Thursday, November 20, 2014

This week's CL Holiday Auction arts picks — La France pirate wench-wear, Jobsite and more

Posted By on Thu, Nov 20, 2014 at 4:17 PM

RETRO-FABULOUS: Let La France make you look extra stunning next Gasparilla Day!
  • RETRO-FABULOUS: Let La France make you look extra stunning next Gasparilla Day!

Some really fantastic and diverse arts and culture options are up for grabs in the 2014 CL Holiday Auction to benefit The Children's Home

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TV review — American Horror Story: Freak Show , “Test of Strength” [spoiler alert!]

Posted By on Thu, Nov 20, 2014 at 3:31 PM

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It’s a busy and satisfying week at the Freak Show as we get a break from Dandy and let the spotlight shine on other baddies: Dell gets tested to his limits and Stanley’s so-far lukewarm presence finally heats up.

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No joke: Comedian opens local comedy club

Posted By on Thu, Nov 20, 2014 at 3:05 PM

A new comedy club fires up the laughter this weekend.
  • A new comedy club fires up the laughter this weekend.

How can you be sure a comedy club really knows how to run a comedy show? Have a comedian run it, of course.

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Ybor City replicates Rockefeller Center Tree Lighting

Tampa Mayor Bob Buckhorn joined Santa Claus to light the 34-foot tree, one of the tallest holiday trees in Tampa.

Posted By on Thu, Nov 20, 2014 at 2:30 PM

Mayor Bob Buckhorn with Santa and Mrs. Claus after the tree lighting. - NICOLE ABBETT
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  • Mayor Bob Buckhorn with Santa and Mrs. Claus after the tree lighting.

Historic Ybor City hosted its 4th annual Rockefeller Center-style tree lighting ceremony last night in the Centro Ybor Courtyard and boy did it feel like New York City. There was one point when nearly all of the crowd arrived, covering both sides of the street and corners adjacent to 16th St. in and across from Centro Ybor, when the traffic backed up. Mostly congested with city buses and taxis, it was at that moment that all of the 7th Ave. surroundings, adding to the chill in the air and the dazzling lights made me feel like I was on 5th Ave in NYC. The only thing that was missing was snow.

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Nichols & May: "Welcome to Longdust"

The mordantly hilarious "$65 Funeral" skit.

Posted By on Thu, Nov 20, 2014 at 10:20 AM


In honor of the late Mike Nichols, the immortal Nichols & May "$65 Funeral" skit from the old Jack Paar show:



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Wednesday, November 19, 2014

Movie review — The Theory of Everything

The Oscar-buzzed film gives us an intimate look at one of science’s greatest thinkers — and his wife.

Posted By on Wed, Nov 19, 2014 at 7:17 PM

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OSCAR ON THE TABLE? Eddie Redmayne as Stephen Hawking in The Theory of Everything. - LIAM DANIEL/FOCUS FEATURES
  • LIAM DANIEL/FOCUS FEATURES
  • OSCAR ON THE TABLE? Eddie Redmayne as Stephen Hawking in The Theory of Everything.

The Theory of Everything
Opens Friday at Tampa Theatre and other theaters Nov. 26.
Directed by James Marsh. Stars Eddie Redmayne and Felicity Jones.
focusfeatures.com/the_theory_of_everything
Biopics are often a mixed bag. Too many scripts suffer under the weight of too many life events and awkward prosthetics crammed into a 90-or-so-minute movie. Some of the best ones are as amazing as they are expansive — Gandhi, Amadeus or The Last Emperor. Others examine a specific period of a lifetime — The King’s Speech, Capote. With The Theory of Everything, we get the less-is-more type, based on Jane Hawking’s memoir, Travelling to Infinity: My Life with Stephen, and directed by Oscar-winner James Marsh (Man on Wire). Theory illuminates but leaves you wanting to know more.

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Freshly crafted — St. Pete's CraftArt

A pioneering St. Petersburg crafts gallery takes a new name and a new look as its signature street fest returns.

Posted By on Wed, Nov 19, 2014 at 7:12 PM

UNIQUE MERCH: Handcrafted one-of-a-kind works are on display at CraftArt. - NICOLE ABBETT
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  • UNIQUE MERCH: Handcrafted one-of-a-kind works are on display at CraftArt.
17th Annual CraftArt Festival
Florida CraftArt, 501 Central Ave., St. Petersburg, Sat.-Sun., Nov. 22-23, 10 a.m.-5 p.m.
 727-821-7391, floridacraftart.org
When more than 100 artists display their work along Central Avenue and Fifth Street North this weekend for the 17th annual CraftArt Festival, the fresh face of one of Tampa Bay’s most enduring art institutions will serve as a backdrop. Last month, Florida Craftsmen debuted refurbished galleries along with a new name — Florida CraftArt, which rebrands the 62-year-old organization after its most distinctive public event, an annual craft fair that draws participating artists from around the U.S. and invites visitors to kick off their holiday shopping by buying handmade.

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SCENE BREAKER: The Hat Trick has landed, a Gorilla goes forth, and Manhattan takes another Tampan

Posted By on Wed, Nov 19, 2014 at 6:22 PM

SOME SUBS ARE MORE FUN THAN OTHERS: Actor Matthew McGee (Center, sorta) at Gibbs High School, doing his part in The Great American Teach-In.
  • SOME SUBS ARE MORE FUN THAN OTHERS: Actor Matthew McGee (Center, sorta) at Gibbs High School, doing his part in The Great American Teach-In.


Here’s what’s behind the curtain this week in Tampa Bay theatre...

“WHO’S LOOKING FORWARD TO A CAREER IN FREEFALL?” More than just a popular Bay Area actor, drag artist and pretty face, Matthew McGee (The Scott & Patti Show, freeFall Theatre’s Into the Woods) is also freeFall’s Community Outreach Director. In that capacity, McGee stepped up for the Great American Teach-In today, talking with kids at St. Pete’s Gibbs High School and Pinellas Park’s Skyview Elementary about careers in professional theater. McGee says students peppered him with questions about “acting, freeFall and drag,” which just goes to show how much school has changed. Or hasn’t. Tomorrow McGee hits Buchanan Middle School in Tampa.

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Tampa Bay's weekly literary happenings

Area Barnes & Nobles to host authors for signings, discussions.

Posted By on Wed, Nov 19, 2014 at 6:12 PM

STREET SMARTS: University of Tampa hosts an Urban Dictionary Spelling Bee Wednesday, Nov. 19.
  • STREET SMARTS: University of Tampa hosts an Urban Dictionary Spelling Bee Wednesday, Nov. 19.
Share your poetry, stories and songs at St. Bartholomew’s Episcopal Church’s bi-monthly Poetry & Open Mic Night, Wednesday, Nov. 19. The evening kicks off with a potluck at 6:30 p.m. So get there early to sign in and snack; readings and performances begin promptly at 7 p.m. The church is located at 3747 34th St. S, St. Pete.
Test your street smarts at the University of Tampa’s Urban Dictionary Spelling Bee Wednesday, Nov. 19, 7:30 to 9 p.m. This event is sponsored by Phi Beta Sigma and Sigma Lambda Gamma.

The monthly Oldsmar Alive Open Mic takes place Wednesday, Nov. 19, 7:30 p.m., Jack Willie’s Bar, Grill and Tiki. All performers are welcome.

Calling all bards! Seminole Community Library at St. Petersburg College hosts Pause for Poetry Wednesday, Sept. 19, 7 p.m. Enjoy a supportive atmosphere where lovers of poetry share their works and/or read favorite selections aloud.


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No Art but John digs them — a quick chat with Garfunkel & Oates

Riki Lindhome and Kate Micucci bring their jokes and tunes to the Straz's Ferguson Hall this Friday.

Posted By on Wed, Nov 19, 2014 at 5:13 PM

IFC
  • IFC
Garfunkel & Oates
8 p.m., $29.50, Straz Center, Tampa,  strazcenter.org.

What happens when a small-town band-geek grows up into beautiful songbird? She heads to L.A., joins the Upright Citizens Brigade, co-stars in some TV shows and forms an act with a like-minded and equally talented and fun band geek grown into a supercool woman, brought together by a comedian famous for being stoned all the time.

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