Cliff Roles' Newsletter Week January 19 2009

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

"This nation shall have a new birth of freedom"

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

The cast features Jennifer Baker as Percy, Bobbie Burrell as Hannah, Kirk V. Hughes as Sheriff Joe, Ellie Pattison as Shelby, Laura Raines as Effie, and Bill Sarazen as Caleb.

I LOVE this show - but don't take MY word for it - read the fantastic reviews by Jay Handelman in the Sarasota Herald Tribune, and Kay Kipling on

""Spitfire Grill" is sure to be a standout of the season." Jay H.
"Thanks to artistic director Jeffery Kin for bringing us a pleasant surprise." Kay K.

Runs thru Sunday, January 25:
Players Theatre, 941 365-2494 or online at

Artist Series of Sarasota
Tuesday February 3, 2009 - 5:45 PM, The Meadows Country Club

The Artist Series FRIENDS is hosting its very first fundraising gala on Tuesday, February 3rd, 2009 at the Meadows Country Club. "A Court-A-Fare", as the event is dubbed, will be a night of musical fun and surprises. I'll be your Court Jester and Master of Ceremonies!
The gala will commence at 5:45. The courtly theme unfolds in a setting that will be transformed into a regal castle of knights and their fine ladies. Cocktails will be followed by an elegant four-course meal. Surprise guest artists will provide musical interludes throughout the evening.
The grand finale will include a spectacular musical dessert, designed to bring this royal evening to a courtly and rousing close. Fine music, creative food, and convivial people in elegant surroundings set the stage for an evening where FRIENDship can flourish.
Artist Series founder Lee Dougherty Ross, Gala Chair Patricia Anderson and FRIENDS President Janice Landauer look forward to seeing you!
Tickets for A Court-A-Fare can be obtained by calling 941-504-4729.

Talking with the lovely Susan Wilcox (Bradenton Herald) at the Circus Sarasota Gala last week ...
As she took this photo with Dolly Jacobs, Janet Hunter, Pedro Reis and me, she casually said:

"Cliff, you look like a photo negative!"
Thanks, Susan! :-)

Opera and Orchestra Musical Community Party
I thoroughly enjoyed roaming the Opera House yesterday afternoon with hundreds of other happy faces, alternating between the courtyard and the theatre as the Sarasota Opera, Sarasota Youth Opera and the Sarasota Orchestra performed beautiful music for all the visitors. The Opera's Victor deRenzi and Susan Danis and The Orchestra's Joe McKenna, as well as their respective teams, were on hand to answer the many questions, while their solists and orchestra (under the baton of Dirk Meyer) performed, among others, extracts from Lakme, Donizetti's Elixir of Love, Glinka's Russlan & Ludmilla, Mozart's Magic Flute, Faust, as well as pieces from Funny Girl and Carmen out of the Orchestra's "Glamour Girls" series.
The Sarasota Opera Box Office is located in the Pavilion Building of the Sarasota Opera House complex at 61 N. Pineapple Avenue, Sarasota. Monday-Saturday, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Online ticketing is available 24 hours a day.
Sarasota Orchestra 60th Anniversary Concert!
Saturday, January 24, 8 pm, Van Wezel Performing Arts Hall
Cirque De La Symphonie (60th Anniversary Gala)
Leif Bjland, conductor | Karen Gomyo, violin
Be a part of history in the making! The 60th-anniversary concert will be action packed and one-of-a-kind with Cirque de la Symphonie, a show that features the best aerial flyers, acrobats and dancers in the world, all choreographed to perform in perfect harmony with awe-inspiring live symphonic music. Violin virtuoso and Sarasota Music Festival alumna Karen Gomyo takes the stage to perform a piece selected by internet voting. The evening culminates with a thrilling performance of the 1812 Overture followed by fireworks over the bay.
Box Office: local (941) 953-3434
toll-free (866) 508-0611
Hours: Monday through Friday, 10 am to 4 pm


SCENE Magazine

The January issue is all about "What's New For 2009": Diane Schultz interviews Russ Crumley, the new executive director of the Sarasota Arts Council, and my feature is about Maria Wirries, Vera Higgs and Nick Leboutillier, three fantastic teens to watch for.
This month's cover story on the lovely Chris Pfahler is by Susan Cullen.

The January issue of SCENE Magazine is at newsstands NOW!

Congratulations to Circus Sarasota CEO and co-founder Pedro Reis on being inducted twice in one day. Yesterday afternoon he was eternalized in the Circus Ring of Fame and received his own "wagon wheel" on St. Armand's Circle, and in the evening he and his lovely wife Dolly Jacobs were honored at a Tribute Dinner by the Jewish Housing Council Foundation.

My performance tips "for your viewing pleasure":

ASOLO Repertory Theatre,
Mertz Theatre: "The Imaginary Invalid" (thru March 1)
"Inventing Van Gogh" (thru April 16)
Historic Asolo: "Visiting Mr. Green" (opens Jan. 30)

FSU/Asolo Conservatory, Cook Theatre:
"Blur" (thru Jan. 25)
941 351-8000 or

Golden Apple Dinner Theatre:
"Sugar, the Some Like It Hot musical" (thru March 22)
941 366-5454 or

Manatee Players:
"The Music Man" (thru Feb. 1)
941 748-5875 or

Venice Theatre:
Mainstage: "Escanaba in Da Moonlight" (thru Feb. 1)
Stage II:
"Reefer Madness, the musical" (thru Feb. 1)
941 488-1115 or

Players of Sarasota:
"The Spitfire Grill" (thru Jan. 25)
"The Importance Of Being Earnest" (Feb. 12 -22)

941 365-2494 or

Florida Studio Theatre:
Keating Theatre: "Opus" (thru Jan. 30)
Goldstein Cabaret: "Hula Hoop Sha-Boop" (thru Mar 21)

Gompertz Theatre: "Edward Albee's Occupant" (thru Jan. 31)

941 366-9000 or


Last Chance! Best of Sarasota 2009
Vote for your favorite restaurants, shops, hotspots and local controversies and become eligible to win some wonderful prizes in Sarasota Magazine's annual readers' poll!
>>Hurry! Voting closes January 22nd.

and finally ...

Positive into 2009
By Cliff Roles
(as published by

It's all in the timing. When I get up early in the morning, I can watch our gorgeous Florida sun slowly rise on the bird-bath outside my window. The flowers and trees in the garden that play home to the squirrels and other wildlife don't know what an "economic depression" means, and the only crisis my dog Sam feels is if I don't take him down to the Bayfront to visit his friends, splash around in the cooling waters and then sniff the bushes - or, as I call it, "read the newspaper".

A morning routine puts it all in perspective. No matter how many politicians have ranted and raved the night before, or how many points the Dow has fallen; whether a gallon of gas cost 5 cents more yesterday than the day before, or you didn't win the 13-million dollar lottery rollover last Saturday - take time out to tell your son you're proud of him and your daughter that she looks pretty.

Hug your spouse as you go off to work, sing along to Barry Manilow's "Daybreak", Elton's "Philadelphia Freedom" or Bon Jovi's "Living On A Prayer" in your car, and meet every frown at your workplace with a beaming smile - because at the end of the day, we've been given a brief time to live in our Sarasota Paradise and life's far too short to waste it feeling angry or sad.

You'll have to excuse me now - Sam urgently needs to read the Sports section.

Here are my dates of where I'll be appearing / emceeing / auctioning / acting etc. during the season - I hope to see you out and about!

Jan 30 6:00P Boca Grande Woman's Club Gala & Auction @ Boca Grande
Feb 3 6:00P Artist Series of Sarasota, First Friends Gala, Court-A-Fare @ Meadows CC
Feb 20 7:00P SCB, Three Divas and a Harp @ St. John's Methodist Church
Feb 28 6:30P ASOLO's 50th Anniversary Gala @ Hyatt Sarasota
Mar 14 11:00A Hermitage Artist Retreat, 2nd Annual Beach Brunch And Bidding @ Hermitage Artist Retreat, Englewood
Mar 14 6:30P Catholic Charities Ball @ Naples Hilton
Mar 28 6:30P Ringling College of Art & Design, Avant Garde
@ Ringling College
Apr 14 11.30A Romancing The Tartans, JOY @ Ritz Carlton

To hear the BEST guests on radio, join me, Cliff Roles, for Talk of the Sun Coast
Monday thru Friday, from 3 to 4 pm on

1220 AM WSRQ (or listen on the LIVESTREAM at

Join me live every weekday afternoon!

from the 1220 AM studio on Ringling Blvd

Monday, January 19:
3 - 4 pm: Howard Phillips, ASOLO Repertory Theatre / Michael White, illustrator, cartoonist

Tuesday, January 20:
3 - 4 pm: Bambi Famous Kaine, KJD Scholarship Fund / Estelle Crawford, Margaret Wise, Betty Schoenbaum, The Beauty of Aging

Wednesday, January 21:
3 - 4 pm: Nate Jacobs, Westcoast Black Theatre Troupe / Hugh Windom, MD & Myrtle Masten, Hereditary Angioedema and other blood disorders

Thursday, January 22:
3 - 4 pm: Frank Sciarra Jr., Bodyguard Principles / Kathy Schersten & Vicente Medina, St. Jude Hispanic American Center

Friday, January 23:
3 - 4 pm: Pedro Reis and Dolly Jacobs, Circus Sarasota

For a more extensive guest list, go to!


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I am proud to be the recipient of the Sarasota County Arts Council 2007 Arts Leadership Award for Media. I won Best Suncoast Enthusiast and Best Local Actor in Creative Loafing's Best of 2007 and 2008, and I am extremely honored to have been voted one of the top three in the category Best Local Actor 2008 by the readers of Sarasota Magazine and the Readers' Choice winner in the Sarasota Herald Tribune's Curtain Call 2008 of Best Supporting Actor, Play for my performance as Val in last season's Golden Apple Dinner Theatre production of Neil Simon's Laughter on the 23rd Floor.

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