Wednesday, July 23, 2014

Spatial engagement — Poetics of Space at Dunedin Fine Art Center

The Dunedin Fine Art Center ponders our sense of space amid its own expansion.

Posted By on Wed, Jul 23, 2014 at 9:28 PM

SHADES OF GRAY AND BLACK: Charlotte Schultz's "The impossibility of keeping borders: a teeming network of things erupts from within the geological folds of a separation."  - DUNEDIN FINE ART CENTER
  • Dunedin Fine Art Center
  • SHADES OF GRAY AND BLACK: Charlotte Schultz's "The impossibility of keeping borders: a teeming network of things erupts from within the geological folds of a separation."

The Dunedin Fine Art Center is far enough along in its $1.2 million renovation that visitors can start to see the results. Earlier this summer, four new studio art classrooms and a third exhibition gallery opened at the art center, where a build out of its brand new second floor will yield another six classrooms by spring of 2016. The expansion to 31,000 square feet now, and 38,000 by completion of the project, has been fueled by DFAC’s ever-growing art education program, which serves 2,000 school children during the summer and a mix of adults and children throughout the year. 

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Tuesday, July 22, 2014

The Laugh Tract — who's bringing the funny

Posted By on Tue, Jul 22, 2014 at 6:14 PM

Steve Hytner is at Side Splitters this weekend.
  • Steve Hytner is at Side Splitters this weekend.
Remember how we mentioned that last week was a good one for clean comedy in the area? Consider this week the bigger summer sequel. Not only are there clean acts on comedy club stages, but there's a full-blown national clean comedy competition taking place on St. Pete Beach. Those looking for the expected adult material will find it as well, but there are a lot of squeaky clean setups on tap for this weekend.

Here's this week's lineup:

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WAD non-profit plans affordable studios, classrooms and a micro-pub

Posted By on Tue, Jul 22, 2014 at 6:07 PM

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Just when we think that the arts boom in St. Pete couldn't  get any better, The Warehouse Arts District drops some very exciting news on us. 

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A look back at Trashion Fashion 2014

The event last Saturday was claimed to be ArtPool's biggest to date.

Posted By on Tue, Jul 22, 2014 at 3:47 PM

Marina Williams, owner of Art Pool Gallery, wearing her fashion trashion creation. - MARINA WILLIAMS ON INSTAGRAM
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  • Marina Williams, owner of Art Pool Gallery, wearing her fashion trashion creation.
For its seventh edition, Art Pool Gallery s Trashion Fashion hosted more than 60 models and 25 designers on set.

According to ArtPool owner  Marina Williams, Saturday's event was their biggest yet. With rockabilly tunes from the Vultures, the fantastical moves of aerial dancers, a glowing runway, and a rockin’ bar,  it was a night to remember.

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Tampa Bay's weekly literary happenings

Posted By on Tue, Jul 22, 2014 at 10:05 AM

Krayl Funch teaches authors about crowdfunding at McAlisters Deli on Tuesday, July 22.
  • Krayl Funch teaches authors about crowdfunding at McAlister's Deli on Tuesday, July 22.
Poet Shay Cook reads from her latest collection Black Silk Tuesday, July 22, 6 to 7 p.m., at the C. Blythe Andrews Jr. Public Library. Her poetry crosses all cultural lines and covers all aspects of the human experience — love, grief, forgiveness and more.

Learn how to Kickstart Your Book! in a workshop on Tuesday, July 22, 6 to 8 p.m., at McAlister’s Deli, 4410 W. Boy Scout Blvd., Suite 150. Krayl Funch of An Appealing Plan will share her strategies to raise money to publish. Learn about crowdfunding and how to use ads to drive supporters to your campaign. Tickets are $25 each.

The Tampa Writers Critique Alliance next meets on Wed., July 23, 7 p.m., at the Barnes & Noble in Carrollwood. Visitors are welcome, but only members’ works will be discussed, about five pieces per session. Works critiqued are submitted two weeks in advance. If you’re interested in attending, contact the group for copies of the submitted pieces if possible, though it’s not required to attend. The Tampa Writers Alliance Poetry Group meets the next day, Thursday, July 24, 7 p.m., at the same Barnes & Noble.

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Monday, July 21, 2014

Movie Review: Sex Tape

The supposedly racy comedy just never gets the audience off.

Posted By on Mon, Jul 21, 2014 at 1:27 PM

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The recent phenomenon that has run a train through the many celebrities who wish to put themselves on tape has now come to the big screen. It’s only right to make fun of the situation, and that’s where this movie comes into (fore)play. Sex Tape, directed by Jake Kasdan, is a comedy about just that: a sex tape. After creating, then mistakenly uploading a video to their friends, family, and strangers, the principal couple (Cameron Diaz and Jason Segel) desperately tries to track down the remaining errant copies. Rob Corddry and Ellie Kemper play the funny couple from next door; other notable appearances include Rob Lowe, Nat Faxon, and Nancy Lenhan. While the film creates cheap laughs, it’s nothing to be hot and bothered about. The director and both protagonists meet for the second time since losing it in their first film together, Bad Teacher.

This is a “movie about a movie that they don’t want you to see;" ironically, I would have to say the same about the movie itself. The film felt like it wanted show what humor it could stir up from the situation, but nothing genuinely hilarious came of it. It could’ve been funny, but the lack of material from the writers (Nicholas Stoller, Jason Segel) and actors made this one night easy to forget. Most of the actors are bland, and there’s no real temptation to lust after them or the story. It can also be difficult to watch due to how hard the actors tried to successfully make a flaccid, lifeless film. The random scenes breeze by throughout this hour-and-a-half feature, making it feel like a quickie, which is actually a good thing. It’s only decent to watch when absolutely nothing else is happening in your life; other than that, just keep it as a booty call. The best part, of course, was the money shot, when the credits rolled.

The film doesn’t achieve anything more coming off as a cheesy, dull comedy, with the most random scenes wedged together. The filmmakers tried to make fun of this new sensation that has swept the Internet, but ended up with nothing truly good, fun or substantial to give the audience. With all the other films currently playing, skip this one and watch something more stimulating. 

2 out of 5 stars.
Rated R. Directed by Jake Kasdan. Starring Cameron Diaz, Jason Segel, Rob Corddry, Ellie Kemper. Now playing.

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Sunday, July 20, 2014

A fond farewell to James Garner

The actor known as Jim Rockford and Bret Maverick has died of natural causes at 86.

Posted By on Sun, Jul 20, 2014 at 3:42 PM

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Cheeky, suave TV and movie star James Garner has died of natural causes at 86.

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Announced for September: Nick Swardson at The Straz

Posted By on Sun, Jul 20, 2014 at 2:37 PM

Terry Funny: Nick Swardsons stand-up comedy tour hits The Straz Sept. 30
  • Terry Funny: Nick Swardson's stand-up comedy tour hits The Straz Sept. 30

Popular comedians often fall into one of two camps: The ones who hit big with a well-known role, and the ones who grind it out by writing, acting and performing on a number of successful projects.

Nick Swardson qualifies for both groups.

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Saturday, July 19, 2014

Do This: Weekend Top 10

Fun on the beach, at the pool, at art shows, offbeat fashion and a great reunion lead the heap.

Posted By on Sat, Jul 19, 2014 at 1:50 PM

Monty Python Live (Mostly) can be seen at theaters this week, beginning Sunday night.
  • Monty Python Live (Mostly) can be seen at theaters this week, beginning Sunday night.

Cool, offbeat and splashy outdoor events help you have a little extra fun July 19-20.

On Saturday ...

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The Taste of the Beaches: A Sizzlin’ Summer Bash offers nosh and outdoor fun with local bands the Hamiltones, 4-6:30 p.m. and Hunks of Funk at 7 p,m. Proceeds go to the Tampa Bay Beaches Chamber of Commerce for Clothes to Kids. $10. Sat., July 19, 4-10 p.m. Horan Park, 7701 Boca Ciega Drive, St. Pete Beach. 727-360-6957. tampabaybeaches.com.

Big doin's in downtown St. Pete. For its annual, outlandish runway show, Artpool owner Marina Williams claims she's putting on her biggest Trashion Fashion event to date. Bluelucy is premiering the Bike exhibition. It's also the PAVA Cool Art Show 26 Sat. and Sun. at the Coliseum — the summer's biggest indoor art show.

Heartwarming, quriky flick The Grand Seduction is currently showing at Tampa Theatre.The remake of the 2003 French-Canadian farce Seducing Doctor Lewis is another folksy-funny somewhat deadpan charmer a la Waking Ned Devine and The Full Monty. Visit tampatheatre.org for showtimes. Read a review here.

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In the mood for a comedy show? Celeb Bill Bellamy 
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  • Bill Bellamy
brings his Ladies Night tour to headline gigs at the Improv. Babyfaced comic Jeff Dye is also in town. Read CL's Laugh Tract for more live comedy shows.


On Sunday ...

The Epicurean Hotel helps you beat the heat with its Sunday Splash Pool Party with "Icy inspired drinks, upbeat vibes and an exceptional crowd." 1207 S Howard Ave, Tampa; $10 admission (reduced from $15). Order tickets at epictreasures.launchtrack.com.

Watch the Rays vs. Twins game on a big screen on the beach at the Tradewinds Rays Watch Party at 2:10 p.m., on St. Pete Beach by Guy Harvey Outpost; food and drink specials featured; no coolers allowed.

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See Peter O'Toole's blazing blue eyes on the big screen when Tampa Theatre’s Summer Movie Classics Series screens the visually lush 1962 seven-­Oscar winner, Lawrence of Arabia.

Roller Derby fans in Pinellas can check out the The Rolling Valkyries vs. The North River Renegades of the Roller Derby Revolution Roller Derby, an All-Female Flat-Track Roller Derby League 6:30 p.m. at Astro Skate, 875 Cypress St., Tarpon Springs. 727-280-7981. brownpapertickets.com/event/758378.

Monty Python Live (Mostly), the last show of a 10-night reunion juggernaut will be broadcast to select cinemas all around the world. The show promises many of the classic, tawdry, Python bits, and is their first full reunion since 1980. The five remaining Pythoners (RIP Graham Chapman) will include a few twists for old favorites. Says John Cleese, “The main danger we have is that the audience know the scripts better than we do." Bay area fans can look forward* to the show simulcast in select theaters July 20, with replays on the 23 and 24th. *Trojan bunnies will be searched on site.  Sun, July 20, 2:30 p.m., with replays on July 23 and 24, 7:30 p.m., Regal Citrus Park, AMC Brandon Regency, AMC Woodlands in Oldsmar, and Regal Park Place in Pinellas Park; for tickets and info, $18; more info at FathomEvents.com. (Text by Brian Frederick)

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freeFall Theatre’s July Tandem Series features Ryan James Monroe — I Don’t Make Coffee. Monroe makes the most of his summer internship at freeFall by taking the stage in his one-man cabaret with music that ranges from Mozart to Jason Robert Brown. The show serves as a fundraiser for Ryan, who will be studying opera in Florence, Italy, with Elon University in the fall. Show on Sat., July 19; tickets are $20. freeFall Theatre Company, 6099 Central Ave., St. Petersburg. 727-498-5205. freefalltheatre.com.


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Friday, July 18, 2014

Movie Review: The Grand Seduction

The Grand Seduction puts on a charm offensive with big ambitions, but slight returns.

Posted By on Fri, Jul 18, 2014 at 4:32 PM

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Welcome to Tickle Head, population 120. Kindly fall in love with this Newfoundland harbor town and its offbeat citizens. Such is the ambition of The Grand Seduction, which wants to be the kind of film that glides on the eccentricities of imperfect but endearing inhabitants who all know and occasionally press each other's buttons to comical effect. The ambition is familiar, but the steps the movie takes to reach its intended destination are puzzling and off-putting. What else but a failure to see the trees for the forest could explain a film that expects us to root for an intermittently hardscrabble people who think nothing of bribing an oil company with cash and a promise of no taxes so it will build a petrochemical facility overlooking their bit of ocean?

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