Sunday, May 3, 2015

Menaul Fine Art — doing it all for Clearwater

A hundred artists celebrate a hundred years of the city.

Posted By on Sun, May 3, 2015 at 12:00 PM

ELEMENTAL AND SEASONAL: "Aqua Rings" and "Autumn Musings" by Scott Menaul. - SCOTT MENAUL
  • SCOTT MENAUL
  • ELEMENTAL AND SEASONAL: "Aqua Rings" and "Autumn Musings" by Scott Menaul.

My Favorite Art Place
1750 N. Hercules Ave., Clearwater
844 Art Place, Clearwater (studio) 
Online gallery: MyFavoriteArtPlace.com
Venue info: menaul-art.com

Entering the studio from the humble front entrance, it would not be immediately evident that this is an art powerhouse. It’s apparent, though, when touring through Jerri and Scott Menaul’s business, viewing room after room of gallery art, custom picture framing, photography, giclee printing, and posters. This is how art professionals get it done in Clearwater.

This multi-layered business is like artist Scott Menaul’s latest gallery showing of digital art. The art images, and the business that the husband and wife team has built together, are complex, juxtaposed and overlapping.

“People like it that we are a one-stop shopping place for art,” said Jerri. “We do design, printing and framing, all under one roof.”

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RiverFest 2015 — photos of the first annual event

Beautiful weather, a new walking trail, and mac and cheese brings thousands to downtown Tampa.

Posted By on Sun, May 3, 2015 at 11:03 AM

Christine Burdick, Lee Hoffman, Curtis Stokes, and Don Garcia participate in the ribbon cutting for the newly opened Selmon Greenway, a 1.7-mile trail that connects the Tampa RiverWalk and Ybor. - CHIP WEINER
  • Chip Weiner
  • Christine Burdick, Lee Hoffman, Curtis Stokes, and Don Garcia participate in the ribbon cutting for the newly opened Selmon Greenway, a 1.7-mile trail that connects the Tampa RiverWalk and Ybor.


The first annual Tampa RiverFest launched Saturday morning along the nearly completed RiverWalk in downtown Tampa. The festivities began with a ribbon cutting ceremony opening the new Selmon Greenway, a 1.7-mile trail that connects Ybor City with the RiverWalk. Following the official opening, people were encouraged to take a walking docent tour to get first-hand information about the trail.


The weather was beautiful and warm, bringing thousands of people to the RiveWalk, which connects Cotanchobee Park behind the Amalie arena to Water Works Park In Tampa Heights. - CHIP WEINER
  • Chip Weiner
  • The weather was beautiful and warm, bringing thousands of people to the RiveWalk, which connects Cotanchobee Park behind the Amalie arena to Water Works Park In Tampa Heights.

The ribbon cutting was part of the larger RiverFest celebration that took place on the 1.8-mile pedestrian and bicycle path along the Hillsborough River. Food, drink, music, and lots of activities along the RiverWalk made an entire day of entertainment for thousands of people. On one end of the trail, Cotanchobee Fort Brooke Park was the scene of the first Tampa Downtown Carnival with rides, activities, and typical carnival food. At the opposite end. Waterworks Park in Tampa Heights featured Jazz on the RiverWalk all day also hosted  food and beer. Throughout the day there were several concerts along the walk, including elementary and high school musicians in MacDill Park, and a kids play zone.
A fireworks display followed the second annual Mayor's Mac & Cheese Throwdown at Curtis Hixon Park, capped off with concert headliner G. Love & Special Sauce, all introduced by lovely emcee Melissa Carroll.


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Friday, May 1, 2015

Do This: The Weekend Top 10

Free Comic Book Day, RiverFest, WMNF Tropical Heatwave, great art shows, Star Wars Day, Florida Orchestra's space expedition, UT Dance Happening and more.

Posted By on Fri, May 1, 2015 at 2:18 PM

JULIE GARISTO
  • JULIE GARISTO

A river runs through it!
Feel the love in Tampa this weekend when community organizations come together to celebrate downtown Tampa’s latest outdoor destination, the RiverWalk. RiverFest comprises multiple happenings along the recently expanded and still-being-expanded pathway along the Hillborough River. Events include Jane's Walk, Jazz on the RiverWalk concerts at Water Works Park; public strumming and performance of String Theory’s “Fin Harp” — a super-sized, public art musical instrument at the Straz Center; the Mayor’s Mac & Cheese Throwdown on Saturday and Bloody Mary Festival on Sunday ­— both at Curtis Hixon Waterfront Park — live music and roaming food vendors along the newest extension by Kennedy Boulevard; The Plank waterfront pop-up bar will open along the Riverwalk in MacDill Park on Saturday, and a carnival brings old-timey fun to Cotanchobee Park. Much more, of course. Visit tampariverfest.com for details. 

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BAM! THWACK! POW! — Free Comic Book Day is Here

A rundown of events happening at local stores for free comic book day.

Posted By on Fri, May 1, 2015 at 1:17 PM

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As anyone can tell by the Avengers movies, superheroes have taken over pop culture. Famous heroes like Captain America, the Hulk, Thor, and Iron Man are on the tip of everyone's tongue.

Ever wonder where these heroes came from? Are you curious about the stories that the movies don't or can't tell you? (I'm looking at you Scarlet Witch and Quicksilver) The best way to answer these questions is to read the comics and the best time to get comics is on Free Comic Book Day, which happens Saturday May 2nd at stores all across North America.

For die hard readers it's a chance to get some of their favorite comics for free and for new readers it's the perfect time to jump in. Check in with your local comics store to find out where to start, grab a stack, and dive into the world of superheroes.

Check out the list below for participating stores in your area and any special events that may be going on.

Emerald City Comics & Collectibles
 4902 113th Ave N
Clearwater, FL 33760
http://emeraldcitycomics.com/

Celebrate Free Comic Book Day at EC Saturday May 2nd by getting FREE comics! With 50 titles available to choose from, there’s a story for everyone to enjoy! Each guest may choose any three comics from EC's massive selection! Also, all day long, Graphic Novels are 25% off!!! From 11am to 2pm, Emerald City will be hosting Team Arrow’s first big fundraising event for the 2016 MDA Muscle Walk! Artists will be there for a signing as part of this event. See their Facebook event for more details: https://www.facebook.com/events/314526068747925/ And from 3pm to 5pm, Amanda Conner & Jimmy Palmiotti, the masterminds behind DC's Harley Quinn,  will be there for a signing.

Heroes Haven Comics
4339 Gunn Hwy
Tampa, FL, 33618
https://heroeshavencomics.com/

 It's that time of the year again! It's Free Comic Book Day! Heroes' Haven Comics likes to take advantage of the biggest celebration in the industry and feature all of the local talent that they can accommodate in their premises to the thousands of people entering their doors! Also, they're doing what everyone loved last year... the first 150 customers in line get all free comics available ! (One (1) full set per family)! Even if you are not one of the first 150 customer there will still be tons of free comics to give away! Rain or shine, inside or outside! Free comics, special guests and food! It's literally a block party.

Demolition Comics
4149 W. Waters Ave
Tampa, FL, 33614
http://www.demolitioncomics.com/

In addition to free comics, Demolition will be having a store wide sale. All products in the store will be 25-50% off. So you can get your comics and a little something extra all for a great bargain.

Game On Video Games & More
13163 US Highway 301 South
Riverview, FL 33578
https://www.facebook.com/gameonriverview/timeline

Riverview's only place for comics will be giving them away on Free Comic Book Day. Stop on by to peruse their great selection of comics and even greater selection of top video games.

Here are a few other stores in the area where you can get free comics:

The Comics Club
714 West Lumsden Road
La Viva Plaza
Brandon, FL, 33511
http://www.comicsclub.com/

Read More Comics
115 E Brandon Blvd
Suite A
Brandon, FL, 33511
http://readmorecomics.com/

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Blockbuster Comics
2498 W. Brandon Blvd
Brandon, FL, 33511
https://www.facebook.com/blockbuster.comics?fref=ts

Comic World
1901 West Bay Drive
Unit 9
Largo, FL, 33770
https://www.facebook.com/Comic.World.1

Pike's Comics
2114 Drew Street
Suite A
Clearwater, FL, 33765
http://www.pikescomics.com/

Wonder Water Sports Cards & Comics
29113 Us Hwy 19 North
Clearwater, FL, 33761
https://www.facebook.com/WonderWaterSportsCardsComics

Green Shift
5226 N. Nebraska Avenue
Tampa, FL, 33603
http://greenshiftmusicandcomics.com/

Nerd Out Comics
1745 W Hillsborough Avenue
Tampa, FL, 33603
https://www.facebook.com/nerdouttampa/timeline

Coliseum of Comics New Tampa
19402 Bruce B Downs Blvd
Tampa, FL, 33647
https://coliseumofcomics.com/

Visit any one of the above stores to get your hands on a wide variety of free comics. Whether you're young, old, or somewhere in between, Free Comic Book Day has something for everyone.

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Thursday, April 30, 2015

After-school special — a Q&A with Late Nite Catechism's Mary Z

Don't be late to this class!

Posted By on Thu, Apr 30, 2015 at 2:24 PM







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Late Night Catechism
May 1-3, 8 p.m. and May 2-3, 2 p.m.
Jaeb Theater of the Straz Center, 1010 N. MacInnes Place, Tampa
813-229-7827, strazcenter.org

The touring comedy show Late Nite Catechism recalls a pre-Internet bygone era of Catholic school discipline and knuckle-rapping nuns. Mary Zentmyer, aka Sister Mary Z, tells CL via email Q&A about her touring classroom in an email Q&A.


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Swap art, see a horse paint

Trade art, learn about an exciting new arts complex and see a horse paint — tonight!

Posted By on Thu, Apr 30, 2015 at 8:31 AM

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Attention, artists and pack rats. St. Petersburg’s Warehouse Arts District Association is raising money for its proposed hub of creativity by hosting the Art Exchange for the ArtsXchange.

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¡Viva La Lucha! Pale Horse combines art, Cinco de Mayo and wrestling

Their worlds of interest seemed impossible to mix — until now.

Posted By on Thu, Apr 30, 2015 at 8:06 AM

YIPES, STRIPES: "Vision of the Striped Jaguar," by Pale Horse. -
  • YIPES, STRIPES: "Vision of the Striped Jaguar," by Pale Horse.

Pale Horse Lucha: The Art of Lucha Libre
Tues., May 5, 7-11 p.m.; opening match at 8 p.m.; main event at 9 p.m. at NOVA 535, 535 Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd N, St. Petersburg, 727-821-6682, nova535.compalehorselucha.com
If there’s such a thing as a stereotypical wrestling fan, it probably doesn’t look like Chris Parks, a slim 30-something with a prodigious beard who, by virtue of his work as an inventor and illustrator of otherworldly, myth-based characters, is one of St. Pete’s finest artistic assets. In a chapel-like office inside his downtown studio, Pale Horse Design, Parks is in his element, flanked by samples of his illustrations, design books and art toys. But a while back he found himself drawn to another haunt — the ringside of indie wrestling matches like those held at the Orpheum in Ybor City — at the urging of his friend Michael Thomas, a graphic designer and writer who sits next to Parks as we chat.

The problem, the guys explain, has been that their two worlds of interest — art and wrestling — don’t mix.

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Movie Review: Avengers: Age of Ultron

The action’s over the top, but Joss Whedon’s trademark strengths get lost.

Posted By on Thu, Apr 30, 2015 at 8:02 AM

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THE GANG’S ALL HERE: Those crazy Avenging angels, together again for the first time.
  • THE GANG’S ALL HERE: Those crazy Avenging angels, together again for the first time.


Avengers: Age of Ultron
Opens Fri., May 1. Rated PG-13. Written and directed by Joss Whedon. Starring Robert Downey Jr., Chris Evans, Chris Hemsworth, Samuel L. Jackson, Scarlett Johansson, Elizabeth Olsen, Jeremy Renner, Mark Ruffalo, James Spader, Aaron Taylor-Johnson.


When I excitedly proclaimed to a friend of mine that I’d be reviewing Age of Ultron (and thus, seeing it early) he had only three words for me. “Don’t be biased.”

It was a fair request. I started reading comic books at age 7 and have three Marvel tattoos, one of which is actually the Marvel logo. I’m literally branded.

Simply put, I’m a Marvel fan.

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Sunscreen's still shining

The St. Pete film fest celebrates its first decade with eclectic, topical and local-centric offerings.

Posted By on Thu, Apr 30, 2015 at 7:47 AM

CANNES DO: Diego Quemada-Diez’s La Jaula de Oro.
  • CANNES DO: Diego Quemada-Diez’s La Jaula de Oro.

Sunscreen Film Festival
April 30-May 3, multiple locations around downtown St. Petersburg.
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Celebrating a decade this year, the Sunscreen Film Festival returns with a new director, award-nominated selections and an impressive showcase of documentaries and Spanish-speaking films.

Expect independent features, shorts, workshops, talks by filmmakers and gatherings at venues throughout downtown St. Pete. The majority of the films will be shown at the Sundial Muvico with some screenings at non-cinema venues like the Dalì Museum, American Stage and Green Bench Brewing. Many of the selections have a local-centric bent, either about or made by current or past Tampa Bay residents.

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Theater Review: In the Heights

The American Stage in the Park production brings an eye-popping, rump-shaking street party to Demens Landing.

Posted By on Thu, Apr 30, 2015 at 7:32 AM

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BLOCK PARTY: The cast of In the Heights includes Rodner SalgadB, back (L-R): Jorge Acosta, Susan Haldeman, Melanie Souza, Renata Eastlick, Ericka Womack-Brown, Justin Gregory Lopez, Anthony Murphy, Christie Prades, Jessica Kahkoska, Marquez Linder, and Jesse Carolan-Rodriguez - CHAD JACOBS
  • CHAD JACOBS
  • BLOCK PARTY: The cast of In the Heights includes Rodner SalgadB, back (L-R): Jorge Acosta, Susan Haldeman, Melanie Souza, Renata Eastlick, Ericka Womack-Brown, Justin Gregory Lopez, Anthony Murphy, Christie Prades, Jessica Kahkoska, Marquez Linder, and Jesse Carolan-Rodriguez

In The Heights

Runs through May 17 at American Stage in the Park, Demens Landing, St. Petersburg
8 p.m., Wednesdays-Sundays
$13-$32
727-823-PLAY, americanstage.org

Perhaps the best thing that In the Heights does for its audience is bring us the feel — the look and sound and flavor — of a kinetic New York City barrio. After two-and-a-half hip-hop and salsa-filled hours with the loving, struggling, dancing and singing denizens of the musical’s Washington Heights, we can’t help but imagine that we know now what it’s like to share an endangered neighborhood with more-or-less Americanized Latinos from Puerto Rico, Cuba, and the Dominican Republic, store owners and hairdressers and taxi dispatchers and piragua vendors.

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