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Sarasota Film Festival While film lovers gorged on dozens of movies from Germany, Turkey, Norway, France, Israel and, of course. Hollywood at the 10th Sarasota Film Festival, partygoers celebrated like mad in settings ranging from the Ringling Museum courtyard (opening night gala, with William H. Macy and Jason Ritter among the stars in attendance) to The Lake Club (The Reel Experience, welcoming Nora Dunn) to Selby Gardens (Luncheon Under the Banyans, where Liv Ullmann received the Master of World Cinema Award and charmed the crowd just as she had the night before in an onstage conversation at the Historic Asolo Theater).

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Then there was the World Cinema Celebration downtown. packed with people enjoying international treats, African drummers, fire blowers and more; a new Cabana Culture event at the Hyatt Siesta Key Beach that let partiers (including Stanley Tucci and Steve Buscemi) get sand between their toes; and the Night of 1,000 Stars bash at Michael's on East, a "black magic" themed event that included glow-in-the-dark performers and blow-torched s'mores. Mmm!

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The pinnacle of the festival was the 10th Anniversary Ball at the Longboat Key Club and Resort, where 900 guests (including Gov. Charlie Crist) gathered under a huge white tent to dine and salute honorees Tucci, Florian Henckel Von Donnersmarck, Ted Hope and Charlize Theron, who humbly accepted the Career Achievement Award. Among other famous faces glimpsed around town during the fest: Jennifer Ehle, Michael Badalucco, Norman Lloyd, Ian Ziering and Bela Fleck, to name a few.

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Orchiv Ball 'In the Pink' was the theme for the 27th annual Orchid Ball at Selby Gardens, but the hundreds of guests attending also found themselves in a downpour as they headed for their cars later in the evening. No matter; the worst of the rain came after partiers had already welcomed honored guest Adrienne Vittadini, indulged in a New York-themed menu from Michael's On East, bid on auction items including a black Tahitian pearl lariat with an orchid enhancer and danced their hearts out to Mainstream.

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pique-unique sur la Bale

The New College Library Association's Pique-unique luncheon on the bayfront grounds of the Charles Ringling Mansion is always a draw for the most stylish ladies in town, and this year's 25th annual, themed "Monet at Midday," was no exception, with hundreds of well-hatted women turning out to see the latest fashions from Neiman Marcus, showcasing pastels, florals and geometric prints by designer names like Prada, Pucci and Channel. Lots of French flavor and champagne--an ooh-la-la event.

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Pyramids covered in golden chrysanthemums welcomed guests to G.WIZ's Butterfly Ball, a salute to the King Tut exhibit on display. An Egyptian dinner followed, and the evening was a total success despite the need for a lasl-minute move indoors due to weather.

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Red was the color of passion at the Sarasota/Manatee Go Red for Women luncheon for the American Heart Association-passion, that is, to prevent heart disease in women and to help those suffering from it. Health screenings were provided during the reception.

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Singer-actress Jennifer Holliday was the star attraction at the Westcoast Black Theatre Troupe gala at the Historic Asolo Theater, taking the stage with WBTT members and also receiving a "Jennifer Holliday Day" proclamation from the City of Sarasota.

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The Rustic Grill restaurant was the setting for Bentleys and Beaudrys, an exclusive showing of luxury cars from Dimmitt Bentley and jewelry by designer Michael Beaudry from Queens Wreath Jewels on St. Armands Circle. Some of the profits went to the All Children's Hospital Guild.

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Keynote speaker Rene Syler, author and former CBS news anchor, shared the story of her mastectomy during the Lunch for the Cure for the Susan G. Komen for the Cure Florida Suncoast Affiliate. Honored during the event as well were Jean and Laurence DeLynn and Margo Dolan.

Redheads ruled when friends and family turned out to honor carrot top Mary Ann Robinson at the St. Paddy's Day "Top O' the Evening" event to benefit Community AIDS Network (CAN).

Political entertainment from the Capitol Steps troupe was one of the highlights of the 42nd annual dinner benefiting Planned Parenthood of Southwest and Central Florida: the evening also included a silent auction, remarks from CEO Barbara A. Zdravecky and an ail-American meal of meatloaf and strawberry shortcake.

The Ringling College of Art and Design campus was transformed into one huge television set as partiers turned up in costumes from their favorite shows of the '50s and '60s for An Evening at the AvantGarde. Funds raised during the evening benefit student scholarships.

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Hundreds of guests entered an international "World of Design" when Robb & Stucky opened its doors for a chance to mingle while exploring the company's latest trends in furnishings and design.

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Lush red velvet tables, walls draped in satin and glittering Broadway costumes graced the American Jewish Committee's Human Relation Awards gala honoring businesswoman-philanthropist Flori Roberts--a one-time understudy, by the way. for Carol Channing, who sent her own congratulations with a recorded rendition of Hello, Flori.

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Tennis legends including Jim Courier and Johan Kriek rallied for the fourth annual Serving Up a Grand Slam Celebrity Tennis Classic at the Longboat Key Club and Resort, to benefit the All-Star Children's Foundation.

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ABC7's Silke Rible emceed the Carnival of Venice dinner-auction to benefit the Robert and Joan Lee Boys & Girls Clubs of Venice, garnering both funds and friends at the kid-friendly event.

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A fashion show featuring the latest from Escada took place at the home of Scott and Sabra Libertore recently, drawing upscale style lovers and benefiting the Child Protection Center's programs.

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Habitat for Humanity's Hammers and Hope gala at the Sarasota Municipal Auditorium raised funds to help future homeowners; it also honored John Schaub III, one of Habitat's originators, with the Founder's Award.

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Wellness Community supporters donned their togas and laurel wreaths for a Flight of Hope dinner-auction that took them back to ancient Rome on the Ides' of March--a bad day tor Julius Caesar, but a very good one for those enjoying Phil Mancini's osso buco.

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The opening of downtown's new Hyde Park Prime Steakhouse was the perfect occasion for a Sarasota Magazine Food & Wine issue preview party, attended by foodies anxious to try out the restaurant's Kobe beef and other delicacies.

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Hands-on science museum G.WIZ was an appropriate setting for the Foundation for Dreams gala, since both the museum and the foundation are all about kids. Proceeds will help send children with disabilities or chronic illnesses to an outdoor summer camp.

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The Asolo Repertory Theatre celebrated 50 seasons with a terrific party in the Ringling Museum courtyard, highlighted by musical performances from Broadway stars (and Tale of Two Cities producers) Barbara Russell and Ron Sharpe.

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ACTRESS FIONA GLASCOTT

SPOTTED AT THE SARASOTA FILM FESTIVAL'S OPENING NIGHT FILM AND PARTY; PHOTOGRAPHED AT THE LONGBOAT KEY CLUB AND RESORT.

What are you wearing? A navy-blue, strapless Armani dress, silver Jimmy Choo sandals and my own jewelry, which isn't designer--it was a gift. How would you best describe your style? I would say my style is colorful. I like figure-hugging clothes, and ] try to be stylish while still remaining classic. I also like to be as different as possible while still flattering my figure. What's your favorite go-to outfit? I have a black wraparound dress that I got at Whistles, a boutique in London, that I love. It's saved me in a lot of situations. Any favorite beauty products? I'm a Dior fan, and I love Esba moisturizer. I also love Kitten [shimmering powder] by Benefit and Stila lip gloss. Who are your favorite designers? I love Armani, and I like Alice Temperley and Valentino--he makes beautiful clothes. Where do you like to shop? I live in London, so my favorite shops there are Whistles, Zara and Top Shop--they're all great fun. What are you looking forward to wearing this summer? I'm really looking forward to trying a short jumpsuit--I think it's classy but comfortable. And I love anything green. What's the best outfit you've ever worn for a role? Once, while I was playing a character in an English drama, I got to wear a 1 920s red dress with gold shoes and a black wig--very dramatic and vintage. And when I was playing Fiona Hicks in The Deal I got to wear lots of amazing, feminine-feeling period costumes as well. Costumes really change the way you behave, right down to walking and sitting.

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