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SRQ DAILY Aug 5, 2022

Friday Weekend Edition

Friday Weekend Edition

"While WBTT is dedicated to producing the finest dramatic and musical theatre, my dream and passion has always been to help young, aspiring artists to develop their talents and have the opportunity to achieve success."

- Nate Jacobs, Westcoast Black Theatre Troupe Founder/Artistic Director.

[Arts & Entertainment]  A Weekend at the Opera
Dylan Campbell, dylan@srqme.com

This Friday night, kick off your weekend with a screening of Fiddler on the Roof at the Sarasota Opera - and then come back on Sunday for an HD screening of Giuseppe Verdi’s La Traviata. These dual screenings, of a classic movie on Friday’s and a modern, HD taped performance of an opera, started in mid-July and will run through late September, just in time to kick off Sarasota Opera’s Fall Season.

“The classic films are $12 dollars and HD are $22 for non-subscribers. People really enjoy seeing these movies and operas on the big screen with a really high quality sound system - the acoustics are great, which makes for a very luxurious and satisfying experience,” says Stephen Baker, Director of Marketing at the Opera.

The practice of summertime screenings is actually just the continuation of a long history of showing movies at the Opera. “It was originally built as a moviehouse and showed silent films in 1926. We even hosted the world premiere of Cecil B. Demile’s The Greatest Show on Earth in 1952,” says Baker.

While Friday night’s screening features a classic in Fiddler on the Roof - an adaptation of the 1964 musical and winner of three Academy Awards - the real gem of the weekend may indeed be Verdi’s La Traviata. The 19th century opera, which has a run time of three hours and 40 minutes, is a recording of a live production by The Royal Opera in 2021. “It’s one of Verdi’s most popular operas. “The way these productions are filmed too, allows viewers to experience different angles which in turn grants them the ability to fully appreciate the drama and impact of the story and accompanying music,” says Baker. Directed by Richard Eyre, La Traviata was sung in Italian but is overlaid with English subtitles - making it accessible to opera aficionados and newcomers alike. “It’s a really fun experience for people of all ages and can be a great introduction to the opera,” attests Baker.

Sarasota Opera, 61 N Pineapple Ave., Sarasota, 941-328-1300. 

Pictured: Giuseppe Verdis La Traviata. Photo courtesy of Sarasota Opera.

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[Scholarships]  Westcoast Black Theatre Troupe Awards Scholarships

Westcoast Black Theatre Troupe is proud to announce it has, for the fourth consecutive year, awarded WBTT Artist Development scholarships to deserving students. Last year, eight up-and-coming artists were presented with $2,000 scholarships for studies in a college or conservatory program in the performing arts or arts management for the 2021-2022 academic year. This year, WBTT has again provided eight young, aspiring artists with scholarships of $2,000 each. This year's recipients are: Ariana Fitzgerald, in her fourth year at Jacksonville University, receiving the scholarship in memory of Alan Kurland; Astrid McIntyre, in her second year at Southeastern University, receiving the Kitty and John Cranor Scholarship; Canela Vasquez, in her second year at State College of Florida, receiving the Marian Moss Scholarship; Charlotte Corporan, in her fourth year at Rollins College, receiving the Marie McKee and Robert Cole Scholarship; Jetta Strayhorn, in her second year at Harvard University, receiving the Jody and Bob Beresford Scholarship; Tay Marquise, in his fourth year at Pace University, receiving the Jack and Priscilla Schlegel Scholarship; and Todd Bellamy II, in his fourth year at Florida A&M University, and Zion Thompson, in his third year at State College of Florida, receiving scholarships in memory of Shelley Goldblatt.

"While WBTT is dedicated to producing the finest dramatic and musical theatre, my dream and passion has always been to help young, aspiring artists to develop their talents and have the opportunity to achieve success," said Jacobs. "We are so grateful to the supporters who have made it possible for us to contribute financially to the arts education of these students and look forward to seeing the impact on their lives and careers in the years ahead." To be eligible for a scholarship, a participant must have performed on the WBTT stage in at least two productions, worked at the theatre as an intern, and/or been a participant in the Stage of Discovery summer musical theatre intensive program. Funds are disbursed directly to the educational institution the awardee will be attending in the fall. 

Pictured: Astrid McIntyre and Zion Thompson (left), and Tay Marquise, Canela Vasquez and Ariana Fitzgerald (right), with WBTT Executive Director Julie Leach, Founder/Artistic Director Nate Jacobs and Board Chair Doris Johnson (center).

[Internships]  The Sarasota Chamber’s Opportunities For All Celebrates 25 Graduating Interns from the 2022 Summer Internship Program

The Greater Sarasota Chamber of Commerce’s Opportunities For All (OFA) was proud to celebrate the 2022 OFA Summer Internship program on Tuesday, August 2, 2022. This was the second year of OFA’s Summer Internship program, and the program continues to grow. Twenty-five interns were successfully connected to 18 Chamber members and local employers.
These 18 local employers gave a lifetime opportunity to our community's rising future leaders through OFA’s ten-week program. This program provides a win-win opportunity for local employers to have a diverse intern for the summer. Providing our bright, talented, leaders with this opportunity to broaden their exposure to the professional work world not only benefits employers, but it also contributes to the overall growth of the community and economy. Moreover, 85% of the interns were minorities. So far, four local employers have offered positions to their interns for continued employment.The Greater Sarasota Chamber of Commerce fully funded this experience through the Opportunities For All grant provided by the Charles & Margery Barancik Foundation. For more information or to learn more about the Opportunities For All program, please reach out to Kaveecia Moore, Opportunities For All Manager, at kmoore@sarasotachamber.com. 

[Recognition]  Laura Ansel Earns Public Relations Accreditation

The Florida Public Relations Association’s Central West Coast Chapter is pleased to announce that Laura Ansel has earned her Accreditation in Public Relations from the Universal Accreditation Board. Ansel graduated from the University of Dubuque in 2008 with a Masters in Communication and has more than fifteen years of marketing and public relations experience in a variety of industries from manufacturing and higher education to tourism and municipal government. She currently is the marketing and engagement coordinator for the Parks & Recreation Department of the City of North Port, the largest municipality in Sarasota County. The Accreditation in Public Relations (APR) credentials is a symbol of excellence within the public relations industry. Led by the Universal Accreditation Board and managed by the Public Relations Society of America, the credentials signify a commitment to the highest level of performance and ethical practices of public relations.Ansel now joins the more than 5,000 professionals nationally that represent an elite group of highly skilled public relations professionals committed to practicing with exemplary ethical standards. For more information about the accreditation process through the Florida Public Relations Association, visit cwcfpra.com/accreditation. 

[Announcement]  District Announces Acting Principal for Emma E. Booker Elementary School

Sarasota County Schools is pleased to announce that Ms. Cameron Parker has been selected to serve as the Acting Principal of Emma E. Booker Elementary School. Ms. Parker started her new position on Wednesday, August 3. She will be working with the school’s leadership team and outgoing principal, Ms. Edwina Oliver, to ensure students & families start off the new school year strong. Ms. Cameron Parker received her bachelor’s degree in Education from Stetson University. She has a master’s degree in Curriculum and Instruction from National Louis University in Tampa, as well as a master’s degree in Educational Leadership from the University of West Florida. Before starting her most recent role as the Professional Development Assistant Principal (PDAP) of Booker Middle School in 2016, Ms. Parker served as an Interim Assistant Principal at Laurel Nokomis School. She has also served as an Interim Assistant Principal at Fruitville Elementary School, an Information Technology Specialist and an Instructional Technology Trainer with Sarasota County Schools, as well as an Instructional Technology Coach and a 4th & 5th grade Teacher at Alta Vista Elementary School. Ms. Parker holds certifications in Elementary Education (K-6), Middle School Integrated Curriculum (6-9), Business Education (6-12), Principalship, and Educational Leadership in addition to an English for Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL) Endorsement. 

[Guest Speaker]  Regional Restaurateur and Business Leader Michael Klauber to Speak at DreamLarge Speaker Series

Michael Klauber, co-owner of Michael’s on East and Michael’s Wine Cellar, leading restaurateur and wine impresario, will speak at Dreamers & Doers on Thursday, August 11, an interactive speaker series hosted by DreamLarge. As one of the best networking events of the summer, Dreamers & Doers provides a platform for young professionals and business owners to network while learning from the global business leaders living in the Sarasota region. The series is presented by Gulf Coast Community Foundation and the Economic Development Corporation of Sarasota County. Michael Klauber, known for his fine dining establishment Michael’s on East, Sarasota’s only AAA Four Diamond Award restaurant, Michael’s Wine Cellar, and co-founding Sarasota-Manatee Originals, has a well-established name in the hospitality industry here in the Suncoast region. At a young age he took over the restaurant operations at his family-owned resort, which was awarded the “Grand Award” from the Wine Spectator Magazine in 1982 during his leadership. Klauber opened Michael’s On East in 1987 which has since won numerous awards including being inducted into the Nation's Restaurant News “Fine Dining Hall of Fame''. In 1994, he created the first-ever online restaurant website, exemplifying his innovative marketing techniques. His success in the hospitality industry and inventive strategies make him a valuable resource for anyone in the industry. Klauber is deeply invested in the local community and its future and has been a passionate supporter of The Bay Park since its inception. Recipe for Success with Michael Klauber will take place on Thursday, August 11 at 5:45 pm at The Bay Park. For more information about the event and to purchase tickets, visit https://recipeforsuccesswithmichaelklauber.eventbrite.com. The series continues on September 8 with Michael Saunders, founder and CEO of Michael Saunders & Company.   

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[SOON]  PERFORMANCE: Florida Studio Theatre Improv: The More You Know , August 6, 7:30pm

FST Improv Presents: The More You Know Saturday, August 6 at 7:30pm. It’s time to go back to school! Uproarious characters and memorable plot twists will arise as the audience provides suggestions that the FST Improv cast will improvise into a John Hughes Back to School-style epic. Whether you are a parent, a teacher, a teen, or a younger brother or sister, everyone can identify with the timeless characters that cross paths in our school’s hallways. Come relive your school days with FST Improv’s The More You Know!

Florida Studio Theatre's Bowne's Lab

[SOON]  HEALTH: Health and Wellness Beauty Fair , August 6, 11am-3pm

This relaxing day will feature the latest technology in non-invasive, no down time facial/neck treatment for fine lines and wrinkles, SofWave. On-site treatments, demos, discounts & samples, vendors & shopping, food, wine & live music + amazing door prizes! Free EMSlim body sculpting session w/ SofWave purchase. Please come out and meet Nancy Dowe, RN, BSN, Licensed Esthetician with 30 years of nursing and skincare experience and owner of Esteem Medical Aesthetics of Bradenton. Saturday, August 6th, 11 am to 3 pm, Peridia Golf and Country Club, 4950 Peridia Boulevard East, Bradenton, RSVP by text: 615-319-3603.

[SOON]  PERFORMANCE: Florida Studio Theatre: Rock & Roll Reignited With Not Fade Away , June 14 – August 7, Varies.

This is Rock & Roll Reignited! Inspired by the legendary music of artists like Buddy Holly, Elvis, Jerry Lee Lewis, and more, this new revue reignites Rock & Roll classics with sizzle, showmanship, and style. Fresh off their national tour, Not Fade Away has performed to sold out theatres in over 150 cities. Now, the four-piece band brings the best of the ‘50s and ‘60s to Sarasota with such hits as “It’s So Easy,” “Rave On,” “Johnny B. Goode,” and more. Rock & Roll Reignited With Not Fade Away, created by Jared Mancuso with musical arrangements by Jared Mancuso and Nick Gallardo plays June 14 - August 7, 2022, in FST's John C. Court Cabaret. Run Time is 70 minutes with a 15-minute intermission.

Florida Studio Theatre's John C. Court Cabaret

[SOON]  GRAB BAG: Hard Heart Burlesque at McCurdy's Comedy Theatre , August 7, 8:00 pm

Hard Heart Burlesque is back at McCurdy’s Comedy Theatre August 7 at 8pm for an unforgettable night of tease, variety and more. This show is a love letter to the films we love, each act paying homage to the silver screen. Hard Heart is bringing together some of the starlets of Florida burlesque to bring you a steamy night of celluloid. Starring your producers "the sweetheart with a switchblade," Miss Marina Elaine and "the quadruple threat," Karma Kandlewick, this smoke show features the talents of Dahlia Dupre, Morgan La Rue, Nilla Bean, Mr. Mary and your emcee, the one and only, Lady LaLa. Tickets are $37 and can be purchased here: https://www.mccurdyscomedy.com/shows/show.cfm?shoID=404.

[SOON]  PERFORMANCE: Florida Studio Theatre: New York State of Mind: All the Hits of Billy Joel With The Uptown Boys , August 9 – October 2, Varies.

With more than 40 years of cumulative work on some of Broadway’s biggest hits, The Uptown Boys use Billy Joel’s rich songbook as a way to share their stories of life, love, and trying to make it in New York City. Whether you’re a fan of Billy Joel’s entire catalogue or just a casual listener, The Uptown Boys have something to satisfy everyone. Featuring such hits as “Only The Good Die Young,” “For the Longest Time,” “Piano Man,” and many more you know and love. New York State of Mind: All the Hits of Billy Joel With The Uptown Boys™ by Alexander Aguilar and John De Simini will play beginning August 9, 2022 in FST's John C. Court Cabaret. Run Time is 70 minutes with a 15-minute intermission.

Florida Studio Theatre's John C. Court Cabaret

[SOON]  GRAB BAG: Tap Takeover Tuesdays at Geckos on Hillview Street , August 9 – August 31, 7:00-8:00 pm

Still going strong on the second Tuesday of each month. We are local and we support local! Join us from 7:00-8:00 to sample flights of the latest craft beer offerings from our local craft breweries as they take over our taps, along with all your favorite Geckos fare. August is Sierra Nevada Brewery’s five newest craft beers to enjoy. Hillview-Southside Village, 1900 Hillview Street, Sarasota. wwwgeckosgrill.com

Gecko’s on Hillview

[SOON]  GRAB BAG: Artful Philanthropy at The Ringling , August 10, 10:30 am

The John and Mable Ringling Museum of Art is pleased to offer community members interested in philanthropy, estate planning, and making an impact on arts and culture a variety of resources, including seminars, curator talks, and panel presentations. In collaboration with the national organization Black Philanthropy Month (BPM) which engages 19 million people across 60 countries celebrating Black philanthropy, The Ringling is proud to host this dynamic panel discussion on the deep history and culture of giving by black women, and the importance of family philanthropy in Black communities. Join us for Black Women in Philanthropy: A Lesson in Altruism + Engaging the Next Generation, taking place on Wednesday, August 10, at 10:30 AM in The Ringing's Chao Lecture Hall. The session is FREE to attend, and will feature Dr. Caryl Sheffield, President of the Masala Giving Circle; Dr. Lisa Merritt, Executive Director for the Multicultural Health Institute and Member of The Ringling Board of Directors; and Ranata Reeder, Vice President, Knowledge and Equity at the Community Foundation of Sarasota County. The Ringling's Associate Director of Development, Michelle Young, will moderate the discussion. Morning refreshments will be provided.

[SOON]  MUSIC: Sarasota Art Museum: Jazz Thursdays , January 13 – January 12, 5:30pm-8:30pm

Jazz Thursdays at Sarasota Art Museum will runs through January 12, 2023 from 5:30pm to 8:30pm. FREE for Members, $20 for Not-Yet Members. Sarasota Art Museum invites you to be our guest at our first Jazz Thursday at SAM, featuring Hot Club of SRQ. Sarasota Art Museum is partnering with the Jazz Club of Sarasota for Jazz Thursdays. Join us for our special late-night performances on the Marcy & Michael Klein Plaza. Jazz Thursdays will occur on the second Thursday of each month until January 12, 2023. Galleries + Bistro + Shop will be open.

[SOON]  PERFORMANCE: Florida Studio Theatre: The Jersey Tenors: Part II , July 19 – September 11, Varies.

Back with a new show, this opera/rock mash-up sensation blends iconic opera classics with Rock & Roll hits from artists like Queen, Journey, and Elton John, along with the songs from Jersey’s finest—Frankie Valli and The Four Seasons and Bon Jovi. From Frank Sinatra to Figaro, hear The Tenors’ original arrangements of songs celebrating artists from the stage to the screen, including “Walk Like A Man,” “Your Song,” “That’s Life,” “Eye of the Tiger,” “Bohemian Rhapsody,” and many more. The Jersey Tenors: Part II, created and conceived by Brian Noonan, will play beginning July 19, 2022 in FST's Goldstein Cabaret. Run Time is 70 minutes with a 15-minute intermission.

Florida Studio Theatre's Goldstein Cabaret

[SOON]  GRAB BAG: Farmers' Market at Lakewood Ranch , January 2 – December 25, 10am-2pm

The Farmers’ Market at Lakewood Ranch is home to more than 90 curated vendors of the region’s best food and flavors, located at Waterside Place in Lakewood Ranch. It takes place every Sunday from 10am to 2pm at Waterside Place. It’s your weekend destination for organic produce, meat, poultry, seafood, bread, pasta, juices and prepared foods. Stay up to date on vendors and events by visiting TheMarketLWR.com.

[SOON]  BUSINESS: The Bazaar on Apricot & Lime: Limelight Market , April 23 – December 17, 10am-3pm

Every 3rd Saturday from 10-3 The Bazaar on Apricot & Lime opens their outdoor space for guest vendors, dog rescues, and live music. Check out the 40 local creators and curators inside The Bazaar every Thursday - Saturday. Enjoy a delicious lunch and support local. Free, until you buy something amazing! 

[SOON]  GALLERY: Atelier de SoSi Art Show , August 12 – September 22, 7pm-10pm

Atelier de SoSi announces the opening of their newest art show “An Artful Home at Atelier.” Exhibition Dates: August 12th - Sep 22nd; Opening night: August 12th 7-10pm; Gallery hours Tues - Wed - Thur 1 - 5pm. “An Artful Home at Atelier” - focus is to showcase that art can be both functional and beautiful. Atelier de SoSi’s gallery space will be transformed to represent a living space. Displaying functional art such as: handmade table settings, glassware, lighting, textiles, furniture, etc. The space will also be featuring one of a kind paintings, sculptures and an array of other unique pieces. We want to show the viewer that artwork comes in all shapes, sizes and functionalities. Yes, your coffee table can be a piece of artwork along with your favorite reading chair, lamp, and coffee mug. Art can touch every area of our lives, come see examples of this and find one of a kind pieces for your own living space.

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