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"There are legacy members here, better leaders over the course of their years, better people and they didn't get to this level of chief, and I'm not going to forget that."

- Rex Troche, Sarasota Police Chief

[Exec Moves]  Sarasota Swears In Troche as Police Chief
Jacob Ogles, jacob.ogles@srqme.com

Rex Troche will lead the Sarasota Police Department as its first Hispanic Chief of Police.

“I am honored and humbled to lead the dedicated men and women of the Sarasota Police Department,” Troche said. “I will continue to promote our community policing initiatives, focus on reducing gun violence and increase the visibility of our officers in the city.  I’m excited to move our agency forward by hiring the best and brightest officers who will reflect our community. I am truly grateful to have the opportunity to build trust, transparency, and lasting relationships with the citizens of the City of Sarasota.”

Troche, who led the department in an interim capacity since August, was sworn in as the 13th Sarasota Police chief in a ceremony on Friday. The promotion comes after 20 years on the squad.

City Manager Marlon Brown said in choosing a new chief, he decided to “flip the script,” and instead of having a search firm recruit finalists to parade in the city, surveyed citizens on what qualities they wanted in a chief. Hiring internally was a priority for the community, he said.

“They (the community) wanted someone who was going to involve the community in the police department, someone who has really good communication skills and someone who really exemplified what Sarasota was all about,” Brown said at the swearing in ceremony. “Based on that, I had to look no further than what we already had.”

Troche succeeded Police Chief James Rieser, who left because of health reasons less than a year after taking the reins after Bernadette DiPino resigned.

Mayor Erik Arroyo welcomed Troche’s promotion in a newsletter to residents. “His impressive record of leadership, professionalism and community involvement are a great asset to the SPD and community and we are blessed to have a servant of this caliber,” Arroyo wrote.

At the swearing in, Troche stressed the work of rank officers on. The force. “I do it on your shoulders,” Troche said. He plans to continue working with organizations like the NAACP to develop strong relationships within the community. He also said he would rely heavily on talent within the department and those who came before him in uniform

“There are legacy members here, better leaders over the course of their years, better people and they didn’t get to this level of chief, and I’m not going to forget that. I lean on you all in here. Everybody.”

Troche holds a master’s degree in emergency management from St. Leo Univeristy and graduated from the Police Executive Research Forum’s Senior Management Institute for Police. He’s a member of the Florida Police Chiefs Association, Hispanic American Police Commanders Officers Association, International Association of Chiefs of Police, NAACP, and the Police Executive Research Forum. 

Photo courtesy City of Sarasota: Police Chief Tex Troche was sworn in on Friday.

[Recycle]  SouthTech Data Dump Collects 11,905 Pounds of Recyclable Electronics

On Earth Day, April 22nd, the Data Dump collected 11,905 pounds of recyclable electronics. We want to thank all participants, including the Lakewood Ranch Business Alliance, Lakewood Ranch Community Activities, and Quicksilver Recycling Services for, collecting the electronics. SouthTech also wants to thank the members of the community who stopped by to recycle their old electronics.

The Data Dump is a community favorite, as it is an effective way to recycle electronics, and securely destroy remaining data. Quicksilver Recycling Services punches all hard drives with an industrial drill press, destroying all data. Then, the electronics are sent to the Quicksilver Recycling Services facility in Tampa to be reused, resold, or recycled. Recyclables get sent to metal refining companies for urban mining.

The Data Dump is a semi-annual event, usually held in the spring and in the fall. To find out when the next Data Dump is, go to southtech.com/data-dump, or you can visit SouthTech’s Facebook page for updates once it gets closer to fall.

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[Announcement]  Patti Smith Announced as Selby Gardens’ Inaugural Artist in Residence.


Patti Smith will become Selby Gardens’ inaugural Artist in Residence. Selby Gardens made this  historic announcement last evening during An Encore with Patti Smith, a special performance by Patti at our Downtown Sarasota campus in celebration of our 2022 Goldstein Exhibition, Robert Mapplethorpe and Patti Smith: Flowers, Poetry, and Light. The visit followed her first trip to our bayfront sanctuary, back in February, to tour the exhibition and perform a selection of songs and readings to complement it. I want to thank our Board Chair Marianne McComb and her husband Bill for making both of Patti Smith's visits to Selby Gardens possible.

Patti's artistic residency will include two return visits to Selby Gardens—one in 2023 and one in 2024. When she's here, she will combine public activities such as readings and performances with private time drawing creative inspiration from our two campuses and our world-renowned collections.

Patti Smith has produced a body of work whose influence branches out through generations, across disciplines, and around the world. She is recognized globally for her revolutionary mergence of artistic forms -- especially poetry and rock music. We are so grateful for her incredible collaboration and excited for the resonance her visionary approach will have with our organization as The Living Museum®. 

[SOON]  GALLERY: Ringling College Galleries + Exhibitions presents: Jude Zawaideh: Pulse , April 1 – May 6, 6pm-8pm

Ringling College Undergraduate and Surrealist artist, Jude Zawaideh will have an exhibition on display April 1-May 6. Celebrtae the opening at the public reception on Friday, April 1st from 6-8pm . Viewings are free and open to the public.

Downtown gallery PS340, 340 Central Ave, Sarasota

[SOON]  GALLERY: SPAACES Gallery: The Queue: Beyond The Surface , April 15 – May 7, Gallery hours.

The Queue: Beyond The Surface, A Solo Exhibit by Nneka Jones. In this exhibition, Nneka Jones comments on topics such as identity, stereotypes and the digital age. Jones embeds and camouflages portraiture, making some of her subjects almost unrecognizable. Contrasting technological symbols, such as barcodes and QR-codes, with the soft edges and skin tones of the figure, Jones creates a timely discussion on humanism vs. futurism. She brings to light a growing struggle to maintain true identity in the face of our highly influential social media sites. Jones believes social technologies create a digital mask ultimately causing issues with mental health and social segregation. She aims to magnify these issues in the hope of starting conversations surrounding identity and unity. Opening Night Reception is Friday, April 15th, 2022 from 6pm to 8pm. Open Exhibition Dates are April 16th through May 7th By Appointment Only.

[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]  PERFORMANCE: Asolo Repertory Theatre: Knoxville , April 23 – May 11, Varies.

The world premiere of Knoxville is made possible by a generous grant from The Roy Cockrum Foundation. This moving and innovative new musical reunites the dynamic Tony Award-winning creative team behind Ragtime, one of the most beloved musicals of all time. Based on James Agee’s autobiographical, Pulitzer Prize-winning novel, A Death in the Family, the story begins as Agee struggles to write his greatest work—about the event that touched his young life and the effect it had on his mother, his town, and his own future. A powerful illumination of the forces that shape who we are, Knoxville is a universal coming-of-age story about family, faith, and love—and about the boy who will grow up to write it. With a sweeping musical score and an extraordinary creative team and cast, this world premiere is a must-see event. Contains mature themes. Recommended for age 10+. Knoxville will show April 23 - May 11, 2022 with Previews April 15-22, 2022.

[SOON]  GRAB BAG: The Sarasota Tiger Bay Club: Author and Columnist David Brooks to Annual Keynote Luncheon , May 5, 11:30pm-1:30pm

The Sarasota Tiger Bay Club, a not-for-profit Florida Corporation with a 501(c)(3) status, will welcome David Brooks, Author, The Second Mountain, The Road to Character and The Social Animal, New York Times Columnist and major political and social analyst to the May 5 luncheon to be held at Michael’s On East. Doors will open at 11:30am and the program will go from noon to 1pm with a book signing until 1:30pm. David Brooks has a gift for bringing audiences face to face with the spirit of our times with humor, insight and quiet passion. He is a keen observer of the American way of life and a savvy analyst of present-day politics and foreign affairs. He holds several prestigious positions as a commentator: Bi-weekly Op-Ed columnist for the New York Times, Regular analyst on PBS NewsHour and NPR’s All Things Considered. The annual keynote luncheon is the only fundraising event for the organization whose mission is to promote community understanding of current political and social issues, through public discourse and the free exchange of ideas. The Sarasota Tiger Bay Club is a non-partisan political organization that was formed to foster understanding of public issues. Tiger Bay’s philosophy is that in-person, face-to-face exchanges and confrontations with key policy makers is the ideal to understand today’s complex issues. Tiger Bay is political but non-partisan. Its Charter and By-Laws prevent candidate endorsements or taking sides in political campaigns.

[SOON]  PERFORMANCE: Key Chorale: Choral Splendor in 40 Parts , May 6 – May 7, 7:30pm-9:30pm and 4pm-6pm

Choral Splendor in 40 Parts will take place on Friday, May 6 at 7:30pm at St. Boniface Episcopal Church, and Saturday, May 7 at 4pm at First Presbyterian Church. A concert 450 years in the making, featuring 40 voices of the Chamber Singers and special guest Les Canards Chantants, a solo-voice ensemble specializing in music of the Renaissance. Experience a rare opportunity to hear Thomas Tallis’ Spem in alium (Hope in any other) considered one of the greatest compositions of all time and Alessandro Striggio’s Mass in 40 parts, a masterpiece lost for more than 400 years. These rarely performed works are scored for 40 independent vocal parts, and as many as 60 parts for Striggio’s final Agnus Dei − a feat unequaled to this day. Experience an unforgettable program of polychoral extravagance and unparalleled splendor.

[SOON]  DANCE: Sarasota Contemporary Dance: In-Studio Performance Series featuring Marsi Burns , May 6 – May 7, 7pm

This In-Studio Performance Series featuring Marsi Burns will take place on Friday May 6th and Saturday May 7th 2022 at 7pm and its Virtual Stream will take place on Saturday May 7th at 7pm.

[SOON]  PERFORMANCE: Westcoast Black Theatre Troupe: From Birmingham to Broadway and Float Like a Butterfly , May 4 – May 29

This season, WBTT is also thrilled to present two world premiere one-act plays under the auspices of its New Playwrights Series. Tarra Conner jones has written and stars in an ode to Nell Carter, titled “From Birmingham to Broadway.” Nate Jacobs and his brother, Michael, have written a play about Muhammad Ali, titled “Float Like a Butterfly”; staring Darius Autry. These plays will be presented together from May 4 to 29, 2022. Ticket sales are scheduled to begin in the late summer. Call the Box Office at 941-366-1505 or visit westcoastblacktheatre.org.

[SOON]  THEATER: WBTT's One-Act Plays , May 4 – May 29, Varies.

Westcoast Black Theatre Troupe will close its 2021-2022 season with two world-premiere one-act plays, under the auspices of its New Playwrights Series. These plays, "From Birmingham To Broadway” and “Float Like A Butterfly," will be presented together May 4-29. "From Birmingham to Broadway," an ode to Nell Carter, was written by and stars popular WBTT artist Tarra Conner jones. "Float Like a Butterfly," which examines the life and legacy of Muhammad Ali, was written by WBTT founder/artistic director Nate Jacobs' brother, Michael Jacobs, and stars Darius Autry. Call the Box Office at 941-366-1505 or visit westcoastblacktheatre.org

[SOON]  GRAB BAG: Sarasota Memorial Healthcare Foundation: The Golf Tournament , May 6, 8:30am

One of Sarasota Memorial Healthcare Foundation’s most anticipated events, The Golf Tournament is a day of fun, food, and fast greens. The Tournament will take place on Friday, May 6, 2022 at 8:30am at Laurel Oak Golf & Country Club, 2700 Gary Player Blvd. Join Sarasota Memorial Healthcare Foundation for their 20th annual Golf Tournament benefiting Physician’s Endowment at SMH, which provides continuing education for our health system staff and gives them the opportunity to earn new certifications and update existing credentials. For sponsorship opportunities, please contact Sally Schule, Director of Community and Donor Engagement, at 941.374.9700 or sally-schule@smh.com.

[SOON]  PERFORMANCE: Booker High VPA: A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum , May 6 – May 7, Varies.

A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum will take place May 6-7, 2022 at the Sarasota Opera House, 61 N Pineapple Ave.

[SOON]  GRAB BAG: Succulent Science and Tequila Tasting at Selby Gardens , May 6, 6-8pm

Botany and beverages meet in the first installment of a new series called “Noshing in Nature” at Marie Selby Botanical Gardens. On Friday, May 6, from 6 to 8 p.m., the Gardens will host “Tequila Tasting and Succulent Science,” a program that delves into the tequila-making process and the resulting complex flavors, at its Downtown Sarasota campus. Senior director of gardens horticulture Christopher Elenstar will lead a dialogue on agave, cacti, and other succulents with tequila experts from award-winning distillery Hiatus Tequila. After learning about the key succulents that play a role in the distilling process, attendees can put their new knowledge into practice through a guided tasting of Hiatus Tequila varieties. Botany has never tasted so delicious! Cost is $65 for Selby Gardens members, and $70 for non-members. Advance registration is required, as capacity will be limited. Learn more and register online at selby.org/events/noshing-in-nature/.

[SOON]  SEMINAR: The Ringling: Artist Talk with Mimbre , May 7, 10:30am

Join The Ringling for a conversation with Mimbre about their latest work "Lifted" which is a collection of funny, poetic and surprising moments, which explore in different ways what it means when one body is carried by another, on May 7 at 10:30am. Or when one person carries two people. Or when a person doesn’t want to be carried. Or when three people find the perfect balance. Mimbre is a London based female-led company creating nuanced, breathtaking and highly-skilled acrobatic theatre. They use circus and dance innovatively as a physical language to illuminate human connections and promote a positive image of women.

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