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SRQ DAILY Feb 29, 2024

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"Kusama is very much interested in pattern and repetition and is most famous for the use of the polka dot."

- David Berry, Vice President for Visitor Engagement and Chief Museum Curator for Marie Selby Botanical Gardens

-SRQ Magazine's Home of the Year 2024 Overall Home Over $4 Million Gold Winner Bay Isle Home by DSDG Architects
[Home of the Year]  Overall Home Over $4 Million Gold Winner Bay Isle Home by DSDG Architects

This modern contemporary home seamlessly integrates innovation and functionality, overcoming the challenges presented by the pie-shaped lot and stringent homeowners’ association restrictions. The exterior, characterized by modern design, combines stucco, simulated wood aluminum siding and aluminum louvers, creating a sleek and harmonious façade. The inverted, V-shaped roof design cleverly conceals solar panels and adheres to homeowners’ association requirements, presenting a striking modern elevation. The second-floor glazed hallway functions as a gallery, connecting bayside rooms and offering a shaded retreat with a louvered overhang above. As you ascend to the covered entry via floating stairs, the experience is enhanced by a subtle glow over the reflecting pool, setting the tone for the exceptional design within. Solid wood-clad volumes flanking the entry cube create a compelling contrast, emphasizing the interplay between solids and voids. In the great room, expansive glazing on the bay side establishes a visual connection between interior spaces and the two-story decks beyond. The floor plan strategically pivots at the stair and elevator tower, changing the angle to maximize the footprint on the challenging lot. The staircase tower, serving as a vertical axis, connects three floors with an open stringer and warm walnut tread design. Natural light bathes the interior through clerestory windows, creating an inviting atmosphere. Interior spaces boast walnut accents, complementing clean white cabinetry in the kitchen and wet bar area, adorned with thick stone countertops. On the bay side of the home, the inverted roof extends above the decks, offering unobstructed bay views through the mangroves. The symmetrical rear exterior stair progresses down to the pool deck, featuring a custom mosaic water feature that adds a touch of artistry. This modern residence seamlessly marries form and function, creating an unparalleled living experience that transcends the confines of traditional design. 

Architect: DSDG Architects Contractor: Trinity Custom Homes Interior Design: Trinity Design Kitchen Cabinets: Campbell Cabinetry Designs Landscape: DWY Landscape Architects, Siesta Key Landscape Pool: Water Designs of Sarasota Photographer: Ryan Gamma Eng

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[Yayoi Kusama]  Connecting the Dots
Laura Paquette, laura.paquette@srqme.com

What does it mean to connect the dots? At the Marie Selby Botanical Gardens’ Downtown Campus, the Yayoi Kusama: A Letter to Georgia O’Keeffe exhibit, invites visitors to explore the concept of interconnectedness by celebrating and creating visual representations of the two artists’ extraordinary relationship.

At first glance, the works of Georgia O’Keeffe, a modernist American painter best known for her compelling and abstract depictions of flowers and bones, as well as urban and natural landscapes, appear to have little in common with those of Yayoi Kusama. Born 42 years after O’Keeffe, Japanese artist Kusama has achieved notoriety for her colorful and playful paintings, sculptures and immersive works, like the Infinity Mirror Rooms. Both women experienced nature, giving them a unique artistic perspective, at an early age. O’Keeffe grew up on a Wisconsin farm and Kusama was raised against the backdrop of her family’s plant nursery in Matsumoto, Japan. As a young artist, Kusama found a book of O’Keeffe’s paintings in a local bookstore and decided to write a letter to her, in hopes of learning how to come and work in the United States. Visitors can see that letter, to which O’Keeffe did reply, on display in the exhibit. The two established a dialogue that was instrumental in inspiring Kusama to move to the United States where she developed her career.

The exhibit is divided into ten displays spread across the downtown campus. Each display highlights motifs and themes found in the works of both artists, oftentimes tying them together. “Kusama is very much interested in pattern and repetition and is most famous for the use of the polka dot,” says Vice President for Visitor Engagement and Chief Museum Curator David Berry. “We have not used polka dots, but we have used sources in nature that are either round or spherical.” One delightful play on the dot concept can be found in the tropical conservatory, where large spheres seem to float on the top of a goldfish-filled pond. The fish can swim up and into the spheres, which magnify their appearance. In another display, epiphytes, a research specialty of Selby Gardens which they define as “a plant which grows upon another plant, but does not take anything from it like a parasite would,” hang like stars dotting the night sky above visitors. Some displays feature desert dwellers, like cactuses, which call to mind O’Keeffe’s experience living and working in New Mexico. As a nod to Kusama, the cactuses are arranged in a repetitive pattern.

Each display features a QR code, which visitors can scan to reveal a quote from one of the artists relating to that portion of the exhibit, inviting them to enter into the dialogue with the artists. In the Museum of Botany and the Arts, works by O’Keeffe and Kusama and snippets of their writings bring the exhibition full circle, allowing guests to connect the dots between art, nature, the lives of two great and impactful artists and maybe even themselves.

Yayoi Kusama: A Letter to Georgia O’Keeffe, Marie Selby Botanical Gardens’ Downtown Campus, 1534 Mound St., Sarasota, 941-366-573, selby.org. 

Pictured: The Mirage Display at Yayoi Kusama: A Letter to Georgia O'Keeffe. Photo Courtesy of the Marie Selby Botanical Gardens.

Yayoi Kusama: A Letter to Georgia O'Keeffe

[Event]  ATP Challenger Tour Pro Tennis Tournament coming to Sarasota

The Elizabeth Moore Sarasota Open Tennis Tournament, presented by Tommy’s Express Car Wash, will take place April 7-14 at the Payne Park Tennis Center in downtown Sarasota. Sarasota kicks off the clay court swing with the first stop on the United States tour. Some of the game's biggest stars have lifted the trophy in Sarasota, with Kei Nishikori prevailing in 2010, followed by James Blake (2011), Sam Querrey (2012), Nick Kyrgios (2014), Frances Tiafoe (2017), Tommy Paul (2019) and Daniel Altmaier (2023). This tournament is part of the USTA’s Roland Garros Wild Card Challenge. The 2024 French Open Main Draw Wild Cards will be awarded to the top performing american man over the 2024 Spring run of clay court events. Sarasota’s winner could be that player!  Tickets are on sale now on the tournament’s website. Sponsorship and volunteer opportunities are still available for this year’s event. For more information visit sarasotaopen.com or call 941-789-6869. 

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[School News]  The Out-of-Door Academy Announces Welcome Wednesdays at New Lower School Campus on Clark Road.

The Out-of-Door Academy has been working diligently to prepare a state-of-the art learning environment at its new Lower School Campus on Clark Road, which will open in August 2024 for students in Pre-Kindergarten, Kindergarten and first grade.  Each classroom will have its own multipurpose outdoor space accompanied by versatile technology enabling students to excel wherever they find their optimal learning environment.  In addition, a partnership with ODA’s Historic Siesta Key Campus (grades PK - 5) and Uihlein Campus in Lakewood Ranch (grades 6-12) will provide students with “a home away from home” and endless opportunities for collaboration. Enrollment is now open for families wishing to “get in on the ground floor” of an Out-of-Door education at the Clark Road Campus.  Next Wednesday, March 6, ODA will host a series of "Welcome Wednesdays" designed to provide an open house experience for anyone interested in seeing the campus, learning more about ODA’s curriculum, or meeting educators who will shape the student experience at the Clark Road Campus. All interested families are invited to attend and no RSVP is necessary. Please contact Mrs. Laura Murphy at lmurphy@oda.edu for more information.  Additional Welcome Wednesday open house events will take place on March 13, 21, and 28, and the school will host an official open house and play day for current and prospective students on April 13 from 9:00-11:00 AM. ODA’s Lower School Campus on Clark Road is located at 11011 State Road 72, Sarasota, FL. 

[Fitness]  Orioles Participate in Annual Health and Fitness Challenge

Last week, as part of the annual Orioles Health & Fitness Challenge, Orioles pitchers Danny Coulombe and Jonathan Heasley joined the Oriole Bird to visit Oak Park School, a district center school that provides educational and therapeutic services to over 300 students with disabilities. Students participated in various fitness activities with Coulombe and Heasley, rotating through circuits where they practiced hitting, throwing, and balancing. The five-week Orioles Health & Fitness Challenge is offered each year in 10 Sarasota County schools for approximately 4,500 students in grades six through eight. Participating students earned an Orioles Health & Fitness t-shirt, and two free tickets to the Orioles’ Spring Training game on February 24. Participants also receive vouchers for complimentary concessions at the Orioles Fit Grill at Ed Smith Stadium. For more information about the challenge, visit Orioles.com/Fitness.


[Donation]  New College Board of Trustees Votes to Accept 9-Acre Donation

The New College of Florida Board of Trustees unanimously approved an agreement to receive the donation of a nine-acre parcel from Manatee County on February 22. The land donation, which first came before the Board at its October 2023 meeting, was unanimously approved by the Manatee County Board of County Commissioners on February 13. “This land will be important for the rapid growth New College will experience over the next several years, allowing us to immediately plan for New College to meet its residential honors college mission while increasing the student population” said Richard Corcoran, President of New College. “The Manatee County Commission has been wonderful to work with and I’m grateful for their support of New College’s efforts to become America’s top liberal arts college.” The donated land is waterfront property located on the northern portion of the Powel Crosley Estate, north of the existing New College campus. New College is currently engaged in updating its Campus Master Plan, and the latest drafts shared at a public hearing last month call for a pair of student residence halls on the property. A copy of the full donation agreement can be viewed online at ncf.edu/bot. For more information about the New College Campus Master Plan, visit ncf.edu/masterplan. 

[Summer Activities]  Registration is Now Open for Summer Art Camp for Children and Teens at Art Center Sarasota

Registration is open now! Art Center Sarasota is once again encouraging young children and teens to set their inner artists free at its summertime art camps. The nine weekly sessions run June 3 to August 2. The programs target two different age groups: Creative Kids serves children, ages 6 to 9; Emerging Artists is for aspiring artists, ages 10 to 14. The camps are Mondays through Fridays, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Before- and after-care is offered. Fees are $275 per week for Art Center Sarasota members with a family membership; $350 per week for non-members. Scholarships are available to those eligible. Art supplies are included; participants will also receive a free art camp t-shirt. Art Center Sarasota is also looking for teens, 15 and over, to volunteer as teaching and after-care assistants. Volunteer hours count towards high school and Bright Futures and National Honor Society requirements. For more information about Art Center Sarasota’s summer art camp, scholarship eligibility and teen volunteer programs, visit www.artsarasota.org; or call 941-365-2032; or email youtheducation@artsarasota.org. 

[Arts & Entertainment]  Music Compound Album Ensemble Returns to Pay Tribute to Rumours with Two Shows on March 2

This past October, members and instructors from area music school Music Compound presented a live musical tribute to one of the most revered albums of all time on the 50th anniversary of its release: Pink Floyd’s “The Dark Side of the Moon.” Funds raised during this concert were donated to the National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) of Sarasota and Manatee Counties, a nonprofit organization working in a field suggested by the history of the album. The event was such a success – thanks in great part to the vision and hard work of instructors Iain Harris and Taylor Galford – that Music Compound decided to create the "Music Compound Album Ensemble" program, to stage similar performances of classic albums in their entirety on a regular basis, with each performance being tied to fundraising for a local charity. On Saturday, March 2, the Music Compound Album Ensemble - composed of 14 students, ages 13 to 70, and five staff members - will present a performance of the complete "Rumours" album by Fleetwood Mac, with performances at 6:30 p.m. and 8 p.m. Proceeds from the concert will benefit SPARCC, a charity selected to reflect the troubled circumstances that famously surrounded the band during the recording of the album. Recorded between February and August 1976, and released in February 1977, "Rumours" was the band's first number-one album in both the U.S. and the United Kingdom. It featured four hit singles: "Dreams" (which sold more than one million copies and reached the top spot on the Billboard Hot 100), "Go Your Own Way," "Don't Stop" and "You Make Loving Fun." Pre-orders for the album reached 800,000 copies, at the time the largest advance sale in Warner Brothers' history. Frequently appearing in lists of “the greatest albums ever made,” "Rumours" stayed at the top of the Billboard 200 for 31 non-consecutive weeks, while also reaching number one in the U.K., Australia, Canada and New Zealand. The Album Ensemble is one of many programs Music Compound provides for adults and youth who wish to connect with like-minded individuals in a positive and fun learning environment. Future Album Ensemble performances, featuring "Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band" by the Beatles and Nirvana's "MTV Unplugged in New York," are planned for later this year. By selecting music from different genres and generations, Music Compound hopes to inspire a greater level of musicianship for all participants. The "Rumours" concerts take place at Music Compound SRQ (1751 Cattlemen Rd., Sarasota). The shows are free but registration is requested; visit musiccompound.com/rumours. 

[Recognition]  Boys and Girls Clubs of Sarasota and DeSoto Counties to Announce 2024 Youth of the Year at Sold Out Steak and Burger event on March 1

Five local high school students are finalists for the Boys & Girls Clubs of Sarasota and DeSoto Counties 2024 Youth of the Year title. This prestigious honor will be presented to the selected candidate at the organization’s annual Steak & Burger, Youth of the Year Celebration on Friday, March 1. Since 1947, Youth of the Year has been the premier recognition program of the Boys & Girls Clubs of America that fosters a new generation of leaders, fully prepared to live and lead in a diverse, global, and integrated world economy. The program celebrates the extraordinary achievements of Club members across the nation. Candidates compete at the local Club, state, and regional levels before attending the national celebration. Youth who compete for these titles embody the values of leadership service, academic excellence, and healthy lifestyles. The following finalists have exemplified the Boys & Girls Clubs’ mission and are proof of the impact the Clubs make in transforming lives: Ashley V., Venice High School, 12th Grade, Ava M., Pine View School, 11th Grade, Bianca D., North Port High School, 12th Grade, Nishalle U., Pine View School, 12th Grade, Sierra M., Riverview High School, 12th Grade.

Friday, March 1, 2024 | 6:00 p.m at Lee Wetherington Boys & Girls Club | 3130 Fruitville Road | Sarasota. 

[Feature]  Resilient Design
Kate Wight

RESILIENT DESIGN | Architect Jerry Sparkman and builder Rob Dynan revisit a collaboration 20 years down the line, February 2024. 

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[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: 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]  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]  GRAB BAG: Osher Lifelong Learning Institute at Ringling College Winter Semester , January 8 – March 1, Various times

Registration is open for the 2024 winter semester at the Osher Lifelong Learning Institute, OLLI, at Ringling College, which offers noncredit educational opportunities for adults to pursue new interests, expand intellectual horizons, and enrich their lives. The semester, which runs Jan. 8-March 1, 2024, features more than 50 courses, workshops, lectures, and special presentations covering a wide variety of topics, including arts and entertainment, history, music appreciation, health, literature, philosophy, religion, and science. Semester highlights include Searching Dr. Google. What Should I Believe, The History of Psychiatry: Winners and Losers; Voting Behavior and the Electoral Process; Glass: The New Hot Contemporary Art Form; and The Historic First Federal Prosecution of a U.S. President. Classes are offered at the Sarasota Art Museum of Ringling College of Art and Design, 1001 S. Tamiami Trail, Sarasota; and online via Zoom. To register, or for more information about becoming an OLLI member, visit www.OLLIatRinglingCollege.org or call 941-309-5111.

[SOON]  MUSIC: Music Mondays , January 8 – March 25, Various times

The 2024 season of Sarasota Institute of the Lifetime Learning Music Monday Series presents performances and lively conversations with renowned and emerging performers, January 8-March 25, on Mondays at 10:30 a.m. at Church of the Palms in Sarasota; and Mondays at 3 p.m. at Venice Presbyterian Church in Venice. https://sillsarasota.org/index.htm.

[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]  FOOD: A Taste of Art , February 1 – January 31, 5:30-8pm
Longtime friends Chef Charles Amherst of Chaz 51 Steakhouse in Venice and Barbara Gerdeman, co-founder of Creative Liberties Artist Studios in Sarasota, have joined forces to create a series of interactive live art dinner showcases called A Taste of Art. The first of these events takes place Thursday, February 1, 5:30-8 p.m., at Chaz 51 Steakhouse, 549 US 41 Bypass N, Venice. The events will continue on Tuesday, Thursday and Friday evenings. Guests who visit Chaz 51 on these evenings will be able to witness the creation of captivating works of art in real-time. To make a reservation, call Chaz 51 Steakhouse at 941-484-6200. To find out which artists are scheduled for February, check out the calendar at CreativeLiberties.net.
[SOON]  GALLERY: Under My Skin , February 2 – March 16, Various times

SPAACES is pleased to announce a new solo exhibition by Babs Reingold Under My Skin. This is the first solo exhibition by Babs in Sarasota. The exhibition includes a series of new stain paintings/assemblages, sculptures from the Luna Window series, and a group of small drawings. 2087 Princeton St., Sarasota, https://spaaces.art/under-my-skin/.

[SOON]  GALLERY: The Women Contemporary Artists Annual Member Exhibition , February 9 – March 21, Various times
The Women Contemporary Artists 2024 exhibit will open on Friday, February 9 at Art and Frame of Sarasota Gallery Hall, located at 1055 S. Tamiami Trail, Sarasota. The public is invited to the opening reception where all members, including painters, photographers, sculptors, ceramicists, fiber artists, printmakers and mixed media artists have work on display. This event also marks the 25th Year the WCA organization has been supporting creative, professional women actively engaged in the visual fine arts. This event is free and open to the public. Visit: WomenContemporaryArtists.com.
[SOON]  PERFORMANCE: Circus Sarasota , February 16 – March 10, Various times

Each year, Circus Sarasota the professional arm of the Circus Arts Conservatory, offers a showcase of top global circus artists performing in a one-ring traditional circus setting. Featuring new and innovative acts, the Circus Sarasota 2024 production will offer high-flying action, heart-stopping thrills, laugh-out-loud comedic antics, and acts that defy both expectations and the boundaries of physical limitations. Circus Sarasota runs Friday, February 16-Sunday, March 10, 2024; showtimes are Wednesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays at 2 and 7 p.m.; Fridays at 7 p.m.; and Sundays at 1 and 5 p.m. Performances take place under a brand new, custom-designed Big Top at Nathan Benderson Park, 5851 Nathan Benderson Circle, Sarasota. Tickets are $30-$80, and there is a 20 percent discount on the opening week, thanks to support from WWSB ABC 7. Parking can be secured on-site for $10. Visit circusarts.org or call the Box Office at 941-355-9805.

[SOON]  THEATER: Misery , February 21 – March 10, Various times

The Sarasota Players gets down and dirty with the classic Stephen King thriller, Misery by William Goldman running through 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 and directed by Kelly Woodland, this show will have you on the edge of your seat. To learn more and purchase tickets, visit theplayers.org.

[SOON]  MUSIC: Celebrating Chopin , February 29, 7:30pm
The Chamber Orchestra of Sarasota will continue its 2024 season on Thursday, February 29 at 7:30pm at the First Presbyterian Church of Sarasota located at 2050 Oak Street. The program, conducted by music director Robert Vodnoy and titled Celebrating Chopin, features prize-winning pianist Matthew Graybil. He returns to Sarasota for this concert to perform the Piano Concerto No. 2 in F Minor by Chopin. Frederic Chopin was a Polish composer and virtuoso pianist of the Romantic period whose poetic genius expressed itself through a piano technique without equal in his generation. Tickets for the concert are $39 for adults and $5 for students and can be purchased online on the chamber orchestra website. The box office opens at 6:30pm. For more information about this and other concerts by the Chamber Orchestra, visit chamberorchestrasarasota.org or call 219-928-8665.
[SOON]  GRAB BAG: Fresh Fridays, Neighbors and Newcomers , March 1, 7-10pm
As we head into spring and the warmer weather is upon us, Fresh Fridays gears up for a night highlighting our slice of paradise. The popular downtown community block party is back on State Street, March 1, from 7-10 pm, between Lemon Avenue and S. Orange Avenue, for an all-out gathering with their newest event, Neighbors and Newcomers. Neighbors and Newcomers welcomes visitors and locals alike to experience the culture that makes downtown Sarasota shine. Attendees will enjoy live entertainment from the local band Southbound 75, downtown bites and beverages, and inclusive fun and games. In addition to spectacular live music and mouthwatering bites, attendees can take a load off and keep it casual with some leisurely lawn games such as Cornhole, oversized Connect Four and Jenga. Accessible and convenient parking will be available at Palm Avenue and State Street parking garages. Guests can stay up to date by following Fresh Fridays on their social media channels or by visiting their website at www.downtownsarasotadid.com/fresh-fridays.
[SOON]  MUSIC: Rumors , March 2, 6:30pm and 8pm
On Saturday, March 2, the Music Compound Album Ensemble, composed of 14 students, ages 13 to 70, and five staff members, will present a performance of the complete Rumours album by Fleetwood Mac, with performances at 6:30 p.m. and 8 p.m. Proceeds from the concert will benefit SPARCC, a charity selected to reflect the troubled circumstances that famously surrounded the band during the recording of the album. The Album Ensemble is one of many programs Music Compound provides for adults and youth who wish to connect with like-minded individuals in a positive and fun learning environment. The Rumours concerts take place at Music Compound SRQ, 1751 Cattlemen Rd., Sarasota. The shows are free but registration is requested; visit musiccompound.com/rumours.
[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]  SCIENCE AND NATURE: Archaeology Days, Celebrating a Window to the Past , March 2 – March 3, 10:30am-1pm
March is Florida Archaeology Month, so come and connect with regional history at Marie Selby Botanical Gardens Historic Spanish Point campus on March 2-3. Our focus is ancient history, the heritage of ancestral Seminole people represented by the ancient monuments and architecture preserved and protected by Marie Selby Botanical Gardens. On either day, join Director of Public Archaeology Uzi Baram for information on the archaeology at Historic Spanish Point, demonstrations of archaeological technologies, and family-friendly activities that will show how the campus is a window to the past. The highlight of the days is Window to the Past, an exhibit in the Shell Ridge Mound showing thousands of years of ancient history. To learn more, visit selby.org.

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