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"At first, the process was a little painful. I wanted to get out of my comfort zone, my comfort zone being bright warm colors, but it was a really good challenge and I am happy with the result."

- Dasha Reich, Contemporary Abstract Resin Artist.

[Arts & Entertainment]  Into The Blues
Dylan Campbell, dylan@srqme.com

Nowadays, cold plunges are all the rage. Everybody from your sister to your grandmother seems to be taking part in the health challenge – submerging themselves into ice cold water for seconds or even minutes at a time. For contemporary abstract resin artist Dasha Reich, it felt only natural to take a cold plunge of her own, albeit an artistic one, from working with warmer color palettes to exploring the cold tones of blue, with her new show, Into The Blues. “I specifically titled the show Into The Blues, because blue is not my favorite color at all,” says Reich. `However, I know that it is a very popular color so I said to myself, ‘you might not like the color but let's see what you can do with it.’ That was the whole idea, to challenge myself as an artist.”

Although Reich, who prefers working with a warmer color palette of reds, yellows, and oranges, may not have been blue’s biggest fan, it doesn’t make the results any less extraordinary. Her paintings in Into The Blues are still made from her trademark mix of pure pigments and epoxy resins – the combination of which gives an abstract, dream-like feel to her work. With the exploration of colder color palettes in Into The Blues, some of the swirling patterns that abound in Reich’s work appear almost reminiscent of Van Gogh’s Starry Night, some 134-odd years later. “At first, the process was a little painful. I wanted to get out of my comfort zone, my comfort zone being bright warm colors, but it was a really good challenge and I’m happy with the result,” says Reich with a laugh. “I’ve found that I prefer working with the darker shades of blue and it makes me feel like we’re in Siberia, under the ocean.”

Grand Opening at 6:00pm, March 3rd, 530 Burns Gallery, 530 Burns Ct, Sarasota. 

Pictured: Into The Blues opens 6:00pm, March 3rd. Courtesy of Dasha Reich.

To learn more click here.

[Arts & Entertainment]  Choral Artists of Sarasota Presents The Children’s March

Choral Artists of Sarasota’s 44th season, entitled “United in Song,” continues with the Florida premiere of “The Children’s March,” Sunday, March 5, 7 p.m., at Church of the Palms, 3224 Bee Ridge Road, Sarasota. This moving oratorio by Philadelphia composer Andrew Bleckner tells the story of a pivotal moment in the Civil Rights era—the Children’s Crusade of 1963—when children in Birmingham, Alabama, marched to challenge segregation and were met with a violent response. The concert is narrated by Charlayne Hunter-Gault, an award-winning journalist, author, and school desegregation pioneer. Tickets are $35; students $5. A “Meet the Music” session with Holt is Thursday, February 23, 5:30-7 p.m., at Art to Walk On, 16 South Palm Avenue in downtown Sarasota. The event, free to all ticket holders for the concert, includes a wine and hors d'oeuvre reception and a presentation by Holt with vocal soloists for “The Children’s March” highlighting the program. The concert is supported, in part, by the Community Foundation of Sarasota County and The Exchange. For more information and to purchase tickets, visit www.ChoralArtistsSarasota.org or call 941-387-4900. 

[Arts & Entertainment]  Sarasota Concert Association Announces Violinist Sarah Chang and Pianist Julio Elizalde to Replace the English Chamber Orchestra on March 12

The Sarasota Concert Association today announced that world-renowned violinist Sarah Chang and pianist Julio Elizalde will perform a recital on Sunday, March 12, 2023 at 7:30 pm at the Van Wezel Performing Arts Hall. This concert, part of the Sarasota Concert Association’s Great Performers Series, will replace the English Chamber Orchestra, which has postponed their U.S. concert tour, due to visa issues. Recognized as one of the foremost violinists of our time, Sarah Chang has performed with the most esteemed orchestras, conductors, and accompanists, and continues to dazzle audiences with her technical virtuosity and refined emotional depth. In addition to her performances with orchestras including the Chicago Symphony, Boston Symphony, and Cleveland Orchestra, Sarah Chang is an accomplished recital and chamber musician, performing with such artists as Pinchas Zukerman and Yo-Yo Ma. Praised as a musician of “compelling artistry and power,” American pianist Julio Elizalde has performed throughout the world, and tours internationally with renowned violinists, including Sarah Chang. Violinist Sarah Chang and pianist Juio Elizalde: Sunday, March 12, 2023 at 7:30 pm, Van Wezel Performing Arts Hall, Bartok Romanian Folk Dances, Brahms Sonata No. 3 in D minor, Franck Sonata in A Major. Tickets, from $30, available at SCAsarasota.org or the Box Office at (941) 966-6161. Those patrons who currently have tickets to the cancelled English Chamber Orchestra concert, can use their same tickets for the Sarah Chang concert. 

Pictured: Sarah Chang. Photo by Colin Bell.

[Arts & Entertainment]  Michael Bolton Coming to the Van Wezel

The Van Wezel Performing Arts Hall is excited to welcome Michael Bolton to Sarasota on Sunday, March 26, 2023 at 7 p.m. Tickets are currently on sale. Michael Bolton is a multiple Grammy Award-winner and Emmy nominated Singer, Songwriter and Humanitarian, who has sold more than 65 million records globally and continues to tour the world. Bolton remains committed to and recognized for humanitarian causes, especially through the Michael Bolton Charities, advocating on behalf of women and children at risk for more than 25 years. Celebrating more than 50 years of contributions to the entertainment industry, Michael won 2 Grammys for Best Pop Male Vocal Performance (nominated four times), 6 American Music Awards, 3 Emmy nominations and a Star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. As a songwriter, he has earned over 24 BMI & ASCAP Awards, including Songwriter of the Year, 9 Million-Air awards, and the Hitmakers Award from the Songwriters Hall of Fame. To date, Michael has seen 9 studio albums rank in the Top Ten, with 9 #1 singles. Michael’s songs are frequently heard on Idol, The Voice, Got Talent and X-Factor all around the world. His songs and performances have been featured in film soundtracks, including the Oscar-nominated theme song “Go the Distance” from Walt Disney’s blockbuster animated film Hercules and the Russell Crowe film Fathers & Daughters which has become a favored wedding song and part of several viral videos. Bolton recently represented his hometown Connecticut performing the first single “Beautiful World" from his forthcoming album through to the finales of NBC’s American Song Contest. Tickets are $48-$118 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. 

[Arts & Entertainment]  Art Center Sarasota Announces New Exhibitions Cycle

Art Center Sarasota’s 2022-2023 exhibition season continues with four exhibits, March 23-April 29. In “Adjusting Focus,” Jeanne Guertin-Potoff showcases a series of new mixed-media works that highlight her embrace of the formal elements of design. Rebecca Zweibel’s exhibit, “Illumination” features ceramic vessels and sculptures adorned with colorful abstract gestural surfaces. The celebrated area-based photojournalist Karen Arango focuses on healthcare issues in the local Hispanic community in “Rearview Mirror.” The juried show, “Large-Scale” features large-scale works and is juried by Mary Davis Wallace, the senior city planner for the Office of Public Art, City of Sarasota. The opening reception for all four exhibits is
Thursday, March 23, 6-8 p.m. Art Center Sarasota, 707 N. Tamiami Trail, Sarasota. For information, visit www.artsarasota.org or call 941-365-2032. 

[Crime Prevention]  Crime Prevention Seminar for Senior Citizens

The Sarasota County Sheriff's Office Economic Crimes and Crime Prevention Units will present an educational seminar to assist senior citizens in avoiding various scams and frauds. The presentation will cover diverse topics, including types of scams, detecting and avoiding them, and how and when to report them to law enforcement. Additionally, the attendees will be made aware of fraudulent contracting issues that have been more prevalent in the wake of Hurricane Ian. The Venice Community Center on the Island of Venice will house the event on Thursday, March 2. The presentation will begin at 1:00 p.m. and end at 4:00 p.m. The agenda will also include a question-and-answer session. Besides the speakers from the sheriff’s office, there will be information provided by the United States Secret Service, the State Attorney’s Office, banking industry officials, and the Department of Business and Professional Regulation. Those who plan to attend should RSVP to fraud@sarasotasheriff.org or crimeprevention@sarasotsheriff.org. 

[Flower Show]  Flower Show at Manatee River Garden Club

Manatee River Garden Club will hold a Standard Flower Show on Friday, March 10, and Saturday, March 11, 2023, at the Garden Club located at 3120 First Avenue West, Bradenton.
The Standard Flower Show is titled, “obSEUSSed” – A Seussical Celebration. The show is a tribute to Dr. Seuss and his whimsical books and art. There will be 24 artistic floral designs competing in 6 different classes. Floral Designers will be competing for National Garden Club top awards. Some of the design types featured are: Underwater Design, Reflective Design and Table Designs. In the Horticulture Division, competitive classes include cut flowers, potted foliage and flowering plants, orchids, bromeliads, cacti and succulents, ferns, and planters. In this division, competitors will try and win the Award of Horticultural Excellence, given to the entry judged best in the entire Horticulture Division. Educational exhibits will cover “Butterflies” and “The Homegrown National Park Project”. Botanical Arts exhibits will include Artistic Crafts and Photography. Photography is a relatively new addition to flower shows and has been very popular with members and the viewing public. Photographs reflect garden club mission and projects. Classes include: “Horton Hears a Who: - a photograph of a bug/bugs. “Wish That I Had Duck Feet” – a photograph of a bird/birds. “Daisy-Head Mayzie” – a photograph of flower/flowers. “Oh, the Places You’ll Go!” – a photograph of a landscape. The show will be judged by nationally accredited Flower Show Judges on Friday morning and will be open to the public from 2:00 until 5:00 pm on Friday, March 11, and 10:00 am until 4:00
pm on Saturday, April 17. The show is free to the public. In addition to the Flower Show, vendors of plants and garden related merchandise are being invited to display on Saturday.

Manatee River Garden Club, 3120 First Avenue West, Bradenton, Friday, March 10, 2023, 2pm – 5pm, Saturday, March 11, 2023, 10am – 4pm. Free Admission - Lunch will be available for sale. 

[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: 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]  THEATER: Asolo Repertory Theatre: Ken Ludwigs The Three Musketeers , January 11 – March 26, Varied

Adapted from the novel by Alexandre Dumas. Directed by Peter Amster. Harrowing adventure, bravery, and friendship take center stage in Ken Ludwig's THE THREE MUSKETEERS, a thrilling adaptation of the popular novel by Alexandre Dumas. One of the world’s most enduring comedies, this classic tells the tale of a daring young man who finds himself in the company of the world’s greatest swordsmen, as well as some of the world’s most dangerous men and women. Directed by Peter Amster, who most recently directed Asolo Rep’s smash hit Murder on the Orient Express in 2020, this play promises to be a fast-paced, witty, swashbuckling good time. All for one, and one for all! 

Asolo Repertory Theatre

[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]  THEATER: Asolo Repertory Theatre: Silent Sky , January 19 – March 5, Varied

At the turn of the 20th century, years before women had the right to vote, one woman’s breakthrough changed our perception of the stars. Full of wonder, humor, and heart, SILENT SKY is the remarkable true story of Henrietta Leavitt, one of the pioneering women astronomers working at Harvard Observatory in the early 1900s. You will be enthralled by the story of this extraordinary woman who took on the astronomy establishment in order to discover the mysteries embedded in the sky. Henrietta transcended the odds while navigating love, family, and the universe, going on to make a world-altering advancement to the field of astronomy that forever changed our view of the cosmos.  Written by one of today’s leading playwrights, Lauren Gunderson, this mesmerizing drama is directed by Seema Sueko, who recently brought this work to life at Washington D.C.’s Ford’s Theatre. 

Asolo Repertory Theatre

[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]  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: Marie Selby Botanical Gardens 2023 Jean & Alfred Goldstein Exhibition Tiffany: The Pursuit of Beauty in Nature , February 12 – June 26, During garden hours

Marie Selby Botanical Gardens’ 2023 Jean and Alfred Goldstein Exhibition Tiffany: The Pursuit of Beauty in Nature showcases the creativity and innovation of American artist and designer Louis Comfort Tiffany (1848-1933). The first exhibition of its type to be presented in a botanical garden, the exhibition highlights the inspiring connection between Tiffany Studios and the natural world through unique horticultural displays in the Tropical Conservatory and the Gardens, accompanied by seminal examples of Tiffany’s work on view in the Museum of Botany and the Arts. To learn more, visit selby.org. Selby Gardens Downtown Sarasota campus, 1534 Mound St., Sarasota.

[SOON]  THEATER: Asolo Repertory Theatre: Chicken & Biscuits , February 15 – April 13, Varied

The hilarious new play CHICKEN & 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. Written by Broadway newcomer Douglas Lyons and directed by the talented Bianca LaVerne Jones, who was associate director of the 2021 Broadway production, CHICKEN & BISCUITS proves that while family may drive us crazy, we’re lucky to have each other. 

Asolo Repertory Theatre

[SOON]  MUSIC: Reel Music at the Florida Studio Theatre , February 15 – June 25, Various times

Florida Studio Theatre presents the original music revue, Reel Music, celebrating the movies that helped create the soundtrack to the last century. Featuring classics like “Singin’ in the Rain,” “Circle of Life,” and “My Heart Will Go On,” this new Cabaret traces how films—and the music highlighted in them—have evolved over the past one hundred years. Created by Richard Hopkins, Rebecca Hopkins, and Sarah Durham with musical arrangements by Jim Prosser, Reel Music begins playing February 15, 2023, in FST’s Court Cabaret. Single tickets for Reel Music
range between $18-39 and are now on sale at FloridaStudioTheatre.org or at 941.366.9000.

[SOON]  PERFORMANCE: Sarasota Opera: Madama Butterfly , February 18 – March 24, Varied

Madama Butterfly is an Opera in three acts. Music by Giacomo Puccini. Libretto by Luigi Illica and Giuseppe Giacosa. A young geisha known affectionately as Madama Butterfly is swept off her feet by an American Naval Officer. Left with a promise that he would return one day, Butterfly waits faithfully for three years, but is met with heartbreak in one of opera’s most enduring tragedies. Sung in Italian with Translations in English. February 18th-March 24 For tickets visit sarasotaopera.org or Ph. +1 941 328 1300

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

[SOON]  THEATER: The Last Match at the Florida Studio Theatre , February 22 – March 17, Various times

Florida Studio Theatre (FST) presents the Regional Premiere of The Last Match by Anna Ziegler, a fast-paced play diving into the intense world of professional sports. Set during the semifinals of the U.S. Open, The Last Match follows Sergei Sergeyev, an up-and-coming Russian phenom, and Tim Porter, a great American superstar in the twilight of his career, during one of the most important matches of their careers. Called “Exceptional” and “Highly Engaging” by the Wall Street Journal, The Last Match begins playing February 22 in FST’s Bowne’s Lab. Single tickets range from $18-39 and are now on sale at FloridaStudioTheatre.org or 941.366.9000.

[SOON]  DANCE: Sarasota Ballet: Program 5 - Dance Theatre of Harlem , February 24 – February 27

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 5 - Dance Theatre of Harlem. February 24-27, 2023 at FSU Center for the Performing Arts. The Sarasota Ballet Presents: Dance Theatre of Harlem. For more information visit www.sarasotaballet.org, Box office 941.359.0099

[SOON]  PERFORMANCE: Sarasota Opera: Don Giovanni , February 25 – March 25, Varied

Don Giovanni is an Opera in two acts. Music by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart. Libretto by Lorenzo da Ponte. Mozart’s most famous opera is a comic and tragic masterpiece. Set in 17th century Spain, this tale of obsession, betrayal, crime, and retribution centers around the infamous lover Don Juan, who leaves a path of broken hearts wherever he goes. Sung in Italian with English Translations in English. February 25th-March 25th. For tickets visit sarasotaopera.org, Ph. +1 941 328 1300, 61 N Pineapple Ave Sarasota, FL 34236

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

[SOON]  GRAB BAG: Resilience: A Guided Walking Tour Experience by Compass Rose History Experiences , February 25 – April 22, 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. 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. Tickets cost $20.00 and must be purchased in advance. Guests purchasing both tours can receive a $10 discount by selecting the ticket package. Visit CompassRoseHistory.com to purchase your tickets or to learn more about Compass Rose History Experiences.

[SOON]  FOOD: Hound Happy Hour at Hamlet's Eatery , February 24 – December 29, 5 to 8 p.m.

It’s a paw-ty at Hamlet's Eatery! Ready to win rockin' prizes? Join us for a Cinco de Mayo Celebration and MUSIC Bingo on Friday, May 5th at Hamlet's Eatery. Come for dinner and drinks and stay for four rounds of Music Bingo. Hamlet's opens at 5pm. No charge to play. Kid and dog friendly.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.

[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

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