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Re: “Merchandise, it is personal this time

I was gonna post about being from Jacksonville and moving to Tampa, but I think Mr Jenkins already said it. In Jacksonville, we are pretty used to people moving away, and bagging on is when they got famous. At least these guys have stayed (so far), perhaps they can help incubate something here. It may not be something we like but it could be something.

In reality it doesn't matter where you came from, you think it sucks. There are people in New York City right now, bagging on it for sucking.... I mean this guy throws a jab at Williamsburg even in the story.

I will say this, for better or worse, art in this city gets pretty good local media run when compared to my home town (although that is changing in Jax). I can think of a handful of bands all along Florida that have no fan club in their hometown, but are making awesome inspiring work... and in many cases they are able to do that because they are being ignored. If they were being flattered and fawned over for their work, it probably wouldn't be as evocative, because praise has a way of doing that to you....

Posted by Dennie Carter on 08/28/2014 at 5:53 PM

Re: “Merchandise, it is personal this time

One of the things "wrong with" Tampa is the number of people who wanna cry about what a wasteland Tampa is. The self-hatred and grass-is-forever-greener attitude is largely a self-fulfilling prophecy. For every one of my friends who moves to St. Pete, I typically ask them if their new dwelling came with a glass for them to sniff their farts out of, because that's how a lot of people want to act. A city where every Prious gets more miles to the gallon, where the toast is just that much more artisinal, where the airy is just that much more fairy.

I get that some try to get things started and that it never comes together. I get that many of those people may have been great at whatever it was they were doing. That's life though, isn't it? And it happens everywhere.

But we all know that the easiest way to elevate yourself is by shoving someone else down, so shoving a whole city has to go a long way to at least make you feel superior. Tampa, Florida in general, isn't quite the hard target that going after the Brooklyns, Austins and the "other" Bay areas of the country are.

I'm not from here, but claim this as home. I came here because I thought where I was from sucked hard. I spent years doing everything I could to bag on Jacksonville, but as I've grown and watched friends and others around them work their asses off to make that a better city, I've realized I was just being a bratty dick. I'm not saying this guy's also being a bratty dick, but he might also undergo a change of heart once he's developed some perspective.

I LOVE that you got mad, I love that this city has people like you and JGlo who love this place and do things to make it better. We should all get pissed off when someone tries to turn personal experience into a blanket assertion about a whole city and everyone who occupies it. A lot of us are trying, hard. Some of us are succeeding.

You go get 'em, Jules! :)

Posted by David M. Jenkins on 08/28/2014 at 3:40 PM

Re: “Merchandise, it is personal this time

Thank you for setting me straight, CJ.

Posted by Julie Garisto on 08/28/2014 at 11:40 AM

Re: “Merchandise, it is personal this time

Iim pretty sure she opted for the british spelling of 'favourite' because it's in a british magazine

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Posted by cj on 08/28/2014 at 10:31 AM

Re: “Lights on Tampa 2015: A bright future

oh just leave the graffiti what's there is a lot better than what could be there graffiti-wise

Posted by pltctytc on 08/25/2014 at 8:51 PM

Re: “Ride real armored vehicles at the Armed Forces History Museum

That first paragraph sounds like the first page of an epic novel.

Posted by Tina Crumpacker on 08/14/2014 at 6:47 AM

Re: “Attend a workshop on exhibition proposals

True, artists brains are not set up for "marketing" hence the term "Starving artists!"

Posted by Tina Crumpacker on 08/14/2014 at 6:28 AM

Re: “Gulfport's 14th Annual Geckofest: A How-To

Whoooohoooo!!!! Sounds like fun!

Posted by Tina Crumpacker on 08/14/2014 at 6:25 AM

Re: “Fetish Con 2014 in photos: They came to play

don't knock it til you've 'tied' it

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Posted by thebestevil on 08/13/2014 at 4:21 PM

Re: “Art as survival — Against All Odds: The Art of the Highwaymen at Tampa Bay History Center

For the complete list and to see works by each of the 26 highwaymen visit

Posted by Bob LeBlanc on 08/13/2014 at 5:05 AM

Re: “A look back at the Oddball Comedy & Curiosity Festival

The distinct lack of women on the bill is troubling for an event this large. Perhaps Julie, along with many others I spoke to about the show, would have found it less problematic had there been some sort of representation of over half the country's population up there. Would having just one woman up there, 8% of the comics on the bill, been too hard? A large number of those I spoke to, men and women, all noted the dude-brah vibe of a lot of the material with the distinct exception of Aziz Ansari, who apparently did a genius bit on gender. The fact that anyone would even try to shout down a fact like this, particularly one invoking the sad-assed trope that women don't have a sense of humor (oh, wait, but I guess it was just "sarcasm"), is just gross in this day and age. Good for you though, Julie, in pointing it out. Yes, they list 3 women comics on the tour, fine. But they couldn't even prop one up on stage for the date that kicks off the tour? Find a regional comic? You know, help better set the tone and initial press of the whole thing?

I don't know enough about Funny or Die's management, but I know my fair share about LiveNation and I can't act surprised that a bunch of dudes routing, booking and promoting a tour like this wouldn't see a problem with a line-up like that. Tina Fey is right when she says this shit won't change in regard to women in this industry until there are more women executives in the positions to notice this sort of shit since a lot of men don't. That's the thing about privilege -- it's invisible.

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Posted by David M. Jenkins on 08/12/2014 at 11:44 AM

Re: “Remembering the joy of Robin Williams

Love this! Such a sad sad day. Binge watching his movies all week!

Posted by Emma Riley on 08/11/2014 at 11:43 PM

Re: “Fetish Con 2014 in photos: They came to play

this looks just awful

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Posted by Dobie Gillis on 08/11/2014 at 12:50 PM

Re: “A look back at the Oddball Comedy & Curiosity Festival

No shame in writing for a free publication. I write for a few. I heard it was a great event, Miller and Fernandez killed the second stage, Ansari and Buress had the best sets on the main stage and Brody Stevens even showed up at Crowbar afterward for a late-night set. All in all an excellent night for comedy in Tampa Bay. I haven't heard of one person who went who was disappointed.
Sarah Silverman and Amy Schumer are part of the Oddball tour, but not this leg. Sorry I had to miss this event!

Posted by Michael Murillo on 08/10/2014 at 1:45 AM

Re: “A look back at the Oddball Comedy & Curiosity Festival

I didn't mean any offense, Mr. Jovan. Just stated my opinion about the tone of the two performances. I've inserted a disclaimer that I sincerely hope sets things right. Your set was funny, even if two of your bits rubbed me the wrong way. I'm happy to recommend a show you headline in the future and endorse your polished delivery.

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Posted by Julie Garisto on 08/09/2014 at 11:57 PM

Re: “A look back at the Oddball Comedy & Curiosity Festival

It should also be noted that one of the WRITERS of the article, Julie Garisto, is FRIENDS with my EX so where is CL's full DISCLOSURE when she negatively references a joke of mine about my ex as a "cheap" shot when said joke was delivered for YEARS while I was still MARRIED to said ex and she LAUGHED at said joke NUMEROUS times. Irresponsible journalism indeed!

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Posted by Maurice Jovan on 08/09/2014 at 11:25 PM

Re: “A look back at the Oddball Comedy & Curiosity Festival

That's why there are no women on the bill. Because they have no sense of humor. The "cheap" shot about my "ex" as you referred to it, is actually a subtle attack on the shallowness of men and their stereotypical standard of beauty. But you were too busy laughing a "pot" joke that references the oh so hip, Chia pet to realize the nuances of my material. I take being called "misogynistic" by you as an honor. After you read this, go to and purchase my debut novel, "A Portion Of The Eternal" written from the first person perspective of a 17 year old white rape victim that details her retribution and redemption not at the hands of a man but within herself and understand why you write for a free magazine. BTW, the first line of this not so subtle tirade is sarcasm.

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Posted by Maurice Jovan on 08/09/2014 at 10:43 PM

Re: “Gulfport's 14th Annual Geckofest: A How-To

Very fun and well-written! Gecko month in Gulfport is one of the greatest festive atmospheres in Tampa Bay.

Posted by DanielH on 08/09/2014 at 7:41 AM

Re: “Gulfport's 14th Annual Geckofest: A How-To

Great article...thank you!

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Posted by tfoster on 08/05/2014 at 11:28 PM

Re: “Water born: Community Stepping Stones' "I Am River" mural project

What a beautifully written article, Megan. Really gets to the healing behind the art. It obviously struck a chord with the community. We had a wonderful turn out for the opening and the teens actually sold two murals. Hope this trend continues because the other 6 are really special too. Thank you for sharing our story, Sigrid

Posted by Sigrid on 08/01/2014 at 12:54 PM

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