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Vol. 33, Issue 239 May / June, 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 courtesy of: Maroon 5 Management PUBLISHED ON LINE BY

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LOCAL FOCUS EVENTS Thurs, May 10

MAY Thru May 12

2nd ANNUAL TAMPA INTERNATIONAL 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 discounts 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 afterhour 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

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/DiningCatering/Menus 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 Continued

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Continued HEELS TO HEAL. Fashion show benefitting CASA domestic-abuse shelter. 7pm. Vinoy Renaissance, 501 5th Ave. NE, St. Petersburg. www.heelstoheal.org

Ave. N, St. Petersburg. www.facebook.com/ events/158732204701645

Fri, May 11

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 EVENING WITH THE CHEFS. Benefit for the Ryan Wells Foundation at the Sheraton Sand Key Resort, Clearwter. www.ryanwellsfoundation. com/

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 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.

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 6

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 buf-

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fet, photo booth and music. 6–10 pm, $. The Coliseum, 535 4th Ave. N, St. Petersburg. www.petpalanimalshelter.com

ADVENTURES IN NEVERLAND. All Children’s Hospital VIP auction Dress as pirates, pixies or in pjs. www.HopkinsAllChildrens.org/VIPauction

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dition 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/ 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-madeira-beach-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

Thurs, May 17

CONCERT – BAND’S FAVORITES. Performed by the all-volunteer South Pasadena Community Band. 7:30 pm, Free, South Pasadena City Hall, 7015 Sunset Dr. S, South Pasadena. www.southpasadenaband.com

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 tactics and maneuvers that helped control the skies during World War II and the Korean Conflict. In ad8

MOVIES IN THE PARK. AARP is a sponsor for this community event. Bring family and friends to enjoy FREE film classics and music each Thursday evening in May on St. Petersburg’s beautiful downtown waterfront in N. Straub Park. The fun begins with music at 7 pm and movies at dark in North Straub Park, on Beach Drive and between 4th and 5th Avenues NE. Bring your own blanket. 7-9pm. May 17 - Father of the Bride; May 24 Back to the Future; May 31 - Batman www.preservetheburg.org

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MCDONALD’S MILITARY “TASTE OF THANKS”. McDonald’s is giving our military a “taste of thanks” on Thursday, May 17th. anyone in uniform or veterans with a valid military ID can get a FREE quarter pounder with cheese extra value meal, in the Tampa Bay and Orlando areas. Also, McDonald’s is rolling out new 100% fresh beef Quarter Pounder burgers and Signature Crafted Recipe burgers after May 15. You can check them out at McDonald’s by Largo Mall 12976 Seminole Blvd., Largo, FL 33778.

OPUS 2018 ART SHOW. OPUS is an art exhibition in Tampa, Florida that is free both to show in and free to attend. There is no cost to the artist, no gallery fee, and OPUS does not take a percentage of any sales of the art. The exhibition is hosted at Tampa Covenant Church, in a unique industrial-modern space. The show features local

artists from the greater Tampa area, with the intent of showcasing local artists while providing the opportunity for the community to experience fine art in the Carrollwood area of Tampa. 7 PM - 10:30 PM. (813) 9682979. Tampa Covenant Church, 13320 Lake Magdalene Blvd, Tampa, FL. Continued on page 12

Fri, May 18

TAMPA THEATRE NEW FILM SERIES WITH AN EDUCATIONAL TWIST.

CinemaSTEM is a new series that pairs popular movies with experts to discuss themes of science, technology, engineering and math in the film. The series will kick off with a screening of the 2000 canine classic BEST IN SHOW at 4:00pm Friday, May 18. Director Christopher Guest and his cast of improv comedians are at their best skewering a subculture when the people invested in that subculture take themselves particularly seriously. Then, with hurricane season in full swing, join in for THE PERFECT STORM at 4:00pm Friday, July 13. www.AccentOnTampaBay.com

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Habitat For Humanity of Pinellas County 2018 BLUEPRINT GALA Story and photos by Melissa W. Martino

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hile 460 guests were having fun at the recent Habitat For Humanity Gala at the Vinoy Renaissance Resort, they managed to raise over $340k, enough to build seven Habitat Pinellas homes. The wonderfully successful event’s theme was Bandstand, and the designers of the VIP dining areas (for event sponsors) pulled out all the stops for some spectacular displays. Everything from ’30s jazz to ’50s rock and roll to today’s pop was well represented. The gala was emceed by Jerry Penacoli and Cyndi Edwards of NBC’s Daytime, and Habitat of Pinellas County CEO, Mike Sutton gave a review of the many accomplishments made by the organization. A delicious dinner by the Vinoy chefs, followed by a very lively live auction set the guests up for enjoyable entertainment and dance music by the Alex Harris Band. Some dancers from the Fred Astaire Dance Studios mingled and showed how it’s done. For more information on Habitat For Humanity of Pinellas County and how you can help, please visit www.habitatpinellas.org Guests gather outside the Vinoy ballroom for cocktails and hors d’oeuvres

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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 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

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all local and worldwide locations. Hands Across the Sand brings together individuals and organizations to promote a clean energy future across the world and end our dependence on dirty fuels. Thousands of Americans and global citizens gather at beaches and cities to draw metaphorical and actual lines in the sand; human lines in the sand against fossil fuels that threaten our future. Be there before 11:30 AM & Join Hands at Noon. Clearwater Beach on the shoreline behind and between Frenchy’s and Palm Pavilion restaurants. Go early for the beach clean up. Please RSVP through Facebook to receive the final details include what time to meet. Indian Rocks Beach On the beach between 17th and 18th Avenue. Across the street from Guppy’s On the Beach restaurant. Free parking at Calvary Episcopal Church. Tarpon Springs, Craig Park, 5 Beekman Place. The event will be near the Sweet Corn Gathering. The community garden exhibit at the Sweet Corn Gathering will have information about Hands Across the Sands event. www.HandsAcrossTheSand.com LIFT YOUR SPIRITS AT THE PREAKNESSPARTY AT THE COLISEUM. A fun evening with the Preakness race to be viewed on two big screens. Open bars, live music, a grand gourmet buffet, an exclusive silent auction and an exciting live auction. Benefits the students of LiFT Academy and LiFT University. 5 – 10 pm. The Coliseum, 535 4th Ave. N, St. Petersburg. www.liftacademy. org/lift-your-spirits-preakness

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A NIGHT AT CASABLANCA. St. Anthony’s Hospital Foundation annual gala. Feel like you’re at Rick’s nighclub and “As Time Goes By” is playing. USF at St. Petersburg. 200 6th Ave. S., St. Petersburg. 727-825-1086. www.StAnthonysFoundation.org STORYBOOK BALL. Saluting Mary Poppins while benefiting Ronald McDonald House Charities of Tampa Bay. 6 pm. Tampa Convention Center. 333 S. Franklin St., Tampa. 813-2586430. www.rmhctampabay.org

runway. $. 7:30 PM - 9:30 PM National Pediatric Cancer Foundation, 5550 W Executive Dr, Ste 300, Tampa, FL. 813-2690955.

May 19-20

TICA ALLBREED INTERNATIONAL CAT SHOW. Cats will compete in 12 different rings, both days. Judges from all around the world will judge cats both days. Enjoy Feline Education and Welfare,

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TAMPA SUPERHERO FUN WALK. Show your support for all those living with Hemophilia or other related bleeding disorders. Run or walk with in your best Superhero gear to raise funds for HFGF and fulfill the mission to improve the quality of life for the bleeding disorder community. 8 AM - 10:15 AM. 407-629-0000. Al Lopez Park, Tampa, 4810 N Himes Ave, Tampa, FL FASHION FUNDS THE CURE TAMPA HOSTED BY JESSE PALMER. Rise up and help children keep their dreams alive by participating in a night of fashion, cocktails, and horsd’oeuvres to benefit the National Pediatric Cancer Foundation. Courageous children battling cancer make their debut on the www.AccentOnTampaBay.com

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Bring the family, fun for all ages. Vendors will have cat trees, cat bed, toys, unique gifts, and much more cat related items for sale. Cats and kittens available for adoption. Meet Nancy Colby, a wellknow water color artist from Sarasota. Food available at hall. Free Parking. 727 289-1989. www. skywaycatclub.com

Tues, May 22

A DAY IN BALI. Day trip to the Hindu Temple of Florida. Includes lectures, a tour and an onsite lunch. Eckerd College, Eckerd Bus from Gym. 8 am – 3 pm. 4200 54th Ave. S, St. Petersburg. www.eckerd.edu/olli

Thurs, May 24

MOVIES IN THE PARK – Back to the Future. AARP is a sponsor for this free community event. Bring family and friends to enjoy FREE film classics and music each Thursday evening in May on

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St. Petersburg’s beautiful downtown waterfront in N. Straub Park. The fun begins with music at 7 pm and movies at dark in North Straub Park, on Beach Drive and between 4th and 5th Avenues NE. Bring your own blanket. www.preservetheburg.org

Sat, May 26

7th ANNUAL STARS & STRIPES USO DANCE. Experience an exciting night that brings to life the era of the big sound of live swing music. Floor shows, prizes, full cash bar, photo booth, taxi dancers, historic artifacts. 7 – 11 pm, $. The Coliseum, 535 4th Ave. N, St. Petersburg. www.events.stpete.org/events/5274 25th ANNUAL CORVETTES AT THE PIER. Over 200 of the most beautiful Corvettes from as many as 4 states with vendors showing, demonstrating and selling their products and services. 10 am – 3 pm, Free, North Straub Park, 350 Bay Shore Dr. NE, St. Petersburg. www.corvettemuseum.org/event/corvettes-at-the-pier

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May 26-27

TAMPA BAY MARGARITA FESTIVAL. Enjoy over 50 kinds of margaritas, live bands, games, pop-up food concepts, a tequila tasting, a margarita run, and end the night with a bang with the biggest fireworks show. Margarita drinks available for purchase. Noon – 11 pm Saturday/11 am – 9 pm Sunday, $, Curtis Hixon Waterfront Park, 600 N Ashley Dr., Tampa. www. tampamargaritafest.com

Humane Society of Sarasota County. Sat and Sun 11am - 8pm. General admission is FREE. VIP Tent admission $ includes a array of foods including an open raw bar of shrimp, crab legs and oysters, open bar serving premium drinks and prime view of the live music performances. Tickets are available thru EventLive. Foods (seafood, meat and vegetarian) are prepared fresh on site, and accompanied by a delicious assortment of drinks, side dishes and delectable desserts. Be entertained by live musical

performances by some of Florida’s top musical talents in R&B, soul, rock, jazz and Caribbean sounds. Performers this year are: Nostaljah, Hard Luck Society, Kettle of Fish and Mac Arnold & Plate Full O’ Blues, Act 3, RJ Howson, Sarasota Steel Pan Band and Twinkle & Rock Soul Radio. Stop by the Humane Society’s Big Mac mobile adoption unit, and perhaps find a loving companion from among their family of friends awaiting adoption. Continued

2nd ANNUAL ST. ARMANDS SEAFOOD & MUSIC FESTIVAL.

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Thurs, May 31

MOVIES IN THE PARK – Batman. AARP is a sponsor for this free community event. Bring family and friends to enjoy FREE film classics and music each Thursday evening in May on St. Petersburg’s beautiful downtown waterfront in N. Straub Park. The fun begins with music at 7 pm and movies at dark in North Straub Park, on Beach Drive and between 4th and 5th Avenues NE. Bring your own blanket. www.preservetheburg.org

ing money for the National Pediatric Cancer Foundation and The Tampa Bay Veteran’s Closet. $. 10 AM - 2 PM. Cotanchobee Fort Brooke Park, 601 Old Water St., Tampa, FL. www.tbthrowdown. com/

June 1-3

GULFPORT GRAND PRIX. Formula One Powerboat Championship races with open to the public pit area. An antique boat show as well as a pleasure boat display. The downtown area is transformed into a mecca of activity along Shore Blvd between 58th St So and 54th St So. Noon – 6 pm Friday, 8 am – 6 pm Saturday/8 am – 5 pm Sunday, Free/VIP Tickets available, 54th – 58th St. S, Shore Blvd., Gulfport. www.gulfportgrandprix.com TAMPA BAY HOME SHOW Meet home improvement experts. Great exhibits, giveaways, door prizes and seminars. 10 am – 6 pm Friday & Saturday/10 am – 5 pm Sunday, Free, Tropicana Field, One Tropicana Dr., St. Petersburg. www.tampabay.com/expos/tampabay-home-show

June 2-3

19th TAMPA MODEL TRAIN SHOW AND SALE.

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FIRST FRIDAY ST. PETE. Monthly street party with music, food and beverages for purchase. Proceeds benefit Breakfast Optimists Club. 5:30 – 10 pm, Free, Central Ave., between 2nd & 3rd Streets, St. Petersburg. www.firstfridaystpete.com GULFPORT FIRST FRIDAY ART & GALLERY WALK. The streets are lined with artisans, entertainment and gourmet goodies. Shops, galleries and restaurants open late. 6 – 10 pm, Free, Beach Blvd., Gulfport. www.visitgulfportflorida.com

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TAMPA BAY THROW DOWN CORNHOLE TOURNAMENT. Charity cornhole tournament rais16

Over 300 tables representing dealers from all over the nation will have model items in all gauges and Railroad Antiques for sale. This is Florida’s largest combination show, displaying items for both the “modeler” and “rail buff” alike all under one roof. The model railroader may choose from Lionel, American Flyer, LGB, Marklin or Ives Trains from the past or present. All attendees will be able to relive the glory days of railroading in Florida when the Seaboard Railroad, Florida East Coast

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Railway and the Atlantic Coast Line Railroad were king. Sat 9:00am to 4:00pm; Sun: 10:00am to 4:00pm. 4800 US Hwy. 301 North, Tampa, FL 33610. 813.621.7821. www.floridastatefair.com/ events/2018/model-train-show--sale COREY AVENUE ART CRAFT FESTIVAL. More than 100 of the nation’s finest contemporary crafters will showcase American handmade, oneof-a-kind jewelry, ceramics, pottery and personalized gifts with an expansive green market with plants, exotic flora, and handmade bath and body products. 10 am – 5 pm, Free, 595 Corey Ave., St. Pete Beach. www.artfestival.com/festivals/ st-pete-beach-corey-area-craft-festival-june CRAFTY FEST. This market with an artsy slant includes local arts, Etsy crafters, vintage and retro goods, jewelry and plants. 11 am – 5 pm, Free, Art

Pool Galleries, 2030 Central Ave., St. Petersburg. www.artpoolrules.com

Sun, June 3

MADEIRA BEACH TRIATHLON 2018. 1/4 mile swim, 10 mile bike, 5K beach run. Space is limited to 600 athletes. 7 am, $Active Military, Archibald Beach Park, 15100 Gulf Blvd, St. Petersburg. www.madeirabeachtri.racehawk.com/default. aspx

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VICE PRESIDENT JOE BIDEN AMERICAN PROMISE TOUR. Former Vice President Joe Biden will stop at the Mahaffey with his American Promise tour. During his American Promise Tour events, Vice President Biden has discussed the Continued on page 20

HISTORIC FISHING VILLAGE & BOARDWALK

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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

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Make-A-Wish Southern Florida ROCKIN’ UNDER THE STARS Story and photos by Melissa W. Martino

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he evening, themed “Rockin’ Under The Stars.” started off with classically trained violinists and ballet dancers entertaining guests in the lobby of the beautiful Grand Hyatt Tampa Bay who were sipping wine and nibbling on hors d’oeuvres. As the evening progressed musically, the violinists switched to classic rock (Eurythmics, Queen, etc.) and primed the guests for what was to come as they filed into the ballroom for an elegant three-course dinner by the Hyatt chefs. DJs then took over and continued with classic rock throughout the dinner, all leading up to a concert by Rock & Roll Hall of Famers Joan Jett and the Blackhearts. As fun as it was, it was just the icing on the cake of an evening that was about much more important matters—raising money for the Make-A-Wish Foundation. And raise money they did. The generous sponsors and guests of the affair raised $325,000, through silent and live auctions, which will provide life-changing wishes for more than 40 critically-ill children in the Tampa Bay area. One hundred percent of the net proceeds go to the charity. Chairing the black tie event was Steve Gillis, CEO of Transportation Control Systems, and a major philanthropic donor. Videos were shown of some of the children who have benefitted from the nonprofit program, and one of them was present at the event. “Emily” thanked donors for providing her—and consequently her family—for a much needed lift in her constant and life-long battle with cystic fibrosis. Her wish was a safari in Africa, which was granted, and we got to see her joy as her dream came true via her video. Make-A-Wish fulfills the wishes of children at absolutely no cost to the family. The Southern Florida chapter of the charity has granted more than 11,000 life-changing wishes since 1983.

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Carnival Paradise Resumes Year-Round Cruising Following Extensive Multi-Million-Dollar Makeover

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arnival Paradise has returned to year-round cruise service from Port Tampa Bay following an extensive month-long dry dock that added a variety of spaces and innovations, including a spectacular water park, 38 new staterooms, 98 balconies added to existing accommodations, and an array of food and beverage concepts. Carnival Paradise departs on five-day Caribbean cruises to Cozumel and Grand Cayman – part of the ship’s year-round sailings from Tampa that also include four-day cruises to Cozumel and five-day cruises to Cozumel and Mahogany Bay (Roatan), Key West or Grand Cayman. The ship also offers four- to eight-day cruises to Cuba featuring day-long and overnight calls in Havana, as well as visits to popular ports throughout the Caribbean. The new features added during dry dock include: Guy’s Burger Joint - a free-of-charge poolside venue developed in partnership with Food Network personality Guy Fieri; RedFrog Rum Bar - a poolside watering hole offering the quintessential Caribbean vacation vibe with refreshing Caribbean rum-based frozen drinks and beers; BlueIguana Cantina - a complimentary poolside Mexican eatery where guests can enjoy authentic freshly made burritos and tacos on homemade tortillas; BlueIguana Tequila Bar - a fun and festive outdoor bar offering a laidback Mexican-themed atmosphere and tequila-based frozen drinks and beers; Camp Ocean - a colorful marine-inspired play area designed for kids ages 2-11 that showcases the wonders of the sea through engaging interiors and more than 200 ocean-themed activities and science-oriented programming; Circle “C” - designed for the 12- to 14-year-old set, this colorful space offers the perfect space for kids to chill and connect as well as enjoy dance parties, video games and more. Thirty-eight staterooms have been added – two Grand Vista suites offering floor-to-ceiling windows, 22 junior suites, two scenic oceanview and 12 interior accommodations. Private verandahs have also been added to 98 existing accommodations, creating spacious new 230-square-foot balcony staterooms. All staterooms offer new island-inspired interiors with bright colors and soothing pastels inspired by the ship’s tropical itineraries. WaterWorks Aqua Park is an all-ages water park featuring an enclosed 300-foot-long Twister water slide full of twists and turns, two 82-foot-long racing slides, and a kiddie splash zone. A nine-hole miniature golf course provides a fun and relaxing pastime for families to enjoy in the fresh sea air. The retail shops have been completely reimagined with a new design and enhanced product offerings with multiple branded boutiques. The printed photo gallery has been replaced with a digital Pixelsbranded platform that allows guests to identify and purchase images via their smartphones or at a nearby kiosk.

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Continued big political moments of his career, the life-altering choices he made, and the key traits that have helped him persevere through challenges. Guest moderators have included inspiring figures from the worlds of politics, entertainment, news, philanthropy, medicine, and literature. $. www.themahaffey.com

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PARANORMAL CIRQUE. Do you love thrilling, wicked, sexy, or even dangerous things? Be ready to escape to a new world. Paranormal Cirque is a crazy yet fun fusion between circus, theatre, and cabaret, all working in harmony and resulting in the evolution of a show that takes you into a world of dreams, or perhaps more accurately a world of nightmares and fantasies. Fear, amusement, and surprise are only a few of the ingredients from the

potion used to give you a mixture of emotions that will be impossible to forget. Cirque Italia is now presenting a brand-new show for a mature audience. 102 Riviera Dunes Way, Palmetto, FL 34221. (941) 704-8572. www.paranormalcirque.com

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INK MANIA TATTOO & ART EXPO. Seminars, live music, special performances & entertainment, an art fusion wall, a graffiti wall, tattoo contests and awards, special guests. 2-11 pm Friday/Noon – Midnight Saturday/Noon – 9 pm Sunday, $. The Coliseum, 535 4th Ave. N, St. Petersburg. www. squareup.com/store/inkmaniaexpo OPA! PALOOZA. Head towards the Tarpon Springs Sponge Docks to celebrate Greek heritage and culture at the family-friendly Opa! Continued

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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LOCAL FOCUS Palooza Greek Festival, being held at the Historic Sponge Docks of Tarpon Springs. The event, hosted by the Tarpon Springs Merchant’s Association, will feature live music, dancing, seminars, workshops, food, pastries, spirits, a kids play area with games, and much more….all Greek-style. Noon – 9 pm Friday/10 am – 9 pm Saturday/10am – 5 pm Sunday, Free, Sponge Docks, Dodecanese Blvd., Tarpon Springs. www.spongedocks.net/tarponsprings-opa-palooza.htm

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2ND ANNUAL BURGERS IN DA BURG – FOOD TRUCK RALLY. Awesome food, great beers and live music. All trucks will serve specialty burger dishes along with their trademark cuisines. Noon – 5 pm, Free, 1079 62nd Ave. S, St. Petersburg. www.facebook.com/events/1203036446466230

fancy and dream sequences. 7 – 9 pm, Free with admission, Museum of Fine Arts, 255 Beach Drive. NE, St. Petersburg. 727.894.4638 www.mfastpete.org THE POYNTER INSTITUTE PRESENTS JAKE TAPPER. The Poynter Institute is pleased to bring Jake Tapper, author, anchor and chief Washington correspondent for CNN, to Tampa Bay for a community conversation. Tapper will share his insights from covering politics for decades and talk about his new book. Released today, Tapper’s “The Hellfire Club” is set in 1950s, McCarthy-era Washington. The conversation will be moderated by Indira Lakshmanan, Poynter’s Newmark Chair for Journalism Ethics. Tapper will share the political thrillers from both his journalism career in Washington and his new historical-fiction novel. 7:30PM. 727893-7832. www.themahaffey.com/

SECOND SATURDAY ARTWALK. Art districts throughout the city of St. Petersburg. An evening of art, opening receptions and galleries galore. Free trolley offers transport between the different districts. 5 – 9 pm, Free, including trolley. www. stpeteartsalliance.org/artwalk

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aranormal Cirque will expose June you to a unique creation of combined theatre, circus, and cabaret with a new European style flare. Cirque Italia is now presenting a brand-new show for a mature audience. This innovative horror story features different shades of sexy — you will not know what to expect. It might be hard to divide reality and illusion. Dare to let yourself get wicked for one night under the Big Top and live on the edge. You will fall into a parallel world and end up surrounded by monstrous creatures with hidden talents that will amaze you with the circus arts. As soon as you step through the entrance gates you will experience a pre-show like no other. Mysterious creatures help you to your seats for a two-hour enchanted show. A careful casting selection has united the best artists from all over the world. Just a few of the circus arts you can expect to see in this new production in-

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clude the Wheel of Death, mystifying magic, a woman hanging high in the air – but only by her hair, 6 men on a horizontal pole, the infamous cyr wheel, and the always sexy yet dangerous silks. For more information visit www.paranormalcirque.com $10-$50, under 18 requires accompanying parent or guardian. This show has adult language and material. Special promotion: $2 off any full priced ticket purchased in levels 1, 2, or 3. 941-704-8572. 102 Riviera Dunes Way, Palmetto, FL 34221. www.paranormalcirque.com/tickets

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ST. PETE STREET FOOD & CRAFT BEER FEST. Gourmet food trucks, live music, pet friendly, children’s playground, picnic chairs and blanket welcome. 6 – 11 pm, Free, Albert Whitted Park, 480 Bayshore Dr. SE, St. Petersburg. www.icityspy. com/event/st-pete-street-food-craft-beer-fest

programs. Various times, venues and registration fees. www.tampabaywatch.org/tarpon-rodeo.html

MADEIRA BEACH 5K SUNSET SERIES #1. Runners will take to the sand and enjoy the famous, breath-taking views. Sandy beaches, Rita’s Italian Ice, craft beer, post-race party and sunsets. All races are on the beach. 7 pm, $. John’s Pass Park Shelter, 12901 Gulf Blvd., Madeira Beach. www.madeirabeach5k.racehawk.com

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food to support your local community. The Eagles Golf Club Shot Gun Start 9:00 am. Golf includes breakfast, lunch, adult beverages throughout the course and Adidas Dry-Fit polo shirt golfer’s gift. Fun Includes: MC and Live Auction hosted by Charley Belcher, FOX 13 Tampa Bay. Eagles Golf Club, 16101 Nine Eagles Dr., Odessa, FL 33556 www.oldsmarcares.org\

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TAMPA BAY BEACH BUMS VOLLEYBALL TOURNAMENTS. The Tampa Bay Beach Bums are the largest beach volleyball community in Florida. Ask where to play pickup, how to learn, where tournaments are happening or anything else beach volleyball related. This group is also used for social events and activities that are fitting for the Beach Bums community. From other sporting event outings, to bar crawls, we love to share what is going on in our wonderful little volleyball communit. Sat, 8 a.m., Sun, June 17 at 11 a.m. Gulfport Beach. www.tampabaybeachbums.com

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TAMPA BAY BRIDAL SHOW. This event is open to all couples planning their special day, offering product sampling, tips and time savers all under one roof. Meet the area’s top Bridal professionals, with over 125 vendors. The Tampa Bay Bridal Show will feature the latest in fashions, flowers, photography, caterers, musicians, travel, venues, and so much more. Dresses and suits are available to try on and purchase at the event. First 500 brides receive a complimentary swag bag, register at the event to win door prizes and grand giveaways. Noon – 4pm. Amalie Arena - 401 Channelside Dr., Tampa FL. www.tampabaybridalshows.com

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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, 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

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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 Contests. The SWAG includes: Event shirt, custom medal, one free drink ticket. Godfrey Hotel and Cabana 7700 Courtney Cambell Causeway, Tampa. www.cabanarunparty@gmail.com

AUTISM ON THE SEAS ANNOUNCES SPECIAL AUTISM SOCIETY OF AMERICA CRUISE DEPARTING ON JULY 31, 2018

are selected from regular cruises throughout the year and assist adults and families in accommodating the typical cruise services, as well as providing specialized Respite and Private Activities/ Sessions that allow their guests the use of the ship’s entertainment venues in an accommodated and assisted manner. Their professional volunteer Staff (educated, experienced, background checked and sanctioned by the cruise lines) accompanies guests on their cruise to provide amazing vacation and travel experiences. This Benefit Cruise is open to the general public and will provide special needs families the opportunity to vacation with the accommodations necessary to enjoy a real vacation. For more information, kmillet@autism-society.org. www.AutismontheSeas.com

The cruise will be onboard Royal Caribbean International Independence of the Seas. Autism on the Seas, a national organization, provides cruise vacation services to accommodate adults and families living with children with Special Needs, including, but not limited to, Autism, Asperger Syndrome, Down Syndrome, Tourette Syndrome, Cerebral Palsy and all Cognitive, Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities. Their Staffed Cruises

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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

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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/

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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 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 5-9 p.m. Download the map and list of participants to plan your art evening. www.stpeteartsalliance.org/artwalk

to and from off-site parking areas. Beach Blvd., Gulfport. www.visitgulfportflorida.com ISLA DEL SOL 3RD SATURDAY MARKET 10 am – 2 pm, Free, Shoppers Village, 5900 Sun Blvd., St. Petersburg. Arts, crafts, organic vegetables, cheese, kettle corn, cakes and confections, lavender and oils. www.facebook.com/IsladelSolSaturdayMarket 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.

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TRAVELOGUE • Carmel-By-The-Sea, CA

Hofsas House

A Little Bit of Bavaria in Carmel-By-The-Sea, CA Story and photos by Melissa Wolcott Martino

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y the hotel entrance is a delightful hand-painted mural with Bavarian-costumed figures painted by world-famous artist, Maxine Albro in 1957. The hotel is built on a hill with a gradual slope, so some guest rooms that are higher up have a view of the ocean. I’ve stayed in several rooms, and they are all individually decorated, so you have a “new” experience every time you stay there. All have charming dutch doors, and are homey and inviting with the most important feature — comfortable beds! The guest rooms I have occupied had fireplaces in them for even cozier contentment. Some have balconies, all have wifi, cable TV and coffee makers. Included in the hotel rate is a delicious continental breakfast with orange juice, beverages, and homemade croissants and pastries from a local bakery. The hotel has a heated pool and dry sauna rooms with an ocean view as well. A common deck area is very popular for guests to relax and enjoy an ocean view. A feature that will appeal to folks traveling with their furry friends is that Hofsas House is dog-friendly with certain guest rooms set aside for them, and has a “Doggie Welcome Package.” Carmel itself is a dog-friendly town, with many restaurants accepting them, and they can run off-leash on the beach.

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Roasted chicken Breast with root vegetables ragout.

Grilled Lamb Chops with romensco sauce, Chocolate cake with raspberry sauce cashew pesto, and roasted fingerling potatoes. and vanilla ice cream.

must-visit Lula’s Chocolates. With delectable confection recipes passed down from owner Scott Lund’s grandmother, I dare you to leave there empty handed. A short stroll down Ocean Avenue, and you are at the iconic Carmel Beach with its majestic scenery, and a trail that meanders through landscaped gardens to Carmel Point. Before you head to the beach, stop by at the 5th Avenue Deli and pick up some lunch for a picnic. Best sandwiches in town! Drivable from Carmel are Point Lobos State Reserve, historic Cannery Row, Big Sur, the gorgeous 17Mile Drive, Pebble Beach, and more. Hofsas House always has very attractive packages all year long, so please visit the website and find one that suits you.

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Hofsas House - Between 3rd & 4th Ave. on San Carlos St., Carmel-By-The-Sea, CA 93921. (831) 6242745. info@hofsashuse.com / www.hofsashouse.com Carmel-By-The-Sea - www.carmelcalifornia.com Anton & Michel’s - Mission Street & 7th Ave, Carmel-By-The-Sea, CA 93921. (831) 624-2406. www. antonandmichel.com 5th Avenue Deli - 5th Ave. between San Carlos & Delores St., Carmel-By-The-Sea, CA. (831) 6252688. www.5thavedeli.com Lula’s Chocolates - 115 Mission St, Carmel-By-The-Sea, CA 93923. (831) 655-8527. www.lulas.com www.AccentOnTampaBay.com

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DON MCLEAN Botanical Gardens

otanical Gardens is McLean’s 19th studio album, and first in 8 years. Intimacy can be found at the heart of this record, with Don penning personal numbers looking back on life, as well as his observations on youth and love. The inspiration for the project started years ago when he would walk in the beautiful gardens in Sydney, Australia near the Opera House. He would dream young dreams and find comfort and inspiration. The result is a raw, yet tight sound. In nearly 50 years, Don’s songs have become an iconic staple of American music. His biggest hit, “American Pie,” was recently recognized with high honors by BMI for achieving five (5) MillionAir certified airplay awards, along with “Vincent (Starry, Starry Night)” achieving three (3) Million-Air certified airplay awards. www.don-mclean.com.com

MIKE JONES & PENN JILLETTE The Show Before the Show

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OWEN BRODER Heritage: the American Roots Project

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BROADWAY SHOWS

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. RODGERS & HAMMERSTEIN’S CINDERELLA - July 5-8 Tony Award-winning Broadway musical from the creators of The Sound of Music and South Pacific with a contemporary take on the classic tale. This lush production features an incredible orchestra, jaw-dropping transformations and all the moments you love - the pumpkin, the glass slipper, the masked ball and more - plus some surprising new twists! Rediscover some of Rodgers + Hammerstein’s most beloved songs, including “In My Own little Corner,” “Impossible/It’s Possible” and “Ten Minutes Ago.”

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AL LANG STADIUM 230 1st Street South in downtown St. Petersburg. JUNE 29 - Poison And Pop Evil “Poison…Nothin’ But A Good Time Tour”. The bands are fired up to make the journey together. Bret Michaels, POISON lead singer says, “The all original POISON is headlining again. It’s going to be a mega concert and party combined. My friends POP EVIL will be joining us. AMALIE ARENA 401 Channelside Drive, Tampa. 813.301.6500. www.amaliearena.com MAY 12 – James Taylor 15 – Justin Timberlake JUNE 2 – Shania Twain

11 – 13 – Paul Wilborn 23 – June 17- Strait of Gilbraltar ASOLO REPERTORY THEATRE 5555 N Tamiami Trail, Sarasota. 800.361.8388 www.asolorep.org 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. JUNE 6 – 24 – Jungle Book BINIGER THEATER Eckerd College, 4200 54th Ave. S, St. Petersburg 727.867.1166 www.eckerd.edu/theatre BRASS MUG 1450 Skipper Road, Tampa. www.metalbattlusa.com CAPITOL THEATRE 405 Cleveland Street, Clearwater 727.791.7400. www.rutheckerdhall.com/Venues MAY 2 – Victor Wooten Band w/Sinbad 5 – KRIS KRISTOFFERSON

16 – Maroon 5 AMERICAN STAGE 163 Third St. N, St. Petersburg 727.823.7529. www.americanstage.org/ MAY 2-13 – The Producers. Mel Brooks’s classic cult comedy that sets the standard for modern, outrageous humor. americanstage.org/PARK 6 – Improv: Hawk & Wayne www.AccentOnTampaBay.com

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Girls Night Out Comedy Show will feature the allfemale line-up of Traci Kanaan (The Princess of Parodies), Trish Keating, and Tiffany Barbee. CARROLLWOOD PLAYERS THEATRE 4335 Gunn Hwy, Tampa, FL 33618 813.265.4000. www.carrollwoodplayers.org/ 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.” JUNE 1-23 - NICE WORK IF YOU CAN GET IT. An entertaining Broadway musical comedy featuring the iconic music of George and Ira Gershwin. 29-JULY 1 - POP GOES AMERICA - A MUSICAL REVUE. The history of America takes on a whole new sound as the words of modern pop songs are cleverly re-written to tell the story of our country like you’ve never heard it told before.

CATHERINE HICKMAN THEATRE 5501 27th Avenue South Gulfport, Florida 33707.

7 – Boz Scaggs 10 – Eddie Money 11 – Paul Thorn 12 – Marc Cohn 18 – CAL Fleetwood Mac Rumours 19 – Little Steven & Disciples Soul 27 – BIG BAD VOODOO DADDY. This band was at the forefront of the swing revival, blending a vibrant fusion of the classic American sounds of jazz, swing, and Dixieland, with the energy and spirit of contemporary culture.

JUNE 1 – John Waite 9 – Frank Caliendo 13 – Keb’ Mo’ Solo CARES CENTER Community Aging and Retirement Services, 12417 Clock Tower Parkway, Hudson, FL 34667. 727-862-9291. www.CARESFL.org MAY 6 - Sara Sings Streisand: Starring nationally acclaimed Sara Delbeato singing hits made famous by Barbara Streisand songs such as “Evergreen” and The Way We Were”. Also, special guest comedian Rick Stepinsky will perform his act based on the highs and lows of parenthood. JUNE 3 – The Sweeney Brothers Band: A musical comedy act that blends bluegrass and folk tunes with knee slappin’ humor. CARROLLWOOD CULTURAL CENTER 4537 Lowell Road, Tampa. www.carrollwoodcenter.org MAY 19 - Strings in the Spring 25 - Girls Night Out Comedy Show.The Center’s 42

www.mygulfport.us MAY 18 – 19 – JUST SO STORIES. JUNE 7 - WALTZING MATILDA. Join Tampa Bay’s Favorite Drag Performer, Matthew McGee, for the debut of a country western cabaret. This autobiographical honky tonk revue is more Hee Haw than CMA as Matthew is joined by music man Michael Raabe for a melodious trip down memory lane featuring songs by some of country music’s biggest stars. Get ready for lots of laughs, big hair and multi-colored fringe as “Miss McGee” twosteps her way into your heart. The show is appropriate for all ages. 7 p.m.

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JUNE 2 - John Fogerty / ZZ Top: Blues and Bayous Tour COCONUTS 5501 Gulf Blvd., St. Pete Beach. www.coconutscomedyclubs.com Thru APRIL 21 - Tampa Bay Comedy Fest. Each night presents two headlining comics from throughout the country. Wed thru Sat, doors open at 9 pm. CROWBAR 1812 N 17th St, Ybor City, FL 33605. www.crowbarybor.com/ MAY 12 - LA-based Nerd-rapper mc chris and Bitforce. Known for being one of the first rappers to focus solely on #NerdLife, mc chris got his start acting, producing, writing, songwriting and being the lead animator for shows on Adult Swim like Sealab 2021, The Brak Show, Space Ghost Coast to Coast and Aqua Teen Hunger Force. Since then 44

he has released 17 albums and has collaborated with notable rappers and musicians. His music can be heard on TV and movies from Comedy Central’s Broad City and Fox’s So You Think You Can Dance? to Zak and Miri Make a Porno and Jay and Silent Bob’s Super Groovy Cartoon Movie. EARLY BIRD DINNER THEATRE 13355 49th St N, Clearwater, FL 33762. 727.864.7600. www.earlybirddinnertheatre.com 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 broadcasts of the Metropolitan Opera. 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 STUDIO THEATRE 1241 North Palm Avenue, Sarasota, FL 34236. (941) 366-9000. www.floridastudiotheatre.org thru JUNE 10 - TONGUE-IN-CHEEK.

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hree-time GRAMMY Award-winning multiplatinum band Maroon 5 are on their 2018 world tour produced by Live Nation, in support of their album, Red Pill Blues. Maroon 5 will return to AMALIE Arena on Saturday, June 16 at 8:00 PM. Maroon 5’s single, “What Lovers Do,” features SZA. The song quickly climbed to the top of the charts, as well as clocking 143 million streams on Spotify and nearly a combined 75 million views on YouTube. In addition to their hit single, the band also released some songs from the album, the catchy “Help Me Out,” which features Julia Michaels making a cameo, and the rhythmic track “Whiskey” ft. A$AP Rocky. Maroon 5 stands is one of the 21st century’s biggest acts. To date, the band has achieved three GRAMMY Awards and become “the most successful group in the history of the Billboard Hot 100” with 12 Top 10 entries, sold over 20 million albums and 48 million singles worldwide. Maroon 5 won over fans and critics alike with the hybrid rock/R&B sound they introduced on their debut album, Songs About Jane and their double platinum album, It Won’t be Soon Before Long. In 2010, the band released their third studio album, Hands All Over, which featured the hit singles “Misery” and the anthemic “Moves Like Jagger,” which has become one of the best-selling singles of all time. In 2012, Maroon 5 released Overexposed, which reinforced the group’s status as a powerhouse in popular music with all of the collection’s singles rising to the top of the charts. Maroon 5’s album, V, debuted at #1 on Billboard and featured the hit singles “Maps,” “Animals” and “Sugar,” all of which went #1 on the Top 40 chart. The music video for the album’s GRAMMY- nominated single “Sugar” has notably logged a record setting 2+ billion views to date. 2017 saw the musicians release two additional chart-topping singles, “Don’t Wanna Know” and “Cold,” as well as close out a world tour that touched down in 30-plus countries for 120 concerts in front of more than 2.5 million fans. On this tour, Maroon 5 also became the first American artist to headline two nights at “Rock In Rio” in September 2017.

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MAHAFFEY THEATER 400 1St St. S, Bayfront Center, St. Petersburg, 727.892.5767. www.themahaffeytheater.com MAY 18 – Animaniacs Live! 19 – TFO: Beethoven’s Pastoral Symphony 26 – TFO Pops: Patriotic Salute JUNE 3 – A&G Dance Academy Recital 4 – Vice President Joe Biden 6 – David Blaine 10 – Karl & DiMarco “Next Generation” MIDFLORIDA CREDIT UNION AMPHITHEATER Florida State Fairgrounds, 4802 US Hwy. 301 N, Tampa 813.740.2446. www.ticketmaster.com/ venue/107257 MAY 11 – Alan Jackson 14 – STEELY DAN

FRANCIS WILSON PLAYHOUSE 302 Seminole St., Clearwater, Florida 33755. 727446-1360. www.franciswilsonplayhouse.org/ MAY 3 – 20 – Curtains. The chief sleuth, with a secret affinity for musical theater, investigates the murder of a Broadway-bound theater company’s tremendously untalented star on opening night. Curtains will have you on the edge of your seat – laughing. FREEFALL THEATRE COMPANY 6099 Central Ave., St. Petersburg. 727-498-5205 www.freefalltheatre.com MAY 4 – 27 – The Machine Stops KING OF PEACE MCC 3150 5th Ave N, St. Petersburg FL 33713 MAY 18 - Gay Men’s Chorus. This show’s repertoire includes custom arrangements of “This Is Me” from the movie The Greatest Showman, “You Will Be Found” from the musical Dear Evan Hansen, and the song cycle Tyler’s Suite. 46

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MAY 25 – TWELFTH NIGHT. A ship is wrecked on the rocks. Viola is washed ashore but her twin brother Sebastian is lost. Determined to survive on her own, she steps out to explore a new land. So begins a whirlwind of mistaken identity and unrequited love in a new twist on Shakespeare’s classic comedy.

THE PALLADIUM 253 5Th Ave N, St. Petersburg. 727.822.3590. www.mypalladium.org www.mypalladium.org MAY 9 – Mile-End Trio 10 – La Lucha: Jazz Piano Night 11 – Fred Astaire Dance: Annual Showcase 22- Helios Jazz Orchesta w/Jamie Perlow JUNE 1, 3, 5 – La Traviata 15 – Diego Figuerido 17 – Nate Najar, Dan Levinson, Tommy Cecil PINELLAS PARK PERFORMING ARTS CENTER 4951 78th Ave. N, Pinellas Park. www.etix.com/ticket/v/11231 MAY 12 – Michael Jackson Tribute JUNE 9 – Tribute to the Rat Pack THE PORTICO 1001 N. Florida Ave., Tampa FL 33602 MAY 19 - Gay Men’s Chorus. This show’s repertoire in48

cludes custom arrangements of “This Is Me” from the movie The Greatest Showman, “You Will Be Found” from the musical Dear Evan Hansen, and the song cycle Tyler’s Suite. RUTH ECKERD HALL 1111 N. Mcmullen Booth Rd, Clearwater. 727.791.7400. www.rutheckerdhall.com MAY 11, 12 – Joe Bonamassa 17 – 26 – Waiting for Godot 18 – Brian Wilson 20 – TFO: Beethoven Pastoral Symphony 24 – Peppa Pig Live! 25 – Home Cookin’ 26 – Cedric The Entertainer JUNE 2 – John Fogerty/ZZ Top 4 – 18 Summer Theater 4 – 18 Summer Music 5, 6 – Harry Connick, Jr. 8 – Broadway Smash Songbook 10 – Happy Together 2018 11 – 18 Summer on Camera 14 – Brit Floyd

SARASOTA OPERA HOUSE 61 N Pineapple Ave., Sarasota, 941.359.0099. www.sarasotaopera.org MAY 10 – Opera Composers in Song 11, 12 – Classical Music Celebration 19 – Sleeping Beauty

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SPITFIRE THEATER 14 18th St. S, St. Petersburg www.spitfiretheater.com STAGEWORKS THEATER 1120 E. Kennedy Blvd., West Bldg., #151, Tampa 813.374.2416. www.stageworkstheatre.org STATE THEATRE 687 Central Ave., St. Petersburg, FL. www.statetheatreconcerts.com 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 MAY 10 - 20 – James and the Giant Peach. Roal Dahl’s James and the Giant Peach is musical for the whole family to enjoy. 18 – Jan Roberts in On the Road: A one Helluva Woman Show. 80 year-old activist drives her Prius around the Country to Change the World. The exploits, obstacles and joys of a road trip to video interview powerhouses across the country creating deep seated change in the arts, education, economy, and communities. Uplifting and persuasively optimistic for our collective future. 26 – Got Jokes? 31 – Blihe Spirit Peview Night JUNE 1 – 17 – Blithe Spirit. Noel Coward play - a delightfully satirical comedy about ghosts. Continued

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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 JUNE 4 – 15 – Mary Poppins, Jr. Camp 18 – 29 – Guys & Dolls, Jr. Camp ST. PETERSBURG OPERA COMPANY 727.823.2040 www.stpeteopera.org Mornings, Afternoons, Evenings and Cocktail with the Maestro. Various performance locations JUNE 16 – Broadway Cabaret STRAZ CENTER 1010 N. W.C. MacInnes Place, Tampa 813.229. STAR www.strazcenter.org MAY 11 – NICK SWADSON. Comedy Central staple and star of Netflix’s The Ridiculous Six  and  The Do-Over, comedian Nick Swardson delivers his highly popular, low-brow boy-amok schtick.

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. From the moment they stepped onto the America’s Got Talent stage, singing ventriloquist Darci Lynne and 52

her puppet Petunia stole the hearts of millions with their jaw-dropping rendition of “Summertime.” Now the youngest person to ever win AGT, 13-year-old Darci Lynne brings her eclectic, endearing cast of characters to stages around the country.

12 – THE SANDI SYLVER PUPPET SHOW 13 – MIKE BIRBIGLIA 17 – LATIN NIGHTS 18 – TFO: BEETHOVEN’S PASTORAL SYMPHONY 18, 19 – THE BOOK OF MORON. Having been brainwashed by a culture that worships Kardashians 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: CROSSOVER LIVE TOUR Vol. 2 20 – ANGELS IN AMERICA Part II: Perestroika 21 - SHANNON MCNALLY 23 - BALLET NACIONAL DE CUBA. Ballet Nacional de Cuba ascended to the high order of international ballet companies and continues to excite audiences as one of the greatest classical dance companies in the world. 25 - THE FLORIDA ORCHESTRA PRESENTS PATRIOTIC SALUTE. thru 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 Thought-

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JUNE 5 - 10 - THE SOUND OF MUSIC. 13 - JULY 8. DANCING AT LUGHNASA. Memories and storytelling interweave into a stunning portrayal of provincial Irish life for five unmarried women in the summer of 1936. 15-17 - THE ILLUSIONISTS, Live from Broadway. 22 - BOBBY BONES RED HOODIE COMEDY TOUR. Radio DJ. Stand-up comedian. Best-selling author. Chart-topping recording artist. TV personality. 27 - JULY 1. MENOPAUSE THE MUSICAL. Starring Cindy Williams. Now celebrating 17 years of female empowerment through hilarious musical comedy, the play has evolved as a “grassroots”

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movement of women who deal with life adjustments after 40 by embracing each other and the road ahead. Cindy Williams, most recognized for her role on Laverne & Shirley, will be featured in a special role.

Cindy Williams TARPON SPRINGS CULTURAL ART CENTER 101 South Pinellas Avenue, Tarpon Springs, 727.942.5605. www.tarponarts.org MAY 11 – The History of Cajun Music 12 – Wayne Toups & The ZyDeCajun Band. Tarpon Springs Performing Arts Center, 324 Pine Street, Tarpon Springs. Toups, who has been dubbed “The Cajun Springsteen,” has recorded more than a dozen albums, toured in more than 20 countries and performed at the New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival for 30 years.

TARPON SPRINGS PERFORMING ARTS CENTER 324 Pine St, Tarpon Springs, FL. www.tarponarts.org/ MAY 12 – WAYNE TOUPS & THE ZYDECAJUN BAND. High-energy showman Wayne Toups has long been dubbed “The Cajun Springsteen. He has recorded more than a dozen albums and toured to more than 20 countries. His songs have been heard 54

on such film soundtracks as Steel Magnolias and Dirty Rice. Always in demand for session work in his native Louisiana, Wayne Toups has also been hired to back the British pop artist Thomas Dolby as well as many of the stars of Nashville, including Alan Jackson (“Little Bitty”), Clay Walker (“Live, Laugh, Love”), Mark Chesnutt (“It Sure Is Monday” and “Gonna Get a Life”), Sammy Kershaw, George Jones, Garth Brooks, Ty England and Mark Wills.

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 JUNE 9 - JULY 8 - INCOGNITO by Nick Payne Wednesday - Saturday at 8pm, Sunday at 2pm. Are we born with an inherent personality, or are we merely an assemblage of our thoughts and recollections? In this cerebral journey through neurosci-

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ence, amnesia, and the theft of Albert Einstein’s brain, playwright Nick Payne investigates the nature of identity in a series of mysterious and touching interwoven tales.

show begins at 11:45, and every show ends with a meet-and-greet with the cast and crew.

USF SUNDOME 4202 E FOWLER AVE., TAMPA, 813.974.3111 www.sundomearena.com MAY 10 - Martin Lawrence: LIT AF Tour

17 – Turnt Up Tour 20 – Fiesta Máxima VAN WEZEL 777 N Tamiami Trail, Sarasota. 941-953-3368 www.vanwezel.org JUNE 22 - JAH MOVEMENT. Fronted by hometown hero and vocalist Shantel Norman, Jah Movement plays top 40, Funk, Soul, R&B and Calypso Dance music. 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 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. Pre-

WEST COAST PLAYERS 21905 Us 19 N. Clearwater, 727.437.2363. www.wcplayers.org MAY 12 - FREUD’S LAST SESSION. Freud’s Last Session centers on legendary psychoanalyst Dr. Sigmund Freud who invites the young, rising Oxford Don C.S. Lewis to his home in London. On the day England enters World War Two, Freud and Lewis clash about love, sex, the existence of God, and the meaning of life, just weeks before Freud took his own life. Freud’s Last Session is a deeply touching play filled with humor and exploring the minds, hearts and souls of two brilliant men addressing the greatest questions of all time.

JUNE 1 – 17 – GEMINI. In this Obie Award winner, Fran Geminiani’s son, Francis, celebrates his twentyfirst birthday with two socialite friends from college, a boisterous, earthy divorcee and her fat, asthmatic son. You will love the antics of this blue collar, South Philly family. “ … rambunctious, hilarious, touching, quite beautiful play.” – NY Magazine

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Fantastic finale for Florida Orchestra’s 50th anniversary

his is your last chance to join The Florida Orchestra’s 50th birthday celebration at its season finale concerts. And what a season it’s been, from Beethoven to Star Wars to a gala concert with Sting. It’s not over yet.

TCHAIKOVSKY’S SYMPHONY No. 4 (May 4-6): Michael Francis leads Tchaikovsky’s explosive Symphony No. 4. World-class violinist and Bradenton resident James Ehnes performs a violin concerto written for him by James Newton Howard, an eight-time Oscar nominated film composer known for The Hunger Games, Pretty Woman, The Dark Knight and more. Free Classical Kids tickets available in advance for this and all Tampa Bay Times Masterworks concerts. THE MUSIC OF MICHAEL JACKSON (May 11): Acclaimed vocalist James Delisco performs the King of Pop’s mega hits, including Thriller, Man in the Mirror, Billie Jean, Beat It and many more. Brent Havens James Ehnes conducts a full rock band with the orchestra. Tickets start at $35. FREE POPS IN THE PARK (May 13): TFO will help open Tampa’s revamped Julian B. Lane Riverfront Park in style with a free concert on Mother’s Day. Bring the whole family to check out the 23-acre park and enjoy free symphonic, Broadway and movie music under the stars. Food trucks with beer and wine on site. Fireworks finale! BEETHOVEN’S PASTORAL SYMPHONY (May 18-20) Michael Francis leads the orchestra on a playful, slightly rainy ride through the countryside in Beethoven’s Symphony No. 6. Javier Perianes returns to perform Brahms’ gorgeous and demanding Piano Concerto No. 2. PATRIOTIC SALUTE (May 25-26) In honor of Memorial Day, the orchestra salutes the American spirit, with music from America’s greatest popular composers, from John Philip Sousa to John Williams. Jeff Tyzik conducts. Part of the Raymond James Pops series. The Florida Orchestra: Performs regularly at the Straz Center in Tampa, Mahaffey in St. Petersburg and Ruth Eckerd Hall in Clearwater. Tickets to most concerts start at $15. Available at floridaorchestra. org or 727.892.3337 and 1.800.662.7286. www.AccentOnTampaBay.com

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TRAVELOGUE • North Garden, VA

PIPPIN HILL FARM & Vineyards

Wine & Serenity Overlooking the Blue Ridge Mountains

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ithin a 20-minute drive southwest from Charlottesville, VA, lies verdant green hills which are home to around 25 wineries and a wine trail which you can explore. One of the most beautiful, and therefore most popular, among them is Pippin Hill Farm & Vineyards. Settle down on their verandah with some wine and cheese and overlook the vineyards and the Blue Ridge Mountains for sheer bliss. The vineyard creates about 6,000 bottles per year which are distributed only in the area. You can buy right at the farm, or join their wine club online and have them delivered. The farm’s signature wines are Sauvignon Blancs, crisp Blanc de Blancs, barrel fermented Chardonnays, Cabernet Francs and other varietals. Pippin Hill follows environmentally sound practices, minimizing chemical repellents and using natural sprays to keep the vines and land healthy. Wine and food pairing is created with wines and produce grown right on their own property and from other local farms — truly a “farm to table” experience. Enjoy such taste treats as Pippin Sliders paired with Cabernet Sauvignon, Chicory & Kale Caesar Salad paired with Chardonnay, Fried Virginia Oysters paired with Zero White, Charcuterie paired with Cannon Red or Rosé, Roasted Garlic Hummus paired with Cabernet Sauvignon or Chardonnay, and Toffee Carrot Cake with a dessert wine such as a Petit Manseng. Of course they have wine Tasting Flights which are available at the bar. For more information on Pippin Hill Farm & Vineyards, please call or visit the website. 5022 Plank Rd, North Garden, VA 22959. (434) 202-8063. info@pippinhillfarm.com/ www.pippinhillfarm.com

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Looking Good

Compiled by Melissa Wolcott Martino

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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.

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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.

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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/

BACIANO DESIGN

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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

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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

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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

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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.

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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.

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Tampa Bay Area TAMPA BAY CITYPASS MOBILE TICKET OPTION www.citypass.com/tampa City Pass, the company that specializes in packaging discounted admission to attractions in 12 North American destinations, has a mobile ticket option for its Tampa Bay CityPASS program. An advantage of the Tampa Bay mobile ticket, as well as all future mobile ticket programs for other CityPASS partner destinations, is that it is delivered to the purchaser’s phone in the language the buyer selected when they first visited the CityPASS website. The Tampa Bay CityPASS program includes prepaid admission to Busch Gardens Tampa Bay theme park, plus four additional attractions: The Florida Aquarium, Tampa’s Lowry Park Zoo, Clearwater Marine Aquarium (home to Winter and Hope, stars of the Dolphin Tale movies), and a choice between the Museum of Science and Industry and the Chihuly Collection. The included tickets are valid over a period of nine consecutive days, beginning with the first day of use. The mobile ticket will work in the same manner as printed CityPASS ticket booklets, although instead of scanning a printed ticket at the attraction, the visitor will scan their phone. Mobile tickets, as well as ticket booklets, can be purchased online.

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twilight roll in. Ages 8 and up, pre-registration recommended. 13 – Wildflower Walk BROOKER CREEK PRESERVE 3940 Keystone Road, Tarpon Springs. 727. 453.6800. www.brookercreekpreserve.org MAY 12 – Birds in Your Florida Garden 13 – Mother’s Day Mother Nature Walk. 9:30 – 11 am, Free. Treat mom to some time with Mother Nature this Mother’s day. This fun and educational walk will explore the ecosystems of Brooker Creek and the plants and animals associated with them. 19 – Visiting Critters 26 – Bugs and Butterflies 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

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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 Gallery-Cafe-Pottery Studio 2nd Saturday Gallery Walk MAY 12 - JUNE 25 – 12th Annual Invitational Teapot Show 10 am – 6 pm Monday – Saturday/11 am – 4 pm Sunday, Free. Showcases a wide variety of functional, ceramic teapots on display and available for purchase. 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 paintings and sculptures, and Duchamp’s ground breaking assemblages and ready-mades. MAY 24 – Games at The Dalí: Trivia Night. 6 – 8 pm, $5, Dalí Museum, One Dali Blvd., St. Petersburg. Show off your genius at The Dali Museum’s Trivia Night, hosted by Martin “Batman” Brinkley. Teams of 6 will compete to win the first place prize and join the ranks of geniuses like Dali and Duchamp. Pre-registration required. thedali.org/event/games-dali-trivia-night JUNE 16 - NOV 25 – CLYDE BUTCHER: VISIONS OF DALÍ’S SPAIN. Features 41 photos that take viewers on a journey through the Catalonian region, with imContinued

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ages ranging from an intimate 2 feet to a panoramic 8 feet. DR. CARTER G. WOODSON AFRICAN AMERICAN MUSEUM 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. One City Chorus – Mondays 7 Pm 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 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. Thru MAY 17 – Splash and Bubbles: 4-D Undersea Adventure. 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. FLORIDA CRAFTART GALLERY 501 Central Ave, St. Petersburg, 727.821.7391. www.floridacraftart.org Second Saturday Artwalk

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Mural Walk on Saturdays thru 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. MAY 29 thru JUNE 3 - SACRED ART TOUR OF TIBETAN BUDDHIST MONKS -

Eight Tibetan monks from the Drepung Gomang Monastery in India will again bring to St. Petersburg teachings of ancient ways and beliefs that create the possibility of global peace, non-violent conflict reso-

lution, compassion and wisdom. During the opening ceremony on Tuesday, May 29, at 10:15 a.m., the monks will chant, play long Tibetan horns and consecrate the site of the mandala. Immediately following, they begin the creation of the mandala by first drawing the lines for the design on a base and then begin filling it in with colored sand. Throughout the six-day creation of the Sacred Mandala, the monks pour millions of grains of sand through a Chakpur, which is a funnel-shaped tool. This funnel is filled with colored sand and then rasped to release a fine stream of sand. MAY 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 the 25th of every month. Each Survivor brings to the series an individual voice that enlivens our underCONTINUED

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standing 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

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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. GLAZER CHILDREN’S MUSEUM 110 W Gasparilla Plaza, Tampa, FL 33602. (813) 443-3861. www.glazermuseum.org/

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 after trauma and horror. FLORIDA MUSEUM OF PHOTOGRAPHIC ARTS 400 N. Ashley Drive, Cube 200, Tampa, FL 33602, 813-221-2222. www.fmopa.org MAY 20 – iPoneography 101 JUNE 2 – Applying the Language of Photography to Bookmaking 9 – Photography 101 Express 72

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

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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. 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 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/ MAY

9 - 30 - Peaceful and Powerful Parenting 11 – Parents’ Night Out 12 - Out of this World event 13 – Great Connections 25 - Don’t Fry Day 28 - Memorial Day JUNE 8 – Parents’ Night Out 10 – Great Connections 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. 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 wa-

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terfront district during Art Walks from 6-10 PM, year round.

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. Thru JUNE 1 – Behind the Seams: A GeckoBall Retrospective

cases, a chamberstick, and a gold mounted brooch. Other treasures include Russian eggs presented by tsars; Imperial Porcelain Factory china from imperial yachts including the royal private yacht Livadia; an impressive collection of Herend china from Hungary with patterns ordered by the Russian Tsar, royal houses and eminent customers.

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. MAY 11 – The History of Cajun Music 19 – It Might As Well Be Spring Concert IMAGINE MUSEUM 1901 Central Ave., St. Petersburg www.imaginemuseum.com Contemporary American Studio Glass. JAMES MUSEUM OF WESTERN & WILDLIFE ART 150 Central Ave, St. Petersburg. www.thejamesmuseum.org

HENRY B. PLANT MUSEUM 401 W Kennedy Blvd, Tampa, FL 33606. (813) 254-1891. www.plantmuseum.com/ Thru DEC 31 - IMPERIAL DESIGNS: FROM THE HABSBURG’S HEREND TO THE ROMANOV’S FABERGÉ. 10 am - 5 pm. An exquisite collection of porcelains and decorative arts that harken back to the grand dynasties of 19th century Europe and Asia. Included in the exhibit are a dozen rare Fabergé designs featuring a lacquered box, elegant cigarette

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American West. The tenacious spirit of Native American, pioneer and immigrant cultures embodies the history of our country. See works in oil, in ink, and stone from the private collection of Tom and Mary James. LOWRY PARK ZOO 1101 W Sligh Ave, Tampa, FL 33604. 813) 9358552. www.lowryparkzoo.org MARIE SELBY BOTANICAL GARDENS 811 S. Palm Ave., Sarasota, 941.366.5731. www.selby.org MONDAYS – Yoga in the Garden THRU 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. MAY 10 – Butterfly Garden Tips 13 – Mother Day’s Brunch at Marie Selby Botanical Gardens. 10:30–1:30. Sweeping views of Sarasota Bay provide the perfect backdrop for honoring mothers. A buffet provided by Michael’s On East, including a carving station, omelets made to order and a dessert bar. 16 – Fun Painting Ferns 18 – Kokedama – A Different Bonsai 23 – Illustrating With Watercolor 23 – Flora of Belize, Cuba and Peru 24 – Creating Natural Portraits w/Photography 25 – Orchids 101 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 MAY 31 – International Ocean Film Tour 5 JUNE 2 – World Oceans Day Family Festival 3 – Population Genomics 10 – Gene Expression MUSEUM OF FINE ARTS 255 Beach Drive. NE, St. Petersburg, 727.894.4638. www.mfastpete.org/ MAY 5 – AUGUST 5 - MAGNETIC FIELDS: Expanding American Abstraction, 1960s to Today is the first American exhibition dedicated exclusively to the formal and historical dialogue of abstraction by women artists of color. Intergenerational in scope, the exhibition includes works by twenty-one artists. CAN I GET A WITNESS. PHOTOGRAPHS BY HERB SNITZER. Internationally famous for his iconic photographs of jazz musicians, his work is collected by major museums, and he has had photographs featured in LIFE, Fortune, and TIME, among others. Snitzer has spent sixty years capturing images of people from all walks of life. His photographs are rooted in his life experiences. storyteller who used her voice for empowerment. JUNE 3 – Marly Music:Trio Solisti 13 – Coffee Talk w/Nan Colton: The Muse of History 14 – Three Resurrected Drunkards 17 – Marly Music:The James Suggs Trio 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. 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 CONTINUED

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Gaze skyward - Saunders Planetarium. IMAX Dome Theatre. Over 450 Hands-On Activities. Zip Line. MAY 19 – 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. 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 SAFETY HARBOR MUSEUM 329 Bayshore Boulevard South, Safety Harbor. 727-724-1562. www.cityofsafetyharbor.com/573/Museum-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. (727)391-6211. 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 CONTINUED

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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 SCULPTURE EXPERIENCE 780 Central Ave., St. Petersburg. 727.316.1718.

www.facebook.com/St-Petersburg-Sculpture-Experience-661090064029529/ Jon Hair Monumental Sculpture combines art, rock and roll and the biggest sculptures you’ve ever seen in one place. More than 100 sculptures from life size to giant size. 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 MAY 12 – 26 – Known Unknowns 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 living 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 CONTINUED

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of tropical splendor, the perfect backdrop for a yoga class. www.facebook.com/Awaken2Yoga MAY 13 – Mother’s Day Brunch. Spend the day with mom enjoying a delicious brunch buffet and mimosas while being serenaded by the smooth sounds of jazz music by Henry Ashwood. Proceeds benefit Children’s Education Garden. 19 - PALM TALK AND STROLL 10:30 a.m.- 12:00 p.m. Rick Nale leads you on a special tour through the gardens to learn about the many palms and which ones would work best in your landscape. Preregistration required. 727-551-3102. Free with paid gardens admission or membership.

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/ MAY 20 – COLLECTORS DAY. 11 am – 4 pm, Included in regular admission. Private collectors from throughout the Tampa Bay area will display their eclectic personal treasures in the museum’s galleries, offering everything from fossils, soda fountain memorabilia to Native American flutes, and meteorites. 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

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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. MAY 19 – It Might As Well Be Spring

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 USF CONTEMPORARY ART MUSEUM 4202 E. Fowler Ave, Tampa. 813. 974.4133. www.ira.usf.edu JUNE 14 – Curator’s Tour. 6 – 8 pm, Free. Guided tour of the Restricted exhibition, a display of seldom seen but important works from the permanent collection including paintings, prints, video, sculptures, installations, and archival material by leading artists. 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.

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he debut season of The Good Fight picks up one year after the events of the final broadcast episode of “The Good Wife.” The Good Fight follows Diane Lockhart (Christine Baranski) as she fights her way back to the top after an enormous financial scam wipes out her savings and simultaneously destroys the reputation of her goddaughter, Maia Rindell (Rose Leslie), a young lawyer. Forced out of Lockhart & Lee, the two women join Lucca Quinn (Cush Jumbo) at one of Chicago’s pre-eminent law firms. The Good Fight comes in a threedisc set featuring deleted and extended scenes, and a gag reel.

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howing their true colors The Reagan family delivers justice once again in the unpredictable seventh season of Blue Bloods. The pressure gets turned up on Frank (Tom Selleck) as he navigates a series of high profile cases within the NYPD. His oldest son Danny (Donnie Wahlberg) crosses paths with the Russian mob and becomes the target of an international drug cartel while his brother Jamie (Will Estes) tries to balance his cases and burgeoning relationship with his partner. Meanwhile, their sister Erin (Bridget Moynahan) calls on a detective to help put away the city’s worst criminals. In this New York family, duty never sleeps.

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om Chandler has given up his heroic titles and responsibilities and sought solace and anonymity with his family in a small fishing village in Greece. Meanwhile, Captain Slattery and the crew of Nathan James have discovered that the virus has “jumped kingdoms” and now infects the world’s food crops, bringing humanity to famine. As the ship traverses the Mediterranean in search of a solution that can save the world’s food supply, Chandler encounters his own enemies in Greece. His “hero’s journey” becomes a modern day retelling of Homer’s Odyssey. Starring Eric Dane, Bridget Regan, and Adam Baldwin.

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Toy Story Land Opening June 30th Hollywood Studios! designed the perfect setting for this land. This new 11-acre play space will include two new attractions and one expanded favorite: Inspired by the dachshund spinoff of Slinky, SLINKY DOG DASH will be a family-style coaster. ALIEN SWIRLING SAUCERS is designed as a play set that Andy got from Pizza Planet, inspired by the first “Toy Story”

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film. Famous little green aliens from the movie are flying around in their toy flying saucers and trying to capture your rocket toy vehicle with “The Claw.” A third track has recently been added to Toy Story Mania!, which invites guests to take aim at 3D objects. WOODY’S LUNCH BOX will be a new quick-service window serving meals and old-fashioned soda floats.


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ecently Disney’s Animal Kingdom celebrated its 20th Anniversary in a ceremony marking two decades of wonderful experiences. Gathered at the Harambe Theater, drummers, dancers, stilt performers and Disney characters joined Disney executives in a ceremony observing the 20th anniversary of the park. Joe Rohde, Creative Portfolio Executive for Walt Disney Imagineering, led the creation of Disney’s Animal Kingdom and reflected on its 20-year history. Djuan Rivers, vice president of Disney’s Animal Kingdom called out the success of the Disney Conservation Fund, aimed at reversing the decline of imperiled creatures in the wild. The 500-acre park is Disney’s largest, providing a great environment for the animals in their natural habitats. Lush landscaping, Broadway-quality live shows, conservation themes and rides, attractions

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and adventures for all ages complete the scene. As the park continued to evolve, it added Pandora–The World of Avatar transporting guests to a mystical world of floating mountains, bioluminescent rainforests and new experiences. And a new show debuted on the park’s 20th anniversary featuring Russell and Dug from Disney•Pixar’s film “UP” This new experience offers guests the chance to see Senior Wilderness Explorer Russell and his furry friend Dug as they discover species of birds from around the world at the Caravan Theater in Anandapur Village. There are close encounters each day with amazing winged creatures. Kicking off on Memorial Day weekend will be Donald’s Dino-Bash, where guests can join Donald Duck and friends in DinoLand, U.S.A. for character encounters and a DJ-powered dance party.

Rafiki greets riders on the Wildlife Express to Rafiki’s Planet Watch.

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The meatless (but you’d never know it) and tasty “Impossible Burger” can be found at several restaurants in the park.

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The iconic Tree of Life is in the center of Animal Kingdom and contains 325 animal carvings.

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MIDFLORIDA MAYFAIRE BY-THE-LAKE AT LAKE MORTON - MAY 12-13 www.mayfairebythelake.org The Polk Museum of Art’s MIDFLORIDA Mayfaire bythe-Lake returns to Lake Morton, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. daily. This juried art show packs a ton of fun for the family. Included during the weekend of activities is Mayfaire Saturday Night - a free concert featuring the band MPiRE, as well as the 5K Road Race presented by the Lakeland Runners Club. The evening ends with fireworks. Events and activities occurring during Mayfaire include the Children’s Art Tent and Kids Zone with games and free, hands-on art activities designed for participation by children of all abilities. Live performances are held throughout the weekend on the front lawn of the Lakeland Public Library, and food trucks offer lots of tasty variety for everyone to enjoy. Art is available for purchase, from jewelry and pottery to paintings and sculptures in a wide range of price points. An Adaptive Services Oasis is located on the library lawn to provide event accessibility information for people of all abilities. This will be staffed by volunteers who will provide assistance. Free parking and shuttle service is available, and free shuttles also run around Lake Morton and to the museum during the festival.

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. CENTRAL FLORIDA ZOO & BOTANICAL GARDENS 3755 NW Hwy 17-92, Sanford, FL 32771. www.centralfloridazoo.org/ 90

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.

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/

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Soar at IFLY Indoor Skydiving’s facility next to WonderWorks on International Drive, equipped with two allglass 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_museum 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.

LEU GARDENS 1920 N. Forest Avenue, Orlando, Florida 32803. 407.246.2620. www.leugardens.org June 30 - Sept 23 - ENCHANTED FAIRY DOORS EXHIBIT. Explore the 50-acre gardens to find where the fairies live. This whimsical exhibit will feature fifteen one-of-a-kind fairy doors which will inspire your child’s imaginative world of mythical forests and secret gardens. Admission is included in the daytime garden admission. 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 seating (chairs or blanket) then sit back and enjoy an outdoor movie. Feature Presentations: June 1 - Jumanji, Welcome to the Jungle; No movie in July; Aug 3 - Black Panther. 1st Monday of the month - STORY TIME is a fun approach illustrating to young children the benefits of reading through songs, rhymes and books. Story Time is for families with infants to 5 years of age. No story time in July and September. Free. CONTINUED

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ATTRACTIONS & EVENTS MADAME TUSSAUDS 8401 International Drive, Orlando, FL 32819. 866630-8315. www2.madametussauds.com/orlando/en/ JUSTICE LEAGUE - startng May 25. Madame Tussauds Orlando’s “Justice League: A Call for Heroes” will allow guests to jump in on the action as a loyal sidekick to Gal Gadot’s Wonder Woman, Henry Cavill’s Superman and Ben Affleck’s Batman. Replica props and costumes related to each superhero character’s wax figure will provide an added dimension of authenticity and realism to the immersive experience.

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 decorative arts. 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. 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.

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bring the exhibits to life. Whether it’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 Creating experiences that enlighten, entertain, and enrich the lives of family and young audiences.

ORLANDO MUSEUM OF ART 2416 Mills Ave N, Orlando, FL 32803. (407) 8964231. www.omart.org

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

ORLANDO SEALIFE AQUARIUM 8449 International Drive, Orlando, FL 32819. 866622-0607. www.visitsealife.com/orlando/ Sea Life Orlando will transport you into a magical underwater world filled with a dazzling array of amazing creatures. From face-to-face encounters with sharks, to a hands-on touchpool experience, there’s plenty for everyone to enjoy at the newest aquarium in Orlando. ORLANDO STARFLYER OPENS JUNE 1 7001 International Drive, Orlando. 407-370-5353 . www.magicalmidway.com/starflyer/ At 450 feet tall, the world’s tallest swing ride offers open-air views of the destination for up to 24 guests at once, swinging them through the air at up to 60 miles an hour at top speed. CONTINUED

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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 – in an environment where everything is made of LEGO bricks.

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ATTRACTIONS & EVENTS ORLANDO WATERSPORTS COMPLEX 8615 Florida Rock Road Orlando, FL 32824 Phone: (407) 251-3100. www.aktionparks.com/orlando-watersports-complex/ Orlando Watersports Complex (OWC) is a watersports park designed for wakeboarding, wakeskating, wakesurfing, kneeboarding, and waterskiing. The park has two full-size cable systems, a two-tower system, and a boat lake. The full-size cables are equipped with a variety of Unit features and a few custom signature OWC rails. Schedule a boat lesson, or if skiing is your style, take a set with Hall of Famer Wade Cox behind a Ski Nautique 200. OWC also offers stand up paddleboarding, an outdoor fitness area with climbing rope, a pro shop with the newest Hyperlite gear, a snack bar, & a great beach area with grills and picnic tables.

mascot whom they cheer on as the adventure unfolds with a cast a dozen actors, singers and stunt performers engaging in action-packed exploits, accompanied by cannon blasts, pyrotechnics and plenty of laughs. In addition, more than 150 guests have the chance to play an actual role in each show as the evil Captain Sebastian the Black leads his crews of renegades on a swashbuckling adventure before your very eyes.

POLK MUSEUM OF ART 800 E Palmetto St, Lakeland, FL 33801, (863) 688-7743. www.polkmuseumofart.org The Polk Museum of Art at Florida Southern College is a teaching museum that enhances lives through inspirational and engaging art experiences for all. SEAWORLD / DISCOVERY COVE 7007 Sea World Dr, Orlando, FL 32821. (888) 8005447. www.seaworldparks.com/en/seaworld-orlando/ SEAVENTURE AT DISCOVERY COVE is an innovative “underwater walking tour” through an oceanic world teeming with marine life. Guests wear a dive helmet to feel at home under the sea, and SCUBA certification is not required. During their underwater excursion, guests come eye-to-eye with sharks; touch unique animals, fish and velvety rays; and are surrounded by schools of feeding fish – all with the massive open reef as the backdrop.

PIRATE’S DINNER ADVENTURE 6400 Carrier Drive, Orlando, FL 32819. (407) 2065100. www.piratesdinneradventure.com/ Set aboard an authentically replicated 18th-century Spanish galleon measuring 46 feet long, 18 feet wide with 40-foot masts, the ship is anchored in a 300,000-gallon indoor lagoon with night sky lighting. Surrounding the lagoon is a six-sided showroom of six additional ships where the audience is seated. Voyagers on each of the six ships have their own pirate 94

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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.

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AN ECOTOURIST’S GUIDE

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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

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ing to the Las Vegas Strip in “Marilyn! The New Musical,” an original musical based on the life of Marilyn Monroe. The show will open at Paris Las Vegas with preview performances beginning May 23. The new musical will feature Ruby Lewis as the resident Marilyn Monroe. The show features 20 original musical numbers as well as classics like “Diamonds Are a Girl’s Best Friend” and “My Heart Belongs to Daddy.”

EARTH, WIND & FIRE LAUNCH FIRST LAS VEGAS RESIDENCY AT THE VENETIAN - May 2 - 12 www.venetian.com/ 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 GWEN STEFANI “JUST A GIRL” AT PLANET state-of-the-art production and surprises. The residency will showcase a spectacular stage produc- HOLLYWOOD RESORT & CASINO - starting Jun 27 www.caesarspalace.com tion like never seen before. Gwen Stefani, Live Nation Las Vegas and Caesars Entertainment have also announced their partnership with Cure 4 The Kids Foundation, where $1 of every ticket purchased to “Gwen Stefani – Just A Girl” at Planet Hollywood will be donated to the Las Vegas-based nonprofit organization that provides medical treatment to children facing a number of life-threatening conditions.

TOM GREEN AND JOHN CAPARULO DEBUT AT HARRAH’S LAS VEGAS IN MAY www.caesarspalace.com Tom Green and John Caparulo will take the stage when The Comedy Lineup debuts in the Harrah’s Showroom. Incorporating videos and “MARILYN! THE NEW MUSICAL” TO OPEN music into his set, Tom Green engages the audience the minute he hits the stage, delivering laughs AT PARIS LAS VEGAS - May 23 with every poignant observation. John Caparulo is www.caesarspalace.com One of Hollywood’s most iconic stars is com- known for his comedic timing. He presents a sarContinued....

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THE AUSTRALIAN BEE GEES SHOW by Melissa W. Martino

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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.

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stormtroopers with help from Star Wars characters along the way. Participants will feel the turbulence of the skiff below their feet, withstand the impact of blaster bolts, and smell the smoke as they approach the fiery planet Mustafar.

STAR WARS: SECRETS OF THE EMPIRE IN THE GRAND CANAL SHOPPES AT THE VENETIAN AND THE PALAZZO LAS VEGAS www.venetian.com/ Star Wars: Secrets of the Empire recently opened at St. Mark’s Square in the Grand Canal Shoppes at The Venetian and The Palazzo. It is a multi-sensory interactive adventure. Using stateof-the-art VR technology, The Void transports guests into the Star Wars universe where they can walk freely untethered, see, touch and interact with the environment. Teams of four guests must work together to infiltrate an Imperial base disguised as

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LUXOR TEMPTATION SUNDAYS - May 13 Sept 2 www.facebook.com/LuxorLGBT/ The original, longest-running gay pool party in Las Vegas returns for its ninth season with weekly parties. Hosted by J.Son of Nakedboynews.com, the energetic atmosphere at Luxor’s North Pool will entice tourists and locals alike to take part in the only weekly LGBTQ-focused pool party on The Strip. DJ Mattmon will be the resident DJ this summer and guest DJs will make special appearances throughout the season. COMEDY CELLAR HAS 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. The Comedy Cellar has opened its new location at Rio All-Suite Hotel & Casino in Las Vegas. The Cellar brings its unique vibe from the iconic, underground, Greenwich Village, “brick wall and stained glass,” low ceiling design and feel to its new, intimate 300-seat club at Rio. Even the menu will be entertaining, as the food and bar service will be provided by Rio’s chefs and bartenders.

OSTERIA COSTA AT THE MIRAGE CAPTURES THE ESSENCE OF AMALFI COAST www.mgmresorts.com The Mirage has brought the seaside flavors of the Amalfi Coast to Las Vegas with Osteria Costa, the resort’s new Coastal Italian restaurant. The newly opened venue presents an epicurean adventure that derives inspiration from the Campania region. The open façade and bright colors offer a welcoming energy while guests entering the venue

are greeted by a cozy lounge and vibrant bar space. The room’s color palette of seaside blues and greens along with lush greenery, linens and light-wood furnishings carries the coastal theme throughout the space. The relaxed atmosphere flows into the private “Lemon” room, befittingly named for the grand, hand-painted lemon murals embellishing the walls. Savor a diverse selection of antipasti, handcrafted pastas, Neapolitan pizzas, hearty entrees, fresh-grilled seafood and more.

PALMS CASINO IS UNDERGOING A $620 MILLION RENOVATION www.palms.com/ Resort highlights include: Art program by globally renowned artists will be complemented by work from emerging street artists. Blink-182’s first Las Vegas rock residency “Kings of the Weekend” at the newly renovated Pearl Concert Theater. The 16-show run begins May 26 with dates through November. Scotch 80 Prime - Guests will be surrounded by pieces from Warhol, Basquiat, KAWS, while enjoying a scotch inventory worth $3M. Celebrity chef openings Mabel’s by Michael Symon, Verti Cucina by Michael Vetri , and unnamed restaurant concept from Bobby Flay. WHAT’S NEW AT HARRAH’S www.caesarspalace.com Tape Face New Residency at Harrah’s - The “America’s Got Talent” mime and comedian Tape Face has a multi-year residency at Harrah’s. Although his show contains no dialogue, his return to Sin City will be louder than ever. 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.

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Las Vegas 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 betting stations with an intuitive touchscreen interface. LIPSMACKING FOODIE Sights Worldly Bites www.vegasfoodietour.com

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NEON MUSEUM’S NEW “BRILLIANT!” www.neonmuseum.org/brilliant

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2 1/2 –hour tour leads guests through the lightfilled, 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.

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.

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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 began in April, will be completed by September.

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Why would anyone be at a 6:5 table? Dear Mark: Using Basic Strategy, I am a firm believer in never taking even money on a blackjack. I detest games that offer a 6:5 payout vs. the normal 3:2. If one is forced to play a 6:5 game due to availability, is it still correct not to take even money on a 6:5 blackjack using basic strategy? Herb C. I begin with Pilarski’s rule #5: Never sit at a 6:5 table. Rule #9: At a 3:2 table, never take even money/insurance. Let’s begin with even money: Players who are riskaverse, or proverbially put, “plus valet in manibus avis unica quam dupla silvis,” which loosely translated from Latin means, “A bird in the hand is worth more than two in the woods” tend to always take even money. They figure this maxim points out that by passing up even money for your blackjacks, you risk losing a sure thing. I also recommend NEVER playing 6:5 Blackjack. Using the math of the game, and using a

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.

3:2 payoff as a baseline, a reduction to 6:5 payoffs on blackjack increases the house edge by 1.39 percent. Here’s the thing, Herb. Giving an additional 1.39 percent back to the casino is humongous, making it a larger percentage return than the entire house edge on the rest of the game. Furthermore, because the math for an even money payoff on a 6:5 game isn’t advantageous for the casino, the even money

option is typically prohibited on a 6:5 game. Although I haven’t personally seen it offered, if you come upon it, then I am neutral on taking an even money payoff. Although its expected value (EV) is even, the casino still has a sizable edge over your play. My best advice, Herb, is to let the casino pay their own light bills, and for you to take the 65 game out of your gaming repertoire altogether.

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Dear Mark: Are you allowed to ask a dealer if he or she is running hot or cold? Jenny S. Of course, you can, Jenny. Just ask. As to whether that information will do you any good on a randomly shuffled game, sorry, it won’t. Besides, whatever answer you do get from a dealer doesn’t necessarily mean you’ll be getting the truth. For example, if a dealer is standing on a dead game, arms crossed in a standoffish position, it is a certainty he or she will say HOT! That uninterested stance is a dead giveaway that the dealer doesn’t want to be bothered. Likewise, some dealers will recognize a player from the past – for instance, a non-tipper – and will articulate, unequivocally, how HOT they are, hoping the inquiring player will move along. Personally, I always found it amusing that most players would NOT wander off to avoid the wrath of my dealing when I told them “I’m hot,” but instead, saw me as some gambling conquest to be made. “Okay, Buddy, take your best shot.” Yet, in the end, I’d beat them hardheartedly, but not because of my averred “I’m hot” reference. Their eventual beat down was always based on the combination of the math of the game and their poor play.

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Biloxi What’s happening at the Beau Rivage www.beaurivage.com

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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.

MUSIC COMES TO LIFE AT IVORY’S DUELING PIANO BAR starting May 24 Ivory’s Dueling Piano Bar will open on Memorial Day weekend. Visitors will enjoy high-energy live music and audience participation every Thursday, Friday and Saturday night. Led by two-time Guinness World Record Holder Tim Buie, two piano players will take the stage each night at 9 p.m. to play the hits and take song requests from the audience. At 45 minutes past each hour, lucky participants can have “15 Minutes of Fame” with an opportunity to sing onstage with the musicians. Buie will be joined onstage in a rotating cast of exceptionally talented musicians, all recognized as top piano players in the business. With more than 6,000 songs in their repertoire, ranging from rock n’ roll to contemporary, classic rock to country and R&B to show tunes, these top national touring pros take great pride in entertaining and engaging audiences. Ivory’s menu includes more than 30 craft beers, a selection of wines and cocktails. Fresh oysters from the Raw Bar and beer pairings are also available. Admission is free.

UPCOMING HEADLINE ENTERTAINMENT May 12 - ASIAN SHOW May 19 - LEE GREENWOOD May 25 - LEANN RIMES June 1 - JIM GAFFIGAN June 9 - August 7 - CIRCOVIA June 15 - RICK SPRINGFIELD June 29 - PENN & TELLER

A visit to the Beau’s spa and salon will show Epicurean treatments unique to the Gulf Coast, and a perfect place for a Girlfriend Getaway with their special “Pamper Parties.” The dining opportunities at the Beau are wonderfully varied - from the simple Snacks Deli to the exceptional BR Prime (the Beau’s signature steak and seafood restaurant), and every thing in between. Guests have eleven restaurants to choose from, as well as several bars. Reservations for air-inclusive travel packages may be made by calling 888.640.8973. 104

July 6 - GARY ALLAN July 20 - BETTER THAN EZRA July 27 - THE ISLEY BROTHERS

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by Dr. Lori Verderame

The Market for Frank Lloyd Wright Designed Objects

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hief Frank Lloyd Wright (1867-1959) designed private residences, buildings of worship, office buildings, schools and ateliers, urban civic architecture, and even art museums. Wright united the indoors with the outdoors in his buildings. He highlighted landscape vistas, gardens, and waterfalls. His Prairie style structures focused on what he called organic architecture which made his buildings stand out in the realm of 20th Century architectural history. Wright was interested in devising architectural plans that encouraged visitors to make a pilgrimage to the front door of his private homes as is the case with the famous Robie House on the campus of the University of Chicago. He thoughtfully designed stained glass windows to fit within an overall design aesthetic. For instance. Wright’s colorful stained glass windows for the children’s playhouse of the Avery Coonley House in Riverside, IL focused on the family’s active lifestyle with young children. Wright’s buildings made the hearth the center of the home. The nucleus of his residential structures, the fireplace served as a meeting place in Wright’s home designs with ample seating and room for a large roaring fire as is the case in Wright’s ar-

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chitectural design of the massive hearth in the Darwin D. Martin House in Buffalo, NY. Wright designed all aspects of his buildings which became a mainstay in the history of architecture. It follows that while many of Wright’s buildings have been on the real estate market for high prices, his furnishings and design elements from these houses are captivating to collectors. The market for Wright’s design objects indicate the current interest in architectural salvage, vintage and antique furnishing and accessories. Wright was a highly respected designer from the foundation of his buildings to the furnishings. Wright designed windows in stained and leaded glass, chairs, tables, serving pieces, built in seating spaces www.AccentOnTampaBay.com

and storage areas, textiles, carpets, light fixtures, planters, sculptures, etc. These objects have become of great interest to collectors. Some interesting Wright objects demonstrate the interest in architectural elements as a sector of the antiques market as well as the way collectors are engaged to live among Wrightian objects. Popular Wright objects range from light fixtures and stained-glass windows to lounge chairs and carpet remnants. Here are the top Wright objects that have sold on the market in the last year showing the interest in Frank Lloyd Wright as a designer: • Hanging lamp, John Storer House, Hollywood, CA, 1923, $36,000


• Lounge chair, Clarence Sondern House, Kansas City, MO, 1939, $15,000 • Stained glass window, Lake Geneva Hotel, Lake Geneva, WI, 1911, $10,000 • Stained glass window, Avery Coonley House, Riverside, IL 1908, $8,500 • Leather chair, Francis W. Little House, Wayzata, MN, circa 1906, $4,750 • Standing oak desk, Frank L. Smith Bank, Dwight, IL, 1905, $4,500 • Upholstered bench, Unitarian Meeting House, Madison, WI, 1951, $3,500 • Waste basket, Larkin Building, Buffalo, NY, circa 1906, $2,100 • Bound carpet remnant, Arizona Biltmore, Phoenix, AZ, 1929, $300 • Buffalo Pottery china plate with Larkin Co. logo by Wright, circa 1905, $150 As Wright enthusiasts consider taking on the project of buying and updating a Wright home or building, many lovers of modern architecture are quite satisfied with a planter, waste basket or rug designed by Wright. Today, these architectural elements are become much easier to find and afford. 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. Visit www. DrLoriV.com/events or call (888) 431-1010. www.AccentOnTampaBay.com

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arrington Farms has been providing quality, nongenetically modified seeds, grains and oils since 1999. In finding innovative ways to deliver better food products to people, they have a great way to boost your smoothies, shakes & baked goods with Organic Coconut Protein. Nix the protein powders with lengthy labels and use Carrington Farms – you’ll actually recognize each ingredient AND get your 19g of protein. Try the delicious Chocolate Blend, which is dairy, soy and lactose free. The protein is derived from coconut and plant-based proteins. It’s vegan, with 7g of fiber. The product is mineral rich, tasty, and can fuel your whole family.

FOS MASTIHA A Deliciously Sweet Liqueur www.ambrosiagrp.com/about-mastiha.html

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os Mastiha is a unique spirit from the island of Chios, Greece. It is a clear spirit with a sweet taste, which derives from the rare and natural tree resin cultivated exclusively on the small island. The Mastiha Tree, which is also known as the Crying Tree, only grows and is cultivated on Chios. Nowhere else in the world has it been able to take root, which makes it exclusively Greek. Created by the Ambrosia Group, Fos Mastiha is made from the best ingredients and tradition involving a delicate process of aging, distillation, secret ingredients and special formulas. Fos Mastiha can be enjoyed by itself of mixed in different cocktails. It is great as an aperitif or digestif as the Matiha has many digestive benefits. Mastiha has been used for thousands of years by all civilizations, the Greeks, the Romans, the Ottomans, and many others. In 5th century BC, Hippocrates recommended Mastiha as an excellent digestive, and as a refreshing breathalyzer among other medicinal applications. During the Byzantine years, Chios becomes famous, and Mastiha is known as a luxury item, and the emperor’s favorite drink. Every bottle of FOS uses the same distillation and harvesting heritage that has been used for thousands of years, and enjoyed by royalty, emperors, philosophers, sultans, ancient Greeks, and the gods of Olympus.

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New From GADGIT GRIPPONZ No More Rust Rings!

Here’s a solution to one of life’s little, but annoying problems. Those pesky rust rings that you get on your nice kitchen or bathroom surfaces from the bottoms of metal cans can be eliminated with Gripponz from Gadgit Girlz. The product snaps on the bottom of your cans and stays on. When you’re done, simply remove, wash out with warm soapy water and reuse. It comes in 3 colors (red, white, and blue) and 2 popular sizes, and fits soda cans, shaving cream cans, cleaning agents, hairspray, shampoo and more. $9.99 suggested retail for 2-pack.

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ITZY Little Bag with a Big Stretch! This handy little bag really is itsy bitsy to begin with, but once you load up your groceries, laundry, beach gear, etc., you will be amazed at how much it can hold both by volume and weight (up to 20 lbs). It’s pretty cute, too and comes in a range of colors. Scrunches up to fit in your pocket, and is washable. $19.99 suggested retail for 3.

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GHOST SCREAM Hot Sauces, Jams and Pastes

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host Scream’s line of hot sauces, jams and pastes bridge the gap between heat and flavor, and pack a fiery punch. These sauces capture true flavor (aka, no fake powders), are glutenfree, low in sodium and sugar, and showcase natural ingredients. The award winning sauces are handcrated, made with fresh local produce and feature the ghost pepper Naga Jolokia. They are extremely bold and tasty and great for anything you want to add flavor, heat and spice to. Enjoy with eyes wide open! Suggested retail for products range between $8 - $12.

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The “I Wanna Go There!” Travel Page

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ounded in 1639, Newport, Rhode Island is considered to be the shining gem in the coastal crown of New England. A haven for religious dissenters, a critical Colonial Era port city, a thriving artists’ colony, a summer playground for America’s barons of industry during the Gilded Age, home to the U.S. Naval War College, It is known as America’s First Resort. The 3.5-mile Cliff Walk is the perfect place for your moment of peace, with panoramic ocean views, crashing waves and the perfect amount of sea breeze on one side and stunning, century-old, Gilded Age mansions on the other. Newport is a must-visit destination.

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Accent On Tampa Bay #239 May/June 2018  

What’s happening in the Tampa Bay area, Orlando and beyond - Entertainment, Events, Travel, Theater, Music, Hot New Products, etc. Catch a l...

Accent On Tampa Bay #239 May/June 2018  

What’s happening in the Tampa Bay area, Orlando and beyond - Entertainment, Events, Travel, Theater, Music, Hot New Products, etc. Catch a l...