Business / Education

Making money from scratch: How the Vinyl Music Festival is bringing Sarasota together to rethink its economic game

Published in Creative Loafing Sarasota, July 14, 2010   Downtown Sarasota is not currently known as the heart of electronic music in …

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Vlad the Educator: One of the world’s greatest pianists teams up with his former student to open Cultural Center Miracle in North Port

Published December 15, 2010 Cultural Center Miracle Grand Opening Open house noon-4 p.m., Black Tie charity dinner 5 p.m. Sat., …

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Fashion

Industry standard: A Ringling photography student is working to realize Sarasota’s fashion potential

Published October 20, 2010 Industry w/designs from E Marie by Eliza Torres and music by DJ RusDeep 8 p.m.-midnight Sat., Oct. …

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Arty pARTée: Organizations all over the Suncoast are joining forces to launch Festival sARTée in an effort to brand Sarasota-Manatee as a premier arts destination

Published in Creative Loafing Sarasota, October 6, 2010   The Ringling International Arts Festival was originally slated to be an every-other-year …

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Golden boy: The work of Ringling Museum Conservation Technician/Gilder Dave Piurek will be available to wear at S/ART/Q’s second screen-printing party

Published September 8, 2010 S/ART/Q Print Party 5-10 p.m. Sat., Sept. 11, The HuB, 1421 Boulevard of the Arts, Sarasota, …

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Politics

Textbook example: Tim Sukits wades into the battle between Rich Swier and the Sarasota County School Board

Published July 28, 2010 I approach the Sarasota County Schools building a bit after 3 p.m. on Tuesday, July 20 to …

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Publisher’s clearing house: Even with a drop in book sales, local authors still strive to get their work in the hands of readers

Published June 23, 2010 The Suncoast has a lot of the usual components that writers look for when searching for …

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Business

Cheap trick: A business model tailor-made for economic recession has allowed the Sarasota Guitar Company to thrive in a hurry

Published June 2, 2010 The case of Sarasota Guitar Company is a textbook example of how to launch a business in …

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Food Drink

ShamWow: How Shamrock owner Derek Anderson is helping turn around east Ringling Boulevard

Published March 10, 2010 St. Patrick’s Day Block Party Starts at 9 a.m. Wed., March 17, The Shamrock, 2257 Ringling …

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Education

Sarasota School of Arts and Sciences teams with ShelterBox USA to help Haiti

Published March 3, 2010 Last Thursday the entire student body at Sarasota School of Arts and Sciences left their final class …

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Making its case: How Mattison’s City Grille convinced the Sarasota City Commission to change its tune on downtown outdoor live music

Published February 17, 2010 Since the Downtown Partnership asked Paul Mattison to open his outdoor dining venue on the corner …

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Brand aid: Ringling College’s fourth annual International Design Summit highlights the importance of design in building a business

Published February 3, 2010 Sarasota International Design Summit Various times Feb. 4-6, Ringling College of Art and Design, 2700 N. …

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What next? Two new local alcohols emerge

Published Dec. 29, 2009 DRINK The story: Two new local alcohol producers come on the scene: Drum Circle Distilling with Siesta Key Rum, …

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What next? Local businesses drop like flies

Published Dec. 29, 2009 BUSINESS The story: Local independent businesses drop like flies as the downturn in the economy takes hold. What …

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What next? A Sarasota karate instructor invents Handi-Capabale Karate

Published Dec. 29, 2009 SPORTS The story: Shihan Donna Judge of Suncoast Karate Dojo launches Handi-Capable Karate, a DVD series thatteaches karate to …

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Music

Sarasota’s Svend Asmussen reflects on a career as one of the most sought-after jazz violinists of the past century

Published Dec. 14, 2009 Sitting across from Svend Asmussen in The Jazz Club of Sarasota office, it’s easy to see …

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A photo exposé of Justin Matthews: The Python Hunter

Published Sept. 30, 2009 I spent a day with Justin Matthews of Matthews Wildlife Rescue to meet some of his friends …

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The Python Hunter gets wrapped in controversy

Justin Matthews Published Sept. 29, 2009 (Photo courtesy naplesnews.com) Justin Matthews’ staged capture of a 14-foot python …

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Videos from Vern Buchanan’s health care town hall/Obama bashing in Bradenton

Aug. 21, 2009 I got a little backstage pass to Rep. Vern Buchanan’s August 20″town hall meeting” in Bradenton, which was …

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Let’s Rock Sarasota ends its inaugural summer season with a classic rock graduation ceremony

Aug. 14, 2009 Let’s Rock Sarasota is starting to roll. The rock school for kids that kicked off last September …

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Independent Suncoast retailers and restaurants are dropping like flies

Published in Creative Loafing Sarasota, May 26, 2009   Driving around Sarasota-Manatee, the bright yellow “For Lease” signs are impossible …

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Q&A: As the FCAT looms, we chat with Dee Webber about tutoring Newtown students

The assistant director of Brothers and Sisters Doing the Right Thing, Webber will be tutoring Newtown children in preparation for …

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