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SRQ DAILY Nov 15, 2021

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"Sarasota is an arts community first, and I believe I speak for all of the local restaurant and business owners when I say I am so grateful and proud to see live entertainment come back."

- Sharon Carole, founder of The Realm Restaurant Group

[Nightlife]  Downtown Culture Slowly Returns For Season
Jacob Ogles, jacob.ogles@srqme.com

Safety protocols, a reduction in COVID-19 infections and pent-up demand bring another wave on re-openings this week to downtown cultural venues in  the greater Sarasota area. The Venice Symphony will return to an indoor stage this week. And fine dining locales like the Bijou Garden Café reopen their doors weeks after singers kicked off a new season at the Sarasota Opera House.

"Bijou Garden Cafe has always been directly influenced by the arts organizations in Sarasota, not just because the venues are our close neighbors. There is a strong synergy between the downtown restaurants and the theaters,” said Sharon Carole, owner of Bijou Garden Café and of Sage.

It’s a reminder how thorough connected the economy in downtown areas is tied to the cultural destinations.

“We know that so many of the theatergoers are also our patrons. When they plan a night out to see a show, opera or ballet, our restaurants are a big part of that as well. That's one of the reasons why our team has worked so hard to make sure our doors are open as live theater makes its big comeback,” Carole said. “Sarasota is an arts community first, and I believe I speak for all of the local restaurant and business owners when I say I am so grateful and proud to see live entertainment come back."

Further south in Venice, the symphony will return to The Venice Performing Arts Center for performances Friday and Saturday of “Brahms and the Boys.” That kicks off a season running until May. During that time, Music Director Troy Quinn has programmed every concert postposed during the 2020-’21 season due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

“After being away from the hall and our community of supporters for more than a year, we are beyond thrilled to be back performing live,” said Venice Symphony President and CEO Christine Kasten. “From the musicians to the staff, volunteers and Board, we are committed to making our 48th season a memorable and uplifting experience, showcasing our outstanding orchestra and Troy Quinn’s innovative programming.”

The Symphony is the Center have requirements in place for patrons to wear masks inside of the building. The Sarasota Opera House adopted the #SafeArtsSarasota initiative standards to require patrons show proof of vaccination or a negative COVID-19 test administered in the last 72 hours before a show, and is also requiring masks while guests watch performances.

Meanwhile, organizations like Florida Studio Theatre announced plans for family programming. Its “Deck The Halls” event kicks off later this month after a two-year hiatus. Saturday and some Sunday shows kick off beginning on Nov. 27. Masks are required for everyone age 6 and older, and the vaccine-or-recent test rules apply for patrons 12 and older. 

[Reopening]  Bijou Garden Cafe Announces Reopening Date After Interior and Exterior Restoration

Bijou Garden Café recently announced a reopening date of Nov. 16 after being closed for three months due to renovations. In early 2021, Sharon Carole, owner of The Realm Restaurant Group, purchased Bijou Garden Café from owner and chef J.P. Knaggs. The original, iconic building was built in the 1920s and served as a gas station before transforming into a restaurant in 1986, and has remained a popular option for theatergoers and arts patrons for a pre-show meal downtown. 

Extensive renovations and restorations were made to the building in September—including the removal of several walls to create a more open space, the relocation and restoration of the classic bar, the addition of garden views from every table and bringing in a new baby grand piano, among other updates. Once open, the restaurant will feature some refreshed menu items as well. In addition to some of the classic favorites from the Bijou Garden Café’s previous menu, such as Shrimp Piri Piri, Escargot Bourguignonne and Potato Au Gratin, Christopher Covelli, executive chef at Bijou Garden Café, is implementing new menu items inspired by the garden with more greens, vegetarian and vegan options. “The menu has a French and Californian influence that will very much match the setting of the building,” says Covelli. “We used many of J.P. Knaggs’ original recipes and while they’ve changed over the years as different chefs have evolved them, we believe people will really enjoy the authenticity and comfort they bring.”

The restaurant seats 134 people with indoor and outdoor dining, and is open Tuesday through Thursday from 5pm - 10pm, and Friday through Saturday from 5pm - 11 pm. To make a reservation, visit BijouGardenCafe.com or call 941-366-8111.  

Photo courtesy of The Realm Restaurant Group

[Dental Care]  Smiles at Lakewood Ranch to Host Free Dentistry Day December 11

Residents in the Lakewood Ranch community and surrounding areas will have the opportunity to receive free dental services at Smiles at Lakewood Ranch on Saturday, December 11. Dr. Ana Monzin, Dr. Jacob Berger and team at Smiles at Lakewood Ranch will be improving the oral health of the community as part of Free Dentistry Day, a day dedicated to providing free dental care to the growing number of Americans without dental insurance. According to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, approximately 108 million Americans are living without dental insurance.

“We understand that many people in our community and across the nation haven’t been to the dentist for a long period of time. Some don’t understand the importance of dental health, but more often than not, they don’t have the financial means,” said Dr. Monzin. “This event is a great opportunity for us to share our time and resources with those less fortunate and give back to the community. 

 During Free Dentistry Day, cleanings, fillings and extractions will be provided to patients on Saturday, December 11, between 8 am-12 pm at 14606 E State Rd. 70 in Lakewood Ranch. Call the office in advance to schedule your appointment at 941-216-3803 or visit FreeDentistryDay.org. 

[Parenting]  Interview With Forty Carrots' Community Speaker Dr. Tina Payne Bryson
Wes Roberts, wes.roberts@srqme.com

As this year's guest speaker for Forty Carrots' Free Community Speaker Event, Dr. Tina Payne Bryson touched on prominent talking points for parents, including 'The Power of Showing Up'. Bryson is the author of the Bottom Line for Baby and co-author (with Dan Siegel) of two New York Times Best Sellers—The Whole-Brain Child and No-Drama Discipline—each of which has been translated into over fifty languages, as well as The Yes Brain and The Power of Showing Up. She is the Founder and Executive Director of The Center for Connection, a multidisciplinary clinical practice in Southern California. Dr. Bryson conducts workshops for parents, educators, and clinicians all over the world, and she frequently consults with schools, businesses, and other organizations. 

In an interview with Wes Roberts in our December 2021 magazine issue, Dr. Bryson shared her thoughts on parenting in today’s chaotic world. In the excerpt below, she speaks to the way parents and caregivers can create a securely attached relationship with their children by using the four S’s, so that the child will feel at home in the world as they interact with others. 

The first S stands for safe and that really is about protecting our children from harm, but it's also creating a safe harbor away from the stress and the chaos of the world. Our homes, our relationships are safe harbors for our children. The second S is for seen which is about tuning into the mind behind the behavior and helping them feel seen. Soothe is to help comfort, nurture, calm them when they're really in distress. So for example the child doesn't want to get out of the bathtub, we practice seen by saying, you're really disappointed about getting out of the tub. So we’re connecting with the mind behind the behavior of the feelings he has and then soothing him, saying “It's okay, if you need to cry, I'm right here with you.”  Then wrap the towel around him and comfort him to settle him down. When kids have enough of this repeated they develop that fourth S of security, which is really where their brain wires to know that someone's going to show up for them and then they learn how to show up for themselves, how to keep themselves safe and seen, and understand themselves and soothe themselves. There are a lot of things in the world as parents that we can't control, and that's, that's hard for us to accept, but it's the truth. So what we want to do is what we can within our control to give our kids the highest capacity they have and the most resilience possible.  

To learn more about this year's Forty Carrots Free Community Speaker Event, click here

[Cook Book]  Realize Bradenton Releases New Book, 'Tales from the Table: Flavor, Families, and Friends'

Realize Bradenton announced the release of Tales from the Table: Flavor, Families, and Friends. This storybook cookbook features recipes and stories with a twist of education. Beautifully illustrated by local artist Don Brandes, this book includes ten recipes from the Bradenton community and the special memories behind them. Through food, Tales from the Table connects us to each other and our heritage. 

In the book's introduction, local historian Cathy Slusser states, "When we come together over a meal, what we eat is important because it shares a piece of who we are and what made us that way. It reminds us that while we are all from somewhere else, we are also humans, dependent on food not only for survival but connection."

In addition, each recipe includes "Learn Together" activities that were created by a local elementary school teacher to bring fun and education into the kitchen. 

Thanks to the generosity of presenting sponsor, Soar in 4 and donors, thousands of copies of Tales from the Table have been donated to Manatee County Title 1 elementary schools and Soar in 4.

Tales from the Table is available for purchase at RealizeBradenton.com/Shop 

[Culture + History]  CWC-FPRA to Present 'Newtown Alive: Storytelling as the Key to Preserving, Sharing, and Celebrating History'

During this month’s professional development program, the Central West Coast Chapter of the Florida Public Relations Association (CWC-FPRA) will present “Newtown Alive: Storytelling as the Key to Preserving, Sharing, and Celebrating History” on November 18, 2021, from 11:30 am – 1:00 pm at The Bazaar at Apricot and Lime (821 Apricot Avenue, Sarasota). The event will feature Vickie Oldham, President/CEO of the Sarasota African American Cultural Coalition (SAACC), who is leading an initiative to open an arts, cultural and history center in Newtown.

In this discussion, Oldham will share Newtown Alive’s evolution from its inception in 2014 to the present and how this groundbreaking project is causing Sarasota to take a second look at Newtown, one of the city’s oldest neighborhoods. Using traditional and multi-platform storytelling tools, Newtown Alive features the early pioneers who built Sarasota's infrastructure, education about Newtown’s historic landmarks, and the neighborhood’s history. In addition to local acclaim, the project has received local and state awards. 

“Storytelling is one of the most powerful forms of communication, cultural heritage and education,” says Melanie Reda, APR, CPRC, president of the CWC-FPRA. “We are grateful for the opportunity to host Vickie Oldham and hear directly from her on how storytelling is being used to bring attention to the rich history of Newtown.”

Oldham is an experienced journalist and media and public relations strategist with more than twenty-five years of proven success in marketing, fundraising and communications. Prior to her role with the SAACC, Oldham was in higher education. 

Tickets for the program are $25/FPRA members and $35/guests and includes lunch, provided by First Watch. To register, visit cwcfpra.com/events. This event is sponsored by Next-Mark. 

Pictured: Vickie Oldham, President/CEO of the Sarasota African American Cultural Coalition (SAACC)

[Expansion]  Firmo Construction Breaks Ground on Marriott Hotel in Georgia, Awarded First Project Outside of Florida

Sarasota construction management firm, Firmo Construction, has been hired to build a Fairfield Inn by Marriott in Alpharetta, a city within the Atlanta metropolitan area. A joint venture between Hawkeye Hotels Inc., and Savannah-based hospitality management and development group, HOS Management, the Firmo Construction and HOS teams celebrated the start of the construction process for the new hotel with a groundbreaking ceremony the morning of November 10.

“We’re excited to commence our third project in partnership with the HOS Management team, as well as commemorate our first step toward national growth as a company by celebrating our first project awarded outside of Florida,” said Eric Collin, President of Firmo Construction. “With the relationships and partnerships we’ve already established in Georgia, our team is ready to bring our expertise in hospitality construction to this new tourism opportunity.”

Bringing decades of experience with the Marriott brand and the hospitality industry, Firmo and HOS Management, in partnership with Elevate Architecture Studio, will deliver this Marriott model just a few minutes away from downtown Alpharetta. At a little over 78,000 square feet, the structure will be situated on a six-acre lot. 

For more information about this project, please email Nicole Miskovic at nicole@firmoconstruction.com or call 941-917-0494.  

Photo courtesy of Firmo.

[SOON]  PERFORMANCE: Westcoast Black Theatre Troupe: Eubie! , October 6 – November 21

Opening the season is “Eubie!” a toe-tapping revue of Eubie Blake songs that stormed Broadway in the 1970s and was nominated for three Tony Awards. Blake's infectious style is evoked in over 20 wonderful songs, including the classic "I'm Just Wild about Harry." With its sizzling score and energetic dance numbers, "Eubie!" is a crowd-pleasing salute to a Black Broadway pioneer. It's also one of the first shows staged by WBTT in its 22-year history – back by popular demand! Jim Weaver will direct. Runs from October 6 to November 21, 2021. Ticket sales are scheduled to begin in the late summer. Call the Box Office at 941-366-1505 or visit westcoastblacktheatre.org.

[SOON]  GRAB BAG: Selby Gardens: Orchid Show Tripod Tuesdays , October 5 – November 23, 9am-10am

Selby is offering special early hours access to our Tropical Conservatory during the Annual Orchid Show. This special opportunity permits photographers with advance registration to use tripods to capture images of hundreds of rare orchids and other endangered tropical plants. Open to all ages/experience levels. Early registration is recommended, as space fills up fast. Drop-ins are encouraged, but are limited to a first-come, first-served basis. Drop-in fee is $20. Payments can be made with cash, cheque, or card. Orchid Show Tripod Tuesdays will take place on Tuesdays from 9am to 10am. Class fee per session: $20. Class Size: 20 Students.

[SOON]  FOOD: Sarasota Opera: Moonlight & Melodies Dinner Series , November 1 – February 21, 6pm

Moonlight & Melodies Dinner Series is a new dining experience for opera lovers. This year Sarasota Opera welcomes our community into the Donna Wolf Steigerwaldt Courtyard for an immersive themed dinner series that highlights composers from the season. As we come together to share our awe for the exquisite art these composers created, enjoy curated cocktails and food prepared by the best of Sarasota’s chefs in a setting that will transport you to a different location each evening. Make your reservations now so you won’t miss out on this exciting and new event. Moonlight & Melodies Dinner #1 will take place on Monday, November 1 at 6pm and Moonlight & Melodies Dinner #2 will take place on Monday, February 21 at 6pm.

[SOON]  THEATER: FSU/Asolo Conservatory: Everybody , November 2 – November 21, Varies.

A modern take on the fourteenth-century morality play Everyman, this new play follows the character of Everybody (chosen from amongst the cast by lottery at each performance!) as they journey through the meaning of life, and most importantly, of death. A finalist for the 2018 Pulitzer Prize, the play is absurdly witty, very moving, and unlike anything you’ve seen in the theatre. Everybody will take place November 3-21, 2021 with Previews on November 2, 2021. 

[SOON]  FESTIVAL: Sarasota Medieval Fair , November 6 – November 28, 10am-5:30pm

The Sarasota Medieval Fair is Back - NEW LOCATION: Woods of Mallaranny. Welcome one and all to four weekends of exciting tournaments, scrumptious feasts, & pure family fun at the Sarasota Medieval Fair. We are so proud to announce the triumphant return of the renowned 17th Annual Sarasota Medieval Fair. The fair will be November 6th-28th, running every weekend on Saturday and Sunday at our much anticipated and beautiful NEW LOCATION, Woods of Mallaranny. Visit us each weekend as each weekend features a full new line-up of different nationally renowned acts! Plus, don't miss our returning favorites such as the Washing Well Wenches, the Human Combat Chess Match, and full-armored full-contact jousting tournaments held twice daily. Live the majesty and madness of knights, jesters, minstrels, belly dancers, wenches, and sword swingers! Watch the full contact joust and human combat chess tournaments! Ride rides and play games. Feast on turkey legs and hearty ales from the English pubs. Plus, join in on the fun with this years Scottish scenario, the Battle of Falkirk, 1298 AD. We encourage all to interact with our cast of characters, ask questions, and participate in the grandeur of color, sound, taste, and festivities. Come one and all to four weekends of exciting tournaments, scrumptious feasts, & pure family fun at the Sarasota Medieval Fair. 

[SOON]  GRAB BAG: Big Brothers Big Sisters of the Sun Coast: Annual Giving Tree Toy Drive , November 8 – December 3

Fifth Third Bank is partnering with Big Brothers Big Sisters of the Sun Coast for its annual Giving Tree Toy Drive campaign. The Giving Tree Toy Drive program will begin on November 8, 2021 and end on December 3, 2021. Each Fifth Third financial center will host a “Giving Tree” decorated with gift tags with specific information that pertains to the need of a child in the community. We encourage you to visit any local Fifth Third Bank financial center in South Florida during the month of November to pick up your gift tag. Your donation of a gift or gift card will help make a difference and ensure a brighter holiday season for the underserved youth in our community. All donations can be dropped off at any local Fifth Third Bank in Collier, Lee, Charlotte, Sarasota, Manatee, Hillsborough, Pinellas, Broward and Palm Beach. To find the nearest location, visit 53.com.

[SOON]  GALLERY: Madeby Gallery: 8th Annual Alumni and Veterans Show , November 11 – December 13, Gallery hours.

The Eighth Annual Alumni and Veterans Show will run from November 11 to December 13, 2021 with a Zoom Reception on Wednesday, December 1, 2021 from 5pm to 6:30pm. You are invited to view exciting new work by Ringling College Alumni and Veterans. This multi-media exhibition includes artwork from this extraordinary group. The show features a wide variety of media, styles, and approaches from emerging and established alumni and veterans practicing a diverse range of art using mediums including painting, digital design, drawings, prints, and mixed media. All artwork will be on display online only on this page from November 11 through December 13. To purchase please call 941-822-0442 and make arrangements for curbside pickup or shipping.

[SOON]  GRAB BAG: 2021 Siesta Key Crystal Classic International Sand Sculpting Festival , November 12 – November 15

After making the difficult decision to cancel last year's festival due to COVID-19, The Siesta Key Chamber is excited to announce the dates for the 2021 festival! This November 12-15th, twenty-four premier master sand sculptors will be competing for 1st place on Siesta Beach. The Siesta Key Crystal Classic is a visual and cultural arts festival now in its 11th year and has hosted over 300,000 attendees on the best beach in the USA! In only 24 sculpting hours, (spanning the four-day event), the master sculptors create sand masterpieces and transform the always beautiful Siesta Beach into an amazing outdoor art gallery. And it is more than just sand...the festival also features live music throughout the event along with a large village of shopping and food and drink vendors. Other activities include the popular three-day Quick Sand competition, sand sculpting lessons and an amateur sculpting competition. The festival will be open Saturday night until 9 pm with live music by Fleetwood Max, The Definitive Fleetwood Mac Tribute Band. A full live music line up will be announced in October. The party tent will be open and the sculptures will be lit through a fabulous light display.

Siesta Key Crystal Classic

[SOON]  SPORTS: Scramble for SPARCC: Golf Tournament , November 15, 11am

Safe Place and Rape Crisis Center (SPARCC) is hosting its annual golf tournament, Scramble for SPARCC, at Longboat Key Club, Harbourside Golf Course on Monday, November 15, 2021. With the support of sponsors, community donations and golfers, the tournament raises funds to help provide life-saving, free and confidential programs and services for survivors of domestic and sexual violence. Entry fee is $175.00 per person and includes green fees, individual carts, happy hour light bites, beverages (cash bar available) and player awards. Registration opens at 11am with a shotgun start at 12pm to kick off the 18-hole scramble. In addition to the golf tournament, there is also a closet to the pin contest, helicopter ball drop for 50/50, and awards celebration. Co-Chairs for this event are Sandy Fulkerson, Lynne Koy and Bonnie VanOverbeke. Not a golfer? Come for Happy Hour. Helicopter Ball Drop for a split the pot chance, light bites and awards presentation from 4-5pm. all for $55.00 per person, which includes a drink ticket. Come out and cheer on the winners.

[SOON]  PERFORMANCE: Venice Theatre: The ULTIMATE Tribute to the King , November 14 – November 15, Varies.

Dwight Icenhower and his Blue Suede Band are back at Venice Theatre bringing you the ULTIMATE Tribute to the KING! Dwight is considered one of the best Elvis tribute artists in the country today. He has mastered the ‘50s, ‘60s, and ‘70s eras of Elvis’ career and had won a myriad of national Elvis awards. In 2018 Dwight was hand picked by APPLE to be the face of their new worldwide advertising campaign. The ULTIMATE Tribute to the King will show on November 14 and 15 at the Venice Theatre.

[SOON]  GRAB BAG: Asolo Repertory Theatre: Kaleidoscope Community , November 13 – January 15, 9am-12pm

Visual Thinking Strategies (VTS) is a collaborative, student-centered teaching method that improves critical thinking skills and fosters inclusive community-building dialogue through facilitated discussions of visual images. A huge bonus to VTS is you do not need special art training to use this strategy and the pedagogy is developmentally appropriate across all age and learning levels. Workshop participants will experience VTS first hand and explore opportunities for student application. This workshop is led by Embracing Our Difference's Education Director, Ben Jewell-Plocher and will take place on Saturday, November 13, December 11, and January 15, 9am-12pm at Easterseals of Southwest Florida, 350 Braden Ave. It is designed for educators, administrators, and aides who work in ESE, Life Skills Education, or who work with neurodivergent individuals and/or individuals with disabilities. We welcome all participants, and will discuss artistic adaptations based on educational and community spaces. The cost of this workshop is $5-$25. Please only choose the "Pay What You Can" option if you are a classroom educator.

[SOON]  MUSIC: Van Wezel: Celtic Thunder: Ireland , November 17, 7:30pm

Celtic Thunder storms onto the mainstage with their latest live show, IRELAND. IRELAND is a brand-new revue show that revisits their most popular Irish and Celtic songs of the past decade and celebrates the influence of Irish and Celtic music around the world. Tickets go on sale Friday, April 3 at 10am and the show is on November 17, 2021 at 7:30pm. The Celtic Thunder IRELAND live theatrical show embodies the essence of the public television stars, delivering a blend of lively, fast paced and upbeat songs “A Place in The Choir,” “The Galway Girl” and “Raggle Taggle Gypsy,” classic ballads “Mountains of Mourne” and “The Wild Rover” and renowned Irish love songs such as “She Moved Through The Fair” and “Danny Boy” – all with a special Celtic Thunder twist, of course.

Van Wezel Performing Arts Hall, 777 North Tamiami Trail

[SOON]  GRAB BAG: Selby Gardens: Cocktails at the Cottage: An Open-Air Evening by the Bay , November 17, 5pm-8pm

Chairs Renée James Gilmore, Mary Evelyn Guyton, Cornelia Matson, and Jeannie Russell cordially invite you to Cocktails at the Cottage: An Open-Air Evening by the Bay at the Historic Spanish Point campus will take place on Wednesday, November 17, 2021 from 5pm to 8pm with a special toast to the future of the Historic Spanish Point campus at 6pm. Join us for a fun, casual evening with cocktails and hors d'oeuvres overlooking Little Sarasota Bay. Watch the sunset and be the first to hear about exciting developments at Selby Gardens' Historic Spanish Point campus. The evening will take place bayfront in front of the 19th Century White Cottage, Sunken Garden, and Pergola.

[SOON]  GRAB BAG: Selby Gardens: Introduction to Watercolor: November , November 1 – November 15, 10:30am-2:30pm

Love art but don’t know where to start? Learn the basics of watercolor with step-by-step instruction in mixing colors, creating a palette, beginner brush techniques, and much more. This class is perfect for aspiring artists who do not have any prior experience but have a passion for painting. Open to students of all ages. Introduction to Watercolor will take place on Mondays from 10:30am to 2:30pm, November 1, 8, 15. Class Fee: Members $160/Non-members $180. Class Size: 12 Students. Instructor: Carolyn Merenda.

[SOON]  MUSIC: Guitar Sarasota: Emerging Artist Series: Duo Excelsa , November 15, 7:30pm

Join Guitar Sarasota for a six-concert series that showcases local and regional musicians who perform a 45-minute concert, followed by a question and answer session. Free and open to the public, thanks to a generous and ongoing grant from the Vera and Imre Hecht Foundation, these concerts entertain, educate, and raise awareness of the beauty of classical guitar music. Duo Excelsa with Erol Ozsever, Guitar, and Francesca Arnone, Flute, will take place at 7:30pm on Monday, November 15, 2021 at St. Paul Lutheran Church. From performing at National Sawdust to St. Martin-in-the-Fields, and creating successful flute events and seminars at universities, Ms. Arnone has partnered with presenters and schools to program concerts and design experiences that help audiences and musicians discover and access the full range of human emotions to expand our awareness of music as an inclusive, unifying experience. Dr. Erol Ozsever began playing guitar at age 10. After witnessing performances from world-renowned concert artists, he began studying classical guitar. He graduated cum laude with a Bachelor of Music Degree from Middle Tennessee State University, and then went on to earn a Master and Doctor of Music Degrees. He has received numerous awards including the top prize for graduate strings in the 2008 Indianapolis Matinee Musicale and 1st prize at the 2009 Rosario Guitar Competition.

[SOON]  GALLERY: Art Uptown Gallery: Cortez, The Fishing Village by Frank Bibbins , October 30 – November 26, Gallery hours.

This November, Art Uptown Gallery will feature the work of local photographer Frank Bibbins in an exhibit entitled ”Cortez, The Fishing Village” with art that captures the beauty, energy and determination of the historic village and its people. The exhibit runs from Sat., Oct. 30 through Fri., Nov. 26. The public is also invited to a public reception on November 12 from 6pm-9pm. Art Uptown Gallery welcomes you to the 1367 Main Street gallery, where the diverse art works of 29 local artists are shown Monday-Friday 11am-5pm (except First Friday when open until 9pm), Saturday 10am-3pm and Sunday 12pm-5pm. Telephone: 941-955-5409 for further information. www.artuptown.com.

[SOON]  PERFORMANCE: Urbanite Theatre: At the Wake of a Dead Drag Queen , October 29 – December 5, Varies.

At the Wake of a Dead Drag Queen by Terry Guest Directed by Damian Lockhart will run from October 29 to December 5, 2021. In rural Georgia, drag star Courtney Berringers (given name: Anthony Knighton) would like to welcome you to her wake. She has recently died from complications due to AIDS, you see. But make no mistake, this isn’t your grandma’s funeral. There will be no black frocks, no perfumed flowers, and definitely no crying. Tonight is a celebration.

[SOON]  PERFORMANCE: Crosley Theater Company: DraMature's Got Talent , November 17 – November 18

DraMature's Got Talent Runs from Wednesday November 17 2021 to Thursday November 18 2021 Bradenton Kiwanis Theater, 502 Third Avenue West, Bradenton. Approximate running time: 2 hours. Manatee Performing Arts Center’s resident senior theatre troupe, DraMature presents a showcase of entertaining songs, sketches and surprises.

[SOON]  SCIENCE AND NATURE: Sarasota Audubon Society Guided Walks: "BIRKING" Biking & Birding at the Celery Fields , November 17 – November 24, 8am-10am

“Birking” at the Celery Fields will take place every week on Wednesday, repeating until November 24, 2021 from 8am to 10am at the Celery Fields, 6893 Palmer Blvd. Birking (biking and birding) at the Celery Fields. Meet at the Nature Center. Bring your own bike and binoculars. We will bike about a 4-mile loop around the Celery Fields, stopping to bird along the way. Email Kathryn Young or phone (612-760-1771). 

[SOON]  PERFORMANCE: Van Wezel: Neil Berg's 50 Years of Rock & Roll, Part 4 , November 18, 8pm

With a cast consisting of incredible rock and roll singers and stars from Broadway’s greatest rock musicals, Neil Berg returns by popular demand to share more of the 50-year history of the music that changed the world forever! From the progenitors of rock and roll in the 1940s, through the glory years of the ‘50s, ‘60s, and ‘70s, up until MTV in the early ‘80s, NEIL BERG'S 50 YEARS OF ROCK & ROLL features groundbreaking music with tributes to iconic rock stars, groups, and genres such as Ray Charles, Buddy Holly, Bob Dylan, Motown, Aretha Franklin, The Who, Janis Joplin, Led Zeppelin, Elton John, Stevie Wonder, Billy Joel, Aerosmith, Linda Ronstadt, Bruce Springsteen, Fleetwood Mac, Journey and more. This show will take place on Thursday, November 18 at 8pm.

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