Monday, July 27, 2015

A purrfect event! Grumpy Cat and other feline celebs to hit Tampa Theatre Aug. 4

Celebrate the premiere of the newest BuzzFeed video, Happiness Finds Grumpy Cat. 

Posted By on Mon, Jul 27, 2015 at 1:38 PM

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Cat people, take note! One of your favorite furry internet celebs will harrumph on the stage at Tampa Theatre Tuesday, Aug. 4, at 6 p.m. for the premiere of the newest BuzzFeed video, Happiness Finds Grumpy Cat. 

Grumpy will be joined by her well-known cat friends for the exclusive premiere hosted by Friskies and PetSmart:  DJ Kitty — Tampa Bay Rays; Sir Purr — Carolina Panthers;  Stanley C. Panther — Florida Panthers; Kingston the Lion — Orlando City Soccer Club, and Aubie the Tiger — Auburn University.

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The Laugh Tract — Who's Bringing the Funny

Pete Davidson and Jamie Kennedy head the list of comedians in town this weekend.

Posted By on Mon, Jul 27, 2015 at 5:35 AM


Jamie Kennedy is at Side Splitters.

  • Jamie Kennedy is at Side Splitters.





When you think of summertime, you think of the sun, right? But when you live in the Tampa Bay area, you have to factor in the rain, too. If you like to do things outdoors, you've probably missed out on some fun recently. Unless you like hanging out in a downpour, of course.



So why not avoid all that and see a stand-up show instead? It doesn't rain on a comedy stage. Nothing but sunshine and a lot of inappropriate, adult content. That's a summer to remember.


Here's this week's schedule:





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Sunday, July 26, 2015

Movie Review: Paper Towns

The coming of age dramedy charms but doesn't color outside the lines.

Posted By on Sun, Jul 26, 2015 at 7:45 PM

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From John Green, the author of box office juggernaut The Fault In Our Stars, Paper Towns is the second installment of the young adult dramas in the author's utopian universe. This time we don’t get teenage cancer patients and European trips (although the characters embark on a literal and figurative “journey” at the latter part of the film). Safe to say, Paper Towns is no Fault in Our Stars.

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Saturday, July 25, 2015

Do This: Black Tides — Secrets of the Sea art show

Water, water everywhere, but here's some sea lore art to make you think ...

Posted By on Sat, Jul 25, 2015 at 12:05 AM

"El Diablo Del Mar": One of Jennifer Kosharek's works in Black Tides — Secret of the Sea.
  • "El Diablo Del Mar": One of Jennifer Kosharek's works in Black Tides — Secret of the Sea.

Avast ye, homies. Celebrate the life aquatic — beyond your rainy, soggy front yard — tonight, 7-11 p.m., when Black Amethyst Tattoo Gallery ships its next curated art show to Green Bench Brewing Co.

The art party will be centered on dark myths and sea lore and offer locally brewed craft beer, live music, special performances and a gypsy market.

The art exhibit features 30 work by 30 artists, including Chad Mize, Michelle Sawyer, Jennifer Kosharek and James Michael McCracken.

"Role Reversal" By Chad Mize.
  • "Role Reversal" By Chad Mize.
The St. Pete Indie Market will take over the courtyard, with local designers and crafters, and vintage and "gypsy-life" merchants hawking their affordable decor, functional items and works of art. DJ Sugar Bear will spin tunes all evening long.

The band Moon Flag will entertain with its acoustic ballads and rockers. Performers from Kymatic Studios adds their complementary element with fire dances.

Green Bench Brewing Co. is at 1133 Baum Ave. N., St. Petersburg; greenbenchbrewing.com.



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Friday, July 24, 2015

Bo Burnham visits The Straz in October

Posted By on Fri, Jul 24, 2015 at 11:16 AM

Musical youth: Bo Burnham brings his comedy to The Straz on Oct. 15.
  • Musical youth: Bo Burnham brings his comedy to The Straz on Oct. 15.

Bo Burnham is a popular musical satirist whose layered wit creates a theatrical presentation on stage that goes far beyond stand-up comedy.

You might expect that from a seasoned vet with 25 years of stage experience. Burnham isn't even that old yet.

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WWE fires Hulk Hogan after racist rant

Say it ain't so, brother! Hogan is trumping Trump with his foot-in-mouth disease.

Posted By on Fri, Jul 24, 2015 at 11:09 AM

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Whatcha gonna do, when that sex tape you made comes back to bite you in the ass twice, brother? WWE Hall of Famer, and local celebrity, Hulk Hogan was quickly terminated from his contract with World Wrestling Entertainment this morning.

All inferences to him on WWE related websites have been quietly removed as well. Hulk (Terry Bollea) had been working as a judge on WWE's reality program, Tough Enough, and as an ambassador for the company. The Hulkster's hasty termination is linked to a racist rant The National Enquirer unearthed from the sex tape that Hogan is currently in litigation with Gawker media over.

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Movie Review: Cartel Land

The documentary offers a ton of footage but lacks substantive examination.

Posted By on Fri, Jul 24, 2015 at 10:24 AM

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Cartel Land
Written and directed by Matthew Heineman
Opens Fri., July 24, at AMC Veterans, Tampa.
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A Cannes darling, Matthew Heineman’s Cartel Land takes the viewer to anti-cartel resistance on both sides of the U.S.-Mexico border. The film splits its attention between vigilante patrols in Arizona led by Tim “Nailer” Foley and the Autodefensas, a rebel group in Michoacan led by Dr. Jose Manuel Mireles. These two men are our windows into two decidedly different worlds; two worlds that, despite the film’s insistence, are not comparable in the slightest.

It took four editors to carve out the film’s 100-minute runtime from what must have been hundreds of hours of footage, but somewhere along the way they forgot to offer any opinion on it. We bear witness to the rise of the Autodefensas, prying back town after town from the cartels, and then, suddenly, see them swallowed up by the same corruption they fought against. It’s a narrative cleanly presented without editorializing: Heineman doesn’t plaster the film with voiceover, letting the subjects speak for themselves.

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Thursday, July 23, 2015

Do This: The Weekend Top 10

Bricks and Barley Mow anniversary parties, CL's Cuban issue photo show, Fanboy Expo and more.

Posted By on Thu, Jul 23, 2015 at 9:24 PM

IMPROMPTU SING-ALONG: This shot of Italian tourists singing along to a blind musician on a Havana street is featured in CL Space's photo show Friday night. - LESLIE JOY ICKOWITZ
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  • IMPROMPTU SING-ALONG: This shot of Italian tourists singing along to a blind musician on a Havana street is featured in CL Space's photo show Friday night.
FRIDAY

¡Viva La Cuba!
 Creative Loafing and Leslie Joy Original will present the Historia de Amor con Cuba — Love Affair with Cuba, a photography show and celebration of this issue at the CL Space on July 24 from 6 to 9 p.m. Features Cuban food from The Stone Soup Co., Cuba Libre cocktails and live music by Ta Bueno featuring Estrella Flamenca. The CL Space is at 1911 N. 13th St., Ybor City. $5 suggested donation; proceeds to benefit the Ybor City Museum Society. 

JIM GRINAKER
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Aurally fixated: The USF Contemporary Art Museum’s sound art exhibition With Hidden Noise concludes with Out in the Open, a night of live sound and experimental music performances curated by Jesse Vance of The Venture Compound (pictured, right). Vance, Whitey Alabastard, Wren Turco, Sean Hamilton and Ben Barrett will perform brief pieces on various instruments, gadgets and gizmos set up throughout the museum. Free admission, Friday, 7-9 p.m., USF CAM, 3821 Holly Drive, Tampa. ira.usf.edu

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Movie Review: Southpaw

It's a by-the-numbers boxing flick, but Jake Gyllenhaal turns in a knockout performance.

Posted By on Thu, Jul 23, 2015 at 8:31 PM

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Southpaw
Starring Jake Gyllenhaal, Forest Whitaker and Rachel McAdams.
Opens Friday, July 24, at Muvico Ybor, AMC West Shore, Veterans, Regal Park Place, Largo Mall and other theaters.
Southpaw, the latest from director Antoine Fuqua of Brooklyn’s Finest and Training Day fame, is an adrenaline-filled boxing movie that hits all the clichés and formulas way too precisely but still manages to emotionally rope you in.

“I’m a motherfucking beast” screams the intro music as a ripped Jake Gyllenhaal, playing boxing champ Billy Hope, gets his hands tied in preparation for a big fight in Madison Square Gardens. If he wins, and he does in a 10th round knockout, this will be his 43rd win in a row. Hope fights with rage and doesn’t block his opponent’s hits. The blows make him stronger and fuel his game. He spits blood nonstop and feverishly shows off his “Hope” mouth guard. He is a monster. A machine. His wife, Maureen, a gorgeously Jersey-ed out Rachel McAdams, is by his side, encouraging and demanding success. He takes home the championship belt to his giant gated house with his 10-year-old daughter, the creepily adult-like Oona Laurence, waiting up.

Soon tragedy strikes and Hope's reactions result in his success and family being ripped away. It is the mania and anger that helped him get to the top in his career that causes his life to hit rock bottom. Well, mania, anger and some poor financial planning. Within a few scenes, he goes from millionaire boxer to a guy living in squalor with nothing except for his gray sweat suit and a couple of snapshots of his wife and daughter. (There had to have been something not repossessed right? Did he have to by new toothpaste and deodorant or did the bank take that too?)

Even his manager Jordan Mains — played by a moderately okay-actor-but-better-rapper Curtis Jackson, aka 50 Cent — drops him and begins representing his arch enemy Miguel Escobar, Miguel Gomez, who may or may not be involved in previously mentioned tragedy.

In comes Forest Whitaker as Tick Wills the boxing trainer who works with underprivileged kids and definitely, never, ever professional fighters. (Watch out for the foreshadowing. It’ll hit you over the head so hard it will leave a bruise.)

Whitaker’s like an ooey-gooey grilled cheese sandwich and just makes everything better. He is such a master thespian, he might’ve gotten the script that morning but you’d never know it. (Though, looking back on some of Whitaker’s film choices, including 2013’s The Last Stand co-starring Arnold Schwarzenegger and Johnny Knoxville — huh? — you’d think he owes a lot of people a lot of money.)

Luckily for Hope, after hitting a ref in his last match, he is suspended from pro boxing therefore comes the convenient loophole of being able to be trained by Wills. And you better believe most of the training comes from within but not without some cleaning the gym as punishment first. And it is at Wills’ grungy little gym that Hope has to learn fight the right way, without the fury he is known for, to get his life back.

Gyllenhaal, who supposedly got Oscar shunned for what I believe was a bit overacting in last year’s Nightcrawler, pulls off a terrific and convincing performance. His formerly dopey Bubble Boy eyes have been replaced by puffy, physically and emotionally beaten down eyes; his sometimes scraggy frame is beefed up and convincing of a boxing champ’s physique.

He emotionally gets it too, and had me unable to fight back tears throughout the 123-minute flick.

Early on it is easy to predict where Southpaw is going to take us. It’s a comeback movie. A redemption movie. The formula is taught in Screenwriting 101. But no matter how predictable and trite it feels; it still has you cheering in the end. Just don’t think about it too hard, cause you might get mad at how hard you just got played.

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Textual healing: Grand Central Lit Crawl & Tampa Zine Fest this Saturday

Posted By on Thu, Jul 23, 2015 at 4:00 PM

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If you are of the word-nerd persuasion, plan to attend one or both page-turning events happening the same evening on opposite sides of the bay.

The Grand Central Lit Crawl showcases narratives read aloud by prominent local scribes, including Ben Montgomery, Tampa Bay Times reporter and author of Grandma Gatewood’s Walk, who kicks off the tripsy traipse at 4 p.m., followed by Roy Peter Clark, Poynter Institute teacher/author, at the Old Key West Bar and Grill, 2451 Central Ave. From there, mosey to neighboring drinking spots to catch Stephanie Hayes, Lynn Waddell, Julie Garisto, Cathy Salustri, Arielle Stevenson, Bob Andelman and Craig Pittman.

The Tampa Zine Fest, a celebration of zines, independent media and DIY publishing, will present workshops, work stations for creating zines and live music from singer-songrwriter/writer Jeremy Gloff. Free; donations accepted for Tampa Free Skool. 6-9 p.m., Ybor Daily Market, 1920 E. Seventh Ave., Ybor City. Grand Central Lit Crawl is 4-8 p.m.; free admission. 

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