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Tessa Hartmann and dance partner Jarod Curley perform the Nutcracker. Hartmann spends her mornings at Tampa Prepatory and her afternoons dancing.Courtesy of the Patel Conservatory

Youth America Grand Prix showcases top-notch dancing students at Straz

The ambience of the David A. Straz Center for the Performing Arts in Tampa is palpable. The soft light of lines of bulbs reflects off polished silver railings and glass panels, then sinks into walls of brick and stone, and floors of red carpet. On Jan. 10, Carol Morsani Hall was filled with patrons coming to see th …

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  1. Zack Biss aims for pop-country stardom

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    Every Tuesday night, Zack Biss gets up in front of a crowd of people alongside his girlfriend, Rebekah Reid, and performs their duet act, hoping to get a glimpse of his future.

    Zack Biss works to get the crowd involved in the music. Here he performs at World of Beer. Zack plays every Tuesday night at the Green Iguana on S West Shore Boulevard from 6 to 9 p.m.
  2. CCC's Central Stage takes 'Pippin' to Florida State Festival

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    Clearwater Central Catholic High's drama program, the Central Stage, will make history this year when the cast performs its main stage act, Pippin, at the Florida State Festival March 25-29 at the David A. Straz Jr. Center for the Performing Arts.

    Chloe Hand and senior Nick Fernandez star in CCC’s ‘Pippin,’ which was selected to be performed at the statewide thespian festival.
  3. Youth America Grand Prix showcases top-notch dancing students at Straz

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    The ambience of the David A. Straz Center for the Performing Arts in Tampa is palpable. The soft light of lines of bulbs reflects off polished silver railings and glass panels, then sinks into walls of brick and stone, and floors of red carpet. On Jan. 10, Carol Morsani Hall was filled with patrons coming to see the …

    Tessa Hartmann and dance partner Jarod Curley perform the Nutcracker. Hartmann spends her mornings at Tampa Prepatory and her afternoons dancing.
  4. 'Idol' contestant and high school student

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    Seminole High sophomore Angela Rodriguez sits perched on a barstool against the backdrop of a Clearwater Beach street. In her hand is a sparkly microphone. Her cohorts and accompaniment, Andy and Christian, sit beside her. They strum their acoustic guitars effortlessly, looking up at the crowd every now and then.

    Angela Rodriguez and her 3rd Degree bandmates perform at Beach Fyre BBQ Grille on Clearwater Beach.
  5. Review: Meghan Trainor's 'Title' is fun and empowering

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    In her journey from a hopeful small-town singer to a Billboard pop songbird, Meghan Trainor has surprised us all. Who knew her body-positive anthem All About That Bass could propel her to the heights she has reached. Now, just a few months out of the gate, she has released her debut album, Title. …

  6. Review: '12 Monkeys' is full of suspense

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    Earth looks like a pitiful mess. Masses of empty cars flood every street in sight. The sky is a dreary grey full of sharp drops of frigid rain beating persistently onto the ground below. Doors store owners didn't bother to close in their haste to escape hang eternally open. Piles of lifeless bodies lie aimlessly tossed …

    Aaron Stanford and Amanda Schull play the leads, James Cole and Dr. Cassandra Railly.
  7. Review: 'The DUFF' is finally a high school comedy that really gets us

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    The high school comedy genre has hit a dry spell over the last few years. Since 2004's Mean Girls, and with the exception of The Perks of Being a Wallflower in 2012, there hasn't been a particularly memorable film about the trials of teenagers in high school, let alone a very funny one. The DUFF

    Skyler Samuels, left, Bianca A. Santos and Mae Whitman in The DUFF,
  8. Q&A with Bet Me I'm Lying

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    It all started when Brendan and Jackson Marquardt, Kirk Adikes, Conor Harris and Jamie Craske decided to perform some cover songs at the 40th birthday party for one of their fathers. After that, they couldn't fight the rush of a live performance.

    Vocalist Jackson Marquardt and Brendan Marquardt duke out killer song ideas. The two recall that they have totally different writing processes; however they both are equally crucial for the completion of a new song.
Photo Credit: Sydney Robinson | CCC

Photo Credit: Sydney Robinson | CCC
  9. Say goodbye to these 5 notable shows

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    A new year brings preparation for a new configuration on television as 48 shows will soon leave the air to make room for an array of fresh, potential hits. There are plenty that I won't be too bitter to part ways with come 2016. However, several others should be savored in their final seasons. Whether the changes be …

    TWO AND A HALF MEN: Ashton Kutcher and Amber Tamblyn can’t recreate the crazy/funny that was Charlie Sheen in this too-long-running show.
  10. Red Print hopes to make its mark in rap world

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    In every high school, there are those young people who have dreams of becoming the next Lil Wayne or Drake. At Wharton High, the young men in Red Print have those aspirations, and they are making their dream come true one step at a time.

    The men of Red Print want to make it big in the music industry. Their name spun off the idea of Blue Print and ended up meaning that they wanted to leave their ‘print’ on the world and, well, they like red.