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  1. Plan your weekend March 6-8

    Events

    Plan your weekend

    Music

    Gasparilla Music Festival Curtis Hixon Riverfront Park and Kiley Gardens Park will come alive with two days of Tampa music, food and culture. This year there are four stages and over 40 acts including headliners Modest Mouse along with Mutemath and The Gaslight Anthem on …

    People relax during a performance at the Gasparilla Music Festival at Curtis Hixon Park in Tampa last year. The lineup this weekend includes Modest Mouse, Mutemath, The Gaslight Anthem, Gogol Bordello, Trampled By Turtles and Dumpstaphunk.
  2. Busch Gardens debuts Food and Wine Festival in Tampa

    Events

    TAMPA -- Busch Gardens debuts its new Food and Wine Festival Saturday, and it could be the right cocktail to perk up a park burdened by a financially troubled parent company.

    Busch Gardens debuts its new Food and Wine Festival Saturday with a variety of gourmet food and wine, and free concerts by pop stars like Gavin DeGraw. [Busch Gardens]
  3. Review: 'Italian Traditions' brings other glass artists to Chihuly Collection

    Visual Arts

    ST. PETERSBURG

    It was a happy sight: Crowds of people, mostly tourists deduced from overheard conversations, exiting and entering the dazzling galleries of the Chihuly Collection and their permanent installations of glass by the famous Dale Chihuly.

    Stephen Rolfe Powell’s works include huge vessels composed of hundreds of colored glass canes as well as platters that are more straightforward.
  4. Comic filmmaker Bobcat Goldthwait coming to Tampa's Gasparilla film fest

    Events

    Tampa's foremost film festival has booked the wild personality that anything named Gasparilla deserves: pitch-black comedian and filmmaker Bobcat Goldthwait.

    Bobcat Goldthwait will conduct a Q&A after his film on political satirist Barry Crimmins.
  5. Review: 'Bright Lights, Big City' at Freefall a whirl of '80s indulgence

    Stage

    ST. PETERSBURG

    In the first half hour of Bright Lights, Big City at Freefall Theatre, you feel like you're in a heavy, plodding rat race in New York City. The characters are so close to you, so crowded and raucous on the small stage, you start to feel claustrophobic, like you might not like this very …

    The rock musical adaptation of the novel Bright Lights, Big City runs at Freefall Theatre through March 22. Pictured are Amy Marie Stewart, Sarita Amani Nash, Nick Lerew, Kara Konken, Lucas Wells, Heather Cleveland Krueger, Scott Daniel and Clinton Harris.
  6. Gasparilla Festival of the Arts announces winners

    Visual Arts

    Thousands converged on the 45th annual Raymond James Gasparilla Festival of the Arts Saturday but one person was probably more closely watched by the artist than any other among the throng. Elaine Gustafson is this year's juror, or judge, for the event and in her hands lay the decision for picking winning artists who …

    Carolina Cleere’s Honey Child (mixed media) takes the Raymond James Financial Best of Show Award.
  7. Plan your weekend Feb. 27-March 1

    Events

    Plan your weekend

    Berry bash

    Florida Strawberry Festival Part country fair, part music festival (Hunter Hayes, Scotty McCreery, Kevin Costner Brett Eldredge this weekend) it's not just about the strawberries. There's also a midway, animals, exhibits, lots of food on a stick and no alcohol …

    Wanda Sykes
  8. Ringling Museum's 'Re:Purposed' show meant to inspire, aspire

    Visual Arts

    SARASOTA

    Art made from found or recycled materials has become a ubiquitous and varied form since its origins in the early 20th century, seen across the creative board from the humble outsider art of self-taught individuals to a line of superstars that includes Pablo Picasso, Marcel Duchamp and Robert Rauschenberg. …

    Jill Sigman builds Hut at the Ringling Museum.
  9. Three from Tampa Bay on 'Survivor,' 'Amazing Race' Wednesday night

    The Feed

    Finding someone to root for on CBS's most popular reality competitions won't be hard for Floridians come Wednesday night.

    Courtesy of CBS
  10. Nude paintings are part of Gasparilla Festival of the Arts history

    Visual Arts

    We can thank, in part, a painting of a nude woman for the Raymond James Gasparilla Festival of the Arts as we know it today, celebrating its 45th year on Saturday and Sunday in Curtis Hixon Waterfront Park.

    Teresa Testa, ceramics.