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SRQ DAILY Apr 27, 2021

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"It's more important than ever that Black stories have a place to be told, heard, and valued."

- Julie Leach, Westcoast Black Theatre Troupe Executive Director

-Golden Hour, as seen in SRQ's April 2021 edition. Click the photo for the full article.
[Sandwich]  A Cheap Hot Cuban . . . Sandwich, Not Person
Andrew Fabian, andrew.fabian@srqme.com

As a Cuban American that grew up in Miami, I still cringe a little when I see a sandwich shop advertise “hot Cubans.” I appreciate the opportunity for a good dad joke, but it does leave me feeling a tad objectified. More broadly, nobody in Miami drops the “sandwich” in “Cuban sandwich” when ordering one because, firstly, there is more than one sandwich in the Cuban sandwich pantheon and, secondly, Cubans are generally people and not sandwiches.

All of that said, I have no problem when Maximillian’s Café lists the sandwich as a “pressed Cuban” because it’s clearly listed beneath a section labeled “hot sandwiches.” Moreover, the sandwich is damn good and mostly true to form. Roast pork, ham and Swiss cheese come generously stacked between two slices of Cuban bread that, though a little more dense than typical loaves of Cuban bread, was still fluffy enough to not turn into cement when pressed. Mustard and pickles give it all the moisture and tang it needs, but the pepperoncini, not usually found on a Cuban sandwich, was a nice twist. At $7.65 for a 12” sandwich and chips, this hot Cuban runs cheap. 

Maximillian's Cafe, 1695 10th Street

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[Fried Chicken ]  Betty Knows Best
Ariel Chates, ariel.chates@srqme.com

Sandwiched between two taquerias inside the Oneco Farmer’s Market in Bradenton is a fried chicken joint ready to put Popeye’s out of business.

Barnyard Betty is serving up homestyle chicken and wings but those in the know order the wrap. Their scratch-made deep fried chicken is chopped up and mixed with bacon, lettuce, tomato, shredded cheese and ranch in a spinach tortilla. The secret, surprise ingredient–and star of the show, is the corn. Crispy, crunchy and sweet it adds an unexpected twist and creates a delicious wrap/burrito mash-up.

To truly get the full barnyard experience skip the fries and double down on the chicken with wings as your side. Another insider tip? Order the hot lemon pepper–a mix of buffalo sauce and lemon pepper seasoning. The lemon pepper adds a savory note to the spice and the marinated chicken falls right off the bone. Pair any of this with their syrupy-sweet and sour lemonades either classic or strawberry pina colada and you’re set.

Barnyard Betty is open all week 11am to 7pm. 

5108 15th St E, Bradenton, FL 34203

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[New Movie]  The Ringling Will Hold Screening of The Blood is at the Doorstep

Sarasota, Florida- The John and Mable Ringling Museum of Art will be screening The Blood is at the Doorstep Friday, May 21, at 6:30pm. The screening will be followed by a Say His Name virtual panel discussion. The discussion, which is available via Zoom, will include four women whose families have been impacted by police violence over the last decade. Tickets for the film and panel discussion inside the Historic Asolo Theater are $15, $13.50 for members and $10 for students. Guests may also attend just the virtual panel discussion via Zoom. Tickets are $5 per household or free for members. 

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[New Show]  WBTT Voices Program Returns with Virtual Offering

Westcoast Black Theatre Troupe (WBTT) is pleased to reinvigorate its WBTT Voices program with a special offering, “Telling Our Stories in the Black Theatre,” on May 4. In conjunction with WBTT’s new production of Dominique Morisseau’s play, “Pipeline,” renowned journalist Charlayne Hunter-Gault will facilitate a panel discussion via Zoom with Morisseau, WBTT Founder and Artistic Director Nate Jacobs, and “Pipeline” director L. Peter Callender. "At WBTT, our focus continues to be on the African-American experience and topics,” said WBTT executive director Julie Leach. “As our country continues to grapple with the highly-charged issue of racial inequality, and as WBTT presents Morisseau’s ‘Pipeline,’ a story that takes a hard look at the future prospects of the angry young Black son of the lead character, it’s more important than ever that Black stories have a place to be told, heard, and valued.” 

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[Car Show]  Exotic Automobile Show Hosted by Wheel Base and Gentlemen Drivers Group

If you don’t yet own a Lamborghini but want to see one in person, Wheel Base and Gentlemen Drivers Group is inviting the public to a free car show, May 1, 10am-3pm, at 1600 Sarasota Blvd., Sarasota. Sponsors of the event will be on hand that day with cars on display and welcome tents, including Gentlemen Driver's Group, Lamborghini of Sarasota, Dimmitt Automotive, Hagerty Insurance, and Corsa 7. The event will also feature food trucks and live music. 

[Information Session ]  SRQ Strong Presents “Community Partnership Schools: A Trauma-Informed Approach”

Join families, school officials, and community members in a courageous conversation about our public education system. The Community Partnership Schools model leverages the social and institutional capital of long-term partners, making it possible for the school to offer resources and services that address the needs identified by the community. Although each CPS is different, common supports include healthcare, clothing, meals, parental engagement, instruction enrichment and tutoring - relieving teachers to focus on academics. The objective is to meet the social, emotional, mental, physical, nutritional and sometimes financial needs of students, fully immersing them in the opportunities offered by their school.  

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[New Grant]  Community Foundation of Sarasota County Awards $203,000 in Grants Promoting Animal Welfare

Through its annual Animal Welfare competitive grant cycle, the Community Foundation of Sarasota County has awarded 14 local nonprofit organizations that promote the humane care of domestic animals across four counties, as well as the care of all animals located in Sarasota County that have yet to find a home. With generous support from the Helen C. Schwieder Fund, Robert Parker Fund, and others, $203,000 has been provided to support veterinarian visits, medicines, food, emergency medical services, and rehabilitative care for animals in need. Grants will also work towards strengthening nonprofit capacity through the development of volunteer and foster care programs. A committee of community volunteers, staff, and local animal welfare experts were part of the evaluation process. 

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[Shark Research]  World-Renowned Shark Expert Brings Global Shark Conservation and Collaboration Program to Mote Marine Laboratory and the Center for Shark Research

Mote Marine Laboratory & Aquarium is pleased to welcome Dr. Demian Chapman as Senior Scientist & the new Director of Center for Shark Research at Mote. As a Senior Scientist in Mote's Research Division, he will also serve as the Manager for the Sharks & Rays Conservation Research Program, and hold the title of Perry W. Gilbert Chair in Shark Research. Dr. Michael P. Crosby, Mote President & CEO said,  “Demian not only brings a wealth of knowledge and expertise about the state of shark populations around the world, but also a framework from which Mote can both address challenges and build opportunities for the recovery and long-term conservation of these keystone ocean species around the world.”   

Photo credit: Credit Andy Mann.

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[Recognition]  Fifth Third Bank Named to Forbes Best Employers for Diversity 2021 List

Fifth Third Bank, National Association, has been named to the Forbes list of Best Employers for Diversity 2021. This prestigious award is presented by Forbes and Statista Inc., the world-leading statistics portal and industry ranking provider.  

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[Job Opportunity ]  Manatee Schools Looking for Support Staff Champions to Join the Team

The School District of Manatee County is holding a Support Staff Job Fair on Friday, April 30, 2021, from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. at the Wakeland Support Center, which is located at 1812 27th Street East in Bradenton. Support jobs available include school bus drivers, school bus attendants, cafeteria managers, custodians, food service workers and vehicle mechanics. 

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[Recognition]  Sarasota Manatee HR Association Awarded for Elevating Human Resources and Improving Workplaces

SHRM (the Society for Human Resource Management) recently awarded the Sarasota Manatee HR Association its prestigious EXCEL PLATINUM Award for the Chapter’s accomplishments in 2020, led by 2020 Chapter President Renee Hood of First Watch Restaurants. The EXCEL award is given to SHRM state councils and chapters to recognize major accomplishments, strategic activities, and tactical initiatives that elevate the HR profession.   

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[Holiday Event]  Celebrate Mother's Day at Phillippi Creek

Phillippi Creek is open Mother’s Day and every day from 11 am for lunch and dinner. There’s plenty of room for everyone, indoors or out. Enjoy luscious King Crab legs, scrumptious steamer boats, bountiful shrimp cocktails, incredible salads, and much more prepared by the skillful hands of Chef Pedro and Chef Rafael. And don’t forget their Sunday Champagne Cocktail Happy Hour, 11 to 4, including Bloody Marys. 

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[In This Issue]  Jaws Open

Sinking our teeth into the newest, sharpest vodka on the market from Shark Tooth Distillery. 

Click here to read the full article in SRQ's April 2021 edition.

[COVID-19]  Sarasota County Area Transit Driver Tests Positive for COVID-19

The Florida Department of Health (DOH) has confirmed a positive COVID-19 test result for a Sarasota County Area Transit (SCAT) driver on Friday, April 23. In consultation with DOH-Sarasota, SCAT has identified the following routes that were operated by the affected driver:

  • Saturday, April 17 – Route 40, 5:48am to 9:35am.
  • Sunday, April 18 – Route 1713, 5:53am  to 12:40pm.
  • Monday, April 19 and Tuesday April 20 – Route 99, 5:45-10:45am and a single trip on Route 7 starting at 5:10am. 

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[SOON]  SEMINAR: Let's Save Siesta Key Public Meeting , May 19, 7pm

Let's save Siesta Key by becoming our own town. Do you believe Siesta Key has a voice worth hearing? We stood up against the dredging of Big Pass and were not heard. The development of the Promenade will create even worse traffic, we spoke but were not heard. Now four large proposed projects that require special exception for density and height are trying to be built, we are not being heard. We believe our community of residents and businesses deserve to have a voice that is heard. The next public meeting will be held on  May 19, 2021 at 7pm at Siesta Chapel, 4615 Gleason Avenue with guest speaker and topic to be determined. Get involved at www.savesiestakey.org to donate, volunteer and learn.

[SOON]  MUSIC: Sarasota Orchestra: Chamber Soirees: Music of Youth , September 26, 4pm

A program about the joys of youth, written by the young and young at heart on Sunday, September 26 at 4pm at Holley Hall. Inspired by Shel Silverstein's Where the Sidewalk Ends. The progam consists of Josef Suk Piano Quartet in A Minor, Op. 1, Janacek Mladi ("Youth Suite"), Kenji Bunch Shout Chorus, and Mendelssohn String Quartet No. 1, Op. 12.

[SOON]  MUSIC: Sarasota Orchestra: Chamber Soirees: Shall We Dance? , October 10, 4pm

From the ballet to the ballroom, music that will make you want to move on Sunday, October 10 at 4pm at Holley Hall. Inspired by Elizabeth Hobbs's Slow Dancing on the Highway: the Trip North. This program consists of Haydn String Quartet Op. 33, No. 2 "The Joke," Marquez Danza de mediodia, Quinn Mason String Quartet No. 2, and Piazzolla L'Histoire du Tango.

[SOON]  MUSIC: Sarasota Orchestra: Chamber Soirees: American Lyric , October 28, 5:30pm

The soundtrack of America as heard by three diverse masters on Thursday, October 28 at 5:30pm at Holley Hall. Inspired by Amanda Gorman's Excerpt from In This Place (An American Lyric). This program consists of Amy Beach String Quartet Op. 89, Samuel Barber Summer Music for Woodwind Quintet, and Dvorak String Quintet "American."

[SOON]  MUSIC: Sarasota Orchestra: Chamber Soirees: Sarasota String Quartet , December 19, 4pm

Four instruments, unlimited potential. The glorious power of the string quartet cannot be contained on Sunday, December 19 at 4pm at Holley Hall. Inspired by Friedrich Schiller's The Gods of Greece. This program consists of Mozart String Quartet No. 14, K. 387, Caroline Shaw Plan & Elevation, and Schubert String Quartet No. 13 in A minor, "Rosamunde."

[SOON]  MUSIC: Sarasota Orchestra: Chamber Soirees: Mendelssohn Octet , January 23, 4pm

Schubert's bewitching "night music" leads to the joyous sunshine of Mendelssohn's most beloved work on Sunday, January 23 at 4pm at Holley Hall. Inspired by Goethe's The Beautiful Night. This program consists of Schubert Nocturne (for trio) and Mendelssohn Octet.

[SOON]  MUSIC: Sarasota Orchestra: Chamber Soirees: Inheritance , January 27, 5:30pm

Each of these extraordinary composers learned the "family business" from his father on Thursday, January 27 at 5:30pm at Holley Hall. Inspired by Bruce Weigl's The Harp. This program consists of Beethoven Quintet Op. 16 for Piano and Winds, Michael Tilson Thomas Street Song, and Mozart String Quartet No. 17, K. 458, "The Hunt."

[SOON]  MUSIC: Sarasota Orchestra: Chamber Soirees: Voices of Color , February 17, 5:30pm

These remarkable composers share life-affirming music born of their African-American experience on Thursday, February 17 at 5:30pm at Holley Hall. Inspired by Nikki Giovanni's BLK History Month. This program consists of William Grant Still Miniatures for Woodwind Quintet, Valerie Coleman Red Clay and Mississippi Delta, Valerie Coleman Umoja, and Florence Price String Quartet No. 2 in A minor.

[SOON]  MUSIC: Sarasota Orchestra: Chamber Soirees: Quintessential Clarinet , April 10, 4pm

Sarasota Orchestra Principal Clarinetist Bharat Chandra in a program of music highlighting this most versatile of instruments on Sunday, April 10 at 4pm at Holley Hall. Inspired by Henry Wadsworth Longfellow's A Psalm of Life. This program consists of Coleridge-Taylor Clarinet Quintet and Brahms Clarinet Quintet.

[SOON]  SEMINAR: Virtual: Bookstore1Sarasota: Poetry Reading with Poet Peter Filkins , April 27, 7pm

On Tuesday, April 27th at 7pm A special poetry reading and discussion with poet Peter Filkins. Bookstore1’s resident poetry expert, Doug Knowlton, will facilitate the discussion. A diverse display of formal dexterity, narrative power, and lyrical resonance, Peter Filkins's latest collection of poems, Water / Music, delves into the fraught relationship between the natural world and the human. Peter Filkins is a poet, translator, critic, essayist, and biographer. He is the author of five collections of poetry, the most recent of which, Water / Music, will be published by Johns Hopkins University Press on April 6th. 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]  SEMINAR: Virtual: Gulf Coast Community Foundation: Creating a Culture of Civility, Diversity, and Inclusion in Your Nonprofit , April 27, 9am-12pm

As a part of its Invest in Incredible initiative, Gulf Coast Community Foundation is offering the virtual nonprofit capacity-building workshop Creating a Culture of Civility, Diversity, and Inclusion in Your Nonprofit. The interactive April 27 session will share a framework and tools for authentically integrating diversity, equity, and inclusion into your organization’s culture from 9am to 12pm. The three-hour program will consist of activities and group discussions focused on creating a deeper understanding of core concepts of DEI. Gulf Coast is offering this workshop to participants from regional nonprofits free of charge, but space is limited. To learn more and register, visit GulfCoastCF.org/events.

[SOON]  MUSEUM: The Ringling: For Real This Time , December 20 – May 16

Ringling Museum of Art's video exhibition Real This Time will showcase the work of artists including Bear Witness from April 23 until May 16. During this extraordinary time, video has become the key medium contributing to the public sphere. Video, often captured on cellphones and shared through social media, exposes social justice issues and matters of civic life to a global audience. For Real This Time features video-based works that examine the current state of American society and pose uncomfortable yet vital questions about personal and collective attitudes toward issues of race and inequality. The exhibition is presented in a sequence of individual screenings. Each work brings to light narratives of systemic racism and offers a unique inquiry that evokes historical exchange to illustrate the expansiveness of the issues affecting Black, Indigenous and People of Color (BIPOC) today. For Real This Time opens up a space for deeper reflection on the common experience of resilience across cultures in order to create a shift in our psyches that inspires tangible and effective change.

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