Archive for November, 2003

11/1/2003

The Cover-up Caper

When your address is The Water Club, gorgeous Gulf views are the centerpiece of any décor. Good design, then, should eliminate elements that detract. And in this particular condominium, the cleanup called for paint by the gallon and thick applications of plaster on nearly every wall. A cover-up operation best describes the job. "Every wall […]

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11/1/2003

Ask the Experts

Q. I’m going to redo a small bedroom into a lady’s retreat/reading room and I’m longing to paint the walls chocolate brown. Can you give me some trim colors, window treatment options and furniture suggestions? The floors are maple. I don’t want fussy-feminine, just comfortable and cozy. Designer and interiors illustrator Dick Whittington, ASID, knows […]

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11/1/2003

In the Swing

Forest Lakes’ New Look There’s a buzz around town, about Forest Lakes Golf Club getting a complete facelift. The renovation, already underway, includes redoing the course, building a new clubhouse, and constructing condos to be located on the lip of the new layout. According to golf professional and partner Bill Friesing, who is affiliated with […]

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11/1/2003

Practical Magic

George Palermo has a reputation around town as a practical fellow. His buildings are efficient, both in the design/build process and in their operation. Not for him, apparently, the Fountainhead glamour of beautiful but nearly impossible to build architecture. A Palermo building responds to the needs of the client in the most direct ways, the […]

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11/1/2003

Hooray for Hollywood

I couldn’t even act dignified. I was riding around Los Angeles in the back of a cab, fidgeting with unthrottled excitement, snapping a million photos out the window like a tourist-fool, click, click, click. And I actually found myself with the proverbial urge to stop and pinch myself. This is why: Hollywood had just sent […]

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11/1/2003

Homefront

For peace, look east Anyone who’s ever visited a Japanese garden can attest to the beauty and elegance of Japanese art. Stopping by Elysian Fields might provide inspiration to replicate some of those images in your home. Lea Semple of Elysian Fields says that a variety of unique Japanese teapots, sake sets, tableware, vases and […]

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11/1/2003

Mr. Chatterbox

For the past three weeks I’ve been desperately hoping for a gruesome murder or a juicy kidnapping or even just a plain old case of political bribery because . . . I have jury duty! Yes, for the first time in my life I have been called to lend my brains and deductive powers to […]

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11/1/2003

The Joy of Booking

Lisa Rubinstein had a two-year-old and was just pregnant again when a friend told her about a book club she wanted to start with a handful of other young mothers. Thrilled at the thought of adult conversation and the chance to get out in the evening, Rubinstein agreed to join. The women, who knew each […]

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11/1/2003

A Fine Madness

For several decades the little city of Sarasota boasted a reputation as an artists’ colony, a period long-time arts writer Marcia Corbino explored in a chapter of the recent book A History of Visual Art in Sarasota, written with Pat Ringling Buck and Kevin Dean. Not every story about those famous artists made it into […]

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11/1/2003

Street Talk

THE BUZZ People are still talking about their tax bills, with many Sarasota properties showing a 20 percent increase in values last year. Is this a bubble or a long-term trend? Prof. Fred Strobel, Selby Chair of Economics, New College of Florida: Retiring baby boomers are looking for Florida property, and Sarasota is constantly-Money magazine […]

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11/1/2003

Tortugas Travels

As a veteran traveler and aficionado of this fine state, I’m often approached by people with burning questions. The most frequent inquiry: "What’s Captain Florida’s absolute favorite place to visit?" The next most frequent: "Hey, man, what is your problem?" But that’s another story, another time. So what is my favorite place? That’s easy. It’s […]

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11/1/2003

Cover Story

Most brilliant ideas are elegantly simple and obvious. Such was Alex Steinweiss’ notion back in 1939 to turn plain brown wrappers covering records into works of art. Only 23 then, Steinweiss was the art director of the fledgling Columbia Records. Back then, all record albums languished in the backs of stores, since there was no […]

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11/1/2003

Season’s Preview

Sarasota’s cultural scene blooms year-round, with the biggest profusion of plays, art shows, concerts and dance performances beginning this month and continuing through April or so. But if you wait until the last minute to pick your bouquet of arts offerings, you might be disappointed. "Be prepared" is the motto. That way you don’t risk […]

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11/1/2003

Talk to the Hands

Long before Madge the manicurist plunged women’s hands into Palmolive dishwashing liquid in the ’60s, the vain among us were keenly aware of the effect hands have on our appearance. We’ve found that we can tighten our faces, lift our rear ends and augment our breasts, but when we walk out in public-or into a […]

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11/1/2003

Made in Sarasota

If you’ve ever been to Ivo’s, Filipo’s, Mama Onesti’s or another of Sarasota’s numerous Italian restaurants, you may have dined under a mural depicting an idyllic Tuscany hillside town. Chances are, the mural was created by mother-daughter team Caroline and Sara Harnish. The duo specializes in antique, custom Italian murals (although they have painted many […]

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11/1/2003

Mary’s Magic

To readers of children’s books, the illustrations that accompany the story should help provide an entry into a magical world. In the case of illustrator Mary Grandpré, that’s more literally true than with most: Her most famous drawings adorn the pages of the American editions of J.K. Rowling’s phenomenally successful Harry Potter books, which are […]

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11/1/2003

Bad Taste

In the case of the pipevine swallowtail, you are what you eat. In the caterpillar stage, the insect feeds on pipevine, which contains chemicals that make the adult butterflies taste awful to insect-eating birds. Swallowtails are found throughout the Southwest. Adults dine on the nectars of a wide variety of common flowers, including azaleas, lantanas, […]

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11/1/2003

Real Estate Gossip

This 5,353-square-foot Mediterranean-style home at 619 Mourning Dove features five bedrooms and five baths and sold last spring for $3.5 million. The waterfront location offers full bay views along with the city skyline. Pool, boat dock, balconies and bonus room are accessible via elevator. The new residence was built in 1999. PREVIOUS SALES 2000 – […]

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11/1/2003

Calendar Catch-up

There’ve been some changes and additions to the busy Sarasota cultural season since our November season preview story was compiled. Here’s a glimpse of what’s new: An Evening with Judy Collins and special guests, 8 p.m. Jan. 30 at the Van Wezel. Other changes at the Van Wezel: singer-actor Mandy Patinkin will perform Jan. 20 […]

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11/1/2003

Cafe Society

Chef Keith Daum is the master of two kitchens, one at chi-chi Cafe L’Europe on St. Armands Circle and the other at its shy sister, Cafe On The Bay on Longboat Key. Titus Letschert has owned Cafe L’Europe for 30 years and took over Cafe On The Bay in 1994 when it was a private […]

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