House of Cards Season 3 drops today on Netflix, and yesterday illegally via some naughty people’s torrents.
Personally, I want some questions answered. Will Claire Underwood add any color to her wardrobe now that she’s the First lady? Will Frank come out of the bisexual closet? Will Jackie Sharp and Remy Danton team up in and out of bed and take out the Underwoods? Will Former President Garrett Walker get rid of the bags under his eyes and lay off the Xanax? Will Doug Stamper return from the dead creating a zombie apocalypse? What will Frank Underwood eat now, instead of Freddy’s ribs? Maybe John Favreau’s food truck from Chef will park outside of the oval office?
CL asked a few Tampa residents their predictions for this season and listed my own wishes as well.
Fri., Feb. 27, 8 p.m. at Ruth Eckerd Hall, Clearwater
Butcher Holler Here We ComeFor all the talk about catharsis in the theater, it isn’t very often that you come upon the real thing. But it’s precisely catharsis — the purging of pity and terror from one’s psyche after they’ve been stirred up by a stunning drama — that I felt after watching Aztec Economy’s Butcher Holler Here We Come. This shattering play — “event” might be a better description — was presented last weekend at Ybor City’s Silver Meteor Gallery (in near darkness and very cold weather), and played like a combination nightmare, mystery rite, and horror ride at a depraved theme park. It took place in a center section of the narrow theater, with chairs for the audience lining opposite walls, so the effect was immersive as well as explosive. And though we ostensibly were sharing space with five emotionally challenged coal miners trapped in West Virginia, 1973, there were elements of the show so uncanny and unintelligible, I still don’t know exactly what I experienced. I do know that at the end I felt that cleansing of mind that Aristotle talks about — or was it just relief that the torment was over?
Silver Meteor Gallery, 2213 E. Sixth Ave., Ybor City, Tampa. 813-300-3585. No more local performances scheduled in the near future. Visit Aztec Economy's website, newyorkisdead.net, for future dates.