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SRQ DAILY Jan 6, 2023

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"Everybody knows a little bit about love and that is what this play is about, the magic that love brings when it is going well and when it is not."

- Janet Raines, Executive Director, Sunshine State Theatre.

[Arts & Entertainment]  Sunshine State Theatre Presents Almost, Maine
Dylan Campbell, dylan@srqme.com

This weekend, head down to Bradenton to catch Almost, Maine, from the Sunshine State Theatre. The production, which runs from Friday evening through Sunday, is not only the debut performance from Bradenton’s only professional nonprofit theater company but also the first play to be held at Oscura in old downtown.

“My business partner Jalex Scott and I have known each other since we were 18 and went to college together,” says Janet Raines, the executive director of Sunshine State Theatre and director of this weekend’s production of Almost, Maine, the most produced play in America. "It’s done so often because it’s one of those stories that you can identify with no matter where you are in life. Everybody knows a little bit about love and that’s what this play is about – the magic that love brings when it's going well and when it’s not. There’s a little bit of that magic in the air with this show.”

Fittingly enough, magic is the theme of Sunshine State Theatre’s debut season, as this new theater company pushes to bring live entertainment to the forefront of people’s minds once again. “Preserving that magic was one of the most important things for when Jalex and I started this theater. One of the things that I love about theater is that there’s nothing that can replicate live entertainment,” says Raines. “While we all love good content and have gotten accustomed to watching stuff on our couch, we wanted to be part of the movement to be a little more of a community. We wanted to make sure magic is always felt in the air and we promise that every time round this year we’ll have a show that illustrates why we fight for our community and why we fight for live entertainment.”

Oscura, 816 Manatee Ave E, Bradenton, https://sunshinestatetheatre.com/ticketing-%26-season-info. 

Pictured: Executive Director Janet Raine and Artistic Director Jalex Scott of the Sunshine State Theatre. Photo courtesy of Janet Raines.

[Music Therapy]  Local Organizations Bring Choral Singing as a Better Approach to Improving Speech and Voice Disorders in Parkinson's.

Neuro Challenge Foundation for Parkinson’s and Key Chorale will offer the free voice strengthening program series, the Off-Key Chorale, beginning in January. The Off-Key Chorale provides an opportunity for individuals with Parkinson’s disease to improve and strengthen their voices through singing and provides a fellowship activity for people whose social opportunities are often limited by this disease. Celebrating its 10th year, the Off-Key Chorale kicks off the winter season with music from “The Times They Are A Changin” rehearsing every Thursday at 10:45am from January 12th – March 2nd at a new location -Senior Friendship Center at 1888 Brother Geenen Way in Sarasota. This program is offered at NO CHARGE and is comprised of people living with Parkinson’s, family members, caregivers, and volunteer singers from Key Chorale. Led by Joseph Caulkins, Key Chorale Artistic Director with live musical accompaniment by Lee Dougherty Ross with Artist Series Concerts.Register for this free program on the Neuro Challenge Program Calendar at NeuroChallenge.org. 

Pictured: Off Key Fall Concert, Beatlemania. Courtesy of Neuro Challenge Foundation for Parkinsons and Key Chorale.

[Arts & Entertainment]  The Players Centre Presents Pulitzer Prize Winning Play, Proof

The Players Centre presents the Pulitzer Prize winning play, Proof by David Auburn, Jan. 12-22, 2023 at Studio 1130-The Crossings at Siesta Key (3501 S. Tamiami Trail, Sarasota, FL 34239). Directed by Kelly Wynn Woodland, with Stage Manager Diane Cepeda, winner of the Pulitzer Prize for Drama and Tony Award for Best Play, Proof is a passionate, intelligent story about fathers and daughters, the nature of genius, and the power of love. On the eve of her 25th birthday, Catherine, a troubled young woman, has spent years caring for her brilliant but unstable father, a famous mathematician. Now, following his death, she must deal with her own volatile emotions; the arrival of her estranged sister, Claire; and the attentions of Hal, a former student of her father’s who hopes to find valuable work in the 103 notebooks that her father left behind. When: Jan. 12-14 and 17-21 at 7:30pm; Jan. 15 and 21-22 at 2pm

Studio 1130 - The Crossings at Siesta Key, 3501 S. Tamiami Trail, Suite 200, Sarasota. Tickets: Regular tickets $30, Students 24 and under $13.  

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[Arts & Entertainment]  A George Crumb Tribute: Remembering an American Icon and Those He Influenced

The composer George Crumb (1929-2022) has been celebrated as one of the 20th century’s most adventurous and exceptional composers.ensembleNewSRQ (enSRQ) pays tribute to him with “George Crumb Tribute: Remembering an American Icon and Those He Influenced,” a concert showcasing two works, “Black Angels” and “Madrigals,” by the trailblazing composer. The concert also features the emotionally powerful “Demeter Prelude” by Crumb’s protégé, Margaret Brouwer. Renowned soprano, Lucy Fitz Gibbon returns to sing Crumb’s evocative “Madrigals.” The concert is Sunday, January 16, 7:30 p.m., at First Congregational Church, 1031 S Euclid Ave, Sarasota. Single tickets are $25. Single tickets for streaming options are $10. For more information on ticket packages and single tickets, including student ticket pricing, visit www.ensrq.org. 

Pictured: George Crumb_Becky Starobin. Courtesy of Bridge Records.

[Arts & Entertainment]  Art Center Sarasota New Exhibitions

Art Center Sarasota’s 2022-2023 exhibition season continues with four exhibits, February 2-March 11. In “Same Source,” Luca Molnar uses various media to explore the connections between historical figures and personal mythologies. In “Both Ways,” Eugene Ofori Agyei works with earthenware or stoneware clay, African fabrics, acrylic paint, and yarn to create ceramic sculptures and wall pieces that start a dialogue about identity and home. Marlon Tobias’ paintings celebrate precious moments in Black family gatherings. The Annual Juried Members Show is juried by Mary Moscatelli, CEO of Venice Art Center. The opening reception for all four exhibits is Thursday, February 2, 6-8 p.m. Art Center Sarasota, 707 N. Tamiami Trail. For information, visit www.artsarasota.org or call 941-365-2032. 

Pictured: Luca Molnar. Courtesy of Art Center Sarasota.

[Arts & Entertainment]  Miniature Masterpieces That Pack a Punch

On Saturday & Sunday, January 21 – 22, Key Chorale’s Chamber Singers, professional harpist Anna Kate Mackle, pianist Stephen Fancher, and the Sarasota Music Conservatory String Quartet, will present a concert of miniature masterpieces – all 8 minutes or less – pint-sized pieces that pack a punch. While Classical composers have often wowed us with large-scale symphonies, masses, and Requiems, they have also demonstrated their mastery in a matter of only minutes. Experience these choral miniature masterpieces – all 8 minutes or less – as Maestro Caulkins leads an interactive exploration of these miniature masterpieces. Spanning nearly 450 years, these works from the Renaissance to today will be not only performed but discussed in an entertaining and informative way throughout the program.Contemporary classics like Morten Lauridsen’s O Magnum Mysterium will be performed and contrasted with a setting of the same text in a timeless work by Spanish Renaissance composer Tomas Luis de Victoria. Another work by contemporary Latvian composer Eriks Esenvalds takes an ethereal poem by Sara Teasdale and sets it for 8-part choir and wine glasses tuned by partially filling them with water. The playing of these wine glasses adds to the mystery. Players wet their fingers and run it around the rim of the glass creating a halo of sound unlike any other. Key Chorale is excited to welcome the Sarasota Music Conservatory’s string quartet with musicians Margaret Toth, Selena Shen, Coach Sean O’Neil, & Matrick Thorpe. Harpist Anna Kate Mackle will join Key Chorale as a soloist performing the enchanting and beautiful Cantique de Jean Racine by French composer Gabriel Faure. The program rounds out with two spirituals arranged by Moses Hogan, who died tragically at the young age of 45 in 2003. In that short span he became the world’s greatest arranger of spirituals. His settings transformed spirituals into a highly regarded artform. His arrangements of My Soul’s Been Anchored in the Lord and The Battle of Jericho are among his finest, and true masterpieces. The performances will take place: Saturday, January 21, 4:00 PM at Church of the Palms; Sunday, January 22, 5:00 PM at St. Boniface Episcopal Church. Tickets are $35-$45. For tickets, go to keychorale.org or call the box office at 941-552-8768. 

[35 Under 35]  35 Under 35 Honoree - Javar Baity at Take Stock in Children of Manatee

Meet the region's 35 Under 35 Awards Honorees for the 2022 program produced by SRQ Magazine to recognize young professionals who are taking a leadership position at their company and in the community. Learn more about Javar Baity, Marketing Director at Take Stock in Children of Manatee!


Share a recent achievement for which you are the most proud.

Speaker in the recent inaugural TedXBradenton event. I spoke on the power of mentoring across cultures to create a stronger community.

What mistake in your career taught you the biggest lesson?

Not allowing others to help when offered. It is okay for people to help you achieve your goals. Hyper-independence can be a curse if you let it!


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[Event]  SB2 Luncheon

Join us on March 7, 2023 at Michael's On East for a dynamic luncheon symposium centered on conversations focused on regional philanthropic topics. The luncheon will include a panel discussion to explore the ever-changing world of non-profits and honor outstanding individuals who have made a meaningful impact within the community.  

Reserve Your Tickets Here

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[SOON]  SEMINAR: 10 x 10: Ten Slides, Ten Speakers at the Sarasota Art Museum , January 26, 5:30 p.m. to 7 p.m.

After a two-year hiatus, the 10 x 10 series will return to the Sarasota Art Museum. 10 speakers will be invited to present 10 images of their work, interest or inspiration. Slides advance automatically every 30 seconds with brief introductions between the speakers. The informal and fast-paced event is intended to showcase and introduce a diverse group of leaders and creative minds from our community. Tickets are $15 for AIA members, $15 for Ringling faculty and staff, $25 for non-members and free for students. Sarasota Art Museum, McGuire Hall, 1001 S. Tamiami Trail, Sarasota. For more information and to purchase tickets, visit 10slides10speakers.com.

[SOON]  HEALTH: New Year, New You at the Green at Lakewood Ranch , January 12, 4 p.m.

On Thursday, Jan. 12 at 4 p.m., Sirius Day Spas will host its New Year, New You event at its Lakewood Ranch location. The event will feature a free yoga class, refreshments from 3 Natives and Modern Gents, gift bags, a live DJ and more. There will also be Morpheus8 skin treatment demostrations, promotions and special guests. Participants must bring their own yoga mats and RSVP to LWR@SiriusDaySpas.com. To learn more, visit siriusdayspas.com. Sirius Day Spas,11585 E. State Rd. 70, Lakewood Ranch.

[SOON]  MUSEUM: Art Center Sarasota: Same Source , February 2 – March 11

The Same Source exhibit by Luca Molnar uses various media to explore the connection between historical figures and personal mythologies. The exhibit highlights the connection between private life, domestic spaces and memory. On Thursday, Feb. 16, Molnar will participate in an artist talk via Zoom from 5:30 to 7 p.m. The exhibit runs from Feb. 2 to March 11. To learn more, visit artsarasota.org or call 941-365-2032. Art Center Sarasota, 707 N. Tamiami Trail, Sarasota.

[SOON]  HEALTH: Brain, Balance and Ballet Classes with Azara Ballet at the Parkinson Place Center for All Movement Disorders , January 9, 1:30 p.m.

The Parkinson Place Center will host these new classes every Monday at 1:30 p.m., beginning on Jan. 9. The benefits of Brain, Balance and Ballet classes include increased balance, enhanced coordination, strengthened expansive movement and technique and improved rigidity. Additionally, the balletic exercises can enhance cognitive function, boost mood and provide a sense of well-being. Members are invited to participate in a live Brain, Balance & Ballet class demonstration on Thursday, January 5th. For more information, visit parkinsonplace.org. Parkinson Place Center For All Movement Disorders, 5969 Cattleridge Rd., Ste. 100, Sarasota.

[SOON]  THEATER: Asolo Repertory Theatre: Ken Ludwigs The Three Musketeers , January 11 – March 26, Varied

Adapted from the novel by Alexandre Dumas. Directed by Peter Amster. Harrowing adventure, bravery, and friendship take center stage in Ken Ludwig's THE THREE MUSKETEERS, a thrilling adaptation of the popular novel by Alexandre Dumas. One of the world’s most enduring comedies, this classic tells the tale of a daring young man who finds himself in the company of the world’s greatest swordsmen, as well as some of the world’s most dangerous men and women. Directed by Peter Amster, who most recently directed Asolo Rep’s smash hit Murder on the Orient Express in 2020, this play promises to be a fast-paced, witty, swashbuckling good time. All for one, and one for all! 

Asolo Repertory Theatre

[SOON]  MUSIC: Sarasota Art Museum: Jazz Thursdays , January 13 – January 12, 5:30pm-8:30pm

Jazz Thursdays at Sarasota Art Museum will runs through January 12, 2023 from 5:30pm to 8:30pm. FREE for Members, $20 for Not-Yet Members. Sarasota Art Museum invites you to be our guest at our first Jazz Thursday at SAM, featuring Hot Club of SRQ. Sarasota Art Museum is partnering with the Jazz Club of Sarasota for Jazz Thursdays. Join us for our special late-night performances on the Marcy & Michael Klein Plaza. Jazz Thursdays will occur on the second Thursday of each month until January 12, 2023. Galleries + Bistro + Shop will be open.

[SOON]  PERFORMANCE: FST - A Place in the Sun - A Tribute to Stevie Wonder , November 16 – April 16, Varied

A Place in the Sun – A Tribute to Stevie Wonder, will begin playing in FST’s Goldstein Cabaret on November 16, 2022. The new music revue celebrates the legendary musician whose catalogue spans six decades and multiple musical genres, taking audiences through the beloved songbook of musical pioneer, Stevie Wonder. Created by Jason Cannon, Richard Hopkins, and Sarah Durham, this all-new Cabaret features such timeless hits as “I Just Called to Say I Love You,” “Isn’t She Lovely?,” and “Superstition.” Tickets are now on sale at FloridaStudioTheatre.org or at 941.366.9000.

[SOON]  THEATER: Asolo Repertory Theatre: Silent Sky , January 19 – March 5, Varied

At the turn of the 20th century, years before women had the right to vote, one woman’s breakthrough changed our perception of the stars. Full of wonder, humor, and heart, SILENT SKY is the remarkable true story of Henrietta Leavitt, one of the pioneering women astronomers working at Harvard Observatory in the early 1900s. You will be enthralled by the story of this extraordinary woman who took on the astronomy establishment in order to discover the mysteries embedded in the sky. Henrietta transcended the odds while navigating love, family, and the universe, going on to make a world-altering advancement to the field of astronomy that forever changed our view of the cosmos.  Written by one of today’s leading playwrights, Lauren Gunderson, this mesmerizing drama is directed by Seema Sueko, who recently brought this work to life at Washington D.C.’s Ford’s Theatre. 

Asolo Repertory Theatre

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