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SRQ DAILY Apr 29, 2022

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"We feel it is our responsibility to not only provide for security needs for our community now, but, for our future."

- Larry Haspel, Board Member, Jewish Federation of Sarasota-Manatee.

[Arts & Entertainment]  Sarasota Ballet Announces 2022-23 Season Schedule
Dylan.Campbell. Dylan@srqme.com

On Monday April 18th, the Sarasota Ballet announced their 2022-23 season. Over seven different programs, the Company will perform fifteen different works,with six World Premieres - including The Spider’s Feast by Sir David Bintley and a new work from Jessica Lang that will be shown during the Company’s August residency at the Joyce Theater in New York. The 2022-23 season marks the Sarasota Ballet’s second straight season with a world premiere from Sir David Bintley after last season’s A Comedy of Errors made its premiere this past March.

Program 1 will commence at the FSU Center for Performing Arts from October 21st-23rd and will feature a world Premiere by Resident Choreographer and Principal Dancer Ricardo Graziano, and World Premieres by dancers Asia Bui and Richard House.

Program 2, which will be held at the Sarasota Opera House from November 18th-19th, harkens back to the Company’s penchant of performing older, classical productions - part of the Sarasota Ballet’s historically diverse repertoire of classical and contemporary productions. The program will feature the company premieres of two of the choreographic pioneers of the 20th century - Sir Frederick Ashton and Sir Kenneth MacMillan.

Program 3 marks the commencement of the Company’s winter season on December 16th and 17th at the Sarasota Opera House. Here, Sir Frederick Ashton’s Les Patineurs will be performed along with the world premiere of Sir David Bintley’s The Spider’s Feast.

Program 4 will once again take place at the FSU Center for Performing Arts from January 27th-30th, 2023 and will feature the world premiere of choreographer and dancer Arcadian Broad with the Sarasota Ballet as well as the debut Jessica Lang’s yet to be titled ballet.

On February 24th-27th, 2023, the Sarasota Ballet will host the Dance Theatre of Harlem at the FSU Center for Performing Arts for Program 5. Program 6, held at the Van Wezel Performing Arts Hall on March 24th and 25th, 2023 will feature the return of a classical ballet - Johan Kobborg’s production of August Bournonville’s iconic full-length romantic ballet La Sylphide.

The 2022-23 season comes to an end with Program 7, held at the Sarasota Opera House on April 28th and 29th, 2023 and will feature three classical ballets from famed Georgian choreographer George Balanchine. 

Pictured: Sarasota Ballet Season Announcement by Matthew Holler. Photo courtesy of BalletNews.UK.

[SRQ Book Club]  Nonfiction Book Review of Anna: The Biography by Amy Odell
Bookseller Roxanne Baker, BookStoreOne Sarasota

Anna Wintour is a force to be reckoned with and Amy Odell’s new biography has delicious fun doling out her life story.

Fortunately, Anna’s highbrow upbringing did not stop her from her artsy non-conformity. Odell details her business driven escapades which can inspire anyone interested in fashion or the arts industry. Anna’s traversing such a cut throat industry and yet always landing on her feet is in itself a feat as she climbed the ranks to be the editor-in-chief of Vogue Magazine.

While Wintour’s candid no-nonsense approach certainly angered some, her talent and vision make for excellent reading especially in our ever growing Sarasota couture culture.

Anna:  The Biography by Amy Odell Publication Date May 3, 2022 ISBN:  9781982122638. 

[Theater]  WBTT’s Young Artist Program Featuring Derric Gobourne Jr., May 16, 7:30pm

Westcoast Black Theatre Troupe's first Young Artist Program showcase of the 2021-2022 season features singer/dancer/actor Derric Gobourne Jr. - who has performed in numerous WBTT productions since his debut in 2013 - in a presentation titled “SH!NE.” In this performance, Gobourne and the New Jack Nation will take the audience on a funk-tastic evening through Starchild's National Museum of Funk. Museum guide Starlove will guide the audience through the history of funk's greatest song and dance men like James Brown, Michael Jackson, Prince and more. They will also get a look into Gobourne’s personal and musical life as he celebrates the release of his album of the same name, “SH!NE.” Tickets are $27 general admission; sponsor tickets, which include reserved preferred seating and playbill recognition, are $102 (prices include ticket fees). Call the Box Office at 941-366-1505 or purchase tickets online at westcoastblacktheatre.org.

Westcoast Black Theatre Troupe, 1012 N. Orange Ave., Sarasota 

[STEM Education]  U.S. Sugar Supports STEM Learning and Careers in Aerospace through Partnership with Teen Aircraft Factory of Manasota

Recognizing the need to empower students with skills in Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM), the people of U.S. Sugar recently announced a partnership with the Teen Aircraft Factory of Manasota. U.S. Sugar’s support will help provide additional learning opportunities for students, which include assembling airplanes.

The Teen Aircraft Factory is dedicated to helping teens discover and develop a love for aviation through the building of two-seat airplanes from a kit. Once these planes are built and tested, they are then sold in order to purchase new airplane kits. This partnership will ensure teens continue to shape their futures through the development of STEM skills. 

Pictured: Students Paul Moyers, Max Friedland and Zalan Guilbert assemble an airplane kit as part of the Teen Aircraft Factory of Manasota program.

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[Endowment]  The Jewish Federation Announces Dollar for Dollar Endowment Matching Challenge for Security

The Jewish Federation of Sarasota-Manatee is thrilled to announce a generous commitment of $500,000 from The Larry and Debbie Haspel Family to build endowment dollars to meet growing community security needs. This gift will be used as a matching challenge for the community with all donations of endowment dollars being matched dollar for dollar. Larry, a current Federation Board Member, and Debbie, a former Board Member, and their family were inspired to step forward at this time when antisemitic activities continue to grow around the Sarasota-Manatee community and globally. The Larry and Debbie Haspel Family’s gift will match dollar for dollar all endowment gifts up to $500,000 to for security needs in our region, including physical structure hardening; assessments and trainings; and live security officers. This will allow the Federation to build and maintain an endowment of at least $1 million. “We feel it is our responsibility to not only provide for security needs for our community now, but, for our future,” said Larry. “Security is a concern for all of us in our family. An endowment ensures that our Federation and this region continue to have an ongoing source of funding,” added Debbie.

This matching challenge and endowment commitment comes at a critical time for the Campus Capstone Campaign for The Larry and Mary Greenspon Family Campus for Jewish Life. The campaign has already raised more than $20 million, including this recent gift from the Haspel Family, towards the overall goal of $36 million. This goal includes $32 million in capital support and $4 million in endowment. To learn more about how you can make a gift, and have it matched through this dollar-for-dollar matching challenge, please contact Hermione Gilpin, Chief Advancement Officer, at hgilpin@jfedsrq.org. 

[Solar Energy]  Gulf Coast Community Foundation Celebrates Veto of Anti-Solar Bill

Gulf Coast Community Foundation (Gulf Coast) is jumping for joy from the – solar panel – rooftops. Governor Ron DeSantis vetoed HB 741, the legislation that would have negatively impacted – maybe even killed – the solar industry in the Sunshine state. In his letter notifying Secretary of State of the veto, Governor DeSantis wrote, "Given that the United States is experiencing its worst inflation in 40 years and that consumers have seen steep increases in the price of gas and groceries, as well as escalating bills, the state of Florida should not contribute to the financial crunch that our citizens are experiencing." Gulf Coast has been an ardent backer of expanding solar in Sarasota and throughout Florida for the past seven years. Gulf Coast has supported Solar United Neighbors who has brought solar to our neighborhoods through co-op purchases of rooftop solar panels and installations. Our grants to Solar United Neighbors have leveraged over $47 million in rooftop solar installations throughout Florida. 

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[Medication Disposal]  Prescription Drug Take-Back Initiative

Law enforcement agencies throughout Sarasota County will participate in the Drug Enforcement Association (DEA) national event to properly dispose of turned-in prescription medications on Saturday, April 30, from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. The Sarasota County Sheriff's Office has a permanent drop box at the sheriff’s office headquarters at 6010 Cattleridge Boulevard, Sarasota, which is open from 7:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. daily. Several other local law enforcement agencies also have permanent drop boxes in each of their lobbies and will be participating in the event. Prescription and over-the-counter solid dosage medication such as tablets and capsules are accepted. Liquids and needles will not qualify. While boxes at each location are available to the public year-round, agencies participate in the national turn-in initiative to publicize the permanent option for proper disposal. Medication turn-in is always anonymous. Drug turn-in events address a vital public safety and public health issue. Studies show that most abused prescription drugs are obtained from family and friends, including from home medicine cabinets. Proper disposal of medication is also safer for the environment. 

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[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: The Ringling: Family Art Making (FAM) , February 12 – April 30, 10am, 11am, 12pm

FAM (Family Art Making) is a free program that's fun for the whole family. Join us for creative art projects inspired by an object in our collections from February 12, 2022 to April 30, 2022 at 10am, 11am, and 12pm at the Education Center. Afterwards, visit the museum* to see that object in person. You will be able to visit the Museum of Art and the Circus Museum with your FAM wristband that is provided at check-in. An at-home version of FAM is available on our YouTube channel: youtube.com/TheRingling.

[SOON]  PERFORMANCE: Florida Studio Theatre: The Grandma That Eats Everything & Other Winning Plays , March 6 – May 8, Varies.

Florida Studio Theatre (FST) proudly presents The Grandma That Eats Everything & Other Winning Plays, a collection of plays inspired by the imaginations of children in sixth grade and below. This production is presented as part of FST’s WRITE A PLAY program, an award-winning arts-in-education initiative that provides students with the example, the inspiration, and the skills to write their own original plays. Students’ creations are then submitted to FST’s annual youth playwriting competition, and about a dozen winning plays are selected out of thousands of submissions from around the world to be brought to life in a full-scale production performed by professional actors. This season’s anthology of winning plays, The Grandma That Eats Everything, marks the 31st year that FST has inspired young students through the WRITE A PLAY program. The Grandma That Eats Everything & Other Winning Plays will play on weekdays to school groups in FST’s Keating Theatre as part of FST’s WRITE A PLAY program. The play is also available to tour to your school. From March 6 to May 8, The Grandma That Eats Everything & Other Winning Plays is open to the public on Saturday and Sunday mornings as part of FST’s Children’s Theatre Series. Single tickets are $10.

[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]  PERFORMANCE: Urbanite Theatre: A Skeptic and a Bruja , April 1 – May 1, Varies.

A Skeptic and a Bruja by Rosa Fernandez Directed by Patrice Amon is A WORLD PREMIERE produced in Collaboration with freeFall Theatre and will run from April 1 to May 1, 2022. Priscilla buys a home in the middle of nowhere with the hopes of turning it into a lucrative bed and breakfast. When she starts having paranormal experiences, she calls Sam and Jess from the hit ghost-hunting show "A Skeptic and a Bruja" to help her. None of the women are prepared for the haunting they encounter next.

[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: 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.  

[SOON]  SEMINAR: The Ringling: Artist Talk with Makuyeika Colectivo Teatral , April 30, 10:30am

Join the Makuyeika Colectivo Teatral for a discussion about their work in Andares on April 30 at 10:30am. 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.

[SOON]  GALLERY: Art Uptown Gallery: Different Strokes , April 30 – May 27, Gallery hours.

The newest artists at Art Uptown Gallery will be featured in the May exhibit, "Different Strokes," showcasing their paintings. Diane Boone, intuitive abstract painter, and Gillian St. George, hard-edge abstract painter, are both local, full-time residents of national recognition. Meet the artists on May 6 from 6pm to 9pm at the First Friday public reception at the gallery and Saturday, May 7 from 11am to 5pm, The exhibit opens on Saturday, April 30 and runs through Friday, May 27. Art Uptown Gallery welcomes patrons and friends at 1367 Main Street where the diverse art works of local, award-winning artists are exhibited. Telephone 941-955-5409 or visit www.artuptown.com for hours and further information.

[SOON]  : BEE Aware: Discover the Wonder of Bees , April 30, 1-3pm

“BEE Aware: Discover the Wonder of Bees” will be held at the Manatee County Agricultural Museum on Saturday, April 30th, from 1:00 to 3:00 PM. This FREE event will be held indoors/outdoors at the Ag Museum, 1015 6th St. West, Palmetto. Join the Ag Museum in partnership with Soar in 4 and Suncoast Beekeepers Association for this family event that will BEE a blast! Stations during the event will feature an interactive demonstration hive (no live bees), honey tasting, games, crafts, story time, and your family will be able to make a bee house (1 per family). Learn about the best plants to attract bees and help them thrive as well as how to avoid being stung. For more information, call 941-721-2034 or email agriculturalmuseum@manateeclerk.com


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