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SRQ DAILY Feb 4, 2022

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"It seems exotic, but I would barely sleep or eat, and at the end of all that research, drama, trauma and celebration, my body had over 130 stories preserved within it."

- Rhodnie Desir, Choreographer and Dancer.

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[Arts & Entertainment]  Ringling Museum Installation Inspires Liminal Exploration
Andrew Fabian, andrew.fabian@srqme.com

When Haitian-born choreographer and dancer Rhodnie Desir embarked on her “Bow’t Trail” journey in 2015, she hoped to capture something elusive but of vital importance. The journey took her all over the Americas to explore the way Afro-descendent peoples salvaged their histories from the annihilating forces of the slave trade. Participating in long, grueling workshops with local dancers and musicians in Mexico, Canada, Martinique, Brazil, and the U.S., Desir hoped to adapt her Bow’t Trail choreography into different versions that could ensure the posterity of these histories and practices. “I really wanted to discover the ingenuity of my sisters and how they resisted the destruction of their culture,” says Desir.

Each visit would begin with two weeks of intensive workshops with elders within the community, including long conversations and choreography sessions that would begin at 6 in the morning and sometimes bleed into the next day. After working through the stories and dances, a documentary crew would arrive and shoot on location for another two weeks, capturing the movements and ideas explored as well as a performance of each city’s unique version of Desir’s “Bow’t Trail” choreography. “It seems exotic, but I would barely sleep or eat,” says Desir, “and at the end of all that research, drama, trauma and celebration, my body had over 130 stories preserved within it.”

Those stories are the center of “Conversations,” her first-ever visual art exhibition commissioned by and hosted at The Ringling Museum. In it, Desir attempts to transfer the sanctity of the Bow’t Trail project’s academic and spiritual vigor into an immersive installation designed to draw the viewer’s eye inward and, Desir hopes, get them to experience a sliver of her own deeply transformative experience.

The exhibition, located inside Monda Gallery, makes use of draped fabrics, projections, lighting design, and sound design to accentuate a visitor’s journey through the installation. A projection of handwritten text at the installation’s entrance primes the visitor for the desired emotional approach for the exhibition. The path through the installation continues through a hallway of sheer black fabric and winds around the gallery towards a meditative hut and a boat-making station, where visitors are encouraged to fold a paper boat and add it to a big net of other boats that spill over into a pile. Another area in the installation includes footage from her documentary projected on a series of sheer white drapes that visitors are encouraged to walk through.

By the end of the journey through the installation, the impression is that something of grave importance has transpired, an unspoken feeling that exists not beyond words, but beneath them in a more elemental space. The lighting, the polyrhythms, textures and projections of “Conversations” swirl and immerse the viewer in a feeling.

“I want it to feel like they’ve gone to a temple. Everything is so explicit now in the digital age, and I don’t want them to come out and say, ‘I need to post this on social media,’” says Desir, “I want them to sit with the conversation internally.”

“Conversations” runs through April 3rd.


Photo by Manuel Chantre.

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[New Director]  Siesta Key Chapel, Presbyterian Welcomes New Interim Music Director

Siesta Key Chapel welcomes Dr. Martha Stiehl as Interim Music Director. She is a professional harpsichordist and organist, specializing in music of the Baroque. A native of Illinois, she earned her degrees from Millikin University and the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. She also studied organ at Northwestern University with Wolfgang Rubsam, in Paris with Marie Claire Alain, and with Viennese organist/composer Anton Heiller. Her harpsichord studies were with Arthur Haas at Eastman and Yale, and with Charlotte Moersch at Illinois. Martha has been a featured soloist as well as continuo member of orchestras and ensembles throughout the USA and Europe. The New York Times reviewed her performance of the Bach Brandenburg Concertos as “an utter joy.” She is a former faculty member at University of  Wisconsin-Milwaukee and was founder and director of the all-women Baroque ensemble, The Bach Babes. She has had the privilege of working with noted traditional and baroque musicians such as Helmuth Rilling, Itzhak Perlman, Pinchas Zucherman, Kathleen Battle, Nic McGegan, Elizabeth Blumenstock, and Phoebe Carrai. Martha’s goals for the music program at Siesta Key Chapel include coordination of Sunday music with the lessons, assembling programs for adults and children (choral and bells), introducing and training musicians for liturgical work, as well as presenting recitals/concerts. 

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[Special Event]  Say 'I Do' Again With a Vow Renewal Ceremony

The popular Say 'I Do' Again vow renewal event returns to Sarasota County area beaches 6 p.m. Monday, Feb. 14. Sarasota County Parks, Recreation and Natural Resources (PRNR) has hosted this Valentine's Day sunset ceremony for more than three decades. Couples can register for a non-denominational vow renewal ceremony, officiated by Judge Riva at Siesta Beach and Judge Ruhl at Nokomis Beach. Before the ceremony, enjoy light refreshments, music, and photo opportunities. Registered couples will also receive a flower and renewal certificate. On-site registration opens at 4:30 p.m. with the ceremony commencing promptly at 6 p.m. Register online or by phone at 941-861-7275 by Feb. 7. The cost is $15 per couple. Registration will also be available the day of the event while supplies last for $25 per couple, credit card only. Siesta Beach is located at 948 Beach Road on Siesta Key; Nokomis Beach is located at 100 Casey Key Road on Casey Key. Additional information is available by calling the Sarasota County Contact Center at 941-861-5000 or by visiting scgov.net. 

[New Board Members]  The Southwest Florida Chapter of the Association of Fundraising Professionals Announces its 2022 Board of Directors

The Southwest Florida Chapter of the Association of Fundraising Professionals (AFP-SWFL) is one of the most active chapters of professional fundraisers in the nation, offering members the opportunity to obtain continuing education, connect with colleagues, and engage in creative thinking for the betterment of the nonprofit sector. AFP-SWFL focuses on delivering innovative educational programs and events to help members reach their professional goals in the fundraising field. The Southwest Florida Chapter is committed to growing professionalism and diversity among its membership, increasing the opportunities and resources provided to its members and celebrating the philanthropic heritage of the Sarasota/Manatee Community.

AFP-SWFL is proud to announce its 2022 Board of Directors: Executive Board: Amy Towery, CFRE, ACFRE, Meals on Wheels Plus of Manatee, President; Lee Ann Rodriguez, MA, MBA, DBA, Conservation Foundation of the Gulf Coast, President-Elect; Kevin Hughes, New College Foundation, Secretary; Scott Hinckley, CFRE, Allegiance Fundraising, Treasurer; Janet Ginn, CFRE, Pines of Sarasota Foundation, Immediate Past President. Board Members At-Large: Debra Flynt-Garrett, Westcoast Black Theatre Troupe; Morgan Gerhart, Players Centre for Performing Arts; Lisa Intagliata, CFRE, Resilient Retreat, Inc.; Terri Medina, MPA, The Bishop Museum of Science and Nature; Andria Piekarz, Mote Marine Laboratory & Aquarium; Sara Curtis Robinson, CFRE, The Sarasota Ballet; Rafael Robles, Sarasota Military Academy Foundation; Linda Watterworth, Children First; Sarah Wertheimer, Embracing Our Differences; Kim Noyes, AFP Southwest Florida, Chapter Administrator. 

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[Pet Service]  DoodyCalls Comes to The Suncoast in Manatee County

DoodyCalls, a nationwide leader in pet waste removal services, is growing its footprint in the pooper scooper industry with the opening of an office on The Suncoast in Manatee County, Florida. DoodyCalls currently operates in over 57 territories, across 23 states, and has been named the #1 pet waste removal franchise in the United States by Entrepreneur Magazine's annual Franchise 500 list. Making business a family affair, Marla Moran and her children Colton and Kara wanted to create a family legacy and establish something for future generations. A family of dog lovers, the Morans were drawn to the potential for success and capability to serve their community with DoodyCalls. Blending their background in customer service and business, the group plans to open two separate DoodyCalls franchise locations in 2022. The franchises offer the group an opportunity to give back to the community while building the family legacy they originally set out for. The Suncoast DoodyCalls franchise will service the following areas: Bradenton, Anna Maria, Lakewood Ranch, Parrish, Palmetto, Ellenton, Myakka City, and other areas of Manatee County. For residential dog owners, DoodyCalls provides dog waste pickup, brown spot treatment and deodorizing services. For communities and parks, DoodyCalls designs, sells, installs, services and maintains common areas, pet waste stations, equipment and supplies.




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[SOON]  MUSIC: Jazz Club of Sarasota: Giving Hunger The Blues , February 6, 11:30am-9:30pm

Sarasota's largest and longest running charity music event returns for 2022. Giving Hunger The Blues will take place on Sunday, February 6 from 11:30am to 9:30pm at Nathan Benderson Park. With nationally-acclaimed headliners and a full day of live music, food, and our most spacious venue yet, Giving Hunger The Blues promises to be an unforgettable event all for a great cause: the Mayors Feed The Hungry Program of Sarasota-Manatee.

[SOON]  HEALTH: Selby Gardens: Sunset Sound Meditation at the Point February , February 6 – February 27, 4pm-5pm

Discover sound meditation while surrounded by the beauty of Little Sarasota Bay. Sound frequencies and vibrations facilitate relaxation and mental health. A certified sound therapist will be your guide in HSP’s tranquil Sunken Gardens. Wear comfortable clothes and lightweight shoes; bring water and a towel for the final stretch. Open to all age/fitness levels. General admission to HSP included. Please check-in 15 minutes before for your class at the Welcome Gazebo. Sunset Sound Meditation will take place on Sundays from 4pm to 5pm: February 6, 13, 20, and 27. Class fee: Members $50 / Non-members $65. Class Size: 30 Students. Instructor: Lucy Tight.

[SOON]  MUSIC: Sarasota Concert Association: The Russian National Orchestra with pianist Alexander Malofeev , February 8, 7:30pm

The Russian National Orchestra with pianist Alexander Malofeev will perform on Tuesday, February 8 at 7:30pm at the Van Wezel Performing Arts Hall. Ukrainian conductor Kirill Karabits leads the Orchestra in Beethoven’s Overture to Fidelio and Prokofiev’s Symphony No. 5. Nineteen-year-old piano sensation Alexander Malofeev will join the Orchestra for Tchaikovsky’s Piano Concerto No. 1.

[SOON]  MUSIC: Sarasota Orchestra: Great Escapes: Be Mine , February 9 – February 13, 5:30pm, 7:30pm, 8pm and 4pm

Love is in the air as highly acclaimed pops conductor Sarah Hicks leads a Valentine's Day program for all on Wednesday, February 9 at 5:30pm, Thursday, February 10 at 7:30pm, Friday, February 11 at 5:30pm, Saturday, February 12 at 8pm, and Sunday, February 13 at 4pm at Holley Hall. Celebrate love's sweetness with music from Gone with the Wind, La Dolce Vita and more.

[SOON]  PERFORMANCE: Florida Studio Theatre: Laughing Matters , February 9 – June 19, Varies.

Laughing Matters, FST’s hit musical sketch comedy show, is back for round six! And this time, nothing and no one is safe from a good-spirited roast. From never-ending Sarasota construction and the perpetual hunt for downtown parking to Mother Nature’s increasingly wild mood swings and our endless quest to stay young, Laughing Matters delivers fast-paced comedy inspired by the culture and politics of today. Laughing Matters, by head writer Rebecca Hopkins with contributing writers Kevin Allen, Sarah Durham, Stephan deGhelder, and Jim Prosser, will play beginning February 9, 2022 through June 19, 2022 in FST's Court Cabaret.

[SOON]  PERFORMANCE: Asolo Repertory Theatre: The Great Leap , February 9 – February 16, Varies.

Born in the United States but inextricably tied to far off and forbidden China, Manford Lum finds his home on the basketball courts of San Francisco’s Chinatown. As fast-talking as he is athletically skilled, Lum wisecracks and dazzles his way onto a college team headed for a 'friendly' exhibition game in Beijing. As the story bounces between 1989 and 1971, past relationships collide with present day revelations right up to the final buzzer. Smart, feisty, and hilarious,  The Great Leap is about family, history, and learning that every game is a second chance. Contains mature language. Recommended for age 16+. The Great Leap will show February 9–April 2, 2022.

[SOON]  PERFORMANCE: Van Wezel: A Tribute to Aretha Franklin: The Queen of Soul , February 9, 8pm

Musician, vocalist and composer Damien Sneed toured with Aretha Franklin, developing a strong mentee relationship with the soul legend. In A TRIBUTE TO ARETHA FRANKLIN: THE QUEEN OF SOUL, Sneed pays homage to the icon with fresh renditions of the beloved hits including “Respect,” “Bridge Over Troubled Water,” “Think,” “Until You Come Back To Me,” “Daydreaming,” “Natural Woman” and more. Featuring an all-star cast of jazz, gospel and soul musicians and vocalists, Sneed’s multi-media tribute will honor the life of an iconic industry titan on February 9 at 8pm. Four-time Grammy® winner, gospel music legend and multiple Stellar and GMA Dove Award winner Karen Clark Sheard joins the tour with her signature, multi-octave vocal range.

[SOON]  MUSIC: Sarasota Concert Association: Music Matinees: Sun-Young Gemma Shin and Avis Romm , February 9, 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 1 pm in David Cohen Hall, Beatrice Friedman Symphony Center. Sun-Young Gemma Shin, violin, and Avis Romm, piano will take place on February 9. Dr. Shin is an internationally sought-after performer on both baroque and modern violin as a soloist, chamber musician, and orchestra leader. She is the concertmaster of the Chamber Orchestra of Sarasota. Avis Romm dazzles audiences as a soloist, chamber musician, and collaborative pianist. She has worked extensively with the Sarasota Opera, both as a musical/vocal coach and pianist/conductor and she performs regularly with internationally renowned soloists.

[SOON]  PERFORMANCE: Van Wezel: Reza: Edge of Illusion , February 10, 7pm

REZA has taken the art of illusion to a new level, delivering his rock concert style magic show to audiences across the globe. Young and fresh, Reza's new show, Edge of Illusion, has earned various awards including “Magician of the Year.” Don’t miss this Sarasota premiere — LIVE on the Van Wezel stage. A world-class entertainer, Reza's unique brand of illusion has landed him on popular reality shows across 31 countries, including recent US TV appearances on A&E’s Duck Dynasty and The CW’s Penn & Teller: Fool Us. Audiences can expect to witness such mega illusions as passing through the spinning blades of an industrial fan, a record-breaking recreation of Houdini’s most famous stunt and the appearance of a real helicopter, live on stage on February 10 at 7pm. More than a magic show, Reza infuses state of the art production elements, masterful comedic timing and numerous interactive and inspirational moments, allowing the audience to experience the magic first hand.

[SOON]  GRAB BAG: Thunder By The Bay Rocks The Runway Fashion Show , February 10, 6pm-9pm

On Thursday, February 10 the Thunder By The Bay "Rocks The Runway" Fashion Show will take place at the Sarasota Yacht Club from 6pm to 9pm. Special guest models from the local community will be wearing fashions provided by Rossiter's Harley-Davidson and Darci located downtown Sarasota. We will be raffling off two $500 shopping sprees and a Thunder By The Bay Festival VIP Weekend Experience Basket. Tickets are $125 per person and include: Full Open Bar, Hors D'Oeuvres Stations. All Ticket Proceeds Benefit: Suncoast Charities for Children. 

[SOON]  GRAB BAG: The Ringling: ROAR! , February 10 – April 29, 2:30pm and 10:30am

ROAR! is The Ringling's free storytime program that connects art with early literacy. Every week we read together, make art, and learn about an object in the museum. This program is designed for preschoolers and toddlers, but all ages are welcome. ROAR! will take place from February 10, 2022 to April 29, 2022 at 2:30pm and 10:30am in the Museum of Art.

[SOON]  SCIENCE AND NATURE: American Littoral Society: Eco-Tours Aboard the Carefree Learner , February 10 – April 14, 1pm-3pm

Enjoy wildlife and a hands on experience around Sarasota Bay from 1pm to 3pm. Departing from Bayfront Park near the LeBarge. Cost: Adults $20, Members $15, Children 10 and under $10. For reservations for February 10, March 3, March 24 and April 7 call John 941-966-7308. For reservations for February 24, March 10, March 31 and April 14 call Linda 607-423-9027.

[SOON]  GRAB BAG: Crowley Museum and Nature Center: Myakka River Rendezvous , February 4 – February 6, 9am-4pm

Bring the family to Crowley Museum and Nature Center for the Myakka River Rendezvous on February 4 to 6, 2022 from 9am to 4pm at 16405 Myakka Road. Experience Florida pioneer life with living history demonstrations, food vendors, blacksmithing, Black Powder demonstrations, and Old Tyme Games. Tickets are $10 for Adults and $5 for children 3-17. Children under 3 attend for free. Parking is free for all attendees. Crowley Museum and Nature Center is a non-profit nature and pioneer history center located on 1900 acres of native land adjacent to the Myakka River.  The center is a wildlife sanctuary and education center where visitors can learn about the fauna and flora of Old Florida. The history area allows visitors to see how the pioneers of the 19th century lived. 

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