Clear72° WeatherClear72° Weather

Date Night

  1. Florida Craftsmen reopens as Florida CraftArt on Thursday

    Visual Arts

    It doesn't look like much in this photo but when it opens today, the newly renovated Florida Craftsmen Gallery will boast a lot more space for showcasing fine crafts made by Florida artists, just in time for holiday shopping. It also boasts a new name: Florida CraftArt. Stop in for a look. It's on Central Avenue at …

    Having undergone renovations over the summer, Florida CraftArt is the new name of the former Craftsmen Gallery.
  2. Interview: Bill Maher doesn't hold back on politics, pot

    Stage

    The last time political gadfly Bill Maher came to town, the 2012 Republican National Convention was his opening act. Clint Eastwood's chair, Michele Bachmann. Good times for a comedian. Just in time for midterm elections Maher returns, so the Tampa Bay Times wondered what he thinks about Florida's hottest topics …

    Bill Maher.
  3. John Mellencamp paintings on display in DeLand

    Visual Arts

    Creativity rarely is compartmentalized. It crosses borders physical and metaphorical. Creative people are usually creative multitaskers.

    John Mellencamp, for example.

    Photo by Kevin Montague, courtesy of ACA Galleries, New York
  4. Florida Orchestra's Michael Francis talks making music and a home

    Music & Concerts

    Michael Francis was relieved. His books had just arrived from overseas.

    British conductor Michael Francis’ three-year contract starts in the 2015 season. His local ties run deep; his wife, Cindy, is from Lutz.
  5. Soundcheck: Coral Skies Music Festival among top live music picks

    Music & Concerts

    Coral Skies Music Festival

    With Cage the Elephant, Julian Casablancas and the Voidz, Bleachers, City and Colour, Manchester Orchestra, the Hold Steady, Bombay Bicycle Club, Tokyo Police Club, Wild Cub, Benjamin Booker, Junior Prom, Good Graeff

    IRVINE, CA - MAY 31:  Musician Jack Antonoff of Bleachers performs onstage during the 22nd Annual KROQ Weenie Roast at Verizon Wireless Music Center on May 31, 2014 in Irvine, California.  (Photo by Christopher Polk/Getty Images for CBS Radio Inc.)
  6. Review: St. Pete Opera's 'Pagliacci' perfect balance of buffoonery, drama

    Stage

    ST. PETERSBURG

    Opera is not known for its subtlety, but Pagliacci might be the least subtle of them all. It's also one of the most fun.

    Tenor John Kaneklides plays Beppe the clown in St. Petersburg Opera’s production of Pagliacci.
  7. Review: 'Nureyev's Eyes' illuminates the artist life

    Stage

    If the eyes are the hardest thing for an artist to capture, breaking through the surface and into the soul is the challenge for Nureyev's Eyes.

    Jed Peterson, left, plays dancer Rudolf Nureyev and Hughston Walkinshaw plays painter Jamie Wyeth in a compelling friendship.
  8. Dracula rises in Tampa Bay in ballets, comedy

    Stage

    Dracula is having a moment.

    Just in time for Halloween in the Tampa Bay area, there are three shows based on Dracula — two of them ballets — and Hollywood has rolled out Dracula Untold, an origin story in theaters now starring Luke Evans, the hunk from Clash of the Titans.

    Tampa Ballet Theatre's Dracula ballet. Count Dracula played by Nathaniel Reyes and Mina Murray is played by Carolyn Rose.
  9. Plan your weekend Oct. 17-19

    Events

    Plan your weekend

    Picnic

    Pops in the Park You know you have to get to Vinoy Park early to stake out an ideal blanket spot for the Florida Orchestra's wildly popular and free Pops in the Park. Now you'll have plenty to keep you entertained besides a bottle of wine. Starting at 4 p.m. Saturday will be …

    Janice Clifton (left) and Ross Johnson both of St. Petersburg enjoy a picnic just before the Pops in the Park performance by the Florida Orchestra at Vinoy Park on Saturday, 10/19/2013. This was their third year at the event. They drank wine with their salad and spaghetti dinner.
  10. Kokol Arts reception features Roy Lerner workshop painters

    Visual Arts

    It has been a busy week at Kokol Arts Studio and Gallery, 3318 Bay to Bay Blvd., Tampa. New York-based abstract artist Roy Lerner has conducted a five-day workshop with area painters and the results of their work will be on view during a one-night-only reception at the gallery on Saturday from 5 to 9 p.m. Lerner has …

    Roy Lerner, Bell Bottom Blues, Acrylic