Entertainment

A Chef to Savor

REEL REVIEWS By Monte Lazarus Bengoshi@comcast.net If you’ve had your fill of super-heroes, super-villains, zombies, Godzilla’s and other zillas plus assorted other freaks, treat yourself to “Chef.” It’s a delightful take on the food world, family bonding and multiculturalism with a great soundtrack and a bit of a travelogue to boot. After a disastrous experience with “Cowboys and Aliens” and ... Read More »

Chestnut Street

BOOK REMARKS Maggie Gust winetaster13@gmail.com By Maeve Binchy Knopf 2014, 368 pages Genre: Fiction/Short Story Collection Almost two years ago I wrote a Book Remarks about Maeve Binchy’s final novel, A Week In Winter, published shortly after her death in July 2012. All Maeve fans believed that was the end of the anticipation of new offerings from this wonderful storyteller. ... Read More »

Music to Little Ears

By Noelle H. Lowery noelle@coastalbreezenews.com For many on Marco Island, the last name Charde is synonymous with top-notch accounting and financial services. The late John J. Charde Jr. owned and operated Charde and St. George LLC for 20 years on Marco Island before his daughter, Lorraine, and her husband, Roger St. George, took the reins in 2010. Now, another of ... Read More »

You Should Have Known

BOOK REMARKS Maggie Gust winetaster13@gmail.com By Jean Hanff Korelitz, 439 pages Grand Central Publishing  2014 Genre:  Domestic/Psychological Fiction “I cannot remember the books I’ve read any more than the meals I have eaten; even so, they have made me.” Ralph Waldo Emerson Grace Reinhart, an almost-40-year-old Manhattan couples therapist, has written a book on the brink of being published. Entitled ... Read More »

Island Theater Co. Presents ‘Always A Bridesmaid’

By Coastal Breeze News Staff Wedding bells are in the air at Island Theater Co., as the troupe prepares for its April-May production of “Always A Bridesmaid.” Written by Jessie Jones, Nicholas Hope and Jamie Wooten and directed by Pattie Ziesig and John Moulton, it is a story of love, friendship, life and marriage framed by the lifelong friendship of ... Read More »

Missing You

BOOKREMARKS Maggie Gust winetaster13@gmail.com By Harlan Coben Penguin Group 2014, 417 Pages Genre: Thriller/Mystery/Suspense “We know that everything in our lives is complex and gray. Yet we somehow expect our relationships to never be anything but simple and pure.” – Stacy in Missing You by Harlan Coben I became a Harlan Coben fan last year after reading Six Years which ... Read More »

The Accident

BOOK REMARKS Maggie Gust winetaster13@gmail.com By Chris Pavone Crown Publishing, 2014 402 pages Genre: Thriller “Life is the art of being well deceived; and in order that the deception may succeed it must be habitual and uninterrupted.”         – William Hazlitt If you love thrillers, grab this book. Once you do, hang on, because it’s a heck of a ride. I have ... Read More »

A Circle of Wives

BOOK REMARKS Maggie Gust winetaster13@gmail.com By Alice LaPlante Atlantic Monthly Press, 2014 325 pages Genre: Psychological Thriller “Alas, the love of women! It is known to be a lovely and a fearful thing.” Don Juan, Lord Byron John Taylor, M.D., a prominent plastic surgeon, is found dead in a hotel room in his hometown of Palo Alto, California. Not only does ... Read More »

Cell

BOOK REMARKS Maggie Gust winetaster13@gmail.com Author: Robin Cook Publisher: G. P. Putnam, 2014 Length: 402 pages. Genre: Medical fiction Medicine for the soul” – Inscription over the doorway at the Library at Thebes. In his latest novel, Robin Cook takes on the issue of digitalized medical practice. The title refers to 21st century humanity’s ubiquitous accessory: the cellular phone. If you ... Read More »

Assisted Living: The Musical: Back by Popular Demand

Submitted “Assisted Living: The Musical®” is returning to Marco Island for another three-show run, March 14-16. The Rose Auditorium welcomes back authors and performers Rick Compton and Betsy Bennett for 7:30 PM shows on Friday and Saturday and for a 2:30 PM Sunday matinee. Tickets are $20 for the evening shows and $15 for the matinee. Subtitled “Sex, Drugs and ... Read More »

Frankenstein: A New Musical

Submitted The Box Office is open and tickets are currently on sale for the upcoming production of “Frankenstein: A New Musical.” Based on the Mary Shelley novel, the music is by Mark Baron, book and lyrics by Jeffrey Jackson and original story adaptation by Gary P. Cohen. This collaboration between the Island Theater Company and the Marco Lutheran Church is ... Read More »

The Barkeep

BOOK REMARKS Maggie Gust winetaster13@gmail.com By William Lashner 468 pages Thomas & Mercer, February 2014 Genre: Mystery (Zenspense) “Anyone who says they have only one life to live must not know how to read a book.” – Author Unknown If you are familiar with the name William Lashner, you likely have read some of his Victor Carl mysteries. This is ... Read More »

This Is The Story Of A Happy Marriage

BOOK REMARKS Maggie Gust winetaster13@gmail.com There are worse crimes than burning books. One of them is not reading them.” ~ Joseph Brodsky By Ann Patchett 306 pages, Harper-Collins 2013 The title is deceptive. This Is The Story Of A Happy Marriage is a collection of essays about Ann Patchett’s life — not “simply” about her happy marriage. The road to ... Read More »

Levels of Life

BOOK REMARKS Maggie Gust winetaster13@gmail.com By Julian Barnes 128 pages, Alfred A. Knopf, 2013 In this slender book, Julian Barnes writes three sections/essays: “The Sin of Height,” “On the Level” and “The Loss of Depth.” He begins, “You put together two things that have not been put together before. And the world is changed.” Those two things are invariably eventually torn ... Read More »

Pirates to Invade Marco Island Museum

By Noelle H. Lowery noelle@coastalbreezenews.com Pirates, buccaneers and swashbucklers, all roamed the gulf waters and mangrove swamps of Southwest Florida during what historians dubbed the “Golden Age of Piracy” between the 1650s and 1730s. In their wakes, they left tall tales of buried treasures, treachery amongst thieves and battles with Spanish and English sea captains. Swords will clash. Treasure will ... Read More »

High Notes in Marco’s Art Center

Submitted The Marco Island Center for the Arts, as part of its “Up Close and Personal” intimate events, invites the public to spend an evening with Opera Naples Southwest Florida’s professional opera company next month on Feb. 1. The evening will begin with cocktails and a light supper at 5:30 PM and the performance at 6:30 PM. Tickets are $40 ... Read More »

The All-Girl Filling Station’s Final Reunion

BOOK REMARKS Maggie Gust winetaster13@gmail.com By Fannie Flagg Random House, 369 pages When we meet Sarah Jane “Sookie” Poole, she is a 59-year-old Alabama housewife who has just married off the last of her daughters and is exhausted from her mother-of-the-bride duties. She and her husband, Earle Poole, Jr., a dentist, have had the financial and emotional exhaustion of four ... Read More »

Top 10 For 2013

BOOK REMARKS Maggie Gust winetaster13@gmail.com It is the end of another year already, and the inevitable “lists” are popping up everywhere. Here is my own Top 10 list for this final 2013 edition of “Book Remarks.” The parentheses after the author’s name include the date of the edition of Coastal Breeze News referencing that article. (http://www.coastalbreezenews.com/category/entertainment/book-remarks/) 10. Six Years by Harlan ... Read More »

Marco Movies celebrates 20 years

By Noelle H. Lowery noelle@coastalbreezenews.com Marco Movies celebrated its 20th anniversary on Dec. 13 with a very special event. Owners Nick Campo and Bill McMullan featured both new and classic movies, but one of the showings stood out. During the four-day event, Marco Movies showed “Schindler’s List.” The Academy Awarding film also turned 20 years old this month. Produced and ... Read More »

The Death of Santini

BOOK REMARKS Maggie Gust winetaster13@gmail.com By Pat Conroy 352 pages, Nan A. Talese publisher Sold by Random House “Time passing has a soothing, ameliorative effect, and memory softens as its tides flow out to sea. And to the amazement of all his children, Dad was turning into a man of decency and self-control.” I wanted to read The Death of ... Read More »