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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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May 2012

Scream Queen

It’s a long way from playing sweet little Gretl in The Sound of Music on the Players stage in Sarasota to starring in a horror/sci-fi/comedy called Detention that’s receiving attention on the film festival circuit and just opened nationwide. But that’s the journey 20-year-old Shanley Caswell, a Sarasota native, has made in just a little […]

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May 2012

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Fanny Brice: America’s Funny Girl Funny Girl may have made Streisand a star, but it wasn’t the last word on the laughing-on-the-outside, crying-on-the-inside story of comedienne Fanny Brice. The Asolo Rep’s production of this musical show focuses on her professional and private life with showman Billy Rose. Onstage May 20 through June 17; 351-8000 or […]

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May 2012

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A New Nutcracker Salutes the Circus As the current arts season winds down, I’m already getting excited about the next one. I can’t wait until December, when the Sarasota Ballet’s intriguing, circus-themed production of The Nutcracker premieres. Set in the 1930s, the ballet will open in a grand New York hotel, where the young heroine, […]

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April 2012

The Land He Sees

Artist Bruce Marsh says that throughout his life he has always “painted what’s around me,” whether it was the Southern California setting where he grew up, the cabin in the North Carolina woods he built from scratch, or what he now sees from the Ruskin home he shares with wife and fellow artist Dolores Coe. […]

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April 2012

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Sarasota Film Festival The fest is back for its 14th year, with new movies, kids’ events, parties, conversations and more, April 13-22. For inside details, read Charlie Huisking’s “Arts Capital” on page 26; 364-9514 or go to sarasotafilmfestival.com. Sarasota Ballet: My Way Twyla Tharp’s tribute to the sexy sophistication of Ol’ Blue Eyes, Nine Sinatra […]

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April 2012

Arts Capital

April is a great month to be outdoors, but I’ll be joining thousands of movie fans in dark theaters, sampling the riches of the 2012 Sarasota Film Festival. Opening April 13, the festival has a typically diverse and intriguing line-up. As a fan of director Lawrence Kasdan (Body Heat, The Big Chill), I’m eager to […]

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March 2012

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It’s overwhelming enough for a young actor to take on the role of Hamlet for the first time. But to perform the part in both English and Spanish? Well, what a piece of work is that! That’s exactly the challenge facing Frankie Alvarez, who’s playing the title role in the upcoming Asolo Rep production of […]

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March 2012

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Spring Training Play ball! A sure sign of spring is the return of the Baltimore Orioles (at Ed Smith Stadium) and Pittsburgh Pirates (at Bradenton’s McKechnie Field). The Orioles kick things off March 5 and play through April 1; the Pirates play March 2 through March 31. For Orioles tickets, (800) 745-3000; for Pirates, (941) […]

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February 2012

Arts Capital

Unless I missed the coverage, the death of 94-year-old Alex Steinweiss in Sarasota a few months ago didn’t get much attention in the local press. While Steinweiss wasn’t a household name, he made a major impact on the lives of generations of music lovers.   In 1938, while working as an advertising artist for Columbia […]

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February 2012

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Circus Sarasota Hot dogs, cotton candy and thrills provided by comic daredevil Bello Nock, aerialists Dolly Jacobs and Yuri Rijkov, the Shandong Chinese Troupe and other stars fill the Big Top near Ed Smith Stadium in this year’s edition, running Feb. 10-26. 355-9805 or circussarasota.org. Carmen The Sarasota Opera begins its winter season with Bizet’s […]

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February 2012

In Town: Patti LuPone and Mandy Patinkin at Van Wezel

Broadway stars Patti LuPone and Mandy Patinkin have proven a powerful team ever since they performed in Evita more than 30 years ago. Now they’re together (with music director Paul Ford) in a show packed with Broadway songs written by everyone from Richard Rodgers to Stephen Sondheim. “An Evening with Patti LuPone and Mandy Patinkin” takes […]

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January 2012

The Art of Amy

Amy Miller’s sculptural creations may look sweet and innocent, but in their size (sometimes eight feet high), construction demands ("You have to be part engineer") and meaning ("My work asks questions about how we find our identities in our ceremonies and life passages"), they’re quite complex. Miller, who recently won the John Ringling Towers Fund […]

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January 2012

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Forks & Corks Bring your appetites to this year’s four-day Forks & Corks Food & Wine Festival, which includes winemaker dinners, interactive seminars and the Grand Tasting in the Ringling Museum courtyard. But buy your tickets early; last year’s events sold out weeks in advance. Jan. 27-30; 955-3663 or freshoriginals.com/forksandcorks. God of Carnage Yasmina Reza’s […]

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January 2012

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A Lovely Piece of “Carchitecture” Sarasota County Commissioner Joe Barbetta caused an uproar when, in an email that he meant to be private, he blasted the city’s decision to spend $25,000 on murals inside the Palm Avenue parking garage. Most of the furor surrounded his criticism of artist Virginia Hoffman, whom he mistakenly thought was […]

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December 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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December 2011

The Guide: Arts & Entertainment

SARASOTANS OFTEN BOAST ABOUT OUR PERFORMING ARTS SCENE—and with good reason. Our professional theater, ballet, orchestra and opera companies frequently win raves from New York critics, while some of our many community theaters have won international recognition. We’re also home to some outstanding  local dance, choral and film programs. For professional theater, take your pick: […]

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December 2011

The Guide: Galleries & Museums

COMBINE SARASOTA’S STUNNING NATURAL BEAUTY AND OUR LONGSTANDING ARTISTIC POPULATION, and you get our visual arts scene, a vibrant array of works—and people who know how to appreciate them. The world-famous John and Mable Ringling Museum of Arts is the hub of it all. Down the road at Ringling College of Art and Design, galleries […]

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December 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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December 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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