Thursday, October 30, 2014

Donna Mejia brings tribal fusion to USF

The dance form marries Eastern traditions and Western contemporary culture

Posted By on Thu, Oct 30, 2014 at 5:05 PM

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We should count ourselves lucky – we live in a world where cultures, traditions and art forms overlap. Within this amalgamation, creation happens. An artistic dialogue begins.

A showcase of this burgeoning fusion of tradition, sound and form in the contemporary dance world, the University of South Florida’s Fall Dance Concert will take place Nov. 6-8 and Nov. 12-15 at 8 p.m. and Nov. 9 at 3 p.m. in USF’s Theatre 2. Presented by DanceUSF, the USF Fall Dance Concert will feature choreography by faculty and guest choreographers, including Maurice Causey, Sarah Gamblin, Patrick Damon Rago, Andrew Carroll, Michael Foley, John Parks and Donna Mejia. 

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Tempus Maximus — big doin's at Seminole Heights' Tempus Projects

Posted By on Thu, Oct 30, 2014 at 5:02 PM

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Acclaimed Tampa artist Neil Bender stands in as curator this month at Tempus Projects to bring us Haptic Tactile Fractal, a show highlighting the works of Toronto-based painter Jenal Dolson (whose work is pictured) and Brooklyn-based sculptor Nicholas Moenich.

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Movie review: Homegrown indie The Torment of Laurie Ann Cullom cuts above DIY expectations

A Floridian filmmaker and actor showcase their emerging talents.

Posted By on Thu, Oct 30, 2014 at 2:00 PM

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When faced with severely limited resources, most DIY horror filmmakers choose to either A) limit their scenes to a single location; B) opt for a "found-footage" scenario to legitimize the use of inexpensive equipment and hastily framed first takes; and/or C) spend all the money on Karo syrup, red food coloring and butcher's leavings, throw them everywhere and hope for the best.

With The Torment of Laurie Ann Cullom, Ocala writer-director Mark Dossett ambitiously eschews those defaults, and bets everything on his protagonist — played by Shannon Scott — carrying the entire film. While there are multiple characters, locations and subplots, this homage to the stalker/"menacer" films of the late '70s and '80s relies heavily on its scream queen, who's onscreen for about 85 percent of the movie's 70 minutes, and alone for the vast majority of that time.


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Do This: Bud Mayhem Memorial, Haunted Ybor, St. Pete gallery parties

Posted By on Thu, Oct 30, 2014 at 12:53 PM

REMEMBERING A TAMPA ICON: Friend and filmmaker Victoria Jorgensen posted this photo with Dr. Mayhem on Facebook today.
  • REMEMBERING A TAMPA ICON: Friend and filmmaker Victoria Jorgensen posted this photo with Dr. Mayhem on Facebook today.

Friends, artists and arts enthusiasts are invited to the Bud Mayhem Memorial at Tampa Theatre. The artist born Harry Archibald Mayhue Jr., aka Dr. Mayhem, died Oct. 22 from complications from a chronic illness. Because Halloween was his favorite holiday, guests are welcome to come in costume or even dress up as Bud. (Trust us. He would have loved that.) Arrive early for a gathering at 4:30 p.m.; memorial begins at 5:15 p.m. Tampa Theatre is 711 N. Franklin St., Tampa.


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Man on a Mission: Fabien Cousteau

The grandson of the world's most famous oceanographer will be in St. Pete for the BLUE Ocean Film Festival.

Posted By on Thu, Oct 30, 2014 at 8:46 AM

OCEAN VIEW: Fabien Cousteau inside the Aquarium sealab. - KIP EVANS
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  • OCEAN VIEW: Fabien Cousteau inside the Aquarium sealab.

Mission 31 at BLUE Ocean Film Festival
Tues., Nov. 4, 7:30 p.m., Mahaffey Theater, 400 1st Ave. S., St. Petersburg. $35. Students, $25. Combo ticket to film & after-party at The Canopy, $95. Private meet-and-greet w. Fabien Cousteau for VIP Patron Pass holders. 6:30 p.m.
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Surprisingly enough, Fabien Cousteau doesn’t drip with brine, nor does he have gills.

But Cousteau, who recently completed his landmark Mission 31 oceanic expedition, might be as much fish as man.

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The BLUE Ocean Film Fest sails into St. Pete

The international filmfest and conservatin summit is on a mission to save the seas.

Posted By on Thu, Oct 30, 2014 at 8:33 AM

ICEBREAKER: Antarctica 3D: On The Edge. - KIP EVANS
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  • ICEBREAKER: Antarctica 3D: On The Edge.

BLUE Ocean Film Festival
& Conservation Summit

Feat. James Cameron’s DeepSea Challenge 3D, Fabien Cousteau’s Mission 31, Antarctica 3D: On the Edge, various other films, seminars, panel discussions, parties and more. Nov. 3-9; various St. Petersburg locations. Tickets $12.50 (individual flim blocks)-$1,250 (Blue Whale all-access pass); for more information,  visit blueoceanfilmfestival.org

The BLUE Ocean Film Festival is different. Sure, it’s got its big-name attendees — including Jeremy Irons and Sir Richard Branson — as well as its share of star power, dress-up-and-be-seen parties and marquee showcases like iconic Titanic and Avatar director James Cameron’s DeepSea Challenge 3D documentary. But what BLUE Ocean offers that other film fests don’t is an unprecedented opportunity for scientists, conservationists, marine filmmakers and the industries that outfit them to come together and engage in an entertaining and enlightening dialogue about the state and future of the world’s oceans.

And to bring passionate fans, interested parties and mainstream audiences alike into that dialogue as well.

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Not your parents’ slideshow: Carousel No. 4

Tampa Bay photographers celebrate a bygone tradition with a contemporary cultural perspective.

Posted By on Thu, Oct 30, 2014 at 1:06 AM

HAVANA RIDE: In Elaine Litherland's “Cuba,” a Havana street is jammed with patched-up early-model American cars. - ELAINE LITHERLAND
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  • HAVANA RIDE: In Elaine Litherland's “Cuba,” a Havana street is jammed with patched-up early-model American cars.

Carousel No. 4

Wed., Nov. 5, 6:30-9 p.m., Kress Building, 811 N. Franklin Street, Tampa, $5 suggested donation, carouselshow.com, facebook.com/carouselshow.
A SWIRL OF CONTROVERSY: “Look into the Eye,” shot at Silver Glen Springs in the Ocala National Forest, calls attention to a natural wonder threatened by groundwater overpumping and pollution from fertilizer. - JOHN MORAN
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  • A SWIRL OF CONTROVERSY: “Look into the Eye,” shot at Silver Glen Springs in the Ocala National Forest, calls attention to a natural wonder threatened by groundwater overpumping and pollution from fertilizer.
Three years ago, award-winning Florida photographer John Moran decided to change his approach. For three decades, he had been making the sort of pictures that cause people to fall in love with the state: breathtaking landscapes full of majestic palms and crystalline water, intimate close-ups of elusive wildlife. Moran even left a 23-year career at the Gainesville Sun to pursue such images full-time. They were his life’s work.

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Going Om with Melissa Carroll

Posted By on Thu, Oct 30, 2014 at 12:12 AM

Wednesday, October 29, 2014

Movie review: Nightcrawler scores on the strength of its complex leading man

Jake Gyllenhaal embodies the growing amorality of American ambition.

Posted By on Wed, Oct 29, 2014 at 5:16 PM

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At the opening of the arresting neo-noir Nightcrawler, Jake Gyllenhaal’s Lou Bloom seems like a dangerous, but also naïve and humorously kooky, lost soul. Living at the bottom end of contemporary hypercapitalism, he subsists on scrap-metal collection and the occasional theft and mugging. But despite his circumstances, he smoothly imitates the hopeful patter and relentless ambition of those at the top, detailing the features of a bicycle he’s just stolen to a pawn shop owner with all the vigor and enthusiasm of an entrepreneur pitching VCs, and asking for an internship at the local scrap-yard as if it were the bottom rung at Google.


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Do This: 3D art at USF and Jobsite's Vampire Lesbians

Trippy colors by Jeremy Rivera and a super special preview premiere of Jobsite's new Halloween-y comedy.

Posted By on Wed, Oct 29, 2014 at 12:51 PM

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How about an art show that requires you to wear those funny paper glasses? Centre Gallery's Art Seen in 3D is an interactive exhibition that offers vivid colors and shapes in three-dimensional displays.

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