Tuesday, October 23, 2018
Events

From Hamilton to Datz, Tampa Bay looks ahead to 2018

You don’t have to look far to find a grievance to log with 2017.

From national tragedies to deaths of some favorite celebrities to an increasingly bitter political divide, it was a year fraught with change and pain.†But how about our own backyard? Let’s find things to look forward to in Tampa Bay in 2018.

Hamilton!

Well, maybe. The box office-busting Broadway musical about the life and times of Alexander Hamilton and Aaron Burr is stopping in Tampa for the David A. Straz Jr. Center for the Performing Arts’ 2018-19 season. We’ve yet to get an exact date. But we do know season ticket holders for the current Straz season are guaranteed seats to Hamilton when they renew for the 2018-19 season. Now, how to convince creator Lin-Manuel Miranda to stop by?

Venue makeovers

Speaking of performing arts. Ruth Eckerd Hall in Clearwater is in the midst of a giant renovation, with plans for a 6,000-square-foot lobby, a 250-seat cabaret theater and traffic and parking improvements. In November, the theater received a $1.5 million donation, which is sure to help. Tampa Theatre just reopened after a facelift that will continue through 2018, meant to restore its historic 1926 glory. And over at the Straz, more seats are slated to be replaced in the summer, among other improvements. We’ll also be watching continuing discussions about easing that parking jam.

New museums

We’re awaiting two major additions to the art scene in St. Petersburg, the Museum of the American Arts and Crafts Movement and the Tom and Mary James Museum of Western and Wildlife Art, both in heavy construction right now. I got a peek at the site of the latter, and I can already tell it’s going to be a hot spot for weddings and events.

Restaurant explosion

The food scene keeps growing and growing, and while some contraction this year is inevitable, it’s fun to watch (and indulge). St. Petersburg’s Il Ritorno is reopening after some freshening up. We’re awaiting a Datz outpost in the spring in St. Petersburg and a project from Food Network personality Dr. BBQ, a.k.a. Ray Lampe. And the Armature Works in Tampa is expected to have an in-house market (including a version of Ichicoro, the popular ramen empire), two restaurants and an event hall. Hungry yet?

Comments
Top things to do in Tampa Bay for Oct. 24

Top things to do in Tampa Bay for Oct. 24

Toto: Grammy award-winning band bring their 40th Anniversary tour 40 Trips Around the Sun playing some of their biggest hits like Rosana, Africa, Hold the Line and more. 8 p.m., Ruth Eckerd Hall, 1111 N McMullen-Booth Road, Clearwater. $43.25-$150. ...
Updated: 8 hours ago
What it was like in the audience at Aziz Ansariís St. Petersburg show

What it was like in the audience at Aziz Ansariís St. Petersburg show

ST. PETERSBURG ó Aziz Ansari might not like that Iím writing this."Another piece of Internet content written to generate clicks and speculation!" he might say in his signature high-pitched yell. "Another hot take for the woke masses!"At least, thatís...
Updated: 12 hours ago
Top things to do in Tampa Bay for Oct. 23

Top things to do in Tampa Bay for Oct. 23

Twilight: In celebration of the 10th anniversary, Fathom Events brings this special engagement of Twilight featuring a new introduction and a sneak peak of Twilight Tour...10 Years Later. Taking place at Westshore 14 in Tampa, Veterans 24 in Tampa an...
Published: 10/22/18
Top things to do in Tampa Bay on Saturday, Oct. 20

Top things to do in Tampa Bay on Saturday, Oct. 20

Dia De Los Muertos: Join the Mexican celebration that has been organized each year since 1992 by the owners of Casa Tina to pay reverence to loved ones who have passed. The celebration includes a candlelit processional with giant traditional puppets ...
Published: 10/19/18
Is the annual pass worth it? As Disney changes pricing system, we help you decide

Is the annual pass worth it? As Disney changes pricing system, we help you decide

Though costly, annual passes at Disney World, Universal, Busch Gardens and other parks can sometimes be a smarter choice. You just have to know what you’re getting.
Published: 10/19/18
Novels ‘The Floating World’ and ‘Summer Cannibals’ focus on families in crisis

Novels ‘The Floating World’ and ‘Summer Cannibals’ focus on families in crisis

Debut novels by C. Morgan Babst and Melanie Hobson differ in settings — post-Katrina New Orleans versus a mansion on a Canadian cliff — but both offer insight into complex family dynamics.
Published: 10/19/18
A committed villain and a sterling ensemble lift St. Petersburg Opera in ‘Don Giovanni’

A committed villain and a sterling ensemble lift St. Petersburg Opera in ‘Don Giovanni’

ST. PETERSBURG — Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart broke barriers in opera, and not just by weaving those impossible harmonies with seemingly little effort. Together with librettist Lorenzo da Ponte, he also relished any chance to tweak the upper class,...
Published: 10/18/18
Updated: 10/20/18
Singer Seal to headline Februaryís Florida Orchestra gala

Singer Seal to headline Februaryís Florida Orchestra gala

ST. PETERSBURG ó The Florida Orchestra has landed Seal, a four-time Grammy winner, to headline its fundraising gala at the Mahaffey Theater Feb. 9.The London-born star, who has sold more than 30 million albums on the strength of his versatile, smooth...
Published: 10/18/18
Top things to do in Tampa Bay on Oct. 19

Top things to do in Tampa Bay on Oct. 19

The Florida Orchestra: Music of Queen: Fronted by a full rock band and vocalist Brody Dolyniuk, the orchestra performs the legendary bandís greatest hits with power and grandeur. 8 p.m., Mahaffey Theater, 400 First St. S, St. Petersburg. $35 and up. ...
Published: 10/18/18
tbt* Ultimate Bar Guide for 2018

tbt* Ultimate Bar Guide for 2018

This summer, tbt* readers cast more than 2,000 votes for their favorite bar in our annual readers' choice contest, Tampa Bay's Ultimate Bar Awards.
Published: 10/18/18