Sunday, October 19, 2014

Three, a new web series, explores sexual boundaries, friendship

Posted By on Sun, Oct 19, 2014 at 5:40 PM

WEB SERIES PREMIERE: Three. a web series directed and written by local filmmaker Lucas Omar, debuts online on Saturday, Oct. 18. The series explores an accidental polyamorous relationship among three 20 somethings in the Tampa Bay area.
  • WEB SERIES PREMIERE: Three. a web series directed and written by local filmmaker Lucas Omar, debuts online on Saturday, Oct. 18. The series explores an accidental polyamorous relationship among three 20 somethings in the Tampa Bay area.

Set your sexual inhibitions free and catch the premiere of Three, a web series that offers a brand-new take on the age-old love triangle.

The series held its premiere party earlier this week at The Studio@620 in St. Petersburg, where attendees got a sneak peek of the show. The first three episodes of Three will debut online this Saturday, Oct. 18. Each week following, two additional episodes of the 10-episode season will be released.

Written and directed by Palm Harbor-based filmmaker Lucas Omar (who also stars as Tanner in the series), Three focuses on the relationship of three 20somethings. As two best friends – straight, over-the-top and overly sexual Layla and gay, uptight, bookish Tanner – vie for the attentions of bisexual, laidback Jason, the trio stumbles into a polyamorous relationship.


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Northern Florida exposure — the Mattie Kelly Arts Festival in Destin, Oct. 25-26

Posted By on Sun, Oct 19, 2014 at 5:26 PM

ARTS GEM: Carol Ferony's oil pastel, "The Treasure Box," will be among the works at the Mattie Kelly Arts Festival.
  • ARTS GEM: Carol Ferony's oil pastel, "The Treasure Box," will be among the works at the Mattie Kelly Arts Festival.

If you're in the mood to make the most of the great Florida October weather but feel like getting away for the weekend, head to the Panhandle for the Mattie Kelly Arts Festival Saturday and Sunday. 

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Pride: A feel-good film that actually makes you feel good

An impeccable cast saves the film, which is based on a true story, from falling into the schmaltz pit.

Posted By on Sun, Oct 19, 2014 at 2:27 PM

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The problem with supposedly “feel-good” films is that oftentimes they don’t make you feel all that good. Anything slapped with the label of “heart-warming” is certainly well-intentioned, but danger Will Robinson when it comes to such ardent sincerity – too much can definitely be too much. Like that second piece of cake, one can go from pleasant sugar buzz to nausea before you know it.

Such, thank goodness, is not the case with the new movie Pride (now playing at the Sundial complex in St. Petersburg). Based on a true story, Pride manages to dance on the edge without falling into a pit of schmaltz – which is pretty amazing considering the subject matter.

In 1984, British Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher’s decision to close unprofitable coal mines led to an almost year-long miners’ strike. A small group of London gays (and one lesbian), led by the handsome activist Mark (Ben Schnetzer), realize that they can relate to the oppression the miners are going through and resolve to show solidarity by raising funds for a village in Wales. Needless to say, things do not run smoothly at first (gays and lesbians being the scary critters they are and all), but eventually the villagers’ feelings are summed up by one character, who observes, “What you’ve given us is more than money. It’s friendship.”

And therein lies the potential schmaltz pit into which the whole movie could sink. I mean, who didn’t see that coming a million miles away? But any danger of formulaic storytelling is soon overcome by a large and absolutely winning cast.

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One last chance to see Ned Averill-Snell as Teddy Roosevelt — a must see

Posted By on Sun, Oct 19, 2014 at 12:33 PM

TEDDY BEAR: Ned Averill-Snell as Theodore Roosevelt.
  • TEDDY BEAR: Ned Averill-Snell as Theodore Roosevelt.

“What am I getting myself into,” I ask myself as I am getting ready to go see The Apocrypha of Theodore Roosevelt play at Tampa Prep.

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Saturday, October 18, 2014

Do This: Must-see art shows tonight!

Infuse your Saturday night with uniquely compelling eye candy on both sides of the Bay.

Posted By on Sat, Oct 18, 2014 at 12:05 PM

DAVID WILLIAMS
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David Williams: Somewhere Between Alpha and Omega is on view at a reception 6-10 p.m. at Workspace, voted Best New Gallery in CL's 2014 Best of the Bay. The solos show reveals Williams' refined technique and imaginative blends of imagery take his art a few levels above most trendy post-pop art you see in magazines. He says in his artist statement:

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Get in the Halloween spirit at City of Imagination's Gallery of Mortality

Head to Gulfport for a unique haunted house for the literate.

Posted By on Sat, Oct 18, 2014 at 11:44 AM

DEAN WICK
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If haunted houses leave you cold but you love playing with the idea of death —and you don't mind haunting images that stay with you for a few nights – the Gallery of Mortality at Gulfport's City of Imagination, 2726 54th St. S., is the place to go. Once there, you'll be immersed in the visuals of Master of Mortality Dean Wick, who has created interpretations of death as portrayed by the master of macabre, Edgar Allen Poe.


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Friday, October 17, 2014

Do This: The Weekend Top 10

Posted By on Fri, Oct 17, 2014 at 6:08 PM

WHO YOU GONNA CALL? The Ghostbusters are among the roving characters you might encounter at the Tampa Bay History Center's Night at the Museum this Sunday. - JP PHOTOGRAPHY/TAMPA BAY HISTORY CENTER
  • JP PHOTOGRAPHY/TAMPA BAY HISTORY CENTER
  • WHO YOU GONNA CALL? The Ghostbusters are among the roving characters you might encounter at the Tampa Bay History Center's Night at the Museum this Sunday.

Five by Five
— A fun night out and favorite among local arts enthusiasts, Five By Five brims with diverse offerings, well-known names and surprises galore. The third annual art exhibition and night of performance features 5-by-5-inch anonymously displayed works for sale, signed by the artist on the back and available for $25 each. All proceeds go to individual artist programs of the Arts Council of Hillsborough County. See a list of participating artists and preview the online before the event at FivebyFiveTampaBay.com. Friday, 8-11 p.m., Tampa Museum of Art, 120 W. Gasparilla Plaza, $10 (free for museum members). tampamuseum.org.

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App cruncher — mobile games that take you to other worlds

Posted By on Fri, Oct 17, 2014 at 4:06 PM

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Machinarium
 (Google Play)
 $4.99 (free Demo)
Available on iTunes
Developed by Amanita Design
Enter a hand-drawn post-apocalyptic world, where you guide a disassembled robot named Joseph, through the city of Machinarium, to save his girlfriend, Bertha, from the Blackcap Brotherhood. This award-winning-cross-platform game, from the makers of Samorost and Botanicula won IGF's Excellence in Visual Art Award. (2009) Each level has a series of challenging but rewarding puzzles to complete, with only one hint per level, Machinarium is able to make you feel tender inside. Although this game shows up compatible with your phone, it's not at all. Trying to solve Machinarium's puzzles (or pick up its often ridiculously-tiny objects) on a phone screen will certainly rise frustration levels, even with something the size of a Galaxy Note, it would be almost impossible beyond the first few, simple tasks. I would recommend a 10.1" tablet at the least for this one. (Or the computer version) Other than that, it is one of the most visually stunning hand-drawn games – meticulously detailed, it keeps you wondering.

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Thursday, October 16, 2014

Tampa Bay's weekly literary happenings

Posted By on Thu, Oct 16, 2014 at 2:58 PM

BEAT HAPPENING: St. Pete's Flamingo Bar celebrates the life and work of legendary beat writer Jack Kerouac Saturday, Oct. 18, 7 p.m.
  • BEAT HAPPENING: St. Pete's Flamingo Bar celebrates the life and work of legendary beat writer Jack Kerouac Saturday, Oct. 18, 7 p.m.

Investigative journalist and senior writer for NBC News Tony Dokoupil will speak at Eckerd College Thursday, Oct. 16, 7 to 8 p.m., about his new memoir, The Last Pirate: A Father, His Son, and the Golden Age of Marijuana. Unbeknownst to him at the time, Dokoupil's father was a major marijuana smuggler in the 1970s and 1980s. In his 20s, Dokoupil set out to discover the real story of his father's business and to reconnect with him as his son. The Last Pirate is his account of both of these discoveries. As Florida voters prepare to consider legalizing medical marijuana, he will discuss his book and his recent reporting on the emerging business of weed and the entrepreneurs who are growing and distributing legal marijuana. He will give a general audience presentation in Miller Auditorium, as well as a casual conversation meet and greet from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m.

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App cruncher — artfully cool mobile games worth the download

Posted By on Thu, Oct 16, 2014 at 2:35 PM

Since my mornings tend to be spent staring at a screen, I've decided to write a column about my favorite apps that I stumble on. I'd like to focus on users who are not full on gamers or techies, who occasionally want to waste some downtime with an app that's recreational or functional. Let's start sifting through the haystack with a few graphically impressive mobile games.  

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