Friday, January 3, 2014

Do This Weekend Edition: Travelogues, Silentium, Three Kings’ Day and more

Posted By on Fri, Jan 3, 2014 at 5:06 PM

Tonight: Celebrate a year of Travelogues, arguably the best intimate-meets-cultural event to sprout in Tampa in 2013. For the past year, Vessel Collective has organized fun, enlightening and intimate evenings of travel stories and presentations. Celebrate host/founder Gina Moccio's new chapter and a milestone in her event series with a fun, vicarious voyage to parts unknown and great storytelling. Readers include Josh Sullivan, Mitzi Gordon, James and Julie Branaman, Justin Arnold, Victoria Hawley, Katie Marie and Eric Turner and Jeremy Gloff. Travel photography by Megan Voeller, Brian Mahar, Daniel Veintimilla, Chad Verzosa, Joe Benjamin, Peter Hoang, Amanda B. Reckonedwith, and James and Julie Branaman will also be on display. If that weren't enough of a temptation, the Bluebird Books Bus will roll in, and Cafe Hey provides cupcakes and sandwiches. Attendees can check out zines from Josh Sullivan's "52 Friends" Project, and a prize drawing of Travelogues-themed jewelry will be awarded. 7 p.m. CL Space, Ybor, $7, 813-739-4800.

Embark on a black-and-white journey of urban people and places by Khalid Hameed, an acclaimed photographer well-known in the St. Pete art scene. Opening night reception for his solo show Silentium will be this Saturday, Jan. 4, 7-9 p.m at Kahwa Coffee South in downtown St. Pete. Born in Karachi, Pakistan, Hameed captures humanity in the moments that unfold naturally in front of his camera lens. His photos will remain on display at Kahwa through the end of the month. Kahwa Coffee South is at 204 Second Ave. S., St. Petersburg. 727-821-1942.

Dia De Los Reyes Magos — the 15th Annual Three Kings’ Day Epiphany celebration, a lovely holiday tradition in Latin cultures, presented by Florida Institute for Community Studies on Sat., Jan. 4, 1-4 p.m. at the Iglesia de Dios Elim, 5801 Hickman St., Wimauma. The event hands out toys to children of needy families and celebrates the 12th and final day of Christmas, when Christians observe the wise men's arrival at Jesus' birth site. Organized by community members who identified the need to teach children the meaning of the holiday season as it is celebrated across the world, the highly interactive Three Kings event allows kids to participate in educational games, face-painting and art. Three Kings re-enactors will ride in on horseback followed by theatrical and dance performances relevant to the Epiphany holiday. Garcia’s Bakery in Wimauma is donating the traditional rosca de reyes bread ring eaten by Spanish and Portuguese cultures during the holiday. For more info, write to or call 813-249-8100.

Also on Saturday ...

Dali & Beyond Film Series screens Ugetsu Monogatari at The Dali at 1 p.m. Free admission. A Downton Abbey Tea and Trivia Party will be enjoyed by fans of the PBS series 3 p.m. at the St. Petersburg North Branch Library., and dance lovers should sashay to the Straz for the YAGP Gala: Stars of Today Meet the Stars of Tomorrow at 8 p.m. Hosted by Lissette Campos, the gala stars two locals and a reality TV star. 8 p.m. $32.50. Straz Center, Tampa.

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