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"Longboat Key itself has a different allure. An area that almost feels lost in time, hearkening back to the original draw and promise of the Florida lifestyle."

- Acclaimed Brooklyn firm Studio Tack says of Whitney's LBK location.

-Shop Local, It's as easy as ETSY, as seen in SRQ Magazine's Sept/Oct 2020 Edition. Click to read more.
[BBQ]  Brisket By the Book, Sort Of
Andrew Fabian, andrew.fabian@srqme.com

A smoked brisket is hardly an occasion to break from tradition. The tough cut of meat allows for no shortcuts and little in the way of innovation. No, a brisket must be smoked low and slow or not cooked at all, and for a large segment of the brisket-eating population, sauce on brisket is the equivalent of cursing at church. But Mouthole BBQ, the mobile meat-smoking outfit that operates primarily out of Calusa Brewing Company, is not averse to the occasional blasphemy.

While owners Ray and Nicky Mabalot generally keep things simple and classic with their brisket sandwich—the beef cooked low and slow with smoke over 12-14 hours—their sauces say much about their rock-and-roll aesthetic. Their spicy sauce burns both in- and outfeed holes, their sweet sauce soothes, but it’s their tangy yellow sauce that has as much complexity as the best Thai curries. Despite being comprised of the usual suspects of a Carolina BBQ sauce—mustard, apple cider vinegar, turmeric, paprika, salt, sugar, etc.—Mouthole adds a twist in its use of soy sauce. The result is a sauce that tastes spicy, tangy and a touch sweet, with a hint of something new that lets one know that some rules are meant to be broken. By all means, drown your brisket sandwich in sauce; the purists in Texas don’t need to know.

Mouthole will be serving up their burgers tonight at Calusa Brewing from 5pm to 8:30pm, while Saturdays feature their full menu of smoked meats, including brisket. 

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[Theatre Classes]  Florida Studio Theatre and Van Wezel Performing Arts Hall Partner to Provide Free Theatre Enrichment for Sarasota and Manatee Students

Florida Studio Theatre and the Van Wezel Performing Arts Hall are joining forces to provide virtual theatrical offerings, entirely free of charge, to Sarasota and Manatee County schools, extending as far as Charlotte and Desoto Counties. Typically, thousands of children travel with their classes to these arts venues every year to experience the magic of live theatre. Due to the coronavirus pandemic, FST and the Van Wezel are teaming up to continue to inspire young audiences through the arts with new virtual programming.“In a time where so much has changed for children and gathering in large groups at the theatre isn’t possible, we want to offer a little bit of normalcy to teachers and students,” said Caroline Kaiser, FST’s Director of Children’s Theatre. “We hope that these virtual ‘field trips’ will give students an opportunity to see, laugh, and connect with new stories. We want to spark creativity, stir students’ imaginations, and foster more arts-integrated learning in the classroom.” 

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[Fundraising]  Tidewell Foundation Participates in Crowdfunding Initiative to Expand Family Grief Services

Tidewell Foundation, Inc. is participating in A Community Thrives, a nationwide grantmaking and crowdfunding initiative that leverages the USA TODAY NETWORK to help nonprofits raise more money for their missions. The initiative gives donors an opportunity to elevate Tidewell’s efforts to care for those who need it most in our region. The top A Community Thrives fundraisers between now and noon Friday, Oct. 16 will be eligible to receive a $100,000 grant from the Gannett Foundation. Receiving this grant would help the Tidewell Foundation make its Blue Butterfly Family Grief Center more accessible by funding the launch of the Tidewell Blue Butterfly Mobile Outreach program, which will focus on bringing free grief services to children who are suffering from the death of a parent or family member. Tidewell will launch this mobile outreach program in the Newtown community of Sarasota, one of the city’s oldest historically African American communities.  

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[Giveaway]  Community Canopy Program Returns

The City’s free tree giveaway program, Community Canopy, returns at midnight Sunday, October 4, with contactless registration and delivery, allowing residents in the city limits to safely receive a free tree during the coronavirus pandemic while helping to expand the urban canopy and reducing energy bills. In partnership with the Arbor Day Foundation, the City will provide 250 trees to residents at no cost. “Not only do trees help clean our air and water and reduce the effects of climate change, but they’ve also been proven to help reduce stress and improve mental health,” said Sustainability Program Educator Jeff Vredenburg. “Now more than ever, we’re thrilled to again be partnering with the Arbor Day Foundation to make Sarasota greener, healthier and more beautiful.” 

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[Museum]  Sarasota Art Museum Expands Inclusion Efforts Through ‘Pay What You Can’ Day at Sarasota Art Museum

The Sarasota Art Museum of Ringling College of Art and Design is pleased to announce the relaunching of the monthly Pay What You Can (PWYC) day at the Sarasota Art Museum and the hiring of multilingual Visitor Experience Associates (VEAs) and to enhance diversity and inclusion training to offer an enriching experience for all museum guests. “We are honored to partner with Barancik Foundation to expand access within our community to the humanizing influence of the arts,” said Larry R. Thompson, president of Ringling College of Art and Design. “This grant will not only enable more families and visitors to experience the reflection and discovery that comes with a visit to the Sarasota Art Museum, but also provide a workforce initiative focused on early career path training and arts-related job opportunities for our community. We are so thankful to the Barancik Foundation and look forward to launching this program.” 

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[New Show]  The Hermitage Artist Retreat and Selby Gardens Announce "Hermitage Sunsets at Selby Gardens" starting on October 23

The Hermitage Artist Retreat and Marie Selby Botanical Gardens announce a new collaboration, “Hermitage Sunsets @ Selby Gardens,” launching with a five-program series as part of the 2020-2021 season. The outdoor series features performances and talks by Hermitage artists-in-residence and alumni. Four will take place at Selby Gardens’ downtown Sarasota campus; one will be at Selby Gardens Historic Spanish Point campus. The series premieres with “Triple Current: Music of Arabia & America,” featuring the celebrated composer, santur player, jazz trumpeter and vocalist Amir ElSaffar, on Friday, October 23, 6pm, on the northern grounds of the Selby Gardens Event Center. Admission is free, but registration is required at HermitageArtistRetreat.org.  

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[Community Input]  Van Wezel Foundation Launches Regional Survey for New Sarasota Performing Arts Center on the Bay

 The Van Wezel Foundation is launching a regional, community-wide survey to obtain feedback for the planning of a new Sarasota Performing Arts Center located at the center of The Bay Park near downtown Sarasota. The Sarasota Performing Arts Center is at the heart of the city of Sarasota's master plan to develop the Sarasota Bayfront into a cultural and economic legacy for the region. "For more than 30 years, the Van Wezel Foundation has partnered with the city of Sarasota to enhance the quality of life for our community," noted Cheryl Mendelson, CEO of the Van Wezel Foundation. "With input from regional communities, we have a tremendous opportunity to make the Sarasota Performing Arts Center a place for ideas, a place for the arts, a place for you. The new performing arts center will serve as an iconic civic asset that meets the needs of everyone living in and visiting the entire Gulf Coast region." 

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[Recognition]  Mattison's Receives Covid Safe Seal of Commitment

On October 1, 2020, all three Mattison’s Restaurants were awarded the Florida Restaurant & Lodging Association (FRLA) Seal of Commitment – a promise that our establishments achieved enhanced safety and sanitation standards as designated by FRLA to ensure the safety of guests and employees. In a post COVID-19 atmosphere, our goal is that guests have confidence that our business is sanitary and safe, and staff are well trained when they see an FRLA Seal of Commitment on the door. “FRLA is proud to designate Mattison’s City Grille, Mattison’s Riverwalk Grille and Mattison’s Forty-One with our Seal of Commitment for their commitment to sanitation excellence,” said Carol Dover, President and CEO of the Florida Restaurant and Lodging Association. Through this achievement, they are demonstrating their serious pledge to ensure the safety and health of their employees and guests, and we commend them.” 

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[Recognition]  Syprett Meshad Attorneys Selected to Super Lawyer and Rising Star Lists

Three attorneys with the Sarasota law firm of Syprett Meshad have been selected by Super Lawyers, part of Thomson Reuters, to its 2020 Florida "Super Lawyers" and "Rising Stars" lists.  Firm President Michael L. Resnick and Managing Partner Nancy E. Cason were both selected to the "Super Lawyers" list, in the Family Law and Real Estate Law categories respectively.  Partner Amanda M. King was selected to the "Rising Stars" list in the Family Law category.  

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[The Bay]  Mangrove Walkway Construction Update

The Bay has opened the gates to the western portion of the revitalized Mangrove Bayou Walkway and over the coming days, will be completing the finishing touches, including installing new lighting and benches. Pedestrians and bikers will enjoy using the new rubberized pathway that connects the north and south bayfronts, environmentally sustainable landscaping, and beautiful views of Sarasota Bay. As a reminder, construction is still ongoing on the eastern portion of the Mangrove Walkway.  

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[SOON]  PERFORMANCE: Ballet Film - Sleeping Beauty , October 18, 1:30pm

This sumptuous ballet, choreographed by the great Rudolph Nureyev, returns to the stage with magnificent sets created by Oscar winner Franca Squarciapino, and Felix Korobov conducting the extraordinary score by Tchaikovsky. International superstar Polina Semionova stars as the lovely Princess Aurora, who after being cursed by an evil fairy (Beatrice Carbone), must fall into a death-like sleep until a handsome prince (Timofej Andrijashenko) awakens her with a kiss. From Teatro La Scala.

[SOON]  PERFORMANCE: Sarasota Ballet: Digital Program 1 , October 23

Featuring performances and excerpts of Sir Frederick Ashton's: Meditation from Thaïs, Monotones II, Façade, Romeo & Juliet, La chatte métamorphosée en femme, The Sleeping Beauty and Les Patineurs. Additional content includes rehearsal footage, along with coaching and an interview with retired British ballet dancer and former Artistic Director of The Royal Ballet Sir Anthony Dowell.

[SOON]  GALLERY: Ringling College: Illest of Ill , October 23 – December 4, Museum hours

Illest of Illustration is an annual juried exhibition that showcases the outstanding works created by current Illustration students of Ringling College of Art and Design. Over 100 works were chosen from more than 200 submissions. The talented guest jurors, Justin and Annie Stegg Gerard, made their selections based on the quality of technique, concept, and skill of medium used. Exhibition open by appointment only. Email galleries@ringling.edu to request an appointment. This exhibit began on October 23, 2020 and will end on December 4, 2020, during museum hours.

Ringling College Galleries

[SOON]  PERFORMANCE: Opera Film - Madama Butterfly , November 1, 1:30pm

Madama Butterfly is one of most performed and best loved operas of all time. The tragic story of the geisha Cio Cio San and the U.S. naval officer Pinkerton touches all audiences. Director Mario Gas sets his new interpretation in a 1930's film studio, where they are working on a movie adaptation of Puccini's soaring opera of romance and innocence lost.

[SOON]  PERFORMANCE: SCD + Piazzolla Collaboration with Ann Pilot , November 19 – November 22, 7:30pm except Sunday 2:00pm

Back by popular demand, SCD continues to bring their collaborations to a nuevo level with renowned harpist, Ann Hobson Pilot. This performance is originally choreographed by Leymis Bolaños Wilmott, inspired by la música of Astor Pantaleon Piazzolla. Pilot’s arrangement for the harp, violin, and bandoneon, inspired by Piazzola’s compositions, infuses the composer’s melodías into a contemporary mix of música de tango with jazz and classical influences. Through an invigorating visual and emotional experience, SCD brings a passionate and poignant performance to the Historic Asolo Theater with Piazzolla from November 19, 2020 until November 22, 2020. Performances at 7:30pm, except Sunday at 2pm.

[SOON]  SCIENCE AND NATURE: SEA Show: Celebrate Cephalopods , October 9, 1:00-1:45pm

Join us online as we chat with octopus and squid experts and celebrate these spineless wonders for International Cephalopod Awareness Days. Grade Level: All Ages, but geared for 6-12 Part of the CILC Community of Learning Series–FREE live, interactive programs from September to December. Registration required. Delivered via Webex Event.

[SOON]  SCIENCE AND NATURE: Online Learning Labs: Mote Marine High School Program , October 7 – December 2

Mote’s Learning Labs are a series of virtual, interactive college and career preparatory labs that will provide students the opportunity to develop and hone professional skills for future STEM careers. Participants will gain basic knowledge in marine science concepts and experience in lab/field work. Additionally, marine science professionals will introduce participants to a variety of career opportunities and conduct career explorations. The intention of this program is to offer participants a head start toward their future goals in STEM and advance the next generation of STEM professionals. Learning Labs take place monthly on Wednesdays from 5pm to 8pm, via secure Zoom webinar. Registration for each Learning Lab is $10 and covers all necessary materials for your session.

[SOON]  MUSIC: The Academy A Homeschool Hub at Music Compound , August 3 – December 31, 8:30am-4pm

Music Compound is officially launching a new program,  The  Academy, for grades 3-8, that offers core curriculum through Florida Virtual School and then afternoon electives in the arts. The registration deadline is July 31. Education Session (Education Coordinator position) is offered daily from 8:30am to Noon Monday through Thursday. Students have the option to attend two, three or four days a week. This portion is being offered with Florida Virtual School. Deadline to register is July 31st. Lunch and relaxation time offered daily from Noon to 1:00pm and available to FULL day students only. Students will have time to enjoy lunch and outdoor play. The last 20 minutes will be reserved for quiet time. Our team will offer yoga or meditation sessions. Students can opt to read a book, nap, or check out in another capacity. Enrichment Session is arts related. (Elective and credit based) and offered daily from 1:00 to 4:00pm Monday through Thursday. The afternoon session will include a daily afternoon snack break for students. The afternoon sessions are based on interest. Afternoon classes sizes will range from 6-12 students per class. Classes that have more than 6 students will be hosted in our large 3,000 sq. ft. event venue. Electives are One hour and 20 minutes per session. Electives are offered quarterly, by semester, or yearly. Courses offered: Art, Dance, Drama, Music / Group Instruction / Music Theory / Music Appreciation, Musical theatre / Show Choir, Band program (Kidz Rock, Rising Stars, Youth Bands) and Career Exploration.

[SOON]  MUSIC: Women of Note: A Celebration of Female Composers of the 19th and 20th Centuries , October 1 – October 12

As part of Florida Studio Theatre’s Suffragist Project, an artistic celebration of the 100th Anniversary of the ratification of women’s right to vote, this stellar all-female quartet which includes Artist Series Concerts co-founder Lee Dougherty Ross, performs pieces by Fanny Mendelssohn, Clara Schumann, Amy Beach and Marion Bauer. The concert was filmed in July 2020 at Church of the Palms in Sarasota. Women of Note is hosted by Marcy Miller, executive director of Artist Series, and features cameo appearances by Kate Alexander, Ariel Blue and Meg Gilbert. With Jenny Kim-Godfrey, soprano; Robyn Rocklein, mezzo soprano; Gail Berenson and Lee Dougherty Ross, piano.

[SOON]  FOOD: A Taste of Sarasota , October 7, 5:30pm-8pm

The 20th annual Fall Class features 17+ Local Eateries Serving Up Awesome Tastes. Early Bird Tickets Available for $15 until they’re Sold Out and General Admission is $20. Tickets include all Food Tastings and Beverages are available at the Cash Bar.

Sarasota Event Center, 600 N. Beneva Road, Sarasota, FL

[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]  GRAB BAG: Pumpkin Patch Express Train Ride , October 17 – October 25

October 17th & 18th and October 24th & 25th. Tickets for this popular event go on sale to the general public on August 12th at 10am, tickets will be available on the museum's website at www.frrm.org Early access for members are on sale now by calling the ticket office. The Ticket office is open Wednesday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday from 10am to 4pm. Special Note for Covid 19; For 2020 the event will operate at 50% capacity. Due to the complicity of ticketing in reserved seat cars, window seats will only be sold. However, you may consolidate your group using unsold aisle seats within your seating area. Mask requirements will be based on Manatee County mask ordinance at the time of the event.

[SOON]  MUSIC: Under the Stars with Jennifer Kreider , October 26, 5:30pm

Jennifer and Austin delighted judges and audience members alike at Artist Series Concerts’ 2016 National Voice Competition, where they took first and second place respectively. Fast-forward to 2020 and the duo, each now pursuing a busy music career, returns to Sarasota to perform together for the organization’s 25th season. Soprano Jennifer Kreider is pursuing a performer’s diploma under the guidance of Jane Dutton at Indiana University’s Jacobs School of Music. Her past roles include Musetta (La Bohème), Dew Fairy (Hansel and Gretel), Linfea (La Calisto) and many others. She has been a young artist at Opera in the Ozarks, the CoOPERAtive Program in Princeton, New Jersey, and the Franz Schubert Institute in Baden bei Wien, Austria. A native of Brandon, Florida, tenor Austin Cripe is currently pursuing his master’s degree at Florida State University. He has performed with Florida State Opera in the roles of Gastone in La Traviata, King Kaspar in Amahl and the Night Visitors, the title role in Candide and others. He has also performed with Red River Lyric Opera, the Savannah Voice Festival and Opera Tampa. The trio performs works by Brahms, Donizetti, Kurt Weill, Jerome Kern and more. With Austin Cripe, tenor; and Joseph Holt, piano

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