Friday, February 20, 2015

Bay area weekend sports events

Posted By on Fri, Feb 20, 2015 at 5:14 PM

Pre-race vision of the track at the U.S. Bank Arena in Cincinnati, the previous event before the round in Tampa. - AMSOIL ARENACROSS / JOSH RUD.
  • AMSOIL Arenacross / Josh Rud.
  • Pre-race vision of the track at the U.S. Bank Arena in Cincinnati, the previous event before the round in Tampa.

This weekend begins a sports smorgasbord of sorts in the Tampa Bay area that includes baseball, golf, motorcycles, running and plenty of fun.

— The AMSOIL Arenacross event highlights the weekend in a unique form of off-road motorcycle racing on a dirt track inside the Amalie Arena — a dirt obstacle course that was constructed all day on Thursday using 170 truckloads of soil. The inaugural Tampa race is the sixth of 15 rounds in the 2015 campaign between the best professional and up-and-coming amateurs in the world, featuring Road to Supercross champion Ricky Carmichael and four-time Arenacross champion Tyler Bowers. Carmichael is a five-time Supercross champion and a native of Clearwater and Tallahassee. He has competed on several different motorcycle circuits, has won the MotoX at the X-Games three times, and has raced in a variety of motorsports competitions including the Truck Series and Nationwide Series. On Saturday, the pros race in the Arenacross event and the amateurs take the track on Sunday. A track party kicks off things at 5 p.m. on Saturday with the first race starting at 7 p.m. The track party allows attendees exclusive access to the track, the riders and the Monster Energy Girls, as well as live music from local DJs, photo opportunities, and chances to win prizes. The amateurs race at 12 noon on Sunday with doors opening at 8 a.m. Saturday’s reserved seating ticket prices range between $10 and $35 while Sunday’s tickets cost just $15 for general admission seating. To purchase tickets, visit the Amalie Arena Box Office, online at, or by phone at 800-745-3000.

— The 2015 Tampa Bay Rays Fan Fest takes over Tropicana Field for the 20th consecutive year this Saturday, February 21 from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. The event features activities that include “Reading with the Rays,” the Sagicor Coaches Clinic with former Major Leaguers and Rays broadcasters, Brian Anderson and Orestes Destrade, the All Children’s Hospital Interactive Zone, Kids Run the Bases, photos with Rays mascosts Raymond and DJ Kitty, a plethora of baseball activities, and appearances by Rays players and coaches at various stations throughout the day. Fans can call 888-FAN-RAYS or go online to for more information about the 2015 Rays Fan Fest.

— Topgolf's “Suits and Boots” Party for Charity event happens Saturday, Feb. 21 from 8-11 p.m. to raise funds for Folds of Honor, an organization that has awarded more than 7,500 educational scholarships in all 50 states to meet an ongoing need in our country. The event has become one of the more entertaining ones at all the Topgolfs throughout the country, with clientele participating in swimsuits and winter boots, hats and scarves. It’s definitely a place to be seen and to sight see. For more info, visit

— The Publix Gasparilla Distance Classic Race Weekend Events have already reached a record number of entries – 30,300, according to the organization’s website. This surpasses the 2014 number of 29,912. As a result, the 15K, 8K and Half Marathon are sold out. The 5K race still has 1,000 entries available for the run, walk and stroller roll versions. These entries will go on sale when the event’s 8 On Your Side Health & Fitness Expo opens Friday at 10 a.m. in the East Hall of the Tampa Convention Center. 5K late entry fees will be $40 and will only be available until 8 p.m. on Friday night. For more info, visit

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Thursday, February 19, 2015

Poet's Notebook: Ready for Hillary?

Posted By on Thu, Feb 19, 2015 at 1:36 PM

  • Jeanne Meinke
A fox knows many things, but the hedgehog knows one big thing.
—Archilochus (680-645 BC)

I admit I haven’t read Hillary Clinton’s memoir, Hard Choices. It sounds like a boring reference book, but she was fine on the Jon Stewart show: quick, funny, likable. The question these days is, Would we welcome a Clinton run for the presidency? That’s like asking, Would we like azaleas to bloom in the spring? It’s going to happen whether we welcome it or not.

So it’s OK by me, but just as when our azaleas open the oak pollen starts to fall, when Hillary season arrives a miasma of venom will sift down from the Republican cloud like Agent Orange, sticking to everything, so we’ll all need extra showers, with an occasional martini, to calm us down.

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Gasparilla Arts Month: Gasparilla Interactive Festival

Posted By on Thu, Feb 19, 2015 at 4:43 AM

Faris Yakob.
  • Faris Yakob.

Fri., March 6, 8 a.m.-6 p.m., Cruise Terminal 3, 815 Channelside Dr., Port Tampa Bay. $150 through Feb. 28, then $175 (Founder and Exhibitor packages also available, including attendance at a VIP Opening Reception Thurs., March 5).

For the first time this year, the music, movies and visual arts of Gasparilla’s cavalcade of culture will be augmented by a decidedly tech-y aspect, in the form of the inaugural Gasparilla Interactive Festival. Like other multimedia arts-and-culture gatherings around the country (most notably Austin’s South by Southwest), our annual to-do is looking not only to add a hip Digital Age conversation about new media, innovation and the future of creativity to the mix, but also to involve emerging industries — and, hopefully, the jobs and dollars they’ll bring with them — in an established celebration of life in the Bay area.

“We’ve been talking about the creative class and creative cities for over a decade, so now we have a market of people here that are looking forward, trying to apply that to the community in a number of ways,” says festival Executive Director Vinny Tafuro.

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Thursday, February 12, 2015

Lust List 2015: Hanh Nguyen

Stetson Law student; fashion blogger; 25, in a relationship.

Posted By on Thu, Feb 12, 2015 at 2:42 PM

  • Chip Weiner

First things first: Who are you wearing?
Urban Outfitters.

How does a fashion blogger choose what to wear for a photo in something called the Lust List?
I don’t think I wore anything that was lust-worthy. I actually just wanted to be a good representative of what I look like normally — what makes me feel the best.

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Lust List 2015: Terrance Walz

Bartender at One Night Stand, 28, in a relationship.

Posted By on Thu, Feb 12, 2015 at 2:41 PM

  • Chip Weiner

What went through your head when you found out you’d made the Lust List?
I thought somebody was joking with me. It’s a very vain thing, and I know I’m not a bad-looking dude, but my head’s not really big.

Why do people have a thing for bartenders?
I feel like when I usually meet one they’re enthusiastic and outgoing. Drunk people are the worst. If [bartenders] can stay happy in this kind of environment, they’re really cool people.

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Lust List Awards Party 2015: We Came, We Saw, We Lusted

Posted By on Thu, Feb 12, 2015 at 2:29 PM

Miss Aly, winner of Most Pulchritudinous Pole-Worker, takes full advantage of the Castle's architecture. - CHIP WEINER
  • Chip Weiner
  • Miss Aly, winner of Most Pulchritudinous Pole-Worker, takes full advantage of the Castle's architecture.

Creative Loafing filled the Castle in Ybor last night with the bodacious and the buff, as hundreds gathered to meet and greet the lovely locals on this year's Lust List.

CL readers nominated over 120 people — friends, lovers, spouses, secret crushes — for this year's List. During the awards ceremony, I had the pleasure of announcing CL staff's Top 10 picks from the List, as well as a slew of additional awards customized for the particular charms of various nominees. We also introduced the four Lust Listers who drew the most Likes on Facebook, and just generally had a damn nice time.

Because a roomful of beautiful people plus chocolate, wine, cupcakes and donuts (thanks to William Deen, Pinellas Chocolate Company, Ybor City Wine Bar, Gigi's and Datz Dough)? What could be bad?

A seasonal creation from Datz Dough. - CHIP WEINER
  • Chip Weiner
  • A seasonal creation from Datz Dough.
Here's who won what:

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Lust List 2015: Isyss

Med student; model; small business owner; military veteran; 27, single.

Posted By on Thu, Feb 12, 2015 at 2:16 PM


Editor's Note
: Isyss was the woman who received the most Facebook likes from among the Lust List nominees.

You have one of the most interesting resumes on the Lust List. When did you serve in the military?
U.S. Army from 2006-2014; Iraqi Freedom vet, 2008-2009.

Where do you model?
Various urban magazines & music videos.

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Lust List 2015: Andrew Toney

DJ, 22, in a relationship.

Posted By on Thu, Feb 12, 2015 at 2:10 PM

Editor’s Note: Andrew Toney was one of CL Staff's Top 10 picks and he was the man who received the most Facebook Likes from among the readers' Lust List nominees.

DJs are the new rock stars. Does that mean you have to contend with DJ groupies?
Oh, groupies! They are actually awesome! They definitely boost confidence in myself while I play shows, which can make me want to go harder.

How’d you meet your girlfriend?
I was a resident at this club down in Ybor for a little while, and this girl would just show up every single week out of nowhere… and then one week we actually talked! I can be shy, but hey I did score an awesome woman! Best part is that she is very supportive, and I will always support her dreams, especially when we both live them together.

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Lust List 2015: Josh "Saint" White

Emcee (one-half of DEA & Saint); chef; 24, in a relationship.

Posted By on Thu, Feb 12, 2015 at 2:02 PM

  • Chip Weiner

What’s the best part about being a hip-hop artist in Tampa Bay?
Just the local love — everybody’s really supportive. Coming out to shows, buying merch, following the local bands… Tampa to St. Pete, the scene is incredible.

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Lust List 2015: Rhonda Shear

TV personality; sex symbol; entrepreneur; 60, married.

Posted By on Thu, Feb 12, 2015 at 2:01 PM

  • Chip Weiner

How did you become the sexy host of USA Network’s B-movie show Up All Night?
People think I started doing it in the ’80s, but I was on from ’91 until ’98; a few people did it before me, like Gilbert Gottfried. They were looking for a lustier type [laughs]. I was getting typecast as the sexy chick in other roles, that’s why I was doing comedy at the time, to get away from that. But I couldn’t get out of it, so I just went for it.

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