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SRQ DAILY Jun 21, 2019

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Friday Weekend Edition

"We are a community gallery, and we thrive on our relationship with the community. "

- Tim Jaeger, GAZE Modern

[Gallery]  GAZE Modern Promotes the Community to Co-Pilot
Philip Lederer, Phil.Lederer@srqme.com

Closing out its opening year in Sarasota, GAZE Modern looks to the community for guidance as it debuts the first part of its inaugural summer invitational, Intro. Unveiling on Saturday, this beginning of a two-part exhibition brings a range of regional artists to the gallery—some of whom have never shown in Sarasota before—and asks the local audience to cast their votes for who among them will become the next artist(s) officially represented by the gallery. With an opening reception this Saturday, June 22 at 6pm, the contest begins.

Among the 22 contributing artists invited by GAZE Modern to participate, 11 will be featured in this opening salvo. Many familiar names from the local arts scene can be found, such as Javier Rodriguez, Elena de la Ville, Julie Kanapaux and Meg Pierce, but also some newcomers, like Don McKillop. An abstract painter and former gallery owner up in Martha’s Vineyard, the artist recently moved to Sarasota, and, being his first show in his new community, Intro will be exactly that.

Artists can submit work in any medium, from painting to prints and from sculpture to photography, but only one or two pieces maximum. From that select representation, audiences will cast their votes on what they would like to see more of in the coming season. Voting can either be performed in-person at the gallery, or online at a later date.

“This allows the community to give their input as to what kind of art they enjoy the most,” says artist Tim Jaeger, GAZE Modern gallery director. “We are a community gallery, and we thrive on our relationship with the community. It’s not just about what we like.”

And for the artist or artists who do become gallery artists, the benefits are myriad. In the coming season at GAZE Modern, they will receive their own exhibition, either solo or in collaboration, as well as having their work featured on the GAZE Modern website and in annual group shows such as Shopliftable and the November anniversary exhibition.

Regardless, don’t worry about stuffing the ballot box, as the final decisions will still be in the hands of gallery leadership, though audience input will be a heavily weighted factor. “Ultimately, it’s up to the gallery,” Jaeger says. “It’s a relationship, and there’s more to being a represented gallery artist than just making incredible work.”

Intro opens this Saturday, June 22, with a reception at 6pm, and runs through July 20. The second part, featuring 11 more competing artists, opens July 26 and runs through August 24. 

Pictured: 'Somnolence' by Don McKillop.

[GoodBite]  Grease-Free, Guilt-Free, Girl-Power Pies
Olivia Liang

Which would you rather? Donatella Versace with grass-fed steak, turkey pepperoni, bacon and basil, or Grace Kelly with kale-basil pesto, skim mozzarella and Tuscan grilled chicken? At Boss B!tch Pizza, every dame has her dish. Try 12” staples like the classic Jackie Kennedy with tomato sauce and skim mozzarella or design your own the Anna Wintour Way. With egg-free Cauliflower Crust made of “Holy Water and Fairy Dust” and premium toppings like vegan cheeses, drizzles and sausages, pizza night has miraculously evolved from a guilty pleasure to a faithful comfort food. And don’t forget a side of The Queen’s Cauli bites with a sriracha tang.

Audrey Hepburn, Marilyn Monroe, Twiggy and Ellen—an updated Girls Night can now be delivered to you. From an undisclosed kitchen location and only available for delivery, Boss B!tch Pizza makes its way to Sarasota this July as a virtual pizzeria with no gluten, no artificial ingredients, no GMOs and no storefront. Order these hand-stretched, stone-baked pies only through Uber Eats, DoorDash and Postmates. 

Photo provided by Boss B!tch Pizza.

[Science and Nature]  Selby Gardens Designated Smithsonian Affiliate, Joins National Network

Marie Selby Botanical Gardens has been designated a Smithsonian Affiliate, joining a national network of museums, educational and cultural organizations in sharing the resources of the Smithsonian Institution. There are currently 213 affiliates in 45 states, Puerto Rico and Panama. Selby Gardens is the only garden in Florida that is part of the Smithsonian Affiliate network.

Smithsonian Affiliations is a national outreach program that develops long-term collaborative partnerships that share Smithsonian collections, build networks and engage learners of all ages with Smithsonian resources. Affiliates also have the capability of bringing Smithsonian artifacts, exhibits and programs to local communities.

Selby Gardens CEO Jennifer Rominiecki will accept the honor at the 2019 Smithsonian Affiliations National Conference in Washington, DC at the end of June. 

Marie Selby Botanical Gardens

[Design]  Nominations Open for Ringling College Innovation by Creative Design Award

Nominations are now open for the Fifth Annual Ringling College Innovation by Creative Design Award, a collaboration between the Economic Development Corporation of Sarasota County and Ringling College of Art and Design. The award honors a business or nonprofit for an innovative product or service that demonstrates a creative design solution that has earned market success.

Basic qualifications for nominations include: organization must be a profit or nonprofit business located in Sarasota County, majority of revenues must come from outside Sarasota County, the specific product or service must have been developed in the last five years and must be available in the marketplace and have demonstrated financial success

Judges from the EDC Board of Directors and Ringling College will rank nominees based on sgnificance of the problem or issue that the design solution addresses, quality of the design/innovation process, quality and success of the final design solution and market success.

Previous winners were Osprey Biotechnics in 2015, Penta5 in 2016, Cruise Car in 2017 and Dealers United in 2018. 

Nominate Online for Ringling College Innovation by Creative Design Award

[Theater]  Single Tickets Now On Sale For FST Improv Festival

Florida Studio Theatre (FST) has announced that single tickets for its 11th Annual Sarasota Improv Festival are now on sale. Over the course of two days (July 12 and 13), 90 of the world’s best improvisers from across the United States and as far as Canada and the United Kingdom will presents 27 performances in just 48 hours. Single tickets for this year’s Festival headliner, Quartet, are now on sale for $25 each. Single tickets to all other performances are $8-10 each. All Festival tickets and passes are now on sale and may be purchased at 941-366-9000, or at the website below. 

Florida Studio Theatre

[Theater]  Players Centre Holding Auditions for 2019 New Play Festival

Auditions for the The Players Centre for Performing Arts’ 2019 Players New Play Festival will be held June 24 from 6pm to 8pm at The Arnold Simonsen Players Studio on Boulevard of the Arts. Those interested in auditioning are asked to prepare a one-minute monologue.

The Players New Play Festival invites local playwrights to submit new, never-before-performed plays. Five plays are chosen then performed in readers-style theater by actors under the leadership of a local director. One play is chosen as the winner and later performed with full sets and costumes. This year‘s festival runs August 5-9.

The following shows are 2019 finalists: “Mother of Eve” by George Steitz and directed by Summer Dawn Wallace; “The Mentor” by Sylvia Reed and directed by Preston Boyd; “Bloodlines” by Connie Schindewolf and directed by Dan Higgs; “Damaged Goods” by Ron Pantello and directed by Carole Kleinberg; and “Beyond the Summer of Love” by Jim Moss and directed by Pam Wiley.

To secure an audition slot, call the Box Office at 941-365-2494 or sign up at the website below. 

2019 New Play Festival Auditions

[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]  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

[TODAY]  SCIENCE AND NATURE: Gauguin's Voyage to Paradise , February 10 – June 30

Just as Paul Gauguin left an indelible mark on the post-Impressionist art world, the deep impact of botanical imagery on his work cannot be denied. This exhibition will highlight the essential role of botanicals in achieving the artist’s vision of the savage, primitive and exotic. Together with lush displays of tropical plants in the conservatory and gardens, the show will feature dramatic woodcuts and rarely seen works in other mediums by the artist.

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

[TODAY]  MUSIC: Van Wezel Friday Fest featuring Big Night Out , June 21

Join us for The Van Wezel Performing Arts Hall’s FREE outdoor summertime concert series! The events run from 5-9pm and are located on the Bayside Lawn of the Van Wezel. Each of the four events will feature food trucks, beverage vendors and more – it’s the perfect spot to enjoy a summer sunset over Sarasota Bay.


Kicking off Friday Fest 2019 is Big Night Out – a grooving six-piece dance band performing Latin, R&B and Island dance music! A powerful horn section and Latin percussion add to the commanding vocals of Frank Alverez. Dance the night away with a perfect view of the Sarasota sunset as Big Night Out’s kicks off our annual summer concert series!

Van Wezel

[TODAY]  THEATER: Junie B. Jones The Musical , June 21 – June 22

Junie B. starts her first day of first grade, where she encounters many changes. Her best friend finds new best friends. She makes friends with Herb, the new kid. She has problems reading the blackboard in Mr. Scary’s class. Include the friendly cafeteria lady, a kickball tournament, and a “Top-Secret Personal Beeswax Journal,” First grade has never been more exciting! A Kidz Camp production.

Manatee Performing Arts Center, 502 Third Avenue West, Bradenton.

[SOON]  PERFORMANCE: Wigs and Wit , June 25, 8pm

This showcase features a head-to-head battle of the wits between the area's most fabulous drag queens and hilarious stand-up comics. Music, comedy and surprises make this a unique live experience. Hosted by Jeff Klein and Sarasota's favorite hometown girl, Miss Beneva Fruitville.

McCurdy's Comedy Theatre, 1923 Ringling Blvd.

[SOON]  THEATER: Ethel Waters: His Eye is on the Sparrow , June 26 – August 10

This powerful musical biography celebrates the life of actress and singer Ethel Waters. From abject poverty to Broadway and Hollywood stardom, Ethel Waters crossed racial barriers to become a legend. No matter what challenges she faced, music gave Waters strength, solace, and success. 

Florida Studio Theatre, 1241 N Palm Ave., Sarasota

[SOON]  PERFORMANCE: Elvis Jailhouse Ballroom Revival! , June 30, 7pm–9pm

From his romantic ballads to his lively jives, embark on a journey through the era of Elvis. Choreographed and directed by world-renowned three-time World Champion, Wilson Barrera, this production is performed by both the professional dance instructors and students of Wilson's Dance Club International. Experience Elvis like never before.

Manatee Performing Arts Center, 502 Third Ave. W

[SOON]  BUSINESS: Share Your Story - SRQ Magazine's Reader Engagement Survey , July 1

There's still time to connect with the team at SRQ Magazine | Live Local and Love Local for the 2019 Readers Engagement Survey. We invite readers to share their thoughts on how they want to enjoy their time with the magazine—from the types of stories we cover to the way we lay them out in our pages. We want to know what you'd like to see more of in our coverage. Thank you for sharing your insights with us. To take the survey, visit SRQMAG.COM/HelloReader before July 1st.

[SOON]  GALA: "Red, White & You" Bayfront Kickoff Party , July 3

Kickoff the Sarasota Powerboat Grand Prix Festival and 4th of July weekend at one of the biggest parties of the year! This event is a fundraiser for Suncoast Charities for Children. Guests will enjoy an open bar, island style food stations, live music and exciting live auction destination packages. Dress is Patriotic/Island Casual.


Van Wezel Performing Arts Hall - Grand Foyer, 777 North Tamiami Trl., Sarasota

[SOON]  SPORTS: Fireworks on the Lake 2019 , July 3, 7pm

Celebrate Independence Day a night early with music, food, concessions and a sky show on the water. Join in on a family fun, four-mile, patriotic themed race just before sundown, followed by the annual fireworks display on the lake. The race begins at 7pm, followed by fireworks at 9pm. Race participants get VIP parking for the fireworks, and a front row seat in the park after completing the race.

Nathan Benderson Park , 5851 Nathan Benderson Cir., Sarasota

[SOON]  SPORTS: Sarasota Powerboat Grand Prix , July 5 – July 7

The first Sarasota Boat Races, called the Suncoast Offshore Racing Grand Prix, took place in 1984 and have become an annual event for thrill seekers and offshore boat racing enthusiasts. 2018 marks its 34th Anniversary. 

Hyatt Regency Sarasota , 1000 Blvd. of the Arts, Sarasota

[SOON]  SCIENCE AND NATURE: Annual Liberty Litter Cleanup , July 5, 7am-9am

Sarasota County is looking for volunteers to help clear trash on the beaches hit the hardest by the July 4th celebrations. Cleanup efforts will take place on Siesta Key Beach, Lido Beach, South Lido Beach, Nokomis Beach, North Jetty Beach and Blind Pass Beach.  All volunteers should report to the Site Captain at their cleaning location. 

Sarasota County , Various beaches

[SOON]  FESTIVAL: Artwalk Weekend , July 5 – July 6

The Village is a residential neighborhood with a commercial overlay that creates a true live/work/play atmosphere. For 15 years, it has grown from a neglected neighborhood to one of the most unique and visited places in Manatee County. Come visit, shop, dine and stroll through galleries and restaurants with live music and unique indie art during Artwalk Weekend.

Village of the Arts, 12th St. W

[SOON]  FILM: Gazebo Starlight Cinema Series , July 5, 8pm

Join the Gazebo Starlight Cinema series with this month’s movie: Percy Jackson & The Olympians. With a screen stretched around the Gazebo pillars and family flicks back-projected from within, what better place than the facing grassy knoll to relax in a beach chair or curl up on a blanket? Bring the whole family to kick off your weekend while enjoying the park! Support local Venice Avenue businesses by bringing snacks, dinner, ice cream (or gelato!) to the Gazebo to enjoy during the movie. 

Downtown Venice Centennial Park, 200 West Venice Ave.

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