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AUDIO BOOK REVIEW: Learning to fly

There’s an endearing “gee-whiz, boy-howdy” kind of feel to David McCullough’s most recent study of icons of American history, “The Wright Brothers,” in which he… Read more »


A life-changing event at a soda fountain

As a little girl growing up in Ann Arbor, Michigan, Gwendolyn Calvert Baker was part of a warm, interconnected African-American family of several generations that… Read more »

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Paradox and conundrum in Escher exhibit

“At moments of great enthusiasm it seems to me that no one in the world has ever made something this beautiful and important.” — M.C…. Read more »

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Renee Fleming to perform with Sarasota Orchestra next January

Renee Fleming, a four-time Grammy Award-winning soprano sometimes known as the “People’s Diva,” will perform for the first time in Sarasota next January with the… Read more »

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'Thinking in Paint:' FSU art professors respond on canvas to Ringling Museum works

The first gallery visitors see at the Ringling Museum of Art is filled with monumental, literally wall-sized works by Peter Paul Rubens, followed by room… Read more »


AUDIO BOOK REVIEW: Audio "picture book" misses the point

OK, this business of rooting around in the archives of deceased or very elderly famous authors has got to stop. Last month it was “Go… Read more »


Not your usual typefaces

A groundbreaking exhibition of works by 14 established and up-and-coming international designers and artists in the field of typography opens today in Selby Gallery I… Read more »

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The return of sARTq

The local artist’s collective known as SARTQ, established some years ago and gone dark for a season or two, has reemerged after a successful fund-raising… Read more »

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New Music New College will present performances close and far from conventional

Although the 2014-15 season of New Music New College, the concert series dedicated to introducing area audiences to the latest thing in musical composition, was… Read more »

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Who rescues whom?

Twelve years ago actress Sylva Kelegian adopted her first dog, a shepherd-corgi mix named Sammy, while living in New York City and “fell madly in… Read more »

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THEATER REVIEW: 'Master Class' offers glimpse into a diva's heart

Don’t expect much Maria Callas-type operatic singing in the Players’ production of “Master Class,” Terrence McNally’s play about one of the world’s most recognizable opera… Read more »

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Hermitage STARS to shine in beach program Friday

The four recipients of 2015 State Teacher Artist Residencies at the Hermitage Artist Retreat in Englewood will be featured at a Friday evening program at… Read more »

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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 »