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Monday, June 30, 2014

Hot & hotter: St. Pete Pride Street Fest in photos

Posted By , and on Mon, Jun 30, 2014 at 1:00 PM

Kali Kali dancers, winners of the BET Wild Out Wednesday competition, performed. - CHIP WEINER
  • Chip Weiner
  • Kali Kali dancers, winners of the BET Wild Out Wednesday competition, performed.

After huge crowds packed the Grand Central District on Saturday for St.  Pete Pride's first nighttime parade  some observers wondered whether the turnout would be diluted for the street festival the following day. It certainly didn't seem so. At Creative Loafing's booth in the 2600 block of Central Avenue, a steady stream of festivalgoers stopped by to play games (""Every time the wheel spins a drag queen gets her wings"), win prizes, enjoy Todd Bates' shaded installation of past CL Pride covers, and pose for photos by DrunkCameraGuy (aka Chris Spires and Marci Richter). Meanwhile, Chip Weiner roved the festival photographing performers, politicians and other lovable creatures all day long. For more photos from the CL Photo Booth, go to our Facebook page  Find and tag yourself before July 3 and you'll be eligible for a CL Deal drawing!

"Dads Squared" and son smile for the camera in the CL Photo Booth. - DRUNKCAMERAGUY
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  • "Dads Squared" and son smile for the camera in the CL Photo Booth.

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Monday, December 30, 2013

Best of the Day: Greek Life and Epiphany photo exhibits open in Tarpon Springs

Posted By on Mon, Dec 30, 2013 at 1:27 AM

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Providing a striking, candid glimpse into a Tampa Bay cultural enclave, The Horio: Greek Life in Tarpon Springs — a new exhibit of images by photographer Beeba Christopoulos-Lekkas — opens today at the Tarpon Springs Cultural Center. The show is a perfect complement to a visit to the Sponge Docks.

Also, in anticipation of the city's big Jan. 6 celebration, the city will open Epiphany in Tarpon Springs, a show by Christopoulos-Lekkas with husband Kostas Lekkas. For the last five years, the couple have worked to capture the event's spirituality and pageantry along with the people who take part in it each year. The exhibit will be displayed in the upstairs gallery.

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Thursday, December 19, 2013

Tampa's Refinery Trading Places dinner serves up fine Southern fare

Posted By on Thu, Dec 19, 2013 at 12:06 PM

Kyndals spoon bread with the description corn, butter.

Wednesday night, The Refinery's front and back of house staff switched places for charity. Chef Greg Baker and his kitchen crew took over the dining room, while general manager and wife Michelle Baker planned the menu and made dinner in the kitchen.

All proceeds and tips went to the Nature Delivered Farm, a pasture-raised pig farm in Bushnell run by Rebecca Krassnoski. The independently owned local farm recently expanded from 20 to 200 acres and needs help raising funds for fencing and other equipment.

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Monday, December 2, 2013

Santas in Speedos show their support for World AIDS Day

Posted By on Mon, Dec 2, 2013 at 11:08 AM

race winner Malcolm Williams crosses the finish line for the 2013 Santa Speedo run Tampa Bay

Race winner Malcolm Williams crosses the finish line for the 2013 Santa Speedo Run Tampa Bay

What do you get when you take more than 100 people, dress them in Speedo bathing suits and other holiday gear, and ask them to race through the streets of Ybor City? You get several thousand dollars to help AIDS Service Association of Pinellas (ASAP), an organization supporting persons with HIV/AIDS across the Tampa Bay area. The 4th Annual Santa Speedo Run took place under perfect skies at Centennial Park on Sunday as part of World AIDS Day.

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Friday, September 27, 2013

Photo review: Imagine Dragons with The Neighbourhood at USF Sun Dome, Tampa

Posted By on Fri, Sep 27, 2013 at 5:11 PM

A look back in photos at Tuesday night's jam-packed concert by "Radioactive" rockers Imagine Dragons, at the USF Sun Dome in Tampa. The Neighbourhood opened.

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Friday, August 30, 2013

The RNC one year later: Permanent improvements in Tampa

Posted By on Fri, Aug 30, 2013 at 4:00 AM

Bayshore beautification project palm trees 08-10-13

Forty date palms were planted along Bayshore Blvd. as part of a $617,000 project to spruce up key parts of the city. The wooden braces that kept them in place for nearly a year have been removed and the ground cover that accompanied them has matured.

Many were critical of the millions of dollars spent by officials in the Bay area to spruce up key parts of the city and to purchase surveillance and security equipment prior to the 2012 Republican National Convention. Given the state of the economy and the narrow focus of the expenditures, it is easy to understand those concerns. But spend it they did, beautifying parts of the city and purchasing a trove of state-of-the-art technology and equipment for law enforcement. We went back to see what was left a year later. Here are some of the residual benefits of the Republicans coming to town last year.

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Thursday, August 29, 2013

Fast food workers' wages picketed in Tampa.

Posted By on Thu, Aug 29, 2013 at 9:41 PM

Tom Filbert who is currently unemployed demonstrates for higher wages for fast food workers

Tom Filbert who is currently unemployed holds a sign in front of Wendy's showing support for higher wages for fast food workers

In what was billed in a press release as a fast food workers' strike, about 50 people marched in front of several restaurants on Fowler Ave. in Tampa on Thursday afternoon. Protesters in Boston, New York, and Chicago also staged walkouts as part of a nationwide movement attempting to bring awareness to the low wages traditionally paid employees in the fast food industry.

The rally met in front of a Wendy's Hamburgers around 4:30 p.m. on Thursday and proceeded down Fowler Avenue to three other fast food chains. The original plan was to cross the highway and wrap up at a Kentucky Fried Chicken on the other side but after more than 20 minutes of heavy rain, organizers dispersed the crowd around 5:30 p.m.

Many of those in attendance wore labor union t-shirts. Dustin Ponder, who describes himself as a rank-and-file member of the Teamsters at UPS, said the unions were there to support and educate fast food workers.

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About 50 demonstrators picket in front of Long John Silvers on Fowler Avenue.

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The RNC one year later. Misfires, gaffes, and blunders

Posted By on Thu, Aug 29, 2013 at 3:30 AM

JJ newberry and Kress Buildings 06-30-11

The poster child for Tampa's downtown eyesores, the Kress/Newberry's/Woolworth block at Franklin and Zack streets, got some new windows prior to the invitation-only parties held there during the RNC

According to a report issued by the 2012 Tampa Bay Host Committee on August 21, the Republican National Convention resulted in direct spending of $214 million. CL has been looking back at the residual bounty left behind by the four-day Republican Party party. While there are some intangible benefits like the "long-term brand-building" touted by the host committee, and millions of dollars in new assets acquired by the city, there have also been some gaffes.
To borrow the grossly overused analogy, these improvements were like putting lipstick on a pig. You can't make ugly look better with a few cosmetics.

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Image of the Woolworth Building on March 27, 2012 at Polk and Franklin Streets shows the blight in the middle of downtown. Initial reports were that the building would receive a facelift as a result of improvements scheduled for the RNC.
Warehouse Productions, LLC was tapped to build out the Kress and Woolworth buildings and turn them into a lavish party place fit for the politically elite. The company has a history of taking rough warehouse spaces and producing over-the-top parties at Republican conventions in Philadelphia, New York and Minneapolis-St. Paul.

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Wednesday, August 28, 2013

The Republican National Convention one year later: A visual retrospective

Posted By on Wed, Aug 28, 2013 at 6:00 AM

Mitt Romney nominated 08-30-2012
One year ago this month the Republican National Convention was in town.

Before, during, and after the event there was a lot of prognostication about the economic impact and long-term benefit the RNC would bring to our city. Congress appropriated $50 million for Tampa primarily for city and convention security. The 2012 Tampa Bay Host Committee raised another $55 million for the effort, and in August of 2011 $18 million came from the Federal Election Commission for planning and preparation. All told, there was an influx of over $120 million.

Last week the Host Committee issued its report on the RNC's economic impact commissioned from the Sykes College of Business at the University of Tampa. It stated that the convention resulted in $214 million in direct spending in the Bay area, far above the original estimates of $150-$175 million cost-benefit analysis from the research firm Jones Lang Lasalle before the convention.

In the weeks leading up to the RNC, estimates were that 15,000 credentialed media personnel, approximately 3,400 delegates and alternates, over 20,000 additional visitors and VIPs would attend. Tampa Police Department expected over 15,000 protesters, along with a few hundred anarchists who would try to shut down the convention. With all that money, that many people coming to town, and that much international attention, we wondered what was the ultimate impact on Tampa? Over the next three days CL will be looking back at the changes both temporary and permanent, structural and cosmetic, that resulted from the political jamboree.

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Wednesday, July 31, 2013

Photo review: Black Sabbath at MidFlorida Credit Union Amphitheatre, Tampa

A look back in photos.

Posted By on Wed, Jul 31, 2013 at 4:53 PM

Black Sabbath hit the MidFlorida Credit Union Amphitheatre on Mon., July 29, in the midst of the latest round of dates that are part of their ongoing reunion tour, currently backing their first new album in 18 years, the Rick Rubin-produced 13. Ozzy Osbourne, Geezer Butler and guitarist Tony Iommi were joined on the road by drummer Tommy Clufetos, from Ozzy's solo band. Brad Wilk, and party rocker Andrew WK warmed up the stage. Photos below. 

Ozzy. The Man. - TRACY MAY
  • Tracy May
  • Ozzy. The Man.

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