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SRQ DAILY May 21, 2021

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"If you're not taking a chance, you're not creating art. "

- Jeffery Kin, Producing Artistic Director

-Chasing Happy, as seen in SRQ's May/June 2021 edition. Click photo for the full article.
[Creative Director]  Jeffery Kin Plays the Dad Role at The Players Centre
Andrew Fabian, andrew.fabian@srqme.com

Most people that know Jeffery Kin say he gives off “expectant father” vibes whenever a Players Centre production begins. The producing artistic director of the company scrambles around the venue, checking and double checking every facet of the production, from sound and lighting to blocking and wardrobe. “There are just all these things that can go wrong,” he says, “and with one-night shows, my energy is always just a little higher.”

But last Wednesday at Selby Gardens, things went right and Kin oversaw the birth of a healthy baby musical. As part of The Players efforts to continue producing safe shows and Selby’s push to host more outdoor performances, Kin produced a one-time show for the gardens’ Lichtenstein Nights programming that included musical numbers along with some original dialogue that served as segue between songs.

Performers Kathryn Parks and Charlie Logan stole the show, but the victory belonged to everyone involved in helping keep live performance alive while the world slowly comes out of its pandemic hangover. “We never stopped producing, even during the summer,” says Kin, “as long as we were outside and the venue had power, parking and potties—the three Ps—we just figured, why not?”

The other side of the equation was the demolition of the theatre company’s old venue on Tamiami Trail. “We were paying a lot to stay in that space and were supposed to be out by May anyway,” says Kin, “so I went around the city for months looking for empty spaces where we could perform while we waited for our Lakewood Ranch location to be built.” The search proved difficult until Kin finally found the right situation in a building trying to redefine itself. “Along with William Skaggs, our newish CEO, we were able to negotiate a lease on a space at Crossings at Siesta Key,” says Kin.

That new space, dubbed 1130 in honor of its suite number, gives The Players an indoor venue to supplement its success with shows like Lichtenstein Nights and its annual Sleepy Hollow production at the Polo Grounds. Productions will begin in October of this year, with a full season announcement coming in July.

As for Kin’s “expectant father” vibes, after last week’s Selby performance he now has cause to play the proud father. “Again, there was so much that could’ve gone wrong,” he says, “but if you’re not taking a chance, you’re not creating art. We’ve worked hard to stay relevant and active, and I’m most proud of that.” 

Photo Credit: Cliff Roles.

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[New Book]  SRQ Book Club: Mary Jane: A Novel by Jessica Anya Blau
Roxanne Baker, Bookseller at BookStore1

Mary Jane: A Novel is the perfect summer time fiction read set in Baltimore, Maryland and Rehoboth Beach, Delaware during the oxymoronic 1970’s. A decade duly described as an oxymoron considering it was both an era of candid innocence (think of the t.v. shows like All in the Family), and a period of wild decadence ie. Playboy Magazines, swingers and drugs.

Mary Jane is an only child teen stuck in the middle of these extremes with two conservative parents still clinging to ‘traditional’ values. When she gets the chance to nanny for a summer for two liberal by-products of the 60’s types, she realizes just how uptight (and prejudicially close minded) her parents are. This is not to say that her employers are innocent or perfect, yet their honesty helps Mary Jane discover herself as an individual simultaneously converging with the universal epiphany that parents are simply fallible humans rather than gods.

For people who came of age in the 1970’s, this book is a retrospective blast involving all the kitsch of the ‘70’s, Bonne Bell lip gloss, Aqua Net hairspray, to starch ironed sheets, just to name a few. A fun subplot involving a celebrity couple reminiscent of Cher and Gregg Allman, who move in with the groovy parents whom Mary Jane works for, introduce her to everything from sex talk, risque fashions (think crocheted bikinis), and the rock and roll musical Hair.

Many times, people come into BookStoreOne yearning for a book that’s not bleak or trauma filled and Mary Jane: A Novel is the ticket for a fun, but poignant walk down memory lane. Mary Jane: A Novel is available now at BookStoreOne Sarasota at 12 S. Palm Avenue 

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[Safe Arts Sarasota]  Jason Ettore of Sarasota Ballet on SafeArtsSarasota
Andrew Fabian, andrew.fabian@srqme.com

In this week’s #SafeArtsSarasota spotlight, Sarasota Ballet’s marketing director, Jason Ettore, shares what it was like co-creating a marketing campaign with other organizations.

“When we started the [#SafeArtsSarasota] project and got all the marketing directors together, I thought it would be hard to get everyone on the same page. But everyone was really collaborative and a few weeks after that first conversation we already had ads, hashtags, little features, etc. Another important thing to remember is that this initiative is not just about now, it’s also about next season. We hope over the summer things continue to get better with vaccinations, but I think [arts organizations] will be processing the impact of the pandemic for the next couple seasons. Overall, we’re excited to reopen safely and use the arts to help people move on.” 

Photo Credit: Cliff Roles.

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[New Show]  Straight No Chaser Returns to Sarasota

Chart-topping a cappella group Straight No Chaser returns to Sarasota on Friday, November 12 at 8pm. Their “Back In The High Life” tour marks the group’s return to in-person shows after a year of cancellations due to the pandemic. Tickets for the November show at the Van Wezel are $29.50-$69.50 and can be purchased at www.VanWezel.org

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[New Show]  Prepare for a Foot-Stomping Good Time with The Wandering Hours

The Wandering Hours are a Neo-traditional mountain folk band whose contemporary songwriting has an old timey feel. Banjo, mandolin, guitar and foot percussion underscore the band’s thoughtful lyrics and story-telling.  The Wandering Hours will play the Fogartyville Community Media and Arts Center on Sunday, May 23 at 8pm.  Tickets are $12 for members and $15 for the General Public.   

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[New Show]  Jalen Baker Quartet to Perform at Fogartyville

A recipient of the South Arts Jazz Road Tours Grant, the Jalen Baker Quartet will perform at the Fogartyville Community Media and Arts Center on Monday, May 24th.  The concert is presented in conjunction with Modern Marimba.  The Jalen Baker Quartet consists of Jalen Baker, vibraphone, Paul Cornish, piano, Gavin Moolchan, drums, and Gabriel Godoy, bass. Jalen will  promote his debut album during his Jazz Road Tour.  Jalen’s quartet has performed at Jazz Showcase in Chicago, Cezanne Jazz Club in Houston, Timucua Arts in Orlando and Good Times Jazz Club in Savannah, Georgia. Tickets for the show are $15 for members and $18 for the general public.  

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[Schedule Update]  The Van Wezel Announces 2021-2022 Subscription Series

The Van Wezel Performing Arts Hall announces the 2021-2022 Subscription Series, featuring a fun variety of Broadway productions, Classical performances and Subscriber Specials. New performances have been added to a mix of rescheduled shows for a great season of live entertainment. Subscriptions are available for purchase now. The Broadway Series includes Escape to Margaritaville (October 29), Come From Away (November 23-28), Beautiful – The Carole King Musical (January 18-19), Jersey Boys (January 25-26), An American in Paris (February 2-3), Anastasia (March 18-20), An Officer and a Gentleman (April 6-7), South Pacific (April 14-15) and Fiddler on the Roof (April 19-21).  

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[Ticket Sale]  Bradenton Blues Festival Tickets on Sale June 1

The Bradenton Blues Festival Weekend will take place December 3 - 5, 2021. The Friday and Saturday concerts will be held at LECOM Park and the Sunday Blues Brunch at Mattison's Riverwalk Grille. Tickets will be available on June 1, 2021 at BradentonBluesFestival.org/tickets

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[New Show]  Hitman Tour with David Foster at the Van Wezel

Sixteen-time Grammy®-winner David Foster returns to the Van Wezel on Monday, December 6 at 8pm Tickets for An Intimate Evening with David Foster: HITMAN Tour are on sale now.  

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[Immersive Experience ]  St. Armands Circle Announces Summer Happening Series

St. Armands Circle, the renowned shopping district located between Sarasota Bay and the Gulf of Mexico, announced on Thursday, the destination will officially kick off a new summer happening series from Jun. through Sept. – “Sol of the Circle.” Sol of the Circle, a joint effort by the St. Armands Circle Association and St. Armands Business Improvement District, will invite locals and tourists alike to immerse themselves and enjoy distinct reoccurring monthly happenings and a new arts-focused event scheduled for Sept. 18. The Sol of the Circle summer series will last from Jun. to Sept. 2021 and is expected to include: · Songs on the Circle: Every First Tuesday of the Month, 6-9pm, Breathe: An Outdoor Yoga Series: Every Second Wednesday of the Month, 6-7pm, St. Armands Family Day: Every Last Sunday of the Month, 11am to 1pm and Sarasota Arts LIVE: Sept. 18, 2021.


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[New Show]  Sophie Tucker: The Last of the Red Hot Mamas Opens Florida Studio Theatre's 2021 Summer Mainstage Series

 Florida Studio Theatre (FST) opens its 29th Summer Mainstage Series with the return of one of the most successful shows in the theatre’s history, Sophie Tucker: The Last of the Red Hot Mamas. Called “Thoroughly winning” and “One-of-a-kind” by NPR, this sizzling show tells the intriguing life story of Sophie Tucker, a pioneering entertainer who proved that a woman could reach the top of show business on her own terms. Created by Jack Fournier and Kathy Halenda, Sophie Tucker will run in FST’s Gompertz Theatre for limited capacity audiences beginning June 2. 

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[New Show]  Soul Sensations & Friends Support Westcoast Black Theatre Troupe with Special Event

In mid-June, The Soul Sensations & Friends return to Westcoast Black Theatre Troupe to perform on the popular outdoor concert stage, in support of WBTT and the important role it plays in the local community. Like 2019’s “Black or White: Makes My Music Right” and previous concerts produced by Dr. Randall Morgan to benefit WBTT, “Put Your Hands Together” is a revue of rhythm & blues songs and timeless pop hits. The proceeds from "Put Your Hands Together" will support WBTT’s mission. Shows take place each evening, Friday-Sunday, June 11-13, at 8pm. Tickets are $50/person, with seating in socially distanced parties of one or two. 

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[New Festival]  Snook Haven and The Suncoast Blues Society Present 
the 9th Annual Myakka River Blues Festival

Don’t miss the 9th Annual Myakka River Blues Festival at Snook Haven, located at 5000 East Venice Avenue in Venice, Fla., on Memorial Day - Monday, May 31st. Rain or shine, the festival will be rockin' along the River from 11am to 6pm. Admission is $10. Ticket sales will be limited to a maximum of 600 to keep audience size minimal and allow adequate spacing for social distancing. If tickets are still available the day of the event, they can be purchased at the door for $20.  

[Celebration ]  Passport to The Bazaar

The Bazaar on Apricot & Lime is celebrating their 3rd Birthday on Friday, May 28 from 4- 8 pm. Join the fun and be entered to win a Sarasota Staycation ($1,000 value). Meet the 25+ vendors and artisans of The Bazaar, plus a dozen guest vendors outside in the courtyard, including animal rescue Satchel’s Last Resort. Enjoy live music by Sean Adam Walsh, and have dinner at Hamlet’s Eatery.  There will be free wine and, free J’Dub’s beer, and many other fun surprises. 

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[New Mural]  Bogati Urn Company Again Commissions Local Artist to Create Mural for New Office Exterior

There’s a new piece of paradise in Sarasota. And its location might be surprising: Northgate Industrial Park. Bogati Urn Company is thrilled to announce a new Florida-themed mural adorning its new company headquarters, located at 1730 Independence Boulevard. “I just couldn’t leave the original mural. It was too special and representative of our area to leave behind,” said Bogard LeBlanc. “Luckily, a blank wall above the entryway of the new building offered a prime location for showcasing another one of Matt’s creations.” 

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[New Show]  The Bridge Series Wraps up with Synia Carroll and La Lucha

The final concert in the Bridge Jazz Series will feature Synia Carroll and La Lucha on Thursday, May 27th. The concert will be livestreamed and there will be limited in-person seating.  Doors will open at 7pm and the concert will begin at 7:30pm.  Livestreaming tickets are $10 for The Jazz Club of Sarasota and WSLR+Fogartyville members, $15 for non-members, and $25 for those that will host a watch party.   In-person seats are being sold in tables of four - $60 for members/$80 for non-members. 

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[In This Issue]  Crafty Cafeteria

Bistro at Sarasota Art Museum reinvents school lunch. 

Click here to read the full article in SRQ's May/June 2021 edition.

[SOON]  GRAB BAG: Virtual: Children's Cancer Center: All In Poker Tournament , June 17

The Children's Cancer Center is hosting an All In Virtual Poker Tournament on Thursday, June 17 for the kids. Sponsorship opportunities include Royal Flush Title Sponsor - $10,000, Full House Sponsor - $2,500, and Prize Sponsors. If interested, Please contact Director of Development and community engagement, julien borbon at jborbon@childrenscancercenter.org.

[SOON]  GRAB BAG: Virtual: Children's Cancer Center: 9th Annual Chick-fil-A Fall Stampede , September 1 – September 30

This year marks the 9th annual Chick-fil-A Fall Stampede benefitting the Children’s Cancer Center. The event is held every September, Childhood Cancer Awareness month. We challenge you to virtually walk or run with your herd for the Children’s Cancer Center. Run/Walk: We challenge you to set a mileage goal to complete by the end of September. All participants will be entered in a chance drawing where 30 people will win FREE Chick-fil-A for a MONTH; 1 Mile, 5 Miles, 10 Miles, 25 Miles, 50 Miles, and 100 Miles. Raise: Create a fundraising page and raise funds throughout the challenge for the immediate needs of children battling pediatric cancer. The top 10 fundraisers will receive FREE Chick-fil-A for a MONTH. Packet Pickup: Drive by our COVID-19 compliant Packet Pick Up Party on Monday, August 31 from 8am to 10am or 6pm to 8pm where all participants will receive a t-shirt, swag bag and a Chick-fil-A sandwich. Tampa: Children’s Cancer Center (4901 W. Cypress St. Tampa) or Sarasota: Fruitville Chick-fil-A (5384 Fruitville Rd., Sarasota). Free Chick-fil-A for a Month consists of 30 promotional cards redeemable for a free Chick-fil-A entrée (Chick-fil-A Sandwich, Original or Spicy, Chick- fil-A Nuggets, Original or Grilled (8-count) or a Grilled Chicken Sandwich). Valid during lunch and dinner hours only.

[SOON]  GRAB BAG: Children's Cancer Center: 8th Annual Wine, Women & Shoes , November 4, 7pm-10pm

The event will include the sip, stop and shop marketplace filled with wine tastings from vintners around the world and shopping from exclusive vendors on November 4 from 7pm to 10pm at Armature Works, 1910 N. Ola Ave. in Tampa. Enjoy hors d’oeuvres, chances to win a closet filled with $30,000 of coveted items, bid on exciting silent auction packages and more. The second portion of our evening will entail a high end fashion show along with a live auction and entertainment. Since the inception, this event has collectively raised over one million dollars for the immediate needs of children and families battling childhood cancer. Don’t miss out on Tampa Bay’s event of the year. All guests will enjoy complimentary wine and champagne. Passed Hors d’oeuvres will be present during pre show along with our fabulous food vendors with tastings from some of the best Tampa restaurants. It is suggested to eat a heavier meal before attending. A suit is the easiest option for men heading to a fashion show. Mix things up if you prefer a more striking look. Instead of your usual tie, leave the top few buttons on your dress shirt undone and add a plaid scarf. Most women wear a cocktail dress or an outfit for a girls night on the town. Women typically wear with their most extravagant pair of heels to contend in the Best in Shoe competition.

[SOON]  MUSIC: Van Wezel: An Intimate Evening with David Foster: Hitman Tour , December 6, 8pm

Sixteen-time Grammy-winner David Foster returns to the Van Wezel on Monday, December 6 at 8pm. Tickets for An Intimate Evening with David Foster: HITMAN Tour are on sale now. A prolific songwriter, David played a key role in the career launches of Celine Dion, Josh Groban, Michael Bublé and more. Some of his most beloved hits include “And Love Goes On,” “Follow Me,” “Only You” and “Please Hold On.” A performer in his own right, he hosted “Foster & Friends” – two star-studded events that were filmed for Great Performances on PBS. David’s Hit Man and The Hit Man Returns became PBS’ highest-rated pledge drive shows. This performance will feature many of David’s top hits, with musicians and vocalists performing along with him. Tickets are $47-$107 and can be purchased at www.VanWezel.org, by calling the box office at 941-263-6799 or by visiting the box office Monday through Friday between 10am and 4pm.

Van Wezel Performing Arts Hall, 777 North Tamiami Trail

[SOON]  DANCE: Sarasota Contemporary Dance: Behind the Curtain with Dazaun Soleyn , May 26, 1:15pm

Behind the Curtain with Dazaun Soleyn featuring work in-progress that will be presented during our Dance Makers 2022 Performance will take place on Wednesday, May 26 at 1:15pm. Dazaun Soleyn, artistic director of dazaun.dance, graduated as the University of South Florida’s Outstanding Graduate with a BFA in Modern Dance Performance and Choreography. Upon graduation, Dazaun was accepted as a Trainee at the Alonzo King LINES Ballet Training Program (LBTP). With an intention to create holistic art that aims to illuminate the dynamic fullness of the human soul, Dazaun has been actively presenting work in the Bay Area since the Fall of 2014. His teaching credits include the Alonzo King LINES Ballet Training Program, University of South Florida, Cal-State University East Bay, Alonzo King LINES Ballet BFA Program, Dance Mission Theater, and ODC Commons. Dazaun has also been commissioned to create works on the Oakland Ballet Company, The Alonzo King LINES Ballet Summer Program, and the University of San Francisco Performing Arts and Social Justice Department. Currently, Dazaun is a Dance Adjunct Professor for the University of San Francisco Performing Arts and Social Justice Program, a certificated Gyrotonic Instructor, Level 2 Reiki Practitioner, and an Energy Worker. He is also pursuing a Master's in Architecture Degree at California College of the Arts.

[SOON]  MUSIC: Sarasota Orchestra: Sarasota Music Festival , June 12 – June 19

Get ready for one marvelous week of music-making this June as the sounds of the Sarasota Music Festival (SMF) fill Holley Hall. From June 12 to 19, SMF artistic leadership, faculty artists, and distinguished alumni will present a special series comprised of four concerts and a lecture. Each event celebrates SMF's deeply held values regarding the magnificence of chamber music and offers performances of the highest caliber. Due to health and safety considerations, the 2021 SMF will not include the teaching component that normally convenes 100 faculty and fellows from around the world, but Sarasota Orchestra looks forward to returning to the full festival format in 2022. This year, all concerts in Holley Hall will follow the same safety protocols that have guided the Orchestra's 2020-2021 concert season, including required masks, temperature checks at entry, and socially distanced seating for audiences of less than 50 patrons. Patrons who want to attend concerts in person can sign up to the events' registration lists through June 4 for the chance to purchase tickets. Streaming will also be available starting June 24, so patrons won't miss a note. A $40 SMF Streaming Pass includes online access to all five remarkable programs of this year's reimagined festival.

[SOON]  DANCE: Sarasota Contemporary Dance In-Studio Performance: Zoe Austin , May 20 – May 21, 7pm

Sarasota Contemporary Dance presents Zoe Austin both in-person and virtually. In-Person on May 20 and 21, 2021 at 7pm. Masks are required. Seating is limited at half capacity. Please book in advance to secure a spot. Tickets are $20. Ticket purchases close 30 minutes before the show. Virtually on May 20, 2021 at 7pm LIVE Stream and May 21, 2021 at 7pm Broadcast Recording. Tickets are choose what you pay, $5, $10, $15. Ticket purchases close 30 minutes before the show. Zoe Austin (Dancer) was born in Montreal, Canada and raised in Sarasota, FL. She attended New World School of the Arts where she humbly graduated as valedictorian with a BFA. She is trained in ballet, Horton, Limón, and Graham techniques and was honored to perform works by Michael Foley, Robert Battle, Bill T. Jones, Sean Curran, and Darshan Singh Bhuller while also creating and performing works of her own. In the summer of 2015, she received the Rosie Herrera full tuition scholarship to attend the American Dance Festival, working with artists Jennifer Nugent, Pamela Pietro, and Sara Procopio. Zoe is currently residing in her hometown of Sarasota, FL, where she has started a family of her own and gained a new family in SCD. This is her second season with the company and she is beyond blessed and excited to continue her journey and growth as an artist.

[SOON]  SEMINAR: Your CBD Store: Educational Series to Educate, Raise Awareness , May 20 – May 25

'Your CBD Store,’ a local, holistic wellness shop, invites the community to attend free informational workshops planned throughout May to educate and raise awareness of CBD and related topics. The workshops, planned for Thursday, May 20 and Tuesday, May 25, will share research, facts and myths surrounding the cannabidiol compound found in hemp and cannabis, commonly referred to as CBD. The first educational series workshop on Thursday, May 20 at the Lakewood Ranch store, located at 8215 Natures Way #105, in Lakewood Ranch will cover CBD options for pets, from 10am to 11am, in recognition of May as “National Pets Month,”, and CBD information for senior citizens from 12pm to 1pm, as May is also “Older Americans Month.” The following workshop series, held at Your CBD Store located at their Lakewood Ranch store on Tuesday, May 25: from 10am to 11am, the workshop will include information on CBD and PTSD, in recognition of May as “National Military Appreciation Month,” and from 12pm to 1pm, for “National Mental Health Awareness Month,” topics will include the impact of CBD for depression, anxiety and sleep issues.

[SOON]  FILM: The Ringling: On Screen: Blood is at the Doorstep , May 21, 6:30pm

You may attend this program in the Historic Asolo Theater or virtually via Zoom on May 21 at 6:30pm. Tickets will be available starting 30 days prior to the screening date. Seating will allow for social distancing. Note: In the event of rising COVID cases or safety concerns this event is subject to be moved outdoors or canceled. Ticket holders will be notified upon any changes made and refunded if the screening is canceled. Film Blood on the Doorstep: After Dontre Hamilton is shot 14 times and killed by a Milwaukee police officer, his family embarks on a quest for answers, justice and reform. Filmed over the course of three years in the direct aftermath of Dontre's death, this intimate verite documentary follows Nate and his family as they struggle to find answers and challenge a criminal justice system stacked against them. Post film conversation with Maria Hamilton and Angela Harrelson, facilitated by Queen Zabriskie: Join us for a powerful virtual panel discussion with Maria Hamilton, founder of Mothers for Justice United and the mother of Dontre Hamilton, who was murdered on April 30, 2014 by the Milwaukee police and Angela Harrelson, Co-Chairman for George Floyd Global Memorial in Minneapolis and the Aunt of George Floyd who was murdered on May 25, 2020 by Minneapolis police. This conversation will occur following the film "The Blood is at the Doorstep" and will be facilitated by Dr. Queen Meccasia Zabriskie.

[SOON]  PERFORMANCE: The Hermitage Artist Retreat: Michael R. Jackson: Just Sittin’ Here Lookin' , May 21, 6:30pm

The Hermitage Artist Retreat presents “Michael R. Jackson: Just Sittin’ Here Lookin’” with Pulitzer Prize winner Michael R. Jackson, Friday, May 21 at 6:30pm, live on the Hermitage Beach, 6660 Manasota Key Road, Englewood. Jackson, a 2021 Hermitage Fellow and the recipient of the 2020 Pulitzer Prize in Drama for his musical A Strange Loop, will present an evening of music and stories, in a collaboration between the Hermitage and Westcoast Black Theatre Troupe. This event will also be available via live-stream. Michael R. Jackson’s Hermitage artist residency is generously sponsored by the Huisking Foundation. Registration is required at HermitageArtistRetreat.org. Free with a $5 per person registration fee.

[SOON]  SEMINAR: Virtual: Sarasota Chamber: CEO & Joe: Update on Waterside Place in Lakewood Ranch , May 21, 8:30am-9:30am

Join us on Friday, May 21 from 8:30am to 9:30am for "virtual" coffee with your Chamber President/CEO, Heather Kasten and Guest Speakers: Kirk Boylston, President, Lakewood Ranch Commercial Realty and Monaca Onstad, Director, Community Relations. They will update us on the opening of Waterside Place. Waterside Place is a mixed-use development in Lakewood Ranch that will include apartments, townhomes, shops, restaurants, office space, a theater and an 8-acre park. One of the largest projects to date on the Sarasota County side of Lakewood Ranch, it is under construction now and is expected to open Summer 2021. This meeting will be held virtually. A ZOOM meeting code will be emailed to registrants 24 hours prior to the event. You do not need to have a ZOOM account to register for this event. Space is limited. Please register ASAP.

[SOON]  FOOD: 6th Annual Sarasota Seafood & Music Festival , May 21 – May 23, 4pm-10pm, 11am-10pm, and 11am-6pm

Time to get back outdoors and enjoy a weekend of pure relaxation full of great food and wonderful live music. So get up and join us May 21-23, 2021 in JD Hamel Park for the Sarasota Seafood & Music Festival. Fun, food, festivities and relaxation start Friday evening from 4pm to 10pm, continuing Saturday 11am to 10pm and Sunday 11am to 6pm. The event is produced by Paragon Festivals, hosted by the Downtown Sarasota Enrichment Association with the Humane Society of Sarasota County joining the festivities as the event's Special Guest. General admission is free. This seafood & music festival is created like an outstanding meal, incorporating and blending the finest ingredients. Choose entrees (seafood, meat and vegetarian) cooked fresh onsite. Select from a diversity of side dishes, alcoholic and non-alcoholic drinks and of course – scrumptious desserts. Then sit back and be caressed by the captivating sounds of live musical performances on stage by some of Florida’s and the region’s top musical talents. Beginning Friday night enjoy: Sarasota Steel Pan Band (jazz, Caribbean), Brenda Watty & Her Peeps (jazz, R&B, Motown) and Twinkle & Rock Soul Radio (soul, rock).  Saturday brings great musical entertainment by: Mike Tozier (blues, rock, variety), Kettle of Fish (rock, blues, reggae), Fleetwood Max (Fleetwood Mac Tribute Band), Out of the Blue (classic rock, Yacht rock, blues - formerly North Jetty Allstars) and Damon Fowler (blues).  End the weekend relaxing to the sounds of: Randy Stephens (classic rock, blues, jazz), Jack’d Up (rock, pop, dance) and the finale with Dr. Dave Band (country rock, bluegrass). Check back as the event approaches for the current and updated Performance Schedule. The final ‘seasoning’ is shopping a marketplace of arts and crafts (e.g., painting, mixed-media, glass), gourmet food items and specialty products. Enjoy during the breaks between band performances.

[SOON]  MUSEUM: The Ringling: Off to the Races , February 20 – May 23, Museum hours.

The entertainments to be found on the circus lot at the end of the 19th century were not limited to those that took place in and above the rings. When American circuses expanded their performance areas from one ring to two and, eventually, three, the space that encircled the rings became an additional space for special presentations. Called the hippodrome track to align its displays with the pageants and contests of Ancient Rome, the track became the site of some of the most exhilarating and mad cap features of the circus – the races. Enjoy this exhibition at the Circus Museum from February 20 through May 23 during museum hours free with admission.

[SOON]  THEATER: Florida Studio Theatre: Vintage POP , March 24 – May 23, Times vary.

With music made famous by Ella Fitzgerald, Jerry Lee Lewis, and Creedence Clearwater Revival, this revue starring Summer Cabaret favorite Carole J. Bufford explores the evolution of popular music from The Roaring Twenties to The Soaring Eighties. Featuring hits like "St. Louis Blues," "Every Breath You Take," "Sway," and "A Whole Lotta Shakin’ Goin’ On." Vintage POP, created by Carole J. Bufford with arrangements by Carole J. Bufford and Ian Herman, will play from March 24 until April 18, 2021 in FST's Keating Theatre. Run time is 90 minutes with a 15-minute intermission.


With music made famous by Ella Fitzgerald, Jerry Lee Lewis, and Creedence Clearwater Revival, this revue starring Summer Cabaret favorite Carole J. Bufford explores the evolution of popular music from The Roaring Twenties to The Soaring Eighties. Featuring hits like "St. Louis Blues," "Every Breath You Take," "Sway," and "A Whole Lotta Shakin’ Goin’ On." Vintage POP, created by Carole J. Bufford with arrangements by Carole J. Bufford and Ian Herman, will play from March 24 until April 18, 2021 in FST's Keating Theatre. Run time is 90 minutes with a 15-minute intermission.


With music made famous by Ella Fitzgerald, Jerry Lee Lewis, and Creedence Clearwater Revival, this revue starring Summer Cabaret favorite Carole J. Bufford explores the evolution of popular music from The Roaring Twenties to The Soaring Eighties. Featuring hits like "St. Louis Blues," "Every Breath You Take," "Sway," and "A Whole Lotta Shakin’ Goin’ On." Vintage POP, created by Carole J. Bufford with arrangements by Carole J. Bufford and Ian Herman, will play from March 24 until April 18, 2021 in FST's Keating Theatre. Run time is 90 minutes with a 15-minute intermission.

[SOON]  HEALTH: The Ringling: Moving Meditation Series , March 26 – June 25, 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 for a unique opportunity to gently move the body and calm the mind. 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. Upcoming dates include Friday, March 26, Friday, April 23, Friday, May 28, and Friday, June 25 at 10am.

[SOON]  GRAB BAG: Newtown Farmer's Market: Mr. Stevey & Friends , March 27 – June 12, 12pm-3pm

The Van Wezel Performing Arts Hall’s Education and Community Engagement department is teaming up with the Newtown Farmer’s Market to present Mr. Stevey & Friends: a free, family-friendly series introducing children, teens and parents to mindfulness using games, exercises and art activities. The first event will be held on Saturday, March 27 from 12pm to 3pm at the Newtown Farmer’s Market, located at Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Park. The three-hour mindfulness-themed events will feature live demonstrations, meditation tutorials, art activities, mindful games, raffle prizes and special guests through a collaboration between the Newtown Nation, the Newtown Farmer’s Market and the Van Wezel Performing Arts Hall’s Artworks Anywhere program. Upcoming dates for the Mr. Stevey & Friends outdoor series featuring Van Wezel Teaching Artist Stevey Jones include April 24, May 29 and June 12. To learn more or pre-register, visit www.ArtworksAnywhere.org, though you may attend without registration. 

[SOON]  THEATER: Florida Studio Theatre: Three Pianos , March 31 – May 23, Times vary.

From Billy Joel and Stevie Wonder to Carole King and Sarah McLachlan, Three Pianos celebrates the musical pioneers who refused to fit the mold of "rock star" and forged their own paths in the industry. This high-energy music revue will have you singing along to such ivory-tickling classics as "Crocodile Rock," "Beautiful," and "Just the Way You Are." Three Pianos, created by Rebecca Hopkins and Sarah Durham with arrangements by Jim Prosser, will play from March 31 until April 25, 2021 in FST's Gompertz Theatre. Run time is 90 minutes with a 15-minute intermission.


From Billy Joel and Stevie Wonder to Carole King and Sarah McLachlan, Three Pianos celebrates the musical pioneers who refused to fit the mold of "rock star" and forged their own paths in the industry. This high-energy music revue will have you singing along to such ivory-tickling classics as "Crocodile Rock," "Beautiful," and "Just the Way You Are." Three Pianos, created by Rebecca Hopkins and Sarah Durham with arrangements by Jim Prosser, will play from March 31 until April 25, 2021 in FST's Gompertz Theatre. Run time is 90 minutes with a 15-minute intermission.

[SOON]  MUSIC: Westcoast Black Theatre Troupe: Smokey Joe's Cafe , April 21 – June 6, 2pm and 7:30pm

Smokey Joe's Cafe: The Songs of Leiber and Stoller. This Grammy Award-winning and Tony Award-nominated smash celebrates the music of the legendary songwriting duo who penned hit after hit for icons like Elvis Presley, Ben E. King, the Coasters, and the Drifters. The show's 40 show-stopping classics include "On Broadway," "Stand by Me," "Jailhouse Rock," "Hound Dog," "Love Potion No. 9," "Spanish Harlem," "Yakety Yak" and "Charlie Brown." This show will begin on April 21, 2021 at 2pm and 7:30pm and run through June 6, 2021.

Westcoast Black Theatre Troupe, 1012 North Orange Avenue

[SOON]  MUSIC: Virtual: Key Chorale: Let Everything That Has Breath , April 23 – May 23, 7pm and 8:30pm

Venice Presbyterian Church’s concert series brings together Key Chorale’s Chamber Singers and the Stephen Lynerd Group for a virtual evening that celebrates the best and brightest of gospel music and spirituals. The concert premieres April 23 and runs through May 23. Venice Presbyterian Church has garnered a wonderful relationship with Key Chorale over the last four years. Having seen much of the choir world go dormant over the last year, Key Chorale has found many ways to virtually bring world-class choral music to the community. As their season comes to a close, the Venice Community Concert Series is excited to present this virtual concert, “Let Everything That Has Breath.” Not only will you be clapping your hands and tapping your toes to the lively sounds of the choir, Hammond B-3, and gospel band, but you might even shed a tear as the rich and dark tones of the chorale as they present spirituals of pain, grief, and triumph. From jazz and blues, to driving gospel, to passionate and powerful simplicity, this concert showcases the variety of style and expression of the African-American spiritual. Memorable solo performances by Amy Connours, Ellen VanDolah, and Minister of Music and Worship Jamal Sarikoki capture the essence and the spirit of this American artform. Tickets to watch the 70-minute online streaming video are $15 per household; patrons will receive a viewing link that can be activated any time during the streaming run from April 23, 7pm to May 23, 8:30pm. To purchase, go to https://www.venicepres.org/vccs-concert.

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