Saturday, June 17, 2017

JUNE 18, 2017


The Jersey Tenors kicked  off  FST's Cabaret season to packed houses.  This newly created  music review includes classic rock hits along with operatic favorites. 

Featuring music from Queen, ABBA, Frankie Valli and the Four Seasons, Frank Sinatra, Bruce Springsteen, and more.  Sounds like great summer entertainment.  Playing through 7/17.  For tickets and performance schedule please click here. 

What separates this show from the current Burt and Me at Main Stage are the performers.  The Tenors quartet grew out of a Frankie Vallie and The Four Seasons tribute band.  In addition all cast members have Broadway credits, professional voices from pop to opera, and know how to belt out a song.

On the other hand, if you're tired of recreations of old songs and yearn for the real thing; YOU'RE IN LUCK.......

 One of our great singer-song-writers of the rock and roll era, Diana Ross, makes a return engagement June 23 at Van Wezel.  Though somewhat ancient, she does put on a good show of hits along with several costume changes.  Time has done little to dull the famous sound of the 60's,70's and 80's.

Tickets for the World Rowing Championships at Nathan Benderson Park are on sale now.  You can purchase tickets daily at The Visitors Center kiosk inside UTC. You can also purchase tickets on line by clicking here.

If any of you paid a visit to the High School event at Benderson last weekend where over 1,700 rowers competed, you know the kind of crowds to anticipate.   According to what I've read, several thousand more will be competing September 23-October 1. 

With close to 45,00 people expected for the event, tickets will become a premium later this summer.

John Grisham's newest thriller, Camino Island, starts like a speeding train and never lets up until near the end when it falls apart.  Yes, even Grisham can have a clunker.  It was as if he was in a hurry to finish for publication.  To be drawn in for over 300 pages and cast aside for a disappointing ending is enough to ask for a refund.  I give this one a C minus!  Grisham is scheduled for one of his legal thrillers later this year.  I hope for a more satisfying finish to that one.

Currently  reading Al Franken Giant Of The Senate and will have a review next week.  HINT..far better read than current Grisham.

Though Savor Sarasota may have ended its run on Thursday; it still continues at several outstanding restaurants.  Among them, Capital Grille, MoZaic, Hyde Park and The Rosemary. I have been to each and  highly recommend.  Their menus are deep, the servings are normal size, and they treat you like a real customer, not someone dining at a discount.  Not mentioning any names, but some restaurants had the audacity to serve their items at 1/2 size portions. 

And why does Savor Sarasota Month run two weeks instead of four? 

Megyn Kelly
Megyn Kelly, who gained instant notoriety when ridiculed by Donald Trump last year, immediately parlayed that exposure, leaving FOX for NBC.  Her first venture for them is not going well.  Sunday Night with Megyn Kelly is getting clobbered by 60 Minutes.  So, in order to create conversation she's booked controversial far-right radio talk show host Alan Jones this week at 7pm.  

Alex Jones
Jones, whose claims of  Sandy Hook shooting "a hoax perpetrated by forces hostile to the second amendment" have caused outrage among most intelligent Americans; many of whom are angered at the idea of any more publicity for Jones.

Kelly is too smart not to call Jones out on his implausible views. And, she has every right to do so! Jones has now released his transcript of the interview and is crying foul even before the program airs.  You watch and make your own conclusions.  Sandy Hook was no "hoax"!

JIM'S RANT.... Remember when shopping at a favorite store or mall was eagerly anticipated?  Not anymore, as major retailers make it easy to shop same store items on line and have liberal return policies to boot.

Maggie Menderski wrote last week in her Herald Retailing and Tourism column of  having recently discovered the convenience of shopping Amazon on-line for more than just a book.  Her enthusiasm is unbridled as she makes a convincing argument to stay at home and shop.

 I don't see how the Sarasota  retail community could be too thrilled with her column.  Though on-line shopping is now a way of life for so many it should not be for someone who writes a column in support of in-store shopping.

Many of you received last week's edition of Jim Knows Sarasota for the first time in weeks.  I'm happy to say, delivery issues have been resolved.  So until next week....thanks for reading...JIM 

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