“Ladies and gentlemen, boys and girls and children of all ages…”
It’s been a long, long time since I last attended a circus, although I saw Cirque du Soleil’s La Nouba a few years ago, and after hearing of daredevil Nik Wallenda walk the high wire above Sarasota last month, I immediately decided taking my parents to Circus Sarasota during their February visit was a must.Read More
Steve Jobs was a “jerk,” biographer Walter Isaacson said during the kick off of the Ringling College Library Association’s Town Hall 2013 Lecture Series on Jan. 15, in Sarasota, Fla.
Isaacson, President and CEO of the Aspen Institute and former Chairman and CEO of CNN and editor of TIME magazine, penned “Steve Jobs“, the only authorized biography about the co-founder, CEO and chairman of Apple Inc. Jobs continuously pushed the author to write an honest book and Isaacson discussed the challenge of doing such.Read More
Please excuse my ignorance but I’m not up on dance terminology. But, I suppose that’s the beauty of the Ringling International Arts Festival, an annual celebration of today’s performance art in Sarasota, Fla. It’s art for everyone to appreciate. My narrow, stereotypical view of ballet was shattered last night while the contemporary Mark Morris Dance Group performed as part of RIAF. I have to admit, the only reason I snagged a ticket for the performance was to see one of the twentieth century’s top ballet dancers, Mikhail Baryshnikov, perform.Read More
Over the weekend I visited the beautiful Marie Selby Botanical Gardens in Sarasota, Fla., with the primary purpose of smelling that rare, stinky flower in bloom. Having traveled an hour’s drive (one way), I decided to make the most of the visit and spent an hour walking the grounds and soaking up the bountiful blooms.
Although it was a little hot, I took shade under the trees and inside the Conservatory. Enjoy these snapshots.Read More
Sticking my nose close enough to get a whiff of Amorphophallus titanum was equivalent to sticking my head in a garbage can with a week-old piece of rotting meat. Or, was it the stench of ripe road kill roasting in the sun?
Either way, the “corpse flower” – named for its foul odor – lived up to its reputation as being one beautiful yet stinky bloom. Those of us living in Southwest Florida can see and smell one of the world’s largest flowers at Marie Selby Botanical Gardens in Sarasota. Better hurry, the flower began opening yesterday and garden officials anticipate the foul-smelling bloom will be closed by Tuesday, June 12.Read More