January 2009 Blog Posts (24)

Dinner With Steve

Yeah, Steve is the preferred way that Stephen J. Cannell likes to be addressed. The prolific giant of TV series looks just as he did on the closing credits of his many series - down to the turtleneck shirt. He suffered and suffers with dyslexia. It could be said that it provided the motivation for him to succeed. After suffering much embarrassment in school, he finally found a professor/mentor who convinced him that he had writing talent. After squeaking by to graduate from college, he spent… Continue

Added by Pat McCall on January 30, 2009 at 2:04pm — No Comments

Rick Hughes has furniture for sale

Peg and I sold our house and now have a bunch of furniture to sell. Click here to see photos of all the items below.

Virtual Tour of some of these items in our (sold) home.

Lexington Entertainment Center sacrificed at $470($1,700 new from Robb & Stucky) LIKE NEW!

64” W

63” H

23.5 D

** TV… Continue

Added by Rick Hughes on January 29, 2009 at 8:00pm — 1 Comment

SNN News 6 will go dark, awaiting new deal - Sarasota Herald Tribune, 1/27

Seen in this morning's Sarasota Herald Tribune:

By Michael Pollick

Published: Tuesday, January 27, 2009 at 1:00 a.m.

SARASOTA - SNN News 6, the Herald-Tribune's pioneering 24-hour television news station, will go dark tonight at midnight as managers seek additional investors.

The move comes after a deal months in…

Added by Cliff Roles on January 27, 2009 at 7:00am — 1 Comment

Cliff Roles' Newsletter Week January 26 2009

Cliff Roles' Talk of the Sun Coast: News, Previews, Reviews and The Best Guests on Radio!


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Added by Cliff Roles on January 26, 2009 at 10:00pm — No Comments

Stephen J. Cannell

Yes, THAT Stephen J. Cannell - producer/writer of many iconic TV series is going to be in Sarasota Thurs. evening and I am having dinner with him! He's on a booksigning tour for his latest tome - ON THE GRIND. This will be a great opportunity to learn about his experiences in La LA Land. I am really lookiing forward to this!
Pat McCall

Added by Pat McCall on January 26, 2009 at 5:18pm — No Comments

Shinedown - Second Chance. Music Video.

I'm very glad to see how this video came out. It was shot in my home town of Anna Maria Island, Florida. My buddy Tim works at the gas station opening. The video was shot all around the Island and part of Bradenton. My buddy Logan was the girls girlfriend sitting on the bench with the girl. Reppin' Anna Maria Island. :D

Added by Matt Bauer on January 20, 2009 at 3:21pm — No Comments

Trying to get back into the groove...

I have finally decided that I needed some motivation to get me to paint regularly again! Hard to believe I used to paint every single day., which is what I am supposed to do since I am a member of the Daily Painter's Gallery

. (See link below.)

So I've decided to sign up for a couple workshops at Art Center Sarasota. The first one starts Wednesday with my friend, Julie Hanson. I love Julie's classes. She's a wonderful teacher and her liberal use… Continue

Added by Maryanne Jacobsen on January 20, 2009 at 6:51am — No Comments

Cliff Roles' Newsletter Week January 19 2009

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Added by Cliff Roles on January 20, 2009 at 6:00am — No Comments

Positive into 2009

I gave the following little missive to SarasotaLocal's Brian Ehrlich for his latest newsletter. Hope it gives you the one or other idea to brighten your days.

Positive into 2009

By Cliff Roles

It's all in the timing. When I get up early in the morning, I can watch our… Continue

Added by Cliff Roles on January 17, 2009 at 8:30am — No Comments

Acting up

Last weekend I did another Murder Mystery Dinner. This time at a country club across the state. They even put us up in motel rooms after the show - which was a real blessing. I don't think I could have roared back to Osprey after putting so much energy out there. I had a dual role of playing the Security Guy, DB DuMoss, and his twin, a bit slow, brother LB DuMoss. All it took was a change in costume after DB was "killed." Interacting with the party-goers, in character, was challenging and fun.… Continue

Added by Pat McCall on January 16, 2009 at 3:11pm — 1 Comment

Artists and Musicians invited to be part of The ARTS Rock! Concert Series

POPS Extras! is launching a NEW program to benefit Every Child's Voice - The ARTS Rock! The ARTS Rock! is a series of rock concerts featuring some of the best rock musicians in Southwest Florida and WE WOULD LIKE TO INCLUDE VISUAL ARTISTS AS PART OF THIS SERIES to exhibit and sell your works. The first concert will be held Saturday, February 28th at Whitfield Presbyterian Church "in the park". Visual Artists may set up their works inside the Church - or outside - your choice. We ask that anyone… Continue

Added by Judy Dean on January 16, 2009 at 6:00am — 2 Comments

"Spitfire Grill" runs the gamut of emotions - you'll laugh, you'll cry, and you'll adore this superb cast and infectious music. Players Theatre, 365-2494

"Spitfire Grill" runs the gamut of emotions - you'll laugh, you'll cry, and you'll adore this superb cast and infectious music. Players Theatre, 365-2494 Continue

Added by Cliff Roles on January 15, 2009 at 11:27pm — 1 Comment

Shinedown "Second Chance" #1 on Billboard Chart!

The continuing saga of "My Rock Star Life, Who Knew?".

The song "Second Chance" by Shindown is # 1 on the Billboard Mainstream Rock chart and the video is #5 on the MSN.com music video list. The MSN list is for all genres of music.

Once again, I am soooooo lucky to have been able to be Art Director and work with such a talented group of professionals.

Check out the video on MSN.com or on the Shinedown website. It is also featured on the ColaborationFactory.com website. They are… Continue

Added by Annette Breazeale on January 12, 2009 at 11:00am — No Comments

Mondays With Merce

Starting Monday, January 12, 2009, join the Merce Cunningham Studio for Mondays With Merce, a series of webcasts available for free viewing. Go behind the scenes at the Merce Cunningham Studio to see Merce teach advanced technique class and conduct rehearsals. The episodes will also include interviews with Merce Cunningham and his associates, including current and former dancers, artists and musicians, and choreographers… Continue

Added by Jeffrey E. Salzberg on January 11, 2009 at 1:09pm — No Comments

update for January 17th art opening Something Fishy

Our special guest artist is Linda Thompson, Linda is a Member of the National oil and acrylic society and the society of animal artists. After moving to Sarasota in 1973 pursuing a career in commercial art and illustration fell in love with water and marine animals that are a part of the gulf coast landscape. The world that Linda creates has opened the door for Linda to importance of maintaining our oceans for the future. her work is published with… Continue

Added by Edward Walsh on January 10, 2009 at 12:12pm — No Comments

Shinedown Music Video

After what seemed an eternity, the Shinedown music video for the song Second Chance was released to a worldwide audience on MSN.COM as the Featured Music Video on Thursday. I was soooooooooo lucky to be on the crew of this shoot! And, my talented Husband got to be IN IT!!! Lucky him!! We had a fantastic time and worked with some very nice, professional and talented filmmakers. Even got to meet some Atlantic Records Execs, who were also very nice.

I was especially thrilled that we had… Continue

Added by Julie Look on January 9, 2009 at 7:00pm — 2 Comments

SCOTT KEYS + THE DAWSONS = MUSIC (MAN) TO MY EARS - Opening Night comments

Opening Night of the Manatee Players' production of Meredith Wilson's "The Music Man" - director Scott Keys has put together a fabulous ensemble cast of local talent in all age ranges to portray the gullible but extremely lovable River City townsfolk.

I loved singing along with the big ensemble dance numbers and thoroughly enjoyed Keys' choreography: "Ya Got Trouble", "The Wells Fargo Wagon", "Shipoopi", and of course the…

Added by Cliff Roles on January 8, 2009 at 11:00pm — No Comments

The trouble with Broadway....

The trouble with Broadway....

I have no problem with musicals being derivative. They always have been; Oklahoma, regarded as the first modern musical, was based on the play Green Grow the Lilacs, My Fair Lady was based on Pygmalion, West Side Story was a retelling of Romeo and Juliet (which itself used the same plot as earlier works), etc.

But here's the problem: the train of thought used to be, "Let's base a musical on Don… Continue

Added by Jeffrey E. Salzberg on January 8, 2009 at 8:00pm — No Comments

Shinedown Video Released! Have a look!

Wow! I had the great good fortune of being Art Director on a cool video shot on Anna Maria Island. The Shinedown Video , "Second Chance" was released today. Have a look, you have to copy and paste to your browser thingy at the top, then wait for the little commercial to play. If you have a problem let me know.


Kudos to Ryan Smith Director, Thom Fennessey, Producer,… Continue

Added by Annette Breazeale on January 8, 2009 at 6:30pm — No Comments

Neigbhors Not Strangers

Well, 2009 is starting off with a bang. Receiving of artworks started yesterday, and we had a great turnout! There were over 265 submissions and entries. The jurors (Connie Allegra of Sarasota Interior Design, Joan McGee of Serendipity Gallery, and Vicki Chelf, artist extraordinaire) had a most difficult time of making selections.

The "Critique Night" is Thursday, January 8th, from 6 pm to 8 pm. Artists who were selected or not can hear the thought process of the jurors, find out… Continue

Added by Art Center Sarasota on January 7, 2009 at 5:29pm — 1 Comment

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