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RNC scene: Tampa's Channelside so undead during 'zombie' invasion

“Patty Morgan-Zombie” was the life of the rally for “A. Zombie” for president. 

Jay Cridlin | Times

“Patty Morgan-Zombie” was the life of the rally for “A. Zombie” for president. 

Channelside club was so undead

The threat of a hurricane couldn't deter more than two dozen zombies from invading Stumps Supper Club at Channelside on Sunday afternoon. The elaborately made-up horde — in reality, a group of horror and sci-fi fans from Fort Myers — was bused in to participate in a promotional stunt for the AMC network. The premise: A character named "A. Zombie" is running for president so that fans of its hit series The Walking Dead might back the network in its ongoing feud with the Dish Network. The zombies — men, women and children — staggered through Channelside and past a developing MSNBC stage. With Tropical Storm Isaac approaching, more than a dozen zombies dropped out of the bus trip from Fort Myers. But for the rest: "We're born and raised in southwest Florida, fourth generation," said Angee Ramirez, 32, who dances in troupe Zombie-a-Go-Go. "We're like, whatever."

Jay Cridlin, Times staff writer

A beautiful thing for women

Should convention-going women feel their hair and makeup threatened by the wrath of Isaac, there is one place they can go for help: The YG Network Woman Up Pavilion. Organized by the center-right-leaning nonprofit YG Network, the pavilion is a suite of lounges, relaxation areas and even a bar for women looking for an oasis away from RNC madness. Inside, guests can attend panels led by women (including Lt. Gov. Jennifer Carroll), shop for handcrafted GOP jewelry and sample themed cocktails such as the Conservative Collins (Bombay Sapphire gin, fresh-squeezed lemons, simple syrup and soda).

Jay Cridlin, Times staff writer

Scheduled events (Subject to change for weather)

Spirits of Tampa: One of the hottest party tickets is this one hosted by the Distilled Spirits Council. They will toast Tampa from 8:30 p.m. to 1 a.m. at the Florida Aquarium, where guests will sip exclusive spirits while enjoying the aquarium exhibits. Invite only.

Birdies for the Brave: Though the rain likely will wash out today's planned golf outing with House Speaker John Boehner, the avid golfer and Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell are still expected at the Lutz golf course TPC Tampa Bay this morning to praise the more than $1.2 million raised for this charity created by PGA Tour pro Phil Mickelson to support combat-wounded veterans. Invite only.

Impact Film Festival: This nonpartisan film festival said it had no plans to postpone its kickoff today at 10 a.m. with the Sundance darling How to Survive a Plague, about the early years of the AIDS epidemic, and The House I Live In at 2 p.m. on the war on drugs, all at Channelside Cinemas. Screenings are free but RSVP at eventfarm.com/impactfilmfestivalRNC.

Troublemaker Fest: This film festival, spearheaded by former Delaware Senate candidate Christine O'Donnell and the online political site The Young Turks, was still planning to kick off today with a Tea Party vs. Occupy Wall Street debate at 4 p.m. at Channelside Cinemas, but keep an eye on troublemaker­fest.com in case plans change. Tickets for the week's activities are $35 at the website.

Citizens United Film Festival: Because of the weather, the film Occupy Unmasked originally planned for today has been moved to Thursday at 2 p.m. at Liberty Plaza. Free tickets at citizensunited.org/RNC.

RNC scene: Tampa's Channelside so undead during 'zombie' invasion 08/26/12 [Last modified: Sunday, August 26, 2012 9:21pm]
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