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SRQ Daily Apr 26, 2019

Friday Weekend Edition

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Friday Weekend Edition

"The stage is a safe place to do dangerous things."

- Jacqueline Goldfinger, playwright
 

[Music]  Tomorrow's Voices Today Next Week
Jena Robustelli

On May 3, a multigenerational musical experience will be held at Venice Performing Arts Center with Sarasota County Schools alongside Key Chorale for Tomorrow’s Voices Today. The sixth annual collaboration will feature 100 students from Pine View, Venice and Booker High, picked by their schools to perform both separately and with 100 members of Key Chorale.

Featuring classics such as “Jubilate Deo” by Mozart and traditional South African folk songs like “Nda wana,” Joseph Caulkins, the conductor of Tomorrow’s Voices Today, selects music based off the students’ experience and to expose them to new works. “We generally choose one piece that is more of a masterwork, like a piece from Mozart,” says Caulkins, “then we try to do something they would not necessarily do with their choir at high school.”

One song that holds singular purpose in Caulkins’ mind is “Please Stay” by Jake Runestad, because of the message too often ignored. Addressing the problem of teen suicide, the composer incorporated comments associated with teen suicide and wove them into the piece. “Teen suicide is something people are thinking about, but we don’t talk about it,” Caulkins says. “It makes it more isolated.” The piece was performed last year and was brought back because of the impact it had on the audience and performers.

When the idea of Tomorrow’s Voices Today was just a seed, the message integrated in the music was not the only focus Caulkin envisioned for the event. Caulkin’s idea for the Tomorrow’s Voices Today is to show students a different opportunity after performing in a high school choir. “When you are a student there are going to be moments and experiences you have,” Caulkin says. “We hope that this is one of those moments where kids will see a whole different world of music.”

Tomorrow’s Voices Today comes to Venice Performing Arts Center for its annual performance on May 3 at 7:30pm. Tickets are on sale. 

[Theater]  NNPN Festival Spotlight Part 1: Jacqueline Goldfinger
Philip Lederer, Phil.Lederer@srqme.com

Florida Studio Theatre teams up with the National New Play Network (NNPN) this year to host the NNPN Women in Playwriting Festival right here in Sarasota, inviting four women playwrights from around the country to bring their latest work for a series of staged readings from April 24 through May 10. The featured artists each receive a week of development sessions with FST, followed by the reading and a talkback session to receive feedback from the audience. In this four-part series, SRQ goes backstage with the playwrights.

A playwright and poet currently based at the University of Pennsylvania, Jacqueline Goldfinger’s latest play, Babel, takes audiences to a near future, where parents learn the behaviors and traits of their children within the first weeks of conception, and these findings will determine their futures. The reading will be tonight at FST.

What do you hope audiences will take away from their experience with Babel? Goldfinger: I hope that audiences will take away new knowledge about how reproductive technologies are evolving, and the moral and ethnical questions that they will present, so that we can be prepared for the future. I also hope that audiences simply have a good time. One reason that I put these questions in the context of two couple's relationships is so that we can also laugh and enjoy their relationships. 

Why are festivals like these important today? We have entered a Golden Age of American Playwriting, and there is more great new work than we could possibly produce on our stages. Festivals give us the opportunity to hear more new voices, stories and ideas, to laugh and cry together, by encountering pieces that might not find their way to full production.

How can the theatrical community support women playwrights year-round? Buy tickets to shows written and directed by women. If you notice that a company in your community is not producing plays written by women, then send an email and let the theater know you're disappointed that their season does not include female voices. There's no excuse for female voices being excluded from the stage.

How does playwriting give you a voice? I'm a very curious person, and a very passionate person, and playwriting gives me the opportunity to dive deeply into topics that perk my interest. The stage is a safe place to do dangerous things, so there are definitely taboo topics that I feel I can explore through theater that I cannot do elsewhere.  

Pictured: Jacqueline Goldfinger.

[ShopTalk]  Not Your Children's Pool Party
Brittany Mattie, brittany.mattie@srqme.com

Tonight's pool party screams adult Friday night playtime. Seductively set on The_Modern pool deck of The Sarasota Modern hotel, the first ever Mod Pop SRQ Night Market will unfold for an immersive and grown-up evening of craft cocktails, music, local vendors and artists. Presented by Boutique Lavina, the downtown lifestyle brand features products from all over the world for the fashionistas who embrace “the urban jungle side of life”. The boutique will set up tables of handcrafted artisan jewelry, bejeweled hats and fanciful apparel/accessories. And they will be amongst good company with a star-studded list of other local retailers including, Project Priime, Second and Seed, Naked Sugar Co., Title Boxing Club, Gather and Grain Goods, The Wood Reserve, Mer Soeur Swim, Macrameo, Robinina, Irene Rofail and Red Books, Black Ink.

While your sampling and getting hooked on Mermaid Vodka, a locally distilled vodka brand, there will be beauty demonstrations going on. The line up presents The Brow House Sarasota, COCO Salon and Boutique Lavina on the Glo Skin Beauty line. And if nothing else, come hither to spectate the esteemed local talents of, Elle LeBlanc, Manny Rangel, Paul Holleran and Frankie Creaturo Jr., who’ll be displaying their artistic crafts at booths. This is certainly not without the inciting vibey sounds of DJ Michael Rischer to liven the night and provoke some shallow-end splashing with flamingo pool floats. 

This event is free and open to the public. Valet is also complimentary. 

Photo courtesy of The Sarasota Modern: a Tribute Portfolio Hotel, 1290 Boulevard of the Arts, Sarasota, @SarasotaModern.

RSVP for tonight's Mod Pop SRQ Night Market.

[Philanthropy]  Mote Marine Red Tide Institute Announces Support from Barancik Foundation

Mote Marine Laboratory & Aquarium has announced that Charles & Margery Barancik Foundation has provided $751,487 in funding that will provide a significant level of support for the director of the Red Tide Institute at Mote, helping to ensure consistent progress towards developing and testing innovative technologies for the control and mitigation of the impacts of red tide.
The new Red Tide Institute at Mote—established in the fall of 2018 with a transformative philanthropic investment from its Founding Donor, the Andrew and Judith Economos Charitable Foundation—will seek to bring together the best and brightest scientists with a goal of using applied science and innovative technologies to determine the most effective, ecologically-sound and novel methods for the mitigation of adverse impacts from Florida red tide.
Following the establishment of the Red Tide Institute, Mote recruited a widely respected red tide algal bloom expert, Dr. Cynthia Heil, to serve as the Institute’s director and help coordinate mitigation-development efforts with red tide researchers in five ongoing and diverse red tide-related research programs at Mote. 

Mote Marine Laboratory & Aquarium

[Music]  Sarasota Music Festival Reveals Concert Programming, Highlights

Sarasota Music Festival has announced its concert programs for the 2019 festival season, the third under Music Director Jeffrey Kahane. The four-weekend festival runs from June 1 through June 22 and features a wide range of classical music concerts, master classes, coaching sessions and open rehearsals.    

The 2019 Sarasota Music Festival highlights include: a concert featuring Brahms’ three Sonatas for Violin and Piano, performed by Angelo Xiang Yu, Yehudi Menuhin International Violin Competition winner, and Kahane; two renowned ensembles consisting of SMF faculty—The Montrose Trio and The Pacifica Quartet—will join the festival as guest artists and masterclass mentors, performing Mendelssohn’s energetic Piano Trio No. 2 and Brahms’ Piano Quintet in F minor; and five new faculty artists, includng Romie de Guise-Langlois, renowned soloist and chamber musician; Martin Beaver, former first violinist of the Tokyo Quartet; Nathan Hughes, principal oboe with the Metropolitan Opera; and Aloysia Friedmann, founder and artistic director of the Orcas Island Chamber Music Festival. 

Sarasota Music Festival 2019 Programming

[Gallery]  Alfstad& Editions Hosts Anderson Pop-Up Exhibition Tonight

Alfstad& Editions, a combined print shop, gallery and community art space in the Rosemary District, will be hosting a pop-up exhibition tonight, April 26, from 6pm to 9pm, featuring the work of artist Mark Anderson. The exhibition will include etchings, monotypes and glass sculpture. Anderson’s work combines intense realism with a rigorous formal design. It is in the tradition of humanist realism that goes back to the Quattrocento and yet remains contemporary in its structure. Even at its most abstract, his work has always been representational.

Located at 1421 5th Street, Sarasota, the exhibition will be up for one night only. 

Alfstad& Editions



[TODAY]  FESTIVAL: A Journey Through India , April 26 – April 28

Created in collaboration with local community partners, the festival will celebrate the performing and visual arts, literature, flavors and thought of historical and contemporary India. Friday, April 26, the festival will kick off with a Bollywood dance party in the Museum of Art Courtyard. Saturday, April 27, look forward to a day-long program of cultural exploration, including a series of lectures from scholars speaking on various aspects of Indian culture; music and dance performances by community groups; art-making and other activities for families; and a market featuring local food and artisan vendors. Sunday, the Festival culminates with a free, celebratory morning Hatha yoga event on the Ca’ d’Zan terrace.

[TODAY]  HEALTH: Relay For Life Of Venice , April 26 – April 27, 7:00pm - 7:00am

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.

[SOON]  FESTIVAL: Bazaar Birthday Bash , May 1

Celebrate The Bazaar’s one year birthday with live music by Kaleidogroove, free beer from JDub’s, smoothies from Cha Cha Coconuts and cupcakes from Bad Girls Baking Co-Op. Also find art demos, great shopping, food truck and more surprises.

[SOON]  PERFORMANCE: Phoebe Hunt and the Gatherers , May 2

Named one of the ‘Top 10 New Country Artists you Need to Know’ by Rolling Stone Country, Phoebe Hunt is an accomplished Americana instrumentalist with foundations in jazz and swing music.  Phoebe is skilled at taking seemingly disparate elements and pulling them together in a dazzling kaleidoscope of lush, coherent sound and rhythm patterns. The result is music that swells, crashes, and breathes organically under Phoebe’s soulful, plaintive voice.

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

[SOON]  PERFORMANCE: Evolving/Revolving , May 2 – May 5

"Evolving/Revolving" is becoming SCD's annual homage to the 'upbringing' of Sarasota Contemporary Dance. The final performance of the season will be comprised of diverse, new works by past company collaborators and/or dancers as well as works brought back by popular demand. This year's production will feature Gerri Houlihan, Pamela Pietro, and an aerial work by SCD Co-Founder, Rachael Inman.

Jane B. Cook Theatre, FSU Center for the Performing Arts, 5555 North Tamiami Trl., Sarasota

[SOON]  BUSINESS: Hear Me Roar Women in Business Leadership and Awards Luncheon , May 2, 10:30am-1pm

Join us for the 2019 Hear Me Roar Awards and Leadership Luncheon taking place on Thursday, May 2, 2019 from 10:30am to 1pm at the Hyatt Regency Sarasota in Sarasota. Every year, this incredibly powerful event features a nationally-recognized keynote speaker, a noted luminary who has made a significant impact in their field and the announcement of the winners of this year’s 2019 Women in Business Competition. We are thrilled to announce this year's Keynote Speaker Geralyn Lucas, author, breast cancer survivor and inspirational speaker and this year's 2019 Trailblazer Award Recipient, Journalist and Civil Rights Activist Dorothy Butler Gilliam. Stories collected over the course of the past year's Women in Business initiative will be shared along with the announcement of the 2019 inductees into the Women in Business Leadership Circle who will engage in the science and art and mentorship through regional programming aimed to empower women—from 5th, 6th, 7th and 8th-grade girls in Sarasota and Manatee counties to professionals looking to expand their capacity for leadership. Tickets online through March 25.

Hyatt Regency Sarasota, 1000 Boulevard of the Arts, Sarasota

[SOON]  PERFORMANCE: Plena Adentro , May 4

Plena’s origins can be traced back to the changes in society caused by Puerto Rico’s transfer from Spanish to U.S. rule, and the abolition of slavery which caused displaced colonial sugar cane workers to seek economic opportunities in the growing cities of the island. While it is important to study Plena given the popularity of its folkloric style, it is equally as important because it is a living tradition that is still an active part of Puerto Rico today, marking important occasions in the lives of our people, from birth to death, and even street protests.

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

[SOON]  THEATER: Sweeney Todd- The Demon Barber of Fleet Street , May 4 – June 1

This murder and revenge in 19th Century London has shocked audiences. Unjustly imprisoned for 15 years, barber Sweeney Todd returns to take his revenge on the judge who took him from his family. When he partners with Mrs. Lovett and opens a barber practice above her meat pie ship, Todd’s need for vengeance increases. Their notoriety soars until Todd comes face to face with the judge. This thrilling theatrical treat is Sondheim at his very best.

Asolo Repertory Theatre, 5555 North Tamiami Trl., Sarasota

[SOON]  FESTIVAL: Run4Love FUN-K , May 4

Run and honor the LGBTQ+ history, at the Ringling Bridge. The Fun-K welcomes everyone just wear your silliest light-up, glowing, flashing, blinking costumes and show up!  Get some cool stuff, including a limited-edition T-shirt of the first-ever Harvey Milk Run4Love! Participants 21+ will also get a free beer alongside some great food offerings from The Overton Restaurant.

JD Hamel Park, JD Hamel Park, Bayfront Dr., Sarasota

[SOON]  THEATER: Tomorrow's Voices Today , May 5

Witness a choral festival incorporating more than 200 singers of all ages. Maestro Caulkins inspires music-making at the highest levels, planting seeds that will ripen throughout students’ lives with an eclectic program from classics to contemporary. Key Chorale’s 6th annual collaboration with the Sarasota County Schools will feature Pine View, Venice and North Port High School choirs performing separately and alongside Key Chorale.

Venice Performing Arts Center, 1 Indian Ave., Venice

[SOON]  PERFORMANCE: An Afternoon of Operetta , May 12

Two centuries after the beginnings of operetta - a form of opera with light music and subject matter - it continues to delight audiences worldwide. Our production showcases the work of favorite composers Gilbert & Sullivan, Franz von Suppe' and Jacques Offenbach. Revel in the glorious melodies featurning soloists, chorus and instrumentalists.

Sarasota Opera HOuse , 61 NOrth Pineapple Ave., Sarasota

[SOON]  HEALTH: Relay for Life Sarasota , May 18

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.

Van Wezel , 777 N Tamiami Trl, Sarasota, FL

[SOON]  FOOD: Morton's Market 50th Anniversary Party , May 19

Join Morton's Market to celebrate their 50 Year Anniversary. Food & Fun! Live music & raffle prizes! All proceeds to benefits the Morton Culinary Education Fund.

[SOON]  GALLERY: Fur, Feather, Flora & Fauna , May 21 – June 21

An all media, open exhibition throughout all galleries. Includes Art & Animals on June 1—a fun family day with animals and art, nonprofit organizations, information, activities and photo opportunities. Guests are invited to bring their leashed, well behaved pets.

ArtCenter Manatee, 209 9th St W., Bradenton

[SOON]  HEALTH: Warrior Pose For Warriors: A Yoga Fundraiser Supporting Veterans at the Sarasota Opera House , May 23

An evening with Operation Warrior Resolution (OWR) supporting military servicemembers with yoga, breath and body work and sound immersions on the stage of the legendary Sarasota Opera House. The event will be led by popular yogi master and Lululemon ambassador, Ms. Ashley Stewart. All proceeds will support OWR’s mission of providing immediate and effective mental health care at no cost for all U.S. military veterans and family members. Operation Warrior Resolution is a locally-based military nonprofit celebrating its first year as an officially recognized 501 c3 with a warrior pose for warriors – doing a downward dog on the same very stage a young Elvis Presley once shook his hips and sang “Hound Dog” at the Sarasota Opera House.

 

A variety of small eats and juices will be provided by local vendors in the courtyard immediately afterwards. Spots are limited, so get your ticket today and support our country’s warriors with a warrior pose yourself at the Sarasota Opera House!

Sarasota Opera House

[SOON]  FESTIVAL: SRQ Margarita Festival , May 25, 2:00PM - 10:00PM

Join us for the inaugural SRQ Margarita Festival, the perfect combination of live music and margaritas. Enjoy a variety of margarita flavors, 5 great bands, the areas best food trucks, games, anda spectacular firework display to end the night. Tickets are limited and are on sale now. Proceeds from event will benefit Turning Points, Barking Out Loud Rescue, and Farm Dog Fosters. #SRQritafest

Van Wezel, 777 North Tamiami Trl., Sarasota.

[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

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