Archive for March, 2006

03/1/2006

Mr. Chatterbox

Can you believe it? Two public art crises at exactly the same time! One with the big sailor, one with the painted clowns. Everybody’s running around saying, "What is art? Is this art? Can art be that big?" Honestly, it’s like nobody in town knows what art is, with the possible exception of Virginia Hoffman. […]

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03/1/2006

March Events

IN TOWN TOMLIN TONIGHT Some comedy stars are famous for one long-running character; others for a host of them. Lily Tomlin, who began her career in the public eye more than 35 years ago on TV’s Laugh-In, is one of the latter. Tomlin will bring some of those popular characters to the Van Wezel stage […]

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03/1/2006

Fresh & Cool

A fresh breeze is blowing from the West Coast, all the way from California, and it’s bringing us a new focus on clean-lined design, beautifully prepared foods that fuse elements of different cultures, and a relaxed sophistication in our entertaining style. So when Becky Martel and A.J. Parsons celebrated the completion of their spectacular waterfront […]

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03/1/2006

One Great Room

California dreaming is what this elegantly calm and eclectic bedroom is all about. The primary pieces of furniture are from the Los Angeles studio of internationally acclaimed interior designer Barbara Barry. They represent the spirit and originality of her newest Barbara Barry Realized collection for Henredon, available locally exclusively through Robb & Stucky. An artist […]

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03/1/2006

Sarasota’s 10 Best Produce Spots

Robert Lyons of Bob’s Veggie Patch grows 20 varieties of vegetables and fruits in Hydro-Stackers, a system of vertically stacked pots filled with a non-soil growing medium. Here, you can comfortably pluck that fresh tomato from its vine without bending over-or even dirtying your hands. Claiming that "fresh vegetables and a healthy life go hand […]

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03/1/2006

Real Estate Go$$ip

NEIGHBORHOOD WATCH Island of Venice Connected to the mainland by three bridges, the Island of Venice boasts 17 miles of waterfront, palm-lined boulevards, lots of parks and a charming retail district with restaurants, boutiques and an old-fashioned ice cream parlor. Enthusiastic audiences pack the award-winning Venice Little Theatre, and some of the area’s best fishing […]

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03/1/2006

Made in Sarasota

Anita Wexler’s Misty Creek living room couch is plush purple and turquoise; the accompanying chairs resemble turquoise butter curls on a purple rug, and her dining room chairs are a cheery red. So when you see Wexler’s artwork, especially the unique "angel" chairs she makes (featured on HGTV’s Crafters Coast to Coast last year), their […]

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03/1/2006

I’ll Be Back

I’ve been starstruck since I was a kid growing up in Duluth, Minn., and watched Roy Rogers on the big screen. Every Saturday, come rain or shine, I was in the movie theater to escape what I figured was a pretty dreary life in what even then was becoming a rust-belt town. So last August, […]

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03/1/2006

West Coast Meets West Coast

The similarities of lifestyles between California and the west coast of Florida are blissfully evident: They’re both all about casual elegance and the blurred boundaries between indoor and outdoor spaces. Where else will you find lanai, pool, terrace, patio and outdoor kitchens that occupy more real estate than conventional living room, dining areas and family […]

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03/1/2006

Before & After

Tampa residents Joe and Mary Gayle Wessel consider the 64 miles to Sarasota a perfect driving distance for weekend getaways. The Ritz-Carlton, Sarasota, offered a lovely home away from home with all of the right amenities and an enviable point of origin for exploring the city. When a seventh-floor condominium nearby at 888 Boulevard of […]

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