Wednesday, December 17, 2014

Nation, we will miss The Colbert Report (w/video)

The final episode airs tomorrow night, Thurs., Dec. 18.

Posted By on Wed, Dec 17, 2014 at 1:20 PM

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Last night's Colbert Report and his recent final spate of shows — one even featuring President Obama — offered all that we love about the belovedly ridiculous mock-conservative news pundit: rapid-fire wit, hilarious cut-to's, wild-eyed egomania and in-your-face ballsiness. 

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Tuesday, December 16, 2014

The Laugh Tract — who's bringing the funny

Posted By on Tue, Dec 16, 2014 at 12:53 PM

Lachlan Patterson, a finalist on the most recent Last Comic Standing, is at Side Splitters this weekend.
  • Lachlan Patterson, a finalist on the most recent "Last Comic Standing," is at Side Splitters this weekend.

From holiday shows to television personalities to contest winners, there's a lot of variety on stages this weekend. Find a good show and catch some laughs before you head out for some last-minute shopping (you know you still have some left to do). Here's the lineup for this week:

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Monday, December 15, 2014

Do This: Full by Katie Berger and A Christmas Carol

Start off the week with a night at the theater.

Posted By on Mon, Dec 15, 2014 at 9:14 AM

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Start off the week with the uplifting feeling  a night at the theater brings you. Full, a local musical in the making by one of the theater scene’s youngest and brightest stars, sounds intriguing as it’s more of a personal exploration than a big fairy tale or movie remake. Berger begs the questions: “How does a person find herself again when she has lost everything?” “How do we continue to fight?” “Whose voice do we listen to, and which one is our own?” Join the actor who drew critical praise as Red in freeFall's <i>Into the Woods</i> in the first ever public reading of the script and a sampling of songs in what looks to be a powerful new musical. A discussion will follow the reading. 7 p.m. freeFall Theatre Company, 6099 Central Ave., St. Petersburg. 727-498-5205. freefalltheatre.com.

Charles Dickens' A Christmas Carol brings us Dickens’ classic filled with veteran Broadway actors, lush costumes, stunning sets, music, dance, and a timeless message. $29.50-$44.50 add $5 at the door.  7:30-9 p.m. Largo Cultural Center, 105 Central Park Drive, Largo. 727-587-6793. largoarts.com.

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Merrier than three ho's! The CL Holiday events Guide

Say bah-humbug to another stressful holiday. Make it fun, folks.

Posted By on Mon, Dec 15, 2014 at 9:07 AM

MEDLEY MAYHEM: Every Christmas Story Ever Told (And then Some) can be enjoyed at the Studio@620.
  • MEDLEY MAYHEM: Every Christmas Story Ever Told (And then Some) can be enjoyed at the Studio@620.


Say bah-humbug to another stressful holiday. Make it fun, folks, and here's your start to finding out about events to get you into the spirit (or just take your mind off it all). Check here for continuously updated events happening throughout New Year's. Categories include Arts & Performances, Festivals & Special Events, Lights Attractions, Parades, Food & Drink, Films, Gift Shopping Events and New Year's Eve. Special thanks to Emma Simms, Mark Sugden, Danielle Carpenter for helping put this giant stocking of listings together!

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Bravo "troublemaker" Jax Taylor — his Tampa Bay connection and fashion line

He has quickly become a fan favorite with more than 143,000 followers on Twitter.

Posted By on Mon, Dec 15, 2014 at 6:00 AM

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Jax Taylor spent Thanksgiving in the Tampa Bay Area before heading up to New York, then back to his home in LA to continue filming his reality show, Vanderpump Rules. While here, Taylor visited his family in Tarpon Springs and helped promote the opening of his mother's new salon – Bloom Salon and Spa in Dunedin.

Taylor – a model, actor, designer, and bartender — is most recognized for his role on Vanderpump Rules, a  show that focuses on The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills' Lisa Vanderpump and her staff at Vanderpump's trendy California restaurant, SUR.

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Saturday, December 13, 2014

Shot in St. Pete — ... And a Bag of Chips! lands on cable TV

The award-winning short is a tale of self discovery.

Posted By on Sat, Dec 13, 2014 at 8:39 AM

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The winner of the Audience Choice Award at the 2014 Gasparilla Film Festival, the short film …And a Bag of Chips! is about self discovery. It shows how "we are human, we are flawed. We are fearful." 

This Sunday, ShortsHD Channel will premiere the widely-lauded local short film (ShortsHD can be found on DIRECTV, AT&T U-Verse, CenturyLink and US Sonnet). The short’s star and writer is Tampa Bay-based Jannette Sepwa.

Sepwa has had a very healthy career in film, appearing the television-movie version of Zombieland, the film Sunlight Jr. (starring Naomi Watts and Matt Dillon), and working for the casting department on Harmony Korine’s Spring Breakers.

Filmed entirely in St. Petersburg, the pre-production of the short film began in April 2013. Shot in over three days in June, post production of “…And a Bag of Chips!” was completed in the fall. The short film debuted at the Pan African Film Festival in Feb. 2014. 

“It’s been a long process getting here,” Sepwa said. “Now, it will be shown all across the country, and we couldn't be happier.”

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Friday, December 12, 2014

Historical figures revealed on Tampa's Riverwalk

Sculptures of figures from Tampa's history revealed.

Posted By on Fri, Dec 12, 2014 at 5:06 PM

Busts of Blanche Armwood, Herman Glogowski, Gavino Gutierrez, Bena Wolf Maas, Hugh Campbell Macfarlane, and Moses White were unveiled today as the next installment of historical figures for display along Tampa's Riverwalk - CHIP WEINER
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  • Busts of Blanche Armwood, Herman Glogowski, Gavino Gutierrez, Bena Wolf Maas, Hugh Campbell Macfarlane, and Moses White were unveiled today as the next installment of historical figures for display along Tampa's Riverwalk

The next installment of six historical monuments were introduced to Tampa this morning at a ceremony behind the Tampa Convention Center.

It was the third such group of figures to be revealed since 2012 for installation on Tampa's Riverwalk. The collection will ultimately feature 30 noteworthy people who have had a major impact on the development of Tampa and Hillsborough County.

The memorials are in a section of Tampa's Riverwalk called the Historical Monument Trail. The newest additions will be moved in to their permanent positions along the waterfront soon.



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Do This: The Weekend Top 10(ish)

More fun on bikes, the LGBT Welcome Center opens grandly, holiday stuff, famous comedians, great art in Tampa and Pinellas and that Tchaikovsky ballet.

Posted By on Fri, Dec 12, 2014 at 4:35 PM

TWO WHEELS GOOD: Enjoy bike fun at the Winter Wonder Ride and Riverfront CX this weekend.
  • TWO WHEELS GOOD: Enjoy bike fun at the Winter Wonder Ride and Riverfront CX this weekend.


It's a crazy busy weekend, so put off your holiday shopping and chores, and have some fun at these events Friday through Sunday.

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Movie review: Exodus: Gods and Kings applies bleak and thunderous drama to a familiar story

Director Ridley Scott's adaptation of the Biblical tale deviates from the original script in button-pushing style.

Posted By on Fri, Dec 12, 2014 at 2:04 PM

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Exodus: Gods and Kings’s source material requires no spoiler alert for audiences with even the vaguest familiarity with the Old Testament story of Moses and the exodus of enslaved Hebrews out of Egypt. But Ridley Scott’s interpretation of the story takes some provocative and often terrifying risks. What are we to make of these Gladiator-esque excesses, especially when applied to the pinnacle of slave liberation stories? Let’s just say Scott’s film makes The Ten Commandments seem as utterly camp as the Easter bunny.

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Sculpting with sod — Mark Joseph Oliver at CASS

The artist opens his sculpture-heavy (literally) exhibition, The Best-Laid Plans, tonight at South Tampa's premier gallery.

Posted By on Fri, Dec 12, 2014 at 1:06 PM

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Mark Joseph Oliver: The Best-Laid Plans, Dec. 12, 7-9 p.m. CASS, 2722 S. MacDill Ave. 

Two day’s before the opening reception, Mark Joseph Oliver takes a breather from curating to scarf down some sushi- he almost forgot to eat — but let’s face it, a solo gallery show trumps lunch on a concrete floor any day.

The opening reception for his one-man show, The Best-Laid Plans, will be at CASS tonight at 7.

Oliver has been working with a tight schedule for this show. He received word that it was a go about a month in advance, which left him with a short supply of time to construct and curate. But, by some heavenly combination of skill and artistry, the man has managed to fill the giant gallery with exclusive sculptures and prints (some of which are also giant).

“I like to kind of take viewers out of their normal expectations of walking into a show, and even walking into a room. Hopefully it’s a little disorienting,” said Oliver. “But, I like to leave it up to the viewer.”

Without spilling all the cool beans, I’ll name a few of the show’s contents: a big beaver-chewed log, a 12-foot dirt and sod runway and some shotgun aftermath. Oh, and a 1,000 pound artillery shell. Can't forget about that.  

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