Archive for August, 2010

08/1/2010

Love & Splendor

When Punit Shah and Carla Porta wed in Sarasota last November, the Tampa couple combined two cultures 10,000 miles apart. Shah, whose parents were born in India, and Porta, whose family came here from Nicaragua, spent a year and a half planning the grand, two-day event, which included two receptions, a formal Catholic ceremony, and, […]

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08/1/2010

Icons of Architecture

In 1997, architect Frank Gehry’s design for the Guggenheim Museum in Bilbao, Spain, transformed an almost unknown industrial city into a mecca for international tourism. Soon metropolises from Milwaukee to Abu Dhabi wanted their own Bilbao, and elite “starchitects” were retained to create museums that would be valued as much for their architecture as for […]

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08/1/2010

Maestro of the Museum

The John and Mable Ringling Museum of Art bears the name of its founders; and there’s certainly no reason to downplay the role of the man who, with the support of his beloved wife, built this symbol of Sarasota and the collection it holds. But when it comes to examining who helped determine the way […]

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08/1/2010

Masterpiece Theater

John Ringling isn’t remembered as a mad man, but he certainly was a dreamer and a larger-than-life power in anything he set his mind to. His passion revolutionized the circus, and in its turn, show business in general. He saw the raw material in tiny Sarasota that could turn it into the sophisticated city it […]

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