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"These artifacts can mean something different to everyone. I think that it's important that the artifacts are here, telling their story right next to the artists telling their stories thousands of years later."

- Jackie Cutrone, President and CEO of the Halo Arts Project.

[Arts & Entertainment]  Justified + Ancient at Mara Art Gallery
Dylan Campbell, dylan@srqme.com

On Thursday, October 27th, the Mara Art Studio and Gallery held the premiere preview event for their latest exhibit, Justified + Ancient, a decidedly modern take on ancient artifacts. The exhibit, which has its grand opening on Friday night and will be fully open to the public from November 1st-17th, features the pairings of 16 ancient artifacts with visual representations of them from 16 different modern artists, all based in Sarasota and Manatee counties. “We have selected 16 pieces from the collection, courtesy of an anonymous artifact collector in Siesta Key. We’re pairing them with contemporary artists to reimagine and redesign that artifact with their own representation,” says Jackie Cutrone, President and CEO of the Halo Arts Project, the public, charitable arts organization that seeks to provide financial resources and programming resources to visual artists in the region – and is presenting the exhibit in conjunction with the Mara Art Studio and Gallery.

“The artifacts range in age from 3000 BC to the 19th century. Painters will paint, sculptors will sculpt, a poet will write a poem about the oldest writing tool, a cuneiform, which we have in the exhibit,” says Cutrone. “It’s one on one – each artist has their artifact next to their work. They’ll all be present for the grand opening.” Additionally, the exhibit is more akin to a performing art exhibit than a traditional static art show. “Not only is the artwork working the crowd, the artifact is working the crowd. These artifacts can mean something different to everyone. I think that it's important that the artifacts are here, telling their story right next to the artists telling their stories thousands of years later.”

For Mara Torres Gonzalez, modern contemporary artist and owner of Mara Art Studio and Gallery, the exhibit gave her the opportunity to explore modern femininity in relation to her artifact, an ancient Egyptian sarcophagus. “It was beyond interesting working with a BC era artifact made by an artisan to come up with this contemporary interpretation of an old piece of art. I was struck by the different sides of the sarcophagus – the male side was three dimensional and well detailed and the female side was two dimensional and much less detailed,” says Gonzalez. “I explored what I thought the female side should look like – I came up with a 74 inch tall painting of a female, with hips and curves, not drawn to some “perfect” standard. It’s one in a series of 16 pieces I made.”

Mara Art Studio and Gallery, 1421 5th St Suite A, Sarasota. 

Photo courtesy of Jackie Cutrone of the Halo Arts Project.

[Tournaments]  Leveling the Playing Field
Dylan Campbell, dylan@srqme.com

“If I’m being honest, putting kind of levels the playing field. I’m never gonna be able to add 75 yards to my drive. But if I practice, do my homework, and am consistent, I have a chance to compete in putt putt with any golfer,” says Guillaume Beland, tournament director at Popstroke Entertainment Group, the technology infused golf entertainment venue which officially opened the doors to its Sarasota location this past past April. The golf-entertainment venture – co-owned by Tiger Woods’ TGR Ventures – has four locations in Florida, including Sarasota’s venue, which features two 18-hole putting courses designed by Wood’s TGR Design team in addition to an outdoor dining area and rooftop bar.

This week, Popstroke’s Sarasota location is home to three putting tournaments, both with much higher stakes than your typical mini-golf outing. First is the Team Championship, which took place over four rounds on Wednesday and Thursday. “We have 200 teams of two, so 400 hundred total golfers, all coming from 18 different countries and 49 different states. There’s a mix of professional putt putt players, mini tour golf players, one tour professional, people that like to golf, and PGA of America professionals. There’s a $100,000 purse, with $20,000 awarded to the winner,” says Beland.

Next, the Stroke Play Championship on Thursday and Friday, an individual contest also lasting four rounds, with a field of 100 players and a purse of $25,000 with $5,000 allotted to the winner. And finally, the biggest of all, the Taylormade $25k showdown at the conclusion of the team and stroke play tournaments this Friday. “The winning team of the Team Championship will not only win $20,000, but will also win a chance to compete for an additional $25,000 across 18 holes of putting against PGA and LPGA tour golfers RIckie Fowler and Paula Creamer,” says Beland.

Popstroke, 195 University Town Center Dr., Sarasota, 941-500-9495.  

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[Arts & Entertainment]  Sarasota Concert Association presents A Chanticleer Christmas November 29 at the Sarasota Opera House

The Sarasota Concert Association presents the GRAMMY® Award-winning vocal ensemble Chanticleer in their popular A Chanticleer Christmas on Tuesday, November 29, 2022 in the Sarasota Opera House. Known around the world as “an orchestra of voices,” for their wide-ranging repertoire and dazzling virtuosity, Chanticleer has also been hailed as “the world’s reigning male chorus” by The New Yorker. Chanticleer is one of the most prolific recording and touring ensembles in the world today, selling more than one million recordings and performing thousands of live concerts to audiences around the world. A Chanticleer Christmas highlights treasures of the Renaissance period including works by Orlando de Lassus as well as traditional carols such as I saw three ships and O come, all ye faithful, spirituals and jazz selections, as well as popular and contemporary favorites including White Christmas. Single tickets, starting at $25, can be purchased online at www.SCAsarasota.org or by calling the box office at 941-966-6161. 

Pictured:Photo by Lisa Kohler.

[Arts & Entertainment]  Paul Reiser Brings New Comedy Tour to the Van Wezel

Comedian, actor, television writer, author and musician PAUL REISER is one of Hollywood’s most prolific creatives—and he shows no signs of slowing down. Paul Reiser will be bringing his newest standup tour to the Van Wezel on Sunday, November 20, 2022 at 7:00 p.m.  Tickets are $27-$67 and can be purchased at www.VanWezel.org, by calling the box office at 941-263-6799 or by visiting the box office Monday through Friday between 10 a.m. and 6 p.m. and Saturday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Groups of 10 or more should contact 941-263-6726. Pre-show dining is available through Mattison’s at the Van Wezel which is located inside the theatre. Reservations can be made on VanWezel.org or through the box office. 

[Survey]  Sarasota Orchestra Seeks Community-Wide Input on New Music Center Vision

Sarasota Orchestra released a public survey Wednesday afternoon to collect feedback about the organization, its planned music center and how the Orchestra might use this new project to better serve the community. In March, Sarasota Orchestra announced plans to build a music center on 32 acres at 5701 Fruitville Road between Honore Avenue and Cattlemen Road. The Orchestra will use survey results to inform a masterplan that reflects the community’s input. Aspirations for the music center currently include the region’s first acoustic concert hall, a recital hall, rehearsal spaces, practice rooms and administrative offices. The site will also include about 12 acres of publicly accessible green spaces, such as parks, walking trails and water features. Sarasota Orchestra is facing an urgent need for increased performance, education, rehearsal, storage, and administrative space to accommodate more concert dates and greater participation in Sarasota Orchestra’s youth programs. Find the survey at: www.SarasotaOrchestra.org/MusicCenterSurvey. Sarasota Orchestra’s online survey is open now until Friday, Nov. 18. 

[Recycling ]  Friends of Osprey Junction Trailhead Announces eBike Battery Recycling Program

Research shows that more than 12 million electric bicycles (e-bikes) are estimated to be sold in the United States between 2020 and 2030. That’s 12 million batteries used to power those e-bikes that will need to be safely and responsibly collected and recycled at their end-of-life. With this in mind, Friends of Osprey Junction Trailhead has announced an eBike Battery Recycling Program. Partnering with Call2Recycle, the country’s leading consumer battery recycling and stewardship program (www.call2recycle.org) and local bike shops participating in the program, Friends of Osprey Junction Trailhead is excited to add this ebike battery recycling program to its existing community services and programs. If you have an ebike battery you wish to recycle, you can find the drop-off location nearest to you by visiting https://www.call2recycle.org/e-bikes/ and do a zip code search. For more information, contact Ralph Monti, Director of Bicycle Programs for Friends of Osprey Junction Trailhead by email at ralphmonti@gmail.com. 

[JFCS]  JFCS - Adopt-a-Family

Since 2004, JFCS has organized its annual Adopt-a-Family campaign to help ease the burden on parents struggling to provide holiday meals and gifts to their families. Donors can also brighten the day of seniors in isolation through the Adopt-a-Senior program.

JFCS has 150 seniors and more than 300 children to be adopted this holiday season. Those wishing to adopt a family should be willing to purchase a gift card from a major retailer to help the parent shop for a holiday meal. Donors will be provided with details about the families they have been paired up with so they can purchase one or more of the items on the children’s holiday wish lists, as well as clothing and shoes in their sizes.

People who prefer to not be matched with a specific family with unique wishes can also choose to donate money toward the purchase of gifts, or they can donate general children’s toys and items. We have toy suggestions below. JFCS will match the items with families who would enjoy them.

Those adopting a senior should donate gift bags filled with hard candy, stamps, notepads, pens, hand lotion/sanitizer, lip balm, tissues, socks, magnets, and store gift cards. People can also donate funds toward senior gift bags.

Please email kpharo@jfcs-cares.org to adopt a family or senior. To donate money towards the Adopt-a-Family/Senior campaign, and for a full list of items to donate, please visit our website, https://jfcs-cares.org/holiday-giving/

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[Hurricane Relief]  US SBA to Open Mobile Business Recovery Centers in Bradenton

The Florida Small Business Development Center (SBDC) Network and the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) will open temporary Mobile Business Recovery Centers (BRC) this week and next at the following locations: Manatee Chamber of Commerce Lakewood Ranch, 4215 Concept Ct., Bradenton, Thursday, Oct. 27 - Friday, Oct. 28 (9:00 a.m. - 6:00 p.m.) and Saturday, Oct. 29 (10:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.), 26 West (State College of Florida) 5840 26th St. W. Building 8, Bradenton, Monday, Oct. 31 - Wednesday, Nov. 2 (9:00 a.m. - 6:00 p.m.). At these locations, Florida SBDC at USF and SBA disaster specialists will be available to help impacted small business owners understand available state and federal disaster loans, determine eligibility, and apply. To learn more about the Florida SBDC at USF and how it can assist small businesses in their recovery efforts, please visit SBDCTampaBay.com. 

[SOON]  PERFORMANCE: The Players Centre - The Legend of Sleepy Hollow , October 27 – October 29, Varied

THE LEGEND OF SLEEPY HOLLOW October 27th-29th. The Players Centre for Performing Arts is proud to present the 6th annual Legend of Sleepy Hollow at The Sarasota Polo Club. This family-friendly, spooky, festive play about Ichabod Crane, the object of his affection Katrina, his rival Brom Bones, and of course, one of the most famous ghosts in America, the Headless Horseman has become a Halloween Favorite in Sarasota. Please bring your own lawn chairs and blankets, no seating will be provided. This is an outdoor event so please dress appropriately/protect yourself from the sun. For Tickets:  https://www.theplayers.org/events-calendar/the-legend-of-sleepy-hollow-2/ The Sarasota Polo Club 8201 Polo Club Ln, Sarasota, FL 34240">

THE LEGEND OF SLEEPY HOLLOW October 27th-29th. The Players Centre for Performing Arts is proud to present the 6th annual Legend of Sleepy Hollow at The Sarasota Polo Club. This family-friendly, spooky, festive play about Ichabod Crane, the object of his affection Katrina, his rival Brom Bones, and of course, one of the most famous ghosts in America, the Headless Horseman has become a Halloween Favorite in Sarasota. Please bring your own lawn chairs and blankets, no seating will be provided. This is an outdoor event so please dress appropriately/protect yourself from the sun. For Tickets:  https://www.theplayers.org/events-calendar/the-legend-of-sleepy-hollow-2/ The Sarasota Polo Club 8201 Polo Club Ln, Sarasota, FL 34240

The Sarasota Polo Club, 8201 Polo Club Ln, Sarasota, FL 34240

[SOON]  PERFORMANCE: The Ringling - An Untitled Love by A.I.M. - Kyle Abraham , October 28 – October 29, 7:30pm

An Untitled Love by A.I.M. - Kyle Abraham October 28th and 29th at 7:30PM $25-$35 at The Ringling Historic Asolo Theater. A.I.M by Kyle Abraham is a Black-led contemporary dance company that provides multifaceted performances, educational programming, and community-based workshops. The mission of A.I.M by Kyle Abraham is to create a body of dance-based work that is galvanized by Black culture and history. The work, informed by and made in conjunction with artists across a range of disciplines, entwines a sensual and provocative vocabulary with a strong emphasis on music, text, video, and visual art. For information and tickets https://www.ringling.org/events/untitled-love-aim-kyle-abraham Contact 941-360-7399

[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]  MUSIC: Sarasota Orchestra - November Concert , November 4 – November 6, Varied

Sarasota Orchestra Presents Acclaimed Guest Artists in November Concerts. Masterworks 1: Symphonie Fantastique runs November 4th-6th at the Van Wezel. 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. Tickets from $37, available at www.SarasotaOrchestra.org or (941) 953-3434

[SOON]  PERFORMANCE: The Secret World of Og , November 5 – November 6, 11/05 at 5:00PM, 11/06 at 12:00PM

Sarasota Youth Opera will perform the operatic adaptation of the well-known children’s book by Canadian icon Pierre Berton.  Discover the classic story of a group of siblings who venture into the dark subterranean world of the Ogs to rescue their baby brother and cat.  This story has been a favorite with Canadian children since its publication in the 1960s. For tickets visit sarasotaopera.org or call +1 941 328 1300 61 N Pineapple Ave Sarasota, FL 34236. For tickets visit www.sarasotaopera.org/tickets-events or call +1 941 328 1300 61 N Pineapple Ave.Sarasota.

[SOON]  MUSIC: Manatee Performing Arts Center: Night of R&B and Jazz with Nu Jazz , November 5, 7:30pm

NuJazz is a contemporary jazz band from the Sarasota/Bradenton area. They play hits from many artists in the genre such as The Rippingtons, Richard Elliot, Peter White, Spyro Gyra, Boney James and many more. NuJazz is led by Dr. Melvin Price, a local Foot & Ankle Surgeon with MCR Health. Along with accomplished musicians Eric Enfield, Ron Ross, Corey Ross, Gregg Jordan, Keith Allenand Veola Drain. NuJazz brings your favorite R&B tunes to a new level with a jazz twist. For more information visit www.manateeperformingartscenter.com, Ticket Office 941-748-5875

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

[SOON]  GRAB BAG: Friendsgiving - Dessert and Wine Auction , November 5, 6:30pm-9:30pm

Save the date for Friendsgiving, a Dessert and Wine Auction to benefit local shelter animals on November 5th from 6:30 to 9:30 at the Elks Lodge #1511, 2511 75th St. West Bradenton. Delectable desserts made by professional bakeries and gift baskets will be available by live and silent auction. There will be a wine raffle, lite bites and a cash bar. Free to attend. Proceeds benefit: Grace and Friends Medical Fund, Heal My Heart treating heartworm positive dogs, Slumber Fund for dog beds, Traveling Paws transporting dogs to northern forever homes, Enrichment and Food for Ferals. 

Elks Lodge

[SOON]  FESTIVAL: Sarasota Medieval Fair , November 5 – November 27, 10am-5:30pm

SARASOTA MEDIEVAL FAIR Every Saturday and Sunday running November 5th-27th, 2022 at Woods of Mallaranny (29847 FL-70 E.Myakka City, FL 34251). Welcome one and all to four weekends of exciting tournaments, scrumptious feasts, & pure family fun at the 18th Annual Sarasota Medieval Fair! Live the majesty and madness of knights, jesters, minstrels, acrobatics, wenches, and sword swingers! Watch jousts and human combat chess tournaments! Listen to musical displays of powerful bagpipes and the heart pounding drums. Feast on turkey legs and hearty ales. A full day of entertainment. You will not miss your favorite show as you stroll through the village as the shows repeat several times a day to adjust to your schedule. Get into the fun by wearing your favorite medieval or renaissance garb to feel part of the clan! For tickets visit www.sarasotamedievalfair.com Phone 1-888-303-FAIR (3247)

Woods of Mallaranny, 29847 FL-70 E. Myakka City, FL 34251

[SOON]  FESTIVAL: WSLR's 13th Annual Very Merry Jerry Day , November 6, 4pm-9pm

Break out the tie-dye and hula hoops for WSLR's annual celebration of Jerry Garcia on Sunday, November 6th from 4-9pm. Playing guitar and singing for his band, The Grateful Dead, as well as several others, Garcia took his hippie movement from the 60's into the 90's, inspiring the following of millions of long-haired, tie-dye t-shirted, carefree "Deadheads."  The newly renovated patio will be hopping as The Joint Chiefs and Dead Uncle’s Ship take the stage. This is a family-friendly event, with kids’ activities and local vendors tabling. Attendees can bring t-shirts, socks, etc. for tie-dying, but no coolers please. Come out and help us re-create the mood and celebrate the music of the Grateful Dead.  Tickets are $12 for WSLR members and $15 for the general public; half-price for students and free for children under 12.  Tickets are available at www.wslr.org.  For more information call WSLR at 941-894-6469.  

[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]  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]  GALLERY: Marie Selby Botanical Gardens - The Orchid Show 2022 , October 15 – December 4, 10am-5pm

EXHIBITION: The Orchid Show 2022, October 15 – December 4, 10 AM – 5 PM Marie Selby Botanical Gardens showcases the beauty and diversity of orchids in “The Orchid Show 2022: Capturing the Perfect Shot.” This immersive, photography-themed exhibition features innovative horticultural vignettes with hundreds of orchids in flower in the Tropical Conservatory and large-format photos of rare orchids from the Gardens’ own collection in the Museum of Botany & the Arts. On view through December 4 at Selby Gardens’ Downtown Sarasota campus. For more information, visit selby.org. Marie Selby Botanical Gardens Downtown Sarasota campus1534 Mound Street, Sarasota, FL 34236 Historic Spanish Point campus401 North Tamiami Trail, Osprey, FL 34229 TEL 941.210.0874

Marie Selby Botanical Gardens , 1534 Mound Street, Sarasota, FL 34236

[SOON]  MUSEUM: The Boo! At the Bishop Museum of Science and Nature , October 29, 6:00 PM to 9:00 PM

Are you ready for a night at the Museum gathering candy at Boo! at the Bishop?! Join us and our community partners on Saturday, October 29 from 6pm-9pm for safe, family fun. You’ll leave with candy and plenty of memories! We’re so excited to host this annual event! Costumes are encouraged, however we ask that they be family friendly. This event will take you through parts of the Museum while visiting tables for candy. Please bring a bag for candy collection. We will have elevator access available for those with strollers or who need assistance. Cost is $7 per person, children under 4 are free. Register at: https://26965.blackbaudhosting.com/26965/Boo-at-the-Bishop-A-Trick-or-Treat-Night-at-the-Museum

[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]  MUSIC: Hermitage at Booker: Reggie Harris and the Power of Music , November 4, 5:30pm

Hermitage at Booker: Reggie Harris and the Power of Music, Friday, November 4 at 5:30 pm: Returning Hermitage Fellow Reggie Harris believes that music has the power to unite, the power to uplift, and the power to heal. An international leader in the folk and acoustic music scene for more than 40 years, Harris brings all his skill and charm to Booker High School and invites the community along for the joyful ride. Join this incredible musician and storyteller to rediscover the essential power of music to move us all. Presented outdoors and socially distanced in the Booker High School courtyard in partnership with Booker High School VPA. Registration is required at HermitageArtistRetreat.org ($5/person registration fee). Booker High School Courtyard, 3201 N. Orange Ave., Sarasota, FL 34234.

Booker High School Courtyard, 3201 N. Orange Ave., Sarasota, FL 34234

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