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SRQ DAILY Mar 30, 2023

Thursday Family and Recreation Edition

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Thursday Family and Recreation Edition

"These individuals worked incredibly hard to learn new skills that prepared them to enter an industry with tremendous potential."

- Dan Sidler, Vice President of CareerEdge and Economic Development at the Greater Sarasota Chamber of Commerce.

[Baseball]  World Baseball Classic Recap
Dylan Campbell, dylan@srqme.com

And just like that, it's over. Today, March 30th, is Opening Day for Major League Baseball, marking the end of a fast and furious six weeks of spring training. 40-man rosters have been set and the teams around the Grapefruit League have jetted off to their respective big league homes across the country.

Amidst these six weeks was the World Baseball Classic, which returned for the first time since 2017. The international tournament was filled with plenty of drama, some of which has serious implications for MLB’s regular season. New York Mets All-Star closer Edwin Diaz, regarded by many as the best reliever in baseball and the offseason recipient of a five-year, $102 million contract, is likely out for the season after suffering a full thickness tear of the patellar tendon in his right knee. The injury was one of the more notable freak accidents in recent baseball history – Diaz suffered the tear during a post-game celebration after securing the win for Puerto Rico over the Dominican Republic.

Another All-Star, Houston Astros second baseman Jose Altuve, suffered an injury that will cause him to miss extensive time. Altuve, representing Venezuela in the tournament and a key piece for the reigning world champion Astros, will require surgery on a fractured right thumb after being hit by a pitch while playing a game against team USA.

These injuries to some of the sport’s biggest stars raise the age-old question: is it really worth potentially jeopardizing playing time in the regular season for a chance to represent your country? There doesn’t seem to be one correct answer–for some, the tournament was a chance to flourish in front of an international crowd and for others it proved detrimental to their seasons.

Even still, there was plenty of fun to take away from the action. Team USA, led by Philadelphia Phillies shortstop Trea Turner – who inked an 11-year, $300 million deal with the team this past offseason–mashed their way to the championship game against Japan. Turner, who slugged a WBC record-tying five home runs, was joined by his Phillies teammates Kyle Schwarber and JT Realmuto in the United States lineup. Despite the United States’ offensive prowess, they fell short to the incredibly talented Japan–the final blow a game-ending strikeout of Los Angeles Angels center fielder Mike Trout by fellow superstar and Angels teammate Shohei Ohtani. 

Photo courtesy of MLB.com.

[Arts & Entertainment]  Julie Ross Art Auction and Book to Benefit Art Center Sarasota Youth Programs

A year and a half ago, the family and friends of Sarasota artist Julie Ross mourned her sudden passing. Now, alongside the community, they are celebrating and continuing her legacy through "The Julie Ross Legacy Project" designed to showcase Ross' work and passion for fostering a love of the arts within kids. Over the past year, the Julie Ross Legacy Project, formed by Christopher Klaus, Olivia Hoefling and Jana Hoefling, has released a book titled, Julie Ross: A Lifetime of Creation, a collection of artwork showcasing Ross' various styles over the course of her lifetime compiled to share her artwork for generations to come. The project also auctioned 38 pieces of Ross' artwork in conjunction with Freedom Auction Company with a second auction coming on April 30, 2023. Proceeds from both the auctions and art book will benefit Art Center Sarasota’s Youth Programs. "The Julie Ross Legacy Project is a beautiful way to honor Julie's life and work," said Christopher Klaus, co-founder of the project. "Through this initiative, we hope to continue her legacy and inspire future generations to appreciate the arts." The Julie Ross Legacy Project is a testament to the impact that artists can have on their communities, and the project's efforts to support youth programs make it an even more meaningful endeavor.  To purchase Julie Ross: A Lifetime of Creation visit the following online retailers below though linktree. https://linktr.ee/julierossartist: Bookstore 1 Sarasota, Strand, Barnes and Noble, Amazon, Powells, Books a Million, Booktopia, Books Inc., AbeBooks. 

To participate in the Artwork Auction on April 30, 2023

[Arts & Entertainment]  ODA Graduate Film Playing at Sarasota Film Festival Snday

Actress/Director/Writer Chelsea Gonzalez, graduate of The Out-Of-Door Academy and daughter of ArtisTree Landscape CEO Joe Gonzalez, has released a short film to be featured in this year’s Sarasota Film Festival. In Make the Call, two former best friends reunite in a changed world, finally confronting the demons that ripped them apart. The horror/thriller plays at 1 p.m. Sunday, April 2, at Burns Court Cinema 2. Gonzalez’s award-winning films have played at more than 75 film festivals around the globe, including Sarasota, Portland, and the Academy Award qualifying DeadCenter Film Festival. She is also one of eight fellows chosen for the inaugural Blumhouse & K Period Media Screamingwriting Fellowship created in partnership with the Sundance Institute. There, she is developing her feature film Women in Jeopardy, a horror comedy about three women trapped inside horror films and trying to escape. Gonzalez is currently attached to direct the film. Originally from Sarasota and residing in Los Angeles, Gonzalez has appeared on CBS’s Criminal Minds, ABC’s Castle,” Hulu’s The Mindy Project and HBO’s The Jinx as well as Franka Potente’s new feature Home starring Kathy Bates. She holds a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Acting from Syracuse University. 

To learn more click here.

[Arts & Entertainment]  The Players Centre Hires Director of Education, Thayer Greenberg

The Players Centre is proud to announce the hiring of a brand-new Director of Education, Thayer Greenberg, for the education branch of the community theatre, The Players Studio. Greenberg is a passionate educator with an extensive background in theater education and arts programming. Greenberg is a graduate of Booker High School’s VPA theater program, holds a degree in Educational Arts Administration from the University of Massachusetts Amherst, and is currently pursuing a Masters in Organizational Leadership. Greenberg has worked in a variety of educational and theater settings in Chicago and New York. Back in her hometown of Sarasota for the past four years Greenberg has served as the Middle and Upper School Theater Teacher and Director for the Out-of-Door Academy. With many years of experience, Greenberg has developed a reputation for inspiring and guiding students to reach their full potential in the performing arts. Greenberg is committed to creating safe and supportive learning environments where young artists can explore their creativity and develop their skills. Greenberg is excited to be stepping into this new role and looks forward to meeting The Players' families and to continue building a vibrant and thriving arts community at The Players Centre. 

[Recognition]  Sarasota Film Festival Honors Emmy Award-Winning Comedian and Television Host Jay Leno With the SFF Career Achievement Award

Held annually in Sarasota, Florida, the Sarasota Film F estival emphasizes the best in cinema alongside exciting programs and events, with hundreds of films screened each year including features, documentaries, shorts, and kid-friendly picks. SFF brings the best new and established independent filmmakers to the Festival with local programs that showcase its idyllic community. The Sarasota Film Festival is a 501©3 non-profit arts organization. It is the largest film fest in the Southeast, one of the largest in North America, and draws over 50,000 ticket holders annually. The festival regularly hosts industry attendees and media and has been covered by The New York Times, Variety, GQ, Entertainment Weekly, Vanity Fair, IndieWire, The Hollywood Reporter, USA Today, Rolling Stone, The New York Post, and The New York Daily News, among others. For more information, please visit: https://www.sarasotafilmfestival.com/On Tuesday, March 28th, the Sarasota Film Festival (SFF) honored Emmy Award-winning comedian and television host Jay Leno with the SFF Career Achievement Award. SFF President and Chairman of the Board Mark Famiglio presented Leno with the award following his performance at Saraosta’s Van Wezel Performing Arts Hall in recognition of his illustrious career across television, comedy, and beyond spanning nearly half a century.

Held annually in Sarasota, Florida, the Sarasota Film F estival emphasizes the best in cinema alongside exciting programs and events, with hundreds of films screened each year including features, documentaries, shorts, and kid-friendly picks. SFF brings the best new and established independent filmmakers to the Festival with local programs that showcase its idyllic community. The Sarasota Film Festival is a 501©3 non-profit arts organization. It is the largest film fest in the Southeast, one of the largest in North America, and draws over 50,000 ticket holders annually. The festival regularly hosts industry attendees and media and has been covered by The New York Times, Variety, GQ, Entertainment Weekly, Vanity Fair, IndieWire, The Hollywood Reporter, USA Today, Rolling Stone, The New York Post, and The New York Daily News, among others. For more information, please visit: https://www.sarasotafilmfestival.com/ 

Pictured: Jay Leno receives 2023 SFF Career Achievement Award from Festival President and Chairman of the Board Mark Famiglio. Photo courtesy of Dylan Jon Wade Cox Photography.

[Job Training ]  Selby Gardens Helps Train Local Residents for Good Jobs via Master Plan Project

Eighteen community members have graduated from tuition-free training for in-demand local jobs in the construction trades thanks to donors to the campaign for the Master Plan at Marie Selby Botanical Gardens’ Downtown Sarasota campus. With an investment of $100,000 from the campaign for its Master Plan, Selby Gardens supported two “fast track” skills-training classes offered by CareerEdge, the workforce development initiative of the Greater Sarasota Chamber of Commerce. Most of the 18 participants had received job offers before they completed the training—including one who now works full-time for Selby Gardens. “Our Master Plan is estimated to have an economic impact in our region of more than $78 million,” said Jennifer O. Rominiecki, president and CEO of Selby Gardens. “Investing in this innovative workforce training partnership with CareerEdge and the Sarasota Chamber is keeping more of that impact and its long-term benefits here in the Sarasota community. It’s a model that could be replicated at other projects in our region to ensure that more of the jobs they create are filled by local citizens.” The training classes were facilitated by CareerEdge through its “Bridges to Careers Program.” Training was provided in a compressed timeframe and during evening hours, so participants could continue to earn a wage during the day. The students also received training in life and career skills and employability. A unique feature of the Selby Gardens-funded classes was the opportunity for students to be considered for employment by subcontractors working on the Master Plan project site for construction management firm Willis A. Smith Construction. The most recent fast-track class focused on the electrical trade. The training was customized to meet the current needs of local employers, and all 10 graduates earned their Level 1 Electrical Apprenticeship. One future electrician from the class, Oliver McNeal, began working for Selby Gardens’ Facilities team while he was still participating in the training. McNeal is now a full-time facilities coordinator at the Gardens as well as a Level 1 Electrical Apprentice.

“These individuals worked incredibly hard to learn new skills that prepared them to enter an industry with tremendous potential,” said Dan Sidler, Vice President of CareerEdge & Economic Development at the Greater Sarasota Chamber of Commerce. “We are excited to cheer them on as they continue their local career journey.” In the previous class, eight area residents successfully completed training in core construction skills. Two graduates from that class were immediately hired by a subcontractor working on the project site. 

Pictured: Ten local residents graduated from a CareerEdge training class in the electrical trade funded by the campaign for Selby Gardens’ Master Plan. Photo courtesy of Selby Gardens.

[Competitive Event]  Artist Series Concerts of Sarasota Announces Winners of its Statewide Classical Vocal Competition

Artist Series Concerts of Sarasota recently held a statewide classical vocal competition for students between the ages of 17 and 22. Twenty-seven applicants from 13 schools participated, with students from Stetson University taking the top three prizes. The first-place prize ($2,000) went to bass-baritone Justice Miguel Yates of DeLand, FL; second place ($1,500) was awarded to soprano Kaylan Hernandez from Miami, FL; and soprano Grace Lauther of Naples, FL took third place ($1,000). Participants were required to submit a video which included a performance of a classical art song; an American or British art song; and an operatic or oratorio aria, or a song from musical theater. The judging criteria included tone quality, pitch, rhythm accuracy, technique, interpretation, and presentation. The judges were Phyllis Lowitt, a performer, teacher, and opera lecturer; Joy McIntyre, who was a leading soprano with major opera houses in Europe; and Detlef Scholz, who performed extensively as a concert singer in Europe, Colombia, and the United States. McIntyre stated, “It was gratifying to hear the talented young singers in the Artist Series Concerts statewide vocal competition. There are beautiful new voices emerging in Florida, with skilled teaching to guide their musical paths. My congratulations to both students and teachers.” Part of the mission of Artist Series Concerts is to support young musicians in as many ways as possible. This recent statewide classical vocal competition was an important process for participants to prepare repertoire and present it for judging. In addition to performance competitions, Artist Series Concerts offers awards to assist with tuition and instrument repair and to purchase instruments. For more information about Artist Series Concerts of Sarasota, visit ArtistSeriesConcerts.org or call (941) 306-1200. 

[Grand Opening]  Palmer Modern Opens in Limelight District March 30

Noted local abstract artist Craig Palmer recently opened Palmer Modern, Sarasota's newest art gallery with working artist studios. The enterprise is a spacious, converted warehouse located at 925 North Lime Avenue in the neighborhood
known as the Limelight District. The event is Thursday, March 30, 5:30-7:30 p.m. Palmer, who is known for his large-scale abstract paintings and commission work, says he chose the Limelight District for Palmer Modern because “the area is quickly transitioning into a major arts destination. With the addition of my new space, there are now 27 artists within walking distance from each other. Having a high density of artists in one area is a win for the artists and those looking to purchase local art.” For now, Palmer plans to feature his own work in the gallery, but he is exploring options to include the work of other area-based artists. He explains that Palmer Modern features an art gallery and includes a studio for
himself as well as affordable studios for five additional artists. The artists at Palmer Modern enjoy such amenities as a kitchen, lounge area, space to publicly display their work, and private, secure studios. The gallery and working artist studios are open to the public Tuesday through Saturday. Where does Palmer draw his own inspiration? His backstory is fascinating. Palmer is a classically trained artist who spent more than 30 years specializing in traditional oil portraits. After decades of soul searching, he began to explore the integration of realism and abstraction by taking the skills and knowledge he learned as a realistic artist and applying them to abstract painting. Palmer graduated from Parsons School of Design as an illustration major in 1983. His first regular portrait commissions came from painting portraits of NYC police officers upon their retirement. His work in those early years was dedicated to creating highly detailed renderings from photographic references using acrylics and a finely sharpened pencil. He was “coloring between the lines” and was applauded for it. That's the kind of work that got him his first full-time job as a commercial illustrator at a daily newspaper. While the job was exciting, he was never truly inspired as an artist; he was just “coloringbetween the lines and it was just work.” Eventually, Palmer met Tom Buechner, an acclaimed artist, who became his mentor. Palmer says Buechner taught him that “painting is simple. All you need to do is take the perfect color, put it in the perfect place with the perfect stroke and you have a great painting." Palmer says that, although that’s always his goal, he spent more years with a “love/hate relationship with art. I couldn’t shake my dependence upon detail, over rendering everything.” After decades of soul searching, Palmer did what he thought he could never do—he created his first abstract painting. "Finally, at age 60, I am coloring outside the lines. And, now with Palmer Modern, being able to share space with other artists and surround myself with those people who pursue artistic explorations, well, my artistic life has come full circle." Palmer Modern is located at 925 North Lime Avenue, Sarasota; 941-894-7394; www.palmermodern.com. 

[Arts & Entertainment]  Groovy Sunday Brunch with Sabrina and Zeena

Hamlet’s Eatery is hosting their final brunch of the season on Sunday, April 2nd from 11-2pm. It’s going to be super groovy with live music by Sabrina & Zeena. The talented duo will be playing a mix of 60s and 70s classics, deep cut folk along with original music. Enjoy a delicious brunch men including vegan options, Mimosas, Bloody Marys, and Prosecco on Tap.

Located at 821 Apricot Ave in the courtyard of The Bazaar on Apricot & Lime. There is plenty of seating under the covered patio. For more information visit www.Hamletseatery.com or call 941-445-1398. 

[Board Members]  Goodwill Manasota Announces 2023-2024 Board of Directors

Goodwill Manasota is pleased to announce its 2023-2024 board of directors. Steve Boone is the board chair. New to the board this year are James McClure and Laura Ritchey, who join directors Xtavia Bailey, Betsy Benac, Rich Cautero, Debbie Douglas, Rod Hollingsworth, Eric Kaplan, Laurie O’Loughlin, Rob Morris, Allen Weinstein, and Brad West (chair emeritus). McClure is a senior vice president and senior wealth strategist with Northern Trust. He has more than 30 years of financial service experience with an expertise in comprehensive financial planning, estate planning, life insurance planning, and investment management. Prior to joining Northern Trust, he was with Lenox Advisors in Chicago, Ill., as a managing director. McClure has volunteered with and supported numerous charities focused on at-risk youth and mental wellness, including Mercy Home for Boys & Girls of Chicago, the Sonia Shankman Orthogenic School, and the Mayo Clinic, to name a few. Ritchey brings a unique combination of strong operations knowledge paired with financial expertise from the diversity of her professional and personal experiences. She began her career in finance before shifting into progressive positions of leadership in supply chain operations, including sourcing, distribution, and strategic transformation. She is currently the COO at Radial, Inc., a leader in e-commerce solutions for brands. Ritchey is passionate about mentoring future leaders, including advancing women in business. She has served on several not-for-profit boards, and chaired boards of organizations including Choices, which provides domestic violence services and shelter, and a local Girl Scout Council. In the coming year, some of the top priorities to be addressed with the board’s input and guidance will include: strengthening community collaborative efforts to maximize impact; aligning the organization’s operational footprint with the growth in its territory to continue to serve those communities; and upskilling its own workforce and the community. For more about Goodwill, visit experiencegoodwill.org or call (941) 355-2721. 

[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]  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]  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]  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]  THEATER: Urbanite Theatre: Backwards Forwards Back , March 24 – April 23, Varied

BACKWARDS FORWARDS BACK by Jacqueline Goldfinger. A World Premiere. March 24 - April 23, 2023. Urbanite Theatre. When a soldier returns from war carrying the ghosts of his tour, he’s faced with a sobering decision: address his alarming PTSD with Virtual Reality therapy, or risk losing access to his family forever. Can this new technology recalibrate the brains and bodies of wounded soldiers? This electric, vivid, one-man drama studies the power of healing and finding strength in vulnerability. For tickets and info contact phone (941) 321-1397, email info@urbanitetheatre.com, website www.urbanitetheatre.com

Urbanite Theatre , 1487 2nd Street Sarasota FL, 34236

[SOON]  FOOD: 2023 Forks and Corks Food and Wine Festival , April 20 – April 24, Various times

The 2023 Forks and Corks Food and Wine Festival will return for its 16th year. The Festival is scheduled for April 20-24, 2023 and offers a world-class weekend of winemaker dinners, interactive wine seminars and wine tastings that culminates with the alfresco Grand Tasting event at The Ringling Museum of Art Courtyard. Guests will savor delicious dishes presented by over 40 members of the Sarasota-Manatee Originals restaurant group and sample from a collection of more than 300 unique wines from across the globe. There will be live musical entertainment and an expansive silent auction of rare and collectible wines and experiences. Due to the unprecedented demand this year, there are three available ticket levels: VIP, early access and general admission. For more information on Forks and Corks and to purchase tickets, visit EatLikeALocal.com. Follow Forks and Corks on Facebook and Instagram.

[SOON]  FESTIVAL: Urbanite Theatre: 2023 Modern Works Festival , May 3 – May 7

2023 MODERN WORKS FESTIVAL Presented by Summer Wallace. May 3 - May 7, 2023. Urbanite Theatre. Back for the fourth time and returning to an in-person experience, the Modern Works Festival is a playwriting contest, reading festival and celebration of women in theatre. See all three finalist readings and become eligible to vote on the festival-winning playwright! Titles of finalist plays will be announced in 2023. For information contact - phone (941) 321-1397, email info@urbanitetheatre.com, website www.urbanitetheatre.com

Urbanite Theatre , 1487 2nd Street Sarasota FL, 34236

[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

[SOON]  THEATER: Urbanite Theatre: That Must Be The Entrance To Heaven , June 9 – July 9

THAT MUST BE THE ENTRANCE TO HEAVEN by Franky D. Gonzalez. A World Premiere. June 9 - July 9, 2023. Urbanite Theatre. Glory. Survival. Legacy. Citizenship. Four Latino boxers all chase a world title to achieve their personal versions of heaven. But to get there, they must battle each other, their own battered bodies, and the universe itself. All four men walk the line between life and death in this poignant, poetic collision of combat and cosmos. For tickets and info contact - phone (941) 321-1397, email info@urbanitetheatre.com, website www.urbanitetheatre.com.

Urbanite Theatre , 1487 2nd Street Sarasota FL, 34236

[SOON]  GRAB BAG: 99 Bottles Easter Kegg Hunt , March 28 – April 9, Various times

Leave the Easter egg hunting for the kiddos, this scavenger hunt is for the adults! 99 Bottles Taproom and Bottle Shop is excited to officially announce its first-ever Easter (K)egg Hunt. 9 Bottles has hidden 6 Easter (K)eggs in businesses all around Downtown Sarasota and it’s your job to find them. Just as we decorate Easter eggs, these (K)eggs have been designed by six local artists, each with their own unique twist and personality. Hop around downtown to find all six. Stop by 99 Bottles Taproom and Bottle Shop located at 1445 2nd Steet any time in the month leading up to Easter (starting now) to gather all of the details and pick up your clues to the keg’s locations. The first person or group to find all of the locations will win the grand prize, but everyone who participates will have chances to win other great prizes throughout the month! 1445 2nd St., Sarasota, 99bottles.net.

[SOON]  PERFORMANCE: Paralyzed at Florida Studio Theatre , March 29 – April 21, Various times

Leigh and Lee are two strangers who have little in common besides their names. She is a Type A statistician, and he is an aggressive former athlete. But the discovery of a mysterious suicide note in a hotel bathroom sets their lives on unexpected paths that go anywhere but according to plan. Paralyzed tells a striking story of guilt, personal responsibility, and the power of forgiveness. Single tickets range from $18-39 and are now on sale at FloridaStudioTheatre.org or 941.366.9000. FST's Bowne's Lab Theatre, 1265 1st St., Sarasota.

[SOON]  MUSEUM: Reclaiming Home, Contemporary Seminole Art at Ringling Museum , March 29 – September 4, Museum hours

Reclaiming Home, Contemporary Seminole Art group exhibition will mark The Ringling’s first presentation of contemporary art by Native American artists with ancestral, historical, and present-day connections to Florida. An imperative step toward establishing a meaningful relationship with the Native American artistic community, Reclaiming Home will highlight the breadth and depth of the artwork by Seminole, Miccosukee, and mixed-heritage artists from Florida with the important work by internationally-recognized artists. The exhibition will expand the conceptual framework of Native American art made in Florida today and provide a fuller understanding of the complexities of issues within the art of the Seminole diaspora. Ringling Museum, 5401 Bay Shore Rd., Sarasota, ringling.org.

[SOON]  SEMINAR: Old Conflict, New Dynamics: The Israeli-Palestinian Conflict and the Road Ahead Lecture , March 30, 6:30 to 8 p.m.

Thirty years after the Oslo Accords and a decade beyond the last active round of US-mediated final status talks, the Israeli-Palestinian conflict persists. Yet domestic, regional, and international dynamics that influence and are influenced by the contact are not static. What are the realities on the ground and the current state of play in Israeli-Palestinian bilateral relations? What are the challenges and opportunities for making progress toward a sustainable resolution to this enduring conflict? This lecture is free and open to the public, but reservations are strongly suggested. A reception with the speaker in a historic building on Sarasota Bay will follow for SWAC members. RSVP to info@sarasotawac.org. Mildred Sainer Pavillion, 5313 Bay Shore Rd., Sarasota.

[SOON]  GRAB BAG: National Take a Walk in the Park Day at The Bay , March 30, Various times

The Bay Sarasota is celebrating National Take a Walk in the Park Day this Thursday. Across the park, various walks will be hosted throughout the day, each with its own special focus. Thanks to New Balance-Sarasota and University Park, Fleet Feet Sarasota, and Molly’s, the first 150 people who register and participate in any walk will receive a $10 Gift Certificate and more. Each walk is free. For more details about specific walks and to register, visit thebaysarasota.org.

[SOON]  PERFORMANCE: Mutiny on the S.S. Luna Sea at the Players Centre , March 31 – April 2, Various times

The Players Follies, the 55 and up performance group at The Players Studio, present their self-written, world-premiere original musical Mutiny on the S.S. Luna Sea! It’s the maiden voyage of the S.S. Luna Sea, and it is not smooth sailing (pun intended). Singing! Dancing! Jokes! Deserted islands! This show has it all. The Players Studio, 1400 Blvd. of the Arts, Suite 200, Sarasota, theplayers.org.

[SOON]  MUSIC: Masterworks 7: A Hero's Life at Sarasota Orchestra , March 31 – April 2, Various times

Sarasota Orchestra concludes the Masterworks season with a program of heroic proportions. Internationally acclaimed violinist Gil Shaham shines in one of his signature works, Korngold’s sweeping, cinematic Violin Concerto. The Orchestra is the star of Richard Strauss’ virtuosic tone poem Ein Heldenleben (A Hero’s Life). This thinly veiled musical autobiography includes snippets of Strauss’ greatest hits and has been thrilling audiences for 125 years. The Orchestra will premiere a new work by Sarah Gibson entitled to make this mountain taller, a commission of the League of American Orchestras with the generous support of the Virginia B. Toulmin Foundation. Carlos Miguel Prieto, Music Director of the Orquesta Sinfonica Nacional de Mexico and of the Louisiana Philharmonic Orchestra, will conduct. Van Wezel, 777 N. Tamiami Trail, Sarasota, sarasotaorchestra.org. 

[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]  GRAB BAG: Music Bingo at Hamlet's Eatery , March 31, 5 to 8 p.m.

Ready to win some rockin’ prizes? Join Hamlet’s Eatery on Friday, March 31 for Music Bingo. Music Bingo is a fun and exciting take on classic bingo that anyone can play. Hostess Myra Mains will entertain you while you enjoy great food and drinks from Hamlet’s Eatery. Free to play and open to all ages and dog friendly. Hamlet’s Eatery will open at 5 pm for food and the games will begin at 6 pm. Prizes include gift certificates from The Bazaar on Apricot and Lime and free drinks! Located outside with seating under a covered patio, 821 Apricot Ave in Sarasota. For more information visit www.hamletseatery.com or call 941-445-1938.

[SOON]  GRAB BAG: The Suncoast Science Center/Faulhaber Fab Lab 8th Annual Remote Control Custom Car Open , April 1, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Come by and capture some of the magic that is this unique competition. The Suncoast Science Center/Faulhaber Fab Lab 8th Annual Remote Control (RC) Custom Car Open is an engineering and design competition for elementary and middle school students, organized by a high school student committee. Nearly 60 teams of students have spent the last eight weeks designing and customizing remote control cars using Fab Lab makerspace equipment like 3D printers, laser cutters, vinyl cutters, vacuum former machines and more. Teams will compete on two custom-built race tracks and in a design competition for prizes that include cash and scholarships. Over 55 teams of 160 kids will race custom-designed remote control cars in a bracket-style competition to determine the Grand Champion! Plus, the racetracks were custom-built here at the Fab Lab. Suncoast Science Center/Faulhaber Fab Lab, 4452 S. Beneva Rd., Sarasota, suncoastscience.org.

[SOON]  FESTIVAL: Conservation Foundation Wild About Nature Festival , April 1, 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Conservation Foundation of the Gulf Coast announces the return of their Wild About Nature Festival on Saturday, April 1, 2023. This celebrated community event will take place at the organization’s Bay Preserve headquarters. With an exhibitor line-up featuring many local environmental and youth-serving organizations, this annual festival brings the community together, connecting kids to the beauty and wonder of the natural world through a fun-filled day of nature-based activities and exploration. Activities include tree climbing, nature printing, native plant planting, animal encounters, dip-netting, face painting, crafts, and more. Multiple food trucks will also be onsite including Currywurst, Killicks Kitchen, Kona Ice, and The Maine Line. This family-friendly event is free and open to the public. Registration is not required. 400 Palmetto Avenue, Osprey, conservationfoundation.com/events.

[SOON]  GRAB BAG: Compound Boardshop 20th Anniversary Party , April 1, 6 to 9 p.m.

Get ready to party with Compound Boardshop on April 1st as they mark 20 years of serving this rad community. This anniversary party will be jam-packed with live music from Surfer Blood, mouthwatering pizza from Origin Pizza, delectable donuts from Peachy’s Baking Company and the best beer ever brewed to wash it all down from Calusa Brewing all for free! There will also be live monkeys, clowns and magicians. 3604 S. Osprey Ave., Sarasota, compoundboardshop.com.

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