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"Set The Bar is such a great event because it bridges the gap between your local bartender and a community that is quickly becoming excited about the cocktail movement here in Sarasota."

- Spencer Taliaferro, MADE Restaurant
 

[Politics]  Sarasota County Moves Ahead With Redistricting
Jacob Ogles, jacob.ogles@srqme.com

Amid questions about the level of accuracy of consultant-presented maps, Sarasota County Commissioners on Monday voted 4-1 to move ahead with plans to redraw districts ahead of the 2020 census.

“I do think that these results are legally defensible,” said consultant Kurt Spitzer in a meeting Monday.

That comes as an official at the University of Florida’s Bureau of Economic and Business Research made clear to press he did not want their figures used for redistricting unless it was necessary. Richard Doty, GIS coordinator for BEBR, confirmed with SRQ DAILY that he recommended against redistricting now.

“When Mr. Spitzer asked us to develop block-level estimates, I told him then that it would be best to wait for after the 2020 Census results are available,” Doty said. “He said that the county could not wait that long. After the work was completed and I learned how this data was being used, I did have a phone conversation with Sarasota County staff to explain how the work was done and potential concerns about block-level data.”

But Spitzer stressed to commissioners on Monday even U.S. Census figures can fall apart on the street-by-street level. He noted work done in Franklin County after the 2000 Census inaccurately put a prison from a neighboring county in the small community. 

“Our methodology is sound,” Spitzer said. “At high levels, as with cities, districts and county-wide, we are very comfortable with the accuracy."

But Commissioner Christian Ziegler, the lone vote against moving forward with redistricting, questioned how accurate divides in districts can be drawn if consultants aren’t comfortable with population counts at the Census block level. “How do you redistrict if you are not confident at that level?” Ziegler said.

Commissioner Nancy Detert, who is up for reelection in 2020, remained the most vocal defender of redistricting and pushed back at press accounts. “I am not happy with the PR,” she told Spitzer. She called complaints about the process “white noise,” and said commissioners haven’t had as much say in crafting district lines as she would have liked.

Commission Chairman Charles Hines, who cannot seek reelection next year thanks to term limits, said he feels an urgency to redraw the lines because 2020 will mark the first election in decades where voters choose commissioners in single-member districts. 

“My goal in this individually has always been to get these districts as balanced as possible,” he said. “People in the public say just ignore it and just wait. I totally disagree. This election with the commissioners, when control of the commission is up for election, it’s imperative to get it as close as possible.”

Commissioners will hold a special meeting the week of Oct. 20 for scrutinizing potential alternative maps for consideration. Spitzer has provided three alternatives and a fourth map based on public input will be considered at the late October meeting. A hearing for final approval on a map is anticipated Nov. 5. 

Rendering courtesy KSA: Redistricting Alternative 1 from consultant Kurt Spitzer.

[GoodBite]  Dry Ice & Jet Planes
Brittany Mattie, brittany.mattie@srqme.com

The backdrop of a Florida fall sunset amongst a fleet of jetliner aircrafts posted on the tarmac of the Universal Flight Training Center set the scene for a stellar event. Hosted by the Sarasota-Manatee Originals, the 2019 "Set The Bar" competition brought the heat with a star studded lineup of 20 leading mixologists representing local member restaurants. A-games were brought—each booth crafting not only wild cocktails, but a show to wow the participating public and the esteemed panel of judges. 

Four spirits—vodka, gin, whiskey and tequila—marked each of the four designated competition categories, with the fifth category belonging to the coveted People’s Choice Award. Spencer Taliaferro of MADE Restaurant, caught the eyes and noses of both the judges and attendees with his fog-fueled concoction called Kane & Friends. After familiarzing yourself with Hawaiian mythology, you come to learn the name is inspired by four major Hawaiian gods (Kane, Ku, Kanaloa and Lono).

“The inspiration for creating a Bourbon Mai Tai all stemmed from living here in Sarasota,” he shares. “I wanted to create a cocktail experience which brings in the dry ice activated aroma. The aroma sets the tone for the tropics. We live in a beautiful area with amazing weather. I wanted to create a cocktail that still allowed the bourbon to shine through but can be had anytime and anywhere no matter the temperature.”

With a killer presentation to match his island-inspired cocktail, Taliaferro encouraged tasters to experience cocktails with all the senses. Upon throwing in a handful of dry ice inside his stainless steel shaker, the nose is the first to pick up the herbal and citrus notes radiating from the liquid inside, which at this point are releasing a cloud of water vapor and the elements within the recipe. By doing so, the first sip distinctly brings out the essence of every ingredient. 

The event came to a close as the sun set, and the night sky revealed the blinking lights of the aero obstruction tower beacon. Votes were set, decisions were made, bellies were full and winners were announced:

Plymouth Gin Category - The Fashion Forward by Jen MacDonald from The Sandbar Restaurant

ABSOLUT ELYX Vodka Category - The element Elyxer by Mani Gonzalez & AJ Smithingell from Element: Modern Mediterranean Grill

Olmeca Tequila Altos Plata -The Desert Pear by Mitch Patmagrian from Jack Dusty Coastal Cuisine and Crafted Cocktails

Smooth Ambler Spirits Contradiction Bourbon Whiskey Category & People's Choice Winner - Kane & Friends by Spencer Taliaferro from Made Restaurant

“I really enjoyed competing against the best restaurants in Sarasota,” Taliaferro says. “'Set The Bar' is such a great event because it bridges the gap between your local bartender and a community that is quickly becoming excited about the cocktail movement here in Sarasota.”

Kane & Friends 

— 1.5oz Smooth Ambler Bourbon 

— 1 oz House Made Orgeat (Almond Based Syrup) 

— 1 oz Fresh Pressed Lime 

— .75 oz Giffard Orange Curacao 

Garnished with a dehydrated, sustainable pineapple and Local Tea Co. aronia tea (an aromatic garnish activated by dry ice)

  

Pictured: Spencer Taliaferro setting the bar with his winning cocktail currently available at MADE. Photos courtesy of Evan Sigmund Photography.

List of Participating Restaurants at 2019 Set The Bar

[Film]  Documentary On Florida Family Afflicted by Rare Disease Premieres at Rendezvous Film Festival

Director and producer Thomas John Nudi of NuFamCo Films, was pleased to be included in the the Rendezvous Film Festival in Amelia Island last weekend. His feature documentary Fiona Humphrey: A Family Album premiered at the festival, and was also nominated for Best Feature Documentary. The film looks into the lives of a Florida family (The Humphreys), who struggle to take care of their youngest daughter, 9-year old Fiona, who suffers from Sanfilippo Syndrome, a rare form of mucopolysaccharidosis, which is terminalThe priority of this film is raising awareness of the disorder, which is drastically unheard of, as well as providing insight into the life of a family with a terminal child. This documentary is the first American feature documentary on the subject. It was also made entirely by Florida filmmakers and a community of artists, who donated their time and efforts to come together to help bring attention to this family, their experiences and the disease itself.  

Vimeo Screener of 'Fiona Humphrey: A Family Album'

[Staffing]  The Arts and Cultural Alliance of Sarasota County Announced Two New Hires

The Alliance announces the addition of Michele Des Verney Redwine and Ria Cooper to the organization. Michele Des Verney Redwine has been named the Director of New Initiatives. This newly created position allows the Alliance to respond to the needs of Sarasota County's ever changing arts and culture landscape. Michele comes to the Alliance with 46 years of executive-leadership experience in not-for-profit organizations, public sectors, educational institutions and local government entities. She is recognized as a visual artist, educator and an accomplished executive with expert knowledge and certification in diversity integration; linking education and business in programs supporting institutional diversity vision, recruitment and cultural learning.  Ria Cooper joins the Alliance as the Director of Education. This position has been an vital part of the Alliance since its inception. Ria will continue the Alliance's commitment to creating a collaborative arts education environment in Sarasota County that ensures that all members of the community have access to the arts. Prior to moving to Sarasota, Ria lived and worked in NYC for many years as a theater director and teaching artist with various arts education organizations, theaters, and the NYC DOE.  For the past five years, Ria served as the Community Engagement Specialist at Asolo Repertory Theatre, where her work included writing and directing Faces of Change, a community-based documentary theater project and co-facilitating Kaleidoscope, a residency with adults and teenagers with special needs that culminated in a mainstage performance. 

[Recognition]  Fort Myers and Sarasota Bump Lancaster, PA from the No. 1 spot for 2020 Best Places to Retire

U.S. News & World Report, the global authority in rankings and consumer advice, today unveiled the 2020 Best Places to Retire in the United States. The rankings offer a comprehensive evaluation of the country’s 125 largest metropolitan areas – up from 100 last year – based on how well they meet Americans’ expectations for retirement, with measures including housing affordability, desirability, health care and overall happiness.

Four Florida metro areas and two North Carolina metro areas rank in the top 10. Up from No. 2 last year, Fort Myers, Florida, tops the list due to increases in desirability, health care quality, job market strength and happiness. Sarasota, Florida, jumps from No. 3 to No. 2 this year, due to increases in desirability, health care and job market scores, despite falling in the areas of happiness and housing affordability. 

This year, U.S. News increased the number of metropolitan areas evaluated from 100 to 125, to provide a more accurate reflection of where Americans can retire. The 2020 Best Places to Retire were determined based on a methodology that factored in happiness, housing affordability, health care quality, desirability, retiree taxes and job market ratings. These measures were weighted based on a public survey of individuals across the U.S who are nearing retirement age (ages 45-59) and those who are of retirement age (60 or older) to find out what matters most when considering where to retire. Survey respondents said happiness and housing affordability were their most important criteria when selecting a retirement spot.  

For a full list of cities.

[Architecture]  Apex-Studio Suarez Celebrates 10 Year Anniversary With Rebrand

Father-son team Javier and Javi Suarez are the principles of local architectural firm Apex-Studio Suarez. This October, they celebrate a decade of work with a new name and an anniversary party in their newly-expanded office. Javier has practiced architecture in the city for over 35 years as an original founder of ADP, one of the biggest architecture firms in this market and responsible for countless Sarasota developments. In 2009, Javier founded Apex-Studio with his son Javi, who is also an adventurous architect and painter. The two recently completed the Sabal Palm building on Ringling Boulevard and the Capstan building in the historic Towles Court neighborhood. After ten years in business, they are celebrating with a rebrand and name change to Suarez Architecture: Expressive Modern Architecture.

Suarez Architecture

  

[People]  Tervis CFO Accepted Into The International Women's Forum 26th Class of Fellows

The International Women’s Forum (IWF) Leadership Foundation announced its 2019-2020 Fellows Class, featuring 38 top-performing women leaders from 11 countries. Chief Financial Officer Hosana Fieber, of  Venice company Tervis Tumbler Company, was chosen to join the 26th Class of Fellows. Each year, the IWF Leadership Foundation selects a group of diverse and accomplished women from a competitive applicant pool to partake in the Fellows Program, a year-long, intensive leadership development experience. Previous classes include Former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, Governor of Victoria, Australia Linda Dessau, Former NASA Director Ellen Ochoa, and Associate Justice of the Supreme Court Ruth Bader Ginsburg.

This class of Fellows will convene for the first time in November at the 2019 IWF World Leadership Conference in Toronto, where they will participate in orientation and training sessions conducted by IWF members. The orientation will be followed in 2020 by executive education programs at INSEAD and Harvard Business School. Additionally, each Fellow will be paired with an IWF member-mentor and tasked with completing a legacy project that will leverage the skills they learned to help others.  

Photo of Hosana Fieber, courtesy of Tervis.

IWF Leadership Foundation

[Business]  FCCI Insurance Group Named Among Best Places to Work in Insurance

FCCI Insurance Group was recently named by Business Insurance in their annual Best Places to Work in Insurance program, which recognizes employers for their performance in establishing workplaces where employees can thrive, enjoy their work and help their companies grow. FCCI ranked in the ‘Medium Sized Employer’ category as the third highest-ranked company. The company earned the ranking for the third year in a row. The company’s strong emphasis on employee growth and support have helped create a culture of employee satisfaction.

Best Places to Work in Insurance is an annual feature presented by Business Insurance and Best Companies Group that lists the agents, brokers, insurance companies and other providers with the highest levels of employee engagement and satisfaction. Best Companies Group identifies the leading employers in the insurance industry by conducting a free two-part assessment of each company. The first part is a questionnaire completed by the employer about company policies, practices and demographics. The second part is a confidential employee survey on engagement and satisfaction.

View the full list of winners at bestplacestoworkins.com 

[Recreation]  Public Meeting Planned for Englewood Sports Complex and Park Improvements

Sarasota County Parks, Recreation and Natural Resources is hosting a public meeting on Thursday, October 10 to provide information about planned improvements for both the Englewood Sports Complex and Englewood Park, which was formerly known as the Englewood Recreation Center. Proposed improvements for the sports complex include the addition of new lighted pickleball courts and the installation of new sports lighting on two of the existing soccer fields. At nearby Englewood Park, two new tennis courts, a new restroom, sidewalks and additional parking are planned. County staff will be available to answer questions following a brief presentation. Maps, photos and other displays will also be available to review.  

The meeting is 6-7 pm, at the Englewood Sports Complex, located at 1300 S. River Road. For more information, call the Sarasota County Contact Center at 941-861-5000 or visit www.scgov.net 

[Community]  ALSO Youth Bestows Community Partner of the Year Award to Sarasota County Schools

In celebration of LGBT History Month, Sarasota County Schools  has been awarded the 2019 Community Partner of the Year award by ALSO Youth, a student-centered organization whose mission is to empower LGBTQ+ youth and their allies to create inclusive communities. ALSO Youth selected the school district as this year’s recipient due to its emphasis of increasing awareness for LGBTQ+ issues, helping young people deal with related issues of body image, gender identity, bullying and suicide and offering training and support in schools to meet the needs of students.

“I am so pleased that ALSO Youth has selected Sarasota County Schools as its 2019 Community Partner of the Year recipient,” noted Jane Goodwin, school board chair. “The district works hard to ensure all students feel safe, respected and included in our schools. This is a great testament to the dedication of our staff to support the needs of all our students.”

Learn more about the month-long celebration of LGBT History Month and Equality Florida.  



[SOON]  GALLERY: Learning Innovations By Design , October 8 – October 12, Opening Reception: Oct 10, 5-7:30pm

In partnership with the School District of Sarasota County interior design students at Ringling College of Art and Design worked with teachers and students to re-design six classrooms. The goal of the project was to improve student literacy through a new innovative classroom design. Using evidence based design principles, creativity, and interior design knowledge, junior students produced unique solutions for three of Sarasota’s high schools; Booker High School, Riverview High School, and Venice High School. The exhibit is a culmination of this initiative, currently in the implementation stage by the district through support of the Barancik Foundation.

Richard and Barbara Basch Gallery in the Larry R. Thompson Academic Center, 2700 N. Tamiami Trail, Sarasota

[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]  GRAB BAG: Sun Coast Jaguar Club Concours d'Elegance , October 12, Registration begins at 8am; Judging complete by 3pm; Awards Dinner and Silent Auction, 6pm

The Sun Coast Jaguar Club 34th Annual Concours d’Elegance presented by Wilde Jaguar Sarasota will be presented on St. Armands Circle. Registration for the event begins at 8 am, with judging completed by 3 pm. The public is invited to attend the showcase, free of charge. Sanctioned by Jaguar Clubs of North America, the Sun Coast Jaguar Club Concours d’Elegance attracts the finest Jaguar automobiles from across the U.S., including vintage antiques, current classics, future models and competition-modified prototypes. Vehicles are judged and awarded in a variety of classes, and all Jaguar owners are encouraged to register. The event also features a display of the latest and state-of-the-art Jaguar models. Special recognitions and club winners will be announced on the Concours lawn after judging concludes. Official JCNA trophies will be presented at 6 pm during the awards dinner and silent auction, accommodated by the Holiday Inn Sarasota-Lido Beach. Specifically, silent auction proceeds will benefit Big Cat Rescue in Tampa, helping care for Manny, a rescued Jaguar.

St. Armands Circle

[SOON]  GALLERY: Jack Davis: Drawing American Pop Culture , October 18 – December 6

Famed in particular for his speed and a tendency to create images overflowing with colorful characters, Jack Davis was one of the founding members of Mad Magazine's "Usual Gang of Idiots." He supplied covers for Tim and TV Guide, designed numerous album covers and movie posters, and, over his 60-year career, became one of the most in-demand caricaturists and cartoonists in the world. This exhibition attempts to show Davis' range by bringing together a selection of his original work that demonstrates his breadth of subjects and his skills as an artist. This body of work focuses on American popular culture, diving deeper into his career than the sports and caricature work for which he is best known. Opening Reception, Friday, October 18, 5-8pm. Evening Panel Discussion, Thursday, November 14, 6-8pm.

Lois and David Stulberg Gallery in the Richard and Barbara Basch Visual Arts Center, 2700 N. Tamiami Trail, Sarasota

[SOON]  SPORTS: NEW! Race Moved to Sunday, October 20—First Watch Sarasota Half Marathon, Relay, 10K & 5K , October 20, 6:30 a.m.

UPDATE: The 14th Annual First Watch Sarasota Half Marathon, Relay, 10K & 5K, a signature event produced by Life Time, the premier healthy lifestyle brand, will be moving to Sunday, October 20, 2019 due to inclement weather. The Half Marathon, Relay and 10K showcase the beautiful Sarasota area. All participants will start and finish at the Van Wezel Performing Arts Hall and embark along a captivating waterfront route, including the John Ringling Bridge and around St. Armand's Circle before heading to downtown Sarasota.

Van Wezel Performing Arts Hall, 777 N Tamiami Trail, Sarasota, FL 34236

[SOON]  SPORTS: Making Strides Against Breast Cancer Walk , October 19, 7-9am

The 2019 Making Strides of Sarasota-Manatee is presented by CORE Construction and will take place at Nathan Benderson Park. Check-in is at 7am, the walk begins at 9am and there is no charge to participate. You can participate in the walk, lead a team in the walk, or donate to the cause. By raising awareness and funds, ACS can continue to educate about reducing cancer risk and early detection, fund even more groundbreaking research, and deliver more crucial services that patients and caregivers rely on every day. For more information, visit MakingStridesWalk.org/SarasotaManatee.

Nathan Benderson Park, 5851 Nathan Benderson Circle, Sarasota, FL

[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]  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: 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]  FESTIVAL: Safari Sarasota , October 24 – October 26, Different festival event dates and times.

Safari Sarasota is a three-day, five event experience, produced by Michael's On East in partnership with the All Heart Fund of South Africa's Good Work Foundation. Safari Sarasota is the only event experience in the United States that brings together internationally-recognized guests from South Africa's Good Work Foundation and its founding patron, the Londolozi Reserve. There will be five sensational opportunities to experience the flavors of South Africa through food and wine, including an Interactive Cooking Experience led by Chef Anna Ridgewell from Londolozi Game Reserve and Chef Jamil Pineda of Michael's On East.  

Michael's On East, 1212 East Avenue S. Sarasota

[SOON]  FILM: National Theatre Live A Midsummer Night's Dream , October 25, 1pm and 6:30pm

A feuding fairy King and Queen of the forest cross paths with four runaway lovers and a troupe of actors trying to rehearse a play. As their dispute grows, the magical royal couple meddle with mortal lives leading to love triangles, mistaken identities and transformations… with hilarious, but dark consequences. Shakespeare’s most famous romantic comedy will be captured live from the Bridge Theatre in London. Gwendoline Christie (Game of Thrones), Oliver Chris (Green Wing, NT Live: Young Marx), David Moorst (NT Live: Allelujah!) and Hammed Animashaun (The Barber Shop Chronicles) lead the cast as Titania, Oberon, Puck and Bottom. Directed by Nicholas Hytner, this production of A Midsummer Night’s Dream will build on the success of his immersive staging of Julius Caesar (NT Live 2018). The Bridge Theatre will become a forest – a dream world of flying fairies, contagious fogs and moonlight revels, surrounded by a roving audience following the action on foot.

Historic Asolo Theatre, 5401 Bay Shore Road

[SOON]  FILM: Gauguin in Tahiti, Paradise Lost , October 24, 1pm

Gauguin in Tahiti: Paradise Lost traces the legendary life story of Paul Gauguin who left France for Tahiti, feverishly in search of deep immersions into lush nature, for feelings, visions and colors, ever purer and brighter. Audiences join this journey from Tahiti to American museums including New York's Metropolitan Museum of Art, The Art Institute of Chicago, National Gallery of Art in DC, and Boston's Museum of Fine Arts where Gauguin’s greatest masterpieces are now preserved.

Historic Asolo Theatre, 5401 Bay Shore Road

[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]  SEMINAR: Boomer Conference, 2019 , November 1, 8:30am to 1:30pm

Retirement. What a concept! And what a challenge. Even those who have prepared financially might not be psychologically ready. Who are you when you’re not working? What do you do with all that free time? What do you want to do with the rest your life? Boomers across America are facing these questions. Osher Lifelong Learning Institute at Ringling College (OLLI at Ringling College) will address these concerns with the fourth annual Boomer Conference. The event features speakers and networking sessions offering useful strategies on retirement’s social, financial, and practical implications. Keynote speaker Marianne Oehser, a certified retirement coach and author of “Your Happiness Portfolio for Retirement: It's Not About the Money,” will challenge audiences to rethink their retirement expectations. The fee is $39.95, which includes lunch, with a $5 certificate toward OLLI membership for each registrant.

Ringling College Museum Campus, 1001 S. Tamiami Trail, Sarasota

[SOON]  FOOD: Caregivers Comfort Socializing Lunch , November 4, 10am-11:30am

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]  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

[SOON]  SCIENCE AND NATURE: New Topics Lecture Series | Can You Dig It: Sea Turtle Research and Conservation at Disney's Vero Beach Resort , November 12, 5:30pm

A lecture with Rachel Smith, the conservation programs manager at Disney’s Animals, Science, and Environment. From climate change to dwindling habitats, sea turtles face a range of challenges. But they also have powerful allies. Smith will explore Disney’s efforts to reverse the decline of this beloved species and share tips on what people can do to help. Tickets are $15. Reservations are highly recommended and can be made at ncf.edu/new-topics, or by calling the New College events hotline at 941-487-4888. 

Mildred Sainer Auditorium, 5313 Bay Shore Road, Sarasota

[SOON]  SEMINAR: Modern Home Symposium , November 13, 5:30-7pm

Join SRQ MEDIA and Modern Home Magazine for the annual Modern Home Symposium featuring panelists who represent the top modern architecture and design gurus from the region to share their most memorable structures. Taking the audience into the design process, each panelist shares their source of inspiration in creating some of the area’s most significant spaces. Panelists include Nathan Cross of NWC Contruction, Steve Murray of Murray Homes, Jonathan Parks of Solstice Planning and Architecture and Mark Sultana of DSDG Architects. Registration opens at 5pm. The program is from 5:30-7pm. Light bites, wine and beer. RSVP to srqmag.com/moho.

SRQ Studios, 331 S. Pineapple Avenue, Sarasota

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