Scene & Heard
Find out what's "scene" and heard in Sarasota's arts and entertainment world.
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The story behind our SEASON photo shoot; Orchestra maestro has middle-school flashback; Van Wezel spoils ‘Mamma Mia’s’ youngest fans; and If you can only make two shows this week ...
Toronto ballet star gets a hometown welcome; Sarasota music school rocks onward and upward; and The Fine Arts Society savors a taste of s/ART/q.
Pastel painter searches for a good Sarasota garden; and Sarasota Opera plans to stir the pot in 2011.
Lido Beach scene an asset to Hallmark e-cards; Can the Eroica Trio make chamber music sexy?; Wine connoisseur hopes to toast to a new TV show; and Hermitage shares famous composers with Sarasota.
The Players Theatre rearranges some furniture; Sarasota Elf gets serious and starts whispering; and Woody Allen’s banjoist drums up local ties.
Jazz Juvies receive anonymous donations; Sarasota Ballet revives Carnaby Street chic; Pink flamingos collect dust as construction delays; and 'Galileo' gamble pays off for Asolo Rep Theatre.
Werner Herzog breaks in new Ringling film lab; Joan of Arc is this season’s opera darling; WCBTT season rocks another ‘supreme’ start; and more!
'Design Star' Jason Champion spotted at IKEA; Van Wezel celebration hits the sweet spot; Riverview freshman’s rock fantasy comes true; and much more.
About Heidi Kurpiela
I’m Heidi Kurpiela, The Observer’s A&E Editor. Here are a few things you should know about me before you read my blog: I’m a lousy singer and an OK dancer. I was once cast as a townsperson in my high school’s musical production of “Cinderella,” in which I delivered one line with great success. Other than superb impersonation skills, my flair for entertainment is limited to playing the clarinet and telling stories.
I grew up in rural Western New York; where my pastimes included 4- wheeling, snowmobiling, camping and playing hide-and-go seek in the cornfields behind my house. I graduated from Buffalo State College in 2004 with a bachelor’s degree in journalism and a minor in art history.
I live in a 1940s bungalow in St. Petersburg with my husband Joe and our asthmatic pug, Cubbie.
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On March 7, the Islander Club held its 5th annual Art Fair featuring works created by residents. Watercolors, acrylic paintings, pottery, photography and many other mediums were included in the fair.
PHOTO GALLERY: Tara Golf and Country Club Fashion Show
The parking lots and lawn areas in front of Tara Golf and Country Club were filled to maximum capacity March 7, as the community's residents gathered to watch models strut down the runway. The all-women crowd sipped on red wine, as they sat at tables with multi-colored flowers as centerpieces.
PHOTO GALLERY: Sarasota Chamber Clays Tournament
The Sarasota Chamber of Commerce held its 6th annual Clays Tournament Friday, March 7. Nearly 75 chamber members competed in teams of four or five on twelve different open ranges. Members enjoyed friendly competition at the all-day event, which was held at the Sarasota Trap, Skeet and Clays in Nokomis.
SPD continues homeless crackdown
After establishing an overtime patrol for Five Points Park and Pineapple Park, the Sarasota Police Department is also monitoring J.D. Hamel Park for illicit activity.
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