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Wednesday, February 11, 2015

A small production, a big dream — Rob Mello's Love is Black and White

One Man's unexpected journey from fry cook to director.

Posted By on Wed, Feb 11, 2015 at 4:59 PM

Rob Mello on set for the first day of shooting Love Is Black and White - DAVID Z. MORRIS
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  • Rob Mello on set for the first day of shooting Love Is Black and White

Against all odds, Rob Mello is making a movie. In a plain house in a rough-edged neighborhood west of Busch Gardens, he’s gathered a cast and crew of friends, hobbyists, and aspiring professionals to film “Love is Black and White,” a story of interracial romance crafted from the materials of his own life. As he kibitzes with his actors and producers, everyone nibbles on a spread of home-baked cookies and brownies — which, for most of them, amount to their pay for a day’s work.

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Tuesday, February 10, 2015

Jon Stewart to leave The Daily Show

The news humor pundit will finish out the current season, according to Comedy Central.

Posted By on Tue, Feb 10, 2015 at 8:07 PM


Comedian/film producer Jon Stewart is leaving The Daily Show, according to a breaking news report by The New York Times

The voice of a bedtime ritual for millions of TV viewers and the internet's most memed news anchor, Stewart has provided acerbic commentary on the political media circus while entertaining America with his laugh-out-loud riffs on daily events.

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Monday, February 2, 2015

Performance review: St. Petersburg Opera's The Barber of Seville

Forget your opera fears. This show is lively, full of genial laughs and a little randy around the edges.

Posted By on Mon, Feb 2, 2015 at 1:51 PM

SHE POWER: Megan Marino’s Rosina is at once unhinged, desperate and empowered. - KEITH ARSENAULT
  • SHE POWER: Megan Marino’s Rosina is at once unhinged, desperate and empowered.

The Barber of Seville is reprised at 7:30 p.m. on Tuesday, Feb 3 at the Palladium Theatre. Tickets are $22-$67. Call the Opera box office at 727-822-3590 for availability.

It’s trite these days to remind people that Shakespeare was a popular entertainer in his day — the Michael Bay of Old England, with bigger words and much, much more blood. But the same can be said for a lot of opera — and for proof, you need look no further than Giacchino Rossini’s The Barber of Seville.

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St. Pete's Arts Alliance puts on an artful fundraiser

MUSE 2015 entertained the crowd with wearable art, live demos and groovy jams.

Posted By on Mon, Feb 2, 2015 at 6:58 AM


MUSE 2015, the annual fundraiser for St. Petersburg Arts Alliance, had St. Pete’s Museum of Fine Art stuffed to the brim with enthusiastic artists and patrons. The night's program included a live demo with sculptor Kyu Yamamoto, caricatures by Bruce W. Norris and a silent auction rich in art and opportunities. 

Kyu Yamamoto adds detail to the eyebrow of his sculpture
  • Kyu Yamamoto adds detail to the eyebrow of his sculpture

I scoped out the auction items, which included blown glass from the Morean Arts Center and a full-figure sculpture of Yamamato’s, and as I headed toward the bar I witnessed a PETA dream come true — a full glass of red wine sloshed straight onto a full-length white mink coat. I half expected a squeal, or some tears, or maybe even another glass of wine flying through the air. Lucky for the man who stepped on the tablecloth and caused the mishap, the woman who owned the coat wasn’t near the incident. After I watched the whole wine-saturated episode unfold, I finally shut my mouth of disbelief and got my Chardonnay. 

In a way, that ordeal epitomized the evening — lots of wine, a wealth of extravagantly stylish clothing and continuous live entertainment. 

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Saturday, January 17, 2015

QUAID Artists Collective debuts new 2015 lineup

America's Next Top QUAIDs secure their places in Tampa's edgiest group.

Posted By on Sat, Jan 17, 2015 at 5:23 PM


CL named Seminole Heights’ Quaid our Best Artists Collective for 2014. In their debut year, the nine adventurous young founding members were, to paraphrase Dizzee Rascal, the dopest, flyest, OG, pimp hustler, gangster player, hardcore motherfuckers living in Tampa today, and to be honest, we were totally and completely on their dick.

Yeah, but what have you done for me LATELY?

In a bid for continued relevance as the ravages of time inevitably erode their synapses and creative instincts (I mean, my god, some of these supposed "young artists" are in their 30s!), QUAID has assimilated three new members. They’ll debut at the group show QUAIDIDGAF.

Officially, this changing of the guard came about because several of the founders have entered new, extra-Tampanian stages in their lives: Ericka Richardson and Tim McMillan are now in Chicago; Ville Mehtonen and Monica Perez — clearly inspired by Kicking and Screaming (no, the other one) — are just days from jetting off to Prague (Oh, I’ve been to Prague).

Unofficially, though (by which I mean I am completely fabricating this, Fox News-style), it seems obvious that the four ex-Quaids have simply outlived their usefulness in the secretive back-room medical procedures which, through to a combination of blood transfusions and oxygen tents, help the older members maintain their youthful vigor. And so they will be replaced by new Quaids, whose impressionable minds and supple young flesh will fuel the monstrous secret blood-cult that is Tampa’s Best Artists Collective.

QUAID's new members are (drum roll please):

Chase Sherman: Piloting the Black Lion and controlling the Obscene Thunder Tornado Engine, Chase brings a rough-edged style influenced by his tattoo addiction and collection of head wounds from various hardcore shows. (Instagram: These Things Take Time.)

Sam K. Newton: After being bitten by a radioactive gecko in her high school science lab, Sam Newton’s strangely altered hands and feet give her the power to scale nearly any vertical surface unaided. Newton may now be the most realist Quaid, though that’s not saying much — her portrait-centric paintings confront pop culture and celebrity, for instance in a series depicting her breasts as the expressive heads of her favorite rappers. (

Georgia Hourdas: Wielding the Sword of Crystal Tears and crisscrossing the universe accompanied by the intelligent (and possibly untrustworthy) cat-like being known as Semulon, Hourdas makes art that aggressively deconstructs her fascination with Japanese traditional and popular culture. Her contributions to QUAIDIDGAF are tight compositions of brightly colored textiles and fragmented symbols. (Tumblr: Sad Girls Looking at Things)

QUAIDIDGAF will also feature plenty of weird, off-putting work from existing QUAID members, including Anthony Record’s new foray into collage. And definitely NO sacrificial rituals.

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Tuesday, January 6, 2015

Bubba vs. The Bone: Round One

Tampa Bay radio heats up as Bubba the Love Sponge returns to the FM dial.

Posted By on Tue, Jan 6, 2015 at 11:31 AM

Bubba's back: The Love Sponge returned to the airwaves Monday morning.
  • Bubba's back: The Love Sponge returned to the airwaves Monday morning.
Tampa Bay radio is getting interesting.

Bubba the Love Sponge (aka Todd Clem) returned to the airwaves Monday full of vitriol against his former employer. Now on WHFS 98.7 FM, Bubba came out swinging against WHPT 102.5 FM, also known as The Bone.

Song parodies, insults and promises of regaining his morning show crown from Mike Calta (Bubba's former station-mate and the biggest name in 102.5's lineup) were part of his first-day agenda, which also included media questions and the launch of his own chicken wing (seriously).

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Tuesday, December 30, 2014

Enjoy a different NYE experience via St. Pete's Passages

Posted By on Tue, Dec 30, 2014 at 4:49 PM

Keep St. Pete Lit, Bluebird Books Bus, NOMADstudio, and The Friends of Boyd Hill Nature Preserve join forces for an experience that should transport you far away from the same ol' same ol' this New Year's Eve. 

The event/interactive installation Passages will offer an afternoon and night of free hands-on creative activities inspired by voyages both literal and metaphorical, and will take place in conjunction with First Night St. Petersburg on Wed., Dec. 31, from 4 to 10 p.m., in the St. Petersburg Shuffleboard Club courtyard at 559 Mirror Lake Drive N.

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Thursday, December 18, 2014

Page Turners: Tampa Bay's weekly literary happenings

Pick up the mic at Oral Fixation, catch a dramatic holiday reading at the Seminole Heights Library, and practice writing in the moment with Tampa Free Skool.

Posted By on Thu, Dec 18, 2014 at 6:04 PM

Delve into the biography of Charles Dickens to uncover the real-life Scrooge and the inspiration behind the beloved holiday tale, A Christmas Carol. Inkwood’s Official Book Club meets Thursday, Dec. 18, 7 p.m., to discuss this month’s selection, Inventing Scrooge by Carlo Devito.

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Thursday, December 4, 2014

Party with pride and the holiday spirit at Sunken Gardens Saturday night

Posted By on Thu, Dec 4, 2014 at 5:58 PM


What better way to get into the Christmas spirit than with a holly-color-scheme-infuenced party rockin' a DJ, drag shows, an open bar, color-coded party-level bracelets and St. Pete's own century old botanical garden?*

St. Pete Pride is hosting their sixth annual Red & Green Christmas party this Saturday at Sunken Gardens, from 7 p.m. to 10 p.m.

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Thursday, November 20, 2014

This week's CL Holiday Auction arts picks — La France pirate wench-wear, Jobsite and more

Posted By on Thu, Nov 20, 2014 at 4:17 PM

RETRO-FABULOUS: Let La France make you look extra stunning next Gasparilla Day!
  • RETRO-FABULOUS: Let La France make you look extra stunning next Gasparilla Day!

Some really fantastic and diverse arts and culture options are up for grabs in the 2014 CL Holiday Auction to benefit The Children's Home

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