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SRQ DAILY May 5, 2023

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"To be able to come home and perform is a huge blessing. I grew up as a little girl seeing concerts at the Van Wezel, so to be able to sing music there with other incredibly talented singers is really special."

- Naarai Jacobs, Vocalist, Westcoast Black Theatre Troupe.

[Arts & Entertainment]  A Family Affair
Dylan Campbell, dylan@srqme.com

“Growing up, all my babysitters were actors. I was always at rehearsal because there was no one there to watch me when my parents were at work,” says Naarai Jacobs. “And so naturally, I wanted to be a part of it. I was tired of sitting in the dressing room, I wanted to be on stage.”

It wasn’t long before Naarai, the daughter of Westcoast Black Theatre Troupe founder and artistic director Nate Jacobs, got her chance. “I came up through the company when we were struggling,” says Naarai with a laugh. “The experience was very different and I wouldn’t trade it for anything. It challenged our discipline, our creativity and taught me a great deal of commitment. My first show I ever did was Black Nativity, in 2002 or 2003, and after that I started taking piano lessons and finding roles and different ways that I could be a part of the theater.”

Naarai has parlayed an upbringing in the arts into a career as a professional singer–after graduating from Howard University in 2015, Naarai moved west to Los Angeles, where she’s provided background vocals for artists such as Beyonce, Tori Kelly, Mariah Carey, and Kanye West.

Now, Naarai is coming home to take part in a special collaboration between the Westcoast Black Theatre Troupe and Key Chorale titled Grace: The Spirit of Aretha. The concert, which will take place at the Van Wezel Performing Arts Hall on Monday, May 8th, is a tribute to Aretha Franklin and will feature performances by Naarai, WBTT vocalist Matelyn Alicia and the 100 singers of Key Chorale.

“My dad and I started talking about the show in 2022. It’s basically just a culmination of Aretha’s music, the first half focusing on her gospel records, and then the second half is more so just her love songs and more notable pop radio hits. It’s a really great show,” says Naarai. “To be able to come home and perform is a huge blessing. I grew up as a little girl seeing concerts at the Van Wezel, so to be able to sing music there with other incredibly talented singers is really special.”

Key Chorale Box Office: 941-552-8768, Monday, May 8, 2023 at 7:30 p.m,Van Wezel Performing Arts Hall , 777 N. Tamiami Tr. Sarasota. 

Pictured: Matelyn Alicia (left) and Naarai will be the featured vocalists for Grace: The Spirit of Aretha, a collaboration of Westcoast Black Theatre Troupe and Key Chorale. Photo courtesy of WBTT.

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[Arts & Entertainment]  Orchid Mounting

It’s common to see orchids grown in pots but did you know that most of them grow on trees in nature? The roots of an orchid wrap around or adhere to the bark without actually penetrating it. Unlike parasites, orchids don’t take any nutrients from their host plant. Most orchids are epiphytes, which derive nutrients from the air, rain, water, or debris and only use other plants, like trees, as an anchor. With some initial support, mounting an orchid to your tree or a wooden plank can be a fun, easy process! For a hands-on workshop, join UF/IFAS Extensions Manatee County on Saturday, May 20 at 10:00AM for Orchid Mounting: Make and Take Workshop. Learn how to properly mount an orchid, care for it after, and take home your own orchid and wooden plank for $25! 

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[Arts & Entertainment]  Kids Summer Camp At Asolo Rep

Asolo Repertory Theatre’s Education & Engagement team announces an exciting lineup of creative camps for young artists ages 6 to 14 this summer. The weeklong sessions run June 12 through Aug. 4, and each week of camp brings a new and exciting theme, so campers can choose to attend more than one session. Campers can also attend partial weeks, choosing their own adventure by picking which days they’d like to attend. Participants of all experience levels will have the opportunity to blossom and hone their theatrical skills in a creative, playful and welcoming environment. No experience necessary–theatre is for everyone! Early Bird pricing is available now through May 15 th . Each week of camp is $200 with morning and aftercare available for an additional cost. For more information and online registration visit asolorep.org/summercamp. Registration is also available by calling Asolo Rep’s Box Office at 941.351.8000. Theatre for All scholarships and financial assistance are available through generous support from the Barancik Foundation.  

To learn more click here.

[Arts & Entertainment]  Asolo Repertory Theatre Announces Ross Egan as New Managing Director

After a national search, Asolo Repertory Theatre’s incoming Producing Artistic Director Peter Rothstein along with the Board of Directors has selected Ross Egan as the new managing director. Egan will assume the role on July 1, 2023 following the planned departure of Linda DiGabriele on June 30, 2023. DiGabriele has been at Asolo Rep for 50 years, with 35 of those years in the position of managing director. On Egan’s appointment Rothstein shared, “I am thrilled to craft the future of Asolo Rep in collaboration with Ross Egan, who brings a depth of business acumen and a palpable passion for the art form. He understands the complexities of leading a non-profit theater in these challenging times and is driven by a spirit of creativity and innovation.” Since 2019, Egan has been Managing Director of the historic Barter Theatre in Abingdon, VA where he shepherded the organization through the pandemic by building and producing Barter at the Moonlite Drive In, becoming one of the first theatres in the world to produce at the time. Prior to joining Barter's leadership team, he was Director of Operations for the Illinois Shakespeare Festival and founded the Joseph Jefferson award-winning Refuge Theatre Project in Chicago, producing music theatre in unique spaces across the city. Ross has a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in Theater from Michigan State University and a Master of Business Administration degree from Illinois State University.


[Arts & Entertainment]  Florida Studio Theatre Announces Its Summer Season Lineup

Florida Studio Theatre (FST) is proud to announce the lineup for its 2023 Summer Season, featuring a three-show Mainstage Series and a three-show Cabaret Series. The Mainstage Series includes the comedic whodunit, Shear Madness; the uplifting drama, Black Pearl Sings!; and Ken Ludwig’s A Comedy of Tenors, a fast-paced comedy. The Cabaret Series features some of the country’s top Cabaret artists celebrating the soaring harmonies of The Beach Boys, great contemporary female vocalists like Aretha Franklin and Celine Dion, and Creedence Clearwater Revival’s songbook. A complete season schedule at a glance can be found in the press release copied below my signature.  With its mission to make theatre accessible to as many people as possible, FST offers all three Summer Mainstage productions or all three Summer Cabaret shows for as little as $49. Subscriptions are now on sale at FloridaStudioTheatre.org or at 941.366.9000. 

[Arts & Entertainment]  Art Uptown Gallery Exhibits Flora This August 2023

From July 29 to August 25, Art Uptown Gallery will display their artists’ creative interpretations on the theme: “FLORA.” The gallery will offer paintings and flower-filled collages, plein-air landscapes, abstract and traditional florals, decorative glass, ceramics, whimsical garden sculptures, bronze and glass mosaics to enchant visitors with a variety of “plant-based” fine art. FLORA ’s First Friday opening public reception will be on Friday, August 4 from 6 - 9 pm. The exhibit opens on Saturday, July 29 and runs through Friday, August 25. Art Uptown Gallery welcomes patrons and friends at 1367 Main Street where the diverse work of regional award-winning artists is exhibited. Summer Hours: OPEN: Tuesday - Saturday: 11 am - 5 pm. Fridays - 11 am - 5 pm, closed: Sunday - Monday. Telephone 941-955-5409 or visit www.artuptown.com for further information. 

[Arts & Entertainment]  Hermitage Announces New Collaborative Partnership with Roundabout Theatre Company, A Tony Award-Winning Non-Profit Theater in New York

The Hermitage Artist Retreat is pleased to announce a new partnership with the Tony Award-winning Roundabout Theatre Company, the nation’s largest not-for-profit theater with a celebrated history of producing iconic works for nearly 60 years. The partnership, structured on an ongoing basis, furthers the Hermitage's mission to inspire and foster the most influential and culturally consequential art and artists of our time. This collaboration will provide an opportunity for some of the theater world's most exciting new voices to explore their work on the historic Hermitage campus before the potential for production at one of the country’s most prestigious theatrical institutions. The inaugural year of this new partnership will launch this summer with playwrights York Walker and Dave Harris. 

[Beauty]  Embrace Your Natural Beauty at The Brow House
Kendall Stone, kendall@moteltherapy.comom

The “Clean Girl Aesthetic” has been trending in the beauty space. This beauty trend is based around looking effortlessly casual but still elevated and chic and seems to have been made popular by makeup moguls Hailey Bieber and Selena Gomez.

You can achieve this “you but better” look a few different ways. First by perfecting the “no makeup” makeup look. In brief, this is generally a light skin-like foundation, fluffy brows, light mascara and a tinted lip. The real key to achieving this effortless look however is through beauty services and treatments to help you look your best without a big makeup routine and The Brow House is the perfect spot for this.

The Brow House is a local beauty studio located in Downtown Sarasota. They offer an array of services and treatments for brows, lashes and more that fall perfectly in-line with this trend. At The Brow House they believe each individual holds their own unique beauty. One of their most popular services at the moment is the brow lamination. This process is like a keratin treatment for the brows; it gives you a full, fluffy and textured look. The lamination process straightens the brows to help them lay flatter and appear overall fuller for a semi-permanent style. Another popular service is a lash lift and tint to boost curl and give the appearance of longer, thicker lashes. This allows you to ditch mascara for 4-6 weeks. Other services include permanent makeup and facial waxing. You’ll wake up feeling your best and your morning routine will be a breeze.

The Brow House has also been partnering with other local businesses to offer different services on a pop-up basis. Some of these pop-ups have included nail artists specializing in long term nail and hand health, hair specialists offering fringe and face framing haircuts and hand poke tattoos, commonly referred to as stick and poke tattoos—a machine-less method of permanent tattooing, much more delicate to the skin and less painful than traditional tattooing.

I spoke with co-owner of The Brow House, Dallas Trigg who shared “We enjoy networking with fellow small businesses to create workshops and services at the studio to help create community in Sarasota.”

Lastly, on your way out, you can browse their growing Home and Garden section. They carry plants from a local plant company, Wally’s Old Florida Plant Shop. They also have an array of on-trend accessories and home goods.

Kendall Stone is owner and fasion buyer for Motel Therapy, 532 S. Pineapple Ave., Sarasota, 941-960-2277.

The Brow House 1853 Fruitville Rd Sarasota, 941-554-8205, hello@thebrowhousesarasota.com. 


Pictured: Natural makeup and laminated brows are trending in fashion. Photo courtesy of The Brow House.

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[SOON]  PERFORMANCE: FST Spring Play Reading Festival , April 28 – May 5, 3 pm

FST’s 29th Burdick New Play Festival features staged readings of new works by contemporary American playwrights. This year’s Festival features the heartfelt one-man musical, Todd vs. The Titanic by Scott Rothman, Joe Kinosian, and Kellen Blair, and the dark comedy, Bleeding Hearts by Steve Yockey. Readings will takeplace on April 28, and May 5 at 3PM each day in FST’s Keating Theatre. Single tickets are $10. Subscriptions and single tickets are now on sale at FloridaStudioTheatre.org or by calling FST’s Box Office at 941.366.9000. Florida Studio Theatre, Keating Theatre, 1241 North Palm Ave., Sarasota.

[SOON]  GALLERY: Disney Artist and Ringling College Alumnus Tim Rogerson Show , May 2 – May 26, During gallery hours

Madeby Gallery invites you to the Disney Artist and Ringling College Alumnus Tim Rogerson Show now through May 26. Over 50 of Tim’s original paintings, giclee on canvas, and lithograph prints are for sale. Many have been personalized on the back by Tim, which brings added value to the Disney piece. Don't miss this rare opportunity to add to your Disney collection. Tim Rogerson is a Disney Fine Artist and Ringling College Alumnus. He is one of only a select group of artists allowed to recreate iconic Disney characters and scenes. Visit madebygallery.com to learn more. Madeby Gallery, 2700 North Tamiami Trail, Sarasota.

[SOON]  GRAB BAG: Ringling College Senior Thesis Exhibitions , May 2 – May 5, Various times
Senior thesis exhibitions are on view through May 5, all on-campus galleries. These exhibitions feature design projects created by Ringling College seniors from every major. Visit ringling.edu to learn more. Ringling College Galleries and Exhibition, 2700 North Tamiami Trail, Sarasota.
[SOON]  GALLERY: Unique Differences at Art Uptown Gallery , May 2 – May 26, Various times

The newest artists at Art Uptown Gallery will be featured in the May exhibit, Unique Differences showcasing their original paintings. Meet the artists, Ian Begg, Lynn Armstrong Coffin, and Tammy Keller, at the First Friday public reception on May 5 from 6-9 p.m. All four award-winning artists are local, full-time residents of Sarasota. The exhibit opens on Saturday, April 29 and runs through Friday, May 26. Art Uptown Gallery welcomes patrons and friends at 1367 Main Street where the diverse work of award-winning regional artists is exhibited daily. Telephone 941-955-5409 or visit www.artuptown.com for hours and further information.

[SOON]  FOOD: Cinco de Mayo Block Party at Roccos Tacos and Tequila Bar , May 5, Block party runs through 2 pm to 2 am, restaurant opens at 11 am

Rocco's Tacos and Tequila Bar will be celebrating Cinco de Mayo with a block party at the University Town Center location, along with pop-up food and drink vendors, door prizes and live entertainment all weekend long. On Friday, May 5, guests are invited to party all day and into the night with free shots of Santo Tequila and live music while indulging in authentic Mexican cuisine, handcrafted cocktails, and over 300 tequila varieties. Rocco’s Tacos and Tequila Bar, 243 North Cattlemen Rd., Sarasota, roccostacos.com.

[SOON]  GRAB BAG: Fresh Fridays Cinco de Mayo , May 5, 7-10 pm
This week, the Downtown Improvement District is hosting the Cinco de Mayo celebration of the night. On May 5th, the freshest block party in town will be filled with vibrant Mexican culture and live entertainment by Johnathon Cortez at our new location on Palm Avenue adjacent to the Art Ovation Hotel. Satiate your appetite with Mexican fare and wet your palate with delectable Cinco de Mayo beverages. Fresh Fridays do not wait to get the party going, so come early for signature giveaways and get a polaroid taken with friends and family to commemorate the night. Art Ovation Hotel, 1255 North Palm Ave., Sarasota, did-sarasota.com.
[SOON]  MUSIC: Sarasota Orchestra Outdoor Pops, Dancing in the Streets, Music of Motown , May 5 – May 6, 8 pm

Ed Smith Stadium will once again host the Sarasota Orchestra for its annual Outdoor Pops concert on Friday, May 5, and Saturday, May 6. This year’s theme is Dancing in the Streets, Music of Motown, giving fans the chance to hear funky sounds from the height of the Motown era transformed into a symphonic experience. The program will feature hits made famous by artists such as Marvin Gaye, The Four Tops, Michael Jackson, Diana Ross, The Temptations, and Stevie Wonder. Songs include Ain’t No Mountain High Enough, I Heard it Through The Grapevine, My Girl,  Superstition, and more. The concert will conclude with a fireworks display, weather permitting. Tickets, starting as low as $15, are still available and can be purchased at Orioles.com/Spring or by calling (941) 893-6312.

[SOON]  MUSIC: Rain, A Tribute to The Beatles , May 5, 8 pm

Rain, A Tribute to The Beatles, is excited to announce that in addition to paying tribute to Abbey Road they will be performing your favorites from the Rooftop Concert as well as all of your other favorites at the Van Wezel Performing Arts Hall. This mind-blowing performance takes you back in time with the legendary foursome delivering a note-for-note theatrical event. Together longer than The Beatles, Rain has mastered every song, gesture and nuance of the legendary foursome, delivering a totally live, note-for-note performance that’s as infectious as it is transporting. Let Rain take you back with all of the greatest hits along with all of your other Beatles favorites! This adoring tribute will take you back to a time when all you needed was love, and a little help from your friends. Tickets are $37-$87 and can be purchased at www.VanWezel.org, by calling the box office at 941-263-6799 or by visiting the box office.

[SOON]  MUSEUM: Family Art Making at Ringling , May 6, 10 am-1 pm

Family Art Making is a free program that's fun for the whole family. Join us for creative art projects inspired by an object in our collections. Afterwards, visit the museum to see that object in person! You will be able to visit the Museum of Art and the Circus Museum with your FAM wristband that is provided at check-in. To reserve a spot, visit ringling.org. Education Center at Ringling Museum, 5401 Bay Shore Rd., Sarasota, ringling.org.

[SOON]  GRAB BAG: LOVN Community Walk and Learn , May 6, 10 am-12 pm

The Florida Department of Health in Sarasota County Community Health Action Team (CHAT) Coordinator presents CHATs, community-led groups that meet once a month in four parts of the county including Englewood, North Port, Laurel, Osprey, Venice, Nokomis (LOVN), and Newtown. We discuss health issues that people are facing and find ways to address them through projects or events. For the LOVN CHAT, we are hosting a Community Walk and Learn on May 6th from 10am-noon at Laurel Park. This will be a pet and family-friendly walk, where partner agencies and community members can come together and chat about health resources while walking around the neighborhood. We will be providing Italian ice and health resource bags with wonderful information from various organizations. Laurel Park, 509 Collins Rd, Nokomis, contact andremcclerklin@flhealth.gov for more info.

[SOON]  MUSEUM: From the Chambers Honoring John Sims at Ringling Museum , May 6 – August 6, Museum hours

In December 2022, the innovative artist, activist, writer, and filmmaker John Sims passed away suddenly at his studio in Sarasota. The tragic loss of Sims left a deep impact on the art world. His art, informed by mathematics, design, sacred symbols, and poetic text, boldly confronted white supremacy, the Confederate flag, and the deep disparities and division within our society. The Ringling is honored to have had the opportunity to work closely with Sims, who was their artist in residence in 2020. The exhibition From the Chambers, Honoring John Sims brings those two works together, on view publicly for the first time, in conjunction with John Chamberlain’s sculpture Added Pleasure. The exhibition serves as just one part of the significant legacy the artist leaves behind, in Sarasota and beyond. On view May 6 through August 6, 2023 in the Searing East galleries. Ringling Musuem, 5401 Bay Shore Rd., Sarasota, ringling.org

[SOON]  GRAB BAG: PoetryMic at Bookstore1Sarasota , May 7, 2-3 pm

Bookstore1 PoetryMic will feature Jack Massa, Lois Betterton, and Bubba Henson with readings of original poems by local poets in the loft at Bookstore1Sarasota. Our PoetryMic series introduces you to a varied group of talented poets that live in and around Sarasota. But you never know what visiting, well-known poets may drop by the loft. Bookstore1Sarasota, 117 South Pineapple Ave., Sarasota.

[SOON]  PERFORMANCE: Comedy Roulette , April 13 – May 17, Various times

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. Florida Studio Theatre, 1265 1st St., Sarasota, floridastudiotheatre.org.

[SOON]  MUSIC: Big Sexy The Fats Waller Revue , April 19 – May 28, Various times

Thomas Wright “Fats” Waller was an American jazz pianist, composer, singer and comedic entertainer. He realized his dream of becoming a professional musician at age 15. His Harlem stride style influenced the sound of modern jazz piano. Nate Jacobs’ original tribute, “Big Sexy, The Fats Waller Revue,” to this irrepressible artist features Waller’s signature songs, including “Ain’t Misbehavin’,” “Honeysuckle Rose,” “Your Feet’s Too Big,” “The Joint is Jumpin’” and many more. Tickets are $50 for adults, $20 for students and active military (cost includes all ticket fees). WBTT's Donelly Theatre, 1012 North Orange Ave., Sarasota, westcoastblacktheatre.org.

[SOON]  GRAB BAG: Summer Photo Contest with the Conservation Foundation , April 26 – May 31, Submissions open through midnight May 31st

Conservation Foundation of the Gulf Coast is delighted to announce the return of their virtual Summer Photo Contest. Entering its fourth year, this annual event invites photographers of all ages and experience levels to share their original work showcasing the natural beauty of the Sunshine State. As in years past, the exhibition will be entirely virtual with website and Facebook displays. Works submitted for this online juried exhibition must have been taken in Florida within the past year. There is also a Youth Perspective category for ages 15 and under. The submission deadline is midnight on May 31. For categories, details, entry rules, and submission forms visit conservationfoundation.com/summerphoto.

[SOON]  SPORTS: Extended Orioles Spring Training , April 28 – June 3, Various times

With the Major League Baseball season now underway, the Orioles’ year-round baseball operations continue in Sarasota with Extended Spring Training. The public is invited to watch Orioles minor league players in action at the Ed Smith Stadium complex in April, May, and June. Baltimore’s farm system is currently rated as the top player development system in baseball, according to Baseball America, ESPN, and MLB Pipeline. Visit orioles.com/sarasota to learn more.

[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.

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