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SRQ DAILY Apr 26, 2022

Tuesday Dining and Food Edition

Tuesday Dining and Food Edition

"My goal is to make others feel included and that they have a legacy to leave behind."

- Alexis Thompson, Embracing Our Differences, Peoples Choice Award Winner.

[The Dish]  A Veggie-Rich Poke Tuna Bowl at Gecko’s
Abby Weingarten. Abby@srqme.com

Crunchy, spicy, colorful, high-protein and veggie-rich, the Poke Tuna Bowl at Gecko’s Grill & Pub falls squarely under the “has it all” category of nutritious food. What are all the delectable positives it packs? The bowl is rife with shaved vegetables (like chunks of fresh brussels sprouts) in a power blend, some sliced avocado, diced rare yellowfin tuna marinated in poke sauce, Asian vinaigrette, wontons, sesame seeds and wasabi cream. Every bite is a vibrant, textural romp, and the bowl is somehow as filling as it is refreshing.

Created by Gecko’s Hospitality Group Director of Culinary Operations James Veldhouse and added to the menu about five years ago, the Poke Tuna Bowl highlights vegetables sourced from Honeyside Farms in Parrish (a Gecko’s organic farm partner).

In keeping with the Asian-inspired tuna theme at Gecko’s, there is also the Ahi Tuna (sesame-crusted and seared, with pickled ginger, wasabi, soy sauce, scallions and Asian noodles), and the Tuna Nachos (with wonton chips, wakame salad, wasabi cream and soy sauce).

Any ahi at the 1992-founded locale pairs with a Coconut Incident cocktail—a mix of Oak and Palm Coconut Rum from St. Petersburg Distillery (just over the Skyway Bridge), fresh mint,
house-made simple syrup, coconut puree, freshly squeezed lime juice and club soda. Crisp, cool and locally sourced—all the way around.

Gecko’s Grill & Pub, 6606 S. Tamiami Trail, Sarasota, 941-248-2020; 7228 55 th Ave. E., Bradenton, 941-727-8988; 4310 State Road 64 E., Bradenton, 941-744-2664; 5585 Palmer Crossing Circle, Sarasota, 941-923-6061; 1900 Hillview St., Sarasota, 941-954-2929; 351 N. Cattlemen Road, Sarasota, 941-378-0077. geckosgrill.com. 

Pictured: The Poke Tuna Bowl at Geckos Grill & Pub is a crisp, colorful concoction of shaved veggies, marinated rare yellowfin tuna, Asian vinaigrette, wontons and wasabi cream. Photo courtesy of Gecko's.

[Art Exhibition]  University Student from North Carolina Wins The "People's Choice Award" At 2022 Embracing Our Differences’ Exhibit

“At what age do Black men and women become a threat to society?” asks Alexis Thompson, a university student at North Carolina Agricultural & Technical State University from Roxboro, North Carolina, and the winner of this year’s Peoples Choice Award at Embracing Our Differences 19 th annual outdoor juried art exhibit celebrating diversity. Thompson, who is studying graphic design, received a cash award of $1,000 for her work entitled, “Threat?” which depicts a young Black man holding an infant on his lap. The words “At What Age Do I Become a Threat?” loom behind him. Thompson says she was initially motivated to create the piece after Breonna Taylor was killed by police during the execution of a no-knock warrant in 2020. She says she wants to create art that helps give a voice to those who need it. “My goal is to make others feel included and that they have a legacy to leave behind. How can we make this a better world to live in?” Sarah Wertheimer, Executive Director of Embracing Our Differences, says that the People’s Choice award is determined by a survey that was available to the 371,256 visitors who attended this year’s exhibit, January 15 through April 10. She adds that “Threat?” received far more votes than all of the artwork in the exhibit.

Next year’s Bayfront Park exhibit runs January 18-March 13, 2023. In addition, for the first time, the exhibit will also be displayed at Butler Park in North Port, March 22-April 19, 2023; and at State College of Florida, Manatee-Sarasota, April 26-May 29, 2023. 

Pictured: Threat by Alexis Thompson, Roxboro, North Carolina. Photo courtesy of Embracing Our Differences.

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[Movies]  Summer Movies at Sarasota Opera House to Begin Sunday, May 22

Sarasota Opera is pleased to announce the lineup for the 2022 summer movie series: HD at the Opera House and Classic Movies at the Opera House. HD at the Opera House featuring filmed performances of opera and ballet from around the world will open on Sunday, May 22nd at 1:30 p.m. with Giuseppe Verdi’s Rigoletto from the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden in London, with tickets at $22, and $20 for Sarasota Opera subscribers. The Classic Movies at the Opera House series will open with In the Heat of the Night on Friday, July 8th at 7:30 p.m. with tickets at $12. (Tickets will go on sale starting Monday, May 2nd.) Additional movie titles are detailed below. All seats are general admission. Sarasota Opera is a participant in #SafeArtsSarasota and will be following appropriate health and safety guidelines. At the present time the wearing of a N95, KN95, or KF94 mask is recommended when attending events at the Sarasota Opera House. Health and Safety guidelines will be adjusted should conditions change. Visit SarasotaOpera.org for more information. Ticket buyers are encouraged to purchase tickets before arriving at the theater. Information and tickets can be found online at SarasotaOpera.org or by calling (941)328-1300. Sarasota Opera subscribers who wish to receive the discounted HD at the Opera House tickets must contact the Sarasota Opera box office directly. 

[Fundraising Event]  Campus of Caring to Host Pop-Up Giving Challenge Event

On Tuesday, 4/26, Glasser/Schoenbaum is hosting a pop-up giving event at the Campus of Caring on 17th street in North Sarasota. The outdoor event will celebrate 17 nonprofits benefitting in the 2022 Giving Challenge, a 24-hour online fundraising campaign for hundreds of nonprofits in Sarasota, Manatee, DeSoto, and Charlotte counties, presented by the Community Foundation of Sarasota County. The two-hour event will feature live vocals by local artist Shantel Norman, and will be catered by Nancy’s Bar-B-Q. Laptops and volunteers will be on hand to assist with online donations, which will be matched up to $100 by The Patterson Foundation. Taking place on the first day of the Giving Challenge, the free, family-friendly event will be attended by nonprofit staff, volunteers, clients, and supporters of all kinds. Registration is open and strongly encouraged.

“The GivingChallenge is a huge opportunity for nonprofits in our region. We want to support our campus agencies so that they can make the most of it,” says Charlene Altenhain, Executive Director of The Glasser/Schoenbaum Human Services Center. “And with all of the work they’re putting into their campaigns, they deserve to have fun while they’re at it!” The Campus of Caring pop-up event is sponsored by Manatee Air Heating & Cooling and Sabal Palm Bank. The 2022 Giving Challenge is presented by the Community Foundation of Sarasota County with giving strengthened by The Patterson Foundation. 

Pictured: Campus of Caring Giving Challenge Event. Photo courtesy of The Glasser/Schoenbaum Human Services Center.

[Community]  City of Sarasota: Public Design Contest for New City Seal Opens May 1

The City of Sarasota is inviting the community to submit designs for a new City seal when a public design contest opens May 1. The purpose of the contest is to allow the larger community to play a role in the development of Sarasota’s evolving brand. The existing seal, which features marine life, coastal imagery and the words “May Sarasota Prosper,” is used on official City documents. It dates back to the City’s incorporation in 1902. The seal design contest is part of a rebranding effort approved by the City Commission last year. The City has partnered with Sarasota’s DreamLarge, the first registered benefit corporation on the Gulf Coast of Florida, to conduct community outreach efforts that include the seal contest and last month’s public survey on how the community sees Sarasota. The seal design competition is open to all, regardless of age, skill level and background. The top five submissions will be selected by a diverse panel of community members and will be presented to the City Commission later this summer.

To submit entries online and view contest guidelines, visit BrandSarasota.com. Entries will be available for viewing by the public online as they are received. Physical entries can be mailed to DreamLarge, 1421 Blvd. of the Arts, Sarasota, FL 34236. The contest closes June 15. For more information, contact Marketing and Outreach Coordinator Ciera Coleman at 941-263-6321.



[SOON]  FESTIVAL: Ranch Nite Wednesdays , November 10 – May 31, 6-9pm

Your favorite weeknight hangout has arrived at its new home, Waterside Place, the newest town center in Lakewood Ranch. Ranch Nite Wednesdays will take place from 6-9pm, every Wednesday, starting November 10, 2021 and through May, 2022. It will feature New food trucks + dessert truck each week, Weekly live music from local artists, Night market every 2nd Wednesday hosted by Main Street Market LWR, Outdoor bar hosted by Waterside Place tenant Good Liquid Brewing & Scratch Kitchen, and The 2nd largest recreational cornhole league in the nation hosted by MVP Sports & Social.

[SOON]  FESTIVAL: Chalk Festival: Giving Challenge Fundraising Event , April 26 – April 27, 12pm-12pm

The Giving Challenge is an exciting 24-hour ONLINE event made possible because of generous donors who will match YOUR donation, up to $100, when you donate online between April 26-27, noon to noon to the Chalk Festival. The Chalk Festival is only made possible because of so many wonderful people, like you, willing to do their part, so collectively, we all can do a lot. Your donation will help us provide free tickets to the underprivileged, host artists locally and from around the world, host group projects, renovate the world record, and create the Chalk Festival giving tribute to the marvels of the natural world and the human imagination. The Giving Challenge is Presented by the Community Foundation of Sarasota County with giving strengthened by The Patterson Foundation, as well as support from Charlotte Community Foundation, Harbor Style, Herald Tribune Media Group, iHeart Media, John S. and James L Knight Foundation, Manatee Community Foundation, William G. and Marie Selby Foundation and Suncoast News Network.

[SOON]  FESTIVAL: The Florida Center for Early Childhood: Build Them Up Family Festival , April 26, 3pm-7pm

Join The Florida Center for Early Childhood for a family-friendly Giving Challenge kick-off event sponsored by Jon F. Swift Construction on Tuesday, April 26 from 3pm to 7pm at the Florida Center, 4620 17th St. Stop by for some FREE family fun and help support local children and families. You can be “Be the One” to build them up as we kick off the 2022 Giving Challenge. This event has something for everyone including Entertainment, Prizes, Games, Bounce Houses, Crafts, and Food Trucks.

[SOON]  MUSIC: Motown with a Twist , April 26, 8pm

Motown with a Twist brings a brand new beat to town! Hear a selection of Motor City's hit songs along with performances from finalists on So You Think You Can Dance, Dancing with the Stars, American Idol, The Voice and America's Got Talent.

[SOON]  GRAB BAG: The Giving Challenge , April 26 – April 27, Varies.

The Giving Challenge is an exciting 24-hour giving event sponsored by the Community Foundation of Sarasota County supporting local nonprofits. From April 26th at noon to April 27th at noon, donors can make a donation, helping their favorite organization. The Patterson Foundation will provide a 1:1 match for all donations, up to $100 per donor, per organization. Explore the nonprofits participating this year and support them.

[SOON]  BUSINESS: Women's Resource Center Offers Free Business Coaching for Female Entrepreneurs , April 27, 12pm

The Women′s Resource Center (WRC) is partnering with the Tampa Bay Women’s Business Centre, Manasota SCORE, and CareerSource, to provide a free, business coaching seminar for female entrepreneurs, Wednesday, April 27, noon-1 pm, via Zoom. Speakers from all three organizations will discuss their programs and resources that assist entrepreneurs in building a successful business. The speakers are: Dr. Kerry Szymanski, director of the Tampa Bay Women’s Business Centre; SCORE certified mentor Arcinée Hermiston; and Michael Meerman, the workforce education director of CareerSource Suncoast.

[SOON]  SEMINAR: Art in Common Places Celebrates Poem in Your Pocket Day , April 27 – April 28, Varies.

Art in Common Places is pleased to present two programs to celebrate Poem in Your Pocket Day, April 27 to April 28, as well as National Poetry Month. The April 27 program, noon at Selby Public Library, features poets Melanie Lavender and Don McLagan and artist Ann Burroughs. The April 28 program, 6 pm on Zoom, features poet Danny Shot and artist Mara Torres González. Both programs include poetry readings and discussions about their collaborative works with Art in Common Places.

[SOON]  PERFORMANCE: The Ringling: Andares (Pathways) by Makuyeika Colectivo Teatral , April 28 – April 30, 7:30pm

Woven from ancestral myths, traditional music and arts, and a three-person narrative, Andares reveals the extraordinary, untold stories of ordinary, humble people who inhabit Mexico's most remote corners. Created by director Hector Flores Komatsu’s personal search to know and understand the indigenous cultures of his homeland, Andares is a moving, fierce denunciation against a present that seems intent upon destroying what was once held as sacred. This performance will show on April 28, 29, and 30 at 7:30pm.

[SOON]  DANCE: Sarasota Contemporary Dance: Cuban Project: Historias , April 28 – May 1, 7pm and 2pm

“Mi Historia, Tu Historia, y Nuestra Historia” (My Story, Your Story, Our Story). In “Cuban Project: Historias” Artistic Director Leymis Bolaños Wilmott dives into her family history, investigating her parents’ forced migration through the world’s largest political exodus of children, known as Operation Pedro Pan. Through original sound sculpting by José G. Martínez and thought-provoking movement research, this production explores personal stories, decision making, displacement, and the Cuban-American experience. Cuban Project: Historias will take place Thursday, April 28, 2022 through Saturday, April 30th at 7pm and Sunday, May 1 at 2pm. Tickets are $10 - $45. Available Virtually Friday, April 29th, 2022 through Sunday, May 1st, 2022. Virtual Tickets are $25.

[SOON]  DANCE: Sarasota Ballet: Program 7 - Serendipitous Movement , April 29 – April 30, 7:30pm and 2pm

The Season concludes with Program 7 – Serendipitous Movement, a triple bill that epitomizes the depth and range of The Sarasota Ballet, and features George Balanchine’s Serenade, the Company Premiere of Mark Morris’ The Letter V, and Sir Kenneth MacMillan’s Elite Syncopations. Balanchine’s gorgeous Serenade opens, coursing through the four movements of Tchaikovsky’s Serenade for Strings in a mesmerizingly graceful display. The Company Premiere of Morris’ dynamic The Letter V follows, marking the first time the Company will have worked with this astounding choreographer. Originally premiered in 2015 by the Houston Ballet, The Letter V sets Morris’ dynamic approach to dance and distinctive musicality to Joseph Haydn’s Symphony No. 88 in G, a pairing that Alistair Macaulay stated, in his New York Times review, “exemplifies the same qualities as Mr. Morris: high spirits, terrific humor, a strong inclination to the pastoral and a keen instinct for structural experimentation.” The long-awaited return of MacMillan’s Elite Syncopations closes the Program with a ragtime-fueled, comedy-infused dance-off. Created for The Royal Ballet in 1974 with MacMillan at his most whimsical, the curtain opens as Elite Syncopations’ cast dances wildly on a virtually bare stage surrounded by a live band. Serendipitous Movement will take place on April 29 2022 at 7:30pm and April 30 2022 at 2pm and 7:30pm at Sarasota Opera House, 61 North Pineapple Ave.

[SOON]  SPORTS: PARC's 48th Annual Golf Tournament Weekend , April 29 – April 30, 7pm and 11am

PARC will hold its 48th Golf Tournament Weekend presented by Raymond James on Friday, April 29, 2022 and Saturday, April 30, 2022 at the Countryside Country Club. The weekend will kick off with a 70’s themed Friday Night Party that will start at 7pm. There will be food, drinks and live music provided by The Black Honkeys. The Golf Tournament will be held the following day with lunch starting at 11am followed by a shotgun start at 12pm. Join in on one of PARC’s longest running fundraising events where golfers, business leaders and friends of PARC come together to raise critical funds for the numerous programs and services that the organization offers. These programs and services include but are not limited to: Residential Housing for almost 100 individuals, Early Intervention programming for children as young as 2 months old with developmental delays, Art and Music Therapies that encourage PARC’s clients to express themselves through the arts, and Adult Life Enrichment Programs that include a variety of daily activities and opportunities for individuals with intellectual disabilities to earn hourly wages working in our production facility. Every year, PARC teams up with local businesses and residents in the community that believe in PARC’s mission and strive to help make the weekend a success. Sponsorships and tickets are available. 

[SOON]  SPORTS: 14th Annual Payton Wright Foundation Golf Tournament , April 29, 9am-3pm

LENNAR will host the 14th annual Payton Wright Foundation Golf Tournament to raise money in support of families who have children with brain cancer. The tournament also honors the birthday of Payton Wright who's spirit inspired the foundation.

[SOON]  GRAB BAG: Suncoast Remake Learning Days: Play at The Bay , April 29, Varies.

Join us Friday, April 29 (National Arbor Day), for an evening of tree-themed movement, art making and seed planting, followed by a screening of  The Lorax. The celebration will take place from 5-7pm.  

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