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  1. Review: 'Book of Life' is full of surprises (w/video)

    Movies

    Sometimes just being different is all it takes. That's the case with The Book of Life, an animated movie that when stripped of its wildly imaginative sights and sounds delivers the same tired lessons of being yourself and following your dreams, set to radio-tired pop songs.

    Manolo, voiced by Diego Luna, woos the independent Maria, voiced by Zoe Saldana, in The Book of Life.
  2. Florida Orchestra expands Pops in the Park with food, more music

    Music & Concerts

    If you want to scope out the ideal spot for your white tablecloth picnic — heck, we've even seen tables, chairs and china — for the Florida Orchestra's wildly popular Pops in the Park concert, you have to get to Vinoy Park on St. Petersburg's waterfront early. You and 10,000 other people, by some estimates. …

    Janice Clifton 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 in 2013.
  3. Tampa's Adventure Island announces Colossal Curl ride, first new attraction in eight years

    Florida

    TAMPA — Adventure Island on Wednesday announced plans for Colossal Curl, a thrill ride opening next spring that would be the tallest ride in the Tampa water park and would be the first new attraction there since 2006.

    At nearly 70 feet high, Colossal Curl will be Adventure Island’s tallest ride, park officials said.
  4. A modern 'Rodgers and Hammerstein's Cinderella' comes to the Straz

    Stage

    The Cinderella we know is kind of a drip, isn't she?

    Paige Faure, Andy Jones and the company in Rodgers and Hammerstein’s Cinderella. It opens at the Straz Center on Tuesday.
  5. Disney's Magic Kingdom opens first gift shop devoted to Haunted Mansion ride

    Florida

    The Haunted Mansion ride at Disney World's Magic Kingdom now has its own line of swag at a new gift shop called Memento Mori that has opened in Liberty Square in the Orlando theme park.

    Disney’s Haunted Mansion attraction in the Walt Disney World Resort.   SCOTT KEELER, TIMES
  6. Lightning teams up with food truck to fight childhood hunger

    Events

    For the next year, Tampa Bay Lightning games and events will have the Give & Grub food truck tagging along in a movement aimed at fighting hunger in Tampa Bay. For every meal sold, the team and co-sponsor Laser Spine Institute will donate a meal to a hungry child in the area through Metropolitan Ministries and Feeding …

    Jeff Vinik, Chairman and Governor of the Lightning franchise presents a Tampa Bay Lightning jersey to  Dotty Bollinger, the President and Chief Operating Officer of Laser Spine Institute during a press conference at Amalie Arena announcing that Laser Spine Institute will donate a meal to a hungry child in the area for every meal sold on the food truck in partnership with Tampa Bay Lightning, on Thursday, October 2, 2014. The food truck will be called Give & Grub. According to the press release, " Over the course of the next 12 months, the goal of the project is to give back 150,000 meals to local children in need."
  7. For new season, Lightning adds new food choices

    Events

    The Tampa Bay Lightning, which has its first home game of the season on Thursday, announced new menu items for fans attending events at Amalie Arena, including a new PDQ and Holy Hog concession as well as carving and sushi stations.

    There's new food this year for Lightning fans at the Amalie Arena.
  8. Best place to trick or treat at Halloween? Spooktacular Old Northeast

    Kids

    There's a nip of fall in the air, and as twilight comes to the Old Northeast neighborhood in St. Petersburg, small bands of tiny costumed ghouls and goblins begin to wend their way from house to house.

    Abundant Halloween decorations are seen  in much of the Old Northeast neighborhood of St. Petersburg. The neighborhood has become a destination for trick-or-treaters from across the city. Photos by Edward Linsimer
  9. A different kind of scream fest: One Direction and 5 Seconds of Summer

    Music & Concerts

    About a year ago, my daughter Ava, 10 going on intense, taped a crinkled Tiger Beat picture of One Direction's Harry Styles on her bedroom wall. He was her newest crush, adoring Taylor Swift's ex-BF with giggly bursts of OMG.

    One Direction will perform at Raymond James Stadium in Tampa.  (Photo by Kevin Winter/Getty Images for iHeartMedia)
  10. Disney will stoke 'Frozen' fever at Christmas theme park events

    Florida

    No shocker here, given that Frozen is now the most successful animated film of all time: Disney plans to cash in on Frozen fever at its theme parks this Christmas. The frosty world of the 2013 hit film will play a big part in the park's annual holiday events, from turning Cinderella's Castle into an ice …

    An image released by Disney shows Elsa the Snow Queen, voiced by Idina Menzel, in a scene from the animated feature "Frozen." [Associated Press]