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SRQ DAILY Sep 17, 2021

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"Video production and streaming were huge for [SCD] during the pandemic, so I spoke with our production team about ways to get younger people involved."

- Leymis Bolanos-Wilmott, Sarasota Contemporary Dance

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[Visual Arts]  Sarasota Contemporary Dance Hosts Videography Course for Local Students
Andrew Fabian, andrew.fabian@srqme.com

Even before the pandemic, the video production industry had the feel of the Wild West—burgeoning, full of possibility and with plenty of gold to go around. Reminiscent of the early days of the internet boom, video production represents one of the few industries where a lucrative career can be made with a small portfolio of work and a dash of formal training. And into this high-demand, high-reward field goes a small group of local high school and college students after they complete a video production boot camp created in collaboration between New College of Florida (NCF), Sarasota Contemporary Dance (SCD) and a roster of experienced production professionals. 

The brainchild of Leymis Bolaños-Wilmott, SCD’s founder and artistic director, the hands-on course is inspired by the success her dance company found in producing shows virtually. “Video production and streaming were huge for [SCD] during the pandemic,” says Wilmott, “so I spoke with our production team about ways to get younger people involved.” The course, called Digital + Production, includes a behind-the-scenes pre-production walkthrough; three workshops in camera, lighting design and broadcasting; and culminates with the students shadowing the professional production team during a live performance and broadcast of SCD's main stage show at Cook Theatre in mid-October. Leading the classes will be lighting designer and videographer Celeste N. Silsby Mannerud, sound engineer Alex Pinchin, and producer Brett Hoehne, the creative muscle behind SCD’s recent award for best virtual production. 

For fourth-year NCF Theatre, Dance, and Performance Studies major Nicole Silvera, the short, month-long course is an opportunity to pad her resume with more skills. “I’m still a performer first and foremost,” says Silvera, “but I felt like after everything moved online during the pandemic it became really important to have more digital skills.” Silvera, who was born in Florida and has lived in St. Petersburg, is also quick to point out that the connections to local arts organizations certainly make Sarasota a more attractive possibility for starting a career after graduating. “Part of what was so enticing about the program is that you get your name on a list with other arts organizations,” she says, “so even though I have an adventurous spirit and want to see other places, I can still see myself staying here.”

Another highlight of the program is that, courtesy of a Mellon Foundation grant procured by NCF, the course is free. “A lot of our funding is predicated on creating sustainable community impact,” says NCF’s director of community outreach Stacey Campo, “so this is a great opportunity to connect our students to the community’s arts organizations.” 

Though the program already had its initial meet-and-greet on September 10th, there are still spots available for local high school and college students. The next in-studio learning session is September 24th, where students will observe a performance by Ariel Blue.

To sign up, email Leymis Bolaños-Wilmott at lwilmott@ncf.edu. No experience is necessary.


Pictured: Video producer and director Brett Hoehne of Integrated Media Productions, Inc. sets up microphones for a video stream, Photo courtesy of Sarasota Contemporary Dance

[SRQ Book Club]  Non-Fiction Book Review of 'You Can't Be Serious' by Kal Penn
BookStore1 Bookseller Roxanne Baker

Reading Kal Penn’s memoir is like getting a visit from that friend you always look forward to seeing for his well spun hilarious tales.  From his humble New Jersey upbringing to his acting in comedies such as National Lampoon’s Van Wilder to his work as Associate Director of the Office of Public Engagement during the Obama Administration, Penn certainly has the fodder for truly engaging stories.

Besides his good natured humor, what stands out in his memoir is his hearty resilience in following his acting passion regardless of his family’s skepticism and even harsher, the ludicrous Hollywood racism slung his way in auditions and movie shoots.  

Jocularity proves the victor, as Penn regales the goofy humans loaning beat up cars for him to use for LA auditions, proposing insane ideas like Heels for Haiti during his White House duties, and his funny rebuttal DNC speech to Clint Eastwood’s RNC empty chair speech. Best of all, his affability includes his willingness to laugh at himself.

A gift for anyone in need of a laugh or pep talk, You Can’t Be Serious is loaded with a perfect blend of ‘you can’t make this stuff up’ and ‘don’t stop believing’ fun.

Available November 2nd at BookStoreOne Sarasota, located at 12 S. Palm Avenue, or pre-order online at sarasotabooks.com  

Photo courtesy of the publisher.

[Sailing]  The 50th Sunfish World Championship Comes to Sarasota

The Sarasota Sailing Squadron located on City Island has announced the 50th World Sunfish Championship will be coming to Sarasota in October 2021. The 100 competitors come from North, South, and Central America, the Caribbean, the Bahamas and Europe. They will be sailing in new boats supplied by Sunfish Direct. They have qualified previously in events held in their respective countries and represent the country's best sailors. 

The Sunfish is a single-handed boat first built in the US in the 1950s. It is the boat seen all over the world on lakes, bays, seas and oceans. World Championships have been held in many countries since 1970 and is the most anticipated regatta for sunfish sailors. 

The week-long event will be held October 23-29. Twelve races are planned during the week. A "lay day" is scheduled if needed for inclement weather. That day is usually a time for visitors to enjoy the many amenities that Sarasota has to offer. Many family members also attend and join in the Squadron's planned activities, enhancing the experience for everyone. The 50th Regatta organizers plan to invite past World competitors to attend which will bring many more sailors to enjoy the racing via spectator boats and entertainment events. 

Expect great sailing from FL sailors Jeff Linton and Mike Ingham who have won many regattas leading up to the 50th year competition.  

Photo courtesy of Sarasota Sailing Squadron

[Community]  Inaugural St. Armands Circle Arts Event Set to Premiere Saturday

St. Armands Circle’s summer happening series, “Sol of the Circle,” will crescendo this Saturday, September 18 with Sarasota Arts LIVE, a first-of-its-kind arts-focused event highlighting local performers, musicians and visual artists.  The inaugural event, organized in collaboration with the Arts and Cultural Alliance of Sarasota, will host notable pillars of the Sarasota arts community, including the West Coast Black Theatre Troupe, Chamber Orchestra of Sarasota, Jazz Club of Sarasota, Florida Studio Theatre and national recording artist, The Alan Grant Band. This free-to-attend event, scheduled from 11 am to 2 pm, will be held within St. Armands Circle’s sprawling center park. Guests are invited to bring a lawn chair or blanket and arrive early to secure their spot. 

Sarasota Arts LIVE will mark the near conclusion of St. Armands Circle’s Sol of the Circle series, a four-month calendar of recurring and unique events hosted around the renowned shopping district. The summer-long celebration was an effort by the St. Armands Circle Association and St. Armands Business Improvement District to invite locals and tourists alike to come out to the Circle. 

For more information and to rsvp, visit the Facebook event page here. 

[Arts Funding]  Asolo Rep Awarded $35,000 Season Sponsorship from The Exchange

Asolo Repertory Theatre will receive a $35,000 grant from The Exchange in support of the 2021-2022 season. The grant represents the continuation of a longstanding relationship between the two Sarasota nonprofits. The grant represents a return to The Exchange’s original 2021-2022 financial giving plan after temporarily suspending awards and scholarships in March of 2020. Since its inception in 1962, The Exchange has awarded $9 million dollars in support of local arts organizations.

After making major adjustments to its 2020-2021 season, including a series of outdoor performances, Asolo Rep is celebrating a return to indoor performances in 2021-2022. The season kicks off in November with the tribal love-rock musical Hair. Next up will be Thornton Wilder’s classic Our Town, the new comedy Grand Horizons by Bess Wohl, and The Great Leap by Lauren Yee. The season will also include the debut of the long-awaited musical Knoxville, based on James Agee’s Pulitzer Prize-winning autobiographical novel A Death in the Family, as well as the explosive new play Eureka Day.  

[Learning]  Local Organization Offers New Virtual Spanish-Language Support Group for People with Parkinson’s

Neuro Challenge Foundation for Parkinson’s announced a new support program in Spanish for people with Parkinson’s and their Care Partners. This group is offered at no charge and will be held virtually on the 3rd Friday monthly. Neuro Challenge is committed to providing A Better Approach to Parkinson’s. In addition to this ongoing support group and in celebration of Hispanic Heritage Month (September 15th-October 15th) Neuro Challenge will provide multiple programs throughout the month with a Latin twist.

“Neuro Challenge Foundation is excited to celebrate National Hispanic Heritage Month by convening our first Spanish-language Parkinson’s Support Group. In addition, we are in the process of translating the PD 101 program into Spanish to be more inclusive of the Hispanic population in Neuro Challenge support and services,” said Dr. Sara Grivetti, CEO of Neuro Challenge. Virtual Programs include: September 17, 2021 – Spanish-language Parkinson’s Support Group; September 21, 2021 – Joyful Movement through Parkinson’s with a Latin twist, in partnership with The Sarasota Ballet; September 28, 2021 Mindful Moves: Dancing through Parkinson’s with Latin rhythms; October 6, 2021 – Creative Writing Workshop - Latin Poetry; October 20, 2021 - PD 101 en Español

Virtual program registration information is available at neurochallenge.org.

[SOON]  SCIENCE AND NATURE: In Dialogue with Nature: Glass in the Gardens , July 10 – September 26

Selby Gardens and the Duncan McClellan Gallery in St. Petersburg present the fourth annual summer glass show at Selby Gardens’ Downtown Sarasota campus from July 10 to September 26. This year’s exhibition, featuring nature-inspired glass work created exclusively by Duncan McClellan, will be displayed in the Tropical Conservatory and the Gardens against a backdrop of lush flowers and plants.  All artworks are available for sale with a percentage of proceeds benefiting Selby Gardens.

Marie Selby Botanical Gardens , 1534 Mound St., Sarasota

[SOON]  GALLERY: We Dream A World: African American Landscape Painters of Mid-Century Florida, The Highwaymen , July 10 – September 26

We Dream A World, African American Landscape Painters of Mid-Century Florida, The Highwaymen, explores the depth of art and business enterprise created by a unique set of landscape artists. Guest Curator Radiah Harper takes visitors through the experience of African Americans who, living in a hostile climate of racial injustice, were able to both learn their artistic craft through formal and informal education, and successfully break away from traditional field labor jobs to monetize their work. This exhibition will be presented in collaboration with the Sarasota African American Cultural Coalition from July 10 to September 26.

Marie Selby Botanical Gardens , 1534 Mound St., Sarasota

[SOON]  PERFORMANCE: Florida Studio Theatre: Jukebox Saturday Night , September 7 – October 31

FST’s 2021 Summer Cabaret Series concludes with an all-new show from Sarasota’s favorite swing-era territory band, The Swingaroos. A jazzy new music revue, Jukebox Saturday Night features some of The Jukebox’s greatest hits: “Get Your Kicks On Route 66,” “Heart and Soul,” and “There’s No Business Like Show Business.” Jukebox Saturday Night will play in FST’s Bowne’s Lab beginning Tuesday, September 7 and will play through October 31. Countless musical genres emerged during the first half of the 20th Century, and there was only one place you could find them all: The Jukebox. In this jazzy music revue, The Swingaroos put a dynamic twist on the Jukebox’s greatest hits, including “Get Your Kicks On Route 66,” “Heart and Soul,” and “There’s No Business Like Show Business.” Tickets are no longer available for this show.

[SOON]  GRAB BAG: Arts A Blaze Studio: Saturday Morning Pottery and Donuts , September 11 – October 30, 10am

Bring your Coffee, Tea or Hot Cider and join Arts A Blaze Studio at 8111 Lakewood Main St. #107, Bradenton on Saturday Mornings throughout September and October at 10am. Free Donuts for every Painting Customer while they last.

[SOON]  FILM: The Ringling: On Screen: Casablanca , September 17, 6:30pm

Academy Award winners Humphrey Bogart and Ingrid Bergman light up the screen in one of the most enduring romances in movie history: Casablanca. Rick Blaine (Bogart--The African Queen, The Caine Mutiny) owns a nightclub in Vichy-controlled Casablanca, frequented by refugees desperate to escape German domination. Despite the ever-present human misery, Rick manages to remain uninvolved in World War II now raging across Europe and Northern Africa. But all that changes when Ilsa Lund (Bergman--Gaslight, Notorious) walks through the front door of Rick's club. Rick must now choose between a life with the woman he loves and becoming the hero that both she and the world need. This On Screen will show on September 17 at 6:30pm at Historic Asolo Theater.

[SOON]  HEALTH: Let's Get Healthy Tampa Bay Wellness Expos , September 18 – September 26, 10am-2pm, 11am-3pm, 10am-2pm, 12pm-4pm

Let’s Get Healthy Tampa Bay Wellness Expos, Florida Penguin Production’s annual wellness expo series, is returning to 4 locations this September. (Brandon, Sarasota, Clearwater & Citrus Park) Each “Let’s Get Healthy Wellness Expo” will feature 30-40 wellness related resources & activations catered to patrons of all ages. From Geriatrics to Pediatrics, and holistic to modern, we have it all in one place for Tampa Bay to learn more about all the options available to them. Activities include fitness demos, free health checks, healthy food & drink samples, product sampling stations, a Teddy Bear Giveaway sponsored by Florida Blue, and dozens of vendors on display including many of the top Health Insurance brands, chiropractors, mental health, government services, primary care, fitness, and healthy food and drinks. Sponsored by Florida Blue, Liberty Dental Plans, Life Guard Imaging, and Your CBD Store. September 18th (10am-2pm) at The Mall at University Town Center - 140 University Town Center Dr, Sarasota, September 19th (11am-3pm) at Westfield Brandon Mall - 459 Brandon Town Center Dr, Brandon, September 25th (10am-2pm) at Countryside Mall - 27001 US Hwy 19 N, Clearwater, and September 26th (12pm-4pm) at Citrus Park Mall - Center, 8021 Citrus Park Town, Tampa.

[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]  GALLERY: Michael Murphy Gallery: Salvador Dali: The Argillet Collection , September 16 – September 26, 1pm-3pm and 7pm-9pm

Michael Murphy Gallery, Tampa’s premier fine art gallery, is proud to announce its presentation of Salvador Dali: The Argillet Collection. The collection will be on exhibition and available for acquisition at the gallery beginning September 16, 2021. The exhibition is a rare opportunity to meet Madame Christine Argillet, daughter of Dali's legendary publisher and confidante Pierre Argillet, during scheduled special appearances by Madame Argillet for the public: Saturday, September 25 from 1pm–3pm and 7pm–9pm as well as Sunday, September 26 from 1pm–3pm. All appearances are complimentary to the public. For additional information about this exhibition, contact the gallery via phone: 813.902.1414 or info@michaelmurphygallery.com. RSVPs are strongly recommended HERE: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/salvador-dali-the-argillet-collection-tickets-165960505339.

[SOON]  SEMINAR: Virtual: The Hermitage Artist Retreat: Artists and Thinkers: An Intimate Conversation Series , September 23 – September 30, 7pm and 5pm

The Hermitage Artist Retreat Announces “Artists and Thinkers: An Intimate Conversation Series” A new virtual series featuring nationally renowned Hermitage curators and artists, including Golden Globe Award winner Regina Taylor. Join us online for a deep dive into the creative process with: Limor Tomer and Luke Stewart on Thursday, September 23, 7pm and Christopher Burney and Regina Taylor on Thursday, September 30, 5pm. Amidst its active season of live outdoor programming and events, the Hermitage Artist Retreat is launching a new virtual series spotlighting the brilliant curators and Hermitage alumni who have developed their work and craft in residence at the Hermitage. Presented online in real time via Zoom, these candid and intimate conversations between Hermitage alumni artists and members of the Hermitage’s National Curatorial Council strip away the trappings of performance to get at the heart of the creative process and the vital role art plays in shaping our future. Focused on themes determined by the curator and artist, these hour-long events will be moderated by a member of the Hermitage team and provide audiences a unique glimpse into how curators and artists alike keep their finger on the pulse of our time to boldly create the impactful works of tomorrow.

[SOON]  GRAB BAG: Discover Sarasota: Psychic Sunday Tour , January 1 – December 31

Get in touch with Sarasota’s psychic influence on this interesting trolley or van tour. Learn why Sarasota is called Sedona by the Sea, explore the tools psychics and mediums use, hear about the history of the tarot, and learn why Sarasota is a psychic and spiritual energy center. Visit Pixie Dust on Sarasota’s Main Street, walk the sands of Siesta Key Beach, explore a labyrinth, and then enjoy a Spirit Gallery Reading and a mini tarot reading on the trolley or van. You can also book a 15-minute personal tarot reading with tour guide Michael Newton-Brown at the cottage after the tour. Ages 12+; young people ages 12-20 may attend if accompanied by a parent or legal guardian. Tours with fewer than 10 guests will travel in our comfortably air-conditioned high-top van. Tour tickets are $34.99 and include FREE Parking.

[SOON]  FILM: Virtual: This Light Of Mine: The Making of the Westcoast Black Theatre Troupe , December 17 – December 31

The dream of one man became a cultural tour de force for Sarasota’s performing arts community. In 1999, actor and playwright Nate Jacobs founded the Westcoast Black Theatre Troupe, establishing a unique dramatic company to present and explore the Black experience. After twenty years of challenges and hard-won triumphs, the troupe experienced one of its toughest years yet in 2020. The killing of George Floyd ignited a national reckoning on race, and the COVID-19 pandemic made theatres go dark. Drawing on the resilient spirit that carried the troupe across previous hardships, WBTT has reimagined ways to stage its performances and fulfill its mission to promote inclusion and diversity in the arts. As a new generation of artists comes onboard, the troupe also finds successful approaches to address racism and lift others up through opportunity, mentorship and outreach. Produced by WEDU PBS in partnership with the Community Foundation of Sarasota County with generous funding from the George J. & Alice Pugh Donor Advised Fund. The film is available at https://www.wedu.org/shows/documentaries/this-light-of-mine/

[SOON]  GALLERY: New Color Perspectives Gallery , August 28 – September 24

The five newest artists at Art Uptown Gallery will be featured in the September exhibit, New Color Perspectives, showcasing their paintings, drawings and jewelry art. Diane Boone, jewelry artist; Peter Garon, Judy Gilmer, and Hunter Jay, painters; and Arlene Steinberg, colored pencil artist, are all local, full-time residents of national and international recognition. Meet the artists on September 3 from 6 pm to 9 pm at the First Friday public reception with refreshments at the gallery. The exhibit opens on Saturday, August 28 and runs through Friday, September 25. Art Uptown Gallery welcomes patrons and friends at 1367 Main Street where the diverse art works of 28 local artists are shown, Tuesday-Friday 11 am-5 pm (except First Friday when open until 9 pm), and Saturday 10 am-3 pm. www.artuptown.com. Telephone 941-955-5409 for further information

Art Uptown Gallery, 1367 Main St., Sarasota

[SOON]  FILM: The Ringling: On Screen: Journey To Italy , October 7, 1pm

Among the most influential films of the postwar era, Roberto Rossellini’s Journey to Italy (Viaggio in Italia) charts the declining marriage of a couple from England (Ingrid Bergman and George Sanders) on a trip in the countryside near Naples. More than just the anatomy of a relationship, Rossellini’s masterpiece is a heartrending work of emotion and spirituality. Considered a predecessor to the existentialist works of Michelangelo Antonioni and hailed as a groundbreaking modernist work by the legendary film journal Cahiers du cinemá, Journey to Italy is a breathtaking cinematic benchmark. This On Screen will show on October 7 at 1pm at Historic Asolo Theater.

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