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Accent On Tampa Bay

Vol. 23, Issue 175 May, 2012 Publisher Albert F. Martino, Jr. Senior Editor Melissa Wolcott Sales Barbara McGovern Senior Sports Editor Peter Martino Graphic Designer Julie Johnston Contributors Sylvie Damien Nancy Evans Marty Peters Deborah Quigley Roland Stone Photographers Melissa Wolcott Proofreader Charlie deCatta Cover Photos: Courtesy of Lady Antebellum PUBLISHED ON LINE BY

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The Make-A-Wish Foundation of Central & Northern Florida, Suncoast Region, and Tech Data are hosting The 4th Annual Walk for Wishes on Thursday, May 10 at the Channelside Entertainment Complex. Lace up your shoes for this “Happy- Hour Hike” along the banks of the Hillsborough River. The walk is less than one mile and includes entertainment, great food, drinks, incredible prizes, raffles and more. Individuals and teams will compete to see who can raise the most money to help grant the wishes of children with life-threatening medical conditions. The registration fee includes two tickets for drinks, appetizers, and a free T-shirt. Registration begins at 5:30 p.m. and the walk begins at 7 p.m.


SHAKE IT! for ALS. FREE outdoor community dance party – open to public, at the Tampa Bay Times Forum, by the lightning bolt, on Friday, May 11 from 7 pm to 9 pm. Bring the kids and join Lifestyle Family Fitness for ZUMBA, BodyJam, giveaways and more. All donations benefit ALS and MDA. Everyone gets a free t-shirt. There is free parking in West Lot. $5 Suggested Donation.


Belle of the Ball Project will distribute Prom dresses to in-need, low-income high school girls on Saturday May 12 at the Seminole Mall between 10am and 2pm. Seminole Mall is located at 11201 Park Blvd. N., Seminole, FL. Belle of the Ball store is next to Ross Department Store. Thousands of quality dresses will be on display for the girl’s choosing, along with shoes and purses. Founded in 2003, Belle of the Ball Project Inc. is a nonprofit organization whose mission is to provide homecoming and prom dresses to high school girls who are unable to afford a dress for these special events. Belle of the Ball Project has given away over 200 dresses this prom season and more than 2,700 dresses in its nineyear history. It collects new and gently worn, current style homecoming, prom, bridesmaids and cocktail dresses as well as shoes, purses, and accessories. Distributions are open to all Pinellas and Hillsborough County area high school teens. No appointment needed. For low-income, in-need, high school girls only. There is no charge for the dresses . A nominal $1-5 donation is requested but not required. Donations of dresses can also be made at the distributions, dates/times listed above.


GULFPORT EVENTS ROCK’n’ROLL FRIDAY NIGHT at the Gulfport Casino - May 11 Swing Time! presents...LIVE at the Gulfport Casino Ballroom featuring original Rock’n’Roll Stars, the Impacs. Swing dance lesson and learn the stroll: 8-9pm (no partner needed). Live Music & Dancing: 9pmMidnight. 1950’s attire encouraged. There will be Hula Hoop contest with prizes. All ages welcome. Original Rock’n’Roll stars, The Impacs, formed in 1961 and rocked the USA from Florida to California. In addition to their own hits, The Impacs became well known for their faithful renditions of other artists hits... so much so that The Impacs backed the great hit-makers of 1957-1964 as part of that famous traveling roadshow, Dick Clark’s Cavalcade of Stars! Chuck Berry, Jerry Lee Lewis, Little Richard, Roy Orbison, Jan & Dean, The Coasters, Ray Stevens, The Everly Brothers, and many more. When these artists came to Florida, The Impacs were their band. The Impacs recorded three albums and 13 singles on Dick Clark’s Cameo/Parkway Records, King Records, and two of their own labels. Now celebrating their 50th Anniversary, The Impacs return to the same Gulfport Casino where they played teen hops in the early 60’s to capacity crowds. Get ready to rock and roll. The Gulfport Casino Ballroom is located at 5500 Shore Blvd. S., Gulfport FL 33707.

MAY-FAIRE - May 12 Celebrate Older American’s Month at the May-Faire. Community Yard Sale, Arts and Crafts Vendors, Health Fair Vendors, kids corner, baked goods, silent auction, entertainment and community veteran’s honored. Proceeds benefit the Gulfport Senior Center Foundation, Most Holy Name and Boca Ciega Center, LLC. , 9 a.m. – 4 p.m., Boca Ciega Center, LLC, 1414 59th St. S., Gulfport; 727-344-4608.

SOSTUDIO - May 12 Tickets for the 49th Street South Business Association’s second annual SoStudio Tour on Saturday, May 12, from 3 to 8, are $10 at the door. That will get you entrance into nineteen studios, all of which serve beverages, and three community art spaces, which serve food, too. Pick up your wristband and Tour Guide at The Longhouse (2309 49th Street South), the Neighborhood Center (1617 49th Street South) or the Gulfport Arts Center (2627 54th Street South, hosted by City of Imagination). Follow the map or leap onto the Gulfport Trolley to enjoy great art, conversation, food, drink, and inspiration., 3 – 8 p.m. 727 347-4786.

5TH ANNUAL CARING FOR OUR COMMUNITY CELEBRATION - May 12 Join the 5th Annual Caring for Our Community Celebration. Dinner, Dancing, Live and Silent Auction, Comedy Competition, emceed by fitness guru and entertainer, Bonnie Baumgardner of Shapes, Inc. on Saturday, May 12, 7:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m at the Wyndham Westshore Hotel, 700 N. Westshore Boulevard, Tampa, FL 33609. For anyone interested in deafness and hearing loss. Captioning and Sign Language Interpreters will be provided. Purchase tickets and donate online at Can’t attend in person? Follow online in streaming text - vote and bid. Just register for the online access. E-mail:; 813-814-7736.




Saltwater Seining: Feet may get wet during this workshop while learning about what lives in our local marine. Participants will be in the classroom and out in the field in this workshop about invertebrates and fish that make the waters of Weedon Island Preserve their home. Attendants must be able to walk a mile round trip to the field sampling site. Bring closed toed wading shoes, a water bottle, sun protection and appropriate clothes that might get wet. 10 a.m. to noon. Free; advance registration required. Weedon Island Preserve, 1800 Weedon Drive N.E., St. Petersburg. (727) 453-6500; PHOTOGRAPHY HIKE - May 26 A perfect opportunity for adult photographers to hone their skills. After a classroom session highlighting specific wildlife behaviors and focus tips, guides will assist participants in capturing the natural beauty outdoors. 8 to 10 a.m. Free; advance registration required. Weedon Island Preserve, 1800 Weedon Drive N.E., St. Petersburg. (727) 453-6500;

DISNEY ON ICE: DARE TO DREAM - May 17 Disney On Ice presents Dare to Dream is bringing Disney’s newest princess stories and most beloved fairytale to the ice in a sensational live production coming to the St. Pete Times Forum, May 17-20. This brand-new ice spectacular features scenes from Tangled; The Princess and the Frog; and Cinderella, for seven performances at the Tampa Bay Times Forum. Experience Disney’s hilarious hair-raising escapade, Tangled; as Rapunzel, her unlikely companion, Flynn, and Maximus, embark on an uproarious journey that takes adven-

ture to new lengths. Boogie to the beat of the bayou with Princess Tiana and Prince Naveen in a magical, musical journey that all begins with a fateful kiss. And fanciful dreams become reality as Cinderella meets her Prince Charming, with a glass slipper fit for an unforgettable fantasy come true. All your favorite princesses take to the ice in a spectacular finale at the ultimate Disney Princess event of a lifetime. 6


TAMPA BAY BOAT SHOW - May 18-20 Ahoy Mates! This is the boating sales event of the season. Chart your course to Florida State Fairgrounds - Main Expo Hall on May 18, 19, & 20. The Tampa Bay Boat Show is a grand event showcasing area boat dealers and manufacturers, the latest in boating and fishing supplies, and great accessories too. This three-day sales event offers a great way to see and compare all available makes and models in one location. The Main Expo Hall will be filled with new boats, trailers, docking and safety equipment and other related exhibits. Don’t miss the Florida Fishing School Seminar Series on Friday, Saturday and Sunday. A series of presentations by the area’s top fishing guides and local experts give great tips, secrets and fun. Admission is free. Hours: Fri. 10am- 6pm, Sat. 10am- 6pm, Sun. 10am- 5pm; Florida State Fairgrounds 4800 U.S. Hwy 301 North, Tampa, FL 33610;

BROOKER CREEK GUIDED HIKE May 19 See how the land has changed over time and the ecological footprints left by those changes. Closed-toe shoes, water and hat recommended. Best for ages 6 and older. 9 to 10:30 a.m. Free; advance registration required. Brooker Creek Preserve, 3940 Keystone Road, Tarpon Springs. (727) 453-6800;

HUMMINGBIRD FESTIVAL - May 19 Pioneer Florida Pioneer Museum has been busy planting gardens to attract hummingbirds and butterflies. Many are seen every day. On Saturday, any time between 9 and 4, enjoy music outside on the stage and good things to eat at the concession stand. Presentations inside will include: 10 am - “Bats” with Bill Higdon 11 am - “Gardening for Birds and Wildlife” with Jeannie Hays 12 noon - “Gardening for Butterflies” with Linda Conley 1 pm - “All About Hummingbirds” with Bev Hansen 2 pm - “Birds of Prey - Adaptations” with Gabriel Vargo There will be talks in the butterfly garden and a chance to build a bluebird box. Also included in the festivities are arts & crafters, traditional craft demonstrations, Florida native plant sale. Additionally, the museum’s historic buildings will be open and the collections on display. Festival admission is $6 for adults, $5 for seniors and $2 for students. As always, children under 5 are free. The museum also offers free parking and handicap accessibility. The Pioneer Florida Museum is located one mile north of downtown Dade City, off of US 301. For more info call 352-567-0262 or visit 8

MAY SITTING PRETTY-MIX AND MATCH ART EXHIBIT - May 12 - June 9 St. Petersburg Pier, 3rd Floor. An ongoing art and photography exhibit featuring 70 unique works of art and images of and from the St. Petersburg Pier. Thirty local artists and photographers have contributed their personal expressions of this St. Petersburg icon in a show that will mix and match art and photography according to subject. Features seventy works of art and photography of and from the Pier including an original oil by Carrie Jadus, a metal sculpture by Frank Strunck III, and photography by “Downtown Carol” Gallagher among many others. The contributing artists and photographers range from new to exhibits college students through seasoned, award winning gallery pros. “KETTLE OF FISH” MAKES DEBUT AT THE PIER - May 13 Remember the “Nitty Gritty Dirt Band”? One of their founding members, Jimmie Fadden, is a member of “Kettle of Fish”. They have been performing in clubs, pubs and venues all over the United States and the world for years. They have shared the stage with members of the Nitty Gritty Dirt Band, Roger Waters’ Band, Graham Forbes of the Incredible String Band, Pat Travers, Damon Fowler, Dickey Betts, the Amazing Bolts, Shea Seger, Twinkle, Devon Allman, Eddie Money, Molly Hatchet, Elvin Bishop, Tommy Castro, Trombone Shorty, the Marshall Tucker Band, among others. Their music is more of a rootsy “blues rock with soul,” working to cross together soulful blues with the energy of rock n roll. If you like the sound of the Rolling Stones, Tom Petty, Otis Redding, Robert Cray, the Neville Brothers, Buddy Guy, Stevie Wonder, the Allman Brothers, the Grateful Dead, will love Kettle of Fish. They make old songs new again, and their originals sound like classics. FLORIDA INTERNATIONAL JAZZ & BLUES BAND RETURNS - May 20 The Florida International Jazz and Blues Band returns to The Pier for a free performance on Sunday, May 20, from 1:00-4:00 p.m. in the Courtyard by the Bay. “BIG NIGHT OUT” - May 27 Big Night Out is a dance band from Sarasota Florida who perform Latin, Caribbean, Funk and Motown dance music. The band performs for concerts, festivals, night clubs, weddings, private functions and all of your other big nights out. So if you’re looking for some lively entertainment with rockin’ horns, a pulsating conga and great Bi-lingual female vocals, then come to The Pier and see Big Night Out perform. They have become one of southwest Florida’s most exciting new dance bands on the scene. The band’s line up includes many of Sarasota and Tampa’s finest musicians. They have a sampler CD named “It’s Time for... Big Night Out”. MEMORIAL DAY SALSA CELEBRATION - May 28 Participate in the Memorial Day Salsa Celebration held Monday, May 28th from 4:30-9:30 p.m. in the Courtyard by the Bay. This is a free event. Pier - 800 2nd Avenue NE, 33701;


OLDSMAR FREEDOM FEST - May 25-27 Enjoy live music, food, arts and crafts vendors, and fun activities for the kids when Oldsmar’s State Street comes alive during the area’s largest Memorial Weekend celebration. Events include a motorcycle competition on Saturday with a special ceremony honoring military, police, firemen, first responders and others who serve the community. Friday night starts off with Jaded followed by the Alter Eagles, one of the country’s best Eagles Tribute bands. So you can ‘Take It Easy’ in Oldsmar and visit ‘Hotel California’ at the same time. The pace keeps on keeping on Saturday with Diamond Gray followed by Stormbringer and Greg Billings back to back to really have State Street rockin’. And on Sunday, the Trigger City Trio will get it going with some of their unique sounds as they warm the stage up for the closer – none other than Brother Phil and The Black Honkeys. Hours will be 5 to 10 pm on Friday May 25, 10 am to 10 pm on Saturday May 26 and concluding Sunday May 27 between the hours of 11am and 6 pm. for more information.

2012 TAMPA BAY HURRICANE EXPO - June 2 Hillsborough County and the City of Tampa will hold the fifth annual Tampa Bay Hurricane Expo at The Museum of Science & Industry (MOSI) on Saturday, June 2. The Expo will continue its tradition of informing and educating the public on the importance of making plans in preparation for any emergency through a fun, family-oriented event. The Expo features vendors, entertainment, a panel of meteorologists from local news stations and emergency experts, children’s activities, giveaways, and discounted admission to MOSI (special engagements excluded). Last year, more than 3,000 guests attended the Tampa Bay Hurricane Expo. 9 a.m. – 2 p.m., MOSI, 4801 E. Fowler Ave., Tampa.

19TH ANNUAL ST. PETE BEACH COREY AREA CRAFT FESTIVAL - June 2 - 3 The Corey Avenue Merchants Association will host the annual St. Pete Beach Corey Area Craft Festival. This high-end event transforms Corey Avenue into an outdoor craft gallery featuring quality affordable crafts handmade in America. A full spectrum of craft art media will be on display and for sale including folk art, pottery, handmade jewelry, paintings, personalized gift items, scented soaps and body products with prices range from as little as $3 to $3,000. A Green Market will offer exotic live plants and gourmet items. Admission is free and open to the public. 10:00 AM - 4:00 PM, 595 Corey Avenue, St. Pete Beach, FL. 10


NATURE WALKS ALONG THE TRAILS AT FORT DE SOTO PARK Free one-hour guided nature walks are offered along six different trails each Saturday and Sunday, except holidays. Visitors at the park will be absorbed in the abundance of history, natural beauty and the complexity of the ecology not immediately apparent to the occasional beachgoer. Emerging from the wealth of bird life, sea life, wild life and plant life is the majestic tapestry called Fort De Soto Park. The largest park within the Pinellas County park system, the park consists of 1,136 acres made up of five interconnected islands (keys). These keys are home to beach plants, mangroves, wetlands, palm hammocks, hardwoods and scores of native plants. Each of these species plays a vital role in the preservation and protection of the natural environment. The park is also home to more than 290 species of birds and beaches that provide refuge to the loggerhead sea turtles. 10 to 11 a.m. Fort De Soto Park, 3500 Pinellas Bayway S., Tierra Verde. For more information, call (727) 552-1862;

TRADEWINDS ISLAND RESORTS AUTISM - FRIENDLY The TradeWinds Island Resorts Island Grand and Sandpiper Suites have been named an autism-friendly business by the Center for Autism & Related Disabilities (C.A.R.D.) TradeWinds employees underwent C.A.R.D.’s training program to learn how to better meet the needs of guests who have autism, and their families. The TradeWinds is one of just five hotels in the United States that have received the designation. In addition, the sister-properties have also taken the following steps to ensure these guests have a memorable and pleasant experience: Social Books - A guide for each property is available online for families to review prior to visiting the resorts. It is a detailed description of the hotels, complete with photos, so that families and children will know what to expect during their stay. Gluten-Free Offerings - Gluten-free menu options are available at all TradeWinds dining outlets, and special diets can be accommodated. There is even a kid-friendly snack amenity which can be made with gluten-free products. Safety Kits - Safety kits are available to guests free of charge, and include a hanging door alarm, outlet covers and table corner cushions. Activities - Special sensory activities for kids with autism will be offered in the TradeWinds Activities Center, and programs that may be appropriate for children with autism will be noted in the resorts’ recreation calendar. The TradeWinds Island Resorts consist of the Island Grand Resort and Sandpiper Suites. For more information visit or call (800) 808-9834.

MARTHA STEWART SELECTS MUSEUM OF FINE ARTS AS 3rd TOP LOCATION FOR WEDDING RECEPTIONS ON THE EAST COAST The site has this to say about the MFA: “At the St. Petersburg Museum of Fine Arts, choose from a giant glass conservatory, Spanish-style gardens, or a classic ballroom with 22-foot-high ceilings for your event. Before the festivities begin, your guests can wander around admiring all the artwork.” Twenty-five locations, mainly in or near New York City, are on this select list. No other venue in Florida and only one other museum, the Florence Griswold Museum in Old Lyme, Connecticut, are included. For more information, contact Allison Canfield at or 727.896.2667. 12



ST. PETERSBURG SATURDAY MORNING MARKET St. Petersburg Saturday Morning Market is located in Al Lang Stadium parking lot (Progress energy Park), hours from 9:00 am to 2:00 pm. The parking lot is at the SE corner of First Avenue South and First Street. The Market is located on the western portion of the parking lot. For a GPS location, use 101 1st St SE. (zip - 33701). The market features a wide variety fresh food, plants and crafts including: Farmers providing locally grown fresh produce and herbs. Meet who grows your food; Fresh Produce with a wide selection of regular & organic fruits and vegetables; Prepared Foods such as BBQ Turkey, smoked seafood, pickled vegetables, gourmet cheeses, fruit smoothies and much more; Gourmet Baked Goods including crusty bread, muffins, pies, and delectable desserts; Greenery - Plants, Flowers, Orchids, and Fresh Herbs; and Hand-crafted House wares & Gifts.

GET DOWNTOWN FIRST FRIDAY ST. PETE At the heart of downtown St. Petersburg between 2nd and 3rd Street South, every First Friday of the month, Central Avenue is transformed into a Block Party between 5:30 p.m. – 10 p.m. Meet up with old and new friends and enjoy some of the best Jazz and oldies in the Tampa Bay area. There’s plenty of great food and fine dining in the area. Enjoy the free live music in a unique, convenient, and safe environment.

LIVE ARTS ON THE 600 BLOCK! - Every Third Saturday Of The Month Hosted by the diverse and creative venues on the Block, LIVE Arts on the 600 Block! is a multi-arts sidewalk fest featuring artists and artisans in downtown St. Petersburg. Stop by the block every third Saturday of the month, to listen to live music, enjoy the shops, and watch artists of all kinds at work. In addition, many of the shops and galleries will be showcasing their offerings with enticing specials throughout the day.  10am-6pm. For more information visit

COREY SUNSET CELEBRATION - Second And Fourth Friday Of Every Month, Year Round The Corey Avenue Sunset Celebration takes place from 6-10 pm. Each bi-monthly event feature a variety of unique live entertainment, as well as local artists and crafters and a variety of snack food vendors. Buskers and street performers are always welcome at Corey Sunset Celebration, and may work for hat, at no charge to set up. Corey Avenue is the Heart of Downtown St. Pete Beach, the Sunset Capital of Florida. Discover the unique stores, specialty shops, the theater, restaurants, art galleries, clothing stores, imaginative gift shops, craft and hobby shopping, beachwear shops, and more. Visit by car or trolley. Free Parking and admission.

HYDE PARK VILLAGE “LOCAL FOOD, HAND CRAFTS & LIVE MUSIC” - 1st Sunday of the month The Fresh Market at Hyde Park Village operates year round at 10am - 3pm. This Market and supports 100+ vendors selling fresh, local, homemade, handcrafted and eco-friendly products. A taste of what you will find is: conventional and hydroponic produce, homemade take home foods such as breads, pastries, gluten free goodies, pies, prepared entrees, sandwiches, tacos, italian delights, german bratwurst, mexican specialties; handcrafts, eco friendly products & fair trade items. 1621 West Snow Circle, Tampa, FL 33606; 14


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BRIDGESTONE DRIVE & LEARN EXPERIENCE in Tampa Drive & Learn is not for the faint at heart….nor anyone that is scared to go more than 70 mph & slam on the brakes at a split second notice. The purpose of D&L’s are to educate Bridgestone/Firestone teammates on the competitive advantages and differences of Bridgestone tires vs their competitors brands. Accent On Tampa Bay was pleased to be part of the media and tire dealers to attend the event held in Tampa recently. I test drove the Turanza Serenity’s for the braking capabilities on both wet & dry tracks against Michelin tires. All participants were all paired up with professional racecar drivers who coached us on braking and turning. As a special treat we got to participate in a relay racing competition, which was an adrenaline rush! Not being a “car person” I thought I wouldn’t actually be able to tell the difference between the tires’ performances, but I really could, and all present agreed that the Bridgestones handily outperformed the Michelins.

A pro shows me the ropes.

Tagging off in the relay race.

GAVIN DEGRAW PRIVATE PERFORMANCE at Seminole Hard Rock A lucky few got to see Gavin Degraw and his guitarist perform several songs from his album Sweeter in an intimate setting at the Council Oak Lounge in the Seminole Hard Rock Hotel May 17. Radio contest winners from 93.3 FLZ and Mix 100.7 were treated to “Not Over You”, “I Don’t Want To Be” and “Sweeter”. Gavin was very affable and answered questions from the audience in between songs. After the performance, he greeted and posed for photos with everyone. Gavin was in town rehearsing for his next tour. Gavin does a meet and greet after the concert.

Gavin Degraw performs tunes from Sweeter. 16

JOHN LEVIQUE PIRATE DAYS at John’s Pass Aarrgh! The priates were out in full force for the 11th Annual John Levique Pirate Days at John’s Pass midMay. The event celebrates Leveque’s discovery of the John’s Pass waterway following the Great Gale of 1848. A variety of events throughout the weekend included a Pirate’s Ball, pirate sea battle and boat parade, a walking parade, a family treasure hunt, adults and children’s costume contests, a pub crawl, merchandise, food, beverage and more. The West Coast Mutineers entertained all weekend. They are a crew of specialized actors, actresses and re-enactors who performed stunts and mingled with attendees. Pirates gather for the ball.

One can never have too many beads.

Marauding and pillaging is a family affair.

Let the battle begin! Everyone likes to watch the sea battle.


STRAZ PERFORMANCES THE NEW STRAZ SEASON offers the singing and dancing nuns of Sister Act, Cole Porter’s classic Anything Goes, feel-good romps with ’80s hits like Priscilla Queen of the Desert’s “I Will Survive” and Flashdance’s “Flashdance – What A Feeling,” the chilling return of Jekyll & Hyde, the poignant and spectacular drama War Horse, the exhilarating and evocative Traces and the all-singing, all-dancing celebration of the Gershwins in ’S Wonderful. In addition to the eight-show series, the Straz Center will also present Green Day’s American Idiot and, based on the hugely popular movie, Elf The Musical, the “endearingly goofy” (USA Today) story of a man raised as an elf at the North Pole who goes in search of his human family. Plus, The Straz presents the triumphant return of Broadway’s biggest blockbuster, Wicked, the story of what happened before Dorothy dropped in on Oz. Season ticket holders will be able to add any


or all of these three shows to their package. “Our Broadway season will offer theater audiences in the Tampa Bay area the opportunity to experience a vast array of top-notch theatrical productions. This entertaining and rewarding series has something for everyone and showcases the best that theater has to offer.” – Judith Lisi, president and CEO of the Straz Center. At a glance: The Producers - July 21 - 22; Jekyll and Hyde - Oct. 23 - 28; Elf - Nov. 20 - 25; Sister Act - Dec. 11 - 16; Wicked Jan. 9 - 27, 2013; Traces - Jan. 29 - Feb. 3; Flashdance - Feb. 19 - 24; Anything Goes - March 12 - 17; Priscilla Queen of the Desert - April 9 - 14; War Horse - April 30 - May 5; American Idiot - May 17 - 19. For more information, visit Straz Center, 813229-7827,

I AM A CUBAN SAND- experience of growing up in a melting pot that simmers WICH: A LOVE LETTER with the smell of Spanish Bean Soup and fresh baked Cuban Bread - the kind that has a palm frond in it. TO YBOR - May 20 Take a journey through the physical and cultural life of Ybor City. Not the Ybor of today with its bar scene and late-night revels, but what Ybor was, before time and Interstate 4 cut through the heart of a very special place. DiPietra, a native of Tampa, has looked back and blended his true remembrances with touches of fiction to create an honest and heart-warming look into the human

VANISHING POINT: A Musical Journey Through Space And Time - May 30-July 1 Agatha Christie vanished for eleven days in 1926. That same year, evangelist Aimee Semple McPherson vanished for three weeks. Amelia Earhart disappeared during her 1937 around-theworld flight and was never seen again. Agatha and Aimee never spoke of what happened during their disappearances. Vanishing Point, a musical fantasy, brings these three women together on a road trip through time and space as they recall their past and explore their future, stepping in and out of one another’s lives. The show has a cast of three: the actresses play multiple parts (each other’s mothers, husbands, reporters, fans, etc.).

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A STREETCAR NAMED DESIRE June 1 - 17 Drama by Tennessee Williams. Step off into the steamy French quarter of New Orleans,

amongst the tumble down apartments on the seedier side. Embrace the tragic tale of Blanche DuBois; her life derailed by romantic illusions unable to withstand the harsh light of reality as the animal just beneath the surface of her polite southern exterior tries to escape. Director Keven Renken adeptly directs a seasoned cast in the Pulitzer Prize winning play whose roles are nothing less than iconic. All the while providing the audience with a starkly intimate look into the private lives

of one family tore apart. Its the old south meeting the rising industrial working class with explosive results. In the end, you are left with Blanche’s unforgettable final words “I have always depended on the kindness of strangers”. St. Petersburg City Theatre 88th SEASON 2012 – 2013 RUMORS - Comedy by Neil Simon - Sept 14 - 30, 2012 THE SENSUOUS SENATOR - Comedy by Michael Parker Nov 2 - 18, 2012 BONUS SHOW: Cool Yule At The City – Holiday Musical - Dec 7 - 16, 2012 9 to 5, THE MUSICAL by Dolly Parton and Patricia Resnick - Jan 18 - Feb 3, 2013 TO KILL A MOCKING BIRD - Drama by Christopher Sergel from the novel by Harper Lee - March 1 – 17, 2013 THE DIXIE SWIM CLUB – Comedy by Jones Hope Wooten - April 19 - May 5, 2013 DOUBT - Drama by John Patrick Shanley - May 31 June 17, 2013 For more information, visit 4025 31st Street South, St. Petersburg FL 33712; 727-8661973.

Tony Rock May 31 - June 3 Tony Rock was born laughing. Bedford-Stuyvesant neighborhood, where he grew up, provided a host of rich characters on which to draw. Now residing in Los Angeles, Tony has taken Hollywood by storm. Being the brother of an established entertainer, Tony was able to successfully elude the shadows of his older sibling and step into his own limelight. Tony has proven himself as one of the most talented, well -respected entertainers in the business. After more than a decade of experience, Tony has proven himself as a skillful comedian, actor, and executive producer. Tony has gained a domestic and even international presence, performing in major cities and small towns between the east coast and the west coast. When in New York, he’s a regular at the famous “Comic Strip”, “Caroline’s” and “Stand-Up New York”. When in Los Angeles, he’s a regular at “The Comedy Store”, “The Comedy Union,” “Icehouse” and he headlines at “The Laugh Factory”. In 2005, Tony was featured in Will Smith’s movie, Hitch. Tony stepped into the role of executive producer on projects such as The Funny Spot (2008) and The Tony Rock Project (2008), both of which he also hosts. The Improv is located at 1600 E 8th Ave., Tampa, FL 33605; 20

SWING! thru June 3 “Two thirds rhythm and one third soul.” That’s how Fats Waller defined the uniquely American form of popular music and dance known as “swing.” Requiring only joyful enthusiasm and a ready partner, swing exploded out of pre-war Harlem’s hotbed of youth culture and swept the world. It shattered ethnic and cultural barriers, generating specialty styles such as Jive, Swing, Lindy Hop, West Coast Swing, and Hip-Hop Swing. Swing! celebrates this remarkable diversity to the beat of the most exhilarating songs of the period.

NEW YORK NIGHTS June 8 - July 15 It’s New York City! The “City Rhythm” is taking the streets by storm as The Show Palace presents an all-new musical revue which features highenergy singing and dancing to the sounds of Motown, Rock & Roll, Disco and Broadway. NEW YORK NIGHTS follows a struggling pop singer as he makes his way through the city that never sleeps. Filled with classic pop hits, high-energy singing and dancing and the sights and sounds of New York City this show is a must-see! Show Palace, 16128 U.S. 19 N., Hudson. 1-888-655-7469, tones, a devious and delightful romp down the road not taken.

THE ORANGE BELT RAILROAD - July 27-29 BECKY’S NEW CAR thru May 13 A comedy by Steven Deitz. Have you ever been tempted to flee your own life? Becky Foster is caught in middle age, middle management and in a middling marriage—with no prospects for change on the horizon. Then one night a socially inept and grief-struck millionaire stumbles into the car dealership where Becky works. Becky is offered nothing short of a new life… and the audience is offered a chance to ride shotgun in a way that most plays wouldn’t dare. BECKY’S NEW CAR is a thoroughly original comedy with serious over-

Ride the train back to when land was $25 an acre and Point Pinellas was declared the world’s Healthiest place to live. See how Peter Demens created a railroad worth millions out of nothing just to reach it. Note the landmarks that are still with us. You’ll be in the middle of it all with the premier performance of an authentic, live, and entertaining play with music. West Coast Players is located at 21905 US 19 N., Clearwater, FL 33765; 727 437-2363;


27th Annual American Stage in the Park presents THE ROCKY HORROR SHOW thru May 13 By Richard O’Brien. It’s the biggest and baddest rock ‘n’ roll musical ever. On the way to visit an old college professor, two clean cut kids, Brad and his fiancée Janet, run into car trouble and see a light down the road. It’s coming from the Frankenstein place, where Dr. Frank’n’Furter is in the midst of one of his maniacal experiments. Follow the squeaky-clean sweethearts on an adventure they’ll never forget, with the scandalous Frank’n’Furter, rippling Rocky, and vivacious Magenta. Get ready for a night of fun, frolics, and frivolity in this thrilling production of Richard O’Brien’s cult classic. 22

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SHOWS IN THE CHANNEL DISTRICT BILOXI BLUES - May 4-20 By Neil Simon. Biloxi is the second play in the “Eugene” Trilogy. Social, racial and ethnic issues are tackled with Simon’s superb comic timing. Rich in both humor and ethical confrontation. A young Jewish man, Eugene Morris Jerome, addresses the issues of anti-Semitism and moral responsibility while trying to survive the rigors of army training. The play details his experiences while he served in the United States Army during World War II. Unlike most war productions, Biloxi Blues focuses not on issues of combat, but rather on the training that young soldiers receive. Throughout the course of the work, Eugene learns both how to be a better soldier and how to be a better man. Faced with such sociological issues as anti-Semitism and racism, he acquires his own sense of moral responsibility for the times in which he lives. Tony AWARD for best play: 1985.

SYLVIA - June 28 - July 15

Sylvia is a play about a dog, the couple who adopts her, and the drama that results. It was written by A. R. Gurney; or call 813-251-8984.

KEVIN NEALON - May 18 Kevin Nealon is best known for his nine-year stint as a cast member of NBC’s Saturday Night Live, and has received critical acclaim for his role in the hit Showtime series, Weeds. On Saturday Night Live, Nealon created some of the shows most memorable characters, including ‘The Subliminal Man and ‘Hans and Franz’ Nealons reoccurring role as an anchor on ‘Weekend Update made the sketch a show staple. On the big screen, Kevin recently starred alongside Adam Sandler and Jennifer Aniston in Just Go with It. Other film highlights include Anger Management, Eight Crazy Nights, The Wedding Singer, Happy Gilmore, You Dont Mess with the Zohan, Joe Dirt, Daddy Day Care, Good Boy, Roxanne, and Grandmas Boy. THE FAMILY STONE - June 16

The First Family of funk, rock and psychedelic soul, The Family Stone - known as Sly and the Family Stone in the 60s and 70s - blazed an indelible imprint on American music, becoming the first-ever band to be inducted into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame; earn the R&B Foundation Pioneer Award; be named to Rolling Stone’s “100 Greatest Artists of All Time”; and receive a special live tribute at the 2006 Grammy Awards. Hear immortal songs like “I Want to Take You Higher,” “Everybody Is a Star,” “Everyday People,” “Thank You (Falettinme Be Mice Elf Agin),” “Dance to the Music,” “Stand!” and “Hot Fun in the Summertime.” the Club at Treasure Island, 400 Treasure Island Causeway, Treasure Island, FL 33706. 727-3674511; 24

BOBBY COLLINS - June 2 Star of VH1 and Showtime, the award-winning comedian Bobby Collins will perform at The Mahaffey for a one night only on Saturday, June 2, at 8 p.m. Collins, who starred in his own Showtime Special and hosted VH1’s “Stand Up Spotlight,” left a lucrative position as vice president of Calvin Klein to pursue his dream and ended up working alongside such comedy legends as Jerry Seinfeld and Jay Leno. While other comics have left stand-up behind, Bobby has kept going, preferring the intimacy and energy he finds in live clubs, theaters and casinos, Collins’ heartfelt brand of humor is delivered in clever bits of witticism that will draw you into his own world. Known as the ‘funniest guy in the room’ and with more than 200 stand-up performances around the country each year, Bobby Collins is a show-business institution who has made millions laugh. He has toured with Cher, Julio Iglesias, Dolly Parton and Tony Bennett, among others. In addition, he’s released three DVDs and six CDs, with his second CD, “Out of Bounds,” earning him a Grammy nomination. His latest CD, “I’m on the Boat, Woman and Children First,” is on its way to becoming a number one best seller. The audience at a Bobby Collins show is half the fun. Many of his enthusiastic fans have been following him for years and know by heart some of his classic bits. But Bobby keeps it fresh with new observations based on everyday life and his travels around the country. The Mahaffey Theater is located at 400 First Street South, St. Petersburg, FL 33701; 727.892.5798;


In the Next Room or The Vibrator Play thru May 20 This charming and irreverent comedy of manners by Sarah Ruhl, set against the backdrop of the Victorian medical practice of using vibrators to cure women of hysteria, explores the nature of intimacy in married life. Catherine Givings is frustrated with her husband Dr. Givings. The good doctor is unable to express his love in any way that is meaningful to his wife. When Catherine learns that husbands are capable of creating the same “paroxysms” achieved by the doctor’s equipment, she sets out on a mission to revitalize her marriage. This charming, hilarious, and moving play will be one of the most talked about. freeFall Theatre; 6099 Central Ave, St. Petersburg, FL 33710; 727.498.5205. or call

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Introducing BroadwayTheatreProject II 2012 An educational program for students ages 12-15 seriously interested in the performing arts • Gifted students can strengthen their skills working with our prestigious BTP Faculty • Limited to 30 students per session – Acceptance is based upon teacher recommendation only •

Students May Attend: A) Session 1 July 9-13; B) Session 2 July 16-20; or the entire two-week program July 9-20, daily 8:30am-5pm at the University of South Florida Fine Arts Complex

Playbill magazine calls BTP “the world’s most prestigious musical theatre arts education program for high school and college students.”



Founded in Tampa in 1991, it has taken years of curriculum development, faculty hiring and fine-tuning of every aspect of the program to deserve this playbill accolade. Each year we welcome to the University of South Florida 200 aspiring musical theatre performers to study with over 30 faculty members as well as Master Artists such as Ben Vereen, Patrick Wilson, Austin Pendleton, Peisha McPhee, Karina Smirnoff and more. Our alumni have performed in over 70 Broadway shows as well as in many tours, films and television programs. Our mission is to provide educational excellence and to mold a creative, collaborative, well rounded, professional musical theatre performer.

Session 1: $450

PROGRAM DETAILS • Curriculum is carefully and specifically designed for each week • Classes taught in all areas of musical theatre: acting, dance & voice • Students are not expected to excel in all disciplines, but should have an interest in strengthening their skills in all areas • Students learn a number from a Broadway show to be presented at the end of each session • Specific curriculum is determined based on which artists are in residence during each BTP II session • All classes taught by BTPfaculty members* including: Ken Alan Dance James Luce Acting Julie Denninghoff Vocal John Parks Dance Karole Foreman Acting /Vocal Herman Payne Dance Darren Gibson Dance Nicole Raurk Vocal *Schedules permitting Debra Loeb Vocal to see a list of the master and Visit resident artists projected to attend this year, schedules permitting

$150 non-refundable deposit due with application

Session 2: $450

$150 non-refundable deposit due with application

Sessions 1 & 2: $800

$200 non-refundable deposit due with application

• Balance of tuition for all sessions due June 1, 2012 • Late pick-up is available at 5:30pm for an additional fee • Students must bring their own lunch

REGISTRATION Limited Acceptance: Only 30 students accepted for each session. Registration closes once all spots are filled To register please submit: Broadway Theatre Project II application • Letter of recommendation from your teacher • Recent photograph or headshot • Deposit payment •

Mail materials to: Broadway Theatre Project 2780 E. Fowler Avenue #106, Tampa FL 33612 Once these materials have been submitted, students receive detailed information and paperwork to fill out. For more information, email or call: 888-874-1764

TECHNIQUE CLASSES Acting | African Jazz | Ballet | Ballroom | Choreography Chorus | Hip Hop | Improvisation | Jazz | Modern Monologue Study | Physical Comedy| Repertory Scene Study | Tap | Vocal | Voice


Venue Theatre

GREASE thru May 20

VenueTheatre’s Musical Stars will present the hit musical “Grease!” Directed and adapted for Venue’s stage by Selena Ambush, with choreography by Travis Mesman and vocal direction by Wayne Berman and Jason Miller. Performances are Friday, May 4 at 7pm, and Saturdays and Sundays at 2:30pm May 5, 6, 13, 19 and 20, and May 12th at 3:30pm. Venue Theatre and Actors Studio is located at 9125 US Hwy 19 N, in the Hudson’s Furniture Plaza at Mainlands Blvd in Pinellas Park. Call 727-822-6194 for reservations and more information.

Eight O’Clock Theatre Presents MUSIC & DANCE:


The name says it all. The wellknown dynamic creative team of Rocco Morabito (director) and Ronnie DeMarco (choreographer) have designed their dream show: a review combining favorite ballads, laments and showstoppers from Broadway’s best. You’ll find your favorites here, too! The crème de la crème includes gems from Cabaret, Chicago, A Chorus Line, Damn Yankees, Gypsy, Godspell, Guys & Dolls, How to Succeed..., Into the Woods, Little Me, A Little Night Music, Mack & Mabel, Mame, Merrily We Roll Along, Most Happy Fella, My Fair Lady, Pajama Game, Pippin, She Loves Me, South Pacific, Sweet Charity, Sunday in the Park with George, and West Side Story. No complicated plot twists, just pure music and dance!


In his distinguished and unique 50-year career, he has played on, arranged, written and produced more than 40 records in popular music. Russell has won two Grammy awards, chart-topping hits and was inducted into Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2011.

Eight O’Clock Theatre Presents NUNSENSE II: THE SECOND COMING - July 13-22

Funny whether or not you saw the original Nunsense, this sequel takes place six weeks after the Little Sisters of Hoboken’s first benefit show, and now they are back with a Thank You show. But now they’re a bit slicker, having been “bitten by the theater bug.” Things get off to a rousing start, and before long chaos erupts. Two Franciscans come to claim Sister Mary Amnesia (who has won the Publishers’ Clearing House Sweepstakes). The nuns hear that a talent scout is in the audience. From the riotous bingo game run by Sister Amnesia, to the hilarious duet What Would Elvis Do? to the rousing finale There’s Only One Way to End Your Prayers and That’s to Say Amen! This show will have you rolling in the aisles. 28

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Tampa Bay Times Masterworks

Raymond James Pops

National Symphony Orchestra of Cuba Music Director Enrique Pérez Mesa is joined by Principal Timpanist John Bannon in Lewis’ Cubanitis on a program with Fariñas’ Penthesilea: Preludio, López-Gavilán’s Ritmotiv, Moncayo’s Huapango and Prokofiev’s Symphony No. 1, Classical.

Enjoy a celebration of the City of Lights with romantic French melodies, Edith Piaf classics, Josephine Baker hits, Parisian café music, Django Reinhardt’s gypsy jazz, high-kicking can-cans, soaring film scores by Michel Legrand and more. Sarah Hicks conducts. Sponsored by:

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May 11 - 13

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May 18 - 20 Tampa Bay Times Masterworks

Coffee Concerts

Once Upon a Time Featuring Ravel’s Beauty and the Beast from Mother Goose Suite, Tchaikovsky’s Waltz from Swan Lake, and Williams’ ET: Adventures on Earth, Stuart Malina conducts these morning concerts, with complimentary coffee and doughnuts served before the performance.

May 16 & 17

Postcards from Paris

Beethoven’s Eroica Martina Filjak performs Ravel’s gloriously coloristic Piano Concerto in G Major with its mix of jazz motifs, meditative melodies and sparkling energy… on a program with Chabrier’s Habanera and Beethoven’s Symphony No. 3, Eroica. Stefan Sanderling conducts.

May 25 & 26

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S T R E C N H OT C O TAMPA BAY TIMES FORUM NEIL DIAMOND - June 3 Rock and Pop Icon Neil Diamond, a 2011 Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Inductee and 2011 Kennedy Center Honoree, will bring his greatest hits to the Forum in a much-anticipated show on June 3rd. In addition, Neil has a new CD, The Very Best of Neil Diamond – The Original Studio Recordings. The album features 23 of the most popular hits and signature tracks from America’s quintessential singer-songwriter. This is the first Neil Diamond collection to draw from the artist’s complete studio discography and includes tracks such as “Forever In Blue Jeans,” “Cherry, Cherry,” “Sweet Caroline,” “I’m A Believer,” “Girl, You’ll Be A Woman Soon, ” “You Don’t Bring Me Flowers,” “Red, Red Wine,” “America” and many more. Across a musical career spanning nearly five decades, Neil Diamond has sold more than 125 million albums worldwide, with a remarkable track record of 16 Top Ten albums, and 37 Top Ten singles. A Grammy Award-winning artist, Neil Diamond has been inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, Songwriter’s Hall of Fame and is a recipient of the Sammy Cahn Lifetime Achievement Award. Among Diamond’s many other honors, he has received a Golden Globe Award, 12 Grammy nominations and was named the 2009 MusiCares Person of the Year.

AVICII LE7ELS Tour - June 7 Grammy-nominated DJ and producer AVICII is bringing his club anthems on the road with the AVICII - LE7ELS tour. In what is sure to be the biggest dance party of the summer, AVICII will be playing a set with his smash hits in a can’t-miss night out. After selling out headlining shows around the world, AVICII is set to become the first electronic artist to headline an all arena tour of North America. “Goldenvoice is excited to be working with AVICII on his North American tour. We can’t wait for his Coachella performance, from what we’ve seen and heard it’s going to be a highlight,” said Goldenvoice’s Paul Tollett. After headlining music festivals, worldwide tours and delivering hit singles like “LE7ELS,” “Bromance” and “My Feelings For You,” plus chart-topping remixes of Tiësto, Daft Punk, David Guetta, and Coldplay, AVICII will headline the ULTRA Musical Festival this Saturday and Coachella in April. With his monthly LE7ELS podcast and radio show on SiriusXM, AVICII has established his name among the stars, bringing his contagious sounds to the masses and making them believe what many already know - AVICII truly is the Sound of Now. For more information, please visit: 30

Raymond James Stadium Kenny Chesney and Tim McGraw ‘Brothers of the Sun’ Tour - june 2 Kenny Chesney and Tim McGraw reunite for the ‘Brothers of the Sun’ Tour. The tour finds Chesney, who consistently has crowds “eating up his every word and move,” joined by “master showman” (Huffington Post) McGraw for a once-in-a-lifetime experience. ‘Brothers of the Sun’ will also feature special guests Grace Potter & The Nocturnals and Jake Owen. ‘Brothers of the Sun’ will be the first time in 10 years that Chesney and McGraw have hit the road together. The announcement comes on the heels of Chesney’s massively successful ‘Goin’ Coastal’ Tour, which blew away more than 1.3 million fans, making it the year’s biggest country tour. A four-time CMA Entertainer of the Year winner, Chesney was honored at CMT’s Artists of the Year event. “Reality,” was Chesney’s fifth single from 2010’s ‘Hemingway’s Whiskey. McGraw is a three-time GRAMMY winner who has had a #1 single in each of the last three decades – 32 in total – including the title track of his most recent album, ‘Southern Voice.’ His 2010 tour in support of that album was the year’s biggest country tour. “Felt Good On My Lips,” from his double-CD ‘Number One Hits,’ spent three weeks at #1. McGraw is also an accomplished actor, having starred in films such as the Oscar-nominated blockbuster ‘The Blind Side’ and the critically acclaimed ‘Friday Night Lights.’ For more information about Kenny Chesney and Tim McGraw:


MAHAFFEY THEATER Bill Edwards Presents Vince Gill - May 13 One of the most popular singers in modern country music, Vince Gill has a love for country music, top-notch songwriting, and world-class guitar playing, all wrapped in a warm tenor and a quick and easy wit. Gill achieved his big breakthrough with “When I Call Your Name,” which won the Country Music Association’s Single of the Year award. Since then, he has won 17 more CMA honors, including Song of the Year four times – making him the most awarded artist in that category in CMA history. Since 1990, Gill has walked away with 20 Grammy Awards and has racked up sales in excess of 26 million. Gill co-hosted the CMA Awards for 12 consecutive years. He was inducted into the Country Music Hall of Fame in 2007. After a long and musically productive spell of writing, touring and recording with other artists, he roars back on his own with his MCA Records album, Guitar Slinger. Gill just received his 41st Grammy nomination for the song “Threaten Me With Heaven” which he cowrote with his wife Amy Grant, Dillon O’Brian and the late Will Owsley.

John Prine - May 25 With his trademark guitar finger-picking and unmistakable songwriting voice, John Prine continues to mesmerize diverse audiences with his humble poetry, describing often-overlooked crannies of everyday life. With immeasurable accolades, including two Grammys and the distinction of being one of the few songwriters honored by the Library of Congress and US Poet Laureate, Prine is more than a musician…he is an American treasure. Now over forty years since his remarkable debut, John Prine has released The Singing Mailman Delivers, a two-disc archival set featuring his earliest studio and live recordings dating back to 1970, one year before his premiere album. These tracks reveal a younger Prine as an honest and unassuming songwriter, writing words on his mail route by day and moonlighting as a folk singer in Chicago clubs at night. 32

The Florida Orchestra IN MAY By Henry Adams As part of The Florida Orchestra’s multi-year cultural exchange with Cuba, Music Director of the National Symphony Orchestra of Cuba, Enrique Pérez Mesa, makes his U.S. conducting debut in Tampa Bay with the orchestra’s Principal Timpanist John Bannon as the soloist in James Lewis’ Cuban-inspired Cubanitis for solo timpani and orchestra. The program includes Cuban composers Carlos Fariñas’ Penthesilea: Preludio and Guido López-Gavilán’s Rítmotiv, along with Prokofiev’s Symphony No. 1 and José Pablo Moncayo’s Huapango. These concerts are May 11, 12 and 13 in Tampa, St. Petersburg and Clearwater. Enjoy complimentary coffee and Krispy Kreme doughnuts at the next Coffee Concert with Stuart Malina conducting a program of highlights from such favorite musical tales as Ravel’s Beauty and the Beast from Mother Goose Suite, Prokofiev’s Cinderella and Tchaikovsky’s Swan Lake, among other works. These concerts are Wednesday, May 16 at 10 a.m. at Ruth Eckerd Hall in Clearwater, and Thursday, May 17 at 11 a.m. at the Progress Energy Center for the Arts - Mahaffey Theater in St. Petersburg. At the next Raymond James Pops concert, Postcards from Paris, Sarah Hicks conducts a program of Vernon Duke’s beloved April in Paris, Gershwin’s An American in Paris, romantic French melodies, Edith Piaf classics, Parisian café music, Django Reinhardt’s gypsy jazz, high-kicking cancans and more. These concerts are May 18, 19 and 20 in Tampa, St. Petersburg and Clearwater. Acclaimed by The New York Times as “brilliant, sensitive and imaginative,” Croatian pianist Martina Filjak performs Ravel’s jazz-laced Piano Concerto in G Major on a program with Beethoven’s Symphony No. 3, Eroica and Chabrier’s Habanera. Stefan Sanderling conducts these final Masterworks concerts of the season on May 25 and 26 in Tampa and St. Petersburg. The orchestra regularly performs at the Straz Center for the Performing Arts in Tampa, Progress Energy Center for the Arts - Mahaffey Theater in St. Petersburg, and Ruth Eckerd Hall in Clearwater. To subscribe to the upcoming 2012/2013 season or for tickets to the current season, go online to or call 727.892.3337 or 1.800.662.7286, Mon-Fri, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Sat and Sun, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.

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1-800-ASK-GARY AMPITHEATRE LADY ANTEBELLUM with DARIUS RUCKER and THOMPSON SQUARE May 11 Lady Antebellum’s truth is in the music. But the alchemy which forged this seven-time Grammy award winning trio extends beyond its signature vocal blend and heartfelt songwriting gifts. With a self-titled double platinum debut album and triple platinum second effort—Need You Now—it’s easy to applaud their amazing achievements, but equally significant is the underlying importance of the group’s shared heartbeat. Lady Antebellum formed in 2006. Hillary and Charles decided to try writing together after a chance meeting at a Nashville music spot. Charles and his friend and co-writer Dave Haywood joined the late night songwriting sessions and the new trio soon discovered the emotional effect that was created when Charles and Hillary’s vocals blended. With Dave’s harmony sounds and instrumental prowess added to that mix the three young musicians realized they might not just be writing songs for other people, but perhaps would get to perform them, too. A Music Row “buzz” began to spread as the newly-formed trio started making appearances on local stages. By April 2007, Capitol Nashville had signed Lady Antebellum to a record deal and the trio began to ascend toward the constellation of country music stars with powerful hits such as “Love Don’t Live Here,” and “I Run To You.” The group’s second album, Need You Now took the band to an even larger audience. To date the album has sold over five million copies worldwide, spawning three multi-week No. 1 hits and scored five Grammy Awards. The pairing with Paul Worley has proved a good fit in the studio. His warm temperament, creative sensibility and platinum experience with acts such as the Dixie Chicks and Martina McBride helped guide Lady Antebellum’s development. Lady Antebellum is touring to promote their third album, Own The Night, and arrive in Tampa at the 1-800-Ask-Gary Ampitheatre on May 11. Darius Rucker and Thompson Square open the show.




Jazz FAB TRIO - History of Jazz in Reverse FAB Trio’s album History of Jazz in Reverse marks another historic meeting of three improvisers and legends of the New York jazz scene, bassist Joe Fonda, drummer Barry Altschul and violinist Billy Bang, who have for decades been known the world over as masters of their craft. With the FAB Trio, they forged a unique common language that reached its peak on this recording. CURTIS FULLER - The Story of Cathy & Me www.challengerecords. com Curtis Fuller played with the likes of Miles Davis, John Coltrane, Jimmy Smith, Wayne Shorter, and in Art

Blakey’s Jazz Messengers and Dizzy Gillespie’s band. He toured with Count Basie. This CD is a reflection of how Curtis is going on without his dear wife of so many years. It emotionally reaches into your hearts core. OSCAR PEREZ - Afropean Affair

Featuring Perez’s stellar young band Nuevo Comienzo, Afropean Affair focuses on the pianist’s original music, which he designed to showcase his group’s improvisational prowess and conservatory-honed facility for interpreting extended compositions. Balancing poise and power, the combo features some of the most prodigious young players on the scene today.



t has not taken Esperanza Spalding long to emerge as one of the brightest lights in the musical world.The young bassist, vocalist and composer from Portland, Oregon is the real deal, with a unique and style-spanning presence, deeply rooted in jazz yet destined to make her mark far beyond the jazz realm. Her latest release, Radio Music Society, is her most diverse, ambitious and masterful recital yet. Eleven songs are accompanied by conceptual short films, which further express Esperanza’s inspiration and story behind each track. Shot in various locations including New York City; Barcelona, Spain; and Portland, Oregon; all videos are be available to purchasers of Radio Music Society as a digital download or a DVD on the deluxe version. In addition to longtime partners Lovano, keyboard player Leo Genovese and drummer Terri Lyne Carrington, her musicians include jazz legends Jack DeJohnette and Billy Hart; guitar heroes Jef Lee Johnson and Lionel Loueke; an array of master vocalists including Algebra Blessett, Lalah Hathaway, Gretchen Parlato, Leni Stern and Becca Stevens; hip-hop giant Q-Tip and two Portland-based musicians, Janice Scroggins and Dr. Thara Memory.


NeW yOrk staNdards Quartet unstandard It’s a pleasure when a group of great jazz players take American standards and reshape them with their own unique stamp. This happens on New York Standard’s Unstandard, where the musical gambit is often surprising. Pianist David Berkman leads the way, handling arrangements and contributing originals, all the while taking impeccable solos. This is a joint effort, and veteran drummer Gene Jackson is invaluable, aided by bassist Yosuke Inoue. The spotlight shines brightest, though, on Tim Armacost, whose forceful soprano and tenor saxophones anchor most pieces. sHirley Crabbe Home Home seems to be a celebration on many levels. This classically-trained singer, who has also paid her jazz dues, obviously loves to sing jazz. After nearly losing her singing voice completely, she continued to study music before undergoing surgery to restore her gift. Home is a so f t e r refl ec ti on on t h e meaning of home tinged with melancholy that never slides into simple sadness. The superb band sounds great with some subtle brass colors and a fine trombone solo.

The album includes Leonard Bernstein’s classic Lucky To Be Me, You Taught My Heart To Sing, Detour Ahead, Strong Man, Not While I’m Around, Carole King’s So Far Away, and Summertime. Few artists manage to put across a song with the confidence, enthusiasm, and sheer verve of Shirley Crabbe. She is an artist who is well worth getting to know. NiCk MOraN triO No time like Now With every well-placed note and every incisive solo on Nick Moran’s new album No Time Like Now, the guitarist brings an urgent creative agenda to the table. Featuring organist Brad Whiteley and drummer Chris Benham, the CD is a potent trio session that focuses on Moran’s stirring compositions and arrangements, venturesome material that consistently moves beyond organ combo conventions. Many of Moran’s tunes were inspired by musicians, friends and even strangers who are no longer with us. This is a trio that can lock into a ferocious groove, but it’s equally capable of ravishing, aching poignancy. This rocker loves the jazz organ trio sound. Nick Moran is a guitarist with an extraordinary touch and composition sensibility. He demonstrates a terrific understanding of melody and harmony, and more so how to explore all of the colors of sound in the organ, guitar, drums setting. Nick has come up with some very original themes and motifs. It’s well worth a listen.

Ken Thompson and Slow/Fast

keN tHOMsON aNd slOW/fast it Would be easier if Saxophonist and composer Ken Thomson describes his music as “21st Century Third Stream.” Perhaps in can be more accurately described as composed free-form modern eclectic jazz fusion. It is hard to pigeonholeSlow/Fast. Thomson’s compositions are detailed yet manifest as improvisational. It is part jazz, part rock but mostly imaginative compositional style and unequivocal performance. The style varies from atmospheric (No, No, No) to rocking (Goddamn You Ice Cream Truck). It’s a very interesting listen.


POP/ROCK Nils lOfGreN Old school Nils Lofgren’s new solo album release is a classic Nils rock album featuring a collection of 12 songs. Eleven are new originals by Nils, and Irish Angel, written by Bruce McCabe, is a beautiful ballad which Nils has been performing in his shows recently. Let Her Get Away is a haunting acoustic gem co-written with Root Boy Slim. Features rough, raw blues, dobros and searing electric guitars. Old School is classic Nils at his diverse best. Featuring the legendary Paul Rodgers, Lou Gramm and Sam Moore as guest vocalists, this album has it all and promises to rank among his best. daPHNe Willis because i Can Everything Daphne Willis has done up to now in both her music and her life has

led to this moment: her new album. Because I Can marks the 23-year-old writer/singer/guitarist’s artistic coming of age in thrilling – and at times heart-wrenching – fashion. This captivating album represents an exponential leap, as she grows into her enormous talent and puts it to powerful and relatable use via her singular sensibility. Because I Can sounds very much like the defining work of a young artist who matters.

URBAN/HIP HOP GauGe Hustler on the Move [parental advisory] Here’s an all-around complete album you can play from beginning to end. A perfect party CD for the true hip hop enthusiast. Recommended if you like Emeiniem, Lil Wayne, Tupac. Songs include Wish for this; Hot Love; Shake It; Beat It Up; Dat Weight; Push It; Get It Girl; Chunk A Stack; Lights, Camera, Action; Lone Star Dime; Test of Tyme; I Got You; Can You Feel It; Touch the Sky; Rain; and The Message.

ACCENT SPOTLIGHTS Maurette Brown Clark GOSPEL Maurette brOWN Clark the sound of Victory Multiple Stellar Awar winner Maurette Brown Clark is one of gospel music’s sweethearts. Originally from Long Island, New York, she began her singing with her family group. Throughout her formative years, she continued singing with choirs and groups, as well as studying classical piano. Maurette’s fourth solo project, The Sound of Victory, brings beautiful offerings such as I Hear the Sound of Victory.


HARD ROCK/METAL laMb Of GOd resolution Resolution is the follow up to Lamb of God’s Grammynominated album Wrath. The album features 14 songs and comes in a deluxe softpak with artwork by longtime art director Ken Adams. Resolution is a 100% trend-free and intelligently-constructed album that could power a small country with its unstoppable energy and potent riffery. It Resolution boasts some of the most punk rock moments and some of the bluesiest moments of the band’s recorded career, perhaps fostered along by the liveliness of the writing-on-the-road process. tHe dead lay WaitiNG almost Heaven Almost Heaven features 14 tracks and 60 minutes of pulsating music. The album also marks the return of Barry Clayton, the voice behind the now well-known intro to Iron Maiden’s Number of the Beast.

With a progressive-edged twin guitar metal sound creating complex and fresh riffs combined with aggressive approaches and catchy vocal lines, the band quickly earned themselves a reputation for pushing their way through the dredged beds of the UK’s underground rock scene in order to become its new great shining hope. VariOus artists the rock Garage: texas live Concert series This powerful collection features the formidable trash rockers Nashville Pussy, two side projects from Jeff Pinkus of Butthole Surfer fame, and the band for which the term Cowpunk was created, Austin’s own Hickoids among other legendary Texas favorites and a few up-and-comers soon to be classics in their own right. The album also contains a fantastic cover of X’s classic hit New World by The Texas Sapphires. The Rock Garage was created to showcase some of the best Austin music. Austin has let it’s secret out of the bag with this record. Songs include Honky’s Just a Man, Nashville Pussy’s Good Night for a Heart Attack, Pure Luck’s Your Face or Mine, Hickoids’ Stop It You’re Killing Me, Texas Sapphires’ The New World and more by PONG, Ugly Beats, Brutal Juice, Dash Rip Rock, Churchwood, High Watt Crucifixers, LIONS, The Dirty Charley Band, and Pocket FishRmen.

tHe Great kat beethoven shreds The Great Kat guitar goddess is the renowned Juilliard grad violin virtuoso/ Carnegie Recital Hall violin soloist turned guitar-shred virtuoso, famous for shredding exciting classical music at astounding speeds on the guitar. She brilliantly tackles Beethoven, Bach, Paganini, Rimsky-Korsakov and more, revolutionizing classical and metal at the same time. Beethoven Shreds features The Flight of The BumbleBee (mind-blowing guitar/violin shredding at 300bpm!), Beethoven’s 5th Symphony, Paganini’s Caprice #24 (featuring her technical mastery), Bach’s Brandenburg Concerto #3 (six guitars and 3 violins!) and much more shred-guitar virtuosity! “Classical music performed in a metal style at blinding speeds.” - Guitar “This is definitely my favorite classical speed metal record of the year.” - IGN “She does not just play Beethoven. If you believe her, she is Beethoven reincarnate. Loud, blistering-fast guitar riffs accompanied by screams, and an aggressive hyperdominatrix persona. She is direct and flamboyant about her intentions. Her virtuosity is for real.” - “Beethoven in America” book (Indiana University Press)


WORLD MUSIC daVe HOllaNd & PePe HabiCHuela Hands Masterful jazz bassist Dave Holland and Spanish guitar legend Pepe Habichuela have come together to unfold the beauty of flamenco on Hands, with collaborative takes on traditional and original compositions that let Holland’s bass to sing with a new kind of soul. faNfare CiOCarlia & bObaN MarkOViC OrCHestra balkan brass battle Finally, the two titans of East European Gypsy music go head to head in a Balkan brass encounter of epic proportions. Following the tradition of brass battles from Serbia’s legendary Guca Brass Festival to New Orleans’ mean streets, the Balkan Brass Battle showcases the wit, passion and musical genius of Europe’s Romany Gypsy people. In the left corner: Fanfare Ciocarlia, the Romanian rockers who rose from rural obscurity to international fame as one of the world’s most explosive live bands. In the right corner: Serbian trumpet legend Boban Markovic & Orchestra, now featuring young gun Marko Markovic, the fastest trumpet in town!


luke JOyCe i build Collapsible Mountains Based in Edinburgh, Scotland, IBCM is the solo project of Luke G. Joyce. As former frontman for post-rock band The Gothenburg Address (ex-Arab Strap), Luke carries a strong history of performing to live crowds all around the UK and Europe. As opposed to his former band, however, IBCM is much more subdued and sees Luke returning to his roots as a singer-songwriter. The Guardian described Luke’s music as radiating an “assuring warmth” while the Glasgow PodcArt admitted that IBCM “isn’t just another acoustic artist. [IBCM] is like fire on a landscape.” From the more upbeat opening track “Rails” to the subdued last track “Switch”, the EP never fails to capture the listener’s attention and as one reviewer exclaimed “you almost fall in love through listening.”

ACCENT SPOTLIGHTS Henry Cole & the Afrobeat Collective

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NEW AGE MiCHael stribliNG safely in the arms of love (soundtrack) Safely in the Arms of Love tells the story of a young highlander’s adventures. Fifteen original compositions describe his leaving home for the big city, falling in love, getting in trouble with the authorities, and escaping to freedom. Songs include Spirit of the Highlands, Stormy Seas, Far Away from Home, The Royal City, Alchemist’s Workshop, Byzantine Carnival Parade, Veiled Dancers, Asian Flower, Alone in the Night, Kyrie, Desolation and Absolution. lia sCallON Crystal keys In a time when many are ready to awaken to a New Earth Consciousness, Lia Scallon provides us with an exceptional new tool: Crystal Keys, Songs to Awaken and Heal. This is the ninth album by this internationally renowned vocalist and sound healer. Lia’s voice and music carry coded Messages of Light – Crystal Keys – to unlock the doorways to your heart and soul, helping you to awaken and heal at the deepest levels. For over a decade, Lia Scallon has channelled the unique, celestial melodies of the Sounds of Sirius. Accompanied by a beautiful Language of Light, this angelic music has proven to have a profoundly healing effect upon body, mind and spirit. uWe GrONau time rider When you enter the world of music created by Uwe Gronau, a top German musician, singer and composer, be prepared for exploration, existentialism, imagination and dreamtime. His latest recording, Time Rider, invites the listener to explore their past and future life by surfing the waves of time with his music providing both the impetus and the soundtrack for the adventure. The music, which ranges from mellow-beats to meditative, has been embraced by new age music lovers, but his blend of acoustic and electronic sounds also contains elements of jazz, pop, prog-rock, avant-garde, techno, trance, chill, ambient and space music. On Time Rider Gronau, a pianist, synthesist and organist, includes a dozen instrumental tracks as well as eight vocal tunes.

Passion, drama, intrigue, love, longing, guidance, gentleness, heartland and hope darleNe kOldeNHOVeN solitary treasures Solitary Treasures reveals the remarkable depth of musicianship and talent of this music-industry pro who not only delivers her Grammy-winning vocals for this album, but arranged, orchestrated, played piano and keyboards, sang harmonies, even engineered and programmed eight out of twelve tracks and composed three of them on this her seventh album on her indie label, TimeArt Recordings. Vocally, lyrically, musically, Solitary Treasures opens a trove of passion, drama, intrigue, love, longing, guidance, gentleness, heartland and hope, set with elements of classical, classical crossover, romantic ballad, adult contemporary pop, world music and Darlene’s compelling originals. As the title suggests, each piece truly is a gem unto its own spectacular qualities, unique yet complimenting each other as a whole – like a playlist for seekers of a beautiful, deep listening and extraordinarily moving experience. www.darlene


NEW AGE katHryN kaye Heavy as a feather Kathryn’s second album, Heavy as a Feather, was chosen by Jelke Bethlehem, of Radio Rijnwoude in The Netherlands, as Featured Album for the week of January 22, 2012. Kathryn Kaye, who grew up in the Appalachian Mountains of southeastern Kentucky, began playing piano at the age of four, and music immediately became an essential part of her life. She has been influenced by the simple harmonies of the folksongs and hymns that she heard, sang, and played as a child, by her years of experience with classical music, and by the beauty of the Rocky Mountains where she now lives. Her music ranges from compositions with strong, emotional melodies through more contemporary, meditative, instrumental pieces.


edeN’s edGe eden’s edge A few notable things about these Arkansas natives: Eden’s Edge composes a unique musical blend deeply rooted in Country and Bluegrass. They are Cherrill Green (harmony vocals, mandolin, banjo and guitar), Hannah Blaylock (lead vocalist) and Dean Berner. Edens Edge has shared their music with over a million fans as an opening act on Brad Paisley, Reba and Lady Antebellum’s recent tours. The trio was selected as CMT’s LISTEN UP! Artist for December, and rang in 2012 as part of the third annual Music City New Year’s Eve “Bash on Broadway” concert in downtown Nashville. In 2011, they were profiled as one of Billboard’s “Artists to Watch” and participated in Opry Goes Pink!, celebrating Breast Cancer Awareness Month with a host of Country Superstars, including Martina McBride. The band was discovered by iconic songwriter Kye Fleming after entering the NSAI Song Contest Presented by CMT in 2006. Big Machine Label Group President & CEO Scott Borchetta was introduced to Edens Edge when the performed a tribute at Fleming’s induction into the Nashville Songwriters Hall of Fame. 42 eden’s edge at Nashville songwriters association international with kye fleming and barbara Mandrell


n celebration of their 20th year as recording artists, Wilson Phillips releases Dedicated, the album that the groundbreaking female vocal trio was always destined to make. The 11-song set, is a long-anticipated tribute to the legendary groups - The Beach Boys and Mamas & The Papas. The collection is made up entirely of classic songs by Brian Wilson’s Beach Boys, father of Wendy and Carnie Wilson; and of John and Michelle Phillips’ Mamas & The Papas, parents of Chynna Phillips. As the title indicates, it includes the iconic track “Dedicated To The One I Love”, the latter group’s 1967 hit, along with other Mamas & The Papas landmark singles like “California Dreamin’,” “Monday Monday”, “Twelve-Thirty” and “Got a Feeling.” From The Beach Boys catalog are equally artful Wilson Phillips interpretations of “Wouldn’t It Be Nice”,” God Only Knows”, “Don’t Worry Baby”, “In My Room” and “Good Vibrations.” “It really is the perfect time to do this album,” says Carnie Wilson. “These songs are beloved classics for all time and they make so many people happy. It’s an homage to the music, and we dedicated it to the groups that created it.” The group is now back in the spotlight following its memorable performance of Hold On in the blockbuster film Bridesmaids. Chynna has since shown herself as a skilled dancer and endearing competitor on ABC’s hit show, Dancing with the Stars. Carnie, meanwhile, has hosted Karaoke USA and appeared on Celebrity Wife Swap. Wilson Phillips has previously recorded songs by their

parents. The Beach Boys’ “Dance, Dance, Dance” and “In My Room”, and Mamas & The Papas’ “Monday, Monday,” all appeared on their third album California (2004). The Beach Boys’ “Our Prayer” was the closing track on Wilson Phillips’ most recent album, Christmas In Harmony (2010). Dedicated was produced by Carnie’s husband Rob Bonfiglio, with reverence for the original recordings, but from a contemporary standpoint. “The basic arrangements and rhythms are really true,” says Carnie, “but vocally we’ve added some new twists and tag endings. Specifically on The Beach Boys’ songs, which were all male voices, it’s really cool that they’re coming from women: Chynna’s vocal on “Don’t Worry Baby,” and Wendy’s on “Wouldn’t It Be Nice”, are really sweet and endearing, and work beautifully. On “Good Vibrations”, we did all this stuff a cappella! Even the instrumental parts, like emulating the theremin, which I did.” As for the Mamas & The Papas’ tunes, Carnie notes that “the haunting “Got A Feeling” came out particularly great;” another standout, Twelve-thirty, was “made for Wilson Phillips! It’s always been a bit under the radar, and I think we’ll bring new attention to it.” While Carnie has worked with her father on various projects, she and her bandmates decided, after great debate, to make Dedicated without his input. But they did enlist Owen Elliot, daughter of Mamas & The Papas’ late vocalist Cass Elliot, to sing on “Dedicated To The One I Love.” “She’s been my best friend for 25 years,” Carnie explains. “I know this is a Wilson Phillips album, but in honor of Cass, we wanted her to be a part of it. We were literally all bawling hysterically every time we did a take, because she sounds so much like her mother that it came out beyond the beyond! We knew that if we did it, it would have to be really special.” “Choosing the material was torture because there was so much to pick from,” says Carnie. “But we all have a very strong feeling about the album and the songs. We’ve been doing “In My Room,” “God Only Knows” and “California Dreamin’” on stage for a long time now, and the response is always phenomenal.” Wilson Phillip fans have been dreaming for an album like Dedicated since the group topped the charts in 1990 with their debut hit “Hold On.” Two more chart-toppers, “Release Me” and “You’re In Love” followed, further establishing the threesome as a harmony vocal group worthy of its parentage. In addition to the forthcoming release of Dedicated, the lifelong friends will star in wwww, a reality show documenting the group’s adventures in and out of the recording studio. The show debuts on Sunday, April 8th, 2012 on the TV Guide Network.


Tasty Food and Drinks! Bahama Breeze Island Grille Caribbean Cuisine on the Suncoast


lorida’s Suncoast is already pretty darn tropical, but to really feel like you’ve gone to the islands, indulge in lunch or dinner at the Bahama Breeze Island Grill right on the bay in Tampa. Any stress or tension you may feel will start to dissolve as you approach the restaurant and hear the soothing steel drum island sounds. From the decor to the cuisine to the tropical drinks, you feel transported to the Caribbean. Start your dining experience off with a refreshing island inspired cocktail. They have a variety of delicious drinks to choose from. How about a Skinny Five Citrus Margarita with Premium Cabo Wabo Blanco Tequila, freshly squeezed five citrus mix, Cointreau and fresh lime juice. Or, a Pineapple-Coconut Martini, hand-crafted and shaken with Captain Morgan’s Parrot Bay Coconut Rum, pineapple juice and a splash of grenadine garnished with rum-infused fresh golden pineapple. Hmmm? The food is wonderful at Bahama Breeze, with seafood, chicken, steak and more imbibed with island flavors that are subtle and tasty. We enjoyed a sampling of different dishes, and every one was something to be


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ordered again and again with each visit. One of our favorites was the Mojo-Marinated Pulled Pork, slow-roasted, and served over sweet plantains, with a sweet and smokey barbeque sauce drizzled over the top. Another was the Parmesan Stuffed Zucchini, which was stuffed with sauteed vegetables and topped with goat cheese and parmesan crumbs. The Coconut Shrimp was crispy and succulent and brought a new palate treat when dipped in a citrus-mustard sauce. Of course, island tastings would not be complete without some Jamaican Chicken Wings, which are marinated in jerk seasoning and baked. Inside dining at Bahama Breeze is cozy with warm wood tones and tropical plants, and outside the deck overlooks the bay, with lighted torches supplying island ambiance in the evening. Both options are delightful. The Bahama Breeze Tampa location is the newest, having first been established 13 years ago in Orlando. They are now spread across the country with 28 locations nationally. The restaurant is open for lunch and dinner daily. The Tampa location is at 3045 N Rocky Point Dr. East, Tampa, FL 33607. For more information, call 813-289-7922 or visit


Clearwater Beach Restaruant Week - May 13-19


uring the week of May 13-19, Clearwater Beach will host the 3rd Annual Clearwater Beach Restaurant Week, which is expected to host the biggest turnout to date. Clearwater Beach Restaurant Week is more than a celebration of Clearwater Beach’s food scene; it gives restaurants a much-needed boost during a time when business often slows. The restaurant’s economic impact is felt by the many businesses that provide goods and services to Clearwater Beach’s vital restaurant industry. Clearwater Beach Restaurant Week also helps local non-profit organizations. Last year, $17,000 was raised for the Clearwater Marine Aquarium. “Restaurant Week helps the local businesses by attracting more diners to spend the night eating on the beach instead of at home,” said Darlene Kole, President and CEO of the Clearwater Beach Chamber of Commerce. “We appreciate our sponsors for helping make this event possible.” In addition to the mouthwatering cuisine, there will be a Kick-Off Party, beer & wine sales, two stages featuring live music, an opportunity to buy raffle tickets for a number of value-packed gift baskets, and a fireworks display at dusk. Tickets to the Kick-Off party are $20 per person entry fee, which will grant access to more than 40 participating restaurant’s tents that will line Beach Walk, each featuring tasty samples from their menu. An optional wine tasting wrist band can be purchased for an additional $10.

Tickets may be purchased at the door during the event or at the Clearwater Beach Chamber Office by visiting them online at or by calling 727-447-7600.


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23rd Annual Abilities Wine Tasting May 26


he 23rd annual Abilities Wine Tasting is being held at the Armed Forces History Museum. This event features premium wines, auction items, and gourmet restaurants. Presented by Raymond James and selected as a three-time, top-five finalist for WEDU's Be More Awards Special Event of the Year, Abilities’ is Florida’s longest-running and most prosperous one-night tasting, netting $3.48 million to date. “The event was moved to the museum to accentuate our fundraising mission to serve returning disabled military veterans,” said Foundation CEO Frank De Lucia. “The Museum provides a centrally located 50,000 sq. ft. facility with ample free parking and a phenomenal look at our military from WWI through today. Its' fascinating re-creation of the defense of our nation will astound patrons and underscore the importance of supporting the veterans who sacrificed so much to ensure our many freedoms.” The tasting begins with a VIP Officer’s Club Reception from 6-7 p.m., followed by the Grand Tasting from 7-9 p.m. Among the restaurants and wine purveyors will be Salt Rock Grill, Island Way Grill, Parkshore Grill, 400 Beach Drive, O’Bistro, Melting Pot, Madfish, Casa Vinicola Zonin, Global Wines Distribution, Premier Beverage Company, Southern Wine & Spirits, Republic National Distributing, Johnson Brothers, Stacole, Spirits of Mexico, Pic Pac, Fine Wine & Spirits Warehouse, and Carrollwood Liquors. The event features valet parking, live entertainment, and a silent auction with a Jim’s Harley-Davidson motorcycle, rare wines, autographed sports collectibles, original artwork, and more. Grand Tasting tickets cost $50 in advance; $75 after May 12; and $85 at the door. Tickets for the VIP Reception include entry to the Grand Tasting and cost $75 in advance; $150 after May 12; and $175 at the door. Buy tickets online at or call 727-538-7370x234. Designated driver tickets cost $40 and can only be purchased by calling 727-538-7370x234. The Armed Forces History Museum is located at 2050 34th Way N., Largo, FL. For information visit 48

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he The largest-ever Disney front-entrance topiary, an illuminated Haiti produce garden with marketplace and a stellar cast of HGTV design celebrities boost the flower power at the 19th Epcot International Flower & Garden Festival presented by HGTV continues through May 20 at Walt Disney World Resort. Disney’s gardening magic goes a long way when an eight-foot-tall floral Sorcerer Mickey topiary holds court in front of the park’s iconic Spaceship Earth. Standing atop a 12-foot-tall floral mountain cliff, Sorcerer Mickey directs a riot of color in the manicured shapes of dancing broomsticks, buckets, mushrooms, hippos, alligators and elephants straight from the classic Disney film, “Fantasia.” The scene pops with pink geraniums, white poppies, violet petunias, blue delphiniums and pansies. In the World Showcase, the new Haiti: Garden of Many Colors next to the Germany showcase is the first illuminated garden in the festival’s history. Guests can explore the rich heritage of Haitian art, culture and refreshments in this produce garden and marketplace presented by Haiti Originale, LLC, an organization formed to support sustainable Haitian economic and social development. Twice daily each Friday through Sunday of the festival, HGTV designers and hosts share their insights on landscapes and design with Festival Center audiences. Music fills each festival weekend when pop music hitmakers of the 1960s and ’70s rule the America Gardens Theatre stage with performances of their greatest songs. Three new festival acts are in store: Chuck


Negron formerly of Three Dog Night (April 27-29) and The Orchestra featuring former members of ELO and ELO Part II (May 4-6); and “The Monkees’” Micky Dolenz (May 18-20). Thirty million blooms, 240 floating mini-gardens on two ponds, 700 container gardens of flowers, herbs, plants and vegetables, dozens of Disney character topiaries, 30 “flower towers” of impatiens and sweeping beds of original floral designs create a new tapestry of brilliant color across the 260-acre Epcot landscape. It takes more than one year and 400 Walt Disney World horticulturists to plan and prepare for the 75-day festival. Halfway through the festival, Disney gardeners remove the cold-hardy blossoms that thrive in March and early April to plant a new crop of flowers that flourish in spring’s warmer temperatures. And throughout the

event, dozens of gardening experts meet guests daily with fresh landscape ideas for 2012. Daily workshops at the Festival Center let guests dig into projects they can take home at the end of the day. The Festival Center - Guests can shop for festival merchandise, attend demonstrations and get ideas and tips from master gardeners. In Future World between Universe of Energy and Mission:SPACE. Disney Gardening at Home presentations - Disney horticulturists and local experts like Robert Bowden of Harry P. Leu Gardens will share gardening tips and lead guests in a hands-on, take-home activity at the Festival Center. Special Festival Weekend Celebrations - An Art in the Garden celebration of plein air artists is scheduled March 23-25; a Disney’s Animal Kingdom Specialists weekend presents indigenous insects that are part of our world; a Florida Federation of Garden Clubs gathering will be April 27-29; and a Fresh from Florida Farmer’s Market salute is slated for May 4-6. Bambi’s Butterfly House, three times the size of the festival’s original, is a-flutter with multiple species of brilliant butterflies. At Imagination Walkway by Innoventions West.

change. More information call 407/W-DISNEY (934-7639) or visit Scan the QR code on the bottom of the opposite page for useful and fun Epcot Flower & Garden Festival event details on your mobile device.






Sorcerers invade the Magic Kingdom (early 2012) – In an all-new interactive experience, “Sorcerers of the Magic Kingdom,” Merlin the magician will recruit guests as apprentice sorcerers to undertake

missions to subdue villains and ne’er do wells. Armed with magic spells in the form of special cards, guests must search for the magic symbols that lead them to animated villains’ hiding places. By casting different magical spell cards, players can do battle with Yzma, Kronk and other “baddies” hiding throughout the land. From fireballs to frantic frogs and cyclones, there are spells to bring down each and every villain, with a simple flick of the wrist. This immersive role-playing adventure is included with park admission. Pixie Hollow Fairy Garden - Fabulous Disney fairy topiaries alight to greet young fans who enter this whimsical garden designed with play structures for children ages 2-5. At the Test Track Walkway. The HGTV Designers’ Stage presents HGTV celebrities each Friday through Sunday and nationally recognized garden personalities Monday through Thursday. At the Festival Center. Flower Power concert series welcomes back 20th century pop favorites this year when Chubby Checker and The Wildcats, Paul Revere & The Raiders, and nine other bands rock the America Gardens Theatre with their timeless tunes. Friday, Saturday and Sunday. Performers and appearance dates subject to

New Fantasyland (2012) – The largest expansion project in Magic Kingdom history will open in phases beginning in 2012 at Walt Disney World Resort, featuring attractions and experiences in an area that will nearly double the size of Fantasyland. Among the novelties, guests will be able to fly high with The Great Goofini or with Dumbo the Flying Elephant, “immerse” themselves in Under the Sea ~ Journey of the Little Mermaid and “be our guest” at the Beast’s Castle. Completion of The New Fantasyland is scheduled for 2014 with most new experiences open by 2013. For more information on Walt Disney World, call 407/824-4321 or visit


ORLANDO HAPPENINGS The Orlando Museum of Art (OMA) presents two new exhibitions, Urban Wild and New Work - thru May 27 As part of its May celebration of photography, Snap! Orlando has partnered with the OMA to host Urban Wild, a unique exhibition of works by local photographers that will be on view through May 27. Guests will also have an opportunity to attend a photo gallery talk on May 12. New Work showcases a variety of media including digital photography, video, painting and/or site-specific installations by individual artists. Upcoming New Work exhibitions include works by artist Jonpaul Douglass, on view through July 1.; 407-896-4231 x254 21st Annual Orlando International Fringe Theatre Festival - May 16-28 The oldest, non-juried festival in the United States, the Orlando International Fringe Festival is a celebra-

porary dance company will be performing excerpts from their 2012 season on the outdoor stage on May 18-19, Friday May 25, and Saturday May 26 from 7-8pm. The stage is located on The Green Lawn of Fabulousness that separates the Orlando Shakespeare Theatre and The Orlando Repertory Theatre during the Fringe Festival. (Location: 1001 E. Princeton St. Orlando).; 407-648-0077 The Central Florida Home & Garden Show - May 25-28 Held at the Orange County Convention Center, the largest consumer home and garden show in Central Florida features local, regional and national experts in Kimberly Lacy

tion of theater, art and music. Fringe encompasses hundreds of shows, the Visual Fringe, outdoor concerts and “The Kids Fringe Tour.” Events are held at various venues in and around downtown Orlando. True to Fringe roots, all acts remain uncensored, with performances ranging from mild to wild. Emotions Dance will be showcasing their collection of works entitled Excerpts at the 2012 Orlando International Fringe Theatre Festival. The professional contem54

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ORLANDO HAPPENINGS remodeling, building, decorating and landscaping, instructional how-to seminars, giveaways and more than 600 exhibits with the industry’s hottest home and garden products. Ready to boost your home’s curb appeal? Whether you’re improving your home to sell or enhancing it for your own enjoyment Kimberly Lacey from HGTV’s Curb Appeal: The Block will offer easy tips to get you started. Kimberly will be appearing on the main stage on May 25-27. 877-871-7469;

ment of the hit show with real-life scientific and investigative techniques. Guests will be able to play the role of crime scene investigators and solve multiple mysteries at the hands-on exhibit featuring handmade props, special effects, meticulous crime-scene re-creations and two state-of-the-art crime labs.; 407-226-7220 Dinosaur World opens 12 new acres and brand new attractions

THE RATTLESNAKE AT FLORIDA ECOSAFARIS AT FOREVER FLORIDA NOW OPEN – The first zip line rollercoaster in the United States where riders swing, swoop, jump and dip through 1,000 feet (305 meters) of thrilling adventure. www. floridaecosafaris CSI: The Experience - thru the end of 2012 CSI: The Experience is a traveling exhibition combining the entertain-

The highlight of the expansion is a 22,000-squarefoot addition housing the Prehistoric Museum with the new animatronics display, along with other improvements to the park. The new additions include the remodeled entrance to the new dinosaurs along the onemile walk through the lush Florida landscape.; 813-717-9865. ARABIAN NIGHTS SHOW The current featured production at Arabian Nights is a lighthearted tale of adventure and romance. On her 21st birthday, all-American girl and champion rider Sherry Smith discovers that she is actually the Princess Scheherazade. Along with her genie Abracadabra, Princess Scheherazade takes the audience on a magical journey around the world to find her prince – who must love horses as much as she does. You’ll join the princess as Abracadabra takes her to Europe to see the famous military-style quadrilles; to Latin America to see the romance of the garrocha; to a Gypsy camp to see unbelievable acrobatics on horseback; to the world of Imagination to see that beauty of the magical, mystical unicorn; and back to the U.S.A. where four fabulous acts honor America. Along the way, Abracadabra must protect Princess Scheherazade from the evil Prince Vaneer, and help her find her true love, Prince Khalid. The show includes a 3-course dinner. 3081 Arabian Nights Blvd., Kissimmee; 407-239-9223;


UNIVERSAL STUDIOS NEW ATTRACTIONS Universal’s NewlyEnhanced Blue Man Group Show features new stage, new technology, new music and new experiences. The show takes guests on a journey where they’ll join the Blue Men as they discover, engage and explore the worlds obsession with cutting-edge technology. New sections include Blue Men interacting with GiPads (think Gigantic iPads), a funny and perceptive look at contemporary modes of communication; and a pulsating new finale featuring an original Blue Man

Group music score that will have guests jumping to their feet. Universal’s Superstar Parade - Meet Nickelodeon’s SpongeBob SquarePants, Dora, and Diego; E.B. from the hit animated film Hop; and Gru, Agnes, Margo, Edith, and the minions from Despicable Me at various locations within Universal Studios before the parade starts. Then boogie down & rock out with them as this interactive parade featuring state-ofthe-art technology and hundreds of street performers winds its way through the park.

Summer Nights at SeaWorld is a nighttime spectacular and the best place to be when the sun sets. Celebrate summer with exciting, nighttime shows, including a high-energy, rock ‘n roll Shamu Rocks, the hysterical duo of Clyde and Seamore in Sea Lions Tonite, and Reflections, a spectacular fireworks and fountains finale. Enjoy Summer Nights at SeaWorld every evening June 23-August 12.; 407-363-2259

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Weedon Island Preserve Weedon Island Preserve is an ecologically important reserve with a highly informative and beautifully designed interpretive Cultural and Natural History Center. Their musuem exhibit focuses on Florida Native American history and artifacts. In the preserve visitors can enjoy 4.54 miles of hiking and nature trails that meander through mangrove forest and seagrass flats,

where one can spot wading birds, manatee and various fish species. Almost two miles of the trails are handicap accessible

with boardwalk or concrete. Every Saturday guided Hikes of Weedon Island are conducted by volunteers. (Pre-registration is required at (727) 453-6506.) Guided canoe trips are also offered

through the Cultural Center. The Weedon Island Preserve Center’s hours of operation are Wednesday through Sunday, from 10:00 AM to 4:00 PM. For more information on Weedon Island, visit For more Weedon Island photos, visit, click on Event Photo Gallery, click on Tampa Bay Attractions.


DVD VIEW S DRAMA W.E. (Blu-ray/DVD Combo + Digital Copy) Starring: Andrea Riseborough, James D’Arcy; Director: Madonna. Madonna’s beautifully crafted film tells the story of Wally Winthrop (Abbie Cornish), who finds a welcomed escape from her troubled relationship when she begins to explore the ultimate love story: King Edward’s VIII’s (James D’Arcy) scandalous abdication of the British throne for the woman he loved, American divorcee Wallis Simpson (Andrea Riseborough). Wally’s research takes her on a journey of discovery that reveals how hard it is to live out the world’s greatest romance. IN THE LAND OF BLOOD AND HONEY (Two-Disc Blu-ray/DVD Combo) Starring: Zana Marjanovic, Goran Kostic, Rade Serbedzija; Director: Angelina Jolie In Angelina Jolie’s film as a writer-director, she unfolds a tragic love story set against the backdrop of the Bosnian War. In a land where people of different cultures long lived in peace, there was a brief moment when love blossomed between Ajla, a Muslim

artist, and Danijel, a Serb police officer. Then violence tore through the nation, pitting neighbor against neighbor. Now, Ajla has been taken prisoner — saved from the darkest horrors of war only by her captor, Danijel. As circumstances place them on opposite sides of the conflict, their relationship is ravaged by questions of loyalty and betrayal. THE DIVIDE Starring: Lauren German, Milo Ventimiglia; Director: Xavier Gens As nuclear warheads rain down on Manhattan, nine strangers barricade themselves in their apartment building’s bunker-like basement controlled by the unhinged superintendent. But within days, supplies dwindle, tempers flare, and the trapped survivors will be overcome by treachery, madness, sexual torment, and savage violence. What follows is intense. It is raw. And it is all brutally, horrifyingly real. SUSPICION Starring Brad Blaisdell, Suzanne May, Aiden Bristow; Director: David Dilley. A retired gangster forges a friendship with a student that puts her life in danger, and forces him to confront some unfinished business before succumbing to cancer.


(Four Disc Combo: Blu-ray/DVD + Digital Copy) Starring: Jeremy Irvine, Emily Watson, David Thewlis; Director: Steven Spielberg From legendary director Steven Spielberg comes the epic adventure War Horse, a tale of incredible loyalty, hope, and tenacity. Based on the Tony Award-winning Broadway play, and set against the sweeping canvas of World War I, this deeply heartfelt story begins with the remarkable friendship between a horse named Joey and his young trainer Albert. When they’re forced apart by war, we follow Joey’s extraordinary journey as he changes and inspires the lives of everyone he meets. Filled with spectacularly rich visuals — and complete with never-before-seen bonus features — War Horse is a “Genuine movie masterpiece,” (Rex Reed, The New York Observer) and one of the most powerful and moving stories of friendship ever told. 60

Music GLEE: THE CONCERT MOVIE Starring: Chris Colfer, Lea Michele, Cory Monteith; Directed by: Kevin Tancharoen Starring 14 members of the Emmy and Golden Globe award-winning television show’s cast and shot live during the summer concerts, the movie will capture the unique concert experience along with special moments involving the characters themselves. SACRED TRIANGLE: BOWIE, IGGY & LOU 1971-1973 Documentary about David Bowie, Iggy Pop, Lou Reed; By 1971 David Bowie was branded a one-hit-wonder, Lou Reed was considered washed up following a disastrous debut and Iggy Pop was seen

as merely a drug crazed ex-Stooge. But a meeting of minds in that year’s closing months was the catalyst for an extraordinary turnaround for these three musical geniuses, resulting in the most dramatic shift of musical style since the dawn of the rock age. This fascinating film investigates the era in which these brilliant personalities worked most closely together. DAWN OF THE DEAD: THE GRATEFUL DEAD & THE RISE OF THE SAN FRANSICSO UNDERGROUND In the mid-1960s a new twist on contemporary rock music emerged out of San Francisco. Known as ‘psychedelia’, it was pioneered by a close-knit community of local bands who merged traditional American musical forms with new sounds often developed under the influence of psychedelic drugs. Bound up with the social and cultural changes of the era, it was a combination that made for a radical re-imaging of youth culture. This film traces the movements, events and sounds of those heady days, and traces the story of the definitive band of the psychedelic age, The Grateful Dead.


Documentary TROPICAL RAINFOREST: IMAX [Blu-ray] Starring: Geoffrey Holder - Narrator; Director: Ben Shedd; A spectacular and unforgettable journey into the heart of the remote and far-flung rainforests of Australia, Costa Rica, French Guiana and Malaysia, this globally important adventure explores these disappearing jungle habitats and gives us a rare, intimate look at the lush foliage and incredibly diverse array of inhabitants. BRITISH ROYAL WEDDINGS OF THE 20TH CENTURY With: Prince Charles, Lady Diana Spencer, Her Majesty the Queen, Prince Philip, Prince Andrew; From: British Pathe Archives; Throughout the twentieth century, Royal Weddings were events of majestic splendor.

People would camp out overnight in the streets of London to get a prime location for the procession the next day. Street parties were held up and down the country in celebration - the extravagance, the splendor, the sheer pomp and pageantry all combined to make for extraordinary scenes of patriotic pride and national unity. Relive all the major Royal Weddings of the Twentieth Century, seeing them just as the cinema audiences of the time would have experienced them. GRIZZLY MAN Starring: Werner Herzog, Franc G. Fallico; Director: Werner Herzog; In his mesmerizing new film GRIZZLY MAN, director Werner Herzog explores the life and death of amateur grizzly bear expert and wildlife preservationist Timothy Treadwell. Treadwell lived unarmed among the bears for thirteen summers, and filmed his adventures in the wild during his final five seasons. In GRIZZLY MAN, Herzog plumbs not only the mystery of wild nature, but also the mystery of human nature as he chronicles Treadwell’s final years in the wilderness.


American Beauty: Unauthorized


aylor Alison Swift has evolved into one of the most popular names in modern music. Her strong voice and natural charm has made her the most successful country music artist in history. At the tender age of 21, she’s already sold over 34 million digital tracks alone. However her success is no coincidence! Taylor Swift is one of the hardest working performers in music. What is it that makes her so great? This biography picture goes beyond the music and explores the challenges and triumphs of Taylor Swift, the American Beauty. This profile of country pop star Taylor Swift tells the complete story of the singer’s life and career, beginning as a child with an interest in playing the guitar, through her creative efforts as a teenager, which scored her a record deal, and an ascent ascent to fame as one of the most popular performers in music.


TV Shows FLASHPOINT: The Fourth Season Starring: Mark Taylor, Hugh Dillon, Amy Jo Johnson; Flashpoint is a drama which depicts the emotional journey into the tough, riskfilled lives of a group of cops in the SRU (inspired by Toronto’s Emergency Task Force). It’s a unique unit that rescues hostages, busts gangs, defuses bombs, climbs the sides of buildings and talks down suicidal teens. Members of a highly-skilled tactical team, they’re also trained in negotiating, profiling and getting inside the suspect’s head to diffuse the situation to try and save lives. BODY OF PROOF: Season 2 Starring: Dana Delany, Jeri Ryan, Nic Bishop; Dr. Megan Hunt is back with riveting new cases in ABC’s Body Of Proof Second Season. It’s a season filled with unique medical mysteries and shocking twists and turns. The team pulls together when a 6-year-old child is kidnapped, a lottery winner’s luck takes an unfortunate turn, and one of Philadelphia’s most despised citizens turns up dead, leaving an entire city of suspects. Relive every astonishing case from Season Two in this 4-disc collection, complete with exclusive bonus features.

CHILD Disney’s THE MUPPETS: (Three-Disc Blu-ray/DVD/Digital Copy + Soundtrack Download Card) Starring: Amy Adams, Jason Segel, Chris Cooper; Director: James Bobin; On vacation in Los Angeles, Walter, the world’s biggest Muppet fan, and his friends Gary and Mary discover the nefarious plan of oilman Tex Richman to raze the Muppet Theater and drill for the oil recently discovered beneath the Muppets’ former stomping grounds. To stage The Greatest Muppet Telethon Ever and raise the $10 million needed to save the theater, Walter, Mary and Gary help Kermit reunite the Muppets, who have all gone their separate ways.

Disney’s LADY AND THE TRAMP: Diamond Edition (Two-Disc Blu-ray/DVD Combo in Blu-ray Packaging) (1955) Fall in love with Walt Disney’s Beloved Classic, Lady and the Tramp. Experience the thrilling adventures of Lady, a lovingly pampered cocker spaniel, and Tramp, a freewheeling mutt with a heart of gold. This heartwarming tale now charms a new generation of families and fans with its exquisite animation, unforgettable songs and one of the greatest love stories of all time. This is the night to share a special bella notte with your family and introduce to them to the film Janet Maslin of the New York Times News Service hails as “one of Disney’s most enduring classics!”

SING-A-LONG: BEATLESONGS The Beatles have written and performed many of the greatest pop songs in the history of music. These are songs that are known and loved around the world and listened to by millions daily. But what if you want to share this love of The Fab Four with your little ones while they learn to read and speak English in a fun and stimulating manner? Where do you start? Enjoy “Sing-A-Long: Beatlesongs” with your children or friends with visually compelling classic animation and music written by the Beatles that will capture the imagination and attention of every viewer. Does not include actual Beatles performances.



THE INN ON FIFTH Inviting Elegance by Melissa Wolcott Martino and Al Martino


ntering the lobby of the elegant Inn On Fifth in Naples, FL, one would never guess the building housing the hotel was once a 1951-era bank. The hotel is a mere 15 years old, but has the look and feel of seasoned grand dame — perhaps because of all the marble, warm lighting, and lovely antique furnishings adorning the lobby and common areas.

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e were warmly greeted by staff when checking in to the Inn On Fifth, and they could not have been more accommodating, trying to anticipate our every need. An unexpected surprise at a hotel as lovely as this one, is discovering that parking is free — including valet — and there are no separate resort fees for the use of the pool and exercise equipment, etc. that most hotels tack on to your bill. ddd



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odern British Colonial comes to mind in describing the hotel’s guest rooms decor. Inviting and comfortable, yet sophisticated with predominate shades of buttercup yellow and pale green. The Inn’s pillow-top bedding is divine, and slumber came easily to us after busy days exploring Naples. All the rooms have sliding French doors leading to balconies or terraces with rattan or wrought iron furniture. We made full use of our balcony in the mornings with coffee and conversation in our snuggly hotel-supplied robes while watching Fifth Avenue come alive. To get ourselves going, we enjoyed a dip in the Inn’s rooftop pool before heading out for the day. A must during a stay at the Inn is a visit (or two!) to the Inn’s luxurious Spa On Fifth. Utilizing Feng Shui and all natural products, skilled staff will relax or rejuvinate you with a variety of treatments. How does a Chocolate Raspberry Brown Sugar Body Scrub, or a romantic couples massage sound‑? Athough the hotel is not old, it recently underwent complete refurbishing of all the guest bathrooms in Italiante marble. And the Inn is actually expanding, having purchased buildings directly across the street and renovating them to become new suites (some at 1,000 sq feet) with exclusive club level check-in, and with retail shops on the ground floor. The project is expected to be complete in the fall of 2012. ddd 66

Judy Nelson, Spa Manager, will see to your every need.

Couples massage.

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McCabes Irish Pub ining can be found right at the hotel’s location, with McCabe’s Irish Pub and Truluck’s Seafood, Steak and Crab House.

McCabe’s is a truly authentic Irish Pub, as a lot of the interior findings, paneling and decor were shipped over from Ireland. The menu consists of traditional Irish fare, with hearty Irish stew, shepherd’s pie, angus beef and grilled seafood, and, of course, Irish beer. The pub’s site includes the old bank vault (complete with the thick steel tumbler door) which they utilize as a private dining room. With live entertainment and a fun crowd, McCabe’s is the place to be. Truluck’s Seafood, Steak and Crab House is next door to McCabes, and is the most popular fine dining spot in Naples. The restaurant is elegant, and service is impeccable. The food, however, is what keeps folks returning, and reservations are a must (months in advance for Saturday night!) The Naples Truluck’s is one of eleven owned by the company (others located in Texas, California and more in Florida.) To supply all the restaurants, Truluck’s founded their own sustainable fisheries. Their menu changes seasonally, as their seafood is only the freshest possible. The most popular dishes are their Dungeness and King Crab when in season. All their vegetables and meats are organic, and the absolutely delicious, tender steak comes from Niman Ranch grass fed, free-range cows. Truluck’s has over 100 wines by the glass, and their wine program is always changing.

Rick Rinella, Manager of Truluck’s.

Truluck’s Seafood, Steak and Crab House



hey say real estate is most valued by location, so the Inn On Fifth is prime. It is located right in the heart of Naples, on it’s most prized shopping street, and short ride to most area attractions. Unfortunately, we did not have a lot of time to stay in Naples, but did manage to visit two of the area’s popular attractions, the Naples Zoo, and the Naples Princess luxury yacht, and both experiences were memorable.

Naples Zoo handler shows us how a sloth likes to just hang around.

The Naples Zoo is non-profit, with conservation being key. Begun in 1919 as a botanical garden, animals were introduced in 1969. The animal enclosures are all natural habitats, so they are able to roam around comfortably. A guided boat takes visitors around islands inhabited by different primates, where the aniZoo mals swing freely in trees and “jungle gyms”. Among other events are a giraffe feeding (where guests can feed the giraffes themselves) and an alligator feeding (no, no guests - just handlers for this one!) The shows are fun and fascinating.

The Naples Princess is a beautiful three-year-old, 105 ft. long, $4M custom built yacht, which sails several times a day out of the Port O Call Marina. There are different sailing options available, from afternoon sightseeing to a sunset dinner cruise. You glide past waterfront mansions, and most likely will see some interesting wildlife, like dolphins playing in the wake of the boat, or some slow-moving manatees. We heartily recommend the sunset cruise, for the beauty of the area and catching one of Florida’s spectacular sunsets.

The Inn On Fifth offers some very attractive vacation packages year round, and with an average 75° temperature in Naples, it is well worth a visit at any time of year.

Naples Princess

A gorgeous sunset seen from the Naples Princess cruise.

If you Go

Upsacle shopping is right outside your door at the Inn On Fifth.

Inn On Fifth - 239-403-8777; McCabes Irish Pub - 239-403-7170; Naples Visitor Bureau - 239-225-1013; Naples Princess Cruises - 239-649-2275; Naples Zoo - 239-262-5409; Truluck’s Seafood, Steak and Crab House 239-530-3131;


“ART AND THE ANIMAL” thru June 17 at the Appleton Museum of Art, with artwork in various media from The Society of Animal Artists. The exhibition showcases a collection of 45 two- and threedimensional works of art depicting wild and domestic animals in motion and at rest as created by some of today’s best classically trained international artists. OCALA ART GROUP’S ON THE BALCONY - May 19-June 17 View more than 30 of the best recent works created by current members of this local art club. In addition, May 19 will be the Appleton’s Community Day with free admission to the public, and the OAG’s Silver Toast to the Arts Art Fair will held in front of the museum with original paintings, photography, sculptures and jewelry created by artists from throughout Central Florida. Programs in the Auditorium include the Ocala Storytelling Guild


at 12:15 p.m. and a musical program by the Marion Civic Chorale at 4 p.m. Outside the museum, the “Silver Toast to the Arts” Fair features nearly 30 Central Florida artists displaying and selling their latest original works of art and crafts. Musical groups performing at the

fair are Treblehawk, Ron Frosig, Town & Country, and Lonesome Willy Earle. MAY 10 AND 16 - ICON TOUR The tour will visit two Greek monasteries in north Ocala starting at the Queen of Peace Church where

local artist Peggy Watts will give a tour of the church’s extensive art collection. Lunch is included and price is $60 for members, $70 for nonmembers. JULY 12 - FLORIDA MUSEUM OF NATURAL HISTORY AND HARN MUSEUM OF ART, GAINESVILLE “Cruise the Fossil Freeway” exhibition currently at the Florida Museum of Natural History and then have lunch in the cafe. Afterwards, wenjoy a docent-led tour of the Harn Museum’s new 26,000-square-foot addition to the Asian collection and view masterpieces from China, Japan, Korea, Southeast Asia and India. Price is $65 for members, $75 for nonmembers. The Appleton Museum of Art presents a permanent collection of European, American and contemporary art, plus Asian, African, Islamic and pre-Columbian artifacts and antiquities. The museum is open 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesdays through Saturdays, noon to 5 p.m. Sundays and closed on Mondays, Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Year’s Day. Daily admission to the Appleton Museum is $6 for adults; $4 for seniors 55 or better and students 19 and over; $3 for youths ages 10-18; and free for members, CF students, children age 9 and under, and active military personnel and their immediate families. A 12-month membership is available for $25 for seniors 55 and over, $30 for adults 18 and over, $40 for two seniors over age 55, $50 for a family of two adults and any children under age 18, and $15 for all other college students and current or retired educators. Owned and operated by College of Central Florida, the Appleton Museum of Art is located at 4333 E. Silver Springs Blvd., Ocala, east of downtown on SR40 (exit 352 east off I-75 or exit 268 west off I-95). For more information call the Appleton Museum of Art at 352-291-4455 or visit 71

Art Lines CONTEMPORARY ART GLASS May 19 - October 14 With its intense sunlight and coastal views, Florida is the ideal home for contemporary glass. The region and the entire state have particularly strong examples of studio and contemporary glass in both private and public collections. Global + Local: Studio and Contemporary Glass on Florida’s West Coast features more than 100 works from approximately 17 collections, including the Museum’s own. This exhibition opens Saturday, May 19, and continues through Sunday, October 14 Recent MFA acquisitions of major works by Therman Statom and Michael Glancy are high points, as well as objects by internationally renowned artists Harvey Littleton, Lino Tagliapietra, Dale Chihuly, Richard Ritter, William Morris, Sonja Blomdahl, Dante Marioni, Toots Zinsky, and Yoichi Ohira. Exceptional works by area artists Duncan McClellan, Owen Pach, and Chuck Boux also enhance the exhibition. Mr. McClellan’s new studio/gallery in downtown St. Petersburg is attracting artists from around the globe. The Chihuly Collection and the Hot Shop at The Morean Arts Center and the Zen Glass Studio likewise reflect the city’s emergence as a center for the display and creation of glass art. The MFA, The Chihuly Collection presented by The Morean Arts Center, and The

Morean Glass Studio and Hot Shop will offer one free child six to 18 years old with each paid adult from June 1-August 31, 2012. These art attractions are close to each other in downtown St. Petersburg. The MFA is open until 8 p.m. on Thursdays, with admission reduced to $10 from 5-8. One collection includes several works by Australian glass artists, rarely found in this area. Another has objects by gifted Venetian artist Archimede Seguso. A third contains two works by Swedish artist Bertil Vallien, who will receive the Lifetime Achievement Award from the Glass Art Society at its June conference at the Toledo Museum of Art. 255 Beach Dr. N.E., St. Petersburg, 727-896-2667;


Three New Exhibitions Celebrate 2,000 Years of Sculpture

A Hundred Years - A Hundred Chairs MASTERWORKS OF 20TH CENTURY SCULPTURE - thru Sept 9 From the Martin Z. Margulies Collection. This exhibition chronicles important developments in sculpture in the 20th century, and includes twenty outstanding works by Joan Miro, Isamu Noguchi, Willem de Kooning, Louise Nevelson, Manuel Neri, George Segal, Deborah Butterfield, and John Chamberlain. OBJECT IMAGE \ ERIK LEVINE \ SCULPTURE AND VIDEO - thru Sept 23. In 2011, the Museum acquired a large-scale sculpture by New York-based artist Erik Levine. Hand-Held (1997) is made of plywood and measures more than 14 feet in length. This exhibition marks the debut of the new acquisition and complements two video works by Levine, who rose to prominence with his use of humble plywood in massive installations. Since 2002, he has focused exclusively on video.

UTILITY AND AESTHETICS IN ANCIENT ART thru July 4. Drawn primarily from the Museum’s permanent collection, Utility and Aesthetics in Ancient Art explores the complex relationship between function and form in the ancient world. Aesthetics and utility can rarely be kept wholly separate, and these two aspects of a given ancient object deserve careful consideration. In this exhibition, drawn primarily from the Tampa permanent collection, objects have been grouped together according to certain common features — from images, aesthetics, and individual style to form, utility, and technical details. In each case, the visitor is invited to ask questions: whether aesthetics or utility takes precedence; or whether a given object should be labeled art or craft, its maker artist or artisan.

A HUNDRED YEARS - A HUNDRED CHAIRS May 19 - Sept 16. Masterworks from the Vitra Design Museum. Design played an important role in cultural development at the beginning of the 19th century, and following the Second World War, American designers began to collaborate closely with industry, developing

designs that would be used for mass production of furniture. This exhibit offers an intimate view of different periods of industrial furniture design throughout the century, showcasing chairs by designers such as Charles Eames, Marcel Breuer, Eero Saarinen and Harry Bertoia alongside drawings, sketches, historical documents and information on production techniques relating to each chair. Pop Art inspired later designers such as Verner Panton to play on form and color, and the search for simple, innovative shapes and materials characterizes furniture by those such as Frank Gehry in the last of this century. The Vitra Design Museum maintains one of the most important collections of modern furniture design, and this exhibition provides an opportunity to contemplate some of their most significant and beautiful chairs. 120 Gasparilla Plaza (Polk Street) Tampa, FL 33602;


Peter Paul Rubens: Impressions of a Master - thru June 3 This exhibition showcases the work of one of the greatest and most influential artists of all time:

the Flemish Baroque master Peter Paul Rubens (1577–1640). The exhibition features more than 75 magnificent engravings of the highest artistic standards after compositions by Rubens; these are drawn from the extraordinary collection of the Koninklijk Museum voor Schone

Kunsten Antwerpen (Royal Museum of Fine Arts, Antwerp), the repository of the largest group of prints after the artist in the world, and from the holdings of The John and Mable Ringling Museum of Art. The prints will be displayed alongside several important paintings by Rubens from the Ringling collection, perhaps the premier collection of works by the artist in America. This exhibition is

GULFPORT ART WALKS 1st Friday Art Walk - June 1 3rd Saturday Art Walk - May 19, June 16 Observe and purchase from talented independent artists and crafters at work all along Beach & Shore Boulevards, as well as the works of local authors and entertainers stretched over a half-mile up and down scenic Beach Boulevard on April 6, from 6 pm-10 pm. Live musicians appear at venues throughout the Village. View the stars through St. Pete Astronomy Clubs state of the art telescopes, weather permitting, every first Friday. While browsing the art and craft booths, dont miss Gulfports unique shops,

organized by the Koninklijk Museum voor Schone Kunsten Antwerpen (Royal Museum of Fine Arts, Antwerp) and The John and Mable Ringling Museum of Art, Sarasota. For more information, 941.358.3180, or visit boutiques and galleries. Enjoy dinner at one of over a dozen fine restaurants within the Art District. 3129 Beach Blvd. S., Gulfport, FL 33707; 866-ART-WALK; Free Admission, Free Parking, Free Trolley Rides. ___________________________

SINGING STONE Terry Andrews Glass and Copper Scuplture Exhibition May 4 - June 1 The Singing Stone is exhibiting the artwork of Terry Andrews, a native Floridian from the Tampa area who’s art work includes contemporary copper and fused glass sculptures. The fusing work is done in a kiln, then used as accent pieces on the formed, cut and welded copper structures. www.SingingStoneOnline.Com 74

One 2 One Thru May 26


ne 2 One is a ceramic exhibition that highlights the history of the student/teacher relationship and the strong academic ceramic traditions that we have in the state of Florida. Professors from various institutions have been selected to invite current or former students to exhibit along side them in this exhibition that celebrates the mentoring relationship that teachers share with their students. Linda Arbuckle: Linda’s work in majolica-glazed earthenware has been recognized through an Artists’ Fellowship from the National Endowment for the Arts, as well as a Florida Individual Artists’ Fellowship. Alyssa Welch: Alyssa’s work focuses on special service tableware that can help define the occasion, create ritual, evoke memories, refine the human spirit, and enhance the importance of what is being served. Stephen Heywood: Stephen’s work is influenced by architectural structures including factories, silos and water towers. These vessels are often composed of many wheel-thrown and hand-built parts and take their shape as small “functional sculpture”. Carleton Haack: A major variable in his work is scale relation as well as evoking a certain emotion to the viewer. Bonnie Seeman: is very interested in the utilitarian object and how it can be used as a means of narration. Her work blends the macabre with the beautiful, which acts as a metaphor of the fragility and resiliency of life. Helen Otterson: Helen’s work is a hybrid of human cells and plant forms that share the pursuit of survival and beauty of natural form. Florida Craftsmen Inc, 501 Central Ave., St. Petersburg, FL 33701; 727 821-7391;

FLORIDA MUSEUM of PHOTOGRAPHIC ARTS Andy Warhol & Friends - thru May 27


or the inaugural exhibition in its grand new home in the Cube at Rivergate Plaza, the Florida Museum of Photographic Arts welcomes Andy Warhol & Friends to Tampa Bay. This landmark exhibition comes from the Andy Warhol Museum, one of the four Carnegie Museums of Pittsburgh, and runs through May 27. Included in Andy Warhol & Friends are vividly hued screen prints as well as photographs and photo booth strips from 1960s, 1970s and 1980s. They feature portraits of such celebrities as John Wayne, Liza Minnelli, Sting, Mick Jagger, Jack Nicholson, Sylvester Stallone, Grace Jones and Dennis Hopper. Also included are Warhol’s famous self-portraits. Warhol (American, 1928-1987) came to fame with the rise of the Pop Art movement in the 1960s and the explosion of print media and popular culture. An acute social observer, Warhol saw that the image of a famous person was more important than the actual person. As Marshall McLuhan observed, “The medium is the message.” Warhol realized that the ubiquitous image was the defining quality of a celebrity, that he or she was famous for being famous. Beginning with a photographic image, Warhol often manipulated it in ways that mimicked the production qualities of mass market magazines and newspapers. A puppet master of publicity, he knew the value of fame. “Don’t pay any attention to what they write about you,” he said, “ Just measure it in inches.” The FLORIDA MUSEUM of PHOTOGRAPHIC ARTS is located at 400 N. Ashley Drive, Cube 200, Tampa, FL 33602; 813.221.2222;


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ave you ever spent a Saturday morning going to yard sales? The signs are all around you, but don’t want to drive around aimlessly or waste money buying junk. Whether you are buying or selling, here are some tips for making the most of your time in the yard. DON’T FORGET THE CASH Yard sales are not like a quick trip to the convenience store. You will need more than just your keys, cell phone, and credit card. You need coins and small bills in order to take home the best from a yard sale. Don’t ask a yard sale seller to break a $50 bill, it could be the end of your negotiations.

DON’T BUY DAMAGE Condition is a key to value. If you pick up a tattered linen from a yard sale thinking that it is some fabulous antique Amish quilt, you are probably paying hard earned money for the same rag that your husband would use to wax the car. Someone else’s tattered piece isn’t automatically a wonderful antique. Don’t fantasize about a yard sale find. If it is in poor condition, leave it on the lawn. DON’T BUY PARTS I always say that buying parts is for auto mechanics not yard sale shoppers. Don’t buy incomplete sets or games with missing pieces. Buy complete games in their original boxes whenever possible. Instruction booklets increase value by 15 percent.

DON’T SELL EVERYTHING Some things aren’t supPhoto Credit: Courtesy of posed to be sold on the front lawn. Don’t sell original art or jewelry at yard sales. There are not enough DON’T LET IT GO UNTIL YOU KNOW…WHAT IT’S people shopping at a local yard sale to attract high WORTH! prices. Yard sales are not the place to get big bucks for As an antiques appraiser with a PhD and decades of your heirlooms. market experience, I know that most hosts don’t bother to find out what their objects are worth before they schDON’T GET UP EARLY! lep them from the attic out to the front lawn. Do your I have made it a lifelong rule that there is no good homework and you can go home with some great stuff reason, other than a house fire, to get up before 8 AM. from your neighbors’ yard sale. Don’t get up at the crack of dawn to try to beat everyone to a yard sale. You won’t miss a thing. Ph.D. antiques appraiser, author, and award-winIn fact, you can get the best prices around lunchtime ning TV personality, Dr. Lori presents appraisal events as most yard sale hosts are ready to call it quits. By 12 nationwide. Dr. Lori is the star appraiser on the hit TV noon, sellers are exhausted and they don’t care what show, Auction Kings on Discovery channel. Visit www. you pay for that Wedgewood cachet pot as long as you, or call take it with you. It is a great time to negotiate or even (888) 431-1010. get stuff for free. 76



WYNDHAM GRAND ORLANDO RESORT Bonnett Creek’s Newest and Brightest Gem


Story and Photos by Barbara McGovern and Tim McGovern

When was the last time that you had a perfect stay at a hotel? Usually something is off, the location, the rooms, the food or the service. Nothing major, just something. I know the feeling. Well, let me tell you that I have discovered THE perfect hotel with The Wyndham Grand Orlando Resort Bonnett Creek. This brand new hotel, which just opened this past October, is set in the beautiful Bonnett Creek section of the Disney World complex. From your first view of it, it is special. You pull up to an entrance surrounded by beautiful landscaping, and are greeted by friendly and helpful staff. When you go through the doors you sense that something is different here. It just has a friendly feeling. A genial host welcomes you with a cold glass of citrus scented water and asks about your trip and what can he do to help you. You look around at the soaring windows onto the pool and lake and you realize that you are beginning to relax. Your vacation has begun. Across the lake you can make out the fabled buildings of the Magic Kingdom. Comfortable chairs adorn the lobby if you wish to sit for a spell. As soon as you check in, you are whisked up to you room, and what a beautiful room it is. We were impressed by how much thought went into everything. The Wyndham wants to welcome all their guests, from the biggest to the smallest, and they want to make sure everyone is comfortable. For instance, in the bar and lounge areas, all the chairs are low enough so even the kids that are with mom and dad have a comfortable spot to sit and don’t have to worry about taking a tumble. All the chairs an elegant white leather. Can you imagine white leather? Not to worry, the people at Wyndham have thought about everything, and all the chairs can be wiped off. No sticky fingers to worry about here. One of the most creative things the Wyndham has is “the bunk room.” Among the 400 elegantly appointed rooms are special King and Double Bunk suites, which are separate rooms within rooms, so the family can share but still have privacy. There are bunk beds for the kids with their own flat screen TV and their own sink. I wish I had that when we were traveling with all our kids. In addition to the bunk room there are 98 King Bed Suites, 206 Double Bed suites, 10 Suite Parlors and 2 Presidential Suites. The two top floors feature 26 select guest rooms with private keyed access use of the concierge lounge.



The Wyndham has several restaurants and lounges. Tesoro Cove is a casual dining room overlooking the pool with an eat in or take out option. The food and service were both excellent. Also by the pool is the Back Bay bar an grill, serving day and night. It’s beautiful to sit around the fire pit with your libations and watch the Disney fireworks from across the lake. You can meet and mingle with friends, have a drink and get a snack at Bar 1521, located in the lobby, across from the Barista. My favorite restaurant, by far, is Deep Blu Seafood Grill. The decor is beautiful, with a view of the lake. You can sit and watch the chief prepare dinner in the open kitchen while you enjoy some Sushi. The service was outstanding, but the food was the star of the show. Everything we had was great, and the crème de la crème was the Macaroni and Cheese with Lump Crab Meat. It was to die for. I love food and may talk about it a lot, but there is much more to love at the Wyndham. The resort has several rooms for business meetings and conferences, even small conventions. The property is also perfect for a wedding. With its location, it would be convenient for guests and the hotel can provide all the services that you would need. I have to mention the Blue Harmony Spa, which is tranquility defined. I was not much of a spa girl before, but I am now. There are several treatment rooms with individual and couple suites. The spa offers soaking tubs, a nail salon, indoor and outdoor relaxation areas, showers, steam rooms and two outdoor treatment rooms with hot tubs. There are a wide variety of services, and everyone on staff is talented and gracious. An excellent fitness room has all state of the art machines and it is open 24/7. There is a game room for kids and it’s even soundproof so you don’t need to hear all the bells and whistles. Yea! Adjacent to the resort is the Waldorf Astoria Golf Club, designed by Rees Jones. They have PGA certified instructors, a pro shop and reserved tee times for Wyndham guests. The Grand Kids Club offers daily resort activities, educational programs and children’s activities. The club keeps the kids occupied and safe, so mom and dad can have a little bit of adult time. The Wyndham’s concierge team is available to book any surrounding area activities that you are interested in, and transportation to the Magic Kingdom is included in the resort fee. The resort is conveniently located to all the attractions in the area. The Orlando International Airport is 20 minutes; the Kissimmee Gateway Airport is 5 minutes and Tampa International is 70 minutes away. Our stay at the Wyndham Grand Orland Bonnett Creek was a memorable experience. The resort is perfect in every way. I never met a staff that was so concerned about the guests. They went out of their way to be gracious, friendly and accommodating. I would recommend this hotel to anyone and we will be definitely be back. Please contact for more information. 79

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Samsung Nexus S 4G Extended Battery Give Your Smartphone a Boost


he latest Samsung Nexus S-compatible extended battery lasts up to three times longer than traditional mobile phone batteries. It was even used by the Atlantis astronauts to access a broad range of capabilities and achieve better communication between land and sky. If a phone and battery can handle distances exceeding 200,000 miles, then earthbound Samsung Nexus S 4G users can certainly expect even greater airtime and output from an OnTrion extended battery. The battery is made from high quality Lithium Ion cells with PCM Technology, and comes with a replacement door. The batteries are designed to support Data Transfer, SMS, MMS Messaging, Social Network, Media, tethering, gps, apps and other applications. In order to obtain the full capacity of the OnTrion battery, it is recommend that you charge the battery for 3-4 hours. For more information on how to give a Samsung Nexus S smartphone a NASA-worthy boost, visit


Haitian Folklife in Florida - thru May 20. The City of Tarpon Springs’ Center for Gulf Coast Folklife presents its inaugural exhibit: Haitian Folklife in Florida. The exhibit runs through May 20 in the Folklife Gallery. There has long been a Haitian presence in the U.S. During the colonial era and the Haitian Revolution, many fled to New Orleans and Charleston to escape violence. After independence, Haiti suffered a succession of oppressive dictatorships that impelled many of its people to seek better conditions elsewhere. From the 1950s to 1980s, hundreds of thousands

Haitians fled to Florida—especially Miami—and other parts of the U.S. In Florida, Haitians have reconstructed parts of their social structure in order to negotiate the

difficult transition between their past and their present. Haitian Americans express and reinforce their identity through a wide array of everyday activities and special events. Haitian Folklife in Florida explores aspects of Haitian history and traditional culture that are reflected through domestic and decorative arts, music, dance, Carnival, and religion. Center for Gulf Coast Folklife Gallery, 101 S. Pinellas Ave. NIGHT IN THE ISLANDS - June 2 The City of Tarpon Springs presents Night in the Islands, a free event on the Sponge Docks. Enjoy 82


Tarpon Springs Events con’t Greek music, dancing, and dining. The event features live music by Ellada, an exciting Greek band composed of three of the most accomplished Greek musicians in the state. Ellada will perform nisiotika, the lively traditional music of the Greek islands, as well as old and new Greek favorites. Ellada includes George Soffos, bouzouki; Dino Theofilos, keyboard; and Elias Poulos, vocals. Prior to the event there will be live Greek music on Dodocanese Blvd. at Riverwalk, west of Hope Street. Tarpon Springs Cultural Center, 101 So Pinellas Ave, Tarpon Springs FL 34689; The Greek Communities of the Bahamas and Tarpon Springs Exhibition: An Intertwined History - thru May 20 Florida’s ties to the Caribbean include the long relationship between Tarpon Springs and the Bahamas. Greek sponge fisherman and merchants began arriving in both Nassau and Tarpon Springs by the mid-1880s, and both locations developed important sponge industries. Today strong family and business ties are still maintained. The exhibit is being shown in conjunction with the exhibit, Haitian Folklife in Florida. Center for Gulf Coast Folklife, 101 S. Pinellas Avenue, Tarpon Springs.

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he coolest piece I have in my jewelry box has to be my new Parasols Necklace, which was hand made by female Peruvian artisans. Whenever I wear it, it never fails to get multiple compliments and queries as to where I got it. Is it jewelry or is it art? I think both. Since they are hand made, the parasol necklaces are all original pieces. Made from reclaimed materials including fabric scraps and multicolored yarn, they are also eco-friendly. This piece is available thorugh Gaiam, a company that presents fair trade products from around the world. Please visit their website to see all the different interesting products they have to offer. You will find home decor, spa items, clothing, bags & totes, accessories and more. I would like to say that is me wearing the necklace in this photo, but alas, it is a beautiful Gaiam model.

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amed for the Italian word for “touch” after its intricate embroideries and luxurious fabrics, Tocca combines the best of the romantic and exotic. Feminine with an edge, Tocca Beauty brings a worldly playfulness to its family of products. Tocca has become renowned worldwide as a fragrance house of distinctive and exquisite scents. Their perfumers develop scents that are reminiscent of bygone times and familiar places yet infused with the unexpected, creating something altogether fresh and new. Their fragrances can be found in a luxury candle collection, fine fragrances and bath and body products. One of Tocca Crema da Sogno collection of rich body creams includes the outstanding Bianca, with notes of green tea, lemon and a dash of sugar. This sumptuously rich body cream combines the benefits of natural ingredients such as cocoa and shea butter with Tocca’s signature fragrance. Crema da Sogno is quickly absorbed, leaving the skin feeling soft, supple and delicately scented. Perfect for dry winter months to add extra hydration and also for warm summer months to add a hydrated glow. 86

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Gaming Scene Las Vegas TWO KINGS - KING OF ROCK AND KING OF POP at RIO Rio’s Crown Theater and Nightclub is presenting the rebirth of musics` most influential `Kings` Elvis Presley and Michael Jackson. The show, which pays tribute to the `King of Rock` and the `King of Pop` runs Tues-Sun every week. Ice impersonates Michael Jackson, and will be performing favorites including “Billie Jean,” “Smooth Criminal” and many other chart toppers. He has mastered the smooth voice and gravity defying dance moves that solidified Jackson`s four decade career. Ice truly does justice to the most successful entertainer of all time. Next to take the stage is Charles Franks, who portrays the `King of Rock `n` Roll` Elvis Presley. With his deep soulful voice the King may not be dead after all. Join Ice and Franks as they reinvent two of the most influential musicians in pop culture.

ELTON JOHN: THE MILLION DOLLAR PIANO at Caesars Palace, Las Vegas - April 13 - May 27 Elton John brings his Million Dollar Piano Show to Caesars Palace on select dates from April 13 through May 27. One of the most successful live acts on the road today, Elton and his band put on an unforgettable show: the entire audience standing, dancing and singing along with much-loved classic songs. The monumental career of international singer, songwriter and performer Elton John has spanned more than five decades. He is one of the top-selling solo artists of all time, with 35 gold and 25 platinum albums, 29 consecutive Top 40 hits and has sold more than 250-million records worldwide. Elton holds the record for the biggest selling single of all time, “Candle in the Wind,” which sold 37-million copies. Since his career began in 1969, he has played almost 3,000 concerts worldwide.


Dream Racing in Las Vegas Dream Racing is now open at the Las Vegas Motor Speedway. Dream Racing offers thrill seekers the opportunity to become a race-car driver for the day, taking a track-ready Ferrari F430 GT for fast laps just like a professional. This is the only place in Las Vegas where participants can take to the track at the wheel of a machine specifically tuned for professional Gran Turismo Racing.

CARLOS SANTANA at the House of Blues, Mandalay Bay On select dates starting in May, the House of Blues Las Vegas will feature a two-year Engagement with Carlos Santana of unique performances - “An Intimate Evening with Santana: Greatest Hits Live - Yesterday, Today & Tomorrow” — in the specially re-configured House of Blues at the Mandalay Bay Hotel.

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Biloxi Located 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 Vision Airlines, the resort has an exclusive package that includes a round trip non-stop jet flight, ground transfers, and two nights in a luxurious guestroom — starting at only $199 per person (double occupancy). The flight takes only an hour and fifteen minutes and leaves from the St. PetersburgClearwater Airport. Right now the flights are once a day, and leave (and return) on Mondays, Thursdays, and Saturdays. Golfers will definitely want to experience Fallen Oak, Beau Rivage’s Tom Fazio-designed golf course, with it’s dramatic elevation changes (unique for a Gulf

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Chickens 101 Workshop - May 19 This is an introductory workshop on the fundamentals of raising chickens such as local laws and resources, benefits of chickens, the basics (breeds, housing, feeding, health, chicken development), biosecurity and getting started. Presented by Dr. Robert Kluson, extension agent for agriculture and natural resources, Sarasota County Extension, with guest instructors George and Janice Lauterbach and Ira Kleinschmidt 1 to 4 p.m. Free. Pinellas County Extension, 12520 Ulmerton Road, Largo. (727) 5822100;

Brooker Creek Preserve Creatures of the Night - May 26 Ever been awakened by the hooting of an owl or a howling coyote? How about finding a trash can that has been ravaged by a raccoon? There are many creatures of the night visiting backyards and this program will provide information about the most common critters. 10 to 11:30 a.m. Free; advance registration required. Brooker Creek Preserve, Tarpon Springs. (727) 4536800; _________________________________________

Pinellas County Animal ServicE Dog Training - June 2. Learn the basics of dog training in a seminar for all who have adopted dogs from Pinellas County Animal Services or other shelters in the county. Learn about housetraining, loose-leash walking and dealing with challenging dog behaviors. Free. Pinellas County Animal Services, Largo.

Saturday Pet Adoptions - June 2. Volunteers from Pinellas County Animal Services offer pet adoptions and adoption information on Saturdays either a local pet store or Pinellas County Animal Services. 9 a.m to noon. 727-582-2600 www.pinellascounty. org/animalservices. ___________________________________________

THE HUMANE SOCIETY OF PINELLAS HAPPY TAILS SUNSET DINNER PARTY June 7. The Humane Society of Pinellas is holding a sunset dinner party at Ozona Blue Grilling Co., 125 Orange St. in Palm Harbor Thursday, June 7th 6 to 9 pm. Wear your cocktail casual attire for an evening offering a buffet of delectable signature heavy tapas, live entertainment, a wide variety of silent auction items, and a cash bar. $50 per person. RSVPs are recommended. 727-797-7722 or visit 92


Glazer Children’s Museum May 14-20 - BUBBLE BLOW OUT. For this bubblethemed week, the Museum has come up with a number of fun and educational activities. All week, families can come in and create giant sized bubbles, paint with bubbles and foam, and learn about what gives bubbles their shape. May 16 - MEET A DISNEY PRINCESS DAY 3:30PM. Families are invited to meet Princess Tiana from Disney on Ice: Dare to Dream. Held on the thirdfloor of the museum, this program is limited to the first 150 children. May 21-27 - ONCE UPON A TIME. This week-long program is all about the magical world of fairy tales. The Museum is welcoming families to come in and create their own fairy tales, make a puppet, and take part in a fairytale fitness activity. May 26 - FEE-FI-FO-FUM! - 11AM. Families are invited to a special theatrical performance of “Jack and the Beanstalk” by Play’ N Around Theater. May 27 - SUNSHINE SUNDAY - 10AM-12:30PM. The Museum is opening its doors early for families with children ages 0-12 with special needs. Preregistration is encouraged. Admission for Members is free. Admission price for non-members is $5. May 28-June 3 - LET’S GO FLY A KITE. This week is all about the art of kite flying. Families are encouraged to come learn about how kites are used all over the world. All week, families will also be able to make a kite and learn how they fly. ___________________________________________

HERITAGE VILLAGE - Wed to Fri Jump Back in Time This Summer with “Passport Adventures” at Heritage Village: Designed especially with summer camps, recreation groups and church groups in mind, these special tours include indoor and outdoor activities. Junior docent teens 94

ages 12 to 17 deliver this fun, energetic program for kids ages 4 to 11. Each child will create their own toy from the past to take home. Bring your picnic lunches, and shop for souvenirs at the gift shop. After the tour, maps are provided for self guided fun! Program is available Wednesday through Friday from 10 a.m.; 1 p.m. $3/per child; groups of up to 60 children with adult supervision. Reservations required. Call 582-2125 to register. ---------------------------------------------------------------------

BROOKER CREEK PRESERVE - June 1822, June 25-29 TOAD-ALLY TERRIFIC FIELD CAMP: The Friends of Brooker Creek Preserve are offering field camps for young adventurers. This science-based nature day camp is designed for children ages 9 to 11 with a strong interest in experiencing a hands-on, up close, investigation of the various plants and animals that inhabit Brooker Creek Preserve. An optional overnight camp-out is planned for Thursday night. $150.00 per camper. Advance registration required. Brooker Creek Preserve, Tarpon Springs. 727-934-2680. ___________________________________________

WEEDON ISLAND EVENTS EXPLORING THE PAST – June 25-29. Archaeology Summer Camps designed for children with a strong interest in prehistory and history as well as learning how early people interacted with their environment. Campers will gain understanding about early natural resources that were necessary for life in the Tampa Bay region. Highlights of the camps include guest experts, tour an archaeological site, hands-on archaeology, lab analysis, pottery making, more. Ages 7-11. WEE TIME AT WEEDON - June 28. Children ages 3 to 5 are treated to a variety of stories, crafts, games and hands-on activities that connect them to their environment. June 28 story - Are you a Butterfly? by J. Allen and T. Humphries, is a charming tale of tiny living things. Free; advance registration required. 813-396-2328. Weedon Island Preserve, St. Petersburg. 727-453-6500;

QuickSmart Strollers Easily Go From Narrow Store Aisles To Overhead Airline Bins


hopping with kids in tow is never easy. But add a baby in a stroller and you can’t fit through the aisles, pile on the purchases or get the stroller open or closed fast enough, even with two hands. Now imagine a family flight with a toddler through a major airport. Do you know the current rules for the diaper bag, sippy cup and bulky stroller? If you use an umbrella stroller to push Junior through the long airport corridors, can you even check it at the gate or is that one of those $25 extra fees (each way)? Isn’t there a better way to get going for parents on the go? Yes, try QuickSmart strollers. Two styles, the Easy Fold Stroller and the Backpack Stroller, are both lightweight yet durable with no assembly required right out of the box. Parents marvel at the cool design, and appreciate how traveling with these wheeled wonders takes the stress out of traveling on planes, trains and automobiles. Both styles open up or fold closed in just seconds. Best of all, these strollers tuck into their own travel bags that can be carried over the shoulder. They are both recommended for children from ages 6 months +. The lightweight Backpack Stroller is less than 11 pounds and folds in four quick steps. It’s compact enough to fit neatly into its included backpack, allowing parents to wear it hands-free when it’s not in use. Best of all, most airlines accept the compact bundle as carry-on. QuickSmart designers created a handle for extra tall parents and an extra tall comfortable backrest for baby. The Backpack Stroller can carry up to 45 pounds and sports a retractable hood for shade. The Backpack Stroller has a retail price of $169.99. Easy Fold Stroller won the National Parenting Center 2011 Holiday Seal of Approval, with its revolutionary and effortless folding system that gets you up and out in seconds. Its compact size fits in the smallest car trunks, and it comes with its own carry bag. Youngsters up to 45 pounds sit in comfy style with a 5-point harness. The bonus rain cover gives instant protection from bad weather. This everyday rugged stroller weighs in at a mere 15.4 light pounds, and has a retail price of $219.99. See for yourself how easy the products are to use, open/close and put away by clicking the YouTube channel or watching the videos at Both strollers are available at,,, and In addition to the two strollers, QuickSmart has created welldesigned family solutions with a Play Yard, a Diaper Bag that converts to a bassinet, a High Chair, and two educational RideOns. For more information, visit


Marshmallow Fun With A Rapid Fire Launcher he Marshmallow Fun Company is proving T that you can have fun with your food, especially when you can shoot marshmallows up

to 30 feet at unsuspecting targets. Scope out your target, and squeeze the trigger for a spread of mini marshmallow furry. The new futuristic Marshmallow Rapid Fire blasts multiple mini marshmallows up to 30 feet in one shot. Regulate the use of your marshmallow ammo by varying the amount of pumps that create air pressure. The more pumps to the rear handle, the more marshmallows will exit the barrel. When pumped to full capacity, The Marshmallow Rapid Fire sprays out the entire magazine of 25 mini marshmallows with one squeeze of the trigger. Ages 6 and up. $49.95

Protect Your Baby with Guavamitts


uavakids, the company that provides parents with functional, beautiful, and eco-conscious products has launched into the baby market with guavamitts. These innovative baby mittens are designed to actually stay on hands, engage babies’ senses, and be gentle on the environment. Most gloves or mittens on the market meet one or two of these criteria, but guavamitts are the first to combine all three of these necessities into one adorable package. guavamitts boast the industry’s first two-part closure on an infant mitten, with elastic on the back and an adjustable velcro tab on the front. Thanks to this new closure system, they stay snug on hands and can be adjusted to the right size as they grow. By wearing mittens babies no long run the risk of scratching their faces, and can avoid ingesting germs from others who touch their hands. Their contrast pattern designs are the first mitt to help engage babies senses. For more information, visit


Organic Rainbow Rattles Organic Baby Rattles dd some sunshine and rainbows to your baby’s world A with organic rattles by Yellow Label Kids from Wild Dill.

The set of three rattles includes one rainbow, one sun and one butterfly. Each rattle is about 4.5 inches in diameter and 5 inches tall. They are a perfect size for little hands, and the yarn is 100% organic bamboo fiber filled with polyfill. These sweet rattles are safe for baby and made by artisans spanning the globe from Chile to Nepal. They are paid a living wage and provided a variety of programs to help better the lives of low-income producers. Yellow Label Kids is a member of the Fair Trade Federation. For more information and more products from Wild Dill, visit


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ig Cat Rescue is the world’s largest sanctuary for big cats who have been abused, abandoned, retired from performing acts, or saved from being slaughtered for fur coats. The sanctuary houses tigers, lions, leopards, cougars, bobcats, lynx, ocelots, servals, caracals and others — a total of 16 of the 35 species of wild cat, many of whom are threatened, endangered, or now extinct in the wild. At this home for rare and exotic cats, The narrow mission of Big Cat Rescue is to provide the best permanent home they can for these cats. The broader mission of the sanctuary is to reduce the number of cats that suffer the fate of abandonment and/or abuse and to encourage preservation of habitat and wildlife. People are urged to behave in a way that will support these goals by teaching people about the plight of the cats, both in the wild and in captivity. This is accomplished through guided tours, educational programs for young people, and by maintaining a website that is a great resource for information about exotic cats. Big Cat Rescue has built enclosures in a very natural habitat with foliage and shelter on a 45 acre site, and provides the best nutritional and medical care possible. They have conditioning and enrichment programs to provide for the cats physical and psychological well being. The sanctuary is supported entirely by donation. Big Cat Rescue is located at 12802 Easy Street, Tampa. Call 813-920-4130 for more information, or visit


unken Gardens is a botanical paradise in the midst of a bustling city. As St. Petersburg’s oldest living museum, this 100 year old garden is home to some of the oldest tropical plants in the region. Unwind as you stroll through meandering paths, lush with exotic plants from around the world. Explore cascading waterfalls, beautiful demonstration gardens, more than 50,000 tropical plants and flowers. Sunken Gardens provides garden tours, horticultural programs, special events, field trips, weddings, private and corporate rentals. If you enjoy Yoga, Pilates, or want to try Hoop Dancing, why not go to Sunken Gardens and exercise in a botanical, tropical paradise. Mon - Thurs; 10:00am - 11:30am; $45/month or $12/class / Weekend classes $10 Sunken Gardens Members / $15 non-members Sat: 10am 11:15am / Sun: Noon - 1:15pm / Wed 6pm - 7:15pm $15 or $10 for Sunken Gardens Members / $59 for unlimited Daily, Weekend and Evening classes. HOOP DANCING - Tuesday 10am 11am, Wednesday 9am - 10am, $80/8 sessions or $15/class CHUTE CHI GONG Friday, 10am - Noon, $10/class. 825 4th Street N., St. Petersburg; 727-551-3100;

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


TARPON SEASON TAKES OFF Key Conditions Influence Migrating Fish Without any question, the most eagerly anticipated event for fisherman on Florida’s Gulf Coast is the beginning of tarpon season. They’re known as the “silver king” for good reason, and these powerful, shimmering giants present one of the most challenging and rewarding pursuits the sea has to offer. Each year, tarpon season starts with two types of early-season fish – local residents and the first wave of migrating tarpon. The locals seem to live here yearround and they spend their winters in places like the power plants, marinas, deep creeks and rivers like the Hillsborough, Manatee, Little Manatee and Alafia. Here’s a look at the key factors that influence spring tarpon movement:

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WEATHER: Warm, stable conditions like we have mostly had this year will bring the residents out first and right after that, the travelers will arrive. The travelers usually arrive on a new or full moon. This year a big bunch arrived on the new moon in April. When the weather is nice, the new arrivals will feed heavily, but bad weather will slow the migration and if the fish are already here, rough conditions usually push the tarpon offshore until things clear up.

By Capt Bill Miller when migrating tarpon arrive or where they go. However, when they settle into where they want to be, they will usually feed on the stronger tidal flows, as they will throughout their months in our area. Just remember that strong tides don’t always mean a good tarpon bite. Sometimes the bite will be on the changes of the tide. Also, certain spots don’t produce well on hard tides, so pay attention to how your bait presentations and if the fast moving water is a hindrance, choose another spot. As we get deeper into spring, the days will grow longer and the tarpon migration will pick up steam, as the fish’s internal calendar tells them it’s time to move. The full and new moons of May will have the tarpon ready to play and from then on, it’s going to be several months of fun for bay area anglers. For weekly fishing reports, hot tips, catch photos and lots of angling resources, visit For fishing charters in the Tampa Bay area, call (813) 3639927.

WATER TEMPERATURE: Historically, we can expect to start noticing the arrival of migrating tarpon and the appearance of resident fish coming out of their wintering holes when the water temperature reaches the upper 60’s. At 70 degrees, the fish should be showing up steadily, with their earliest appearances around bridges at night. FOOD: The spring baitfish migration is a key factor in the arrival of tarpon from the south and west. When the food starts moving, the predators follow. TIDES: I have not seen tides playing much of a factor in 100



Stumbling, bumbling James Lessor and Skip Moore are licensed private investigators. It could take time to get Moore or Less investigations off the ground, so James takes a job with a traveling carnival show. But this show has had a string of accidents and at least one death in the past year. When they’re hired to investigate what’s caused the carnival chaos, James and Skip set into motion a dizzying, roller coaster chain of events. They finally realize they’ll get anything but cooperation from this cast of carnies. But when a carnival worker is murdered, James and Skip find they might be next in line. Don Bruns is an award-winning novelist, songwriter, musician and ad executive, who lives in So. FL. He is also the author of Stuff to Spy For, Stuff Dreams Are Made Of, Stuff To Die For, Bahama Burnout, St. Barts Breakdown, South Beach Shakedown, BarbadosHeat and Jamaica Blue.

by Randy Rawls

A private investigator launches a vendetta to find and destroy the Thorns on Roses gang. Tom Jeffries, a PI in Broward County, Florida, is a man with a past-exSpecial Forces, ex-Dallas cop. But mostly, he’s a man driven by a thirst for justice. His brand of justice. When a seventeen-year-old girl, the stepdaughter of Tom’s best 102

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Friends Madeline, Avery and Nicole have hit some speed bumps in their lives, but when they arrive in Miami’s South Beach neighborhood, they are all hoping for a do-over. They’ve been hired to bring a once-grand historic house back to its former glory on a new television show called Do-Over. If they can get this show off the ground, Nikki would get back on her feet financially, Avery could restart her ruined career, and Maddie may be able to keep her family together. That’s the plan, but having their personal lives play out on TV is another thing entirely. Soon they are struggling to hold themselves, and the project, together. With a decadesold mystery—and the hurricane season—looming, the women are forced to figure out just how they’ll weather life’s storms. Wendy Wax is a St. Pete Beach native, a USF grad, and now an Atlanta resident. She is best known for her exploration of women’s bonds, and has written eight novels - the most recognizable being Ten Beach Road.

friend, Charlie Rogers, dies in the midst of a brutal gang rape, Tom vows to avenge her death. Following a well laid out plan, Jeffries methodically stalks the gang. As he eliminates them one by one, the police get closer to connecting him with the disappearances. Rushing will invite catastrophe, but Tom cannot wait. Randy Rawls is a retired US Army Officer and Dept of Defense civilian. Rawls is the author of the Ace Edwards, Dallas PI series and a number of short stories. He lives in South Florida.

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Welles, Billy Wilder, Nicholas Ray, and Joseph Losey as well as lesser-known lights of noir. Each article will include a short biography of the director, a list of their major noir films, as well as a deep analysis of the films themselves. Lavishly illustrated, this book is a must for any aficionado of the American style of film noir.

MAKE YOUR MOVIE: What You Need To Know About the Business and Politics of Filmmaking by Barbara Freedman Doyle

PHOTOGRAPHICALLY SPEAKING: A Deeper Look at Creating Stronger Images by David duChemin

This book is about how to work with people in the film industry, about who they are, what they do, and what they need. Most importantly for you, it is also about how to become one of them. This is a straightforward and comprehensive must-read for any aspiring filmmaker. With a down-to-earth, tell it like it is approach, the author offers insight through relatable, real-world experience and one-on-one interviews with working professionals who are already at the top of their game. FILM NOIR: THE DIRECTORS Edited by Alain Silver and James Ursini

Noted film noir historians Alain Silver and James Ursini concentrate in this work on the thirty key directors of the classic noir period. These include well-known luminaries, such as Orson

Photographically Speaking is about learning photography’s visual language to better speak to why and how a photograph succeeds, and in turn to consciously use that visual language in the creation of our own photographs, making us stronger photographers who are able to fully express and communicate our vision. By breaking up the visual language into two main components–“elements” make up its vocabulary, and “decisions” are its grammar–David duChemin transforms what has traditionally been esoteric and difficult subject matter into an accessible and practical discussion that photographers can immediately use to improve their craft. Elements are the “words” of the image, what we place within the frame–lines, curves, light, color, contrast. Decisions are the choices we make in assembling those elements to best express and communicate our vision–the use of framing, perspective, point of view, balance, focus, exposure.

ROCKABILLY: The Twang Heard ‘Round the World - The Illustrated History Edited by Michael Dregni

Born out of country, bluegrass, jazz, and the blues in the 1950s, the musical phenomenon known as rockabilly sprung from the instruments of some of the most exciting musicians in history and became what we know now as rock ’n’ roll. The story of rockabilly starts with Elvis Presley’s first Sun records that inspired all. It’s also a story rooted in the music of Carl Perkins, Gene Vincent, Eddie Cochran, Jerry Lee Lewis, Johnny Cash, Roy Orbison, and many more rockabillies from the golden years of 1955–1959. And the story continues today, with a rockabilly revival that began with stars, such as the Stray Cats and Robert Gordon, spreading around the globe from Europe to Japan. Today, rockabilly is better than ever, with bands like Rev. Horton Heat and others playing the music and living the life from Memphis to Helsinki to Tokyo. There’s still good rockin’ tonight! The first illustrated history of the sound, style and attitude that changed music history forever, Rockabilly: The Twang Heard ’Round the World contains more than 600 rare photographs, concert posters, singles and LPs, memorabilia and collectibles—from Elvis to the Stray Cats to today—as well as interviews and reminiscences from an impressive cast of rockabilly stars.


Non Fiction SON OF HARPO SPEAKS! by Bill Marx

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BEHIND THE MASK: The Mystique of Surgery and the Surgeons who Perform Them by David Gelber MD

In this warmhearted memoir, Bill Marx shares what it was like growing up as the son of a Marx brother. Harpo Marx, most famous as the silent jokester in the comedy team, was actually a very talented actor, artist and musician (a world-renowned harpist). Author Bill, under the influence of his father, became a consummate musician and composer as well. They collaborated as professional musicians. Bill documents both his working and creative relationsjip with Harpo, as well as their father-son bond. He describes growing up in an orbit of many talented creative forces, and their lasting impressions on his life. He covers his existence in two world — that of a normal boy at home with his family and that of a child exposed to extraordinary talent, culture and of course, the energy of his legendary father, Harpo.

A look at the world of surgery through the eyes of Dr.David Gelber, a surgeon with more than twenty years experience. Dr. Gelber gives the reader a glimpse into the mind and thought processes of surgeons; how they evaluate their patients, what happens during and after surgery, along with pitfalls and complications that can develop. Numerous anecdotes and actual cases carry the reader on a journey through the often unpredictable life of a busy surgeon.

e f g h i j k l BELOVED WARRIOR: The Rise and Fall of Alexis Arguello by Christian Giudice

m n o Christian Giudice offers a balanced an critical look at great boxer Alexis Arguello’s life. His reporting discusses the contradiction between Alex’ triumphs in the ring and the emotional, psychological, and political turbulence beyond the ropes that eventually claimed his life.

p q r WALKABOUT DANCER by Eileen Kramer

Eileen Kramer spent her childhood listening to the kookaburras and sailing along the coast of Australia. A creative, magical spirit from the beginning, young Eileen left school at an early age, finding a course that enabled her to go her own way. Eileen’s life was changed in 1939 when she attended a performance of the Bodenwieser Dance Company, opening the door for her world travels and her remarkable journey through life. Through Bodenwieser, Eileen absorbed European culture – appreciation of music, art, architecture, and politics. This book chronicles Eileen’s life with tales of her travels, experiences, and escapades, as we watch her dancing lightly through the years.

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Accent On Tampa Bay #175, May 2012  
Accent On Tampa Bay #175, May 2012  

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