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SRQ DAILY Apr 5, 2019

Friday Weekend Edition

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Friday Weekend Edition

"It's an inspiring documentary that's going to have you cheering at the end."

- Harrison Bender, SFF programming manager, on the film "Pahokee"

[Visual Arts]  From the Street to the Screen, It's a Feast for the Eyes Tonight
Philip Lederer, Phil.Lederer@srqme.com

Tickets may be sold out for the TGIF 2019 Best Of SRQ Local Party tonight at Aloft Sarasota, with folks coming out to celebrate those local businesses SRQ readers voted Best Of and the community that supports them, but that doesn’t mean Sarasotans are hard up for a reason to hit the town tonight, as this weekend represent something of a perfect storm for the arts-oriented crowd calling these streets home. From the film festival to the chalk festival and all the galleries in between, it's a feast for the eyes.

The streets themselves come alive tomorrow, with the kickoff of the Sarasota Chalk Festival, returning to the Burns Court area for the first time since Kowal and Co. packed up for Venice in 2014. Beginning in the wee hours of the morning, artists from around the globe will convene on the Sarasota blacktop for a stunning display that will have all attendees looking at those familiar sidewalk scrawlers in a new light. Running through the weekend, attendees are invited to stay out late on Saturday for “Illumination Evening,” seeing festival volunteers line the streets with lights for an atmospheric evening of fine art and good company. Keep an eye out for the work of world-renowned pavement artist Kurt Wenner, a celebrated innovator who will be debuting a brand new installation that takes the medium to the next level.

For those looking forward to a stroll down Palm Avenue for First Friday, all the regular stops have new work on display for gallery-goers. Allyn Gallup Contemporary Art celebrates the work of Craig Rubadoux with A Rubadoux World, curated by Mark Ormond and featuring paintings, drawings and mixed-media. An opening reception will be held tonight from 5:30pm to 7:30pm. Right down the road, Dabbert Gallery presents Abstraction Without Boundaries, featuring the abstract imaginings of six artists, including Kasia Bruniany, Barbara Krupp, Brian Smith and Gustavo Paris. The opening reception begins tonight at 6pm, complete with the famous Dabbert Gallery tropical punch. Meanwhile, under the red awning on Main Street, Art Uptown Gallery highlights the abstract painting of Dion Kurczek with a solo exhibition entitled Fluid Vision (opening reception at 6pm), and, at the center of it all, Palm Avenue Fine Art unveils its latest show, Light Chasers.

And if that weren’t enough for an evening of hard choices, tonight also marks the opening of the Sarasota Film Festival, with the opening night film, Mike Wallace is Here, screening at 7:30pm at the Sarasota Municipal Auditorium. A documentary focusing on the career and impact of iconic broadcast journalist Mike Wallace, its award-winning director, Avi Belkin, will be in attendance. The opening night party follows at The Sarasota Modern, running until midnight at least.

As the films begin in earnest over the weekend, SFF Programming Manager Harrison Bender gives a hearty recommendation for both A Bread Factory, the 270-minute film about a pair of aging artists whose community space is threatened by the arrival of a competing and cosmopolitan gallery, and Pahokee, the Sundance darling documentary about a quartet of high schoolers coming of age in their corner of southeast Florida, and the economic challenges ahead. But whatever the personal preference, he feels confident that the community will show its support and find films they love.

“Sarasota has always been a great purveyor of the arts,” Bender says. “And what inspires me most is that, as a regional festival, we get to contextualize conversations through art and film for a local audience that is, quite frankly, always willing to show up. Everyone shows up.” 

Pictured: Still from "Mike Wallace is Here," opening film for the 2019 Sarasota Film Festival.

[ShopTalk]  Friday Night Lights
Brittany Mattie, brittany.mattie@srqme.com

If you’re on the hunt for something fun and different to do tonight, we're happy to spread the good word—Pura Vie is putting on a show in Rosemary Square, in collaboration with The Overton, for a wistful outdoor market. The first ever Boho Night Market makes its evening debut tonight for the bohemian free-spirits and artistic creatives alike. 

The Overton will be posted and ready to go with some pour-over coffee, cocktails on tap and delicious bites. Once full and caffeinated, meet, shop and support some local artisans with a stacked lineup: succulent displays from Evergreen Home, travel treasures from SolmanaCollection, crystal art and jewelry by LunaVim, boho-chic outfits from Pineapple Lain Boutique, hand-beaded purses by IF by Roxanne, modernized macramè by Macrameow, wire-wrapped stone art by SprnklDesign, seashell and driftwood jewelry by Drifttheory, womens vintage clothing from Toast And Tassel, resort-wear by Sunny Goddess, natural deodorants and foot scrubs from La Rose Bath & Beauty, vintage boudoir kimonos from House of the Broken Dragon and plenty more.

And who doesn’t love dogs and winning free stuff? Great, because all donations from the event will go towards benefitting the nonprofit Royal Pet Rescue. Meanwhile, raffle ticket prizes include a pet portrait session from Sarasota Photo Studio and a four-hour spa and yoga package from Pura Vie, If you don’t win, that’s okay, because there will also be free gourmet frozen pops from Pop Craft Pops (while supplies last). And not to fret, you won’t be enjoying the refreshing popsicle or fun outdoor shopping spree in silence—the feel good soundtrack includes vocals and sounds from Bri Rivera and Evan Eastmoore.

Fridays never looked so good. 

Photo courtesy of Drifttheory.

Boho Night Market presented by Pura Vie Spa is a free admission, family-friendly, community event, 5:00pm-9:00pm at The Overton, 1420 Boulevard of the Arts, Sarasota.

[Performance]  Sarasota Youth Opera Summer Camp Registration Underway

Sarasota Youth Opera’s annual Summer Camp engages young people in the magic of opera with sessions in singing, acting, props, wigs, make-up, and costumes, all led by professional singers, artists, directors, musicians, and technicians. Summer Camp sessions will take place from 10am to 4pm, Monday through Friday, between June 10-28, with an option of one, two or three week sessions, at the Sarasota Opera House. Tuition is based on age and session, with options for pre and post care available. Tuition assistance is also available.

No audition is necessary to participate, and programing is designed for all skill levels. The deadline for registration is Friday, May 10, 2019 with remaining applications accepted on a first come basis. For more information and to register, call 941-328-1307 or email youthopera@sarasotaopera.org. 

Sarasota Youth Opera Summer Camp

[Philanthropy]  Fine Arts Society Awards $43,550 in Grants to Local Arts Organizations

The Fine Arts Society of Sarasota recently awarded 12 local organizations with $43,550 in grants. The outreach grant program is part of the Society’s mission to support and stimulate the arts in Sarasota County. All grant monies are generated through the Society’s activities. 

The Fine Arts Society’s grants committee evaluates the impact of the goals of each grant submission, including the number of people affected, the evaluation plan and the project budget. Recipients of the 2018-2019 grants are Any Given Child, Art Center Sarasota student tours, Asolo Repertory Theatre Kaleidoscope performances, Education Foundation of Sarasota County spring art shows, Face Autism ballroom dancing program, Hermitage Artist Retreat six-week artist residency, Jazz Club of Sarasota high school jazz band competition, Sarasota Ballet after school dance program, Sarasota Film Festival “The Price of Everything” screening, Sarasota Museum of Art, Sarasota Orchestra youth orchestra summer program and the Van Wezel Performing Arts Hall.

Since 2007, the Fine Arts Society has awarded nearly $150,000 in grants to help support arts organizations, schools and children’s programs. 

Fine Arts Society of Sarasota

[Education]  Sarasota Cuban Ballet School Launches Dance for a Future Program at Tuttle

Incoming 4th graders from Tuttle Elementary School will be introduced today to Dance for a Future, a program created by the Sarasota Cuban Ballet School (SCBS) to provide opportunities for low-income students to experience the benefits of a dance education and contemplate the possibility of professional dance career. SCBS instructors and dancers will show all incoming fourth graders the barre and floor sections of a typical ballet class, after which Tuttle students will be invited to try some of the dance steps and positions. A Q&A session with SCBS Founder Ariel Serrano will follow.

Beginning in Fall 2019, students selected to Dance for a Future will receive two and a half hours of dance class, two afternoons a week, free of charge at the Sarasota Cuban Ballet School. Transportation from Tuttle Elementary to the SCBS studios and snacks will be provided, as well as all the dance shoes and apparel needed for classes and performances. Those who demonstrate a commitment to studying dance and stay with the program for the two years will be offered scholarships to join the SCBS Pre-professional Program.

Funded primarily by the Leslie and Margaret Weller Fund of the Community Foundation of Sarasota County, the pilot year of this program will begin with the class demonstration at Tuttle Elementary School. The long-term goal is to expand the program so students from all Title I Schools in Sarasota County may have the chance to dance for their future. 

Sarasota Cuban Ballet School

[TODAY]  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

[TODAY]  FESTIVAL: The Sarasota Chalk Festival , April 5 – April 7

The Sarasota Chalk Festival will perform for the first time in six years back at its original location in Burns Square, downtown Sarasota. Join us as some of the most talented pavement artists from around the world turn the streets into a 'Museum in Motion.' The festival affords a once-a-year opportunity to become an integral part of the fine art creative process. From start to finish, you can witness the largest gathering of renowned pavement artists perform using the road surface as a canvas to develop oversized masterpieces in chalk.

Burns Square, Downtown Sarasota

[TODAY]  GALLERY: "A Rubadoux World" , April 5

Craig Rubadoux showcases has been described as a "Sarasota master." His paintings are intensely personal glimpses into emotions, and he frequently speaks of his work as a journal. Greatly affected by his environment and a love of nature, Rubadoux focuses on line, color, and spatial relationships. Meet the artist at the opening reception.

Allyn Gallup Contemporary Art , 1288 North Palm Ave., Sarasota

[TODAY]  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

[TODAY]  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]  SCIENCE AND NATURE: Engines Rev for Suncoast Science Centerís 4th Annual RC Custom Car Open , April 6

Remote control car engineering competition for students in grades K-12, organized and led by a high school student committee. In anticipation of the RC Custom Car Open, teams have spent the last two months designing, building and customizing remote control cars using Faulhaber Fab Lab machines. Teams will compete in three challenge areas for prizes that include cash and scholarships

Suncoast Science Center, 4452 Beneva Rd., 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]  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]  FILM: "Swing Time in Limousin" Screening , April 8

This is a story through the eyes of Jean Marie-Masse of how friendship and music transcend boundaries. A French drummer, Jean-Marie Mass helped unconditionally promote black American music during a time when segregation and racism were terribly active.

Sarasota Municipal Auditorium, 801 North Tamiami Trl., 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]  THEATER: Faces of Change , April 9

Asolo Rep’s seventh annual community-based documentary theater project, is created from the real-life experiences of local residents and community members and is inspired by this season’s production of Bekah Brunstetter’s The Cake. Through the collection of stories (by way of story circles and interviews), Asolo Rep aims to provide an opportunity for local community-building: this process allows for an ongoing discussion and collaboration, and uses theater to create connections and to explore connections that already exist. Faces of Change is part of Asolo Rep’s IllumiNation Series

Fogartyville Community Media and Arts Center , 525 Kumquat Ct., Sarasota

[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

[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.

Michaelís Wine Cellar, 1283 South Tamiami Trl., Sarasota, FL

[SOON]  BUSINESS: SkillSHARE: Mentoring at the Speed of Life, June 13 , June 13, 5-7:30pm

Join us for an evening of deep-dive peer mentorship at the spring SkillSHARE: Mentorship at the Speed of Life on Thursday, June 13, 2019 at the SRQ Studios at 331 South Pineapple Avenue in Downtown Sarasota from 5-7:30pm. Register online by submitting questions from the areas in which you'd like to be paired with a peer mentor for the evening at SRQMAG.COM/SKILLSHARE. Light bites and wine. Registration closes on Friday, May 17, 2019; the registration fee is $25 per person. Limited to 16 mentees. For more information, contact SRQ MEDIA at 941-365-7702 x204.

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

[SOON]  SEMINAR: Financial Markets and the Economy , April 11

Cumberland Advisors, USF Sarasota-Manatee and Global Interdependence Center host their third annual Financial Literacy Day with keynote speaker, Gretchen Morgenson, a senior special writer in the investigations unit at The Wall Street Journal. The panel discussion includes topics ranging from the US Stock Market & Global, Geopolitics, health, hunger and philanthropy.

Selby Auditorium, 8350 North Tamiami Trail., Sarasota

[SOON]  GALA: 2019 Artist Series Concerts FRIENDS Gala , April 11

Open Bar Cocktails and Hors d’ Oeuvres. Dinner, Entertainment, Live & Silent Auctions, Raffle, Wall of Wine. Gala Entertainment provided by Katherine Herbert and Luca Stine, both past award winners of the Suncoast Music Competition. And the Bill Buchman Trio playing throughout the evening.

Michaels on East, 1212 East Ave S., Sarasota

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