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Vol. 33, Issue 241 July / August, 2018 Publisher Albert F. Martino, Jr. Senior Editor Melissa Wolcott Martino Sales Barbara McGovern Graphic Designers Missy Lynn Contributors Bridget Burke Mary Lou Janson Vicki Kolb Michael Martino Barbara McGovern Marty Peters Deborah Quigley JoAnn Ryan Photographer Melissa Wolcott Martino Proofreader Beau deCatta Cover Photo courtesy of: Getty Images PUBLISHED ON LINE BY



St. Petersburg, FL (727) 577-5500




HUMANE SOCIETY OF PINELLAS - KITTENS & CATS NEED YOUR HELP. Kitten season is still in full-swing and they are in need of some supplies for young kittens in foster homes. Needed: heating pads with no automatic shut off or microwaveable heating sources (e.g. Snuggle Safe), Royal Canin Babycat food, kitten toys, cat litter, reusable shopping bags, gallon Ziplock bags, KMR, and soft blankets. Products can be shipped or dropped off: Humane Society of Pinellas, 3040 SR 590, Clearwater FL 33759. (727) 797-7722.

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The Morean Arts Center invites you to compete in a city-wide search for St. Petersburg’s BEST CUPCAKE. First and Second Place awards will be given in both Novice and Professional categories as well as the People’s Choice award. The Morean Arts Center will continue to accept entries for additional categories including Youth/Teen for those aspiring bakers ages 10-16 years old, and the Specialty category for those choosing to offer Gluten Free or Vegan recipes. Registration runs through August 20. Registration will be open to 100 contestants. An entry fee is required with Entry Form & Photo Liability Waiver. The winners will receive bragging rights around St. Petersburg and a newly 4

designed trophy made by a professional clay artist from the Morean Center for Clay. Event Date: August 25. cupcake-contest/

Thurs, July 12

WILD WONDERS AT CITRUS PARK. Wild Wonders at Citrus Park will transform Macy’s Court into a whimsical wonderland with captivating animal topiaries, and floral displays. You can take a stroll through the Zoo Walk featuring over sized topiaries of elephants, pandas, gorillas, and lions, or slither down to the Reptile House that spotlights a six foot topiary alligator. Wild Wonders is a fourweek event featuring product demonstrations, food sampling, fitness classes, giveaways, character meet & greets, and more from retailers, restaurants, and local partners. All events are located in Macy’s Court. Free. 8021 Citrus Park Town Center, Tampa FL 33625.

Fri, July 13

DIVE-IN MOVIES: Friday, July 13 – Coco. Friday, July 27 – Lego Batman Bring your noodles, floats and chairs to lounge by the pool while watching a movie on our inflatable screen out under the stars. Snacks, drinks and glow jewelry will be sold. 8 pm. $, St. Pete Beach Aquatic Complex, 7701 Boca Ciega Dr., St. Pete Beach.



Carnival Cruise Line Adds 20 Cruises To Cuba From Tampa Aboard Carnival Paradise In 2019

he new voyages aboard Carnival Paradise are in addition to the 17 recently announced Cuba cruises aboard Carnival Sensation departing from Miami in 2019, indicating that more and more travelers view cruising as a great way to experience the destination. “Our Cuba cruises have been met with phenomenal guest response since we began sailing to the island last year and we’re thrilled to add yet another 20 voyages to this fascinating and sought-after destination,” said Christine Duffy, president of Carnival Cruise Line. The newly added five-day voyages on Carnival Paradise will depart Tampa on Saturdays and feature a day-long or a full day and overnight call in the Cuban capital of Havana, along with stops at tropical destinations Key West and Cozumel. Carnival Paradise’s new Cuba cruise schedule includes: 10, five-day cruises overnighting in Havana with a visit to Key West – departing March 2, April 13, May 25, June 22, July 6, Aug. 3 and 17, Sept. 14 and 28 and Oct. 26, 2019; Six, five-day voyages featuring a day-long call in Havana and a visit to Cozumel – departure dates include Jan. 5, March 16, May 11, Aug. 31, Nov. 9 and Dec. 7, 2019; Four, five-day sailings featuring day-long calls to Havana, Key West and Cozumel – departing Feb. 16, June 8, July 20 and Oct. 12, 2019. Guests sailing on Carnival’s Cuba cruises can select from nearly 20 different shore excursion experiences that showcase the island’s vibrant culture, majestic beauty and centuries-old architectural landmarks. A variety of Cuban-themed activities and entertainment, including the sizzling Amor Cubano: A Caribbean Dance Romance Playlist Productions show, Havana-inspired deck parties, trivia contests and salsa lessons, are also offered. There’s also an onboard Cuba expert who discusses the country’s rich history and culture. Carnival Paradise completed an extensive, multi-million-dollar refurbishment last month that added a spectacular water park, 38 new cabins, 98 balconies to existing staterooms, and an a host of exciting food and beverage concepts. New spaces include Guy’s Burger Joint developed in tandem with Food Network star Guy Fieri, the poolside RedFrog Rum Bar and BlueIguana Tequila Bar, the BlueIguana Cantina Mexican eatery, a new Camp Ocean marine-themed play area, a nine-hole miniature golf course, a Pixels-branded digital photo platform and enhanced retail offerings including boutiques from Pandora and Guess. The visits to Havana comply with regulations of the U.S. Department of Treasury that permit travel operators to transport approved travelers to Cuba to engage in activities as defined by the U.S. Department of Commerce, Office of Foreign Assets Control. Carnival’s shore excursions meet all U.S. government regulations and provide a convenient means for complying with the people-to-people requirements of cruises to Cuba.




MOTOWN DANCE PARTY WITH RHYTHM EXPRESS. Enjoy a Motown Dance Party with Live Band, Rhythm Express. Rhythm Express is the sister band to AMCW favorite, Stone GrooV. 8:30 PM - 10:30 PM. No Cover Charge. Beer and Wine Bar. Arthur Murray Clearwater, 25032 US Hwy. 19 N., Clearwater, FL. 727-786-2224.

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LOUIS MURPHY’S 1ST DOWNS 4 LIFE CHARITY WEEKEND. EVOLution joins forces as a sponsor for NFL player Louis Murphy’s 1st Downs 4 Life Charity Weekend in Tampa, FL. The charity weekend will include a youth empowerment summit, football and cheer camps. EVOLution will participate in the camp activities, youth empowerment summit, and provide the kids with custom made 1st Downs 4 Life hats. EVOLution is a positive movement and non-profit organization that’s all about spreading love and positivity. EVOLution has teamed up and partnered with multiple NFL players and their organizations as well as other non-profits, done school tours and assemblies designed to uplift and empower the youth.

ANNUAL DINGHY POKER RUN. Get ready to party hard with sea-going pirates. It’s a full day of fun on the water, then returning to the Club to post cards, draw for raffle prizes and chill in the chilled pool while enjoying an adult beverage. You may as well go out now and buy more squirt guns, since everyone else will bring theirs - it’s a blast. There will be mostly inflatable dinghies on the course, but (smaller) powerboats can join in as card boats, safety boats, photo boats, etc. $ includes bloody Mary’s & mimosa’s, continental breakfast, lunch break at Island Way Grille, full BBQ upon return to the Club - burgers, dogs, chicken, ribs. 9 AM 5 PM. Clearwater Yacht Club, 830 Bayway Blvd, Clearwater, FL. (727) 447-6000. Register with Terry Brusini at:

Sat, July 14

DUNCAN MCCLLELLAN GLASS TEAM DEMONSTRATING DURING ART WALK. 6-9 pm. 5PM: Doors open for cocktail hour. Stroll the Gallery and Gardens before demonstrations. 6-9PM: Glassblowing demonstrations with “Team McClellan.” 855.436.4527. 2342 Emerson Ave So., St Petersburg, FL 33712.


CLEARWATER TOSHOCON 2018. Your onestop-shop event for anime and Japanese culture is back. Clearwater Toshocon returns to the Main library with more of your favorite one-day convention activities (dance party included). 12 PM - 7 PM. Clearwater Public Library System, 100 N Osceola Ave, Clearwater, FL. (727) 562-4970. PAINT FOR PAWS. Westfield Citrus Park is partnering with Big Cat Rescue to host Paint For Paws, a charitable paint night fundraiser. The seat price for this event is $35 dollars per painter and this includes the canvas, paint, brushes, and refreshments. 100% of all of the proceeds will be given back to Big Cat Rescue. Big Cat Rescue is an animal sanctuary located in Tampa, Florida right across from Westfield Citrus Park. They dedicate their time to rescuing and housing exotic felines, rehabilitating injured or orphaned native wild cats, and ending the private trade and ownership of exotic cats through educational outreach. Local artist, Kelly Quinn from Kelly Of The Wild will be leading Paint For Paws paint night! Her mission is to create art to promote the natural beauty that is

found in our world and to encourage others to appreciate and preserve it. 6 PM - 8 PM. Westfield Citrus Park, 8021 Citrus Park Town Center Mall, Tampa, FL. 813-926-4644.

ICE QUEEN & SNOW PRINCESS TEA PARTY. A magical tea party with the Ice Queen & Snow Princess. Enjoy sing-a-longs, interactive story time, Continued on page 10


A Well Planned Surprise is the Pinnacle of Success

By Mary Lou Janson


spirt that has earned the enviable honor of being France’s most awarded vodka recently served as a source of intrigue for select members of the Tampa Bay media. A blind tasting held at Mise En Place marked the first in a series of three “Dining in the Dark” events. Ro Patel, Tampa Bay’s expert mixologist and creative force behind many of the area’s most innovative bar programs, served as the tasting tour guide and the brand’s “Pinnacle Personality” ambassador. He artfully dodged direct questions, offering only hints as to the brand’s true identity. Guests were given cocktails concocted to pair perfectly with the evening’s threecourse meal. After a refreshing welcome beverage made with the featured vodka and lemonade, a neat pour of the beverage helped prime tastebuds for the pairings ahead. The versatility of the vodka was as clear as its color. It is a perfect sipping vodka when served solo, sans any other ingredients. And it worked really well with such diverse accompaniments as the brine mixed into the martini and the orange marmalade added to the French Floridian. At the end of the meal, the big reveal was finally made. Pinnacle® Original Vodka proved to be the secret spirit that had kept the group sipping and smiling throughout the tasting. What makes this vodka stand out from its counterparts can be traced to the way it is made. It starts with 100 percent whole-grain wheat from Northern France which boasts the perfect blend of rich soil, limestone and clay. Next comes pure spring water from the Charente region that filters through the limestone. Finally, it is distilled five times in its home in the heart of France’s Cognac region. The results are the signature clarity, clean taste and smooth flavors associated with Pinnacle. Considering the premium ingredients and meticulous process that goes into producing this vodka, it is no wonder that Pinnacle Original has won 19 awards for quality and taste since 2013. Among its honors are the following: 92 Points Great Value Award at the 2018 Ultimate Spirits Competition, Gold 93 Points Best Buy at the 2017 Beverage Testing Institute Competition, and Gold Medal, 2015: SIP Award, Consumer Choice Competition. “We believe that when you start with exceptional ingredients, an exceptional product follows,” according to the brand’s press information. “”We use quality stills and every bit of our distillers’ energy, passion and expertise to create the most awarded French Vodka.” Where to purchase it: ABC Fine Liquors, Alpine Liquors, Alama Liquor or Carrollwood Fine Wine & Spirits within the Tampa Bay area. For more about the Pinnacle, or recipes featuring the vodka, please visit 8



Sun, July 15


refreshments, plenty of photo ops and a choice of face painting or make-up. 10 AM - 11 AM. LaDeeDa Kids Spa, 2250 Florida 580, Clearwater, FL. (727) 301-1808.

GRAND OPENING OF ARTS ALIVE ON THE 600 BLOCK. Join in for a fun and interactive evening during St. Petersburg’s Artwalk. Each of the stores on the 600 block will host the art work of many local artists in their gallery spaces for a month; and to kick off this exhibition of talent, each featured artist will be LIVE PAINTING outside the stores during Artwalk. See first hand some of St. Petersburg’s most talented artists at work. Each artist will be presenting his or her own style of painting in the galleries, so there will be art work for every taste. 5 PM - 9 PM. Graphi-ko Gallery/ Jewelry, 669 Central Ave, St Petersburg, FL. 727685-5577.

MOMS MIMOSA & MEN. Ladies, many of you don’t like to be too forward or ask too many questions out of fear you may seem pushy and turn a man off. No matter if you are single or married, there are questions you have for men in your lives you want to ask. In order to understand what they want, how they feel, how can you support their needs and what turns them on and off. Moms Mimosa and Men is a time for ladies to just dig a little deeper with a panel of diverse men with different perspectives who are ready to get real about relationships. This is not a man bashing session. This is only for the women ready to hear the truth (whether we like it or not). Join in and learn from the experts themselves, MEN! Includes lunch, giveaways and, of course, mimosas. 11 AM - 2 PM. Armature Works, 1910 N Ola Avenue, Tampa, FL. 813-489-9078.

CARNIVAL FUNDRAISER BENEFITING PARC. Join PARC as they host their first ever Carnival Fundraiser. Enjoy family-friendly fun, carnival games, snacks, and entertainment including a live painting all between 7:00-9:00PM. Craft beer options will be available. The Ale and the Witch, 111 2nd Ave NE, St Petersburg, FL. (727) 821-2533

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Fri, July 20

30TH ANNUAL COOL ART SHOW. Over 75 outstanding artisans have been selected to exhibit a remarkable collection of visual and functional creations in paint, wood, ceramics, photography, metal, glass, fiber, mixed media and jewelry. 10 am – 5 pm, Free, The Coliseum, 535 4th Ave. N, St. Petersburg. 727.892.5715. 10

BEACH RACE #2. Races are entirely run on the beach, in the sand, for a fun chip-timed 5K run. Stay for an after race party for all participants including a free buffet from the Hurricane Restaurant, adult beverages (with proper I.D.), soda, water, live DJ and a spectacular sunset. 7 pm, $. 9th Avenue and Gulf Way, St. Pete Beach.





DOODLE 4 NOODLES. Here’s The Deal: You bring noodles, they give doodles. This is an art meetup, art show, and food-eating party. Attendees are encouraged to bring cups of ramen, canned food, etc.. these items will be traded for doodles. Hang out and draw, doodle, and noodle. 6 PM - 1 AM InVision Creative Cafe, 275 16th St N, St Petersburg, FL. 727-323-1803

ing a great cause. $. 727-733-9302.

Sat, July 21

DUNEDIN BLUE JAYS 5th ANNUAL CHARITY BOWLING TOURNAMENT. Benefitting Ronald McDonald House Charities of Tampa Bay at Maple Lanes Countryside. The tournament will offer fans and participants the opportunity to bowl with and meet and greet their favorite Dunedin Blue Jays players and coaches, the chance to take home Blue Jays memorabilia in a raffle and silent auction, and chances to win autographed merchandise, gift certificates, art, and other prizes throughout the event all while support-


TOP GUN TRIATHLON 2018. 7 am – Noon, $. Fort DeSoto, 3500 Pinellas Bayway S, North Beach, St Petersburg. The Top Gun Triathlon is traditionally one of the largest sprint triathlons in the Tampa Bay area. Register as an individual or grab some friends and take part in a 2 or 3 person relay team.

TRASHION FASHION. The 11th Annual Avant-Garde Runway Event featuring Tampa Bay’s top designers creating looks from recycled & unorthodox materials. All ages welcome. Doors open at 8pm, runway at 10 pm, party till midnight. 8 pm – Midnight, $. VIP, ARTpool Gallery, 2030 Central Ave., St. Petersburg. 727.324.3878

golfer option that includes lunch and games such as cornhole and giant jenga. Take the family and support the mission of Ronald McDonald House Charities of Tampa Bay. $. 12:00 Noon to 4:00 PM. 10690 Palm River Rd, Tampa, FL. 813-258-6430.

Fri, July 27

MARGARITA WARS. Time to celebrate the best guilty pleasure of the summer: the

margarita. Don’t miss this unique opportunity to sample margaritas created by more than 15 of the best mixologists in Tampa Bay. VIP includes: an hour of early entry, access to a private VIPonly area, margarita samples from each bar & restaurant, Mexican-inspired bites, one commemorative swag item, one draft beer, voting in the ‑‘Tampa Bay’s Best Margarita’ contest, and more VIP-only perks. $. 7 P.M. to 10 P.M. TPepin’s Hospitality Centre, 4121 North Continued

Sat, July 21

CHRISTMAS IN JULY TOP GOLF FUNDRAISER. Join the Red Shoe Council of Ronald McDonald House Charities for their first ever Christmas in July Top Golf event. Event Includes: Golf for 3 Hours, Full Lunch Buffet. Not a golfer or would like to bring your kids who you know will not golf the whole time? That is OK. They have a non-




50th Street, Tampa, FL 33610.

CHRISTMAS IN JULY. Community partners, sponsors, and donors will come together to celebrate their month-long fundraising efforts. Local media Magic 94.9 and Fox 13 broadcast live as local businesses and individuals share info the joy of giving, patients have a special visit from Santa, and volunteers help collect toy and monetary donations from community members. Health care settings are often stressful and frightening experiences for children and families. Providing recreation, developmental play, and play therapy gives kids strategies for coping and bring a momentary escape from their illness. 7 AM - 1 PM. St. Joseph’s Children’s Hospital Foundation, 2700 W Dr Martin Luther King Jr Blvd, Ste 310, Tampa, FL. 813-872-0979.

Sat, July 28

2018 TAMPA BAY MELEE. Annual summer fencing event from Tampa Bay Fencers. Historicalish fencing. Smallsword, 3-Weapon, DualWeapon. The rules for these events shall be posted separately. $. 10 AM - 4 PM. Tampa Bay Fencers, 15550 Spring Pine Dr, Tampa, FL. (813) 421-3835.

Sun, July 29

HAMBURGER MARY’S BINGO NIGHT FOR AUTISM. This event is sponsored by the FCCD Ch 1, all proceeds to benefit Autism Awareness Shop. This is not your typical “Church Basement Bingo”. Go out and have a great time for a great cause. $10 gets you 10 hilariously outrageous bingo games with 10 opportunities to win awesome prizes, as well as a 50/50 raffle. Call 813-241-6279 to reserve for 4 pm seating. 5 PM - 7 PM. Hamburger Mary’s Bar & Grille Tampa, 1600 E 7th Ave, Fl 2nd, Tampa, FL. 813-879-6770.

AUGUST Wed, Aug 1

VETERANS HISTORY PROJECT. Veterans Art Center Tampa Bay invites local veterans to share their military experience for submission to the Veterans History Project in collaboration with Suncoast Hospice|Empath Health. The Veterans History Project collects, preserves, and makes accessible the personal accounts of American war veterans so that future generations may hear di14

rectly from veterans and better understand the realities of war. 10am to 4pm, with interviews taking place at 10am, 12pm, and 2pm. Nine veterans will volunteer to be interviewed about their time and experience in the military for at least 30 minutes. Call Melissa Moré at (727) 523-3442 to schedule an interview. 1-813-460-8952. Gaslight Square, 6798 Crosswinds Dr N, St Petersurg Fl 33710. email

Fri, Aug 3

4TH ANNUAL ART GECKO SHOW OPENING RECEPTION. View the larger-than-life geckos that will be the centerpiece of a live auction at Gecko Ball to benefit local charities. Includes complimentary hors d’oeuvres and a cash bar. 6 – 8 pm, Free, Catherine Hickman Theater, 5501 27th Ave. S, Gulfport.

MADEIRA BEACH 5K SUNSET SERIES #3. 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. 35th ANNUAL CLEARWATER/ST. PETERSBURG SKI AND SPORTS CLUB 2017 KICKOFF. Pinellas County’s only snow ski club will be holding their 35th annual kickoff at the Clearwater Country Club, starting at 6:00PM. The event will showcase the club’s five winter ski trips for the upcoming season, and adventure trip to the South Pacific. Trips are for all levels of skiers. This season marks the 35th anniversary of the “Not for Profit” Clearwater/ St. Pete Ski and Sports Club, commonly known Continued on page 18



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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Offshore Racing: Miss Geico Takes The Checkered Flag... Again Story and photos by Melissa W. Martino


hat’s it like to skim the water in a powerboat at 180 mph? We mere mortals may never know, but the Miss Gieco team does. I had the pleasure of watching the recent 2018 Sarasota Superboat Grand Prix from the security of the Miss Geico team’s support boat. The water was choppy that day, so Ms. G topped out at around 140 mph - still pretty darned fast. At 50-feet long and with 3,300 horsepower driving her, it’s no wonder she takes the checkered flag so often, including ten world championships since 2004. A boat can be amazing, but it’s the expertise of the driver and throttleman that win a race. The driver keeps the boat on course while other boats (a different race going on at the same time) maneuver around him. The throttleman controls the boat’s speed and trim. Miss Geico is helmed by driver James Sheppard and throttleman Steve Curtis, both seasoned winners. The Sarasota race had 3 super boats contending for the flag, which may not sound like a lot of boats, but when you consider there are only about 12 in this class in the country — and only about 24 in the world, it becomes even more impressive. Race lengths vary, but this race was 67 miles on a 4-turn oval for about 25 minutes, with giant buoys marking the turns. The powerboats have poor visibility as windows are small and narrow for safety reasons, so the support team is in constant contact with the racers to let him know what’s happening around them. Ms. G’s support team consists of Gary Stray, Crew Chief; Gary Goodell, Marketing; Scott Colton, Managing Member; and Scotty Begovich, Transportation. Did I mention it was HOT that day? It was 90° with a feels-like of 105°. James and Steve had to don their fire suits and climb into a small spaced enclosed cockpit with no A/C. I did not envy them at that moment, but the exhilaration of taking the checkered flag brought big smiles to their faces after the race was over.

There is another Offshore Racing event coming up in September in Clearwater — the 10th Annual Clearwater SBI championship, Sept 28-30. Let’s see if Miss Geico can continue her winning streak. For more information on the Clearwater race, please visit For more information on Miss Geico, please visit 16

James Sheppard accepts the checkered flag from the judge’s boat.

Miss Geico’s support boat.

The Miss Geico team.

Team photo supplied by Miss Geico pr

Driver James Sheppard and throttleman Steve Curtis.




as the Snowsharks. This event is free to attend. The SnowSharks have several planned fundraising events for the Bay Pines disabled veterans. Funds raised will help these veterans attend the Winter Sports Clinic in Snowmass, CO in March, 2019. 525 North Betty Lane in Clearwater. www.

Features exhibitors that cater to a wide-spectrum of interests including comic books, magazines, toys, games, Star Wars, Star Trek, anime, manga, cosplay, artwork, sketches and apparel. Noon – Midnight Fri 8 am – Midnight Sat 9am – 5 pm Sun, $. Free for kids 12 and under, Tampa Convention Center, 333 S Franklin St., Tampa.

Sat, Aug 4

Aug 3 - 5

CELEBRATE SINATRA. This 21st Annual Celebrate Sinatra event is an annual 1950s style nightclub party every year since Frank Sinatra’s passing in 1998. The black tie party includes multiple chefs’ stations with new American savory cuisine, casino gaming, tables, cigar patio, complimentary valet parking. Martini bar, bubbly, beer, wine and cocktails included with admission. Big Band, Bossa Nova and Swingin’ 60’s tunes performed on two stages by Lisa Casalino, Andy Stefano, Mellissa Malone, Anthony McDuffie, Natalie Nelson, Paul Phillips and Keith Scherer. A portion of the proceeds to benefit St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital. 8 pm until 1 am. (813) 251-0500. The




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, July 29, 1:05 p.m. – vs. Baltimore Orioles Sun, Aug 12, 1:07 p.m. – vs. Toronto Blue Jays

Guy Harvey Outpost – A TradeWinds Beach Resort, 6000 Gulf Boulevard, St. Pete Beach or call (877) 444-7297 18




Historic Orlo House & Ballroom, 315 South Plant Avenue, Tampa, FL.

family friendly fun will all be a part of this event to raise money for this year’s honoree, Mathew who has been diagnosed with Leukemia. 8 AM - 11 AM. 727-400-4785. Beast Athletics, 22043 U.S. Hwy 19 N, Clearwater, FL PAINT YOUR PET TO BENEFIT HUMANE SOCIETY OF TAMPA BAY. Join in at the Humane Society of Tampa Bay and paint and sip. No experience necessary. 1 PM - 4 PM. 813-527-0697. Humane Society of Tampa Bay, 3607 N Armenia Ave, Tampa, FL

6TH ANNUAL BEAST BATTLING AGAINST CANCER. Beast Athletics invites the community to sweat for a good cause. Both spectators and participants are welcome. All fitness levels can participate in this workout that will involve running and bodyweight exercises. Raffles, food trucks and

FREE WOMENS SELF-DEFENSE TRAINING. Warrior Sisters provides verbal and physical self-defense training by women, for women. From physical defense to verbal boundary skills, participants will practice practical, empowermentbased self-defense skills in a fun, low-pressure environment. Warrior Sisters believe that no one deserves, invites, or “asks” to be assaulted regard-

SHARK CON 2018 S July 14 - 15

Florida Fair Grounds, 4800 U.S. 301, Tampa, FL. www.sharkcon.Com 20

hark Con is an event that brings those who love the ocean together for a weekend of education and the fun of a Comic Con. This year Richard Dreyfuss and Ian Ziering will be in attendance. There will be a huge interactive exhibit from the Florida Aquarium which includes games, trivia, and a shark tooth sand dig. Busch Gardens is bringing an exhibit with touch tanks, games, conservation information, shark, facts and information on their new coaster Mako. The Clearwater Aquarium is bringing an exhibit that will teach you about marine mammal rescue and they will have touch tanks. The 22 foot shark slide will be back and the pirate ship bounce house. This year there will be a pool to try scuba to give those who have never done scuba a chance to check it out. There will be 12 different activities for kids through non-profit partners. Overall there will be over 30 activities all completely free, with over 150 booths of vendors that are shark, ocean, conservation organizations. Sat July 14: 10 am-5pm & Sun July 15: 10am-5pm. $.

less of their personal choices, clothing choice, sexual history, or any other factor. Services are FREE to the public. Donations accepted. 10 AM - 12 PM. 727225-2639. The Body Electric Yoga Company, 3015 7th St N, St Petersburg, FL.

Sun, Aug 5

RAYS ON THE RUNWAY 2018. Join the Children’s Dream Fund and the Rays Wives as they host their annual RAYS ON THE RUNWAY. 6:30 PM - 9:30 PM. 727-896-6390. Hilton St. Petersburg Bayfront, 333 1st St So, Saint Petersburg, FL.

@620 co-founder and artistic director, Bob Devin Jones and a third guest, TBA. Gilbert King is the author of three books, most recently, Beneath a Ruthless Sun. His previous book, Devil in the Grove: Thurgood Marshall, the Groveland Boys, and the Dawn of a New America, was awarded the Pulitzer Prize for general nonfiction in 2013. A New York Times bestseller, the book was also named runner-up for the Dayton Literary Peace Prize for nonfiction and was a finalist

for both the Chautauqua Prize a nd the Edgar Award. King has written about race, civil rights, and the death penalty for the New York Times, the Washington Post, and The Atlantic, and he is a contributor to The Marshall Project, a nonprofit news organization covering the U.S. criminal justice system. King’s earlier book, The Execution of Willie Francis, was published in 2008. Free event. Studio@620, 620 1st Ave S. St Petersburg Continued

HAPPY HEART PARTY. In celebration of pediatric heart health, Johns Hopkins All Children’s Heart Institute invites their patients and families to join in for our 2018 Happy Heart Party at Tropicana Field. Cheer on the Tampa Bay Rays with other patients, families, advocacy groups and Heart Institute staff. 1 PM 4 PM. 941-545-0271. Tropicana Field, 1 Tropicana Dr, St Petersburg, FL PULITZER PRIZE-WINNING AUTHOR GILBERT KING AT STUDIO@620. Join in at the Studio @620 for a discussion between Pulitzer Prize-winning author Gilbert King and Studio



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AMERICA’S GREATEST FILM COMEDY: SOME LIKE IT HOT. Learn more about this classic comedy’s unique production, actors and creative development. 1 – 3:30 pm, $. Eckerd College Miller Auditorium, 4200 54th Ave. S, St. Petersburg. 727-864-7600. www.

Fri, Aug 10

DIVE-IN MOVIE: FINDING DORY. Bring your noodles, floats and chairs to lounge by the pool while watching a movie on our inflatable screen out under the stars. Snacks, drinks and glow jewelry will be sold. 8 pm, $, St. Pete Beach Aquatic Complex, 7701 Boca Ciega Dr., St. Pete Beach. BUILD-A-GUITAR. Best Corporate Events invites you to a Get Tuned Charitable Event, Builda-Guitar benefitting the Clearwater Jazz Holiday Foundation and the local community. Teams of ten from Tampa Bay companies will come together for a fun day of charitable team building with an after party to celebrate. Teams will build guitars to be donated to local organizations supporting music and children in the community. 3 PM - 7 PM. (800) 849-8326. The Westshore Grand, 4860 W Kennedy Blvd, Tampa, FL.

Sat, Aug 11 GECKO CRAWL.

The eleventh annual Gecko Crawl will help usher in “Gecko Season” in Gulfport with an opportunity to sample drinks at six locations, a poker run, and a festive afterparty in Gulfport’s colorful Waterfront District. 4 p.m. to 9 p.m., with the afterparty beginning at 9 p.m. Gecko Crawlers will be able to enjoy a free beverage at participating bars and restaurants all located within easy walking distance along Beach and Shore Boulevards. Crawlers may start at any participating location and continue their Crawl in any order. A Poker

Game of Five Card Stud will add to the evening’s festivities. A high-energy afterparty at Salty’s Gulfport will begin at 9 p.m., featuring live music by Big Brother Band. Tickets are available in advance at the Gulfport Beach Bazaar, 3115 Beach Blvd S. in Gulfport. Advanced purchase is encouraged, as this event does sell out. For more information, contact 1ST ANNUAL BOWIE GLAM GALA & DANCE PARTY. Celebrate the life, music, fashion and energy of the benevolent, shape-shifting alien, transported here to enlighten earthlings about their own humanity. DJ SUGAR BEAR & VJ Hural Knight (Castle) will be honoring the many faces of Bowie. Playing his hits, album tracks, obscurities and more, and mixing in tracks from some of his musical influences and bands from the glam area and beyond. A facepainter will be on hand to apply some Bowie-style makeup. Dress up in outrageous costumes, makeup, hairstyles, platform shoes and glitter, or go in the Bowie look of your choice with free shots dished out to the best efforts. No cover. 21+. 9 PM - 3 AM. (727) 202-8931. The Bends, 919 1st Ave N, St Petersburg, FL

FT DE SOTO MOCK TRI TRAINING EVENT. Prepare for race day at this training event, without the pressure of a real race. The ultimate brick, with 2X through the swim, bike and run, shorter distances than an actual race, and no clock or timing chip. Bring a dish or snack to pass for brunch afterwards. 7:15 AM - 10 AM. (727) 582-1910. North Beach, Ft De Soto Park, St Petersburg, FL





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entertainment throughout the evening. 6 pm Bingo games, fabulous prizes, 50/50 Raffle. All proceeds benefit the Oldsmar Cares. 727-400-6996 for reservations. Hamburger Mary’s Bar & Grille, 28910 U. S. Highway 19 N, Clearwater, FL 33760.

Fri, Aug 17

Go early and enjoy a gourmet burger and great

BEACH RACE #3. Races are entirely run on the beach, in the sand, for a fun chip-timed 5K run. Stay for an after race party for all participants including a great free buffet from the Hurricane Restaurant, adult beverages (with proper I.D.), soda, water, live DJ. 7 pm, $. 9th Avenue and Gulf Way, St. Pete Beach Continued



elsey Craft, Miss International 2017, currently resides in sunny Southwest Florida where she is a practicing physician assistant. Since being crowned, Kelsey has traveled to twenty-one states and seven countries to spread her message of preventing chronic diseases and childhood obesity through healthy active living. To support her platform of “making the healthy choice the easy choice”, Kelsey is an ambassador for Blue Zones Project, a well-being initiative aimed at increasing the longevity of our citizens. The project is based on nine commonalities found amongst the world’s longest lived people. By implementing these principles in cities across America, Blue Zones Project has lead to a decrease in obesity and smoking rates, and millions of dollars of savings in healthcare costs. Kelsey also proudly represents International Pageants’ alliance with American Heart Association’s Go Red for Women by attending Heart Walks across the country, speaking at Go Red luncheons, and educating people of all ages about the important health numbers that impact an individual’s risk for heart disease and stroke. During her last few months as Miss International, Kelsey will continue speaking to various organizations about healthy behaviors while working towards her goal of being the first Miss International to travel to all 50 states during her reign. You can follow her journey on Instagram at @missinternational17 and @intlpageants.





LITTLE BLACK DRESS NIGHT. 8:00PM till 11:00PM. Complimentary wine for ladies in Little Black Dresses until 10 pm. $5 wine, martinis and appetizers after 10 pm. 717 South. 717 S. Howard Ave., Tampa. events/576539926080815/ 2ND ANNUAL BOLTS BREW FEST AT AMALIE ARENA. The three-hour event will include craft beers from many different local craft breweries, oversized games, Lightning personalities and more. Startng at 7pm. 800-745-3000.

Sat, Aug 18

WYRDWOOD VIKINGS TO INVADE ST. PETERSBURG MAIN LIBRARY. The Wyrdwood Vikings, a volunteer historical reenactment group, will present a living history program featuring Viking clothing, armor, weapons and culture at the St. Petersburg Main Library from 1 to 2:30 p.m. Free and open to the public. 727-893-7724. 3745 Ninth Avenue North. THE INCREDIBLE DUCK RACE. The Kiwanis Club of Tampa will race 10,000+ Rubber Ducks down the Hillsborough River. The first three ducks to cross the finish line will win amazing cash prizes. The Incredible Duck Race will be held in Curtis Hixon Park with family friendly music, food, and activities all leading up to the big race. Ducks can be adopted at for $5 per duck. All proceeds will benefit the Kiwanis Club of Tampa charitable foundation. You don’t need to be present to win - so take a chance and adopt a duck. The ducks will be contained in a lane and funneled to the finish line. There will be several boats and volunteers on hand to help make sure all of the ducks are collected and accounted for. 10 AM - 1 PM. 813-504-9133. Curtis Hixon Waterfront Park, 600 North Ashley Dr., Tampa, FL. 53RD ANNUAL ST. PETE OPEN SPEARFISHING TOURNAMENT. Shooting starts at 12:00 A.M. and ends at 7:30 P.M. on Saturday Aug 18. Weigh in Line Opens at 6:00 P.M. Line Cutoff is 7:30 P.M. Weigh in runs till 10:00 P.M. Spectators welcomed 26

free. Awards Ceremony - Sunday Aug. 19, at 10:00 A.M. Magnuson Hotel. 727-867-1151. Magnuson Hotel Marina Cove, 6800 Sunshine Skyway Ln. S., St Petersburg, FL

Sun, Aug 19

TAMPA BAY PHILLY PHOOD PHEST. Some of the Best Gourmet Food Truck, Trailers and Tents, serve up their take on food from the Philadelphia area. Gourmet Food Truck List (still populating): Riddle on The Griddle, Pineapple Shack, Coldstone Creamery, Bay Street Burgers, Vamos, Sexton’s Pizza, Route 66 Food Trolley, Revolution Ice Cream, FrappeXscape, Philly Phlava, JB’s Sweet Addiction, Rolling With My Hoagies, The Inside Scoop, La Fiamma Pizza, Wicked Chicken’s Deviled Eggs, and more. The event is free, parking is free. 1 PM - 5 PM. (813) 562-9599. Carrollwood Cultural Center, 4537 Lowell Rd, Tampa.

Thurs, Aug 23

THE 27th ANNUAL GOURMET FEASTIVAL. This food fest draws more than 1,000 hungry people each year who enjoy signature dishes from Tampa Bay’s finest restaurants and beverage purveyors. It’s a foodie heaven, with entertainment and a silent auction filled with unique items. Allison Kropff from Channel 10 will emcee the event. Entertainment will be provided by the Chello Holladay Band. A special VIP room includes early admission at 5 pm, samples and treats from Executive Chef Alphonso Poole of the Yacht Starship, and VIP bags. Funds raised support The Helen Gordon Davis Centre for Women, a nonprofit that helps women and girls to achieve their potential. Contributions stay right here in our community and en-





sures help is available for those who need it most. The event will be at the new Armature Works, 1910 Ola Ave., Tampa.

--- Monster Jam trucks, Monster Jam Speedsters and Monster Jam ATVs. These athletes battle for points in challenging Racing and Freestyle events that push themselves and their machines to the limit. The point leader will receive an automatic bid to the prestigious Monster Jam World Finals to compete for the title of World Champion. 1pm & 7pm shows.

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Sat, Aug 25

ANNUAL GECKO BALL GECKO CON. Gecko Con celebrates the characters and stories of comic books, movies, and television. Guests are highly encouraged to dress in theme appropriate costumes and be creative. There will be a costume contest. Judges will evaluate costumes throughout the night, and the final winners in each category will be chosen based on applause from the audience. The Gecko Ball also features live music with a full dance floor all night, food, cash bar, and live and silent auctions. The live auction showcases several one-of-a-kind gecko art creations made by local artists. Gulfport celebrates the Gecko each year with a series of whimsical events at the end of summer including the 18th Annual GeckoFest street festival, 11th Annual Gecko Crawl, and the Third Annual “Art Gecko Show”. All Gecko events are sponsored by the non-profit Gulfport Merchants Chamber and a portion of proceeds is donated to local charities each year. MONSTER JAM. Monster Jam Triple Threat Series brings adrenaline-charged family entertainment to fans across the country. These worldclass Monster Jam vehicles and athletes deliver what fans want to see most. More trucks, more racing, more freestyle, more donuts, more wheelies, more action! Each event tests the versatility of the athletes as they go head-to-head in seven different competitions driving three different vehicles 28

ONE-NIGHT-ONLY ANDRE RIEU SCREENING OF “AMORE, MY TRIBUTE TO LOVE”. André Rieu the world’s leading pop classical artist, consistently appearing on the international list of highest-grossing live performers ahead of major acts including Eric Clapton, Santana, and Taylor Swift. Dubbed “The King of the Waltz”, André is a rock star conductor with more than 40 million albums and DVDs sold worldwide and over 3 million fans on Facebook. His live concert films are extremely popular, featuring collaborations with famous guests like Jermaine Jackson, Anthony Hopkins, and David Hasselhoff. André’s popularity is rapidly growing here in the U.S. with his 2017 album Amore topping the classical music charts, a recent musical guest appearance on Dancing with the Stars, and his last U.S. tour selling out major venues across the country. Hollywood Stadium 20 Sarasota, FL. 1993 Main St, Sarasota, FL 34236. (844) 462-7342.

Aug 31 - Sept 3

LABOR DAY HOME SHOW. Home Show LABOR DAY WEEKEND showcases 100,000 square feet of the latest home accessories, decorating ideas, furnishings, appliances, remodeling, landscaping, and much more. With over 900 exhibits, attendees

can gain knowledge and comparison shop for virtually all items relating to their home. Special family events are scheduled. Seminars, special features, guest appearances, and corporate sponsorships. Fun for the whole family. Exhibitors are displaying the newest and most innovative products on the market. From landscaping to pools, kitchens to bathrooms, painting, screen rooms, computer technology, appliances that cook with name it. Florida State Fairgrounds, 4800 US Hwy 301 N, Tampa, FL 33610, 813-6217821.

Anyone who needs a ride can connect with The Nickel Ride via their mobile app to schedule a ride, tip their driver, and learn about the company’s business partners. Local businesses and attractions are able to partner with The Nickel Ride to create engaging advertisements for the outside and inside of the vehicle as wells as interactive ads for The Nickel Ride TV, which is continuously playing during each ride. To keep the good times rolling they’re throwing a St. Pete Launch Party at Ferg’s Sports Bar & Grill, Aug 3. There will be food and drinks available at the party.


The Nickel Ride is an innovative transportation service that changes the way visitors and community members experience your city. Oh yeah, and it’s totally free. The Nickel Ride is an up and coming leader in Bimodal Transportation and environmentallyfriendly public transportation system on the road today. Founder Judah Longgrear had a vision for a unique transportation system that was a safe and free way for residents and tourists to travel around town while learning about the businesses and attractions the city has to offer.



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.

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.

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. 2ND FRIDAY DUNEDIN WINE AND ART WALK - Pioneer Park, Main Street and Douglas Avenue, Dunedin, 34698. 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.


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. 1ST FRIDAYS ART IN THE HEIGHTS - First Friday Art in the Heights is at participating galleries, studios, and small businesses, from 7 to 10. Art After Hours features restaurants and bars 30


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.

participants to plan your art evening. 3rd SATURDAY ART & GALLERY WALK. The streets are lined with artisans, entertainment and gourmet goodies. Shops, galleries and restaurants open late. 6-10 pm. Free. Rain or shine. Complimentary parking is available nearby with courtesy trolley rides available to and from off-site parking areas. Beach Blvd., Gulfport. 3RD SATURDAY ISLA DEL SOL MARKET The Isla del Sol 3rd Saturday Market is held around the boardwalk at Shoppers Village, Isla del Sol, between 10am and 2pm. The Market features a variety of local vendors and products, ranging from handcrafted items and baked goods to handmade giftware and organically-grown produce. There is plenty of free parking.

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.


2ND SATURDAYS AT WILLIAMS PARK, ST PETE. Family friendly event that takes place each second saturday of the month.

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 year round. Hyde Park Village, 742 S. Village Circle, Tampa FL 33604.

2ND SATURDAY ARTWALK SPRING FOR THE ARTS. The Waterfront Arts District, Central Arts District, EDGE District, Grand Central District, and the Warehouse Arts District become one arts destination for the St. Petersburg Second Saturday ArtWalk. 40 artists’ studios and galleries open their doors from 5-9 p.m. Rain or shine. Download the map and list of

SEMINOLE HEIGHTS SUNDAY MORNING SUMMER MARKET - May through Sept, 2nd Sunday of the Month. 11 am to 3 pm. 4500 N. Nebraska Ave, Tampa, Fl 33603. Supporting 30+ vendors offering a mixture of Fresh Produce, Plants, Herbs, Fresh Baked Goods, Take Home Foods, Hand Crafts and Ready to Eat Lunch Bites.



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immy Hula’s “Surf-Shack” themed restaurant is a fresh addition to Northeast St. Petersburg’s dining offerings. Casual and fun with a clear beach vibe, Hula’s has a tasty and interesting menu with clever titles. The cuisine is sort of Mexico meets Hawaii meets the Caribbean. Especially known for their famous fish tacos, they also serve up unique spins on other taco stylings, such as the “Wipeout” with marinated steak, shrimp, fries, jack cheese, avocado, salsa, and baja sauce, and “Johnny Utah” with smoked pork, mac n’ cheese, pickle, bacon, scallion and BBQ sauce. You can veg out with the “Tree Hugger” with black beans, zucchini, mushroom, onion, cotija, and crema. On our recent foray to Hula’s we ordered the Shrimp Po’ Boy sandwich served on a rustic roll, with crispy shrimp, banana pepper, lettuce tomato, and the ever-important “voodoo” sauce. We also sampled the Teriyaki Bowl, with jasmine rice, zucchini, mushrooms, onion, carrots, pineapple and Lava (not sure what the lava is, but the dish was delish.) Appetizers — or rather “Shackatizers” — include such items as Spinach Artichoke Empanadas, Tsunami Shrimp, and Gnarly Nachos. Of course, there are salads, burgers, sides, and a kid-friendly menu as well. Accompanying some great food and contributing to Hula’s vibe is live entertainment on certain nights. We enjoyed vocalist/guitarist Scott Fallon on our recent visit with his renditions of Jimmy Buffet mixed in with some old and new familiar tunes. Jimmy Hula’s is located at 8123 4th Street No, St. Petersburg, FL. For more information, please call 727-202-7383 or visit the website at:





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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.

MIKE JONES & PENN JILLETTE The Show Before the Show


n this album piano master Mike Jones is joined by bassist Penn Jillette, the verbal half of the renowned magic duo Penn & Teller. Jones is the musical director for Penn & Teller’s Las Vegas show playing both before the show begins and during the act. Jazzy renditions of standards make up the bulk of album, including such tunes as “Broadway,” “Have You Met Miss Jones,” and “There is No Greater Love.” Jillette grounds the music with apt playing, even providing some snappy solos. Let’s face it — it’s magical.



malgamating 20th-century Brazilian sounds with Chicago jazz and funk, singer Alexandra Jackson proves to be a sensitive, soulful vocalist well up to the task. The album pays homage to samba while mixing jazz, blues, soul, and bossa nova. She is supported by some of the most significant musicians in the genre. The mammoth project — bringing Brazilian music to mainstream — resulted in 23 tracks with more than 35 contributing artists in featured roles, and 100 musicians and engineers overall. 34

THE OAK RIDGE BOYS 17th Avenue Revival


7th Avenue Revival brings Country Music Hall of Famers The Oak Ridge Boys back to their gospel roots, but with an edge. The vision was with a different kind of gospel ­— one that took a hard look at the early days of rock and roll, which was influenced by spiritual, or black gospel. The result is somewhat retro, yet new and fresh at the same time. The album was recorded at Nashville’s legendary RCA Studio A. For several of the songs, the Boys gathered around one microphone and let the harmonies shine.

OWEN BRODER Heritage: the American Roots Project


n Heritage, Owen Broder combines several of modern jazz’s most acclaimed composers and arrangers with an outstanding ensemble of musicians to meld modern jazz with traditional forms like Appalachian folk, early blues, spirituals, and bluegrass. Broder’s project interprets these pieces through the voices of an eight-piece ensemble featuing Broder on woodwinds, and proves to be bold and inspirational. A standout track, “Goin’ Up Home,” builds in complexity, layering in jazz harmonies and infectious swing rhythms.



orth Caroina-based Sengalese kora master Diali Cissokho took his American bandmates to his hometown of M’bour to record this album. The band took their tracks back to North Carolina to weave in some gospel vocals and strings, resulting in a range from high-energy dance floor-friendly cuts to intimate and comtemplatice pieces. Diali’s storytelling and musical prowess give direction to Kaira Ba’s players carving new paths across the Atlantic. The album opens with cicadas in N.C., but by the end with “Night in M’bour” you are transported to Senegal.


actors who trip over everything (including their lines), it’s sure to bring down the house!

1010 N. W.c. Macinnes Place, Tampa. 813-229-Star.


CHICAGO - Sept 18 - 23 Chicago has everything that makes Broadway great: a universal tale of fame, fortune and all that jazz; one show-stopping song after another; and the most astonishing dancing you’ve ever seen. This triumphant hit musical is the recipient of six Tony Awards, two Olivier Awards, a Grammy, thousands of standing ovations and now the #1 longest-running American musical in Broadway history. THE PLAY THAT GOES WRONG - Oct 16 - 21 Called “a gut-busting hit” (The New York Times) and “The funniest play Broadway has ever seen” (HuffPost), this classic murder mystery is chock-full of mishaps and madcap mania delivering “A riotous explosion of comedy” (Daily Beast). Welcome to opening night of The Murder at Haversham Manor where things are quickly going from bad to utterly disastrous. With an unconscious leading lady, a corpse that can’t play dead, and

HELLO, DOLLY! - Dec 4 - 9 Tony Award-winning Broadway legend Betty Buckley stars in Hello, Dolly! Winner of four Tony Awards including Best Musical Revival, director Jerry Zaks’ “gorgeous” new production (Vogue) is “making people crazy happy!” (The Washington Post). Breaking box office records week after week and receiving thunderous raves on Broadway, this HELLO, DOLLY! pays tribute to the original work of legendary director/choreographer Gower Champion – hailed both then and now as one of the greatest stagings in musical theater history. LES MISÉRABLES - Jan 15 - 20 Cameron Mackintosh presents the new production of Alain Boublil and Claude-Michel Schönberg’s Tony Award-winning musical phenomenon, Les Misérables. Set against the backdrop of 19th-century France, Les Misérables tells a story of broken dreams and unrequited love, passion, sacrifice and redemption – a timeless testament to the survival of the human spirit. Featuring the beloved songs “I Dreamed A Dream,” “On My Own,” “Stars,” “Bring Him Home,” “One Day More,” and many more, this uplifting story has become one of the most celebrated musicals in theatrical history.


Straz Center, 813-229-7827.

THEATER & MUSIC AL LANG STADIUM 230 1st Street South in downtown St. Petersburg. JULY 31 - COUNTING CROWS AND +LIVE+. “The nice thing about having 25 years of music to celebrate and seven studio albums we absolutely love to choose from is that we can play a different show every night,” said Crows vocalist Adam Duritz.” +LIVE+ is freshly reunited and performing with a confidence and ferocity that they can’t wait for people to experience.

AMALIE ARENA 401 Channelside Drive, Tampa. 813.301.6500. JULY 13 – Sam Smith 25 – The Smashing Pumpkins AUGUST 1 – PANIC! AT THE DISCO.

This tour Is In support of their new album Pray For The Wicked. It follows their hit record “Death

of a Bachelor,” which debuted at #1 on the Billboard charts in 2016. Panic! has been nominated for a ton of awards including Teen Choice, Kerrang, MTV Video Music Awards and most recently - a Grammy for Best Rock Album. Check out the single “Say Amen (Saturday Night)” com/watch?v=jVXauWq9Hwg 4 – Kevin Hart 11 – J. Cole 18 – Journey & Def Leppard 25 - Monster Jam AMERICAN STAGE 163 Third St. N, St. Petersburg 727.823.7529. JULY 11 – August 5 –Bad Jews 22 – Paula Broadwater 29 – When I Grow Up ASOLO REPERTORY THEATRE 5555 N Tamiami Trail, Sarasota. 800.361.8388 JULY thru 28. Summer Circus Spectacular. This onehour onstage exhibition of circus artistry provides delightful summer entertainment for “children of all ages.” Ringling Historic Asolo Theater, 5401 Bay Shore Rd., Sarasota. 941.360.7399. www.ringling. org/events/summer-circus-spectacular 12 – 29 – What the Butler Saw. This wild comedy centers around psychiatrist Dr. Prentice’s seduction of his secretary, and his increasingly madcap attempts to hide the affair from his wife, a randy bellhop, and the Minister of Mental Health. AUGUST 7 – 26 – The Turn of the Screw tells the haunting story of a young governess caring for two children in Essex following the sudden death of their parents. After she witnesses one inexplicable supernatural event after another, the governess is forced to question if these events are paranormal or a symptom of her own imagination. CAPITOL THEATRE 405 Cleveland Street, Clearwater 727.791.7400. JULY 20 - Classic Albums Live: Pink Floyd 26 - YES Golden Anniversary

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27 - Paul Reiser 28 - DON MCLEAN w/ Pure Prairie League. Since first hitting the charts in 1971, McLean has amassed over 40 gold and platinum records worldwide and, in 2004, was inducted into the Songwriters’ Hall of Fame. Now in their fifth decade, Pure Prairie League continues to lead the way for the new generation of Country/Rockers such as Keith Urban, Nickel Creek, and others.

AUGUST 14 - The Alarm 17 - Chick Corea Solo Piano 18 - Todd Rundgren 2018 An Unpredictable Evening 19 - Classic Albums Live: The Beatles White Album 25 - The Fixx Beach Tour 30 - Coney James CARES CENTER Community Aging and Retirement Services, 12417 Clock Tower Parkway, Hudson, FL 34667. 727-862-9291. AUGUST 5 – Divonicci: A contemporary singing quartet with orchestration will perform musical mixes from the Righteous Brother to Sarah Brightman and Josh Groban.. CARROLLWOOD CULTURAL CENTER 4537 Lowell Road, Tampa. 38 JULY 20-29 - OLIVER. Broadway musical based on the Charles Dickens novel, 9-year-old orphan Oliver Twist falls in with a group of street-urchin pickpockets led by the Artful Dodger and masterminded by the criminal Fagin. When Oliver’s intended mark, Mr. Brownlow, takes pity on the lad and offers him a home, Fagin’s henchman Bill Sikes plots to kidnap the boy to keep him from talking. CARROLLWOOD PLAYERS THEATRE 4335 Gunn Hwy, Tampa, FL 33618 813.265.4000. JULY 6 - 21 - RIPCORD. This Off-Broadway comedy gem examines what can go wrong when two elderly roommates in an assisted living facility can’t stomach each other’s existence. A laugh riot from start to finish.

27 - 29 - PICASSO AT THE LAPIN AGILE. Only the imagination of Steve Martin could place Albert Einstein, Pablo Picasso, and a colorful cast of characters together in a Parisian bar. Hilarious sparks fly when giant questions about talent and value pit these luminaries of art and science against one other in this staged reading. AUGUST 3-11 - Thanksgiving is coming, and so is a BAR MITZVAH! When the craziness of daily life and preparing for two huge family events takes over the lives of a loving, caring, funny Jewish family in New Jersey, all bets are off and the laugh track is on. 17-25 - ‘NIGHT MOTHER. Winner of the Pulitzer Prize for Drama, this powerful work examines the relationship between a mother and daughter, culminating in a disturbing, yet unavoidable climax.



TAYLOR SWIFT Camila Cabello Charli XCX with

Reputation Stadium Tour RAYMOND JAMES STADIUM


aylor Swift is a superstar who managed to completely cross over from country to the mainstream. She has shown that she is perhaps the sharpest, savviest populist singer/songwriter of her generation. These skills were evident on her earliest hits, but her 2nd album, 2008’s Fearless, showcased a songwriter discovering who she was. Fearless was certified gold in its first week of release, and the record gained momentum throughout 2009, earning several platinum certifications as “Love Story,” “White Horse,” “You Belong with Me,” “Fifteen,” and “Fearless” all scaled the upper reaches of the country charts. Speak Now, delivered in 2010, consolidated her success and she moved into the stratosphere of superstardom. On Speak Now, Swift turned toward following a pop path on her fourth album, hiring such mainstream musicians as Dan Wilson, Butch Walker, and Britney Spears producer Max Martin. “We Are Never Ever Getting Back Together,” was the first single from Red, which shattered expectations by selling over a million copies in its first week. She supported Red with an international tour in 2013 and more hits came, including “I Knew You Were Trouble” and “22.” In 2014, 1989 was designed as her first “official” pop album. “Shake It Off” hit number one upon its August 2014 release. When 1989 appeared in October 2014, it shot to number one and became her third straight album to sell one million copies in its first week (a new record for any artist). Swift gathered many awards during the subsequent year, including Billboard’s Woman of the Year, the Award for Excellence at the American Music Awards, and a special 50th Anniversary Milestone Award from the CMAs. Her 1989 World Tour crossed Asia, North America, and Europe during the last half of 2015, and she won three Grammy Awards at the 2016 ceremonies, including Album of the Year, Best Pop Vocal Album, and Best Music Video for “Bad Blood.” Swift returned with her sixth album, Reputation, in November 2017.


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FOOTLIGHTS con’t CATHERINE HICKMAN THEATRE 5501 27th Avenue South Gulfport, Florida 33707.

JULY 12 – 22 – 18th Annual Summer One-Acts AUGUST 3 – 4th Annual Art Gecko Show CENTRAL PARK PERFORMING ARTS CENTER 105 Central Park Dr, Largo. 727.587.6793. AUGUST 3, 4 – Willy Wonka Jr. 11 – The Ultimate Tribute to U2 & INXS ECKERD COLLEGE 4200 54th Ave. S, St. Petersburg Miller Auditorium. 727.864.7600. 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 JULY 13 – 22 – SPRING AWAKENING.

The winner of 8 Tony Awards (including Best Musical) and a Grammy Award, Spring Awakening explores the journey from adolescence to adulthood with a poignancy and passion that is illuminating and unforgettable. The landmark musical is an electrifying fusion of morality, sexuality and rock and roll that is exhilarating audiences across the 42

nation like no other musical in years. Set against the backdrop of late-19th century Germany when adults held all the cards, Spring Awakening deals with the complexities of adolescence without understanding what it means…and the consequences. This show contains strong adult language, sexual content & situations, and references to suicide and death. FLORIDA ORCHESTRA 727.662.7286. 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. Thru JULY 15 - CAROLE’S KINGS. A one-of-akind, all-male Carole King tribute that mixes fabulous music with clever writing by The Second City, the legendary home of sketch comedy and improv. With a cast fresh from Broadway, Carole’s Kings will have you singing and dancing along to “The Locomotion,” “You’ve Got a Friend,” and “I Feel the Earth Move.” Jam-packed with humor, this salute reimagines Carole King’s hits in a fresh, exciting way. 21 - REEL MUSIC - Featuring songs from such hit movies as The Wizard of Oz, Frozen, Moana, Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone, The Lego Movie, and Trolls, this blockbuster musical adventure will entertain fans of classic black and white films and brightly animated movies alike. Thru AUGUST 19 - THE MUSIC OF THE NIGHT. This hit show overflows with hits by the Gershwins, Cole Porter, Irving Berlin, Rodgers & Hart, Kander & Ebb, and many more. With a touch






he Dave Matthews Band’s Summer 2018 tour is in support of their ninth studio LP, Come Tomorrow. DMB is known for playing its songs differently each time they’re performed live. This has become a staple of their live shows and has grown with the band since the early 1990s. In 1994, DMB released their debut studio album, Under the Table and Dreaming, featuring their first commercial hits “What Would You Say” (featuring John Popper of Blues Traveler on harmonica), “Satellite”, and “Ants Marching”. Its follow-up album, Crash brought the band national attention, culminating in a Grammy Award for Best Rock Performance by a Duo or Group with Vocal for “So Much to Say” as well as four other nominations between the years 1996 and 1997. The band also achieved hits with “Crash into Me”, “Too Much”, and “Tripping Billies”. By 1997, DMB reached unparalleled levels of popularity across the United States and, to some degree, the world. The 2001 release of Everyday was a huge commercial success. The singles “I Did It”, “Everyday”, and “The Space Between”, brought the band an even larger level of popularity. The group’s 2009 album Big Whiskey & the GrooGrux King, debuted at number one on the Billboard 200, earning them their fifth consecutive number-one debut. By 2010, the Dave Matthews Band had sold over 50 million records worldwide. Their album, 2012’s Away from the World, debuted at number one on the Billboard chart, making Dave Matthews Band the first group to have six consecutive studio albums debut in the top spot. DMB has a new studio album coming out this summer.

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of 30s and 40s flair and bold arrangements, The Swingaroos lend a spirited voice to the mostcherished American songs and personalities of the past century.

JULY 12-14 - 10th ANNIVERSARY SARASOTA IMPROV FESTIVAL. Over 75 of the best improvisers from all over the country, and as far as France and Spain. Beyond 28 opportunities to witness skillful spontaneity performed by professional improvisers, attendees will also have 16 opportunities to dive into their own comedic creativity with one full day of workshops running Saturday. Lead by Festival performers, participants will have the chance to learn from some of the best in the industry with workshops ranging across a variety of skill and experience levels. 941-366-9000. 27-29 - MURDER FOR TWO, a fast-paced whodunit with killer laughs. In this quirky, comedic musical, small town policeman Marcus Moscowicz dreams of becoming a detective. AUGUST 1-19 - OTHER PEOPLE’S MONEY by Jerry Sterner. In this engaging yet humorous drama, fast-talking Wall Street shark Lawrence Garfinkle—also known as “Larry the Liquidator”—has his sights set on taking over the undervalued stock of New England Wire and Cable. 23 - ? - GILBERT & SULLIVAN UNPLUGGED: Modern Twist, Major Hits. Gilbert & Sullivan Unplugged has delighted audiences across the US with lovingly loopy renditions and joyfully irrever44

ent excerpts from HMS Pinafore, The Mikado, and The Pirates of Penzance. FRANCIS WILSON PLAYHOUSE 302 Seminole St., Clearwater, Florida 33755. 727446-1360. JULY 5 – 15 – In the Good Old Summertime AUGUST 16 – September 2 – Into the Woods FREEFALL THEATRE COMPANY 6099 Central Ave., St. Petersburg. 727-498-5205 SEPT 22 - OCT 21 - FANTASTICKS. The Fantasticks has enchanted audiences for generations. When two fathers decide to drive their children together by pretending to be in a feud, they build a wall between their two homes. This ploy works like a charm, but happy endings are seldom ever-after. Matt’s longing for adventure and Luisa’s listless dreaming threaten to tear them asunder. With help from the enigmatic El Gallo, the lovers and their loving fathers may yet find a path to happily ever after.

MAHAFFEY THEATER 400 1St St. S, Bayfront Center, St. Petersburg, 727.892.5767.




JULY 7 – Erasure 11 – The Rock & Roll Express Tour 14 – The Greatest Love of All - the Whitney Houston Tribute Show 29 – Ms. Lauryn Hill AUGUST 9 – PENN & TELLER

MIDFLORIDA CREDIT UNION AMPHITHEATER Florida State Fairgrounds, 4802 US Hwy. 301 N, Tampa 813.740.2446. venue/107257 JULY 6 - Chris Brown: Heartbreak On a Full Moon Tour 20 - Rascal Flatts with Dan + Shay Back to Us Tour. CARLY PEARCE has a tenacious spirit with textured vocals and honest lyrics as reflected on her highly-acclaimed debut album EVERY LITTLE THING (Big Machine Records), featuring the GOLD-certified No. 1 title track and new single “Hide the Wine.” 21 - Chicago & REO Speedwagon 25 - Dave Matthews Band Summer Tour AUGUST 3 - Miranda Lambert & Little Big Town Bandwagon Tour 4 - Vans Warped Tour Final Full Cross Country Tour 5 - The Adventures of Kesha & Macklemore 7 - JANET JACKSON State of the World Tour

8 - BUSH and The Cult & Stone Temple Pilots Revolution 3 Tour 9 - Pentatonix Summer 2018 Tour 10 - Imagine Dragons Evolve Tour 11 - Breaking Benjamin with Five Finer Death Punch 16 - Wiz Khalifa & Rae Sremmurd Dazed & Blazed Tour 17 - Evanescence with Lindsey Stirling Synthesis Tour 26 - Jeff Beck & Paul Rodgers Stars Align Tour 31 - Charlie Puth with Hailee Steinfeld The Voicenotes Tour Continued






ountry music superstars and GRAMMY, CMA and ACM Award-winners Miranda Lambert and Little Big Town will bring their co-headlining tour, The Bandwagon Tour, to the MidFlorida Credit Union Amphitheatre on Friday, August 3. The joint tour will take the country music troupe along the U.S. Atlantic seaboard, Southeast and Midwest regions. Both critically lauded artists, Miranda Lambert and Little Big Town, together tout a combined thirty-six ACM Award wins, twenty-one CMAs, and four GRAMMY’s. Reigning, eight-time consecutive, ACM Female Vocalist of the Year Lambert released her ambitious, 24-song, double album titled The Weight of These Wings in November 2016, making its debut at No. 1 on the Billboard Country Albums chart. Reigning, six-time consecutive CMA and four-time ACM Vocal Group of the Year, Little Big Town’s latest studio album, the Grammy-nominated The Breaker, debuted #1 on the Billboard Country Charts and No.4 on the Billboard 200 to critical acclaim.

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FOOTLIGHTS con’t THE PALLADIUM 253 5Th Ave N, St. Petersburg. 727.822.3590. JULY 1 – 8 – The Music Man 13, 14 – School of Rock – The Musical

JULY 1 – La gazza ladra – Opera Film 5 – Gone with the Wind – Classsic Movie 8 – Tosca – Opera Film 15 – Andrea Chenier – Opera Film 19 – King Creole – Classic Movie 22 – Swan Lake – Ballet Film 28 – Sarasota Cuban Ballet 29 – Gala des etoiles – Ballet Film AUGUST 2 – North by Northwest – Classic Movie 5 – Romeo et Juliette – Opera Film 12 – Romeo and Juliet – Theater Film 16 – Rio Bravo – Classic Movie 18 – RICKY NELSON REMEMBERED. Ricky’s twins Matthew and Gunnar Nelson present an interactive, multi-media rock & roll concert experience, taking the audience on a musical journey down memory lane.

20 – Intern John’s Look What You’ve Done PINELLAS PARK PERFORMING ARTS CENTER 4951 78th Ave. N, Pinellas Park. SEPT 15 - Paul McCartney Tribute RAYMOND JAMES STADIUM AUG 14 - Taylor Swift RUTH ECKERD HALL 1111 N. Mcmullen Booth Rd, Clearwater. 727.791.7400. JULY 7 - Interactive Introverts - Dan & Phil World Tour AUGUST 2 - O.A.R. Just Like Paradise Tour w/ Matt Nathanson 4 - Hippiefest 2018 - Vanilla Fudge, Rick Derringer, Mitch Ryder & The Detroit Wheels, Badfinger featuring Joey Molland SARASOTA OPERA HOUSE 61 N Pineapple Ave., Sarasota, 941.359.0099. 48

19 – Rigoletto – Opera Film SHOW PALACE DINNER THEATRE 16128 U.S. Hwy 19, Hudson, FL 34667. 727-8637949. SIDESPLITTERS COMEDY CLUB 12938 N. Dale Mabry Highway, Tampa, FL 33618. (813) 960-1197 JULY 5-8 - Grant Lyon 12-14 - Steve Trevino 15 - Fifty Shades of Men 19-22 - April Macie 26-29 - Collin Moulton




SPITFIRE THEATER 14 18th St. S, St. Petersburg JULY 21 - AUG 18. Forced Away: A Star Wars Story

STAGEWORKS THEATER 1120 E. Kennedy Blvd., West Bldg., #151, Tampa 813.374.2416. AUGUST 10 - 19. Ugly Lies the Bone. This award winning play chronicles the homecoming of a newly discharged female American soldier to Titusville, Florida. When she returns, Jess is still coming to terms with her own physical and emotional scars as she grapples with the question of ‘What now?’ As she undergoes a new innovative recovery process involving virtual reality, she builds a new world where she can begin to heal herself. ST. PETERSBURG OPERA COMPANY 727.823.2040 Mornings, Afternoons, Evenings and Cocktail with the Maestro. Various performance locations JULY 2 – 13 – Peter Pan, Jr. Camp 16 – 27 – Thoroughly Modern Millie, Jr. Camp STRAZ CENTER 1010 N. W.C. MacInnes Place, Tampa 813.229. STAR JULY Thru 8 - Dancing at Lughnasa. The story of 5 unmarried sisters eking out their lives in a small village in Ireland in 1936. The festival of Lughnasa celebrates the pagan god of the harvest with drunk50

en revelry and dancing. Their spare existence is interrupted by brief, colorful bursts of music from the radio, their only link to the romance and hope of the world at large. The action of the play is told through the memory of the illegitimate son of one of the sisters as he remembers the five women who raised him. 12 – 29 – It Shoulda Been You 21 – 29 – Gilbert & Sullivan Trial By Jury. Laugh and swoon with their outrageous interpretation of Trial by Jury along with other Gilbert and Sullivan favorites. 22 - The FUN Show with CAT & NAT. Mom duo well-known for their viral #MOMTRUTHS video and hilarious weekly Facebook Live shows. AUGUST 1 – End-of-Summer Music Blowout 4, 5 – Paw Patrol LIVE! 10 – Summer Evening of Dance 15 – SEPT 9 – Hedwig and the Angry Inch follows German immigrant-turned-transgender-Kansastrailer-park-wannabe-rock-goddess Hedwig Robinson during one life-changing night of her musical act. Full of TMI, towering go-go boots and cult hits “Exquisite Corpse,” “Wig in a Box,” “Tear Me Down” and more, this campy romp reveals the blistering realities of self-acceptance that defy gender identity.

TARPON SPRINGS PERFORMING ARTS CENTER 324 Pine St, Tarpon Springs, FL. JULY 18 – 22 – One Act Plays Festival AUGUST


ANN WILSON Comes to the

MIDFLORIDA Credit Union Amphitheatre

Sunday, August 26


with JEFF BECK and PAUL RODGERS in the Stars Align Tour

conic vocalist Ann Wilson of Heart is gearing up for a busy summer that will see her performing on the “Stars Align Tour” with Jeff Beck and Paul Rodgers, coming to Tampa on Sunday, August 26 At Midflorida Credit Union Amphitheatre, and prepping the release of her new solo album, Immortal, due out September 14 via BMG . “I am thrilled to have been asked to perform on the ‘Stars Align Tour’ with Jeff Beck and Paul Rodgers,” shares Ann. “They are both long time favorites of mine! They are masters at their craft and it is an honor to share the stage this summer.” For the new release, Ann has teamed with original Heart producer Mike Flicker (“Dreamboat Annie,” “Magazine,” “Little Queen,” “Dog and Butterfly” and “Bebe Le Strange,” among others) for an album that will pay homage to musicians lost in the past few years. Fittingly titled Immortal,, the album features 10 musically diverse tracks that pay homage to some of the singer’s favorite songs and artists, all of whom have passed away in recent years and whose music poignantly lives on. Ann chose the album title Immortal, after revealing some working titles early on in the project. “The original working titles evolved as the concept for the album evolved; a little bit at a time,” explains Ann. “As my understanding of what I had undertaken grew and clarified, I realized a larger truth; that the souls may have departed but the songs will forever be their resonances. These are the poets of our time and their expressions must be handed down. Poetry is lasting and elemental like carvings in rock.” The finely etched tracks that comprise Immortal, cover a lot of musical ground, with many highlights including songs by Leonard Cohen (“A Thousand Kisses Deep”), Amy Winehouse (“Back to Black”), David Bowie (“I’m Afraid of Americans”), Lesley Gore (“You Don’t Own Me”) and Tom Petty (“Luna”). Ann says the criteria for choosing this collection of songs was easy. “First of all, I had to LOVE them! They had to be songs I could get inside of authentically as a singer. Lyrics are important to me but the most important thing is always the marriage of words and melody that makes the song magic!” Fans can expect to hear an assortment of Heart hits along with tracks from her solo career and upcoming album at her show.

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FOOTLIGHTS con’t 18, 19 – Shakespeare’s Greatest Hits. A literary smörgåsbord of nothing but the best of the Bard. You’ll laugh, you’ll cry and you will be left wanting more. URBANITE THEATRE 1487 Second Street, Sarasota, FL 34236. AUGUST 3 - SEPT 2. Wakey Wakey. Obie-award-winning playwright Will Eno celebrates life’s gifts with an uplifting mix of gratitude, absurdity and humor in this spirited and affecting portrait of humanity. VAN WEZEL 777 N Tamiami Trail, Sarasota. 941-953-3368

JULY 27 – Reverend Barry & The Funk AUGUST 17 – Rebel Heart VILLAGIO CINEMAS AT CARROLLWOOD 11778 N Dale Mabry Hwy, Tampa, FL 33618. 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.


ippiefest rolls into Clearwater on a “Magic” Bus filled with hit-makers including VANILLA FUDGE, RICK DERRINGER, MITCH RYDER & THE DETROIT WHEELS and BADFINGER feat. JOEY MOLLAND. It’s peace, love, happiness and an evening full of great music that has stood the test of time. Don’t forget to arrive early for the Hippie Marketplace featuring live local music, food, authentic signed poster auction featuring a wide variety of performers, specialty vendors, the vintage vinyl vault, 70s car show and more.Hippie Marketplace Opens at 5pm.





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2018 Summer Festival Showcasing the talented future stars of Broadway! Friday, July 27

Saturday, July 28

8:00 pm - SING, SING, SING an evening of song featuring solo vocal performances performed by the BTP Apprentices and entertainers from Norwegian Cruise Line

8:00 pm - ANYTHING CAN BE BROADWAY The evening performance highlights the BTP Apprentices performing side by side with entertainers from Norwegian Cruise Line.

Saturday, July 28

Seating for each event is limited. Advance purchase is recommended. Seating is General Admission. $30.00 (+ fees) for each performance. Performances are held at USF Theatre 1, 3839 USF Holly Drive, TAT, Tampa, FL 33620

2:00 pm - ANYTHING CAN BE BROADWAY The matinee performance showcases the talent of the BTP Apprentices along with featured faculty members

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ES is celebrating their 50th Anniversary with a new album and a tour that will bring them to the Tampa Bay area. The iconic group will make a stop at the CAPITOL THEATRE in Clearwater on THURSDAY, JULY 26, and thrill their audience with tunes from #YES50: Celebrating 50 Years of YES.

YES is, of course, one of the biggest bands in prog rock history and true pioneers of the genre. Founding member/Grammy winner/Rock & Roll Hall of Fame inductee Tony Kaye (keyboards; 1968-1971 and 19831995) will join Steve Howe (guitar since 1970), Alan White (drums since 1972), Geoff Downes (keyboards; first joined in 1980), Jon Davison (vocals since 2011) and Billy Sherwood (guitar/keyboards in the 1990s and the late Chris Squire’s choice to take over bass/vocals in 2015) for this summer’s tour as a special guest. Founded in 1968 by the late Chris Squire and Jon Anderson, Grammy-award winning recording artists YES has created some of the most important and influential music in rock history, such as iconic pieces “Roundabout,” “Close to the Edge,” “I’ve Seen All Good People,” “Owner of a Lonely Heart,” “Starship Trooper,” and countless others. The band’s albums, including Fragile, Close to the Edge, Tales from Topographic Oceans, Relayer, Going For the One and 90125, have been certified multi-platinum, doubleplatinum, platinum, and more by the RIAA, and have sold over 50 million records total during the band’s long and successful career that has so far spanned over five decades. Among the world’s most influential, ground-breaking, and respected progressive rock bands, YES continues creating masterful music that inspires musicians, fans and music lovers around the world.


NOTES FROM THE BAND: “Much has changed since I joined Yes in 1970, but the core elements of the band have remained consistent,” shares guitarist Steve Howe. “We want to mark this anniversary with a tour that encompasses some of our best-loved work and revisit a few classic pieces that have been lost for a while. We look forward to sharing the 50th anniversary with the fanbase, playing classic songs that celebrate the broad musical style of Yes.” “I have been blessed to be a member of this amazing band’s rhythm section for the past 46 years, mostly in the company of my great friend Chris Squire, and latterly alongside Chris’ chosen successor, Billy Sherwood, who is receiving recognition for stepping into Chris’ pre-eminent bass and vocals,” says drummer Alan White. “Each

night we are pausing to reflect on Chris’ importance to Yes, his desire that we should continue to share Yes music on stages worldwide, and the specific dedication of ‘Onward’ to his huge memory. I’m so grateful to continue to be performing on stages for our dedicated fans and look forward to celebrating our 50th Anniversary in America. It has been a great ride!” “Being a member of the band during its 50th anniversary is a privilege and honor,” adds Geoff Downes (keys). “It is awe-inspiring to reflect on the caliber and invention of the musicians who have forged the legacy of Yes since 1968, always pushing the boundaries. Playing on stage with founder member Tony Kaye to launch the 50th anniversary [on this year’s Cruise to the Edge] was a wonderful experience for the band and our fans, to whom we dedicate this special tour.”

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3 Ways to Love The Florida Orchestra’s New Season

A CHILD OF OUR TIME (Nov. 9-11): Don’t know it? Understandable. This is the first time TFO will perform Michael Tippett’s oratorio, featuring The Master Chorale of Tampa Bay. What’s to love: Tippett, a pacifist, was inspired by Kristallnacht when he composed the oratorio, so it was a natural choice to commemorate the 80th anniversary of the “Night of Broken Glass” in partnership with the Florida Holocaust Museum. “It’s extraordinary as a dramatic, powerful, brand-new piece for the audience to hear, but it’s also very accessible, beautiful and memorable,” Francis said.

Michael Francis

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f you’re expecting The Florida Orchestra’s next season to be a letdown after its 50th anniversary celebration, don’t. Music Director Michael Francis has put an enormous amount of thought into programming TFO’s most wide-ranging season yet. “It’s our first chance to show where we’re going as an orchestra in our new era,” he said. Looking beyond the big-name works – Beethoven’s Symphony No. 5, Gershwin’s Rhapsody in Blue – there’s so much more to adore. Here’s the inside scoop on three concerts you’ll fall in love with.

THE PLANETS (Feb. 15-17, 2019): This concert includes a hidden gem that is dear to Michael Francis’ heart: music as a living art form. He and his wife, Cindy, are sponsoring a new work by USF Associate Professor Baljinder Sekhon, as yet unnamed. What’s to love: Francis’ mission is two-pronged: explore the Masterworks in a new light and discover new music, especially Florida talent. “We’re showing that as the third biggest state, we have an incredible artistic voice,” Francis said. BRAHMS’ PIANO CONCERTO NO. 1 (March 29-31, 2019): Even if you’re already a Brahms fan, the rest of this program is more awesome than you realize. What’s to love: First of all, Michael Francis is stoked about working with pianist Benjamin Grosvenor in his TFO debut: “He is one of the great talents of our time.” This concert also features an unusual approach to Arnold Schoenberg’s Transfigured Night, based on the poem by Richard Dehmel. The beautiful piece will be performed mostly in the dark with the poetry on screen. “It will be deeply atmospheric and powerful,” Francis said. The Florida Orchestra: Performs regularly at the Straz Center in Tampa, Mahaffey in St. Petersburg and Ruth Eckerd Hall in Clearwater. Concert series are on sale now at or 727.892.3337 and 1.800.662.7286. Single tickets go on sale Aug. 13.



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Handcrafted Accessories


avish Leathers is helping fashionistas make a bold statement, with a new twist. Offering dozens of styles, colors and prints in earrings, necklaces, bracelets and more, Lavish Leathers pride themselves on affordable accessories for everyone. The unique handcrafted earrings are surprisingly lightweight, with hooks made from nickel free iron in styles of silver, gold, antique gold and antique bronze, and come with plastic earring backs. Lavish Leathers will gladly do custom orders, and also offer sterling silver hooks if desired. The company is owned by two very creative sisters, Amber & Sienna from Texas. For special orders, email info@lavishleathers.

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ver wonder how those gorgeous A-listers keep those low cut dresses in place on the red carpet? This is their little secret. It’s also a brides best friend, as well as a bikini lover’s pal. For women of all shapes and sizes, Boob Glue Gravity Defying Adhesive instantly enhances the appearance of the breasts by keeping them positioned exactly where you want them adding extra lift, support or cleavage to your bra or braless attire. It’s a must have for strapless bras and dresses. Just roll on Boob Glue for all day lift, hold & support. The roll on adhesive will set fast, so you need to work quickly to position your breasts exactly where you want them. For removal, slowly remove clothing from skin, and Boob Glue will rinse off easily with soap and water. Boob Glue is free of any silicones, latex and parabens, and all ingredients have been tested and proven safe for use. It will not stain fabric, but you should always test first, just to be safe. The ingredients are Tocopheryl Acetate, Aloe Barbensis Leaf juice, and Fragrance (Parfum).

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Invisible Storage Leggings


fter being tired of not having a place to store her phone, id, keys and money when traveling, Raeswear owner/inventor Leigh Cockram spent 2 years designing and testing fabrics to accomplish her goal. The idea became reality with the advent of Raeswear. You can invisibly store your essentials comfortably, safely, and conveniently with Rasewear’s 360° waistband pocket. This feature is also handy for people who use insulin pumps, EpiPens and inhalers.The waistband doesn’t shift or sag, items don’t bounce or move, and shorts don’t ride up. Raeswear products include capris, leggings, skapris (shirts over capris), skorts, running tights, shorts, and yoga pants. The products are made of 80° Nylon and 20% Spandex, and have 2 vertical pocket openings for ease of access. The fabric is wicking/fast drying, and machine washable. Made in the USA. Sizes run from Xsmall to Xlarge, and come in short, regular and tall lengths.

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LAY N GO COSMO Cosmetic Organizer T he Lay-n-Go COSMO is a cosmetic bag that allows you to see all of your cosmetics at once, and clean up in seconds. No more digging and dumping in a traditional black hole make up bag. The raised lip keeps make up and brushes from rolling off the counter. The Cosmo is wipeable and machine washable. Use at home or away. Do your daily make up routine at the gym, or in your office, on a clean dry surface. Pull the drawstring cord and the Cosmo cinches completely closed to stow or travel. Pack the Cosmo in your suitcase, tuck it in your overnight bag. The Cosmo conveniently fits anywhere. It opens up to a handy 20”, has a zippered storage pocket, and a convenient handle. Lay-n-Go is available in different sizes and colors.

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Tampa Bay Area TAMPA BAY CITYPASS MOBILE TICKET OPTION 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.

JULY 14 – Why Snakes are Cool 21 – Introduction to the Kingdom Fungi 23 – ECO Teacher Training Workshop 28 – The Swamp Ecosystem CHIHULY COLLECTION 720 Central Avenue, St. Petersburg. 727.822.7872. Only permanent collection of Dale Chihuly’s work. CLEARWATER MARINE AQUARIUM 249 Windward Passage, Clearwater, FL 33767. (727) 441-1790.

Clearwater Marine Aquarium is home to rescued dolphins, sea turtles, river otters, stingrays, nurse sharks and more. Winter the dolphin’s story of survival, after the injury that caused her to lose her tail, has impacted millions of people around the world. A major motion picture, Dolphin Tale, highlighted her life story in 2011. The sequel, Dolphin Tale 2, features the story of Hope, a young resident dolphin. JULY 21 – 26 – Meet the Dolphin Tale Stars

BOYD HILL NATURE PRESERVE 1101 Country Club Way S, St. Petersburg 727.893.7326. Tram Tours Saturdays, Guided Tours, Classes. BROOKER CREEK PRESERVE 3940 Keystone Road, Tarpon Springs. 727. 453.6800. 60

CRACKER COUNTRY Florida State Fairgrounds, 4800 US-301, Tampa, FL 33610. (813) 627-4225. 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.



Attractions & Museums

30 – Meet Clyde Butcher JULY 5 – Cult Classics: Grease AUGUST 2 – Cult Classics: Die Hard DR. CARTER G. WOODSON AFRICAN AMERICAN MUSEUM 2240 9th Ave.S, St. Petersburg. 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

CONT Gallery-Cafe-Pottery Studio 2nd Saturday Gallery Walk

DALÍ MUSEUM One Dali Blvd., St. Petersburg, 727.823.3767. THRU NOV 25 – CLYDE BUTCHER: VISIONS OF DALÍ’S SPAIN. Features 41 photos that take viewers on a journey through the Catalonian region, with images ranging from an intimate 2 feet to a panoramic 8 feet.

DUNCAN MCCLELLAN GALLERY 2342 Emerson Ave. S, St. Petersburg, 813.760.6600 2nd Saturday Gallery Walk DUNEDIN FINE ART CENTER 1143 Michigan Blvd. - Dunedin, 34698. 727.298. DFAC - Thru AUG 12 I + THOU. This multi-media group show explores Continued




Thru August 5

BeerIsBack at Busch Gardens Tampa Bay. For the duration of Summer Nights, guests 21 and older can enjoy two complimentary beer samples from the Garden Gate Cafe each day. New featured brews will be


repare to Vanish down an epic free-fall at Vanish Point, Adventure Island’s newest attraction that will sweep guests off their feet all season long. This water slide will literally pull the floor from under your feet. Prepare to drop down this 70-foot drop slide that let’s you choose between two skyboxes. And smile for the camera, because they’re capturing your moment live. Each slide will send you through 425 feet of spiraling tubes until you reach the splash run finale.



ome for the day and stay into the night. With extended park hours, endless energy and coasters that light up th enight, the event features 3 themed party zones: Fiesta Festa, Vibin’ Village, and Backyard BBQ.

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Attractions & Museums


themes of identity—Self, our various Personas + the Other. The title is drawn from Martin Buber’s classic essay discussing how we relate to ourselves and the world as either: I-It (objectified) or I-Thou (sacred encounter). TRIANGULATE. Referencing the term for finding an unknown point in Space-Time via three known reference points, this exhibit aims to aesthetically examine contemporary human culture and relationships in, and among, three countries: Norway, China and the United States of America. MICHAEL MASSARO: Fait Accompli. Michael Massaro’s intense interest in the connectivity of materials spurs him to experiment, combining materials to create harmony or discord. His recent work is a social commentary concerning humanity’s inhumanity. Fait Accompli is the artist’s emotional response to the problems of refugees across the globe. SOUVENIR. Artists design the ultimate Souvenir in the media of their choice. 2d + 3d works are represented.

FLORIDA AQUARIUM 701 Channelside Dr, Tampa, FL 33602. (813) 2734000.

Explore and learn about marine life at The Florida Aquarium. For all ages. Exhibits, Journey to Madagascar, Wetlands Trai, Bays and Beaches, Coral. FLORIDA BOTANICAL GARDENS 12520 Ulmerton Road, Largo , 727.582.2100. Closed weekends & County Holidays. 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. Second Saturday Artwalk Mural Walk on Saturdays Thru JULY 28 - DOLLS AND WHERE THEY

A Botanical Experience Awaits You... • Discover the beauty of a 100 year old botanical paradise. • Explore cascading waterfalls, beautiful gardens, more than 50,000 tropical plants and flowers. • Experience a guided tour, special event or workshop. $10 Adults; $8 seniors 62+; $4 ages 2 - 11 1825 4th St. N., St. Petersburg, FL • 727-551-3100 64

LIVE. Florida CraftArt invited artists to create dolls to be featured in environments suggestive of where the dolls might live. Dolls were fashioned and submitted by over 30 artists including members of the National Institute of Doll Artists, artists from around America and from as far away as New Zealand. The Exhibition Gallery at Florida CraftArt will be transformed into areas for dolls that fall into different themes, including Gothic and Surreal, Fantasy, Whimsical and Forest Woodland. JULY 15, at 1 p.m. there will be a doll-making workshop, tickets can be purchased at FloridaCraftArt. org. 28, 5:30 to 7 p.m., the People’s Choice Award will be presented at the closing reception. The People’s Choice Award is selected by the visitors to the gallery who vote for their favorite doll. FLORIDA HOLOCAUST MUSEUM 55 5th St S, St. Petersburg, FL 33701. (727) 8200100. JULY 12 - FREE ADMISSION. 10am-5pm. This is an opportunity for the community to visit The Florida Holocaust Museum and view the exhibition Operation Finale: The Capture and Trial of Adolf Eichmann for free before it closes.

THRU 15 - OPERATION FINALE: THE CAPTURE & TRIAL OF ADOLF EICHMANN. “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. THRU AUGUST 19 - LETTERS TO SALA: A YOUNG WOMAN’S LIFE IN NAZI LABOR CAMPS



ig Cat Rescue is the world’s largest accredited sanctuary devoted to big cats. The nonprofit sanctuary is home to more than 70 lions, tigers, leopards, cougars, servals, caracals, and

various other exotic cats. BCR has built enclosures in a natural habitat with foliage and shelter on 55 acres in the Citrus Park area of north Tampa. They provide the best nutritional and medical care possible, and have conditioning and enrichment programs to provide the cats physical and psychological well being. The sanctuary is primarily supported by donation. The facility offers a variety of guided educational tours at 14 set times during the week. Be aware that most tours are not open to children ages 9 and under. All ages tours are held Saturdays at 12 pm. They also offer private tours, field trips, birthday parties, and other events. BCR, 12802 Easy Street, Tampa. For tour times and reservations, call 888-316-5875, or visit


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AUG 18 - FEB 10 - BILL GRAHAM AND THE ROCK & ROLL REVOLUTION. This exhibition explores the extraordinary life of renowned music promoter Bill Graham (19311991) who helped launch and promote the careers of countless rock & roll artists. As a promoter and manager, he worked with iconic artists including the Grateful Dead, Jefferson Airplane, Janis Joplin, Jimi Hendrix, Santana, Fleetwood Mac, the Who, Led Zeppelin, the Doors, and the Rolling Stones. It also traces the indomitable spirit of a man brought to the United States as an eleven-year-old Jewish refugee fleeing the Nazis, fueling a lifelong passion and advocacy for social justice. Treasured photographs and artifacts from Graham’s early life and career will be on loan from the Graham family. An installation of “The Joshua Light Show”- the trailblazing liquid light show conceived in 1967 by multimedia artist Joshua White, which served as a backdrop to many Graham-produced shows - will be customized by White specifically for the exhibition. It will be one of several gallery components designed to evoke the sights and sounds of the era.

FLORIDA MUSEUM OF PHOTOGRAPHIC ARTS 400 N. Ashley Drive, Cube 200, Tampa, FL 33602, 813-221-2222. JULY 29 – Visual Story Telling through Fine Art Photography. FLORIDA RAILROAD MUSEUM 12210 83rd St East, Parrish, FL 34219. 941-77666


The Florida Railroad Museum was founded in 1982, and many train cars, cabooses, an ex-fruit growers express refrigerated car, a stainless steel baggage car plus others were donated, purchased and traded. Since then, they have received a former Pennsylvania RR sleeper, the “Bradenton,” two retired cars which were purchased from Ringling Brothers Circus, the ”Short Leaf Pine” and a 89-foot flatcar which they converted into an open-air car. The FRRM sponsors A Day Out with Thomas, the Little Engine That Could; A Month of Steam; the Easter Bunny Special; the Pumpkin Patch Express at Halloween; the North Pole Express during the Christmas season; annual Veterans Day Von Kessinger’s Express, a (WWII special event); North/South Days; and Hole in the Head Gang, a train robbery event. Complimentary rides are given to moms and dads on Mother’s and Father’s Days, to kids accompanied by adults during the summer and to Southeastern Guide Dogs for training purposes. JULY 19 - FRRM will hold a ground breaking ceremony for its new Parrish Station. 9:00 - 9:30 am. The station will have a ticket office, sales area, real train cars and memorabilia, restrooms and a 5,000 square foot freight room. Passengers will have a covered waiting area while waiting for the train and when disembarking. The entire building when completed will be over 20,000 square feet. FORT DE SOTO PARK Tierre Verde. 727.552.1862. www.pinellascounty. org/park/05_Ft_DeSoto.htm The park offers the greatest diversity of systems just about anywhere. Emerging from the wealth of bird life, sea life, wild life and plant life is the majestic tapestry called Fort De Soto.. Guided Nature Walks – Sat & Sun.

GLAZER CHILDREN’S MUSEUM 110 W Gasparilla Plaza, Tampa, FL 33602. (813) 443-3861. OCEAN SANDBOX! Move and shape the sand to create the ocean’s topography. Sculpt mountains, islands, underwater channels, and caves to see augmented reality marine landscape come to life with ocean creatures, treasure chests, and more SUNSHINE SUNDAY: Last Sunday Of Every Other Month 10am - 1pm. This program is a limitedengagement event for children with special needs and their caregivers. Children can explore the Museum with lights and sounds turned down and sensory adapted tools, special programs, and community resources at their fingertips.

GREAT EXPLORATIONS CHILDREN’S MUSEUM 1925 4th St N, St. Petersburg, FL 33704. (727) 821-8992. 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. GULF BEACHES HISTORICAL MUSEUM 115 10th Ave, St Pete Beach 727-552-1610. Only museum dedicated to the preservation of CONTINUED



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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.

impressive collection of Herend china from Hungary with patterns ordered by the Russian Tsar, royal houses and eminent customers. AUGUST 4 – Teacher Appreciation Day

HERITAGE VILLAGE 11909 125th St N, Largo. 727.582.2123. Free 21-acre living history museum. New exhibit Boathouse display. Sundays – Speaking of History. The Gulfport Art Walk event features new artists every first Friday and third Saturday each month and includes several different sculpture and paint mediums, jewelry, photography, folk art, upcycled items, handmade/designed clothing and accessories, body products, authors, entertainers and more. Live musicians appear at several venues throughout the waterfront district during Art Walks from 6-10 PM, year round. GULFPORT HISTORY MUSEUM 5301 28th Ave. S, Gulfport. 727-327-0505. Free Admission. The Gulfport Historical Society preserves and celebrates Gulfport culture and history through exhibits and programs that educate and inspire the community and visiting public. HENRY B. PLANT MUSEUM 401 W Kennedy Blvd, Tampa, FL 33606. (813) 254-1891. 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 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

IMAGINE MUSEUM 1901 Central Ave., St. Petersburg Contemporary American Studio Glass. JULY 10, 17, 24 – Paper Craft 21 – Pop-Up Art! AUGUST 18 – Family Day. Celebrate inspiration & imagination with a variety of family-friendly activities for everyone. Experience three hands-on art projects in the main hall of the museum. Enjoy musical entertainment with light bites. JAMES MUSEUM OF WESTERN & WILDLIFE ART 150 Central Ave, St. Petersburg.


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The James Museum of Western & Wildlife Art revives interest and passion about the history of the 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. MARIE SELBY BOTANICAL GARDENS 811 S. Palm Ave., Sarasota, 941.366.5731. MONDAYS – Yoga in the Garden JULY 4 – All-American Cookout 11 – Release Your Inner Nature Lover MOREAN ARTS CENTER 719 Central Ave, St. Petersburg, FL 33701. 727-8227872. JULY 14 - SEPT 27 - One Hundred: 2018 Members Show. 2018 marks the 100th anniversary of the Morean’s annual members show! To celebrate our 100th exhibition, we have asked each member to bring a work of art that expresses the theme of “one hundred”— interpreted any way they choose. The exhibition is free and open to the public. MOTE MARINE LABORATORY & AQUARIUM 1600 Ken Thompson Pkwy, Sarasota, 941.388.4441. Science, Education, Aquarium JULY 25 – 28 – Shark Days at Mote

MUSEUM OF FINE ARTS 255 Beach Drive. NE, St. Petersburg, 727.894.4638. JULY 26 – BOURBON, JAZZ, AND HERB. 6 – 8 pm. $. Listen to live jazz from James Suggs and Friends, sip a signature bourbon, and rub elbows with the famed photographer Herb Snitzer. Thru 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.

JULY 1 – Marly Music: Christopher Johnson 11 – Coffee Talk W/Nan Colton: Designing Architecture 15 – Marly Music: Calire Huangci 70

25 – Simmer And Sift: Ichicoro Ane 26 – An Evening Of Bourbon, Jazz And Herb. Listen to live jazz from James Suggs and Friends, sip a signature bourbon, and rub elbows with the famed photographer Herb Snitzer. $ 28 – Magnetic Fields: Sonic Abstraction AUGUST 5 – Marly Music: Kristin Lee 8 – Coffee Talk W/ Nan Colton: All About Focus 19 – Marly Music: Wayne Bethanis MUSEUMS ON US - The First Full Weekend Of Each Month 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. Gaze skyward - Saunders Planetarium. IMAX

Dome Theatre. Over 450 Hands-On Activities. Zip Line.

REPLAY AMUSEMENT MUSEUM 119 Tarpon Ave., Tarpon Springs 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. Mondays FREE admissions all day. Thurs – Art After 5 Thurs – Art After 5 CONTINUED



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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. 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. 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.

SOUTH FLORIDA MUSEUM 201 10th Street West, Bradenton FL 34205. (941) 746-4131. 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 72

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. Thru AUG 19 - THINGS COME APART. A quarterinch-thick smartphone can be used as a watch, a camera, a theater, a map and even a mobile bank. Things Come Apart, a traveling exhibition circulated by the Smithsonian Institution Traveling Exhibition Service (SITES) and featuring the works of photographer and tinkerer Todd McLellan, looks inside the evolutions of the smartphone and dozens of other everyday technologies. Through more than 40 captivating photographs, videos and objects encased in acrylic, “Things Come Apart” displays the complex parts that have spurred revolutions in product design and functionality across multiple industries and the staying power of classic designs, from the everchanging navigational systems to the evergreen bicycle.

ST. PETERSBURG MUSEUM OF HISTORY 335 2nd Ave NE, St. Petersburg. 727.894.1052 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. ST. PETERSBURG PRESERVATION WALKING TOURS Central Ave. & 2nd St, St. Petersburg (Oct. - Apr.) 727.824.7802. National Register listed downtown. Free for members. Suggested donation non-members.

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Explore the Surreal Landscape of Dalí’s Mediterranean World


Clyde Butcher Reveals Dalí’s Painted Landscapes as His Own Photographed Dreamscapes Thru Nov 25

urrently at the Dali Museum, Clyde Butcher: Visions of Dalí’s Spain delivers a glimpse into Salvador Dalí’s homeland. The Dalí commissioned Clyde Butcher, the nature photographer known as the “Ansel Adams of the Florida landscape,” to travel to Spain to capture a series of technically brilliant, epically scaled photographs. Throughout his career, Butcher’s photographs have altered people’s perceptions about the Florida environment, and now, will alter the understanding of the surrealist master and the landscape that made him. The Dalí’s new exhibition features 41 original photographs that transport viewers to the striking Catalonian coast, where they are invited to not only appreciate the beauty of Dalí’s beloved environs but also to contemplate the landscapes from an alternate perspective. For this project, Butcher was asked to produce a series of black and white photographs documenting the dramatic splendor of Dalí’s world. “Butcher’s unique abilities to capture the power of light, land and water in black & white deliver spectacular insights into the landscape that had such a profound influence on Dali’s vision and obsessions,” said Hank Hine, Dalí Museum Executive Director. The show is Butcher’s first photographic study

Port Lligat House of Spain. He captured the sublime beauty of Dalí’s Mediterranean world in exquisite detail through large scale, super-sharp monochromatic images. “Butcher did an incredible job of capturing the essence of this land that created Dalí,” said Peter Tush, Dalí Museum Curator of Education and exhibit curator. “The series of photographs displayed in the exhibition truly takes the viewer on an epic journey. “ Butcher himself will host book signings at The Dalí on Sept 29, and Nov 3. Visitors can also join Tush for a “Butcher + Dalí” Coffee with a Curator session on Tues, July 3. The exhibit runs through Nov 25. For more information and events details visit

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

communities everywhere to take action on behalf of chimpanzees to ensure a secure and hopeful future for this magnificent species. $. 11am-2pm. SUNKEN GARDENS 1825 4th St N, St. Petersburg, FL 33704. (727) 551-3102. 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.

SUNCOAST PRIMATE SANCTUARY 4600 Alt Hwy 19, Palm Harbor, FL JULY 14 - World Chimpanzee Day. Chimpanzee day is a celebration of chimpanzees and an opportunity to raise awareness about the vital need for worldwide participation in their care, protection, and conservation in the wild and in captivity. The founding organizations for World Chimpanzee Day aim to empower TAMPA BAY AUTOMOBILE MUSEUM 3301 Gateway Centre, Pinellas Park. 727.579.8226, 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. JULY 18 – Touchton Map Library Insiders Tour 20 – Flag Exhibit Tour 74

TAMPA MUSEUM OF ART 120 W. Gasparilla Plaza, Tampa, 813.259.1720. Friday - Art on The House - 4 to 8 pm Saturday - Art Spot for Families TAMPA THEATRE 711 N Franklin St, Tampa, FL 33602. (813) 274-8981. www. A restored classic theatre showing modern independent and classic films. Pre-show Wurlitzer organ concerts. TARPON HERITAGE MUSEUM 100 Beekman Ln., Tarpon Springs. History and culture of the Greek community. TARPON SPRINGS HISTORIC DEPOT MUSEUM 160 E. Tarpon Ave., Tarpon Springs. 727.943.4624 Free Admission. 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.

Provides opportunities for military and veterans to develop and showcase creative and artistic accomplishments. WEEDON ISLAND PRESERVE 1800 Weedon Drive NE, St. Petersburg. 727.453.6500, www. Ever wonder what archaeologists do with all that stuff they dig up at archaeological sites once the fieldwork is finished? Learn all about how artifacts and other archaeological material get processed in the laboratory; so, we can use them to learn about the

past. You will get the chance to sort through, identify, and wash artifacts and other material from real archaeological sites. One Friday a month. AUGUST 3 – Rainwater Harvesting Workshop WEEKI WACHEE SPRINGS A natural tourist attraction where underwater performances by “mermaids”, women wearing fish tails as well as other fanciful outfits, can be viewed in an aquarium-like setting in the spring of the Weeki Wachee River.

USF BOTANICAL GARDENS 4202 E. Fowler Ave, Tampa, FL, 813-974-2329. USF CONTEMPORARY ART MUSEUM 4202 E. Fowler Ave, Tampa. 813. 974.4133. JULY 12 – Access versus Preservation VETERANS ART CENTER 6798 Crosswinds Dr. N, St. Petersburg 813.504.3092



All DVDs are available on

THE VALLEY The Answer Lies Within


n The Valley, ambitious and highly successful Indian-American entrepreneur Neal Kumar (Alyy Kahn) – with wife, Roopa (Suchitra Pillai), and daughters, Monica (Salma Kahn) and Maya (Agneeta Thacker) – reside in the high-octane culture that is Silicon Valley, where his affluent lifestyle and beautiful family appear idyllic from the exterior. When Maya tragically commits suicide during her freshman year at college, no one seems to know why. With the family struggling to survive a culture in which relationships and human connection are alomost impossible to maitain, Neal embarks on a frantic journey to uncover the truth about his daughter’s death. Produced by Wavefront Pictures. Awarded Best Feature Film and the Grand Jury Award, 2018 Portland Film Festival.



riminal Minds revolves around an elite team of FBI profilers who analyze the country’s most twisted criminal minds, anticipating their next moves before they strike again. The Behavioral Analysis Unit’s most experienced agent is David Rossi, who is essential in helping the team solve new cases. Special Agent Simmons joins his colleagues in the BAU after consulting them when he was a member of the International Response Team. Simmons is an ex-Delta soldier with deft profiling skills and military special-ops expertise. As the team evolves together, the BAU continues its dedication to using their expertise to pinpoint predators’ motivations and identify their emotional triggers in the attempt to stop them. Starring: Joe Mantegna, Matthew Gray Gubler, A.J. Cook, Kirsten Vangsness, Aisha Tyler.

NCIS: LOS ANGELES The 9th Season


CIS: Los Angeles is a drama about the high-stakes world of a division of NCIS that is charged with apprehending elusive criminals, who pose a threat to the nation’s security. By assuming false identities and utilizing the most advanced technology, this team of agents goes deep undercover, putting their lives on the line in the field to bring down their targets. Special Agent “G” Callen is a chameleon who transforms himself into whomever he needs to be to infiltrate the criminal underworld. His partner is Special Agent Sam Hanna, a former U.S. Navy SEAL who has seen action in both Afghanistan and Iraq. This tight-knit unit relies on each other to do what is necessary to protect national interests.



BULL Season 2

ull stars Michael Weatherly as Dr. Jason Bull in a drama inspired by the early career of Dr. Phil McGraw, the founder of one of the most prolific trial consulting firms of all time. Brilliant, brash and charming, Dr. Bull is the ultimate puppet master as he combines psychology, human intuition and high tech data to learn what makes jurors, attorneys, witnesses and the accused tick. Bull employs an enviable team of experts at Trial Analysis Corporation to shape successful narratives down to the very last detail. In high-stakes trials, Bull’s combination of remarkable insight into human nature, three Ph.D.’s and a top-notch staff creates winning strategies that tip the scales of justice in his clients’ favor.

HAWAII FIVE-O The 8th Season


awaii Five-O is a contemporary take on the classic series about an elite federalized task force whose mission is to wipe out the crime that washes up on the islands’ sun-drenched beaches. Detective Steve McGarrett, a decorated Naval officer turned cop, returned to Oahu after Hawaii’s former governor persuaded him to head up the new team: his rules, no red tape and full blanket authority to hunt down the biggest “game” in town. The state’s brash FIVE-0 unit, who may spar and jest among themselves, remain determined to eliminate the seedy elements from the 50th state. Starring: Alex O’Loughlin, Scott Caan, Chi McBride, Jorge Garcia, Meaghan Rath

SEAL TEAM Season One


EAL Team is a new military drama that follows the professional and personal lives of the most elite unit of Navy SEALs as they train, plan and execute the most dangerous, high stakes missions our country can ask of them. Jason Hayes is the respected, intense leader of the Tier One team whose home life has suffered as a result of his extensive warrior’s existence. His team includes his trusted confidant, Ray Perry, the longest-tenured operator with whom Jason shares an ingrained shorthand, and Sonny Quinn, an exceptional, loyal soldier with a checkered past who still combats self-destructive tendencies. Deployed on clandestine missions worldwide at a moment’s notice, and knowing the toll it takes on them and their families, this tight-knit SEAL team displays unwavering patriotism and fearless dedication even in the face of overwhelming odds. Starring: David Boreanaz, Max Thieriot, Jessica Paré, Neil Brown Jr., Neil Brown Jr.



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he highly anticipated Toy Story Land at Disney’s Hollywood Studios is now open for playing in! Calling all toys to enter Andy’s backyard! We were lucky enough to shrink down to toy size for the Grand Opening of the park June 30th. We wandered the streets under giant Christmas lights and hovering tinker toys seeking adventure on the new rides based on some of the favorite characters from the Toy Story franchise. The new 11-acre playground is cluttered with toys, not all neatly arranged, but messy — just like a youngster’s toy box would/ should be. Many of the Pixar toys wander the streets for your entertainment. The toy soldiers are our favorite, and they’re pretty darn good drummers, too! Two new fun rides will appeal to kids and adults alike, the Slinky Dog Dash and the Alien Swirling Saucers. The ever-popular Toy Story Mania has been expanded with a third track. Slinky Dog Dash is a smooth coaster that everyone can enjoy, and is fun to watch. CONTINUED


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limb aboard the Alien Swirling Saucers while the little green men’s cars swirl around under “The Claw.” OOooooooooo! When it’s time to eat, Woody’s Lunch Box has kid-friendly food (and we’re all kids in Andy’s Backyard.) Enjoy grilled sandwiches, ice-cream floats, grown-up drinks and desserts. The restaurant’s walk-up windows are housed in—you guessed it—a lunch box!



ots of fun new merchandise has been created for Toy Story Land. Some really cute items, such as the Slinky Dog headband, little cars from the Alien Saucer ride, a Buzz Lightyear bubble blower, T-shirts, backpacks—just to name a few. The merchandise is sold from large toy trucks at the moment, but I think they may be overwhelmed with customers and have to rethink that.

At night the park takes on a whole different look when the Christmas lights and structures light up. I say “structures” because nothing looks like a “building.” Everything has the appearance of being created out of toy pieces - toy blocks, erector sets, tinker toys. The restrooms are housed in a building block structure with giant Scrabble board pieces. The always amazing Disney Imagineers certainly worked overtime on this park. In speaking to one of them at the Grand Opening of the park, he said the hardest part of creating it was getting the perspective right of the oversized toys being believable. They certainly got it right. Toy Story Land is part of Disney’s Hollywood Studios, so there is no separate charge to enjoy it. For more information on park hours, prices, etc, please visit the website below.



Wine Bar George

Disney Springs’ Newest Hot Spot Master Sommelier George Miliotes and Executive Chef Ron Rupert Offer Tantalizing Wine and Food Pairings in a Sleek Setting

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ne of only 158 Master Sommeliers in the United States and of only 249 in the entire world, George Miliotes chose to set up shop in Disney Springs with his new venture, Wine Bar George. With this most prestigious title, you might expect a stuffy wine snob, but George is very affable and down-to-earth, and as expected, really knows his stuff. As a matter of fact, Wine Bar George is the only Master Sommelier-led wine bar in Florida. George is not a stranger to the world of Disney as he was part of the California Grill opening at Disney’s Contemporary Resort and managed it until 2002. He also created an award-winning wine list for that restaurant. George makes annual treks to wine-growing regions in Europe and South Africa, keeping relationships with vintners and joining in the winemaking process helping to create custom blends. Wine Bar George has over 130 wines served by the bottle, glass, and ounces. The wine list includes more than 40 varietals from regions around the world, using the Coravin, the Vinfinity system and wine on tap. The wine bar also offers a variety of cocktails, beer, and cider. Wine Bar George is sleek, casual and minimalist, with lots of oak woods and black metal supports, and some wine barrels serving as table stands, all to maximize the effect of the pairing of wine and food.


xecutive Chef Ron Rupert is supplying the tasty foods that are perfectly paired with various wines. Ron is also an alumnus of the California Grill, so the two are seasoned associates. We had the delightful occasion to experience pairings from the Wine Bar George menu, which leans toward Southern Mediterranean. We started our repast with a charcuterie board selection of artisanal cheeses and crafted meats and condiments. Then came small plates with creations such as Crispy Mac & Cheese Bites with tomato nage and pecorino, House-Made Meatballs with triple cheese polenta and tomato sauce, and Chicken

Master Sommelier George Miliotes an d Executive Chef Ron Rupert

Skirt Steak chimichurri, roasted potatoes & asparagus.


DINING OUT cont. Skewers with Japanese spice and Asian slaw accompanied by a variety of wines including a Giocato Gorika Brda - Slovenia ‘17, a Casas Del Bosque, Reserve Casablanca - Chile ‘16, and a Zuccardi Salta - Argentina ‘16. Family Style plates followed with Skirt Steak Chimichurri with roasted potatoes, a Grilled Whole Greek Sea Bass with cannellini bean ragout, and a Wine Braised Chicken with mushrooms and Yukon potato hash. All were served with seasonal vegetables. The paired wines were a Selbach-Oster Bomer Zeltinger Schlossberg, Mosel, Germany ‘16 (a lovely Riesling which can be found only at Wine Bar George in Florida) and a Foillard Côte du Py Morgon, France ‘16 (a very seductive Beaujolais.) Dessert arrived in the form of a perfect Florida favorite — Key Lime pie, and a very unique Olive Oil Cake with candied olives and lemon mascarpone.


ine Bar George is a welcome addition to the burgeoning dining scene at Disney Springs, where you will find plenty of choices for every possible taste.

Wine Bar George is located in Disney Springs, 1610 East Buena Vista Dr., Lake Buena Vista, FL 32830. Hours: Sun - Wed: 11 a.m. - 12 a.m.; Thurs - Sat: 11 a.m. - 2 a.m. For more information, please call (407) 490-1800 or visit


Crispy Mac & Cheese Bites

Grilled Whole Greek Sea Bass with cannellini bean ragout and asparagus

Chicken Skewers with togarashi and Asian slaw.

Wine Braised Chicken, mushrooms, Yukon potato hash and asparagus.

House-Made Meatballs with triple cheese polenta and tomato sauce

Key Lime Pie

Olive Oil Cake, candied olives with lemon mascarpone



Orlando Area

ART AFTER DARK: FOOD TRUCK EDITION - First Friday Of The Month Lake Nona, 6900 Tavistock Lakes Blvd, Orlando, FL. (321) 202-5855 First Friday of every month at Lake Nona Town Center for Art After Dark: Food Truck Edition. Mingle amongst local artists from Orlando’s bustling art scene while sipping your favorite wine and enjoying an abundance of delicious local food trucks. Nestled between Chroma Modern Bar + Kitchen and Bosphorous Turkish Cuisine, For the whole family. This three hour event kicks off at 6 PM and is open to the public. 6 PM - 9 PM.

with LIVE music and entertainment, 3 course plated dinner, open bar, key note speaker Ray Forsythe (former NFL Bengals player and STROKE SURVIVOR), live and silent auction with emcee WFTV’s Brian Shields, DJ, dancing, professional photography and more. 6 PM - 11 PM. FLORIDA SUMMER FASHION WEEK - July 14 DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel Orlando at SeaWorld, 10100 International Drive, Orlando, FL. (321) 7465323. More than 10 designers local and international, and more than 40 models rocking the runway. 1 PM - 3 PM. $.

BACKYARD WILDERNESS EXHIBIT - July 9 - Aug 10 Orange County Library, South Trail Branch, 4600 S. Orange Blossom Tr., Orlando FL 32839. This interactive exhibit, based on the film Backyard Wilderness, is designed to get kids outside and curious about the natural world outside their door. Free. 407835-7323.

LOBSTERPALOOZA 2018! - July 13 Divers Direct, 8200 S Orange Blossom, FL. 407-3632883. Get ready for mini and lobster season with in house expert Manny. Learn tips, tricks and local laws that are sure to help you catch some bugs. You’ll be set you up with all of the gear you’ll need to get the job done. 7 PM - 8 PM 14

CUPCAKE DECORATING AND ROBOTICS WORKSHOP - July 20 American Girl, 8001 South Orange Blossom Trail, Orlando, FL. 877-247-5223 Join in for a night filled with cupcakes and robotics—all inspired by Luciana. Girls will start by decorating cupcakes in the Bistro; then participate in a robotics workshop taught by Mad Science. They’ll learn how robots are built, practice controlling them, and even make a robotic hand of their own they can take home. $. Reservations required, For girls ages 8 and up. 6:30 PM - 7:45 PM.


Omni Orlando Resort at ChampionsGate, 1500 Masters Blvd, Orlando, FL. 772-485-0571. www. jsp?event=21& The gala’s purpose is to inspire people to spread stroke awareness and for stroke survivors and their families to share their stories. Evening includes cocktail hour 86

WHO LET THE DOGS OUT - July 21 Nora’s Sugar Shack, 636 Virginia Dr, Orlando, FL. 407-447-5885. A dog’s day of summer eve... who let the dogs out! Join in to raise money to save our furbabes. Enjoy great beers awesome company and camaraderie. A friendy dog event. So bring your friendly dogs and enjoy good beers. Proceeds to benefit our furry friends in need. Dj jerry johnson will be spinning mad misic for your amusement, and brewery reps will be there. 7 PM - 10 PM.

CHILLERS - CAHOOTS - LATITUDES 13TH ANNUAL CRAZY 80S PUB CRAWL - July 21 Chillers - Cahoots - Latitudes, 33 W Church St, Orlando, FL. 407-649-4270 Tickets include free entry at all of the stops + 4 free drinks + exclusive drink specials. $. 10 PM - 2 AM ANDRETTI KARTING 9299 Universal Blvd, Orlando, FL 32819. 407.610.5020. 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. 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. CONTINUED

iscovery Cove has introduced New RAY RUSH D new Relaxation Massages, and the park’s new Animal Trek Attraction at guests Aquatica program gives the chance

to explore behind the scenes and get to know Discovery Cove’s animal residents. Spa sessions are available from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily and are scheduled on a first-come, firstserved basis as guests arrive at the park each morning. Guests ages 6 and older can join a 90-minute Animal Trek tour with Discovery Cove he new attraction is a fully-loaded water adventure which will combine three who unique slide eleanimal experts, take particiments, never before seen at Aquatica, into one action-packed attraction entire family can pants behind the scenes to interact enjoy together. At nearly 60 feet tall, Ray Rush is where family and friends can take on three excitwith many of the park’s birds and ing thrills as they slide, splash and soar like never before. First,small ridersmammals, will be launched with water including a private jets designed to propel rafts into the first of several enclosed tube Next,where ridersguests will swirl toursections. of the aviary, can into the giant sphere. Finally, riders will drop into an open-air halfpipe that resembles the shape of feed and handle birds, and a spea manta ray before ending with a splash. Ray Rush will have a height requirement of 42”with to appeal cial viewing experience a to families with children and will accommodate up to four ridersily per raft. of playful otters.




Screamin’ Gator Zip Line.

DINOSAUR WORLD 5145 Harvey Tew Rd, Plant City, FL 33565. (813) 717-9865. Dinosaur World features over 150 life-size dinosaur sculptures in over 20 acres. Fossil dig, Dino Gem Excavation, Geode Cracker and more.

IFLY INDOOR SKYDIVING 8969 International Dr, Orlando,Florida. (407) 3374359. 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.

GATORLAND 14501 S Orange Blossom Tr, Orlando, FL 32837. (407) 855-5496. 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 freeflight aviary, petting zoo, one of a kind animal shows, natural alligator breeding marsh, and the “thrilling”



oin the Fast & Furious family for a full-throttle, high-octane experience where you’ll be immersed in heart-pounding action alongside Dom, Letty, Hobbs and the rest of the crew. You’ll meet up with the team and check out iconic vehicles and memorable locations from the films. Just as the party is getting started an enemy infiltrates your location and a wild chase ensues. You’ll have to keep up with this unbreakable family as they help you escape from danger on this thrilling ride. 88

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. Thru 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: 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.

MADAME TUSSAUDS 8401 International Drive, Orlando, FL 32819. 866630-8315. JUSTICE LEAGUE - 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. CONTINUED



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.


ATTRACTIONS & EVENTS 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. 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.

The Orlando Eye is one of the newest attractions in Orlando and the largest observation Ferris Wheel on the East Coast.

ORLANDO MUSEUM OF ART 2416 Mills Ave N, Orlando, FL 32803. (407) 8964231. AUG 4 - OCT 28. Zen Tales: The Art of Jon J Muth. This exhibition will feature 69 works by Jon J Muth, an American comic book artist and children’s book illustrator, known for his painted artwork. Thru AUG 10 - Orlando Museum of Art Florida Prize in Contemporary Art 2018. This exhibition features 10 of the most progressive and exciting artists working in the State today. SEPT 9 - Louis Dewis: A Belgian Post-Impressionist. A mini-exhibition of seven paintings by the Belgian Post-Impressionist painter, Louis Dewis.

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.

ORLANDO SCIENCE CENTER 777 E Princeton St, Orlando, FL 32803. (407) 5142000. Exhibits are designed to inspire curiosity and exploration. The Science Live! programs are designed to 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. Creating experiences that enlighten, entertain, and enrich the lives of family and young audiences. ORLANDO SEALIFE AQUARIUM 8449 International Drive, Orlando, FL 32819. 866-


622-0607. orlando/ Sea Life Orlando will transport you into a magical underwater world filled with a dazzling array of amazing creatures. From faceto-face encounters with sharks, to a hands-on touchpool experience, there’s plenty for everyone to enjoy at the newest aquarium in Orlando.

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. PIRATE’S DINNER ADVENTURE 6400 Carrier Drive, Orlando, FL 32819. (407) 206-5100. www. Set aboard an authentically replicated 18th-century Spanish galleon measuring 46 feet long, 18 feet wide with 40-foot

ORLANDO STARFLYER 7001 International Drive, Orlando. 407-370-5353 .


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. ORLANDO WATERSPORTS COMPLEX 8615 Florida Rock Road Orlando, FL 32824 Phone: (407) 2513100. 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


ATTRACTIONS & EVENTS 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 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. The Polk Museum of Art at Florida Southern College is a teaching museum that enhances lives through inspirational and engaging art experiences for all. Beth Ford: A Selective Retrospective - Thru Sept. 23. This exhibition showcases the work of Florida Southern College Professor emeritus and award-winning artist Beth Ford. Lorrie Goulet: Seventy Years Carving - thru Sept. 30. A celebration of Goulet’s career as a painter, sculptor and poet, the sculptures in this exhibition come directly from the 92-year-old artist’s New York City studio. The Von Wagner Code - thru Sept. 16. A curated exhibition inspired by the rediscovery of a damaged, long-lost painting on the Florida Southern College campus and the exciting search for answers about its origins. Double Vision: Photocentric Paintings by Richard Heipp - Thru Aug. 25. A retrospective exhibition of artist and University of Florida Prof. Richard Heipp’s air-brushed simulations of photographs and scanned objects. 92

SEAWORLD / DISCOVERY COVE 7007 Sea World Dr, Orlando, FL 32821. (888) 8005447. Free Beer All Summer Long for SeaWorld Orlando Park Guests thru Sept 2 - Complimentary Beer Samples and Daily Happy Hour. The park will rotate beer offerings throughout the summer starting off with SeaWorld’s very own Mako Red Ale. Bud Light, Coors Light, Miller Light, Yuengling and more will also be featured throughout the summer. The park will rotate beer offerings throughout the summer starting off with SeaWorld’s very own Mako Red Ale. Bud Light, Coors Light, Miller Light, Yuengling and more will also be featured throughout the summer. 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.



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PHIL GERNHARD Record Man by Bill DeYoung


hil Gernhard, Record Man is the story of a self-made music mogul who created nearly fifty years’ worth of chart-topping songs. From a tiny office and studio in Florida, he co-wrote the Royal Guardsmen’s “Snoopy vs. the Red Baron,” America’s fastest-selling single of 1966. He revived the career of singer Dion DiMucci with the ballad “Abraham, Martin and John”—a million seller. He discovered and produced hit records for Lobo, Jim Stafford, and the Bellamy Brothers. Through a long collaboration with music business icon Mike Curb, he launched to fame many others, including country superstars Tim McGraw and Rodney Atkins. In Nashville and Los Angeles, Phil Gernhard was a legend.

Bill DeYoung is the author of Skyway: The True Story of Tampa Bay’s Signature Bridge and the Man Who Brought It Down. Nationally recognized for his music journalism, he was a writer and editor at various Florida and Georgia newspapers for over three decades. University Press of Florida •


University Press of Florida

by Jeff Klinkenberg


eff Klinkenberg has explored what makes Florida unique for nearly half a century, and Son of Real Florida is a compelling retrospective of essays on the state he knows so well. Klinkenberg recounts what it was like to grow up in pre-air conditioning Florida and how he became a newspaper reporter in mid-century Miami. He introduces us to the stout-hearted folks who have learned to live and even prosper among the insects, sharptoothed critters, and serious heat. We meet beekeeper Harold P. Curtis and his prized orange blossom honey; frog whisperer Avalon Theisen; Sheepshead George of St. Petersburg; and Miss Martha, the oystershucking queen of Apalachicola. Klinkenberg also takes us to some of the most interesting, little-known places in the state. We travel to Solomon’s Castle of reclaimed materials, the neighborhood of “Rattlesnake, Florida,” and the smallest post office in the United States. Award-winning writer Jeff Klinkenberg wrote for the Tampa Bay Times for 37 years. He is also the author of Alligators in B-Flat: Improbable Tales from the Files of Real Florida; Pilgrim in the Land of Alligators: More Stories about Real Florida; and Seasons of Real Florida.


THE MOJITO by Heather McPherson


ELEBRATE THE MOJITO! This book features everything you need to know to make a favorite Caribbean cocktail that has won a place in bars and eateries across the globe. The basic elements are simple--rum, lime, mint, sugar, and club soda. Food writer Heather McPherson shows how to add and swap ingredients to create flavor-packed variations for every occasion, including a spicy mango mojito with jalapeños, an exotic basil lychee mojito, a sweet and savory peach and rosemary mojito, and even a hot mojito tea. And it’s more than just a drink. Readers will enjoy recipes for sensational dinners and desserts too, including mojito grilled shrimp salad, mojito strip steak with pico de gallo, cheesecake, cookies, and sugar-kissed meringues. Transforming an irresistible drink in delightful ways, McPherson invites readers to juice a lime, muddle some mint, and have fun with these creative recipes at home.

Heather McPherson is a writer for EdibleOrlando and a food blogger at Heather’s Florida Kitchen. She is the former food editor for the Orlando Sentinel, and has edited and authored various cookbooks. Seaside Publishing •

IRISH JEWEL by Julie Ann James

Peppertree Press


ames takes her engaging characters to the gritty streets of Dublin, Ireland, where they become unsuspecting pawns in a twisted, tainted psychotic game of pure adulterated revenge from an unexpected and wicked mastermind. It is said to be true, that all families, have long-hidden secrets buried deep within their souls and locked away from all who might just go digging. Irish Jewel uncovers such a dark secret, so horrific that it could forever change lives when divulged. As the shocking truth surfaces, revealed for all to see, move across this chilling game board to determine where the grimy bread crumbs will end up...The suspense could kill you... Julie Ann James lives in Sarasota, Florida. Her passion for words came at an early age and has inspired her to plant literary seeds enthusiastically all over the globe. She is the founder and publisher of The Peppertree Press book publishing company and The Pepper Tree Literary Magazine, an avid public speaker, a published children’s author and novelist.


Casino Gaming Scene Tampa SEMINOLE HARD ROCK HOTEL & CASINO TAMPA UNDERGOING $700 MILLION EXPANSION. The Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Tampa has embarked on a nearly $700 million expansion with 5,000 slot machines and almost 200 gaming tables. Slated for completion in mid-2019, the expanded casino will offer one of the largest varieties of slot machines in the nation and will offer guests approximately 200,000 sq. ft. of entertainment and gaming. The Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Hollywood is undergoing a simultaneous expansion and renovation.

In Tampa, the Tribe’s economic investment means there will be close to an additional 1,000


part time and full time jobs, which are in addition to the over 2,000 construction jobs on-site during the two-year building project. Economic analysts point to another 1,022 indirect permanent jobs generated by the casino expansion, plus another 2,268 indirect construction jobs, for a grand total of more than 6,000 additional jobs. The centerpiece of the expansion is a new 15-story hotel tower with an additional 564 hotel rooms and suites. In total, the expanded Seminole Hard Rock Hotel will offer approximately 800 guestrooms, including 79 new hotel suites for a new total of 88 suites. The top floor of the new hotel tower will feature a private gaming parlor for VIP guests, with an exclusive check in and private elevators to rock star suites. Hotel guests will have access to three new outdoor swimming pools. A new 25,000 sq. ft. Rock Spa & Salon will also open on the second level of the hotel tower and will offer pool-side services. A new 200-seat Italian restaurant will be the third fine dining restaurant the property will offer. Additional renovations and updates are planned for the existing Hard Rock Cafe, Fresh Harvest Buffet, Plum VIP Lounge and Food Court. Rise Kitchen & Bakery will be redesigned and relocated as part of the casino expansion project. The property will also elevate their music and entertainment programming with a 30,000-sq. ft. Seminole Hard Rock Event Center that is under construction. Included is a 17,000-sq. ft. grand ballroom for concerts, conventions, trade shows, private events, and large-scale poker tournaments. Six additional retail shops will


join the existing retail outlets. An additional 700 parking spaces will increase the total number of available parking spaces to approximately 6,000.

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show’s host. Former city of Las Vegas Mayor and illustrious mob attorney, Oscar B. Goodman will be an ambassador to the show with special appearances. The show features 180-degree visual effects and choreography set to today’s popular music, influenced by wise guys, gangsters, and mistresses to the mob.

TONY N’ TINA’S WEDDING AT BALLY’S “Tony n’ Tina’s Wedding” has found the perfect venue in Buca di Beppo inside Bally’s. The production will continue to bring lighthearted entertainment to Las Vegas, and this time the wedding will be catered with family-style Italian meals from Buca di Beppo. The interactive comedy will perform Friday through Wednesday at 7 p.m. THE PLAZA DEBUTS “A MOB STORY” “A Mob Story” will entertain audiences with an original production that tells the “tale of how the Mob made Las Vegas, and how Vegas took down the Mob.” “A Mob Story” is a realistic portrayal of the mob, as told by the last Godfather, former Colombo family capo, Michael Franzese. A true “made man,” Franzese will provide an authentic journey into the secret world of the mafia as the

WESTGATE LV NEWS MANILOW LAS VEGAS: THE HITS COME HOME Long a Vegas favorite, Barry Manilow has sold Continued....

MARIAH CAREY “The Butterfly Returns”


ariah Carey, the iconic chanteuse and best-selling female artist of all time with over 200 million records sold, is returning to Las Vegas with an all-new headlining residency, “The Butterfly Returns” at The Colosseum at Caesars Palace. The show will spotlight a more intimate performance on The Colosseum’s stage, showcasing Mariah Carey’s world-famous vocals with an all-new show that highlights her extensive catalogue of music.

COLISEUM at Caesars Palace July 5 - Sept 10


Las Vegas more than 85 million albums worldwide and has notched fifty Top 40 singles throughout his career. Billboard ranks him as the No. 1 Adult Contemporary artist of all time. The residency is another entertainment expansion at the Westgate, with the musical production show “Soundtrack” starring Clint Holmes and Earl Turner. Show dates are July 19-21 and 26-28 and October 4-6 and 11-13. GEORGE WALLACE NEW RESIDENCY “The New Mr. Vegas” is back. Renowned comedian and longtime star of stage and screen, George Wallace, has returned to Las Vegas with a new residency show at the intimate Westgate Cabaret at Westgate Las Vegas Resort & Casino. George Wallace serves up a plate of laughs, with extra hot sauce. JEN KRAMER BECOMES ONLY FEMALE HEADLINING MAGICIAN IN LAS VEGAS Featuring mind-boggling magic and mentalism, comedy and audience participation, “The Magic of


Jen Kramer” turns the impossible into the impossible-to-ignore, wowing audiences with her contagious smile and world-class sleight-of-hand. She predicts what the audience is thinking, makes a signed hundred-dollar bill magically appear inside a tube of lipstick and even creates a larger-thanlife social media page on stage.

“MARILYN! THE NEW MUSICAL” AT PARIS LAS VEGAS One of Hollywood’s most iconic stars is on the Las Vegas Strip in “Marilyn! The New Musical,” an original musical based on the life of Marilyn Monroe. The show opened recently at Paris Las Vegas. The new musical features 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.”

GWEN STEFANI “JUST A GIRL” AT PLANET HOLLYWOOD RESORT & CASINO 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. STAR WARS: SECRETS OF THE EMPIRE IN THE GRAND CANAL SHOPPES AT THE VENETIAN AND THE PALAZZO LAS VEGAS 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 Continued....


Las Vegas walk freely untethered, see, touch and interact with the environment. Teams of four guests must work together to infiltrate an Imperial base disguised as 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.


L Grab the wolf pack and head over to Madame Tussauds Las Vegas, where The Hangover Bar is open for all to enjoy a full-service bar offering specialty drinks inspired by the hit movie “The Hangover.” Guests will be transported to the scene of Phil, Stu, Alan, and Doug’s rooftop toast that kicked off “The Hangover” film’s uproarious series of events. Industrial design elements that invoke the roof of Caesars Palace, where the scene takes place, include ducting tables and pipes, an aircon feature, an LED backdrop of the world-famous Las Vegas skyline, and more. The Hangover Bar is the latest addition to Madame Tussauds Hangover Experience, which currently features the notorious hotel suite and wedding chapel, as well as figures of Alan, Phil, and Mike Tyson. LIPSMACKING FOODIE TOURS: Vegas Sights Worldly Bites Vegas Sights Worldly Bites gives guests an unparalleled look at The Venetian/Palazzo. The 2 1/2 –hour tour leads guests through the lightfilled, soaring cathedral-ceilinged lobby, past tran-

egendary singer, songwriter, musician & producer Stevie Wonder will bring “The Stevie Wonder Song Party: A Celebration of Life, Love & Music” to Park Theater for five concerts.

The Park Theater is at the Park MGM–formerly known as Monte Carlo Resort & Casino. The legendary musician will take over the 5,200-seat theater on August 3, 4, 8, 10, and 11. According to Billboard, the 68-year-old musician announced he’d be playing a series of shows in Las Vegas and elsewhere in the coming months that celebrate life, love and music and push back against troubled times. 100

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quil 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 VOICE: NEON DREAMS AT HARD ROCK HOTEL in September


with Mark Pilarski

Lady luck smiles over the short run Dear Mark: I am a dedicated blackjack player and follow basic strategy. For years, I have preferred playing one and two deck games (on Fremont St), but lately, I find I do better with the six and eight deck shoes. My question is, do the odds and basic strategy change when the number of decks changes? Bob N. Concerning, Bob, you doing better at multiple deck games, your gaming timeline has been relatively short, and, for now, at least, the Gambling Gods have looked favorably on your play. Winning as you have, Bob, is just a temporary loan from Lady Luck. It is always to your advantage to play on a game that offers the fewest decks. Compared to the single-deck game, your two-deck game handicaps your play 0.35%, but as you climb the ladder to four decks, the handicap clambers up to 0.48%, at six decks, it’s 0.54% and at eight decks, it is 0.58%. Note however that even though the house edge goes up considerably when you go from one

The Voice: Neon Dreams is the live concert event that is the next step in the musical journey of the talented artists of The Voice, combined with an interactive pre-show experience that allows you to begin your very own Voice journey. In this 360-degree live production, a cast of Voice stars, accompanied by versatile musicians will deliver a wide-ranging performance through timeless hits and current chart toppers from the world of rock, pop, country, R&B and more.

deck to two, the rate of increase becomes less dramatic as you add more decks. To truly get a good deal when playing blackjack as a basic strategy player, it is important to look for a game with favorable rules. More than any other casino game, the rules for blackjack will vary considerably from casino to ca-

sino, with some blackjack games being better for the player than others. The most important rule look out for – and one that is becoming routine – is the 6-5 blackjack payout. It has often been discussed in this column, but if you want to play on good blackjack games, it is essential that you avoid these tables at all cost. Only play on games that offer 3-2 payouts on blackjacks. The fewer decks, the better. Additionally, your best value is to play at a casino that offers the following combination of rules that are advantageous to the player: The fewer decks, the better. Surrender, both early and late. Double down allowed on any two cards.

Double down allowed after splitting pairs. Multiple pair splitting allowed, plus re-splitting aces. Dealer stands on a soft 17. While many Las Vegas casinos now offer terrible rules on blackjack, there are still several places where a good game can be had, and one such joint on Freemont St. offers probably the best game in town. The El Cortez (600 E. Fremont St.) is probably the best place to play blackjack in the Downtown area. They still spread a singledeck blackjack game that still offers the ideal 3-2 odds on a blackjack. That game has a house edge of about .3%, while a double-deck game there comes with a .45% edge. Both games can be played for $5 on weekdays, $10 on weekends. Sure, there are other decent blackjack games in Vegas, but you are looking at games with a $25 minimum. And you not going to bring Vegas to its knees at $5 a pop. ‑‑What I like best about the El Cortez is that almost all the games are a single deck with 3-2 for snapper, and one of my favorite rules, doubling on any two cards. The double deck game allows doubling before and after splits. Be aware, Bob, that they DO sweat the money at the El Cortez. If you use any spread betting, plan on being backed off the game.


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Biloxi What’s happening at the Beau Rivage


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.

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. 102

MUSIC COMES TO LIFE AT IVORY’S DUELING PIANO BAR thru July 28 - Visitors 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 take the stage each night at 9 p.m. to play the hits and take song requests from the audience. Some lucky participants have “15 Minutes of Fame” with an opportunity to sing onstage with the musicians. Admission is free. THE GIVEAWAY MERCEDES-BENZ SUMMER SERIES - Every Saturday in July & August guests have the chance to win a Mercedes-Benz plus $200,000 in freeplay or tableplay. Guests begin earning points by activating electronic entries on each drawing day between 10 a.m. and 9:50 p.m. by swiping their M life Rewards card at one of the kiosks on the casino floor. Guests receive one virtual drawing entry for every 100 Slot Points or table games equivalent earned throughout the promotional period. Ten winners will be drawn each hour at 3 p.m., 6 p.m. and 10 p.m.


Thru Aug 7 - CIRCOVIA - This cirque-style experience will please audiences of all ages with a breathtaking cast of acrobats, aerialists, dancers and performance artists showcasing some of the world’s finest talent.




WEDDINGS: Looking Forward/Looking Back

by Dr. Lori Verderame


t’s wedding season again. Summer weddings all their glory usher in brides in white dresses, towering cakes, and flowers galore. No matter the couple, there are some mainstays when it comes to weddings such as designer dresses and heirloom jewelry. DRESS UP You know the designers’ names: Vivienne Westwood, Marchesa, Randi Rahm, Rivini, Vera Wang, etc. Brides in 2018 are looking forward in their dress selections. Today’s brides are choosing daring dress designs complete with wedding gowns in basic black and eye-popping red. Floral prints, sequins and over-the-top applique work are all the rage replacing traditional white dresses covered in pearls and lace. And for the very daring bride, she’ll be wearing pants or even short-shorts down the aisle instead of a ball gown. While everything new might be the case when it comes to wedding gowns, some parts of a wedding are all about the old and the borrowed even if the wedding gown is new and possibly, blue. That’s right, today’s brides are turning their backs on the ultra-contemporary, new, and unusual options in the realm of wedding jewelry. Brides and grooms are accepting gifts of bling or borrowing family heir-


loom pieces from Grandma and Grandpa that harken back to the styles of yesteryear. Brides are choosing engagement rings, earrings, bracelets and necklaces that look back about one hundred years ago to the Art Deco era of the roaring 1920s. Large central set stones

–everything from diamonds and citrines to emeralds and sapphires--are trending in engagement rings. And, if a bride wants a traditional diamond, it better be big and cut like a cushion or in a round, oval, or square manner. These stunningly oversized rings are what gave statement rings their name. And, a statement they do make. Asymmetrically cut stones are out and standard symmetry is in. To top off the grand engagement ring are diamond-encrusted inserts and eternity bands that can be worn alone and still speak volumes about a couple’s love and devotion. For the big day, lavalier

dants of diamonds and crystals set in white gold and platinum filigree showing the glitz and glamour of the early 1900s adorn the necks of today’s brides, bridesmaids, and brides’ mothers and guests. To match the drop pendant lavaliers, drop earrings are the choice of most brides this season. Drop earrings, to match the drop pendants of lavalier necklaces, are popular too. Most of them recall the black/ white color scheme of the Art Deco movement while adding large stones for impact in floral designs or repeating geometric shapes. When it comes to wedding dresses, new is cool but if you are looking at accessories for the neck, wrist or ears, the words that describe wedding jewelry this season are heirloom, vintage, and antique. Dr. Lori Verderame is the author, Ph.D. antiques appraiser, and award-winning TV personality who appears on History channel’s #1 show about history’s longest running treasure hunt, The Curse of Oak Island. With a Ph.D. from Penn State University, vast museum and appraisal experience, Dr. Lori provides appraisals and expert consulting services online. Visit www. or call (888) 4311010.


Bucs Bits WILL THE REAL JAMEIS WINSTON RAISE HIS HAND? A few years ago, when the Bucs signed Jameis Winston, I questioned why they did it. I was assured they vetted him every which way from Sunday and they were satisfied that his bad boy behavior as behind him. I still wasn’t convinced. Stealing a soda or some crab cakes is stupid kid stuff but sexual assault is a whole different matter. This was more than childish high jinks. After an “investigation” by his school seemed to clear him of any wrongdoing he continued in school. Jameis seemed to buy into the program and he seemed that he cleaned up his act. I began to think I had misjudged him. Jameis has been doing great things in the community, working with kids at risk, running a football camp and trying to improve education. He started “TheJameis Winston Dream Foundation.“ It is amazing what the Foundation has accomplished in a very short time. He was able to transform a classroom into a new state of the art technology center where kids are working with 3D-printers, robots, and tablets. I saw kids that were so excited to go to school, they were clapping and cheering. It was wonderful to see the impact this program has had on the kids and this was just the beginning. I just hope that the positive impact that the “Dream Room” has had won’t be negated by the latest Jameis drama. I spoke to Jameis a few weeks ago and I suggested that he should consider getting a driver. High profile people are targets. When I worked on political campaigns, we would never, never, never let a candidate drive. I also suggested that he be very careful of the friends that he hung out with. Some of them don’t have your best interest at heart. I guess my advice was a little late. I really hope Jameis has finally gotten the message and he sticks to what he needs to do. So what’s it going to be Jameis? Are you going to stand up and be the person that people hoped for and the person that you have shown you can be or are you going to be just another guy who will fade from the spotlight? It’s all up to you now. Good luck. I hope you make it. IS EVERYONE READY FOR THE BUC’S 2018 SEASON? Training camp starts on July 29th. Practice starts at 8:45 am in order to take advantage of the cooler temperatures and then to enhance the experience, the final 106

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half of some practices will move into to new air-conditioned indoor facilities. For the first time, fans can roam the perimeter of the field and they can bring chairs to use at the outside portion of practice. For safety reasons, no chairs will be permitted during the indoor viewing. To get free Digital tickets for the practices go to Tickets will be required for all practices. Parking is free. The Buc’s continue to offer season tickets starting as low as $22.50 for kids and $45 adults. For information call 866-582-2827 or visit Buccaneers .com/ CATCH UP WITH ALL OUR OLD FAVORITES AND GET TO MEET THE NEW KIDS ON THE BLOCK.

Vita Vea

Things have been humming along since the draft. I’m sure everyone loved all the action at the draft party and getting their first look at the first round pick, Vita Vea. Other teams should be very afraid, he is a very large man! (But he has a great smile.) Let’s hope Vita follows in the steps of the previous first-round defensive tackles, Gerald McCoy, Anthony McFarland and Warren Sapp. Vita comes to Tampa from the University of Washington by way of California. Welcome to Buc’s Land, Vita, and good luck. In addition to Vita, we welcomed back one of our own, Jason Pierre-Paul. Jason played at USF before playing with the New Jersey— sorry—the New York Giants. Welcome back and good luck.

“The Mike Evans Family Foundation“ whose goal is to help kids who don’t have the resources to go to college, kids from low income families that have worked hard to apply to go to school and get in don’t have the money to go. Mike said that if he didn’t have a scholarship he probably wouldn’t be where he is today. Secondly, he wants to help families that suffered from domestic violence because he grew up in that type of environment. He and his wife can relate to both of these so they decided to focus on both. The Foundation started small but they hope to grow so they can help kids and families that need a hand up. They have plans for a lot more things in the near future. They had a very successful golf tournament in May and also gave several scholarships to kids in his local Texas area. Many Bucs, past and present have started foundations and they are making a huge impact on lives. It’s wonderful to see these young men and their families appreciate the blessings they have been given and want to pay it forward.

Jason Pierre-Paul

THE BUCS HAVE BEEN VERY ACTIVE IN THE COMMUNITY. In no particular order, here are some of the things that they have been doing to improve Tampa Bay. “The Cut For The Cure” supports the National Pediatric Cancer Foundation. More than 40 players and staff had their head or beard’s shaved or got their hair colored as is done by patient and survivors of Pediatric Cancer. Over the past 6 years, the Bucs have raised over $315,000 to help the kids. This fundraiser was led by Deno Anagnost, VP of Sales. Deno, a cancer survivor, raised $22,000 on his own this year alone. The Bucs have vowed to raise $100,000. Gerald McCoy donated $30,000. They beat their goal. The Bucs have always had the community’s back, doing anything that needs to be done, never asking for any credit. That Is just the Glazer’s way. The N.P.F. Is headquartered in Tampa and is dedicated to funding research to stamp out childhood cancer. Fans who would like to help can contact id=1610&fr_id=1140&pg=team The Rookie club is always active. Among other things, they went bowling with Tampa Fire Rescue at Pin Chasers for the 4th year in a row. They visited with children at local hospitals and spent time at McDill, meeting with base personnel. THE MIKE EVANS FAMILY FOUNDATION Mike Evans has started, along with his wife, Ashli,

Mike and Ashli Evans

PRO DAD AND KIDS EXPERIENCE Tony Dungy hosted the Pro Dad and Kids Experience in April at R.J. Coach Dungy is the national spokesperson for All Pro Dads. This was the 100 All Pro Dad Experience that has been in 26 different NFL, MLB and NACC markets since 2002. Coach Dungy helped found this unique organization that seeks to get dads more involved and engaged with their children’s lives. For information visit BUCS WILL HOST THE STEELERS On Sept 24, the Bucs will host the Steelers on the ESPN Monday night game. They will induct Coach Dungy into the Buccaneers Ring of Honor in a halftime ceremony. This a well deserved honor for one of the best-loved men in The football world. The schedule for the 2018 season is out. Go the Bucs website to see it. ‘Til next time, continue to have a safe and fun-filled summer and GO BUCS!!!




MUNK PACK Protein Cookies


unk Pack Cookies are a delicious protein bar alternative and snack. They have 18 grams of plant protein for tasty better-for-you fuel, are vegan, non-GMO, and gluten-free. Each cookie contains no sugar alcohols, no gluten, no soy, no dairy and no eggs. Soft baked and filled with fiber, cookies come in flavors of Double Dark Chocolate, Coconut White Chip Macadamia, Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip, and Oatmeal Raisin Spice.

GARCINIA Liquid Water Enhancer


o make sure you get your essential vitamins and nutrients each day without the hassle of swallowing large pills or keeping track of endless bottles, BPI Sports’ Liquid Water Enhancers have created a great product to stay hydrated and lose weight. These zero-calorie and zero-sugar liquid supplements give you all the essential nutrients your body needs to help you get through the day. The product is made with Garcinia Cambogia— a native fruit of Asia and Africa scientifically proven to provide fullness. Recommended 30-60 minutes before each meal. They are available in four varieties and contain benefits tailored to the specific needs of users. $19.99 suggested retail for 6-pack.

GUMMY Vitamin C Slices


et enough immune-boosting essential vitamins in a fun and tasty way with Rainbow Light Gummy Vitamin C Slices. Naturally fruitflavored gummies offer super boost of vitamin C plus added vitamin E for immune health and added antioxidant protection. They are all natural; Contains no eggs, fish, gluten, milk, peanuts, shellfish, soy, tree nuts, or wheat. These gummies help support healthy skin and blood vessels. $12.99 suggested retail for 30 count box. 108



Pitted Olives Grab & Go


he perfect grab-andgo healthy snack from Gaea. These Low-calorie and 100% natural and sun ripened pitted olive snacks have zero additives or preservatives. The packages are re-sealable and without liquid. They are certified Non-GMO, Vegan, Gluten-Free, Kosher, and MyClimate Project Neutral, and a great source of dietary fiber, copper, vitamin E, and polyphenols. Olive Snacks come in different flavors, such as Pitted Green Olives Marinated with Chili & Black Pepper, Pitted Green Olives Marinated with Lemon & Oregano, and Pitted Kalamata Olives. $2.49 suggested retail.


TWO is an elemental formula of molecular hydrogen (H2) gas infused into purified water. How do you promote energy and endurance without the addition of counterproductive sugars, caffeine and additives? The answer is molecular hydrogen, aka hydrogen gas, H2. As a small gaseous nutrient, molecular hydrogen can enter the interior of our cells where metabolism occurs. HTWO is a metabolic beverage that uses purified water as a vessel to deliver hydrogen gas into the cells of the body. Benefits: Boosts Endurance, Reduces Lactic Acid, Reduces Fatigue, and Provides Antioxidants. $28. suggested retail for pack of 7.

GAEA KALAMATA Extra Virgin Olive Oil


eap the benefits of heart-healthy Greek EVOO with Kalamata olives. Gaea’s estate grown olive oils are 100% natural and authentic from the Kalamata region in the southwest Peloponnese, overlooking the Ionian Sea. The fresh, green handpicked Koroneiki olives used solely for the production of this “cold-pressed” superior category Extra Virgin Olive Oil, deliver an extremely well-balanced olive oil with a unique pepper and almond aftertaste. the oil is rich in polyphenols and antioxidants. Great pairing suggestions: tomatoes, leafy salads, drizzle over steaks, pasta, fish, grilled chicken, fresh vegetables, etc.

Suggested retail $15.


The “I Wanna Go There!” Travel Page


merica’s Shrine of Democracy, Mount Rushmore National Memorial features the 60-foot faces of four great American presidents who represent the birth, growth, development and preservation of this country. Gazing over the Black Hills, four U.S. presidents stand for hope, determination and the spirit of a nation. Open year-round, and near hotels, the park includes a half-mile walking trail, museum, gift shop and dining room.


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