Archive for May, 2007

05/1/2007

Comedy Tonight

Les McCurdy is having a bad day, and it’s barely 8 a.m. His headliner for the weekend, Caroline Rhea, is stuck in New York, a victim of the Valentine’s Day snowstorm, and the slate of publicity appearances he has lined up for her is crumbling before his eyes. Right now he’s at Clear Channel in […]

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05/1/2007

Fashion Statement: Eleana Najmy Hall

What are you wearing? A spaghetti-strap gossamer gown in garnet over black with butterfly embellishment from Allen Schwartz, Alfani sandals, jewelry from my husband’s grandmother and no purse—just a lipstick in my husband’s coat pocket. How did you choose your dress? I bought this dress for my engagement party five years ago, but with the […]

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05/1/2007

Mr. Chatterbox

Well, it’s a new day over here at Sarasota Magazine. The staff, me included, is now expected to work twice as hard—and for no increase in pay. We’ve had all sorts of new “tasks” dumped in our laps. Just me alone—I now have to photograph all the fashion layouts, relieve the receptionist on her lunch […]

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05/1/2007

The Human Touch

There is something to be said for benign neglect, especially when it saves a charming small city from the exploitative over-development that has troubled so many similar towns in recent years. Venice, like Sarasota, was launched in the heady 1920s as a tropical vacation paradise. Urban plans were commissioned by both cities, and construction of […]

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05/1/2007

Shopping

Set in a residential district just four blocks from the bay, this is the go-to shopping and dining spot for those living and vacationing nearby. But the services and quality here are too good to keep as insiders’ secrets, so here’s the scoop. The district includes Hillview Street between Tamiami Trail and South Osprey Avenue, […]

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05/1/2007

From the Editor

When we tallied the voting in this issue’s “Best of 2007” readers’ poll, 227 winners and finalists rose to the top, in categories from best new restaurant (Rustic Grill) to best controversy (those 18,000 undervotes in the District 13 election, of course). That’s an impressive number of “bests”—but as the anything-but-impartial editors of the city’s […]

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