Archive for December, 2011

12/1/2011

Mr. Chatterbox

Guess what? I got hair extensions! And they’re pink! This happened at Key to the Cure. The girl who installed them said it was the hardest hair extension she’s ever had to do. The first problem was to find some hair to extend. But I must say—the end result is fabulous, even if most people […]

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12/1/2011

From The Editor

We editors like to think of ourselves as overworked and overstressed, especially this time of year when we’re working on multiple program books and special projects as well as our fat, peak-of-the-season issues. But our façade of frantic martyrdom cracked a bit when our president walked into the editorial office the other day. "Where is […]

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12/1/2011

The Guide: Attractions

ATTRACTIONS Sharks, orchids, clowns, tigers, Conquistadors, world-class art and more await your discovery. THE SEA, THE SCENERY, SCIENCE AND THE CIRCUS ALL shine in Sarasota’s world-famous attractions, which highlight natural wonders and local history while ushering in the artists and  innovators of tomorrow. The area’s history spans prehistoric Native Americans and pioneer settlers, whose stories […]

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12/1/2011

The Sound of Silence

In the age of the iPhone, quiet is elusive. Sometimes the only way to relax is to go off the grid: no TV, no cell phones, no Internet. This fall, I found a perfect place to do that—right here, in our back yard. Residents and visitors have long recognized the allure of Myakka River State […]

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12/1/2011

The Case of the Florida Mystery Writer

The victim died of lead poisoning–a dozen bullets from a submachine gun. The sheet-covered body sped off in a coroner’s truck. It was 1988, the tail end of Florida’s so-called Cocaine Cowboy War. The war was mainly waged in the Miami area, but not entirely. A drug gang had driven up the Tamiami Trail and […]

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12/1/2011

A Day at the Beach

7:00 a.m. Sunrise at Siesta Beach is a slow unveiling. From darkness, the sky warms to blue. Then the green Gulf waters start to sparkle. Finally, from the shoreline in, that famous expanse of Siesta sand fades from pre-dawn gray to brilliant white. When the early risers begin their beach routines, the least terns and […]

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12/1/2011

Love at First Bite

Every now and then, you walk into a restaurant and know you’re in for an incredible experience. It could be the drop-dead view, or the spot-on elegance in every detail. Or perhaps it’s the cozy bar where a crowd of regulars swaps stories as a guitar player strums away. Sometimes you’re not sure what it […]

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12/1/2011

Snowbird Confidential

Admit it—you’re intrigued. Sarasota, this place that you’ve stumbled upon, seems like a real find. It might be nice to have a place here. Now that you have the time and money to get out of New Jersey—or Illinois, or Ohio, or Connecticut—for the winter. And then you could eventually retire here. . . But […]

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12/1/2011

Master of Light

  James Turrell has brought the light to Houston, Minneapolis, Dallas, New York and a host of other American cities, as well as abroad. Now the artist, who works in the ethereal-sounding media of light and space, brings it to Sarasota, with the installation of his major Skyspace at the Ringling Museum of Art—the first […]

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