Scene & Heard by Heidi Kurpiela

Scene & Heard 02.11.10

Posted February 10, 2010 at 8:00 am

by Heidi Kurpiela

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+ Lido Beach scene an asset to Hallmark e-cards
Sometimes a Hallmark moment happens when you least expect it. Just ask Brandon Kostoroski.
Kostoroski, a Sarasota resident and aspiring graphic designer, recently snapped this photo of his girlfriend on Lido Beach, and upon recognizing its potential, submitted it in Hallmark’s “Birthday Her Way” competition. The greeting-card giant was looking for designs or photos with “funny, sweet or sassy” messages aimed at its female audience.

Kostoroski, who works for Media On Main, the new downtown cyber café and Apple retailer opening next week in the former Sarasota News and Books location, was among 24 winners selected out of 2,500 entries in the company’s card-creation competition. His photo, titled “Birthday Picture Oops,” is now available as a Hallmark e-card.

As for the tan man in the blue thong, according to Kostoroski, he’s a frequent Lido Beach sun-worshipper with a winning taste in swimwear.


+ Can the Eroica Trio make chamber music sexy?
At first glance they look like the Dixie Chicks of classical music –– kind of. Erika Nickrenz, Susie Park and Sara Sant’Ambrogio make up the Eroica Trio, an all-female Grammy-nominated chamber ensemble coming to Sarasota next week courtesy of the Sarasota Concert Association.

Nickrenz, Park and Sant’Ambrogio are among a wave of young, edgy ingénues breaking the mold in a traditionally stuffy industry. They’ll perform at 8 p.m. Feb. 15, at the Van Wezel Performing Arts Hall. Their program includes Beethoven’s Piano Trio in C minor, Op. 1/3, Joan Tower’s piano trio “For Daniel,” and Brahms’ Trio in B major, Op. 8.

And, in case you’re wondering, “eroica” is Italian for heroic. 


+ Wine connoisseur hopes to toast to a new TV show
OK, so Sarasota is not exactly famous for its wine, but that’s not stopping Brookside Middle School teacher Sara Confino from developing a new local television show about her favorite nectar.

Why not? ABC 7 has the talented and tall Judi Gallagher hosting “Suncoast Cuisine,” and East County resident, pro-blogger and cookbook author Jaden Hair has appeared on the “Today Show,” in addition to numerous local news networks.

Confino won’t reveal too much about the work-in-progress, except to say that she’s in the middle of outlining episodes –– in particular the pilot, which will focus on California wine. Cheers to that!

+ Hermitage shares famous composers with Sarasota
We love the Hermitage Artists Retreat, but why does it have to be in Englewood? Thankfully, the renowned beach retreat has branched out with free downtown Sarasota programming, such as its “Meet the Composer” series.

On Feb. 12 and Feb. 25, the Hermitage will bring two of its youngest and hottest composers to the Historic Asolo Theater –– Cynthia Hopkins on Feb. 12 and Nico Muhly on Feb. 25.

Hopkins, the recipient of two Obie Awards, is a composer, writer, multi-instrumentalist and theater performer. Muhly, whose work has been performed by the American Symphony Orchestra, Boston Pops, New York Philharmonic and Chicago Symphony, scored the 2008 Academy Award-winning movie, “The Reader.”


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