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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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.
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  • 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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Tuesday, May 21, 2013

Landmark victory: American Journey has arrived

Not only does it best Ikea as the coolest thing on Adamo Drive, the mural is the largest of its kind in Florida.

Posted by on Tue, May 21, 2013 at 9:43 PM

LANDMARK VICTORY: <i>American Journey</i> gives passersby an eyeful on Adamo Drive.
  • Nicole Abbett
  • LANDMARK VICTORY: American Journey gives passersby an eyeful on Adamo Drive.

Despite the sweltering heat, more than 100 people showed up to the dedication of the Adamo Drive Mural, American Journey, joining Mayor Bob Buckhorn and mural artist Michael Parker in a dedication ceremony to celebrate its official unobstructed view, allowing all a glimpse of Ybor City’s rich history.

Members of the Ybor City Development Council, the Hillsborough County Arts Council and the Tampa community came out to show support at Adamo Drive Mural dedication.
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  • Members of the Ybor City Development Council, the Hillsborough County Arts Council and the Tampa community came out to show support at Adamo Drive Mural dedication.

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Monday, May 20, 2013

Adamo Drive Mural ready to be unveiled

It'll be the largest outdoor original artwork in Florida, in Ybor City between 17th and 19th streets.

Posted by on Mon, May 20, 2013 at 1:26 PM

Join Mayor Bob Buckhorn and Tampa community leaders this Tuesday, May 21, to celebrate the newly finished Adamo Drive Mural. The dedication is taking place at 2 p.m. which will include a preliminary session with the artist, Michael Parker, and a reception afterward.

Mural artist Mike Parker in action.
  • Mural artist Mike Parker in action.

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Thursday, April 11, 2013

Lightning players go bald for a great cause

Carle, Crombeen, Lecavalier, Killorn and Purcell enlist in a hair-razing experience for kids battling cancer.

Posted by on Thu, Apr 11, 2013 at 8:39 PM

Team Lightning - Matt Carle, BJ Crombeen, Alex Killorn, Vinny Lecavalier and Teddy Purcell before getting their heads shaved.
  • Nicole Abbett
  • Team Lightning - Matt Carle, BJ Crombeen, Alex Killorn, Vinny Lecavalier and Teddy Purcell before getting their heads shaved.

Last night the Fourth Annual Bright House Networks Cut for a Cure Charity Challenge, presented by Carrabba’s Italian Grill, was held at the Tampa Bay Times Forum. Several players from the Tampa Bay Lighting traded in their skate blades for razor blades. Matt Carle, BJ Crombeen, Vinny Lecavalier, Alex Killorn and Teddy Purcell made up Team Lightning and shaved their heads in the support of children battling cancer. There were 29 adults and children who also participated. Stylists from the Darren Pena Salon and Spa in Carrollwood dotingly guided the children.

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Thursday, October 11, 2012

Ask Dream Momma: Smoke signals from the unconscious

Posted by on Thu, Oct 11, 2012 at 12:30 PM


“Hi there! A good friend referred me to you ... Let me tell you about the recurring dream I keep having several times per week ... In the dream I can literally smell smoke, it seems so real that I actually jump out of bed and run to my children’s bedrooms to rescue them, but by the time I get to our bedroom door and swing it open I realize it was a dream. I will stand there and sniff and sniff the air for a few seconds to assure myself that I don't really smell smoke. My heart is racing and beating out of my chest at this point and I have a very hard time falling back to sleep after this. It is very disturbing. Please help if you can. Thank you!”

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Friday, September 14, 2012

Ask Dream Momma: Dreamer goes to the birds

Posted by on Fri, Sep 14, 2012 at 6:39 PM

“Dear Dream Momma, I dreamt that I was at the beach and all of a sudden, black birds were starting to fall from the sky all around me. But there was a really tall white bird right by my feet. Just quiet and still, but still would not leave his spot.”

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Tuesday, September 11, 2012

The Force was with us at Star Wars Celebration VI

Posted by on Tue, Sep 11, 2012 at 12:29 PM

Before Tampa was invaded by the Imperial National Convention, Orlando, was taken over by Star Wars Celebration VI. The 7 million square-foot Orange County Convention Center was filled with shopping, trading, screenings, cosplayers, educational panels, laser tag, speed dating and Legos ... everything a fan could want, with the added bonus of lots of chicks in gold bikinis.

Attendees from all over the world were greeted by a looming AT-AT Walker and some of their favorite characters decked out in beads while R2D2 took a Myspace-style group shot.
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  • Attendees from all over the world were greeted by a looming AT-AT Walker.

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Friday, September 7, 2012

Ask Dream Momma: Forbidden flirtation stirs a dreamer

Posted by on Fri, Sep 7, 2012 at 7:36 PM

“Dear Dream Momma, I had a dream last night that my cousin (male, age 21) and I (female, age 22) were fishing in east Tennessee (where I live, but my cousin does not). We were having a great time as we always do when we get together to fish. My cousin cast his line and hooked a baby hippo. It was instant panic as I told him to drop the pole and run like hell, as momma hippo wasn't going to be very happy! We spent the rest of my dream running from these two hippos (that were "coloring book" images of hippos... perfectly light pink and flawless) Every time we thought we were safe, we would see them again and run for our lives. Does my dream mean anything, or do I just have an overactive imagination?

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Friday, August 17, 2012

The march of equality is unstoppable

Posted by on Fri, Aug 17, 2012 at 9:46 AM

We’re halfway through August already, and what a busy month it’s been. So I thought I'd discuss some of the important LGBT news from the past couple of weeks. I see these smaller victories as hope for the future of our LGBT community and all Americans.

Tammy Smith
  • Tammy Smith
We’ll lead off with military news, since I’m a veteran of the US Army. Last week the Army announced the first openly lesbian woman was appointed to the rank of brigadier general. Hoo-ya! Who would have ever thought that would possible so soon after the fall of "Don't Ask, Don't Tell"?

Then, I read an interview with a lesbian Marine stationed at Camp Lejeune, North Carolina in the September issue of Curve Magazine. Sergeant Patterson is quick to point out that "…the military is still not exactly a gay-friendly environment," and, "anti-gay slurs are pretty constant…" Also, we’ll note that the end of DADT has nothing to do with the Equal Opportunity Policy in the military, which still doesn’t include discrimination based upon sexual orientation. Sadly, even the general still isn’t fully protected. But the fact that she’s a lesbian didn’t prevent her promotion, and that, my friends, is progress.

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