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"You may think that he is inciting violence because he thinks there was election fraud. That's his opinion. And he's entitled to that opinion."

- Rep. Greg Steube, R-Sarasota

-Virtually Harmless, as seen in SRQ's January 2021 edition. Click for the full feature article.
[Politics]  Buchanan, Steube Vote Against Impeachment Again
Jacob Ogles, jacob.ogles@srqme.com

The House of Representatives for the second time in 13 months voted to impeach President Donald Trump, this time just a week from the end of his term. One article was passed by a vote of 232-197, with 10 Republicans supporting the action. However, no Florida Republicans were in that group, including Reps. Vern Buchanan, R-Sarasota, or Greg Steube, R-Sarasota.

During proceedings Wednesday, Steube was among those members to take to the House floor to speak out against impeachment. Democrats allege Trump's statements the past several months claiming the November election was "stolen" spurred violence by rioters in Washington, D.C. last week. The article of impeachment charges Trump with inciting an insurrection, detailing a speech made by the President ahead of the Capitol riots last Wednesday, but Steube said a review of the speech shows no call to violence.

“Around the 18-minute mark, he stated, ‘Peacefully and patriotically make your voices heard,'” Steube said. “You may think that he is inciting violence because he thinks there was election fraud. That’s his opinion. And he’s entitled to that opinion, just as all of you were entitled to your false and fraudulent opinion that the Trump campaign colluded with Russia.”

Steube also controversially cited a 1969 Supreme Court case saying a Klu Klux Klan leader could not be charged with incitement of violence based on First Amendment protections and a failure to prove a direct correlation between his words and actual violence that took place later.

Buchanan did not speak on the floor but issued a statement making clear he considered articles of impeachment to be a mistake.

“Today I voted against the impeachment of President Trump because the rushed effort to remove a president from office six days before he leaves office is divisive and misguided,” Buchanan said. “Congress should be focused on helping people get the COVID vaccine and on efforts to reopen the economy and our schools. [Speaker] Nancy Pelosi’s unprecedented decision to launch a second partisan impeachment in 13 months sets a dangerous precedent and further polarizes an already divided country.”

Buchanan last week voted against any challenge to electoral college votes for swing states won by President-elect Joe Biden, who defeated Trump in November. Steube voted to challenge votes from Arizona and Pennsylvania, and previously signed an amicus brief supporting a failed Texas case asking the Supreme Court to toss results from those two states, as well as Michigan and Wisconsin.

Neither local congressman voted in favor of articles of impeachment against Trump in December 2019 either. 

[ShopTalk]  Calling All Young Creatives and Entrepreneurs
Brittany Mattie, brittany.mattie@srqme.com

Meet dozens of young, talented local entrepreneurs on Saturday, January 23 from 10 am to 3pm, outside in the courtyard of The Bazaar on Apricot & Lime. The marketplace will be hosting a bundle of creatives under 17, including Mia's painted coasters, Juliana's abstract portraits, Anna Liz's handmade jewelry and Douglas' googly eyed shells. From original art, inventions and plants to freshmade lemonade and delicious treats, come support the next generation small business owners and contribute to their entrepenurial spirit! Live music will also be provided throughout the day from the students of Music Compound.

The address is 821 Apricot Ave, Sarasota. This is a free event, and a $20 fee to participate. To participate email The Bazaar at info@bazaaronapricotandlime.com or call 941-445-1938. Masks are required for this event.  

Photo courtesy of The Bazaar on Apricot & Lime. Facebook event found here.

[Recognition]  The Hermitage Artist Retreat Announces the Winner of the 2021 Hermitage Greenfield Prize

The Hermitage Artist Retreat (Andy Sandberg, Artistic Director and CEO), in collaboration with the Greenfield Foundation, has selected OBIE-winning playwright Aleshea Harris as the winner of the 2021 Hermitage Greenfield Prize, given this year in the artistic discipline of theater. Harris will receive a six-week residency at the Hermitage and a $30,000 commission for a new work, which will have its first public presentation in Sarasota in 2023 in collaboration with the Hermitage’s presenting partner, Asolo Repertory Theatre (Michael Donald Edwards, Producing Artistic Director). “Amidst an extraordinary and competitive selection of finalists, Aleshea Harris stood out as an innovative, forward-thinking theater artist who impressed the jury with her thoughtful and inspired vision,” says Sandberg. “She embodies the mission of the Hermitage Greenfield Prize—to bring into the world works of art that have a significant impact on the broad as well as the artistic culture of our society.  

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[New Grant]  Community Foundation of Sarasota County Awards Substantial Grant to Embracing Our Differences

The Community Foundation of Sarasota County recently awarded Embracing Our Differences (EOD) a $31,488 grant, which will help fund the cost of EOD’s 2020-2021 EdExploreSRQ initiatives, including curriculum development and virtual field trips to the annual outdoor exhibit. This grant is provided by the Embracing Our Differences EdExploreSRQ Fund, which was created by the Community Foundation of Sarasota County and The Patterson Foundation to raise awareness of and increase access to programming offered by Sarasota’s artistic, cultural, and scientific organizations.  

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[New Grant]  Manatee Community Foundation Awards $17,000 Grant to ALSO Youth

Manatee Community Foundation is awarding a $17,000 grant to ALSO Youth Sarasota/Manatee to support its downtown Bradenton location and programming. The organization has provided support and quality programming to lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer/questioning youth and their allies since 1993 and recently finalized a merger with PRISM Youth Initiative in Bradenton. “The diversity and vibrancy of downtown Bradenton during COVID19 recovery is important to our community,” said Susie Bowie, Manatee Community Foundation executive director. “This grant supported by the Knight Donor Advised Fund will provide a safe drop-in space for LGBTQ+ youth to visit each Saturday, receiving group support and connecting with peers.” 

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[Holistic Services]  Integrative Skin Care Opens in Sarasota

Elisha DeMassa, a Florida-licensed skin care specialist and California-licensed esthetician, has opened Integrative Skin Care, a holistic skin care spa that specializes in natural skin therapy. Integrative Skin Care is located in the Sarasota Healing Arts and SRQ Massage & Acupuncture building (1810 S. Tuttle Ave., Unit #4, Sarasota) in central Sarasota. “Working in an environment like Napa Valley and seeing clients from all over the world was an experience that has never left me,” DeMassa said. “I incorporate many of the holistic spa techniques that I have learned from my time in Napa into a relaxing, customized natural facial for my local clients.” 

DeMassa is currently offering 20% off a client's first holistic facial with the code FIRSTFACIAL. For more information or to schedule an appointment, go to iskincaresarasota.com.

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[New Hire]  December Premier Sotheby's New Associates in Sarasota

Premier Sotheby’s International Realty is pleased to announce that the following sales professionals have affiliated with the company’s Sarasota area sales gallery locations: Patricia Best, Jennifer Messner, Amee Sams and Leslie DuFresne.  

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[Teacher Salary]  Board Approves Pay Increases for Teachers and Paraprofessionals

The School Board of Manatee County unanimously approved an agreement between the School District and the Manatee Education Association for instructional staff base salary increases and paraprofessional staff raises for the 2020-2021 school year. With funds from state House Bill 761 (Funds for the Operation of schools) which allocated resources for teacher salaries, and the addition of the local referendum millage supplement of $5,201 for teachers, the approved increases will raise the pay for a beginning starting teacher in Manatee County to $51,630 – one of the highest pay amounts for beginning starting teachers in the state of Florida.  

[In This Issue]  Curious Clark

Never complacent, painter Clark Prosperi wonders what's next. 

Click here to read the full article from SRQ's January 2021 issue.

[Job Opportunity ]  Gecko's Hospitality Group's Newest Venture, Tripletail Seafood & Spirits, Is Hiring

Fifty new hospitality jobs are now being created in anticipation of  Tripletail’s opening in early February, 2021. The team will be led under the captaining of GM, Meagan Smith, a veteran Dry Dock manager and Executive Chef, Trae Peavey.For more information on Tripletail Seafood & Spirits or if you’d like to apply online, please visit: Join Our Team - Geckos (geckosgrill.com) 

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[Postponement ]  Van Wezel Announces Postponement of Reza: Edge of Illusion

The Van Wezel regrets to announce the postponement of Reza: Edge of Illusion on January 25, 2021 to February 10, 2022. The theater will be hosting Cabaret by the Bay starring the Michael Ross Quartet in the Grand Foyer this weekend for a very limited audience.  

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[Scholarship]  Gulf Coast Community Foundation Accepting Scholarship Applications

Gulf Coast Community Foundation is now accepting applications for its 2021-22 scholarship program. Prospective applicants may visitGulfCoastCF.org/scholarships to review scholarship requirements and complete the online application. The deadline to apply is Thursday, March 4. Through its annual scholarship program, Gulf Coast Community Foundation assists students of all ages in pursuing higher education at accredited two- and four-year colleges, universities, or technical schools. Applicants must reside in Sarasota County, Charlotte County, or Boca Grande, and they must plan to attend a qualifying postsecondary institution during the 2021-22 academic year. 

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[SOON]  MUSIC: Artist Series: Women of Note Live at Selby Gardens , February 18, 5:30pm-6:30pm

A Celebration of Female Voices and Female Composers on February 18 from 5:30pm to 6:30pm at Marie Selby Botanical Gardens with Jenny Kim-Godfrey, soprano; Robyn Rocklein, mezzo-soprano; Joseph Holt, piano and narration by Marcy Miller: In the classical music world, the last names Mendelssohn and Schumann usually evoke the first names Felix and Robert, two great composers of the 19th century. But Felix Mendelssohn’s older sister, Fanny Mendelssohn, and Robert Schumann’s wife, Clara Schumann, were each brilliant musicians and composers in their own right. "Women of Note" showcases works by them plus two other formidable but often overlooked female talents, Amy Beach, the first composer to have a symphony performed by a major orchestra, in 1896, and Marion Bauer, a contemporary of Aaron Copland and a key figure in the shaping of 20th-century American music. Noted area sopranos Jenny Kim-Godfrey and Robyn Rocklein are joined by pianist Joseph Holt and narrator Marcy Miller as they reprise their roles in a live performance of the program that they recorded on video in summer of 2020 as part of Florida Studio Theatre’s Suffragist Project. 

[SOON]  GALA: Virtual: Artist Series Concerts: FRIENDS 2021 Gala , March 3, 5:30pm-6:30pm

Save the date for a sterling affair, the Artist Series Concerts Silver Anniversary, online on Wednesday, March 3 from 5:30pm to 6:30pm to benefit Artist Series Concerts outreach, scholarship and other programs. Presented by Artist Series Concerts FRIENDS.

[SOON]  SCIENCE AND NATURE: The Bishop: Spring Break Camp , March 15 – March 18, Times vary.

Give your kids a fun and adventurous spring break with The Bishop's NEW Spring Break Science Camp. Curious explorers will learn about paleontology as they enjoy a week of games, crafts, experiments and The Bishop's own exhibitions and resources from March 15 to 18 at The Bishop, 201 10th Street West in downtown Bradenton. Innovator-level and above members of the Discovery Society are $200 and $250 for all others. Former campers and members of the Discovery Society (at Innovator level and above) have access to early registration January 11 through 17. Contact Sue McCarthy to register: SMcCarthy@BishopScience.org.

[SOON]  MUSIC: Virtual: Key Chorale: , January 29 – February 21

Key Chorale Chamber Singers, orchestra and soloists will come together virtually on January 29 for "Bach" Together Again. Originally scheduled as an in-person concert, this celebration of Baroque music, will be professionally recorded and made available online from the premiere on January 29 until February 21. Trumpet, timpani and jubilant choral writing are ever present in Bach's Magnificat, his first large-scale work composed for the churches in Leipzig. Vivaldi's spiritual magnificence and Italian mastery make his Gloria his greatest choral masterpiece. Soloists include tenor Matt Morgan, soprano Lorraine Murphy, bass Jamal Sarikoki, soprano Michelle Caulkins, and contralto Amy Connours. The concert will be recorded in the round at Church of the Redeemer, a church with seating for more than 400 people, with the performers spread throughout the entire venue. Tickets to watch the 75-minute streaming video are $30 per household; patrons will receive a viewing link that can be activated any time during the streaming run. To purchase, go to keychorale.org.

[SOON]  HEALTH: Sarasota Chamber: Golf Classic 2021 , January 25, 12pm

The 2021 Sarasota Chamber Golf Classic welcomes golfers of all skill levels on Monday, January 25 at 12pm at Laurel Oak Country Club. This exciting day includes networking, 18-hole game and cart, complimentary beverages and snacks, lunch, contests and prizes, award reception and much more. The tournament is a scramble format, allowing golfers of all skill levels to participate.

[SOON]  GRAB BAG: Boys & Girls Club: Steak & Burger , February 5, 6pm

Boys & Girls Clubs of Sarasota and DeSoto Counties presents Steak & Burger on February 5 at 6pm at Lee Washington Boys & Girls Club as a safe, socially-distanced outdoor event. For this Drive-In edition, bring your lawn chairs, wear your boots and buckle down as we celebrate our Youth of the Year in our very own backyard. Individual tickets are $100 for lone star homesteads, dinner delivered, honkytonk tunes, a watering hole, and a feature western film. RSVP by January 22 as spaces are extremely limited. 

[SOON]  GALLERY: Art Center Sarasota: Staying Connected , January 26 – March 5, Times vary.

Staying Connected is an in the gallery, all media, all subject, open to all, juried exhibition that will be on view from January 28 until March 5. Receiving in person will be January 18 and 19 from 10am to 6pm. Online submissions will be from December 18 to January 16 at midnight. Jurors Open Critique will be online Tuesday, January 26 at 6pm for a Zoom virtual discussion. Jurors will talk about the work that they picked for the Prize Winners and Prize Winners are encouraged to talk about their piece that won. Opening Reception and Awards will be online Thursday January 28 at 6pm for a Zoom virtual opening. Awards will be announced. After that, participants will be able to gather virtually in breakout rooms to chat with other artists and art patrons in smaller groups. Next week we have our receiving for our upcoming show, Staying Connected, and we need volunteers to help us out. We have made some changes to our receiving process in order to keep our volunteers, staff and artists safe: Volunteers will be spread out and interacting with artists outside, under tents, with minimal contact. Volunteers that will be inside the building will be those that are bringing the artwork in and those hanging it on the walls. In person receivings are scheduled for Monday, January 18th and Tuesday, January 19 from 10am to 6pm. We are keeping the number of volunteers at the bare minimum and scheduling in two different shifts. The shifts are 10am to 2pm or 2pm to 6pm. Volunteers, Staff and Artists will all be required to wear masks. Please call 941-365-2032 or email barbara@artsarasota.org for more information or to sign up.

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