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SRQ DAILY Feb 7, 2020

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"You’re entering a Dali dreamscape."

- Selby Gardens CEO Jennifer Rominiecki

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[Visual Arts]  Selby Gets Surreal with Dali Exhibition
Andrew Fabian, andrew.fabian@srqme.com

This Sunday, Selby Gardens introduces a fully immersive garden experience produced in collaboration with the Dalí Museum called “Salvador Dalí: Gardens of the Mind.” The exhibition of Dalí-inspired installations makes use of some of the artist’s favorite motifs, including juxtaposition, mind-bending perspective and patterns, all in an effort to evoke the essence of his far-reaching imagination. “You’re entering a Dalí dreamscape,” says CEO Jennifer Rominiecki, who prefaced a tour of the gardens with an apt introduction into the conceptual framework that guided the exhibition’s production. “We’ve highlighted recurring symbols,” she says, “to mix the expected with the unexpected.” Once inside, horticulture specialists and Selby’s own Curator-at-Large Dr. Carol Ockman took over for a behind-the-scenes look at the making of a surrealist’s botanical wonderland.

Beginning in the conservatory, the first installation features a spiral arrangement of dangling air plants. The spiral motif is littered throughout the exhibition and was known to be one of Dalí’s obsessions along with his affinity for the Fibonacci sequence. The next installation invites visitors to sit inside an Escher-esque cube, with a water feature and more Dalían symbology like eggs and eyes placed strategically throughout. The third installation introduces another major contributor to the exhibition, famous landscape photographer Clyde Butcher. Butcher was commissioned by the Dalí museum to photograph the rocky coastal vistas surrounding Dalí’s Catalonia home, and massive prints on breathable mesh form the backdrop for some of the exhibitions more ambitious plant arrangements. 

One of the more stunning examples comes in the form of a butterfly garden built specifically for the exhibition. Inside the screened-in structure, a black and white Butcher print gives the space a sense of immense volume, while strategically planted tropical plants form a seamless, real-world foreground. Native butterflies flutter around as an actual sea breeze washes through the structure, adding to the surreal illusion that one is standing on the cliffs near Dalí’s Catalonian home. 

Other more bizarre installations pay homage to Dalí’s penchant for placing objects in unexpected places. Boats make their way into surprising places—in trees or amongst desert plants—and baby grand piano planters offer a striking focal point for the wandering eye. “If we can turn it into a planter, we do,” says Director of Glasshouse Collections, Angel Lara. Finally, inside the Museum of Botany & the Arts, visitors can catch a glimpse of rare pieces from the Dalí Museum’s vaults. The collection, called Flordalí, includes 10 photolithographs of the artist’s surreal take on scientific botanical illustrations. Each stunning piece is a small glimpse into the wild imagination of the artist, with symbology that references many of his interests in math, religious archetypes, medieval and renaissance art, and even the space race with its accompanying obsession with flying saucers. According to Dr. Ockman, the lithographs have not left the vault since 2006, owing largely to the light-sensitivity of the medium. “It’s just a wonderful, rare opportunity,” says Ockman.

The Salvador Dali: Gardens of the Mind exhibition opens to the public this Sunday, February 9 and runs through June 28. 


Photo taken by Andrew Fabian.

[ShopTalk]  Saks Sarasota to Launch Exclusive Tory Burch Collection and Pop-Up
Brittany Mattie, brittany.mattie@srqme.com

Jet setting from Egypt to Hong Kong, Seoul and Montreal, Tory Burch celebrates luxury travel and vintage design in its renewed partnership with Saks Fifth Avenue. The New York City fashion label will be introducing its limited-edition capsule collection at a launch, exclusively at Saks locations. Saks Sarasota’s launch, with an accompanying pop-up shop experience, is set to take off from the runway Sunday, February 9, and soar through February 22. 

The 17-piece collection takes exploration inspiration from the brand’s #DestinationAnywhere ethos, with many pieces crafted on a travel-themed toile (fabric, from the French word meaning "linen cloth" or "canvas"). The wanderlustful print was developed from a vintage map of Mexico, then altered to reflect some of Tory Burch’s favorite destinations, including Tokyo, Milan, London, Paris and beyond. The collection’s “getaway spirit” is also reflected in the capsule’s silhouettes, ranging from vacation-ready espadrilles to a chic passport case and flattering one-piece suit. Meanwhile, the caftan, or tunic, is perfect for walking an exotic souk market or as a cover-up on a windy catamaran. 

According to Burch, globetrotting, cultural sensibilities and the diversity of the world, has always been part of the equation when designing her lines. “My parents exposed us to travel from a very young age,” she says. “They taught us that the world is a big, extraordinary place, one to be explored and discovered. It is something I have passed down to my own children.”

In addition to the pop-up locations, the capsule collection will be available Saks.com. It will retail from $98 to $598. 

Product shots from the #DestinationAnywhere collection, courtesy of Saks Fifth Avenue.

The Mall at University Town Center, 120 University Town Center Dr, Sarasota, 941-364-5300.

[Environmental ]  New Nonprofit Announces the First Florida Environmental Film Festival

The Florida Environmental Film Festival, Inc., a new nonprofit founded in Sarasota, is having its first film festival on Wednesday, March 11, 2020 from 12 pm - 9:30 pm at Ringling College of Art and Design in the Larry R. Thompson Academic Center, 2363 Old Bradenton Rd., Sarasota. Entitled “Dirty Water Festival,” the festival will explore environmental issues through the theme of water. “Our mission is to provide environmental films, educational debates, and events that broaden knowledge on conservation topics affecting Florida’s gulf coast.” said Elizabeth Pickett Gray, the festival’s executive director. This inaugural film festival will be a day-long symposium in which ecologically-minded films will be shown that present causes, effects, and solutions. Films will be followed by panel discussions with ecologists, environmental advocates, and filmmakers followed by a question-and-answer opportunity with the audience. Along with the films and discussions, local and regional environmental organizations will have representatives providing information on particular environmental needs and volunteer opportunities for attendees. 

Tickets are $10 for 1 full-length film; $15 for 2 full-length films; $20 for all day; students $5. 

For tickets to this event and more information

[Ceremony ]  Sarasota Opera Plans Unveiling Ceremony And Special Announcement For Opening of 2020 Winter Opera Festival

On Saturday, February 8 at 6:30 pm at 61 North Pineapple Ave., Sarasota Opera will unveil a special plaque in front of the opera house commemorating the completion of Sarasota Opera’s Verdi Cycle. The unveiling will be preceded by a festive brass fanfare played from the outside balcony of the Opera House. Immediately following the unveiling, there will be a short ceremony announcing the signing of a “Friendship Pact” between the City of Sarasota and Busseto, Italy—Guiseppe Verdi’s hometown. In attendance will be representatives from Sarasota Sister Cities and the City of Sarasota. 

To learn more about the Sarasota Opera and the coming calendar events.

[Music]  The Ringling Welcomes Spotlight Florida! Artist Inez Barlatier in Concert

The John & Mable Ringling Museum of Art is thrilled to welcome Inez Barlatier in Concert: Moun-Moon–Spotlight Florida!  February 21 and 22. Barlatier, a rising star and Miami native, is a multifaceted musician and composer of Ayisen (Haitian) descent. Inez’s energetic performance draws on inspiration from African, Afro-Caribbean and Afro-Latin cultures. She will be accompanied by a full band. Inez began her music career at the age of 12 as a member of her father’s band, Jan Sebon and Kazak International. Her life-long passion and exposure to multicultural and folkloric music is reimagined in her work creating a fresh yet nostalgic and often emotional experience. Inez strives to positively impact the lives of women and girls using the arts as a tool for self-empowerment. While performing internationally, Inez works as an accountant, a teaching artist, a drum circle leader, an actress and dancer. Her theatrical portfolio includes a Cuba & Central American Tour of Writing in Sand, a 3-women play written and directed by Carlos Caballero of FundArte and upcoming contemporary works written and directed by award winning playwright, Teo Castellanos. Tickets range from $25-$35, and $10 for Students with a current ID. 

The Ringling will also host a Drum Circle led by Inez Barlatier February 20, 2020 at 6:00 pm on the museum's Bolger Campiello. The event will be a lively and rhythmic celebration of the full moon. All are welcome to this fun, family friendly event. Bring your own hand drums, dance, or just watch and enjoy! If you bring your own hand drum, you will be immediately accepted into the drum circle no matter what your experience level is. You will find all skill levels playing in the circle. Cost is $5 and members are free.  

Photo courtesy of The Ringling Museum.

Tickets and additional information may be found by calling 941-360-7399 or visiting HERE

[Art Lecture]  Christopher Marinello Comes to New College for New Topics Lecture

Christopher A. Marinello is one of the world’s foremost experts in recovering stolen and looted works of art. A practicing lawyer for over 34 years, Marinello began his career as a litigator and became uniquely proficient in negotiating complex title disputes on behalf of collectors, dealers, museums, and insurance companies. As part of New College's New Topics lecture, “The Art of Art Recovery: Recovering Stolen and Looted Works of Art,” Marinello will provide an overview on art crime and the legal issues involved in recovering stolen and Nazi-looted works of art.  He will present numerous case studies involving some high-profile recoveries and give the audience an opportunity to ask questions about this unusual profession. These case studies offer a compelling glimpse at the painstaking detective work and tenacious legal wrangling that goes into recovering looted treasures.

The program is Thursday, February 20, at 5:30 pm in New College’s Mildred Sainer Auditorium, 5313 Bay Shore Road in Sarasota. 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. 

To learn more or to RSVP to this event

[Vow Renewal]  Renew Your Love With 'Say I Do Again' On Siesta Or Nokomis Beaches

Sarasota County's popular 'Say I Do Again' event returns Friday, February 14 at 6:00 pm, to two area beaches. Hosted by the county's parks, recreation and natural resources department, this Valentine's Day sunset ceremony has seen couples renew their wedding vows for over three decades. Each year nearly 400 couples renew their commitment to that special person in their life. Couples wishing to participate in the vow renewal ceremony can register for either the Siesta or Nokomis Beach location and will receive a certificate and flower. The non-denominational ceremonies will be officiated by Judge Riva at Siesta Beach, and Judge Ruhl at Nokomis Beach. Music and light refreshments will follow the vow renewal ceremony. 

On-site registration opens at 4:30 pm with the ceremony commencing promptly at 6:00 pm. Register in advance by February 7 for $15 per couple online here or by phone at 941-861-7275. Registration will also be available the day of the event for $25 per couple. Siesta Beach is located 948 Beach Road on Siesta Key; Nokomis Beach is located 100 Casey Key Rd. on Casey Key. 

For more information, call the Sarasota County Contact Center at 941-861-5000 or visit scgov.net

[Staff Announcement ]  Van Wezel Foundation Hires Experienced Development Executive as it Expands its Mission-Based Programs

The Van Wezel Foundation is pleased to announce the addition of Suzanne Hudson-Smith, CFRE, to its Development team. Ms. Hudson-Smith will serve as the foundation’s associate director of leadership gifts, where she will be responsible for cultivating donor relationships and experiences in support of the Foundation’s mission to develop a world-class performing arts center that enriches the community, supports education and inspires young minds. Ms. Hudson-Smith joins the Foundation at an important time as it looks to expand its art education programs to inspire a greater number of children in five counties. Ms. Hudson-Smith has extensive experience in fundraising, development and nonprofit leadership and has worked across the country, including Sarasota, to improve local communities through unique programs and outreach services with performing arts organizations, community libraries, food banks and public television. She has been a Certified Fundraising Executive since 2012. Ms. Hudson-Smith looks forward to returning to Sarasota with her family and re-establishing alliances within the community. 

For information on the Van Wezel Foundation and more

[SOON]  SPORTS: Love is in the Air! Fundraising Event for HSMC , February 16, 11am-4pm

Show your love for the Humane Society of Manatee County (HSMC). Watch dozens of awesome pups soar through the air during a dog dock diving competition. Enjoy an exhilarating polo match from the Sarasota Polo pavilion, the best seats in the house. Eat, drink, visit with vendors, see Search and Rescue dogs and win prizes. 100% of your ticket purchase will be donated to HSMC (after credit card fees).

The Sarasota Polo Club Pavilion, 8201 Polo Club Lane, Sarasota, FL 34240

[SOON]  MUSIC: Out-of-Door Movie Matinee Concert featuring Orchestra, Chorus, and Jazz Band , February 15, 2:00 pm

Out-of-Door presents a lively mix of songs from popular movies in a unique concert that’s free and open to the public!  Enjoy music selections from “Star Wars,” “Pirates of the Caribbean,” “James Bond,” “La La Land,” “The Greatest Showman,” “Moana,” “Walk the Line” and more. Admission is free with donations benefiting Manasota Buds.

Woodland Community Church, 9607 East State Rd. 70, Bradenton

[SOON]  FILM: Grace Hartigan: Shattering Boundaries , February 24, 1:00 pm

Shattering Boundaries is a portrait of artist Grace Hartigan, a courageous and key figure in the Abstract Expressionist movement in American Art. Attendees are invited to see Hartigan’s work on display in Remaking the World: Abstraction from the Permanent Collection after the film. Admission is $5/ free for members. 

The John & Mable 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

[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]  PERFORMANCE: Conversation With Aline Kuppenheim , February 8, 10:30 am

Chilean director and puppet artist Aline Kuppenheim discusses puppetry and her collaboration with renowned playwright Guillermo Calderon. $5/ free for members. 

Chao Lecture Hall, 5401 Bay Shore Rd., Sarasota

[SOON]  MUSEUM: Syd Solomon: Concealed and Revealed Symposium , February 14, 10:00 am

The Ringling will convene a symposium to celebrate the legacy of Syd Solomon. Attendees will be able to learn more about Syd’s life, early influences, long relationship with the Ringling Museum, the importance of ecology in his work, and his famed home/studio at Midnight Pass. The day of talks will begin at 10:00 and will culminate in a reception during which participants can meet the speakers and spend time in the exhibition of Solomon’s work, Concealed and Revealed. Speakers include Mike Solomon, the artist’s son, Art historian Dr. Gail Levin, Architect Max Strang, Scientist Karen Willey, and Curators Michael Auping and Ola Wlusek. Tickets are $25/ $15 for members/ $5 for teachers. Ticket price includes the entire day of talks and a concluding reception. 

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

[SOON]  MUSEUM: Viewpoint Lecture: Abstract Expressionism: The Genesis of a Movement , February 15, 10:30am

The American Abstract Expressionists came of age during the Great Depression of the 1930s and developed during World War II, when many European modern artists – from Joan Miró to Max Ernst took refuge in New York City, where the Abstract Expressionists first showed their work with dealers like Peggy Guggenheim, Betty Parsons, and Sidney Janis. This talk will look at the complex political and aesthetic contexts for the development of this movement, the first one in America to gain an international following. Dr. Gail Levin (PhD, Rutgers University) is Professor of Art History, American Studies, and Women Studies at Baruch College and the Graduate Center of CUNY. She is an art historian specializing in art of the twentieth and twenty-first centuries, with diverse research interests that include the work of Edward Hopper, Marsden Hartley, Yasuo Kuniyoshi, Judy Chicago, women artists, Jewish artists, Chinese emigre artists, and contemporary art of the United States, Europe, and Japan, as well as American Studies and the cinema. Tickets are $10/ $5 for members. 

Historic Asolo Theatre , `5401 Bay shore Rd., Sarasota

[SOON]  MUSEUM: Fabulous Frescos , February 27, 5:00 pm

Artist Walter O'Neill will lead a participatory workshop on the art of buon fresco. Attendees will learn the Renaissance technique of fresco, using the same materials and methods Renaissance artists used. Students will explore the various aspects of creating a fresco: mixing and applying plaster, grinding pigments, transferring drawing and painting in the wet plaster. Please dress casually. Tickets are $15/ $13.50 for members. 

Ringling Education Classroom, 5401 Bay SHore Rd., Sarasota

[SOON]  GALLERY: Discover Sarasota Tours launches a new tour: Art Crawl Trolley! , February 23

Discover Sarasota Tours launches a new tour: Art Crawl Trolley! Hop on board an air-conditioned trolley to visit three local art galleries during a 90-minute tour. Each gallery will provide wine and appetizers while you browse the collections and meet the owners. Between gallery stops, enjoy a mini public art neighborhood tour with artist and guide Jerome Chesley. Scheduled Galleries: Chasen's, Grace Howl Gallery, Helmuth Stone Gallery. Tickets are $35 for ages 21+, including complimentary beer or wine at the Trolley Cottage Tiki Bar before boarding, and wine and appetizers at each gallery on the tour. While waiting to board, visitors can also enjoy Discover Sarasota Tours' Vintage Sarasota gift shop and The ChillMobile, our new vintage ice cream truck.

Discover Sarasota Tours, 1826 4th St., Sarasota

[SOON]  PERFORMANCE: The Art of Performance: Aline Kuppenheim/Teatro y su Doble: Feos (Uglies) at The Ringling , February 7 – February 8, 7:30 PM
Chilean director/puppet artist Aline Kuppenheim's Feos (Uglies) is her first collaboration with renowned playwright Guillermo Calderon, and is based on Mario Beneditti's short story, "Noche de los Feos" (Night of the Ugly). It's an adult work, about desire and love by two people with physical deformities told with deft and spellbinding puppetry that is intimate and addresses loneliness, conformity, self-acceptance and individual courage. Please note: Feos is performed in Spanish with English supertitles. February 7 & 8, 2020; 7:30 PM, Historic Asolo Theater, $25-$35

Asolo Repertory Theatre, 5555 N Tamiami Trail, Sarasota, FL 34243

[SOON]  FILM: Bill Traylor: Chasing Ghosts , February 28, 1:00 pm & 6:30 pm

Chasing Ghosts is an inventive feature documentary capturing the vivid life of Bill Traylor, who in his late 80s, living homeless on the street in the thriving segregated black neighborhood of Montgomery, produced a body of extraordinary art. Born into slavery in 1853 on a cotton plantation in rural Alabama, Traylor witnessed profound social and political change during his life spanning slavery, Reconstruction, Jim Crow segregation and the Great Migration. In his later years, Traylor poured out those memories from within, drawing and painting over 1,000 pieces of art from 1939-42. Using historic and cultural context, the film is designed to bring the spirit and mystery of Traylor’s incomparable art to life.

Historic Asolo Theatre at the Ringling, 5401 Bay Shore Rd, Sarasota

[SOON]  SEMINAR: New Topics Lecture Series | The Art of Art Recovery: Recovering Stolen and Looted Works of Art , February 20, 5:30pm
A lecture with Christopher A. Marinello, CEO of Art Recovery International. Art crime is an ugly fact of art history. Fortunately, Marinello is on the case. His case studies offer a compelling glimpse at the painstaking detective work and tenacious legal wrangling that goes into recovering looted treasures. 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]  GALA: BELIEVE: A Gala Celebrating 30 Years , February 29, 6pm-10pm

Are you going to BELIEVE? Thirty years ago, Dr. Kay Glasser believed it was possible to build a campus that would help to improve the quality of life for all people in our region. This Leap Day, The Glasser/Schoenbaum Human Services Center celebrate those who believed in her vision to get us here, and those who believe in our future.

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

[SOON]  GRAB BAG: Picture This Kids Photo Saturday Camp: Art Center Sarasota , February 15, 9:30-3:30pm
Participants in photo class will have a brief lesson in Digital Photography covering topics like exposure, composition and lighting. Types of opportunities to practice behind the camera will vary, but will include taking photos indoors using the light boxes, portrait photography and walks to nearby places like the Garden Center. Ages 10-17 years old. Students are required to bring their own memory cards and should bring either a Digital SLR Camera or Point & Shoot (that has variable settings). Cameras will be available for use during class for campers that do not have a camera to bring. Taught by Barbara Gerdeman. Students must be registered by the Thursday before the session starts. Sessions will be canceled Friday morning if we do not have enough students registered. Click here for more youth programs.

Art Center Sarasota, 707 N. Tamiami Trail, Sarasota

[SOON]  GALLERY: Salvador Dali: Gardens of the Mind , February 9 – June 28, Garden hours.

The fourth annual exhibition in the Jean & Alfred Goldstein Exhibition Series, Salvador Dalí: Gardens of the Mind, in collaboration with The Dalí Museum in St. Petersburg, Florida, will open February 9 and conclude on June 28, 2020. Salvador Dalí: Gardens of the Mind highlights the artist’s repeated use of botanical imagery alongside a surreal display of plants in Selby Gardens’ Tropical Conservatory and gardens. The photolithographic series Flordalí, on loan from The Dalí Museum, will be the centerpiece of the Museum of Botany & the Arts, along with photos that put the artist’s life, work, and relationship with nature into context.

Marie Selby Botanical Gardens, 900 S. Palm Avenue, Sarasota


The SRQ State of the Regional Economy luncheon and panel discussion will explore the forecast on the horizon of small business, regional economic trends and economic development. What's trending, who's innovating, why are donor-advised funds growing so rapidly and what exactly are donors looking for? The luncheon will culminate with the SRQ Localpreneur of the Year program at which we will honor the finalists and winners of the annual cometition recognizing business leaders who have forged a successful path for their entrepreneurial endeavors in our region. 

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

[SOON]  MUSEUM: Museum Store Trunk Show , February 12 – February 25, 10:00 am - 5:00 pm

The Ringling Museum Store hosts a variety of trunk shows, bringing you the very best from local and international artisans. The Museum Store is located in the Visitors Pavilion and everyone is invited to drop by and shop these unique collections; no Admission is required. Elma_Felix_EbijouEbijou February 12, 10 am-5 pm, ITALIANISSIMO® February 18 & 19, 10 am-5 pm, Sugar, Sand, Silver February 25, 10 am-5 pm.

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

[SOON]  FILM: Jean-Michel Basquiat: The Radiant Child , February 13, 1:00 pm

A thoughtful portrait of a renowned artist, this documentary shines the spotlight on New York City painter Jean-Michel Basquiat. Featuring extensive interviews conducted by Basquiat's friend, filmmaker Tamra Davis, the production reveals how he dealt with being a black artist in a predominantly white field. The film also explores Basquiat's rise in the art world, which led to a close relationship with Andy Warhol, and looks at how the young painter coped with acclaim, scrutiny and fame

Historic Asolo Theatre at the Ringling , 5401 Bay Shore Rd, Sarasota

[SOON]  FILM: A Ballerina's Tale , February 14, 1:00 pm & 6:30 pm

Few dancers reach the elite level of ballet; of that already small number only a fraction are black women. Misty Copeland shattered those barriers in 2015, making history as the first African-American principal dancer with the prestigious American Ballet Theatre (ABT). A Ballerina’s Tale intimately documents Copeland’s historic rise while shining a light on the absence of women of color at major ballet companies. The film also explores how ballet’s emphasis on waifish bodies impacts the health of ballerinas while sending a negative message to young fans.

Historic Asolo Theatre at the Ringling , 5401 Bay Shore Rd., Sarasota,

[SOON]  SEMINAR: How To Be Better In Bed: America's Sleep Doctor Tells You How , February 17, 4:00 pm - 7:30 pm

Research strongly suggests that it is worthwhile to adopt a brain-healthy lifestyle across the lifespan. Dr. Stephanie Peabody will discuss how lifestyle impacts, for better or worse, both the structure and function of the brain and contributes to health, illness and performance. Dr. Peabody is a neuropsychologist with more than 20 years of experience as a clinician and program designer, consistently working to improve outcomes in brain health, development, aging, and performance at the individual and community level. In collaboration with Massachusetts General Hospital, a Harvard Medical School Teaching Hospital, and scientists and clinicians across the Harvard campus, she is the creator and Founding Director of the Brain Health Initiative. Follow Dr. Peabody, Michael J. Breus, Ph.D. Clinical Psychologist, and Board Certified Sleep Specialist, commonly known as America's Sleep Doctor will provide the basic mechanisms of how sleep works in the brain, the importance of sleep cycles and circadian rhythms, how sleep changes as we age and how we can all accommodate these changes. In addition, he will describe how sleep deprivation (from apnea to sleeplessness) affects all aspects of brain health and neurological disease. He will give everyone several techniques to determine their personalized bedtime, help create a personalized pre-bed routine, strategies for nocturnal awakenings and how to wake  feeling refreshed and ready to meet the day.

RSVP on Eventbrite

The Grove Ballroom, 10670 Boardwalk Loop, Lakewood Ranch, 34202

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