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SRQ DAILY Apr 19, 2024

Friday Weekend Edition

Friday Weekend Edition

"There is a sharing of the space between a male dancer and a female dancer. Sometimes it can be interpreted as the mother and child or as lovers dancing together. "

- Carlos Acosta, Ballet Dancer and Director.
 

[Arts & Entertainment]  The Sarasota Cuban Ballet School Presents a Performance by Carlos Acosta
Dylan Campbell, dylan@srqme.com

This weekend, a truly one of a kind performance is coming to Sarasota. On April 19 and 20, the Sarasota Cuban Ballet School will present world-renowned ballet dancer and director Carlos Acosta’s performance of On Before. The contemporary ballet, initially constructed by Acosta in 2010 as a tribute to his late mother, will be performed at the Sarasota Opera House. Acosta’s performance of On Before in Sarasota will mark Acosta’s first performance in the United States since 2018 and will be his only stop in the country on his current tour.

Acosta, born in Havana, Cuba in 1973, has a long and storied career in ballet. Currently the director of the Birmingham Royal Ballet, Acosta studied ballet at the Cuban National Ballet School and rose to prominence in the 1990s, eventually becoming a permanent member of The Royal Ballet in 1998. Acosta retired from classical ballet in 2016 after 28 years as a professional dancer–since then, however, he’s continued to be active in the world of dance, establishing his own company, Acosta Danza in Havana in 2016.

On Before is undoubtedly Acosta’s most personal and intimate work to date. An intimate, two-person ballet–backed by a choir–On Before will see Acosta pair up with Laura Rodriguez from Acosta Danza. “The show is very abstract. It’s very symbolic,” says Acosta. “There is a sharing of the space between a male dancer and a female dancer. Sometimes it can be interpreted as the mother and child or as lovers dancing together–the show gives me an opportunity to dance with my mother so to speak. Every time I dance in this show I feel her presence and it’s a way of always having her live on in my heart.”

April 19-20, 7:30 p.m., Sarasota Opera House, 61 N Pineapple Ave, Sarasota. 

Pictured: Carlos Acosta and Laura Rodriguez in a performance of On Before. Photo courtesy of Sarasota Cuban Ballet School

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[Arts & Entertainment]  Sailor Circus Academy to Present Four Performances of Spring Show May 4-5

For 75 years, students involved with the Circus Arts Conservatory’s Sailor Circus Academy have wowed audiences with feats of physical strength, grace and courage that might initially seem well beyond the abilities of performers so young. In “Origins,” patrons of all ages, from near and far, will be enthralled as students involved in the Red Troupe of the youth training program flip, fly and soar to new heights during their spring show. Performances take place in the Sailor Circus Arena (2075 Bahia Vista St., Sarasota) at 2 and 7 p.m. on May 4 and at 1 and 5 p.m. on May 5. This year’s show celebrates the creative power behind nature, art, human invention, and 75 years of Sailor Circus entertainment. From stardust to supernovas, from aerials to acrobatics, this show has it all! Nearly 50 students will be featured in acts including trampoline wall, acrobatic roller skating, bicycle for five, clowning, aerial acts such as silks, hammock, cloudswing, duo straps, and web, and – the traditional closing act – the flying trapeze. This show marks the first time the Sailor Circus will perform the thrilling and dynamic act, the Russian Swing, which will open the show. Creative director Jared Walker notes that “Origins” is a more traditional circus show: while there is a theme, there’s no complicated plot line so that the focus can stay on the students. The show will take audiences from the Big Bang through ancient Greek civilization and the story of Adam and Eve in the Garden of Eden to the age of dinosaurs, the Paleolithic age of early humans, the golden age of invention, the creative boom of art up through modern music, to a concluding supernova. The program's graduating seniors – Scotti Horowitz, Alex Hume, Kate McCracken, Cora Thayer, Emma Wilson Weber and Anjolie Zerbini, some of whom have studied with SCA for as many as nine years – will be featured in acts including aerial web, slack rope, cloudswing, acrobatic dance, and flying trapeze. Also being featured are two dance trapeze students, Anna Buchmeier and Emmi Tvenstrup, who recently performed at VivaFest 2024 in Las Vegas; the duo, coached by Olga Coronas, won 2nd place as an Aerial Duo in the Emerging Pro category. Tickets for “Origins” are $20-$40 and can be purchased via circusarts.org, by calling the Box Office at 941-355-9805, or secured in person at the Box Office on Bahia Vista Street, adjacent to the Sailor Circus Arena. Box Office hours are 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Monday through Friday. 

Pictured: Senior Sailor Circus student Alex with fellow performer Olivia on the flying trapeze. Provided photos/Circus Arts Conservatory.

[Arts & Entertainment]  Celebrate Earth Day at Marie Selby Botanical Gardens Historic Spanish Point Campus

This Earth Day, engage with nature using all of your senses! A part of Suncoast Remake Learning Days, we’re partnering with Suncoast Science Center | Faulhaber Fab Lab, Conservation Foundation of the Gulf Coast, and Mote Marine Laboratory to offer fun, hands-on learning activities for all ages. Join us to explore your senses through stations like a "guess the scent" challenge, music making and more! Explore our Butterfly House, partake in a plant scavenger hunt, and even discover a special 6th sense! This event is free and open to the public. Registration is not required.

Saturday, April 20, 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. 

[Arts & Entertainment]  A Contemporary Collaboration Unites Five Bay Area Museums in an Innovative Art Exhibition

Skyway 2024: A Contemporary Collaboration unites five of Tampa Bay's most prestigious cultural institutions in a unique showcase of local artistic talent. Skyway 2024 is not just an exhibition; it is a journey through the vibrant contemporary art scene of the central Gulf Coast region in Florida. The Museum of Fine Arts, St. Petersburg; The John and Mable Ringling Museum of Art; Sarasota Art Museum of Ringling College of Art and Design; the Tampa Museum of Art; and the University of South Florida Contemporary Art Museum are proud to announce their joint effort in presenting this groundbreaking showcase. This collaborative effort will feature a diverse array of contemporary art, including paintings, sculptures, installations, and multimedia presentations by 63 artists and art collectives living and working in the Tampa Bay area. 

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[Arts & Entertainment]  2024 Hermitage Greenfield Prize Celebrates Deepa Purohit and Angelica Negron with Rachel Bay Jones and More

The annual Hermitage Greenfield Prize Dinner on Sunday, April 14th honored playwright and theater maker Deepa Purohit. This was the central event of a three-day celebration, hosted by the Hermitage Artist Retreat (Andy Sandberg, Artistic Director and CEO) in partnership with the Greenfield Foundation. The gala evening was presented at Michael’s on East and featured inspiring performances from Tony, Grammy, and Emmy Award-winning star of stage and screen Rachel Bay Jones (Dear Evan Hansen, “Young Sheldon”), accompanied by Broadway veteran Randy Redd; original songs by internationally renowned composer and performer Kavita Shah; and an appearance from past Hermitage Greenfield Prize winner Angélica Negrón. The annual gala raised more than $300,000 in support of the Hermitage’s mission, in addition to the Greenfield Foundation’s increased annual gift of $175,000. The festive evening was co-chaired by Pauline Wamsler and Stephanie & Gene Jones. Hermitage Artistic Director and CEO Andy Sandberg served as master of ceremonies and announced that Asolo Repertory Theatre will be collaborating with the Hermitage as the presenting partner for the first public presentation of Deepa Purohit’s commission in Sarasota in 2026. As this year’s HGP recipient, Purohit receives a $35,000 commission, along with an extended residency at the Hermitage Artist Retreat. The Hermitage Greenfield Prize Celebration culminated on Monday, April 15th with Angélica Negrón presenting Azul Naranja Salado, the original composition resulting from her 2022 Hermitage Greenfield Prize. This world premiere concert set a new standard for embracing the Florida weather as part of the experience; this contemporary classical composition was performed live outdoors on the Hermitage Beach on Manasota Key. Deepa Purohit was selected by a distinguished jury that included Obie Award-winning playwright and Pulitzer Prize finalist Rajiv Joseph, Tony Award-winning Artistic Director of A.R.T. Diane Paulus, and Tony Award-winning actor, director, and writer Ruben Santiago-Hudson. 



[SRQIST]  Origin Story
Laura Paquette, laura.paquette@srqme.com

ORIGIN STORY | Discover the origin story of The Sarasota-Manatee Originals, which champions local restaurants across the community, April 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: Patriotic Pops and Fireworks Concert, American Heroes , May 25, 7:30pm
The Venice Symphony is proud to present the fifth annual Patriotic Pops and Fireworks Concert, American Heroes, on Saturday, May 25 at 7:30 pm at CoolToday Park, the Spring Training home of The Atlanta Braves. A spectacular fireworks display will follow the concert. Gates open at 5:30 p.m. Visit the CoolToday Park Box Office at 18800 S. West Villages Parkway, Venice, or call 941-413-5004 or visit Ticketmaster to purchase tickets.
[SOON]  MUSIC: Friday Fest , May 24 – October 4, 5-9pm
Friday Fest, the free, outdoor summertime concert series at the Van Wezel Performing Arts Hall returns with an exciting lineup of bands who will bring the audience to their feet. This year the festivities kick off in May. Each event runs from 5-9 p.m. on the lawn of the Van Wezel overlooking beautiful Sarasota Bay. Bring blankets or lawn chairs, take in the music and the sunset, and enjoy food and beverages from local vendors. Bringing in food, beverages and coolers from outside Friday Fest is prohibited. For additional information, visit VanWezel.org.
[SOON]  FOOD: Mothers Day Brunch , May 12, 10:30am, 12pm and 1:30pm
Celebrate Mothers Day amid Mother Nature at Selby Gardens Downtown Sarasota campus. Enjoy a delicious brunch buffet catered by Michaels On East with a special performance by the female vocal trio The Vocalitas at each brunch seating. Tickets to Mothers Day Brunch grant you full access to our Downtown Sarasota campus to view our Spring Exhibition Yayoi Kusama: A Letter to Georgia OKeeffe before and/or after brunch. Check-in opens at 10:00 a.m. outside of the Welcome Center. Mothers Day Brunch takes place inside the Event Center. To learn more, visit selby.org.
[SOON]  PERFORMANCE: Jimmy Failla , May 11, 8pm
The Van Wezel Performing Arts Hall is excited to welcome Jimmy Failla to Sarasota on Saturday, May 11, 2024 at 8pm. Tickets for the Everybody Calm Down Tour go on sale this Friday, February 23 at 10am EST. Tickets start at $20.70 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]  MUSIC: Kenny G , May 5, 7pm

The Van Wezel Performing Arts Hall is excited to welcome Kenny G to Sarasota on Sunday, May 5, 2024 at 7pm.  Tickets start at $40 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]  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]  GALLERY: The Petticoat Painters , May 3 – June 1, Various times

Check out The Petticoat Painters, an exhibition of female artists, at SPAACES. The exhibition runs from May 3 through June 1, with an opening reception on Friday, May 3 from 6-8pm. The Petticoat Painters is one of the oldest continuously exhibiting art groups of women in the U.S. This group was formed in 1953 to showcase the talents of female artists at a time when women had difficulty finding venues to show their work. Seven women participated in the first show held at a local Sarasota, Florida gallery. These original members selected the name Petticoat Painters, thinking it would be a one-time show of their work. The name continues to be used both in honor of the founders and to retain its historical signature. While we revere our history, each generation of members evolves its own identity framed by contemporary thinking. As we continue to engage new members, we actively move into the 21st Century in concert with the dynamic metamorphosis in art philosophy and aesthetics. Learn more at Petticoatpainters.com. SPAACES Art Gallery, 2051 Princeton Street, Sarasota.

[SOON]  MUSIC: George Thorogood and The Destroyers , May 1, 7:30 pm
The Van Wezel Performing Arts Hall is excited to welcome George Thorogood and The Destroyers to Sarasota on Wednesday, May 1, 2024 at 7:30pm. Five decades, 15 million albums and more than 8,000 performances later, few bands can still rock the house like George Thorogood and Destroyers. Tickets start at $41.50 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.
[SOON]  MUSIC: Shannon Lee and Ying Li , April 28 – April 29, 4pm
The April concerts conclude at the Fischer/Weisenborne residence with Shannon Lee, violin and Ying Li, piano on April 28 and April 29 at 4:00 p.m. The first-place winners of the Artist Series Concerts 2017 and 2018 international violin and piano competitions join forces for this spectacular soiree program. Lee made her solo debut with the Dallas Symphony at age 12. Since then, she has been a prize winner in the Sendai Competition in Japan, the Queen Elisabeth Competition in Belgium, and the Shanghai Isaac Stern Competition. Li won first place of Young Concert Artists 2021 Susan Wadsworth International Auditions, and recently made her Carnegie Hall and Kennedy Center recital debuts. Single ticket: $60. For tickets and more information, visit ArtistSeriesConcerts.org or call 941-306-1202.

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