Arielle Waldman, Times Staff Writer

Arielle Waldman

Arielle Waldman traded in the chilly New England winters for the Tampa sunshine in 2007, when she moved to attend the University of Tampa. Now, she is an editorial assistant covering the Things To Do section and a staff writer reporting on human interest stories.

Phone: (813) 226-3321

Email: Awaldman@tampabay.com

 

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  1. 'America's Got Talent' to hold auditions in Tampa

    News

    America's Got Talent, but do you? The NBC reality series will hold auditions Nov. 2 at the Tampa Convention Center for Season 10. Competition is open to all ages and talents from opera singers to banjo players, tap dancers, fire breathers, knife jugglers and magicians. In the season finale last month, magician Mat Franco beat singer Emily West for the championship. Franco won a $1 million prize and will headline the America's Got Talent show in Las Vegas. Hopefuls in Tampa should a have a 90-second set prepared to perform in front of the series' producers in hopes of making it to the main stage. Register at americasgottalentauditions.com for online and open call auditions. Open calls will be held at the convention center, 333 S Franklin St. (813) 748-1291. — Arielle Waldman, Times staff writer...

    TP_346419_JONE_TALENT_04 (OCTAVIO JONES | Times 11/12/2011, Tampa) America's Got Talent judge Nick Cannon(cq),center, belts out "Tampa Bay got talent" while surrounded by contestants during the taping of NBC's "America's Got Talent" promotional trailers. America's Got Talent contestants audition at the Tampa Bay Convention Center in hopes to win $1,000,000 during the competition on Saturday, November 12, 2011. [OCTAVIO JONES, Times]
  2. 'America's Got Talent' to hold auditions in Tampa

    Events

    America's Got Talent, but do you? The NBC reality series will hold auditions Nov. 2 at the Tampa Convention Center for Season 10. Competition is open to all ages and talents from opera singers to banjo players, tap dancers, fire breathers, knife jugglers and magicians. In the season finale last month, magician Mat Franco beat singer Emily West for the championship. Franco won a $1 million prize and will headline the America's Got Talent show in Las Vegas. Hopefuls in Tampa should a have a 90-second set prepared to perform in front of the series' producers in hopes of making it to the main stage. Register at americasgottalentauditions.com for online and open call auditions. Open calls will be held at the convention center, 333 S Franklin St. (813) 748-1291. — Arielle Waldman, Times staff writer...

    TP_346419_JONE_TALENT_04 (OCTAVIO JONES | Times 11/12/2011, Tampa) America's Got Talent judge Nick Cannon(cq),center, belts out "Tampa Bay got talent" while surrounded by contestants during the taping of NBC's "America's Got Talent" promotional trailers. America's Got Talent contestants audition at the Tampa Bay Convention Center in hopes to win $1,000,000 during the competition on Saturday, November 12, 2011. [OCTAVIO JONES, Times]
  3. Patel Conservatory sees music therapy program helping community

    Human Interest

    TAMPA — Music makes people feel better.

    The moment a favorite song comes on, the mood lightens. Whether it's bringing crowds together at baseball games singing Sweet Caroline in unison, or the meaningful song a couple chooses for their first dance.

    However, there is much more that happens to the brain when music is played. Music therapists use it as a tool to affect clinical change, a process which can be applied to many populations throughout the community....

    Music therapist Sharon Graham works with Caleb Sturtevant, 9, during  their weekly adapted music lesson at the Patel Conservatory for the David A. Straz Performing Arts Center.
  4. 270 gallon sangria at Tampa's Ceviche makes Ripley's book

    Food & Dining

    If Tampa Bay wasn't already known for its bars and beaches, a new Ripley's Believe It or Not book solidifies that Tampa likes to party. No longer just the home of the popular Gasparilla Pirate Festival, Tampa is now also known as home to the largest sangria, according to Reality Shock, which chronicles strange stories from around the world. The staff at Ceviche Tapas Bar and Restaurant took 200 gallons of red wine, 17 gallons of brandy, 17 gallons of triple sec, 28 gallons of syrup and 505 pounds of fruit to fill a 9-foot-tall pitcher with, all told, 270 gallons of sangria, earning a page in the new book, available now. Cheers to that. — Arielle Waldman, Times staff writer...

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  5. Confident, humble Brandon teen stars at Patel Conservatory

    Stage

    TAMPA — As if Thoroughly Modern Millie Jr. isn't full of enough glitter and glamor, co-director Scott Daniel's birthday made the set even sweeter.

    Tiaras, cupcakes and wrapped presents lined the front of the Ferguson Hall stage at the David A. Straz Center for the Performing Arts. Running off a sugar high, the cast in grades 5 to 8 and the crew rehearsed in the larger hall, while their set was being constructed in the TECO Theater for opening night....

    Alexa Lowrey plays Millie Dillmount in Thoroughly Modern Millie Jr. “She came to the table with who she thought Millie was,” director Scott Daniel said of Alexa’s audition.
  6. Love of food, football line career track of Jesuit alum

    Business

    It's no coincidence that when customers walk in to a PDQ restaurant, there is a family-friendly atmosphere.

    From the never-frozen food to the interactive ordering, everything is geared toward creating a relaxing yet quick dining experience.

    So it should come as no surprise that the CEO of MVP Holdings, the company that owns PDQ, Lee Roy Selmon's, Glory Days Grill and the new Wow! That's Fresh, is a down-to-earth family man himself. ...

    MVP Holdings CEO Nick Reader, 39, played football at Jesuit High and went 
to UF.
  7. 'Hairspray' debuts at Straz with cast having learned a history lesson

    Stage

    Hairspray takes its high school characters, their parents and the town on a journey of self-discovery.

    With its 1960s themes about gender, stereotypes and race, Hairspray took the Patel Conservatory students preparing to perform the musical at the Straz Center on a similar journey.

    "It's weird doing the show because we have been working on all the numbers all the time, but the black and white cast members are never in the room at the same time," said Blake High student Regan Moore, who plays Amber Von Tussle, the archnemesis of lead character Tracy Turnblad. "We are only in one song together and that's the last song, so it's been funny and kind of interesting....

    Regan Moore, who plays Amber Von Tussle, rehearses for Hairspray, which debuts tonight at the Straz Center.
  8. Next Generation Ballet dancers can't sleep on starring roles

    Stage

    The ballerinas in Next Generation Ballet's performance of Sleeping Beauty in Ferguson Hall at the David A. Straz Jr. Center for the Performing Arts devote their lives to dance.

    Only 15, they are already turning their dreams into reality, though it's no easy feat.

    "If you want to be serious, you have to give up things in your life other kids our age have, but it's what we love to do," said Hannah Stanford, a 15-year-old who lives in South Tampa....

    Katarina Smith, 15, is a Next Generation Ballet dancer who will perform in the production. “It’s good to learn the story of Sleeping Beauty, because it’s classic,” she said.
  9. Steinbrenner High siblings head to 'Oklahoma!'

    Stage

    LUTZ — Ryan Santello, 17, traded in his figure skates for cowboy boots to take on the role of Curley in the Patel Conservatory's presentation of Oklahoma!, which opened Thursday at the David A. Straz Jr. Center for the Performing Arts.

    And his sister, Victoria Santello, 15, will join him as part of the dance ensemble.

    Though they love theater now, the ice was the first stage for the Santello siblings, who live in Lutz. They were attending a birthday party at an ice rink 11 years ago when they discovered their hidden skating talent....

  10. Lutz facility helps kids cope with grieving

    Human Interest

    LUTZ

    Just past the farms and grazing horses in Lutz sits one little house that serves as a haven to grieving children.

    The Suncoast Kid's Place, founded by the Van Dyke Church, provides a place where children can feel safe and open up about the death of their loved ones.

    Bright pinks, blues and greens with rainbows, flowers and teddy bears fill each of the six rooms.

    One room is dedicated to play, with a basketball hoop and ping-pong, air hockey and foosball tables. ...

    Tiles decorated by kids who lost a loved one are some of the art projects at the Suncoast Kid’s Place. To learn more about the facility, go to atriskkids.org/skp or call (813) 990-0216. 
  11. Michelle Faedo aims for three-peat at Cuban Sandwich Festival

    Human Interest

    From the back kitchen of a mom-and-pop grocery store to an Ybor City restaurant and to a now-booming food truck business, the best Cuban sandwich in Tampa has come a long way.

    Michelle Faedo's On the Go food truck has won first place in the traditional category in the Cuban Sandwich Festival competition for the past two years, and will compete again Saturday and Sunday in the third annual event....

    Michelle Faedo’s On the Go food truck travels all over Tampa. 
She and husband Robert, food business veterans, work together.
  12. The Rev. Dr. Bartholomew Banks Sr. juggles county, church jobs

    Human Interest

    Following in his father's footsteps, leading sermons, would have seemed the obvious future for the Rev. Dr. Bartholomew Banks Sr. Naturally, he would help the community, preach on Sundays and take seniors on trips to the Florida Strawberry Festival. But, his career didn't start behind the pulpit. It started from behind a calculator when he was a University of South Florida student in the early '70s. While studying for his bachelor's degree in accounting, a diploma that would only accumulate dust on a shelf, Banks needed a way to make extra money. The self-trained organist answered a job opening at St. John Progressive Missionary Baptist Church, where he found his calling. Nurtured by the pastor, he climbed the church ranks from organist to becoming a pastor himself. In the sparse free time he has between juggling his church duties and his responsibilities as the director of Aging Services for Hillsborough County, he still enjoys playing the organ and watching black-and-white films that remind him of simpler times. He recently spoke with Times staff writer Arielle Waldman....

    The Rev. Dr. Bartholomew Banks Sr. fulfills his passion for helping people as pastor of St. John Progressive Missionary Baptist Church and director of Aging Services for Hillsborough County. Banks earned an accounting degree at the University of South Florida.
  13. Lithia girl makes TV debut on Vampire Diaries

    Human Interest

    Drawing from her multiple performing experiences in front of hundreds at the Patel Conservatory at the David A. Straz Jr. Center for the Performing Arts has helped 9-year-old Ashlyn Lopez master a role that will be viewed by millions this week.

    Lopez, who lives in Lithia, portrays Young Nadia Petrova on an episode of CW's The Vampire Diaries that airs Thursday locally on WTOG-Ch. 44....

    Ashlyn Lopez, 9, poses for a photo with Vampire Diaries cast member Nina Dobrev on the set in December.
  14. Gorilla Theatre's journey moves forward with An Iliad

    Stage

    TAMPA — In a way, the Gorilla Theatre's journey has been as much an epic narrative as An Iliad, its show that debuted last weekend.

    When the theatre's last living founder, Aubrey Hampton, passed away in 2011, the 23-year company's funding went with him. That year also saw the theatre leave its home in Drew Park and begin a search for new places to perform.

    However, the challenges didn't halt productions. With the help of directors, including Bridget Bean and President Sandra Lynne Locher, they formed a new board of members and began raising funds independently....

    Actor Brendan Ragan stars as the Poet in Gorilla Theatre’s adaptation, An Iliad. 
  15. Review: 'Hound' at the Straz is a pack of laughs

    Stage

    From books to television to the big screen, producers always wrap the classic tales of Sherlock Holmes and Dr. Watson in mystery and wit.

    Rarely, though, has the detective duo's portrayal been as laugh-out-loud funny as Jobsite Theater's The Hound of the Baskervilles, running through Feb. 2 at the Straz Center for the Performing Arts' Shimberg Playhouse.

    Adapted by Peepolykus and Steven Canny, this Holmes mystery unravels on a simple set with a trio of male actors. Giles Davies plays Holmes, along with a number of other characters, David Jenkins portrays Dr. Watson, and Shawn Paonessa handles the role of Sir Henry Baskerville. ...

    David Jenkins, from left, Giles Davies and Shawn Paonessa star in this goofy adaptation of the celebrated Holmes story.Davies, with seven roles, is a standout.