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AUDIO BOOK REVIEW: 'Go Set a Watchman' a provocative first draft

Like many other readers and fans of “To Kill a Mockingbird,” I have watched the unfolding drama of the publication of Harper Lee’s second novel… Read more »

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Dysfunctional families, a la Francaise

It’s best not to know what secrets are revealed and what the relationship is between the three characters in “My Old Lady,” the Israel Horowitz… Read more »

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A rainbow of color

The colors almost literally jump off Tom Stephens’ canvases hanging in the Christy Payne Mansion at Selby Gardens, tropical hues turned up to near fluorescent… Read more »

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Maria Wirries in cabaret concert

Local singing sensation Maria Wirries is home for the summer after her first year studying musical theater at Penn State University, and will be singing… Read more »

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AUDIO BOOK REVIEW: 'Drunken Fireworks' by Stephen King

If you’re not a Mainer, it may take you a few minutes to wrap your brain around Tim Sample’s accent in his delightful reading of… Read more »

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A casual concert of opera arias

Erica Reynolds, a Sarasota native who started performing at the Players Theatre as a little girl and then studied musical theater in the Booker High… Read more »

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Fiati Five in concert Saturday for New Music New College

An Italian chamber music festival based in Varano, Italy, has come to Sarasota for a summer residency in recent years, and this year Fiati Five,… Read more »

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Get your sing on this weekend

Singers, instrumentalists and an audience are invited to participate in Musica Sacra Cantorum’s first-ever Summer Festival Chorus this weekend for an afternoon of classical vocal… Read more »

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Buyers eager for Harper Lee's sequel

Readers flock to Sarasota bookstore to buy “Go Set a Watchman” on its official release date…. Read more »

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A matured Westcoast Black Theatre Troupe delivers on 'Cotton Club Cabaret'

Fifteen years of success as a Sarasota theatrical troupe is something to celebrate, and that’s what the Westcoast Black Theatre Troupe does magnificently in a… Read more »

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Documenting Appalachia

The photographs are stark, glossy black and white matted and framed in white, their subjects nearly leaping off the walls of the Ringling Museum to… Read more »

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R.I.P., Dexter

The title of Jeff Lindsay’s latest book about serial killer Dexter Morgan says it all: “Dexter is Dead.” And not to be a spoiler, but… Read more »

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'Highwaymen' art on display in Palmetto

A private collection of paintings by the Florida Highwaymen, a group of African-American landscape artists who began painting in the late 1950s, will go on… Read more »

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'Defining Abstraction' at Selby Galleries

“Defining Abstraction,” a group exhibition featuring work by more than 30 contemporary artists, will be on display July 10-Aug. 7 at Selby Gallery I and… Read more »

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Reunited at the Ringling

Once upon a time two carved wooden elephant heads hung on the wall in the Tap Room at Ca’ d’Zan, circus magnate John Ringling’s palatial… Read more »