Might we have a Lindsay Lohan sighting at this year's Super Bowl?
Lohan's better half, celebrity DJ Samantha Ronson, is booked to perform at the ESPN the Magazine NEXT Party on Jan. 30 in downtown Tampa. Reps for Ronson and ESPN confirmed the appearance this week.
The Super Bowl is not virgin territory for the Hollywood party circuit star. Ronson's bio says she performed at the ESPN party at Super Bowl XL in Detroit, as well as a Playstation party that same year. A spokesman said she was asked to perform at several parties last year, but her busy schedule wouldn't allow it.
The openly gay Ronson has been notoriously coy about her are-they-or-aren't-they relationship with Lohan. But after this week's Election Day smackdown of gay-rights ballot issues nationwide, she had this to say on her MySpace blog: "Gay people in Florida and California can no longer get married and gay couples in Arkansas can't adopt children. G-d (sic) forbid a loving family (regardless of sexual orientation) give a needy child a home!"
Bottom line: Don't expect Ronson and Lohan to elope while in town.
Jenny McCarthy dealed in
A few weeks ago, we told you Jenny McCarthy was being lined up to co-host the annual Leather and Laces Party at Jackson's Bistro on Jan. 30.
Now McCarthy's got her own gig to promote. She's hosting a poolside party called Aces 4 Autism from 2 to 10 p.m. Jan. 31 at the Seminole Hard Rock Hotel and Casino. It's the first Super Bowl week event to be announced at the Hard Rock, expected to be one of Tampa's top party destinations during Super Bowl week.
Aces 4 Autism will feature silent and live auctions, as well as a host of celebrity guests, all benefitting autism research charity Generation Rescue. A limited number of tickets, priced at $350, will be go on sale to the public soon.
A spokeswoman for Generation Rescue said McCarthy's main squeeze, Jim Carrey, is not yet confirmed to attend either Aces 4 Autism or Leather and Laces. But you never know — the Yes Man just might find it hard to RSVP no.
Either way, this Hard Rock event definitely suits McCarthy, a total card shark. In October, she co-hosted a poker fundraiser called Ante Up for Autism with Lance Armstrong. This summer, she hosted a blackjack tournament in the Bahamas, and in 2007 she dealt blackjack during a tournament at the Playboy Club in Las Vegas — dressed, of course, as a Playboy Bunny.
Local bands get some love
A few Tampa Bay bands are going to get a little extra love during Super Bowl week.
St. Pete rockers Radio Reset will perform on the first night of Winky Wright's three-day Good Life Experience party at the Venue (they're signed to Wright's record label, Pound 4 Pound), and drummer Johnny Coryn will collaborate with a Red Bull DJ on one of those drummer-DJ duets that are all the rage these days. (Travis Barker and DJ AM did one at this year's MTV Video Music Awards.)
In Ybor City, local promoters are booking acts for a pair of concerts at a pair of cool nightspots during the week of the game. So far, only one show is in place: Auto!Automatic!!, Look Mexico, the Dark Romantics and TV Club at on Jan. 30 at New World Brewery. Tickets are $6.
Promoters with Thx Mgmt and New Granada are working to land some local and national acts for one more gig at New World and several events at Crowbar the week of Jan. 24-31.
It won't be the Maxim Party, but still, a concert in Ybor City on the weekend of the Super Bowl? Could be good national exposure for some quality local artists.
— Jay Cridlin firstname.lastname@example.org