Thursday, October 30, 2014

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

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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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Dark & sinful: Campus unrest

The title of the film may be Dear White People, but this epistle is for all of us.

Posted By on Wed, Oct 29, 2014 at 11:53 AM

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Writer-director Justin Simien’s “satire about being a black face in a white place” (so reads the film’s subtitle) follows four black students during fall semester at the fictional Winchester University. Tessa Thompson plays Samantha “Sam” White, the fist-in-the-air activist. Her campus radio show, Dear White People, schools Winchester’s white student body: “Dear White People, the minimum requirement of black friends needed to not seem racist has just been raised to two. Sorry, but your weed man Tyrone does not count.” She over-enunciates and modulates her voice better than a Southern Baptist preacher, and her fans are more than ready to hear her good word.

Kyle Gallner plays Troy Fairbanks, the Man to Samantha’s activist, a campus politician following in his father’s Dean of Students footsteps, the Uncle Tom dating the daughter of Winchester’s white president. Tyler James Williams, whom I immediately recognized from Chris Rock’s Everybody Hates Chris, plays Lionel, the freshman nobody who doesn’t fit in anywhere. And, finally, Teyonah Parris is Coco Conners, Sam’s wig-wearing foil who aspires to reality TV fame while donning wigs fit enough for any Real Housewife on Bravo.


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CL's Boo-dacious Halloween Event Guide

Your source for parties for grown-ups and kids, hauntings, movies and more.

Posted By on Wed, Oct 29, 2014 at 1:57 AM

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Yup, Halloween is on a Friday! The DUI situation on the streets might make for a whole new horror movie this year.

Here is listing of different happenings happening until the big day; to be updated frequently. If you're hosting an event you don't see here, please email julie.garisto@creativeloafing.com.

Thanks to Meredith Myers, Danielle Carpenter, Emma Sims, Meaghan Habuda, Mark Sugden and our readers' submissions for assistance in the scary endeavor of putting below annual listing together ... 

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Tuesday, October 28, 2014

Calling all performers: GASP! The Gasparilla Fringe Festival is back

Posted By on Tue, Oct 28, 2014 at 6:59 PM

HOT STUFF: Fire performer Daniel Funk performs at GASP! 2014. - NICK CARDELLO PHOTOGRAPHY
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  • HOT STUFF: Fire performer Daniel Funk performs at GASP! 2014.

GASP! The Gasparilla Fringe Festival
returns for a second year on March 27, 2015. Creative Loafing and Tampa Museum of Art are reuniting to present another unique sensory experience with pop-up shows galore from local actors, vocalists, dancers, musicians, video artists, and more, both inside and outside downtown Tampa's TMA.

Sono Cafe and Mise en Place are signed on to provide nibbles, so the event is off to a stellar start.

Performers of all types are welcome to apply. Applications must be received by Saturday, Nov. 29. A $10 entry fee must be included with application. Click here to download the form.

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Monday, October 27, 2014

Dead on: Christopher Buehlman’s The Lesser Dead

A local author brings life to a suffocated genre. Hollywood might just take notice.

Posted By on Mon, Oct 27, 2014 at 8:48 AM

IT DOESN'T SUCK: Buehlman's vampire opus.
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The Lesser Dead
By Christopher Buehlman
Berkley, $25.95

These days you can’t swing a dead bat without hitting a vampire. But before you swear off the toothsome undead, consider St. Petersburg author Christopher Buehlman’s gritty and engaging The Lesser Dead. It’s like literary Viagra for people burnt out on the vampire genre.

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