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SRQ DAILY Mar 16, 2023

Thursday Family and Recreation Edition

Thursday Family and Recreation Edition

"I am thrilled to celebrate the 25th anniversary of the Sarasota Film Festival this year with a robust slate of films from an internationally renowned group of artists."

- Mark Famiglio, Chairman and Board President, Sarasota Film Festival.

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[Baseball]  Top Prospects Excel Across the Grapefruit League
Dylan Campbell, dylan@srqme.com

With exactly two weeks left to go until the start of the regular season, baseball fans across the globe can practically smell Opening Day. Around the Grapefruit League, Major League camps are starting to thin out as they make their final cuts to the eventual 26-man roster.

The Pittsburgh Pirates were no exception, optioning five players to the 40-man roster and demoting three to minor league camp, for a total of eight roster cuts. If the 26-man roster is comprised of the players that fans see on the big league field and clubhouses, then the 40-man roster is the next step up, consisting of not only the players on the 26-man roster, but of those 7-, 10-, and 15-day injured lists, the bereavement/family medical emergency list and the paternity leave list, as well as some Minor Leaguers. For a Minor Leaguer to be called up to the Major Leagues, they must first be added to the 40-man roster. Amongst those optioned to the Pirates 40-man roster on Tuesday were top prospects catcher Endy Rodriguez and pitcher Mike Burrows. Burrows, who was last seen in Triple-A Indianapolis last year, has a real shot at cracking the big league roster later this summer, while Rodriguez, who flourished in High-A last season looks to be more of a September call up.

Meanwhile, at CoolToday Park in Northport, left-handed pitcher Jared Shuster, the Atlanta Braves number one prospect, continues to gun for the fifth spot in the starting pitching rotation. The 2020 first round pick put up impressive numbers across Double-A Mississippi and Triple-A Gwinnett last season, finishing with a 3.29 ERA and 145 strikeouts in 139.1 innings. This spring, Shuster has displayed newfound confidence in his slider, allowing him to more effectively combat opposing hitters. Thus far Shuster’s allowed only two hits and one earned run across 8.2 innings, while striking out nine batters and walking just one. 

Pictured: Jared Shuster. Photo by Curtis Compton of the Atlanta Journal-Constitution.

[Golf Event]  Golf to Help Stop Violence at the 2023 SPARCCle on the Links Golf Tournament

Time to hit the links for SPARCC! We are pleased to announce that the 2023 SPARCCle on the Links golf tournament will take place at Plantation Golf and Country Club in Venice on Thursday, April 20, 2023. This event will be a fun day on the course with lots of prizes and all proceeds support the free and confidential programs and services that Safe Place and Rape Crisis Center (SPARCC) offers to survivors of domestic and sexual violence. Show your support for SPARCC by getting a group of friends together for a day of golf and games. “It is a great community event and a great way to get outside and support SPARCC,” remarked Jessica Hays, the SPARCC President and CEO. Players can also participate in a hole in one, longest drive, closest to pin and putting contest; cannon launcher, 50/50 and a gift auction. Registration begins at 11:00 am with a shotgun start at 12:30 PM. Golfers will have a box lunch and snacks. Cash prizes will be awarded at the end of the tournament. Co-Chairs for the event are Deborah Bevis and Deb Parker. Honorary Chair is Whitney Sale. For more information on registration or sponsorships, please visit www.sparcc.net/events or contact Communications Manager Ning Tinsley at 941-365-0208 ext. 124.

SPARCCle on the Links Golf Tournament, 11 AM, Thursday, April 20, 2023, Plantation Golf and Country Club in Venice. 

[Sporting Event]  Elizabeth Moore Sarasota Open Partners with Coastal Orthopedics to Host On-site Physicians at Tournament

Elizabeth Moore Sarasota Open recently announced a partnership with Coastal Orthopedics, a full-service provider of comprehensive orthopedic surgery, sports medicine, spine care, pain management, diagnostic imaging and physical therapy service, for its 2023 tennis tournament. Dr. R. Stephen Otte will serve as the on-site physician for the event activities taking place April 9-16, 2023, at Payne Park in the City of Sarasota. During the tournament week, Dr. Otte and providers from Coastal Orthopedics will assist with any medical issues that arise amongst the players, including evaluating injuries to make sure competitors are fit to continue the tournament and completing appropriate documents for medical disqualification. This is the second year Dr. Otte has been chosen as the on-site physician for the Elizabeth Moore Sarasota Open. Previously he was selected as the on-site physician for the 2021 PGA Tour's World Golf Championships-Workday Championship at The Concession Golf Club. The professional tennis tournament has been hosted in Sarasota since 2009. This year marks the second year the event is being held under new ownership. The new owners represent some of the most successful tennis event organizers in the world and last year, more than 10,000 people attended the week-long event. The annual event is played on outdoor green clay courts and is part of the Association of Tennis Professionals (ATP) Challenger Tour. With a huge economic impact, the tournament also brings top-tier tennis talent to the area. A number of area businesses have already committed as sponsors, including Art Avenue, City of Sarasota, Coastal Orthopedics, Dimmitt Automotive Group, Firkins Auto Group, FPL, Gold Coast Eagle Distributing, Magnolia Pointe Hotel & Suites, Mallory Agency, Premier Live, Remington Reynolds, Sandy Bay Partners, Tommy’s Express Car Washand Visit Sarasota, with Elizabeth Moore being the title sponsor and Fifth Third Bank sponsoring the VIP lounge. A limited number of sponsorship opportunities still remain. Interested individuals should contact Casey Brown at case@remingtonreynolds.com. 

Pictured: Dr. Otte at last year's tournament. Photo courtesy of Coastal Orthopedics.

[Fundraising Event]  Announcing the Joey Gratton Tennis Championship and the Tennis Ball

The Joey Gratton Tennis Championship will be held on April 1 and 2, at the Sarasota Sports Club. The Tennis Ball, A Grand Slam Event will take place on Friday, April 14 at Michael’s on East. The gala celebration, presented by the Elizabeth Moore Sarasota Open, will feature an exciting live and silent auction. The Co-Chairs for the event are Barbara Lancer, Christina Bonilla, and Amy Lyons. Proceeds from The Tennis Ball: A Grand Slam Event, will support the Boys & Girls Clubs of Sarasota and DeSoto Counties Foundation and the USTA Foundation. If you are interested in becoming a sponsor or supporter, please contact Barbara Lancer at (941) 780-2266 or Christina Bonilla at (941) 914-6026 or visit Joey Gratton Tennis Championship and The Tennis Ball, A Grand Slam Event • Boys & Girls Clubs of Sarasota and DeSoto Counties (bgcsdc.org). 

Pictured: Barb and Jay Lancer with Club kids. Photo courtesy of Boys and Girls Clubs of Sarasota and DeSoto Counties Foundation

[Arts & Entertainment]  Sarasota Film Festival Announces Full Slate for 25th Anniversary Edition

The Sarasota Film Festival (SFF) announced today the full slate of programming for the 25th anniversary edition of the festival, taking place in-person across Sarasota March 25 through April 2, 2023, with complementary virtual programming to open March 24. The festival is set to open on Saturday, March 25 with a screening of Dawn Porter’s Cirque Du Soleil: Without a Net at The Circus Arts Conservatory in Sarasota with a reception to follow. The film offers a behind-the-scenes look into "O", Cirque's flagship production, on its journey back after the COVID-19 pandemic. The world famous production will also celebrate its grand 25th anniversary later this year, solidifying the show’s remarkable success. “I am thrilled to celebrate the 25th anniversary of the Sarasota Film Festival this year with a robust slate of films from an internationally renowned group of artists,” said Mark Famiglio, SFF Chairman and Board President. “We at SFF feel so proud to commemorate a quarter of a century of bringing dynamic lineups of films to the beautiful Florida Gulf Coast and the arts-loving community that calls it home. In the years to come we hope to continue showcasing emerging young talent from this generation and beyond, especially through our wonderfully curated annual youth programs.” The 25th annual Sarasota Film Festival, which will take place from March 24th through April 2 with in-person events across Sarasota and complementary virtual programming, greatly appreciates the support of its personal and corporate sponsors, including the Famiglio Family Foundation, Sack Family Foundation, Wallack Family Fund, CMX CinéBistro, BMW of Sarasota, SRQ Airport, METV, Tito's Handmade Vodka, Stella Artois, Sarasota Chamber of Commerce, Hotel Indigo, Westin, Netwurx, Sarasota Magazine, SRQ Magazine, Sarasota Film Society, Sarasota Out, Visit Sarasota County, Michael’s on East, National Awards, Scene Magazine, Bookstore 1, Sande Caplin & Associates, The Observer Media Group, Sage Restaurant, Art Avenue, Senior Blue Book, Family Beautiful Magazine, Intermedia Studios, Ft. Myers Magazine, The Jazz Club of Sarasota, Westcoast Woman, Venice Art Center, WSLR, and iHeartMedia, Molinari Models & Talent, Gurley & Associates, LJ Event Production, The Realm Restaurant Group, Bijou Garden Cafe, Rosemary & Thyme, Tamiami Tap, Sarasota Orchestra, Siesta Sand, 530 Burns Gallery and others. The festival is sponsored in part by the State of Florida, Department of State, Division of Cultural Affairs, Florida Council on Arts and Culture, Sarasota County Tourism Development Tax Revenues as well as the Community Foundation of Sarasota. Tickets and passes for the 25th annual Sarasota Film Festival are available for purchase now online at https://www.sarasotafilmfestival.com and at the festival’s in-person box office locations. The box office will be open at the Sarasota Municipal Auditorium from March 14th through March 27th from 10AM to 5PM, and from March 28th through April 2nd from 9AM to 8PM; at CMX CinéBistro Siesta Key from March 25th through April 2nd from 5PM to 8PM; and at Burns Court Cinema from March 25th through April 2nd from 12PM to 7PM.


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[Airport News]  SRQ Announces Temporary Construction Public Safety Access Measures For Shade Parking Lot

On Thursday, March 16th at 7 am, the Airport Authority will be closing the sidewalk access between the terminal building and the Shade Parking/Overflow Lots due to construction. Convenient shuttle bus service will be provided from the terminal building and the parking lots during this closure. Alternative sidewalk access will be completed within a week to allow some pedestrian movements. Rick Piccolo, President, CEO stated, “The major terminal construction activities are beginning in earnest and will have various impacts on airport operations over the course of the next 18-24 months. Our efforts will be to maintain passenger safety and convenience as much as possible while facilitating expeditious completion of the much-needed improvements. We ask passengers to please allow a little extra time if you plan to park your vehicle at SRQ. We apologize for any inconvenience this may cause.” 

[Cargo]  Soft Nest

SOFT NEST | Spring into the softest goods for your home, March 2023. 

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[SOON]  PERFORMANCE: FST - A Place in the Sun - A Tribute to Stevie Wonder , November 16 – April 16, Varied

A Place in the Sun – A Tribute to Stevie Wonder, will begin playing in FST’s Goldstein Cabaret on November 16, 2022. The new music revue celebrates the legendary musician whose catalogue spans six decades and multiple musical genres, taking audiences through the beloved songbook of musical pioneer, Stevie Wonder. Created by Jason Cannon, Richard Hopkins, and Sarah Durham, this all-new Cabaret features such timeless hits as “I Just Called to Say I Love You,” “Isn’t She Lovely?,” and “Superstition.” Tickets are now on sale at FloridaStudioTheatre.org or at 941.366.9000.

[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: 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]  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]  : 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]  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]  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]  THEATER: Asolo Rep: Incident at Our Lady of Perpetual Help , March 15 – April 22, Varied

Take a trip back to 1973 with the Irish Catholic OShea family in the uproarious INCIDENT AT OUR LADY OF PERPETUAL HELP. This boisterous and moving new memory play introduces us to young Linda, as she recalls a week she’ll never forget. When Linda’s mother instructs her to tell her sister about the birds and the bees, things quickly snowball into a potential crisis after the conversation is overheard by the parish priest. Secrets are unintentionally revealed, and a quick-witted group of women realize what really matters as they work to protect their family reputation and each other. This wild and tender comedy directed by Asolo Rep Associate Artistic Director Celine Rosenthal explores the foolishness of first love, the pains of Catholic guilt, and ultimately, the power of family.  

Asolo Repertory Theatre

[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.

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