Wednesday, July 9, 2014

Life As We Blow It: Cunning canine

Posted By on Wed, Jul 9, 2014 at 2:56 PM

Bentley, probably planning something. - REBECCA HARRELL
  • Rebecca Harrell
  • Bentley, probably planning something.

One of our dogs, Bentley, looks like a cross between a crotchety old man and Falcor from The NeverEnding Story. Which is perfect, because, while he’s loving and clever, he’s also moody and stubborn.

Very stubborn.

We’re not sure what Bentley’s backstory is, but it made him smart and independent and pretty damned sure he’s not gonna do what he doesn’t want to do. It’s a bit like I’m Clarice Starling living with a furry little Hannibal Lecter — I understand that he respects me to a point, in an amused sort of way, but I still don’t go to sleep until I know he’s asleep.

And sometimes he’s faking.

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Sunday, July 6, 2014

Bill's Sports Binge: World Cup post USA, never over with the Rays and slow sports days

Posted By on Sun, Jul 6, 2014 at 9:53 PM


Great googly-moogly, it's hot (did I mention I was recently promoted to the rank of captain of the obvious? It's pretty sweet). As I type this sports mess, it's currently 94 and cloudy. Cloudy. If the sun peeks through it will cut like a laser beam and your body will explode in a mess of sweaty balls of fire. It is so hot (how hot is it?) that you can fry an egg on the sidewalk, my seat-belt buckle and in my pants. It's also the time when we celebrate our nation's independence by further aggravating possible heat stroke by spending the day outside hovering over a grill and blowing shit up. America ... F*** yeah.

So in the wake of drinking, sweating and possibly losing a finger, let's get you caught up on the world of Tampa Bay sports.

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Thursday, July 3, 2014

Futbol fever and fireworks — a Rowdies soccer weekend

Posted By on Thu, Jul 3, 2014 at 3:46 PM

Fireworks will follow both matches when the Tampa Bay Rowdies host the Ft. Lauderdale Strikers on July 4 and the Orlando City Soccer Club on July 6.
  • Fireworks will follow both matches when the Tampa Bay Rowdies host the Ft. Lauderdale Strikers on July 4 and the Orlando City Soccer Club on July 6.

With the FIFA World Cup winding down and with the U.S. Men’s National Team ousted, it doesn’t mean futbol fever needs to end. The Tampa Bay Rowdies — or as billboards around the region proclaim, Tampa’s professional soccer team — will host the Fort Lauderdale Strikers on Friday, July 4 at 6:30 p.m. in a preseason friendly match before the NASL kicks off its Fall Season on July 12.

The Fourth of July contest also gives fans an opportunity to enjoy the City of St. Petersburg Fireworks show after the match. The meeting between the two clubs on July 4 marks the fifth consecutive time since the Rowdies were reborn in 2010.

In addition, fans will get a chance to see the new playing surface installed in the ever-evolving Al Lang Stadium during the break between the NASL Spring and Fall seasons. The previous field received many complaints from Rowdies’ players and opponents over the course of the past few years since the Rowdies began using the iconic venue.

The Rowdies then will host Orlando City Soccer Club on Sunday night at 6:30 p.m. in the second leg of the I-4 Derby, presented by United World Soccer. Another fireworks show will follow the match.
Fans can get a buy one, get one discount for Sunday night’s match by calling 877-ROWDIES or using the promo code “BOGO” online at

Prorated season ticket packages are available now for the nine-game NASL Fall Season home slate. Every team in the league will visit Al Lang Stadium in the coming months, including the club’s biggest rivals, the New York Cosmos (August 16) and Fort Lauderdale Strikers (September 27.) In addition to the action on the field, fans will receive added value with premium giveaways such as Rowdies player “faces on a stick”, sunglasses and an interactive spirit card presented by tbt*.

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Poet's Notebook: Unsmiling

Posted By on Thu, Jul 3, 2014 at 7:17 AM

  • Jeanne Meinke
Greta Garbo Poem #25
When I’m with Greta Garbo
she gets very talkative
She likes me to put on my Russian accent
and she plays Ninotchka again
People think we’re crazy
especially the waiters at Howard Johnson’s
Do you want dessert? they ask
Oh no says Greta Garbo
Ve vant to be alone!
and she & I laugh and laugh and laugh

Actually, the movies’ greatest star later claimed she never said that (though I was there, as the waiters will attest). She said she meant to say “I want to be let alone,” though in Greta Garbo’s case, both seem to be applicable. She never married, but was loved by both men and women, and occasionally reciprocated to both, remaining, like Churchill’s Russia, a “riddle wrapped in a mystery inside an enigma.”

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High on Style: Two easy pieces

Posted By on Thu, Jul 3, 2014 at 5:30 AM

  • Aarolyn Spradley
Vintage swimwear still makes a splash at the beach, but a hot new twist on the modest style from Allusions by A. Lekay screams fabulous. I caught up with Allusions proprietress Altrichia Cook (aka A. Lekay) at the tail end of her company’s one-year birthday bash.

So what are high-waist bikinis doing in a modern world? For Lekay, they arose from the need to address a common issue.

“I am a mother and I do have abdominal imperfections,” Lekay shares. “I had my son at a very young age. I raised my son at college with me so when traveling with sorority sisters and college friends, I was never able to wear a two-piece. I always wanted to wear a two-piece to feel sexy.”

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Wednesday, July 2, 2014

UPDATE: Village Voice management responds to staff walk-out

Posted By on Wed, Jul 2, 2014 at 12:26 PM


On Monday, we covered and linked to a Gawker report about a staff walk-out at venerable NYC alt-weekly the Village Voice. The staffers were/are protesting low wages, disappearing benefits and shitty coffee, among other working conditions they deemed unacceptable. 

CL just received a statement attributed to the Village Voice

“The Village Voice values our employees, and we’re confident that we’ll achieve a mutually beneficial resolution — the hardest part may be getting this many New Yorkers to agree on what qualifies as a good cup of coffee.”

So, there you go.

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Nevada punk band mistaken for Pride-bombing terrorists

The responding officers looked “confused” when she told them she wasn’t harboring terrorists, just musicians.

Posted By on Wed, Jul 2, 2014 at 9:12 AM

The Vampirates

  • The Vampirates

Tens of thousands descended on St. Petersburg’s Grand Central District Sunday afternoon for the city’s annual LGBT Pride street festival. Despite the celebratory vibe, St. Pete police had something more nefarious on their radar: Pride-bombin’, hate-mongerin’, bushy beard-growin’ Middle Eastern terrorists.

Or so they thought.

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Tuesday, July 1, 2014

Belgium vs. U.S.A. — World Cup invades local pubs today

Posted By on Tue, Jul 1, 2014 at 4:40 PM

Say what you want about soccer, or as Brazilian supermodel Adriana Lima calls it in the Kia commercials, "futbol," the 2014 FIFA World Cup has taken over the pubs, televisions, computer screens, and city squares of the U.S.A. in an unprecedented way.

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Monday, June 30, 2014

Village Voice employees walk out, demand better wages, benefits, non-crappy coffee

Posted By on Mon, Jun 30, 2014 at 2:33 PM


UPDATE: Management responds.

dispatch recently posted by NYC media blog Gawker reports that employees at long-running alternative weekly newspaper the Village Voice have staged a walkout over low wages, benefit cuts and terrible coffee.

Seriously — their demands apparently include the phrase "our coffee is shit."

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

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