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GLASS HALF FULL The emphasis on contemporary art led Philip and Nancy Kotler to donate their collection as the first contemporary studio glass in The Ringling museum’s collection.

“Imminent Fear” by Mark Bokesch will be on display from Nov. 18 through June 29, at The Ringling.

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Philip Kotler flew home to Chicago from Japan last week for one event: The Sculpture Objects Functional Art + Design (SOFA). The event is one he and his wife, Nancy Kotler, look forward to every year. “He’s going with me even if he’s really jet lagged,” Nancy Kotler says with a chuckle. “He made sure he got in just in time for opening night because it’s too fun to miss.” The Kotlers, contemporary glass art collectors, recently made a large donation of their collection to The John and Mable Ringling Museum of Art. Twentyfour works, a portion of the initial donation, will be featured in a studio glass exhibit opening Nov. 18. The Kotlers have promised almost all of the other pieces they own and continue to actively collect. SOFA is where they do most of their shopping. All the biggest and best glass artists and galleries exhibit at the Navy Pier festival, which opened

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// ARTS&ENTERTAINMENT Oct. 31. All of the friends the Kotlers have made through The Art Alliance for Contemporary Glass will be in attendance, including some Sarasotans who make up the Southwest chapter. The Kotlers spend six months of the year on Longboat Key, and they’ll arrive just before The Ringling exhibit opens this month. They spend the summers at the Chautaqua Institution, in New York, and falls in Chicago. The Kotler collection includes artists’ names you recognize (or will soon recognize) if you’re in the know on contemporary studio glass: Karen LaMonte, Harvey Littleton, Nicolas Africano, Peter Hora, etc. The couple’s glass collection is so extensive they completed an addition to their Evanston, Ill., home to utilize as a gallery space. When they outgrew that, they had a new home designed around the collection. They once needed a structural engineer to evaluate how to accommodate a 450-pound Karen LaMonte sculpture. The couple started collecting glass pieces in 1986 — nearly 30 years ago. Leading up to the first glass purchase, Philip Kotler had been collecting art when he traveled for business. As an authoritative voice on marketing, he has penned more than 40 books and is currently the S.C. Johnson Distinguished Professor of International Marketing at the Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern University. He frequently travels the world for speaking and consulting work. While in Japan, a country in which he continues to visit frequently, he bought his daughter a

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HOW THEY MET Long before they were the grandparents of nine grandchildren, Philip and Nancy Kotler were not Mr. and Mrs. Nancy Kotler was an 18-yearold freshman at Radcliff miniature carved ivory figure that caught her attention. He learned it was a Japanese Netsuke, and it sparked an interest in learning about Japanese mythology and culture. He began collecting the precious sculptures. He became fascinated with Japanese culture, specifically the Samurai tradition. “Nancy did not want me to buy and bring home Japanese swords,” he says in an email. So he settled on the ornate metal work of the Tsubas, or sword guards. This comprises one of his other collections. So, when the beauty of glass

Institute for Advanced Study. Her dorm hosted a jolly-up and 23-year-old Philip was there. They met and the rest is history. They will be married 59 years this January. paperweights struck him, it was only natural he start collecting them, too, ultimately leading him to the collection of studio glass. In conjunction with her husband’s love of art collecting, Nancy Kotler was attracted to studio glass on her own in the ’80s, when she practiced law in Chicago. A partner in her law firm, Paul Lurie, had an office full of art she admired, including works by Dale Chihuly, Dick Huss and Michael Pavlik. “I had never seen work like that before,” Nancy Kotler says. Lurie also influenced Nancy

Kotler’s involvement in the Illinois art scene. She joined the board of The Northflight Theater, became chairwoman of the public art committee, as well as the chairwoman of the Arts Council in Evanston. The first piece the Kotlers bought Nancy Kotler refers to as “bags within bags” by Littleton Vogel Glass (artists John Littleton and Kate Vogel). The technical work to create the piece intrigued the Kotlers. It wasn’t long before they bought the second piece. “At the beginning we might have been a little obsessive about the collecting,” Nancy Kotler says. “… We bought a lot of work because we were interested in a great many artists and didn’t own anything.” Nancy Kotler explains they made a conscious decision early in their collecting to pick pieces that spoke to both of them. At first, their focus was on form and color, and then it evolved to emphasize narratives. Philip Kotler explains: “One sculpture shows a man and woman seated in separate chairs facing each other,” he says. “Is this a psychiatrist and a patient? Or is this a husband and wife? One is talking to the other? About what?” Nancy Kotler finds narrative pieces more emotionally satisfying than strictly abstract work. The Kotlers knew from the beginning that, aside from a couple of pieces gifted to their three daughters, they would eventually donate the whole collection to a museum. They wanted to share their love of the work with others, something they started with the previous donation of a few pieces

to places such as the Racine Art Museum, in Wisconsin, when it opened; and to the Museum of Arts and Design, in New York City, when it was moving locations. “We were looking to make a decision, and we had looked at other places,” Nancy Kotler says. “But, there was no question in our mind that The Ringling was ideal.” The Kotlers were struck with The Ringling’s initiative to grow its contemporary collections. The glass art will be on display in the new contemporary wing, near Bird Key residents Warren and Margot Coville’s photography donation and other contemporary works. And with the construction of a new Asian Wing with tentative completion in 2015 — it’s an exciting time to be part of the museum’s growth. The Kotlers’ donation is the first contemporary glass in The Ringling’s collection, and as they see it, the glass is half full.

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PAYING IT FORWARD Westcoast Black Theatre Troupe’s initiative to mentor becomes the song that never ends.

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Henry Porter teaches five A’s to his congregation: affection, approval, achievement, acceptance and appreciation. He’s never felt like he needed to seek acceptance because there was someone who helped keep him in the loop.

Bishop Henry Porter replays a voicemail he saved from March. The bishop and founder of the Westcoast School for Human Development wears a proud smile as Nate Jacobs’ voice sounds aloud: “I wanted you to be the first to know that we own the property we’re on,” the message says. It’s big news that the group now has its own theater. Porter remembers Jacobs long before Jacobs was even a performer. And, if it weren’t for Porter’s mentorship, there would not be a Westcoast Black Theatre Troupe (WBTT). Just as Porter did for him, Jacobs lights the way for the troupe members he mentors, and they proceed to illuminate the lives of the people they touch.

son, that Porter was a fine Christian boy who needed a little money for school. Porter became one of the first Selby Scholars. “That opened the doors,” he says. “I’m in the loop.” Porter keeps referring to the “loop.” He says some people want to do well but don’t know how. And if someone else has the ability to help that person, then they should bring him or her in the loop. “That’s what we have to do to connect the community,” he says. “We can do more together than any one of us can do alone.” Under this notion and as a service to the community, Porter founded the Westcoast School for Human Development. He had an organ, a front porch and put a listing in the paper.

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When Sarasota-born Porter was in seventh grade, he asked to help grade teacher Janie Poe’s papers. She became his homeroom teacher and took extra time to help him. Back then, Porter wanted to go to France, become a mathematician and return to America to become the only black professor with a French accent. But as he matured, he decided he wanted to attend Yale and become a mathematics professor. In response, Poe took him to First National Bank after hours and told the then-secretary of the Selby Foundation, Richard Jack-

Five dollars put Nate Jacobs in the loop. In 1979, Jacobs was in a prayer group Porter founded at Florida A&M University, in Tallahassee, where Porter had been a professor. Porter and Jacobs knew of each other, but Porter had never seen Jacobs perform. Jacobs, then 19, was hanging out with a group of peers who’d prodded him to give an impromptu performance — and Jacobs created the character Sarasota now knows as Aunt Rudele on the spot. The group was roaring with laughter when up walked Dr. Porter. Jacobs saw him as esteemed and became embar-

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“I enjoyed being under the lights,” Earley Dean says. “More so, I liked the attention. And Nate Jacobs was the one who put the idea of taking it seriously on my mind.”

YOUROBSERVER.COM // For more of this story and more about “Purlie” see a video featuring Porter, Jacobs and Dean. One day, he and Porter began talking about Sarasota’s needs — diversified theater performances. A black theater troupe, Jacobs stated. It’s something Porter would never let him relinquish. “He said, ‘You got a lot inside of you, but you will not step out, but you know what I’m going to do?’” Jacobs says in his Dr. Porter voice. “‘I’m going to kick you out there.’” When Jacobs received two offers to fund his quest to become a New York-based performer, Porter encouraged him to turn it down. Sarasota was his stage, Porter reassured him. One day, Porter set up a meeting with an attorney and told Jacobs to make his theater happen. Jacobs says he might have become resentful at times, thinking staying in Sarasota would

trump him having a successful performing career. But Jacobs has been successful without New York. “I didn’t see an organization living inside of me that I had to birth into existence,” Jacobs says. “Now, it’s clear as day: I was a door for other people.”

Passing the flame

Earley Dean, the lead in WBTT’s upcoming performance of “Purlie,” says he was horrible as a child. “Wait, don’t say horrible — let’s say ‘active,’” he says with a laugh. Dean was 5 years old when he became a student at the Westcoast Center. The first production of Jacobs’ he was in, he played a blue bird and because of nerves, threw up on stage. But when Dean got

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rassed of what Porter might think. “He looked shocked,” Porter says before giving a gaped mouth demonstration and laughing. Following the performance, he gave Jacobs $5 to buy a notebook and pen and told him to write it down. “I could see all of his raw potential,” Porter says. “Like a mountain of coal and all it needed was fire. With the proper fire, he could light the world.” Porter enlisted Jacobs’ help as the art teacher at his Sarasota church’s K-12 school upon Jacobs’ graduation of Florida A & M University. Jacobs thought the move would be temporary. Jacobs settled into his job and created elaborate Christian-themed musicals for the children, who performed to a standing-room only audience.

over his nerves, Jacobs cast him as the lead — a tiger. From then on, Dean was always the lead; Jacobs saw his raw potential, and Dean fell in love with performing. “You can’t take your eyes off him,” Jacobs says. Dean grew up in a single-parent home and when he reached his full stage of teenage angst and rebellion, his mom dropped him on Jacobs’ doorstep to straighten him out with some male influence. In turn, when a friend of Dean’s got in a troubling situation, Dean brought him to Jacobs’ home, sat him down and advised him. Dean sounded like a professional psychiatrist. His leadership was strong, and he was maturing. Dean would return from Florida A&M University to perform in

Westcoast Black Theatre Troupe. He performed with his sister, Jnana Cooper, a founding member. Jacobs still works with Dean to hone the 30-year-old performer’s leadership and craft. Jacobs decided to give him the lead role in “Purlie,” as an opportunity. “I can already see what this is doing for him,” Jacobs says of his mentee. “It’s his time.” Aside from acting, Dean teaches theater in an after-school program at Ward Temple AME church — lighting the way for his own students. “If it weren’t for Bishop Porter and Nate, I wouldn’t be working with children today,” he says. “I’d probably be on the streets somewhere, with no direction, doing whatever I could to get by.”

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“Dr. Porter helped Nate Jacobs believe in Nate Jacobs,” Nate Jacobs says. “For him to validate me, to tell me I had worth and that it got his attention — he gave it value… sometimes other people have to believe in you until you learn to believe in yourself.”

‘Purlie’ This musical follows traveling preacher, Purlie, who returns to his small hometown in Georgia to save the town’s church, Big Bethel. His family is owed inheritance from the plantation owner, money necessary to Purlie’s cause. The only way to get the sum is from the family member to whom the money was left. And that family member is deceased. When: Opens Nov. 13 and runs through Dec. 15 Where: Westcoast Black Theatre Troupe Theater, 1646 10th Way Cost: Tickets $28 Call: For more information, call 366-1505 or visit wbttroupe.org


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Conservatory dancers present show in which to fall in love On Oct. 29, the students of The Margaret Barbieri Conservatory hosted a fall program. The programs are the final product of what they work on in class and rehearsals each day. The students showcased their growth as dancers, simultaneously showing the growth of the program.

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dents’ performance of Joseph Mazilier’s “Paquita.” They also showcased a piece Sarasota Ballet principal Ricardo Graziano specifically choreographed for the students. The students will perform a winter concert in December, called “Holiday Variations.”

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Players host a night to remember The Players Theatre hosted its annual gala Nov. 1, at Michael’s On East. This year, there were 12 honorees recognized for their work on and off stage from 1990 to the present. These heavily involved individuals include: Honorary Chairwoman Eve Caballero, Tim Minar, Bob Trisolini, Steven Vincent, Ellie Pattison, Kathryn Parks, Bill Sarazen, Garry Breul, Steve Dawson, Diane Dawson, Karen Koblenz and Julie Milton.  Lauren Labossiere and Shelley Cairo  Allie Freedman, Honoree Steven Vincent, Lynne Bernfield and Honoree Gary Breul

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THEATER // ‘The School for Lies’ Hypocrisy is the glue of civilization. If the hero of Moliere’s “The Misanthrope” had his way, it would all come unglued. You can see him in action in the Asolo Conservatory’s production of David Ives’ “The School for Lies.” The misanthrope has a new name: Frank, not Alceste. But he’s still a prophetic bad boy speaking harsh truths that civilized sheep keep to themselves. He does so in 17th-century France where oversharing could get you jailed. The stick of society won’t shut him up — but the carrot of love will. I could say more, but spoilers are uncivilized. Ives has adapted Moliere’s original, fivehour carriage ride into a crisp, 100-minute jaunt. And, just to make the trip a bit more interesting, Ives amped it up with hilarious rhyming couplets. While he was at it, Ives changed Moliere’s ending. And made it better. It’s perfect text for comedy theater — but a perilously high level of difficulty. Director Greg Leaming, crew and cast (nearly all of the conservatory’s second-year class) make it look easy. Leaming’s direction is the full-on assault that Ives’ text demands. It’s a smart, funny play, but it isn’t nice. The director never flinches from Ives’ intellectualized offshoot of insult comedy. Matthew R. Olsen brings the necessary edge to the misanthropic lead role. He comes on like a verbal hurricane, reminding you of every avant-garde Jeremiah you wouldn’t invite to your garden party. The rest of the cast parties like it’s 1666. There’s Olivia Williamson’s Celimene — the yin to Frank’s yang. She also sneers at hypocrisy, but responds with satire, not spittle, in a warm, bubbly comic performance. Andrea Adnoff’s Eliante burns with righteousness — and lust for Frank. (As cartoonist R. Crumb pointed

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Matthew R. Olsen and Matthew Andersen in the FSU/Asolo Conservatory production of David Ives’ “The School for Lies,” running through Nov. 17. out, the loud obnoxious alpha male at the party is usually surrounded by women.) Oronte (Matthew Andersen), Clitander (Paul Herbig) and Acaste (Jory Murphy) don’t have this problem. They’re feckless fops: a bad poet, a bad lover and a moron. Such (based on the play’s evidence) was the cream of France’s elite. Gracie Lee Brown’s Arsinoe is sexy and side-splitting as a thumbscrew Christian who missed that “judge not” passage. Brian Owen’s Philinte is a goodnatured fellow, dodging rumors of transvestism started by Frank. Michael Frishman (in a dual role as porter and long-suffering canapé wrangler) is a deadpan working-class hero. As partygoers go, it’s a great bunch. The partygoers have a rocking party palace thanks to Chris McVicker, the set and lighting designer. Thanks to David Covach, the party isn’t naked. His lush, lurid costumes create a colorful mash-up of Louis XIV and Louis CK. “The School for Lies” is great theater — brainy text, brilliantly realized and entertaining from start to finish. It’s as sweet and satisfying as a fresh petit fours. When the play ends, you don’t want it to. The sweet taste stays with you when the experience is over. Good plays, parties and pastries have that in common. — Marty Fugate

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FILM // ‘All is Lost’ There’s no smooth sailing for Robert Redford in the new film, “All is Lost.” His character finds himself alone and at odds with the forces of nature, fighting for his life in the Indian Ocean. It’s an epic battle. There is no back story. Redford’s nameless character (credited as “Our Man”) wakes up as seawater is pouring into the cabin of his 39-foot sailboat. A drifting shipping container has punctured his port side. Methodically, he addresses the problem, demonstrating his vast aptitude as a seasoned sailor. But when a devastating storm adds insult to injury, his ship sinks. Without electronics, potable drinking water and little protection from the elements, he’s forced to rely solely upon himself and the sheer will to survive. For eight days he endures passing cargo ships, raging seas and a life raft in constant need of repair. He’s fighting the good fight, but he’s losing the battle. Writer-director J.C. Chandor (“Margin Call”) had a “dream come true” when Redford agreed to sign onto this risky project. After all, there’s virtually no dialogue, scant scoring and a singular character...not quite the formu-

la for box office ballyhoo. But Chandor’s “existential action movie” (which is how he pitched it to investors) exceeds all expectations. Meticulous camerawork provides spare yet exquisite visuals. Through Chandor’s lens we become not merely spectators but participants in Redford’s excruciating experience. His determination is ours, his disappointments evolve into personal pain. As he becomes one with the sea, so do we. But without Redford’s flawless performance, the audience may not have been so ready to go there. His minimalist approach to his character’s psyche is monumentally successful. His instinctive resolve to fight back seems second nature. It’s not acting. It’s being. And at age 77, it’s his best move, ever. At the very beginning of the film, there’s a voice-over by Redford intended for those he may have left behind. He states that he is sorry and goes on to further comment he’s always tried “to love, to be good, to be right and that I fought to the end. All is lost.” Don’t be too sure. — Pam Nadon

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OPERA // Sarasota Opera: ‘Die Fledermaus’ When describing operettas, Victor Borge said: “Operettas are just like operas, only not so much. Sometimes they are called light operas, because they’re shorter and the prima donnas weigh less.” He went on to tell us, “Half the time you’re not sure whether you’re supposed to laugh or cry until it’s too late. The way to tell is to look at the stage just before the curtain falls. If anybody’s left standing, it was a comedy.” “Die Fledermaus,” by Johann Strauss Jr., leaves no doubt in our minds and, in the current production at Sarasota Opera, it’s hilarious. This comedy, based on two sources, “Das Gefängnis” (The Prison), by German playwright Julius Roderich Benedix, and a French vaudeville play, “Le réveillon,” by Henri Meilhac and Ludovic Halévy, was adapted by Richard Genée after a translation back into German by Carl Haffner. Popular since its premiere in 1874, it’s become an operatic comedic staple in houses around the world with productions ranging from the more sedate to the purely slapstick. One way or another, it’s the music and singing that win our hearts and transport us to a time when revenge was funny, friendships were paramount and paramours were assumed. The plot is based, loosely, around a trick that was played on Dr. Falke, a friend of Gabriel Von Eisenstein. It seems the two had been at a costume party and Eisenstein left his inebriated doctor friend to sleep the night away on a park bench, only to have to walk home, publicly, through the streets the next morning still dressed as a bat (aka Fledermaus). Although this happened a few years before our opera begins, Falke has been seeking revenge ever since and we are, in the three acts of operatic twists,

turns, deceptions and duplicities, treated to his good-humored plan to get even with his friend. Eisenstein, sung with tremendous skill and appeal by Sean Anderson, is by far the star of this production. We’ve heard him in roles as varied as George in “Of Mice and Men,” John Proctor in “The Crucible” and Papageno in “The Magic Flute,” and he’s always made an excellent impression. But his performance in “Die Fledermaus” was the best, yet. Originally conceived for a tenor but generally performed by a baritone, Anderson’s upper range has come into full bloom, ringing like a tenor with baritone heft. He pretty much owned the evening. Matthew Hanscom’s Falke, on the other hand, was rather weak. It’s the good doctor who really runs the show by maneuvering the others like a puppet-master, but Hanscom comes off in this production as a somewhat secondary character, without the necessary cleverness in his portrayal or the important vocal strength needed to put him in the spotlight. Rosalinda, Eisenstein’s beautiful but devious wife, was portrayed by Danielle Walker with a shimmering voice that easily surmounted the enormous range Strauss wrote into her part. Angela Mortellano as Adele, her maid, had just the right “bow-on-thebackside soubrette” insouciance and flexibility in her voice to carry off her part while singing. In fact, her Laughing Song was so well sung, it sent the audience into spontaneous paroxysms of laughter the way a giggling baby brings instinctive joy to any adult in range. But both women, when giving their lines as speakers, were much too coarse for my taste. Perhaps it was the marked difference between their beautiful singing diction and their obviously regional American speaking accents, but someone needs to train singers to speak as well as they sing when the score calls for dialogue. Much more attuned to acting, speaking and singing was Blythe Gaissert as the eccentric young Prince Orlovsky. Gaissert, whom we heard recently in a chamber

Sarasota Opera’s 2013 production of “Die Fledermaus” concert with members of the Sarasota Orchestra, seems made for this trouser role, singing it with a full, rich mezzo and inhabiting her bored, boyishness with charm and finesse. And Joshua Kohl as Alfred, Rosalinda’s paramour, has a clarion tenor that would make anyone swoon with passion. Steven Condy’s Frank, the prison warden who arrests the wrong man but keeps his good humor, has the vocal power and acting presence to convince us of nearly everything he does. Constandinos Tsourakis is a convincingly drunken Frosh, the jailer, and Briana Elyse Hunter as Ida, Adele’s sister, and Gage Herrmann, as the lawyer, Dr. Blind, handle their roles well. This is an enjoyable, fresh Fledermaus with beautiful costumes by Howard Tsvi Kaplan, well-designed scenery by David P. Gordon and excellent lighting effects by Ken Yunker. I’d have preferred a different English translation to the one offered by Marcie Stapp which, at best, I found corny and, at worst, befuddling. Why, for example, would

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The idea for Joel and Diane Schleicher’s wine cellar was for it to be an artistic focal point of the home. “The bottles are beautiful, and the labels are gorgeous. We wanted them to be displayed,” says Diane. Standing in the kitchen and looking into the left side of the cellar, Diane points to the racks. “As you can see, the labels are sideways to see as you are walking by on either side of the cellar,” she says. A lot of time went into designing the racks, for the utilization of space as well as the purpose of featuring the artistry of the bottles. Every inch of the space is used — even the wall above the cellar door has cabinetry for bottles. The drawers in the cellar were designed so that they can hold entire wine crates, if needed.

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When Mitchell and Dawn Epstein were designing their home wine cellar, their focus was on the functionality of the cellar, because their last cellar wasn’t big enough. The cellar can hold up to 3,000 bottles, and is filled to capacity again when his new shipment arrives. Epstein receives shipments at the end of October and in the spring. “You work hard to work it down and then to build it up again. And you have a fun time doing both,” says Mitchell. The Epsteins’ cellar is tailored to their taste. The space is well utilized, mainly for mass storage capacity — the cellar racks are double stacked.

Michael Klauber gives tips on how to best stock your wine cellar. “It’s about having a diverse collection of wine and sharing it with friends,” Klauber says. • Go to wine tastings — “Start exploring what you like, not what people tell you you’re supposed to like.” • Buy an assortment when shopping for wines, other than what you think you like. • Once you figure out what you like, work with a merchant. They can recommend new wines to try based on your preferences.

Closet case Kip Schoonover decided to transform his home office closet into a wine cellar. “The main focus was utilizing the space and creating an area that you could walk into and enjoy the presence of the wine,” says Schoonover. The entire closet remodel took about three months — he would sometimes spend 12 hours a day on the weekends working on it. He tore out the dry wall, wrapped everything in plastic, added heavy insulation and rebuilt the walls. The interlocking cedar planks on the walls and the ceiling, along with the stained-glass window and door he found at Sarasota Architectural Salvage, brought together Schoonover’s rustic wine cellar idea. Most of the wines in Schoonover’s cellar come from the Central Coast of California, where he and his wife frequently visit wineries and explore their wine interests.

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Restaurants that go to the DOGS “A dog walks into the bar” isn’t far from par in this town. In this case, however, there’s no punch line — Sarasota is relatively dog friendly. Pull a seat nearby and treat your best friend (with a tail) to some dog-friendly spots — or even an $18 filet mignon if he’s into that kind of thing. Here are some top-dog places to have a tail-wagging good time: The Old Salty Dog 1601 Ken Thompson Parkway, 388-4311 It says it in the name. Although they’re more famous for the Salty Dog hot dog than for a place to bring your pup. Old Salty Dog has two locations, but the one we’re referring to is on the water at City Island and has great seafood and cocktails. It’s a great spot for sunset — whether it’s for happy, rather yappy, hour or for dinner. The atmosphere is equally as great as the food.

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// BLACK TIE: CAMERA READY 22ND ANNUAL CURTAIN RAISER Benefiting Sarasota Opera Sunday, Oct. 27, at Michael’s Wine Cellar Photos by Heather Merriman

 Isabelle Wright, Wally Kraemer and Joan Lovell

Moderator Ray Collins, panelist Roxie Jerde, panelist Dr. Mitch Maidique, Co-Chairwoman Dr. Laura Wazen, panelist Mike Davies, Estelle Crawford and Co-Chairwoman Melissa Lerner

THE WIT AND WISDOM OF AGING LUNCHEON: PINES OF SARASOTA 65TH ANNIVERSARY Benefiting Pines of Sarasota Foundation Wednesday, Oct. 30, at Michael’s On East  Janet Hunter and Gloria Moss

Lois Stulberg, Joan Morgan, Sally Yanowitz and Edie Chaifetz

Les and Carol Brualdi with Cynthia Russell

Anne Virag, Sue Jacobson, Dorothy Jacobson and Dr. Brad Lerner

Maestro Victor DeRenzi, Elissa Soyka and Bud Borax

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Sue Biter and Vivian Browning

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David Ives’ edg y adaptation of Moliere’s comic classic The Misanthro pe

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Die Fledermaus Johann StrauSS, Jr.

nov. 7, 13 (8pm) | nov. 15 (1:30pm) Tickets: $19–$125

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The Operetta Concert nov. 12, 8pm | Tickets: $15–$40

The entire cast of Die Fledermaus performs the music of Jacques Offenbach, Gilbert & Sullivan, Franz Lehár, Victor Herbert, Noël Coward & other great operetta composers. Piano accompaniment.

“A delightfully en tertaining evenin g of theatre.” —Venice Gond olier Evening: $29 • Matinees: $28 • Students: $1450

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// BLACK TIE: CAMERA READY NIGHT OF HOPE GALA Benefiting The Center for Building Hope Friday, Nov. 1, at The Ritz-Carlton, Sarasota

John Freeman and Dr. Jennifer Swanson

Megan and Matt Otto

Liebe Gamble and June Simmons

Carol and Carl Ritter

 Katie and Michael Moulton

Dave and Kate Shaver with Les and Pam McCurdy

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// BLACK TIE: CAMERA READY WESTCOAST BLACK THEATRE TROUPE PRE-SEASON KICK-OFF PARTY Benefiting Westcoast Black Theatre Troupe Wednesday, Oct. 30, at Michael’s On East

Co-Chairwomen Audrey Coleman and Julie Leach

Eva Slane and Jean Adelson

Christine Jennings with Sy and Shelley Goldblatt

Laura Proctor and Deborah Bill

Jennifer and Rep. Greg Steube, Debbie and Bill Partridge and Drs. Kameron and Bart Hodgens

Mark and Penny Jackson

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SILVER LINING SOCIAL Benefiting Brandi’s Wish Friday, Nov. 1, at The Francis

Todd Linehan, Maurice Dentici and David Chessler

Watch Master Sculptors create sand masterpieces on America’s #1 Beach November 15 – 18, 2013, Siesta Key Beach • 9am to 5pm

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Rebecca Bizick, Angie Nutter and Tammy Dentici

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Hagen Brody and Lisa Brandy

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// BLACK TIE: CAMERA READY OCEANIC EVENING ‘EXPLORING THE FUTURE’ Benefiting Mote Marine Laboratory and Aquarium Saturday, Oct. 26, at The Ritz-Carlton, Sarasota

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David and Jennifer Otterness with Fran and John LaCivita

Rebecca and Arthur Reilly

Andrew and Shannon Haddad with David Dickinson

Sally Crowell, Glenda Miller, Dr. Tom Cail and Tracy Seider

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