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SRQ DAILY Oct 21, 2022

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"The Bay represents a world class park on Sarasota Bay, offering a gathering place that will bring our community together and provide one park for all."

- AG Lafley, Founding CEO of The Bay Park Conservancy.

[Arts & Entertainment]  Multicultural Day at The Bay
Dylan Campbell, dylan@srqme.com

Something special has been stirring up in Sarasota since last Friday, the 14th of October. It has been a sign of new beginnings, a taste of what’s to come, and an opening ceremony like no other. Last Friday kicked off “10 Days at the Bay”, a 10-day schedule of events to open The Bay to the public. The Bay, of course, being the city’s newest signature public park, part of an community, city, and park conservatory initiative to rebuild 53 acres of city-owned shoreline into an inclusive, multi-functional space for all to enjoy. “The Bay represents a world class park on Sarasota Bay, offering a gathering place that will bring our community together and provide one park for all,” says AG Lafley, founding CEO of The Bay Park Conservancy.

Over the last week, each day at The Bay has consisted of various free festivities and activities for visitors to from guided kayak and nature walking tours to “Taste at the Bay”, an outdoor food festival featuring some of the area’s best local restaurants, a concert from the Long Run – known as the best Eagles tribute band in the country – fitness bootcamps, and more.

This Saturday, or “Day 9”, come to The Bay for “Multicultural Day”, which looks to celebrate Sarasota’s diveristy and a wide-range of ethnicities and cultural backgrounds through local food vendors, performances, and art work. Saturday’s Multicultural Day will feature performances from Kuumba Dancers, Tierra Nueva, West Coast Black Theatre Troupe, CreArte Latino, Jaleo World Music, and more. From 12:30pm-6:30pm, families can work together to create a cultural family art project, courtesy of the Van Wezel Foundation.

The fun continues into the night with Astronomy at The Bay. Starting at 7:30pm, visitors can learn about the stars and galaxy above through a special telescopic experience provided by the Suncoast Stargazers and Sidewalk Science Center.

The Bay Park - Common Ground, 655 North Tamiami Trail Sarasota. 

To learn more click here.

[Arts & Entertainment]  Hermitage Resumes Fall Programming as Repair Efforts Continue; New Fall Programs Announced

 The Hermitage Artist Retreat (Sarasota County, Florida) announced today that it will resume fall programming throughout the Gulf Coast region on October 28, with a full line-up of outdoor and indoor events through the end of the year. Though the impacts of Hurricane Ian took a significant toll on the Gulf-to-Bay campus, the organization has been working quickly to restore the buildings and grounds and has just welcomed artists back to its Manasota Key campus for the first time since the storm. 

To learn more click here.

[Arts & Entertainment]  Sarasota Orchestra Presents Acclaimed Guest Artists in November Concerts

Sarasota Orchestra kicks off its Masterworks series with bold works befitting of a season beginning. Its second Chamber Soirée of the season offers a unique opportunity to hear Sarasota Orchestra musicians alongside a special guest artist: pianist Orion Weiss.

Masterworks 1: Symphonie Fantastique: Sarasota Orchestra’s first Masterworks program of the 2022-2023 season features works written by three composers at the beginning of their careers. Prizewinning composer Quinn Mason describes A Joyous Trilogy, written in 2019, as “the very embodiment of happiness and cheerfulness.” Grammy-nominated pianist Joyce Yang shines in Grieg’s Piano Concerto, completed when the composer was just 24. The program concludes with Berlioz’s evocative Symphonie fantastique. Grammy Award-winning conductor David Alan Miller has served as Music Director of the Albany Symphony since 1992. Pianist Joyce Yang first came to international attention in 2005 when she won the silver medal at the 12th Van Cliburn International Piano Competition. She is a recipient of the 2010 Avery Fisher Career Grant: November 4, 7:30pm, Van Wezel; November 5, 7:30pm, Van Wezel, November 6, 2:30pm, Van Wezel. Tickets from $37., available at www.SarasotaOrchestra.org or (941) 953-3434.

Chamber Soirée 2: Orion Weiss and Friends: Sarasota Orchestra musicians are joined by world-renowned pianist Orion Weiss, one of the most sought-after soloists in his generation of American musicians. Bach’s Trio Sonata from The Musical Offering is a Baroque masterpiece. César Franck’s mighty Piano Quintet is a highly Romantic work, full of emotional intensity: November 13, 4:00pm, Holley Hall. Tickets from $40, available at www.SarasotaOrchestra.org or (941) 953-3434. 

[Halloween Event]  Orioles to Host Howl-o-ween Movie Night Spooktacular at Ed Smith Stadium on Saturday, October 22

The Baltimore Orioles will once again partner with the Sarasota Film Festival and Sarasota County Parks, Recreation, and National Resources to host the annual Howl-O-Ween Movie Spooktacular at Ed Smith Stadium on Saturday, October 22, beginning at 5:00 p.m. Attendees can enjoy a screening of the 2017 film Coco from the Ed Smith Stadium outfield or ballpark seats beginning at 7:00 p.m. Prior to the movie, attendees are invited to participate in a costume parade led by the Oriole Bird. The event will also feature concessions, various activities, children’s games, and photo opportunities. Guests are asked to bring a non-perishable food item to benefit the All Faiths Food Bank upon entry. A donation is not required for entry, and admission is free and open to all. OneBlood will also be on-site accepting donors in the East Lot. All donors will receive a OneBlood t-shirt and a $25 eGift card. 

[Fundraising Event]  Twenty Fifth Annual Thunder By The Bay Music and Motorcycle Festival

The 25th Annual Thunder By The Bay Music & Motorcycle Festival is proud to announce two headline acts performing live on stage at next year’s Festival – 38 Special (February 18 at 8 p.m.) and Colt Ford (February 19 at 8 p.m.). The iconic three-day Festival, organized by and benefitting Suncoast Charities for Children, is scheduled for February 17-19 at the Sarasota Fairgrounds. Discounted general admission tickets and limited VIP tickets go on sale November 1. Continuous live music will be featured throughout the weekend, and attendees are encouraged to bring lawn chairs and blankets for outdoor seating in front of the stage. Support acts include Nuthin Fancy (Lynyrd Skynyrd Tribute), H2H (AC/DC Tribute), Bobby Friss, Maiden Cane, Nobody’s Fool, and Twinkle and Rock Soul Radio. The Festival plans to feature over 100 vendors, a 17-class bike show, a motorcycle stereo sound off competition, motorcycle freestyle demonstrations, a tented full bar area with seating, a “little riders” kid zone, a food court, “Thunder Alley” inside Robarts Arena and so much more! On Sunday, February 19, a “United We Ride – America Strong” charity motorcycle ride will once again take place honoring veterans, active duty military, and first responders. The ride will begin at Adrenaline Harley-Davidson and end at the Sarasota Fairgrounds. Four additional fundraising events will take place in advance of the traditional Festival. They include a “Taste of Thunder” tequila tasting/food pairing experience, Sporting Clay Tournament, a Thunder By The Bay “Rocks The Runway” Fashion Show, and “Born To Be Wild” Festival Kickoff Party. In 2022 the Festival raised $267,000, which enabled Suncoast Charities for Children to provide financial support to The Haven, Loveland Center, Children First, The Florida Center for Early Childhood, Special Olympics, Venice Challenger Baseball, and the Suncoast Foundation. Over the past 23 years, Thunder By The Bay has raised $2.3 million to help local children, teens, and adults with special needs. Presenting sponsors include Adrenaline Harley-Davidson and S&S Motorsports. Major Sponsors include FCCI Insurance Group and Sarasota Ford. For tickets, vendor information, sponsorship opportunities, and a complete listing of all Festival events visit: THUNDERBYTHEBAY.ORG | (941) 487-7904. 

[Recognition]  SMH Honors Physicians, Installs New Medical Staff Leader

The medical staff of Sarasota Memorial Hospital’s Sarasota campus honored two physicians for outstanding service and installed its new slate of physician leaders for 2022-2023. Herbert Silverstein, MD, was awarded 2022 Lifetime Achievement Award, and Wilhelmine Wiese-Rometsch, MD, was named 2022 Physician of the Year. Selected by a committee of physician leaders from the Sarasota campus, Drs. Silverstein and Wiese-Rometsch were recognized at its annual medical staff meeting Oct. 18.In addition to the physician awards, the SMH-Sarasota Medical Staff also appointed the 2022-2023 officers for its Medical Executive Committee: Jonathan Hoffberger, DO, was named Chief of Staff, serving as the top representative of SMH-Sarasota campus’ 1,800-plus medical staff members and advanced practice providers; Dr. Hoffberger succeeds Richard Lichtenstein, MD, whose one-year term as Chief of Staff ends this month. Sarah Temple, MD, was appointed Chief of Staff-elect.  

Pictured: Herbert Silverstein, MD (right) was awarded SMH-Sarasotas 2022 Lifetime Achievement Award, while Wilhelmine Wiese-Rometsch, MD, received the Sarasota medical staffs 2022 Physician of the Year. Photo courtesy of SMH. Photo courtesy of SMH.

[New Hire]  New CEO Appointed at JFCS of the Suncoast Following National Search

Following an extensive national search, JFCS of the Suncoast announces the appointment of Dr. Helene Lotman to the CEO and President role effective Jan. 1, 2023. A mission-driven professional and visionary executive with more than 30 years of experience in diverse global business and organizational environments, both nonprofit and for-profit, Lotman brings to JFCS strong financial acumen, exceptional fundraising results by developing meaningful donor relationships and support, and a long track record of building and developing strong teams and supportive work cultures. Currently, Lotman is the CEO and President of the Jewish Federation of Greater Kansas City, a position she has held since 2016. Previously, she was the Executive Vice President of the Jewish Federation of Palm Beach, Florida. Stemming from the earlier years of her career, Lotman has strong ties to Sarasota as a former resident and leader in the local nonprofit sector. Nelle S. Miller, who stepped into the Interim CEO position in February, will remain through the end of the year to assist in the transition. Lotman lived, worked, and raised her children in Sarasota in the 1980s and 90s, and has kept a home here for the past 40 years. During her time in Sarasota, Helene was an Associate Professor at The University of Sarasota, the Executive Director of the Women’s Resource Center, and Director of the Women’s Division at The Jewish Federation of Sarasota-Manatee for 10 years. As part of her time with the Federation, Helene was involved in the early stages of creating Jewish Family Services (now JFCS). Lotman is looking forward to returning to Sarasota full-time and leading JFCS, one of the Florida Suncoast’s preeminent mental health and human services agencies. 

To learn more click here.

[Nonprofit]  Impact100 SRQ Announces 2022 Grant Finalists

At their 2022 “Meet the Finalists” media event today, Impact100 SRQ announced the ten nonprofit agency finalists for its 2022 giving year that have a chance to receive $110,500 in funding for a high-impact initiative. Impact100 SRQ’s 663 voting members for the 2022 giving year will convene on November 6th, 2022, at their “Annual Celebration and Award Ceremony” at New College of Florida, where each of the finalists will present their initiative to all attendees. Immediately following the presentation, members will each vote for their choice of which six of the ten grant finalists they believe should be awarded funding. The six 2022 grant recipients each receiving $110,500 in funding for their project will be announced live at this event. To learn more about each grant finalist and their initiative, visit our website or read the executive summaries here: https://impact100srq.org/meet_the_finalists_2022.php Nonprofit organizations in Sarasota and Manatee Counties seeking investment in innovative projects that make a high impact in the community are invited to apply for an Impact100 SRQ grant. Grant application information will be announced at the Annual Celebration and Award Ceremony. 

Pictured: (Left to Right) Vickie Oldham, Doug Staley, Christine P. Johnson, Nicole Eibe, Jessica Hays, Krista Post, Dr. Michael P Crosby, Erin McLeod, Anabely Baretty, Dr. Rachel Shelley.

To learn more click here.

[Season Preview]  Gods and Lovers: Paintings and Sculptures
Dylan Campbell, dylan@srqme.com

GODS AND LOVERS: PAINTINGS AND SCULPTURES | Arriving at The Ringling Museum of Art on November 12th, 2022 and on view until May 28th, 2023, will be Gods and Lovers: Paintings and Sculpture from India.

Take a sneak peak into The Ringling’s newest exhibit through this link, on our social media, or in the October edition of SRQ Magazine! 

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[SOON]  DANCE: HOT Salsa Party with Los Hacheros , October 22, 7:30pm & 8:00pm

Brooklyn’s Los Hacheros light up a full Gulf Coast evening of dance and celebration in the Museum of Art Courtyard. Their sound is irresistible and authentic with plenty of fiery, Puerto Rican Bomba. A band of only 7 musicians, Los Hacheros can sound like a conjunto of 12. Admission includes an introductory Salsa dance lesson with Kery and Dario of DK Dance and pre and post show dance music with Miami’s DJ Le Spam. Food and beverages available for purchase. General admission $35 VIP admission $100 Tickets are limited. Oct 22 7:30pm and Oct 22 8:00pm. For more info Ph. 941-359-5700,  Located in the Museum of Art Courtyard, www.ringling.org

The Ringling , 5401 Bay Shore Road Sarasota, FL 34243

[SOON]  DANCE: Sarasota Ballet: Program 1 - Premieres , October 21 – October 23

The Sarasota Ballet is excited to announce the Company’s 2022 – 2023 Season. Over seven programs, The Sarasota Ballet will perform 15 works by some of the most celebrated and prestigious choreographers and composers of the ballet world. Program 1 - Premieres. October 21-23, 2022 at the FSU Center for Performing Arts. Featuring: World Premiere - Choreography by Ricardo Graziano, Music to be announced. World Premiere - Choreography by Gemma Bond, Music to be announced. World Premiere - Choreography by Richard House, Music to be announced. For more information visit www.sarasotaballet.org, Ph. 941.359.0099

The Sarasota Ballet , FSU Center for the Performing Arts 5555 North Tamiami Trail Sarasota, FL 34243

[SOON]  GRAB BAG: Stuff The Bus Food Drive , October 23, 9:00 am - 3:00 pm

The annual Stuff The Bus event, which was started in 2009, was created through the kind hearts of the School District of Manatee County Transportation Staff. They wanted to give back to the community and knew of “Stuff the Bus” events in other cities and suggested placing one school bus in front of one Publix store in Manatee County. The leadership of Publix thought it was a great idea and requested a bus at every Publix store in Manatee County. Since 2009, nearly 1.1 million pounds of food has been donated through the Stuff The Bus food drive. Since the first Stuff the Bus event thirteen years ago, this event has evolved to include many Community Partners, including: United Way Suncoast, Publix, Herald-Tribune, the School District of Manatee County, and of course, the Transportation Staff of the School District. We are thrilled to have Mosaic as our presenting sponsor this year. All proceeds and donated food will benefit The Food Bank of Manatee, a PLUS program of Meals on Wheels PLUS. Please stop by your local Publix in Manatee County to support this event. Goal: Raise 150,000 pounds of food to feed Manatee County residents! All Manatee County Publix Locations. 

Meals on Wheels PLUS

[SOON]  PERFORMANCE: Sarasota Opera: The Secret Marriage , October 28 – November 12, Varied

The Secret Marriage (Il matrimonio segreto) An opera in two acts. Sung in Italian with translations in English. Music by Domenico Cimarosa and Libretto by Givovanni Bertati. Tells the story of a social-climbing father who wants his eldest daughter to marry an aristocrat and is prepared to buy his way in. When the would-be suitor arrives, his eye falls on the younger daughter instead. But she has secretly married her father’s clerk. Although not often performed, this delightful comic opera was such a hit at its premiere, that the audience insisted on an encore, of the entire opera! (61 N. Pineapple Ave. Sarasota, FL 34236 Ph. 941-328-1300 Email boxoffice@sarasotaopera.org) October 28th-November 12th

Sarasota Opera

[SOON]  FILM: Sarasota Film Society: The Rocky Horror Picture Show , October 28, 10:00pm

Lakewood Ranch Cinemas will be screening "The Rocky Horror Picture Show" on October 28th. The Evening kicks off at 10:00pm with A Costume Contest with the Winner receiving a $50 Gift Card to Sarasota Film Society.  Come Dressed in your Ghoulish Best. The Screening of the film starts at 10:30pm.  Enjoy the film with BOGO Beer & Wine Specials. Tickets for this event are $30 each which inclues Ticket to the Film, Popcorn, Soft Drink & Choice of Candy. Tickets must be purchased in advanced online.  Last Day for sales will be October 25th at 5pm. For more info Ph. (941) 955-3456, filmsociety.org.

Lakewood Ranch Cinemas , 10715 Rodeo Drive #8 Sarasota, FL 34202

[SOON]  PERFORMANCE: Manatee Performing Art Center: Pets! , November 2 – November 20, Varied

Pets! November 2 – 20, 2022. This critically-acclaimed musical revue consists of 22 musical scenes dealing with the very special relationship between people and their pets. It’s clever, user-friendly and suits audiences of all ages. Cats, dogs, mice, turtles, iguanas, parakeets and other species are having the times of their lives. The scenes range from a dog hungrily eyeing his owner’s bagel in “There’s a Bagel on the Piano'' to the hilarious, harried Rumanian dog walker in “I Walk Ze Dogs.” For more information visit www.manateeperformingartscenter.com, Ticket Office 941-748-5875

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

[SOON]  THEATER: URBANITE THEATRE: The Burdens , October 21 – November 27, Varied

Siblings Mordy and Jane have a problem. Their dreadful, centenarian grandfather is an emotional and financial tax on the family, and he just won’t die. Scheming almost entirely via sarcastic and misspelled text messages, the siblings hatch an outrageous plan to relieve their family of their grandfather’s burden. Zany, twisted and inventive, this dark comedy reminds us it’s much easier to write what we could never say face to face. LOCATION 1487 2nd Street Sarasota FL, 34236 CONTACT (941) 321-1397 info@urbanitetheatre.com www.urbanitetheatre.com

Urbanite Theatre , 1487 2nd Street Sarasota 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

[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]  FILM: Sarasota Film Society: Movies For Heroes , September 13 – December 13, Varied

Sarasota Film Society is proud to present "Movies For Heroes", a year long Salute to our Military. Active, Non-Active, Retired Personnel & their family are welcomed to join us once a month at 11am at Burns Court & Lakewood Ranch Cinemas starting in January of 2022 for a year of free movie screenings. 10% of the concession sales from these screenings will go to Wounded Warrior Project. Space is limited, reserve your tickets today. Location Burns Court Cinemas 506 Burns Court Sarasota, FL 34236.

506 Burns Court Sarasota, FL 34236

[SOON]  HEALTH: KW Suncoast Hokus Poke-Us Blood Drive & Halloween Fun , October 24, 11AM - 5PM

Join us for a day of frightful fun hosted by KW Suncoast! We need 18 ghouls ready to gush for a good cause! Oneblood will be here at 11AM to drain our veins! Supplies are low and we desperately want your blood. Donors will receive a $20 eGift Card, a Halloween t-shirt, and a wellness checkup! Sign Up Here to Donate Blood: https://donorportal.oneblood.org/donate-now/donation-centers-list-select-time?driveID=1203607. From 3-5PM will be an especially spirited time with to die for BOO-ze sponsored by The Andrews Insurance Agency and "dead finger" foods courtesy of Len's Roofing and Supreme Lending! Seize the day and kill the costume contest! The event is free and open to the public at the KW Suncoast office 4152 Lakewood Ranch Boulevard, Bradenton, FL, 34211. Questions? Call or text 941-799-1275.

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