SPOILER ALERT....This finale aired CHRISTMAS in the UK, so reviews and commentary are readily available on the Internet. As with most endings, some will be satisfied while others will not!
As for me, I will wait until Tuesday when one of the best shows of this season, The People Vs. O.J airs at 10 pm on FX. Last week's episode, "The race card" was brilliant. This week's, which tackles Marcia Clark, promises to be as good if not better. We are at the half-point of this series. ON-DEMAND has the first episodes.
The discovery of possible murder weapon (knife) this week brought the case front and center again. Amazing, how many still remember where they were when the verdict was rendered. Though in jail for another crime, O.J. cannot be tried a second time for his wife's murder, even if the prints prove to be his. BUT, due for parole next year, if for some miracle his DNA is found on presumed murder knife, it may effect the judge's decision.
What a weekend last week for SARASOTA and our Van Wezel Performing Arts Hall. Two brilliant performers took the stage for sold out performances. Saturday it was Kristin Chenoweth, a Broadway Tony Winner for her performance in You're a Good Man, Charlie Brown and an Emmy for her role in Pushing Daises on ABC. She sang her heart out for 90 plus minutes which included local talent and an audience member whose number with her that must have been rehearsed, not spontaneous as suggested.
The following night, Josh Groban headlined the Van Wezel Foundation Gala. Singing mostly hits from his smash CD, Stages, Groban also performed many more of his classic hits, and had the crowd on their feet several times, as did Chenoweth. Landing stars of this magnitude speaks volumes for the building as well as Sarasota.
Due to the wonderful Temple Emanu-EL gala we were unable to see Groban, but did see Chenoweth. More stars to come and with eight sold out performances of The Book of Mormon setting gross revenue records, the future looks bright for this venue; even though discussions are underway for a bigger-better sounding auditorium.
In order to move as far away from former partner Sol Shenker and his new venture down the street at Sol's NYC Delicatessen a name change and revised menu was introduced last week.
Along with removing Sol and renaming itself DOC SAM'S New York Deli & Gourmet Eatery, on Wednesday, they held an elaborate ribbon cutting ceremony to commemorate the change.
The new menu offers several size sandwiches along with chopped liver made with tomato and onion marmalade and kasha varniskes with a "tweak" of gravy of refined demiglace, and of course potato latkes topped with smoked salmon. Anyone with the courage and stomach to try this place please let me have your review at email@example.com. I am not going until I hear positive feedback.
It's been way too long for a visit to one of our favorite SARASOTA restaurants, but with their pending arrival to The Plazas at UTC, we thought it was time to revisit JPAN.
Ecstatic can best describe my groups reaction to our meal. From Jpan's all too filling UDON SOUP served with thick noodles to shrimp tempura, Sashimi, to the best sushi roll in town Soul Good Roll, (my opinion), and tempura banana with coconut ice cream for dessert, we were in heaven.
JPAN opens in a few months across from Rusty Bucket. I am very happy to know the owner!!! I say that because I predict big crowds for this unique Benderson Plaza restaurant.
We do eat out allot; especially in season when so many friends from around the country spend most of their winter months in PARADISE. And sometimes it is difficult to find a restaurant. I was recently sent a publication Larry Hoffman's, The Little Sarasota DINNING book Featuring Sarasota's top restaurants, it is the best most complete book of its kind. You can read all about the book and search for restaurants by clicking here. You can also purchase the book on line as well or at several local bookstores.
Tired of seeing second run movies at Parkway Cinemas. Sick of the smell, filth, smokey screen and outdated sound system? And are willing to pay a few dollars more for an up to date movie experience at a top rate theater? Then head to HOLLYWOOD 20 where their new pricing policy is now in effect. Anytime of day (with the exception of 3-D) you can see first run movies for $6.42 including tax. My guess, facing stiff competition form Cine-Bistro, and the fact that streaming is becoming a more popular form of entertainment, prices were lowered to remain a relevant option. I don't know how long this will last, so take advantage while you can.
JIM'S RANT....So much to rant about today....the Donald Trump mess...the never-ending debates....the crazy drivers....but I am going to make it simple.....our cheap gas fill-up days are coming to an end. Prices are now going the other way, and with summer fast approaching along with the way gas is processed, it won't be too long before we are back to $2.00 PLUS!! So fill-up today while the prices are still under $2.....
As always Thank you to Tracy for making some sense of this week's blog and a big thank you for reading!!!!......JIM