Cliff Roles' Newsletter Week January 26 2009

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In the next SCENE Magazine ...
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Read SCENE February for the whole story!

Tune in this Thursday when I interview the legendary
Stephen J. Cannell
about his new book, On The Grind

Yes, the godfather of more than forty TV series, including The Rockford Files, Baretta, The A-Team, 21 Jump Street, The Great American Hero, The Commish, Hunter and Wiseguy, is coming to Sarasota!
He'll be signing his latest book, On The Grind, the eighth in Cannell's series featuring rule-bending LAPD detective Shane Scully, at a dinner here on Thursday night.
A private reception will take place at 5:30 p.m. at Kobernick House, with dinner to follow. The second part of this evening will consist of a talk, Q&A and signing.

But I'll be chatting with him one-on-one on his drive down here!
So tune into Talk of the Sun Coast on Thursday, January 29 at 3.05 pm on 1220 AM to hear me chat live with Stephen J. Cannell!

Myrtle Masten & Hereditary Angioedema
I interviewed a very interesting lady last week - Myrtle Masten suffers from a rare blood disorder called Hereditary Angioedema, which only affects one person out of every 50,000.
I also invited Dr. Hugh Windom of Sarasota Memorial Hospital to discuss Myrtle's plight.
In 2008 she suffered an attack:


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.

Janice Landauer and Pat Anderson will be my guests in the studio on Tuesday, January 27, from 3.34 thru 4 pm!

Sarasota British Club
What kind of a Brit would I be if I didn't occasionally give a plug to my fellow country-men and -women here in Sarasota? New President Sue Ford invited British Club members and their families to an authentic British garden fete on Saturday, complete with cup cakes, brownies, hamburgers and hot dogs (well, almost authentic!).
They are always looking out for new members, so if you feel a hankering towards us Brits or are curious as to our history and heritage, culinary delights and idiosyncracies, join the club and get to know a fine group (I heartily recommend their Christmas "do", for example!).
The club has its own website and newsletter (we love you, Rose), so bookmark one and subscribe to the other:


Artichokes and Lemonade, anyone?
One such British Club member is the lovely Amy Frysinger Croshaw, who, together with her better webmaster half James, keeps a blog containing a collection of recipes inspired by her life on the Gulf Coast, England, and from various travels.
I should definitely get Amy together with my friend Judi Gallagher!
Every time I visit Amy's blog, I end up feeling hungry - I hope it has the same effect on you!
~ Lazy days of Cooking, Dining, and Gardening on Florida's Gulf Coast ~
Visit her blog and leave her a comment - she loves to get them! Or make her your Facebook friend!

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 out 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!

My performance tips "for your viewing pleasure":

ASOLO Repertory Theatre,
Mertz Theatre:
"The Winter's Tale" (thru May 16) - see Jay's review
"The Imaginary Invalid" (thru March 1)
"Inventing Van Gogh" (thru April 16)
Historic Asolo: "Visiting Mr. Green" (opens Jan. 30)
941 351-8000 or

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

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

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

Players of Sarasota:
"The Importance Of Being Earnest" (Feb. 12 -22)
941 365-2494 or

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

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

941 366-9000 or

Sarasota Ballet of Florida:
FSU Center for the Performing Arts:
Les Sylphides/Rake's Progress/Facade
(Jan. 30 & 31, Feb. 1)
941/351-8000 or 800/361-8388 or

Sarasota Magazine
The February issue of Sarasota Magazine is just out, featuring Chapter 4 of Robert Plunket's new mystery series Decorating Can Be Murder, in which Sarasota's real estate crisis hits home for designer Timothy Spryke. You can find an excerpt on my website at, in which Timothy attends a celebrity fashion show that I am emceeing!
In other stories, Bob's alter-ego Mr. Chatterbox learns how to speak to his dog Pee Wee, and bestselling crime novelist Leslie Glass peers into the rich and famous at the Powel Crosley Estate.

and finally ...
I normally don't promote events in this newsletter in which I'm not personally involved, but "tradition oblige" and I just wanted to remind everyone that the 11th season of
Circus Sarasota opens this Friday (adjacent to Ed Smith stadium at the corner of 12th and Tuttle) and runs thru February 22nd.
It then moves to Fort Myers (Gulf Coast Town Center), with performances
from March 6 thru March 29.
For more info and to book tickets with an automatic $ 5 discount, go to

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 26:
3 - 4 pm: Stig Dalstrom and Darryl Saffer, film Wild Orchid Man

Tuesday, January 27:
3 - 4 pm: Don Blair, Bob LaSalle and Grace Grote, Gulf Coast Humanist Association, Darwin / Pat Anderson and Janice Landauer, Artist Series Friends, Court-A-Fare

Wednesday, January 28:
3 - 4 pm: Nell Minow, The Movie Mom, Top Ten Comfort Movies / Janice Cartwright & Olivia Bono, fashion tips

Thursday, January 29:
3 - 4 pm: Stephen J. Cannell, author On The Grind / Cooper Levey-Baker, Tim Sukits, Brian Ries, Creative Loafing

Friday, January 30:
2 - 3 pm: Patsy Rowe, etiquette maven / Jane Kirschner-Tuccillo and Tom Aposporos, History In The Park and Theatre Odyssey

For a more extensive guest list, go to!


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