Archive for November, 2012

11/1/2012

My World: Mary Bensel

Van Wezel executive director Mary Bensel on hot tickets, pre-show panic and picky performers. What shows are often requested? I get Barbra Streisand all the time. I would book her in a hot minute, or Michael Bublé and Josh Groban. They would be perfect for the Van Wezel, but they’re still performing in arenas, and […]

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11/1/2012

Insider: Showtime!

Florida Studio Theatre’s Richard Hopkins will welcome fans to the grand opening of the expanded Gomperz Theatre at the Next Act Gala on Nov. 29. The theater now includes a full-service café and bar along with new lobby space, restrooms and more seats. With the building’s expansion (and a new cabaret space opening in January), […]

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11/1/2012

Insider: Hot Dish November 2012

Sun Garden Café’s Green Flash Salad While I’ve never seen the legendary “green flash” on the horizon at sunset, I can tell you the Green Flash Salad at Sun Garden on Siesta Key will make you a true believer in all things green. Fresh baby arugula and baby spinach, with a generous portion of sliced […]

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11/1/2012

Mr. Chatterbox: Ultimate New York Experience

This Month: The ultimate New York experience? If you ask me, it’s Bergdorf Goodman. Related Articles: The Ultimate Experience Guide Your Ultimate Guide to Gulf Seafood Letter From New York

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11/1/2012

Fashion I.Q.: November 2012

Genius looks and loot from our style blogger. It’s future couture for the siren who wants to create instant drama. Hand-sewn, the sultry corseted dress with fringed black fishbone skirt, named La Rose Noire (Black Rose), was designed by Nicole Mabalot of Sarasota’s Wicked Betty Designs. $495, punkrockbettyonline.com Your little one will cut a dapper […]

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11/1/2012

Sarasota After Dark: Up All Night

Meet some people who keep Sarasota buzzing while the rest of us sleep. “When I first started, I talked between every song to show it wasn’t a computer—I’m an actual person! I tell stupid stories, silly jokes, and play great freakin’ music. My regulars call every week—paper carriers, cabbies, a drunk couple that always wants […]

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11/1/2012

Limelight: Party Girl

Veronica Pastore reports on the Guide to Giving launch and the ALSO Gala. With this new column, I invite you to journey with me deep into the wilds of Sarasota’s social circuit. Like big-game hunters, we’ll traipse through the flora and fauna of the not-for-profit world, seeking to capture our subjects’ passions (and fashions)—as opposed […]

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11/1/2012

Shopping: Our retailers’ holiday wish list

Want to find Sarasota’s dreamiest gifts? Look no further than this wish list prepared by the toughest customers in town: owners and managers of great Sarasota stores. To stock those stores, retail buyers sift through thousands of possibilities, ending up with a curated collection of products they love. So when we asked them what single […]

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11/1/2012

The Luxury Home: November 2012

On The Homefront Charlene Neal on interiors that appeal to homebuyers. What pushes a prospective homebuyer’s “buy” button when he or she tours a model home? We asked interior designer Charlene Neal of Charlene Neal PureStyle, who last summer bested other designers from 12 states to win a prestigious Southeast Building Conference Aurora Award. Her […]

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11/1/2012

Pin It

1 Remodeling estate pins into pendants is so chic in Sarasota, and this circa 1850 brooch with .25 cts. of rose-cut diamonds ($1,650) is a great example, shown with triple-strand necklace of 69K black diamonds ($6,678). Coffrin Diamond Jewelers, 1829 S. Osprey Ave., Sarasota, (941) 366-6871. 2 Pin or pendant? She gets two gifts in […]

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