Saturday, March 24, 2018


Christopher Spata

Christopher Spata

Christopher Spata is a web producer and features writer for the Tampa Bay Times, focusing on entertainment, pop culture, social media and things to do. He also contributes to The Feed blog. A lifelong Floridian, he previously worked as a web producer and entertainment reporter for the Tampa Tribune, and covered sports for the Ocala Star-Star Banner. He graduated from the University of South Florida in 2011, and joined the Times in 2016.

Denise Larracuenta, of Riverview, left, Sascha Nichols of Glendora, Calif., center and Christopher Larracuenta of Miami. [Ellen DeGeneres Show]

Video: 'The Ellen DeGeneres Show' helps a Tampa Bay woman meet her sister for the first time

A new web series spun off from The Ellen DeGeneres show helped a Riverview woman and her siblings reunite with a sister across the country they’d never met.
Published: 03/21/18
John Kruk, former MLB player and founder of Kruk's Philly Steaks. [Photo from Kruk's Philly Steaks]

Former Phillies player Kruk opening cheesesteak restaurant Tampa

Promising an authentic Philadelphia cheesesteak experience, former major leaguer John Kruk is planning to open a Kruk’s Philly Steaks in Tampa, according to the company’s website.Kruk, who played 10 seasons with the San Diego Padres,...
Published: 03/21/18
NEW YORK, NY - NOVEMBER 27:  Cynthia Nixon speaks onstage during IFP's 27th Annual Gotham Independent Film Awards on November 27, 2017 in New York City.  (Photo by Mike Coppola/Getty Images for IFP)

‘Sex and the City’ star announces run for governor

Cynthia Nixon, who played Miranda Hobbes for six seasons and two films worth of the New York City-centric Sex and the City franchise, said Monday via her verified Twitter account that she’s running for governor of New York.“I...
Published: 03/19/18
The El Jefe burrito from Taco Bus. [Taco Bus]

Someone will win $2,500 for eating a huge burrito in Tampa

Taco Bus is bringing back its El Jefe Burrito Eating Championship for a second year with more than five times the cash prize for the person who chows down a 2.5-pound burrito in the shortest time.
Published: 03/19/18
This reproduction of an entry in a Spanish logbook from St. Augustine, now housed at the General Archive of the Indies in Seville, Spain, refers to the March 17, 1601 procession, and refers to St. Patrick as the

St. Patrick's Day started in Florida, not Boston, USF professor says

The history was written and accepted.The first St. Patrick’s Day celebration on U.S. soil happened in Boston in 1737. The first parade? That other epicenter of Irish American immigration, New York City, 1762.
Published: 03/16/18
A photo of Arby's Miami Cuban that was sent out with a news release for their new Sandwich Legends line. [Business Wire]

A very Tampa-centric taste test of Arby's new Miami Cuban

The Tampa Bay Times staff reviews Arby's new Cuban sandwich.
Published: 03/16/18
Greg Sestero, left, and Tommy Wiseau are together again. Their new movie

Interview: 'The Room's Tommy Wiseau and Greg Sestero bring new movie to Tampa, and it's serious this time

Tell people there's a new movie starring The Room's Tommy Wiseau and Greg Sestero. Assuming they're fans of "the greatest bad movie ever made," or at least familiar with The Disaster Artist, you'll have their full attention. Then comes the inevitable...
Published: 03/15/18
Kasey the cat and its image on a beer at World of Beer in Brandon.

Tampa Bay bars can now put a picture of your cat in your beer

The Ripple machine will print a picture on your beer at four World of Beer locations in Tampa Bay.
Published: 03/14/18
Updated: 03/15/18
Renowned British Physicist Stephen Hawking has passed away at his home in Cambridge, March 14, 2018. Here his is onstage during the New Space Exploration Initiative

6 Stephen Hawking quotes to make you feel tiny, insignificant and a little freaked out

Genius theoretical physicist Stephen Hawking said some inspirational things in his 76 years, including famously reminding people to “look up at the stars and not down at your feet.” And, no doubt, his entire life’s work, which...
Published: 03/14/18
More than 7,000 empty pairs of shoes for every child killed by guns in the US since Sandy Hook cover the lawn of U.S. Capitol Building on Tuesday  in Washington, D.C. as Avaaz gathered survivors and family memberss to create the installation calling on Congress to honor kids' lives with gun reform laws. On March 24, thousands are expected to take part in the March For Our Lives at the Capitol.  [Paul Morigi | AP Images for AVAAZ]

March For Our Lives rallies for gun control planned for Tampa and St. Petersburg

UPDATE: Organizers of the March For Our Lives rally in St. Petersburg have changed the location of the start of their march. They will now leave from Poynter Park at 1000 3rd St.
Published: 03/13/18
Updated: 03/14/18