November 2008 Blog Posts (26)

The Price of Hogs

I wasn't there, but I'm told that on November 22, 1963, the evening newscaster on the radio station in the town in which I later went to college announced:

"President Kennedy was assassinated today in Dallas," and then, without pausing for breath, continued:

"The price of hogs. . . ."

No indication that this was an event of cataclysmic dimension. No acknowledgment that the world would be forever changed. No sign that something very horrible had occurred.… Continue

Added by Jeffrey E. Salzberg on November 30, 2008 at 11:46am — 1 Comment

Two leads ensure 'La Cage' is a treat - Susan Rife's review of the Golden Apple's "La Cage Aux Folles" in Sunday's SHT

Two leads ensure 'La Cage' is a treat

By Susan L. Rife

Published: Sunday, November 30, 2008, Sarasota Herald Tribune

Excellent casting by director Dewayne Barrett of the two principal characters in the Golden Apple Dinner Theatre's production of "La Cage aux Folles" (The Bird Cage)…

Added by Cliff Roles on November 30, 2008 at 8:30am — No Comments

If your computer freezes when trying to use the Photo Uploader, read this

[The Ning Team - 11/29/2008 01:04 PM]

Hi Rick,

I'm sorry that your members are experiencing this issue! It sounds like your members don't have Javascript or Flash enabled properly. Could you please direct them to:

-make sure that Javascript is enabled on their browsers using this tutorial:… Continue

Added by Rick Hughes on November 29, 2008 at 5:30pm — 1 Comment

Sarasota Ballet hits new level of accomplishment - Bill Hutchinson's review in Saturday's Tribune 11/29

I agree wholeheartedly with Bill's review, so I'm respectfully posting it here - go and see the Ballet at the Opera House, twice on Saturday 11/29 (2pm and 8pm), and at 2 pm on Sunday 11/30.

And have fun recognizing disguised Ballet Director Iain Webb among his cast - his sparkling eyes and unmistakeable gait eventually give him away!

Congratulations as well to Iain's wife Margaret Barbieri, who staged this talented and enthusiastic Company so…

Added by Cliff Roles on November 29, 2008 at 8:30am — No Comments

Murder Mystery Dinner

This weekend I'll be performing in a murder mystery dinner gig for a birthday party at a nearby restaurant. I am typecast as a Thug. It's produced by a company in Hollywood Ca called Sparko and they are a lot of fun.

Added by Pat McCall on November 28, 2008 at 5:46pm — No Comments

Michael White's full autobiographical state from

(the section is bold is the part contained in the newsletter. The "normal" print is the continuation of this great story.... enjoy!

Michael White's Biography in his own words.

Well let’s see... I was born in 1964 in Campbell California, Michael James White. I was the son of a military man and a southern bell. I discovered art early drawing on and with anything I could get. Some of my first art work was done on the card board inserts from my mothers…

Added by Rick Hughes on November 27, 2008 at 1:00pm — 1 Comment

Fine and Fabulous Holiday Art Market

If you haven't seen it yet, you're in for a wonderful surprise! Lots of fun, one-of-a-kind gifts and art pieces at reasonable prices. Many of the hand-made gifts are sure to be treasured; and no one will be giving the same gift as you this holiday season.

Added by Art Center Sarasota on November 26, 2008 at 6:45pm — No Comments

House of Blue Lraves - Epilogue

House of Blue Leaves ended its short run this past weekend to great audience responses and cheers. I was fortunate t get through the run despite a clogged up head and throat. I was lucky to be a part of a cast that had a lot more stage experience than I - and great enthusiasm for the play. Many thanks to director, Dan Higgs, for calling on me to play Billy Einhorn. A character role is always most exciting and I look forward to making my acting mark doing them. Many thanks to my friends and… Continue

Added by Pat McCall on November 25, 2008 at 3:28pm — No Comments

Cliff Roles' Newsletter, November 24


In this week's newsletter:

- Well done Key Chorale & Co.!

- My theatre tips for December;

- My "How To Brighten Your Monday" tip!

- SCENE Magazine - November issue out now!

- Sister Cities Association - Scotland's Dunfermline and China's Siming District!

- Learn to bowl a googly and dance a Pas de Chat all in one weekend!

- My current appearance schedule;

And of course ... The best guests on…

Added by Cliff Roles on November 24, 2008 at 11:42pm — No Comments

Following steps made by masters - Jay's Ballet Preview

COURTESY PHOTO / SARASOTA BALLET Margaret Barbieri, center, who worked with the choreographer of "Checkmate" and danced in the ballet, rehearses with Sarasota Ballet dancers Alison Dubsky, left, and Lauren Strongin.

When you see a revival of a play or musical, part of what you want to appreciate is the approach taken by the director, designers and actors.

Audiences want to see how different actors…

Added by Cliff Roles on November 23, 2008 at 5:30am — 1 Comment

HOLIDAY GIVEAWAY: Nov 5,2008 - Jan 5,2009

Science Fiction/Fantasy Novel (Free Download available for a Limited Time only)

Download Free: Fog Island Flowers

- the complete electronic (pdf) version of the novel.

Fog Island Flowers is the first book in the "Cassandra" Science Fiction/Fantasy series, which chronicles the life and adventures of the god-in-girl-bones, Cassandra Baron. This book centers around an uncannily precocious… Continue

Added by mikodragonfly on November 21, 2008 at 6:00am — No Comments --- A social site I started for local artists/crafters who sell their own work and want to pay under $150 for a show with NO FOO FOO rules...White tents? Hah!

It is a site devoted to sharing show information on events that do not require white tents or other prissy rules. Non-juried. Real artists/crafts. Under $150. As a member of this site, it is easy to join, just use the same password to sign in and up.

We already have about 200 members and shows posted through 2009. Shows we have direct knowledge of are in EVENTS...shows we've heard about we post under BLOG.

I can't sell on Siesta… Continue

Added by RhondaK on November 19, 2008 at 4:37pm — 3 Comments

House Of Blue Leaves - THIS WEEK!

Tony Award Winner John Guare's black comedy HOUSE OF BLUE LEAVES opens this week at the Players Theatre in Sarasota! The opening show is this Thursday night at 8PM with shows Friday night, Saturday at 2PM and 8PM and the closing show at at 2PM Sunday.

HOBL is full of dreams, laughs and action with twisted thoughts and dialogue. I am type cast(heh,heh) as world famous movie director, Billy Einhorn - visiting back home with his grade school friend, Artie Shaunessy. The Pope is visiting NYC… Continue

Added by Pat McCall on November 18, 2008 at 12:19pm — No Comments

'Producers' stage a funny night - Here's Jay's review - Go and see Springtime For Hitler at Venice Theatre!

'Producers' stage a funny night

by Jay Handelman

Mel Brooks’ “The Producers” is one of the funniest musicals ever to hit Broadway and the Venice Theatre keeps the laughs coming at a steady pace in the show’s Florida community theater debut.

Based on Brooks’ own 1968 film, “The Producers” is filled with funny lines, witty lyrics and some catchy tunes that blend sweetly humorous ballads with hilarious production…

Added by Cliff Roles on November 17, 2008 at 10:00pm — No Comments

'Barnum' star up for Los Angeles award

On the Tribune blog today

By Jay Handelman

It's been a big weekend for actress Misty Cotton.

She opened Saturday night as Chairy Barnum in the Asolo Rep production of "Barnum" and tonight she is up for an L.A. Stage Alliance Ovation Award.

Cotton is nominated for best featured actress in a musical for her performance as Ellen in "Miss…

Added by Cliff Roles on November 17, 2008 at 9:54pm — No Comments

'Barnum' is a circus of fun at Asolo Rep - Couldn't resist posting Jay's fabulous review of Barnum - go see it!

Leading the parade: Brad Oscar, center, leads the cast of "Barnum" in "Come Follow the Band" at the Asolo Repertory Theatre.

By Jay Handelman

The Asolo Repertory Theatre opened its 50th season Saturday night with an exuberant production of the musical “Barnum” that defies anyone to think this is a company hitting middle age laziness.

Theater ReviewBARNUM

Music by Cy Coleman, lyrics by Michael…

Added by Cliff Roles on November 17, 2008 at 9:30pm — No Comments

"Barnum" a must-see at the Asolo Rep

Tonight was the opening night of "Barnum" at the Asolo Rep, and after last season's hit musical "Working", Michael Edwards has wisely continued his collaboration with Director Gordon Greenberg and choreographer Joshua Rhodes to open his season.

The cast is standout NY creme de la creme - they could all be leads. Led by Brad Oscar (played Max Bialystock after Nathan Lane 1,300 times on Broadway, in London and Vegas) as Phineas Taylor Barnum, he is surrounded by…

Added by Cliff Roles on November 16, 2008 at 1:00am — No Comments

Sale thru the end of the month

Hey all, We are having a huge sale. Don't be a turkey. Stop in and save.

Added by Robert Foss on November 14, 2008 at 9:39am — 1 Comment

Fanfare for the Common Man

I had an epiphany some time ago. I listened to Aaron Copland’s Fanfare for the Common Man.

I’d heard it before, of course – it’s long been one of my favorite pieces of American music, actually – but this time I really listened to it. And, for the first time, I understood it.

It helps to know the background. In 1942, the Cincinnati Orchestra invited 18 composers to submit new pieces expressing their feelings about America. At the time, Nazi Germany had conquered most… Continue

Added by Jeffrey E. Salzberg on November 14, 2008 at 6:05am — 1 Comment

Free Web 2.0 Ways to Promote your Artist Self -- Three Major THREE things you can DO 2night....

I've been having a lot of success this week with It allows you to set up items like tab file folders and each has it's own URL.

I direct one of my domain names to mine. This is how I use promote indivdual things, my Twitter, work, slide shows. You don't have any any of those? Explore the widgets that work with netvibes and catch up.

Make your own publication or even book at… Continue

Added by RhondaK on November 13, 2008 at 8:15pm — No Comments

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