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Woody’s Best Blue Jasmine

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REEL REVIEWS By Monte Lazarus Bengoshi@comcast.net From the moment we first see Jasmine (Cate Blanchett) we’re entranced, even though she’s talking to herself and her neighbor on a flight from New York to San Francisco. Jasmine is dressed to the nines in Chanel and a huge Hermes purse. That’s all accompanied by monogrammed Louis Vuitton luggage awaiting her on the carousel. What follows are flashes backward and forward as it becomes clear that Jasmine has left the Manhattan high-life destitute and is moving to San Francisco to live (temporarily?) with her sister, Ginger (Sally Hawkins). If all this hints of ... Read More »

I Hate To Leave This Beautiful Place

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BOOK REMARKS Maggie Gust winetaster13@gmail.com by Howard Norman 208 pages, Houghton Mifflin Harcourt   Lest you think this is a book about gorgeous vacation spots, let me explain the book title. “I hate to leave this beautiful place” is the call of a man turned into a goose in an Inuit tale. He repeatedly cries out this phrase as migration time, winter, approaches. That this is an exceedingly apt title becomes evident as you read the five sections of the book. The publisher calls this a memoir, but that term does not do this exquisite book justice. This is one of ... Read More »

Summer theater camp presents Wicked

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By Noelle H. Lowery noelle@coastalbreezenews.com They truly defied gravity. The 30 kids of the city of Marco Island’s summer theater camp flew to new heights in their performance of Wicked after a whirlwind two weeks of rehearsals. This was the second two-week summer theater camp session, which is sponsored by the city of Marco Island and The Marco Players Theater. Earlier this summer, campers brought down the house with their performance of West Side Story. Wicked was a departure from Director GIna Sisbarro’s original plans for the second summer session. Oklahoma originally was slated, but Sisbarro felt something was missing. ... Read More »

Red 2 – Sit Back And Escape

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REEL REVIEWS By Monte Lazarus Bengoshi@comcast.net No Zombies. No Vampires. Not even an Alien. RED2 is all about good old earthly mayhem with enough one-liners and visual gags to make for excellent escapism. The old gang of semi-retired (and retarded) not so secret assassins is back again. Bruce Willis (Frank), John Malkovich (Marvin) and Helen Mirren (Victoria) reprise their identities as “Retired and Extremely Dangerous (RED)”. This time they are after a deadly super weapon built and hidden by a dotty British scientist well played by good old Anthony Hopkins. He manages to confuse and surprise everyone. Is he really ... Read More »

Deadly News

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BOOK REMARKS Maggie Gust winetaster13@gmail.com By Don Farmer with Chris Curle 309 pages, Publisher Page, 2013 Atlanta is hosting the Olympics for the second time. One week before opening day, the planning committee is meeting at the Global News Service boardroom. Each of the 18 people present is assessing his or her readiness for the event. The mayor proudly shares his solution to a prickly problem: “We’ll urge our homeless friends who wander around downtown talking to themselves to walk in pairs. Visitors who come here during the Olympics will think they’re talking to each other.” The characters in the book ... Read More »

Local Author Joins MIHS Movie Series

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Submitted Something new has been added to the Marco Island Historical Society Summer Movie Matinee Series. Robert Messier, author of “100 Years of Thrillers and Chillers 1912-2012,” will be offering a short preview/critique of every movie we have on tap for this summer. Prior to each show, Messier will be giving interesting insights that will enhance the wonders of movie magic of old. Mr. Messier’s book is considered to be an ultimate collection of all the best thrillers and chillers in cinema history. He studied drama and film making in Long Island, New York. He now resides on the Isle ... Read More »

The Racketeer

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BOOK REMARKS Maggie Gust winetaster13@gmail.com   By John Grisham Doubleday 2012 340 pages As a long-time Grisham fan, I didn’t hesitate to read this book when it was recommended by a friend. It is never difficult to get engrossed in a Grisham novel, at least not his legal thrillers. I did not want to put this book down. I have not been this mesmerized by Grisham since The Client, my first Grisham novel. The protagonist is Malcolm Bannister, a small-town Virginia lawyer imprisoned (wrongly) to a 10-year federal prison sentence for money laundering. We find him halfway through that term, ... Read More »

Matinees at MIHM

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Submitted Free family-friendly Movies! Free candy! Air-conditioning! You can find them all summer long in the Rose History Auditorium at the Marco Island Historical Museum. Showtimes for the entire series will start at 1 PM. Mark your calendars because here’s the line-up:   • July 16: Twelve Miles Beneath the Reef • July 23: A Farewell to Arms • July 30: Sherlock Holmes and the Secret Weapon • August 6: Little Shop of Horrors • August 13: Cross Creek • August 20: My Pal Trigger • August 27: Meet John Doe • September 10: Topper Returns   The Marco Island ... Read More »

The Little Way of Ruthie Leming: A Southern Girl, A Small Town and the Secret of a Good Life

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BOOK REMARKS Maggie Gust winetaster13@gmail.com By Rod Dreher Grand Central Publishing, April 2013 271 pages I wanted to read this book because it addresses sibling relationships, in particular the loss by premature death of an adult sibling, a topic rarely written about or discussed. Society does not seem to acknowledge sibling grief but focuses on surviving parents and the grief of losing a child, and/or spouses and their grief. Not to be crass or denigrate anyone’s grief, but spouses can and usually are replaced while siblings cannot be. No one else knows your personal history, shares your DNA or your ... Read More »

The Fourteenth Day: JFK and the Aftermath of the Cuban Missile Crisis

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BOOK REMARKS Maggie Gust winetaster13@gmail.com Author: David G. Coleman WW Norton & Company, 2012 Oh, to be a fly on the wall! Almost everyone has uttered that phrase at least once in their lifetime, yearning to be an inconspicuous observer taking in details of conversations to which they are not privy. In other words, the good, juicy, unadulterated, unadorned nitty gritty. The Fourteenth Day is a chance to be the fly and witness real-time history during a very crucial event. Filtered through the author, of course.  Because last October was the 50th anniversary of the Cuban Missile Crisis, there was ... Read More »

Drumbeats and UFOs

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GATOR NATE’S MUSIC NOTES Nate Augustus rubeejaw@aol.com Generally speaking, we keep to a theme here at music notes. The subject of music has such a vast plethora of information that staying on topic is simple. “But it’s all right now I learned my lesson well, you see you can’t please everyone, so you got to please yourself.” -Ricky Nelson’s “Garden Party” In this tweak’s edition, we will be venturing off course, dabbling in the wild and often controversial subject of UFOs. UFO-any apparent anomaly in the sky that is not readily identifiable as a known object or phenomenon by visual ... Read More »

Six Years

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BOOK REMARKS Maggie Gust winetaster13@gmail.com by Harlan Coben Dutton 2013 Harlan Coben’s most recent novel soared to the number one spot on the NYT Bestseller List immediately after it was published several weeks ago in March. I have to admit I was attracted to it because I read that Hugh Jackman had signed on to play the lead in the movie adaptation of Six Years, assuming that if this intelligent actor was eager to be involved in the project (as the Hollywood types call movies in the works), it must be an engrossing story. I was not disappointed. I am ... Read More »

Gulp: Adventures on the Alimentary Canal

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BOOK REMARKS Diane Bostick dianebostick@comcast.net Mary Roach W. W. Norton & Company As I have mentioned many times in the past finding the right book to review is no easy task. In the past month I have read a number of mysteries, including David Baldacci’s latest, “The Hit.” But when I got through, though I enjoyed it, it just seemed too convoluted to try to write about. Another one that I really loved was “The Garden of Evening Mists” by Tan Twan Eng. It is a novel about a Chinese woman who was a prisoner of war in a Japanese ... Read More »

MICMS Spring Band Concert a Joy

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By Natalie Strom natalie@coastalbreezenews.com Nearly 250 students performed to a full crowd at Marco Island Charter Middle School’s gymnasium on May 21st. The evening was full of surprises. Irish dancers and bumble bees made appearances to coincide with the evening’s song choices. Band Director Martie Miller mixed things up with songs like Queen’s “We Will Rock You” by Sweeney and Adele’s “Set Fire to the Rain” while working in pieces like “Tribal Drums” by Shaffer and “Celtic Air and Dance No. 2” by Sweeney. Soloists performed and different instrument sections also had their moment in the spotlight, giving every member ... Read More »

Singer’s Gone, but The Song Lives On

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GATOR NATE’S MUSIC NOTES Nate Augustus rubeejaw@aol.com Men-tor (noun) – “A trusted counselor or guide.  A tutor or coach.* Richard Pierce Havens: January 21, 1941 – April 22, 2013. “I start strumming my guitar and the word freedom comes out of my mouth as FREE-dom, FREE-dom, with a rhythm of its own. My foot takes over and drives my guitar into a faster, more powerful rhythm. I don’t know where this is going, but it feels right and somehow I find myself blending it into an old song, ‘Sometimes I Feel Like a Motherless Child,’ a great spiritual song my ... Read More »

The Dinner

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by Herman Koch Hogarth Books 2012 The Dinner is a feast for anyone with a taste for dark humor and satire. I found it to be a positively enthralling story. It is the type of book hard to describe without giving away too much. When I read it, I had no prior knowledge about it except the blurb I read in the public library’s newsletter. Two couples, each with a 15-year-old son, meet at a fancy restaurant in Amsterdam to discuss said sons who may be facing grave legal consequences for some recent impulsive behavior that resulted in the death ... Read More »

An American Caddie in St. Andrews: Growing Up, Girls and Looping on the Old Course

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BOOK REMARKS Diane Bostick dianebostick@comcast.net Oliver Horowitz Gotham 2013 How I came to read a book about being a Caddie in St. Andrews Golf Course in Scotland is strange to say the least. The closest I have ever come to playing golf is the summer my husband and I, newly wed, spent in Springfield, Missouri where he was interning as an accountant with Kraft Foods. Since we were only there for a couple of months and knew no one I slept late, watched TV and read. In the evenings and weekends one of the few things we could afford to ... Read More »

A New Stage & a New Page

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MUSIC NOTES BY GATOR NATE Nate Augustus rubeejaw@aol.com Last week, when this story first came across my (virtual) desk, I, being of confident heart, and sober mind, had a little bit of an epiphany, of sorts. Yup! It occurred to me, that over the years, on this little Island, somehow, some way, a small number musicians and entertainers have not only survived the test of time, but actually thrived in the Southwest Florida musical “climate.” Of course, the “winter” season, or as it’s affectionately referred to by the locals as simply, “season,” is by far the year’s highlight. OK. so, ... Read More »

Book Signing: Janina Stankiewicz Chung

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By Jane A. Marlowe Mike Held opened his Keep in Touch shop at The Shops of Marco for author, Janina Stankiewicz Chung on Thursday, April 25 to discuss her book and sign copies for visitors. The author shared her family’s story through the narrative of fiction in Far East Of The Sun which was reviewed in the April 19-May 2 issue of the Coastal Breeze News. Her book recounts the story of Sasha and Anya who begin a happy, middle class life as a young married couple in Belarus in north central Russia. Sadly, the Bolsheviks under Stalin destroy that ... Read More »

Starting from Stone

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By Natalie Strom natalie@coastalbreezenews.com The 9th Annual Stone Sculpture Exhibit at the Marco Island Center for the Arts showcased works by Marco residents who have been literally chipping away at their pieces of art all year long. A reception for the public was held on April 9th and the exhibit stayed in place until the last stone sculpting class of the season, April 15th. Teachers Frank de la Roche and Joe Cooper spent their Mondays at the Center for the Arts, teaching up to 20 students per day how to chip, grind, mold, smooth and sculpt their chosen type of ... Read More »