Archive for July, 2006

07/1/2006

A Seasoned Performance

After 30 years of practicing law in New Jersey, Jerry Finn has returned to his first love: theater. Finn, 74, and his wife, Terri, founded the Banyan Theater Company in 2002 to bring to Sarasota "more sophisticated, literary, even challenging" works during off-season summer months. Now the Banyan does 50 performances of three plays in […]

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07/1/2006

Urban History

The first thing to know about the house Ernie and Loretta Ritz built is that it is a trompe l’oeil masterpiece of un-Americanized Mediterranean style. The second thing to know is that it’s located above Bacco’s restaurant on Lemon Avenue in Sarasota, directly across from Whole Foods Market. Amid the dust of downtown renovation and […]

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07/1/2006

Stage Magic

Despite years of going to the theater here and writing about it, putting together this awards story never gets any easier. In fact, it gets harder. That’s in part because it’s simply harder to see every show presented in the Sarasota-Manatee area. Once upon a time there were only half a dozen venues; then a […]

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07/1/2006

God on the Streets

This month, we take you somewhere glossy lifestyle magazines like ours rarely go-into the haunting world of the homeless. And your guide may be as unexpected as the journey: comic novelist Robert Plunket. A noted author whose cultural commentary often appears in the New York Times and other national publications, Plunket is best known in […]

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07/1/2006

Lost World

Though names have been changed, everyone in the story is a real person who was homeless in Sarasota this spring. I had arranged to meet Rick in front of Resurrection House, a social service agency for the homeless that’s located on the picturesquely named Kumquat Court, just north of downtown. A friend who knew a […]

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07/1/2006

A Sharper Image

Style isn’t static; like bread, it gets stale. Real style requires regularly reinventing your look, not in drastic Madonna-fashion, but by sharpening your focus on who you are and what’s happening in your life now. A new job, a move, a change in your body or outlook-all can call for a new crease in your […]

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07/1/2006

Sarasota’s 10 Best Places to Take the Kids

Skating and blading may roll in and out of fashion, but Stardust Event Center just keeps rolling along. Every Saturday from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m., kids have a blast rolling or blading around the self-contained rink. The 24,000-square-foot arena also hosts numerous birthday parties, with both parents and kids rockin’ to the beat. And […]

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07/1/2006

Mr. Chatterbox

People often ask me, Mr. Chatterbox, how did you become what you are? What could have possibly transformed you from a naïve youth from the suburbs, stumbling and bumbling and unsure of himself, into a mature artiste, full of wit and wisdom and able to hold an audience in the palm of your hand for […]

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07/1/2006

The Social Detective

In the old days, before the baseball cap became the ubiquitous symbol of Americans, hats were serious business and defined individuals in the deepest possible way. We were, literally, our hats. When my father was a TV and movie producer, he wore a Homburg, now known as the Godfather hat. When he was an investment […]

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07/1/2006

Street Talk

NOISEMAKER SAY ANYTHING Christine Alexander and Rick Hughes report on their arts e-newsletter. Quick-witted amateur theater cohorts Rick Hughes, 46, and Christine Alexander, 34, turned their artistic passion to publicity last summer, creating anything arts, a biweekly e-newsletter promoting the local arts scene. With a steadily growing readership and just enough ad revenue to cover […]

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