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March 2013

March 2013 Highlights

By Kay Kipling   ART Selby Gallery. Showing here through April 3: Abstract, adj.; Expressing a quality apart from an object, featuring works by a range of abstract artists. 359-7563. Ringling Museum of Art. Remaining on view through April 14: Paolo Veronese: A Master and his Workshop in Renaissance Venice. Continuing in the Searing Wing […]

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February 2013

WEB EXTRA: Matthew McLendon Talks Ringling and Ritts

Curator of modern and contemporary art Matthew McLendon on Ritts’ enduring legacy.By Taylor Meredith   As the curator of modern and contemporary art at The John and Mable Ringling Museum of Art, Matthew McLendon has many responsibilities—including overseeing around 5,000 objects (a third of the museum’s permanent collection), conducting research on all the museum’s different […]

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February 2013

February Highlights

By Kay Kipling Nick Wallenda appears with Circus Sarasota, through Feb. 15.   Art Venice Art Center. A portrait and figure open show continues through Feb. 15, with a special fine arts show also set for Feb. 23 and 24. 485-7136. Selby Gallery. Remaining on view through Feb. 16: Phases of Identity, a collaborative installation […]

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February 2013

Top Tickets: February 2013

This month’s top events.By Kay Kipling Sheryl Crow Multiple Grammy winner Crow (All I Wanna Do, Soak Up the Sun) makes her Sarasota debut with a rocking concert at 8 p.m. Feb. 15 at the Van Wezel; it’s also the night of the Van Wezel Foundation’s gala, with dinner and a cocktail hour part of […]

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February 2013

L.A. Style

Herb Ritts’ “L.A. Style” comes to the Ringling Museum.         Herb Ritts was a California kid who grew up to photograph some of Hollywood’s biggest celebrities, along with famous fashion models and other beautiful bodies. He often photographed his arresting subjects in iconic California sunshine, sometimes on the beach or in the […]

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November 2012

Curtain Goes Up for Florida Studio Theatre’s New Additions

By Kay Kipling Florida Studio Theatre formally opened its new, renovated, revitalized Gompertz Theatre on First Street Thursday night during its “Next Act” gala, which also took a look back at the theater’s 38-year history in Sarasota. Theater patrons had actually glimpsed the inside of the venerable theater (which started life as a silent motion […]

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Les Miz explodes onto the Van Wezel stage. (Deen van Meer)
November 2012

Sarasota After Dark: Best of The Season

Arts editor Kay Kipling picks the best of the 2012 Sarasota arts season.

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November 2012

Sarasota After Dark: Bandwidth

These local musicians deliver a range of sounds, from country to alt-rock and beyond. Listen up. Pound for pound, tune for tune, few Florida cities can touch Sarasota when it comes to musical talent these days. Believe it. Over the past few years, fans have witnessed a rising tide of ambition and creativity in what […]

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Photos Courtesy Steppenwolf Theatre and Wikimedia Commons/Public Domain
November 2012

War By Other Means

Tony-winning director Frank Galati, directing this month’s 1776 for Asolo Rep, reflects on a career spent on the battlegrounds of the theater.

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November 2012

Saranova and Me

Novelist and screenwriter Adam Davies takes a late-night tour with Sarasota’s greatest Lothario.

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November 2012

November 2012 Highlights

Kay Kipling’s calendar of the best arts and entertainment events for November. Art Venice Art Center. The Fall Members Show concludes Nov. 2 here; it’s followed by the Suncoast Watercolor Society exhibition, opening Nov. 9 to run through Dec. 8. 485-7136. Sarasota Chalk Festival. The festival continues its Circus City: USA celebration with street performers, […]

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August 2012

Connoisseur’s Calendar

2012 BBC Proms, London Join up to 1,500 “Prommers” at concerts at Albert Hall and get caught up in the excitement that engulfs the city during the annual Proms. The program is packed with world premieres, classical favorites and internationally renowned musicians. Part of the Cultural Olympiad 2012, a four-year program of cultural events that […]

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August 2012

“It’s My Passion”

Matchless Thrills James Uihlein carries on a proud family tradition while savoring the adrenaline rush of polo. For James Uihlein, polo is a family tradition—his grandfather, Robert A. Uihlein Jr., helped introduce the sport to his native Wisconsin, where the family owned the Jos. Schlitz Brewing Company for more than 100 years; and his father […]

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July 2012

Summer Fun

Sarasota has become a year-round city, with more full-time residents—and summer tourists—than ever before. These days, earthshaking thunderstorms and air-conditioned movies aren’t the only entertainment, as arts groups have extended their seasons and camps and special events cater to every imaginable interest. And now that the snowbirds have flown back North, you can discover new […]

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July 2012

Best In Shows

Boldest Interpretation of Shakespeare That would be the Asolo Rep’s and director Michael Donald Edwards’ Hamlet, Prince of Cuba. For me, not everything in this updated and relocated production worked, but it certainly took chances, and the performances that were done in Spanish (with English surtitles) were a new and welcome reach-out to our Hispanic […]

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July 2012

Arts Capital: July 2012

Risk-taking and collaboration were the hallmarks of an exciting 2011-12 Sarasota arts season. Here’s a look back at some of the highlights—and a few lowlights, too. SER O NO SER Could the Asolo Rep pull off its audacious plan to present English and Spanish performances of its Hamlet: Prince of Cuba? That was indeed the question, […]

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June 2012

June 2012 Top Tickets

Sarasota Music Festival For nearly 50 years this chamber music festival has brought together top students, top faculty and appreciative audiences for concerts featuring works by legends of classical music, plus classes, lectures and more. Dates for major concerts are June 7 and 8, 14 and 15, 21 and 22, but the student recitals get […]

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June 2012

Arts Capital: June 2012

Despite Offstage Drama, Banyan Is Still in Business Some offstage drama last fall had fans of the Banyan Theater Company fearing that the organization’s days were numbered. But the company, known for performing challenging, provocative works in the summer, will once again present a three-play season, opening June 28 with Athol Fugard’s A Lesson from […]

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June 2012

Master & Commander

I first heard of John Chamberlain when I was a freshman in college. I was taking a survey course in art history and finally, after Greek, Gothic, Renaissance, Old Master, Impressionism, and Abstract, we reached the present day—1964. The professor singled out two artists as emblematic, and he made it clear that he hated them […]

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June 2012

What I’m Drinking: Mini Martinis

Where I come from, a martini used to be a pretty narrowly defined cocktail, consisting mostly of vodka or gin with a hint of dry vermouth, shaken with ice and strained into a classic martini stem garnished with an olive or a twist. That was then. Now, just about any cocktail that’s served in a […]

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