an Executive Board member of the Luso-American Development Foundation. A dual-national of Portugal and the United States, Prof. Baum describes how Portugal has defied critics who insisted on austerity as the only way out of Europe’s debt crisis.  Each SWAC lecture is followed by a members-only reception with the speaker in a historic building on Sarasota Bay.  The lecture is free, but reservations are suggested 

[SOON]  GALA: An Evening in India , October 19

The world needs saving, and Poonam Maini believes the world can do it together. Join Poonam Maini and the Share Care Global team for this second annual fundraising gala. This year’s program of focus is a girl’s home designed to help spark a change in the lives of 10 troubled youth. Participation will allow Share Care Global to encourage women and children to live their most authentic lives.

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

[SOON]  SEMINAR: Robert McKee: STORY , October 19 – October 21

The story-crafting maven who has taught Hollywood notables such as Peter Jackson, Geoffrey Rush and Kirk Douglas brings his famous seminar to Sarasota. An opportunity for not only professional writers, aspiring writers, producers, directors, and numerous creative individuals in many genres, but also for educational institutions, their faculty and staff, and students of all ages, in many creative disciplines. Interested parties can call the Sarasota County film commission for registration and details: (941) 309-1200 extension 104.

Ringling College Academic Center Auditorium, 2700 North Tamiami Trl., Sarasota


Join SRQ MEDIA as we celebrate 20 years of superlative 
coverage, community engagement and living hyper-local at 
LaStrada | SRQ’s 20th Anniversary Street Festival!

Dolphin Street, Downtown Sarasota, FL 34236

[SOON]  HEALTH: Making Strides Against Breast Cancer , October 20, 7am

The American Cancer Society Making Strides Against Breast Cancer Walks raise awareness and funds to help save lives from Breast Cancer. The event at Nathan Benderson Park, will raise money to fund innovative research, provide free information and support, and help people reduce their risk and find it early when it is easier to treat. From the opening ceremony to the post walk entertainment, the Making Strides event is a celebration of survivors and an opportunity to honor loved ones lost. It’s a day that won’t be forgotten and should not be missed.

Nathan Benderson Park , 5851 Nathan Benderson Circle, Sarasota, FL 34235

[SOON]  MUSIC: The Singing Harp , October 21 – October 22

Program includes Giuseppina Ciarla’s original Butterfly Invasion, Claude Debussy’s Claire de Lune, Livingstone/Evans’ Que Sera Sera and even popular hits like Sting’s Roxanne and Michael Jackson’s Billie Jean. Tickets are $48 and include food and drink.

Fischer/Weisenborne Residence

[SOON]  FESTIVAL: Wine & Stein , October 25, 6-9:30pm

Don't miss the 3rd Anual Wine & Stein Fundraiser, A Taste of Hearing. Celebrate with Hear Care Connection Sarasota and raise money to give the gift of hearing. Enjoy, Live and silent auction, live entertainment, wine, beer and hors d'oeuvres. 

Gold Coast Eagle Distributing, 7051 Wireless Ct, Sarasota, FL. 34240

[SOON]  GALA: Out of the Blue , October 25, 6pm-8:30pm

Join us for Out of the Blue, Sarasota's largest fundraiser for mental health at Sarasota Architectural Company on October 25. Enjoy fabulous food provided by premier caterer Simply Gourmet, beer donated by Gulf Coast Eagle Distributors, wine and great musical entertainment. You don't want to miss this event benefitting NAMI Sarasota County. Dress is casual or just come from work as you are and relax to the great tunes of Rallo Pucci.

Sarasota Architectural Salvage, 1093 Central Ave, Sarasota, FL 34236

[SOON]  MUSIC: Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike , October 25 – November 11

This Tony Award-winning comedy from Christopher Durang follows three siblings as they live, love and argue in their family’s home—that just happens to be located in a cherry orchard. (Yes, there are some great Chekhov moments.) Fun, smart and the Drama Desk Award winner for outstanding new play.

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

[SOON]  GALA: Share the Light Luncheon , October 25, 11am

Join Second Chance Last Opportunity for the 23rd Annual Share the Light Luncheon on October 25 at Michael’s on East. The event will honor Hillary Dumbroski of Iberia Bank, Sarah Kupiec of Nathan Benderson Park and Circuit Court Judge Rochelle Curley. Standard tickets are $65/person or $520 for a table of eight.

Michaelís on East, 1212 S East Ave, Sarasota, FL 34239

[SOON]  THEATER: The Barber of Seville , October 26 – November 11

Our favorite barber is back. Doctor Bartolo plans to marry his ward Rosina, but she has other plans for her future. Figaro, the barber, comes to the rescue and assists Rosina in sneaking, scheming, and plotting so she can marry her beloved Lindoro, who unbeknownst to her is the Count Almaviva. With a comic plot and Rossini's most recognizable melodies, The Barber of Seville is one of the most performed operas in the world.

Sarasota Opera House, 61 North Pineapple Ave., Sarasota.

[SOON]  GALLERY: National Sumi-E Society , October 30 – November 30

Celebrating the Japanese art of ink wash painting, also called Sumi-e, this exhibition brings art from around the country to Bradenton for a show dedicated to the delicacy, beauty and history of the medium. Spanning across all three galleries, this is another flagship exhibition for one of Bradenton’s leading art centers.

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

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