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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

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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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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May 2012

Top Tickets

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

Arts Capital

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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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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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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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

Top Tickets

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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March 2012

Top Tickets

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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March 2012

Arts Capital

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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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

Top Tickets

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

Arts Capital

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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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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