A nearly native Floridian, Ilene Denton has lived in Sarasota since her senior year in high school. Besides her long journalism career, she had a 10-year stint as deputy director of the Van Wezel Performing Arts Hall. (Ask her about some of her backstage shenanigans sometime.)

Weekend Planner

Your Top 6 Things to Do: Nov. 16-22

Elvin Bishop headlines the Venice Blues Fest, powerboat racing in Englewood and more.

11/16/2017 By Ilene Denton

Interior Design Awards

See the Best Bath Entries in our 2017 Interior Design Awards contest

Winning looks from area design professionals.

11/15/2017 By Ilene Denton

Weekend Planner

Your Top 10 Events: Nov. 9-15

Evita at the Asolo Rep, Once at FST, the Chalk Festival returns to Venice and much, much more.

11/09/2017 By Ilene Denton

Top Sale

A Ritz-Carlton Beach Residence Penthouse Sells for $4.45 Million

The sale, which took just two weeks to go to contract, is the building’s highest in 10 years.

11/02/2017 By Ilene Denton

Weekend Planner

Your Top 7 Events: Nov. 2-8

InspireSarasota! outdoor arts festival, Taste of Manatee, the Sarasota opera season opens with "La Traviata," and more.

11/02/2017 By Ilene Denton

Mod Man

MOD Weekend Honors Architect Tim Seibert

The fourth annual event takes place Nov. 10-12.

11/01/2017 By Ilene Denton

Interior Design Awards

See the Kitchen Entries in our 2017 Interior Design Awards contest

Winning looks from area design professionals.

11/01/2017 By Ilene Denton

Score!

How to Score a Great Deal on Local Arts Groups' Performances

The area’s performing arts troupes beckon with bargain tickets.

10/30/2017 By Ilene Denton

Color Her Excited

The Evolving Plans for the Sarasota Museum of Art

Anne-Marie Russell is a woman on a mission.

10/30/2017 By Ilene Denton

Weekend Planner

Your Top 8 Things to Do: Oct. 26-Nov. 1

Sarasota Ballet opens its season with "The Secret Garden," Fright Night on St. Armands and more.

10/26/2017 By Ilene Denton

Top Sale

A Gulf-front Mansion is Boca Grande’s Highest Residential Sale of 2017

The Mediterranean-style retreat sold for $7.4 million.

10/25/2017 By Ilene Denton

Weekend Planner

Your Top 8 Things to Do: Oct. 19-25

Fall Garden Music concerts kick off at Selby Gardens, RIAF continues at The Ringling and more.

10/18/2017 By Ilene Denton

Sneak Preview

October a Busy Month for Architecture Events

A 99th birthday party for Paul Rudolph, an exhibit on the work of Jack West and lots more.

10/16/2017 By Ilene Denton

Lakewood Ranch

The Lakewood Ranch Tour of Homes is Oct. 20-Nov. 19

More than 70 models will be on display.

10/16/2017 By Ilene Denton

Weekend Planner

Your Top 6 Things to Do: Oct. 12-18

Willie Nelson at the Van Wezel, RIAF returns to The Ringling, the Selby Gardens Orchid Show opens and more.

10/11/2017 By Ilene Denton

Weekend Planner

Your Top 7 Things to Do: Oct. 5-11

Lin-Manuel Miranda’s "In the Heights;" Beer, Bands and BBQ; FST Children’s Theatre and more.

10/05/2017 By Ilene Denton

State of Sunshine

Lakewood Ranch’s First All-Solar Community Debuts

Polo Run is planned for 500 homes powered by the sun.

10/04/2017 By Ilene Denton

Sneak Preview

Selby Gardens Goes Elemental for its Newest Orchid Show

Earth, Air, Fire, Water celebrates nature’s essential elements.

10/04/2017 By Ilene Denton

Top Sale

September’s Highest Residential Sale in Sarasota County?

It’s a Gulf-to-bay Casey Key estate that sold for $6.55 million—cash.

10/03/2017 By Ilene Denton

Weekend Planner

Your Top 7 Things to Do: Sept. 28-Oct. 4

The World Rowing Championships continue with a Sunset on the Bay party at the Van Wezel and lots, lots more.

09/28/2017 By Ilene Denton