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"When Roth has a crazy idea like, say, putting sesame oil in a cocktail, that wild experiment comes backed by his encyclopedic knowledge."

- About Kojo Bar Manager David Roth, by Andrew Fabian

-Betty Knows Best, as seen in SRQ's July/August 2021 edition. Click photo for the full article.
[Signature Drink]  Kojo Says Open Sesame
Andrew Fabian, andrew.fabian@srqme.com

For Kojo bar manager, David Roth, spirits represent a legitimate subject for academic inquiry. He knows the history and manufacturing process of just about every fermented liquid that’s ever been made along with the standard and cutting-edge concoctions in which they are used—ask him one question and he responds with a dissertation. So, when Roth has a crazy idea like, say, putting sesame oil in a cocktail, that wild experiment comes backed by his encyclopedic knowledge.

Kojo’s Black and Gold is described on the menu as a “bourbon sour with honey and sesame,” but the simple wording hardly captures the depth of the drink’s complexity. Like any good sour, lemon also makes an appearance, though humbly so to make room for the Frangelico. The latter’s hazelnut notes and touch of syrupy sweetness help accentuate and balance the unexpected umami of the sesame oil drops placed on the dried lemon slice, which give the drink a distinct bouquet. A few drops are also placed in the shaker to help diffuse the flavor into the glass, resulting in a drink that evokes any number of adjectives—refreshing, complex, nutty, savory, smooth.

Happy hour hoppers beware: the bite of the bourbon is there, to be sure, but surrounded by such a talented supporting cast as to be easily forgotten. 

Kojo, www.eatkojo.com, 1289 Palm Avenue, Sarasota, 941-536-9717

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[Grants]  Congressional Committee Approves $2 Million Grant Request for The Bay Park

The Bay Park is committed to being environmentally sustainable—going beyond conservation to restore land and waters to the way they were meant and intended to be. They are transforming a parking lot into a park, planting thousands of trees, improving water quality, restoring mangroves and much more. They just announced that the Congressional Committee recently approved The Bay's $2 million grant request for environmental restoration and improvements at the park. Now, the next step in the legislative process is for the full Committee to vote on the bill. 

[Tropical Storm]  Manatee County Announces Plans for Shelter Opening and Building Closures

Manatee County Issues Non-Mandatory Evacuation for low-lying areas and mobile homes.  Following the updated forecast of Tropical Storm Elsa, public safety officials are announcing the opening of shelters, additional sandbag locations and the closure of county buildings on Tuesday. "Now's the time for Manatee County residents to finalize their disaster plan," said Public Safety Director Jake Saur. "We’re expecting sustained tropical winds to our barrier islands and coastal communities. Please expect tornado watches and be careful of strong rip currents at our beaches.” Manatee County’s Emergency Operations Center is now at a level two activation. This is an activation that does not require the response of every branch of Emergency Support Functions.


An emergency shelter will open at Manatee High School on Tuesday, July 6 at 8 a.m. for those who live in mobile homes, low lying areas or areas prone to flooding. This is a non-mandatory evacuation, and the shelter is pet-friendly.

Residents on the Special Needs Registry are currently being contacted to set up arrangements for evacuation to the County’s special needs shelter, which is designated for those who are oxygen or electricity dependent to survive.

Manatee County shelters will conduct temperature checks and screen visitors by asking if they’re displaying any symptoms of COVID-19. Shelters will have increased spacing as demand allows for social distancing, masks are encouraged and will be provided and if people feel ill they will be separated into other rooms.


Beginning Tuesday morning, Manatee County Public Works Department will be providing sandbags (limit 10 per household) at three locations around Manatee County. Each site will open at 8 a.m. and will continue to operate as long as the weather permits. Residents should plan to show an ID or Manatee County Utilities Department water bill indicating they are a resident of Manatee County.


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[Tropical Storm]  Sarasota County Services and Facilities Closed or Postponed

Due to potential impacts from Tropical Storm Elsa, all Sarasota County Government offices will be closed Tuesday, July 6. 

The following services and facilities will be closed or postposed Tuesday, July 6:

— All trash, recycling and yard waste collection services for residents in the unincorporated portions of Sarasota County. Collection is currently expected to resume Wednesday, July 7, but all schedules for the remainder of the week will be delayed by one day.

— The landfill at 4000 Knights Trail Road, and chemical collection centers.

— All Sarasota County libraries.

— All reservations within one of Sarasota County Parks, Recreation and Natural Resources parks or facilities. Reservations will be cancelled automatically. Payments made for reservations that are being cancelled will be applied to any balance due on the account. If the account does not have a balance due, a refund will be processed. For questions or concerns, call 941-861-7275 (PARK) or email parksonline@scgov.net.

— All Sarasota County summer camps. All families will receive a full refund for camp days missed due to this cancellation. For questions or concerns call the camp office at 941-861-7275 (PARK) or email parksonline@scgov.net.

— The Legacy Trail Segment 1 Ribbon Cutting Ceremony has been canceled.

— Sarasota County Area Transit fixed route service, SCAT Plus, OnDemand by Sarasota County and the Siesta Breeze.

Sandbags will be offered to Sarasota County residents from noon to 6 p.m. Monday, July 5, at Twin Lakes Park, 6700 Clark Road, Sarasota. Residents are limited to 10 bags per vehicle. County staff will be available to assist.

Local state of emergency
Was signed by Sarasota County Administrator Jonathan Lewis today, July 5.

Lifeguard towers will be pulled back Tuesday morning, and no lifeguards will be on duty July 6. 

[Recognition]  The Downtown Sarasota Alliance Announces 2021 Awards for Pandemic Business Survivors and Thrivers

The DSA presented its 2021 Awards to businesses that emerged successful from the pandemic’s economic upheaval. Organizations that made extraordinary contributions to the community during this difficult time, were also recognized.

The “2nd Annual Paul Thorpe ‘Mr. Downtown’ Award” went to Howard Alan Events. This organization has been a staple in the Downtown Sarasota art scene for the last 34 years adding additional Craft Fairs to fill out the accompanying seasons throughout the year. Howard Alan Events has generated millions of dollars for communities across the country – including Sarasota. Downtown Sarasota enjoyed some of the first large scale events to be approved during the pandemic. Howard Alan Events’ development of safety protocols for COVID and their tenacious planning and optimism were rewarded with thousands attending the 34th Annual Festival of the Arts in February 2021. Main Street in Downtown Sarasota, was transformed into a spectacular art festival experience.

The DSA awarded Visit Sarasota County the “Community Impact Award 2021” for their creative and quick response to assist local businesses and organizations in navigating the brand-new loan and grant processes that were offered as a response to economic challenges imposed by the pandemic. Visit Sarasota County was also recognized for their steady optimism in continuing to aggressively market Sarasota as an excellent tourist destination.

The Salvation Army was awarded “Non-Profit of the Year Award 2021” by the DSA for their extraordinary work during the pandemic. The Salvation Army has taken the reigns to help Sarasota’s most vulnerable citizens and continued to do so during persistently difficult times. Their commitment to assist the homeless who visit their center, were invaluable.

The DSA recognized Rise and Nye’s as “Best New Business 2021”. Rise and Nye’s opened just six months ago and have already won the hearts of all who step into their coffee and ice cream shop. Rise and Nye’s “inclusion revolution” has shown the wider public how productive and successful a business can be when including and considering employees with different abilities.

Lastly, Project Pride SRQ presented the “Young Professional of the Year 2021 Award” to Dylan Ulrich, small business owner of 10 Ten Fitness for his perseverance and creative business response during the pandemic. 

[Philanthropy]  Trauma-Informed Care Remains Top Priority for All Star Children’s Foundation

Recent funding from Charles & Margery Barancik Foundation strengthens organizational capacity to support regional foster parents and children. Despite the best efforts and good intentions of the child welfare system, children and families with foster care involvement still experience negative outcomes on a regular basis. “Studies reveal that children placed in foster care have experienced multiple forms of trauma,” said Dr. Kristin Hoffman, chief program officer for All Star Children’s Foundation. “This trauma, left unaddressed, contributes to lifelong struggles, including mental illness, health problems, homelessness, incarceration, and more.” 

A partnership between All Star and Charles & Margery Barancik Foundation is seeking to build brighter futures for children in foster care and the families who support them. The effort is focusing on providing direct support for families currently caring for foster children, while also providing the most-cutting edge trauma-informed therapy to help heal the emotional tolls on the child.
Dr. Hoffman explains that the All Star model features six core programs: evidenced-based clinical therapies, foster parent support, trauma training, biological family engagement, children’s enrichment programs, and trauma-informed systems integrations. Barancik Foundation previously provided a $1 million grant in 2017 that supported the initial creation of these programs. A recent additional grant of $250,000 will help boost these efforts and allow the organization to not only focus on program delivery but also research. “Historically, the foster care system has failed to address trauma,” says Teri A Hansen, President|CEO of Barancik Foundation. “This work will set a new standard in getting caregivers the resources they need to raise a family while also healing the invisible wounds of the child.”


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[Board Members]  The Perlman Music Program Suncoast, Inc. Announces Board Members

The Perlman Music Program Suncoast, Inc. (Perlman Suncoast) Board of Directors has elected Timothy Gruters to be the next President of the Board, effective as of July 1, 2021. Tim will replace outgoing Board President, Fran Lambert. Officers elected for fiscal year 2022 are Tim Gruters, President; Fran Lambert, Immediate Past President; Jack Braverman, VP, Administration; Theodore E. Gast, VP, Development, Sandra Justice, VP, Education; Andrew Grossman, Treasurer; and Cheryl Gordon, Secretary/Governance Chair. The Board is also excited to announce the addition of five new directors who will join current directors Edie Chaifetz, Carla Hunter, and Michael Ritter, each of whom will serve a three-year term:  Wellington Davenport, Owner, Wellington Davenport, Inc.; Suzanne Ellin, VP, Trust Administration Officer, Canandaigua National Trust Company of Florida; Laurie Page,  Wealth Advisor, LPL Financial; Judith Schwartzbaum, Senior Partner, The Schwartzbaum Urfer Group and Seymour Ziegelman, M.D, Retired, OB/GYN. 

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[In Conversation]  Now Online: In Conversation with Non Profit Leaders

Available to read online and download, local nonprofit leaders discuss how they have tapped into creativity and innovation to transform through the pandemic in July's SRQ In Conversation. Representatives from seven of the area's prominent non profit organzations share their insights here

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[SOON]  FILM: The Ringling: On Screen: Gook , July 8, 1pm

Eli (Chon) and Daniel (So) are two Korean American brothers that run their late father’s shoe store in a predominantly African American community of Los Angeles. These two brothers strike up a unique and unlikely friendship with an 11-year-old African American girl, Kamilla (Baker). As Daniel dreams of becoming a recording artist and Eli struggles to keep the store afloat, racial tensions build to a breaking point in L.A. as the “infamous” L.A. Riots break out. Note: Gook is a derogatory term for people of Asian descent, especially a person of Philippine, Korean, or Vietnamese descent. Join us at 1pm on July 8 at the Historic Asolo Theater for big-screen movie magic in the Historic Asolo Theater. July is dedicated to Asia in the Movies, an ongoing series of film screenings and conversations showcasing a broad range of films and filmmakers from across Asia and the Asian diaspora. The initiative celebrates established and emerging voices, contemporary films and classics, animated films, as well as documentaries. The series builds on The Ringling’s mission to represent and center diverse voices and celebrate various cultures, as well as to become a space for relevant conversations around current social and political topics. For her final project, Anna Green, the performance Intern from New College of Florida has thoughtfully selected films for a series that educates, provides opportunity for conversation, and fosters understanding. We recommit to our values of equity, to providing a space for representation, and to highlighting the diversity and beauty of the Asian Community through Ringling’s film programming. Asia in the Movies strives to deepen our understanding of Asian cultures and our community. Tickets are $15 for adults, $13.50 for members, and $10.00 for students.

[SOON]  BUSINESS: Battle of the Boneless , July 8

They may be spineless but marine mollusks are no pushovers! In fact, the gastropods that live in our oceans have fierce and fascinating lives employing a wide variety of superhero-like powers that make them more than just pretty shells. The Bishop Museum of Science and Nature is inviting guests to go beyond the beautiful shell to learn the real stories of these cool and complex animals in its newest special exhibition, Battles of the Boneless, opening July 8. This comic-book themed exhibition explores the adaptations that have allowed mollusks to become one of the largest and most diverse animal groups on the planet, with more than 93,000 species. 201 10th St. West, Bradenton

The Bishop Museum of Science and Nature

[SOON]  GALLERY: Embracing Our Differences , July 1 – August 8

An international art exhibit designed to proclaim inclusion, respect and kindness debuts at Sarasota-Bradenton’s Nathan Benderson Park. The annual, juried art exhibit is composed by a Sarasota-based arts and education non-profit, Embracing Our Differences (EOD). It consists of 50 billboard-sized works of art, each accompanied by an inspirational quote. The international exhibit uses the power of art and prose to promote diversity and inclusion. The 2021 exhibit brought 15,912 entries from 128 nations, and from 48 U.S. states. The winning quotes and art are showcased in the Bayfront Park every year, from January through March. Thanks to the generosity of the Charles & Margery Barancik Foundation, the public will have another opportunity to see this exhibit. The exhibit is on display at the park May 20 - Aug. 8 and is free for the public to view.

Nathan Benderson Park, 5851 Nathan Benderson Circle, Sarasota

[SOON]  DANCE: Sarasota Contemporary Dance In-Studio Performance: Christal Brown , July 9 – July 10, 7pm

Sarasota Contemporary Dance presents Christal Brown both in-person and virtually. In-Person on July 9 and 10, 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 July 9, 2021 at 7pm LIVE Stream and July 10, 2021 at 7pm Broadcast Recording. Tickets are choose what you pay, $5, $10, $15. Ticket purchases close 30 minutes before the show. What We Ask of Flesh is a physical examination of the capacity of human life. Christal has been in dialogue with this idea for four years through a series of works entitled; What We Ask of Flesh: Endurance (Elon University 2019) What We Ask of Flesh: Journey (Keene State 2019) What We Ask of Flesh: Compassion (Middlebury College 2018) What We Ask of Flesh: Understanding (Boston Dance Complex 2018) What We Ask of Flesh: Survival (EMIA 2017). Christal Brown is the Founder of INSPIRIT and Project:BECOMING, the creator of the Liquid Strength training module for dance, an Associate Professor of Dance at Middlebury College and the CVO of Steps and Stages Coaching, LLC. Brown received a BFA in Dance and a minor in Business from UNCG and her MFA in New Media Art and Technology from LIU. Brown is a native of Kinston, NC where while serving as her mother’s sidekick, she learned the mechanisms of cultural organizing and the organic synthesis of art and activism. Her path of self-discovery has been influenced by trailblazers such as Chuck Davis, Bill T. Jones, Andrea E. Woods, Liz Lerman, Bebe Miller, and Jawole Willa Jo Zollar. Brown is a mover and a warrior of change and transformation. Brown combines her athleticism, creativity, love for people, and passion for teaching to create works that redefine the art of dance, the creation of identity and structures of power.

[SOON]  GALLERY: "Oh, the places we can go!” exhibition of fine craft , July 9 – August 28, 6pm

"Oh, the places we can go!” is a juried exhibition of handmade fine crafts where artists have created imaginative pieces inspired by places they’ve been or would like to go. From around the state, 37 artists created more than 80 pieces in ceramics, fiber, glass, metal and wood. At the opening and awards reception on Friday, July 9 at 6 p.m., people will have the opportunity to meet many of the talented artists and the show’s judge, Desmond Clark of St. Cate Fine Art.


Florida CraftArt, 501 Central Ave., St. Petersburg

[SOON]  FILM: Sarasota Opera: Classic Movies at the Opera House: West Side Story , July 10, 7:30pm

Set to a score by Leonard Bernstein, the 1961 film “West Side Story” transports the classic tale of Romeo and Juliet to New York City in the 50s. The two feuding families are replaced by brawling street gangs, the Jets and the Sharks. Though they come from rival gangs, Maria and Tony meet at a dance, and no one can stop their love. Will their passion carry them through a battle that threatens to destroy the people they love? Directed by Jerome Robbins and Robert Wise, starring Natalie Wood, George Chakiris, and Richard Beymer. Running time: 2 hours, 30 minutes. This film will show on Saturday, July 10 at 7:30pm. All seating is reserved at 50% capacity of the theater. Masks are required for those who are not vaccinated and recommended for all others. Tickets are $10 and buyers are encouraged to purchase tickets before arriving at the theater. Information and tickets can be found online at SarasotaOpera.org or by calling (941) 328-1300.

[SOON]  MUSEUM: Skyway 2020: A Contemporary Collaboration , June 20 – October 3, 10am-5pm

The Skyway 2020 exhibition, now in its second iteration, is a celebration of artistic practices in the Tampa Bay region, as it is a collaboration between four institutions: the Museum of Fine Arts, St. Petersburg; The John and Mable Ringling Museum of Art, Sarasota; the Tampa Museum of Art; and the University of South Florida Contemporary Art Museum, Tampa. Working together, curators from each institution will offer context for the diversity of art being made in Hillsborough, Manatee, Pasco, Pinellas, and Sarasota counties. Artworks and projects in the exhibition will be selected by museum curators and the guest juror, Claire Tancons, an independent curator and scholar whose practice takes a global focus on the conditions of cultural production. Tancons has curated biennials around the world, including Prospect.1, New Orleans; the 2008 Gwangju Biennial; and the 2019 Sharjah Biennial. This exhibit will begin on June 20, 2021 and will end on October 3, 2021. Runs from 10am to 5pm.

The Ringling Museum, 5401 Bay Shore Road

[SOON]  PERFORMANCE: Florida Studio Theatre: My Lord, What a Night , June 30 – August 15

Next up on FST’s Mainstage is the NNPN Rolling World Premiere of My Lord, What a Night by Deborah Brevoort, an award-winning writer and a member of FST’s Playwright Collective. In 1937, after performing a sold-out concert in Princeton, NJ, internationally renowned singer Marian Anderson was refused a room at the whites-only Nassau Inn. With nowhere to go, Albert Einstein invited her to stay in his own home, sparking a lifelong friendship. Based on actual events, this insightful new play offers a rare glimpse into real-life struggles faced by two 20th century icons. Rolling World Premiere with the National New Play Network. Called “Stunning” and “Provocative” by BroadwayWorld, this historical drama begins playing in FST’s Keating Theatre Wednesday, June 30 and will run through August 15.

[SOON]  SCIENCE AND NATURE: Sarasota Bay Estuary Program: Eyes on Seagrass , July 12 – July 24

Water conditions and the health of seagrass beds in the Sarasota Bay area have been changing rapidly, and there is a pressing need to gather more information about the amount of algae growing in our bays. Algae is a natural part of the ecosystem, but if changing conditions cause it to grow out of control, it can damage vital habitats. Volunteers will help monitor macroalgae by snorkeling in an assigned area, estimating the coverage of seagrass and macro algae, and collecting samples. Volunteers of all levels of experience are welcome. The Eyes on Seagrass survey will take place over a two week window from July 12 - July 24. Volunteers can pick any time during this window. The survey will take about one hour. Training and gear distribution will be held over three days. You Will Need: A team of 2 or more (Give your group a name), Transportation, Mask & Snorkel, Kayak, paddle board, or boat, and GPS or GPS capable phone. We Will Provide: Survey equipment, Dive flags, and Training. Training and Gear Distribution on June 28 at Blackburn Park 9am-1pm, June 29 at Ken Thompson Park 9am-1pm, and June 30 at South Coquina Boat Ramp 9am-1pm.

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