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SRQ DAILY Sep 16, 2022

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"Sondheim was such a big figure in musical theater and many of his songs are really poignant and explore different aspects of life, that it just felt right to do."

- Amanda Heisey, Marketing Director, The Players Centre.

[Arts & Entertainment]  Side by Side by Sondheim at The Players Centre
Dylan Campbell, dylan@srqme.com

This weekend, come to The Player’s Centre to check out Side by Side by Sondheim, the Tony Award-winning Stephen Sondheim musical revue. The show, which is the first in The Player’s Centre’s season of productions, made its season premiere on September 8th and will make its final appearance this weekend.

Side by Side by Sondheim kicks off The Player’s Centre 93rd season, entitled Six That Matter. “Our artistic director chose that title for our upcoming season because it features six shows that all explore different facets of life. They all have their own unique ways of inspiring us and showing the true beauty of life--they all matter in their different ways,” says Amanda Heisey, Marketing Director at The Player’s Centre.

Side by Side by Sondheim is a particularly apt production regarding the season’s theme of “Six That Matter” due to Stephen Sondheim’s recent passing in 2021. “Sondheim was such a big figure in musical theater and many of his songs are really poignant and explore different aspects of life, that it just felt right to do,” says Heisey.

New this year to The Player’s Centre are changes with the performance space. Off-season renovations have transformed the performance venue to a theater in the round format, making it more accessible for audience members. “Going into the round lets us add more seats so that the audience can see better, we’re one of the few theater’s in town that performs in the round,” says Heisey. “The format makes for a more interesting and artistic way to tell the story. While it takes more creativity from our directors and is more challenging for our actors, it feels like a more natural viewing experience from the perspective of audience members and we’re really excited to share that experience with them this year.”

Tickets:$30 Adult $13 Student, Studio 1130, 3501 S. Tamiami Trail, Suite 1130, Sarasota. Box Office: 941-365-2494. 

For more information or to purchase tickets click here.

[SRQ Book Club]  Non-Fiction Book Review of Boldly Go: Reflections on a Life of Awe and Wonder by William Shatner with Joshua Brandon
Bookseller Roxanne Baker, BookStoreOne Sarasota

Boldly Go is Shatner’s third non-fiction book and my first foray into ‘the guy I used to watch as Captain Kirk as a little girl on Saturday nights as my parents got ready for their weekly night out’. I assumed his book might be like some I’ve read, celebrity level trivial. Boy, was I wrong!!!

First, Shatner is a huge philanthropist from autism programs to children’s hospitals, to veterans recovery initiatives, he has a huge heart who gives freely to worthy projects. He’s so intuitive to kids’ emotions that I was in tears after reading about one encounter he had with a shy autistic fan at a signing event.

Second, he’s grateful for everything he has attained, but also admittedly candid about his fears that haunt him when he lived out of his pick up truck AFTER Star Trek, back in the dark ages when tv stars were not granted royalties and gigunda salaries.

Third, he’s an animal lover extraordinaire. He recounts powerful stories throughout history about the power of the horse-human connection. Ditto for the canines that have enriched his life.

Last, (but there’s so much more to read when you purchase this late in life memoir, as Shatner is 91) his experience of going into space with Jeff Bezos will blow your mind in a way I could not have predicted.

A great gift idea for virtually anyone, but especially those who appreciate a sage caring humanitarians and animal lovers.

Boldly Go: Reflections on a Life of Awe and Wonder by William Shatner with Joshua Brandon Publication Date: 10/4/22, ISBN #: 9781668007327. The book is available for pre-sale on BookStore1’s website www.sarasotabooks.com or in store on October 4th at 117 S. Pineapple, Sarasota. 

[Arts & Entertainment]  The Players Centre Presents Ann Morrison’s Merrily from Center Stage

The Players Centre for Performing Arts presents local powerhouse talent Ann Morrison in her new show Merrily From Center Stage Sept. 24 at 7:30pm and Sept. 25 at 2pm at Studio 1130 located in the Crossings at Siesta Key mall (3501 S. Tamiami Trail, Sarasota, FL 34239). Broadway veteran Morrison brings to The Players her performance, including insights and never heard tales ofMerrily We Roll Along from the perspective of her award-winning character Mary Flynn. Forty years later and a few years wiser, in her signature playful and heartfelt style, Ann reprises the Stephen Sondheim songs she had the honor of introducing to the world. Ann will be joined by John Shirley as musical director and accompanist John played with Ann in her last show,My Furniture Set. Performances: Sept. 24 at 7:30pm, Sept. 25 at 2pm at Crossing at Siesta Key – Studio 1130, 3501 S. Tamiami Trail, Sarasota. Patrons are asked to park and enter the mall by Connors Steak and Seafood. 

To learn more click here.

[Photography]  Sunset Photo Contest Selects 7 Winning Photos

Congratulations to the 7 winners of the 2022 Sunset Photo Contest sponsored by two local magazines, South County Healthy Living and Englewood Healthy Living. The winners include Rachel Wells, Shane Fowler, Marie Laforge, Katie Sontowski, Laura Roy-Fink, Patti Campbell, and Alison Belsan Horton. Fowler is a three-time winner of the annual contest, and both Laforge and Roy-Fink are two-time winners. “The sunset photo contest acknowledges the natural beauty of our region and the creative talent of locals enjoying the outdoors,” said Randy Moore with Triple 3 Marketing. “The contest is also an opportunity to thank the many individuals and organizations that maintain and protect our beaches, parks and preserves.” 

Pictured: One of the winning submissions from the 2022 Sunset Photo Contest by Rachel Wells.

[Halloween Event]  One Month Until "Lights at Spooky Point" Opens

Marie Selby Botanical Gardens will debut its new, Halloween-inspired light show on October 14 at its Historic Spanish Point campus in Osprey. “Lights at Spooky Point” will run nightly through October 31, with two admission times per evening (6:30 and 7:45 p.m.). Selby Gardens also has added a limited-capacity, narrated sightseeing cruise that will enable guests to arrive at “Spooky Point” by boat on select nights. Full details and online ticket purchasing for the light show and the boat tour package are available at selby.org. "Lights at Spooky Point" will feature a variety of original, light-designed creations dreamed up in collaboration with Affairs in the Air, Selby Gardens’ lighting partner for its iconic Lights in Bloom® open-air holiday light show. Visitors to “Spooky Point” will follow a lighted path through the wooded campus and past several historic areas, encountering fantastical creations around every turn. Light installations will include suspended “orchid spiders,” flying “ghost orchids,” giant “bat orchids,” and many more surprises. Food and beverages will be available for purchase, and a hay maze will await visitors near the end of their journey. Tickets cost $20 for Selby Gardens members, $25 for non-members, $15 for ages 5 to 17, and free for children 4 and under. Advance ticket purchase is required. For an enhanced experience, Selby Gardens will offer “Set Sail to Spooky Point” on five nights of the light show (Oct. 14, 15, 21, 28, and 29). On those evenings, up to 30 guests will depart from the Downtown Sarasota campus aboard the Miss Clara, arrive at Historic Spanish Point to tour the light show for about an hour, and then return by boat to Sarasota. On both legs of the boat tour, Selby Gardens education staff will highlight the history, flora, and fauna of the area, including some Halloween-themed commentary custom-developed for the tour. Tickets for Set Sail to Spooky Point are $125 for Selby Gardens members, $140 for non-members, and include admission to the light show. For details on timing and to reserve seats on a boat tour, go to selby.org. 

To learn more click here.

[Recognition]  Realtor Joey Lamielle Earns Invitation to Exclusive RE/MAX Torchbearer Event

Realtor Joey Lamielle of RE/MAX Alliance Group has earned an invitation to RE/MAX’s exclusive Torchbearer event. The invitation-only conference is limited to the top 40 agents under age 40 in each RE/MAX region in the United States and Canada, based on their closed transaction sides in 2021. This year’s Torchbearer event took place September 11-13 at the Kimpton Hotel Palomar in San Diego. Attendees participated in two days of business-building sessions, the opportunity to engage with RE/MAX leaders, and networking and referral opportunities with other successful under-40 attendees. Speakers included RE/MAX President and CEO Nick Bailey. A Sarasota resident for more than 30 years, Lamielle brings extensive knowledge of the market, including single-family homes, condominiums, foreclosures, short sales and commercial properties. A former professional golfer, he competed in the 2008 and 2011 U.S. Open. His commitment to professionalism is reflected in his various real estate designations, including Graduate, Realtor Institute (GRI), Accredited Buyer's Representative (ABR) and Seller Representative Specialist (SRS). Lamielle is based in the Sarasota office at 2000 Webber Street, Sarasota. He can be reached at (941) 350-0016 or JoeyLamielle@gmail.com. 

[Fitness]  Patriot Fitness Now Open in Sarasota

The “Freedom to Get Fit” has hit the Suncoast! Patriot Fitness is a new, locally owned gym at 5802 Bee Ridge Road, Ste 102, near Cattleman Road, flexing no frills, no judgement, and no closing hours. The new neighborhood gym serves as an alternative to big-box fitness centers with costly classes and unused amenities. Patriot Fitness offers access to its facility with staffing available Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. and on Saturday from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Members can safely use the gym 24 hours a day, seven days a week. For anytime access to the facility, gym-goers wave a downloadable key, made available for their smartphones at signup, in front of the lock at the entrance door. The investment team is comprised of Sarasota locals who had been searching for a gym that provided a no-nonsense workout environment and comradery amongst its members. When they couldn’t find one, they created their own. The facility offers the fundamentals – free weights, plates, squat racks, the latest cardio (Cybex) equipment, a stretching area, private bathrooms with showers, and 75-inch TVs throughout. Patriot Fitness has also partnered with American Specialty Health’s Silver&Fit and Active&Fit programs, which cover gym membership costs for eligible enrollees of participating insurance and employee benefit plans. Patriot Fitness memberships start at $39.95 per month with additional discounts for military personnel, veterans, and frontline workers, including law enforcement, fire fighters, healthcare workers, teachers, and dispatchers. For more information and membership opportunities, please visit thepatriotfitness.com. 

Pictured: 24/7 access to the fundamentals of fitness. Photo courtesy of Patriot Fitness.

[Recognition]  Boys & Girls Clubs of Sarasota And DeSoto Counties Honors Carolyn Mason And Steve Cantees at 2022 Leadership Breakfast

Over 300 business professionals, community leaders and philanthropists attended the Boys & Girls Clubs of Sarasota and DeSoto Counties’ 16th Annual Intertape Polymer Group Leadership Breakfast on Friday, September 9, 2022. Initiated by Community Youth Development in 2006, the Leadership Breakfast was adopted by Boys & Girls Clubs of Sarasota and DeSoto Counties in 2016, and honors two local trailblazers each year for their commitment to empowering teens as tomorrow's leaders. This year's event recognized the dedication of Carolyn Mason, Community Leader, and Steve Cantees, Secondary Schools Executive Director. Proceeds from the event support the organization's award-winning slate of Teen Programs, which includes leadership training, service opportunities, entrepreneurial education, workforce development and college and career prep. Senator Lisa Carlton acted as the event's MC, and welcomed guests to the event. Senator Carlton acknowledged the sponsors who made the event possible including Presenting Sponsor, Intertape Polymer Group; Signature Sponsors, Charles & Margery Barancik Foundation; Louis and Gloria Flanzer Philanthropic Trust; Champion Sponsors - Caldwell Trust Company; Gulf Coast Community Foundation; Shumaker, and FCCI Insurance Group; Visionary Sponsors - Mabry Carlton Ranch; Cool Today; Plymouth Harbor on Sarasota Bay; Sarasota County Sheriff's Office; Neal Communities; Shutts & Bowen; Ringling College of Art & Design; Nancy Mina; Synovus; The DeLieto Team at MS&C Commercial; Blistex, Williams Parker; Ric Smalley; Seacoast Bank; Martella Family Foundation; Media Sponsors - Captivation Agency; Palm Printing; SRQ Media. Congratulations to the 2022 Leadership Honorees Carolyn Mason and Steve Cantees, and a special thank-you to our MC, Senator Lisa Carlton. 

Pictured: L to R - Bill Sadlo, President and CEO, Honoree Steve Cantees, Honoree Carolyn Mason, BGCSDC Board Member Lee DeLieto, BGCSDC Board Chair Meghan Serrano, Esq., Dr. Brennan Asplen.

[Trendsport]  The Great Pangration
Jacob Ogles, jacob.ogles@srqme.com

THE GREAT PANGRATION | Many worried the COVID-19 pandemic in 2020 would cripple Sarasota tourism forever. Instead, it prompted a massive migration, both of visitors and new residents to the region.

Read more about THE GREAT PANGRATION through this link, on our social media, or in the September edition of SRQ Magazine! 


[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]  SPORTS: WBSC U-18 Baseball World Cup , September 9 – September 18

The World Baseball Softball Confederation (WBSC) and host USA Baseball revealed the new dates for the next WBSC U-18 Baseball World Cup, with the 30th edition of the youth world championship to take place from 9 to 18 September 2022 in Sarasota and Bradenton, Florida. The elite international tournament will be played at Sarasota’s Ed Smith Stadium and Bradenton’s LECOM Park, the respective Spring Training homes of the Baltimore Orioles and the Pittsburgh Pirates of Major League Baseball (MLB). The XXX WBSC U-18 Baseball World Cup will include 12 national teams, whose rosters will feature the best youth players in their respective countries.

Ed Smith Stadium and LECOM Park

[SOON]  GRAB BAG: Sarasota Art Museum: 209 - Author Mara Torres González Speaks , September 20, 4pm-6pm

Mara Torres González to Speak About Her Visual Art Book Exploring the Aftermath of Hurricane María in Puerto Rico September 20, 4-6 p.m., at Sarasota Art Museum. 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. Learn more about the artist on her website: www.marastudiogallery.com

Sarasota Art Museum , 1001 South Tamiami Trail Sarasota, FL 34236

[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]  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]  FILM: Summer Movies at Sarasota Opera House , May 22 – September 23, Varies.

Sarasota Opera is pleased to announce the lineup for the 2022 summer movie series: HD at the Opera House and Classic Movies at the Opera House. HD at the Opera House featuring filmed performances of opera and ballet from around the world will open on Sunday, May 22nd at 1:30 p.m. with Giuseppe Verdi’s Rigoletto from the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden in London, with tickets at $22, and $20 for Sarasota Opera subscribers. The Classic Movies at the Opera House series will open with In the Heat of the Night on Friday, July 8th at 7:30 p.m. with tickets at $12. (Tickets will go on sale starting Monday, May 2nd.)

[SOON]  PERFORMANCE: Table Talk Bistro: 80's Themed Murder Mystery Dinner , September 23, 7pm-10pm

Audience involved murder mystery dinner show all 80s theme. Tickets include dinner, show & a choice beverage. Participation Encouraged! We are time traveling back to the 80s! So, dress in those bright color and break out the hairspray for that big hair!! If you attended our last sold-out show, we have a twist for you! Each guest will either be a suspect or a detective! The food will be plentiful and amazing, we do our best for that always! If you have special dietary needs, please let us know upon booking.Seating will not be assigned; tables will remain in our normal restaurant set up and guest will pick their seat as they arrive. You may be meeting new people at your table. Most of our tables are 4 or 6 tops. Message us Directly at Info@tabletalkbistro.com with any questions. Tickets $70 Eventbrite

Table Talk Bistro , 3999 Cortez Road West Bradenton, FL 34210

[SOON]  HEALTH: Zumba at The Bay , July 9 – September 24, 10am-11am

Join Ya’el Campbell for a special monthly Zumba from 10:00 am – 11:00 am. This is a high energy outdoor Zumba class! Come dance with a fantastic group of Zumba Rockstars who will make you move, smile, jump, shake and sing… (it happens sometimes). Grab a friend, bring your kids, and meet new Zumba friends. Program Dates: July 9 (Bayfront Community Center); August 20 (Bayfront Community Center); September 24; The Bay Park, 655 N. Tamiami Trail.

[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]  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]  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]  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]  PERFORMANCE: Van Wezel: Friday Fest 2022 , June 17 – September 16, 5pm

The Van Wezel Performing Arts Hall Friday Fest events are our outdoor concert series that provide the community with 4 entertaining and FREE events from June to September, showcasing the best of local bands from Sarasota and Bradenton. Friday Fest brings together a wide variety of talented artists along with food trucks and drink stations on the Van Wezel lawn along the beautiful Sarasota Bayfront. Our Friday Fest lineup includes: Yesterdayze - June 17, Kettle of Fish - July 15, Big Night Out - August 12, and Jah Movement - September 16 at 5pm. 

Van Wezel

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