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[Film]  SFF Kicks Off Cinematheque Program This Weekend
Philip Lederer

The Sarasota Film Festival may still be months away, but for those Sarasota cinephiles still grieving the untimely loss of Video Renaissance this past September, here’s a little white light at the end of the projection tube—Cinematheque, a new yearlong program screening classic and foreign films. Produced by the Sarasota Film Festival as part of its (re)expanding community presence, the pilot program begins this weekend with a screening of Casablanca on December 1 at 6pm at 500 Tallevast Road, Sarasota. Tickets at $5 for SFF members and $10 for non-members.

Taken from the French tradition for small, typically single-screen, theaters specializing in historic or avant-garde or art-house films, Cinematheque aims to indulge the local film community with film of a different flavor—the kind they likely won’t find at venues like Regal or Cinebistro. “There’s a good community here of cinephiles and people who would like to see classic movies,” says Paul Ratner, SFF director of education and driving force behind Cinematheque. “What we’re hoping to establish in Sarasota is something that kind of links to similar programs you can find in Paris and New York.”

The series begins on Saturday with a screening of Casablanca off Tallevast, in a warehouse environment repurposed by SFF for special screenings and summer film camps. Each Cinematheque screening will also be hosted and introduced by a resident film expert, who will provide historical context for the film’s importance, background on the artists involved and facilitate discussion after the screening. “We’re hoping to help viewers with more challenging films as well,” says Ratner. Local cinephile and host of At the Movies with Gus Mollasis, Gus Mollasis, will lead the Casablanca screening.

“We’re hoping to fulfill a need,” continues Ratner, noting that the festival wants to be seen as “not just an event that happens for a couple of weeks in April, but as a program that’s here all year long.”

Currently a biweekly program, Cinematheque continues December 14 with a screening of Akira Kurosawa’s Rashomon, and two to-be-determined screenings in January. But, if demand proves strong, Ratner would like to see the series expand into maybe even a weekly event that stretches throughout the year. “So every weekend, people can expect to see some great film in Sarasota,” he says. “Something they can’t see anywhere else.”

Cinematheque begins this Saturday, December 1, with a showing of Casablanca at 6pm at 500 Tallevast Road, Sarasota. 

Pictured: Humphrey Bogart and Ingrid Bergman star in Michael Curtiz' 1942 classic.

[Community Foundation]  A Beckman “Boost”
Brittany Mattie

Yesterday's "Giving Tuesday" brought together 17 area middle-school students at a special event hosted by The Community Foundation of Sarasota County. The young, ambitious students learned there of their exciting opportunity to earn themselves a fully funded college tuition through CFSC’s partnership with Take Stock in Children of Sarasota County (TSIC), a unique program developed with donor support to give qualified, selected 6th graders an opportunity to become TSIC Scholars and earn full-ride scholarships. In addition to $100,000 in funding from generous donors of the Community Foundation, Take Stock in Children and the State of Florida will contribute an additional amount of approximately $200,000 to make sure these students have access to tuitions at Florida college or state universities for a two- or four-year degree program.

Contingent on their participation and commitment to the program, students must meet with a mentor at school weekly, maintain 2.5 GPA, attend school regularly, remain drug and crime free, exhibit positive behavior in and out of school and attend all TSIC events and workshops to receive the benefits of being a TSIC Scholar. “This is an honor to be included in this project,” said Lisa Bechtold, Executive Director of TSIC of Sarasota County. “And is life-changing for these students and their families.” 

The project was inspired by Ron and Carole Beckman, who have a passion to permanently redirect the life trajectory of challenged, disadvantaged youth and create opportunities for them to yield lifelong successes. “Today’s children are the future of our community. By providing the right kinds of ‘helping hands’ to at-risk youth, we can boost the efforts of many and positively alter the trajectory of their lives,” said Ron Beckman.

The 17 students this year were specially identified because of their completion of four consecutive years at Title 1 school Alta Vista Elementary’s Eagle Academy. The Eagle Academy is a six to eight-week summer learning program that combines academics, enrichment activities and parent programming for its students. Data showed that this free summer learning experience led to learning gains and an absence of summer learning loss, ultimately helping to close the achievement gap for these area youths.

“The passion Ron and Carole Beckman have for helping children is so admirable,” said Roxie Jerde, President and CEO of the CFSC. “They truly demonstrate how every single one of us has the power to positively impact the lives of those around us for the betterment of our entire community. I applaud them for their vision to not only help these students, but also to encourage personal philanthropy and collaborations.”

The Community Foundation of Sarasota County is proud to partner with SRQ Media Group to highlight stories about community impact powered by philanthropy in our region, thanks to the support of donors and our local nonprofit partners. The Community Foundation is a public charity founded in 1979 by the Southwest Florida Estate Planning Council as a resource for caring individuals and the causes they support, enabling them to make a charitable impact on the community. 

Photo provided by The Community Foundation of Sarasota County.

[Season of Giving]  Adopt-a-Family
Britt Mattie

JFCS of the Suncoast launches their 14th annual campaign to bring holiday joy to local families struggling to make ends meet from the impact of Red Tide and employment challenges. JFCS’s Adopt-a-Family seasonal program, which started in 2004, aims to attract donors to provide presents and/or gift card donations to help parents purchase gifts and other items for their children over the holidays. More than 635 children from nearly 260 families have had their holidays made merrier through the Adopt-a-Family program and the generosity of other local families, individuals and businesses. Current JFCS clients can enroll their little ones today and be able to provide their holiday wish lists this December. Donors are then matched with clients to provide gift cards, cash donation or other new presents to fulfill one or more child’s arms.

The 2018 Adopt-a-Family campaign runs through December 6. Interested families, individuals or businesses can contact Karen Wain, JFCS Director of Volunteer Services and Community Outreach, at 941-366-2224, ext. 143 or at kwain@jfcs-cares.org. 

Photo provided by JFCS of the Suncoast

[Government]  Ehde Named Manatee County Director of Neighborhood Services

After serving nearly a year as an interim director, Ava Ehde has been confirmed as the Director of Neighborhood Services for Manatee County. As director, Ehde manages a $22 million budget and oversees 135 staff across Probation, Human, Veterans, Healthcare and Neighborhood Services divisions, as well as the Public Library System. She also serves as a liaison with the Health Care and Children's Services advisory boards, Public Safety Coordinating Council and Library Board of Trustees. Ehde previously served as Manatee County's Library Services Manager since 2011. Under her leadership, the library system focused on expanding educational programs, technological resources and special events. This earned the Florida Library Association’s 2013 Library Innovation Award and the 2016 Library of the Year and several awards for the Library's Recycled Dreams Teen Fashion Show and Mana Con special events. Ehde was also named Librarian of the Year by the Florida Library Association last year. 

Manatee County Neighborhood Services

[Government]  FDOT to Hold Public Information Meeting Regarding Proposed Road Improvements

The Florida Department of Transportation (FDOT), District One, will hold a public information meeting regarding proposed improvements to and between the intersections of US 41 at Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Way and Myrtle Street in the City of Sarasota. The meeting will be held on Tuesday, December 11, at the Robert L. Taylor Community Complex building at 1845 34th Street, Sarasota,. The meeting format will be an open house from 5pm to 7pm, with a video presentation that is showing continuously throughout. There will not be a formal presentation. The meeting is being conducted to give interested persons an opportunity to express their views concerning the location, conceptual design, and social, economic, and environmental effects of the proposed improvements. The stated purpose of this project is to enhance safety, non-motorized connectivity and access, as well as vehicular traffic flow and operations, between residences and schools of the northern Downtown Sarasota area and the Bayfront area. 

[Travel]  SRQ Airport Elects Wish as Chairman of the Board

At its November 20, 2018 Regular Board Meeting, the Sarasota Manatee Airport Authority unanimously elected Commissioner Peter A. Wish as chairman for 2019. Wish served previously as vice chairman in 2014 and 2018, and as chairman in 2015. He was appointed to the board in February of 2013 and reappointed in 2017 by Governor Rick Scott. Chairman Wish volunteers his time for philanthropy and politics and is past-chair of the board of directors of Easter Seals of SW Florida and past-chair of Habitat for Humanity Sarasota Board of Directors. He presently sits on the Sarasota County Sheriff’s advisory board and serves on various foundations and charitable organizations in Sarasota County. Completing the officers for the Airport Authority board will be Kristin Incrocci as vice chairman and Carlos Beruff as secretary. 

Sarasota-Bradenton International Airport

[Education]  CareerEdge, MTC, HVAC Employers Partner for Tuition-Free Training Program

Local heating, ventilation and air conditioning (HVAC) companies are partnering with CareerEdge and Manatee Technical College (MTC) to develop a funded fast-track HVAC Installer program at the college, which will launch in January. The employers are looking for a way to recruit and rapidly train people for a very specific skill set, namely the installation process, and then develop these employees further over time through mentorships and apprenticeship programs. The tuition-free class will begin January 22, 2019 and run through March with classes held in the evening Monday-Thursday at MTC’s main campus. The program will include CareerEdge’s Bridges to Careers soft skills training.  HVAC company representatives will volunteer to teach some modules of the class in order to enhance the hands-on, real-world nature of the program.

Applicants eligibility includes having a clean background and drug check, a valid driver’s license, ability to lift 75 lbs., physically capable to be in attics, high temperature environment. Graduates are guaranteed jobs with the participating employers, at an average starting wage of $15 per hour. No technical experience is required for this 225-hour HVAC Installer training. 

CareerEdge Funders Collaborative



[TODAY]  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.

[TODAY]  THEATER: Dike , November 9 – December 16

Written by Hannah Benitez, a Cuban-Jewish-American millennial originally from Miami, Dike follows a pair of sisters from a religious family who reunite after two years of separation to navigate the cloudy waters of identity. An awkwardly hilarious and gripping exploration of love, sexuality, and sisterhood, with an all-female cast, Dike questions the limitations religion and social conditioning raise within all of us.

Urbanite Theatre, 1487 2nd St., Sarasota.

[TODAY]  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.

[TODAY]  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.

[TODAY]  BUSINESS: Nominations Now Open for 2019 Localpreneur of the Year , November 8 – December 7

Nominate a passionate and purposeful local entrepreneur who you believe has forged a successful company in the Sarasota and Bradenton region with astute corporate drive, a heart for giving back, a talent for engineering innovation and indelible leadership qualities. Your entrepreneur nominee should have an active for-profit business located in Sarasota or Manatee County and may represent any sector of business.  The LOCALPRENEUR OF THE YEAR program celebrates these courageous and intrepid visionaries who make this one of the best places to start and run a successful small business. We will announce the finalists at the SB2 Regional Economy and Localpreneur of the Year Awards Luncheon on January 24, 2019 at The Hyatt Regency Sarasota and showcase all nominees and finalists in the February 2018 edition of SRQ | The Magazine.

[SOON]  THEATER: Marvin Gaye: Prince of Soul , November 28 – January 13

After several years of requests from theater patrons, Sheldon Rhoden will reprise the role of Marvin Gaye. This original show begins in the 1950s at the start of Gaye's career with Motown and follows its twists and turns until his untimely death in the mid-1980s.

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

[SOON]  THEATER: Guitar Girls , November 28 – March 31

A celebration of female singer-songwriters who have used their music to give themselves a voice in contemporary America. Artists like Joni Mitchell, Janis Joplin, and Carly Simon have made indelible marks on the music industry.

Florida Studio Theatre, 1241 North Palm Ave., Sarasota

[SOON]  SEMINAR: Voice & Visibility Salon Series , December 12

Please join us for an intimate evening that will include a featured presentation by Shannon, conversation, and resources for action! Also enjoy light refreshments and an inspired art installation. What does Investing in Women’s Progress look like in this noisy climate? Which women? Where do we start? Investing in Women’s Progress will ensure you:

  • Learn about the diversity of women’s needs

  • Evaluate what resonates with you and your organization/company

  • Create an “invest in women strategy” that yields a strong return

  • Receive resources and an overview of the upcoming Voice & Visibility Salon series offerings

[SOON]  GALLERY: Cycle 2: Art Center Instructors, McMennamy and Gatzambide , November 29 – January 4

Art Center Instructors exhibition will feature the talented local and visiting Art Center Sarasota instructors. A second gallery will offer Stephen McMennamy, an Atlanta-based artist, his first solo exhibition featuring his time-based video collages. Artist Peter Gatzambide will exhibit a recent series of assemblage paintings and works on paper in his first solo exhibition at Art Center Sarasota.

Art Center Sarasota, 707 North Tamiami Trl., 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

[SOON]  THEATER: Elf- The Musical , November 29 – December 16

Santa Claus narrates the story of Buddy, who was raised at the North Pole. Prior to Christmas, Buddy learns he’s human, not an elf. He convinces Santa to let him return to New York City to find his real father. He finds his father (who’s on the naughty list) and a step brother who doesn’t believe in Santa. Buddy decides it’s up to him to bring back the spirit of Christmas to his family and all of New York.

Manatee Performing Arts Center, 502 3rd Ave W, Bradenton

[SOON]  DANCE: Raphael Xavier: Point of Interest , November 30 – December 1, 7:30PM

Crackling with his signature bravado and high-energy physicality, Raphael Xavier shares the stage with a multigenerational cast, performing a series of solos, duets and quintets in his newest work, featuring a soundscape of beats, spoken word poetry and musical rhythms. 

Distilling the art of break dancing to its purest form, Raphael Xavier takes this movement vocabulary to uncharted territory. Point of Interest ventures into the "mature" space for hip-hop dance, following the standard of traditional Breaking aesthetics while pushing the boundaries of a culture and dance form commonly associated with youth. 

The Ringling

[SOON]  PERFORMANCE: Perfect Pairs , November 30 – December 3

Ward Stare leads Sarasota Orchestra in a program pairing exquisite French music with rich German orchestral fare. Twin sisters Christina and Michelle Naughton provide double the drama in Poulenc’s Concerto for Two Pianos, while Ravel’s masterwork appropriately uses the word “delicious” in its subtitle. Mozart’s music from Thamos, King of Egypt is a rarely heard delight and German Romantic giant Richard Strauss’ operatic suite concludes the program in an explosion of orchestral virtuosity.


Sarasota Orchestra, 709 North Tamiami Trl., Sarasota

[SOON]  PERFORMANCE: The Nutcracker , December 1

In the season opening, the Sarasota Cuban Ballet School presents a production of this timeless classic alongside Tchaikovsky’s much-loved score. Travel through this fanciful world and dance along with the sugar plum fairies, as Clara and her Nutcracker Prince journey into the whimsical Kingdom of Sweets.

Sarasota Opera House , 61 North Pineapple Ave., Sarasota

[SOON]  FESTIVAL: Bradenton Blues Festival , December 1

This sixth annual festival features a stellar lineup of top blues musicians, including Welch-Ledbetter Connection, Mr.Sipp, Shakura S’Aida, Chris Cain, Harper & Midwest Kind, Christone “Kingfish” Ingram, Kelley Hunt, & Trey Wanvig in between sets. Food, drinks and merchandise will be available for purchase on this beautiful riverfront setting.

Bradenton Riverwalk Event Pavilion, 452 3rd Ave. W, Bradenton

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