Sunday, May 20, 2018
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Universal sets opening date for Transformers ride

The 80-foot Transformer display plastered on the side of a downtown Orlando office building blinked the news Thursday morning: "Prepare for battle June 20," which means the highly anticipated Transformers 3D ride at Universal's Orlando theme park finally has an opening date.

At a recent behind-the-scenes tour granted to the Tampa Bay Times, ride designer Thierry Coup said he had just ridden the ride that morning, so there was much speculation Thursday on Twitter that park visitors will get a chance to ride it early during the "soft opening" days leading up to its debut this summer.

The ride uses stunning 3-D and flight simulator technologies to immerse passengers in an intense chase with Megatron where they feel wind, heat and water and smell smoke as they swerve and soar through downtown Chicago. The award-winning ride is estimated by industry analysts to have cost about $100 million to develop and is credited with boosting Universal's attendance and revenues at its parks in California and Singapore.

The Orlando version is a replica of the original ride and was built in what Universal says is a record pace of only 11 months.

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Florida Orchestra closes 50th masterworks season with Beethoven’s Pastoral Symphony

Florida Orchestra closes 50th masterworks season with Beethoven’s Pastoral Symphony

TAMPA — The Florida Orchestra wraps up its final masterworks concert of the season with a masterfully complex Johannes Brahms piano concerto and Ludwig van Beethoven’s warmly accessible Symphony No. 6, commonly known as the "Pastoral."Friday’s sold-o...
Published: 05/19/18
Top things to do in Tampa Bay for the week of May 21-27.

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Top things to do in Tampa Bay for May 20

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St. Pete artist holding funeral for 600 block's vanished art galleries on Sunday

St. Pete artist holding funeral for 600 block's vanished art galleries on Sunday

If you're out in downtown on Sunday, this is what's going on.
Published: 05/18/18
St. Pete artist holding funeral for 600 block’s vanished art galleries on Sunday

St. Pete artist holding funeral for 600 block’s vanished art galleries on Sunday

Local artist Boo Ehrsam remembers seeing the photo in the news years ago. "It was this dark, empty street, and an egret flying away," she said. "The caption read, ‘Will the last one to leave St. Pete please turn out the lights.’ " That ...
Published: 05/18/18
The real stuff is how Tom Wolfe best used his write stuff

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om Wolfe’s best writing lifted real people into legend: car designers and astronauts and disciples of LSD. With that writing, Wolfe lifted himself into legend as well.The author of 16 books, including such bestsellers as The Right Stuff and The Bonfi...
Published: 05/18/18
Top things to do in Tampa Bay on Saturday

Top things to do in Tampa Bay on Saturday

Our editors' picks for events on May 19.
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Have your favorite shows been canceled? Here’s a breakdown by network

Have your favorite shows been canceled? Here’s a breakdown by network

Last week brought the up-front presentations, when broadcast networks show off their new fall series to advertisers and, less ceremoniously, dump dozens of others.This year the bloodletting included beloved sitcoms and high-concept dramas, and the ne...
Published: 05/18/18
Walt’s Fish Market, a Sarasota institution, to celebrate its 100th anniversary

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A Sarasota seafood fixture is celebrating its 100th anniversary.Walt’s Fish Market, Restaurant and Tiki Bar, 4144 S Tamiami Trail, will host a party at noon on Sunday complete with a mechanical shark, live music, live auctions, silent auctions, an al...
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