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MAYOR’S NIGHT OUT / BREAKFAST ENCORE IN 2011 - Various Dates St. Petersburg residents are once again invited to participate to ask questions and get problems solved one-on-one with Mayor Bill Foster and employees from city departments outside of normal City Hall hours. Mayor’s Night Out gives residents an opportunity to ask questions, share concerns or resolve problems by speaking directly with Mayor Foster or department staff from Sanitation, Codes Compliance, Housing, Billing and Collections, or the Police and Fire departments, among others, on the second Thursday monthly. ‘Mayor’s Night Out’ is held on the second Thursday monthly and will be held on the following dates: March 10 - Willis Johns Recreation Center, 6635 Dr. M.L.K., Jr. St. N.; April 14 - Roberts Recreation Center, 1246 50th Ave. N. Following a summer break, Mayor’s Night Out will return for dates in August through November, dates and locations to be announced later. Another opportunity to catch Mayor Foster outside of City Hall is Breakfast With the Mayor, held on the fourth Wednesday monthly at different locally-owned St. Petersburg restaurants. Breakfast With the Mayor is scheduled for March 23, April 27, May 25, June 22, July 27, August 24, September 28, October 26, November 23, and December 28. Guests are encouraged to support the host restaurant by purchasing breakfast. Other Breakfast locations will be posted at closer to each scheduled date. For more information on dates and locations of ‘Mayor’s Night Out’ or ‘Breakfast With the Mayor,’ visit or

TAMPA BAY BOAT SHOW Mar 11-13 Chart your course to Tropicana Field for the Tampa Bay Boat Show, showcasing area boat dealers/manufacturers, the latest in boating and fishing supplies… great accessories too. This three-day sales event will feature the area’s top dealers. The Tampa Bay Boat Show offers a great way to see and compare all available makes and models in one location. Tropicana Field will be filled with new boats, watercraft, exhibits and more. Enjoy the great selection of boats…all under one roof — from large to small, many makes and models. Millions of dollars of boating inventory all in one location. Area lenders will be on hand offering low show financing rates. Plus, don’t miss the Florida Fishing School Seminar Series on Friday, Saturday and Sunday. Take part in a series of presentations by the area’s top fishing guides and local experts….great tips, secrets and fun. Learn how to catch the big one. Placido Domingo The event is open to the public. Admission is FREE. Tropicana Field charges $5.00 per car for parking. Hours: Fri. 10 am- 6 pm, Sat. 10 am- 6 pm, Sun. 10 am- 5 pm. Tropicana Field, 1 Tropicana Drive St. Petersburg, Florida 33705;

ARCS TAMPA BAY’S SPRING FASHION SHOW Mar 18 “Fashion and Fun: Down to a Science” at the Renaissance International Plaza Hotel in Tampa. The event, which raises scholarship funds for students enrolled in the Cancer Biology Ph.D. program at Moffitt Cancer Center in the College of Arts and Sciences and the College of Marine Sciences at the University of South Florida, will take place from 11:30 am – 2:00 pm and feature the 2011 Spring Collection from Kit’s Well Heeled & Well Dressed. “Our nation’s competitiveness depends on our ability to produce greater numbers of scientists and researchers,” said Event Chair Denise Walthers. “Organizations like the ARCS Foundation play a key role in fostering future leaders in science, engineering, and medical research. We’re excited to have so many passionate members of our community step up and support young researchers at USF whose work will help change our lives for the better.”

WALK MS 2011 - Mar 12,19 and 26 Walkers will converge in greater Tampa for Walk MS 2011. The overall goal of a total of eight walks taking place throughout greater Central Florida is to raise $535,000. Annually, Walk MS takes place in more than 600 cities nationwide and is one of the largest fundraising walk events in the United States. Walkers of all skill levels are invited to participate in this familyfriendly event. Each walk varies in length from three-quarters of a mile to 3 miles. Interactive booths and activities are available before and after the events. Sat., March 12 - Tampa’s Lowry Park Zoo – option of 1 mile or 2 miles; Sat., March 19 - Lake Bonny Park in Lakeland – option of one-eighth of mile or 1.3 miles ; Sat., March 26 - Largo Central Park in Largo – option of sixth-tenths of a mile or 2 miles.

THE MS WALK AT THE LOWRY PARK ZOO by Jackie Callaway, local ABC news anchor Some of you know my story and why I teamed up with the National Multiple Sclerosis Society. One of my closest friends, Michele was diagnosed with MS more than a decade ago. I watched as this disease reduced a vibrant, energetic, mother of two to a shadow of the woman I knew. In July of 2003 Michele passed away in the hospital room that had become her home months earlier. More than 7 years have passed since I joined the Mid Florida Chapter as a volunteer. I have watched and cheered as year after year the annual walk has attracted more individuals determined to raise funds and donate their time to help find a cure. Everyone who takes part in the walks and bike rides are a source of inspiration to the rest of us with a passion for a cause. I love the indomitable spirit of MS patients I’ve met through the years, the excitement in their eyes when they talk of the strides made in the fight against Multiple Sclerosis. Many of those battling this disease give back to this event whose largest purpose is to contribute to a cure. The money raised pays for the development of effective therapies and enhanced understanding of the disease and its course. Those who walk are fighters. I like the idea of playing on their side. In a time when the economy has many of us feeling jittery it seems like the right time to make a move that could lift up or help someone else. What better place to start than MS Walk at Lowry Park Zoo on March 26th.

25TH ANNUAL SERTOMA SPRING BLUEGRASS FESTIVAL Mar 25-27 The Festival takes place at the Sertoma Youth Ranch in Brooksville, Fl. It features an all-star Bluegrass Lineup with the Gibson Brothers, Alecia Nugent Band, Appalachian Express, Tony Holt & the Wildwood Valley Boys and and more. Funds from this non-profit event go toward financing and keeping the Sertoma youth Ranch available for youth groups. Music starts at 11am Friday, continues daily from 11 am till 10 pm. Attendees will see craft exhibitors, music jams, camping, great food and festive drink. Bring lawn chairs / no coolers. 85 Myers Road, Brooksville, FL 34602. For more information, 863-984-8445 or www.

DUNEDIN EVENTS Flanagan’s St. Patrick’s Day Street Festival - Mar 17. Celebrate St. Patrick’s Day at Flanagan’s and enjoy traditional Irish Food, Beer and Live Entertainment. (11am 11pm). Historic House Tour - Mar 19. The Dunedin Historical Society invites you to join in touring some of Dunedin’s beautiful historic homes. (11am-4pm) For more information, contact the Dunedin Historical Museum at 727-736-1176 or visit

THE WOODWORKING & D.I.Y SHOW - Mar 18-20 Sawdust will blanket the floor, wood shavings will soar, and buzz saws will whir as the region’s largest event for woodworkers and D.I.Y enthusiasts sets up shop in Tampa. Visitors to The Woodworking & D.I.Y Show will be able to tackle fixer-upper projects with confidence as woodworking celebrities share helpful tips and trade secrets; hobbyists test drive the latest tools from national manufacturers and shop Showonly prices; and masters share the artistry of woodworking during hands-on demonstrations. Highlights of the Show include Expert Advice, Tampa Guilds Share Their Skill, Try the Tools, Learn to Turn with Craft Supplies, Logs to Lumber with the Wood Mizer, ShowOFF Showcase. Florida State Fair Entertainment Hall, 4800 US Highway 301, North Tampa, FL 33610. For more information visit

FLORIDA STRAWBERRY FESTIVAL Mar 3-13 The 2011 Florida Strawberry Festival celebrates 76 years in 2011. The festival highlights family oriented activities, features headline entertainment, crafts, plenty of great food, many free shows and of course the strawberries and more. Located in the winter strawberry capital of the world, Plant City, Florida! 303 N. Lemon St., Plant City, FL 33563;

ABILITIES WINE TASTING & AUCTION - Mar 19 Taste why this perennial powerhouse is Florida’s longest-running and most prosperous one-night wine and food event, garnering numerous awards, and being named a top-five finalist for the past three years in the coveted WEDU Be More Awards ‘Best Event of the Year.’ As you quaff your favorite wines, spirts and craft beers, savor signature dishes from Salt Rock Grill, Red Mesa, Parkshore Grill, Island Way Grill, O’Bistro, Flamestone Grill, Melting Pot, 400 Beach Seafood, Savannah’s Cafe, The Venue, Caviar Bazar, MadFish Grill, Snapper’s Sea Grill, Rollin’ Oats, Kalamazoo Olive Co, Casey’s Cookies, Savory Spice Shop, Barry’s Gourmet Brownies, and more, and bid to win a brand new Jim’s Harley-Davidson motorcycle. Don’t miss the culinary wizardry of executive chefs Tom Pritchard, Tyson Grant, Sal Merola, Jacqueline Smit, Dan Casey, Chris Fernandez, Eric Lackey, Rob Uzzillia, Barry Spaulding, and more. Sample the excellent selection of wines, rums, vodkas, tequilas, and craft beers from beverage purveyors like Zonin USA, Pic Pac, Stanley Lambert, Polished Palate, Yuengling Brewery, Blue Head Tequila, ZenZen, Stacole Fine Wines, Ocean Imports, Global Wine Estates, Tosti, PRP International Wines, Casa Vino, WineMall, Vine & Branches, and more. Enjoy premium wines and spirits, gourmet cuisine from acclaimed chefs, fabulous auction items, live entertainment, and free valet parking at Tampa Bay’s preeminent tasting at Tropicana Field, St. Petersburg. 6-9 pm VIP Private Reception - $100; 7-9 pm Grand Tasting - $50. The event benefits disabled veterans returning from Iraq and Afghanistan.

TRADEWINDS ISLAND GRAND RESORT TO OPEN FLOATING WATER PARK IN GULF OF MEXICO - Mar 11 TradeWinds is creating a big splash this spring with the addition of the Splash Island Water Park, a 20,000square-foot water park and playground floating in the Gulf of Mexico just 60 feet off the resort’s sandy shoreline. A perfect accompaniment to the popular three-story High Tide Slide on the beach, the water park will offer more than 11 fun-filled features – from jumping and climbing, to relaxing and sunning. The park will have certified lifeguards on duty, and all guests will be required to wear life jackets. Some of the water park features include: Summit Express – Includes a slide, climbing side and a bounce cave. Free Fall – Slightly smaller than the Summit, with a large enclosed splash zone for playing or relaxing. Super Tramp & The Rebound – Two large trampolines for bouncing and launching in the green Gulf waters. Jungle Joey – Climbing fun, complete with mini-slide, climbing apex and ladder log. Rockit – Huge, inflatable island, with seating for four and room for more to rock and roll on the water. Revolution – In slide mode, guests climb to the top using three different routes; in rocker mode, it becomes a giant see-saw for up to 10 people. Fiesta Loungers – Large loungers immersed in the water providing a place to cool off and chill out. The TradeWinds Splash Island Water Park will be open to the public, but parking at the hotel is reserved for registered guests only. The park will be open daily, weather permitting. A variety of pricing options will be available.

HISTORIC HYDE PARK NEIGHBORHOOD ASSOCIATION’S 2011 HOME TOUR: THEN & NOW - Mar 5 Historic Hyde Park opens its doors for the Ninth Annual Home Tour on March 5th, 2011. The theme of this year’s event is “Then & Now”. Sponsored by the Historic Hyde Park Neighborhood Association (HHPNA), the tour will feature nine private homes in the neighborhood including a side-tour of an amazing backyard garden. We will be showcasing both new construction and original homes, which have been carefully restored throughout the past century. The homes on the Tour will be centered in the southwest portion of Historic Hyde Park, including homes on Jetton and Marjory, streets that have not been featured on previous tours. In addition, the 2011 Home Tour will include tastings from area restaurants at the houses, as well as Model As from the New Florida Region Model “A” Restorers Club of Tampa. “Hopefully, my home can serve as an inspiration to others as past HHPNA Home Tours have inspired and motivated me by sharing and revealing the rewards of inconvenience, time and of course, money in the restoration and renovation of our wonderful neighborhood’s historic homes,” says Jerry Stanley, Jr. owner of one of the homes on Dekle Avenue which will be on the Tour.

The 2011 Home Tour begins at Bern’s Steak House parking lot at 1208 South Howard Avenue, Tampa. Registration begins at 9:00 a.m., the tour runs from 9:30 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. Tickets can be purchased in advance for $20 at all Coldwell Banker locations in Hillsborough and Pinellas counties, or on the day of the tour for $25. Online ticketing is also available at The night before the 2011 HHPNA Home Tour, HHPNA is partnering with the neighborhood VFW Post to launch the Home Tour celebration and to salute the veterans with a party. VFW Post 4321 is located at 2010 W. Morrison. The VFW Post was the beneficiary of fundraising from a previous Home Tour after being destroyed by a fire. The public is welcome. For tickets and exact times of the event, contact HHPNA. For more information contact HHPNA at 813-915-6633 or visit

“When going on the Tour, be sure to be on the lookout for details in each home - stained glass, inlays in the floor, redesigns to the make the homes more livable today. In addition, many of the homeowners have school age or younger children and have designed their homes to be both child-friendly and adult-friendly, which should provide ideas to all our participants,” said Linda Aiken, HHPNA Home Tour CoChair. “The Goal of the 2011 Home Tour is to show how our neighborhood has evolved, and to share how homeowners can adapt historic structures to 21st century living” said Kathy Durdin, HHPNA Home Tour Co-Chair. A portion of the proceeds from the tour will be allocated to various HHPNA neighborhood causes, including the enhancement of our cultural assets and architectural treasures. Our signature project will be the restoration of the original early 20th century “school house” doors of the Old Hyde Park Art Center at 705 W. Swann Ave. This building was originally a school and later part of the Gorrie Elementary complex. ”

HARLEM GLOBETROTTERS 2011 WORLD TOUR - Mar 12 The legendary Harlem Globetrotters will celebrate their 85th consecutive season when their 2011 “4 Times the Fun” World Tour stops at St. Pete Times Forum in Tampa, at 2:00 p.m. and 7:00 p.m, showcasing the wholesome family entertainment that has provided lifetime memories for generations of fans. The Harlem Globetrotters will take the court at St. Pete Times Forum for a double header on Saturday, March 12, 2011. The Original Harlem Globetrotters have played in 120 countries and territories on six continents, entertaining over 132 million fans and breaking down barriers between cultures, societies and people from all walks of life, earning induction into the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame.

ST. PATRICK’S DAY PARADE Mar 12 The streets of Ybor City come ablaze with hundreds of floats masked with lights and loaded with leprechauns. The annual St. Patrick’s Day Parade in Ybor City, presented by the Tampa Rough Riders, will fill the streets with crowds dressed in green and clovers. Beads, beads, and more beads hang around the thousands of children and adults attending the parade. 7th Avenue Ybor City, Tampa, FL.



Experience Italian cuisine, culture, and fun for every generation at the 13th Annual Sorrento Cheese Festa Italiana, hosted by the Italian Club of Tampa. The Festa is the largest Italian festival in the Tampa Bay area and showcases live entertainment. More than 35 area restaurants and caterers will participate. 1731 E 7th


COMEDIAN KEVIN HART “LAUGH AT MY PAIN” TOUR - Mar 4 Kevin Hart burst onto the scene as one of the most versatile comedy actors in film and television. He was recently be seen in Death at a Funeral alongside Chris Rock, Tracy Morgan and Martin Lawrence. Previously, Hart was seen in the comedy Meet Dave opposite Eddie Murphy and in the action comedy spoof Superhero Movie opposite Tracy Morgan and Regina Hall. He also co-starred alongside Matthew McConaughey and Kate Hudson in Fool’s Gold. His biggest break came when he landed the lead in Soul Plane opposite Tom Arnold, Method Man and Snoop Dogg. Hart’s recent film credits include Not Easily Broken, Extreme Movie, Drillbit Taylor, Epic Movie, The Last Stand, Scary Movie 4, In the Mix, The 40 Year Old Virgin and Little Fockers. In 2009, Hart premiered his new onehour comedy special “I’m a Grown Little Man” on Comedy Central. He recently took over as host of BET’s classic stand-up comedy series “Comic View: One Mic Stand”. Hart debuted on amateur night at a Philadelphia comedy club and was instantly hooked. He quit his job as a shoe salesman and began performing full time at clubs. However, it was his first appearance at the Montreal Just for Laughs Comedy Festival that led to work in such feature films as Paper Soldiers, Scary Movie 3, and Along Came Polly opposite Ben Stiller and Jennifer Aniston. Hart will perform at the St. Pete Times Forum on March 4.




DISNEY LIVE! PRESENTS MICKEY’S MAGIC SHOW - Mar 6 In a captivating combination, Master Magician Mickey Mouse and the alwaysdazzling Minnie join forces with professional illusionists for a magical production on stage. Disney Live! presents Mickey’s Magic Show features grand illusions and favorite Disney characters, including Donald and Goofy; Cinderella and her Fairy Godmother; Alice in Wonderland and the Mad Hatter; and beloved Disney princesses Jasmine, Belle and Snow White. Disney Live! presents Mickey’s Magic Show visits the St. Pete Times Forum, March 6. From the breathtaking levitation of Minnie and Jasmine to the transformation of Cinderella’s rags into riches in a split second, Disney Live! presents Mickey’s Magic Show gives families a whole new way to experience Disney Magic. Adults and children alike will delight in this stunning spectacle that will keep them in awe from opening to curtain call. For more information, visit

33rd Annual Bay Area Renaissance Festival at MOSI thru Apr 17


ourney back in time as more than 100 merchants contribute to the atmosphere of a charming 16th century village featuring endless entertainment, shopping, fun and food fit for a king. Discover an enchanted realm of wizards and warriors amongst gourmet treats and unforgettable entertainment. Wander past lively STAGES and street theater featuring jugglers, magicians, fire eaters and specialty acts. Check out LIVE ARMORED CONTACT JOUSTING twice daily, HUMAN CHESS MATCHES, minstrels, maidens faire, peasants, fools, and Royalty. Renaissance clothing is encouraged — no weapons of any kind allowed. THEME WEEKENDS: Feb 26-27 - Buccaneer Beer Fest; Mar 5-6 – Royal Pet Fest; Mar 11 – Festival Friday (School Day); Mar 12-13 – Shamrocks & Shenanigans; Mar 17 – St. Patrick’s Day Party; Mar 19-20 - Wine, Chocolate, and Romance; Mar 26-27 – Highland Fling; Apr 2-3 - Wonders of the World Weekend; Apr 9-10 - High Seas Adventures; Apr 16-17 - Huzzah to the King. OTHER EVENTS: Live Armored Jousting, Live Human Combat Chess, Pirates Feast, Free Crafts in the Children’s Realm daily. Open weekends, Feb 26 - Apr 17, 10:00 am - 6:00 pm, and Festival Friday (March 11) at MOSI. 11315 North 46th St., Tampa, FL 33617.



A favorite of all Broadway lovers, Tampa’s Forbidden Broadway cabaret revue sharply spoofs show tunes, characters and plots of contemporary and current Broadway musicals, and it will have you rolling in the aisles. The original version of the revue opened in New York in 1982 and ran for more than 2,300 performances. Forbidden Broadway continues to be reincarnated and modernized to include parodies of newer shows and hysterical incarnations including Forbidden Broadway Goes to Rehab, Forbidden Hollywood and Forbidden Broadway: Special Victims Unit. Thrilling audiences worldwide and winning 10 2009 Tony Awards including Best Musical, Billy Elliot the Musical (“The best show you will ever see”— New York Post) is coming to Tampa. Billy Elliot is a joyous celebration of one young boyís triumph against the odds. Called ìthe most inspiring show I’ve seen in yearsî by Ben Brantley of The New York Times, the story follows Billyís journey as he stumbles out of the boxing ring, into a ballet class and discovers his dream to dance. By Neil Simon. A contemporary comic masterpiece from one of America’s best-loved playwrights. Likely the surprise of the season to the Jobsite faithful, this 1965 Tony Award winner for Best Play is being given an unsanitized revival by one of Tampa’s most consistently daring and quality companies. Felix and Oscar

duke it out in this contemporary comic masterpiece from one of America’s best-loved playwrights. Shimberg Playhouse, Thurs.-Sat. More than 50 years ago one musical changed theater forever. Now it’s back, mesmerizing audiences once

again. From the first note to the final breath, West Side Story soars as the greatest love story of all time. Directed by Tony Award-winner Arthur Laurents, West Side Story remains as powerful, poignant and timely as ever. The Capitol Steps began as a group of Senate staffers who set out to satirize the very people and places that employed them. And now, although not all of the current members of the Steps are former Capitol Hill staffers, taken together the performers have worked in a total of 18 Congressional offices and represent 62 years of collective House and Senate staff experience. But no matter who or what is in the headlines, you can bet The Capitol Steps will tackle both sides of the political spectrum and all things equally foolish. What more would you expect from the group that puts the “MOCK” in Democracy! Directed by Karla Hartley, written by Dael Orlandersmith. A multi-character memory play about an African-American woman who dreams of life beyond the confines of her small-town Southern upbringing and the light-skinned man whose fate is tragically intertwined with hers. The play explores the negative associations surrounding male blackness as well as the effect these racial stereotypes have on black women.

The musical about Rock and Roll Hall of Famers The Four Seasons: Frankie Valli, Bob Gaudio, Tommy DeVito and Nick Massi, returns to Tampa. This is the story of how four blue-collar kids became one of the greatest successes in pop music history. They wrote their own songs, invented their own sounds and sold 175 million records worldwide - all before they were 30! Jersey Boys features their hit songs “Sherry,” “Big Girls Don’t Cry,” “Oh, What a Night” and “Can’t Take My Eyes Off of You.” For mofre information, visit Straz Center, 813-229-7827,

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It’s Chicago, 1927, and a group of black musicians gather in a rundown recording studio to make one of the earliest blues recordings. While the white agent and studio boss wait angrily for blues star Ma Rainey to show up, the four musicians in her band practice, bicker, tell stories and dream. In his first play to reach New York, August Wilson issues an unforgettable challenge to America. Mature subject matter and language. Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom stars American Stage veterans Sharon E. Scott, Brandii, Joe Parra, Kim Sullivan, Ron Bobb-Semple, and Alan Bomar Jones as well as newcomers Ben Cain, Gregory Parker and Bill Karnovsky.



“A scorching, scalding, revealing and completely engrossing drama.” — Women’s Daily One of the landmark plays of the twentieth century, Edward Albee’s masterpiece tells the story of George and Martha, an aging history professor and his razor-tongued wife who have returned home from another tedious faculty event at a small New England college. But the night is far from over. Martha has invited a young professor and his mousey wife for late-night cocktails and parlor conversation. Pleasantries dissolve as the liquor flows, and the party devolves into an escalating war of words between George and Martha. The unsuspecting guests are soon drawn into the volcanic battle, exposing secrets within their own marriage. By dawn, no one remains unscathed. Winner of the 1963 Tony Award and New York Drama Critics’ Circle Award for “Best Play”. Mature subject matter and language. American Stage is at the Raymond James Theatre, 163 3rd Street North, St. Petersburg (727) 823-PLAY (7529);

n March 5, 2011 at 4:00 PM, New World School of the Arts (NWSA), in downtown Miami, Florida will launch Florida Waterways Dance Project, a collaborative initiative which celebrates Arts in Education by uniting Florida’s arts institutions in simultaneous site-specific performances inspired by Florida’s unique waterways. From Miami to the Panhandle and from Tampa to Jacksonville dancers, musicians and visual artists from twenty one participating school arts programs and dance companies will join together to bring attention to the power and fragility of Florida’s waterways. The event will take place locally at St. Petersburg Beach. Live streaming will provide audiences around the globe with the unique opportunity to experience Florida

Waterways Dance Project by allowing viewers to choose the camera angles of preference for each performance location. “The goal of this project is to unite the state of Florida through its unique and extensive arts in education programs” explained Dale Andree, dance faculty at New World School of the Arts in downtown Miami who conceived the collaboration earlier this year. “These young artists represent the best of our K-12 and college and university arts programs. By bringing their talents together they hope to bring to the attention of the public the essential need of a healthy society for clean water and inspired art.” For more info,


Power, sex, ambition, greed... it’s just another day at the office. In the grand tradition of The Producers and A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum comes one of the most delightfully irreverent musicals of all time. A satire of big business and all it holds sacred, How To Succeed In Business Without Really Trying follows the rise of J. Pierrepont Finch, who uses a little handbook to climb the corporate ladder from lowly window washer to highpowered executive, tackling such familiar but potent dangers as the aggressively compliant company man, the boss’ whiny, nepotistic nephew, the office party, backstabbing co-workers, caffeine addiction and, of course, true love. With music by the composer of Guys and Dolls comes a score filled with classics “I Believe in You,” “Been a Long Day,” “Rosemary,” “The Company Way” and the rousing show stopper “Brotherhood of Man.”

FORTY-SECOND STREET - Mar 4 - April 24

Forty-Second Street is a classic musical set in 1933 that celebrates the stuff that dreams are made of. It focuses on aspiring chorus girl Peggy Sawyer, and takes us along her journey to stardom in the new Julian Marsh show Pretty Lady. Filled with backstage drama, demanding divas, and some of the best dances ever created for the stage Forty-Second Street is Broadway at its best. Through a series of misadventures Peggy has to go on for the star of the show. Peggy has exactly 36 hours to learn 25 pages, 6 songs and 10 dance numbers. As Julian says, by the next evening, he’ll have either a live leading lady or a dead chorus girl! Musical hits include “You’re Getting to Be a Habit with Me,” “Dames,” “I Know Now,” “We’re In the Money,” “Lullaby of Broadway,” “Shuffle Off to Buffalo” and “Forty-Second Street.” Show Palace, 16128 U.S. 19 N., Hudson. 1-888-655-7469,

Salerno Theatre Company GUYS & DOLLS - thru Feb 13 Set in New York City in the mid 20th century, this oddball romantic comedy — considered by many to be the perfect musical comedy — soars with the spirit of Broadway as it introduces us to a cast of vivid characters who have become legends in the canon: Sarah Brown, the upright but uptight “mission doll,” out to reform the evildoers of Time Square; Sky Masterson, the slick, highrolling gambler who woos her on a bet and ends up falling in love; Adelaide, the chronically ill nightclub performer whose condition is brought on by the fact she’s been engaged to the same man for 14 years; and Nathan Detroit, her devoted fiancé, desperate as always to find a spot for his infamous floating crap game. Frank Loesser’s score regales the audience with classics such as “Luck Be a Lady,” “Bushel and a Peck,” “If I Were a Bell,” “Adelaide’s Lament,” “I’ve Never Been in Love Before,” “Sit Down, You’re Rockin’ the Boat” and “Sue Me”. Salerno Theatre performs In-Residence at Carrollwood Cultural Center, 4537 Lowell Road, Tampa, Florida 33618; 813-269-1310;

The St. Petersburg Little Theatre, in cooperation with the Dr. Carter G. Woodson African American Museum, will participate in Black History month by remembering a legacy, The Miss Black St. Petersburg Pageant. The first ever Miss Black St. Petersburg pageant took place on May 31, 1975. Almost 35 years to the date, the St. Petersburg Little Theatre will be resurrecting and showcasing a new modern beauty pageant, “My Black Is Beautiful” in celebration of Black History Month. The pageant is a way to reach our youth and educate them about the activities and opportunities available to them at the theatre and the Woodson Museum. It will also give the contestants an opportunity to showcase their talent and abilities in an effort to win the title. The contestants learn professional and personal etiquette and poise. They take workshops on theatre, monologues and public speaking, and much more.

A wild romping farce by William Van Zandt & Jane Milmore — you’ll never look at paying taxes the same. A man tries to hoodwink the IRS by pretending he and his roommate are married. The only problem is, his roommate and he are not married, his roommate is a man, and the IRS wants to verify the marriage. What results is a hilarious nosedive into the depths of lies, deception, and cross-dressing. The cast includes: Stephen Maltezos, Jeffrey Campbell, Kate Leisner, Ashlly Lynn, Lynn Coleman, Sam DePriest, and David Middleton St. Petersburg Little Theatre, 4025 31st S., St. Petersburg 33712; 727-866-1973;


Versatile on many instruments, the Lowe Family offers an amazing blend of show-stopping classical, Broadway, Irish, Jazz, bluegrass, old-time favorites, spectacular dance, gospel and more.

Bye Bye Birdie - March 4-20

Life is about to change for one lucky girl in Sweet Apple, Ohio. Super-star heart throb Conrad Birdie is going into the Army. But before he does, he’s coming to Ohio to bestow “One Last Kiss” upon Kim MacAfee. This classic Tony Award-winning musical is a paean to a simpler time in America when kids hung out at the malt shop on the corner and Ed Sullivan was on every Sunday night.” Put On a Happy Face,” “A Lot of Livin’ To Do,” “Kids” and the title song are just a few of the beloved tunes by Strouse and Adams. It’s hard to top BYE BYE BIRDIE for sheer joy, wit, and fun! The Largo Cultural Center, 105 Central Park Dr., Largo, 727-587-6793

Venue Ensemble Theatre LOOKING - thru Feb 20 Looking, a hilarious comedy about middle-aged singles searching for and finding love, stars Janice Creneti, Cory McBride, Dennis Reid, and Rafi Rodriguez. The production is directed by Michael DuMouchel. Thursday, Friday, and Saturday performances are at 8 pm and Sunday at 3 pm. First Thursdays are ‘pay what you can’.

Neighborly Care Network (Meals on Wheels) is the designated benefit organization for this production. Venue Ensemble Theatre donates a portion of the proceeds from every ticket sold to the benefit organization. Venue Theatre and Actors Studio is located in the Hudson Furniture Plaza at 9125 US 19 N (intersection of Mainlands Blvd and US 19), Pinellas Park, FL 33782. For more information, visit

S T R E C N O C T O H ST. PETE TIMES FORUM Ozzy Osbourne, along with his longtime friend and musical collaborator, Slash (who will open the concert) will perform at the St. Pete Times Forum on February 18. Osbourne recently completed a run of overseas festival appearances and headlining performances, including his first ever concert in Israel - an OZZFest show in Tel Aviv. Ozzy has released an expanded two-CD version of the Scream album. Rod Stewart and Stevie Nicks announced that they have joined forces for one of the most anticipated musical events of the year, “The Heart & Soul Tour”. Launching March 20 in Fort Lauderdale, FL, the tour will unite two of music’s most legendary forces for a series of arena concerts throughout North America. The tour will feature both artists performing all rock & roll sets from their incomparable catalogs of hits and backed by an incredible band of musicians and stage production. The 13-city tour includes a stop at the St. Pete Times Forum on March 23 at 7:30 p.m. “We haven’t yet begun rehearsals but I can already tell you this, with Stevie on board our audiences are in store for an evening of pure rock & roll music,” said Rod Stewart. “I’m already thinking about which of my old favourites to bring back and vocally, I think we’ve both begun thinking about which songs might be great fun and well-suited for a duet or two.” In a career spanning five decades, with an estimated 250 million album and single sales, Rod Stewart is a Rock and Roll Hall of Famer and indisputably one of the most successful performers of all time. He finished 2010 at the top of both the touring and album charts - highlighted by his critically-heralded, sold-out first run of concerts at The Colosseum in Las Vegas, and a “Boxscore,” chart-topping, 33-date European summer tour which included four sold-out dates at London’s O2 Arena. Throughout his prolific career, he’s garnered 16-Grammy nominations, including his current for “Best Traditional Pop Vocal Album,” and sales of more than one million albums worldwide for his 2010 album Fly Me to the Moon…The Great American Songbook, Volume V. Stevie Nicks, Rock and Roll’s reigning queen, will be releasing her highly anticipated new CD In: Yo ur Dreams on May 3, 2011. The new album, her first album of new material in a decade, was co-produced by former Eurythmic Dave Stewart and Glen Ballard. The new album is now available for fans to pre-order at Fans who pre-order the CD will receive an instant download of the record’s first single, the Nicks’ penned “Secret Love”. The official release date of the single is February 3rd. Nicks is a multi-Grammy Award-winning, multi-platinum, Rock & Roll Hall of Fame inductee and member of Fleetwood Mac. For more information, please visit Rod Stewart

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Lauded by the San Francisco Chronicle as simply “breathtaking,” pianist Stewart Goodyear is the soloist on the Masterworks series in Gershwin’s high-energy and blues-laced Concerto in F. The program also includes Osvaldo Golijov’s newly commissioned Sidereus and Dvorak’s Symphony No. 8 with its sparkling Czech-inspired melodies. The 2009 Taki Concordia Conducting Fellow, Mihaela Cesa-Goje of Romania, will conduct the Golijov work, and Stefan Sanderling will conduct the Gershwin and Dvorak works. These concerts are February 18-20 in Tampa, Lakeland and Clearwater, respectively. The following Masterworks concert is a glorious celebration of hope and the human spirit as Music Director Stefan Sanderling leads The Florida Orchestra and The Master Chorale of Tampa Bay in Beethoven’s monumental Symphony No. 9. Contrasting with this mighty work, the evening opens the TFO premiere of Arnold Schoenberg’s delicate and ethereal hymn for eternal peace, Friede auf Erden (Peace on Earth). These concerts are Feb 25-27 in Tampa, St. Petersburg and Clearwater. Mar 2 - 3: A Musical Tour: Paris, France - This matinee concert features Debussy’s Prelude to Afternoon of a Faun, Ravel’s Pavane for a Dead Princess and Faure’s Masques et Bergamasques. Concertgoers are invited to attend a pre-concert conversation one hour before the concert. Complimentary coffee and donuts will be served. Mar 4 - 6: Opera Goes Pops - It’s a pops parade of some of the best-loved opera hits that everybody knows from commercials, cartoons and favorite films...Rossini’s Barber of Seville, Bizet’s Carmen, Mozart’s Marriage of Figaro, Puccini’s La Boheme and Verdi’s Force of Destiny, among others. Mar 12 - 13: Beethoven’s Piano Concerto No. 4 - Acclaimed German pianist Peter Rösel performs Beethoven’s Piano Concerto No. 4 on this program with Luciano Berio’s orchestration of Contrapunctus XIX from Bach’s The Art of Fugue. The evening concludes with Shostakovich’s final symphony, No. 15. Mar 25 - 27: Elgar’s Enigma Variations - Lauded by the Los Angeles Times for a “first-rate technique,” Alexander Mickelthwate is joined by Principal Second Violinist Sarah Shellman for Thomas Adès’ Violin Concerto with its devilishly difficult high melodic lines on a program with Haydn’s Symphony No. 59 and Elgar’s beloved Enigma Variations. The Florida Orchestra regularly performs at the Straz Center for the Performing Arts in Tampa, Progress Energy Center for the Arts - Mahaffey Theater in St. Petersburg, and Ruth Eckerd Hall in Clearwater. For tickets or information, visit or call 1.800.662.7286. Stefan Sanderling

DALLAS BULL The legendary Bellamy Brothers are returning to the Dallas Bull on Friday, February 25th. The duo has been on the country music circuit for over 35 years, with multiple hits including “Redneck Girl”, “Let Your Love Flow”, “If I Said You Had A Beautiful Body, Would You Hold It Against Me” and “Reggae Cowboy.” 3322 U.S. Hwy. 301 N, Tampa, FL 33619;


Bellamy Brothers

A performance by Grammy-nominated artist, Sophie B Hawkins, will be held Friday, March 18 in St. Petersburg. Sophie, best known for her hit songs “As I Lay Me Down” and “Damn I Wish I Was Your Lover,” is a platinum selling recording artist who has sold more than 9 million records worldwide and released five successful albums. She recently finished work on a new album, and has some projects coming up including work on a new musical with actress Kristin Chenoweth. 662 Central Avenue, St. Petersburg, FL. 33701;

Sophie B. Hawkins

LIGHTNING CONCERT SERIES at the St. Pete Times Forum

LARGO CULTURAL CENTER AN EVENING WITH COLIN HAY FROM MEN AT WORK - March 15. One of the most influential performers coming out of the 80’s and MTV era. His tenure as frontman for Men at Work produced a handful of Top 10 hits that are still regulars on both TV and radio. Hits include: Who Can it Be Now?, Down Under, Overkill, It’s a Mistake and many more! You may have seen him on TV shows such as: The Larry Sanders Show, JAG, Cane, What about Brian, The Black Donnelly’s and Scrubs.

Ace Frehley

The concert series continues with popular country music singer and songwriter Phil Vassar as he performs following the March 5 game at 7:00 p.m. against the Montreal Canadiens. Former lead guitarist Ace Frehley of the legendary rock band KISS will conclude the concert series performances with a show after the Tampa Bay Lightning vs. Ottawa Senators game on Friday, March 11 at 7:30 p.m. The concerts are held outdoors on the West Plaza stage immediately following the game. Access to the Lightning Concert Series is free with the purchase of a Lightning game ticket.

Colin Hay

FOUR CELTIC VOICES With Special Guests from McGinley Academy of Irish Dance - March 17. Four wonderfully talented entertainers perform an all-live mix of Celtic traditional music such as Danny Boy and Molly Malone. The show will include Celtic original dances with vocal harmonies, harp, psaltery, harmonium, flute, bass and drums. Four Leaf Clover, an album by Celeste Ray and Erin Hill of The Celtic Voices, recently debuted at #1 on the Billboard World charts. PEPPINO D’AGOSTINO AND STEF BURNS - An Evening of Guitar Mastery - March 27. Peppino D’Agostino is one of the world’s best adult contemporary guitarists. Stef Burns, one of the most sought after journeymen guitarists in the acoustic, jazz, pop and rock world. Stef has played with an endless list of top name talent and is currently touring, with Huey Lewis and the News. For more information on shows, visit





POP / DANCE The Austin, TX-based address relationships, the places we live, and the swirling worlds within and around us with unshakable hooks, big badass beats, guitars that snarl

and roar, and the most dynamic guy/gal tandem vocals this side of X on their new CD, CALM DOWN. With their ‘shimmering power pop loaded with sing-along melodies’ along with ‘bits of punk, splashes of glam and touches of country, the group has a witty populist bent that speaks to the tough times we live in with savvy, panache and eternally relevant rockist appeal.


olly Parton is taking off her high heels to pose in authentic combat boots for the Boot Campaign… proving that combat boots make a great fashion statement especially when paired with sequin camouflage pants! “So many people, regular folks and celebrities, send out love and sincere thanks to you for keeping us safe and fighting for our freedom. Let me add to that loving list. Thank you from the bottom of my country heart. I will always love you,” Dolly Parton The Boot Campaign is a grassroots initiative started by five Texas women now known as the Boot Girls, who decided to take action after reading retired Navy SEAL Marcus Luttrell’s book Lone Survivor. It started back in 2009 when the Boot Girls asked celebrities at the Country for Our Country benefit concert to pose in army combat boots for an online photo gallery used to rally support for returning troops. Shortly after a host of celebrities, politicians and sports figures teamed up with the Boot Girls to put their boots on for the Boot Campaign. The campaign encourages Americans to purchase a pair of army combat boots to wear in support of our troops. Proceeds from the boot sales are donated to partner charities, including the Lone Survivor Foundation. For more information about The Boot Campaign, please visit:

has released his debut album, ALL BAD. The singer/ dancer/choreographer has an extensive resume, and is considered an expert dancer. He was given the opportunity to work with the

production duo of Bruce Waynne and Dirty Swift of Midi Mafia on 10 of the 11 tracks on his new album. His stress tracks are definitely potential dance club hits.

ROCK / METAL COOKIN’ IN MOBILE is a live CD + DVD release from singer/songwriter and renowned blues guitarist . Cray’s unique playing style and distinct sound has become the bridge between traditional and contemporary-a sig-

nature blend of rhythm and blues, pop, rock, soul and traditional blues helping introduce old and new fans to a more contemporary blues sound. As a writer, his songs have been covered by many artists, including BB King, Eric Clapton, and Tony Bennett. is from a collaboration project featuring Justin Broadrick (Godflesh, Jesu, Napalm Death) and Bill Laswell, with beats from Submerged and End.user and vocals from Dr. Israel. You will find post apocalyptic soundscapes and deimaged electronic beats backed up with heavy guitar and bass. It features live drumming from KJ Sawka and Balazs Pandi. Powerful anthemic tracks collide with vicious d r u m

and bass beatdowns and intersperse with synth beauty and Aphex Twin style mezzed beats. ’s NUMBER 5 is a creative blend of rock, R&B, blues, and jazz. The all original CD contains 4 vocal tunes and 4 instrumentals. The opening track is a laid back bluesy rockabilly number called “Low Down Feelin’ Blues” to start things rolling. Track two is a straight-ahead thumper called “Get It

Up”. It only gets better from


THE LAKE from musician/film director, is inspired by an actual house once lived in by songwriter, and the events that occurred in it. The songs are dynamic and vary from post-rock, Americana, and Rock influences throughout. It took nearly 4 years to complete and is replete with thought provoking lyrics and dreamy soundscapes.

The album’s illustrations paint an adequate picture of the feeling of the record, somber, dreamy, but with uplifting elements at times.

JAZZ BIG CITY CIRCUS, the breakthrough release by the JOEL YENNIOR TRIO, showcases the trombonistís virtuosity, sensitivity, and emotional depth as the group daringly explores an array of borrowed gems and original

works by Yennior. Best known for his work with the critically acclaimed Either/Orchestra and the adventurous quartet Gypsy Schaeffer, here Yennior employs the talents of guitarist Eric Hofbauer (Han Bennick, Muhal Richard Abrams) and percussionist Gary Fieldman (Bill Friesel, Joanne Brackeen) to round out his ensemble. The absence of a bass creates a host of new possibilities for the trio, and allows each musician to adopt a fresh approach to his traditional role in a small jazz group.

A LONG WAY FROM LAFAYETTE from is an intimate acoustic affair of introspective compositions. The tunes were conceived long ago and laid dormant until Walter began performing with Robert Nash.


cal experience. It is perfect for spas, gentle yoga, and general relaxation.

The upright bassist’s modern classical/jazz-tinged accompaniment compliments Walter’s caressing guitar style and wispy, soul-quivery vocals well. While the proceedings may present Walter in a different light, there’s never any disappointment in terms of artistic merit. — Dan Willging, Offbeat Magazine.

A HAND FULL OF DAYS is the third in the series. This vagabond’s romance recalls elements of B a r o q u e


The with the legendary saxophonist, BOBBY BRADFORD, has

pyschedelia along with the hazy grit of classic Londer Folk, rendering an inimitable vision of Existential Mysticism. The collection is intensely personal and reflective.

released their CD, LIVE AT THE PENOFIN JAZZ FESTIVAL. The live set features great interactive playing and dynamic solos on new variations of Halley originals. Halley’s star contines to shine brightly.

Composer s unique new album SATYAGRAHA: SONGS OF THE EARTH, is an outstanding collection of meditative, ambient and healing instruliturgical and folksong Hebraic melodies in various jazz, Afro-Cuban, and Brazilian styles.

NEW AGE GUITAR MEDITATIONS VOL. 3 is the new release in Soulfood’s Guitar Meditations series, and once again brings together world class musicians to create heartfelt, gentle music that both calms

and inspires. It features award-winning guitarists (Emmy Award winner) and , with an artful blend of acoustic guitar, native flute, keyboards and Soulfood’s signature soundscapes, creating a serene musi-

CELEBRATIONS: THE HERITAGE ENSEMBLE Interprets Festive Melodies from the Hebraic Songbook is the lastest contemporary album from s Heritage Ensemble. The Ensemble is dedicated to the performance of

mental music, featuring his 160 year old Bass Violin. Jeffrey also plays Native American Flute and keyboards. His compositions and instrumentation depict both the peacefulness and intensity of nature, the colors and textures of the land and reveals musical influences from the entire planet. sets her fun, rhythmical healing chants to trance-grooves and electronic music which she composed and performed herself. Her THE GRACE OF THE GREEN LEAF CD is designed to get you up and moving. Lis calls this family of tones Body Chants, which act as focal points for an active meditation, healing or ecstatic dance.

’s catchy melodies embraces both jazz and world music on STEPPE FORWARD. This CD is a sophisticated and accessible collection of tunes that showcase Ted’s special compositional voice. A veteran of the George Shearing

Quintet, his distinctive vibraphone style joins with a team of exquisite young improvisers and is seasoned with Brazilian percussion.

Tasty Food and Drinks! Hard Rock Cafe Tampa Story and Photos by Melissa Wolcott Martino

Where Advanced Technology and Dining Meet


ou would think the great food at the new Hard Rock Cafe Tampa would be enough, but we are witnessing a whole new dimension in dining, with state-of-the-art digital entertainment at everyone’s fingertips — literally. Stepping into the restaurant located inside the Seminole Hard Rock Hotel/ Casino, you are presented with music’s past from the 50’s up to today, via amazing multimedia technology. A huge digital wall has moving musical icons that you touch and data and photos about the item come up — over 1,500 are available for exploration. Tables have digital setups as well for presenting information and — very cool — you can punch in a selection to vote on the next music video to be played throughout the cafe. At the entrance and on the

walls of the restaurant are the articles of clothing, personal items, and instruments worn and used by your favorite rock personalities from the massive rock n’ roll memorabilia collection that the Hard Rock is famous for. There are 20 table-top slots at the main bar, and a Hard Rock Girl blackjack pit lest you get restless for a bit of gambling while dining. The stage at the Hard Rock Cafe hosts high-profile entertainment from the music and comedy world, and the best local bands play there Thursdays through Saturdays 10 p.m. until 1 a.m., followed by resident DJ, Chris Craze from 1 a.m. until 4 a.m., so you can look forward to nonstop entertainment, be it digital or live! However, as fun as the cafe is, it is still a restaurant, and the food is very tasty. There is an open display kitchen with a “burger butcher shop”. The varied menu boasts wonderful 10-ounce Certified Angus Beef Legendary Burgers, including the locally inspired 1880 Ybor City Burger. They use the Hickory wood chips to slowly cook ribs, chicken and pork. They also serve up their signature Fried Eggplant Stack: eggplant, fresh mozzarella cheese, marinated tomato, arugula salad, stacked and topped with

balsamic drizzle. The drink menu includes the Tampa house specialty Hurricanes, classics with a twist, signature favorites, “Alternative Rock” (alcohol free) beverages and more. This is the first Hard Rock Cafe in the Tampa area, and as new ideas and technology come up, it will be a beta tester model for all 134 Hard Rock Cafes around the world. So check out this techno/ nostalgia marvel and enjoy some really good food.

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The Hard Rock Cafe is located at 5223 North Orient Road, Tampa, FL 33610, in the northwest corner of the Seminole Hard Rock Tampa’s casino complex. For more information, visit

CHAMBORD New Taste Experience


hambord, the world-renowned black raspberry liqueur, introduces a groundbreaking new taste experience in Chambord Flavored Vodka. The exquisite taste of Chambord Flavored Vodka is the result of fine ingredients and a delicate process that forms a perfect balance of premium quality French vodka and extraordinary black raspberry flavor. Chambord Flavored Vodka delivers the floral aromatics of the hibiscus flower with notes of vanilla, white chocolate and the distinctive flavor of the original Chambord Black Raspberry Liqueur, delivering a unique and satisfying taste experience when enjoyed straight or in a wide variety of cocktails. Here is a delightful vodka cocktail sure to impress your guests:

1 1/2 oz CHAMBORD Flavored Vodka 1/2 oz Lemon Juice 1/2 oz Agave Syrup 5 Blueberries 3-4 Blackberries Muddle berries and add remaining ingredients. Shake and strain over crushed ice into a tall glass. Garnish with raspberries and a metal bar straw. For more cocktail recipes and information on Chambord, visit

Royal Tea Service at Powel Crosley Estate


imply Gourmet Caterers is taking afternoon tea to a whole new level. In February, the Sarasotabased catering firm will feature a traditional royal English tea service on Tuesday afternoons, February 5 and 22, at 2 p.m., at the Powel Crosley Estate. What is a royal English tea service? “Every year, the Royal Family hosts an afternoon tea for about 8,000 guests at Buckingham Palace,” says Chef Larry Barrett, president of Simply Gourmet Caterers, explaining that the tradition began in 1860 with Queen Victoria. “It’s a grand and colorful affair. Men wear suits or military uniforms, and women wear dresses with hats and gloves. The 500-foot buffet table is set with a feast and there’s tea, of course.” Barrett says that the Queen and the Duke of Edinburgh, accompanied by members of the Royal Family, circulate among the guests. “The Crosley Estate offers the perfect ambiance for our recreation of this royal event,” says Barrett. Chef Barrett is known for combining fine cuisine and wines with historical events. Most notable are his signature reproductions of White House state dinners, which feature authentic reproductions of meals served during the Kennedy and Reagan eras. “I see it as a type of culinary theater,” he says. What can guests expect at the Crosley Estate afternoon teas? “Our menu features savory and sweet specialties,” says Barrett. Expect tables laden with such delicacies as French apple tartlets with ginger cream, cassismarinated strawberry parfait, miniature white chocolate mousse fruit tartlets, currant scones, vegetable and Kalamata olive pinwheels, tarragon chicken salad profiteroles and almond-dusted raspberry sandwiches. “And don’t forget the tea,” Barrett laughs. “Guests will savor properly brewed cups of flavorful English tea.” The Powel Crosley Estate is located at 8374 North Tamiami Trail, in Sarasota. The price of admission includes a tour of the estate and its grounds. For more information and to reserve, call 941-929-0066.

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Brazil crush the Guarana seeds and have made an energetic treat from them for centuries. Loud Truck contains Brazilian Grarana because of its natural properties. Natural energy is better for you, and you experience no crash, like you do with other products. Physical and mental alertness are also energized in Loud Truck Gummies with theophylline and theobromine, the same substances found in cocoa, which are also present in Guarana. An additional benefit is weight loss, achievable using these agents, which serve to increase metabolism and reduce appetite. With Guarana, you may also experience increased alertness and improved athletic performance. It can also help with some forms of headache, especially after ingesting alcohol. For more information, visit

Chef Ernesto Zendejas

A True Taste Of Mexico Story and photos* by Melissa Wolcott Martino

a Hacienda de San Angel, located at the Mexico Pavilion at Epcot, is the newest addition to the wonderful international restaurants that can be found throughout Epcot. If you enjoy authentic Mexican cuisine, or, if you’ve never actually tasted it (sorry, Taco Bell) you must visit this restaurant on your next trip to Epcot. -


Addictive appetizer, Chiles Toreados y Chorizitos

Entrance to the inviting Hacienda The La Hacienda Parrillada

he 250 seat restaurant is designed with the feel of an old world hacienda, replete with original and attractive Mexican artwork. It is located right on the World Showcase Lagoon, and with it’s floor-to-ceiling windows, it is the perfect spot for watching the “IllumiNations: Reflections of Earth” fireworks show. But that is just the icing. The food is the star of this show, created with the expertise of Chef Ernesto Zendejas. Actually, I should say food and drink, since you will find the most tantalizing Tequila concoctions to be found anywhere. Humberto was our “Tequilier” for the evening, and delighted us with some amazing tequila flights — each choice was a standout. And we especially enjoyed a very refreshing “Rosita” Margarita, which is made with El Mayor premium silver Tequila, orange liqueur, fresh lime juice, rose infusions, and served on the rocks with a hibiscus Himalayan salt rim. La Hacienda’s mixologist has a whole line of varied margaritas in store for patrons. The Chiles Toreados y Chorizitos — Roasted sweet peppers with lime and sea salt, served with mini pork sausages — is totally addictive and a must choice for an appetizer. Not only is the Hacienda’s food very tasty, it is also gorgeous. When the waiters brought out our platters, a collective “aaah” was heard around the table. I am not a fan of very hot spicy food, so I was a bit trepidatious in my approach, but was delighted to find everything was prepared with just the right amount of kick. I must suggest ordering a Parrillada (a mixed grill) for 2 people. The restaurant offers two choices, the “La Hacienda” and “Del Mar”. Both are excellent. The La Hacienda is a wonderful mix of flavors, with flank steak, chicken al pastor, chorizo and vegetables, and is served with beans and fresh salsas. Del Mar has mahi-mahi, shrimp (cooked perfectly), scallops (best ever!) and vegetables, also served with beans and fresh salsas. If you still have room, there are several delicious entrees to choose from as well. There are several delectable sounding desserts on the menu, but we chose the Empanada de Manzana, which is a puff pastry filled with sauteed caramel apples, served with dulce de leche ice cream and caramel sauce. Heavenly.


nder the same roof is La Cantina, which is a quick-service restaurant offering the chef’s interpretations of the traditional flavors of the Mexican taquerias and food vendors. La Cantina serves authentic chicken and beef tacos on fresh handmade corn tortillas, nachos, cheese empanadas, guacamole and chips, warm churros and Mexican popsicles. Olé!

Tequilier, Humberto mixes some interesting Tequila flights.


“Rosita” margarita

Guests can reserve seating through Disney’s main reservation line at 407-929-3463. For more photos on this story, please click on

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Royal Palace Restaurant inspired by favorite Disney classics.

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Remy French Restaurant for fine dining

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he technology aboard ship is astonishing. Framed pictures on the wall come alive when you walk up to them. In the Animator’s Palate Restaurant, Crush, the turtle from “Finding Nemo” comes alive on screens throughout the restaurant and talks to the children. In the kids’ play areas are plenty of immersive gaming experiences. Perhaps the cleverest innovation of all is the “Magic porthole” in the inside cabins. Some travelers find inside cabins to be a bit claustrophobic, since you can’t tell if it’s day or night. Disney’s “Imagineers” have solved the problem by installing a porthole that is actually an HD TV which transmits real time video of what’s happening outside the ship, plus the added feature of an occasional Disney character floating by in a hot air balloon or little boat. Dream’s inside cabins are outselling outside ones, which is rarely the case on cruise ships. Another of the many “firsts” on board the ship is the AquaDuck water coaster. This is a high-speed flume ride with twists and turns that is 765 feet long and wraps around the pool area — very cool! Speaking of the pool, there are actually three of them, one for children, one for families, and one for adults only. There is also a sports deck with a miniature golf course, and different sports courts. We went on the two-night inaugural, and it just whetted our appetites for another “Dreamy” cruise. The Dream’s current itinerary consists of three, four, and five night Bahamian cruises leaving out of Cape Canaveral with stops at Nassau and Castaway Cay. Disney offers package deals which include the cruise plus nights at DisneyWorld. For more information, visit

For more photos on this story, visit, click on TRAVEL & EVENT PHOTOS, click on CRUISES. The Dream’s flume ride, AquaDuck Todd Anderson, photographer

The couples room in the Senses Spa & Salon

Castaway Cay, Disney’s private island

Castaway Cay with the beautiful Disney Dream docked in the background

Shopping on Castaway Cay

ORLANDO HAPPENINGS ORLANDO MUSEUM OF ART HOSTS THE 29TH ANNUAL ANTIQUES SHOW & SALE Feb.18-20. The show will feature dealers offering an array of fine antique furniture, paintings, jewelry, oriental rugs, porcelain and collectibles. 407-896-4231;

IT’S NOT YOUR MOTHER’S TEA WITH SELWA “LUCKY” ROOSEVELT - Mar 3. As the longest-serving Chief of Protocol of the United States (1982-89), Ambassador Roosevelt organized 1,000 visits of world leaders, ran the office of record for 30,000 diplomats in the United States, and was responsible for the Blair House Restoration Project – a six-year, 14-million dollar renovation of the 110-room Presidential guest house. She was married to the late Archibald B. Roosevelt Jr., a grandson of President Theodore Roosevelt. 407-836-7010;

ORLANDO PHILHARMONIC ORCHESTRA PRESENTS “MY FAVORITE THINGS – THE MUSIC OF RICHARD RODGERS” Feb. 19 at the Bob Carr Performing Arts Centre. 407-770-0071; THE WAYNE DENSCH PERFORMING ARTS CENTER PRESENTS “ANNIE” during select dates thru Feb 20. The spunky Depression-era orphan, Annie, takes center stage in one of the world’s best-loved musicals. 407-3218111; THE ORLANDO DOWNTOWN ART & LIVING EXPO WILL BE HELD Feb. 19-20 along the streets of Lake Eola Park in downtown Orlando. The free event showcases nearly 175 artists with displays of glass, jewelry, fine crafts, mosaics, paintings, photography, pottery and sculpture. The expo is open from 11 a.m. – 6 p.m.; 407-592-0002;

SEAWORLD ORLANDO PRESENTS THE “BANDS, BREW & BBQ” CONCERT SERIES every Saturday thru March 6. New this year, SeaWorld’s culinary team will partner with some of Central Florida restaurants to provide a variety of BBQ and grilled food. The event also includes an all-new beer garden with more than 50 craft and international beers. The performance schedule is: Feb. 19: Willie Nelson; Feb. 26: REO Speedwagon; March 5: Josh Turner. 888-8005447; 32ND ANNUAL WINTER PARK ST. PATRICK’S DAY PARADE - Mar 6 in downtown Winter Park. The parade will begin at the Winter Park Country Club and continue south down Park Avenue to City Hall. The celebration will also feature Irish music and step-dancing at the main stage in Central Park. 407-694-8228; THE 76TH ANNUAL BACH FESTIVAL, HOSTED BY THE BACH FESTIVAL SOCIETY OF WINTER PARK, takes place thru March 6. The festival features several concerts celebrating the timeless repertoire of Beethoven, Mozart, Bach, Vivaldi and more. This year’s festival includes a new concert titled “Concertos by Candlelight,” which features the Bach Festival Choir, Orchestra and Youth Choir with soloists in a program of baroque music. Most events require admission; 407-646-2182;

GARDEN THEATRE PRESENTS “SHHHH!” MYSTERY/ COMEDY SHOW, thru Feb 27. The show features a pair of charismatic crooks who find themselves in over their heads when they adopt a mistakenly abandoned hotel as their hideout. Located in historic downtown Winter Garden; 407-877-GRDN;

CROSSING THE CREEK: THE LITERARY FRIENDSHIP OF ZORA NEALE HURSTON AND MARJORIE KINNAN RAWLINGS - Mar 16. A 1942 meeting in St. Augustine sparked a long and complex interracial friendship between Hurston and Rawlings who were both at the height of their literary careers. Associate Professor of English at UCF, Dr. Anna Lillios, examines how their relationship developed

against the backdrop of segregation and became one of the 20th century’s most intriguing literary friendships. Seating is first come, first served. Bring lunch or for a small charge, pre-order lunch and have it waiting upon arrival. 407-836-7010; THE WORKING WHITE HOUSE: 200 YEARS OF TRADITION AND MEMORIES - Mar 19-May 29. A Smithsonian Traveling Exhibition. Two centuries of stories and customs are preserved in The Working White House:

200 Years of Tradition and Memories. Hear fascinating eyewitness accounts of White House work culture in an audio tour and exhibition video featuring interviews with past workers. View souvenirs, housekeeping implements, clothing, letters, menus, photographs, and other objects that help illustrate the full story of the presidential residence from the presidencies of William Taft through Barack Obama. CORNELL FINE ARTS MUSEUM AT ROLLINS COLLEGE presents three exhibitions thru Mar 27: “The Edge of Vision: Abstraction in Contemporary Photography,” “Piety & Magnificence: Themes in Italian Art, 1350-1700” and “REMIX 2.” “The Edge of Vision” showcases the work of 19 contemporary photographers who base their practice in form of abstraction. Some of Cornell’s most treasured masterpieces will be on display in the “Piety & Magnificence” exhibit, featuring a selection of works ranging from the Italian Renaissance up to the mid-18th century. “Remix 2” includes photography and works of art by several artists.; 407-646-2526. ARTISTS & AUTHORS SERIES: ALL THE PRESIDENTS’ PASTRIES WITH CHEF ROLAND MESNIER - Mar 31. Enjoy dinner as Roland Mesnier shares stories from his 26year tenure as White House pastry chef. Working for the administrations of Jimmy Carter through George W. Bush, Chef Mesnier created countless perfect desserts for the First Families and their distinguished guests. Reception with Chef Mesnier, Dinner and program, followed by a book signing. 407-836-7010;

ALBIN POLASEK MUSEUM & SCULPTURE GARDENS PRESENTS “SILVER SPRINGS: THE UNDERWATER PHOTOGRAPHY OF BRUCE MOZERT” thru April 17. The collection features unique underwater images from the 1950s of “Florida’s Original Tourist Attraction.” 407-6476294; FLORIDA IN THE CIVIL WAR thru June 12. History Center 10th Anniversary Exhibit. Florida in the Civil War acknowledges the state’s often overlooked, important role in the “War between the Sates.” The state not only sent the largest percentage of troops to fight, but also contributed commodities to soldiers and their families throughout the South. Learn how Florida overcame adversity to ship salt

and beef and see an actual doll that helped smuggle medicine and supplies to the South during a Union blockade. View items from the sunken Maple Leaf steamship, photographs, weapons, and other rare artifacts. Hear music, listen to letters exchanged between a soldier and his wife during the war, and let children try on uniforms and other clothing. 407-836-8500; KENNEDY SPACE CENTER announced that it will transform NASA’s Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex into a place where visitors can engage with the people and machines of space exploration. The marquee element of the renovation is a $100 million exhibit displaying one of three remaining flown space shuttle orbiters. The transformation is estimated to take 10 years and will include 10 interactive-themed areas, plus new and enhanced visitor amenities.; 866-737-5235. FUN SPOT ACTION PARK, located off International Drive, announced its plans for an expansion. The 13-year-old, 5acre park purchased an adjacent 10 acres to triple its size. The expanded park will include more tracks, rides and a smaller version of the SkyCoaster thrill ride located at the Kissimmee park location, Fun Spot USA. The Kissimmee location is also expanding its park with a new Soaring Eagle Ride, birthday/meeting room and its first rollercoaster, a Wild Mouse ride, opening in March.; 407-363-3867.

HANNIBAL SQUARE HERITAGE CENTER IS FEATURING AN EXHIBITION OF PAINTINGS BY THE MAITLAND ART CENTER’S FOUNDER, ANDRE SMITH, thru April 9 to coincide with the Zora! Festival. The exhibit features paintings depicting Eatonville, home of author Zora Neale Hurston. Admission is free. 407-539-2680;

MORSE MUSEUM of American Art New Expansion Recalls Grandeur of Louis Comfort Tiffany’s Personal Estate

he Charles Hosmer Morse Museum of American Art, home to the most comprehensive collection of Louis Comfort Tiffany materials in the world, will open a new 12,000-square-foot wing on Feb. 19. The addition will provide for the first time long-term public access to the recently restored Daffodil Terrace from Tiffany’s celebrated Long Island home, Laurelton Hall and approximately 250 art and architectural objects from or related to the long-lost estate. Highlights include prize-winning leadedglass windows and iconic Tiffany lamps, as well as art glass and custom furnishings. The new Laurelton Hall galleries will provide 6,000 square feet of additional public exhibition space. Laurelton Hall, every room and architectural detail designed and controlled by Tiffany, was destroyed by fire in 1957. The 11 new galleries at the Morse will showcase surviving components of Laurelton Hall’s dining room, living room and reception hall-also known as the Fountain Court-as well as other rooms, creating a uniquely immersive experience. “Laurelton Hall was Tiffany’s masterpiece, and it housed a self-curated collection of Tiffany Studios’ production,” said Curator and Collection Manager Jennifer Perry Thalheimer. “The objects he put in his home and the way he arranged them reflected his perpetual quest for beauty.” Photographs of interiors from the much-published estate aided the museum’s efforts to suggest the true experience of Laurelton Hall. The Daffodil Terrace, installed in a new glass-enclosed gallery, will serve as a focal point for the new wing. The 18-by32-foot outdoor room exemplifies Tiffany’s unique and dramatic style. Supported by eight 11-foot marble columns topped with bouquets of glass daffodils, the terrace’s coffered ceiling is composed of hundreds of stenciled wood elements and molded tiles in three bays. The central bay features a skylight covered by six large panels of iridescent-glass tiles in a pear-tree motif. The terrace was pieced together from more than 600 distinct parts and fragments. The conservation team was able to reconstruct the terrace using old black-and-white photographs, historical descriptions and computer technology. Highlights from the dining-room installation include: a 13.5foot-high, mosaic-decorated marble mantelpiece that is one of Tiffany’s most forward-looking designs; a 25-foot-long Oriental rug; a domed leaded-glass chandelier 6.5 feet in diameter; and a suite of six leaded-glass wisteria transoms. From the art gallery Tiffany built on the estate, the Morse is showing the pair of intricately carved Indian teak doors and halfmoon-shaped glass mosaic that graced the entryway. The centerpiece of the mosaic is a peacock-feather-motif window in leaded glass. The Morse Museum is located at 445 North Park Ave, Winter Park, FL 32789; 407-645-5311;


Top-Name National Music Talent, Authentic Mardi Gras Parade and Cuisine Straight from The Big Easy Make for the Ultimate Street Party Continuing Through April 23rd Photos by Melissa Wolcott Martino


ationally renowned musical acts combine with an authentic Mardi Gras parade, dozens of colorfully costumed performers, authentic Cajun cooking, and handpicked New Orleans bands to capture the look, feel and fun of New Orleans – all inside Universal Studios Florida. Universal Orlando has been creating its special Mardi Gras celebration for more than 15 years – bringing the perfect combination of the Big Easy and spectacular theme park entertainment to its guests all for the price of regular admission. This year’s special Mardi Gras concert line-up features some of the biggest names in Rock, Country, Pop and R& B. Performers include Pitbull, also known as “Mr. 305,” who will perform songs from his hit album, “Rebelution,” Neon Trees, who will perform their hit “Animal,” One Republic and country-super-star Blake Shelton. Also performing will

be Lynyrd Skynyrd, The Beach Boys and Ne-Yo. Along with top-name talent comes the world-famous parade - straight from the streets of New Orleans. Onedozen elaborate, hand-crafted floats designed and built by Blaine Kern Artists – the same company that creates floats for New Orleans Mardi Gras – make their way through the streets of Universal Studios along with dozens of colorfully costumed performers and hundreds of float riders – all of whom throw beads to eager guests. The parade, with its Fire, Air, Water, Earth theme, also features music and a nightly King and Queen of Mardi Gras. Nearby, in the Universal Studios “French Quarter Courtyard,” the celebration continues. This area features New Orleans-inspired food creations by Universal’s chefs – including jambalaya, Po Boy sandwiches and more. And nearly one-dozen hand-picked, authentic New Orleans bands perform the best of The Big Easy’s Blues, Jazz and Zydeco. For more information or to purchase tickets, visit

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San Francisco has lots of Personality

by Barbara McGovern


ersonality Hotels is not just another hotel chain, they are a privately-owned group of boutique hotels in San Francisco. President & CEO, Yvonne lembi-Detert, started the hotels in 1982 with the idea of creating a unique collection of hotels in great locations. That she has succeeded in doing just that is testament to her vision and style. All the hotels are located in the iconic Union Square section of San Francisco, and each hotel has its own personality. was established in 1982 and has recently undergone a $5million dollar renovation. It was built in 1913 for the Pan Pacific Expo. The challenge with the renovations was to preserve the historic elements of the original and integrate them into the current S.F. look. This was done with great success by using color, sleek furniture, exposed brick and luxurious bedding. Couple this with its location in the center of Union Square and you have an outstanding hotel to make your visit to S.F. all that you expect. Visit

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The boutique industry’s hottest lady right now is the . This is the perfect hotel for the traveling executive who needs a quiet spot to conduct business in S.F. but still be in the thick of things. The property has four interest lounges which are open 24 hours a day and offer complementary use of a computer. They are a great place to check email, meet with friend or just chill. Each one is different, and each one was created by a different designer to further the innovative expression of the hotel. The Diva has a unique suite, “The Suite ESC”. There you will find everything you need to conduct your business in your home away from home. From a printer, copy and fax machines and a desk filled with office supplies to a microwave, coffee maker and a fridge stocked with bottle water and snacks, you will be good to go. The additional amenities in the guest rooms make it the perfect place to hang your hat. For the executives traveling with their families, the Hotel Diva has a wonderful suite, called the “Little Diva Suite. This is a great idea, as Mom and Dad have their space and the kids have their own space too. Games, dress up clothes, art supplies and special treats along with an i-pod and TV are there for the kids to use. They even have their own check-in desk. The kids may never want to leave! Check the web at and see all this hotel has to offer. is one of the jewels of Personality Hotels. The hotel, located in historic Union Square, has undergone a $2 million dollar restoration; its Moorish/Gothic style has been enhanced by the careful attention to detail evident in every nook and cranny. This is truly a work of art. Visit the Royal Suite that was inspired by the great homes and Europe. It features and elegant master bedroom, a formal dining room, a large living room, as well as two fireplaces, a whirlpool bath and a grand view of Union Square. Zebra rugs, crystal chandeliers, antique gold mirrors and sleek glass round out the look. If is a bit much for you try one of the other 92 guest rooms, all done with the same care and attention to detail as the Royal Suite. All guest rooms feature flat screen TVs, beautiful bathrooms with great big thick towels and fabulous beds with to-die-for bedding. With complementary tea and coffee, afternoon tea and sherry, you have the perfect spot to enjoy your visit to San Francisco. Add in hi-speed internet, complementary business and fitness centers, valet parking and what more can you ask for? How about a wonderful staff, a beautiful building, great rates and the cable car stop on the corner. Check . I can personally recommend any one of the Personality Hotels. They each have their own charm and personality (no pun intended).

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n 1836, after a 13-day siege at their Mission, and when all hope was gone, over 200 brave Texans and volunteers decided they’d rather die fighting to protect Texas than surrender to Santa Anna’s Mexican army of about 1,500. This, of course, was the tragic fate of the Alamo Mission in San Antonio. A month later, with the battle cry, “Remember the Alamo,” the Mexican army was defeated at the Battle of San Jacinto, winning independence for Texas. The Alamo’s pivotal battle in the Texas revolution spawned many books and movies glorifying the heroic efforts of Davy Crockett, James Bowie, William B. Travis and the struggle for freedom against all odds. One hundred and seventy five years later, the Alamo is still a revered shrine, and the #1 most visited place in Texas.

The Alamo may be crowded with visitors, but they seem to enter the shrine with a sense of reverence and respect for its extraordinary history. I felt it most deeply at night when few people were around. Built in 1724, the Alamo was miles from the next mission—and that’s about all the civilization there was at the time. Now, it is in the heart of town, as are a lot of San Antonio’s attractions, making them either walkable to each other, or easily accessed by a river taxi. And there certainly are a lot of very interesting and varied attractions to be seen in San Antonio.

The Alamo in the 1830s

Monument for the Alamo fallen.

Photos by Melissa Wolcott Martino unless otherwise credited

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San Fernando Cathedral, where Crockett, Travis and Bowie are interred

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exas’ second most visited place is also in San Antonio, and it is their magnificent River Walk. I had heard of River Walk, but had no idea what it was actually like. I certainly didn’t picture the beautiful 2-mile winding San Antonio River with a lot of vegetation and gorgeous old Montezuma Cypress trees growing along the edge with their canopies meeting over the middle of the river. Charming restaurants, musicians and fun bars make the river come alive at night. During the day visitors can peruse galleries, shops and restaurants for a wholly different experience. Walking is very enjoyable, but if you prefer, you can take a river taxi, provided by Rio San Antonio. With different ticket options you can get on and off at your leisure all day long, or you can opt for the narrated river tour which points out all the history and hot spots along the way. There is even a romantic evening dinner cruise available. We chose the 40-minute afternoon narrated tour, which was very informatively handled by our pilot Bob Pollard. We learned that River Walk was originally formed in 1924 as a flood control. It is only 3 1/2 feet deep, so if anyone imbibes too much at any of the lively bars and falls in, they most likely won’t drown! There are even some fish in the river, and we saw many ducks and birds along the way. We floated past some historical landmarks and structures such as: the 1860 Guenther House; the Hilton Palacio de Rio Hotel (which was built with pre-fab and furnished room modules for the 1968 San Antonio World’s Fair); La Villita (a 1700’s village which now houses shops and boutiques); and the 1883 Pearl Brewing Company which began life as a brewery and is now a 22-acre complex housing retail, restaurants, and the Culinary Institute of America (featuring Latin cuisine). Bob also pointed out Cafe Ole, which serves the largest margaritas on the river — a whopping 60 ounces! Every January as a regular maintenance, the walled part of the river is drained. During this “dry” spell, San Antonians make a party out of it with a 10-day Mud Festival. Rio San Antonio has a separate route that will take people to several different museums located along the river. The river will soon to be extended to become 13 miles long, and will provide visitors the ability to see even more of the city’s offerings.


River Walk sparkles at night.

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iver Walk is below street level, and there are a lot of step-up (and elevator) points that take you up to the street to do more sightseeing and shopping. We tend to zero in on the historical places of interest, so we walked to the 1722 Spanish Governor’s Palace on Military Plaza. Originally the home of the Captain of the Presidio, the property expanded through the years with additions and had a variety of uses. It was a home until the late 1860s, when it when through a gamut of businesses — pawn shop, produce store, saloon, even a tire shop. In 1915, preservationists began the effort to purchase and restore it for future generations to get an interpretation of the occupant’s home life during the building’s 260 years. Nearby is the fascinating 129-year-old Buckhorn Saloon/Texas Ranger Museum with the history of the wild west in all it’s glory and infamy. The saloon is reputedly where Teddy Roosevelt recruited Rough Riders, and Pancho Villa planned the Mexican Revolution. Many of the original furnishings can still be found there, including the bar which was hand-crafted of marble and cherry wood. They serve lunch and locally brewed beers. The Buckhorn museum is a taxidermists dream, with over 520 species of wildlife from all over the world (plus some oddities). We found the Texas Rangers exhibit to be the most interesting, with artifacts including revolvers, automatic handguns, sawed off shotguns, photos and much more memorabilia. One room houses the Bonnie & Clyde exhibit with photos, artifacts, and their bullet-riddled ‘34 Ford. There is even an indoor walk-through western town with a saloon, jail, blacksmith shop and telegraph office. While Teddy was apparently recruiting Rough Riders at the Buckhorn, he was staying at the Menger Hotel, which is still in operation today. Built in 1859 (only 23 years after the fall of the Alamo), it is the oldest hotel in the state, and a stone’s throw from the Alamo. It has never closed, and has never been anything but a fine hotel. In addition to Teddy, the hotel guest book boasts such luminaries as Babe Ruth, Mae West, Robert E. Lee, Ulysses S. Grant, and Sarah Bernhardt, to name a few. Hmmm, the Menger also claims that Teddy recruited Rough Riders in their bar. Apparently he was either heavily into drinking or recruiting.

The Buckhorn Saloon

Bonnie and Clyde’s car in the Texas Ranger Museum

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alking and the river taxi are ways to sightsee, bbbbut there is also the Alamo Trolley (located right next to—you guessed it—The Alamo.) Hop on hop off all day for one price, and get the 2nd day free. The trolley stops at: Hemisphere Park, site of the 1968 World’s Fair; The Institute of Texan Cultures, with 27 ethnic groups that settled in the state; Mission San Jose, a 1720 completely restored mission—one of the finest in the USA; The 1716 Mission Concepcion (unrestored); Market Square, where you will find arts, crafts, food, and a Latino museum; The 1731 beautiful San Fernando Cathedral, one of the oldest Catholic churches in the southwest, and where the three Alamo heroes—Crockett, Travis and Bowie—are interred; The Spanish Governor’s Palace; La Villita; River Walk; The IMAX RiverCenter Theatre where you can see current movies plus relive the Battle of the Alamo on a six-story screen; and finally the Alamo Visitor Center where the tour begins and ends. A relatively new icon for San Antonio is the large red sculpture downtown entitled “Torch Of Friendship”, a gift from Mexico bestowed eight years ago.

“Torch Of Freedom”


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A San Antonio San tonio San Antonio n Antonio San An San Antonio San tonio San Antonio n Antonio San A io San Antonio S Antonio San Ant San Antonio San fter full days of walking and sightseeing it is so comforting to return to a hotel that feels like home, and we certainly lucked out with our choice of the luxurious 5-year-old Hotel Contessa. It is perfectly situated on River Walk, right in front of “Marriage Island” (named for the majestic Montezuma Cypress’ tree roots that form the tiny island’s heart shape). About one hundred marriages are performed there yearly. When you turn left out of the hotel’s back (River Walk) door, you enjoy the bustle of the restaurants and shops. When you turn right, you walk along the quiet side of the river — best of both worlds. Inside, an open atrium leads you up 12 stories in this 265-suite hotel with a modern Mediterranean theme. Guest suites are warmly decorated to reflect the San Antonio of today, and the bedding is extremely comfortable. Our sunny bedroom overlooked the river and the cypress trees. The living room area was well appointed with a sofa and several chairs. Thirty-seven inch flat LCD TVs were located in the living room and the bedroom. Wireless internet access and a very attractive desk set-up in the bedroom made getting some computer work done much more pleasant. A spa, outdoor heated pool, and fitness center are located on the top of the hotel, with panoramic views of the city. The Hotel Contessa also happens to have one of the best restaurants on River Walk with Las Ramblas, helmed by popular Executive Chef Brian West, who actually used to be a stand-up comic! I don’t know about his humor, be there’s nothing funny about his cooking. He specializes in tasty Spanish/Mediterranean cuisine and tapas. In Las Ramblas, you can dine inside or out right on the river for breakfast, lunch and dinner. The hotel’s open airy lobby also houses the Cork Bar, with specialty mojitos, martinis, and margaritas. For all you pet lovers who hate to leave your best friend at home, the Hotel Contessa is pet friendly! For an extra daily fee, you can bring Fido or Fifi along.

Hotel Contessa Lobby

River Center

Festivals in San Antonio.

In our travels we find some destinations only really require a onetime visit. San Antonio is not one of them. We feel we only scratched the surface on our 3-night visit, and look forward to another soon. What other bars did Teddy Roosevelt frequent??

If You Go ...

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an Antonio has a lot of fun festivals going on all year long, but since this is the 175th anniversary year of the Alamo, they are doing it up big. Fiesta San Antonio is an 11-day celebration taking place April 7-17, which includes carnivals, sports, fireworks, entertainment, ethnic food, art exhibits and parades along River Walk and the streets. Another event takes place every first Saturday of the month with living history demonstrations from 10 a.m. – 4 p.m., including period cooking, cornhusk doll-making and weapon displays. Visit the San Antonio CVB website for all the events taking place throughout the year.

Chef Brian West and Las Ramblas Restaurant

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ART LINES Degas: Form, Movement and the Antique - opening Mar 12. Featuring 49 works by the French Impressionist master Edgar Degas. The museum will complement the exhibition of works by Degas with selections from its pre-eminent collections of antiquities and historical photographs. Together, the works in the exhibition will examine how Degas drew inspiration from the contemporary and ancient worlds. The Tampa Museum of Art is located at 120 Gasparilla Plaza, Tampa (813)274-8130. ______________________________

ROMANTICS TO MODERNS: A Survey of British Watercolors and Drawings from the Collection of

BNY Mellon - thru May 1. This outstanding exhibition features 70 watercolors and drawings by 48 British artists dating from the late 18th to the early 20th centuries. Drawn from the prestigious BNY Mellon Collection, Romantics to M o d e r n s represents a veritable survey of British art. Such a sweeping overview is especially distinguishable in the realm of landscape: from engaging works on paper by such pre-Romantic figures as Gainsborough to those by modernists like Vanessa Bell (Virginia Woolf’s sister) of the Bloomsbury Group. An extraordinary highlight is the ethereal Barnard Castle by J. M. W. Turner, a rare find outside museum collections. The Museum of Fine Arts is located at 255 Beach Dr. N.E., St. Petersburg. Call 727-896-2667, for more information. ______________________________

Leepa-Rattner Museum of Art The Leepa-Rattner Museum of Art

presents two special exhibitions, The Commercial Medium: Winslow Homer’s America and The Commercial Medium: Art Posters of France, on view through Apr 24. The selections demonstrate 19th century printmaking, created by fine artists and used for commercial distribution. Winslow Homer’s America showcases 58 wood engravings that appeared in leading American magazines from the 1850s through the 1870s. Art Posters of France includes 23 color lithographs created by European, British and American artists as advertising posters in the late 19th century. A R T I S T S MARKET - Mar 2627. Over twentyfive local artists using a wide variety of media will display and sell their artwork in support of the museum. The Leepa-Rattner Museum is at 600 Klosterman Rd., Palm Harbor; (727)712-5762; central/museum

A SIGNING WITH P. BUCKLEY MOSS at Finn Gallery P. Buckley Moss will make her annual Spring appearance in St. Petersburg March 11-13th at Finn Gallery. This weekend long event will feature Pat’s new Paintings and Gift Items for the 2011 Spring season. Open to the public. Guests are invited to bring Moss pieces from their private collection for personalization or to just mingle with the artist and take in her timeless art displayed at the Gallery. In grade school in New York City, Patricia Buckley was perceived as a poor student, mostly attributed to undiagnosed dyslexia. Nonetheless, one of her teachers determined that the little girl was artistically gifted. Pat’s mother enrolled her into the Washington Irving High School for the Fine Arts in Manhattan. Pat received a scholarship to New York’s Cooper Union for the Advancement of Science and Art, and upon moving to the Shenandoah Valley of Virginia, she came to develop her appreciation for the Amish and Mennonite people, as seen in most of her works. The uniqueness of her style and the warmth generated by her subject matter quickly won her widespread recognition. As a result of her own early plight, Moss has become a role model to the learning impaired. Donations of Moss’ original works, and prints to related children’s charities have raised millions of dollars. Free Parking, free admission. Finn Gallery is located at 176 Ave NE; 727-894-2899;

When you are displaying your art, whether it’s worth $1 million or $10 dollars, there are certain parts of the house that you should avoid.

n the weeks and months following the holiday season, we tend to reconsider our home décor, furnishings, and accessories. Our vintage collectibles and antiques are often highlighted and reviewed. Of course, you can spot obvious damage like mold growing on your antique prints, a tear in an oil painting that grandma gave you, or a huge crack in that 1950s ceramic cookie jar. The question is: can you stop it before it starts? Yes. When it comes to properly displaying your art or antiques, some of the most common mistakes are the easiest ones to fix.

First, don’t display art or antiques in the laundry room (duh!) Don’t display precious objects in the kitchen near the cooking surfaces where dirt and heat are typical guests at the dinner table. As for the bathroom, a nice dried floral wreath will work better than a fragile oil painting, watercolor, or pastel. The bathroom is the place where moisture and mold make regular appearances even if you are as immaculate a housekeeper as my mother. You don’t want that mold to get into your fine art print or carved frame. Once mold takes hold, stopping it is tough.

The single most common way to ruin a work of art or damage an antique is to display it or store it in the wrong place.

Here’s an example. Early in my career, I worked for a very, very prestigious private collector of Try to avoid hanging paintings fine art. He owned very imporor prints on walls next to wintant and very valuable works of dows, heating vents, air conditioners, air purifiers, or radiaart by many of art history’s mastors. Also, don’t hang a work of ters. His art was regularly borart in direct sunlight or near hot rowed by major—I mean reading lamps. major—museums for exhibitions and study. I am talking about art by the big names like Picasso, You probably wouldn’t think of Monet, Rembrandt, etc. One it but the foyer is not a good day, a big time museum called place to display art or antiques. and asked to borrow one of his Why? because your front door stellar paintings. Of course, they opens and closes day in and wanted the one valued at over day out, season after season. Hang prints out of direct sunlight and away from heat $1 million bucks. I asked where With this change in temperasources, A/C vents, and windows. Interior walls away I could find the painting, so I ture, the stability of the foyer’s from doors and windows are the best for fragile prints. could review its condition and environment changes, too. If facilitate the loan request. I your foyer is like my foyer, it is nearly fell over when he told me, “It’s hanging in the laun- typically flooded with sunlight. Those rays can impact your dry room over the washing machine.” Suffice it to say, that work of art and or antique. Sun will fade your paintings, fabrics, and even your antique wooden bench. wasn’t the best spot for a painting.

Just like people, art and antiques like a stable, consistent environment. In museums, that usually means low humidity and constant temperature of 66 to 72 degrees. You don’t like it when your living room feels colder than your bedroom; neither does the art work or antiques. Antiques like to live the way you like to live--cool and comfy in summer and warm and cozy in winter.

Ph.D. antiques appraiser, author, and award-winning TV personality, Dr. Lori presents antique appraisal events nationwide and antiques themed cruises. Seen on NBC’s The Tonight Show and WFLA 8’s Daytime. Visit,, or call (888) 4311010.

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Photos courtesy of Gettysburg CVB he start of the five year commemoration of the 150th anniversary of the Battle of Gettysburg, will begin in April. Fifty thousand people either died or were wounded in only three days on a Pennsylvania field in the most famous battle of the Civil War. It is almost impossible to believe that so much heartache happened in this bucolic area filled with gentle hills and scenic farms. If only the fields and trees could talk. As you stroll the pathways and view the many memorials, it feels like you are in a church — you want to whisper and shush the children. This was the only major battle on Union soil. Even though many other battles left desolation across the country, so many died here that President Lincoln came to Gettysburg to remember the slain. The speech that he gave was only two minutes long, but is one of the most remembered speeches in history. Anyone with an interest in history should plan to be here for the anniversary. Gettysburg is located only 2 hours from Washington and Philadelphia and about 4 hours from N.Y. There will be so much to experience in the area that it’s safe to say that at least a week would be

needed to see everything. I’m not sure that’s even enough time. The first thing I would do is to visit the Museum and Visitor Center at Gettysburg National Military Park, where you get to see the world’s largest Civil War collection. The Cyclorama has recently been restored and enhanced. The painting will surround you with the fury of the war. The “voices theater” will let you hear the words of those who were at Gettysburg. You get a unique perceptive on one of the most important events in our Nation’s history. Gettysburg is a great area for a family visit, as there is something here for everyone and everything is real. The town is very pretty, with fascinating things to see and do. Have you ever met President

The entire area is full of charming little towns and villages with historic buildings, churches and old time taverns, covered bridges and antique shops. There are beautiful hotels and quaint bed and breakfast all around the area. When it’s time to eat — trust me; you will very be well fed, with everything from historic taverns from the 1700’s that serve gourmet meals to casual fast food places that are perfect for a quick bite. All and all, this is perfect place to vacation. From skiing to savoring history, you can do it all in Gettysburg anytime of the year. The 150th Anniversary is a wonderful opportunity to reflect on our nation’s past. For more information contact or call 717-334-6272, or toll free 1-800-337- 5015.

Lincoln? Go over to the David Wills House and have a picture taken with him. Have you ever seen a real ghost? Be very careful, this town is loaded with ghosts. At the Farnsworth House, go down into the cellar (if you dare) and you will be in the spirit world. Are you still feeling brave? Then go up to the attic. You never know you’ll meet up there. There may be long dead (or are they dead?) Confederate sharpshooters roaming about. Next plan to visit the Eisenhower National Historic site, the home of President and Mrs. Eisenhower. Enough history for now? How about a game or two of golf? Some shopping in one of the historic buildings or at an Outlet Mall? There are farmers markets and a unique lavender farm that has a lavender festival in June.

GAMING SCENE LAS VEGAS RAVELLA HOTEL & RESORT NOW OPEN - Dolce Hotels & Resorts new property is located on the site of the former Ritz-Carlton at Lake Las Vegas. Guests of the former Ritz also will enjoy a much more contemporary experience,

including a redesigned lobby envisioned to be a highenergy, social gathering spot at Ravella. New dining and spa concepts complement offerings at The Village Lake Las Vegas, for which Ravella guests will have privileged access. THE STRATOSPHERE CASINO, HOTEL & TOWER $20 MILLION RE-IMAGINING of the iconic Las Vegas property. At the centerpiece of the renovations is the remodeling of 909 guestrooms, located on floors featuring upgraded ele-

vator lobbies. Each room has a flat screen TV, and an elegantly updated bathroom with granite countertops, new tile and tub. New VIP lounge, hotel lobby, and the newly carpeted casino floor. Red Rock Resort Saturday Night Concert Series - Red Rock Resort presents a Saturday night concert series,

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Party on the Rocks in the Rocks Lounge. Serving up an amazing lineup of artists and bands, the concert series offers a guaranteed fun night out. Guests can enjoy a wide range of artists in the upcoming series, including wellknown Grammy Award winner Bruce Hornsby and country rock legend Leon Russell. MGM RESORTS LAUNCHES ‘LIVE THE M LIFE’ SWEEPSTAKES - MGM Resorts International is launching the Live the M Life Sweepstakes, an 11-week contest with once-in-a-lifetime prizes that offer a glimpse into M Life member benefits. Serving as the overarching consumer rewards brand for MGM Resorts’ properties, M Life focuses on experiential rewards, leveraging a collection of amenities. DEFENDING THE CAVEMAN AT HARRAH’S - The Broadway smash hit about the differences between the sexes, has announced its new home at The Improv at Harrah’s. Comedian Kevin Burke stars.

SUSHISAMBA LAS VEGAS HOLDS SUSHI + SAKE 101 CLASSES SUSHISAMBA will feature expert instruction in sushi making and sake tasting with SUSHI + SAKE 101 classes. SUSHI + SAKE 101 is a two-hour teaching and tasting program that includes sake-sampling, instruction in the art of sushi making, and a meal of sashimi, tempura, anticuchos, sushi rolls participants help prepare, and more. Every other Saturday. PIANO! LAS VEGAS AT MIRCALE MILE, PLANET HOLLYWOOD - International recording artist and World Champion Pianist Ryan Ahern brings his high-energy show to Planet Hollywood. Ahern, with his mesmerizing hand speed and unique song

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arrangements, captivates audiences through his exciting and diverse piano stylings that feature every genre from rock to Broadway. GARTH BROOKS AND ‘SINATRA DANCE WITH ME’ EXTEND LAS VEGAS SHOWS - Country music legend Garth Brooks has extended his performances at Wynn Las Vegas through July. Additionally, Wynn’s new hit show, Sinatra Dance With Me, will be extended through April 2. COMEDIENNE RITA RUDNER AT THE VENETIAN - Rita has been entertaining audiences for almost a decade with her trademark clever observations, sharp timing and soft-spoken humor. GOLDEN NUGGET HOTEL & CASINO GOLD TO GO ATM - The Golden Nugget has added an extra touch of gold by unveiling the first GOLD to go ATM in Las Vegas. The GOLD to go ATM vending machine will dispense 24-karat gold bars of various weights ranging between one and 250 grams. The vending machine also sells traditional gold coins and signature gold bars featuring the Golden Nugget logo.

BILOXI What’s Happening at the Beau Rivage Located on the Mississippi Gulf Coast, the is a beautiful resort destination — very convenient for Tampa Bay area folks looking for either an exciting time, or a relaxing time, or both - the Beau has it all. With a partnership with Vision Airlines, the resort has an exclusive package that includes a round trip non-stop jet flight, ground transfers, and two nights in a luxurious guestroom — starting at only $199 per person (double occupancy). The flight takes only an hour and fifteen minutes and leaves from the St. P e t e r s b u r g Clearwater Airport. Right now the flights are once a day, and leave (and return) on Mondays, Thursdays, Fallen Oak and Saturdays. Golfers will definitely want to experience Fallen Oak, Beau Rivage’s Tom Fazio-designed golf course, with it’s dramatic elevation changes (unique for a Gulf Coast course) and beautiful

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magnolia trees, ponds, streams and wetlands. GOLF Magazine rated it one of the “Top 100 Courses You Can Play.” A visit to the Beau’s spa and salon will show Epicurean treatments unique to the Gulf Coast, and a perfect place for a Girlfriend Getaway with their special “Pamper Parties.” The dining opportunities at the Beau are wonderfully varied - from the simple Snacks Deli to the exceptional BR Prime (the Beau’s signature steak and seafood restaurant), and every thing in between. Guests have eleven restaurants to choose from, as well as several bars. For entertainment, guests can look forward to seeing the likes of and in the next few months. Call 888-566-7469, or visit for act dates and times. Reservations for the airinclusive travel packages may be made by calling 877462-2328. Visit for more information.

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Tarpon Springs Events ELEANOR ROOSEVELT PART III: Hammering Out Human Rights - Feb 20. Experience a fascinating in-character monologue by Mrs. Roosevelt who speaks of the ground-breaking, grueling, tempestuous, and eventually triumphant development of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, a Magna Carta for humankind. Witness the compassion, the humor, the angst, and the wit of this remarkable woman brought to life by Storysmith Susan Marie Frontczak. The program is followed first by a question and answer period.

ensemble dedicated to the artistic performance and preservation of Eastern European music, song, and dance. Colorful and spellbinding, it is the best of culture and tradition brought to life on stage by some of the world’s most talented young folk artists. CONCERT PIANIST LOUIS DEMETRIUS ALVANIS - Mar 4. Louis Alvanis has established an international reputation as a musician of outstanding brilliance and sensitivity. His 2011 program includes BACH Toccata in D, BWV 912, BEETHOVEN Sonata in E flat, Op.31, No.3, CHOPIN Ballade No.3 in A flat, and LISZT Mephisto Waltz No.1 in A (to celebrate the 200th anniversary of Liszt’s birth).

ENCHANTED EVENING OF STARS BENEFIT - Feb 25 Local community and professional singers, dancers and instrumentalists are donating their talent and time to raise money for community theater programming. The audience will enjoy great songs from 1776, Oliver!, The Mikado, Little Shop of Horrors, beautiful arias, comedy, dance, and even a special guest Elvis. This event will raise funds to support the performing arts in Tarpon Springs. WAGNER’S GREATEST HITS - Feb 27. Members of the New Century Opera Company perform composer Richard Wagner’s greatest works. Heritage Museum THE DUQUESNE UNIVERSITY TAMBURITZANS - Mar 2. The Tamburitzans is the longest-running American folk

GULF MARITIME FESTIVAL - March 5 - Greek culture is intertwined with its maritime heritage. As one of Florida’s few remaining working waterfronts, Tarpon Springs is the perfect venue to showcase Gulf Coast maritime folklife from Cortez to Apalachicola-with a special emphasis on the local sponge industry. Demonstrations and interviews will include sponge diving and processing; making diving helmets, cast nets, mullet nets, sponging equipment, stone crab traps; mullet smoking, oyster shucking, clam farming, and boat building. The one-day free festival will also present music, dance, and foodways associated with the maritime cultures. MICK MOLONEY AND FRIENDS - March 6. Some of Ireland’s finest instrumentalists and one of the greatest dancers of our time, Mick Moloney, Athena Tergis and Jerry O’Sullivan play the fiddle, uilleann pipes, flute, banjo, octave mandolin and guitar and are accompanied by the dazzling Niall O’Leary, the World Champion of Irish step dance. Tarpon Springs Cultural Center, 101 South Pinellas Avenue, Tarpon Springs FL 34689. For more information, 727-942-5605,


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Lookin’ Good . . . Ladies... Hate Pumping Gas?


f you were driving in the 1960s, you may nostalgically remember when you could pull up to a gas station and someone would come out and fill your tank, check your oil, wash off your windshield, all while you sat prettily in the driver’s seat. That all went away in the 80s (except for those lucky gals who live in NJ), and now we are left to schlep it ourselves, all while getting nasty gas, grease, grime and germs on our hands — especially annoying when you’re all dressed up. Pump Gloves to the rescue! There is a new line of stylish and protective gloves to keep a woman’s hands safe from the “Gunk at the Gas Pump.” With less mess at the pump we can feel confident and clean on our way to work, school, or to pick up the kids. Keep them handily (no pun intended) in the glove compartment. Each pair comes with a vinyl carrying case for storing when not in use. They are made from nylon spandex for a formed fit, and are completely machine washable. One size fits all, and as an added perk, they can also be used exclusively as driving gloves which offer UV protection from the sun’s harsh rays. For more information, visit

Bubalina Body Sugar Scrub


ubalina Beauty has created wonderfully scented organic body sugar scrubs, butters, shower gels, lotions and massage oils all wrapped in fun creative packaging. There are 20 delicious scents to choose from, such as Cocoa Lime Verbean, Cool Cucumber Melon, Cranberry Brown Sugar, and Chocolat to name a few. For example, the Grapefruit Body Sugar Scrub contains ingredients such as Organic Sugar, Sweet Pink Grapefruit Essential Oil and Sea Kelp Extract (which is known to be a wonderful detoxifier to help reduce cellulite.) Bubalina’s almost edible Body Sugar Scrub with natural extracts, exfoliates gently and leaves skin exceptionally clean. Top it off with Bubalina’s Grapefruit Bath and Shower Gel for the complete “aaah” experience. All of the Bubalina products are gluten free, made without parabens, and contain certified organic ingredients. You will find Bubalina products in a lot of high-end salons. For more information, visit



alentine’s Day may have come and gone, but LUSH products say love all year long! Here are a few products to put you in a lovely mood. Throw cute Frog Prince Bath Bomb in the tub and a Prince Charming sticker emerges. Bathe in a luscious blend of jasmine, sandalwood, rose and neroli. The Ex Factor Bath Bomb dissolves in the warm tub water in a swirl of ylang ylang and vanilla to reveal a small pink candy heart. The mix of essential oils will leave you feeling happy and relaxed. It’s Raining Men Shower Gel is a honey and tropical flower blend that will leave your skin soft and scented like creme brulee. Lush’s products are wrapped by hand with recyclable and reusable paper and biodegradable fill for the holidays and always. For more information, visit

Brilliant New Fragrances from Coty


oty Inc and Celine Dion unveiled a new fragrance, Pure Brilliance around the holidays. Pure Brilliance is targeted to the woman with an unparalleled passion for life. The fragrance marks an exciting new entry for the singer and Coty, Inc whose past collaborations have produced many of the top selling scents across the globe totaling over $850M in retail sales. “Celine Dion is a best selling and award-winning international music icon with a voice and spirit that touch women in a profound way,” says Steve Mormoris, Coty Senior Vice President of Global Marketing at Coty Beauty. “She is brilliance incarnate which is why we created this scent.” Pure Brilliance is an exhilarating fruity floral that opens with a sparkling combination of pear, apple, green leaves and freesia. The scent’s heart captures the artist’s feminine charm with notes of honeysuckle, muguet and daylily while the base notes play to her elegance and sophistication. From start to finish, Pure Brilliance’s every note reflects a part of the singer’s talents and personality: Bright, effervescent, sensual and alive.

Now, for the man in your life it’s Coty’s Pure Nautica. This heroic yet relaxed, classic yet modern fragrance offers a woodsy, aquatic scent. Top notes of brisk Sea Spray Accord and sparkling Mandarin and Bergamot capture the energy of setting sail. Dewy Lotus Flower and intriguing Saffron envelop the heart of Ambergris, with unmistakable sensual warmth. Anchoring the fragrance are layers of clean sunbleached Driftwood and textural Suede, wrapped in a touch of Patchouli for an intense and sexy masculine essence.

Preserve Weedon Island sland Preserve


’ve lived in the Riviera Bay area in St. Petersburg for 22 years, and am ashamed to say I never visited Weedon Island Preserve which is located right in my own neighborhood until recently. (I also lived in NY City for 35 years and never went to the top of the Empire State Building... still haven’t.) Anyway, I found I wasted many years not enjoying what the preserve has to offer. Weedon Island Preserve is an ecologically important reserve with a highly

informative and beautifully designed interpretive Cultural and Natural History Center. Their musuem exhibit focuses on Florida Native American history and artifacts. In the preserve visitors can enjoy 4.54 miles of hiking and nature trails that

meander through mangrove forest and seagrass flats, where one can spot wading birds, manatee and various fish species. Almost two miles of the trails are handicap accessible with boardwalk or concrete. Every Saturday guided Hikes of Weedon Island are conducted by volunteers. (Pre-registration is required at (727) 453-6506.) Guided canoe trips are

also offered through the Cultural Center. The Weedon Island Preserve Center’s hours of operation are Wednesday through Sunday, from 10:00 AM to 4:00 PM. Government budget cuts are always threatening all the Pinellas preserves, so please take out some time soon to enjoy our natural wonders. For more information on Weedon Island, visit For more Weedon Island photos, visit, click on Event Photo Gallery, click on Tampa Bay Attractions.

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GO CADDY For People On The Go


eople on the go who like to bring more than just a bottle of water with them now have a tote made especially for them. The Go Caddy is a unisex compact travel tote and water bottle carrier just the right size to hold all your items by your side leaving your hands free for shopping, picture taking or hand holding while you’re on vacation. Carry your own water in places where the local water may be unsafe to drink. It holds a variety of sizes up to 1.5 liter bottle of water or your favorite beverage. A water bottle cooler sleeve is included (a water bottle is not included). The pleated back pouch is roomy enough to hold a cell phone, camera and map. A pleated deep front pocket with flapped closure fits a sail and sign card, charge card, license/ identification, money, etc. An elastic back pouch is roomy enough to hold a cell phone, camera, map and glasses.The comfortable 1” wide adjustable strap can be worn over the shoulder or as a sling style. A 2.5” stylish and durable metal clip to hold keys and an additional “D” ring for the little “extra” you may want to clip on. It also has an additional security-minded hidden interior pocket. This versatile style can also be used for fitness walking, hiking, golf, sporting events, in-line skating, tennis, beach and the pool. It packs flat for traveling. For more information, visit

A New Contemporary Statement


he standard bearer in fine pens since 1888, Parker has always been innovative. Their new Parker IM Premium line takes quality and value a step further, instantly making its mark as a new, timeless classic. Striking the perfect balance between smart design and top performance, tradition and modernity, a strong tactile feel and understated elegance, the three finishes write a new chapter in Parker’s history. The Parker IM Premium’s streamlined finishes are tailored to the cone shape of the original model, for putting pen to paper with a personal touch of class, signature reliability and understated stylishness. The materials used make a distinct, clean impression. The finely balanced chiselling work is a feat of technology, with the features positioned so as to ensure a perfect grip and a great writing experience. The three models are resolutely modern and their design is smart yet never extravagant – the unmistakeable sign of confident, infinite stylishness. The Fountain pen includes a twin channelled ink feed and collector system for use with Quink ink cartridges or convertible to ink bottle filling. The roller ball pen has a cap on/cap off system and is fitted with fine black refill. The Ballpoint pen is a push-button and fitted with medium blue refill. They come in the new Premium Parker Gift box. For more information, visit

FAIRY TRIAD Grow an Enchanted Fairy Wonderland


ids love fairies, and you love plants. Here’s a great project to get your little one interested in growing things. Create a fantastic, fun, fairy wonderland with Fairy Triad. This kit comes with everything needed to get an indoor fairy garden growing and attracting fairies to your home. Lobelia will attract fairies, thyme will enable you to see them, and use evening star to make fairy brews. Learn all about the history and lore of fairies while you create a fairy fantasy with four special fairy plant varieties, multi-colored fairy gravel, fairy dust, a fairy wheel, fairy bells, stakes and decals, and a fairy. Informative instructions included in the kit detail sprouting and growing methods as well as a plethora of information about fairies and fairy gardens. Safe for ages 4 and up. The belief in fairies reaches back into ancient times being traceable both in written and oral tradition. Many think fairies dwell on Earth while others believe they are mythical beings that possess magical powers and sometimes are close to human beings on Earth. Fairies are said to be from an enchanted island off the coast of Ireland known to be a place of youth and beauty. There, time seems to stand still, flowers always bloom, and there is no sickness or war. Hmmm. For more information, visit


ampa’s own Debra Weisser invented Hem-Eze in 2008, working out of her home. She had the product patented and trademarked. Debra invented Hem-Eze out of necessity; she needed a convenient, quick, and easy way to put a temporary hem on a pair of pants. In this fast-paced world, sometimes sewing just doesn’t fit in. You don’t have to sew to use this product. Flexibility and versatility, that’s what today’s fashionistas want. Hem-Eze uses a specially formulated double sided strip, and is safe enough to use on delicate fabrics like cotton and silks, while strong enough to withstand heavier and coarser fabrics like denim and corduroy. It places an actual crease in the fabric that yields a professional hemmed look. Hem-Eze has been featured on the Today Show with Bobbie Thomas and on the NBC 15 Morning Show “Hot Trends”. It was also selected by RealSimple.Com magazine as one of their six Problem Solvers. Real says, “End the battle between keeping your pants long to wear heels and short to wear with flats. Place Hem-Eze double-sided tape on the inside of each pant bottom. Then, when the occasion calls for stilettos, remove the tape and release the hem.” Their slogan is “Wear High Heels this morning and Sandals tonight… with HemEze.” Visit for more information.

DVD Views COMEDY Get ready to kick some serious past with the wildly inappropriate unrated version of Hot Tub Time Machine. The outrageous laughs bubble up when four friends share a crazy night of drinking in a ski resort hot tub, only to wake up with serious hangovers in 1986 - back when girls wore leg warmers, guys watched Red Dawn and Michael Jackson was black! Now, nice-guy Adam (John Cusack), party animal Lou (Rob Corddry), married man Nick (Craig Robinson) and mega-nerd Jacob (Clark Duke) must relive a wild night of sex, drugs and rock-n-roll and try to change their future - forever! LOCKED DOWN Danny, a respected cop, is set up after an investigation goes wrong. While lying low in his new jail cell, Danny is forced to get involved in the inmatesí underground cage-fighting circuit. With the help of Irving, a former mixed martial arts champion, Danny devises a scheme to bring justice and innocence to his familyís name, if he can get out of the cage alive. When Jim’s (Steve Austin) teenage daughter is kidnapped, he’s forced to lead a band of ruthless killers into the wilderness to retrieve their share of a missing heist score. In order to rescue his daughter, Jim must use his unique brand of survival skills to outsmart the kidnappers before it’s too late. Hunt To

Kill is an action packed adrenaline rush about a man operating on his most primal instincts to save the one thing he’s willing to die for - his daughter. GARY UNMARRIED: THE COMPLETE FIRST SEASON Funnyman Jay Mohr (JERRY MAGUIRE, SATURDAY NIGHT LIVE) delivers the laughs in the awardwinning (People’s Choice Award For Favorite New TV Comedy 2009) hit comedy Gary Unmarried: The Complete First Season. Newly single dad Gary Brooks (Mohr) is an uncomplicated guy trying to find his way in an increasingly complicated world. Gary’s doing the best he can to raise his two kids with ex-wife Allison (Paula Marshall), while just beginning to stick his toe back into the dating pool after fifteen years of marriage...just in time for Allison to drop a major bombshell on him. Experience all twenty laugh-out-loud episodes in this 3-Disc Collection. Packed with never-before-seen bonus features, including a behind-thescenes visit with Emmy Award-winning director James Burrows (CHEERS), GARY UNMARRIED: THE COMPLETE FIRST SEASON is the comedy hit about trying to start over while still holding on to the things that really matter. PRIVATE PRACTICE: COMPLETE THIRD SEASON Relive every moment of ABC’s hit drama Private Practice: The Complete Third Season. The challenges that Dr. Addison Montgomery (Kate Walsh) and her coworkers at the Oceanside Wellness Group face every day have bonded them into a tight knit family, but big changes may be just

around the corner. An all-star cast including Taye Diggs, Amy Brenneman, Audra MacDonald, Tim Daly, Paul Adelstein, KaDee Strickland, and Chris Lowell is tested at every turn by the moral and ethical dilemmas that accompany their clinicís unique medical cases. All 23 episodes of Season Three are in this 5-disc DVD collection, along with neverbefore-seen bonus features including bloopers, deleted scenes. STARGATE UNIVERSE SG-U: 1.5 The electrifying series starring Robert Carlyle returns, presenting a whole new set of challenges for the civilians and military personnel stranded in deep space aboard an aging spaceship. As Dr. Rush (Carlyle) races against time to locate a tracking devise hidden somewhere on the Destiny, he also begins to suspect that a mole for the Alliance has infiltrated the group. Confronting the constant demands of their ship, the crew must also face their personal demons time and again in this powerful adventure that also features Lou Diamond Phillips, Michael Shanks, Richard Dean Anderson and Julia Benson. When things get rough on Wisteria Lane, the Housewives band together like never before. Relive the passion, the laughter and the mystery of TV’s celebrated dramatic comedy on thie 5disc set. The neighborhood is jolted with the arrival of Angie Bolen (Drea De Matteo) and her family, and it soon becomes clear that they are hiding something. But what is their secret, and what are their true intentions? Meanwhile, a plane crash on Wisteria Lane causes everyone to reflect on their lilves and the choices that have made them who they are. Join Mitchie (Demi Lovato), Shane, Nate, and Jason (Jonas Brothers), and some brand new campers across the lake for 2 times the music, 2 times the dance moves and 2 times the fun in Camp Rock 2: The Final Jam! Plus only this extended edition combo pack includes a behind-the-scenes introduction to the newest stars, music videos by camp rockers from around the world, “Rock-Along” where you take center stage and more. Join Barney and his friends for some tail-wagging adventures, as they have a purr-fectly wonderful time with pets. Learn how to care for your favorite furry friends, from helpful guide dogs to stunning show dogs and all different kinds of cats. You’re sure to have a doggone good time with Baby Bop, BJ and everyone’s favorite fun-loving dinosaur, Barney. RICHARD, CLIFF - RARE AND UNSEEN

In “Rare and Unseen”, the fourth title of this exclusive and all new DVD collection for fans, we take an inside look at the talented, charismatic, singer-songwriter and actor Cliff Richard - the man who dominated the British popular music scene in the late 1950s and early 1960s, before and during The Beatles’ first year in the charts. This brand new DVD release is a collection of rare footage featuring original rare film and videos of the singer, newsreels and photographs from private collections. From his UK chart-topping successes to being a TV and film personality, Cliff Richard has certainly made his mark in the entertainment industry. He played, he recorded and conquered the planet for five decades - and he is the only artist to have had a number one single in the UK in five consecutive decades, doing so from the 1950s through to the 1990s. She’s sold 120 million records; charted nine #1 songs; won 16 Grammy Awards; headlined three solo world tours; produced records; starred in seven feature films (Dreamgirls, Austin Powers in Goldmember); and launched her own fashion and fragrance lines. It’s hard to believe that Texas-born Beyonce Giselle Knowles took singing and dancing lessons as a child to overcome shyness. By seven, she was



winning competitions and, at 15, she formed Destiny’s Child with Kelly Rowland. After 14 years, Destiny’s Child called it quits, and Beyonce has achieved even more success as a solo artist. Take an inside look at the excitement, the thrills and the sheer talent of the man who made it as one of the world’s most successful solo artists after his departure from the Beatles in 1969: John Lennon. From his musical and songwriting input with the Beatles (especially his partnership with McCartney) to his astronomical solo career, Lennon has certainly had a major impact in the music world. This DVD release is a collection of original rare film and videos of the singer, newsreels and photographs from private collections.

Soar over Europe and experience history and the countryside from an eagle’s perspective. Utilizing cutting-edge, high-definition cameramount technology, this remarkable series provides a unique view of Europe and its history that will take your breath away. All Six episodes cover a range of exploration, from Britain’s castles (both ancient and modern) to Europe’s mystical sites and ruins and on a magical journey through Ireland, Italy and France.

unken Gardens is a botanical paradise in the midst of a bustling city. As St. Petersburg’s oldest living museum, this 100 year old garden is home to some of the oldest tropical plants in the region. Unwind as you stroll through meandering paths, lush with exotic plants from around the world. Explore cascading waterfalls, beautiful demonstration gardens, more than 50,000 tropical plants and flowers. Sunken Gardens provides garden tours, horticultural programs, special events, field trips, weddings, private and corporate rentals. If you enjoy Yoga, Pilates, or want to try Hoop Dancing, why not go to Sunken Gardens and exercise in a botanical, tropical paradise. Every Tues. and Thurs. Breathe in and relax. Every Tuesday and Thursday at 9:15 a.m. This class will help you build long, lean muscles and is perfect for women of all ages and fitness levels. It’s a 50 minute group personal training session with individualized attention. This format utilizes The Muscle Bar, a weighted bar and resistance tube combo that delivers faster results than just weights or resistance tubes. HOOP DANCING - Tuesday 10am - 11am, Wednesday 9am - 10am. IAN HOLISTIC WORKOUT - Monday and Wednesday, Noon - 1pm. CHUTE CHI GONG - Friday, 10am - Noon

Sunken Gardens is located at 1825 4th Street N., St. Petersburg; 727-551-3100;

A Botanical Experience Awaits You... • Discover the beauty of a 100 year old botanical paradise. • Explore cascading waterfalls, beautiful gardens, more than 50,000 tropical plants and flowers and the walk through butterfly encounter. • Experience a guided tour, special event or workshop. $8 Adults; adults; $6 seniors 55 & up; $4 ages 2 3 to 11 $8 1825 4th St. N., St. Petersburg, FL • 727-551-3100

SUDS FOR SUPPORT - Feb 19 The Humane Society of Pinellas and Hooters are coming together on Saturday, February 19th, 2011 from 10am-4pm for Suds For Support at 3040 State Road 590, Clearwater. Take the week off of your washing duties; let Hooters wash your car and HSP bathe your dog. Not only will you get your car and your dog washed, but Suds for Support will also offer Hooters wings, raffle baskets, adoptable pets to visit and other activities. The funds raised together will be shared between HSP and Hooters who is designating their raised funds to assist a burn victim of domestic violence obtain a vehicle.

This young, single mother of 2 had 80% of her body burned. Despite her trauma, she is striving to go to school and raise her children. To help her set an example of strength, endurance, along with her desire and ability to move forward in life, we are pleased to join together with the hopes of getting her safe, reliable transportation.

HUMANE SOCIETY OF TAMPA BAY “BARK IN THE PARK” - March 5 Join the 24th Annual Walk for the Animals. Donations provide shelter, food, spay/neuter services and medical care for the thousands of animals that are relinquished to the shelter each year. Dedicated walkers and supporters helped raise over $65,000 at Bark in the Park 2010. This year Rescue Ink will be the special guests. Rescue Ink Unleashed was a reality TV show on the National Geographic Channel focused on ending animal cruelty and helping animals in need. Visit for more info. 8:30am noon at Al Lopez Park in Tampa.


oodrow Wear founder Lorraine Walston created Power Paws when her 14 year old dog developed canine hip dysplasia and canine arthritis and had difficulty standing and walking on hardwood and tile floors. Power Paws are a traction solution designed to help with both grip and mobility. Power Paws make movement easier, increasing your pet’s quality of life. They are also a fun, fashion accessory, a solution to preventing nail marks on hardwood floors, and a solution for protecting wounds and foot injuries. They also protect paws from snow, ice and salt in the winter (can be sprayed with waterproof spray) and in summer, they protect from burns and extreme heat of pavement and beaches. They come in a growing collection of designs and 8 different sizes. For more information, visit

19th ANNUAL MUTT STRUT - March 19 The Humane Society of Pinellas is holding their annual Mutt Strut on Honeymoon Island State Park in Dunedin, FL. This is the 19th year of the strut. Scheduled from 10am-2pm, the Mutt Strut offers a fun and relaxed environment for the mile long strut along the Osprey Trail. The Mutt Strut offers a fun and entertaining event for everyone. Expect to find over 50 vendors offering a wide variety of services and products for both you and your pet. There will also be pet games, demonstrations, plenty of themed Chinese Raffle baskets to choose from, prizes, and rescue groups. This is sure to be a great day to STRUT YOUR MUTT. Don’t forget to check out the adorable adoptable HSP dogs that will be there. Prizes will be awarded to the individual and the pack that raises the most money through pledges. The first 300 walkers with at least a $25 donation will receive a Wag Bag filled with goodies, an event T-Shirt and bandana for your

pet. under the events page and at the Humane Society of Pinellas, 3040 State Road 590, 727-797-7722, in Clearwater.

“Luck of the Irish” Cats for Adoption - March 17-20 Some of the furry little lads and lassies have been living at the The Humane Society of Pinellas shelter for many months and are looking forward to finding a new home. The Luck of the Irish Cats will be available from Thursday March 17-20. A special adoption fee of $25 includes vaccines, cats are spayed or neutered and have microchip ID. Bring your own carrier, or purchase one for $5 from the Humane Society. 3040 State Road 590 Clearwater, FL 33759, 727-7977722;

Keep Your Pets Warm with Pet-ZZZ-Pad


hey may have built in fur coats, but our little 4-legged friends get chilly in the winter (or from high air-conditioning in the summer) just like we do. Some of us have the luxury of an electric blanket to snuggle into on a cold night. How about our little furry friends? The normal body temperature of cats and dogs is actually 102°. Vets recommend that a pet’s bed be warmed to 102° to keep them warm during cooler months. The new Pet-zzz-pad is the answer to your pet’s ultimate comfort. It heats up to the recommended 102°. It also molds to your pet’s body and cuddles them in warmth. The pad activates with your pet’s weight and fits any size pet bed with a regular 12-inch pad for small to medium pets, and a large 16inch for medium to large pets. The regular size comes with a cozy fleece machin-washable cover.When they get up off the bed, the pad turns off too so you don’t have to worry about it being on all the time. You also don’t have to keep your home heat turned up all day while you’re at work. It might even help keep your pet off your bed for a more restful night’s sleep. According to Christopher Hallihan, DVM, Managing Partner at Animal Care Center in NJ, “You’ll often notice dogs with muscle or joint pain seeking out sun spots. It’s perfect for dogs that shiver, as well as puppies and kittens that need extra warmth.” For more information, visit

Florida Author


om Williams is a regular columnist and feature article writer for a series of Scripts newspapers in Southwest Florida. After having published hundreds of human interest, and culinary columns, Tom’s wellrounded writing career includes articles in Paradise Magazine, the Naples Daily News, The Marco Island Eagle and ETC: a special feature Sunday newspaper. Williams continues to write columns and feature articles for many of the Scripts publications in Southwest Florida, and he is employed as a sailboat captain by Marriott’s Marco Beach Resort. Tom is also a Master Merchant Marine Officer licensed by the United States Coast Guard. He is a well-traveled and veteran scuba diver specializing in shipwreck sites with a keen interest in deep-sea archeology. After decades of real life discovery above and under the water, Tom is uniquely enabled to create cause and effect maritime scenarios where the written words paint the pictures. With uncountable shipwrecks lost on the ocean floor, Williams’ “Lost and Found” explores the hightech possibilities that a satellite orbiting from above the earth could detect a super conductor such as gold and potentially find all the lost shipwrecks around the globe that have a microwave signature for the incredibly precious metal. With the current price of gold, can anyone really imagine the possibilities? Tom Williams resides on Marco Island Florida with his wife Vicki Lynn and their three cats Lucy, Ethel, and Elvis.


on an incredible adventure, around the world and to the bottom of the sea, to find what was once lost but is now found. “A promising debut novel that combines a Pirates of the Caribbean flavor with 21st century technology. Perfect for sipping Piña Coladas on a tropical azure shoreline.” — Steve Alten, New York Times Bestselling author of Meg & The Shell Game.

wo brilliant scientists pioneer a means of exploring for hidden oil reserves using satellite technology. However, they find a treasure worth much more than black gold-real gold, in every sunken treasure ship in the world’s oceans. Together with a beautiful dive master and salvage expert, the treasures of antiquity are all there for the taking-if the adventursome trio can just stay alive long enough, fleeing a madman from the exotic tropical waters of South Florida to the depths of the Black Sea in Europe. Come along

NEW RELEASES THE KENSEI: A LAWSON VAMPIRE NOVEL by Jon F. Merz ISBN-10: 0312662238 Lawson is a cynical, wise-cracking vampire charged with protecting the Balance between vampires and humans, he is part cop, part spy, and part commando — James Bond with fangs. Lawson mixes shrewd cunning with unmatched lethality to get his job done. He tries his best to dismantle conspiracies, dispatch bad guys, and live long enough to get home. In The Kensei, a battle-weary Lawson heads to Japan for a little rest and some advanced ninja training. But he no sooner steps off the plane than lands in the midst of a Yakuza turf war orchestrated by a shadowy figure

known as the Kensei. With the help of Talya, a former KGB-assassin, Lawson must put a stop to the Kensei’s organ trafficking networks, prevent the creation of an army of vampire-human hybrids, and save his own skin in the process.

strategies and begin to realize the perfect life that until now has only existed in your

dreams. With The Life Summit, author Tim Levy teaches how to: Discover the law that brings forth everything you want in every area of your life; Be an active participant in determining what happens in your life; Identify and clear internal conflicts that create unconscious roadblocks to your goals; Use the 3 Handy Tools - mind-mapping, brainstorms, and facilitators to do some of the `heavy lifting’ for you, and more. THE HORNBROOK PROPHECY by Robert Wickes Isbn-10: 1591463424 What would happen if the United States government suddenly went bankrupt? An ancient beheading and a 200-year-old prediction foretell the inevitable consequences of blind

THE LIFE SUMMIT: Map Out The Life Of Your Dreams In 6 Easy Steps by Tim Levy ISBN-10: 1600376940 The Life Summit is a simple process to help you get clear about what you desire in life and then create a practical plan of action to bring those things into reality. In six simple steps, you’ll link the spiritual laws of attraction to grounded, logical business

ambition and the abuse of power in a thought-provoking, passionate challenge to conventional political wisdom. Maverick Senator Henley Hornbrook fights against unscrupulous President Winston Dillard while a nationwide tax revolt plunges the country into chaos before Hornbrook unveils a stunning plan that will forever change the nation and preserve its destiny. Is it fiction, or prediction? In a classic confrontation between government oppression and rugged individualism, The Hornbrook Prophecy will spark debate from the classroom to the bar room about a new, principled hero who fights for more than the girl and the gold. THE BEATLES VS. THE ROLLING STONES: Sound Opinions on the Great Rock ‘n’ Roll Rivalry Jim DeRogatis and Greg Kot ISBN-10: 0760338132 Two of the world’s preeminent music journalists tackle the liveliest debate in rock history:

which band is the greatest ever — the Beatles or the Rolling Stones? More than two dozen topics of debate are addressed, with cases being made both for the lads from Liverpool and rock’s proto bad boys. From the Cavern and Crawdaddy clubs through head-tohead comparisons of specific albums (e.g., Exile or “the White Album”?), members’ roles within the bands, the Svengali-like managers, influential producers, musical influences, and more, this is the book that dares confront the topics over which fans have agonized for years. Illustrated throughout with photography and memorabilia, the book also features a very cool lenticular cover piece that alternates between the two bands.

with her legacy. In seventeen chapters Capone outlines organized crime in Chicago and offers vignettes of American history during the early and mid-twentieth century. Using years of research and exhaustive interviews with her aunts, uncles, and cousins, she weaves an engaging anecdotal narrative of what it meant to be a Capone, what it meant to lose her father to suicide, and what it meant to have a mother who lived in constant fear. From the family’s roots in Angri, Italy to the author’s ongoing investigations today, this debut offers a comprehensive and moving portrait of an iconic American family and one woman’s efforts to make peace with the past.

The untold story from inside his family. Dramatic, unyielding, and provocative, Uncle Al Capone by Deirdre Marie Capone, Al Capone’s grandniece, is a fascinating memoir and engaging biography. This moving, highly readable portrait of the Capone family and its mob trade examines what it has meant to survive the storied legacy of the family’s forbearers. As Capone traces the arc of regret and what fuels the Capone myth, she finds redemption and a way to coexist

About the Author: is a nationally known profiler and founder and CEO of the Sexual Homicide Exchange (SHE) and the Pat Brown Criminal Profiling Agency. She holds a master’s degree in criminal justice from Boston University and developed the first accredited Criminal Profiling and Investigative Analysis program in the country for Excelsior College, where she is an adjunct professor. She appears on national television and radio often--more than 1,000 times in the past decade to discuss high-profile cases. Brown lives in Minnesota and Maryland.

THE PROFILER: My Life Hunting Serial Killers and Psychopaths by Pat Brown with Bob Andelman ISBN-10: 1401341268 In 1990, a young woman was strangled on a jogging path near the home of Pat Brown and her family. Brown suspected the young man who was renting a room in her house, and quickly uncovered strong evidence that pointed to him--but the police dismissed her as merely a housewife with an overactive imagination. It would be six years before her former boarder would be brought in for questioning, but the night Brown took action to solve the murder was the beginning of her life’s work. Pat Brown is now one of the nation’s few female criminal profilers--a sleuth who assists police departments and victims’ families by analyzing both physical and behavioral evidence to make the most scientific determination possible about who committed a crime. Brown has analyzed many dozens of seemingly hopeless cases and brought new investigative avenues to light. In The Profiler, Brown opens her case files to take readers behind the scenes of bizarre sex crimes, domestic murders, and mysterious deaths, going face-toface with killers, rapists, and brutalized victims. It’s a rare, up-close, first-person look at the real world of police and profilers as they investigate crimes--the good and bad, the cover-ups and the successes.

is the author or co-author of several best-selling biographical, business, management and sports books, including Will Eisner: A Spirited Life, The Profit Zone: Lessons of Strategic Genius from the People Who Created the World’s Most Valued Companies, and Built from Scratch: How a Couple of Regular Guys Grew The Home Depot from Nothing to $30 Billion. Andelman also produces and hosts the popular “Mr. Media Interviews” podcast on BlogTalkRadio. Bob lives in St. Petersburg, FL.

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