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EARS<br />

WCW<br />

35<br />

YEARS<br />

MARCH 20<strong>23</strong><br />

Angie<br />

Stringer<br />

President & CEO of<br />

Girls Inc. of Sarasota County<br />

Also in this issue:<br />

■ City of Sarasota’s<br />

Cultural Arts Exhibit<br />

■ EcoWalks Guided Tours<br />

■ Venice’s Urban Forest<br />

■ Through Women’s Eyes<br />

International Film<br />

Festival<br />

■ Music al Fresco with<br />

the Sarasota Orchestra







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MARCH 20<strong>23</strong><br />

contents<br />

EARS<br />

Editor and Publisher<br />

Louise M. Bruderle<br />

Email: westcoastwoman@comcast.net<br />

Contributing Writer<br />

Carol Darling<br />

Contributing Photographer<br />

Evelyn England<br />

Art Director/Graphic Designer<br />

Kimberly Carmell<br />

Assistant to the Publisher<br />

Mimi Gato<br />

West Coast Woman is published<br />

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LMB Media, Inc., Louise Bruderle,<br />

President. All contents of this<br />

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Email: westcoastwoman@comcast.net<br />

Here are our columns:<br />

n Out & About: includes<br />

fundraisers, concerts, art exhibits,<br />

lectures, dance, poetry, shows<br />

& performances, theatre, film,<br />

seasonal events and more.<br />

n You’re News: job announcements,<br />

appointments and promotions,<br />

board news, business news and<br />

real estate news.<br />


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WCW<br />

35<br />

YEARS<br />

Congratulations to us!<br />

EARS<br />

Venice’s Urban Forest<br />

Venice Area Beautification, Inc and hard-working<br />

volunteers are converting an old CSX railroad corridor<br />

and “reforesting” it with Florida native vegetation,<br />

creating a space for bikers, walkers to enjoy.<br />

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WCW<br />

35<br />

YEARS<br />

of publishing WCW!<br />

Exhibit celebrates<br />

the City of Sarasota’s<br />

cultural arts history<br />

If you’re a history or art buff - or<br />

maybe both - you’ll enjoy the exhibit<br />

now on display at Sarasota’s City H<strong>all</strong><br />

located at 1565 1st St., Sarasota.<br />

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Happening this month<br />

Through Women’s Eyes International Film Festival<br />

runs March 9-13 and spotlights fresh voices and<br />

perspectives in films from around the world.<br />

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WCW Mailing Address:<br />

P.O. Box 819<br />

Sarasota, FL 34<strong>23</strong>0<br />

email:<br />

westcoastwoman@comcast.net<br />

website:<br />

www.westcoastwoman.com<br />

west coast<br />

WOMAN<br />

Why Mangroves Matter<br />

EcoWalks Guided Tours show the many ways these<br />

trees preserve and protect so many aspects of our<br />

ecosystem. Try a free guided walk and learn how.<br />

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departments<br />

4 editor’s letter<br />

7 Out & About: listings for things to do<br />

live and/or online<br />

11 focus on the arts:<br />

Sarasota Orchestra’s World Premiere<br />

14 focus on the arts:<br />

art exhibit in Sarasota’s City H<strong>all</strong><br />

16 west coast woman: Angie Stringer,<br />

Girls Inc. of Sarasota County<br />

18 focus on the arts: Artist Series Concerts<br />

21 feature: Venice’s Urban Forest<br />

22 focus on the arts: music al fresco<br />

with the Sarasota Orchestra<br />

24 focus on the arts: Creative Liberties has<br />

a second artists’ space<br />

25 happening this month:<br />

Unifem Film Festival is back<br />

27 feature: Why Mangroves Matter<br />

28 dining in: Meatless made easy<br />

30 What is Craniosacral Therapy?<br />

■ on the cover: Angie Stringer, President & CEO of Girls Inc. of Sarasota County.<br />

■ Image: Evelyn England.<br />

MARCH 20<strong>23</strong> WEST COAST WOMAN 3

just some<br />

thoughts<br />

Louise Bruderle<br />

Editor and Publisher<br />

West Coast Woman<br />

Angie Stringer<br />

Angie Stringer<br />

Photo by Evelyn England<br />

I’m proud to say we’ve profiled <strong>all</strong> the CEOs at Girls<br />

Inc. since WCW began publishing in 1989: Brenda<br />

Steg<strong>all</strong>, Alexis Upham, Stefania Feltz and Robin<br />

Rose. And of course, board member and dynamic,<br />

lifelong champion of girls, Sherry Watts.<br />

Angie is someone I’ve known since she was the<br />

marketing and communications point person at<br />

Girls Inc. before she left for Children First. But she’s<br />

back at Girls Inc and has been since 2015. As you’ll<br />

read, it’s been a ch<strong>all</strong>enging stretch, but one with<br />

ultimate rewards as Girls Inc. has grown and offers<br />

even more dynamic programming to meet the<br />

needs of girls and young women.<br />

Back in October, they were awarded the first ever “Pillar of Inspiration<br />

Award” from Girls Inc. National. This award celebrates excellence throughout<br />

the Girls Inc. network and is for an affiliate that is considered “an inspiring,<br />

supportive leader” within the network. Interestingly, Girls Inc. of Sarasota was<br />

nominated by several other Girls Inc. affiliates around the U.S. and Canada.<br />

So it’s perfect to highlight Angie and an organization committed to girls and<br />

young women during Women’s History Month and during WCW’s 35th anniversary<br />

month - wow! And speaking of anniversaries, Angie told me that Girls inc. opened<br />

its doors in 1974-75 meaning that they are now marking their 50th anniversary!<br />

Their Celebration Luncheon is on April 20 at Sarasota Municipal Auditorium<br />

girlsincsrq.org/celebration-luncheon/ which is always a wonderful event.<br />

Another Anniversary and a New Leader<br />

WCW profiled Lorry Eible<br />

many years ago and we met<br />

at her Siesta Key Foxy Lady<br />

location. I recently read that<br />

she has owned and operated<br />

Foxy Lady for 50 years<br />

now. You may have noticed<br />

that independent clothing<br />

stores have disappeared<br />

for the most part (but not<br />

completely), but Lorry’s<br />

stores (St. Armands Circle<br />

and Siesta Key) are going strong.<br />

What makes her and her business stand<br />

out is that she gives great customer service.<br />

She will “dress” you if you want that<br />

Lorry<br />

assistance and she has a great eye for who<br />

should wear what and how to look stylish.<br />

Congratulations, Lorry, on 50 years of<br />

making women look great!<br />

Cintia Elenstar has been promoted to executive director of UnidosNow, following<br />

the recent retirement of Luz Corcuera. Elenstar joined the organization in<br />

2019 and has been groomed for this leadership role over the past three years as<br />

part of a board-led succession plan.<br />

Since joining UnidosNow, which specializes in<br />

supporting Latino students on their path to earning<br />

a postsecondary credential, Elenstar has helped the<br />

nonprofit innovate and advance its mission. At the<br />

onset of the pandemic, she adapted the organization’s<br />

flagship program, the Future Leadership Academy,<br />

to a fully online format, ensuring that students’<br />

progress toward achieving their academic dreams<br />

could continue. Elenstar also spearheaded Unidos-<br />

Now’s College Completion program, which supports<br />

Cintia Elenstar<br />

more than 100 first-generation, low-income students<br />

each year . In addition, she formalized the organization’s mentoring program<br />

and implemented a donor management system.<br />

“I am honored to have this opportunity to lead such a dedicated team, and to<br />

expand and enhance the impact of UnidosNow,” says Elenstar. “I look forward<br />

to continuing to serve and empower the fast-growing Hispanic/Latinx community<br />

in our region.”<br />

UnidosNow offers educational and professional outreach initiatives to the<br />

Hispanic and Latinx communities in Sarasota and Manatee counties so that<br />

they can create cycles of opportunity for generations to come. The organization<br />

achieves this through education initiatives, leadership training, community<br />

services, and civic engagement. Visit UnidosNow.org for more information<br />

Last c<strong>all</strong>…love going to museums?<br />

You might like this class…<br />

We’re down to just two weeks away to when<br />

I’ll be lecturing at the Education Center at<br />

Temple Beth Israel, located at 567 Bay Isles<br />

Road, Longboat Key (tbi-lbk.org/education-center).<br />

Get me talking about art and art<br />

museums and I get <strong>all</strong> excited and I’m so glad<br />

I’ll get to share that with like-minded people.<br />

You can still join me on Tuesday, March 14,<br />

for “Best Art Exhibits Nation<strong>all</strong>y, Statewide<br />

and Loc<strong>all</strong>y” (#LS10) Zoom is also available<br />

(#ZALS10). Description: Love to visit art<br />

museums? Want to know which exhibits are coming up that are “can’t miss?”<br />

This visual presentation offers a quick overview of upcoming exhibits across<br />

the U.S., and also in places like Miami and Orlando. Closer to home, we’ll look<br />

at exhibits in Naples, Tampa, Ft. Myers, and Sarasota.<br />

It’s a fun class where I have saved you the time of scouring museum sites <strong>all</strong><br />

over the country to cherry pick the best and most unique. So, if you love going<br />

to museums you’ll enjoy this class.<br />

One of the pleasures of having done this before is that so many of the attendees<br />

have traveled to these exhibits already plus can recommend other exhibits.<br />

Contact the Education Center At Temple Beth Israel at 941-383-8222.<br />

In this Issue: Taking it Outdoors<br />

If last month’s WCW had a lot of art exhibits, this issue<br />

has a focus on the beauty and diversity of the outdoors.<br />

I did an EcoWalk at Lemon Bay Park recently and a day<br />

later received a personal tour and progress update on<br />

the Venice Area Urban Forrest in downtown Venice.<br />

Much is said these days about traffic, development,<br />

roundabouts, etc., in Sarasota County, so these two<br />

forays were a break from the stresses and strains of<br />

those realities. There’s no stopping the development<br />

going on,but there are people committed to preserving<br />

and beautifying open spaces, as well as those expanding<br />

our understanding of our environment as found in<br />

county parks.<br />

The origin of writing about outdoor spaces came<br />

about due to Covid and I wanted to report on parks<br />

that were available for people to have something to do that was safe.<br />

Lemon Bay Park, which I feature in this issue, origin<strong>all</strong>y had 48 acres that<br />

were acquired back in 1986 as part of a bond referendum (ok if you don’t remember<br />

voting for it) and with additional purchases, it’s now 210 acres<br />

This past December, Sarasota County acquired 25 acres along the Myakka<br />

River, near South River Road and South Tamiami Trail, adjacent to the Myakka<br />

State Forest. The county purchased this land through the Environment<strong>all</strong>y<br />

Sensitive Lands Protection Program (ESLPP), which was designed to acquire<br />

and protect environmental land - meaning no development.<br />

Coming up in WCW: April Travel Issue<br />

If you go by traffic at Sarasota International Airport, then 2022 was a very busy<br />

year. Having flown out in January 20<strong>23</strong>, I can attest that it’s also<br />

looking like a very busy start to 20<strong>23</strong> as well.<br />

In 2022, a year marked by Hurricane Ian and<br />

a winter storm over the Christmas holidays that<br />

initi<strong>all</strong>y disrupted air travel, then fed into a cascade<br />

of cancellations by the airport’s top carrier, 3.87<br />

million passengers travelled through the airport— a<br />

21.6% increase over 2021’s record year of 3.16<br />

million passengers.<br />

We’re planning some interesting features<br />

and travel tips for April and there<br />

will be no delays or cancelations.<br />

Louise Bruderle | Editor and Publisher |<br />

westcoastwoman@comcast.net<br />

We welcome your thoughts and comments on this column and on other columns and features in this issue.<br />

You can reach us at westcoastwoman@comcast.net. We’re on the web at www.WestCoastWoman.com.<br />

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out &about<br />

Special Events<br />

On April 19, Josh Provides will<br />

host its 5th annual Interactive<br />

Dinner & Auction at Michael’s On<br />

East. Guests can take part in silent<br />

and live auctions and cook their<br />

own gourmet meals, guided by<br />

Michael’s co-owner Phil Mancini<br />

and Michael’s chef, Jamil Pineda. For<br />

information, contact Andria Bilan at<br />

info@joshprovides.org.<br />

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Safe Children Coalition presents<br />

20<strong>23</strong> Giving Breakfast on March<br />

<strong>23</strong>. The inaugural Giving Breakfast<br />

has four “Champions for Children”<br />

who will be honored for their contributions<br />

to caring for children. The<br />

20<strong>23</strong> honorees are: Michele Grimes,<br />

attorney, Williams Parker Attorneys<br />

at Law; Rick Oswald, senior vice president,<br />

CMSA Architects; and Bobbie<br />

and Floyd Price, Guardian Angels<br />

of SW Florida. The event takes place<br />

from 8-9:30 a.m. at Michael’s On East.<br />

A practicing attorney by day, Grimes<br />

has spent many years supporting area<br />

nonprofits, especi<strong>all</strong>y those that help<br />

children. She has served on the boards<br />

of organizations including Boys & Girls<br />

Clubs of Sarasota County, the Service<br />

Club of Manatee County, the Greater<br />

Sarasota Chamber of Commerce, and<br />

the Sarasota Bar Association. She also<br />

chaired the board of the previous Sarasota<br />

Family YMCA and served as a trustee<br />

of the YMCA Foundation of Sarasota.<br />

Oswald has used his architectural<br />

skills and licensed contractors’ knowledge<br />

to support Safe Children Coalition<br />

through thick and thin. Oswald is<br />

involved in the upcoming Youth Shelter<br />

project, using his unique ability to<br />

craft ideas into reality for the benefit of<br />

homeless youth in our community.<br />

Bobbie and Floyd Price had a vision<br />

– along with other caring members of<br />

the community – to help large sibling<br />

groups of foster children in Circuit 12.<br />

That vision has resulted in the on-campus<br />

Foster Family Homes in Palmetto<br />

which, in partnership with the Florida<br />

Baptist Children’s Homes – One More<br />

Child, has provided loving physical,<br />

emotional and spiritual care for hundreds<br />

of foster children ages 0-19.<br />

Safe Children Coalition is the lead<br />

agency for community-based care<br />

for Sarasota, Manatee and DeSoto<br />

counties (Circuit 12), providing foster<br />

care, adoption, and prevention and<br />

diversion programs; nearly 9,300 children<br />

received services last year. Funds<br />

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programs as well as youth prevention<br />

services, Schoolhouse Link (for children<br />

who are homeless or unaccompanied),<br />

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Children Coalition’s vice president<br />

of communications and community<br />

engagement: jhouse@sccfl.org or 941-<br />

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Art in the Park returns for the<br />

<strong>23</strong>rd year. Hosted by the University<br />

Park Country Club, the show features<br />

over 150 works of art created by<br />

60 local artists. The pieces range from<br />

large and sm<strong>all</strong> scale original paintings,<br />

mixed media, photographs,<br />

sculptures, sm<strong>all</strong> prints and beautiful<br />

notecards. There truly is something<br />

to satisfy everyone’s taste and budget.<br />

This year’s show is open to the public<br />

on Saturday, March 11 and Sunday,<br />

March 12, 10 am to 5 pm. The show is<br />

indoors and takes place rain or shine.<br />

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After visiting<br />

the show, a perfect<br />

place to have lunch,<br />

brunch or a glass<br />

of wine, is at the<br />

freshly renovated<br />

club restaurant in<br />

a beautiful setting<br />

overlooking the<br />

lake and championship<br />

golf course.<br />

The restaurant<br />

offers an extensive<br />

menu, including<br />

craft cocktails.<br />

Admission to the<br />

show is free and<br />

there is free parking<br />

at the club. More<br />

info at artinthe<br />

parkupcc.com.<br />

History<br />

Day in<br />

The Park<br />

Takes place<br />

March 25, 10-5 at<br />

Phillippi Estate<br />

Park 5500 S. Trail,<br />

Sarasota. A day<br />

for the whole family to raise funds<br />

for the Interpretive History Center<br />

which will be housed in the Keith<br />

Farmhouse, when the Farmhouse is<br />

fully restored.<br />

Enjoy the Mansion filled with<br />

antiques, antique toys and appraisals,<br />

antique dolls (harkening back to<br />

when Mae Prodie lived there, while<br />

she made a fortune designing Barbie<br />

Doll accessories), authors of Florida<br />

History in the Library<br />

Outside, enjoy a children’s circle,<br />

filled with fun activities for children,<br />

demos of historic activities by<br />

the various Historical Groups in the<br />

county and beyond, music, quilts,<br />

historic crafts and equipment displays,<br />

antique cars, plein air painters<br />

and more. Information: www.facebook.com/HistoryDayinthePark.<br />

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Circus Sarasota<br />

presents 25th<br />

anniversary show<br />

An international cast of worldclass<br />

circus artists will thrill audiences<br />

during Circus Sarasota 20<strong>23</strong> show.<br />

From February 10-March 5, the<br />

Circus Arts Conservatory is proud<br />

to present “Circus Sarasota Legacy:<br />

25th Anniversary Show” under the<br />

Ulla Searing Big Top at Nathan Benderson<br />

Park. This celebratory production<br />

will feature outstanding circus<br />

artists from around the world as well<br />

as a couple of Sarasota natives/local<br />

favorites. The closing act is a duo<br />

from Ukraine: the CAC has joined<br />

other members of the Global Alliance<br />

of Circus Schools in supporting<br />

circus artists from Ukraine by sponsoring<br />

visas and providing performance<br />

opportunities as the war with<br />

Russia rages on. Visit CircusArts.org<br />

or c<strong>all</strong> (941) 355-9335.<br />

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ArtCenter Manatee<br />

March brings the International<br />

Society of Watercolor Artists Florida<br />

USA and the Florida Suncoast<br />

Watercolor Society Annual Aqueous<br />

Exhibit on display through March<br />

21. Opening reception is on March 2,<br />

5-7pm. In the Kellogg G<strong>all</strong>ery. Admission:<br />

$5.<br />

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Art Uptown G<strong>all</strong>ery has “Maro Lorimer: Peace Time” through March 24. Art<br />

Uptown G<strong>all</strong>ery, 1367 Main Street g<strong>all</strong>ery. www.artuptown.com<br />

For a complete list of exhibits,<br />

classes and events, visit ArtCenter-<br />

Manatee.org.<br />

Sarasota Jazz<br />

Festival<br />

This year’s festival runs March<br />

13-18 at Nathan Benderson Park. The<br />

venue, a big top tent, will be arranged<br />

to seat roughly 1,400 concertgoers.<br />

The main tent shows will feature an<br />

array of nation<strong>all</strong>y recognized talent.<br />

First-time Program Director Terell<br />

Stafford, a successful trumpeter and<br />

bandleader, has crafted a formidable<br />

lineup that sees jazz through a<br />

wide-angle lens. This includes the<br />

long-time festival mainstay, world-acclaimed<br />

pianist and composer Dick<br />

Hyman, along with jazz-funk bassist<br />

Marcus Miller as well as the contemporary-minded<br />

vocalist Lizz Wright.<br />

Saxophonist Paquito D’Rivera covers<br />

the Latin side, and pianist Christian<br />

Sands represents a new era in an<br />

enduring jazz form: the piano trio.<br />

Sarasota Jazz Festival Lineup<br />

• March 14: Jazz Trolley Pub Crawl:<br />

10 locations, 10 bands, 5 trolleys.<br />

• March 15: Main Stage Concert:<br />

Christian Sands Trio (6 p.m.); Lizz<br />

Wright Band (8 p.m.). Nathan Benderson<br />

Park.<br />

• March 16: Jazz Film Series: “The<br />

Benny Goodman Story,” Burns Court<br />

Cinema<br />

• March 16: Main Stage Concert:<br />

Allen Carmen Project with Gumbi<br />

Ortiz (6 p.m.); Marcus Miller Band (8<br />

p.m.). Nathan Benderson Park.<br />

• March 17: Jazz Film Series: “Miles<br />

Davis: Birth of the Cool.” Burns<br />

Court Cinema.<br />

• March 17: Main Stage Concert: Dick<br />

Hyman & Diego Figueiredo (6 p.m.);<br />

Kurt Elling Superblue Band featuring<br />

Charlie Hunter (8 p.m.). Nathan<br />

Benderson Park.<br />

• March 17: Late Night Open Jam<br />

Session: La Lucha. Nathan Benderson<br />

Park<br />

• March 18: Main Stage Concert:<br />

Houston Person & Charlie Monaco<br />

(6 p.m.); Paquito D’Rivera (8 p.m.).<br />

Nathan Benderson Park.<br />

• March 18: Late Night Open Jam<br />

Session: Synia Carroll Band. Nathan<br />

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Benderson Park.<br />

Ticket and event<br />

information are<br />

available on SarasotaJazzFestival.<br />

com.<br />

Musica<br />

Sacra<br />

Next up is<br />

Magnificat by<br />

John Rutter and<br />

other sm<strong>all</strong>er<br />

works. The concert<br />

is on April<br />

17 and conducted<br />

by Dr.<br />

Robert Parrish.<br />

Tickets and Info:<br />

www.musicasacrasarasota.org.<br />

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La<br />

Musica<br />

Coming up:<br />

Voices of the<br />

Americas on<br />

March 13, 7:30<br />

p.m. at Riverview<br />

Performing<br />

Arts Center. Directly from the Chamber<br />

Music Society of Lincoln Center<br />

stage, this program opens and closes<br />

with classics by Aaron Copland and<br />

George Gershwin. In between are<br />

short personal statements inspired<br />

by the composers’ relationship to<br />

religion, their interpretation to native<br />

folk music, and the deeply intimate<br />

reaction to the death of a friend. Take<br />

a trip in sound from the pulsating<br />

dance h<strong>all</strong> to the quieter prayer in this<br />

exploration of music from the Americas<br />

in the 20th century.<br />

Performers: Jessica Rivera,<br />

soprano; Michael Stephen Brown,<br />

Gilles Vonsattel, pianos; Nicholas<br />

Canellakis, cello; Ian David Rosenbaum,<br />

percussion.<br />

Music selections: Copland El Salón<br />

México for Piano and Percussion; Bernstein<br />

Three Meditations from Mass for<br />

Cello, Piano, and Percussion; Ginastera<br />

“Chacarera” from Cinco canciones<br />

populares argentinas for Voice and<br />

Piano, op. 10, Chávez: “North Carolina<br />

Blues” for Voice and Piano; Ginastera<br />

“Gato” from Cinco canciones<br />

populares argentinas for Voice and<br />

Piano, op. 10; Ponce “Estrellita” for<br />

Voice and Piano; Bernstein “I Feel<br />

Pretty” and “Somewhere” from West<br />

Side Story for Voice and Piano; Golijov<br />

Mariel for Cello and Marimba; Villa-Lobos<br />

“A maré encheu” and “O polichinelo”<br />

from Guia prático for Piano;<br />

Ginastera Pampeana no. 2, Rhapsody<br />

for Cello and Piano, op. 21; León “Oh<br />

Yemanja” from Scourge of Hyacinths<br />

for Soprano, Cello, and Piano<br />

Gershwin Cuban Overture for<br />

Piano, Four Hands, and Percussion<br />

https://www.lamusicafestival.org/<br />

festival/concerts-events.<br />

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Venice Symphony<br />

Next up is A Celtic Celebration<br />

on March 17-18. The guest artist is<br />

vocalist and harpist Orla F<strong>all</strong>on,<br />

an original member of the popular<br />

group Celtic Woman. Highlights<br />

include Percy Granger’s exuberant<br />

Molly on the Shore, music<br />

from Riverdance and Symphony No.<br />

3 in F Minor, known as the “Irish,” by<br />

Charles Villiers Stanford.<br />

Tickets: www.thevenicesymphony.org.<br />

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Ring Sarasota<br />

Ring Sarasota performs on<br />

March 12 at Bee Ridge Presbyterian<br />

Church, Sarasota and on March 19<br />

at Roser Memorial Church on Anna<br />

Maria Island.<br />

These musicians offer a combination<br />

of entertainment, education, and<br />

community engagement. Dedicated to<br />

enhancing handbell ringing as an art<br />

form, the Sarasota‐based group under<br />

the direction of former Navy bandleader<br />

Rick Holdsworth showcases<br />

over 200 individual handbells and<br />

handchimes rung by a large ensemble<br />

of ringers to create a symphony of<br />

sound with special effects mimicking<br />

the piccolo, percussion, trombone,<br />

and even the Tibetan singing bowl.<br />

Ring Sarasota attracts member ringers<br />

from as far north as Tampa Bay and as<br />

far south as Fort Myers.<br />

For more information about Ring<br />

Sarasota, visit RingSarasota.org.<br />

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Sarasota B<strong>all</strong>et<br />

Program 6 runs March 24-25 at<br />

the Van Wezel for Johan Kobborg’s<br />

production of August Bournonville’s<br />

iconic full-length romantic b<strong>all</strong>et<br />

with La Sylphide.<br />

A crown jewel of Danish b<strong>all</strong>et,<br />

Bournonville’s La Sylphide recounts a<br />

narrative of a Scottish man, betrothed<br />

to a local woman, becoming entranced<br />

by the vision of a sylph, and the ensuing<br />

chaos as he is torn between two<br />

romances. Kobborg’s production preserves<br />

the source material’s dramatic<br />

potency while reinvigorating the choreography<br />

and designs and maintaining<br />

a thoroughly Danish flair.<br />

This production has become one of<br />

the preeminent versions of Bournonville’s<br />

b<strong>all</strong>et and has been performed<br />

by companies across the world including<br />

The Royal B<strong>all</strong>et and the Bolshoi<br />

B<strong>all</strong>et. Tickets: www.SarasotaB<strong>all</strong>et.<br />

org or c<strong>all</strong> 941-359-0099.<br />

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Artist Series<br />

Concerts of<br />

Sarasota<br />

Daniel Solowey, clarinet, and<br />

Milana Strezeva, piano, perform on<br />

March 5, 4 p.m. and March 6, at the<br />

Fischer/Weisenborne Residence.<br />

Solowey is the son of two Sarasota<br />

Orchestra musicians and was featured<br />

on NPR’s From the Top where he was<br />

a Jack Kent Cooke Young Artist award<br />

winner at age 17. He is currently a member<br />

of the Civic Orchestra of Chicago.<br />

Michelle Cann, piano, performs on<br />

March 7 at the Historic Asolo Theater.<br />

Winner of the 2022 Sphinx Medal of<br />

Excellence recognizing extraordinary<br />

classical Black and Latinx musicians,<br />

Cann made her orchestral debut at age<br />

14 and has since performed as a soloist<br />

with numerous orchestras including<br />

The Philadelphia Orchestra, The Cleveland<br />

Orchestra, and The Cincinnati<br />

Symphony Orchestra. Her program<br />

includes repertoire by Florence Price,<br />

whose music Cann has championed.<br />

Samantha Bennett, violin, performs<br />

on March <strong>23</strong> at the Sarasota Yacht<br />

Club. Principal second violin of Sarasota<br />

Orchestra and co-artistic director<br />

of ensembleNEWSRQ, Bennett has become<br />

one of the most visible and versatile<br />

classical musicians in the community<br />

since arriving here in 2015.<br />

In this program of music that has<br />

inspired her career, she will perform<br />

works by Prokofiev and Berio, and the<br />

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MARCH 20<strong>23</strong> WEST COAST WOMAN 7

out and about continued<br />

Chaconne of JS Bach.<br />

Lin Ye, piano, with principal string<br />

musicians from Sarasota Orchestra,<br />

will perform on March 26. It will have<br />

been three years since Lin Ye wowed<br />

Sarasota audiences in two sold out<br />

programs. Having performed in prestigious<br />

venues worldwide, the former<br />

Artist Series Concerts prizewinner<br />

returns to Sarasota with a program of<br />

piano concertos by Chopin, Mozart,<br />

and Bach.<br />

Feder Duo—Cheryl Losey Feder,<br />

harp, and Abraham Feder, cello, will<br />

perform on April 9, 4 p.m. at Temple<br />

Sinai, 4631 S. Lockwood Ridge Road,<br />

Sarasota.<br />

Losey and Feder began their orchestral<br />

careers on the same day in 2008 as<br />

they both assumed principal positions<br />

in the Sarasota Orchestra. He introduced<br />

himself as she was tuning her<br />

harp, and the rest is history. He is now<br />

assistant principal cellist of the Detroit<br />

Symphony and she a sought-after soloist,<br />

chamber musician and recording<br />

artist. They return to Sarasota for a<br />

program of music for harp and cello,<br />

including their own transcriptions of<br />

music by Bach and Johann Strauss, Jr.<br />

Visit ArtistSeriesConcerts.org or<br />

c<strong>all</strong> 941-306-1202.<br />

Choral Artists<br />

The Choral Artists of Sarasota<br />

has The Children’s March: An oratorio<br />

by Philadelphia composer Andrew<br />

Bleckner, which takes you on a journey<br />

to an historical event during the<br />

Civil Rights Era of the 1960s. Incorporating<br />

traditional African-American<br />

styles and spirituals, the work shows<br />

the incivility of segregation through<br />

the innocence and optimistic spirit<br />

of children. Guest artist: J. Warren<br />

Mitchell, tenor and Choral Artists<br />

soloists Maiya Stevenson, soprano;<br />

Amy Jo Connours, alto; Krista Laskowski,<br />

mezzo-soprano; Baron Garriott,<br />

tenor; John Whittlesey, baritone<br />

and Jesse Martin, baritone. Narrated<br />

by Charlayne Hunter-Gault. Held<br />

on March 5, 7 p.m., at Church of the<br />

Palms, 3224 Bee Ridge Road, Sarasota.<br />

Next up is Bach Du Hirte Israel,<br />

höre (Shepherd of Israel, hear us) Cantata,<br />

BWV 104 and Mozart Requiem,<br />

K.626: Passages of life expressed<br />

through the beauty of majestic choral<br />

music: Bach’s pastoral setting of<br />

the Twenty-third Psalm paired with<br />

Mozart’s Requiem, a poignant and<br />

dramatic contemplation of eternity.<br />

Guest artists: Adelaide Boedecker,<br />

soprano; Laurel Semerdjian, alto;<br />

John Kaneklides, tenor; William<br />

Socolof, bass. Held on April 16, 7<br />

p.m., at Church of the Redeemer, 222<br />

S. Palm Avenue, Sarasota.<br />

For tickets, visit www.ChoralArtists<br />

Sarasota.org or c<strong>all</strong> 941-387-4900.<br />

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The Sarasota<br />

Orchestra<br />

Great Escapes: American Vibes<br />

March 8-12 at Holley H<strong>all</strong> with John<br />

Gennaro Devlin, conductor performing<br />

• Masterworks: Emperor. March<br />

16-19 has Paul Daniel, conductor<br />

with Behzod Abduraimov, piano<br />

performing Beethoven – Piano<br />

Concerto No. 5 (Emperor) Prokofiev –<br />

Symphony No. 5<br />

• Sphinx Virtuosi: Songs for Our<br />

Times is on March 26, Holley H<strong>all</strong><br />

Sphinx Virtuosi, guest artists.<br />

• Masterworks: A Hero’s Life March<br />

31-April 2 at the,Van WezelCarlos<br />

Miguel Prieto, conductor |Gil<br />

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Shaham, violin Sarah Gibson<br />

– Virginia B. Toulmin<br />

Foundation Commission;<br />

Korngold – Violin Concerto<br />

and R. Strauss – Ein Heldenleben.<br />

For information, visit www.<br />

Sarasota Orchestra.org.<br />

Sarasota Orchestra’s<br />

Free Parks Concerts continues.<br />

Taking place in a variety<br />

of venues in Sarasota and<br />

Manatee counties, the series<br />

showcases musicians of the<br />

Orchestra in a chamber music<br />

setting. While <strong>all</strong> performances<br />

are family-friendly, the season<br />

includes two playground<br />

appearances geared toward<br />

the youngest of listeners<br />

Capacity at the outdoor<br />

venues is limited. Admission<br />

is free at <strong>all</strong> locations, but it’s<br />

recommended you register to<br />

reserve a space. Registration<br />

links can be found at Sarasota<br />

Orchestra.org.<br />

• Sarasota Orchestra’s Free<br />

Parks Concerts takes place in<br />

a variety of venues in Sarasota<br />

and Manatee counties. The series<br />

showcases musicians of the Orchestra<br />

in a chamber music setting. Capacity<br />

at the outdoor venues is limited.<br />

Admission is free, but register to<br />

reserve a space at SarasotaOrchestra.<br />

org. Next up: Nathan Benderson Park<br />

Pavilion, Sarasota Brass Quintet on<br />

March 26 at 2:30pm. Information:<br />

www.Sarasota<br />

Orchestra.org.<br />

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Sarasota Art<br />

Museum<br />

Sarasota Art Museum of Ringling<br />

College presents Richard Benson:<br />

The World Is Smarter Than You Are,<br />

on view through May 7. Benson was<br />

an American photographer, printer,<br />

and educator. Organized by the Philadelphia<br />

Museum of Art, The World<br />

Is Smarter Than You Are is the first<br />

in-depth survey of Benson’s own<br />

photography.<br />

The exhibition includes approximately<br />

100 works that convey Benson’s<br />

pathfinding exploration of photographic<br />

processes, his embrace of<br />

technologies old and new, and his deep<br />

empathy for his human subjects as well<br />

as the objects and environments they<br />

have built. Including prints from the<br />

late 1960s until shortly before Benson’s<br />

death in 2017, the exhibition traces his<br />

ever-evolving quest for prints.<br />

Benson was a gifted and celebrated<br />

teacher, was also a beloved professor<br />

and dean at Yale University. The Sarasota<br />

presentation of the exhibition<br />

includes a selection of artworks on paper<br />

by 10 notable artists who studied<br />

and worked with him at Yale: Dawoud<br />

Bey, Lois Conner, Jen Davis, An-My<br />

Lê, John Lehr, Andrea Modica, Arthur<br />

Ou, John Pilson, Caitlin Teal Price, and<br />

Sarah Stolfa.<br />

Sarasota Art Museum is located at<br />

1001 S. Tamiami Trail, Sarasota. Information:<br />

SarasotaArtMuseum.org.<br />

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At The Hermitage<br />

Hermitage Major Theater Award<br />

Winner Madeleine George will speak<br />

with Hermitage audiences in “Comedy<br />

and Community” on March 10.<br />

Like her work on Hulu’s hit television<br />

series “Only Murders in the Building,”<br />

or her plays Hurricane Diane and the<br />

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Artist Series Concerts of Sarasota has Lin Ye, piano,<br />

with principal string musicians from Sarasota<br />

Orchestra on perform on March 26 with a program of<br />

piano concertos by Chopin, Mozart, and Bach.<br />

ArtistSeriesConcerts.org<br />

Pulitzer Prize finalist The (Curious<br />

Case of the) Watson Intelligence, her<br />

commission-in-process promises to<br />

tackle cultural and systemic mores<br />

<strong>all</strong> in the high stakes world of amateur<br />

bowling. George will share prior<br />

work and discuss her goals for the new<br />

HMTA commission, as well as how she<br />

hopes it will help to build and enhance<br />

a sense of community.<br />

• Sofía Rocha, the 2022 recipient of<br />

the Hermitage Prize in Composition<br />

presented at the Aspen Music Festival<br />

and School, shares her original musical<br />

compositions as part of the Hermitage<br />

“Sunsets @ Selby Gardens” series in<br />

“Making Musical Waves.” Rocha grew<br />

up in Naples and has studied and presented<br />

work across the United States<br />

with noted ensembles such as JACK<br />

Quartet, DeCoda, loadbang, and Brentano<br />

String Quartet, among others.<br />

For this musical program on March<br />

16 at 6:30 pm, the Hermitage is partnering<br />

with the Venice Symphony<br />

and the Pops Orchestra to offer live<br />

performances of this next-generation<br />

composer’s nuanced and evocative<br />

work, <strong>all</strong> with unique insights from<br />

the creator, set against the backdrop<br />

of the botanical gardens.<br />

Nearly <strong>all</strong> Hermitage programs are<br />

free and open to the public (with a $5/<br />

person registration fee). Due to capacity<br />

limitations and social distancing,<br />

registration is required.<br />

• The Hermitage is also having “HER-<br />

MITAGE TURNS 20: Andy Sandberg<br />

& Broadway Friends in Concert” on<br />

March 20 at the Van Wezel. Hermitage<br />

Artistic Director and CEO Andy<br />

Sandberg takes to the stage to sing<br />

a concert alongside Broadway guest<br />

stars to celebrate the Hermitage’s<br />

20th Anniversary Season and to raise<br />

funds for the Hermitage following the<br />

impact of Hurricane Ian. Sandberg<br />

will be accompanied by Hermitage<br />

Fellow and 20<strong>23</strong> Grammy Award<br />

nominee Rona Siddiqui.<br />

Tickets: HermitageArtistRetreat.org.<br />

Sarasota Opera<br />

The 20<strong>23</strong> Winter Opera Festival<br />

continues.<br />

• Giacomo Puccini’s Madama Butterfly.<br />

A young geisha known affectionately<br />

as Madama Butterfly is<br />

swept off her feet by an American<br />

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Naval officer. Left with a<br />

promise that he would return<br />

one day, Butterfly waits faithfully<br />

for three years, but is<br />

met with heartbreak in one of<br />

opera’s most enduring tragedies.<br />

March 10, 15, 21(m),<br />

and 24. Madama Butterfly<br />

was last seen in 2017.<br />

• Don Giovanni by Wolfgang<br />

Amadeus Mozart.<br />

Mozart’s most famous opera<br />

is a comic and tragic masterpiece.<br />

Set in 17th century<br />

Spain, this tale of obsession,<br />

betrayal, crime, and retribution<br />

centers around the<br />

infamous lover Don Juan,<br />

who leaves a path of broken<br />

hearts wherever he goes.<br />

March 8, 12(m), 18, and 25.<br />

• Ernani by Giuseppe Verdi.<br />

The bandit Ernani has lost<br />

his land, wealth, and title,<br />

and faces competing suitors,<br />

including the king, as he<br />

pursues his true love, Elvira.<br />

One of the greatest of Verdi’s<br />

early works, Ernani encompasses<br />

love, honor, and tragedy<br />

with passionate choruses,<br />

emotional arias, and an exciting<br />

score. March 11, 14, 16, 18(m), 22,<br />

and 26(m).<br />

• Thérèse by Jules Massenet. A love<br />

triangle during the French Revolution<br />

is the setting for this rarely heard<br />

work. Thérèse is torn between love for<br />

her former lover and her affection and<br />

duty towards her husband. Moments<br />

of lyrical beauty are punctuated by<br />

the drama of the “Reign of Terror.”<br />

March 17, 19(m), 21, <strong>23</strong>, and 25(m).<br />

For tickets, visit SarasotaOpera.org<br />

or c<strong>all</strong> (941) 328-1300.<br />

Art G<strong>all</strong>eries<br />

Art Uptown G<strong>all</strong>ery has “Maro<br />

Lorimer: Peace Time” through<br />

March 24 . Experience paintings<br />

that sweep the viewer away from this<br />

world into a peaceful sense of floating<br />

above an unspoiled coastal environment.<br />

In addition to the artist’s<br />

signature serene horizon paintings,<br />

a new series of dynamic abstract curving<br />

shorelines will be presented.<br />

Meet the artist at the First Friday<br />

reception on March 3 from 6-9 p.m.<br />

Lorimer also will be at the g<strong>all</strong>ery on<br />

March 4 from 11- 5, & March 10 from 6-9.<br />

Art Uptown G<strong>all</strong>ery: 1367 Main Street<br />

g<strong>all</strong>ery. Info: www.artuptown.com<br />

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Ringling College G<strong>all</strong>eries<br />

presents Lost Summer; a collection<br />

of landscape paintings created<br />

by Ringling College Alumna, Lee<br />

Mayer (Commercial Art 72’). In this<br />

collection of sm<strong>all</strong> and mid-scale<br />

paintings, Mayer explores the light,<br />

nature, harmony, and color of the<br />

natural beauty of Canadian summers.<br />

Runs to March 17.<br />

Ringling College of Art + Design,<br />

Patricia Thompson G<strong>all</strong>ery is located<br />

on the first floor of the Keating Center,<br />

2700 N. Tamiami Trail, Sarasota.<br />

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Sarasota Orchestra’s Harmony<br />

G<strong>all</strong>ery has a Booker High School<br />

Exhibition. Booker VPA visual art<br />

students will present a collection of<br />

two-dimensional artwork from various<br />

genres. Runs through April 3.<br />

Public reception: March 22, 5-6:30 pm.<br />

The Harmony G<strong>all</strong>ery is at Beatrice<br />

Friedman Symphony Center at 709<br />

North Tamiami Trail, Sarasota. Exhibitions<br />

are free and open to the public.<br />

Visit www.sarasotaorchestra.org.<br />

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Island G<strong>all</strong>ery West presents<br />

“Serene Scapes” by featured artist for<br />

March Terri Westbrook. Westbrook<br />

is a painter whose style leans toward<br />

impressionism, working primarily in<br />

pastel media. She is inspired by the<br />

places she has traveled to and lived,<br />

including Charleston, SC, Anna Maria<br />

and the Florida Panhandle.<br />

Terri discovered late in life her<br />

love and talent for creating. She has<br />

learned the basic principles of art and<br />

the nuances of pastel art only in recent<br />

years from online and in-person<br />

instruction. The focus of her paintings<br />

is primarily scenes in nature, particularly<br />

landscapes and waterscapes,<br />

with surprising use of color.<br />

Art Walk reception is on Friday,<br />

March 10, from 5:30 to 7:30 pm. Meet<br />

Terri and other artist members, enjoy<br />

drinks and bites and live music. Terri<br />

will be raffling off one of her pastel<br />

paintings.<br />

Come in to meet the artist in person,<br />

Wednesday, March 25 from 11<br />

am to 2 pm. Terri will be in the g<strong>all</strong>ery<br />

to answer questions and share<br />

her insights and inspirations for her<br />

Serene Scapes.<br />

Island West G<strong>all</strong>ery is located at 5368<br />

Gulf Drive in Holmes Beach, Trolley<br />

Stop 15, on Anna Maria Island. Visit<br />

www.islandg<strong>all</strong>erywest.com or c<strong>all</strong><br />

941-778-6648.<br />

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Sarasota Concert<br />

Association<br />

English Chamber Orchestra performs<br />

on March 12. The most recorded<br />

chamber orchestra in the world,<br />

the London-based English Chamber<br />

Orchestra presents a program of Elgar,<br />

Mozart and Haydn.<br />

Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra<br />

with JoAnn F<strong>all</strong>etta, performs on<br />

March 27. F<strong>all</strong>etta leads the Grammy<br />

Award-winning orchestra in Dvořák’s<br />

Symphony No. 7, and Mendelssohn’s<br />

Violin Concerto featuring violinist<br />

Sandy Cameron. All concerts are at<br />

the Van Wezel. To purchase tickets,<br />

visit www.SCAsarasota.org.<br />

The Sarasota Concert Association<br />

also has its Music Matinees concert<br />

series. These free noon-time concerts<br />

showcase regional musicians performing<br />

a variety of musical styles, including<br />

classical and folk music. Next<br />

up: Hein Jung, soprano and Gregorios<br />

Zamparas, piano, on March 17, noon.<br />

Program includes Claude Debussy<br />

– Nuit d’etoiles; Reynaldo Hahn – A<br />

Chloris; Jae Min Jung – How sweet the<br />

Water Is; George Gershwin – Summertime<br />

from Porgy and Bess and<br />

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart – O zittre<br />

nicht from The Magic Flute.<br />

Pre-registration required at<br />

SCAsarasota.org. Performances are<br />

at David Cohen H<strong>all</strong> in the Beatrice<br />

Friedman Symphony Center, 709 N.<br />

Tamiami Trail, Sarasota.<br />

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Chamber Orchestra<br />

of Sarasota<br />

The Chamber Orchestra of Sarasota<br />

has its final concert of the season<br />

on March <strong>23</strong> at First Presbyterian<br />

Church. The program includes music<br />

by five Jewish composers in celebration<br />

of the 75th Anniversary of the<br />

founding of the State of Israel.<br />

Levenberg’s “Hasidic Scene” features<br />

concertmaster Christina Adams.<br />

Aslanyan’s “Trumpet Concertino”<br />

features trumpeter Robert Smith.<br />

Levenberg and Aslanyan are living<br />

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Theater... Music... Visual Art... Literature... Dance...<br />

where it <strong>all</strong> begins.<br />

941-306-1202<br />

ArtistSeriesConcerts.org<br />

Ever Onward Season 27<br />

MICHELLE CANN, piano<br />

March 7, 7:30 pm<br />

Historic Asolo Theater<br />

Winner of the 2022 Sphinx Medal of<br />

Excellence recognizing extraordinary<br />

classical Black and Latinx musicians,<br />

and the 2022 Andrew Wolf Chamber<br />

Music Award, Cann’s program includes<br />

repertoire by Florence Price, whose<br />

music she has championed.<br />

SAMANTHA BENNETT, violin<br />

March <strong>23</strong><br />

11 am performance followed by lunch<br />

Sarasota Yacht Club<br />

In this program of music that has<br />

inspired her career, Samantha Bennett<br />

leads us on a journey through the<br />

centuries, performing works by<br />

Prokofiev and Berio, as well as perhaps<br />

the most famous unaccompanied violin<br />

piece of <strong>all</strong>, the Chaconne of JS Bach.<br />


ANDY SANDBERG & Broadway Friends in CONCERT<br />

Monday, March 20 th<br />

7:30 pm<br />

at the Van Wezel<br />



Tickets start at just $25!<br />

To celebrate the 20 th Anniversary Season of this leading national<br />

arts incubator, Hermitage Artistic Director Andy Sandberg<br />

returns to his roots as a performer to sing a benefit concert to<br />

raise funds for the Hermitage Artist Retreat following the impact<br />

of Hurricane Ian.<br />

Sandberg – a director, writer, performer, and Tony Award-winning<br />

producer – will perform an evening of songs alongside<br />

celebrated Broadway stars with music direction by<br />

20<strong>23</strong> Grammy nominee and Hermitage Fellow Rona Siddiqui.<br />



This project is supported in part by the Community Foundation of Sarasota County; Department of State, Division of Cultural Affairs,<br />

the Florida Council of Arts and Culture and the State of Florida (Section 286.25 Florida Statutes); The Exchange; Gulf Coast Community Foundation;<br />

National Endowment for the Arts; the Sarasota County Tourist Development Tax Revenues; and the Virginia B. Toulmin Foundation.<br />

Love Going to Museums?<br />

Want to know which exhibits<br />

are “can’t miss?”<br />

Tony Award Nominee<br />



Girl from the North Country,<br />

Hair, Shida<br />

Tony Award Nominee<br />


BUNDY<br />

Leg<strong>all</strong>y Blonde, Hairspray,<br />

“Anger Management”<br />

Drama Desk Award Winner<br />



Parade, On the Town,<br />

ABC’s “Quantico”<br />

Louise Bruderle<br />

Join me for a fun and fast-paced lecture at The Education Center<br />

at Temple Beth Israel on Longboat Key<br />

Date: Tuesday, March 14<br />

Lecture: “Best Art Exhibits Nation<strong>all</strong>y, Statewide and Loc<strong>all</strong>y”<br />

(#LS10) Zoom is also available (#ZALS10)<br />

Description: Love to visit art museums? Want to know which<br />

exhibits are coming up that are “can’t miss?” This visual<br />

presentation offers a quick overview of upcoming exhibits across the<br />

U.S., and also in places like Miami and Orlando. Closer to home, we’ll<br />

look at exhibits in Naples, Tampa, Ft. Myers, and Sarasota.<br />

Lucille Lortel Award Winner<br />



Beetlejuice, A Catered Affair,<br />

“Bridge and Tunnel”<br />

featuring Sarasota’s own<br />

ANN<br />


Merrily We Roll Along,<br />

LoveMusik<br />

Grammy Award Nominee<br />

RONA<br />


Music Director for<br />

A Strange Loop<br />

A spring<br />

exhibition at the<br />

Metropolitan<br />

Museum of Art<br />

will focus on van<br />

Gogh’s fascination<br />

with the flamelike<br />

cypress trees, seen<br />

in “Wheat Field<br />

With Cypresses’’<br />

(1889), during his<br />

years in the South<br />

of France. The<br />

Metropolitan<br />

Museum of Art,<br />

New York<br />

Education Center At Temple Beth Israel<br />

567 Bay Isles Rd., Longboat Key • 941-383-8222<br />

www.tbieducationcenter.org<br />


FOR TICKETS ($25, $50, $75, $250):<br />

Online: HermitageArtistRetreat.org<br />

Phone: (941) 263-6799<br />

In Person: Van Wezel Box Office, 777 N. Tamiami Trail, Sarasota<br />

MARCH 20<strong>23</strong> WEST COAST WOMAN 9

out and about continued<br />

Israeli composers. The program opens<br />

with Mendelssohn’s youthful String<br />

Sinfonia No. 10. Gershwin’s “Lullaby”<br />

rounds out the program. Bloch’s<br />

masterful “Concerto Grosso for String<br />

Orchestra and Piano Obbligato” with<br />

Ann Stephenson-Moe concludes the<br />

concert and the season. Chamber<br />

Orchestra to showcase pianist Joseph<br />

Kingma in Virtuoso Night.<br />

The Chamber Orchestra will conclude<br />

its 2022-20<strong>23</strong> season on Thursday,<br />

March <strong>23</strong> at 7:30 p.m. at First<br />

Presbyterian Church, 2050 Oak St.,<br />

Sarasota, with “Celebration.” The<br />

concert will feature the music of five<br />

Jewish composers, in honor of the<br />

75th anniversary of the founding of the<br />

State of Israel. The orchestra will perform<br />

compositions by Mendelssohn,<br />

Gershwin and Bloch, plus the U.S. premieres<br />

of works by Israeli composers<br />

Boris Levenberg and Noubar Aslanyan.<br />

For tickets, visit chamberorchestra<br />

sarasota.org/ or c<strong>all</strong> 219-928-8665.<br />

At The Ringling<br />

The Ringling has June Clark: Harlem<br />

Quilt on view through March 26.<br />

June Clark’s solo exhibition at The<br />

Ringling marks the Harlem Quilt’s<br />

first presentation at a US museum<br />

since its unveiling at the Studio Museum<br />

in New York City in 1997. It is a<br />

re-introduction to this immersive<br />

inst<strong>all</strong>ation, which consists of over<br />

three hundred individual pieces of<br />

fabric, each with a black-and-white<br />

photo transferred onto its surface.<br />

Clark left Harlem for Canada at the<br />

height of New York City’s riots and political<br />

unrest of the late 1960s. Once in<br />

Toronto, the artist began making photographs<br />

and co-founded the Women’s<br />

Photography Co-op in 1972. Her dedication<br />

to photography was recognized<br />

in an artistic residency at the Studio<br />

Museum in Harlem from 1996 –1997<br />

where Clark produced her seminal<br />

piece Harlem Quilt. In Harlem for the<br />

residency and coming to terms with<br />

being home, Clark made photographs<br />

of street scenes, building facades, people,<br />

and store windows in New York<br />

City neighborhoods between 110th and<br />

168th streets. Harlem Quilt expresses<br />

the artist’s deep love and sensibility for<br />

Harlem’s community through a unique<br />

method of quilt-making where a lightbulb<br />

above each image creates a sense<br />

of intimacy and commemoration.<br />

Works by Clark on canvas and paper<br />

ranging from 1994 to 2022 are also<br />

presented in this exhibition. They offer<br />

an engagement with issues affecting<br />

Black communities in Canada and<br />

the United States and <strong>all</strong>ow a broader<br />

understanding of Clark’s oeuvre as a<br />

record of social history.<br />

• Also at The Ringling: Gods & Lovers:<br />

Paintings and Sculpture from India.<br />

On a sm<strong>all</strong>er, much more intimate<br />

scale, The Ringling’s recently opened<br />

Gods & Lovers: Paintings and Sculpture<br />

from India in the Center for Asian<br />

Art’s Pavilion G<strong>all</strong>ery provided a rare<br />

opportunity to get up close to works<br />

from the 16th, 17th and 18th centuries<br />

from a variety of cultures in<br />

India (along with a few much older<br />

pieces from John Ringling’s original<br />

collection). You do want to get close,<br />

to study the details of these “miniatures,”<br />

many origin<strong>all</strong>y intended for<br />

elite patrons to browse in privacy and<br />

designed as book leaves and such. On<br />

view through May, 20<strong>23</strong>.<br />

The John and Mable Ringling<br />

Museum of Art, 5401 Bay Shore Rd.,<br />

Sarasota. Info: www.ringling.org.<br />

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Theatre<br />

Sarasota Players has<br />

Godspell, March 9-19.<br />

Godspell touches on the<br />

parables and wisdom that<br />

grapple with maybe the<br />

most important mystery<br />

of <strong>all</strong>. It was the first major<br />

musical theatre offering<br />

from three-time Grammy<br />

and Academy Award<br />

winner, Stephen Schwartz<br />

(Wicked, Pippin, Children<br />

of Eden), and took the<br />

world by storm led by the<br />

international hit, “Day by<br />

Day.” Godspell features a<br />

parade of beloved songs,<br />

including “Prepare Ye the<br />

Way of the Lord,” “Learn<br />

Your Lessons Well,” “All<br />

for the Best,” “All Good<br />

Gifts,” “Turn Back, O Man”<br />

and “By My Side.”<br />

Held at Studio 1130, The Crossings<br />

at Siesta Key, 3501 S. Tamiami Trail,<br />

Sarasota. Visit www.theplayers.org.<br />

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Westcoast Black Theatre Troupe<br />

has “Dreamgirls” which chronicles<br />

one fictional Motown group’s rise<br />

from obscurity to superstardom.<br />

Through gospel, R&B, smooth pop,<br />

disco and more, Dreamgirls explores<br />

themes of ambition, hope and betrayal,<br />

<strong>all</strong> set in the glamorous and competitive<br />

world of the music industry.<br />

Runs through April 9.<br />

C<strong>all</strong> the Box Office at 941-366-1505 or<br />

visit westcoastblacktheatre.org.<br />

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Asolo Rep has Ken Ludwig’s<br />

The Three Musketeers which runs<br />

through March 26. Ludwig’s adaptation<br />

of the novel by Alexandre Dumas<br />

tells the tale of a daring young man<br />

who finds himself in the company of<br />

the world’s greatest swordsmen, as<br />

well as some of the world’s most dangerous<br />

men and women.<br />

• Chicken & Biscuits runs through<br />

April 13. This new play introduces us<br />

to the Jenkins family, as they gather to<br />

celebrate the life of their beloved and<br />

recently deceased father and grandfather,<br />

the Revered Bernard Jenkins.<br />

When an unexpected guest reveals<br />

a secret, they <strong>all</strong> discover that nothing<br />

brings a family together like a big<br />

side of drama. This side-splitting new<br />

Broadway comedy explores the tenderness<br />

of family, the joy of reconciliation,<br />

and the nourishing power of love.<br />

• Incident at Our Lady of Perpetual<br />

Help runs March 15-April 22. Take a<br />

trip back to 1973 with the Irish Catholic<br />

O’Shea family in this boisterous<br />

and moving new memory play introduces<br />

us to young Linda, as she rec<strong>all</strong>s<br />

a week she’ll never forget. When Linda’s<br />

mother instructs her to tell her sister<br />

about the birds and the bees, things<br />

quickly snowb<strong>all</strong> into a potential crisis<br />

after the conversation is overheard by<br />

the parish priest. Secrets are unintention<strong>all</strong>y<br />

revealed, and a quick-witted<br />

group of women realize what re<strong>all</strong>y<br />

matters as they work to protect their<br />

family reputation and each other.<br />

Tickets: asolorep.org.<br />

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Asolo Conservatory has an<br />

Inspector C<strong>all</strong>s through March 12.<br />

Nothing par<strong>all</strong>els the excitement of<br />

watching this suspenseful mystery<br />

drama. Set on the brink of WWI, this<br />

thriller has been gripping audiences<br />

for decades. The Birling family celebration<br />

is cut short by the arrival of<br />

the mysterious Inspector Goole. After<br />

▼<br />

On March 21, New College of Florida has award-winning<br />

environmental author Cynthia Barnett who will explore the long,<br />

rich and surprisingly profound relationship between humans and<br />

seashells. Visit foundation@ncf.edu<br />

his scorching investigation, the family<br />

struggles to return to normal, as every<br />

corner of their souls has been exposed<br />

by the blinding light of truth.<br />

Tickets: asolorep.org.<br />

The FST Cabaret series has A<br />

Place in the Sun: A Tribute to Stevie<br />

Wonder by Jason Cannon, Richard<br />

Hopkins, and Sarah Durham. Runs<br />

through March 26 in FST’s Goldstein<br />

Cabaret.<br />

• Reel Music by Richard Hopkins,<br />

Rebecca Hopkins, and Sarah<br />

Durham runs through June 25. The<br />

Last Match by Anna Ziegler is a fastpaced<br />

play diving into the intense<br />

world of professional sports. Set<br />

during the semifinals of the U.S.<br />

Open, The Last Match follows Sergei<br />

Sergeyev, an up-and-coming Russian<br />

phenom, and Tim Porter, a great<br />

American superstar in the twilight<br />

of his career, during one of the most<br />

important matches of their careers.<br />

Plays in FST’s Bowne’s Lab.<br />

Visit www.floridastudiotheatre.org/<br />

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At Venice Theatre:<br />

• A Showtime Benefit for Venice<br />

Theatre Rebuild is on March 5 at<br />

2 p.m., Venice Community Center.<br />

Enjoy an afternoon of song and<br />

dance with 100% of the proceeds<br />

going to help rebuild Venice Theatre.<br />

Singers from Players Centre<br />

and Venice Theatre, along with the<br />

Showtime Dancers and Silver Foxes<br />

Dancers, will entertain.<br />

• They also have Back Home Again,<br />

A Tribute to John Denver with Tom<br />

Becker, on March 12 at Pine View<br />

School. Becker, a former member of<br />

the New Christy Minstrels, recreates<br />

the style and sound of one of America’s<br />

best musical storytellers. Hear<br />

<strong>all</strong> your favorite John Denver songs.<br />

• The Brothers Doobie will perform on<br />

April 17 at 7:30 p.m., Venice Community<br />

Center. Inspired by the Doobie<br />

Brothers superior song writing, The<br />

Brothers Doobie delivers powerful<br />

harmonies and a fun-filled high-energy<br />

performance covering a catalog<br />

of Doobies hits spanning both the<br />

Johnston and McDonald eras.<br />

• 50 Years After: A Tribute to the<br />

Woodstock Generation is on April<br />

30 at Venice Community Center.<br />

Featuring South Dakota Rock and<br />

Roll H<strong>all</strong> of Fame artists Uncle Zeek.<br />

With music by Jimi Hendrix, The<br />

Doors, Deep Purple, Led Zeppelin<br />

and more.<br />

venicetheatre.org.<br />

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ensembleNewSRQ<br />

Next up in Vortex<br />

Temporum. enSRQ’s<br />

journey into the French<br />

spectral compositional<br />

movement comes full circle<br />

with this presentation<br />

of Gérard Grisey’s “Vortex<br />

Temporum,” featuring<br />

Van Cliburn semifinalist<br />

and frequent enSRQ pianist,<br />

Han Chen.<br />

Audiences will witness<br />

the completion of the arc<br />

drawn from last season’s<br />

works (Grisey’s “Stele,<br />

Périodes” and Philippe<br />

Hurel’s “Loops II”) with<br />

Hurel’s musical reflection<br />

on Grisey’s towering<br />

presence throughout<br />

20th-century composition,<br />

“Tombeau<br />

in Memoriam Gérard<br />

Grisey”, and a return<br />

of enSRQ friend, Nina C. Young’s, “À<br />

bout de souffle” for solo piano. Held<br />

March 28 at First Congregational<br />

Church 1031 S. Euclid Ave., Sarasota.<br />

For tickets, visit www.ensrq.org.<br />

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At The Van Wezel<br />

A sampling of upcoming shows:<br />

• Pilobolus 50th Anniversary is on<br />

March 7. The celebration includes<br />

signature works from vintage classics<br />

to their trendsetting innovative work<br />

in shadow.<br />

• The Mikado is on March 9. The history<br />

and inspiration for the writing of<br />

The Mikado is center stage as real-life<br />

characters of Victorian London’s D’Oyly<br />

Carte Opera Company combine<br />

with the imagined setting of Titipu,<br />

influenced by the art and architecture<br />

of Japan that had recently reached<br />

England in the late 19th century.<br />

• On Your Feet runs March 14-15. It’s<br />

about Gloria and Emilio Estefan with<br />

an <strong>all</strong>-new original musical. Features<br />

songs of the past quarter-century<br />

including “Rhythm is Gonna Get You,”<br />

“Conga,” “Get On Your Feet,” “Don’t<br />

Want To Lose You Now,” “1-2-3” and<br />

“Coming Out of the Dark.”<br />

• Mean Girls – April 11-16. It’s the musical<br />

from book writer Tina Fey, composer<br />

Jeff Richmond, lyricist Nell Benjamin<br />

and director Casey Nicholas.<br />

The story of a naïve newbie who f<strong>all</strong>s<br />

prey to a trio of lionized frenemies.<br />

• Cats runs April 18-20. CATS tells the<br />

story of one magical night when an<br />

extraordinary tribe of cats gathers for<br />

its annual b<strong>all</strong> to rejoice and decide<br />

which cat will be reborn. Original<br />

score by Andrew Lloyd Webber, original<br />

scenic and costume design by<br />

John Napier, <strong>all</strong>-new lighting design<br />

by Natasha Katz, <strong>all</strong>-new sound<br />

design by Mick Potter and new choreography<br />

by Andy Blankenbuehler.<br />

Pre-show dining is available through<br />

Mattison’s at the Van Wezel which is<br />

located inside the theatre. Reservations<br />

can be made on VanWezel.org<br />

or through the box office.<br />

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New Music<br />

New College<br />

March 4 It’s Alive! A Monstrous<br />

Circus On Frankenstein is taking<br />

place outdoors on the Koski Plaza<br />

with performers in the plaza and on<br />

the balconies of the ACE Academic<br />

Center. This is a mash-up of John Cage<br />

and Mary Shelley, using the 1818 text<br />

of Frankenstein as a basis for Cage’s<br />

process turning it into a performance.<br />

▼<br />

Performance is at 8 p.m. and will last<br />

about an hour, with no intermission,<br />

and include a free reception either after<br />

the concert (in the Sainer lobby) or free<br />

food during the concert (our outdoors<br />

events and the two in Club Sudakoff).<br />

Tickets are $15 to the general public.<br />

The Thursday before each concert they<br />

offer a free Artist Conversation, with a<br />

short performance excerpt followed by<br />

a general discussion about everyone’s<br />

reactions and responses.<br />

Tickets and details at www.newmusicnewcollege.org.<br />

Lectures<br />

New College of Florida has its<br />

New Topics season, with a lineup<br />

of dynamic regional and national<br />

speakers covering a broad range of<br />

topics. Hosted by the New College<br />

Foundation, the next topic is on<br />

March 21, The Sound of the Sea:<br />

Seashells and the Fate of the Oceans<br />

with Cynthia Barnett.<br />

Award-winning environmental<br />

author Cynthia Barnett explores the<br />

long, rich and surprisingly profound<br />

relationship between humans and<br />

seashells. Traveling from Florida to the<br />

Bahamas to the Maldives, West Africa,<br />

and beyond, Barnett uncovers the<br />

ancient history of shells as global currency,<br />

their use as religious and luxury<br />

objects, and the rarely appreciated but<br />

remarkable creatures that make them.<br />

While shells reveal how humans<br />

have altered the climate and the sea—<br />

down to its very chemistry—they are<br />

also sentinels of hope for coastal adaptation<br />

for climate change, alternative<br />

energy and other solutions that lie<br />

beneath the waves.<br />

All New Topics events are held at<br />

Sanier Pavilion on the New College<br />

campus at 5:30pm. For tickets, visit<br />

ncf.edu/new-topics. For questions,<br />

contact the New College Foundation at<br />

foundation@ncf.edu or 941-487-4800.<br />

▼<br />

Sarasota Institute of Lifetime<br />

Learning’s (SILL) “Global Issues”<br />

series runs through March 31<br />

and features experts discussing a<br />

vast range of domestic and global<br />

issues. The lectures are presented<br />

on Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and<br />

Thursdays at 10:30 a.m. at the First<br />

United Methodist Church in Sarasota;<br />

Tuesdays at 2:30 p.m. and Fridays<br />

at 10 a.m. at the Venice Community<br />

Center in Venice; and Thursdays at<br />

5 p.m. at the Cornerstone Church in<br />

Lakewood Ranch. Lectures will also<br />

be available for purchase on video.<br />

The 20<strong>23</strong> season features the popular<br />

“Music Mondays” series, which<br />

presents performances and lively conversations<br />

with renowned and emerging<br />

performers, through March 27,<br />

on Mondays at 10:30 a.m. at Church<br />

of the Palms in Sarasota; and Mondays<br />

at 3 p.m. at Venice Presbyterian<br />

Church in Venice.<br />

On March 13, New York-based jazz<br />

trombonist Conrad Herwig, considered<br />

one of the world’s top jazz performing<br />

and composing musicians,<br />

will perform. To date, he has released<br />

20 recordings, and has contributed to<br />

nearly 200 other recording sessions<br />

with some of the most notable artists<br />

in jazz, including Miles Davis, Tito<br />

Puente, Frank Sinatra, Joe Lovano,<br />

Tom Harrell, among many others.<br />

March 20 features Catherine<br />

Wethington, a rising star of a new<br />

generation of American coloratura<br />

sopranos, who has dazzled audiences<br />

in North America and Europe<br />

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continued on page 13<br />

10 WEST COAST WOMAN MARCH 20<strong>23</strong>

focus on the arts<br />

Sarah Gibson:<br />

“Your Voice Is Important”<br />

Sarasota Orchestra to Give World Premiere<br />

of Gibson’s New Work<br />


Sarah Gibson<br />

Photo:<br />

Brandon Rolle<br />

On Friday, June 24, 2022, the<br />

day that the United States<br />

Supreme Court overturned<br />

Roe vs. Wade, composer<br />

Sarah Gibson was exploring<br />

a sculpture garden in her home state of California.<br />

A massive piece depicting a seated<br />

woman with windswept hair caught her eye.<br />

The work by French artist Aristide Maillol,<br />

titled La Montagne (“The Mountain”), would<br />

become the inspiration for Gibson’s latest<br />

work, to make this mountain t<strong>all</strong>er.<br />

Sarasota Orchestra will debut the piece on<br />

its final Masterworks concert of the season,<br />

A Hero’s Life, which runs March 31 through<br />

April 2 at the Van Wezel. This world premiere<br />

is a result of the Virginia B. Toulmin Foundation<br />

Orchestral Commissions Program, a<br />

new initiative led by the League of American<br />

Orchestras, which aims to bring the work of<br />

women and nonbinary composers to orchestral<br />

stages across the country.<br />

“I am thrilled and honored to be a part of<br />

such a trailblazing commissioning project<br />

catapulting incredible female voices into the<br />

classical orchestral world,” says Gibson. “I<br />

felt instantly inspired to represent strong female<br />

voices in my piece. I see this piece as<br />

a journey where, despite being tested, our<br />

protagonist finds a way to persevere and<br />

embolden the next generation to continue to<br />

fight for what they believe in.”<br />

Gibson’s mother is a self-taught painter,<br />

and she rec<strong>all</strong>s being surrounded by art and<br />

encouraged in her creative expression from<br />

a very early age. Her musical talent quickly<br />

became apparent once she started taking<br />

piano lessons at age seven, but her teacher<br />

noticed that she would often play her own<br />

music rather than what she was meant to be<br />

practicing. Gibson’s piano teacher and family<br />

members began documenting her music<br />

via tape recorder, which her teacher would<br />

help notate. Thus, the composer was born.<br />

Gibson points back to this early exposure to<br />

creativity and often draws inspiration from<br />

other artistic mediums in her work today.<br />

“I always say that whenever I start a piece,<br />

I want to go to a live concert or art museum,<br />

or both. I like to have a visual,” Gibson says.<br />

“I don’t always know exactly what’s going to<br />

happen, but I think seeing other art forms early<br />

on in the process gets me excited. I would<br />

say at least half of my pieces have other artistic<br />

mediums’ inspiration behind them.”<br />

to make this mountain t<strong>all</strong>er explores<br />

the figurative mountains that so many have<br />

climbed to find success and acceptance, including<br />

women composers who, throughout<br />

history, have encountered considerably more<br />

roadblocks than their male counterparts.<br />

“I want the piece to feel hopeful, but I also<br />

want the piece to feel like ‘we’ve got work to<br />

do,’” the composer says of her latest work.<br />

“There are parts that feel a little mysterious<br />

and parts that feel introspective, and then<br />

there are other parts that can sort of feel like<br />

‘come on, let’s get the b<strong>all</strong> rolling,’ like a c<strong>all</strong><br />

to action in a way. The end of the piece is<br />

more of like a ‘we can do it, but we need to<br />

work’ sort of feel.”<br />

Gibson notes that, although she’s had incredible<br />

support throughout her career, in<br />

school she did not have any composition<br />

teachers who were women. She rec<strong>all</strong>s one<br />

pivotal moment in meeting and working with<br />

renowned composer Jennifer Higdon when<br />

she was a member of the Atlanta Symphony’s<br />

Youth Orchestra.<br />

“I remember coming home bursting with<br />

excitement and telling my parents I want to<br />

major in composition,” Gibson says. “At that<br />

moment, I saw a confident, strong, very talented,<br />

and incredible female role model and<br />

thought, ‘I can do that too.’”<br />

The Toulmin Foundation Orchestral Commissions<br />

Program paired six composers,<br />

including Gibson, with 30 orchestras across<br />

the country to ensure their work will be programmed<br />

and performed for several seasons<br />

to come. Throughout the commission process,<br />

the composers are also provided with<br />

opportunities to mentor young musicians<br />

and engage with the host orchestra’s local<br />

community. Gibson has one major piece of<br />

advice for other young women who want to<br />

write music: you have a voice.<br />

“Your voice is important. If you’re being<br />

genuine and true to yourself, it will speak,”<br />

she says. “If I’ve learned anything as a teacher<br />

and as a performer/composer, it’s that music<br />

that feels true to the composer is always<br />

the most clear and the most pure, and it’s<br />

the most believable. I would say try <strong>all</strong> the<br />

things. Push yourself. But if it doesn’t feel<br />

like you, don’t do it.”<br />

About the Concert:<br />

Masterworks 7: A Hero’s Life will be performed<br />

on Friday, March 31 at 7:30 pm at<br />

the Van Wezel, Saturday, April 1 at 7:30<br />

pm at theVan Wezel and Sunday, April 2 at<br />

2:30 pm at the Van Wezel.<br />

Tickets available online and through the<br />

Box Office. C<strong>all</strong> (941) 953-3434<br />

or visit SarasotaOrchestra.org<br />

— Contributor: Chelsey Norris<br />

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out and about continued<br />

with her “sumptuous coloratura and<br />

otherworldly pianissimi” (Herald<br />

Tribune).<br />

On March 27: With his orchestral<br />

playing praised as “a rock-solid<br />

foundation” and his solo playing<br />

described as being “remarkable for<br />

both its solid power and its delicacy,”<br />

Aaron Tind<strong>all</strong> is the principal tubist<br />

of the Sarasota Orchestra and is a frequent<br />

soloist, guest artist/clinician,<br />

and orchestral tubist throughout the<br />

United States, Europe, and Asia.<br />

Visit SillSarasota.org or c<strong>all</strong> 941-<br />

365-6404.<br />

Art Classes<br />

Registration continues for Art<br />

Center Sarasota’s 20<strong>23</strong> adult education<br />

season, which runs through<br />

April and features more than 100<br />

classes, workshops, and open studio<br />

sessions.<br />

Classes are offered Monday through<br />

Saturday and cover a diversity of topics,<br />

including painting, photography,<br />

sculpture, mixed-media, drawing,<br />

and pastel and taught by more than<br />

25 art instructors.<br />

To register and for more information,<br />

visit www.artsarasota.org or c<strong>all</strong> 941-<br />

365-2032.<br />

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Local History<br />

Manatee Village Historical Park<br />

has Living Off the Land: Florida’s<br />

Pioneering Efforts to Make a Living.<br />

The exhibit explores the various ways<br />

settlers in the mid-1800s through the<br />

early 1900s took advantage of readily<br />

available natural resources of the<br />

land and sea.<br />

As Manatee County developed<br />

during the Pioneering Period (1830-<br />

1918), a number of commercial activities<br />

grew out of the environmental<br />

realities people moving into the area<br />

built upon. One of the earliest brought<br />

fishermen who set up seasonal camps<br />

along our shores. These fishermen<br />

set up semi-permanent Fishing Ranchos<br />

where they caught and prepared<br />

schools of mullet and other fish for<br />

Cuban markets.<br />

In the 1840s, when the first waves<br />

of American expansion into the area<br />

started, sugar production became a<br />

major economic engine. At its peak,<br />

there were over a dozen sugarcane<br />

plantations established within the<br />

Manatee River area. By the mid-1800s<br />

and early 1900s, Florida’s population<br />

was growing along with its economic<br />

prosperity. With the development of<br />

steamship lines, connected to the first<br />

railroads, local businesses began to<br />

send products to ports and destinations<br />

around the nation and throughout<br />

the world.<br />

Living Off the Land: Florida’s<br />

Pioneering Efforts to Make a Living<br />

will be available on-site at Manatee<br />

Village Historical Park through<br />

November, 2024.<br />

Manatee Village Historical Park is<br />

located at 1404 Manatee Avenue East<br />

(SR64) in Bradenton, Florida. For more<br />

information, c<strong>all</strong> 941-749-7165, or<br />

visit www.manateevillage.org.<br />

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Art Around<br />

the State<br />

At The Dali: the shape of dreams<br />

through April 30. The Shape of<br />

Dreams explores 500 years of<br />

dream-inspired paintings from the<br />

16th to 20th century, demonstrating<br />

how artists throughout time have<br />

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depicted a profound<br />

yet universal phenomenon<br />

of human<br />

experience — the<br />

dream. The exhibition<br />

will examine<br />

how Western artists<br />

have depicted<br />

dreams for very<br />

different audiences<br />

throughout time,<br />

exploring the continuity<br />

and disconnections<br />

between<br />

the past and present.<br />

The exhibition<br />

features a selection<br />

of art on loan from<br />

American institutions,<br />

including the<br />

National G<strong>all</strong>ery of<br />

Art, Detroit Institute<br />

of Arts, The New<br />

Orleans Museum of<br />

Art, Saint Louis Art Museum, Hirshhorn<br />

Museum & Sculpture Garden,<br />

Chicago Art Institute and Metropolitan<br />

Museum of Art. Several works<br />

from The Dalí’s permanent collection<br />

are placed in dialog with these works.<br />

The exhibition includes some reproductions<br />

to ensure visitors can experience<br />

the essential images to our curated<br />

story of dreams.<br />

Drawing on the irony that dreams<br />

are an intense visual sensation most<br />

often taking place when the eyes are<br />

closed, the exhibition inspires questions<br />

about the very nature of reality<br />

and encourages viewers to examine<br />

dreams through different lenses —<br />

psychological, religious and metaphysical.<br />

Works by Frida Kahlo, Paul<br />

Delvaux, Pat Steir, Philip Guston, Max<br />

Beckmann, Lodovico Carracci and<br />

Odilon Redon, many of which are<br />

monumental canvases, address manners<br />

of representation and consider<br />

how the waking world influences the<br />

dream. The exhibition seeks to understand<br />

how these artistic expressions<br />

shape the imagination.<br />

Information: thedali.org.<br />

The Museum of Fine Arts has<br />

True Nature Rodin And The Age Of<br />

Impressionism through March 26.<br />

True Nature presents works by one of<br />

the most celebrated sculptors of <strong>all</strong><br />

time, side by side with paintings by<br />

his contemporaries.<br />

Rodin (1840-1917) created dramatic<br />

works that are instantly recognizable,<br />

and pervade our collective<br />

cultural consciousness. This exhibition<br />

includes nearly 40 of his masterpieces,<br />

ranging from intimately<br />

scaled marble statues to monumental<br />

bronzes. It offers a remarkably comprehensive<br />

look at Rodin, placing him<br />

within the context of the profound<br />

artistic, cultural, and social changes<br />

occurring at the end of the nineteenth<br />

century in France. True Nature also<br />

explores Rodin’s desire for academic<br />

recognition, even as he remained at<br />

the forefront of the avant-garde alongside<br />

the Impressionists.<br />

Featuring examples of the artist’s<br />

most eminent works, such as Saint John<br />

the Baptist Preaching (1878), and Jean<br />

d’Aire (1886), this exhibition looks<br />

beyond Rodin’s popular persona as the<br />

tormented Romantic genius, revealing<br />

his extraordinary powers of observation<br />

and ability to capture emotion and<br />

movement. True Nature also includes<br />

major paintings such as Claude Monet’s<br />

Nympheas (circa 1897-1898), Paul<br />

Cézanne’s Still Life with Cherries<br />

and Peaches (1885-1887), and Edgar<br />

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Degas’s The Bellelli Sisters (1865-1866).<br />

Consummate photographs, drawings,<br />

and sculptures by other masters of the<br />

period also join the exhibition.https://<br />

mfastpete.org/exh/rodin-and-the-impressionists/<br />

The MFA is at 255 Beach Dr., NE, St.<br />

Petersburg. Visit mfastpete.org.<br />

Selby Gardens<br />

Marie Selby Botanical Gardens<br />

has Seeing the Invisible at its Historic<br />

Spanish Point campus. The most<br />

ambitious and expansive show to date<br />

of contemporary artworks created<br />

with augmented-reality (AR) technology,<br />

the exhibition launched last<br />

year at 12 botanical gardens around<br />

the world. Selby Gardens is one of<br />

four inaugural sites that will continue<br />

to host the show for a second year,<br />

through September 20<strong>23</strong>. Six new<br />

garden and museum sites will join the<br />

global exhibition in October.<br />

Seeing the Invisible features works<br />

by more than a dozen internation<strong>all</strong>y<br />

acclaimed artists, including Ai Weiwei<br />

of China, El Anatsui of Ghana, Isaac<br />

Julien CBE RA of the United Kingdom,<br />

and Sarah Meyohas of the United<br />

States. At Selby Gardens’ Historic<br />

Spanish Point campus, the show’s 13<br />

AR works are inst<strong>all</strong>ed in carefully curated<br />

locations throughout the 30-acre<br />

preserve. Visitors engage with the art<br />

through an app that can be downloaded<br />

to a smartphone or tablet.<br />

Seeing the Invisible is the first exhibition<br />

of its kind to be developed<br />

as a collaboration among botanical<br />

gardens around the world. The same<br />

commissioned artworks are placed in<br />

outdoor settings at the participating<br />

institutions, creating par<strong>all</strong>els and<br />

contrasts between them. The AR nature<br />

of the exhibition has <strong>all</strong>owed for<br />

the creation of expansive, immersive<br />

works that engage with existing features<br />

of the natural landscape, going<br />

beyond the limitations of what is possible<br />

with physical artworks.<br />

For more information visit www.<br />

selby.org.<br />

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The Venice<br />

Farmers Market<br />

Runs October – March: Saturdays<br />

from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. and April<br />

– September: Saturdays from 8 a.m.<br />

to Noon<br />

Fresh Florida-grown produce, delicious<br />

baked items, wild-caught seafood,<br />

artisan handmade food items,<br />

homemade pickles, kettle corn, local<br />

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honey, gourmet prepared<br />

food to eat,<br />

and don’t miss our<br />

wide array of green<br />

space vendors offering<br />

tropical plants,<br />

potted herbs, citrus<br />

trees and fresh-cut<br />

flowers, creative<br />

art and crafts, live<br />

music and much<br />

much more.<br />

The Venice Farmers<br />

Market at City<br />

H<strong>all</strong>, 401 W. Venice<br />

Avenue, is one<br />

of four non-profit<br />

community markets<br />

under the Friends<br />

of Sarasota County<br />

Parks donates proceeds<br />

after operating<br />

costs back to the<br />

local community.<br />

www.thevenicefarmersmarket.org/.<br />

Circus Sarasota’s<br />

25th anniversary<br />

show continues<br />

with an international<br />

cast of world-class<br />

circus<br />

artists<br />

through<br />

March 5.<br />

CircusArts.org<br />

At Bookstore1<br />

Sarasota<br />

PoetryLife brings the world’s best<br />

poets come to Sarasota to engage with<br />

the community through open discussion<br />

and readings. This year PoetryLife’s<br />

featured events will be held at<br />

Florida Studio Theatre.<br />

Afternoon Conversation & Coffee<br />

with award-winning poets is on<br />

March 13 at 3 pm in FST’s Court Cabaret<br />

featuring Martín Espada and Patricia<br />

Jabbeh Wesley. The theme is “Celebrating<br />

Heritage” and the discussion<br />

will focus on the richness brought to<br />

poetry by poets from different ethnic<br />

backgrounds.<br />

Evening reading by award-winning<br />

poets is on March 13 at 7 pm in FST’s<br />

Keating Theatre. Featuring Martín<br />

Espada and Patricia Jabbeh Wesley,<br />

with special guest appearance by<br />

Sarasota’s First Youth Poet Laureate,<br />

Hayley Peace<br />

Each ticket includes a book by each<br />

featured poet (different titles than<br />

those included with the afternoon<br />

event). Tickets are available through<br />

FST’s box office at 941-366-9000.<br />

Their book clubs meet in person in<br />

the loft at Bookstore1 at The Mark, 117<br />

South Pineapple Ave.<br />

Register for <strong>all</strong> book clubs at www.sarasotabooks.com,<br />

or c<strong>all</strong> 941-365-7900.<br />

Book Club Meetings:<br />

March 14 at 11 a.m. The Mysteries to<br />

Die For Book Club Vintage Edition led<br />

by Elsie Souza. This monthly book club<br />

is dedicated to reading vintage mystery<br />

novels. March’s pick is The Son by<br />

Jo Nesbø, a tale of vengeance set amid<br />

Oslo’s brutal hierarchy of corruption.<br />

About The Son: Sonny Lofthus has<br />

been in prison for almost half his life:<br />

serving time for crimes he didn’t commit.<br />

In exchange, he gets an uninterrupted<br />

supply of heroin--and a stream<br />

of fellow prisoners seeking his Buddha-like<br />

absolution. Years earlier Sonny’s<br />

father, a corrupt cop, took his own<br />

life rather than face exposure. When<br />

Sonny discovers a shocking truth<br />

about his father’s suicide, he makes a<br />

brilliant escape and begins hunting<br />

down the people responsible. But he’s<br />

also being hunted--by enemies too<br />

numerous to count.<br />

A fee of $18 is required for participation.<br />

This includes a copy of The Son<br />

to be picked up at Bookstore1 and the<br />

book club meeting.<br />

March 15 at 11 a.m. The Short and<br />

Satisfying Book Club led by Georgia<br />

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Court. The Short and Satisfying Book<br />

Club is for those looking for a shorter<br />

read that is ripe for discussion. March’s<br />

pick is Claire Keegan’s beautiful new<br />

novella, Foster, a heartbreaking story<br />

of childhood, loss, and love.<br />

About Foster: It is a hot summer in<br />

rural Ireland. A child is taken by her<br />

father to live with relatives on a farm,<br />

not knowing when or if she will be<br />

brought home again. In the Kinsellas’<br />

house, she finds an affection and<br />

warmth she has not known and slowly,<br />

in their care, begins to blossom. But<br />

there is something unspoken in this<br />

new household—where everything is<br />

so well tended to—and this summer<br />

must soon come to an end.<br />

Winner of the prestigious Davy<br />

Byrnes Award and published in an<br />

abridged version in the New Yorker,<br />

this internation<strong>all</strong>y bestselling contemporary<br />

classic is now available<br />

for the first time in the US in a full,<br />

standalone edition. A story of astonishing<br />

emotional depth, Foster showcases<br />

Claire Keegan’s great talent and<br />

secures her reputation as one of our<br />

most important storytellers.<br />

A fee of $20 is required for participation.<br />

This includes a copy of Foster<br />

to be picked up at Bookstore1 and the<br />

book club meeting.<br />

March 21 at 11 a.m. The Banned<br />

Book Club led by Bryn Durgin. In this<br />

monthly book club dedicated to reading<br />

and protecting the most important<br />

and threatened books for our generation<br />

March’s pick is I Know Why the<br />

Caged Bird Sings, Maya Angelou’s<br />

debut memoir, a modern American<br />

classic beloved worldwide.<br />

About I Know Why the Caged Bird<br />

Sings: Here is a book as joyous and<br />

painful, as mysterious and memorable,<br />

as childhood itself. I Know Why the<br />

Caged Bird Sings captures the longing<br />

of lonely children, the brute insult of<br />

bigotry, and the wonder of words that<br />

can make the world right. Poetic and<br />

powerful, I Know Why the Caged Bird<br />

Sings will touch hearts and change<br />

minds for as long as people read. Maya<br />

Angelou’s debut memoir is a modern<br />

American classic beloved worldwide.<br />

A fee of $15 is required for participation.<br />

This includes a copy of I<br />

Know Why the Caged Bird Sings to<br />

be picked up at Bookstore1 and the<br />

book club meeting.<br />

The Florida Waters<br />

Stewardship<br />

Program 20<strong>23</strong><br />

The UF/IFAS Extension Services<br />

in Manatee and Sarasota County are<br />

co-hosting an educational program<br />

about water conservation and stewardship<br />

from March 8-April 19.<br />

To make a difference for water in our<br />

community, we must understand the<br />

various ways in which we interact with<br />

water. This program will use expert<br />

presentations, experiential learning,<br />

field experience in watershed science,<br />

and communication skills training to<br />

foster a greater understanding of these<br />

interactions and provide the tools<br />

necessary to become stewards of our<br />

water resources.<br />

During this seven-session course,<br />

stewards will travel to locations<br />

across Sarasota and Manatee County<br />

to learn about emerging water<br />

issues, meet with local experts, and<br />

explore the natural beauty found in<br />

these areas.<br />

Registration link: bit.ly/FWSP<strong>23</strong><br />

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focus on the arts<br />

Exhibit celebrates the<br />

City of Sarasota’s cultural arts history<br />

On display at no charge in the City H<strong>all</strong> lobby<br />

Painting by William Hartman. Circus<br />

Wagon/landscape. 1948<br />

Elephant and boy at the circus<br />

Robert Chase. Bird Feeder. 2005<br />

If you’re a history or art buff – or maybe a<br />

combination of both - you’ll enjoy the exhibit<br />

now on display at Sarasota’s City H<strong>all</strong> located at<br />

1565 1st St., Sarasota.<br />

The exhibit shares Sarasota’s rich cultural arts<br />

history through dozens of photographs and paintings<br />

by local mid-century local artists. The pieces include<br />

landscapes, portraits and Ringling Brothers and Barnum<br />

& Bailey images, which are shown in partnership<br />

with the Arts Advocates, Circus Arts Conservatory<br />

and Sarasota County History Center.<br />

The exhibition, conceptualized and overseen by<br />

the Office of Public Art and Historic Preservation Division,<br />

highlights Sarasota’s cultural arts legacy connected<br />

to the circus, architecture, tourism and more. The<br />

artwork focuses on the visual arts and historical documentation<br />

including paintings and photographs.<br />

“Our goal is to educate residents and visitors about the<br />

wonderfully rich cultural heritage of our city,” said Mary<br />

Davis W<strong>all</strong>ace, Senior Planner and Office of Public Art<br />

lead. “We have deep roots with the circus dating back<br />

to when Sarasota was the winter home for the Ringling<br />

Brothers and Barnum & Bailey Circus, the Sarasota<br />

School of Architecture and Major League Baseb<strong>all</strong> spring<br />

training with legend Babe Ruth and the Tin Can Tourists.<br />

The exhibit is an opportunity for anyone to experience<br />

quality art that is precious to our Sarasota history.”<br />

Over three dozen pieces by local mid-century artists<br />

are on display by the Arts Advocates, Circus Arts Conservatory<br />

and Sarasota County History Center collection.<br />

The exhibit will be on display at City H<strong>all</strong> for one<br />

year with a six month rotation for new pieces.<br />

At the opening back in January, Sean Cloughery, also<br />

known as the “Human Cannonb<strong>all</strong>,” and whose likeness<br />

is in the City H<strong>all</strong> exhibit, discussed how he became the<br />

“Human Cannonb<strong>all</strong>” and how he would perform the act<br />

during his circus career. “I started with Clyde Beatty Cole<br />

Brothers Circus in 1991,” he said. “I ran into a gentleman<br />

who used to do the cannon for Ringling Brothers. I was<br />

cleaning his pool – I was 21 or 22 – and he asked me if I’d<br />

Two posters that reflect<br />

Sarasota’s history<br />

be interested. So I started practicing, got the job, and it<br />

went on for 12 years.”<br />

These days Sean works for the city of Sarasota maintaining<br />

City H<strong>all</strong>: turning on lights, checking for any plumbing<br />

or electrical issues, and ensuring everything is ready for<br />

another day’s business. His talk added to the enjoyment<br />

of the exhibit.<br />

For more info, visit www.SarasotaFL.gov/Cultural-<br />

Exhibit.<br />

ABOUT the participating<br />

organizations:<br />

Arts Advocates<br />

Arts Advocates was founded in 1969 as The Fine Arts<br />

Society of Sarasota, Inc. They have the foremost collection<br />

of works by Sarasota Art Colony artists on public<br />

exhibition anywhere. The organization awards scholarships<br />

to local students pursuing careers in the arts, and<br />

offers arts-related luncheons, workshops, educational<br />

tours, public art tours, and visits to private collections.<br />

Circus Arts Conservatory<br />

The Circus Arts Conservatory’s mission is to engage<br />

and educate students using unique and innovative learning<br />

programs; to measurably improve the quality of life<br />

Human Cannonb<strong>all</strong> Sean Thomas<br />

for individuals in care communities; and to advance the<br />

extraordinary legacy and heritage of the circus.<br />

Sarasota County History Center<br />

Sarasota County History Center is home to the<br />

county’s historic preservation programs, as well as an<br />

extensive collection of artifacts, archival records, and<br />

other resources for historical research. A growing selection<br />

of these items are now available for viewing in<br />

the Center’s Digital Collections. The full collection is<br />

available to researchers at the county’s public facility.<br />

To learn more about the City of Sarasota Public Art<br />

program visit www.SarasotaFL.gov/Our-City/Public-Art.<br />

IMAGES: City of Sarasota and<br />

Louise Bruderle<br />

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Angie<br />

Stringer<br />

t the helm since August, 2015, she’s seen the<br />

organization through a ch<strong>all</strong>enging stretch, but<br />

nonetheless Girls Inc. is stronger and bolder with<br />

new programs and renewed energy. ABottom row on floor: Mary Kate, Essence, Journee, Lily. Second row back with Angie: Stephanie, Angie Stringer, Shelby, Bentley.<br />

Third row behind Angie: Aylah, Ashley, Azalea. Last Row behind Angie: Gabby, Sarriyah, Lyric<br />

16 WEST COAST WOMAN MARCH 20<strong>23</strong>

It’s a sprawling epicenter of girl<br />

energy. Three o’clock and they<br />

start to arrive and the place vibrates<br />

with the sounds of girls<br />

moving about, headed to classes<br />

or to join activities. There’s the<br />

refurbished gym that’s offering<br />

jump rope classes. In another room, girls<br />

are having afternoon snacks. A yoga instructor<br />

is setting up for a lesson. An art<br />

class is starting soon.<br />

At the helm is Angie Stringer who has<br />

been President and CEO of Girls Inc. of<br />

Sarasota County since August, 2015. She<br />

previously worked for Girls Inc. as the Director<br />

of Communication and Agency Resources,<br />

from 2004-2007. It was a sad day for<br />

her many fans when she left, but she went<br />

on to do great things, spending eight years<br />

as Director of Major Gifts at Children First.<br />

When CEO Robin Rose left, Girls Inc.<br />

sought Angie out and the time was right<br />

for her to come back. Once on board, Angie<br />

looked at Girls Inc.’s programming.<br />

“From day one, I knew what I wanted to<br />

change,” and that meant moving away<br />

from national programs and creating<br />

new ones. Thus came Dream Harbor, an<br />

after-school program, “where girls aged<br />

5–14 have jobs, earn wages c<strong>all</strong>ed Dream<br />

Dollars, pay taxes, and work together to<br />

build a thriving community… girls develop,<br />

market, and sell products and services<br />

that are sold at a monthly Market Day,”<br />

according to their website.<br />

They also created a Family Strengthening<br />

program and hired case managers and<br />

therapists - 6 in total. The program, Angie<br />

points out, “supports the whole family”<br />

and was funded by the Barancik Foundation.<br />

It’s a program Angie is particularly<br />

proud of and it’s now the model for other<br />

Girls Inc. affiliates.<br />

The program was created to “meet the basic<br />

needs of girls” using, according to Angie,<br />

a “trauma-based approach” designed to deal<br />

with mental health issues, adding, “Most<br />

girls have trauma in their lives.” All staff<br />

have been trained in the program as well.<br />

Others began to take notice of Girls Inc.’s<br />

innovative programming. Last year, Girls<br />

Inc. was awarded the first ever Pillar of<br />

Inspiration Award from Girls Inc. National.<br />

The award is for an affiliate that is considered,<br />

“an inspiring, supportive leader<br />

within the network and highlights Girls<br />

Inc. of Sarasota’s ongoing leadership efforts<br />

and ability to learn, adapt, implement new<br />

programs, while serving as an educational<br />

model for Girls Inc. affiliates across the nation.”<br />

In 2019, Girls Inc. was named affiliate<br />

of the year (there are 78 affiliates across the<br />

U.S. and Canada).<br />

And of course, there was Covid, which<br />

forced a major change in operations starting<br />

in March, 2020. “Staff switched <strong>all</strong> programming<br />

to virtual,” Angie explains. Staff<br />

stood outside and gave out food to families.<br />

Case managers and therapists would also<br />

stand outside to be available for families<br />

needing emotional support.<br />

They closed for a few months and, following<br />

CDC guidelines, limited capacity to only<br />

a quarter of their usual. And they charged<br />

no fees. In addition, “Some parents didn’t<br />

want their kids in school, but couldn’t care<br />

for them at home so they went to school<br />

here - about 50 girls.”<br />

Once back open, Angie and her staff<br />

found an unexpected outcome after Covid:<br />

behavior issues. The cause, Angie explains,<br />

was the result of the girls “not being socialized…they<br />

didn’t know how to be with other<br />

children. Things like standing in line would<br />

cause fights. It took a year to get these girls<br />

settled,” Angie explains.<br />

There was also needed work to be done<br />

on their building which opened in 1974-75.<br />

With 900 girls ages 5-18 in their programs,<br />

the signs are there that they need a bigger<br />

building.<br />

In 2017, Girls In. began an outreach program<br />

in 20 schools (at no cost to families).<br />

Instructors would go into schools teaching<br />

life skills, media literacy, project bold, a<br />

self-defense class and drug and alcohol prevention.<br />

Angie points out they want to do<br />

more on the topic of anti-bullying, adding<br />

that bullying and social media are the biggest<br />

issues young girls face.<br />

Add to the list of programs they created at<br />

Girls Inc. is Project Accelerate, their newest<br />

program, which is <strong>all</strong> about college and<br />

career readiness which makes it easy to see<br />

why they won that award for their innovative<br />

programming.<br />

Along with her career-long experience<br />

working exclusively with nonprofits, Angie<br />

honed her leadership skills like so many<br />

other women leaders in Sarasota, through<br />

her participation in the Junior League of<br />

Sarasota and has been a member since 2007<br />

and is also a past president.<br />

Angie moved to Sarasota from North<br />

Carolina over 20 years ago after college. She<br />

worked at the then Sarasota Y where she<br />

also met her husband.<br />

A first during Angie’s tenure is the addition<br />

of male volunteers and male staff and<br />

one of their program directors is a man.<br />

There are 52 on staff with 10 being full time.<br />

Their mission at Girls inc. is simple, but<br />

vital: focus on the development of the whole<br />

girl. If you have any doubt as to why these<br />

programs are needed, consider a report<br />

that come out this Feb. 13. Around 1 in 3<br />

high school girls in the U.S. have seriously<br />

considered attempting suicide, according to<br />

new results from a Centers for Disease Control<br />

and Prevention survey from 2021, up<br />

from less than a fifth of teen girls in 2011.<br />

And more than half of teen girls, 57%, reported<br />

feeling "persistently sad or hopeless"<br />

— a record high number. The statistics are<br />

among several mental health trends in high<br />

schoolers that have worsened most among<br />

girls over the past decade, according to data<br />

from the CDC's Youth Risk Behavior Survey.<br />

Over<strong>all</strong>, 22% of high schoolers said they<br />

have considered suicide. That is somewhat<br />

better than the 29% when the CDC first<br />

began its biennial survey in the 1990s, but<br />

is an increase from the record low 13.8%<br />

t<strong>all</strong>ied in 2009 according to Kathleen Ethier,<br />

director of the CDC's Division of Adolescent<br />

and School Health.<br />

As for goals, Angie has a lot: expand outreach,<br />

get into south county, build more<br />

community partners, get more into north<br />

country, a higher tech building and a teaching<br />

kitchen. Thinking boldly, she wants to<br />

add a new building to replace the current<br />

one opened in 1974-75.<br />

And if that’s not a t<strong>all</strong> enough order, Angie’s<br />

goal is to make <strong>all</strong> programming free. Of<br />

her job she says, “I love it” and adds, “We’ve<br />

put together an amazing team,” and that<br />

bodes well for the future for Girls Inc. and<br />

<strong>all</strong> the girls and young women they serve.<br />

For more information, visit www.<br />

GirlsIncSRQ.org.<br />

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The Sarasota area has<br />

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performing artists<br />

including clarinetist Daniel<br />

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Sarasota Orchestra musicians.<br />

He was featured<br />

on NPR’s From the Top<br />

where he was a Jack Kent<br />

Cooke Young Artist award<br />

winner at age 17. Solowey<br />

is currently a member<br />

of the Civic Orchestra<br />

of Chicago. Artist Series<br />

Concerts brings this rising<br />

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Pianist Michelle Cann,<br />

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Black and Latinx musicians,<br />

performs on March 7, 7:30 p.m.<br />

at the Historic Asolo Theater.<br />

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Michelle<br />

Cann appears by<br />

arrangement with<br />

the Curtis Institute<br />

of Music.<br />

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second violin of<br />

Sarasota Orchestra,<br />

Samantha Bennett,<br />

now with the D<strong>all</strong>as<br />

Opera orchestra, will<br />

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well as perhaps the most famous unaccompanied<br />

violin piece of <strong>all</strong>, the Chaconne of<br />

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Tuesday, March 7, 7:30 p.m.<br />

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Sarasota<br />

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Sarasota<br />

• Cameron Crozman, cello, and<br />

Meagan Milatz, piano on Thursday,<br />

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feature<br />

Venice’s Urban Forest<br />

Adding beauty to downtown Venice<br />

Blooming plants, shrubs and trees<br />

will help to block out the<br />

Urban Forest’s industrial “neighbors”<br />

You have to admire the<br />

dedication of volunteers<br />

who are willing to work<br />

year round, including<br />

during the summer heat,<br />

to turn a long, narrow strip<br />

of land into a canopy of trees and native<br />

plants that attract birds, butterflies<br />

and more.<br />

Then Hurricane Ian hits and wipes out<br />

a good bit of their hard work, toppling<br />

valuable trees and yet, they’re out<br />

there working again. So it’s a labor of<br />

love and definitely a work in progress<br />

as plants, trees, soil and mulch <strong>all</strong> have<br />

to be brought to an area that, charitably,<br />

was not a lot to look at before<br />

Venice Area Beautification, Inc. (VABI)<br />

took on what is now c<strong>all</strong>ed The Venice<br />

Urban Forest (VUF).<br />

Visionaries back in 2018 saw potential<br />

in what was once an old CSX railroad<br />

corridor and decided to “reforest” it<br />

with only Florida native vegetation<br />

which would in turn, create a space<br />

for bikers, walkers and the like, to enjoy<br />

and, become a haven for wildlife<br />

and nurturer of native plants. Those<br />

volunteers then banded together, put<br />

on their gardening gloves, picked up<br />

shovels, and got to work.<br />

First, the location. It’s in downtown<br />

Venice along the canal. Heading<br />

south, you leave 41, turn right, head<br />

over the bridge, and you see the landmark<br />

Venice Theatre on the right, but<br />

instead you turn left and go over another<br />

bridge. The urban forest is visible<br />

to your right. The railroad that once<br />

ran through this corridor made it an<br />

industrial area and explains the nature<br />

of the businesses along its path - car<br />

dealerships, storage lots for campers,<br />

auto body shops and the like.<br />

But VABI saw its potential. Long story<br />

short, they began the project in<br />

phases, with<br />

Gulf Coast Community<br />

Foundation<br />

providing<br />

over $1.5 million<br />

dollars as part<br />

of their partnership<br />

with VABI.<br />

But the idea was<br />

not a park, but<br />

an urban forest.<br />

The urban forest is an<br />

The distinction<br />

is important. <strong>all</strong>-volunteer project<br />

A park can mean benches,<br />

picnic tables and the like. It<br />

can also mean signage, possibly<br />

restrooms, even doggy<br />

bags. This location has none<br />

of that. There aren’t even any<br />

signs except for one at the<br />

entrance. That’s also part of<br />

the plan.<br />

The Venice Urban Forest is<br />

about two miles long and is<br />

undergoing lots of planting and replanting<br />

and starting to take shape. I<br />

met with Mary Schwass, VABI Office<br />

Coordinator, and Phil Ellis, Venice Urban<br />

Forest Field Supervisor. Both are<br />

deeply involved in bringing the project<br />

through its final, third phase. While<br />

we walk along on the shell path where<br />

the plants are being inst<strong>all</strong>ed, cyclists,<br />

walkers and others with baby strollers<br />

or a leashed dog are on the paved path<br />

c<strong>all</strong>ed the Venetian Waterway Park, a<br />

10-mile trail along the Intracoastal Waterway<br />

that now connects to the Legacy<br />

Trail at the nearby Historic Venice<br />

Train Depot.<br />

According to Phil, “We want it to look<br />

natural,” and the goal in keeping with<br />

the “natural look” is to have no mowing.<br />

They both agree the project is<br />

about making Venice a better place to<br />

live with more urban green space to<br />

improve the quality of life for citizens.<br />

Phil Ellis, Venice<br />

Urban Forest<br />

Field Supervisor<br />

The Urban Forest is about<br />

two miles long and<br />

is undergoing lots of planting<br />

and replanting and<br />

starting to take shape<br />

Just think of what<br />

the High Line Park,<br />

another converted<br />

rail line, did for New<br />

York City.<br />

You can see parts of<br />

the tracks here and<br />

there. Amazingly,<br />

when they started<br />

to work they didn’t<br />

find too much debris<br />

or junk, just<br />

bits of broken concrete<br />

that’s being<br />

incorporated into making<br />

rock gardens to border<br />

plants.<br />

Funding will cover the cost for native trees<br />

to be bought and planted, including<br />

400 slash pines, 200 red cedars,<br />

and 10 longleaf pine<br />

Aside from the priceless value the<br />

Urban Forest will add to the public’s<br />

enjoyment, it will attract birds. Plants<br />

will attract pollinators. Plants will buffer<br />

winds and absorb rain and can also<br />

act as a windbreak. When the trees<br />

develop, they’ll create a cooling effect<br />

and will eventu<strong>all</strong>y conceal the heavy<br />

industry just over the chain link fence<br />

that abuts the Urban Forest.<br />

With $100,000 in funding, also by the<br />

Gulf Coast Community Foundation,<br />

Phase 3 is the final phase of the Urban<br />

Forest and focuses on inst<strong>all</strong>ation<br />

of additional irrigation piping to<br />

irrigate <strong>all</strong> the new trees and understory<br />

plants. The grant will cover the<br />

cost for native trees to be bought and<br />

planted, including 400 slash pines,<br />

200 red cedars, and 10 longleaf pines.<br />

The Urban Forest is home to over 90<br />

different species of birds. The grant is<br />

especi<strong>all</strong>y timely after the Urban Forest<br />

suffered damage from Hurricane<br />

Ian, losing approximately 125 trees.<br />

For now, in another show of dedication<br />

by VABI and its volunteers, plants<br />

have been watered by hand.<br />

“The Venice Urban Forest, powered in<br />

part by funding from Gulf Coast, is an<br />

environmental safe haven for wildlife,<br />

clean water, and a place of natural respite<br />

for residents and visitors,” said<br />

Gulf Coast Community Foundation’s<br />

Senior Vice President of Community<br />

Leadership Jon Thaxton. “The secret<br />

sauce in the success of this project<br />

has been the hardworking volunteers<br />

of VABI who have not been deterred<br />

by rain, heat, or hurricanes in their<br />

mission to create an accessible<br />

and beautiful walking<br />

trail forest for <strong>all</strong>.”<br />

According to the Venice<br />

Urban Forrest website,<br />

“The Venice Urban Forest<br />

has been created to provide<br />

habitat for birds and<br />

animals, cooling and much<br />

needed carbon sequestration,<br />

oxygen generation<br />

and storm water absorption,”<br />

thus illustrating that<br />

it’s a lot more than a mere<br />

beautification project and<br />

that a lot of thought as well<br />

as effort went into making<br />

this Urban Forest.<br />

WHAT IS AN<br />


An urban forest is a forest,<br />

or a collection of trees, that<br />

grow within a city, town or<br />

a suburb. In a wider sense,<br />

it may include any kind of<br />

woody plant vegetation<br />

growing in and around<br />

human settlements. As<br />

opposed to a forest park,<br />

whose ecosystems are also<br />

inherited from wilderness leftovers,<br />

urban forests often lack amenities<br />

like public bathrooms, paved paths,<br />

or sometimes clear borders which are<br />

distinct features of parks.<br />

Urban forests play an important role<br />

in ecology of human habitats in many<br />

ways. Aside from the beautification<br />

of the urban environment, they offer<br />

many benefits like impacting climate<br />

and the economy while providing<br />

shelter to wildlife and recreational<br />

area for city dwellers.<br />

(Source: Wikipedia)<br />

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Music al Fresco with<br />

the Sarasota Orchestra<br />

Parks & Partners offers concerts<br />

in various parks<br />

Combine beautiful<br />

weather<br />

and an outdoor<br />

concert of classical<br />

music; add<br />

coffee and bagels; mix in your<br />

dog and kids and you have<br />

the perfect Sunday morning<br />

brought to you by the Sarasota<br />

Orchestra.<br />

The Orchestra has been<br />

offering its Parks & Partners<br />

concerts since January. This is<br />

their third season of the fully<br />

titled “On the Road with SO:<br />

Parks and Partners” series.<br />

These outdoor performances<br />

are free and feature either<br />

the Sarasota Brass Quintet or<br />

the Sarasota Wind Quintet in<br />

public parks and partner venues<br />

in Sarasota and Manatee<br />

counties.<br />

I had a chance to experience<br />

the Brass Quintet at Waterside<br />

at Lakewood Ranch in the<br />

heart of their Farmer’s Market.<br />

The 10 a.m. concert meant<br />

cool morning air and lots of<br />

room. By the time the concert was<br />

underway, the market was getting<br />

quite full and, at a vendor selling<br />

bagels, the line was 50 deep.<br />

But there are plenty of food<br />

options, lots of comfy seating<br />

and your pet can sit and<br />

enjoy the classics as there<br />

were many dogs there.<br />

Afterwards shop and feel<br />

the total bliss! I highly<br />

recommend<br />

this experience<br />

and the<br />

performance<br />

was top notch by<br />

the Brass Quintet.<br />

Admission is free<br />

at <strong>all</strong> locations, but<br />

registration is recommended<br />

to reserve<br />

a space. Registration<br />

opens one month prior to each<br />

concert. Additional information about the<br />

event venues, parking, and safety procedures<br />

are on the registration page for each concert.<br />

It’s recommended that you bring a chair<br />

or outdoor blanket, sunscreen, bug spray,<br />

and something cool to drink (non-alcoholic<br />

beverages, only). Experience chamber music<br />

from Sarasota Orchestra in a casual, open-air<br />

setting! www.sarasotaorchestra.org<br />

Coming up:<br />

■ Nathan Benderson Park Playground<br />

on March 26<br />

The Sarasota Brass Quintet will entertain<br />

in this one-hour program of favorites<br />

at the Nathan Benderson Park Pavilion<br />

(just behind the playground).<br />

Aaron Romm, co-principal trumpet, is the master of<br />

ceremonies for the concert<br />

Current ensemble members include:<br />

Gianluca Farina (principal<br />

trumpet), Aaron Romm (coprincipal<br />

trumpet), Andrew<br />

Warfield (co-principal horn),<br />

Brad Williams (principal trombone),<br />

Aaron Tind<strong>all</strong> (principal tuba)<br />

■ G.T. Bray Park Amphitheater<br />

on April 30<br />

The Sarasota Brass Quintet will entertain<br />

in this one-hour program of favorites under<br />

the oaks at the G.T. Bray Park Amphitheater<br />

(just behind the Happy Tails<br />

Dog Park).<br />

About the SARASOTA<br />


Founded in 1986, the Sarasota Brass<br />

Quintet (formerly the Florida Brass<br />

Quintet) has established itself as one of<br />

Sarasota Orchestra’s best-known ensembles.<br />

The Quintet performs chamber music<br />

on the orchestras Chamber Music Series in<br />

Holley H<strong>all</strong> at the Beatrice Friedman Symphony<br />

Center in Sarasota, and has performed<br />

throughout Florida, from the Panhandle to<br />

the Keys. The group also performs in and<br />

works with students from schools throughout<br />

Sarasota and Manatee Counties.<br />

Their concerts include a mix of standard<br />

quintet literature and pops selections and<br />

take the listener on a different musical tour<br />

at each concert. From the clarion sounds of<br />

the Baroque to contemporary jazz, the Sarasota<br />

Brass Quintet offers entertaining programs<br />

of great variety.<br />

Current ensemble members include:<br />

Gianluca Farina (principal trumpet), Aaron<br />

Romm (co-principal trumpet), Andrew<br />

Warfield (co-principal horn), Brad Williams<br />

(principal trombone), Aaron Tind<strong>all</strong> (principal<br />

tuba).<br />

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Creative Liberties opens a second studio<br />

space in the Limelight District<br />

More studio spaces for 10 artists, plus more display w<strong>all</strong>s and a classroom<br />

Last month, we wrote<br />

about Kim Alexander<br />

Livengood and her Bazaar<br />

on Apricot and Lime,<br />

part of the burgeoning<br />

Limelight District. But there’s even<br />

more exciting news going just<br />

across the street from Kim’s Bazaar<br />

and that’s at Creative Liberties.<br />

Barbara Gerdeman and Elizabeth<br />

Goodwill, two artists and art educators,<br />

opened their Artist Studios<br />

and G<strong>all</strong>ery in November 2021.<br />

Elizabeth Goodwill and Barbara Gerdeman<br />

Now they’re opening a second<br />

location across and up the street a bit with 11 more<br />

studio spaces that will be occupied by 10 artists,<br />

more display w<strong>all</strong>s and a classroom. Next door to<br />

that will be another local artist who will have his<br />

studio and studios for five additional artists.<br />

The Limelight District, according to Elizabeth,<br />

“is going to be an arts destination in Sarasota,”<br />

and Creative Liberties will be leading the way.<br />

She explains that they launched this venture “to<br />

empower regional artists with a variety of business<br />

services and studio and exhibition opportunities.”<br />

Creative Liberties is a collective, communal space<br />

that provides work and display space for local<br />

artists. There are also display w<strong>all</strong>s available for<br />

non-studio artists to rent.<br />

The Second Creative Liberties is at 927 N Lime<br />

Avenue, Sarasota. After you’ve enjoyed some art,<br />

save room for shopping at The Bazaar on Apricot<br />

and Lime at 821 Apricot Ave in Sarasota and a bit to<br />

eat at Hamlet’s eatery.<br />

For more information visit<br />

www.creativeliberties.net and<br />

www.BazaaronApricotandLime.com<br />

The Limelight District<br />

The Limelight District is an area that consists of<br />

businesses north of Fruitville down Lime Avenue<br />

through 12th street. Included in the district are Music<br />

Compound, Brant’s Bookshop, Burgess Signs, Ed<br />

Smith Stadium, The Humane Society, Jon F. Swift<br />

Construction, and Speed Pro Imaging. Lime Avenue<br />

is the center of the district.<br />

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Through Women’s<br />

Eyes International Film<br />

Festival March 9-13<br />

Spotlighting fresh voices and perspectives<br />

in films from around the world<br />

The Through<br />

Women’s<br />

Eyes International<br />

Film Festival<br />

will host the first<br />

in-person North American<br />

screening of the<br />

documentary Shirin<br />

Ebadi: Until We are<br />

Free, featuring Nobel<br />

Peace Prize winner<br />

Shirin Ebadi, at its<br />

opening celebration at<br />

Ringling College of Art<br />

and Design. Following<br />

the screening, festival<br />

organizers will present a program on the<br />

current state of the uprisings and struggle<br />

for human rights in Iran.<br />

Now in its 24th year, the Through Women’s<br />

Eyes International Film Festival will<br />

spotlight fresh voices and perspectives in<br />

films from around the world March 9-13.<br />

The Sarasota-based festival will feature<br />

virtual screenings and an in-person awards<br />

event with established and emerging filmmakers.<br />

Organizers will host the opening red<br />

carpet celebration and film premiere on Friday,<br />

March 10, at Ringling College of Art and<br />

Design in the Larry R. Thompson Academic<br />

Center, Morganroth Auditorium.<br />

“We are delighted that the Through Women’s<br />

Eyes International Film Festival will return<br />

this year with both in-person and virtual<br />

events that <strong>all</strong>ow a global audience to access<br />

these phenomenal films from anywhere,”<br />

said Scott Osborne, festival chair. “We offer<br />

a carefully curated selection of films unlike<br />

what viewers see anywhere else.”<br />

This year’s selections include 7 features,<br />

21 shorts, and 10 Emerging Filmmaker<br />

films. They represent China, Ireland, Russia,<br />

Ukraine, England, Canada, Germany, South<br />

Africa, Belgium, the Philippines, UAE, and<br />

the USA. After receiving over 325 submissions<br />

from 43 countries, the selection committee<br />

chose 38 films that reflect a diverse<br />

array of experiences by and about global<br />

women and the LGBTQ+ community. Many<br />

of the independent filmmakers are expected<br />

to attend the festival and meet with audiences<br />

to share what inspires them and how they<br />

created their films.<br />

The festival will once again celebrate<br />

excellence with an awards ceremony, this<br />

year on Saturday, March 11 from 1-4<br />

p.m. at Fogartyville Community Media and<br />

Arts Center in Sarasota. Awards include<br />

Best Feature, Best Narrative Short, and<br />

Best Documentary Short; local secondary<br />

students from the New Gate Montessori IB<br />

Global Program also participate in judging<br />

and presenting an Impact Award.<br />

Tickets and event passes are now available<br />

at the film festival website.<br />

Select films highlight the quality and<br />

diversity of stories and perspectives.<br />

■ Shirin Ebadi: Until We<br />

are Free Iranian-born Shirin<br />

Ebadi, the first Muslim woman<br />

to ever win the Nobel Peace<br />

Prize (2003,) has been fighting<br />

for justice <strong>all</strong> her life. This gripping<br />

story shows how fragile<br />

democracy and human rights can<br />

be, and it is a tale of one woman’s<br />

struggle to restore the rights<br />

that women - and men - are losing.<br />

In-person viewing followed<br />

by audience discussion.<br />

■ The Bond is sixteen short<br />

minutes which pack a phenomenal<br />

emotional punch.<br />

What happens when a woman<br />

gives birth while incarcerated? This true<br />

life tale is inspired by the birth experience<br />

of director Jahmil Eady, an associate<br />

producer on documentary projects<br />

for the Oprah Winfrey Network.<br />

■ Take the Ice follows behind the scenes<br />

with the founder and commissioner of the<br />

first professional women’s hockey league<br />

and the athletes competing to win its inaugural<br />

championship. As the commissioner<br />

struggles to keep the league afloat, the<br />

players must come together in the wake of<br />

an on-ice accident that leaves a teammate<br />

paralyzed. “Take the Ice” is a moving look at<br />

elite athletes making strides for recognition<br />

and equality within their sport, and in the<br />

process, making history.<br />

■ Klondike offers us a vision of war<br />

in Ukraine, but through a woman’s<br />

eyes. We meet a family living on the border<br />

of Ukraine and Russia during the start of the<br />

war in the Donbas and discover that pregnant<br />

Irka refuses to leave her house even<br />

as the village is captured by armed forces.<br />

They soon find themselves at the center of<br />

an international air crash catastrophe and a<br />

family divided in its loyalties.<br />

■ Intention<strong>all</strong>y Erased, directed by victim’s<br />

rights advocate and domestic violence<br />

survivor Kimya Motley, explores what<br />

happens when Black men and Black trans<br />

women talk about manhood, acceptance,<br />

violence, the South and so much more.<br />

■ Searchlight, Two Kinds of Water, and Salt<br />

Lines: A Water Triptych is a series of three<br />

short films about the lives of people who live<br />

and work around water. With photography<br />

from Senegal, Scotland, and Maine, filmmaker<br />

Dan McDoug<strong>all</strong> sheds light on work of<br />

lobstermen and women, search and rescue<br />

teams, how women and men navigate a life<br />

on the sea, and the pull of the ocean that is<br />

passed down from generation to generation.<br />

Through Women’s Eyes is a 501c3 advocacy<br />

organization dedicated to women’s<br />

rights and gender equality. Learn more<br />

at throughwomenseyes.org. Net festival<br />

proceeds support women’s rights and gender<br />

equality programs.<br />

F I L M<br />

March 9<br />

through<br />

March 13,<br />

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38 films from 13 countries<br />

Independent films by and about women<br />

Virtual on-demand screenings<br />

In-person opening celebration and<br />

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Five-film pass $75<br />

All-festival pass $299<br />

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Time to Choose: Four Short Films<br />

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Why Mangroves Matter<br />

EcoWalks Guided Tours show the many ways<br />

What I noticed<br />

first was the contrast<br />

from driving<br />

on I-75 heading<br />

south—what is referred<br />

to as a “moving<br />

parking lot”—to a gradual drop<br />

off in congestion to a quieter and<br />

less frenetic drive ending at peaceful<br />

and tranquil Lemon Bay Park.<br />

Approaching the park, which sits<br />

astride Lemon Bay, is a step back in<br />

time to the Florida of the ‘60s with<br />

shell roads and sm<strong>all</strong> ranch houses.<br />

Once inside the park, you’ll find<br />

classrooms and an information center.<br />

It’s here you’ll also meet your<br />

guide for EcoWalks: Mangroves, a<br />

two-hour walk that is mostly on the<br />

water’s edge and surrounded by<br />

mangroves. The tours are offered<br />

by University of Florida/IFAS Extension<br />

Sarasota County and Sarasota<br />

County Parks, Recreation, and Natural<br />

Resources.<br />

“Mangroves are tropical plants that<br />

are adapted to loose, wet soils, salt<br />

water and being periodic<strong>all</strong>y submerged<br />

by tides,” according to the<br />

Florida Department of Environmental<br />

Protection, which also describes<br />

what we begin to see on our walk.<br />

Mangroves exist around the world,<br />

but there are three species that are<br />

native to Florida: red mangrove (Rhizophora<br />

mangle), black mangrove<br />

(Avicennia germinans) and white<br />

mangrove (Laguncularia racemosa)<br />

which our guide, Dr. Armando<br />

Ubeda, a county extension agent,<br />

showed us how to differentiate.<br />

Along the way, he began to explain<br />

how mangroves are a vital part of the<br />

greater ecosystem in Florida.<br />

Mangroves can be 60-80 feet t<strong>all</strong><br />

which is surprising since we don’t<br />

see them that way. Why? Because<br />

what we see are mangroves that are often<br />

severely cut back. Regulations now<br />

set specific limits for trimming or removal<br />

of mangroves on private property<br />

—for the most part. But if their full value<br />

to the ecosystem were understood, they<br />

would never be cut back. And that’s<br />

what you’ll learn by taking this EcoWalk.<br />

In fact, Dr. Ubeda explains they they’re<br />

the best form of storm protection because<br />

they absorb energy. During<br />

storms and hurricanes they slow down<br />

water, helping to hold on to soil while<br />

lessening erosion. But there’s so much<br />

more. They produce oxygen. Birds nest<br />

and seek shelter in them. They capture<br />

carbon dioxide. He also told us that 80<br />

per cent of seafood comes from mangroves<br />

having started as sm<strong>all</strong> fish.<br />

Those fish grow and find safety among<br />

mangroves until they are large enough<br />

to move out into open water thus contributing<br />

to keeping fish populations up.<br />

On a bright and cool Saturday morning,<br />

the EcoWalk begins.<br />

A tunnel of mangroves<br />

showing how t<strong>all</strong> they can grow.<br />

You can actu<strong>all</strong>y walk through mangroves<br />

like a forest which is what we did.<br />

The red mangrove is easily identified by<br />

its tangled, reddish roots c<strong>all</strong>ed “proproots.”<br />

These roots have earned mangroves<br />

the title of “walking trees.” By the<br />

end of the walk you’ll be able to differentiate<br />

which type of mangrove you’re<br />

seeing, and what makes it unique.<br />

All kinds of animals have been spotted<br />

in the park from gopher tortoises who<br />

burrow in the sand to bats who reside<br />

in their own bat house before heading<br />

out at night. Bats love mosquitoes BTW.<br />

You may also see iguanas but they’re<br />

an invasive species. Also seen are raccoons,<br />

coyotes, nonvenomous snakes<br />

and crabs.<br />

According to Dr. Katherine Clements,<br />

Ecology and Natural Resources Educator,<br />

who coordinates the EcoWalks,<br />

“We offer these walks specific<strong>all</strong>y on<br />

unique and often environment<strong>all</strong>y sensitive<br />

Sarasota County park and preserve<br />

lands which have been in part purchased<br />

Our guide for the walk is Dr. Armando Ubeda,<br />

a county extension agent,<br />

who explains the value of the mangroves.<br />

A red mangrove,<br />

identified by its tangled,<br />

reddish roots c<strong>all</strong>ed prop-roots.<br />

through funding from Florida Communities<br />

Trust grants. The FCT grants often<br />

require an educational component, and<br />

we work with County Park staff to determine<br />

topics and sites with the most<br />

need. We offer about 30 EcoWalks to the<br />

public at various sites with a variety of<br />

themes throughout the year.”<br />

There’s also something to be said<br />

about being with other people—and<br />

not online. People were talking to each<br />

other, sharing stories and asking where<br />

you’re from.<br />

EcoWalks fill up fast, so sign up right<br />

away. Register for EcoWalks here:<br />

www.eventbrite.com/cc/ecowalks.<br />

STORY and IMAGES: Louise Bruderle<br />


Lemon Bay is a long, narrow and sh<strong>all</strong>ow<br />

body of water covering 8,000 acres<br />

in Charlotte County, and Sarasota County.<br />

It is protected as the Lemon Bay<br />

Aquatic Preserve, designated in 1986. It<br />

is one of five Charlotte Harbor Aquatic<br />

Preserves. The bay is fed by one Gulf<br />

pass, Stump Pass, and seven tributaries<br />

and includes areas of mangrove, marsh<br />

grass, and seagrass. It provides habitat<br />

for bird, invertebrate and fish species<br />

and offers fishing, kayaking, birding,<br />

wading and beachcombing.<br />

ABOUT<br />


PARK<br />

The Lemon Bay<br />

Park and Environmental<br />

Center is<br />

a 210-acre natural<br />

county park<br />

in Englewood. It<br />

includes black<br />

mangrove forest,<br />

mangrove fringe<br />

along the shoreline,<br />

and pine and<br />

scrubby flatwoods.<br />

Educational classes,<br />

guided nature<br />

and bird walks are<br />

offered at the site.<br />

The park has 1.7<br />

miles of shoreline on the Lemon Bay<br />

Aquatic Preserve. The park includes a<br />

butterfly garden, canoe/ kayak launch,<br />

and interpretive nature trail. The park is<br />

located at 570 Bay Park Boulevard.<br />

Educational classes, guided nature<br />

and bird walks and a variety of other<br />

nature-based programs are offered<br />

throughout the year.<br />

Upcoming EcoWalks:<br />

■ EcoWalk: Mangroves—March<br />

28, 8:30-10:30 a.m. (this is the same<br />

walk as described above)<br />

Lemon Bay Park, 570 Bay Park Blvd.,<br />

Englewood<br />

■ EcoWalk: Family Sunset Adventures—March<br />

31, 7-8:15 p.m.<br />

Explore the mysteries of the setting<br />

sun for an engaging family-friendly<br />

moonlight walk.<br />

Lemon Bay Park, 570 Bay Park Blvd.,<br />

Englewood<br />

■ EcoWalk: Meditation in the Parks -<br />

Red Bug Slough—April 12, 9-10 a.m.<br />

Also offered on May 22. 9-10 a.m.<br />

This offers an exploration of finding<br />

peace within nature along a mostly<br />

silent walk.<br />

Red Bug Slough Preserve,<br />

5200 South Beneva Road, Sarasota<br />

■ EcoWalk: Unique Preserves of<br />

Sarasota County - Curry Creek East<br />

—April 18, 9-11 a.m.<br />

Learn more about unique Florida<br />

ecosystems.<br />

Curry Creek Preserve East,<br />

1500 Pinebrook Road, Venice<br />

■ EcoWalk: Unique Preserves of<br />

Sarasota County - Sleeping Turtles<br />

South—May 9, 9-11 a.m.<br />

Learn more about unique Florida<br />

ecosystems.<br />

Sleeping Turtles Preserve South,<br />

2800 N. River Road, Venice<br />

University of Florida/IFAS<br />

Extension Sarasota County<br />

6700 Clark Road, Sarasota.<br />

Information:<br />

sarasota.ifas.ufl.edu and scgov.net<br />

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dining in<br />


F Easy Vegan Shepherd’s Pie<br />

2 tbsp. olive oil<br />

1 large sweet onion, diced<br />

3 stalks celery, chopped<br />

2 medium carrots, peeled and<br />

chopped<br />

16 oz. fresh mixed mushrooms,<br />

chopped<br />

Fresh chopped herbs to taste (1<br />

spring each of rosemary, thyme,<br />

and sage or other herbs of choice)<br />

2 tbsp. gluten-free flour<br />

1 tbsp. smoked paprika<br />

3 tbsp. tomato paste<br />

1/2 cup red wine<br />

2 cups veggie broth<br />

Sea salt and pepper, to taste<br />

2 cups frozen peas<br />

1. Preheat the oven to 350°F<br />

Easy Vegan Shepherd’s Pie T<br />

Shepherd’s pie may just be the ultimate<br />

comfort food. This plantbased<br />

version uses a pound of mixed<br />

mushrooms to recreate the earthy<br />

flavor of lamb or beef. A topping of<br />

creamy mashed potatoes is the proper<br />

foil to the rich filling. You can also<br />

make it ahead of time, or in an Instant<br />

Pot for maximum convenience.<br />

2. Place the chopped potatoes in a large pot and fill it with water enough to cover<br />

them. Place the pot on the stovetop over medium heat and bring to a boil. Cook until<br />

fork-tender, then drain.<br />

3. Add in the vegan butter and using a potato masher, mash until fluffy. Season with<br />

sea salt and pepper, to your taste. Put the lid back on to keep the mashed potatoes<br />

warm until ready to use.<br />

4. Heat oil in a large oven-safe pot over medium heat. Add onions, celery, carrots,<br />

and sauté until softened, about 5-6 minutes. Add the mushrooms and cook, stirring<br />

occasion<strong>all</strong>y, for about 5 more minutes.<br />

5. Stir in the flour, paprika, Worcestershire sauce, and tomato paste.<br />

6. Pour in the wine and using a silicone spatula, scrape any brown bits from the bottom<br />

of the pan. Bring to a boil and cook until the wine is reduced by half.<br />

7. Add in broth and mix well to dissolve the flour and to start forming the gravy.<br />

8. Add in herbs and lower the heat to a simmer. Continue to simmer until the sauce thickens.<br />

9. Add in frozen peas and season with salt and pepper to taste.<br />

10. Turn the heat off and spread the mashed potatoes evenly on top of the stew. Transfer<br />

the pot to the oven and bake for about 10 minutes, until bubbly, then broil for 2-3<br />

minutes until nice and golden on top.<br />

Prep time: 15 minutes Cook time: 40 minutes<br />

Full of color, texture, and other goodies, this stuffed<br />

hummus pita can be customized based on your favorite<br />

ingredients (or whatever’s in the refrigerator). Roast the<br />

veggies and set aside before assembling the ultimate pita<br />

pocket sandwich, using lemon zest, herbs, pine nuts, and<br />

hummus.<br />


1 (4-inch) piece English cucumber,<br />

cut into 9 or 10 slices<br />

10 grape tomatoes, various colors,<br />

halved lengthwise<br />

6 sm<strong>all</strong> or 3 large cauliflower florets,<br />

ide<strong>all</strong>y purple<br />

1 1/2 teaspoons extra-virgin olive oil<br />

1/8 teaspoon sea salt<br />

1/8 teaspoon sumac or paprika<br />

1/3 cup hummus of choice<br />

1 (4-ounce) fluffy whole grain pita,<br />

split into 2 rounds, or 2 pieces<br />

(2 ounces each) whole grain naan<br />

Meatless made easy<br />

1 Tbsp. vegan Worcestershire sauce<br />


6 (about 2 lbs.) Yukon gold potatoes,<br />

peeled and chopped<br />

3.5 fl. oz. non-dairy milk of choice<br />

1/4 cup vegan butter<br />

This vegan chorizo<br />

quesadilla shows<br />

the power of plantbased<br />

cooking.<br />

Adding smoky spices<br />

like chile powder<br />

and cumin elevates<br />

the flavor of premade<br />

vegan chorizo<br />

to new heights.<br />


F Vegan Chorizo Quesadillas<br />

Vegan Chorizo Quesadillas T<br />

This quick and easy<br />

recipe makes a perfect<br />

snack, lunch or<br />

dinner. Use your favorite<br />

vegan cheese,<br />

whether that’s vegan<br />

shredded mozzarella,<br />

a Mexican<br />

blend, pepper jack,<br />

Monterey jack, cheddar, or your favorite melting cheese.<br />

1 tablespoon olive oil<br />

1 cup bell pepper diced (colors of<br />

choice)<br />

1 cup canned black beans, rinsed and<br />

drained<br />

1/2 cup corn (canned, frozen or fresh)<br />

1/2 cup onion, diced<br />

2 cloves garlic, minced or crushed<br />

1/2 cup cooked vegan chorizo of<br />

choice<br />

1 teaspoon cumin<br />

1 teaspoon chili powder<br />

Tastic spice to taste<br />

1/4 cup chopped cilantro<br />

4 medium flour tortillas<br />

2 cups shredded vegan cheese<br />

1. Heat 1 tablespoon oil in a medium pan over medium-high heat. Add the oil, bell<br />

peppers, black beans, corn, onion, cumin, chili powder, salt, and pepper. Season with<br />

Tastic spice and cook for 3-4 minutes or until the bell peppers and onions of softened.<br />

Turn off heat and stir in the cilantro.<br />

2. In a clean skillet over medium heat, add a flour tortilla. Top with cheese, cooked<br />

veggies mixture, chorizo and another layer of cheese. Place another tortilla on top<br />

and cook, flipping once, until golden on both sides, about 3 minutes per side. Repeat<br />

with remaining ingredients.<br />

3. To make the sour cream cilantro sauce, whisk <strong>all</strong> ingredients together in a medium<br />

bowl until combined.<br />

SOURCE: Chef Jumoke Jackson<br />

F Toasted Stuffed Hummus and Roasted Cucumber Pita Sandwich<br />

Toasted Stuffed Hummus and Roasted Cucumber Pita Sandwich T<br />

1/2 teaspoon<br />

grated<br />

lemon zest<br />

2 tablespoons<br />

chopped<br />

fresh herb<br />

mixture,<br />

such as mint<br />

and basil<br />

2 teaspoons<br />

pine nuts,<br />

ide<strong>all</strong>y pantoasted<br />

1 1/2 teaspoons extra-virgin olive oil<br />

1/3 cup fresh microgreens of choice<br />

1. Make the roasted veggies: Preheat the oven to 450°F. Brush or toss<br />

cucumbers, tomatoes, and cauliflower with the olive oil. Roast until<br />

browned, about 15 minutes. Sprinkle with salt and sumac. Set aside.<br />

2. Make the hummus sandwich: Spread hummus onto cut sides<br />

(insides) of both pita rounds. Top one round with lemon zest,<br />

herbs, pine nuts, and roasted veggies. (Note: Cut cauliflower into<br />

sm<strong>all</strong>er pieces, if need be.) Press remaining pita round, hummus<br />

side down, on top to form a sandwich.<br />

3. Fully preheat a cast iron or other stick-resistant skillet over medium-high<br />

heat. Brush skillet with half of the oil (3/4 teaspoon), place<br />

pita sandwich into the skillet, and brush remaining half of oil (3/4<br />

teaspoon) on pita top. Pan-cook until crisp and toasted as desired,<br />

about 1 1/2 to 2 minutes per side. Flip sandwich during cooking by<br />

transferring it with a pancake turner/large spatula to a plate, place<br />

another plate on top, flip over, then transfer back into skillet.<br />

4. Stuff with the microgreens, cut in half with a bread knife, and<br />

enjoy warm.<br />

Prep time: 15 minutes Cook time: 20 minutes Serves 1<br />


1/2 cup vegan sour cream<br />

1/4 cup vegan mayo or replace<br />

with vegan sour cream or vegan<br />

unsweetened yogurt<br />

1/4 cup cilantro, minced<br />

Juice of 1/2 lime<br />

1 tsp olive oil<br />

Tastic spice to taste<br />


Mashed avocado<br />

Chopped tomatoes<br />

Chopped sautéed mushrooms<br />

SOURCE: Jackie Newgent, RDN, CDN<br />

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your healthier health you<br />

Craniosacral Therapy Can Be Life Changing<br />

CST treats the whole body physic<strong>all</strong>y, physiologic<strong>all</strong>y, ment<strong>all</strong>y, emotion<strong>all</strong>y and energetic<strong>all</strong>y<br />

Clients come to me because they are in physical<br />

pain such as neck, back, pain and TMJ as well as<br />

for chronic headaches and migraines.<br />

Pain and stress caused by<br />

shortened Fascia<br />

Fascia (strong connective tissue) encases <strong>all</strong><br />

our muscles, organs, brain and spinal cord.<br />

Whenever fascia shortens any place in the<br />

body, the entire network of fascia creates an<br />

increased tension affecting the functioning<br />

of our physical body as well as our organs,<br />

our brain and spinal cord.<br />

Our body is the history of every major<br />

trauma we have experienced physic<strong>all</strong>y and<br />

emotion<strong>all</strong>y beginning with birth issues, f<strong>all</strong>s,<br />

head trauma, car accidents, childhood abuse<br />

issues, death, divorce and other emotional<br />

issues. Our body tries to minimize each trauma<br />

by shortening fascia to isolate the energy<br />

coming into the body from that trauma.<br />

Shortened fascia results in pain, loss of mobility<br />

and range of motion, organs becoming<br />

less efficient and with parts of the brain and<br />

spinal cord becoming stressed.<br />

To keep the brain functioning, the body<br />

transfers some of your functional work play<br />

energy (7:00 AM-10:00 PM) to the brain resulting<br />

in less energy to make it through each<br />

day. As we age, the accumulation of <strong>all</strong> the<br />

tightened fascia, from every major trauma<br />

in life, begins to restrict every aspect of our<br />

body’s functions resulting in pain, loss of mobility,<br />

mis-functioning organs, loss of energy,<br />

as well as our brain losing some its sharpness.<br />

How Craniosacral<br />

Therapy Works<br />

The Craniosacral Therapist creates a safe<br />

place, with gentle holding techniques, that<br />

engages your body’s ability to self correct,<br />

reorganize and heal itself with the release<br />

of some of that tightened fascia during<br />

each session. As the Craniosacral Therapist<br />

engages your body, you will feel fascia releasing.<br />

As the fascia releases, pain begins to<br />

decrease, range of motion and mobility improve,<br />

organs begin functioning better and<br />

with less stress on the brain feels, it returns<br />

the energy it borrowed at the time of each<br />

trauma resulting in an immediate increase in<br />

your energy levels. Rarely does anyone leave<br />

from my first session not feeling better.<br />

Short Leg Syndrome<br />

Eighty-five percent of my clients have one<br />

of their legs pulled up 1/2 to 1 by shortened<br />

fascia. The tension from short leg syndrome<br />

on the sacrum (5 fused vertebrae at bottom<br />

of the spine) is transferred up the dural tube<br />

that encases the spinal cord into the lower<br />

and upper back, the neck, the cranium and<br />

The physical stress in bodies caused by shortened<br />

fascia (connective tissue) shuts down<br />

energy flows to certain organs. Short leg syndrome<br />

by ½ to 1 in (where one leg is pulled up<br />

by shortened fascia) shuts down energy flow to<br />

the spleen (an important part of your immune<br />

system) and the sm<strong>all</strong> and large intestine. With<br />

the release of that shortened fascia, energy returns<br />

to these organs.<br />

the brain. Headaches, migraines, TMJ and<br />

neck problems can originate from the fascial<br />

stress in the sacrum.<br />

Releasing this sacral stress increases energy<br />

in the bladder, sex organs, kidneys and<br />

the chakras as well as releasing major stress<br />

in the upper part of the body.<br />

Cause of Sh<strong>all</strong>ow Breathing<br />

A great majority of the clients who come to<br />

me for various problems are also sh<strong>all</strong>ow<br />

breathers. Fascial stress in the diaphragm<br />

restricts the depth of breathing by restricting<br />

energy flow to the lungs, the pericardium<br />

and the heart. With the release of fascial diaphragm<br />

restriction, the client immediately<br />

starts breathing deeply and energy is restored<br />

to the pericardium and the heart.<br />

Shoulder blades that are cemented to the<br />

body also restricts how much the rib cage can<br />

open and thereby also restricting depth of<br />

breath. Without proper breathing, your cells<br />

do not get enough oxygen. Everyone, especi<strong>all</strong>y<br />

people suffering from bronchitis, asthma<br />

and COPD as well as sh<strong>all</strong>ow breathing can<br />

benefit when the fascial stress is released.<br />

Specialized Training<br />

to work with Brain<br />

Dysfunctions<br />

Just as the body physic<strong>all</strong>y gets stressed from<br />

physical and emotional trauma, the functioning<br />

of the brain is also affected by fascial stress. For<br />

our brains to remain healthy, we need dynamic<br />

production of craniosacral fluid which performs<br />

the important function of bringing nourishment<br />

to <strong>all</strong> the cells in the brain and spinal<br />

cord as well as cleansing <strong>all</strong> the metabolic<br />

wastes given off by those same cells.<br />

Once the craniosacral fluid cleanses these<br />

metabolic wastes, efficient drainage of these<br />

metabolic wastes into the lymph system is<br />

absolutely necessary. Research has shown,<br />

that at night, craniosacral fluid cleanses amyloid<br />

plaques from the brain. If the drainage<br />

is inefficient, then the brain is being bathed<br />

in a toxic slurry. How does 15 or 20 years of<br />

your brain being bathed in a toxic slurry<br />

affect you: senile dementia, Parkinson’s,<br />

Alzheimer’s and other brain dysfunctions?<br />

A Craniosacral Therapist, who has received<br />

training in working with the brain, can reverse<br />

that stress on the brain that eventu<strong>all</strong>y can<br />

result in those brain dysfunctions. As we <strong>all</strong><br />

know, the proper functioning of the body is<br />

dependent on a healthy functioning brain.<br />

Babies and Children can benefit<br />

■ Our little boy Leo, four years of age, had a<br />

difficult birth and at 7 months was put on antibiotics<br />

for an ear infection and as a result developed<br />

c-diff. His development came to a stop.<br />

At 3 years, with the help of an OT, he started<br />

to walk and talk. In spite of the improvements,<br />

he was unable to answer questions and his<br />

communication skills were very poor. Leo<br />

had very poor muscle tone, a lot of stress in<br />

his body and physical activities such walking,<br />

jumping and climbing were difficult for him.<br />

Beginning with the first session with Terry,<br />

he began showing improvement and with each<br />

following session. Everyone from his teachers<br />

to his grandparents noticed an increase in his<br />

■ “I was in awful pain and the<br />

MRI showed 2 pinched nerves<br />

and stenosis. I scheduled surgery.<br />

My daughter suggested Craniosacral therapy.<br />

After only 2 visits the pain was reduced to<br />

advanced craniosacral about 80% and therapy I canceled the surgery. I went<br />

for a 3rd visit and I am about 90% better.”<br />

■ “Simply Amazing! One visit was <strong>all</strong> it took for<br />

Terry to relieve 85% of my year long, nagging<br />

(sometimes severe) neck/shoulder tightness/<br />

pain!! My breathing improved tremendously.”<br />

physical strength, as well as improvements in<br />

comprehension, speech and communication<br />

skills. For the first time, he started participating<br />

in class lessons and interacting with his<br />

classmates. Terry has made a huge impact on<br />

getting Leo to a place a little boy should be at<br />

age four. We cannot thank Terry enough.<br />

■ Terry’s treatment helped our 6 week old<br />

baby boy from recent hospitalization into<br />

the first series of healthy bowel movements<br />

when seemingly nothing could help. Our son<br />

was able to latch onto the breast and for the<br />

first time completed his feeding. He was much<br />

calmer after working with Terry.<br />

■ “He was able to relieve tension that I have<br />

been carrying around for 15 years or more.<br />

I left his office table with more energy than I<br />

have had in years.”<br />

■ “I began working with him because I was<br />

dealing with anxieties, depression and lots of<br />

emotional pain inside and out. You don’t realized<br />

how much stress can cause damage to<br />

your body, mind and soul. I can say Terry was<br />

a big help.”<br />

Terrence Grywinski<br />

of Advanced<br />

Craniosacral Therapy,<br />

B.A., B.ED., LMT #MA 6049<br />

Testimonials from Clients<br />

SOURCE:<br />

■ Terrence Grywinski of Advanced Craniosacral Therapy,<br />

B.A., B.ED., LMT #MA 6049. Terry has specialized in Craniosacral<br />

Therapy since 1994 when he began his training at the Upledger<br />

Institute. Described by his teachers, clients and colleagues<br />

as a “gifted healer”, Terry’s intuitive sense and healing energy<br />

provides immediate and lasting relief from injury, pain, mobility<br />

issues as well as dysfunctions of the body and the brain. Part<br />

of Terry’s ongoing education, he has completed 4 craniosacral<br />

brain and peripheral nervous system classes which enables him<br />

to work at a cellular<br />

level and with brain<br />

dysfunctions.<br />

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■ “On a recent vacation to Siesta Key, I re-injured<br />

my back. I found Terry online. I can say<br />

with complete joy that was the best decision<br />

I made in the history of my back pain. I have<br />

sought many modalities and visit a CST regularly<br />

and never have I had such a healing in<br />

my entire body.<br />

After 3 sessions, I made a 16-hour drive<br />

home with no pain or discomfort in my entire<br />

body. Unbelievable. My body has a sense of<br />

moving freely and that is completely new. I’m<br />

advanced craniosacral therapy<br />

so grateful to Terry for his knowledge, for his<br />

sensitivity to my needs and his kind generosity<br />

in healing my body. I will see him when I return<br />

next year.”<br />

■ “I am a snowbird who spends 7 months<br />

in Sarasota. I have had back problems for 25<br />

years. Terry’s techniques have led to a great<br />

deal of release and relief in areas that have<br />

been problematic. I have been seeing him over<br />

the years when my body says ”it’s time”. Usu<strong>all</strong>y<br />

after a few sessions, I can tell a huge difference.”<br />

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