Friday, April 24, 2015

Do This: The Weekend Top 10

Bolts playoffs game, Star Wars fun, cool art, a beach party and John Leguizamo top this week's events.

Posted By on Fri, Apr 24, 2015 at 9:49 AM

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Go Bolts!
 The Tampa Bay Lightning are skating closer to the Stanley Cup, ahead 3-2 in the series against Detroit. See if they can beat the Red Wings in game five at 6 p.m. and advance this Saturday at the Amalie Arena. If you can't get tickets, sports bars throughout the bay area will be showing the game. Also, fans tomorrow night can watch on Ford Thunder Alley outside of Amalie Arena. The game will be broadcast on NBCSN Wherever you are, so don't forget to watch and cheer on the home team!

Happy 30th Co-Motion!  The St. Petersburg College CoMotion Spring Dance Concert commemorates a three-decade milestone. In the show choreographers Nancy Smith and Cindy Hennessy, will perform several modern dance pieces in a variety of styles. Should be a night of professional-caliber, first-rate performances with humor, passion and  imagination. Thurs., April 23, 7:30 p.m., Fri., April 24, 7:30 p.m. and Sat., April 25, 7:30 p.m.  at SPC-Clearwater campus, 2465 Drew St. $5 general admission; free for SPC students and staff with ID only.

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An Excruciatingly Ordinary Toy Theater Show comes to St. Pete

Zach Dorn and his puppet pals hit The Studio@620 stage for one night only.

Posted By on Fri, Apr 24, 2015 at 8:58 AM


When was the last time you saw a good puppet show on a local stage? Perhaps not since Miniature Curiosa's Moon City played at The Studio@620 last year. Well, now Zach Dorn, one half of the two person mind behind Miniature Curiosa, brings his own solo project to The Studio@620 stage: An Excruciatingly Ordinary Toy Theater Show.

Miniature Curiosa, founded in 2012 by Zach Dorn and Murphi Cook, seeks to "explore the underbelly of childhood nostalgia with the disappointed eyes of adulthood through lo-fi technology, puppetry and non-linear storytelling."

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Thursday, April 23, 2015

Bubba vs. The Bone, Round 2: The Sponge Strikes Back

Bubba The Love Sponge and Mike Calta keep battling for morning ratings in Tampa Bay.

Posted By on Thu, Apr 23, 2015 at 9:46 PM

Bubbas been back on the radio at 98.7 FM for nearly four months.
  • Bubba's been back on the radio at 98.7 FM for nearly four months.

When Bubba The Love Sponge returned to the airwaves in January on FM 98.7, he promised to topple his former radio station (102.5 FM The Bone) and beat his now-nemesis, Mike Calta, who heads the morning show at 102.5.

So, nearly four months in, did he succeed? Like a relationship status on social media, it's complicated.

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Comedian Tig Notaro date announced

She's spoken candidly about her double mastectomy and love of Taylor Dayne.

Posted By on Thu, Apr 23, 2015 at 3:55 PM


Comedy fans who enjoy more than a succession of hackneyed one-liners have come to count on Tig Notaro as a likable, low-key comedian with wit and a delightfully dry, non-gimmicky style of storytelling. The largely unknown but highly revered-in-her-industry comic will be headlining a No Clubs show next month at the Palladium.

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Fun for Jedis: One Man Star Wars Trilogy and The Star Wars Art Show

The Empire strikes back again as theatergoers and art fans revel in two nerdy delights.

Posted By on Thu, Apr 23, 2015 at 12:33 PM

FROM A GALAXY FAR AWAY: Canadian Charlie Ross performs the Star Wars trilogy live at the Straz.
  • FROM A GALAXY FAR AWAY: Canadian Charlie Ross performs the Star Wars trilogy live at the Straz.

The Force is strong this weekend for Star Wars fans.

Charlie Ross (pictured) has performed his One Man Star Wars Trilogy more than 1,200 times in more than 180 cities across four continents. Ross, from Victoria, British Columbia, has earned praise for his kinetic performance style and ability to transcend mere mimicry. In his condensed version of the sci-fi epic, Ross goes from commandeering the Millennium Falcon to kvetching like a cowardly robot with a British accent to busting out the most uvula-challenging wookie wail of all time.

On Saturday night, enjoy the Star Wars Art Show at Fodder & Shine. The show features themed work from several artists — including Adam Graham, Barbra Oosting, Danial Ryan (Arch Stanton), Derek Gabriel Grimsley, Eric Ondinasaurus, Hallucination Media (Bryan Nichols & Steve McClure), Justin Arnold, Kelli E. Tanner, Krysteena Runas, Melisa Taylor, Raymond Carro Roel, Rj Runas, Robert Wegmann and Vaughn Belak — which will be on display through May 4th, aka May the Fourth Be With You, when a closing show celebrates the holy day of geeky obligation.

Performance runs Fri., April 24, 7:30 p.m.; Sat., April 25, 2 and 7:30 p.m.; Sun., April 26, 1 and 7 p.m. at the Straz Center, Tampa. $35. Art show runs April 25-May 4, 7 p.m.-3 a.m. at 5910 N. Florida Ave., Tampa.,

Go “Over the Edge” for Big Brothers & Big Sisters

Writer Lynn Waddell is among many making the descent for a worthy cause.

Posted By on Thu, Apr 23, 2015 at 8:38 AM

HONORARY SIBLINGS: Little brother Brad with Lynn Waddell.
  • HONORARY SIBLINGS: Little brother Brad with Lynn Waddell.

Big Brothers Big Sisters of Tampa Bay is offering a one-of-a-kind experience to Tampa residents — the chance to repel down one of the Bay's tallest buildings. Thrill-seekers be warned — this isn't your average mall rock climbing wall!

On Saturday, May 2, the One Progress Plaza Building in St. Pete, will set the stage for dozens of brave, local souls to scale down the side of the building, all the way from the 19th floor to the ground. And the best part? You don't need to have any previous experience with rappelling — you will be trained on-site before being suited up.

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Theater Review: Chicken Shop at the new Urbanite Theater in Sarasota

Expect professionalism and style from the company run by Summer Dawn Wallace, Harry Lipstein and Brendan Ragan.

Posted By on Thu, Apr 23, 2015 at 8:29 AM

NEW URBANITES: Joseph Flynn and Ashley Scallon in Chicken Shop.
  • NEW URBANITES: Joseph Flynn and Ashley Scallon in Chicken Shop.
Chicken Shop
Urbanite Theatre, 1487 Second St., Sarasota
Runs through May 6-10 (all earlier shows sold out)
8 p.m. Wednesday-Saturday, 2 p.m. Sunday
$20, students with I.D. $5

Prior to a couple of weeks ago, Sarasota boasted three fine theater companies known for their first-class productions. Now joining Asolo Rep, Florida Studio Theatre, and Banyan Theatre is Urbanite Theatre, which has recently come into existence with a winning production of Anna Jordan’s provocative Chicken Shop. Urbanite has new digs near downtown Sarasota, with a modern, smart-looking house that in some ways resembles Tampa’s late lamented Gorilla Theatre: think a long rectangular space with just a few rows of seats facing an equally elongated stage. The company already has an alluring summer schedule on tap (Reborning opens June 12, Isaac’s Eye on Aug. 14), not to mention a nascent staged reading series (Gidion’s Knot appears April 28, other plays to be announced).

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Bard-y on! Celebrate Will's birthday with 2 plays

A pastiche of Shakespeare dramas and comedies can be enjoyed in Clearwater and Tarpon Springs.

Posted By on Thu, Apr 23, 2015 at 12:41 AM

GET BARD: Jack Holloway, Paul McColgan and Steve Fisher star in  The Complete Works of William Shakespeare (abridged).
  • GET BARD: Jack Holloway, Paul McColgan and Steve Fisher star in The Complete Works of William Shakespeare (abridged).

April 23rd is the William Shakespeare’s 451st birthday (or at least the day it's celebrated)! Maketh merry with Hat Trick Theatre, the professional theater in company in residence at Ruth Eckerd Hall.

Local favorites Jack Holloway, Paul McColgan and Steve Fisher will christen the complex’s newly remodeled and expanded Murray Theater with a whiplash-inducing run through 37 of the Bard’s plays in 97 minutes. Expect breakneck costume changes, men in drag, pratfalls and more funny stuff from the professional theater troupe.

The Complete Works of William Shakespeare (abridged) includes comedies, histories and tragedies. April 23-25, 7:30 p.m.,

With a title inspired by Henry V, Shakespeare’s Once More Unto The Breach, Dear Friends offers another melange in Tarpon Springs.

Features scenes from Macbeth, The Taming of the Shrew, Hamlet, The Merry Wives of Windsor, and Love’s Labour’s Lost. April 23-26, Tarpon Springs Heritage Museum, $16.

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Wednesday, April 22, 2015

The Disaster Artist author Greg Sestero at Inkwood Books 4/24

A pretty great book about the worst movie ever made.

Posted By on Wed, Apr 22, 2015 at 10:53 PM

Author Greg Sestero as Mark in The Room. Background — the immortal Tommy Wiseau. - TOMMY WISEAU
  • Tommy Wiseau
  • Author Greg Sestero as Mark in The Room. Background — the immortal Tommy Wiseau.

We've written before about The Room, Tommy Wiseau's epic masterpiece of awful filmmaking. And why not? There's nothing that quite so thoroughly scratches our itch for the excellently bizarre as a film, financed from unknown sources by an enigmatic liar who manages to turn $6 million into something that looks like a fully improvised homage to Blue Velvet.

If you, like us, are a full-blown convert to the Cult of You're Tearing Me Apart, Lisa, then you should approach Greg Sestero's The Disaster Artist: My Life Inside The Room, The Greatest Bad Movie Ever Made with enthusiastic caution. It's billed, after all, as "an inspiring tour de force that reads like a page-turning novel" - which is to say, a good book that probably contains actual information about The Room and its maker. And that could only spoil the fun, right?
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What's worse, The Disaster Artist was recently optioned for filming by Seth Rogen, in an adaptation currently slated to star James Franco. Franco's awkward and palpable longing to actually be as eccentric as the real Wiseau has already ruined enough films, art shows, and (one can assume) Columbia MFA workshops. Why encourage him?

That said, the book has received rave reviews and scads of prestigious awards. So if you're willing to risk your gleeful hatred of one man's klutzy passion by coming to see Tommy Wiseau as, you know, a human being with feelings, dive right in.

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True bromance — Tes One and Bask at CASS

Pound and a Bear Hug reunites the artists for a redux of their first joint show.

Posted By on Wed, Apr 22, 2015 at 10:25 PM

  • INTERIOR/EXTERIOR WORLDS: Tes One's "Transfer."

Bask and Tes One: Pound and a Bear Hug
April 24-June 6
Opening reception Fri., April 24, 7-10 p.m.
CASS Contemporary Gallery, 2722 S. MacDill Ave., Tampa,
The friendship between artists Bask and Tes One goes back to the 1990s, when they were comic book nerds and teenage graffiti artists. In hardware stores, they would sneakily switch out nozzles on spray paint from other aerosol cans to enhance the precision of their masterpieces on “The Clearwater Wall” — once gifted to young street artists by a landowner near the city’s Frisbee golf course.

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