Saturday, November 1, 2014

NOVEMBER 2, 2014


Tonight on Discovery Channel, 424HD Comcast, Nik Wallenda is doing another of his unimaginable stunt walks; part of which is over the Chicago River.  For some of the walk he will be blindfolded!! What a way to make a living.  While practicing at Benderson Park he drew thousands of spectators as well as television and news teams from Fox News, The 700 Club, NBC, Reuters, Inside Edition, The London Times, as well as reporters from Australia, London, Canada and too many more to mention.  The publicity is great for SARASOTA.  Remember when all everyone knew about us was the now shuttered Colony?  Oh well, those days are long gone.

The walk itself takes around 20 minutes, but Discovery is making the most out of the huge audience it will draw to this one time "DEATH DEFYING" event by starting at 7:00 and running til 9:20.  Set your DVR and watch 60 Minutes and The Good Wife.  I wish him well, but he is just a little crazy don't you think?

This weekend marks the return of SARASOTA Orchestra Masterworks series with our new director ANU TALI.  The dates are November7,8&9 at the Van Wezel.  Titled FRAMED, the concerts feature an all-star lineup of Russian composers.  Tali, having studied conducting in St. Petersburg, Russia, developed a deep understanding of the style of those composers.

Tali's schedule was limited last season to a late contract signing and her prior commitments.  Such is not the case this year.  For more information on these concerts as well as the rest of this exciting season click here.

Here's a tasty discovery.  One of yours and our favorite casual breakfast and lunch restaurants...Toasted Mango Cafe has expanded its hours on Thursday, Friday and Saturday to include dinner 5:30-9:30 along with wine and beer.  The menu is creative and features Prime Rib, Crispy Duck, Stuffed Norwegian Salmon among the entrees along with lighter fare including salads and pub burger.

The preferred payment is cash and your server will be helpful with a cash discount.  There is an ATM on premises. AND, they do take reservations at 941-388-7728.  I w
ill try it and give review next week, but based on several trips for breakfast, it HAS to be good!!!

The 25th Anniversary of CINE-WORLD FILM FESTIVAL begins this Friday, November 7 and runs through Sunday, November 16.  Screenings take place at  Burns Court & Lakewood Ranch; however the bulk of them are at Burns.  This year's movies lack the star powered attractions of past festivals, but nevertheless feature a cross section of Foreign and Independent Cinema.

We have been attending the festival for several years and always walk away with a gem or two that later become box office hits or Academy Award contenders or even winners.  There is no King's Speech or Black Swan, but there are several worthy of your attention.  My choices follow, but by no means should you quit there.  Stop by the box office and pick up a brochure or go on line for a complete list. Members and non-members are able to order tickets on line as well.

The list that follows should not limit your selections.  For sake of space I am going to list my preferred films and hope you do research on others you  might enjoy.   Here goes:  MR TURNER (opening film), TWO DAYS, ONE NIGHT, THE IMITATION GAME, FORCE MAJURE (open in NY to rave reviews by NY Times and WSJ), HUMAN CAPITAL, ESCOBAR:PARADISE LOST and GETT: THE TRIAL OF VIVIANE AMSALEM.

In addition to the above there are several documentaries to choose from.  You're on your own there.  See you at the movies!!
A week from today, all faiths food bank's yearly sold-out BOWLS OF HOPE once again will be at Phillipi Estate Park of US 41 and Phillipi Creek Drive.  For a $25 donation you will help feed thousands this holiday season and enjoy a meal of soup, fresh bread, desserts; all a reminder of the empty bowls you can fill together. 

In addition to all that wonderful food DONATED by more than 30 well-know
SARASOTA restaurants and live entertainment throughout the event you will receive to take home a beautiful handcrafted bowl.  For additonal information and an opportunity to make a donation if you cannot attend click here.

One of the greatest musicals of our generation kicks off the ASOLO season November 14-December 28.

SOUTH PACIFIC, the Broadway show that made Mary Martin and Enzio Pinza stars forever, is this year's featured production.  It follows a long line of opening  productions worthy of Broadway.  A few years ago,  Bonnie and Clyde starring Jeremy Jordan actually made it to Broadway, but didn't last long.  Jordan recreated his role and then moved on to Newsies.    Showboat and 1776 are two more opening productions that come to mind.

Previews begin November 11 and lead into opening night on the 14th.  These shows always have great seats for the first few weeks then sell-out.  I suggest you go early. To get a jump on ticket purchases for South Pacific click here now!!

This week, Roberta and I attended a reception hosted by George and Janet Miles at Ringling College of Art and Design for the first Sarasota showing of Barnes and BeyondA film telling the compelling story of how the Barnes Board of Trustees and the arts community saved one of the greatest artistic treasures in the world.  Special guest and speaker was Dr. Bernard C. Watson, Chairman Emeritus of the Barnes Foundation.  I will let you know if and when it is shown again.  For anyone who enjoys art and its preservation should see this film.

JIM'S RANT.....On Tuesday we once again vote for a Congress, local and state offices as well as Governor.  I don't know about you, but I am glad to see this election cycle come to an end.  One of the most negative campaigns ever seen...both Gubernatorial  candidates are flawed; even more so by their ridiculous FAN debate and their incessant negative advertising.  Our choice here is slim and none!!!!  And while I'm at it, the opponents of medical marijuana have spewed enough lies about Amendment 2,  I have serious doubts it will pass.   And the SUPREME COURT needs to revisit it's ruling allowing PAC monies unlimited access to television advertising.......

Thanks as always to Tracy for her editing and advice.  Until next week.....JIM

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