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SRQ DAILY Jul 13, 2021

Tuesday Dining and Food Edition

Tuesday Dining and Food Edition

"We are excited to welcome these three brilliant artists to the Gulf Coast, and to collaborate with Art Center Sarasota for this summer program."

- Andy Sandberg, The Hermitage Artist Rereat

-Faithful Friend Betrayed, as seen in SRQ's July/August 2021 edition. Click photo for the full article.
[The Dish]  Neapolitan-inspired Pizza Perfection at 99 Bottles Pop-up
Andrew Fabian, andrew.fabian@srqme.com

The Associazione Verace Pizza Napoletana (AVPN) would clench their fists in rage. How dare someone make a pizza that looks suspiciously like a Neapolitan-style without using yeast! But they’d have a hard time finding Anthony Petralia, who operates his sourdough pizza pop-up, Tralia, out of a ghost kitchen in Gulf Gate with Sunday residencies at 99 Bottles Taproom & Bottleshop in Downtown. The talented self-taught chef, who somehow finds the time to manage kitchens at both Gulf Gate Food + Beer and Seabar, works all over the place both geographically and stylistically.

This past Sunday’s pop-up at 99 Bottles included a pepperoni pizza with a delightful profile of flavors. A touch of sweetness was provided by a drizzle of hot honey on the finished product, which blended seamlessly with the touch of kick from the slices of pepperoni. Fresh oregano added a unique earthiness compared to the customary basil leaves found on a margherita pizza. Of course, it’s all held together by the savory addition of pecorino-romano cheese. The refined and masterful chord progression of flavors sits atop a sourdough crust that looks eerily like a delicate Neapolitan-style crust, but it has more of a crisp and flake than the doughy wood-fired versions from Southern Italy. This is pizza for pizza connoisseurs, a triumph in blending elements from different styles while staying true to the simple joy of it all. 

Just don’t tell the AVPN. 

Photo taken by Andrew Fabian

Tralia, info@traliasrq.com, 941-312-1621, @traliasrq

[Outdoor Fitness Series]  SUP Yoga SRQ Takes Vinyasa to the Water This Summer
Grace Castilow, grace@srqme.com

Picture your typical yoga studio. Got it? Great. Now flip it on its head — sometimes literally. SUP, or stand-up paddleboard yoga, is far from conventional. Stephanie Ouellette, a former live-action waterski and stunt show performer, started SUP Yoga SRQ this summer and her dedication to the experience is as clear as Sarasota Bay’s waters.

Having practiced for years, Stephanie turned to yoga to heal after a series of injuries and traveled to India for a metamorphic teacher training. When she returned, she completed her paddleboard training and paddleboard yoga certification before starting Suptopia Floating Yoga in her native Canada — a practice she pursued for 7 years. She eventually found herself in Sarasota, ultimately bringing SUP to SRQ. Her classes, which take place on the Bay, are lower and slower than any studio class you may be familiar with. Never been on a paddleboard before? No problem. She begins the class with SUP 101 and SUP safety for beginners and experts alike. Paddling to the security of an anchor line, the group begins the 2-hour venture with a sensory mindful drop-in where they take in the colors, the way the sun shines on the water, and the configuration of the clouds that day.

“The connection with nature is what makes this so unique. As humans, we’re a part of nature — we just forget it sometimes,” Stephanie says. “They can close their eyes and take in the audio landscape as well, hear the sound of the water hitting their boards, birds in the distance, and the breeze through the leaves of trees on shore.”

Their movements, coupled with the sensations of the water, air, and sun on their skin, allow participants to be truly present with themselves and their salty surroundings. Stephanie concludes each of her classes with a mindful savasana like no other and a bit of playtime where the group —  much like the dolphins, manatees, and cormorants that often join them — can let inhibitions drift away in an environment where the sky and the sea are their only limits. And although attendees may have to take a step, or swing of their paddle, out of their comfort zones, they leave feeling empowered, impressed with their abilities, and most importantly, having enjoyed themselves. After all, falling in is half the fun.

SUP Yoga SRQ offers classes on Wednesday mornings at 9am, on Thursday evenings at 6:15pm, and Saturday mornings at 10am. Visit SUP Yoga SRQ on Instagram @supyogasrq and online at www.supyogasrq.com. 

Photo courtesy of SUP Yoga SRQ

[Visual Arts]  The Hermitage Artist Retreat Announces Artists in Conversation: "Identity in Art"

In a collaboration between the Hermitage Artist Retreat and Art Center Sarasota, three acclaimed visual artists and Hermitage Fellows from across the United States — textile artist Diedrick Brackens, interdisciplinary artist Autumn Knight, and figurative artist Robert Pruitt — offer an intimate and candid discussion about their creative process in “Identity in Art,” an artists-in-conversation program on Friday, August 6, 6:30pm, at the Hermitage Artist Retreat, 6660 Manasota Key Road, Englewood. The discussion will be followed by a Q&A with the audience. 

“We are excited to welcome these three brilliant artists to the Gulf Coast, and to collaborate with Art Center Sarasota for this summer program,” says Hermitage Artistic Director and CEO Andy Sandberg. “We have no doubt audiences will be inspired as they hear from three visionary and forward-thinking artists about their practice, their process, and their influences.”

This event will be the first in a series of collaborative programs between the Hermitage Artist Retreat and Art Center Sarasota in the 2021-2022 season. This event will be held on the Hermitage campus, with future events taking place at Art Center Sarasota. Registration is required at HermitageArtistRetreat.org. (Free with a $5 per person registration fee.)  

Photo courtesy of The Hermitage

[Performance]  Choral Artists of Sarasota Announces 2021-2022 Season

Choral Artists of Sarasota’s 43rd season, entitled “Carried Away!” features six concerts in November, December, February, March, April, and July. “Carried Away!” is designed to transport audiences through the powerful medium of choral music, created in response to the return of live and in-person musical experiences in Sarasota. Performances planned include an opera night with favorite arias and choruses, a concert rendition of Leonard Bernstein’s iconic musical On the Town, a program devoted to women in music, a holiday program that resounds with brass and bells, the long-awaited world premiere of “Listen to the Earth,” and the popular “American Fanfare,” which celebrates our national Independence DayThe “Listen to the Earth project”—an ecological initiative commemorating Earth Day’s 50th anniversary in 2020 but postponed due to the pandemic—will premiere in April 2022. Artistic Director Joseph Holt will also illuminate the creative process during a series of virtual “Concert Insights” throughout the season. Each will focus on the upcoming concert with a special guest joining the conversation. 

For more information and to purchase tickets, visit www.ChoralArtistsSarasota.org or call 941-387-4900. 

Photo courtesy of Choral Artists

[Travel]  SRQ Smashes Monthly Passenger Record

For the month of June, passenger traffic at the Sarasota Bradenton International Airport (SRQ) totaled 312,909. Compared to June 2020, passenger traffic was 492% higher than the COVID-19 impacted level of 52,845 passengers. Compared to June of 2019, passenger traffic was 112% higher than the pre-COVID-19 level of 147,615. Passenger numbers increased 8% over the previous month of May. “It is exciting to see the airport break the 300,000-passenger level in a single month. This has never occurred in the history of the airport and to do so in the summer when we typically see less travelers is pretty amazing. I think this is a testament that people are ready to travel again and with so many new choices being offered at SRQ, the community and visitors are now experiencing the convenience and simplicity of using our airport," stated Rick Piccolo, President, CEO of the Sarasota Bradenton International Airport. 

[People]  Fifth Third Bank’s Julio Ramirez Promoted to Senior Commercial Banker for South Florida

Fifth Third Bank, National Association, has announced Julio Ramirez, Commercial Sales Manager for Tampa Bay, has been promotedand will assume the role of Senior Commercial Banker for South Florida. Julio will be relocating to Fort Lauderdale with his family. He will be reporting to Regional President for South Florida, Jim Weiss.  Julio brings over 20 years of commercial banking expertise and leadership in conjunction with the market knowledge of having, lived and worked in Florida during his banking career. Julio has been instrumental with the strategic growth of the commercial line of business in Tampa Bay. He has been very active in the community, serving on the United Way Suncoast Board of Directors and Vice Chair of the Greater St. Petersburg Area Economic Development. 

[Real Estate]  The Kathy Damewood Team Makes RealTrends

The Kathy Damewood Team of RE/MAX Alliance Group was recently recognized in the 2021 “The Thousand” list by REALTrends + Tom Ferry. Only .07% of the 1.4 million Realtors in the United States make up “The Thousand.” The Kathy Damewood Team placed #57 among small teams by transaction sides, based on 2020 performance. Broker-Associate Kathy Damewood has been a Realtor in the Englewood area since 1989. She represents all types of residential properties, including single-family homes, manufactured homes, condominiums, vacant lots and multifamily properties. She is based located in the Englewood office at 2230 S. McCall Road and can be reached at (941) 321-7355 or Kathy@EnglewoodFloridaHomes.com. 

[SOON]  PERFORMANCE: Florida Studio Theatre: Shades of Buble: A Three-Man Tribute to Michael Buble , July 13 – September 19

With three voices singing incredible songs like “Feeling Good,” “Moondance,” “Come Fly With Me,” “Home,” “Everything,” “Save the Last Dance for Me,” and many more, Shades of Bublé: A Three-Man Tribute to Michael Bublé brings the swinging standards and pop hits of Bublé to the stage in an unforgettable high-energy concert event. Next up in the Cabaret is Shades of Bublé: A Three-Man Tribute to Michael Bublé, a high-energy concert event highlighting the swinging standards and pop hits of “The Modern Sinatra.” Since the show’s sold-out debut in 2015, Shades of Bublé has entertained audiences across the country with exciting three-part harmonies, smooth choreography, and sophisticated charm. Featuring songs like “Feeling Good,” “Moondance,” and “Home,” Shades of Bublé will play in FST’s Goldstein Cabaret starting Tuesday, July 13 and will run through September 19.

[SOON]  SEMINAR: Virtual: Bookstore1Sarasota: Saved by a Song: The Art and Healing Power of Songwriting , July 13, 7pm

On Tuesday, July 13 at 7pm from the Grammy-nominated folk singer and songwriter, an inspiring exploration of creativity and the redemptive power of song. Award-winning songwriter Mary Gauthier presents Saved by a Song: The Art and Healing Power of Songwriting. This program is part of the Southern Independent Booksellers Alliance (SIBA) Reader Meet Writer Author Series. The ticket price is $35. This includes a copy of Saved by a Song: The Art and Healing Power of Songwriting and the Zoom special event. A ticket is $40.50 to have the book shipped via USMail. In Saved by a Song, Mary Gauthier pulls the curtain back on the artistry of songwriting. Part memoir, part philosophy of art, part nuts and bolts of songwriting, her book celebrates the redemptive power of song to inspire and bring seemingly different kinds of people together. More event info at  https://www.sarasotabooks.com/events or 941-365-7900.

[SOON]  BUSINESS: Beyond the Dark: A Multisensory Experience , July 13, 10am

Come along on a journey as Southeastern Guide Dogs welcomes the public back to campus for Beyond the Dark, a program where attendees will meet graduates, hear their triumphant stories and witness how extraordinary dogs transform lives. Beyond the Dark invites participants to experience this transformation and connect with the mission of Southeastern Guide Dogs. Tickets are on sale now.Through sensory experiences, participants will see what it is like to benefit from a guide or service dog. Graduates will also share the powerful stories that led them to Southeastern Guide Dogs, while instructors will demonstrate the advanced skills of our working dogs.“Beyond the Dark helps people see what it’s like for a veteran like me to find help through my service dog, Pella,” said Sean Brown, U.S. Army Veteran and Southeastern Guide Dogs graduate. “I have accomplished so much because of her. She's the inspiration that keeps me going, just like all of our service dogs do for my fellow graduates. The Beyond the Dark experience will give people insight into this and see how truly amazing our dogs are.”Tickets for Beyond the Dark are currently on sale through the Southeastern Guide Dogs website. The cost of admission is $20, and ticket sales go toward mission-critical support for the organization. The first presentation of Beyond the Dark is scheduled for July 13, 2021, at 10 a.m., and it will continue to run weekly.

Important Details for those Attending:

Masks are optional at this event.
Doors open at 9:45 a.m. and the program begins promptly at 10:00 a.m.
Without revealing any surprises, be prepared to engage your senses and try on a blindfold.
Because of the sensory and emotional nature of the program, Beyond the Dark is not recommended for young children or preteens.
Trigger warning—for veterans and others with PTSD, be aware that Beyond the Dark includes an audio presentation reminiscent of combat scenes.

4210 77th St. East, Palmetto

Southeastern Guide Dogs

[SOON]  FOOD: 100 Years Feature Night , July 13, 5-8pm

Fruitville Gecko's will be hosting a 100 Years Feature Night at Fruitville Gecko's on Tuesday, July 13 from 5:00-8:00 pm. Guests can sample the latest craft beer offerings from Big Top Brewing Company, including special feature beer, Centennial Lager, which celebrates Sarasota's 100th birthday. And this special collaboration not only tastes good but does good, with GHG donating a portion of every can enjoyed by guests to the Sarasota County Sheriff's Office Charitable Foundation, a 5013c whose mission is support our law enforcement employees who find themselves in extraordinary personal or family need. The Sheriff's Office is also commemorating their century of serving families and communities. Taste, enjoy & share when you get your six packs to go!

Fruitville Gecko's, 351 N Cattlemen Rd., Sarasota

[SOON]  SEMINAR: Virtual: Marie Selby: We Dream A World, African American Landscape Painters of Mid-Century Florida , July 14, 12pm-1pm

This Botanical Briefing, presented by Radiah Harper, Guest Curator, will take place on Wednesday, July 14 from noon to 1pm and is open to all. What prepared young African American adults to become the enduring landscape artists they are today? What was inside of them that encouraged the pursuit of a creative life? Join us for a discussion about the community that supported these young artists, the entrepreneurial spirit that helped them see painting as another way to live in the world, and the little-known tale of an art teacher that saw their potential and helped to empower them.

[SOON]  SEMINAR: Virtual: Bookstore1Sarasota: The Poetry Zoom Book Club led by Doug Knowlton , July 14, 2pm

On Wednesday, July 14 at 2pm The Poetry Zoom Book Club will be led by Doug Knowlton. This month we are discussing Stranger by Night by Edward Hirsch. A fee of $34 is required for participation. This includes a copy of Stranger by Night to be picked up at Bookstore1 and the book club meeting. The fee is $39.50 to have the book shipped via USMail. In his seventieth year, the award-winning poet looks back on what was and accepts what is, in a deeply moving and beautiful sequence about what sustains him. As the poet ages and begins to lose his peripheral vision, the world is “stranger by night,” but these elegant, heart-stirring poems shed light on a lifetime that inevitably contains both sorrow and joy. Ticket purchase required for Zoom link. More event info at https://www.sarasotabooks.com/bookclubs or 941-365-7900.

[SOON]  SPORTS: Breathe: A Summertime Yoga Series , July 14, 6-7pm

Yoga enthusiasts are scheduled to once again take over St. Armands Circle's sprawling center park on Jul. 14 from 6-7 pm for the return of Breath: An Outdoor Yoga Series. The recurring yoga event, hosted by St. Armands Circle, is scheduled to occur the second Wednesday of the month through September. Beginner and experienced yoga enthusiasts can relax and get a quick workout during the one-hour happening by bringing their own mat and stopping by the lush Circle grounds for a free class from a trained, local yoga instructor. The free group class will again be led by local instructor Liana Sheintal Bryant, a self-described fitness fanatic with a background spanning gymnastics and collegiate cheerleading before finding her passion for yoga. Breathe: A Summertime Yoga Series is scheduled to be held on July 14, August 11, and September 8, from 6-7pm and is free for the public. This recurring event is part of Sol of the Circle, a four-month summer program series, which runs through September. For more information about St. Armands Circle or other Sol of the Circle programs, please visit https://starmandscircleassoc.com/sol-of-the-circle/

St. Armands Circle, St. Armands Cir., Sarasota

[SOON]  PERFORMANCE: On the Town , November 7, 7 pm

Bristling with effervescent energy and humor, Leonard Bernstein’s “On the Town” is one of the finest musicals ever written. Three sailors on a day of shore leave in New York City look for fun and romance before their 24 hours are up. Eight soloists and the Choral Artists singers present a concert version of this iconic Bernstein musical. Sunday, November 7, 2021, 7 pm, at Riverview Performing Arts Center, Tickets: $25-$60; Student tickets $5. 


The Choral Artists of Sarasota’s, 1 Ram Way, Sarasota

[SOON]  GALLERY: The Ringling: Saito Kiyoshi: Graphic Awakening , March 14 – August 15, Museum hours.

The John and Mable Ringling Museum of Art is pleased to present Saito Kiyoshi: Graphic Awakening. The exhibition will open Mar 14, 2021 and run through Aug 15, 2021 in the Ringling’s Searing galleries. Comprised of recent donations of artworks by Saitō from Charles and Robyn Citrin to The Ringling and other collections, Saito Kiyoshi: Graphic Awakening is the first comprehensive exhibition of this artist’s work in the United States. The exhibition focuses on prints Saito created in the 1940s and 50s, arguably the most vibrant period of his career, and includes several rare, early designs. Saito Kiyoshi’s (Japanese 1907–1997) keen sense of design, superb technique, and engagement with an appealing variety of themes made him one of the best known and most popular Japanese print artists of the twentieth century. Dr. Rhiannon Paget, Curator of Asian Art said, “Visitors to the exhibition will see many of the imaginative designs that made Saito Kiyoshi one of Japan’s most beloved printmakers, especially in the United States. Saito’s corpus encompasses urban and natural landscapes, female subjects, theater, architecture, and cats that reveal his curious mind, sensitive eye, and playful sense of humor.” The exhibition is accompanied by a 200-page illustrated catalogue edited by Rhiannon Paget and with essays by Paul Binnie, Noriko Kuwahara, Rhiannon Paget, and Judith A. Stubbs, and published by Scala.

[SOON]  DANCE: Sarasota Contemporary Dance: 2021 Professional Summer Programs , May 22 – July 16

Sarasota Contemporary Dance is hosting 2021 Professional Summer Programs from May 22 to 28, June 19 to 25, and July 10 to 16. Get ready to move this summer with Sarasota Contemporary Dance and guest teachers in sunny Sarasota for a week-long dance intensive, unlike any other. You have three weeks to choose from - or do all three. Open to High School Students through to Professionals (minimum age 14). Participant Performance Friday and Virtual Broadcast Saturday alongside Sarasota Contemporary Dance. Daily classes include improvision, contemporary, liquid strength, afro-modern, jazz, and SCD repertory. Participant Rising Choreographer Progam (2 per program). Guest Faculty include Dazaun Soleyn, Jennifer Nugget, and Christal Brown. SCD Faculty include Melissa Rummel, Monessa Salley, and Xiao-xuan Dancigers. Housing available, each program capped at 20 students. Work-Study positions are also available.

[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.

[SOON]  SPORTS: Yoga at Ca' d'Zan Terrace , July 15, 7pm

Yoga Instructor Ashley Stewart will lead a yoga session on the Ca' d'Zan Terrace. Each session will last one hour, and participants may begin entering 30 minutes prior to the event. Participants should bring a yoga mat and water or drink as desired.

Thursday, Jul 15 @ 7:00 PM


The Ringling Museum , 5401 Bay Shore Rd., Sarasota

[SOON]  GRAB BAG: Pages & Popsicles Open House , July 16, 10am-12pm

Visit the Manatee County Agricultural Museum and Palmetto Historical Park at 515 10th Ave. West, Palmetto, for their Pages & Popsicles Open House on Friday, July 16, from 10 am to 12 pm. The Ag Museum will be celebrating the launch of their new Little Free Library with a ribbon-cutting at 10:15 AM.  Children and adults will be able to take home a book from the little library and if visitors have books at home that they would like to donate to share with others, please bring them along to add to the library. Free popsicles will be distributed during the open house. Palmetto Historical Park will be conducting a tour of their historical buildings at 11:00 and a craft activity will be available on the grounds or to take home. A story time will be held at 10:30, 11:00, and 11:30 in the Chapel featuring the book, “Little Libraries, Big Heroes,” by Miranda Paul.

Manatee County Agricultural Museum and Palmetto Historical Park, 515 10th Ave. West, Palmetto

[SOON]  GALLERY: Arts Advocates to Open New Art Gallery in Siesta Mall , July 17, 2-5pm

Arts Advocates is pleased to announce the opening of the Arts Advocates Gallery in the Siesta Mall. The gallery will be open every Saturday from 2:00 to 5:00 p.m. For the first time since its founding in 1969, Arts Advocates has its own gallery to display works from its collection of Florida artists and to host community events. The opening exhibit features Sarasota Art Colony pieces from the collection, including Jon Corbino’s Palette, on view for the first time since it was stolen from the collection in 1991 when it was on display at the Van Wezel. In 2019, the piece was recovered from a local estate sale by a treasure hunter and returned to Arts Advocates. Written information about all the pieces on display will be available for self-guided tours. Docent-guided tours are also available at 11:00 a.m. on the first Wednesday of each month starting Wednesday, July 7, before the gallery opens to the public. Tours are $10 per person. 

Art Advocates , Suite 119, 3501 South Tamiami Trail, Sarasota

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