Saturday, April 21, 2018

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Bilingual ‘In the Time of the Butterflies’ shines a light on brutal regime

Bilingual ‘In the Time of the Butterflies’ shines a light on brutal regime

TAMPA — Tampa made its cigars with indispensable help from Cuban immigrants. Today, 22 percent of the population is of Hispanic origin, as defined by the U.S. Census. The Tampa Bay area has increasingly and proudly defined itself as a thriving perfor...
Published: 04/16/18
Updated: 04/18/18
Review: ‘I’ll Be Back’ at Stage West mixes creepy with shocking

Review: ‘I’ll Be Back’ at Stage West mixes creepy with shocking

The murder mystery/thriller I’ll Be Back Before Midnight is loaded with potential. Playwright Peter Colley’s spooky, sometimes creepy, script has lots of surprises, scary moments and a few jokes to break the tension.And the production at Stage West C...
Published: 04/16/18
Updated: 04/17/18

Review: ‘Menopause the Musical’ brings the heat to Show Palace in Hudson

For years, Show Palace Dinner Theatre patrons have begged owners Vicki and Tommy Marasciullo to bring Menopause the Musical to their Hudson venue. To be sure, the longtime showbiz couple wanted to, and the 400+ sold-out crowd opening night, followed ...
Published: 04/16/18
Updated: 04/17/18
Monthly dessert theatre opens at CARES

Monthly dessert theatre opens at CARES

NEW PORT RICHEY — A collaborative agreement between CARES (Community Aging and Retirement Services) and local entertainer Jimmy Ferraro will bring Jimmy Ferraro’s Dessert Theatre, a series of monthly variety shows, to the CARES Elfers Center stage, 4...
Published: 04/16/18
Taste test: citrus-flavored sparkling water

Taste test: citrus-flavored sparkling water

Many years ago, I took a trip to Rome and learned enough Italian to find directions and order dinner from menus. I learned very quickly that if I didn’t make it clear, I would get sparkling water rather than still water at every restaurant. My husban...
Published: 04/16/18
Bar review: Brewburgers Taphouse in Kenneth City

Bar review: Brewburgers Taphouse in Kenneth City

If the tap handle for 3 Daughters IPA is labeled 30MPH IPA, you know you’re in Kenneth City. You also know you’re at Brewburgers Taphouse, because Brewburgers is the only game in town when it comes to craft beer. After all, Kenneth City, a small town...
Published: 04/15/18
New opera by Anton Coppola, 101, highlights Opera Tampa’s 2018-2019 season

New opera by Anton Coppola, 101, highlights Opera Tampa’s 2018-2019 season

TAMPA — Last year’s lavish 100th birthday party for composer and conductor Anton Coppola might have seemed like the capstone of a long career in opera. Turns out that Opera Tampa’s co-founder was not finished. The maestro’s latest opera, Lady Swanwhi...
Published: 04/14/18
Opera Tampa wraps up season with a brooding, richly sung ‘Macbeth’

Opera Tampa wraps up season with a brooding, richly sung ‘Macbeth’

TAMPA — Opera Tampa brings its season to an end with a darkly sensuous Macbeth, Giuseppe Verdi’s take on Shakespeare’s play. It’s a job well done.Companies do not perform Macbeth nearly as often as established warhorses. Since January 2017, the show ...
Published: 04/14/18
Top things to do in Tampa Bay for the week of April 16-22.

Top things to do in Tampa Bay for the week of April 16-22.

Earth Day: Sunday is the official day to celebrate our big blue rock, but Island Earth Days is Saturday and Sunday at Honeymoon Island in Dunedin with music, kids’ activities, nature walks, live animals and environmental displays. Free; $8 park admis...
Published: 04/13/18
Updated: 04/16/18
Tampa Bay Design Week, Hyde Park Village Art Fair and membership reciprocals

Tampa Bay Design Week, Hyde Park Village Art Fair and membership reciprocals

Benefit Swap: Dalí Membership ReciprocalFor the month of April, members of the Florida Museum of Photographic Arts will get free admission to the Dalí Museum, and vice versa. This is a big deal because the Dalí doesn’t normally extend reciprocal memb...
Published: 04/12/18