Annual dance collective showcase marks the end of the semester

Annual dance collective showcase marks the end of the semester

The lights dimmed signaling to the audience to quiet down. The room was thick with anticipation. Then the first group took the stage to perform “Heart Attack” by LOONA/Chuu and the room erupted in shouting and applause instantly. This set...
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Third annual Christmas tree lighting ceremony shines bright

Third annual Christmas tree lighting ceremony shines bright

The holiday spirit drifted through the hearts and streets of downtown Sarasota as patrons awaited the lighting of the Christmas tree in Five Points Park on Thursday, Dec. 29. This year, the third annual lighting ceremony planned by the Sarasota...
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Yoder’s restaurant provides the Amish food experience

Yoder’s restaurant provides the Amish food experience

All photos Eileen Calub/Catalyst. On the eve of Thanksgiving Day, dozens of customers lined up in front of Yoder’s Restaurant and Amish Village, eagerly awaiting one of their famous baked pies or a coveted seat inside the old-fashioned restaurant. Year...
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Sarasota celebrates Small Business Saturday

Sarasota celebrates Small Business Saturday

During Thanksgiving, moments of gratitude and family-time are sprinkled in throughout a multiple-day binge of consumerism. Large corporations, through the retail holiday Black Friday, have included a national spending spree within the traditional cornucopia. T...
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First Comedy Friends improv show of the year: coming soon

First Comedy Friends improv show of the year: coming soon

There’s no conglomeration of students more rowdy on campus than the Comedy Friends, or, according to third-year Olivia Siegel, the Comedy ‘FREAKS!’ The Comedy Friends is an ever-evolving group of students who get together weekly to play improv games. The...
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Siesta Key Crystal Classic festival brings in over 65,000 attendants

Siesta Key Crystal Classic festival brings in over 65,000 attendants

This year the Siesta Key Crystal Classic International Sand Sculpting Festival brought in over 65,000 attendants, surpassing attendance rates since the festival’s inception eight years ago. Sand sculptors take part in this competition not only for the title,...
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Annual medieval fair returns to the Sarasota Fairgrounds

Annual medieval fair returns to the Sarasota Fairgrounds

With its warm climate and thriving opera scene, it is no surprise that Sarasota remains a popular destination for snowbirds, in search of a place with no winter coats or income taxes. Each November, though, the city also becomes a...
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Fats, Freaks and Queers: Photography by Shoog McDaniel

Fats, Freaks and Queers: Photography by Shoog McDaniel

All photos courtesy of Shoog McDaniel. With almost 50,000 Instagram followers, Shoog McDaniel has made a name for themself posting ethereal photographs of individuals who inhabit what McDaniel calls “marginalized bodies.” By featuring individuals who ident...
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Outdoor photography exhibit “The FENCE” comes to Sarasota

Outdoor photography exhibit “The FENCE” comes to Sarasota

All photos Cait Matthews/Catalyst. As November comes into full swing in Sarasota, so does “The FENCE,” an annual photography exhibit that is open to submissions from anyone. This year, the self-proclaimed largest outdoor traveling exhibit in North America ...
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Sarasota Opera kicks off its fall season with The Barber of Seville

Sarasota Opera kicks off its fall season with The Barber of Seville

Sarasota Opera kicked off its fall season this week with three performances of Gioachino Rossini’s The Barber of Seville. The upcoming performances will take place on Thursday, Nov. 8 at 7:30 p.m. and Sunday, Nov. 11 at 1:30 p.m. “The...
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