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SRQ DAILY Jun 14, 2022

Tuesday Dining and Food Edition

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Tuesday Dining and Food Edition

"As a sacred space it is also a constant reminder of our goal to create an inclusive campus culture where students of diverse backgrounds, affiliations, and practice feel comfortable exploring their own connection to Judaism. We welcome our community to witness the joy and wonder that fill our halls, walls, and beyond."

- Dan Ceaser, Head of School, the Hershorin Schiff Community Day School.

[The Dish]  Grab a Crisp Forkful of the Thai & Stop Me Salad
Abby Weingarten. Abby@srqme.com

With its cleverly-titled, nutritiously-minded menu items—from the Acai Ya Later bowl to the You Feta Believe It salad—Crisp & Green has been garnering fans since its mid-May opening in Venice.

One of the signatures is the Thai & Stop Me salad—a blend of arugula, mixed greens, daikon radishes, carrots, Napa cabbage, orange slices, crushed peanuts, mint, basil, cilantro, citrus-poached shrimp and Thai peanut dressing.

This vibrant mix exemplifies the fresh, fast-casual approach of the locale, which rotates dishes quarterly and incorporates seasonal ingredients.

For a sweet twist, sample the Give Me S’More acai bowl with bananas, cashew butter, granola, cacao nibs and vegan marshmallows.

Savory-wise, there’s the Bold and the Buffalo grain bowl with white cheddar cheese, buffalo chicken and roasted cauliflower. And wash it all down with the Mother of Dragonfruit smoothie with coconut milk, bananas, dragon fruit, pineapples and vanilla pea protein.

You can even build your own bowl or salad—and give it your own pun-infused name (why not?).

Crisp & Green, 1695 U.S. 41 Bypass, Venice, 941-837-2152. crispandgreen.com. 

Pictured: The Thai & Stop Me salad at Crisp & Green is a blend of arugula, daikon radishes, crushed peanuts, orange slices, citrus-poached shrimp and Thai peanut dressing. Photo courtesy of Crisp & Green.

[Volunteer Opportunity]  Come Out to Play with Limelight Community Garden Volunteers

Looking to play in the dirt? Want to turn wasted land into a thriving community garden? Volunteers are currently in the process of transforming a formerly abandoned acre of land into a garden full of growth and opportunities. Join in and become a volunteer with Limelight Community Garden every 2nd and 4th Saturday of the month from 8am - 11 am. Volunteers will have first dibs on a garden plot rental.

Located at 802 Mango Avenue, right across from The Bazaar on Apricot & Lime. For more information call 941-445-1938 or visit www.limelightvommunitygarden.com 

Photo Courtesy of Kim Livengood.

[Gift Presented]  A Work of Faith and a Labor of Love: Community Day School Receives a Holy Ark for its Sanctuary

Great work can have small beginnings. For some, that’s a proverbial truth. For Parrish resident Dr. Steve Hiller, it’s a personal experience. The great work he recently created began with a simple request. He was asked if he could build an “Aron Kodesh” for Community Day School’s new sanctuary. Aron Kodesh means “holy ark” In Hebrew—an ornamental chamber for the Torah scrolls. A simple object with a holy purpose. For Dr. Hiller, a retired physician, woodworking was his only hobby, not a profession. But his father, Milton Hiller was a machinist who poured his artistry into carpentry in his spare time. His work in the machine shop paid the bills. His woodwork at home was a labor of love. The project took 11 long months to complete. Dr. Hiller spent 60 hours alone simply crafting the letters of the Ten Commandments. Dr. Hiller’s creation is stunning. The ark is 5 feet, 3 inches tall by 50 inches wide—created with walnut wood that he stained with a deep red mahogany. He’s delighted to gift it to Community Day School but says that creating it was “a gift of God to me. It was a holy experience. And it also brought me closer to my father in a way I never thought possible.”

Dan Ceaser, CDS’s Head of School, says that, thanks to Steve Hiller, and the Rosin Family who gave a five-year gift to Community Day School, and others, the sanctuary has “transformed into a treasured space for not only our students but the community at large. Here, we hold religious, spiritual, and educational classes, including Jewish culture, religion, choral music, leadership, astronomy, and even yoga. As a sacred space it’s also a constant reminder of our goal to create an inclusive campus culture where students of diverse backgrounds, affiliations, and practice feel comfortable exploring their own connection to Judaism. We welcome our community to witness the joy and wonder that fill our halls, walls, and beyond." 

Pictured: Dr. Steve Hiller in front of the Aron Kodesh he built for Community Day School. Photo courtesy of the Hershorin Schiff Community Day School.

[Awards Given]  Ringling College’s CODE RED Film Builds Awareness of Menstrual Inequality on Film Festival Circuit, Wins National Industry Awards

Code Red is Ringling College of Art and Design’s whimsical, coming-of-age short film that confronts the prevalent issue of ‘period poverty’ – the lack of access to menstrual products many girls and young women face in school that results in educational inequality, lost opportunities, and confidence.

Jada Wing Hang Poon, who graduated from the Film program at Ringling College in 2020, wrote Code Red as a senior and came back post-graduation and post-COVID to produce the film with a team of cast, crew, and financial backers who shared her passion in telling this important story. On June 3, Code Red was honored with a National ADDY Award from the American Advertising Federation at the national competition in Nashville, Tennessee. Leading up to the Nationals, Code Red won two Student GOLD ADDY awards, plus Student Best in Show at the District 4 ADDY Awards.  

Pictured: Jada Poon, left, and Vivian Owen at National Addy Awards in Nashville, Tenn. on June 3, 2022, where they accepted a National ADDY Award from the American Advertising Federation for their film, Code Red.

[Music Event]  Choral Artists of Sarasota to Stage its Popular July 4th Concert at the Sarasota Opera House “American Fanfare” is July 4 at 4:30 p.m.

For the past 17 years, Choral Artists of Sarasota has honored Independence Day with a concert of rousing songs celebrating the United States. The choral group continues that tradition this July 4, 4:30 p.m., at the Sarasota Opera House, 61 N Pineapple Avenue, Sarasota. Under the direction of Dr. Joseph Holt, the concert features traditional patriotic songs and a salute to the armed forces. This year’s program also features Amy Marcy Beach’s “A Song of Liberty,” which was written as a potential national anthem; and “Resolved,” “I Lift My Lamp,” “I Once Had a Dream,” and “Golden Dream”—each of which takes its inspiration from national documents (the Constitution, Declaration of Independence, etc.). A special tribute to the people of Ukraine will be offered with John Rutter’s newly composed “A Ukrainian Prayer.” Other selections include statements by John F. Kennedy and Martin Luther King, Jr. The Lakewood Ranch Wind Ensemble, directed by Joseph Miller, joins Choral Artists again this year with a musical tribute to the Ringling Bros. Circus, and selections of songs from the Revolutionary War and Civil War. Tickets are $5-$50. 

Pictured: Choral Artists of Sarasota. Photo by Barbara Banks.

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[SOON]  PERFORMANCE: Florida Studio Theatre: Laughing Matters , February 9 – June 19, Varies.

Laughing Matters, FST’s hit musical sketch comedy show, is back for round six! And this time, nothing and no one is safe from a good-spirited roast. From never-ending Sarasota construction and the perpetual hunt for downtown parking to Mother Nature’s increasingly wild mood swings and our endless quest to stay young, Laughing Matters delivers fast-paced comedy inspired by the culture and politics of today. Laughing Matters, by head writer Rebecca Hopkins with contributing writers Kevin Allen, Sarah Durham, Stephan deGhelder, and Jim Prosser, will play beginning February 9, 2022 through June 19, 2022 in FST's Court Cabaret.

[SOON]  PERFORMANCE: The Players Centre Returns to Summer Programing with RABBIT HOLE , June 8 – June 19

The Players Centre for Performing Arts presents the Tony Award and Pulitzer Prize winning play Rabbit Hole at Studio 1130 located in the Crossings at Siesta Key mall (3501 S. Tamiami Trail, Sarasota, FL 34239) June 8-19, 2022. Becca and Howie Corbett have a picture-perfect family life in the suburbs of New York until a random, tragic accident takes the life of their four-year old son. Soon after, Becca’s younger, irresponsible sister, Izzy, announces that she is pregnant. As Becca and Howie grow apart, Becca’s mother, Nat, badgers Becca about her grieving process, and Jason, the young driver who killed their son, continually shows up to ask forgiveness, the group is on a bumpy road to healing with no road map in sight. Rabbit Hole delves into the complexity of a family navigating deep grief and learning what it means to live a fruitful life when things fall apart. 

[SOON]  SEMINAR: The Florida Center for Early Childhood: Mind Matters Symposium , June 22, 9am-3pm

Join The Florida Center for Early Childhood for a full-day, virtual course on understanding and supporting early childhood brain development and mental health on Wednesday, June 22 from 9am to 3pm. Learn to identify brain differences, their implications, and strategies to address them.

[SOON]  GALLERY: Women Contemporary Artists Members Spring Exhibition , June 3 – June 24

The Women Contemporary Artists Members Spring Exhibition 2022 will take place at Ringling College of Art & Design Lois and David Stuhlberg Gallery, 1188 MLK Way, from June 3 – 24, 2022. The exhibition is open to active WCA members who may submit two entries only, $30 for one entry and $35 for two entries. Art specs are 2D - 36” x 36” max, mid-sized and smaller works preferred. All media. Diptych and Triptychs allowed, but must fit into size requirements and sold as one painting. 3D work 72” x 20” max. Pedestals are available. If accepted into the show, be prepared to sit for one sitting in the gallery, if needed, from 9-12 or 12-3 on Monday through Friday for the length of the show. You can do this with a friend. Awards are $600 for 1st, $400 for 2nd, $300 for 3rd, and 5 Merit Awards $100 each. Receiving on Tuesday, May 24 between 10 AM and 2 PM and Jurying on Tuesday, May the 24th at 3 PM.

[SOON]  GALLERY: Ringling College Galleries + Exhibitions Opening Receptions June 10th , June 3 – June 24, 5pm-7pm

Ringling College Galleries + Exhibitions invites you to attend two opening receptions for: Petticoat Painters, exhibiting June 3 - June 24 in the Willis A. Smith Construction Inc. Gallery and Women Contemporary Artists, exhibiting June 3 - June 24 in the Lois + David Stulberg Gallery. Join us on June 10th, 5-7 pm for the opening reception in each gallery and meet the artists. Both galleries are on the Ringling College campus and are open M-F 9-3 pm. While you're on campus don't forget to stop by Valetta's exhibition in the Thompson Gallery. Valetta will be exhibiting June 3 - August 12.

[SOON]  SPORTS: 6th Annual Bob Rizi Memorial Golf Classic at The Meadows Country Club , June 24, 7:30am

The 6th Annual Bob Rizi Memorial Golf Classic will take place on Friday, June 24 at The Meadows Country Club course only. Player check-in and breakfast will be from 7:30am to 9am, with a shotgun start at 9am. $800 per foursome, which includes continental breakfast, tee sign, and lunch. The tournament is limited to 36 foursomes on a first come first served basis and two golf carts will be provided to each foursome. For more information and registration, visit suncoastsummerfest.org or call 941-706-3685.

[SOON]  GALLERY: Art Uptown Gallery: Moxie , June 25 – July 30
The July Gallery for Art Uptown will exhibit "MOXIE by Rita Rust." Rust's watercolor action portraits capture the feeling of joy that can be found even in the darkest times.
[SOON]  GRAB BAG: Selby Gardens: Seeing the Invisible , September 25 – August 31, 10am-5pm

The most ambitious and expansive exhibition to date of contemporary artworks created with augmented reality (AR) technology will premiere at Marie Selby Botanical Gardens, opening on September 25, 2021 and ongoing through August 31 2022, as one of 12 participating gardens across six countries. Seeing the Invisible features works by more than a dozen international artists such as Ai Weiwei, Refik Anadol, El Anatsui, Isaac Julien CBE, Mohammed Kazem, Sigalit Landau, Sarah Meyohas, Pamela Rosenkranz, and Timur Si-Qin—including several artists’ first work in AR. Visitors will engage with Seeing the Invisible via an app designed for the exhibition downloadable to smartphones and tablets. Forging new links between botanical gardens located in diverse biomes around the globe, the exhibition fosters collaboration between institutions, artists, and audiences, highlighting the power of art to connect people around the world.

[SOON]  MUSIC: Sarasota Music Festival 2022: Festival Perspectives , June 15, 1pm

Festival Perspectives will take place on Wednesday, June 15, 2022 at 1pm at Holley Hall. Jeffrey Kahane and Robert Levin, renowned artists, pedagogues and thought leaders in the world of classical music, come together in a discussion of a wide range of topics related to the Festival. The discussion will range from specific works and composers in the 2022 Festival to the issues being explored and debated at the lunch and dinner tables of Festival faculty and fellows. This is a unique opportunity to hear the current and previous music directors of Sarasota Music Festival in a one-hour tête-à-tête.

Holley Hall

[SOON]  MUSIC: Sarasota Music Festival 2022: Hidden Gems , June 16, 4:30pm

The Hidden Gems Artist Showcase will take place on Thursday, June 16, 2022 at 4:30pm at Holley Hall. Three new faculty artists appear on this program featuring gems by great masters. Shostakovich’s lyrical and witty sides are evident in his Five Pieces, brought to life by new faculty members Grigory Kalinovsky and Toyin Spellman-Diaz. Nadia Boulanger was perhaps the most important musical pedagogue of the 20th century. Her exquisite Three Pieces are a rarely performed treat. The program concludes with the expressive First Piano Quartet by Boulanger’s teacher, Gabriel Fauré, featuring new faculty violinist Jennifer Frautschi.

Holley Hall

[SOON]  MUSIC: Sarasota Music Festival 2022: Basically Baroque , June 17, 7:30pm

The Basically Baroque Festival Friday will take place on Friday, June 17, 2022 at 7:30pm at Sarasota Opera House. The rhythms and textures that define Baroque music continue to inspire today’s composers, as evidenced in this delightfully diverse program. Accomplished jazz musician and new Festival faculty hornist Jeff Scott’s wind quintet, Startin’ Sumthin’, is a modern tribute to the energy of ragtime. The rich textures and vibrant colors of a 17th-century Venetian palazzo shine in Pulitzer Prize-winning composer Caroline Shaw’s Stucco & Brocatelle. Two Baroque masterpieces anchor the second half of this program. Travel back three centuries for the energizing virtuosity and soaring melodies of J.S. Bach’s glorious Double Violin Concerto, featuring Grammy-nominated violinist Jennifer Frautschi and Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra Concertmaster Margaret Batjer. The concert concludes with excerpts from Handel’s Water Music, written for performance as royal entertainment on the River Thames in 1717.

Sarasota Opera House

[SOON]  MUSIC: Sarasota Music Festival 2022: Mozart and Brahms , June 18, 7:30pm

The Mozart and Brahms Festival Saturday will take place on Saturday, June 18, 2022 at 7:30pm at Sarasota Opera House. The rapturous Second Sextet for Strings—Brahms’s musical farewell to a lost love—opens a program of music by composers who defined their eras. Margaret Batjer and Desmond Hoebig team up with four Festival fellows in Brahms’s exhilarating tour de force. “Entrée de Polymnie” is a brief, yet profoundly beautiful selection from French Baroque composer Jean-Philippe Rameau’s final opera Les Boréades. World-renowned pianist and Mozart scholar Robert Levin returns as soloist in Mozart’s darkly brooding Piano Concerto No. 24, the composer’s most richly scored work for piano and orchestra. Festival Music Director Jeffrey Kahane conducts the Festival Orchestra in this dramatic program.

Sarasota Opera House

[SOON]  BUSINESS: Amore Restaurant Extends Savor Sarasota Promotion to December , June 1 – December 18

Amore Restaurant has decided to extend Savor Sarasota Menu through December 18th (not combined with any other offer and, not available on special occasions). Savor Sarasota is a 3 course menu dinner for $35.00 per person. The restaurant offers a Portuguese and an Italian menu. They are open Wednesday through Sunday from 5 to 9PM. Fridays and Sundays 5 to 9:30pm. With indoor and outdoor seating available. Easy and free parking. Menu can be viewed here:https://www.amorelbk.com/savor-sarasota/

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