The Verdict Is in on Asolo Rep's 'Twelve Angry Men'

A new musical version of the Reginald Rose play still packs a wallop.

05/13/2024 By Kay Kipling

Restaurant Review

Just Like the Car It’s Named After, Osteria 500 Is Bright, Shiny and Delightful

The restaurant combines dependability and panache, with a dining experience that blends old favorites and new dishes that are executed with finesse. 

05/06/2024 By Lauren Jackson

Restaurant Review

Chinese Hot Pot Dining Debuts in Bradenton

The Chinese style of cooking in which diners dunk huge varieties of meats, seafood, vegetables, noodles and more into flavorful broths has become common in bigger American cities but remained absent in the Sarasota area—until now.

02/08/2024 By Lauren Jackson


Asolo Rep's Inherit the Wind Is, Unfortunately, as Timely as Ever

The Lawrence-Lee courtroom drama takes on the recurring subject of intellectual freedom.

01/22/2024 By Kay Kipling

Restaurant Review

At Kolucan, Mexican Culinary Traditions Are Treated With Reverence

Diners will find established Mexican American favorites, but alongside the burrito bowls, carne asada and mole come upscale riffs on Mexican flavors previously unavailable here.

01/03/2024 By Lauren Jackson

Restaurant Review

At Tzeva, Inside Downtown Sarasota's Art Ovation Hotel, Food Is Art

The hotel restaurant offers an unexpected culinary journey filled with Mediterranean-inspired twists and turns.

09/07/2023 By Lauren Jackson

Restaurant Review

Owen’s Fish Camp in Lakewood Ranch Is a Worthy Successor to the Downtown Original

Turns out, the towering banyan tree canopy and historic downtown cottage are not necessary components of the formula that makes Owen’s a consistent hit.

08/15/2023 By Lauren Jackson


The Banyan House Brings a Taste of Something New to South Sarasota County

The casual upscale establishment focuses on New American cuisine with occasional cultural flourishes that pull from Mexico, Korea and even Morocco.

07/13/2023 By Lauren Jackson


Review: Asolo Rep Offers Up a Rousing Man of La Mancha

The season closer offers some fresh eyes on the decades-old "Impossible Dream" musical.

05/15/2023 By Kay Kipling

The Big Time

Restaurant Review: Rocco's Tacos

Rocco’s Tacos has come to Sarasota, and just one meal will tell you why the chain has been such a big success.

05/01/2023 By Lauren Jackson

Restaurant Review

Modern Middle Eastern Cuisine Finds a Home at Florence and the Spice Boys

As friendly as the vibe is, as funky and cool as the interior is, it’s the food that will keep you coming back. 

02/15/2023 By Lauren Jackson


Florida Studio Theatre's Rich Girl Asks: Love or Money?

The play by Victoria Stewart updates Henry James' classic Washington Square, with a twist.

04/13/2017 By Kay Kipling


Circus Sarasota

Arts editor Kay Kipling heads to the Big Top.

02/09/2015 By Kay Kipling


Ringling International Festival Roundup

Arts editor Kay Kipling on three more RIAF performances.

10/20/2014 By Kay Kipling


Theater Review: Florida Studio Theatre's "Taking Shakespeare"

Arts editor Kay Kipling reviews Florida Studio Theatre's production of "Taking Shakespeare."

07/28/2014 By Kay Kipling


Florida Studio Theatre's Daddy Long Legs

Arts editor Kay Kipling reviews the musical version of this classic story.

02/13/2014 By Kay Kipling


Circus Sarasota: Wonderstruck

Arts editor Kay Kipling reviews the latest edition of Circus Sarasota.

02/10/2014 By Kay Kipling


Venice Theatre's Boeing Boeing

Arts editor Kay Kipling reviews Marc Camoletti's popular farce.

01/15/2014 By Kay Kipling


Westcoast Black Theatre Troupe's The Whipping Man

Arts editor Kay Kipling reviews this area premiere.

01/06/2014 By Kay Kipling


Florida Studio Theatre's Thurgood

Arts editor Kay Kipling reviews this one-man show about civil rights figure Thurgood Marshall.

12/16/2013 By Kay Kipling