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Spotted! SRQ Magazine’s La Strada Video on ABC7 – Sarasota

What are you doing Saturday?  SRQ Magazine hopes to see you out on Dolphin Street, Downtown Sarasota from 6:00pm to 11:00pm to celebrate SRQ Magazine’s 20th Anniversary at La Strada | SRQ 20th Anniversary Street Festival.

This video can also be spotted on ABC7 Sarasota – WWSB, our new partner!

Bring the family out for a magical #LOVE LOCAL evening celebrating 20 years in our hometown!

LaStrada | SRQ’s 20th Anniversary Street Festival
Saturday, October 20, 2018
6:00PM to 11:00PM
Dolphin Street, Sarasota, FL 34236
(located between S. Orange Ave. and S. Pineapple Ave., South of Ringling blvd.) 


Advance Admission | $10/person online
At the Door Admission | $15/person
Kids 12 and under, free

VIP Ticket | $45/person, includes access to the SRQ Studio VIP space, featuring exclusive live performances, catered bar and bites

Reserved Festival Table | $150, includes admission for six and reserved table street-side for the evening

SRQ MEDIA would like to thank 20th Anniversary Season Sponsor Ringling College of Art and Design for its support of this monumental milestone. We would also like to thank LaStrada event sponsors, Sarasota FordSabal Palm BankMarina JackAloft SarasotaAl Purmort InsuranceGold Coast Eagle DistributingChillounge Night and Sir Speedy Printing.

The beer and sangria proceeds will go to support our exclusive LaStrada | SRQ 20th Anniversary Street Festival Nonprofit Partner, Suncoast Charities for Children.

For event questions please contact Associate Producer of Marketing, Events and Programs, Rebecca Brey at rebecca.brey@srqme.com or 941-365-7702 x221.


Our Resolution: Live Local in 2015, January Edition of SRQ Is Here

The January 2015 Edition of SRQ Magazine hits newsstands on New Years Day.

The January 2015 Edition of SRQ Magazine hits newsstands on New Years Day.

Happy New Year! We’re not shy about sharing our resolution: celebrating the region by living local! And the January edition of SRQ is full of reasons to celebrate. We are taking a deep look into some of Sarasota’s most precious cultural gems; the circus, theater, locally designed art and artists, the decisive art of sports and the creativity of fine cuisine. SRQ is proud to provide you a peek into the creative process of fashion design with Edward Wilkerson, creative director of international fashion brand Lafayette 148 New York. Especially significant, this feature story embodies our partnership with Saks Fifth Avenue for the Women In Business program and Lafayette 148 New York’s support of our very own local business leaders through their Women We Love campaign.

Join us for an inspired look at the legacy of John Ringling – our city’s undeniable patriarch. Masterfully imagined by Senior Editor Jacob Ogles, this feature has changed the lens with which we view our great city. We wish you a healthy, happy and fulfilling New Year. Join our resolution and purchase your copy of SRQ Magazine today and live local.


The 2015 Edition of SRQ ACCESS hits newsstands January 1, 2015.

The 2015 Edition of SRQ ACCESS hits newsstands December 22, 2014.

The promise of the New Year is always exciting. New plans, new resolutions a whole year ahead full of reasons to celebrate. At SRQ, we are celebrating the 2015 edition of SRQ ACCESS!

Within the freshly printed pages is everything you need to know about living local in Sarasota and Bradenton. From restaurants to arts and culture to shopping, attractions, beaches and neighborhoods to businesses—not to mention some fabulous reads from the SRQ editorial team—we couldn’t be happier to share the best of the region with our loyal readers.

If you are new in town or looking for new things to do, see and taste, pick up your very own copy! It makes a great gift for welcome gift for visitors and can answer the never-ending question of “what should we do tonight?” You’ll find the answer inside.

Did we mention the size of SRQ ACCESS? We can’t help but think of William Shakespeare, “And though she be but little, she is fierce.” Perfectly proportioned to fit in your beach bag, favorite tote, purse or ride alongside you as you take in the region, we know you won’t want to leave home without it!

Ring in the New Year with your own copy of SRQ ACCESS: Sarasota Bradenton Visitors & Newcomers Guide 2015, on newsstands December 22, 2014!

What to Wear When Trying to Be Someone Else: A Guide to Bal Masqué Masks

The night of October 4th won’t just hold a bal. SRQ |The Magazine went one step further and decided the night of October 4th would be a perfect time for a Bal Masqué.

So what does one wear when anonymity is the goal? The obvious first choice is picking out a mask to match the character you are trying to be. In the traditional Venetian Carnevale/Bal Masqué world, there are seven different styles of mask, all representing a different personality. Detailed below is a guide with each mask and its characteristics.



Characteristics: Square jawline, large chin and no mouth. Usually either white or very ornate. Large chin allows the person wearing mask to still be able to eat and drink.

Historic Fact: Those making political decisions in Venice used to wear these masks to ensure anonymity.



Characteristics: Half-mask that covers wearer’s eyes, cheeks and sometimes nose. Heavily decorated and can be colorful.

Historic Fact: Named after a maidservant in the Commedia dell’arte and is the female counterpart to the bauta.

Medico della Peste


Characteristics: Long hollow beak, round eyes (sometimes with wire glasses), white face.

Historic Fact: Mask was worn by plague doctors to prevent disease.



Characteristics: Full mask that depicts lips, nose and chin. Can be for men or women. Usually have ornate designs.

Historical Fact: Used by those who wanted complete anonymity.



Characteristics: Large hooknose that resembles a beak. Slanted eyes.

Historical Fact: Mask originated from a classic character in Italian theater who had a witty and intelligent personality.



Characteristics: Joker-like and colorful with a short nose and arched brows. Sometimes includes a large headpiece and/or collar.

Historical Fact: Derived from a character in the Commedia dell’arte who is devoid of reason and often serves the more intelligent character, Pantalone.



Characteristics: Long nose, bulging eyebrows and a low forehead.

Historical Fact: The low forehead and long nose shows how stupid the character is.


We look forward to seeing all of the fun masks at Bal Masque!

Tickets are on sale now at WWW.SRQBALMASQUE.COM


SRQ Media Group Welcomes Phil Lederer, Staff Writer


Born in Texas but raised in Louisville, Kentucky, Phil graduated from Centre College with a bachelor’s degree in philosophy. From there, he earned a master’s in public administration with a focus in political philosophy from Morehead State University. Phil spent a year living in Chicago, pretending to be hip, before returning to MSU for another master’s, this time in government. Classes complete and thesis pending completion, Phil left the academic bubble and the Dark and Bloody Ground for Sarasota to work with SRQ. The deadlines and volume of writing are similar, but now people actually read what he writes.

As SRQ’s newest Staff Writer, Phil spends his time covering the arts and culture beat for our portfolio of publications as well as reporting features and departments in both SRQ DAILY and SRQ Magazine. A lover of Nietzsche and Nicolas Cage, Phil dreams of the day when genetic engineering can fuse the two into one whirling mass of psychotic energy and eloquent rage, ostentatiously mustachioed with a dashing widow’s peak. An avid reader, Phil enjoys and is inspired by the works of Dr. Hunter S. Thompson, Cormac McCarthy and James Ellroy.

Phil aspires to be the first resident Martian reporter on the premier space colony hopefully named after Woodrow Wilson.