With its ingredients imported from Mexico, handmade artifacts from Oaxaca and a wall adorned with 150 candles, Besito Mexican in WestShore Plaza is a monument to the love and respect for ancestry and heritage.
The original Besito, meaning little kisses, opened in 2006, and was founded by John Tunney. Since then, he has opened six locations, including New York, Connecticut, Philadelphia and Massachusetts. ...
Ferg's Live brings restaurant, sports bar, entertainment to Channelside; second Tampa Culver's opens03/17/15Retail
Just because the show's over at Amalie Arena doesn't mean the party has to stop.
Ferg's Live, a joint venture between Irish 31 owner Jay Mize and Tampa Bay Buccaneers wide receiver Vincent Jackson, has opened across the street, providing live entertainment and a great spot to watch your favorite teams, with 60 flat-screen televisions and three large projectors.
The 5,000-square-foot parking lot will be transformed into a stage for local, regional and national acts....
Fourteen firework shows won't be the only entertainment lighting up the Clearwater Thresher's Bright House stadium during the 2015 season.
The lineup also features concerts, theme nights, a new high-definition video board in left field and bobblehead giveaways including Rufus the pelican from Dolphin Tales.
"Our schedule of promotions and giveaways may seem ambitious," promotions and community relations manager Amanda Koch said, "but we have a dedicated staff and wonderful community in Clearwater that make every night at the ballpark fun."...
03/12/15 Music & Concerts
As Miclain Keith sat in the University of South Florida classroom, surrounded by fellow musicians participating in the Grammy Music Revolution Project, a voice from across the room caught his attention.
Kyle Knudsen, known by his stage name Denim Blue, was performing his original song Hot Mess for a group off to the side.
Though the project for aspiring musicians focused on playing in groups, the pair hadn't performed together or spoke to each other until two weeks into the program....
TAMPA — As the smell of coffee wafted through the crowded cafe, men and women, some casual in jeans and T-shirts, others in jackets and ties, chatted about their passions, accomplishments and future plans for the Hillsborough community.
Small business owners, retired engineers, app launchers, mentors and inventors had all gathered at a local coffee shop to exchange ideas with fellow entrepreneurs....
For four months, the Martucci family sat in the intensive care unit, praying 6-year-old Lawrence would win his fight against leukemia.
Even though Dr. Cameron Tebbi stayed in the ICU for 17 weeks helping Lawrence battle, the child did not survive.
Now, 20 years later, his sister, Luana Martucci, honors him with the Lawrence A. Martucci Benefit Corp.
"I decided to join the Children's Cancer Research Group through the 1Voice Foundation to give them all the benefits from any fundraiser we do, because Dr. Tebbi, who is director of the lab for the Children's Research Group, also treated my brother for two years," Martucci said. "I don't think he saw his family that (17 weeks)."...
When revelers at the 100th Gasparilla Pirate Fest enjoy Captain Morgan Spiced Rum — and mock the pirate whose foot is propped on a barrel — they can thank Sarasota-based artist Don Maitz.
Maitz created the imagery and idea behind the popular logo. A painting based on the first illustration that launched the Captain Morgan campaign will be on display at the Tampa Bay History Center's exhibit, The Art of Piracy: Pirates in Modern Culture....
Now in its 15th year, the Tampa Bay Black Heritage Festival has featured everything from fashion shows and a gala, to a 5K health walk and leadership luncheons.
This year they have partnered with the Florida Holocaust Museum to bring something new to the 10-day cultural event.
While national artists Ledisi and Atlantic Starr and local groups such as the Black Honkeys perform during the two-day Black Heritage Music Festival at Curtis Hixon Waterfront Park on Saturday and Sunday, the Holocaust Museum will document civil rights testimonies. ...
The Youth America Grand Prix, the world's largest student ballet competition, began as a way for dancers of all skill levels to connect.
Sixteen years later, it has expanded to 14 American cities and five countries. Today, more than 7,000 young dancers — ages 9 to 19, of diverse ethnic and cultural backgrounds — audition annually.
It will return to Tampa at the David A. Straz Jr. Center for the Performing Arts Friday night for the competition followed by Saturday's Stars of Today Meet the Stars of Tomorrow gala, which features professional dancers and the weekend's winners....
11/18/14 Human Interest
On Christmas morning, when Caroline Kole was 8 years old, she unwrapped a present from her parents. Her first guitar.
When Sarah Zimmerman and Justin Davis were enrolled in a guitar program at Belmont University, their professor paired them at random.
When Amber Carrington's mother died and she felt her confidence drifting away, her best friend signed her up for The Voice. When Daniel B. Marshall first wanted to play the drums, his mom bought him a snare drum. ...
NEW TAMPA — Residents will learn next week what county staff believes is the best fit for a proposed park on Bruce B. Downs Boulevard.
The staff will present its recommendations to county commissioners for the New Tampa Community Park at the Nov. 13 board meeting, choosing between two proposals that were vetted at town hall meetings.
Located on the west side of Bruce B. Downs across from the entrance to Hunter's Green, the county-owned property was purchased in 2004 for the Bruce B. Downs road widening project. In 2007, a 13.4 acre unused portion of the property was designated as the New Tampa Community Park at an allocated cost of $3.1 million....
11/05/14 Human Interest
A lawyer, a psychiatrist and a professional wrestler walk into the Box Theater.
No, this isn't the beginning of a corny joke, but the students and members of the theater's improv community.
Once located at the Underground Theatre, the troupe played to standing-room only crowds in the 50-seat theater.
Now with a move to the Box Theater on Second Avenue in Ybor City, the theater's resident improv team, Dear Aunt Gertrude, celebrates its seventh anniversary....
Years after tragic boating accident, ex-USF football player Nick Schuyler achieves dream of opening gym10/30/14 Human Interest
LUTZ — Nick Schuyler stands on a fenced patio, admiring the work he has put into opening his first gym.
It's a rest day from his usual CrossFit workout, and Schuyler pauses with his hands in a prayer pose while Yoga With Lori unfolds around him.
The momentary serenity around Schuyler was hard-earned.
In March 2009, he set off on a fishing trip with three friends: Oakland Raiders linebacker Marquis Cooper, free agent NFL defensive end Corey Smith and Will Bleakley, a football teammate of Schuyler's at the University of South Florida. Their boat capsized in the Gulf of Mexico after Cooper tried to free a stuck anchor. The men were set adrift, and only Schuyler survived....
10/30/14 Human Interest
TAMPA — Kissy Simmons excelled as Nala for nine years in stage productions of The Lion King, but the role came to her while the nation endured one of its greatest tragedies.
Simmons, who returns to the David A. Straz Performing Arts Center in her own cabaret show Saturday, got her start there as she made the transition from University of South Florida high jumper to singing star....
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...