Archive for April, 2013

04/1/2013

The Luxury Home

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04/1/2013

Top Tickets: April 2013

Venus in Fur The Asolo Rep takes a walk on the wild side with this erotically charged show, a hit for playwright David Ives and stars Nina Arianda and Hugh Dancy on Broadway. It’s about a playwright auditioning an actress for his adaptation of the book that inspired the term “masochism.” Onstage April 5-28 in […]

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04/1/2013

What I’m Drinking: Florida Winefest 2013

I can’t believve it’s time again for one of my favorite charity spectaculars of the Sarasota social season, Florida Winefest & Auction. This year the food and wine and bidding are wrapped in a larger celebration dubbed the Florida Wine and Balloon Festival, which runs April 4-7. Still at the heart of the event are […]

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04/1/2013

Noisemaker: Police Chief Bernadaette DiPino

The concept of community policing may sound abstract, but in new Sarasota Chief of Police Bernadette DiPino’s telling, it’s as simple as giving drunks a lift home. At DiPino’s previous post, in Ocean City, Md., the police ended up breaking up fights at one particular bar every weekend. They arrested people every week, but it […]

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04/1/2013

Florida Wine and Balloon Festival: High Times

The Florida Winefest, which has raised funds for children’s charities for more than 20 years, has now morphed into Florida’s only wine and balloon festival, with 20-plus hot air balloons waiting to rise this month above the Premier Sports Campus at Lakewood Ranch. It’s a rare opportunity to take to the beautiful Florida skies with […]

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04/1/2013

Insider: In Town: John Guare

Playwright John Guare has won Tonys and Obies for works including The House of Blue Leaves, Six Degrees of Separation and Two Gentlemen of Verona. More recently, he took home Sarasota’s Hermitage Artist Retreat Greenfield Prize, enabling him to work on his newest play, Eddie in the Andes, which will be read during Asolo Rep’s […]

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04/1/2013

Foodologist: Leigh Growney of The Short Giraffe

Baker Leigh Growney of The Short Giraffe keeps her treats little but yummy.

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04/1/2013

Shooting Blanks: Florida’s Concealed-Carry Gun Laws

By Tony D’Souza | Photography by Fred Lopez If you Google “Sarasota concealed carry course,” as I did shortly after the Sandy Hook school shooting, the link that pops up is the website of Sarasota’s Armed Citizens League. Click on it, and immediately you know you’ve landed in the right place: The first image is […]

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04/1/2013

Party Girl: Animal Rescue Coalition Gala

The hottest accessory of the night at the ARC gala in February? A red plastic LED bracelet. The bracelets dangled from all the most fashionable wrists at the Animal Rescue Coalition’s annual “Best in Show” event, and served as entry into a raffle for an iPad mini. At just $20 apiece, they were sold out […]

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04/1/2013

Shopping: Fired Up

1 Get creative with the Napa Valley collection of fire pit tables with mix-and-match tops, bases and tile by the Outdoor Greatroom Company ($1,599). American Grill & Hearth, 2881 Clark Road, Sarasota, (941) 925-3985. 2 Fireside chats are elegant and comfortable with the all-weather Canberra Surf & Sand collection by Tommy Bahama. Swivel gliders, $3,209 each; […]

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04/1/2013

Insider: Sports and Media Picks

SPORTS: USA Hockey Nationals The men’s and women’s nationwide ice hockey tournaments come to Ellenton Ice and Sports Complex during the last two weeks of April. Games are free for spectators. Mature competition: The tournament is divided into age groups: Men’s 50-and-over and 60-and-over (April 18-21); women’s 30-and-over, 40-and-over and 50-and-over (April 25-28). Divisions: Players […]

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04/1/2013

Home of the Month: Villa Solstice

The wood paneled study in Charles and Kim Githler’s home has the mellow, well-cushioned feeling of great power and wealth. It’s the kind of place where important decisions are talked over and confidences are exchanged. Just ask John Boehner, Newt Gingrich and Rudy Giuliani, all of whom have settled into its buttery leather armchairs during […]

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