Still in college, two University of Tampa students have reached a milestone many aspiring filmmakers dream of — having their work screen at the Cannes Film Festival.
Director Travis Misarti, a 20-year-old junior majoring in film, and co-director Alexandra DiGiacomo, a 21-year-old senior majoring in communications, had their short film Tea Time accepted into the renowned French film festival, which runs May 13-24....
(Welcome to tbt*’s 2015 Ultimate Local Music Guide! All week we’re spotlighting 10 of our favorite local artists of the past year. Up next: Surf-styled garage punks Jensen Serf Company.)
In March, Jensen Serf Company played the Spring Beer Fling, a contemporary take on the ’60s beach party with Georgia garage group the Black Lips replacing the Beach Boys and craft beers replacing Cokes....
04/09/15 Human Interest
For the first time in the nearly nine years I've lived in Tampa, I feel able to walk where I live.
Last summer, I moved into a bungalow in Seminole Heights. Since then, I've enjoyed being able to travel on foot to a handful of places in an overwhelmingly car-centric city.
I can now walk to one of my favorite Tampa restaurants (the Refinery), bars (the Independent) and record stores (Microgroove), all in a small cluster on Florida Avenue. The nearby Seminole Heights Branch Library taunts my (procrastinated) resolution to read more books daily....
It’s somewhat fitting that Swans’ show at St. Pete’s State Theatre on Wednesday was on April Fools' Day.
The legendary New York group is the sort of act local concertgoers express disbelief would ever come here, and turn out in droves when they do. Though the group has actually toured Florida relatively often since reforming in 2010, they hadn’t played the Bay area until now....
If you walked into Against Me!’s show Wednesday during their encore, as singer Laura Jane Grace played an acoustic rendition of Baby, I’m An Anarchist! off their 2002 debut Reinventing Axl Rose, you might think the band hasn’t changed much from their humble origins.
You’d be wrong, as the large crowd at the Ritz Ybor would quickly indicate. But not entirely so....
When Paul Reiser performs at the Palladium in St. Petersburg on Saturday, it will be on the eve of a film’s he in competing for Best Picture at the Oscars.
The comedian and actor plays Miles Teller’s father in Whiplash, which was nominated for five Oscars, as a loving contrast to J.K. Simmons’ ruthless music teacher. He also has a role in the NFL drama Concussion, which just set an awards season-friendly Christmas release date....
Review: Parquet Courts, Merchandise bring indie rock buzz to the American Legion in Tampa's Seminole Heights02/02/15 Blog
Weird Florida remains as much of a commodity as ever, but one unlikely way that’s proving true is the ever-changing array of unusual music venues for national acts visiting Tampa.
Last January, local concertgoers could see much-buzzed about punks Perfect Pussy perform in a storage unit. And for their sold-out Tampa show Saturday on their first-ever Florida tour, critically acclaimed New York City rockers Parquet Courts chose to play an American Legion in Seminole Heights....
02/01/15 Human Interest
TAMPA — Katrina Devane walked around the rolling tracks, taking photos, as guests waited in line to ride the coaster one last time on Sunday.
Devane, 36, of Seffner said she was Gwazi's longest-serving employee, working there for 14 years and through life events, including meeting her boyfriend there.
"It's just so sad to see it go," she said. "I've spent my whole adult life here."...
The longstanding war between classic rock and indie rock may finally be coming to a close, if Friday night's King Tuff and Ex Hex show at Crowbar was any indication.
For a long time, indie rockers seemed to view bands like Led Zeppelin and T. Rex as dinosaur acts to consider extinct, with a few exceptions, such as the guitar-solo shredding, Peter Frampton-covering Dinosaur Jr. Yet lately, more Pitchfork-approved artists like Ty Segall have been vocal about their classic rock influences — and judging by his sold-out Skatepark of Tampa show in September, audiences are more receptive to it as well....
Review: Propagandhi mine the past for expansive, political set at the State Theatre in St. Petersburg01/05/15 Blog
Consider the concert calendar for 2015 officially commenced, as Canadian punks Propagandhi shook Tampa Bay out of its end-of-year slumber Saturday at the State Theatre.
The band last played the State Theatre six years ago with hardcore legends Bad Brains on their way to St. Augustine's Harvest of Hope Fest, where they headlined alongside acts like The National and Against Me! Before that, it had been another eight years since they had played Florida....
(Welcome to the end of the year on Soundcheck! From now through Dec. 31, we’ll be wrapping up the year’s best music, best local concerts and the biggest local music stories of the year. Stay tuned as we count 'em all down!)
One of the year’s most epic local concerts came in September, when fuzzy garage rocker Ty Segall performed at the Skatepark of Tampa. Not the Skatepark’s Epic Problem performance space, mind you — inside the actual Skatepark, with a stage set up in the rink and skaters doing their thing off to the side....
(Through the end of the year on Soundcheck, our contributors are looking back at the best local concerts of 2014. Today: tbt*’s Jimmy Geurts.)
Priests (Jan. 14, Planet Retro Gallery): January was an unusually busy month for up-and-coming acts in Tampa Bay — in one week alone, Speedy Ortiz, Priests and Perfect Pussy all played shows, which is 3/7 of a Pitchfork showcase right there. And while there was an undeniable novelty in seeing Perfect Pussy play a literal storage unit, most impressive was Priests, proving a worthy addition to the long lineage of Washington D.C. punk....
TAMPA — Starting next week, Hillsborough County's animal shelter will temporarily stop taking in pets as it prepares to treat for termites.
Officials are asking owners to hold off turning in their pets beginning at noon Dec. 24 while the shelter temporarily relocates animals from the N Falkenburg Road facility, which will be tented. Normal operations resume on Jan. 12.
The shelter will provide items such as food and crates for owners who need them so they can care for their pets during the interim, county pet services director Scott Trebatoski said....
12/07/14 Human Interest
TAMPA — A dreary, drizzling Sunday morning sky didn't deter local cyclists from coming out for the opening of Tampa's new bike-sharing program.
Coast Bike Share held a launch party at Water Works Park in downtown Tampa and a bike ride to Ybor City with Tampa police escorts that drew a couple hundred attendees, city spokeswoman Ali Glisson said.
Among those present were Tampa Mayor Bob Buckhorn, City Council member Mike Suarez, police Chief Jane Castor and Richard Gonzmart, owner of the Columbia Restaurant and new restaurant Ulele, next to Water Works Park....
11/23/14 Human Interest
TAMPA — Three days after President Barack Obama announced sweeping changes to immigration rules through executive actions, advocates are starting to spread the word to their communities about how they work.
Tampa lawyer Gil Sanchez held a free immigration seminar Sunday inside Raymond James Stadium. The event's purpose, he said, was to inform those who are potentially affected about what the changes mean — and what they don't mean....