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SRQ DAILY Jan 13, 2023

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"You draw from the tribulations of your experience and your environment."

- Jorge Blanco, Artist.

[Arts & Entertainment]  A New Gallery for Jorge Blanco
Dylan Campbell, dylan@srqme.com

This week, check out the new gallery space of international artist Jorge Blanco, located in Sarasota’s Burns Historic Court District. The gallery space, titled Jorge Blanco + Andrew Ford Fine Art, showcases Blanco’s print work and sculptures.

“Recently my friend Andrew Ford offered me a little space in a great location in the city to show my work,” says Blanco. “I’m very happy with this opportunity. We did a little opening a week ago and will have a bigger opening in February. I’m showing my sculptures and prints – it’s a beautiful smaller space, so I’m not showing my biggest pieces there but I’m still super happy with it and grateful for the space.”

Blanco, who originally hails from Venezuela and emigrated to the United States in 1999, specializes in abstract sculpture crafted from different types of metals that span the range from colossal public works made on commission to various sizes of collectible sculptures. His art aims to embrace positivity, by highlighting the brilliant moments of everyday life. Although rooted in the abstract, his work is far from unrecognizable – his 2005 sculpture “In the Swim”, which can be found in Fort Pierce, Florida features an abstract, yet identifiable portrayal of three people swimming. Much of his sculpture work is heavily influenced by minimalist, geometric design as he explores planes and angles in his art.

“You draw from the tribulations of your experience and your environment,” says Blanco. “I’ve been working in art from the time I was a teenager. In 1974, it became my profession with my first piece to show to the public and in 1975 I did my first solo exhibition of sculptures and drawings – I’ve been at it for almost 50 years. I studied industrial design, which is very close to architectural and sculptural work and has also been a big influence on my art.”

Jorge Blanco + Andrew Ford Fine Art, Hours: Wednesdays and Thursdays 10am-3pm, 502 Pineapple Ave, Sarasota, 941-953-7776, https://www.jorgeblancosculpture.com/ 

[Arts & Entertainment]  Embracing Our Differences Opens 20th Anniversary Exhibit with Grand Opening Celebration

Embracing Our Differences celebrates the start of its 20th anniversary with a free Grand Opening Celebration on Sunday, January 22, noon-3 p.m., in Sarasota’s downtown Bayfront Park. The event features live performances by Jah Movement, Westcoast Black Theatre Troupe and spoken word poets. Local arts and education organizations will have booths featuring interactive, kid-friendly activities. Miss Susie’s Newtown Kitchen, Big Blue Grilled Cheese, Kilik's Kitchen, and Krewe Du Snoball food trucks will be stationed at the event. EOD will also recognize many of the artists and quoters who had their works selected for display as well as honoring Best-in-Show award winners, including Best-in-Show Student Artist Alexis Lee, a 10th grade student from Irvine, CA. For more information, visit www.embracingourdifferences.org. 

Pictured: Beauty of the World by Laura Makaltses. Courtesy of Embracing Our Differences.

[Arts & Entertainment]  Bijou Garden Café Announces Lineup for Upcoming Broadway Brunch

Bijou Garden Café, an iconic downtown restaurant offering fine dining with an intimate and inviting ambiance in the heart of Sarasota’s theatre and arts district since 1986, will feature local performers for its January Bijou Broadway Brunch event. The popular monthly Broadway Brunch continues this month on Sunday, Jan. 15 from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. and will be hosted by Joey Panek and feature Dr. Joseph Holt at the piano. Panek and Holt will be joined by singers Kevin Steele, Danielle Talamentes and Kerry Wilkerson. The performers will entertain guests as they dine on a delicious menu designed specifically for the event. Dr. Holt is known to the local arts community having served as artistic director for both Artist Series Concerts of Sarasota and Choral Artists of Sarasota. Before Panek started working in local media and television, he was a professional stage actor who performed in regional theaters and on national tours. Steele spent 14 years as a professional actor working in productions in New York City, at regional theaters and on national and international tours. Talamentes has an extensive singing career, including performances with the Metropolitan Opera, the National Philharmonic and onstage at Carnegie Hall. Wilkerson has sung with the Jacksonville Symphony, the Pacific Symphony and onstage at Carnegie Hall. Guests will be able to order from a special menu prepared by executive chef Christopher Covelli and his culinary team. The menu will feature freshly baked quiche, eggs Benedict, salads and lunch fare. The restaurant is currently accepting reservations for this month’s Broadway Brunch. To make a reservation, visit BijouGardenCafe.com or call 941-366-8111. 

[Arts & Entertainment]  Winning Artists Announced for Suncoast Black Arts Collaborative 2023 Visions in Black Exhibit

 The Suncoast Black Arts Collaborative, a nonprofit organization that uses the unifying power of the arts to nurture inclusion and diversity across the regional arts and cultural landscape, announces the winners for its “2023 Visions in Black” initiative. This juried exhibition celebrating the work of talented artists of African descent who live in Florida, will be presented in three different galleries in Sarasota and Manatee counties, February 2-25. Jurors Alyssia Lazin and Paul Toliver selected the work of 54 artists to exhibit and awarded three first place, three second place, and three third place winners—and two honorable mentions. Tim Yaeger and Marlon Tobias served on the curatorial submission committee and Mark Ormond, curator, will select which works will hang at each of the three galleries.  

Pictured: 2023 Visions in Black, Birth of a Child by Frederick Woods, First Place. Courtesy of The Suncoast Black Arts Collaborative.

[Arts & Entertainment]  CreArte Latino Cultural Center Launches Latin Music Workshop for Latino/Hispanic Youth

CreArte Latino Cultural Center is launching Nuestra Música, a Latin music workshop for Latino/Hispanic youth between 9 and 16 years old—with an emphasis on students who come from low-income families. The eight-week pilot program, mainly funded by the Manatee Community Foundation, will be taught in Spanish by two local professional musicians, Jairo Hernandez and Gian Carlos Cepeda Mantilla, and will explore folk music from the Caribbean, Central America, and South America. Participants will learn how to play the basics of one or several instruments of their choice, including percussion (bongo, conga, güira, maracas, marimba and timbal), strings (guitar, banjo, tiples, cuatro) and keyboard, to interpret traditional tunes. The Nuestra Música workshop is for 15 Spanish speakers. Classes begin Wednesday, January 18, 6-8 p.m., and continue through March 8, culminating in a performance open to the public. The cost is $185, and scholarships are available. To register and for more information, visit www.creartelatino.org. 

Pictured: Jairo Hernandez, one of the two teachers of Nuestra Musica. Photo courtesy of CreArte Latino Cultural Center.

[Arts & Entertainment]  Sarasota Concert Association Presents Pianist Awadagin Pratt at Riverview Performing Arts Center on February 15

The Sarasota Concert Association presents pianist Awadagin Pratt at the Riverview Performing Arts Center in Sarasota on February 15 at 7:30 p.m. Acclaimed for his musical insight and intensely involved performances, Mr. Pratt performs a varied program of piano works to audiences worldwide.  The Boston Music Intelligencer describes Pratt’s diversity as “An enormous dynamic range encompassed grave quiet to immense thunder.” His upcoming program includes Glassworks by Philip Glass, Prelude in D, Op. 23, no. 4 from Rachmaninoff, and Chopin’s Nocturne in B, Op. 62, no. 1 as well as selections from Couperin, Vasks, Hersch, Tchaikovsky, and Liszt. As a strong advocate of music education, Mr. Pratt participates in numerous residency and outreach activities wherever he appears. This season, in conjunction with Sarasota Concert Association’s new mentoring program, he will present a master class and conversation with students at Booker High School, following his February concert. An experienced conductor, Mr. Pratt has conducted programs with the Toledo, New Mexico, Vancouver WA, Winston-Salem symphonies, the Concertante di Chicago and several orchestras in Japan. Mr. Pratt has performed three times for The White House and is currently a Professor of Piano at the College-Conservatory of Music at the University of Cincinnati. He also served as the Artistic Director of the World Piano Competition in Cincinnati and is currently the Artistic Director of the Art of the Piano Festival at CCM. Single tickets are on sale now at www.SCAsarasota.org or by calling the Sarasota Concert Association Box Office at 941-966-6161. 

[Arts & Entertainment]  Sunday Brunch with World Music

Back by popular demand, Hamlet’s Eatery is hosting monthly Sunday Brunches. The first one is this Sunday, January 15, from 10 am - 2pm. Enjoy delicious brunch food including vegan options, Mimosas, Bloody Marys, and World Music with Zooey Seraphine and guest guitarist Enrique. Zooey is a vibrant violinist and songwriter whose performances draw from a colorful palette of styles. Her covers and original music will enchant guests and take them on a sultry journey around the world. From folk to jazz guests will be enchanted. Joining her on guitar is Enrique. Located at 821 Apricot Ave in the courtyard of The Bazaar on Apricot & Lime. There is plenty of seating under the covered patio. For more information visit www.Hamletseatery.com or call 941-445-1398.  

Pictured: Zooey Seraphine. Photo courtesy of Hamlets Eatery.

[Gala]  Sarasota Memorial Healthcare Foundation Hospital Gala Raises $1,500,000 Supporting Cancer Care Services at the Brian D. Jellison Cancer Institute at SMH

The 6th annual Hospital Gala hosted by Sarasota Memorial Healthcare Foundation was held at The Ritz-Carlton, Sarasota on January 7, 2023, with 700 guests in attendance. The event raised a record-breaking $1,500,000 in support of Cancer Care Services at the Brian D. Jellison Cancer Institute at Sarasota Memorial. The evening was hosted by the Healthcare Foundation’s Board of Trustees, with Jonathan and Michelle Mitchell/Joel and Gail Morganroth as the Premier Sponsor. Sarasota Memorial announced plans to break ground on a new Cancer Pavilion on the Sarasota campus this year that will offer a full complement of outpatient services to the inpatient, surgical and radiation oncology services the Jellison Cancer Institute brought to the community during the past two years. Services housed in the new outpatient Cancer Pavilion will include mammography and ultrasound diagnostics, oncology clinic and infusion, surgical oncology clinic, radiation oncology and infusion, outpatient operating rooms, integrative care and multidisciplinary clinics. 2023 Hospital Gala Premier Sponsor: Jonathan and Michelle Mitchell / Joel and Gail Morganroth; Helicopter Sponsor: Brian and Sheila Jellison Family Foundation; Florida Cancer Specialists; Sunset Automotive Group; Ambulance Sponsors: Ambitrans Ambulance; Maria Bradley and Martin Pfister; Charles & Margery Barancik Foundation; Ariane Dart; Deb Kabinoff Fund; In honor of Helene Kosloski and Kosloski Family Foundations; Barbara and Gary Rodkin. Sarasota Memorial Healthcare Foundation is the philanthropic partner that helps Sarasota Memorial Health Care System bring world-class healthcare to our community. For over 45 years, the Healthcare Foundation has provided grants to enhance patient care, facilities and technology, and support for ongoing clinical education and medical research. smhf.org. 

[Head to Toe]  Head to Toe
HEAD TO TOE | At head to toe exhibition at the Ringling College Galleries, students are exploring new and exciting ways to develop sustainable fashion. 

Tim Jaeger, Director and Chief Curator of Galleries and Exhibitions at Ringling College produced Head to Toe to allow students' interests in the fiber arts to flourish. Read all about through the link, on our social medias, or in the January Edition!

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[SOON]  SEMINAR: 10 x 10: Ten Slides, Ten Speakers at the Sarasota Art Museum , January 26, 5:30 p.m. to 7 p.m.

After a two-year hiatus, the 10 x 10 series will return to the Sarasota Art Museum. 10 speakers will be invited to present 10 images of their work, interest or inspiration. Slides advance automatically every 30 seconds with brief introductions between the speakers. The informal and fast-paced event is intended to showcase and introduce a diverse group of leaders and creative minds from our community. Tickets are $15 for AIA members, $15 for Ringling faculty and staff, $25 for non-members and free for students. Sarasota Art Museum, McGuire Hall, 1001 S. Tamiami Trail, Sarasota. For more information and to purchase tickets, visit 10slides10speakers.com.

[SOON]  MUSIC: Sarasota Concert Association announces Free Music Matinees , January 4 – April 19, 12:00 PM

The Sarasota Concert Association announces its 2023 Music Matinees concert series. These four free noon-time concerts showcase exceptional regional musicians performing a variety of musical styles, including classical and folk music. Scheduled this season: Passerine; Wednesday, January 4 at noon. With inventive vocal harmonies and song-writing skills, supported by the sounds of acoustic strings, Passerine offers a fresh take on traditional folk and bluegrass music, as well as a repertoire of original songs that range from ballads to contemporary Americana. Duo Pianists Michael Baron and Priscila Navarro; Wednesday, February 22 at noon; The Baron-Navarro Piano Duo performs a wide range of music, from classical to popular, for two pianos and piano four–hands with electric energy and melting lyricism. Their New York City debut as a piano duo at Carnegie Hall in March of 2022 was sold out and met with critical acclaim. Soprano Hein Jung and pianist Gregorios Zamparas; Friday, March 17 at noon Soprano Hein Jung has performed in recitals and with opera companies in major cities throughout the U.S, Italy and South Korea. She will be accompanied by pianist Gregorios Zamparas who has been praised for his versatility as a recitalist, orchestra soloist and chamber musician throughout the U.S. and Europe. Cellist Natalie Helm and Pianist Jesse Martins; Wednesday, April 19 at noon Principal Cellist of the Sarasota Orchestra, Natalie Helm is a soloist, chamber musician, orchestral musician, and educator. For this performance she will collaborate with pianist Jesse Martins, who also serves as conductor and vocal coach with the Sarasota Opera. The concerts are free but pre-registration is required and available 30 days before each concert at SCAsarasota.org. Performances take place at David Cohen Hall in the Beatrice Friedman Symphony Center, 709 N. Tamiami Trail. Visit www.SCAsarasota.org or call the box office at 941-966-6161.

[SOON]  GALLERY: Contemporary Realism First Friday Gallery Walk at the Dabbert Gallery , January 6 – January 31, 6 to 9 p.m.

Contemporary Realism First Friday Gallery Walk at the Dabbert Gallery. From 6 to 9 p.m. on Friday, Jan. 6, the Dabbert Gallery will host the First Friday Gallery Walk through its new contemporary realism exhibit. The exhibit runs through Jan. 31. For more information, visit dabbertgallery.com. Dabbet Gallery, 46 S. Palm Ave., Sarasota.

[SOON]  GRAB BAG: Rainforest Masks of Costa Rica at the Marie Selby Botanical Gardens , January 11 – January 22, During garden hours

The annual Rainforest Masks exhibition showcasing handcrafted art from the Indigenous Boruca tribe of Costa Rica is now on view! Experience (and purchase) vibrant, hand-carved and painted balsa wood masks featuring flora and fauna of the tropical rainforest. With over 400 spectacular masks on display, this year's display highlights the common motifs of the orchid, butterfly, hummingbird, frog, sloth, jaguar, and warrior found in the work of the Borucan artists. Proceeds from mask sales support the Borucan village and also benefit Selby Gardens’ education, research, horticulture, and scientific work. To learn more and purchase tickets, visit selby.org.

[SOON]  MUSEUM: Towers of Tomorrow with LEGO Bricks at the Bishop , January 11 – March 18, During museum hours

Get inspired to create your own ‘towers of tomorrow’ with over 200,000 loose LEGO® bricks available in hands-on construction areas. Young and old will be limited only by their imagination as they add their creations to a steadily rising futuristic LEGO® metropolis inside the exhibition. To learn more and purchase tickets, visit bishopscience.org.

[SOON]  GRAB BAG: Sarasota Cars and Coffee at University Town Center , January 14, 8 a.m. to 10 a.m.

This monthly gathering of car enthusiasts brings together automobile lovers from every walk of life, not to mention a wide array of spectacular cars. Bring your own vehicle (all makes and models are welcome) to show off, or check out the hundreds of cars on display. Each month, the event sponsors a different charity. For January, attendees are encouraged to donate $10 to Impact100 SRQ. The event will feature live music, complimentary coffee and more. To learn more, visit facebook.com/carsandcoffee941. Sarasota Cars and Coffee, The West District at University Town Center near Ford’s Garage, 295 N. Cattlemen Rd., Sarasota.

[SOON]  BUSINESS: Downtown Bradenton Friendly City Flea Market , January 15, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.

The Downtown Bradenton Friendly City Flea, a collective of makers, musicians and creatives, presents their first market of the year at Oscura. The indoor and outdoor event will feature over 40 artisan vendors selling everything from jewelry and candles to plants. There will also jazz and brunch offerings. To learn more, visit friendlycityflea.com.

[SOON]  MUSEUM: Art Center Sarasota: Same Source , February 2 – March 11

The Same Source exhibit by Luca Molnar uses various media to explore the connection between historical figures and personal mythologies. The exhibit highlights the connection between private life, domestic spaces and memory. On Thursday, Feb. 16, Molnar will participate in an artist talk via Zoom from 5:30 to 7 p.m. The exhibit runs from Feb. 2 to March 11. To learn more, visit artsarasota.org or call 941-365-2032. Art Center Sarasota, 707 N. Tamiami Trail, Sarasota.

[SOON]  GRAB BAG: SB2 Luncheon: Featuring the Good Hero Awards , March 7, 11:30 AM - 1:00 PM
The SRQ Philanthropic Agenda and Good Hero Awards luncheon and panel discussion will explore the dynamic and ever changing world of non-profits. What's trending, who's innovating, why are donor-advised funds growing so rapidly and what exactly are donors looking for? The luncheon will culminate with the SRQ Good Hero Philanthropic Awards program at which we will honor individuals who have meaningfully impacted our community for good in the past year and for-profit companies who have been incredible philanthropic partners to the community.

Michael's On East, 1212 S East Ave Sarasota, FL 34239

[SOON]  GRAB BAG: Golf Tournament Raises Funds for Domestic and Sexual Violence Survivors , January 16 – February 7, 11:00 AM

Safe Place and Rape Crisis Center (SPARCC) is hosting its annual golf tournament, Scramble for SPARCC, at the Laurel Oak Country Club on Monday, January 16, 2023. With the support of sponsors, community donations and golfers, this tournament raises funds to help provide life-saving, free and confidential programs and services for survivors of domestic and sexual violence. Entry fee is $185.00 per person and includes green fees, individual carts, happy hour light bites, beverages (cash bar available) and player awards. Registration opens at 11:00 AM with a shotgun start at 12:30 PM to kick off the 18-hole scramble. In addition to the golf tournament, there is also a closet to the pin contest, closest to the line contest, golf ball launcher, 50/50 chance drawing, and awards celebration. Co-Chairs for this event are Sandy Fulkerson and Bonnie VanOverbeke.

[SOON]  PERFORMANCE: The Players Centre: Always... Patsy Cline , February 2 – February 12, Varied

Always… Patsy Cline created and originally directed by Ted Swindley
Always…Patsy Cline is more than a tribute to the legendary country singer who died tragically at age 30 in a plane crash in 1963. The show is based on a true story about Cline’s friendship with a fan from Houston named Louise Seger, who befriended the star in a Texas honky-tonk in 1961, and continued a correspondence with Cline until her death. The musical play, complete with down home country humor, true emotion and even some audience participation, includes many of Patsy’s unforgettable hits such as Crazy, I Fall to Pieces, Sweet Dreams and Walking After Midnight – 27 songs in all. Feb 2-12, 2023. 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]  HEALTH: A Woman's Journey , March 3, 9:15 - 11:30 a.m.

Don't miss A Woman's Journey, on March 3rd at the Westin Sarasota. Since 1995, Johns Hopkins Medicine’s annual women’s health program A Woman's Journey provides new and compelling information about important issues affecting women's health. Through a selection of seminars presented exclusively by Hopkins faculty physicians, participants are able to hear first-hand about advances in medicine from the individuals performing the research, all the while interacting with a diverse group of attendees. Registration is $95. Click here to register: https://www.hopkinsmedicine.org/awomansjourney/upcoming-live-programs/florida-2023-sarasota.html

[SOON]  PERFORMANCE: Sarasota Opera: Ernani , March 11 – March 26, Varied

Ernani is a Dramma lirico in four acts. Music by Giuseppe Verdi. Libretto by Francesco Maria Piave. The bandit Ernani has lost his land, wealth, and title, and faces competing suitors, including the king, as he pursues his true love, Elvira. One of the greatest of Verdi’s early works encompasses love, honor, and tragedy with passionate choruses, emotional arias, and a stirring score. Sung in Italian with Translations in English. Runs March 11th-March 26th. For tickets visit sarasotaopera.org, Ph. +1 941 328 1300 

Sarasota Opera , 61 N Pineapple Ave. Sarasota, FL 34236

[SOON]  DANCE: Sarasota Ballet: Program 7 - Tribute to Balanchine , April 28 – April 29

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 7 - Tribute to Balanchine. April 28-29, 2023 at the Sarasota Opera House. Featuring: Divertimento No. 15 - Choreography by George Balanchine, Music by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart. The Four Temperaments - Choreography by George Balanchine, Music by Paul Hindemith. Western Symphony - Choreography by George Balanchine, Music – American folk tunes arranged by Hershy Kay. For more information visit www.sarasotaballet.org, Box office 941.359.0099

Sarasota Opera House, 61 N Pineapple Ave, Sarasota, FL 34236

[WEEKEND]  GRAB BAG: Sarasota Winter Carnival at the Mall at University Town Center , January 12 – January 16, Hours vary

The annual Sarasota Winter Carnival will feature over 20 rides and will be located in Parking Lot 4 (East Grand Entrance) of The Mall at University Town Center. For more information and to purchase ride tickets, click the above link. The Mall at University Town Center, 140 University Town Center Drive, Sarasota.

[WEEKEND]  FOOD: 4th Annual Sarasota Beer and Burger Festival , January 14, 12 to 7 p.m.

Sample craft beers and burgers, while enjoying live music, carnival rides, activities, vendors and more. The 4th annual event is located in Parking Lot 4 (East Grand Entrance) of The Mall at University Town Center, next to the Sarasota Winter Carnival. From 12-4 pm, sample craft beers from local breweries, including 3 Daughters Brewing, Big Top Brewers Collective, Big Storm Brewing, Motorworks Brewing and more. Beer sampling and voting end at 4 p.m. (while supplies last) and the winners will be announced on stage at 5:00 pm. From 12-6 pm, burgers can be purchased from 15 different burger food trucks. The winner of best burger will be announced on stage at 7:00 pm. Entry is $15 per adult at the gate. Save $5 when you pre-order online at the above link. The Mall at University Town Center, 140 University Town Center Drive, Sarasota.

[SOON]  GRAB BAG: Ranch Nite Wednesdays at Waterside Place , January 18, 6 to 9 p.m.

Enjoy a night of fun at Waterside Place during Ranch Nite Wednesdays. The event features food trucks, live music, a night market, a vintage mobile bar and cornhole. Click the above link to learn more. 1561 Lakefront Drive.

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