Wednesday, July 18, 2018

Kids & Family

First look (with video): Universal’s new high-tech fountain shows ends the night at the theme park

First look (with video): Universal’s new high-tech fountain shows ends the night at the theme park

Visitors to Universal Studios in Orlando on Monday night got to witness the premiere of the new high-tech, dancing-fountain, cinematic show to end the day in the park in what the show’s creator called "a kiss goodnight." It’s full of ima...
Published: 07/17/18
Play encouraged at Florida Orchestra’s Instrument Petting Zoo

Play encouraged at Florida Orchestra’s Instrument Petting Zoo

ZEPHYRHILLS — Enticing kids to become avid page turners is part of the Pasco County’s "Libraries Rock" summer reading program. There’s always a fun element to bring them in, that this year comes with a musical theme.For Blake Pole, 9, an afternoon tr...
Published: 07/11/18
Updated: 07/16/18
8 things to do this weekend: Sam Smith, SharkCon, Extreme Mud Wars, deal at Chihuly

8 things to do this weekend: Sam Smith, SharkCon, Extreme Mud Wars, deal at Chihuly

Concert Sam Smith and Cam: On Friday, Sam Smith (Stay With Me) is coming to Tampa with opening act Cam, whose latest country single Diane is one of Nashville’s most rollicking of the past year. Smith is the headliner but both acts are worth ca...
Published: 07/13/18
Rascal Flatts' Jay DeMarcus talks longevity, the road, and picking the perfect opener

Rascal Flatts' Jay DeMarcus talks longevity, the road, and picking the perfect opener

There was a time, believe it or not, when Rascal Flatts was considered cutting-edge country. Okay, "cutting-edge" might be pushing it — the trio’s wholesome, harmony-laden style was never all that controversial. Still, when you survey th...
Published: 07/13/18
Twitch streamers bring video games’ biggest star to Tampa while raising millions for charity

Twitch streamers bring video games’ biggest star to Tampa while raising millions for charity

A group of professional video-game players based in Tampa Bay have been quietly making a living — and raising a fortune for charity — mostly by playing video games and letting people watch.Cory Michael, 33, Ben Bowman, 31, and Kevin Murray, 35, bette...
Published: 07/03/18
Updated: 07/12/18
Top things to do this week: SharkCon with Richard Dreyfuss, Mud Wars

Top things to do this week: SharkCon with Richard Dreyfuss, Mud Wars

SHARKCON: Richard Dreyfuss and Sharknado starsIn its fifth year, SharkCon has expanded from a weekend all about sharks with a touch tank, ocean bounce house and science talks, adding a comic con element with celebrity appearances by Richard Dreyfuss,...
Published: 07/11/18
5 things to do under $5 this week: Chihuly glass art, Eichmann exhibit, Back to School Bash

5 things to do under $5 this week: Chihuly glass art, Eichmann exhibit, Back to School Bash

1 Chihuly Anniversary Weekend: To celebrate its eighth anniversary, admission is $5 at the Chihuly Collection of glass art from famed artist Dale Chihuly. In addition to the permanent collection of glass art, a special exhibition is on display. "Stor...
Published: 07/11/18
5 things to do under $5 this week: Free Slurpee Day, free food for cow costumes at Chick-fil-A, Dunedin Orange Festival

5 things to do under $5 this week: Free Slurpee Day, free food for cow costumes at Chick-fil-A, Dunedin Orange Festival

1 Free Slurpee Day: Brain freeze alert! To celebrate July 11 (or 7/11), next Wednesday you can get a free 12-ounce Slurpee at 7-Eleven stores across the Tampa Bay area from 7 a.m. to 11 p.m. while supplies last. Free.2 Chick-fil-A Cow Appreciation Da...
Published: 07/06/18
Plan your weekend July 6-8: Chris Brown, YouTube stars Dan and Phil, steampunk fan festival, Cinderella, Etsy Craft Party

Plan your weekend July 6-8: Chris Brown, YouTube stars Dan and Phil, steampunk fan festival, Cinderella, Etsy Craft Party

Music Concerts of note: For music fans this weekend, Chris Brown is in town at 7 p.m. Friday at the MidFlorida Credit Union Amphitheatre ($39.99 and at livenation.com) with openers 6lack, H.E.R. and Rich the Kid. Synth pop band Erasure (Always, Chai...
Published: 07/06/18
Top things to do this week: Steampunk convention, YouTube stars Dan and Phil, last week for Eichmann exhibit

Top things to do this week: Steampunk convention, YouTube stars Dan and Phil, last week for Eichmann exhibit

COMEDY: INTERACTIVE INTROVERTSYouTube comedy stars Daniel Howell and Phil Lester rode the social media wave to their own show on BBC Radio, a No. 1 bestselling book (2015’s The Amazing Book Is Not on Fire) and a world tour with their new theatrical ...
Published: 07/05/18