Archive for January, 2011

01/1/2011

Celebrity Style

The shooting star that is Gia Ventola has alighted on Sarasota with meteoric élan. Her eponymous new 6,000-square-foot boutique is brimming with the same inimitable style that earns rave reviews (and recurring Best of Boston awards) at a sister store on Beantown’s North Shore. But the Topsfield, Mass., native (who made headlines designing stage costumes […]

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01/1/2011

Olde Englewood Village

Oozing with old Florida charm, Olde Englewood Village is quaint, laid-back, yet sophisticated—especially when it comes to shopping. A cache of antiques and home decorating stores lines West Dearborn Street, a dusty (or should we say sandy) little main thoroughfare that ends just short of breathtaking Lemon Bay. Hours of delightful browsing await, revealing a […]

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01/1/2011

Arts Capital

Star Power Casper Van Dien has the perfect jawline and the perfect name for an action/adventure star. The handsome Van Dien, best known for the film Starship Troopers, is in Sarasota this winter filming the TV series Miami 24/7. He plays a helicopter newsman in the series, the first project of Sanborn Studios in Lakewood […]

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01/1/2011

Hot Dish

Cold-weather comfort food just took a big leap forward at Lan Restaurant, where chef/owner Lan Bradeen is braising veal cheeks and finishing them with hoisin and star anise glaze. You don’t see veal cheeks that often, but Bradeen knows how to cook them, using the classic French braising technique and adding her inimitable Asian accents, […]

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01/1/2011

Top Tickets

Jury Duty Tony Award-winning director Frank Galati (The Grapes of Wrath) helms the Asolo Rep’s production of Reginald Rose’s Twelve Angry Men, the classic play about a jury struggling to decide a young defendant’s fate. Jud Williford plays Juror No. 8, the role made memorable by Henry Fonda in the 1957 movie. Onstage Jan. 14 […]

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01/1/2011

Reinventing Reality

Real life isn’t enough for Stephen Barker, whose Digital Frontiers Media develops websites and applications for clients across the country. Barker, 40, is now working on augmented reality, a technology that projects computer-generated graphics into the real world. Initial applications include the yellow first-down marker on football telecasts, but Barker says the potential uses extend […]

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01/1/2011

From The Editor

Sarasota is a beautiful place, but it’s also extremely weird. That’s the conclusion of journalist Brad Edmondson, and he’s not referring to a mayor who jumps into shark tanks. Edmondson, who grew up in Nokomis and is the former editor of American Demographic magazine, is talking about the peculiar population make-up of our city. We’ve […]

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01/1/2011

Dancing With Our Stars

It’s taken 11 years, but they finally asked me to be one of the contestants on “Dancing with Our Stars.” I can’t imagine what took them so long. They’ve gone through everybody in town, even a blind man. What’s the problem? Do I not seem graceful enough? “Dancing with Our Stars” is the local version […]

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01/1/2011

Fashion

The It List Go West, Young Man For the hottest cowboy shirt ever, Just a Cheap Shirt’s newest is form-fitting with hip patches (check out the fortune cookie messages) typifying the trend to rugged, All-American styles. Stitch Boutique, 1463 Main St., (941) 366-7268   A Step Beyond The celebrity brand that was launched with glamorous stilettos […]

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01/1/2011

Lost World

Imagine a place where nature abounds, where the sun rises over expansive prairies and green pinelands, where wildlife of all description delights the naturalist and the hunter. Here schools of fish are so dense that some are squeezed right out of the bay and land gasping in your boat. Crystal springs gush from the earth, […]

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01/1/2011

The New Abnormal

Sarasota isn’t normal, but I didn’t always know that. Growing up here, I never wondered why so many people at the mall had gray hair. I thought that every American town had a beach where people talked in funny accents and a hospital the size of a military base. These things are normal, if you […]

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01/1/2011

10 Best

Fresh Fodder 1. Feel like a culinary stroll in an octopus’ garden? At Café Epicure, Chef Stefano Sasso’s Insalata Di Polpo features tender raw octopus, potatoes and green olives. It’s light, satisfying and looks great, too. 1298 N. Palm Ave., Sarasota (941) 366-5648. 2. Slow-braised beef short ribs are the ultimate comfort food. Chef Stephen […]

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