Archive for November, 2007

11/1/2007

A Joint Effort

Every year more than 30 million Americans limp into doctors’ offices complaining of pain, stiffness and swelling in their joints. In most cases, they’re suffering from osteoarthritis, a degenerative process affecting such weight-bearing joints as the knee, hip and spine. Despite the preconceived notion that arthritis is reserved for brittle old ladies, it affects people […]

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11/1/2007

November Events

On Exhibit Island Watching José Bedia’s large painting from 2002, La isla espera una señal (The Island Waits for a Signal), is one of the highlights of the current exhibition at the Ringling Museum, Cuban Art from the Farber Collection, organized by the Harn Museum in Gainesville, Fla. Bedia escaped Castro’s control many years ago, […]

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11/1/2007

Homefront

Changes in Attitudes For the first time in Robb & Stucky’s 92-year existence, the renowned home furnishings retailer and interior design hub presents its own line of classically inspired modern furniture. “New Attitudes,” which launched earlier this fall, is the first collection from Robb & Stucky Originals. Based on traditional designs that have been updated […]

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11/1/2007

Real Estate Gossip

Neighborhood Watch Going in Circles on St. Armands Platted in the 1920s by circus impresario John Ringling, St. Armands Key is an upscale surrounds just minutes from downtown Sarasota and beautiful Lido Beach, combining Sarasota’s historic resort lifestyle with modern urban luxury. Famous St. Armands Circle is synonymous with fine dining and world-class shops and […]

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11/1/2007

Nouveau Riches

In her richly diverse creative career, Hally Abbott has been a painter, weaver, creator of soft sculptures, composer, desktop publisher and editor of a women’s humor magazine. Ceramics have been her focus since moving to Sarasota in 2001, and now her one-of-a-kind vases, boxes, tiles, dinnerware and children’s tea sets are on display in her […]

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11/1/2007

One Great Room

Kem Lindsay and Roger Knapp had loved their 5,000-square-foot dream house in Prestancia from afar for years. The avid golfers were struck by its unusual three-pod roof and 4,000 feet of terraced decking every time they reached the third tee. Three years ago, at that very tee, a golfing buddy mentioned the house was for […]

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11/1/2007

Now & Then

Zeb Portanova wanted a new house, turnkey, move-in-ready, no fuss. His wife, Barbara, wanted a classic, traditional home, a nod to her Florida roots. The young newlyweds compromised by remodeling a historically designated Mediterranean Revival icon of the late 1920s—and adding on a new 2,200-square-foot east wing that afforded them every modern amenity. Architect William […]

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11/1/2007

12 Best

Of course you’ll attend our annual film and music festivals, Circus Sarasota and the blockbuster Tale of Two Cities, which opened at the Asolo Repertory Theatre last month. But here are 12 other top tickets that show the breadth and range of Sarasota’s 2007-2008 cultural season. 1. When you talk about big stuff in the […]

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11/1/2007

It was the best of times. It was the worst of times.

The Asolo Repertory Theatre’s artistic director, Michael Edwards, is having his own personal “best of times, worst of times” moment. Tomorrow he begins rehearsals for his first Broadway production, the musical version of A Tale of Two Cities. It’s that career milestone that most directors only dream of, particularly one born in a little Australian […]

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11/1/2007

Over the Limit

It’s 11 p.m. on a Friday night on South Tamiami Trail. The blue and yellow glow of the Best Buy sign pales behind the flash of police lights, headlights and flashlights held by a rainbow of uniformed law enforcement: sheriff’s officers, Florida Highway Patrol, and Sarasota and North Port police. You’re driving up to a […]

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11/1/2007

Under the Radar

Sarasota is smack-dab in the middle of a cultural revolution. But it’s easy to miss. Out in the mainstream, the art scene still looks like the glossy brochures of our long-time arts institutions, showing classic ballerinas or blockbuster Broadway musicals. But off the radar and on the fringes, where fresh epiphanies and approaches spark word-of-mouth […]

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11/1/2007

The Social Detective

Dazed and confused about where to focus your charitable giving in a town with a dizzying array of worthy causes and parties galore to support them? If you’re like me, you get about 10 invitations a day. Not to worry, relief is here. When I started managing a small foundation 12 years ago, because I […]

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11/1/2007

Fashion Statement: Gregory Arthur

What are you wearing? A striped, fitted Gant shirt, concrete-colored thin-wale cords by Façonnable, Louis Vuitton suede shoes and a Seiko diving watch. How would you describe your personal style? European-conservative. How do you know when it’s time to update your look? We spend about a month in France every year and I like the […]

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11/1/2007

Mr. Chatterbox

If you’re a religious person, it must be quite a vexation to have all these anti-religious books appearing all of a sudden, like God Is Not Great, The God Delusion, The End of Faith, etc., etc. How dare they? It takes a lot of nerve to trash God and organized religion, particularly since He and […]

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11/1/2007

Keeping the Romance

Marcel Proust would be proud. Driving north on South Orange Avenue the other day, I was struck by remembrances of times past: At “Little Five Points,” where Orange and Pineapple merge (a concept in itself), the triangular building housing the Citrus Cafe, shops and apartments, recently stripped of years of paint and plaster, glowed pink […]

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11/1/2007

Shopping—Siesta Key Village

Siesta Key Village is dress-down casual, barefoot beach kitsch. Though in-your-face tourist gift shops and watering holes dominate the scene, you’ll also find world-class destination stores, under-the-radar boutiques and bistros that give St. Armands Circle a run for its money. For an egalitarian and playful shopping experience, check out Ocean Boulevard’s hodgepodge of unpretentious little shops […]

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