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You mean, besides the Arts & Crafts fest downtown, the triathlon on Siesta Key, or just good old-fashioned beachgoing? 🙂 Well, yes. We thought we’d let you know about two great offerings on tap in and around Sarasota over the next couple days—one for the family, and one the kiddies are better off sitting out.

The first—

Got bikes? Then grab the whole family to join Sarasota County and Carlton Reserve volunteer David Reynolds and his family for an off road wilderness bicycle ride through the beautiful T. Mabry Carlton, Jr. Memorial Reserve (Carlton Reserve) on Sunday, May 15, 2011 from 10:00 a.m. for approximately 1 to 2 hours. Expect to see lots of wildlife!

More information can be found here.

Then, on Monday, Ringling Museum of Art continues its Monday night movies series with the classic chiller Silence of the Lambs. For those who haven’t seen it, the Oscar-winning flick stars Jodie Foster and Anthony Hopkins in iconic roles that you won’t soon forget…let’s just say eating Fava beans or sipping a nice Chianti will never be quite the same. Movies are screened at the historic Asolo theater beginning at 7pm and only cost 7 bucks. For more info, click here.

Have a great weekend!


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Our apologies for being a bit tardy with this post, but we’ve had stars in our eyes! Now that the opening ceremonies, which included a performance at Van Wezel by Harry Connick and his orchestra as well as a film screening at the Sarasota Opera House, are over, the main program of the festival is under way. Lots of great films are waiting to be discovered, some by local students—the next big thing could be here in Sarasota right now, and what’s cooler than being able to say you knew them before they were famous?

Here’s a brief description and history of the festival taken from the official website:

In July 1998, international and independent film enthusiasts founded the Sarasota Film Festival, Inc. (SFF). They sought to create a balanced festival of foreign and domestic film complemented by the participation of the film and entertainment industry.

The following January, SFF launched its first festival. The “mini-festival” featured eight independent films, two premiere screenings, two educational symposiums and a gala fundraiser. Since then, SFF has grown in length (from three days to ten), attendance (from 2,300 attendees to over 45,000) and scope (from 10 screenings to hosting over 200 films and adding nationally-recognized education programs, dozens of  special events, talkbacks and panels with some of the leading voices in film today). Beyond the Festival, SFF has expanded to include year-round activities like the free outdoor Moonlight Movies series in Sarasota, Bradenton, Lakewood Ranch and Venice; Monday Night Movies at the newly-restored Asolo Theater; Screenwriters’ Circle; and more.

Got questions? Want to know more? Here are some answers, also straight from the source.

When is the 2011 Sarasota Film Festival?
The 13th Annual Sarasota Film Festival will take place April 7, 2011 through April 17, 2011

How do I purchase tickets to films and events?
Tickets to all of our films and events are available for purchase online. You may also visit our box office, located in the lobby of the Regal Hollywood 20 Theater at 1993 Main Street. Additionally, Passes and Special Event tickets can be purchased at (941) 366-6200 or Toll Free at 1-866-575-FILM.

When is the Box Office open?
March 18th – April 3rd | Mon-Fri: 11am-6pm, Sat-Sun: 12pm-5pm
April 4th – 8th | Daily: 10am-8pm
April 9th-17th | Daily: 10am-10pm

Where are all of the film screenings and events?
You can find all of our locations and venues listed here.

How much do film tickets cost?
We have a variety of ticketing options for our audience:
MATINEE FILM TICKET: $8 Matinee prices are available Mon-Thurs before 5pm
Children age 12 and younger enter free to youthFEST family films. Tickets required.

STUDENT PASSPORT: $20 Any 4 regularly-priced film tickets. Student ID required.
DISCOVERY PACKAGE: $50 Any 5 regularly-priced film ticket
FILM BUFF PACKAGE: $90 Any 10 regularly-priced film tickets
FILM FANATIC PACKAGE: $120 Any 15 regularly-priced film tickets
CINEPHILE EXPRESS PASS: $1,000 Unlimited, with preferred seating and access to the Filmmaker Lounge. Also includes: 1 ticket to the Opening Night Film and Party, 1 ticket to Cinema Tropicale Celebration, 1 ticket to Night Under a Thousand Stars – Beach Edition, 1 ticket to Filmmaker Tribute, 1 ticket to Late Night After Party, 1 ticket to the Closing Night Film, 1 ticket to each “In Conversation With” event

What if a film or event I want to see has limited space?
For films with limited space, there is a cash only RUSH line. On a first-in-line basis, people in the RUSH line may be able to purchase seats that are open moments before the film begins.

How can I learn more about all of the SFF films and events?
Information about all of our events and films can be found in our Film Guide. It is availableonline, at our box office, and at many of our local business partners throughout Sarasota.

Does SFF offer any educational programs to students?
Yes. The SFF Outreach & Education Department offers FREE 12 educational programs to students in elementary school through college. To learn more about our educational programming click here.

Can I volunteer to work at the Sarasota Film Festival?
Absolutely! Our volunteer work force is key to the success of festival. You can find out more information about how to volunteer here.

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Looking for options for ringing in the New Year? Come celebrate in downtown Sarasota as the city of Sarasota begins its 98th year! Presented by the Downtown Sarasota Alliance, the Downtown New Year’s Eve Block Party is a great place to meet your neighbors, bring the kids, and then party away the last of 2010. Festivities will include live music and dancing, a kids fun zone, the magic midway and carnival, and of course beer, wine, cocktails, and champagne. Car traffic is shut down, allowing people to take to the streets—on Main, Lemon, First, and State. And everything is walkable from both Laurel Park and Gillespie Park! The pineapple drops at midnight at Main Street and Lemon.

Of course, the Downtown New Year’s Eve Block Party isn’t the only show in town. Some other options within non-motorized reach for Laurel Park Management residents (source: Explore Your Sarasota) include:

Bijou Cafe, 1287 1st St., Sarasota, will be open for dinner on New Year’s Eve and New Year’s Day. And, starting Jan. 2, the restaurant will be open on Sundays for dinner from 5 until 9 p.m. Call 366-8111.

First Street Chop House, 1296 1st St., Sarasota, will be featuring the Black Diamond Burlesque on New Year’s Eve. $60. Evening includes Champagne toast, party favors, two drink/food tickets, three stages and three DJs. Call 554-4375.

Libby’s Café + Bar, 1917 Osprey Ave., Sarasota, will be open on New Year’s Eve. Enjoy specials as well as the regular menu, party favors, live entertainment starting at 10 p.m. and a Champagne toast. Enjoy Sunday and New Year’s Day brunches. Call 487-7300 or visit libbyscafebar.com.

MoZaic, 1377 Main St., Sarasota, will be open on New Year’s Eve, with the restaurant offering dinner paired with wines from Caymus Winery. Two seatings: a three-course early seating and a five-course later seating. Call 951-6272 or visit MoZaicSarasota.com.

At Mattison’s City Grille, 1 N. Lemon Ave., Sarasota, (330-0440), guests will be in the midst of the celebration and can watch as the big pineapple drops at midnight.

However you ring in the New Year, Laurel Park Management urges you to celebrate responsibly. See you in 2011!

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It’s hard to live in Sarasota and not have heard of Owen Burns, the man for whom Burns Court (and by extension Burns Court Cinema) is named, and the honoree of the week-long Owen Burns Week fete November 8-14, 2010. But how much do you know about one of our town’s founding fathers? Here’s a bit from the Owen Burns Historical Marker at the intersection of Orange and Pineapple to bring you up to speed:

Owen Burns was one of Sarasota’s most distinguished citizens and connected with virtually every early development of the city. He first came to Sarasota on vacation from Chicago in 1910 and decided to make it his home. He purchased more than 75% of the land area of the city, making him the largest landowner.

Burns helped organize the Sarasota Board of Trade in 1911, was instrumental in founding the first locally owned bank, and was a leader in the push to divide Sarasota County from Manatee County in 1921.

His other activities included the effort to have the city’s first streets paved and the construction of Sarasota’s first seawalls. He oversaw the development of the bayfront subdivisions of Cedar Point and Sunset Park and of Washington Park, just east of this site. His Burns Construction Company built the Ringling causeways connecting Sarasota to St. Armands Key, and Lido Key. At one time, he owned all of Lido Key. He was initially involved with John Ringling in the development of St. Armands and John Ringling Estates. During the 1920s, his construction firm was responsible for the construction of some of Sarasota’s most notable buildings, including John and Mable Ringling’s home, Ca’d’Zan.

Owen Burns was a dreamer and a visionary who laid the foundation for Sarasota today. His cottages at Burns Court, in particular, are the epitome of walkable urbanism. Speaking of walkable, Burns Court and the events surrounding Owen Burns week are easily reached by foot or bike from any of Laurel Park Management’s Laurel Park or Gillespie Park apartments. The following is from the event organizers:

The City of Sarasota has officially proclaimed the week of November 8-14, 2010 Owen Burns week in celebration of the city’s most significant developer and civic leader 100 years ago. Commemorative signs will be posted at the Owen Burns properties, from CĂ  d’Zan, throughout downtown and on Lido and Longboat Keys.

Don’t miss the community-wide events featuring a Kick-off Party at Mattison’s™ City Grill, Jeff LaHurd’s New Book Release, Historic Trolley Tours, and a Burns Court Street Party with special appearance by Jimmie Fadden’s “Suitcase Full of Blues” Band. Join us!

For a full listing of all events, check out OwenBurns.com. Hope to see you all there!

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Main Street, Sarasota

February 20-21, 2010

Consistently ranked one of the top 100 Fine Art Shows by Sunshine Artist Magazine, the 22nd Annual Downtown Sarasota Festival of the Arts is one of the area’s biggest and best art events. The festival is held along Main Street in downtown Sarasota, spanning from 5 Points-Selby Park to Orange Avenue. Meet some of the best artists in the nation, displaying life-size sculptures, spectacular paintings, one-of-a-kind jewels, photography and more.

see more info at event website

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