Archive for October, 2004

10/1/2004

Night Crawler

The pale longjawed orbweaver is slender, elegant, and exquisitely creepy, the Vincent Price of the spider world. Like most spiders, it has eight eyes, and a hard exoskeleton, which it has to shed from time to time in order to grow. It lives on cattails and low branches overhanging creeks and rivers, which makes it […]

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10/1/2004

Things We Love

No more digging behind shelves piled with cans for the elusive jar of macadamia nuts. Instead, check out this pullout rotating chrome shelving unit. One flick of a wrist and everything’s visible, and your kitchen looks practical and hip at the same time. The Pull Out Rotating Pantry Unit by Companucci. Available locally at Lube […]

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10/1/2004

The Comfort Factor

Creative young architects like to shudder at the Mediterranean Revival-style houses sprouting up in Sarasota’s new communities-"Levittown with tile roofs and higher ceilings," one calls them-and to urge builders and buyers to embrace more "progressive" designs. But after spending an afternoon looking at some models in Lakewood Ranch, I think they’re missing the point. These […]

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10/1/2004

Parks’ Place

Architect Dale Parks, a downtown renter for a dozen years, needed a home of his own when his apartment at the Carlton Arms was slated to become a pricey condo. Determined to remain a Sarasota urbanite, Parks transformed a 1,500-square-foot duplex in the Laurel Park neighborhood, taking it from sad to sassy while maintaining his […]

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10/1/2004

A Question of Balance

Judging by the hubbub we’ve been hearing lately about both the downtown and the cultural district master plans, it seems clear that we’re blessed with an intelligent and articulate citizenry. Many have begun to react with considerable energy to the specifics of both plans, one faction calling for the preservation of the small-town character they […]

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10/1/2004

Paradise Lost

Thirty-five years ago, Frank Gamsky fell in love with 10 acres of wild Florida jungle when he spied an eight-foot king snake glistening in the treetops. The lanky, bespectacled Gamsky had already owned gas stations and a repair shop in Milwaukee, Wis., when he convinced his wife, Elaine, to let him turn his newfound paradise […]

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10/1/2004

Brunch and Beyond

Ever notice the strange mélange that people assemble at brunch buffets? You’re apt to witness piled-high pairings of eggs, hot chicken, smoked salmon or carved roast beef, starchy salads, surprise vegetable casserole creations hidden under molten cheese-and then there’s all that raw shellfish. You suspect those paying the bill are simultaneously fueled by desire and […]

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10/1/2004

Aftermath

The winds of Hurricane Charley came and went with astonishing speed. It was a quick climax to the long day spent in front of the TV, as we watched the storm gather strength and direct its wrath right toward us. Where would it hit? The suspense was real-and terrifying. Sarasota and Venice missed Charley’s fury, […]

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10/1/2004

Mr. Chatterbox

Take back your opera. Forget the ballet. The art form of the moment in Sarasota is . . . architecture. I guess all this publicity about the Sarasota School has raised people’s consciousness to the boiling point. We really do have an architectural heritage. Plus a little army of hip young architects and designers who […]

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10/1/2004

Hot Tickets

Art Selby Gallery. Continuing on view through Oct. 9: 4×4 (x4): Miniatures by the Faculty of the Ringling School of Art and Design. A show featuring smaller works by staff members also continues in the school’s new Center for Innovation and Collaboration Gallery. Opening Oct. 15 to run through Nov. 13: Constructing Realities, Part I, […]

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