Archive for April, 2010

04/1/2010

Mr. Chatterbox

This month:   What I learned from Ann Coulter I love it when I bring up Ann Coulter in front of my liberal friends. Their first reaction is an airy dismissal—“oh, her, she’s a nut case.” But they don’t stop talking. Or rather, they can’t stop talking. They glom onto one “idiotic” thing she said, […]

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04/1/2010

In Town

Pop art legend James Rosenquist has lived and worked in Florida for years, often garnering awards and recognition from the state. So it’s only fitting that he should be the keynote speaker when the Hermitage Artist Retreat’s Greenfield Prize is awarded to visual artist Sanford Biggers on April 15 during a celebration at Michael’s On […]

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04/1/2010

Arts Capital

BACKSTAGE PASS Inside the arts this month. ARTSEEN Everglades Project     For Sarasota artist Kathy Wright, the chance to paint images of the Florida Everglades while in residence there from December 2008 to November 2009 was important both because she finds the subject “personally compelling” and because of the ’Glades’ continuing place in political […]

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04/1/2010

From The Editor

If you want to analyze a character—or a culture—start with the food. The way we eat reveals whether we’re poor or wealthy, open or repressed, even how we raise our children. I thought about this recently, when I went to Richmond, Va., to babysit for my grandson, Alan, while his mother attended a three-day yoga […]

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04/1/2010

In Hat Pursuit

Hats off to Pique-Nique sur la Baie, the bayfront luncheon and fashion show for New College Library Association on April 7. To top off the lovely ladies attending, local boutiques have unveiled 2010’s most romantic (and paparazzi-enticing) confections. Even if you don’t make the party, any of these fun couture chapeaus will lift your spirits […]

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04/1/2010

Shop Talk

Who’s in Store Now that some women are conflicted about conspicuous consumption, recycling family heirlooms and tired-looking jewelry has become a politically correct luxury. "It’s also fun to breathe new life into pieces you’d never wear and a lot less expensive," says Maureen Hoyt, owner of Optional Art, a former St. Armands Circle jewelry boutique […]

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04/1/2010

Boutique

Shopping in Venice More beguiling than ever before, Venice’s historic downtown is becoming a shopping mecca with much more than standard tourist fare. We’ve ferreted out the best home stores and fashion boutiques and discovered world-class taste and brands. Family Portrait Everyone knows award-winning photographer Clyde Butcher is the Ansel Adams of the Everglades. But you’ll […]

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04/1/2010

Movie Masters

We coaxed the Sarasota Film Festival’s Tom Hall and Holly Herrick out to Lido Beach for the photo you see here, but these two—the fest’s artistic director and director of programming, respectively—spent much of this winter and spring in darkened screening rooms, searching for the best new movies to show during this month’s festival, which […]

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04/1/2010

Sunset & S’mores

If anything says Sarasota, it’s a picnic on the beach. Most of us can still remember the first time we grilled out under the Australian pines on Siesta Beach and settled back to watch the sunset turn the Gulf to a shimmering sheet of pink, silver and blue. We’re still crazy about those Technicolor sunsets, […]

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04/1/2010

Eat This Now: Sarasota’s 52 Best Dishes

IN A CITY known for passionate restaurateurs—and diners—which menu items are we most passionate about right now? That was a question our food experts pounced upon when we gathered them for a brainstorming lunch at Lee Roy Selmon’s. They came armed with so many notes and opinions that we outlasted endless plates of fried green […]

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