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SRQ DAILY Apr 22, 2022

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"Solotzwez who was born in Russia, splits his time between Germany and Sarasota, creates beautiful, vibrant canvases inspired by his travels that depict the happiness of life."

- Francine Birbragher, Art Curator for Art Ovation Hotel.

[Arts & Entertainment]  Living History at Art Ovation Hotel
Dylan.Campbell. Dylan@srqme.com

Living history is on display throughout the gallery walls of Sarasota’s Art Ovation Hotel. The hotel, which Francine Birbragher, the curator of the gallery, calls “a cultural center with rooms'' is home to six separate art exhibits from internationally renowned artists ranging from paintings from Cuban artists Andres Valerio and Ana Albertina Delgado to the Rainier Hildebrant’s collection original painted slabs from the Berlin wall. These unique exhibits create distinct atmospheres around the spaces of the Art Ovation Hotel and will be on display through Tuesday, September 6th.

The paintings from the late Andres Valerio, featured on floors three, four, and five in “Tribute to Andres Valerio”, hold particular significance to the hotel. “We had spoken to him about doing a show at the hotel prior to his death and since then his family has gotten into contact with us. This exhibition is largely in his honor,” says Birbragher.

On floors six, seven, and eight, “Ana Albertina Delgado: The Human Mysteries and the Indifference of the Universe”, highlights the work of another groundbreaking Cuban artist. “She’s one of the few Cuban artists that address womanhood/motherhood in a unique way in terms of figures and colors,” states Birbragher.

Featured on the hotel’s first floor and lobby are “Alexander Solotzew: Life in Colors” and “The Rainer Hildebrandt Collection: Original Painted Slabs from the Berlin Wall”. “Solotzwez who was born in Russia, splits his time between Germany and Sarasota, creates beautiful, vibrant canvases inspired by his travels that depict the happiness of life,” says Birbragher.

“The Rainer Hildebrandt Collection: Original Painted Slabs from the Berlin Wall” features six pieces - five in the lobby and one on the eighth floor - painted by two different Russian artists. Those in the lobby are from Vladimir Schmachtin and the piece on the eighth floor was done by Tamara Dubinovskaja. The exhibit will also include an original work from Ringling College of Art and Design student Franziska Fleissner, an Austrian-born artist who won a competition to paint a piece on an unmarked, original slab from the Berlin Wall.

Additionally exhibits, “Peter Jacob Christ: Disappearing Signs of Life” and The Florida Watercolor Society’s 2021-2022 Traveling Exhibition will be shown in the hotel’s restaurant until April 29th.

Art Ovation Hotel, 1255 N Palm Ave, Sarasota, 941-316-0808. 

Pictured: Alexander Solotzew: My Valentine's Angel 2017 Oil on canvas 43 x 48 inches. Photo courtesy of the artist.

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[Video Screening]  Interactive Screening of Mikhail Gorbachev: A Man for the Ages

Veteran videographer David Lionel is moderating an interactive screening of Mikhail Gorbachev, A Man for the Ages at the Palmetto Branch Library, 923 6th St. W., Thursday, April 28, from 6 to 7:30 PM. This short video portrays the life, deeds, and thoughts of one of the great men of the 20th Century. An interactive format encourages participants, gathering in small circles, to express their deepest feelings about his example vs. the current Russian leader. Mikhail Gorbachev, the last Premier of the Soviet Union from 1985 to 1991, ended the cold war. In negotiations with US Presidents Ronald Reagan and George H.W. Bush, he forged a path to peace with the West through mutual respect and inclusion. Rather than maintaining the Russian Empire, he refused to prop up the puppet governments oppressing Eastern Europe. Domestically, he encouraged political openness – glasnost - and enabled economic restructuring – perestroika. From within, he engineered the Communist Party’s loss of control over all aspects of Soviet society. The elected Congress of People’s Deputies he created undermined the one-party state. His vision and actions manifested revolutionary thinking to achieve conflict resolution and enhance human unity. His way offers hope for lasting peace, in place of endless war-making. David Lionel lived for three months in the Soviet Union during the fall of 1990. On many nights, he went with a colleague and a translator at 3 AM to a Moscow State TV archive to select footage from Gorbachev’s life. Lionel has enjoyed a long career covering major social movements as an advocacy video producer and editor. 

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[SRQ Book Club]  Fiction Book Review of Pure Colour: A Novel by Sheila Heti
Bookseller Roxanne Baker, BookStoreOne Sarasota

You know a writer is talented when she/he/they can outdo previous stories with a truly original voice and idea. Heti’s writing is so artful, she also makes it difficult to give her book a just description, but because it’s so inspiring, I’ll do my best.

Pure Colour is written as a parable, a simply told story about deep metaphysical topics. The novel relates the story of a college age woman named Mira who goes off to college and bumbles her way through self-doubt, attempts at connection and side hustels, until experiencing the death of a loved one.

In a mythological framework, Mira rests on three categories in which to place humans; fish (community centered folks), bears (monogamous introspective types) and birds (free spirited artists) and considers herself the latter. From there, her easy gondola-like experience goes full flume ride into magical realism as Mira’s attempts to make sense of what the meaning of life is in what she refers to as God’s first draft.

Heti’s novel helped me look at death and life in an entirely new way. Furthermore, Mira’s experience with imperfect relationships with her father, as well as her attempts at romantic love, prove the point for striving for reconciliation and even living in the first place.

Pure Colour is available now at BookStore1 Sarasota at 117 S. Pineapple Ave. or via their online store at www.sarasotabooks.com. Pure Colour by  Sheila Heti. Publication Date: February 15, 2022  ISBN: 9780374603946.

[Music Events]  Hermitage to Launch Ruby E. Crosby Alumni Music Initiative with “Soulful Strings: An Evening of Harp Music” Featuring Celebrated Harpist Ashley Jackson, June 7

The Hermitage Artist Retreat is pleased to announce the launch of the new Ruby E. Crosby Alumni Music Series at the Hermitage. The premiere event, “Soulful Strings: An Evening of Harp Music,” will be presented on Tuesday, June 7 at 8pm at Marie Selby Botanical Gardens, featuring acclaimed harpist and returning Hermitage Fellow Ashley Jackson. The outdoor event is free and open to the public with a $5/person registration fee. The Ruby E. Crosby Alumni Music Series at the Hermitage offers the opportunity for a distinguished Hermitage alumni composer or musician to return for additional residency time and a special community concert. This initiative is made possible by a generous multi-year gift from the Ruby E. and Carole Crosby Family Foundation. Hermitage Trustee Carole Crosby initiated this gift as a special tribute to her mother Ruby, who helped to inspire her deep love of music. Ashley Jackson is a particularly fitting Hermitage alumna to launch this new initiative, as Carole Crosby is a harpist herself, having graduated from the Curtis Institute of Music and played in both the Atlanta Symphony and Detroit Symphony. 

Pictured: Hermitage Fellow and Harpist Ashley Jackson. Photo Credit: Julia Comita.

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[School Improvements]  Renovations Underway at the Esteemed Booker High School Visual Performing Arts Center

Construction has begun on the renovation and expansion of the Sarasota County School District's Booker High School Visual Performing Arts (VPA) Center. SchenkelShultz Architecture designed improvements to breathe new life into the theater and enhance the performative and technical quality of the facility, reflecting Booker High School VPA's reputation as a premier Visual and Performing Arts program in the state of Florida. The improvements will expand the public lobby, providing flexibility as a pre-function gathering area, event space, and gallery to showcase student artwork. The renovation encompasses a complete overhaul of the theater space, including a new balcony and tiered orchestra level, as well as comfort, sightline, and acoustical enhancements that improve the overall experience for the audience. The project also includes an expansion to house a new black box theater, green room, costume shop, and classrooms. The project is expected to be completed by the end of 2022.  

[Grand Opening]  PopStroke Announces the Official Opening Date for Sarasota Location

PopStroke Entertainment Group, a national leader in golf entertainment and co-owned by Greg Bartoli and Tiger Woods’ TGR Ventures, announced the official opening of its PopStroke Sarasota location is set for Thursday, April 28 at noon. PopStroke is a technology-infused golf entertainment venue featuring Tiger Woods’ TGR Design team’s one-of-a-kind golf experience with two 18-hole putting courses. The venue features an outdoor dining area with a full menu and expansive selection of craft beer, wine, signature cocktails, ice cream along with an outdoor area and a playground. The Sarasota location at 195 University Town Center Drive is the first of the company’s properties to feature a two-story layout with a rooftop bar and private event space. PopStroke’s customized mobile app allows customers to order drinks and food to be delivered directly to them anywhere on the course, showcase their scores on a digital scoreboard, and earn loyalty rewards. All outdoor dining offers contactless ordering via the PopStroke mobile app. TGR Design created two 18-hole putting courses entirely with synthetic turf, incorporating undulations, fairways, bunkers, and rough as seen on traditional golf courses. The Tiger Red Course challenges even the most experienced putters with strong contouring and tricky hole locations. The Tiger Black Course has softened contours to create an ideal course for families and anyone new to golf. 

[Organ Donation]  National Donate Life Month Flag-Raising Ceremony at HCA Florida Blake Hospital

Meet Marissa Arvonio, who in 2020, on her 35th birthday, received a lifesaving kidney and pancreas transplant, will share her story and express her gratitude for the critical role the HCA Florida Blake Hospital team played in the donation process that saved her life. April is Donate Life Month and April 22 marks the special Blue and Green Day, to help spread the importance of registering to be an organ donor. The flag-raising event honors patients and families who have made the decision to be organ or tissue donors. HCA Florida Blake Hospital President and CEO Steve Nierman will open the ceremony. Lifelink of Florida Medical Director, Victor Bowers, MD, will share the importance of the role of community partners in the transplant process. Transplant recipient Marissa Arvonio will share her inspiring story and initiate the Donate Life flag-raising. Blake Trauma Outreach Coordinator, Cindy Filice, BS, RN, TCRN, will close the ceremony with a butterfly release.

Friday, April 22, 10:30 a.m.-11:00 a.m., HCA Florida Blake Hospital, 2020 59th Street West, Bradenton Hospital, Main entrance flag pole. 

[Video]  2022 Giving Coast

SRQ MEDIA's Giving Coast initiative celebrates the stories of nonprofit organizations during two special months - April and December. We will be sharing stories of giving in video, in print and online throughout both months. Click here to learn more about the incredible work of Cat Depot. 

[SOON]  GALLERY: Atelier de SoSi: Trashed , March 4 – April 22, Gallery hours.

“Trashed ”—an art show where 85% of the materials have been found or otherwise set aside to be “Trashed”. This seven-week show focused on “Turning Trash into Treasure” is meant to shed some light on what we so easily toss aside to be sent to our landfills and waterways. Artists have a unique way of looking at objects through a different lens. These artists have taken “trash” and transformed it into imaginative pieces of unique artwork. The show includes sculptural, functional and beautiful objects, this will be a rare chance to snag one of a kind pieces for the local art lover. “Trashed” will encompass different events during the show’s run, including a Trashed” Comedy show, on March 25th. Visual artists and comedians will come together to present an experience of laughter and good times. This collaboration only highlights and cultivates the growth of a dynamic arts community here in St Petersburg. Hosted by Lauren Dufault, she brings a group of the area's favorite comedians: Shellie Harris, Brad Gilmore and the headliner John J Murray. “Trashed” will finish out with an Earth Day Celebration on April 22nd. Opening is March 4th 6-9pm, Art Walk is March 12th 5-9pm, Comedy Show is March 25th 8pm, Art Walk is April 9th 5-9pm, and Earth Day Celebration is April 22nd.

[SOON]  GALLERY: Beyond Van Gogh , March 4 – April 24, 10am-9pm and 10am-10pm

Immerse yourself in the world of Vincent Van Gogh like you've never experienced before from March 4, 2022 to April 24, 2022 at the Starry Night Pavilion at University Town Center, 195 University Town Center Drive. Beyond Van Gogh is a rich and unique multimedia experience, taking the viewer on a journey through over 300 iconic artworks including instantly-recognizable classics "The Starry Night", "Sunflowers", and "Cafe Terrace at Night", now freed from their frames. Set to a symphonic score and using the artist's own dreams, thoughts, and words to drive the experience as a narrative, Van Gogh's art comes to life by appearing and disappearing, flowing across multiple surfaces and heightening the senses with their immense detail. Guests will leave with a new appreciation of this prolific artist's stunning work. Hours of Operation are Sunday through Thursday: 10am to 9pm and Friday & Saturday: 10am to 10pm. The visit will take around one hour with final entry one hour before close.

[SOON]  PERFORMANCE: Westcoast Black Theatre Troupe: Broadway in Black , March 9 – April 24

Honoring the significant contributions of African Americans over the years on the “Great White Way” is “Broadway in Black.” Broadway musicals have charmed the world for decades; WBTT salutes that genre with an original revue by Nate Jacobs – who will direct – that was first presented in the summer of 2017. Sing along with your favorite songs from award-winning shows and breakthrough roles that helped launch the careers of such African-American artists as Melba Moore in “Purlie,” Ben Vereen in “Pippin,” Jennifer Holliday in “Dreamgirls,” and Nell Carter in “Ain’t Misbehavin’.” It’s Broadway, WBTT style! Jacobs will direct; resident choreographer Donald Frison will take the production to the next level with thrilling new choreography. Show runs from March 9 to April 24, 2022. Ticket sales are scheduled to begin in the late summer. Call the Box Office at 941-366-1505 or visit westcoastblacktheatre.org.

[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.

[SOON]  MUSIC: Sarasota Orchestra: Great Escapes: Saddles of the Silver Screen , April 20 – April 23, 5:30pm, 7:30pm and 8pm

Grab your cowboy boots and hat for a ride through the soundtracks of beloved TV and movie Westerns on Wednesday, April 20 at 5:30pm, Thursday, April 21 at 7:30pm, Friday, April 22 at 5:30pm, and Saturday, April 23 at 8pm at Holley Hall. Enrico Lopez-Yañez leads the musical caravan of selections from The Lone Ranger, Annie Get your Gun, Silverado, and more.

[SOON]  PERFORMANCE: Sarasota High School Theatre: Footloose the Musical , April 20 – April 23

Sarasota High School Theatre's Footloose the Musical will show April 20-23, 2022. When Ren and his mother move from Chicago to a small farming town, he is prepared for the inevitable adjustment period at his new high school. But he’s not prepared for the rigorous local edicts, including a ban on dancing instituted by the local preacher, who is determined to exercise control over the town’s youth. When the reverend’s rebellious daughter sets her sights on Ren, her roughneck boyfriend tries to sabotage Ren’s reputation, with many of the locals eager to believe the worst about the new kid. The heartfelt story that emerges pins a father longing for the son he lost against a young man aching for the father who walked out on him.

[SOON]  PERFORMANCE: Circus Arts Conservatory's Sailor Circus Academy, The Greatest Little Show on Earth! , April 21 – April 24, Varies.
In The Greatest Little Show on Earth! audiences from near and far will be enthralled as the young athletes of the Sailor Circus Academy, ages 8-18, flip, fly and soar to new heights in a show that pays tribute to the origins and traditions of the circus arts. Nearly 50 students will be featured in traditional circus acts enhanced by gorgeous new costumes as well as state-of-the-art lighting, sound, and multimedia elements such as the LED big-screen. Performances are 7pm April 21-23, 2pm April 23, and 1 and 6pm on April 24. Shows take place at the Sailor Circus Arena (2075 Bahia Vista St., Sarasota).
[SOON]  SEMINAR: The Ringling: Literati Book Club April , April 22, 10:30am

Join The Ringling Art Library for Literati, a book group that discusses books about art and subjects reflecting the Ringling collections. The April 22 book club will take place at 10:30am: The Greater Journey: Americans in Paris by David McCullough. This program will be virtual via zoom until further notice. This program is free. For further information, contact the Art Library at 359-5700, ex. 2701 or elisa.hansen@ringling.org.

[SOON]  MUSIC: The Venice Symphony: Fantasy, Firebird and Fabiola , April 22 – April 23, Varies.
The Venice Symphony presents Fantasy, Firebird and Fabiola with guest violinist Fabiola Kim, 7:30 pm, April 22 and 3:30 pm, April 23 at the Venice Performing Arts Center, One Indian Ave, Venice. The Symphony will offer its free Meet the Maestro Pre-Concert Talks at 6:30 pm before evening concerts and 2:30 pm before afternoon concerts, featuring Maestro Quinn and guest artists
[SOON]  GALLERY: RADD Presents: Scenes of Ukraine , April 22, 8pm-11pm

Join us in the PINC Popup Studio for a fundraiser and photography exhibit showcasing the powerful images captured by Allan Mestel, a local photographer who traveled to the Poland-Ukraine border to document the ongoing refugee crisis caused by the Russian invasion of Ukraine. Come and see exactly where all your support is going.

[SOON]  GRAB BAG: LAUGHTER in LWR! Stand-up Comedy Show , April 23, 5pm

Knock Out Marketing & PR and Grove restaurant have partnered to bring you an extraordinary stand-up clean comedy event on Saturday, April 23, 2022 starring 3 hilarious, headliner comedians and an emcee. Our last comedy shows sold out very quickly and received standing ovations. We hope you'll join us to sit back and laugh with your friends. Come early and socialize. After the Show, meet the Comedians. A portion of the proceeds will benefit Impact 100SRQ.  2 Shows: 5pm & 8pm. Doors open 45 minutes prior to event start time. We encourage you to come early, visit with your friends and hand-selected vendors, purchase beverages and relax. Attire is Formal casual. 3 cash bars and beverage servers available throughout the show. No drink minimum. Cash & credit cards accepted. There will be no food service at the event. Your ticket includes a 10% off food voucher for Grove restaurant. This voucher is valid for the evening of the event. A confirmation voucher will be automatically emailed to you after you purchase event tickets. Grove restaurant reservations are strongly recommended the night of this event. Call Grove at (941) 893-4321 to make your dinner reservation. 

[SOON]  GRAB BAG: Discover Sarasota Tours: Sarasota's Leading Ladies , November 10 – May 18

A city tour led by one of Sarasota’s Founding Women: Rose Wilson, Mable Ringling, Marie Selby, and Bertha Palmer, as portrayed by actress and guide Kathryn Chesley. History comes to life on this Sarasota City Tour led by Rose Wilson, Mable Ringling, Marie Selby, or Bertha Palmer, as portrayed by actress and guide Kathryn Chesley. Each week’s 90-minute tour features a different leading founder and focuses on her contributions to Sarasota. Tour ticket includes FREE Parking.

[SOON]  GRAB BAG: Spring Cleaning Artist Market , April 23, 10am-4pm

Creative Liberties, a new company based on a foundation of artists helping artists, is presenting the Spring Cleaning Artist Market, Saturday, April 23, 10 a.m.-4 p.m., at the Creative Liberties Artist Studios, 901-B Apricot Avenue, Sarasota, in the Limelight District. Guests can enjoy a great day of art, food and drink. Studio artists and art vendors will be cleaning out their art collections (and their art supply cabinets) making wonderful art and supplies available for fantastic prices. Grandma Wan's Food Truck will be onsite, homebrewer Ray Spicochi will be here with his craft beer and there will be a DIY Craft Tent for the kids! For more information, visit www.creativeliberties.net or call 941-799-6634.

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