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 13 Things to Do: April 20-26

Our big, big Best of Sarasota party (you won't want to miss Selby Gardens' huge announcement!); Jazz in the Ballpark; Kinky Boots at the Van Wezel and more.

04/20/2017 By Ilene Denton

Weekend Planner

Your Top 8 Things to Do: April 13-19

World Circus Day at The Ringling, an Easter egg hunt at Sarasota Jungle Gardens, David Sedaris at the Van Wezel and more.

04/12/2017 By Ilene Denton

Weekend Planner

Your Top 12 Things to Do: April 6-12

Shakespeare at Selby Gardens, Sharks Tooth Festival, Sailor Circus and much more.

04/05/2017 By Ilene Denton

Passover Alert

Beyond Matzo

A sampling of area restaurants offering matzo ball soup, potato kugel and more for Passover.

04/03/2017 By Ilene Denton

Top Sale

A Golden Gate Point Condo is the Top Sarasota Sale for March

The Grande Riviera penthouse sold for $4.35 million in 30 days.

04/03/2017 By Ilene Denton

Home Again

An Architecture Lover Gives New Life to Her Childhood Dwelling

Tamara El Boukfaoui restores her 1950s home with love.

03/31/2017 By Ilene Denton

Great Boating Adventures

Your Guide to Boating in Sarasota

You won’t miss the boat with this guide to family fun on our beautiful local waters.

03/31/2017 By Tom Bayles, Ilene Denton, and Isaac Eger

Incredible Journey

A Local Sailor Crosses the Atlantic With His 14-Year-Old Grandson

Joe Barnette and his grandson, Robbie, sailed from the Bird Key Yacht Club to England.

03/31/2017 By Ilene Denton

Midcentury Modern Architecture

Last Chance to Tour the Replica of Paul Rudolph’s Iconic Walker Guest House

It closes April 30 on the grounds of the Ringling Museum.

03/31/2017 By Ilene Denton

Weekend Planner

Your Top 9 Things to Do: March 30-April 5

The Sarasota Film Festival opens, a Whiskey Obsession Festival, La Musica and more.

03/30/2017 By Ilene Denton

Home Again

An Architecture Lover Gives New Life to Her Childhood Dwelling

Tamara El Boukfaoui restores her 1950s home with love.

03/29/2017 By Ilene Denton Photography by Ryan Gamma

Why I Care

Carol and Mort Siegler Fund Muslim-Jewish Advisory Council

"We need to make statements and be proactive.”

03/29/2017 By Ilene Denton

Weekend Planner

Your Top 8 Things to Do: March 23-29

"Chicago" comes to the Van Wezel, Cirque des Voix in the Circus Sarasota Big Top, a free Joy of Jazz concert and more.

03/23/2017 By Ilene Denton

View from Mexico

“Stronger Together”: Former Mexican President Felipe Calderon Speaks at Ringling College Town Hall

Former Mexican President Felipe Calderon lays out the case for greater cooperation between our two countries.

03/22/2017 By Ilene Denton

News

Here's Who's Speaking at the Ringling College Town Hall Lecture Series in 2018

The lineup for 2018's Town Hall Lecture Series includes the former CIA director, a cancer physician and author and the founder of Girls Who Code.

03/22/2017 By Ilene Denton

Top Sale

A Casey Key Estate Sells for Just Over $6.1 million

It’s one of the largest beachfront gated estates on the island.

03/22/2017 By Ilene Denton

Art of Architecture

Umbrella House Tour, Ex-Miami Mayor Talks Urban Innovation and More

Upcoming public events from the architecture community.

03/21/2017 By Ilene Denton

Weekend Planner

Your Top 9 Things to Do: March 16-22

Once comes to the Van Wezel, Selby Gardens’ outdoor music series, a biocruise aboard the Carefree Learner and more.

03/16/2017 By Ilene Denton

Weekend Planner

Your Top 7 Things to Do: March 9-15

Kristin Chenoweth returns to the Van Wezel, Jim Breuer at McCurdy’s Comedy Theatre, Paul Duffy plays Irish music and more.

03/08/2017 By Ilene Denton

Wow Effect

Back to the Future

Here’s a first look at a spaceship-like home planned for Lido Beach.

03/07/2017 By Ilene Denton