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SRQ Daily Jan 11, 2019

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"There's unfinished business."

- Peter Amster, "A Doll's House, Part 2"

[Theater]  After Ibsen: "A Doll's House, Part 2" Comes to Asolo Rep
Philip Lederer, Phil.Lederer@srqme.com

In the final scene of Henrik Ibsen’s 1879 landmark drama, A Doll’s House, Nora turns her back on her tyrannical husband, Torvald, and their small child, slamming the door with a bang heard ‘round the world stage. More than 100 years later, playwright Lucas Hnath continues the story of the broken Helmer family with A Doll’s House, Part 2, a dramedy in one act that begins with Nora returning after 15 years to knock on that very same door. Coming to Asolo Repertory Theatre on January 18, Peter Amster directs this Tony Award-nominated theatrical rarity, on track to be the most produced play in the US for the 2018–19 season.

An uncommon animal in the theater world, this particular sequel becomes all the more audacious for what it follows—both a true classic and an already failed attempt at a sequel in the 1983 Broadway bomb, A Doll’s Life. It all started with the playful title, says Amster, and Hnath began asking around to friends and colleagues to see what they surmised had happened to Nora after the curtain came down. “Almost everyone thought she came to a bad end,” says Amster. Some thought she became prostitute and died. Others contested she must have found work in a factory, and then died. Still more said that maybe she just cut to the chase and simply died. Possibly worse, some suggested she came crawling back to Torvald. Hnath had a different idea: “What if she was successful?”

And that’s all Amster will reveal. From that jumping off point, it’s just four actors, one set and 90 minutes, he says, “but in that 90 minutes—bam—there is so much going on.” At times thrilling, surprising and funny, the production continues exploring through-lines from Ibsen’s original, including gender roles and family dynamics, but with a playwright’s nuance that avoids political preaching or easy answers. “It doesn’t draw a line in the sand,” says Amster, “but you leave the theater wanting to talk.” And, unlike the latest Marvel blockbuster at the local cinema, one doesn’t need to be an expert or even too familiar with what came before to make sense of this next installment.

A Doll’s House, Part 2 comes to the Asolo Repertory Stage on January 18 and runs through March 1. 

Pictured: David Breitbarth and Kate Hampton in Asolo Repertory Theatre's production of "A Doll's House, Part 2." Photo by John Revisky.

[Museum]  Sarasota Museum of Art Announces Spring 2019 Season

The Sarasota Museum of Art has announced its spring 2019 season, featuring a dynamic series of programs ranging from a collector’s master class and film screening to a live performance and several talks with artists and curators. Welcoming thought leaders in the art world to discuss an array of topics, season highlights include: Cara McCarty, Curatorial Director of the Cooper- Hewitt Smithsonian Design Museum, on design for all types of abilities; Amanda Hawkins, Curator at Design Museum Foundation, on the importance of play; Valerie Cassel Oliver, Curator at the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts, on Howardena Pindell; and a live music and video performance by the multi-disciplinary duo, Princess. Kicking off the season on Thursday January 31, artist Jean Shin will discuss her conceptually rich site-specific installations at 6pm. This event and most of the spring line-up will be held at the Sarasota Museum of Art’s pop-up space, The Works, located at 891 South Tamiami Trail, with the exception of the film screening to be held at Burns Court Cinema. More information about the coming season can be found below. 

Sarasota Museum of Art

[Visual Arts]  Dion MBD Wins Williams Parker 2018 Holiday Card Design

Williams Parker has announces Dionisius Mehaga Bangun Djayasaputra (“Dion MBD”) as the winner of its 2018 holiday card design contest with Ringling College of Art and Design. This was the first year the law firm partnered with Ringling College to seek student design submissions for its holiday card. The firm received numerous worthy submissions and the winner was provided with a cash award to assist with school-related expenses.

Dion MBD is a senior illustration student with Ringling College. He is a Dean’s Scholar, Avant-Garde Scholar and Trustee Scholar, and has been named to the College’s President’s List. He has interned with National Geographic in Indonesia and Psyop in New York and has done freelance illustration work for The New York Times

Dion MBD Artist

[Government]  Manatee County Accepting Applications for Oversight Committee

Manatee County is accepting applications for three seats for a citizens advisory committee that makes recommendations to the Board of County Commissioners on Infrastructure Sales Tax. The committee meets periodically to prepare an annual report to the Board of County Commissioners, which reviews expenditures of the voter-approved half-cent sales tax. To qualify, applicants must live in unincorporated areas of Manatee County. The term for a seat on the committee is two years. Applications are due Feb. 8 and may be found online at the website below. 

Manatee County Advisory Board Applications

[Business]  VSC, Miles Partnership Offer Google My Business Training to Combat Red TIde

Visit Sarasota County (VSC) is hosting a two-part education initiative on how businesses in the hospitality industry can make the most of Google My Business features and improve engagement and conversion with customers who may be concerned about red tide. VSC has embarked on this with Miles Partnership to counter the impact of red tide on Florida’s West Coast. The first part of the program is a webinar, Leveraging Google in Red Tide Recovery Industry, on January 22 at 2pm; the second is a lunch and learn at Marina Jack on February 4 at 11:30am. Both events are free, though reservations are required. To register for the webinar, visit the website below. To RSVP to the lunch and learn, email ebalandra@visitsarasota.org. 

Google My Business Webinar Registration

[Business]  Advice Solutions Celebrates 20 Years

As 2018 draws to a close, Advice Solutions is proud to celebrate its 20th anniversary in the advertising industry with a client roster that has included many local, regional and national brands. Owned by Sarasota resident Linda Gross, the agency made a name for itself over the past two decades with a specialty in the real estate industry, and has worked with most major companies throughout the southeast and nearly every major developer in the area at some point during that time, including Neal Communities, Taylor Morrison West Florida and SMR Communities.

Advice Solutions welcomed several new accounts over the past year, including Sarasota’s own Fergeson Skipper P.A., and continued its longstanding relationship with Morton’s Gourmet Market, directin a successful multi-month summer direct mail campaign on their behalf. Advice also contributed its services on a pro bono basis for the Sarasota/Manatee Association for Riding Therapy and Designing Women Boutique, for which it helped launch GroundWorks, a program initiated by Designing Women Boutique to channel consignment donations into funding for scholarship and mentoring opportunities. Already the program has attracted seven major partners and generated thousands of dollars in consignment merchandise. 

Advice Solutions

[TODAY]  MUSEUM: Coco Fusco: Twilight , October 14 – February 17

A solo exhibition presenting recent video projects by internationally acclaimed writer and interdisciplinary artist Coco Fusco. Works explore the current political and social climate in Cuba as the Revolution enters its twilight years. Fusco will be premiering her lasted video project currently in production. This newest project, made possible by her 2016 Greenfield commission at the Hermitage Artist Retreat, is a short video-essay on contemporary Cuba that reflects on the anxieties emerging as the country faces an uncertain future. Fusco will also be unveiling a new sculpture on The Ringling’s grounds.

The Ringling Museum of Art, 5401 Bay Shore Rd., Sarasota.

[TODAY]  THEATER: Marvin Gaye: Prince of Soul , November 28 – January 13

After several years of requests from theater patrons, Sheldon Rhoden will reprise the role of Marvin Gaye. This original show begins in the 1950s at the start of Gaye's career with Motown and follows its twists and turns until his untimely death in the mid-1980s.

Westcoast Black Theatre Troupe, 1012 North Orange Ave., Sarasota.

[TODAY]  THEATER: The Crucible , January 11 – March 10

In the black of night, a Salem village reverend discovers a group of teenage girls dancing devilishly around a fire in the woods. When his daughter exhibits strange catatonic symptoms the following morning, the townsfolk are frenzied with rumors of witchcraft. Deep-seated jealousy, deadly accusations, and seething resentments pit neighbor against neighbor as a deeply religious community is thrown into turmoil, in this Arthur Miller classic.

Asolo Repertory Theatre, 5555 North Tamiami Trl., Sarasota.

[TODAY]  THEATER: Straight White Men , December 12 – March 1

Monty Navarro may be distant heir to the family fortune, but there are several deadly ways to jump the line of succession. All the while, Monty must juggle his mistress, his fiancée, and the constant threat of landing behind bars. Of course, it will all be worth it if he can slay his way to his inheritance… and be done in time for tea.

Florida Studio Theatre , 1241 North Palm Ave., Sarasota

[SOON]  SEMINAR: Bayfront Gardens Workshop: Fertilizer Basics , January 12

Join Ringling staff for a two-part workshop which includes a classroom session to learn about fertilizers and their use in the landscape, followed by an outdoor session. The program includes a talk and discussion in the Museum of Art, Chao Lecture Hall followed by a walking tour tailored to the topic. Please wear comfortable clothes and walking shoes.

Bayfront Gardens , 5401 Bay Shore Rd., Sarasota

[SOON]  FILM: Before Night Falls , January 12

Join for a film screening of “Nadie”, directed by Cuban filmmaker Miguel Coyula. Coyula will be there to introduce the film and take questions from the audience. “Nadie” (Nobody) tells the story of Rafael Alcides, a writer for the Cuban Revolution who became increasingly disillusioned as it progressed.

Chao Lecture Hall, 5401 Bay Shore Rd., Sarasota

[SOON]  SEMINAR: Artist Talk: Poetry in Contemporary Cuba , January 12

This Artist Talk is a unique opportunity to hear from Cuban artists as they discuss poetry and the social role of artists in 21st-century Cuban society. Coco Fusco will moderate a discussion with filmmaker Miguel Coyula, actress Lynn Cruz and poet Amaury Pacheco. After the talk, a reception will be held with Fusco, Cruz, Pacheco and Coyula.

Chao Lecture Hall, 5401 Bay Shore Rd., Sarasota

[SOON]  PERFORMANCE: Images- Who Stole the Mona Lisa , January 12 – January 13

“Who Stole the Mona Lisa?” is a whimsical and imaginative animated film that offers a delightful, multimedia, classical music performance presented in synchrony with a live performance of Igor Stravinsky’s Suite from “The Firebird.” Live and visual pairings of “Babar the Elephant” and “Pictures at an Exhibition” complete the program. Alexandre Moutouzkine mans the piano while Edward Alley narrates.

Historic Asolo Theater, 5401 Bay Shore Rd., Sarasota

[SOON]  GALLERY: American Watercolor Society , January 15 – February 22

Artists are local, national and international, and Art Center Manatee is one of only five venues in the country to host the exhibit. Admission is $5. In a neighboring gallery, and on display for the same period of time, the Florida Suncoast Watercolor Society will also be showing work from its member-artists.

ArtCenter Manatee, 209 9th St. W, Bradenton.

[SOON]  SEMINAR: 3rd Annual Come Ride With Us! , January 17, 11:30AM - 1:30PM

Jane Brody is coming to Sarasota! The "High Priestess of Health," New York Times Columnist and American Author is the keynote at ITN SunCoast's annual luncheon. Health and wellness exhibits, and giveaways will precede the sit down lunch and "Jane Brody on Living Well to 100".  Seating is limited.  Tickets are $50.

The Carlisle, 3727 Bahia Vista, Sarasota

[SOON]  SPORTS: Yoga Nights , January 17

This exciting new series taught by Lululemon Ambassador Ashley Stewart Yoga will offer three classes in different locations throughout the estate in January, February and March 2019.  After the class, explore the galleries and visit with friends at the Art After 5 lounge which features a cash bar.

Museum Galleries, 5401 Bay Shore Rd., Sarasota

[SOON]  PERFORMANCE: Hairspray , January 17 – February 3

“Welcome to the 60s” where Tracey Turnblad, a pleasantly plump teenager dreams of fame and fights to racially integrate the Corny Collins Show. This winner of eight Tony Awards (including “Best Musical”) is based on the John Waters film and proves that “You Can’t Stop The Beat.”

The Players Theatre, 838 North Tamiami Trl., Sarasota

[SOON]  PERFORMANCE: Bill Bowers: All Over The Map , January 18 – January 19

Through movement, mime, and comedy, a veteran solo artist recalls and recreates the indelible memories from thirty years of touring twenty-five nations.

Ringling Museum, 5401 Bay Shore Rd., Sarasota

[SOON]  THEATER: A Doll's House, Part 2 , January 18 – March 31

In the final scene of Ibsen’s 1879 masterwork, Nora Helmer slammed the door on her marriage and family life, leaving her family. This sequel imagines her 15 years later as a successful writer and independent women, but she must return home to the one man who can help her. Universally acclaimed during its recent Broadway run, this new comedy raises questions about marriage and the roles of women have—and have not—changed.

Asolo Repertory Theatre, 5555 North Tamiami Trl., Sarasota

[SOON]  SEMINAR: The Ringling Art Library’s Collection of Rare Travel Books , January 22

The Ringling Art Library’s Special Collection includes a number of 17th to 19th-century travel books, many of which are extremely rare. This presentation from Elisa Hansen, Head of Library Services, will explore these fascinating journeys and the authors who wrote about them.  

Chao Lecture Hall, 5401 Bay Shore Rd., Sarasota

[SOON]  THEATER: The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time , January 23 – March 17

Adapted by Simon Stephens from Mark Haddon’s novel of the same name , Christopher is exceptionally intelligent, but ill-equipped to interpret everyday life. When he falls under suspicion for killing his neighbor’s dog, he sets out to identify the true culprit, which leads to an ear-shattering discovery.

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