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SRQ DAILY Sep 22, 2020

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"The dim sim tradition has since spread from tearooms in China throughout the world, even arriving in a small corner of Lakwood Ranch."

- Writer Olivia Liang on Dim Sum King for SRQ Magazine.

-Olivia Liang for SRQ Magazine's SEPT/OCT Feature Global Flavors. Photo by Wyatt Kostygan.
[Breakfast Food]  Impeccable Architecture in Avocado Toast
Andrew Fabian, andrew.fabian@srqme.com

Yes, good food begins with good ingredients. Absolutely, the flavor should be a top priority. But food architecture is important too. It’s why certain pasta shapes form a better relationship with certain pasta sauces; or why a burger whose verticality fails is just no fun to eat; or why it’s disappointing if bones slide out of baby back ribs when the hands-on, bone-in experience is part of the joy of eating ribs. Great food maintains a certain structure, and to that end, Perq’s Baja avo smash is a well-engineered item.

In it, the smear of avocado is used as both primary ingredient and secondary structural support. Amply flavored with garlic, the avocado sits atop a dense piece of multigrain toast like mortar atop a freshly laid row of bricks. But the avocado does not serve as a glue for another slice of bread to sit on top, rather, it serves as a substrate within which the finish carpentry is embedded. Those ingredients include chili corn salsa, house-pickled onions and queso fresco, which all stick to the creamy avocado spread like tiles in thinset. This arrangement ensures that all ingredients make it into each bite, even if the toast is tilted off-axis.

The ingredients are all clean, yes. The flavor is all there, absolutely. But it’s the architecture, that unsung synergy of the arrangement, that really makes this a treat. 

Perq Coffee Bar, 1821 Hillview Street, 941-955-8101. Photo by Andrew Fabian.

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[New Show]  FST Hosts Virtual 24-Hour New Play Creation Event

Florida Studio Theatre (FST) is pleased to announce that it will host the 24-Hour New Play Dash, an online artistic event where FST School students are challenged to create, rehearse, and perform all-new plays in just 24 hours. Each play’s subject, number of characters, and other key elements will be assigned completely at random. Student writers will work with members of FST’s artistic staff, student actors, and stage managers to bring their original scripts to life. This day-long creative sprint culminates on Sunday, September 27 at 6pm with an online performance for participants’ family and friends. The virtual performance is available online for a suggested donation. “The core objective of this event is to give our students a chance to shine!” said Jason Cannon, an Associate Artist at FST. “They’ll get to collaborate, see their creation come to fruition overnight, and also feel that they are a part of a community, which we are all sorely missing.” 

To reserve your spot, call FST’s Education Office at 941-366-1350.

[Fundraising]  Support Sarasota Youth Opera for a Taste of Downtown

Since 2013 Sarasota Opera has hosted the annual Taste of Downtown on the stage of the Sarasota Opera House. This year, like so many other things, this important fundraiser for the Sarasota Youth Opera is going virtual, with a goal of raising $20,000. For a gift of $75 or more made between Monday September 21, 2020 and Friday October 2, 2020, donors will receive a discount card to use from October 1, 2020 through November 15, 2020 to enjoy the delectable treats from the following restaurants: Brick's Smoked Meats, Clasico, Five-O Donuts, Mattison's City Grille, Mediterraneo, Noela Chocolate, Tusnami and Nancy's BBQ (Lakewood). 

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[New Hire]  Michael Saunders and Company Welcomes Trent Compton to the Anna Maria Island Office

Michael Saunders & Company is pleased to welcome Trent Compton to the Anna Maria Island office. Enjoying the island way of life AMI offers, Trent is excited to build new relationships within the community and expand his real estate knowledge to coastal waterfront properties. Trent can be reached by calling 817-734-461 or visiting the office located at 6000 Marina Drive, #113. 

[New Hire]  Kaylin Hamilton Joins RE/MAX Platinum Realty

Kaylin Hamilton has joined RE/MAX Platinum Realty as a Realtor in the Venice office. She specializes in residential real estate, with special emphasis on relocations and first-time home buyers. The Venice office is located at 307 W. Venice Avenue. Hamilton can be reached at 585-813-1665 or khamilton1317@gmail.com.  

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[New Hire]  Justin Hamilton Joins RE/MAX Platinum Realty

Justin Hamilton has joined RE/MAX Platinum Realty as a Realtor in the Venice office. He brings strong customer service and negotiation skills. Hamilton is highly motivated “to help people achieve buying a home they love and can afford.” The Venice office is located at 307 W. Venice Avenue. Hamilton can be reached at 585-813-9013 or justinhamilton317@yahoo.com. 

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[New Hire]  Michael Saunders and Company Welcomes Emily Coleman to the St. Armand Circle Office

Michael Saunders & Company is pleased to welcome Emily Coleman to the St. Armands Circle I office. Versatile with an exceptional ability to build relationships, Emily Coleman believes that true leadership and results happen when you lead with kindness, optimism, and understanding.Emily can be reached by calling 703-945-6786 or visiting the office located at 61 S Boulevard of the Presidents. 

[In This Issue]  Permission to Feel

Interview with Forty Carrots speaker Marc Brackett about his best-selling book. 

Click here to read the full article from SRQ's New September 2020 edition.

[Ticket Sale]  Van Wezel Offers Single Tickets for Select Shows This Week

Hollywood Walk of Fame superstar Paul Anka returns to the Van Wezel in 2021, and single tickets for The Simon and Garfunkel Story become available this week. Single tickets for both shows go on sale to the public on Friday, September 25 at 10am.

  • The Simon and Garfunkel Story – Friday, February 12, 2021 at 8pm (Tickets $27-$72)
  • Paul Anka – Greatest Hits: His Way – Wednesday, March 17, 2021 at 8pm. (Tickets $32-$132)

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[SOON]  SEMINAR: OLLI Lecture:: John Ringling and the Florida Boom , October 1, 2:30pm-4pm

No name has dominated Sarasota’s history like that of John Ringling, commonly known today as the “circus king who built a museum and started an art school.” A century ago, Ringling and his wife, Mable, spent a dozen quiet winters in Sarasota before the dramatic Florida Land Boom began in the 1920s. Always one to recognize opportunity, Ringling, often working with developer Owen Burns, seized the chance to profit from his significant land holdings in Sarasota and on its barrier islands. While developers George Merrick, Addison Mizner, Glenn Curtiss and Carl Fisher fought over the Miami-Palm Beach corridor, Ringling had freshly minted Sarasota County largely all to himself. This program traces the riches-to-ruin story of both the Florida Boom and John Ringling. He had many acquaintances but few friends, yet he reshaped Sarasota’s image and helped make it the cultural capital it is today. In this lecture, you will learn details of Ringling’s life that go far beyond the common perception. Tickets: $15. Members: $10.  Registration Closes On: Tuesday, September 29, 2020 @ 12:00 AM

Online Seminar

[SOON]  SEMINAR: Connections Documentary Film Series: Made in Boise , October 13, 2:30pm-4:30pm

In the conservative heartland of Boise, Idaho, a most unexpected industry has emerged— commercial surrogacy. Here, 1 in 15 mothers (most of whom are Mormon or Catholic) will carry a baby for strangers who struggle with infertility, for gay couples, and single men from around the world. The local hospital St. Luke’s, runs the most comprehensive surrogacy program of its kind with a network of community, medical, and legal support. Made in Boise is an eye-opening rare glimpse into how this red state became the unofficial surrogacy capital of the U.S. and is redefining family in unexpectedly progressive ways. This surprising story is beautifully told and heart-warming at every level. Tuition: $15. Member: $10. Registration closes on October 10 at 12am.


[SOON]  SEMINAR: OLLI: Turbulent Times and their Effect on the 2020 Election , October 21, 3pm-4:30pm

After 47 years of teaching, Susan MacManus retired as Distinguished Professor Emerita of the department of Government and International Affairs at the University of South Florida-Tampa. She is author and co-author of over a dozen books and a sought-after nationally-known political analyst and noted commentator on state and national television news.

In the past, seniors have been America’s most dependable voters and were coveted by political can-didates because they historically voted at the greatest rate in elections. Nevertheless, the country has been undergoing an upheaval that has hard-ened political views and is causing the electorate to make decisions based more on personality than on political competence. Will the 2020 election bring unprecedented younger voters to the polls based on political issues, a trust of the principles of democracy, and a desire to see America regain its prominence in the world?

Called the “most-quoted political analyst in Florida,” Susan MacManus returns to Einstein’s Circle to share her experienced insight with us. She will talk about voting history, changing de-mographics in Florida, and what the numbers are telling us about the outcome of this very conten-tious race.


[SOON]  HEALTH: Monthly: Beer Garden Yoga at Motorworks Brewing , July 21 – December 29, 7:45pm

Join Motorworks Brewing every Tuesday night at 7:45pm in the spacious outdoor Beer Garden for a one hour, all-levels yoga flow led by RYT Rachael Croll from Salty Buddha Co. Spread out your yoga mats in the fresh, open air of Florida’s Largest Beer Garden then, once safely distanced, stretch out your body, mind & soul… one delicous, cold beer at a time. Classes are just $10 and include a complimentary core four pint (V Twin Vienna Lager, Intellectual Property Ale IPA, Pulp Friction Grapefruit IPA, Midnight Espresso Coffee Porter or Rollcage Red Ale). No sign-up required; you can just show up before the class begins & sign-in/pay at the brewery. Please bring your own mat to practice on, invite all your friends, and come vibe out in our spacious Beer Garden with like-minded souls and recharge during a relaxing hour under the stars.

Motorworks Brewing, 1014 9th Street West Bradenton, Florida 34205

[SOON]  HEALTH: Moving Meditation in the Museum of Art Courtyard , August 28 – October 30, 10:00am

Join Claudia Baeza, a Kripalu trained yoga instructor, for Yoga and Meditation on the loggias of the Museum of Art Courtyard for a unique opportunity to gently move the body and calm the mind. Tickets must be purchased in advance.

The Ringling, 5401 Bay Shore Road

[SOON]  GALLERY: Ian Dean: Nostalgicons , August 28 – October 2, Open by appointment 8/28-10/1 Mon-Fri 10am-4pm. For appointment please email galleries@ringling.edu

Nostalgia can be a powerful trigger of emotions and memories, sometimes even invoking forgotten past events, places, and moments. Nostalgia also sells. Products replicating or calling back to the 1980’s and 1990’s have seen a surge (resurgence?) of popularity recently. These products are often marketed to younger generations who are fascinated with the decades, right along with the adults who actually owned the original items - or still do.

Dean photographs both the popular and old toys he still has from his childhood. Well-known toys that evoke nostalgia in others, the obscure tokens, and the items made by companies that no longer exist; all have histories which have been lost to time. In doing so, Dean found himself pondering the origins of the objects, who might have designed and created them, how many of them were made, the persistence of similar colors, and how many still exist. Over time, each object also picks up its own unique set of bumps and scratches, becoming tiny fragments of years that only grow more distant. Dean creates new art out of the mass-produced trinkets. He makes new memories out of the old, playing with color and shape; creating something for the viewer to enjoy looking through. Perhaps connecting with them as well by unlocking a buried snapshot of a distant time and place.

Patrician Thompson Gallery in the Keating Center, 2700 N Tamiami Trail, Sarasota, FL 34234

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