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SRQ DAILY Mar 17, 2023

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"It gets the crowd riled up and they love singing along with it, so it brings me joy to bring them joy."

- Eddie Weaver, Cast Member, The 70s: More Than A Decade.

[Arts & Entertainment]  Florida Studio Theatre's The 70s: More Than A Decade
Dylan Campbell, dylan@srqme.com

“You have to take care of your voice and it's extremely important that you hydrate. I drink two ounces of green tea, they say to drink eight glasses of water a day, but I exceed that to keep my voice hydrated. Then you need to warm up all the different cavities in your voice – in this show I sing different styles, some in contralto which is my natural range and others with a mixed voice and others in what they call a head voice,” says Jannie Jones, one of the cast members of Florida Studio Theatre’s cabaret, The 70s: More Than A Decade. The hit show, which ran for 19 weeks in FST’s Court Cabaret, was brought back for another 4 weeks in the beginning of March and is now airing in the company’s Mainstage Theatre.

The musical revue show encompasses all things ‘70s music and features everything from “Let’s Get It On'' by Marvin Gaye to The Doobie Brothers’ “Listen to the Music.” “It’s amazing to watch our audiences who were alive and well in the ‘70s sing along to all of the songs,” says Jones. “One of my favorite songs to perform is “The Way We Were” by Barbara Streisand. It allows me to not just sing the song but to go back in time and remember somebody in particular and draw from that place of emotion – it's wonderful to look into the audience's eyes and see them go back in their minds to the way they were with somebody else.”

For cast member Eddie Weaver, who recently completed FST’s Professional Training Program as an Acting Apprentice, the production has been a chance to chart his own musical journey into unfamiliar territory. “I love performing “Bad Bad Leroy Brown'' by Jim Croce, it’s one of those songs that gets the audience clapping. I didn’t know it before I joined the show but it's a great song. It gets the crowd riled up and they love singing along with it, so it brings me joy to bring them joy.”

Box Office: (941) 366-9000, 1241 North Palm Avenue, Sarasota. 

Pictured: The 70s Return: Nick Anastasia, Jannie Jones, Eddie Weaver, and Stacey Harris. Photo by FST.

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[Arts & Entertainment]  Insights from the Sphinx Virtuosi

On Sunday, March 26, Sarasota Orchestra presents Songs for Our Times by the Sphinx Virtuosi, a professional, self-conducted ensemble of 18 accomplished Black and Latinx artists. The Sphinx Virtuosi represents the flagship performing entity of the nationally recognized Sphinx Organization. Sarasota Orchestra is one of 100 orchestras nationwide that participate in the Sphinx Organization's National Alliance for Audition Support, an initiative to increase diversity in American orchestras that provides mentoring, audition preparation, financial support, and audition previews to Black and Latinx musicians who aspire to careers in professional orchestras. Songs for Our Times includes music by some of today’s brightest composers, and several of the powerful pieces of music on this program have been specifically commissioned by the Sphinx Virtuosi ensemble from composers of color, including Valerie Coleman, Jessie Montgomery, and Ricardo Herz. 

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[Arts & Entertainment]  SARTQ Spring 2023 Pop-Up Art Show

SARTQ, a Sarasota Artist Collective, will explore the texture and materiality of our lives in their upcoming 2-day pop-up art show, What We Are Made Of. An opening night reception will take place on Friday, April 7, 2023 from 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM at 2081 Princeton Street in Sarasota, right next to SPAACES. The pop-up show can also be viewed on Saturday, April 8 from 11:00 AM - 3:00 PM. What We Are Made Of will feature a diverse range of mediums from 2D paintings to ceramics and will include work from current members, Lori Childers, Danielle Dygert, Zachary Gilliland, Grace Howl, Julie Kanapaux, Taylor Robenalt, Javier Rodriguez, Emmie Wells, Sam Wuerfel and Ava Young. SARTQ aims to maintain a network of accomplished Sarasota artists, manage exhibitions and events, and collaborate with the community. Current members include Lori Childers, Danielle Dygert, Zachary Gilliland, Grace Howl, Julie Kanapaux, Rae Ramos, Taylor Robenalt, Javier (Javo) Rodriguez, Emmie Wells, Sam Wuerfel and Ava Young. 

To learn more click here.

[SRQ Book Club]  New Non-Fiction Review of The Good Life: Lessons From the World’s Longest Scientific Study of Happiness by Robert Waldinger, MD and Marc Schulz, MD
Bookseller Roxanne Baker, BookStoreOne Sarasota

While the fact that The Good Life is based on the longest study on happiness ever is a big deal, what’s most important to me, an average human being, is the payoff of the ‘sub’ subtitle, highlighted in orange on the cover: Create a More Meaningful and Satisfying Life.

The Good Life offers my favorite mechanism, charts for the reader to complete which glean insights that hours and many dollars of therapy would take to accomplish. Being energetic and optimistic, I jumped to action after looking at both charts of Sources of Support in My Life and People I Support, realizing that while I bemoan my lack of a consistent romance, I was also negligent in more demonstrative help for my Dad, a heroic main caregiver for my Grandma.

I’m sharing the result, not in a blow my own horn way, but as proof that this book really works! Thinking back on rewards I received in high school for getting good grades, I made High Honor Certificates for my family with specifics on what made me proud. I then chose treats, as I once received ‘back in the day’, that I knew each of them would enjoy. This not only thrilled my family, but gave me an altruism boost.

The book tackles almost every type of relationship in expressing data from their longitudinal study as well as linking it to today’s challenges of social media overdose and disconnectedness.
If you think your life could use some spring cleaning, The Good Life is just the book for you.

Publication Date: January 10, 2023, ISBN: 9781982166694.

The Good Life is available now at Bookstore1 Sarasota located at 117 S. Pineapple Avenue or at the online store available on their website: www.sarasotabooks.com. 

[Arts & Entertainment]  FST Improv Announces Run of Comedy Roulette and Annual Aprils Fools Event, Tournament of Fools

Florida Studio Theatre (FST) announces the run of the popular free-form show, FST Improv Presents: Comedy Roulette and the date for FST Improv Presents: Tournament of Fools, a one-night-only performance for April Fool’s Day. Tickets are $15 and are now on sale at FloridaStudioTheatre.org or 941.366.9000.FST Improv’s free-form show, Comedy Roulette, is an off-the-wall improvisation potpourri where performers are freed from the traditional “do’s and don’ts” of improv. Instead, improvisers are encouraged to “follow the funny” and launch into a new scene or storyline whenever inspiration strikes. Comedy Roulette plays Saturdays in FST’s Bowne’s Lab from April 8 to May 17, 2023. To celebrate April Fool’s Day, FST Improv presents Tournament of Fools, its annual knockdown, drag-out comedy battle royale where the winner takes all, on Saturday, April 1. Twelve FST Improv ensemble members will compete in a series of improvised scenes, songs, and games to win over the audience’s laughter and applause in the hopes of winning the coveted title of “Champion of the Fools.” After each round, the audience votes on who stays and who goes. In the end, there can only be one comedian left standing. Taking the Bowne’s Lab stage in Tournament of Fools and Comedy Roulette are returning cast members: Kevin Allen, Sylvia Day, Sarah Durham, Darryl Knapp, Will Luera, Shawn McWhinnie, Sal Piccolo, Autumn Steiner, and Matt Walker. Jim Prosser or Helena Rankin will alternate as musical improvisers on the piano at each performance. 

[Live Music]  Green Hound Happy Hour at Hamlet’s Eatery with Love4Paws

It’s a St. Patrick’s Day paw-ty at Hamlet’s Eatery! The award-winning permanently located food truck is open this Friday until 8pm for Hound Happy Hour. Love4Paws is bringing adoptable dogs and will help judge the dog costume contest. So bring your fur babies in their best green attire. There will be prizes. There will also be great specials including a Reuben sandwich, cabbage stew and a vegan Shepherd’s Pie. Plus, $4 Green Stella. Live music by Sabrina McClenithan. Located outdoors with plenty of room under a covered patio. This is a great way to kick off your weekend.

Hamlet's Eatery, 821 Apricot Ave in Sarasota. For more information visit www.hamletseatery.com or call 941-445-1938. 

Pictured: Skylar, Hamlet’s mascot, who was adopted from Love4Paws. Photo courtesy of Hamlet's Eatery.

[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: 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: 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]  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]  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: Celebration at the Chamber Orchestra of Sarasota , March 23, 7:30 p.m.

The program includes music by five Jewish composers in celebration of the 75th Anniversary of the founding of the State of Israel. Felix Mendelssohn's powerful Sinfonia in B Minor opens the program. George Gershwin's Lullaby for Strings adds a jazzy touch. Boris Levenberg's Hassidic Scene features concertmaster Christina Adams in a heartfelt violin solo which evokes the world of Fiddler on the Roof. Noubar Aslanyan's Trumpet Concertino features Robert Smith in a brilliant work for trumpet and strings. The program concludes with Ernest Bloch's exhilarating Concerto Grosso for String Orchestra and Piano Obbligato with Ann Stephenson-Moe, pianist. General seating. First Presbyterian Church, 2050 Oak St, Sarasota. chamberorchestrasarasota.org. 

[SOON]  DANCE: Sarasota Ballet: Program 6 - La Sylphide , March 24 – March 25

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 6 - La Sylphide. March 24-25, 2023. At the Van Wezel Performing Arts Hall. La Sylphide (Company Premiere) Choreography by Johan Kobborg after August Bournonville, Music by Herman Severin Lovenskiold. For more information visit www.sarasotaballet.org, Box office 941.359.0099

Van Wezel Performing Arts Hall , 777 N Tamiami Trail, Sarasota, FL 34236

[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]  MUSIC: Sarasota Concert Association announces Free Music Matinees , January 4 – April 19, 12:00 PM

The Sarasota Concert Association announces its 2023 Music Matinees concert series. These four free noon-time concerts showcase exceptional regional musicians performing a variety of musical styles, including classical and folk music. Scheduled this season: Passerine; Wednesday, January 4 at noon. With inventive vocal harmonies and song-writing skills, supported by the sounds of acoustic strings, Passerine offers a fresh take on traditional folk and bluegrass music, as well as a repertoire of original songs that range from ballads to contemporary Americana. Duo Pianists Michael Baron and Priscila Navarro; Wednesday, February 22 at noon; The Baron-Navarro Piano Duo performs a wide range of music, from classical to popular, for two pianos and piano four–hands with electric energy and melting lyricism. Their New York City debut as a piano duo at Carnegie Hall in March of 2022 was sold out and met with critical acclaim. Soprano Hein Jung and pianist Gregorios Zamparas; Friday, March 17 at noon Soprano Hein Jung has performed in recitals and with opera companies in major cities throughout the U.S, Italy and South Korea. She will be accompanied by pianist Gregorios Zamparas who has been praised for his versatility as a recitalist, orchestra soloist and chamber musician throughout the U.S. and Europe. Cellist Natalie Helm and Pianist Jesse Martins; Wednesday, April 19 at noon Principal Cellist of the Sarasota Orchestra, Natalie Helm is a soloist, chamber musician, orchestral musician, and educator. For this performance she will collaborate with pianist Jesse Martins, who also serves as conductor and vocal coach with the Sarasota Opera. The concerts are free but pre-registration is required and available 30 days before each concert at SCAsarasota.org. Performances take place at David Cohen Hall in the Beatrice Friedman Symphony Center, 709 N. Tamiami Trail. Visit www.SCAsarasota.org or call the box office at 941-966-6161.

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