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"I am going to take another pass at property insurance reform to give additional relief. Nothing too aggressive, but there are a couple measures that may help with the rate part of the process with homeowners."

- Senator Jim Boyd, R-Brandenton

[Regulation]  Insurance, Data Privacy Priorities for Area Lawmakers
Jacob Ogles, jacob.ogles@srqme.com

The Florida Legislature convenes on Tuesday for its regular legislative session. Issues impacting commerce across Florida will be debated, and Sarasota-Bradenton area lawmakers will once again play a critical role on major issues.

Sen. Jim Boyd, R-Bradenton, last year sponsored a homeowners insurance overhaul, but didn’t get everything he wanted and which many industry leaders say needed to happen to get renewal rates on homeowners down. This year, the senator wants to look at further reforms.

“I’m going to take another pass at property insurance reform to give additional relief,” Boyd said. “Nothing to aggressive, but there are a couple measures that may help with the rate part of the process with homeowners.”

That includes changes to roofing policy requirements that didn’t make the bill signed into law in 2021. Boyd would like companies to be able to offer coverage only for the depreciated value of a roof. He’s willing to say in the event of a disaster like a hurricane, full replacement costs would still be covered.

He’s also working with Attorney General Ashley Moody on a retail theft bill that would boost punishments on theft.

Meanwhile, Rep. Fiona McFarland, R-Sarasota, will also give another go at legislation that could not make it across the finish line last year. She plans to champion consumer data privacy protections. But last year, a bill that passed in the House died before the end of Session among growing concerns from business groups like the Florida Chamber of Commerce and Florida TaxWatch.

She’s willing to speak with stakeholders about issues, including concerns businesses that rely on email marketing have about restrictions on how they use consumer data themselves. But she’s only willing to go so far.

“The way to get businesses on board would be to really soften the enforcement,” she said, “but that’s something we are not interested in doing.”

McFarland also is working with Sen. Joe Gruters, R-Sarasota, on changes to funding formulas for child service organizations. A number of Gulf Coast groups providing foster care service and other social services don’t receive the same funding as some dense cities, and McFarland wants to change that, but find an equitable solution. “The problem with right-sizing funding to get someone more on one side is that someone has to have less,” she said.

Both her and Gruters have favored a gradual glide scale to bring funding in line without delivering a shock to the system for other regions.

“I have no intention of hurting children in Miami just because I am helping children in Sarasota,” she said. 

Image courtesy Visit Tallahassee.

[Restaurants]  Hamlet's Eatery Welcomes New Chef Lisa Shields

Hamlet's Eatery welcomes Chef Lisa Shields to continue what has been making Hamlet’s Eatery popular and add her special flair to the menu. Chef Shields moved to Sarasota in 2019. She has over two decades in the restaurant industry after receiving a Culinary degree from the Art institute of Seattle. Prior to that, she studied art in San Francisco. She is a master of combining her love of food and art together. And plans to expand healthy options to the menu. “I am excited and passionate about food and being part of a family business,” said Shields. “The artistic aspect of food is really going to shine. I’m grateful to my family for their support to pursue this opportunity.”

In Seattle she got her start at the oldest music venue in the city, Showbox Sodo as a line cook. Then went on to help create one of the top ten brunch places in the city at Tilikum Place Cafe. Prior to relocating she owned and operated a successful food truck in Richmond, VA. While Hamlet’s Eatery is a food truck, it is permanently located and does not travel. There is plenty of seating under a covered patio. They are currently open Thursday- Saturday 10-3 with the occasional Sunday brunch and evenings. “Part of the charm is the location,” said Shields. “This is a destination where you feel like you’ve discovered an oasis right around the corner from the heart of downtown Sarasota.” 

Hamlet's Eatery, 821 Apricot Ave, Sarasota

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[Festival]  Sarasota Open Air Fine Art Show

The 6th Annual Sarasota Open Air Fine Art Show is scheduled for this coming weekend of January 15 to 16, 2022 outdoors at the Phillippi Estate Park from 10am to 5pm. Enjoy artwork that is original and personally handmade by the artist to present at the show, including paintings, sculpture, clay, glass, fiber, wood, jewelry, photography and more. All works are professionally juried by art professionals where the focus is quality, not quantity. As part of their commitment to bring art education into the community, HotWorks.org will host a Budding Artist Competition integrated within the art show. This program encourages all young artists in grades 6-12 or ages 9-19 to enter his/her original and personally handmade art that is publicly displayed within a 10x20 tent duration of the show. There is $250 in youth art awards presented on Sunday at 3pm as students begin to learn the rules and are exposed to the entrepreneurship opportunity of doing art shows for a living. Free Admission; $5 Parking supports Institute for the Arts & Education, a 501c3 non-profit organization with focus on visual arts, cultural diversity, community enrichment and fostering art education among youth. Save your receipt for in-and-out access duration of the show!  

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[Festival]  PINCFest In Its New Format, January 20-22

Welcome to a new format for PINCfest. Muralists + musicians are coming from all over to take over the Rosemary Art + Design District - all day, everyday from Thursday, January 20 to Saturday, January 22. Stay tuned as we'll be dropping names like it like it's hot. Join the Dream Stage on Saturday, January 22 for the eclectic creative venture of Miami-based artist and producer, Kris Alvarez, Firstworld delivers ethereal bedroom pop interlaced with indie and electronic elements. Muralist Jeff Zimmerman will also be on hand.  A native of Chicago, Jeff Zimmermann has achieved national and international recognition for his large scale murals featuring painted images of contemporary pop culture and sensitively rendered portraits. Zimmermann’s paintings have the sex appeal of commercial art, and any irony surrounding that connection is light and playful. The artist’s background as a graphic designer explains his shrewd use of flashy and graphic forms which also permeate the mass media (Zimmermann’s self-proclaimed competition), operating on the theory that we all deeply love flashy stuff. PINC veteran Joe Mullins is back for a special program. Over the past few years, you learned all about what it means to be a forensic artist - and Joe’s here to teach you how to do it yourself. The festival will wrap up with the PINCfest Ideas Dinner on Friday, January 21 at 6pm hosted on Boulevard of the Arts at a long-table dinner with a magical evening of extravagant cuisine, sustainable simplicities, and a newfound sense of connection with the minds of our community. And join the RADD team for their regularly scheduled events, the Blvd Bike Rides on Thursday, January 20 at 5:15pm and RADD Night Market on Thursday, January 20 from 5-8pm. 

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[In Conversation]  In Conversation with Dr. Danielle Babb

In the January 2022 edition of SRQ Magazine, we interviewed Dr. Danielle Babb of the Ramos Center for Interventional and Functional Pain Medicine as part of our In Conversation marketing feature with top doctor honorees on trends in medicine, health and wellness. Below is an excerpt published in the magazine in which Dr. Babb shares her insights with SRQ readers on being a female physician.

Dr. Babb, what is it like being a female physician? Does that influence your experience and your professional journey? And do you feel that female patients will seek you out because you are a female practitioner?

I think being a female gives me an understanding for certain pathological states like female pelvic pain or just some conditions that some of my male colleagues are just not as well versed in naturally. So I think it gives me a different perspective. I find it challenging and stimulating and nothing really, but complete support from my male colleagues. Pelvic pain, for example, is something that is uncomfortable, not just from the pain perspective, but just dealing with the social anxiety and kind of emotional stress related to that. And so I have many patients that are seeking a female physician for comfort. Some of the other specific requests for a female physician are ethical like religious patients that prefer a female physician to discuss their medical problems with. But beyond that, I have male and female patients.  I'm actually not the only female physician in my practice. There's also Dr. Lindsay Schroer who has been practicing a long time in this community and she's wonderful. And we have discussed some of these patients we see and we share some of these patients together. We may be two of the few female pain physicians in this community, but we're able to provide that to patients. 

Ramos Center for Interventional and Functional Pain Medicine, 2540 S. Tamiami Train, Sarasota, Fl, 34239. 941-213-8752.

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[Grants]  Selby Foundation Spring Grants Deadline, February 1

The William G. and Marie Selby Foundation Spring 2022 Grants Cycle will close at 3:59 pm on February 1, 2022. The Grant Portal will be open until that time for area not-for-profit organizations to create an account and access existing accounts as they begin the application process. The Selby Foundation board will meet in April to review grant applications and award grants. The Foundation specializes in supporting local area not-for-profits with capital grants which support construction, acquisition and/or renovation of facilities as well as the purchase of equipment or software. Grants requests may also include the costs of related technical services like legal, architectural and engineering. Not-for-profit organizations are required to be primarily located in Charlotte, DeSoto, Manatee or Sarasota Counties. The Selby Foundation is a private foundation founded by William G. and Marie Selby in 1955. The Foundation supports Sarasota, Manatee, Charlotte and DeSoto counties through capital grants and scholarships. Since its establishment, the Selby Foundation has provided more than $120 million to the community.  

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[In Conversation]  2021 Top Doctors

Join us for the January 2022 "In Conversation with 2021 Top Doctors" where Danielle Babb, D.O. DABA, DABA-PM, Ramos Center for Interventional and Functional Pain medicine; Jehanzeb "JB" Bilal, MD, Renal Hypertension Center and Avantika Mishra, MD, Florida Digestive Disease Specialists share their insights and perspectives on health and wellness trends. 

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[SOON]  MUSIC: Sarasota Orchestra: Great Escapes: Comedy Tonight , January 12 – January 16, 5:30pm, 7:30pm, 8pm and 4pm

What better combination than music and comedy to lift your spirits on Wednesday, January 12 at 5:30pm, Thursday, January 13 at 7:30pm, Friday, January 14 at 5:30pm, Saturday, January 15 at 8pm, and Sunday, January 16 at 4pm at Holley Hall. Christopher Confessore adds his trademark humor to a program including music by Stephen Sondheim, Leroy Anderson, and Peter Schickele (a.k.a. P. D. Q. Bach).

[SOON]  PERFORMANCE: Westcoast Black Theatre Troupe: Ruby , January 12 – February 24, 2pm and 7:30pm

Originally scheduled for the 2019-2020 season and highly anticipated, the next production is “Ruby,” a world-premiere musical. It tells the story of the 1952 murder in Florida of a white doctor by a black woman, guaranteeing a conviction for the woman bold enough to commit such a shocking crime and bringing celebrated writer Zora Neale Hurston to town to cover the story for a northern newspaper. This powerful and haunting musical explores the secrets just beneath the surface of the idyllic, genteel exterior of a quaint Florida town. The book and lyrics are written by Michael Jacobs, Nate’s brother; Nate will direct. Runs from January 12 to February 24, 2022, Evenings at 7:30pm and Matinees at 2pm. Call the Box Office at 941-366-1505 or visit westcoastblacktheatre.org.

[SOON]  PERFORMANCE: Asolo Repertory Theatre: Our Town , January 12 – January 22, Varies.

Perhaps no other play rings truer today. Thornton Wilder’s magnificent Our Town is, at its heart, about us. All of us who are swept up by time and subject to inescapable change. As another ordinary day begins, the inhabitants of a small American town go about their business: newspapers are delivered; people go to work; gardens are tended. And a boy and girl fall in love. But as life’s events unfold, one question remains: “Do any human beings ever realize life as they live it?” Long after it won the 1938 Pulitzer Prize for Drama, Our Town remains one of the most enduring American plays of all time, reminding us to celebrate love, family, community, and the beauty in the ordinary. Recommended for general audiences. Our Town will show January 12–March 26, 2022.

[SOON]  GALLERY: Arts Advocates: Elisabeth Trostli , January 12 – February 19, 2pm-5pm

Elisabeth Trostli, Saturday, January 22 – Saturday, February 19, 2022. Digital artist Elisabeth Trostli creates fantastical photographic collages, in amazing detail, using her own original hand-rendered illustrations, antique papers, exquisite embellishments, photography and geometrical fractals. A native Brazilian, she received her artistic education at the Rhode Island School of Design, majoring in Illustration.

[SOON]  MUSIC: Sarasota Concert Association: Music Matinees: Passerine , January 12, 1pm

A longstanding community outreach program, Music Matinees feature accomplished area-based musicians who perform an array of musical styles. Concerts take place on Wednesdays from noon to 1pm in David Cohen Hall, Beatrice Friedman Symphony Center. Passerine will take place on January 12. With inventive vocal harmonies and songwriting and supported by the sounds of acoustic strings, Passerine offers a fresh take on traditional folk and bluegrass music, as well as a repertoire of original songs that ranges from sweet ballads to the edgier side of contemporary Americana.

[SOON]  PERFORMANCE: Van Wezel: PROUD Tina: The Ultimate Tribute to Tina Turner , January 13, 8pm

Get the electrifying concert experience of Tina Turner, brimming with Tina hits from the ‘60s, ‘70s, ‘80s & ‘90s. The powerful, raspy vocals, high-intensity dancing and thrilling stage presence live on stage, plus band, brass section, backing vocalists and dancers, making this the definitive tribute and a fabulous night out. This show will take place on Thursday, January 13 at 8pm.

[SOON]  MUSIC: The Perlman Music Program Suncoast: PMP Alumni: Around Town , January 13, 7pm

The Perlman Music Program Suncoast presents PMP Alumni: Around Town featuring Sean Lee, violin and Peter Dugan, piano With a Rare Performance of the Complete 24 Caprices of Niccolò Paganini, as arranged by Robert Schumann. Around Town will take place on Thursday, January 13 at 7pm, Doors open at 6:30pm at the Riverview Performing Arts Center, 1 Ram Way. Tickets are $45, $35, or $25.

[SOON]  FILM: The Ringling: Blue Velvet , January 13, 6:30pm

Home from college, Jeffrey Beaumont (Kyle MacLachlan) makes an unsettling discovery: a severed human ear, lying in a field. In the mystery that follows, by turns terrifying and darkly funny, writer-director David Lynch burrows deep beneath the picturesque surfaces of small-town life. Driven to investigate, Jeffrey finds himself drawing closer to his fellow amateur sleuth, Sandy Williams (Laura Dern), as well as their person of interest, lounge singer Dorothy Vallens (Isabella Rossellini)—and facing the fury of Frank Booth (Dennis Hopper), a psychopath who will stop at nothing to keep Dorothy in his grasp. With intense performances and hauntingly powerful scenes and images, Blue Velvet is an unforgettable vision of innocence lost, and one of the most influential American films of the past few decades. Blue Velvet will show on January 13 at 6:30pm at the Historic Asolo Theater.

[SOON]  MUSIC: Sarasota Art Museum: Jazz Thursdays , January 13 – January 12, 5:30pm-8:30pm

Jazz Thursdays at Sarasota Art Museum will runs through January 12, 2023 from 5:30pm to 8:30pm. FREE for Members, $20 for Not-Yet Members. Sarasota Art Museum invites you to be our guest at our first Jazz Thursday at SAM, featuring Hot Club of SRQ. Sarasota Art Museum is partnering with the Jazz Club of Sarasota for Jazz Thursdays. Join us for our special late-night performances on the Marcy & Michael Klein Plaza. Jazz Thursdays will occur on the second Thursday of each month until January 12, 2023. Galleries + Bistro + Shop will be open.

[SOON]  PERFORMANCE: Crosley Theater Company: A Literary Feast: Ernest Hemingway & F. Scott Fitzgerald , January 13 – January 23, Varies.

A Literary Feast: Ernest Hemingway & F. Scott Fitzgerald will run from Thursday January 13 2022 to Sunday January 23 2022 at Bradenton Kiwanis Theater, 502 Third Avenue West, Bradenton. Approximate running time: 2 hours. For their last production of the season, the Crosley Theater Company will focus on the two of the most famous American authors of the 20th century, Ernest Hemingway & F. Scott Fitzgerald. One never knows, The Old Man of the Sea may meet up with the Great Gatsby. Please join us for a feast of literary delights presented from a bygone era.

[SOON]  PERFORMANCE: Urbanite Theatre: The Smuggler , January 14 – February 20, Varies.

The Smuggler by Ronán Noone Directed by Brendan Ragan will run from January 14 to February 20, 2022. Irish immigrant Tim Finnegan wants to be a writer in America but struggles to find his path. That all changes when a stranger arrives with a plan to make people “disappear and reappear.” In this mischievous, one-man, rhyming-verse comedy, Tim learns the price he must pay to become an American.

[SOON]  SEMINAR: The Ringling: Literati Book Club January , January 14, 10:30am

Join The Ringling Art Library for Literati, a book group that discusses books about art and subjects reflecting the Ringling collections. The January 14 book club will take place at 10:30am: Provenance: How a Con Man and a Forger Rewrote the History of Modern Art by Laney Salisbury. This program will be virtual via zoom until further notice. This program is free. For further information, contact the Art Library at 359-5700, ex. 2701 or elisa.hansen@ringling.org.

[SOON]  GRAB BAG: Arts Advocates: Sarasota Public Art Walking Tours , January 14 – March 11, 11am-12:30pm

Arts Advocates is pleased to announce a new series of walking tours that will introduce participants to some of Sarasota’s public art. Sarasota is a 24/7 museum with more than 80 pieces of public art continuously on display for everyone to enjoy. These works are found everywhere – from parks to intersections, from the bayfront to downtown. Chances are these sculptures and murals are passed every day without thinking much about it. The Arts Advocates walking tours, organized and led by art lovers and docents Judy Levine, Stephenie Frasher and Nanette Crist, offer participants an opportunity to learn about Sarasota’s public art legacy, individual works, and the artists who created them. Each tour is different and highlights a variety of artwork and artists, from a sculpture inspired by a childhood experience with Hurricane Andrew, to a mural by a Brazilian street artist who has painted more than 3,000 murals across five continents, and works by a New College professor who made copper look like bronze. The three tours being offered are: Downtown Sarasota Five Points Park Area Walking Tour, Friday, January 14, 11am-12:30pm, Sarasota City Hall Area Walking Tour, Monday, February 14, 11am-12:30pm, and Rosemary District Walking Tour, Friday, March 11, 11am-12:30pm. Maximum tour size is 20 people. Reservations are required: $28 per tour for Arts Advocates members, $30 per tour for non-members.

[SOON]  FESTIVAL: Sarasota Seafood & Music Festival , January 14 – January 16, 4pm-10pm, 11am-10pm, and 11am-6pm

The Sarasota Seafood & Music Festival returns for its Sixth Year on January 14-16, 2022. Join us in JD Hamel Park in downtown Sarasota at Gulfstream Avenue and Main Street. Bring along your family and friends to enjoy fresh seafood and outstanding live musical performances. The event begins Friday night January 14 with festivities running 4pm-10pm. The event continues Saturday from 11am-10pm and Sunday 11am-6pm. General admission is FREE. The event, hosted by the Downtown Sarasota Enrichment Association, offers a diverse menu of foods cooked fresh on site. Seafood items are prepared using only the freshest local and sustainable ocean resources from the Florida Gulf Coast. Meat and vegetarian offerings also are on the menu, along with a variety of side dishes and of course - tantalizing desserts! Alcoholic, non-alcoholic and fruit drinks are available along with a selection of sodas and bottled water. In the breaks between performances, explore shopping in a marketplace of fine arts, crafts, and select fine products and food items. While savoring your meal, relax to some of Florida’s top musical groups from genres such as R&B, blues, jazz, rock and Caribbean sounds. Performers in 2020 were: Dr. Dave Band, JP Soars & The Red Hots and Black Honkeys, The Whole Band featuring Callie Chappell, the Billy Rice Band, Twinkle & Rock Soul Radio, The Verge and 22N, Big Night Out, Kettle of Fish, and Fleetwood Max. Check back as the event approaches to see the bands participating and their performance times. They will be posted on this page in the column to the right.

[SOON]  PERFORMANCE: Venice Theatre: Ain't Misbehavin' The Fats Waller Musical Show , January 14 – February 6, Varies.

The inimitable Thomas “Fats” Waller rose to international fame during the Golden Age of the Cotton Club with a jumpin’ new beat. Ain’t Misbehavin’ evokes the infectious energy of this American original as a versatile cast struts, strums and sings the songs that Waller made famous. Winner of the 1978 Tony Award for Best Musical. Ain’t Misbehavin’ will show from January 14 to February 6, 2022 at the Venice Theatre. 

[SOON]  PERFORMANCE: Van Wezel: Jay Leno , January 15, 8pm

From The Tonight Show with Jay Leno to stand-up comedian, best-selling children’s book author, much-in-demand corporate speaker, lovable TV and movie voice-over artist, pioneering car-builder and philanthropist ... it’s no wonder that JAY LENO is widely characterized as “the hardest working man in show business.” Leno is the recipient of many honors, including Emmy®, People’s Choice and TV Guide Awards, as well as a star on Hollywood’s Walk of Fame. This show will take place on Saturday, January 15 at 8pm.

[SOON]  FESTIVAL: 3rd Annual Sarasota Beer & Burger Festival , January 15, 12pm-8pm

The 3rd Annual Sarasota Beer & Burger Festival and the Sarasota Winter Carnival at The Mall at University Town Center will take place on January 15th from 12pm to 8pm. The BEST Traveling Beer & Burger Festival in Central Florida is back in Sarasota again. This family-friendly, live, in-person event includes at least a dozen Burger Artisans, Craft Brewers with in-person sampling, and 4 live music performances, plus sponsored giveaways, shop local market, and a 5-day Martin Luther King Jr. Day - Full Carnival by Dreamland Amusements. Live Entertainment and Concert: 12:30pm - Live DJ with Top Hits, 3pm - Sound Hammer, 6pm - The Best of Both Worlds Florida: Van Halen Sammy Hagar Tribute. FREE CRAFT BEER SAMPLES from 12pm to 4pm (while supplies last). Winners from the craft beer sampling will be announced around 4:30pm. PEOPLE'S CHOICE BURGER COMPETITION from 12pm to 7:30pm. Guests must pick which food truck is their favorite and order their meals directly, and if they deem the food worthy, they can cast a single vote per person for that food truck to win. The winning truck with the most votes will receive the coveted People’s Choice Best Burger Award. The judge’s choice winners will be announced at 4:30pm for Craft Beer and 6pm for the Burgers. They will each receive a special award for winning in their class.  

[SOON]  GRAB BAG: Music Compound: Shred the Love , January 15, 6pm-9pm

The Music Compound invites its members and the community to enjoy an unforgettable evening of music, food, art and more during its Shred the Love fundraiser, with proceeds supporting scholarships for area youth who have lost a loved one to COVID-19 or whose parents have lost their jobs due to the pandemic. Organizers hope that the event, which takes place on Saturday, January 15 from 6pm to 9pm at Music Compound (1751 Cattlemen Rd.), will raise at least $5,000. This event, a partnership with local not-for-profit Every Child, is being organized by middle and high school students, led by homeschool student Sam Stahlmann. “Shred the Love” was originally started as an IB project at Riverview High School to support career readiness, enable students to learn how to plan and implement an event, and see the value of charitable works. The inaugural Shred the Love concert in 2018 funded the purchase of ukuleles for children with cancer; in 2019, the event funded music programs at Boys & Girls Clubs of Sarasota County and Children First. Committee members include Eden Stahlmann (homeschool student), Hailey Renner (10th grader at Cardinal Mooney), Macy Young (State College of Florida), Asher Voros, and Caitlyn Healey (homeschool student).

[SOON]  PERFORMANCE: Van Wezel: The Righteous Brothers , January 16, 7pm

The Lovin’ Feelin’ is back as blue-eyed soul pioneers, THE RIGHTEOUS BROTHERS, return to the Van Wezel! Original Brother Bill Medley is joined by Bucky Heard in a concert experience that features their biggest hits, including the most-played song in radio history: “You’ve Lost That Lovin’ Feelin’.” Don’t miss hit-favorites such as “Soul & Inspiration,” “Unchained Melody,” “Rock and Roll Heaven,” Medley’s Grammy®-winning Dirty Dancing theme, “The Time of My Life,” and much more. This show will take place on Sunday, January 16 at 7pm.

[SOON]  PERFORMANCE: WSLR + Fogartyville: David Wilcox , January 16, 7pm

More than three decades into his career, singer/songwriter David Wilcox continues to push himself, just as he always has. Wilcox, by so many measures, is a quintessential folk singer, telling stories full of heart, humor, and hope, substance, searching, and style. His innate sense of adventure and authenticity is why critics and colleagues, alike, have always praised not just his artistry, but his humanity, as well. David Wilcox will perform on Sunday, January 16 at 7pm. 

[SOON]  PERFORMANCE: Westcoast Black Theatre Troupe: Dr. MLK Jr. Celebration , January 17, 7:30pm

Join us for a WBTT annual tradition honoring the legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. in spoken word and song on Monday January 17, 2022 at 7:30pm at First United Methodist Church, 104 S. Pineapple Ave., arranged and directed by Nate Jacobs. Reverend Charles McKenzie will return to lend his voice to Dr. King's words, and WBTT professional performers and Stage of Discovery students will fill the house with uplifting music and dance. We will also recognize the 2022 winners of the Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. essay contest sponsored by the Sarasota County Bar Association Council for Diversity and Inclusion.

[SOON]  GRAB BAG: Library Foundation of Sarasota: Love Our Libraries , February 3

The Library Foundation of Sarasota County is celebrating its 10th Anniversary with its annual sellout event, the Love Our Libraries Author Luncheon. This year’s event returns in person on February 3, 2022, at the Sarasota Municipal Auditorium and will celebrate all the important ways Sarasota's local library system supports our community. The event will feature Emmy Award-winning filmmaker, author, cultural critic and journalist Dr. Henry Louis Gates, Jr.  As host of the popular PBS series Finding Your Roots, Dr. Gates has helped to expand America’s sense of itself, stimulating a national conversation about identity with humor, wisdom and compassion. Henry Louis Gates, Jr. is the Alphonse Fletcher University Professor and Director of the Hutchins Center for African & African American Research at Harvard University. In addition to being an award-winning filmmaker and journalist, Professor Gates has authored or co-authored 25 books and created 23 documentary films. In his most recent book, “The Black Church: This is Our Story, This is Our Song,” Gates presents a powerful new history of the Black church in America, taking readers on a 400-year journey where the church has been the Black community’s abiding rock and fortress. 

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