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SRQ DAILY Oct 13, 2023

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"Beyond just hearing the music, the audience will experience its power and be riveted by what they see and hear."

- Steven Phillips, Artistic Director, Musica Sacra Sarasota.

[Arts & Entertainment]  Celebrating the Women of Resistance
Philip Lederer, Phil.Lederer@srqme.com

When Vicki Chelf began her Women of Resistance series in 2021, her goal was simple: to commemorate women who fought against fascism during World War II by painting their portraits.

She would use collages of vintage French newspaper from the era, which she rescued from a waterlogged basement in the town of Aubin, as the backdrop; her memories of a small museum dedicated to the French Resistance as fuel. But while the show was well-received, it ultimately did not have the impact Chelf wanted. Something was missing. “People liked seeing the paintings,” she came to realize, “but they’re moved by the stories.” Two years later, the project returns as “Celebrate the Women of Resistance,” a two-night-only live storytelling performance with original music and dance, hosted next weekend by the First Presbyterian Church in Downtown Sarasota.

Roughly 90 minutes long, the show plays out as a series of four vignettes, each highlighting the antifascist activities of its subject and each brought to life by a different artist or collaboration. Fans of Westcoast Black Theatre Troupe will recognize Brentney J. as famed jazz performer Josephine Baker, who smuggled messages across enemy lines for the Allies while touring Europe. And sharp-eyed Sarasota Ballet fans may recognize the work of former Ballet Master James Jordan, who created original choreography to tell the story of American film star Hedy Lamarr, who just might have revolutionized torpedo guidance systems at a time when German U-boats posed a serious threat. Rounding out the show are the stories of French Resistance fighter Andree Peel, performed from original choreography by Suzanne Caesar, and British resistance agent Noor Inayat Khan, told through poetry and dance by Megha Vaid. Music for the performance is composed by Warren Slim Williams.

“I’m hoping these stories will give women the confidence that they can make a difference in the world,” Chelf says. “So many people feel powerless today, but these stories are so empowering that you can’t help but feel hopeful.”

“Celebrate the Women of Resistance” runs two nights only, Oct 20 & 21, at First Presbyterian Church. Tickets: $27. The celebration continues Oct 22, 6pm, at Art Avenue Gallery in Downtown Sarasota, with the unveiling of a new painting by Chelf. 

Pictured: Vicki Chelf working on her portrait of Noor Inayat Khan. Photo by Phil Lederer.

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[Arts & Entertainment]  Up on the Roof at Florida Studio Theatre
Dylan Campbell, dylan@srqme.com

In today’s world, chart-topping singles can come from truly anywhere: the laptop of a college student, the social media page of an up and coming songwriter or the childhood bedroom of an unknown creative spirit. The digital age has truly expanded the music industry in a way that has never been seen before–with the stroke of a few keys on a laptop the basis of a hit track can be born.

But it wasn’t always this way. In the period between Elvis Presley’s Army enlistment in 1958 and the British Invasion in 1964, a unique subgenre of pop music dominated the charts: the Brill Building sound. The subgenre, named after Manhattan’s Brill Building, was born out of the culmination of prominent singers and songwriters that all worked and recorded in the Brill Building at the same time and is the focus of Florida Studio Theatre’s cabaret, Up On The Roof by Rebecca and Richard Hopkins. “Rebecca, who has been the lead developer of this project, based it off of people who came through the Brill Building, such as Carole King, Neil Diamond, Gerry Goffin and more of the greats of that era,” says Richard Hopkins. “It is a show that’s filled with one hit after another, with songs like “A Teenager in Love”, “Some Kind of Wonderful” and “River Deep Mountain High”. It’s amazing to think that these people were all working together in the same building and influencing each other.”

Outside of the recognizability factor of these classic hits, Hopkins was also drawn to the material because of how it reflected the lives of the songwriters. As they grew older and experienced more and more of the world, their bubblegum pop gradually took a tonal shift. “The interesting thing about this era is that the artists mature. When they were first writing, they were writing songs about adolescent love, however, as they grew up they began to write other material, like Carole King’s “Pleasant Valley Sunday”, which is sort of a cynical take on her experience of moving out of the city and into the suburbs,” says Hopkins. “It’s an amazing progression from these teen pop songs to songs like “Pleasant Valley Sunday” and “Walk On By”, which is a more mature breakup song that reflects the songwriters going through heartbreak and divorce. Rebecca has done such a good job of using the show to track the maturation of many of the key songwriters of the era and how that affected their music.”

Florida Studio Theatre, 1241 North Palm Avenue, Sarasota, Box Office: 941-366-9000. 

Pictured: Brandon Wardell, Jannie Jones, Joey Panek, and Jaquelyne Paige are featured in Up On The Roof at FST. Photo courtesy of courtesy of FST.

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[Arts & Entertainment]  The Bay Park's Free 5-Day First Anniversary Celebration Begins Wednesday, October 18

The Bay Park Conservancy will kick off The Bay Turns One! – a five-day First Anniversary Community Celebration beginning Wednesday, October 18, 2023. The Bay, a signature bayfront public park designed to be “one park for all,” has become a beloved and sustainable gathering place for the community with more than 250,000 visitors in its first year. The park’s First Anniversary community celebration will feature “the very best of The Bay” and provide free, exciting, and diverse programming for the entire community to enjoy. The full schedule of events can be found online at www.TheBayTurnsOne.org. The Bay Turns One! First Anniversary Community Celebration begins on Wednesday, October 18 and runs through Sunday, October 22. Highlights of the five-day celebration include: A Latino-inspired, family-friendly ¡Bailando for All! dance party (Wednesday, October 18), A one-year milestone Community Celebration Party recognizing one-year old babies and couples who have been together for one year (Thursday, October 19), A not-so-scary Boo! at The Bay Halloween event filled with trick-or-treating, free pumpkin pickings, a double-feature movie night and includes a Sensory-Friendly hour (Friday, October 20), The Second Annual Multicultural Festival at The Bay celebrating a tapestry of cultures with vibrant performances and delicious cuisine (Saturday, October 21), A bayside concert featuring Journey former lead vocalist Steve Augeri (Saturday, October 21), The Second Annual Taste of The Bay food festival in partnership with the Sarasota-Manatee Originals (Sunday, October 22), A not-to-miss “Soul & Sass” concert by Sarasota’s own Westcoast Black Theatre Troupe (Sunday, October 22). The entire celebration is intertwined with everyday free programming such as guided kayak tours in partnership with Ride & Paddle, fitness classes provided by CoreSRQ, yoga taught by local yogis, guided nature walks, and music featuring some of the area’s favorite artists. Everyone is encouraged to bring family, friends, neighbors, co-workers, Meet-up and other groups and clubs to attend the many free events offered in the park. Providing the community with 5 days of FREE fun-filled activities and events is no small undertaking — it requires a lot of help from many. Many Volunteer roles are still available. For more information and to register for various The Bay Turns One! events, visit the website at www.TheBayTurnsOne.org. The community is also invited to subscribe to The Bay newsletter and follow The Bay on Facebook and Instagram. The Bay Turns One! is sponsored by generous Friends of The Bay including: Charles & Margery Barancik Foundation, Jody Beresford & Bob Mayer, Community Foundation of Sarasota County, DreamLarge, Gulf Coast Community Foundation, Michael & Terri Klauber, AG Lafley, Cathy Layton & Pete Russell, Leading To Win, Sarasota Performing Arts Foundation, Michael Saunders & Company, Shumaker, and Jim & Susan Travers. For more information about The Bay and The Bay Park Conservancy, visit www.thebaysarasota.org, or contact Julia Groom at julia@dreamlarge.org or 941-786-8732. 

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[Arts & Entertainment]  The Sarasota Players Brings you Back to Sleepy Hollow for the 7th Year in a Row

The Sarasota Players is back with their annual autumn tradition of The Legend of Sleepy Hollow Oct. 26 through 28 at The Sarasota Polo Grounds at Lakewood Ranch (8201 Polo Club Ln, Sarasota, FL 34240). This is an outdoor event, that’s perfect for all ages. Attendees are asked to bring their own blankets and lawn chairs to this outdoor event, and to dress up for the nightly costume contest! Shows start promptly at 6pm. This year, on Saturday, Oct. 28, starting at 3pm, families can enjoy a fall festival tailored to the kids. With a bracelet they can enjoy face painting, bounce houses, games and more before the show begins at 6pm. This festive play follows new schoolmaster Ichabod Crane as he arrives in Sleepy Hollow. He contends with ghost stories, winning the heart of the wealthy Katrina, and dealing with his rival for her affections Brom Bones. And of course, we can’t forget the appearance of one of the most famous ghosts in America, the Headless Horseman. This story is based off the short story by Washington Irving.

Oct. 26 and 27 at 6pm, Oct. 28 – Fall Festival starts at 3pm. The show starts at 6pm, 8201 Polo Club Ln, Sarasota. All events take place on the VIP side of the field.


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[Arts & Entertainment]  Music Bingo at Hamlet's Eatery

She’s baaaack! That’s right, the hostesss with the mostess Myra Mains is headed to Hamlet’s Eatery for a festive night of fun. The beloved hotspot for foodies and music enthusiasts, combines the best of both worlds with Music Bingo! Join them every 2nd Friday of the month for an evening filled with delicious food, toe-tapping tunes, and prizes. The next one is Friday, Oct 13th. Doors open at 5pm and the first round starts at 5:30. Play one or play all four - no fee to play! Music Bingo is an innovative twist on the classic game, combining the thrill of bingo with the joy of listening to your favorite songs. Myra Mains plays an eclectic mix of music from various genres and eras as players mark off the corresponding song titles on their bingo cards. It's a guaranteed recipe for a night of non-stop fun! But that's not all - Hamlets Eatery is renowned for its great food, and this event promises to be no exception. Whether you're a meat lover or vegan, Hamlets Eatery has something for everyone! As the excitement builds throughout the night, be prepared to win prizes. The winners of each round will be rewarded for their bingo prowess. Whether you're a music aficionado, a food lover, or simply someone looking for a fun night out, Music Bingo at Hamlets Eatery on Oct 13th is an event you won't want to miss. No reservations needed. For more information visit www.hamletseatery.com or call 941-445-1938. 

[Arts & Entertainment]  Hard Heart Burlesque Celebrates Spooky Season

Hard Heart Burlesque is ready for the best time of year, spooky season! Sunday, Oct. 22 at 8pm at McCurdy's Comedy Theatre join some of Florida's finest burlesque and variety performers as we ring in Halloween. There will be some tease, some live vocals, some screams and some tricks and treats. As Sarasota's local burlesque company, Hard Heart is proud to bring in artists from all over the state for your viewing pleasure. Created by your producers "the sweetheart with a switchblade," Miss Marina Elaine and "the quadruple threat," Karma Kandlewick,October’s show features Misty Rose, Lilabelle Quantrelle, Lashes Lane, Lola Lacolombe, Nicole Dreger and emcee Alistair Graves. This is an 18 and older show.

Sunday, Oct. 22 at 8pm, McCurdy’s Comedy Theatre, 1923 Ringling Blvd., Sarasota, Tickets: $37. 

[Arts & Entertainment]  The Perlman Music Program Suncoast Presents The Tobias Quartet

The Perlman Music Program nurtures the talent of gifted young musicians by providing an opportunity for them to train in Sarasota with Itzhak Perlman and other renowned musicians at the PMP Winter Residency. After the residency, PMP students move on to higher education and careers. The Perlman Music Program Suncoast (Perlman Suncoast) then invites these alumni back to the Sarasota-Manatee region for performances and outreach initiatives in public venues, retirement centers, private communities, places of worship, and public schools. Each performance offers a unique opportunity for area audiences to learn about and interact with the musicians through Q&A sessions and post-concert receptions. In November, Perlman Suncoast presents two recitals by the Tobias Quartet. The first event is Wednesday, November 15, 7 p.m., in the Thomas McGuire Hall at Sarasota Art Museum, 1001 S Tamiami Trail, Sarasota. The program features Ludwig van Beethoven’s String Quartet Op. 18 No. 2 in G Major and Maurice Ravel’s String Quartet in F Major. Tickets are $20. To purchase tickets, visit PerlmanSuncoast.org. 

[Arts & Entertainment]  Gaze and Graze: A Progressive Dinner and Gallery Tour at Creative Liberties

Limited tickets are on sale now for Gaze & Graze, a progressive dinner and gallery tour, Friday, October 20, starting at 5:30 p.m. Gaze & Graze is presented by Creative Liberties and Grae Productions. Guests will visit seven locations, including Hamlet’s Eatery for an appetizer and a sneak peek of their talent show; Creative Liberties 1 for an appetizer from Taco Fusion Express, home-brewed beer from Ray & Patti Spicochi and local art; Vino Bistro for an appetizer, local art and live local music; SPAACES for an entree from Skinny Nick’s BBQ and local art; Define Art Gallery for an entree from Kurto’s Chimney Bread and local art; Art Ovation Hotel for an entree from Tzeva Restaurant and local art and Creative Liberties 2 for dessert from the Bread Bandits, dessert beer from the Spicochi’s and local art. Tickets are $125 per guest; limited tickets are available. Purchase at: https://www.creativeliberties.net/ggdinner. 

[Arts & Entertainment]  M A R A Art Studio + Gallery Opens On Palm Avenue

Artist and gallerist Mara Torres González recently relocated MARA Art Studio + Gallery from the Rosemary District to Palm Avenue—a corridor long known for its prestigious galleries. A grand opening is scheduled for Friday, November 3, 6-8 p.m. during Palm Avenue’s First Friday Gallery Walk. The gallery is now at 76 S. Palm Avenue, Sarasota. For more information, call (941) 914-8110 or visit MaraStudioGallery.com. 

Pictured: Javier Suarez, Notorious, at MARA Art Studio + Gallery.

[Arts & Entertainment]  Musica Sacra Announces its 2023-24 Season

Musica Sacra reaches higher this season to offer events that are passionate and immersive. “Beyond just hearing the music,” says Artistic Director Steven Phillips, “the audience will experience its power and be riveted by what they see and hear.” Phillips brings vision and adventure to his new role. He holds a Bachelor of Music in organ performance, a Master of Arts in Choral Conducting, and a Master of Arts in Religious Studies. In addition, he has done postgraduate studies in piano, composition, and jazz improvisation. Steven is a versatile artist with several recordings to his credit as performer, composer, arranger, conductor, and producer. He works in classical, jazz, and popular styles, and serves as Director of Music for First Presbyterian Church, Sarasota, where his piano and organ improvisations regularly delight attenders.  The first concert, New Beginnings, will be performed on Friday, October 27. Exploring themes of a new day, a new song, and a new journey, the program creates a tapestry of music by Monteverdi, Franck, Paulus, Jenkins, Thompson, and other greats. Highlighting the evening is Bach’s masterful Cantata 140: Sleepers Wake, performed by the choir, chamber orchestra with concertmaster Marcus Ratzenboeck, soprano soloist Stephanie Jabre, bass Jesse V. Martin, and tenor Matthew Jarvis.  A Celtic Christmas is the colorful second concert, presented on Friday, December 8. The 50-voice choir, dancers, soloists, and folk instruments will bring listeners into a magical world, seeing the Christmas season through Celtic eyes. Collaborators in this annual event, now in its seventh year, are. fast-rising Palm Beach folk stars The Lubben Brothers, the First Presbyterian Choir, and acclaimed local bagpiper Kevin Weigand. To be performed on Friday, March 8, Chant Re-Imagined spans many traditions, including Jewish, Hindu, Muslim, Christian, Native American, African, and Indonesian. According to Phillips, chant is an ancient art form that opens its performers and hearers to deep contemplative places within. Listeners will hear this ancient heart music in its original form, in addition to experiencing layers of sound that include percussion, strings, wind instruments, and pulsing rhythms. The brilliant duo, Modern Marimba, is featured in the event, with its mallet-wielding founders Tihda Vongkoth and Steph Davis.  American Spirit, on Friday, May 17, caps the season with a burst of American creativity and vision. The choir and orchestra will join to present works by Aaron Copland, Howard Hanson, Gwyneth Walker, and others, set to words by Walt Whitman and Langston Hughes. Featured pianist Glenn Priest will give a rousing centennial performance of Gershwin’s Rhapsody in Blue, and guest artist Maicy Powell of West Coast Black Theater Troupe will join for a triptych of spirituals that embody the uniquely American hope of freedom for all. Ms. Powell will also perform Amanda Gorman’s now-famous inaugural poem, The Hill We Climb. All concerts begin at 7:00 p.m. and are held at First Presbyterian Church, 2050 Oak Street. The church’s fine acoustics, downtown location, and ample parking make it an ideal performance venue. Tickets and more information on the 2023-24 Musica Sacra season are available at the website: MusicaSacraSarasota.org. Tickets are $35 for general seating and $90 for a three-concert season pass. In addition, admission to A Celtic Christmas is by voluntary donation, with a recommended donation of $20 per person and a $50 family maximum.  


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[SOON]  MUSIC: Choral Artists of Sarasota Present Veterans Day in Song , November 11, 1pm

Choral Artists of Sarasota presents the songs that brought hope and inspiration during military conflicts, from the Revolutionary War through Desert Storm. The featured guest artist is baritone Bob McDonald, a retired Sergeant Major from The US Army Chorus. The performance will be on Saturday, November 11, 1pm, at Church of the Redeemer, 222 S. Palm Avenue, Sarasota. Tickets are $40 for guests and $25 for Veterans. Student tickets are $5. For more information, visit www.ChoralArtistsSarasota.org.

[SOON]  GALA: Night of Hope and Healing with the Child Protection Center , November 9, 6 to 9 p.m.

Join us in bringing hope and healing to the fight against child abuse in our community. Night of Hope and Healing will feature a wide selection of tastings from crowd favorite restaurants, fantastic live and silent auctions, and most importantly, you will leave the event knowing that you are bringing change, protection, and hope to the most vulnerable children of our community. Sponsoring this event will expose your business to a compassionate, caring, and loyal community while providing the necessary support to give local children access to life saving services. These partnerships provide hope in raising awareness, hope in bringing comfort and joy, and hope in building a world where kids can just be kids. We look forward to seeing you there. Plantation Golf and Country Club, 500 Rockley Blvd., Venice, https://cpcsarasota.org/events/night-of-hope/.

[SOON]  MUSIC: John Waite: 40 Years of Missing You , November 8, 7:30pm

The Van Wezel Performing Arts Hall is excited to welcome John Waite to Sarasota on Wednesday, November 8, 2023 at 7:30 p.m. John will be performing his catalogue of hits from his 40-year career as a solo artist, with The Baby’s and Bad English. Tickets for John Waite: 40 Years of Missing You are currently on sale. Tickets start at $35 and can be purchased at VanWezel.org, by calling the box office at 941-263-6799 or by visiting the box office Monday through Friday between 10 a.m. and 6 p.m. and Saturday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Groups of 10 or more should contact 941-263-6726. For more information, visit VanWezel.org.

[SOON]  GALLERY: Clyde Butcher: Nature Through the Lens , November 11 – August 31, N/a

Clyde Butcher: Nature Through the Lens will be on view through August 31, 2024 at the Historic Spanish Point campus. Selby Gardens is excited to present the extraordinary imagery of photographer and conservationist Clyde Butcher throughout the grounds of the Historic Spanish Point campus. Large-scale prints on aluminum of Butcher’s beautiful photographs of plants, animals, and habitats of Florida will be exhibited amid the natural landscape of the 30-acre waterfront preserve, enabling the public to engage with the artist’s work like never before. In the tradition of earlier landscape photographers like Ansel Adams, Butcher captures the beauty and majesty of America’s natural treasures in dramatic black and white. The unique environments of Florida have been subjects of particular interest to Butcher since the 1980s, when he was first introduced to the magic and mystery of sites such as Big Cypress National Preserve and Everglades National Park. Nature Through the Lens will include Butcher’s photographs of regional locales such as Myakka River State Park and Casey Key. This exhibition is presented in partnership with the Clyde Butcher Gallery & Studio in Venice, Florida. For more information, visit selby.org.

[SOON]  MUSIC: The Artful Lobster: An Outdoor Celebration! , November 11, 11:30am-2pm

The Hermitage Artist Retreat announces that world-renowned and Grammy Award-winning string quartet ETHEL will headline the Hermitage’s signature fall fundraising event, “The Artful Lobster: An Outdoor Celebration!” on Saturday, November 11th from 11:30am to 2pm at the Hermitage campus on Manasota Key. This is the first time in many years that all four members of ETHEL – Ralph Farris, Kip Jones, Dorothy Lawson, and Corin Lee – will be reuniting at the Hermitage to celebrate this milestone anniversary of the event. This year’s Artful Lobster will also feature a performance by new Hermitage Fellow Emi Ferguson, a celebrated flutist and performer. For more information about the Hermitage and upcoming programs, visit HermitagArtistRetreat.org.

[SOON]  MUSIC: IL DIVO , December 20, 7:3opm

The Van Wezel Performing Arts Hall is excited to welcome IL DIVO A New Day Holiday Tour to Sarasota on Wednesday, December 20, at 7:30pm. The tour will feature the group performing holiday classics that include It’s Beginning To Look A Lot Like Christmas, Its The Most Wonderful Time of the Year, Have Yourself A Merry Little Christmas, and more, in addition to songs from their vast catalog. Tickets start at $59.50 and can be purchased at www.VanWezel.org, by calling the box office at 941-263-6799 or by visiting the box office Monday through Friday between 10am to 4pm. Groups of 10 or more should contact 941-263-6726. Pre-show dining is available through Mattison’s at the Van Wezel which is located inside the theater. Reservations can be made on VanWezel.org or through the box office.

[SOON]  GALA: Celebrate 75 Gala and Concert , February 15, 6pm
Celebrate 75 years of inspiring music all season long, and our Celebrate 75 special concert and gala experience will be the party to top them all. We invite you to support 75 more years, and beyond, of enriching lives through music by purchasing tickets to Celebrate 75. For access to the best seats and the full celebration, opt for a Gala ticket, which includes pre-concert cocktails and a gourmet dinner after the performance. Concert-only tickets are also available for purchase. The concert program, led by Creative Partner Peter Oundjian, captures all the euphoria of reaching this milestone in our history as Florida’s oldest continuously operating orchestra. After two stirring fanfares written by Aaron Copland and Joan Tower, legendary pianist Garrick Ohlsson joins Sarasota Orchestra for the monumental Piano Concerto No. 3 by Rachmaninoff. Paired with An American in Paris by Gershwin, a rhapsodic portrait of a stroll through the City of Lights, this one-night-only program promises to thrill. Gala begins at 6:00 pm, and concert begins at 7:00 pm. Van Wezel Performing Arts Hall, 777 N. Tamiami Trail, Sarasota, sarasotaorchestra.org.
[SOON]  GRAB BAG: 21st Annual Goblin Gathering , October 13, 5:30-8pm

Now into its third decade offering family Halloween Fun, the 21st Goblin Gathering is ready to take over Bradenton’s G.T. Bray Park from 5:30 to 8:00 p.m. on Friday, October 13, 2023. This event will feature a costume contest, food trucks and a spooky trail to explore. A $5 wristband will be sold for children to participate in the face painting, petting zoo, pony ride and bounce houses. Parental participation and trick-or-treating is free. Wristbands will be on sale beginning Friday, October 6, at the front desk inside the G.T. Bray Recreation Center, no refunds or replacements will be issued. Wristbands will also be available on a cash-only basis at the event entrance on the day of the event. Representatives from the County and several local community partners will distribute “treats & sweets” to participants, providing a safe alternative for children to trick-or-treat. Vendors also will be on hand with food for purchase. G.T. Bray Park is located at 5502 33rd Avenue Drive West in Bradenton For more information visit mymanatee.org/goblin.

[SOON]  SCIENCE AND NATURE: Lemur Yoga , October 14, 10:30-11:45am
Join Big Cat Habitat for our Lemur Yoga fundraising event, in collaboration with instructor Erika Cain. This is a unique interactive animal experience with gentle yoga weaved into the adventure. Erika will guide you through a yoga flow in our intimate encounter area, while our two beautiful Ruffed Lemurs, Marley and Ziggy, freely leap around and connect with you. Allow yourself to be transformed by this exclusive experience as you become immersed in the outdoor environment and powerful energy of the lemurs. This alignment-based class synchronizes breath with movement for you to deepen the mind-body connection and tune into your spirit animal. Practice is for most levels, giving you the opportunity to be gentle on your body Big Cat Habitat hopes that this event will help guests connect with our majestic animals in a new way and support our mission to provide a safe, loving and permanent home for big cats and other exotic creatures in need. Registration is $125 per person and includes interactive animal encounter, yoga flow and a single-day pass to return to the habitat during normal business hours. Advanced reservations only. Bring a yoga mat, towel and any props to assist your practice. Complimentary refreshments and light snacks available. Big Cat Habitat and Gulf Coast Sanctuary, 7101 Palmer Boulevard, Sarasota.
[SOON]  FILM: Sarasota Opera Classic Movies Series , October 13 – October 27, 7:30pm

Sarasota Opera presents 2023 Summer Classic Movies at the Opera House. The Classic Movies at the Opera House series will feature The Addams Family, on October 27 at 7:30pm. Throughout the summer and into the fall, featured movies will include films ranging from the 1930s to the 1990s. Tickets are $12. Sarasota Opera, 61 N. Pineapple Ave., Sarasota, sarasotaopera.org.

[SOON]  PERFORMANCE: Sights and Sounds at Waterside Place , July 28 – May 31, 6 to 9 p.m.

Head out to Waterside Place for a rocking evening as part of the Lakewood Ranch Sights and Sounds Program. Enjoy a live concert in partnership with Easterseals and EveryoneRocks, featuring artists who are rocking their spectrum. This event is free and open to the public; there is limited seating at the Plaza, but attendees are welcome to bring their own seats. Food and beverages will be available from numerous Waterside Place merchants. For more information on shows, dates, and times, visit lakewoodranch.com/sights-sounds/. Waterside Place, 1560 Lakefront Dr., Sarasota.

[SOON]  GRAB BAG: Salt Your Soul Gift Co. Plant Swap , October 15, 9am-2pm

Plant and crystal shop Salt Your Soul Gift Co. is hosting its first Plant Swap of the season on Sunday, October 15 from 9AM-2PM. Attendees are encouraged to bring 1-5 healthy plants to swap, although bringing a plant is not required to participate. There will also be a raffle for a rare Philodendron Jose Buono valued at $200. This event is open to all ages and all levels of plant enthusiasts, even if that means you are just curious about plants but have never been able to keep one alive. Members of the local plant community will be available to help during the swap and discuss plant care and propagation. Just look for their “Ask Me About Plants!” name tag. In addition to the plant swap there will be several vendors including Butterflies & Blossoms, Denim & Moss Designs, Floral Lab, Forever Linked Permanent Jewelry, It Takes Your There Vegan Treats, K and T Designs Tie Dye, Lennox Art, Nichole Moranda Arts, Seastar Lemon Bubbles Lemonade, Serendipitous Satori and Veganology Vegan Hot Dogs. For more details visit saltyoursoul.com.

[SOON]  MUSEUM: Working Conditions at The Ringling , August 26 – March 3, varied times

Explore labor through The Ringlings Working Conditions photography exhibit, running until March 3, 2024. The Industrial Revolution of the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries radically changed the nature of human labor. That era is defined by a global shift from producing goods by hand to manufacturing by machines and technologies that emphasized efficiency. Working Conditions explores the myriad ways in which photographs have communicated ideas about labor since the nineteenth century through examples from The Ringlings photography permanent collection. For more information, visit ringling.org.

[SOON]  FOOD: Farmers Market at Lakewood Ranch , September 3 – September 30, 10am-2pm

Experience some of the best food and flavors of the region with more than 100, and still growing, curated vendors. The Farmers Market at Lakewood Ranch has fast become a favorite weekly tradition for people from all over the region seeking farm-fresh produce, delicious prepared foods, and specialty items and gifts. Aside from all the goodies you can shop at the Farmers Market, find your flow in a free yoga class or have the kiddos get creative during weekly-hosted workshops. 1561 Lakefront Dr., Lakewood Ranch.

[SOON]  FOOD: Sarasota Hooters Jeep Nights , September 16 – December 21, 6pm

Calling all Jeep Enthusiasts! The Sarasota Hooters location is hosting Jeep Night on the third Thursday of the month starting at 6pm. Hooters is giving away raffle prizes during the monthly events. The September 21 raffle prize is a Flashcal For Jeep Superchips Calibration Tool. Congratulations to Shawn Miller who won a Jeep Tow Kit during the August 17 Jeep Night. Upcoming Jeep Nights will take place on December 21. Hooters of Sarasota is located at 6507 S. Tamiami Trail in Sarasota. Visit Hooters during Jeep Night and present your Jeep key for 15% off food and non-alcoholic beverages and an entry for the giveaway. Jeep Night has become a favorite thing to do for the Sarasota community. From regular customers to Hooters Girls who own Jeeps and Jeep lovers everyone is enjoying this opportunity. For more information, visit www.HootersFlorida.com.

[SOON]  GALLERY: Orchid Show 2023: A 50th Anniversary Celebration at Marie Selby Botanical Gardens , October 7 – November 26, n/a

The Orchid Show 2023: A 50th Anniversary Celebration will be on view October 7 through November 26 at the Downtown Sarasota campus. Since its establishment in 1973, Marie Selby Botanical Gardens has formed the best scientifically documented collection of living orchids in the world. The Orchid Show 2023, presented by Better-Gro, will celebrate Selby Gardens 50th anniversary and highlight spectacular orchids from the living plant collection for which it is known across the globe. The Orchid Show 2023 will include a horticultural display in the Tropical Conservatory and an exhibition in the Museum of Botany & the Arts. Orchids of various shapes, colors, and patterns will abound in the Conservatory, illustrating the beauty and diversity of one of the largest and most beloved families of flowering plants. The Museum exhibition will present a selection of rare artifacts and historical images to help tell the rich story of Selby Gardens’ first 50 years, with emphasis on the plants and people who have made it such a special place. For more information, visit selby.org.

[SOON]  THEATER: Westcoast Black Theatre Troupe opens its 24th Season , October 11 – November 19, n/a

Westcoast Black Theatre Troupe is thrilled to open its 24th theatre season with "Once On This Island," a Tony Award-winning musical set on a Caribbean island and featuring Afro-Caribbean rhythms and instruments and spectacular costumes. The show tells the coming-of-age story of a peasant girl searching for love and her place in the world, while dealing with complicated social issues of race, class and affairs of the heart. The production runs from October 11 through November 19; individual tickets are on sale. For more information, visit westcoastblacktheatre.com.

[SOON]  MUSIC: Key Chorale Bachtoberfest , October 13 – October 15

Bach and Beer-a perfect combination! Key Chorale Chamber Singers and the Church of the Redeemer presents its unique take on Oktoberfest, with a 3-day festival celebrating the music and genius of Johann Sebastian Bach from October 13-15. Enjoy four amazing concerts featuring the stunning virtuosity of soprano Mary Wilson, trumpeter Aaron Romm, vocalists, and chamber orchestra. Concluding with a Biergarten Experience of German food, beers from Calusa Brewing, and music from Bill Milner’s Oompah Band, featuring guest artists Aaron Romm, Mary Wilson, Thea Lobo, Matt Morgan and David Tinervia. Ticket prices include a $200 three-day pass that includes all four concerts, as well as a Biergarten experience pass. For single concert tickets, prices range from $15-45, with student tickets being offered for $10. All concerts and experiences will be located at 222 S Palm Ave., Sarasota. For more information visit www.keychorale.org.

[SOON]  FILM: Taylor Swift the Eras Tour at at Sarasota Film Society , October 13 – October 22

The cultural phenomenon continues on the big screen! Immerse yourself in this once-in-a lifetime concert film experience with a breathtaking cinematic view of the history-making tour. Taylor Swift Eras attire and friendship bracelets are strongly encouraged! Tickets available for October 13-15 and October 19-22. For more information visit filmsociety.org.

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