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SRQ DAILY Apr 6, 2023

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Thursday Family and Recreation Edition

"Our Historic Spanish Point campus will provide a big, beautiful outdoor classroom for this engaging, multisensory learning event."

- Anastasia Sallen, Director of Environmental Education, Selby Gardens.

[New Exhibit]  Plant and Animal Engineers Shine at the Newest Bishop Exhibit
Laura Paquette, laura.paquette@srqme.com

In the field of engineering, human achievements receive the most recognition, but Eco Engineers, the new temporary exhibit at the Bishop Museum of Science and Nature, shifts the spotlight to the flora and fauna that shape ecosystems with their own engineering feats.

Director of museum experience Ashley Waite came up with the exhibit’s concept while reflecting on ways to explore engineering from different perspectives. “2023 is our year of engineering, which is the narrative theme for the exhibitions,” she says. “My background is in marine biology, and I’m always thinking of how to incorporate the environment and natural world into the museum.” Inspired by creatures like the gopher tortoise, which dig extensive burrows that house a myraid of other animals, Waite and her team researched other similar species. “The more we started to think about it, we realized that Florida is home to a lot of eco engineers that modify the environment with profound effects, then narrowed it down to 9 native species,” she adds. The exhibit pays homage not only to furry friends like beavers, but also to plants like red mangroves and live oaks that leave an indelible mark on the landscape. “Plants can be considered engineers too, and I liked incorporating them since sometimes they are overlooked because they are not as dymanic as animals.” 

The exhibit is divided into three zones, including the land, water’s edge, and sea sections. Giant photos of the featured species fill the space, creating an immersive environment for guests. A selection of beautiful photos bring each species to life, with the largest photos measuring about 3 by 6 feet. According to Waite, the coral photos, lent to the Bishop by the Coral Restoration Foundation, will stun visitors. 3D elements, like corals and a beaver skull from the museum’s collections complement the photos and text. Waite and her team kept the tone of the information presented appealing to all visitors. “Our goal was to make it fun and lighthearted,” she says. “We wanted David Attenborough with a bit of Steve Irwin.” The accessible text and photos hung at children’s eye level means that visitors of any age can connect to the content. Kids can complete a scavenger hunt of the exhibit, which can be found at the Bishop’s front desk. The exhibit, sponsored by The Mosaic Company, is also bilingual in English and Spanish, representing the museum’s efforts to make all of its new in-house exhibits available in both languages.

“I want people to really be in awe of our local ecosystem, how beautiful it is and how the animals that make it up are so vitally important in ways that aren’t always obvious to us,” she says. “I hope that people walk away with an appreciation for our local environment.”

Eco Engineers runs from April 7 through Sept. 3 and is included in regular museum admissions. Bishop Museum of Science and Nature, 201 10th St. W., Bradenton, bishopscience.org. 

Photo courtesy of Bishop Museum of Science and Nature.

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[RIP]  Sarasota County Commissioner Detert Dies
Jacob Ogles, jacob.ogles@srqme.com

Sarasota County Commissioner Nancy Detert, a long-time elected official who previously served on the School Board and in the Florida Legislature, unexpectedly died Wednesday. She was 78.

A statement from Sarasota County government released on social media confirmed Detert’s passing. At the time of her death, Detert served as Vice Chair of the County Commission.

“It is with deepest regret and sadness that Sarasota County and the Board of County Commissioners must acknowledge the death of our dear friend and colleague Sarasota County Commission Vice Chair Nancy C. Detert,” the statement reads.

“Commissioner Detert passed away peacefully in her home on April 5, and no foul play is suspected, according to the Sarasota County Sheriff's Office. Our focus right now is on supporting Nancy’s family and ensuring the continuity of government. Details regarding forthcoming memorial services will be made public as information becomes available. We ask that the community respects the privacy of Nancy’s family and friends at this time.”

Republican Party of Sarasota Chair Jack Brill also released a statement. He called Detert a “good friend” to the community.

“She is well-known and respected by people in both parties who agreed and disagreed with her,” Brill said. “Nancy did her homework, knew the issues and knew the people in her community. She was always an honest broker, doing what she believed was right, even if it hurt her politically. She was a beloved mother, grandmother and friend to so many. Nancy leaves a legacy of caring, fighting for the people in her community, and being a quiet friend to countless people. Her passing on Tuesday leaves a huge hole, not just in the Republican Party or in politics, but in our community.”

One person who often disagreed was Christian Ziegler, a former Sarasota County Commissioner who now chairs the Republican Party of Florida.

“I’m pretty sad,” he said upon news of her death. “We went and had our blows every once in a while, but she was refreshing. She always told you what she was thinking. You don’t often see that in politics.”

State Sen. Joe Gruters, R-Sarasota, holds her former seat in the Florida Senate, and said she will be remembered by the chamber as a strong voice for the community.

“She did a lot for the community,” Gruters said. “Very few people fought for foster children like she did, or fought for the Sarasota funding requests like she did. She was a champion of things like the Loveland Center, and she was still fighting for Loveland Center these past few weeks.” 

Photo courtesy Sarasota County.

[Competition]  FST Announces Winners of Annual Youth Playwriting Competition

Florida Studio Theatre (FST) is proud to announce the winning plays of this year’s annual youth playwriting competition. Now in its 32nd year, FST’s WRITE A PLAY program is an arts-in-education initiative, providing students with the example, the inspiration, and the skills to write their own original plays. Over the course of the 2022-2023 academic year, FST received submissions from more than 4,000 playwrights.This year, the WRITE A PLAY experience culminates on Florida Studio Theatre’s five-theatre campus with Young Playwrights Festival (YPF) Day, an annual celebration of children’s imagination and creativity. On Saturday, May 20, participating students, teachers, and families from across the state of Florida will come together to enjoy live performances of the year’s winning plays brought to life by professional actors. This year’s compilation of winning plays is titled The Last Acorn & Other Winning Plays. Following these live performances, playwrights are honored in an awards ceremony and are presented with certificates and medals on stage. The 2023 Young Playwrights Festival Day is a private event, reserved for the winning playwrights, their families, and educators who participated in this year’s WRITE A PLAY program. Thanks to generous support from individual donors, WRITE A PLAY continues to inspire the next generation of playwrights. Support from the Community Foundation of Sarasota, Manatee Community Foundation, The Patterson Foundation, The Shubert Foundation, Suncoast Credit Union Foundation, Publix Super Markets Charities, Wells Fargo Foundation, Embracing Our Differences, Sister Cities Association of Sarasota, and the Greenfield Foundation also made this year’s WRITE A PLAY program possible. WRITE A PLAY is also sponsored in part by the Bank of America Client Foundation and by the State of Florida, Department of State, Division of Arts and Culture, the Florida Council on Arts and Culture, and the National Endowment for the Arts. For more information, contact FST’s Education and WRITE A PLAY Manager, Shelby Lynhall, at SLynhall@floridastudiotheatre.org. 

Pictured: The Last Acorn 2: Jeric Gutierrez, Storm Tracy, Gemma Vodacek, and Athena Jean-Étienne in The Donut Adventure by Mrs. Buchoffer’s Class. Photo by FST.

[School News]  Manatee District Announces Middle School Administrative Changes for 2023-2024 School Year

The School District of Manatee County announces the following middle school administrative changes for the 2023-2024 school year. Kate Barlaug has been named Principal at Dr. Mona Jain Middle School. She has served as Principal at Haile Middle School since 2017. She replaces David Underhill, who is currently serving as interim since Angela Lindsey’s retirement. Irene Nikitopoulos has been named Principal at Haile Middle School. She has served as the Assistant Principal at Lincoln Memorial Middle School since 2021. Her previous positions include Assistant Principal at Johnson K-8 School of International Studies, curriculum specialist, dean and teacher. Ms. Nikitopoulos was awarded the 2022 Outstanding Assistant Principal Achievement Award for Manatee County. She has worked for the School District of Manatee County since 2006. Lorie Starkweather will remain Principal at Sugg Middle School. She was named interim principal this year following the retirement of Ann McDonald. Ms. Starkweather has served in Manatee County schools since 1985. These administrative changes take effect for the 2023-2024 school year. 

[New Hire]  Mariano Jimenez Named Athletic Director and Head Baseball Coach at New College of Florida

New College of Florida today announced that it has launched an intercollegiate athletics department and has named Mariano Jimenez as its athletic director and head baseball
coach. During his career, he has also served as a coach for Team USA Baseball, been a pro-baseball sports agent, and is an alum at IMG Academy where he played and coached for a decade. He also played and coached at his alma mater, Palm Beach Atlantic University, before playing professionally in Texas. Jimenez was most recently the president of baseball operations at the prestigious Inspiration Academy and was a professional consultant to players across Major League Baseball. New College of Florida has a vision for high-level athletics that will compete for conference and national championships while offering unique scholarship opportunities to graduate with an elite academic degree. Jimenez will be tasked with identifying outstanding coaches and student-athletes. 

[Community Event]  DreamLarge Announces 2023 BLVD Bike Ride Series

DreamLarge, the first registered benefit corporation on the Gulf Coast of Florida, is thrilled to announce the return of BLVD Bike Rides - a free community bike ride that aims to bring residents, neighbors and friends together to celebrate the community and cycling in downtown Sarasota. The community is invited to join on a group ride every quarter from April to December for a specially-themed bike ride, each led by a different local guide. Guides for the series include John McCarthy, Marie Selby Botanical Gardens V.P. For Regional History, Bill Waddill, Chief Operating Officer of The Bay Park Conservancy, and Jeffrey Vredenberg, Sustainability Program Educator for the City of Sarasota.The guided group ride will begin at 5:30 p.m. and will end at a different local restaurant or bar. Riders are encouraged to stay and mingle with their fellow bikers after the ride. The event is free and open to all who wish to participate. Attendees are encouraged to bring their own bikes and water bottles for the ride. 

Attendees are encouraged to register for the ride online by clicking here.

[Earth Day]  Enjoy a Multi-Sensory Earth Day at Selby Gardens Historic Spanish Point Campus

Learners of all ages are invited to engage with nature using their five senses at Multi-Sensory Earth Day!, a free educational event on Saturday, April 22, from 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. at the Historic Spanish Point campus of Marie Selby Botanical Gardens. This fun, interactive program is presented by Selby Gardens in partnership with Lighthouse Vision Loss Education Center and the Suncoast Science Center. It is part of Suncoast Remake Learning Days, a 10-day regional festival of free educational events for children and families. “Our Historic Spanish Point campus will provide a big, beautiful outdoor classroom for this engaging, multisensory learning event,” said Anastasia Sallen, Director of Environmental Education at Selby Gardens. “We want to welcome everyone to explore their appreciation for nature this Earth Day.” Multi-Sensory Earth Day! will offer a variety of learning activities designed to engage participants’ different senses while they experience and learn about the environment. There also will be a make-and-take craft, a plant scavenger hunt, and access to the campus’s Native Butterfly Garden and Butterfly House—the only such butterfly house in the region. The different learning stations are being designed by Selby Gardens’ Education staff in collaboration with staff from the Lighthouse and teen volunteers of the Suncoast Science Center. For more information about “Multi-Sensory Earth Day!,” go to selby.org/events/multi-sensory-earth-day/. No advance registration is required to participate in “Multi-Sensory Earth Day!” Participants may stay after the program to further explore the 30-acre Historic Spanish Point campus. Suncoast Remake Learning Days is a festival of experiential learning events throughout the region taking place from April 21 to 30. Suncoast Remake Learning Days is presented by the Suncoast Campaign for Grade Level Reading and supported by The Patterson Foundation. To learn about the festival and other local events, visit remakelearningdays.org/suncoast/. 

Photo courtesy of Selby Gardens.

[Mental Health]  Art Center Sarasota Presents Mental Healthcare in the Latinx Community

Mental health conditions do not discriminate based on race, color, gender or identity. Anyone can experience the challenges of mental illness regardless of their background. However, studies show that people in the Latinx community can experience disparities in access to treatment and in the quality of treatment they receive. To address this issue, Art Center Sarasota is presenting a free panel discussion, “Mental Healthcare in the Latinx Community,” Wednesday, April 12, 6-7:30 p.m., at Art Center Sarasota, 707 N. Tamiami Trail, Sarasota. The event is presented in conjunction with an exhibit of work by Karen Arango of documentary photography highlighting the need for mental healthcare in the Latinx community. Panelists include Karen Arango, Dr. Stacie Herrera, Yesenia Reta, and Carolina Zuluaga. The event will be held in English with closed captions in Spanish. Participants are required to register in advance at ArtSarasota.org.  

[Culture City]  Tribute to Balanchine
Dylan Campbell, dylan@srqme.com

Tribute to Balanchine | Sarasota Ballet Director Ian Webb expounds on the importance of George Balanchine to American Ballet, April 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]  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]  MUSIC: Jazz Thursday at Sarasota Art Museum , February 9 – June 8, 5:30 to 8 p.m.

Join Sarasota Art Museum for Jazz Thursdays featuring live jazz music, contemporary art, and sips and bites from Bistro. Hosted by the Jazz Club of Sarasota. Jazz Thursday happens on the second Thursday of each month, 5:30-8 p.m. Galleries, Bistro, and SHOP open. FREE for Members, $20 for Not-Yet Members.

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

It’s a paw-ty at Hamlet's Eatery! Ready to win rockin' prizes? Join us for a Cinco de Mayo Celebration and MUSIC Bingo on Friday, May 5th at Hamlet's Eatery. Come for dinner and drinks and stay for four rounds of Music Bingo. Hamlet's opens at 5pm. No charge to play. Kid and dog friendly.This is a great way to kick off your weekend. 821 Apricot Ave in Sarasota. For more information visit www.hamletseatery.com or call 941-445-1938.

[SOON]  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: 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: Shakespeare in the Gardens , April 4 – April 23, Various times

FSU and the Asolo Conservatory are thrilled to bring back the beloved Shakespeare in the Gardens series to The Ringling Museum grounds with the Conservatory production of Love's Labour's Lost. Originally performed at Selby Gardens, this year the production of Love's Labour's Lost will be set in the remarkable Ringling Museum of Art Bayfront Gardens, surrounded by a lush banyan grove, with views of the stunning Sarasota Bay. Ringling Museum, 5401 Bay Shore Rd, Sarasota, asolorep.org.

[SOON]  MUSIC: Free Musical Show at Oscura , April 6, Doors open at 7 p.m., show begins at 8 p.m.

Oscura presents a free show featuring performances by Mechanical Canine, Domino Pink, and Lowtalk. All ages are welcome and there is no cover charge. Oscura, 816 Manatee Ave E., Bradenton, oscura.live.

[SOON]  GRAB BAG: Second Saturday Open Studios and Love the Planet Art Market , April 8, 10 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.

All three Creative Liberties locations will join members of the Sarasota Studio Artists Association’s Saturday Open Studio community-wide event. In addition, Creative Liberties will offer artisan vendors, free beer by local homebrewers Ray and Patti Spicochi, and live music at its flagship studios in Sarasota’s Limelight District. This will be the last Saturday Art Market until the season resumes in the fall, but Second Saturday Open Studios will continue throughout the year. Creative Liberties Artist Studios and Gallery, 901-B Apricot Avenue, Sarasota, creativeliberties.net.

[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]  GRAB BAG: Geckos Grill and Pubs Trivia , July 1 – June 1, 7:30 pm

Geckos Grill & Pub’s Award-winning Trivia-Think While You Drink! If you love Trivia, join the fun at Geckos all year round. All Trivia starts at 7:30pm. We will have prizes, giveaways and specials plus the Geckos made-to-order fare, signature cocktails and hospitality you love. Monday trivia will be held at the Clark Road location in Palmer Crossing and on Tuesdays at the SR 64 location in Braden River Plaza. The SR 64 location will be taking a break from Trivia in October, but will start back up in April. On Wednesdays, trivia will take place at the Hillview Street location in Southside Village. www.GeckosGrill.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.

[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]  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]  DANCE: Between II by Dancing Earth , April 7 – April 8, 7:30 p.m.

In their latest work, mixed-heritage dance company Dancing Earth investigates renewable energy from differing ancestral, cultural, and practical perspectives. Between II seeks to balance Indigenous Elders’ cultural teachings with the realities of a new generation struggling for survival in the apocalyptic present. The audience is invited into dreamscapes of balance and harmony and future-looking possibilities for connection and renewal. The performance will use mobile installation, oration, dance, music, immersive media, and eco-innovative design from the company’s mixed-heritage dancers, artists, and collaborators. Historic Asolo Theater, 5555 N. Tamiami Trail, Sarasota, ringling.org.

[SOON]  DANCE: Dancing Earth Masterclass , April 6, 6:30 p.m.

Dancing Earth’s Artistic Director and Choreographer welcomes movers and shakers, somatic practitioners, dreamers and doers of all ages, backgrounds and experiences, to a special movement workshop. This workshop invites the local community into the magical realism of the landscape and dreamscape created by Dancing Earth artists for their production of Between II, Underground and Skyworld. Together we experience a journey of movements that reflect the unique qualities that come from mountains, water, stars and the life forms they nurture such as birds, fish and 4-legged beings, as well as the superpowers inside each one of us! $10 for nonmembers and $5 for members. Historic Asolo Theater, Perret Performance Studio, 5555 N. Tamiami Trail, Sarasota, ringling.org.

[SOON]  SEMINAR: Artist Talk at Art Center Sarasota , April 6, 5:30 p.m. to 7 p.m.

Hear from artist Jeanne Guertin-Potoff who will talk about her solo exhibition, Adjusting Focus, her enthusiasm for color, the desire to express energy and more. Tickets are $5. Art Center Sarasota, 707 N. Tamiami Trail, Sarasota, artsarasota.org.

[SOON]  MUSIC: Oscura Emo Night , April 7, 8 p.m. to close

Oscura presents Emo Night, featuring DJ sets, moody drinks and nostalgic music. No Cover charge, ages 21 and up only. Oscura, 816 Manatee Ave E., Bradenton, oscura.live.

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