Archive for November, 2011

11/1/2011

Homefront

The Secret Garden In addition to its unique indoor coastal decore, Southern Design Living has an ever-growing outdoor collection in a secret garden setting. Come see what’s happening in Florida design, 2980 Placida Rd., Englewood, Monday through Saturday, 10 a.m. to 5 pm.  LWR Update At Lakewood Ranch, the real estate markets continue to soar with 165 homes in some […]

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11/1/2011

Backstage with Broadway star Audra McDonald

Q. Porgy and Bess has sparked controversy because of changes made to the original. What’s your reaction? A. Certain people say I should recuse myself from the show or they’ll never come to a concert of mine again. The only thing you can do is focus on your work and do what you believe in. […]

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11/1/2011

One Great Room

Home Gallery   Janis Bullard’s client roster boasts some of the most interesting private art collectors in town, but she didn’t plan it that way. “My work with collectors evolved through word of mouth. When people see how much a friend’s artwork can be enhanced by interior design, they call,” she says. That was the […]

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11/1/2011

25 Person Poll

How many times during the year do you attend arts events? 1-3                                      (9) 3-5 times                             (7) 5+                                       (8) Never                                   (1)   What was the best Sarasota arts event you attended over the last few years? Sarasota Opera (2) FST Improv (2) Sarasota Blues Festival (2) Mame, Players Theatre (2) Ringling College art exhibition (2) […]

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11/1/2011

My World

Why did you become a figure model? Having extra money is helpful, but I enjoy being around the paintings and drawings and watching students get better over time. My class that graduated last year, I was with them from their first year. You see them go off and do things, and you’re like, “Yep, I […]

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11/1/2011

Outdoor Adventure

  For the perfect outdoor getaway, try Venetian Waterway Park, where a 10 mile-long smooth concrete ribbon winds along some of the most scenic areas in Venice with minimal interaction with automobile traffic. How to experience>> The best way to enjoy the trail is by bicycle. We recommend bringing a water bottle, snacks, a camera […]

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11/1/2011

Real Estate Junkie

Timeless Twitchell  This Siesta Key bayfront beauty illustrates how timeless classic design can be. It’s almost 50 years old, yet it seems more stylish and contemporary than its much younger competition. And no wonder—it was designed by Ralph Twitchell, the founder of the famed Sarasota School of Architecture. Set on a large, gated and heavily […]

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11/1/2011

Weaving A Spell

1 Light up her life with the gift of basket weave lanterns from Riado in a stunning nickel finish that’s sleek and new. To order at The Sarasota Collection Home Store, 622 Central Ave., Sarasota (941) 955-8313. 2 Painted finish dresses up an oversized cane weave in Lazy Susan’s side table that morphs into extra […]

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11/1/2011

Putting on The Ritz

Nicole Rutkowski will be on board as spa director roughly six months when The Ritz-Carlton, Sarasota celebrates its 10th anniversary on Nov. 16, 2011. But she’s already made her mark with a bevy of new products and spa services gleaned while indulging in her passion—traveling across the country. “I’m a hotel person, and with that […]

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11/1/2011

Shop: Downtown Sarasota’s Main Street

You’ll find an international potpourri of restaurants, sidewalk cafes and shopping experiences along Sarasota’s Main Street, from Gulfstream Avenue all the way to U.S. 301. Some favorite old haunts have recently relocated to Main Street from other parts of town, and a number of new shops (Vita Moderna, Penzey’s Spices) opened during the summer, working […]

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11/1/2011

Charlie Huisking’s Arts Capital

“Twin” Peaking Growing up in Venice in the 1990s wasn’t the most pleasant experience for George Lewis Jr. A native of the Dominican Republic, he was lonely and alienated and occasionally felt the sting of racism. But Venice was also the place where, in a church choir, he first sang in public and began to […]

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11/1/2011

Hot Dish

  Chef Ysaac Sanchez brilliantly showcases the influence of Japanese culture on Peruvian cuisine with his tuna tiradito Nikkei. Sliced like sushi rather than diced like ceviche, the tiradito looks and tastes like a tiny work of art. It’s a study in thoughtful contrasts: the deep-purple, raw tuna against the crisp pink watermelon and the […]

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11/1/2011

Top Tickets

  Next to Normal This Pulitzer Prize-winning rock musical, about a mother struggling with bipolar disorder, makes its Sarasota premiere at Florida Studio Theatre Nov. 2 through Jan. 2. It’s helmed by FST artistic director Richard Hopkins; for tickets call 366-9000 or go to floridastudiotheatre.org. Sarasota Bluesfest The 21st annual welcomes Los Lobos, Ryan Shaw, […]

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11/1/2011

Mornings with Hayley

  While most of us are still sleeping, Hayley Wielgus is hard at work. Wielgus, 27—who arrived in Sarasota last June by way of Texas —gets up at 2 a.m. and is on air at 5 a.m. as part of ABC7’s morning newscast, now starting a half-hour earlier than before. The self-described “fitness fanatic” and […]

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11/1/2011

Fashion I.Q.

I can’t resist getting into the spirit of the season with a scarf. This fun Marc Jacobs number in dusty steel blue with caramel-colored panthers is nice and long at 67 inches for multiple wrapping options. Want a quick scarf-tying lesson? Check out my “Tie One On” blog. Saks, $178.   Style secret: I overheard Jacqueline […]

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11/1/2011

Good Deal: Ocean Harvest Market

The Place: Ocean Harvest Market, 5718 Manatee Ave. W., Bradenton; (941) 795-3746. The Fare: Fresh fish and shellfish, primarily from the local fleet at Cortez, house-smoked fish and fish spread, and barbecue. The Bottom Line: Take out or dine in the small utilitarian dining room or outside on the deck. We’re recommending a take-out combo […]

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11/1/2011

What I’m Drinking

When I think of the Sarasota Polo Grounds, I usually think of thundering hooves and that crazy little dance called the divot stomp. On Saturday, Nov. 12, though, I’ll be turning my thoughts to my own favorite recreation at the 10th annual Suncoast Food and Wine Fest, a charity fund raiser sponsored by the Lakewood […]

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11/1/2011

Sarasota’s Best: French Fries

“The wide belt was a bad choice,” moaned ABC7 weatherman John Scalzi at the end of an afternoon dedicated to finding the best French fries in Sarasota. With the help of our Facebook fans, we compiled a list of six restaurants with star-potential French fries and headed out to sample them all with Scalzi, chef […]

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11/1/2011

Food & Wine

We don’t, as a rule, pay a review visit to a new restaurant during its first couple of weeks. It’s unfair to judge the place before management has had a little time to fine tune and troubleshoot its operation. But when we have reason to believe a restaurant will come roaring out of the gate […]

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11/1/2011

Only in Sarasota

The days are getting shorter, but the skies—and some of the buildings—are as blue as ever. What better way to spend an afternoon than browsing the shops in Burns Square? Photo by>> Chad Spencer | CMSPHOTOS.COM Related Articles: Only in Sarasota Welcome to Sarasota Only In Sarasota

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