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SRQ DAILY Mar 29, 2019

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"I wish that we had 10 more years to explore this collaboration."

- Kate Weare, "Sin Salida"

[Dance]  A Choreographed Clash of Cultures on the Historic Asolo Stage
Philip Lederer, Phil.Lederer@srqme.com

A great debate comes to The Ringling Museum tonight with Sin Salida, though there will be no speakers. Rather, a collaboration between US contemporary dance choreographer Kate Weare and Esteban Moreno of the French/Argentinian tango troupe Union Tanguera brings representatives of both forms of dance to the stage, where seemingly opposing origins and values create an unspoken dialogue to say what words perhaps cannot. “Dance can go deeply underneath language,” says Weare, “to talk about what we actually believe on an animal level about ourselves.” And Sin Salida sets the stage for quite the discussion.

“Modern or contemporary dance is a feminist art form,” says Weare. The earliest proponents of modern dance were “strong-minded iconoclasts who refused to obey,” she says, and the form remains ”profoundly based on autonomy for women.” In tango, she found just the opposite. Men always led, which, in a highly improvisational form, has “profound implications” for their partners, who find themselves relegated to the bottom of an impromptu hierarchy. “The music is the god,” says Weare. “And the men listen to the god, and the women listen to the men.”

Even their chosen settings seemed at odds, with tango a social dance found in nightclubs and milongas, while contemporary dance keeps to the stage. But as Weare explored the art of tango more and more, past the sexy stereotypes and into the language of the form, she found something unexpected in the subtle conversation between partners, where a man may suggest a move, but the woman must agree for the dance to succeed. “Despite what it may look like from the outside in, it actually is encouraging this very deep conversation between men and women,” she says. “It’s a little microcosm of gender relations.”

Bringing the two forms together in one choreographed piece featuring two dancers from the Kate Weare Company and three from Union Tanguera, these differing power dynamics clash and adapt, expectations are rewarded and subverted—and still Weare knows there’s more to be discovered. “I wish that we had 10 more years to explore this collaboration,” she says.

Sin Salida comes to The Ringling Museum tonight and tomorrow night only. Tickets are on sale now. 

Image courtesy of Ringling Museum.

[Theater]  Witness "Follies" at The Players for the First Time Since 1984
Liam Agnew

Currently onstage at The Players Centre for Performing Arts, the musical comedy-drama of Follies drops the audience in the middle of a reunion in an old, crumbling Broadway theater scheduled for demolition, where two pairs of aging performers try to reconcile with their pasts and each other. Players Artistic Director Jeffery Kin steps in as director for this local revival.

On the topic of the play’s themes of coming to terms with your true self,  Kin spoke about the essence he wanted to portray in the play, from a directorial point of view. “What we show in the mirror and what we show in the world, are often two very different things,” he says. In his direction, Kin put an emphasis on making the audience really look at themselves, and what they’re portraying in the world. He also took a careful look at the set, stating that he and the set designer needed to “figure out how to portray an old, broken theatre.” Says Kin, “We worked as a team.”

Kin has been battling an aging theater himself for quite some time, so he is no stranger to the predicament. At one point during the creative process, Kin even thought that the eventual demolition of the theater would symbolize The Players’ new beginning, in its move to Lakewood Ranch. But until that eventual move, he will keep making memories where he is.  

Upon asking Kin what he enjoyed most about being the director for Follies, he spoke about the people he gets to work with. “This project is being produced by a mammoth crew,” says Kin, “and I’m happy that I get to have individual experiences working with all of them.”

Currently onstage, Follies runs through April 14. 

Pictured: The cast and crew of "Follies" at The Players Centre for the Performing Arts close out the 2018-19 season with a show about memories.

[Best of SRQ Local Readers' Competition]  Readers Voted for These Local Destinations for Best Peruvian Food
Philip Lederer, Phil.Lederer@srqme.com

A highlight from this year's Best of SRQ Local Readers' Competition. A spontaneous trip to South America may not quite be in the budget (not to mention the hassle of finding a last-minute babysitter for your dog and kennel for the kids), but your mouth can take a voyage to Peru almost any night, thanks to the winning restaurants in this new category. Selva Grill and its stunning ceviches emerged a clear winner, holding the Platinum trophy up high on the shoulders of twice as many votes as any competitor. Darwin’s Evolutionary Cuisine holds a solid Gold finish, with diners raving about creative dishes and fresh fixin’s straight from Peru, while Peruvian Grill takes home the Silver alongside scrumptious yucca fries. And battling neck-and-neck for a dead tie across the finish line, Maemi Peruvian Cuisine and Brasa & Pisco tie as Bronze winners.

Nancy Schulman (on Selva Grill): Chimichurra Steak with Plaintains—probably my favorite meal in town. Steak is flavorful and tender, service is always good. They even serve it in a smaller portion for happy hour! We like to sit in the bar area—cozy dark red walls. Becky Brodkorb (on Selva Grill): My absolute favorite! I have been to Peru and this is by far my favorite Peruvian around here. 

Michael Henshaw (on Darwin’s Evolutionary Cuisine): This is one of my favorite go-to spots outside of downtown Sarasota. The steak tacos, chicharron de calamar, and truffle chive risotto are amazing. Any time we have friends in town, we stop here for a quick meal and every time everyone leaves happy. Sheila Vincent (on Darwin’s Evolutionary Cuisine): I have been a fan of Darwin Santa Maria since his days on Swift Road. He and his wife, Lelys, always strive for the best flavor, the best presentation, the most authentic Peruvian food. The success he has brought to Selva Grill, to Darwin's on 4th and now to Darwin's Evolutionary Cuisine shows his creativity, market-savvy, and excellent public relations. Not only an excellent chef but a wonderful and philanthropic human being. Shari Shepard (on Darwin’s Evolutionary Cuisine): Darwin is a local chef and owner. He is inventive in his menus. He brings his children in to assist with meal prep, teaching them the beauty of cuisine. He travels home to Peru often searching for the ordinary to extraordinary! Evolutionary is not just a name: it's Darwin. Marie Bonilla (on Darwin’s Evolutionary Cuisine): Elegant Peruvian food, amazing flavors and presentations. Chris Grandstaff (on Darwin’s Evolutionary Cuisine): fresh, exciting dishes with flavors that dance.

April White (on Peruvian Grill): Peruvian Grill is a favorite of mine and my fiancé. We probably pick up takeout at least once a month from here. My favorite dish and the thing I order every time is the shrimp picante. So yummy!

Kim Fineout (on Maemi Peruvian Cuisine): Yucca fries are amazing.

James Meade (on Brasa & Pisco): The menu had many delicious entrees. Music during dinner was provided by the Hot Club of SRQ—my favorite acoustic jazz band. It was a memorable evening. 

Pictured: Maemi Peruvian Restaurant, photo by Wyatt Kostygan.

Click here for more of this year's Best of SRQ Local.

[Sports & Recreation]  Let The Games Begin!

Jim Shirley, executive director of the Arts and Cultural Alliance of Sarasota County, throws the first pitch at the Orioles vs. Mets game on Monday, March 25, at Ed Smith Stadium, marking the final game of Spring Training. The Orioles took a strong lead in the first inning with four runs, but the Mets managed a 9-7 victory with a three-run clutch performance in the ninth. 

Photo by Wes Roberts.

[Government]  Sarasota Announces Furry Fun with Hounds on the Hunt

The City of Sarasota Parks & Recreation District has announced it will be hosting Hounds on the Hunt on Thursday, April 11, at 6pm, located at the Arlington Paw Park. Participants will enjoy pictures with the Easter Bunny, pet vendors and an egg hunt. There will be plastic eggs with delicious smelling treats inside for dogs to find. Find one of the many golden eggs and win a fantastic prize. A prize will also be given for the Best Dressed Dog.

Participation is only $5 if pre-registered by April 9. Registration on April 10 and the day of the event is $8. Registration forms can be picked up at the Arlington Park & Aquatic Complex Front Desk or registration forms can be downloaded at the website below. 

Hounds on the Hunt Registration Form

[Business]  Angels Senior Living at Sarasota Opens Today

Angels Senior Living at Sarasota, a new senior living community offering assisted living and memory care options, has announced its grand opening today, March 29, in the Palmer Ranch area. Angels Senior Living features a wide range of amenities and activities designed to promote well-being and a positive, active lifestyle. Luxury one- and two-bedroom suites with studio apartments in Memory Care.
It will also offer residents an array of activities to stimulate, challenge, enlighten and enjoy, such as arts and crafts and cultural activities with plenty of areas for residents to engage in activities. There’s also a large screen movie theatre, nail and hair salon with professional stylist, as well as a separate bistro and upstairs bar area as well as an elegant private dining room for family gatherings. 

Angels Senior Living at Sarasota

[Travel]  Hilton of Admiral Travel Makes 2019 List of Top Travel Specialists

Ryan Hilton, co-proprietor of Sarasota-based Admiral Travel International and the agency’s sister tour company Authentescapes, has been named a Travel Specialist for the 16th consecutive year as part of Condé Nast Traveler’s 2019 List of Top Travel Specialists. The annual list honors Hilton as a “Travel Specialist for Southern Africa.”

Hilton’s dedication to photographic safaris, talent in organizing journeys for multi-generational families and groups and commitment to partnerships with the region’s top safari lodges have helped maintain the continued recognition by Condé Nast Traveler and the luxury travel industry overall. 

Admiral Travel International

[TODAY]  GALA: Meow Masquerade , March 29, 6:30 PM - 10:00PM

Cat Depot’s Mardi Gras-themed, Meow Masquerade, will take place at the Hyatt Regency Sarasota on Friday, March 29, 2019 from 6:30-10 p.m. Guests will be treated to a variety of entertainment featuring performances by The Circus Arts Conservatory, Gumbo Boogie Zydeco Band, and DJ Jay. The good times will roll with a delicious plated dinner, handcrafted cocktails, premium raffle, and silent auction. Enjoy an interactive photo booth with TapSnap, and face painting by Pixie Painting. Tickets are $150. Please email claudiah@catdepot.orgor call 941-366-2404 for more information. Tickets available online – www.catdepot.org

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

[TODAY]  HEALTH: Women & Medicine Educational Luncheon , March 29, 10:30AM - 1:30PM

This year marks the 7th Anniversary of Women & Medicine and will support the Internal Medicine Residency Program at SMH. This educational luncheon features informative presentations and discussions from Sarasota Memorial Physicians. The topic of this luncheon will be, How to Be A Parter in Good Health [Making the Most of Your Physician Relationship]

Michael's on East, 1212 East Avenue, Sarasota

[TODAY]  FOOD: Wine Walk to Ca' d'Zan , March 29, 6:00PM

This is a wine pairing experience unlike any other. Each individually themed station features exciting food and wine pairings along with activities and entertainment throughout the Ringling estate. Taste a variety of wines from Total Wine & More and engage with their wine experts while enjoying culinary delights from Sarasota's top caterers.

The Ringling, 5401 Bay Shore Rd, Sarasota

[SOON]  GRAB BAG: Circus Angel Scavenger Hunt , March 30

Ladies and Gentlemen, Boys and Girls, Join us for the Greatest Circus Scavenger Hunt in Sarasota!  Fun for all ages, The Circus Angel Scavenger Hunt is a benefit for the Showpeople's Winter Quarters, established in 2015 by The Circus and Traveling Shows Retirement Project, Inc.a 501 (c) (3) organization which helps provide affordable housing assistance for elderly or infirm circus performers in the Southwest Florida area.

The scavenger hunt  includes 6 circus theme stops, live entertainment , giveaways and gift bags. You will have enough time to enjoy each stop, solve riddles with clues to find the little circus angels missing wing. The Grand finale is at 2:30 back at the registration hall at St. Martha's Church on Orange Avenue in Sarasota where the “All Aboard” Grand Prize package, a gourmet dinner served in the private "Silver Car'  on an Original Circus Train, will be awarded to the winning team of up to 6 people. 

Scavenger Hunt is by auto, in and around 5 miles of downtown Sarasota. Important: this is not a race. Tickets are reserved by emailing srqlynn@gmail.com  and are available for purchase from The Circus and Traveling Shows Retirement Project, Inc. on Venmo  via Lynn McDonald @ Lynn-McDonald-16384.  $25 per person. Two to six people per car to qualify. 

[SOON]  FOOD: Beer, Bands, and BBQ , March 30, 11:00AM - 4:00PM

The Music Compound’s 5th annual Beer, Bands & BBQ is back on March 30, 2019 from 11 am - 4 pm. It will be hosted at a new location, the courtyard of The Bazaar on Apricot & Lime, 821 Apricot Ave. Sarasota.

Look forward to 10 bands including Kara & Kaleidogroove, students from Music Compound will perform between sets. Food trucks and beer will be available throughout the day.

Admission is free and you are encouraged to bring your own lawn chair.

VIP wrist bands are available for $15 and include food samplings and a beer.

The Bazaar on Apricot & Lime, 821 Apricot Ave., Sarasota

[SOON]  FOOD: April Fools' Fete , April 1

Some of Westcoast Black Theatre Troupe’s most popular artists will be featured during the April Fools’ Fete, the spring fundraiser that benefits WBTT’s education programs for children and youth. Guests will enjoy cocktails and a delicious dinner, then the WBTT singers and live band will perform – dancing is strongly encouraged

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

[SOON]  THEATER: Wednesday's Child , April 3 – May 24

A world premiere from Mark St Germain, when a young surrogate mother is found dead, a police investigation explodes the lives of everyone who knew her. As Detective aleece Valez and Walt Dixon begin to put the pieces together, secrets surface, alibis weaken, and lies are uncovered. This dramatic new play explores motherhood, passion, and the thin line between right and wrong.

Florida Studio Theatre, 1241 North Palm Ave., Sarasota

[SOON]  GALA: Boho Night Market , April 5

Meet, shop, and support local artisans at the outdoor market located in front of The Overton restaurant in Rosemary District. Donations will also be collected to support Royal Pet Rescue. Enjoy live music, food, drinks, and free gourmet frozen pops (while supplies last).

The Overton, 1420 Boulevard of the Arts., Sarasota

[SOON]  FESTIVAL: 21st Annual Sarasota Film Festival , April 5 – April 14

Held annually in Sarasota, FL, The Sarasota Film Festival emphasizes the best in cinema alongside exciting programs and events, with more than 200 films screened each year including features, documentaries, shorts, and kid-friendly picks. Entering our 21st year, we’re proud to bring the best new and established independent filmmakers to our Festival with local and kid-friendly programs that showcase our idyllic Gulf Coast community. The festival is a 501(c)(3), non-profit organization and also offers a year-round educational program, which reaches thousands of local students through classic film showcases, film contests, summer camps and instructional workshops. This year the festival will take place April 5th – 14th, 2019.

[SOON]  FOOD: TGIF 2019 Best of SRQ Local Party , April 5, 5-8pm

Join us to experience an evening of award-winning bites and imbibes as voted on by the readers of SRQ Magazine in this annual TGIF Best of SRQ Local Party on Friday, April 5th from 5-8pm at the Aloft Sarasota Hotel in Downtown Sarasota. 15+ Restaurants. Cocktail Samplings. Live DJ in the Courtyard. Celebrating the best locally owned establishments in the region, SRQ MEDIA asks our astute readers to vote for their favorite local eats, shopping, arts, luminaries and hotspots culminating in the buzzworthy special "Best of SRQ Local" awards feature published in the April edition. Celebrate your TGIF with the best our region has to offer—we will highlight local experiences—from new restaurants to the memorable theatre productions, from our community's best achievements to seriously talented chefs. Tickets on sale at SRQMAG.COM/BestOf.

Aloft Sarasota Hotel, 1401 Ringling Boulevard, Sarasota, FL

[SOON]  THEATER: The Cake in the Cook Theatre , April 5 – April 28

Faith, family and frosting collide in this heartfelt new comedy. Thirty-something Jen wants her deceased mother’s best friend Della, a struggling baker, to create her wedding cake. She returns from New York with her betrothed to her North Carolina hometown and finds that Della will honor her wish, until she discovers that there are two brides. Moral quandaries and lots of butter collide in this new play told with generosity, humor, and more than a few surprises.

Asolo Repertory Theatre, 5555 North Tamiami Trl., Sarasota

[SOON]  HEALTH: Relay For Life Of Charlotte County , April 6, 10:00am - 10:00pm

The American Cancer Society’s Relay For Life is the world’s largest movement to end cancer. Money raised from Relay For Life helps the American Cancer Society save lives by funding ground breaking research to discover cancer’s causes and cures and help people facing cancer today with free programs and services. People form teams and raise money together leading up to the event. Then, everyone comes together for a night of fun that celebrates cancer survivors, remembers loved ones lost to cancer, and unites us in our commitment to fight back against the disease.

Laishley Park , 120 Laishley Court, Punta Gorda FL

[SOON]  HEALTH: Relay For Life Of Manatee County , April 6, 11am-11pm

The American Cancer Society’s Relay For Life is the world’s largest movement to end cancer. Money raised from Relay For Life helps the American Cancer Society save lives by funding ground breaking research to discover cancer’s causes and cures and help people facing cancer today with free programs and services. People form teams and raise money together leading up to the event. Then, everyone comes together for a night of fun that celebrates cancer survivors, remembers loved ones lost to cancer, and unites us in our commitment to fight back against the disease.

Manatee County Fairgrounds

[SOON]  GALA: Dance Your Part for Sarasota Contemporary Dance , April 7, 5:30PM

Sarasota Contemporary Dance will holds its first formal fundraiser – “Dance Your Part”-- on Sunday, April 7, 2019, at the historic Waterworks Sarasota, now a private club, at 1005 Orange Avenue, beginning at 5:30 pm.  The event includes original site-specific choreography by the company’s artistic director, Leymis Bolanos Wilmott, in keeping with a 1920’s theme inspired by the building, which dates to 1926. Clothing of the era is option for this informal, cocktail party in an elegant location. Tickets are $100 and all proceeds benefit the company’s performance, education and collaboration initiatives

Waterworks, 1005 North Orange Avenue, Sarasota Florida

[SOON]  PERFORMANCE: Truthful & Timeless , April 8 – April 17

La Musica stages four concerts for a springtime festival celebrating musical virtuosity and the grandeur of the concert stage. With single tickets at $45 and bundled packages for the entire festival run, rehearsal passages are also typically made available as well, for those wanting a behind-the-scenes look at how professional musicians prepare for their next performance.

Sarasota Opera House , 61 N Pineapple Ave Sarasota

[SOON]  GALA: Public Art Dedication: Jumping Fish , April 8, 5:30pm

Join representatives from the city and the local arts community to celebrate the newest addition to Sarasota's Public Art collection, Jumping Fish, by artist Jeffrey Laramore, which captures the wonderful, vast and varied sea life that Sarasota Bay offers. One of the most vibrant public arts programs in the United States, the Sarasota compendium now consists of 84 artworks. Dedication begins at 5:30pm, at the roundabout at Palm Avenue & Coconut Avenue. Reception to immediately follow at Florida Studio Theatre.

[SOON]  FOOD: Musical Chefs Interactive Dinner , April 10

Musical Chefs Interactive Dinner is a lively, interactive dinner event featuring La Musica artists joining Philip Mancini and Michael’s On East’s Executive Chef Jamil Pineda to lead guests in cooking demonstrations to create the evening's meal.

Michael’s Wine Cellar, 1283 South Tamiami Trl., Sarasota, FL

[SOON]  GALA: Blue Ties & Butterflies , April 10

Join The Child Protection Center for its 7th annual Blue Ties & Butterflies event on April 10Th at Michael’s On East from 6-9pm.  This signature event is beautifully designed to build awareness about CPC’s mission in the prevention, intervention & treatment of child abuse.  The evening will include cocktails, dinner, & live auction, which includes a Darkness into Light – Original Painting , Dinner in the Sky, Kentucky Derby Experience trip & Masters Golf Tournament Experience.  Purchase tickets at https://cpcsarasota.org/events/blue-ties-and-butterflies or call 941-365-1277 Ext. 120                 

Michael's On East

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