Archive for March, 2003

03/1/2003

A Separate Peace

Take heart: There is an alternative to the gated community, and it can be seen in some of the new developments sprouting around our still-not-ready-for-prime-time urban core. For want of a better term, let’s call these new residential groupings "private neighborhoods," although that appellation, too, may be too snooty for what they really are: pleasant […]

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03/1/2003

Feat of Clay

On a quiet street near Lockwood Ridge Road is a mid-size bungalow in a large shady lot, much like its neighbors. But come a little closer, and you’ll see the intricately carved wooden gate that leads to a small courtyard. Step indoors (take off your shoes and slip into a pair of slippers), and prepare […]

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03/1/2003

Skin Deep

In the name of beauty, I’ve had my hair crimped between burning irons, soaked in smelly potions, broiled under roaring driers and twisted around pink plastic rollers that jabbed my scalp so painfully I couldn’t sleep a wink all night. I’ve anointed my face with acid, been jolted with electric current and had hair yanked […]

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03/1/2003

To the Rescue

In A Place for Them, in our March 2003 issue, author and photojournalist James Phillips explores the world of animal rehabilitators Ed and Gail Straight. As urbanization continues to bring humans into contact with Florida’s wildlife, we asked the Straights what someone should do when they encounter an injured or sick animal. "First of all, […]

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03/1/2003

Food & Wine

A FRENCH REVOLUTION Fresh new changes at Café of the Arts, maximum pleasure at Maximo’s-and more. There have been changes at The Café of the Arts since Alain Taulere opened it in 1990 as a restaurant dedicated to classical French cooking. Over the years, the bakery disappeared, a bar materialized, the garden evolved and the […]

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03/1/2003

The Reel Florida

When I found out that John Sayles’ new movie Sunshine State had just come out on video, I ran to rent a copy. Here seemed a treat-a movie in which our home state was the star, and put together by a filmmaker who was himself a star, the king of the independents, famous for insight […]

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03/1/2003

Mr. Chatterbox

Watch out, I’m in a bad mood. Passed over yet again for a Man of Style award. I wasn’t even nominated! And you should see what was. Three rabbis! Just think-if I were a rabbi in Sarasota there would be three of them more stylish than me. It kind of makes you want to throw […]

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03/1/2003

A Pelican Brief

Nothing says Florida like a flock of brown pelicans, gliding in perfect formation and silhouetted in the amber glow of a sunset on Sarasota Bay. Of the seven pelican species distributed worldwide, our "American brown pelican," or "common pelican," is the smallest, although it’s not that small. Adults stand about three-and-a-half feet tall, have a […]

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03/1/2003

A Place for Them

It all started in 1986, with an orphaned baby duck. Ed Straight was visiting his sister in Leesburg. One afternoon, at a nearby lake, they watched as a mother duck drove away one of its young, attacking it each time it approached. The mother’s behavior seemed puzzling, almost cruel; her duckling was far too small […]

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03/1/2003

Street Talk

Watching the Watch Dogs Depending on your point of view, the Argus Foundation is either a group of business leaders trying to build bridges between business and government, or a group of power brokers that keeps trying to have its way (mostly unsuccessfully) with Sarasota. A year ago Argus was the leading proponent of a […]

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