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SRQ DAILY Jan 21, 2022

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"This might be the biggest single visual art event in the history of the city in terms of impact."

- Anand Pallegar, DreamLarge Founder

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[Art Event]  PINC Experience Reawakens as Festival After Two-year Hibernation

For two years, PINC Experience was relegated to a dusty storage container in the garage. The annual event that celebrates design, innovation, people, creativity and changemaking through engaging speakers from around the world succumbed to the same pressures of the pandemic as every venue in the region. But starting yesterday, the event that bills itself as a day of transformation reawakened as something bigger, more accessible and, literally, more historic.

PINCfest is the new incarnation, a three-day sprint of events and programming that includes live music, food trucks, a kaleidoscope of visual arts and an open-air long-table dinner where the festival’s most notable changemakers will gather for an evening of conversation over epicurean delights. “It was really difficult watching PINC Experience not just sit on the back burner, but be labeled ‘impossible to exist,’” says Anand Pallegar of DreamLarge, the organization responsible for PINC. “But after a second year of this pandemic we felt like it was time to act, it’s time to move and do something ambitious that scares us.”

The “scary” part Pallegar refers to is the enormity of the undertaking. The event includes nearly 30 musical acts, nine food trucks and seven muralists, not to mention all the planning and curating that took place for a Ringling College student art show and a series of projection mappings from local artists. “In a perfect world, we had always wondered what PINC would look like if it was more than a night at the Opera House,” says Pallegar of previous events which were limited by the number of seats at the Sarasota Opera House.

Holding the event outside in the Rosemary District and making it free and open to the public opens the gates for a greater community-building flair, says Pallegar. And that’s a piece of the PINC puzzle that also ties in with another one of DreamLarge’s initiatives: RADD. “We were very careful and purposeful in the muralists we invited to come paint at the event,” says Pallegar, “because as we continue to reimagine the Rosemary District, it’s important to honor the past while creating for the present.”

But more than just beautifying the Rosemary District in the mold of Wynwood Walls in Miami, the event also stands to dramatically change the look and feel of the neighborhood for years to come. “This might be the biggest single visual art event in the history of the city in terms of impact,” says Pallegar. “It usually takes years to change a neighborhood on this scale, but we’re going to try and do it in three days.” In some ways, the event promises to act like a shot of adrenaline, a huge rush of energy and people and creativity akin to Burning Man—but less of a Mad-Max-on-acid vibe and more of a creative-on-coffee vibe.

And despite all the effort to put the event together, Pallegar, the consummate seeker, is coming to it with the open mind characteristic of the event itself. “Doing things on this scale is incredibly difficult, but the idea was always to make PINC something bigger,” he says, “so I’m really intrigued to see what this can turn into.”

Today’s programming includes another day of live mural work around the Rosemary District, live music and projection mapping 5-10 p.m., and the PINCfest Ideas Dinner 6-10 p.m. (tickets required). The event culminates tomorrow with more murals, the Ringling College student showcase 4-7 p.m., and a food truck rally beginning at 4 p.m. to go along with more live music and projection mapping. 

Photo courtesy of PINC Experience.

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[Choral Music]  A.D. 387 Key Chorale Masterwork Concert with Soloists and Orchestra in February

On February 11 and 12 Key Chorale will present its Masterwork Concert A.D. 387. Full orchestra and world-class soloists join Sarasota’s Symphonic Choir for a program of festive and sublime music from Handel, Haydn, Charpentier, Bruckner and Dvorak. According to ancient legend, in A.D. 387 the Te Deum was spontaneously composed and sung alternately by St. Ambrose and St. Augustine on the night St. Ambrose baptized St. Augustine in Milan. Experience this ancient text from its origins of Gregorian chant, to trumpets and timpani of the Baroque, to the soaring melodies and rich harmony of the Romanic period. Anton Bruckner called his Te Deum, “the pride of his life.” After conducting this monumental composition, Gustav Mahler crossed out the words “for choir, soloists and orchestra” and inscribed the page “for the tongues of angels, heaven-blest, chastened hearts, and souls purified in the fire!” Soloists joining Key Chorale for this concert include Suzanne Karpov, one of the country’s leading young sopranos, who recently made her Carnegie Hall debut and was praised for her angelic voice” by the New York Concert Review; tenor Blake Friedman, an emerging artist who returns for a third engagement with the Chorale; audience favorite, baritone Jamal Sarikoki; and local mezzo soprano powerhouse Amy Connours. The performances take place: Friday, February 11, 7:30 PM at Church of the Palms; Saturday, February 12, 4:00 PM at Church of the Palms. Tickets are $40-$50. 

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[Grant Awarded]  Closing the Digital Divide: UnidosNow Receives Grant For Its Digital Navigator Initiative

With access to smartphones, streaming high-res video, meeting platforms like Zoom, and the high-speed internet, it’s easy to feel like you’re living in the future. It’s also easy to forget that millions of low-income Americans lack this access. As a result, they’re forced to live in the past. This “digital divide” is devastating to education and career opportunities alike. But UnidosNow is working hard to bridge the gap in the
Sarasota-Manatee region. Thanks to a $25,000 grant the nonprofit organization received from the Knight Donor Advised Fund and Bradenton COVID-19 Response Fund of Manatee Community Foundation, low-income families will soon share the benefits of our digital economy in our area. This includes both high-speed access and expert guidance. UnidosNow offers educational and professional outreach initiatives to the Hispanic and Latino communities in Sarasota and Manatee counties so that they can create circles of opportunities for generations to come. The organization achieves this through education initiatives, leadership training, community services, and civic engagement. 

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[Grant awarded]  Organizations Uniquely Collaborate to Reduce Recidivism

In response to the ongoing challenges of identifying and securing housing and supports for individuals returning to the community after incarceration, Gulf Coast Community Foundation recently provided a $156,000 grant to Community Assisted and Supported Living, Inc. (CASL). In February 2020, Gulf Coast partnered with the Sarasota County Sheriff’s Office (SCSO) to launch the inaugural Re-entry Navigator Program to positively reintegrate individuals into the community upon their release from the correctional facility. With funding from Gulf Coast, the Sheriff’s Office hired two full-time “re-entry navigators,” who connect inmates to reintegration programs before and after they leave the county correctional facility, helping them avoid returning. Since inception the navigators have connected with 222 inmates in the correction facility and about 40 individuals annually continue to receive support in the community.

The collaboration between Gulf Coast Community Foundation, the Sheriff’s Office, and CASL was groundbreaking from the start. “Formerly incarcerated individuals are ten times more likely to fall into homelessness than the general public,” said Mark Pritchett, President|CEO of Gulf Coast Community Foundation. “This unique collaboration has given individuals a successful reintroduction to the community with the critical supports they need now and in the future.” Through the $156,000 grant from Gulf Coast Community Foundation, CASL was able to dedicate five beds for this project. CASL case managers worked with individuals to develop plans for success within five days of admission, coordinating food access, transportation services, assistance in applying for benefits, and more. The individuals in the Transitions program have benefited tremendously from the supports. 

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[Luxury Cars]  Wilde Land Rover Sarasota Previews the New Range Rover

On the evening of Jan. 19, 2022, Wilde Land Rover Sarasota hosted one of the first of over 180 dealer previews of the New Range Rover. Invited guests and owners received an up-close sneak peek at the highly anticipated luxury SUV. The New 2022 Range Rover is the ultimate expression of modern luxury, combining aesthetic grace with technological sophistication. During the private event, guests were immersed in all aspects of the most desirable Range Rover yet, exploring the modernist design, well-appointed and sustainable interior materials, as well as the luxury SUV’s refinement and range of capability. Wilde Land Rover Sarasota is part of the Wilde Automotive Family, which boasts over 75 years of automotive experience. Wilde Automotive Family specializes in new and pre-owned vehicles, outstanding service and maintenance, and award-winning customer experiences. The Range Rover Inside Track National Tour will take place at select Land Rover retailers across the U.S. for Range Rover owners and invited guests to preview the New Range Rover before it arrives in showrooms this spring. 

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[Accreditation Given]  JFCS of the Suncoast Receives National Reaccreditation

JFCS of the Suncoast has been reaccredited by the Council on Accreditation after a thorough assessment confirmed the organization offers high-quality services, has efficient procedures, and follows the industry’s best practices. JFCS, one of the Florida Suncoast’s preeminent mental health counseling and human services providers, has been an accredited non-profit for more than 20 years. The agency has been reaccredited through Aug. 31, 2025. The Council on Accreditation (COA), based in New York, accredits organizations around the country and beyond that provide child welfare, behavioral health, and community-based human and social services. Non-profits can voluntarily seek and work toward accreditation every four years to achieve external validation for the quality of services they provide. The accreditation process provides a framework for organizations to continuously improve and offer evidence-based practices that support clients and the community. 

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[Award Given]  Tiffany Hamilton Earns RE/MAX Hall of Fame Award

Tiffany Hamilton of RE/MAX Alliance Group has received the RE/MAX Hall of Fame Award. This prestigious award recognizes high-achieving real estate professionals for their service to buyers and sellers during their career. Born and raised in Dubuque, Iowa, Hamilton moved to the mountains of North Carolina to play soccer and earn a bachelor’s degree in Psychology. She met her husband, Mark, during her undergraduate studies and married him after earning a master’s degree in Education. They moved back to the Midwest to start a family. As former college athletes who prefer to be outside and active, they left the cold weather for sunny Florida. She joined Duane and Rhonda Finney at RE/MAX Alliance Group and became team leader. Hamilton is based in the RE/MAX Alliance Group Sarasota office at 2000 Webber Street, Sarasota, Florida 34239, and can be reached at (941) 268-3920 or tiffany@remaxinparadise.com.   

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[SOON]  PERFORMANCE: WSLR + Fogartyville: Adam Ezra Group , January 22, 8pm

Reminiscent of Springsteen for their muscle and passion, U2 for their do-right attitude, and Dave Matthews for their well-earned reputation for energetic live-shows, the Adam Ezra Group’s grassroots approach to alternative folk rock has won them a dedicated fanbase. Sonically, their music ranges from blues rock stompers laced with searing electric fiddle and frantic percussion, to lush folk ballads that spotlight frontman Adam Ezra’s gritty, soulful voice. They’ve won three New England Music Awards: best song in 2016, album of the year in 2012, and band of the year in 2013. Their latest record, Hurricane Wind is entirely fan-produced and includes three collaborations with John Oates, of Hall and Oates. Fusing folk intimacy and rock energy with soul power and pop charm, the Adam Ezra Group first emerged from Boston in the early 2000s and quickly garnered widespread acclaim for their bold, insightful songwriting and interactive, euphoric performances. From hole in the wall bars and house concerts to sold-out headline shows and dates with the likes of Little Big Town, The Wallflowers, Gavin DeGraw, Train, and The Wailers, Ezra and his bandmates treated every single gig like their last, attracting a die-hard following that believed not just in the music, but in their commitment to activism and social change, as well. Adam Ezra Group will perform on Saturday, January 22 at 8pm.

[SOON]  FESTIVAL: LWR CERT: Celebrate Lakewood Ranch , January 22, 11am-1pm
This family fun event in honor of 15 years of service to the Lakewood Ranch community will take place on January 22 from 11am to 1pm at Greenbrook Adventure Park. This event is free and open to the public and will feature food trucks, entertainment, Touch-A-Truck emergency vehicles, pet a baby alligator, rescue dog demonstration, hands-only CPR instruction, family safety tips, mounted patrol, and much more. Special tribute honoring LWR CERT members begins at 12:15pm.
[SOON]  MUSIC: Sarasota Orchestra: Chamber Soirees: Mendelssohn Octet , January 23, 4pm

Schubert's bewitching "night music" leads to the joyous sunshine of Mendelssohn's most beloved work on Sunday, January 23 at 4pm at Holley Hall. Inspired by Goethe's The Beautiful Night. This program consists of Schubert Nocturne (for trio) and Mendelssohn Octet.

[SOON]  PERFORMANCE: Van Wezel: Bernadette Peters , January 23, 7pm

BERNADETTE PETERS, Broadway's brightest star, in an evening of song from the Broadway shows she's received accolades for, as well as from all her Grammy Award®-winning and nominated albums including standards, Rodgers & Hammerstein, Stephen Sondheim, Jerry Herman, among others. A glamorous evening as only Bernadette Peters can do. This show will take place on Sunday, January 23 at 7pm.

[SOON]  PERFORMANCE: Venice Theatre: An Evening with Norm Lewis , January 23 – January 24, Varies.

Broadway and TV star NORM LEWIS can currently be seen starring in the SAG, Critics Choice, and NAACP Image Award-nominated Netflix film “Da 5 Bloods” by Spike Lee and in the groundbreaking FX series, “Pose.” He was previously seen in the NBC television special, “Jesus Christ Superstar Live in Concert!,” alongside John Legend, Sara Bareilles, and Alice Cooper. He recently appeared in the Broadway revival of “Once on This Island” and as Sweeney Todd in the Off-Broadway production of “Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street” at the Barrow Street Theatre, receiving the AUDELCO Award for his performance. In May of 2014, he made history as “The Phantom of the Opera’s” first African American Phantom on Broadway. An Evening with Norm Lewis will show on January 23 and 24, 2022 at the Venice Theatre.

[SOON]  PERFORMANCE: Van Wezel: Tango Fire , January 24, 8pm

German Cornejo’s TANGO FIRE encompasses and defines all that is Argentine Tango; dancing which sizzles with sensuality, accompanied by the unforgettable music of the great Tango masters including Piazzolla, Pugliese and Gardel. As one of the world’s most popular dance forms, this exhilarating show combines the rawness and sophistication, seductive and sultry side of Tango, evoking the intoxicating passion of late-night Buenos Aires. This show will take place on Monday, January 24 at 8pm.

[SOON]  PERFORMANCE: Asolo Repertory Theatre: Grand Horizons , January 19 – January 25, Varies.

You’re never too old to learn, but what if you learn that the person you’ve been married to for 50 years is making you miserable? Bill and Nancy practically breathe in unison; they anticipate each other’s sighs, sneezes, and ends of sentences. But just as they settle into their new retirement home in Florida, Nancy wants out. As their two adult sons struggle to cope with the news, they’re forced to question everything they assumed about the people they thought they knew best. Sophisticated, funny, delightfully – and sometimes provocatively – honest, this new Broadway hit comedy takes an intimate look at the unpredictable and enduring nature of love. Contains mature themes and language. Recommended for age 16+. Grand Horizons will show January 19–April 1, 2022.

[SOON]  PERFORMANCE: Van Wezel: Jersey Boys , January 25 – January 26, 7:30pm and 1:30pm

They were just four guys from Jersey, until they sang their first note. While their harmonies were perfect on stage, it was a very different story off stage — a story that has made them an international sensation yet again. Go behind the unmistakable music and inside the story of Frankie Valli and The Four Seasons in the Tony® and Grammy Award®-winning true-life musical, JERSEY BOYS. This show will take place on Tuesday, January 25 at 7:30pm and Wednesday, January 26 at 7:30pm and 1:30pm.

[SOON]  PERFORMANCE: Sarasota High School Theatre: I Never Saw Another Butterfly , January 26 – January 28

Sarasota High School Theatre's I Never Saw Another Butterfly will show January 26-28, 2022. Over 15,000 Jewish children passed through Terezin, and only about a hundred were still alive at the end of the war. One of the survivors, Raja, having lived through it all, teaching the children when there was nothing to teach with, helping to give them hope when there was little enough reason for hope, creating a little world of laughter, of flowers and butterflies behind the barbed wire, tells the true story of the children. There were no butterflies at Terezin, of course, but for the children, butterflies became a symbol of defiance, making it possible for them to live on and play happily while waiting to be transported.

[SOON]  THEATER: Florida Studio Theatre: Babel by Jacqueline Goldfinger , January 26 – February 18, Varies.

In this version of the future, expectant parents learn within the first few weeks of pregnancy which traits their child will have and what behaviors it is likely to exhibit. This intriguing new play follows the extreme lengths two couples go to in order to have a baby. Babel probes the world of modern eugenics, explores the societal value of a baby, and asks us what we are willing to risk for love. NNPN Rolling World Premiere. Babel will show from January 26 to February 18, 2022.

[SOON]  SEMINAR: The Ringling: Bringing Art to Life in the Museum , January 26, 2:30pm-4pm

New College Students will be stationed in gallery 21 ready to share their research and insights on a selection of nineteenth-century artworks. This event is the culmination of an independent study project focused on "Bringing Art to Life in the Museum" and directed by Professor Katherine Brion, a specialist in nineteenth- and early-twentieth-century French art. This event is included with Museum Admission and will take place on January 26 from 2:30pm to 4pm.  

[SOON]  GRAB BAG: Angels for Artists: Art Auction and Music , January 26 – January 27, 5:30pm-7pm and 5:30pm-8pm

Halo Arts Project presents the 3rd annual Angels for Artists Art Auction and Rock n' Roll Benefit. Funds support Visual Artists Fellowship Award. The Virtual Auction will take place on Wednesday, January 26 from 5:30pm to 7pm. The Silent Art Auction will take place on Thursday, January 27 from 5:30pm to 8pm at MARA Gallery, 1421 5th St. and will feature cocktails and a meet the artists. Join the Halo Arts Project for 2 fun filled evenings that include live rock n' roll music by a local favorite, and over 100 artworks by local artists auctioned on January 26 and 27 with bids starting at $75. This is a great opportunity to add exceptional art to your home or office collection.

[SOON]  MUSIC: Sarasota Orchestra: Chamber Soirees: Inheritance , January 27, 5:30pm

Each of these extraordinary composers learned the "family business" from his father on Thursday, January 27 at 5:30pm at Holley Hall. Inspired by Bruce Weigl's The Harp. This program consists of Beethoven Quintet Op. 16 for Piano and Winds, Michael Tilson Thomas Street Song, and Mozart String Quartet No. 17, K. 458, "The Hunt."

[SOON]  GALA: Van Wezel: 20th Annual Inspiration Gala , January 27

The Van Wezel Foundation announced the return of its annual Inspiration Gala on January 27, 2022, featuring a performance from Grammy® and Emmy® Award-winner Harry Connick Jr. Now in its 20th annual year, the Inspiration Gala further enables the Foundation to fulfill its mission to create and sustain a vibrant performing arts center, advance education, and enrich communities by inspiring minds through the power of the arts. Harry Connick Jr. has exemplified excellence across multiple platforms in the entertainment world including music, film, television and Broadway for over three decades. But music and live performances remain the foundation of his art, and he will showcase classics from his remarkable career. Susan Travers and Kathy Martella are returning co-chairs for this year's Inspiration Gala, which also includes a Host Committee of dedicated benefactors. The evening will feature a program that boasts a cocktail reception, gourmet dinner, live auction and other special surprises, all leading to Harry Connick Jr.’s performance on the Van Wezel Performing Arts Hall stage. As part of the annual celebration, the evening will also announce the Appleton Arts Integration Award, honoring an individual who best incorporates arts integration techniques in their approach to better our community. The Award is made possible by a legacy gift from Mrs. Louise Appleton, a local philanthropist who had a passion for arts and its connection to education. Sponsorship opportunities for the Gala are available from $50,000 to $10,000. Sponsorships can be reserved online by following this link: https://bit.ly/3zooiIF. To request additional information or inquire about becoming an event sponsor, please contact Carly Evans at 941-271-4185.

[SOON]  DANCE: Sarasota Contemporary Dance: Dance Makers 2022 , January 27 – January 30, 7pm and 2pm

This year, Dance Makers features new imaginative dance pieces created by nationally acclaimed contemporary choreographers. This year’s program includes dances from Dazaun Soleyn (San Francisco, CA), Jennifer Nugent (NYC), and Christal Brown (NYC) who was recently in residency at Jacob’s Pillow. Excitingly, Dance Makers will also revive Kinda Cagey, the fan-favorite grand piano and dancer duet from SCD’s 2nd season, performed by Leymis Bolaños Wilmott and Francis Schwartz. The choreography is diverse, the impact profound, and the dancers utterly captivating. Dance Makers will take place Thursday, January 27, 2022 through Sunday, January 30, 2022. All shows are at 7pm, except Sunday at 2pm. Tickets are $10 - $45. Available Virtually Friday, January 28, 2022 through Sunday, January 30, 2022. Virtual Tickets are $25.

[SOON]  PERFORMANCE: Van Wezel: Harry Connick Jr. , January 27, 8:30pm

HARRY CONNICK, JR. has exemplified excellence across multiple platforms in the entertainment world — in music, film, television and Broadway — garnering Grammys®, Emmys® and Tony Awards® and nominations. But music and live performances remain the foundation of his art, as he will showcase classics from his remarkable career. This show will take place on Thursday, January 27 at 8:30pm. You are invited to party with a purpose. Join us for cocktails by the bay, an elegant dinner and premium performance seating all while raising fund to support arts education for our community. Now in its 20th annual year, the Inspiration Gala further enables the Van Wezel Foundation to fulfill its mission to create and sustain a vibrant performing arts center, advance education, and enrich communities by inspiring minds through the power of the arts. For more information on the Foundation, visit https://vwfoundation.org/. For sponsorship and table sales, please call 941-366-5578 or visit the Inspiration Gala Page.

[SOON]  SEMINAR: Sarasota Art Museum: Curator Talk: Inside Look , January 27, 6pm-7pm

Curator Talk: Inside Look for Fall/Winter Exhibitions will take place on Thursday, January 27 from 6pm – 7pm at Sarasota High School Alumni Auditorium. This event is FREE for Members and $20 for Not-Yet Members. Join Assistant Curator Emory Conetta in exploring this season’s new exhibitions. The program will discuss the Museum’s newest initiatives and provide insight into the behind-the-scenes work that made these exhibitions possible. Enjoy the exhibitions prior to the program. Gallery hours are extended until 6pm this evening.

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