Friday, May 22, 2015

MOSI premieres an out-of-this-world IMAX film

Journey to Space is far out.

Posted By on Fri, May 22, 2015 at 12:17 AM


With the conclusion of the Space Shuttle program in 2011, the question of “what’s next?” has been on everyone’s mind.

As astronaut Chris Ferguson so famously put it, “we're not ending the journey today, we're completing a chapter of a journey that will never end.” Journey to Space — a fine new documentary premiering Friday (11 a.m. and 3 p.m. most days) at MOSI’s Florida Hospital IMAX DOME theatre – offers a look at the next generation of star trekking, appropriately narrated by none other than Patrick Stewart himself.

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Thursday, May 21, 2015

A variety of things to do this Memorial Day Weekend

From traditional to offbeat fun stuff, we've got you covered this holiday weekend.

Posted By on Thu, May 21, 2015 at 2:59 PM


It's a time of remembrance, but it's also a time to have fun and kick off the summer season with outdoor activities or indoor fun, if it's too hot you (if that's the case, we don't blame you!). Here are some events to help you make your plans: 

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16 events to look forward to this summer

Dade City's new zipline park, Chris Hardwick, Sheryl Underwood and more.

Posted By on Thu, May 21, 2015 at 1:42 PM


Here’s a look at comedy shows, visual art events, performances and movies defying the season’s usual slump.

Just announced this week, TreeHoppers, a new aerial adventure park, is set to open in Dade City in August.  Indiana-based White River Zip Lines purchased a 60-acre wooded tract in Dade City that will feature dozens of zip lines, rope bridges and aerial climbing elements. The attraction will have eight unique courses and nearly 100 aerial features catering to adults and children ages 5 and older. The property features several acres of scenic, hilly forest and a  five-acre lake in the back of the property. Opening date is still to be determined, TreeHoppers will be open year-round, seven days a week at 27839 Saint Joe Road Dade City (35 minutes north of Tampa). For more information, visit

Here are some more events to look forward to ...

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Monday, May 18, 2015

Page Turners: Tampa Bay's literary happenings

Author signings abound in the Tampa Bay area

Posted By on Mon, May 18, 2015 at 9:05 AM

Join Gayle Tzemach Lemmon, author of the New York Times bestseller, The Dressmaker of Khair Khana, a
AUTHOR ACE ATKINS will sign copies of his latest book at Inkwood Books, Friday, May 22, 7 p.m.
  • AUTHOR ACE ATKINS will sign copies of his latest book at Inkwood Books, Friday, May 22, 7 p.m.
s she discusses her new novel Ashley’s War Monday, May 18, 3:30 to 4:30 p.m., at the Port Tampa City Library.This unique work offers the first (and only) intimate and inside look at the first-ever all-female, all-Army team to serve on the battlefield in Afghanistan alongside Special Operations Forces – all while women remained officially ‘banned’ from ground combat.

Karen Rowe, published author and founder of the full-service writing firm Front Rowe Seat, offers a presentation entitled “So You Want to Write a Book?” Tuesday, May 19, 6 p.m., at the Tampa Club. Tickets are $10 in advance and $20 at the door.

Wordier Than Thou's storytelling and prose open mics are in St. Petersburg and Sarasota this week. On Tuesday, May 19, 7 p.m., the group will be at The Studio@620. David Edmonds, author of Lily of Peru, and Carol Perry, author of the Witch City Mysteries series, are the featured readers. Then the group heads to the Fogartville Community Center in Sarasota on Thursday, May 21, 7 p.m. Authors Darlyn Finch Kuhn, M.C. Coolidge, and Michael D'Angelo are the evening's features. Cost is $5 at the door.

East Lake Community Library’s monthly Author Showcase features Diane Capri Tuesday, May 19, 6 to 7:50 p.m. The New York Times-bestselling author of 12 books recently release Hit the Road Jack, the latest in her Jack Reacher series.

Meet New York Times-bestselling author Ace Atkins Friday, May 22, 7 p.m., at Inkwood Books. He’ll sign copies of his newest P.I. Spenser novel. Inkwood recommends purchasing the book ahead of time as a large crowd is expected.

Christian author Gerald C. Anderson celebrates the release of his third novel, Standing Firm, Saturday, May 23, 6 to 9 p.m., at the Creative Loafing space in Ybor City.

Shane Hinton, whose debut story collection, Pinkies, is being released by Burrow Press, and Jeff Parker, author of Where Bears Roam the Streets and former director of the University of Tampa's low-residency MFA creative writing program, will read and sign their books Friday, May 29, 7 p.m., at Wilson's Book World.

William Valentine will sign his new novel, Costa Rican Reprise, the sequel to his bestselling Salt Creek Justice, Sunday, May 31, 2 p.m., at Haslam’s Book Store.

The Clearwater Library Foundation presents “Every Life Is a Story: A Writing Workshop,” an eight-week memoir-writing workshop, Mondays,10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., June 1 through July 20, at the Clearwater Main Library. This class is open to writers of all levels.

Registration is underway for an adult spelling bee to benefit The Literacy Council of St. Petersburg. The bee will take place Wednesday, June 10, at the Studio@620. Teams of two to four adults will compete to determine the best spellers in the area. The winning team will receive a trophy and prizes. The Stand-up Librarian Meredith Myers will host. Find more information about registering here.

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Friday, May 15, 2015

Totally meow-some! ARTPool's Wild Things offers feline fun Saturday night

Animals, art and the first Florida showing of the Internet Cat Video Festival.

Posted By on Fri, May 15, 2015 at 11:57 AM


It is truly a Caturday, Saturday, May 16, at St. Pete’s ARTpool Gallery as it presents Wild Things, a night focusing on animals and art, which includes the SPCA Tampa Bay presenting the first Florida showing of the Internet Cat Video Festival.

What the hell is an Internet Cat Video Festival, you ask? It started in 2012 at the Walker Art Center in Minneapolis when employees took popular cat videos from the World Wide Web and pieced them together in a reel for public viewing. Approximately, 10,000 people attended the showing and the Festival has been touring worldwide since.

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Thursday, May 14, 2015

Thanks to the Rangers, Frozen on Ice will go on

Disney characters will take over Amalie's rink for the weekend.

Posted By on Thu, May 14, 2015 at 1:22 PM


The Disney film Frozen is to little girls today what Grease was to my generation. But instead of the heroine like Olivia Newton-John's Sandy, who tarts up to impress a wayward boyfriend with black Spandex and a perm, Frozen's Elsa (based on Hans Christian Andersen's Snow Queen) and sister Anna are the first Disney strong female cartoon leading ladies to take matters in their own hands without a prince or father dictating their fates. Plus, the Disney tale has that funny snowman Olaf voiced charmingly and hilariously by Josh Gad, and some killer vocals thanks to Idina Menzel and company.

So, I'm happy that my friends and relatives' daughters have these fun, lovely and fierce role models and understand why parents were besides themselves with worry that the Stanley Cup playoffs would postpone or cancel Frozen on Ice shows this weekend.

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Wednesday, May 13, 2015

Enjoy summer-like temps at these splashy bashes

Beat the heat at some fun pool parties in the coming week.

Posted By and on Wed, May 13, 2015 at 4:54 PM

DIVE IN: Fossil Park Pool kicks off the weekend with a splash.
  • DIVE IN: Fossil Park Pool kicks off the weekend with a splash.

Yes, summer is almost upon us, and once again, and we’re feeling it a good six weeks before everyone else. All the more reason to get a jump on the season’s best tradition: pool parties. For family fun, head to Fossil Park Pool for the Summer Fun & Water Safety Day on Saturday from 10 a.m. to noon. The event offers in-pool swim lesson evaluations for kids 2 and up, healthy cooking demos, diving demos and raffle prizes from the Tampa Bay Rays. Participants include All Children’s Hospital, Florida Safe Pools, Healthy St. Pete, Safe Kids Florida Suncoast and the Tampa Bay Rays.

For a more grown-up party, DJ Mega and DJ Boomerang will be spinning at the newly completed Hollander Hotel pool on Sunday. No cover from 1 to 6 p.m.

Oh, and while we've got you and are talking about the Hollander's hot new outdoor spot, may we invite you to CL's own Summer Guide Issue Release Party Wednesday night? we can't announce the theme of this year's issue yet, but guests at this free poolside soiree from 6 to 9 p.m. will be the first to grab a copy, as well as appetizers and a keg of Green Bench Brewing's finest.

The Hollander is at 421 Fourth Ave. N., St. Petersburg; Fossil Park Pool is at 6739 Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. St. N.,,

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Pride & Passion brings the Forbidden City to TMA

The Tampa Museum of Art will take you back to the days when Yanks called Beijing Peking.

Posted By on Wed, May 13, 2015 at 4:38 PM

KINGFISHER BLUE: Models go blue for Pride & Passion. - TODD MONTGOMERY
  • KINGFISHER BLUE: Models go blue for Pride & Passion.

The Tampa Museum of Art has stepped up their presence with an internationally co-presented Chinese contemporary art exhibition, active participation in local arts events and most recently a high-profile Norman Rockwell exhibition. Most recently, the museum has hired a new director, featured as this week's A&E lead story.

The museum has also been busy preparing for its annual bash, Pride and Passion 2015: Forbidden. The soiree features an open bar stocked with Tito’s Handcrafted Vodka and Tanduay Asian Rum plus hors d’oeuvres from Anise Global Gastrobar, Bamboozle Cafe, Justhai, Timpano Italian Chophouse and others. Desserts, surprise entertainment, gallery access and a one-year membership to the Tampa make it all a big bang for the bucks.

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Worth the drive: Orlando's Fringe Festival

The festival prides itself on being un-juried and uncensored.

Posted By on Wed, May 13, 2015 at 2:12 PM

DON'T FEAR THIS REAPER! Wonderheads' Grim and Fischer may be a couple of the characters you see at Fringe in Orlando. - DESIGNEGG
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  • DON'T FEAR THIS REAPER! Wonderheads' Grim and Fischer may be a couple of the characters you see at Fringe in Orlando.

If you liked GASP!, CL’s one-night-only performing-arts smorgasbord, you’ll want to gorge yourself on the Orlando Fringe, a 14-day, something-for-everyone feast.

In operation for 24 years, the festival prides itself on being un-juried and uncensored. As a result, the programming is wildly electic, ranging from parodies (Jaws: The Movie: The Musical) to virtuosic solo turns (Clay Patchett’s 6 Guitars), from Shakespeare to ShakesBeer, from kids’ shows to adults-only raunch-a-thons.

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Friday, May 8, 2015

Do This: The Weekend Top 10

Mother's Day, Big Guava, an Indian parade on the beach and more.

Posted By on Fri, May 8, 2015 at 7:18 PM

HAPPY MOTHER'S DAY, MOMS! Expect the best and nothing else. Tell them CL said so!
  • HAPPY MOTHER'S DAY, MOMS! Expect the best and nothing else. Tell them CL said so!

That's right, we said, Yo Mamma:
 This weekend, celebrate Mother's Day at a slew of local attractions offering discounts and BOGO admissions, including the Tampa Bay History Center, the Florida Aquarium and Lowry Park Zoo. Hyde Park Village is hosting a Mother’s Day celebration for moms of children and fur babies on Saturday from 1 a.m. to 1 p.m. and offers discounts, giveaways and activities for both children and dogs. The Humane Society of Tampa Bay will be onsite for aspiring fur-mamas and -daddies. If you’re seeking non-restaurant dining, Yacht Starship is setting sail with a brunch cruise ($49.95) and the Museum of Fine Arts will serve a two-course prix fixe meal for $33, or a three-course for $39. Visit the venues’ websites for details. 

Jenny Lewis is one of the headliners at this year's Big Guava.
  • Jenny Lewis is one of the headliners at this year's Big Guava.
Says Music Editor Leilani Polk: "You could pretty much lock every Big Guava act inside a heart-shaped “alternative” box and call it a day. But that’d be oversimplifying the fest’s broad scope, which is reflective of what’s happening in music today: a cross-pollination of genres prompted as much by the way we’re introduced to and consume music as by technological advances in music-making and the breaking of creative boundaries that once held so many artists back." What's more is this is a rock festival WITH A MIDWAY. Fun rides, folks. Can't beat that mix. Read Leilani's must-see but-not-super-famous recommendations here.

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