Archive for January, 2007

01/1/2007

Jazz is Back

Follwing this summer’s whirlwind European tour, Jazz Juvenocracy (our summer issue’s Noisemaker) is kicking off a new season of weekly gigs at the Irish Rover this Sunday, August 15, from 6 to 9 p.m. Their Europe trip included the world-famous Montreux Jazz Festival, a rooftop jam session with an Australian big band, snowball fights in the Swiss Alps, and a security […]

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01/1/2007

Follow the Food

Several years ago, Maison Blanche opened to great debate. People loved the food, hated the service. Some thought it was too expensive; some claimed it was the bargain of the century. Some decried the fixed price menu; others sang its praises. Like most momentary controversies, talk about the restaurant faded away, except among those who […]

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01/1/2007

Sex, Lies and Politics

The first rule of writing fiction is that people always say the opposite of what they mean. Thus, “I’d love to come to your party” means “Oh, God, another wasted evening.” “I love your tie” means “Where did you get that?” and “The column is nearly finished” means, at least when coming from me, “Column? […]

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01/1/2007

January Events

On Exhibit Path of No Resistance Cindy Perkins paints with passion. Her four-by-four-foot Path draws you deep down the trail through the woods. Although the paint layer is as thick and lush as the landscape, we can navigate it easily. We can project ourselves onto the fictional space she has imagined because Perkins has mastered […]

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01/1/2007

Homefront

ADVENTURE ISLANDS So what’s the darling of the kitchen these days? According to CCS Cabinetry president Jim Butler, it’s the island: so versatile, stylish, and in case you haven’t noticed, functional. When everyone pitches in to prepare a great family meal at the end of the day, the kitchen island is the perfect companion to […]

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01/1/2007

Made in Sarasota

Sandy Norton is all about transformation. The former nurse, salesperson and small business owner is now an artist and the owner of Décor du Jour, and her subjects are the ordinary, unimpressive white walls and furniture she makes over, through faux painting, into works of marvelous art. Norton has lived in Sarasota for three years—buying […]

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01/1/2007

Before & After

Craig Hall envisioned a stylish Siesta Key condominium with clean, contemporary lines and a minimalist, metro feel. The Bay Oaks unit he saw offered deep orange shag carpeting, green swirl Formica countertops and gray walls. Luckily, Hall is far-sighted. “Even though it was difficult to imagine how the place could look, I was able to […]

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01/1/2007

Jane’s World

“My mother loved decorating. I grew up with it,” Jane Kummel says as we step from the white elevator vestibule of downtown’s Tessera into a private world exploding with bay views, English antiques and nonstop color. So many downtown apartments share the same predictable sectional sofas, neutral walls and brown/black wood, but Kummel’s 3,300-square-foot condominium […]

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01/1/2007

The Birds Came Down

One minute the chicken, though a bit rheumy in the eyes, had been jerking around the pen, pecking at the feed in the tray. The next minute it had looked up, turned its head almost all the way around, looked at another pecking chicken. Then it had fallen over dead. Six more died inside of […]

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01/1/2007

Out with the Old

Forget the Age of Aquarius; today we live in the Age of Acquisition. The quandary over how to get rid of too much stuff has become as overwhelming as the accumulated detrius itself. The good news is that Sarasota has world-class experts to help: sophisticated, knowledgeable professionals with credentials you’d expect to find in much […]

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01/1/2007

The Social Detective

The other day in the elevator at the Asolo, here’s what three women were wearing: a serviceable pair of open-toed wedges (totally boring); a pair of round-toed Ferragamos (totally classic); and a pair of exquisite stilettos (totally stunning). At the same moment, the two shoe pikers glanced at each other in recognition of their appalling […]

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01/1/2007

Fashion Statement

Spotted at Noche de Celebracion for St. Jude’s What are you wearing? A dark Armani suit, Hugo Boss coral shirt and blue tie with Italian-made shoes in dark caramel, and a crocodile Tissault watch. How would you describe your style? I do not like trends. I like a classical look. What mistake do you think […]

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01/1/2007

Mr. Chatterbox

My dog Peanut passed away recently. He had been in poor health for several years, and as the summer drew to a close we knew he wouldn’t be with us much longer. But he died at home, on his favorite couch, in the arms of the only person who loved him more than me, my […]

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01/1/2007

Shopping

St. Armands Circle is Sarasota’s answer to the glamour of Worth Avenue or Rodeo Drive, the resort-chic of St. Bart’s and the artiness of Key West—all in one easy-to-maneuver shopping and dining paradise. A short ride over the Ringling Causeway from downtown Sarasota, the Circle is abuzz with trendy restaurants and outdoor cafes, elegant jewelers […]

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01/1/2007

From the Editor

Forget losing weight, taking up jogging or finding the love of your life. After the year that just ended, from the plunging real estate market to that nasty political campaigning (“pole dancer” ended up being one of the nicest things candidates called each other), it’s time for some brand-new resolutions for 2007. In the interest […]

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01/1/2007

Who Will Give Me a Home?

  Hello. My name is Sara. I live at the Humane Society. It’s nice. I have my own kennel. It has a front and back. The food is pretty good. People donate it, which is nice. The people are nice, too. And there’s a lot to do. But still–I sure wish I had a home. […]

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