July 2011

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FEATURES

WHY EVERYBODY’S TALKING ABOUT THE NEW DOWNTOWN

From cool shopping and hot nightlife to sophisticated dining, living and culture, downtown is on a roll. By Robert Plunket

“I’M BEING PUNISHED FOR TEACHING THESE KIDS”

Education reporter David Ball on why Florida’s new merit pay law is igniting controversy in Sarasota schools.

SIRENS OF THE SHORE

Bold new swimwear takes to the beach. Photography by Matthew Holler

CRITIC’S CHOICE

Theater critic Kay Kipling picks the winning plays and performances of the 2010-11 season.

THE KATE I KNEW

New College novelist-in-residence Adam Davies recalls his friendship with the legendary Katharine Hepburn.

DEPARTMENTS

FROM THE EDITOR

The star writers behind our stories. By Pam Daniel

INSIDER

The latest scoop, including Charlie Huisking’s “Arts Capital,” Carol Tisch’s shopping finds, one hot dish from chef Judi Gallagher–and more.

MR. CHATTERBOX

Death gets a new makeover, with Mr. C’s guide to the proper way to plan your demise.

LIMELIGHT

Rebecca Baxter snaps the social scene.

HEALTH REPORT

Fitness and health you can use. By Hannah Wallace

HIGHLIGHTS

Kay Kipling’s calendar of the best arts and entertainment events for July, August and September.

FOOD AND WINE

John Bancroft dines around the world at Pattigeorge’s, plus Sean Murphy’s new island bistro, affordable meals at Sahara and summer drinks.

ONLY IN SARASOTA

Ted Mase captures the spirit of the Suncoast Super Boat Grand Prix.