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SRQ DAILY Aug 19, 2022

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"We are beyond thrilled to have the Poet Laureate of the United States coming to Sarasota to celebrate this program and our students. This is a fantastic opportunity for our students to meet and work with one of the most successful contemporary poets in the nation."

- Jim Shirley, Executive Director of the Arts and Cultural Alliance of Sarasota County.

[Arts & Entertainment]  Arts and Cultural Alliance Executive Director to Retire
Dylan Campbell, dylan@srqme.com

On August 1st, the Arts and Cultural Alliance of Sarasota County announced that their executive director, Jim Shirley, will retire at the end of December 2022. Shirley has assumed leadership of the Alliance since first stepping into the role thirteen years ago in 2009. Since then, he has helped spearhead the efforts of the organization responsible for being the chief advocate of all facets in the art community. Although not a native Sarasotan, Shirley’s path to the Arts and Cultural Alliance began out of a need to be more involved in the community.

“It’s kind of an interesting and convoluted story. Although I was involved in the arts as a patron for many years, I have no artistic talent myself. I grew up in a small town in Arkansas, and always envisioned myself as a hometown guy. I always thought that I’d have a job and career doing that, but my career in medical sales took me and my wife all over the country. We first began visiting Sarasota in the early ‘70s and came back for good when our children were in elementary school,” says Shirley.

That stability offered Shirley the rare opportunity to truly involve himself in the community - the way he had always envisioned he would from his time growing up in a small town. “For the first time in my life, my career and my family were in the same area for the foreseeable future - I finally had the opportunity to sink my teeth into something. I told some friends of mine if there’s anything that opens up where my skill set could be applicable, I’d love to give it a shot. Low and behold not long after, the Arts and Cultural Alliance (then called the Arts Council) gave me a call. They said it’s all about the arts but they needed business help,” says Shirley. “What we’ve continued is to serve as the umbrella organization for all of the arts and culture of Sarasota County.” 

Pictured: Jim Shirley. Photo provided by the Arts and Cultural Alliance.

[Arts & Entertainment]  Ada Limón, Poet Laureate of the United States, to visit Sarasota

The Arts and Cultural Alliance of Sarasota County recently announced the launch of a youth poet laureate program for the Culture Coast region. The Sarasota Youth Poet Laureate program aims to identify young writers and leaders who are committed to poetry and performance, civic and community engagement, diversity and social justice across Sarasota, Manatee, DeSoto and Charlotte Counties. Applicants should be between the ages of 13 and 19 and must be a resident of Sarasota, Manatee, DeSoto or Charlotte County. Along with completion of the application, students are required to submit three original poems, totalling no more than six pages. Finalists will be asked to attend a judging session so that their ability to present their poems effectively (as well as writing good poems) can be assessed. Applications are due no later than Friday, September 30, 2022 at 5:00 PM. A Youth Poetry Laureate Committee made up of professional poets, publishers and spoken word artists with connections to our community will review the submissions and recommend candidates for consideration. The Arts and Cultural Alliance of Sarasota County will make the final appointment of the Youth Poet Laureate, who earns a $500 stipend and embarks on a year of opportunities as an ambassador for literary arts and youth expression. They also qualify to be selected as the National Youth Poet Laureate. The inaugural Sarasota Youth Poet Laureate, along with the other finalists will be presented at an award ceremony on Monday, November 7th, 2022 at the Historic Asolo Theatre at The Ringling. To honor this inaugural event and special evening, Ada Limón, Poet Laureate of the United States, will attend as the guest of honor. During her visit, Limón will also visit a school in the region to meet and work with students passionate about the literary arts.

“We are beyond thrilled to have the Poet Laureate of the United States coming to Sarasota to celebrate this program and our students,” Jim Shirley, Executive Director of the Arts and Cultural Alliance of Sarasota County said. “This is a fantastic opportunity for our students to meet and work with one of the most successful contemporary poets in the nation. 

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[SRQ Book Club]  Profiles in Ignorance: How America’s Politicians Got Dumb and Dumber by Andy Borowitz

I broke my abstinence of plugging my ears and covering my eyes to political news and took in Andy Borowitz’s (former Harvard Lampoon President and current New Yorker Contributor) Profiles in Ignorance: How America’s Politicians Got Dumb and Dumber. Borowitz’s comically wry and super documented devolution of politicians lured me into both laughing and feeling the urge to cry at what a depressing aftermath we’ve deviated to since the likes of heroes carved into Mount Rushmore.

Borowitz frames his lament into three time stages: Ridicule, Acceptance and Celebration. In the first stage, Reagan and Quayle are a few of the politicians over whom Americans grew appalled. In Acceptance, Clinton’s sax playing, George W.’s chuckling gaffes and Palin's geography blunders lulled Americans into thinking it was beneficial to vote for politicians with whom we could hit the pubs. Currently, many are mixed up in the current sad state of affairs, Borowitz’s Celebration stage, where smart politicians mask their intelligence, pandering to and entering the group fray.

Borowitz’s book thankfully ends with an action plan to help end the Age of Ignorance insisting that political activism (getting active in local level politics and change) is much more sensible that what he calls political hobbyism sitting on the sidelines and commenting on social media thinking you can change minds from the web’s impersonal distance. He is also a fan of my aforementioned avoidance to ‘news’ in favor of attending local governmental meetings.

Profiles in ignorance is available for pre-order at www.sarasotabooks.com or in store upon its publication date of September 13, 2022. ISBN #: 9781668003886

[Arts & Entertainment]  Ring Sarasota to Hold Fall Handbell Workshop

Ring Sarasota is proud to announce its inaugural Fall Handbell Workshop on Saturday, October 22, 2022 at Pine Shores Presbyterian Church, Sarasota, FL. Attendees will join members of Ring Sarasota for three different class sessions, brushing up on handbell techniques and learning ways to improve their skills. Directors are encouraged to take part in a roundtable discussion, focusing on best practices for bell choirs, how to expand your choir membership, and more! Ring Sarasota encourages full choirs to participate, but welcomes all ringers interested in honing their skills. Registration costs $10 per person, but there is a break in price of $80 for choirs/groups with more than eight participants. The Ring Sarasota Fall Workshop is scheduled for 9 am – 12:30 pm on Saturday, October 22, 2022. Registration/check-in starts at 8:30 a.m. Light snacks will be provided. Ringers should bring their own gloves, but no other equipment is necessary. 

For more information, or to register, click here.

[Arts & Entertainment]  Florida Studio Theatre Extends The Jersey Tenors - Part II

Florida Studio Theatre (FST) announces the extension of the hit Cabaret, The Jersey Tenors – Part II, due to audience demand. Called “One of the best ever at FST” and “Good in so many ways” by the Venice Gondolier-Sun, this energetic music revue highlights The Jersey Tenors’ signature sound, mashing up Rock & Roll hits with opera staples. Featuring such songs as “Killer Queen,” “Eye of the Tiger,” and “’O Sole Mio,” The Jersey Tenors – Part II highlights the quartet’s first-rate vocals, original music arrangements, and crowd-pleasing showmanship. Created and conceived by Brian Noonan, The Jersey Tenors’ latest show will now run in FST’s Goldstein Cabaret through September 18, 2022. Tickets are now on sale at FloridaStudioTheatre.org or 941.366.9000.  The group first appeared at FST during the summer of 2017 and their first show was a hit with audiences and critics, alike. The Jersey Tenors – Part II continues the group’s popularity with reviewers and the public. Due to audience demand, FST is extending the run of The Jersey Tenors – Part II an additional week. The popular Cabaret will now play in FST’s Goldstein Cabaret through September 18, 2022. 

Pictured: Left to Right): Vaden Thurgood, Brandon Lambert, Michael Pilato, and Brian Noonan. Photo by FST.

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[Recognition]  Blalock Walters Attorneys Named in 2023 The Best Lawyers in America©

Blalock Walters, P.A. is pleased to announce that five attorneys have been selected by their peers for inclusion in Best Lawyers in America® 2023 and two attorneys have been named “Lawyer of the Year.” Mark P. Barnebey received the Best Lawyers in America® 2023 Land Use and Zoning Law “Lawyer of the Year” award in Sarasota metro area. Additionally, Will C. Robinson was named Best Lawyers in America® 2023 Real Estate Law “Lawyer of the Year” in Sarasota metro area. Only a single lawyer in each practice area and designated metropolitan area is honored as the Best Lawyers "Lawyer of the Year," making this accolade particularly significant. Clifford L. Walters, III has been named in the Best Lawyers in America® 2023 list in the field of Real Estate Law; Charles F. Johnson selected in the practice area of Commercial and Litigation – Real Estate and Commercial Litigation; Matthew J. Lapointe was selected for Corporate Law; Fred E. Moore was selected in Commercial Litigation; and Jenifer S. Schembri is being recognized in Tax Law. 

[SOON]  GALLERY: The Ringling: Eleanor Merritt: Remembrance , February 18 – August 21, Museum hours.

The Ringling is pleased to present an exhibition that celebrates the life and artwork of Eleanor Merritt from February 18, 2022 to August 21, 2022. Eleanor was a dedicated volunteer at The Ringling for many years as a docent and Board member. She also served as president of the Venice Art Center and was active in other arts organizations as well. Eleanor passed away in 2019 leaving a legacy of art and public service. This exhibition is dedicated to her spirit and creativity and represents a small sample of a significant body of work the artist created over her long career. Beginning with an early work from the 1950s Untitled (Seated Figure) and concluding with her last painting Blue Embrace of 2018, the exhibition highlights her creative use of materials, movement between figuration and abstraction, and her commitment to women’s rights. The works in the exhibition come from the artist’s estate and from a few prestigious private collections. The artist’s daughter, Lisa, and artist Mike Solomon were critical guides in the development of this exhibition. 

[SOON]  PERFORMANCE: Florida Studio Theatre: Smoke & Mirrors , August 3 – August 21, Varies.

Hamilton Orr will stop at nothing to get what he wants. A top Hollywood director, Hamilton comes up with deadly scheme to gain control over a multi-million-dollar film. He just needs to persuade the movie’s screenwriter, Clark, to get onboard. And make sure that Barbara, his wife, plays her part. When his plot doesn’t go as planned, Hamilton comes face-to-face with the wily local sheriff, Leroy. Smoke and Mirrors keeps the audience guessing (and laughing) until the end. Smoke and Mirrors by Will Osborne and Anthony Herrera will play beginning August 3, 2022 in FST's Gompertz Theatre. Run Time is 2 hour and 10 minutes with a 15-minute intermission.

Florida Studio Theatre's Gompertz Theatre

[SOON]  THEATER: Manatee Performing Arts Center: HOW TO SUCCEED IN BUSINESS WITHOUT REALLY TRYING! , August 11 – August 23, Varied

Wouldn’t it be great if you could become successful with a single book? Well, J. Pierrepont Finch seems to have hit the jackpot. “How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying” follows Finch from being a common window washer to a high executive with the help of a small book. However, does that book help with all the problems that he faces to reach his dream? Does it answer how to handle betrayal, caffeine addiction, or love? With music by Frank Loesser (composer of “Guys and Dolls”) we’ll follow Finch and his struggle to balance business power and true love. For more information visit www.manateeperformingartscenter.com, Ticket Office

Manatee Performing Arts Center , 502 Third Avenue West Bradenton, FL 34205

[SOON]  GRAB BAG: Bar Bingo at Geckos on Hillview Street , August 1 – August 29, 7:30 pm

Join Geckos in Southside Village every Monday at 7:30 pm for Bar B-I-N-G-O! Free to play. Sponsored by various local craft breweries and distilleries with prizes galore from our sponsors and Gecko’s. We’ll play between 5-7 rounds of Bingo each week and a special chit will be given out each Monday to be collected by attendees. Every four weeks the final round of Bingo for the night will be a grand prize round and the collected chits will be used to exchange for bingo cards for a grand prize round; this month on 8/29. The more Mondays that a guest plays, the more bingo cards that they will have to play for the grand prize. August Bingo is sponsored by Sierra Nevada Brewery and Nolets Finest Gins. wwwgeckosgrill.com

[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]  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]  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/

[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.

[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! 

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