Archive for January, 2011

01/1/2011

State of SMOA

In a previous life, Sarasota Museum of Art (SMOA) president Wendy Surkis built a one-office New York advertising agency into an international company with 18 branches and more than $100 million in sales. Now she’s embraced the challenge of raising $22 million ($14 million for renovation, $8 million for endowment) to get SMOA, a new modern […]

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01/1/2011

Peek-A-Bootie

1 Seersucker-fresh, buttery-soft perforated white leather peep-toe booties with wood stilettos ($300). T. Georgiano’s Shoe Salon, 1409B First St., Sarasota (941) 870-3727.  2 Fashion traction: sexy and eco-friendly “Nymph” open booties from Coclico ($320). Juno and Jove, 1425 First St., Whole Foods Market Centre, Sarasota (941) 957-0000.  3 Reboot for Sarasota in flirty cut-out suede […]

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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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