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SRQ DAILY Oct 27, 2023

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"The subject matter is just very beautiful and I tend to gravitate to more emotional shows"

- Jalex Scott, Director, Winter Flowers.

[Arts & Entertainment]  Winter Flowers at The Players Centre
Dylan Campbell, dylan@srqme.com

For almost a century, the Sarasota Players Centre for Performing Arts has been bringing first-rate community theater to the Gulf Coast. That tradition is still very much alive in 2023–tucked away in the organization’s regular season is their Sidebar Series, an intimate, three play series in The Sarasota Players Studio Black Box Theatre. This weekend marks the final run of the second play in the Sidebar Series, Winter Flowers, written by Lily Rusek and directed by Jalex Scott.

The two-person play, starring Jill Schroeder and Meredith Templeton, tells the story of two aging sisters, Delphi and Rosie, as they face down mortality after Delphie’s cancer diagnosis. “Delphie is 72 and Rosie is 65, however, Rosie has the mental capacity of a five-year-old,” says Scott. “Delphie has spent her entire life taking care of Rosie and has recently discovered that she has stomach cancer. The play is about her revealing this to Rosie and trying to convince her that they should move into a home together and sell their house so that somebody will be there to take care of Rosie when she passes on.”

Scott, a first time director, was drawn to the play by the emotional arcs of the characters. “The subject matter is just very beautiful and I tend to gravitate to more emotional shows. I thought the whole concept behind the story was just stunning,” says Scott. “While I’ve been acting for around 20 years and have been fortunate enough to work as an assistant director on various projects, this is my first full length directorial venture. It’s definitely been a learning experience–I had an idea of what to expect, but there has still been a process of learning just how much a director puts into a show.”

Because of the sensitive nature of the story regarding Rosie’s developmental disabilities, Scott and the team had to approach the character with care. Scott wanted to not only portray Rosie’s differences accurately, but celebrate them as well. “From the beginning, we’ve been very careful about it. Rather than thinking of Rosie as a character with developmental disabilities, we’re approaching the choices like she’s playing a child,” says Scott. “We’ve worked hard to bring a childlike joy to her character–instead of saying this is what a developmentally disabled person would do in a particular situation, we opt for how a child would react in the same situation.”

October 27-29, The Players Studio, 1400 Blvd. of the Arts, Suite 200, Sarasota, 941-552-8879. 

Pictured: Jill Schroeder and Meredith Templeton in Winter Flowers. Photo courtesy of The Players Centre for Performing Arts.

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[Arts & Entertainment]  Soundbox Ventures Announces New Season

Soundbox Ventures announces its 2023-2024 season of the “Listen Hear” salon concert series in partnership with St. Boniface Episcopal Church. Curated by Max Tan, each salon-style event includes a classical music program, insights from the artists, and conversations with the audience. The three-event series begins with “Preludes with Marisa,” a world premiere of “12 Preludes for Solo Piano” by the Catalonian composer Marc Migó, on December 16. Each program is free and registration is required. Register at www.soundboxventures.org/events. St. Boniface Episcopal Church is located at 5615 Midnight Pass Road on Siesta Key.  

[Arts & Entertainment]  Experience Rumours of Fleetwood Mac at the Van Wezel

The Van Wezel Performing Arts Hall is excited to welcome Rumours of Fleetwood Mac to Sarasota on Saturday, November 25, 2023 at 8pm. Tickets are on sale now. Rumours of Fleetwood Mac, the world’s finest tribute to Fleetwood Mac, returns to the stage in 2023 celebrating the very best of Fleetwood Mac. Channeling the spirit of Fleetwood Mac at their very best, Rumours of Fleetwood Mac offers a unique opportunity for fans, both old and new, to rediscover the songs and performances that have ensured Fleetwood Mac’s place as one of the most loved groups of all time. Personally endorsed by Fleetwood Mac founding member, Mick Fleetwood, Rumours of Fleetwood Mac is the ultimate tribute to one of rock and roll’s most remarkable groups. Tickets start at $35 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 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. 

[Arts & Entertainment]  Sarasota Concert Association Presents A Special Holiday Concert with Canadian Brass

The world’s most famous brass quintet, Canadian Brass is bringing their wildly popular holiday concert to Sarasota’s Opera House on Monday, December 4 at 7:30 p.m., performing festive favorites, from Carol of the Bells to A Charlie Brown Christmas, swinging Glenn Miller tunes, and more. Celebrating 50 years of success, Canadian Brass has averaged two and a half full length recordings per year for a total of 138 recordings. They have received a combined total of 24 Grammy and Juno nominations and won the German Echo Award for Goldberg Variations. Most recently during the Covid era the Brass created another award-winning recording, Canadiana. The album features unique arrangements of many Canadian superstars including Joni Mitchell, k.d. lang, Bruce Cockburn, Drake and DeadMau5. Current members include trumpet players Ashley Hall-Tighe, an internationally renowned musician, educator, certified life coach and the newest member of the Canadian Brass, and Joe Burgstaller, who has performed thousands of concerts across the Americas, Europe, and Asia, and performed in front of more than 50 orchestras. Playing the horn is Jeff Nelson, who has thrilled audiences and mentored students for over thirty years and has performed concerti with orchestras on six continents. One of the most celebrated trombonists of his generation, Achilles Liarmakopoulos is the current trombonist of the Canadian Brass. And finally, tubaist & founder Chuck Daellenbach has brought music, imagination, and humor to Canadian Brass since the group was formed in 1970, playing a key role in all of the group’s ground- breaking projects. Single tickets start at $35 and can be purchased online at SCAsarasota.org, or through our box office at (941) 966-6161. Our box office is open Monday through Friday, between 10 a.m. and 4 p.m. Three-concert mini-subscriptions and group discounts for groups of 10 or more are available by calling (941) 966-6161. 

Pictured: Canadian Brass Holiday Photo by Natalie Endicott of Moments Portrait Boutique

[Arts & Entertainment]  The Sarasota Players Studio Presents the Prequel to Peter Pan this November

The Sarasota Players Studio presents the first production of the studio season, Peter and the Starcatcher, this Nov. 3 through 5 at The Crossings at Siesta Key (3501 S. Tamiami Trail, Suite 1130, Sarasota, FL 34239.) The student performers range in age from middle to high school and are truly the next generation of theatre artists. Directed by new Players Studio Director Thayer Greenberg, this play with music is charming with a lot of heart. In the play, a young orphan and his mates are shipped off from Victorian England to a distant island ruled by the evil King Zarboff. They know nothing of the mysterious trunk in the captain’s cabin, which contains a precious, otherworldly cargo. At sea, the boys are discovered by a precocious young girl named Molly, a Starcatcher-in-training who realizes that the trunk’s precious cargo is starstuff, a celestial substance so powerful that it must never fall into the wrong hands. When the ship is taken over by pirates – led by the fearsome Black Stache, a villain determined to claim the trunk and its treasure for his own – the journey quickly becomes a thrilling adventure.

Nov. 3-4, 2023 at 7pm, Nov. 5 at 2pm, 3501 S. Tamiami Trail, Suite 1130, Sarasota. Please park and enter the mall by Connors Steak and Seafood. 

[Arts & Entertainment]  Johnny Cash: The Official Concert Experience Comes to the Van Wezel

The Van Wezel Performing Arts Hall is excited to bring JOHNNY CASH: The Official Concert Experience to Sarasota on Sunday, November 26, 2023 at 7 p.m. Tickets are on sale now. The music never stops in JOHNNY CASH – The Official Concert Experience. Produced in collaboration with the Estate of Johnny Cash, this multi-media celebration is like nothing you’ve seen before. Using state-of-the-art technology, Johnny Cash’s rich, iconic baritone has been lifted from archival concert footage and recordings, enabling the “Man in Black” to perform his biggest hits – “I Walk the Line,” “Ring of Fire” – with a live band again! In addition to never-before-seen footage and on-screen narration by Cash’s only son, John Carter Cash, male and female vocalists will split singing duties to perform even more Cash hits, as well as tunes by artists of the time including The Statler Brothers, Carl Perkins and June Carter Cash. Tickets start at $35 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 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. 

[SOON]  SEMINAR: Great Lakes Private Wealth Luncheon , October 30, 10:45am

Great Lakes Private Wealth, an independent advisory firm, is proud to announce its expansion into Sarasota, Florida. Leading the endeavor is Daniel P. Murphy, Founding Partner and Chief Investment Officer of the Michigan-based firm. In celebration of its entry into the Suncoast community, Murphy and his team are hosting events, including a luncheon on October 30 at 10:45am at The Ritz-Carlton, Sarasota-about issues affecting the world and financial markets, featuring Retired General and former Secretary of Defense James Mattis. Recognizing that many of his clients were retiring to Florida and needed personalized independent investment advice from a seasoned advisor, Murphy expanded to Sarasota, enabling him to service clients there as well. Murphy and his team are kicking off the arrival of Great Lakes Private Wealth to Sarasota with fireside chats featuring retired leaders from the U.S. military and financial sector. Joining Gen. Mattis is Retired U.S. Lieutenant General Robert Ruark and The Mad Hedge Fund Trader John Thomas.
A limited number of tickets are still available here: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/great-lakes-private-wealth-exclusive-luncheon-ft-secretary-james-mattis-tickets-730513614887?aff=oddtdtcreator

[SOON]  GALLERY: MARA Art Studio + Gallery Grand Opening , November 3, 6-8pm

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.

[SOON]  GALA: Resilient Retreat Farm to Table , November 5, 4 pm

Please join us for the annual Resilient Retreat Farm to Table dining experience on Sunday, November 5, 2023 at 4:00 pm. The funds raised at the event are critical to Resilient Retreat to continue to serve survivors of trauma and first responders and helping professionals. Come immerse yourself among the majestic oaks at 84 acres of conservation land on the retreat. In true farm to table fashion, our local chefs will craft a tasting menu featuring the very best local seasonal foods. Dine under the stars nestled among the beautiful live oaks while experiencing al fresco farm to table dining. Farm to Table proceeds will benefit the Resilient Retreat mission to empower survivors of trauma to thrive through self care and community. Visit https://givebutter.com/farmtotable2023 for more information and to purchase tickets.

[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]  FOOD: Uncommon Edibles , November 9, 6:30-8pm
Join experts from UF and IFAS Extension and the Manatee Rare Fruit Council to discover some of the lesser-known edible plants that can be a successful addition to your garden or landscape. Attendees will tour the fruit tree orchard and participate in a planting activity. Palma Sola Botanical Park, 9800 17th Ave. Northwest Bradenton.
[SOON]  FOOD: Suncoast Largest Food Truck Festival 4.0 at UTC , November 11, 12-9pm
Featuring over 70 Food Vendors, and coinciding with the Grand Arrival of Santa Parade held at UTC. 140 University Town Center Dr., Sarasota.
[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]  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]  MUSIC: Rick Springfield Returns to The Van Wezel , March 13, 7:30pm

The Van Wezel Performing Arts Hall is excited to welcome Rick Springfield back to Sarasota on Wednesday, March 13, 2024, at 7:30 p.m. Tickets start at $40 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.

[SOON]  FOOD: Forks and Corks Food and Wine Festival , January 25 – January 29, Various times
The 2024 Forks and Corks Food and Wine Festival, hosted by the Sarasota Manatee Originals, will take place January 25 to 29. Grand Tasting tickets go on sale in October. A full five day slate of food and wine themed fun is planned, including the University Master Classes, wine dinners at area restaurants, wine shop tasting events, a trade tasting and the much anticipated Grand Tasting at The Ringling Museum of Art. Due to the unprecedented demand for tickets, ticket sales for The Grand Tasting launch on two consecutive Tuesdays: On October 10 at 9 a.m. there is a presale of the VIP and Early Access tickets and on October 17 at 7 p.m. General Admission tickets will be available and historically have sold out in a matter of minutes. All Forks and Corks Grand Tasting tickets will be available online only. For more information, please visit www.eatlikealocal.com.
[SOON]  MUSIC: Tobias Quartet at the Perlman Music Program , November 15, 7pm

Join us on November 15th at 7pm to kick off the 2023-2024 season with the Tobias Quartet! Members of the Tobias Quartet initially connected during summers spent at the renowned Perlman Music Program on Shelter Island, NY. They reunited during their studies at the Juilliard School and the quartet ultimately formed in the summer of 2021 at the Music from Angel Fire Festival, located in New Mexico. During their residencies at Music from Angel Fire in 2021 and 2022, the quartet performed a wide range of repertoire including the world premiere of an octet by Elise Arancio in collaboration with the Vera Quartet. The name of their ensemble pays homage to Toby Perlman, to whom they are eternally grateful for her infinite wisdom and inspiration. Tickets will be available October 1st and this public show will be located at the Sarasota Art Museum in Thomas McGuire Hall, 1001 S Tamiami Trail, Sarasota, https://www.perlmanmusicprogramsuncoast.org.

[SOON]  GRAB BAG: Sarasota Hooters Corn Hole Tournament , October 29, Noon

Join Sarasota Hooters Calendar Girls for a Corn Hole Tournament to raise funds for breast cancer research on Sunday, October 29. Funds raised will benefit the Kelly Jo Dowd Breast Cancer Research Grant. Bags fly at noon at Sarasota Hooters. The entry fee is $50 per team. Entry fee also includes 2 Hooters Calendars, 22oz Hooters Cups, two beer tickets and buy 6 wings, get 6 wings free voucher for your next visit. For more information, visit hootersflorida.com.

[SOON]  GRAB BAG: Wellen Park Thanks4Giving Project , October 3 – November 17, 9am-5pm

Wellen Park and The Rotary Club are partnering again this year from October 3 through November 17 for Thanks4Giving, a service project to help make Thanksgiving memorable for members of the community. The Thanks4Giving tree will be set up in the Wellen Park Welcome Center between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m., filled with tags for you to choose from. Purchase a Publix or Walmart gift card and return it to the Wellen Park Welcome Center, where a member of the ambassador team will be prepared to receive it. On Nov. 18, the Rotary Club will collect the cards and use them to purchase full Thanksgiving dinners from Publix and Walmart. These dinners include frozen turkey, stuffing, mashed potatoes, gravy and all the trimmings for a traditional Thanksgiving feast. For more information, visit wellenpark.com.

[SOON]  GRAB BAG: Sarasota County Sheriff's Office's Fourth Annual Halloween Drive-Thru , October 28, 6-8pm

Due to popular demand and the success of the past three years, The Sarasota County Sheriff’s Office, SCSO, is pleased to announce its Fourth Annual Halloween Drive-Thru on Saturday, October 28, from 6-8pm,, at the agency’s Sarasota headquarters. “While this event originated due to the pandemic, it has grown and become a highly anticipated annual event,” commented Sheriff Kurt A. Hoffman. “It is easy to attend, quick, safe, and fun for families and allows our agency members to interact with the community.” For information about the SCSO Halloween Drive-Thru, connect with the sheriff’s office on social media or contact the Community Affairs Office at 941.861.4005 or visit SarasotaSheriff.org.

[SOON]  FESTIVAL: Lakewood Ranch BooFest , October 27, 6-9pm

BooFest is happening today on Lakewood Main Street from 6-9pm! Join for family-friendly fun including entertainment, food and drink vendors, and much more! Get ready for a spooktacular time! For more information, visit lwrmainstreet.com.

[SOON]  HEALTH: Crush the Crisis Drug Take Back Day , October 28, 9am-noon

HCA Florida Sarasota Doctors North Emergency is hosting the annual Crush the Crisis prescription drug take back day on Saturday, Oct. 28, from 9am-noon, to help raise awareness about the dangers of prescription drug misuse and the importance of safe and proper disposal of unused or expired medications. The event, which coincides with the Drug Enforcement Administration’s (DEA) National Prescription Drug Take Back Day, offers the community an opportunity to safely and anonymously dispose of medications that may be left over from previous procedures or other medical visits. Law enforcement officers from the Manatee County Sheriff’s Office will be collecting tablets, capsules and patches. Pills should be removed from any container with personal health information and placed in clear, plastic, sealable bags. Needles, syringes, lancets or liquids will not be accepted. The event will take place at HCA Florida Sarasota Doctors North Emergency, located at 8500 SR 70 East, Bradenton. For more information, visit HCAFloridaHealthcare.com


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