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The Elephant Polka

The Strange, Spectacular, Sad Story of The Ringling Bros.' Elephant Polka

In 1942, the Ringling Bros. circus convinced Balanchine and Stravinsky to produce a ballet—for elephants.

12/30/2020 By Robert Plunket

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Arts & Entertainment

The Elephant Polka

The Strange, Spectacular, Sad Story of The Ringling Bros.' Elephant Polka

In 1942, the Ringling Bros. circus convinced Balanchine and Stravinsky to produce a ballet—for elephants.

12/30/2020 By Robert Plunket

In Town (Virtually)

Author Susan Orlean on the Importance of Libraries

Orlean will give a free talk as part of the Library Foundation for Sarasota County's "Love Our Libraries" celebration on Feb. 9.

12/30/2020 By Kay Kipling

Best of Sarasota

Unity Awards

Our 2021 Unity Award Winners Are the Ultimate Connectors

This year more than ever, we need the hope and hard work of these women and men.

01/13/2021

Eat & Drink

Museum Dining

Take a Break From Gazing at Paintings at Two New Museum Restaurants

Museum restaurants must offer a wide enough selection of dishes to appeal to the masses and get you in and out in a jiffy, but they also can’t skimp on flavor. Here's our review of two local ones.

01/14/2021 By Cooper Levey-Baker

Fashion & Shopping

To Dye For

The Tie-Dye Trend Isn't Going Anywhere

Trend forecasters say its popularity is a throwback to our childhoods—a source of comfort in tough times.

01/15/2021 By Megan McDonald

Health & Fitness

Home Gym 2.0

How to Set Up the Perfect Home Gym

What you need to create the perfect workout room.

01/04/2021 By Cooper Levey-Baker

The New Healthy

How to Make 2021 Your Healthiest Year Yet

From enrolling in a Zoom fitness class to consulting with a genetic counselor, we’ve compiled dozens of ways for you to make 2021 your best ever.

12/29/2020 Edited by Cooper Levey-Baker Illustrations by Jordan Kay

Home & Real Estate

New Wave

Take a Look at This Curvy New Vacation Retreat on Longboat Key

The way it takes advantage of water views—with a long-distance view of Sarasota Bay to the north and an intimate view of the mangroves to the east—gives one the feeling of floating.

01/08/2021 By Ilene Denton

What Your Money Can Buy

What $4.8 Million Will Buy You in Osprey

Plus, a Sarasota School of Architecture gem in Venice and a waterfront home in Bradenton.

01/01/2021 By Ilene Denton

News & City Life

Politics

Legislative Preview: What to Watch for as Lawmakers Meet in March

Here are the five issues we’re keeping our eyes on.

01/15/2021 By Elizabeth Djinis

Unity Awards

Unity Awards

A Black-Owned Businesses Facebook Group Opened the Doors to a Vibrant, Hidden Market

"We’re all human; Black businesses want the American dream, too."

01/12/2021 By Megan McDonald

Unity Awards

Sarah Hernandez’s Work for Social Justice and Racial Equality Is Rooted in Her Own Heritage

“My interest has always been to be somebody who contributes to social justice,”

01/12/2021 By Kay Kipling

Unity Awards

Philip Tavill Is Dedicated to Helping Infants, Toddlers and Their Families Through Children First

“We want no wait list for care for children below the poverty line. We’ll never rest on our laurels.”

01/12/2021 By Kay Kipling

Unity Awards

From Food Inequality to Education to Emergency Funds, Joe and Mary Kay Henson Always Step Up

“We’re problem solvers, or at least we like to think we are."

01/12/2021 By Ilene Denton

Unity Awards

E. Scott Osborne Battles for Gender Equality in Sarasota and Across the Globe

“Gender inequality is bad for everyone. It’s bad for men. It’s bad for women. It’s bad for societies.”

01/12/2021 By Cooper Levey-Baker

Unity Awards

Dr. Randall Morgan Has Spent His Life Fighting for Health Care Equity

"I seek balance, fairness and understanding.”

01/12/2021 By Susan Burns

Unity Awards

New College Professor Queen Zabriskie Creates Powerful Conversations About Race

“To be able to do this work is an honor, a joy and a responsibility.”

01/12/2021 By Allison Forsyth

Unity Awards

Trevor Harvey Has Spent Decades Fighting for Newtown

“In spite of our differences we can still have meaningful dialogue and fellowship.”

01/12/2021 By Susan Burns