Tuesday, May 5, 2015

Goodfellas is 25 — a macked-out Blu-Ray release commemorates the milestone

The remastered 25th anniversary edition of the DVD has celebrity interviews and more.

Posted By on Tue, May 5, 2015 at 10:43 AM


Numerous notable things happened in 1990: Nelson Mandela was released from prison after serving 27 years, the Hubble Space Telescope was launched, Jonathan Lipnicki, the kid from Jerry Maguire was born; and so were Jennifer Lawrence, Kristen Stewart and Emma Watson. (Feel old, yet?)

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The Laugh Tract — Who's Bringing the Funny

Posted By on Tue, May 5, 2015 at 10:32 AM

All eyes (thousands of them, anyway) will be on Kevin Hart Friday night.
  • All eyes (thousands of them, anyway) will be on Kevin Hart Friday night.

Last week there was Jerry Seinfeld, and everybody else.

This week it's Kevin Hart, and more Kevin Hart.

In his two shows on Friday, Hart will perform to more people than a comedy club will seat in a couple of months. His shows are events, like music concerts. So it's fitting he'll perform at the same place where The Who just played last month (and they only did one show).

There are other great acts performing this weekend, of course. Their shows cost less (a couple are free) and you'll actually get a good view of the comedian. So no matter your budget or preference, there's someone for you to laugh with this week.

Here's the lineup:

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Inkwood Books celebrates Children's Book Week

The local indie bookstore takes storytime to the next level with a creative array of events

Posted By on Tue, May 5, 2015 at 10:25 AM


An adored, independent institution off S. Armenia, Inkwood Books is an epicenter for “local love.” The precious bungalow boasts a selection of new books from every literary genre, even carrying some releases for Kobo eBooks and eReaders. Renowed in the community for its very personal, warm service, Inkwood has played host to a bevy celebrity/author signings, including (the occasionally abrasive) Chelsea Handler and (the always luminous) Amanda Palmer.

The store also has a wonderfully stocked section of young adult/children’s literature. Inkwood also routinely hosts storytime and kid/teen book clubs. That dedication to inciting a love of reading among youth will be amplified through May 10, as Inkwood participates in Children’s Book Week.

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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
  • 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


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


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

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

 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

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

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

Read More Comics
115 E Brandon Blvd
Suite A
Brandon, FL, 33511

Blockbuster Comics
2498 W. Brandon Blvd
Brandon, FL, 33511

Comic World
1901 West Bay Drive
Unit 9
Largo, FL, 33770

Pike's Comics
2114 Drew Street
Suite A
Clearwater, FL, 33765

Wonder Water Sports Cards & Comics
29113 Us Hwy 19 North
Clearwater, FL, 33761

Green Shift
5226 N. Nebraska Avenue
Tampa, FL, 33603

Nerd Out Comics
1745 W Hillsborough Avenue
Tampa, FL, 33603

Coliseum of Comics New Tampa
19402 Bruce B Downs Blvd
Tampa, FL, 33647

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


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


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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