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SRQ DAILY Feb 8, 2022

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"All of the honorees have committed much of their lives to advancing opportunity for others. They reflect the quiet, humble and determined way many people give in Manatee County, and they will be celebrated with gratitude."

- Susie Bowie, Manatee Community Foundation Executive Director.

[The Dish]  When it Translates Into Fire Meat, You Know it Means Business
Andrew Fabian, andrew.fabian@srqme.com

The problem with most dishes that feature sliced or diced pieces of meat is that cheaper cuts are often used. This leads to dishes in which the dryness and toughness of the meat must be masked with copious amounts of sauce or spices. While incredible sauces certainly deserve commendations for the heavy lifting they do in turning mediocre meat into something mesmerizing, Korean cuisine suffers no such problem.

That’s not to say that Korean sauces are lacking by any meaningful metric—they’re complex, balanced, rich—it’s to say that even their stir fries spare no expense when it comes to meat selections. Korean bulgogis—a word that translates literally into “fire meat”—use rich cuts of meat known for their characteristic fat content. A beef bulgogi most commonly is made with sirloin or ribeye, while a pork bulgogi is most commonly made with pork belly. At Korean Ssam Bar on 301 just North of 12th Street, the spicy pork bulgogi shows how big a flavor can be attained in such a simple dish when a good cut of meat is used. The stir fried plate has all the umami of the most unctuous tonkatsu ramen, all the complexity of a slow-braised short rib ragu, and just enough kick to get leave a lingering tingle. But it’s the fat from the pork, tender to bite and rendered into silky goodness, that makes this particular bulgogi exceptional.

Try it for lunch, when it comes in at a paltry $9. Sit-down diners also get an assortment of kimchi and small bites.

Korean Ssam Bar, 1303 North Washington Boulevard, Sarasota. 

The spicy pork bulgogi from Korean Ssam Bar shows how a good cut takes simple to sublime. Photo by Andrew Fabian.

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[Music Event]  Risus Quartet to Replace Quartet Amabile at Artist Series Concerts March 6th

Artist Series Concerts is delighted to present the young, award-winning Risus Quartet in performance at Temple Sinai, Sunday March, 6, 2022. Grand and Gold Medal Prize winners at the 2021 Fischoff National Chamber Music Competition, the Risus Quartet is currently the Young Professional String Quartet in residence at the Butler School of Music at the University of Texas in Austin. Their program will include string quartets by Mozart, Beethoven and Debussy. The Risus Quartet was founded in 2020 by four passionate musicians living in South Korea. ‘Risus’ in Latin means ‘laugh', and the main vision of the quartet is to bring joy and laughter to their audiences. Its members - Haeni Lee, Jieun Yoo (violins), Mary Eunkyung Chang (viola), Bobae Lee (cello) - graduated from Seoul National University with a devotion to chamber music. After graduation, they moved to the United States to study, expand their view as artists and further explore the world of string quartets. Their 2021-22 season includes performances at the Seoul Arts Center Summer Music Festival, Jeju International Music Festival, Gum Nanse Music Center, The House Concert, Seocho-gu Chamber Music Festival, Tongui-dong Classic and the Samick Cultural Foundation, with support from the Busan Classical Development Council. After being awarded the Grand and Gold Medal Prizes at the 2021 Fischoff Competition, they embarked on a winner's tour which included concerts at Dame Myra Hess Series, O’Neil Hall at Notre Dame University and Howard Arts Center. Recently, they performed a virtual concert which was broadcasted by The Violin Channel and Music for Food.


Pictured: Risus Quartet. Photo courtesy of Artist Series Concerts.

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[Art Display]  Arts Advocates Receive Gift of George Pappas Paintings

Arts Advocates is pleased to announce the receipt of a gift of two paintings by George Pappas: “Greek Time,” oil on canvas, 84 x 60 inches; and “Beauty and the Beast,” oil on canvas, 60 x 72 inches.
Dr. Sarah Pappas, wife of the late George Pappas (1929-2021), made this generous gift to the organization. These pieces are now on display in the Arts Advocates Gallery, located in the Crossings at Siesta Mall, 3501 S. Tamiami Trail, in Sarasota. Pappas was a highly regarded artist and educator who retired in 1993 from a 40-year career as professor and chair emeritus of art at the University of South Florida. Bold, colorful, large-scale abstract paintings, many inspired by his Greek heritage and love of English literature, were his signature style, and Pappas continued creating and exhibiting art into his ninth decade. His paintings have been exhibited throughout the country in over 100 juried exhibitions including the Corcoran Biennial, Boston Museum of Fine Arts, and the Philadelphia Museum of Art; and in over 30 one-person exhibitions in museums and galleries. The National Gallery of Art, John and Mable Ringling Museum of Art, and Tampa Museum of Art are among the numerous collections in the United States and Canada where Pappas’ work is represented. These Pappas paintings are an important addition to the Arts Advocates collection of works by Florida-based artists, which includes Highwaymen paintings and “the largest collection of Sarasota Art Colony works on public display anywhere,” according to curator Mark Ormond. The Arts Advocates Gallery is open every Saturday from 2:00 to 5:00 p.m. Docent-guided gallery tours are offered at 11:00 a.m. the first Wednesday of every month. 

Pictured: George Pappas: Beauty and the Beast. Photo credit: Lori Sax Photography.

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[Recognition]  Manatee Philanthropists Will Be Recognized At 2022 Spirit of Manatee Awards Luncheon

Manatee Philanthropists Will Be Recognized At 2022 Spirit of Manatee Awards Luncheon On March 30th. Manatee Community Foundation’s 2022 Spirit of Manatee Awards Luncheon will honor seven champions of philanthropy and leadership in Manatee County. Lifetime Spirit honorees Joe and Barbara Najmy, nominated by Easterseals Southwest Florida, State College of Florida Foundation, and The Lakewood Ranch Community Fund, Inc., will be celebrated for decades of servant leadership in estate planning, charitable giving and inspiring others to support the community. The couple has been active in a multitude of missions, including advancing education, inclusion and access for those with disabilities, and community building. Others to be recognized are: Leadership Spirit honorees Steve and Carolyn Roskamp, nominated by United Way Suncoast and the School District of Manatee County, and Omar Edwards, nominated by Sarasota-Bradenton Kappa Alpha Psi Project Guide Right; Community Spirit honoree Bank of America; and Young Spirit honoree Gabriella Cortes-Alban nominated by Healthy Teens Coalition of Manatee County. The Charles Clapsaddle Community Spotlight award will be presented to Paul Sharff, posthumously. Sharff was the President and CEO of the Early Learning Coalition of Manatee County and passed away unexpectedly in January.

“All of the honorees have committed much of their lives to advancing opportunity for others,” said Susie Bowie, Manatee Community Foundation Executive Director. “They reflect the quiet, humble and determined way many people give in Manatee County, and they will be celebrated with gratitude.” The annual celebration will take place at the Bradenton Area Convention Center on Wednesday, March 30 at 11:30 a.m.  

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[Luxury Homes]  Forestar Selects AR Homes by Arthur Rutenberg as the First Custom Homebuilder in Star Farms at Lakewood Ranch

Forestar Group Inc. (“Forestar”), a leading national residential community developer, is pleased to announce AR Homes by Arthur Rutenberg (“AR Homes”) as the first luxury homebuilder in Star Farms, a multigenerational lifestyle village in Lakewood Ranch, Florida. AR Homes will offer a wide selection of floorplans in various architectural styles and sizes, depending on the buyer’s preferences. The stunning custom homes will range in size from approximately 2,800 to 5,000 square feet, and the most popular designs are expected to showcase an open concept layout. This will be highlighted in the new Grandview model, which is currently scheduled to break ground in the spring of 2022, and will feature over 3,800 square feet of living space, four spacious bedrooms and four bathrooms. Located within the established and award-winning master-planned community of Lakewood Ranch, Star Farms is minutes from dining, shopping, cultural activities and top-rated beaches. Upon completion, the 700-acre gated village that Forestar is developing will be a resort ranch hometown featuring 1,500 single-family homes, paired villa retreats and townhomes with a variety of amenities, clubs and hospitality services. 

Pictured: AR Homes by Arthur Rutenberg new Grandview model, currently scheduled to break ground in the spring of 2022.

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[Athletic Coach]  Booker High Announces Scottie Littles as New Head Football Coach

Booker High School announced Friday that Scottie Littles will lead the Tornadoes Football Program as head coach. Littles returns to Booker High School, where he has twice served as assistant coach, after a stint as head football coach at Palm Beach Central in Wellington, Florida. In the three seasons he coached the Palm Beach Broncos, Littles secured a 22-5 overall record and the team won two district titles. Littles said the third title would have been within reach, but COVID prevented the team from moving forward. Among those familiar with him, Littles is known for fostering community. In Wellington, his team competed three times in the highly rigorous crosstown rivalry: The Wellington Cup. Under his leadership, the Palm Beach Central Broncos were champions all three years. Now, Littles is excited to bring his coaching skills and relationship-building to Booker High School. He will be meeting the athletes and their families, restructuring the off-season program, creating an open-door policy of feedback, and helping student athletes create lifetime memories. Littles will officially begin on Tuesday, February 22. He’ll spend the first few months getting to know the athletes and their families, as well as work on becoming a leader on campus. Littles will move to the area with his wife, Keline, who is a graduate of Bayshore High School and the University of South Florida. He said his family is eager to move back to Sarasota and establish roots in the community. The couple have a 2-year-old son, Kason, and are expecting a second child.  

[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: 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: 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]  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]  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]  PERFORMANCE: The Ringling: Sharing Grandmothers , February 11 – February 12, 7:30pm

Sharing Grandmothers is an original multidisciplinary song cycle exploring the profound contributions of Black women to humanity. The two principal artists are Inez Barlatier, a Miami-based Haitian-American singer/songwriter, percussionist and dancer, and LORNOAR, a Cameroonian artist whose work also encompasses traditional and original songs, music, and dance. Under the direction of Miami-based director Carlos Caballero, a Latino/Caribbean artist, the work will celebrate the legacy of shared ancestry and traditions between Cameroon and Haiti, celebrating the influence of Africa on the Caribbean and its diaspora, and the empowerment of the 21st Century Black Woman. Sharing Grandmothers focuses on women's oral traditions, lullabies and folk tales, as well as the combined musical traditions of Africa and the Caribbean, replete with percussive rhythms, rituals, and vocal expressions. The project brings together two multidisciplinary musicians who each embrace a rich cultural heritage and mastery of traditional songs, stories, rhythms and dances from their respective cultures. This collaboration between two contemporary artists who have jointly created new music and lyrics that provide a modern-day commentary on issues that women face globally, speaks to the double oppression of Black women both in the U.S. and Africa. This performance will show on February 11 and 12 at 7:30pm.

[SOON]  PERFORMANCE: Key Chorale: A.D. 387 , February 11 – February 12, 7:30pm-9:30pm and 4pm-6pm

A.D. 387 will take place on February 11, 2022 7:30pm-9:30pm and February 12 4pm-6pm. 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!”

[SOON]  PERFORMANCE: The Circus Arts Conservatory: Circus Sarasota 2022 , February 11 – March 6, Varies.

Circus Sarasota 2022 will take place at 200 University Town Center Drive from February 11 through March 6. International circus artists will leave audiences awestruck. Every year features a new cast in an intimate one-ring European style Big Top. This year’s show features incredible artists, many that have been featured on tv’s America’s Got Talent. Be thrilled by aerialists, hand-to-hand acrobatics, juggling and much more.

[SOON]  DANCE: Sarasota Contemporary Dance: In-Studio Performance Series featuring Raychel Ceciro and Eugenia Titterington , February 11 – February 12, 7pm

Have you ever had a bad day? Have you endured life-changing traumatic events that corrode your will to survive? You have more in common with the Great Barrier Reef than you think. Take the great leap with accomplished marine scientists and coral experts Raychel Ceciro and Eugenia Titterington as they guide you through the rocky, violent, torturous, agonizing life of a coral on this planet earth– and learn a little something about your own doomed existence along the way. This performance will take place on Friday February 11th and Saturday February 12th 2022 at 7pm and Virtual Stream will take place on Saturday February 12th at 7pm.

[SOON]  SPORTS: Run Baby Run 5K and Family Fun Run , February 12, 8am-11am

Run Baby Run 5K and Fun Run supporting Healthy Start on Saturday, February 12 at Payne Park, 2050 Adams Lane. The annual Run Baby Run 5K and Fun Run will help raise funds and, more importantly, awareness about the importance of maternal and child health in the Sarasota area. Fun Run starts at 8am rain or shine, 5k run starts at 8:30am, and Family Fun Village will take place from 9:30am to 11am. This is a great race for seasoned runners, families and those just getting started. Bring your friends and family to enjoy a wonderful day at the park. Thank you for supporting The Healthy Start Coalition of Sarasota County. 

[SOON]  PERFORMANCE: Van Wezel: The Simon & Garfunkel Story , February 12, 8pm

The immersive, concert-style theater show chronicles the journey shared by the folk-rock duo, PAUL SIMON and ART GARFUNKEL. It tells the story from their humble beginnings as Tom & Jerry to their incredible success as one of the best-selling music groups of the ‘60s to their dramatic split in 1970. It culminates with “The Concert in Central Park” in 1981 with over half a million fans. This performance will take place on Saturday, February 12 at 8pm.

[SOON]  GRAB BAG: Selby Gardens: The Orchid Ball 2022: Because the Night , February 12, 7pm-11pm

The Orchid Ball 2022: Because the Night will celebrate these glorious Gardens and the artistic legacy of Robert Mapplethorpe and Patti Smith with dinner and dancing on the Great Lawn on February 12 from 7pm to 11pm at the Downtown Sarasota Campus. Attire is black and white, black tie, and we will provide valet parking service. 

[SOON]  GRAB BAG: Selby Gardens: Seeing the Invisible , September 25 – August 31, 10am-5pm

The most ambitious and expansive exhibition to date of contemporary artworks created with augmented reality (AR) technology will premiere at Marie Selby Botanical Gardens, opening on September 25, 2021 and ongoing through August 31 2022, as one of 12 participating gardens across six countries. Seeing the Invisible features works by more than a dozen international artists such as Ai Weiwei, Refik Anadol, El Anatsui, Isaac Julien CBE, Mohammed Kazem, Sigalit Landau, Sarah Meyohas, Pamela Rosenkranz, and Timur Si-Qin—including several artists’ first work in AR. Visitors will engage with Seeing the Invisible via an app designed for the exhibition downloadable to smartphones and tablets. Forging new links between botanical gardens located in diverse biomes around the globe, the exhibition fosters collaboration between institutions, artists, and audiences, highlighting the power of art to connect people around the world.

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