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SRQ DAILY Mar 25, 2022

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"A Comedy of Errors is the biggest premiere the Sarasota Ballet has ever done and the largest event we have ever put on as well."

- Jason Ettore, Sarasota Ballet Marketing Director.

[Arts & Entertainment]  "A Comedy of Errors" - An Opportunity Sarasota Ballet Couldn't Pass Up

For many, golden opportunities are rare. That’s why in early 2020, when one came knocking, Iain Webb, director of the Sarasota ballet, answered the door.

Fast forward two years later and that opportunity has finally blossomed into something real: the Sarasota Ballet’s World Premiere of A Comedy of Errors, a full-length balletic adaption of the Shakespeare comedy The Comedy of Errors, on display at the Van Wezel Performing Arts Hall from March 25th - 26th. Replete with choreography from Sir David Bintley - who is widely considered one of the greatest modern choreographers and was knighted by Queen Elizabeth for his contributions to dance in 2020 - a fully commissioned score from celebrated composer Matthew Hindon, and set and costume designs from vaunted designer Dick Bird, the program was an opportunity the Sarasota Ballet couldn’t pass up.

“A Comedy of Errors is the biggest premiere the Sarasota Ballet has ever done and the largest event we’ve ever put on as well. What’s particularly special is that it’s a full-length, story ballet, which is extremely rare today. Because the program features a commissioned score, it also provides our frequent collaborator, the Sarasota Orchestra, a rare opportunity to perform a world premiere. We’re very fortunate to have this incredible team here, working with our dancers and bringing the story to life on the stage,” says Sarasota Ballet’s Marketing Director, Jason Ettore.

Producing a program of such size and complexity, however, takes time. “Sir David first approached Iain about the project in early 2020. However, production was halted until March of 2021 due to the COVID-19 pandemic. That downtime gave Sir David and Matthew Hindon a chance to write the score - deciding what they would adopt from Shakespeare’s original work. Because A Comedy of Errors is a modern retelling of Shakespeare’s comedy, its essence is the same as the original but a lot of the mechanics of it are very different. Sir David had to figure out how to tell the story in a modern setting, through the modern medium of dance,” says Ettore.

Finally, in September of 2021, Bintley was able to spend a few weeks in Sarasota choreographing with the Sarasota Ballet’s dancers. He returned in the beginning of February and has been here, rehearsing, ever since. Everybody, it turns out, has been working double time. “With something as large as comedy, we scheduled more time than usual - a full two months - for our dancers to focus solely on this project,” attests Ettore.

However, for the Sarasota Ballet, it has been time well spent. In recent history, the Company’s expansive repertoire of works has brought it national and international acclaim - acclaim that was initially garnered by a reputation for performing historical ballets and working with the heralded English choreographers of the early 20th Century. “With Sir David’s world premiere, it’s about expanding our repertoire to feature the choreographers of today as well as providing the dancers to create a dance legacy through their performance,” states Ettore.

 Van Wezel Performing Arts Hall, 777 North Tamiami Trail, Sarasota,941.359.0099


Pictured: Ricardo Graziano and Arcadian Broad in Sir David Brintley's A Comedy of Errors. Photo courtesy of Sarasota Ballet.

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[Musical Performance]  Motown With a Twist Comes to the Van Wezel

Motown with a Twist, a new take on classic Motown, comes to the Van Wezel on Tuesday, April 26, 2022 at 8 p.m. Are you ready for a brand-new beat? Motown with a Twist is a sparkling, electrifying night of the Motor City's most famous hit songs, featuring celebrity pros Keo Motsepe and Anna Trebunskaya from Dancing with the Stars performing with finalists from So You Think You Can Dance, as well as vocals by finalists from American Idol, The Voice and America's Got Talent. This family-friendly night features songs from Diana Ross and The Supremes, Smokey Robinson, The Jackson 5 and everything in between. You'll twist and shout to Motown with a Twist! Tickets are $32-$77 and can be purchased at www.VanWezel.org, by calling the box office at 941-263-6799 or by visiting the box office Monday through Friday between 10 a.m. and 6 p.m. and Saturday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Groups of 10 or more should contact 941-263-6726. Pre-show dining is available through Mattison’s at the Van Wezel which is located inside the theatre. Reservations can be made on VanWezel.org or through the box office. 

[Recognition Given]  Barron's Top 1,200 - Aimee Cogan, CFP Managing Director at Morgan Stanley

Morgan Stanley announced today that Aimee Cogan, Managing Director, and Wealth Advisor in the Firm’s Sarasota Wealth Management office, has been named to Barron’s list of “America’s Top 1,200 Advisors: 2022 State-by-State.” The “Barron’s Top 1,200 Advisors” is a select group of individuals who are screened on a number of criteria. Among factors the survey takes into consideration are assets under management, revenue produced for the Firm and quality of service provided to clients. Morgan Stanley Wealth Management, a global leader, provides access to a wide range of products and services to individuals, businesses and institutions, including brokerage and investment advisory services, financial and wealth planning, cash management and lending products and services, annuities and insurance, retirement and trust services. 

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[Recognition Given]  JMX Brands Marketing Director Debra Gingerich Wins Built to Last Award

Debra Gingerich was presented with the 2021 Built to Last Award at JMX Brands, the parent company of the largest online retailer of Amish furniture at www.dutchcrafters.com. Vice President Linse Miller recognized Gingerich with the award during the company’s annual awards luncheon. The Built to Last Award recognizes one veteran employee who steadily performs and exemplifies persistence, a solid work ethic, a depth of knowledge, and makes long-term contributions to the Sarasota-based business. Gingerich was the first employee at JMX Brands. She served as the writer and communications manager from 2004-2006 and later returned to the company in 2015 to manage the Content, Communications and Marketing Team. Gingerich was promoted to director of marketing in 2018, where she has utilized her extensive experience in marketing and storytelling to promote the company’s brands. A graduate of Eastern Mennonite University with a master’s degree from Vermont College, Gingerich has won the Work Without Veneers Award, the JMX Brands Colors Award and the President’s Award twice. Most recently, Gingerich has spearheaded the new customer experience initiative at DutchCrafters and serves as the chairperson for the JMX Brands Giving Committee. 

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[Grant Awarded]  Child Protection Center Awarded Grant for Therapy

The Child Protection Center, Inc. (CPC) has received funding from the MSC Foundation of Michael Saunders & Company. This grant will provide support for CPC’s Therapy services, providing treatment for the children and families who’ve experienced the traumas of child abuse. CPC’s Therapy program consists of the Sexual Abuse Treatment Program (SATP) and the Kid Kindness Program (KKP), both designed to serve children who have been physically and/or sexually abused, those children exhibiting problematic sexual behaviors, and their non-offending caregivers and siblings, providing free mental health support for victims and their families. The nonprofit’s Therapy program has been experiencing a drastic increase in services as the organization continues to face the effects of COVID-19 and the simultaneous population growth. This vital funding provided by the MSC Foundation will support the Child Protection Center’s immediate needs within their Therapy program. This support is made possible through the generosity of the Michael Saunders & Company’s agents, who choose to voluntarily donate a portion of their real estate commission on each transaction, and the voluntary contributions of their staff. The Child Protection Center’s mission is the Prevention, Intervention, & Treatment of Child Abuse, as the organization envisions a community where children are safe from abuse and free to thrive. For over 40 years, CPC has been serving Sarasota and DeSoto Counties in the State of Florida, and is accredited by the National Children’s Alliance. For more information on CPC, visit www.cpcsarasota.org or call 941-365-1277. 

[Art Event]  Art Avenue to Host March 26 Art Auction Benefitting Second Heart Homes

Art Avenue is pleased to announce it will be hosting Hands Up for Homes! An Art Auction Benefitting Second Heart Homes, Inc. The live auction will take place Saturday, March 26, from 6pm to 9pm, at Art Avenue’s 1440 Main Street location in downtown Sarasota. Guests can park for free by the Selby Library or in Whole Food’s second-story ramp. The auction’s show piece is a stunning painting created and donated by local artist Vicki Chelf to support Second Heart Homes’ mission. The painting is a continuation of Chelf’s series, “Women of the Resistance,” which honors women who have contributed via secret spies to help the Resistance during WWII. The piece, titled “Second Heart Angel,” depicts Second Heart Homes founder Megan Howell as a local contemporary woman of resistance who is leading the charge to end homelessness in Sarasota. Guests will be able to bid on more than ten art pieces, including limited edition prints, and a piece created by one of their clients, while enjoying wine, hors d’oevres and live jazz by Ruffus. The event is free to the public. Supporters who are unable to attend the event can double their donations up to $500 through the Flanzer matching gift program at secondhearthomes.org. All proceeds go to Second Heart Homes, a local nonprofit that provides housing and high-touch supportive services to homeless men and women with mental health issues. 

Pictured: Second Heart Angel. Courtesy of Art Avenue.

[SOON]  GRAB BAG: 1926 Sarasota: A Guided Walking Tour Experience , January 29 – March 26, 3:30pm

Time travel with us to 1926 - a year of boom and bust, joy and sorrow. Experience downtown Sarasota through this historic and pivotal year. Each tour is approximately 75-90 minutes in length. Tours begin on the corner of Pineapple Avenue and 1st Street in Five Points Park (across the street from Sarasota Opera House, 61 N. Pineapple Ave.) and will conclude near the Palm Avenue parking garage. Walking tours will begin promptly at the listed start time. Please allow ample time for parking and meeting the group. We recommend parking in the Palm Avenue Garage when possible. Compass Rose History Experiences is not responsible for parking fees or fines incurred by ticket holders. We recommend wearing comfortable shoes for walking/standing, and weather-appropriate attire. Walking distance is under 1 mile. 1926 Sarasota Tours will take place on January 29, February 25, and March 26 at 3:30pm.

[SOON]  FESTIVAL: University Town Center: Spring Indie Markets , March 26 – March 27, 10am-6pm and 11am-4pm

The Spring Indie Markets at University Town Center are returning for 2 weekends this March. Presented by Florida Blue. The remaining dates are Saturday, March 26th from 10am to 6pm and Sunday, March 27th from 11am to 4pm Located in Parking Lot 8, in front of Brio Italian Grille. Shop from 70+ crafters, artisans & independent business owners from all over Florida. Vendors include Spring Decor, Candles, Jewelry, Clothing, Accessories, Art, Bath Products, Crystals, Treats, Produce & more! Also featuring Food Trucks, Axe Throwing & Entertainment. There is free parking and free entry. Food Vendor Schedule: Siesta Pops (3/26), Kona Ice (3/26-27), and Big Blue Grilled Cheese Co. (3/26-27).

[SOON]  THEATER: Florida Studio Theatre: The Grandma That Eats Everything & Other Winning Plays , March 26 – April 16, Varies.

Wise, heartfelt, and often comical, this anthology of award-winning short plays celebrates imagination. These winning plays, written by elementary school students from our community and around the world, are brought to life by a cast of professional actors. From a star who could not twinkle to a dragon plagued by hiccups, we've shined a spotlight on the magic of children's creativity through this beloved annual production for over 30 years. Join us in celebrating what stories young playwrights have imagined this school year in an all-new play filled with laughter, lessons, and learning for us all. The Grandma That Eats Everything by award-winning Young Playwrights will play Saturdays and select Sundays from March 26, 2022 - April 16, 2022 in FST's Keating Theatre. Subscriptions and single tickets are on sale and can be purchased by clicking the button above or by calling the Box Office at 941.366.9000.

[SOON]  GALLERY: Arts Advocates: Tony Reinemann , March 26 – April 16, 2pm-5pm

Tony Reinemann, Saturday, March 26 – Saturday, April 16, 2022. Fine arts painter Tony Reinemann’s oil paintings have been described as a blend of social and magic realism that evoke a highly exaggerated Edward Hopper in a Hitchcock film. With multiple themes running throughout his works, his sharply defined visuals tell stories limited only by the viewer’s imagination. Reinemann earned a B.F.A. from the School of Visual Arts in New York. His paintings have been exhibited at the Museum of the National Academy of Design in New York and the Whitney Museum of American Art. His painting, “Long Island City,” won First Prize in Art Center Sarasota’s Staying Connected exhibition in 2021.

[SOON]  GALLERY: Art Uptown Gallery: The Art of Losing , March 26 – April 29, Gallery hours.

In April, Art Uptown Gallery will feature the work of Sarasota painter Evelyn McCorristin Peters in an exhibit entitled "The Art of Losing.” The Art of Losing exhibit opens on Saturday, March 26 and runs through Friday, April 29. The public is also invited to a reception on First Friday, April 1, from 6pm to 9pm. Art Uptown Gallery welcomes you to 1367 Main Street, where the diverse art works of 29 local artists are shown seven days a week. Telephone: 941-955-5409 for hours and further information. www.artuptown.com. 

[SOON]  SCIENCE AND NATURE: The Ringling: Bayfront Garden Tours , November 1 – March 28, 10:30am

The John and Mable Ringling Museum of Art is pleased to announce that they are once again offering guided tours of the Bayfront Gardens. The tours will start Nov. 1 and run through March 28, 2022. Garden Tours are available Saturdays, Sundays and Mondays, beginning at 10:30am. This walking tour led by volunteer guides will introduce guests to interesting botanical specimens on the 66-acre campus while providing a historic overview of the development of the estate. The Ringling’s grounds have been accredited as a Level II Arboretum through ArbNet.  The property boasts over 2350 trees within the arboretum representing native, exotic, historical and culturally significant trees. The Bayfront Gardens tours last approximately 90 minutes and cover about 1 mile in distance. Guests are encouraged to bring bottled water, and wear appropriate closed-toe footwear, sunblock and hats. There will be a maximum of 10 participants per tour. Tours are subject to weather conditions. Tickets will be available 30 days before each tour. Price: $15 / $10 for Members. More information and tickets are available at: https://www.ringling.org/events/bayfront-garden-tour. 

[SOON]  GRAB BAG: Manatee Community Foundation: Spirit of Manatee , March 30, 11:30am

2022 Spirit of Manatee will take place on Wednesday, March 30, 2022 at 11:30am at the Bradenton Area Convention Center. Purchase a table of 8 ($1,000), table of 4 ($500) or single ticket ($125). Questions? Contact Amy Treis at ATreis@ManateeCF.org. Premier sponsor Milestone Financial Group at Morgan Stanley. 2022 Spirit of Manatee Honorees... Lifetime Spirit Award: Joe and Barbara Najmy, Nominated by Easterseals Happiness House, Lakewood Ranch Community Fund, Inc., State College of Florida Foundation. Leadership Spirit Award: Steve and Carolyn Roskamp, Nominated by School District of Manatee County & United Way Suncoast and Omar Edwards, Nominated by Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity. Community Spirit Award Honoree: Bank of America. Young Spirit Award Honoree: Gabriella Cortes-Alban, Nominated by Healthy Teens of Manatee County. Charles Clapsaddle Community Spotlight Award Honoree: Paul Sharff.

[SOON]  GRAB BAG: Mayors' Feed the Hungry: Strike out Hunger , March 30, 1:05pm

Volunteers will be accepting donations of food when the Orioles host the Rays for spring training at Ed Smith Stadium at 1:05pm on March 30. Look for Mayors’ Feed the Hungry partners at each entrance and at the community booth on the concourse. The Mayors’ Feed the Hungry Program coordinates with churches and food pantries throughout Sarasota and Manatee counties. The program also works with agencies that serve children in low-income families, survivors of domestic violence, and the elderly. Please consider bringing a donation to support our efforts. The Orioles will donate the proceeds from the speed pitch machine on the concourse to the Mayors’ Feed the Hungry Program, so test out your skills for a good cause! The team will also let kids run the bases, which doesn’t raise money for the hungry but is another incentive to come out and cheer on the Orioles and the Rays. Remember, you can help the hungry year-round by donating online. Visit FlanzerTrust.org and choose the Mayors’ Feed the Hungry Program when you make your donation to raise matching funds from the Flanzer Trust. 

[SOON]  THEATER: Florida Studio Theatre: The Last Match by Anna Ziegler , March 2 – March 25, Varies.

REGIONAL PREMIERE. It’s the semifinals of the U.S. Open. Sergei Sergeyev, an up-and-coming Russian phenom, and Tim Porter, a great American superstar in the twilight of his career, go head-to-head under the lights of the tennis court. Journey into the minds of these two extraordinary players as they consider the shots they didn’t take, the sacrifices they made for success, and the legacy they may leave behind. By match point, much more has been won and lost than a game of tennis. The Last Match will show from March 2 t0 March 25, 2022.

[SOON]  GRAB BAG: 3rd Annual Arts Alive , March 28, 5pm-8pm

The Manatee Arts Education Council (MAEC) in partnership with the School District of Manatee County and the Manatee Education Foundation, is thrilled to present the 3rd Annual Arts Alive featuring K-12 student performances and high school visual artwork. Plus, recognition of outstanding arts education leaders in our community and schools, who will be honored with the MAEC Arts Alive Awards. Arts Alive will be held on Monday, March 28, 2022 at GROVE, in The Ballroom, located at 10670 Boardwalk Loop in Lakewood Ranch. The event will begin with a catered reception featuring hors d’ oeuvres and open bar, art auction and live entertainment from 5pm until 6:30pm. The awards and performances will start at 6:30pm and last through 8pm. The Master of Ceremonies is Marco LaManno, SNN Meteorologist. He will perform a ballroom dance with dance partner, Sonja Ragan. Featured performances are by the following schools: The Rowlett Middle Academy Jazz Ensemble; Manatee High Jazz Band; Elementary Honor Choir; Manatee School For the Arts Inferno & Heat Dance Teams; Lakewood Ranch High Indoor Percussion Ensemble; Braden River High School Theatre & Dance Thespian Troupe 8474 presenting “Chicago”.  

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