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SRQ DAILY Feb 9, 2024

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"There is just so much in this show and I's always honored to be a part of it because of the fact that it is the finest circus that plays in our home town."

- Joseph Bauer, Jr., Ringmaster, Circus Sarasota.

[Arts & Entertainment]  The Color of Confidence
Philip Lederer, Phil.Lederer@srqme.com

Sunsets made of molten gold, boats sailing under tie-dye skies. Clouds that hang over the horizon like fluffy mountains of cotton candy, water that flows in every hue. Seeing the world through the eyes of painter Linda Richichi can be like seeing the world in color for the first time, like someone grabbed one of the knobs on your optic nerve and cranked the brilliance all the way up to 11. As an artist living in a synesthetic world, wherein colors pop and explode off the walls in unexplainable ways, Richichi has long aimed to capture this reality on her canvas. With Coastal Perspectives, her latest solo exhibition at Burns Gallery on Palm, she takes perhaps her best shot yet.

“I just started grabbing the colors that I saw around me on a daily basis,” Richichi says. And through nearly 50 paintings and pastel drawings made in the last six months, Coastal Perspectives sees the artist unabashedly celebrating the natural beauty surrounding her every day—an elemental interplay of light and color, never predictable in anything but its vibrance and its impermanence. And from the wetlands to the shoreline, Richichi captures it all on canvases large and small, wading into both the representational and the abstract, worshiping at the altar where earth, sky, and water all come together and then praying there in pigment. The result is a body of work as dramatic as it is peaceful, bursting with color and daring the audience to see the mundane as something more. “It helps people to see beyond what they’re used to seeing,” Richichi says. “So they can see how much variety there is, every single day, in the colors that surround us.”

The point is perhaps best illustrated in Richichi’s Cloud Installation, a collection of 20 individual 6x6 oil paintings that emphasize the depth of nature’s palette through minimalist portraits of Sarasota Bay. Though each was painted from the same vantage point, the colors vary wildly depending on the day and time, ranging from rich blues and golds to dark greys and greens or soothing pastel tones. “Sometimes I just give in to the color,” Richichi says. But even beyond Cloud Installation, from the large-scale oils dominating the exhibition to the “play pieces”—small pastel works produced from Richichi’s memory or imagination—Coastal Perspectives sees the artist operating with a whole new level of confidence.

“I understand the lines and shapes—and how they communicate—even better now,” Richichi says. “So when I get to the canvas, I have intention. There’s more curating in the brushstrokes that I use, and in the colors.” And when the first mark is the right mark, she knows.

“Fear has no place in my studio anymore,” she says. “And it shows in the paintings.”

Currently on display at Burns Gallery on Palm, Coastal Perspectives runs through February 25. 

Pictured: Sailing at Sunset by Linda Richichi.

[Arts & Entertainment]  Ringmaster Joseph Bauer Jr. Leads Circus Sarasota Once Again
Dylan Campbell, dylan@srqme.com

A lot falls on the shoulders of a Ringmaster. The job is equal parts storyteller and emcee, not only responsible for introducing each act of the circus, but for moving it along with pace and telling the story of the show. The Ringmaster, to be blunt, is the person you pay attention to. The weight of the circus rests upon them. So it’s a good thing that Joseph Bauer, Jr. is used to carrying the load. “This is my 14th year with Circus Sarasota, but I have been a Ringmaster for over 30 years and represent nine generations of circus artists in my family,” says Bauer, Jr.

Bauer, a Sarasota native and member of one of Switzerland’s oldest circus families, will be Ringmaster once again for the 2024 installment of Circus Sarasota. The circus, presented by the Circus Arts Conservatory (CAC), features a number of the top circus acts from around the world, including the Flying Tabares–the world’s preeminent flying trapeze act–the Bello Sisters with acrobatic hand balancing, the diablo juggling of Elan España and more.

“There’s just so much in this show and I’m always honored to be a part of it because of the fact that it is the finest circus that plays in our home town,” says Bauer. “The CAC makes such big efforts to bring these acts from Europe and all over the world, from flying them in, to housing and figuring out visas, there’s just so much that goes into bringing these people in to perform alongside all the great talent here.”

Bauer, however, is more than just the voice of the circus. A renowned aerialist, Bauer has long thrilled audiences with his record-breaking performances on the “Wheel of Thrills” as well as skywalks on the high-wire and various acts on the 90-foot sway pole. It is Bauer’s experience as an aerialist–an act that he continues to perform in his 50s–that has guided him into being the best Ringmaster that he can be. “I think that’s one of the things that’s been a big advantage for me as host and ringmaster, is that I’ve been the one in the ring doing the tricks. I know how the performers would like to feel when I’m announcing them,” says Bauer. “That’s what I look forward to every time we have new artists.”

February 16 through March 10; showtimes are Wednesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays at 2 and 7 pm.; Fridays at 7pm; and Sundays at 1 and 5pm, Nathan Benderson Park, 5851 Nathan Benderson Circle, Sarasota. 

Pictured: Ringmaster Joseph Bauer Jr. Photo courtesy of CAC.

To learn more, visit

[Arts & Entertainment]  The Sarasota Players presents Stephen King's Misery

The Sarasota Players gets down and dirty with Stephen King’s classic thriller, Misery by William Goldman running Feb. 21 to March 10 at The Crossings at Siesta Key (3501 S. Tamiami Trail, Sarasota). Starring real-life married couple Alison Guerrero-Heideman and Jeremy Guerrero-Heideman (also the fight choreographer) and directed by Kelly Woodland, this show will have you on the edge of your seat. Misery follows successful romance novelist Paul Sheldon, who is rescued from a car crash by his “number one fan,” Annie Wilkes, and wakes up captive in her secluded home. While Paul is convalescing, Annie reads his latest book and becomes enraged when she discovers the author has killed off her favorite character, Misery Chastain. Annie forces Paul to write a new Misery novel, and he quickly realizes Annie has no intention of letting him go anywhere. The irate Annie has Paul writing as if his life depends on it, and it does. Warnings: Adult language, blood, gunshots, and violence.

Dates: Feb. 21 – Preview, Feb. 22-24, 28-March 2, 6-9 at 7:30pm, Feb. 25, Mar. 3, 10, 2024 at 2pm, 3501 S. Tamiami Trail, Suite 1130, Sarasota. Please park and enter the mall by Connor’s Steak and Seafood. 

For ticket information click here

[Arts & Entertainment]  Artist Series Concerts of Sarasota's March Programs Offer a Variety for Music Lovers

Artist Series Concerts of Sarasota presents four concerts in March, all featuring emerging artists. Hannah Cope, harp, performs with Marcelina Suchocka, percussion, on March 3 at First Presbyterian Church. Duo Chinoiserie’s combination of Chinese guzheng and classical guitar is presented on March 7 at the Sarasota Yacht Club. The Curtis on Tour 2023-24 String Sextet takes the stage at the SCF Neel Performing Arts Center on March 12. Violin Channel “Rising Star” Hina Khuong-Huu and Steinway Artist Rohan De Silva perform soirée concerts on March 31 and April 1 at the Fischer/Weisenborne residence. For tickets and more information, visit ArtistSeriesConcerts.org or call (941) 306-1202. Former and current Sarasota Orchestra principal musicians Hannah Cope, harp and Marcelina Suchocka, percussion, join forces for an innovative program of standards for each instrument along with classics reimagined for marimba and harp duet. Cope made her mark on the harp world as the 2020 winner of the American Harp Society Foundation Grandjany Memorial Competition and is now principal harpist of the Metropolitan Opera Orchestra. When Suchocka isn’t in Sarasota, she performs as principal percussion of the Britt Festival Orchestra and as an extra with many major American orchestras. The pair perform at First Presbyterian Church on March 3 at 4:00 pm. Single ticket: $40. Duo Chinoiserie – Jing Xia, Chinese guzheng and Bin Hu, classical guitar – brings the entrancing sounds of their unique project to the Sarasota Yacht Club on March 7. Their blending of ancient Chinese zither and classical guitar has been described as “sonic alchemy.” Xia and Hu reproduce the elegance of the Chinoiserie style and bring the best of Eastern and Western culture together through music. Their bold and carefully handpicked selection of repertoire explores the instruments’ dialogue and complementary textures, while uniting contrasting musical styles into a cohesive, well-defined whole. The 11:00 am performance is followed by lunch. Single ticket: $68 (includes lunch). The Curtis Institute of Music has long been the most exclusive conservatory in the U.S. and the gold standard for classical music education. Curtis alumni can be found on the rosters of the most elite musical organizations in the world, from orchestras to chamber groups and as coveted soloists. The Curtis on Tour 2023-24 String Sextet brings together three Curtis alumni – Benjamin Beilman, violin; Milena Pajaro-van de Stadt, viola; and Oliver Herbert, cello– with three current Curtis students – Na Hyun Della Kyun, violin; Emad Zolfaghari, viola; and Francis Carr, cello – in a powerful program of string sextets. Hear the next generation of gifted musical artists perform Strauss, Berg, and Brahms side by side with their accomplished mentors. The sextet performs on March 12, 7:30 pm, at SCF Neel Performing Arts Center in Bradenton. Single ticket: $40. 2023-24 String Sextet appears by special arrangement with Curtis on Tour, the Nina von Maltzahn global touring initiative of the Curtis Institute of Music. Hina Khuong-Huu, Violin Channel “Rising Star” and first prize winner of the 2023 Elmar Oliveira International Violin Competition, performs around the globe. She has collaborated with artists such as Grammy Award-winner Jennifer Koh and shared a stage with Maxim Vengerov at Carnegie Hall and Buckingham Palace. Khuong-Huu and Steinway Artist Rohan De Silva, whose collaborations with Itzhak Perlman, Pinchas Zukerman, Midori, Joshua Bell and others have been acclaimed worldwide, will present soirée concerts at 4:00 pm on March 31 and April 1 in the music room of the Fischer/Weisenborne residence in Sarasota. Single ticket: $60.
For tickets and more information, visit ArtistSeriesConcerts.org or call (941) 306-1202. 

[Arts & Entertainment]  Sarasota Orchestra Celebrates 75th Anniversary Season with Special Concert

Sarasota Orchestra celebrates its 75th Anniversary season with a one-night-only program on February 15 entitled Celebrate 75. The program, led by Creative Partner Peter Oundjian, will capture the euphoria of the anniversary milestone and the Orchestra’s rich history as Florida’s oldest continuously operating orchestra. From its humble beginnings as a gathering of teachers, students, and community members, to its present-day status as a highly regarded ensemble of 76 professional musicians, the Orchestra has seen tremendous growth. This special concert is a celebration of the organization’s past, its present and its bold vision for the next 75 years of music-making. After fanfares by Aaron Copland and Joan Tower, legendary pianist Garrick Ohlsson will join Sarasota Orchestra for Rachmaninoff’s Piano Concerto No. 3. The concert concludes with Gershwin’s An American in Paris, a rhapsodic portrait of a stroll through the City of Lights. Since his triumph as winner of the 1970 Chopin International Piano Competition, Ohlsson has established himself worldwide as a musician of magisterial interpretive and technical prowess. Although long regarded as one of the world's leading exponents of the music of Frédéric Chopin, he commands an enormous repertoire that includes over 80 concertos. Conductor Peter Oundjian, former member of the award-winning Tokyo String Quartet, is Conductor Emeritus of the Toronto Symphony Orchestra.

Thursday, February 15, 7:00pm, Van Wezel, Visit SarasotaOrchestra.org or call the Box Office at (941) 953-3434. 

[Arts & Entertainment]  The Hermitage Announces New March Program Featuring Hermitage Fellow and American Ballet Theatre Principal Dancer James Whiteside

The Hermitage Artist Retreat (Sarasota County, Florida) announces a new program featuring returning Hermitage Fellow and American Ballet Theatre principal dancer James Whiteside. Whiteside will offer a special hour-long program at the Hermitage Palm House Studio on Monday, March 4 at 5:30pm, where he will share a candid and entertaining look at his life as a celebrated dancer, choreographer, playwright, and entertainment impresario. Whiteside defies genre classification and is redefining the meaning of multihyphenate as a principal dancer and choreographer for American Ballet Theatre, pop music performer, podcast host, and author of Center Center, which he adapted into the play Dead Center during a previous visit to the Hermitage. He began his ballet training at age nine and was a principal dancer with the Boston Ballet until 2012. Since 2013, Whiteside has been principal dancer with American Ballet Theatre, where he has danced principal roles in Swan Lake, The Nutcracker, Romeo & Juliet, Giselle, and more. Whiteside has choreographed for pop stars Mariah Carey, Taylor Swift, and more. He performs pop music under the stage name JdDubs. In addition to writing and producing his own music, Whiteside also choreographs digital performances and music videos, which have viewership in the millions. Whiteside’s talents extend well beyond the world of dance, with growing celebrity as a playwright, podcast host, and brilliant performer who has captured and energized millions online with his dynamic and hilarious content. Whiteside will engage with Hermitage audiences for a creative exploration and candid conversation about wearing his many glamorous hats, arts entrepreneurship, and the transcendent power of dance.  “Dancing through Life with James Whiteside” will be presented at the Hermitage on Monday, March 4 at 5:30pm. This program is free and open to the public (with a $5/person registration fee). Registration is required at HermitageArtistRetreat.org. Capacity will be limited, and registration is available on a first-come, first-served basis. Early registration is strongly encouraged. 

[Arts & Entertainment]  Art Center Sarasota Presents Celebrate with Joseph Melançon February 16

Art Center Sarasota invites the community to “Celebrate with Joseph Melançon,” a special event celebrating artist and instructor Joseph Melançon, who is retiring after teaching for 22 years. A silent auction featuring Melançon’s signature paintings will take place during the event, which is also a fundraiser for Art Center Sarasota. Attendees also have an opportunity to purchase signed copies of “The Man, The Myth, The Cajun,” a book that Melançon and his daughter Janet wrote about his life, art and family. Tickets are $50 or $75 (the latter includes an autographed book). Tickets can be purchased at https://www.artsarasota.org/events-programs/p/celebrate-josephmelancon. Art Center Sarasota is located at 707 N. Tamiami Trail, Sarasota. For information, visit www.artsarasota.org or call 941-365-2032.  

[Arts & Entertainment]  Florida Pro Ballet Company Depicts Love Between Women in Don't Say Gay State

 Azara Ballet, a non-profit professional dance company, will be performing “LOVE  between LINES”, in their grand finale of the season at Neel Auditorium, March 1 and 2nd at 7pm.  Kate Flowers, Co-founder Azara Ballet, explains how they are transforming the ballet culture, “This is a mesmerizing contemporary ballet show with an overarching theme of cultural freedom and liberation. This unique production features four original short works of art, each a testament to the creative prowess of Azara Ballet's talented dancers and choreographers.” Love is Love | Choreography, Kate Flowers: As an LGBTQ+ identifying ballerina, Kate was inspired to bring the message of love and equality to the stage through the lens of ballet. Fueled by the lack of queer representation she had growing up in the media and in the dance world, she proudly challenges traditional ballet norms with her piece, Love is Love. Kodumaa | Choreography, Martin Roosaare: Choreographer Martin Roosaare unveils a lesser-known narrative of his Estonian heritage in this captivating dance piece. Exploring the poignant tale of Estonia's liberation from the Soviet Union in 1991, commonly referred to as the "singing revolution," Roosaare weaves a mesmerizing story using the expressive language of dance. In the Studio | Choreography, Martin Roosaare & Kate Flowers: This piece unveils the untold stories of dancers. Beyond the masterpiece of beauty and elegance that an audience witnesses in the final product on stage, there are years of passion, hard work and often pain. This piece delves into the internal world and mental struggles of dancers by inviting you to view the perspective "In the Studio". Ms. Protagonist | Choreography, Olivia Huseonica: Ms. Protagonist boldly examines the diverse roles assigned to women in media and society. The dancers convey that real women are not confined by prescribed roles or the limited imaginations of those who tell their stories. This work celebrates the profound truth that women are beyond capable of transcending the inadequate narratives often ascribed to them.  LOVE between LINES performances are Friday and Saturday, March 1 and 2 at 7pm at the Neel Performing Arts Center on  the campus of State College of Florida located at 5840 26TH St W, Building 11, Bradenton. For more information about Azara Ballet, visit AzaraBallet.org. For an amazing sneak peek of the performance please link to https://youtu.be/X9Sv2x2Oico. 

[SRQIST]  From Osprey to the Olympics
Dylan Campbell, dylan@srqme.com

FROM OSPREY TO THE OLYMPICS | Sarasota County native Jake Ilardi made history by making the first-ever U.S. Olympic skateboarding team. His brother Nate caught it all on camera, February 2024. 

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[SOON]  DANCE: Celtic Throne, The Royal Journey of Irish Dance , June 2, 7:30pm
Irish dancers and musicians from Edmonds Herbert W. Armstrong College and Armstrong Dance will embark on their fifth U.S. tour beginning May 5, visiting 10 states over seven weeks with their show Celtic Throne, The Royal Journey of Irish Dance. Van Wezel Performing Arts Hall will host a one-night performance at 7:30 p.m., June 2. Celtic Throne, The Royal Journey of Irish Dance explores the ancient origins of Irish step dance and celebrates the millennia-long journey of a music-and-dance-loving people as they migrate from the ancient Near East to Ireland, Scotland, England and the United States. Tickets to Celtic Throne, The Royal Journey of Irish Dance begin at $25 and can be purchased at VanWezel.org. For more information, please visit celticthrone.com.
[SOON]  MUSIC: Van Wezel Presents The Concert, A Tribute to ABBA , May 4, 8pm

The Van Wezel Performing Arts Hall is excited to welcome The Concert, A Tribute to ABBA to Sarasota on Saturday, May 4, 2024 at 8 p.m. The Concert: A Tribute To ABBA continues to be the top ABBA tribute group in the world, dazzling all who see with their fantastic performance while playing the most iconic hits from ABBA, including Mamma Mia, S.O.S, Money, Money, Money, The Winner Takes All, Waterloo, Gimme, Gimme, Gimme, and Dancing Queen. Tickets are $30-$75 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. Pre-show dining is available through Mattisons at the Van Wezel which is located inside the theatre. Reservations can be made on VanWezel.org or through the box office.

[SOON]  PERFORMANCE: Theresa Caputo Live, The Experience , April 11, 7:30pm

For more than a decade, Theresa Caputo, known worldwide as the Long Island Medium, and star of the new Lifetime Series Raising Spirits, has touched the lives of millions of fans, comforting supporters when they need it most. Now Sarasota fans will get their chance at healing when the acclaimed medium and beloved personality appears live at the Van Wezel Performing Arts Hall on Thursday, April 11 at 7:30pm. Known for her unique ability to communicate with those who have passed on, Theresa Caputo Live: The Experience brings Theresa face-to-face with her fans as Spirit guides her through the audience. A full-stage video display ensures that everyone in the theater has an up-close experience regardless of seat location. Through personal life stories, candid humor, and intimate details about her gift to communicate with those who have passed, the beloved television personality and best-selling author delivers healing messages to her audience, reassuring them with the revelation that their deceased loved ones are still with them, just in a different way. Recognized as one of the most renowned mediums for over 20 years, Theresa Caputo Live: The Experience is an awe-inspiring event you will not want to miss. Learn more about Theresa at www.theresacaputo.com. Tickets start at $64.23 and can be purchased at www.VanWezel.org, by calling the box office at 941-263-6799 or by visiting the box office. Pre-show dining is available through Mattison’s at the Van Wezel which is located inside the theatre. Reservations can be made on VanWezel.org or through the box office.

[SOON]  SCIENCE AND NATURE: Wild About Nature Festival , April 6, 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Join us for a day of fun and outdoor adventure at the Wild About Nature Festival on Saturday, April 6, 2024 from 11:00 am to 4:00 pm. Reconnect with the great outdoors and help foster a love of nature in the next generation as you spend a day in the sun on the beautiful shores of Little Sarasota Bay at Bay Preserve. Families of all ages are encouraged to take part in this fun-filled day of nature-based education and exploration. The wide variety of activities includes dip-netting, face painting, hula-hoop lessons, crafts, games, and more. There will be live music and food trucks making this a guaranteed good time. This is a FREE family festival open to all. Registration is not required. The event will take place at our Bay Preserve headquarters located at 400 Palmetto Ave. in Osprey. For more information, visit conservationfoundation.com.
[SOON]  MUSIC: Sarasota Jazz Festival , March 17 – March 23, Various times

The Sarasota Jazz Festival returns this March. The event will feature concerts, the jazz trolley pub crawl, late-night jazz jams, jazz films and more. To learn more and purchase tickets, visit jazzclubsarasota.org.

[SOON]  MUSIC: The Carr-Petrova Duo , March 3, 6pm
The Perlman Music Program Suncoast presents The Carr-Petrova Duo and their new album, HERS, in a special evening of music comprised entirely of works by female composers. Featuring violist and PMP alum Molly Carr, the newest member of the acclaimed Juilliard String Quartet, and Bulgarian educator and pianist Anna Petrova, the duo will premier HERS in Sarasota. This concert vibrantly celebrates the vision, strength, resilience, and vital contributions of the female sex throughout history. Through music and storytelling, the Carr-Petrova Duo will lead the audience through the inspirations, battles, and incredible accomplishments of eight fearless women, from Hildegard Von Bingen in the 12th century to Beyonce, and share centuries of heartbreak, struggles, and triumphs that comprise the female experience. The concert is Sunday, March 3, at The Harvest, 3650 17th Street, Sarasota. The event begins with an artist talk at 6 p.m., followed by the concert at 7:15 p.m. Tickets are $30 and can be purchased at PMPSuncoast.org.
[SOON]  GALA: ALSO Youth Brunch , March 3, 11am-2pm

Join us for a brunch benefitting ALSO Youth, a local non-profit organization serving the LGBTQ youth community in Sarasota and Manatee Counties, at Tsunami Sushi and Hibachi on Sunday, March 3rd, 2024. Enjoy incredible food courtesy of Tsunami Sushi and Hibachi, a unique auction, and live music during this event supporting our mission to empower LGBTQ youth and allies and create inclusive communities. Learn more and purchase tickets at alsoyouth.org.

[SOON]  SPORTS: 5K Fun Run and Walk , February 24, 7am

In the spirit of the new year and all things fit and healthy join us at the free Fun Run and Pancake Breakfast. This event is held In conjunction with the Zoomers non-profit running club at New Balance University 315 N. Cattlemen Rd., Sarasota. Check-in opens at 6.30am, run/walk starts at 7am. There will be pancakes for all after the race. RSVP required https://stores.newbalance.com/sarasota CLICK on EVENTS.

[SOON]  SPORTS: 4th Annual Get Your Mutt Movin 5K Fun Run , February 24, 8:30am-1pm

Satchels Last Resort Animal Rescue and Sanctuary and Sarasota City YMCA are excited to announce the 4th annual Get Your Mutt Movin 5K Fun Run, Walk and Festival scheduled for February 24, 2024 at Payne Park. Runner registration is now open at RunSignUp.com. Get Your Mutt Movin features a 5K Fun Run, a choose-your-distance walk, a one-hour Zumba session with local favorite Yael Campbell, and a festival full of vendors, food trucks and more. The event kicks off with the 5K at 8:30am, followed by the walk at 9:30am, and Zumba at 10:30am. The festival will run from 9am-1pm. Funds raised from this event support both Satchels Last Resort and Sarasota City YMCA to provide support for programs like medical care for shelter animals, summer camp scholarships and more. Sponsorship opportunities are available. More information can be found at https://satchelslastresort.networkforgood.com/events/62387-get-your-mutt-movin-5k-road-race-and-fun-walk-2024.

[SOON]  FESTIVAL: 42nd Annual Cortez Commercial Fishing Festival , February 17 – February 18, 10am-6pm
Grab your sunglasses and your appetite, and come on out to celebrate a way of life on the shores of Sarasota Bay during the 42nd Annual Cortez Commercial Fishing Festival. Celebrate a real working waterfront community dedicated to preserving their fishing way of life. Soak in the sunshine along Sarasota Bay while you boogie to live local music, browse aisles of original local artwork and nautical crafts, sip cold beverages and sample some really tasty seafood. Get up close and personal with local marine life and feed your science side during Dock Talks, educational spiels put on by the University of Florida and Florida Sea Grant. The touch tanks and the Dock Talks are located on the Fulford Docks, right across from the Kids area and next to Starfish Co. Check out the Florida Maritime Museum and the Cortez Cultural Center, which are steeped in the history of the region. Buy a raffle ticket to be entered to win one of the beautiful, refurbished custom boats lovingly restored by the F.I.S.H Boatworks. Tickets are $5, and children 12 and under get in free. To learn more, visit fishcortez.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]  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]  FOOD: Siesta Key Rum Distillery Tours , September 2 – September 30, Various times

Siesta Key Rum runs free year-round tours for guests to learn the story of the craft distillery, the awards they have won and the secret to how they make their rums taste so good. During our 30-45 minute tour we will discuss the following topics: history of Siesta Key Rum, an overview of the awards our small company has won, what makes our rums taste so good, the rum-making process from mashing and fermentation to distillation, barrel aging and bottling of our rums. After the tour, we welcome you to sample a freshly made Siesta Key Rum cocktail, stock up on your favorite rums and browse our gift shop. 2212 Industrial Blvd., Sarasota.

[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]  GRAB BAG: Bradenton Market Returns , October 7 – May 25, 9am-2pm

Realize Bradenton is happy to announce the return of the Bradenton Market to its weekly schedule. This beloved community gathering will be held Saturdays through May 25, 2024 from 9:00 am - 2:00 pm on Old Main Street in Bradenton. Founded in 1979, the Market has expanded to include more than 90 local vendors. In addition to the weekly shopping and music, the Market hosts special event days throughout the season. Halloween at the Market will be held on Saturday, October 28. This family-friendly event includes trick or treating with vendors, face painting with Manatee School for the Arts Academic Team from 9:30 am - 12:30 pm, and a dance performance by Slick Motion Studios at 10:00 am. For more information, visit RealizeBradenton.com.

[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]  FOOD: Late Night Happy Hour at Geckos on Hillview Street , November 29 – May 31, 10pm-Midnight
Join your friends, after-work buddies and the team at Geckos for our new Late Night Happy Hours. Every Friday and Saturday from 10 pm to Midnight, we will offer food, wine, cocktails and beer specials sure to prolong your weekend fun. Join us and ask your friendly barkeep or server about our Late Night Happy Hours. ONLY at Geckos on Hillview Street in Southside Village. GeckosGrill.com.
[SOON]  MUSEUM: Shinique Smith, Parade , January 4 – January 5, Various times

Enjoy the extraordinary opportunity to experience the work of contemporary artist Shinique Smith in conversation with the collection of European art at The Ringling. Unfolding across six galleries of the Museum of Art, the exhibition creates a series of unique stories that together form an abstract narrative of the parade as a metaphor for life. Well known for her monumental sculptures created from an array of materials, including luxurious textiles, personal clothing, dyed fabrics, ribbon, and wood, and for her abstract paintings of calligraphy and collage, Smiths work in this exhibition speaks to various facets of the European artistic tradition, such as classical drapery and religious iconography, while foregrounding notions of Black femininity and the history of the circus. Learn more at ringling.org.

[SOON]  THEATER: Ugly Lies the Bone , January 17 – February 9, Various times
Ugly Lies the Bone is a compelling drama by Florida native Lindsey Ferrentino. The play follows Jess, a female veteran who returns to her hometown after three tours in Afghanistan. She brings vivid memories of war and painful burns with her and faces months of physical rehabilitation. Jess begins to transition to civilian life, soon realizing that things in Titusville, FL, have changed even more than she has. Through a new form of computer-simulated therapy, Jess finally finds a way to escape her pain, but can she find the strength to not only survive but actually thrive, in the real world? For more information and to purchase tickets, visit floridastudiotheatre.org.
[SOON]  GALLERY: Expressions of Experience, Two Generations, Two Perspectives. , January 17 – February 29, 11am to 4pm daily
Please join us to experience this unique exhibition featuring father/daughter local artists, Pamela Olin and Richard Olin. This premiere exhibition features three-dimensional works that offer a glimpse from the perspective of two distinctly different generations. The pieces address the transitions they have experienced over the last several years, making them relatable to all ages. As a duo, this public exhibit is both a curiosity and an insight into the self-expression of two generations of artists linked by DNA. Plymouth Harbour Gallery, 700 John Ringling Blvd., Sarasota. Visit www.pamelaolin.com and www.olinrich.com to learn more.
[SOON]  THEATER: Improvisational Drama Workshop Series , January 24 – March 12, 1-3pm

The Ringling invites older adults to participate in this free improvisational drama workshop series on the Strengths and Challenges of aging. The workshop series is free for all 55 and older community residents. No acting experience is necessary. Please note that this is not taking place at The Ringling. The weekly workshops will be held at: The Pines of Sarasota Healthcare, Cullers Hall, 1501 N Orange Ave, Sarasota. Your talents, abilities, and creativity will be explored through fun-filled improvisational theater games in a safe, creative, and inspiring environment. Through creating various drama characters, participants will experience the strengths, joys, and challenges of aging. Improvisational drama is a form of theater in which characters and dialogue of a story are made up in the moment…there are no written scripts. Participants tap into and celebrate their creativity while interacting and learning from their peers. The program will culminate in a celebration of your work, held at The John and Mable Ringling Museum of Art. Please email education@ringling.org or call 941-358-2693 to register. Space in this workshop is limited; please register as soon as possible.

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