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[EVENTS] "Live Theater: Critic's Picks for 2018-2019" - Marty Fugate, The Observer Raisin included in the list of the top arts picks for the season
https://www.yourobserver.com/article/live-theater-critics-picks-for-2018-2019

[PREVIEW] "Westcoast Troupe takes on musical 'Raisin'" - Jay Handelman, Sarasota Herald-Tribune
http://www.heraldtribune.com/entertainmentlife/20180929/westcoast-troupe-takes-on-musical-raisin

[NEWS] "The WORK of ART: In an arts town, most artists still need second jobs" - Thomas Becnel, Sarasota Herald-Tribune
http://www.heraldtribune.com/entertainmentlife/20180916/work-of-art-in-arts-town-most-artists-still-need-second-jobs

[EVENTS] "ARTbeat 9.27.2018 - Upcoming Events" Andrea Knies, Arts & Cultural Alliance
https://mailchi.mp/sarasotaarts/artbeat-this-week-in-sarasota-arts-and-culture-389421?e=6ed0cdc029

[EVENTS] "Now Playing: Arts listings for Sept. 27-Oct. 3" - Sarasota Herald-Tribune
http://www.heraldtribune.com/news/20180925/now-playing-arts-listings-for-sept-27-oct-3

[NEWS] "The WORK of ART: Striving for balance in an uncertain field" - Thomas Becnel, Sarasota Herald-Tribune
Leon Pitts was on the front page!
http://www.heraldtribune.com/news/20180917/work-of-art-striving-for-balance-in-uncertain-field

[NEWS] "The WORK of ART: Finding stability, with grit, determination and luck" - Thomas Becnel, Sarasota Herald-Tribune
http://www.heraldtribune.com/news/20180918/work-of-art-finding-stability-with-grit-determination-and-luck

[NEWS]"Historic season for the almost annual Handy Awards" - Jay Handelman, Sarasota H-T
Michael Mendez wins a Handy for his role as "Usnavi" in "In the Heights"; several WBTT nominations in various categories
http://www.heraldtribune.com/entertainmentlife/20180923/historic-season-for-almost-annual-handy-awards

[NEWS] "Rapper Ryanito partners with The Pops Orchestra for inaugural concert" - Niki Kottman, The Observer
Michael Mendez was a featured performer for this concert
https://www.yourobserver.com/article/rapper-ryanito-partners-with-the-pops-orchestra-for-inaugural-concert

[EVENTS] "Now Playing: Arts listings for Sept. 20-26" - Sarasota Herald-Tribune
Raisin is listed
http://www.heraldtribune.com/news/20180918/now-playing-arts-listings-for-sept-20-26

[NEWS] "Nate Jacobs and WBTT Subject of WEDU Documentary" - Phil Lederer, SRQ Magazine
An interview with Nate Jacobs
https://www.srqmagazine.com/srq-daily/2018-08-31/9042_Nate-Jacobs-and-WBTT-Subject-of-WEDU-Documentary

[NEWS] "Filming begins on Westcoast Black Theatre Troupe PBS documentary" - Niki Kottmann, The Observer
Also includes a sidebar about 'Tribute to Aretha Franklin'
https://www.yourobserver.com/article/filming-westcoast-black-theatre-troupe-documentary-pbs

[REVIEW] "WBTT Pays Tribute to Aretha Franklin with a Show This Week Only" - Kay Kipling, Sarasota Magazine
https://www.sarasotamagazine.com/articles/2018/9/12/wbtt-pays-tribute-to-aretha-franklin-with-a-show-this-week-only

[NEWS] "WBTT Pays Tribute to the Queen of Soul" - Phil Lederer, SRQ Magazine
An interview with Naarai Jacobs
https://www.srqmagazine.com/srq-daily/2018-09-12/9131_WBTT-Pays-Tribute-to-the-Queen-of-Soul

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