Thursday, February 13, 2014

Lust List 2014: Tony LaColla

Senior planner, Hillsborough County Planning Commission, president, Historic Ybor Neighborhood Civic Association, 38. In a relationship.

Posted By on Thu, Feb 13, 2014 at 4:01 AM

Are you the hottest city planner in Tampa?
Probably. No, there are some other good-looking ones. I wouldn’t say I’m the hottest.
“She came up to me and told me she could tell I had a very kind soul.” - TODD BATES
  • Todd Bates
  • “She came up to me and told me she could tell I had a very kind soul.”

What turns you on about your profession?
It’s very fascinating to me, the way city planning works with sociology, architecture… you get to touch on so many different things. I’m working on a comprehensive plan, on historic preservation, going to meetings about bike trails, riverwalks…

What’s the issue you’re most passionate about at the moment?
The mass transit initiative.

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Monday, February 10, 2014

Sant' Yago Knight Parade photos: Beads, crowds and high anxiety

The parade in Ybor was raucous but fun. The trouble started afterwards.

Posted By on Mon, Feb 10, 2014 at 8:35 AM

it's party time on seventh Avenue in Ybor city for the 2014 Krewe of Sant' Yago Knight Parade

It's party time on Seventh Avenue in Ybor City for the 2014 Krewe of Sant' Yago Knight Parade

The 2014 Sant' Yago Knight Parade in Ybor City brought thousands of people to the historic district. The two-hour parade started at 7 p.m., featuring dozens of floats, marching bands, and of course hundreds of thousands of strings of beads.

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Sunday, December 1, 2013

Make merry, holiday shop at Art on the West End

Posted By on Sun, Dec 1, 2013 at 12:16 PM

Take part in a festive throwback that offers more than 20 artists and artisans conjuring the Ybor Square Arts and Crafts Festival of yore.

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Tuesday, September 24, 2013

Ybor's Roosevelt 2.0 closes

Posted By on Tue, Sep 24, 2013 at 4:32 PM

Bryan Roberts opened the Roosevelt 2.0 in Ybor City with a mission to bring the community together. Monday, the cooperative behind the Roosevelt announced its closing due to a lack of funds.

"Ybor is a tough spot for a place like Roosevelt," Roberts said. "It just wasn't financially sustainable. We're going to regroup and see where we stand now."

Redner Enterprises owns the building at 1812 N. 15th St. Roberts said he and his crew tried to gather enough investors to purchase the building (Redner Enterprises said the building is no longer for sale and they're negotiating with a new tenant). Roberts said maintaining the building cost the Roosevelt upwards of $6,200 a month. Coupled with costs of necessary renovations (more than $125,000), they decided it was time to move on.

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Sunday, July 7, 2013

In living color: Community Stepping Stones' Beautiful Beasties

Posted By on Sun, Jul 7, 2013 at 9:49 AM

Antonie van Leeuwenhoek called microorganisms “beasties” when they first wiggled under his microscope in 1654. His catchphrase inspired the title of a new art show, Beautiful Beasties, coordinated by Community Stepping Stones, a Sulphur Springs-based nonprofit that provides at-risk youth with arts, culture and creative educational opportunies — such as USF microbiologist Dr. Bridgette Froschke teaching teens about phytoplankton, photosynthesis and other micro wonders.

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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.
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  • 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.
  • Nicole Abbett
  • 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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"It's Monsoon season, bitches!" The CL interview with RuPaul's Drag Race winner, Jinkx Monsoon

Posted By on Tue, May 21, 2013 at 11:48 AM

RuPaul's Drag Race has turned American on to plenty of fishy and glamorous drag queens during it's five seasons, but none have stolen more hearts than campy theater queen, Jinkx Monsoon. Jinkx (performed by Jerick Hoffer) went from this year's underdog, all the way to winner, crowned by RuPaul herself. We had the chance to catch up with her as she prepared to bring her act to Tampa past weekend:

“America's Next Drag Superstar”, Jinkx Monsoon has an incredible ring to it, doesn't it? Congratulations on winning Season 5 of RuPaul's Drag Race! Has it set in yet, really?

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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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Saturday, March 16, 2013

Barbarella Tampa shacks up with The Social

Posted By on Sat, Mar 16, 2013 at 12:59 PM


If you haven’t heard already, two of the more talked about dance clubs in Ybor City have now integrated their best nights into one location. Barbarella Tampa, formerly on Seventh Avenue, has relocated its popular Wednesday, Friday, and Saturday nights to the Ybor City Social Club, a nightspot that's been a favorite in the GLBT scene and will still maintain its popular Thursday night event.

Independent Bar Group (Barbarella Austin, Barbarella Tampa, and Independent Bar Orlando) have to decided to collaborate with Florida Entertainment Group (G.Bar, The Honey Pot, The Social) by pooling their collectively more formidable nights into the cozier and more centrally located Ybor City Social Club building.

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Sunday, March 10, 2013

Nude Nite 2013 — photo gallery from edgy Ybor

This ain't your grandmother's nude art show.

Posted By on Sun, Mar 10, 2013 at 12:41 AM

Sierra Mist poses in Nix Herrera exhibit

The old broom factory at 3606 E. Fourth Ave. is not too hard to find but even show director Kelly Stevens understands why some people might hesitate to venture to this dark part of Ybor City.

Go! Especially if you like good music, edgy nude art, and a cool party atmosphere.

Old building transformed in to Nude Nite gallery

Stevens and crew has again transformed this old dusty space into a well lit and art-rich venue. It is a lot of work for a three-day show. Exhibits include sculptures, paintings, photograph and live performance art.

Kristal and Jordan E. Michael pose

Kristal and Jordan E Michael perform on one of the stages while Nude Nite attendees watch and photograph.

Burlesque dance Ray Gun performs on Nude Nite stage
This year's burlesque show included Ray Gun, a dancer from Chicago. It is the first time that this reporter has seen a male in the burlesque lineup.

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