Archive for July, 2010

07/1/2010

Mr. Chatterbox

The hard part about open-heart surgery is not the surgery, you’re unconscious and don’t feel a thing. It’s the recovery, which drags on forever and is extremely uncomfortable. TV gets old real quick; you need something that really holds your interest. That’s how I rediscovered books—including several by local authors. I’ll say one thing for […]

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07/1/2010

Shades of Summer

1 Kaenon’s Rhino ($189) is a unisex sport frame with street attitude at Shore, 465 John Ringling Blvd., (941) 388-3535. 2 Coco would approve these Chanel glasses with tiny white bow ($290). Sunglass Express Optical, 343 St. Armands Circle (941) 388-5115; 8130 Lakewood Main Street, (941) 907-9900. 3 Square frames with engraved logo ID these […]

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07/1/2010

Who’s in Store

The quintessential California girl, former L.A. fashion stylist Lissa Murphy has made her shop, Jane, an outpost of Bohemian-chic West Coast style. A coterie of loyal fans has embraced the look, which transitions as beautifully to Sarasota’s lifestyle as Murphy did when she, daughter Elle, and husband Jim LaClair (a Sarasota native) relocated here from Santa […]

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07/1/2010

Boutique

1 Island Style Add a splash of glamour with Tommy Bahama’s Garden Trellis bikini (top $76; bottom $56) and Tulle Covers Tunic ($68). Tommy Bahama, 371 St. Armands Circle, (941) 388-2446. 2 Beach Time is any time you wear “Beach,” the waterproof TechnoMarine chronograph that comes in white with pink, blue or aqua ($395 or […]

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07/1/2010

Fit City

Equipment Minute Long used by dancers, the classic Pilates jump board is finding new fans among everyday Pilates practitioners who are tickled by the unique jumping sensation. “You’re like a dancer in the air, [and then] it’s like you’re parachuting,” explains Kathryn Dandois-Boivin, co-owner of Sarasota’s Dynamic Fitness. And because the board’s exercises are low-impact, […]

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07/1/2010

Take Six

While other teens head to the movies, the six members of Jazz Juvenocracy, aged 13 to 18, spend every possible minute perfecting their music. Trumpeter Bit Risner and drummer Rodney Rocques, who says jazz “kidnapped” him at a young age, played together at Booker Middle and three years ago decided to form a band. “Twenty-two […]

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07/1/2010

Arts Capital

Signs of recovery When the Sarasota cultural season started last fall, bad news dominated the talk in lobbies and box-office lines. Florida State University had recently announced that because of state budget cuts, it might be forced to curtail its support of the Ringling Museum of Art and the FSU/Asolo Conservatory.  The musicians of the […]

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07/1/2010

Art Seen

Painter Cecile Moran’s work uses brightly colored and layered images to tell a story—often one relating to the environment and the energy that she believes connects all living things. Moran, who frequently exhibits at Art Uptown Gallery on Main Street (including through July 2), says, “Life-giving powers are represented by the plants and trees that […]

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07/1/2010

Of Oil—and Water

In 2006, St. Petersburg Times reporter Craig Pittman won a first-place award for in-depth reporting from the Florida Magazine Association for a story he wrote for us about near-shore oil drilling. Hurricane Katrina had hit the year before, disrupting oil production in the Gulf of Mexico and sending gas prices soaring, and that, Pittman reported, […]

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07/1/2010

Last Look

The red warning flags in the Perdido Key State Park beach parking lot in Pensacola were flapping so hard it sounded like they were trying to take flight. I stepped out of my car and the wind blasted me with spray. I inhaled sharply, savoring the salty tang. It smelled clean. A big storm out […]

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