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SRQ DAILY Oct 16, 2020

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"A lot of traditional wuxia art portrays an idealized and harmonious society and I wanted to respond to that and critique ideas around social order and chaos."

- Howie Tsui, Retainers of Anarchy Exhibit at The Ringling

[Exhibit]  Howie Tsui's 'Retainers of Anarchy' Resolves Divergent Tensions

Hong Kong. Lagos. Thunder Bay. A basement in Duluth with a television set.

Vancouver-based artist Howie Tsui’s formative years present like the erratic and seemingly random movement of electrons. “I lived in a lot of places and interacted with a lot of different cultures,” says Tsui, but he did so without ever entirely assimilating. And unlike those phantom subatomic particles, Tsui possesses the ability to gaze back at his path and mark the faint suggestion of order, noting how each stop added a new facet to the prism of his perspective. With “Retainers of Anarchy,” he strings the chaos and order of his aesthetics into an ambitious and dazzling multimedia installation.

An animated scroll projected across 25 meters and with six channels of audio, the algorithmic sequence depicts life during the Song Dynasty (960-1279 CE) and borrows imagery and motifs seen in ancient Chinese scrolls that chronicle folklore and mythology. Tsui also borrowed themes from the wuxia genre—fantastical tales of chivalry and larger-than-life deeds—but only to subvert it. “A lot of traditional wuxia art portrays an idealized and harmonious society,” says Tsui, “and I wanted to respond to that and critique ideas around social order and chaos.”

The primary symbol of his criticism sits front and center in the work; a stylized representation of Kowloon Walled City. Originally a Chinese military fort in Hong Kong, the city became a sprawling heap of ungoverned territory following WWII, populated by squatters, criminals and the destitute as Hong Kong grew into the financial capital of the East. An experiment in anarchic urbanism, the city also came to embody a certain dissidence that spoke to Tsui. “In school, my work was often seen as low-brow,” he says, “and I was drawn to outsider culture like zines and independent music, stuff that maybe didn’t have the stamp of Big Business.” Like Kowloon, “Retainers” amalgamates disparate elements and crowds them together, creating a kinetic, living tapestry that rides a thin line between bedlam and structure. “For me, it has a lot of interesting parallels to my identity as a diasporic Hong Konger,” says Tsui.

And as Hong Kong residents continue their fight against mainland China’s aggressive annexation policies, Tsui’s “Retainers” carries greater weight. “It’s unfortunate that my work is so pressing right now,” he says. “As a Hong Kong diasporic artist living in Canada where free speech is granted, I feel it’s my responsibility to speak to the situation over there.” When asked if he fears reprisals from the increasingly long arm of Beijing, Tsui’s response is brief: “Yes, I’m scared.” But somewhere in the liminal space between fear, inspiration and coalescing identities lies a tension awaiting resolution.

“Retainers of Anarchy” will be exhibited at The Ringling through November 29th, the work’s first exhibition in the United States.


Photo courtesy of the artist and OCAT Xi'an.

[New Shows]  The Sarasota Ballet Fall Digital Season

The Sarasota Ballet commences their 30th Anniversary Season with their first-ever Digital Program, an innovative method of delivering world-class ballet to the comfort of your home. The Ashton ballets and extracts scheduled to be performed in Digital Program 1 are: Méditation from Thaïs; Monotones II; extracts from Façade; the balcony pas de deux from Romeo & Juliet; La chatte métamorphosée en femme; the Vision Scene from The Sleeping Beauty; and extracts from Les Patineurs. In addition, Digital Program 1 brings you behind the scenes with rehearsal footage as well as coaching with Sir Anthony Dowell, revered British ballet dancer and former Artistic Director of The Royal Ballet. Digital Program 1 will be available to watch 23-27 October 2020, on most internet-connected devices – through a desktop, laptop, smartphone, tablet, or even television. 

Click here for tickets.

[Student Films]  Ringling College Film Students Create and Launch The Quarantine Films

In the remaining weeks of the Spring 2020 semester, the Film department reinvented their projects in order to provide students with a positive learning outcome. For the sophomore class, Film department head, Brad Battersby and faculty, CJ Julian took a unique approach; the students were each assigned a specific stay-at-home project: to comprise a series of short films entitled, The Quarantine Films. “The Film department at Ringling College is all about empowering the students to make films,” says Battersby. “Within the four years a student may spend at Ringling, they will be involved in up to 26 different film projects. When the virus hit, we had to keep our students safe. We sent them home and assigned the students an alternative solution, a way to continue practicing their craft, without compromise.”  

Click here to watch the films.

[Political Art]  Art Center Sarasota Presents Onward and Upward

Art Center Sarasota’s next all-media, juried exhibition, “Onward and Upward,” will address this polarized election season with politically themed works of art created by artists from around the country. The jurors of this bipartisan exhibit are Michéle Des Verney Redwine, artist, educator, arts advocate, and president and co-founder of the Suncoast Black Arts Collaborative; and Paul Caragiulo, chair of the Greater Sarasota Chamber of Commerce and former Sarasota city and county commissioner. A jurors’ open critique on the Zoom platform is Tuesday, October 27, 6pm; an awards presentation and reception on Zoom is Thursday, Oct. 29, 6pm The exhibit will be available online only, October 29-December 31. 

Click here for more information.

[New Show]  Choral Artists of Sarasota Presents Spanish Flair

Choral Artists of Sarasota’s 42nd season, entitled “Rise Up!” continues with “Spanish Flair,” featuring the sounds of Spain as realized by non-Spanish composers, Sunday, November 15, at 4pm The concert will be streamed online and features, among other works, Schumann’s Spanisches Liederspiel for vocal quartet and piano; songs by Emil Sjögren; and instrumental selections by Ravel, Dukas and Bosmans. A “Concert Insight,” featuring a live-streamed, informal chat about the music, composers and themes with Artistic Director Joseph Holt and guests is Thursday, November 5, 10am. 

For more information and to purchase tickets, visit www.ChoralArtistsSarasota.org or call 941-387-4900.

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[Fundraiser]  New College Foundation Launches Scholarship Fundraising Campaign

The New College Foundation recently announced that it has launched a scholarship fundraising campaign to commemorate New College of Florida’s 60th anniversary. The online campaign will run for 1,960 minutes, from 8am on Tuesday, October 20, through 4:40pm on Wednesday, October 21. According to MaryAnne Young, vice president of advancement and executive director of the New College Foundation, their goal is to raise a minimum of $19,600—in honor of the year New College was established. All funds will be directed to scholarships.  

o donate, visit https://www.givegab.com/campaigns/1960campaign.

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[New Position]  Icard Merrill Attorneys Renamed to Local Boards

Attorneys Telese McKay and Matt Brockway have been renamed to the board of directors of local organizations.Attorney Telese McKay has been reelected to the board of directors of the West Florida Chapter of the Community Associations Institute. Attorney Matt Brockway has been renamed to the board of directors for the Greater Sarasota Chamber of Commerce. Attorney Dick Webb departed from the Sarasota Chamber board after being actively involved with the organization for several years. Icard Merrill is proud to support these organizations. The firm is a gold corporate sponsor of CAI, and has been a member of the Sarasota Chamber for over 55 years. 

Click here for more information.

[COVID-19]  Mask Up Manatee Coalition to Begin Distributing 11,000 Masks to Title I Students

Manatee Schools Superintendent, Manatee County Administrator and County Health Officer will lead a Mask Up Manatee team delivering 11,000 masks to the county’s 15 Title I elementary schools this Friday and next. “The timing of these deliveries is very important because it will help us reinforce the message to our students and employees of ‘Don’t let your guard down!” said Superintendent Saunders. “I want to thank all of the coalition partners who are making this campaign possible and especially for their concern for the welfare of our children, teachers and support employees.” 

[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]  GRAB BAG: The Bazaar on Apricot & Lime: Saturday Courtyard Market , October 17, 10-2pm

Special guests outside in the courtyard including: Myakka Gold Apiary Honey, Your CBD Shop, Kiln Fired Diffusers, Koontz Kultery, EB Henna, Ioni’es, There is No Nomal, and two adorable young girls making masks and lanyards with a portion going back to charity. Plus, rescue dogs looking for their fur-ever home.

[SOON]  HEALTH: Monthly: Lakewood Ranch Community Bike Ride , October 17 – March 20, 8am-9am

Join your Lakewood Ranch Ambassador, Greg Spring, on the third Saturday of each month from 8am to 9am October-March for a 10-mile, 1-hour casual bike ride through Lakewood Ranch. We will meet at the fountains on Main Street. This is a great way to see the Ranch. Don't forget to bring your helmet.

[SOON]  FESTIVAL: Selby: 45th Anniversary Orchid Show: Women Breaking the Glasshouse Ceiling , October 10 – November 29

The year the land for Selby Gardens' Downtown Sarasota campus was purchased is also a momentous one in women's history. The dynamic display in the Tropical Conservatory celebrates the Suffrage Movement and the 100th anniversary of the ratification of the 19th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution, granting women the right to vote. The Museum of Botany & the Arts will showcase our preserved plant collections. Our Historic Spanish Point campus Gazebo will also receive the Orchid Show treatment and pay tribute to Sarasota pioneer Bertha Palmer. This year marks the 45th anniversary of the official opening of Marie Selby Botanical Gardens' Downtown Sarasota campus. To celebrate, the Orchid Show will honor founder, Marie Selby, and highlight the accomplishments of the many notable women who have built on her legacy and helped to make Selby Gardens home to the best scientifically-documented collection of orchids in the world. The year the land for Selby Gardens' Downtown Sarasota campus was purchased is also a momentous one in women's history. The dynamic display in the Tropical Conservatory celebrates the Suffrage Movement and the 100th anniversary of the ratification of the 19th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution, granting women the right to vote. The Museum of Botany & the Arts will showcase our preserved plant collections. Our Historic Spanish Point campus Gazebo will also receive the Orchid Show treatment and pay tribute to Sarasota pioneer Bertha Palmer. 

Marie Selby Botanical Gardens, 1534 Mound Street Sarasota, 34236

[SOON]  GRAB BAG: Halloween Workshop: Laser Etch a Pumpkin , October 24, 2-7pm

Carving a pumpkin is old news - join Fab Lab and laser etch your pumpkin just in time for Halloween! Use CorelDraw to make any design imaginable and then the high-tech laser cutter will etch the design in your pumpkin. A $35 registration fee includes two children and one parent/guardian. Pumpkin included. Hour long slots available from 2-7pm. Only 6 slots per hour due to COVID-19 social distancing.

[SOON]  GRAB BAG: 2020 AIA Gulf Coast Sarasota Design Conference , October 29 – November 1

For over three decades, AIA Florida Gulf Coast Chapter has hosted the Sarasota Design Conference, a unique event in a unique city. The Conference aims to be motivational for both attendees and speakers and has created a history of featuring design-innovative speakers both established and up-and-coming who are able to interact with their attendees in a casual setting that encourages dialog and learning. This biennial event is well attended by industry professionals, primarily architects in the Florida Caribbean region. Registration for virtual attendance is open now through October 25, 2020

[SOON]  FESTIVAL: SarasotaMOD Weekend , November 6 – November 8
Please join in celebrating the architectural legacy of Carl Abbott FAIA at this year's SarasotaMOD.
[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]  MUSEUM: Small Wonders: Insects in Focus at The Bishop , June 17 – October 20, Museum hours.

Insects inhabit every domain of our daily lives, performing essential functions that balance our fragile ecosystem on Earth — functions that often go unnoticed because of their small size or scale. Now, using cutting-edge technology and custom methods that put tiny insects on a human scale, artist and photographer Bob Sober allows visitors to see the patterns, textures, colors and details that have always been present, but too small to appreciate in The Bishop’s newest special exhibition: Small Wonders: Insects in Focus.

Creating human-scale images of insects, with resolution so high that every hair, dimple and tiny structure is clearly revealed, was impossible prior to the technological advancements of the past 10 years. Now, Sober’s skills allow us to see the intersection of natural science and art in the smooth metallic finishes and heavily stippled textures, strange body shapes, delicate wing structures and beautifully engineered body components in this series of 30 images that will are on display in the Museum’s second-floor Rincon Gallery and throughout the Museum.

Small Wonders: Insects in Focus features 30 of Sober’s spectacular images and viewers will find themselves at the intersection of art and science. The exhibition, which is included in the cost of admission, is organized by ExhibitsUSA, a program of Mid-America Arts Alliance and will be open at The Bishop through October 20.

The Bishop Museum of Science and Nature, 201 10th St. W, Bradenton

[SOON]  MUSIC: HD at the Opera House , October 4 – October 18

Sarasota Opera opened the 2020 season of “HD at the Opera House” with Carmen from the Zürich Opera House on Sunday, October 4th. The presentations will continue on October 18th with Tchaikovsky’s Sleeping Beauty ballet from Teatro alla Scala in Milan, and on November 1st with Puccini’s Madama Butterfly from Teatro Real in Madrid. Each presentation will begin at 1:30pm. More titles may be added to the schedule in coming weeks. Tickets to “HD at the Opera House” are $20 for single ticket buyers and $18 for current Sarasota Opera subscribers. All seating will be reserved and distanced for safety. Ticket buyers are encouraged to purchase tickets before arriving at the theater. Information and tickets can be found online at SarasotaOpera.org or by calling (941) 328-1300. Sarasota Opera subscribers who wish to receive the 10% discount of HD at the Opera House tickets must contact the Sarasota Opera box office directly.

[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]  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]  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. 

[SOON]  MUSIC: Violinist Max Tan with Joseph Holt Piano , November 3, 11am-12:15pm

Taiwanese American violinist Max Tan has been praised as “eloquent” by the New York Times and as a “warmly rhapsodic player” by the Boston Globe. As a winner at Artist Series Concerts’ 2018 National String Competition, an alumnus of the Perlman Music Program and a member of the Sarasota Orchestra, Tan is a welcome and familiar presence on Sarasota’s arts scene. He has also been the recipient of numerous other awards, most recently the 2019 Foote Prize from the Harvard Musical Association. He has been featured on WNYC/WQXR and on Belgian radio Musiq3 as a semifinalist in the 2019 Queen Elisabeth International Violin Competition. He has performed as a soloist with many orchestras including the Juilliard Orchestra, New Juilliard Ensemble, Longwood Symphony, Boston Philharmonic Youth, and Harvard-Radcliffe Orchestras. Tan performs on the 1701 “ex-Franko” Stradivarius on generous loan from the Juilliard School. Pianist, arranger and conductor Joseph Holt is director of artist programs for Artist Series Concerts and artistic director of Choral Artists of Sarasota. Dr. Holt served more than 20 years as principal pianist with the United States Army Chorus, performing for U.S. presidents, military officials and dignitaries from around the world. Tan and Dr. Holt perform a variety of works by the composers Tchaikovsky, Paganini, Beethoven, Ravel, Beach and Wieniawski. This program will be presented live at Michael’s On East as well as streamed for an online audience.

Artist Series Concerts of Sarasota , Michael’s On East, 1212 S. East Ave

[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.

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