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SRQ DAILY Oct 4, 2019

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"I want to be a voice and a vessel for those who feel forgotten."

- Singer Songwriter Kyshona Armstrong, performing at Fogartyville

[Music]  Kyshona Brings Musical Healing to Fogartyville's Season Opener
Andrew Fabian

As a music therapist, Kyshona Armstrong used the power of music to help her patients process their feelings. Now a singer-songwriter, her mission is the same even if her methods have changed. This Sunday, Sarasota will have an opportunity to witness this Nashville-based master of musical healing at the Fogartyville Community Media and Arts Center, where her storytelling, songs of redemption and self-love will lift spirits while reminding audience members that they are never alone.

“I want people to walk away feeling activated,” says Armstrong. She uses many of the stories she heard during her time as a therapist as inspiration for her lyrics. One of her songs, “Cornelius Dupree,” explores the emotional journey of a real-life man wrongly incarcerated for 30 years. In it, Armstrong speaks from the perspective of the wrongly accused, repeating simple, emotive mantras in search of grace in the face of a grave injustice. Like this song, the rest of her catalog carries the same sense of hope. “I want to be a voice and a vessel for those who feel forgotten,” she says, and that mission has translated into shows that often feel more like a revelation than entertainment.

Armstrong, who often serves as an opening act for more well-known bands, looks forward to opportunities like her TEDx shows in Nashville and Greenville, where she got to perform as the evening’s main attraction. “It’s nice to be able to play to strangers and catch them,” she says, “but Fogartyville is more of an event just for me.” And those wise enough to watch her this Sunday may find as much cathartic power in Armstrong’s humble acoustic act as they would in the most impassioned sermon. The doors open at 6 pm, music starts at 7. Food will be available from Leaf and Lentil’s food truck outfit. 

Pictured: Kyshona Armstrong, photo by Hannah Miller

[ShopTalk]  Let It Raine
Brittany Mattie, brittany.mattie@srqme.com

It will likely be clear skies and sunshine this weekend, but don’t feel guilty seeking shelter inside the RAINE Studio. The quaint boutique space—which appears more like a mid-century modern home in the heart of Gillespie Park—is actually an indie hideaway for shopping funky necklaces, statement earrings, artisan clutches and cashmere apparel. Owner of the studio and designer/crafter of Raine Designs, Lorrie Dickinson, sources semi-precious beads found throughout the world, and either sterling silver or 14K gold filled wire for her one-of-a-kind pieces. 

Dickinson is not only talented at bringing together beads on one wire, but also bringing together five local women designers to one show. This Sunday, an open house event dubbed ‘5 Women, 1 Show’ will feature not only Dickinson’s Raine Designs, but also unique table decor from Marlene Meyer of TableTop Jewels, fierce paintings and prints by Karen Chandler Fine Art, coastal-chic furnishings from Melodie Burrus of The Gathering Place, and finally, handmade ceramics by Marla Solomon Katz. Wine and cheese reception to follow the female-fueled shopping spree. 

5 Women, 1 Show: Sunday, October 6, 2-5pm (parking available around the park) 

Photos: 'Girl in Lemons' acrylic canvas by Karen Chandler Fine Art and Turquoise Disc earrings by Raine Designs.

RAINE Studio, 728 Gillespie Avenue Sarasota, 941-266-1396.

[Performance]  Actress and Television Director Melissa Gilbert Headlines at the Tidewell Hospice Signature Luncheon

Melissa Gilbert, actress best known for her role as Laura Ingalls Wilder on the hit show Little House on the Prairie, will be the keynote speaker at Tidewell Hospice’s 11th Annual Signature Luncheon, scheduled this coming February.

An acting career spanning 45 plus years, Melissa has starred in over 50 television movies and feature films, including “Stand By Your Man;” “Sweet Justice,” which she also executive produced; and “Secrets and Lies.” She is the youngest person to receive a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.  Melissa moved behind the camera as a director and continued acting on the screen and stage. She served two terms as the 23rdPresident of the Screen Actors Guild, two terms as Vice President on the AFL-CIO Executive Council and was Vice President of the California Labor Federation.

As a children’s hospice advocate, Melissa decided to “dedicate my life to ensuring that all chronically and terminally ill children get to live and die with gentleness, dignity and the grace that they deserve.”  She served as the President of the Board of Directors of Children’s Hospice and Palliative Care Coalition (CHPCC) beginning in 2007. In 2015, CHPCC joined The Coalition for Compassionate Care of California (CCCC) to develop a united voice in public policy at the state and national level. Melissa received the Humanitarian Leadership Award in 2008 from the National Hospice Foundation in recognition for her work on behalf of children facing life-limiting conditions. For more information about the 11th Annual Tidewell Hospice Signature Luncheon, please call Aida Matic at 941-552-7660. 

[Education]  Sarasota County Students Celebrate Manufacturing Day

Today, Kyle Holbrook, Career and Technical Education program specialist for Sarasota County Schools, Tripp Jennings, assistant director of Career and Technical Education K-12 for Sarasota County Schools and various personnel from PGT Innovations will celebrate National Manufacturing Day with students involved with the Career and Technical Education (CTE) program from Pine View School, Riverview High School, Suncoast Polytechnical High School and Venice High School . CTE students will be touring PGT Innovations, one of Florida’s leading window and door manufacturers and Sarasota County’s largest private employer, and will witness product demonstrations, as well as interact with industry professionals to get a sense of a “typical day” in their career. Held annually on the first Friday in October, Manufacturing Day helps students understand modern manufacturing careers by encouraging thousands of companies and educational institutions around the nation to open their doors to students, teachers and the community alike for the investment of future innovators and creators. 

Learn more about Manufacturing Day.

[Construction]  GATES Construction Builds The Strand Condominium

GATES Construction is building The Strand Condominium, a new 4-story, 152 unit luxury mid-rise located steps from Downtown Sarasota. The new building will include gated access, private club room, fitness center, and resort-style pool. Among the unique luxury style amenities this Whitaker Bayou property offers its guests are a waterfront boardwalk, kayak launch, guest boat docks and a dog park. For those residents with watercraft, 47 private boat slips will be available. The project is slated for completion in the summer of 2021. Design Services are provided by Hoyt Architects. 

[Wellness]  Manatee County Clerk of Court recognizes Domestic Violence Awareness Month

October is nationally recognized as Domestic Violence Awareness Month, and the Manatee County Clerk of the Circuit Court and Comptroller is acknowledging the month by collecting and contributing books to benefit children visiting its Violence Protection division. Staff will also wear purple ribbons to help raise awareness.  Donations to the book drive can be made to the Violence Protection division inside the Manatee County courthouse or at any of the Manatee County Clerk of Court’s historical sites, including the Florida Maritime MuseumManatee County Agricultural MuseumManatee County Historical Records LibraryManatee Village Historical Park and Palmetto Historical Park.

 The Violence Protection division is available to provide information to all parties involved with the injunction for protection process, which is commonly referred to as restraining orders. For more information, call 941-741-4024 or visit www.manateeclerk.com. The 24-hour Florida Domestic Violence Hotline can be reached by calling 1-800-500-1119. 

[Business]  The Venice Youth Boating Association Appoints Executive Director

The Venice Youth Boating Association announces Ms. Kelley Severns has been appointed as Executive Director. She comes to VYBA from the St. Croix Yacht Club in the USVI where she has run the youth sailing programs there for the last two summers. She is a certified US Sailing small boat instructor and also holds many American Sailing Association (ASA) Keel Boat certifications.  Ms. Severns spent 20 years as a program and project manager in the Bridge Engineering industry as a licensed professional engineer (PE) and a certified project management professional (PMP). She also has a love of teaching and has been a volunteer and professional teacher of Science Technology Math and Science (STEM) subjects previously at Vanderbilt University as well as Nashville Metro Schools, her previous home. Kelley is excited to serve the youth and sailing community in Venice, combining her management and non-profit experience with her love of teaching and sailing to fulfill the mission of VYBA. 

Please contact the VYBA to find out more about scholarship programs, camps, Learn to Sail sessions, Adventure Sailing, Race Team and the VHS Sailing Team, 941-468-1719. 

[Performance]  Help Urbanite Theatre Determine Winner of the 2019 Modern Works Festival

Urbanite Theatre received over 300 scripts from all around the country, and picked the best three to be given staged readings as finalists here in Sarasota, with professional actors and directors. With your help, they'll determine which playwright will win the festival grand prize of $3000. See all three finalist plays to be eligible to vote! Along the way, be sure to catch some of our other special engagements at this year's Modern Works Festival, taking place October 8-13. 

Click here for tickets and full festival calendar Or call 941-321-1397 

[Government]  Manatee County Clerk of Court Offers Fee Savings Event to Reinstate Driver's Licenses

The Manatee County Clerk of the Circuit Court and Comptroller is hosting Operation Green Light, a driver license reinstatement event, on Saturday, October 12 from 8:30am – noon and October 14 – October 18 from 8:30am – 4:30pm for individuals looking to save on fees and have their license reinstated. During Operation Green Light, Manatee County customers with suspended licenses will have an opportunity to pay overdue court obligations, including traffic tickets, and save up to 30 percent in additional fees. Customers may also be able to have suspended licenses reinstated. “Operation Green Light is a very large coordinated effort on the part of all Florida Clerks,” said Angel Colonneso, the Manatee County Clerk of the Circuit Court and Comptroller. “This initiative can help get residents back in the driver’s seat. Some Clerks, including our office, offer commonsense payment plans, allowing customers to comply with court obligations and keep their license.”

The Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles will be on site with their Florida Licensing On Wheels (FLOW) vehicle to print new licenses on Saturday, October 12 during the event. For more information, call 941-741-4003. 

[TODAY]  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

[TODAY]  FILM: Flamenco, Flamenco , October 4, 6:30pm

Directed by legendary Spanish filmmaker Carlos Saura, Flamenco, Flamenco is an evolutionary musical journey through the light, song and dance of a dynamic and alive art form. Beautifully photographed by famed Academy Award-winning cinematographer Vittorio Storaro (Apocalypse Now), and showcasing a powerful new Flamenco through dazzling musical and dance performances by emerging talents, and the greatest living Flamenco masters, this unique musical odyssey reaches beyond the borders of Flamenco and Spanish culture toward a universal artistic expression.

Historic Asolo Theatre, 5401 Bay Shore Road

[SOON]  FOOD: 3rd Annual Taste of New Orleans Benefit Dinner , October 5, 7pm

Truly Valued presents its 3rd Annual Taste of New Orleans Benefit Dinner with speaker Edward James III. Enjoy an evening of elegant dining and live entertainment by the Soul Sensations. Proceeds support Truly Valued programs and services for youth designed to provide knowledge, skills and inspiration that will help them grow to lead happy and successful lives as adults. If you are unable to attend the event, please consider making a tax-deductible contribution. Tickets are $50. Visit www.trulyvalued.org to purchase tickets. Sponsorship and underwriting opportunities are available.

Laurel Oak Country Club, 2700 Gary Player Blvd, Sarasota, FL 34240

[SOON]  DANCE: Sarasota Contemporary Dance: Voices - Rising Choreographers , October 10 – October 13

The 14th Main Stage Season will kick off with four performances, October 10-13, 2019, titled "Voices – Rising Choreographers," at which the local audience gets to see future choreographers of contemporary dance as they are just blossoming. This show presents rising choreographers who were selected by adjudication from SCD's Summer Intensive Program. The group is a combination of company members and guests invited to expand and set their work for the main stage. This idea of fostering choreographic voices is beginning to draw more and more attention to SCD's performances. 

Jane B. Cook Theatre, FSU Center for the Performing Arts, 5555 N. Tamiami Trl, Sarasota, FL 34243

[SOON]  DANCE: Nrityagram Dance Ensemble: Daśavatār: Ringling Art of Performance , October 11 – October 12, 730pm

One of the premier Indian Classical dance ensembles performing today, Nrityagram is more than a dance company. Founded as a village devoted to dance and the preservation of the Odissi classical dance tradition, the all-female ensemble’s daily life of intensive training and meditation brings to the stage compelling captivating performances that are at once sensual and lyrical. Daśavatār brings together brilliant dance traditions with shared ancient roots, accompanied by a live original score. The performances will take place on Friday and Saturday evening at 7:30pm, and tickets are required.

Historic Asolo Theater, 5401 Bay Shore Rd, Sarasota, FL 34243

[SOON]  SEMINAR: Modern Education Symposium , October 23, 5pm-7pm

Join SRQ Magazine and its family magazine RocketKids for an evening with representatives from local private and charter schools in Sarasota and Manatee Counties in a panel discussion about how each school prepares their students for success.  With the future workforce continuing to evolve rapidly, we ask local schools how they are creating programs that will prepare our students. We will also discuss the increasing importance of teaching social emotional literacy (SEL) and the role of schools in engaging with students in fostering these skills. Schools include: The Out-of-Door Academy, NewGate School, Sarasota Christian School, Island Village Montessori School, St. Martha's Catholic School and The Pinnacle Academy. Free admission. Lightbites, beer and wine will be served. RSVP at srqmag.com/moed.

SRQ Studios, 331 S. Pineapple Avenue, Sarasota

[SOON]  SEMINAR: International Author & Wildlife Activist Boyd Varty Kicks-Off Book Tour , October 24, 10:30am

Somewhere deep inside, you know what your gift, purpose, and mission are. Boyd Varty, a lion tracker, life coach, and gifted storyteller reveals how ancient wisdom can teach you how to recognize the essential ingredients that create a meaningful life. Boyd will kick off the press tour of his NEW book, The Lion Tracker’s Guide to Life, with an intimate talk at Ringling College Morganroth Auditorium in partnership with Ringling College Library Association. Celebrating the release of his new book, each guest will receive a signed copy.  Watch Boyd Varty's Ted Talk here. 

Ringling College, Morganroth Auditorium, 2700 N. Tamiami Trail, Sarasota

[SOON]  DANCE: Graziano, Retrospective , October 25 – October 27, 7:30pm evening performances and 2pm matinees

The Sarasota Ballet’s first program of the Season, titled Graziano, Retrospective, serves as a tribute to Principal Dancer and Resident Choreographer Ricardo Graziano’s tenth year with the company by featuring three of his choreographic works. Opening the program, Shostakovich Suite is his most traditionally classical ballet; premiered in 2011 and set to movements from Dmitri Shostakovich’s “Suite for Jazz Orchestra No. 2” and “Ballet Suite No. 2”, Shostakovich Suite is an eight-scene ballet demonstrating the aptitude of the company dancers whom Graziano has grown to know so well over the past decade. Graziano’s 2015 work, En las Calles de Murcia, not seen since its world premiere, returns to the stage; the choreography was inspired by the city of Murcia in southeastern Spain as well as the music of early eighteenth-century guitarist and composer Santiago de Murcia, bringing a distinctive vibrancy to the dance. The program closes with Graziano’s critically lauded In a State of Weightlessness; since its August 2015 world premiere at the Jacob’s Pillow Dance Festival in Becket, MA, the production, set to Philip Glass’s “Tirol Concerto for Piano and Orchestra”, explores concepts of lightness in motion while generating its own ethereal sort of emotional gravity. 

FSU Center for the Performing Arts, 5555 N. Tamiami Trail, Sarasota

[SOON]  BUSINESS: Strategies for Success Leadership Educational Conference , October 25, 12:30-5pm

Join Leadership Sarasota for a half-day Leadership Educational Conference. Speakers will present their ideas on the best way to engage employees including Larry Face of Next Level Achievement, Jim Kuhlman, formerly of CenterState Bank and Pete Peterson of Dealers United. Admission: $29 for Leadership Alumni and $79 for Future Alumni. Networking, lite bites and drinks.

Gold Coast Eagle Distributing, 7051 Wireless Ct., Sarasota

[SOON]  FOOD: 20th Annual Morton's Firehouse Chili Cook-Off , October 27, 2-5pm

Join us in front of Morton’s Gourmet Market on Sunday, October 27 from 2-5 pm for the chili event of the year. Aspiring chefs from more than 15 local firehouses as well as Sarasota Police and County Sheriff Deputies will compete for the title of “Best Firehouse Chili.” Attendees may sample all entries and vote for their favorite for only $10. Celebrity judges and live entertainment will help make this event one of Sarasota’s best. All proceeds go to The Sarasota Firefighters’ Benevolent Fund. Find more information at mortonsmarket.com or sffbf.org. Tickets may be purchased the day of the event or in advance at Morton’s Gourmet Market.

Morton's Gourmet Market, 1924 South Osprey Avenue, between Arlington and Hyde Park Streets

[SOON]  THEATER: Antigone by Sophocles , October 30 – November 17, 7:30pm/8pm

The FSU/Asolo Conservatory begins a new season with the classic Greek drama, Antigone, by Sophocles. Director of the Conservatory and the show, Greg Leaming, will put a modern spin on this ancient tale of right versus wrong. In the aftermath of a bloody war, Thebes celebrates victory while Antigone mourns the loss of both her brothers in battle. When King Creon refuses one of the two brothers all rites of burial, the young girl is left facing an awful choice. One of the great classics of Greek drama that speaks as powerfully today as it did when first performed - when faced with the conflict between law and personal morality, what is the right choice?

Cook Theatre, 5555 N. Tamiami Trail, Sarasota

[SOON]  FESTIVAL: Hotel Indigo Oktoberfest , October 5, 3pm-7pm

Joining the recent “boom” of the Rosemary District, Hotel Indigo is hosting their first annual Oktoberfest event on the premises of their hotel with a cultural, community event supporting Mayors’ Feed the Hungry Charity, over a three-day celebration of food, music, games and neighborhood connections. Taking place in the parking lot, the main event will be the Oktoberfest on October 5 from 3-7pm, including Bavarian beer and food, Derby games, Stein Holding competition, Das Boot Chugging Competition and much more. There will also be an Oktoberfest Happy Hour from 5-8pm on Friday October 4, and an Oktoberfest Brunch from 11am-2pm on October 6.

Hotel Indigo's Back Parking Lot , 1223 Boulevard of the Arts, Sarasota, FL 34236

[SOON]  HEALTH: Doctors Hospital Caregiver Support Group , October 21, 10am-11:30am

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 34233

[SOON]  SEMINAR: DreamLarge Weekends , October 11 – October 13, 5pm

DreamLarge Weekends is a program designed to educate and inspire tomorrow’s generation about community issues and philanthropy, empowering their imagination to create innovative solutions and make our community a brighter place. This hands-on, weekend-long program invites students and mentors to work together towards a goal of figuring out creative, unique, and collaborative solutions to community challenges. Over the course of the weekend, students will have spent time creatively exploring a real-world issue, honed in to a single solution, prototyped their plan to create social impact, and pitched their ideas to a panel of local community leaders.

Ringling College of Art + Design Academic Center, 2700 N Tamiami Trail, Sarasota, FL 34234

[SOON]  PERFORMANCE: Casa Patas Flamenco: Raiz de 4 , November 6 – November 7, 7:30pm

Curated by the Casa Patas Flamenco Foundation, Raíz de 4 honors the art of Flamenco by delving into its most primitive roots, evoking the convergence of cultures and the folklore of Spain. The purest styles of flamenco, some of which are: romances (ballads), martinetes, fandangos and soleares are brought into the forefront in a performance made up of a cast of distinguished dance and musical artists. Song (cante), dance (baile), guitar (guitarra), and percussion (percusión) seamlessly convey a genuine love for this art form and take the audience on an intensely authentic and unswerving journey of sensations, and emotions.

Historic Asolo Theater, 5401 Bay Shore Rd, Sarasota, FL 34243

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