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"We believe in the transformative power of the arts for all people."

- Linda DiGabriele, Asolo Rep Managing Director

[Architecture]  Sarasota Architectural Foundation and Center for Architecture Merge, Anne-Marie Russell to Lead New Organization

Sarasota Architectural Foundation (SAF) and Center for Architecture Sarasota (CFAS) will join forces as a single entity to be called “Architecture Sarasota” led by Anne-Marie Russell as Executive Director. With complementary missions, avid interest in educational outreach and a commitment to the continuing influence of the Sarasota School of Architecture, SAF and CFAS see the power of combining their operations in pursuit of common goals.  Having Anne-Marie Russell join forces to direct this work sparked the ultimate impetus to act.

“I am deeply honored to take the helm of this new enterprise, born of two extraordinary organizations that have worked tirelessly to preserve and promote Sarasota's important architectural legacy.  I am thrilled to help demonstrate how the lessons of our regional practitioners are more relevant today than ever,” says Russell.

Architecture Sarasota will retain the shared mission of both organizations, stewarding the legacy of the Sarasota School of Architecture as a point of departure for exploring “good design” globally to the present day. The hallmarks of the Sarasota School, notably sensitivity to climate and environmental concerns, aim to spur innovative, sustainable contemporary design. Architecture Sarasota will provide a forum to educate our community, along with a commitment to support resilient urban planning.

Russell’s leadership comes at a pivotal moment for both organizations. After a decade of success celebrating the architects and architecture of the Sarasota School, SAF’s next era was to be marked by a commitment to scholarship and stewardship of its structures, leading toward establishing a “museum without walls” to ensure the preservation of key Sarasota School of Architecture landmarks and their influence on innovative architecture, design and construction.  Russell’s knowledge of contemporary art and architecture will further enrich the work Center for Architecture Sarasota has done to create a deeper understanding of modern architecture and the place of good design in the contemporary built environment.

“Sarasota’s architectural legacy has been championed by SAF and CFAS separately, achieving incredible interest and success," Ryan Perrone, CFAS Board Chair says. "Together, Architecture Sarasota, under the leadership of Anne-Marie, will exponentially magnify our impact to our community.”  

Photo courtesy of SAF.

[Baked Goods]  Unspooling a Sticky Bun from OfKors
Andrew Fabian, andrew.fabian@srqme.com

The humble rise of the OfKors family of bakeries has flown a little under the radar. Nonetheless, their Main Street flagship quickly became a staple for Downtown pedestrians and their Cattlemen Road location has, in spite of its out-of-the-way location, managed to keep the sweet treats coming even when a certain chain sandwich shop next door shuttered its doors. That success rests largely on the sweet, wheaty shoulders of its baked goods.

With an ever-evolving assortment of rolls, loaves and viennoiserie pastries, a gauge of the bakery’s breadth of talent requires frequent visits. This week, the bakery offered a coconut roll with the look of a tightly-coiled spool of dough. Fluffy, flaky, gently sweetened with a glaze and a touch tropical with the shredded coconut, the roll ate somewhere between a doughy Hawaiian roll and a cinnamon roll, without any of the latter’s propensity to induce drowsiness or diabetic shock. To preserve the beauty of the spiral, eat it by unspooling it from the outside in. It also pairs perfectly with a cappuccino, of kors. 

OfKors on Cattlemen Road is open Monday - Friday from 7 am to 8 pm, and Saturdays from 7:30 am to 5 pm. 

OfKors, 3945 Cattlemen Road

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[New Program ]  Asolo Rep Sets Eyes on Building Inclusive and Equitable Arts Education Programs

Asolo Rep is launching its Theatre for All initiative, a new, comprehensive, community-centered program designed to develop and build access to online and in-person arts education opportunities. With focus on creating spaces for learning that are exciting, welcoming, and responsive, Theatre for All is an opportunity to develop meaningful connections and relationships that can deeply impact our community and our artform. “We believe in the transformative power of the arts for all people,” said Asolo Rep Managing Director Linda DiGabriele. “Theatre for All involves listening to the needs of the community and connecting with a diverse roster of teaching artists. Their voices will have an immediate impact on Asolo Rep and southwest Florida, and experiences here will potentially help shape the impact going forward.” 

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[Virtual Show]  Westcoast Black Theatre Troupe to Livestream ‘April Fools Fête: Nate Jacobs’ Jukebox’

While the live event is sold out, fans can experience the event via livestream, as it happens, from the comfort of their home. Favorite WBTT performers Syreeta S. Banks, Ariel Blue, Michael Mendez, Raleigh Mosely II, Dave Pitts, Leon S. Pitts II and Henry Washington will sing the jukebox hits of the 1960s. The event benefits WBTT's education programs, including: Stage of Discovery, the summer musical theatre intensive program for students ages 13-18; Jazzlinks, WBTT’s high school education program; Rhythm & Tales, an elementary education program; and the Young Artist Program. Despite the challenges of COVID-19, WBTT has pivoted to virtual versions of these programs to continue its mission and ensure continued impact. The event takes place on Monday, April 5, 7-9pm. Livestream tickets are $50/household and are 100% tax-deductible. 


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[Fundraiser]  Jewish Family & Children’s Service Partners with Local Clothing Shop for Event

JFCS of the Suncoast is partnering with Downtown Sarasota clothing boutique, J. McLaughlin to present the 2021 Spring n’ Shop. Fifteen percent of the sales from the Sip n’ Shop will benefit JFCS. This fun shopping event takes place on Friday, March 19, 2021 from 12pm-6pm. 

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[Business Opportunity ]  City Offers Informative How-to Sessions for Vendors

The Procurement Division will offer two distinct opportunities for vendors to learn detailed information on how to do business with the City of Sarasota: Vendor 100: A series of educational courses for vendors Meet-and-greet sessions: Talk one-on-one with a Procurement Division team member. Vendor 100 is a series of five 90-minute classes. Each class focuses on a specific topic to help boost understanding of the City’s procurement process. Vendor 100 starts March 19 and runs through May 21 with each class offered twice. “Each course in the Vendor 100 series is stand-alone and designed to offer helpful guidance on doing business with the City,” said David Boswell, Purchasing General Manager. “Vendors can attend one, all or a combination at no cost.” All classes will be virtual. 

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[Job Opportunity ]  Manatee County Seeks Applicants to Serve as Acting County Administrator

Through March 12, Manatee County Board of County Commissioners is seeking applicants for an acting County Administrator to serve as the local government's chief executive for up to one year while the Commission begins a nationwide search for a permanent County Administrator. 

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[New Grant]  Lee Wetherington Foundation Surpasses $2 Million in Grants Supporting Local Nonprofit Causes

Nearly two decades since its inception, the Lee Wetherington Foundation has reached a considerable charitable milestone, surpassing $2 million in grants awarded to local nonprofit organizations across Sarasota, Manatee, and DeSoto counties. From donating acreage to state parks to building transitional housing for the homeless, the Lee Wetherington Foundation has awarded notable support to a myriad of causes over the years, including the Boys & Girls Clubs of Sarasota and DeSoto Counties, Forty Carrots Family Center, Friends of Oscar Scherer Park, Harvest House, and Westcoast Black Theatre Troupe. Since 2002, Wetherington has gifted more than $2.8 million to the foundation. 

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[SOON]  MUSIC: Sarasota Orchestra: Classics 9: Mozart and Mendelssohn , April 15 – April 27, Varied.

Sarasota Orchestra welcomes world-renowned pianist and conductor Jeffrey Kahane back to the Holley Hall stage in this program featuring Mozart's 14th Piano Concerto from April 15 to 18 and stream for $10 from April 22 to 27. Performing as both soloist and conductor, as Mozart would have done, Kahane will lead the orchestra from his seat at the keyboard in the most intimate kind of music making. The program will continue as Kahane takes to the podium to conduct Mendelssohn's Sinfonia No. 9, written when the composer was only 14.  Recognized early as a child prodigy, young Felix Mendelssohn wrote no fewer than 12 string symphonies between the ages of 12-14. The Sinfonia No. 9 is bustling with the energy of youth, and features a yodeling song in the third movement, a tribute to a Swiss vacation from which the young Mendelssohn had recently returned.

[SOON]  SEMINAR: Virtual: Bookstore1Sarasota: Gina Barreca: Fast Funny Women: 75 Essays of Flash Nonfiction , April 15, 7pm

On Thursday, April 15th at 7pm Fast Funny Women with humorist and scholar Gina Barreca. Gina will delight us with stories from her new book Fast Funny Women: 75 Essays of Flash Nonfiction. A Zoom author visit. Fast Funny Women: 75 Essays of Flash Nonfiction is a broad collection: 75 women writers, ages 20 to 89, were invited by editor Gina Barreca to make a party out of their life’s most unnerving, challenging, illuminating, desperate, and hilarious moments. Hailed as “smart and funny” by People, Gina Barreca was deemed a “feminist humor maven” by Ms. She has written for most major publications, including The New York Times, The Chronicle of Higher Education, Cosmopolitan, and The Harvard Business Review. Board of Trustees Distinguished Professor at UCONN as well as winner of its highest award for excellence in teaching, Gina’s written ten books including the bestselling They Used to Call Me Snow White… but I Drifted. There is no charge for this event. There is an optional fee of $7.00 to help defray the cost to the bookstore. Reservations required for Zoom link.

[SOON]  MUSIC: Virtual: Key Chorale: Coronation Mozart and Haydn , March 5 – March 28

Two timeless masterpieces by Classical music’s original trailblazers who changed the course of music from March 5 to March 28. Mozart’s Coronation Mass gained its nickname when it was conducted by Antonio Salieri for the coronation of Leopold II as King of Bohemia. Haydn wrote his Lord Nelson Mass, originally titled a Mass in Troubled Times, as Napoleon’s army marched toward Vienna. Soprano Suzanne Karpov will make her Key Chorale debut along with soloists Jamal Sarikoki, Matt Morgan and Amy Connours. Repertoire: Coronation Mass K. 317 – Wolfgang A. Mozart and Lord Nelson Mass – Franz J. Haydn.

[SOON]  SEMINAR: Virtual: Manatee Chamber of Commerce: Marking One Year with a Focus on the Future , March 10, 12pm-1pm

The Manatee Chamber will host area leaders from public health, philanthropy, business, and local government to discuss the last year and how we, as a community, turn to the future. The March Headliners virtual event will be held on Wednesday, March 10 from 12pm to 1pm via Zoom. Panelists include: Dr. Jennifer Bencie, Manatee County Health Officer, Florida Department of Health, Susie Bowie, Executive Director, Manatee Community Foundation, Karen Stewart, Acting County Administrator, Manatee County Government, and Jacki Dezelski, President & CEO, Manatee Chamber of Commerce. The cost is $15 for Manatee Chamber and Manatee Young Professionals members and $20 for future members. Reservations are required. To register online, visit www.ManateeChamber.com/Headliners, or you may contact Cara Misiewicz at 941-748-4842, ext. 122 or CaraM@ManateeChamber.com.

[SOON]  SCIENCE AND NATURE: Virtual: Mote Marine: Endless Oceans: Conservation in the Community , March 4 – April 15, 6:30pm-8:30pm

Join us this spring for Endless Oceans: Conservation in the Community. This semester-long course kicks off the first week of March and you do not want to miss it. Designed to give lifelong learners the opportunity to discover and explore the Gulf Coast's vibrant community of environmental conservation organizations, each class will feature Mote research and guest experts from local organizations working to promote environmental conservation. Students will complete a semester-long project on an environmental topic of their choosing. For this semester, we are once again all-virtual for classes (via interactive Zoom Meetings) and we have added an exciting option for local participants, 3 in-person, fresh air field trips. The semester runs from March 4 through April 15 and will take place from 6:30pm to 8:30pm, registration closes on March 3 and space is limited.

[SOON]  THEATER: Westcoast Black Theatre Troupe: Pipeline , March 3 – April 11, 2pm and 7:30pm

Nya, a dedicated inner-city public high school teacher, is desperate to give her only son Omari, opportunities her students will never have. When a controversial incident at his private school threatens to get him expelled, Nya must confront his rage and her own choices as a parent. Pipeline, running from March 3 until Apil 11, 2021 at 2pm and 7:30pm, is an unforgettable story of a mother's fight to give her son a future - without turning her back on their community.

Westcoast Black Theatre Troupe, 1012 North Orange Avenue

[SOON]  GALLERY: Conservation Foundation: Special Gallery Hours: Reflecting on Florida , March 19 – March 20, 1pm-4pm

Conservation Foundation of the Gulf Coast will host special gallery hours on March 19 and 20 to view the works of fine arts painter Deborah Pierce Bonnell and her exhibit of landscapes and nature, entitled Reflecting on Florida. The artist will be present on both days, and has generously offered a 20% discount on all artwork purchased. Credit cards are accepted. Gallery hours in the Burrows-Matson House are from 1pm to 4pm on Friday, March 19, and Saturday, March 20, at 400 Palmetto Avenue in Osprey. Attendance is limited for this special gallery event and COVID-19 protocols will be in place. Masks are required and registration will be for a specific 30-minute time period. Only 10 guests will be allowed in the gallery at a time. Visit www.conservationfoundation.com/events to register. Deborah Pierce Bonnell is a graduate of the Rhode Island School of Design and her career has encompassed graphic design, textile design and teaching. She has focused on fine art, painting since 1995 and has exhibited at shows and galleries throughout New England and Texas; her works hang in many private collections. Learn more at www.deborahpiercebonnell.com.

[SOON]  GALLERY: The Ringling: The Edge Becomes the Center: A Contemplation on Community , March 1 – March 31, Gallery hours.

The Community Gallery at the John and Mable Ringling Museum of Art is pleased to present The Edge Becomes the Center: A Contemplation on Community. The photography exhibition is a collaboration with Senior Friendship Centers and Ringling College of Art and Design. The project, orchestrated by Ringling College of Art and Design students Mathew Dalton and Adam Misiti, involved capturing images of LBGTQ adults in their homes as they dealt with the Covid pandemic and the resulting isolation. Additionally, Dalton and Misiti dedicated time to interviewing each of the five participants to best share their individual stories. The Community Gallery is located on the first level of the Ting Tsung and Wei Fong Chao Center for Asian Art, and admission to the gallery is always free. More information can be found at ringling.org.

[SOON]  MUSIC: Van Wezel: Proud Tina: The Ultimate Tribute to Tina Turner , March 9, 8pm

Get the electrifying concert experience of Tina Turner, brimming with Tina hits from the 60s, 70s, 80s & 90s at 8pm on March 9, 2021. The powerful raspy vocals, high-intensity dancing and thrilling stage presence live on stage, plus band, brass section, backing vocalists and dancers, making this the definitive tribute and a fabulous night out.

[SOON]  SEMINAR: Virtual: Bookstore1Sarasota: The Mysteries to Die For Zoom Book Club led by Elsie Souza , March 9, 11am

On Tuesday, March 9th at 11am The Mysteries to Die For Zoom Book Club led by Elsie Souza. This month we are discussing The Searcher by Tana French. A fee of $34 is required for participation. This includes a copy of The Searcher to be picked up at Bookstore1 and the book club meeting. The fee is $39.50 to have the book shipped. Cal Hooper thought a fixer-upper in a bucolic Irish village would be the perfect escape. After twenty-five years in the Chicago police force and a bruising divorce, he just wants to build a new life in a pretty spot with a good pub where nothing much happens. But when a local kid whose brother has gone missing arm-twists him into investigating, Cal uncovers layers of darkness beneath his picturesque retreat, and starts to realize that even small towns shelter dangerous secrets. Ticket purchase required for Zoom link.

[SOON]  SEMINAR: Virtual: The Ringling: Gallery Conversation: Strong Women , March 9, 10:30am

Women have been making history since the beginning of time. On this tour, you'll meet some of the heroines in the Ringling's collection and hear their stories virtually on March 9 at 10:30am. This event is free for members and $5 for non-members.

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