Archive for January, 2010

01/1/2010

Who’s in store?/ShopTalk

Who’s in store? Everyone knows there’s a stunning First Couple in the White House. But in Sarasota, there’s another pair of tastemakers: our quietly elegant first couple of retailing, Brenda and Geoffrey Michel of The Met Fashion House & Day Spa. An icon on St. Armands Circle, The Met embodies a rare mix of refined […]

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01/1/2010

What I’m drinking

I’m sure you’ve noticed. At the market, a nearby big box outlet or your favorite neighborhood wine shop, we’re now seeing labels that once would have seemed jarring novelties but have entered the mainstream as wine consumption in this country has exploded. These are the cute labels, the plays on words, the ones with the […]

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01/1/2010

Top These!

1 Double Take  Only your furrier will know for sure,  but this faux mink bolero with tapered silhouette and shawl collar looks real enough to keep everyone else guessing. Made from synthetic fibers, it’s versatile enough to go from sweet to sexy. White House Black Market, 317 John Ringling Blvd., St. Armands, (941) 399-5033. 2 […]

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01/1/2010

Top Five

1. Theater Real-life marrieds Kris Danford and Sam Osheroff play a couple whose relationship hits the rocks in Jason Brown’s Drama Desk-winning musical The Last Five Years, onstage at the Asolo Rep Jan. 21 through Feb. 28. What makes it special? She tells their story going backwards in time; he tells it going forward, and […]

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01/1/2010

Take it from the Top

You’ve been in business here for 39 years. What’s the secret to the theater’s longevity? Obviously we pay close attention to the quality of our shows and our food. [As a privately owned, for-profit theater] we have no board of directors, so we keep pretty close control and do what we have to do; if […]

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01/1/2010

Sense of Place

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01/1/2010

Ring in the New

1. When the rotisserie broke at Pattigeorge’s a few months back, fans of the restaurant’s Peking Duck were crushed. So owner/chef Tommy Klauber created a brand-new appetizer: Seared Duck Breast Satay with a piquant chili and ginger glaze. Served with a side of coconut jasmine rice and a glass of crisp, dry Riesling, Klauber’s new […]

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01/1/2010

Perfect picture

When independent curator and art adviser Rebecca Donelson and husband Robert Blattberg decided to give up their Chicago home to split their time between their Aspen ranch and a beach resort area, the choice was clear. “Sarasota is to Florida what Aspen is to Colorado,” says Donelson. “It’s the perfect life; the arts are good […]

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01/1/2010

From The Editor

New Year’s Resolutions… 1. For the giant sailor on the bayfront Edwards: To replace Michelangelo’s David as the symbol of Sarasota. Storm: To stay here and keep this community talking about bad art. Coolidge: To run for City Commission. McCurdy: To finally get to second base. 2. For the Baltimore Orioles Bentley: To dress up […]

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01/1/2010

Mr. Chatterbox

Here in Sarasota we don’t really have funerals anymore. We have “Celebrations of Life,” and I for one am all in favor of the change. There are good food and drink, maybe some live cocktail-type music, people are dressed chicly rather than somberly, and if the deceased is lucky, there’s even a video about his […]

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01/1/2010

Luxury Homefront Shorts

MARKET WATCH A one-plus-acre estate at 3791 Flamingo Ave. on north Siesta Key that’s been in the same family for more than 50 years is now on the market, co-listed for $2.7 million by Gail Wittig and Ian Addy and Brigitte and Kristina von Kessel of Michael Saunders & Company. Set on a circular peninsula […]

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01/1/2010

Haye Day

Euphemia Haye on Longboat Key is gloriously unreconstructed. Tucked away behind thick subtropical plantings and identified only by its understated signboard on busy Gulf of Mexico Drive, the restaurant epitomizes the enduring power of tradition. The restaurant has grown from its original 28 seats since Raymond and D’Arcy Arpke took ownership in 1980, but its […]

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01/1/2010

Good as New

Nancy Foster looks far younger than her 47 years. This trim and attractive woman is the mother of two children, Tara, 18, and Andrew, 15, both Pine View students. Foster, who smilingly refers to herself as a “domestic engineer,” spends most of her days shuttling them and their friends to and from after-school scholastic and […]

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01/1/2010

Fresh Air and Freedom

Imagine a spot along the Florida shoreline where young children play and learn outside all day, riding horses, swimming (sans suits) in warm aqua waters safely penned off from sharks, picnicking in the shade and opening their curious minds not only to the 3Rs but to the natural and scientific world around them, nurtured by […]

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01/1/2010

Designing Mind

Longtime Sarasota designer Jeff Hart is chair of the 15th annual “Jewels on the Bay” Showhouse for Boys and Girls Clubs of Sarasota and Manatee counties, which premieres this month with rooms by 26 designers displayed in two contrasting Longboat Key homes: a Tim Seibert-designed Sarasota School of Architecture home on Dream Island Road built […]

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01/1/2010

Calendar

Art Venice Art Center. The Black & White Plus One Color exhibition remains through Jan. 7; it’s followed by a three-dimensional show open to all (any media), Jan. 15-28. 485-7136. Art Center Sarasota. The sixth annual Florida Open Juried Photography Exhibition continues here through Jan. 9, as do a show of paintings by Dean Mitchell […]

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01/1/2010

Boutique

Wine Enthusiasts The staff’s enthusiasm is infectious at new superstore Total Wine, where you’ll find sets of Riedel “O” glasses (chardonnay $19.95 or champagne $24), and best-sellers like a well-structured cabernet sauvignon  from Coastline Cellars ($8.99). Total Wine, 8539 Cooper Creek Blvd., University Park, (941) 351-7895.    Florentine Gold Straight from the land of the […]

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01/1/2010

Backstage Pass

Ever since the long, acrimonious contract dispute between the musicians of the Sarasota Orchestra and its management was resolved, people keep asking me who won. The obvious answer is that the Sarasota-Manatee community won. Because now the staff, board and musicians can again focus  their energy on presenting the concerts and educational  programs that make […]

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01/1/2010

ArtSeen

Painter Tim Jaeger, a 2002 Ringling College grad, has long been fascinated with the human figure. But lately Jaeger’s been drawing on his Kentucky boyhood to evoke images of that common barnyard animal, the rooster. “In the body, particularly through the feathers, I began to free myself of the rules that held me down in […]

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01/1/2010

Homefront

Distinctive Countertops In your otherwise beautiful home, does your eye go straight to those ugly, cracked countertops? Sounds like you’re in need of a custom countertop makeover. Distinctive Surfaces’ flawless natural stone or wood countertops are sure to impress. For a limited time only, celebrate the New Year with special pricing; the granite at Distinctive […]

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