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SRQ DAILY Feb 3, 2023

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"Displaying Tiffany's work in a garden setting with accompanying horticultural displays is a really creative presentation of his craft and creates a whole new way of looking at the artist."

- Jennifer Rominiecki, President and CEO of Marie Selby Botanical Gardens.

[Arts & Entertainment]  Tiffany: The Pursuit of Beauty in Nature at Selby Gardens
Dylan Campbell, dylan@srqme.com

Next Sunday, on February 12th, Marie Selby Gardens will unveil their 2023 installment of the Jean and Alfred Goldstein Exhibition Series, Tiffany: The Pursuit of Beauty in Nature. The exhibition series aims to explore the works of major artists through their connections to nature, with this year’s installment focusing on American Artist and designer Louis Comfort Tiffany, who was the founder of the decorative arts studio Tiffany Studios and was the first design director at his father Charles Tiffany’s iconic luxury jewelry and specialty design house Tiffany & Co.

Although ostensibly the designer of one of the most recognizable jewelry companies in the world may not seem like he has a major connection with nature, a further look into Louis Tiffany’s work reveals a deeper connection with the natural world than one might think. Tiffany, who hailed from New York City, began his career as a painter, studying at the National Academy of Design from 1866-67 and later apprenticed under the French landscape painter Leon Belly, who is cited as one of the major influences in Tiffany’s later artistic career. Soon after, however, Tiffany transitioned into glassmaking, where he became one of the most notable artisans of the Art Nouveau and Aesthetic movements of the late 19th and early 20th centuries. Tiffany’s biggest contribution came in his stained glass work, particularly with his Tiffany lamps, which feature lamp shade designs that mimic flora and fauna.

This February’s Tiffany: The Pursuit of Beauty in Nature will mark the first time that Tiffany’s work will be exhibited in a botanical setting. Samples of his work will be featured throughout Selby Garden’s museum and floral concepts and vignettes inspired by his designs will be displayed throughout the Tropical Conservatory and Downtown Campus. “I think that people are used to thinking about Tiffany in a particular setting, whether it's seeing the objects in their homes – such as the lamps – or seeing the objects in a traditional museum setting,” says Jennifer Rominiecki, President and CEO of Selby Gardens. “Displaying Tiffany’s work in a garden setting with accompanying horticultural displays is a really creative presentation of his craft and creates a whole new way of looking at the artist.”

Downtown Sarasota Campus, 1534 Mound Street, Sarasota, 941-366-5731. 

Pictured: Tiffany Dragonfly lamp, image courtesy of Marie Selby Botanical Gardens.

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[SRQ Book Club]  New Fiction Book Review of Community Board by Tara Conklin
Bookseller Roxanne Baker, BookStoreOne Sarasota

One of my mother’s sage maxims when I was a teen was, “Lighten up”. Surely this is also a common thought for most parents of histrionic teens and beyond.

Tara Conklin uses a similar lens in her whimsical novel Community Board. Her main character needs a large dose of “lighten up” after going overboard when her husband leaves her for another woman.

The fact that Darcy decides to go home to Massachusetts isn’t that odd, but her reaction to her parents having shuttered their home and relocated to Arizona leads to her comedic unraveling.

In melodramatic protest, Darcy begins a deep dive into self-imposed hibernation. She eats canned foods and reads old National Geographic Magazines and while reading the Community Board posts which are as eccentric as what you’ve probably seen on our beloved Next Door.

Conklin’s playful, wry take on Darcy’s mid-life crisis is fun reading and probably excellent therapy for anyone who has been abandoned. Her slow food relationships with the neighborhood policeman, an elderly lady seeking escape from an assisted living facility as well as gay homeowner attempting to build a miniature theme park in their backyard make for buoyant fun.

The meta of course contains a plea for us all to be more self-aware with an eye towards laughing at our own follies.

Community Boardis available March 23rd at BookStore1 Sarasota 117 S. Pineapple Ave. Sarasota or at their online store at www.sarasotabooks.com. ISBN: 9780062959379. 

[Arts & Entertainment]  Sarasota Orchestra’s Free Family Concert Furthers Mission to Engage, Educate and Enrich

 Sarasota Orchestra welcomed more than 500 children and family members to Holley Hall for a free afternoon of symphonic fun on Sunday, January 29. Led by guest conductor Chelsea Gallo, the Orchestra performed two 60-minute concerts featuring Peter and the Wolf, Prokofiev’s “symphonic fairy tale for children,” narrated by Casey Murphy. Other pieces included classical renditions of Tchaikovsky's Sleeping Beauty, Rossini's Cinderella and Nielsen's Aladdin. Before and after the concert, families were invited to participate in interactive, educational activities that included an instrument petting zoo, arts & crafts, and the opportunity to meet a musician. 

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[Arts & Entertainment]  Hound Happy Hour Every Friday at Hamlets Eatery

It’s a paw-ty at Hamlet’s Eatery! The award-winning permanently located food truck is now staying open Fridays until 8pm for Hound Happy Hour. Live music, dogs available for adoption, great food, cold beer, and Prosecco on tap. There will also be chair massage available. Bring your fur babies for their free pup cup. Tonight, Feb 3, Tenderheart Charities is bringing dogs and Tyler Vaden will be playing. Woofgang Bakery & Grooming will be here with an amazing array of dog treats and accessories. Hamlet’s offers traditional and vegan options. Located outdoors with plenty of room under a covered patio. This is a great way to kick off your weekend.

821 Apricot Ave in Sarasota. For more information visit www.hamletseatery.com or call 941-445-1938. 

Pictured: This Tenderheart charities puppy is looking for a furever home. Courtesy of Hamlets Eatery.

[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

[SRQIST]  The Art of Happiness
Laura Paquette, laura.paquette@srqme.com
THE ART OF HAPPINESS | World-renowned sculptor Jorge Blanco celebrates the opening of his new gallery and hopes his work will spread joy throughout his hometown. 
Learn about Blanco's background, inspiration, and what his gallery will feature through the link, on our social medias, or in the February edition!

Read Here!

[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]  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]  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]  MUSIC: Westcoast Black Theatre Troupe at The Bay: Jazzlinks Civil Rights: Bridging The Movement , February 7, 5 p.m.

Enjoy a live performance by the Westcoast Black Theatre Troupe’s “Jazzlinks” group showcasing the popular music of 1940s to the 1960s!

There are so many different styles evolved during these eras – Boogie Woogie, Jazz, Rock, R and B, and Pop — songs like Numbers Boogie, Straighten Up and Fly Right, The General Jumped at Dawn, and Blue Suede Shoes – all the way to The Temptations and Martha Reeves and the Vandellas. It’s a fun way to learn some African American history as WBTT’s “Jazzlinks” shares information and get to hear music that will undoubtedly have you moving and up on your feet!

*RAIN OR SHINE. In case of inclement weather, this program will be moved to the Municipal Auditorium (801 N Tamiami Trl, Sarasota, 34236)

[SOON]  GRAB BAG: Ranch Nite Wednesdays at Waterside Place , February 8 – May 31, 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. Visit lakewoodranch.com to learn more. Waterside Place, 1561 Lakefront Drive, Sarasota.

[SOON]  MUSIC: Jazz Thursday at Sarasota Art Museum , February 9 – June 8, 5:30 to 8 p.m.

Join Sarasota Art Museum for Jazz Thursdays featuring live jazz music, contemporary art, and sips and bites from Bistro. Hosted by the Jazz Club of Sarasota. Jazz Thursday happens on the second Thursday of each month, 5:30-8 p.m. Galleries, Bistro, and SHOP open. FREE for Members, $20 for Not-Yet Members.

[SOON]  DANCE: Romantic Night at the Sarasota Cuban Ballet School , February 11 – February 12, Various times

On February 11-12, the Gulfcoast Studio Company of the Sarasota Cuban Ballet School will present a program celebrating love in two acts. The first act features modern-day romantic classical and contemporary pieces. The second act showcases the eternal love of Swan Lake with highlights of the traditional “White Swan” choreography and Tchaikovsky’s haunting music.

There will be 3 intimate black box performances at the Sarasota Cuban Ballet School’s auditorium on Saturday, February 11 at 2:00 pm and 7:00 pm, and Sunday, February 12 at 2:00 pm. Tickets are $35. Visit srqcubanballet.org to learn more and purchase tickets.

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