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SRQ DAILY Jan 27, 2023

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"Babel lives in a future where we have been able to figure out how to shift behaviors and traits in utero so that hopefully you wouldn't have serial killers."

- Jacqueline Goldfinger, Playwright, Babel.

[Arts & Entertainment]  The 10x10 Series Highlights The Powerful Influence of Time
Laura Paquette, laura.paquette@srqme.com

Time, an invisible yet pervasive force, was the common thread that wove together the talks of each speaker at last night’s 10x10 Series, presented by Halflants and Pichette Architects. During the event, ten speakers, each an expert in their field, are challenged to create a ten slide presentation, with only 30 seconds to speak about each slide. Making time count, both in a literal and figurative sense, was at the heart of the event, which has been on hold for the last two years due to the pandemic.

“One of the interesting parts of the 10x10 is that we all work within our circles and within our own passions,” says Michael Halflants, one of the event’s organizers, “and it’s really interesting to get a glimpse of what happens outside and how other people are carving their own lives.”

The evening began with Justin Bloom, an environmental activist, who gave the audience a crash course about the health of Sarasota’s water systems. While they are imperiled, Bloom’s talk indicated that there is still time to protect this crucial resource. The following speaker, art historian Chelsea Bruner, shared the work that her Ringling College students are doing to preserve a house that has been integral to Sarasota’s African American community for generations to come.

Houses, like those built by his father, inspired the next speaker, illustrator and sculptor Tom Casmer to create intrictate wooden sculptures. Casmer examined the many people, places and things that have inspired his work over the years. Speaker and cheesemonger Louise Converse found inspiration to tell stories through the medium of cheese by reflecting on medieval art, which, like the very product she sells, has aged well. Painter Lisa DiFranza considered the passage of time as she presented works that she created each day during the pandemic, turning her focus to the importance of social interaction.

Michael Halflants showcased the work that his company has done to create architectural spaces that bring people together, even amidst the isolation of the past two years. Fellow design enthusiast and Architecture Sarasota president Marty Hylton shared his goals to preserved the historic buildings of the Sarasota school of architecture.

Moving back towards the two-dimensional, painter Bruce Marsh took the audience on a tour of his art’s evolution, and multi-media artist Mike Solomon presented powerful images of essential workers, individuals affected by violence and his own mother, all people who faced challenges over the past years. To finish the event, Jarred Wilson, a collector, discussed how postcards and family photos can act as a time capsule in a turbulent world. Indeed, the evening itself served as a powerful reminder of everything that the world has been through the past few years, and a beacon of hope for the future to come.

The 10x10 Series will return in April, 2023. For more information, visit 10slides10speakers.com. 

Pictured: Lisa DiFranza speaks about the ways the pandemic affected her art at the 10x10 event. Photo by Laura Paquette.

[Arts & Entertainment]  Babel at Florida Studio Theatre
Dylan Campbell, dylan@srqme.com

This weekend, head on down to Florida Studio Theatre to catch a performance of Babel by Jacqueline Goldfinger. The production, which made its debut in FST’s Bowne's Lab Theatre on January 18th, is a part of FST’s Stage III Series which focuses on telling more challenging and contemporary stories. Babel is a part of a Rolling World Premiere with National New Play Network and won the organizations Smith Prize for Political Theatre was set to make its debut at FST in 2020, but production was delayed due to the pandemic. Finally, after three long years, Goldfinger’s play is set to take the stage.

Babel takes place in a not so distant future where expectant parents can test for – and consequently tweak – the future behavioral traits of their unborn child. The play follows two expectant couples with similar test results and the decisions that they are faced with, exploring the world of modern eugenics and the lengths that parents will travel for their children.

“Babel lives in a future where we have been able to figure out how to shift behaviors and traits in utero so that hopefully you wouldn't have serial killers. The question is then what are the ripple effects?” says playwright Jacqueline Goldfinger. “As exciting as it might be, what are the negative aspects of it? Would trying to limit the behavioral spectrum from the time in utero, would there be great art? Would there be great music? What are those things on the behavioral spectrum that might be considered outside the norm but not dangerous – what are the things that we’d lose in terms of our humanity and ability to self curate?

The inspiration for Babel stemmed from a hospital visit Goldfinger had during her own pregnancy. “I have a son who’s now perfectly healthy, but when I was pregnant with him there were some complications and we had to do some tests. I did not realize how far reproductive technologies had advanced, how many things doctors can test for, and how much you can know now in advance,” says Goldfinger. “They’re working on and have ways where you can state your preferences for hair and eye color and gender through IVF treatment. The next step in these tests will be altering the behavioral elements of these traits.”

Florida Studio Theatre, Box Office: 941-366-9000, 1241 North Palm Avenue, Sarasota. 

Pictured Left to Right: Tom Patterson, Lucy Lavely, Rachel Moulton and Anique Clements. Photo by John Jones.

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[Documentary]  Bruno Sammartino Documentary Coming to Manatee Performing Arts Center

The Manatee Performing Arts Center (MPAC) will host a very special matinee showing of a rags-to-riches story featuring a young man, whose family fled the Nazi invasion of their home in Italy, and who would one day become the most famous professional wrestler in the world. Bruno Sammartino makes its Florida debut at MPAC on Thursday, February, 9 at 2 p.m. Tickets are $8 and can be purchased on the MPAC’s ticketing center online. Sammartino, who passed away in 2018, was the son of Italian immigrant parents. During World War II his family fled the Nazi invasion of their home in Italy after fearing for their lives at the hands of Adolf Hitler’s SS troops. At the age of 13, the malnourished Italian boy reached the U.S., unable to speak English and became an easy target of schoolyard bullies. Sammartino battled adversity to eventually become one of the greatest legends in wrestling history. During the peak of his fame he headlined 188 sold out shows at Madison Square Garden. The documentary is an in-depth story of “the man behind the belt” with a unique look at a legendary athlete’s worldwide fame told through the lens of everyday life. In addition to family interviews, the documentary includes testimonies from celebrities who looked up to Sammartino including Tampa Bay resident John Cena and Arnold Schwarzenegger who called him, “the star of all stars.”

“It allows others intimately involved with his life to share their experiences about the man behind the titles,” says film producer Larry Richert. “It’s the story behind the heart of a champion and a true wrestling legend and the love of a mother and son tested to the limits of human capacity. It’s the story of how Bruno got to America. It’s as riveting as any tale ever told, and you’ll root for him all over again.” Richert is a Pittsburgh radio celebrity who hosts the Radio Morning Show on 100.1 F.M. and A.M. 1020 KDKA. He is the ambassador of the Bradenton Area in the Pittsburgh Market. Richert will attend the special film screening along with Sammartino’s son Darryl Sammartino. The two will participate in a Q&A with the audience following the show. Bruno Sammartino was produced by HM3 Bruno LLC, Pat Hampson, Michael Young, Craig Koryak, Chris Martin, Chris Cafardi and Larry Richert. For more information on the film or about Bruno Sammartino, visit https://www.brunosammartino.org/ 

Click here to view the trailer.

[SRQ Book Club]  New Fiction Book Review of Big Swiss by Jen Beagin
Bookseller Roxanne Baker, BookStoreOne Sarasota

Jen Beagin is the Whiting Award winning author of Pretend I’m Dead and the sequel Vacuum in the Dark. I had read and loved the dark humor and candor of the latter and am excited to report that her newest is even better.

With Big Swiss, Beagin ventures into a new character and setting, where a California transplant named Greta finds herself in the dichotomous Hudson New York, known for its quirky artists as well as its newer gentrified populace.

Her sardonic writing voice is certainly her signature and here she brandishes the comedy in Greta’s ‘profession’ as a transcriptionist for a sex therapist named Om. Her interjections to the inappropriate responses Om sometimes elicits, make for great belly laughs. I enjoyed learning some spicy Spanish lingo as well as the nuances of raising miniature donkeys and bee keeping.

And while some of that certainly sounds silly, Beagin is sage enough to weave in complicated relationships and back stories to make this 300 plus page book breeze by. Big Swiss is perfect for both its levity and its depth and is available for pre-order at www.sarasoatbooks.com and in store at BookStore1 117 S. Pineapple Ave. beginning on February 7th, 2023.

Big Swiss by Jen Beagin Publication Date 2/7/23 ISBN #9781982153083. 

[Arts & Entertainment]  Chamber Orchestra to Showcase Pianist Joseph Kingma in Virtuoso Night

The Chamber Orchestra of Sarasota will feature guest artist and award-winning pianist Joseph Kingma in a concert titled “Virtuoso Night,” 7:30 p.m., Wednesday, Feb. 15, at St. Boniface Episcopal Church, 5615 Midnight Pass Road, Siesta Key. The third concert of the orchestra’s sixth season will include Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart's charming Divertimento in F Major, Carl Nielsen's graceful “Little Suite for Strings” and Leos Janacek's powerful Suite for String Orchestra.The program opens with J. S. Bach's Piano Concerto in F Minor, with Kingma at the keyboard. The pianist received the Lorin Hollander Award in the American Prize Competition for his 2021 performance of Beethoven’s “Emperor Concerto” with the Chamber Orchestra. Kingma, who won First Prize in the American Liszt Society’s 2017 Franz Liszt International Piano Festival and Competition, is a Nationally Certified Teacher of Music (Music Teachers National Association) and the Coordinator of the Keyboard Division and Assistant Professor of Piano at Palm Beach Atlantic University. This will be his third appearance with the orchestra. Mozart composed his spirited Divertimento in F Major in 1772 for a planned musical trip to Italy. He was only 16 years old. It is written in the style of an Italian sinfonia, with a nod to the music of Johann Christian Bach, Johann Sebastian Bach’s youngest son. Carl Nielsen wrote his “Little Suite” in 1886. He had graduated from the Copenhagen Conservatory and was teaching and playing violin while studying with Orla Rosenhoff. The suite was his first published composition. “Virtuoso Night” is sponsored by Stan and Margaret Krol and the Marie Beckman Declaration of Trust.The Chamber Orchestra will conclude its 2022-2023 season on Thursday, March 23 at 7:30 p.m. at First Presbyterian Church, 2050 Oak St., Sarasota, with “Celebration.” The concert will feature the music of five Jewish composers, in honor of the 75th anniversary of the founding of the State of Israel. The orchestra will perform compositions by Mendelssohn, Gershwin and Bloch, plus the U.S. premieres of works by Israeli composers Boris Levenberg and Noubar Aslanyan. Tickets for each concert are $35 and can be ordered online or purchased at the door. To purchase tickets and for more information, visit chamberorchestrasarasota.org or call 219-928-8665. 

Pictured: The Chamber Orchestra of Sarasota presents Virtuoso Night Feb. 15 at St. Boniface Episcopal Church, with guest pianist Joseph Kingma. Courtesy of The Chamber Orchestra of 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]  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]  : 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.

[SOON]  MUSEUM: She Engineers at the Bishop , January 24 – July 30, During museum hours

SHE ENGINEERS is a bilingual (English and Spanish) poster exhibition highlighting eight women in various engineering fields. In their own words, the women share their passion and what inspired them to become engineers. If we support a woman in STEM, then she can change the world.

[SOON]  THEATER: Network at Florida Studio Theatre , January 25 – March 19, Various times

Florida Studio Theatre (FST) is proud to present Network, a fast-paced drama following the downward spiral of Howard Beale, a longtime news anchor who has worked at a television network, UBS, for 25 years. When Beale learns that he is being fired for poor ratings and low viewership, he unravels live on air during his final broadcast. As a result, his show’s ratings soar, and Howard becomes the biggest thing on television. Seeing Howard as a new populist prophet, UBS decides to leverage Howard’s newfound popularity to boost its bottom line. Network begins playing January 25, 2023, in FST’s Gompertz Theatre. Single tickets to Network range from $25-39. Subscriptions and single tickets are on sale at FloridaStudioTheatre.org or at 941.366.9000.

[SOON]  THEATER: Joseph Keckler in Concert at the Asolo Theater , January 27 – January 28, 7:30 p.m.

Singer, writer, and multimedia creator Joseph Keckler often zeroes in on moments of daily life and spins them into absurd and affecting underworld voyages. Joined by an intimate musical ensemble, he will share new pieces and highlights of his work in a concert presentation that “dances between comedy, commentary, and communion,” in conjunction with the premiere of a musical short of his GPS Song, filmed on-site in the Historic Asolo Theater during an 2021 artist residency at The Ringling. Keckler’s singular talent justaposes contemporary operatic musical virtuosity with ludicrously delightful narratives.

[SOON]  GALA: Circus Arts Conservatory 25th Anniversary Gala , January 27, 6 p.m.

On Friday, January 27, the Circus Arts Conservatory will present its 25th Anniversary Gala. The event - which takes place under the Ulla Searing Big Top at Nathan Benderson Park’s Regatta Island - will feature performances by professionals and students, dinner, and dancing in the Center Ring. The event will celebrate the successes of the past 25 years; proceeds will benefit the youth and education programs of the CAC. To learn more and purchase tickets, visit circusarts.org.

[SOON]  GRAB BAG: Creative Liberties Family Art Day , January 28, 9 a.m. to 12 p.m.

Creative Liberties Artist Studios and Gallery, based on a foundation of artists helping artists, will host its Family Day on Sat., Jan. 28. The event is free and open to all ages, art making lesson and creative space for the community. For more information, visit creativeliberties.net.

[SOON]  MUSIC: Steve Forbert at Fogartyville , January 28, 8 p.m.

For more than four decades Steve Forbert has been a torchbearer for the americana sound, having helped develop the genre’s folk and roots-rock qualities. Since the start of his career as a 17 year old in the 70’s, Forbert has continued to hone his craft and has released 23 studio albums and 4 live albums. He will be bringing his vast experience to the Fogartyville stage on Saturday, Jan. 28 at 8 p.m. Doors open at 7 p.m. and tickets are $27 for members and $30 for nonmembers. For more information, visit wslr.org.

[SOON]  SEMINAR: The Past, Present, and Future of the Van Wezel Performing Arts Hall , January 29, 2 to 4 p.m.

This important community discussion about Sarasota’s Van Wezel Performing Arts Hall will include presentations about the history of the building and its architectural significance, its current condition and the viability of having it continue as Sarasota’s Performing Arts Hall. Van Wezel family members have been invited to participate.

Professionals in the fields of architecture, finance, and the arts will provide information about the current status of the Van Wezel Performing Arts Hall and entertain questions from the audience.

Crocker Memorial Church, 1260 12th St. (in Pioneer Park), Sarasota.

[SOON]  GALLERY: Elements by Cheryl Moody to be Featured at Art Uptown Gallery in February , January 27 – February 23

From January 27, 2023 to February 23, Art Uptown Gallery will exhibit Elements by Cheryl Moody. Cheryl loves being outdoors and painting subjects in oils that spark her interest, whether it's the way light filters through leaves, reflects on water, creates patterns of color in the landscape, or how palm fronds twist in the wind. Cheryl enjoys hearing from people saying they could “ feel the wind blowing” or “smell the salt air,” and knowing that they have been transported to her special places. Meet the artist at the gallery on Saturday, January 28 from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. and at the monthly First Friday, 6 p.m. public reception on February 3. Art Uptown Gallery welcomes patrons and friends at 1367 Main Street daily where the diverse art works of regional, award-winning artists are exhibited. Telephone 941-955-5409 or visit www.artuptown.com for hours and further information.

[SOON]  MUSEUM: Walking Tours at The Ringling's Arboretum Available Now Through May 2023 , November 26 – May 29, 12:00 PM

This walking tour led by volunteer guides will introduce you to interesting botanical specimens on the estate while providing a historic overview of the development of the estate. The Ringling Arboretum has been accredited at Level II through ArbNet and there are over 2350 trees within the arboretum representing native, exotic, historical, and culturally significant trees. Garden Tours are available Saturdays, Sundays, and Mondays and take place entirely outdoors. It is 90 minutes in length and covers approximately 1 mile. We encourage visitors to bring bottled water, and wear appropriate footwear, preferably closed-toe, sunblock, and hats. There will be a maximum of 10 participants per tour. Tours are subject to weather conditions. Please check it at the Visitors Pavilion prior to your tour. Tickets will be available 30 days prior to each tour.

[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.

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