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SRQ DAILY Oct 7, 2020

Wednesday Philanthropy Edition

Wednesday Philanthropy Edition

"I feel the music of the '70s is the perfect choice to lift the hearts and spirits of our patrons during a time when we all could all use some inspiration."

- Nate Jacobs, WBTT's Founder/Artistic Director

-Global Flavors, as seen in SRQ Magazine's Sept/Oct 2020 Edition. Click to read more.
[Art Giveaway]  Chasen Galleries and Artist Hessam Abrishami To Donate Hand-Dedicated Artist Book at Live Event
Brittany Mattie, brittany.mattie@srqme.com

Due to the amount of RSVP's and positive reinforcement surrounding the Chasen Galleries Facebook Live event from its Hillview gallery, the artist and gallery decided to make this rare and long-awaited experience even more excitable for art lovers and attendees alike. For fine art enthusiasts, this weekend's Hessam at Chasen Galleries to stream live on Facebook will be a real treat. Featuring famous Iranian artist, Hessam Abrishami, his detailed and symbolic paintings encompass expressionist brushstrokes, vivid colors and rich meaning. 

"For years, Hessam’s dynamic compositions, powerful expressions and vibrant colors have captured viewers around the world with their amazing depth and unique intrigue," says Chasen. Attendees can look forward to a first-hand, behind-the-scenes look at Hessam’s newest paintings for Chasen Galleries, watch Hessam demonstrate his trademark techniques and be able to ask the artist questions about his style, his career, and influences.

"We were not expecting this," admits Chasen Galleries owner Andrew Chasen of the hype and number of people interested. Hessam announced he will be offering one lucky art lover, a hand-dedicated and hand-signed artist book. To enter, Here's how to enter RSVP here, log in to the live event this Saturday, October 10 at 3:00 pm - 4:00 pm and then wait for your name to be announced. That's it. 

"If you email me any questions you want to ask Hessam Abrishami, I'll do my best to ask him, live on Facebook," Chasen relays.   

Photo courtesy of the artist.

[StoryProject]  Ear Research Foundations supports hearing community during COVID-19 with clear face masks and Hearing Advocates Coalition

Ms. McLaren, Ear Research Foundation’s Help Us Hear (HUH) Program hearing aid recipient shares to us: “It’s difficult to talk to people when they’re wearing masks, because I can’t read their lips. I would ask them to repeat what they said once or twice. After a while, it can get very embarrassing.”

While the Department of Health advises wearing face masks in public and social distancing to prevent the spread of the COVID-19 disease, this practice creates further communication difficulties. Masks can distort the sound or quality of speech. Most of these individuals rely on lip reading or facial expressions to communicate. Approximately 48,975 adults in Sarasota County are living with hearing loss, and 5,975 of those are living in poverty.

Ear Research Foundation encourages you to wear communicator masks and support our monthly giving program! The program was inspired to advocate for communication solutions for the hearing-impaired and support under-insured individuals in isolation during these trying times.

When you join the Hearing Advocates Coalition with a monthly sustaining donation of only $5, you will get an anti-fog clear face mask that is hearing aid and lip reading friendly. 

Join today before the mask supply runs out!


Click here for Frequently Asked Questions.

[Play Space]  Leadership Sarasota Class of 2020 Creates A Sensory Garden for the Florida Center for Early Childhood Education

The Florida Center for Early Childhood’s outside space has been transformed by the Leadership Sarasota County Class of 2020. The 39 professionals participating in the leadership program dedicated their weekends and secured donations to expand the Center’s outdoor play space into a sensory garden. The garden was designed to inspire the theme of ‘Transformation’ and includes caterpillars and butterflies as prominent features throughout. The space includes a new fence, concrete walkway with beautiful landscaping, an irrigation system, fiberglass animals, musical instruments, an herb garden, a calming area, and a hand painted rock river.Kaitlin Yelle, Leadership Sarasota County Class Project Co-Chair said of the project, "“Our class of diverse professionals worked together to design, fundraise, paint, plant and build an incredible sensory garden. It was inspiring to watch everyone work as a team to make a positive impact that will be enjoyed by the children of the Florida Center for many years to come." 

For more information, visit www.sarasotachamber.com or call 941-556-4039.

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[Donation]  PGA Tour Superstore Donates to First Tee

First Tee - Sarasota/Manatee (FTSM) -- an organization founded in 2000 with the primary goal of impacting the lives of young people by providing educational programs that build character, instill life-enhancing values and promote healthy choices through the game of golf – announces gift from Sarasota PGA Tour Superstore during a presentation on Saturday, October 3. FTSM Executive Director, Lexi McKenney said, “We are thrilled to have the support of PGA Tour Superstore in Sarasota/Manatee. This is a great golf community and PGATSS national support of local First Tee chapters is unmatched. We are so honored to be offered the opportunity to use the store’s space and technology for programs and the generous donation will further advance our mission in this area.”  

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[Recognition]  Music Compound Honors Exceptional Employees

During Music Compound's annual Awards & Staff Retreat, the team dedicated the day to connecting with and learning from each other. Additionally, owner and president Jenny Townsend recognized four outstanding employees who have demonstrated their commitment to the company's mission to inspire, collaborate and educate. Honorees were: Matthew Donovan, Mary Sutton, Aaron Schiavone and Alicia Schiavone. "During our annual staff retreat, in addition to recognizing those who demonstrate our mission to inspire, collaborate and educate, our opening session was about giving thanks and gratitude and I am filled with both," said Music Compound owner and president Jenny Townsend. "Working at Music Compound with the team we have is like winning the lottery!" 

Pictured: (From l-r) Music Compound's studio manager Kaylee Betts, honorees Matthew Donovan, Aaron Schiavone, Alicia Schiavone and Marry Sutton, and owner/president Jenny Townsend

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[New Show]  Van Wezel Announces Cabaret by The Bay

On the heels of a sold-out Cabaret by the Bay series premiere, the Van Wezel has just announced the next performances on October 23 and 24 starring beloved Sarasota jazz duo, Ariella. Table reservations go on sale on Friday, October 9am at 10am and can be purchased at the Box Office, by calling 941-263-6799 or online at www.VanWezel.org. Cabaret by the Bay is an ongoing a series of intimate performances held in the Grand Foyer. Ariella headlines the upcoming performances on Friday, October 23 and Saturday, October 24 at 7:30pm. 

Box Office hours are Monday through Friday from 10am to 4pm.

Click here for more information.

[New Show]  WBTT Kicks Off Series of Open-Air Concerts with Light Up the Night!

While its freshly renovated theater remains empty due to the continuing coronavirus pandemic, Westcoast Black Theatre Troupe is determined to keep its artists working and the community entertained safely. The arts organization will present an open-air concert series, starting Friday, October 9th, featuring a live band led by Resident Music Director (and bass player) James “Jay” Dodge II, accompanying a variety of popular WBTT artists, in WBTT's newly created safe, outdoor seating area."I decided to begin our open-air series with what WBTT does best!" said Nate Jacobs, WBTT’s Founder/Artistic Director. "I feel the music of the '70s is the perfect choice to lift the hearts and spirits of our patrons during a time when we all could all use some inspiration." Tickets are being sold early to last season's subscribers with a pre-sale access code and will be available to the general public starting October 5. Cost is $40 for adults and $20 for students or active military. 

Pictured: WBTT musicians (from l-r) Etienne 'EJ' Porter, James 'Jay' Dodge II and Todd Bellamy Photo by Sorcha Augustine

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[Wellness Retreat]  Road to Resilience Drive In Celebration

As a new a non-profit, you may not know that Resilient Retreat was founded in response to an unmet need - a gap in services nationwide. They offer free and confidential services for community members impacted by trauma, specifically survivors of abuse and professionals that witness trauma in the workplace (e.g., police officers, fire fighters, teachers, and many non-profit workers). Our research-based wraparound services, including support groups, neurofeedback, animal therapy, yoga, massage, art/music therapy, and much more, address the impact of trauma on the mind, body, and spirit. They also offer a kind line answered by trauma-informed staff, day programs, and a wide variety of community trainings on trauma. This event kicks off the groundbreaking of our future home on our 84 acres of conservation land which is projected to be completed in 2022. Gates open at 4:30pm and will feature food trucks, costume contests, pumpkin decroating contest and self-guided tours of the new Resilient Retreat property.  

Resilient Retreat, info@resilientretreat.org, 941-343-0039

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[Achievement]  Forza Wealth Management Tops $100 in Assets Under Management

Forza Wealth Management, a Sarasota-based Registered Investment Adviser, surpassed $100 million in assets under management and, as a result, transitioned the firm’s registration with the State of Florida to the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC), effective September 4, 2020. “This is a major milestone for our company and we appreciate all of our clients who entrust us with managing their life savings,” said Michael DeMassa, who founded Forza in 2015.  

Pictured: Forza Wealth Management founder Michael DeMassa (left) and CIO and Principal Timothy Videnka.

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[New Advertisement ]  Realtor Association Launches ‘Time to Sell’ Ad Campaign

The Realtor® Association of Sarasota and Manatee (RASM) launched a consumer marketing campaign with a “time to sell” theme. Launched yesterday, the campaign will inspire residents to take advantage of the current residential market in Sarasota and Manatee counties by listing their home with a local Realtor®. David Clapp, 2020 President of the Realtor® Association of Sarasota and Manatee, say “As inventory continues to be a challenge in our marketplace, the campaign will help promote to consumers that now, with low inventory and high demand, is the time to sell and to reach out to a RASM Realtor." 

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[In This Issue]  Wind and Water
Brittany Mattie, brittany.mattie@srqme.com

Trendsport: Wind-Propelled Water Sports. 

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

[SOON]  GALLERY: Online: 2020 Annual Ringling College Staff and Continuing Studies Instructors Exhibition , September 4 – November 27, Virtual

This digital exhibition features recent work by accomplished faculty currently teaching at Ringling College of Art and Design. Featuring a dizzying array of media and artistic styles that reflect the breadth of art practices, this exhibition provides an important opportunity for art faculty members to share their work with students, colleagues, and the community.

[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]  SCIENCE AND NATURE: Learning Labs - High School Program (Virtual) , 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 5:00 to 8:00PM, via secure Zoom webinar. Registration for each Learning Lab is $10 and covers all necessary materials for your session.

[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]  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]  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]  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]  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: Illest of Ill , October 23 – December 4

Illest of Illustration is an exhibition which highlights our Illustration students' best work. Our guest judges bring their unique vision and tastes to the show when they select their favorite pieces for the gallery. This year, the 2020 Illest of Illustration exhibition is curated by talented guest judges, Justin and Annie Stegg Gerard.

[SOON]  GRAB BAG: Virtual: Out Of The Blue 2020 Fundraising Event , October 29, 6:30pm-8pm

Welcome to Out of the Blue 2020 – a unique Live Online Event and Costume Contest supporting the National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) Sarasota and Manatee Counties. Throughout the month of October, you will have the opportunity to enter a picture of your best “BLUE” costume. On October 29th from 6:30-8:00 pm, NAMI will host a Live Online Zoom event emceed by entertainer Jonathan Cortez and featuring local artists and talent all in support of NAMI. Our evening will wrap up by announcing the Costume Contest winners with a “Best in Blue” winner in each category. You don’t want to miss this opportunity to have fun creating a “Bluetiful” costume along with an enjoyable – and safe – evening of entertainment.

[SOON]  SEMINAR: Challenge and Response: Facing Hard Choices in a Time of Economic Crisis With William Dudley , November 12

Thanks to the pandemic, the United States plunged from a record-breaking economic expansion to a severe recession. What choices do we need to make to reverse that trend and secure our economic future? William Dudley (’71-’74) is a senior research scholar at Princeton University’s Center for Economic Policy Studies. He served as president of the Federal Reserve Bank of New York from 2009 to 2018 and was also the vice chairman of the Federal Open Market Committee. In 2019, Dudley spoke about our nation’s record-breaking economic expansion. Shortly after, the pandemic cut that short. With breathtaking speed, the United States economy has plunged from its recent heights to the deepest recession in decades. The American economy is sick. What is Dudley’s prescription to bring the patient back to health? What choices must we make to jump-start a recovery? How long will it take to turn things around? Depending on our choices, Dudley will define the best-case and worst-case scenarios.

[SOON]  FESTIVAL: Sarasota Farmers Market , August 1 – December 26, 7am-1pm

The Sarasota Farmers Market is proud to announce the reopening of the market on Saturday, August 1st. Hours will remain the same as always, 7am-1pm, rain or shine. We understand the severity of COVID-19; therefore, we are instituting some guidelines for both vendors and customers to follow as you join us downtown. Customer Code of Conduct: Stay home if you are sick or have been in contact with someone who is sick, Make a shopping list before coming, Pre-order and prepay vendors online if possible, Designate one shopper per household, Leave pets at home unless it is a service animal, Wear a mask, Look with your eyes only touch what you will buy, Maintain 6 feet of space between you and any others, Shop quickly and get everything to go, No gathering keep walkways clear, Hand sanitizer available at all vendor booths and sanitizing stations. Thank you for your cooperation during this challenging time!

Downtown Sarasota

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

For parents of students interested in the arts –  especially those parents considering educational alternatives as the coronavirus continues to disrupt society – Music Compound has a new option. 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 8:30 AM to Noon Monday through Thursday. Students have the option to attend two, three or four days a week. Days depend on parents’ child-care needs and time the student requires to complete weekly school work. 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. This time is supervised by one of our staff members. 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 4:00 PM Monday thru 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. The larger classes are reserved for dance, musical theatre, show choir, and other classes that require movement and more students for the basis of the program. Electives are One hour and 20 minutes per session. Electives are offered quarterly, by semester, or yearly. It depends on the course offered. 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: Westcoast Black Theatre Troupe Presents The Soul Crooners , October 7 – November 22, 2pm and 7:30pm

One of Nate Jacobs' most popular original shows, The Soul Crooners, will take the place of the originally scheduled musical, Broadway in Black, as the first show in our 2020-2021 Season. The Soul Crooners showcases R&B classics from the 1960s and 70s, including "Reach Out, I'll Be There," "Signed, Sealed, Delivered (I'm Yours)," "Love Train" and many more. Whether you were in the stands at our wildly popular '70s Soul Party concert at Ed Smith Stadium in May 2019 (which featured songs from The Soul Crooners) or will be seeing this dynamic show for the first time, you won't want to miss it.

Westcoast Black Theatre Troupe, 1012 N Orange Ave, Sarasota, FL 34236

[SOON]  SEMINAR: Art Lecture Series with Baila Miller: Peggy Guggenheim: Art Addict , October 20, 1pm-2:30pm

Join Historic Spanish Point for incredible stories on the artists that shaped and influenced history around the world. We are proud to offer this art lecture series with Baila Miller as part of our monthly programming. Baila’s unique storytelling presentations will connect you to the art world in a whole new way. All presentations take place at Historic Spanish Point’s Visitor Center Classrooms. Tickets: $15 for Historic Spanish Point members and $20 for future members.

[SOON]  MUSIC: Soiree Series Concert Presents A Soprano, a Tenor and a Piano , October 25 – October 26, 3pm and 7pm

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 at the first soirée series concert of 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. Tickets are $53. 

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