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SRQ DAILY Jun 30, 2023

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"I love that this project is being produced again today because we are in such polarizing times."

- Kate Alexander, Director of Black Pearl Sings! at Florida Studio Theatre.

[Arts & Entertainment]  Matteo Caloiaro and The Summer of the Tentacled Mollusk
Philip Lederer, Phil.Lederer@srqme.com

Not two months ago, Matteo Caloiaro was onstage in front of his peers winning an award in the Portrait Society of America’s International Portrait Competition for an oil painting he made of his mother. Today, he’s screen printing octopus graphics on t-shirts. This is not a demotion. “You can find yourself getting into a bit of a rut with a particular style,” Caloiaro says by way of explanation. “And I was looking for new avenues to get some of my other work out there.” And with Santino Surf Designs, named after his newborn son, Caloiaro found that avenue in printing a signature surf clothing line bearing his own original illustrations.

Though a hard pivot from the portraiture and slice-of-life scenes he’s known for, Santino Surf Designs represents, in many ways, a return to Caloiaro’s roots and the years spent surfing on the west coast of Florida, discovering art through the whimsical and offbeat illustrations of OG surf artist Rick Griffin. “Art and surfing go hand-in-hand for me,” he says, and Santino Surf Design’s illustrations play out the nautical theme, featuring everything from aforementioned octopi and grumpy groupers to pelicans perched on pilings and a shot of what looks suspiciously like Caloiaro himself riding a crashing wave emblazoned with the word “Santino.” But just because he’s returning to his roots doesn’t mean Caloiaro isn’t pushing himself forward.

“Sometimes it feels like more pressure,” Caloiaro says of the jump from painting to graphic printing. “Because you can get away with a lot of ambiguity with the way I paint,” he says, “but a logo or graphic has to be very clear.” And whereas part of the beauty of a Caloiaro painting comes from the viewer letting themselves get lost in a sea of brushstrokes and nuanced color work, allowing the artist to demand more of the audience, graphic work is just a different beast altogether—and much less forgiving of artistic indulgence. “The idea needs to be communicated easily and the imagery has to be very readable,” says Caloiaro. “That forces me to simplify a lot, which has been very challenging.”

There have also been mechanical challenges, as every shirt is printed by the artist himself—with no computer shortcuts. From the initial pen-and-ink design, Caloiaro creates what is called a linocut. Much like woodblock printing, linocuts are made by carving the image into a pad of linoleum, which can then be inked up and used as a stamp. For Caloiaro they become the basis of a silkscreen, which, with a little tutelage from fellow Ringling College instructor Steven Strenk, Caloiaro uses to print the image onto t-shirts, hoodies and, soon enough, hats.

And though today it’s octopi, gnarly and tentacled, Caloiaro looks forward to releasing new designs each month over the summer, building to a Fall or Winter collection. “I’m getting to play around,” he says. “I’ll never walk away from painting, but this allows me a different outlet.”

Currently available only online, Caloiaro hopes to bring Santino Surf Designs to skate and surf shops in the next year. 

Pictured: Matteo Caloiaro sports one of Santino Surf Design's new shirts on a surf trip. Photo by Pascal Koch.

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[Arts & Entertainment]  Black Pearl Sings! at Florida Studio Theatre
Dylan Campbell, dylan@srqme.com

“I love that this project is being produced again today, because we are in such polarizing times. says Kate Alexander, director of Florida Studio Theatre’s Black Pearl Sings!“ It’s wonderful to bring back a piece that takes place in a time that was also very polarizing and racially divided with barriers for women, immigrants and minorities. It just feels right and reminds us that we’re all a part of the same family, the human family.”

This summer’s production marks Alexander’s second run as the director of Black Pearl Sings!, which was originally developed by FST as a part of their 2008 Burdick Reading Series before premiering in the company’s Winter Mainstage Series in April 2009. Now, over a decade later, Black Pearl Sings! is returning to FST’s Keating Theatre from June 28 to July 30. The play, set in 1935 Depression Era Texas, follows the relationship between two women from starkly different backgrounds: Susannah, a Library of Congress musicologist set on finding and recording undocumented slave songs and Pearl, an African-American inmate in a high-security female-prison whose memory holds a large collection of undocumented slave-era music.

“The play tells the story of two women, Susannah and Pearl, who form the unlikeliest of bonds. Susannah is an anomaly of her era, she wants more than what’s expected from her and is trying to make her mark on the world in by part by collecting, what she calls slavery songs, in the vernacular of the time,” says Alexander. “One day when visiting a prison she hears the most amazing singing voice–which happens to be Pearl singing from her jail cell–and so begins an extraordinary relationship between two women in their discovery of their personal power, the importance of heritage and how we all are so deeply connected by our humanity.”

Black Pearl Sings!, June 28 to July 30, Florida Studio Theatre, 1241 North Palm Avenue, Sarasota, 941-366-9000. 

Pictured: Black Pearl Sings! at Florida Studio Theatre. Photo courtesy of FST.

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[Arts & Entertainment]  The Players Centre Presents the 2020 Winner of The Players New Play Festival, The Mantle by Jalex Scott

Running June 30 to July 2, The Players Centre is happy to produce the 2020 winner of The Players New Play Festival, The Mantle by Jalex Scott. Directed by Amanda Schlachter, this production will take place in The Players’ new black box theatre in the Rosemary District, Space is limited, and there will be a talkback after each performance led by Artistic Director Steven Butler.

On the anniversary of the most traumatic experience of his life, Benny Craft records a suicide note and sets it up to post on social media at midnight. Armed with a to-do list and pursued by a handsome, pushy stranger, he sets off on his ‘last day’ to visit his therapist and the two most important women in his life. But is Benny really looking to say goodbye or desperately searching for a reason to not have to?Trigger Warning: Adult language and content, discussion of suicide. Dates: July 7-8 at 7:30pm; July 9 at 2pm.

1400 Blvd. of the Arts, Suite 200 (Second Floor) Sarasota, FL 34236. 

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[Arts & Entertainment]  July Events at Creative Liberties

Creative Liberties Artist Studios and Gallery, based on a foundation of artists helping artists, continues its season’s offerings with an all-packed July. The “#artfail: Stories from the Artistic Journey,” exhibit at 927 N Lime Avenue continues through July 29 with artwork documenting "failures" artists make on their journey of creation. 

Pictured: Shakuntala Persaud and sons at Family Art Day.

[Event]  39th Annual Sarasota Powerboat Grand Prix Returns to Lido Beach, June 30 to July 2

The 39th annual Sarasota Powerboat Grand Prix, produced by P1 Offshore in partnership with Visit Sarasota County, will return to Sarasota County with two days of high-performance powerboat racing along Lido Beach. This free to watch event will attract more than 60 powerboat racing teams from Europe, Australia, Canada and the United States. Sarasota is the second longest-running US powerboat race, after the Key West Championship. Unlike other racing locations, Sarasota offers a more technical racecourse with varying degrees of turns and obstacles for powerboat competitors. The weekend kicks off with a pit party on Friday, June 30th at the Van Wezel pits, which will feature live music from Nashville recording artist Andy Velo, food trucks, vendors, and a chance for visitors to view the powerboats. The pre-event party is open to the public and will begin at 6:00PM. The first race of the weekend kicks off at 1:00 PM on Saturday, July 1st. The schedule for the entire weekend can be seen here: https://p1offshore.com/Race-info/Sarasota/2023/86693. Spectators are welcome to watch the races from Lido Beach at no cost, but those interested in upgrading their viewing experience can purchase VIP tickets online at: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/the-39th-annual-sarasota-grand-prix-tickets-601417805847. 

[Feature]  A Daughter's Final Gift
Dylan Campbell, dylan@srqme.com

A Daughter's Final Gift | Director Brooklyn Sudano on Love to Love You, Donna Summer, the documentary she made about her mother Donna Summer, May/June 2023. 

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[SOON]  THEATER: Finding Nemo Jr. , June 30 – July 2, Various times

Join our Teen Summer Bootcamp actors as they swim through the ocean in Finding Nemo Jr., the musical adaptation of the beloved 2003 Disney and Pixar movie Finding Nemo. With new music by award-winning songwriting team Kristen Anderson-Lopez and Robert Lopez we follow Marlin, an anxious and over-protective clownfish, who lives in the Great Barrier Reef with his kid Nemo, who longs to explore the world beyond their anemone home. But when Nemo is captured and taken to Sydney, Marlin faces his fears and sets off on an epic adventure across the ocean. With the help of lovable characters such as optimistic Dory, laid-back sea turtle Crush, and the supportive Tank Gang, Marlin and Nemo both overcome challenges on their journey to find each other and themselves. 3501 S. Tamiami Trail, Suite 1130, Sarasota, theplayers.org.

[SOON]  MUSIC: Friday Night Show at Oscura , June 30, 8pm

Oscura presents a night of music from The Roulettes, Sincerely Yours, Sataria and District Title. Free admission. Oscura, 816 Manatee Ave. E., Bradenton, oscura.live.

[SOON]  THEATER: Freedom, Life, Liberty and the Pursuit of Laughter , July 1, 7:30 pm
Celebrate Independence Day with FST Improv. Sure, you know the story of the American Revolution. Red coats vs. colonialists. Taxation without representation. Hotdogs and fireworks. But do you know the back, back, backstory behind the major historic events? Join our cast of patriotic improvisers as they celebrate the birth of our great nation and reveal an untold story of the American Revolution in this never-before-seen musical. Bownes Lab, 1265 First St., Sarasota, floridastudiotheatre.org.
[SOON]  THEATER: Off The Charts , July 2 – July 9, 10 am

Journey with us from the jukebox to the iPhone as we celebrate the universal language of music. This energetic music revue features family-friendly versions of some pop greatest hits, from Hound Dog and I Want to Hold Your Hand to Shake it Off. With over a dozen chart-topping songs from the past eight decades, Off the Charts explores music’s ability to make us think, feel, and connect across generations. Florida Studio Theatre, Bownes Lab, 1265 First St., Sarasota.

[SOON]  GRAB BAG: Sculputure Anatomy Classes with Stephen Perkins , July 3 – July 17, 2 to 5 pm

Solid anatomy study should be the foundation for all figurative art. But have you ever studied anatomy from a round or 3-D perspective? This way of learning is a game-changer for bringing your understanding of anatomy back into your drawing and painting. Whether you choose to explore this class in charcoal or clay, you’ll benefit from Stephen’s in-depth guidance of the subtleties of the beautiful and suggestive gestures and anatomy of the hands and feet. Stephen Perkins is recommended by some of the top sculpture organizations in the world including the National Sculpture Society, The Posey Foundation, and the American Numismatic Society. To learn more and enroll, visit mianoacademy.org.

[SOON]  THEATER: The Mantle , July 7 – July 9, Various times

The Players Centre is happy to produce the 2020 winner of The Players New Play Festival, The Mantle by Jalex Scott. Directed by Amanda Schlachter, this production will take place in The Players new black box theatre in the Rosemary District, Space is limited, and there will be a talkback after each performance led by Artistic Director Steven Butler. On the anniversary of the most traumatic experience of his life, Benny Craft records a suicide note and sets it up to post on social media at midnight. Armed with a to-do list and pursued by a handsome, pushy stranger, he sets off on his last day to visit his therapist and the two most important women in his life. But is Benny really looking to say goodbye or desperately searching for a reason to not have to? 1400 Blvd. of the Arts, Suite 200 (Second Floor), Sarasota, theplayers.org.

[SOON]  GRAB BAG: Fresh Harvest Farmers Market at Wellen Park , June 25 – December 29, 9 am to 1 pm

Visit Fresh Harvest, the newly launched weekly farmers market in Downtown Wellen. Fresh Harvest offers a selection of local goods from nearly 40 local vendors. Fresh Harvest takes place every Sunday in Downtown Wellen from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Attendees can peruse different vendor booths and stock up on a variety of goods. Vendors will offer a wide variety of locally grown and produced food, including herbs, spices, cut flowers, teas, canned and preserved fruits and vegetables, syrups, baked goods, pickled foods, fresh seafood, meats, poultry, eggs, milk and prepared food and beverages. A limited selection of craft vendors also participate in the farmers market. For a listing of participating vendors and more information on Fresh Harvest Farmers Market, visit wellenpark.com/events/fresh-harvest-farmers-market. Downtown Wellen, 19745 Wellen Park Blvd., Venice.

[SOON]  GALLERY: 55 Frida Project , June 18 – August 18, Various times

Maverick, Mexican painter Frida Kahlo painted 55 self-portraits in her short and tragic life. View the commemorative exhibit by artist Beck Lane of her work at UUCS Lexow Wing Gallery, her artwork merges extraordinary creative vision and innovative technique and has been collected and shown in pop-up galleries, solo shows, galleries, and private collections in Boston, California, New York City, North Carolina, Pittsburgh, Miami, Brussels, Switzerland, South America, and Israel. On her YouTube Channel, Catalyst and Co., Beck records herself painting live, while offering encouragement to fellow artists, and sharing her experiences as an artist and her painting process and techniques. These mixed medium works pulsate with powerful, vibrant energy, fluid color and rare style. On Sunday, July 16, Lane will be painting live from 12-2 pm at the Lexow Gallery. UUCS Lexow Wing Gallery, 3975 Fruitville Rd., www.uucsarasota.com, www.becklaneartist.com.

[SOON]  DANCE: Saltare Mortis In Studio Series at Sarasota Contemporary Dance , June 9 – July 17, 7pm
At the Saltare Mortis In-Studio Series, come take a glimpse into our lives as detectives as we attempt to solve a mystery in a town where crime is next to none. Though detectives in training, we have many tools up our sleeve to help us solve the mystery. But we could use your help. Put your detective skills to the test to help us unmask the criminal. You never know what surprises we will run into along the way. Shows will run in person on June 9 and 10 and July 14 with virtual options on June 19 and July 17. For more information and to purchase tickets, visit sarasotacontemporarydance.org.
[SOON]  PERFORMANCE: The Summer Circus Spectacular , June 9 – August 12, Various times

Circus fans of all ages, from near and far, can beat the heat this summer at reasonable prices while experiencing the best of the circus arts, thanks to the continued partnership of The Circus Arts Academy and The Ringling. The Summer Circus Spectacular returns this year, with exciting acts signed on for the one-hour, action-packed show. The 2023 Summer Circus Spectacular, which has become a seasonal highlight for locals, visitors, families and groups alike, takes place from June 9 through August 12. Tickets are $20 for adults, $13 for children 12 and under, and tickets for the 7 p.m. opening night performance and celebration on Friday, June 9, which includes a gala reception with the artists, are $50. To complete their circus experience, Summer Circus Spectacular patrons can enjoy access to the Circus Museum on the day they attend a show for an additional $5. Visit Ringling.org or call the Box Office at 941-360-7399 to purchase tickets and learn more. The Historic Asolo Theater at The Ringling, 5401 Bay Shore Rd., Sarasota.

[SOON]  THEATER: Shear Madness , May 31 – July 16, Various times

There has been a murder in a local hair salon, and it is up to the audience to solve the crime. Everyone is a suspect when the old lady living above Shear Madness salon is mysteriously offed. Join two police officers to piece together the clues behind this strange, scissor-stabbing homicide. Chock full of up-to-the minute spontaneous humor, Shear Madness has slayed the hearts of audiences around the world. Now it is up to Sarasota audiences to outwit the suspects and catch the killer in this interactive comedy whodunit. FST Gompertz Theatre, 1265 First St.
Sarasota, floridastudiotheatre.org.

[SOON]  PERFORMANCE: Comedy Lottery at Florida Studio Theatre Improv , June 3 – July 29, 7:30pm
It is the lottery where everyone wins. Twelve lucky audience members determine the fate of our team by selecting the nightly lineup of games. Our cast of funny people are off to the races spinning scenes, sketches, and songs to win your laughter. Bownes Lab, 1265 First St., Sarasota, floridastudiotheatre.org.

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