Archive for November, 2004

11/1/2004

Lip Service

Sarasota resident Vainca Bauman admits she’s been self-conscious about her thin upper lip ever since she wore braces as a child. "I always envied the even-ness of most people’s lips," she says. The 45-year-old fashion consultant had been reading about artificial lip fillers for years when she finally marched into the office of Dr. John […]

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11/1/2004

Table Talk

The Table opened in July with little fanfare, but it was like a bolt of summer lightning for the diners who quickly crowded the compact space on Hillview that most recently housed Zoria. The owners intended to take things slowly, but by the third day, they were doing 100 meals. We’re still reeling from the […]

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11/1/2004

Making it Grand

I’ve always been a big fan of French designer Jacques Emile Ruhlmann, the Father of Art Deco, so when the Metropolitan Museum had an exhibit of his work I made a special trip to New York just to see it. It was well worth the effort. But as I wandered the crowded halls-it was a […]

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11/1/2004

The Arts Explosion

In one of E.M. Forster’s novels, two culture-loving English sisters live for their occasional trips to London to hear the symphony; and for months afterwards, they blissfully recall every magical note and movement. Imagine how thrilled they would have been to know that in the years to come, people could enjoy almost any work of […]

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11/1/2004

Hot Tickets

Art Selby Gallery. Continuing through Nov. 13: Constructing Realities, Part I, offering photographs by Jane Calvin and video projections by Robin Vorshardt and Sven Humphrey. Opening Nov. 19 to run through Jan. 12: Constructing Realities, Part II, presenting works by Jin Soo Kim, Jane Hammond and Chris Piazza. Information: 359-7563. Art Center Sarasota. The fall […]

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11/1/2004

Opposites Attract

It has been obvious for some time that the most interesting architecture in our area is found in new buildings commissioned by businesses. The reasons for this are most likely timidity and financial exposure. People planning to build a new home do not, it seems, dare to invite an architect to design their "dream house" […]

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11/1/2004

Fantastic Foxfire

Foxfire Golf Club on 7200 Proctor Road is a very special public golf facility, comprised of three nine-hole courses- the Palm, Pine, and Oak-that are played in combination with one another. What I find so golfer-friendly about all these "tracks" is they’re long enough to be challenging, yet not so long that the par-three, par-four, […]

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11/1/2004

Peeking Duck

The mallard is perhaps the most familiar and recognizable of the 20 or more duck species found in Florida. The male mallard, that is. Sporting a bright yellow bill and a vivid "ski mask" of iridescent green feathers, he’s a common sight on lakes and ponds throughout the bay area. The mallard hen is equally […]

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11/1/2004

The Rich Face West

The phone rang so loudly that Mr. Chatterbox could have heard it in Palmetto. He opened his eyes, then shut them tight. He’d gone crazy last night. A pizza, a bag of chips, some Tasty Kreme, some Entenmann’s, some Mars bars and an entire coconut cream pie from Yoders. Why was he doing this to […]

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11/1/2004

Ask the Experts

Q. I have two adorable dogs that shed like crazy but have the run of my house. Can you suggest fabrics and patterns for my new sofa slipcovers? A. Cathie Hickman has dealt with this problem before, so she knows exactly what you should do. "For your sofa slipcovers choose a cotton duck or sailcloth […]

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11/1/2004

Made in Sarasota

As a young mother living in the Michigan countryside, Pat Underwood would often visit her two neighbors, both older women, and while away afternoons having tea by their potbellied stove, watching the birds outside the window. "I thought, if I could inspire anybody the way they inspired me: the way they lived their life, worked […]

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11/1/2004

Street Talk

Legal Lit Claire Hamner Matturro’s heroine, Lilly Cleary, is the best thing to hit the Sarasota legal community since attorney Gary Larsen demonstrated the tie between comedy stage and courtroom. In fact, an old law partner of Larsen’s, Matturro gave up the practice to (in part) write her just-released legal thriller Skinny Dipping, set in […]

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11/1/2004

Sarasota’s 10 Best Beauty Products

When we ran into a formerly pear-shaped friend and raved about her new perfectly balanced body, she credited Carla Polins of Natural Wellness for changing her diet-and her life. A licensed acupuncturist and certified nutritionist, Polins starts by taking your medical history and assessing your health. Then she designs a personalized diet, often in combination […]

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11/1/2004

Literary Lions

Once upon a time in the 1950s, Sarasota established a national reputation as an art colony that included a number of celebrated writers. Most of them lived on Siesta Key, a wilderness of shell roads and deserted white sand beaches and year-round sun. Life on this idyllic tropical island was quite different from the urban […]

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11/1/2004

In the Garden

UNCOMMON BEAUTIES Rare plants intrigue the adventurous gardener. By Francoise O’Neill The epitome of adventurous gardening is growing and collecting rare plants-those uncommon beauties whose intriguing characteristics and interesting histories make them especially appealing. "For us it wasn’t so much a need to have something that others don’t, but rather to step outside the run-of-the-mill […]

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11/1/2004

Center Stage

Forty years ago, Marian Wallace wanted a job in lighting design, but the Asolo "didn’t want to hire a girl," she recalls. So Wallace, who had just married a young actor named Bradford Wallace, worked the box office, drove a van and assisted stage managers until in 1968, she got her big break by staging […]

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11/1/2004

A Cut Above

Bob Lenari started cutting hair in 1956, hoping barber school might help him avoid the army. "I had a choice, go to school or get drafted," he recalls. "I wound up doing both." After a stint in the reserves, Lenari opened a shop in Ringling Shopping Center, then moved to John Baldwin’s St. Armands clothing […]

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11/1/2004

Feeling Blue

Charles and Jackie Okoskey of Saratoga Springs loved swapping New York’s snow and ice for the turquoise waters and lush golf courses of Longboat Key. But something about their Grand Bay condominium left them feeling a bit blue. "The former decorator chose a nautical theme and a monochromatic color scheme," explains designer Shari Roberts of […]

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11/1/2004

Homefront

Housewares in bloom It’s all about trees this decorating season. "The palm tree continues to be an important influence for coastal living," says Gwen Bennett, vice president of advertising and eCommerce at Beall’s Department Stores, with designs interpreted on dinnerware, glassware and linens. "Mix and match for a truly unique table." Bamboo is also making […]

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11/1/2004

Artful Interiors

Art. It can be an intimidating subject, a stimulating hobby, a downright obsession. Where you fall in this broad continuum is reflected in your home-in the furniture and accessories you have chosen, and by the ambience and energy within. The truly artful interior is compelling, provocative and sublime, transformed from visual silence into a symphony […]

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