Accent On Tampa Bay
Vol. 33, Issue 238 April / May, 2018 Publisher Albert F. Martino, Jr. Senior Editor Melissa Wolcott Martino Sales Barbara McGovern Graphic Designers Missy Lynn Contributors Bridget Burke Vicki Kolb Michael Martino Barbara McGovern Marty Peters Deborah Quigley Jenna Rimensnyder JoAnn Ryan Photographer Melissa Wolcott Martino Proofreader Beau deCatta Cover Photo by: Ryan McGinley PUBLISHED ON LINE BY
St. Petersburg, FL (727) 577-5500
LOCAL FOCUS EVENTS APRIL Thru April 27
FRESH SQUEEZED 2. An exhibition of emerging artists currently residing in Florida. Fresh Squeezed encourages, supports and celebrates artists who fly under the radar, who haven’t had their big break, whose work may not be typical gallery or museum fare. 727.822.7872 9 am – 5 pm Monday – Saturday/Noon – 5 pm Sunday, Morean Arts Center, 719 Central Avenue, St. Petersburg. www.moreanartscenter.org
tea party with Princess Elena, Princess Sofia and Minnie Mouse. Clearwater’s Ruth Eckerd Hall on April 4, and Sarasota’s Van Wezel PAC on April 6. www.disneyjuniortour.com
Thru April 30
MARCH OF THE MERMAIDS. Features local folk artist, writer and sign artist Rhonda Kay known for her pithy sayings, fantasy fish and five foot mermaids and Brandy Stark, a wire worker from St. Petersburg, who has woven a variety of metal mermaids and intermixed them with award-winning water-themed photography. Free, Neighborhood Joe, 2609 Dr M.L.K. Jr St. N, St. Petersburg. 727.821.5759. BUSCH GARDENS’ SPRING BREAK RAIN GUARANTEE. Visitors don’t need to change their plans if rain is in the forecast during a spring break visit to Busch Gardens Tampa Bay. The park is offering a “Spring Break Rain Guarantee” allowing guests who have a rained-out day at Busch Gardens to come back for a free second visit within 30 days. The offer is valid today through April 30 for single day and multi-day tickets. www.BuschGardens.com/Tampa
April 4, 6
DISNEY JUNIOR DANCE PARTY. Inspired by the Disney Junior series favorites, the show includes numbers from Mickey and the Roadster Racers, Sofia the First, Elena of Avalor, Doc McStuffins, The Lion Guard, as well as the newest hit series Vampirina and Puppy Dog Pals. The show’s host Dee and Jay — plus the DJ Dance Squad — will welcome Mickey, Minnie and other Disney Junior characters on-stage to perform popular songs from their series. A VIP experience for those interested includes breakfast with the characters, as well as opportunities for kids to have an afternoon 4
CLOTHES MATTER FUNDRAISING LUNCHEON. Clothes To Kids provides a week worth of clothing to low-income, school age kids, all free of charge. Sponsoring this luncheon means kids in our community will get a wardrobe from you. Noon – 1 pm, $. The Coliseum, 535 4th Ave. N, St. Petersburg. 727.441.5050 ext 122. www.clothestokids.org THE BEEKEEPER’S SECRET TALK AND BOOK SIGNING. Author Sally Fernandez of Sarasota is launching her sixth political thriller, while finalizing a movie option on her fifth novel which may include location shots in the Sarasota area. On April 5th inside Patrick’s from 5:30 to 7:30, Ms. Fernandez will sign her latest novel The Beekeeper’s Secret and talk about her book Climatized. Both novels, from Dunham Books, are part of the new Max Ford Series. They feature former CIA agent Maxine Ford who now operates her own private detective agency. 1481 Main Street, Sarasota, FL 34236.
14TH ANNUAL STRINGBREAK MUSIC FESTIVAL. Features Alternative Country, Americana, Rockabilly, Cajun, Bluegrass, Roots Rock and more. Over 20 National touring bands on multiple stages include Grammy Winning Chubby Carrier
& the Bayou Swamp Band, Grand Slambovians, Phoebe Hunt & the Gatherers, The Cordovas, Randy Mcallistar and more. Music starts at 6 PM Thursday, continues daily from 11 am till midnight. Attendees will be entertained by dancing, craft exhibitors, music jams, a limbo contest, camping, food and drink. The youth will enjoy full programmed activities and kids’ stuff on a dedicated stage. Music Workshops conducted by the pros. Bring lawn chairs / no coolers please. $. A percentage of the income goes to the improvements and maintenance of the Sertoma Youth Ranch. 85 Myers Road, Brooksville, FL 34602. 863-9848445. www.riverhawkmusic.com
TAMPA BAY BLUES FESTIVAL. One of the world’s preeminent blues concerts and the recipient of the Blues Foundation’s 2011 “Keepin’ the Blues Alive” award for Best U.S. Blues Festival. Times vary, $. Vinoy Park, 701 Bay Shore Dr. NE, St. Petersburg. www.tampabaybluesfest.com/ index.php
PHILIPPINE FESTIVAL. Visit the biggest Philippine festival in Florida as the Philippine Cultural Foundation, Inc. brings you PhilFest 2018 at the Philippine Cultural Enrichment Complex (Bayanihan Arts and Events Center and Philippine Village) located at 14301 Nine Eagles Drive, Tampa, FL 33626. 813-925-1232. www.pcfitampa.org/
Sat, April 7
Fri, April 6
3rd ANNUAL PARR FOR THE COURSE, 5K RACE & 1 MILE FUN RUN. This challenging course snakes its way through the lush, wooded grounds of the Babe Zaharias golf course. The race offers a flat, fast run sure to appeal to all levels of runners. Following the 1 mile event, there will be an awards ceremony as well as a postrace party featuring free beer, a live DJ and free food samples from a number of area restaurants. Proceeds from the event go to support the PARR Foundation and their efforts to assist the amputee community through research, rehabilitation and funding. 813-936-8700. www.parrforthecourse. racehawk.com 6
ST. JOSEPH’S CHILDREN’S HOSPITAL FOUNDATION 2018 HEROES BALL. The annual event benefits St. Joseph’s Children’s Hospital. Guests will enjoy a cocktail reception, silent and live auctions, dinner, dancing and live entertainment from Jessie’s Girls. During the black-tie affair, Dr. Daniel Plasencia, medical director of St. Joseph’s Children’s Hospital, will be recognized as a community hero. Dr. Plasencia is the founder of St. Joseph’s Children’s Hospital’s Chronic-Complex Clinic, which specializes in care for children with medically complex conditions. The ChronicComplex Clinic is a medical home where these patients receive the special attention needed for comprehensive health services. 6:30 p.m. at the Tampa Marriott Waterside Hotel & Marina. (813) 872-0979. www.SJHFoundation.org
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Sat, April 7
WALK MS: TAMPA. An estimated 1,200 people are expected to raise more than $125,000 at Walk MS: Tampa at Al Lopez Park. Walk MS is an opportunity for people to come together with friends, loved ones and co-workers to fundraise, connect and advocate for people affected by MS. Each dollar raised is one step closer to the National Multiple Sclerosis Society’s goal – a world free of MS. 8:00 a.m. (walk begins at 9:00 a.m.) Al Lopez Park, 4810 N. Himes Ave., Tampa 33614. 855372-1331. www.nationalMSsociety.org 52ND ANNUAL DUNEDIN HIGHLAND GAMES & FESTIVAL. A day full of Scottish fare with Bagpipe competition, heavy athletics, highland dancing, Celtic vendors and music on two stages. Over twenty Scottish clans and associations to trace your heritage. 8 am – 8 pm. $. 1920 Pinehurst Rd., Dunedin. www.dunedinhighlandgames.com SANTA’S ANGELS PRESENTS: HAVANA NIGHTS.
and toys for the families who need it. 6pm – 10pm. Price includes open bar and all food. Admission: $30 or $25 with a New, Unwrapped Toy. Friendship Park, 164th Ave, Redington Beach, FL. 727-3623397. www.facebook.com/santasangelsflorida / www.Eventbrite.com HEALTHY ST. PETE, FIT CITY 5K RUN & 1 MILE FUN WALK. Healthy St. Pete is a citywide community engagement and empowerment initiative that will help our community eat, play, shop and live healthier. This family friendly event will include fitness demonstrations, health food & wellness vendors, and more. North Straub Park, 400 Bayshore Drive NE, St. Petersburg, FL 33701. www.runsignup.com/Race/FL/SaintPetersburg/CityofStPeteFitCityCelebration5K GRAND TASTING, BRUNCH & CHARITY AUCTION. The Grand Tasting will feature wines from more than 50 wineries. Rub elbows with host vintners and knowledgeable winery representatives as they pour their best vintages and most sought-after wines. Select appetizer portions of signature dishes from favorite upscale local restaurants during brunch from 11:00 am – 1:00 pm. Following brunch, the afternoon continues with the charity auction. Bid on wines, lavish dinners, adventure travel, jewelry and more. 11 AM - 4 PM. 941-952-1109. Van Wezel Performing Arts Hall, 777 N Tamiami Trail, Sarasota, FL.
Classic 1950’s cars, cigars, rum drinks, Caribbean music live, come dress as you are, or put on your fedora hat, goayabera shirt, rumba dress and enjoy tropical Havana night. Each ticket includes unlimited craft beer, wine, cocktails, food from local restaurants, Cuban pork, pig roast, silent auction, cigar rolling dominos and live music. Santa’s Angels is a 501 (c) (3) not for profit Florida Corporation that raises money to buy a variety of groceries Continued 8
Saturday, May 12, 2018 • 6:00 p.m.
he 2018 Wishmaker’s Ball, presented by PNC Bank, is an unforgettable evening of dinner, drinks, live entertainment, dancing, and auctions that include unique items and one-ofa-kind experiences. A private concert by Rock & Roll Hall of Famers Joan Jett and the Blackhearts kicks off the second part of the evening, which also features an After Party and live DJ. The event’s theme is ‘A Night Under the Stars’ and 100% of the net proceeds will go toward granting the life-changing wishes for local children that have critical illnesses. The Wishmaker’s Ball will be held at the beautiful Grand Hyatt Tampa Bay, 2900 Bayport Drive, Tampa, FL 33607. Chairing the black-tie event for the third time is Steven Gillis, a Tampa native (Jesuit High) and CEO of Tampa-based Transportation Control Systems. He has been a longtime leader on the Tampa Bay Advisory Board and has successfully challenged other CEOs and decision-makers to get further involved in local philanthropy. Through personal and corporate giving, Steven and his wife, Natalie, have underwritten the cost of life-changing experiences for nearly 20 local children and families. They also volunteer as “wish granters,” meaning they are not only underwriting, but also coordinating the details of whatever a child’s most heartfelt wish might be. They are truly difference-makers for one of the region’s most impactful nonprofits.
Make-A-Wish Southern Florida has granted more than 11,000 life-changing wishes since 1983 for children who have critical illnesses. It aims to grant a wish for every medically-eligible child in its territory and understands these experiences aren’t just nice, they’re necessary to the health and well-being of families at critical times in their lives. Wish kids most often ‘wish to be’ (something), ‘wish to meet’ (someone), ‘wish to go’ (somewhere), ‘wish to have’ (something), or ‘wish to give’ (to a cause) and the nonprofit organization makes this happen for the child and his/her entire family at no cost or obligation.
For more information and to purchase tickets for the Wishmaker’s Ball, please visit
A GOLD PHOTO SHOOT FOR FRIENDS OF STRAYS. Book a photo shoot to support Friends of Strays. Spots must be booked in advance. Friends of Strays will be at the Dog Bar until 6 pm with adoptable dogs, fabulous raffle baskets and a 50/50 raffle all to help homeless dogs (and cats too). 2 – 5 pm, $. Dog Bar St. Pete, 2300 Central Ave, St. Petersburg. www.friendsofstrays.com/events 7th ANNUAL BUBBLES AND BUTTERFLIES GALA. A special Black-Tie Optional evening to include: VIP Sponsor Reception, Premier Open Bar, Complimentary Hors D’ Oeuvres and Desserts by Mise en Place, Guest Performances & Entertainment by DJ Jake Dela Cruz, Custom Cigar Bar, Silent Auction Items, Red Carpet, Photographer, Photo Booth, Photo Backdrop and More. 100% of proceeds to benefit Redefining Refuge Safe House and Schooling Projects. 7:00 PM. Tampa Museum of Art, 120 W Gasparilla Plaza, Tampa, FL. (813) 909-0300. www.eventliveus.com/purchase/event/640153
Settlement’s grounds to show them off & have pictures with gorgeous ladies in classic pinup dresses in a lightly wooded area with some historic buildings as backdrops for some amazing photo ops. Though this is to showcase pickups & other trucks, cars are welcome to come as well. Free for all participants & visitors. There will be food & drinks available for purchase. 10 AM - 2 PM. (727) 8937326. Pinellas Pioneer Settlement, 3130 31st St S, St Petersburg, FL
24th ANNUAL SPRINGFEST GARDEN ART & FAERIE FESTIVAL. The Garden Art & Faerie themed festival will transform Clymer Park into an “enchanted village” inhabited by costumed faeries, sprites, gnomes, ogres and trolls. Renaissance-era characters, gypsies, minstrels, wizards and roving entertainers in costume will also stroll through the event. Springfest will offer a wide variety of family friendly activities and entertainment. Favorite activities such as May pole dances, a faerie house contest, costume contests and live music will be returning. A children’s area will offer activities including face painting, pixie dusting, bubble blowing, and more. Vendors offer plants, garden art, flowers, herbs, Renaissance-period items, clothing, jewelry, art, hand-made crafts, food & beverages, and other items of whimsical interest. 10 am – 6 pm. Free. Clymer Park, 5501 27th Ave. S, Gulfport. www.visitgulfportflorida.com SAFETY HARBOR SONGFEST.
2018 GREAT STRIDES ST PETERSBURG. Family friendly fundraising 5k walk benefiting the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation. 8 AM - 12 PM. 813374-9041. Boyd Hill Nature Preserve, 1101 Country Club Way South, Saint Petersburg, FL www.on.cff.org/2zI3qBy CLASSIC PINUPS & PICKUPS MEET UP AT THE PINELLAS PIONEER SETTLEMENT. Bring your classic beauties out to the Pinellas Pioneer 10
A day long festival featuring local and national songwriters, strolling performers, live art displays
and demonstrations, food and craft beer vendors. Featuring musical performances by Fantastic Negrito, Josh Ritter, Larkin Poe, Selwyn Birchwood, Meiko, Daniel Mohr, Betty Fox, Mountain Holler, Kristopher James, Ari Chi, The Urban Gypsies of Florida, Jonnie Morgan, and Ezra Huleatt of Black Taxi. 12 noon – 10 pm. $. Safety Harbor Waterfront Park, Safety Harbor. www.shsongfest.org FESTA ITALIANA. The twoday celebration will honor Italian culture and heritage by serving Italian cuisine, showcasing entertainment from world renowned performers, and offering a diverse assortment of activities for guests of all ages. Saturday-only activities in Centennial Park will include the annual Bocce Invitational, and the Ybor’s Got Talent singing competition. The Homemade Vino Competition will take place at The Italian Club of Tampa. Festa Italiana will take place in historic Ybor City’s Centennial Park on Sat. from 10am to 10pm, and on Sun., from 11am to 6pm. www.fastaitalianatampa.com ST. PETERSBURG HOME FESTIVAL.
activities. St Petersburg College Allstate Campus, 3200 34th St. S, St. Petersburg. www.localshops1.com TASTY LIPS AT NOVA 535. Party and paint at NOVA 535. Food and drinks are not included. Nova will have alcohol available for purchase, no outside drinks allowed. You will be able to order food from several nearby restaurants. Events are 21 and up. Free Parking. 7 pm
- 9 pm. $. 535 Dr M.L.K. Jr St N, St. Petersburg, FL. www.paintnite.com/events/tasty-lips-atnova-535-10035874
SUNLIT FESTIVAL. A spring celebration of literature within the Sunshine State. A literary smorgesboard of events celebrating the written word throughout St. Petersburg. www.sunlitfestival.org Continued
See the latest and greatest in tiny home living. Learn to simplify life and live greener and local. DYI workshops, presentations, tiny home models, local businesses and artists, children’s www.AccentOnTampaBay.com
Sun, April 8
LOS VINOS DE DALI. Raise a glass (or two) to welcome spring as The Dalí hosts its 7th annual signature wine and food tasting, from 3-7pm. Guests will experience a variety of both Old World and New World wines, gourmet tapas tastings from the area’s top restaurants and live music. This year’s event takes place on the plaza between the Museum and the Mahaffey Theater on the downtown waterfront. Tickets also include access to the Museum’s galleries throughout the day from 10am5:30pm including the current special exhibition, Dalí/Duchamp. This year, the culinary offerings will feature new restaurants as well as returning favorites, such as Sea Salt, Birch & Vine, Hawkers Asian Street Fare, Il Ritorno, Ichicoro Ane and more. The list also includes Florida wineries, craft beer breweries, distilleries and other libations. Silent auction featuring travel experiences, health & wellness packages, jewelry, artwork, dining packages and more. 727.823.3767 www.thedali.org/ event/los-vinos-de-dali-2018
TOUR DE CURE. A cycling event packed with excitement, energy and support where riders of all levels join forces to celebrate the critical funds they have raised for diabetes research, education and advocacy. 7:30 am – 12:30 pm, $. Williams Park, 350 2nd Ave. N, St. Petersburg. www.main.diabetes.org/site/TR/TourdeCure/ TourAdmin?pg=entry&fr_id=12225
SUN N FUN FLY-IN. Air show, educational seminars and exhibitions. $. Lakeland Linder Regional Airport, 4175 Medulla Rd., Lakeland. www. flysnf.org
Thurs, April 12
THE LONGEST TABLE. Prix fixe menus paired with custom adult beverages from the area’s finest restaurants. Diners enjoy an epicurean experience at beautifully set tables right down the middle of Bayshore Drive. Benefits WUSF Public Media. 5:30, Prices vary, Bayshore Drive NE from the Mu-
seum of Fine Arts to the Vinoy, St. Petersburg. 800.661.0823 w w w. w u s f . u s f . e d u / w o r d press/longest
PIER 60 SUGAR SAND FESTIVAL.
CREAM SOCIAL. Bring your dog and/or meet some new furry friends.Enjoy complimentary fresh mini donuts, discounts on Larry’s homemade ice cream and many other homemade treats. 2-4 pm, Free, Larry’s Olde Fashioned Ice Cream and Gelato, 6595 Gulf Blvd., St. Pete Beach. www.friendsofstrays. com/events,paws-in-paradise-ice-cream-social SPIFFS ANNUAL INTERNATIONAL BALL. St. Petersburg International Folk Fair Society
(SPIFFS) will hold its Annual International Ball to honor individual group members as “SPIFFS Persons of The Year”. International entertainment and dancing to the tunes of Urban Gypsies. SPIFFS is Tampa Bay’s own United Nations and the only independent non-profit, multi-cultural folk fair organization in the country. In October each year its forty plus member groups get together to put on an International Folk Fair for a trip around the world in St. Petersburg. $. 7 pm Continued
A ten-day beach-wide celebration. Free activities for all ages including a children’s play area, street performers, artisan and crafters, live entertainment, fireworks, sand sculpting classes, speed sand demonstrations and the master sand sculpting competition. Pier 60, 1 Causeway Blvd., Clearwater. www.sugarsandfestival.com
Sat, April 14
8th ANNUAL SALUTE TO THE MILITARY AND FIRST RESPONDERS. Pet and family friendly fundraiser with kid’s fishing rodeo, live entertainment, vendors and food and beverage sales. Funds raised will help various Veterans charities. Hosted by Veterans of South Pinellas County. 10 am – 4 pm. Free. Horan Park, 7700 Boca Ceiga Dr., St. Pete Beach. www.vetsofspc.org
Sat, April 14
PAWS IN PARADISE ICE www.AccentOnTampaBay.com
Banquet Masters, 13355 49th Street North, Clearwater, FL 33762 (727) 552-1896. www.spiffs.org TOUCH-A-TRUCK. A fun, family day of activities including a chance to see vehicles up close from fire rescue, law enforcement, utilities, construction, animal services and medical. Games and giveaways, music, free food and a rock climbing wall. 10 am – 2 pm, Free, St. Petersburg College Allstate Campus, 3200 34th St. S, St. Petersburg. www.skywaymarinadistrict.org 4TH ANNUAL BEER & BURGER THROWDOWN. This event features free samples from local craft brewers and many of the best burger restaurants and food trucks all in the same place. There is Live Music all day, competitions, outdoor
games, kids zone, and more. Proceeds benefit the Safety Harbor Chamber Foundation. 12 – 6 pm. $ adult, children free. Safety Harbor Waterfront Park, 110 Veterans Memorial Ln., Safety Harbor. www.cityofsafetyharbor.com/ LOOK UP! CLEARWATER MUSIC FESTIVAL. The Upper Pinellas County Ministereal Alliance, along with several area churches, are coming together to host the 2nd annual Look Up! event. Live band, worship teams, contemp[orary gospel and Christian rap artists, community vendors, food vendors. A music festival with a message of hope, that brings race, faith, family and community together. 4 - 9pm, downtown Clearwater. www.myclearwater.com
Habitat For Humanity 2018 BLUEPRINT GALA
ake a musical journey filled with the sounds, sights and styles of past music eras, plus help create a song of hope for others with a new special event. Blueprint Bandstand will bring together everything from ’30s jazz to ’50s rock and roll to today’s pop for a great experience. The BLUEPRINT gala is designed to provide additional funding resources for Habitat for Humanity of Pinellas County’s affordable homeownership program for limited-income families. The annual gala features thematic dining environments created by local designers, each providing a special dining experience for event sponsors and their guests. Vinoy Renaissance St. Petersburg Resort, 501 5th Avenue N.E., St. Petersburg, Florida 33701
TARPON SPRINGS ARTS & CRAFTS FESTIVAL. A weekend of creative vendors, great food, live entertainment and the backdrop of the Historic Sponge Docks. Sat 10 am – 6 pm, Sun 10 am – 5 pm. Free. The Sponge Docks, 18 Dodecanese Blvd., Tarpon Springs. www.spongedocks.net
Sun, April 15
BARK AT THE BALL PARK. Bark at the Ball Park offers fun for the entire family while helping the homeless pets at the Humane Society of Pinellas. Bring the dogs and the kids for a fun filled day with gates opening at noon. 100% of your dog ticket purchase will be donated to helping the animals thanks to the Clearwater Threshers. Bark at the Ball Park will offer vendors to shop, a pet costume contest during the first part of the game, a
kids zone, doggie pools, raffle baskets and 50/50 raffles and more. Enjoy watching the game from the grassy berm with your shoes kicked off, enjoying a cold one at the fieldside tiki bar or with your pooch by your side in the stands. Be sure to stay until the end because after the game, you will get to run the bases on the field with your dog. Gates open at Noon/First Pitch 1pm. The lucky winner of a raffle contest will have a prize package that includes throwing out the first pitch at 1pm for the Clearwater Threshers and Bradenton Marauders game. Get your chance to throw the first pitch at http://weblink.donorperfect.com/FirstPitchRaffle2018 - contest runs thru 4/1/18. 727-467-4457. Spectrum Field, 601 Old Coachman Rd., Clearwater, FL 33765. www.humanesocietyofpinellas.org/ Continued
HISTORIC FISHING VILLAGE & BOARDWALK
ocated on the waterfront at Johns Pass, this quaint turn-of-the-century fishing village is Pinellas County’s #1 tourist attraction. Over one hundred merchants inhabit the Village with unique retail shopping, a variety of restaurants, the local fishing fleet, dolphin watching and shelling tours, boat rentals, parasailing and jet skiing. Plenty of parking: There is metered on-street parking located conveniently throughout the Village, as well as a new state-of-the-art multi-level parking garage adjacent to Bubba Gumps and Hubbards Marina. The beach is a short stroll away. Conveniently located near St. Petersburg, Clearwater and Tampa, and just a short drive to the Orlando area. Open daily!
12901 Gulf Blvd, Madeira Beach, Florida Located on the Gulf-to-Intercoastal pass between Madeira Beach and Treasure Island
(727) 394-0756 • johnspassvillage.net
CARNIVAL MIRACLE KICKS OFF YEAR-ROUND SEVEN-DAY SCHEDULE FROM TAMPA
he 2,124-passenger Carnival Miracle joins Carnival Paradise as Carnival Cruise Lineâ€™s second homeported vessel to operate year-round cruises from Tampa.
The two ships offer four- to 14-day itineraries to Cuba, the western and southern Caribbean and Panama Canal. Carnival Miracle and Carnival Paradise together will carry 320,000 guests per year from Port Tampa Bay. On its week-long Tampa-based cruise program, Carnival Miracle departs Port Tampa Bay Saturdays or Sundays calling at four popular western Caribbean ports: Cozumel, Grand Cayman, Mahogany Bay (Roatan) and Belize, each known for their world-class beaches, varied shore excursion opportunities, centuries-old historical sites and excellent dining and shopping experiences. Carnival recently added several six- to 14-day sailings aboard Carnival Miracle visiting spectacular ports throughout the Caribbean as well as an unforgettable opportunity to experience a partial transit of the Panama Canal. During the transit, guests will experience one of the Seven Wonders of the Modern World and sail on Gatun Lake, one of the largest man-made bodies of water in the world. The new six-day voyages feature day-long stops at Cozumel, Belize and Costa Maya or Mahogany Bay. Eight-day Panama Canal cruises depart April 14 and Sept. 8, 2018, and Feb. 2 and April 6, 2019, and include a partial transit of the Panama Canal along with stops at Limon (Costa Rica) and Grand Cayman. Thereâ€™s also an eight-day, five-port Caribbean cruise that departs Nov. 17, 2019, and visits Cozumel, Costa Maya, Mahogany Bay, Belize and Grand Cayman. Carnival Miracle will also offer a 14-day Carnival Journeys Panama Canal cruise round-trip from Tampa Dec. 2-16, 2018, featuring Cozumel and Limon prior to a partial Panama Canal transit followed by visits to Cartagena (Colombia), Aruba, Curacao and Montego Bay (Jamaica).
Thurs, April 19
Wed, April 18
WACKY SEA CREATURE STORIES AND SOME BIG SCIENCE UNKNOWNS. From her books and adventures, author and marine scientist, Dr. Ellen Prager will share stories and images that blend science with entertainment. Learn while you laugh and be amazed by the ocean’s strange creatures, their wacky lifestyles, and why marine organisms are critical to both the ocean and human society. Dr. Prager will also provide a sneak peek of her upcoming book about what the experts wish they knew about climate change, volcanoes, earthquakes and more. Free. 7 PM. Straz Center for the Performing Arts, 1010 N WC MacInnes Pl, Tampa, Florida 33602. www.facebook.com/events/204049623677902/
WESTFEST: SAVOR WEST ST. PETE’S LOCAL FLAVOR. Celebrate West St. Pete’s local flavor with 40+ vendors, including restaurants, shops, health & wellness providers; Night Maker’s Market with artists & artisans, jewelry, clothing, home goods, plants, honey, locally-made beverages, and more; Beer from Mastry’s Brewing Co. + Special “WestFest Punch” created by the Reading Room; DJ SugarBear + games. FREE familyfriendly and pet-friendly event. freeFall Theatre Company, 6099 Central Avenue, St. Petersburg, FL 33710. 813-500-7708. www.facebook.com/events/361100047702411
Fri, April 20
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Ron Campbell, Beatles Yellow Submarine Animator, Live! Painting, Exhibiting & Talking Cartoons
at Libertine Contemporary Fine Art Gallery - May 11-13 2018 marks the 50th anniversary of the release of the Beatles classic animated film, Yellow Submarine, which since its release has become a permanent fixture in pop culture, defining the psychedelic 60s for generations to come. Ron will showcase his original Beatles cartoon paintings created specially for the show and create new Beatles pop art paintings at the exhibit. Ron will also feature other artwork based on his 50year career in cartoons including Scooby Doo, Rugrats, Smurfs, Flintstones, Jetsons and more. The exhibit is free and all works are available for purchase. Libertine Contemporary Fine Art Gallery, 200 Central Ave, Ste 111, St. Petersburg. (727) 3246730. www.Beatlescartoonartshow.com www.AccentOnTampaBay.com
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Back to Back Events at the Tampa Theatre
fter a major setback for the original September 2017 date for the Tampa Theatre’s annual Wine Fest (Hurricane Irma - pretty major), the event was added to the March 2018 weekend of another of the Theatre’s big annual events, the Hollywood Awards Night. These are both really fun events that raise needed money to help keep the historic theater and programs running. Since its inception, the Wine Fest fundraiser has grown from a simple Wine Tasting event in 2002 to a multi-day affair. Always cleverly themed to a movie title, this year’s event was “Wine’s World,” and spread over 3 nights with different events each night. It started off with a “Movie Under the Stars” screening of the Mike Myers/Dana Carvey classic Wayne’s World. Second night featured delicious fare from Mise en Place paired with wines for each course. A very lively
Hollywood Awards Night auction took place after dinner. Third night was a wine tasting with dozens of boutique wines, a sampling of food from top area restaurants, and silent auction.
he Hollywood Awards Night Party takes place on the Academy Awards night, and everyone gets decked out in their finest to enjoy watching the Oscars along with other movie fans. A Joan Rivers-type greeter interviews event goers as they step out of a limo and on into the theater for some libation and, depending on general admission or VIP, enjoying popcorn or a delectable buffet during the telecast. Some hair and makeup folks are on hand for a last minute touch-up, and glittery dresses are available for sale.
For more information on upcoming events at the Tampa Theatre, please visit www.tampatheatre.org/ www.AccentOnTampaBay.com
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beer, bacon and BBQ with over 20 food trucks. Live entertainment. 6 – 10 pm. Albert Whitted Airport, 480 Bayshore Blvd., St. Petersburg. www.facebook.com/ events/123942598275887/
GALA UNDER THE STARS. American Stage’s alfresco party and The Producers production at Demens Landing Park. 727823-7529. MOVIE NIGHT AT THE BEACH – “Finding Dory.” Take your blanket and enjoy a free movie with friends and family right on the beach. Conces-
sions will be available. 8 pm. Free. Treasure Island Beach, 11200 Gulf Blvd., Treasure Island. www.stpeteparksrec.org/ events YOUR ROBOT DOG WILL DIE Porch Party/Book Launch. The Gulfport Historical Society, is hosting a Porch Party/Book Launch for St. Petersburg animal writer and YA author Arin Greenwood’s new novel YOUR ROBOT DOG WILL DIE. The event will be free and is part of the 4th Annual SunLit Festival. At this dog- and children-friendly event, Arin will read from and sign copies of her book and answer questions. The Suncoast Animal League will also be at the event with foster-able and adoptable dogs. 6:30pm. 5301 28th Avenue South, St. Petersburg, FL. www.facebook.com/ events/166462730823601/
JAIL AND BAIL BENEFITING WHEELCHAIRS 4 KIDS. Steve and Julie Weintraub invite you to participate in a fun, interactive fundraiser benefiting Wheelchairs 4 Kids at Charley’s Steak House in Tampa. Charley’s will open for lunch exclusively for the event and donate food and beverages for the “felons”. High profile Tampa Bay executives and personalities play a role in the event. In the past they have arrested Police Chief Jane Castor, Mayor Dick Greco, News Anchor Gayle Sierens, Martin Gramatica, Orlando, Jack Harris, Reginald Roundtree and several celebrities including members of the WWE, NFL, MLB, fitness and political arenas. 12 PM - 3 PM. 727-946-0963. Charley’s Steak House, Tampa, 4444 W Cypress St, Tampa, FL. www. wheelchairs4kids.org
AFICIONADO TASTE OF YBOR. Fri 7 – 10 pm, Sat 1 – 4 pm. $. VIP available. Friday’s event will be held at L’Unione Italiana, 1731 E. 7th Ave., Ybor City. Friday nights event will be an evening of free craft brews, wine, spirits and cigars. Saturday’s Tapas Trail will stop in at establishments within Ybor City for free samples, giveaways and cigars with food & beverage specials at 10 establishments along the Trail. www.ybor.org
37th ANNUAL FLORIDA ANTIQUARIAN BOOK FAIR. More than 100 specialty booksellers from across the United States will offer their wares at the 37th annual Florida Anti20
quarian Book Fair at The Coliseum in downtown St. Petersburg. The Florida Antiquarian Book Fair is the oldest and largest antiquarian book fair in the Southeast, and third largest in the country. Book lovers will find a plethora of antique and collectible books on every imaginable subject, plus historic maps, antique prints, vintage photography, ephemera, autographs, and other paper collectibles. Booksellers offer a wide selection, including modern signed first editions, fine bindings, pricey rare books from the earliest days of publishing as well as inexpensive reading copies. Readers can find books to fit any budget. Topics include Americana, classical literature, art books, religion, cooking, poetry, children’s literature, illustrated books, military history, regional histories, world history, and more. Some dealers feature Florida history and literature. Fri - 5 p.m. - 9 p.m.; Sat - 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.; and Sun - 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. The Coliseum, 535 4th Ave N, St. Petersburg, FL 33701. www. floridaantiquarianbookfair.com CLEARWATER GREEKFEST 2018. Authentic Greek Food, Delicious Pastries, Live Music, Greek
Beer and Wine, Greek Artifacts, Kids’ Games, Free Parking, Win a New Car. 409 S Old Coachman Rd, Clearwater, FL 33765. www.facebook. com/ClearwaterGreekFest/ THE FLORIDA HOLOCAUST MUSEUM AND THE FLORIDA ORCHESTRA VERDI’S REQUIEM. For the first time in 10 years, The Florida Orchestra will perform Verdi’s Requiem, featuring the Master Chorale of Tampa Bay, under the baton of Continued
Way, Pass-A-Grille. www.beachgoespops.com
Music Director Michael Francis. The Florida Holocaust Museum is partnering with the orchestra to tell the story of how the work became known as the “Defiant Requiem” during the Holocaust in the Theresienstadt (Terezín) Concentration Camp. At the beginning of all three performances, The FHM’s Executive Director Elizabeth Gelman and TFO President & CEO Michael Pastreich will speak briefly about the connection between the Requiem and Terezín. A pre-concert talk starting one hour before each performance will take an in-depth look at the Requiem, including the Terezin connection. The talk is free to all concertgoers. www.TheFHM. org/ For performance venues and times, please visit www.floridaorchestra.org
Sat, April 21
THE TASTE OF BRANDON. The “Taste of Brandon™”will feature many of Brandon’s most popular restaurants serving 2 – 3 oz. samples of signature menu items. Guests will have the opportunity to try these samples and then vote for the restaurants with the best tastings, spirits, and desserts. It will provide a fun-filled, family atmosphere with games and activities for all. FDSWF (Friends Down Syndrome West Florida) will be hosting a booth at the Taste of Brandon, and a portion of the ticket sales will go to them. 1-5pm. Brandon Westfield Mall. (813) 689-1221. www.fdswf.org
Sat, April 21
28th ANNUAL BEACH GOES POPS. Enjoy a day of music along the beautiful beaches of PassA-Grill. Three bands will take the stage throughout the day. 12 noon – 10:30 pm. Free. 9th Ave. & Gulf 22
EARTH DAY CELEBRATIONS St. Petersburg will celebrate Earth Day with a community celebration to be held in Historic Williams Park. Earth Day is celebrated by over a billion people in hundreds of countries around the globe. By celebrating Earth Day we join with others and share our common reverence and respect for this fragile planet. A community event with a focus on green businesses, environmental activists, and family focused activities that foster a deep appreciation for the planet we call home. Williams Park, 330 2nd Ave. N. St. Petersburg, Florida 33701. www.earthdaysp.com/ Sarasota This year’s Festival, as always, will be full of games, crafts, stage shows, health and wellness surrounding the like minded and green approach our community craves. This year we have created an interactive “adventure through ecosystems. Visitors will have the opportunity to visit many kid friendly and interactive stations to obtain raffle tickets for participation in a fun filled day. 10 AM - 1 PM. 941-343-2102. The Learning Cottage: Sarasota, 4965 Ringwood Mdw, Sarasota, FL 6th ANNUAL SPRING SALUTE CAR & TRUCK SHOW. Live entertainment, raffles and vendors. Benefiting Sons of American Legion. Limited to 250 vehicles with 118 prizes. 8:30 am – 5:30 pm. Free to attend. Car entry $. Treasure Island Community Center Park, 106th Ave., Treasure Island. www.premiumcarshows.com IRB BEACH FEST. Listen to live local bands and indulge in food and beverages from local res-
taurants. Have fun and play games. 11 am – 9 pm, Free, Indian Rocks Beach County Park, 1700 Gulf Blvd., Indian Rocks Beach. Eco village conservation area. www.irbhome.com
GLUTEN FREE & HEALTHY LIFESTYLES EXPO. Spend the day learning about healthy living options, Gluten free cooking demos and helathy living presentations. Keynote speaker best selling author George Bryant of the “Paleo Kitchen” will
discuss his books, blogs and findings. Vendors, coupons and free samples. 9 am. $. Sarasota Municipal Auditorium, 801 N. Tamiami Trail, Sarasota. www.facebook.com FERMENTED SALSA DEMONSTRATION. Illene Sofranko founder of The Urban Canning Co., will perform a free demonstration on how to make fermented salsa. During the demonstration she will teach you step by step how to make fermented salsa and also go over all it’s health benefits and have do a tasting. 12 PM - 2 PM. (727) 235-0805. The Urban Canning Company, 1040 4 Street N, St. Petersburg, FL RECORD STORE DAY EVENTS Have Gun Will Travel - Spin on down to the Witch for a special Record Store Day celebration and Concert with Headliners Have Gun, Will Travel playing a free concert from 9-11:30pm. The fun starts with special beers on tap during the day from Dogfish Head including their 2018 brewed tribute beer for Record Store Day. There will be Dogfish Head items up for raffle (maybe even a record player too to win). Live music for the day starts
TradeWinds Island Resorts Hosts “Away” Game Watching Parties on the Beach
radeWinds Island Resorts are inviting baseball fans to head out to St. Pete Beach for fun-filled, family-friendly game watching parties all season long. The action takes place at Guy Harvey Outpost. The games will be broadcast on a huge screen directly on the beach and Rays Radio will broadcast live. The Rays Street Team will also be on-hand with fun giveaways. Food and beverages including cookout items and buckets of beer will be available for purchase. Coolers are not allowed, but fans are encouraged to bring their own beach chairs, umbrellas
and towels. Guests can try the WipeOut Surf Simulator and are encouraged to stay after the game to enjoy live music, sunset drink specials and s’mores. Open to the public. Admission is complimentary. Sun, April 8,1:05 p.m. – vs. Boston Red Sox Sun, June 17, 2:05 p.m. – vs. NY Yankees Sun, July 29, 1:05 p.m. – vs. Baltimore Orioles Sun, Aug 12, 1:07 p.m. – vs. Toronto Blue Jays
Guy Harvey Outpost – A TradeWinds Beach Resort, 6000 Gulf Boulevard, St. Pete Beach www.JustLetGo.com/Rays or call (877) 444-7297 24
out at 4pm with The Florida Mountain Boys playing til 7pm then at 8pm Joshua Reilly plays til 8:50pm leading up to the Have Gun Will Travel Concert at 9pm. 4 PM - 11:30 PM. (727) 821-2533. The Ale and the Witch, 111 2nd Ave NE, St. Petersburg, FL Daddy Kool Records - Celebrate the 11th anniversary of Record Store Day #RSD18. Opening at 8 AM, find RSD exclusives, live music, limited edition RSD t-shirts, and more. (727) 822-5665. 666 Central Ave, St. Petersburg, FL. Microgroove - RSD releases will be limited to one title per person. RSD titles are basically a lottery. We order, we wait, we’re shipped what they send us, sometimes as late as the night before. So, please don’t call the shop before RSD asking if we’re going to have something, because the truth is, we won’t know. This annual “holiday” was created to celebrate your local (at the time, years ago) dying breed of a small business establishment. The special releases are fun. But, it’s about supporting your local record store, whether it’s CD’s, LP’s, Tapes, etc..special releases or not. 9 AM - 12 PM. (813) 667-7089. 4906 N Florida Ave, Tampa, FL BRAINQUILITY FESTIVAL. Brainquility is more than a music festival. It’s a collection of artist exhibiting the best of funk, jazz, and global fusion, bringing big sound sounds and a local artist vibe to Safety Harbor’s Waterfront Park in Tampa. Artists will be onsite, including a professional wood carver, sculpting to the rhythm of the music. Guests can expect great music from legendary artists, unique art vendors, and tons of delicious, local food truck fare. The musical lineup includes Side Trakd, MZG, CooDoo Visionary, Tauk, Beats Antique, and Lettuce. Lettuce have brought a new vitality to classic funk, matching their smooth and soulful grooves with a hip-hop-inspired urgency. www.brainquilityfest. com
SARASOTA CHILLOUNGE NIGHT - SFF Closing Night Party. Join the Sarasota Film Festival’s “Closing Night Party” as Chillounge Night transforms Five Points Park in downtown Sarasota into a magnificent outdoor lounge. Brazilian Samba Parade, Fashion Daybed Parade, 3 live bands and more. $. 6 PM - 11:30 PM. (941) 3063715. Five Points Park, 1 Central Ave, Sarasota, FL. Benefiting the Sarasota Film Festival. www.chilloungenight.com/sarasota-2018/ 2018 TAMPA CARIBBEAN FESTIVAL. The carnival will be on display for the people of Tampa as masqueraders, steel pan bands, and more will be there. Experience the Caribbean culture in Tampa Bay. $. 1pm-10pm. Florida State Fairgrounds, 4800 U.S. 301, Tampa, FL. www.tampabaycaribbeancarnival.com/ ECOFEST 2018 TAMPA. The Ecofest will feature live music, workshops, demonstrations, informational booths, green living products and services. There will be local artists, green businesses, environmental organizations, alternative health practitioners, renewable energy specialists, organic farms and gardens. 10am-3pm. Free admission. Lowry Park bandshell area, 7525 N. Boulevard, Tampa, FL. www.learninggate.org/ ecofest
April 21-22, May 19-20
43rd MAINSAIL ART FESTIVAL. More than 250 of the nation’s best visual artists, and one of the Top 20 Fine Art & Design Shows in the country. YOUNG AT ART is Mainsail’s Young at ARt Student Exhibition features the best artwork from students throughout Pinellas County in grades K through 12. Vinoy Park in St. Petersburg, Florida. www.mainsailart.org TICA ALLBREED CAT SHOW. Cats will compete in 12 different rings, both days. Judges from all around the world and USA judge cats both days. Feline Education and Welfare, learn about different breeds of cats and how to care for them. Bring the family, fun for all ages. All Breeds of cats, short hair, long hair, short legs, hairless, curly hair and straight hair, leopard look alikes, tiger look alikes, werewolf cats and new Continued
breeds may be attending the show as well as a Household Pet Category. Vendors will have cat trees, cat bed, toys, unique gifts, and much more cat related items for sale. Cats and kittens available for adoption. Raffle table. Food available at hall. Free Parking. Bring can or dry cat food to receive a $1 off discount on donation* admission. Special collection for a local spay and neuter clinic - Please donate items such as: Blankets, Bleach, Paper Towels, Printing paper, Tall Kitchen Trash Bags, Cleaning supplies, Office supplies, Baby Wipes, and Cat & Dog Crates, Food, etc. 9am until 4 pm both days. Minnreg Hall - 6340 126th Ave North, Largo, FL 33773. 727 289-1989. www.skywaycatclub.com/
coholic and fruit drinks. A marketplace showcases arts and crafts along with a selection of gourmet food items and specialty items. Musical entertainment is live on-stage performances by talented musicians from the local and regional circuit. Genres of music include rock, soul, R&B to jazz and Caribbean sounds. Live performers on Sat: the Sarasota Steel Pan Band, Reverend Barry & the Funk, Twinkle & Rock Soul Radio and RJ Howson. Sun: Kettle of Fish, the Greg Billings Band, The Black Honkeys Band and Act 3. $. Sat and Sun 11am 8pm. VIP Tent admission includes an open raw bar serving shrimp, oysters and crab legs, open bar and a private lounge area with dedicated service staff, all set with optimal view of the music stage. www.seafoodfestivals.com/S-54-Tampa+Bay+ Seafood+%26+Music+Festival.html
Sun, April 22
THE DUNEDIN FINE ART CENTER’S 2018 GARDEN PARTY. This year’s theme is Deja Vu. The party will again feature live music with the sounds of Gloria West and the Gents, great food and an Art & Non-Art Auction. 5:00 pm till Sunset. Fenway Hotel, waterfront location on St. Joseph Sound. 727.298.DFAC. www.dfac.org ST. GEORGES DAY EVE BRUNCH. The Feast of St. George will occur at noon at The Queens head on the eve of his name day. Celebrate with your fellow expatriates for a proper English brunch and gin tasting. 12 PM - 3 PM. (727) 254-0808. The Queens Head, 2501 Central Ave, St. Petersburg, FL
Mon, April 23
TAMPA BAY SEAFOOD & MUSIC FESTIVAL. Enjoy a weekend celebration of food and music. The Tampa Bay Seafood & Music Festival incorporates and blends the finest ingredients. Menu items are freshly-cooked onsite by local restaurants and food purveyors, incorporating a variety of ingredients. All seafood dishes are created using indigenous and sustainable resources from Florida’s coastal waters. Choose from a diverse selection of side dishes and scrumptious desserts. Quench your thirst from a broad menu of alcoholic, non-al26
10th ANNUAL ROCKIN’ ON THE GREEN. The 10th Annual Rockin’ on the Green golf tournament will once again take place at the Carrollwood Country Club. Rockin’ on the Green has become one of the most competitive and enjoyable charity golf tournaments in all of Tampa Bay. This event benefits Heartbeat International. Carrollwood Country Club, 13903 Clubhouse Dr, Tampa, FL 33618. www.heartbeatsaveslives.org/events/
Tues, April 24
DRAG QUEEN BINGO FOR FRIENDS OF STRAYS. 10 rounds of hilariousness, great food
and beverages, a 50/50 raffle and all to help homeless cats and dogs. Reservations required. 727. 851.9386. 7-9:30 pm, Hamburger Mary’s, 2901 Tyrone Blvd N, St. Petersburg. www.friendsofstrays.com/events,drag-queen-bingo
entry information on web site. Madeira Beach Recreation Complex, 200 Rex Dr., Madeira Beach. www.oldsaltfishing.org
Thurs, April 26
DINE OUT FOR LIFE. Gulfport is one of 60 cities throughout the country generous donating a portion of their sales throughout the day to area AIDS organizations within the community. Visit the website and search the list of participating restaurants. www.diningoutforlife.com
25th ANNUAL SPRING KING OF THE BEACH. Three day Kingfish tournament and waterfront festival with live entertainment, boat showcase, over 100 marine related vendors. Raffles and silent auctions. Benefiting Old Salt Fishing Foundation. Over $300,000 in tournament prizes. Thurs, Fri 5 – 10 pm, Sat 2 – 9 pm. Free to attend, tournament
13th ANNUAL SUNSCREEN FILM FESTIVAL. Varied schedule, various locations in St. Petersburg. An internationally recognized event with the primary goal of encouraging the creation, producContinued
tion, and exhibition of independent film in Florida. www.sunscreenfilmfestival.com
RELAY FOR LIFE OF CARILLON. The signature fundraiser for the American Cancer Society. Relay is staffed and coordinated by volunteers in more than 5,200 communities and 27 countries. Join in bringing communities together to remember loved ones lost, honor survivors of all cancers, and raise money to help the American Cancer Society make a global impact on cancer. 6PM. 813.253.0541. Transamerica Field, 570 Carillon Pkwy, St. Petersburg, FL www.relay.acsevents. org/site/TR/RelayForLife/RFLCY18SER?fr_ id=86394&pg=entry
Cultural Center and Carrollwood Village HOAs will host SpringFest! YouthFest!, a free outdoor event with entertainment and activities for kids. Free. 10 a.m. until 2 p.m. Carrollwood Cultural Center, 4537 Lowell Road, Tampa. www.carrollwoodcenter.org 17th ANNUAL SEAGRAPES WINE & FOOD FESTIVAL. Enjoy wine and sample food while strolling among more than 7,000 animals and plants, all while supporting a good cause. Live entertainment. $. VIP tickets and add-on sunset cruise also available. 8 – 11 pm, Florida Aquarium, 701 Channelside Drive, Tampa. 813.273.4000 www.flaquarium.org
ST. ANTHONY’S TRIATHLON. sThe Triathlon is a premier race event that attracts a wide range of professional and amateur athletes including Olympic gold medalists, Ironman World Champions, and celebrity athletes. The Triathlon is extending the Sports and Fitness Expo from a two-day to three-day event and holding all Triathlon events in one park. The Triathlon is looking for volunteers to support athletes and staff. Approximately 1,000 volunteers are needed to assist the 3,500 athletes who will swim, bike, and run along St. Petersburg’s waterfront course. Registration to compete in any of the St. Anthony’s Triathlon events is open. (727) 953-6993. www.satriathlon.com
Sat, April 28
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TAMPA BAY INTERNATIONAL DRAGON BOAT RACES. The Junior League of Tampa, in partnership with Pan Am Dragon Boat Association, is hosting the Tampa Bay International Dragon Boat Races. The race will take place along Garrison Channel while the vendor/athlete village and event will be at Cotanchobee Park and along the Riverwalk. The first race begins at 8:30 a.m. and the last race begins at 5 p.m. Enjoy food, beverages and a DJ throughout the day, and live entertainment provided by Southern Train in the afternoon. www.jltampa.org/featured-events/dragon-boat CLEARWATER CHILDREN’S DAY. The festival will feature a DJ, dancing performers, mechanical attractions for children, artistic activities, food vendors, clowns, and the presence of Phinley from the Clearwater Threshers. Free ice cream for kids. The
event will take place on the intersection of Cleveland St and Hillcrest. Parking will be free on the intersection of Cleveland and Lincoln. La Chiva will be transporting people from the parking to the festival. The entrance to the festival is free. 8:00 AM - 1:00 PM. www.myclearwaterevents.com/ AMERICAN CULINARY OLYMPIC TEAM DINNER. American Culinary Federation Tampa Bay’s benefit dinner by local top chefs, to send an American team to compete in Germany. Fort Harrison Hotel, Clearwater. 727-467-6860 TAMPA THEATRE SILENT FILM SERIES AND MIGHTY WURLITZER THEATRE ORGAN PROGRAMS. Presenting both the Saturday Sessions lectures and the films will be Dr. Steven Ball, Organist Emeritus of the world’s largest pipe organ, located at Boardwalk Hall in Atlantic City, NJ. Dr. Ball will present “Music In Film,” from 9:00 am to Noon. The session will discuss the history of musical accompaniment from early silent films to today’s blockbusters; examine the advent of “talkies” and sound pictures’ impact on the way films were scored; and explore the inner workings of the theatre organ and how it was developed specifically to accompany films. Then, that evening, Dr. Ball
will present the 1925 silent epic Ben-Hur: A Tale of the Christ. Dr. Ball will accompany the 7:30pm screening on the Mighty Wurlitzer with an original score of his own composition. Later this year, Dr. Ball will be back to present a silent film (title TBD) at 3:00pm Sunday, July 22 as part of the Summer Classics series, and again in October to present the spooky 1927 mystery The Cat and the Canary at 7:30pm Friday, Oct. 26 as part of the A Nightmare On Franklin Street series. 711 N Franklin St, Tampa, FL 33602. www.tampatheatre.org/ PASCO COUNTY’S 23RD EARTH DAY CELEBRATION. Promoting environmental education, encouraging volunteerism, and building commitment toward a greener community. Family-friendly activities include: Children’s crafts and education displays, Interactive Water Ventures Learning Lab, Florida Native Plant sale, Pet adoptions, Ladybug release, Upcycle vendors, 10-foot alligator from Croc Encounters, Household hazardous waste collection, Electronics recycling (2 TV’s free, additional TV’s $7), Pill take-back program to get rid of expired or unwanted medications, Document shredding by Shred 360, 10 a.m. – 1 p.m. (Limit 5 boxes/bags per person), Mercury disposal (Bring
old thermostats/thermometers and get a $5 gift card). 9 AM - 3 PM. 727-856-7252. Crews Lake Wilderness Park, 16739 Crews Lake Dr, Spring Hill, FL FARM TO TABLE(AUX), BENEFITTING CASA. Stand up for Peace - Farm to Table Cuisine - Artisan Cocktails - “Tableaux Vivant” Art Experiences. Farm to Table(aux) is an innovative and FUN arts & food gala event to benefit CASA St. Petersburg. 5:30 PM - 9:30 PM. (813) 992-5120. 501 5th Ave NE, Saint Petersburg, FL. www.casa-stpete.org
GREEN THUMB FESTIVAL. Environmental and horticultural exhibits, programs and vendors, free mulch, plant auction, free butterfly plants, tool sharpening booth, entertainment, children’s programs, food court. 9 am – 4 pm. Free. Walter Fuller Park, 7891 26th Ave. N, St. Petersburg. www.stpeteparksrec.org/greenthumb
into an outdoor gallery of original handmade artwork by local, regional and national artisans. Works in painting, sculpture, jewelry, glass and ceramics, photography, fiber and wearable art to mixed-media, metalwork, woodworking and more. Sat & Sun, 10 am to 5 pm. Free admission. 8100 Lakewood Main St., Lakewood Ranch, FL 34202. www.paragonartevents.com/S-73Lakewood+Ranch+Fine+Art+Festival.html
Sun, April 29
11th ANNUAL PAINTING IN THE PARK. Loads of fun, family, and kid-friendly activities like kite making and flying, face painting, making gigantic works of art. Special guests include Nomad Art Bus. Food and beverage available for purchase. Noon – 4 pm, Free, Museum of Fine Arts, 255 Beach Drive. NE, St. Petersburg. 727.894.4638. www.mfastpete.org ST. PETE SPECIAL BICYCLE TOUR. A fun, leisurely ride with numerous stops taking a closer look at some of the ‘Burg’s special neighborhoods and buildings. 4-6:30 pm, $, Independent Bar, 1049 Central Avenue., St. Petersburg. www.preservetheburg.org/event-2851135 4TH ANNUAL OE BOOK FAIR . OE launched the Book Fair in 2015 to provide an open platform for local authors to connect with the community face-to-face. Alongside the authors will be several interactive experiences. 9 AM - 4 PM. (813) 2530222. Oxford Exchange, 420 W Kennedy Blvd, Tampa, FL 33606. www.oxfordexchange.com/pages/oe-book-fair
MAY BAY 2 BEACH MUSIC AND ARTS FESTIVAL. You can enjoy live music and art in Clearwater’s Coachman Park. There will be a variety of musicians playing as well as local artist selling and showcasing the arts and culture of the city. Artist Line Up - Sat: Andy Grammer, LOCASH, Parachute. Sun: Hunter Hayes, Jerrod Niemann, Stephanie Quayle, Aubrey Wollett, Nate Currin. LAKEWOOD RANCH FINE ART FESTIVAL. Downtown Lakewood Ranch will transform 30
DÍA DE LOS MUERTOS – A CELEBRATION OF LIFE. 42 artists from around the country have been selected from a call to artists to submit works that represent, in their own vision, the theme of Día de los Muertos (Day of the Dead). Numerous activities are scheduled throughout the duration of the exhibition. Florida CraftArt Gallery, 501 Central Ave., St. Petersburg. 727.821.7391 www.floridacraftart.org
Thurs, May 3
POWER PLATE LEADERSHIP LUNCHEON. The Ryan Nece Foundation’s 3rd annual benefit featuring guest speaker Lauren Dungy, at the Bryan Glazer Family Jewish Community Center, Tampa. 813-676-8492. MOVIES IN THE PARK – GUESS WHO’S COMING TO DINNER. Enjoy an evening in the park with live music followed by a film classic. Bring your own blanket. 7 pm, Free, North Straub Park, Beach Dr. NE, St. Petersburg. www.preservetheburg.org
2nd ANNUAL TAMPA FRINGE FESTIVAL.
Are you ready to Fringe? TIFF is now a ten day performing arts festival taking place at venues across historic Ybor City. The shows are unjuried, uncensored — meaning they were actually selected out of a hat! Shows come from as near as across town and as far as South Africa and Japan, this is truly an international affair. Two rock musicals, two magic shows, and too many shows to talk about here. If you want a button they are $3 and it will help support the festival and get you dis32
counts across Ybor City at “Fringe Friendly” businesses. The Dirty Shame (1929 E. 7th Ave.) will act as this year’s Fringe Central. The Shame will be the place to go to get information in person, free outdoor performances, and after-hour socializing with fellow Fringers. Some new shows added: God is a Scottish Drag Queen from Canada, The Sibyl of Mars: a female sci-fi solo show from Seattle’s Nicol Cabe, Tim Mooney with Breakneck Hamlet, Darren McCracken’s Big Bad Birthday Party, and more. www.tampafringe.org
PARC 44TH ANNUAL GOLF TOURNAMENT WEEKEND. The Friday Night Party kicks off the weekend at the Station House St Pete, located at 260 1st Ave S, St. Petersburg, FL 33701. Beginning at 7:00 P.M., guests can enjoy a night of ‘Games and Gambling’ and try their odds at poker, blackjack, and roulette for fantastic raffle prizes. Partake in rooftop LED golf, feast on a buffet of delightful foods, sip open-bar drinks, and enjoy spectacular entertainment. Grab your golfing gear for Saturday May 5th at the Bayou Club, located at 7979 Bayou Club Blvd, Largo, FL 33777. Enjoy an afternoon of laid back enjoyment for pros and novices alike, with an 11:30 A.M. lunch and registration, 1:00 P.M. shotgun start in scramble style format, followed by dinner and an awards ceremony. (727) 341-6929. www.parc-fl.org THE REVELERS AT RIVERWALK. Multiple sets beginning at 1 p.m. on the Straz Center’s Riverwalk. From the deep, multicultural roots of Acadian country in Louisiana come The Revelers, a six-piece band of merry music-makers steeped in the heritage of Cajun and bluegrass traditions. Wild, raucous rhythms with a rollicking, good-time repertoire of swampy, spicy, foot-stomping songs takes you to the bayou, the holler, the back porch and the juke joint in one fun-loving show of backroads American music. This is a FREE event. www.strazcenter.org MOUNTAINFILM ON TOUR AT THE DON CESAR. Mountainfilm on Tour brings a selection of culturally rich, adventure-packed documentary films curated from the Mountainfilm festival held every Memorial Day weekend in Telluride, Colo.
The tour visits St. Pete Beach at the Don CeSar from May 4-5 with films that will explore the themes connected to Mountainfilm’s mission: using the power of film, art and ideas to inspire audiences to create a better world. Tickets include three themed 2-hour documentary film blocks showcasing multiple films. For room packages at The Don CeSar, guests should use promotion code FILMFEST. For more information, visit www.doncesar.com/filmfest.aspx/ Link to tickets: http://bit.ly/2FmYs0H
Sat, May 5
SKYWAY MARINA DISTRICT: MAY DAY RACE 2018. These fun and competitive races will travel through Clam Bayou on the Skyway Trail and end at the Ceridian campus. Following the race, participants can enjoy food and beverages, May Day festivities include a kids dash and vendors. 7 am, $, Ceridian, 3201 34th St. S, St. Petersburg. www.skywaymarinadistrict.org RESCHEDULED TO JUNE 30!! THE GODFREY HOTEL & CABANAS TAMPA PARTY 5K FUN RUN. The Cabana Run and Party: 5K Fun Run on the Causeway along the water in Tampa Bay with an after PIER PARTY at the Godfrey Hotel and Cabanas. Runners, Walkers, Strollers, Crawlers and all are welcome. Costume Contets. The SWAG includes: Event shirt, Custom Medal, One FREE Drink Ticket. Godfrey Hotel and Cabana - 7700 Courtney Cambell Causeway, Tampa. firstname.lastname@example.org BOCA CIEGA YACHT CLUB FUNDAY. An annual spring event for the public to tour Boca Ciega Yacht Club. Activities include free sailboat rides, 34
free hot dogs and sodas, club tours, door prizes and BCYC informational presentations. 1 – 4 pm, Free, Boca Ciega Yacht Club, 4600 Tifton Dr. S, Gulfport. www.sailbcyc.org/funday 2018 MINT JULEPS AND ROSES DERBY DAY EVENT. Celebrate the Kentucky Derby in Southern Elegance at SMART’s 5th Annual signature fundraising event. Watch “The Run For The Roses” on large screen TV’s, tour the stables, meet amazing horses & experience the “Parade of Champions.” Shop at a silent auction while enjoying a complimentary Mint Julep and appetizers. Ladies’ “Best Hat” and Mens’ “Best Tie” contests. Buffet dinner, cash bar & Live Auction in an elegant, tented setting. $ 941-322-2000. 4640 C.R. 675, Bradenton, Florida 34211 www.smartriders.org DERBY DE MAYO - AN EVENT BENEFITTING RAF TAMPA BAY. Don your best sombrero, mix up a mint julep or margarita, and celebrate Southern Charm south of the border at our Cinco de Mayo Kentucky Derby Party. 4 PM - 7 PM. Island Way Grill, 20 Island Way, Clearwater, FL. (727) 754-7974. www.tampabay.randomactsofflowers.org/events/derbydemayo/
YOUR ROBOT DOG WILL DIE. 321 Books, which is hosting a reading and signing event St. Petersburg animal writer and YA author Arin Greenwood’s new novel YOUR ROBOT DOG WILL DIE. At this kid- and dog-friendly event, Arin will read from and sign copies of her book and answer questions. The book is a charming yet
sneakily speculative story that is a must-read for all dog lovers young and old. 11am-2pm. Free event. 6901 22nd Avenue North, Saint Petersburg, Florida 33710. www.facebook.com/ events/180429292574939/ STAR WARS PARTY at The CASTLE. Go dressed as your favorite Star Wars Saga character or anything Sci-Fi related to win a Canto Bight casino’s worth of Cash/Prizes and celebrate the international phenomena of “May the 4th be with you.” Take part in the Chewbacca Howl-off and the Wompa Stompa. Trekkies — don’t be afraid to come out and show off your best gold, blues and reds. There will be a landing party assembled at the end of Tia’s bar upstairs. Try her Vulcan Death Grip shot. www.facebook.com/ events/556619484693204/
Sun, May 6
WALK TO END LUPUS NOW. The Lupus Foundation of America’s Walk to End Lupus Now events bring communities together to raise money for lupus research, increase awareness of lupus, and rally public support for those who suffer from its brutal impact. This year, the walk will celebrate the theme Be Powerful, as each walk recognizes the strength of those affected by lupus and the power their communities have in supporting lupus awareness, research and resources. At Al Lopez Park. www.walktoendlupusnow.org/tampa SHUFFLE FOR STRAYS. Teams of two will compete for prizes at this fun and familyfriendly Sunday afternoon event. Benefits Friends of Strays. 2-5
pm, $. St. Petersburg Shuffle Board, 559 Mirror Lake Dr. N, St. Petersburg. www.friendsofstrays.com EXPERIENCE PINELLAS COUNTY IN BLOOM AT A DAY OF PRIVATE & PUBLIC GARDEN TOURS. Experience the urban Oasis of the Florida Botanical Gardens and then step beyond the garden gates into the beautiful gardens of Pinellas County private homeowners. Participants will meet at the botanical gardens starting at 10 a.m. for guided tours, and then pick up a map to guide them to other participating sites from noon until 4 p.m. Enjoy beautiful and varied private gardens located in Largo, Belleair, Indian Rocks Beach, Clearwater, and Palm Harbor. Participants are invited to drive themselves to Continued
one or all of the private gardens and stroll at their leisure. www.flbgfoundation.org/events
Wed, May 9
VALUE ME FUNDRAISER FOR THE BETH DILLINGER FOUNDATION. In its tenth year, Value Me is more than just raising funds for the organization. It also focuses on the accomplishments and rewarding the efforts of girls from PACE. The PACE girls who have demonstrated good behavior while also maintaining good grades will be selected to attend and fitted with a prom gown and new shoes donated by members of our community and the Beth Dillinger Foundation. Seven girls who have made the greatest improvement have been chosen to participate in the fashion segment and will be modeling clothes and accessories from Beth’s Closet. 12pm - 1:30pm. Hilton Carillon, 950 Lake Carillon Dr., St. Petersburg, FL. 727-347-5600. www.bethdillinger.org/valueme.html
AN EVENING WITH STEVEN THE MEDIUM TO BENEFIT RESCUE A DOG, HOSTED BY BRANDY HALLADAY. Spend an evening with Boston based psychic/medium and radio host Steven The Medium, who will be sharing his unique gift and performing professional readings with the audience. All proceeds will benefit Rescue A Dog, a nonprofit organization located in Palm Harbor and founded on the idea of saving dogs that would otherwise be euthanized, abandoned, or are in need of medical help. The evening will begin with hand-passed appetizers, and the opportunity to bid on silent auction items. Dog-inspired drink specials, such as Pink Poodle and Salty Dog, will be available for purchase. 727.791.7400. www. RuthEckerdHall.com LGBQ FILM SERIES – NO SECRET ANYMORE: THE TIMES OF DEL MARTIN & PHYLLIS LYON. Chronicles the lives of two women known as the founders of the modern lesbian civil rights movement. Popcorn, candy, bottled water and soda are available. Feel free to bring your own brown bag supper and beverages. 727.893.1074 7 pm, Free (donations accepted), Gulfport Public Library, 5501 28th Ave. S, Gulfport. www.facebook.com/GulfportLibraryFL MOVIES IN THE PARK – MY BIG FAT GREEK WEDDING. Enjoy an evening in the park with live music followed by a film classic. Bring your own blanket. 7 pm, Free, North Straub Park, Beach Dr. NE, St. Petersburg. www.preservetheburg.org POWERPLATE LUNCHEON. For Ryan Nece Foundation, which creates opportunities for teens to volunteer andlead. 11 am. Bryan Glazer Family JCC, 522 N. Howard Ave. Tampa. 813-438-2310
Fri, May 11
Thurs, May 10
THAT’S THE SPIRIT. Enjoy a five-course dinner presented by five celebrated chefs, paired with specially created cocktails from some of the area’s most celebrated mixologists inspired by Hendrick’s Gin. Seating is limited. 6:30 p.m. Maestro’s Restaurant. (813) 229-7827. 1010 N Macinnes Pl, Tampa, FL 33602. www.strazcenter.org/Dining-Catering/Menus 36
3rd ANNUAL WINGS, WHEELS & WINE. Recognized by WEDU at the 12 Annual Be More Awards, this unique fundraiser will host classic and exotic cars and airplanes, dinner, libations, live music, silent auction and Chinese raffle upon the backdrop of a beautiful Florida evening. At Clearwater Airpark from 6 p.m.-10 p.m. 1000 N. Hercules Ave. Clearwater, FL 33765. 727-797-8712. www.thearctbfoundation.org
HEELS TO HEAL. Fashion show benefitting CASA domestic-abuse shelter. 7pm. Vinoy Renaissance, 501 5th Ave. NE, St. Petersburg. www.heelstoheal.org EVENING WITH THE CHEFS. Benefit for the Ryan Wells Foundation at the Sheraton Sand Key Resort, Clearwter. www.ryanwellsfoundation. com/
beach/Pier clean-up (8am-10am), but beach goers will be encouraged to visit vendor booths throughout the entire event 8am-1pm. 727-501-5581 THE FRAGRANT ROSE - ANNUAL ROSE SHOW. The Tampa Rose Society presents its 47th annual rose show at the Westfield Citrus Park Town Center, inside near JC Penney’s and Dillard’s. Cut roses and bouquets. 12 PM - 7 PM. 8021 Citrus Park Town Center Mall, Tampa, FL. 813-839-6151. ALICE IN WONDERLAND GALA. Tampa General Hospital Foundation’s 21st annual gala will be at the Tampa Marriott Waterside. Whimsical Wonderland Elegance or Black Tie Optional. 7pm 813844-7273. 700 S. Florida Ave., Tampa. www.tgh.org/gala MONOPOLY NIGHT. Charity Works’ annual evening of dining, fun and games at the Belleair Country Club, Belleair. 727-477-2064. 16th ANNUAL “STAYIN’ ALIVE” DISCO PARTY PUPPY LOVE BENEFIT. Silent & live auction, 50/50 raffle, puppy pimping, open dinner buffet, photo booth and music. 6–10 pm, $. The Coliseum, 535 4th Ave. N, St. Petersburg. www.petpalanimalshelter.com
Sat, May 12
PARTY UNDER THE LIGHTS. Enjoy an evening of music and dancing in the streets. Food and beverages for purchase. Arts & Crafts vendors. 4 pm. Free. Historic 8th Avenue, Pass-A-Grill. www. facebook.com DIRTY DANCING ’87 DIVE-IN MOVIE & 80’S SUNSET POOL PARTY. Screening of Dirty Dancing ‘87, food and beverages for sale, trivia with prizes. 7 pm, Free, Hollander Hotel, 421 4th Ave. N, St. Petersburg. www.facebook.com/ events/158732204701645 SEA TURTLE AWARENESS DAY - PIER 60. The event will focus on educating beachgoers about sea turtles and conservation of their environment. Areas of focus will include nesting, stranding, rehabilitation, marine debris, and ways the public can help protect turtles (disposing of trash, recycling, filling in holes on the beach, using turtlefriendly lighting, etc.). Kick off for this event will be a 38
ADVENTURES IN NEVERLAND. All Children’s Hospital VIP auction Dress as pirates, pixies or in pjs. www.HopkinsAllChildrens.org/VIPauction
GEICO SKYTYPERS TO PERFORM DURING THE 2018 MACDILL AIRFEST AIR SHOW. The team’s six vintage SNJ training aircraft will roar over air show crowds in a low-level, precisionformation flying demonstration honoring service members of the “Greatest Generation.” The air show routine includes more than 20 combat tac-
tics and maneuvers that helped control the skies during World War II and the Korean Conflict. In addition to their air show performances, the SNJs are retrofitted to type giant messages in the sky. Flying wingtip-to-wingtip in a line-abreast formation, the lead plane sends computer signals to each of four other aircraft, synchronizing smoke releases to generate 1,000-foot-tall messages. Each letter is higher than the Empire State Building and can be formed in three to four seconds. The gates will open at 8 a.m. both days with performances beginning at 11 a.m.. The U.S. Navy Blue Angels will headline the air show that includes military and world-class civilian acts. www.macdill. af.mil/AirFest-2018/
TEMPLE TERRACE CRAFT BREW FEST.
What could be more fun than a sampling of 100 + beers from 35 plus different brewers - all under the shady oaks of Historic Woodmont Park in Temple Terrace? Rain or shine event. A wide variety of food trucks will be on hand to add to the fun as well as the lively sounds of the band
NoNeed. Parking is free. 4:00P - 8:00P. $. Woodmont Park, 415 Woodmont Avenue, Temple Terrace, FL. www.templeterracebrewfest.com/index.html HIPPIE DASH. Several levels to choose from including 8K, 5K, I-Mile Fwalk, Woof & Roll and Flower Child Fun Run for little hippies. Costume contests, free beer & munchies at after party with medals for all finishers. Monies raised benefit the Goodwill projects. 8 am. $. Downtown Gulfport. www.goodwill-suncoast.org/hippie-dash
6th ANNUAL MADEIRA BEACH CRAFT FESTIVAL. Browse and purchase a wide variety of ceramics, jewelry, stained glass, metal works and much more. Free. 10 am – 5 pm. 15103 Madeira Way, Madeira Beach. www.artfestival.com/ festivals/6th-annual-madeirabeach-craft-festival
Sun, May 13
MOTHER’S DAY BIRD ISLAND CRUISE. Enjoy a sunset cruise to St. Petersburg’s Bird Island in Coffee Pot Bayou. Hosted by the St. Petersburg Audubon Society. 7–8:30 pm, $, St. Petersburg Municipal Marina, 400 2nd Ave. NE, Slip 46, St. Petersburg. www.facebook.com/ events/1621228807994307
Sat, May 19 www.AccentOnTampaBay.com
The Maritana Grille at the Don CeSar New Chef, and Savory New Menu
Story and photos by Melissa and Al Martino
ny reason to visit the beautiful Don CeSar Hotel is always welcome, and especially so to experience the new menu at the Maritana Grille, created by its new Chef du Cuisine, Emily Ferrari.
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With her residency at the Maritana Grille, Emily is bringing her own Florida Southern comfort food to the table, with French and Italian influences, and heavy on seafood. Her interest in chemistry sneaks into some of her dishes with the use of vegetable powders for a little taste tweak. Ms. Ferrari uses locally sourced food whenever possible, finding a lot of produce at Brick Street Hydroponic Farms for ultimate freshness. Seafood is also locally sourced with some exceptions. She changes out the menu according to the season.
the Don CeSar
Emily’s looks belie her experience. She could easily pass as a high school senior, but has too much culinary background on her resume. She’s always been in food service as she worked her way through the Art Institute of Atlanta, and earning her bachelor’s degree in chemistry—with an emphasis on food science— at USF. Her most recent past restaurants employ have been the Hyatt Regency Atlanta’s Polaris Restaurant, and the Vinoy Renaissance.
Chef du Cuisine, Emily Ferrari
ur dinner experience was just delightful. The food was superb, beautifully plated, and the staff was very friendly and attentive. From a menu that has many delicious options, we chose to start with the Beet Carpaccio Salad with roasted baby beets, fennel, candied walnuts, blue cheese, frisée, and a citrus vinaigrette. An amazing Focaccia Bread was irresistible and quickly devoured. Our entrees were the Seared Chilean Sea Bass with green beans and spinach infused risotto, and the Double Pork Chop with pine nut purée, chargrilled butternut squash, and bourbon apple glaze. A very special dessert was “The Reveal,” which was chocolate nirvana. A large chocolate egg was presented, and our waiter (Noel - very charming - ask for him!) then pours hot chocolate over it and it opens like a flower to reveal mint mousse with Thin Mint Girl Scout cookies.
Beet Carpaccio Salad
Seared Chilean Sea Bass
Focaccia Bread Double Pork Chop www.AccentOnTampaBay.com
The Maritana Grille cont
he Don Cesar (AKA “The Pink Palace”) has several restaurants on the premises, and The Maritana Grill is their fine dining spot, located just off the lobby. The restaurant has an intimate feel, and will be undergoing expansion renovations in the coming months. The decor is subtly nautical, with white tablecloths, wainscoting on the walls, and navy blue carpet and chairs. A few sea-themed touches include a display of glass bubbles in the center of the restaurant, and some silver sea creature adornments. Also two fishtanks along one wall will catch your eye when you realize what seemed like green vegetation turns out to be a fascinating eel when he decides to explore his tank. A visit to The Don is not complete without a stroll around the magnificent property and a little history lesson on the venerable 1928 hotel which has many tales to tell as it played host to the elite, movie stars, presidents, and an occasional gangster back in the day. A few steps out the back door of The Don, and you are overlooking some of the most spectacular beachfront along our coast. We did manage to catch an amazing sunset during our visit.
The yummy “Reveal”
IF YOU GO: Maritana Grille The Don CeSar 3400 Gulf Blvd, St. Pete Beach, FL 33706 727-360-1882. www.doncesar.com Hours: Sunday - Thursday 5:30 PM - 10:00 PM Friday - Saturday 5:30 PM 11:00 PM
MARKETS & WALKS EVERY TUESDAY MORNING GULFPORT’S FRESH MARKET - 9am-3pm - Oct - April; 9am2pm - May - Sept. Vendors offer a variety of produce, including local, organic and hydroponic fruits and vegetables when available. Vendors also offer local honey, teas, herbs, seafood, Florida grass-fed beef and other locally raised meats, eggs, cheeses, fresh breads, pastries, nuts and granola, gourmet, vegetarian/vegan and ethnic foods, candy, garden plants, fresh flowers, bath and body products, jewelry and much more. www. gulfportma.com/gma-events/tuesday-freshmarket
EVERY WEDNESDAY THE MID-WEEK MADEIRA BEACH OPEN AIR MARKET - November through the end of April. 10am - 2pm, On Madeira Way between the Tom Stuart Causeway and Gulf Blvd in Madeira Beach. Local Growers, hydroponic and local produce, gourmet and specialty foods, fine arts and crafts, spa-quality body care products, community connections. Family and pet friendly, beach close, free. www.TheBeachMarkets.com 1ST THURSDAY NIGHT ROCK THE PARK CONCERT - Rock the Park is held at Tampa’s Curtis Hixon Waterfront Park on the 1st Thursday of the month. A monthly music series showcasing musical talents of all genres. This FREE event is pet and family-friendly. Starts at 6:30pm. www.facebook.com/RockThePark
3RD THURSDAY TAMPA FLICKS AND FOOD TRUCKS - The Gourmet Food Truck Fun is paired with Independent short Flicks and Live Music.This urban, hip event is located at Grand Central at Kennedy where the Pour House and City Dog Cantina provide Micro Brews and cocktails. 10-15 gourmet food trucks offer everything from Burgers to Vegetarian Bites. 6pm – 10 pm, Rain or Shine. The Grand Central at Kennedy. 1208 E. Kennedy Blvd, Tampa, FL 33602. www.tampabaymarkets.com/ flicks-and-food-trucks 1ST FRIDAY NIGHT ST. PETE. Monthly street party with music, food and beverages for purchase. Proceeds benefit the Christmas Toy Shop. 5:30 - 10 pm, Free, Central Ave., between 2nd & 3rd Streets, St. Petersburg. www.firstfridaystpete.com 1ST FRIDAYS ART IN THE HEIGHTS - First Friday Art in the Heights is at participating galleries, studios, and small businesses, from 6 to 9. Art After Hours features restaurants and bars in the area, from 9 to midnight. Several Seminole Heights and Tampa Heights neighborhood art galleries, studios and small businesses will be extending their hours so that you can see a slew of new art at different venues all in one outing. www.facebook.com/ FirstFridayArtintheheights/ 1ST FRIDAY GULFPORT ART & GALLERY WALK. The streets are lined with artisans, entertainment and gourmet goodies. Shops, galleries and restaurants open late. 6 - 10 pm, Free. Complimentary parking is available nearby with courtesy trolley rides available to and from off-site parking areas. Beach Blvd., Gulfport. www.visitgulfportflorida.com EVERY SATURDAY CITRUS PARK MALL INDOOR MARKET. 10am -4 pm. Sample the Best Rum Cakes in Tampa. Meet talented Artisans and Fine Handcrafters. Bring the kids - relax and join paint classes from 1- 4 pm. Market in The Park, Westfield Citrus Park Mall, 7814 Citrus Park Town Center Mall, Tampa FL 33625. www.marketatthepark.com/
EVERY SATURDAY DOWNTOWN CLEARWATER FARMERS MARKET - Every Saturday yearround from 10am-2pm on Cleveland Street. Shop over 100+ vendors, fresh local produce, live music and more. Pet friendly. Free parking. Coachman Park, 301 Drew St, Clearwater, FL 33755. www. clearwaterfarmersmarket.net
EVERY SATURDAY YBOR CITY MARKET. 9am - 3pm through April 28. Featuring regionally grown produce and ornamental plants, fruits and vegetables, herbs and cut flowers, prepared foods, gourmet foods/baked goods, arts and crafts, jewelry, woodworking, bath and body products, candles, pet treats, honey, fine cigars, unique gifts, unique and quality collectibles, and some import items. Free admission and parking. Centennial Park, 1901 19th Street, Tampa, Fl 33605. www.ybormarket.com/
2ND SATURDAYS AT WILLIAMS PARK, ST PETE. Family friendly event that takes place each second saturday of the month starting in December. www.y2kpro.com
5-9 p.m. Download the map and list of participants to plan your art evening. www.stpeteartsalliance.org/artwalk 3rd SATURDAY ART & GALLERY WALK. The streets are lined with artisans, entertainment and gourmet goodies. Shops, galleries and restaurants open late. 6-10 pm. Free. Complimentary parking is available nearby with courtesy trolley rides available to and from off-site parking areas. Beach Blvd., Gulfport. www.visitgulfportflorida.com 1ST SUNDAY ST PETE MARKET - First Sunday of the month. The market features local artists and crafters, mimosas, live music and free chair massages, flowers, artisan soaps, gourmet sauces, handcrafted jewelry, local art, soy candles, home decor and other curated products crafted or sourced locally. Noon to 4 pm. Free admission. Caddy’s on Central, 217 Central Ave, St Petersburg 33701. 727-637-5586. www.stpetesundaymarket.com 3RD SUNDAY THE INDIAN SHORES SUNDAY MORNING MARKET - thru May 14. 9am1pm, On the grounds of the Town of Indian Shores Municipal Center. Local produce, gourmet and specialty foods, fine arts and crafts, spa-quality body care products, fine arts and crafts, community connections. Town of Indian Shores Library Sale the third Sunday of each month. Family and pet friendly, beach close. Free. 19305 Gulf Boulevard, Indian Shores. www.TheBeachMarkets. com EVERY SUNDAY HYDE PARK FRESH MARKET. This market hosts 125+ vendors selling a mixture of fresh produce, eggs, plants, herbs, fresh baked goods,take home foods, hand crafts,and ready to eat lunch bites! 10am - 3pm. Hyde Park Village, 742 S. Village Circle, Tampa FL 33604.
2ND SATURDAY ARTWALK SPRING FOR THE ARTS. The Waterfront Arts District, Central Arts District, EDGE District, Grand Central District, and the Warehouse Arts District become one arts destination for the St. Petersburg Second Saturday ArtWalk. 40 artists’ studios and galleries open their doors from www.AccentOnTampaBay.com
X A R T C I MUS B
All music is available on www.Amazon.com
DAN BLOCK Block Party A St Louis Connection
lock Party is a joyous event, and the latest album from saxophonist and clarinetist Dan Block on Miles High Records. The album spans several generations of jazz. The musicians are fellow transplants from Blockâ€™s native St. Louis to the jazz mecca of NY City, along with his brother and guitarist, Rob Block. Block feels comfortable expressing himself in traditional Dixieland jazz bands as well as bop, modal jazz and beyond. That scope is relected on Block Party. The album also features bassist and St. Louis native Neal Caine, Tokyoborn pianist Tadataka Unno and drummer Aaron Kimmel. www.danblockmusic.com
VARIOUS ARTISTS The Greatest Showman
he Greatest Showman is an original musical that celebrates the birth of show business and was inspired by the ambition and imagination of PT Barnum. The film is directed by Michael Gracey, with music from Academy Award winners Benj Pasek & Justin Paul and stars Hugh Jackman (PT Barnum), Michelle Williams, Zendaya, Zac Efron and Rebecca Ferguson. www.amazon.com/
JOE KYE Migrants
orean-born, Seattle-raised Joe Kye is a violinist, composer, and vocalist who discovered the magic of the loop pedal in college. That vision resonates with a bittersweet optimism, a measured hope for change and coming together on Migrants, his debut full-length album and third release. Kyeâ€™s crisp playing, layered in swirls of pizzicato arpeggios and percussive elements, forms the foundation for clever and reflexive lyrics and a tender, urgent voice.
LESLIE PINTCHIK You Eat My Food, You Drink My Wine, You Steal My Girl!
t is a perfect fit for the sharp-elbows vibe of the title piece by pianist/composer Pintchik, with its sambafunk groove, understated humor and fender-bender of an ending. It is also the perfect title for Pintchik’s new album, which features six of her original tunes and two standards. Pintchik has penned a collection of songs overflowing with warmth, humor, tenderness, depth and smarts—without forsaking her razor-sharp edge.
SABATON The Last Stand
he Swedish band, Sabaton, researches their battle topics to ensure the songs paint accurate and objective portraits of the historical event they’re singing about, which are narrated from a first-person view as a soldier caught in the line of fire. Sabaton aims to remain politically neutral in their role as musical war historians. They have reached their position as heavy metal’s AAA-torchbearer after playing endless amount of unforgettable live shows. The Last Stand is more evidence of Sabaton’s abilities. www.sabaton.net
JUSTIN TIMBERLAKE Man of the Woods
Man of the Woods” thrusts Timberlake into the funk, soul and disco of the 1970s. Timbaland and the Neptunes handle the vast majority of the production. Check out “Higher Higher,” a brilliant 70s homage. Chris Stapleton shows up a few times as a songwriter, on guitar, and on “Say Something,” in duet. His writing, especially on “The Hard Stuff,” is evocative, and on “Say Something,” he sings with a true purpose. The guitars and basslines on this album are quite punchy. But Timberlake is at his best on the title tune, “Man of the Woods.” www.amazon.com
1010 N. W.c. Macinnes Place, Tampa. 813-229-Star. www.strazcenter.org
WAITRESS - Apr 24 - 29 This hit features original music and lyrics by five-time Grammy nominee Sara Bareilles, a book by screenwriter Jessie Nelson, and direction by Tony Award winner Diane Paulus. Inspired by Adrienne Shelly’s film, WAITRESS tells the story of Jenna - a waitress and expert pie maker, who dreams of a way out of her small town and loveless marriage. A baking contest in a nearby county and the town’s new doctor may offer her a chance at a fresh start, while her fellow waitresses offer their own recipes for happiness. Intended for mature audiences; contains adult themes and language. THE SOUND OF MUSIC - June 5 - 10 The hills are alive! The brand new production of The
Sound Of Music is returning to Tampa. The beloved musical story of Maria and the von Trapp Family will thrill audiences with its Tony, Grammy and Academy Award-winning Best Score, including “My Favorite Things,” “Edelweiss” and the title song. The Sound Of Music enjoyed extraordinary success as a live television production when The Sound of Music Live! aired on NBC in December 2013 and was seen by over 44 million people. 2015 marked the 50TH anniversary of the film version, which continues to be the most successful movie musical in history. THE ILLUSIONISTS LIVE FROM BROADWAY - June 15 - 17 Direct from Broadway, the world’s best selling magic show is coming to Tampa. This mind blowing spectacular showcases the jaw dropping talents of five of the most incredible Illusionists on earth. The Illusionists – Live From Broadway has shattered box office records across the globe and dazzles audiences of all ages with a powerful mix of the most outrageous and astonishing acts ever to be seen on stage. This non-stop show is packed with thrilling and sophisticated magic of unprecedented proportions.
Straz Center,www.AccentOnTampaBay.com 813-229-7827. www.strazcenter.org
THEATER & MUSIC
AMALIE ARENA 401 Channelside Drive, Tampa. 813.301.6500. www.amaliearena.com APRIL 11 – Lorde 20 – 98Rockfest 29 – Jeff Dunham MAY 12 – James Taylor 15 – Justin Timberlake AMERICAN STAGE 163 Third St. N, St. Petersburg 727.823.7529. www.americanstage.org/ APRIL 1 – Marjorie Prime 18 – 29 – The Producers 20 – Gala Under the Stars ASOLO REPERTORY THEATRE 5555 N Tamiami Trail, Sarasota. 800.361.8388 www.asolorep.org APRIL 3-11 – Roe thru APRIL 14 – Rhinoceros thru APRIL 15 – Roe 6 – 29 – Gloria. It’s business as usual for a group of disgruntled 20-something editorial assistants at a magazine in Manhattan, where the only subject matter the group can agree on is that they want more than the life they’re leading. But when the morning banter is forced to an arresting halt, it alters their perspectives and lives in a way they could have never imagined. 8-12 - Faces of Change. Various venues. FACES OF CHANGE collects stories, personal experiences, and interviews from community members of diverse backgrounds, which are assembled in an original script. The project culminates in free public readings followed by post-show discussions. MAY 1 – 27 – Ragtime. RAGTIME chronicles three different societal groups at the dawn of the 20th century in New York — an affluent white family, an African American family and an immigrant Jewish family — whose lives are forever changed when their very different worlds collide.
BINIGER THEATER Eckerd College, 4200 54th Ave. S, St. Petersburg 727.867.1166 www.eckerd.edu/theatre APRIL 11 – 14 – Failure: A Love Story BRASS MUG 1450 Skipper Road, Tampa. www.metalbattlusa.com APRIL 7 - WACKEN METAL BATTLE 2018. Wacken Metal Battle USA is part of an international competition that sees bands from across the country battle each other for the chance of winning their spot among 29 other countries’ champions, and representing the USA in an international battle of the bands at the world’s largest outdoor metal festival: Wacken Open Air, which has been taking place in Wacken , Germany for the last 28 years. The winner of Wacken Metal Battle USA will perform at the 2018 festival taking place from August 2nd – 4th.
CAPITOL THEATRE 405 Cleveland Street, Clearwater 727.791.7400. www.rutheckerdhall.com/Venues APRIL 2 – This is Us Star Chrissy Metz 6 – The Weight Band 14 – Chris Botti 15 – Wynonna & The Big Noise 19 – Brian Culbertson 20 – Spyro Gyra 21 – Stephen Lynch 24 – Clearwater Chorus Spring
MAY 18 - 20 - ONE ACT WEEKEND. Popular production highlighting original, new, short plays by up and coming playwrights. Drama, comedy, and more. 25-27 - THE GREAT WAR - a WWI musical revue calls upon the actual music and stories of the time to honor the legacy and humanity of “our boys.”
28 – David Foster MAY 2 – Victor Wooten Band w/Sinbad 5 – KRIS KRISTOFFERSON
CATHERINE HICKMAN THEATRE 5501 27th Avenue South Gulfport, Florida 33707. www.mygulfport.us
7 – Boz Scaggs 10 – Eddie Money 11 – Paul Thorn 12 – Marc Cohn CARROLLWOOD CULTURAL CENTER 4537 Lowell Road, Tampa. www.carrollwoodcenter.org APRIL 7 - Cypress Creek Dixieland Band 14 - Carrollwood Brass MAY 19 - Strings in the Spring CARROLLWOOD PLAYERS THEATRE 4335 Gunn Hwy, Tampa, FL 33618 813.265.4000. www.carrollwoodplayers.org/ APRIL 6 - 8. KIDSPEAK. Travel into the imaginations of young playwrights as a cast of adult actors performs a staged reading of original short plays that will make you smile! 13 - MAY 5. THE FOREIGNER. A wacky comedy in which identities are mistaken, secrets are revealed, and hi-jinks are unleashed. 50
APRIL 10 – Ichiyo Ikebana Demonstration 19 – 29 – Morning’s At Seven CENTRAL PARK PERFORMING ARTS CENTER 105 Central Park Dr, Largo. 727.587.6793. www.largoarts.com APRIL 5 – The Purple Experience 7 – Gypsy Star 8 – Peter Yarrow 20 – Fancy 21 – Are You My Mother? 21 – John McEuen & Friends 28 – The Alter Eagles MAY 5 – “Chute for the Arts” 11-13 - Jekyll & Hyde 15 – The Ugly Duckling 15, 16 – Disney’s High School Musical
COCONUTS 5501 Gulf Blvd., St. Pete Beach. www.coconutscomedyclubs.com Thru APRIL 21 - Tampa Bay Comedy Fest.
casts of the Metropolitan Opera. APRIL 7 – Cosi 14 – Luisa Miller 28 – Cendrillon
CROWBAR 1812 N 17th St, Ybor City, FL 33605. www.crowbarybor.com/ EARLY BIRD DINNER THEATRE 13355 49th St N, Clearwater, FL 33762. 727.864.7600. www.earlybirddinnertheatre.com thru APRIL 29. NUNSENSE. Directed by artistic director Patricia Zaback. ECKERD COLLEGE 4200 54th Ave. S, St. Petersburg Miller Auditorium. 727.864.7600. www.eckerd.edu/metopera The Met in HD Series. Live high-definition broad-
EIGHT O’CLOCK THEATRE 105 Central Park Drive, Largo. 727.587.6793 www.eightoclocktheatre.com MAY 11 – 20 – Jekyll & Hyde FLORIDA ORCHESTRA 727.662.7286. www.floridaorchestra.org See venues for dates – Mahaffey Theater, Ruth Eckerd Hall & David Straz Performing Arts Center FLORIDA OPERA FESTIVAL Straz center for the Performing Arts, 1010 North W.C. Macinnes Place, Tampa. www.Operatampa.Org
Each night presents two headlining comics from throughout the country. Wed thru Sat, doors open at 9 pm.
Tues, May 15 AMALIE ARENA
he MAN OF THE WOODS TOUR is named after Timberlake’s album Man Of The Woods. The new material gives a self-reflective look at his journey into fatherhood and offer up personal insight into his layered life experiences. The GRAMMY Award-winning, multi-platinum selling artist was nominated for an Academy Award in 2017 for the song “Can’t Stop The Feeling!” from the film Trolls, for which he also won his 10th Grammy. As an actor he has appeared in a variety of films including Alpha Dog, Black Snake Moan, Shrek The Third, The Social Network and most recently Wonder Wheel. Additionally, Timberlake has won four Emmys for his appearances on Saturday Night Live.
APRIL 7 – Opera gala 2018 13 – 15 – Verdi’s macbeth FLORIDA STUDIO THEATRE 1241 North Palm Avenue, Sarasota, FL 34236. (941) 366-9000. www.floridastudiotheatre.org thru APRIL 7 - LIFE’S A BEACH. From snowbirds to roundabouts, this revue-style show will feature sketches, musicals, and our favorite classic improv games. Poking fun at what makes Sarasota, Sarasota, by using audience suggestions. thru APRIL 8 - BLUE SUEDE SHOES. Celebrate the birth of rock and roll with hits from the 1950s. thru JUNE 10 - TONGUE-IN-CHEEK musical revue. thru APRIL 22 - THE THINGS THEY CARRIED. A powerful telling of one soldier’s unforgettable journey. APRIL 14 - MAY 5 - THE BOY WHO LIKED PULLING HAIR. Short plays written by children in grades K-6. With 13 inspiring and invigorating pieces selected from over 3,500 submissions, The Boy Who Liked Pulling Hair & Other Winning Plays reveals children’s unique voices. 4 - MAY 25 - HONOR KILLING. Once culture mirrors the other, asking questions about forgiveness. FRANCIS WILSON PLAYHOUSE 302 Seminole St., Clearwater, Florida 33755. 727-446-1360. www.franciswilsonplayhouse.org/ APRIL 1 – 8 – Once in a Lifetime MAY 3 – 20 – Curtains FREEFALL THEATRE COMPANY 6099 Central Ave., St. Petersburg. 727-4985205 www.freefalltheatre.com APRIL 1 – April 8 – Daddy Long Legs 23 – Unseen St. Pete MAY 4 – 27 – The Machine Stops Continued www.AccentOnTampaBay.com
14 – STEELY DAN
GLENRIDGE PERFORMING ARTS CENTER 7333 Scotland Way, Sarasota. 941-552-5325 www.gpactix.com APRIL 4 – SNACK 7 – Tony Desare 14 – The Landscape of Guitar15 – Michael Brown 15 – THE FOUR FRESHMEN
MAHAFFEY THEATER 400 1St St. S, Bayfront Center, St. Petersburg, 727.892.5767. www.themahaffeytheater.com APRIL 5 – TFO Coffee Concert: Latin Flair 7 – TFO: R&B Legends w/Michael Lynche 8 – Michio Kaku 15 – TFO: Mozart’s Piano Concerto No. 26 20 – One Night of Queen 21 – TFO: Verdi’s Requiem 26 – TFO Coffee Concert: The Golden Age 27 – Todd Rundgren’s Utopia 28 – TFO: Celebrate Broadway 29 – Mummenschanz – You & Me MAY 2 – Queens of the Stone Age Villains 5 – TFO: Tchaikovsky’s Symphony No. 4 18 – Animaniacs Live! 19 – TFO: Beethoven’s Pastoral Symphony MIDFLORIDA CREDIT UNION AMPHITHEATER Florida State Fairgrounds, 4802 US Hwy. 301 N, Tampa 813.740.2446. www.ticketmaster.com/ venue/107257 APRIL 25 – Foo Fighters MAY 5 – Lynyrd Skynyrd 11 – Alan Jackson 54
NATIONAL THEATRE LIVE, Eckerd College Miller Auditorium , 4200 54th Ave. S, St. Petersburg. Performances in HD www.livehdstpete.com/national-theatre-live APRIL 13 – Yerma MAY 4 – Julius Caesar ORPHEUM 1915 E. 7th Ave., Tampa. (813) 248-9500 www. theorpheum.com/ THE PALLADIUM 253 5Th Ave N, St. Petersburg. 727.822.3590. www.mypalladium.org www.mypalladium.org APRIL 2 – Phil Dirt & The Dozers 5 – John Némuth and His Big Band 6 – Synia Sings Sarah (Vaughan) 7 – J. Anthony Brown and Friends 8 – Concert Pianist Matthew Graybil 13 – Suzanne Westenhoefer 15 – The Florida Björkestra – Madonna and George Michael 20 – Listening Room Festival Showcase 22 – Mood Music for Murder & Mystery
23, 24 – Lerner & Loewe’s My Fair Lady 25 – Palladium Chamber Players 27 – Selwyn Birchwood Band 29 – The Royal Guardsmen MAY 1 – A Tour of the Symphony 4 – James & James: By Request 9 – Mile-End Trio PINELLAS PARK PERFORMING ARTS CENTER 4951 78th Ave. N, Pinellas Park. www.etix.com/ticket/v/11231 APRIL 14 – TRIBUTE TO ROD STEWART
27 – 10,000 Maniacs 27 – Alan Parsons Live Project 29 – TFO: Celebrate Broadway MAY 6 – TFO – Tchaikovshy’s Symphony No. 4 17 – 26 – Waiting for Godot 18 – Brian Wilson 20 – TFO: Beethoven Pastoral Symphony SARASOTA BALLET 5555 N. Tamiami Trail Sarasota 941-359-0099. www.sarasotaballet.org APRIL 7 - 27th SEASON GALA - This intricately planned evening includes a one-night-only performance at the Sarasota Opera House, followed by cocktails and Sarasota’s best dinner party complete with the dancers of The Sarasota Ballet and surprise entertainment at Art Ovation Hotel. Featured performances include: Opera Star Susan Graham, Misty Copeland & Marcelo Gomes, Ballet World Premiere by Ricardo Graziano 27-28 - Three of the ‘Great Masters of Dance’. featuring two Company Premieres—Antony Tudor’s The Leaves are Fading and George Balanchine’s Bugaku—as well as the revival of Sir Frederick Ashton’s Marguerite and Armand.
MAY 12 – Michael Jackson Tribute RUTH ECKERD HALL 1111 N. Mcmullen Booth Rd, Clearwater. 727.791.7400. www.rutheckerdhall.com APRIL 4 – Disney Junior Dance Party 5 – Pod Tours America 6, 7 – Cinderella 17 – Jason Isbell and the 400 Unit 20 – ABBA The Concert 21 – A Chorus Line 22 – TFO: Verdi’s Requiem 23 – Kinky Boots 24 – Yanni 26 – Black Jacket Symphony: Sgt Pepper 56
SARASOTA OPERA HOUSE 61 N Pineapple Ave., Sarasota, 941.359.0099. www.sarasotaopera.org
APRIL 9-18 - LA MUSICA INTERNATIONAL CHAMBER MUSIC FESTIVAL. Featuring panel discussions, open rehearsals, and performances. Grammy-winning classical guitarist Jason Vieaux will perform on the 15th. www.lamusicafestival.org SHOW PALACE DINNER THEATRE 16128 U.S. Hwy 19, Hudson, FL 34667. 727-863-7949. www.showpalace.net/ APRIL 14 - MAY 20 - Menopause the Musical SIDESPLITTERS COMEDY CLUB 12938 N. Dale Mabry Highway, Tampa, FL 33618. (813) 9601197 www.sidesplitterscomedy.com/ APRIL 5 - 7 - Roy Wood, Jr. 7 - 8 - Renard Hirsch 12 - 14 - Jamie Kennedy 14 - C.R.A.P. Comedy Presents People You Should Know 19 - 22 - Dale Jones 26 - 29 - GREG HAHN
MAY 3 - Joe List 10 - 13 - Joe Machi 11 - “Dr. Dirty” John Valby 17 - 19 - Ryan Davis 20 - Maurice Jovan 58
24 - 27 - Jon Reep 26 - Dusty Slay 31 - Josh Blue
SPITFIRE THEATER 14 18th St. S, St. Petersburg www.spitfiretheater.com
APRIL 6, 13, 20, 27 – Murder on the Hogwarts Express STAGEWORKS THEATER 1120 E. Kennedy Blvd., West Bldg., #151, Tampa 813.374.2416. www.stageworkstheatre.org APRIL 13 – 29 – In the Time of Butterflies STATE THEATRE 687 Central Ave., St. Petersburg, FL. www.statetheatreconcerts.com APRIL 6 - Heavy Hitters W/ Crushtone, Dark Summer & More 8, 15, 22, 29 - Reggae Madness 13 - OMD 18 - Black Angels w/ Black Lips Continued
27 - Memphis May Fire MAY 5 - Struggle Jennings & Jelly Roll – Waylon & Willie Tour 13 - Hayley Kiyoko 25 - Morgan Heritage
STAGEWORKS THEATER 1120 E. Kennedy Blvd., West Bldg., #151, Tampa, 813.374.2416. www.stageworkstheatre.org APRIL 13 – 29 – In the Time of Butterflies ST. PETERSBURG CITY THEATRE Oldest, continuously operating community theatre in Florida since 1925. 4025 31st St. S, St. Petersburg, 33712. 727-866-1973. www.spcitytheatre.org APRIL 13 – Dream Child: The Trial of Alice in Wonderland by Roxanne Fay 27 – MAY 6 – Sunset Limited ST. PETERSBURG OPERA COMPANY 727.823.2040 www.stpeteopera.org Mornings, Afternoons, Evenings and Cocktail with the Maestro. Various performance locations STRAZ CENTER 1010 N. W.C. MacInnes Place, Tampa 813.229. STAR www.strazcenter.org APRIL thru 1 - HIR. Somewhere in the suburbs, Isaac has returned from Afghanistan to help take care of his ailing father, only to discover a household in revolt. The insurgent: his mother. Liberated from an 60
oppressive marriage, and with Isaac’s newly-out transgender sibling Max as her ally, she’s on a crusade to dismantle the patriarchy. But in Mac’s sly, subversive comedy, annihilating the past doesn’t always free you from it. 3 – Standing at the Water’s Edge 5 – TFO: Fiesta! 5 – 15 – Green Day’s American Idiot 6 – TFO: R&B Legends w/Michael Lynche 7 – Opera Gala 2018 12 – Sons of Serendip 13 – Randy Rainbow 13 – 15 – Giuseppe Verdi’s Macbeth 14 – Angels in America Part 1 19 – Anthony Jeselnik: Funny Games 19 – Latin Nights 20 – TFO: Verdi’s Requiem 21 – Best of Tampa Bay 22 – Megan Hilty. Take a heavy serving of Marilyn Monroe, mix it with a dollop of Dolly Parton and Christina Applegate, then add a dash of Kristin Chenoweth and you’ll have the extraordinary stage presence of Broadway musical star Megan Hilty (Wicked).
23 – Rhiannon Giddens w/Dead Horses 24 – 29 – Waitress 25 – May 20 – 1984
26 – TFO: 50! 27 – TFO: Celebrate Broadway 27 - 28 - LITTLE BLACK DRESS. From the creators of Spank! The Fifty Shades Parody and Disenchanted, this hilarious ladies-night-out musical follows BFFs Dee and Mandy as they don their LBDs to chronical life’s major events – birth, death, dating, sex, love, friendship … and male strippers. With improv, audience participation, fun music and a triple warning – strong language, fog and haze, and one very sexy man – Little Black Dress is a perfect fit for any woman. 29 – Tampa Bay Symphony “A Tour of the Symphony” MAY 4 – TFO: Tchaikovsky’s Symphony No. 4
5 – Next Generation Ballet’s Cinderella 10 – That’s the Spirit 11 – Nick Swadson 12 – An Evening of Luther Vandross starring Ruben Studdard. Studdard transports audiences back in time to when Luther Vandross reigned as the king of R&B. 12 – Darci Lynne and Friends Live 12 – The Sandi Sylver Puppet Show 13 – Mike Birbiglia 13 – Mother’s Day Brunch 17 – Latin Nights 18 – TFO: Beethoven’s Pastoral Symphony 18, 19 – THE BOOK OF MORON. Having been brainwashed by a culture that worships Kardashi-
ans over character, delusion over truth and selfies over self-effacement, Dubac finds himself stuck in a coma of stupidity. His IQ has dropped to Q. To wake up he must ask himself the big question. Who am I? What do I believe? What’s the point? 19 – Bubble Guppies Live 19 – Travis Greene 20 – Angels in America Part II 27 - MAY 20 - 1984. Jobsite Theater brings George Orwell’s dystopic literary masterpiece 1984 to life in a gripping stage adaptation. 1984 warns us with the story of Winston Smith, a small cog in the giant machine-state of Oceania. Physically and mentally under the omnipresent eye of Big Brother, Winston has been caught struggling for scraps of love and freedom in a world awash with distrust and violence. With the brutal “help” of four Party Members, Winston is forced to confess his Thoughtcrimes before an unseen Inquisitor and the audience – who act as a silent witness.
THE STUDIO @620 620 1st Ave. South, St. Petersburg FL 33701. 27895-6620. www.studio620.org APRIL 7-8 - Georgia O’Keeffe comes to life. visit the artist, Georgia O’Keeffe, in her living room at Abiquiu, her New Mexico home, where over the course of the evening she describes her evolution and development as a visual artist.
TARPON SPRINGS PERFORMING ARTS CENTER 324 Pine St, Tarpon Springs, FL. www.tarponarts.org/ APRIL 5 – DANCE HEGINBOTHAM
12 – 15 – Bayou Radio Theatre 13 – Frankie Valli & The Four Seasons Tribute 15 – Gershwin, Berlin and Porter presented by The Rhythm Kings 20 – Eagles Tribute Band 27 – 29 – Libertaire, the Play MAY 12 – Wayne Toups & The ZyDeCajun Band TRIPLE THREAT THEATRE Ybor Campus Mainstage Theatre. 813-969-0240. www.TBTTT.org MAY 19 - Snow White. Travel with Snow White as she escapes the castle and the evil queen and embarks on an adventure surrounded by the birds and animals of the forest. Follow this heartwarming tale as Snow White befriends the charming, loveable dwarfs, and is enchanted by the Prince. This score was written to excite children and is a wonderful introduction to ballet and theatre.
URBANITE THEATRE 1487 Second Street, Sarasota, FL 34236. www.urbanitetheatre.com APRIL Continued 6 - MAY 6 - WOMEN LAUGHING ALONE WITH www.AccentOnTampaBay.com SALAD
TAMPA IMPROV 1600 E 8th Ave. Suite C-112, Tampa, FL 33605. 813864-4000. www.improvtampa.com/
TARPON SPRINGS CULTURAL ART CENTER 101 South Pinellas Avenue, Tarpon Springs, 727.942.5605. www.tarponarts.org MAY 11 – The History of Cajun Music
cast Hell on Heels. Join in for a night of sinful indulgence in classic RHPS style. Live cast, call backs, liquor, lingerie, plush reclining seats, and plenty of fishnets to go around.Time warp into the early hours of the morning.Make Fridays into a tradition of Transylvanian cultural appreciation, complete with plenty of virgin sacrifices. Doors for the show open around 11:30 PM. Preshow begins at 11:45, and every show ends with a meet-and-greet with the cast and crew.
15 - 16 - BOY by Anna Ziegler USF CONCERT HALL 4202 E. Fowler Ave, Tampa, Fl 33620
WEST COAST PLAYERS 21905 Us 19 N. Clearwater, 727.437.2363. www.wcplayers.org APRIL 20 – MAY 6. COMPLETELY HOLLYWOOD. Lights! Camera! SATIRE! Get your clapper boards ready as we rummage through the reels and flick through the films in this riotous carnival of the classics in this seriously silly show biz satire. Hilarity ensues as 3 men condense the 187 greatest movies of all time in under two hours(ish).
VAN WEZEL 777 N Tamiami Trail, Sarasota. 941-953-3368 www.vanwezel.org thru APRIL 1 – Motown The Musical 4 – Illusionist Rick Thomas 5 – The Book of Mormon 6 – Disney Junior Dance Party 10 – 12 – Jersey Boys 14 – Wynonna and the Big Noise 15 – Chris Botti 17 – Let It Be 18 – ABBA the Concert 19 – The Silk Road Ensemble w/Yo-Yo Ma 22 – Bill Engvall 24, 15 – A Chorus Line 26 – Mummenschanz – You & Me 29 – Yanni 25 VILLAGIO CINEMAS AT CARROLLWOOD 11778 N Dale Mabry Hwy, Tampa, FL 33618. www.hellonheelsrhps.com EVERY FRIDAY ROCKY HORROR PICTURE SHOW WITH LIVE CAST. The Rocky Horror Picture Show with Live 64
Get Twice as Happy at The Florida Orchestra
pring is in full swing at The Florida Orchestra with a fresh crop of music in all categories for all ages, including two Happy Hour Concerts in April.
HAPPY HOUR CONCERTS (April 5 & 26): Join friends after work for free drinks, live symphonic music and a meetand-greet with musicians at the Straz Center. Bars open at 5:30 before the hour-long concert at 6:30 p.m. On April 5, it’s a Fiesta with Latin-inspired music. On April 26, a 50th anniversary celebration features music that stands the test of time, from Raiders March to a Vivaldi flute concerto with Principal flute Clay Ellerbroek. $35 general admission seating.
MOZART’S PIANO CON CERTO No. 26 (April 14 & 15): It’s a dynamo team, with awardwinning conductor Elim Chan and pianist Louis Schwizgebel, who makes his TFO debut on Mozart’s Piano Concerto No. 26, “Coronation.” Also: Prokofiev’s Symphony No. 1 and Beethoven’s Symphony No. 1. Kids and teens get in free to this and all Tampa Bay Times Masterworks concerts. VERDI’S REQUIEM (April 20-22) A can’t-miss moment of the 50th anniversary season. For the first time in nearly 10 years, TFO performs Verdi’s massive masterpiece brimming with drama, passion and deep faith, featuring the Master Chorale of Tampa Bay. Michael Francis conducts. FAMILY CONCERT: FROM RAGS TO MOZART (April 21) TFO’s Reed Trio, with oboe, clarinet and bassoon, will take kids on a journey through music spanning four countries and three centuries. Two concerts, at 10 and 11:15 a.m., in the Mahaffey Theater Atrium. Come early for the Instrument Petting Zoo. Best suited for children in Pre-K through 2nd grade. Admission is pay what you can at the door. CELEBRATE BROADWAY (April 27-29) Join The Florida Orchestra for the best part of Broadway – the music! Broadway star Daniel Narducci and the Master Chorale of Tampa Bay belt out showstoppers from Phantom of the Opera, The Lion King, Mary Poppins, Camelot and more. Bob Bernhardt guest conducts in this Raymond James Pops concert. The Florida Orchestra: Performs regularly at the Straz Center in Tampa, Mahaffey in St. Petersburg and Ruth Eckerd Hall in Clearwater. Most tickets start at $15. Available at floridaorchestra.org or 727.892.3337 and 1.800.662.7286. www.AccentOnTampaBay.com
Compiled by Melissa Wolcott Martino
SWAROVSKI New Stackable
his season, Chamilia, a Swarovski company, is introducing new stackable rings. The entire Chamilia line is made from sterling silver or 14 karat gold and features genuine Swarovski Crystals and Swarovski Zirconia. “Stackable rings have been a popular offering from Chamilia since their introduction,” said Chamilia Vice President, Global Merchandising and Marketing Catherine Ottaviano. “Each year we introduce new styles that integrate into existing Chamilia collections so that our customer can continue to feed her need to stack and coordinate with what she is already wearing.” Items from Chamilia’s Spring 2018 collection will be available starting January 2018, and will be sold at the brand’s more than 1,000 retail partners worldwide and on the Chamilia website.
For more information please go to www.chamilia.com
MIXED CHICKS Daily Hair Dress
ixed Chicks’ Daily Hair Dress is a dry hair conditioner that lets your au-natural stay moist while reducing static and aiding in repair and moisture retention. Daily Hair Dress is great for relaxed hair, and features oil infused to help with dry and brittle hair. It adds moisture while masking split ends, and reduces frizz. Ingredients include avocado, almond and safflower oil. Just apply to damp hair and style as usual. For ponytails or pulled back looks squeeze a small portion into palm of hand, apply to hair and brush or comb to smooth evenly.
For more information on this and other Mixed chicks products, visit www.mixedchicks.net 68
Fox In A Box
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hannel your inner fox with Hard Candy Fox in a Box Scented Marbleized Baked Powder. You can achieve a healthy, natural glow with these finely milled mica pigments in custom blended shades. The smooth, baked formula delivers multi dimensional yet sheer, buildable colors. The product comes with a brush for easy blending and application. Delicious scents such as Vanilla Frosting, Strawberry, Pina Colada, Sweet Peach, and Chocolate are available, with a scratch and sniff on the outer stickers for testing. Hard Candy Fox in A Box Scented Marbleized Baked Powders are available at Walmart.
For more information, visit www.hardcandy.com/
Unique and Contemporary
veryone needs the ultimate cozy sweater in their wardrobe.Snuggle up in chic, designer sweaters and ponchos this winter and you won’t believe they are under $100. Inspired by the modern woman, Bacino collections are effortlessly chic and classic. Baciano’s designers focus on creating unique and contemporary outfits which stand out with sophistication and elegance, yet with a young and hip vibe.
At Baciano, they believe that “A classic never goes out of style.” After sketching by hand the designers use CAD technology to bring their unique designs to life. The design team is at the forefront of the fashion world, constantly searching for new colors, fabrics, silhouette, and trends. Pictured here is the Cindy cardigan. For more information, please www.visit bacciinc.com
WHAT IS ART?
The Conceptual and the Surreal Collide in Dalí/Duchamp at the Salvador Dali Museum Photos of the exhibition by Melissa W. Martino
iscover how two inventive, irreverent individuals forever changed how we see art – and artists – at The Dalí’s special exhibition, Dalí/Duchamp, on view through May 27. This exhibition is the first of its kind dedicated to the friendship and mutual influence of two of the twentieth century’s greatest artists – the father of conceptual art, Marcel Duchamp, and Salvador Dalí, the champion of traditional painting and the imagination. Dalí/Duchamp is organized by The Dalí Museum and the Royal Academy of Arts in London. This is the only opportunity visitors will have to see the exhibit in the States. As personalities, Dalí and Duchamp were worlds apart; Dalí was the self-professed genius and first modern artist-celebrity, whereas Duchamp had a quieter, subtler demeanor. Duchamp was associated with the art movements of Dada and Surrealism, and is famous for conceptual art and creating the first “readymade,” an everyday object presented as a work of art. In contrast, Dalí was a defender of
Salvador Dalí’s Venus de Milo with Drawers (and PomPoms), bronze painted white with ermine pompoms.
Dali and Duchamp shared a love of games. 70
classical techniques in painting and the champion of artistic tradition. He was a surrealist and a superior technician who, like Duchamp, thought the idea of an artwork was of prime importance. Despite their differences, they maintained an enduring bond of mutual admiration. What fueled this surprising relationship was deeper than their shared artistic interests – among them eroticism, language, optics and games. More fundamentally, the two men were united by a combination of humor and skepticism, which led both, in different ways, to challenge conventional views of art and life. On exhibit are more than 50 works showcasing some of Dalí’s most acclaimed paintings and sculptures, including three paintings never before seen at The Dalí as well as Duchamp’s groundbreaking assemblages and ready-mades. It also includes the less familiar: photographs by Dalí, paintings by Duchamp, and correspondence and collaborations between the two artists and is organized as a dialogue between them through four themes – Identities and a Challenge to
Marcel Duchamp’s L.H.O.O.Q., 1958. Moustache and goatee added to reproduction of Mona Lisa printed in the Enciclopedia Universal.
Duchamp made a miniature compilation of his works, recreated in painstaking detail. www.AccentOnTampaBay.com
WHAT IS ART? CONT Painting; Playing Games; Science and Religion; and the Body and the Object. Beyond the exhibition gallery, a variety of corresponding programs inspired by Dalí and Duchamp are happening, including the Coffee with a Curator lecture series; Artflix, the Museum’s themed movies series; activities for families and more. The Museum will also host monthly Thursday evening game nights for the community continuing through May, as an homage to Dalí and Duchamp’s love of games.
One Dali Blvd, St. Petersburg, FL 33701 727.823.3767 www.thedali.org/
Duchamp’s Fountain, Dali’s Lobster Telephones, steel, plaster, rubber, resin and paper.
Dalí’s Christ of St John of the Cross. Duchamp’s Bottle Rack, readymade: galvanized iron 72
Duchamp’s The King and Queen Surrounded by Swift Nudes Duchamp’s The Bride Stripped Bare by Her Bachelors, Even known as The Large Glass, 1915–23 (1991– 92 edition), oil and lead on glass, wooden frame.
Dali, Duchamp, Gala and friends, summer 1933.
Duchamp books can be found in the Dali gift shop.
Entrance into the Dali/Duchamp exhibit.
ATT RACT I O NS & MUS E UMS E V E N TS
Tampa Bay Area ADVENTURE ISLAND www.TampaBayKidsTriathlon.com APRIL 14 - TAMPA BAY KIDS TRIATHLON. The TBKT offers participants the opportunity to swim, bike and run in and around Adventure Island. Boys and girls ages 6-10 (junior varsity division) and 11-14 (varsity division) are eligible to participate. The first 400 registrations will receive a complimentary, race-day ‘Stay and Play’ ticket to Adventure Island. Participants will receive a race-day ‘Swag Bag’, including an Under Armour T-shirt. All competitors will be awarded a finisher’s medal upon completion of the race and the top three finishers in each category will earn a trophy along with an additional Adventure Island ‘Stay and Play’ ticket.
BOYD HILL NATURE PRESERVE 1101 Country Club Way S, St. Petersburg 727.893.7326. www.stpeteparksrec.org/boyd-hill. Tram Tours Saturdays, Guided Tours, Classes. BROOKER CREEK PRESERVE 3940 Keystone Road, Tarpon Springs. 727. 453.6800. www.brookercreekpreserve.org APRIL 7 – Wildlife Safari - For children through 12 years old. The children begin with a blank Wildlife Passport and then walk along a one-mile loop of adventure with live owls, snakes, baby raccoons, hawks, and more. As kids visit each Wildlife Station, their Passport gets stamped. Kids get a special prize for completing the journey. 8 – Music Jamboree - Musicians are encouraged to bring their guitar, fiddle, banjo, bass or other acoustic instrument to the outdoor pavilion for a jam session. 74
Participants will be able to meet other musicians, perform and learn new songs. All ages welcome. CHIHULY COLLECTION 720 Central Avenue, St. Petersburg. 727.822.7872. www.moreanartscenter.org Only permanent collection of Dale Chihuly’s work. THRU MAY 12 - Shayna Leib: Into the Deep. An artist, diver and underwater photographer, Leib developed a passion for deep water diving. Her attention to detail is exhibited in this show featuring glass works inspired by the underwater world, complimented by her photographic works. CLEARWATER MARINE AQUARIUM 249 Windward Passage, Clearwater, FL 33767. (727) 441-1790. www.seewinter.com
Clearwater Marine Aquarium is home to rescued dolphins, sea turtles, river otters, stingrays, nurse sharks and more. Winter the dolphin’s story of survival, after the injury that caused her to lose her tail, has impacted millions of people around the world. A major motion picture, Dolphin Tale, highlighted her life story in 2011. The sequel, Dolphin Tale 2, features the story of Hope, a young resident dolphin. CRACKER COUNTRY Florida State Fairgrounds, 4800 US-301, Tampa, FL 33610. (813) 627-4225. www.crackercountry.org/ Cracker Country, a rural Florida living history museum, was established in 1978 by Mr. and Mrs. Doyle Carlton, Jr. so future generations might better understand and appreciate Florida’s rural heritage. CRAFTSMAN HOUSE 2955 Central Ave, St. Petersburg, 727.323.2787. www.craftsmanhousegallery.com
Attractions & Museums
Gallery-Cafe-Pottery Studio 2nd Saturday Gallery Walk DALÍ MUSEUM One Dali Blvd., St. Petersburg, 727.823.3767. www.thedali.org THRU MAY 27. DALÍ/DUCHAMP invites visitors to examine the relationship between the father of Surrealism, Salvador Dalí, and the father of conceptual art, Marcel Duchamp. The first exhibit dedicated to their friendship and its influence on the work of both artists, Dalí/Duchamp explores the common ground, both personal and aesthetic, shared by these two groundbreaking icons. This original exhibition brings together around 60 works, including some of Dalí’s most inspired and technically accomplished paint-
ings and sculptures, and Duchamp’s ground breaking assemblages and ready-mades. APRIL 5 – ArtFlix: Marcel Duchamp Part II 8 – Los Vinos de Dali 19 – Opera at The Dalí 23 – Workshop: Create an Illustrated Memoir 26 – Games at the Dali: Exquisite Corpse. An exciting evening of game play, art, chance and group collaboration. In teams of three, you will create irrational, dreamlike creatures playing the surrealist game known as “Exquisite Corpse,” invented in part by Marcel Duchamp. MAY 3 – ArtFlix: Marcel Duchamp DR. CARTER G. WOODSON AFRICAN AMERICAN MUSEUM Continued
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world of taste awaits at the fourth annual Food & Wine Festival. The festival features signature dishes along with exciting new cuisine, including 16 all-new dishes plus a large selection of wines, craft brews and cocktails. Eighteen of the biggest acts in musical entertainment will take the stage every weekend on Gwazi Field.
CONCERT HEADLINERS INCLUDE: March 17: Olga Tañón March 18: Goo Goo Dolls March 24: Better Than Ezra & Tonic March 25: Michael Bolton
March 31: Boyz II Men April 1: Natalie Grant April 7: Hank Williams, Jr. April 8: Tlc April 14: Bret Michaels
April 15: Coming Soon! April 21: The All-American Rejects April 22: Cole Swindell April 28: Flo Rida April 29: Kaleo & Bleachers
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2240 9th Ave.S, St. Petersburg. www.woodsonmuseum.org The museum presents the historic voice of one segment of the St. Petersburg Florida community in the perspective of local, regional, and national history, culture and community. DUNCAN MCCLELLAN GALLERY 2342 Emerson Ave. S, St. Petersburg, 813.760.6600 www.dmglass.com 2nd Saturday Gallery Walk DUNEDIN FINE ART CENTER 1143 Michigan Blvd. - Dunedin, 34698. 727.298. DFAC - www.dfac.org APRIL 22 – Déjà vu (All Over Again) DUNEDIN WINE AND ART WALK - 2nd Fri of the Month Pioneer Park, Main Street and Douglas Avenue, Dunedin, 34698. www.2ndfridaydunedin.com/ Celebrate the second Friday of the month as downtown Dunedin merchants offer specials and discounts; browse the art exhibits, sip wine at tastings, enjoy food samplings, live entertainment and a drawing. Wristbands to get special offers from merchants and be eligible for prize drawing. FLORIDA AQUARIUM 701 Channelside Dr, Tampa, FL 33602. (813) 2734000. www.flaquarium.org
Explore and learn about marine life at The Florida Aquarium. For all ages. Exhibits, Journey to Madagascar, Wetlands Trai, Bays and Beaches, Coral. APRIL 28 – 17th Annual SeaGrapes Wine & Food Festival FLORIDA BOTANICAL GARDENS 12520 Ulmerton Road, Largo , 727.582.2100. Closed weekends & County Holidays. www.flbg.org The Florida Botanical Gardens inspires and educates visitors by showcasing flora, fauna and natural resources in motivational surroundings that promote environmentally friendly techniques. MAY 6 – A Day of Private & Public Garden Tours. 10 am – 4 pm, $. An insightful and guided tour of The Florida Botanical Garden followed by tours of several private gardens in Pinellas County. Each home is different, covering a wide variety of plants, trees and landscapes.
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. • Experience a guided tour, special event or workshop. $10 Adults; $8 seniors 62+; $4 ages 2 - 11 1825 4th St. N., St. Petersburg, FL • 727-551-3100 78
FLORIDA CRAFTART GALLERY 501 Central Ave, St. Petersburg, 727.821.7391. www.floridacraftart.org Second Saturday Artwalk Mural Walk on Saturdays APRIL 6 to MAY 29 – Dia de los Muertos – A Celebration of Life. 42 artists from around the country have been selected from a call to artists to submit works that represent, in their own vision, the theme of Dia de los Muertos (Day of the Dead). Numerous activities are scheduled throughout the duration of the exhibition. 6 – Face Painting for Adults 6 – MAY 29. Dia de los Muertos 8 – Sugar Skull and Cooking Decorating 14 – Paint a Sugar Skull on a Wine Glass 14 – Concert: Lauren Mullinaux and Skyler Golden 15 – Sugar Skull Inspired Memories 19 – Taste and Learn 22 – Secret Stories of the Sugar Skulls 28 – Ekphrastic Writing Workshop MAY 5 – Lecture by Kent Lydecker 12 – Paint a Flower on a Wine Glass 20 – Ekphrastic Performance 26 – Closing Reception and People’s Choice Award Presentation
FLORIDA HOLOCAUST MUSEUM 55 5th St S, St. Petersburg, FL 33701. (727) 8200100. www.flholocaustmuseum.org
25th Anniversary Programs and Events The Florida Holocaust Museum (The FHM) has partnered with Eckerd College to release a 25th Anniversary oral history series titled “25 Survivors, 25 Stories... Celebrating 25 Years.” The Museum’s series will feature a different Holocaust Survivor on CONTINUED
ig Cat Rescue is the world’s largest accredited sanctuary devoted to big cats. The nonprofit sanctuary is home to more than 70 lions, tigers, leopards, cougars, servals, caracals, and
various other exotic cats. BCR has built enclosures in a natural habitat with foliage and shelter on 55 acres in the Citrus Park area of north Tampa. They provide the best nutritional and medical care possible, and have conditioning and enrichment programs to provide the cats physical and psychological well being. The sanctuary is primarily supported by donation. The facility offers a variety of guided educational tours at 14 set times during the week. Be aware that most tours are not open to children ages 9 and under. All ages tours are held Saturdays at 12 pm. They also offer private tours, field trips, birthday parties, and other events. BCR, 12802 Easy Street, Tampa. For tour times and reservations, call 888-316-5875, or visit www.BigCatRescue.org www.AccentOnTampaBay.com
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the 25th of every month. Each Survivor brings to the series an individual voice that enlivens our understanding of the Holocaust; the war’s effects on individuals, families, and communities dispersed across the world; and its reverberations into the present moment. In the coming months, The FHM will present numerous 25th Anniversary celebratory programs, events, and exhibitions. OPERATION FINALE: THE CAPTURE & TRIAL OF ADOLF EICHMANN - thru July 15. “Operation Finale: The Capture & Trial of Adolf Eichmann” is the first exhibition in the United States to fully document the pursuit, capture, extradition, and trial of a Nazi war criminal. Also included in the exhibition is one of the most iconic objects of the century – the bulletproof glass booth in which the accused sat as the courtroom drama was broadcast around the globe. LETTERS TO SALA: A YOUNG WOMAN’S LIFE IN NAZI LABOR CAMPS - thru August 19
after trauma and horror. FLORIDA MUSEUM OF PHOTOGRAPHIC ARTS 400 N. Ashley Drive, Cube 200, Tampa, FL 33602, 813-221-2222. www.fmopa.org APRIL 13 – Deadline for International Photography Competition 22 – Q and A’s Photography Workshop MAY 20 – iPoneography 101 FORT DE SOTO PARK
Tierre Verde. 727.552.1862. www.pinellascounty. org/park/05_Ft_DeSoto.htm The park offers the greatest diversity of systems just about anywhere. Emerging from the wealth of bird life, sea life, wild life and plant life is the majestic tapestry called Fort De Soto.. Guided Nature Walks – Sat & Sun.
APRIL 12 – Yom HaShoah Commemoration. Hear from Holocaust Survivors throughout the day and visit the Museum free of charge on April 12 in observance of Yom HaShoah. 26 – The World War II Japanese American Incarceration MAY 10 – Screening of Lea and Mira. The movie depicts the thoughts of two Holocaust Survivors who, in the twilight of their lives, transmit their wisdom, their resilience, and their way of looking at the world and life 80
GLAZER CHILDREN’S MUSEUM 110 W Gasparilla Plaza, Tampa, FL 33602. (813) 443-3861. www.glazermuseum.org/ OCEAN SANDBOX! Move and shape the sand to create the ocean’s topography. Sculpt mountains, islands, underwater channels, and caves to see augmented reality marine landscape come to life with ocean creatures, treasure chests, and more SUNSHINE SUNDAY: Last Sunday Of Every Other Month 10am - 1pm. This program is a limitedengagement event for children with special needs and their caregivers. Children can explore the Museum with lights and sounds turned down and sensory adapted tools, special programs, and community resources at their fingertips.
a private event focusing on art, music, and movement activities for adults with memory loss and their families and caregivers. Memory Mondays is a social engagement opportunity providing activities that encourage stimulation for people with early stage Alzheimer’s and other forms of dementia. Memory Mondays is a program that will provide a relaxing way for people living with memory loss and their caregivers to interact with others in a casual, judgment-free, non-clinical setting. www.greatex.org/programs/ memory-mondays/
GREAT EXPLORATIONS CHILDREN’S MUSEUM 1925 4th St N, St. Petersburg, FL 33704. (727) 821-8992. www.greatex.org/ Science and humanities exhibits allow visitors to touch, move and actually become part of several pieces. First Sunday of month open special hours for special needs families. MEMORY MONDAYS - First Monday of the Month. A free monthly program for adults with memory loss, from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. Memory Mondays will be
APRIL 2 – Memory Monday 8 – Great Connections 13 – Parents’ Night Out 14 – Happy, Healthy Kids. Create salad collages, fruit and veggie works of art, and enjoy a Publix shopping healthy foods scavenger hunt. 22 – Earth Day. Experiment in the oil spill lab, participate in a Beth’s Beach clean-up and plant seeds to watch flourish at home. MAY 11 – Parents’ Night Out 13 – Great Connections
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GULF BEACHES HISTORICAL MUSEUM 115 10th Ave, St Pete Beach 727-552-1610. www.gulfbeachesmuseum.com Only museum dedicated to the preservation of history of the local barrier island. Preserving island history for tomorrow’s generation.
15 – The McMullen Letters MAY 5 – Flea Market. The Pinellas County Historical Society is hosting a flea market featuring antiques, decorative items, and housewares. All proceeds benefit the operation of Heritage Village.
GULFPORT 1ST FRI AND 3RD SAT ART WALKS 727-322-5217. Free. Beach Blvd., Gulfport. www.visitgulfportflorida.com/ The Gulfport Art Walk event features new artists every first Friday and third Saturday each month and includes several different sculpture and paint mediums, jewelry, photography, folk art, upcycled items, handmade/designed clothing and accessories, body products, authors, entertainers and more. Live musicians appear at several venues throughout the waterfront district during Art Walks from 6-10 PM, year round. IMAGINE MUSEUM 1901 Central Ave., St. Petersburg www.imaginemuseum.com Contemporary American Studio Glass. APRIL 7 – Family Day 19 – Teacher Preview Night LOWRY PARK ZOO 1101 W Sligh Ave, Tampa, FL 33604. 813) 9358552. www.lowryparkzoo.org GULFPORT HISTORY MUSEUM 5301 28th Ave. S, Gulfport. 727-327-0505. Free Admission. www.gulfporthistoricalsociety.org The Gulfport Historical Society preserves and celebrates Gulfport culture and history through exhibits and programs that educate and inspire the community and visiting public. HENRY B. PLANT MUSEUM 401 W Kennedy Blvd, Tampa, FL 33606. (813) 254-1891. www.ut.edu/plantmuseum HERITAGE VILLAGE 11909 125th St N, Largo. 727.582.2123. www.pinellascounty.org/Heritage Free 21-acre living history museum. New exhibit Boathouse display. Sundays – Speaking of History. APRIL
MARIE SELBY BOTANICAL GARDENS 811 S. Palm Ave., Sarasota, 941.366.5731. www.selby.org MONDAYS – Yoga in the Garden APRIL 1 – Easter Brunch 4 – Add POP! To Your Writing Retreat 4 – Lunch in the Gardens 4 – Wine and Design 11 – Warhol’s Nature 12 – Ikebana 18 - MAY 25 - MUCH ADO ABOUT NOTHING. William Shakespeare’s Much Ado About Nothing: a classical comedy about two intellectual sparring partners, whose individual pride masks their true love. 20 – New Perspectives in Photography 20 – Garden to Plate 23 – Warhol Cats!
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24 – Spritzing, Spattering, Sponging, French Rule & More Advanced Watercolor Techniques 24 – Tripod Tuesday 30 – Explore Coastal Mangroves and Seagrass Beds MOREAN ARTS CENTER 719 Central Ave, St. Petersburg, FL 33701. 727-8227872. www.moreanartscenter.org/ MOTE MARINE LABORATORY & AQUARIUM 1600 Ken Thompson Pkwy, Sarasota, 941.388.4441. www.mote.org Science, Education, Aquarium APRIL 7 – 32nd Annual Run for the Turtles
Present your B of A or Merrill Lynch credit or debit card along with a photo ID for free general admission. MUSEUM OF SCIENCE & INDUSTRY (MOSI) 4801 E Fowler Ave, Tampa, FL 33617. (813) 9876000. www.mosi.org Gaze skyward - Saunders Planetarium. IMAX Dome Theatre. Over 450 Hands-On Activities. Zip Line. APRIL 21 – SkyWatch
REPLAY AMUSEMENT MUSEUM 119 Tarpon Ave., Tarpon Springs www.replaymuseum.org An Interactive museum with 100 pinball games, video games and other amusements from the past.
MUSEUM OF FINE ARTS 255 Beach Drive. NE, St. Petersburg, 727.894.4638. www.fine-arts.org APRIL 1 8 – Collectors Choice Bigwig Shindig 10 – Florida’s Fine Craft 11 – Coffee Talk w/Nan Colton: Setting the Table 13 – Meet Me at the Club 14 – Bryce Hudson’s Gallery and Home Field Trip 29 – 11th Annual Painting in the Park MAY 9 – Coffee Talk w/Nan Colton: Finding Your Voice MUSEUMS ON US - The First Full Weekend Of Each Month www.museums.bankofamerica.com Bank of America’s Museums on Us offers free weekend access to Bank of America and Merrill Lynch credit and debit cardholders in Tampa and St. Petersburg. Participating Tampa Bay area museums are: Florida Holocaust Museum, Museum of Fine Arts, St. Petersburg, and the Tampa Museum of Art. 84
RINGLING COLLEGE OF ART AND DESIGN Crossley Gallery, 2400 Old Bradenton Road on the Ringling College campus, Sarasota, FL. RINGLING MUSEUM OF ART 5401 Bay Shore Road, Sarasota, 941.359.5700. www.ringling.org Mondays FREE admissions all day. Thurs – Art After 5 Thurs – Art After 5 Fri – ROAR – Ringling Order of Art Readers Fri & Sat – Bayfront Garden Tours First Sat – Kid’s Quest, Family Workshop Through April 5 – Ringling Underground APRIL 3 – Willy Pogany: Book Illustrator 6 – Wine Walk to Ca’ d’Zan 13, 14 – Toni Dove: Lucid Possession 26 – What’s in a Frame? 28 – Blossoms & Brunch SAFETY HARBOR MUSEUM 329 Bayshore Boulevard South, Safety Harbor. 727-724-1562. www.cityofsafetyharbor.com/573/Mu-
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seum-Cultural-Center The Safety Harbor area has long been an ideal place to live. From the earliest peoples (20,000 B.C.E.) who hunted giant mammals on a peninsula twice the size of present day Florida, to our present city of dedicated preservationists, Safety Harbor has an impressive history. SEASIDE SEABIRD SANCTUARY 18328 Gulf Blvd, Indian Shores. 727.391.6211. www.seabirdsanctuary.com Located on the Gulf Coast, the Seaside Seabird Sanctuary is staffed by experienced professionals and dedicated volunteers who rescue and rehabilitate sick, injured, and orphaned birds. This is the largest non-profit wild bird hospital sanctuary. More than 100 birds live in the sanctuary, representing 20 species.Tours are available. FREE admission. Donations accepted. The Sanctuary is in need of new volunteers to assist with everyday functions, care of permanent residents, and in the care of our wildlife patients. The need for the most volunteers include: Responding to calls from the public near their area & transport injured wildlife to the Sanctuary; Assist with daily feeding and cleaning of outdoor enclosures; Assist hospital staff with feeding baby birds during the spring rush of orphaned/injured baby birds, and other areas of need. If interested, call (727)391-6211 or visit in person. www.seabirdsanctuary.com
SOUTH FLORIDA MUSEUM 201 10th Street West, Bradenton FL 34205. (941) 746-4131. www.southfloridamuseum.org/ The Parker Manatee Aquarium, designed to house three adult manatees, holds nearly 60,000 gallons of water, including a medical pool. The pool offers both
deep and shallow water, allowing the manatees to maintain natural feeding behaviors. An exhibit area within the facility helps to educate the public about manatee anatomy and offers above and below water viewing. The Museum’s Parker Manatee Aquarium is a second stage rehabilitation facility which provides a temporary home for manatees that will be released back into the wild after having received treatment from an acute care hospital.
ST. PETERSBURG MUSEUM OF HISTORY 335 2nd Ave NE, St. Petersburg. 727.894.1052 www.spmoh.org Schrader’s Little Cooperstown is made up of more than 4,800 baseballs, documents, story boards and video screens – connects America’s national pastime with historical events from the region and around the world. MAY 10 – Happy Hour w/the Historian: Stories from a Heavenly Land ST. PETERSBURG PRESERVATION WALKING TOURS Central Ave. & 2nd St, St. Petersburg (Oct. - Apr.) 727.824.7802. www.stpetepreservation.org National Register listed downtown. Free for members. Suggested donation non-members. ST. PETERSBURG WALKING MURAL TOURS Departing from Florida CraftArt, 501 Central Ave., St. Petersburg. Murals and history behind them. 727.821.7391 www.floridacraftart.org THE STUDIO @620 620 1st Ave. South, St. Petersburg FL 33701. 27895-6620. www.studio620.org
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APRIL 5 – Cartoon Punch 7, 8 – Georgia O’Keeffe, Pioneer 9 – Variety House Jam Band 11 – Fools For Love 13 – Luis Gonzalez: Baritone 14 – 24 – Made in Florida 15 – Spring Makers Market SUNKEN GARDENS 1825 4th St N, St. Petersburg, FL 33704. (727) 551-3102. www.sunkengardens.org/
Sunken Gardens is a botanical paradise in the midst of a bustling city. As St. Petersburg’s oldest liv-
ing museum, this 100 year old garden is home to some of the oldest tropical plants in the region. thru June 1, 2018 - AWAKEN 2 YOGA. Enhance your yoga practice by getting outside and into nature. Sunken Gardens offers a botanical experience of tropical splendor, the perfect backdrop for a yoga class. www.facebook.com/Awaken2Yoga APRIL 7 – Cameras and Kids. Learn 10 photograph tips to make better photographs using Sunken Gardens’ birds, butterflies, turtles, flowers, and more as your subjects. Beth Reynolds, Director of Photography at the Morean Arts Center guides kids to see the world in a new way and discover how to make better photographs with a camera or smart phone. 14 – Spring Succulent Wreath Workshop. Jamie O’Berry, guides you through creating a spring succulent wreath. 21 – Scavenger Hunt through the Gardens. (for all ages) Which endangered turtle has a “worm” in his mouth to lure fish? Why do some young flamingos have gray feathers? Solve these mysteries and more while celebrating Earth Day weekend exploring winding paths, exotic birds, turtles, butterflies, and flowers on a scavenger hunt through the garden. MAY 13 – Mother’s Day Brunch. Spend the day with mom enjoying a delicious brunch buffet and mimoCONTINUED
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sas while being serenaded by the smooth sounds of jazz music by Henry Ashwood. Proceeds benefit Children’s Education Garden. TAMPA BAY AUTOMOBILE MUSEUM 3301 Gateway Centre, Pinellas Park. 727.579.8226, www.tbauto.org Unique collection of vintage cars and vehicles. Cousteau Society Artifacts on exhibit. TAMPA BAY HISTORY CENTER 801 Old Water St, Tampa, FL 33602. (813) 2280097. www.tampabayhistorycenter.org/ APRIL 11 – Finding Our Fabric: Old Glory 19 – Book Group: Brutal Journey
TARPON SPRINGS HISTORIC DEPOT MUSEUM 160 E. Tarpon Ave., Tarpon Springs. 727.943.4624 Free Admission. www.tarponspringsareahistoricalsociety.org The Historic Train Depot Museum houses the office and Archives of the Tarpon Springs Area Historical Society, which has filled the old station with exhibits telling the story of Tarpon Springs’ past. USF BOTANICAL GARDENS 4202 E. Fowler Ave, Tampa, FL, 813-974-2329. www.gardens.usf.edu
TAMPA MUSEUM OF ART 120 W. Gasparilla Plaza, Tampa, 813.259.1720. www.tampamuseum.org Friday - Art on The House - 4 to 8 pm Saturday - Art Spot for Families thru APRIL 1 - Made In Tampa APRIL 14 – Pride and Passion 2018 TAMPA THEATRE 711 N Franklin St, Tampa, FL 33602. (813) 2748981. www.tampatheatre.org/ A restored classic theatre showing modern independent and classic films. Pre-show Wurlitzer organ concerts. TARPON HERITAGE MUSEUM 100 Beekman Ln., Tarpon Springs. www.tarponarts.org History and culture of the Greek community. APRIL 17 – Lunch & Learn: Vagabond Muse MAY 90
USF CONTEMPORARY ART MUSEUM 4202 E. Fowler Ave, Tampa. 813. 974.4133. www.ira.usf.edu VETERANS ART CENTER 6798 Crosswinds Dr. N, St. Petersburg 813.504.3092 www.vactb.org Provides opportunities for military and veterans to develop and showcase creative and artistic accomplishments. WEEDON ISLAND PRESERVE 1800 Weedon Drive NE, St. Petersburg. 727.453.6500, www.weedonislandpreserve.org Ever wonder what archaeologists do with all that stuff they dig up at archaeological sites once the fieldwork is finished? Learn all about how artifacts and other archaeological material get processed in the laboratory; so, we can use them to learn about the past. You will get the chance to sort through, identify, and wash artifacts and other material from real archaeological sites. One Friday a month. APRIL 6 – Right Plant, Right Place by Habitat. Covers the
site conditions that must be considered to select proper for the most common sites in Pinellas County. Proper installation and establishment of shrubs and trees will also be covered. 14 – The Great Weedon Bird Quest 19 – Archaeology of Early Contact & Forida Mission Sites 21 – Archaeology Works: Pottery 26 – John & Mary Lou Missall MAY 4 – Rainwater Harvesting Workshop. Collected rainwater can be used for plant beds, potted plants and special plant collections. Each attendee will receive instructions on how to build and install a rain barrel. 12 – Photography Hike WEEKI WACHEE SPRINGS www.weekiwachee.com/ A natural tourist attraction where underwater performances by “mermaids”, women wearing fish tails as well as other fanciful outfits, can be viewed in an aquarium-like setting in the spring of the Weeki Wachee River. A waterpark, Buccaneer Bay, and boat rides are also part of the attraction.
BABY ANIMAL NEWS BABY GIRAFFE at Busch Gardens
he luck of the Irish was alive over the St. Patty’s Day weekend as Busch Gardens Tampa Bay welcomed yet another sweet baby giraffe. Say hello to Patty! Born on the eve of St. Patrick’s Day, Patty is 5’5 tall and weighs 105 lbs. She is the 3rd giraffe calf to be born at Busch Gardens in the last four months. You can see her and her mother, Bititi, on the Serengeti plain soon. This birth is part of Busch Gardens’ participation in the Association of Zoos and Aquariums’ (AZA) Species Survival Plan (SSP). The mission of the SSP is to cooperatively manage specific, and typically threatened or endangered, species populations within AZA-accredited facilities. Busch Gardens’ participation helps create genetically diverse, self-sustaining populations to guarantee the long-term future of these animals.
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L IVE AT WA C K EN 2 0 16 BluRay/DVD + Audio CD
ans of heavy metal, hard rock and metal festivals, Germany’s Wacken Open Air, can relive the 2016 festival’s most stellar moments thanks to a double disc CD and double disc DVD/ BluRay. You’ll hear music from over 30 artists, including Arch Enemy, Bullet for My Valentine, Borknager, Barb Wire Dolls, Triptykon, Saxon, Metal Church, Phil Campbell and the Bastard Sons and Steel Panther. You can also enoy footage from many of the same artists, including Axel Rudi Pell, Entombed A.D. Red Fang and Tarja Turunen, plus experience the emotional tribute to legendary Motörhead founder Ian ‘Lemmy’ Kilmister, “Born To Lose, Live To Win”.
BULL: Season One
nspired by the early career of talk show host Dr. Phil McGraw, BULL follows Dr. Jason Bull, a brilliant, brash, charming, and renowned psychologist leading a trial consulting service. Bull uses his skills and those of his team not only to select the right jurors for his clients, but to help his clients’ lawyers decide which type of argument will win over jurors best. Starring: Michael Weatherly, Freddie Rodriguez, and Geneva Carr. BULL: SEASON ONE is a six-disc collection that includes all 22 episodes and over an hour of exclusive bonus content. See You In Court features a set tour of the mock and real-life courtroom with production designer Sarah Frank. www.amazon.com/
ALIVE AND KICKING Happiness is Just a Few Steps Away
LIVE AND KICKING showcases the dynamic culture and cathartic power of swing dancing from its historic origins to its impact today. The documentary takes a look inside the resurgence of the swing dance community with iconic swing dancers such as Norma Miller and the late Frankie Manning, as well as new up-and-coming dancers making their mark on the dance floor. ALIVE AND KICKING also touches on the history of the dance from its origins in Harlem during the Great Depression to today, and its effects on the mental, emotional and physical health of those who engage with the booming trend. Starring: Hilary Alexander, Evita Arce, Kimberly Clever. 92
A KIND OF MURDER Psychological thriller
atrick Wilson and Jessica Biel star in this Hitchcockian noir based on a novel by Patricia Highsmith (The Talented Mr. Ripley, Carol). It’s 1960 in Manhattan and Walter Stackhouse (Wilson) seems to have it all: status, money and a “happy” marriage. But he has become obsessed with Marty Kimmel (Eddie Marsan), a man suspected of killing his wife. This brutal murder unlocks Walter’s darkest fantasies his desire to be free from his own wife, the beautiful but damaged Clara (Biel). When she is found dead in suspicious circumstances the lines blur between innocence and intent. Who, in fact, is the real killer?
THE GOOD FIGHT: Season One
hen her friend’s multimillion-dollar investment scam ruins Diane Lockhart’s (Christine Baranski) plan for retirement, wipes out her savings and taints her reputation, she is literally at a loss. In Season 1 a disgraced Diane is forced out of her own law firm and joins another distinguished company as a junior partner. She recruits Maia Rindell (Rose Leslie), a promising young attorney with her own baggage. Diane is reunited with her ex-employee, Lucca Quinn (Cush Jumbo), who’s made a name for herself. Under the pressure to both rebuild and maintain their lives, this fearless team of women all have something to prove and nothing to lose.
SALVATION: Season One
arth is in the crosshairs when, within six months, an enormous asteroid hurtling through space will collide with our planet. To avert worldwide panic, an ingenious MIT grad student (Charlie Rowe) joins forces with an innovative tech billionaire (Santiago Cabrera) to work with the U.S. Deputy Defense Secretary (Ian Anthony Dale) to prevent Earths annihilation. While the President has ordered the Pentagons press secretary (Jennifer Finnigan) to prevent news of the asteroid from leaking, a visionary sci-fi writer (Jacqueline Byers) is brought on board to join the attempt to save the planet in this gripping, 13-episode First Season set packed with heart-pounding suspense and powerful performances.
Continuing Thru May 28
he 25th Epcot International Flower & Garden Festival is in full swing and continues through May 28. The 2018 festival showcases millions of brilliant blossoms, flavor-rich cuisine from 15 Outdoor Kitchens, Disney topiary stars, interactive play gardens and live chart-topping musical acts during the Garden Rocks Concert Series. New and creative dishes can be found Delicious B at 15 Outdoor Kitchens encircling the World Showcase Promenade. Guests lueberry Mo scato Is land Grove can sip and savor their way around Epcot, enjoying chef-inspired noshes Wines in Kis simm and refreshing libations. A bonanza of Disney character topiaries, including classic-character favorites Mickey Mouse, Donald Duck and many others, play a starring festival role. Returning this year, Belle is featured in France along with Beast, Snow White in Germany with the Seven Dwarfs, and Anna and Elsa in Norway. The festival, including all gardens and exhibits, is included in regular Epcot admission. A brand-new Future World interactive play garden and a revved-up Road to Florida 500 garden featuring new games and play challenges sets the pace for family festival fun.
Lots of delightful Festival merchandise is available throughout Epcot.
Beef Brisket Burnt Ends and Smoked Pork Belly Slider with Garlic Sausage, Chorizo, cheddar Fondue and House-made Pickle from The Smokehouse at the American Pavilion. www.AccentOnTampaBay.com
Learn how honey is harvested in the Bee Garden.
Spicy Black ened Shrim p and Ched Cheese Gri dar ts with Brow n Gravy an Local Swee d t Corn Relis h at the Flo Fresh Outd rida oor Kitchen .
he new interactive area in Future World features a play maze, a sensory garden, an activity zone and a covered seating area. The redesigned “Cars”-themed garden based on the Disney•Pixar sequel, “Cars 3,” adds more fun activities like highway bingo for families. A brand-new Epcot frontentrance topiary garden sets the milestone anniversary scene with a kaleidoscope of blooming color where topiary icons Mickey Mouse, Minnie Mouse and Goofy greet festival guests. The popular Garden Rocks Concert Series features hit makers of the 1960s, ‘70s, ‘80s and ‘90s on the America Gardens Theatre stage. Three evening concerts each Friday through Monday present musicians that span multiple genres. Garden Rocks Dining Packages are available on select days at a number of Epcot restaurants. Remaining concerts: March 16-19 - Simple Plan “Welcome to My Life” March 23-26 - Little River Band “Reminiscing” March 30-April 2 - The Orchestra starring former members of ELO “Evil Woman” April 6-7 - Foghat (NEW!) “Slow Ride” April 8-9 - Survivor (NEW to Garden Rocks!) “Eye of the Tiger” April 13-14 - Smash Mouth (NEW to Garden Rocks!) “All Star”
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The Butterfly House features butterfly-friendly plants and different butterfly species.
April 15-16 - Rick Springfield (NEW to Garden Rocks!) “Jessie’s Girl” April 20-21 - Jo Dee Messina (NEW to Garden Rocks!) “Stand Beside Me” April 22-23 - Lonestar (NEW!) “Amazed” April 27-30 - Blood, Sweat and Tears featuring Bo Bice “Spinning Wheel” May 4-7 - Herman’s Hermits starring Peter Noone “I’m Henry VIII, I Am” May 11-12 - Village People “Y.M.C.A.” May 13-14 - Don Felder, formerly of The Eagles (NEW!) “Hotel California” May 18-21 - The Guess Who “American Woman” Tropical Mouss e Cake at La May 25-28 - The Spinners “Working My Way Back to You” Isla Fresca.
Garden Rocks concerts feature headliners such as Night Ranger, Rick Springfield, The Spinners, etc.
Beautiful natural jewelry cleverly made of seeds and beans from Jorta Boutique.
he Royal Tea Garden Tour has returned for a second year each festival morning at the United Kingdom pavilion. For a small fee, guests can follow a knowledgeable guide through the tranquil tea garden setting to learn the history and artistry behind growing and blending tea. A post-tour treat of tea and scones is included. The shorter, complimentary English Tea Garden Tour also will be offered on select days. Among the nearly 100 festival topiaries are returning favorites like the Pandas and Bromeliad Dragon at the China pavilion, The Three Caballeros at the Mexico pavilion, Disney-Pixar’s Woody at the American Adventure pavilion and Buzz Lightyear in Future World. Dozens of Disney-crafted “flower towers” and beds of multi-colored blooms transform the park’s landscape. At least 70,000 bedding plants surround the Future World east and west lakes alone; and 220 mini-gardens float on the water.
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JIKO’s “The Cooking Place” at Disney’s Animal Kingdom Lodge
Story and photos by Melissa Wolcott Martino and Al Martino
ne of the most popular dining spots at Walt Disney World’s myriad choices of fine restaurants can be found at the Animal Kingdom Lodge — Jiko “The Cooking Place.” Folks seem to gravitate to the cuisine that is not commonplace. Traditional inspirations coming from the continent of Africa are fused with Indian and Mediterranean cuisine into the dishes you will find on Jiko’s very appealing menu. The decor has a modern, comfortable motif, with soft lighting and artistic touches of Africa.
e hadn’t been to Jiko’s in years and decided to see what’s new. The food choices are seasonal, so you can always look forward to new taste treats. The wines you will find at Jiko’s will also be from Africa or use grapes grown in Africa, providing some provocative tastes with over 135 to choose from. Some African beers are available, and the cocktails are also African inspired. Za’atar Spiced Beet Salad
Brick oven-fired flatbreads
Inguday Tibs in Brik
reads and flatbreads utilize common African ingredients like flax seeds and goat butter and are all made in-house. Dips such as the hummus with garlic, cumin and sundried olives, the mayo chutney, and the butternut squash with fried spices and vegetables bring the already flavorful breads alive.
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ne of the most popular appetizers is the Grilled Wild Boar Tenderloin with mealie pap (sort of a gritty corn), chakalaka (vegetable relish), truffle oil, and micro cilantro. The wine we tried with the boar was a Warwick Old Bush Vine Pinotage, grapes of which were grown in Africa. This wine goes great with pretty much any food. The Za’atar Spiced Beet Salad with roasted heirloom beets, yogurt, and Asian pear tasted as pretty as it looked. If you like Greek spanakopita, you will like Jiko’s Inguday Tibs in Brik. It’s a crispy filo filled with mushrooms, spinach and cheese, with an apple and curry vinaigrette. Manti Dumplings have a spicy tomato sauce, saffron yogurt and mint chutney. This was served with a Cederberg Buketraube wine. The grape is only grown in Africa, and Jiko’s is the only resort in the USA to serve it. continued on next page
De Toren “The Black Lion”, SyrahShirz - a limited bottle luxury wine.
he entrees are amazing and bursting with flavor. The Moroccan Mrouzia-Style Lamb Tagine elicited the most oohs and ahs at the table. It was cooked with saffron and had a sweet/salty taste. Served with parsnip silk, root spinach, Medjool date smoor, and a slightly acidic pomegranate glaze. The melt-in-your-mouth Oak-grilled Filet Mignon was served with pumpkin pap isidudu, Brussels sprouts, and caramelized onions. Seared Hokkaido Sea Scallops were sweet and buttery and were served with a delicious braised pork belly, red kuri squash smear, wild mushrooms, and chermoula (relish marinade). A crisp, sweet, Morgenster Sauvignon Blanc/Semillion Blend wine was served with this dish and is also only found at Jikoâ€™s. Another lovely entree was the Durham Ranch Elk Loin, with celery root puree, hibiscus-candied apples, turnip atjar (vegetable pickle), and lemon-elk jus.
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Moroccan Mrouzia-Style Lamb Tagine
Grilled Wild Boar Tenderloin with mealie pap
he desserts are cleverly visually themed to Africa, with such offerings as the Safari Sunset, Kilimanjaro, and Malva “Birds Nest” Pudding. Jiko’s exclusive dessert wine is a smooth Riebeek Cellars Cape Ruby Port. A perfect finish to a perfect meal.
Oak-grilled Filet Mignon Seared Hokkaido Sea Scallops with braised pork belly
Jiko’s is a signature dining restaurant located in Disney’s Animal Kingdom Lodge. Prices vary from $35 to$60 per adult. For more information, call (407) 9395277 or please visit www.disneyworld.disney.go.com African-themed desserts - L to R: Safari Sunset, Malva “Birds Nest” Pudding, and Kilimanjaro
ATTRACTIONS & EVENTS
CENTRAL FLORIDA ZOO & BOTANICAL GARDENS 3755 NW Hwy 17-92, Sanford, FL 32771. www.centralfloridazoo.org/
ROCK, MINERAL, GEM, JEWELRY & FOSSIL SHOW - APRIL 6 - 8 Florida National Guard Armory, 2809 S. Fern Creek Ave, Orlando, FL 32806. 321-278-9294. www.cfmgs.org Venders offering beads, minerals, gemstones, jewelry, fossils, artifacts, metaphysical stones, cabochons, wire wrapping, etc. Silent Auction and Door Prizes. Demonstrations. Family Activities. Scavenger Hunt.
See over 500 animals representing 205 species. Take to the sky and enjoy an aerial adventure course, ZOOm Air Adventure Park or bring your flip-flops and swimsuit to cool-off in the Wharton-Smith Tropical Splash Ground. See domestic animals in the Children’s Zoo, or see the Southeast’s largest collection of venomous snakes and non-venomous reptiles in the Herpetarium. DINOSAUR WORLD 5145 Harvey Tew Rd, Plant City, FL 33565. (813) 717-9865. www.dinosaurworld.com/florida/ Dinosaur World features over 150 life-size dinosaur sculptures in over 20 acres. Fossil dig, Dino Gem Excavation, Geode Cracker and more.
UCF CELEBRATES THE ARTS 2018 - April 6-14 An 8 day showcase of music, performances and interactive visual displays at Dr. Phillips Center for the Performing Arts in downtown Orlando. The festival will open with a tribute to American composer Leonard Bernstein and closes with a concert featuring major jazz artists, the UCF Orchestra and Flying Horse Big Band celebrating UCF President John C. Hitt’s contribution to UCF and Orlando (Imagine Something Wonderful: The Flying Horse Big Band meets the UCF Orchestra featuring special guests T-Bone, Veronica Swift, and The Jazz Professors). 5:00pm - 8:00pm. $. 407-839-0119. Dr. Phillips Center for the Performing Arts, 445 S Magnolia Ave, Orlando, Florida 32801. www.drphillipscenter.org ANDRETTI KARTING 9299 Universal Blvd, Orlando, FL 32819. 407.610.5020. www.andrettikarting.com/orlando/ Fulfil your need for speed at Andretti Karting, anº indoor go-kart facility. It features electronic go-karting, zip lines, bowling, racing simulators, a ‘sky bar,’ rock climbing, laser tag and a full-service restaurant. 104
GATORLAND 14501 S Orange Blossom Tr, Orlando, FL 32837. (407) 855-5496. www.gatorland.com/ A 110-acre theme park and wildlife preserve located along South Orange Blossom Trail in Orlando showcasing thousands of alligators and crocodiles including four extremely rare leucistic “white” alligators. The free-flight aviary, petting zoo, one of a kind animal shows, natural alligator breeding marsh, and the “thrilling” Screamin’ Gator Zip Line. IFLY INDOOR SKYDIVING 8969 International Dr, Orlando,Florida. (407) 3374359. www.iflyworld.com/orlando/ Soar at IFLY Indoor Skydiving’s facility next to WonderWorks on International Drive, equipped with two all-glass wind tunnels in an open single-story floor plan that allows I-Drive passersby to see fliers in action. KISSIMMEE AIR MUSEUM WARBIRD ADVENTURES 233 N Hoagland Blvd, Kissimmee, FL 34741. 407870-7366. www.warbirdadventures.com/air_muse-
um The Kissimmee Air Museum is located at the Kissimmee Gateway Airport in Kissimmee, FL. It houses vintage aircraft from World War II to the Vietnam War including an outdoor showroom.
seating (chairs or blanket) then sit back and enjoy an outdoor movie. Feature Presentations: April 6 - Rogue One. MADAME TUSSAUDS 8401 International Drive, Orlando, FL 32819. 866630-8315. www2.madametussauds.com/orlando/en/
LEU GARDENS 1920 N. Forest Avenue, Orlando, Florida 32803. 407.246.2620. www.leugardens.org Thru Dec - MOVIES AT LEU GARDEN . Experience movies outdoors. Leu Gardens offers a unique setting to see a classic or current feature film. Each month from February to December, no movie in July. Movie goers may bring dinner picnics including alcohol and
SEVEN SEAS FOOD FESTIVAL THROUGH APRIL 29
eaWorld Orlando’s Seven Seas Food Festival will be introducing new Latin-inspired menu items. The event will also feature performances from the hottest Latin artists every Saturday and Sunday through April 15. While new flavors tempt guests’ taste buds throughout the park, live entertainment will have guests out of their seats, dancing and singing to the beat. Popular reggaeton, salsa, Latin pop and merengue concerts will excite attendees each weekend at SeaWorld Orlando’s Bayside Stadium. All concerts start at 3 p.m. and are included park admission. Seven Seas Food Festival Headline Entertainment: El Gran Combo - April 1, Yandel - April 7, Jerry Rivera - April 8, TBA - April 14, N’Klabe - April 15, TBA April 21, TBA - April 22, Grand Funk Railroad - April 28, Josh Turner - April 29
ATTRACTIONS & EVENTS
Madame Tussauds Orlando’s interactive guest experience in the themed room features Brazilian soccer star Neymar da Silva Santos Jr. The attraction has added a one-of-kind customized camera system that utilizes multiple cameras to stitch together a unique photo of fans interacting with Neymar’s figure. The camera technology captures 40 photos in less than one second to produce a GIF image. Guests receive the GIF via email to share with friends. Pose for the paparazzi’s on the red carpet with today’s biggest celebrities.
OLD TOWN 5770 W Irlo Bronson Memorial Hwy, Kissimmee, FL 34746. (407) 396-4888. www.myoldtownusa.com/ Old Town is an amusement park with rides and outdoor shopping mall. Wednesday night is the Little Darlins’ Street Party while a cruise of classic cars are the free entertainment every Saturday night. A rock and roll band (specializing in tunes from the 1950s and the 1960s) plays prior to the classic car cruise.
MENNELLO MUSEUM OF AMERICAN ART 900 E Princeton St, Orlando, FL 32803. (407) 246-4278. www.mennellomuseum.com/ Once the private home of Howard Phillips, son of local philanthropist Dr. P. Phillips. Changing exhibitions featuring American art of all genres and time periods, including original as well as traveling shows. MORSE MUSEUM OF AMERICAN ART 445 North Park Avenue, Winter Park, FL 32789. 407-645-5311. www.morsemuseum.org/ A collection of the work of Louis Comfort Tiffany as well as fine 19th and 20th century American
ORLANDO EYE 8401 International Drive, Orlando, FL 32819. 866228-6438. www.officialorlandoeye.com The Orlando Eye is one of the newest attractions in Orlando and the largest observation Ferris Wheel on the East Coast.
FAST & FURIOUS SUPERCHARGED
oin the Fast & Furious family for a full-throttle, high-octane experience where you’ll be immersed in heart-pounding action alongside Dom, Letty, Hobbs and the rest of the crew. You’ll meet up with the team and check out iconic vehicles and memorable locations from the films. Just as the party is getting started an enemy infiltrates your location and a wild chase ensues. You’ll have to keep up with this unbreakable family as they help you escape from danger on this thrilling new ride, coming Spring.
ORLANDO MUSEUM OF ART 2416 Mills Ave N, Orlando, FL 32803. (407) 896-4231. www.omart.org STATE OF EXCELLENCE: TREASURES FROM FLORIDA PRIVATE COLLECTIONS - Thru April 29.
The exhibition presents 130 outstanding works of art from private collections throughout the State. Focusing on American and European art, the exhibition includes painting, sculpture and significant decorative artworks from the 16th through the mid20th century. Showcasing art and collections that are not otherwise available to the public, the exhibition provides opportunities to learn about the importance of private collections to cultural vitality, collecting philosophies and the art of connoisseurship. Additionally, State of Excellence will bring new recognition to the depth and breadth of collecting in the State today. ORLANDO SCIENCE CENTER 777 E Princeton St, Orlando, FL 32803. (407) 5142000. www.osc.org/ Exhibits are designed to inspire curiosity and exploration. The Science Live! programs are designed to bring the exhibits to life. Whether itâ€™s a show in the Digital Adventure Theater or a one-to-one interaction with a volunteer at the Crosby Observatory, the live programs create the kind of impact that can last a lifetime. ORLANDO REPERTORY THEATRE 1001 E Princeton St, Orlando, FL 32803. 407-8967365. www.orlandorep.com CONTINUED
THE GREAT LEGO RACE
he Great LEGO Race is the first virtual reality (VR) roller coaster experience designed for kids and represents the first time the LEGO brand has been integrated with VR technology in a theme park attraction. With animated action taking place on the ground and in the air, the wild and wacky race pits guests against a pirate, wizard, surfer and pharaoh as they steer LEGObuilt vehicles like a rocketpowered windsurfing rig, a scooter fueled by espresso and a canopied bed carried by mummy servants. Wearing optional VR headsets, riders will experience the action from every direction up, down, forward, backward and all points in between while riding the roller coaster â€“ in an environment where everything is made of LEGO bricks.
! f l e h s k o o B On The THE LEPER SPY The Story Of An Unlikely Hero Of World War II
by Ben Montgomery
he GIs called her Joey. Hundreds owed their lives to the tiny Filipina woman who was one of the top spies for the Allies during World War II, stashing explosives, tracking Japanese troop movements, and smuggling maps across enemy lines for Gen. Douglas MacArthur. Josefina Guerrero walked through gunfire to bandage wounds and close the eyes of the dead. Her valor earned her the Medal of Freedom, but the thing that made her an effective spy was a disease that was destroying her.Guerrero suffered from leprosy, which so horrified the Japanese they refused to search her. After the war, army chaplains found her in a leper colony and campaigned for the US government to welcome a foreigner with leprosy. The fight brought her celebrity, which she used to speak for other sufferers. However, the notoriety haunted her after the disease was arrested, and she had to find a way to disappear.
Ben Montgomery is the author of the NY Times bestseller Grandma Gatewood’s Walk, which won the 2014 National Outdoor Book Award for History/Biography. He was a finalist fo a Pulitzer Prize in 2010. www.chicagoreviewpress.com
AN ECOTOURIST’S GUIDE
University Press of Florida www.upf.com
To The Everglades & The Florida Keys by Robert Silk
acked with adventure and a local’s expert advice, this guide is essential reading for a fun-filled trip through the world’s most famous wetland, the Everglades, and the spectacular marine environment of the 130-mile island chain formed by the Florida Keys. From the Ten Thousand Islands to Big Cypress, the Everglades, and the Florida Keys, Silk stops through alluring locales. His tour of the region even features a Cold War–era missile base deep in Everglades National Park. Boardwalks, paddles through mangroves, dives to imperiled reefs, a ride on the famous African Queen boat from the Bogart and Hepburn movie, and a sampling of the scenic and quirky attraction of Key West complete Silk’s journey. The reader will learn about local history and culture, watering holes, and attractions. Robert Silk is the Florida tourism and airlines editor for Travel Weekly and has written for the Chicago Tribune and Miami Herald, among other publications.
THE 3D DIET: Dynamic Dining Design (or the Sleep Apnea Diet) by Victoria Rosenthal
he 3D Diet challenges the established principles of the diet industry and blows the lid off the enigma of permanent weight loss. The 3D Diet is written for those who need to lose 10 pounds, 50 pounds, 100 pounds or more. Writing from the trenches of her own experience, Victoria Rosenthal shares the straight skinny about why we gain weight and the secret to losing it. Victoria’s lifelong struggle with her own weight problems lead to her successful quest to unearth the evasive key to permanent weight loss revealed in this book. The 3D Diet shows you how to: identify the medical problems that are keeping you from losing weight; how to get the most effective treatment for those medical issues; and that you really can eat all you want and still lose weight. Victoria Rosenthal is a local St. Petersburg author, and has had many careers throughout her journey. A happy workaholic, she travels extensively, by train, plane, and her own imagination.
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THE BEEKEEPER’S DAUGHTER
Black Opal Books www.blackopalbooks.com
by Jane Jordan
nnabel Taylor, a beekeeper’s daughter, grows up wild and carefree on the moors of England in the late 1860s, following in the footstep of her mother, a beautiful witch. Annabel’s friend is Jevan, who lives his life on the verge of destruction. His devotion to Annabel is full of twists and turns. But when Jevan travels to London to receive an education, Annabel is devastated. Then Alex-the heir to the Saltonstall legacy--comes into her life. Alex is arrogant and self-assured, but is bewitched by Annabel’s beauty, and feels drawn to her by something he can’t explain. Alex and Annabel are worlds apart socially, but that doesn’t stop him from demanding her hand in marriage. When Annabel refuses, she is forced into an impossible situation, which leads Jevan to believe she has betrayed him, regardless of the fact that her decision saves him from the hangman’s noose. Disturbing revelations thrust Annabel into a startling reality, where nothing is as it seems. Jane Jordan began writing seriously in 2004, after she first visited Exmoor in England. She was captivated by the local myths and legends, and her first novel, Ravens Deep (her gothic vampire trilogy) was released. Gaining more insight into the history and mysteries of ancient places, and having been intrigued by the supernatural, inspiration came for The Beekeeper’s Daughter. www.AccentOnTampaBay.com
Casino Gaming Scene Las Vegas LAS RAGEOUS MUSIC FESTIVAL RETURNS TO DOWNTOWN LAS VEGAS - April 20-21 www.lasrageous.com/ After a successful debut in 2017, which drew rock and metal fans from around the world with sellout crowds of 10,000 each day, Las Rageous returns for its second year. The two-day music festival created by Live Nation will take over two square blocks, in the heart of iconic downtown Las Vegas at the Downtown Las Vegas Events Center, and will feature performances from A Perfect Circle, Five Finger Death Punch, Ghost, Judas Priest, and more, on two stages.
VEGAS RESIDENCY AT THE VENETIAN - May 2 - 12 Legendary music group Earth, Wind & Fire has a special limited engagement at The Venetian Theatre. This will be the band’s debut residency in Las Vegas. The Earth, Wind & Fire live tour legacy is considered groundbreaking with rich history of state-of-the-art production and surprises. The residency will showcase a spectacular stage production like never seen before.
COMEDY CELLAR TO DEBUT FIRST LAS VEGAS LOCATION www.comedycellar.com/las-vegas/ Visit the longest-running and most successful comedy club in New York – the Comedy Cellar – without leaving Las Vegas, beginning April 5. The Comedy Cellar will open its new location at Rio AllSuite Hotel & Casino in Las Vegas. The Cellar will WHAT’S NEW AT HARRAH’S bring its unique vibe from the iconic, underground, www.caesarspalace.com Greenwich Village, “brick wall and stained glass,” Tape Face New Residency at Harrah’s - The low ceiling design and feel —to its new, intimate 300-seat club at Rio. Even the menu will be enter- “America’s Got Talent” mime and comedian Tape taining, as the food and bar service will be provided Face has a multi-year residency at Harrah’s. Although his show contains no dialogue, his return by Rio’s world-class chefs and bartenders. to Sin City will be louder than ever. EARTH, WIND & FIRE LAUNCH FIRST LAS
THE AUSTRALIAN BEE GEES SHOW by Melissa W. Martino
at the Excalibur Hotel & Casino
Photo by Melissa
f you never had the opportunity to see the Bee Gees in concert, all hope is not lost. The Australian Bee Gees create an uncanny tribute the Bee Gees, in all their different incarnations through the years, at the Excalibur Hotel & Casino in Las Vegas. The Australian Bee Gees formed in Melbourne, Australia in 1996, and since then they have played in over 50 countries around the world. Having performed as the Australian Bee Gees for quite a while, David Davis, David Scott, and Wayne Hosking have honed their craft to a T, and are considered the world’s best Bee Gees tribute band. The enthusiastic crowds at the Excalibur’s Thunder Showroom attest to that fact. The multi-media show covers all the favorite Bee Gee tunes as well as some you may not be as familiar with. Band banter in between songs makes the guys even more relatable. David D. performs as Barry Gibb on guitar and lead vocals, bringing that amazing falsetto to life on such tunes as “Night Fever,” “Tragedy,” “Stayin’ Alive,” “To Love Somebody,” and many more. David S. performs as Robin Gibb rendering precisely such tunes as “I Started A Joke,” “Massachusetts,” “I’ve Gotta Get a Message to You,” and “Nights on Broadway.” Although Maurice didn’t sing lead on many Bee Gee tunes, he was a prolific writer along with his brothers for the group. Wayne takes his spot on backup vocals and keyboards. He sings “Islands In The Stream” with Michael in the show. The show band is rounded out with Rick Powell on drums and vocals, and Tony Richards on bass guitar.
Photo courtesy of Australian Bee Gees
The Australian Bee Gees have a residency at the Excalibur, performing Saturday‑ through Thursday at 7:00 PM, with some blackout days through the year. For more information on the shows at Excalibur, visit www.excalibur.com/ For more information on the Australian Bee Gees, visit www.abgshow.com www.AccentOnTampaBay.com
betting stations with an intuitive touchscreen interface.
Las Vegas Harrah’s Completes $140 Million Renovation, Celebrates 80th Anniversary of Brand - The transformation includes 1,622 modern new guest rooms and suites in its Valley Tower, seven-day-aweek free, live entertainment with a new lobby bar and casino floor. The new look comes as Harrah’s celebrates 80 years. THE D LAS VEGAS FORTUNE CUP MECHANICAL HORSE RACING GAME www.thed.com/ The D Las Vegas recently saddled up as the first Downtown Las Vegas casino to feature the newto-market Fortune Cup mechanical horse racing game. The new addition brings modern technology improvements to a high-demand gaming format. Fortune Cup will feature a 9-foot wide mechanical track with eight horses synchronized to real-time digital animation of the game’s action through connected LCD displays. It includes 10 individualized
LIPSMACKING FOODIE Sights Worldly Bites www.vegasfoodietour.com
Vegas Sights Worldly Bites gives guests an unparalleled look at The Venetian/Palazzo. The 2 1/2 –hour tour leads guests through the light-
filled, soaring cathedral-ceilinged lobby, past tranquil waterfalls and fountains, and through bustling people-packed promenades to the resort’s most lauded restaurants. Journey on a global exploration of tantalizing flavors at four world-class restaurants — without ever leaving the Strip. At each destination, you’ll be whisked immediately to VIP seats to enjoy up to four signature dishes. NEON MUSEUM’S NEW “BRILLIANT!” www.neonmuseum.org/brilliant
The Neon Museum recently debuted “Brilliant!”—an audiovisual immersion experience that uses technology advances to reanimate 40 monumental examples of the museum’s iconic vintage signs, presented after dark in the Neon Museum’s North Gallery. To guests immersed in the 30-minute experience, the unrestored, non-working and in some cases broken signs will appear to be suddenly re-electrified before their eyes. Guests will be transported directly into Las Vegas’ history, where the static signs come to life while accompanied by music from some of the entertainment industry’s most storied performers.
A pair of zip-lines at Grand Canyon West take riders soaring nearly 1,000 feet above the canyon floor, attaining speeds of 50 mph and more. Four riders at a time can experience each zip-line — 1,100-foot-long zip-line and the slightly steeper 2,100-foot-long cable. The adventure is the latest attraction to Grand Canyon West (also home of the Skywalk), owned by the Hualapai Tribe. The Skywalk’s transparent walkway offers a view of the canyon floor 4,000 feet below. ALIBI LAS VEGAS www.alibitheshow.com Part Show, Part Scavenger Hunt. The experience starts as you meet your friends, or perhaps an actor with an agenda of their own. Who can you trust, and who’s in on the joke? Experience a handpicked selection of Vegas’ sharpest comedians as a series of characters encounter and guide you on your mission. You and your group will go from clue to clue and complete tasks as you move your team forward along in a uniquely involving story. Continued....
ZIPLINE ACROSS THE GRAND CANYON WEST RIM www.grandcanyonwest.com/zip-line.htm
Las Vegas THE MOB MUSEUM DEBUTS MAJOR RENOVATION www.themobmuseum.org
The major first-floor renovation includes a new exhibition space called Organized Crime Today, focusing on the modernization and evolution of organized crime in the present day. Two new experiential spaces include the Use of Force Training Experience and Crime Lab, focusing on methods employed by law enforcement to apprehend and prosecute criminals and their organizations. The final phase of the renovation and expansion will be completed this April with the opening of the enhanced Prohibition history exhibition, The Under-
DEAL ME IN
with Mark Pilarski
Smart gambling takes the day Dear Mark: I just wanted to say thank you. My husband and I just got back from Las Vegas where we played blackjack. We would never have known about the now common payoff of 6 to 5 without your column. We played at Treasure Island, which did pay 3/2 on multi-deck. We feel that knowledge, your progressive betting, and a lit114
ground, which will take visitors on a vivid journey back in time, and will include a working speakeasy and distillery. SOUTH POINT HOTEL, CASINO AND SPA UNVEILS $40 MILLION RENOVATION OF GUEST ROOMS www.southpointcasino.com South Point Hotel, Casino and Spa unveiled a $40 million remodel plan includes 2,049 rooms and 84 suites featuring new furniture, luxury flooring, crown molding, mini refrigerator and bathroom upgrades. The first phase of the redesign, which will begin in April, will be completed by September. By the end of 2018, more than 630 newly designed rooms will be available for guests for an upgraded room fee. The guest rooms offer a refreshed look with new Bernhardt furniture, such as beds, dressers, night stands, chairs, sitting tables, and lounge chairs with an ottoman. In addition, the guest rooms offer lamps with power and USB ports, functional desks for business executives and a new color palette. INFERNO BRINGS THE HEAT TO PARIS LAS VEGAS www.caesars.com The heat is on this winter as Inferno, the fire spectacular that has taken Europe and Asia by storm, lands at Paris Las Vegas. A dazzling display
tle luck resulted in our coming home with a net win! Gloria S. I am particularly pleased that you not only remembered my writing of the disadvantages of 6/5 blackjack, but you focused on wagers that have less than a two percent house edge. Six/five blackjack has become far too prevalent in Las Vegas,
and everywhere else for that matter. Unfortunately, the uninformed masses continue to hop up on a blackjack stool and allow the casinos to pilfer their wallet. By getting paid 3 to 2, and NOT 6 to 5, you get maximum value for your blackjacks. These 6/5 games give the casino an edge of almost 1.5%. Allow me an example, Gloria. If you are playing $10 a hand on a 3/2 game, a blackjack returns $15. On a 6 to 5 game with a $10 bet, you only get paid $12. Since you can expect, on average, five blackjacks per hour, three bucks shy per blackjack equals $15, hence the 1.5% casino advantage.
of pyrotechnics, fire stunts and spectacular illusions, Inferno has been called “a perfect show that surprises over and over again.” Led by European illusionist Joe Labero and the fire, pyro and aerial group, The Fuel Girls, INFERNO blends deathdefying stunts, illusions and fire into a gasolinesoaked spectacular.
RENEGADES AT CLEOPATRA’S BARGE AT CAESARS PALACE www.caesars.com The rebels of sports have taken over the Las Vegas Strip with Renegades, a new interactive and unique show. Renegades gives sports fans an up-close and personal experience with three of their favorite sports stars. The starting line-up includes baseball great Jose Canseco and twotime Super Bowl champion Jim McMahon. The Fab Five’s Jimmy King will appear during the first eight shows, with six-time NFL Pro Bowler Terrell Owens taking over. The shows will be hosted by
comedian Martin Montana, and its roster will rotate athletes every three months. PITBULL RETURNS IN 2018 TO HEADLINING PLANET HOLLYWOOD - April 27 - May 12 www.caesars.com Pitbull returns to The AXIS at Planet Hollywood for performances of his hit show, “Time of Our Lives.” Planet Hollywood has also completed a $100 million room renovation, pairing dynamic entertainment and dining offerings with contemporary new guest rooms and suites. THE VOICE: NEON DREAMS AT HARD ROCK HOTEL in September www.thevoicevegas.com The Voice: Neon Dreams is the live concert event that is the next step in the musical journey of the talented artists of The Voice, combined with an interactive pre-show experience that allows you to begin your very own Voice journey. In this 360-degree live production, a cast of Voice stars, accompanied by versatile musicians will deliver a wide-ranging performance through timeless hits and current chart toppers from the world of rock, pop, country, R&B and more. MAVERICK HELICOPTERS AND CIRQUE DU SOLEIL ONE-OF-A-KIND PACKAGE www.maverickhelicopter.com/cirque-ka.aspx Maverick Helicopters has partnered with Cirque du Soleil for a one-of-a-kind show and Vegas Nights flight package. The bundle offers two show options, KÀ, or The Beatles LOVE, and a spectacular Las Vegas Strip helicopter flight.
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. Reservations for air-inclusive travel packages may be made by calling 888.640.8973. www.beaurivage.com
What’s happening at the Beau Rivage
April 13 - RON WHITE
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ocated on the Mississippi Gulf Coast, the Beau Rivage 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 Sun Country 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. The flight takes only an hour and fifteen minutes and leaves from the St. Petersburg-Clearwater Airport. Golfers will definitely want to experience Fallen Oak, Beau Rivage’s Tom Fazio-designed golf course, with it’s dramatic elevations and beautiful magnolia trees, ponds, streams and wetlands.
April 20 - KOOL & the GANG April 28 - BILLY IDOL
May 5-6 - ALANIS MORISSETTE May 19 - LEE GREENWOOD May 25 - LEANN RIMES
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.” 116
by Dr. Lori Verderame
Repurpose Antiques For The Garden W
hen it comes to collectibles, it is always wise to know what you’ve got and know what it’s worth. Some objects like planters, mugs, cups, and vases can be very valuable but some are just collectible and cheap too. So, once you have an accurate appraisal of
your antique and find out if it is trash or treasure, you might want to consider new ways to use and enjoy it. Repurposing is so popular that many folks are looking at some aging objects in a whole new way. Before you send that inexpensive vintage piece out to the curb, consider transforming it into doing double duty in your garden. From broken brass saxophones to chipped German beer steins, anything can hold a plant, vegetable, or flower. Think about creating a colorful display in your garden by using value-less antique ceramics or even typewriters or suitcases as planters and garden dividers. HYPERLINK “http://EverybodyGardens.com” EverybodyGardens.com Editor, Doug Oster says “Anything can be a container as long as it has drainage.” So don’t fret over that chipped beyond repair vintage ceramic tea pot or rusty filing cabinet. Paint it brightly and add some plant life to it. 118
Instead, make these old objects into a cute flower pot. Drill a hole for drainage and line them up with other repurposed pottery pieces on a patio stone wall or suspended on your porch near your hanging wind chimes. You can even secure each vintage coffee mug or teapot by their handles by sticking the handle in between the slat space of your picket fence. Old metal desks, chairs, even beds can be transformed into flower or vegetable gardens by replacing seats, drawers or mattresses with plants or flowers. Chipped, cracked or broken items can have new life as hosts in your garden. Try it as Spring comes alive in your neck of the woods and use your antique, vintage or simply aging objects around the house as the focus of this year’s new garden project. Dr. Lori Verderame is the author, Ph.D. antiques appraiser, and award-winning TV personality who appears on History channel’s #1 show, The Curse of Oak Island. With a Ph.D. from Penn State University and vast appraisal experience, Dr. Lori presents appraisal events to worldwide audiences and in-home sessions with clients nationwide. Visit HYPERLINK “http://www. DrLoriV.com” www.DrLoriV.com or call (888) 431-1010.
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