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November means season is here and this issue has LOTS of arts and events starting with ouyr cover and feature of Christine Kasten, CEO and ED at the Venice Symphony. Check out season highlights, art exhibits, Choral Artists, The Sarasota Ballet, the Circus, Artist Series Concerts and a fun trip to the Dali Museum's new exhibit.

November means season is here and this issue has LOTS of arts and events starting with ouyr cover and feature of Christine Kasten, CEO and ED at the Venice Symphony. Check out season highlights, art exhibits, Choral Artists, The Sarasota Ballet, the Circus, Artist Series Concerts and a fun trip to the Dali Museum's new exhibit.

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<strong>NOVEMBER</strong> <strong>2023</strong><br />

Christine<br />

Kasten<br />

President/CEO,<br />

THE<br />

VENICE SYMPHONY<br />

Also in this issue:<br />

■ Salute to the Arts, Part 1<br />

■ Arts: Circus BIG News<br />

■ Arts: The Sarasota Ballet<br />

■ Arts: Choral Artists


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<strong>NOVEMBER</strong> <strong>2023</strong><br />

contents<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 />

The Season<br />

is<br />

Underway!<br />

Season Preview, Part 1<br />

It’s our arts issue where<br />

we highlight and feature<br />

the many cultural events<br />

taking place this season<br />

- enjoy!<br />

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Highlights, News<br />

and Changes<br />

Theatre, art, chamber music, Celtic<br />

music, photography, new faces and<br />

special anniversaries all on…<br />

p18<br />

EARS<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 />

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photo courtesy of Artist Series Concerts<br />

Local and National<br />

Art Exhibits to<br />

Experience<br />

From the Met in New York City to The<br />

Ringling in Sarasota to local galleries and<br />

art centers - we’ve got it covered!<br />

p22<br />

CAC and Nik Wallenda -<br />

a new holiday experience<br />

email:<br />

westcoastwoman@comcast.net<br />

website:<br />

www.westcoastwoman.com<br />

west coast<br />

WOMAN<br />

The Circus Arts Conservatory has a new<br />

collaboration with “King of the High Wire,” Nik<br />

Wallenda called “A Brave New Wonderland,” an<br />

immersive holiday experience, from November<br />

18 - December 31. Find out more at<br />

p25<br />

departments<br />

4 editor’s letter<br />

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

12 good news dept.<br />

14 dining in: It’s all about the Bird<br />

15 health: all about craniosacral therapy<br />

16 west coast woman: Christine Kasten,<br />

President/CEO,<br />

The Venice Symphony<br />

18 Season Preview: Highlights and more<br />

20 Season Preview: Choral Artists<br />

22 Season Preview:<br />

Art exhibits not to miss<br />

24 Season Preview:<br />

Exciting news from the Circus<br />

25 Season Preview: The Sarasota Ballet<br />

26 feature: EcoSummit<br />

28 health: The Renewal Point<br />

31 Season Preview: Dali Alive 360<br />

32 dining in: can’t forget the vegans<br />

at Thanksgiving<br />

■ on the cover: Christine Kasten, President/CEO, The Venice Symphony.<br />

■ Image: Evelyn England<br />

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just some<br />

thoughts<br />

Louise Bruderle<br />

Editor and Publisher<br />

West Coast Woman<br />

Christine Kasten<br />

President/CEO, Venice Symphony<br />

There are so many women in leadership roles in the<br />

local arts community, which is something to celebrate<br />

and devote many future issues of WCW to. This being<br />

our Season Preview issue (part one) we have another<br />

skillful CEO in Christine Kasten who oversees the<br />

Venice Symphony (VS).<br />

She is joined by Troy Quinn, Music Director/Conductor,<br />

who was selected in 2018. Christine was named<br />

Executive Director in 2016 and thus she was part of the<br />

Christine Kasten<br />

Photo: Evelyn England search committee that selected Troy—something she<br />

calls one of the highlights of her career at VS.<br />

Christine’s leadership and business acumen as well as Troy’s creative<br />

talents make for a good team as VS launches another season. According to<br />

Christine, ticket sales are doing great so get your tickets right away.<br />

And congratulations are in order as Venice Symphony, which started in<br />

1974, will be marking its 50th anniversary next year. To show how much the<br />

Symphony has grown, consider that in 1974 they had 56 volunteer musicians<br />

and played three concerts in the Venice High School auditorium.<br />

Now, performances take place in the Venice Performing Arts Center where<br />

they have 1090 seats.<br />

On January 5 they’ll celebrate their 50th anniversary with a “Venetian<br />

Nights” celebration. For tickets and information, visit www.thevenice<br />

symphony.org.<br />

Arts, Arts and More Arts<br />

I admit, I save old emails, but I won’t say how far back they go. I think of it as<br />

my own personal catalog of ideas. So, when assembling this year’s Season<br />

Preview, I wanted to see what was going on based on emails. I put “art” in<br />

the search window and an overwhelming stream of emails appeared from<br />

local, regional, state and national arts organizations who sent West Coast<br />

Woman their information.<br />

That illustrated to me just how much WCW<br />

covers the arts and is thought of as a media<br />

outlet for the arts. Indeed, this issue is part one<br />

of two Season Preview issues because we have<br />

so much to include that we can’t fit it all into<br />

one issue. We have also signed up more arts’<br />

advertisers who have seen our coverage. Their<br />

ads - when measured online - all do quite well.<br />

According to the Arts and Cultural Alliance<br />

of Sarasota County, in 2022, the economic<br />

impact of nonprofit arts and cultural organizations<br />

in the county was nearly $342 million,<br />

according to the latest Arts and Economic<br />

Prosperity survey prepared by Americans for<br />

the Arts, a national arts advocacy organization,<br />

for the Arts and Cultural Alliance of Sarasota County.<br />

That economic activity supported 5,262 jobs, provided $229.4 million in<br />

personal income to residents, and generated $68.1 million in tax revenue to<br />

local, state, and federal governments. Arts and culture drive commerce to<br />

local businesses. When people attend a cultural event, they often make an<br />

outing of it—dining at a restaurant, paying for parking or public transportation,<br />

enjoying dessert after the show, and returning home to pay for child or<br />

pet care. Overall, in Sarasota County, attendees spend $46.21 per person per<br />

event, beyond the cost of admission.<br />

Expect another great season, so get those tickets, get out, have fun and support<br />

this important local “industry” that is a vital part of our local economy.<br />

Honoring Veterans in November<br />

Arts Advocates<br />

will feature its<br />

member artists<br />

who share the distinction<br />

of having<br />

served in the U.S.<br />

Armed Forces in<br />

an exhibit and<br />

an art talk in<br />

November. Both<br />

take place in the<br />

Arts Advocates Gallery, The Crossings at Siesta Key Mall, 3501 S. Tamiami<br />

Trail, Sarasota.<br />

The Veteran Artist Exhibit runs November 4-25 and features the works of<br />

Diana De Avila, Jessica Hartman, John Quigley, and Mark Wiseman.<br />

There will be an Art Talk: Honoring Our Veteran Artists – Pursuing<br />

Dreams After a Military Career, on<br />

November 10, 4-6 p.m. Hartman, Quigley, and Wiseman will discuss if<br />

and how their military careers influenced their art and their hopes for the<br />

future. Registration is required at ArtsAdvocates.org.<br />

To learn more about Arts Advocates, visit ArtsAdvocates.org.<br />

Have an Extra Coat to Donate?<br />

Have an extra winter coat you don’t wear or<br />

need and want to help another stay warm this<br />

winter? The Turning Points’ One Warm Coat<br />

Drive has started and lasts until November 22.<br />

They’re asking you to hold a coat drive at<br />

your business, school, church, or community to<br />

collect new or gently used coats, hoodies, jackets,<br />

gloves, and hats in all sizes (kids to adults).<br />

Drop them off at their location, 705 17th Avenue<br />

West in Bradenton, Monday - Friday 8:30 a.m.<br />

to 4 p.m. Contact TJ at tbeckert@tpmanatee.org<br />

if you have questions.<br />

From their website: “Turning Points provides<br />

a variety of free services designed to assist individuals<br />

and families on their path to financial<br />

stability and independence. Turning Points is the one stop shop for preventing<br />

and reducing homelessness in our community. Turning Points provides<br />

a remarkable variety of services designed to assist individuals and families<br />

on their path to financial stability and independence.<br />

“We provide day resource services (such as hot showers, laundry services,<br />

clothing, food), employment services, rental and utility assistance, veteran’s<br />

services (employment, housing and childcare), and free medical and dental<br />

care for the uninsured and underinsured. Over 7,000 people received help<br />

last year with critical services targeted to the essential needs of people in<br />

crisis.” Visit tpmanatee.org<br />

All Faiths Food Bank’s<br />

<strong>2023</strong> Bowls of Hope Fundraiser Dec. 3<br />

All Faiths Food Bank has<br />

another edition of one of<br />

its most popular events:<br />

Bowls of Hope. This<br />

family-friendly event<br />

supports All Faiths Food<br />

Bank’s work, benefiting<br />

neighbors who may be<br />

experiencing hunger.<br />

Each year, Bowls of<br />

Hope attracts as many as<br />

1500 guests, who select<br />

offerings from 40 restaurants<br />

and caterers as they<br />

serve soups, bread, desserts, and more. Guests select beautiful, handcrafted<br />

bowls – all donated by local potters, artists, and students – to keep, while<br />

enjoying a modest meal as a reminder of the empty bowls they help to fill.<br />

Bowls of Hope tis on December 3, 11 a.m.-2 p.m. at Ed Smith Stadium,<br />

2700 12th St., Sarasota. Purchase tickets at allfaithsfoodbank.org.<br />

Coming Up in West Coast Woman<br />

Here’s what we’re working on now:<br />

■ Salute to the Arts, Part 2 is in December. And in January, we have another<br />

lifelong learning issue.<br />

If you want to be a part of any of those issues, email us at westcoastwoman@<br />

comcast.net.<br />

Louise Bruderle | Editor and Publisher |<br />

westcoastwoman@comcast.net<br />

Photo by Cliff Roles<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 />

The EcoSummit, on October<br />

22. taking place Dec. 5-6 at the Van<br />

Wezel, offers lectures, panel discussions,<br />

storytelling, and music. Dozens<br />

of national, regional, and local experts<br />

will share fascinating insights and<br />

innovations for recharging our environment<br />

and reducing our impacts.<br />

Author Carl Hiaasen will lead a<br />

special evening of Florida environmental<br />

stories with local storytellers<br />

and music. Australian environmental<br />

thought leader and filmmaker Damon<br />

Gameau will kick off the EcoSummit<br />

with a keynote that re-envisions mankind’s<br />

relationship with Earth and how<br />

we find a new balance with nature.<br />

The Green Living Expo, which<br />

takes place Dec. 2-3 at the Sarasota<br />

Municipal Auditorium, is a trade<br />

show featuring sustainable products,<br />

services, and opportunities to<br />

get involved in local environmental<br />

issues. Meanwhile, outside at The<br />

Bay, Sarasota’s newest signature park<br />

along Sarasota’s bayfront, families<br />

can enjoy hands-on environmental<br />

activities and eco-tours from SEC’s<br />

partners. All activities are free and<br />

open to the public. To learn more,<br />

visit eco-summit.org.<br />

▼<br />

Become a Master Gardener Volunteer.<br />

UF/IFAS Extension Manatee<br />

County’s Residential Horticulture<br />

Program is now accepting applications<br />

for the 2024 class of Master Gardener<br />

Volunteers.<br />

The Florida Master Gardener Volunteer<br />

Program has been growing<br />

a greener community in Manatee<br />

County for 44 years. If you are a skilled<br />

teacher, grant-writer, garden manager,<br />

creative writer or if you simply have<br />

a passion for gardening in Florida,<br />

consider applying for the February<br />

2024 training program.<br />

Master Gardener Volunteers in<br />

Manatee County have a long history of<br />

helping our community through educational<br />

outreach programs like Plant-<br />

A-Pail (PAP). PAP targets residents in<br />

food deserts where access to fresh food<br />

is limited. Master Gardener Volunteers<br />

hold workshops in these communities,<br />

teaching people how to grow their own<br />

produce in recycled containers.<br />

You must apply online at app.betterimpact.com<br />

by November 10 to<br />

be considered. Call 941-722-4524 for<br />

assistance with the application process<br />

and more information about the<br />

training program.<br />

▼<br />

The public is invited to enjoy an<br />

elegant night out on November 14 at<br />

the Powel Crosley Estate. The School<br />

of Hospitality and Tourism management<br />

is preparing to host a number<br />

of events as part of the Crosley<br />

Dinner Series and Bulls Bistro.<br />

Proceeds from ticket sales will<br />

support student scholarships and<br />

programs in the School of Hospitality<br />

and Tourism Management at USF<br />

Sarasota-Manatee, which has experienced<br />

unprecedented growth since<br />

expanding programming last year<br />

to meet industry demand in a<br />

post-pandemic world. Visit usf.to/<br />

taste to purchase tickets.<br />

▼<br />

PINC Experience returns to the<br />

Sarasota Opera House on December<br />

7, 8 am - 8 pm at the Sarasota Opera<br />

house. An initiative of DreamLarge<br />

▼<br />

and presented by<br />

All Star Children’s<br />

Foundation and<br />

Ringling College<br />

of Art & Design,<br />

PINC promises<br />

a day of intellectual<br />

indulgence,<br />

featuring 12<br />

thought-provoking<br />

speakers from<br />

every discipline<br />

imaginable who<br />

will immerse you<br />

in innovation, and<br />

creativity, and<br />

leave you with<br />

renewed sense of<br />

community.<br />

PINC brings<br />

together thought<br />

leaders, innovators,<br />

creative<br />

thinkers, entrepreneurs,<br />

specialists,<br />

designers,<br />

artists, scientists,<br />

and anyone looking<br />

to stimulate<br />

their minds,<br />

hearts, and brains.<br />

Learn more at www.PINCexperience.com.<br />

Artist Series<br />

Concerts<br />

Artist Series Concerts of Sarasota<br />

is at Selby Gardens on November<br />

16 when the three winners of the<br />

Artist Series Concerts <strong>2023</strong> Statewide<br />

Vocal Competition come together<br />

for Sunset Serenade. It’s a program<br />

of art songs, arias and duos from<br />

Mozart’s “Marriage of Figaro,” and<br />

African American spirituals.<br />

Artist Series Concerts has a special<br />

event, the rock and roll oratorio “Caesar!”,<br />

on November 18 at Church of the<br />

Palms. In the concert, internationally<br />

celebrated violinist Alexander Markov,<br />

son of acclaimed violinists Albert and<br />

Marina Markov, features his parents’<br />

artistry alongside his own in a selection<br />

of masterpieces for violin duo and<br />

trio to open the concert.<br />

After intermission, Alexander takes<br />

the stage with his gold electric violin<br />

and brings to life his own composition<br />

about Julius Caesar, the legendary<br />

Roman general and statesman. Written<br />

in five short parts, the lyrics briefly<br />

portray historical moments in Caesar’s<br />

life. “Caesar!” is a dramatic and<br />

contrasting musical journey that takes<br />

listeners into a world of mystery.<br />

Key Chorale and the Booker<br />

High School VPA Choir will share<br />

the stage with Alexander, a rhythm<br />

section, organ, and orchestral musicians<br />

in this unique and unforgettable<br />

performance.<br />

The Queen’s Six comes direct from<br />

Windsor Castle where they work and<br />

live. This extraordinary vocal sextet,<br />

drawn from the lay clerks of St.<br />

George’s Chapel, was recently featured<br />

on “CBS Sunday Morning.” In<br />

addition to their royal duties, they<br />

present concerts that include austere<br />

early chant, bawdy madrigals, haunting<br />

folk songs, and upbeat jazz and<br />

pop arrangements. They perform on<br />

December 17.<br />

For information, visit ArtistSeries<br />

Concerts.org or call (941) 306-1202.<br />

▼<br />

Westcoast Black Theatre Troupe has “Once On This Island.” Based on the<br />

novel “My Love, My Love” by Rosa Guy, this production showcases Afro-Caribbean<br />

rhythms and instruments, with music and lyrics by the Tony Award-winning<br />

musical team behind “Ragtime” The show runs from through November 19.<br />

The Ringling’s<br />

Art of Performance<br />

Season<br />

The Ringling’s Art of Performance<br />

season in the Historic Asolo<br />

Theater continues.<br />

• November 16-18—Congo Jazz Band<br />

by Les Francophonies (France/<br />

Burkina Faso/Congo). Directed by<br />

Hassane Kassi Kouyaté / Written by<br />

Mohamed Kacimi.<br />

A tragic century of the Congo is<br />

brought to life through a concert of<br />

Congolese music, a form that was<br />

both monopolized by nationalist<br />

dictators and utilized by revolutionaries<br />

as a force for change. Moving<br />

between playing in “the band” and<br />

embodying figures from Congo’s history,<br />

Kouyate’s Leopold II and Patrice<br />

Lumumba tumble through time. The<br />

work’s text cuts through musical interludes<br />

and moments of grave seriousness,<br />

balanced with comedic irony<br />

and an upbeat sound. Performed in<br />

French with English supertitles.<br />

Join them for an Artist Talk with<br />

Director Hassane Kassi Kouyaté<br />

on November 15. Tickets: www.ringling.org.<br />

▼<br />

Key Chorale<br />

On November 18, Key Chorale<br />

Chamber Singers and Booker High<br />

VPA Choir will collaborate with<br />

the Artist Series Concerts for a truly<br />

unique program. Violin phenom Alexander<br />

Markov will present classical<br />

favorites, followed by his original<br />

composition Caesar, for electric violin,<br />

organ, choir, percussion, rhythm<br />

section and orchestral musicians.<br />

On November 26 “Wintertide” will<br />

blend Spanish and Mexican carols in<br />

Conrad Susa’s Carols and Lullabies<br />

with John Rutter’s choral cycle “When<br />

Icicles Hang”. Key Chorale and The<br />

Sarasota Ballet Studio Company<br />

entwine dance and music for this<br />

uncommon program celebrating the<br />

blue nights of winter and the magic<br />

of the season. For more information,<br />

visit www.keychorale.org.<br />

▼<br />

Choral<br />

Artists<br />

Choral Artists<br />

present “Veterans<br />

Day in Song”<br />

on November 11<br />

at 1 p.m. They<br />

will be presenting<br />

the songs that<br />

brought us hope<br />

and inspiration<br />

during military<br />

conflicts from the<br />

Revolutionary<br />

War through Desert<br />

Storm. Held<br />

at Church of the<br />

Redeemer, 222<br />

S. Palm Avenue,<br />

Sarasota. The<br />

featured guest<br />

artist is baritone<br />

Bob McDonald, a<br />

retired Sergeant<br />

Major from The<br />

US Army Chorus.<br />

Christmas<br />

Celebration:<br />

Celebrate the<br />

spirit of Christmas through the<br />

power of song. Featuring an evening<br />

of holiday harmonies and festive<br />

favorites, including African-American<br />

spirituals on December 10, 7<br />

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

S. Palm Avenue, Sarasota. Tickets:<br />

choralartistssarasota.org/<br />

▼<br />

ensembleNewSRQ<br />

Presents<br />

Ligeti’s 100th is on November 20,<br />

7:30 p.m. In a program celebrating<br />

the birth centennial of the incomparable<br />

György Ligeti, enSRQ welcomes<br />

back pianist Han Chen to perform<br />

the composer’s “Études” and iconic<br />

“Trio for Horn, Violin and Piano.”<br />

Also featured are mixed instrumentation<br />

pieces inspired by Ligeti’s<br />

continuing legacy: “Wax and Wire”<br />

from Viet Cuong, and “Slipstream”<br />

from Stacy Garrop. Held at First Congregational<br />

Church, 1031 S. Euclid<br />

Ave., Sarasota.<br />

ensembleNEWSRQ (enSRQ) is a<br />

versatile chamber music ensemble<br />

in Sarasota dedicated to playing and<br />

advocating for the music of contemporary<br />

composers. Tickets: https://<br />

ensrq.org/<br />

▼<br />

Musica Sacra<br />

of Sarasota<br />

On December 8 Musica Sacra of<br />

Sarasota has A Celtic Christmas, celebrating<br />

the season with the magic of<br />

pipes, fiddles, enchanting songs and<br />

dance. Presented in partnership with<br />

First Presbyterian Church Choir &<br />

The Lubben Brothers Band. Tickets:<br />

www.musicasacrasarasota.org or<br />

call 941-374-0940.<br />

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Sarasota Opera<br />

The Music of Giacomo Puccini<br />

will launch Sarasota Opera’s <strong>2023</strong>-<br />

2024 mainstage season on November<br />

10 at the Sarasota Opera House. This<br />

concert of selections from the Italian<br />

composer’s operas will be conducted<br />

by Artistic Director and Principal<br />

Conductor Victor DeRenzi and will<br />

▼<br />

continue the company’s partnership<br />

with the Sarasota Orchestra.<br />

Soloists will include Sarasota<br />

Opera artists sopranos Hanna<br />

Brammer and Erica Petrocelli, tenors<br />

Rafael Dávila and Christopher<br />

Oglesby. Baritone Jean Carlos Rodriguez<br />

will be making his company<br />

debut with this concert. The Music of<br />

Giacomo Puccini will feature arias<br />

and ensembles from every one of the<br />

composer’s twelve operas. Tickets:<br />

sarasotaopera.org.<br />

Fun Raisers<br />

For Westcoast Black Theatre<br />

Troupe’s 24th anniversary fall gala,<br />

“Groovin’ on the Soul Train 2,” the<br />

arts organization will celebrate the<br />

music from the #1 television platform<br />

for R&B and soul music. The event will<br />

feature hip décor, a live performance<br />

from WBTT’s singers backed by the<br />

WBTT band. Tunes include memories<br />

“Freeway of Love,” “Love Train,” “Here I<br />

Am Baby,” “It’s Raining Men” and more.<br />

Dinner catered by Michael’s On<br />

East. Groovin’ on the Soul Train 2 is<br />

on November 11 at the Circus Arts<br />

Conservatory’s Sailor Circus Arena,<br />

2075 Bahia Vista St., Sarasota. Tickets:<br />

westcoastblacktheatre.org.<br />

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The Hermitage Artist Retreat<br />

has Artful Lobster on November 11,<br />

11:30am - 2 pm. Now in its 15th year<br />

and coming on the heels of the Hermitage’s<br />

20th Anniversary season, this<br />

event raises funds for the Hermitage’s<br />

artist residency program.<br />

The Artful Lobster is the only Hermitage<br />

benefit to take place on the<br />

grounds of the historic Gulf front campus<br />

– outdoors beneath a large tent –<br />

located at 6660 Manasota Key Road in<br />

Englewood. Catered by Michael’s On<br />

East, there will be performances from<br />

Hermitage Fellows.<br />

Ticket information: Hermitage<br />

ArtistRetreat.org<br />

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The Circus Arts<br />

Conservatory<br />

Sailor Circus<br />

The Circus Arts Conservatory<br />

Sailor Circus presents Candyland<br />

running December 26- 31 at Sailor<br />

Circus Arena, 2075 Bahia Vista St.,<br />

Sarasota.<br />

This annual holiday spectacle<br />

features students, ages 8-18, who<br />

will dazzle audiences with acts that<br />

include acrobatics, aerial feats, juggling,<br />

contortion and soaring on the<br />

flying trapeze. The fun-filled show<br />

offers families the perfect opportunity<br />

to get into the holiday spirit.<br />

Visit circusarts.org or call the Box<br />

Office at 941-355-9805.<br />

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Sarasota Ballet<br />

November 17-18 will present<br />

Program Two when they present the<br />

premiere of The Art of War. Created in<br />

2015 by BalletMet’s Artistic Director<br />

Edwaard Liang, is driving, pulsing,<br />

and powerful. Music by Michael Torke.<br />

This premiere also marks the first<br />

time that The Sarasota Ballet will<br />

work with Liang whose award-winning<br />

choreography has been performed by<br />

companies around the world including<br />

New York City Ballet, Hamburg Ballet,<br />

and the Mariinsky Ballet.<br />

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out and about continued<br />

Choreographed during the opening<br />

stages of the Second World War,<br />

Ashton’s Dante Sonata continues<br />

the theme of war in Program Two. A<br />

synthesis of wartime symbolism and<br />

his reflections upon experiencing<br />

Franz Liszt’s piano piece of the same<br />

name—the work enraptured Sarasota<br />

audiences during it’s Company Premiere<br />

this past Season.<br />

The triple bill closes with Paul Taylor’s<br />

Company B, framing the turbulent<br />

era of World War 2 through the<br />

songs of the Andrews Sisters. Combining<br />

moments of joy and hilarity with<br />

the heavy reality of war, Taylor creates<br />

a remarkable piece that perfectly exemplifies<br />

the duality of America in the<br />

1940s. At the Sarasota Opera House.<br />

Tickets: www.sarasotaballet.org<br />

Sarasota Concert<br />

Association<br />

Sarasota Concert Association has<br />

Canadian Brass Holiday Concert on<br />

December 4 at the Sarasota Opera<br />

House. Celebrating 50 years of making<br />

spirits bright, the world’s most famous<br />

brass quintet performs festive holiday<br />

favorites, from Carol of the Bells, to A<br />

Charlie Brown Christmas, swinging<br />

Glenn Miller tunes and more. Tickets:<br />

www.SCAsarasota.org.<br />

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At the Van Wezel<br />

Coming up (partial list):<br />

• Neil Berg’s 50 Years of Rock &<br />

Roll - November 10<br />

• Mannheim Steamroller<br />

Christmas - November 19<br />

• Rumours of Fleetwood Mac -<br />

November 25<br />

• Johnny Cash: The Official Concert<br />

Experience - November 26<br />

• Pretty Woman: The Musical -<br />

November 27-28<br />

• Dave Koz and Friends Christmas<br />

Tour - November 29<br />

• Sweet Caroline Tour: A Neil<br />

Diamond Christmas - December 4<br />

• Daniel O’Donnell - December 15<br />

Pre-show dining for both shows is<br />

available through Mattison’s at the<br />

Van Wezel which is located inside the<br />

theatre. Reservations can be made<br />

on VanWezel.org or through the box<br />

office. Tickets: www.VanWezel.org<br />

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Bishop Museum<br />

of Science and<br />

Nature<br />

The Bishop has SHE ENGINEERS<br />

through December 31, <strong>2023</strong>. SHE<br />

ENGINEERS is a bilingual (English<br />

and Spanish) poster exhibition<br />

highlighting eight women in various<br />

engineering fields. In their own<br />

words, the women share their passion<br />

and what inspired them to become<br />

engineers.<br />

The Bishop Museum of Science and<br />

Nature, 201 10th St. W., Bradenton. Information:<br />

bishopscience.org.<br />

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Sarasota<br />

Art Museum<br />

Sarasota Art Museum of Ringling<br />

College has:<br />

• Contemporary/Traditional: Selections<br />

from the Basch Glass Collection<br />

through Feb. 11, 2024. Drawn<br />

from the Richard and Barbara Basch<br />

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gives a<br />

glimpse into the<br />

dynamic world of<br />

international contemporary<br />

glass<br />

art of the late 20th<br />

and 21st centuries.<br />

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showcases a<br />

range of glasswork<br />

styles, from delicate<br />

figural sculptures<br />

to powerful<br />

abstract shapes.<br />

• Juana Valdés:<br />

Embodied Memories,<br />

Ancestral<br />

Histories through<br />

Feb. 11, 2024.<br />

This is Valdés’ first solo exhibition at<br />

a museum. It will showcase a range of<br />

works drawn from her three-decadelong<br />

career. Valdés’ work, anchored<br />

in history and narratives related to<br />

her Afro-Cuban heritage, addresses<br />

colonization’s history and migration’s<br />

impact, as well as the issues of gender,<br />

race, and the representation of the<br />

female body.<br />

• Judy Pfaff: Picking up the Pieces<br />

runs November 19-March 24, 2024.<br />

Pfaff, widely regarded as a pioneer of<br />

installation art, has created work that<br />

spans disciplines from painting to<br />

printmaking and sculpture to installation,<br />

eschewing definition. Pfaff<br />

ingeniously transmutes and transforms<br />

materials, including natural<br />

objects from her garden, hand-painted<br />

and digitally manipulated images,<br />

welded steel, aluminum, wood,<br />

expanded foam, melted plastic, blown<br />

glass, neon, and LED lights.<br />

Visit sarasotaartmuseum.org to<br />

learn more. Sarasota Art Museum<br />

is located at 1001 S. Tamiami Trail,<br />

Sarasota.<br />

The Hermitage<br />

The Hermitage Cross Arts Collaborative,<br />

now in its second season,<br />

is a new annual residency program<br />

focused on supporting the talent of<br />

performing artists frequently featured<br />

on Sarasota stages.<br />

This year the program is represented<br />

by musician and composer<br />

Lizzie Hagstedt, whose work has been<br />

developed with Asolo Rep, and Sarasota<br />

Contemporary Dance Company<br />

member Jessica Obiedzinski. After<br />

two weeks on the Hermitage’s historic<br />

beachfront campus, these two creators<br />

will reunite to share selections of their<br />

new works and talk about how they<br />

utilized their residency time as the sun<br />

sets at The Bay on November 14.<br />

On December 14, Hermitage Fellow<br />

Cleyvis Natera reads from and offers<br />

insight into her “refreshingly direct<br />

and declarative” (NY Times) debut<br />

novel, Neruda on the Park, and shares<br />

a glimpse into her writing process at<br />

the Johann Fust Community Library<br />

in Boca Grande.<br />

All events at: hermitageartistretreat.org.<br />

▼<br />

At The Ringling<br />

The John and Mable Ringling<br />

Museum of Art has Mountains of the<br />

Mind: Scholars’ Rocks from China<br />

and Beyond which runs through June<br />

▼<br />

23, 2024 in The Ringling’s Ting Tsung<br />

and Wei Fong Chao Center for Asian<br />

Art. The exhibit features a selection of<br />

scholars’ rocks and related paintings<br />

and prints, including rocks recently<br />

donated from the extensive collection<br />

of Nancy and Stan Kaplan, a new<br />

acquisition funded by Lucia and Steve<br />

Almquist and paintings on loan from<br />

the Dongguan Lou Collection.<br />

Scholars’ rocks are collected from<br />

remote geographic locations, where<br />

they have been formed by natural<br />

elements over millions of years. The<br />

stones may then be carved, polished<br />

and inscribed before being displayed<br />

in a custom-made stand to enhance<br />

their visual appeal. Scholars’ rocks are<br />

both natural objects and products of<br />

human creativity.<br />

Mountains of the Mind will feature<br />

a wide array of scholars’ rocks in<br />

various shapes, textures and geological<br />

properties. The rocks are further<br />

contextualized by paintings, prints<br />

and texts that illuminate their cultural<br />

importance for scholars across<br />

the centuries. The stones have been<br />

appreciated and admired in China<br />

for more than a thousand years;<br />

historically, connoisseurs displayed<br />

their stones in their studios alongside<br />

paintings and other treasures, where<br />

they served as a focus for meditation<br />

or creative contemplation.<br />

On view through March 3 is Working<br />

Conditions. Explore labor through<br />

The Ringling’s Photography Collection.<br />

The Industrial Revolution of the<br />

eighteenth and nineteenth centuries<br />

radically changed the nature of human<br />

labor. Photography was itself introduced<br />

to the public in 1839.<br />

The subsequent development of<br />

photographic media has thus been<br />

intertwined with the culture of labor<br />

ever since. In addition to the camera’s<br />

technical use as an instrument to record,<br />

photographers have also created<br />

images over the decades that have<br />

helped shape how we think about<br />

work and the politics of labor. This<br />

exhibition explores the myriad ways<br />

in which photographs have communicated<br />

ideas about labor since the<br />

nineteenth century through examples<br />

from The Ringling’s photography permanent<br />

collection.<br />

The John and Mable Ringling<br />

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

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

Theatre<br />

Urbanite Theatre has THE<br />

SOUND INSIDE running through<br />

December 3. This is a story about the<br />

▼<br />

On December 5 enjoy an<br />

evening with Carl Hiaasen,<br />

Florida’s most savagely funny,<br />

riotous, and cathartic storyteller.<br />

It’s an irreverent evening of<br />

Florida Stories recounting<br />

Floridians’ relationship with<br />

our enchantingly wild lands,<br />

waters, and creatures.<br />

unlikely friendship<br />

between<br />

creative writing<br />

professor Bella<br />

and her enigmatic<br />

student Christopher.<br />

Written<br />

by Adam Rapp,<br />

this six-time<br />

Tony-nominated<br />

play explores the<br />

limits of human<br />

connection and<br />

leaves audiences<br />

questioning what<br />

one person can<br />

ask of another.<br />

www.urbanite<br />

theatre.com<br />

Westcoast<br />

Black Theatre Troupe open its season<br />

with “Once On This Island.” Set<br />

on a verdant Caribbean island, this<br />

Tony Award-winning musical tells<br />

the coming-of-age story of a peasant<br />

girl searching for love and her place<br />

in the world, while dealing with complicated<br />

social issues of race, class<br />

and affairs of the heart.<br />

Based on the novel “My Love, My<br />

Love” by Rosa Guy, this production<br />

showcases Afro-Caribbean rhythms<br />

and instruments, with music and lyrics<br />

by the Tony Award-winning musical<br />

team behind “Ragtime” (lyrics<br />

and book by Lynn Ahrens, music by<br />

Stephen Flaherty).<br />

The show runs through November<br />

19. Location: WBTT’s Donelly Theatre<br />

(1012 N. Orange Ave., Sarasota).<br />

Tickets: westcoastblacktheatre.org<br />

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▼<br />

The Players Sarasota has Pass<br />

Over by Antoinette Nwandu on<br />

November 10-12 and 17-19. Pass<br />

Over reimagines Beckett’s Waiting for<br />

Godot through the eyes of two innercity<br />

Black men.<br />

Moses and Kitch stand around on<br />

the corner – passing the time and hoping<br />

that maybe today will be different.<br />

As they dream of their promised land,<br />

a stranger wanders into their space<br />

with his own agenda and derails their<br />

plans. Emotional and lyrical, Pass<br />

Over crafts everyday profanities into<br />

poetic and humorous riffs, exposing<br />

the unquestionable human spirit of<br />

young men stuck in a cycle just looking<br />

for a way out.<br />

Held at The Players Studio Black Box,<br />

1400 Blvd. of the Arts, Suite 200,<br />

Sarasota. Tickets: theplayers.org<br />

▼<br />

Learn more at<br />

http://ecosummit.org.<br />

Manatee Performing Arts<br />

Center has:<br />

• Peace of Woodstock — go on a<br />

musical journey from the acoustic<br />

opening act of the Woodstock experience,<br />

Richie Havens, through the<br />

closing moments of the festival with<br />

the electric sounds of Jimi Hendrix.<br />

Also featured are songs from Crosby,<br />

Stills, Nash, The Who, Janis Joplin,<br />

Sly and the Family Stone, Joe Cocker,<br />

Arlo Guthrie, Country Joe McDonald,<br />

Santana, the Jefferson Airplane, and<br />

others. Held on November 11.<br />

• Elvis On Tour: The Elvis Presley<br />

Experience — In the spring of<br />

1972, Elvis Presley embarked on a<br />

fifteen-day, fifteen-city tour across<br />

America! Performing in his prime.<br />

Matt Stone, a nationally-acclaimed<br />

Elvis Tribute Artist, who was named<br />

by Graceland as one of the top performers<br />

on the planet, is bak to recreate<br />

these performances. Held on<br />

November 18.<br />

• She Loves Me— In this case of<br />

mistaken identity and letter writing,<br />

two feuding perfume clerks have no<br />

idea that they are in love. Considered<br />

by many to be the most charming<br />

musicals ever written, She Loves Me<br />

is a warm romantic comedy. Dates:<br />

November 30-December 10.<br />

Box Office: 941-748-5878. Manatee<br />

Performing Arts Center, 502 Third<br />

Avenue W, Bradenton.<br />

Venice Theatre has Pickleball<br />

through November 19. Pickleball<br />

is a quippy screwball comedy<br />

about the predominant mania of our<br />

time. Goofy, lightning-fast, and slightly<br />

naughty, it’s a “pwocking” good time<br />

that will “pickle” your funny bone.<br />

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• In the Raymond Center (Venice<br />

Theatre’s 130-seat temporary stage in<br />

the Raymond Center directly behind<br />

the main building) running October<br />

13-November 12 is The Addams Family.<br />

Music by Andrew Lippa; Lyrics<br />

by Andrew Lippa, Book by Marshall<br />

Brickman and Rick Elice. Based on<br />

the comic strip The Addams Family<br />

by Charles Addams. Now see Gomez,<br />

Morticia, Wednesday, Pugsley, and<br />

Lurch live in the Broadway musical hit.<br />

Info: venice theatre.org/<br />

Asolo Rep has Crazy For you<br />

November 18-January 4, 2024. Put on<br />

your dancing shoes as you are transported<br />

back to the Roaring Twenties<br />

by this Tony Award-winning, romantic<br />

musical comedy. Featuring iconic<br />

Gershwin songs such as “Someone<br />

to Watch Over Me,” “I Got Rhythm,”<br />

and “Embraceable You,” Crazy For<br />

You delivers comic high jinks, spectacular<br />

dance numbers, and fun for<br />

the entire family.<br />

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Visit asolorep.org to learn more info.<br />

FSU/Asolo Conservatory for Actor<br />

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Three Sisters running through<br />

November 19 and showcasing the<br />

talents of second-year Conservatory<br />

actors. Experience the heart-wrenching<br />

tale of the Prozorov sisters, whose<br />

dreams of returning to Moscow are<br />

shattered in a provincial Russian<br />

swamp. Discover the secrets that have<br />

made audiences weep for over a century<br />

and delve into the mystery of why<br />

Chekhov protested dramatic interpretations<br />

of The Three Sisters.<br />

For information, visit asolorep.org/<br />

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Little Shop of Horrors starting<br />

November 15. A hapless flower shop<br />

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are bringing back a slightly revised and<br />

enhanced production of it on November<br />

11 at 7:30 p.m.” This one-woman<br />

musical, written and performed by<br />

Lynne Bernfield, directed by Sharon<br />

Ohrenstein with musical direction<br />

by Tom Pizzi, is about the surprising<br />

and even impossible events which<br />

occur in our lives: the ironic way two<br />

lovers meet, the implausible way a<br />

performer’s career gets started, and<br />

how, against all odds, a dream/wish<br />

comes true.<br />

Sarasota Jewish Theatre’s continues<br />

with three plays from January through<br />

May: “Fully Committed” by Becky<br />

Mode, “Better Late” by Larry Gelbart,<br />

and “The Immigrant” by Mark<br />

Harelik. The plays are presented at<br />

The Players Centre Studio 1130 at the<br />

Crossings at Siesta Key mall, 3501 S.<br />

Tamiami Trail, Sarasota.<br />

To purchase tickets and subscriptions,<br />

visit ThePlayers.org or call 941-365-<br />

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At The Galleries<br />

Island Gallery and Studios featured<br />

artist for November is Rick<br />

Cardoza. His exhibit, “From There to<br />

Here” — includes paintings of southern<br />

New England to Florida’s Suncoast<br />

and is on display November 1-30. Join<br />

in for their first Art Walk of the Season<br />

on November 10 from 5:30 to 7:30.<br />

Enjoy drinks and small bites, and the<br />

artists will be on hand to welcome you.<br />

Cardoza is an avid landscape painter<br />

and outdoor enthusiast. He focuses<br />

on capturing the effects of light and<br />

color of the landscape, birds, and figures<br />

in scenes of recreation. He pays<br />

special attention to the atmospheric<br />

mood of the subject in the attempt to<br />

translate a moment of time and place<br />

for the viewer.<br />

Meet the artist in the gallery on<br />

November 25 from 10 am to 6 p.m.<br />

Island Gallery and Studios is located<br />

at 456 Old Main Street in downtown<br />

Bradenton. Visit www.islandgalleryandstudios.org<br />

or call 941-778-6648.<br />

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Art CenterManatee has Joyful<br />

Expressions and the annual Holiday<br />

Extravaganza in their galleries.<br />

November 21- December 29. Opening<br />

reception is on Thursday, November<br />

30, 5-7 pm. The annual Artful<br />

Holidays Party and Sale will begin<br />

during the reception.<br />

The annual pottery sale will be on<br />

November 11, 9-2. They’re at 209 9th<br />

St W, Bradenton. Info: ArtCenter-<br />

Manatee.org.<br />

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Sarasota Orchestra<br />

Masterworks performances take<br />

place at Van Wezel and Neel Performing<br />

Arts Center.<br />

• The Scottish – December 2, 3 with<br />

Johannes Debus, conductor; Randall<br />

Goosby, violin performing John Corigliano<br />

– Stomp; Mozart – Violin Concerto<br />

No. 3 and Mendelssohn – Symphony<br />

No. 3 (Scottish)<br />

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• The Discoveries series features<br />

bite-sized programs delighting both<br />

devotees and newcomers to great<br />

chamber orchestra repertoire. Discoveries<br />

performances take place at the<br />

Sarasota Opera House.<br />

• Cheers to the Music of Dance is on<br />

December 20 with Yue Bao, conductor<br />

performing J. Strauss,<br />

Jr. – Voices of Spring;<br />

Gluck – Dance of the<br />

Blessed Spirits; J. Strauss,<br />

Jr. – Emperor Waltzes;<br />

Brahms – Hungarian<br />

Dance No. 5 and Poulenc<br />

– Sinfonietta<br />

• The Great<br />

Escapes series offers a<br />

mix of popular tunes,<br />

light classics and conductor<br />

commentary.<br />

Great Escapes performances<br />

take place at<br />

Holley Hall.<br />

• Holiday Party –<br />

December 6-10 with<br />

Kelly Corcoran, conductor.<br />

• The Chamber<br />

Soirées series offers<br />

the opportunity to get<br />

up close and personal<br />

with Sarasota Orchestra<br />

musicians as they perform<br />

magnificent, small<br />

ensemble works. This<br />

season includes six programs<br />

featuring string<br />

and piano quartets, classics<br />

for wind and brass<br />

instruments, rare gems<br />

and more. Chamber<br />

Soirées performances take place at<br />

Holley Hall.<br />

• November 19 — A Soldier’s Tale –<br />

Stravinsky – L’Histoire du Soldat (A<br />

Soldier’s Tale)<br />

For further information, visit www.<br />

SarasotaOrchestra.org.<br />

Bookstore1<br />

Sarasota<br />

November Book Clubs:<br />

Book clubs meet in person in the loft<br />

at Bookstore1 at The Mark, 117 South<br />

Pineapple Ave.<br />

• Banned Book Club led by Bryn<br />

Durgin<br />

Fun Home: A Family Tragicomic by<br />

Alison Bechdel on November 14 from<br />

11 a.m.-12 p.m.<br />

November’s pick is Fun Home: A Family<br />

Tragicomic by Alison Bechdel. PEN<br />

America notes: “Fun Home has been<br />

challenged for the very reason it is so<br />

remarkable: it is an unflinching look<br />

at sexuality and repression, and at the<br />

same time a treatise on how reading<br />

can save your life.” A fee $19 includes a<br />

copy of Fun Home.<br />

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• Poetry Book Club led by Doug<br />

Knowlton<br />

Fever of Unknown Origin by Campbell<br />

McGrath on November 15 at 2 p.m.<br />

November’s selection is Fever of<br />

Unknown Origin by Campbell<br />

McGrath, a collection of profound<br />

and piercing poems from a finalist for<br />

the Pulitzer Prize about navigating<br />

the modern world in search of beauty<br />

that will endure.<br />

A fee of $29 includes a copy of Fever of<br />

Unknown Origin.<br />

November events:<br />

Events are in person in the loft at the<br />

store at Bookstore1 at The Mark, 117<br />

South Pineapple Ave.<br />

• The Boy From Kyiv: Alexei Ratmansky’s<br />

Life in Ballet: Author & Critic<br />

Marina Harss in Conversation with<br />

Carrie Seidman on November 9 from<br />

7-8 p.m.<br />

Marina Harss will discuss the first<br />

Sarasota Opera has The Little Sweep by Benjamin Britten<br />

November 4, 5p.m. and November 5, 12:30p.m. Sarasota Youth<br />

Opera will present a revival of Britten’s charming opera. Tickets:<br />

www.tickets.sarasotaopera.org.<br />

biography of the most celebrated ballet<br />

choreographer of our time, Alexei<br />

Ratmansky. Come listen to her talk<br />

with Carrie Seidman and local ballet<br />

dancers in this after-hours event.<br />

• White House by the Sea: Reading &<br />

Conversation with Author Kate Storey<br />

is on November 11 from 11 a.m.-12<br />

p.m. The intimate, multi-generational<br />

story of the Kennedy family as seen<br />

through their Hyannis Port compound<br />

on Cape Cod—the iconic place where<br />

they’ve celebrated, mourned, and<br />

forged the closest of bonds—based on<br />

more than a hundred in-depth interviews<br />

by a Rolling Stone editor whose<br />

pieces have appeared in such publications<br />

as Town & Country, Esquire,<br />

and Vanity Fair.<br />

• Bookstore1 PoetryMic with Dariana<br />

Alvarez and Joanna Fox: Readings of<br />

Original Poems by Local Poets is on<br />

November 12, 2-3 p.m. Their free<br />

PoetryMic series introduces you to a<br />

varied group of talented poets that live<br />

in and around Sarasota.<br />

Poets: Dariana Alvarez and Joanna Fox<br />

• Prose Writing Workshop with Magazine1<br />

Editor-in-Chief Ben Kerns is<br />

held on Tuesdays from 6-8 p.m. from<br />

November 28 to December 19.<br />

If you’re a prose writer of fiction or<br />

nonfiction work, then you’ll fit right<br />

in at this workshop. This workshop<br />

welcomes all levels of experience<br />

to participate in four two-hour sessions,<br />

designed to take you from<br />

first draft to final draft with written,<br />

constructive feedback provided by<br />

the instructor and fellow attendees.<br />

Expect to write and receive detailed<br />

feedback from your fellow writers<br />

while building a community of readers<br />

in the process. We will also read<br />

and discuss the craft elements of several<br />

published, short pieces of prose.<br />

The workshop cost is $50 which<br />

includes all four sessions plus an<br />

optional introductory session. Registration<br />

deadline is November 14.<br />

Registration for all events: www.sarasotabooks.com,<br />

or call 941-365-7900.<br />

Art Around<br />

the State<br />

The Norton examines<br />

two artforms<br />

which have maintained<br />

worldwide popularity<br />

for centuries: Chinese<br />

and Japanese blueand-white<br />

porcelain<br />

and indigo-dyed textiles.<br />

Including more<br />

than 20 porcelain<br />

objects, dating from<br />

the 1500s to the 1900s,<br />

and seven textiles,<br />

dating from the 1700s<br />

to the 1900s, Classic<br />

Blues highlights the<br />

decorative techniques<br />

of hand-painting and<br />

stenciling used across<br />

both media. Other<br />

techniques featured<br />

include ceramic design<br />

transfers, known as<br />

decals, and resist dyeing<br />

methods utilizing<br />

woodblocks, tie-dye,<br />

batik, and applique<br />

for textiles. Runs to<br />

November 19.<br />

Info: www.norton.<br />

org. They’re at 1450 S.<br />

Dixie Highway, West Palm Beach.<br />

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The legacy of writer and painter<br />

Leonora Carrington on view at The<br />

Dalí Museum. During her lifetime,<br />

Leonora Carrington produced more<br />

than 2,000 paintings and authored<br />

several notable written works, earning<br />

the Women’s Caucus for Art Lifetime<br />

Achievement award in 1986. The Dalí<br />

Museum will present “Leonora Carrington:<br />

Writer, Painter, Visionary,”<br />

to Jan. 7, 2024 in The Museum’s Raymond<br />

James Community Room. The<br />

exhibition will highlight Carrington’s<br />

personal life, her written work and her<br />

visionary images.<br />

Carrington’s remarkable life was<br />

filled with adversity and profoundly<br />

shaped her artistic endeavors. Born<br />

into a wealthy conservative English<br />

family, she rebelled early on, finding<br />

solace in her partnership with Ernst.<br />

WWII ruptured their bond when<br />

Ernst was arrested by the French<br />

police and German Gestapo. These<br />

separations initiated Carrington’s<br />

collapse, propelling her to leave<br />

France. In Madrid, another mental<br />

breakdown led her to be institutionalized<br />

in a Spanish asylum against<br />

her will. She orchestrated an escape<br />

by a marriage of convenience with<br />

Mexican Ambassador Renato Leduc,<br />

which facilitated her flight to New<br />

York. She eventually settled in Mexico,<br />

where she thrived creatively,<br />

forming connections with expatriate<br />

artists and marrying photographer<br />

Emerico “Chiki” Weisz. The majority<br />

of her most notable work was created<br />

in Mexico, her primary residence<br />

until her death in 2011 at the age of 94.<br />

Visit TheDali.org.<br />

Explore the Vaults: Water + Color.<br />

This exhibition explores paintings and<br />

drawings from the MFA’s permanent<br />

collection made using water-based<br />

media, including ink, gouache, and of<br />

course watercolor. The works in this<br />

gallery, both on the walls and in the<br />

cabinet drawers, show the wide array<br />

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of visual effects—from crisp lines to<br />

delicately hued washes to intensely<br />

saturated passages—created through<br />

water’s interaction with pigments<br />

upon various surface. Among the<br />

most ancient of all artistic techniques<br />

is painting or drawing with pigments<br />

suspended in water.<br />

Because they can be created from<br />

simple substances—such as naturally<br />

occurring minerals, soot,<br />

plant materials, and water—these<br />

paints and inks are found in cultures<br />

around the globe. This exhibition<br />

explores paintings and drawings<br />

from the MFA’s permanent collection<br />

made using water-based media,<br />

including ink, gouache, and of<br />

course watercolor. In contrast to<br />

more complicated media, like egg<br />

tempera or oil paint, water-based<br />

paints and inks are easier to work<br />

with, dry more quickly, and can be<br />

used successfully without specialized<br />

training. Over the last two hundred<br />

years, commercially produced<br />

pigments and new media like acrylic<br />

paint have expanded the range of<br />

colors and finishes for water-based<br />

techniques. The works in this gallery,<br />

both on the walls and in the cabinet<br />

drawers, show the wide array of visual<br />

effects—from crisp lines to delicately<br />

hued washes to intensely saturated<br />

passages—created through<br />

water’s interaction with pigments<br />

upon various surfaces. Runs through<br />

January 7. Info: mfastpete.org.<br />

Meetings<br />

The Palm-Aire Women’s Club<br />

has Dr. Robyn Bell as the keynote<br />

speaker at their November 10 luncheon.<br />

Dr. Bell was the Director of<br />

Instrumental Studies at State College<br />

of Florida. She established the<br />

Music Excellence Sponsorship Fund,<br />

which provided scholarships and<br />

mentorship opportunities to SCF<br />

music students. For further information<br />

email Carol Darling - darlingcj@yahoo.com.<br />

The Palm-Aire<br />

Women’s Club invites all to attend<br />

luncheons and get involved helping<br />

the PAWC grow. Contact Ann<br />

King at Pawc<strong>2023</strong>@gmail.com to<br />

be included on the email list. Visit<br />

the PAWC website: www.palm-airewomensclub.org.<br />

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The Manatee Genealogical Society<br />

will host a hybrid meeting and<br />

program on Tuesday, November 7,<br />

10 am to noon. Program speaker,<br />

Matt Woodside, will present in person<br />

“Living Off the Land”. Matt is<br />

the Curator of the Manatee Village<br />

Historical Park.<br />

This presentation will explore how<br />

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

early 1900s took advantage of readily<br />

available natural resources of the<br />

land and the sea.<br />

Members of the public are welcome<br />

to attend. Guests attending via Zoom<br />

must register at least one day in advance<br />

by emailing: info@mgsfl.org.<br />

Participants attending in person will<br />

meet at the Manatee Central Library,<br />

which is located at 1301 Barcarrota<br />

Blvd West, Bradenton.<br />

The Manatee Central Library Auditorium<br />

will open at 9:45 a.m. for<br />

in-person attendees. The Zoom meeting<br />

will begin at 10 a.m. For more information,<br />

visit https://mgsfl.org/.<br />

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Barancik Foundation Honors Five Teachers<br />

Family members of Triad Alternave School teacher Robert Whipple (center) joined the surprise<br />

presentation of the Ripple Effect Teacher Award in Whipple’s classroom.<br />

Five Sarasota County educators were recently<br />

named <strong>2023</strong> Ripple Effect Teacher<br />

Award winners by Charles & Margery<br />

Barancik Foundation and Sarasota County<br />

Schools.<br />

Each award, which recognizes educators<br />

for their impact on their students, schools,<br />

and community, came with a $5,000 check<br />

for the teacher from Barancik Foundation.<br />

The Ripple Effect Teacher Awards program<br />

honors the chosen profession of Margery<br />

Barancik, co-founder of the foundation<br />

that bears her name, who was a teacher<br />

and lifelong supporter of education.<br />

Barancik Foundation presents the Ripple<br />

Effect Teacher Award to five educators<br />

twice a year, in September and May, to<br />

mark the respective birthdays of Margie<br />

and Chuck Barancik. The recipients of the<br />

fall <strong>2023</strong> Ripple Effect Teacher Award were:<br />

• Elizabeth Donofrio, Venice High School<br />

• Kim Hunt, Venice Elementary School<br />

• BJ Ivey, Sarasota High School<br />

• Marjie Smith, Sarasota Middle School<br />

• Robert Whipple, Triad Alternative School<br />

“Margie Barancik understood the positive<br />

ripple effect that great teachers have<br />

throughout the lives of their students,”<br />

said Hansen. “These Ripple Effect Award<br />

winners deserve to be recognized and<br />

thanked. Our community is immeasurably<br />

better because of their dedication,<br />

professionalism, and hard work.”<br />

The Ripple Effect Teacher Award program<br />

was launched in 2021 and invites<br />

Sarasota County School District principals<br />

to nominate one educator from their<br />

school who sets the bar for innovation<br />

and creates lasting impacts on their students<br />

and peers. To date, Barancik Foundation<br />

has presented 30 Ripple Effect<br />

Teacher Awards.<br />

Child Protection Center, Inc. awarded grant by<br />

Venice Coldwell Banker Realty<br />

The Child Protection<br />

Center, Inc (CPC) has<br />

been awarded a $5,822<br />

grant by the Venice<br />

Coldwell Banker Realty<br />

Cares Foundation. This<br />

funding was awarded<br />

to continue the foundation’s<br />

support of the Children<br />

and Families Supervised<br />

Visitation Program<br />

(CFSVP), one of CPC’s core<br />

programs providing child<br />

abuse intervention services. CVSVP is the<br />

only non-profit program in Sarasota County<br />

providing on-site supervised visitation<br />

services. CFSVP provides a safe place for<br />

children to interact with parents without<br />

the stress of being in the middle of a family<br />

argument, observing a parent who is<br />

impaired by substance abuse, and without<br />

uncomfortable conversations that include<br />

adult topics.<br />

By accessing CFSVP, the risk of violence<br />

to children decreases as the program addresses<br />

the needs of both the child and<br />

parents to interrupt the cycle of abuse.<br />

Over 50 Sarasota County citizens serve as<br />

CFSVP volunteers. For more information<br />

on CPC or to inquire about volunteering<br />

with the Children and Families Supervised<br />

Visitation Program, visit www.cpcsarasota.org<br />

or call 941-365-1277.<br />

All Faiths Food Bank in DeSoto opens<br />

Sarasota Orchestra receives grant from The<br />

Exchange<br />

Sarasota Orchestra has received a $35,000<br />

grant from The Exchange in support of the<br />

<strong>2023</strong>-2024 Young Person’s Concerts (YPC).<br />

Sarasota Orchestra’s YPC are experienced<br />

by nearly 9,000 students annually and<br />

have been presented since 1953.<br />

This live orchestra concert experience<br />

for fourth and fifth grade students combines<br />

a year-long curriculum in schools<br />

with a field trip to see the professional Sarasota<br />

Orchestra in concert. The <strong>2023</strong>-2024<br />

Young Person’s Concerts were held this<br />

past October with eight daytime concerts.<br />

The curriculum guide was developed by<br />

a team of area music teachers and the Sarasota<br />

Orchestra Education Department; it<br />

includes detailed lesson plans with information<br />

on the featured composers, specific<br />

pieces, and general music vocabulary.<br />

To learn more about Sarasota Orchestra’s<br />

<strong>2023</strong>-2024 season and programs,<br />

visit www.SarasotaOrchestra.org.<br />

Resilient Retreat awarded grant from<br />

Michael Saunders and Company Foundation<br />

Resilient Retreat received a $1,000 grant<br />

from the Michael Saunders and Company<br />

Foundation for training first responders<br />

and helping professionals during a time of<br />

critical need.<br />

Resilient Retreat’s mission to help those<br />

impacted by trauma and abuse. They provide<br />

free, evidence-based programs to survivors<br />

of trauma and abuse, first responders, and<br />

helping professionals, to heal the impacts of<br />

trauma on the mind, body, and spirit.<br />

The grant provided by the Michael Saunders<br />

Foundation Grant will partially fund<br />

a four-part educational series for first responders<br />

and helping professionals, focusing<br />

on compassion fatigue, well-being<br />

Elsa and Peter Soderberg<br />

All Faiths Food Bank has served DeSoto<br />

County for over 25 years and, in the fall<br />

of 2019, celebrated the official opening of<br />

its new DeSoto Food and Resource Center<br />

(DeSoto FRC) in Arcadia. Funded by six donors<br />

and initiated as a pilot program, the<br />

DeSoto FRC was created as a hub to provide<br />

services and strengthen partnerships<br />

with other programs.<br />

Building on their initial grant to support<br />

the opening of the DeSoto FRC, Elsa and<br />

Peter Soderberg have provided a threeyear<br />

lead gift of $600,000 to help subsidize<br />

three new mobile pantries. These<br />

new mobile pantries will provide food<br />

to neighbors in remote areas of DeSoto<br />

County, as well as offer benefits assistance,<br />

nutrition education, wrap-around<br />

services on-site and compensation for<br />

a truck driver. The funding will be distributed<br />

on a payment schedule running<br />

through June 30, 2026.<br />

“We believe collaborating with<br />

like-minded funders optimizes the opportunities<br />

for catalytic change and we will<br />

continue to support the DeSoto FRC as the<br />

needs of the community evolve and more<br />

is understood about how to best serve<br />

people living in DeSoto County,” said Peter<br />

Soderberg.<br />

In 2021-2022, All Faiths conducted two<br />

new community assessments that examined<br />

DeSoto County issues facing residents<br />

such as, the impacts of Covid and<br />

hurricane disasters on available services<br />

and gaps in services and opportunities<br />

for the DeSoto FRC to provide additional<br />

assistance. Based on the findings of the<br />

assessments, it was determined there was<br />

a need for expansion of the facility and<br />

additional services including food distribution,<br />

outreach, and benefits assistance<br />

in remote, unserved areas.<br />

In DeSoto County, where agriculture is<br />

the dominant industry, the number of persons<br />

living in poverty is nearly 26% (the<br />

national average is 12.8%). With a population<br />

of just over 34,400, median household<br />

income in DeSoto County is just under<br />

$40,000 versus the median income in<br />

Sarasota County of nearly $72,000.<br />

during a natural disaster, self-care, healing-centered<br />

engagement, peer support,<br />

and leadership training.<br />

According to data from their 2022 reports,<br />

over 80% of professionals are currently<br />

experiencing compassion fatigue and 75%<br />

are experiencing burnout and secondary<br />

traumatic stress (PTSD for helpers). After<br />

participating in programs at Resilient Retreat,<br />

over 75% of participants reported an<br />

improvement in emotional regulation, 85%<br />

reported a decrease in burnout symptoms,<br />

and over 70% reported an improvement in<br />

compassion satisfaction. In 2022 Resilient<br />

Retreat provided training to 1,891 community<br />

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12 WEST COAST WOMAN <strong>NOVEMBER</strong> <strong>2023</strong>


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dining in<br />

It’s all about the Bird<br />

In its many forms, shapes and preparations<br />

Turkeys are traditionally eaten as the main course of Thanksgiving dinner<br />

feasts in the United States and Canada.<br />

But, did you know that turkey meat has been eaten by indigenous peoples<br />

from Mexico, Central America, and the southern tier of the United States<br />

since antiquity. In the 15th century, Spanish conquistadores took Aztec turkeys<br />

back to Europe.<br />

Turkey was eaten in as early as the 16th century in England. Before the 20th<br />

century, pork ribs were the most common food for the North American holidays,<br />

as the animals were usually slaughtered in November.<br />

Turkeys were once so abundant in the wild that they were eaten throughout the<br />

year, the food considered commonplace. Turkey with mole is regarded as Mexico’s<br />

“national dish”. Turkey rice is regarded as one of Taiwan’s national dishes.<br />

A few healthy<br />

substitutions can turn<br />

this traditional comfort<br />

food into a nutritional<br />

powerhouse. The first step<br />

is to replace the typical<br />

beef or pork with lean<br />

ground turkey. Onion<br />

and cremini mushrooms<br />

add texture and variety<br />

to help you get more<br />

vegetables on your plate.<br />

INGREDIENTS:<br />

INSTRUCTIONS:<br />

Makes 8 servings<br />

Preheat oven to 325 degrees F.<br />

F Turkey Meatloaf<br />

1 Tbsp. extra-virgin olive oil<br />

1 large onion, chopped<br />

1/2 lb. cremini mushrooms, trimmed<br />

and chopped<br />

1/2 tsp. dried thyme<br />

2 lbs. ground turkey (mix of dark and<br />

light meat)<br />

Turkey Meatloaf T<br />

Salt and freshly ground black pepper,<br />

to taste<br />

3 Tbsp. Worcestershire sauce<br />

6 Tbsp. fat-free, reduced-sodium<br />

chicken broth<br />

1 tsp. tomato paste<br />

3/4 cup bread crumbs<br />

2 eggs, beaten<br />

1/3 cup ketchup<br />

In skillet, sauté onions and mushrooms in oil. Add thyme and season with salt and pepper.<br />

Cook until onions are translucent, about 10 minutes. Add Worcestershire, broth<br />

and tomato paste and mix thoroughly. Remove from heat and allow to cool to room<br />

temperature.<br />

In a large mixing bowl, combine turkey, breadcrumbs, eggs and onion-mushroom mixture.<br />

Mix well and shape into a rectangular loaf in shallow baking dish. Brush ketchup<br />

on top.<br />

Bake 90 minutes or until meat is cooked through and internal temperature is 165 degrees<br />

F. Serve hot. Leftovers may be served cold in sandwiches.<br />

If you’re looking for<br />

an easier alternative<br />

to making a<br />

whole turkey for<br />

the holidays, try<br />

this simple roast.<br />

Individual turkey<br />

breasts are seasoned<br />

with flavorful herbs<br />

and cooked together<br />

with a medley of<br />

vegetables to add<br />

healthy nutrients<br />

and save time.<br />

INGREDIENTS:<br />

2 Tbsp. olive oil<br />

4 sprigs fresh rosemary, or 1 1/2 tsp.<br />

dried<br />

3 sprigs sage, or 1 tsp. dried<br />

5 sprigs fresh oregano, or 1 tsp. dried<br />

4 cloves garlic, peeled<br />

1 tsp. salt<br />

1/2 tsp. black pepper<br />

F Herb Roasted Turkey Breast w/Vegetables<br />

Herb Roasted Turkey Breast w/Vegetables T<br />

2 (2 1/2 lb. each) bone-in, skin on<br />

turkey breasts<br />

6 shallots, peeled and halved<br />

1 cup low sodium chicken broth<br />

2 large sweet potatoes, scrubbed and<br />

chopped into 1” cubes<br />

1.5 lbs. Brussels sprouts, halved<br />

1 lb. whole carrots, tops removed and<br />

sliced in half lengthwise<br />

F Roasted Turkey Breast Porchetta Style<br />

The Italianinspired<br />

blend<br />

of herbs and<br />

spices sets this<br />

recipe apart from<br />

all the others<br />

and produces<br />

moist, flavorful<br />

meat with very<br />

little salt.<br />

Makes 8 servings<br />

INGREDIENTS:<br />

INSTRUCTIONS:<br />

Roasted Turkey Breast Porchetta Style T<br />

1 tsp. coriander seed<br />

1 tsp. fennel seed<br />

1 Tbsp. finely chopped fresh<br />

rosemary<br />

1 Tbsp. coarsely chopped fresh sage<br />

2 garlic cloves, chopped<br />

In small, dry skillet, combine coriander and fennel seeds and toast over medium-high<br />

heat. Shake and move pan in circular motion occasionally at first, then<br />

constantly until seeds are golden and fragrant, about 3 to 4 minutes. Transfer seeds<br />

to plate to cool.<br />

In food processor, pulse fennel seeds with herbs, garlic and toasted coriander until<br />

finely chopped to make seasoning mixture. Add salt and pepper and whirl until all<br />

ingredients are very finely chopped, 30 seconds. With motor running, drizzle in oil.<br />

Set seasoning mixture aside for 15 minutes.<br />

While seasoning sits, use your fingers to gently separate skin from turkey breast meat,<br />

taking care not to tear skin. Using your hand, rub one third of seasoning mixture under<br />

skin on each side of breast and coat inside of breast with remaining mixture. Rub<br />

your oily hands over skin, coating it lightly. Seal breast in plastic wrap and set on a<br />

plate. Marinate breast in refrigerator for 4 hours.<br />

Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Place rack in large roasting pan. While oven heats, unwrap<br />

turkey and let sit on counter.<br />

Pour chicken broth into roasting pan. Set turkey breast on rack. Roast turkey, turning<br />

pan in oven every 20 minutes to help it brown evenly. Breast is done when instant read<br />

thermometer inserted into thickest point reads 165 degrees F., about 2 hours for a<br />

6-pound breast (allowing 20 minutes per pound). Skin can be dark without meat being<br />

dry, but tent foil over breast if skin is getting too dark. Skin near bone may look pale<br />

pink due to brining effect of seasoning paste.<br />

Let breast rest for 20 minutes before carving. Strain juices to serve on the side.<br />

INSTRUCTIONS:<br />

Preheat oven to 425°F.<br />

Place oil, rosemary, sage, oregano, garlic, salt and pepper in food processor and<br />

pulse until finely chopped.<br />

Gently pull skin back from turkey breast halves. Rub ½ of oil-herb mixture all over<br />

turkey breasts, both under skin and then on top.<br />

Arrange 6 shallot halves each on two large, deep baking pans.<br />

Set turkey breasts on top of shallots and add ½ cup chicken broth to each pan.<br />

Roast for 60 minutes.<br />

While turkey is roasting, toss sweet potatoes, Brussels sprouts and carrots with<br />

remaining oil-herb mixture in large bowl. Set aside.<br />

Remove turkey from oven and transfer turkey and shallots to cutting board. Carefully<br />

drain the broth (can save for gravy, if desired) from both pans.<br />

Divide and spread sweet potatoes, Brussels sprouts (flat side down) and carrots over<br />

both baking pans in an even layer. Place turkey and shallots on top of vegetables and<br />

roast until turkey registers 165°F on meat thermometer and vegetables are golden<br />

brown, about 60 to 75 minutes more. Note: If vegetables or turkey skin are starting to<br />

burn, lightly tent the pan in foil.<br />

Transfer turkey to clean cutting board and let rest for at least 10 minutes before slicing.<br />

Serve with roasted vegetables.<br />

Makes 10 (4-5 oz) servings<br />

1 tsp. kosher salt<br />

1/8 tsp. freshly ground pepper<br />

3 Tbsp. extra-virgin olive oil<br />

1 whole turkey breast (5lb.), bone-in<br />

4 cups fat-free, reduced-sodium<br />

chicken broth<br />

14 WEST COAST WOMAN <strong>NOVEMBER</strong> <strong>2023</strong>


your healthier health you<br />

Craniosacral Therapy Can Be Life Changing<br />

CST treats the whole body physically, physiologically, mentally, emotionally and energetically<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 all<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 physically and<br />

emotionally beginning with birth issues, falls,<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 all 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 small 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 Shallow Breathing<br />

A great majority of the clients who come to<br />

me for various problems are also shallow<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, especially<br />

people suffering from bronchitis, asthma<br />

and COPD as well as shallow 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 physically 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 all the cells in the brain and spinal<br />

cord as well as cleansing all 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 eventually can<br />

result in those brain dysfunctions. As we all<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 all 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 />

Call 941-321-8757<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”. Usually<br />

after a few sessions, I can tell a huge difference.”<br />

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Christine<br />

Kasten<br />

President/CEO,<br />

THE<br />

VENICE SYMPHONY<br />

o<br />

She’s been<br />

with the<br />

Venice<br />

Symphony for<br />

seven years.<br />

Troy Quinn,<br />

the Symphony’s<br />

Music Director/<br />

Conductor, is in<br />

his fifth season.<br />

The Symphony is<br />

marking its 50th<br />

in 2024. That all<br />

adds up to a lot<br />

of stability and<br />

makes for a very<br />

bright future for<br />

the Symphony.<br />

o<br />

16 WEST COAST WOMAN <strong>NOVEMBER</strong> <strong>2023</strong>


She’s been with the Venice<br />

Symphony (VS) for seven<br />

years now. Troy Quinn, the<br />

Symphony’s Music Director/<br />

Conductor, is in his fifth<br />

season. The Symphony itself<br />

is marking its 50th in 2024.<br />

That all adds up to a lot of<br />

stability. And that’s important in the competitive<br />

field of arts entertainment.<br />

That stability combined with business<br />

and creative smarts is why their website<br />

says, “Last season almost every concert sold<br />

out and seating for certain concerts is already<br />

becoming limited so don’t wait to buy<br />

your tickets.”<br />

The Venice Symphony season is underway<br />

and they’re back performing at<br />

the Venice Performing Arts Center with a<br />

variety of concerts that run through April.<br />

Christine came on board with VS in 2014<br />

as sales and marketing director then went<br />

to work elsewhere until the Symphony<br />

asked her to come back. She then served as<br />

their interim executive director and was appointed<br />

CEO and President by their Board<br />

of Directors in 2016. They obviously liked<br />

what they saw in Christine.<br />

Then VS began its search for a new permanent<br />

music director. Christine was thus able<br />

to be a part of the search for a new conductor<br />

that chose Troy Quinn, something she calls<br />

one of the highlights of her career at VS. The<br />

Symphony then introduced a “Pre-Concert<br />

Talk Series”, a free and informal discussion<br />

with the Maestro and guest soloists.<br />

Venice Symphony’s history reflects<br />

steady change and growth. It was incorporated<br />

in November, 1974, when 56 area<br />

volunteer musicians joined together under<br />

the leadership of Hartley Haines, the director<br />

of music in the public schools. The<br />

orchestra played three concerts in the Venice<br />

High School auditorium with banks and<br />

subscribers covering the costs, according to<br />

their website.<br />

New conductors would come on board<br />

over the decades, all the while VS expanded<br />

its programming. Concerts were held at<br />

Church of the Nazarene in Venice for years.<br />

In 2014, the Symphony moved its concerts<br />

to the Venice Performing Arts Center at<br />

Venice High School. “I was able to see the<br />

last concert The Venice Symphony held<br />

at the Church of the Nazarene before it<br />

moved to the new performance space,”<br />

Christine recalls.<br />

With Christine as executive director, more<br />

dynamic changes were to come. In May<br />

2019, The Venice Symphony, in partnership<br />

with Atlanta Braves Spring Training, presented<br />

its first Patriotic Pops concert at Cool<br />

Today Park, bringing in more than 3,000<br />

people. She was the one to reach out to Cool<br />

Park today noting, “They’re in our ‘backyard’”<br />

and the event drew 5,000 attendees.<br />

Christine “took a hard look at everything”<br />

including things like the Symphony’s logo<br />

and website and decided on a rebranding,<br />

to name a few. Plus she has instituted a 10-<br />

year plan. When she started, she explains,<br />

it was just herself and one other person.<br />

Now VS has 14 staffers. While moving to the<br />

Venice Performing Arts Center was “key”<br />

so was finding a new conductor. “We did an<br />

international search and 175 applied.” She<br />

and her search committee chose the seven<br />

finalists and each was asked to conduct a<br />

concert featuring music they selected for<br />

The Venice Symphony’s 2017-18 season—<br />

which was her idea.<br />

While the Symphony had to switch to free<br />

virtual concerts, (sponsored by Gulf Coast<br />

Community Foundation), when COVID-19<br />

forced the cancellation of the 2020-21<br />

season, in 2021-22 the Symphony sold out<br />

nearly every concert. “We did online concerts,<br />

recorded chamber music and put it on<br />

YouTube,” she explains, adding that post-<br />

COVID, “Ticket sales went right back up.”<br />

In the non-ticket area, Venice Symphony<br />

holds an annual food drive for the South<br />

County Food Pantry and a toiletries drive<br />

for Backpack Angels. Under Christine’s<br />

watch, VS’s many performing and education<br />

partnerships and collaborations<br />

include the Venice Art Center, Venice Institute<br />

for Performing Arts, EdExploreSRQ,<br />

Carnegie Hall Weill Music Institute, Venice<br />

Main Street and and Wellen Park.<br />

Venice Symphony also has an extensive<br />

music education program offering a “Symphony<br />

in the Schools” program that brings<br />

symphonic music to third graders. Their<br />

Summer Music Camp allows students in<br />

grades K-12 to spend two weeks immersed in<br />

playing music. As well, the Venice Symphony<br />

Youth Orchestra offers young musicians in<br />

7th to 12th grades quality instruction. Concert<br />

Strings also offers younger students -<br />

3rd to 8th grade - quality music training.<br />

Prior to Venice Symphony, this CEO, who<br />

is a native Iowan who later lived in western<br />

Massachusetts, moved with her husband<br />

Chad and their three children to Durawall,<br />

New Zealand. “We were those crazy people<br />

who decided to quit our jobs and construct<br />

residential concrete walls. They have no AC<br />

or central heating there. We started up the<br />

company and ran it for four years.”<br />

Back in the U.S. they landed in the world<br />

of plentiful AC where she saw the Venice<br />

Symphony opening. Christine had been<br />

coming to Florida for years and has family<br />

here so it was a very good fit. Still, even a<br />

dynamic organization like the Venice Symphony<br />

cannot always shake off misperceptions.<br />

People still ask if the musicians are<br />

volunteers. No, they’re highly paid professional<br />

musicians from all over the country.<br />

Of the 75 or so who perform with VS, many<br />

have doctorates in music, quite a few teach<br />

and almost all perform in other symphonies<br />

and orchestras around the country.<br />

Ticket sales make up a third of the VS<br />

budget so to that end Christine has created<br />

a development department to seek more<br />

non-ticket funding and support.<br />

Christine is clear-eyed and, to use the<br />

over-used phrase, laser-focused. “No one<br />

ever masters this position. There are always<br />

challenges. You have to make sure you have<br />

a strong team and that they’re taken care of<br />

and enjoying themselves.”<br />

She adds, “This is a pivotal year. We’ve<br />

added four more concerts.” A quick look<br />

at their website shows that their “Holiday<br />

Spectacular” concerts have all sold out.<br />

Looking ahead, Christine reports that<br />

they’ll lengthen their season and add an<br />

October concert next year.<br />

Their programming reflects the changes<br />

that orchestras have had to make to reach<br />

a new music consumer who may not want<br />

to buy season tickets, instead opting to buy<br />

at the last minute. Or those who are more<br />

drawn to pops music, show tunes, holiday<br />

songs or thematic concerts like their “Hooray<br />

for Hollywood” with Michael Feinstein<br />

in concert on February 9, 2024. That concert<br />

will also be a celebration of their 50th<br />

anniversary.<br />

The Symphony’s fundraiser “Venice<br />

Nights” will transform the Venice Community<br />

Center into a replica of its Italian namesake<br />

on January 5. Guests will be able to<br />

stroll the “piazza” they’re creating and see<br />

statues and art come to life. Symphony musicians<br />

will serenade guests and the Venice<br />

Symphony Jazz Orchestra will also perform.<br />

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growth” which she defines as, “We’re<br />

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<strong>NOVEMBER</strong> <strong>2023</strong> WEST COAST WOMAN 17


Season Highlights:<br />

events we think you’ll find interesting or unique<br />

HIGHLIGHTS<br />

Pickleball is so popular<br />

it has its own show -<br />

but hurry<br />

At Venice Theatre is Pickleball, Jeff<br />

Daniels’ quippy screwball comedy<br />

about the predominant mania of our<br />

time. Goofy, lightning-fast, and slightly<br />

naughty, it’s a “pwocking” good time that<br />

will “pickle” your funny bone and runs<br />

through November 19.<br />

Pickleball has 8.9 million players in the<br />

USA and a growth rate of 158.6% for the<br />

last three-year period (2020-22). Understandably,<br />

it has been the fastest-growing<br />

sport in the US for the last three years<br />

(2020, 2021, and 2022). Tickets: venicetheatre.org.<br />

Location: Pinkerton Theatre,<br />

140 Tampa Ave. W. Venice.<br />

Chamber Orchestra<br />

Announces New,<br />

Expanded Season<br />

The Chamber Orchestra of Sarasota’s<br />

seventh season has an expanded number<br />

of concerts and a prestigious line-up of<br />

guest artists. The season will include three<br />

orchestral concerts at First Presbyterian<br />

Church in Sarasota and two recitals at<br />

St. Boniface Episcopal Church on Siesta<br />

Key. In addition, the Chamber Orchestra<br />

will perform a side-by-side concert with<br />

the Venice High School Orchestra in the<br />

Venice Performing Arts Center.<br />

The Chamber Orchestra was established<br />

by conductor Robert Vodnoy and violinist<br />

Laurie Vodnoy-Wright in 2017, aspiring<br />

to fill the niche of the chamber orchestra<br />

repertoire.<br />

Their first concert in their Orchestra Series<br />

will be at First Presbyterian Church of<br />

Sarasota on December 5, entitled Holiday<br />

Gems with Giuseppina Ciarla (harp) and<br />

Rafael Ramirez (mandolin).<br />

The annual holiday concert will feature<br />

music by Debussy, Vivaldi, Mahler,<br />

and Tchaikovsky, plus holidays favorites.<br />

Harpist Giuseppina Ciarla and mandolinist<br />

Rafael Ramirez are the soloists.<br />

Italian born Giuseppina Ciarla is a<br />

classical musician and a groundbreaking<br />

crossover performer combining her artistry<br />

of harp and voice. Principal harpist with<br />

the Sarasota Opera since 2002, Giuseppina<br />

Ciarla performs in the US and in Italy.<br />

For more information, visit www.<br />

chamberorchestrasarasota.org, or call<br />

219-928-8665.<br />

Hermitage Artist Retreat<br />

partners with<br />

Benderson Park<br />

The Hermitage Artist Retreat has a<br />

new partnership with Nathan Benderson<br />

Park as a part of the Hermitage’s <strong>2023</strong>-<br />

2024 season. Expanding on the Hermitage<br />

programming at Selby Gardens and other<br />

venues throughout the region, the new<br />

“Hermitage Sunsets @ Benderson Park”<br />

series launches this year following a Hermitage<br />

program at the park last season.<br />

Each program<br />

in the “Hermitage<br />

Sunsets @ Benderson<br />

Park” series will<br />

feature a Hermitage<br />

artist (or artists) to<br />

be announced. The<br />

outdoor series features<br />

performances<br />

Terry Guest and Lady Jess on Hermitage<br />

Beach<br />

and explorations of works-in-progress by<br />

Hermitage artists-in-residence and alumni.<br />

“Hermitage Sunsets @ Benderson Park”<br />

events are currently scheduled to take<br />

place by Benderson Lake near the Nathan<br />

Benderson Family Finish Tower (5851<br />

Nathan Benderson Circle, Sarasota).<br />

The first event is on November 16 at 5<br />

p.m. and features Hermitage Fellows Terry<br />

Guest and James Anthony Tyler. These two<br />

talents split the bill to share some of their<br />

latest work and discuss the creative process<br />

as the sun goes down over the lake.<br />

Admission is free, but registration is required<br />

at HermitageArtistRetreat.org.<br />

Pipes, Fiddles,<br />

Enchanting Songs and<br />

Dance<br />

On Friday, December 8, Musica Sacra<br />

Sarasota is performing A Celtic Christmas,<br />

celebrating the season with the<br />

magic of pipes, fiddles, enchanting songs<br />

and dance. Presented in partnership with<br />

First Presbyterian Church Choir and The<br />

Lubben Brothers Band featuring Sarasota<br />

bagpiper Kevin Wiegand.<br />

Held at First Presbyterian Church, 2050<br />

Oak Street, Sarasota. Info: www.musicasacrasarasota.org<br />

Fluid Impressions: The<br />

Paintings of Syd Solomon<br />

The Ringling College Galleries +<br />

Exhibitions Department, along with<br />

the students enrolled in the Role of the<br />

Curator class within the Business of Art<br />

and Design Department, present Fluid<br />

Impressions: The Paintings of Syd Solomon;<br />

an immersive collection featuring<br />

expressive, storytelling paintings from<br />

Abstract Impressionist, Syd Solomon.<br />

Syd Solomon, Island Memory, 1983<br />

One of Sarasota’s most influential artists,<br />

Solomon, created abstract paintings<br />

that distinctly capture the essence of natural<br />

elements shaped by his surroundings<br />

and life experiences. His artistic sensibilities<br />

proved invaluable during the early<br />

days of WWII. Even years following his<br />

passing, the enduring impact of one of the<br />

city’s most influential artists still persists.<br />

This exhibition was led by a student<br />

curatorial team who applied, and were<br />

selected, to participate in a semester-long<br />

class titled Role of the Curator led by<br />

Ringling College’s Director and Chief<br />

Curator, Tim Jaeger. The students were<br />

provided a hands-on overview of how to<br />

successfully produce a blue-chip exhibition<br />

as well as other related arts disciplines<br />

that included business practices<br />

and entrepreneurship.<br />

The exhibition features not only Solomon’s<br />

visually stimulating paintings, but<br />

also bridges together the important stories<br />

from Sarasota’s history while preserving<br />

Solomon’s legacy in the art world.<br />

November 6 – March 25, 2024 in the<br />

Lois And David Stulberg Gallery, Ringling<br />

College of Art And Design<br />

Opening Reception + Art Walk: Friday,<br />

November 10, 5 to 8pm<br />

Free Student-led docent tour will be<br />

provided every Wednesday beginning<br />

November 8 – December 6 from 1 to 2pm.<br />

Reservations are required.<br />

https://www.signupgenius.com/go/<br />

fluidimpressions#/<br />

On Exhibit at<br />

The Ringling:<br />

Working Conditions<br />

Working Conditions explored labor<br />

through The Ringling’s photography<br />

collection. The exhibit runs through<br />

March 3, 2024.<br />

Bill Owens (American, born 1938), Industrial<br />

burger maker<br />

Photography was introduced during<br />

the Industrial Revolution as a time- and<br />

labor-saving means of recording images.<br />

In addition to the camera’s technical use<br />

as an instrument to record, photographers<br />

have created images over the decades that<br />

have shaped how we think about work<br />

and the politics of labor. This exhibition<br />

explores the myriad ways in which photographs<br />

have communicated ideas about<br />

labor since the nineteenth century.<br />

https://www.ringling.org/explore/<br />

exhibitions/<br />

NEW FACES<br />

Venice Theatre<br />

Kristofer Geddie is the organization’s<br />

new Executive Director. Geddie has<br />

worked as the theatre’s General Manager<br />

since 2016. He first came to Venice Theatre<br />

in 2010 to play the role of Coalhouse<br />

Walker<br />

in Ragtime.<br />

He was<br />

hired shortly<br />

thereafter<br />

in<br />

2011 as the<br />

organization’s<br />

first<br />

Director of<br />

Diversity.<br />

Geddie’s<br />

predecessor,<br />

Murray<br />

Chase, who<br />

served as<br />

continued >><br />

18 WEST COAST WOMAN <strong>NOVEMBER</strong> <strong>2023</strong>


season highlights continued<br />

Executive Director since 1995, will continue<br />

working with the theatre to supervise<br />

the restoration of the main building after<br />

it was severely damaged by Hurricane Ian.<br />

Chase’s official title is now Restoration<br />

Supervisor.<br />

Musica Sacra of Sarasota<br />

Steven Phillips is Musica Sacra’s new<br />

Artistic Director, succeeding founding director,<br />

Dr. Bob Parrish. Phillips currently<br />

serves as Director of Music Ministries at<br />

First Presbyterian Church of Sarasota.<br />

Their season runs through May 2024.<br />

Call 941-374-0940 or visit www.musicasacrasarasota.org/<br />

The Sarasota Ballet<br />

Jennifer Hackbarth, most recently<br />

with Dresden Semperoper Ballet in Germany,<br />

has joined The Sarasota Ballet<br />

Company for the <strong>2023</strong>-2024sSeason as<br />

their new Principal Dancer. Jennifer has<br />

danced a<br />

variety of<br />

lead roles<br />

including<br />

classics<br />

and more<br />

modern<br />

ballets by<br />

prestigious<br />

choreographers.<br />

A lifelong<br />

fan<br />

of George<br />

Balanchine’s<br />

work,<br />

Jennifer is excited at the chance to dance<br />

more of his works this season. She is also<br />

looking forward to further developing<br />

her artistic range and talent performing<br />

roles by choreographers like Sir Frederick<br />

Ashton, who has had an integral influence<br />

on The Sarasota Ballet’s growth and<br />

reputation.<br />

Jennifer joined the Dresden Semperoper<br />

Ballet in 2017 as a Demi Soloist. Prior to<br />

that, Jennifer was an Apprentice at the<br />

New York City Ballet. Tickets:<br />

The Venice Chorale<br />

The Venice Chorale has Brent<br />

Douglas as their new Artistic Director.<br />

He is an accomplished conductor with<br />

an background in symphonic, operatic<br />

and choral genres. Beyond conducting,<br />

Douglas is a pianist, harpsichordist and<br />

organist. In addition to his performing<br />

career, he also taught choir, orchestra,<br />

piano and organ for nine years at<br />

Eckerd College.<br />

Douglas holds a Bachelor of Piano<br />

Performance and a Master of Conducting<br />

from the University of South Florida. He<br />

will oversee all artistic aspects and activities<br />

of The Venice Chorale, including the<br />

Concert Choir and Youth Programs.<br />

He will be following Peter Madpak’s<br />

leadership over the past eight years.<br />

thevenicechorale.org/<br />

The Stage at Payne Park<br />

The Stage at Payne Park LLC (The<br />

Stage), a wholly-owned subsidiary nonprofit<br />

organization of The Players, Inc.<br />

has hired Michael Ayres as its executive<br />

director and<br />

vice president<br />

of advancement.<br />

He has<br />

more than<br />

18 years of<br />

experience as<br />

a fundraiser,<br />

grant writer,<br />

team builder,<br />

event manager<br />

and community liaison.<br />

Most recently, Ayres was the director<br />

of development services for Visible Men<br />

Academy in Manatee County. Prior to<br />

that, Ayres acted as the corporate development<br />

and special events officer for<br />

Sarasota Opera.<br />

Asolo Rep<br />

Asolo Rep has two new leaders – Peter<br />

Rothstein, the newly appointed Producing<br />

Artistic Director, and Ross Egan,<br />

the recently appointed Managing Director.<br />

Since 2019, Egan has been Managing<br />

Director of the historic Barter Theatre<br />

in Abingdon, VA where he led the organization<br />

through the pandemic by building<br />

and producing Barter at the Moonlite<br />

Drive In, becoming one of the first theatres<br />

in the world to produce at the time.<br />

Prior to joining Barter’s leadership<br />

team, he was Director of Operations for<br />

the Illinois Shakespeare Festival and<br />

founded the Joseph Jefferson award-winning<br />

Refuge Theatre Project in Chicago.<br />

NEW PLACES<br />

The Stage at Payne Park LLC (The<br />

Stage) is a wholly-owned subsidiary nonprofit<br />

organization of The Players, Inc.<br />

When The Players Centre for Performing<br />

Arts moves into Payne Park Auditorium<br />

to begin its 2025-26 season in September<br />

2025, the facility will have a new look, a<br />

fresh brand and 50% more square footage.<br />

To accomplish this, The Players Inc.<br />

has spun off The Stage at Payne Park LLC,<br />

a wholly owned subsidiary nonprofit. The<br />

new organization will guide an $8 million<br />

to $9 million renovation and expansion to<br />

create and operate a contemporary, flexible<br />

live performance space with a seating<br />

capacity of nearly 300.<br />

Payne Park Auditorium<br />

ANNIVERSARIES<br />

This year marks the 20th anniversary of<br />

the Perlman Music Program Suncoast’s<br />

largest event: The Perlman Music Program<br />

(PMP) Winter Residency. Led by<br />

acclaimed violinist and conductor Itzhak<br />

Perlman and his wife, Toby Perlman, this<br />

two-week event energizes local audiences<br />

while providing unparalleled musical<br />

training for gifted students ages 12-20+<br />

from all over the world, who play the violin,<br />

viola, cello and bass.<br />

Toby and Itzhak Perlman<br />

Photo by Burt Farbman<br />

Lisa Berger, executive director of Perlman<br />

Suncoast says that they are “honored<br />

to support the PMP Winter Residency for<br />

the past two decades. Last year, after a<br />

two-year hiatus, audiences were able to<br />

watch the interplay once again between<br />

young, gifted musicians and world-renowned<br />

faculty, including Itzhak Perlman.”<br />

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Selby Gardens’ Orchid Show <strong>2023</strong> highlights<br />

50 years of Selby Gardens. The<br />

exhibit has horticultural displays in their<br />

Tropical Conservatory that feature spectacular<br />

orchids from their collection.<br />

The exhibition continues in the Museum<br />

of Botany & the Arts, where a selection<br />

Marie Selby<br />

of rare artifacts<br />

and historical<br />

images tell<br />

the story of Selby<br />

Gardens’ first<br />

50 years, with<br />

emphasis on<br />

the plants and<br />

people who have<br />

made it such a<br />

special place.<br />

The Orchid<br />

Show <strong>2023</strong> is on view to November 26<br />

Marie Selby Botanical Gardens was<br />

founded in 1973 when Sarasota resident<br />

and passionate gardener Marie Selby<br />

bequeathed her former home and property<br />

“for the enjoyment of the general public.”<br />

The 15-acre original Downtown Sarasota<br />

campus features botanical highlights such<br />

as a captivating banyan grove planted by<br />

Marie and her husband, William, nearly a<br />

century ago.<br />

In 2020, Selby Gardens adopted Historic<br />

Spanish Point as a second campus. Selby<br />

Gardens is the only botanical garden in<br />

the world dedicated to the display and<br />

study of epiphytic orchids, bromeliads,<br />

gesneriads and ferns, and other tropical<br />

plants. Since 1973, scientists from Selby<br />

Gardens have ventured into some of the<br />

world’s wildest places to identify, study,<br />

collect, and learn from these resourceful,<br />

remarkable plants.<br />

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In 2003, a group of 13 Sarasotans came<br />

together to further their goal of enhancing<br />

Sarasota’s rich cultural landscape<br />

with a contemporary art museum. After a<br />

two-year dialogue with area arts, educational,<br />

and community leaders, the<br />

Historic Sarasota High School<br />

Sarasota Art Museum partnered with<br />

Ringling College of Art and Design<br />

to transform the historic Sarasota High<br />

School into an art museum and visual<br />

arts educational center.<br />

Since that meeting 20 years ago, Sarasota<br />

Art Museum, the region’s first museum<br />

dedicated to contemporary art, has<br />

15,000 square feet of dedicated exhibition<br />

gallery space, Bistro, shop, auditorium for<br />

educational events, performance and film<br />

and a sculpture courtyard.<br />

<strong>NOVEMBER</strong> <strong>2023</strong> WEST COAST WOMAN 19


Choral Artists of Sarasota’s<br />

<strong>2023</strong>-2024 Season<br />

Artistic Director<br />

Joseph Holt<br />

Photo by Nancy Guth<br />

Choral Artists of Sarasota’s<br />

45th season features six concerts<br />

in November, December,<br />

February, March, April and<br />

May.<br />

A season highlight includes the Florida<br />

premiere of “Abraham Lincoln Walks<br />

at Midnight” by Florence Price, an African-American<br />

composer whose works were<br />

lost during the middle of the 20th century<br />

and later discovered in an attic trunk in<br />

2009. Another season highlight is a performance<br />

of Craig Hella Johnson’s “Considering<br />

Matthew Shepard,” a modern-day<br />

“Passion” (modeled after the great “Passions”<br />

of J.S. Bach) that tells the story of<br />

Matthew Shepard, a gay American student<br />

at the University of Wyoming who was beaten,<br />

tortured, and left to die near Laramie on<br />

the night of October 6, 1998.<br />

This season also marks the launch of the<br />

group’s United We Stand Memorial Day<br />

concert, a moving tribute to those in the<br />

armed forces who have made the ultimate<br />

sacrifice. This concert serves as the kickoff<br />

for the Choral Artists’ tour to France to<br />

participate in the 80th anniversary of D-Day<br />

in Normandy.<br />

Artistic Director Joseph Holt says, “In the<br />

kaleidoscope of choral performances offered<br />

this season, each concert features a unique<br />

tribute, commemoration, celebration, or recognition<br />

of people and events that have made<br />

a difference in our lives. From the movies to<br />

the military to Matthew Shepard, we have all<br />

been touched and inspired by their impact,<br />

each telling a story resonating deep within<br />

us. The medium of choral music, a magical<br />

marriage of words and music, takes us on<br />

this musical journey like no other. Our season<br />

concludes with a musical salute to the<br />

brave men and women who fought in World<br />

War II, and we are honored to be representing<br />

the people of Florida and the United<br />

States by participating in the 80th anniversary<br />

of D-Day in Normandy, France, in 2024.”<br />

Holt will also illuminate the creative process,<br />

presenting “Meet the Music” prior to<br />

each concert throughout the season. Each<br />

will focus on the upcoming concert with a<br />

special guest joining the conversation and<br />

performance. “Meet the Music” programs are<br />

held at Art to Walk On at 16 South Palm Avenue<br />

in downtown Sarasota, 5:30-7 p.m., with<br />

a wine and hors d’oeuvre reception. Planned<br />

dates are November 2, November 30, February<br />

1, February 29, April 4 and May 16.<br />

For more information and to purchase<br />

tickets, visit www.ChoralArtistsSarasota.<br />

org or call 941-387-4900.<br />

The Choral Artists of Sarasota’s<br />

<strong>2023</strong>-2024 season schedule:<br />

• Veteran’s Day in Song: Presenting the<br />

songs that brought hope and inspiration<br />

during military conflicts, from the Revolutionary<br />

War through Desert Storm. The featured<br />

guest artist is baritone Bob McDonald,<br />

a retired Sergeant Major from The US Army<br />

Chorus. Saturday, November 11, 1 p.m., at<br />

Church of the Redeemer, 222 S. Palm Avenue,<br />

Sarasota.<br />

• Christmas Celebration: Celebrate the<br />

spirit of Christmas through the power of<br />

song. Featuring an evening of holiday harmonies<br />

and festive favorites, including African-American<br />

spirituals. Sunday, December<br />

10, 7 p.m., at Church of the Redeemer, 222 S.<br />

Palm Avenue, Sarasota.<br />

• Choral Cinemagic: Featuring popular<br />

movie music, including from the James<br />

Bond films, “Momma Mia!,” “Sister Act,” and<br />

a medley of all-time favorites. Sunday, February<br />

4, 7 p.m., at First Presbyterian Church,<br />

2050 Oak Street, Sarasota.<br />

• Abraham Lincoln Walks at Midnight:<br />

Featuring the Florida premiere of “Abraham<br />

Lincoln Walks at Midnight” by Florence<br />

Price, a moving depiction of the man burdened<br />

by the tragedies of the modern world,<br />

based on the poem by Vachel Lindsay. Price<br />

is an African-American composer whose<br />

works were lost during the middle of the<br />

20th century and later discovered in an attic<br />

trunk in 2009.<br />

Also performed will be Joseph Haydn’s<br />

“Lord Nelson Mass,” also known as “Mass<br />

in a Time of Anxiety,” recognized as one of<br />

his greatest compositions. Sunday, March<br />

10, 7 p.m., at Church of the Palms, 3224 Bee<br />

Ridge Road, Sarasota.<br />

• Considering Matthew Shepard: Featuring<br />

Craig Hella Johnson’s “Considering<br />

Matthew Shepard,” a modern-day “Passion”<br />

(modeled after the great “Passions” of J.S.<br />

Bach) that tells the story of Matthew Shepard,<br />

a gay American student at the University<br />

of Wyoming who was beaten, tortured,<br />

and left to die near Laramie on the night of<br />

October 6, 1998.<br />

In partnership with Embracing Our Differences,<br />

Project Pride, ALSO Youth, and<br />

the First Congregational Church UCC, this<br />

beautiful musical story transcends tragedy.<br />

Sunday, April 14, 7 p.m., at Church of the<br />

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

• Memorial Day Concert: United We<br />

Stand: The Choral Artists teams with the<br />

Lakewood Ranch Wind Ensemble to perform<br />

a moving tribute to those in the armed<br />

forces who have made the ultimate sacrifice.<br />

This concert is also the kick-off for the<br />

group’s tour to France to participate in the<br />

80th anniversary of D-Day in Normandy.<br />

Sunday, May 26, 4 p.m., at Sarasota Opera<br />

House, 61 N. Pineapple Avenue, Sarasota.<br />

• D-Day Commemoration Journey: June<br />

3-11: Choral Artists of Sarasota has been invited<br />

by Historic Programs, which partners<br />

with the Department of Defense, Office of<br />

Commemorations, to be the principal choral<br />

ensemble for the 80th D-Day anniversary<br />

commemorations in France in June. In addition<br />

to participating in commemoration ceremonies<br />

at the cemeteries in Normandy and<br />

Brittany, the group will perform a concert<br />

in the town square at Sainte-Mère-Église in<br />

Normandy and also at L’église de la Madeleine<br />

in Paris.<br />

Choral Artists is inviting the public to<br />

join them on this journey.<br />

For more information, contact<br />

info@ChoralArtististsSarasota.org.<br />

About Choral Artists<br />

The Choral Artists of Sarasota comprises<br />

32 of the region’s most notable professional<br />

singers. Eight young singers, ages 16 to 22,<br />

are also invited to join the group each year,<br />

as part of the organization’s educational<br />

outreach. One of these gifted singers will be<br />

awarded the Ann Stephenson Moe Apprentice<br />

Scholarship, a funding program to support<br />

private lessons, vocal training at an institution<br />

of higher learning, or other expenses<br />

related to advancing their musical education.<br />

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investing in the next generation of musicians,”<br />

says Susan Burke, executive director<br />

of Choral Artists of Sarasota. “That means<br />

engaging young people on their own terms.”<br />

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its 45th season, features 32 of the region’s<br />

most notable professional singers and eight<br />

apprentice singers. The group celebrates the<br />

rich, artistic expressiveness of choral music<br />

through innovative repertoire, inspired<br />

performances and stimulating educational<br />

outreach. Under the artistic direction of Dr.<br />

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madrigals, folk songs, close-harmony<br />

jazz, and Broadway show music.<br />

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performances of lesser-known choral<br />

works—particularly music by living American<br />

composers. Choral Artists of Sarasota<br />

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Dick Hyman, Robert Levin, Gwyneth Walker<br />

and James Grant.<br />

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outreach, eight young singers from area<br />

schools, colleges and universities, ages<br />

16 to 22, are invited to join the group each<br />

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Local and National Art Exhibits<br />

to Experience<br />

NATIONAL MUSEUMS<br />

Met presents<br />

The Harlem Renaissance &<br />

Transatlantic Modernism<br />

In February 2024, The Metropolitan<br />

Museum of Art will present The Harlem<br />

Renaissance and Transatlantic Modernism<br />

exhibition. Through some 160 works, it<br />

will explore the far-reaching ways in which<br />

Black artists portrayed everyday modern life<br />

in the new Black cities that took shape in the<br />

1920s–40s in New York City’s Harlem and<br />

Chicago’s South Side and nationwide in the<br />

early decades of the Great Migration when<br />

millions of African Americans began to<br />

move away from the segregated rural South.<br />

The exhibition will establish the Harlem<br />

Renaissance as the first African American–<br />

led movement of international modern art<br />

and will situate Black artists and their radically<br />

new portrayals of the modern Black<br />

subject as central to our understanding of<br />

international modern art and modern life.<br />

A significant percentage of the paintings,<br />

sculpture, and works on paper on view in<br />

the exhibition come from the collections<br />

of Historically Black Colleges and Universities<br />

(HBCUs), Fisk University Galleries<br />

and Howard University Gallery of Art. Visit<br />

www.metmuseum.org/<br />

Love Gardening?<br />

Check out The Morgan<br />

Their latest exhibit is Seeds of Knowledge:<br />

Early Modern Illustrated Herbals. Seeds<br />

of Knowledge highlights the collection<br />

of 15th to 17th-century European printed<br />

herbals assembled by Dr. Peter Goop of<br />

Liechtenstein.<br />

Herbals were highly illustrated texts that<br />

included both the folklore of plants and<br />

their medicinal uses, and they served as references<br />

to both doctors and lay healthcare<br />

providers. The text and illustrations were<br />

repeatedly refined as the medicinal benefits<br />

of a plant’s use were more clearly understood,<br />

and the style of illustration tended<br />

towards higher degrees of naturalism.<br />

These books were working manuals<br />

and were frequently annotated by readers<br />

with notes on herbal remedies, medicines,<br />

or other uses not found in the printed<br />

text. Dr. Goop’s collection is one of the<br />

most extensive in private hands. Using<br />

the Morgan’s 10th-century manuscript of<br />

Dioscurides’ De materia medica as<br />

a centerpiece, this Thaw Gallery exhibition<br />

will explore developments<br />

in the understanding of the healthful<br />

and healing properties of plants, as<br />

Europe moved away from medicinal<br />

folklore towards an increased understanding<br />

of the natural world.<br />

Open through January 14, 2024.<br />

Visit www.themorgan.org.<br />

At The Frick<br />

Since opening in 1935, The Frick<br />

Collection has inspired generations<br />

of artists who have engaged with<br />

the complex legacies and enduring<br />

importance of Old Master painting.<br />

Barkley L. Hendricks was one such<br />

artist, and the Frick—with its iconic<br />

portraits by Rembrandt, Bronzino, Van<br />

Dyck, and others—was one of Hendricks’s<br />

favorite museums.<br />

At the Frick Madison, Barkley L. Hendricks:<br />

Portraits at the Frick presents<br />

14 early works by this pioneering American<br />

artist who, beginning in the late 1960s,<br />

revolutionized contemporary portraiture<br />

by uniting portraits of Black figures with<br />

traditions of European painting.<br />

His work has inspired some of the most<br />

prominent artists of today, including<br />

Derrick Adams, Mickalene Thomas, and<br />

Kehinde Wiley. Frick Madison is a particularly<br />

appropriate venue for this show, as it<br />

was in the Breuer building (then the home<br />

of the Whitney Museum of American Art)<br />

that Hendricks first showed his art in a New<br />

York City museum exhibition, in 1981.<br />

Barkley L. Hendricks: Portraits at the<br />

Frick, which will display paintings drawn<br />

from both public and<br />

private collections,<br />

is organized by the<br />

Frick’s Curator Aimee<br />

Ng and Consulting<br />

Curator Antwaun<br />

Sargent. The accompanying<br />

catalogue<br />

is authored by Ng<br />

and Sargent, with a<br />

foreword by Thelma<br />

Golden and contributions<br />

by Adams,<br />

Thomas, and Wiley,<br />

along with Hilton<br />

Als, Nick Cave, Awol<br />

Erizku, Rashid Johnson, and Fahamu<br />

Pecou. The Frick will present a<br />

roster of educational programs to<br />

complement the show.<br />

Barkley L. Hendricks: Portraits is<br />

on exhibit through January 7, 2024.<br />

Visit www.frick.org<br />

At the Whitney:<br />

Henry Taylor<br />

For more than thirty years, the<br />

Los Angeles–based artist Henry<br />

Taylor has portrayed people from<br />

widely different backgrounds—family<br />

members, friends, neighbors, celebrities,<br />

politicians, and strangers—with a<br />

mixture of raw immediacy and tenderness.<br />

His improvisational approach to artmaking<br />

is hinted at in this exhibition’s title, Henry<br />

Taylor: B Side, which refers to the side of<br />

a record album that often contains lesser-known,<br />

more experimental songs.<br />

Taylor’s paintings, executed quickly and<br />

instinctually from memory, newspaper<br />

clippings, snapshots, and in-person sittings,<br />

are variously light-hearted, intimate, and<br />

somber. In them, he combines flat planes<br />

of bold, sensuous color with areas of rich,<br />

intimate detail and loose brushstrokes to<br />

create paintings that feel alive.<br />

Taylor offers a view of everyday life in<br />

the United States that is grounded in the experiences<br />

of his own community, including<br />

the incarceration, poverty, and often deadly<br />

interactions with police that disproportionately<br />

affect Black Americans.<br />

Henry Taylor: B Side presents the artist’s<br />

paintings along with a selection of his<br />

assemblage sculptures, rarely exhibited early<br />

drawings, a large grouping of painted objects<br />

on recycled cigarette packs and other everyday<br />

supports, and two new installations, one<br />

made specifically for this exhibition.<br />

Information: whitney.org<br />

Sapphic Paris at the Barnes<br />

Marie Laurencin’s contributions to 20th century<br />

art are under recognized, and Sapphic Paris<br />

is the first major US exhibition of her work<br />

in over 30 years. Marie Laurencin: Sapphic<br />

Paris examines questions about representation<br />

and access throughout art history.<br />

Beginning in the early 20th century,<br />

French artist Marie Laurencin created a<br />

unique pictorial world that placed women<br />

at the center of modern art. With a highly<br />

original painting style that defied categorization,<br />

she moved seamlessly between the<br />

male-dominated cubist avant-garde, lesbian<br />

literary and artistic circles, and the realms<br />

of fashion, ballet, and decorative arts.<br />

The exhibition explores Laurencin’s<br />

career, from her self-portraits to her<br />

collaborative decorative projects;<br />

from her early cubist paintings to<br />

her signature work—feminine and<br />

discreetly queer—that defined 1920s<br />

Paris. Runs through January 21,<br />

2024. www.barnesfoundation.org<br />

FLORIDA MUSEUMS<br />

The Ringling<br />

Who is the intriguing man wearing a<br />

religious habit and a gold hoop earring<br />

in The Ringling’s portrait by Italian<br />

Baroque master Il Guercino? And why<br />

does he point to a stack of drawings?<br />

This fascinating exhibition investigates<br />

the sitter, Fra Bonaventura<br />

Bisi (1601-1659), a Franciscan Minor<br />

Conventual friar whose work as an art dealer,<br />

printmaker, and celebrated painter of miniatures<br />

made him a major figure in the artistic<br />

culture of seventeenth-century Bologna.<br />

Offering a captivating glimpse into the<br />

worlds of art making and art collecting in<br />

Baroque Italy, the exhibition explores Fra<br />

Bisi’s artistic training, his close relationships<br />

with Guercino and other Bolognese<br />

artists and intellectuals, his extraordinary<br />

painted miniatures, his dogged pursuit of<br />

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art exhibits continued<br />

artworks for collectors such as Cardinal<br />

Leopoldo de’ Medici of Florence and the<br />

Este rulers of Modena, and his passionate<br />

efforts to promote the appreciation and<br />

collecting of drawings as an art form.<br />

The breadth of Bisi’s artistic activity<br />

is illustrated through the wide range of<br />

media chosen for the exhibition, including<br />

oil paintings, miniatures in tempera on<br />

parchment, drawings, prints, metalwork,<br />

and published writings of the period. Loans<br />

from important museums and private collections<br />

in both Italy and the United States<br />

join selections from The Ringling’s own<br />

exceptional collection of Italian Baroque<br />

art. Through January 7, 2024<br />

www.ringling.org<br />

MFA St. Petersburg<br />

Their exhibit, The Nature of Art, looks at<br />

the disparate ways humans have engaged<br />

in artistic expression to understand our<br />

environment, mediate our relationship with<br />

nature, and attain a more profound comprehension<br />

of our role within the world.<br />

The Nature of Art will bring together, for<br />

the first time, special exhibition galleries<br />

in the Hough Wing with the MFA Collection<br />

galleries in the Volk Wing. The connected<br />

ideas generated from The Nature of Art will<br />

traverse throughout the MFA Campus,<br />

sparking conversations with works in the<br />

collection and allowing visitors to experience<br />

them through a new lens. mfastpete.<br />

org. Runs to April 14, 2024.<br />

Georgia O’Keeffe, Grey Hills Painted Red,<br />

New Mexico (detail), 1930<br />

Native America:<br />

In Translation at USF<br />

Contemporary Art Museum<br />

The USF Contemporary Art Museum,<br />

part of the Institute for Research in Art in<br />

the USF College of The Arts, presents Native<br />

America: In Translation. Native<br />

America: In Translation assembles the<br />

wide-ranging work of nine Indigenous<br />

artists who pose challenging questions<br />

about identity and heritage, land rights, and<br />

histories of colonialism.<br />

Probing the legacies of settler colonialism,<br />

and photography’s complex and often<br />

fraught role in constructing representation<br />

of Native cultures, the exhibition includes<br />

works by lens-based artists Rebecca<br />

Belmore (Anishinaabe, Lac Seul First<br />

Nation), Nalikutaar Jacqueline Cleveland<br />

(Yup’ik), Martine Gutierrez (American),<br />

Koyoltzintli (Ecuadorian-American), Duane<br />

Linklater (Omaskêko Ininiwak from Moose<br />

Cree First Nation), Guadalupe Maravilla<br />

(American), Kimowan Metchewais (Cree,<br />

Cold Lake First Nations), Alan Michelson<br />

(Mohawk, Six Nations of the Grand River),<br />

and Marianne Nicolson (Musgamakw<br />

Dzawada’enuxw First Nations), offering<br />

new perspectives on Indigenous identity by<br />

reimagining what it means to be a citizen in<br />

North America today.<br />

Martine Gutierrez<br />

Runs to December 1, <strong>2023</strong>. Location:<br />

4202 E Fowler Ave Stop CAM101, Tampa.<br />

Information: cam.usf.edu<br />

LOCAL GALLERIES<br />

Define Art Gallery<br />

and Studio: New Location<br />

on Palm Avenue<br />

Define Art Gallery and Studio<br />

has a new location, in downtown<br />

Sarasota, at 68 South Palm Avenue<br />

in Sarasota. The new gallery takes<br />

another step in its goal to bring artwork<br />

to members, artists, collectors,<br />

and the west coast Florida communities.<br />

“Our vision is to define an<br />

art world where each piece of art<br />

speaks a story and each artwork<br />

creates emotion,” says Define owner<br />

Deena King, a mixed-media artist<br />

with a penchant for paper craft and collage.<br />

Define Art Gallery is a platform for<br />

emerging and established artists. They have<br />

art from more than 20 local artists. Define<br />

Art Gallery offers an in-person and online<br />

engagement for buyers and collectors<br />

through the in-house gallery and international<br />

online exhibitions. These online<br />

exhibitions draw artists from across the<br />

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

www.definegallery.com<br />

SPAACES Contemporary<br />

Art Gallery<br />

On display: Exit<br />

Music: Continuum<br />

with Nathan<br />

Beard. Beard’s<br />

richly-layered Exit<br />

Music paintings<br />

combine playful<br />

Abstract Expressionism<br />

with<br />

fields of color that<br />

transition slowly<br />

through color and<br />

temperature.<br />

He slices blue<br />

painter’s tape,<br />

strip- by-strip, and methodically applies it<br />

to create cyclic patterns that enhance the<br />

dimension and movement of roughly-hewn<br />

serpentine forms floating in an expressionistic<br />

soup. Beard often chooses colors for their<br />

metaphorical possibilities, and the dance<br />

between chaos and order helps him meditate<br />

upon the weaving of human will with natural<br />

forces. Runs November 4-December 16.<br />

SPAACES Contemporary Art Gallery,<br />

2051 Princeton St, Sarasota. Info: spaaces.art<br />

ArtCenter Manatee<br />

Through November 17 the have three<br />

exhibitions:<br />

In the Florida Finds Kellogg Gallery: A<br />

show that asks artists to share their favorite<br />

Florida find, whether that is a favorite<br />

beach, native creature, local seafood shack,<br />

the myriad of natural springs, or a favorite<br />

fishing pier.<br />

Goldie Tremblay “Inside Out at Ca’ d’Zan”<br />

In the Searle Gallery: Technology has<br />

been working its way into our daily lives<br />

since the end of World War II. Once a thing<br />

relegated to factories and industry, technology<br />

has changed our lives for the better…<br />

or has it? What do we lose when we let<br />

technology in?<br />

In the Reid Hodges Gallery: Highlights<br />

the works of their talented faculty. All<br />

mediums are represented, including silver-smithing,<br />

pottery, watercolor, acrylics,<br />

oil, sculpture, pastels, scratchboard, fused<br />

glass, mixed media and more.<br />

Coming up: November 21 – December<br />

29 they have Joyful Expressions in the<br />

Kellogg & Reid Hodges Galleries. Artists<br />

are asked to share what brings joy to their<br />

lives this time of year. Is it family gatherings,<br />

making cookies, decorating the tree,<br />

or something else that lightens the heart for<br />

you? Opening reception: November 30, 5 – 7<br />

pm. Info: artcentermanatee.org<br />

SARTQ Artist Collective<br />

SARTQ Sarasota Artist Collective is<br />

a network of Sarasota artists, managed<br />

exhibitions and events, and collaboration<br />

with the community. Current members include<br />

Diana DeAvila, Danielle Dygert, Lori<br />

Childers, Zachary Gilliland, Grace Howl,<br />

Julie Kanapaux, Ellen Kantro, Sarah Kraft,<br />

Dana Laag, Pamela Olin, Taylor Robenalt,<br />

Javier (Javo) Rodriguez, Emmie Wells and<br />

Sam Wuerfel.<br />

SARTQ was founded and formed in<br />

early 2008 by local artists Tim Jaeger and<br />

Joseph Arnegger. SARTQ Artist Collective<br />

Teams Up with CoreSRQ for their annual<br />

print party on November 4, 1 am - 4 pm<br />

at CoreSRQ, North Branch, 1075 S Euclid<br />

Ave, Sarasota.<br />

Attendees are encouraged to bring their<br />

own clothing items such as t-shirts, tote<br />

bags, towels, etc., any item that can lie<br />

flat under a screen and accept ink. Theparty<br />

is open to all ages and aims to be a<br />

family-friendly gathering. Throughout the<br />

day, local food trucks, including Big Blue<br />

Cheese Company and Bite Me Cookies by<br />

Cindy, will be on-site, ensuring that guests<br />

can have a bite to eat and hangout while<br />

they wait for their prints to dry.<br />

Information: www.sartq.com<br />

Creative Liberties<br />

Creative Liberties has its Second<br />

Saturday Open Studios on November 11,<br />

10am-3pm. Artists all over Sarasota open<br />

their studios every second Saturday to let<br />

you have a peek at their process. Meet the<br />

artists. Watch them work. Buy their art.<br />

Locations include:<br />

) Creative Liberties Artist Studios &<br />

Gallery, 901-B Apricot Avenue, Sarasota.<br />

www.creativeliberties.net<br />

) Creative Liberties Artist Studios,<br />

Gallery & Creative Academy,<br />

927 N. Lime Avenue, Sarasota.<br />

) Palmer Modern, 925 N. Lime Avenue,<br />

Sarasota. www.palmermodern.com<br />

) The Bazaar at Apricot & Lime,<br />

821 Apricot Ave., Sarasota.<br />

www.bazaaronapricotandlime.com<br />

) Lina Rincon Art Gallery & Studio,<br />

1734 4th Street, Sarasota.<br />

www.linarinconart.com<br />

) Gimson Arts, 1748 Independence Blvd,<br />

#G6, Sarasota. www.stephgimson.com<br />

) Jonathan Herbert at 10th Street<br />

Gallery, 1655 10th Street, Sarasota.<br />

www.jonathanherbert.com<br />

) Towles Court Artist Colony, 1938<br />

Adams Lane, Sarasota.<br />

www.towlescourt.com<br />

) SPAACES, 2087 Princeton Street,<br />

Sarasota. www.spaaces.art<br />

) Midge Johnson Fine Art,<br />

3983 Dedination Drive Unit 104, Osprey.<br />

midgejohnsonfineart.com<br />

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Nik Wallenda & Circus<br />

Arts Conservatory partner<br />

to bring performing arts to UTC<br />

The CAC and Wallenda will present “A Brave New Wonderland,” from Nov. 18 through Dec. 31,<br />

behind The Mall at UTC<br />

The Circus Arts Conservatory<br />

has announced a new<br />

collaboration with world-famous<br />

“King of the High<br />

Wire,” Nik Wallenda. The<br />

CAC and Wallenda will present “A Brave<br />

New Wonderland,” an extraordinary immersive<br />

holiday experience,<br />

from November<br />

18 through<br />

December 31. The<br />

Big Top will be located<br />

behind (just<br />

east of) The Mall at<br />

UTC. Wallenda will<br />

produce, direct and<br />

headline the show.<br />

It is hoped that this<br />

collaboration will<br />

continue for many<br />

years to come.<br />

The CAC and Wallenda<br />

will also play<br />

a large role in the<br />

UTC holiday parade<br />

and tree lighting on<br />

November 11. For complete “Wonderland”<br />

show and ticket information, and the<br />

parade/tree lighting details, visit the CAC<br />

website at circusarts.org.<br />

While the University Town Center/Nathan<br />

Benderson Park area is already home<br />

to sports, shopping and dining, there is<br />

currently no ongoing arts presence in the<br />

area. But that’s about to change: a new collaboration<br />

between hometown hero and<br />

international superstar Nik Wallenda and<br />

the Circus Arts Conservatory (CAC) will<br />

create a world class holiday experience<br />

that will undoubtedly become a Southwest<br />

Florida family holiday tradition for generations<br />

to come.<br />

Wallenda, renowned for his breathtaking<br />

high-wire performances and artistic vision,<br />

has made a name beyond daredevil for<br />

himself as a current producer, partner, and<br />

visionary of the iconic Big Apple Circus in<br />

New York City. The legendary production<br />

has been a beloved holiday tradition for<br />

New Yorkers for 45 years, captivating millions<br />

with its world-class entertainment<br />

and captivating performances.<br />

“I’ve always dreamed of sharing the<br />

magic of my New York City productions<br />

with my beloved hometown – and revered<br />

circus community – of Sarasota,” said Wallenda.<br />

“With ‘A Brave New Wonderland,’<br />

I’m thrilled to collaborate with the Circus<br />

Arts Conservatory to bring this dream to<br />

life and create unforgettable holiday memories<br />

for the community that means so<br />

much to me.”<br />

Nik Wallenda and the Circus Arts Conservatory will collaborate on the<br />

immersive holiday experience, ‘A Brave New Wonderland’<br />

“A Brave New Wonderland” will feature<br />

a blend of circus acts, aerial performances,<br />

and holiday storytelling, all curated under<br />

the creative genius of Wallenda, who will<br />

not only be producing and directing the<br />

show but also headlining.<br />

Sarasota, known for its rich history in<br />

circus arts and performance, is the perfect<br />

backdrop for this holiday spectacular, and<br />

the CAC – as the curator of the circus arts<br />

in our region – is the perfect partner to<br />

present this highly-anticipated offering to<br />

the wider community.<br />

“When Nik came to us with his idea for a<br />

holiday show, we were thrilled at the concept<br />

and got to work right away to help<br />

bring the idea to life,” said CAC Executive<br />

Vice President/COO Jennifer Mitchell.<br />

“Our mission is to advance the extraordinary<br />

legacy and heritage of the circus;<br />

Nik Wallenda holds a prominent place in<br />

circus history. It’s entirely appropriate for<br />

Sarasota’s ‘hometown hero’ and ‘hometown<br />

circus’ to come together for a show<br />

that will delight and inspire residents and<br />

visitors alike!”<br />

For more about Nik Wallenda, visit nikwallenda.com;<br />

for more about the CAC,<br />

visit circusarts.org.<br />

Sunday, November 26, 4PM<br />

Sarasota Opera House<br />

Wintertide blends Spanish and Mexican carols in<br />

Conrad Susa’s Carols and Lullabies with John Rutter’s<br />

chilly choral cycle When Icicles Hang. Key Chorale and<br />

The Sarasota Ballet Studio Company entwine dance<br />

and music for this uncommon program celebrating<br />

the blue nights of winter and the magic of the season.<br />

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The Sarasota Ballet’s <strong>2023</strong>-2024 Season<br />

World and Company Premieres, works by renowned<br />

choreographers, and Sarasota favorites<br />

The Sarasota Ballet’s<br />

<strong>2023</strong>-2024<br />

season includes<br />

world premieres,<br />

company premieres,<br />

works by renowned<br />

choreographers, and Sarasota<br />

favorites.<br />

Works for the Company include<br />

a new to the repertoire<br />

work by Jessica Lang, Edwaard<br />

Liang’s The Art of War, and<br />

a world premiere by Gemma<br />

Bond. Resident Choreographer<br />

Ricardo Graziano returns with<br />

some of his most acclaimed<br />

works and a world premiere,<br />

which will be his 11th one act<br />

ballet for the Company.<br />

Renowned as the ‘Father’<br />

of Ballet in America, George<br />

Balanchine, is showcased<br />

through Theme and Variation,<br />

Who Cares?, and Emeralds<br />

from his masterpiece, Jewels.<br />

Mentor and a significant<br />

source of inspiration to Webb<br />

and Assistant Director Margaret<br />

Barbieri, Sir Frederick Ashton,<br />

comes to life with both humor (Varii<br />

Capricci), drama (Dante Sonata), and<br />

swiftness (Sinfonietta).<br />

Artistic Director Iain Webb continues<br />

to bring back beloved works by Johan<br />

Kobborg (Salute), Sir Kenneth McMillan<br />

(Las Hermanas), Paul Taylor (Company<br />

B), Twyla Tharp (In the Upper Room),<br />

and Christopher Weeldon (The American).<br />

While the ballet’s season is already underway,<br />

here’s a look at their remaining<br />

programs.<br />

Program Two:<br />

November 17-18<br />

at the Sarasota Opera House<br />

The Art of War (Company Premiere)<br />

Choreography by Edwaard Liang; Music by<br />

Michael Torke<br />

Dante Sonata Choreography by Sir Frederick<br />

Ashton; Music by Franz Liszt<br />

Company B Choreography by Paul Taylor;<br />

Music by The Andrews Sisters<br />

Created in 2015 by BalletMet’s Artistic Director<br />

Edwaard Liang, this premiere also<br />

marks the first time that The Sarasota Ballet<br />

will work with Liang whose award winning<br />

choreography has been performed by<br />

companies around the world including New<br />

York City Ballet, Hamburg Ballet, and the<br />

Mariinsky Ballet.<br />

Choreographed during the opening stages<br />

of the Second World War, Ashton’s Dante<br />

Sonata continues the theme of war in<br />

Program Two. A synthesis of wartime symbolism<br />

and his reflections upon experiencing<br />

Franz Liszt’s piano piece of the same<br />

name—the work enraptured Sarasota audiences<br />

during it’s Company Premiere this<br />

past Season. The triple bill closes with Paul<br />

Taylor’s Company B, framing the turbulent<br />

era of World War 2 through the songs of the<br />

Andrews Sisters.<br />

Program Three:<br />

December 15-16<br />

at the Sarasota Opera House<br />

Theme and Variations - Choreography by<br />

George Balanchine; Music by Pyotr Ilyich<br />

Tchaikovsky<br />

Divertissements including: Les Lutins; Choreography<br />

by Johan Kobborg; Music by<br />

Henryk Wieniawski and Antonio Bazzini<br />

In the Upper Room - Choreography by Twyla<br />

Tharp; Music by Philip Glass<br />

George Balanchine’s masterful work<br />

transports audiences to the height of the<br />

Russian Imperial Ballet with its glittering<br />

costumes, masterful choreography, and<br />

Tchaikovsky’s evocative score. Describing<br />

the ballet Balanchine wrote, “to evoke<br />

that great period in classical dancing when<br />

Russian ballet flourished with the aid of<br />

Tchaikovsky’s music.”<br />

The program continues with a selection<br />

of divertissements that will provide audiences<br />

with a smorgasbord of works including<br />

Johan Kobborg’s Les Lutins. Divertissement<br />

is a classical ballet term meaning<br />

‘enjoyable diversion,’ and are generally<br />

short works or extracts from full ballets<br />

that showcase dancer’s talents or display<br />

the vast depth of Ballet’s repertoire.<br />

Twyla Tharp’s In the Upper Room was<br />

created in 1986 and work features a commissioned<br />

score by Philip Glass, Tharp’s<br />

choreography blends a diverse range of<br />

movements, including boxing, tap dance,<br />

yoga, ballet, and full-speed sprinting. The<br />

dancers are challenged to execute the complex<br />

steps, maintain precise timing, and<br />

meet the aerobic demands, all the while<br />

slowly peeling off layers of clothing to reveal<br />

the vibrant red costume below.<br />

Program Four:<br />

January 26-29, 2024<br />

Jennifer<br />

Hackbarth and<br />

Ricardo Rhodes<br />

in Edwaard<br />

Liang’s<br />

The Art of War.<br />

at the FSU Center for the Performing<br />

Arts, accompanied by the Sarasota<br />

Orchestra<br />

Sonatina - Choreography by Ricardo Graziano;<br />

Music by Antonín Dvořák. World<br />

Premiere - Choreography by Ricardo<br />

Graziano; Music to be announced<br />

In a State of Weightlessness - Choreographed<br />

by Ricardo Graziano; Music by<br />

Philip Glass<br />

Choreographed for the Company’s return<br />

to the stage after the 20 – 21 Digital Season,<br />

Sonatina is one of Ricardo Graziano’s<br />

most classical works, choreographed to Antonín<br />

Dvořák’s Violin Sonatina in G Major,<br />

Op. 100. Following Sonatina will be Graziano’s<br />

11th One-Act World Premiere for<br />

The Sarasota Ballet. Closing Program 4 will<br />

be the choreographer’s most critically acclaimed<br />

work, In a State of Weightlessness.<br />

Having received its world premiere<br />

during The Sarasota Ballet’s week-long<br />

residency at the renowned Jacob’s Pillow<br />

Dance Festival, audiences and critics were<br />

captivated by its power.<br />

Program Five:<br />

March 8-11, 2024 at the FSU Center<br />

for the Performing Arts<br />

Guest Company soon to be announced<br />

Photo by<br />

Frank Atura<br />

Each year, The Sarasota Ballet presents a<br />

visiting company as a part of its Season to<br />

provide audiences with a different insight<br />

and connection to the art of dance. Previous<br />

companies have included the Martha<br />

Graham Dance Company, Dance Theatre<br />

of Harlem, Paul Taylor Dance Company,<br />

Smuin Ballet and Ballet Hispánico.<br />

Program Six:<br />

April 5-6, 2024 at the Sarasota Opera<br />

House and accompanied by the<br />

Sarasota Orchestra<br />

Emeralds - Choreography by<br />

George Balanchine; Music by Gabriel<br />

Fauré<br />

Las Hermanas - Choreography by<br />

Sir Kenneth MacMillan; Music by<br />

Frank Martin<br />

Who Cares? Choreography by<br />

George Balanchine; Music by<br />

George Gershwin; Music arrangement<br />

by Hershy Kay<br />

Opening with George Balanchine’s<br />

Emeralds, the ballet<br />

whispers French perfume with its<br />

graceful clouds of tulle in Romantic-length<br />

tutus. With a score set<br />

by Gabriel Fauré and designs by<br />

Barbara Karinska, Balanchine considered<br />

Emeralds “an evocation of<br />

France – the France of elegance,<br />

comfort, dress and perfume.”<br />

Sir Kenneth MacMillan’s tense<br />

psychological drama Las Hermanas<br />

takes a 180 degree turn<br />

from the splendor of the previous<br />

work. Profoundly musical, structurally<br />

complex, yet exquisitely<br />

refined, the ballet is based on Federico<br />

García Lorca’s, The House of<br />

Bernarda Alba.<br />

Las Hermanas is a remarkable dramatic<br />

ballet about sensuality under harsh repression<br />

as well as the emotional and violent<br />

consequences that follow. Closing Program<br />

7, Who Cares? brings audiences through a<br />

wonderful series of solos, duets, quartets,<br />

and ensemble pieces all set to jazzy classics<br />

of Gershwin.<br />

Program Seven:<br />

April 26-27, 2024<br />

at the Sarasota Opera House<br />

The American - Choreography by Christopher<br />

Wheeldon; Music by Antonín Dvořák<br />

Ballet to be announced with choreography<br />

by Jessica Lang<br />

Sinfonietta - Choreography by Sir Frederick<br />

Ashton; Music by Malcolm Williamson<br />

Tony Award winning choreographer Christopher<br />

Wheeldon created The American<br />

to Dvořák’s string quartet, with both<br />

score and choreography bringing to life<br />

the tranquility and open sky of America’s<br />

Great Plains. Continuing on the creative<br />

relationship between acclaimed choreographer<br />

Jessica Lang and The Sarasota Ballet,<br />

Program 7 will see a new to the repertoire<br />

work that will be announced later in<br />

the summer. During the 22 – 23 Season the<br />

Company performed the World Premiere of<br />

Lang’s Shades of Spring to critical acclaim<br />

during both their Joyce New York tour and<br />

the Main Season in Sarasota.<br />

Closing the season will be Sir Frederick<br />

Ashton’s Sinfonietta, an exciting and<br />

fiendishly difficult abstract ballet. A ballet<br />

in three parts, its 2nd movement, the Elegy,<br />

is known as the most important section<br />

which Ashton described as, an extension of<br />

sorts of the choreographic possibilities he<br />

had explored in Monotones II.<br />

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

26 WEST COAST WOMAN <strong>NOVEMBER</strong> <strong>2023</strong>


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Award-winning Americana songwriter<br />

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5-8 p.m. at The Bay Park Nest with a free<br />

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Avoid them in:<br />

• Personal care products by switching to<br />

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REFERENCES<br />

[i] Journal of Clinical Endocrinology<br />

and Metabolism April 1, 2015; 100(4):<br />

1245-1255<br />

[ii] WHO, State of the Science of Endocrine<br />

Disrupting Chemicals 2012<br />

[iii] Endocrine Society, Endocrine Disrupting<br />

Chemicals, Where We Stand<br />

[iv] Endocr Rev. 2015 Dec;36(6):E1-E150<br />

[v] Hormone Health Network, EDCs<br />

[vi] EWG.org Dirty Dozen Endocrine<br />

Disruptors October 28, 2013<br />

[vii] Annals of Internal Medicine,<br />

2012;157(5):348<br />

[viii] Mercury Policy Project’s guide to<br />

mercury levels in different varieties of<br />

fish and shellfish (PDF)<br />

[ix] Environmental Science and Technology,<br />

2015; 49(1): 113<br />

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[1] WHO, State of the Science of Endocrine Disrupting Chemicals 2012<br />

[1] Endocrine Society, Endocrine Disrupting Chemicals, Where We Stand<br />

[1] Endocr Rev. 2015 Dec;36(6):E1-E150<br />

[1] Hormone Health Network, EDCs<br />

[1] EWG.org Dirty Dozen Endocrine Disruptors October 28, 2013<br />

[1] Annals of Internal Medicine, 2012;157(5):348<br />

[1] Mercury Policy Project’s guide to mercury levels in different varieties<br />

of fish and shellfish (PDF)<br />

[1] Environmental Science and Technology, 2015; 49(1): 113<br />

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Dalí Alive 360°<br />

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It illuminates the artist’s career and life with beautiful animation and music<br />

Admittedly, Salvador<br />

Dalí’s work can be a<br />

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always interesting - but<br />

challenging. The links<br />

to Surrealism are numerous in his work<br />

and reflect that time when dream analysis<br />

and exploring the subconscious were<br />

new concepts.<br />

However, his many images of elephants<br />

on stilt-like legs with towers on<br />

them, clock/watch faces draped over<br />

skin resembling a face — and that woman<br />

having her breast painfully squeezed —<br />

plus all those ants, lobsters and religious<br />

iconography are bizarre to say the least,<br />

but then I think he’d like that people<br />

would say that. He loved attention and<br />

was a great (some would say excessive)<br />

self-promoter which is one of several interesting<br />

takeaways from this Dalí Alive<br />

360° at the Dalí Museum in St. Petersburg.<br />

The immersion is in a dome that is<br />

actually outside the museum where you<br />

enter to experience the show. Unlike the<br />

various Van Gogh experiences, this is in<br />

one room, has no fragrances, and is built<br />

on strong narrative, great use of his images<br />

(including ants “streaming” across<br />

the floor) and gorgeous musical choices.<br />

As you’ll learn in the not-too-wordy narration,<br />

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and was one to always challenge conformity<br />

and authority. It’s enjoyable and you<br />

will learn a lot, like his work in Hollywood<br />

with director Alfred Hitchcock and his<br />

work designing ballet sets. To me, some<br />

images show Dalí as an influencer for Star<br />

Wars and even Monty Python.<br />

About Dalí Alive 360°<br />

“The dynamic animations of Dalí’s works<br />

featured in “Dalí Alive” illuminate the<br />

challenges and triumphs of his artistic<br />

career and provide visitors the sensation<br />

of stepping into the life of Dalí himself.<br />

“The experience immerses the visitor<br />

in Dalí’s surreal landscapes, iconic melting<br />

clocks and mind-bending illusions<br />

with touchpoints from the artist’s childhood<br />

in Spain, through his introduction<br />

to the surrealist circles in Paris, his refuge<br />

in America and finally his return to<br />

Spain. Each of these eras of the artist’s<br />

life prompted a response from Dalí, leading<br />

to his constant reinvention,” from the<br />

Dalí press release.<br />

Constructed in the Museum’s<br />

Avant-garden, the Dome’s steel framework<br />

stands 39 feet tall and 60 feet in diameter.<br />

It is designed to withstand pressures<br />

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surges. Inside the Dome, the projection-mapped<br />

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dining in<br />

Shhhhh… just don’t tell them it’s vegan…<br />

Comfort food recipes can be reinvented for the holiday meal<br />

F Mushroom Wellington T<br />

The holiday dinner table is a place for laughs, good cheer, and<br />

home cooking. Most traditional holiday recipes can be reinvented<br />

without animal products.<br />

F Candied Ginger Sweet Potato Muffins<br />

Candied Ginger Sweet Potato Muffins T<br />

Bursting with flavor, these muffins are perfect for family brunches or for post-meal<br />

noshing. Barley and rice flours, along with flax meal, add a special texture and feel<br />

to the muffins, while the sweet potato and pumpkin purees and candied ginger<br />

contribute a spicy sweetness.<br />

These sweet potato muffins are a creative way to use up sweet potatoes leftover from<br />

your holiday gatherings. Candied ginger tops each muffin for a crunchy, spicy addition<br />

to these sweetly spiced treats.<br />

1 cup barley flour*<br />

1 cup brown rice flour*<br />

1 tablespoon baking powder<br />

1 teaspoon baking soda<br />

1/4 teaspoon salt<br />

1 teaspoon pumpkin pie spice<br />

mix**<br />

1 tablespoon flax meal*<br />

1 tablespoon arrowroot<br />

or<br />

1 tablespoon cornstarch<br />

1 banana<br />

1/2 cup sweet potato puree***<br />

or<br />

1/2 cup pumpkin puree***<br />

1/2 cup maple syrup<br />

2 tablespoon molasses<br />

3 tablespoons brown sugar<br />

1 cup candied ginger, chopped<br />

Preheat an oven to 350 degrees. Prepare a muffin tin with a light layer of grease or<br />

nonstick cooking spray.<br />

Whisk the barley flour, brown rice flour, baking powder, baking soda, salt and pumpkin<br />

pie spice together in a medium bowl.<br />

Whisk flax meal and arrowroot or cornstarch together in a small bowl. Add 3 tablespoons<br />

of water and mix well.<br />

Add mashed banana, sweet potato or pumpkin puree, maple syrup and brown sugar to<br />

the small bowl with the flax meal mixture. Whisk until thoroughly combined, taking care<br />

not to leave any chunks.<br />

Slowly add the wet ingredients to the dry ingredients, mixing until well combined. Spoon<br />

the batter into the muffin tins until they are 3/4 of the way full. Press the candied ginger<br />

onto the tops of each muffin. Bake for 18-22 minutes, or until toothpick comes out dry.<br />

2 lb. large head cauliflower<br />

– broken into florets<br />

1 Tbsp. coconut oil<br />

1 large sweet onion, diced<br />

2-3 garlic cloves, pressed or<br />

minced<br />

2 tsp. turmeric powder<br />

1 Tbsp. curry blend<br />

1 piece of ginger, 2inch<br />

long, peeled and chopped<br />

2 Tbsp. Thai red curry paste<br />

or harissa paste<br />

3 cups low sodium veggie broth<br />

1 can (14oz) coconut milk<br />

Serves 6<br />

Melt coconut oil in a large stockpot over medium-high heat. Add onion and sauté until<br />

softened, about 4-5 minutes. Add in garlic, ginger, turmeric powder, curry, and harissa/<br />

curry paste, then cook for 1 minute, until fragrant.<br />

Add in the cauliflower and broth, and bring to a simmer.<br />

*Found at health food stores or the health<br />

section of some grocery stores.<br />

**Premade pumpkin pie mix is sold in stores<br />

***Use up leftover cooked sweet potatoes<br />

or pumpkins. If starting from scratch,<br />

try this sweet potato puree or pumpkin<br />

puree method.<br />

F Curried Cauliflower Soup<br />

Curried Cauliflower Soup T<br />

This soup is made creamy thanks to coconut milk and cauliflower and it takes just<br />

30 minutes to make.<br />

Sea salt and pepper, to taste<br />

2 Tbsp. fresh chopped cilantro<br />

1 red chili, sliced to garnish<br />

Cover with a lid and cook, stirring occasionally, for about 15-20 minutes, or until<br />

cauliflower is tender.<br />

Stir in coconut milk, then remove from heat. Using a hand blender, process until it<br />

reaches a thick creamy consistency. Season with salt and pepper to your taste.<br />

Ladle soup into bowls, sprinkle chili, fresh chopped cilantro and garnish with lime slices.<br />

Best served hot.<br />

Ambitious, but worth the effort.<br />

FOR THE PASTRY:<br />

One and a third<br />

cups pastry flour<br />

1/2 tsp fine sea<br />

salt<br />

5.6 ounces vegan<br />

butter<br />

1/3 cup plus 1<br />

tbsp cold water<br />

PASTRY<br />

INSTRUCTIONS:<br />

Place flour in a<br />

medium bowl and<br />

add salt and mix<br />

well to combine.<br />

Break the butter<br />

into chunks and<br />

add to the flour<br />

and rub it into the<br />

flour. Don’t rub the<br />

butter in too much.<br />

You want to see<br />

chunks of butter<br />

as this is will make<br />

your pastry flaky.<br />

Add the water little<br />

by little and mix<br />

until you have a dough. Cover and refrigerate 30 minutes.<br />

Form the dough into a rectangle and roll it out until it is 3 times its original length.<br />

Fold the top third of the dough onto the middle of the dough and the bottom third<br />

on top of that.<br />

Give the dough a quarter turn and roll it out again until it is 3 times its original length.<br />

Again fold the top third to the middle and the bottom third on top of that. Wrap in plastic<br />

wrap and refrigerate for 30 minutes. Repeat another 2 times and pastry is ready to use.<br />

INGREDIENTS:<br />

4 large portobello mushrooms stalks<br />

trimmed and cleaned<br />

3 large onions peeled and chopped<br />

3 tbs olive oil<br />

10.5 ounces baby spinach<br />

4 sprigs of thyme leaves picked<br />

1 vegan puff pastry<br />

INSTRUCTIONS<br />

1 tbs dijon mustard<br />

salt and pepper to taste<br />

VEGAN EGG WASH:<br />

1 tbs chickpea water<br />

1 tbs almond or cashew milk<br />

1 tsp neutral flavored oil<br />

1/2 tsp maple syrup or brown rice syrup<br />

Place a large frying pan over a low to medium-low heat. Add the 1 /2 tbs of olive oil<br />

followed by onion and reduce heat to low. Season with salt and pepper and cook,<br />

stirring occasionally 15-20 minutes, until the onions are golden brown.<br />

Remove onions from the pan and return the pan to the heat. Add baby spinach and<br />

cook until wilted. Remove baby spinach from the pan and leave to cool.<br />

Increase heat to medium/high and return pan to the heat. Add remaining olive oil and<br />

place mushrooms, top side down. Cook until lightly golden (about 5 minutes) before<br />

turning over and cooking for 5 minutes more or until golden.<br />

Remove from heat, and drain on paper towel top side up as they will release a lot of<br />

liquid as they cool. Transfer onions, spinach and mushrooms to the refrigerator and<br />

cool completely.<br />

Preheat oven to 390. Place a sheet of baking paper on the baking tray and then place<br />

puff pastry sheet on top. Spread half the caramelized onions over the middle third of<br />

the pastry, making sure to leave an extra ¾ inch, border at the edge of the pastry. Top<br />

with half of the baby spinach. Spread Dijon mustard over the mushrooms and season<br />

well with salt and pepper. Place mushrooms on top of the spinach. Top mushrooms<br />

with thyme and the remaining baby spinach and onions.<br />

Carefully roll pastry over the top of mushroom mixture until you have a log. Press down<br />

to seal the edges. Roll over the log so that the seam is facing the bottom.<br />

To make the vegan egg wash whisk all of ingredients together in a bowl. Lightly coat<br />

with the vegan egg wash. Place the pastry in the freezer for 10 minutes before repeating<br />

with another layer of vegan egg wash and freezing the pastry for a further 10 minutes.<br />

Place pastry back on the baking sheet and tray and place in the oven for 30 to 35<br />

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