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  1. Comedy fans: Cho, Lovitz, Ferrara and more headed to Tampa soon


    A slew of interesting big-name comics have been added to Tampa Improv's 2015 calendar. Among them: Margaret Cho (Feb. 27-28), Jon Lovitz (March 6-8), Adam Ferrara (April 9-11), Rob Schneider (April 24-25) and Brian Posehn (April 30-May 2). Not to be outdone, Side Splitters has announced that 24's Mary Lynn …

  2. Visual art show at Studio@620 features new curator, Kenny Jensen

    Visual Arts

    The Studio@620 is one of the great success stories on our regional cultural map. In its 10 years, it has attracted a small army of loyal donors and volunteers that have kept it self-sustaining. Its only mission seems to be director Bob Devin Jones' mantra of "yes" to any and all requests to use the space for community …

    A work by artist Kenny Jensen from his show at Studio@620, where he is the new manager.
  3. Art Festival Beth-El has art for everyone — without weather worries

    Visual Arts

    I write a lot about the pleasure art can bring us. A great way to have that kind of experience is at the wonderful art festivals dotting our yearly calendars. First out of the gate for 2015 is Art Festival Beth-El on Sunday and Monday.

    Joseph Bradley, mixed media.
  4. Review: 'A Most Violent Year' a tense, urban noir


    J.C. Chandor's crime drama A Most Violent Year is set in Sidney Lumet's New York, at the dicey intersection of just business and making ends meet. Set in 1981, coincidentally the year Lumet made Prince of the City, Chandor channels that kind of subtle tension and shady deals into a unique scheme.

    Oscar Issac plays Abel Morales, an immigrant whose heating oil company has been targeted by criminals, and Jessica Chastain is his wife, Anna, in A Most Violent Year.
  5. 'Big Mike' from 'The Blind Side' combats bullying in Pasco talk Tuesday


    Quinton Aaron, the actor who starred as Michael Oher — a.k.a. "Big Mike" — in The Blind Side alongside Sandra Bullock, will give a talk about bullying at Saint Leo University in Pasco County. Aaron was bullied as a kid and is the founder of the Quinton Aaron Foundation, which focuses on bullying and …

    BEVERLY HILLS, CA - JANUARY 12: Actor Quinton Aaron attends The Weinstein Company & Netflix's 2014 Golden Globes After Party presented by Bombardier, FIJI Water, Lexus, Laura Mercier, Marie Claire and Yucaipa Films at The Beverly Hilton Hotel on January 12, 2014 in Beverly Hills, California.  (Photo by Araya Diaz/Getty Images for The Weinstein Company)
  6. Epcot seeds Flower & Garden Festival with new features


    Like a topiary in need of shaping up, Epcot is branching out with some new music and garden features for its springtime series, the International Flower & Garden Festival.

  7. Rush will stop in Tampa on 40th anniversary tour


    Air-drumming Rush fanatics, the moment has arrived: The iconic classic rock outfit is marking their 40th anniversary with a tour and they are coming to Tampa. The prog-rock polymaths have announced plans for their R40 Live Tour, and according to their website, it includes a stop at Tampa's Amalie Arena on May 24. It is, …

  8. Plan your weekend Jan. 23-25


    Plan your weekend

    G-rated Gasparilla

    Children's Gasparilla Extravaganza Since 1947, this parade for kids has taken place the weekend before Tampa's boozy bead-dazzled bacchanal on Bayshore. Things start off at 11 a.m. with a bicycle and safety rodeo at 11 a.m., followed by the …

    Cheryl Burke
  9. Ticketwindow: Train, Lisa Loeb, Bright Light Social Hour


    Tickets for the following events go on sale this week:

  10. Photograph exhibitions showcase nuance of black and white

    Visual Arts


    Black and white photographs are studies in contrast, explorations of tonal nuance between the extremes of light and dark. Two exhibitions at the Florida Museum of Photographic Arts provide excellent examples of two 20th century fine photographers working in the black and white tradition, along with a …

    Ezra Stoller, Guggenheim Museum, Frank Lloyd Wright architect, 1959, silver gelatin print.