March 2009 Blog Posts (35)

Cliff Roles' Newsletter Week March 30

Cliff Roles' Talk of the Sun Coast

It's Show Time!

Where everybody knows your name ...

The Sarasota Film Festival's up and running!

Woody Harrelson and daughter Deni

Photo: Cliff Roles

It's a big week for Sarasota and for movies: the Sarasota Film Festival began officially on Friday with the red-carpet glitz of the Opening Night film "The Messenger" and subsequent party at the Van…

Added by Cliff Roles on March 30, 2009 at 11:00pm — No Comments


This is a call for visual and performing artists to be a part of downtown Sarasota's ARTS TONIGHT! sponsored by the Sarasota Arts Council from 5 until 9 pm May 9th.

If you are a visual artist, you can create, exhibit and sell your works once matched with a downtown business wishing to host you and pay for membership fee to make you a member of the Sarasota Arts Council

If you are a performing artist and would like to… Continue

Added by Judy Dean on March 30, 2009 at 4:30pm — No Comments

From Ava

Hi Pat

Sounds as if your wonderfully busy. I see any skill as an asset not a liability so keep believing in yourself and bettering yourself because that is all we really can keep and carry with us over the end. My free Yoga classes on Siesta Key Public beach have been going extraordinarily well. The weather is superb and I feel so glad to be alive. I teach four classes a week at 9:00 am to 10:00 am and so I have plenty of time to do absolutely nothing but read, think and watch life… Continue

Added by avananda on March 30, 2009 at 12:00pm — No Comments

Spring Has Sprung

Theatre Odyssey opened this past weekend - giving me an opportunity to do one of my favorite dialects - Russian. Though I have a good "ear" for dialects, there are techniques that anybody can use to get 'em going. Pat Fraley, who is a Dialect Master, passed on his tips and techniques to me - and I am eternally grateful. It's fun for me! But, I know some actors and directors are not thrilled when they find am actor with that skill. Sounds odd, but it is probably because it's a skill they have… Continue

Added by Pat McCall on March 30, 2009 at 11:16am — No Comments

SUNDAY 3/29 FILM PANELS AT ESCA (Acting for Young People, Local Film, The Economy and The Producer)

Sunday March 29, 2009

10:00 AM

Breaking into acting: A Workshop for Young People

Panel on the “how to’s and don’ts” with film and commercial casting agent and young actors.

11:00 AM

Anatomy of a Locally Shot Feature Film

Discussion of films made in and around the Sarasota area, from

Hollywood productions to Independent projects.

2:00 PM

The Future is Unwritten: Following the Money and What’s… Continue

Added by ffc allison on March 29, 2009 at 9:43am — No Comments

Sarasota Film Festival presents 21 BELOW

21 Below

Directed by Samantha Buck

Director and subjects in attendance for the film! Screens Thursday, April 2nd at 7:15 PM and Saturday, April 4th at 2:15 PM at the Hollywood 20 in Sarasota

The Sarasota Film Festival will present the first ever public screening of the brand new film 21 BELOW, a story of a young woman going home to face family wounds that she had hoped to escape. A documentary shot in Cinema Vérité style, against the once industrial urban landscape of… Continue

Added by Debra Hussong on March 25, 2009 at 3:00pm — No Comments

Environmental Spaces: Christo and Jeanne-Claude On Film

Environmental Spaces: Christo and Jeanne-Claude On Film

Christo and Jeanne-Claude met in Paris in 1958 when Christo painted portraits of Jeanne-Claude’s mother; by the time Christo had done an impression-ist portrait, a classical portrait and a cubist portrait of the mother, Christo and Jeanne-Claude were in love. Since that time, the artists have gone on to create temporary large-scale environmental works (both urban and rural environments) that have elements of painting, sculpture,… Continue

Added by Debra Hussong on March 25, 2009 at 12:58pm — No Comments

Sarasota Film Festival Youth Screenwriting Circle LIVE

Just a taste of who will be performing under the direction of Pam Wiley at the Florida Studio Theatre, Monday, March 30, 7:30 p.m. This is a collaboration between Sarasota Film Festival, AnythingArts, Youth Screenwriting Circle, and Florida Studio Theatre, and it is FREE! There will be nine screenplays performed by these and other actors so come to FST and support our community and more importantly, students who are struggling in one way or another academically.

GUITAR… Continue

Added by Debra Hussong on March 25, 2009 at 12:52pm — 1 Comment

Christian Family Skate Night at Stardust!

Come join us every Tuesday Night for Christian Family Skate Night.
Lots of fun activities for the whole family!

Stardust Event Center
Sarasota's Roller Skating and Special Event Venue
2571 12th Street
Sarasota, FL 34237

Added by STARDUST- Skating and Events on March 23, 2009 at 3:17pm — No Comments

Sarasota Film Fest EVENTS 2009! Tickets are selling fast! Tell a friend!

This year, the festival wanted to open its doors wider than ever to the supportive Sarasota community! With events from as little as $5 or $10 dollars, to a maximum VIP ticket of $225, there is a spot for everyone during this year's run of celebrations. Check out for more information and TICKETING! We hope you'll enjoy the line-up as much as we do!


Friday, March 27… Continue

Added by ffc allison on March 23, 2009 at 9:56am — No Comments

Sarasota Film Festival Film Guide

This year the Sarasota Film Festival is offering the most diversified
film selection ever. Stop by the SFF Box Office located next door
to the Hollywood 20 and pick up your film guide or go to:

Added by Debra Hussong on March 23, 2009 at 9:48am — No Comments

Monday again

First filming on SUBPRIME began for me over the weekend. As usual, the scenes are not in sequence as the location of the shoot prevails. And, of course, there's the setup time for each different angled shot of each scene. Fortunately, it is not as confusing as you might think. Gratefully, everybody involved knows what they are doing and it's a hoot to have such a great role.

In the midst of the movie shoot, I am doing a play for Theatre Odyssey - playing a Russian mobster in Rococo Bruno.… Continue

Added by Pat McCall on March 23, 2009 at 8:05am — No Comments

Hollywood Nights Student Cinema Showcase and Youth Screenwriters Circle LIVE!


Sunday, March 29

Whole Foods Market

1451 1st St, Sarasota

Films, Performances, Awards, and more!

5:00pm - 8:30pm**

Price: Adults - $10; Students - $5

(Minors must be accompanied by an adult.)

Attire: Party!!!

A celebration of the start of the 11th Annual Sarasota Film Festival starring community students, this is a classic night complete with screenings, red carpet… Continue

Added by ffc allison on March 22, 2009 at 10:22pm — No Comments

Thank you AnythingArts!

Thank you AnythingArts for the complimentary two for one tickets to the Opera house. I attended a performance of Tosca with a friend and we were enthralled. What a wonderful way to be introduced to my first opera. Just a terrific performance by all. It was something I shall never forget. I can't think of any way in which it could be improved. Fantastico!..... Thank you again.

Yvonne Seiwell

Added by Yvonne Seiwell on March 21, 2009 at 8:53pm — No Comments

St. Patrick's Day

Strangely enough, "St. Patrick" was my nickname in my high school yearbook.I'll leave it up to you whether it was sardonic or a reflection of the snake-catching I did over the years. The Editor lived across the street and her family were good friends of mine. Because of that, I never felt the urge to ask her on a date - and I was a Serial Dater!

Chris Friday's Improv Class wrapped last night and now we return to regular programming already in progress. Richard, Angel, Deb, Diana and myself… Continue

Added by Pat McCall on March 17, 2009 at 9:23am — 2 Comments

Cliff Roles' Newsletter Week March 16

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

Happy St. Paddy's Day!

Talk of the Sun Coast, SCENE Magazine and SCENE Up Close!

News, Previews, Reviews, and the

Best Guests on the Radio, in Print, and on TV!

Talk of the Sun Coast and Radio WSRQ part company…


Added by Cliff Roles on March 16, 2009 at 9:30pm — No Comments

My Experience

There's an Edward Jones commercial currently airing, in which the investment advisor (read: "salesman") is telling the customer, "In my experience, in this kind of a market...."

Well, to have had experience in this kind of a market, he'd have to be at least 100 years old...and if if he's 100 years old and still working, who wants his investment advice?

Added by Jeffrey E. Salzberg on March 15, 2009 at 4:18pm — No Comments

Once again, a riveting “Tosca” to remember in Sarasota

By Lawrence A. Johnson

SARASOTA—All opera aficionados live for those rare performances when everything—singing, acting, conducting and staging—come together to create a night in the theater that you never forget. Five years ago it happened at Sarasota Opera with a production of Tosca so wired with crackling intensity it provided one of the most thrilling, if nerve-wracking, performances… Continue

Added by Sarasota Opera on March 14, 2009 at 11:30am — No Comments

Trisolini and the cast of the Titanic are sailing for success - full steam ahead at the Players!

So I'm sitting in Row J of the Players next to my wife Maria, who after two minutes is a quivering mass of proud mother telling the whole row - and anyone else who will listen - that her son's in the cast. And all over the theatre, fathers and mothers and sons and daughters and girlfriends and boyfriends and Facebook and MySpace friends are doing the same thing. Namely, with a cast of 48 and a crew of 25, the Kevin Bacon rule of probability suggests that every audience member in the packed… Continue

Added by Cliff Roles on March 13, 2009 at 1:30am — No Comments

Another great review for Sarasota Opera's Don Carlos. This is one not to miss!

Verdi on the grand scale, gloriously sung

By Lawrence A. Johnson

SARASOTA. Epic sweep and breadth, a dozen roles, majestic court scenes, rousing choruses, and a tangled love quadrangle set against a treacherous milieu of deadly power politics that makes Machiavelli seem like a bumpkin. Such is the world of Verdi’s Don Carlos, presented Tuesday night at Sarasota… Continue

Added by Sarasota Opera on March 12, 2009 at 12:02am — No Comments

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