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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02/1/2005

Boy Meets Girl

All my arty, intellectual friends subscribe to the Sunday New York Times, but for years I resisted, knowing I’d feel guilty if I ignored that mass of required reading to pursue my usual shiftless Sunday pleasures. Finally I broke down; and though the stack of unread papers has indeed taken over my kitchen, there’s one […]

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02/1/2005

The Light Stuff

Clear and bright: A slender glass trumpet vase becomes a graceful lamp with the addition of a sleek coffee-bean brown shade and a chrome finial. The beauty of this tall, slim table lamp is that it works in a classical room as well as a contemporary space. It measures 39 inches tall and sells for […]

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02/1/2005

Real Estate Gossip

Marvelous Manasota Manasota Key is a sun-soaked finger of land edging right up against the Gulf of Mexico south of Sarasota. Lots span Gulf to bay, giving homeowners deliriously beautiful water views. Privacy seekers and buyers searching for the Florida of once-upon-a-time love the feel of living on an island, and easy bay access makes […]

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02/1/2005

Calendar

11.5 cols Feb. events Art Art Center Sarasota. Through Feb. 5, a Circus Show continues in the front and main galleries. Through Feb. 7: a mixed media and photography show featuring the works of Melody Oxarart and Judy Kramer is in the Members Gallery. Opening Feb. 15 to run through March 12: a joint show […]

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02/1/2005

Regarding Henry

I know a column about the life of Henry James is not something you would expect to find in a magazine such as this, but he is so crucial to understanding the art of literature and the craft of writing that he’s like Elvis Presley-the master of his form. In fact, he is called the […]

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02/1/2005

This month: Shock and awe over our New Downtown.

Doesn’t it feel like downtown has been closed for a year? Always those barricaded streets-it just wasn’t worth making the effort. Well, the barricades are starting to come down now; and it’s almost time for the reveal, as they say on Extreme Makeover, which is exactly what our town has been going through. We can […]

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02/1/2005

Tips and tidbits for Sarasota golfers.

I’m so glad I visited Mission Valley Country Club in neighboring Laurel, since it truly is a hidden gem when it comes to pure golf clubs versus the country club scene. In the words of general manager Brian Matt, "We are an old-style club that’s not associated with home development, and what’s more, we allow […]

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02/1/2005

Mother Love

Families of sandhill cranes can be found year-round in Florida. Normally, the parents separate their offspring for one-on-one lessons in catching food. But in this case, a parent is working with two chicks, catching insects and placing them in the water so the chicks can snatch them before they flee. Sandhill cranes live for about […]

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