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SRQ DAILY Jan 31, 2020

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"We're not in the business of shocking just for the sake of shock, but Stage III is definitely for the adventurous theatre-goer."

- Jason Cannon, Florida Studio Theatre

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[Theatre ]  FST Brings Sci-Fi to the Stage With The Nether
Andrew Fabian, andrew.fabian@srqme.com

In spite of the sci-fi genre’s vast assortment of intelligent, speculative and character-driven works in print, its flagship stories all seem to feature CGI-laden spaceship battles on the silver screen that are impossible to adapt for the stage. “Theatre is much more powerful when it’s heavy with metaphor,” says Jason Cannon of FST, “and it can be difficult to suspend belief for a typical sci-fi story.” So, when he was scouring scripts for the eccentric programming of FST’s Stage III series, he was pleasantly surprised when he came across “The Nether” by Jennifer Haley, a sci-fi police procedural that evokes some of Philip K. Dick’s more ominous themes.

Like HBO’s Westworld, the play explores the way digital lives can serve as surrogates for darker impulses, allowing people to indulge in revolting activities—rape, pedophilia and murder in this case—with no real-world repercussions. The ethical questions are timely, and this, coupled with the virtual world in which the play’s action takes place, is part of the reason Cannon was so excited to pick the play up for FST. “The play takes place in a digitized fantasy version of an 1880’s Gothic revival house,” he says, “so we’re still in a sci-fi world but it’s a recognizable, impressionistic version of our past, so it feels entirely plausible.” But it was not just the feasibility of the set design and the relevance of the themes that intrigued Cannon.

To say that he reads a lot of screenplays in his search for envelope-pushing productions for FST’s Stage III would be a gross understatement. He has become adept at seeing where a story goes before it actually gets there, but The Nether bucked this trend. “On first read, this play surprised me four times with some twists and ideas,” he said, something that has delighted audiences even if some of the play’s themes have made them uncomfortable. “We’re not in the business of shocking just for the sake of shock,” says Cannon, “but Stage III is definitely for the adventurous theatre-goer.” 

The twists and turns in this psychological thriller can be experienced at FST through February 9th. 

Photo taken by Matthew Holler

To learn more about Florida Studio Theatre and calendar of events

[ShopTalk]  Burn Me On
Brittany Mattie, brittany.mattie@srqme.com

Brazilian babe and mixologist of liquid wax, Bia Antunes, launched her artisan candle-making company in August to bring strong, yet sensual scents that infuse vegan ingredients, pure essential oils and all-natural soy to create a non-toxic blend, sans parabens and phthalate. Upon intently hand-pouring each blend into a chic, amber glass jar in her Sarasota studio, Bia's creations ensure a clean, even and slow burn once match meets wick. 

Bia Candle Co. uncapped its inaugural scent, Jasmine Magnolia, an herbaceous floral aroma made with freesia, ylang-ylang and gardenia, before releasing the ethereal Amber Santal scent, a creamy, woodsy whiff made with vanilla bean orchid and sandalwood. Soon after, came Wash Away My Sins, a purifying wave of Gulf coast elements like sea salt, white wood and ozone (the "clean" smell, in particular after a heavy thunderstorm). Newly-launched 2020 scents, recently announced by Bia, include Smokin’ Cowboy, “an aromatic alchemy of Tuscan leather, blue iris, violet, cedar and sandalwood,” she says. “This cowboy will blow your mind.” Don’t worry gentleman, this is considered a unisex fragrance to light up any pad. And coming February 13, Bia will launch her newest scent, Honeydew Me, a combination of honeydew melon, watermelon, sparkling mineral water and lady apple peel. “Watery and fruity, fresh yet sweet,” she says. “It's a beautiful scent, perfect for gifting and enjoying for Valentine's Day.” 

The launch will take place at Bia Candle Co. studio, from 10:00 am — 5:00 pm, at 1316 Central Ave. in the Rosemary District. Bia will be offering six of her other gold-cap creations to choose from that day as well. Any questions, please text 941-787-0898. 

Otherwise, find Bia Candle Co.’s intensely scented and addicting candles at local retailers such as The Sarasota Home Collection, Molly’s Boutique, Art of Living Collective, Suna Salon, Creekside Trader and The Yoga Shack (Sarasota and LWR).  

Photo courtesy of Bia Antunes.

Shop Bia Candle Co.

[Performance]  “Who Can Ask for Anything More” An Evening With Michael Feinstein Singing Gershwin

Don’t miss An Evening with Michael Feinstein Singing Gershwin – live at the Van Wezel on Thursday, February 20 at 8 pm. Why sing Gershwin? The widow of legendary concert pianist-actor Oscar Levant introduced Michael Feinstein to Ira Gershwin in July of 1977. Feinstein became Gershwin’s assistant for six years, which earned him access to numerous unpublished Gershwin songs, many of which he has since performed and recorded. Gershwin’s influence provided a solid base upon which Feinstein evolved into a captivating performer, composer and arranger of his own original music. Feinstein has had the opportunity to work and be inspired by a plethora of note-worthy figures. He has written songs with Alan and Marilyn Bergman, Lindy Robbins, Bob Merrill, Dr. Maya Angelou and Marshall Barer. Feinstein interviewed and performed alongside music luminaries such as Bette Midler, Neil Sedaka, Liza Minnelli, Rickie Lee Jones, David Hyde Pierce and more. Tickets are $37-$77. Purchase tickets at www.VanWezel.org, the Box Office or by calling 941-263-6799. Pre-show dining is available at Mattison’s at the Van Wezel located in the theater and can be reserved at www.VanWezel.org or through the Box Office.   

To purchase tickets to this event, or view additional events

[Arts]  New College of Florida Annual Juried Student Art Exhibition Opens

The New College of Florida Art Department is pleased to present the 2020 Juried Student Art Exhibition, February 3 - March 13 at the Isermann Gallery. Students draw upon a range of academic influences, inspiring compelling and varied artworks that explore meaning through diverse modes of production. This year’s exhibition celebrates the most outstanding levels of creative achievement from the past academic year and features 25 artists and 32 works of art ranging from traditional to kinetic sculpture, painting, drawing, digital media, sound and animation. 

A reception and awards ceremony for the artists is scheduled for Thursday, February 6, 5:00 - 7:00 pm. Awards and juror’s talk will be presented at 5:30 pm. This year’s juror is Nathan Skiles, Professor of Art at Ringling College of Art and Design. Skiles' recent exhibitions include Skyway at the Tampa Museum of Art, Will The Circle Be Unbroken at the Center for Arts and Culture at the University of Notre Dame, The Clockmaker’s Apprentice, The Hunterdon Art Museum, Clinton, NJ; Black Forest / White Lightning, Sloan Fine Art, New York, NY; Welcome to Tartarus, Welcome to Valhalla, Greene Contemporary, New York, NY.

The event is free and open to the public. The gallery is open Monday to Friday, noon-5:00 pm. 

[Performance]  Local Artist Competing On 'The Voice' To Perform At The Tampa Bay Beaches Chamber of Commerce Annual Dinner

The Tampa Bay Beaches Chamber of Commerce announces Cameron Decker as the artist to perform at the 2020 Annual Dinner. Cameron, a local musician, will be representing the Tampa Bay Area later this year when competing in Blind Auditions for NBC’s Emmy Award-winning​ show, The Voice. Cameron began playing the Saxophone at age 10. He then performed in Sonny LaRossa’s America’s Youngest Jazz Band then continued playing music in the Ruth Eckerd Hall Teen Jazz Band.​ He continues to perform professionally at venues throughout the Tampa Bay and Sarasota Area. The 2020 Annual Dinner: BIRDS EYE VIEW will be held on Thursday, February 6 at the TradeWinds Island Grand Resort (5500 Gulf Boulevard, St. Pete Beach).

Cost to attend this year's Annual Dinner is $70 per Member or $75 per future member. Tickets include a plated dinner, entrance into the local business expo, a discussion from influential leaders in Pinellas County, the live performance from Cameron Decker and more. Tables are available for purchase. To sign up, visit www.tampabaybeaches.com 

For more information or to register for this event

[Documentary ]  Bradenton Locals Set to Film New WWII Documentary

Kim Galway, executive producer of Victory Journey, is making strides in the Bradenton/Sarasota community to fulfill the promise she made to her grandfather, World War II Canadian Veteran George G. Blackburn. In interviews on At the Movies with Gus Mollasis, Galway and co-producer David Taylor, share ways in which individuals and companies in the community can sponsor, donate and be a part of Galway’s retracing of the deployment route taken by her Grandfather and Allied soldiers concentrated on NW Europe. Galway and the crew will stand where her Grandfather stood on May 8, 1945 on German soil, in time for VE Day’s 75th Anniversary on May 8, 2020. In writing three books about his experience in combat, George G. Blackburn’s hope was that his grandchildren and future generations would not soon forget the sacrifices made by the allied troops, the struggles they faced and the battles they fought in World War II. Over the past year, Galway has recruited a small team of local filmmakers who share her passion for WWII, and the important timeless message Victory Journey sends. Currently in pre- production, the crew is seeking community support to help make this documentary a reality.  

To book an interview, for more information or to sponsor or donate

[Grand Opening]  Celebrate Chasen Galleries' Newest Space At The Official Grand Opening Event

Are you looking for a unique art experience in Sarasota? Chasen Galleries announced the grand opening of their second location, at the Westfield Mall (Siesta Key) Chasen Galleries II will offer the comfort of an art gallery with the exclusivity of visiting an artist's studio. Chasen Galleries is a contemporary fine art gallery representing artists, glass artisans, and sculptors from around the world. Since 1983, they have offered a diverse array of styles and techniques, as well as personalized services dedicated to pairing clients with the perfect work of art for their home or space. Whether a new collector or a connoisseur, Chasen Galleries has work to fit all budgets and tastes. The official Grand Opening of Chasen Galleries II will be at the Westfield Mall (Siesta Key) on Friday, January 31.

To RSVP call the gallery at 941-260-5787 

To RSVP to the Chasen Galleries II grand opening

[SOON]  MUSEUM: Ai Weiwei: Zodiac LEGO , November 17 – February 2

Zodiac LEGO (2018) is a series of individual works that is constructed of Lego bricks to represent the following animals: Rat, Ox, Tiger, Rabbit, Dragon, Snake, Horse, Ram, Monkey, Rooster, Dog and Pig. The Ringling is the first museum in the United States to show this traveling exhibition. These colorful works are made entirely of small LEGO pieces and demonstrate the artist’s continued interest in the zodiac animal concept. ​

The Ringling Museum of Art, 5401 Bay Shore Rd., Sarasota

[SOON]  MUSEUM: Syd Solomon: Concealed and Revealed , December 15 – April 26

Concealed and Revealed offers a unique selection of paintings by the artist, along with numerous objects from the Solomon Archive on view for the first time. Syd Solomon (American, 1917-2004) described himself as an “Abstract Impressionist” alluding to the fact that his work infused impressionism into the processes, scale and concepts of Abstract Expressionism. Solomon moved to Sarasota in 1946 with his wife Annie. His was the first work of contemporary art to be collected by The Ringling in 1962. His paintings were greatly influenced by climatic factors and reveal a fascination and concern for Florida’s aquatic environment. Solomon incorporated his experience as a camouflage designer during World War II into his painting. It is not well-known that he was also an accomplished graphic artist, who in his early years designed commercial signage for prominent hotels and businesses in Sarasota. Like his work in camouflage, Solomon’s calligraphic skill was essential to the development of his later gestural abstraction.

Syd Solomon: Concealed and Revealed is presented in partnership with the Estate of Syd Solomon and is accompanied by a 96-page publication with essays by former curator at The Ringling Michael Auping, George S. Bolge, Dr. Gail Levin, and Mike Solomon. The exhibition will include artworks from private collections and The Ringling’s permanent collection.

John and Mable Ringling Museum of Art, 5401 Bay Shore Rd, Sarasota

[SOON]  GALLERY: Dabbert Gallery Presents "Local Color, Florida Style" , January 3 – January 31, 11am-5pm

Dabbert Gallery presents the exhibition "Local Color, Florida Style" to open at the First Firday Gallery Walk on Friday, January 3, 2020 and continues through January 31, 2020. Featuring six of the gallery's Florida artists including Arnold Desmarais, Martin Dunn, Bill Farnsworth, James Griffin, Joe Palmerio and Luke Steadman. Open from Tuesday to Saturday from 11am to 5pm.

Dabbert Gallery, 46 S. Palm Avenue, Sarasota, FL

[SOON]  MUSEUM: Ringling Reflections , January 12 – June 14, 10:30 am

Ringling Reflections programs are designed specifically for people with memory loss and their care partners. They are relaxed, conversation-based gallery tours in the Museum of Art. The tour routes will be wheelchair accessible. Wheelchairs are available for use free-of-charge on a first-come, first-served basis. Listening devices, including induction loops for t-coil hearing aids, will be provided. Portable stools will be available for all participants. Tours take place on select Sundays. Please plan on arriving to the museum’s Visitors Pavilion at 10:00 to check in. The tours are free of charge, however, advance registration is required and space is limited.

The Ringling Museum of Art, 5401 Bay Shore Rd., Sarasota

[SOON]  MUSEUM: ROAR! At the Ringling , January 16 – April 24, 10:30 am

ROAR is The Ringling’s family story time designed to engage toddlers and preschoolers in activities that connect art and early literacy. Attendees will enjoy a story and accompanying art activity. This event is free to attend, however, tickets are required. Tickets will be avaiable 30 days prior to each program. 

The John & Mable Ringling Museum of Art Education Center Classroom, 5401 Bay Shore Rd., Sarasota

[SOON]  MUSEUM: Art Center Sarasota's New Exhibition , January 30 – March 6

Art Center Sarasota’s 2019-2020 exhibition season continues with four exhibits “Incandescence,” in Gallery One, features a solo show by New College faculty member, Kim Anderson, who weaves fantastical painted mythologies from the carnivalesque magic of stereoscopy and found vintage photographs. “Interplay,” in Gallery Two, features work by New College faculty member, Ryan Buyssens, who explores the interactivity of kinematic objects and environments in order to create new experiences for participants. “ASALH: Black Muse 2020,” in Gallery Three, is an annual collaboration with the Manasota branch of the Association for the Study of African American Life and History, which recognizes African American artists and craftspeople of Sarasota and Manatee counties. “Eye Candy,” in Gallery Four, is an exhibition of works in all media juried by Kim Anderson and Ryan Buyssens. A reception for all four exhibits is Thursday, January 30, 5-7 pm A “Garden Party,” featuring wine and craft beer, live music and food trucks will continue the reception until 9 pm or beyond. 


Art Center Sarasota, 707 North Tamiami Trail, Sarasota

[SOON]  GRAB BAG: One Book, One Community, 2020 , January 31, 10:30am in North Port; 7pm in Downtown Sarasota

Sarasota County Libraries and Historical Resources announces the return of the popular One Book, One Community program for 2020 with the selection of Kate Moore's "The Radium Girls: The Dark Story of America's Shining Women." The book details the true story of unsafe and deadly workplace conditions for female workers during World War I who painted radium on watch dials, and later military equipment at factories in New Jersey and Illinois. Many experienced painful, disfiguring and fatal cancers as a result of their exposure to radium. These young women began a race-against-time fight for justice that would forever change US labor laws. The program has recognized local authors as well as world-renowned writers. A committee selects the One Book title and then hosts a public event with the author and readers. This celebration includes follow-up programs at county libraries and other venues. Anyone can participate in One Book, One Community by attending a library event or hosting their own book discussion.

Suncoast Technical College ; Selby Public Library, 4445 Career Lane, North Port; Downtown Sarasota

[SOON]  PERFORMANCE: The Sarasota Ballet: Redefined Movement , January 31, 7:30pm-9:45pm

The Sarasota Ballet launches the 2020 Winter - Spring Season with the January 31st opening of Redefined Movement, at the FSU Center for the Performing Arts. The triple bill includes Sir Frederick Ashton’s dazzling Les Rendezvous, an early example of the intricate and nuanced choreography present throughout Ashton’s career; the Company Premiere of Paul Taylor’s Brandenburgs, a display of Paul Taylor’s signature approach to modern choreography choreographed to Johann Sebastian Bach’s "Brandenburg Concertos"; and Dominic Walsh's robust and vivacious celebration of Neapolitan culture and charm, I Napoletani.

FSU Center for the Performing Arts, 5555 N Tamiami Trail, Sarasota, FL 34243

[SOON]  SCIENCE AND NATURE: Venice Orchid Show & Sale , February 1 – February 2, Feb 1; 10am-5pm. Feb 2; 10am-4pm

The Venice Area Orchid Society will present their annual orchid show and sale at the Venice Community Center, 326 S. Nokomis Ave., Venice, FL on February 1-2.  Show hours: 10am-5pm on Saturday and 10am-4pm on Sunday.  Admission is $5.00, children under 10 free. 

Thousands of blooming orchids will be for sale and on display in 11 artistically designed exhibits. Orchid art, accessories and supplies will also be for sale. Free classes.  Widely regarded as the most popular orchid show on Florida's west coast.

Venice Community Center, 326 S. Nokomis Ave., Venice

[SOON]  MUSEUM: The Automotive Art of Ferdinand Porsche and Enzo Ferrari , February 1 – May 1, 10:00 am - 6:00 pm

Guests can “step back in time” to see an in-depth history of both Ferrari and Porsche, and the incredible cars that were released along the way, at Sarasota Classic Car Museum’s upcoming exhibit. The exhibit will showcase over 16 Porsche models, from 1951 to 2004, as well as six classic Ferraris ranging in years from 1965 to 2011. This exhibit is included in the price of admission to the museum. 

Sarasota Classic Car Museum, 5500 North Tamiami Trail, Sarasota

[SOON]  FOOD: The Downton Abbey Dinner Party RETURNS! , February 1, 6:30pm

Enjoy a four course dinner in the English style of the “Downton years,” accompanied by wines and fine food by Chef Paul Mattison. The evening will start in the candlelit Garden Courtyard and then for dinner and dancing in the Galleria Dining Room. Many musical surprises are planned. The Lords and Ladies will enjoy a welcoming glass of bubbly in the Garden Courtyard, and 2 glasses of wine with dinner, cash bar. Reservations are a must. Cost is $100 per person which includes the full meal, tax, gratuity and charity donation. Dress is formal (black tie or white tie preferred and period dress). A portion of the proceeds to benefit Mayors’ Feed the Hungry. For more information and reservations, email: finelli@tasteweb.net or phone for tickets.   

Mattison's 41, 7275 South Tamiami Trail, Sarasota

[SOON]  MUSEUM: Conversation: Conserving "Emperor Justinian" , February 4, 10:30 am

The John & Mable Ringling Museum of Art, 5401 Bay Shore Rd., Sarasota

[SOON]  MUSIC: Ringling Underground , February 6, 8:00 pm - 11:00 pm

Enjoy live music, and art in the Museum of Art Courtyard. This event features an eclectic mix of local and regional live music. Check out up-and-coming artists displaying their work in the Museum of Art Courtyard. Select galleries will be open until 11 pm.

The Ringling Museum of Art, 5401 Bay Shore Rd, Sarasota

[SOON]  MUSIC: The Art of Chad Smith Announces Florida Premiere , February 6 – February 9

Rock Star. Rock & Roll Hall of Fame Inductee. Six-time Grammy Winner. Fine Artist. Philanthropist. These are just a few ways to describe Red Hot Chili Peppers drummer Chad Smith, who has embarked on a North American fine art tour for 2020.  The second stop will be Naples, Florida. The Art of Chad Smith will open at the Mercato in Naples beginning Thursday February 6 2020 and extend through Sunday, February 9 2020. The iconic drummer will be making two live, in-person meet-the-artist appearances at the Naples Pop Up gallery: Saturday, February 8 from 5:00-8:00 pm and Sunday, February 9 from noon – 3:00 pm. All artwork will be on exhibition and available for acquisition. RSVPs are required, naples@roadshowcompany.comThe exhibition as well as the Chad Smith appearances are complimentary and open to the public, however a minimum purchase is required to spend one on one time with the Artist.

Mercato Naples, 9132 Strada Place #5155, Naples

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