Wednesday, June 20, 2018


Brittany Volk, Times staff writer

Brittany Volk, Times staff writer

Brittany Volk is a senior features designer at the Tampa Bay Times. She designs and art directs the Taste, Latitudes, Weekend and Personal Best sections and has been with the Times since 2011. She also contributes to the Times' pop culture blog, The Feed. She grew up in Iowa City, Iowa, and graduated from the University of Iowa in 2009 with degrees in Journalism and Studio Art. Instagram: @bevolk

Indya Moore as Angel competes in the 1987 ballroom category

Summer TV preview: For your viewing pleasure, a look at the lineup

Get ready for another hot summer of sensational TV. We want crazy thrillers. We want exaggerated plot lines. But don’t count out prestigious and gut-wrenching dramas.
Updated one month ago
Alan Jackson featured his old music videos on the screens during the show at Tampa's MidFlorida Credit Union Ampitheatre. (Brittany Volk/Times)

Review: Alan Jackson and Lee Ann Womack roll out '90s country hits in Tampa

 Alan Jackson was ready to make his case as "a true American icon" at Tampa's MidFlorida Credit Union Ampitheatre on Friday night.
Updated one month ago
Marcel Ruiz, from left, Rita Moreno, Justina Machado, Todd Grinnell, Isabella Gomez star in Netflix's remake of

8 TV shows to watch with your mom for Mother’s Day

Mom should spend Mother's Day however she wants. And if she doesn't want to go anywhere, suggest a heartwarming TV show to binge together. My mother and I have always shared a love for television, and I remember proudly declaring to my...
Updated one month ago
'N SYNC performed at Walt Disney World's Summer Jam Concert in 1999. Photo: ABC/Disney

IT’S GONNA BE MAY: ‘N SYNC was my first concert ever. Here’s what it was like

(In honor of It's Gonna Be May Day, and
Updated: 2 months ago
Overripe bananas and bourbon make the perfect banana bread. (BRITTANY VOLK, Times)

Drunk in love with banana bread

I have a thing about bananas. They have to be perfectly yellow, with a light hint of green. And they absolutely cannot have a spot of brown on them. At all. Brown bananas make me gag. My window of tasty opportunity is small, so...
Updated: 2 months ago
Helen Hunt, left, Ernie Found and Kathy Bresnahan attend the Premiere of

Helen Hunt plays my high school gym teacher in ‘The Miracle Season’

I never had school spirit. I didn’t go to many football games, and I never owned a West High shirt. (Green doesn’t look good on me.) Then I moved away, and tragedy struck my high school.The Miracle Season, now in theaters, is the...
Updated: 2 months ago
Roseanne finds herself at political odds with her sister, Jackie (Laurie Metcalf) in the re-booted

The new ‘Roseanne’ is the political family fight we all need so we can just move on

About 20 years ago, Roseanne ended with arguably one of the worst series finales in TV history. Turns out the Conners we invited into our living rooms for almost 10 years were fictional characters in Roseanne’s made-up family biography. How...
Updated: 3 months ago
Lemony Arugula Spaghetti Cacio e Pepe from Chrissy Teigen's cookbook

Chrissy Teigen’s Lemony Arugula Spaghetti Cacio e Pepe recipe is an easy, flavorful weeknight meal

I’m a glutton for pasta. All I need is some homemade red sauce and lots of Parmesan, and that’s a weekly dinner in my house. But every now and then, I try to find another way to carb it up. Enter Chrissy Teigen, whose Twitter account has been stalking...
Updated: 3 months ago
Willie Nelson performs for sold-out crowd at Ruth Eckerd Hall Wednesday night. (JIM DAMASKE   |   Times)

Review: Sold-out Willie Nelson crowd clings to every note

"Don't you dare, lord. Don't you dare." That's what we were all thinking last month when Ruth Eckerd Hall announced that Willie Nelson had postponed his Feb. 15 show. Luckily, Willie hasn't slipped away quite yet.The 84-year-old returned...
Updated: 4 months ago
Darren Criss as Andrew Cunanan. (FX)

Review: Truth and lies are the focus of ‘The Assassination of Gianni Versace’

Maybe Jack Nicholson was wrong. We can handle the truth.The #MeToo movement is giving a microphone to once unheard voices. Political lies are constantly challenged. At the Golden Globes, Oprah’s rousing speech asserted "the most powerful tool...
Updated: 5 months ago