Jimmy Geurts, Times Staff Writer

Jimmy Geurts

Jimmy Geurts works in the Tampa Bay Times' Tampa bureau and has reported on news, features and art and entertainment. He joined the Times in 2012 after graduating from the University of South Florida with a degree in journalism. He has also written for Creative Loafing, the Tampa Tribune and the USF Oracle.

Phone: (813) 226-3402

Email: jgeurts@tampabay.com

Twitter: @JimmyGeurts

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  1. Longtime Tampa activist, radio host Jetie Wilds Jr. dies

    Obituaries

    TAMPA— Jetie B. Wilds Jr. spoke with a deliberate tone when he hosted his public affairs show Citizen's Report on WTMP-AM 1150. His words didn't rise with emotion, but that belied how much he cared about Tampa and particularly the African-American community.

    Mr. Wilds, a community activist, columnist, political candidate and former talk show host who welcomed elected officials and dignitaries to his Saturday morning show for years, died Sunday. He was 74....

    Jetie Wilds Jr.
  2. Tattoo artists, fans become ink masters at convention

    Human Interest

    Stephanie Paeplow lay face-down on a board at the Tampa Convention Center as a portrait of Elvis Presley was being etched into the back of her leg.

    Paeplow, 30, of St. Petersburg decided to get the artwork done while visiting the Tampa Tattoo Arts Convention in hopes of winning a tattoo of the day award.

    This was her first time attending such a convention, she said, but she had no other plans for the day. "This is going to be an all-day thing," she said....

    Predrawn tattoo designs and tattoo machine parts are displayed on a table Sunday during the Tampa Tattoo Arts Convention at the Tampa Convention Center. The convention featured more than 150 tattoo shops from across the country.
  3. Review / photos: Ty Segall hits the Skatepark of Tampa for raucous, jam-packed show

    Blog

    One thing that can be said about Friday’s sold-out, sweaty, swarming Ty Segall concert at the Skatepark of Tampa: it's a good thing it got moved from Epic Problem.

    As great as it is to catch a critically acclaimed act in a venue as intimate as the DIY punk room, it always seemed like too small a space for Segall. And sure enough, the raucous crowd packed the room to the rafters even in the considerably larger Skatepark of Tampa next door....

    Ty Segall performed at the Skatepark of Tampa on Sept. 12, 2014.
  4. Prolific punk Ty Segall set to perform at the Skatepark of Tampa

    Music & Concerts

    Theater. Music hall. Skatepark?

    Those venues are all part of the current tour itinerary for garage and glam-inspired rocker Ty Segall, who plays the Skatepark of Tampa on Friday.

    It's somewhat of a small venue for Segall, who will play Athens' Georgia Theatre and the grand ballroom of New York City's Webster Hall on the tour.

    "They're all over the place, for sure," he said in an interview. "We like to do that — we like to mix it up. We'll play a 200-cap room and then the next night, we'll play a 900-cap room. And then the next night, we'll play outside of a storefront."...

    Glam-inspired California rocker Ty Segall’s tour itinerary is eclectic — just like his musical influences.
  5. Driver in altercation at Palm Harbor strip club comes forward

    Civil

    TAMPA — The driver authorities say struck and injured a bouncer outside a Palm Harbor strip club, then drove off, came forward Wednesday as officials weighed whether to file charges.

    Jacques Ayyub, 29, of Clearwater spent Wednesday afternoon talking to Florida Highway Patrol troopers at their Pinellas Park station.

    "He wasn't arrested today, and I don't think he's ever going to be arrested, but that decision will ultimately be made by the State Attorney's Office," said his attorney, Barry Cohen, at a news conference Wednesday in Tampa....

  6. Review: Southern Darkness Fest brings Pelican, Primate, Black Tusk, much more metal to Ybor City

    Blog

    It’s hard to imagine that in a city with such a huge metal history, and one that’s increasingly music festival-crazy, there hasn’t really been a metal festival in Tampa.

    There was Scion Rock Fest, which chose Tampa as its location two years ago. And there have been traveling tours like Mayhem Festival, which might earn you scowls from metalheads if you call them metal. But Tampa hasn’t had a metal festival we could truly call our own....

    Black Tusk performs at Southern Darkness Fest in Ybor City on Aug. 23, 2014.
  7. A steady trickle of early voters turn out for final Sunday of balloting

    Elections

    In-person early voting for the Florida primary ended in a slow crawl Sunday in Hillsborough and Pinellas counties, the final day to cast ballots before Election Day.

    Supporters waving signs and election workers outnumbered voters in some voting locations for Tuesday's primary, which determines candidates for governor, state House and other offices, in a return of Sunday early voting after a brief hiatus....

  8. Detectives arrest man wanted in 2007 murder of Wharton High student

    Crime

    TAMPA — A man who has been on the run since the 2007 shooting death of a 17-year-old Wharton High School student was jailed late Wednesday in Hillsborough County after being extradited from New York.

    Rick Elise Joseph, 28, has been wanted on a second-degree murder charge for seven years. A Hillsborough County sheriff's fugitive cold case squad traced him to New York City, where he was arrested in April, officials said. On Wednesday, he was extradited to Florida....

    Rick Joseph is charged in Marcus Johnson’s death in 2007.
  9. Home fire kills two in Town 'N Country

    Fire

    TAMPA — Two people died when a fire tore through a home in a Town 'N Country neighborhood Monday afternoon.

    Flames were shooting through the roof of the home at 4627 Burkett Circle when firefighters arrived shortly before 4 p.m. Monday.

    Hillsborough County Fire Rescue officials did not release the names of those found inside late Monday, other than to say they were adults. Hillsborough County property records indicate the home is owned by Virginia Jones and Michelle Hayes, whom neighbors described as mother and daughter....

    Hillsborough County Fire Rescue members put out a blaze at 4627 Burkett Circle in Tampa on Monday afternoon.
  10. Churches rally members to vote early Sunday in Hillsborough

    News

    TAMPA — Multicolored election signs dotted the sidewalks, cars crowded the streets and supporters shouted their candidates' praises over one another Sunday afternoon at C. Blythe Andrews, Jr. Public Library.

    The event was held to encourage early voting in the Aug. 26 primary, where candidates for Florida governor, state House and other offices will be selected. Early voting started Thursday and ends Aug. 24....

    Jesse Patty tries to attract drivers Sunday outside the early voting center at C. Blythe Andrews Jr. Public Library in Tampa.
  11. Death metal music brings Orpheum owner to life

    Music & Concerts

    As owner of the Ybor City music venue the Orpheum, Jerry Dufrain has seen everyone from rapper Ghostface Killah to indie-electronic group Little Dragon play his room. But one genre sticks out in the club's concert history: metal. The Orpheum has carved itself out as a heavy music haven by hosting national metal acts like Agalloch and Behemoth, and local pioneers like Obituary and Deicide. And on Aug. 23, it will be one of three stages for Southern Darkness Fest, which features more than 25 bands, including instrumental headliner Pelican. • Despite Tampa being a metal capital, Southern Darkness Fest is unique, said Dufrain, a promoter for the fest. There have been traveling tours and one-offs like Scion Rock Fest, which included the Orpheum as a participating venue, but not a locally grown metal festival, he said. A fan of metal and hardcore music who would see bands at CBGB as a teenager, he said, Dufrain talked with Tampa Bay Times staff writer Jimmy Geurts about Southern Darkness Fest, Tampa's metal history and his favorite metal shows at the Orpheum....

    The Orpheum’s Jerry Dufrain puts on Southern Darkness Fest on Aug. 23, with more than 25 acts.
  12. Mary Lynn Rajskub dishes on Louis C.K., Aziz Ansari, Chris Hardwick and Marc Maron

    Stage

    If you want insight on a comic, ask another comic. So we did. Here's what Mary Lynn Rajskub, a.k.a. Chloe from Fox's 24, who was in town doing standup last week, had to say about four of the Oddball Festival comedians.

    Marc Maron: Marc Maron dated a friend of mine and she was so in love with him — it was this passionate love affair, forbidden somehow and really poetic. He was always like this dark prince, like intelligent and passionate, and I was very intimidated by him, even to the point when I did his podcast. He's mellowed so much. I think he's a lot happier than he's ever been. But a lot of people have talked about just either being in a fight with him or being angry at him or being intimidated by him. I definitely fell into the camp of being intimidated with him because he was somebody I looked up to early on as being so confident and having these long rants....

    Mary Lynn Rajskub dishes on some of the Oddball Festival comedians, like Marc Maron: “He was always like this dark prince, like intelligent and passionate, and I was very intimidated by him ...”
  13. Helen Chavez, former Tampa council member who fought shirtless Bucs fans, dies at 89

    News

    Helen Chavez, a restaurateur of fine-dining landmarks who as a former Tampa City Council member famously campaigned against drunken, shirtless football fans at the old Tampa Stadium in the 1980s, died Saturday.

    The cause was organ failure, a daughter said. She was 89.

    Mrs. Chavez got her start in the food business as a caterer, making asparagus sandwiches as a way of supplementing the family income....

    Helen Chavez was on the Tampa City Council from 1979 to 1987. She died Saturday.
  14. Mary Lynn Rajskub talks about being Chloe from '24,' meeting Bob Odenkirk and David Cross and more

    Blog

    It’s not a typical career trajectory: alt-comic actress turned second lead in a political thriller television series.

    But it’s the path Mary Lynn Rajskub ended up on, going from performance art-inspired comedy to the part of computer analyst Chloe on the Fox show 24. She’s still doing stand-up, however, and is performing at Side Splitters Comedy Club in Tampa Thursday through Sunday ....

  15. Beaten Tampa teen, 15, released from Israeli jail

    Public Safety

    TAMPA — A 15-year-old boy who was beaten and arrested in Israel was sentenced to nine days of home detention and released to his family Sunday morning.

    Tariq Abu Khdeir, a Palestinian American who attends Tampa's Universal Academy of Florida, was accused of attacking police during a protest before his cousin's funeral in the village of Shuafat in East Jerusalem.

    Mohammed Abu Khdeir, 16, Tariq's cousin, was found burned to death Wednesday in the Jerusalem Forest in what Palestinians are calling an act of revenge for the kidnapping and killing of three Israeli teenagers three weeks ago....

    Tariq Abu Khdeir is hugged by his mother Suha after he was released from detention in Jerusalem on Sunday, July 6, 2014. A court ordered Khdeir, a 15-year-old Palestinian American who was badly injured in clashes with Israeli police, detained at home for nine days, while police investigate what they say was his participation in violent protests. (AP Photo/Mahmoud Illean) DV302