The zombies were out in force at the Alice in Zombieland party hosted by Z-Edge Tattoo and Piercing. Well known local model and host, Coraline Blue interviewed a few zombie killers. Her sister Audra Alexopoulos, owner of Z-Edge, served as MC for the Costume Contests. Guests were entertained by burlesque troupes from Pin Up Americal, pole dancer Cherry Von Topp and 4 SW Florida heavy metal bands.
Take a look at the most outrageous costume party in Sarasota!
Punk Rock Betty put on a sizzling fashion event at Pastimes Pub. Summer of Sin was a show of her latest alternative clothing designs. Edgy models with cutting edge styling walked the runway surrounded by a crowd of fans and photographers. Even during the summer, creative people continue to find venues for great things to do in Sarasota!
At the Sarasota Film Festival, we had the opportunity to speak with Julia Haslett, director of the documentary An Encounter with Simone Weil. This film is the result of Julia’s six year journey exploring the life and philosophy of Simone Weil, a French philosopher and social activist. Julia approached the project in an unusual way – with an actress who immersed herself in the writings and life of the subject.
Her own alarm over the economic and political conditions of millions of world citizens was an inspiration for this work. The documentary asks critical questions about human suffering. See the trailer here:
As part of the Suncoast Super Boat Grand Prix in Sarasota, Florida – there was a bikini contest to crown “Miss Super Boat Grand Prix”. The contestants modeled and danced for an enthusiastic crowd. The event was part of the 27th Annual Suncoast Super Boat Grand Prix Festival benefiting Suncoast Charities for Children.
Children and adults had fun making kites at Artists on the Court, a new gallery in Towles Court. Since things to do in Sarasota slow down during summer, this free community art event was a welcome activity.
Kathleen Johnson invited the community to come and help decorate her gallery by creating kites to decorate the gallery on opening night.
Better This World was written, directed and produced by Katie Galloway and Kelly Duane de la Vega. It is the story of David McKay and Bradley Crowder, two young political activists. While under the influence of an older charismatic revolutionary, the two were arrested for domestic terrorism during the 2008 Republican Convention. The movie looks at what happened between the three men. Accepted as an Official Selection in over 20 film festivals, Better This World won three “Best Documentary” awards in Sarasota and San Francisco. This interview with the filmmakers was conducted during the Sarasota Film Festival.
The movie examines how the “war on terror” after 9/11 has impacted civil liberties and political dissent in the US. Better This World will also be broadcast on P.O.V. on PBS on September 6th.
Sarasota Pop Rocks Party was billed as the “party of the summer”. A combination of costume party, birthday party and fund raiser, the event was organized by Mike Drobny, Veronica Pastore, and Jawara Gordon. Pop Rocks was hosted at The Loft Ristobar with music supplied by Deejay Simplisstick and DJ Imminent.
Every Sunday evening, a circle forms on the beach at Siesta Key. Drummers begin, both talented local players and visitors with small percussion instruments. Belly dancers, hoop dancers and gymnasts join in. No special talent is required, just enthusiasm. Everyone is welcome to join the circle – from toddlers to retirees. When you’re in the circle, it’s almost impossible to be still! Locals do this year round, and – during tourist season – the circle grows tremendously. It’s fun, free and relaxing, so come on over when you’re in Sarasota.
Siesta Key beach hosts the adults and juniors volleyball tournament on May 21-22. See them compete for cash prizes on the white sand of Siesta beach. Watch hard bodies hit the sand to the sound of house/dance music…a unique experience. Details at Dig the Beach.