Archive for May, 2002

05/1/2002

A Taste of Tampa

A thousand years from now Tampa will be described by archaeologists as a "large commercial center of no particular interest." I can’t imagine anyone going there for a weekend getaway. Aside from Busch Gardens (which is, granted, a wonderful amusement park) and attending various sporting events, there isn’t much to do. The town’s biggest attraction […]

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05/1/2002

A Royal Exile

Most of us are beginning to understand how far away and yet how near the problems of Afghanistan are to us. For one man who now lives and works in Sarasota-Bradenton, the journey from Kabul to the sunny climes of Florida has been a longer and stranger one than we can imagine. That man is […]

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05/1/2002

It’s Back!

The Bijou is Back, All Hail When the Bijou Café recently re-opened after a nine-month renovation, customers starved by the long hiatus rushed to dine there again. Interior decorator Matt Overstreet ate there seven nights in a row, several times joined by his pal Steve Seidensticker, who drove up from Boca Grande where he manages […]

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05/1/2002

Survivors

We haven’t been too good about saving our architectural heritage in this town. The freshest loss, of course, is the much-lamented John Ringling Towers on the site of the new Ritz-Carlton. Be honest, though: Do you really miss it? Could it have been recycled into a useful building? If not, should it have been saved […]

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05/1/2002

Made in Sarasota

Gayl Ludvicek has been a muralist ever since her indulgent parents let the little girl paint on her bedroom walls. She earned her first paycheck at age 11 for painting a Mickey and Minnie Mouse mural in a family friend’s beach house. "I remember thinking, ‘I’m on my way; I’m an artist now,’" Ludvicek says, […]

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05/1/2002

Mr. Chatterbox

We’re getting so lucky here in Sarasota. The world is starting to come to us. Saks, the Ritz, Tony Bennett. Wasn’t he something? Those who were at the Van Wezel gala and concert will never forget it. Not only did he enthrall with his talent and style, but he also urged passage of that referendum […]

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