Breast cancer touches everyone’s lives.
One in eight American women will be diagnosed with it in their lifetime, according to the National Breast Cancer Foundation. As startling as this number is, you have to realize that not only does this affect the women who are diagnosed, but everyone in their lives as well, said Bylli Peiper, founder and director of Pink It Up! Ska Bands and Fans Against Breast Cancer, which takes place Saturday.
Then on Sunday, head over to the Tampa Theatre for the annual Oscar Experience: Tampa, an event sanctioned by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences which benefits Tampa Theatre’s artistic and educational programs. Attendees will take limo rides, battle the photographers and spar with “Roan Jivers,” before heading inside to watch the telecast on the big screen. In addition, guests will receive the same Oscar program that Affleck, Spielberg, and the rest will be thumbing through at the big show in Hollywood while fighting the boredom during the endless TV broadcast. Feb. 24, 6:30 p.m. Tampa Theatre, 711 N. Franklin St., Tampa, 813-274-8981, tampatheatre.org. $30 for adults, $25 for Theatre members, $20 for students with a valid ID.
Check out video of the this year's Oscar nominee announcement (featuring Emma Stone and the show's host, Seth MacFarlane) below …
The Henry Plant Museum Society hosted a kickoff event for the Gasparilla season called "Tall Tales & Scandalous Stories" on Friday night at the University of Tampa. Three former Tampa mayors regaled the audience with stories about parades, pirates, and plifering from their experiences with the annual celebration. Combined, the mayors represent over 30 years in office in City Hall. Former Florida Governor and Tampa Mayor Bob Martinez was also scheduled to appear. According to Sally Shifke, museum relations coordinator, Martinez had a scheduling conflict and was not able to attend.
The event was moderated by Boyd Wynn, a longtime member of Ye Mystic Krewe of Gasparilla. The event was also a celebration of the opening night of a museum exhibit, Gasparilla: A Tampa Tradition, in the Henry Plant Museum that runs through Feb. 17.
The hour-long presentation allowed former mayors and attendees to reminisce about both good and difficult times related to Gasparilla. Mayor Freedman talked about the controversy that arose in 1991 when the city attempted to host both the Super Bowl and the Gasparilla parade, and the Krewe, rather than concede to NFL pressure and admit black members, canceled the parade. (The Krewes and the parade have since integrated.) Mayor Iorio also jokingly disclosed that, after getting into office and finding about all of the city's inherent problems, what a pleasure it was to relinquish the keys to the city to someone else — even a pirate — for a short period.
Imagine 10,000 river lights illuminating the Hillsborough River, floating freely and signifying a greater cause.
North of Curtis Hixon Waterfront Park, distinctive in its unique urban design and vast open space, will be the release point of the lights during the Tampa River Lights Festival.
This one-of-a-kind event will benefit Voices for Children of Tampa Bay, and each floating light will represent a child helped within the program.
Voices for children, founded in 1986 as the Child Advocacy Guild Inc., is dedicated to providing a vital service to abused and neglected children — raising and directing funds to the Guardian ad Litem Program.
"Mike Tyson: Undisputed Truth" is described as an autobiographical monologue performed by the former champ in which he reflects upon his tough childhood in Brooklyn, the absence of his father, and his self-described "reckless and destructive" behavior. It premiered in Las Vegas in April and had a run on Broadway. Now it's coming to a host of U.S. cities, with its first-stop in Indianapolis, the site where he spent three years in jail after being convicted for rape in 1992.
"It's not like these people aren't aware of these issues," he said on a national conference call set up on Monday afternoon to promote the upcoming shows, which begin in mid-February. "They've seen them in the press, and they just don't know the underlying factor of the issue that I'm expressing."
Tyson, 46, has had a tumultuous career in the public spotlight, but it seems to have taken a more positive and lighter touch since his performance in the 2009 U.S. comedy smash The Hangover, where he played himself.
Those who couldn't make it out to the famed tree lighting at Rockefeller Plaza in New York City joined Mayor Bob Buckhorn along with several other community leaders for the Ybor City version on Wednesday evening.
A ceremony to light the 34-foot holiday tree in Centro Ybor began with carolers Jackson Crawford, Erin Lowe, Shay Cambre and Paul Iankov; courtesy of Busch Gardens. The quartet performed a second time after Santa and Mrs. Claus arrived in their stretch Hummer limo, which was followed by an armored truck loaded with presents.
After the tree lighting ceremony The Ritz Ybor hosted the Fourth Annual Miracle on 7th Avenue to benefit the Pediatric Cancer Foundation. Last year they raised $100,278 and this years goal was to raise $125,000-plus. Raffles, a silent auction, holiday-themed cocktails and photos with Santa and Mrs. Claus were all ways to donate to this great cause. Sunday's and La Table Du Chef provided complimentary hors d’oeuvres.
Santaella Studios for the Arts hosted an open house Friday in the beautifully restored building that once housed the Santaella Cigar Factory, 1906 N. Armenia Ave., Tampa.
The highlights of the evening were rousing performances by musicians Diego Ponssa and John Cardinale and Argentinian gaucho dancer, Orlando Orella. Gauchos are part Indian and part Spanish They are cowboys who live on the range with a folklore just as rich as American cowboys.
As Floridians, hurricanes are routine. We are conditioned to it, the pace of preparation every year like clockwork. But as one New Yorker wrote me this morning, "Yes, you guys have hurricanes down there unfortunately. NYC does not, sadly."
So here are some ways people in the area are helping or can help.
Hawk and Wayne — known individually for their starring roles in local professional theater productions, and as teachers, professional actors and all-around leaders in their craft — have been producing original and long-form improv for the past few years. Past shows include The Dumb Show and 321. They’re back for their fourth season at American Stage’s After Hour series with their latest and possibly greatest concept.