Real life, truth and the Sarasota Film Festival

image courtesy of gregoryanusco.com When Joyce McKinney, star and subject of the new documentary Tabloid reached out to the audience at the Regal Hollywood theater on April 16, it wasn’t through some new kind of 3D technology. Like a scene out of the Schwarzenegger vehicle…

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Gimmie Pizza!

photo courtesy of Alexis Santos/Catalyst I’m not an expert on much. I’m no pentamath — in fact, I can hardly remember what that word even means. But there’s one thing I’ve studied with more passion, careful consideration and boundless perseverance than anything else: I love eating…

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Hot for profit: New Guitar Center facility opens

All photos Graham Clark/Catalyst As dusk fell on Feb. 24, more than 300 people stood in a queue outside a new Guitar Center branch in Lakewood Ranch. They had gathered to receive free t-shirts, catch a performance by Sarasota’s own AC/DC cover band Highway to…

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Student Constitution revision plan approved at Towne Meeting

At the Towne Meeting Feb. 9, students voted to begin the process of thoroughly restructuring the New College student government’s constitution. While a small amount of debate and discussion surrounded the vote, including the passage of an amendment specifying the facilitation of a design charrette…

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Event held to honor and introduce Alum Fellows

On Feb. 3 a small crowd of students, faculty and Alumni Foundation administration gathered in Keating Center to meet and greet the year’s new Alum Fellows, graduates who have returned to lead Independent Study Project (ISP) groups or teach a course in the upcoming 2011…

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It's your 60th anniversary, Charlie Brown!

It’s been a long time since Charles Schulz picked up his pen and scribbled out the first Snoopy in October 1950. Over those years the strip grew from being one more throwaway gag taking up space in the funny pages to a revered and treasured…

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Community banks under fire

On Sept. 10, Bradenton-based Horizon Bank failed. Charles Brown, founder and CEO of Sarasota’s Insignia Bank is all too familiar with the process: “The regulators step in a take over a bank on a Friday afternoon,” he said. “That gives them the weekend to do…

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Big E's community and the trouble with taxes

All photos courtesy of Graham Clack/Catalyst Big E's is located at 2805 North Tamiami Trail, two miles south of campus. “Pancake cookies,” Eric Hamilton said as he pulled a tray of puffy morsels from the small oven on one of his coffee shop’s overcrowded shelves.…

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A look at Take Aim Gun Range, Inc.

BLAM BLAM -- Bruce Seifert fires two 9 mm Luger Lellier & Bellot rounds through a paper target five yards in front of him. He’s holding the pistol up against his gut, the recommended technique for fending off a threat at close range. His instructor…

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