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"We are so much better united in kindness than divided in anger."

- Alicia Chalmers, Embracing Our Differences' Best-In-Show Inspiration Quote Winner
 

[The Dish]  K.F.C., Where K Stands for Korea
Andrew Fabian, andrew.fabian@srqme.com

To the American diner, fried chicken is synonymous with cuisines of the American South. Immortalized by a Kentucky Colonel, fried chicken finds a place on just about everyone’s list of guilty pleasures alongside pizza, burgers and fries. And the K.F.C. brand, which now exists internationally with almost twice as many locations in China than the U.S., is one of the biggest and most delicious vessels in which American culture makes its way into the hearts and guts of people around the world.  

But the U.S is not the only country with a surplus of fried chicken to export. The Korean Peninsula, it turns out, has been frying chicken since olden times, and a boom in fried chicken varieties during the late 1970s saturated the streets of Seoul to such a degree that some of South Korea’s most popular fried chicken franchises—BBQ, BHC, Pelicana—have themselves found new streets to peddle their saucy signature morsels. And the most uniquely South Korean of the country’s fried chicken varieties is the yangnyeom chicken.

In the Town & Country Plaza on Beneva Road, Shilla offers this most delectable of South Korean exports in its yangnyum (or yangnyeom) chicken. Unlike American versions of fried chicken that come crispy and dry on the outside, yangnyum is smothered in a sweet and spicy sauce made of gochujang, garlic, sugar, sesame seeds and other various spices. That ample coating of sauce helps to soften the exterior of what is a crunchy breading. Rather than serve it in the fast-food style in which it is customarily served in South Korea—think ballpark food and beer—Shilla gives it a more traditional plating and tosses it with some vegetables. The result is sort of like an elevated General Tso’s dish (ironically, a dish invented stateside) in terms of its combination of sweetness, spice and crunch. 

Every entree also comes with little ramekins of kimchi, soy marinated potatoes, and sliced veggies tossed in sesame oil. More importantly, the dish helps explain why K.F.C. will probably never find a significant foothold in South Korea (as of 2014, there are only 170 franchises in the country).

Shilla, 501 N Beneva Rd., Sarasota, 941-366-9700. 

Photo taken by Andrew Fabian

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[Holiday Cookies]  Twelve Days of Cookies
Chloe Cuyler, chloe@srqme.com

The holidays are in full swing. That means the obligatory 12 days of Christmas countdown is right around the corner. But what is the perfect way to celebrate such an occasion? Well, it’s certainly not with 12 drummers drumming, seven swans a-swimming or even five golden rings. (Though they would be appreciated.) The best way to countdown the remaining days til Saint Nick’s arrival is with the bearded man's favorite treat—cookies. 

Simply Sweets SRQ is a home-based bakery in Sarasota servicing the greater Sarasota and Manatee county areas. Owned and operated by Francesca Fago, Simply Sweets is offering the Advent Cookie Calendar available now. (In order to pick it up by December 12, your order will need to be placed by this Friday, December 10.) This treat-filled box opens like a book to reveal a collection of 12 scrumptious vanilla sugar cookies, each individually bagged and hidden behind its own little door. Crafted using Simply Sweets’ signature recipe, the cookies are made with quality ingredients, like locally sourced farm-fresh eggs, and are decorated by hand with royal icing. Each features a different holiday-inspired design guaranteed to make you as jolly as the guy in the red suit. 

The countdown to Christmas has begun. Make yours a little more memorable and tasty this year. Because what fun is a calendar unless it’s filled with desserts? 

Simply Sweets SRQ, simplysweetssrq@gmail.com, simplysweetssrq.com, @simplysweets_srq 

Photo courtesy of Simply Sweets SRQ

[941 Originals]  Dine Local This Holiday Season at Sarasota-Manatee Originals' Restaurants

'Tis the season to wine and dine local! From historic downtown Venice to the beaches of Anna Maria Island, your best holiday dining-out options include locally-owned, independent restaurants in Sarasota and Manatee Counties. Many of them, members of The Originals network, will be open and welcoming guests on the Friday of Christmas Eve and/or Saturday, Christmas Day, as well as the Friday evening of New Year's Eve.

Some will be serving holiday specials while some will have the traditional dishes and all the fixins. Some will serve a la carte, others prix fixe menus and take out options to feast at home for the holidays. Reservations are encouraged at most of these restaurants. It is encouraged to check with each restaurant for their exact offerings, hours, menus and prices. Make sure to call for pick-up instructions and order in well in advance to ensure your favorite local restaurant will be able to fill your holiday wishes this "eat, drink and be merry" time of year. 

For a list of Sarasota-Manatee Originals restaurants offering Christmas EveChristmas Day and New Year's Eve dining this holiday season, check out the Eat Like A Local blog. 

The Sarasota-Manatee Originals network promotes and sustains over 60 independent area restaurants and provides diners with a comprehensive resource of some of the finest locally-owned keepsakes throughout Florida’s Suncoast. Remember to “Eat Like A Local” and check out eatlikealocal.com or @941originals socials for restaurant updates, promotional deals and upcoming events. 

For a full list of 941 Originals Restaurant Members, click here

[YMCA of Southwest Florida]  YMCA Early Learning Academies

At the Y, we welcome all children and their families, because our communities are stronger when everyone can take part in equitable programs where they can learn, grow and thrive.  As part of YMCA of Southwest Florida’s Strategic Initiatives, our Y is dedicated to ensuring that early learning programs are available to every child in our communities. We believe if young children are given the resources that build the skills needed to prepare for kindergarten and beyond, they can achieve their full potential.

While parents and caregivers are at work, YMCA of Southwest Florida provides quality, affordable childcare to over 700 children annually, giving them a safe and enriching start to learning.  Our curriculum allows YMCA Early Learning Professionals to best support children through an individualized approach that meets each child’s personal needs allowing early learners to be empowered to develop at their own pace. The values and skills learned early are vital building blocks for life and essential to laying the foundation for a successful future.

As a cause-driven organization, the Y never turns anyone away for inability to pay.  When you support the Y, you give children a chance at a brighter future and build vibrant communities right where you live by ensuring every child has access to early learning programs.  

For more information on how you can support YMCA Early Learning programs visit www.ymcaswfl.org/give  or contact give@ymcaswfl.org. 

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[Holiday Circus]  Feed the Hungry Program Not Clowning Around When it Comes to Hunger

Families can celebrate Christmas and help their neighbors struggling during the holiday season this year. The Mayors Feed the Hungry Program will be at Robarts Arena the weekend of Dec. 10-12 for the Showfolks Holiday Circus. Spectators can marvel at the stunning Flying Wallendas, the death-defying Moto-Globe Stunt Riders, and the hilarious clowns of Elmo’s Circus. Horses, elephants, and more will also dazzle crowds, and there are rumors that a certain jovial North Pole resident will also make an appearance. Single-day tickets are $12 for adults and $8 for children. More information and tickets are available at showfolks.com. Families with the means to share are invited to help those who are facing food insecurity this Christmas. The MFTHP will accept food and cash donations on-site. All proceeds stay in the community, helping low-income households in Sarasota and Manatee Counties. Remember, you can help the hungry year-round by donating online.

Visit FlanzerTrust.org and choose the Mayors’ Feed the Hungry Program when you make your donation to raise matching funds from the Flanzer Trust. 

[Memorial ]  Manatee High School To Honor Fallen Alumni

Manatee High School and the Manatee High Alumni Association are honoring 49 graduates who were killed in the line of duty. The dedication of a new display case is taking place on Wednesday, December 8, 2021 at 6:30 p.m. in the lobby of the Davis Building, which is located on the school campus at 902 33rd St. Ct. West in Bradenton. The display case will hold photos of the 48 fallen military members and Florida Highway Patrol Trooper Jeffrey Young, who was killed during a traffic stop in 1987. The graduation dates of these heroes ranges from 1915 to 2017. Manatee High School JROTC is participating in the dedication. Afterwards, student musicians from MHS chorus, orchestra and band are performing a concert featuring patriotic and holiday music in the Davis Theatre. 

[Diversity and Inclusion]  Embracing Our Differences Announces 2022 Outdoor Art Exhibit and Top Winners

Since 2004, Embracing Our Differences has used the power of art and prose to promote diversity. One way it achieves this is through its annual, juried international outdoor art exhibition comprising 50 billboard-sized works of art, each accompanied by an inspirational quotation. This year’s response to the call for artwork and inspirational quotations broke last year’s record, with 17,413 entries pouring in from 123 countries and 47 states. Students from 423 schools around the world submitted artwork or quotations to the juried exhibit. The winning quotations and art will be showcased in the 19th annual exhibit, January 15 through April 10, in Sarasota’s Bayfront Park. Awards are given for “Best-in-Show Adult,” “Best-in-Show Student,” and “People’s Choice” categories, with the last chosen by visitors to the exhibit. Adult art winners each receive $1,000; students receive $1,000, which they split with their school’s art program. The person who pens the winning quotation is awarded $1,000. 

The Best-in-Show Adult winner for art is for “Cultivation” by Samantha Miller of Sarasota. The work shows a garden of flowers—some blooming, others withered or dead. The stems are illustrated with words designating attitudes and emotions, including “Love,” “Hate,” and “Integrity.” Jenai Barco, a 9th grade student from Waipahu, Hawaii, won the Best-in-Show Student award for her painting, “You Are Enough,” which depicts a figure inscribed with positive words. The award for the Best-in-Show inspirational quotation was given to Alicia Chalmers of Bradenton for: “We are so much better united in kindness than divided in anger.” Embracing Our Differences’ annual outdoor exhibits are the heart of a year-round program of activities designed to use art as a catalyst to create awareness and promote diversity.  

Pictured: Cultivation by Samantha Miller

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[Music Event]  Grammy-Award Winning Singer Renée Fleming is Coming to The Van Wezel

Four-time Grammy winning singer Renée Fleming will perform at the Van Wezel on Wednesday, Jan. 5 at 8 p.m. Renée Fleming is one of the most highly acclaimed singers of our time, performing on the stages of the world’s greatest opera houses, concert halls, and theaters. Renée has sung for momentous occasions from the Nobel Peace Prize ceremony to the Diamond Jubilee Concert for HM Queen Elizabeth II at Buckingham Palace. In 2014, Renée brought her voice to a vast new audience as the first classical artist ever to sing the US National Anthem at the Super Bowl. In 2008, Renée was the first woman in the 125-year history of the Metropolitan Opera to solo headline an opening night gala. She was presented with the US National Medal of Arts by President Obama. Renée Fleming has recorded everything from complete operas and song recitals to indie rock and jazz; and her album Signatures was selected by the U.S. Library of Congress for the National Recording Registry, as an “aural treasure worthy of preservation as part of America’s patrimony.” Known for bringing new audiences to classical music and opera, Renée has hosted an array of television and radio broadcasts, including the Metropolitan Opera’s Live in HD series, and Live from Lincoln Center 

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[Recognition Given]  Manatee District Outstanding Principal and Assistant Principal Announced

The School District of Manatee County is proud to announce the 2022 Outstanding Principal Achievement recipient is Laura Campbell of Tara Elementary School in Bradenton, and Outstanding Assistant Principal Achievement recipient is Irene Nikitopoulos of Lincoln Memorial Middle School in Palmetto. Both are eligible for the Florida Department of Education Outstanding Principal and Assistant Principal Achievement Awards. Principal Campbell has led Tara Elementary School since 2017. She formerly served as an assistant principal of Freedom and Bayshore Elementary Schools, as well as a guidance counselor at Bayshore Elementary. She has been with the school district since 2003.Irene Nikitopoulos became assistant principal of Lincoln Memorial Middle School in June 2021. Previously, she served as the assistant principal of Johnson K-8, a district curriculum specialist, a dean at Manatee High School and as a teacher at Lakewood Ranch High School. She has worked for the school district since 2006. The Principal and Assistant Principal Achievement Awards for Outstanding Leadership recognize exemplary school administrators for their contributions to their schools and communities, according to the Florida Department of Education. The program honors leaders who have spearheaded initiatives to increase student performance, promote safe learning environments and establish partnerships with parents and community members. 



[SOON]  GRAB BAG: SPARCC Auxiliary Holiday Luncheon , December 8, 11am

Safe Place and Rape Crisis Center (SPARCC) is celebrating the holiday season with its annual Holiday Luncheon. The luncheon will be held on Wednesday, December 8, 2021 beginning at 11am. The location is Michael’s on East, 1212 S. East Avenue, Sarasota with both indoor and outdoor seating available. Get in the spirit of the season and help spread good cheer. Guests will enjoy a delicious lunch, entertainment by the Westcoast Black Theatre Troupe and much, much more. Bring unwrapped toys, gifts and gift cards for kids, teens and moms; purchase bake sale goodies from Sarasota’s most notable bakers and outstanding one-of-a-kind holiday decorations while helping the survivors and children SPARCC serves. Andrea Andrus and Maggie Shaw chair this year’s Holiday Luncheon. In the 2020 - 2021 fiscal year, SPARCC provided advocacy services and crisis counseling services to 1,280 individuals; offered a safe shelter to 126 adults, 99 children and 16 pets; responded to more than 4,436 Helpline Crisis calls; and provided legal services for injunction for protection to 256 individuals. To learn more or RSVP, please visit sparcc.net/events or call 941-365-0208 ext. 110.

[SOON]  THEATER: Florida Studio Theatre: America in One Room , December 8 – February 27, Varies.

WORLD PREMIERE. When eight strangers receive an invitation to the America in One Room convention, nobody knows what will happen. However, as each attendee files into the aptly titled Liberty Room, their insecurities, strengths, and beliefs are soon on full display. As everyone is convinced they are right—sparks fly, tempers flare, and humor abounds. Can these eight people find a way to bridge the divide? Inspired by the real-life convention of the same name, America in One Room dissects recent headlines and our nation’s past to answer the question: what does it mean to be an American? America in One Room by Jason Odell Wiliams will play beginning December 8, 2021 through February 27, 2022 in FST's Keating Theatre.

[SOON]  MUSIC: Blues-Rock Star Joe Bonamassa Concert , December 8, 8pm

Joe Bonamassa is finally getting back on the road! The blues-rock star will make his Sarasota debut at the Van Wezel Performing Arts Hall on Wednesday, December 8 at 8pm Bonamassa, backed by a stellar band of legendary musicians, will perform brand new songs alongside career-spanning fan favorites. Tickets go on sale Friday, June 11 at 10 am. 

Van Wezel, 777 N Tamiami Trl Sarasota, FL 34236

[SOON]  GRAB BAG: SRQ MAGAZINE SB2 Giving Coast: Good Hero Philanthropic Agenda and Awards Luncheon , December 9, 11am-1:15pm

The SRQ Philanthropic Agenda and Good Hero Awards luncheon and panel discussion on Thursday, December 9, 2021 with a 11am registration and 11:30-1:15pm program at The Hyatt Regency will explore the dynamic and ever changing world of non-profits. What's trending, who's innovating, why are donor-advised funds growing so rapidly and what exactly are donors looking for? The luncheon will culminate with the SRQ Good Hero Philanthropic Awards program at which we will honor individuals who have meaningfully impacted our community for good in the past year and for-profit companies who have been incredible philanthropic partners to the community. The event will feature Keynote Speaker Mark Brewer, President and CEO of the Central Florida Foundation. Featured panelists include the Executive Director of the Manatee Community Foundation Susie Bowie, the Executive Director of the Bishop Parker Foundation Adell Erozer, Senior Community Investment Officer of the Gulf Coast Community Foundation Jennifer Johnston and the Vice President of Knowledge and Equity of the Community Foundation of Sarasota County Ranata Reeder. We invite the community to nominate individuals who have made a significant impact to realize the mission of local nonprofit organizations— from volunteers and board members to individual staff members and donors. We will recognize our annual Good Hero Philanthropic Award recipients, who are ambassadors of the incredible giving back spirit in the region, at the SB2: Philanthropic Agenda Luncheon and Good Hero Philanthropic Awards Luncheon. In honor of the late Steve Seidensticker of Tableseide and its group of local restaurants, the Good Hero Corporate Titan Award recognizes a for-profit organization who has made significant and lasting contributionts to the regional philanthropic community.

[SOON]  PERFORMANCE: Crosley Theater Company: Crosley Christmas-Holiday Songs & Fables , December 9 – December 19

Crosley Christmas-Holiday Songs & Fables Runs from Thursday December 9 2021 to Sunday December 19 2021 at Bradenton Kiwanis Theater, 502 Third Avenue West, Bradenton. Approximate running time: 2 hours. The Crosley Theater Company is delighted to share sing-a-long songs & fun-tastic fables with you this holiday season. T’will be an evening filled with laughter & joyous celebration, and quite possibly…a bit of a mystery. After intermission, Gwendolyn Crosley will present her favorite Christmas classic ever. It was written by Master Storyteller, Charles Dickens, and is one of his famous, if not most famous story, “A Christmas Carol." Produced by the Powel Crosley Theater.

[SOON]  GRAB BAG: Education Foundation of Sarasota County: Ignite Education Teacher of the Year Celebration , December 9, 6pm

Join the Education Foundation of Sarasota County in celebrating our finalists at the IGNITE Education Teacher of the Year Awards Celebration on Thursday, December 9, 2021 6pm.

[SOON]  PERFORMANCE: The Ringling: Female Mariachi Flor de Toloache , December 10, 7:30pm
The John and Mable Ringling Museum of Art is pleased to welcome Flor de Toloache to the stage of the Historic Asolo Theater December 10 at 7:30pm. Flor de Toloache is NYC's first and only All Female Mariachi Group, winners of the Latin GRAMMY, nominated for the GRAMMY and hailed as alt-mariachi by Rollingstone. Forged in the Five Boroughs and bringing their own brand of musical mezcal to the world, FDT has taken their talents to some of the biggest stages like Coachella, Vive Latino, Latin GRAMMYs, Austin City Limits, and smallest stages like NPR’s Tiny Desk series. They have collaborated with artists such as Las Migas, John Legend, Alex Cuba, Miguel, Dan Auerbach and The Arcs, Eugenia Leon, Pedrito Martiez, Josh Baca from Los Texmaniacs and Multi-GRAMMY winning producer Rafa Sardina.
[SOON]  PERFORMANCE: Venice Theatre: A Christmas Carol , December 10 – December 20, Varies.

A magical Venice Theatre tradition celebrating its 20th year. Our original musical adaptation of Dickens’ classic story follows Ebenezer Scrooge as he reflects on his past, present and possible future. A Christmas Carol will show from December 10 to 20 at the Venice Theatre.

[SOON]  GRAB BAG: The Bazaar on Apricot & Lime: After Hours , December 10, 4pm-7pm

After Hours at The Bazaar will take place on Friday, December 10 from 4pm to 7pm. Guest vendors will be joining and there will be live music.

[SOON]  GRAB BAG: 35th Annual Sarasota Holiday Boat Parade of Lights , December 11, 6pm

Suncoast Charities for Children will be holding the 35th Annual Sarasota Holiday Boat Parade of Lights on December 11 and area boaters are invited to enter free of charge.  The event begins at 6pm with vessels making a short transit across Sarasota Bay and entering the Bayfront Park area at approx. 7pm. Best areas for viewing are Marina Jack, Bayfront Park, and Centennial Park.  All vessels must be over 21 feet in length. Boaters can submit a private or corporate entry and will be judged for cash prizes. An awards ceremony will take place immediately after the parade on the Marina Jack fuel dock. Greg Corvelle, General Manager of Marina Jack and Lisa Baer, Director of Special Events of Suncoast Charities for Children are co-chairs for this year’s event. Participants and spectators are encouraged to bring a new unwrapped book or toy to the parade as a donation to the Suncoast Charities for Children Holiday Toy Drive. Holiday donations will be distributed to among local non-profit organizations benefitting children, teens, and adults with special needs. 

[SOON]  GRAB BAG: Selby Gardens: Lights in Bloom: An Open-air Holiday Light Show , December 11 – January 2, 6pm-9pm

More than two million lights will illuminate Selby Gardens’ Downtown Sarasota campus from December 11 to 23, 26 to 30, 2021; and January 1 and 2, 2022 from 6pm to 9pm. Lights in Bloom®: An Open-Air Holiday Light Show will feature more than two million lights illuminating the gardens and walkways. Don’t miss a holiday photo opportunity, children’s arts and crafts, activities, and entertainment. Food will be available for purchase from the Michael’s on East grill, including a cash bar.  

[SOON]  PERFORMANCE: Florida Studio Theatre Improv: Triple Play , March 20 – December 25, 8:30pm

Florida Studio Theatre’s resident improv troupe, FST Improv, will return to a weekly live performance schedule with Triple Play, a full-length show created specifically to entertain from a distance. Drawing inspiration from audience suggestions, a rotating cast of three improvisers will perform games, scenes, and songs—all made up on the spot. Starting Saturday, March 20, Triple Play will take place Saturday evenings at 8:30pm for socially-distanced audiences in FST’s Keating Theatre. Tickets are $15 per person and are now on sale. To purchase tickets, call FST’s Box Office at 941.366.9000 or visit FloridaStudioTheatre.org. FST's musical improvisers, Jim Prosser and Helena Rankin, will provide comical accompaniment as performers play some of Sarasota's favorite improv games - all while maintaining social distancing. In addition to live audiences, the cast of Triple Play will draw inspiration from prompts submitted virtually through text or via Twitter. With this added virtual element, FST Improv will engage with audiences in Sarasota and beyond. Triple Play performances will be socially-distanced and in compliance of all CDC guidelines, including socially-distanced seating, paperless ticketing, and limited theatre capacities. Facial coverings must be worn at all times - including throughout performances - when on campus at FST, aside from dining in FST's Green Room Cafe & Bar. Socially-distanced pre-show dining is available indoors and outdoors in FST's Green Room Cafe & Bar one hour before each Triple Play performance.

[SOON]  GALLERY: Sarasota Art Museum: David Budd: Motion Within Stillness , October 9 – March 20, Museum hours.

David Budd: Motion Within Stillness from October 9 to March 20, 2022. After painting for only six years, David Budd (1927-1991, Florida) dove into the New York art scene in the 1950s —immersing himself in Abstract Expressionism and working alongside iconic names of the movement, such as Jackson Pollock, Willem de Kooning, and Franz Kline. His paintings, like others of the time, relied on the bodily relationship between the artist and canvas —each stroke and mark of the artist encapsulated in viscous gestures of paint—and spontaneity; although, this is not to say that Budd painted hastily—each mark was placed with intention to animate the canvas’s surface.

[SOON]  GALLERY: Ringling College Galleries + Exhibitions: POW! The Comic Art of Mike Zeck from the Costas Collection , October 18 – March 25, 9am-3pm

After attending Ringling College in the late 60s, Zeck made a name for himself illustrating the horror stories of Charlton Comics before turning his talents in both illustration and storytelling into one of the most successful careers of The Bronze Age of comic books. His talents served him well for both Marvel and DC. Zeck is credited with creating the alternative black costume for Spider-Man that would eventually become the character Venom, and his work on Kraven’s Last Hunt is considered one of the best stories in the Spider-Man canon. In the DC universe, he helped modernize Batman into the flawed and dark knight he would become in the modern era. With “POW!,” Ringling College Galleries has compiled the best of The Costas Collection, featuring over 60 original illustrations of Zeck’s most iconic storylines and covers. This exhibition will be on view from October 18, 2021 – March 25, 2022. In-person viewings are free and open to the public Monday-Friday, 9am-3pm at The Lois and David Stulberg Gallery is located inside the Richard and Barbara Basch Visual Arts Center on campus at Ringling College of Art and Design at 1188 Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Way.

[SOON]  PERFORMANCE: Venice Theatre: Assisted Living the Musical THE HOME... for the Holidays , November 19 – December 19, Varies.

The comedy team of Compton and Bennett are off their walkers again in this hysterical sequel to the runaway hit about the nursing home and beyond. Christmas, Hanukkah, and retirement will never be the same. Assisted Living the Musical® THE HOME...for the Holidays with Music, Lyrics & Book by Rick Compton and Betsy Bennett will show from November 19 to December 19 at the Venice Theatre.  

[SOON]  PERFORMANCE: Westcoast Black Theatre Troupe: Joyful! Joyful! , December 1 – December 30

During the holiday season, WBTT presents its Christmas card to the community, the world-premiere musical revue “Joyful! Joyful!” Enjoy high-spirited, uplifting songs of the season as only WBTT’s singers, dancers and musicians can perform them. A blend of new takes on traditional holiday tunes, gospel-infused classics and pop songs, the concert will include a twist on the carol “Joy to the World,” a version of “Carol of the Bells” that’s an homage to the O’Jays, and a lively gospel rendition of Handel’s “Hallelujah Chorus,” to name a few. Some talented Stage of Discovery students will be featured; Jacobs will direct. Show runs from December 1 to 30, 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: Discover Sarasota Tours: Holly Jolly Trolley , December 1 – December 31

During December join us for a special holiday trolley or van tour complete with cocoa, carols & Christmas stories about Sarasota. Step onboard our Holly Jolly Trolley or Van with guide Jenny Jingle for our special daytime holiday tour with cocoa, carols & Christmas stories of Sarasota. Visit city spots with Christmas story connections, hear about our Sarasota traditions during the holidays & sing along to your favorite Christmas songs. Includes FREE cocoa at the Trolley Cottage before the tour. We award prizes for best Ugly Sweater on our Holly Jolly Trolley Tours during December so dress in your holiday best. Tour ticket includes FREE Parking.

[SOON]  FESTIVAL: St. Armands Circle: Holiday Soiree 2021 , November 27 – December 19, Varies.

St. Armands Circle has announced the event dates for its upcoming 2021 Holiday Soirée. Experience life on the circle and visit an assortment of some of the best merchants in the region. Holiday Soirée, a joint effort by the St. Armands Circle Association and St. Armands Business Improvement District, invites locals and tourists alike to immerse themselves and enjoy weekly events happening throughout the month of December. The Holiday Soirée will start Saturday, November 27. Is there a better place to spend the holiday season than on the Circle? Let it snow somewhere else. Come join an incredible series of holiday events presented by the St. Armands Circle Association. There will be six different events throughout the next month, the first starting on Saturday, November 27 as the circle kicks off the holiday season with the Let’s Go Shop Small event. Visitors can support local businesses on the Circle and get a head start on all their holiday shopping. The following week on Friday, December 3, features the Holiday Night of Lights. Beginning at 5:30pm, come enjoy the ceremonial tree lighting, sing along with carolers and witness Santa arrive on the Circle. Kids will have the opportunity to meet and take pictures with Santa from 6:30pm – 8pm. The final two weeks of the Holiday Soirée features two weekly events. Starting on Thursday, December 9 from 6pm to 9pm, enjoy the sweet sounds of the season by coming to Songs on the Circle. Stroll, shop and dine while you listen to this live music event. Then on Saturday, December 11, come see Porsches in the Park. Experience a day filled with beautiful automobiles and perfect weather. St. Armands Circle Association finishes its Holiday Soirée with its final two events on the week before Christmas. Ladies Night, which will be held on Thursday, December 16 from 6pm to 8:30pm, includes promotions from participating merchants for ladies. Shop and dine out on the Circle with a festive atmosphere that is sure to get you into the holiday spirit. The final event will conclude on Sunday, December 19. From 11am to 1pm, the Circle encourages you to enjoy a special holiday-themed mid-day soirée at its St. Armands Family Day.

[SOON]  PERFORMANCE: Van Wezel: George Thorogood and The Destroyers , December 7, 7:30pm

Since 1975, GEORGE THOROGOOD AND THE DESTROYERS have sold over 15 million albums, played more than 8,000 ferocious live shows and built a catalog of classic hits including “Who Do You Love,” “I Drink Alone,” “One Bourbon, One Scotch, One Beer,” “Move It On Over” and “Bad To The Bone.” Now, “one of the most iconic bands in rock & roll history” (Rapid City Journal) celebrates it all with their Good To Be Bad Tour: 45 Years Of Rock. This show will take place on Tuesday, December 7 at 7:30pm.

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