Archive for November, 2002

11/1/2002

Street Talk

Any savvy realtor will tell you that it’s generally the artists in a community who open up old neighborhoods for gentrification and trendy in-town living. Attracted by the low rents, struggling artists slowly make rundown neighborhoods acceptable to the “urban pioneers”; and the middle class soon follows. Look at the north side of Sarasota. All […]

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11/1/2002

Real Estate Gossip

Never Too Late Realtor Candy Swick heard her doorbell ring at 1:20 a.m. in dead-of- night darkness on a weekend. Oh, yes. This could only be the courier – some 15 hours late-with necessary papers for a closing. Happily, the deal did go through, and Swick’s client bought a beautiful piece of dirt in Coral […]

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11/1/2002

Crowning Glory

Hair loss sounds innocuous enough, like middle-aged spread or crow’s-feet, something to tut-tut about and put down to passing years. But for many who look in the mirror one morning and realize that a thinning crown has turned into a glaring bald spot, the discovery can be a shock. That’s why more and more men-and […]

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11/1/2002

Mr. Chatterbox

I was very excited to see the list of writers coming to Sarasota for this onth’s Reading Festival. I don’t know how they manage to get such good authors year after year, but this time they have outdone themselves. Such intriguing personalities, and some are my very favorites. Take Bob Greene, for example. Imagine, Oprah’s […]

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11/1/2002

King of the Air

Head to Lido Beach on a windy evening, and look for a sinewy guy attached to a giant kite: Rob Hassle, king of the local kiteboarding scene. At 36, Hassle is at the vanguard of this latest extreme sport, in which thrill-seekers launch themselves across the waves on a board strapped to their feet, propelled […]

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11/1/2002

Disney and Me

My mother was a very liberal parent, but she had her rules. And the three strictest were no bowling, no comic books, and no Walt Disney. The bowling I could understand ("not our class, dear"); likewise the comic books ("read a real book"). But I had a harder time with Walt Disney. I rather enjoyed […]

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11/1/2002

Picture Perfect

The owners of the newly refurbished (and quite glamorous) Radisson Lido Beach Resort certainly were smart when they situated Christopher’s dining room and lounge on the eighth floor. The chic bar and the amiable two-tiered dining room take maximum advantage of a picturesque panorama. From the bar and from most of the party room windows, […]

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11/1/2002

Time for Love

At Last, the romantic Harry Warren ballad, was the obvious first-dance choice for Ashley Schulten, 31, and Stephen "Bucky" Buchanan, 49, when they glided onto the floor at the Gasparilla Inn following their marriage ceremony at Our Lady of Mercy Church in Boca Grande on April 6. "My best friend Jean Tyler and I were […]

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11/1/2002

Ask the Experts

Q. I have a good-sized Lucite side table that I want to slip into a room of mostly traditional French and English wood and upholstered furniture. Am I crazy? A. Interior decorator Matt Overstreet advises: I have a Lucite table that I’ve hauled around for 12 years to use in apartments, houses and now a […]

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11/1/2002

In the Swing

A GOOD CAUSE On Nov. 25, Sarasota’s Sara Bay Country Club will host the 12th annual Joe Turnesa Memorial golf tournament, which raises money for college scholarships for promising junior golfers who have also demonstrated academic and leadership success. This classy charity tournament is a tribute to the late Joe Turnesa Sr., a former teaching […]

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11/1/2002

Wholly Holy

Religious structures have always been important to the development of a community, often standing at the center of a town and dominating the skyline. The Parthenon, Karnak, Baalbek or Chartres Cathedral come to mind, as does The Dome of the Rock in Jerusalem. The stone circles of pre-history, found at Stonehenge and on the magical […]

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11/1/2002

No Laughing Matter

After Brenda Ferrari-Etta May-left McCurdy’s Comedy Theatre, she-and six other comedians-were invited to participate in a nerve-wracking audition in Los Angeles at the Improv Comedy Club. The audience was composed of network and cable channel bigwigs who were shopping for new comedy sitcom talent. For the first time in her life, Ferrari went on stage […]

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11/1/2002

A Space for Art

Marsha and Michael Svirksy of Sarasota wanted to transform their eight-year-old Laurel Oak pool home into a soothing space showcasing a fine art collection with an infusion of influences from around the world. But how does one accomplish a clean, contemporary look in a typical country club ranch? Visual inspiration came from Ann Rooney Heuer’s […]

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11/1/2002

Made in Sarasota

Expect the unexpected from Kerry Heath, a self-taught craftsman with a vivid imagination. In his North Port studio fragrant with wood and dappled with color, Heath creates case goods-armoires, sideboards and cabinets-that are as striking in form as they are in hue and texture. Heath’s eclectic wooden furniture is the canvas for his whimsical artwork, […]

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11/1/2002

Buying the Club

When Bobbi and Bill Cairns started looking for a home in Sarasota they didn’t begin planning a gourmet kitchen, cathedral ceilings or a master suite. Instead, they studied golf courses, grill rooms, and fitness facilities. In essence, they chose a country club first and only then did they plan the house that would put them […]

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11/1/2002

This Just In!

One of Sarasota’s newest performing arts organizations is the West Coast Black Theater Troupe, which is "dedicated to presenting meaningful, entertaining and thought-provoking theater that celebrates the African-American experience." Actually, the troupe’s origins reach a few seasons back, to a time when longtime Sarasota actor, teacher and director Nate Jacobs teamed with the Players of […]

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11/1/2002

Creative Spaces

When it’s too hot to work in the industrial loft where she creates metal sculptures, artist Vicky Randall heads out to cooler, higher places: her air-conditioned jewelry studio in a treehouse. "It’s not really a treehouse," Randall qualifies; rather, it’s a roughly 10-square-foot wooden structure with a pitched roof that perches on stilts nine feet […]

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11/1/2002

Critic’s Choice

You may think you need to be of an artistic temperament to make the most of Sarasota’s crowded cultural season. Well, yes-but just as importantly, you need to be organized. Otherwise you’ll find yourself missing out on that dance premiere because you were still raving to your friends about that hot new play while you […]

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11/1/2002

Homefront

Vanishing Art Visit Gallerie Des Artes for a treat: original oil paintings by local artist Ted Sizemore, who spent 50 years creating beautiful oil paintings to illustrate book covers. Gallery director Wilder Rich is especially fond of a series of 12 paintings Sizemore created to illustrate romance book covers. "These are instantly collectible: The Minx […]

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11/1/2002

Hooked on Books

My idea of perfect happiness is a new book by a favorite author and a quiet night to read it in, and it’s been that way as long as I can remember. I grew up in a big, boisterous family, and they all still tease me about how, with murderous warfare raging all about me, […]

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