Wednesday, October 30, 2013

CL's Halloween Guide 2013: Where to get your freak on

What's going bump in the night and everything else that's bumpin.'

Posted By on Wed, Oct 30, 2013 at 2:11 PM

OUT FREAKIN OUT! Giles Davies (Macbeth) and Dahlia Legault (Lady Macbeth).
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  • OUT FREAKIN' OUT! Giles Davies (Macbeth) and Dahlia Legault (Lady Macbeth).

Putting together a list of all the festivals, parties and other hoo-ha happening around Halloween is more shudder-inducing than a frozen slack-jawed Jack Nicholson in The Shining. Luckily with the help of CL interns Amina Jackson, Marc Seide and Kyetra Bryant — and local organizations who obliged us with information — we have been able to come up with this fairly comprehensive guide — truly something for everybody. (Insert creepy laugh here.) Items in chronological order, under the categories Arts, Music and Culture; Big Nights Out; Boooooze and More, Comedy & Cabaret, Family Fun; Festivals, Haunted Haunts. E-mail if you have an event to add — but do so at your own risk!

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Friday, October 11, 2013

TIGLFF, Matthew Shepard anniversary highlight National Coming Out Day

Posted By on Fri, Oct 11, 2013 at 12:53 PM

Photo of Matthew Shepard courtesy of the Matthew Shepard Foundation
  • Photo of Matthew Shepard courtesy of the Matthew Shepard Foundation
Oct. 11 is National Coming Out Day, National Depression Screening Day, It’s My Party Day and National Sausage Pizza Day. While these events suggest a Mad Libs composite (forlorn Papa John’s delivery boy gets in touch with his sexuality at a sausage party?), we’ll focus on the first one: National Coming Out Day.

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Thursday, October 10, 2013

Bro Bowl and Central Avenue History: Peaceful Coexistence

Posted By on Thu, Oct 10, 2013 at 4:41 PM

BOWL-ED OVER? Skater Pablo Gutierrez at Perry Harvey Sr. Park, Tampa. Photo by Daniel Veintimilla.
If dirt could talk, the area where Central Avenue stood would have a lot to say. This place has been through several reincarnations and tonight’s community conversation at 6:30, at Greater Bethel Missionary Baptist Church focuses on its next.

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Thursday, September 26, 2013

Hey Bartender documentary comes to Tampa Theatre

Posted By on Thu, Sep 26, 2013 at 3:29 PM

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The rise of the craft cocktail has been no accident; bartenders across the country (and world) have worked to build a new liquid consciousness, drink by drink. Hey Bartender, a new documentary, gets up close and personal with some of the best bartenders. Tampa Theatre will host a one-night-only screening of the film on Wednesday, Oct. 2, at 7:30 p.m. I recently had the opportunity to speak with the film's director, Douglas Tirola, about why bartending, like art, has its own cultural movements.

"I was about 15 and got a job as a dishwasher at a restaurant/nightlife bar," Tirola said. "It turned into the town's big nightlife spot, all New York-style with velvet ropes and a huge bar. One night, the barback doesn't show up and I'm the barback."

Then one night the bartender didn't show up and Tirola took over.

"I was making sea breezes and Long Island Iced Teas then," he said. "The bartender is the official mayor for communities. There's a special relationship between regulars and bartenders and I always noticed that."

Today, Tirola makes documentary films at 4th Row Films in New York. But the bartending scene always fascinated him and the idea for a documentary about corner bars stuck in his head — but it still wasn't the exact story he wanted tell. Then, while staying at the Roosevelt Hotel in Los Angeles, the drinks made at the library bar caught his eye.

"This bartender was doing a lot with cocktails, fruits and vegetables," Tirola said. "He was going to the Santa Monica farmers market, a renown farmers market, for all these ingredients."

Back home in New York, Tirola discovered the Spring Lounge, then Employees Only — both New York bars taking risks with spirits.

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Wednesday, September 11, 2013

Candidates play artistic show and tell at Studio@620 debate

Posted By on Wed, Sep 11, 2013 at 5:30 PM

The debate on the arts, held at the Studio@620, drew a crowd.

Wednesday morning, a standing room only crowd packed into St. Petersburg's Studio@620 to hear from the city council and mayoral candidates on the subject of art. The debate focused on the candidates vision, perception and funding plans for the arts in St. Pete.

Some of St. Petersburg's longtime unofficial artists in residence were in attendance, including photographer Herb Snitzer, Pale Horse Gallery artist and owner Chris Parks, and half of Spathose's industrial art team George Medeiros. Everyone there was hoping for answers to pressing questions as the city potentially welcomes a slew of new elected officials.

"Each city has its own DNA," said Roy Binger, who sits on the Museum of Fine Arts and Palladium's board of trustees. "We've got Central Ave., Beach Drive, Fourth St., and Tyrone. Each has its own target. We need to bring this mosaic of art together in a seamless way."

Mayoral and city council candidates had their work cut out for them. None are as notoriously supportive to St. Petersburg's burgeoning art scene as exiting city councilwoman Leslie Curran (who was in attendance), who's credited as one of the movers and shakers behind the city's 600 Block arts revival.

St. Petersburg City Theatre Executive Director Deborah Kelley moderated, leading off with "we are going to ask you who you are, who we are (the art community), how you view us, and how you will support the arts community."

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Tampa Bay Lightning kick ice with annual free fan fest Sat., Sept. 14

Posted By on Wed, Sep 11, 2013 at 1:39 PM

This season marks the 10 year anniversary of Tampa Bay’s first and only Stanley Cup. Be the thunder at the Lightning Fan Fest on Sat., Sept. 14, and help bring the cup back to Tampa!

Who will be the ultimate fan at this year's Fan Fest?
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  • Who will be the ultimate fan at this year's Fan Fest?

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Saturday, July 20, 2013

Lightning release 2013-14 schedule

Posted By on Sat, Jul 20, 2013 at 3:06 PM

KICK ICE: The Lightning will begin the 2013-14 season on the road.
  • Nicole Abbett
  • KICK ICE: The Lightning will begin the 2013-14 season on the road.
The Tampa Bay Lightning and the NHL announced the new regular season schedule for the upcoming 2013-14 season.

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Thursday, July 11, 2013

Travelogues is in a New York state of mind

Storytellers and photographers take a bite out of the Big Apple.

Posted By on Thu, Jul 11, 2013 at 3:04 PM

Travelogues is in a New York state of mind during the Fri., July 12, installment of their monthly spoken word night at Café Hey. Like my experiences of New York, from meeting Nas to realizing my then boyfriend had found a new love during a surprise visit, the storytellers each have their own unique experiences to share, good and bad.

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Thursday, June 6, 2013

Mayor Buckhorn engages in a touching display at the Florida Aquarium

Posted By on Thu, Jun 6, 2013 at 4:15 PM

Mayor Bob Buckhorn addresses the crowd atop the dock of the new Stingray Beach.
  • Nicole Abbett
  • Mayor Bob Buckhorn addresses the crowd atop the dock of the new Stingray Beach.

The new Stingray Beach at the Florida Aquarium held its official grand opening ribbon-cutting ceremony Wednesday night, recognizing the completion of the first phase of the Rising Tides Capital Campaign.

Mayor Bob Buckhorn joined Florida Aquarium President and CEO Thom Stork, The Echevarrias, and DeSoto Elementary School Principal Michele Keltner for this celebratory occasion.

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Wednesday, June 5, 2013

Review: Dopapod continues to re-invent at the Dunedin Brewery

Dopapod serves Dunedin Brewery's IPA Festival "a synchronicity of smooth, psychedelic jams.

Posted By on Wed, Jun 5, 2013 at 12:21 AM

Dopapod brought two high-energy sets to a packed house on Saturday night at Dunedin Brewery’s sold-out 5th Annual IPA Festival.

Dopapod members L to R: Rob Compa, Eli Winderman, Chuck Jones, Neal Evans
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  • Dopapod members L to R: Rob Compa, Eli Winderman, Chuck Jones, Neal Evans

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