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SRQ DAILY Aug 16, 2019

Friday Weekend Edition

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Friday Weekend Edition

"Public art is important because it takes art out of the gallery and museums and brings it to the masses."

- Truman Adams, artist

[Visual Arts]  Rosemary Square Announces Five Murals Over Five Months
Philip Lederer, Phil.Lederer@srqme.com

Rosemary Square, a Jonathan Parks-designed development in the Rosemary District that plays home to Sarasota Contemporary Dance, the Arnold Simonsen Players Studio and the Sarasota Ballet School, as well as restaurants like The Overton and Spice Station, has already well staked its claim as a cultural center for the district. But the area will be adding another feather in its cap—five, in fact—as Rosemary Square teams up with the Art Impact Initiative to install five new murals over the course of the next five months. Four regional artists will participate in the project—three based in Sarasota and one from Tampa—with muralist and 3D street artist Truman Adams kicking off the first this weekend.

Each month, August through December, a new mural will be added to the Rosemary Square walls, each paying homage to an artistic discipline. Adams will be responsible for the first two—Ballet and Contemporary Dance, which will be created throughout the months of August and September, respectively. In October, Careth Christine will create a mural entitled Theatre, followed by Bianca Burrows’ Opera in November and Pamela Olin’s mural dedicated to the visual and architectural arts closing out the project in December.

For this first mural, Adams says he’s taking inspiration from the Pietersite gemstone, whose rippling striations remind him of “dancing figures and flowing fabric.” Using his experience in immersive 3D street art and murals, he will utilize the massive concrete canvas to create an “interactive illusion of archways,” with each portal leading the viewer to another scene and another image. For the September follow-up, Contemporary Dance, Adams looks to create the 3d illusion of a gallery space right on the wall.

“These pieces allow me more creative freedom to accomplish with what I feel is my style and vision of what art is,” he says, of his dual involvement in the project. And beyond that, he’s an artist who believes in the value of public art.

“Public art is important because it takes art out of the gallery and museums and brings it to the masses,” Adams says. “Public art simply makes the world a more beautiful place. My hope is that it brings joy and awe to those who see it.”

Adams will begin his work in Rosemary Square this weekend. 

Pictured: Truman Adams stands atop his work. Photo by Craig Houdeshell.

[GoodBite]  Don't Run From The Wild Boar
Brittany Mattie, brittany.mattie@srqme.com

It may only be August, but get ready for a special Oktoberfest release next week at Bradenton’s first craft brewery. This year, Motorworks Brewing annual Oktoberfest creation pays homage to the more robust Märzen lagerbiers served in Munich during Oktoberfests past.  

“With pleasant bready aromas and a medium body, this bright amber lager boasts a lightly toasted, malty sweetness that is complemented by a spicy hop character that balances its malt base and dries it out for a crisp finish.” 

Upon seeing the feral-looking wild boar, your first instinct may be to run, but in this case, you’ll want to grab a bar stool and challenge the hog head-on. Find Motorworks’ Oktoberfest in the Taproom starting Wednesday 8/21, 11am-11pm. The new release will be available on draft and in 6-packs of 12oz cans. Limited distribution is anticipated. 

Photo courtesy of Motorworks

Motorworks Brewing, 1014 9th St. W, Bradenton, 941-567-6218, @MotorworksBrewing

[Science and Nature]  Selby Gardens Launches My Garden Program for Underserved Youth

Marie Selby Botanical Gardens (Selby Gardens) has launched the My Garden program, providing underserved youth in Sarasota and Manatee County with annual memberships to Selby Gardens. The youth will each receive a yearlong household membership to Selby Gardens, allowing them to visit the Garden at any time, 364 days a year.

Households from the Boys & Girls Clubs of Sarasota County, Child Protection Center, Girls Inc., Girl Scouts of Gulfcoast Florida, Robert L. Taylor Community Center, Unidos Now and Visible Men Academy will participate in the inaugural year of the My Garden program. My Garden program is funded by a grant from the Gulf Coast Community Foundation.

The program expands Selby Gardens’ outreach to underserved youth that began with the Family Togetherness program. Designed to introduce vulnerable youth along with their parents and guardians from Title I schools to Selby Gardens and to nature, the program provides complimentary entry to family-friendly special events throughout the school year. These events include Selby Spooktacular, Lights in Bloom Family Togetherness Night, and Family Saturday events for the Jean & Alfred Goldstein Exhibition Series held monthly for the duration of the exhibition.

Valued at $150, the household membership benefits include free admission for up to six adults and the child. The membership will automatically renew for those children and families who come to the Garden four times during the course of their year-long membership. 

Selby Gardens

[Education]  Sarasota Military Academy Brings Award-Winning Author for Student Meet-and-Greet

Kyle Prue, author of The Feud trilogy, which includes award-winning The Sparks, will visit Sarasota Military Academy (SMA), on Thursday, August 22, to speak to students and staff at the SMA high school and SMA Prep middle school campuses. Prue began writing The Sparks, the first book in The Feud series, at the age of 16 years old and his books have won numerous national and international awards including the FAPA President’s Book Awards for Best Fiction and Best Fantasy for Young Adults in both 2015 and 2017. Prue is also the founder of Sparking Literacy, a nonprofit dedicated to inspiring teens to read, write and follow their dreams in an attempt to lower the high school dropout rate.

Select students read The Sparks during summer break, and will attend a Meet the Author breakfast sponsored by SMA parent Joanne Fabec. Students and staff will have an opportunity to purchase copies of the book for Prue to sign, following the assembly. 

Sarasota Military Academy

[Travel]  Discover Sarasota Tours Named Best Trolley Operator 2019 - Tampa Bay Area

Discover Sarasota Tours has been crowned Best Trolley Tour Operator 2019 – Tampa Bay Area in the Family & Visitor Attraction Awards presented by LUX Life Magazine. Discover Sarasota Tours offers entertaining, interactive and informative air-conditioned trolley tours about the most interesting people, intriguing places and amazing stories that have shaped Sarasota’ rich cultural past. 13 different trolley tours are offered, exploring the history, culture and unique aspects of Sarasota. In making these awards, LUX Life’s specialist researchers look for extensive expertise given within a field or discipline, dedication to customer service and client satisfaction with an ongoing commitment to excellence and innovation. 

Discover Sarasota Tours

[TODAY]  THEATER: The Swingaroos: Hollywood Serenade , July 23 – August 30

Back by popular demand, The Swingaroos return to FST with a brand new show. Inspired by the Golden Age of Hollywood, this jazzy music revue pays tribute to such icons as Frank Sinatra, Cab Calloway, and Fred Astaire. Travel back in time this summer to the ‘30s and ‘40s when big bands and swing dancing were all the rage. 

Florida Studio Threatre, 1241 N Palm Ave., Sarasota

[TODAY]  THEATER: The Cottage , July 31 – August 24

Set in the English countryside in 1923, this sexy comedy of love and betrayal unfolds when Sylvia Van Kipness decides to expose her secret love affair to her husband. The true meanings of love and marriage are called into question as a surprising, hilarious web of secrets unravels in this ridiculous—potentially murderous—romantic comedy.

Florida Studio Theatre, 1241 N Palm Ave., Sarasota

[TODAY]  THEATER: Scorch , July 26 – August 25

For Kes, falling in love for the first time happened online. But the exhilarating fantasy quickly turns into a terrifying reality when the young teen is accused of criminal conduct. Inspired by real cases of ‘gender fraud,’ Scorch is a touching and provocative story of love though the eyes of a gender-curious teen.

Urbanite Theatre, 1487 2nd St., Sarasota.

[TODAY]  FILM: Sun Xun: Time Spy , August 11 – February 16

A mesmerizing 3D animated film by Chinese painter and draughtsman, Sun Xun incorporates traditional techniques including ink painting, charcoal drawing and woodblock printing. He uses analog and digital technologies to explore pressing concerns of the time.

The Ringling, 5401 Bay Shore Road

[TODAY]  MUSEUM: The Fabric of India , July 7 – October 13

This exhibition showcases over 140 examples drawn from the internationally-renowned holdings of London’s Victoria and Albert Museum and private collections. This exposition illustrates the variety, technical sophistication and adaptability of Indian textiles from the fifteenth to the twenty-first centuries. Through a range of historical dress, carefully preserved fabrics, and cutting-edge fashion, discover how Indian textiles have been interwoven with religion, politics and global trade for centuries. Or join the Curator of Asian Art Dr. Rhiannon Paget for a tour at the Gallery Walk and Talk, 10:30am–6pm on July 25. 

The Ringling, 5401 Bay Shore Road

[SOON]  MUSIC: Van Wezel Friday Fest featuring Reverend Barry & The Funk , August 16

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.


Featuring 3 Grammy®-nominated musicians, this 8-piece band plays a high-energy set of originals and covers of funk & soul music including Earth, Wind & Fire, Commodores, Kool & the Gang and Prince. Sit back and relax or dance the night away as Reverend Barry & The Funk returns to the Friday Fest stage! 

Van Wezel

[SOON]  HEALTH: Doctors Hospital Caregiver Support Group , August 19, 10am

On every third Monday of the month, Julie Cook Downing, President of Caregivers Comfort Creations, LLC, facilitates a Doctors Hospital Caregiver Support Group. This group focuses on the caregiver and offers a retreat from the never ending mental and physical responsibilities of caregiving. This free, open group provides compassionate support and an opportunity to explore new solutions together to caregiver challenges. The group meets in the classroom outside of the cafeteria.

Doctors Hospital of Sarasota, 5731 Bee Ridge Rd., Sarasota, FL

[SOON]  GALA: Making Strides Against Breast Cancer Kick Off Celebration , August 29, 530pm

Join us to Kick Off the Making Strides Against Breast Cancer season and for the reveal of the 2019 Real Men Wear Pink candidates.  Hear about the American Cancer Society’s lifechanging research and patient programs that are funded by Making Strides and Real Men Wear Pink events. Light hors d’oeuvres and refreshments will be served. RSVP is required. Please RSVP by Monday, August 26th to Lucy.Fox@cancer.org or 941-328-3755. MakingStridesWalk.org/SarasotaManatee

The Ritz-Carlton Sarasota, 1111 Ritz-Carlton Drive, Sarasota, FL 34236

[SOON]  FOOD: Caregivers Comfort Socializing Lunch , September 2, 1215pm

Julie Cook Downing, President of Caregivers' Comfort Creations, LLC and Doctors Hospital Caregiver Support Group Facilitator, hosts a monthly lunch at The Rosemary restaurant. This event provides caregivers some time to relax, enjoy themselves and eat super delicious food with others sharing similar situations. The lunch takes place from 12:15pm-1:45pm. For lunch details, contact Julie at caregivercomfort@aol.com.

The Rosemary, 411 North Orange Avenue

[SOON]  THEATER: Who Love You, Musical Tribute to Frankie Valli and Beyond , September 3 – October 13

Experience the signature songs and dance moves of one of the most successful acts in music history: Frankie Valli and the Four Seasons. A musical tribute to the group that has sold more than 100 million records worldwide, Who Loves You will have you clapping and singing along to hits like “Sherry,” “Big Girls Don’t Cry,” “Walk Like a Man,” “Rag Doll,” “December, 1963 (Oh, What a Night),” and many more you know and love.

Florida Studio Threatre, 1241 N Palm Ave., Sarasota

[SOON]  PERFORMANCE: Stars, Stripes and Style 26th Annual Fashion Show , September 4, 11am

Join us in celebration of the Women's Council of Realtors Sarasota Network 26th Annual Fashion show on Wednesday, September 4 at 11:00 am. WCR will honor America's veterans at the Stars, Stripes and Style fashion show featuring fashions by Goodwill Manasota. Enjoy lunch by The Hyatt Sarasota and a fun filled fashion show by local realtors and business partners. There will be a live auction, lotto tree raffle, silent auction and shopping at tabletop boutiques.

Hyatt Sarasota, 1000 Boulevard of the Arts, Sarasota, FL 34236

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