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SRQ DAILY Sep 30, 2022

Friday Weekend Edition

Friday Weekend Edition

"This is not an all-clear, There are still hazards out there. And you need to understand the danger."

- Scott Hopes, Manatee County Administrator.

[Hurricane Damage]  The Venice Theatre Suffers Extensive Damage
Dylan Campbell, dylan@srqme.com

Hurricane Ian has brought untold damage to Florida’s Gulf Coast after it made landfall on Wednesday afternoon. While the full extent of the damage is still unknown, one local landmark, the historic Venice Theatre, was not exempt from the gale-force winds. The Category 5 hurricane, which is by far the strongest storm to hit the Gulf Coast in recent history, slammed the area with 150 mile-per-hour winds and torrential rainfall leading to catastrophic damage and flooding. The Venice Theatre, which is the largest community theater in the country per capita, and had just opened its 73rd season, suffered some of the worst that Hurricane Ian had to offer to its three-building property. “Our building has catastrophic damage,” said Benny Sato Ambush, Artistic Director of the Venice Theatre. "From the photos, it looks like the roof has been ripped off of the Fly House, the backstage area of the big theater. Since it’s wide open, I’m imagining that the wind and water has flooded inside as well.”

Ahead of the tropical storm, the Venice Theatre had canceled their final week of The Revolutionists and suspended rehearsals for three other upcoming performances, including Kinky Boots. Ambush, who evacuated to Florida’s other coast with four guest actors from out of town, is unsure of the extent of the damage. “Some of my colleagues stayed and hunkered down. I'm getting reports of significant damage to the building but I’m also trying to see if I still have a house standing. The ground zero bullseye of where it hit is just to the south of us–there’s flooding and debris everywhere, power outages, cell phone towers are down, it’s just a mess. I’m staying away till I know it’s safe enough to go back,” says Ambush. “The actors staying with me had temporary housing situations and we’re trying to see what kind of shape those are in.” 

Pictured: Hurricane Ian caused major damage to the historic Venice Theatre. Photo courtesy of the city of Venice.

[Arts & Entertainment]  Connectivity by Cecile Moran at Art Uptown Gallery

From October 1st through Octover 28th, Art Uptown Gallery will feature Connectivity by Cecile Moran, a rich series of paintings teeming with color, form and mystery. The work speaks to the importance of our natural environmental connections. The images on the painting surface symbolize the unseen energy that connects all living things. This energy is symbolized by the arboreal forms around us which provide the air that we breathe and the essence of our existence. Meet the artist at the First Friday public reception at the gallery on October 7 from 6 to 9 pm. Art Uptown Gallery welcomes patrons and friends at 1367 Main Street where the diverse art works of local, award-winning artists are exhibited daily. Telephone 941-955-5409 or visit www.artuptown.com for hours and further information.  

[Hurricane]  Manatee County Evacuation Orders Lifted

As winds from Hurricane Ian continue to diminish, Manatee County Public Safety and Administration are lifting the mandatory evacuation orders which have been in effect since Tuesday morning. Emergency evacuation shelters are being closed, and residents are being allowed to return to their homes. However, it is not a return to normal. “This is not an all-clear,” said Manatee County Administrator Scott Hopes. “There are still hazards out there. And you need to understand the danger.” Dr. Hopes already implored potential “disaster tourists” to stay home so that the First In Teams, Utilities restoration crews and damage assessment can continue their restoration and recovery efforts. Initial assessments show that the island communities have suffered minor to moderate damages with a greater impact being felt inland in east county communities like Myakka City. Reports of fallen trees, scattered limbs and snapped power wires have been widespread across the region, and while power crews are already deploying to the area, residents are being asked to be alert for debris and downed lines. With inundating rains on top of already-saturated ground, the risk of flooding remains high and will remain high through the end of the week. Motorists are reminded to not drive through water of unknown depth. If you can’t see the road striping under the water, turn around. Don’t drown. If power is out, drivers should treat each intersection as a four-way stop and remain alert for unexpected road hazards and washouts. Finally, if your power is still out and you are using a generator, remember that they must be used with proper ventilation at a proper distance from the home. Do not use a generator indoors or in partially enclosed spaces, including homes, garages and crawl spaces—even those areas with partial ventilation. Do not operate near open doors and windows. Using fans will not prevent carbon monoxide build-up in the home. For more information on Manatee County Government, visit mymanatee.org or call (941) 748-4501. Follow us on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram at @manateegov. 

[City News]  Hurricane Ian Update from the City of Sarasota

Sarasota City Manager, Marlon Brown provided the following update on Thursday: It’s been a rough few days but we made it through Hurricane Ian. Based on preliminary assessments, damage to our community appears to be limited to a large number of downed trees, some downed utility lines and minor structural damage. We have fared well and our hearts go out to our neighbors to the south as we see the catastrophic images on TV and internet. The City of Sarasota will offer assistance in whatever way we can to those communities in need. A heartfelt thank you to our many employees representing every department who left their families during the storm to report to the Emergency Operations Center and coordinate our storm response and recovery. Your efforts are truly appreciated. As we begin our recovery phase, we plan to resume regular City operations on Monday, Oct. 3, including the City Commission meeting at 9 a.m.  

[Hurricane]  Feeding South Florida Responds to Hurricane Ian Aftermath Across the State of Florid

Feeding South Florida – the leading domestic hunger-relief organization in South Florida – is working to ensure those impacted by Hurricane Ian across the State of Florida have clean water and meals ready to eat. The organization is working with families in Florida who were impacted by the storm, as well as sharing its resources to help its sister food banks in other parts of the state. Feeding South Florida is deploying its team members and equipment to the affected areas. Harry Chapin is not flooded, but Feeding South Florida is sending its generator so they can have power in the Naples facility. The response is a coordinated response with Feeding Florida food banks across Florida. Feeding South Florida is the closest food bank to the area and has been asked to respond to the needs in this community. Feeding South Florida’s operations team has already loaded meals ready to eat, water, and snacks into a 36-foot trailer and deliver the much-needed food and water to the families. Due to damage on highways, Feeding South Florida is the only food bank in the state who can access the affected areas via I-75 (Alligator Alley) at this time. Feeding South Florida is on standby and expected to make additional food, water and supply deliveries. The first truck will arrive at Island Coast High School in Cape Coral at 4 p.m. today, Sept. 29. With over 2.6 million without power in Florida, Feeding South Florida’s state-of-the-art, 5,000-square-foot community kitchen is ready to ship 4,000 meals to the affected areas and ready to prepare up to 3,000 meals per day for families on the West Coast. The organization partners with 300 nonprofit partner agencies throughout its quad-county service area – Palm Beach, Broward, Miami-Dade and Monroe Counties and providing support for 25% of the state’s food insecure population. The nonprofit’s mission is to not only end hunger in South Florida but to aid those in need during emergency situations like this. 

[Postponement]  All Faiths Food Bank's Autumn Harvest Dinner Postponed

All Faiths Food Bank has decided to postpone its Autumn Harvest Dinner, which was to take place this Friday, September 30. Event organizers have decided to hold the event at a later date, which is still to be determined. The long-table dinner is part of the Autumn Harvest campaign, which raises funds for produce programs that provide fresh fruits and vegetables to neighbors struggling with hunger. When there's a cost-of-living crisis, healthy food can be the first to go. All Faiths believes that everyone deserves access to healthy foods, and healthy eating benefits the entire community, as our neighbors enjoy improved health outcomes. All Faiths would like to thank event sponsors and the organization's supporters for their understanding and patience, as our region and the state manage aftermath from Hurricane Ian. As one of the lead emergency response organizations in Sarasota County and the State of Florida, All Faiths is prepared for any potential impact on our region and stands ready to provide emergency support when and if needed. 

[Cancellation]  Bradenton Public Market Cancelled for October 1, 2022

The Bradenton Public Market is cancelled for Saturday, October 1, 2022 due to conditions caused by Hurricane Ian. The Market will return for its new season on Saturday, October 8, 2022 on Old Main Street in Bradenton. 

[Living Lakewood]  Greece to India
Abby Weingarten

GREECE TO INDIA | The families behind Apollonia Grill and Tandoor Fine Indian Cuisine in Cooper Creek.

Explore the fantastic flavors of Apollonia Grill and Tandoor through this link, on our social media, or in the Fall 2022 edition of Living Lakewood! 

Read Here!

[SOON]  GRAB BAG: UF/IFAS Extension Manatee County: Master Gardener Volunteer Plant Fair , October 1, 8am-1pm

2022 Master Gardener Volunteer Plant Fair is an exciting community event, drawing in a variety of consumers from casual houseplant owners to dedicated horticulturalists. Saturday, October 1, 2022, from 8:00am to 1:00pm UF/IFAS Extension Manatee County will be hosting a plant fair at the Barbara Davis Educational Gardens located at 1303 17th St W, Palmetto, FL 34221. Instead of buying your next plant at a big box store, why not find a more affordable, expertly grown plant that supports your local community? All our plants are grown by Master Gardener Volunteers and all proceeds go towards supporting and maintaining Manatee County’s Master Gardener Volunteer Program. People can register for free for a one hour time slot on the UF/IFAS Extension Manatee County Eventbrite page. 1303 17th Street West, Palmetto Saturday, October 1, 2022 8:00 am - 1:00 pm Information Call Alyssa Vinson at 941-722-4524 extension 1822


[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]  THEATER: Manatee Performing Arts Center: RENT , September 14 – October 2, Varies

La Vie Boheme! Jonathan Larson’s iconic Pulitzer Prize-winning musical that shaped a generation of audiences and taught us all to measure our life in love. Set in the East Village of New York City, Rent is about falling in love, finding your voice and living for today. Rent has become a pop cultural phenomenon. with songs that rock and a story that resonates with audiences of all ages. This is theatre at its best – exuberant, passionate and joyous. For more information visit www.manateeperformingartscenter.com, Ticket Office 941-748-5875

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

[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]  MUSIC: Artist Series Concerts: Virtuoso Violins Magnificent Markovs , October 2, 4pm-6pm

Violin phenom Alexander Markov has wowed audiences playing his gold electric violin in the world’s most prestigious concert halls and packed stadiums. This program unites him with his gifted violinist parents as the “first family of the violin” presents classical favorites, followed by Alexander Markov’s original composition Caesar, for electric violin, organ, choir, percussion, rhythm section and orchestral musicians.  Sunday, October 2, 2022 4:00 PM 6:00 PM at the Sarasota Opera House For tickets visit artistseriesconcerts.org Ph. 941-306-1202

Sarasota Opera House , 61 North Pineapple AvenueSarasota, FL, 34236

[SOON]  THEATER: Westcoast Black Theatre Troupe: Guys and Dolls , October 5 – November 20, Varied

A Tony Award winner for Best Musical, Guys and Dolls tells the story of New York City gambler Nathan Detroit, who dreams of setting up a big dice game while avoiding the authorities—and marriage to his longtime fiancée. Meanwhile, fellow gambler Sky Masterson ends up wooing a strait-laced missionary in a scheme to fund the game. WBTT will add its own special twist to this crowd-pleasing show! Performances run October 5th-November 20th, 2022. For more information visit westcoastblacktheatre.org, Ph. 941-366-1505, Box Office questions email boxoffice@westcoastblacktheatre.org

The Donelly Theatre , 1012 N. Orange Ave Sarasota, FL 34236

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