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SRQ DAILY Jul 28, 2023

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"This indoor-outdoor exhibition is perfect for the summer. It features lots of sun and fun images created by Sarasota artist John Pirman that showcase our environment, architecture, and most popular sights, including iconic views that he illustrated of Selby Gardens."

- Jennifer Rominiecki, President and CEO of Marie Selby Botanical Gardens.

[Arts & Entertainment]  John Pirman: Diving Into Nature
Dylan Campbell, dylan@srqme.com

As a prominent part of the “Cultural Coast”, Sarasota is home to many prominent artists, from actors and directors to painters, illustrators and sculptors. One of these artists is none other than John Pirman, a Sarasota-based designer and illustrator known for his unique and modern style.

This summer, Pirman’s work is being featured in the Marie Selby Gardens summer exhibition John Pirman: Diving Into Nature, which opened this past Saturday and will run until September 17. Pirman, who made a name for himself as a freelance illustrator in New York City in the 1980s, working for publications such as The New York Times, Forbes, The Wall Street Journal and many more, has illustrated many of Sarasota’s iconic locations such as Historic Spanish Point and the Historic Selby House.

“This indoor-outdoor exhibition is perfect for the summer,” says Jennifer Rominiecki, President and CEO of Selby Gardens. “It features lots of sun and fun images created by Sarasota artist John Pirman that showcase our region’s environment, architecture, and most popular sights including iconic views that he illustrated of Selby Gardens. It’s also the first exhibition to include many works from John’s illustrious career in NYC before he relocated to Sarasota where he worked for clients like Bloomingdales and Nickelodeon, Nick at Night, and many more.”

The exhibition, which acts as a retrospective of Pirman’s career, features prints of Pirman’s work both inside the Museum of Botany & the Arts as well as large scale aluminum prints displayed outside amongst the gardens. “Pirman has really been known in Sarasota for capturing these iconic views of Sarasota in his own style, which is a very modern, very graphic illustration style,” says Rominiecki. “And we were thrilled by several illustrations he did of Selby Gardens–he did one of our Moreton Bay fig tree, the Historic Selby House and of our iconic koi pond as well. We thought it would be wonderful to show these illustrations next to the real thing–it’d make for a very meta experience.”

John Pirman: Diving Into Nature, July 22 to September 17, Downtown Sarasota Campus, 1534 Mound Street, Sarasota. 

Pictured: Selby Garden's Koi Pond. Photo by Cliff Roles.

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[Arts & Entertainment]  Sarasota Opera Opens Mainstage Season with The Music of Giacomo Puccini

The Music of Giacomo Puccini will launch Sarasota Opera’s 2023-2024 mainstage season on November 10, 2023 at 7:30 p.m. and November 12, 2023 at 3 p.m. at the Sarasota Opera House. This concert of selections from the great Italian composer’s operas will be conducted by Artistic Director and Principal Conductor Victor DeRenzi and will continue the company’s partnership with the Sarasota Orchestra. Soloists will include Sarasota Opera favorite artists sopranos Hanna Brammer and Erica Petrocelli, tenors Rafael Dávila and Christopher Oglesby. Baritone Jean Carlos Rodriguez will be making his company debut with this concert.

“Puccini’s music has always been a major part of Sarasota Opera repertoire, as it has been for many opera companies,” stated Artistic Director Victor DeRenzi. “His operas have made many people opera lovers. We hope to rekindle your first love of Puccini or bring his extraordinary sense of drama and the beauty of his music to you for the first time.” The Music of Giacomo Puccini will feature arias and ensembles from every one of the composer’s twelve operas. Selections will include some audience favorites like “Vissi d’arte” from Tosca, the Love Duet from Madama Butterfly, and that ever-popular “Nessun dorma” from Turandot. In addition to these well-loved scenes, audiences will hear excerpts from his lesser-known operas like Le Villi and Edgar (the only two Puccini operas that haven’t been performed by Sarasota Opera). Single tickets for The Music of Giacomo Puccini go on sale on August 1, 2023 at the Sarasota Opera Box Office, by phone at (941) 328-1300, in person at 61 N. Pineapple Ave., Sarasota, or online at https://tickets.sarasotaopera.org. Ticket prices range from $37 to $101. 

[Arts & Entertainment]  FST Extends Uplifting Historical Drama, Black Pearl Sings! Through August 6

Due to audience demand, Florida Studio Theatre (FST) announces the extension of its compelling Summer Mainstage production, Black Pearl Sings! by Frank Higgins. Called “Dynamic,” “Powerful,” and “A joy to watch” by the Sarasota Herald-Tribune, Black Pearl Sings! is an inspiring historical drama about two women from very different backgrounds who are brought together by the power of music. Featuring more than 20 traditional Black spirituals and folk songs, Black Pearl Sings! will now run in FST’s Keating Theatre through August 6, 2023. Tickets are now on sale at FloridaStudioTheatre.org or 941.366.9000. 

[Arts & Entertainment]  The Players Centre Ends its 93rd Season with The Graduate

The Players is closing its 93rd season with the stage adaptation of, The Graduate, a play adapted by Terry Johnson, based on the novel by Charles Webb and the Motion Picture Screenplay by Calder Willingham and Buck Henry by Special Arrangement with StudioCanal. Running August 17 through 17 at The Players theatre venue (3501 S. Tamiami Trail, Sarasota, FL 34239) and directed by Elliott Raines, this paly is sure to grab your attention and never let it go.

Synopsis: Benjamin’s got excellent grades, very proud parents and, since he helped Mrs. Robinson with her zipper, a fine future behind him…A cult novel, a classic film, a quintessential hit of the 60s, now Benjamin’s disastrous sexual odyssey is brought vividly to life in this stage adaptation.

August 17-27, 2023, Thurs.-Sat. at 7:30pm, Sun. at 2pm,3501 S. Tamiami Trail, Suite 1130, Sarasota. 

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[Arts & Entertainment]  Flora at Art Uptown Gallery

Art Uptown Gallery will display their artists' creative interpretations on the theme, FLORA, from July 29 to August 25. The gallery will offer paintings and flower-filled collages, plein-air landscapes, abstracts and traditional florals, decorative glass, ceramics, whimsical garden sculptures, bronze and glass mosaics to enchant visitors with a variety of "plant-based" fine art. There will be a First Friday public reception on August 4 from 6 - 9 pm. The exhibit opens Saturday, July 29, and runs through Friday, August 25. 

[Sports Event]  Bradentucky Bombers August 5th Home Game

The Bradentucky Bombers are excited to announce our next home game of 2023 on Saturday, August 5th against Sugar Sands Roller Derby, a team out of Panama City, Florida. We will be hosting the game on Saturday, August 5th at Ellenton Ice & Sports Complex (5309 29th St E., Ellenton, Florida 34222) at 5:00 p.m, doors open at 4:30pm. Tickets are available! Presale—$10 online; Adults at the door—$15; Kids 6-12––$10 at the door; Kids 5 and under FREE! For more information visit www.bradentuckybombers.com. We are located at Ellenton Ice & Sports Complex. We are excited to be a part of the world-class athletes that Ellenton Ice & Sports Complex trains all year round. 

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[Good Hero]  Nominate a Good Hero Today!

Do you know a board member, volunteer, philanthropist, staff member, or a corporate organization with a giving heart that has meaningfully impacted our community in the past year? Nominate them today! Nominations close Friday, October 6th, 2023 at midnight. 

Nominate Here!

[Culture City]  Hats Off
Dylan Campbell, dylan@srqme.com

HATS OFF | Danae DeShazer's new theater collective is bringing a new kind of theatrical experience to the Gulf Coast, July/August 2023. 

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[SOON]  FILM: Family Movie Night at The Bay , July 28, 7:30 to 9:30 pm

Join us for a free screening of Shrek at The Bay. Bring your blankets, chairs, family, and friends to enjoy a wonderful evening under the stars. Free scoop of Rise and Nyes ice cream to the first 100 people, first come, first served. Tasty food and beverage will be available for purchase at Simply Greek Food Truck. In the film, a mean lord exiles fairytale creatures to the swamp of a grumpy ogre, who must go on a quest and rescue a princess for the lord in order to get his land back. It's the story of a terrifying green ogre by the name of Shrek, who lives in a swamp. The Bay Park, The Oval at The Bay, 1055 Blvd. of the Arts, Sarasota, thebaysarasota.org.

[SOON]  PERFORMANCE: Folktale and Movement, The Ballet Russes Through A Modern Lens , July 28, 6:30 pm
Folktale and Movement, The Ballet Russes Through A Modern Lens with Hermitage Greenfield Prize Finalist in Dance Christopher Williams and his dance collaborator Caitlin Scranton, Friday, July 28, 6:30 pm. Williams was a finalist for the Hermitage Greenfield Prize in Dance and Choreography. His work focuses on reimagining the ballet canon through a contemporary queer lens with sweeping choreography and gorgeous visuals that reinvigorate both the work and the audiences who see them. His current project is a new interpretation of a classical folktale originally made famous by the iconoclastic Ballet Russes. Join Christopher and his dance collaborator Caitlin Scranton for an open rehearsal exploring that work as well as a conversation about current and previous works, complete with stunning photography. Presented in Partnership the Florida Alliance for Arts Educatio and the Englewood YMCA. Registration is required at HermitageArtistRetreat.org. $5/person registration fee. Hermitage Palm House Studio, Parking at 6660 Manasota Key Road, Englewood.
[SOON]  GRAB BAG: Adult Summer Camp at the Humane Society of Sarasota County , July 29, 3 to 6 pm

Do you wish you could attend HSSC Fur Fun Camps? Now you can. HSSC Adult Summer Camp gives adults the chance to learn about and interact with shelter pets and other animals, both domestic and exotic. Join us on Saturday, July 29, from 3-6 pm, for exciting speakers, an inside look at the happenings in our facility, and adult snacks and drinks. Our Adult Summer Camp is designed for adults but is just as fun as the kids version, and will be held in the Education Center at the Humane Society of Sarasota County, 2331 15th St., Sarasota. For more information and to register, visit hssc.org.

[SOON]  GRAB BAG: Game of Life , July 29, 11 am to 3 pm

JFCS of the Suncoast REACH, Restoring Empowerment and Choosing Hope, and Ignite Fatherhood program is hosting their Game of Life Summer Event on July 29th from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. at 3000 Ringling Blvd, Sarasota. This unique event is a fun and engaging way for families to spend time together while learning important life skills. Inspiration abounds with exciting activities, delicious fare from gourmet and popular food trucks, and sought after prizes including Baltimore Orioles Spring Training tickets, hotel stays, golf outings, Crayola Admission tickets, and many casual and trendy restaurants to name some available prizes. This event is open to the public and free to attend. Families are encouraged to bring their children for this engaging and summer fun-filled event. Free tickets are required and are available at jfcs-cares.org.

[SOON]  GALA: Magic and Mystery, An Indoor Evening Event , July 29, 7 to 10 pm
Creative Liberties Artist Studios and Gallery, based on a foundation of artists helping artists, continues its seasons offerings with Magic and Mystery, Saturday, July 29, 7-10 p.m., at 927 N. Lime Avenue, Sarasota. This indoor market features area vendors selling handcrafted items, angel readings, food and drink, raffle prizes and wickedly exciting performances and interactive experiences. Guests are encouraged to dress in their magical best. Entertainment includes performances by illusionist Marshall Chandler, Light Dancer Ace of Wands, stilt performer KC Allen, and live poetry by Steve McAllister. Tickets are $15 at the door or available for purchase at www.CreativeLiberties.net. Food and entertainment are included in the ticket price.

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