It’s that time again—Sarasota’s cultural season heads into high gear and (lucky for you) we are here to guide the way. Our October issue highlights all things arts and culture going on through 2017, from sculpture to film, dance to theater and everything in between. Contributor Michael Adno returns to our pages for What Would Chick Do? a deep dive profile of the Ringling’s Curator of Modern and Contemporary Art, Matthew McLendon, an influencer changing the way modern art is consumed, down to the museum as a medium itself. Staff writer Phil Lederer pours over studio glass as a fine art form in Working Glass Heroes, investigating the major players pushing Sarasota toward becoming a Mecca for the form, along with the not-so-shiny voices on the edge.
Over at the Asolo, Lederer brings the fifth (and final) season of the American Character Project to the forefront in Staging a Nation, where seminal shows like Guys and Dolls and The Great Society explore what it means to be an American. Editorial Associate Elizabeth Steiner gets a jump on the next generation of stars coming from the educational programs at the Sarasota Opera and the Sarasota Ballet in Next on Stage. In the vein of visual arts, we talk to Orensis Films about the burgeoning local indie film scene in Indie Coast and showcase the once forgotten photos of the Sarasota circus heyday Elizabeth Siegfried found tucked away in an attic in Cirque d’histoire.
Here at SRQ, we like to think of food as an art form as well—thus, Editor Aviel Kanter brings you four edible stories ripe for gobbling up. Start with Peruvian Steak and Eggs from Chef Darwin in Latin Flare; move on to the deep-sea fare at Veronica Fish and Oyster with Café Society; then sip, slurp or twirl your way through the traditional ramen bowls found at Goichi’s Sushi Cafe in A Broth Above; finally, get a foodie education from the experts at Pomona Bistro, State Street and Taste of Asia in Professional Grade. And we couldn’t forget about contributor Nicole Carbon’s look at what makes Chef Steve Phelps of Indigenous tick in Backyard Dining.
Feeling full yet? There’s even more to love in the October issue, from a talk with virtual reality junkie Jeff Hazelton (Easy Rider) to a look at inside the studio of Gum Surfboard’s Brett Telinger (Making Waves), and even a cameo by Chicken the dog in this month’s roundup of Goods (Citizen Canine).
While we can’t wait for you to soak in everything we present in the October issue, we’d rather you get out there and experience for yourself the fire within the Creative Coast!
The SRQ team