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SRQ DAILY Jan 20, 2023

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"We not only try to expose our students to a variety of different genres, but we want to encourage them to be individual artists"

- Jenny Townsend, Owner, Music Compound.

[Arts & Entertainment]  Songwriter Showcase at Music Compound SRQ
Dylan Campbell, dylan@srqme.com

Visit the Music Compound this Friday night to witness a free exciting live show from some of Sarasota’s best homegrown musicians. The local music school, which has branches in both Sarasota and Bradenton, is hosting a Songwriter Showcase – celebrating the original music of the students in their various programs.

“It’s an event that we host annually. We not only try to expose our students to a variety of different genres, but we want to encourage them to be individual artists,” says Jenny Townsend, owner of Music Compound. “Part of inspiring them to be their own artist are our songwriting courses and summer camps, which encourage them to write their own songs. Even our kids in classes at ages four, five and six write their own songs.”

Headlining the event – which will consist of six to seven individual artists along with a youth and an adult band – is Oxidation, an alternative rock band that was conceived initially at Music Compound when current Riverview High School students Caleb Adcock, vocals, and Michael Hackney, lead guitar, were a part of Music Compound’s Band Program.

“Oxidation was formed out of a youth band at Music Compound called The Intellectuals. They’ve started booking their own gigs, doing all of their own management and promotional work – using a lot of those skills they learned from being in our Band Program for two to two and a half years,” says Townsend. “The Band Program is made up of individual students and bands. We also host a concert every single month which features students of all different genres and ages and is a way for them to showcase all the skills they’ve learned in their private lessons or programs. Depending on what type of program they’re in will determine the performance – we have opera singers, rock groups, and country artists – it’s a wide variety of genres. This month’s theme, however, is specific for singer-songwriters.”

Friday, January 20, 6 p.m. at Music Compound SRQ , 1751 Cattlemen Rd., Sarasota, 941-379-9100. 

Pictured: Local rock band Oxidation will headline the January 20 Songwriter Showcase at the Music Compound Sarasota location. Courtesy of Music Compound.

To learn more click here.

[Arts & Entertainment]  Mandy Patinkin to Perform at the Van Wezel

Broadway’s master songman, Mandy Patinkin, accompanied by Adam Ben-David on piano, will bring his newest theatre concert Mandy Patinkin in Concert: BEING ALIVE, to the Van Wezel Performing Arts Hall for one performance only on February 16, 2023. Tickets on sale now. Mandy Patinkin in Concert: BEING ALIVE presents the acclaimed actor / singer / storyteller in his most electrifying role: concert performer. “Mandy Patinkin is in the business of showstopping,” raves The New Yorker, and that’s exactly what he does in this powerful, passionate evening of song. BEING ALIVE is a marriage of many of Mandy’s favorite Broadway and classic American tunes, along with selections from his newest recordings on Nonesuch Records, Mandy Patinkin Diary January 2018 and Mandy Patinkin Diary April/May 2018. From Randy Newman to Stephen Sondheim, from Harry Chapin to Rufus Wainwright, Mandy Patinkin takes you on a dazzling musical journey you’ll never forget. Tickets for Mandy Patinkin in Concert: BEING ALIVE are $37-$82 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. 

Pictured: Mandy Patinkin will be live at the Van Wezel, February 16. Photo by Joan Marcus.

[Arts & Entertainment]  Asolo Rep Presents Chicken and Biscuits

Asolo Repertory Theatre proudly presents Douglas Lyons’ Chicken and Biscuits as the third play in its 2023 repertory season. Bianca LaVerne Jones, who served as associate director of the 2021 Broadway production, will direct. Chicken and Biscuits begins previews on Feb. 15, opens on Feb. 17, and runs through April 13, in the Mertz Theatre, located in the FSU Center for the Performing Arts. Chicken and Biscuits introduces us to the Jenkins family, as they gather to celebrate the life of their beloved and recently deceased father and grandfather, the Revered Bernard Jenkins. When an unexpected guest reveals a secret, they all discover that nothing brings a family together like a big side of drama. This side-splitting new Broadway comedy explores the tenderness of family, the joy of reconciliation and the nourishing power of love. Chicken and Biscuits contains mature content and language. Chicken and Biscuits runs Feb. 15 – April 13. Previews are Feb. 15 – 16. Visit asolorep.org for a full performance schedule. Orchestra and Mezzanine seats start at $65 and Balcony seats start at $33. Tickets are available now in person at Asolo Rep's Box Office at 5555 N. Tamiami Trail, by phone at 941.351.8000 or 800.361.8388, or online at asolorep.org. 

[Arts & Entertainment]  Conservation Foundation to Host Florida Highwaymen for One-Night-Only Art Event

Conservation Foundation of the Gulf Coast is thrilled to host a collective of Florida Highwaymen for a special one-night-only exhibition of their legendary art. The event will take place, Wednesday, February 22 from 5:00 pm to 7:00 pm in the foundation’s Burrows-Matson House headquarters at Bay Preserve, 400 Palmetto Avenue in Osprey. Artwork will be available for purchase with a portion of the proceeds benefiting Conservation Foundation. From the early 1950s through the 1980s, twenty-six African-American artists - now known as the Florida Highwaymen - used vivid and bright colors to paint scenes of beautiful, untouched Florida. Excluded from showing their work in galleries or museums in Jim Crow era Florida, they piled their paintings into the trunks of their cars and sold them along US Highway 1, thus earning the name “Highwaymen.” Today, their vibrant paintings are highly-collectible and widely sought after. Three of the original twenty-six artists – Curtis Arnett, Al Black, and Robert L. Lewis – along with one second-generation Highwayman – Roy McLendon, Jr. – will be in attendance with artwork on display and available for purchase. Registration for the reception is required. To RSVP, visit Conservation Foundation online at conservationfoundation.com/events or call 941-918-2100. To learn more about the individual artists or the Highwaymen as a whole, visit floridahighwaymenpaintings.com. 

Pictured: Painting by Robert L. Lewis. Courtesy of Conservation Foundation of the Gulf Coast.

[Open House]  Sarasota Opera Open House

On Saturday, January 28th, 2023 from 12:00-2:00 pm, Sarasota Opera House will be opening its doors to the community for performances, activities, backstage tours, and more. Throughout the afternoon, attendees can hear musical selections from our artists, take a glimpse at costumes from our collection of over 55,000 pieces, watch our make-up designers at work, and have the opportunity to stand on our stage in a behind the scenes tour. Artists from the 2023 Winter Opera Festival will be available during the afternoon to share the excitement about our upcoming productions of Madama Butterfly, Don Giovanni, Ernani, and Therese. Light refreshments will be served. For more information, visit SarasotaOpera.org, call our box office at (941) 328-1300, or visit us in person at 61 N. Pineapple Avenue, Sarasota, FL 34236. 

[New Hire]  Crystal Bailey Joins Selby Gardens as Chief Administrative Officer and General Counsel

Marie Selby Botanical Gardens announced today that Crystal Bailey, Esq. has joined the staff of Selby Gardens in the newly created position of Chief Administrative Officer and General Counsel. Bailey comes to Selby Gardens from the Sarasota County Sheriff’s Office, where she served for the past eight years, most recently as general counsel on the Sheriff’s executive staff. Prior to her roles with the Sheriff’s Office, Bailey worked as a prosecutor handling all levels of offenses in Pinellas County. In this new role, Bailey will oversee legal matters, human resources, volunteer engagement, and guest experience for Selby Gardens. She also will provide expert and strategic legal advice to Selby Gardens’ Board and staff leadership. Bailey earned a bachelor’s degree in speech communication from Miami University (Ohio) and a Juris Doctor degree from Stetson University College of Law in 2009. She is a member of the Florida Bar and Sarasota County Bar Association, Florida Association of Police Attorneys, Florida Association of Women Lawyers, and International Association of Chiefs of Police. Bailey served on the City of Sarasota’s Charter Review Committee in 2022 and is a graduate of the Gulf Coast Community Foundation Leadership Institute.  

[Workshop]  Manifestation Jar Workshop


 Adeline’s Mystic Earth is hosting a DIY Manifestation Jar Workshop: Manifesting Self-Love and Self-Healing on Feb. 4th from 10:30-noon at The Bazaar on Apricot & Lime. This workshop will guide you through creating a manifestation jar, setting your intention, and sealing your practice with a short guided meditation circle. You will create your own 30-ml manifestation jar using herbs, crystals, dried flowers, and more. The theme is focused on your self-love journey. This workshop is designed for anyone wanting to embrace or affirm self-love and heart-healing for any reason. Creating manifestation jars is a meditation within itself, but they also hold intentions and can be used during other meditations, journaling, or even left on an altar . Regina Klein is a Certified Crystal Healer and has been in-tune with universal energy throughout her life using that connection to assist friends and family before making it a career. Her personal mission and that of Adeline's Mystic Earth is to make crystals and other energetic tools accessible to everyone through classes, workshops, individual sessions, and the store itself as a means to enhance daily living and complement each person's healing journey. The workshop is only $25 and registration is required. For more information visit https://adelinesmysticearth.com/ or call 941-504-2151. The Bazaar on Apricot & Lime is located at 821 Apricot Ave, Sarasota. 

[Fundraising]  Alliance Gives Back Re-Opens Non-Profit Grant Cycle

Five years ago, the LWRBA’s Community Engagement Committee launched Alliance Gives Back (AGB). Since its inception AGB has brought nearly 1,000 volunteers to over 100 projects in the region. Last year, we wanted to expand upon that effort by creating another path to support our local non-profits, through a grant cycle partnership with the Lakewood Ranch Community Fund. Our 5th annual AGB was a huge success with a record number of volunteers and volunteer opportunities and right as the fundraising portion was launched, Hurricane Ian hit and we paused our fundraising portion of Alliance Gives Back to focus on local fundraising hurricane relief efforts. We are excited to now re-launch our Alliance Gives Back Grant Initiative! Here are some frequently asked questions: How do I get involved? Donations are live! We will be raising funds from now until February 6. Where does the money go? The LWRBA will be awarding grants at the April 19 luncheon. How does a non-profit apply for a grant? Beginning February 9th, the grant applications will be available online. You must be an Alliance Member and 501c3 to be eligible. All grants will go through the normal LWRCF grant process. The LWRCF will be choosing the grant recipients and The Lakewood Ranch Business Alliance will have no input to the awarding of the grants. We hope you will join us in continuing to support our non-profits in the region through Alliance Gives Back! 

Click here to donate.

[Event]  SB2 Luncheon

Join us on March 7, 2023 at Michael's On East for a dynamic luncheon symposium centered on conversations focused on regional philanthropic topics. The luncheon will include a panel discussion to explore the ever-changing world of non-profits and honor outstanding individuals who have made a meaningful impact within the community. 

Reserve Your Tickets Here

[Forage]  Nuts for Mochinuts
Barbie Heit, barbie.heit@srqme.com
NUTS FOR MOCHINUTS | A fusion of American donuts and Japanese mochi, @Mochinut Sarasota are the latest local craze in delicious sweet treats.

A fusion of American donuts and Japanese mochi, many consider these fluffy pastries with a satisfying chew to be the best of both the donut and mochi worlds. Read about the latest sweet craze through the link, on our social medias, or in the January Edition!

Read Here!

[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]  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]  FOOD: Hound Happy Hour at Hamlet's Eatery , January 20, 5 to 8 p.m.

It's a Paw-ty! Join us for dinner & drinks every Friday until 8pm. Dog Friendly.
This week:
Adoptable dogs from LOW RIDER
LIVE MUSIC with Chris Lincoln
Guest Vendors: Wolfgang Bakery & Grooming, Paper Moon Origami, and The Skinny Chef.

The Bazaar is not open at this time.

Hamlet's Eatery, 821 Apricot Ave., Sarasota.

[SOON]  GALLERY: Art Walk at Ringling College Campus Galleries , January 20, 5 to 8 p.m.

On these special open-campus, family-friendly evenings, come enjoy 8 compelling exhibitions and grab a bite from our food trucks, while discovering special arts interactions. The event will feature eight compelling exhibitions across campus, special art interactions, Simply Greek and Southern Smoke by JP Food Trucks, Live art performance by Larry Littany Litt and Live music by Liquid Pennies.

Ringling College Galleries and Exhibition, 2700 N. Tamiami Trail, Sarasota.

[SOON]  MUSIC: The Music of Billy Joel and Elton John , January 20 – January 21, Various times

Enjoy the music of Elton John and Billy Joel, performed by Michael Cavanaugh. The show will feature hit songs from both artists.

Van Wezel Performing Arts Hall, 777 N. Tamiami Trail

[SOON]  FOOD: Hello Kitty Cafe Truck East Sarasota Appearance , January 21, 10 a.m. to 7 p.m.
The Hello Kitty Cafe Truck is returning to The Mall at University Town Center on Saturday 1/21! Come say hello to us at the mall entrance near Kona Grill between 10am-7pm and pick up some super cute treats & merch, while supplies last! The Mall at UTC, 140 University Town Center Drive, Sarasota.
[SOON]  GRAB BAG: Embracing Our Differences Embracing Kindness Exhibit Opening Celebration , January 22, 12 to 3 p.m.

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.

Bayfront Park, 5 Bayfront Drive, Sarasota

[SOON]  THEATER: Urbanite Theatre: Birds of North America , January 6 – February 12, Varied

"Birds of North America" runs January 6th-February 12th, 2023 at Urbanite Theatre. As birders, John and his daughter Caitlyn adore spending tender autumn days attempting to catch glimpses of elusive birds. But as seasons, the climate, and global politics change, the two find their connection as rare as a red-headed Woodpecker.  In a lyrical and endearing family portrait, Birds of North America unfolds in delicate, detailed layers like the scattered leaves of each passing year. For tickets and information contact Ph. (941) 321-1397, Email info@urbanitetheatre.com, Website www.urbanitetheatre.com

Urbanite Theatre , 1487 2nd Street Sarasota FL, 34236

[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]  PERFORMANCE: The Players Centre: Proof , January 12 – January 22, Varied

Proof by David Auburn. Winner of the 2001 Pulitzer Prize and Tony Award for Best Play, Proof tells the story of Catherine, a troubled young woman, who has spent years caring for her brilliant but unstable father, a famous mathematician. Now, following his death and on the eve of her 25th birthday, she must deal with her own volatile emotions; the arrival of her estranged sister, Claire; and the attentions of Hal, a former student of her father’s. Over the long weekend that follows, a burgeoning romance and the discovery of a mysterious notebook draw Catherine into the most difficult problem of all: How much of her father’s madness—or genius—will she inherit? January 12-22, 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]  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]  DANCE: Sarasota Ballet: Program 4 - In Rep , January 27 – January 30

The Sarasota Ballet is excited to announce the Companys 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 4  In Rep. January 27-30, 2023 at FSU Center for the Performing Arts. Featuring World Premiere,  Choreography by Arcadian Broad,
 Music to be announced. New Jessica Lang Ballet (Sarasota Premiere) Choreography by Jessica Lang, Music to be announced. Facade - Choreographed by Sir Frederick Ashton, Music by Sir William Walton. For more information visit www.sarasotaballet.org, Box office 941.359.0099.

[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]  : Compass Rose History Experiences 2023 Tours , January 28, 3:30 p.m.

Compass Rose History Experiences announces the launch of Resilience: A Guided Walking Tour Experience. Guides Mimi Cirbusova and Andrea Knies will navigate attendees on a journey back in time down Main Street as we explore the resilience of the Sarasota community during the Great Depression and World War II. Locals and visitors alike will find inspiration from the stories of the people and places of Sarasota's past. In addition, spring dates have also been announced for the popular Sarasota 1926 walking tour. Tours meet at Five Points Park in Downtown Sarasota and cover a distance of less than one mile over the 75-90 minute tour. All tours begin at 3:30 pm. Sarasota 1926: January 28 and March 18; Resilience: February 25 and April 22. Tickets cost $20.00 and must be purchased in advance. Guests purchasing both tours can receive a $10 discount by selecting the ticket package. To learn more, visit compassrosehistory.com.

[SOON]  PERFORMANCE: Van Wezel Foundation Inspiration Gala with Kenny Loggins , March 10, 5 pm

Join us as we celebrate the 35-year partnership of the Van Wezel Foundation and the Van Wezel Performing Arts Hall for an intimate experience featuring exceptional dining and Grammy-winning musician Kenny Loggins. Proceeds from the evening will the support the mission of the Van Wezel Foundation: to create and sustain a vibrant perfoming arts center, advance education, and enrich communities by inspiring minds through the power of the arts. Van Wezel Performing Arts Hall, 5:00 Cocktails, Dinner & Program, 8:00 Live Performance. Gala co-chairs: Kathy Martella and Susan Travers. For information about sponsorship opportunities, please contact Julie Schwartz at 941-271-4180 or jschwartz@vwfoundation.org.

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