Archive for November, 2011

11/1/2011

Was Justice Served?

In the fall of 2008, 22-year-old Charles McKenzie III was a bright star in Sarasota’s glittering theater firmament. Handsome, charming and talented, he’d performed standout roles with virtually every local theater group, including professional roles at the Golden Apple Dinner Theatre and Asolo Rep. Just back from New York City for his first audition, he […]

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11/1/2011

Design Stars

Once eclipsed by big-name design houses, independent jewelry artisans are flourishing, as customers seek out beautiful, one-of-a-kind designs—personal pieces that express the designer’s unique skills and sensibility. Already home to a number of talented jewelers, Sarasota has some rising stars on the horizon. These men and women are creating fresh and exquisite pieces that are […]

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11/1/2011

The Craft Beer Craze

Brewsky. Suds. Barley pop. A cold one. These names denote what beer has been for most of recent history—Everyman’s drink. Beer was a blue-collar libation meant to be cold, cheap and agreeably tasteless. It was the reward for a hard day’s work. It wasn’t anything to fuss over or savor. Oh, how times have changed. […]

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11/1/2011

This Way to Broadway

An old producer with a jaundiced view of Broadway recently surveyed the new crop of original musicals and said: “You know, from the looks of things, I’d say Spider-Man might win the Tony for Best Musical next year.” That the most expensive and dangerous show in Broadway history—$80 million and counting, four actors rushed to […]

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11/1/2011

2011 Season Preview

DANCE Dancing Diamonds The legendary Suzanne Farrell on the piece that’s at the heart of her collaboration with the Sarasota Ballet. BACK-STAGE STORY Every time I stage one of Balanchine’s ballets, I see something different. I’m constantly discovering another facet of his genius. I call Mr. B’s ballets “worlds” because each one is so different. […]

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