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"What we are creating for 2019 is something very special, something that has not been done before in Sarasota."

- Christina Fraser, Ringling Museum

[Events]  The Ringling Reveals the Return of UnGala
Brittany Mattie, brittany.mattie@srqme.com

After a 10-year hiatus, the 'UnGala Gala' returns to The John and Mable Ringling Museum of Art. Formerly an iconic event held each year as the kick-off for Sarasota’s social season, the name conveyed an antithesis to otherwise black-tie soirees with the intention to attract a younger crowd—offering an alternative to the more formal events held during gala season. The direction was a risk in a sense, but ultimately widely received and became wildly popular over the years. Since the last UnGala in 2009, the museum, and particularly the events staff, have been asked about the possibility of bringing it back.

“For several years, I have had many inquiries about the revival of the UnGala,” says Christina Fraser, director of events. “So many people just loved that event.” The Ringling ultimately decided to re-debut it to celebrate the upcoming 35th anniversary of the first UnGala, circa 1986.

‘Evolution’ was announced as the official theme for the 2019 event, to reflect the number of changes, development and improvements that the museum has undergone in the last decade. Having completed multiple restoration projects at the Ca’d’Zan, the institution has also added new buildings, enlarged its collection, increased educational efforts and expanded public outreach through programs like WEB (Where Everyone Belongs), which provides free memberships for local families. "It is such a great way to introduce new people to The Ringling and remind others of the work that we do here and the impact it has on our community,” says Virginia Harshman of The Ringling. “We also view the return of UnGala as an evolution in the manner that the event itself has evolved." Though its inception started originally as an alternative event for “younger people”, that generation eventually matured, and so did the event. “What we plan to recapture is the excitement, the delight and the passion that UnGala embodied," she says.  

In order to bring back the old, with a fresh take to reflect the times, an entirely new format and composition was created via input from The Ambassadors Committee—comprised of about 25 of Sarasota’s most engaging people—some having never been to an UnGala before, others who have participated in years past or even chaired the event. “What we are creating for 2019 is something very special," says Fraser, "something that has not been done before in Sarasota.” But it will include a grandiose feast, international entertainment, dancing, prizes and the chance to mingle with like-minded museum supporters.

“It is really exciting that we have so many newcomers to Sarasota over the last decade who have never experienced an UnGala," says Harshman. "And this year they will be able to.”

UnGala 2019- The Evolution will be held in the Museum of Art Courtyard on October 19, 2019. Registration for invite here.  

Photo of a past UnGala, courtesy of The Ringling.

[GoodBite]  Michael's On East Brings Global Flavors to Savor Sarasota
Olivia Liang

Savor Sarasota returns with restaurant prix-fixe, multi-course lunches and dinners, and Michael’s on East has designed a world tour menu with pit stops at every plate.

Travel and taste in one place with this international spread. Indulge in exotic seafood with Greek Shrimp Saganaki or savor Thai Sweet Soy Yellowtail Snapper. Or for a taste of the mainland, dig into the Spice-Grilled Skirt Steak, a true celebration and embodiment of Brazilian cattle country cuisine. These long and hefty strips of steak sizzle under plump heirloom tomatoes, skewered and seasoned with rosemary, while the fried egg strategically placed as a cherry on top embodies the rural roots of Brazilian cooking. Brazilian shallots, sweet and tangy, garnish the steak alongside a parsley relish, transforming each bite into its own gastronomical world of flavor. As a side-bite, crispy yucca awaits, a sweet cassava root native to Brazil that resembles a mild and nutty potato.

Available for a one-course lunch for $16 or a three-course dinner for $32, take a gastronomical globe-trot at a fraction of the price of a plane ticket. Add $8 glasses of wine or $15 pairings. Once Savor Sarasota concludes on June 14, these dishes will remain available at Michael’s on East with the usual pricing: $19.95 for lunch, $38.95 for dinner. 

Michael's On East, 1212 South East Ave., Sarasota, 941-366-0007.

[Music]  Perlman Music Program Suncoast Elects Letourneau President of the Board

The Perlman Music Program Suncoast’s Board of Directors elected John Letourneau to be the next President of the Board, effective as of July 1, 2019. Letourneau will replace current Board President Fran Lambert. Perlman Suncoast also elected four new board members: Carla Cimo Hunter, Marvin Kadesh, Joan E. Krauter, and Seymour Ziegelman, MD.

Letourneau has served on The Perlman Music Program Suncoast, Inc. Board since 2016. He is currently the Senior Vice President, Branch Director at RBC Wealth Management in Sarasota. 

Perlman Music Program Suncoast

[Business]  CenterState Bank Announces Kuhlman as Community President

CenterState Bank has announced that, as part of its expanding leadership team, Jim Kuhlman, former CEO and president of Premier Community Bank, has been named Community President for CenterState’s Sarasota/Manatee Market. In this capacity, Kuhlman takes leadership of commercial and retail banking for both counties. Merriman will continue in his role as Regional President for the West Florida Region of CenterState.

As part of the team reporting to Kuhlman, Brian Hall, Area Executive/Commercial Team Leader, will continue to oversee commercial banking for Sarasota County while Chris Perkins joins as Area Executive/Commercial Team Leader for the Manatee County commercial banking team. Also reporting to Kuhlman is Cindy Denison, Retail Market Manager, who oversees all nine branches across both counties. 

CenterState Bank

[Business]  Four Winds Network Services Hosting Cyber Security Seminar

On June 13, Four Winds Network Services, a Sarasota-based IT company, is teaming up with Sarasota Area Manufacturing Association (SAMA), and Bank of America to present a 90-minute interactive seminar on cyber security. The event will be held from 8am to 10am at the Suncoast Technical College Convention Center.

The two-part seminar will cover current hacker tactics and what businesses can do to prevent them. The seminar will begin with a presentation by Stacy Arruda, a recently retired FBI Cyber Crime special agent who worked with Computer Intrusion and Counterintelligence in Washington DC from 2003 to 2018. This presentation will be followed by a Q&A with a panel of industry experts. Attendees will learn how to identify various cyber threats and take away a security checklist that will help companies educate their employees and better protect their businesses.

To register and for more information, contact Dylan M. Borden at 941-315-2380 or email info@fourwindsnetworkervices.com. 

Four Winds Network Services

[TODAY]  GALLERY: Cycle 5 , May 30 – July 5

In Gallery 1, Monumental, a group show, features small-scale sculptures. Next door, local artist Keith Crowley will exhibit a recent series of his meticulously layered photographically-based oil and watercolor paintings in his first solo exhibition at Art Center Sarasota. In Gallery 3, and featuring incisive and satirical investigations of the ego, sexuality, and competitiveness found on full display at gyms, Caitlin Albritton’s paintings and drawings of contorted figures address questions of gender issues and body politics.

Art Center Sarasota, 707 North Tamiami Trl., Sarasota

[TODAY]  THEATER: The Niceties , May 31 – June 30

Zoe is called into her professor's office to discuss her paper about slavery's effect on the American Revolution. What begins as a polite clash in perspectives explodes into an urgent debate about race, history and power.

Urbanite Theatre, 1487 2nd St., Sarasota

[TODAY]  THEATER: Around the World in 80 Days , June 7 – June 23

Eight actors, 109 characters, six trains, six boats, four flights, one storm, a circus act and an elephant take center stage in this play. When Phileas Fogg and servant Passepartout board the train in London in 1875, he has only 80 days to travel the world to win a wager with his fellow members at the Reform Club. An adventure lies ahead that includes romance, danger and surprises with Scotland Yard pursuing him at every turn.


Asolo Repertory Theatre, 5555 North Tamiami Trl., Sarasota

[TODAY]  THEATER: Summer Circus Spectacular , June 11 – August 3

This family-friendly spectacular showcases some of the finest circus artists from around the world, performing acts to thrill audiences of all ages. Show times are 11 a.m. and 2 p.m. Tuesdays through Fridays, and 2 p.m. and 5 p.m. on Saturdays. Tickets for preview shows, June 11-14, are just $12; for the remainder of the run tickets are $16/adults, $12/children 12 and under.

Historic Asolo Theatre, 5401 Bay Shore Rd., Sarasota

[TODAY]  THEATER: Come Together: When the 60s met the 70s , June 11 – July 21

With music made famous by Cher, The Beatles, Simon & Garfunkel, and more, this rockin’ revue explores the changing musical landscape from 1965-1975. Come Together explores the musical soundtrack of one of the most exciting, controversial, and impactful decades our country has ever seen. Featuring hits like “Dream a Little Dream of Me,” “Come Together,” and “Killing Me Softly.”

Florida Studio Theatre, 1241 N Palm Ave., Sarasota

[SOON]  THEATER: Manatee Players' Production of Tony N' Tina's Wedding , June 12 – June 23

Attend this raucous Italian-American wedding experience, including the ceremony and ballroom wedding-reception buffet –– complete with wedding cake and dancing! Enjoy the performance alongside the improvisational cast of exaggerated, stereotypical characters. Tony n' Tina's Wedding premiered in New York and was the first immersive theater experience of its kind.

Manatee Performing Arts Center, 502 Third Ave. W

[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]  MUSIC: Garden Music Series , June 16, 1pm

Join local band favorite, Ari and the Alibis, for an afternoon of Funk, Jazz, Samba, Blues, Rock and Soul infusion. Experience a taste of classical, modern and well-known hits while venturing on a relaxing stroll throughout Selby's lush greenery. Seating is limited and available on a first-come, first served basis.

Marie Selby Botanical Gardens , 900 South Palm Ave., Sarasota

[SOON]  MUSIC: Jazz Club of Sarasota (Summer Concert Series) , June 17

Enjoy a fabulous concert featuring The Danny Sinoff Trio and Patricia Dean. In this concert, Danny Sinoff obtains a style of Jazz that is both swinging and emotionally heartfelt. On drums and vocals is Patricia Dean. As a drummer, she is an inspiring and supremely tasteful time-keeper, accompanist & soloist. On vocals, she is swinging, sensitive and musical. Completing the trio is Scott Smith on bass. Jazz Club members $35; non-members $39. 

Florida Studio Theatre Court Cabaret, First Street and Coconut Avenue, Sarasota.

[SOON]  MUSIC: Three Titans (Saturday Symphony) , June 15, 7:30pm

Spend an evening with three titans of the Classical Period of music history: Haydn, Mozart, and Beethoven. “Papa” Haydn and Mozart were close friends; the young Beethoven studied with Haydn and played for Mozart. Together, these three giants form a family of classicists that transformed the history of Western music in the space of 75 years. The program opens with the young Beethoven’s Octet in E-flat Major for winds. Festival Faculty are joined by Fellows for this boisterous romp of youthful enthusiasm. The concert continues with Haydn’s Symphony No. 80, performed “classical style” without a conductor. The Festival Orchestra will be led by Dallas Symphony Orchestra Concertmaster Alexander Kerr. 

Sarasota Opera House, 709 North Tamiami Trail, Sarasota.

[SOON]  BUSINESS: SB2 Transformation in Philanthropy Symposium- July 25; 11:30am-1pm , July 25, Registration 11am. Program 11:30am-1pm.

Join us for the SB2: Transformation in Philanthropy Luncheon on Thursday, July 25, 2019 at the Hyatt Regency Sarasota from 11:30am to 1pm. The topic of discussion will be creating bold and resonant impact through the nonprofit mission. Registration opens at 11am. Panelists include special guests: David Moore of Moore Strategic Consulting, Sabeen Perwaiz of the Florida Nonprofit Alliance and Lilly Weinberg of the Knight Foundation. Tickets: $55/person. Table Sponsorships Available. Purchase tickets online at SRQSB2.COM. 

Hyatt Regency Sarasota, 1000 Boulevard of the Arts, Sarasota

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