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SRQ DAILY Apr 8, 2022

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"In Lioness you can really capture the tenderness and might of a moment without using words."

- Sara Olivia, Producer, Writer and Actress.

[Arts & Entertainment]  A Mother's Barricade Against a Harsh World

A mother’s protection, a child’s innocence, the cruel realities of the outside world - all of these themes are punctuated in Orlando local producer/writer/actress Sara Oliva and Orlando native, Molly E. Smith’s short film, Lioness, which premiered at the Sarasota Film Festival this week. The eight-minute short film is a part of the Female Led Florida Narrative Short Film category and focuses on a mother - a survivor of domestic violence - barricading herself and her young daughter in a motel room for their own safety.

Sara Oliva, who wrote, produced, and stars in the film as the mother, was initially inspired by the film’s location - a sketchy motel somewhere in Florida - from her time spent on a commercial shoot years before. “It’s just this bizarre space and I started thinking of what kind of people would come here and what their stories might be,” says Oliva.

Oliva’s time spent volunteering at a domestic violence shelter is what ultimately propelled her to write Lioness and begin the path to production. “I saw a woman, who had clearly been a recent victim of domestic violence, pay no mind to her bruises while preparing a Thanksgiving meal. She had stuff to do, there was a feast to prepare and joy to be brought to the table. Once I’d witnessed that, the story for Lioness - the beginning, middle, and end - had all taken place,” attests Oliva.

Lioness features an all-female cast and nearly all-female crew including the director, cinematographer, and editor Molly E. Smith - who was a Senior in high school at the time of shooting - and up and coming actress Lily Jane. The film runs for only eight short minutes, yet still manages to pack in a complete story. “There’s only one line of dialogue in the entire film. The whole film consists of mostly images - when doing short films you cannot be extraneous when using language. In Lioness you can really capture the tenderness and might of a moment without using words,” says Oliva.

“Lioness” premiered at the Sarasota Film Festival on April 6th. The short-film can be screened virtually throughout the duration of the festival: https://www.sarasotafilmfestival.com/film/lioness/ 

Pictured: Behind The Scenes: Molly Smith Lioness Film. Photo by Eli Dreyfuss.

[Musical Performances]  Artist Series Concerts of Sarasota Presents Award Winning Pianist Ying Li, May 5 as Part of Pianopalooza Festival

Artist Series Concerts of Sarasota presents pianist Ying Li in recital as part of State College of Florida’s Pianopalooza Festival, Thursday, May 5 at 4:00 pm, at Church of the Palms, 3224 Bee Ridge Road, Sarasota. Li will be joined by principal string musicians of the Sarasota Orchestra in a program to include music by Mozart and Dvorak. Tickets are $40, and can be purchased online at ArtistSeriesConcerts.org or by calling 941-306-1202, M-F 10 am-4 pm.

Twenty-three-year-old Chinese pianist Ying Li was the First Prize winner of the 2021 Young Concert Artists Susan Wadsworth International Auditions. She has received top awards in numerous national and international competitions, including the Antonio Mormone International Prize, Sarasota Artist Series Piano Competition, Brevard Music Festival solo and concerto competitions and the International Liszt Piano Competition for Young Pianists. Her May 5 performance will include Mozart's famous Piano Concerto #23 in A Major and the Dvorak Piano Quintet #2, joined by principal string musicians from the Sarasota Orchestra. On May 4, Li will conduct a masterclass for local pianists as part of the Pianopalooza Festival at State College of Florida. 

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[SRQ Book Club]  Fiction Book Review of Groundskeeping by Lee Cole
Bookseller Roxanne Baker, BookStoreOne Sarasota

Groundskeeping is a complicated modern romance of a couple from opposite backgrounds. Spot on perspectives on family dynamics; an adult trying to relate to outdated parents with whom he’s evolved past. Set on a college campus and out in the boondocks that will make you want to visit Knoxville.

The book is set just after the 2016 election and rumbles with the undercurrent of the underserved throwing their weight around, others cringing at the daily news. This backdrop is fitting for a lost thirty-something attempting to make sense of his life and career.

I appreciated the relationship struggles spanning all types; romantic, parent-child, occupational. Lee Cole’s character and natural descriptions reminded me of John Knowles A Separate Peace, tinged with both halcyon and bittersweet nostalgia.

Highly recommended for anyone with southern roots or struggles with those of opposing political affiliations.

Groundskeeping is available at BookStore1 Sarasota 117 S. Pineapple Ave. or on their online store at www.sarasotabooks.com. Groundskeeping by Lee Cole Published March 1, 2022 ISBN: 9780593320518 

[Award Given]  RE/MAX Platinum Realty Awarded for Total Volume in 2021

RE/MAX Platinum Realty, a luxury real estate brokerage with 70 associates in Manatee and Sarasota counties, has received the RE/MAX Total Volume Achievement Award for closing more than $365 million in 2021, which averages to more than $5.2 million per agent. The award is inscribed, "Congratulations to your brokerage and Sales Associates for the tremendous results you’ve produced for buyers and sellers in your community. Thank you for being a great example of RE/MAX professionalism in action." 

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[Financial Gift]  Children First Announces Significant Legacy Gift and $300,000 Major Gift Commitment from Community Philanthropists

Children First is proud to announce a significant planned gift commitment to the agency’s legacy society, Children First Forever, from long-time supporters and community philanthropists Stephanie and Allen Hochfelder. As the exclusive provider of Head Start and Early Head Start services for Sarasota County, Children First serves children and their families living at or below the Federal Poverty Level ($23,030 for a family of 3) across 15 locations each year. The Hochfelders also committed to a multi-year gift of $300,000 that will go toward the agency’s annual support fund. The first installment has already been dispersed with the focus on raising staff salaries and supporting overall employee well-being.

“As a classroom volunteer and former Speech Pathologist, I’ve seen firsthand the critical work that the teachers and staff are putting in each day as they engage with our community’s most vulnerable children and families,” says Stephanie Hochfelder. “Allen and I understand how meaningful a quality education can be and how impactful it is to be given an opportunity to overcome your circumstances to succeed. We also know that the more you give, the more you have. That is why we felt compelled to leave our legacy with Children First, and the incredible children and families the agency serves.” 

[SOON]  MUSIC: Sarasota Orchestra: Pops: Great American Songbook , April 8 – April 9, 7:30pm and 2:30pm

Hear the tunes Nat King Cole was talking about when he crooned, "Unforgettable." Celebrated Pops conductor Sean O'Loughlin leads a program of romantic anthems featuring exciting vocalists on Friday, April 8 at 7:30pm at the Van Wezel and Saturday, April 9 at 2:30pm and 7:30pm at the Van Wezel. Music will include Frank Sinatra's "Come Fly with Me," Etta James' "At Last," and Cole's "Nature Boy."

[SOON]  MUSIC: Key Chorale: American Roots: Bluegrass , April 8 – April 10, 7:30pm-9:30pm and 4pm-6pm

American Roots: Bluegrass will take place on April 8 7:30pm-9:30pm, April 9 4pm-6pm, and April 10, 2022 4pm-6pm. A genre-bending fusion of Bluegrass and folk meets choral music featuring the tight vocal harmonies and virtuosic playing of The Lubben Brothers. The Lubben Brothers is an acoustic group made up of triplet brothers, Michael, Tom, and Joshua. The brothers specialize in sublime vocals as well as a unique blend of folk instruments including banjo, mandolin, tin whistle, accordion, hammered dulcimer, and fiddle. Classically trained at a young age, their modern songwriting style incorporates folk roots, pop and bluegrass.

[SOON]  GRAB BAG: Breakfast Event at Manatee Community Foundation to Share Success of Community Partnership School Model , April 8, 8:30am

Join the Manatee Community Foundation for breakfast and a discussion about Manatee Elementary School. Learn how gains for the neighborhood and its student are made through supporting access to health care, social and basic needs services, and academic support. 

[SOON]  DANCE: Dance For Child Abuse Prevention , April 9, 3:30-5:30pm

Local Zumba Fitness instructors are hosting a "Dance For Child Abuse Prevention." Zumba classes will be offered to participants. Food Trucks and vendors will be availible from 3:30-5:30 pm, and a raffle will take place at 5pm. Guets of all ages are welcome and encouraged to wear blue. A donatation of $20 is encouraged. 

[SOON]  MUSIC: Sarasota Orchestra: Chamber Soirees: Quintessential Clarinet , April 10, 4pm

Sarasota Orchestra Principal Clarinetist Bharat Chandra in a program of music highlighting this most versatile of instruments on Sunday, April 10 at 4pm at Holley Hall. Inspired by Henry Wadsworth Longfellow's A Psalm of Life. This program consists of Coleridge-Taylor Clarinet Quintet and Brahms Clarinet Quintet.

[SOON]  MUSIC: La Musica International Chamber Music Festival: Strut and Fret , April 10, 3pm

Concert III, Strut and Fret, will take place on April 10, 2022 at 3pm at Sarasota Opera House. Single concert tickets are $50. There will be a pre-concert talk with Robert Sherman at 2:15pm. Grammy Award-winning guitarist Jason Vieaux returns to perform in contemporary and Classical quintets, contrasted with the lush Dvorak quintet for piano and strings. Luigi Boccherini, Guitar Quintet in D Major, G.448, “Fandango”, Giacomo Susani, Quintet for Guitar and String Quartet, and Antonin Dvorak, Quintet for Piano and Strings in A Major, Op. 81. Benny Kim, violin; Ruth Lenz, violin; Cynthia Phelps, viola; Dmitri Atapine, cello; Christine J. Lee, cello; Wendy Chen, piano; Jason Vieaux, guitar.

[SOON]  PERFORMANCE: Van Wezel: Terry Fator: Who's The Dummy Now? , April 10, 7pm

TERRY FATOR is the most gifted and accomplished ventriloquist/singer on the planet, whose repertoire includes more than 200 celebrity voices, many of whom we see on stage. Being onstage is Terry’s lifeblood, and he is wildly excited to return to the stage to share his talents with his fans. Who’s the Dummy Now? is a comedic and musical “origin story,” in which we explore what makes Terry tick and how he came up with the puppets who are his partners on stage. Nothing connects people like laughter and song, and Terry is so grateful to once again have the opportunity to bring people together under the same roof on Sunday, April 10 at 7pm after a year of being apart.

[SOON]  THEATER: Florida Studio Theatre: The Legend of Georgia McBride , April 6 – May 22, Varies.

He's young, he's broke, his landlord's knocking at the door, and he's just found out his wife is going to have a baby. To make matters even more desperate, Casey is struggling with his gig as an Elvis impersonator in a run-down, small-town Florida bar. When the bar owner brings in a B-level drag show to replace his act, Casey finds that he has a whole lot to learn about show business - and himself. The Legend of Georgia McBride by Matthew Lopez will play beginning March 30, 2022 through May 22, 2022 in FST's Gompertz Theatre.

[SOON]  THEATER: Florida Studio Theatre: Paralyzed by Etan Frankel , April 6 – April 29, Varies.

WORLD PREMIERE. Leigh and Lee are two strangers who have little in common besides their names—she is a Type A statistician and he is an aggressive former athlete. But the discovery of a mysterious suicide note in a hotel bathroom sets their lives on unexpected paths that go anywhere but according to plan. Paralyzed tells a striking story of guilt, personal responsibility, and the power of forgiveness. Paralyzed will show from April 6 to April 29, 2022.

[SOON]  PERFORMANCE: Asolo Repertory Theatre: Twelfth Night , April 6 – April 24, Varies.

Twelfth Night By William Shakespeare and Directed by Jonathan Epstein, will show from April 6 through 24, 2022 with a Preview on April 5, 2022. Shakespeare’s beloved romantic comedy begins with a young woman shipwrecked on the island of Ilyria. She disguises herself as a boy for her own safety but finds herself playing go-between for the beautiful countess Olivia and Count Orsino, with whom she herself has fallen in love! Full of some of Shakespeare’s most glorious characters, this masterwork is performed by the entire second year company.

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