Andrew Breidenbaugh, Renelda Cells, both chief librarians, and Megan Danek, senior librarian, spoke with CL. Perhaps a good title for them would be head cheerleaders. When we met they were pumped up about current trends at the library, and rightly so.
Gone are the days of being shushed by a librarian to keep quiet. Modern branches are more dynamic centers of activity. Librarians today not only know the content and whereabouts of books and other information in the building, they also have a vast knowledge of technology and are prepared to help answer your questions about tablets, phones, and desktop computers. They can guide you through the use of public computer terminals at 26 branches throughout the county. All branches are staffed with library technical assistants who are prepared to deal with the most formidable customer, like those who just received a Kindle as a gift and don’t even know how to turn it on.
Here are the best bets for this week:
Largo’s Quench Lounge, 13284 66th St. N., presents its “Naughty or Nice” holiday extravaganza. TJ’s Closet will be on hand, selling adult novelties for all of your Christmas needs. Sexy C. Jay will be dancing throughout the night, and Ryan and Jeff (as Eden and Wilma) have a special holiday show planned. Wear your best ugly holiday sweater for a chance to win a Quench Lounge gift card. Drink specials include $3 Long Island Iced Teas and $3.50 flavored teas from 9 p.m. to close.
Got a rant or a story or a poem? Pick up the mic and show off your stuff at Oral Fixation’s LGBTQ monthly open mic on Thursday, April 18 at Ybor City’s R Bar, 1820 North 15th St., Tampa. Doors open at 9; show starts at 10 p.m. Performers of all types are welcome and encouraged to share their art. This month’s event will feature a holiday marketplace with local indie vendors and artists selling their art, products and services.
Liquid Tampa, 1502 E. 7th Ave., presents “Unwrapped: An-anything-but-clothes Christmas party” from 9 p.m. to 3 a.m. Pull out the wrapping paper, extra stockings, bows and garland for a creative holiday costume. Best costume gets $50 cash and a $25 bar tab. Second place winner gets a $25 bar tab as well. After midnight, Nae Nae Dominatrix, Sashay Infiniti and Miah V perform.
A two-minute trailer on an upcoming Netflix documentary on Mitt Romney's unsuccessful run for the White House has been creating a buzz on the Internet today. It's directed by Greg Whiteley, who it's reported is a longtime Romney family friend. Based on the some of the scenes shown in the trailer, Whiteley absolutely was granted unprecedented access to the 2012 GOP nominee for president.
The compelling footage begins with a scene inside the Boston hotel where Romney realizes he is not going to be the next president of the United State on election night in 2012. It also includes a shot where Romney is ironing part of a shirt - a shirt that's he wearing.
"Mitt" is scheduled to be released on Netflix on January 24.
On the local level, a breakthrough occurred last month in St. Petersburg, where Darden Rice and Amy Foster were both elected to serve on the City Council. There they will join sitting Councilman Steve Kornell, for a total of three openly gay politicians serving on the Council simultaneously. (The previous high was one.)
Though she downplayed the significance during the campaign, on Monday night Rice finally admitted what many already thought: "It's a big deal," she said.
The PTC is the only agency of its kind in Florida, in that it was created in 1976 by the Legislature as opposed to local government. Supporters of the agency say that it provides a critical service in inspecting taxi cabs, limousines and other vehicles for hire, making it safer than in any other county in the state. At the legislative hearing, Grant and Brandes were challenged by their fellow Republicans about who would be responsible for the agency's work if it was eliminated.
But it is by no means a sure thing that Florida voters will even get the chance to vote on it next year. The Florida Supreme Court heard arguments against putting it on the ballot earlier this month from Attorney General Pam Bondi, who said the because of how the amendment is presented, its true scope and effect remain hidden. The Court has until next April to decide on that.
The Well-Played List is winding down in 2013, with the music tastemakers who participate in the ongoing listening series (myself and various other CL Staffers along with local music promoters, record store and venue owners, music fans and scenesters, DJs, musicians, and a radio personality or two) reflecting on our favorite albums of the year — the Best of 2013. Because we're off on consecutive Wednesdays for Christmas and New Year's, and make up such a large group with varying tastes, I've broken up our lists into four parts; two ran last week — Part 1 on Wednesday, Part 2 on Friday), and the last two parts go up today and Friday. Hopefully, all four will give you something to fill your ears while you enjoy your holiday breaks... and as always, a Spotify Playlist will be included at the end of each post, for your listening pleasure.
Check out past editions of The Well-Played List here. And on that note, what are your favorite albums of 2013? Tell us in the comments…
Dean Blunt, The Redeemer
My Bloody Valentine, m b v
Inter Arma, Sky Burial
Waxahatchee, Cerulean Salt
Alex G/R.L. Kelly, Split
Chance The Rapper, Acid Rap
Drake, Nothing Was The Same
Wolf Eyes, No Answer : Lower Floors
Julia Brown, To Be Close To You
Daniel Bachman, Jesus I’m A Sinner
CL Space will be the site of Wild celebration tonight.
"Wild" was the theme of this year's Creative Loafing Fiction Contest, and besides being the impetus for way too many bad editorial puns, it also yielded a bumper crop of terrific stories by Florida writers. Karen Brown, an award winner herself for such books as the wonderful story collection Pins & Needles, chose the Top 10 entries in the CL contest. Readers then got a chance to vote online, and tonight we'll announce both the Readers' Choice and Karen Brown's selection for the Judge's Prize. The winners and Brown will read from their work, and we'll honor everyone in the top 10, who are (in alphabetical order):
But that doesn't mean that same-sex couples in Florida won't ultimately obtain such benefits, says Brian Moulton, Legal Director with the Human Rights Campaign. Moulton spoke Monday night at the Metro Wellness and Community Center in St. Petersburg, where he gave a quick summary of what federal agencies are doing in the aftermath of the ruling.
As Moulton explained, there is no rule across all agencies. Some look to the law of the state where a couple married regardless of the law of the state where the couple now lives (called "the place of celebration") while other look to the law of the state where the couple is living now ("the place of domicile"). He gave a breakdown of what various agencies are doing.