@srq.affirmations on Instagram makes waves across Sarasota
One of many memes on the @srq.affirmations page. Photo courtesy of @srq.affirmations.

@srq.affirmations on Instagram makes waves across Sarasota

Over the course of the last couple of years, the city of Sarasota has been growing at a rapid pace, due to increasing in population size and numerous ongoing construction projects, as well as the addition of a brand-new tourist trolley known as the Bay…

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“Beyond van Gogh” hits Sarasota
Vincent van Gogh's "Starry Night," one of many projected paintings at the Beyond van Gogh exhibit.

“Beyond van Gogh” hits Sarasota

Beyond van Gogh: The Immersive Experience has swept the world—or a very small corner of it—by storm. With dozens of locations in the U.S., a handful in Canada and additional locations in Peru, Brazil, Chile and Puerto Rico, the exhibit is becoming increasingly popular with…

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The Gilbert Mural Initiative tells the story of Sarasota’s first black community
A mural of Lewis and Irene Colson, founding residents of Overtown who built the Bethlehem Baptist Church. The mural is painted on what used to be that very church.

The Gilbert Mural Initiative tells the story of Sarasota’s first black community

An eye-catching array of stylized murals have begun steadily coating the historic walls and buildings of the Rosemary District near downtown Sarasota. The artworks themselves seek to memorialize and honor the history of black settlers within the area, a history that was paved over and…

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Come swing under the stars with the Sarasota Jazz Club
This year's Sarasota Jazz Festival features 11 different main stage performers. Photo courtesy of jazzclubsarasota.org

Come swing under the stars with the Sarasota Jazz Club

Get ready to swing under the stars, Novos—the Sarasota Jazz Festival is in town. Starting Mar. 13, Nathan Benderson Park is hosting a free three-and-a-half hour jazz concert to celebrate the start of the Swinging Under The Stars Jazz Festival. That’s the one and only…

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Robert Mapplethorpe and Patti Smith: Flowers, Poetry and Light: A Review
Patti Smith’s fourth album, Wave, plays on a record player surrounded by flowers.

Robert Mapplethorpe and Patti Smith: Flowers, Poetry and Light: A Review

The Robert Mapplethorpe and Patti Smith: Flowers, Poetry, and Light exhibition at Marie Selby Botanical Gardens moved me profoundly. It’s incredibly creative, contextualizes in ingenious ways the revolutionary output of two artists in terms of their relationship and lives, all in the setting of a…

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STORYLIVING: A tale of ego, branding opportunities, the California desert and Celebration, FL
An artist concept rendering of Cotino, complete with artificial lagoon. Photo courtesy of Flickr.

STORYLIVING: A tale of ego, branding opportunities, the California desert and Celebration, FL

Disney has just announced STORYLIVING, a series of master-planned communities that will be themed around Disney’s many different intellectual properties (IPs). More specifically, they’ve announced Cotino, a 600+ acre community including nearly 2,000 homes, a massive hotel, an elaborate promenade and most shockingly, a 24-acre…

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New College Fashion Archive vol. 2: clothing and identity on campus
First year Meera Razdan dressed in thrifted and small business goods.

New College Fashion Archive vol. 2: clothing and identity on campus

New College has fostered an environment of acceptance and freedom of expression for decades now, which, in turn, created a domain of various identities many times expressed outwardly through clothing. It’s hard to walk through campus without noticing all the dyed heads, Demonia platform shoes…

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Sarasota celebrates centennial with geocaching
Sarasota County Quest sign-up QR code near a geocache site.

Sarasota celebrates centennial with geocaching

In celebration of the centennial anniversary on July 1, 2021, Sarasota County has installed geocaches in historical sites all across the county for participants to find, sign the logbook, take a postcard and maybe learn something about the newly 100 year old area.  After downloading…

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