05/19/13 The Feed
SEASON finale Dancing With the Stars, 9 p.m, ABC: Who will walk away with the coveted mirror ball trophy? That one really good young female celebrity? Or that OTHER really good young female celebrity? This season seems especially rigged with ridiculously talented "amateur" dancers. It's a toss-up at this point. As far as we're concerned, the celebs who made it to the finale — singer Kellie Pickler, football player Jacoby Jones, gymnast Aly Raisman and Disney Channel star Zendaya — are all good enough to be on the show next year as professionals. Next season, the show moves to just one night a week, so this is your last chance to revel in the overbloated extravaganza that is a DWTS results show....
In this week's Play Tampa Bay, Michelle and Katie share theme park news (in honor of our annual
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Michelle and Katie class it up this week with a visit to the Vinoy resort on the downtown St. Petersburg waterfront. The weekend's big events revolve around Mother's Day on Sunday — you didn't forget, did you? Plus, you have lots of opportunities to hear live music. Here are the quick details on those events, and for even more things to do and more Mother's Day ideas, head to tampabay.com/things-to-do....
Play Tampa Bay heads to Tampa this week! Michelle and Katie eat at their new favorite lunch spot in downtown Tampa and head to Curtis Hixon Park to talk about this week's big events, including music in the park and the last Broadway show at the Straz for the season. Here are the quick details on those events, and for even more things to do, head to tampabay.com/things-to-do....
In this week's Play Tampa Bay, Michelle and Katie geek out over this year's American Stage in the Park show, The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee. That's just one event on their list of top picks for things to do this week. Here are the details on those, and for even more things to do, head to tampabay.com/things-to-do.
American Stage in the Park: 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee: Starts tonight and Thursday with pay-what-you-can preview performances, and runs through the end of May at Demens Landing in St. Petersburg. Tickets range from $13-$20 for blanket seating on the grass. Never been to an American Stage in the Park show? Check back here soon for a bonus Play Tampa Bay video with tips for enjoying the event....
In this edition of Play Tampa Bay, Michelle and Katie run through their top picks for things to do this week, a jam-packed one with lots of major events. Here are the details on those, and for even more things to do, head to tampabay.com/things-to-do.
Rihanna: 7:30 p.m. Friday at the Tampa Bay Times Forum, Tampa. $36.75-$122.75....
In this week's Play Tampa Bay video, Michelle Stark and Katie Manfred of our Things to Do Crew run through some top picks for things to do in the bay area this weekend.
Here are the details on those events. (For even more things to do this week, head to tampabay.com/things-to-do.)
Tampa Bay Blues Festival: Runs Friday-Sunday in Vinoy Park, 501 Fifth Ave. NE, St. Petersburg. Tickets are $35 and up per day advance, $40 at the gate; weekend passes available. Cash only at the gate. (727) 895-6153. tampabaybluesfest.com....
04/09/13 Human Interest
On Pinterest, ideas for the most-perfect, best-ever wedding seem endless.
Let's face it: It can't be that glamorous to get married in a barn, but on Pinterest, it looks gorgeous. Brides don't use Pinterest to book appointments, pay catering bills or order invitations: They use the social image-sharing site to imagine their dream wedding, from cocktails to cakes and everything in between. It's the 20-something generation's version of the giant wedding binder Monica had on Friends, but instead of lugging around a five-pound book, ideas are stored on a smartphone or tablet....
In this week's edition of our new weekly video feature Play Tampa Bay, Michelle Stark and Katie Manfred of our Things to Do Crew run through some top picks for things to do in the bay area this weekend, including the Cajun Crawfish Festival at the Cajun Cafe on the Bayou in Pinellas Park (check out our crawfish eating guide here); John Legend at the USF Lecture Series; and Tampa Bay Comic Con in Tampa with Lauren Cohan from The Walking Dead. ...
03/26/13 Music & Concerts
The Florida Orchestra announced Tuesday it will pay tribute to the music of the Beatles, Pink Floyd and the Eagles as part of its 2013/2014 season's Rock Concert series. The orchestra launched the series in 2012 with concerts featuring the music of Simon and Garfunkel and Michael Jackson; this season's series concludes May 10 with a concert featuring the music of the Doors.
The orchestra will perform the Music of the Beatles on Oct. 18 accompanied by Classical Mystery Tour, a Beatles tribute group. On Nov. 29, the orchestra joins a full rock band and featured vocalist Randy Jackson for the Music of Pink Floyd, in celebration of the 40th anniversary of Pink Floyd's Dark Side of the Moon. And the Music of the Eagles concert features veteran rock vocalists Terry Brock, Glenn DeLaune and John Hines along with the orchestra on May 9, 2014....
Lots of people caught a glimpse of Tampa Bay this weekend as portrayed in Harmony Korine's locally filmed neon fantasy Spring Breakers.
Korine's movie posted the biggest debut of the year for a limited release film this past weekend, according to an estimate from distributor A24 Films. Spring Breakers grossed $270,000 from just two theaters in New York and one in Los Angeles, a $90,000 per-theater-average that is the best of 2013 so far and one of the 10 best averages ever for a live action film. The movie stars Selena Gomez, Vanessa Hudgens, Ashley Benson and Rachel Korine as girls who come to Tampa Bay for spring break, and James Franco as the rapper/drug dealer they encounter....
There's a reason Wicked set a Broadway box office record over the Christmas holidays, becoming one of the highest-earning musicals when it raked in more than $2 million for nine performances: It's an absolutely enchanting musical theater experience. The Broadway darling, at the Straz Center for the Performing Arts in Tampa through Jan. 27, is fanciful fun that also has something deeper in mind....
Movie award season kicks into high gear Thursday with the release of Academy Awards nominations. Oscars host Seth MacFarlane will announce the nominations along with actor Emma Stone during a ceremony starting at 8:30 a.m. The nominations come a few days before Sunday's Golden Globes ceremony — unlike in years past when Oscar nods were released in late January after the Globes had been handed out. There's lots of Oscar buzz for movies like Les Miserables and Lincoln (and sure-thing nominee Daniel Day-Lewis as the 16th president), but Tampa Bay moviegoers might want to keep an eye on the supporting actor category, where Matthew McConaughey could snag a nod for his role in Steven Soderbergh's locally filmed Magic Mike. (We should also note that Ladies of Tampa, the raunchy song McConaughey's stripper character sings to the crowd, is eligible for a best original song nomination.) Catch the nomination ceremony on Good Morning America on ABC or online at oscars.com. Look for us on Twitter @thingstodotampa, where we'll be tweeting nomination news all morning. The Academy Awards ceremony will air on ABC on Feb. 24....
Wicked: The multiple Tony award-winning musical tells the untold story of the witches of Oz before Dorothy arrived. The popular Broadway show returns to Tampa for the fourth time starting today at 7:30 p.m. at Carol Morsani Hall at the Straz Center for the Performing Arts, 1010 N MacInnes Place, Tampa. $73.50–$173.50. (813) 229-7827.
The Misery Jackals: The group blends punk rock, bluegrass, zydeco and jazz into a sound they call Pillbilly Browngrass. They perform with Twisty Chris and the Puddin' Packs at 8 p.m. at Fubar, 658 Central Ave., St. Petersburg. Free. (727) 424-1809....
Lectores Speaker Series: Fiction writer Mikhail Lossel and novelist and poet Enid Shomer are featured today in this free author reading series that's part of University of Tampa's program for a master of fine arts degree in creative writing. It's at 7 p.m. at Reeves Theater, Vaughn Center, University of Tampa, 401 W Kennedy Blvd., Tampa. Free.
Cornell Glee Club: Cornell University's all-male choir comes down to Florida for two shows today and Friday. The Washington Post says the club "has developed a virtuosic choral sound that has far more in common with the King's Singers than 40 guys with a keg." They perform at 7 p.m. at Springstead Theater, 3300 Mariner Blvd., Spring Hill. $15, $10 students. (713) 979-6625. ...