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SRQ DAILY Sep 2, 2022

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"For us, a lot of it was mixing up the styles of song throughout the show, so the audience feels like they’re going for a ride and by the time it’s done they can’t believe that the time just flew by."

- Alex Aguilar, Choreographer.

[Arts & Entertainment]  You Can Still Catch FST's New York State of Mind--All the Hits of Billy Joel with the Uptown Boys
Dylan Campbell, dylan@srqme.com

This past Tuesday, August 30th, Florida Studio Theatre announced that they would be extending the run of their Summer Cabaret Series hit production, New York State of Mind - All the Hits of Billy Joel with The Uptown Boys by one week. New York State of Mind, an original revue created by choreographer Alex Aguilar and music supervisor John De Simini, who together have 40 years of cumulative experience working on Broadway, will play through October 9th, 2022.

“We like to say that it’s Jersey Boys meets Billy Joel. It has the swagger of Broadway and has a little bit of the New York, New Jersey vibe, but instead of the Frankie Valli catalog, we’ve kind of substituted that format with a Billy Joel catalog for a fresh take, says Aguilar. “ As great as the Frankie Vallie shows are, it’s kind of a saturated market. Billy Joel wrote so many different styles of music that span across generations which makes for a really entertaining show.

Part of bearing the responsibility of performing the different styles of Billy Joel’s music is knowing when to perform which songs. “A lot of it is about just trying to keep the show moving so there’s not a lot of stalling out so to speak. With Billy Joel’s music that involves separating a lot of his ballads, even though his ballads are some of his most favorite songs,” says Aguilar. “If you did a 90-minute show of just his ballads everyone would be asleep. For us, a lot of it was mixing up the styles of song throughout the show, so the audience feels like they’re going for a ride and by the time it’s done they can’t believe that the time just flew by.”

For De Simini, as the music supervisor, the creative process involves more massaging around the traditional arrangements of Billy Joel’s music, instead of creating an entirely new piece. “Why try to fix what isn’t broken? A lot of the time we try to keep Billy Joel true to his musical arrangements, but even so, my half of the creative process looks something like this: I’ll make an arrangement, mock it up, send it over to Alex who will add the staging and make any tweaks, and then we’ll set it up to be recorded,” says De Simini.

Florida Studio Theatre, 1241 North Palm Avenue, Sarasota, Box Office: 941-366-9000. 

Pictured: Michael Fasano and Sergi Robles performing the hits of Billy Joel. Photo courtesy of FST.

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[Nonprofits]  Register for Nonprofit Workshop on Building Better Bylaws

It’s time to register for the upcoming workshop Building Better Bylaws with Whitney Crettol on Friday, September 30. The workshop is for nonprofit board officers, members of governance or board development committees, or directors of organizations that have not updated their bylaws in three years. Registration is available online at www.gulfcoastcf.org/events. The workshop is intended to help nonprofits set themselves up for success when building their bylaws and policies. Participants will learn about the relationship between state law, Articles of Incorporation, and bylaws; discuss the most recent leading practices; and explore specific examples to assist in developing relevant and understandable governing rules. Topics include, yet are not limited to, board size, officer positions, term limits, meetings, committees, amendments, and change of control, among others. The morning-long workshop (8:30 a.m. breakfast; 9:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. presentation) costs $35, which includes breakfast, and will take place at Gulf Coast Community Foundation’s new Sarasota Philanthropy Center, 1549 State Street, Sarasota. Reservations are required to attend. Invest in Incredible is Gulf Coast Community Foundation’s nonprofit capacity-building initiative. Through free online resources, group training workshops, and customized consulting engagements, Invest in Incredible helps nonprofit organizations across the Gulf Coast region improve their board governance and operational effectiveness. 

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[Free Event]  Mara Torres González to Speak About Her Visual Art Book Exploring the Aftermath of Hurricane María in Puerto Rico

On September 20, 2017, Hurricane María made landfall in Puerto Rico, while Puerto Ricans were still coping with the aftermath of Hurricane Irma. Ruthless, sustained winds of 155 miles per hour and torrential rain for more than 30 hours, resulted in an island wide blackout and a humanitarian crisis. With unprepared municipal governments, slow federal response, no access to electricity or cell service, Puerto Ricans were kept away from reality and basic necessities like clean water, food and medical care. 4,645 lives were lost. Five months after María, a quarter of the island still lacked electricity. Approximately 130,000 Puerto Ricans (U.S. citizens) left Puerto Rico, including Mara Torres González. Now a Sarasota resident and founder of M A R AArt Studio + Gallery in Sarasota, Torres González tells the story of the resilient, through “209,” a book featuring her own artwork and published by the Peppertree Press, LLC. “209,” which refers to the date the hurricane took place—September 20—features images of Torres González’s mixed-media paintings, with photography. The book also includes a poem about the hurricane by the New Jersey poet and author Danny Shot, which Torres González will read at this event, which happens to take place on the same day as the hurricane, five years later. Meet Mara Torres González and listen to her speak about the artwork she created for the book at a free event on Tuesday, September 20, 4-6 p.m., at Sarasota Art Museum, 1001 S. Tamiami Trail in Sarasota. The book will be available for purchase. For more information, email Torres González at mara@marastudiogallery.com. Learn more about the artist on her website: www.marastudiogallery.com. 

Pictured: Reconocidos_by Mara Torres González. Photo courtesy of the artist.

[Growth]  First 1,000 Days Suncoast Expands Services in DeSoto County as Region Grows

First 1,000 Days Suncoast will expand into DeSoto County, where more than 80 families made a 50-plus mile drive in 2021 to deliver their babies. The Sarasota Memorial Health Care System, which provides support for families and babies through the First 1,000 Days Suncoast initiative, is seeking to enhance its impact as the number of births increases across the region. In 2021, Sarasota Memorial Health Care System saw over 4,200 deliveries, an increase of more than 300 births from 2020. DeSoto was a natural first stop: With few doctors and a limited number of social service agencies, families in DeSoto County lack consistent access to prenatal care, parenting education, and other wrap-around services proven to enhance childhood development. Focus groups with mothers, fathers, and grandparents in DeSoto County revealed that language and cultural barriers within the system of care are major obstacles even when they are able to access services. First 1,000 Days Suncoast made strategic efforts to expand its footprint in DeSoto County by hiring Tina Wilson, a bilingual nurse responsible for working directly with families to navigate care. The expansion is funded through a three-year, $130,000 grant from Elsa and Peter Soderberg Charitable Foundation. The Soderberg Foundation enhances access to quality health services, economic empowerment opportunities, and adequate food and housing with the goal of boosting quality of life. The initiative follows a “no wrong door approach” designed so that any person, regardless of point of entry, can connect to the services they need. This process is done through a social determinants of First 1,000 Days DeSoto Expansion health software system used by healthcare and social service agencies called, Unite Us. The free, HIPAA-compliant tool allows agencies to refer clients electronically, taking the burden off the individual to place phone calls or visit multiple offices to schedule appointments. 

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[Boys and Girls Clubs of Sarasota]  16th Intertape Polymer Group Leadership Breakfast


The 16th Annual IPG - Intertape Polymer Group Leadership Breakfast is just one week away and we have a limited amount of tickets left for sale. We're so excited to welcome 300+ guests to our Lee Wetherington Boys & Girls Club to honor Carolyn Mason, Community Leader, and Steve Cantees, Secondary Schools Executive Director for their commitment to empower youth as leaders in our community! Individual tickets are $50, and can be purchased here.


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[Free Event]  24th Annual Cortez Nautical Flea Market to be bigger and better than ever

Do you love feeling the salty breeze in your hair and the sun on your face? Are you looking for deals on fishing poles, cast nets, and life preservers? Have a hankering for coastal art and beachy crafts? Then make plans to attend the Cortez Nautical Flea Market! This FREE family-friendly event, held on Saturday, October 8th, 2022, from 8:30 am to 12:30 pm, is co-hosted by the Florida Maritime Museum (FMM) and the Cortez Cultural Center (CCC). Parking will be available at the F.I.S.H. Preserve located on Cortez Road next to the Cortez Cultural Center directly east of the Florida Maritime Museum. The Cortez Nautical Flea Market has something for everyone! In addition to bargains on marine gear and nautical arts & crafts, this free event will feature a food truck, fun activities for all ages, and freebies from local community organizations. There is still time to sign up as a vendor! Early bird registration fee is only $25 until September 15th and $35 after. To reserve your spot as a marine flea market vendor, use the link below (FMM side); to sign up to be an arts and crafts vendor, email cvhs2016@aol.com (CCC side). This year’s event is sure to be bigger and better than ever thanks to sponsorships through the Friends of the Florida Maritime Museum! We would like to express our gratitude to the Bradenton Herald for their media sponsorship and the Florida Institute for Saltwater Heritage for sponsoring free parking. Thanks to the efforts of the Friends of FMM, we have event sponsors not only for Nautical Flea Market, but for all events throughout the year. We really can't say thank you enough to the AMI Islander for 12 months of media sponsorship and to Chiles Hospitality for their year-round commitment as a Platinum sponsor. Want to help support? Reach out to the Friends of FMM at flmaritimefriends@gmail.com for the 2022 sponsorship package. The Florida Maritime Museum, located at 4415 119th Street West in the historic fishing village of Cortez, offers a snapshot of old Florida through a collection of informative exhibits, educational programs, community events, and research materials. Visit FloridaMaritimeMuseum.org for more information, or call (941) 708-6120. 

For more information click here or to sign up as a vendor click here

[Scholarships]  PGT Innovations Supports Team Members Educational Goals With Over $1 Million in Tuition Reimbursement and Scholarships

PGT Innovations (NYSE: PGTI), a national leader in the premium window and door category, is helping its team members and their dependents pursue their educational goals through its tuition reimbursement program and Inspire the Future scholarship program. Through these two programs, the manufacturing firm has contributed close to $1.2 million in funding over the past four years.The tuition reimbursement program was launched in 2018 and is available to eligible PGT Innovations team members across the country. Dependent on grades achieved in the courses, the amount reimbursed to team members can be up to 100 percent of the cost of education.Since 2018, 83 team members have utilized the program for degrees in business, accounting, engineering, computer science, human resources, business administration, and marketing. Individuals have also sought out certifications instead of degrees, including Supply Chain certification and Commercial Driver's License (CDL) certification. Roughly $800,000 has been contributed from PGTI to assist with these endeavors. Kristopher P. Geyer-Roberts, Engineering Services Manager at PGT Innovations, started with the organization five years ago as a Manufacturing Engineer. After learning about the tuition reimbursement program through the human resources department, Geyer-Roberts made use of the offered benefit to earn his professional engineering license from Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology. He is now currently pursuing his master's in business administration at Indiana University. Additionally, the manufacturing leader has their Inspire the Future scholarship program, which is offered solely to dependents of PGTI employees and offers $2,000 annually toward any secondary education pursuit, including technical school, certification program, university or community college until the education program is complete.Since that program’s inception in 2018, a grand total of 205 scholarships have been awarded with a dollar amount of $382,500. PGTI offers various leadership and training courses to its team members, including topics from The 21 Irrefutable Laws of Leadership and Dale Carnegie. Last year, the company also celebrated a class of graduates from the in-house CDL driver certification training program that they organized in response to the nationwide CDL driver shortage. 

[SRQist]  The New Kid In Town
Dylan Campbell, dylan@srqme.com

THE NEW KID IN TOWN | Dingbat Theatre Project paves the way for ultra-accessible, audience friendly theater.

Learn more about the Dingbat Theatre Project through the link, on our social media, or in the September edition of SRQ Magazine! 

[SOON]  GRAB BAG: Bookstore1Sarasota: Author Talk & Book Signing with Jason Cannon , September 3, 12pm-1pm

This Above All: How to Live an Artistic Life. Author Talk & Book Signing with Jason Cannon. Bookstore1Sarasota 117 S. Pineapple Ave. Sarasota, FL 34236 September 3rd, 2022. 12pm-1pm. Price $0 – $8. Is there something holding you back from what you know you can do? From who you know you can be? Are you always starting, but never finishing? Your novel? Your music? Your painting, poetry, sculpture, or play? Do you struggle to maintain passion and balance in your work, your exercise routine, or your relationship? If you answered "yes" to any of these questions, then this book is for you. Come participate in a Q&A with Jason, buy the book, and get it signed. For more information visit www.sarasotabooks.com

Bookstore1Sarasota , 117 S. Pineapple Ave. Sarasota, FL 34236

[SOON]  SCIENCE AND NATURE: Robinson Preserve: Stargazing , September 3, 8PM-11PM

An astronomical extravaganza! Join us for an evening of stargazing in the Robinson Preserve Expansion. Dozens of local astronomers will be set up in the Robinson Preserve Expansion, with telescopes at the ready. Be sure to bring a sense of wonder and exploration and view the skies through high-powered telescopes. Learn how to identify these heavenly bodies, and how you can stargaze at home too. Program suitable for all ages. Sat, September 3, 2022 8:00 PM - 11:00 PM EDT Located 10299 9th Avenue Northwest Bradenton, FL 34209


[SOON]  GRAB BAG: The Sarasota Modern: Wink Wink Modern Pool , September 4, Noon-5pm

The Sarasota Modern & Hiatus Tequila present Wink Wink Modern Pool: Sunday Funday! Join us for some end-of-summer fun on Sept 4, 2022! 12:00 PM to 5:00 PM. $30 General Admission $40 at the door VIP Rentals (prices vary, limited availbility). Our Wink Wink Modern Pool Bar will offer a full menu fun tropical fusion bites and featuring Hiatus Tequila cocktails. DJ Joey D will be playing Tropical House and your favorite summer time tunes from Noon til' 5:00 PM. This event is 21+. ID's will be checked and wristbands will be given out upon arrival. Valet Parking $14.00 per vehicle All registered Sarasota Modern Hotel guests are allowed free access to this event Please see our front desk agents for your wristband for entry. $30 General Admission Online, $40 at the door.

[SOON]  THEATER: Urbanite Theatre: Mr. Yunioshi , September 7 – September 11, Varied

MR. YUNIOSHI Written, Directed and Performed by J. Elijah Cho. A Limited Engagement. September 7 - 11, 2022. Urbanite Theatre. What compels an actor to play a character that they probably shouldn't? In this side splitting roast, J. Elijah Cho cleverly answers that question by exploring Mickey Rooney's infamous yellowface performance of Mr. Yunioshi in Breakfast at Tiffany's. For tickets and info contact - phone (941) 321-1397, email info@urbanitetheatre.com, website www.urbanitetheatre.com

Urbanite Theatre , 1487 2nd Street Sarasota FL, 34236

[SOON]  DANCE: Bailando at The Bay: Dance Lessons , September 7, 6:30pm-9pm

Learn a variety of Latin dance styles that are suitable for beginners or advanced dancers. September 7th feature Bachata! Fred Astaire Dance Studios partners with The Bay to offer this new dance series! Enjoy learning a variety of Latin dance styles that are suitable for beginners and advanced dancers. Dance lessons will take place from 6:30-7:15pm, and then practice your skills at a dance party hosted by DJ Nando from 7:30-9pm. Dance style focus on September 7th: Bachata! Location Van Wezel Terrace 777 North Tamiami Sarasota, FL 34236

[SOON]  PERFORMANCE: The Players Centre: Side by Side by Sondheim , September 8 – September 18, Varied

Join The Players in their 93rd Season with Six That Matter – shows that explore finding purpose, the universal desire to live a life that matters, to fully appreciate aspiration. Be it finding true love, sacrificing it all, a life of devotion, cultivating artistry, finding fame, each of these unforgettable shows- important in their own genres, are celebrations of greatness, of striving for more, that will make memories, sparking feelings of joy- of what being alive fully means. Side by Side by Sondheim is a revue that celebrates the wit and genius of musical theatre’s most influential artist, who searched for what it means to be alive. Get ready to laugh, cry and fall in love with lyrics that are heartbreakingly true and music that captures the soaring emotions of a new generation with Side by Side by Sondheim. Simple and unpretentious, this Tony Award-winning musical is a perfect introduction to the work of this contemporary master and a must for diehard fans. September 8th-18th, 2022. For tickets visit theplayers.org, Ph. 941-365-2494, email BoxOffice@ThePlayers.org

The Players Centre For Performing Arts, Performance Venue & Box Office The Crossings at Siesta Key 3501 South Tamiami Trail, Suite 1130 Sarasota, FL 34239

[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]  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]  PERFORMANCE: Florida Studio Theatre Improv: We're Doomed , August 13 – September 24, 7:30pm

FST Improv Presents: We're Doomed Beginning August 13 on Saturdays at 7:30pm. In a world where blockbusters come and go, FST Improv entertains with an unforgettable, original, and fully improvised motion picture! The cast of We’re Doomed will perform an improvised horror movie based on a title provided by the audience! We’ll leave the fancy equipment behind as we use unique staging, special effects and onstage acrobatics to recreate the excitement and magic of the silver screen. You’ll even get to see improvised previews of upcoming attractions.

Florida Studio Theatre's Bowne's Lab

[SOON]  FILM: From Script to Screen , September 16, 7:00 pm

Like an opportunity to discuss a film based on a classic Rainer Werner Fassbinder Play? How about Friday September 16 th 7 pm? Q&A directly following the film. By Bookseller Roxanne @ Burns Court Theater following the film: Peter Von Kant, Directed by Francois Ozon. Tickets available at: https://filmsociety.org/movies/showing.cfm?shoID=91977.

[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]  PERFORMANCE: Venice Theatre: The Revolutionists , September 16 – October 2, Varied

The Revolutionists by Lauren Gunderson. Four bodacious women lose their heads (literally) in this irreverent, women-centered tragicomedy set during the French Revolution. This witty, thought-provoking, raucously funny adventure was inventively conceived by one of today’s most-produced American playwrights. * Includes adult language/themes. Audience discretion advised. September 16-October 2, 2022. Tickets Adult $29 College/Educator $21 Youth $15 For more information visit venicetheatre.org, Ph. 941.488.1115, email info@venicetheatre.net 

Venice Theatre, 140 Tampa Ave. W Venice, FL 34285 (The Box Office is currently closed for walk-up business)

[SOON]  GRAB BAG: Forty Carrots Family Center 20th Annual Free Virtual Community Speaker Event , September 21, 7:00 pm

Registration is open for Forty Carrots Family Center’s 20th annual free educational community speaker event Thrivers: The Surprising Reasons Why Some Kids Struggle and Others Shine, presented in partnership with the Community Foundation of Sarasota County. The virtual presentation will feature educational psychologist and best-selling author Michele Borba, Ed.D. at 7 p.m. on Wednesday, Sept. 21st. The event is free and advance registration is required. Michele Borba’s latest book, Thrivers, is a sharply insightful, science-backed guide that helps parents and educators teach the essential character traits kids need to become “thrivers” – young people who flourish in rapidly changing, digitally-driven and uncertain world. Borba will identify seven teachable strengths that will safeguard kids for the future, offering practical “how-to” strategies and ideas for everyday activities that build up kids’ strength, resilience, happiness, and success. Certificates of Attendance and CEU’s will be available. The previous 19 speaker events have reached nearly 14,000 parents, professionals, and educators in our area. To register for this free virtual community event visit www.fortycarrots.org, email events@fortycarrots.com or call (941) 365-7716. RSVP is required and registration is open at www.FortyCarrots.org.

[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]  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]  FILM: MOTE MARINE: International Ocean Film Festival , September 10, 3pm & 7pm

On Sept. 10, Mote Marine Laboratory & Aquarium invites you to view a selection of imaginative, inspiring and award winning films presented in partnership with the International Ocean Film Festival. Two showing times are available (matinee & evening) for this family friendly event. Cost: $8 for Mote Member tickets, $10 for Early Bird Tickets (now through Sept. 1) and $12 for Regular Tickets (Sept. 1 through Sept. 10 at the door). Be inspired by the work of award winning filmmakers as you immerse yourself in vibrant images and creative storytelling. Doors will open 30 minutes prior to the showing and concessions will be available from the Deep Sea Diner. Both showings take place in the WAVE Center attached to Mote Aquarium, 1600 Ken Thompson Parkway, Sarasota, Florida. 

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