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SRQ DAILY Nov 20, 2020

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"Time and again, our caring community has demonstrated its generosity for these families and individuals during Season of Sharing."

- Debra Jacobs, President and CEO of The Patterson Foundation
 

-Dish Art, as seen in SRQ's November 2020 edition. Click photo for the full article.
[Politics]  Where The Votes Are: All Age Groups Increase Turnout
Jacob Ogles, jacob.ogles@srqme.com

Turnout among all age groups improved in Sarasota County this year compared to the last Presidential election, particularly those under the age of 30. But in sheer numbers, the electorate for the region remains dominated by voters age 60 and older.

That was among the data points to come out during SRQ’s Where The Votes Are workshop. While Contributing Senior Editor Jacob Ogles presented data from the 2020 election cycle on demographic turnout for the region, it was a query from a workshop attendee, Downtown Sarasota Condo Association President Patrick Gannon, that prompted the comparison with turnout from four years ago. The information was available thanks to the team at SRQ holding similar election analyses now for more than a decade.

The greatest increase in turnout as far as demographic groups between the 2016 presidential election and 2020 came in the 17- to 19-year-old voting group. Turnout rose from 58.9% four years ago to 71.7% during the election earlier this month. But it’s important to note that group of freshly registered voters is both small, and everyone who fell into that demographic in 2016 has since aged up into the 20- to 29-year-old age group. Among 20-somethings, turnout rose from 51.89% to 59.3%, a nearly 8-percentage-point leap.

On the other end of the age spectrum, turnout among centenarians leapt from 16.8% to 26.71% over four years. That means 148 Sarasota County voters older than age 100 cast ballots in this year’s election.

But the dominating force in raw numbers and turnout remains voters between age 60 and 80. In fact, 70-somethings had a greater than 90% turnout on Nov. 3, slightly higher than the 88.62% turnout recorded in 2016. With more than 62,000 60-somethings and upward of 61,000 70-somethings voting, those two decades worth of voters represented 45.7% of the electorate in the county. 

[Virtual Show]  Asolo Rep Produces a ‘Midsummer Night’s’ Stream
Andrew Fabian, andrew.fabian@srqme.com

Over the summer, Michael Donald Edwards, Asolo’s producing artistic director, felt it was time for arts organizations to start producing new work for the new reality. Last week, as part of the theatre’s BardWired student outreach initiative, Asolo did just that. An offshoot of the theatre’s On Tour program, BardWired takes the work of Shakespeare and adapts it to contemporary audiences, with an emphasis on student-aged thespians who might otherwise find the work outdated and irrelevant. And for the new reality, Asolo produced a 45-minute film adaptation of A Midsummer Night’s Dream that utilizes all of the trappings of social distancing and cultural shifts to bring Shakespeare frolicking into 2020.

“If we can’t do something live and together, why not turn it into a film project?” says associate artistic director Celine Rosenthal, who masterminded the production. Easier said than done, the socially distanced film production required ingenuity to execute, and to do so, Rosenthal’s team devised a tech package to send each actor. Microphones, iPhones and a simple lighting kit ensured each scene would yield serviceable and consistent footage as each actor took charge of their own camera work. “Then they’d sign into Zoom with their personal device and I would direct them remotely while they were on location,” says Rosenthal, while the Streamyard platform was used to help properly set up the shots. Finally, Rosenthal stitched the shots together into one cohesive product, with techniques both simple and genius utilized to “create the illusion of people being in the same space,” she says.

Though the format may have been unorthodox and a tad experimental, the final cut felt accessible and clear. That clarity helped the adaptation explore other themes relevant to 2020. “The new generation has a much more sophisticated idea of gender than we do,” says Rosenthal, “and it was great to reflect that in a positive way.” The role of Titania was reprised by Alex Benito Rodriguez and saw him dressed in colorful fabrics, with bright and glittery makeup on his bearded face. Oberon, meanwhile, was played by Bonita Jackson. The characters represented a contemporary reimagining of traditional gender roles, though the concept is not entirely new. “Puck is never assigned a gender in the original text,” says Rosenthal, and she adds that female roles were reprised by males in Shakespeare’s day too.

Between its engagement with social distancing and its exploration of gender fluidity, the adaptation promises to model the kind of ingenuity and inclusivity the current generation of school-aged kids have been called to adopt. “Whenever I approach Shakespeare, I ask myself, ‘why do this today?’” says Rosenthal. “[The film] absolutely affirms that we have to start making new media for the new reality.”

The stream of Asolo’s ‘Midsummer’ film and its accompanying educational materials are available for purchase through March 13, 2021, in a variety of pricing indexed for individuals, groups, and area schools. 

Photo courtesy of Asolo.

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[New Book]  SRQ Book Club: The Cold Millions by Jess Walters
Roxanne Baker, Bookseller at BookStore1

Booksellers have a joyous pressure to keep up with the latest books, and while I haven’t had time to tackle Jess Walters’ New York Times Best Seller Beautiful Ruins, I’m much more likely to carve out the time having just finished his new novel, The Cold Millions. To say that Walters’ historical fiction set in the early 1900’s city of Spokane is analogous to our present day strife is an understatement.  Disparities in wealth distribution, labor force struggles for both satisfying work and a living wage were also problems over a century ago.  In addition, terrible storms, forest fires and violent protests disheartened those of yesteryear creating a fear that the ‘end’ was near. 

Yet The Cold Millions offers hope as Walters’ storytelling voice is akin to the antique gold you see in old photography, possessing retrospective beauty. Walters’ choice of using a real life women’s rights and labor union heroine, Elzabeth Gurley Flynn, who helped create the ACLU, was inspirational; her revolutionary spirit infusing the novel with joyous tenacity.  The other main character, Rye Dolan, a humble itinerant worker just coming of age, adds innocence to this jaded time in history.

The novel possesses enough suspense and emotion to entertain fans of both western and classic historical fiction respectively.  Intellectuals will also be titillated with Walters allusions to Tolstoy’s War and Peace, including the presciently sage quotation, ‘the strongest of all warriors are these two-time and patience’.

Roxanne Baker is a Bookseller at BookStore1 Sarasota. Bookstore1Sarasota was opened in 2011 with one mission: to bring a high-quality independent bookstore to the Sarasota area. Their passion for the joy of books inspired them in the beginning and continues to drive them today. They offer a shopping experience curated with their customers in mind, and are gratified by the long-term relationships they have built with those who have come through their door: patrons and authors alike.  

Bookstore1, 12 S Palm Ave, Sarasota, 941-365-7900, georgia@sarasotabooks.com

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[New Show]  The Players Centre Presents One-Man Christmas Carol at the Bazaar

From December 10 through 20, get in the holiday spirit with The Players Centre for Performing Arts as they present the winter classic A Christmas Carol, a one-man play adapted by Greg Oliver Bodine. One of the most beloved novellas by Charles Dickens comes to life at The Bazaar on Apricot & Lime. Tickets are $20 for adults and $12.50 for students.  

The Bazaar on Apricot & Lime, 821 Apricot Ave, Sarasota, FL 34237

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[Virtual Show]  Young Artist to Celebrate Album Release with Livestream Concert

Most 18-year-olds celebrate their birthdays through social events planned with friends or family but Lakewood Ranch High School senior Brandon Wilson has other plans. The talented young musician, whose stage name is “Wilson B.,” will release an EP on his 18th birthday and then, two days later, present a livestream concert from the stage at the Cattlemen location of Sarasota music school Music Compound.  The concert takes place on Friday, December 11, 7:30-8:30pm. The event opens with rapper Boogie 10x, who is a junior at Lakewood Ranch High, who will take the stage for a set. Then, after Boogie 10x and Wilson B. perform a few tunes together, Wilson B. will take over to perform the songs from his new EP, “Wilson Branded.” “Music Compound does a great job of providing lots of performance opportunities at live events,” Wilson said. “These opportunities help us to get more comfortable performing for people.” 

Photo: Musical artist Wilson B. will celebrate the release of his EP, 'Wilson Branded' with a livestream concert from the main stage at Music Compound on December 11.

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[New Gallery Show]  Artist Jill Krasner Imagines Gardens at Art Uptown

Jill Krasner, Art Uptown’s December solo artist, takes viewers on a magical, mystery tour of imaginary gardens all artistically grown during the 2020 pandemic. Wander through a new collection of exuberant paintings filled with a jumble of jaunty, colorful flowers and landscapes without borders. Jill’s latest work continues to demonstrate her color mastery and complex, inventive surfaces. Stroll through Jill Krasner’s new collection at Art Uptown, located at 1367 Main Street, Sarasota open Monday through Friday, 11am to 5pm, Saturday, 11am to 3pm and Sunday, 12pm to 5pm. You can meet the gallery artists all day on Saturdays. 

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[Government]  Manatee Commissioners Move To Fire Coryea
Jacob Ogles, jacob.ogles@srqme.com

Mere days after being sworn in to office, County Commissioner Kevin Van Ostenbridge called for the dismissal of County Administrator Cheri Coryea. A majority of Commissioners, including three new commissioners and Vanessa Baugh, voted to set a date of Jan. 6 to discuss termination. The move came shortly after a controversial $32.5 million land purchase of the Lena Road landfill, which was finalized days before new commissioners were sworn in. Coryea’s contract requires at least 15 days notice before a vote on her termination. 

[New Podcast]  DutchCrafters Launches The Amish Furniture Podcast

The words “Amish” and “technology” are not commonly heard together. Since 2003, DutchCrafters has been a pioneer in bridging the gap between those words as one of the first online retailers of Amish furniture. Last month, the Sarasota-based small business also became one of the first Amish furniture retailers to launch a podcast about Amish furniture. Rather than focus on DutchCrafters as a company, the purpose of the podcast is to provide fun and educational content about Amish furniture for anyone considering buying Amish or interested in the subject and glimpses into Amish life from an Amish furniture perspective. 

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[Milestone]  Forza Wealth Management Celebrates Fifth Anniversary

 Forza Wealth Management, an SEC Registered Investment Advisor based in Sarasota, is celebrating its fifth anniversary this month. Founder Michael DeMassa, CFA, CFP® left a corporate banking job in order to create the firm from the ground up, with a sole focus on providing investment advice to clients. DeMassa said, “We are grateful for the families we serve as fiduciary investment advisors, managing over $100 million in assets.” 

Pictured: Michael DeMassa (left) and Timothy Videnka of Forza Wealth Management.

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[SRQ Airport]  Allegiant Kicks Off New Nonstop Service to Boston from SRQ Airport

Allegiant (NASDAQ: ALGT) begins service today from Sarasota-Bradenton International Airport (SRQ) to Boston Logan International Airport (BOS) in Massachusetts. To celebrate, the company is offering round-trip fares on the new route as low as $44 each way. 

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[Fundraising]  The Sarasota Cuban Ballet School Celebrates Giving Tuesday

The Sarasota Cuban Ballet School (SCBS) will be participating for the first time in GivingTuesday, a global generosity movement that enables people to volunteer and donate to organizations that transform their community. “We are so pleased to be part of this global movement,” said Ariel Serrano, co-founder and Artistic Director of SCBS. “For our part we are giving back to the community, not only by teaching the art of dance to children, but preparing them to become better persons. Members of the community who wish to donate to the Sarasota Cuban Ballet School on or before December 1 can visit the school’s website at http://srqcubanballet.com or send a donation to 501 N. Beneva Road, Suite 580, Sarasota, FL 34232.  

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[New Grant]  The Patterson Foundation Contributes First $100,000 Gift to Annual Season of Sharing Campaign

The Patterson Foundation has contributed $100,000 to Season of Sharing in recognition of the first $500,000 raised by the community to help families and individuals who are in crisis regain their safety and stability. “Season of Sharing has long proven to be a time-tested, flexible resource to support our neighbors in need,” said Debra Jacobs, president and CEO of The Patterson Foundation. “This year has emphasized the effect an unforeseen disaster can have on people’s lives and well-being, especially those who are already working hard to make ends meet. Time and again, our caring community has demonstrated its generosity for these families and individuals during Season of Sharing, and The Patterson Foundation cherishes this new opportunity to strengthen the givers who make this impact possible.” 

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[Fundraising]  2020 Artful Lobster: An Outdoor Celebration Fundraiser is a Huge Success

The Hermitage Artist Retreat recently announced that it raised $128,500 through its 2020 Artful Lobster fundraising luncheon on November 14. Now in its 12th year, the Artful Lobster raises valuable funds for the Hermitage’s renowned artist residency program and community programming initiatives.“We are thankful to all who attended or supported this year’s festivities,” notes Hermitage Artistic Director and CEO Andy Sandberg. “We were particularly appreciative of everyone’s cooperation with our added health and safety protocols, which made for a safe and enjoyable experience for all in attendance. The generous outpouring of support for the work we are doing at the Hermitage is a demonstration of our community’s commitment to the arts and the creative process.”  

[New Position ]  Four County Commissioners Take Oath to Begin Four-Year Terms

Three new County Commissioners, George Kruse, Kevin Van Ostenbridge and James Satcher, were sworn into office and Commissioner Vanessa Baugh took oath for a third term during a brief ceremony.  

Pictured: From right to left, the Board of County Commissioners are: Commissioner George Kruse, Commissioner Vanessa Baugh, Commissioner Kevin Van Ostenbridge, Commissioner James Satcher, Commissioner Reggie Bellamy; and Commissioner Carol Whitmore.

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[In This Issue]  Bright Brews

Four local breweries take a German beer to the next level with a distinctly Florida vibe. 

Click here to read the full article in SRQ's November 2020 edition.

[SOON]  SCIENCE AND NATURE: Virtual: Mote Marine: Lounge and Learn: Stuffed on Science , November 23, 6:30pm-7:30pm

Nothing says the holiday season like big appetites, big meals, and big fun. With Thanksgiving right around the corner, what better way to get into the holiday spirit than by learning about the ocean's biggest eaters, what they're feasting on this season, and how our diets aren't as different as you may think. Join Mote Marine Laboratory biologists, a human health coach, and a nutrition-focused chef for a holiday-themed happy hour webinar from 6:30pm to 7:30pm on November 23, 2020. Sip with seahorses, munch with manatees, learn radical recipes, and get ready to be "Stuffed on Science." Ages 21 and up. This is a webinar-style, entertaining and interactive virtual program. You will receive the Zoom link 2 days prior to the program. Please check your spam/junk folder if you have purchased tickets and have not received your reminder email with Zoom link 2 days before. Email educate@mote.org with any questions. There are no discounts for this program. $7 for all.

[SOON]  MUSIC: The Making of a Musical with Rona Siddiqui , November 23, 5PM

An exploration of the craft of musical theater by one of the nation’s rising musical theater talents, who will be joined by local vocalists. The Hermitage Artist Retreat’s popular beachfront series continues with “The Making of a Musical” with composer and music director Rona Siddiqui, Monday, November 23, 5 PM. These outdoor, beachside events are at the Hermitage, 6660 Manasota Key Road, Englewood. Admission is free but registration is required at HermitageArtistRetreat.org. Capacity will be limited to accommodate safe social distancing, so early reservations are recommended. Masks are strongly encouraged.

The Hermitage, 6660 Manasota Key Road, Englewood

[SOON]  PERFORMANCE: HD at the Opera House: Arabella , November 22, 1:30pm

A highlight of the 2014 Salzburg Easter Festival, this production of Arabella marks the first time Renee Fleming and Thomas Hampson have performed the opera together in its entirety. Ms. Fleming's performance in the title role has garnered enthusiastic acclaim, as the New York Times praises, she sings "with the plush sound, sublime lyricism, and dramatic subtlety that have endeared her to opera lovers." Strauss's opera captures the fleeting reverie of youth and Vienna's Golden Age through the romantic entanglements of two sisters. As Arabella finds the man of her dreams in Mandryka, this marriage is complicated by a case of mistaken identity and confused lovers. A comedy of errors in the pursuit of true love, Arabella is one of Strauss's most charming comedic operas. Arabella will run for 2 hours 47 minutes beginning at 1:30pm on November 22, 2020.

Sarasota Opera House, 61 North Pineapple Avenue

[SOON]  GRAB BAG: The Bazaar on Apricot & Lime Hosts Saturday Outdoor Market , November 21, 10am - 3pm

Every 3rd Saturday of the month, The Bazaar on Apricot & Lime welcomes guests into their outside courtyard.  Join them this Saturday, November 21 from 10 am - 3:00 pm. This month includes live music from Clint & Alyssa, rescue dogs from Satchel’s Last Resort,  local honey from Myakka's Gold Apiary, Butterfly Tie Dye, Atticus Bread Company, games from toy inventor Tim Walsh, Wolfheart's Herbals, Kiln Fired Designs, Carrie Koontz, and Petals & Sugar. And always food is available from Hamlet's Eatery.  Masks are required, booths are separated to give room for social distance and hand sanitizer will be provided at every booth. For more info visit BazaarOnApricotandLime.com

The Bazaar on Apricot & Lime, 821 Apricot Ave, Sarasota.

[SOON]  SCIENCE AND NATURE: Virtual: Mote Marine: Oceanography Scout Merit Badge , November 21, 1pm-2pm

Our Oceanography Scout Merit Badge has gone virtual. Join us virtually from 1pm to 2pm on November 21, 2020 as we review the badge workbook and explore the concepts with some demonstrations. Your registration confirmation email will contain your Oceanography workbook and a guide containing a list of household materials to gather to be used in a few hands-on activities. We will also send you additional resources to extend your learning after our connection. All merit badge requirements will be completed during this workshop. Your child's safety is our priority. These programs are run via a secure Zoom webinar, and your child's personal identifiers will be kept private. Video and audio will be turned off for all participants. Participants will be able to interact with Mote Educators via the moderated chatroom and messages will only be seen by Mote staff. This is an interactive program. Your child will be able to participate in Polls, ask questions in the Q&A space that are answered live by our Educators, and follow along from home with the activities and demonstrations during this virtual program. $10 for all.

[SOON]  GALA: Night of the White Tiger with Nik Wallenda , November 21, 6pm

Big Cat Habitat and Gulf Coast Sanctuary is hosting a Night of the White Tiger dinner fundraiser on November 21 with cocktails at 6 and dinner at 7pm. Daredevil aerialist Nik Wallenda will be the special guest host for the gourmet dinner served al fresco in the pavilion amid the Habitat’s exotic residents. The socially-distanced fundraiser will help support the Habitat’s big cats, bears and other animals by supplementing admission funds, which have been impacted by the Covid-19 pandemic. Individual tickets are $250 and table sponsors of six guests are $1,500. Advance registration is required by November 16 by contacting events@bigcathabitat.org or 941-371-6377. Event sponsors Butcher’s Mark and Rodizio Grill are donating food for the event, which will be prepared by Chef Jarek Rosaire Dymek. Guests are asked to dress in black and white attire and will be greeted by special animal guests, have photos taken with Barry, the white tiger, and enjoy live music, silent auctions and raffles. Table sponsors will automatically be entered in a raffle for a gift and private animal encounter. Big Cat Habitat is at 7101 Palmer Blvd., Sarasota. More information is available at www.BigCatHabitat.org, by calling 941-371-6377, or on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/BigCatHabitat.

Big Cat Habitat, 7101 Palmer Boulevard

[SOON]  SCIENCE AND NATURE: Virtual: Special Program: Manatee Mythbusters , November 21, 2pm-3pm

Join us virtually from 2pm to 3pm on November 21, 2020 for a deep dive into manatees with our animal care experts! How do manatees get so big by eating only sea grasses? How do they sleep? Do they live in herds? We'll help you sort fact from fiction about Florida's official state mammal. Where: On Zoom Cost: $3 for members of the Discovery Society; $5 for all others

[SOON]  DANCE: Virtual: The Sarasota Ballet Digital Program 2 , November 20 – November 24

The Sarasota Ballet's second Digital Program features performances and excerpts of the works of George Balanchine, such as: Donizetti Variations, pas de deux - first performed by New York City Ballet 16 November 1960, to music by Gaetano Donizetti from the opera Don Sebastien, Western Symphony, 2nd Movement (Adagio) - first performed by New York City Ballet 7 September 1954, to an assortment of American folk songs arranged by Hershy Kay, Tarantella - first performed by New York City Ballet 7 January 1964, to music by Louis Moreau Gottschalk reorchestrated by Hershy Kay, The Four Temperaments, Extracts - first performed by Ballet Society 20 November 1946, to music by Paul Hindemith, and Who Cares?, Extracts - first performed by New York City Ballet 7 February 1970, to music by George Gershwin. A video link to view Digital Program 2 will be emailed to ticket holders the morning of November 20th along with links to Bonus Content, our Performance Program Book, our 30th Anniversary Season Program Book, and a tutorial video on connecting your internet device to your television. If you purchase a ticket after the morning of the 20th, you will receive these links via email several minutes after time of purchase. Tickets for Digital Program 2 will be on sale until Tuesday, 24 November, at 2pm EST. Upon becoming available to watch, Digital Program 2 can be watched as many times as you would like, until Tuesday, 24 November, at 11:59pm EST, at which point the Program will no longer be viewable. Make sure you enjoy it before then.

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[SOON]  HEALTH: The Ringling: Moving Meditation Series , November 20, 10am

Claudia Baeza is a Kripalu trained yoga instructor who has been sharing her love of yoga in Sarasota since 2016. Join her for Yoga + Meditation on the loggias of the Museum of Art Courtyard on Friday, November 20, from 10am to 11am for a unique opportunity to gently move the body and calm the mind. Her first session on August 28 will delve into the wisdom of Hatha yoga and pranayama breathing techniques to calm the mind. Her second session on September 25 will focus on the Yamas and Niyamas of the Yoga Sutras, written by Patanjali between 500 BCE and 400 CE. Finally she will end her Yoga Meditation series with Yoga through the Chakras for inner balance and wisdom. Bring a yoga mat, water bottle and a friend– and enjoy the serenity of the Museum of Art Courtyard with Claudia. Please Note: Tickets must be purchased online, in advance of the event. $15 / $13.50 Members.

The Ringling Museum, 5401 Bay Shore Road

[SOON]  MUSIC: Sarasota Orchestra: Heartstrings , November 19 – November 22

Three moving works for string quartet showcase the powerful expressive potential of these instruments in the hands of a master composer. The program opens with the single movement Quartettsatz by the 23-year old Franz Schubert. Originally composed as the opening movement of what was to be a multi-movement string quartet, the work could have been lost had Johannes Brahms not recognized its brilliance and arranged for a posthumous premiere. The centerpiece of the program is another single movement from a larger work, the iconic Adagio for Strings by Samuel Barber. Composed when Barber was 26 as the second movement of his String Quartet Op. 11, the searing music is one of the most poignant in the repertoire, with many references in movies and popular culture.   Anton Arensky was 31 when he dedicated his brilliant String Quartet No. 2 “to the memory of Tchaikovsky”, whose death 2 years earlier had profoundly affected Arensky. The work is unique in that it is scored for two cellos rather than two violins, lending an extra darkness to this deeply affecting music. $10 Streaming Access from November 26 through December 1.

Holley Hall, 709 North Tamiami Trail

[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]  MUSEUM: Virtual: KidSpace with The Bishop , November 28, 10:30am-11:30am

We unleash the awesome power of astronomy during KidSpace, where kids can become scientific masters of the universe. Join us virtually via Zoom on November 28 from 10:30am to 11:30am as we take off from the Earth's surface and fly to places humans have never been: the Sun, planets, other moons in our solar system, newly discovered solar systems in our galaxy and beyond. KidSpace is designed for grades 1-5 and their grown-ups, but everyone is welcome.

[SOON]  GRAB BAG: Light Up Siesta Key and Small Business Saturday , November 28

The holidays may look a little different this year, but it is more important than ever to support our local businesses.  On November 28, celebrate Small Business Saturday, and kick off the holiday season. Even though the traditional Siesta Key Holiday Parade is canceled, they are still lighting up the Key with festive décor, a store-front and window decorating contest, and the tree lighting at the gazebo in Siesta Key Village. Local businesses are encouraged to create their own holiday specials and activities, which will be promoted by the Siesta Key Chamber.

[SOON]  GALLERY: Ringling College: War Paint, Profiles of Courage , November 6 – December 11, 9:30am-12pm

WAR PAINT: Profiles of Courage was created as a tribute to the bravery of veterans who have served and those currently serving our country. Ringling College of Art and Design students, faculty, and local artists will create portrait profiles of veterans in variety of mediums. The images tell stories from WW ll, Korea, Vietnam, Iraq, Afghanistan, and current enlisted troops that will enrich the Ringling College community for years to come. This exhibition will be held at Ringling College’s newest gallery, Project Space 340 (abbreviated to PS340), located in the Arcos Building at 340 Central Avenue, in the heart of Sarasota’s historic Rosemary District. The exhibition, War Paint: Profiles of Courage, was organized by the Galleries of Ringling College and Matthew Troyer, president of the Ringling College Veteran’s Club. Matthew is a combat veteran, former combat photographer, and is currently majoring in Photography and Imaging. Admission is free and open to the public. This exhibition is open Monday through Friday, 9:30am to Noon and by appointment. It is also available online at warpaint.gallery.

Project Space 340, Arcos Building, 340 Central Avenue

[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]  GALLERY: Ringling College: Jack Davis: Drawing American Pop Culture pt. 2 , October 19 – December 11

This exhibition is open by appointment only. Please email galleries@ringling.edu to request an appointment. Back by popular demand. Famed in particular for his speed and a tendency to create images overflowing with colorful characters, Jack Davis was one of the founding members of Mad Magazine's "Usual Gang of Idiots." He supplied covers for TIME and TV Guide, designed numerous album covers and movie posters, and, over his 60-year career, became one of the most in-demand caricaturists and cartoonists in the world. This exhibition attempts to show Davis' range by bringing together a selection of his original work that demonstrates his breadth of subjects and his skills as an artist. This body of work focuses on American popular culture, diving deeper into his career than the sports and caricature work for which he is best known. This exhibit began at the Arland and Sally Christ-Janer Center on October 19, 2020 and will end on December 11, 2020, during museum hours.

Arland and Sally Christ-Janer Center

[SOON]  GALLERY: Ringling College: Sally Pettibon: Personal Geography , October 19 – December 11

"Personal Geography represents the connection I feel for my hometown of What Cheer, Iowa. This small town with its boarded-up buildings and a melancholy that permeates the streets holds so many memories of my early life. Although I lived there for only five years, it has a hold on me that’s difficult to explain. Perhaps it’s my inherent need to belong somewhere, perhaps it’s the memories of my family who are no longer alive, or maybe it’s the place itself with its rolling hills, verdant cornfields and own distinct quality of light. More likely it’s my memory of a place where both my father and I were born, where my Grandparents and Great-Grandparents lived nearby. The map of my life extends quite far, I lived in four different states by the time I was 16. But it’s this tiny forgotten town that has a hold on me both temporal and spiritual that I don’t fully understand. Combining family snapshots with photographs I have taken in What Cheer since the 1970’s Personal Geography explores the impermanence of history and memory and the permanence of place." This exhibition is open by appointment only. Please email galleries@ringling.edu to request an appointment. This exhibit began at the Larry R. Thompson Academic Center on October 19, 2020 and will end on December 11, 2020, during museum hours.

Larry R. Thompson Academic Center, 2700 N Tamiami Trail, Sarasota, FL 34234

[SOON]  MUSIC: Artist Series: Dick Hyman and the Florida Jazz Masters , December 6, 5pm-7pm

Featuring Dick Hyman on piano, Peter BarenBregge on saxophone, Randy Sandke on trumpet, Mike Treni on trombone and Mark Neuenschwander on bass. This six-piece ensemble, comprised of legendary pianist Dick Hyman and some of South Florida’s top jazz musicians, swings the house with top-notch classic and original jazz. The stellar sextet performs music by Irving Berlin, Duke Ellington, George Gershwin, Benny Goodman, Thelonius Monk, Cole Porter, Dick Hyman, Randy Sandke, Harry Warren, Mike Treni and others from 5pm to 7pm on December 6, 2020.

Historic Spanish Point, 337 North Tamiami Trail Osprey

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