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SRQ DAILY Mar 13, 2023

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"I think one of the benefits that we have is that with technology and remote work and other ways to collaborate, people can pretty much work where they want to be and not where they have to be. "

- Steve Padgett, Managing Partner, Fawley Bryant Architecture.

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[Politics]  Buchanan Files Ban on Offshore Drilling off Florida
Jacob Ogles, jacob.ogles@srqme.com

Before leaving office, former President Donald Trump put a 10-year moratorium in place for offshore drilling off Florida’s coast. But U.S. Rep. Vern Buchanan, R-Longboat Key, wants to make sure the ban stays in place forever.

Buchanan filed a bipartisan bill with U.S. Rep. Kathy Castor, D-Tampa, to make the moratorium part of federal law. That would stop any future presidential administration from lifting the 10-year ban before it expires in June of 2032, and would mean it required an act of Congress to allow drilling even after that point.

“Allowing drilling off of Florida’s coasts would be a colossal mistake,” Buchanan said. “As we learned from the devastating Deepwater Horizon oil explosion in 2010, our state cannot afford another spill that would threaten our economy, our environment and our way of life. As co-chair of the 30-member bipartisan Florida congressional delegation, I will continue working with colleagues on both sides of the aisle to protect the state’s pristine coasts and beautiful waterways.”

That BP explosion, off the coast of Louisiana, killed 11 people and led to 134 million gallons on untreated oil releasing into the Gulf of Mexico over 87 days. The oil spill reached part of the Florida Panhandle, but the publicity around the disaster caused problems for tourist destinations along the entire Gulf of Mexico coast.

The Coastal Protection Act would ban any oil of gas drilling for 235 miles off Florida’s Gulf Coast, as well as 275 miles off of the Atlantic Coast and in the Florida Straits. 

Buchanan notably co-chairs the Florida Congressional Delegation, and has also fought this year for red tide finding and to have algal blooms declared as federal natural disasters.

While the bulk of Republicans in Congress nationwide have opposed drilling bans in the past, the moratorium boasts bipartisan support in Florida, notably the state where Trump now lives. Rep. Greg Steube, R-Sarasota, has supported bans on drilling in the Eastern Gulf of Mexico when the House has taken the issue up.

Castor, who previously represented parts of Manatee County, has also always supported a ban and chaired the House Select Committee on the Climate Crisis in the last Congress. That committee no longer exists, but Castor said it’s important for Florida to continue protecting the coastline.

“In the Sunshine State, clean water and our beautiful beaches are central to our way of life and the cornerstones of our economy, and we know that oil and gas drilling can devastate both our environment and economy,” she said. “With our bipartisan bill, Congress has an opportunity to permanently protect our coastal beaches and communities from dangerous offshore drilling.” 

Photo courtesy Buchanan: Deepwater Horizon explosion.

[In Conversation]  In Conversation with Steve Padgett and Stu Henderson

In the March 2023 edition of SRQ Magazine, we interviewed Steve PadgettManaging Partner, and Stu Henderson, Owner and Design Architect, at Fawley Bryant Architecture as part of our In Conversation feature about Lakewood Ranch. Below is an excerpt published in the magazine in which Padgett and Henderson shares their insights with SRQ readers on living and working in Lakewood Ranch.

For a long time now, Lakewood Ranch has been one of the fastest-growing communities. Suddenly, it feels like all of Florida is growing like a Lakewood Ranch. The growth is at a pace none of us could have imagined after the last two or three years. From what you guys get to see in terms of future planning, and future opportunities, what does that mean, and how has technology has affected things from your perspective?

Steve Padgett

Well, I think one of the benefits that we have is that, with technology and remote work and other ways to collaborate, people can pretty much work where they want to be and not where they have to be. And I think this area's been a major attraction for people that are getting out of areas that they don't really want to be in. Whether it's because of family, because of weather, because of the job, or whatever it may be. So I think this has been a major attractor that's been planned for 15 years. So right time, right place. And that's given us a lot of flexibility and freedom with the work that we do. They're public places in most cases. So sports work, government work, education, those are things that are going to support the people that live here. And that placed perfectly into our portfolio and the services we provide. So a little bit of a win-win. 

Stu Henderson

I'll look at this from two sides. Our response to the technology and being more remote, it plays into our strengths that we had already started anyway. So we had already started with teams and video conferencing and working internally with that software, we had already used virtual reality to communicate with our design team and our internal review of a building, to walk through it before it's ever been built. That translated into communicating with clients in much the same way. So it's allowed us to have our first fully-remote teammate and collaborator as a project manager, not just sort of an admin role where they might be able to do tasks but to communicate and work. And I think, by and large, that focus on the technology that we utilize and how we collaborate has, in a lot of ways, created better buildings. We're able to visualize them, walk through them, and communicate about what we see, not just internally, but with our clients. So the technology of the buildings feels like it could always be more sustainable. We could do a lot more with that, but budgets and first costs are very expensive for some of the sustainable materials that we would like to use. So in a lot of cases, they get removed. But I think that there are deeper, more fundamental strategies to sustainability that we employ that are not a green roof or photovoltaic, but they may have to do with energy conservation, they may have to do with building orientation and location. And all of that stuff, again, is the overlay of technology that allows us to understand those technologies and those strategies before the buildings are even built. 

Fawley Bryant Architecture 5391 Lakewood Ranch Blvd N #300, Sarasota. 941-343-4070. https://www.fawleybryant.com/

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[Recognition]  Hospital Recognized for Outstanding Decade of Stroke Care

HCA Florida Sarasota Doctors Hospital was recently recognized by the American Heart Association for its impressive track record of treating stroke patients. The hospital has earned the Gold Plus achievement in Get with the Guidelines® for stroke for more than 10 years consecutively. As a primary stroke center, the hospital has achieved high marks for quality and good patient outcomes. Heart disease and stroke are the number one and fifth leading causes of death in the United States respectively. HCA Florida Sarasota Doctors Hospital is proud to be one of only 29 hospitals in the state to achieve this recognition. The hospital was listed in the Association’s US News & World Report special edition for this milestone: https://usnewsbrandfuse.com/AmericanHeartAssociation/. Each year, the American Heart Association recognizes hospitals across the country for following up-to-date, research-based guidelines to ensure all patients have access to the best practices and lifesaving care. The hospital also takes an all-inclusive approach to treating patients who have had a stroke. In addition to care in the emergency room or cardiac areas, patients also get specialized rehabilitation and stroke education.



[Recognition]  Sarasota Yacht Club Honored with Platinum Club of America Status

Sarasota Yacht Club announced it has once again been selected as a Platinum Club of America, one of only 30 yacht clubs in the country to earn the distinction from the esteemed Club Leaders Forum. Platinum recognition is given to the top five percent of private clubs. Sarasota Yacht Club ranked 14th in the U.S., up two spots from its previous ranking. Platinum status has been the pinnacle of recognition in the private club industry since it was established in 1997 by John R. Sibbald. The panel considered seven areas of excellence as a guideline, including the club’s universal recognition, respected membership, amenities and facilities, exceptional service, governance and fiscal management. Sarasota Yacht Club was also designated by the Club Leaders Forum as a ‘Platinum Club of the World’ in 2022, one of only 50 private yacht clubs selected internationally. “Our exemplary staff and outstanding membership make Sarasota Yacht Club a very special place,” said Karen Harmon, Sarasota Yacht Club’s GM/COO. “We are thrilled to be recognized for our efforts.”  

[Public Records]  Manatee Clerk’s Office Celebrates Public Records and Sunshine Laws During Sunshine Week, March 12-18

The Office of the Angelina “Angel” Colonneso, Clerk of the Circuit Court and Comptroller for Manatee County is celebrating Sunshine Week, a nationwide event taking place from March 12-18, which promotes transparency in government and raises awareness about the public's right to access information. Florida has a long-standing history of open access to public records, dating back to 1909 with the Public Records Law. In 1967, Florida enacted the Sunshine Law which establishes the public’s basic right of access to government meetings. As a result, Florida's Public Records and Sunshine Laws are among the strongest in the country, showing the state's commitment to keeping residents informed and engaged. During Sunshine Week, Clerk of Court employees take part in an annual training on Government-in-the-Sunshine and Public Records laws, with a focus on how to fulfill a public records request. While Sunshine Week only occurs once a year, Clerks play a crucial role in maintaining government transparency through accurate recordkeeping and efficient reporting every day. The Clerk’s office encourages the public to visit their website to learn how to access records online or how to contact our office to request a record at https://www.manateeclerk.com/departments/public-access/. 

[New Business]  Tweeds Suit Shop Opens First Storefront in Downtown Sarasota

Tweeds Suit Shop, the premier custom mobile suit shop, is thrilled to announce the opening of its first brick-and-mortar location in the growing Sarasota market. Located at 1423 First Street in the heart of downtown Sarasota's boutique shopping district, the storefront offers Tweeds renowned custom suit maker services, including made-to-measure and made-for-you suits, jackets, pants, jeans, elevated t-shirts, polos, v-necks, shoes, and belts, with the added convenience of off-the-rack garments available. Tweeds Suit Shop, spanning 1,700 square feet, was constructed by Optavia Construction, ensuring a modern and comfortable space for clients to indulge in the ultimate bespoke shopping experience.
Adding the bespoke finishing touches was Kelley Riley Interior Design, creating a relaxed ambiance that emulates a social lounge experience. Operating Tuesday through Saturday from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m., the shop welcomes walk-ins throughout all business hours, and clients can easily schedule appointments upon request. Tweeds expansion to its first
boutique is a natural progression after three years of mobile, appointment-only fittings. The space will also be used to host Tweeds Suit Shop events for clients. Whether clients are in the market for a suit for a wedding, engagement, event or everyday business wear, Tweeds one-on-one process allows for a hands-on design approach to best understand the customer’s wants and needs for a perfect suit. Each and every detail, from start to finish, allows for the customer to be involved – from the selection of fabric and style down to the lining, buttons, thread color and custom embroidery, each and every detail is designed together with the customer. Tweed’s Suit Shop focuses on superior, quality materials, staying away from synthetics, with each suit custom-made to the customer’s measurements. The exclusive fabrics are sourced directly from Italy and each suit is made using the most advanced technology in the industry – guaranteeing a perfect fit. For more information or to schedule an appointment with Tweeds Suit Shop, visit www.tweedssuitshop.com. 

[Recognition]  PGT Innovations Named a Best Small Company by Forbes for Third Year in a Row

PGT Innovations (NYSE: PGTI), a leading manufacturer of premium windows, doors, and garage doors, was recently named on Forbes' 2023 list of Best Small Companies for the third year in a row. The complete list includes 100 U.S. companies across a number of industry categories. This year, PGT Innovations improved its ranking by an impressive 32 spots – moving from No. 79 in 2022 to No. 47. The manufacturing leader was one of nine firms in the construction classification. To produce its ranking of America’s 100 Best Small Companies, Forbes used data from FactSet to screen more than 1,000 companies with a market value between $300 million and $2 billion to find 541 companies that also had positive sales growth over the past 12 months and a share price of at least $5. Financial institutions, REITs, utilities, royalty trusts and limited partnerships were excluded, as were companies that have been public for less than one year. The top 100 ranking was based on earnings growth, sales growth, return on equity, and total stock return for the latest 12 months available and over the last five years. PGT Innovations employs approximately 5,500 team members across the U.S., operates 10 manufacturing facilities and a glass processing plant, produces hundreds of products that unify indoor and outdoor living spaces, and has a legacy of being the leading impact-resistant window and door manufacturer in the nation. 

[New Publication]  Wellen Park Debuts new Wellen Park Living Magazine

Wellen Park’s fun-loving lifestyle, waterfront vibes and heartfelt connections come to full-color life in the pages of Wellen Park Living, a new glossy coffee table magazine that recently debuted. The inaugural spring 2023 issue also offers a sneak peek and the first public photographs of Downtown Wellen, including a beautiful cover shot of sunset kayaking on the Grand Lake and a from-the-water perspective of the elegant Solis Hall immersed in natural surroundings as its “parting shot” on the final page. Wellen Park Living will be published quarterly by locally owned SRQ Media Group, a hyper-local media engagement company committed to exploring the relationship between audiences and storytelling with impact in the Sarasota and the Bradenton Area. The magazine is available in Wellen Park neighborhoods, CoolToday Park, Wellen Park Marketplace, Punta Gorda Airport, Sarasota Bradenton International Airport, Venice Chamber, North Port Chamber and various retail and hospitality locations throughout the region. It is also online at wellenpark.com/wellenparkliving. In addition to showcasing some of the unique experiences and future tenants in Downtown Wellen Park, the debut issue spotlights nearby kayaking and beach daytrips along the Gulf of Mexico, spring training and year-round events at CoolToday Park, and Wellen Park’s community commitment by building cottages for kids in partnership with Habitat for Humanity South Sarasota County. With Downtown Wellen’s outdoor public amenities now open and events kicking off late February, the fully leased pedestrian-friendly downtown figures prominently throughout the magazine’s 68 pages, from stories highlighting its unique coffee and cocktail culture, profiles of downtown muralists Laura Pommier and Ivan Roque, an introduction to artist Brett Phares whose curated art will be projected on buildings throughout downtown, a pet column for Wellen Park’s furry residents and a behind-the-scenes perspective of the downtown vision by Wellen Park Division President, Rick Severance. Wellen Park Living also showcases Wellen Park’s many homebuying opportunities, highlighting the community’s neighborhoods, builders and homes with convenient floor plans and photographs of beautiful interior design, outdoor living areas and sunsets. To learn more about living at Wellen Park, call 941-960-7805, go to wellenpark.com or visit the Welcome Center, open daily 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. 



[Cargo]  Sustainable Spaces
Barbie Heit, barbie.heit@srqme.com

SUSTAINABLE SPACES | The Woven Home has a mission to create a sustainable home with quality pieces of furniture and decor, March 2023. 

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[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: 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]  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]  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]  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]  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]  : The Players Centre: Godspell , March 9 – March 19, Varied

Book by John Michael Tebelak. Music and Lyrics by Stephen Schwartz. Godspell touches on the parables and wisdom that grapple with maybe the most important mystery of all. It was the first major musical theatre offering from three-time Grammy and Academy Award winner, Stephen Schwartz (Wicked, Pippin, Children of Eden), and took the world by storm led by the international hit, “Day by Day.” Godspell features a parade of beloved songs, including “Prepare Ye the Way of the Lord,” “Learn Your Lessons Well,” “All for the Best,” “All Good Gifts,” “Turn Back, O Man” and “By My Side.” March 9-19, 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: PoetryLife 2023 , March 11 – March 13, Various times

Each year since 2012 PoetryLife, a project of Bookstore1Sarasota, has been bringing the best of the world’s poets to Sarasota. PoetryLife 2023 features renowned poets Martin Espada and Patricia Jabbeh Wesley, along with poet Philip Terman and Sarasota Youth Poet Laureate Haley Peace. Join us at Florida Studio Theatre for a celebration of heritage and poetry. The event will include readings and conversations as well as poetry writing workshops. Visit sarasotabooks.com to purchase tickets for specific events and learn more. 

[SOON]  FESTIVAL: Sarasota Jazz Festival , March 13 – March 18, Various times

The Jazz Club of Sarasota presents the Sarasota Jazz Festival. A variety of jazz styles will be on display for audiences. The event will feature four evenings of main stage performances, a jazz trolley tour, late night jam sessions and jazz films. Programs will be held at University Town Center/Nathan Benderson Park and the Burns Court Cinema. To learn more and purchase tickets, visit sarasotajazzfestival.com.

[SOON]  GRAB BAG: History Hop Trolley Tours in Englewood, Sarasota and Venice , March 14 – March 16, 10 a.m. and 1 p.m.

Join us for History Hop, our annual week-long celebration of Sarasota County history in partnership with the Lemon Bay (Englewood), Sarasota and Venice Historical Societies. Explore one community each day, or visit all three. Each 2-hour tour offers guests a narrated tour of each community and the chance to “hop” off the trolley at various historic sites to learn from docents about each community’s history in Sarasota County. A percentage of net proceeds will be donated to each participating partner to support the programs and services they provide that keep Sarasota County history alive. discoversarasotatours.com

[SOON]  SEMINAR: The Exploding Costs of Living in Paradise Workshop , March 16, 4 to 7 p.m.

DSCA Workshop: The Exploding Costs of Living in Paradise, Mitigating the Pain of Increasing Condo Fees. Residents are increasingly feeling the pinch when it comes to condo living. Do you find yourselves asking what can be done about it? Is there anything residents can do to help control and manage their rising insurance costs? Bring your questions and concerns to this comprehensive discussion. Cost: $10-Members, $15-Non-Members. Goewey Hall at Church of the Redeemer’s Robinson Center, 222 S. Palm Ave Ste B, Sarasota, FL 34236, downtownsarasotacondoassoc.com

[SOON]  PERFORMANCE: Sarasota Opera: Therese , March 17 – March 25, Varied

Therese is an opera in two acts. Music by Jules Massenet. Libretto by Jules Claretie. A love triangle during the French Revolution is the setting for this rarely heard work. Therese is torn between love for her former lover and her affection and duty towards her husband. Moments of lyrical beauty are punctuated by the drama of the “Reign of Terror” in this opera. Sung in French with Translations in English. March 17th-March 25th For tickets visit sarasotaopera.org, Ph. +1 941 328 1300

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

[SOON]  GRAB BAG: Green Weekend at The Bay Sarasota , March 17 – March 19, Various times

There’s no better place than The Bay to celebrate two important green holiday favorites: St. Patrick’s Day and Global Recycling Day. Green drink specials, a visit from Sunshine Composters, a lunchtime concert by Garage Men Band... and more! Various locations at The Bay park. thebaysarasota.org.

[SOON]  MUSIC: March Main Street Live in Bradenton , March 17, 6 to 9 p.m.

Downtown Bradenton tradition, Main Street Live returns Friday, March 17, 2023, for a St. Patrick's Day celebration from 6 to 9 pm! The outdoor concert series is an event for all ages while raising the bar for the live music scene, Main Street Live will feature live entertainment by regional and local acts, food, and artisan vendors. Old Main Street, 12th Street W., Bradenton, MSLeventbrite.com

[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]  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]  GRAB BAG: Sarasota Cars and Coffee at University Town Center , March 11 – December 9, 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, and attendees are encouraged to donate $10 to benefit the charity. The event, occuring on the second Sunday of each month, 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]  THEATER: Asolo Repertory Theatre: Man of La Mancha , May 10 – June 11, Varied

Considered by many to be one of the best musicals of all time, MAN OF LA MANCHA is brilliantly reimagined with a contemporary urgency by celebrated director Peter Rothstein, who immerses us in Miguel de Cervantes’s retelling of Don Quixote and his quest. This epic and poignant journey celebrates the perseverance of one man who refuses to relinquish his ideals and who is determined to see life not as it is, but as it ought to be. The winner of five Tony Awards®, including Best Musical, and featuring a soaring score, including “Man of La Mancha (I, Don Quixote)” and one of theatre’s most beloved songs, “The Impossible Dream,” this classic musical celebrates the power of theatre, the bravery of holding strong to our dreams, and the resilience of imagination.

Asolo Repertory Theatre

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