Sarasota Herald Tribune

Articles from December 16, 2012

A Jazzed-Up Version of 'Nutcracker'
Since it debuted in 1892, there have not only been thousands of traditional "Nutcracker" productions, but hundreds of creative versions seeking their own distinctive niche.Mark Morris turned to horror comic artist Charles Burns to evoke a creepy aura...
Andrews' 'Treasury' Is Low-Key Collection
A collection of poetry read by one of the best-known actresses in the world and her daughter makes for a relaxing listening experience."Julie Andrews' Treasury for All Seasons: Poems and Songs to Celebrate the Year" divides the year into seasons and...
Building Inventory
Builders again are starting to assemble a supply of move-in ready homesMost everyone in the residential real estate business is decrying an apparent "lack of inventory," or houses to sell.Builders are in the position to do something about it. In another sign...
'Carol' Gathers the Generations
Murray Chase doesn't have to wonder what he's doing in the weeks leading up to Christmas each year. It's a sure bet that he'll be staging the Venice Theatre's original musical version of "A Christmas Carol."This year marks the 11th time that he has staged...
For Elder Battered by Downturn, Some Relief
SERIES: SEASON OF SHARINGSEASON OF SHARING: A need born of recession, longevity and misplaced trustNeck bones and lima beans simmer in two tall pots with dinner- plate lids, building columns of steam in Susie King's tidy kitchen.With a Social Security...
Giving as a Gift
Season of Sharing offers an option to shoppingTired of searching for the perfect gift for friends, family and co-workers (or, at the least, something that won't be re-gifted?)Want to cross off the names of hard-to-buy-for-folks from your shopping list...
Grants Go to Arts Groups
The Gulf Coast Community Foundation and the Arts and Cultural Alliance of Sarasota County recently awarded a total of $190,000 in grants to local arts and cultural organizations.A $50,000 leveraged grant for the Sarasota Ballet's new "John Ringling Circus...
Herald Tribune Obituaries
Ash, John WashingtonApril 20, 1927 - Dec. 11, 2012John was born April 20, 1927 in Sarasota, Florida and passed away December 11, 2012 at age 85, having lived his entire life within two blocks in Sarasota. He is survived by his wife of 65 years, Alice, sons,...
Here, as Elsewhere, Tragedy Feeds a Debate
SARASOTAPreschool teacher Jessica Stephens pictured the horrific scene in Newtown, Conn., and thought about what she might have done had it happened in her own classroom.Stephens, 24, has fired guns ever since her grandfather taught her the skill when...
'Nutcracker' a Point of Pride for Sarasota and Its Ballet
More than a century after its debut in 1892, to produce a novel version of ballet's war horse, the "Nutcracker," is a challenge. To create a contemporary rendering that is meaningful to the community in which it is produced -- not to mention put together...
On This Beat, Joy
Thanks to gift card-toting police officers, some Sarasota children get holiday cheerSARASOTAIt was 6 a.m. Saturday and 35 uniformed police stood in dark in front of Target, waiting.Many of them had just ended a 12-hour night shift. A few stifled yawns.But...
Paying Respects, 5,170 Times
SARASOTAFor the first time, an evergreen wreath with a red bow lay on every pearly white grave -- all 5,170 of them at Sarasota National Cemetery.A few hundred community members, including young people and veterans, placed the wreaths at the graves Saturday...
Rays Have Snap Crackle but No POP
SARASOTAMinus the frequency of the swallows returning to Capistrano, or Lindsay Lohan running afoul the law, the Tampa Bay Rays have put up their "Under Construction'' sign.Spurred by an organizational decision/need to get younger, and, by extension,...
Sellers Are in a Rush to Close Deals
The end of the year rush is turning into a frenzy for real estate agents. With the uncertainty over the nation's tax landscape, some home sellers are frantic about closing the sales of their homes on a date that begins with "December."Kim Ogilvie of...
Shriners Bring Cheer to Children
Music, clowns, lunch and a visit from Santa Claus brought a little holiday cheer for 52 children who participate in the Shriners' medical transportation program.The pediatric patients and their families were guests of honor at the Sahib Shriners' annual...
The MASTER on Display
Veronese paintings are centerpiece of a rare gathering of artworksThe first Old Master painting that John Ringling bought in 1925 for what would become his namesake museum now stands as the centerpiece of a major new exhibition."Rest on the Flight Into...
This Tiger Trainer No Fan of This Spotlight
The call to circus animal trainer Lancelot Ramos caught him at what I would think was a time to totally ignore his cell phone.But he answered, and we talked for several minutes about an animal rights group's suspicions about what happened days before during...
What's the Role of Theater Critic?
A few weeks ago, I received an e-mail from a reader concerned about the impact of my review of "Nate Jacobs' 50s Jukebox Revue" at the Westcoast Black Theatre Troupe.I had generally enjoyed the musical portions, staged as mini concerts, but questioned...
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