Thursday, July 19, 2018
Events

Seminole Hard Rock to christen new poker room with smashed guitar, actor Brad Garrett

Ships get christened by smashing a champagne bottle on the hull, but on Thursday the Seminole Hard Rock Hotel and Casino in Tampa will smash a guitar to kick off the opening of its new nonsmoking poker room, with comedian Brad Garrett sitting in for the first hand.

The actor from Everybody Loves Raymond, left, has a sold-out comedy show the night before at the casino and will be there for the grand opening at 11:30 a.m. Thursday, a Hard Rock spokeswoman said.

"A guitar will be smashed to bits, in true Hard Rock fashion," said Nikki Yourison, to open the new room the casino describes as state of the art.

There are 46 tables, with chandeliers overhead, a private salon, large-screen TVs and a special snack room with sliders, sushi and salads just for card players, Yourison said. They also have their own parking garage with direct access to save a trudge through the cavernous casino. It's $10 to park, but players can get parking fees waived multiple ways, she said.

The public is free to watch a celebrity poker tournament Thursday, which will feature a $1,000 grand prize to the winner's charity of choice and $1,000 to Hands Across the Bay, the Hard Rock's January charity.

Contact Sharon Kennedy Wynne at [email protected] Follow @SharonKWn.

Comments
Paul Reiser, coming to Clearwater, talks about returning to standup and never winning an Emmy

Paul Reiser, coming to Clearwater, talks about returning to standup and never winning an Emmy

When Paul Reiser returned to standup comedy a few years ago, younger comics couldn’t figure him out. "All the younger comics would say, ‘Are you doing a special?’ I’d go no," said Reiser, 62. "‘What, are you getting rea...
Updated: 2 hours ago
Local craft beer of the week: Good For Life gluten-reduced Kölsch, Pair O’ Dice Brewing

Local craft beer of the week: Good For Life gluten-reduced Kölsch, Pair O’ Dice Brewing

For many sufferers of celiac disease, going out for a pint typically means ordering a cider. But brewers have worked hard to provide a reasonable analog for gluten-free drinkers, offering a range of brews produced from grains like sorghum and rice.Mo...
Published: 07/19/18
Smashing Pumpkins or Dave Matthews Band? Plus Rascal Flatts, Chicago and more concert picks

Smashing Pumpkins or Dave Matthews Band? Plus Rascal Flatts, Chicago and more concert picks

The best concerts this week in Tampa Bay.
Published: 07/18/18
Top things to do in Tampa Bay for July 19

Top things to do in Tampa Bay for July 19

Sunrise Sale and Pajama Party: If you forgot to set your alarm for this sale that starts at 6:43 a.m., you can still find deals into the noon hour. Wear your pajamas for extra deals and a free gift. The starting point is at Beach Drive and Second Ave...
Published: 07/18/18
Where to get a good hot dog in Tampa Bay for National Hot Dog Day

Where to get a good hot dog in Tampa Bay for National Hot Dog Day

Monday, July 23, is National Hot Dog Day. I don’t know precisely why, but I think some major lobbying from the sausage board was involved. It’s baseball season, it’s barbecue season, it’s I-don’t-feel-like-cooking season. Those are plenty of reasons....
Published: 07/18/18
Paul Stankard creates ‘Unseen Worlds’ in glass, plus art for kids this week

Paul Stankard creates ‘Unseen Worlds’ in glass, plus art for kids this week

NOW OPEN: UNSEEN WORLDSGlass paperweights always fascinated me when I was a child, but not because I understood the artistry and skill that goes into making one. It’s the tiny worlds encapsulated in glass that let my imagination run wild. Those world...
Published: 07/18/18
Top things to do this week: Tampa Theatre BeerFest, Metrocon, #MomTruths, swimsuit bar crawl

Top things to do this week: Tampa Theatre BeerFest, Metrocon, #MomTruths, swimsuit bar crawl

BEERFEST: Hop Gun Tampa Theatre’s annual movie-themed fundraiser, BeerFest, has produced parties with tongue-in-cheek themes like Barley’s Angels, the Brews Brothers and Hoppy Gilmore. This year it’s "Hop Gun," and partygoers are e...
Published: 07/18/18
What’s on stage this week: Hawk & Wayne does politics, Opera Tampa toasts Gilbert & Sullivan

What’s on stage this week: Hawk & Wayne does politics, Opera Tampa toasts Gilbert & Sullivan

OPEN SEASON: TRUST METwo candidates will square off Friday to debate one of the hottest topics of the political season: immigration. You can see them in action at the First Unity Spiritual Campus, where you also may spot campaign staffers, managers a...
Published: 07/18/18
In theaters this week: ‘Mamma Mia: Here We Go Again,’ ‘The Equalizer 2,’ silent film ‘Safety Last’

In theaters this week: ‘Mamma Mia: Here We Go Again,’ ‘The Equalizer 2,’ silent film ‘Safety Last’

OPENING FRIDAY:MAMMA MIA: HERE WE GO AGAINSophie (Amanda Seyfried) learns about the past of her mother (Meryl Streep in present time, Lily James in flashbacks) while pregnant herself in this sequel to the Abba-fueled musical comedy. With Pierce Brosn...
Published: 07/18/18
5 things to do under $5 this week: Puppet show, bike night, shuffleboard, butterfly count

5 things to do under $5 this week: Puppet show, bike night, shuffleboard, butterfly count

1 Butterfly Count: You can learn to identify common Florida butterflies and how organized butterfly counts work. The count information will be used to populate data for Florida Nature Trackers. For ages 12 and older. Noon-2 p.m. Friday. Chinsegut Con...
Published: 07/18/18