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"Frankly, I find all the voters are more complex than people believe them to be."

- Tommy Gregory, state House candidate

[Politics]  Gregory, Coleman Battle on Policy in 73
Jacob Ogles, jacob.ogles@srqme.com

After a scandal drew the national spotlight on Florida House District 73 during primary season, many wondered if the actual election might be a non-event. But with Republican Tommy Gregory and Democrat Liv Coleman each spending and scrounging for votes, the fight remains one of the most interesting in the region heading into November 6.

Gregory, a Sarasota attorney and former JAG officer, continues to stand on social conservative positions. He expects little appetite in the Florida House this year for funding business incentives, and that includes his own interest in the issue. During the primary season, he set himself apart early as the candidate fighting against immigration and gun control, while Republican opponent Melissa Howard courted the pro-business wing of the party. 

Not that it mattered. A scandal about Howard’s college credentials led to her exit before final votes were cast. Gregory got more votes in the primary—19,144 to Howard’s 7,725—but after his opponent withdrew he’d have won the nomination even if he lost the vote itself.

Now he’s seeking out the middle, but has found campaigning doesn’t feel that different. “Voters are interested in the same issues they always have been: transportation, infrastructure, the environment and the economy,” Gregory says. 

Coleman, a University of Tampa political science professor, says she’s been working to reach as many voters as she can in the short time between now and Election Day. “We're running a grassroots campaign trying to meet as many voters as possible,” she says.

Coleman has turned some heads working major canvassing events in the district, as well as with quixotic moves like poetry readings on social media. She’s run on a progressive platform but with certain differences, like a dislike of Common Core and high-stakes testing. And as environmental issues took center stage amid algal blooms this fall, the race suddenly felt like it was in play.

“In spite of the district being outrageously gerrymandered, it looks like a very competitive race. If the blue wave is strong, we will surf to victory,” she says.

That may still prove challenging here. Outgoing state Rep. Joe Gruters, R-Sarasota, won this district in 2016 with 65 percent of the vote over Democrat James Golden. And Gregory has raised $156,685 in contributions to Coleman’s $52,745. But she’s had money come in late and chipped in $5,000 of her own, so both campaigns remain active in the final stretch.

Gregory says he’s been happy to engage in real policy debate. “It gives voters a real appreciation for differences between my opponent and I on public policy,” he says. “Frankly, I find all the voters are more complex than people believe them to be.” He remains confident he will win the confidence of most who cast ballots.

Coleman and Gregory face off in the Nov. 6 election. All voters in District 73 may vote. 

Pictured: Tommy Gregory, Liv Coleman

[Festival]  SRQ Magazine Celebrates 20 Years With the Community
Philip Lederer, Phil.Lederer@srqme.com

In a celebration of community—and 20 years celebrating that community—SRQ Media shut down Dolphin Avenue this past Saturday for the first annual La Strada street festival. Featuring food trucks, local bands, street performances and even a special event for a special guest of honor, the town danced, gabbed and ate well into the evening, making this inaugural celebration a roaring success and sure to return.

A celebration of 20 years of SRQ magazine—and the vibrant local business and arts and culture community that has supported it through the years and made its existence possible by making the region the exciting place to live that it is—the La Strada street festival highlighted all the aspects that make this region its own particular paradise.

With the weather being unseasonally cooperative, the event began at 6pm (though eager guests arrived as early as 5:30pm) with food trucks circling the Dolphin area and posting up in the parking lots. Festival-goers enjoyed gourmet gastronomical creations from the folks at FIllaburger, killer tacos with all the options from Tamiami Tacos, classics made new from PB & Jelly Deli and Venezuelan flavors from Kuwai Venezuelan Street Food—and then cooled off with smoothies from SaraFresh Juice and shaved ice from Kona Ice.

Folks got a taste of the arts and culture scene that earns this region the title of Creative Coast, with performances from several of the area’s notable institutions. Circus Arts Conservatory brought jugglers, aerialists and more, performing without a net over the blacktop to the gasps of the gathered crowd. Florida Studio Theatre Improv sent performers through the crowd for a kid-friendly scavenger hunt, Sarasota Contemporary Dance showcased cutting edge dance and even improv beatboxing, and violin wunderkind Elijah of the Sarasota Youth Orchestra graced the night with virtuosic performance. In a special highlight, students of Sarasota High School Theater brought Michael Jackson’s Thriller to life with a dance performance and zombie walk.

And while the kids flexed their artsy muscles with craft boxes, mural painting, face painting and balloon art, a special group gathered inside the SRQ Studios for a special tribute to the man of the hour—Dr. Larry Thompson, president of Ringling College of Art and Design. Also celebrating his 20th anniversary in Sarasota, friends and colleagues convened to enjoy a special performance from FST Improv and a celebration that included the unveiling of a digital portrait of Thompson, created by artist Danica Jokic. Suitably surprised (and embarrassed), Thompson took it all in stride, even as friends and board members gave him a bit of a playful roast. “I didn’t have a clue,” he said, before continuing to celebrate the 20-year relationship between the college and the magazine. “It’s a match made in heaven,” he said. “The magazine has had such a great impact on the community.”

Inside, guitar virtuoso Jami Gee finger-picked her way through the evening, while, outside, the party wound down with final musical performances from The Divebombers and The Heather Downie & Friends Band, following Bri Rivera and Cahoots.

"La Strada wildly exceeded our hopes,” says SRQ magazine publisher Wes Roberts. “When Lisl [Liang] and I started SRQ magazine 20 years ago, we decided to always tell stories and create experiences that reflected the best that our community has to offer. Celebrating our 20th anniversary with a roaring street festival was a perfect distillation of that give-and-take that we love—that exchange of energy between the people of Sarasota and Bradenton, and the SRQ events and publications.” 

Photo by Wyatt Kostygan.

[GoodBite]  Cheers to the Expendables
Brittany Mattie, brittany.mattie@srqme.com


Your Saturday plans have been fulfilled in the adjacent parking lot of Oak & Stone on November 3rd. Corral your best drinking and dancing crew for the Craft Beer Fest, featuring over 80 taps on site (56 inside the restaurant and 25 outside in the performance area). Yes, there will be stoke-worthy performances by renowned Florida bands such as Just Chameleons from Tallahassee, Summer Survivors from Bradenton and Zander from Ft. Lauderdale. Especially crowd-drawing is the headlining of reggae-rock phenomena, The Expendables, a California band celebrating all things surfing, partying and playing soulful, feel-good acoustics with hits like "Drift Away", "Down Down Down" and "Let Loose". Live music will play from 4pm-11pm while foodie favorites like Oak & Stone's wood-fired pizza, No.10 Can nachos, Everything Spice garlic knots and Philly Cheesesteak eggrolls will be served inside and out on the patio.

General admission is $30 in advance/$40 at the door or enjoy the show from the Front Row Section by jumping on the limited quantity tickets for $40 in advance/$50 at the door. And if you’re really feeling like balling out at the party, score limited VIP tickets for $110/per person (only available online). VIP ticket holders receive a Meet & Greet with The Expendables, private acoustic set with The Expendables, lounge seating under a tent, food and beer included with cash bar available, as well as additional access to Front Row Section. Advance ticket sales end at midnight on October 31.

In the meantime, as you get amped for the reggaetastic concert, don’t miss any of Oak & Stone’s other events associated with Craft Beer Fest in the coming weeks:

Pumpkin Carving Contest: Tuesday, October 30. Bring in a carved pumpkin with your favorite craft beer logo'd on it for your chance to win 2 VIP tickets to Craft Beer Fest (valued at $240).

Costume Contest: Wednesday, October 31. For Halloween dress up as your favorite Expendables character (the movie) for your chance to win 2 VIP tickets to Craft Beer Fest.

Home Brewers Brew Contest: Thursday, November 1. Oak & Stone staff will judge home brewers’ beer with local brewmasters and announce the winner at Craft Beer Fest. (Naughty Monk Brewery from Lakewood Ranch will brew the winner’s beer, and Oak & Stone will have it on their Beer Wall for NYE/NYD).

Pre-Party: Friday night, November 2. Includes exclusive food and drink specials in celebration of Saturday’s concert.

Hangover Brunch: Sunday, November, 4. We’ll all need it.

Craft Beer Fest 2018 Sponsors: Big Storm Brewing Co., Naughty Monk Brewery, Big Top Brewing Company, Mindful Medicinals, Blue Point Brewery, Tito's Handmade Vodka, Jägermeister, Jameson Irish Whiskey and Gold Coast Eagle Distributing.

Proceeds benefit the Miracle League of Manasota. 

Oak & Stone, 5405 University Pkwy #101, University Park, 941-225-4590.

Eventbrite ticket link here.

[Arts and Culture]  Arts and Cultural Alliance Hosts Celebration of the Arts

The Arts and Cultural Alliance of Sarasota County held its annual Celebration of the Arts event yesterday at the Van Wezel Performing Arts Hall. Hosted by Alliance Executive Director Jim Shirley, the evening brought the community together to recognize grant recipients and leading advocates for arts and culture. The Alliance presented the Arts Leadership Awards to the following people in the following categories: Volunteer – David Schuler, The Ringling Museum; Arts Education – Kelli Maldonado, Van Wezel Performing Arts Hall; Arts Management – Sally Faron, La Musica; Philanthropy – Beverly Koski; Artistic Achievement – Nate Jacobs, Westcoast Black Theatre Troupe; and Cultural Champion – Jean Weidner Goldstein.

The Alliance also recognized the winners of the State of the Arts Opportunity Grants: Belle Canto, Inc., Center for Architecture Sarasota, Inc., The North Port Chorale Inc., North Port Art Center and Musica Sacra Sarasota. Additionally recognized were the winners of the John Ringling Tower Fund Grants: Monica Cross for the performing arts; Pamela Callender for the visual arts; and Hermitage Artist Retreat for historic preservation. 

Arts and Cultural Alliance of Sarasota County

[Government]  MCAT Wins Four Awards from FPTA, FCTD

Two statewide transit associations have awarded Manatee County Area Transit two group awards and individual awards to Commissioner Carol Whitmore and Manatee County Fleet employee Mike Ruth. The Florida Public Transportation Association (FPTA) and Florida Commission for the Transportation Disadvantaged (FCTD) presented the awards during a conference last week in Daytona Beach. FPTA named MCAT its 2018 Innovation and Creativity Award winner for an Outcome-Based Technology Procurement Process. And MCAT won a separate Innovation Award for a tailored one-on-one and group “Travel Training” assistance program, which instructs anyone interested on how to navigate MCAT's fixed-route bus system. Commissioner Whitmore, chair of the Manatee County Local Coordinating Board, was selected as the 2018 Elected Official of the Year. Commissioner Whitmore works closely with MCAT staff and agency partners to make the Manatee County Transportation Disadvantaged (TD) program as effective and efficient as possible. And Mike Ruth, with MCAT for three years now, was named runner-up for the 2018 FPTA Fleet Technician of the Year Award. 

Manatee County Area Transit

[Government]  SBA Business Recovery Center Moves to Tingley Library

Manatee County Government and the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) announced yesterday that an SBA Business Recovery Center moved to the City of Bradenton Beach's Tingley Memorial Library to help business owners affected by September red tide bloom. The temporary SBA Center will operate weekdays from 9am to 6pm, and Saturdays, 10am to 2pm until further notice. No appointments are necessary. An SBA representative will be on hand to provide information about disaster loans, answer questions and assist businesses in completing the SBA application. The County’s Economic Development team and local partners, such as the Manatee Chamber of Commerce, the Bradenton Area EDC and the SBDC will also be on hand to provide information and resources to State of Florida assistance and to help businesses document financial losses. To receive additional disaster assistance information, visit SBA’s website below. 

U.S. Small Business Administration

[Healthcare]  SMH Named Certified Quality Breast Center of Excellence

Sarasota Memorial Hospital recently earned recognition as a Certified Quality Breast Center of Excellence—the highest quality designation awarded by the National Quality Measures for Breast Centers. The certification—achieved for meeting national quality and performance standards—was awarded during Breast Cancer Awareness Month in October, as SMH prepares to break ground on a new oncology tower and outpatient radiation oncology center. SMH is the only Florida hospital (and among 61 in the nation) currently designated as a “Certified Quality Breast Center of Excellence.” To earn certification, hospitals must demonstrate high-level performance on a number of quality measures, including imaging, surgery, radiation, cancer registry, pathology and patient satisfaction.  

Over the next few years, SMH is creating a premier Cancer Institute that will offer services across the entire continuum of cancer care, from prevention, screening, diagnosis and treatment, to survivorship, follow-up care and support, all in one location on the hospital’s main campus. Earlier this year, the Hospital Board approved $220 million to build a 170,000-square-foot, eight-story oncology tower on SMH’s main campus and a 17,500-square-foot outpatient radiation oncology center on the health system’s University Parkway/Honore campus. Groundbreakings on both facilities are slated for early next year, with the radiation center expected to open in 2020, followed by the tower in 2021. 

Sarasota Memorial Hospital

[Real Estate]  Christy Appointed to RASM Realtor-Attorney Joint Committee

Williams Parker attorney Erin Hope Christy has been appointed to the Realtor-Attorney Joint Committee of the Realtor Association of Sarasota and Manatee (RASM) for 2019-2020. The Sarasota and Manatee Realtor-Attorney Joint Committee consists of eight realtors appointed by RASM and eight attorneys, six appointed by the Sarasota County Bar Association and two by the Manatee County Bar Association. The committee is responsible for providing timely and accurate information to RASM members by planning, organizing, and presenting educational seminars and providing articles for the RASM Magazine. Christy focuses her practice in the areas of real estate and land use, handling complex residential and commercial real estate matters, including land use and zoning matters, developer representation, landlord representation and more. Christy is the vice president of the board of directors of Junior League of Sarasota, is the immediate past-president of the Young Lawyers Division of the Sarasota County Bar Association, and is a prior board member of the Women’s Council of Realtors. 

Williams Parker

[Philanthropy]  GCCF Awards $40,000 Grant to Embracing Our Differences

Gulf Coast Community Foundation recently awarded Embracing Our Differences a $40,000 Arts Appreciation grant, which offers unrestricted funding to area arts organizations in support of their artistic mission. According to Sarah Wertheimer, Embracing Our Differences’ executive director, the grant will help fund the organization’s 2019 outdoor exhibition celebrating diversity, which runs January 19 to March 15 in Bayfront Park in downtown Sarasota. The grant will also be directed to empower EOD’s annual educational outreach programs and initiatives. The grant will also provide vital resources for Embracing Our Differences' annual outreach initiatives, including its Make-A-Day-of-It! program, which provides free bus transportation for thousands of students and teachers to visit the outdoor exhibit and other arts and cultural venues. A portion of the grant will also be directed to Embracing Our Differences' annual teacher workshops and retreats, which provide area educators with skills, strategies and resources relating to arts appreciation, character building and diversity education. 

Gulf Coast Community Foundation

[Healthcare]  Manatee Technical College Hosts Hearing Tech Expo & Clinic

The 7th Annual Hearing Tech Expo & Clinic is scheduled for October 27 at Manatee Technical College. Attendees will have the opportunity to compare hearing aids from leading manufacturers, and more than 50 exhibitors will offer first-hand demonstrations of all major technologies, including wireless accessories, cochlear implants, assistive listening devices and new, cutting-edge hearing devices such as breakthrough skin conduction hearing aids and the first implantable hearing aid. A comprehensive silent auction offers an opportunity to get highly discounted devices as well as super bargains in numerous categories like travel, theater and restaurants, as well as a support section for parents and children with hearing loss. A Spanish language translator will be onsite at the event. Admission and all services provided, including hearing screenings, audiologist consultations and rides to and from the expo, are free. For more information, contact expo@hlas.org or 941-706-4312. 

7th Annual Hearing Tech Expo & Clinic

[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]  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.

[TODAY]  THEATER: Raisin , October 3 – November 11

Taking place in the 1950s on the South Side of Chicago, the story revolves around a working class black family aspiring to a better life after the death of their father. Hope is sparked by the arrival of a $10,000 life insurance check. But conflicts arise when mother and son want to spend the money in different ways. 

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

[TODAY]  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.

[TODAY]  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.

[TODAY]  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]  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.

Michael’s on East, 1212 S East Ave, Sarasota, FL 34239

[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]  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]  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]  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]  HEALTH: 7th Annual Hearing Tech Expo & Clinic , October 27, 9am-4pm

Don't miss the largest hearing health fair in Florida where attendees have the opportunity to try and compare hearing aids from leading manufacturers. Over 50 exhibitors will offer first-hand demonstrations of all major technologies including wireless accessories, cochlear implants, assistive listening devices and new, cutting-edge hearing devices such as breakthrough skin conduction hearing aids and the first implantable hearing aid. Presentations and user panel discussions will demystify the new technological developments to help determine which devices are best suited for your needs. A comprehensive silent auction offers an opportunity to get highly discounted devices as well as super bargains in numerous categories like travel, theater and restaurants as well as a support section for parents and children with hearing loss.  A Spanish language translator will be onsite at the event. Admission and all services provided, including hearing screenings, audiologist consultations and rides to and from the expo, are free. For more information, contact expo@hlas.org or 941-706-4312.

Manatee Technical College , 6305 State Road 70, Bradenton, FL

[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.

[SOON]  FOOD: New College Foundation Annual Scholarship Clambake , November 1, 6:00PM

New College will celebrate the 40th anniversary of New College Foundation’s Annual Scholarship Clambake on November 1, 2018, at 6 p.m.

Clambake is always a wonderful gathering on the spectacular New College Bayfront, featuring New England fare, a breathtaking sunset, and many opportunities to meet and mingle with extraordinary students, outstanding faculty, and other committed friends.

New College Bayfront, 5800 Bay Shore Road, Sarasota

[SOON]  MUSIC: Armistice: The Journey Home , November 3 – November 4

Inspired by the 100th anniversary of the end of WWI, this performance explores timeless themes of longing, loss, love, and the search for peace in the wake of catastrophe. Musical selections range from Schubert’s Der Wanderer, to Vaughan Williams’ Songs of Travel, to Ives’ They Are There.

Historic Asolo Theatre, 5401 Bay Shore Rd., Sarasota.

[SOON]  MUSIC: The Little Sweep , November 3 – November 4

Sarasota Youth Opera will present a revival of our acclaimed production of Britten’s charming opera. A group of children, with the help of a kind nursery maid, work to free a young chimney sweep apprentice from his cruel master. Last seen in 2013, this enchanting work, which was written to introduce young people to opera, will be sure to delight children and adults alike. The Opera itself will be preceded by a prologue created especially for Sarasota Youth Opera by Youth Opera Music Director Jesse Martins and stage director, Martha Collins

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

[SOON]  MUSIC: Ole! Popular Latin and Spanish Music , November 6

A celebration of Hispanic Heritage Month featuring popular Spanish and Latin tunes showcasing the skill of Carmen de Vicente, one of the masters of Spain’s national instrument: the challenging, centuries-old castanet. Joseph Holt joins on piano and Erol Ozsever on guitar.

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

[SOON]  THEATER: A Gentleman's Guide to Love and Murder , November 7 – January 13

Monty Navarro may be distant heir to the family fortune, but there are several deadly ways to jump the line of succession. Along the way, Monty has to juggle his mistress, his fiancée and the constant threat of landing behind bars. It will all be worth it if he can slay his way to his inheritance… and be done in time for tea.

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

[SOON]  BUSINESS: Inspire--Modern Home Magazine Symposium , November 8, 5:30PM - 7:30PM

Join SRQ MEDIA as we hear about the inspiration behind some of Sarasota's most iconic home designs. $5 Cover includes one glass of beer or wine and light bites.

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

[SOON]  THEATER: Sight Unseen , November 8 – November 18

A critically acclaimed artist has created art that is so popular, that now his works are bought ‘sight unseen.’ Happily married with a pregnant wife, the artist decides to visit his former model and lover while attending a retrospective of his work. Written in a non-linear progression, expect forward and backward jumps in time.

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

[SOON]  THEATER: The Music Man , November 17 – December 29

The winner of six Tony Awards, including Best Musical, this American institution with its one-of-a-kind score features fast-talking salesman Harold Hill, who brings trouble to River City, Iowa when he cons the townspeople into buying instruments for an imaginary band—but his plans to skip town with the cash are foiled when his heart is stolen by the town librarian. Tony Awarded-nominated Jeff Calhoun directs.

Asolo Repertory Theatre, 5555 North Tamiami Trl., Sarasota.

[SOON]  MUSEUM: Woodblock Prints from Post-War Japan , November 18 – May 5

In the wake of the Second World War, woodblock prints emerged as a channel of diplomacy and friendship between Japan and the U.S. Printmaking continues to be a vibrant and ever-changing art form well into the 21st century. This exhibition draws the Ringling Museum of Art’s extensive holdings of postwar Japanese prints and local collections. On display will be works by key artists including Onchi Koshiro, Hiratsuka Un’ichi, Saito Kiyoshi, Yoshida Chizuko, and Hoshi Joshi, including a number of new acquisitions and never-before exhibited pieces.

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

[SOON]  BUSINESS: SB2 presents Philanthropic Agenda , November 29, 11:00am - 1:00pm

The SRQ Philanthropy Agenda luncheon and panel discussion will explore the dynamic and ever changing world of non-profits. What's trending, who's innovating, why are donor-advised funds growing so rapidly and what exactly are donors looking for? The luncheon will culminate with the SRQ Gives Good program at which we will honor the Non-Profit Innovation in Philanthropy Award and the Local Philanthropy Hero Award honoring individuals who have meaningfully impacted our community for good in the past year.

The Hyatt Regency Sarasota, 1000 Boulevard of the Arts, Sarasota, FL 34236

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