Friday, January 30, 2015

Ruth Eckerd Hall gets Weird this summer!

Posted By on Fri, Jan 30, 2015 at 7:08 AM

Still weird after all these years: Yankovics here in August.
  • Still weird after all these years: Yankovic's here in August.

"Weird Al" Yankovic might not be a stand-up comedian, but comedy fans all know who he is, and many will want to see him when he performs at Ruth Eckerd Hall on Aug. 13.

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Thursday, January 29, 2015

Game of Thrones — at the movies? Indeed.

All men must die as the season four finale hits IMAX tonight

Posted By on Thu, Jan 29, 2015 at 4:44 PM

St. Petersburg is about to be overrun, not by hordes of White Walkers or wildlings, but by hundreds of rabid fans eager to watch their favorite HBO show on the IMAX big screen for the first time.

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Game of Thrones, the now classic TV show based on George RR Martin's fantasy book series, will screen the final two episodes of its fourth season on IMAX screens all across the country beginning tonight and it should be nothing short of mind blowing.

Show creators DB Weiss and David Benioff saw it for themselves recently and were amazed. "It's a completely different viewing experience," says Weiss. "I'm still in shock." Benioff adds "I've never seen it on a screen like that with that kind of detail."

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Do This: The Weekend Top 10

Pirates, 3D art, fun fests, classic opera, surreal Super Bowl viewing and classic cult flicks.

Posted By on Thu, Jan 29, 2015 at 4:27 PM

ARGGHHH! It's that time again, Tampa! - GASPARILLA PIRATE FEST
  • Gasparilla Pirate Fest
  • ARGGHHH! It's that time again, Tampa!

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The Black Paintings: We've all had black periods in our lives. Artist Steven Kenny has lived to tell us about his through his wondrous paintings, which combine super-realism and fantastical imagery. Attend a closing reception for Centre Gallery’s show featuring one of the Bay area’s most compelling painter. 7-9 p.m. Kenny (pictured) gives a talk at 7:30 p.m.  USF Marshall Center, Tampa. facebook.com/CentreGallery.

The joke's on Tampa Theatre: NYC natives Sal Vulcano, Joe Gatto, James Murray and Brian Quinn have had some notable successes — like their $100k win on NBC’s Carson Daly-hosed sketch comedy competition, It’s Your Show — but nothing approaches the gut-busting hilarity of the hidden camera/practical joke show they created and now produce, write and star in: TruTV’s Impractical Jokers, which finds the Tenderloins competing to embarrass each other for laughs. Their live show is a mix of stand-up, never-before-seen hidden camera footage and stories about their experiences. Two shows Jan. 30: 7:30 and 10 p.m. Tampa Theatre, 711 N. Franklin St., Tampa, $49.50, tampatheatre.org. (Text by Leilani Polk: be sure to read her Q&A with Jokester Brian Quinn.)

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A night at the opera — in Clearwater and St. Pete: Arguably Giacomo Puccini’s most famous opera, La Bohème is set in turn-of-the-century Paris, where poet Rodolfo falls for a fragile, ailing seamstress Mimi. Teatro Lirico D’Europa and Symphony Orchestra brings us the poingant, sweet and sometimes humorous tale to Ruth Eckerd Hall Friday night at 7:30 p.m. $35-$75.  ... With a sweeping, rollicking score, The Barber of Seville follows the beautiful maiden Rosina, who narrowly escapes marriage to her guardian, Dr. Bartolo, only to fall in love with Count Almaviva, who’s masquerading as poor student. Figaro, the town barber, helps Rosina unite with her true love. Serenades, disguises, bribes and the shave of a lifetime comically ensue. Elizabeth Pojanowski stars as Rosina, Tony Dillon as Bartolo, Blake Friedman as Almaviva and Gabriel Preisser as barber/go-to guy Figaro. The biggest star, of course, is Gioachino Rossini’s unforgettable score. Fri., Jan. 30, 7:30 p.m., Sun., Feb. 1, 2 p.m. and Tue., Feb. 3, 7:30 p.m. 253 Fifth Ave. N., St. Petersburg. mypalladium.org, stpeteopera.org. 

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Have a Blast with the Family Stone, Cheech and Chong: Downtown Clearwater hosts its monthly family-friendly street party Blast Friday with members of Sly's legendary band performing hits on the mainstage, followed by the not-so-kid-friendly Cheech and Chong classic, Up in Smoke. Fest is 5-9 p.m. on Fri., Jan. 30. Free. Movie is $5. Fri., Jan. 30, 10 p.m. Capitol Theatre, 405 Cleveland St., Clearwater. 727-791-7400, atthecap.com.

Avast ye, blah blah blah!  The Gasparilla Pirate Fest & Street Festival brings more partying before and after the big parade on Saturday. a fully rigged Jose Gasparilla will tread the waters of the Seddon Channel at 10 a.m. when the Invasion Brunch will convene. Prepare for pirate invasion to the mainlands at Riverwalk at 1 p.m. after which Ye Mystic Krewe of Gasparilla will be running the streets for the Parade of Pirates and the Pirate Fest Street Festival on Sat., Jan 31. For the first time ever: A celebration will take place at Curtis Hixon Waterfront Park both Friday and Saturday, beginning at 6 p.m. ($30 general admission). More info at gasparillapiratefest.com. If you need some karmic cleansing after the debauchery or don't mind cleaning up others' messes, a major area cleanup will take place Sunday noon-3 p.m. Meet at the Tampa Garden Club (2629 Bayshore Blvd., Tampa) to receive supplies. After check-in volunteers will be given a designated section of the North end of Bayshore to clean.

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Pinellas Folk Festival: Go really retro this Saturday when the Pinellas County Historical Society presents its annual celebration. The festival will feature traditional folk, gospel, bluegrass and country music throughout its 21-acre living history museum. Fiber artists, traditional craft demonstrations, antique cars and living history activities will also be featured. Musical acts include The Crackerbillys (pictured), The Mungos, Hammerhead Dulcimers, Chant the Trees, Gypsy Wind, Duo Vida, James R. Hawkins, Leigh & Steve Humes and Gypsy Star, Charlie Bill and His Barn Burners, and others. $5. Sat., Jan. 31, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., at Heritage Village, 11909 125th St. N., Largo. 727-582-2123. pinellascounty.org/heritage.

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Art, fun in 3D: Slap on a pair of 3-D glasses for an eye-poppin’ experience beyond the screens of your local cineplex. Bloom Art Center’s 3D Art Show transforms the big multi-use studio —which has become a staple on the St. Pete art-party scene, located on Fifth Avenue and MLK — into a multidimensional art theme park of sorts. See chromadepth paintings, sculpture and more by 24 artists — plus a bonus solo show by Sebastian Coolidge in the Mezzanine Gallery. Local bands Hussar and Sonic Graffiti provide entertainment starting at 9:30 p.m. Resident artists will have their studios open and the Bloom Pod will be selling art and gifts throughout the evening. Come out to the Burg for art that can reach out and grab you! Sat., Jan. 31, 7 p.m.-12 a.m., Bloom Art Center & Oleson Gallery, 910 Fifth Ave. N., St. Petersburg. $9, facebook.com/BloomUnderground

Superbowl XLIX Watch Party in the Bierstube: Forgo the usual sports bar to watch the game in a kitschy Oktoberfest  setting. The German American Society will be hosting a party, complete with tailgate food, wings, dogs, chips-n-salsa, and whatever else they can think of! $12 buckets of domestic beer and drink specials all day long. Prizes and treats for fans. $5. Sun., Feb. 1, 4 p.m. 8098 66th St. N., Pinellas Park. 727-710-7204. Click here for more Super Bowl party venues.

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"More human than human": Tampa Theatre’s Totally ‘80s film series continues with Ridley Scott’s 1982 sci-fi noir adventure Blade Runner, starring Harrison Ford, Rutger Hauer and Sean Young. 3 p.m. tampatheatre.org.

More fun fests: If you're not pirate-ing it up on Saturday, head to the Cider & Mead Festival at the Cajun Cafe at 2 p.m. or the Kumquat Festival in Dade City, 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Also, the Party Like a Pirate Fest at Florida Avenue Ales offers good tunes by Shae Krispinsky, Jeff Brawer, Nickole Hanna and Tré Fitzgerald, and food truck grub.

Tampa-love: Avant-garage rockers The Parquet Courts will be at Seminole Heights American Legion Hall with too-cool-for-Tampa band Merchandise. Should be packed, so arrive early. Check Leilani's Ear Buds section for more live music fabulosity.

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Spring Arts Preview — January/February

A curation of major events happening in the arts this season.

Posted By on Thu, Jan 29, 2015 at 3:32 PM

AUGUST IN WINTER: August Wilson's Radio Golf stars, from left front, Kim Sullivan, Anthony Chisholm, Chrystal Bates, Alan Bomar Jones and “ranney.” - CHAD JACOBS
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  • AUGUST IN WINTER: August Wilson's Radio Golf stars, from left front, Kim Sullivan, Anthony Chisholm, Chrystal Bates, Alan Bomar Jones and “ranney.”

Because we all need a friendly reminder now and then: Here's one of several scheduled calendar reminders of events in our Spring Arts Preview 2015.

Check back here at Art Breaker in the coming months for more or refer to our print edition calendar as shown in our Jan. 22 issue, pages 11-21. New events may be added at discretion of editor.

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Theater Review — Radio Golf

The final play in August Wilson’s Century Cycle scores with thought-provoking, eloquent drama.

Posted By on Thu, Jan 29, 2015 at 7:49 AM

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ARRESTING DEVELOPMENT: Radio Golf's Alan Bomar Jones and Kim Sullivan - CHAD JACOBS
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  • ARRESTING DEVELOPMENT: Radio Golf's Alan Bomar Jones and Kim Sullivan


Radio Golf runs through Feb. 22 at American Stage; showtimes 8 p.m. Wednesdays-Saturdays, 3 p.m. Saturdays and Sundays
163 Third St. N., St. Petersburg, $39-$49, 727-823-PLAY, americanstage.org.

August Wilson is such a superb writer, even his unnecessary dialogue is rewarding. By “unnecessary” I mean writing that doesn’t advance a play’s action, that restates what we already know and makes us wait for new information and “something to happen.”

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Wednesday, January 28, 2015

SCENE BREAKER: Preview shenanigans, helium hijinks and it ain’t over ‘til the fat lady twerks

Posted By on Wed, Jan 28, 2015 at 3:48 PM

PICK YOUR POISON: Emily Belvo in TRT2's Bethany.
  • PICK YOUR POISON: Emily Belvo in TRT2's Bethany.


Here’s what’s behind the curtain this week in Tampa Bay theater…

THE PARROT SKETCH, BY AUGUST WILSON:
Savvy, thrifty local theatergoers haunt preview performances ahead of opening night, in part for the cut ticket price and in part because they know said performances are technically dress rehearsals, wherein anything can and will happen. In the preview last week for August Wilson’s Radio Golf at American Stage Theatre Company, previewgoers got to hear celebrated all-lowercase actor ranney improvise the following monolog when he became bumfuzzled on a line about being held back in the fourth grade: "If you had 17 parrots and you gave Suzie 12 parrots? How many parrots would you have left? Who in the hell has 17 parrots? And, who the hell is Suzie?" The actor reports that the ad lib received a huge laugh from audience members, none the wiser for having not read the script. Also a popular stand-up comic and writer, ranney is a veteran of nine productions of Wilson’s work, including his BotB-winning appearance in The Piano Lesson.

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13 Lucky Bets for Super Bowl Viewing Parties

A little more than a TV, some drunks and bowls of chips at these local venues.

Posted By on Wed, Jan 28, 2015 at 2:20 PM

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Wondering where you're going to watch the big game?

Here’s a list of venues with special doin’s for Super Bowl Sunday, Feb. 1.

1. The Hideaway, 2454 McMullen Booth, Clearwater: Co-sponsored by Southern Steer Butcher and Anytime Fitness, the tailgate party starting at 4 p.m. will feature free food throughout the day and night. It’s become a Patriots place for watch parties, so be prepared for inflated enthusiasm.

2. Maloney’s Irish Pub, W. Kennedy Blvd., Tampa: Opened eight months ago, Maloney’s — which has a downtown Tampa and Westchase location — has helped turn downtown Tampa into some semblance of a nightlife spot what with the traditional Irish pub feel and the live music each weekend. This football season, it’s also turned into a Seahawks watch party location. For Super Bowl Sunday, expect the same; no cover.

3, Lee Roy Selmon’s (throughout Tampa Bay) — The sports restaurant will offer unlimited portions of food and drink for $63 at all area locations. They will also be giving away prizes throughout the night like rounds of golf to area courses, a suite at Bright House Stadium for Clearwater Threshers games, and a foosball table. Space is limited so reserve your seat as soon as possible.

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The Laugh Tract — who's bringing the funny

A famous Russian (sort of), a Mad TV vet, the guy from Workaholics and more ...

Posted By on Wed, Jan 28, 2015 at 2:00 PM

Party time! Bert Kresicher has an early show at The Improv Friday.
  • Party time! Bert Kresicher has an early show at The Improv Friday.

While you'll have plenty of opportunities to get your laughs in, you need to get your fill by Saturday night. There's a sporting event on Sunday that tends to dominate the country's attention, and comedy clubs aren't even trying to compete. So if you don't care for football, stand-up won't be much help. Sorry.

Fortunately, that still leaves quite a few comedy shows this week. Here are your best bets:

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Wednesday Do This — CRAFT, Stelliferous Live, TIGLFF and Tampa's revolutionaries

Posted By on Wed, Jan 28, 2015 at 1:35 PM

CIRCLING ABOVE: Helicopter Mom stars Nia Vardalos and Jason Dolley.
  • CIRCLING ABOVE: Helicopter Mom stars Nia Vardalos and Jason Dolley.

Today is chock full of enlightening and mingling opportunities, and you can see a TIGLFF movie at night!

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A Q&A with Tenderloins/Impractical Jokers member Brian Quinn

Q and the rest of the Tenderloins/Jokers crew bring their "Where's Larry" tour to Tampa Theatre this Friday

Posted By on Wed, Jan 28, 2015 at 12:46 PM

The Tenderloins/Impractical Jokers crew: (L-R) Sal Vulcano, James Murray, Joe Gatto and Brian Quinn.
  • The Tenderloins/Impractical Jokers crew: (L-R) Sal Vulcano, James Murray, Joe Gatto and Brian Quinn.

Four friends who’ve been making people laugh together in some capacity since high school formed The Tenderloins Comedy Troupe in 1999, performing the live circuit for several years before crossing over to the web and then to television. While NYC natives Sal Vulcano, Joe Gatto, James Murray and Brian Quinn had some notable successes – like their $100k win on NBC’s Carson Daly-hosed sketch comedy competition, It’s Your Show — nothing approaches the gut-busting hilarity of the hidden camera/practical joke show they created and now produce, write and star in: TruTV's Impractical Jokers, which finds the fellas competing to embarrass each other and playing to each others’ weaknesses via improvised dares, stunts and challenges with the unknowing (and sometimes uncaring, bemused, amused or downright irritated) public, making for some classic moments of humiliation.

Ruth Eckerd Hall on the Road brings The Tenderloins to Tampa Theatre on their “Where’s Larry?” Tour; their live show is a mix of stand-up/ribbing, never-before-seen hidden camera footage and stories about their experiences, not to mention some good-natured audience-Tenderloins interaction.

I talked to Brian aka "Q" yesterday while he was holed up and snowed in at his Staten Island home. Check out the resulting Q&A after the jump, and see Tenderloins on their "Where's Larry" Tour this Fri., Jan. 30, at 7:30 or 10 p.m., Tampa Theatre, downtown Tampa; tickets are $49.50. 

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