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SRQ DAILY Mar 24, 2023

Friday Weekend Edition

Friday Weekend Edition

"It has been a wild ride."

- CJ Callins, Branded Entertainment Film Major, Ringling College of Art and Design.

[Arts & Entertainment]  Contagious Swagger at Sarasota Film Festival
Dylan Campbell, dylan@srqme.com

“It’s been a wild ride. It was a four day shoot in total with the first shooting date in late September, but the second week got postponed a whole month because of the hurricane that ripped through Florida,” says CJ Callins. “My actors weren’t students, they were real-life, full-time actors–my lead was from Miami and we had to alter his looks to look like he did a whole month and a half ago.”

Callins, a Ringling College Branded Entertainment Film major, is speaking on his senior thesis film, Contagious Swagger, which will be airing this week at the Sarasota Film Festival. The 11-minute comedic short, which focuses on a Black man meeting his Asian girlfriend’s parents for the first time, is a rarity for the Sarasota Film Festival–Ringling College thesis films typically aren’t completed in time for submission to the festival. “I don’t know the last time a Ringling College film has been in it because usually senior thesis films are completed until around late April or late May, but I made it a goal to get it in there in time. This is actually the first branded entertainment film to be in the festival which is kind of historic and exciting for me,” says Callins.

A branded entertainment film, as Callins puts it, “is more like a sponsored short film than a commercial”. It’s a film that connects with a brand to tell a story. Callins, interested in exploring the intersection of Black and Asian cultures, picked a brand that he felt was resonant in the Black community: Air Jordan. “The biggest message of this film revolves around cultures coming together. In the film, the boyfriend has to take off his Air Jordan’s when he steps into his girlfriend’s home – it’s like taking a piece of himself off,” says Callins. “I didn’t really get to experience or educate myself about Asian culture until I came to Ringling College. My suitemate from freshman year was Asian and I’ve lived with him ever since. The similarities between his culture and mine really inspired me to make this film.” 

Pictured: CJ Callins behind the scenes of his Ringling Senior Thesis film, Contagious Swagger. Photo courtesy of the artist.

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[Arts & Entertainment]  FST Announces Lineup for Its 39th Richard and Betty Burdick New Play Festival

Florida Studio Theatre announces its 39th Richard and Betty Burdick New Play Festival, presenting three staged readings of new works by contemporary American playwrights. This year’s Festival features the quirky comedy, Advice by Brent Askari, the heartfelt one-man musical, Todd vs. The Titanic by Scott Rothman, Joe Kinosian, and Kellen Blair, and the dark comedy, Bleeding Hearts by Steve Yockey. Readings will take place on April 21, April 28, and May 5 at 3PM each day in FST’s Keating Theatre. Subscriptions to all three readings are $15-25. Single tickets are $10. Subscriptions and single tickets are now on sale at FloridaStudioTheatre.org or by calling FST’s Box Office at 941.366.9000. As Sarasota’s Contemporary Theatre, FST is heavily invested in New Play Development. To date, FST has produced over 30 World Premieres, many of which have been nurtured through the theatre’s artistic initiatives. Through reading series, like the Burdick New Play Festival, FST gives select works-in-progress a platform, a live audience, artistic support, and valuable feedback. The playwrights highlighted in this Festival will each travel to Sarasota for a week of rehearsals with FST’s artistic staff and guest artists. At the end of each week of development sessions, a staged reading of their play or musical will be performed for a live audience, followed by a discussion with the audience about the work-in-progress.  

[Arts & Entertainment]  Andy Sandberg and Broadway Guest Stars Raised their Voices to Celebrate the Hermitage's 20th Anniversary Season

On Monday evening, March 20th, the Hermitage celebrated its 20th Anniversary Season with a concert featuring Artistic Director and CEO Andy Sandberg, returning to his roots as a performer. “This is my first time doing anything like this in about twelve years,” Sandberg shared from the stage. He performed an evening of classic and contemporary Broadway songs, with a few other pop favorites, as well as original songs by Hermitage alumni, including award-winning composers Adam Gwon and Rona Siddiqui. “It’s a rare and special thing,” stated Gavin Creel in his introduction, “that an Artistic Director and CEO like Andy has the talent and the willingness to get up and do a very daring thing – to sing and perform with a bunch of his friends and inspirations who are also some my favorite Broadway performers, in order to raise more money to help this amazing place… I will always love the Hermitage.” Between sponsorships and ticket sales, the event raised nearly $200,000 for the Hermitage and its ongoing hurricane repair efforts. 

Pictured: Jeannette Bayardelle, Laura Bell Bundy, Leslie Rodriguez Kritzer, Hermitage Artistic Director and CEO Andy Sandberg, Ann Morrison, and Raleigh Mosley II. Courtesy of the Hermitage.

[Arts & Entertainment]  Art Center Sarasota Selected to Participate in Entrepreneurial Opportunity

Art Center Sarasota will work to strengthen its entrepreneurial capacity and increase its mission impact with earned-income strategies developed and implemented through its participation in Margin & Mission Ignition, an opportunity presented by The Patterson Foundation. As one of four regional organizations selected for Margin & Mission Ignition, Art Center Sarasota will work with No Margin, No Mission, a social enterprise and national consulting firm engaged by The Patterson Foundation, over a 30-month process. No Margin, No Mission will work with each nonprofit to develop and implement business plans to generate revenue and support their efforts in the community. Throughout the process, the organizations participating in Margin & Mission Ignition will come together to learn from and share with one another based on their experiences. Margin & Mission Ignition is part of The Patterson Foundation’s Nonprofit Thrivability initiative. This initiative connects nonprofits with expertise and resources to learn concepts like strategic decision-making while adopting and implementing entrepreneurial principles to generate enough revenue to support and eventually grow their operations. For more information about Margin & Mission Ignition, please visit thepattersonfoundation.org. Join the conversation on social media by using #TPFMarginMission. For more information about Art Center Sarasota, please visit https://www.artsarasota.org/ 

[Arts & Entertainment]  Postmodern Jukebox Life In The Past Lane Tour Comes to Sarasota

The Van Wezel Performing Arts Hall is excited to welcome Postmodern Jukebox to Sarasota on Sunday, April 23, 2023 at 7 p.m. Tickets for Postmodern Jukebox – Life In The Past Lane Tour are on sale now. Times change and trends come and go, but -- like a 1961 Jaguar XK-E -- the classic sounds of the past only appreciate with age. Postmodern Jukebox's Life In The Past Lane Concert Tour is a celebration of the greatest 20th century musical genres, fused with the recognizable hits of our own modern era, for the perfect patina of "vintage" and "modern." As always, we'll be bringing the Postmodern Jukebox Universe to life with a cast full of today's most exciting vocalists, instrumentalists, and tap dancers, to bring you the top-shelf entertainment experience for which Postmodern Jukebox is known. Whether you're a vinyl aficionado or a TikTok fashionista, catch a ride with us for an unforgettable trip through 100 years of timeless music. Tickets start at $27 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 Mattison’s at the Van Wezel which is located inside the theatre. Reservations can be made on VanWezel.org or through the box office. 

Photo courtesy of The Van Wezel Performing Arts Hall.

[Festival]  Nathan Benderson Park Paddling Survivors in Sync Team Headed to New Zealand

Nathan Benderson Park (NBP) Paddling program’s NBP Survivors in Sync, consisting of breast cancer survivors, will participate in the 2023 International Breast Cancer Paddlers’ Commission (IBCPC) Participatory Dragon Boat Festival in Lake Karapiro, Cambridge, New Zealand from April 10-16, 2023. NBP Paddling Coach Angela Long will not only coach in the event but will also race. Twenty-four team members will travel and participate in the parade of teams on Friday, April 14. Two boats will compete in the 500-meter races and in the 200 meter races. They will be accompanied by supporters, friends, family and NBP paddlers who will also compete in supporter races held each day. The IBCPC Participatory Dragon Boat Festival is held every four years. The festival is an international non-competitive participatory event for breast cancer paddler teams who engage in Dragon Boat activities as post breast cancer diagnosis rehabilitation.
The NBP team placed fourth at the most recent IBCPC Participatory Dragon Boat Festival in 2018 in Italy. They are also the International Dragon Boat Federation’s reigning world-champions in the 500-meter and 200-meter sprints. The World Championships were held at Nathan Benderson Park in 2022. The NBP Paddling program trains at Nathan Benderson Park, a Sarasota County park, and is composed of a diverse group of men and women. The following groups make up the NBP Paddling program: NBP Survivors in Sync: NBP’s Breast Cancer Survivor Team. The "SISters" are a team of breast-cancer survivors that competes in events worldwide, NBP Veterans: Veterans train and compete with others who share their experiences, NBP Dragons: The NBP Dragons compete internationally year-round, NBP Warriors: The warriors are a team of men and women who have survived cancers of all-types. They compete year-round. 

[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]  MUSEUM: She Engineers at the Bishop , January 24 – July 30, During museum hours

SHE ENGINEERS is a bilingual (English and Spanish) poster exhibition highlighting eight women in various engineering fields. In their own words, the women share their passion and what inspired them to become engineers. If we support a woman in STEM, then she can change the world.

[SOON]  GRAB BAG: Marie Selby Botanical Gardens 2023 Jean & Alfred Goldstein Exhibition Tiffany: The Pursuit of Beauty in Nature , February 12 – June 26, During garden hours

Marie Selby Botanical Gardens’ 2023 Jean and Alfred Goldstein Exhibition Tiffany: The Pursuit of Beauty in Nature showcases the creativity and innovation of American artist and designer Louis Comfort Tiffany (1848-1933). The first exhibition of its type to be presented in a botanical garden, the exhibition highlights the inspiring connection between Tiffany Studios and the natural world through unique horticultural displays in the Tropical Conservatory and the Gardens, accompanied by seminal examples of Tiffany’s work on view in the Museum of Botany and the Arts. To learn more, visit selby.org. Selby Gardens Downtown Sarasota campus, 1534 Mound St., Sarasota.

[SOON]  THEATER: Asolo Repertory Theatre: Chicken & Biscuits , February 15 – April 13, Varied

The hilarious new play CHICKEN & BISCUITS introduces us to the Jenkins family, as they gather to celebrate the life of their beloved and recently deceased father and grandfather, the Revered Bernard Jenkins. When an unexpected guest reveals a secret, they all discover that nothing brings a family together like a big side of drama. This side-splitting new Broadway comedy explores the tenderness of family, the joy of reconciliation, and the nourishing power of love. Written by Broadway newcomer Douglas Lyons and directed by the talented Bianca LaVerne Jones, who was associate director of the 2021 Broadway production, CHICKEN & BISCUITS proves that while family may drive us crazy, we’re lucky to have each other. 

Asolo Repertory Theatre

[SOON]  PERFORMANCE: Sarasota Opera: Madama Butterfly , February 18 – March 24, Varied

Madama Butterfly is an Opera in three acts. Music by Giacomo Puccini. Libretto by Luigi Illica and Giuseppe Giacosa. A young geisha known affectionately as Madama Butterfly is swept off her feet by an American Naval Officer. Left with a promise that he would return one day, Butterfly waits faithfully for three years, but is met with heartbreak in one of opera’s most enduring tragedies. Sung in Italian with Translations in English. February 18th-March 24 For tickets visit sarasotaopera.org or Ph. +1 941 328 1300

Sarasota Opera , 61 N Pineapple Ave. Sarasota, FL 34236

[SOON]  PERFORMANCE: Sarasota Opera: Don Giovanni , February 25 – March 25, Varied

Don Giovanni is an Opera in two acts. Music by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart. Libretto by Lorenzo da Ponte. Mozart’s most famous opera is a comic and tragic masterpiece. Set in 17th century Spain, this tale of obsession, betrayal, crime, and retribution centers around the infamous lover Don Juan, who leaves a path of broken hearts wherever he goes. Sung in Italian with English Translations in English. February 25th-March 25th. For tickets visit sarasotaopera.org, Ph. +1 941 328 1300, 61 N Pineapple Ave Sarasota, FL 34236

Sarasota Opera , 61 N Pineapple Ave. Sarasota, FL 34236

[SOON]  GRAB BAG: Resilience: A Guided Walking Tour Experience by Compass Rose History Experiences , February 25 – April 22, 3:30 p.m.

Compass Rose History Experiences announces the launch of Resilience: A Guided Walking Tour Experience. Guides Mimi Cirbusova and Andrea Knies will navigate attendees on a journey back in time down Main Street as we explore the resilience of the Sarasota community during the Great Depression and World War II. Locals and visitors alike will find inspiration from the stories of the people and places of Sarasota's past. Tours meet at Five Points Park in Downtown Sarasota and cover a distance of less than one mile over the 75-90 minute tour. All tours begin at 3:30 pm. Tickets cost $20.00 and must be purchased in advance. Guests purchasing both tours can receive a $10 discount by selecting the ticket package. Visit CompassRoseHistory.com to purchase your tickets or to learn more about Compass Rose History Experiences.

[SOON]  PERFORMANCE: Sarasota Opera: Ernani , March 11 – March 26, Varied

Ernani is a Dramma lirico in four acts. Music by Giuseppe Verdi. Libretto by Francesco Maria Piave. The bandit Ernani has lost his land, wealth, and title, and faces competing suitors, including the king, as he pursues his true love, Elvira. One of the greatest of Verdi’s early works encompasses love, honor, and tragedy with passionate choruses, emotional arias, and a stirring score. Sung in Italian with Translations in English. Runs March 11th-March 26th. For tickets visit sarasotaopera.org, Ph. +1 941 328 1300 

Sarasota Opera , 61 N Pineapple Ave. Sarasota, FL 34236

[SOON]  THEATER: Asolo Rep: Incident at Our Lady of Perpetual Help , March 15 – April 22, Varied

Take a trip back to 1973 with the Irish Catholic OShea family in the uproarious INCIDENT AT OUR LADY OF PERPETUAL HELP. This boisterous and moving new memory play introduces us to young Linda, as she recalls a week she’ll never forget. When Linda’s mother instructs her to tell her sister about the birds and the bees, things quickly snowball into a potential crisis after the conversation is overheard by the parish priest. Secrets are unintentionally revealed, and a quick-witted group of women realize what really matters as they work to protect their family reputation and each other. This wild and tender comedy directed by Asolo Rep Associate Artistic Director Celine Rosenthal explores the foolishness of first love, the pains of Catholic guilt, and ultimately, the power of family.  

Asolo Repertory Theatre

[SOON]  PERFORMANCE: Sarasota Opera: Therese , March 17 – March 25, Varied

Therese is an opera in two acts. Music by Jules Massenet. Libretto by Jules Claretie. A love triangle during the French Revolution is the setting for this rarely heard work. Therese is torn between love for her former lover and her affection and duty towards her husband. Moments of lyrical beauty are punctuated by the drama of the “Reign of Terror” in this opera. Sung in French with Translations in English. March 17th-March 25th For tickets visit sarasotaopera.org, Ph. +1 941 328 1300

Sarasota Opera , 61 N Pineapple Ave. Sarasota, FL 34236

[SOON]  DANCE: Sarasota Ballet: Program 6 - La Sylphide , March 24 – March 25

The Sarasota Ballet is excited to announce the Company’s 2022 – 2023 Season. Over seven programs, The Sarasota Ballet will perform 15 works by some of the most celebrated and prestigious choreographers and composers of the ballet world. Program 6 - La Sylphide. March 24-25, 2023. At the Van Wezel Performing Arts Hall. La Sylphide (Company Premiere) Choreography by Johan Kobborg after August Bournonville, Music by Herman Severin Lovenskiold. For more information visit www.sarasotaballet.org, Box office 941.359.0099

Van Wezel Performing Arts Hall , 777 N Tamiami Trail, Sarasota, FL 34236

[SOON]  PERFORMANCE: Stories of Florida Con Sabor , March 24, 7:30 p.m.

Our stories have never been the same since Ponce De Leon first arrived on our shores in 1513. Flowing seamlessly between Spanish and English, the personal, historical, and traditional Florida tales that storyteller Carrie Sue Ayvar tells in Stories of Florida Con Sabor connect the people and cultures of Florida, con un poquito de sabor Latino, with a little bit of Latino flavor. This bilingual presentation, designed for audiences 13 years and older, is funded by the Florida Humanities’ Florida Talks program and runs Friday, March 24, at 7:30 p.m., at CreArte Latino Theatre, 8251 15th St. E. Suite I, Sarasota. Tickets are $5 and can be purchased at www.creartelatino.org.

[SOON]  GRAB BAG: History Day in the Park at Phillippi Estate Park , March 25, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Phillippi Estate Park, as the home of the Edson Keith Mansion and the historic Keith Farmhouse, is holding History Day in the Park on Saturday March 25 2023. We’re helping preserve the fascinating history of the greater Sarasota area by presenting local history to residents and visitors. The event will feature live music, kids' activities, historical fun and more. Phillippi Estate Park, 5500 S. Tamiami Trail, Sarasota. historydayinthepark.com.

[SOON]  FESTIVAL: Bradenton Spring Festival , March 25, 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.

The Humane Society of Manatee County is proud to present the first Bradenton Spring Festival Fundraiser. Located at Caddy’s of Bradenton, 801 Riverside Drive East, this family, and pet-friendly festival will allow guests to enjoy an abundance of activities such as a dog lure course, photo booth, DJ, games, raffle prizes, local vendors, adoptable dogs and more. Individuals and fundraising teams can buy tickets now by visiting the events page at www.humanemanatee.org. 

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