Archive for February, 2005

02/1/2005

Right Now

Desiree Does Drama Hip Pineapple Avenue, also known as SOMA (south of Main), has another new art gallery. Christine Desiree has converted her interior design studio to Desiree-Snyder Contemporary Art. Expect to see work by emerging international artists, especially young artists from Latin America; but in February, Desiree will feature her own dramatic hanging sculptures, […]

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02/1/2005

2005 Design Yearbook

Every year, our editors invite Sarasota and Manatee design professionals to send us their best new work; and from those selections, we choose the most exceptional to feature in our Design Yearbook. We think you’ll agree that the winning 2005 spaces demonstrate brilliantly the diverse talents and eclectic design aesthetics flourishing in this part of […]

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02/1/2005

Sarasota’s 10 Best Valentine’s Gifts

Some like it hot! Feed a new flame or rekindle an old one: Go dancing. Whether you prefer a passionate Latin tempo, a romantic waltz or a cheery cha-cha-cha, undefeated World Exhibition dance champion Wilson Barrera, who’s been choreographing and coaching top competitors since 1996, gives dancing lessons guaranteed to make your heart pound. Step […]

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02/1/2005

True Grimes

Novelist Martha Grimes would admit she hasn’t totally fallen in love with her new home of Sarasota yet. Blame it on leakage problems at her condo, the fact that she lost her cat during her last stay here-or even the dearth of quaintly named pubs, such as the ones she favors in her best-selling series […]

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02/1/2005

Creative Spirits

Filmmaker Don Guy, 62, is a modern male incarnation of Aspasia, the ancient Greek famous for her intellectual salons. Guy hosts artists and creators at his and wife Kristin’s home to exchange ideas and celebrate the art of life. He’s also an award-winning director of documentaries and television commercials, with work in the permanent collection […]

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02/1/2005

Riding to the Rescue

The modest Revere House that languishes on Bayou Louise on Siesta Key-once among the most famous homes of the mid-20th century-is, in current real estate parlance, a tear-down. Owner Doug Olsen knows the land is far more valuable than the structure, even though the house (under 1,000 minimal square feet) has an impressive history. Built […]

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02/1/2005

Made in Sarasota

Growing up on Long Island, Colleen Cassidy-Berns had pink and purple walls with Peter Max butterfly posters above her bed. Every two years, she would repaint her bedroom-one year splashing her walls with red, white and blue to match her new shag carpet-and would repaint all her furniture each time to match. Old habits die […]

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02/1/2005

Ask The Experts

Q. My living room and dining area flow together with a limestone floor. I’m thinking of putting an area rug under the dining table to define the space. Good idea or bad? A. Design professional Michael J. Waldron thinks it’s a fine idea, and here are his suggestions for carrying through with the project. The […]

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02/1/2005

Entertainment and Tours

Oh, Brave New Tent Circus Sarasota audiences always have plenty to look at when the jugglers, clowns, aerialists and other performers are in the center ring; but this year they’ll be forgiven if for a few short moments early in the show they’re primarily dazzled by the company’s luxurious new tent. Handsome and accommodating, the […]

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02/1/2005

Grille Crazy

Chef Paul Mattison has been so successful in regional restaurant enterprises that his signature approach to dining (relaxed atmosphere, exceptional food) has almost reached the franchise stage. In Sarasota, he made his reputation at The Summerhouse and then moved on (with partners) to Sarasota Bread Co., a catering company, Mattison’s City Grille in downtown Sarasota, […]

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02/1/2005

A Play’s Progress

"Oh, Jack, don’t be such a bloody twit. Come back to Hawthornden." That was British biographer Hilary Spurling calling in spring 2002. But twit or not, I wasn’t interested in returning to Hawthornden Castle International Writer’s Retreat. It had been 1989 when Spurling and I first met at the quiet Scottish arts colony. The stay […]

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02/1/2005

Bold Fusion

Even as a youngster swinging to Ella Fitzgerald and Chick Webb at Harlem’s historic Savoy dance hall, Lucy White was convinced that jazz is integral to the history of her people. "Jazz is the one true American art form," says the Detroit native. "We must preserve it." So when she moved to Sarasota in 1984, […]

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